Time to Paint

The Beaufort Art Association presents “Time to Paint,” a collection of watercolors by featured artist Audrey Montgomery. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Friday, October 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Audrey’s artistic interests began at an early age. “I remember one of my favorite memories growing up was the smell of turpentine and lavender oil at my grandmother’s home.” Audrey’s grandmother, an artist, encouraged her to create and was generous with her supplies.

“I always knew I would enjoy painting, but there were other things I chose to do first.” Audrey graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Georgia and then continued her education at Auburn University where she received a Bachelor of Architecture. A native of Georgia, Audrey and her husband Rob moved to Beaufort in 1990. She works with her husband at Montgomery Architecture and Planning. They have three boys.

“I have enjoyed working in architecture, but I have to admit, I miss pencil and paper drafting. I took a lot of pride in creating architectural drawings. Now almost everything is done by computer.”

Through the years Audrey has continued to draw and paint as a hobby, but it was not until two and a half years ago that she became serious about her creative work.

“I took drop-in classes at Coastal Art Supply with Jennifer Kassing-Bradley. She introduced me to watercolor methods and quality supplies. These lessons encouraged the development of a true passion for painting in me. There is so much to learn about watercolors. Watercolor pigments can be granulating or non-granulating, transparent or opaque, and the way each color reacts to another is different. The possibilities are endless. It is fascinating.”

Audrey has been an exhibiting member of the Beaufort Art Association Gallery for 2 ½ years. Her paintings may also be seen at The Gallery in downtown Beaufort.

The exhibit, “Time to paint,” will be on view at the BAA Gallery from October 3 − November 12.