Lloyd Childers was born in New Jersey, and lived in Virginia and Ohio before coming to North Carolina in 1956. She earned college degrees from Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Pursuing a lifelong interest in drawing and watercolors, and inspired by artists in her family,
Lloyd Childers began painting seriously in the 1990s. She studied with several renowned artists at Sertoma Art Center and Art Space in Raleigh. Although nature, people, animals and architecture inspire her paintings,
Lloyd Childers is particularly interested in capturing the essence of rural areas and the maritime environment.
Lloyd Childers has exhibited works at the North Carolina State Fair and Wake Visual Arts. Two of her pieces are on permanent display at Somerset Plantation State Historic Site and others are in private collections.Former Currituck Beach Lighthouse Keeper and executive director of the nonprofit organization, Outer Banks Conservationists, Inc. Lloyd Childers is focusing her retirement activity on watercolor painting from her home in Hampstead where she actively participates in the Hampstead Art League. Her works appear in selected locations on the Outer Banks and Wilmington areas of North Carolina.
Keeper Originals: Watercolor Paintings and Prints was formed in 2003 after the artist, Lloyd Childers, left her lighthouse keeping duties on the Outer Banks and retired to Hampstead, NC, near Wilmington, to begin painting in earnest. After a career in State Government, she moved to Corolla on the Outer Banks as the lighthouse keeper for Currituck Beach Lighthouse and executive director of Outer Banks Conservationists, Inc., the nonprofit group that restored the keepers' house, lighthouse and lighthouse compound in Corolla. Having been a "keeper" for five years and hoping that her paintings would be "keepers" the name Keeper Originals seemed fitting. Lloyd enjoys the watercolor medium for her paintings, which she has professionally reproduced in art prints of various sizes and note cards. The art prints are handsomely matted to fit standard sized frames. In anticipation of her retirement, Lloyd took hundreds of photographs of the lighthouse, the nearby Whalehead Club and every aspect of the coastal environment on the Outer Banks, including Nags Head, Manteo and Wanchese, to use as source material. Daily views of the lighthouse, keepers' houses and maritime forests in and around the Village of Corolla were constant sources of inspiration. All are included in the art prints and note cards in the gallery. Lloyd's art prints and note cards also include the unique maritime environment north of the paved road in Corolla, which is accessible only by four-wheeled drive vehicle. There she found a wandering band of wild horses, a Coast Guard and Life-Saving Station, wind patterns in the sand, sea oats, dunes, beach cottages and distant fishermen--vibrant views to feed her artist's soul. From her retirement community in Hampstead, Lloyd is a frequent visitor to Topsail Beach and the areas along the Intracoastal Waterway. She has recently begun to paint informal portraits of children or people in curious settings. Other paintings result from her travels to the North Carolina barrier islands and mountains, as well as the Pacific North West, New Orleans, and the Southwest.