2019 Artists’ Studio Tour sponsored by Gallery 202
The 2019 tour is November 9-10, from 12-5pm both days.
The Arts Council presents local artists as they open their studios to the public, offering a unique and wide selection of artwork and demonstrations. This is a special opportunity you won’t want to miss!
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 on the day, $10 for students with ID, free to children 12 and under. The event supports our programming.
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2216 Twin Peaks Court, Spring Hill 37174
3501 Maudlin Woods Trail, Franklin 37064
4080 Carters Creek Pike, Franklin, 37064
202 2nd Avenue South, Franklin 37064
1261 Columbia Avenue, Franklin 37064
1978 Wilson Pike, Franklin 37064
3111 Carl Road, Franklin 37064
4231 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin 37064
778 High Point Ridge Road, Franklin 37064
5796 Peach Hollow Road, Franklin 37064
5515 Joseph Street, Franklin, 37064 – SITE NOT SHOWING DUE TO ILLNESS
740 East Statue Court, Franklin 37064
1143 Columbia Avenue, Franklin 37064
822 Rebel Circle, Franklin 37064
4281 Pate Road, Franklin 37064
4136 Old Hillsboro Road, 37064
Franklin Visitors Center
400 Main Street, Suite 130, (across from The Mercantile) in Franklin
Gallery 202 in downtown Franklin
Copper Fox Gallery in downtown Leipers Fork
Art is Life
By Barbara Dwyer
Art is critical to the development of all people and all cultures. That bold statement is backed up by decades of research and experiential encounters with people who participate with art. Art engages creative thinking, fine motor skills, problem solving, math, and spatial relationship skills. K. Dinsmore said this, “Art illustrates the human experience. – the wonder of it, the bewilderment of it, the whimsy of it, the power of it, and so much more.”
Art is pure. When undisturbed by convention, art is a pure expression of what lives inside the creator. It can be dark or filled with light. It can elicit serenity or a tinge of crazy. Art therapists assert that art allows us to heal better, to forgive more deeply and to give expression to experiences where words are woefully inadequate.
Art is fun! Getting dirty and smushing clay is better than a spa treatment. Splashing paint to simply see what it looks like sparks the imagination. Building 3D art stimulates wonder and pride. I ask you this – who doesn’t love to see the pride in a child’s face when she or he creates something new?
Art expresses things that words can’t. I will always remember viewing Michelangelo’s masterpiece, The Pieta, at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome; it brought me to my knees. Seeing it in person was the #1 item on my ever-growing Bucket List. It is, for me, the most beautiful piece of art ever created. And there I stood. I can still feel the tear-marked emotions I had standing it in front of it. Such is the power of art.
The voice of the Visual Arts in our community is getting stronger. Through the work of the Arts Council of Williamson County we are fortunate to have events in which we can interact with art and artists, enjoy educational opportunities to help us grow and mature, and support artistic expression and appreciation in our schools.
Partner with the Arts Council of Williamson County (a 501©3 not-for-profit organization) by purchasing tickets to our 2019 Artists’ Studio Tour taking place this weekend November 9 & 10 from noon – 5:00 pm both days. Early bird and student discounted tickets are available. Children 12 and under are free. Click here for tickets: https://artscouncilwc.org
Artists Studio Line Up
*The Application to artists for participation in the studio tour is now closed.Jeni Housley
Jeni Housley, jewelry and clothing designer, and artist developed her love of color, designing and sewing as a teenager. While at the University of Georgia, Jeni studied geology and minerals which has given her a depth of knowledge for the fine natural stones she incorporates into each of her one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Through her extensive travels out West, Jeni’s love for horses, Native American arts and natural beauty have continued to inspire her and her creations. A Miami native, Jeni and her husband, Gary, made their Tennessee farm their home; raising two boys and an assortment of mules, mini-donkeys, llamas, sheep, dogs and cats.
