Meet The Artists - Nature Inspired: Spring
Cover Image: In The Garden (red)
Contributions:In The Garden (red), pg 5; In The Garden (blue), pg 7; In The Garden (lt blue), pg 9; Collection (red), pg 11; Desert Collection (moth), pg 37
I am a painter/printmaker that notices the bits and pieces of nature. I collect tiny, insignificant objects such as seeds, butterfly wings, leaves, etc. That are found in spider webs, on car windows, sidewalks, streets.
Contributions: Daisy Dome, pg 79; Spring, pg 69; Skilak, pg 77
Danielle Austen is an award-winning fine art photographer specializing in intimate portraits of the environment. As a documentary fine artist trained both in photojournalism and in the fine arts, Danielle is bound to seek honesty in her subjects and to communicate the spirituality of the moment. Her photography reflects a desire to capture the unexpected views of the landscape...searching for what many may see as ordinary and discover the extraordinary.
Emily Boutilier Sullivan
Contributions:The Ozarks, MO, pg 81; Transience, pg 95
Emily Boutilier Sullivan has a BFA in Painting, Drawing, and Art Education from Xavier University and hopes to continue her education by earning an MFA in Painting. Her landscape work is inspired by two cross-country trips, one by bicycle with her family, another by minivan following Hudson River School painters with her plein air painting kit. Her artwork gratifies a yearning for authentic adventure, where one is immersed in a state of discovery and exploration, and wishes to share what she believes is singular and noteworthy in our American landscape.
Contributions: Untitled writing, pg 25; Wishes, pg 41
Kerfe Roig enjoys transforming words and images into something new. You can follow her explorations on the blog she does with her friend Nina: https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/
Contributions: Untitled Writing, pg 3; Spring Narcissus, pg 105; Loud Daffodil, pg 119; Untitled Writing, pg 127; Lukka Springs Forward, pg 163
My education as an architect was the beginning of my formal exploration of basic forms and pleasing proportions. Before making jewelry, I participated in the Louisville arts scene for over forty years in architecture, photography, drawing, sculpture, and graphic design. My jewelry and the work produced by my multi-disciplinary design company, GOOD IDEA!, emphasize unique solutions and unexpected use of materials.
Contributions: Liaison, pg 139; Bronwen, pg 141
Sawyer Rose is a sculpture and mixed-media artist working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Using a soldering iron as a paintbrush, she armors abstracted botanical forms in layers of molten metal. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Oakland Art Murmur, Oakland, CA.
Contribution: Unfurling, pg 49
Splitting my time between New York City and rural New Jersey, I am fascinated by the intersection and contrasts of the natural and built environments. I am particularly interested in exploring aspects of light, pattern and texture in both settings. I often use the monumentality of the close-up to provide an immersive viewpoint that allows me to explore unexpected details; the things right under our noses that we don’t take the time to see.
Contributions: Alexandra in Bloom, pg 101; Fleur, pg 103; Girl with Sunflowers, pg 121; INHALATION, pg 145; Spring, pg 161
Carolyn Schlam is an award winning artist and writer currently residing in Taos, NM. Her work in oil, ink, glass and wood is primarily figurative and lyrical. She was a finalist in the Smithsonian Museum Portrait Competition in 2013 and her work is now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian.
Contributions: Waiting to Bloom, pg 57; Cherry Blossom Branch, pg 91; Cherry Blossom in Bloom, pg 93
My camera is my license to explore. I am a self-taught photographer who captures beauty in the ordinary.
My photographs have been exhibited in galleries, museums, newspapers, books and magazines in New York City and throughout New Jersey. I am a member of Professional Women Photographers, Arts Guild New Jersey and The Center for Contemporary Art.
Contribution: 2014, No.2, pg 59
The greatest influences on my work include memories of Hawaiian tidal pools during my childhood there, the appearance of New York's Central Park throughout the seasons, and works from all times and cultures in the museums of New York City.
Contribution: Spring in Full Swing, pg 147
Found on page
Prominent Visual Artist in Los Angeles, raised in New York, recognized for her talent since childhood, MICA alumni, Skowhegan Scholarship recipient, successful creative entrepreneur (Latitude Inc. Directorial & Design Animation Company), lifetime extensive list of awards & recognition in the creative field. Utilizes the magic of light, motion and/or sound in her Sculptures and Installation art. Info about her original artwork, recent exhibits, reviews, Gallery or Museum shows, please visit waterkerner.com.
