Gala Artists Contributing to the Art Piece Take Away
“The journey and process of developing art for my clients continues to be my joy. Knowing that the client is delighted with my work cannot be topped!”
Susan began her fine art studies at the University of North Texas. Through years of developing her business Red Rose of Texas Art, she has created a portfolio of work for clientele ranging from murals to fine art commissions. Her expressionist mixed media abstracts grace the walls of residences and corporate offices across Texas. Her work is shown at LuminArte Fine Art Gallery (Dallas), and The Cove (McKinney), where her solo exhibit opens October 21, 2016.
“Every piece I create begins with a moment or concept that I develop as far as I can, usually resulting in some sort of illustrative or other-worldly setting. However, the components of my art that resonate most with people are not the magical settings, but the relatable narratives in which all my pieces are rooted.”
Ellie is a freshman in the arts and honors colleges of Virginia Commonwealth University. She plans on majoring in Communication Arts and pursuing a career in illustration. She is a Unique by Nature Juried Art Competition Young Artist Award Winner and has won several other awards for high school artists on both state and regional levels. Ellie is a member and frequent volunteer of the Arts and Music Guild. She enjoys working with kids, art, and storytelling.
K D Hafley
” I have loved animals all of my life, and being able to show their essence as the wonderful, beautiful creatures they are is one of my driving passions. Whether an animal is wild and exotic or just an everyday pet or domestic animal, he or she is a unique creature with a unique essence. My goal as an artist is to capture that essence and share it with those who view my work. I think you see the soul of a person or animal through their eyes, so when I paint people or animals I try to make their eyes so real they seem to look back at you.”
K D is an award-winning artist whose work appears in public and private collections nationally. She is a Unique by Nature Juried Art Competition Prize Winner, and her art is part of the permanent public art collection of the McKinney Performing Arts Center. She received her formal education in art from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. After graduation, she managed galleries in Chicago and San Diego. She returned to her home state of Texas to work in animal rescue operations. However, her passion for art has led her into a career as a full-time artist. She creates art, teaches, exhibits, and continues to rescue animals.
“My paintings are a celebration of color and texture. I paint with a rhythm which results in layers of color on bleeding tissue paper till the surface has a murmur that makes the subject come alive. Through color, light and composition, even the most common things and places can become more than their parts.”
Born in Liberia, Weeda lived in Las Palmas de Gran Canaries, Spain and Lebanon as a child. The mix of cultures and traditions from each country are a major influence on her art and design. She started a graphic agency at age 21, handling major local and global accounts. While involved in her active career, Weeda kept taking painting lessons at night with renowned artist, Helen Karam. In 2005, she decided to pursue her Masters in Painting and Drawing through the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Major influences of her work include the Fauvists and German Expressionism eras, and artists such as Van Gogh, Mary Cassett, and Jason Bowen. Weeda’s perseverance on this new path has led her to successfully exhibit in many corporations and juried shows, nationally and internationally. She is a Unique by Nature Juried Art Competition Prize Winner, and her work is part of the permanent public art collection of the McKinney Performing Arts Center. She is also an active volunteer in the community, teaching children to use art as a form of expression.
“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in art. Faces have always been fascinating to me. The great painters of the past have been my inspiration, and I have studied their work, along with that of many excellent contemporary artists, for years. Now, by the grace of God, I am doing the thing that I love: painting people.”
David attended the Dallas Art Institute in the early ’70s, when the curriculum focused on commercial art. Upon graduation he became the art director of a novelty company, and later owned a print company in downtown McKinney. In 2009 David picked up his pencils and brushes and began painting again, focusing on commissioned portraits and figurative painting in both pastels and oils. He has successfully entered his work in several exhibits and competitions. David is a Unique by Nature Juried Art Competition Prize Winner. In 2014 his oil painting, Music in Motion, was selected to become part of the McKinney Performing Arts Center’s Permanent Public Art Collection. David is an active member of the Arts and Music Guild and exhibits at The Cove (McKinney).
“Thematically my art focuses on constants across time: hope, love, belonging and loss. The process of choosing the appropriate substrate for an idea, drawing, carving, inking, layering, and hand printing combine science and human expression brilliantly. I hope my work will inspire and engage the imagination.”
