Affra Gibbs’ family is from Charleston and she was born here. She grew up in New York and studied art in New York and Paris, returning to Charleston in 2013. The spectacular light and string shadows and colors of the lowcountry, along with the glorious landscape and architecture, provides constant inspiration for her; she sees a painting in almost everything she looks at.
Bold color and confident lines define her work and she is most inspired by color, light and emotional connection. Her aim is to capture the essence and spark of her subjects and to evoke the immediacy of life. She wants the viewer to feel a strong presence and emotional involvement. She believes that our bravest work is our best work and her greatest joy is working quickly and intuitively.