Lydia Abigail has been heavily involved in the art industry for nearly 7 years. She has participated art shows with the North East Art Association, Texas Woman’s University, the 101 Gallery, and many local shops. Lydia loves to connect with other artists and has completed many art shows, pop-up galleries, or craft markets with other artists in her area. Not only does Lydia show her work locally, but she also has completed live art drawings for coffee shop events and lead therapeutic art workshops. She has completed commissioned jobs with work in oil paint, pencil, charcoal, ink, and chalk. Lydia has been trained in oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pencil, woodwork, and clay and is always continuing her study of these mediums. Lydia Abigail is currently involved in many local creative organizations which give her inspiration and encouragement!
Inspiration: Lydia Abigail is inspired by this magnificently beautiful world around her. Many of her works of art are based off of or are impressions of nature. Natural sources and images are often incorporated into each of her pieces, whether by pictures, scientific studies, or the simple observation of earthly-details. Overall, she finds the outdoors to be her main source of inspiration for her creative journey.
Desmond is a Dallas based 2D artist that specializes in oil painting. Desmond experiments with various types of composition but most of his work centers around the human figure. He attempts to capture the emotion of specific moments and is heavily influenced by 2D animation. Desmond also channels the creativity from his art work into his work as a Project Manager for TSRHC. He believes creativity is just as much about solving problems as it is exploring possibilities.
Inspiration: Family, mentors, friends and I also find inspiration from people I meet. I feel that people are passion because people carry stories with them that can have so much wisdom and opportunities to learn more about life.
MEGAN ADAMS BROOKS
Inspired by patterns and textures in the natural world, Megan Adams Brooks creates abstract paintings on silk that reflect the beauty found throughout nature. Brooks began painting interior scapes on canvas early in her career. It was through depicting the fabrics and patterns in a room that she discovered her fascination with fabrics, which led her to designing custom textiles. From there, Brooks found her true passion for the silk medium. Painting on silk, similar to watercolor, provides many opportunities for unexpected challenges and happy accidents. The process is time-sensitive, multi-layered and endlessly inventive. Brooks' unique method of self-expression fulfills her unending obsession to create.
Brooks' work has been exhibited at Art Basel in Miami and McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) at 3120 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX. Her work hangs in public and private collections, nationally and internationally. Brooks holds a Bachelor's of Fine Art degree in painting and drawing from Southern Methodist University and a Master's of Fine Art degree from the University of North Texas. She lives and works in Dallas, TX.
When it comes to art and design, I truly just paint what makes me happy. I really donʼt have any set rules which allows me to experiment with abstracts but also try my hand at a portrait or landscape too. Trying new techniques and playing with different color combinations is my favorite part about this process. I just keep painting and tweaking until the piece feels balanced to me. My inspiration comes from my everyday life... it might be colors from an amazing interior design, a fun fashion layout, or even a sporting event. I work primarily with acrylics and mixed mediums to create layers of depth and texture. I still paint almost all of my work with a big blank wall in my own home in mind! My husband and I both grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. After moving around from Chicago to Virginia, we have settled in Dallas with our three boys(lots of sports to inspire me!) I canʼt imagine a day in my life without a little paint in it!
Background/Bio: In 2002, Lori decided to follow her life’s passion and recommitted herself to painting. At this time, she first engaged in plein air painting. “The challenges presented by painting nature while being part of that nature have taught me a tremendous amount about studying light and manipulating paint.” The one constant through her paintings: her energetic spontaneous brushstroke, applying paint with a confident contemporary approach.
Lori resides in Dallas, a long way from the mountains of New York where she was born and raised. She attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, earning a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. Over the following years, Lori successfully pursued a career as a commercial artist designing for advertising agencies and running her own design studio. She is currently Design Director for the award-winning Private Clubs magazine. You see the influence of her commercial career in her exciting compositions … silhouettes of the world.
Inspiration: Nature and the ever changing light.
