I am from Pittsburgh, PA. I joined the Army after high school and settled in South Carolina. I have always loved drawing, mostly as a hobby. I started painting in acrylic due to Covid and having more time at home. What really inspired me to paint was watching Portrait Artist of the Year. This program showcased some amazing artists, pro and amateur. Having my brother praise my work was a big motivator, he is an artist in Pittsburgh. I use reference for ideas. I like doing art to bring pleasure to others. I’m working to improve portrait painting.
I am a visual artist, focusing on fine art portrait photography. Hallmarks of my work are richness and whimsy. My photographs are often mistaken at first for paintings, due to their tones and aura. I incorporate sometimes humble, sometimes fantastical themes, wardrobe and props. I am primarily a portrait (and self-portrait) artist; in my works I seek to capture a moment in time, revealing an intimate aspect of the subject. I want people to feel something familiar when they see my portraits. In my art, I portray themes of quiet strength. Warmth and richness permeate my works; so do shadows created by a strong and directional source of light.
The process of learning acrylic painting has pulled me into a deeper understanding of art and broadened my perspective of this wonderful world we live in and how it affects me. I look, appreciate, and enjoy the wonder as my life is enriched by this new and ever-changing perspective. A drop of rain can reflect the world around it; budding leaves are not necessarily green, sometimes they’re yellow or red; I never even noticed until I became an artist. It’s been there all along, but when I began to put paint on a canvas, life became more significant.
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Colleen Dwyer is a multi-media artist who paints with water colors and acrylics, enjoys photography, and is a trained graphic designer and former nail artist. Her “in-the-moment” process is influenced by the medium, subject, and piece she is creating. Colleen often sets out to make one thing but ends up with something completely different, a process and outcome she finds exciting. As for her artistic inspiration, Colleen credits her father, who was an artist and a jeweler.
I especially enjoy creating nature compositions from photographs I take while traveling around the beautiful state of South Carolina. I strive to lure the viewer into wanting to “be there” in the painting to look for what is not obvious. My art includes representational, dream compositions, and some objective abstract. Having begun painting in traditional transparent watercolor, I mostly paint now on non-traditional surfaces using liquid and tube watercolor and acrylics.
I am a life-long resident of Lexington County, in South Carolina. I decided to pay attention to my photography in 2009 at the tender age of 60. I hope my love of nature in all aspects can be seen in these images. When asked, I really enjoy sharing the stories of my photos with others, and listening to their stories as well. Most of my scenic photos are from SC and the Midlands, including nature, old buildings, historic sites, and astronomy related events.
All that I have ever wanted to do is create art. During my early school years it was my favorite subject and the only course that I could complete with any skill. That thought followed me through out my educational process so when it was time to consider a career, I chose architecture because I considered drafting to be artistic. Architecture did provide a stable income but I continued to think that I would never be happy until I could retire and paint as much as I wanted. That is what I do now.
The mission of Cyril B. Busbee Creative Arts Academy is to create learning opportunities for students to grow in confidence and have a sense of belonging through diverse programs in academics, arts, technology, and athletics. Cyril B. Busbee Creative Arts Academy will provide a quality education through arts advocacy, standards-based arts instruction, and integration of the arts.
I have always enjoyed taking pictures, but in the past five years I have gotten more involved in doing actual photography. I enjoy photographing anything and everything, from animals, landscapes, flowers, old cars, planes, buildings, etc. I have gotten involved with Macro Photography, which focuses on a small part of a subject photograph, instead of capturing the entire image. Many of my macro pictures are set up and taken on my dining room table.
I make beaded jewelry. All of my designs are original. I like to buy beads to which I am drawn either by the color, the brilliance or the unusual design. I like to pair them with auxiliary beads in creative and changing patterns. I have used Swarovski crystals from Switzerland, Murano beads from Italy, and turquoise from Mexico, compliments of my daughter’s and friends’ travels. I enjoy creating the jewelry. My greatest pleasure comes from the joy my jewelry brings to others!
I became enchanted with stone and metal many years ago. Using the primal element of heat, taking torch to metal, I work with silver, copper, brass, and bronze. I incorporate my own molten vision into my jewelry with hand-created metal beads, fused metal forms, silver chains, and charcoal-cast bronze and silver. Many of these are combined with beautiful and unusual cabochons and beads acquired over the years; others stand alone as unique and lovely creations. In more whimsical moments, I combine metal with found objects and my own hand-made paper to create playful earrings and other pieces.
Mostly I do clay sculpture: 3-D and 2-D. I love playing in the clay and teaching. The fun of creating is like therapy but I do paintings as well. If I not working on a project, I get restless. So I find art endeavors much fun.
After I retired from a career in education, I took art courses at USC in oil painting. I knew very little about the aspects of painting – I just enjoyed it. My art is a journey. I spend a great deal of time on each painting. I just can’t whip something out quickly. Painting can be like work, but it is a labor of love. I love the Impressionists and the post-Impressionists, especially Van Gogh. Georgia O’Keeffe is a favorite artist of the twentieth century.
I am a professional photographer in South Carolina; specializing in lighthouse, maritime, wildlife and urban photography. I have been published in many national books and magazines. I have led a number of tours for the Smithsonian Institution and produced multimedia slides shows for them and others. Please visit my website where you will find over 8,200 images all suitable for publication and fine wall art presentations.