Miller, Karen

A self-taught artist born and raised in the Metro-East, Karen was interested in art from an early age, when her Mom set her down with colors and a coloring book, while her three younger siblings went down for a nap. Life Interrupted, when career transported her the west coast in her early 20’s.  But love of creativity never went away, so when she returned to the St. Louis area and started a family at 40, she started taking art classes and workshops.

After experimenting in all mediums, Karen is exploring the expressive use of color in soft pastels and oils.  The rich colors all set in an atmosphere of peace, gentleness and beauty. Karen feels that we should be able to surround ourselves with beautiful art in our homes and offices, not just when we visit museums and galleries.  She hopes her artwork communicates, joy beauty and serenity.

Karen currently lives on 18 acres with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 15 chickens and one noisy rooster.

MacMorran, Christina

Phone: 314-922-6576
Email: christy@paintwithchristy.com
Web: www.paintwithchristy.com

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I received my BFA in Painting and Printmaking from SIUE. I was able to pursue my love of process, color, line, and texture through experimental poured paintings and with a grant from the Undergraduate Research Academy to study Stone Lithographic Reversals. I continue to enjoy this pursuit in my paintings, pastels, drawings, and clay. I have been teaching painting and drawing locally since 2012, and recently began working with Susan Bostwick and offering clay workshops focusing on handbuilding and surface decoration.  I offer weekly painting/drawing classes, monthly clay workshops, as well as biweekly knitting and crochet classes. My current work and commissioned work is available on my website.

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Spears, Marty

Facebook:  Marty Spears Watercolors
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I began painting in transparent watercolors in the early 1980’s when I studied at the Herzfeld School of Art in Wiesbaden, Germany. My technique has evolved over the years from simply painting directly from photographs and creating “photorealism” paintings, to inserting my own imagination and creativity into the process. When I work with transparent watercolors, I am reminded that the world around us is filled with various textures, colorful creatures and beautiful places. I begin a piece with a particular idea that may totally change once I see what the first wash of water and paint has created on the paper.

My paintings are built upon layers of glazes with darker details added at the end. I enjoy the bold use of color as I believe it brings more drama to the painting. Although my palette consists of several colors, I generally use only three to four in each of my paintings, blending them to create the colors I desire. When people see my work, I'd like them to enjoy the excitement and intensity of the color, yet feel the solitude and tranquility of the piece. I reside in Illinois, just across the  river from St. Louis, Missouri, and am past president of the Gateway East Artists Guild, and a member of the Edwardsville Arts Center, Jacoby Arts Center, Missouri Watercolor Society, and St. Louis Watercolor Society.

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