Fay Davis Edwards is a professional artist living and working on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where my concentration centered primarily on figurative painting in watercolor. Currently, I am pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. Additionally, I have studied painting, tin collage, wood design, and encaustics in numerous workshops with Penland School of Crafts (NC), and Pocosin Arts School of Fine Art (NC).
My native home is the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a string barrier island that is an ever-changing environment of windblown sand, fierce storms, and magnificent sunsets. Much of my inspiration comes from the marshes, sounds, rivers, and swamps to my west, and I am investigating the effects of climate change, sea level rise and the health of our shorelines in my current body of work.
The materials used in my paintings consist are encaustics with watercolor, gouache, acrylics, graphite, charcoal, found objects, and handmade paper. I am exploring a more nonrepresentational direction, responding to the push and pull of value, line, shape, and color. Figurative elements still appear in many of these paintings, taking cues from my coastal environment. Crows, orbs, maps, and numbers invite viewers to create a dialogue about each painting, while collage materials, found objects, encaustics, and tin help tell the story.
My work is on display at the DCAC Gallery in Manteo, KDH Cooperative Gallery in Kill Devil Hills, Silver Bonsai Gallery in Manteo, and Dovetail, Rivet and Stitch in Galesburg, IL. My work may also be seen by appointment at my home studio on the north end of Roanoke Island. I share that studio (and my home) with my husband, a lively flock of chickens, and five very opinionated cats.
Visit www.faydavisedwards.com for more information or to see more of my work.