Artist Member Directory
Mary Burrell was the first-place finisher in SOBA’s 26th Annual Judged Show. Her artwork — with its distinctive textures, shading and detail — has been exhibited in restaurants, libraries, galleries, public offices and boutiques.Mary lived in New York until August 2017, when she moved to Bluffton with her husband, Mark. She is a founding member of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Women Artists, and serves on the SOBA Board of Directors as the Membership Chair. Mary also teaches children’s classes at SOBA and gives private lessons.
My Paintings are spontaneous, intuitive and from the heart. I paint to express myself using a unique style that is both pleasing to the eye and calming to the mind. Each painting takes me on a new journey from an idea, to the first stroke, and eventually to the finished piece. I love working with acrylics on canvas as they allow me the most flexibility to express my inner feelings. I give all my work depth, texture and movement by using numerous application techniques.
A passion for exploring the possibilities of form and shape is the motivation driving the creation of my pieces. Working with different and challenging materials teaches me to bend to the inherent attributes as well as the limitations of my chosen medium. It has led me on a journey that never ceases to amaze and captivate me! I am currently working in Mixed Media/Collage creating abstract work.
Donna P. Cole
Donna Cole placed first in SOBA’s 25th Annual Judged Show in watercolor. She also earned an honorable mention in the 24th Annual Judged show. Donna specializes in photo realism and enjoys experimenting with various unusual techniques and effects. Her unique style has drawn the attention from private collectors around the country. Moving to the area in 2013, Donna’s interest in the medium began thanks to a Michael Pearson workshop at SOBA. She draws inspiration from local scenery and wildlife, based in part on her own photography.
Mary Ann Ford
A Piccalo Spoleto exhibitor. Art allows us to look at the world around us differently. The relationships between shape, line, color and tone come to life and are constantly changed by light. John Kenney’s oil paintings are about the manipulation of light and geometric shapes. The direction and intensity of light controls image and texture. He finds inspiration in the every day. John’s art is an expression of what he sees and feels, whether as an abstraction or as modern expressionism.
Carolyn Mattingly has a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. Her graduate degrees are in Administration and Supervision. After retiring from Fulton County Schools in the position of Chief of Staff, she owned Advantage Private Home Care, in GA. Now retired in Bluffton, she focuses on landscape oil painting. She studied under well-known artists in NJ, Roswell and Atlanta, GA. and recently under Dennis Lake, Hilton Head. She is a member of Society of Bluffton Artists and Art League of Hilton Head where she displays her coastal art.
Photography is a lifelong passion. I learn by taking and analyzing photos without the constraints of formal theory, believing that learning and understanding creativity is an intuitive process. This self-learning and exploring method keeps my work original and of more interest to me.My range is substantial, covering still life, nature, abstract and urban landscapes. Abstract images interest me as long as their roots are natural.In the end, photography for me is just an excuse to get to know the world and share my art with others.
My name is Murray Sease. I am a painter, illustrator and designer. I am inspired by the amazing world around me. I try to capture it on my canvas in a colorful and lively style.
Painting is an intuitive process for me. Color and form appear and take shape as the process unfolds. Being unafraid of the messy middle allows the painting to take on a life of its own, living on in the canvas, telling the story again in new ways to its viewers. I have a minor in studio art from Skidmore College, attended Squam Art Workshops and online classes to find my creative tribe. I have a studio in Topsfield, MA and in Bluffton, SC. In 2021, I joined SOBA Gallery in Bluffton where I currently show and sell my work.
Marianne Stillwagon has a B.S. in Design and began her career as a freelance graphic designer. She gravitated to painting, her first love, in 1980. Marianne has a studio in Hillsborough Center, N.H. and also one in Hardeeville, S.C. She is an exhibiting member of NH Art Association, Society of Bluffton Artists, National Association of Women Artists and Monadnock Area Artists. Marianne has exhibited in numerous shows across the country over the years and her work is in many private collections in the US and abroad.
Sheryl has been a student of ceramics for many years, studying with clay artists in Texas and Georgia. Her hand-constructed ceramics are reflective of the forests, shorelines, and towns of the Low Country. Her work fuses natural elements such as Spanish moss with stoneware creating dramatic yet functional three-dimensional pieces. Sheryl’s constructions are in private collections throughout the US and can be seen in the SoBA and Pluff Mudd Art Galleries in Bluffton, SC, and in the Telfair Jepson Center Museum Store in Savanna, GA.