LESLIE JO WHEATON Born and raised in New Mexico, you will see a touch of the Southwest in most of Leslie Jo Wheaton’s art. Her first interest in art began as an incredibly young child. Drawing horses on her schoolwork in the 4th grade often got her in trouble. Thankfully, her parents always encouraged her desire to draw and paint. Family friend Keith Avery gave the Coffman family an oil painting and a pen and ink drawing in 1968. Leslie knew then that she wanted to be an artist. Horses have been in Leslie’s life from the beginning. Horses speak to her soul. She feels like you can lose yourself and be closer to God when in the presence of a horse. In 1976, Leslie’s 77-year-old grandmother wanted to start taking oil painting classes. She bargained with Leslie, that if she drove her to Las Cruces for classes, she would pay for Leslie to take the classes as well. There was born a love for painting in oils. To this day she uses her grandmother’s tackle box which still holds some of the old tubes of paint. After attending New Mexico State University for a couple of years, she moved to Tucson, Az, next to Norman, Oklahoma…. And Life happened. Meeting her husband at a stallion farm in Purcell, OK, she then ended up in deep South Texas. Where they have raised their 2 children, all the while continuing with her love for the western lifestyle. At the persuasion of her family, in 2014, she picked up a set of graphite pencils and began working in graphite. In 2017 she entered the Rio Brazos Art Show in Granbury, TX, winning the Jurors Merit award with one of her horse drawings. Leslie has recently gotten back to painting in oils. Having been self-taught, she is looking forward to being able to focus full time on her art.
MARY GIESLER I grew up in Nebraska and attended Buena Vista University in Iowa where I obtained a B.A. in Fine Art. In 1986 I moved to Dallas, Texas. For a number of years, I managed a pre-press graphics and fashion photography studio. Later I sold custom fixtures and way-finding systems for retail environments. Dallas was also where I began my journey into custom jewelry. I began by studying jewelry making techniques at the Creative Arts Center. At first, it was terrifying. Jewelry making required sharp blades and torches! Soon after, however, I began using my skills to repair jewelry for non-profit resale shops where I volunteered. It was just what I needed to overcome the fear. I started collecting tools. I was hooked. My spare bedroom at home now doubled as a workspace/studio. By the time I moved to East Texas in 2014, I was creating jewelry in my own studio. I continued my studies with additional classes and workshops. I learned indigenous jewelry techniques from a third-generation artisan in Bali. I developed relationships with other jewelers who generously mentored me. Now, my creations are showcased at art festivals and galleries and I spend a great deal of time creating commission jewelry for clients in the US and abroad. Most of my creations incorporate natural, precious and semi-precious stones set in silver. I occasionally include gold accents to add warmth and interest. Collaborating closely with my clients on the design of each piece my goal is to design and produce jewelry that is as unique as the amazing individuals who commission it.
Sculptor and retired educator Michael Boles is an artist who has exhibited throughout the southeastern United States, winning numerous awards for his drawing, relief sculpture, as well as for his free standing sculptural compositions. The current thrust of his work entails utilizing digital technology to produce intricate free form metal and stone wall sculpture, as well as archival ink jet prints. Boles received his Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, studying under renowned Texas sculptor Charles Pebworth. His thesis emphasis was in fused and colloidal silica shell bronze casting techniques. After a three year college teaching job in northeast Texas, he moved to Pensacola, Florida in 1980. Boles’s work is in the collections of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, The Office of the Governor of the State of Florida, The United States Naval Aviation Museum, The University of West Florida, and numerous private collections. He is also a recent recipient of an Art in State Buildings Award for the State of Florida. His work is also published in A Comprehensive Guide to Outdoor Sculpture in Texas, by Carol Morris Little, as well as being listed in the Smithsonian Institution’s Inventory of American Painting and Sculpture. His work was recently published in the book, Cast, by Shiffer Publishing. In 2015 Boles completed a solo exhibition at Pensacola Museum of Art entitled, “OBJECT: Sculptures, Prints and Drawings by Michael Boles.”He has recently completed installation of a 25 foot tall concrete, bronze and stainless steel form, “Triple Up,” commemorating the 50th year of incorporation of the city of Gulf Breeze, Florida. Boles was formerly Professor of Art at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts in Pensacola, Florida, where he taught sculpture and design, and completed a three year term as the Center’s Endowed Teaching Chair in 2009. Images of his work can be viewed at: http://www.mboles.blogspot.com, Instagram (bildhauer48), as well as by contacting him directly by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I grew up in Grapevine Texas and I had my first art show there at age of 12. That was a true education on selling me and my talents. I moved to Rochester, New York to further my Art education and began doing shows in and around Rochester. I also successfully exhibited in several galleries and then opened two of my own. Later, I moved To Hammondsport, NY and became the In-house Artist on Keuka lake for their rather large winery. This was followed by becoming the Featured Artist at both the Corn Hill Arts and Fingers Lakes International Wine Festival. I received “Best in Class” at the Churchville Art Festival in Rochester and the Rochester Grape Festival as I continue to add to my awards list. My work has been featured in Home and Garden Magazine, which is a huge accomplishment in my book. I returned to Texas. I chose Winnsboro because of its Art Enthusiasm that lead me to EAE as I continue on my journey.
