Thomson artist Anne Knox will display her watercolors and acrylic paintings at Broadstrokes Gallery in Augusta as the featured artist for March.
As the guest artist for the First Friday Reception, Mrs. Knox will meet with visitors and art patrons from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the gallery, 1026 Broad Street, Augusta.
Mrs. Knox uses bright, vivid colors in a unique style that includes both impressionistic pieces and realistic works, said Lillie Morris, an artist and one of five partners in Broadstrokes Gallery.
"Her still life and landscape paintings are reflective of living in a small, rural town," Mrs. Morris said.
"Her interest in art has always been there. She's always been able to draw free hand," said Andy Knox, her husband.
A talent for art was evident when she began designing baby gifts for friends that featured the child's name decorated with interesting and colorful free-hand graphics, Mr. Knox said.
Mrs. Knox took some watercolor classes about five years ago under the guidance of Jim Gensheer, and his exceptional teaching methods helped pique her interest in further study.
"He is a great art teacher," said Mrs. Knox, who took more classes under artists Christine Hield and Bea Kuhlke. Ms. Kuhlke's colorful style inspired Mrs. Knox to infuse her own work with plenty of bold colors.
The classes have helped unlock some creativity and have taught important lessons on the use the values from light to dark.
"I look at things differently now," she said.
With support and encouragement from her husband, two children and several friends, Mrs. Knox agreed to show her work after getting to know Mrs. Morris who moved to the White Oak area about a year ago. The two met in church at Thomson First United Methodist, and discovered their mutual interest in painting.
"It's something I probably wouldn't do on my own if people hadn't encouraged me," Mrs. Knox said.
In appreciation for some of that encouragement, Mrs. Knox presented her husband with a special birthday gift last year -- a pastoral scene from his farm that today holds a place of honor in his office.
"It's really outstanding," he said.
Mrs. Morris said she is pleased with the role Broadstrokes plays in promoting local artists.
"The CSRA is rich with some very talented artists. Sometimes this gives them the shot in the arm they need and encourages them to the next level as an artist," she said.
Mrs. Knox's work will be on display the entire month of March at the gallery.
Broadstrokes is under the direction of five partners, four of whom are artists: Ms. Hield, Mrs. Morris, Mary Alice Lockhart and Denise Norton. Patrick Meagher, who owns Celtic Designs, is also a partner.