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Chatting with Whitney Stoddard

When I first saw Whitney's beautiful work on Instagram, I knew it was something special.  I appreciate the graphic quality of her work (in the black ink she uses) juxtaposed with old world texture and color of the tea stained papers she uses as a painting surface.  This up and comer is one to watch and collect right now. 

How long have you been in business and how did you get started? 
I officially opened my small business earlier this year! It was truly an organic (& very exciting) process for me, and came at the perfect time. In my early twenties I was somewhat of a nomad, moving from Greenville, SC to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to Nashville, TN, to Columbia, SC, and finally finding my forever home here in Charleston, SC, in my beloved home state :) When I lived in Nashville, I attended The Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film. It was then that I really started pouring myself into creative ventures and exploring different mediums.
What do you look to for inspiration? 
I am extremely inspired by the female figure, so I am constantly sketching different forms and figures that I may want to paint. A lot of times I will see a photo of someone wearing a gorgeous gown & envision my own interpretation. Other times, I look to vintage fashion for inspiration. I've always been told I'm an "old soul," so it's no surprise that I love to evoke a sense of nostalgia in my paintings. I think my tea staining process really allows for a connection between modern art and times gone by.  
What is your favorite color? 
I bet you thought I'd say black, right? Well, it's not! My favorite color is GREEN :)
Who are your favorite artists? 
I am a hug fan of Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, Georgia O'Keefe, & Jackson Pollock. I have found so much inspiration from Pollock's abstract female figures, which are truly breathtaking. I also draw a lot of inspiration from contemporary artists and photographers. I'm a huge Annie Leibovitz
Where can readers find your work? 
I currently have several small works at The Southern Gallery here in Charleston. I also have pieces available through The Christenberry Collection (online & Columbia brick & mortar). I'm also always updating my Instagram (@whitneystoddardart) and website ( with my most recent available works!
What are you reading?
I would love to have more of a fun/light-hearted answer for this question, but it looks like I am about to embark on Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch. I have a super sweet, but very opinionated, independent & headstrong 20 month old daughter so I'll take all the help and guidance I can get! 
Where are you eating?
I try to keep it pretty healthy (during the week), so a lot of times I'll stick to whole grains, lean proteins and lots and lots of veggies! I'm a sucker for poke bowls and my most recent obsession is cauliflower fried rice with shrimp :) My husband is an incredible cook, so I'm extremely lucky to have a creative mind in the kitchen whipping up new recipes all the time!
What are your favorite Charleston recommendations? 
​Gosh! There are so many fun things to do, see, eat, and experience here in Charleston! I'm a huge food lover, so good restaurants are my weakness & Charleston has more of them than you can count. I think Chez Nous is the best restaurant in Charleston for a "treat yourself" night out on the town. Their menu changes every single day, and there's never been a bad dish plated inside that tiny little house :) I'm dying to try two of the newest places in town: Restaurant Tu (opened by the owners of Xiao Bao Biscuit), and Basic Kitchen.
For some non-food related activities, anyone traveling to town near the holidays MUST take advantage of all the fun and festive happenings around town! There are several holiday-inspired musical performances happening at The Dock Street Theatre, Charleston Music Hall, and The Gaillard Center. There's also the James Island Holiday Festival of Lights that's such a fun thing to see each year- and fun for the entire family! There are so many tiny little holiday pop-up shops and collaborative events...The Charleston City Paper is a great place to find out what's going on & what's not to miss.
My one recommendation to anyone visiting is to walk the city! Start out downtown and just head where your feet lead you- it's the best way to explore Charleston & uncover the city's hidden gems!
I hope you enjoy Whitney's work as much as I do and that you add her to your collection!



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