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Featured Artists

LYDIA ABIGAIL
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 BLAIR
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.

LORI CUSICK
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.

CHARLSIE DOAN
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.

HELEN DOTY
Background: I was born and raised in Manchester, England. As a teenager I lived with my parents in Singapore for 4 years, before moving with them to Chicago IL. I was working as a computer programmer when I met my husband. After marrying my American, we moved down to Texas, where we have lived happily for over 10 years. We are now raising our two daughters here in Frisco, Texas. I have only been painting for a year. Purely for just the pleasure of creating at first. Then as gifts for friends and family. I am excited to have just sold my first commissioned piece!

INSPIRATION: I get my ideas by chatting with the person that is looking to add something to a space or room, with photos, or a certain color palette.

MELISSA ELLIS – Live Painter
Native Texan, Melissa Stinson Ellis, specializes in abstract and contemporary nature oil paintings.  Her bold use of color is apparent in all of her work, from her large-scale, heavily textured abstract pieces to her unique and ethereal paintings of flowers and trees.  Her flair for the dramatic comes across in all of her work.  Whether she is working with oil, acrylic, charcoal, pencil, wood, metal or pastels, her distinct style is undeniable.  

Melissa is featured in the 2013 Fine Art in Dallas calendar and was chosen as the featured artist in both the first and second edition of CRAVE Dallas, a who's who book of 150 local female entrepreneurs.  Melissa's work is currently displayed throughout Dallas at Orison's Fine Art Gallery, Newman Village Discovery Center, Ashley Russell Salon, Union Dallas, Eye Pieces and LuminArte Gallery.  In addition to having pieces in private collections across the country, Melissa also has work in commercial spaces such as the Gables Park 17, the Law Office of Cherry Petersen Landry Albert LLP, Winstead PC and Cityville on the Katy Trail.

Her work is available online at www.ellisartgallery.com and she also accepts custom commission pieces for both residential and commercial spaces.

HEATHER GALLAGHER
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
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
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.

AVERY HALL
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 animate 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.

JOHN HORTON
Self-taught artist taking inspiration from well-known abstract expressionist artist as well as local Dallas artists. I have been painting, off and on, for the past 8 years.

INSPIRATION: Colors, layers, movement how a particular song makes me feel.

MEAGAN JOHNSON
Bright colors, bold contrast, and unique expressive subjects. My small business focuses on pet portraiture, but is inspired by new school style flash art and pop art.

MARCI KAWALEK
Life inspires me, both positively and negatively. Because I consider myself to be an experimental artist (not limiting myself to one particular style or palette). I am free to explore the various media and palettes that will best express my understanding of and feelings about whatever my current passion or subject is.

LACELLIESE KING
My work reflects an intrigue with harmony and dissonance between wildlife in nature and their depiction in art. Their powerful beauty is an irresistible invitation for realist portrayal, but what inspires my interpretations is the complexity of subjects that can not be tamed, whether in the wild or on a canvas.

Working in mixed media, including oil, acrylic, and graphite, I allow my wildlife portrayals to take on a life of their own. Contrasting elements of abstract expressionism and realism, my desired aesthetic is one of simple elegance and esprit.

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.

ERIKA KRIVDA
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.

ABIGAIL LAW
In 7th grade, I was diagnosed with Scoliosis and became a patient here at TSRHC.  I had to wear a back brace for 20 hours a day for most of 7th and 8th grade. On the last week of 8th grade, I underwent Scoliosis surgery with Dr. Sucato.  I will forever be grateful for the angels here at Scottish Rite and I decided that I wanted to give back.  I have been holding my own Art Show annually since the year of my surgery.  My 3rd annual Art Show is actually coming up on May 11 at Christy M Boutique in Snider Plaza which will benefit TSRHC. (All are invited!!)  It’s my own way of giving back to the place that has given me so much.  I’m honored to be a part of Summer Colors!  It gives me another opportunity to show my love and respect for Scottish Rite.  Thank You!

PHYLLIS MABUS
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.

JACQUELINE MCKNIGHT
I’m a lifelong lover of art, classically trained in oil painting by Phoenix artist Barbara Bond. She taught me how to prepare for my work, create my own colors and be bold.  These lessons have touched every part of my life, from my education, career and raising my own children to developing art programs for children and adults. Art allows me to make my world as vibrant and whimsical as I can dream.

My work has been shown in the Groove Salon in Deep Ellum and the Harvest Street Café in the Oxy Building in Dallas.  I’ve also worked with non-profits Susan G. Komen, Loving Mothers and the Dream Warriors Scholarship, to date.  I’m very excited to participate in Summer Colors!

This year, it is my philanthropic goal to donate 12 paintings, one for every month, to a non-profit whose work I believe in.  A friend shared the work of Scottish Rite Hospital and the Summer Colors art auction with me as a possible match for this “Actions Speak Louder” goal, and I knew right away this would be a good fit!  As a parent, who would not be able to financially provide extensive medical care for long term health issues in my own children, I can only imagine what a blessing Scottish Rite is for families who need the care.  I am moved and inspired by the cases my friend shared with me.  It is my honor to donate a piece of my artwork to this cause. Thank you for the opportunity!

KATHLEEN MEKAILEK
As an artist, I tend to draw inspiration from the land around me. I see the beauty in an abandoned well, a piece of sand, a damaged tree. I believe the world is a place of beauty and want to bring my interpretation of this for others to see. I try to capture beauty in rustic and abandoned places and want to seize moments in time before they are lost forever. I believe that by bringing attention to things that are often overlooked or taken for granted, others will have their minds opened and appreciate the special world they are surrounded by every day.

CHRISTI MERIL
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:  www.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.

CHRISTINA MITCHELLA
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.

KRISTIN O’KEEFE
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.

CAROLINE QUISENBERRY
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!).

LAURA RUNGE
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.

MADISON SLUSHER
Background: Jewelry designer since 2006 and newly developed abstract painter
Inspiration: My inspiration is knowing that someone will treasure my art as much as I do and bring them joy!

JENN THATCHER
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.

MARILYN VICENTE
INSPIRATION: My inspiration is nature. Nature holds a beauty and sends a powerful message. Nature brings out the joys, sorrows and sadness inside of us. While gifting us with lush trees, animals, wildlife, flowers and a variety of insects. All of these gifts from nature are all both delicate and intricate which holds a beauty of all its art.

BRITTNEY WELLS
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.

KATHLEEN ZIERHUT
INSPIRATION: Texas