As an artist and educator I’ve long been fascinated by the concept of talent. To be transparent, I mostly dislike the word. It’s so often casually tossed out in a manner dismissive of the efforts of the person receiving it.[Read more…] about Nature, Nurture, Talent
When I first saw Deborah Lowe’s work, my mind was blown. I have at least a cursory understanding of most art forms. I may not be able to do all of them, but I generally have a rough sense of how they’re done. But her pieces? I could not even begin to unravel them.[Read more…] about Creative People: Deborah Lowe
Regina Bernadette Quinn is an artist and educator living in the Northern Catskill Mountains. She works in a technique called encaustic, which involves painting with layers of colored beeswax in addition to traditional paints. The wax creates a thickness and luminosity to the work which can then be carved and scratched to create texture and reveal the layers beneath. The resulting paintings glow with an ethereal depth that leaves them suspended between reality and dreams. I asked her what inspires her work and her process.
Here is her story.[Read more…] about Creative People: Regina Bernadette Quinn
Lisa Schonberg is a printmaker whose multi-layered work is rich with natural imagery. She is both inspired by and uses organic elements to create her work, running flowers, buds, and branches through a large printing press to capture their textures. Like many artists, the pandemic forced her to change directions when her collaborative studio closed during the shutdown. She began experimenting with cyanotypes, a photographic process that uses sunlight, to capture the forms she had come to love.[Read more…] about Creative People: Lisa Schonberg
Melissa Arnold is a textile artist that goes by the name Textillian Nomad. She lives and creates in the beautiful Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. To say that she is connected with nature is an understatement. Not only does she use natural dyes in her work like walnut, avocado, and madder, she has a dye garden where she grows plants like indigo, coreopsis, raspberry, lavender, and geranium.[Read more…] about Creative People: Melissa Arnold
I first discovered Ryn Clarke’s artwork online during the shutdown. Her surreal photo composites became a much needed counterbalance to the uncertainty of daily life. As the pandemic took hold and spun things we’d taken for granted upside down, Ryn’s work was otherworldly in the opposite direction. Her swirling nature scenes revolved around a calming center, the eye of the emotional hurricane.[Read more…] about Creative People: Ryn Clarke