sunny mullarkey

In her vibrant, geometric prints, South Carolina’s Sunny Mullarkey reveals her fascination with repetition of patterns: Both in nature and man made. The artist: Born in San Diego, Mullarkey grew up in a Navy family who eventually settled in Beaufort, SC. She studied fine art and media art at Anderson University and the University of South…

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…

logan woodle

In his surreal metal work, South Carolina native Logan Woodle pays homage to the culture of the agrarian South. The artist: Born in Conway, SC, Woodle grew up playing on his family’s farm. He is the sixth generation to be raised on this land, which has shaped much of his career and life. Introduced to…

katie walker

In her abstract paintings, South Carolina’s Katie Walker draws on memories of places and people she has encountered. The artist: Born in Pensacola, Walker grew up in Greenville, SC. She earned an art degree from Furman University and an MFA degree in painting/drawing from the University of Georgia. She also studied and taught in Cortona,…

elizabeth b. ceramics

Elegant design and details that make a difference are hallmarks of the porcelain pieces made by Elizabeth Borowsky in South Carolina. The artist: Borowsky grew up in Acton, MA, and graduated from Clemson University in 2000 with a fine arts degree and an emphasis on sculpture. In 2012, when her youngest of five children turned…

Virginia Scotchie

Many of Virginia Scotchie’s mixed-media sculptures possess a visual quirkiness, with their fragmented forms, pop colors and worn, crusty surfaces. The artist: Born in Portsmouth, VA, where her father was in the Navy, Scotchie grew up in Asheville making art of all kinds. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and…

Kit Porter

  In her color-rich abstract paintings, Kit Porter takes cues from palettes, patterns and shapes in a changing environment. The artist: Porter grew up in Wilmington, NC, and graduated with a degree in fine art from the University of the South (TN) in 2005. After graduation, she worked in art-related jobs in Columbia and Charleston, SC,…

Alice Ballard

From her popular ceramic wall pods to her sculptural tree totems, Alice Ballard’s work is always about nature. The artist: Born in Florence, SC, Ballard grew up in an Air Force family and lived all over the world. She earned degrees in painting at the University of Michigan, working as a scientific illustrator to put…

Mary Edna Fraser

From the cockpit of her family’s vintage plane, Mary Edna Fraser was awed by aerial views of the Lowcountry waterways and landscapes she saw. The experience inspired the South Carolina artist to recreate the landscapes in batik art and paintings. The studio: Fraser works out of a backyard studio on James Island Creek, just south…

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…