From sunrises to sunsets and birds to turtles, the Moss Point Fine Art Gallery will come to life with colorful sights and scenery from around the Mississippi Gulf Coast as it features the work of Artist Sandra Eisler.
For more than 30 years, Sandra has been creating colorful works of art along with sharing her talents during summer camps and special events. A special reception will be held on Saturday, October 24, from 1-3 p.m. as the official opening of the “Sights of Inspiration” show and to allow time for guests to meet the artist.
“I never dreamed I would someday be an artist,” Eisler said. “I loved to doodle as a kid, but was never good with coloring. However, give me a pile of pine straw, and I could design a mansion!”
Eisler said she always excelled in advertising and marketing jobs, so those experiences have helped her advance as a self-employed artist. She mostly works with acrylics or latex house paints because the smell of turpentine didn’t agree with her when using oils.
“I didn’t have any formal training to work with watercolors, and I love being able to paint on absolutely anything,” she added, noting that she waters down acrylics and creates layers. “I like the finished artwork with this method as it gives depth to the pieces.”
While her artwork will be on display in the gallery for only two months, her art is a permanent fixture at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center. She was commissioned to create a forest on the concrete pillars below the interpretative center. Each tree is distinctively different with birds, butterflies and other wildlife that comes to life with each stroke of her brush.
“I never know what will inspire me, and sometimes life gets in the way,” she said. “Sometimes it is the sound of a chirping bird or a child’s laughter because these sounds release endorphins.”
Photographs shared on social media, a beautiful old tree, clouds and a full moon are also a big inspiration of her work.
“I have learned that when I feel the anointing when I paint, then the admirers will feel it too,” she said.
The gallery is open during regular operating hours, Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and special event weekends. Pieces may also be viewed and purchased through the online catalogue found at Pascagoula.audubon.org.
For more information, please call the center at (228) 475-0825 or visit the website at https://pascagoula.audubon.org.