Lynne is co-founder and acting president of the North Texas Printmakers Guild. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking and Drawing at the University of North Texas Denton. Lynne is an independent artist, lecturer, educator, national workshop facilitator, and exhibit curator at the Heard Natural Science Museum. Her printmaking studio is located in the Historic District of McKinney TX. Lynne has taught and led many workshops both locally and nationally. Her work is displayed in galleries in St. Jo TX, Ouray Trails and Tales Ouray CO, as well as Orisons Gallery in McKinney TX. Lynne is also a Unique by Nature Juried Art Competition Prize Winner, and her art is part of the permanent public art collection of the McKinney Performing Arts Center.
“I use the medium of paint to express my view of what I see to create masterpieces. My style has evolved and is still evolving over the course of 10 years. It has changed from realism, to cubism, to architectural abstractions, and back to cubism.”
Logan began formal art studies in drawing, painting and art history at the age of 8. He has repeatedly represented his high school at state in the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE). He spent a semester of his junior year at the prestigious Oxbow School in Napa, CA, where he expanded the conceptual development of his sculptural forms. Logan was chosen to participate in the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Student Summer Institute, the Nasher’s Student Advisory Board, the Modern Museum of Fort Worth’s Teen Artist Project, and the NeonAsia Artist Residency Program with Jay Shinn at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, where Logan’s collaborative design is in the permanent collection. Logan is a Unique by Nature Juried Art Competition Young Artist Award Winner, and has been an artist on the McKinney Art Studio Tour, as well as a long-time Arts and Music Guild Apprentice. His work will be published later this year in a book of poetry by American poet laureate Richard Blanco. Logan is a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin, and a scholarship student in the Fine Arts Department.
“When painting I express the abstract and intricate details of each landscape, floral, portrait or still life subject that inspires me. I combine hyperrealism with vibrant color and abstract forms to put a modern twist on the traditional classic images. I strive to capture the contrast of light and shadows, color, poise, uniqueness and the texture of each subject. Nothing compares to painting a subject in its natural environment, capturing the magic and serenity of full morning light, or the sultry charm hidden in the shadows. My intent is to capture the viewer’s curiosity and imagination as the painting comes alive on the paper.”
Barbara is the owner of Dragonfly Studio Creations Gallery and Studio in Dallas, Texas. She exhibits her artwork nationally and internationally. Barbara is an international award winning watercolor artist and pastel artist. She is a graduate of the North Texas Business Council for Art –Leadership Art Institute, a juried member of The Artists Of Texas, and a Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America. Other affiliations include Contemporary Fine Artist International, The Visual Art Guild of Frisco, Texas Visual Art Association, Plano Art Association, Irving Art Association, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Pastel Society Of The Southwest, International Guild Of Realism, and CAC of Dallas. Barbara’s artwork is represented by Xanadu Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Julia Pappas McNally
“I am enthralled by what surrounds me in the urban environment: skyline views, people immersed in their daily routines and leisure activities. Through loose yet accurate brushwork, I translate these scenes, rhythmically, boldly onto my canvases. Seeing becomes seen through the trope of sunglasses that hide and reveal.”
Julia specializes in figurative and urban landscape paintings. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with High Honors from Michigan State University. Her work can be seen in galleries and in public and residential collections, both nationally and internationally. Julia is also a Unique by Nature Juried Art Competition Prize Winner, and her art is part of the permanent public art collection of the McKinney Performing Arts Center. She works with clients on commercial and residential commissions.
“Life gets crazy with children, a husband and a zoo of animals running in all directions, but I always find my center and my joy at the easel.”
Alison doesn’t remember a time in her life when a sharp pencil and sketchpad weren’t her favorite things. She was able to fulfill her childhood dream of studying art in Paris, France, while living there during her junior year of college. After graduating from SMU with a degree in fine art and art history, she earned a Visual Communications degree from The Art Institute of Dallas. From there, Alison went on to work as a graphic designer and illustrator. Her favorite jobs have been working in Marketing for la Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe and for Celebrity Bakery. Today the mother of three focuses primarily on painting. She describes herself as a colorist who produces expressionistic art in acrylic and mixed media.
“From an early age, my teacher and mentor, Gustav Likan, instilled in me the desire to create beauty through color and form, regardless of the subject matter. I grew up in a musical and artistic family, and have always thrived on the synergy of creative collaboration. When I paint to live music, I am a conduit for the expression of sound through color and form.”
