Untitled art by Travis Newman

The mesmerizing mixed media artwork of Travis Newman will be featured in his exhibit, “In My View,” Sept. 6 through Oct. 4 at the Society of Bluffton Artist’s Gallery in Old Town Bluffton.

An opening reception to meet the artist will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at the gallery, 6 Church St. in Old Town. The event is free and open to the public.

The colorful images in the exhibit are a depiction of Lowcountry wildlife, coastal themes and other animals as seen through the Bluffton artist’s eyes.

“My goal is to highlight the beauty that the world has to offer, even if there is chaos happening in the background,” said Newman. “I believe that the beauty and majesty of animals brings a calming effect to the observer.”

After serving over a decade in the United States Marine Corps, Newman traded in his uniforms for paintbrushes.

“I found that service comes with its burdens, and painting helps with bearing those burdens,” said Newman, who only began painting in January 2019.

Newman uses color in the background to set the mood of his artwork, and that mood often dictates which animal or object will be highlighted. The depth and three-dimensional look of Newman’s subject matter is heightened through his use of plexiglass. He works on both sides of the “canvas,” using a reverse painting style for the background and traditional acrylic painting on the foreground.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Visit sobagallery.com for a complete calendar of events and more information, or call 843-757-6586.