Al McWhite is a popular and widely recognized contemporary artist known for his Surf/Beach Culture infused themes and ever changing, always evolving artistic style. The ocean has always been a source of inspiration for Al. His first doodles were of sharks and other toothy sea creatures and eventually incorporated ocean waves after discovering the art of surfing at the age of nine. “I had no plans of being an artist. I thought I was going to be an ocean exploring marine biologist, searching the deep blue sea for new discoveries!” says Al.
It wasn’t until his high school art teacher recognized his talent and helped him develop as a young artist that he realized his path was in the arts. This guidance and encouragement lead to a scholarship to The Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, where he double majored in Graphic Design and Illustration.
He has since combined his passion for the ocean with his artistic abilities and has been a prolific professional artist for nearly sixteen years. Al continues to push ahead with new ways of exploring his creativity. “That’s the thing about art - it’s all about the creative process, no matter how you choose to express it!” says Al. “Forget about working with just one medium or one style! It’s about growth and self discovery.”
Founded in 2003 by Al and his wife Tara, Island Jive is the parent company and art studio for Al McWhite Properties, specializing in Surf/ Beach Culture art licensing and the studio’s online store, www.islandjiveshop.com. Al’s fine art collection has been enjoyed and sought after by private collectors, as he offers a limited number of originals for sale each year. Open and Limited Edition prints are available for many of his finest works.
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