Continuing our Artist Spotlight series, what better time to re-introduce Dogwood Hill artist Eden Flora to you than in the dog days of a July summer in Alabama? Eden’s bright and cheerful artwork can always be counted on to radiate joy and vitality through her playful depictions and bold color choices. Eden grew up in Mobile, Alabama and has happily been an artist since she was a little girl. She received a BFA in Fabric Design from the University of Georgia and a MPS in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, her favorite city.
Eden worked for several years as an art therapist, and her art business, Eden W Flora Art, developed organically during these years as a need to care for her spirit. She loves living in a variety of creative ways and thus divides her time between her art business, working as a Registered Art Therapist and teaching yoga. By way of Birmingham, Mentone, Brooklyn, Nashville and Boston, Eden resides in Oxford, Mississippi with her very loving and very tall husband, Gray, and her two little boys. We have included some of Eden’s recent Spring & Summer artwork for Dogwood Hill below as well as some of her personal projects that she has debuted in Mississippi this summer. You can find all of Eden’s whimsical artwork on our website here.
P.S. Keep scrolling for a fun Q&A with Eden!
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Q&A with Eden:
What are the places you dream of going? Mexico City, Arizona, Amsterdam
How would you describe your artistic style? Bright, layered, whimsy
What is the most magical place you have visited? Taos, New Mexico and Pienza, Italy
If you could have dinner with one famous person, dead or alive, who would it be? Henri Matisse. And if we were going to make it a party, I’d add in my husband, my friend Susanna, Meryl Streep, The Obamas, Martha Stewart, and Paul Simon because just look at that crew.
What book has changed your life? I love to read and have a difficult time choosing a single anything as a favorite. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls ranks high on my list.
What is your go-to takeout order? I’m an equal opportunity takeout orderer because it means I didn’t have to cook.
What is your favorite color? Pale Aqua
What inspires you most? God and what He has to teach us
What is one traditional etiquette rule you never break? RSVP early
What is your writing utensil of choice? Bic Mechanical Pencils are my ride or die
What is your go-to hostess gift? Light bulb Fragrance Rings with Paperwhite Scented Oil…google it
Do you collect anything? Artwork by other artists
What did you dream of being when you were a child? An artist!
What fuels your creativity? My sense of wonder
What is your number one tool of the trade? Holbein Acryla Gouache, you get the flex of watercolor with the punch of acrylic
Be sure you are following Eden on Instagram for bright doses of her colorful day-to-day.