Featured Artist – Gabrielle Matlock
While playing professional golf I started paying more attention to the creatures on the golf course than the shot at hand. I knew my life was headed in a new direction. My passion for animals and wildlife is the cornerstone of my artistic endeavors. My empathy for the way most animals are perceived and treated draws me to them.
When I look into the eyes of my subjects, I often see the mirror of misunderstanding and lack of appreciation. I want to give voice to these beautiful creatures that don’t have one and to finally raise mine in hopes of spreading compassion and understanding.
In the portrayals of my subjects, the eyes are the focal point of my art. Through them, I strive to bring out the essence and soul of my subjects. In painting the eyes first, the animal comes to life and I’m moved to complete the rest of the painting.
Photographing my subjects has taken me all over the world, the most spiritual for me was Africa. I have observed many animals in the wild. I’m continually amazed by their intelligence, sensitivity, playfulness, and extreme dedication to their young. It’s sad to me that few people will have the opportunity to see these animals in real life. I hope my art will portray and convey their magnificence.
I invite you to tell me your story of the wild and to join my soulful and passionate journey.
Until our footprints cross……
“I hope that my work will bring joy to others but on a deeper level I strive to inform and educate people about the magnificence of these creatures.”
Featured Artist – Nick White
This month’s featured art is a new book by Spicewood Arts member, Nick White.
By: Nick White and Slater Welte
Members of a diverse UN anti-terrorist team are pushed to the brink as they attempt to make sense of a shocking massacre and a strangely diverse array of violent incidents across Southeast Asia. When beautiful Nikki Choudary is thrust into the lead, she struggles to control rising passions within the region and herself. The shattered team’s success may be mankind’s only hope as a sensual vortex of desperation and greed disastrously derail a mind-expanding breakthrough in bio-electronics.
About the Author
Living abroad as an engineer, manager, and inventor has given Nick White an opportunity to experience a wide range of cultures and people. His research has teamed him with top professors, engineers, and scientists from many countries, while his inventions cover many aspects of the energy industry and the increasingly urgent energy transition. Although having “retired,” Nick is currently active in leading two technology start-up ventures.
Slater Welte is a widely published American writer.
Check out the book here: Amazon.com
Featured Artist – Janice Anderson
Janice studied Art at Richland College in Dallas and The University of Texas at Austin, Texas. She found a world of endless possibilities for creativity through collage art. Originally her collage pieces consisted of stitched canvas but she soon migrated to papers and objects in a natural transition for her love of textures and shapes. Janice’s art has been shown in many exhibitions including national juried exhibits and invitational shows. She has also been an invited guest lecturer at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden in Austin.
For many years, Janice shared a studio home with her late husband, Bob Jones; “Bob Creek Studio and Gallery” on Bee Creek Road. Today, Janice creates complex assemblages and intricate collages from her studio in Briarcliff. In her work, one can see the immense appreciation she has for each object, for every selected scrap of paper, for her relentless pursuit of creative perfection and meticulous craftsmanship.
You can view more of her work at http://www.austinartists71west.com/collage.html
Featured Artist – Jared Dunton
In 2000 Dunten was paralyzed in a diving accident in the Rio Grande. Unable to move from the neck down, Dunten began using his mouth to paint in 2002. In 2005 he was awarded a student scholarship by the MFPA, based in Lichtenstein.
Dunten has studied with painter Philip Wade and world-renowned master painter Edward Povey. Dunten’s style, subject, and technique continue to evolve. His works have been on exhibition at the Bass Concert Hall, The One Allen Center, and featured in online and print publications nationally. Patrons across the US collect his work.
With a relentless spirit, Dunten continues to, “paint himself out of the wheelchair” advocating research for paralysis from spinal cord injury, and knows he will walk again. Making prints available to everyone, Dunten wants his story to be told and the belief in a cure to spread.
Dunten currently lives and works at his studio just outside of Austin, Texas with his wife, 2 sons, and a small group who is committed to seeing his mission through.
Featured Artist – Joyce Stephen
After many years in the corporate world of high tech as a software engineer and later in real estate, Joyce is now able to spend time every day on her art. The joy of each day is celebrated and captured in her work. Inspiration comes from the dance of light on everyday objects, the rhythm of a favorite song, and the love of friends and family.
Joyce very seldom has a theme in mind and uses experimentation and a playful ‘go with the flow’ attitude in her work. Each stroke influences the next and the next until the artwork informs a direction and a pleasant balance is reached.
Often bits of found objects, book pages, house plans, and sewing patterns find their way into her many mixed media layers, paying tribute to the everyday tapestry of our lives. My goal is to provide visual interaction and simple enjoyment.
Joyce lives in Spicewood with her husband and dog Tank. You can view more of her work at JoyceStephenArt.com
Featured Artist – Allain Hankey
My lifelong passion for glass art turned from collecting work from artists around the world to where I am now able to make my own kiln-formed glass. I have found it to be a tremendous outlet for my creative energy. The combination of design, glass texture, and color coupled with the surprising results and changes during the firing process stimulate and inspire my imagination.
In my work, I combine transparent, opalescent, and iridescent glasses in my designs. Then I use the heat of the kiln to form the glass, varying temperatures and firing times to produce different effects. My work is produced using cut, crushed and powdered glass. Depending upon the task, the pieces can be fired one time and up to six times. I make both foods-safe functional pieces as well as art glass.
For food-safe functional glass, I use molds to slump and shape the glass. For art pieces, I often strive to produce layers for depth, while retaining transparent imagery or using glass types that will create a reaction by combining it with other types of glass.
I also work with patrons to create a piece just for them or for a gift which is a real pleasure. All my pieces are unique and I cannot and do not make exact replicas. I would love the opportunity to show you my work in person and/or create a unique piece for you. You can view my work on my website at allainsglassfusion.com as well as find my contact information.