The mesmerizing mixed media artwork of Travis Newman will be featured during September at the Society of Bluffton Artist’s Gallery in Old Town Bluffton. The colorful exhibit “In My View” is a depiction of Lowcountry wildlife, coastal themes and other animals through the Bluffton artist’s eyes. “My goal is to highlight the beauty that the world has to offer, even if there is chaos happening in the background,” says Newman. “I believe that the beauty and majesty of animals brings a calming effect to the observer.” Newman’s exhibit will be featured from Sept. 6 through Oct. 4 at the SOBA Gallery, located at 6 Church Street.
The public is invited to meet the artist during a reception at the gallery at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12.
After serving over a decade in the United States Marine Corps, Newman traded in his uniforms for paint brushes. “I found that service comes with its burdens, and painting helps with bearing those burdens,” says Newman, who only began painting in January 2019.
Newman uses color in the background to set the mood of his artwork, and that mood often dictates which animal or object will be highlighted. The depth and three-dimensional look of Newman’s subject matter is heightened through his use of plexiglass. He works on both sides of the “canvas,” using a reverse painting style for the background and traditional acrylic painting on the foreground.
Travis Newman is a Mixed Media and Acrylic Wildlife and Coastal themed painter who began painting in January 2019 and is currently based in Bluffton SC. After serving over a decade in the United States Marine Corps he eventually traded his uniforms in for paintbrushes. Travis has found that service comes with its burdens and painting helps with bearing those burdens. He believes that animals’ beauty and majesty brings a calming effect to the observer. To accomplish this he uses color in the background to set the mood of the artwork and which often dictates the animal or object that will be highlighted. Using plexiglass in his mixed media artworks and working on both sides of the “canvas”, using a reverse painting style for the background and traditional acrylic painting style on the foreground, he captures a depth in the subject matter that heightens the 3D look of the subject matter.