Raeanne Williams is 29 years old and presently a graduate student at The University of the Southern Caribbean where she is pursuing her Masters in Counselling Psychology. She currently works with the Ministry of Education as a Guidance Counsellor.
Her journey within the world of art however, began at age nine when the father of her close friend at the time introduced her to the idea of drawing upsided down. At this time Raeanne not only discovered her skill for drawing but also a burning desire for more art, more creation, and more artistic experimentation and expression.
While attending USC in her undergraduate years studying Behaviourial Science, Raeanne co-formed the USC’s Art Club in (2008) where she assisted in the planning of USC’s Stress Free Day in collaboration with the Counselling Department she planned and supervised face painting and an artistic stress free booth for the event, the club however disbanded after she graduated in 2009. As a Teaching Assistant at the St. Joseph Government Primary school in (2005), Raeanne prepared three students for an art contest at the annual San Fernando Arts Festival (SANFEST) competition where with her guidance three art pieces of one student made it to the finals.
Raeanne desires to take her art further into the psychological world as an Art Therapist, as she uses art as a form of self-therapy. Her art has always been a personal aspect of who she is and it has been a struggle to allow her external realm into her internal existence. This year, (2013) however she has declared to be a year of emotional risk and has chosen to share her internal actuality with the rest of the world. She recently took part in her first art exhibition where together with other artists; she displayed some of her work for sale in an effort to raise funds for the restoration of her home church, St. Michael R.C at Maracas Royal Road St Joseph. The Exhibition took place at the Trinidad and Tobago Art Society Art Gallery on July 25th-27th.
She quotes: “My Art is my sweet escape from a very troubled world. It is my heaven, my sanctuary; it is the place I go where my lines don’t need to be straight or my colours need to match. It is my world where perfection is frowned upon, and where the imperfection of personality makes perfect sense. It is that place inside of my head where your opinion doesn’t matter, where my fantasies are my realities, where the real me lives ,where the mind takes unexpected twists and turns that can go mad in the real so called “real” world. It is that place where if I stay long enough, I will be lost so that I can finally be found and set free. It is my world, my world. And now I share my world with you.”