Blythe Ann is a vibrant oil painter that picked up a paintbrush three years ago after not creating for nearly twenty years. She began her professional artistic journey when she appeared on the Asheville art scene in 2018, the same year she had begun painting. The exhibit at The Asheville Area Arts Council consisted of earlier pieces created with oil pastels and alcohol inks. She took a two month long road trip across the US exploring the arts of different areas as well as ten National Parks. Since then she has focused on compiling a body of work, with various subjects, often painting from her own photographs. She has dedicated her time to mastering oil painting techniques and exploring new mediums. Always willing to paint an array of subjects, her growth as an artist continues to flourish.
Unlike many of her contemporaries, Blythe Ann is primarily self-taught and new to the art world. She has her own approach to - and definition of - art and the expression of her innate talent. She believes to understand style one must try it on and traverse through the unknown. She trusts in the evolution of her art as therapy. Her mediums, style, palette, and subjects are forever colorful and never boring.
Blythe is currently living in Ormond Beach, Florida, where she was raised. Returning to the beaches and marshes with new perspective and a painter’s eyes, she enjoys spending her free time surfing, hiking, foraging and fishing. To learn more about her philosophy and journey feel free to get in touch.
Have you ever wondered what the world looks like through the filter of children’s eyes?
Do you stop to wonder what if might be like to hold onto that deep fascination and curiosity?I I have spent my life fighting the urge to just pass by things that interest me without stopping to take them in through the senses. I’m always willing to make the space for smelling flowers and watching shapes form in the clouds above. To see things with inert, childlike inquisitiveness, is to expand the present moment, allowing everything to become captivating and worthy of exploration. In order to be truly present I must move back through time to that place of innocence. This in turn propels me forward on the path I was always meant to follow, the path of a painter.
Sobriety lead me back to a paintbrush three years ago at the age of 37. I hadn’t done much creating since adolescence. It was both a way to pass the new, free time as much as a return to my childhood dreams. The world I was searching for through substances, is instead created through oil and alchemy. I create my work through repetitive, studious application of mixed and applied vibrant color, often rooted in nostalgia. I draw inspiration from the graffiti on the train that passes in front of me all the way back to the old masters I first glimpsed in books.
Painting the natural world brings me to a deeper understanding of the universe of which I am such a small, curious part. Sharing with the world my struggles with alcoholism, I intend to shift the narrative of addiction stereotypes and what can be accomplished through sobriety and recovery. The stigma must be broken.