Carol Clay

Carol Clay
Carol Clay

Carol Clay is an acrylic painter. Her approach to painting is to create art that is fun, colorful and something people would like to see every day in their home.  She is known for her bold colors and palette knife work that bring her animal friends and impressionist style landscapes to life on canvas.
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John E. Davis

John David
John David

In the out of doors, I find renewal of my artistic soul.  Early morning mists over a coastal river or mountain pass, hoarse croaking of a raven, crush of beach shell and sand under foot, wind whispering in tall pines, plaintive whistling of a loon on the lake, smell of rain or a freshly cut hay field; all recharge my emotional batteries.

Sharing this sense of renewal, whether in drawings, paintings or the written word, has been at the core of my being since my first experiences while following my parents through the woods and waters of the Southeast. That sense has only grown stronger through years in wildlife and natural area conservation work.

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Sharyn Fogel

Sharyn Fogel
Sharyn Fogel

Sharyn has been depicting Western North Carolina with her watercolors for over 40 years, and has no plans to slow down. Misty mountains, old barns, Queen Anne’s Lace, and waterfalls are just a few of her favorite subjects. She uses many different weights of watercolor paper, and never tires of trying new paints, brushes, and surfaces. Continue reading “Sharyn Fogel”

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”

Donna Huyett

Donna Huyett
Donna Huyett

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”

Nancy E. Richards

Nancy Richards
Nancy Richards

Through my paintings I hope to convey the wonder and sense of joy that I find in humanity and in the natural world that surrounds us.  I love the vivid colors of alcohol inks, a fluid medium that creates surprising and spontaneous textures and expressions.  I also paint with acrylics, watercolors, gouache, pastels, and oils, selecting the materials that best convey the abstract or representational subjects that interest me.  Pattern and repetition are sometimes enhanced in my mixed media pieces that incorporate printing techniques, painting, and collage elements.  My goal is to engage the viewer in a visual dialogue that encourages and delights.

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Roxane Russo

I am an encaustic painter who has been experimenting with beeswax, resin, and pigment for over a decade. The word Encaustic means to “burn in” the technique is a progression of liquid to solid, as properties change throughout the creative process.  It is a continued evolution of movement and fragility that ironically results in an enduring piece of art.  After each layer of beeswax is applied, it cools and then is fused to the previous layer using heat.  The result is a translucent image created by multiple layers, some clearly seen while others may be a mere suggestion.

I use a wide variety of materials to generate images including inks, oil sticks, and pigmented shellac. A variety of techniques are also employed such as scribing, scraping and burning, along with embedding objects. Sometimes, papers as precious as my father’s architectural renderings or French legal documents from the 1800’s are given a new and preserved life in beeswax.

Originally from Cranston, Rhode Island, I earned a BFA in textile design from the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth. Many of my landscapes are inspired by the New England coast with color pallets representing both sea and snow. Additionally, I have taken inspiration from the marshes of the Carolina low country as well as the crests of the Blue Ridge.

Roxane Russo
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