Current Studio Artists

Redux is home to Charleston’s most creative visual artists. Each artist concentrates on developing a personal artistic vision. Redux’s exhibition program and events serve as a resource where studio artists are constantly exposed to visiting artists, artist lectures, and most importantly the ideas and feedback from their peers. This results in a creative momentum for everyone. To learn more about how you can join the Redux community of studio artists, please click here.

ARTISTS

 Alan was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Florida, School of Architecture in 1975 and has worked in architectural offices in Savannah, Beaufort, Kiawah Island and Charleston. He has lived in Charleston since 1979. He is a LEED accredited professional architect and formerly a partner in the architecture firm McKellar & Associates. He has a studio at Redux and divides his time between art and architecture. 

He has an interest in abstract expressionism and minimalist artwork. His artistic efforts have developed out of an interest in deconstructing architectural drafting and rendering techniques and reassembling them into simply composed and precisely rendered non-representational works that contain elements of both drafting and painting. 

His work has been shown at the Corrigan Gallery, Mitchell Hill Gallery, Charleston Arts Festival, The Venue Inn, Jericho Arts and the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Show at the City Waterfront Gallery he recently collaborated with Hirona Matsuda on “Wall Line 2” a site specific installation at ArtFields in Lake City. He is represented by The George Gallery. 

Alan lives with his wife in Mt Pleasant. 

Alice Keeney is from Barrington, Rhode Island. She attended Speos for photography in Paris for one year. 

She mainly photographs people, but also enjoys photographing the world around her as it passes by. Often times, some of her favorite shots or memories are taken with her iPhone because “they say the best camera is the one you have in your hand, right?” Photographing people has allowed her to meet some fascinating individuals whom she would not have otherwise interacted with had photography not been the catalyst. She loves getting a chance to chat with a stranger, listening to their story, and then trying to portray them as best as she can in a still image.

Born and raised in Columbia, SC, Anna Sims King earned a BFA in Art and Fabric Design from the University of Georgia in 2006.

Today, gestural strokes, exploration of line, and suggested color elements build and enhance her work while unexpected color, dimension, movement and depth drive each piece in layers of light.

With an extended family history of South Carolina artists, Anna has always felt compelled to create. Whether it’s on canvas, film, paper, in the kitchen, or through fashion, she maintains a consciousness of environments while creating art to compliment its ultimate surroundings.

Currently, Anna lives in Charleston with her husband Adam and her rescue “gas station” dog Pilot. Her studio is located in Redux Contemporary Art Center.

Anna Todisco is the owner and creator of Threads Todisco. Threads Todisco creates one of a kind garments out of recycled, unwanted, and thrifted materials. They focus on reworking vintage clothing and creating original pieces out of recycled fabrics. Through their creations, they promote individuality, sustainability, and spirit. 

Barbara Montgomery is from Atlanta, Georgia. She chose to move to Charleston because growing up, her family would spend the summers exploring the lowcountry area around Charleston. She fell in love with the city and moved here to attend the College of Charleston.

Since graduating in 2015, she has worked on investing in the incredible creative community here. She believes Charleston’s creative community is constantly proving its openness as it graciously accepts new artists and new ideas. She feels Charleston is cultivating a very new and exciting platform of growth within the arts.

She draws inspiration through her ever-growing passion for adventuring. She paints moments from wilderness adventures spanning from kayaking expeditions along the southeastern coast all the way to backpacking adventures through the Grand Canyon. Throughout her body of work, she strives to create a prolonged moment of tranquility within the landscape. Her process consists of taking pictures and doing drawing studies along the adventure trail. Then translating them onto my canvas once she returns to the studio.

Raised on the Connecticut coastline, Briahna Wenke began painting murals for local businesses by age 16, although she’s been filling sketchbooks since her earliest memories. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a bachelors in history and anthropology, she spent her early twenties working towards and embarking on international travels to Australia, Europe, Asia, North Africa, and Central America.

In 2014, Bri moved from Manhattan and the world of fashion to the Lowcountry, to pursue life as a full time painter. Her work is collected both locally and nationally, and has been featured on the cover of Natural Awakenings Magazine.

