Amy Lee Carter Ishmael (artist name: Amy Carter Ishmael), is a woman born in North Carolina, raised and educated from Michigan down through Ga. A Person who moved to Texas in the 80's, left to go home to Virginia, and returned to Texas to her parents' house after being injured in brief service. (Entered service in Faith and was taken out with an injury after hand-to-hand combat training. God's way of letting her know He knew she had stepped out in faith yet didn't expect her to fight or harm others.) She married a Native Texan from Dallas County and went into business as an antique dealer after getting out of debt from the honeymoon. She had many jobs yet working at Fidelity Investments was her favorite, other than giving that up to be a full time stay at home momprenuer, where she was able to raise both her young boys, and teach them home school each Summer, before returning to school herself, once they were ready for older studies. She's got 30+ hours of Design, and studio art, yet never got to take advanced drawing or a painting class in college. She believes she has been gifted with the study and creation ability, by The Father in Heaven, who at times works through her, and at other times allows her to clumsily work on her own. It is a journey to develop skill mastery. She has artwork in all price ranges because she believes artwork can be collectible in all price ranges for people with all different kinds of budgets. Collectors of her work can be found in the DFW area, both corporately and privately. She also has a few in the East in North Carolina and Virginia. She is an associate member of several National Art Organizations.
My work explores the complexity within human thought and emotions through multi-layered and process oriented, abstract paintings. In this series, “Delicate”, I explore the mental growth found within the delicate emotions pertaining to hope. These works are inspired by and reminiscent of the fragile beginnings of plant life. The echo of the root like formations within each work purposefully share a visual connection to our human vasculature. This visual connection is a nod to the beautiful link between our psyches and the earthly world. I use a variety of water-based mediums and Venetian plaster to create works that are layered just as human thought contains layers of emotions. These layers form the fabric of mental health. I allow the variable of chance its due influence within the beginning mark-making construct of each piece. This chance-laden process is an acknowledgment of the necessity to observe our subconscious emotions without any pre-conceived or borrowed judgements. It is a process that identifies a shift from living in a state of emotional ‘autopilot’ to being fully present to who we are in the practice of mindfulness. This process constitutes the skeletal foundation of my work. I then use this chance driven, free flowing marks to form the composition within the second process of my pieces. This part of my creativity serves as a cathartic experience. It reflects my appreciation of our power as humans to both fully accept the emotions we have regardless of their cause and nature, as well as our power to choose what we do with these emotions. My pieces celebrate human potential for healing and growth within our natural world.
Bev Calton I am a self-taught artist working in the Dallas area whose paintings come directly from a love of color and texture. My travels to various parts of the world have broadened my imagination to see life from many different perspectives. I feel a strong connection to animals, because they make me feel closer to the earth and more grounded. So many of the earth’s species today are endangered and need our attention and assistance for their continued survival. The use of “found”, antique or unusual materials also fascinate me. To reuse/repurpose an item and help it to become a part of an art piece is very satisfying. I hand cut and paint all of my wood pieces and continually try to show the bond between natural materials and humans. I want the recipient to feel the texture and the materials that have been used. The piece “Travel Lightly on the Land” is part of the “Leave no Trace” philosophy of camping and traveling without leaving a footprint on the land. Callie and her companion dog Coco are hiking and enjoying their adventures.
I make color from foraged plants, soil, and waste. My artwork is a mixture of art and science, painting and chromatography. I create ink, paint, pigment, and dye from items I find on or in the ground—soil, invasive species, abundant plants—as well as wilting bouquets and food/textile waste. When foraging I disturb the environment as little as possible. For me, foraging is a personal time for rest and discovery; nature has unlimited possibilities and I thank her for that. My paintings are one-of-a-kind abstractions—fugitive, reassembled landscapes and layers of the earth. My ink- and paint-making processes include simmering, reducing, straining, precipitating, drying, grinding, mixing, and mulling. The entire process from forage to finish is a meditation. At present I've created 150+ inks from 100+ plant species and materials. Each painting includes a list of natural materials used. Like all of us, these paintings are ephemeral and will change over time.
