I enjoy photographing nature and creating oyster shell nativity scenes. I like to capture a wide range of subjects with my photography and make the ordinary look unique with cropping, repetition and black tones.
My oyster shell nativity scenes are inspired by God’s magnificent creation, with pieces being gathered from my favorite coastal places. The most gratifying and challenging part of the nativity scene process is selecting expressive shells that complement each other.
I became interested in photography as a teenager and am blessed to have an encouraging husband who inspires me to present a unique perspective in my work.
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.
As a Native American artist I work mostly in watercolor because I love its brilliance and characteristics of translucency. Watercolors allow me to convey emotions, set a mood, or experiment with new techniques in a rather short drying time. I also like to work in mixed media using paper, acrylics, material and modeling mediums when I am addressing past present and future issues of Native Americans. In this sense I identify as a research artist. I find the truth before media goes on canvas.
Linda Elksnin is a painter and mixed-media artist who is inspired by textiles, folk and outsider artists, and mainstream artists such as Mark Rothko, Romare Bearden, and Marc Chagall. She uses a variety of media to create paintings on paper, canvas, and wood. Whether abstract or loosely based on reality, the common thread of her work is color and graphically pleasing design. Her work is frequently described as whimsical and happy. Elksnin is represented by the Charleston Artist Collective and her work is featured by Serena & Lilly, One King’s Lane, Artfully Walls, Saatchi, and Redbubble.
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’ve always been interested in creating. My grandmother used to recycle everything. Growing up I would walk in the woods by myself. The texture and colors of the landscape guild me. I think that’s why I’m always exploring new media.
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I started painting around fours years ago. I did not sell any until three years ago, where I got to sell my art with Ernest Lee. After that, I started doing art competitions. I won second place on my first one. A large portion of my art is geared toward helping black women embrace their beauty. I also love to try new things such as abstract art and paint & pour. I always make sure that I am giving the best work I can and nothing less. People even say that I might be my biggest critic. 🙂
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Benji Hicks was born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1970. He graduated from Brookland Cayce high school, class of 1988. With no formal training, he is a self-taught artist and woodblock print maker. Working professionally as a carpenter and painter, he has always enjoyed drawing, painting and wood carving. He decided to combine these skills to create woodblock prints. Being just as passionate about the tools, materials and techniques of Mokuhanga , (Japanese woodblock printing), as he is about the images he creates. He draws inspiration from the arts, culture and natural world around him.
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.
During the 2020 epidemic lockdown, I looked for art to create at home. The alternative photography process of cyanotype and lumen printing interested me. After some research, I began to play around with images. I began with plant material and objects. Later I added photo negative transparencies. I’ve recently started making paper from dryer lint for cyanotypes. I love the surprises that come with each creation…sometimes beautiful and sometimes not so much!
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.
Bobbi Sue JeffriesBobbiSue.Jeffries@yahoo.com
Line and light is my interest. Working mostly in pencil allows me to capture my vision expediently. I’m self taught, resuming my art after a 30 year break. My style continues to evolve and vary as my interests expand.
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.
Sean Madden Arts
I was raised in an artist’s family. The influences from my parents were entirely subconscious, but when I picked up the paint brush again a few years back, it felt quite natural. My style is, primarily, impressionistic and I enjoy landscape works, both real and fantasy. But portraits of both pets and humans frequent my easel as well.
I love to work in acrylics and do landscapes especially of Lake Murray. I’m inspired by the beauty of nature & hope it reflects in my paintings for others to enjoy.
I make Sketches and Acrylic Paintings. I started out drawing cartoons characters for a few years until I found an Art Instructor who has been teaching me private art lessons for about a year now. I’m wanting to become a professional artist and make artwork to sell and make a leaving out of it. What I love most about creating art is making something to express my emotions and seeing what I can create out it is an overwhelming feeling and seeing what I can create makes me want to make more.
Holly S Rauch
I offer a variety of hand-painted art works and I specialize in “dot art”. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these works benefit the Lyssa Rauch Memorial Scholarship at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. This scholarship is in memory of my beautiful daughter and who lost her battle with cancer in 2006 at the age of 20. The scholarship is awarded annually to deserving students in the Department of Theater and Dance.
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.
Michael Shepard, a South Carolina native and long-term resident of Columbia, SC, is an eclectic artist currently working in acrylics, soft pastels and mixed media. Styles, techniques and media change with each piece depending on the subject matter and the inspiration that ensues.
Michael describes creating art as “an expression of the feelings and interpretations of my situation in the world around me. It’s a means to escape isolation and means to process emotions. It’s a salvation from adversity and destitution and it is also a celebration of well-being and happiness… But really, I’m just a guy pushing colors around hopefully creating works people will enjoy.”
I grew up in Orangeburg drawing and painting. I was classically trained by Van Martin when I was in my mid twenties. I continue to push myself to learn new mediums and perfect old ones. My current favorite subjects to draw or paint are cars. I also enjoy sketching animals and landscapes when I’m out in nature with my family.
After exhibiting a keen interest in art as a child/young adult–even majoring in art at Newberry College under David Brown—I painted very little for 30 years, focusing instead on family and career. In 2017—children grown, work stressful, and retirement looming—I renewed my interest and have been trying to “knock off the rust” and to develop my nascent skills ever since. Painting centers me. It’s good for my soul. I am grateful for communities like this one in which artists can come together to support one another.
My primary medium is acrylics on canvas. I do mostly commissions of people’s pets: acrylics, pencil, and on glass Christmas ornaments. I have a BFA from the University of South Carolina. I am retired and enjoy being able to take my time to work on new art projects and explore new mediums.
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.
Ozon Theswua Wilson
I am an Artist. A Visual Artist. Since a child, I have always been doing ART. From drawing, to later finding and developing a passion for Photography. My ART LAMPS are just an extension of my creative expression. With attention to art and design, my Edison Art Lamps are created and meant to be pieces of ART. The intention of the ART LAMP is not to be perfect, but to be uniquely created, original art pieces. Each lamp is designed to be a fully functional metal and wood art lamp.