Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sentiments Of A Southern Artist: "Capturing The Soul Of The South"

Watercolorist:  Mary Whyte

Friends..One of my all-time favorite Watercolor Artists is Mary Whyte.  She is phenomenal in her approach to a story on canvas, and has become an enduring figure these days throughout the South.

This is the very first "Mary Whyte" painting I ever laid eyes on.  To me, seeing this image was like a Sudden Rush Of Warm Chills Accompanied with Flushes Of Childhood Memory.  Incredibly..The Story in the Life of The Woman Portrayed drew me in almost instantly..and from that day on, I simply wanted more.

I discovered through research that Mary Whyte's goal as an artist is to document what she considers a definitive-vanishing of particular histories fading away here in the South.

Her quest began while battling cancer.  She and her husband relocated to the border islands of South Carolina and it was there quite by accident she said, that she stumbled upon a group of Gullah women making quilts in an abandoned church.

She's been later quoted as saying these beautiful women changed her life..and gave her a Faith in God that she had never before experienced.

Now..some 20 years later, Mary Whyte has become nationally recognized as the phenomenal artist she so rightfully deserves.  Her passion rests in preserving not only Gullah Tradition..but other Vanishing Southern Traditions.

I so love that God led this woman to narrate details of the South that could have disappeared entirely with time.  Thank you God!  Thank you Mary.

Much Love & Sunshine To Anyone Who May Have Visited Today!



Jodi Ulschmid said...

I've been meaning to do a blog post about Mary. My mom had sent me a link to a video about her a month or so ago and I was so impressed by her talent and the stories she captures. Just amazing!!!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

What a talented lady...her work is wonderful.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Wow. Amazing. The last could be a painting from The Secret Life of Bees.

patty said...

Just beautiful - and full of meaning as well! I love that you are highlighting the talents of others on your own blog. I'm likin that idea! Thanks for your well-wishes for Muffy. She is doing pretty well and we are hoping for the best! Big hugs to you, sweet Terri!!

priti.lisa said...

So very talented Mary is! I can't imagine how she captures a feeling so authentically. Being from the northern part of this country...well, I can't lie...the paintings are gorgeous, and I love that she finds the beauty in their tasks and lives...
I am not sure why I have the feelings I am having now...I have been moved by her art.
The tenderness of it...but also I felt something from your words, Terri, that I am finding hard to explain...
I guess what I mean to say is: we have a cultural divide, in this country, so vast, art is our only savior.
I hope you understand what I mean, I am so clumbsy at expression.
L O V E to you, Terri.
I love learning from you:)

Cathy Bueti said...

These are amazing! I am not familiar with her work at all but I love it! As a cancer survivor I can very much relate to that experience putting you on a path of inspiration and creative growth!

Thanks for sharing her with us! Her work is so beautiful! :)

Diana by Lagoa Design Studio said...

Beautiful. Thank you so much, dear friend, for sharing this!


Kelly Berkey said...

what beautiful and meaningful art! thanks so much for sharing, i always learn so much visiting you my friend:-)