“I have created wire designed jewelry for over thirty years. This jewelry art process uses pliers and cutters, without the use of soder or glue.”
“My medium of choice is oil. As it is so versatile and perfect for applying texture and brilliant color. Watercolor is a secondary medium I enjoy for its spontaneity and transparency. The watercolor techniques led me to a new endeavor–designing and painting with dye on silk scarves. The dyes give a delightful watercolor effect.”
“I have created, designed and painted since I can remember. Living in Three Rivers around natural beauty helps. The most influence came from my Grama Blanche who was also an artist. I love to create with bright colors, as you will see in my studio. Woodburning on furniture has been pretty interesting. It is far too time consuming, but at the same time, the end result is addicting! I go from a whimsical design on a piece of furniture to a local landscape oil on canvas.”
[paintings © Wendy McKellar]
“The artistic journey began with writing. Before dawn, in my studio, I scratched ink on white paper, and it led from what was done yesterday, to the dream of what needs to be done today. Through this endeavor, ink quilts (multi-media collage,) photography, clay mono-printing and self-published books were created. Recycled art from rusty items, adorned with acrylic paints, are the new explorations in creativity.”
“I was a child on the move, and my explorations began when I learned to crawl. After my first big adventure, crawling two miles down the highway, my mother strapped me into a harness and hooked me to the clothesline. I was told I spent my days rushing from one end of that clothesline to the other, never stopping, until one day I discovered a universe hidden in the grass. I was a naturalist!
When I was ten, my I found some large rolls of paper that I used them to draw house plans. I was an architect! Then came my period as an author, prompted by the sudden appearance of a Remington typewriter, and when I caught the mumps, a friend brought me some oil paints and suddenly I was an artist! That’s the pattern….a stimulus and a response….that has kindled my craft.
Today the light sculptures I create are a result of my imagination, stimulated by something I have seen, a beautiful piece of paper and the shape of a single twig. And the subtle colorings are my attempt to recreate the changing light of the day.”
[[light sculpture © Anne Haxton]
“Collage is the medium I celebrate and immerse myself in, as an artist–for my work, and my life. Everything seems to want to try to synergize with something else. About fifteen years ago, I started cutting images and phrases from magazines, and produced my first individual collages into small blank cards. I called the cards the “it could be art” series. Embracing the title of artist found reluctance in me, but art itself has never abandoned me, no matter what resistance I have felt for it. Art is a part of every moment, whether we can see it or not. Art is the natural expression of a human be-ing.
I love to paint mandalas, using watercolor pencils or acrylic on canvas. Mandala is the Sanskrit word for “sacred circle”. I have been making mandalas as a meditative art practice for over twenty-five years.
One day when I was looking for a name for my artwork collection, I opened the book, Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh, to the page that described the Sanskrit word parayana, meaning “The Other Shore” and I said yes, this is it. The Other Shore ‘…represents the realm of no-birth, no-death, and no suffering…We cannot talk about it, we cannot conceive it…The true teaching is that the other shore is this very shore…’ ”
“Nature is my primary inspiration. In our 28 acre wildlife-certified habitat and California native plant garden, I build stoneware sculptures of plants, animals, birds, insects and women from coils and slabs. In recent years I have enjoyed making found object art from aluminum, brass and stainless steel. The scavenged components are old tools, utensils, costume jewelry and house numbers. These whimsical sculptures are of horses, frogs, cats, dogs, giraffes and bulls. Outside my small studio I can see bobcats, hawks, goldfinches on a thistle seed feeder and bluebirds entering and exiting their nesting box. I crank open all the windows and let the breeze flow through.”