Jeni’s beautiful jewelry and accessories can be found in fine stores and galleries throughout the U.S. Her recent travels have taken her as an exhibitor of her works to Las Vegas, Scottsdale, AZ, Palm Springs, CA, Louisville, KY, Florida (Wellington, Ocean Reef, Vero Beach, Jacksonville, Havana and Ocala), Fort Worth and Fredricksburg, TX, Pagosa, CO, Sister Bay, WI, Big Sky and Ennis, MT, and Blowing Rock, NC. Locally, Jeni’s work can be seen at the Omni Hotel in Nashville and at Leiper’s Fork and Franklin, TN.Larry Montgomery
Larry Montgomery was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. After graduation from High School, Larry was approached by Penthouse Magazine to do a cartoon series for them. He declined the job but instead chose to attend Louisiana Tech University studying architecture design.
After moving to Franklin, TN, Larry would travel often to Leipers Fork to browse antique shops. Upon meeting local merchants, the Montgomery family decided that Leipers Fork was where they wanted to live. Since moving to Leipers Fork, Larry has been known as the ‘Sheriff’ of the community, volunteers ‘in character’ for various events and is one of the founding members of Jailhouse Industries.
Larry is a full-time watercolor artist and does commission work for local individuals. Larry is also the artist of the Leipers Fork building murals, which are now reproduced as postcards and selling in the village. Larry, the actor, has performed in several feature films shot in various southern locations.Anne Goetze
Anne Goetze resides on a small farm in the countryside outside of Leipers Fork, Tennessee. Her cherished subject matter features the rural life and landscape of middle Tennessee, as well as a certain beloved town in the French Alps that she frequently visits.
Goetze was born into a family of artists and photographers, where the walls of her home offered her consistent visual beauty. Goetze also cites her influences to be the documentary photography of Dorothea Lange during the Depression Era, and the paintings of the French and American Impressionists from the late 19th century. Her work in plein air and impressionism offers her complimentary mediums of expression through photography and in painting, as well as a particular technique she developed working over the years as a hand retouch artist, where the two mediums are combined. She has studied with many contemporary artists and friends such as Anton Weiss, Quang Ho, Skip Whitcomb and Dawn Whitelaw.
She has garnered an understanding by documentation, absorption and reflection.. that whether it be by our roots, transplanting or just traveling through.. we all share in a connection to God’s Creation, and in the same shared relationship of our souls needing a ‘sense of place’.
Goetze’s work is found in the permanent collections of The Tennessee State Museum and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, as well as the personal collections of Oprah Winfrey, Tony Joe White, U S Senator Fred Thompson, Tim McGraw, Michael McDonald, Naomi Judd, John Hiatt, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Billy Ray Cyrus, among others.
Anne Goetze is a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, and The Chestnut Group, a non-profit plein air painters group dedicated to land conservancy.Nathan Collie
Growing up in a creative atmosphere with his parents in the music and art business, Nathan Collie was influenced early on by spending much of his childhood years outdoors.
The country life centered around hunting and fishing, often accompanying by his mother while painting the local surroundings and landscape. As he studied the behavior of the natural world, it became a personal sanctuary for him,and he began to turn his attention to the camera to document those observations.
His work reflects the beauty of Middle Tennessee, the American West and a small village in Annecy, France. Thru his films and visual subject matter, Nathan hopes to share the universal relationship that threads the human spirit to the surrounding natural world. Vic Hood
Vic started carving in 1991 and began focusing on full-size human busts, for which he has since won over 100 awards. To develop his skills, he has studied woodcarving with Larry Rogers and John Burke and has attended wood-sculpting workshops in Europe. Vic teaches at workshops around the country and at his studio in Liepers Fork, TN. He has written several articles and two books and has appeared on the DIY Network. In 2011, he was selected as the “Woodcarving Illustrated” Carver of the Year and won 2nd Best of Show at the International Woodcarvers Congress.Samantha Ornellas
|I chose to start a full-time art career in 2011. I am self taught and paint in oils and acrylic. I draw inspiration from my heritage(born in Cape Town South Africa) spending many holidays with my grandparents surrounded by the untamed beauty of Africa. While growing up and seeing the life disadvantage children live i have always wanted to draw attention through my work to the plight of children globally. Young kids with beautiful dreams and imagination but little hope.