Contributions: Caterpillar Phase, pg 27; Chrysalis Phase, pg 29; Butterfly Phase, pg 31
While my concentration is painting, I am a multi-media artist. I osculate between tight rendering and loose brushwork while adding collage elements. I tap into an exciting energy surge as creation manifests, emerging on the surface. No matter the subject, my goal is to illuminate the essence of layered complexities in one visual experience. Art production is a cycle of challenges and solutions making way for personal expression. Art is Life!
Contribution: Golden Moment, pg 137
Diana Whiley’s inspiration comes from nature and its symphony of colour, of season, and time, and considers its impact on our body and psyche as it transforms us. She likes to bring elements of texture into my art. As a fantasy writer she looks to our sense of the past and how it impacts on our present and our dreams. She has won on-line art awards, has book covers published and exhibits locally. Currently she is experimenting in art and design, as well as Illustration.
Contributions: Spring 2015, pg 43; Emerging Leaf, pg 47; Encounter, pg 53; Purple Ladies, pg 55; My Garden is Purple, pg 98
Both poet and photographer, Janet M. Powers has been capturing images through words and film since the age of seven. Now 76, she continues to delight in the play of light and color in her garden and the hills around Gettysburg, PA.
Contributions: Garden of Life, pg 63; The Magical Garden, pg 115; Union of Joy, 135.
Hanne Væringsaasen is an artist from Norway, trained in visual art with a master's degree in art and design. In addition, she is also a trained art therapist. She asserts that art is a necessity of life. Art clarifies the world around us, it enlarges and opens our senses and allows us insights.
Contribution: Emerging, pg 109
Since picking up her first camera at eight years old, Maureen began a lifelong passion for the Visual Arts. Her journey has woven her through photography, painting, collage, ceramics, silver work and fabric design. Images in one medium often inspire and flow through others, as evidenced in the works in her solo and group shows, through the years. Maureen is appreciative of the creative process which allows her to express the individuality of each day, to share its beauty and unique imprint.
Contribution: Spring Field in Kansas, pg 107
I have been taking photographs professionally since 1999. My interest in photography began when I was very young. When I was about 13 I started reading avidly about my interest. I have been taking photos since then, advancing to a medium format film camera and now a digital 35 mm SLR. I do not digitally manipulate my photographs. What you see is what I saw. My dream is to one day have my own darkroom. Nature inspires me every day, and that is reflected in much of my subject matter.
Contributions: Floating Off the Edge, pg 125; Migration III, pg 159
Contributions: Spring Bloom, pg 45; Emerging from Dormancy, pg 67
Zintis Buzermanis studied art and photography at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. He resides on
Long Island, where he observes the evolving contemporary landscape and the uneasy co-existence of
the natural and man-made worlds.
Contributions: Spring's First Herbs, pg 5961; Rebirth, pg 85; Blossoms, pg 87; Bloom with Me, pg 89
Allyson lives in upstate New York and she has exhibited her artwork both nationally and internationally, as well as being published in online and print photography magazines. She uses both DSLR and iPhone to shoot. The imagery Allyson creates is both real and surreal. Her images will sweep you away to another place and time, with one glance.
Contributions: Fiddlehead Fern, pg 51; Pear Trees in Bloom, page 73; Tulip Garden, page 111; Early Iris, pg 133
Jeanne Julian’s poetry chapbook, Blossom and Loss, was published by Longleaf Press in 2015. County Lines Literary Journal (2015) features three of her monochrome photographs. She was the featured photographer in moonShine review (Summer 2015), and her images were included in recent juried exhibits in New York and North Carolina.
Contributions:Peloponnese I, pg 97
Throughout my career I have returned to the landscape to express my love of color, texture, pattern, and atmosphere using imagery and memories from my travels. I am a Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Coastal Carolina University (SC). My work has been exhibited internationally, nationally, regionally, and is part of numerous corporate and college collections.
Charlotte Mullich www.charlottemullich.com
Contribution:Poppies: Tranquil Slumber, pg 113; Time to Unwind, pg 151
Charlotte Mullich searches for the grace and hope of the Earth. Her paintings highlight the elegance of nature, especially the changes of the seasons, the colors, shapes, and fleeting moments of time. Charlotte Mullich is a member of the Los Angles Artist Association (LAAA) and an Associate member of the American Watercolor Society. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons.
