I see creating art as a way to savor the beauty of God’s world. When I sit by a river, gaze at a waterfall, or take in the vastness of the mountains, I become awestruck and deeply moved. For me the world of nature speaks of constancy, order, variety, balance, and vibrancy. It hums a melody of peace and conflict while it calms our hearts. It is full of mystery and delight. Continue reading “Barbara Hawk”
The play of light and shadow washing over a subject is what grabs my attention. I never know where a subject will take me.
Each medium has its own challenges and rewards; graphite is comfortable and relaxing, while watercolor keeps me on my toes finding the balance of planning steps ahead while keeping the painting fresh and spontaneous. It’s an incredibly rewarding process. Continue reading “Donna Huyett”
The wide variety of wildlife that surrounds me where I live is my inspiration. Bears, deer, raccoons, rabbits, owls, white squirrels and even snakes become the subjects I paint. I love to capture facial expressions and the eyes of my subjects. It is always exciting to depict them through my art. Continue reading “Gwen Flinn”
I work in a burnishing technique with the colored pencil. It involves using the white color pencil to change values and hues. Ink is done in several ways: stippling (small dots), hatching (parallel lines), strokes (lines spaced in short or long ways). Scratchboard is created with the use of an Exacto knife, carving out areas to make different values. Continue reading “Rose G. Haynes”
My work is a simple attempt to spread the word that the animals around us are a special gift. I do this through a combination of imagination, bold color and humor. We must never forget that “all animals draw breath from the same source as we do.” They are mystical, spiritual, and as Jonathan Balcome states: “Animals take pauses. Their worlds, like ours, have stretches of tranquility, moments of pleasure and eruptions of joy.” Enjoy those animals around us, care for them; they will give us great peace and happiness. It is my hope that my work will bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart. Continue reading “Peter Chumbley”
My paper mache pieces lean toward humor, whimsy and portraying our local animal neighbors.
I start with an armature of chicken wire, Styrofoam or cardboard boxes and tubes. Each piece is layered with newspaper, tissue paper and white glue. After several coats of paint and some attention to the face and eyes, they seem to take on a life of their own, and I’m ready to let them go. Continue reading “Marcia Brennan”
I find simplicity, beauty and a timeless honesty in wild places, wild things and those occupations dependent on the land and sea. They evoke in me a peaceful feeling not unlike that of going home. My art seeks to convey this sense of peace and place to others.
If you want to truly see a thing, try to paint it. While I don’t consider myself strictly a plein air artist, all of my paintings begin outside. I have to spend time in a place or with an animal to experience it and see the light upon it. Continue reading “John E. Davis”
My basket weaving experience began while I was an art student at Warren Wilson College. In 1983, early in my curriculum, a Fiber Arts course opened my eyes to the potential of natural materials as well as found objects. When the Appalachian basketry was taught, I found something that spoke to me. When I completed my first basket, I felt I had made a vessel that was meant to nurture and held purpose. Since that first experience, I have not stopped exploring potential in all materials…playing with color, texture, and shape with my baskets. Materials typically used for the frames are grapevine, honeysuckle, bittersweet, and wisteria, along with hand-dyed rattan for the body of the basket. Continue reading “Joe Bruneau”