NICOLE MORROW DAVIS
Nicole Morrow Davis is an abstract portrait artist from Dallas, Texas. Her gestural pieces have been described as ethereal, young, fresh and mysterious. Nicole works primarily with acrylic paint, but also employs the use of thread, veneer, and lacquers to achieve the desired look. Her work can be found at Curated as well as the NYLO hotels and the June 2008 issue of TIME magazine. Ms. Morrow studied under the direction of Dr. Joseph Pomara and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Texas - Dallas. She is currently, represented by Caldwell Arte Exposicion. When Nicole isn’t painting she is usually contributing to the Dallas Art community through various creative projects or conducting private art lessons with her young students.
I am a self-taught landscape artist, primarily using oils and sometimes watercolors.
Inspiration: My inspirations are the colors of the sky. My grandparents live on a farm in rural New Mexico, and I love being there because the sky is so wide and huge that it is possible to see everything, the stars, the clouds, the sunrises, and the sunsets. I especially love the vibrant oranges and reds of sunset, and these are the colors that you can see most in my paintings.
Born and raised in the Northeast countryside, I grew up climbing trees, pocketing frogs, and collecting bird feathers. Adventuring in my backyard as a child brought a freedom that I have rediscovered through creating art. Most of my adult life was dedicated to the study of clinical psychology, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and a Master of Art in Clinical Psychology. The healing journey of becoming a psychotherapist as well as Buddhist pilgrimages to Japan and India provided the necessary steps toward an unfolding of self that allowed my awakening to art. Playing with color, design, and texture brought me back to the bliss I felt as a child exploring my natural environment. Soon after complete immersion into art classes and workshops, my achievements attained recognition. I received the Studio Art Award from Cabrillo College and 2nd prize at SCAL’s 79th Annual Statewide Exhibition, Irreplaceable Places: Contemporary Landscape Painters. I also been invited and accepted into various group shows, including Santa Cruz Open Studios, a regional juried event that educates the public about the arts.
When a surprise injury limited my physical abilities, I surrendered to the moment and began to experiment with leftover materials such as nails and paper, allowing the process to be the focal point rather than the visual goal. My approach continues to reside in the moment as I merge a variety of materials into my own order, often salvaging objects and coaxing beauty from their parts. Once an idea has been explored or a material exhausted, I start a new project. This style encourages me to remain in a beginner’s mindset, full of wonder and possibility.
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and as far back as I can remember, I have been interested in art. As a child, I loved to draw and color, and I was always told by others that I was artistic. It wasn’t until the late nineties when I was teaching ESL to pre-kindergarten children, that I rekindled my true passion for art. When teaching, I often created my own props to go with my lessons, and it occurred to me that this part of my job was extremely rewarding and it was then that I decided to go back to school to pursue an art degree. After some investigation, I discovered the perfect field….art education! I already had the education background, and that would sustain me through the art study.
I started back to night school the next fall and I learned so much about the various aspects of art, that during the Thanksgiving holiday, I visited Italy to see some of the Renaissance masterpieces by Michelangelo, DaVinci, and others. I knew immediately that I would somehow find a way to return to Europe to study more art. The following spring, my ESL job was reduced to a half-day, but there was also a position opening for a half-day art teacher, as well. I took the ESL/ART position and began my career as an art teacher. I learned many practical things such as how to use a kiln, how to order art supplies, etc.
I also managed to return to Europe for the next two summers to complete my twelve elective courses in study abroad programs. The first summer I studied in Venice where I learned about techniques and materials of Venetian art, as well as paintings by the great masters such as Titian, Tintoretto, Bellini, and Veronese. The next summer was spent in the south of France where I studied impressionism and Post Impressionism and traced the paths of Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso, Signac, and others.
After teaching prekindergarten for several years, I transferred to a middle school and began teaching a half day of ESL and a half day of art. After two years, I became a full-time art teacher and remained in this position until I retired. I spent the next fe years completing my dissertation, which involved a study of three contemporary art museums in Texas, and the correlation between their exhibits and societal change. It was during this time that I developed a love and appreciation for contemporary and abstract art, an area that had previously been somewhat of a mystery to me.
