In impromptu interview with Walford Williams, a talented artist I found selling his art on the streets of New York City.
I woke up Sunday morning in New York City after an impromptu night of singing Karoake with the National Women’s Rugby Team. It was just what I needed, to be released out of the cage of the surreal social networking world and into the arms of women who play it real….and hard. By the end of the night, when it was finally my turn to break through the Karoake groupies and sing “Lump” by the President’s of the USA, I had it going on and my new buddy, Sophia, came up to me proudly when it was over and took me under her arm. “This is my home girl,” she announced to the whistling crowd, she with her Grace Jones table top do and tight jeans stretched over rock hard thighs and me in my tulled long skirt and Mary Jane camisole.
I lived in New York City for three years before moving to Aspen and cabin fever hits me hard leaving me with an Inspector Clouseau twitch if I don’t get my annual fix. Usually I do not choose to go back in the sweltering heat of August, and quite often I bring my children with me. Once, I even somehow managed to convinced Baddy to come with, I think I termed it as, “just a pit stop” on our way to somewhere else. When there his badass self looked so small standing frozen in his ski coat, closed in by skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle of the city, I had to take him to Central Park to show him that there is an “outdoors”, and defrost him.
But here I was alone in the city this time, not a bad way to jump in, and I put on my sneakers, shorts and a t-shirt and ran through the lobby and out into the street, lest I be deterred from my mission of doing what I love to do, walk and explore, falling into obscure boutiques, galleries and even bars to meet people from different worlds.
I didn’t get very far before I reached Barney’s on 61st and Madison. I was looking in the windows when I saw in the reflection a beautiful yellow skyscape of the city and I had to turn around. “Are you the artist of these paintings?” I asked, and that is when I met Walford Williams.
Walford and I talked for an hour about his life in the city and his artwork and we shared our thoughts on life and love. He was a beautiful person of whom, of course, I had to interview. Why the hell hadn’t I thrown my video camera in my bag? Walford agreed to let me interview him on my iPhone.
When I was finished I bought one of his pieces so I can always have his energy and his talent near me as I write to all of you. His interviews are below and I am sorry Walford, that I could not portray you without all of the noise and the bad lighting but I had to share your beautifulness with my friends, good filming or not.
To see more of Walford’s creations visit his website.
Don’t forget to watch both videos and to visit Walford next time you’re in the city!