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Debra Keirce

Debra Keirce b. 1961 In the 1980’s and 1990’s Debra Keirce was a biochemical engineer. Debra pursued a self-directed art education in earnest. In 2010, she turned her passion for painting classical realism into a full time career. Keirce’s tightly rendered oil...

Ian Wilson

Ian began working in stained glass when he was 17, spending what he could of a carpenter's wages on supplies and gaining instruction from the public library. Focusing on the copper foil technique pioneered by Louis Comfort Tiffany, he slowly began teaching himself the...

Beth Andrews

Beth Andrews is a native North Carolinian with roots in the Piedmont and northwestern mountains which reach back to the 1700s.  As a child, serious health problems resulted in long stays in the hospital, and it was during that period, at age 10, that she was given an...

Karen Booth

A multi-discipline, Pacific Northwest based Artist and Surface Designer, Karen Booth works with a wide variety of mediums including watercolour and acrylic paints, textiles, fibers, wood and modeling compounds. She has formal training in Visual Art, studied...

Renee Brooks

Renee and Syndi spent nearly 17 years living in Winston-Salem, NC. After a family member became quite ill in 2007 they moved back to the beautiful mountains in Ashe County, NC. The Ashe County Arts Council had recently completed the Ashe Art Barn Quilt Project and...

Malia Bryngelson

I create pastel paintings with the goal of bringing the openness and peace of being outdoors. I feel the medium of pastel is ideal for depicting wonderfully strong sunlight and shadow which I love to paint. The immediacy and feel of drawing combined with the beautiful...

Kelly Cameron

Born in Norfolk, Va, 1963, and raised for the most part in Elizabeth City, NC, I  was exposed to art at a young age by my mother who was an avid artist in her own right. Thanks to her, my next oldest brother Phillip and I grew up in an artful environment and were...

Jane Campbell

Along with my husband, Mike, I am a native of Watauga County. We have two children, Cole and Ivy.  We are fortunate to live and work on part of the farm that has been in my family for over a century. Being raised on this farm, which lies along the “old Buffalo Trail”,...

Amy Queen Chappin

Amy Queen Chappin grew up with an artistic mother and two grandmothers.  She was always interested in drawing and observing the things around her. She received an art scholarship in 1993 to Lipscomb University where she studied Art with Dawn Whitelaw and was...

Marion Cloaninger

ARTIST STATEMENT There is nothing more enjoyable than the creative process.  Your mind is in a different place, leaving behind all worries and concept of time. Spirals, circles, abstract designs, textures and figures have always intrigued me.  I employ use of bright...

Susan Dahlin

At the young age of six, Susan received an easel, palette and box of paints from her father, Finn, a professional portrait painter. Immediately she felt the gift of artistic expression that was so deeply rooted in the Dahlin family. After graduating with a B.A. from...

Michael Dees

Michael Dees, Master Caner - Moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia from the sand hills of North Carolina in the late 70's, became immersed in Appalachian culture and realized that many of the cultural traditions were dying at an alarming rate.  He...

Paul DeMarrais

Paul deMarrais, 63, has had a long and varied career in art. For many years he focused on pastel painting 'en plein air', sitting out in the Tennessee landscape he loves. In the past seven years, he's been perfecting his own line of oil sticks, oil paint in a stick...

Addren Doss

“For me, plein air painting is about recording my emotional reaction to a specific place at a specific time of day.  The studio painting that may come from that experience is an extension of the intense feelings and reactions I had when painting outside.” -- Addren...

Jason Drake

Jason Drake is an American realist painter whose work is focused on the figure, the landscape, and intimate beauty of the natural world. His style elevates uniqueness over the banal, the deep spark over the quick flash. He believes that his art should lift you up,...

Lisa Reavis Drum

Born and raised in Yadkin County, with extreme right brain tendencies, Lisa has devoted her life in the pursuit of visual arts, writing and strategy.  Graduating from UNC-Greensboro with a BFA in Art, she spent her first career developing and implementing one-to-one...

Tom Edgerton

Tom Edgerton’s portrait work includes intimate family subjects and faces from business, education, government, sports and the arts. With a creative career that spans three decades, Tom has received more than two dozen awards for creative achievement, including...

Cheri Fry

Cheri C. Fry finds endless inspiration in her birthplace, New Orleans, Louisiana.  Captivated for over 35 years by this region’s unique landscapes, waterscapes, people, and architecture, Fry depicts them in watercolor or oil.  With a strong understanding of elements...

Annie Glacken

Annie has always loved creating some type of art.  As a child she would spend hours and hours lost in the joy of creating and drawing.  When she became a wife and mother, life shifted into high gear and the time available for art diminished.  However, once her...

Ted Head

Inspired by a trip to Vienna, Ted Head began painting in 2001. In May, 2006, American Artist magazine featured Ted’s work and the story of his successfully launching into watercolor. He was later published in the best of watercolor series, SPLASH 11 and SPLASH 16, the...