Last summer I took a course on art and its markets at Sotheby’s Art Institute in London, England. It helped me to further understand how art is simply and expression of oneself, and how one views the world. There is no right or wrong, no good or bad, just one’s own artistic interpretation of life. That brings me to today, where I currently reside in Dallas, Texas. I have a small art studio where I spend most days painting and experiencing the joy and freedom that comes through self-expression.
Nancy began her studies of art at Hockaday, continued them at The University of Dallas. There, her MA and MFA were in printmaking and drawing. Later she learned the art of painting with beeswax, encaustic painting, from The Encaustic Center in Richardson and Truro Center for the Arts in Provincetown, MA. And was recently accepted to The Vermont Studio Residency.
She is a long life resident of Dallas and has lived and worked there over the years, both in Deep Elm, at The Continental Gin Building, and now in her studio near White Rock Lake. She has exhibited in galleries, competitions and museums, throughout the states: Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Morro Bay, Provincetown, and St. Louis.
Her work has always been about including some concept, or part of the past, while dealing with the present. She enjoys mixed media as well as incorporating various processes.
I am a mom of three beautiful children, a wife, a sister, a daughter, and a friend to many. I have lived in Texas my whole life and North Texas for most of that. I work for locally based non-profit ambulance service Careflite. I am a paramedic and enjoy taking care of my patients and their families. I paint as a hobby. I never really considered myself and artist, but I truly enjoy creating art, so I guess that makes me one.
Inspiration: I love seeing what colors work together, and never really know what is going to end up on the canvas. I love abstract art, as it can mean many different things to many different people. I love blues and greens, and fluid movement. I take inspiration from my children's drawings and paintings that they make because they are truly random and beautiful.
Helen Green’s work was described by a local Dallas store as “simplistic beauty with light and airy colors that will add a touch of summer to any room”. Raised in Boerne, Texas under her mom’s easel, Helen has developed her graceful style, which has caught the attention of area stores, cafes and followers on Facebook site called GraceFilledNestTumblr.com.
Her education began at the University of Texas but chose to graduate at the Art Institute of Dallas. She left the stressful corporate world environment after beginning her career in a high-end specialty store in the visual communications department and ending as a senior art director for a national retailer. Now she finds true joy and peace as a stay at home mom with her precious 6-year-old daughter where she takes time to paint in her studio.
She also has mini art camps from home to encourage children to find joy in painting during a 2 hour sessions. Each with devotion, inspiration and snacks. They leave with their painted canvases and a smile! Facebook site called “Grace Filled Nest Mini Art Camps”
Sweetly rooted in her faith, Helen is moved daily by the beauty that she sees in the world through the eyes of the LORD. It’s amazing the following that she is blessed with in like-minded people and others that recognize a still small voice in her work.
Allyson Hall happily tabled her career as a journalist for the adventures of motherhood almost nine years ago. Four babies later, the youngest finally on board the “potty train,” she finally figured out what she wanted to be when she grew up. Allyson followed the pull to turn her creativity into a professional pursuit that excited her every day. It started with photography. She loves capturing the unexpected moment, the unposed expression on faces. Her Nikon is like a fifth child -- it goes everywhere with her.
About face silhouettes is an extension of Allyson's passion for photography, a new use for the thousands of .jpgs that were building up in her photo library. She was looking for a fresh medium to capture the images of her children and remembered the great black and white silhouettes of Allyson as a kid.
By first photographing her subjects’ profiles, she has a fixed moment from which she can trace a detailed silhouette. Allyson takes her time, putting great care into precisely cutting the slope of a nose, the pout of the lips or the curl in the hair. This is what sets an “about face” original apart from many other silhouettes. The greatest compliment she has received comes from clients who say they can fill in the rest of the silhouetted face’s features with their mind’s eye.
Allyson uses sturdy colored cardstock to give her silhouettes a modern vibe and to provide her clients another opportunity to express their individuality. So that’s what Allyson is about. She hopes that her work adds a splash of color to your walls and makes you smile.
Background: I am a sophomore at Highland Park High School interested in art and animation. I want to pursue a career in animation.
Inspiration: I am inspired by music and animated works.