In my most recent collection i have painted a series of florals. It is my hope the viewer will have their senses stimulated by the beauty of these deconstructed arrangements with their vivid and pastel hues. Since we spend so much time in our homes, it is my hope to capture some of the days of my youth where i would spend endless hours in the wild African beauty and bring it into our everyday living spaces.
I paint out of my gallery in downtown Franklin. I have a perfect little corner in our front store boutique that people coming in can watch if they desire to do so.I also teach the basics of painting at our Alla Prima paint nights. It is a high end paint party where people leave with a beautiful piece of art for their homes.
Pamela Padgett is an artist who works with a painterly approach to traditional themes including landscape, still life and figures. Her oil paintings are represented in collections across the country.
Pam was born in Charleston, West Virginia and eventually located to Tennessee where has lived since 1980. She worked at a design firm as the art director until taking her design work freelance. She later turned to fine arts when she began studying with portrait artist Michael Shane Neal. She resides in Williamson County, a strong artistic community of both painters and songsmiths. Pam is married to John R. Padgett and they have two children.
Education- Art Institute of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, Pa. with a degree in visual arts.
Extended Education- Studied with numerous nationally recognized artists including: Michael Shane Neal, Ken Auster, Charles Sovek, Peggy Kroll Roberts, Matt Smith, Scott Christensen, Caroyln Anderson, Don Stone and others.
Philosophy: “I believe painting from life is key to understanding the subtle changes of values in light and shadow. In my painting process and interpreting my environment, I constantly challenge myself and seek inspiration to develop the true character of my subject. I value the great painters of the past…Sargent, Sorollia, Beaux, Zorn…and understand the struggles they shared.”Padgett currently conducts painting classes at On Tracks Studios to a select group of artists in middle Tennessee.
I was raised on a small farm in Hickman County listening to the roosters crowing, watching my Mom milk the cows, and my Dad plowing with a mule or horse. Growing up with the sights, smells and sounds of a working farm, I am happiest experiencing God in his creation.
No fancy tractor on our farm, my Dad and brothers were the tractors. I was a Daddy’s girl so I loved hanging with him while he was feeding the pigs or just working around the barn. I am inspired smelling the fresh earth as it is plowed, breathing fresh air as I view the ever changing colors of the land, skies and water.
I sold my company 6 years ago and after taking a couple of years to do things I have not had time to do, I started painting a little. I became very serious about my work about four years ago and poured my heart into learning all I could about painting..
My husband and I live in Leiper’s Fork, Tn. a beautiful rural community which is a haven for a landscape artist. I love painting old barns, houses and country churches in their landscapes because they have such a story to tell of the people living and working there. I want to capture those stories on my canvas, while allowing your imagination to create your own story as you live with my art. I am sure this is why some would call me a nostalgic artist.
Many artists, friends, family members and especially my husband, Troy have inspired and encouraged me to push forward with my dream of oil painting. I have studied under many of the top artists from all over the country striving to do my very best. Whenever possible I will sit in the wonderment of the scene to be painted and study it in great depth and during this time I like to visualize the stories behind the landscape and the people who live there. I cannot paint just anything, I examine the scenes or pictures until one speaks to me, then and only then, I will know it will be a nice painting and tell a good story. If my art helps people relate to a story, you can rest assured my heart is happy.I have recently participated in several art shows which were quiet successful. One of the showings was a Chestnut Group show for The Parthenon. This was the first year to ever do this for the park and we are very proud of this show and will hopefully continue a strong relationship with the park throughout the years. The month of June I displayed approximately 50 paintings in The Gallery on the Square in Centerville and will be in the August 2019 Art Crawl at Landmark Bookseller.
|I am an artist living in the quaint village of Leiper’s Fork, TN. After raising six children and victory over Stage IV cancer, I now fervently spend my time pursuing my love of art. As part of my holistic healing process, I began to write out declarations of wholeness and paint what I felt on the inside. Out of this was birthed my Ladies Collection…women with a story, strong women, women of different countries, women of different backgrounds. I want to create a culture of women nurturing other women. #womanKindculture. Although i have had no formal training, I am extremely passionate about art and creating a safe place for women to create all forms of art at their own pace. It has been my privilege to teach women this concept of art at several Rest Quests at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove.
