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Diversity of Creative Expression: Recent work by Linda Abernathy, Sharon Bauer, Elisha Dasenbrock, and Michelle Spencer
October 19 - November 29, 2018


Linda Abernathy - Oil Painting
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I’ve always enjoyed visiting art museums and appreciating the beauty of color and texture in the world around me.  My favorite medium is oils because the colors are so vivid.  Painting for me is an expression of my emotions.  I love to apply the paint with heavy brushstrokes.  I’m influenced by the work of the impressionist painters especially Van Gogh and Monet.  I’ve taken a few art courses at Jefferson College, Southeast Missouri State University, and Mount Mercy University, but I pursued my degrees in accounting and business.  I am a juried member of the Greater St. Louis Art Association and serve as the Vice President of the organization.  Also, I am a member of the Jefferson County Art Guild.  I received the People’s Choice award for my painting, “Alone” that I exhibited at Framations Art Gallery.




Sharon Bauer - Oil Painting
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.



Elisha Dasenbrock - Watercolor on Clayboard
Learn more at elishadasenbrock.com

Elisha Dasenbrock creates watercolor paintings on board. The boards are a hard, smooth surface which does not absorb the paint. This causes many challenges, but also many advantages. One such advantage is that the surface aids Dasenbrock in creating loose, impressionistic paintings. Claybord also allows her the option of not framing the finished piece.

Dasenbrock uses a limited palette technique, preferring to mix her secondary and tertiary colors.  A limited palette consists of 4-6 colors. There are endless variations. Currently, Dasenbrock uses the three primary colors of red, blue, and yellow as well as a darker color to add deep shadow. Dasenbrock focused on the figure and portrait while getting her BFA in watercolor, however, she now paints primarily animals. She still enjoys portraits and figure work, but animals allow her to explore a more playful side of her art. She been in many shows, Morpho Gallery’s Up and Coming show, several Illinois Watercolor Society juried exhibitions, and  a solo show at Flavor’s Cafe and Wine Bar to name a few.  Dasenbrock won Juror’s Choice at mySLart.org’s monthly 33 show in the summer of 2017.  She’s been featured on EmptyEasel.com,  has hung her work at Flavor’s Cafe and Wine Bar in Breese, IL, Barnes and Noble, Nudge in Highland, IL, mySLart, Cafe Con Leche and The Bowery Art Gallery in Appalachicola, FL, Art On The Creeks in Rogers, AR, and hopefully your house.


Michelle Spencer - Pastels
Learn more at Michelle Spencer Fine Art

Growing up in Missouri, I love the seasons and spend much of my time outdoors. As long as I can remember, I was drawn to creating art.  I studied art in college, then began a long career in graphic arts and printing. I love nature, many days you will likely find me outdoors creating field studies. I delight in responding to the surrounding environment and ever-changing light.

Since 2017, I have been able to dedicate to my art full time with goals to work on art endeavors daily. I am continuously working to absorb knowledge via books, instructional videos, fellow artists and art groups. I had my first one person show in April 2018 at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.  This park is endless inspiration and I visit often.

“It is important for me to create works from actual moments; the atmosphere, texture and color are all part of the process. Capturing patterns and rhythm of these moments along the way are important to me.”  






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