Caroline Knopf was born in the South, and the South’s rich storytelling tradition permeates her work as a photographer and teller of tales through the lens of her camera.
Photography is also a family tradition, her grandfather was a war photographer, documenting the Japanese surrender at the end of World Warll; her father and grandmother captured life through the camera as well.
Upon arriving in New York, her work soon caught the attention of a market looking for an inventive and narrative vision. This led to many longstanding relationships shooting for, among others, Neiman Marcus, Conde Nast, and Elle. Her work has been selected by The Women’s Caucus For The Arts as an important storytelling tradition and voice as well as a dedication to Women’s empowerment through art.
Her work has appeared in gallery and museum shows in New York, Paris, and Japan.
Her broad technical knowledge is well matched for her eye for detail and love of fashion. The past meets the future in her creation of timeless images. Knopf’s vision is both an accompolished and singular one in the field of photography today.
As Knopf says, “The ideas behind an image originate with a piece of clothing, a painting, some glimpse that captures my imagination and the pictures unfold in my mind like the pages of a book.”
Knopf lives in Brooklyn, New York, although her work and ideas take her far and wide, always in search of a new, enchanting story.

As well as being an artist in Charleston, Connor also runs a full service design company called S E V E N. Named after his lucky number, S E V E N isn’t simply a graphic design company, just as Connor is not simply a designer. He embodies a multitude of skills that are transparent in his work. Whether you need a sleek logo or a quirky illustration of a pelican flying with a koala and a balloon, Connor is your man. His wheels are constantly turning. In fact, his noggin is a piece of art in itself.

 

 

After years of philosophically wondering what he was doing with his life, George Ayers decided to resign his career in the engineering field to pursue something more personally fulfilling. Having always had an interest in pencil sketching as well as architecture and design, he started developing an interest in the classical realism genre of oil painting.

He was a music performance major in college and had no formal art training outside a standard art class in high school. So, he started reading as much as he could as well as observing other artist’s work and began developing his own knowledge and skill. It wasn’t long before he was hooked, and maybe even obsessed, and found himself pausing movies to admire the portraits hanging on the walls in the background.

To achieve the results he strives for, he uses a method of many thin layers of paint. Each layer builds up color and depth as well as detail and also allows him to revise the forms as he goes. This layering affect, as it has historically, produces a final result which is unique to this method. There are many great ways to approach painting but this is his favorite. He’s modified this technique to suit his personal taste and get the results which makes him smile every time.

More than anything else, this artistic endeavor has taught him an entirely new understanding of patience and dedication which has subsequently translated into other parts of his life. He would say that that is a win win situation regardless of where this new life direction takes him.

Born and raised in Burlington, NC, Gret Mackintosh’s earliest memories involve drawing and painting animals, which has led to a lifelong career in the art and design world. After initially entering into the College of Design at North Carolina State University as a Graphic Design major, she quickly realized that her heart remained in the fine arts and switched to a double major in Art & Design and Landscape Architecture. After graduation, she moved to Charleston, South Carolina to begin her career as a landscape architect, while continuing to pursue painting as a passion. Gret’s extensive commission work as an animal portrait artist spurred from her obsessive drawing and painting of her own spotted canine muse, Louie.

She primarily paints using acrylics, but also delves into mixed mediums such as pencil, markers, gouche, and watercolors. Shee is fascinated by nature, and attempts to balance the dichotomy of realism and abstraction in her paintings by highlighting realistic details through bold color choices such as painting Zebra’s stripes blue. Her constantly evolving view of the natural world guides and inspires her work on a daily basis.

J. Kevin Foltz is a wanderer. He has worked for thirty years as a traveling photographer with a large variety of clients ranging from airline magazines, resorts, inns, and restaurants to Western Union and the Sony Corporation.
Recently relocated to Charleston S.C. from Miami, Kevin continues to work on travel and culinary projects for the custom publishing industry throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. Although still involved in photography works, he now devotes much of his time to making art in many new mediums. Kevin considers himself to be a folk artist, encountering his muse when roaming. 
In his work he allows imagery recorded on the film plane to become a platform from which he dives into subjective interpretations of moments in time. He believes that many artists and art critics gabble on about physcologically “deep” values in art, when no discussion in necessary. He states that the meaning of all artwork is dependent on the sophistication and objectivity of the viewer, and not on contemplations of educators and elitist pedagogues. Foltz says that as long as the art is made with the intention of honest and unique self-expression it is worthy of reflection.

