About Belinda Gilliam Ivy

Belinda Gilliam Ivy

Belinda Gilliam Ivy is a contemporary realist painter specializing in portrait paintings on linen canvases and watercolor painted on archival boards. Her subjects typically include children, family groups, dignitaries, and pets. She prefers to paint her subjects from photographs she takes in their familiar environment while participating in activities or interacting with their pets. It is easy to determine from viewing her work that she has an eye, not just for light, form, and color, but also for personality. Clients describe her work as “alive, sensitive, and expressive.” Her portraits are widely viewed in private and corporate facilities. She has exhibited and won numerous awards in a large number of regional exhibits and one-woman shows. Her works have been featured in magazines and newspaper articles.

She obtained a degree in fine art and art education from The University of Tennessee. She taught art in public schools for 30 years. All her life she has studied the works of historically important artists.

Her favorite portrait artist is John Singer Sargent. She is influenced by landscapes of French Impressionist painters. She travels and attends workshops as often as possible studying works in great museums all over the world.

“I have been painting portraits all my life, the first being as a child at the side of the artist Myra Green, who was painting my mother. I have been painting professionally since 1983, and I have completed more than 200 portraits. Since my retirement from teaching, I have been painting portraits and traveling with my husband full time. The most important painting is the one I paint for you. It will be cherished in your family for many lifetimes and will be a lasting and permanent record of an endearing moment in your life and of the life of loved ones,” Belinda said.