Anne began her art studies when she was six, attending the adult classes of Gustav Likan at the Art School at Laguna Gloria in Austin, Texas. Mr. Likan’s daring work as a colorist influenced her greatly, and he mentored her until his death in 1998. Anne’s work also reflects the influence of traditional Japanese art and aesthetics which she encountered during an extended stay in Japan. Anne earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Austin College and three Master’s Degrees from Yale University: Religion and the Visual Arts, East Asian Studies, and the History of Art. She has taught studio art for 30 years, mentoring and preparing students for higher education and career opportunities in the visual arts. She also teaches art history at the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts and at SAIL (Collin College). Her painting “Yes,” which interprets a poem by Richard Blanco, will be published in a book of Mr. Blanco’s poetry (Fall, 2016). Anne is the Director of the Arts and Music Guild.
“The idea of using a medium in which you must surrender a certain amount of control is what makes painting with watercolor so very challenging and intriguing. I treat each of my paintings as an experiment and a journey in which I can explore the medium.”
Christine has been a water color artist for more than 40 years, and an illustrator and graphic designer for over 30 years. She majored in Fine Arts and Literature at Western Illinois University. In the early years of her career as a graphic designer and illustrator, Christine worked for several advertising agencies, and taught Graphic Arts at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs. For five years she owned and operated The Woodmoor Gallery in Monument, Colorado, where she represented over 25 local artists and mounted exhibitions every month in the Colorado Springs area. She has won numerous awards for paintings in Colorado and Florida. Since moving to McKinney in 2014, Christine has become an active member in the art community, working as Marketing and Events Coordinator for the Martin Place Gallery. She is a member of the Southwest Watercolor Society, a board member of the Arts and Music Guild, and exhibits her work at LAST Art Gallery (McKinney) and The Cove (McKinney).
Milessa Murphy Stewart
Milessa is a a self-taught artist that has fine tuned with time, love of the arts and dedication. Her reward is in creating. She strives to give back what God blessed her with. While compositional flow is important to Milessa, she is not bound by one medium, but rather loves them all. Her art is full of energy and her love of art is equal only to the love of color she plays with.
Aimee Louise Woolverton
I love photographic art because there is no “right” or “wrong” – there is only creative expression stemming from the heart of the artist. A photograph can capture reality or it can be manipulated into infinite possibilities as seen only in the artist’s mind. We can love the results, or not; but art is a gift, an expression, a possibility coming from the heart of its creator. Above all else, that makes it beautiful.
Aimee is an Award Winning Photographer and an active member of the Professional Photographers of America. Her photographic art has published in multiple photographic award books, including the prestigious International Loan Collection in 2015 and 2016. In 2013, Aimee earned the CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) designation. Currently she is working on her Masters in Photography degree.
Originally from the Austin and Houston areas, she has been in North Dallas for 16 years. Aimee founded AimeeLouise Photography eight years ago when she moved to McKinney, and quickly grew into a sought after photographer in the area. Aimee has recently begun to dive into the fine art photography realm, using digital tools to transform photographs of everyday things into unique artistic pieces with a modern twist. While she prints her pieces on canvas, and fine art papers, her favorite medium is metal. The high gloss of a photographic art print on metal reveals detail and depth that makes the pieces come alive.
Jeni Weems Tomlinson
“Art for me is more than paint on a canvas. It is community, belief, vulnerability, and self-discovery. Motion captivates me. Whether it’s light playing off someone’s expression as they play the guitar or the abrupt and ruggedly beautiful turning of a cutting horse, both inspire me to capture a moment by throwing myself into the glorious mess that is my studio.”
Jeni, from McKinney, Texas, grew up surrounded by the small town Texas culture and considers it a vital part of her expression as an artist. Immersed in the artist’s community there, she has both taught and shown in the Dallas, Fort Worth area. Educated at the University of North Texas for a BFA in Fine Arts, she worked in the Dallas area for twenty years, creating murals and paintings for clients and commercial interests. Jeni has both out of state and local patrons for her mural painting and counts many people as collectors of her canvas work. She has won numerous prizes and juried competitions, including prestigious National Art Shows.