Droppin' Beets (Not Bombs) Living Organic Beets Sprouted in Vertical Garden on Mixed Media Collage, with individually packaged beet seed starter gardens (interactive takeaways for patrons). This living, interactive project was created specifically for this Earth Day exhibit. In this mixed media collage on Texas red oak, beets replace bombs falling from images of WW2 American B-29 Bombers (like the Enola Gay, used to deliver an atom bomb which decimated and irradiated Hiroshima, Japan). Removable, recyclable envelopes line the bottom of the piece. Each envelope contains three Detroit Red Beet seeds and seed starter paper. Intentionally, the pun, "PICK ME!" is used as an invitation for Earth and Art Lovers to take home a starter garden. Project participants are invited to visit the project web page for instructions on how to start their beet seeds, as well as other gardening and Earth Day tips. Links to The Gallery 8680 and the virtual exhibit will be included on the project page, with permission. Participants are also invited to share pictures of their beet garden progress, to be featured on the project web page. Finally, living, organic beet sprouts (which should be well established plants by exhibit time) emerge from the pockets of the vertical garden affixed to the primed, moisture-proof surface. A spray bottle is provided, if patrons choose to actively participate in misting the beet plants, however, moisture beads and Peet moss inside the vertical garden pockets should suffice. Beets can tolerate limited, indirect sunlight, so this piece can be hung indoors near a window. Thank you for inspiring me to create this project, which is a fun, yet significant departure from my current work.
Heidi Kidd I went to F.I.T. (The Fashion Institute of Technology) in NYC earning my degree in Textile Design. I also attended The Art Students League in NYC where I learned classical painting and drawing, where world-renowned artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackson Pollock attended. I worked in NYC as a Textile artist hand painting textiles for 10 years before moving to digital art. A textile artist creates the prints and patterns for fabrics as well as graphic tees, sweaters, plaids, and strips. I found a passion for ecological art to raise public awareness about the amazing animals around us and the environments they live in. I paint in watercolor and work with the translucent nature of the paint building up my paintings with layers from light to dark. I love painting from nature and am transported by the magic of the natural world.
Earth Day is a celebration of this planet we call home. It's a time to honor the Earth and perhaps take notice of how we are treating our home planet. This tree, to me, is a stirring metaphor for our beloved Earth today. It has been severely damaged, and yet it tenaciously hangs on to life and strives to grow throughout the seasons. I discovered this tree in the spring of 2017, when my partner and I bought 60 acres in Northwest Arkansas and have photographed it during each season every year since. During one of these times, I met the farmer upon whose land this tree proudly stands. He told me the tree had been there for thirty years but did not recall how long it has survived in it's current state. The fact that he has left it as it is suggests to me that he sees it as I do - a tenacious example of strength and determination to be respected and allowed to strive and grow until it can do so no more. Our planet is like that tree. We have damaged Mother Earth through our thoughtless and careless ways, but she struggles to survive in spite of us. May this Earth Day be a celebration of us opening our eyes, recognizing the role we play in the destruction or survival of our planet, and the beginning of changes we can make to nurture our planet rather than decimate it.
Lauri Fernandez I have always been drawn to the organic forms, textures, and colors found in nature, and inspired by the nuances and strengths of these elements. This is reflected in my work through delicate lines suggesting flowers and lacey foliage, splashes of light along gardens and wooded paths, weathered textures alluding to rocky cliffs or tree bark, and misty gradations implying water or sky. When looking beyond a natural object or landscape, and focusing on the details, I become acutely aware of the continual growth and renewal that exists in the earth’s endless rejuvenation and am reminded of the vastness of the universe and the dynamic force behind creation itself. I am in awe of nature’s ability to be both energetically alive and peacefully serene at the same time, and it is this awareness that inspires me to express these impressions and emotions through my artmaking. My body of work consists of 2-dimensional pieces, both representational and abstracted. I work with various mediums to create compositions, textures, and effects of light; each medium offers an array of tools and unique methods to make use of in my work. My intent is not to duplicate an object or landscape, but instead to expose its essence and complexity, giving the viewer access to my subjective experience and attraction to the unpredictable nature around us.
