I began my career as a portrait photographer in Austin, Texas but now work almost exclusively in landscape photography and the photo-documentary. Landscape photography is what I do to make a living. Photo-documentaries are what I do to try to make a difference.
While home base is on Johns Island, South Carolina, my work has taken me all over the United States and abroad. My favorite images are those I find off the beaten path, often searching for days or weeks for just the right image in the right light.
Although digital technology has taken over the imaging industry, I do not alter my images. As a film trained photographer, I still use a hand-held light meter. You can’t change the reality of what is. Even though I use a digital camera, I still photograph the reality in front of me and present it as I have photographed it. Old fashioned or not, I still believe in the integrity of my photographs.
i was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists in November 2019. I serve as the Exhibition Chair for the association which is headquartered in New York City and continue to serve on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Chapter.
"Photography is about capturing the light, listening to the landscape, collecting the silence and documenting what is."
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Exploring the human condition, our stories, and how we treat each other is Judith Carlin’s continual theme. Carlin wants her art to have an impact on the world: to inform, reflect, and evoke strong emotions. She strongly believe in the power of art, that a work of art can make a positive change in the world. In Carlin’s own words, “We're living in strange times and as an artist I feel the need to address that. I'm trying to paint our world with a compassionate and empathetic eye. I have many things to say and I feel like I'm writing with paint”.
When Carlin paints, it's not a physical reality she’s after but an expressive and emotional one. The people in her paintings are depicted at a heightened moment in their lives. Carlin wants people to look at the men and women in her paintings and see and relate to their fellow human beings. The hope is that someone will look at this work and come to a greater understanding and appreciation of how wonderful and diverse we all are in our shared humanity.
Judith Carlin’s training in drawing and painting has been at the Art Students League of New York, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Candid Fine Arts in London. Her mediums are oil, acrylic and freehand digital. Carlin’s award-winning work has been written about and featured in many international publications. In addition to Carlin’s paintings being in private collections, her work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries.
For Rose Cofield, art has been a life-long adventure. Her passion for exploring the possibilities of form and shape has been her prime motivation throughout her journey. Challenging herself with different materials has taught Rose to bend to the inherent attributes as well as the limitations of her chosen medium. Her abstract works in mixed media include collage, acrylic paints, mixed media, canvas and found materials.
Rose’s fascination with architecture is evident in her current work. Her experience in sculpture allows her to see the content of her mixed media pieces as form and shape. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Rose credits some of her images to that urban environment.
Rose studied art at New York University and The Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture. She has attended stone carving workshops at the Corsanini Studio in Carrara, Italy. Rose has taught sculpture workshops in schools and arts organizations through the South Carolina Arts Commission’s “Artist in Education” program.
Rose has displayed her work at the Kershaw Fine Arts Center in Camden, SC, The Art League of Hilton Head Gallery, Hilton Head, SC, the St. John’s Museum of Art, Wilmington, NC, The Louise Gilbert Gallery, Statesville, NC, Florence Museum, Florence, SC, and Havens Gallery, Columbia, SC.
Rose is a member of the National Association of Women Artists, New York, New York, as well as the South Carolina Chapter. You can see more of Rose’s work at her web site art-rose-cofield.com and on Instagram @cofieldrose. She can be reached directly at email@example.com or 843-290-6842.
Before Joanna established her art studio in Nokomis, FL in 2005, her previous careers in Massachusetts included graphic and fashion design.
She has exhibited her artworks in London, New York, and Berlin. She has studied art history and painting in Venice, Rome and Florence, participated in an exhibition and taught workshops in Novgorod, Russia, art journaling workshops in Santa Fe, NM, St. Augustine, FL, Tuscany, Italy and most recently in Havana, Cuba.
Joanna received an Associates of Arts degree from Harvard University, a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Art Education from the University of South Florida and a Master of Fine Arts Painting from Louisiana State University.
Joanna has been a member of the Florida Artists Group over 6 years. She is also a Signature member of both the Florida Watercolor Society and International Society of Experimental Artists. She is currently represented at Light Up Your Life in Sarasota, FL.