I have been published in the Orange Blossom Review , an international, peer-reviewed literary journal with quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and artwork. I am published in the online literary journal Bonnie’s Crew. My art appeared in the issue of February 2019 and my poetry in the issue of April 2019. In addition four works of art are being published in the upcoming September issue of Rebus magazine. I travel extensively and have had the honour of painting plein air in many countries across the globe, some of my favourites are Canada, France, England, and Italy.
I love using acrylic inks in a nontraditional form, and I love to work in watercolours, oils, and acrylics. I also write poetry.My studio is in my Victorian farmhouse in Leiper’s Fork, where we raise our own food, sheep, and chickens. My art is currently being sold on my website and at private viewings.
|I took 12 years of drawing classes from Melanie Jackson (Leipers Fork) and then began having classes here at my studio (a converted barn) in 2011. I have been in quite a few art shows and sold paintings by private commission and through shows. I work with other artists at my studio weekly and am President of the Prism Art League. I send out a weekly newsletter promoting the arts in Williamson County and highlighting artists from our group, keeping them informed of opportunities, links to product specials, classes, etc. Although I love graphite and colored pencil drawing, I also paint with acrylic, watercolor and multi media. My goal in holding classes for other artists is to bring to the surface gifts that have lain dormant or as yet undiscovered and impart confidence and encouragement to others that they have more inside them than they think they do. I am also a speaker and writer and the author of Creating a Haven of Peace, Be Your Finest Art, Be Your Finest Art Creative Journal, What if it Were Possible?, and four children’s books in the I Wanna’ Be series.|
I have been a professional painter for the past 20 years. I work mainly in oil. My subject matter is mostly landscape, but also includes other subjects. I try to focus on Williamson County subjects, but also paint from my travels both abroad and in the states. I currently sell my work at Leiper’s Creek Gallery and Richland Fine Art. I have taught art classes and workshops for the past 15 years. I currently teach workshops at On Track Studios.
My Studio at ON TRACK is a wonderful set up for any artist. I have painting space and a large north light window. I share a storage and work space with the other 5 painters at the studio building. I feel really blessed to be able to work in such a wonderful space and environment
I started this journey with art as a young child painting, drawing, sewing, and making crafts. I was a nurse for 17 years, and it was about 15 years ago that I revisited art by taking an oil painting class and then a pastel class and I fell in love with pastels. I am now painting in mostly oils, and continue to learn something new every time I pick up a brush!
Through art, I have met so many talented artists all over the country and here in the middle Tennessee area. I have now started my own business. I have built a working studio that has six art studios within, a common work area, and a workshop area where a variety of workshops, open studio, and classes are held. “On Track Studios” is located on about 2 acres, and there is plenty of room to paint “en plein air”. I’m learning every day about other aspects of art and I’m looking forward to meeting fellow artists and teachers during the workshops at OnTrack. www.on-track-studios.com.Dawn Whitelaw Dawn Whitelaw is one of the artists in residence at On Track Studios in Franklin,
Tennessee. Most of her formal instruction has come from study with New York painter, Everett Raymond Kinstler. Ms. Whitelaw is currently on the board of the Portrait Society of America, where she holds the office of Vice Chairman. In recent years, The Plein Air Convention and Expo featured her as an instructor in their conventions in Nevada, California and Colorado in 2020. She has also been on the faculty for Plein Air South. For over 25 years she taught painting as an adjunct instructor at David Lipscomb University. She continues to teach throughout the country by conducting workshops in oil painting principles. Whitelaw sells work through Galleries and through Portraits Inc. Kristin Clark
Kristin Clark (AIS), grew up in Lake Bluff, Illinois and received her BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. While living and working as an actress in New York City, she also began seeking education in the visual arts at the renowned Art Student’s League. Gradually her focus shifted from acting to painting. She and her husband moved to Nashville, TN in 2005. There she met Jody and Pat Thompson and Dawn Whitelaw and her art education truly began. She took classes and workshops in portraiture, still life and the figure. “I thought the ship had sailed for getting a true art education-that that would not be in the cards for me-but when I expressed a passion for this medium and a desire to learn from the masters, they appeared”.