JOANNE “JOJO” HERDA
Rocket scientist turned self-taught abstract artist utilizing a blend of the analytical mind and artistic passion to create harmonious balance of color on canvas with compassion and diligence. Artwork is created for the individual collector, clients of leading interior design and non-profit organizations. JoJo was honored to be named a Fashion Group Internal of Dallas 2016Rising Star Nominee in Art.
Inspiration: Artwork inspiration is drawn from life experiences, 80’s flare, and the color found in everyday objects.
JENNY GRUMBLES KOZIOL
Dallas entrepreneur, Jenny Grumbles, obtained her degree in journalism and studio art from Southern Methodist University in 2002. Her work-life is threefold; artist, shop-owner, and buyer for A&E’s hit series, Storage Wars Texas. Jenny’s paintings have been sold in galleries and shops throughout Georgia, Texas, and California. She is the proprietor to her very own vintage home furnishings shop, Uptown Country Home.
Since realizing her passion in painting in 1994, she has created an impressionist style with loose brush strokes and an emphasis on light and color. There is never black on her palette. Her subject matter includes everything from children on the beach, home interiors, florals, and commissioned work. Jenny attributes much of her success to her mentor, the renowned Claudia Hartley of Arizona, and to gallery owner, Anne Irwin, of Atlanta.
Jenny also spends much of her time searching for treasures to recycle, repurpose, and repaint for sale in her shop.
In addition to her shop and artwork, Jenny has a passion for politics and major league baseball.
Jenny’s main aspiration is to make the world a better place through political advocacy, creative art and home decor, because she truly believes, whether it’s the whole world, or a little cottage in Dallas, home is where the heart is.
I believe that there is no one "thing" that inspires me. My inspiration comes from an accumulation of three things: my past, present, and future. Coming from a family of artists, I have been painting and creating since I was a child. I've watched my artwork evolve over the years and I love finding new ways to create. Painting is my way of understanding myself and everything around me.
Background: Studied oil painting under Clara Stovall at the Garrett Art Gallery in McKinney. (7 Years) Studied one semester under Janet Reynolds. Took drawing (MLA) at SMU.
Inspiration: I am in love with color! When I retired from teaching, I never expected to find something as meaningful to my soul as painting. I discovered God’s world in a whole new way. Though I only paint as my schedule allows, it is one of my greatest joys. I paint from my husband’s photographs, which are another inspiration. We are becoming nature lovers and so appreciate what God provides for us every day.
Christi Meril has been creating mixed media art filled with simple and connectable images since 2006. She has devoted herself as an artist to create images that speak to the eye and heart of the beholder. Her artwork is filled with modern yet timeless pieces full of life, self-reflection and love. Over the years, her work has appeared in ArtHouse Dallas, The Thrift Studio, Dallas, The Dallas Flea, The Jewish Art Fest of Dallas, Arts and Tarts, open shows at the 500X Gallery and sold locally. She is also found in personal collections from California to New York and abroad. Christi resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband, two daughters, two standard poodles and English bulldog.
To see my art please go to: cmerilart.com.
CHRISTOPHER J. MILLER
While many artists take their craft from traditional to digital, CJ Miller’s artistic journey has been quite the opposite. CJ Miller, the nom de guerre of Christopher J. Miller, founded the marketing communications firm Rainmaker Advertising more than 20 years ago. His initial artistic training is rooted in computer graphics, marketing and visual communication but in 2000 he decided to explore traditional fine arts.
This journey began with several years tutoring/training with Mary Kathryn Collins, a Dallas artist and instructor who supported Mr. Miller in uncovering his unique artistic identity - sort of like uncovering your artistic thumbprint. For the last six years, he’s taken annual sabbaticals to train with Virginia Cobb in her Santa Fe, New Mexico, artist workshop. Ms. Cobb is known for her unique technique, detailed in her book, “Uncovering the Hidden Eye: Experiments in Water Media,” which is a result of years of teaching experimental workshops. She believes that every painting is an experiment, a philosophy Mr. Miller has embraced as a way to gain a deeper, more personal perception of the physical world.
