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I am a beginner to the world of paint, but not to the world of art.From childhood, I wanted to be an artist. I majored in Fine Art in college and worked as a self-employed jeweler and glass artist for several years. In 1986, I began Handscapes Gallery in Beaufort, NC, as a way to display my work and the work of friends. I quickly realized that I had to either be the artist or the business person, so I became the business person.Over the years, the gallery grew to include the works of over 200 artists, in media ranging from jewelry to glass, to paintings and photography. I loved promoting other artists, and am very grateful for the 31 years I spent surrounded by such creativity.
However, I have always wanted to paint.
I've painted a series of modern-day icons - women who, through their courage, dignity, perseverance, and wisdom, reach for a higher truth, and inspire us to do the same. I think it reminds us that ordinary people can make a difference.
I am excited to see where the journey takes me.
With Jay Conner, Doug produced a series of videos, “Carolina Seascapes,” available on DVD.
Over the next 10 years Jack would travel back and forth between the U.S. and Europe working side by side with artists and artisans in their centuries old studios and workshops throughout Spain and Italy. During this time Jack became very knowledgeable in old world studio practices involving numerous art forms, techniques and materials passed down through generations of European master craftsmen. These practices were utilized in the creation of the products Jack was designing particularly in Florence Italy while at the same time he was continuing to further develop his painting skills incorporating much of the knowledge he was gaining in these workshops and studios.
Living in Florence amongst some of the greatest art ever, created afforded Jack the opportunity to study intensely the art of Western, Southern and Northern Europe particularly the Italian Renaissance and Dutch 17th Century which remain sources he draws upon today. This rich artistic environment when combined with his intense concentration on the historically inspired objects he was designing, proved a perfect breeding ground for his development as a still life painter.
The sea, a lifelong passion and deeply powerful source for Jack, would now become his home and would provide a constant feed of inspiration that would inform his work in a way that would not be possible from a distance.
Tracy received her formal art education at Yorktown HS (Art Honor Society) and at Radford College. After marriage to the love of her life, painting took a backseat to working and raising a family. When she did return to her art, it was to classes with Mebane NC artist and instructor Jill Troutman, who introduced her to acrylic paint. She now uses both acrylic and oils – sometimes on the same piece. She continues to take the opportunity to study with other artists. Workshops with David Nance, Barbara Flowers, Mary Whyte, Angela Nesbit, Kate Worm, Mike Rooney, Jim Carson, and others have all influenced her art.
Her work can be seen in Graham, NC, in Picasso’s Gift Gallery (located at the Alamance County Arts Council), and in Beaufort, NC at the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery.
|"Time to Move On"|
"The subjects I choose are always figurative in nature whether the figure is human, animal or an inanimate form. The flow of line, the value and intensity of colors that make a figure come to life, the play of lights and darks that either add drama or calmness to a painting, are all fleeting. I paint in the attempt to “get down” on canvas things that “speak” to me. A painting is successful for me when it captures the essence of what first inspired me to paint it."
Linda’s jewelry is a reflection of her love for family history, romance and vintage treasures with a little bling—all wrapped into one. She creates one-of-a-kind jewelry and enjoys reusing well-loved vintage items in her pieces. Her creations have a delicate romantic aesthetic.
A member of Carteret County Arts and Crafts Coalition, Linda’s jewelry has also been published in Jewelry Affaire magazine. She is also a published author, having co-authored Carteret County Postcards with Kevin Jenkins, and two other books.
|SPLASH 16x20 oil|
Living along the Atlantic and Caribbean shores strongly influences Linda’s painting. From East Carolina University, she received an MFA in painting and MAEd in Art Education. Her work is found in collections from ocean to ocean.
Emphasizing personal expression, Linda’s instruction extends from preschool level to university, professional, learning disabilities and maximum security inmates. She offers classes for children and adults, including international workshops.
A native of NC, Linda’s residence and studio/gallery is in Beaufort, where wild horses run along the shores of the Atlantic. She returns regularly to the heart of the Caribbean. Look for Linda’s work at Mattie King Davis Gallery in Beaufort, Fine Art at Baxters in New Bern, the Little Art Gallery in Raleigh, and the Hermitage in Nevis, West Indies.
|IMMERSE 10x30 oil|
|MARSH ISLANDS 8x20 watercolor|
|ESCAPE 8x32 diptych oil|
After a sabbatical raising a family and traveling the country during her husband’s Army career, Joy found a new passion creating abstract works using alternative processes. With acrylics on canvas – she drips, pours, splashes, pools, and scrapes the surface – striving to capture emotions through brilliant color.
|Beaufort Pirate Invasion Poster 2012|
I began with photo realism, because that opportunity knocked. I loved the challenge, but as I got more accomplished something was missing...
Mike’s initial draw to photography began while taking a course in high school. Watching his first black and white image emerge on a sheet of silver paper under the dim glow of a safe light, he immediately fell in love. His first subjects were the trees and sky of his family’s nearly fifty acres of forest, nestled deep in the hills of upstate New York.
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After taking a stained glass class in 2007 though, she was hooked! Carol honed her talent through online classes and the tried and true method of trail and error.
Carol now has a complete glass studio located just a few steps from her home. Carol also teaches classes occasionally to friends and family and is currently displayed at the Mattie King Gallery in Beaufort.
Rachel says, "I’ve always done something artistic, from watercolors to oils as a child, to pen and ink when I was sailing, and finally to jewelry."
Whenever possible, Rachel picks up ideas from architecture, nature, and different cultures. After visiting Bali and China, her designs became more influenced by the Orient. More ideas have evolved from trips to Guatemala, Honduras and Peru.
Heather has always had a passion for the arts and taught art in the public schools for fifteen years. She now operates Craving Art Studio on Craven Street in Beaufort.
Galleries: Mattie King Art Gallery, River to the Sea Gallery and Craving Art Studio
Womble was drawn to move to Morehead City in 2005; since then, he has not been at a loss for subject matter.
In a 2008 issue of Our State Magazine, Womble stated, "The subjects I love are all around. The port offers up its industrial geometry...'Down East' lies the deep water canals, marshes, and the contrast between nature at is most serene and the rusting work boats of generations of fishermen...but my
Forgotten things all around slowly succumb to the power of nature." Womble prefers to get away from densely populated areas, often heading to places like Radio Island, Atlantic, Marshallberg or Harkers Island, "trying to get as much of this stuff as I can before it's gone."
"I find it an exciting challenge to explore a way to give a relinquished book a new life. The process of remodeling damaged and discarded books and their jackets into sculptural art pieces has developed over the past several years, stemming from my life-long practice of painting and of crafting objects of art by hand. Through the process of folding and the cutting away of parts of a book's pages, revealing its interior, the remaining fragments are still attached to the binding and brought through or around the piece allowing the book to be viewed inside-out."
|Lisa at work...|
Lisa studied with various Nashville, TN artists while living there for 12 years. She has developed a fun, colorful and unique style of painting that has become very popular in the area, showing her work frequently at various events and numerous venues in North Carolina. Most of Lisa’s works are acrylic and mixed media paintings inspired by sea and shore creatures. Through the process of creating commissioned pieces, Lisa's work and subject matter are continually evolving.
|Sculpture by Keith Lambert|
|Pottery by Keith Lambert|
Willie Baucom and Keith Lambert, married in 1990, both have a strong passion for sculpture, pottery, and painting. They have Master of Fine Arts Degrees from UNC Greensboro and have worked as visiting artists and teachers in the US and Europe