I’ve always been interested in art, dabbling with acrylic paint, oils, and a sculpture class in college, but it wasn’t until sometime in the late 1980’s that I decided to take a class in watercolor plein air at the MO Botanical Garden. I worked nearby at St. Louis University Medical School in a laboratory and could take a half-day vacation for each 8-week session twice a year. I loved the fluidity of the paint and came to appreciate the “adventure” it is when the paint takes over. I’ll never forget the first time a painting truly came to life before my very eyes. I have been intrigued by organic forms with flowers as my true love. Recently I took a workshop in portrait painting and found the challenge invigorating; I intend to spend indoor times in the winter working on portraits. All but two of the paintings I have pictured were done plein air, my favorite way of painting. Thank you for your interest in my art.
Patricia Hutcheson McClane
I have always been an artist, starting with drawing and then painting with oils and acrylics. I moved to watercolors when our kids were little because I could put the artwork away quickly, hiding it from little hands between sessions. I have 30 years experience as a custom picture framer, earning my CPF, Certified Picture Framer, in 1999 from the PPFA, Professional Picture Framers Association.
While working full-time I didn’t have time to make art but I did get to frame some special pieces such as a 1920’s wedding dress, a page of Gregorian chant on sheep parchment circa 1500. I conservation framed a cross stitch dated 1782, and a Norman Rockwell artist’s proof print valued at $40,000. I framed a card from Rose Kennedy thanking Gunther Gebel-Williams for attending the funeral of her son, John F Kennedy. I also framed a letter to Representative Harris from President G W Bush apologizing for leaving Florida abruptly due to the attack on 9/11/2001. It was humbling to handle history.
While living in Florida, I taught Sailors Valentine creation and other arts utilizing seashells, such as making shell flowers and arrangements. It’s a Florida thing. My watercolors are not shy. I love bold colors that don’t sit quietly on the paper. Watercolor is so versatile with so many choices of substrate. My latest favorite surfaces are Yupo synthetic paper, and Ginwashi or Unryu ‘rice paper’ which have Kozo fibers that add inherent texture to anything painted on them.
The batik process is similar to traditional fabric batiking which uses wax as a resist, layering paint and wax, one after the other. By the end of the process the paper is completely coated with wax which is then removed with a household iron and newspapers. I have been teaching watercolor batik classes since 2017.
Batik artwork has freed me from the need to obsess over details and teaches me patience and acceptance. Patience to persist till the process is complete. Acceptance of the finished product which always has hidden surprises that are revealed. It’s this emergence from the wax coating, as if from a chrysalis, that excites me at seeing each new batik creation.
My curiosity leads me to explore a diverse set of mediums in my art. I create mixed media pieces that combine any number of mediums including paper quilling, assemblage, watercolor, pastels, acrylic and some digital art in Adobe Creative Suite. I can also do any one of these mediums exclusively, not limiting myself to one specific technique. My art challenges me to use textures and techniques that please the eye and pique curiosity. I enjoy giving new life to what a lot of people want to throw away by using old jewelry, ticket stubs and vintage lace and linens. My purpose in my art is to display my flexibility in adapting to new situations and techniques while also revealing my history and respecting the past.
I hold a Master of Arts in Communications from Lindenwood University. My creative jobs have included visual merchandising (display manager at a department store), designing for an embroidery shop, graphic design, and sign design. I have also been decorating churches seasonally for almost 30 years. These diverse positions have all contributed to my high standards in design. Overall, my art demonstrates a respect for what was, and challenges our thinking about how we think it should be.
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.
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.
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.
I had an interest in art as a child, mainly because my mother was an artist. I didn't pursue art until around 1990 when I began taking craft and art classes. Although mainly self taught, I've taken numerous classes and workshops with well known artists. In the late 1990's I joined the Gateway East Artists Guild, which has given me many lasting friendships and association with the art community. Although I don't promote my work as much as I should, I have won several awards and sold many more pieces. I have shown my art at different places through the years. At this time I have pieces at Tiadaghton House in Lebanon, IL. A creative designer observes the world with sensitivity, absorbing images of the beauty of nature. I take this inspiration, give it form and originality so others may also experience and enjoy that beauty. Most of my work is created from photos of travel scenery and nature. I have always liked to garden and have become a Master Gardener through the U of IL Extension. I feel there is a great connection between gardening and art. At times, I'm inspired to set up a still life arrangement of flowers, fruit or pottery to make an interesting piece. The vivid colors of pastels are my primary medium, but I often work with colored pencils, watercolors and acrylics. Many years ago I chose a line from the song “The Rose” as my inspiration. “Its a dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance.” has been my motivation to continue my creation of art.
Hello, I am Kim Ferguson, aspiring artist – I have dabbled in art all my life starting with pencil, crayons, oils, acrylics, and watercolors. My first Illinois watercolor teacher was Eva Meadows. My art was put on the back burner for years after Eva ceased teaching. Then a few years ago I found watercolorist, Marty Spears, through the GEAG. I have difficulties with value in my paintings and fortunately for me local graphite artist Kathy Gomric started teaching drawing classes. Long story short I now take classes from Kathy too.
“My paintings depict actual scenes created in the traditional en plein air method, that is on location in the outdoors. I am always willing to improvise on local color with expressive brush strokes, thickly applied paints and added hues. Energy, texture, color and value are essential elements in my work. My inspiration is simply the way the light falls upon the earth.”
- Michael Anderson
Michael’s lengthy career in art began in the early 1970’s and continues to take him in ever new directions. Michael was a Dean’s College Scholar and earned a BA degree in Fine Art at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His drawings and paintings are included in public & private collections and have received numerous awards & accolades. His commercial renderings, story boards and sketches have been published in books, periodicals and many design presentations for projects such as the Biltmore Estate, the new St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, the Saint Louis Zoo, Kennedy Space Center and Chihuly Garden + Glass. Michael resides and operates his studio in Belleville, IL. He is a member the American Society of Architectural Illustrators, the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, the Gateway East Artist’s Guild and the Missouri Plein Air Painters Association.