Jane Ann Sweeny received her BFA in Printmaking from Clemson University. She is a visual artist and an actress, spending 5 years in Los Angeles to focus on her craft. Jane Ann’s work focuses on the human condition, and the expression of things left unsaid. Her priority in life and art is to remove the masks of our culture and speak truth. Women especially are confined by the masks that our society dictates. Jane Ann’s art is quickly getting recognition and a place in the local art community in Charleston, SC.

Julia Deckman was born and raised in Annapolis, MD. She began painting as a child, and has been creating ever since. Julia fell in love with Charleston while attending College of Charleston. She graduated in 2007 with a degree in Anthropology, and a few years later, made the Holy City her home. In 2014 she decided to pursue her professional art career and now primarily works with oil paints. Her work is inspired by unique perspective, bold light, and vibrant color.

Karen Ann Myers received her MFA in Painting from Boston University and her BFA in Studio Art from Michigan State University. Myers’ psychologically intense, densely decorated portraits examine our culture’s hyper-sexualized obsession with glamour and physical beauty, touching on its aesthetic extremes, seductive appeal, and emotional casualties. She served as Redux’s Executive Director from 2009 – 2011. Recent exhibitions include Thinking of You at LUIS de JESUS, Los Angeles, CA, My Sweet, Sweet… at the Dalton Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Incite at Robert Steele Gallery, NY, NY and A Room of Her Own at SCOOP Studios, Charleston, SC.

Karen Vournakis works in the 19th Century tradition of hand-tinted photography. She
first explores the world using black& white film, then adds color by hand painting her
original gelatin silver photographs. By laying transparent pigments directly onto the
photograph, she takes hand tinting to another level of color and form. This approach
to the medium emphasizes her color sensibility and creates an emotional interpretation of the scene. Color pigments used are painterly rendered onto the photograph. Recently, she has begun shooting digital images with the same intense interest in natural light, design/composition and color forms within the scene.

Ms. Vournakis was born in Chelsea, Michigan, and her art education began at Albion College in Albion Michigan where she received a BA in Fine Arts. She continued her studies at Syracuse University’s Visual & Performing Arts where she holds an MFA in Photography, magna cum laude. She taught photography at Syracuse University, Colgate University and Dartmouth College. Her many years as a participant in the arts has allowed her to create an internationally known presence and her work has been included in many collections including the Bibliotheque National (Paris), Griffin Museum (Winchester MA), Everson Museum (Syracuse NY). Erie Museum (Erie PA), Picker Art Gallery (Colgate) and in corporate collections of Kidder Peabody & Co. (NYC), Fidelity Management and Research ( Boston & London) and the Preserve @ Indigo Run (Hilton Head) from a partial listing.

Ms. Vournakis arrived in Charleston 1995 and opened the Karen Vournakis Studio/Gallery on lower King Street, which she operated for eight years. She has been an active member of the Charleston art community for twenty two years.

Kate’s work focuses on the beauty of relationships between people and their environments.  Her preferred media are oil painting, sculpture, and large multimedia installations. The subject matter often depicts abstracted coastlines and industry and requires source images that she takes from flying in a helicopter across locations in North America. 

Kate’s work can be found in private collections across the U.S. and has been sold at the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. She has received awards for her work- most recently as a semifinalist for the Bethesda Painting Awards and First Place in Global Landscapes and Juror’s Selection in American Landscapes Exhibition at Maryland Federation of Art. Kate received her BA in Fine Art from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is an MFA candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). 

Kate Waddell earned her BFA in Studio Art at the College of Charleston in 2015. Beginning her sophomore year, she became highly intrigued by painting and the infinite array of color possibilities. A native of Columbus, GA, Kate is ever inspired by southern and pastoral subjects. Too, her love for people is seen in her portraiture. Through her play with light and shadow, Kate aims to depict life and joy in her works.

Katie Libby was a little girl growing up in South Carolina. With a household of artists, she was given the exposure to a creative world of imagination and color. Fast forward to the college days, she went on to receive a BA in Studio Art and a BA in Art and Architectural History from College of Charleston. She still lives and works in Charleston and is a resident artist at Redux Contemporary Art Center.