Mr. Miller continues to explore methods of utilizing different tools and materials. He has experimented with mixed-media, graphite, chalk and crayon, and matte finished acrylics on canvas, wood and Strathmore 500 Bristol Board. He believes that painting is a spiritual expression which reflects his current vibration and belief systems.
Dallas native, Christina Mitchella, is an accomplished and award-winning artist specializing in impressionistic drawings and abstract oil paintings. Her life-long zeal for the arts transitioned from passion to career, leading her to pursue an education in art at Dallas Baptist University. After graduating with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, Christina began actively showing her works in galleries throughout the DFW area and across the state, competing in art shows and completing commissioned pieces for her growing base of followers and supporters.
Christina’s art is remarkably inspired and contemplative, spanning many different artistic mediums. She often uses the synergistic relationship between music, color and light as a muse to gain insight into her works. Whether she is creating a portrait, painting in still life, or transforming a canvas with abstract expressionism, her impeccable attention to detail and vibrant use of color breathes life into every stroke and sketch.
Christina is affiliated with a number of local arts organizations, including Art House Dallas, Irving Arts Center and the Creative Arts Center of Dallas. She also maintains membership with the Plano Arts Association, the Associated Creative Artists of Dallas and the Texas Artists Coalition of Fort Worth. It is Christina’s hope that her works will emit joy, stir inspiration and spread enthusiasm for the arts in all who view them. Her works can be viewed in galleries throughout Texas, and she is currently available for commissioned work.
Rachel Nash is an oil painter inspired by stories and human nature. Nash believes the act of creating is part of our make-up as humans. Nash is a native of Oklahoma City and came to Dallas to study at Southern Methodist University. Nash moved away to Chicago for three years to receive her Masters from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago before heading back to Texas. Nash is also an Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor.
Background: I was diagnosed with scoliosis at 12-years-old and my doctors referred me to Scottish Rite where I later had a spinal fusion surgery. The incredible team at Scottish Rite helped me make the most of my recovery over summer vacation by bringing arts and crafts projects to my room. During this time I found great therapeutic relief through art, ad it has been my go-to source for joy.
B.A. in art from Hastings College in Hastings, NE. I’m a jack of all trades and a master of none.
Inspiration: Ordinary moments, rainy days, and quietness.
I graduated from Wake Forest this past May with a minor in studio art and major in non-profit business. I had not been an art student since I was in the 5th grade, but I fell in love with the studio while taking a divisional. I took several oil classes and sculpture classes. I was hooked on using my hands and the tangible experience of creating something new.
I recently moved back to Dallas and have continued to paint, doing several commissions and projects. I started exploring mixed media by integrating acrylic and mod podge into my pieces. I paint in my backyard with my two dogs.
Inspiration: I am influenced by the places I interact with. Nature is a broad term, but I like to focus on places I am and have been and the experience of being in that place. People, sounds, textures, and emotional responses are just some of the things that make up a place.
I first picked up a paintbrush ten years ago and haven’t put one down since. Originally, I focused on capturing our family pets and favorite moments. Since then, I have moved to experimenting with more abstract painting techniques, mostly oil but occasionally water color and acrylic. This is the first time my art has been on display due to the fact that I am constantly proclaiming to my family that my pieces are “not quite done yet.” I love this organization and all it does and am honored to be included!
Constantly in need of a "creative outlet", I would often find new project and hobbies to test drive. The day I was introduced to jewelry, jewelry design, and a paintbrush was the day I realized I could put my biggest passions of creative design, the arts, and crafting into a tangible product to give back to the world.
My personal relationship with design has evolved into a love and passion I incorporate into every aspect of my life, both personally and professionally. Throughout my professional life, I have broadened my creative abilities through even planning, jewelry designs, painting, branding, business development, client relations, and marketing. Alongside my professional life, I have grown my design skills through my jewelry and painting business, CLQ Designs.
CLQ Designs offers custom jewelry design, jewelry redesign, and abstract acrylic paintings, while catering to the client’s style, need and budget! CLQ Designs offers the best of both worlds – unique handcrafted jewelry and art sure to make you and your home the statement piece at your next event and a price point that won’t send you running for the hills! I want my clients to be able to call me on a random Tuesday and ask if I can design them something new because they need to “spoil” themselves.