I have always been fascinated by how color, animate objects and creatures have held representational “meanings” for people throughout time and geographical locations; be it flowers in the Victorian era or totem animals within Native American tribes. I use subtle symbols within every canvas story I paint. I am intrigued with the idea that objects holding superstitious qualities can be found to have similar meanings with cultures far removed by time and land. I tend to work in themed suites, series of five to twelve paintings. While I don’t exhibit my work as self portraits, they are based in the concept of capturing the world around me; as well as, within me. My paintings are motivated by what it is like to be a woman in contemporary culture and my interests in where we have come from – the cultural traditions that continue and morph over time. More recently, my themes have become reflective of my personal journey through life – aging, loss, memories.
NANCY BEAUCHAMP Nancy always wanted to be an artist, even at five years old. She attended Principia College in Elsah, Illinois and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, both Studio and Art History. The highlight of her art studies was a European trip to study art, architecture, and sculpture. Pastels are her medium of choice in landscapes, still life’s and animal portraits. She teaches workshops and weekly classes in pastels. And she has been blessed with numerous awards in art competitions. Her inspiration comes from the countryside surroundings just outside of Winnsboro, Texas, where she lives with her four dogs. Artist’s Statement: “Too much of a good thing can be repetitious. I enjoy painting a variety of genres, so my subject matter rotates. Humor is often evident in my work. There’s a story behind every one of my paintings, but it’s not always my story. What story do you see?”
DEBBI ELMER Debbi has played in multiple art mediums….drawing, ceramics, weaving, woodcarving, and jewelry….but found glass in 1998 and has devoted almost 24 years to the study and development of techniques in fused and cast glass art. She studied art at the University of Texas at El Paso and has continued her glass education with multiple internationally known glass artists. She now teaches glass classes across the United States sharing techniques she developed and is often asked to present her techniques at glass art forums. Timberidge Glassworks was established in 2013 when Debbi retired from a corporate career. She adores having a glass studio she had built and finds herself in it at all hours of the day and night. Glass indulges her lifelong fascination with light, color, and texture. She is drawn to many themes but frequently finds her way back to her Texas roots in her art. Debbi’s work has been exhibited at the National Glass Show in Las Vegas several times. She has developed techniques and processes in glass that have been introduced and demonstrated at the show. For many years, she traveled and exhibited work at art festivals, garnering multiple show and people’s choice awards. Her work is represented in many private collections across the country. It ranges from large wall installations up to fourteen feet across to large bowls and sculptures to very small pieces only three to six inches across.
Growing up in Oxford, Mississippi amidst the beauty of rural Mississippi I found my inspiration in the power and complexity of nature as well as the characters I encountered in the blues/music community.
Having traveled the world I have found that same inspiration. It is my primordial calling to express these feelings in my paintings. As a colorist I strive for emotion with my palette. I want my viewer to draw from my art and experience a moment of their own.
I started painting and drawing at an early age—in fact my first wall mural was in my closet at the age of 6. I attended Wesleyan College where I received a BFA in Graphic Design. I spent a semester at University of Mississippi in the Master’s program studying under Charles Gross where I began my love of color. After spending many years in the corporate world I turned my attention back to my first love—art. I also work in watercolor, oil and pencil. My works have been shown in Texas, Mississippi, New York, South America and Mexico. I have won several awards on my pastels, including two first place awards and a Best in Show.
I have always been on the move. Growing up, we moved often as my father was an Air Force officer. This gave me a wonderful exposure to the many beautiful cultures and places. My parents gave the the gift of gratitude.I think my appreciation of the beauty of the landscape had that early origin. Everywhere you look, there is beauty both seen and felt. My art training has been untraditional. I pursed my art studies outside my academic training in Public Administration and Systems Engineering. I had a rich and varied career ranging from Law Enforcement to Executive Management in High Tech. I was able to return to my first love of painting about 12 years ago and have been exhibiting nationally for 9 years. My work has forever homes in the US, Canada and UK. My work seeks to take you on the journey to love and aprreciate the seen and the often unseen in our world. This journey is either with the beautiul landscape directly with the Spirit. I often represent the messages from God and his angels in my feather paintings. Feathers floating in the moonlight are gifts of direction, encouragement and peace. Two years ago, I was fortunate enough to be challenged to try painting en plein air. Two years ago, I was fortunate enough to be challenged to try painting en plein air. Wow, what a wonderful door to open and explore. Outdoor painting has completely changed the way I see and understand the world. It had forced me to essentially start over and appreciate anew this beautiful world. What better place than in the singular beauty that is New Mexico. Yes, I’m hooked. My husband and I now reside outside Pecos, New Mexico.
Mike Tate I have always been attracted to wood working activity but never really got involved in “creative” wood working until after retirement. I got my first taste of wood turning while visiting a friend in Florida. He suggested I try my hand at turning a pen. That went pretty well. A year later the same person invited me to turn a bottle stopper. After that I was hooked on wood turning. I purchased a midi lathe and set to work learning the art of wood turning. I also joined the East Texas Wood Turners Club of Tyler. Like most folks I started with pens, bottle stoppers and small bowls. After a few months I moved up to a full size lathe and began turning out larger items. At some point I was invited to take part in a local craft fair and I was gratified to find that people liked my work enough to pay money for my turnings.
Most of the wood I use comes from trees in the local area which have been brought down in storms, taken down by home owners or just died of some cause. I will purchase unusual woods from time to time that cannot be sourced in the local ares.
I think there is something almost magical in being able to take a chunk of nondescript wood and turning into a thing of beauty. Wood turning is a never ending process of trial, error and learning. I intend to continue wood turning as long as health, age and the Lord allow me too.