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WILLIAM BRISON

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

“I fnd that nothing brings me greater joy than to paint.” The process of “creating” a place in time brings about a challenge to convey that moment I have experienced. From designing the scene to orchestrating the content, painting brings about a truly fulflling experience. I work to capture that excitement for the viewer. My goal is to grab the viewer’s attention and hold it so that it can be experienced as if they had been there, or left them wishing they had been.”

Visit www. williambrisonfneart.blogspot.com to view more works by William Brison.

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DURAND SEAY

Montgomery, Alabama

Graduating from Auburn University in Architecture, Durand Seay attended University of Georgia to extend his skills in art and his understanding of painting. His work is inspired by “his intrinsic connection to structures found in nature and expressions of time, exploring the subconscious mind through fantastic imagery.”

Seay’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions all over the southeast and most recently in “B-12” Wiregrass Museum Biennial, Dothan, Alabama and in preceding years, “Imaginary Journeys”, Trevisan Arte Internationale invitational exhibition, Ferarra, Italy, Hilton Head Art League National Juried Exhibition, and many others.

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NANCY MITCHELL

Montgomery, Alabama

“I need to paint. I don’t really know why, but I do. After a technical career, as a lark, I took a drawing class at a local Junior College, and then another, and then one at a University and finally two semesters of painting at that University. By then I was hooked. I know what kind of image I wish to produce and the quest to get there continues with the help of observing the work of other artists and various kinds of workshops. Perhaps one day, I can say that I have arrived.” View Nancy’s work at the SAC Art Gallery on Perry Street in Montgomery.

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STEVEN DAVIS

Montgomery, Alabama

“After many years of painting, I’ve gained immeasurable knowledge and experience in art, and I’m still learning more all the time! Art is in my soul. painting in a mostly realistic style and adding something”extra”to each piece immediately connects to people and makes it more interesting and thought provoking to the viewers and myself.”

Visit stevendavisartworks.blogspot.com for more works by Steven.

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MELANIE MORRIS

Birmingham, Alabama

“I have no choice but to paint – it is like breathing for me. I have painted in oil and watercolor but I prefer the versatility of acrylic. After a trip to the Big Sur, California, I became frustrated when I couldn’t capture the feel of the area with a brush. I switched to a palette knife and never looked back. I love the interesting textures and looseness that I achieve with a knife.

I reference photos when painting so I keep my camera with me to capture interesting scenes usually filled with strong light and shadows. My work has been said ‘to evoke a range of emotions from the viewer, from quiet contemplation to bubbling-over joy’ and I like that.”

Visit www.MelanieMorrisArt.com to learn more about Melanie and her work.

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DIANE GIBSON NEWSOME

Birmingham, Alabama

“My style may best be described as “impressionistic realism”. The paradox of perceived detail produced by abstract brush strokes and subtle elements especially intrigues me. Driven by a strong work ethic and love for painting,I am striving to refne my approach to creating a three dimensional illusion through texture and sculpting with paint.”

Diane Newsome’s work is inspired by her fower garden and morning bird watching observations, as well as day trips and family vacation destinations. She has a passion for “chasing” the dramatic morning light and capturing these experiences on canvas. In addition to participation in art festivals, she is represented by Littlehouse Galleries, Birmingham, AL. Visit www.dgncanvascreations.com for more information and works.

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LUCY CLARK

Ponte Vedra, Florida

“To me, life is a work of art always in progress and only fnished when we take our last breath. With time and age I’ve discovered ways to let my authentic self play out in who I am and the events of my life, but something always seemed missing. My pottery mentor, Worley Faver, calls it “fnding your voice”. I found my voice when I created my frst hand built piece of pottery. Running my own business for over 25 years made control a necessary part of my world. With clay, I’ve learned the opposite. By letting go of control I am able to see what the clay wants me to see. When I truly let go, I can create beauty. It flows from the very essence of my being.”

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KELLY THIEL

Charleston, South Carolina

Kelly Thiel creates sculpture that is narrative of her life as a mother, wife, and artist. Her ideas and concepts often come to life through the personifcation of birds, unexpected forms that brought comfort after a tremendous period of change in her life. As she pours herself deep into the creative process, she feels a soul connection to her work that shines through in the thoughtful and expressive details.

As a native to the southeastern states, Thiel is inspired by the sights and sounds of nature that surround her at her home studio, tucked away on John’s Island, SC. Kelly has participated in several national group shows and invitationals with her sculpture.

Visit kellythielstudio.com to view more works and further information about events and workshops.

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