Contribution: Blooming in Color, pg 83
Ronda Richley, BFA, MA, brings her sensitivity and passion for the outdoors to her audience, allowing the viewer to experience her unique viewpoint of nature. Her trees display human attributes and include the human form within their branches. After experiencing her art, many have stated that they will never look at a tree the same again. You can find her work in collections across the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and the Middle East. Her work is recognized by her use of palette knives, scribing over the color, figures within the trees and are signed “Ronda” without an H.
Mary Kearney Hull
Contribution: Timeless Matters, pg 155
Mary Kearney Hull is a visual artist and art teacher in the DFW area. She studied art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Central Arkansas. In Arkansas, she formed a strong appreciation for nature and all of it's creatures. She enjoys observing and learning from the small critters in this world that go unappreciated and unnoticed. Mary studies people and their reaction or failure to react to the nature and animals around them for subjects of her artwork.
Louise Saxton http://www.louisesaxton.com
Contribution:Magnolia georgiana 2014 after Georg Dionysius Ehret 1743, pg 129
Louise Saxton is an Australian Assemblage Artist
"My art practice in salvaged textiles is inspired by the natural world, natural history painting and the domestic arts. Each textile fragment, extracted from embroidered or lace domestic table linens, is precariously pinned to nylon tulle to reference an historical painting.
By reconstructing bygone materials in this way, I wish to draw attention to the fragility, and potential loss, of domestic art traditions and species in the natural world".
Contribution: Untitled, pg 39
Julie Hubert is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, California. Julie's paintings have been shown in juried exhibitions, most recently receiving an honorable mention.
Contributions: Golden Promise, pg 13; Trillium, pg 123; Garden of Promises, pg 131
Award winning artist and writer, Carol Alleman’s bronze vessels are coupled with Companion Writings and richly inspired by the incessant and mystical voice of nature. Her signature vessel form is most noted for its vast cut out areas and intricate patina applications; while highly symbolic. Her work has been widely exhibited for several decades and earned numerous prestigious awards including First Place in the Gilcrease Museum Collectors Reserve and numerous awards in American Women Artists Master and Signature Exhibitions.
Hannah Kathryn Freeman
Contributions: Roots, pg 21; Protection, pg 23; Indispensable, pg 117
Hannah Kathryn Freeman is the Instructor of Graphic Design in the Department of Art at Eastern Illinois University. She teaches introduction through graduate level courses. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and a Master of Arts in Painting, both from EIU.
Sara B. Willerson
Contribution: The Song of the Tree, pg 75
Sara B. Willerson, LCSW is an equine facilitated psychotherapist in Texas. Together with her equine partners, they invite children and adults to experience the healing power of the horse. For more information please visit their website.
Janice F. Meister
Contribution: Blue Jay and Peony, pg 153
Janice Meister received her credentials, degrees and formal art training from Governor State University, University Park, IL, The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL, Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL and The Museum of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL Prints and Drawings Department (associate preparatory of fine works on paper).
Contributions: March Morning, pg 65; Morning Walk, pg 149; Two Goshawks, pg 157
I am a retired Vermont lawyer living in the woods. I spend most of my time writing about what is readily seen from my windows and on daily walks with my dog. The seasons supply me with an ever-changing wildlife, flower and woodland scene.
Kimberley D'Adamo Green
Contribution: Emotional Interior of Biology #4, pg 19
Kimberley D'Adamo Green is fascinated by ecosystems, microscopes, google earth, fog, and the magic places where the sky meets the land meets the sea. Through painting, she explores her emotional relationship to nature and questions her place within it. She lives in Oakland, California.
Contribution: Birth of Magnolia, pg 143
Nature is my strongest inspiration and my strongest medicine, always humbling, and a constant reminder of our preciousness and vulnerability. It is through this vulnerability that my creativity is driven in an honest and true way. When I allow myself to be exposed I am given the opportunity to explore fear and how that translates into what I create. Owning my fears and seeing them as puzzles to construct or take apart are stepping-stones towards who I am as a human. What I explore and witness along the way is the magic, and what is discovered visually – what is seen – is the validation of my journey.
Contributions: FlutterBye, pg 33 and FlutterBye (Watercolor), pg 35
I’m a quiet soul and painting is my outlook to expression. Watercolors are my choice of medium as I like the flow and movement of the paint. I look at life through colors, movement and strokes.
My paintings are an inner reflection as to what I see and not necessarily the hard image right in front of me.