“The Earth is my subject matter: interior and exterior, views from the environment, geological strata, and aerial scenes.” - Faye Earnest
Faye enjoys bold color with exotic textures. She has been painting for over 30 years, and our plant continues to be her theme. With three degrees in art from University of Alabama, University of South Alabama, and University of Southern Mississippi, her work has evolved from romantic landscape to abstraction of nature.
Faye’s first landscape paintings related to the dense tropical atmosphere of the Gulf Coast: seeing beyond nearby plants, exotic flowers, and moss. Texture, color, and light were major elements, as she created a romantic interpretation of the natural environment. The works became abstracted; initially creating an image of the exterior landscape, then more curious about the minerals and metals within the interior. A geological core sample or strata was enlarged to produce conceptual mixed media paintings.
Her first trip to the Southwest altered her aesthetic viewpoints tremendously. For over 20 years, Faye has been romantically and creatively attached to the earth formations of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. She makes at least two trips to her favorite areas each year, photographing and sketching mountains, rock formations, caldera, arroyos, and mesas. She has explored the national parks of the Southwest, unique shapes and colors of Santa Fe, Taos, and Cloudcroft, Native American pueblos, red rock formations in Sedona, and spectacular hues emerging from low and high elevations. She visits Abiquiu to experience the source of Georgia O’Keefe’s work. “I see why she fell in love with the Southwest: the colors, textures, and forms draw you into a magical art world,” says Earnest.
She has exhibited in multiple galleries in the South in addition to New York, Germany, Greece, St. Thomas, Las Vegas, Miami, Santa Fe, Taos, Dallas, Asheville, and New Orleans. With national and international collectors, she continues to strive for innovative forms to express her intrigue with the geographical and atmospheric views of our planet.
She recently completed a series based on the hot pools and geysers of Yellowstone Park, an abstracted views of the colors, layers, and minerals found in the geothermal activity. Currently, she is working on a new series Above the Water, aerial views of land and sea.
Articles, reviews, and images have been in Sense Magazine, Gulf Coast; Gallery and Studio Magazine, New York; Art in America, New York; Southwest Art, United States; Pasatiempo, Santa Fe; Artists and Art Galleries of the South; Current; Coast; Discoveries; Mobile Bay Monthly; and Pensacola Magazine.
~Biography courtesy of Faye Earnest..
Julie Snidle, an abstract painter and teacher, was born in Minneapolis, MN in 1955. With a degree in education she was a corporate training administrator in Dallas, TX before following her passion for art and painting. She is a discipline self-taught artist who has continued her art education since 1995. Julie has focused on encaustic since 2004 and is a Core Teaching Artist for R&H Handmade Paints. She has taught at the International Encaustic Conference held annually in Provincetown, MA, and she continues to teach workshops across the country. Julie’s work appears in numerous galleries and in private collections throughout the U.S. Julie now lives in Fairhope, AL with her husband, Will.
I started drawing and painting in 2010, and while I say that I'm a self taught artist, I was truly taught by prominent artists of today such as Richard Schmid, David Leffel, and Daniel Gherhartz among others through the books they have written and many hours of studying their work. While having experimented with various mediums, I currently work with charcoal on paper and oil on canvas. Although I believe all art is abstract, at least in the making, I give my sincerest attempt at a more traditional look in my work, which consists of mostly portrait and figure paintings alongside the occasional still life. I can only hope that my artwork will bring as much joy to others as it has to me.
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Mobile, Alabama-based artist Sally Adams Trufant has worked with clay since her high school days in New Orleans.
I like the predictable unpredictability of clay; I enjoy the process of discovering what happens when I make the same thing again and again. While every piece may be similar, they are all very different to me; I can see the progression, the improvements, the subtle evolution of the original idea. When I’ve exhausted the idea I move on.
I am inspired by art, beauty, books, movies, travel, other cultures, funny people, a well-written turn of phrase, and the excitement I feel about the future.
