Millie Whipplesmith Plank is a woodblock print artist from the mountains of northern California. She is part of a fourth generation cattle ranching family. In expressing her concern for the preservation of open spaces and their inhabitants; she combines the rich colors, simple shapes and nostalgia of traditional woodblock prints, with the energy and texture of spontaneous line. Her work has recently received acclaim both regionally and internationally; most notably by her inclusion in the 2014,2015, 2017 "Birds in Art" shows at Leigh Yawkey Museum in Wisconsin, artist in residencies at Glacier National Park 2014 and Lassen Volcanic National Park 2016, and acceptance as an associate member of the Society of Animal Artists, 2017. Melinda is a board member of the "California Society of Printmakers" and part of the "Rogue Women" of southern Oregon.
Dan is a skilled glassmaker in many techniques of glass making . He has a special interest in the dynamics of movement in creating designs for his art pieces. He is also inspired by color combinations found in nature. He enjoys the challenge of learning about kiln formed glass techniques and processes. Dan has been working with kiln formed glass for the past thirteen years. He has studied the art of kiln formed glass and continues to take workshops at Bullseye Glass Education Center in Portland, Oregon. Dan values the process of creating and experimentation predominantly making one of a kind art pieces.
Ashland Glass Act (Dan and wife, Stefani) specializes in a variety of glass techniques. Our products include wall art pieces, specialty items and items for home use including bowls, platters, coasters, and vases. We use Bullseye glass in all of our kiln formed products. Over the years we have added a variety of glass equipment to our shop including kilns, grinders, ring saws, torches, a sandblasting chamber and other specialized equipment to produce more sophisticated work. All pieces are properly annealed to last and cold worked for a professional finish.
Like many artists, Karen began tackling her passion for art at a very young age. Taking clay and drawing classes at her local art association led to formal education in the arts. Beginning in 1986 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence under the tutelage of Jon Keith Swindle, Karen earned a scholarship for outstanding design students.
A break in college found her whetting her design chops on furniture making with Todd Gillingham in Milwaukee and finally earning her BFA in culture in 1994 at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Afterwards, she went back to work as a full time mosaic artist at the notorious St. Louis City Museum. Under the auspices of the creative director, Bob Cassilly, Karen and a team of four others mosaicked thousands of square feet of what used to be the ten-story Brown Shoe Company factory.
When she moved west in 2004, she acquired a job with a small handmade tile company in Ashland, Oregon. Her first task there was to do a mosaic for the oregon Zoo in Portland followed by a large scale public commission for the city of Ashland in 2005. Under the business name MissMosaic, she went on to create other public works for Ashland, Grants Pass, McMinnville, and Talent. She's currently working on a sculpture for the Ashland Watershed Trail System. She has created fine art mosaics, ceramics, and public and private commissions from her studio in Talent, Oregon since 2007.
Andrew Duclos has been drawing since childhood. When his family moved from Massachusetts to California in the mid 1960's, Andrew learned to love the quiet solitude of the western mountains and gravitated toward realistic wildlife art drawings. Over twenty years of pencil drawing experience proved to be a strong foundation when in 2009 while living in Oregon Andrew attended a plein-air painting workshop with Charles Waldman and began his journey into color and light and painting the changing seasons in oils. The challenge of painting larger studio paintings using a combination of plein-air field studies and reference photos has become Andrew's main focus.
Andrew has continued his education through further workshops with Marc Hanson, Charles Waldman and Mitch Baird. He also uses DVDs and books by contemporary masters including Richard Schmid, Kevin Macpherson, Edgar Paine and Mark Christopher Weber. Andrew spends hours both outdoors and in the studio putting miles on his brushes constantly working toward the pursuit of excellence.
Major influences include painters from the Hudson River School, 19th Century painters such as Thomas Moran, Thomas Hill and William Keith, and modern masters including Edgar Payne and Clyde Aspevig.
Midway through my life I have had the unexpected pleasure of renewing my acquaintance with the world of art. It has been a delight to rediscover both painting and printmaking. My work evolves from an academic background in the biological sciences combined with a fondness and fascination for the natural world. A perpetual student, I enjoy exploring new directions while building on a foundation of classical artistic fundamentals. I find that I continue to be intrigued by the interplay between the elements of shape, space, line and value. I do not attempt to imitate or improve upon what nature offers but instead seek to capture a quality or gesture suggested by an observation or experience. Increasingly I find myself pulled toward trying to express more abstract aspects in my work. The artistic journey is rarely dull and, in art as in life, one is never quite sure what might be coming next.
When I was young and foolish, and painfully shy, growing up in rural Oregon, all I wanted to do was draw or paint and maybe read science fiction. But then I got to high school, and found I was too busy doing what was necessary to get into college, and in college, what was necessary to get into medical school. When I was an intern and a resident I was just too busy, period. As a radiologist practicing in Berkeley I examined hundreds of images a day, but made very few, and those were on film.
Now that I am old and still foolish and painfully shy, having retired to Weed, all I want to do is paint or make etchings and maybe read mysteries, but with hiking and skiing and chasing the deer out of the garden I still find myself short of time. So I do what I can with the help of many teachers and friends, and get a great deal of pleasure out of it.
My name is Ryan Schuppert and I was born and raised in Redding California. I am a metal fabricator/artist. My pieces are typically made from steel being bent, shaped, welded and painted or clear coated in order to get the desired finished product that I am looking for.
I learned to weld as my senior project at Enterprise High School, from then I have been pretty much self-taught. I had a custom motorcycle shop for 7 years, this is where I honed most of my fabrication and welding skills. When the economy got bad, the motorcycle side of my business slowed down a lot, and I started doing a lot of general metal fabrication. My art career also started around this time, somewhat by accident, I made my mom a heart piece for Christmas and I posted the photo on Facebook. All of a sudden I had people asking me to build pieces for them. So I started making pieces ordered by customers and eventually started getting them in boutiques and art galleries.
Now I am making everything from wall art and sculptures to custom furniture to motorcycles and 4x4 stuff.
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