The subjects of her paintings tend to reside within the everyday—specifically in the landscapes around us or the faces of people we may not notice very often. She makes an effort to capture someone’s facial expression or a specific landscape in real-time. Keeping the colors alive, she often uses a non-finito technique while trying to view each piece as a continuing rhythm of work.

Kerry is a native of Virginia where she painted and studied with her art professor-grandmother.

Using terra, plants and water along with seasons and light as subject, Kerry seeks to isolate separate moments or elements and narrate the relation between them without ignoring the conscious process of composition.

Kerry uses spontaneity and emotive painting to bring to life the adversarial archetypes in nature and create visual metaphor for their mechanisms and impermanence.

Laura Deems is an abstract artist who has quickly been deemed noteworthy by designers and collectors alike. This early discovery of Laura’s talent recognizes that her works embody a new interpretation of painting. The young artist was featured in numerous publications before completing university.

Her inspiration is founded in her fabric design background, which was developed during her time at the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art as a Fabric Design Major. Laura translates her textile marks to ­­­her paintings. As a result, her paintings are characterized by their inviting colors and the ease of the artist’s gestural marks.

Laura lives and works in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Leah Thornley was born and raised in Charleston, SC where she graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration from College of Charleston, all the while studying oil painting since 2010 under local professional artists. She grew up hunting and fishing in the lowcountry, in her work that is greatly reflected. She has always enjoyed painting landscapes, coastal animals, and sea life but as years went by, she realized how much she loved lots of color and lots of saturation, so she transitioned from a traditional painter to more impressionistic. She describes herself as “a bit Andy Warhol inspired.” Very bright, very painterly, and full of life is what she wants people to recognize her work for. She’s on the constant journey to discover a balance between what people want and what inspires Her. She looks forward to filling homes all over the country with her coastal inspired work. 

Mark Stetler‘s life and career in photography span more than twenty years. Born in
Cleveland, Stetler studied photography at the Art Institute of Atlanta where he
earned a BA as well as top academic and best portfolio awards. Seeking to further
his education he moved to New York in 1993 to attend NYU. While in New York he
soon began assisting many of the worlds most respected photographers such as
Mary Ellen Mark and Richard Avedon. Inspirational relationships with Avedon and
others led to creative ventures of his own in landscape, portraiture and fashion,
fields where he currently shoots for clients worldwide.
Stetler’s fine art and portraiture work has gained recognition through Graphis Gold
Award Top 100 Photographers 2013, PDN/Mamiya’s Emerging Photographer’s
Award and the publication of his images of September 11th shot from the rooftop of
his studio near the World Trade Center. Numerous exhibitions of his work have
followed.
Landscapes shot in and around Charleston, SC where Stetler currently resides
have inspired a new body of work combining his affinity with nature with his
fascination with the pinhole camera to create enigmatic images shot “without
glass”.

 

Meredith Steele was born and raised in Virginia. While growing up, she and her family often escaped to their cottage on the Chesapeake Bay where her love for the earth’s natural beauty sprouted. Meredith found herself in her first painting class at College of Charleston in 2010. Since then, she has rarely put the brush down. After college Meredith headed West to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where her love for nature and painting continued to thrive. Her time out West fueled her creative process and inspired her painting to become an even bigger part of her life. Meredith returned to Charleston after two magical years in the Tetons and started using her creative talents in floral design. Again, Meredith fell in love with her natural surroundings but this time it was flowers, plants and all things botanical. Meredith recently turned to painting full time and brought her passion for the natural world with her. It is safe to say the diverse beauty in nature and in her everyday life has been the main source of her inspiration. Her hope is to bring anyone who gets the chance to experience her art or purchase a piece a sense of happiness and appreciation for the wondrous world that we live in. “I feel grateful and so excited to be able to pursue my dream in the city where it all started for me.”

Mia Loia graduated from Salve Regina University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Painting and Graphic Design. She currently earns a living doing marketing and design, while taking private commissions.

 

Megan is a Charleston, SC based artist and illustrator who specializes in whimsical drawings and multi-media paintings. With a MLA from Winthrop University, and a BFA and MFA from Savannah College of Art & Design, Megan’s illustrative work is informed by this breadth of education and her own personal experience. Megan enjoys and works mostly in a mixed-media technique (including oils, acrylics, collage, pencils, and pastels) that allows her to work both efficiently and creatively to communicate visually.

