Linda Abernathy Sharon Bauer Holly Ross Lisa Truttmann
About the artist: My artwork is an expression of the beauty of color and texture in the world around me. My favorite medium is oils because the colors are so vivid, but I work with acrylic paints, as well. Painting for me is an expression of my emotions. I love to apply the paint with heavy brushstrokes or a pallet knife. I enjoy visiting art museums and appreciate the work of abstract and impressionist painters especially Jackson Pollack, Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet.
I’ve taken art courses at Jefferson College, Kirkwood Community College, and Southeast Missouri State University in Missouri and Mount Mercy University in Iowa. I love plein air painting and try to capture on canvas the vibrant colors of the landscape. If I am not painting on location, I paint in my studio. I listen to classical music as I paint because I feel the music enhances the release of emotions in my artwork. See more work by Linda Abernathy here.
About the artist: I was born in Granite City, IL and grew up on a farm, outside of Collinsville. Most of my summers were spent on a farm outside of Troy, IL, owned by my grandparents and uncle. I've been a resident of the Troy area off and on since 1978. I have an undergraduate degree from SIUE and an graduate degree from Webster University. I spent nearly 30 years in the Human Resources field.
I loved to draw as a child but was not fond of using color. I drifted away from art until the day I put the notation on my bucket list "learn to do oil painting". After retiring in 2000, I started on that bucket list. It took until 2004 to get back to art. I got over my fear of using color and while oil is my favorite medium, along the way I learned that I cal also do pastels, watercolor, and acrylics.
About the Artist: A self-taught photographer, Holly has explored a wide variety of subjects, but always returns to the more natural elements of our world. While there is beauty all around us, the tranquility offered by nature provides a mental, as well as an emotional, break for photographer and viewer alike. Her photos have been described as having an "eclectic mixture of soft, near water color effects on florals - almost Japaneses in delicacy and Zen-like in simplicity - contrasted with sharp, clean, linear architectural images." Holly's photos have received awards through Framations Art Gallery, Manchester's FOCUS competition, Fine Art America, and the Jefferson County Photography Club, where she is an active member. Additionally, her work has been included in the SEEN competition in both 2016 and 2017. See more work by Holly Ross here.
About the artist: Art is a continual journey where there is no end. It is an interpretive dance with individual creativity and personal expression; it’s an exploration of how the artist sees, thinks and feels. Every person interprets the world around them in different ways. So suffice to say, art is a visual expression of what has been learned about our world and what we have yet to learn through a blend of acquiring skills and outright experimentation.
Lisa Truttmann is an expressionistic artist living in Edwardsville, Illinois with her husband and two Chihuahuas. She has been dancing with art for 15 years. Her preferred medium is oil and her favorite place to be is in her studio where she enjoys seeing how far she can stretch visual truth with the use of color, shape and form while maintaining some aspects of that visual truth.