A contemporary expressionist,
Kerry Billington paints his subjects not as they are but rather as he feels them to be. Kerry's paintings are brought to life through bold, vibrant color. applied with gestural strokes of rough expressive texture.
Kathy discovered that so many things could be created with clay and the creative process helped to relieve stress. She likes to create pieces that are along the more useful side but will occasionally create something that is strictly to look at. Kathy states, "I feel it is a way to validate the life of a loved one."
I have always had a special fondness for animals. I started my career doing paintings to raise money for our local humane society. Now I paint portraits of both pets and people on commission. I feel it is a way to validate the life of a loved one.
I don't use slip casting molds to make my work. Every piece is either thrown on the pottery wheel, or made with various hand building methods. The designs you see are drawn on by hand with slip in a technique called slip trailing, where liquid clay is squeezed out through a bottle, similar to decorating a cake with royal icing.
Clay is a wonderful medium of the earth that can be manipulated to an art. I was introduced to clay/pottery nearly 50 years ago & it has
turned into a long standing
Rustic Cuff was created in 2011 by Jill. Her lifelong obsession with cuffs & a need for a creative outlet turned into so much more. She taught herself all aspects of leather making & metal design in her guest bedroom.
For 15 years, as time would allow, I have studied art with various teachers in Oklahoma City and Taos, NM. Working from life whenever possible - figures, portraits, still life and landscapes all share time on the easel these days.
"Spirit Trail Baskets by Molly" Molly was taught to make Pine Needle Baskets by Cherokee artists. She is now proud to carry on the great tradition of Cherokee basket coiling & following the footprints of the Ancestors.
"God has blessed me with the skills and the eyes to see." Doloras began her art career in 1969. She paints abstraction of realism, capturing an emotion or impression from memory.
Most all of Nikki Halgren's designs are hand-painted and assembled with as much glee as possible. Gleeful Peacock is an ode to vintage designs, color, and warm memories. Inspiration comes from all things that make you smile and the belief that the world is a beautiful place. Modern color schemes and a few pop culture references make for a fun and gleeful line.
Ever since my Father introduced me to hunting I have enjoyed the out doors & wildlife. Later I gained an interest in taxidermy. The items in the gallery are from Oklahoma diamondback rattlesnakes. Each item is hand made
I have always been a craft person, always trying new things. I fell in love with the art of pine needle baskets in 1997. In 2000, I started also making rope baskets and leather work.
I only began being serious about doing what I truly love to do about 10 years ago. I have since mosaic'd just about everything I could get my hands on. If I could, I would just do it day and night!
People began felting, spinning, & weaving 10,000 years ago. Fiber is an ultimate part of our lives today. My view from home is the Lake Eufaula shoreline. I work with fiber to convey those images - the surface of rocks, bark of trees, depth of sky & water's reflections.
Oklahoma has some of the best landscape painting opportunities of all places she's been able to paint. Painting from life whether it is a landscape, still life, or portrait is the most enjoyable to her. She is a member of the Oklahoma Lady Artists.
I began painting fall scenes in 1974. I am basically self taught and am still learning. I work in oil, acrylic, pastels and watercolor. My favorite subjects are florals, wild animals and landscapes
Always interested in art, Patsy began oil painting many years ago but sculptures were just waiting the opportunity to break out. This opportunity happened in 2000 & she has never looked back. "To see the stories unfold in bronze delights me."
Kelly Pennington was born in Ada, OK with an internal drive to create art. Kelly works out of her art studio in Ada, OK when she is not painting in the great outdoors. She is motivated by nature and depicts the energy she feels among the colors and abstract shapes in a landscape using oil paint. Kelly creates beautiful oil paintings of Oklahoma landscapes and orchestrates interesting compositions using colorful expressive painterly brushstrokes. Kelly is also participating in out of state plein air competitions and teaches plein air classes
Award Winning international artist states: "My Grandmother and Mother gave me the love of flowers with their sweet smells engulfing our home. Those fond memories are somewhere in each of my paintings. "You will feel drama, expression, strong use of color and light in an impressionist to expressionistic style in my art."
All animals hold a fascination for Judy & she enjoys portraying them in pencil, watercolor, oil, etchings, hand pulled lithographs & hand pulled serigraphs. She has been commissioning pet portraits which have been a steady business for her.
Warren Osburn majored in art, has been a technical illustrator, has managed an art gallery & worked as a commercial artist. He has won awards for his bronze sculptures, oil paintings, water colors, pencil drawings, scratchboard & pastel
Lisa has been cutting metal for 20 years. After finding success selling her sculptures at art fairs she started her Garden Deva studio. Her motto? "Be possesed of the patience & stability to keep on moving in the direction of your dreams."
A registered Choctaw artist, Theresa makes jewelry with seed beads & natural gemstones. As a silversmith she works with copper and silver, making pendants, bracelets, rings and bolos
Storm was a Junior High Art Teacher for 21 years. She states, "In my paintings I strive to portray personal feelings and perceptions. Light is usually the focus of my paintings. I paint a variety of subject matter but people will always be my first love.
Skip has been a painter for over 30 years. She paints primarily in oil on canvas covered hardwood panels. Skip states,
"I can't imagine my life without art. It is my soul food. Art nourishes my soul."
Paul has taught art in public schools for forty years. He is now retired and paints full time. He also teaches adjunct at East Central University. Paul teaches acrylic painting classes at the gallery as well as Legacy On Main Street.
During all the years from the late fifties until this day I have had a passion to paint and create. I must paint and do so every day in my studio. I have done many paintings of automobiles as well as landscapes.
I enjoy working with color by using acrylic paint. I consider myself a color specialist (self-proclaimed I might add). My paintings use color to the max. I love "tricking" the eye & creating color illusions.
“Watercolor is simply reality being interpreted through my eyes, my life journey, my brushes, the paints and of course, the white paper in front of me. And so, when I pick up a brush…I’m not just painting…I’m telling you a story about my life.
Born in Henryetta, OK,. The only time I have lived away from this area was the four years at the University of Oklahoma, where I earned a BS in Nursing and also met my husband. My adult years were devoted to my career and raising our son. I retired from Connors State College in 2008 after 24 years of teaching and directing the nursing program. The fall of 2015 found me wondering what to do with myself after we lost our last parent and our grandchildren were in school. My sweet daughter-in-law, talked me into taking a painting class with her. Three years later, I am still passionate about painting, and have even learned to make my own unique frames in our workshop. I feel very blessed to have received this gift to enjoy in this chapter in my life, and I am excited to share it with you.
I was deeply inspired by the old world craftsmanship of stone inlay that I saw on a trip to Europe in my youth. I found glass to be the perfect medium for achieving that detail while also bringing transparency and flexibility of form. While my work has taken a contemporary turn, that inspiration guides me today.
Paul's motto is "Have wheel, will travel", has worked in clay for over 40 years and has a Bachelor of Art Education and a Master of Fine Art in clay .