6 Feb 2024
The Outer Banks is not only one of the world's premier vacation destinations, but a beautiful landscape know for inspiring artists and writers alike with its wonder. As a result, the local art scene here on the Outer Banks is alive and thriving with unmistakable talent and art of many kinds. One of the best parts of spending a vacation on the Outer Banks is the chance to not only explore the chic galleries which line the islands but to also immerse yourself in the local art and culture. To help with your hunt for the perfect local art piece, we're highlighting several local OBX artists and their work. Whether you're looking to decorate your vacation rental with coastal comforts or you want to make your home feel like an Outer Banks vacation all year round, check out these local artists to find the perfect piece of Outer Banks art for your home!
Jackie Koenig Painting
Jackie Koenig is a oil and watercolor paint located in Kitty Hawk, NC. Her work focuses on exquisite coastal Outer Banks scenes, beautiful landscapes, and commisions of people, life, and anything else that she can capture in paint. A mother of three, her artwork seeks to capture all the truth and brilliance of daily life. Her cloudwork is spectacular, emphasizing the different shades of white and gray that intermingle with the brilliant pink and orange hues of a sunrise or sunset. Koenig also offers a variety of modern art which recreates the movement of the ocean and the coastline in vibrant color and meaningful shape. You can purchase paintings, prints, commissions, and more at her website here: https://jackiekoenigpainting.com/.
Few artists on the Outer Banks after as iconic as James Melvin. Known for his work illustrating Suzanne Tate's books, Melvin continues to capture the heart and soul of the Outer Banks in his art. He is the creator of the Pea Island Lifesavers Series at the NC Aquarium in Manteo, and on the Board of Directors of Dare County Arts Council. Whether you're looking for something in oils, acrylics, pastels, or colored pencil, Melvin has something for every color scheme and every interior design. Find out more at Melvin's Studio.
Suzanne Morris Studios
If you're looking for something a little more eclectic to add to your vacation vibes, check out Suzanne Morris. Her work emphasizes the role of light and shadow in the creation of reality and leaves the details to the minds of the viewer. This means that for every person that sees her work in your home, they'll each have a different, meaningful experience with the art. She specializes in bold brushwork and bright colors that seeks to capture nature and the beautiful world around us. To see and purchase her work, you can find more information here.
Teresa Cole Rogers
Teresa Cole Rogers is a talented stained-glass artist who began her career as an art teacher before transitioning to creating her own stained-glass creations. One of her window paintings was also recently featured on Animal Planet's "Treehouse Masters." She continues to capture the brilliance of the Outer Banks in her work through acrylic art and glass. Whether you're looking for a beautiful table to add depth to your decor or a statement piece like a lantern, Teresa has plenty of beautiful things to choose from. Her work is available throughout the Outer Banks but you can also order online at The Lemonade Art Gallery. You can learn more about Teresa in this Artist Spotlight Interview!
For bright art with a local flair, check out Carolina Coto's work. Coto is a Costa Rocan artist who has been living and painting on the Outer Banks since 2011. Her art features the landscapes and seascapes of the beach highlighted in brilliant color and meainingful contrast. Her distinct style will have viewers engaged and at peace whether you decide to go with one of her beach-themed originals or a beautiful floral print. With so many different styles and themes, you're sure to find something in Coto's collection to match your decor! Check out more at Carolina Coto Art.
Self-taught artist Gordon Lewis specializes in capturing pelicans, osprey, ghost crabs, and ocean life in amazing detail, action, and beauty. You'll find everything in his collection from still life portraits to coastal landscapes and lighthouses, making him a wonderful option for any beachy home. Bring the Outer Banks right to your doorstep with one of his prints that seeks to recreate all the beauty and wonder of the Outer Banks. Lewis also does etched glass and woodburning, so you're sure to find something to meet your needs! A construction worker and family man by day and artist by night, Lewis is everything that makes the Outer Banks special and memorable for guests and locals alike. Check out his work here.
Coastal Art by Brent
At Coastal Art by Brent, Brent Nultemaker specializes in Outer Banks-themed artwork, commissions, and more. After working at several agencies as an Art Director, Brent started his own business in commercial art and moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He lives here with his wife and three daughters where he is able to regularly capture the brilliance and beauty of the Outer Banks. An artist with many talents, Brent is also a Graphic Designer (BNdesign.us), Fine Artist and Frame Maker (@CoastalArtbyBrent) and musician (SOULone.me). Check out his fine art and other art projects available for viewing and purchase here.
Stephanie Kiker specializes in unique works of art meant to bring brilliance and magnificence to everyday life. Her wide variety of functional art, from clothing to wall hangings to towels and more, seeks to bring the beach home with you. A resident of Hatteras Island, Kiker’s work symbolizes the natural beauty and wonder of the beach. Check out her collection of ceramic tiles, beach towels, cutting boards, and more on her website here.
Taylor Williams works primarily in oil paints capturing the beauty of nature and familiar Outer Banks landscapes of her childhood. She is skilled in capturing the calmness of the sky, the brilliance of the ocean, and the tumult of a rising ocean storm. Her work has been featured in several art shows since her public debut in 2019 and she continues to master her skill in her hometown of Southern Shores. You can find her at one of the many vendor events up and down the Outer Banks throughout the year or purchase her work at her website Taylor Williams Studio.
Find the Perfect Art Piece for your Home!
The vibrant and diverse art scene of the Outer Banks offers a treasure trove of creativity and inspiration for your home. From serene coastal landscapes to dynamic and colorful abstracts, there's something to suit every taste and style. Whether you're drawn to the soothing hues of the ocean or the lively energy of local wildlife, these nine talented Outer Banks artists bring the beauty and essence of this coastal paradise into your living space. With their unique perspectives and mastery of their craft, incorporating Outer Banks art into your home not only adds aesthetic charm but also celebrates the rich cultural heritage of this unique coastal community. Transform your living space into a sanctuary of coastal elegance with these captivating works of art from the Outer Banks.
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About the Author: Lauren is an Outer Banks local, mom, trained historian, and travel enthusiast. When she isn’t writing for the Seaside Vacations Travel Blog, Lauren can usually be found with her nose in a book or cuddling with her cats.