She has studied with Peggi Kroll Roberts, Paula Frizbe, Pam Padgett, Anne Blair Brown and Kim English. “All these artists have been so giving and influential.” Kristin credits Jody, Pat, Anne and Dawn most with her growth as an artist. “They have been true mentors and a constant resource of knowledge and inspiration. It is because of their generosity that I am able to share with others my views and my gratitude through the language of art. It is the recognition of the Divine in all things that moves me to paint. It is my intent to heal and uplift in this way.”Roy Laws
I believe in boldness in color, scale, and subject matter. To take the experiences and emotions that have shaped my life and translate that into art that makes you stop, look, and feel the power of the paint.
I grew up just outside of Nashville, Music City USA. I was raised in a household where I was always surrounded with music and taught to appreciate all genres.
The musical influences of my childhood still inspire me today and can be seen in my artistic interpretation of vintage guitars, rock n’ roll icons, and outlaw country legends.
My art hangs in private collections here in the States and internationally. As I continue my evolution as an artist, I look forward to bringing my art to more galleries, homes, and businesses around the world.Norb Skalski
I was an Art teacher and chairman of our high school art dept in New York state for 31 years. I work in all mediums of Art and presently I just enjoy creating Art pieces for my own pleasure.
My studio and home may enlighten visitors to appreciate the work and ideas of an artist.
As you will see I have a great concentration of people confronting many different social criticisms of their surroundings.Kelly Harwood
Art gives insight that can make life understandable, enjoyable and fulfilling. Art can stir the heart, mind and soul through beauty, peace, humor, provocation, shock and surprise. Art finds a way to enter our consciousness, bringing insights that make life meaningful, as the gift it is.
At an early age I found painting a positive inspiration in my life. I developed my skills and my desire to learn I pursued training near my boyhood home in northeast Alabama at a local college. After encouragement from my very supportive mother I submitted art at local festivals winning numerous awards. In time my currently wide range of styles and mediums was developed enabling me to paint large abstracts, landscapes, animal portraits and whimsical contemporary figures. My work is currently in numerous corporate and private collections also including the Gadsden Museum of Art. Kelly currently resides in Nashville and continues to paint in his travels to Italy, Maui and in the Clouston Hall Studio in Franklin, Tennessee.Bill Williams
Pulling up to Bill’s house is like stepping back in time. At the end of a narrow winding driveway, a small hollow in a sea of tall Tennessee trees invites friends and family as they make the last turn over a creek into his magical dreamscape.
It is mid-afternoon and Bill is finishing up a conversation with one of the craftsmen helping restore and remodel the early 1900s home. We go to the upstairs of the guest house, where he lives and works while the home renovation is happening. Like most artist workspaces, Bill’s work area is perfectly, aesthetically messy.
Bill graduated from LSU in 1976 with a degree in architecture, then explored and studied architectural wonders around the world with his wife, Sharkey, putting pencil and charcoal to paper as much as he could while creating a visual diary of the places they visited. He often spent long hours outside the most iconic buildings and structures in history, studying every detail, and scribing them to paper as he continued to develop his unique style and his love for freehand drawing.
Upon his return to the United States, Bill worked at various architectural firms until he eventually opened his own firm in Birmingham, Alabama, a few hours east of his home town of Greenville, Mississippi. For almost four decades, Bill’s firm designed structures that continue to make an impact on his home turf and beyond.
