...in celebration of art and the art process
Our Artist Friends . . .
Elsa’s passion to create led her into a twenty
year career in fashion design, illustration and costuming. She then traded
in her scissors for paint brushes and set off on a journey of
self-expression, recreating on canvas her impressions of the places and
people that enrich her life. Elsa paints in an impressionistic style,
reflecting the awe inspired in her by the infinite subject matter found in
nature and her everyday surroundings.
Building C is a community of 25-some artists all
having studios in a former paint warehouse in the Ballard neighborhood of
Seattle. Their work is as diverse and rich as the neighborhood itself.
Richard's paintings, etchings and jewelry
reflect his extensive travels throughout the world. His most
passionate areas of study have been ancient religious sites and the human
form, both of which have provided him endless inspiration for his current
Diane is a ceramic artist and painter with a
particular interest in "the strength of intuition of the unknown, the place
of silence that color brings where words are lost."
Sue is a Seattle painter whose land and
cityscapes allow her to explore her love of form and color while pursuing
her ultimate artistic goal of finding simplicity in a complex world.
Much of Signe's painting is done "en plein aire,
though she is a fine studio painter, as well. Signe is equally fluent in
landscape, figure work and still life.
is a painter and printmaker with a long-standing interest in landscape,
particularly that of the river and lush forest surrounding her Pacific
Northwest studio. (www.kathleenfrugebrown.com)
Brian lives on a beautiful expanse of property in Mexico where he continues
to expand his wonderfully diverse portfolio of paintings. (portfolio-1,
Kim is a figurative
sculptor's sculptor. She creates both figurative and
fanciful sculptures in clay that range from unique
fine art pieces to large architectural ceramic
Inspired by experiences
of disease and recovery, Roberts paintings are
intricate creations filled with personal symbols,
reflecting ideas of reincarnation and the richness
of life beyond death.
Virginia creates paintings and installations
inspired by the ephemeral qualities of landscape.
Andrea K Lawson
"Voluptuous paint in vibrant gestures" is how Andrea
describes her love for painting. Her art is
inspired by dance and the lines and forms of the
human body. And don't forget color!
Margot is a fabric artist par exellance.
Her figurative art quilts have received such
responses as, "You have raised art quilting to a
higher level", not to mention, "Magnificent",
"Amazing!" and "Wow!". Please take a look for
Kelly is a Seattle artist who not only makes
fabulous art, but wears and drives it as well.
Kelly and her art have been featured in magazines,
newspapers and on TV, and a visit to her web site is
an introductory treat. You can even enjoy a
360-degree inside view of her studio! Kelly is
the hub of current-events information for
Seattle-area artists, and a request to be added to
her e-mail list (along with a suggested $20
donation--for a year's subscription) is all you need to
keep in the know.
Wendy Lee Lynds
Wendy is both an awesome artist and an awesome
person who works in collage, encaustic and
monotypes, and in her words is "crazy for abstract
expressionism". Wendy has two blogs where you
can see her work and read her musings.
Joe Mac Kechnie
Though Joe is an artist of many mediums and many
subjects, his distinctive style reflects his
enthusiasm for all that his mediums and subjects
encompass. “My purpose,” Joe writes, “is to isolate,
depict and capture the essence of a subject. I seek
qualities that are elusive, difficult to discover
and portray. Painting for me is about sharing my
view as I witness and savor the visual moment.”
Megan's creations include both fine art and murals.
Her art has taken her as far away as Balize where
her work appears on the walls of an orphanage.
Visit her site to read more...and enjoy her art!
Vaho grew up in the Republic of Georgia where he
spent ten years studying at the Art College of Jacob
Nicoladze--the renowned sculptor and pupil of Rodin--and
then at the prestigious Georgian State Academy of
Fine Arts. He now lives in the United States
where he paints his monumental canvases of imagined
landscapes and representational figures--each work
producing a powerful visual and emotional viewing
Darrell is a master furniture maker in the style of
Greene & Greene and the American Arts and Crafts
Movement. In addition to building furniture in
his West Seattle shop, he has written many articles
and an authoritative book, Greene and Greene:
Design Elements for the Workshop.
Though formally trained in design, Amy's first love
is painting. Her work is characterized by bright,
opaque color and strong outlines, and everyday
objects and experiences are her favorite subjects.
Maya casts, fuses and blows glass in her marvelous
glass studio located in Seattle's Maple Leaf
district--from tiny ornamental creations to
monumental architectural glass projects.
Melanie is a most gifted collage artist with an
emphasis on the surreal.
"Although it is not always an easy process," she
writes, "I continue to believe surrealist collage to
be a powerful tool for tapping into the
ever-changing yet quintessentially human
preoccupations of the subconscious."
Giuseppe is an Italian artist based in Rome.
His paintings are nature-inspired, including
beautifully rendered representational landscapes as
well as abstracted details of the subjects he knows
so well. Click
here to drop in
on one of his shows via YouTube.
Finding his inspiration in the ancient traditions of
China, Sumer, Egypt and Greece, Victor sculpts
primarily in bronze. Acclaimed in Russia,
Victor now continues his work in Seattle as a
sculptor, painter, writer and teacher.
Robin paints primarily in oils and draws her
inspiration from the industrial waterfront. "I
see surprisingly beautiful, enormous, man-made heavy
objects that seem to float lightly on the water.
But, over a long period of time, only the water will
survive; what is man-made will disappear."
Gillian's paintings explore interior worlds,
"reflected in sources as diverse as the movement in
fabric, the cellular worlds of anatomy and
chemistry, and being drawn to arcing and circular
imagery rife in the radiation therapy room."
Kristy is an all-round inspiration, and her art is
definitely from the heart. In addition to
having Down Syndrome and being a dedicated artist,
Kristy writes, "I am a coffee drinker and I collect
seashells and go camping...am an intellectual and I
like candies and toys...singing and dancing and
dating and parties and being romantic and making
music lyrics... I do have a pacemaker and I am a
motivational speaker and like being funny."