Friday, July 27, 2012

Dennis Witnauer

"Common Yellowthroat"
oil on printed fabric
12" x 12"

"Willow Warbler" 
oil on printed fabric
12" x 12"

New York artist, Dennis Witnauer, was one of the first to join Dogwood Gallery with his hand painted birds. He creates his work from photographs, notes and memory. The backgrounds are chosen specifically to depict the "character and personality" of each bird.  Dennis continues to be a gallery favorite.

-Erika Mims, summer intern

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Paige Lackey Martin

Fine Art Dolls
Clay and Fabric

Paige Martin loves to create things by hand, mostly with clay and wood. When making her dolls, she thinks about how best to make a unique figure. She multicolors the faces, hands, and feet, then creates clothing to fit the form, and handmade jewelry to fit the doll's personality. I think it is each doll's distinct personality that draws me in. Is it the green hair I like best? Or the faces with split color? Or the uniquely styled outfits? Whatever it is, these dolls are all around intriguing. 

-Erika Mims, summer intern 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Bob Francisco

The Orchard
oil on canvas

For artist Bob Francisco, the American Mountain Southland serves as the primary source of inspiration. He uses a layering process that allows him to depict intricate color and detail. His reverence for the land is evident in this process and in the way he portrays his subject. Click on the image for a closer look. 

-Erika Mims, summer intern

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Charles Nivens

Little Spot in Oregon
acrylic on canvas

Charles Nivens uses the palette knife as his tool of choice so he can sculpt the paint into his vision of an urban scene or landscape. What strikes me in his fine works are not only the brush and knife strokes but the use of vibrant color. In his own words, Chalres Nivens is a "creator and in interpreter of light, form, movement, and lots of color."

-Erika Mims, summer intern

Friday, July 13, 2012

Peace Through Piecing - Matty Porter

A Change of Heart

City Lights


Matty Porter, avid quilter, found her passion in working with textiles. Particularly, she likes the use of batiks - fabrics dyed through the use of wax. This technique results in fabric printed in bright shades of many colors. Matty's skill for her craft and eye for design are evident in these three wonderful pieces. Don't forget to click on the image for a closer look! 

-Erika Mims, summer intern

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mick Brandenberger

Visionary artist, Mick Brandenberger, approaches his paintings with a curvilinear perspective as if personally stepping into the imagined worlds he creates. But he doesn't leave the viewer behind as he draws you in with his exotic wonderlands that defy any particular time and space.
Click on the images for a closer look.

-Erika Mims, summer intern