Artist Statement

I paint to create joy and give hope for healing. Living on the Gulf Coast, my artistic themes often reflect a fascination with the coast’s natural phenomena, varied sea life, and the ability of the water, waves and sand to calm our souls. 

A consistent theme in my work is also 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. T


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, with 5 exhibition galleries and an arts academy teaching multiple disciplines in 5 studios.

Upon receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auburn University Whelan embarked o a 25+ year professional career in marketing all while continuing her artistic pursuits. She has been involved in workshops to include printmaking, paper making and painting, as well as figure study groups and plein air societies in multiple U.S. cities and abroad. 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.


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

Peoples Choice Award, Singing Rive3r 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


State of Mississippi Bicentennial Exhibition, 2017

Alabama Plein Air Artist Association, 2017

Art study Club, Pensacola, s017

International Miniature Society, 2018

First City Art Show, Pensacola, FL 2018


Eastern Shore Art Center, Executive Director

Mississippi Art Colony, Member

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