As a self-taught artist of 15 years, she found her gift of painting and visual transfer by accident. Elementary education was her path right out of college, but she unexpectedly faced multiple medical challenges and was forced to give up teaching and go on disability while her body healed. As luck would have it, a visit to the library and some time spent with her favorite watercolor books showed her that she had a gift for not only drawing, but the use of color and imagination. That experience transformed her life.
Now a full time working artist, Ardith views her scope of focus a bit differently than most. Mastery of craft to her is using her technical framework as she creates figurative, abstracts, and sports art in mixed media and acrylics connected to creative narratives. She builds paintings with fractured line, dynamic movement, transparent layers, complexity, and details from rich life experiences on canvas and paper.
As an artist who teaches, she travels the U.S and abroad conducting art workshops, hosting creative travel journeys, as well as small group academic study for professional artists in her studio in Mobile, Al. She is a passionate advocate for teaching adults that their creative points of view and visual language matter as well as finding joy in the devotion and mastery of fundamentals.
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 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 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 color, experience, and story, 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
Watercolor Graphic and Art Society Member
CEO - Ardithian Arts Inc.
Sophiella Gallery, Mobile, Al. 2018-Present
Arts Blanche Mobile, Al. 2003-2005
Cathedral Square Gallery, Mobile, Al - 2005-2008
Art(ology)Mobile, Al. 2009-2012
Lyons Share Gallery, Fairhope, Al. 2016-2018
Gallery 43 - Roswell, Ga. 2017-2018
VSA Art Program Professional Member 2005-2012
VSA Art Purchase Award, Birmingham, Al. 2005
VSA Arts Best of Show, Mobile, Al. 2004
Featured Artist, 2008 Cathedral Square Gallery
Solo Show - Wilkins Miller 2009 Fairhope, Al.
Postcards From the Gulf Show - 2011
World of Wearable Art Finalist, New Zealand 2011
ST JOSEPH CHAPEL: 100 YEARS AS THE LIGHT ON THE HILL Art Show Spring Hill College 2011
"Yellow" Art Show Spring Hill College Eichold Gallery 2012
"Mixed" Mixed Media Show with Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough, 2012 The Artists Place Gallery
Oyster Trail Artist, Mobile, Al. 2013
"Women of History" Show, Mobile History Museum, Mobile, Al. 2014
Solo Show - Wilkins Miller 2014 Fairhope, Al.
ArtWorks Throwdown 3 Dress Design - Mobile Arts Council 2014
Art:work BAAE Juried Show Mobile Museum of Art July-October 2015