“I find that I have a very sculptural approach to art-making, I enjoy the process – from sketches to thumbnails to final piece – and really getting my hands into it.”

Megan’s illustrative work crosses over into a range of markets including editorial, advertising, book, and children’s markets, as well as fine art gallery illustration and commissions.

 

Paula McInerny is a native of Atlanta. Her formal education includes the University of Georgia, Grenoble University in France, and Georgia State University. With over twenty years of experience as a professional portrait photographer, Paula found her interest extended to oil painting where she discovered more freedom of expression. Influenced by studies at the Penland School in North Carolina as well as the Savannah College of Art and Design, Paula now paints predominantly with a palette knife. She loves the textured quality that is best achieved using this technique. Her paintings have won several awards at various shows.

Rebecca McMenemy is the designer behind Surcee Jewelry. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in Art History. Studying Art History exposed her to many different design styles and mediums. Though she has dabbled in different genres over the years, jewelry has always been a passion for her. Rebecca began making jewelry after taking several metalsmithing classes, and she has continued to grow as a designer. Rebecca’s work incorporates beading with gemstones and asymmetrical pearls, as well as metalsmithing. She enjoy both processes and mixing the two together. Beading allows her to create designs that have beautiful colors, textures, and shapes. She also loves the endless possibilities that come with taking a piece of metal sheet or wire and creating something beautiful from the raw materials. Rebecca’s jewelry has an organic and delicate aesthetic.

Sara Pittman received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Huntingdon College in May 2015. She grew up in Montgomery, AL and was raised by an artistic family who acted as an inspirational staple throughout her childhood. Her mother, an encaustic artist and art therapist, was the first to really introduce her to the world of art.

Her work is integration of abstract and abstract expressionism, relying heavily on intuition and spontaneous thought. She begins each piece with a thought or feeling and naturally allows her instinct to take control and guide her process. She focuses on creating an aesthetic of balance by combining bright colors with muted tones, creating negative space with pockets of detail and incorporating loose and controlled movement. Working with mostly oils and acrylics, she finds that this approach gives her more freedom to explore.

Nature has also been a huge influence on Sara’s work, specifically with the painted deer and longhorn skulls. She finds this area of her work to be spiritual in that she aims to bring back something that was once beautiful and peaceful. She finds that balance is important to her as an artist in both these areas of work. With the skulls, she focuses on control and intricacy, creating sharp but delicate designs that mimic geometric and tribal patterns. She enjoys this type of painting just as much as she enjoys the gestural, free movement of her abstract works on canvas.

Susan Perkins’ work is as much about contemplation as it is craftsmanship. Her artistic process is one of discovery – inspired by her surroundings and then expressed in nuanced layers of creative interpretation. Naturally attracted to the element of line, Perkins often begins her work with pen and ink drawings across a white page. She delicately tears the paper, transforming it into a new expression – a new beginning. While her is rooted in traditional landscapes, for the past several years Perkins art expresses what she calls “soulscapes.”

Her current body of work weaves urban reflections out of paper and fiber. Perkins draws patterns that she sees reflected in the windows of neighboring buildings – a mirror of the urban landscape. The drawings are then torn into strips and woven together with paper twine and fiber on a loom, creating works that both represent and embody the interconnected nature of our communities. The window patterns echo the beauty and diversity of our communities, while the torn paper represents the discord and violence that often splinter our efforts to co-exist peacefully. Perkins’ work is a reflection of how interconnected we truly are, and implores us to make conscious decisions promoting non-violence in our communities.

Born in Kentucky and raised in South Carolina, Susan Perkins’ love of art began at an early age while visiting an art store she discovered on her way to dance class. Intrigued by the endless possibilities for visual expression, she soon traded dance classes for art instruction. Susan studied art at the University of South Carolina and participates in various workshops and classes. In 2012 Perkins won the New Texas Talent Award. Patron magazine and Modern Luxury Dallas featured an article on Perkins’ work in 2013. Her work was selected for The Dallas Fine Arts Engagement Book in 2008 and 2007.

She currently resides in Charleston, SC and Dallas, TX and exhibits regularly in both cities and in various juried shows. JM Gallery, Dallas, TX and Corrigan Gallery, LLC, Charleston SC represent Perkins. Her works have received favorable reviews and are in many private collections.

Susan’s studio is located in the newly re-opened Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston SC.

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