Studio E

Louisa Pyle Kirk

Mixed Media

“I communicate through my paintings with bold lines, vivid color, and lots of texture, to convey thoughts, ideas, and feelings. I paint characters that tell stories of conflict, of struggle and change.”


Louisa has been in South Carolina all her life. As a child she fell in love with Art at the Gassaway Mansion (where the Greenville County Museum of Art was at the time), making papier-mâché animals and throwing pots on the spinning wheel. Her love deepened during middle school as she took portrait lessons with Bob Bruns in a dusty old downtown studio. But confidence in her artistic abilities faltered in college and she changed majors from Art to Economics. After twelve years in Marketing and Information Systems Louisa wanted a change. Volunteer work led her to the Masters of Social Work program and then to employment in addictions and counseling. The graduate courses and work experiences encouraged a lot of introspection and the realization she still wanted to make art. Returning to the Greenville County Museum of Art she started classes with Carrie Burns Brown. Applying the principles and elements of art along with critiques by fellow classmates helped Louisa increase her confidence and develop her own style. She has had a studio with GCCA since it opened and has exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions. She works part-time as a Social Worker to fund her addiction to art supplies.