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It all starts with an idea or a feeling. It's fluid. Inspiration germinates day and night, night and day. Art sprouts, grows, and blossoms in many forms. Paintings, prose, poetry, photography, and woodwork are what I most love to produce being a creative. Illustrating music, stories, and poetry is a luxurious endeavor in all artistic respects, digging deep. To be an artist is to brave the darkness in exploration of gifts buried deep inside a vivid imagination and curious mind.
I am grateful to those individuals and organizations who inspire artists and support the arts. I am forever thankful to many loving souls and heroes who have helped me grow in all aspects of teaching, writing, and creating art. Learning from others fills my artistic heart. Working with artists and authors of all ages is an honor I cherish as part of a beautiful and creative life.
Connected Collage artistry is a watercolor process using hand-painted color boards and hand-drawn, cut, and torn elements. Then piece-by-piece, I combine and layer these colorful elements, including various other materials, to produce the finished artwork. I've been working in this style of art for years and coined the term "Connected Collage." I am grateful to Mr. Schermerhorn, my beloved high school art teacher, for encouraging me to blossom and grow as an artist so long ago.
Sandy Dimke enjoys creating art through the medium of photography. Her goal is always to freeze a moment in time in a creative manner, either by unique camera angles or adding a different perspective with post processing. She values the interplay of color, texture and patterns that unify the image. A traveler at heart, her photos try to capture the excitement of the world we live in, whether at home in the Lowcountry of South Carolina or in more exotic locales around the globe.
Born and raised in Schenectady, New York, Sandy graduated from Nazareth College (BA'70) and received her MBA in Marketing from the University at Albany (NY) ('72). After spending almost 25 years in architectural photography in Connecticut, she and her husband, Russ, now reside in Beaufort, South Carolina where she concentrates on fine art photography.
Sandy was instrumental in founding the Photography Club of Beaufort in 2005. Currently she is the 1st Vice Chair of the Print Division of the Photographic Society of America . Among the proudest awards Sandy has received are Best in Show (2010) Carolinas Nature Photographer's Conference; and three First Place medals at the Photographic Society of America Conferences (2017-19). Another rewarding moment was in September of 2019, when she was invited to be a guest exhibitors at the Photographic Society of America Conference in Spokane Washington where 17 photographs were on view. Sandy has published two photography books "Hands Across the Lowcountry" (2011) and "Cats of Beaufort" (2015) . Her photographs have graced the cover of "Charleston Salt and Iron" (2016) and "Along Southern Roads" (2019). Collections of her images have appeared in "Southern Traditions" (2018) and "DownSize" (2019).
In 2019 Sandy was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists and currently serves on the Board of the South Carolina chapter of NAWA.
Jo Dye became involved in the creative process at an early age. Over the years she has painted in oils, acrylics, and pastels, worked in printmaking, scratchboard, pen and ink, and made her own paper. Her experimentation with art forms continued, changing as did her life. Says Jo, "My art is not stagnant, but always in transition."
A native of South Carolina, Jo and her family traveled extensively. Jo is a well-known wildlife artist. Her scratchboard wildlife work was featured in many national shows and East Coast galleries. Over the years, she worked as an artist for a large firm, started a gallery, became director of the Vienna Art League Gallery in Vienna, VA, and was president of the Reston Art Gallery in Reston, VA. While living in Hungary, she started an English-speaking docent group at the Budapest Museum of Fine Art.
Jo has recently become more interested in color and texture, and the freedom that collage represents. In this rediscovered medium, Jo's flair for design, color and attention to detail truly blossomed. Her collages are alive with bright colors, excellent composition and surprising detail.
On Hilton Head Island since 2000, she has become actively involved with the Hilton Head Art League, the Hilton Head Plantation Artists' Association, the Society of Bluffton Artists, the Beaufort Art Association, the South Carolina Watercolor Society, the National Collage Society and the Maye River Gallery.
Jo Dye continues to create wildlife in mixed media and collage, as well as scratchboard. “Life is a journey, and Art is my vehicle”.
