Jane Varda: pastels and oils

Jane Varda 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…

Karen Timm: paper and book art

Karen Timm 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…

Dennis Alfred Phillips: fiber art to wear

About the Artist: Dennis Alfred Phillips 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…

David Penner: wood turning and sculptures

David Penner 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…

Rick Nass: stylized figure drawing

Rick Nass 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…

Rhonda Nass: acrylics, colored pencil, graphite

Rhonda Nass 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…

John Miller: Monotypes and Acrylics

John Miller Artist Statement: When I was a child I was inspired by graphic newspaper comic strips and Japanese prints introduced to me by my mother. I clearly remember pouring my attention into these images as though I was experiencing space for the first time. My reaction was visceral and I was aware of a…

Curt Meine: Literature

About the Artist: Curt Meine Curt Meine, a literary artist at River Arts on Water Gallery, is a senior fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation and research associate with the International Crane foundation. He is the author of Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work published by the University of Wisconsin Press and Correction Lines: Essays…