Barbara Hawk

Barbara Hawk
Barbara Hawk

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”

Gwen Flinn

Gwen Flinn
Gwen Flinn

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”

Nancy E. Richards

Nancy Richards
Nancy Richards
Nancy Richards

In paintings and mixed media pieces, I use a variety of techniques to explore and celebrate color, line and texture.  Inspired by nature, I use watercolors, acrylics, alcohol inks, gouache, pastels and enhanced monoprints in abstract or representational ways to express the sense of wonder and joy that I find in the world around me.  Each medium has its own properties, and they inform each other, conveying vision, surprise, harmony and the beauty of finding one’s place in the natural world. Continue reading “Nancy E. Richards”

Marcia Brennan

Marcia Brennan
Marcia Brennan
Marcia Brennan

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”

John E. Davis

John David
John David
John David

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”

Joe Bruneau

Joe Bruneau
Joe Bruneau
Joe Bruneau

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”