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Joan Eckhardt is a photographer passionately interested in portraiture. Her subjects are found in both the streets of the world and in nature. Her images have been juried into national exhibits across the country and included in South Carolina lowcountry books and arts publications. Her images have won numerous awards. She was juried into the National Association of Women Artists in 2020, and enthusiastically joined NAWA’s South Carolina chapter, where she has enjoyed participating in the exhibit opportunities. Joan and her husband are residents of Callawassie Island and together take advantage of every opportunity to capture the beauty and mystery of life through thoughtful, expressive imagery.
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Photography allows the artist to capture the beauty of the natural world and provide a moment in time view to others to see and feel that moment. She strives for realism in both her photography and painting but enjoys including a disruptive element in each piece of work. Suzanne feels that this allows the viewer to linger longer to see what has been reflected in the work and to inspire the viewer to look more closely at the unexpected in the real world.
Traveling globally for work allowed Suzanne to photograph beautiful sites across many time zones over the years. Now that she has settled in the Lowcountry, she is concentrating on understanding and capturing some of the magnificent sites the Lowcountry has to offer. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. and is a Founding Board Member of the SC Chapter. She is a Lowcountry Master Naturalist and is also a docent for the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island.
After studying art in Primary and High School, Suzanne went on to pursue a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, her MBA in New Ventures Management from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and doctoral level studies in Organizational Psychology. She is now continuing her Art Education with local artists as well as studies at University of South Carolina at Beaufort.
Her work is in private collections across the United States and can often be seen at the Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) in Bluffton, SC and at the Art League of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island, SC and has been featured in gallery exhibits in New York City and Washington, DC. Suzanne’s work has also been recognized in National Juried Exhibits, most recently at the 26th HHI Art League Biennale and the The Contemporary Art Exchange, Menagerie- Wild and Wonderful Exhibit.
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The desire to paint and create has been with Mary Ann since childhood. While growing up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio she discovered the joy of art by attending children’s art classes at The Cleveland Museum of Art and later, the Cleveland Institute of Art and Western Reserve University. After divorce in 1970, she raised her three children while building a career in the advertising world (J. Walter Thompson in Washington, D.C. and Bank of America in San Francisco). She was able to pick up her paint brushes after retiring from corporate world by starting a new career in 1992 as a muralist – painting for her clients in fabulous homes throughout California, Seattle, Dallas, Charleston, Hilton Head and Argentina!
Member of National Association of Women Artists
Teaching art for various Senior Living facilities
Scenic artist/designer for Center for the Arts, Beaufort, SC
Best in Show – 25th Annual Judged Show, Society of Bluffton Artists March 2019
Her Art education includes Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Corcoran Gallery School of Art & Torpedo Factory in Washington, D.C.
De Young Museum of Art School, San Francisco
Ken Auster, Laguna Beach, CA
And continuous self study
A native South Carolinian, Fran Gardner lives and works in the communities of Heath Springs and Lancaster, not far from her birthplace, Hartsville. She earned her BFA from Columbia College (1982) and later, her MFA from Vermont College of Norwich University (1993). She is professor of art and art history at the University of South Carolina Lancaster where she teaches a variety of studio courses, art history, appreciation and art education. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally and published in Fiberarts and Needle Arts magazines and in the books Expressive Drawing, by Steve Aimone, Crafting Personal Shrines, by Carol Owen, The Art of Textiles, by Mary Schoeser and Scanning the Hypnoglyph: Sleep in Modernist and Postmodern Representation, by Nathaniel Wallace.
Gardner has gained attention in mixed media collage. She paints and draws with traditional materials, but also with the sewing machine, layering her work with rich texture, color and markmaking.
Gardner has won a variety of awards in competitive exhibits both statewide and nationally. In addition she has exhibited at numerous art centers and museums across the US. In 2019 she was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists in New York. A career highlight was the invitation to be a United States National Park Artist-In-Residence at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico in 2012. While in residence, she produced 30 8”x8” pieces now installed in the Visitor Center. Her piece focused on the excavated architectural structures of the ancient Chacoans, an archeological feature of the park.
