Connor Paul Heitzmann
The Oxford Eagle
Two young artists, who both love painting landscapes, are bringing new color to the Oxford arts scene. Raina Hampton and Morgan Fyfe are both working to build a following in town.
Hampton, a stay-at-home mom with four kids, has sold art at Double Decker and other venues in Oxford. The University of Louisiana graduate earned an interior design degree that came in handy when her husband, Allen, was deployed to Afghanistan while she was pregnant.
Hampton began helping people decorate their homes, but she later returned to art.
“I mostly do birds and trees,” said Hampton, who loves the outdoors. “I don’t think I have touched the tip of the iceberg with what I can do yet.”
Hampton said her husband builds all of her canvas frames by hand.
“I want my art to be affordable for the families here,” she said. “People really invest in artists and their art in this town.”
After her kids are settled in school, Hampton dreams of owning an art gallery in Jackson or Baton Rouge.
“The goal is just to continue to grow and do more prints,” she said. “I have things in my head that I’d like to paint, but just don’t have the time.”
Morgan Fyfe is another young artist who is becoming well known in Oxford. The University of Mississippi senior majoring in social work has lived in Oxford for 14 years.
Fyfe said Oxford is special.
“It is far from perfect,” she said, “but it is unique in that it is so supportive of the arts. I am constantly encouraged by seeing the community enjoy other artists.”
Fyfe said her second grade art teacher encouraged her to become an artist, and God has been one of her biggest inspirations.
“The Lord has really used this gift as a way for me to get to know him better,” Fyfe said. “No matter what small inspiration starts a piece, my relationship with him is what is interwoven through each painting.“
Fyfe showcases her art around town in different businesses like Cups. She has also exhibited in art shows outside of Oxford.
Fyfe said social media outlets like Instagram and Facebook have helped her business. She’s in the process of creating her own website.
“My favorite type of paintings to do are completely abstract,” Fyfe said. “I pretty much know how these will turn out in the end, but I never know how they’ll look until they’re finished.”
Fyfe said she’ll paint for the rest of her life.
“The business is fun,” she said. “Even if I don’t make another dollar from a painting, it would never stop me.”