"The Art of Art for me is not in the knowing how to start a piece but in the knowing when to stop." - AmyB
I am inspired by many things I see in life, but mostly I'm attracted to water, flowers, birds and landscapes...the things that bring me peace. I work in the legal field by day and paint by night and weekends. I work in oils and in acrylics on canvas using either palette knives or brushes (and sometimes both). I'm also an emerging Potter! I was honored when one of my paintings was displayed in Times Square at the 2012 Art Takes Times Square takeover by See|Me and featured for 3 months in 2014 at See|Me Galleries in New York. I have also shown my work at several local venues. I'm a member of the Eastern Shore Art Center and the Mobile Arts Guild.
A seasoned artist for more than twenty years, Stewart Heath is a contemporary abstract painter who uses acrylics and mixed mediums. Her work has a richly diversified subject matter, creating unique acrylic pours that seem as though her paintings, such as “Hurricane Waters”, “Dancing Jellyfish”, and “Vibrations”, are glimpses into other dimensions; which are sometimes referred to as “other worldly”. When creating her mixed medium pieces, Stewart draws inspiration from animals, the ocean, wildlife, and children as well as life around her to tell her story. Stewart’s paintings and mixed medium pieces can be found in several private residences throughout the U.S.
Formerly from Atlanta, Stewart loves international travel, and she has spent numerous years living in Europe where she met her husband, who was training for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Stewart is now living with her loving and supportive husband and son in Spanish Fort, right around the corner from her gallery.
Throughout my life I’ve been blessed with the opportunity of living in different territories, such as the Sonoran deserts of Arizona, Patagonia Argentina, Puerto Rico, to now, sunny Florida. The places I have lived have impregnated their trace onto me as I have so fondly accepted them into my memory.
Colors and textures are saturated on my artwork abstractly and literally. When I paint I let my intuition materialize all the sensory memories infused in my soul. My artwork is inspired in the nature that surrounded me in my life. I am especially fond of birds.
I am a mixed media artist. I build layers to create depth and visual variety. I work with a variety of tools. Anything around that helps me to achieve an interesting expression of my concept.
I have an Associate in Graphic Design and in Interior Design Technology.
Art is my native language.
Kim Richard began her journey in the art world only a couple of years ago as she began approaching her retirement from the Coronado, California School System. She served as a Special Education Teacher for 13 years. She has a great passion for helping children, so retirement for Kim was bitter sweet.
As her retirement approached, and with the increasing time that her Navy Seal husband was deployed, Kim decided she needed a creative outlet that brought her peace and meditation. While establishing a new-found love for painting, she became very intrigued by the technique of Mandala Pointillism. She incorporated this technique into functional art by adding beautiful designs to terracotta clay pots and the accompanied plant saucers. Kim now creates amazing Mandala Pointillism designs to small wooden boxes, birdhouses, and jewelry dishes adding vibrant color and depth to what were once ordinary objects.
“Creating isn’t what I do. It’s who I am.” From the time she was a toddler scribbling with crayon on her mother’s front door, to her recent creations years later showing in Stewart Heath Gallery, Dawn has always created and absolutely loves every second of it.
Residing in Fairhope, Dawn and her family moved to the Eastern Shore in 2017 from Delaware. Graduating from college in Philadelphia, she majored in both Graphic Design and Illustration. Being a seasoned graphic designer and artist, she loves to combine her knowledge of both in her creations. Not wanting to be pigeon-holed into a particular medium or style, she creates based on mood and inspirations using multiple mediums such as acrylics, oils, colored pencils, charcoal, and pastels. Favoring acrylics over oils, her paintings of late tend to taken on an impressionist feel with thin paint strokes layered on top of each other in a semi-deliberate way. She loves the element of surprise color shifting paint provides, and almost never uses black or white allowing the colors of the piece to maintain their true form and not be dulled in their magic.
When she isn’t creating or teaching, she’s spending time with her husband and three kids either traveling to a soccer game, walking the piers, or catching a show in New Orleans. From its gorgeous sunsets and rolling fields, to its numerous events of beautiful Gulf Shores, the South offers an abundance of inspiration and beauty. Something she continually hopes to portray in her art, and feels beyond blessed to see.