Matthew Chenet An amateur photographer, artist and musician born and raised in Texas. My hometown is in Arlington, and I have been a creative person for my entire life. The experience and knowledge I have of my various crafts and artistic passions has amounted modesty, but I remain hopeful for new opportunities and chances to display and perform. Having grown up with constant reminders of the earth and the divine, learning from people as well as animals and nature; I felt as though I would be a good fit for this show. All the images used in my collage, except for the Green Man and the two glass sculptures on either side of him, were captured by me, in and around environments closer to the Earth. I think the Green Man represents a human attenuation with nature and the wild, as well as many other things. The focus on the color Green itself, as well as others in the RGB color model, is deliberately emphasized due to it being the most symbolic of the idea of Mother Nature, although there is some slight spots of contrast between colors. I hope my displayed art piece here enlightens through enlivenment, as that is the kind of mood, I have used to compose it. I am thankful to Robyn and to all of 8680’s patrons, artists, staff and friends I have met. “Without the Artist there would be no Art,” but without great people like the person reading this involved, the Art would not be nearly as important.
Ranjeeta Shroff My artwork is a true reflection of who I am in that moment. I understand the importance of growth and learning and try to convey a teaching moment with art. In my artwork, I emphasize on the vastness of the skies, the depth of the oceans and the diversity in life around us. I want people to pay attention to the abundance that nature is providing us every moment. I want to bring focus to gratitude, respecting others' perspectives, finding strength in pain and making conscious choices through colors and the flow of paint. The year 2020 is special as it made the human population throughout the world, think and act differently. For me Summer time in Texas, Sun and Heat was at it's glory and we as a family decided to stay put. I dreamt of putting my feet under cool sand and looking up longingly for the dark clouds. That feeling inspired me to make the Sand and Cloud series throughout the summer months.
Patty Lebed Hess
“Since I was a young girl, I’ve always loved photography and art. I’ve always had a point and shoot film camera growing up and bought my first DSLR camera in 2011. I enjoy capturing everyday moments, things most people would pass up and not notice, as well as taking an image and manipulating it to create something new and challenging. I’m all about finding a backstory with each image and I try to imagine what a new backstory could be. I love to create and challenge myself in various forms of art. I love painting, mainly in acrylics, and I started learning how to oil paint within the last decade. I’m fascinated with color. It keeps me thinking of new projects to work on. I enjoy landscape, wildlife, concert and astrophotography. Every day is a learning process for me creatively. I hope the viewer enjoys my work and it hits the right emotions.”
Terry Parshall The landscape of dreams, imagination, and sub conscious is engendered by the landscape of our everyday reality. The earth, this planet which we inhabit, clasps us safely to its bosom as we spin through the cosmos. The Girl in Her Journey slides from earth-to-earth landscape to landscape in search of experience and transcendence. These earths and landscapes she encounters are every bit as real as any wilderness vista or neighborhood backyard in our everyday reality. A day on earth is often experienced and translated during a night of dreams whether through the cold and lonely earth of a winter’s night: a landscape of cliffs and extraterrestrial mountains; frozen waterfalls and helpful bears; an African Savannah and a wonderful elephant; or the sleeping magic of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Our one earth, this precious planet, contains many and divergent earths. Let us reserve this single earth, our home, so that others may exist.
I'm a photo-realist watercolor artist. I work in transparent watercolor only, using photos I've taken myself. I am inspired by images I would like to see improved by the watercolor medium. Because I consider myself a purist, I utilize only transparent watercolor on 100% cotton paper and never use white paint or non-transparent techniques. My inspiration comes from photos I’ve taken of the real world as I experience it. I put my heart and soul into every painting I accomplish as I endeavor to create realistic beauty one painting at a time. My current work can be found in private collections as well as national and international exhibitions.