Rhonda Bristol Art
photo of artist Rhonda Bristol

I am a product of the New York City School System. I attended the High School of Music and Art and graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education and Painting. I've also received a Master of Arts degree from Montclair State University in Fine Arts.

I have taught both fine and commercial art in elementary, middle and high schools, the art school, college and university levels from New England to Florida. My last teaching assignment was at Yulee High School, Yulee, FL, where I was the only art teacher and taught a full load of six classes each day. I currently work full time in my studio in Fernandina Beach, Florida. And, I'm affiliated with the Jacksonville Artists Guild in Jacksonville, the Island Art Association Gallery in Fernandina Beach, and the Jekyll Island Arts Association in Jekyll Island, Georgia. I regularly participate in Downtown Jacksonville's First Wednesday Art Walk at Hemming Plaza and maintain an active showing schedule.

My work has been in several group exhibits including "Through Our Eyes" at the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum (Jacksonville, FL), Florida Community College at Jacksonville Downtown Campus Gallery, and at the Fernandina Beach Annual Shrimp Festival and Art Show where I have received many awards.

glazed clay statue of African Masaai Warrior
Masaai Warrior, 2002

Look, Experience and Accept. There is West African Ogshobo patterning and placement in my work as well as strong Caribbean influences. Color, rhythm, action and texture are essential elements, like air and water. Sculpture is so real to me. My works are populated with spirits and positive energies, connecting us in a dialogue with Color and Form - transcending language. We are living, growing, expressing and changing. We are all engaged in staged plays... and we can create our roles.

I love to have my hands in clay. I laugh a lot and I Am a giving person. As such... I have spent the greater portion of this life teaching art and design as well as raising children from 2 marriages. It has all been fun and rewarding! I was able to still create little pieces during this phase of my life, to keep me happy and focused.

painting of woman bathing Woman Cleansing, 2008

I am now delighted to be in a position to just create my own art and I teach and re-teach myself 24/7. I focus on creating my art each and every day. What a luxury! Oh, how I treasure and appreciate this opportunity.

I'm always learning, adapting, interpreting and experimenting. I don't take myself too seriously, yet I am driven and extremely committed to my artistic pursuits. I embrace change and make the most of happy accidents. I cannot imagine not creating, recording and sharing.