In addition to creating and exhibiting her work, she writes critical essays about art, teaches workshops, and judges and curates exhibitions.
Please find more about Fran Gardner on Instagram at fran.gardner or visit her website at frangardnerart.com
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Karen Gottschall is a fine art digital artist with a love of nature and travel, who combines photography and digital artistry to create stunning images of all aspects of our world from all seven continents She is the founder and owner of Scenic Shutterbug, LLC, a company which creates high quality “functional art” for use in any home or business setting. She is also a member of the Professional Photographers of America, the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) National and South Carolina chapters, the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association, Past President of the Photography Club of Beaufort, a member of the Callawassie Island Photo Club, a contributing member of Nikonians, and a Nikon Professional.
Her work has been published in several books and commercial applications. In addition, her art has also been featured as the cover art for published books, commercial interiors and in numerous private collections.
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Sheila Grabarsky recently had featured paintings in Willliams Sonoma catalog and had seven paintings selected for the Hollywood movie American Pastoral. She was recently interviewed for “A Night In The Art Gallery” on NJDiscover cable TV and wrote a published back cover testimonial for a book of art/poetry entitled Leaves of Absence by Sally Brown Deskins, published in February 2016. Sheila is a seasoned, classically trained, national award-winning artist who has worked and exhibited across the U.S. for over 35 years in corporate, educational, commercial, and healthcare venues as well as museums and online. Her work is in numerous private and public collections and is currently represented by Beauregard Fine Art, Rumson, NJ, Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, Lori Austin Fine Art, Sebastopol, CA and ArtWorks Gallery, Cedar City, UT as well as online at UGallery.com, Zatista.com and CharlotteFineArt.com. She is also represented by Elizabeth Sadoff Art Agency, Integrated Art LLC, Artists Circle, MD.
Born in Woodside, Queens, New York, Susan’s youth was involved with school, art and family. In 1971, she married and moved to New Jersey.
Opening her own ceramic business in 1979 enabled Susan to work with ceramics, porcelain, stoneware and clay, for over 25 years. When she sold that business in 1984, she began working for the Department of Defense as a Technical Equipment Illustrator, working on intricate technical illustrations and digitals.
Susan earned her Associates Degree in Graphic Design in 1997, from Sussex County Community College, Newton, New Jersey. In 2000, she earned a BFA Degree from William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, and in 2005, Susan achieved a MFA Degree from William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey.
Susan’s interest for photography began 30 years ago in 1990, and it has slowly grown to a passionate obsession. Susan studied with some of her favorite photographers: Robert Farber, Ralph Gibson, George Holz, David Horton, Douglas Kirkland, Mary Ellen Mark, Robert Maxwell, Elizabeth Opalenick, Phil Perkis, Platon, Ernestine Rubin, Robin Schwartz, Joyce Tenneyson, Jock Sturges and Michael Zweibel.
Her photography work involves metaphors and moods and emotions. However, her color photography depicts the delicate images of flora, cloud formations and landscapes.
Over the past three decades, Susan judged a variety of competitions and exhibitions, and has received numerous prizes and awards for ceramics and photography. Her solo and group exhibitions in photography have traveled across the country, and been shown in galleries and museums in Florida, Chicago, Washington, DC, New York and New Jersey.
In 2009, after 25 years of service Susan retired from the Department of Defense, where she worked as a Technical Equipment Illustrator.
In 2008, Susan was elected as the President of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc., with headquarters in NYC, and a chapter in Florida, Massachusetts and South Carolina. In 2011, when her Presidency was over she became the Executive Director of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. She retired from that position in December of 2019, so she can continue her photography and other creative endeavors.
Penny has been involved in artistic and creative endeavors for as long as she can remember. She has painted off and on for decades, but it wasn't until her youngest child went to college that she started painting full-time. Penny holds a B.S. in Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and has studied at Richmond College in London, England. Throughout these experiences, Penny has cultivated a lifelong appreciation for and skill in the creative arts.
