tracy murrell

In her colorful silhouettes, Atlanta’s Tracy Murrell celebrates the beauty and grace of the female form. The artist: Born in Mobile, AL, she moved with her family to Spain for five years when her father was in the Air Force. After that, the family settled in Biloxi, MS. ` At Centenary College in Shreveport, LA., Murrell…

maria white

South Carolina ceramic artist Maria White strives to create work that enhances a space and is useful in daily ritual. The artist: Born in Las Vegas, White grew up in Summerville, SC, in a creative household. While both parents painted, her father was a graphic designer and her mother also designed and made clothing. White discovered clay…

francis sills

In a recent series of paintings, South Carolina’s Francis Sills was influenced by the landscape in and around his Low Country home.  The artist: Sills grew up in central New Jersey where he was exposed to art and nature as a child, hiking and fishing in the woods, ponds and creeks near his home. He…

lucy bailey clay

South Carolina ceramic artist Lucy Bailey studied faces for years before she started to make them. And it shows in her surreal figurative work. The artist: Bailey grew up on Lake Murray in Irmo, and graduated from Columbia College (SC) with a theater degree. She earned a master’s degree in clinical counseling and an education…

laura dargan

South Carolina’s Laura Dargan uses fresh color combinations and irregular shapes to create visual energy in her abstract paintings. The artist: Born in Columbia, SC, Dargan grew up painting and drawing. But it wasn’t until after graduation from College of Charleston that she began to focus on art as a career. Dargan opened an art…

kimberly winkle

Tennessee woodturner Kimberly Winkle hand draws dots, lines and other patterns on her quirky-cool painted furniture and wood objects. The artist: An Oklahoma native, Winkle earned degrees from University of Oklahoma (ceramics) and San Diego State University (SDSU) in furniture design. She has also completed woodworking workshops at: Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Haystack Mountain…

Brackish

Ben Ross has always enjoyed the woods and waterways of the South. So for his wedding 13 years ago, the South Carolina native decided to create a gift that reflected his appreciation of the outdoors. Ross, who grew up using feathers to tie fishing flies, crafted turkey feather bow ties for his groomsmen. The handsome…

Kate Rothra Fleming

A lifelong interest in the natural world’s colors, forms and textures influences Kate Rothra Fleming’s glass jewelry designs. Background: Grew up in Miami, and as a child traveled around to remote areas of wild Florida with her father and mother, a nature writer. Fleming earned degrees from University of Florida and Rochester Institute of Technology.…