Karl Willms is an artist from Kamloops who creates watercolour and ink drawings and paintings of landscapes, people and places from around the world.
My sketches and paintings represent years of travel experiences in Canada and around the world. These watercolour and ink drawings and paintings are inspired from a seat at a sidewalk café, a vista from a hill or a memorable travel event. Most of my pictures are sketched or painted in the immediate context. Despite the language barriers, my travel sketching has led to lively “conversations” and resulted in numerous and lasting friendships.
Karl Willms has been designing homes in B.C.’s interior for the past 50 years. Having served on the Kamloops Heritage Commission, much of his focus has been on heritage preservation. Karl and his wife Eileen have restored a number of houses in the West End — including his studio / office at 118 Victoria St. (The Brownstone Building). The couple have travelled extensively with Karl having filled many journals with ink and watercolour sketches and travel notes. Recently he’s expanded his artwork and is painting landscapes, people and places, mostly in Mexico and South America. Karl is a self-taught artist and his background in design has contributed to his post career passion for painting and drawing. Experiencing other cultures and contexts leads to a better understanding of the world we live in and Karl’s art is a response to and an expression of these experiences.