Originally from Massachusetts, Penny enjoys painting a variety of subjects from New England, and also gathers inspiration from her travels abroad. Her paintings span a broad range of styles, from street scenes in Boston and New York done in oil, to colorful acrylic abstracts. Penny's collections also include seascapes, and inspired florals.
Now living in South Carolina with her husband, the 'low country' offers beautiful ocean scenes and a relaxed pace of life which inspire their own unique artistic projects. Faith, Family and Friends are the pillars of Penny's life.
Laura McRae Hitchcock was born in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from Agnes Scott College with an art degree. While she has lived in many places in the US from the East coast to the West coast and back, her home is the South where she lives and works in her studio on a barrier island near Charleston, SC.
Laura uses a variety of media including oils, acrylics, cold wax, gouache, charcoal, pencil, and pastel to make her marks and create color passages that build upon each other. Translucent and opaque layers dance and play on the canvas in much the way Nature and Spirit do the same in our lives.
“My work moves between realism and abstract much as my life moves between the physical experience of being human and the wonder of remembering who I am as spirit. I bring my deep spirituality, my Southern upbringing and my love of nature to the canvas. How those things combine and pour out onto the canvas is part of the joy in my life: exploration, curiosity and contemplation through painting. I believe art is a portal, an exchange of energy and ideas that creates a temporary shared space between the artist and the viewer. I think this is why people are drawn to art. The artist is inspired to create with insight and curiosity, and in response, the viewer is moved to see and to feel something in a new way. My hope is that the viewer comes away from looking at my work with a sense of openness and vitality, and with the tingle of feeling Spirit.”
Laura’s award winning paintings have been exhibited in national juried shows, as well as in group and solo exhibitions. Her work has received international recognition, winning the BoldBrush Competition for Abstract and The Camelback Gallery Award of Excellence, and the nationally recognized ArtPop Billboard Program. She has been the recipient of several grants, most recently the Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grant made possible through the South Arts Program. She has participated in public art projects, most notably a mural for the Charlotte Mecklenburg County Courthouse in North Carolina. Her art is featured in the book, 100 Love Notes by Hyong Yi and she is currently working on a book of her own. She has enjoyed several artist residencies in Ireland and is looking forward to another in the summer of 2022.
Laura was a founding partner artist in the Ciel Gallery Fine Art Gallery in Charlotte, NC and is a founding partner and workshop teacher in Wild Hair Adventures, a company which provides art workshops and retreats abroad. Her work can be seen at her studio in Charleston, SC and online.
Find her work on her website: https://lauramcrae-hitchcock.com
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Betsy’s love of colorful fabrics and threads began as a child…… watching and learning from her mother who patiently taught her to use a needle and thread and a sewing machine. Although she has experimented and worked in various other mediums she feels there is something so fulfilling about working with the colors, textures, and versatility of cloth and thread. After years of sewing basic clothing, wedding gowns, men’s attire, traditional quilts, and home décor, she found herself going back to art quilting.
Her passion is creating fabric collage art quilts from inspirational photos that seem to speak or tell a story. The sewing machine needle becomes a paint brush and after many hours, many layers, and yard of threads, the finished pieces almost become realistic paintings on fabric.
Betsy describes the process as therapeutic and at the same time challenging and rewarding! Betsy has exhibited at various galleries through out the country and has won numerous awards. She welcomes commissions for home, office, and corporate setting.
Susan Irish is a painter who uses her own language and visual code to create abstract versions of her gardens, her life stories, and manifestations of really deep thoughts. She primarily works in oil and cold wax.
Susan Irish is an artist and teacher. The two vocations are inseparable for her. As she paints, she tries to speak to herself in the manner in which she would address her students. As she teaches adults, children, and people of all ages with extreme special needs she is reaffirming and validating what she knows best. Art making is integral to the human spirit and should be fostered and celebrated.
