Hutton Snellings knew from a young age that art was her calling. She began painting in high school and continued her study throughout her life, training her eye and emoting the inspiration she culled on her canvases. Snellings has stayed loyal to her original style — a peaceful interplay between color, movement and a distinct layering technique -- but continues to evolve her work. High-end decorators were among her first clients, who lauded her tranquil work and eagerly commissioned her canvases to complete their discerning clients’ homes. From there, Snellings learned to take her clients surroundings into intimate consideration when completing commissions, which quickly put her work in demand. Her rising profile soon has led her work being displayed with Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC), Neiman Marcus, and many other locations.
Stephan Lyall Penley was born into a family of musicians in 1964 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Penley family moved to Athens and then to Macon where Steve graduated from First Presbyterian Day School. Steve continued his studies of art at The School of Visual Arts in New York and at The University of Georgia.
After college, Steve was working odd jobs while painting when his talent was recognized by an attorney and art enthusiast, Robert Steed. Steed’s friendship and patronage helped Steve connect with many other clients and grow his business. Penley quickly gained recognition for his bold brush strokes, vivid colors and historical icon paintings.
Steve’s notoriety quickly increased and now he is one of America’s most celebrated artists with works exhibited worldwide.Steve has created many projects for Fox News, major companies such as Coca-Cola, AirTran/Southwest, Kaiser Permanente, as well as several U.S. Presidents.
Penley has authored several books of his own and illustrated books including several authored by Coach Vince Dooley. He has received a number of awards and honors for his talents and has donated countless paintings to charities and organizations in his community and state, as well as across the nation. He especially considers it an honor to be involved with numerous organizations that benefit our service men and women as well as our veterans.
Steve is proudest of his role as a father of three very talented artists and musicians: Lyall, Abbey and Parker. The Penleys call Atlanta home.
Born in Clarksdale, MS Bradley Gordon studied at The University of Mississippi (BFA, Art Education, 2001) and was a resident artist at Scall Art Studios in Taichung City, Taiwan (2006). After returning from a year in Narita, Japan where he actively pursued his two loves of painting and music, he moved home to the Mississippi Delta topursue painting as a career (2010). Currently he lives and works in Oxford, MS.
AMY H. STONE
My interactions with painting + with art haven't been intentional, at least not at first. I grew up dancing, acting, writing, putting together collages in my best friend's backyard, keeping nature journals, but I never formally took art classes or painted.
My first taste of fine art was during a few months spent in Italy in college, where I studied art history under one of the top art historians in the world. I fell in love with sculpture and the human form.
I was working as a freelance prop stylist + calligrapher when I first picked up a brush. I don't really remember how that happened, but man, am I glad it did. My work is ever evolving, ever changing. I'm growing as a painter and an artist. You can still find me on set some days, prop styling for titles like Cooking Light and Coastal Living. Other days I'm working on logos or wedding invitation design. What truly moves me is abstract painting.
My work is very connected to emotion and to relationship. I'm inspired mainly by story + by place. I prefer to do a lot of mental work and reading before I step to the canvas. I don't plan my mark making, I let the paint and marks dictate my next steps. I love to work in multi media layers, sometimes wet on wet, until the piece is complete.
I paint in a studio in the heart of Avondale in East Birmingham, Alabama. When I'm not painting, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our pup, Bruce Spring Stone, drinking wine on porches with good friends, and watching all the BBC mini series I can find on Netflix.
Wellon Bridgers studied English and French at Auburn University and received her Masters in English at Wake Forest University. She taught for several years in the high school and university setting and has worked closely with service learning programs. During this time, she discovered a love for painting and enjoys exploring new techniques and styles. Wellon is an advocate for Mwana Villages, a grassroots organization supporting orphans and vulnerable families in the Republic of Congo. Wellon and Stephen have four (playful, creative, determined and spunky) children: Fitz, Chloe, Daniel and Leila.Wellon Bridgers studied English and French at Auburn University and received her Masters in English at Wake Forest University. She taught for several years in the high school and university setting and has worked closely with service learning programs. During this time, she discovered a love for painting and enjoys exploring new techniques and styles. Wellon is an advocate for Mwana Villages, a grassroots organization supporting orphans and vulnerable families in the Republic of Congo. Wellon and Stephen have four (playful, creative, determined and spunky) children: Fitz, Chloe, Daniel and Leila.
"The substance of my work is rooted in the belief and recognition of the spiritual world we live within. I have an uncompromising affinity for all of God's creations, particularly the southern landscape for all it's mysteries and charms" - CS