Meet William Cash
By Christa Lea Baker
Visual artist William Cash seems almost feverish as he shows you his paintings. “Art makes me light up like a Christmas tree,” he exclaims. His excitement is infectious as he takes you on an aesthetic journey into his world of passion, pain and beauty. “Art is my life,” he says, “it totally consumes me.”
Today, Cash is literally bursting upon the art scene like a new tube of red paint on a clean, white canvas. He has already achieved an impressive list of accomplishments. He sold out his first Solo Exhibition at the Pangaea Gallery, has received favorable reviews from art critics like Jerry Cullum of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and has secured gallery representation at the prestigious Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown, Mass.
Raised in Kennesaw, Cash had always wanted to pursue a career in the arts, whether it be in painting, writing or music. He chose to attend Kennesaw State due to his strong family ties to the campus, where his father has taught math for 23 years. With his commencement in May 2006, he joined his mother and sister as a KSU graduate.
So what exactly is the secret to his success? Good old-fashioned hard work. Cash spends at least five hours every day painting. “Art is my relief, my social life, my TV. I’m completely obsessed.”
It’s this kind of obsessive attitude that pushes Cash. According to Assistant Professor of Art Robert Sherer, Cash was “your typical college student,” lacking “direction, discipline and drive.” However, he noticed that Cash possessed the “natural talent” and “intensity” to become successful. When asked what made him take his art more seriously, Cash said, “I made a conscious list of new priorities. I knew I had to shift my thinking and I had to grow up. My art became bigger than me.”
So, where will this drive to succeed take Cash in the future? While he wants to travel to Europe, showcase his works nationally, and eventually attend graduate school, he has no plans of leaving Georgia permanently. He considers himself a Southern artist and says that taking him out of the South “would be like taking me out of my source of inspiration.”
For now, Cash is content spending time with his paints. It’s a lot of work, but he wouldn’t want it any other way.
“He has a profoundly sensual relationship with paint,” says Sherer. “I fell in love with the paint,” William responds. “I had no choice. It took me over.”