Since childhood, my creativity and passion for design has fueled my drive to explore new experiences, learn new skill sets, and cultivate meaningful relationships. For me, the most exciting and rewarding part of CLQ Designs is knowing that I am not limited to what I can learn, design and create. I love getting together with my clients to get our creative wheels turning together in order to design their one of a kind piece from CLQ Designs. I love the challenge of design and thrive off creativity (I can’t get enough of it!).
I am a Texas native and earned a BA in Journalism from Baylor University. After many years in the corporate world, I took the leap of faith to pursue my lifelong passion as a self-taught artist. I am now a full time, working artist and dedicate my days to painting and searching for creative avenues in everything I do.
Inspiration: My passions are creating and inspiring, and I wake up each day in hopes of combining the two in every endeavor. I paint in acrylics, often combining stains and metallic leafs and powders into my pieces. I am drawn to objects that reflect movement, and this is incorporated into my works. Finding beauty in unusual objects and places, I use unconventional tools and techniques to create imaginative, one-of-a-kind works of art. My goal is to create a painting for the buyer that will add flair and a special dimension to the space where it will reside.
MICAH SAN JUAN
A graduate of Harding University School of Art and Design, Micah San Juan works as a production artist by day for Fossil Group, but immerses himself in his passion for painting when it comes to raising awareness on community issues. He is a 5 year member of Resounding Harmony (a philanthropic choral group) and has also used his love of charity to do works for Big Thought, The American Heart Association of North Texas, The Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas as well as Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
I find inspiration from classic commercial artists like sign painters, illustrators and printmakers and well as the street artists from round the world.
The gentle flame of my creativity has always been kindled through imagination and storytelling. As a child I would often sketch out half written stories inspired by my surroundings, which continued as I grew into a young adult. I graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012 with a BFA degree in animation in hopes to pursue a career that would kindle my passion. I moved back to my home town in Texas and became a motion graphics artist at a small company. After creating many corporate-type videos, I realized that my creative fire was going out. I had been stuck in my comfort zone for a year and a half, and I felt like God was telling me it was finally time to step out. So, I left my job without any clue as to what to do next. I believed that God would not leave me in the desert to wander aimlessly with no manna to eat. He knows what he is doing! Many doors of opportunity began to open, and I discovered that my love for art and storytelling as a child was something I wanted to pursue. I realized that my vibrantly colorful and whimsical artwork brings joy to both children and adults, and is a reflection of God’s light, laughter and child-like delight. I am now a freelance children’s book illustrator and I am continuing to follow the path God continues to light for me.
Inspiration: I am first inspired by God and all of his wonders, whether it is through the vibrant colors of the galaxy or through the messages of beautifully orchestrated music. I also draw inspiration from many concept/development artists who work on animated films that tell a story and from children's book illustrators as well.
Jenn Thatcher has always has a love for color and design. After moving to Texas from Chicago 10 years ago, she was working for a Wall Street firm with a demanding travel schedule and long hours. Being a wife and mother of three, with two of the children being Scottish rite patients, she finally decided to leave her corporate career to pursue painting full time. Jenn believes that creating art is a gift from God, and a blank canvas is a metaphor for life. It can be anything you want it to be. And if you don't like the direction it's going, it's never too late to start over or change direction. It's so important to remember that everyone and everything can be beautiful at some point in time, it's all a matter of how you look at it. Jenn's work is featured in stores through the US and works directly with designers and clients in the Dallas area. Some of her work can be viewed on Instagram @Jenn_Thatcher_Art or on her website at www.jennthatcher.com.
Background: I have been painting and drawing since I was 5 years old. I am a former patient of TSRH. I received my BFA in graphic design from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2010. I will paint or draw on anything that will hold paint. The world is my canvas, from walls (murals) to shoes to printing t-shirts to paint on making my own canvases; I’m blessed to say I do it all!
Inspiration: I get my inspiration from everyday life and sometimes even my dreams. Most times I’ll let my imagination run wild on a canvas.