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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 works and non-objective abstracts 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. Ardith also incorporates visual elements of the unexpected from textile and assemblage additions to her 2-D works.

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.

Her gallery, Ardithian Arts Studio, is located at 1260 Dauphin St., Mobile, Al. 36604 251 - 232-1015

Ardith’s Insight

I hold a deep fascination in the complex systems of the world from human relationships to our interactions with the physical as well as scientific concepts around beauty and value. Because of this, my creativity is constantly firing around how bringing order out of chaos from a validation point of view can be conveyed through the use of pigment, paper, thread, objects, and narrative. Growing up in the deep south challenged me to consider relationships as fundamental to the human experience, especially the amazing diversity in the human form as well as the energy that flows around us. That energy is connected to my creative spirit and is emulated in every brush stroke.

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.

Professional Bio

Masters in Education

National Writing Fellow

Watercolor Graphic and Art Society Member

CEO - Ardithian Arts Inc.

Gallery Representation

Sophiella Gallery, Mobile, Al. 2018-Present

www.sophiellagallery.com

Hall Barnett Gallery, 614 Julia Street New Orleans, La.

www.hallbarnett.com

Previous Representation

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

Awards/Shows

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

Solo Show - Expandorendative Nov. 2015 Eastern Shore Art Center

Artys Visual Artist of the Year Award 2015

Solo Show - Red Energy, The Dynamic Movement In Competitive Sports June 2016 Mobile Arts Council, Mobile, Al.

Art Works Throwdown 5 Champion Mobile Arts Council

2017 Edmond's Fine Art Solo Show - Abstract Figurative Works Oklahoma City, Ok.

2017 Lyon's Share Gallery Solo Show - The Exploration of Mascherata Fairhope, Al.

2018 Group Show - Masquerade Sway Downtown, Mobile, Al.

2018 Group Show - Mobile Bay Educators, Mobile Arts Council

Group Show - Throwdown Showcase Artists, Mobile Arts Council September 2018

Sophiella Opening Show - October 3, 2018, Mobile, Al

2018 Group Show - Gulf Artists, Eastern Shore Art Center, October 2018

Publications

Record Gazette 2010

Mobile Press Register January 2011

Haiku Diem The Best of Year One 2012

Sense, November 2014

Mobile Bay Monthly, December 2014

A World of Artists Journal Pages by Dawn Devries Sokol 2015

Art Galleries & Artists of the South - Emerging Artist Volume 13 Issue 1

Southern Rambler 2016 Feature Article

Mobile Bay Monthly 2016 - The Land of Ardithian Feature

Oklahoma City Newspaper - 2017

The Scout Guide Mobile Bay Volume 2 Fall 2018

Awakening Your Creative Soul: A 52-Week Journey to Artistic Discovery

Where Women Create Magazine Jan/March 2019 (Cover Feature)