Coastal Style's Faces of the Shore 2017
Accomplished artist Abbi Custis is also a mother, wife, mentor, former professional event planner and dyslexia advocate — and each component of her active life is celebrated on every canvas she creates. “I find my inspiration in the everyday. A color in a sunrise, a word of wisdom remembered, a discovery made by one of my children,” Abbi said. “These things energize my creative process, which begins deep in my soul. I listen to myself and am intuitive about my surroundings. I see beyond the mundane to find the magic in each day.
“My inner voice directs the movement of my work,” she continued. “I am amazed with how paint and materials dance on canvas. I am dazzled by how different media mingle. I love watching paints blend together and form new connections, making the art take on new meanings.”
Always driven and highly organized, even as a teenager, Abbi recalled the moment an upper-school art teacher at The Salisbury School challenged her creative talent, which was hiding behind her rigid style. “He sent me outside with paint, a spoon, some sticks and a canvas and told me not to come
back until I had a painting. Not even a paintbrush!” said Custis. “It transformed my art, by changing how I saw the world and myself.”
Today, through her art and her vision, Abbi hopes to awaken others to their innate creative possibilities and a richer life. She also credits her husband, John, and three young sons (Baker, 5; Winn, 3; and Mapp, 2) with allowing her to forgo the hectic, fast-paced corporate-events world of Washignton, D.C., and return the Shore to “re-enter the playful side of life and to be present in the moment each and every day.”
Inside her Salisbury studio, her signature paint-splattered boat shoes reflect her laid-back yet focused approach to the development of each piece, including critic favorites like Take Me to the Rides, Maryland Flag and Be Still, as well as commissioned pieces and her new line of gifts (napkins, plates, notecards) sold at Pemberton Pharmacy and on her website. “My work is always changing. I will never stop learning, growing and evolving.”
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