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Jane Varda: pastels and oils

Artist Statement I work concurrently as a freelance art director and painter in my office and studio. Trained in a variety of media, I paint primarily in oil and pastels en plein air. During snow season, I work in the studio, either from still life or my own photo references. My subject matter is drawn from the world I see around me and from that to which I am deeply, emotionally connected–the sanctuary of ...

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Karen Timm: paper and book art

Artist Statement I am a visual artist who loves to create with paper or fabric. After receiving my BFA in Communication Design at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, I went into art directing at advertising agencies in the Twin Cities and in Madison. That background has influenced my artwork even today. Working mostly with white paper, I love to create 3D work that has some kind of message fo ...

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Kelly Parks Snider: encaustics, sculptures, illustration

About the Artist “I give everything to the creative process. I write and paint to create a character, express a thought or make a connection. I am not concerned about adhering to a specific style, medium or format. This allows me to be fully absorbed in asking: What are all the possibilities here? What I seek is to share a profound connection I feel with a character, an idea or an aspect of my life. My hope ...

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Carrie Scherpelz: mosaics

Artist Statement I can relate to the resourceful pioneer women who made their beautiful quilts using discarded threadbare clothing. To make my art, I use what comes to me. The raw materials for my Second Chance Mosaics arrive when people share the results of their mishaps: . . . a friend drops her grandmother’s dinnerware . . . bowls fall from a shelf at The Kitchen Store . . . a child breaks her china tea ...

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Cynthia Quinn: watercolors and oils

Artist Statement My predilection for painting was first exhibited as a young child, when my mother would set me in front of an easel and I would paint for hours at a time. As I grew older, I loved to spend most of my time drawing and reading, filling entire sketchbooks every few months. The past twenty years I’ve devoted myself to painting in watercolor and oils, with nature imagery becoming my preferred su ...

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Dennis Alfred Phillips: fiber art to wear

There is more than meets the eye with Dennis Alfred Phillips. He is a self-taught textile artist. He was raised by a seamstress/tailor who taught him to sew, knit and crochet starting at the age of six. He studied weaving and dyeing while earning a degree in elementary and special education. His travels to Asia and Europe enhanced and provoked his creative process. Weaving began in 1977 and he started loom ...

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Bill Pielsticker: photography

Artist Statement Upon moving to Wisconsin, I was struck by the beauty of its landscapes. I use a Sinar medium format view camera and 4x5 film to capture landscape images. After scanning the film, I crop and adjust the images on the computer using methods that equivalent to those used in a traditional darkroom. In the case of my black and white work, I have converted them from color, also in the digital dark ...

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David Penner: wood turning and sculptures

Artist Statement I received my Ph.D. in Cognitive Developmental Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. My research centered on how children structure their understanding of the natural world. Eventually, I became interested in how people construct physical objects that reflect conceptual ideas. In 2001 I left academia to focus on creating objects that reflect my experiences. My artwork is drive ...

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Rick Nass: stylized figure drawing

Artist Statement Illustration or art? As an illustrator, I create images for my clients that tell a story or draw the viewer’s eye to a magazine or product. As an artist, I capture a moment in time with as much detail within the image to again tell a story–more a story I personally wish to tell. Using caricature and humor, my work shows the world as we all know it but in a way that may bring a smile to the ...

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Rhonda Nass: acrylics, colored pencil, graphite

Artist Statement “You’ll NEVER be an artist.” (quote from my high school art teacher) If you’ve ever been told you “can’t do” something, there swells an incredible motivation to reach for the unreachable, right? My teacher’s edict was just the impetus an immature, stubborn, German girl needed to catapult her into the field of art. The day after receiving an UW-Madison Art Education degree I married a classm ...

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