“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..