When one considers the life of a creative, they must consider the journey that Ardith Goodwin has walked. Despite years of challenging medical issues, Ardith took her love of imagination, writing, and a drive as an auto-didact to teach herself how to paint, how to manipulate a marking tool, and how to move a line with color and passion. Being raised in the Deep South impacted her creativity a great deal and she taps into that source through her paintings and writings. Her vivid imagination combined with her love of figures has evolved into a body of work wrapped around a magical world: The Land of Ardithian, as well as an energetic span of complete abstraction and sports art.
As an artist, Ardith views her scope of focus a bit differently than most. Mastery of craft to her is using her technical framework across any subject matter, but primarily figures, abstracts, and sports. It doesn't come from painting the same thing in the same palette many different ways. Instead, she uses fractured line, dynamic movement, transparent layers, complexity, and story, to create a visual language that for her, transcends subject matter. Combined that with a vivid imagination and her passion for color, this colorist chooses not to limit her chroma scope but expand on it, always pushing her use of color, or lack of it, to new heights.
Ardith combines her love of writing and educating with a self-taught passion for art and has been a professional artist for the past 15years. Despite facing life changing orthopedic challenges, Ardith holds true to her faith and the belief that no matter what challenge life throws her way, nothing will quench her spirit to continue creating, sharing, and inspiring. With joyful determination, she shares her love of art with children and adults through local, national, and online classes and actively promotes the lifestyle of moving through life as a creative.
Her full time working gallery, Ardithian Arts Studio, is located at 1260 Dauphin St., Mobile, Al. 36604 251 - 232-1015
“I truly believe that I am blessed with being an ordinary person living an extraordinary life. Yes, there have been huge challenges, but there has never been one that my faith and belief in my artistic spirit, along with the support of family and friends, couldn't be met with head on. Life will be hard, it will place obstacles in our lives that seem devastating and life altering. My belief, in fact my knowing, is that in every person we hold the key to look within, believe our truths, embrace our gifts, and rise above any circumstance. Being a creative maker is a state of mind, being optimistic is as well, and the two are a powerful combination in turning anyone’s life from ordinary to extraordinary.”
My paintings and writings are my way of taking that courageous spirit, mixing it in with an insane love of marking making, color, and oddness, and creating works of art that inspire others to see the world as intrinsically beautiful no matter their place or station in life. My hope is that through my marks and my practice, my work will resonate with the viewer so that they sense a connection with the way of life in the south, its geographical influence, and the myriad of colors and marks that make being a southern artist magical.
Masters in Education
National Writing Fellow
Alabama State Teacher of the Year Southeast Region
Workshop Presenter in Creativity and Creative Writing
Homeschool Specialist in Creative Writing
Middle School Art Teacher of the Year, State of Alabama
Adult Art Educator City of Mobile
Workshop Presenter Georgia O'Keefe Cultural Center for the Arts, Ocean Springs 2013