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Nancy Jacey is a native of Richmond, Virginia and had a love for drawing and illustration from a young age. She received a BFA in Studio Art from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2002, and earned her MFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004. She is a recognized member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, the UK Coloured Pencil Society, the Allied Artists of America, the National Association of Women Artists, Inc., and the International Guild of Realism. Nancy is an award-winning published artist. Her work has been featured in American Art Collector, To The Point, Talking Point, Artstonish and Northern Virginia Magazine. Other notable publications are Color Magazine, the Richmond Times Dispatch and The Directory of Illustration. In her free time, she teaches classes at her own studio, The Jacey Gallery, in Richmond, Virginia.
Candace Whittemore Lovely is an American Impressionist painter and Copley Master, trained in the Boston School tradition. She is known for her pleasant, peaceable views on American life.Candace had the honor of painting First Lady Barbara Bush’s official White House portrait in 1990 and has been called “the Grand Dame of Boston Painters” by critics. Candace lives and works in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Mary has lived in NC, SC and GA all her life. The southern landscape has influenced her perspective in art making. For over twenty years Mary taught public school in GA, finally finishing her career teaching art in an elementary setting. She has created art and commission pieces, participated in numerous juried shows and published illustrations in books and magazines. Mary has memberships in regional and national arts organizations.
Mary’s art practice is a reflection of how she views the world, past and present. Working mainly in contemporary landscapes inspired by poems, prayers or memories; bright colors and textures convey an abstracted scene that could be anywhere. Mary loves collage combined with painting; using blocks and layers of colors to create interruptions and movement in a piece. Future goals are to incorporate the figure, explore different collage techniques and present art in new venues.
Originally from York, Pa, Judy now lives and works in Hilton Head, SC. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, and 20 years in the apparel industry; Judy returned to the pursuit of Fine Art in 1998. Working in all media; she continues her studies with instruction by award winning artists such as Kim English, Elizabeth Tolley and Daniel Keys.
“I find the liberating aspect of the fine art process is the absence of function. One has the freedom of endless possibilities, where there is no correct answer, only comparative choices each with their own merit. I am thoroughly enjoying ‘making art’, and it gives me even greater pleasure when others enjoy my work as well !”
Judy is represented by the Maye River Gallery, Old Town Bluffton, SC. The Colleton River Plantation House collection contains 5 of her pieces. Several of her works in oil, as well as pastel, have won various regional awards during the past two decades. Her oil painting Backlit Egret won Second Place in the 2019 NAWA SC juried show “Transparency and Light”.
Judy enjoys painting the beauty of the Lowcountry but looks forward to painting all over the world as she continues her artistic journey.
In my late teens, I first saw myself as an artist - a vision present only in my dreams. I imagined myself sculpting in a beautiful wood paneled room with tall cathedral ceilings and a door that opened onto a bright green garden. I rolled each finished piece outside onto the grass where its angles and shadows changed in the sunlight over the course of a day, or a season.
Fast forward to 2001.
A visit to Anna Hyatt Huntington’s Brookgreen Gardens introduced me to beautiful outdoor sculptures bathed in the ever-changing light of the South Carolina sun. There, I purchased a book: Modeling a Likeness in Clay by Daisy Grubbs. Returning home to Boston, I focused on sculpting my very first piece: a portrait of my husband. It was a joy to feel the clay in my hands and watch his likeness emerge. When I took a position working at a small, independent girls’ school, their art department fired my piece and my husband’s bust took a proud place on my office mantel.
20 years later.
I retired from my school administrator position and fulfilled another dream of mine by moving to Savannah. Attracted to the more progressive nature of this southern city and the 15,000 eclectic, youthful, and diverse students at SCAD, we purchased a home virtually sight unseen. Lacking formal training, I am happy to find myself immersed in the arts at every turn and I am encouraged to seeing how my work will continue to evolve.
Carol is a native of New Jersey. Her formal art education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Master of Fine Arts Degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her interest in Early Renaissance and Medieval panel paintings has led her to study and apply the egg tempera medium. She continued her education by attending workshops in the United States and Europe including the techniques of Russian Icon painting.
Carol’s drawings and egg tempera paintings have been featured in numerous group exhibitions across the country. She is honored to have received a number of awards for her work including a New Jersey State Council On The Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, an artist residency at Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York and the NAWA Medal of Honor & Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation Award at the NAWA 129th Annual Members’ Exhibition, NYC.
