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Meredith Raiford

Athens, GA

Meredith is a Georgia native artist, originally from Vidalia and now living in Athens with her husband Alex and cat Yonah. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.F.A. in painting in 2015. After leaving UGA Meredith traveled the world for a year painting murals as missions in Mozambique, Peru, Colombia, and Jamaica. This experience altered the way she approached both art and life. After resettling in Chesapeake, Va, she maintained her passion for murals and ministry. There she completed her biggest mural to date (5,000 sq. ft.) and served as an evening supervisor at Union Mission Women and Children’s Shelter in Norfolk, Va.

In December 2017, Meredith reconnected with her *now* husband, Alex. In August 2018 she bought her first house and moved to Athens to be closer to him. They got married this October! Now she is working out of a studio in Normaltown, Athens focussing primarily on fine art.

Her latest body of work, “From Antiquity”, is largely inspired by first-century Roman art and the murals found in the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. She loves the depth of color and subject matter that these artists utilized two thousand years ago. She also finds it deeply fascinating that the same event that caused the destruction of the cities these works inhabited is also the agent that preserved them like a time capsule all these years. We tend to view paintings of flowers and fruit as light and frivolous, but these flowers have endured volcanoes and millennia, and have still somehow maintained their strength and beauty. That’s something worth celebrating.

It's a new season in Meredith’s life both personally and professionally and she is so hopeful for it all.
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