But this article isn’t about the architecture … that would require a book, which he will probably write given his endless supply of energy. Bill knew he wanted to “retire,” and had ideas on what he wanted to do, but knew he had to narrow it down, and perhaps combine some of his passions.
“I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I knew if it wasn’t fun, I wasn’t doing it!”
During his entire career, he had drawn mainly in black and white. So … step one of “retirement:” Add color. Lots of it! Step two: throw away straight edges. Step three: fold in inspiration and music.
Music has always been a common thread in all of Bill’s pursuits. So, he thought it only natural to combine his love of music and visual arts to create tributes to bands and songs that have inspired him, including Pink Floyd, Queen, and Bruce Springsteen. He is also active in the new music scene, and has drawn posters and album covers for bands after seeing a performance, or after being contacted by an artist or band to request a design.
Bill has collaborated with events and venues such as Skyville Live to create timeless show posters for unique powerhouse lineups, often paying tribute to the greats!
When your eyes follow the flowing words and designs, the song will get stuck in your head again, and you’ll want to take a print home and add it to your collection.Lisa Fallon
Fallon is best known for her bright and cheerful vintage “chicken chairs”. She repurposes old, often discarded objects into functional and whimsical designs sure to catch the eye. Clamshell metal chairs become a canvas for common farm animals. Wooden crates are transformed into butterfly planters.
Acrylic paints are applied after a process of sanding and smoothing the rusted surfaces of chairs and then are sealed to withstand the elements. This process incorporates original colors applied to chairs, sometimes revealing decades of layered paint and desired patina. Each inviting chair tells a story and brings joy to your outdoor space.Anna Whiteworth
I create Horse Hair pottery that is made from porcelain clay with horse mane and tail hair incorporated into the firing process. I shape the piece. then bisque fire it in the kiln. The piece then goes to an outdoor wood fire to get reheated and to get it’s background coloring. Once the piece is heated to a high enough temperature, it is then pulled from the fire and the mane and/or tail hair is then applied. The hair singes to the exterior leaving a decorative veining design. It is then cooled polished and waxed. Many pieces are embellished after the firing process as well. At the end you have a one of a kind piece of art.I have multiple markets for my artwork. I do fine art shows, I also sell at Powwow’s, as well as at Equine and Pet venues. I offer custom work for people that want to honor a horse or a dog in their life, and they provide me with their hair. I also create dog urns, and memorial pieces for horses that have past.
The original creator of horse hair pottery is said to have been a Navajo woman. The story is that she was burning pottery and her hair fell on a piece. She noticed the results and started experimenting with different types of hair. Jemi Lu Gilbert
I have been drawing since childhood. I graduated from UK with a minor degree in art & have taught seventh through 10th graders in public school.
I love teaching, I love art – this makes for a great combination! In the last three years I have devoted my time to painting using various mediums and exploring what is new in the art world.Barbara Johnson
Since I was a young child I have been drawn to the arts. It all started with crayons and paper dolls. You could say the desire to create is in my blood.
I started my journey as a cosmetologist certified as a colorist, then a professional photographer studying at Texas Photography School part of Sam Houston State University. I continued my art journey creating one of a kind carousel horses for Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. It wouldn’t of been a surprise to find me painting a faux rug on a friend’s entry way or up on scaffolding applying a faux finish technique to a clients wall.
Four years ago, when I retired from the corporate world, I returned to my first love and threw myself in to the world of color and inspiration.
I’m currently working in Alcohol Ink being drawn by its beauty of vivid colors and the fluidity of watercolor.
But, I STILL LOVE IT ALL!
Live your dreams.Karen Philpott
Karen Philpott graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, emphasis in graphic design and illustration. Clients included Andy Griffith, Charlie Daniels, Aaron Neville and CeCe Winans to name a few. Then by chance a client asked her to create a series of paintings…that one project re-ignited her original love of painting. Now retired from computers and client meetings to fields of wildflowers and tubes of oil paint! Capturing the beautiful Tennessee landscape in the impressionist tradition is her passion.