Affiliations: National Association of Women Artists, New York, New York and the American Society of Botanical Artists, Bronx, New York.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Every artist was once an amateur.” Beaufort-based artist Lisa Gilyard-Rivers seems to defy this sentiment. When art enthusiasts gaze upon her paintings, stroked with emotions of love and pain, stories of yesterday and today.
Although my career as an artist did not begin until the age of 52. Her children were overjoyed on Christmas day, overwhelmed with awe and emotion. And her career as an artist began.
You can find paintings of the legacy heritage Gullah. Mediums include abstract oil, and multi media. What will catch your attention are the vibrant colors that shine boldly off each canvas. And what you will feel is love. Lisa paints with love and it is felt in her home, on her brushes, in her paint strokes and in each finished piece.
My work is inspired by the bright hues born from a culture tempered in isolation. This makes my work authentically Gullah and is a tribute to the people who hold a unique place in American history. The Gullah/Geechee Corridor on southeast coast of the US is where we thrived and are decendants of the Guale native American Indians and west African slaves. My medium is acrylic and oil on canvas, wood, tin, or glass. I strive to capture the daily lifestyle of the Gullah people through visual art. Baskets, flowers, water, and sky. Women and families with brightly colored dresses, and colorful head rags and hats to cover unique nappy hair and secrets of the land is what inspires me to paint. My work is spiritual and transformative as I seek to provide a glimpse of Gullah life, and “de luk pon we island”.
Mary has a love of the landscape, and seeks to interpret the feeling of a place within her work. She works primarily in oils on either canvas, or most recently on wood panels. Mary creates sketches in watercolors, colored pencil, pastels, or collage. She also incorporates her own photography to work from within the studio. Mary takes her sketches and photos and melds them together on the computer to work out a sketch to develop into a painting. Her color palette is strong and bright, yet often mysterious.
She works in layers of color to achieve a glow within the colors and a blending of subtle shades and hues. As a student of both illustration and fine arts she gained an in-depth knowledge of color, form and design. Painting outdoors along the Seine, in the fields of Tuscany, and the French countryside, Mary gained an appreciation of the various landscapes. The colors, light, weather, land formations, plant life, and movement of the sky inspire her style.
Mary is currently working on a series of paintings from visits to our National Parks. The works include not only landscapes, but animals, plants, and structures, such as cabins, within the parks. She strives to connect the viewer with her travels and to join her experience from a variety of viewpoints. Mary is also working on a Carolina Coastal series. From the marshes, the intracoastal waterway, to the ocean, the variety of subjects has sent her on new adventures.
Mary has been a member of NAWA since 2004. Mary joined the South Carolina Chapter in 2019 and currently serves on the Board as Treasurer and Web Manager. Her work is held in private collections, and is in the corporate collection of Binney & Smith in Pennsylvania.
Visit marysteffen.com to see her latest works and learn more about her artistic journey.
I am originally from South River, New Jersey and have a B.S. in Design. My husband and I lived in New Jersey, Illinois and California before settling in New Hampshire in 1976 where we raised our two sons. We are now enjoying the life of snowbirds so I currently have an art studio in Hillsborough Center, New Hampshire and also a studio in Hardeeville, South Carolina. The picturesque villages and ever-changing seasons of New England have been the inspiration for my "Contemporary Primitive Americana" paintings while living in New Hampshire. Since coming to the Low Country of South Carolina, I have been inspired to paint the beautiful marshlands, coast, birds and wildlife of the South. My artwork has been sold in select galleries and shops throughout the U.S.and is also found in many private collections in the U.S. and abroad. I am an exhibiting member of the New Hampshire Art Association, the Society of Bluffton Artists, the National Association of Women Artists and the Monadnock Area Art Association.
