Edith Fairhall received her Bachelor in Fine Art degree in Fine Art from the University of Washington in 1976 and her Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Washington in 1978.
Her mentors at the University of Washington included such local luminaries as Jacob Lawrence, Boyer Gonzalez and Mike Spafford. After graduation, her paintings were included in exhibits at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, the Erica Williams Gallery in Seattle, and a major solo exhibit of her works at the Seattle Pacific University. Although some of her paintings reflect subtle influences from the New York School of Abstract Expressionism, they all reflect a deeply personal and emotional expression of her creative impulse.
Ediths’ development as an artist and painter occurred simultaneously with the raising of her three sons in Seattle. The stability of her family life allowed her creative muse to run free without the necessity of concern for creating “commercial art.”
Most of the works on display in the Södergren Studio Home date from the 1970s and 1980s when her output was at its height. Her paintings have since graced the walls of the Södergren house and a few lucky collectors who have purchased her works from previous exhibitions. The present show is the first time many of the paintings have been exhibited publicly, and the first time they have been offered for sale in many years.