Artist Statement

My artistic themes reflect a fascination with natural elements, coastal phenomena and the strength of the feminine spirit. 

My broken shell portraits are aimed to represent women as resilient survivors. Like the female spirit, shells ravaged by waves lose fragments along their journey, but their rough edges are softened and their strong inner core is revealed. It is my hope that the imagery encourages women to view life's scars as emblems of their strength to be worn proudly. They are not damaged, but poised and dignified.


A native of Mobile, Alabama, Bryant Whelan is an award-winning artist living on the Gulf Coast. She is the Executive Director of the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, Alabama which features five exhibition galleries, an arts academy offering classes in multiple disciplines, and an annual outdoor art show which hosts 130 booths by artists from around the country.

Upon receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auburn University Whelan embarked on a 25+ year professional career in marketing all while continuing her artistic pursuits. Her fine art can be found in galleries along the Gulf Coast and in private collections throughout the country. She is active in several art associations and is a member of Mississippi Art Colony.


Artistic Achievement Award, Mississippi Art Colony, 2019

City of Gautier Plein Air Competition, 2nd place, 2017

Peoples Choice Award, Singing River Art Association Spring Show, 2017

Award of Excellence / Mixed Media, Singing River Art Association Spring Show, 2017

Award of Excellence / Acrylic, Ocean Springs Art Association Fall Show, 2016


Mobile Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society Exhibition, 2018

International Miniature Society, 2018

First City Art Show, Pensacola, FL 2018

State of Mississippi Bicentennial Exhibition, 2017

Alabama Plein Air Artist Association, 2017

Art Study Club, Pensacola, 2017


Eastern Shore Art Center, Executive Director

Mississippi Art Colony, Member

The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, former Executive Director