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Bernice Mitchell Tate was born in Sheldon, South Carolina, March 27, 1943 - an authentic Gullah native daughter, where all of her early years were spent on an isolated self-contained family farm. She was raised along with eight siblings and attended local segregated schools in Beaufort, South Carolina. After High School graduation in 1960 she moved on to pursue a nursing education and career in New York. Bernice has been married for fifty years to Andy Tate, a retired global finance technology executive. They have one son, a private practicing psychiatrist in New York City. Upon retiring and relocating to Bluffton, SC in 2006, Bernice revisited her earlier autodidactic interests in the arts, displaying her amazing talent as an installation, mixed media collage, and assemblage sculptural artist. The art of Bernice Mitchell Tate is deep-rooted in personal spirituality, cultural relativism, and a sacred combination of many different connected parts where life, death, history, culture, spirituality, material culture, realia and veneration of the dead intersect. Her belief that ideas such as "ancestor worship," right or wrong, are not absolute but change from culture to culture and circumstances. Bernice’s art form is uniquely termed Ancestrialism, a sacred amalgam of connected parts. Ancestrialism is a curious blend of traditional beliefs and contemporary thought, ingrained and inspired by her Gullah-GeeChee heritage southern tradition where spiritual practices and relationships continue with those who are no longer living beings. The dead have a continued existence possessing the ability to influence the living.
Brittany Taylor-Driggers received her BFA in Drawing with a minor in Art History from the University of South Carolina (2006) and her MFA in Visual Arts from Union Institute and University, Vermont College of Fine Arts (2009). A native of South Carolina, she lives and works in Lancaster, SC with her husband and three sons. She teaches art and art history as an Assistant professor, and Director of Campus Collections and Galleries at the University of South Carolina Lancaster.
South Carolina’s sprawling live oaks, active marshes and natural bird rookeries serve as a muse for Melinda Welker’s wildlife and nature photography.
Over the years, her career gave her opportunities to photograph in varied fields. As a news reporter, her photography was mostly documentary. When she lived overseas, food and travel were her photographic interests, as she was founding editor of Asian Home Gourmet, a food and lifestyle magazine, published in Singapore; and Centered on Taipei, a magazine for the expatriate community in Taipei, Taiwan.
Now living in South Carolina, Welker is drawn to the state’s coastal birds. While studying birds in their natural habitats, Welker has learned to anticipate birds’ actions to capture artistic images of their beauty, personalities, and behavior.
Welker studied photography at Savannah College of Art and Design but, believing there is always more to learn, she continues her photographic education through classes and seminars with noted national and international wildlife photographers.
In 2018, Welker was juried into the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) as an exhibiting member, where she has had the opportunity to display her art nationally, most recently in Washington, DC and New York City.
Welker is a founding member of the NAWA SC Chapter, a member of the Aiken Artists Guild, and the Aiken Center for the Arts. She is a member of the Midlands Chapter of the Carolinas’ Nature Photography Association, where like-minded North and South Carolina photographers share their love of outdoor photography.
Zalisko has rich childhood memories of painting intricate Ukrainian eggs—one of her first experiences in the creative world. Many years later, her bold and evocative abstract work echoes the mark making and bright coloration of pysanky. Her art is now prompted by literature, language, and lyrics to create another visual language. Born and raised in New York City, Zalisko was encouraged by her parents to pursue a practical career, practicing law in the northeast after graduating from Fordham University School of Law until moving to Florida in 2004. Zalisko remained immersed in NYC’s rich visual and performing arts, studying art whenever possible at several NYC and Florida universities, and in private study or workshops. She continues to enrich her artistic practice in university classes, travel, residencies and fellowships.
Zalisko’s work is regularly included in exhibitions and private and public collections in the US and abroad, including those of Warner Brothers, NY Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, CubeSmart, Orange County (FL), Lee County (FL), the University of South Carolina, Lake Eustis Museum of Art, and the Florida – Department of Environmental Protection. She has captured major awards and accolades in juried events nationally, including Best of Show and First Place. Her work has been featured in major museums, such as Artis-Naples – Baker Museum, the Ukrainian Museum of NYC, Ormond Memorial Museum and Garden, and Lake Eustis Museum of Art. And her work is published in catalogs included in the libraries of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Zimmerli Museum, the Ukrainian Museum of NYC, and the New York Public Library.