Karen is an artist in residence at OnTrack Studios in historic Franklin TN where she paints daily and teaches workshops from the landscapeCarolyn Adams
I have been practicing the art of ceramics for over 10 years. For me, working with clay is about form and surface. The form can take many shapes – functional or sculptural, figurative or abstract. The opportunities for surface decoration are endless – traditional glazing, mixed media, paints, powders, epoxies, or bare textured clay with clear wax.
I love to play with clay for all of these reasons and more, but mostly I work with clay to explore the many stories that have shaped my humanity. These stories are personal and profound: the ever vigilant and loving mother, the motherless child at fourteen, a survivor of several near-death experiences, a woman finding piece.
Figurative work is especially meaningful to me. Creating a human or animal face allows me to discover emotional themes in my personal history: fear, anger, sadness, defiance, joy, doubt. The furrow of a brow, the arc of a smile, the tip of a tongue – a slight change in any of these features can tell dramatically different stories.
As I bring my sculptures to life, I am revealing my stories for all to experience. I hope that my practice in the art of ceramics inspires others to explore, understand, and share their stories as well.Rachael McCampbell
Having grown up on a farm in East Tennessee, I have always been inspired by wildlife and the lessons nature teaches us. After years of urban living in New York, Florence, Italy, London and Los Angeles, I am back in the countryside of Franklin, Tennessee, where I can observe and explore firsthand the landscapes that inform my work.
Being a process-oriented artist, I let the painting inform me as opposed to the other way around. I have an idea of what I want to paint, but that rarely manifests as I envisioned. Those happy accidents and twists and turns become an integral aspect of my journey as a painter.
The peeling walls in Tuscany inspired me years ago to paint using layers of texture which I like to add and remove until the story I’m trying to tell gets told. Taking an emotive, action-based approach to the application of paint, I work as much with splashes and drips of color as with carefully rendered lines. It also interests me to combine both realism and abstraction in my work, which I believe creates exciting paths for the viewer to explore visually.
As an environmentalist, I am deeply concerned about the loss of our open lands in this country and throughout the world. I am currently painting about “encroachment” and exploring my concern about overdevelopment through my art.
Teaching art to others feeds me a great deal as does writing about it for Nashville Arts Magazine. My column, “And So It Goes,” gives me a chance to explore my thoughts regarding the process of making art and my personal insights into the art world.
I also lead groups to foreign lands for Inspirational Journeys called “Artistic Adventures Abroad.” My intention is to provide unique environments for guests to explore their creative talents and make new relationships to last a lifetime.
Organic gardening and cooking are passions I enjoy with my husband, along with entertaining friends on the back porch or in the creek behind my house. I have a fabulous son and two step-daughters, a dog and two cats. I love antiques, live in an old farmhouse and drive a 1949 F-1 truck named Lucille.
I am a GOLDEN Acrylics Artist Educator and a Dedicated Gamblin Oil Paint Instructor.Laurie Denbrock
Artists in the Village is a clay studio featuring Laurie Denbrock owner and potter, and Carolyn Adams figurative clay sculptor . Laurie has been promoting artists for the past 10 years, where she co- founded Art in the Village in Jackson TN. During the studio tour she will feature several of artist’s work from Art in the Village including watercolor paintings, acrylic paintings mixed media, jewelry and pottery. Laurie will also being throwing on the wheel, her true passion is teaching art. She will have information to sign up for private pottery lessons or join an open clay studio.
Carolyn Adams is a figurative sculpture clay artist. She came to Franklin a year ago from San Antonio Texas, where she has been exploring ceramics for over a decade. Her surface decorations mixed with traditional glazing, paints, powders,textures and clear wax are endless. Creating very unique human or animal faces allows her work to express personal stories and the many emotion we can all relate to. Carolyn will be working on one of her personal creations during the tour.
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