Seth is a self-taught artist residing in West Virginia. Originally starting off as a writer, he describes his beginning as an artist very small in regards to his technical ability. However, after finding that people really liked and connected with his drawings, he began focusing more on creating art.
He defines his art style in two ways: the first being the fact that his drawings are not technically developed, following and accepting those limitations, causing his art to appear more flat with lack of depth. In turn, Seth makes an incredibly creative style that is unique to him.
Secondly, he tries hard to create simply what he enjoys, not what other people pressure him to create.
Seth began with an interest in writing and aspirations of being a poet, but once there was an interest in his visual art, he took a break from writing. However, as he began establishing his art style, he soon missed his creative writing. and this affected his art in the form of his collection “Small Tales” and later collections, which showcase his poetry and made up for what his technical ability was lacking, all while, still keeping the simplicity that makes his art truly beautiful.
Suzanne Leonard is relatively new to Charleston after spending almost 30 years living and working in Chicago, but you wouldn’t necessarily know that from her art. Her work is all swirls of blue and green, the soft colors of beach sand and the moodiness of storm clouds.
“I’m inspired by the colors that I see around me,” said Leonard, who fell in love with Charleston visiting friends who had moved here. Many of her works look like the line where the water meets the beach or the winding networks of creeks and marsh that make up the South Carolina coast.
A native of Oklahoma, Leonard made the move to the Lowcountry herself last August.
Leonard is also somewhat new to resins, having a previous background in oil and watercolor painting. She picked up the basics of her technique in a Chicago art class.
“I really just loved it -- it’s so different from anything else I had seen out there,” she said.
Leonard makes all of her art in a home studio in Mount Pleasant. She said she is interested in exploring larger-format hanging pieces that could lend a contemporary look to newer homes. And her work can be displayed indoors or under cover outdoors.
The practicality of resin work -- she designs tables, benches, trays and other furniture -- also reflects her background in an industry in which functionality and purpose are everything.
“My previous career was in finance, and everything served a purpose and was organized so I like that in my art,” she said.
Leonard said she hasn’t missed many opportunities to spend time in the environments that inspire her work, including the Lowcountry coastline. “I have a dog so I take her and whenever I get the chance I love to walk on the beach,” she explained.
Visit Art Mecca of Charleston to see more of Suzanne’s work in person or check out a selection of her resin designs at www.artmeccaofcharleston.com/suzanne-leonard.html.
Are you an animal lover? You're in for a treat: Please meet Angela Alexander, an Asheville-based artist specializing in pet portraits.
Angela has an interesting process: She starts with a black canvas and then layers loose brushstrokes in vibrant colors to reveal the dog, cat or farm animal she’s painting. The bold colors that characterize her work represent her subject’s energy and personality.
Angela did not begin her career as a painter until later in life. When she was laid off from her graphic design job, she decided to make a go of being an artist. Her first paintings were whimsical drawings of her brown and tan Chihuahua, Sadie, whose markings made it look like she was wearing a mask.
Consequently, up until Sadie passed in 2015, Angela painted all her subjects wearing masks and glasses. Over the years her style has evolved from playful and often comedic caricatures of pets, to the more refined and abstract technique she uses in her art today.
It's going to be a gorgeous weekend in Charleston, stop by and see Angela's work!