Suzanne Hetzel

This North Carolina area artist does  paintings in watercolor, which appear realistic but a closer look reveals how the artist incorporates a variety of techniques including salt, scratching, splashing, pouring and repel to create the finished effect. The artist works...

Marsha Holmes

Marsha Holmes was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, educated at the University of N.C. in Greensboro, majoring in fine arts and specializing in painting and printmaking. She continued her education at East Carolina and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in...

Jennifer Krause

A self-described yarn addict, Jennifer Krause has been learning/loving weaving from a knitting background for the last 4 years. Working in the yarn industry has filled her closets, fueled her knowledge of color and fiber, and ignited a curiosity to try everything with...

Viktoria Majestic

Viktoria K. Majestic is a classically trained, Hungarian-American fine artist, currently living in North Carolina. She studied art both in Europe and in the United States. Her work can be found in collections throughout the US and abroad as well.  As an artist she has...

Pat Morrison

Pat Kincheloe Morrison is a creative spirit, an educator, and an expressive artist who creates unique pottery, sculptures and mixed media inspired by nature and whimsy. Her education includes undergraduate degrees in Special Education and Art Education, as well as a...

Zoe Nelson

Zoe Nelson has more than 25 years’ experience making many styles of jewelry. Before working with metal clay she did intricate beadwork and traditional metal forging. She found her passion for working with metal clay after taking an introductory class and receiving a...

Rachel Nicholson

Rachel Nicholson is a felt artist who has worked in felt for 20 years. She is a graduate of Meredith College, Raleigh, N.C. with a B.A. in Studio Art. She has studied at Penland Craft School, Arrowmont Craft School, Arts Student League in Washington, D.C. and John C....

Mark Palkovic

Mark Palkovic is a retired academic librarian and has been a hand binder for nearly 30 years. He studied bookbinding in Cincinnati with Gabrielle Fox and Karl Grummich. He has studied paper marbling using traditional Turkish watercolor techniques and patterns (Ebru)...

JoAnn Pippin

JoAnn Pippin has been painting watercolors since 1992, and teaching in the High Country since 2011. She is a signature member of the Southern Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of NC. Her passion is to explore different watercolor techniques, using...

Joni Ray

Joni Ray is the Gallery Director at the Florence Thomas Art School in West Jefferson, NC.  She is an Ashe County native who has had a interest in painting since childhood. She completed the North Carolina School of the Arts Visual Arts Program, as well as a BA in...

Cheryl Roberts

I am a certified Mc Gown rug hooking teacher. I love to teach, as it is a way to carry on the rug hooking tradition. I began hooking in 2003 after I inherited rug hooking equipment from my Mother-in-Law. My first rug was a design I drew on linen backing, a gecko. I...

Mike Rooney

Mike Rooney is one of Eastern North Carolina's top impressionist painters. His work can be seen in galleries throughout eastern North Carolina and Virginia, and can also be found in private collections as far away as Colorado and New York. Mike teaches several...

Jeremy Sams

Jeremy Sams is an award winning representational artist residing in Archdale, NC. He was born in 1977 and his childhood consisted of spending lots of time in the woods of the Uwharrie Mountains and playing in and along the banks of the Uwharrie River in the...

Kathy Schermer-Gramm

Kathy is a professional botanical artist with a focus on edibles and NC native plants using watercolor, ink wash, colored pencil or graphite to create highly detailed images on paper. After graduating with a MA in illustration from California State University,...

Jane Slivka

Jane demonstrates how to paint with ease and confidence and to enjoy acrylic painting to it’s fullest. She encourages the connection of the artist and their art flow openly without reservation. Jane’s paintings are vibrant and exciting. She paints in an expressionist...

Susan Van Wyk

After graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in Visual Arts and a certification in education in 1978, Susan began her teaching career in 1989 at Beaver Creek High School in Ashe County, NC. Her experiences allowed her to continually...

Wes Waugh

Wes Waugh is a watercolor landscape painter who has made the North Carolina High Country his home for the past 33 years. He began painting at the age of twelve, has held over fifteen exhibitions, and has served as a workshop instructor, product consultant, guest...

Robert Way

Robert has been learning his craft, producing his inspiring works of art, and teaching others for over 40 years. Relying on the time honored and proven artistic principals of the masters, his work depicts a strong affinity for light, color, and dynamic composition. He...

Robin Wellner

Robin Wellner is an avid painter of people as well as landscapes and Plein air.  Her fascination with painting faces has lead her to numerous national awards and inclusion in national shows with the American Women Artists, Oil Painters of America and Richeson 75...

Dawn Wicklow

Dawn Wicklow believes that creating art can bring more focus to what is beautiful in the world, and in so doing, help make it a more loving and peaceful place. For nearly 30 years her avenue for artistic expression was as an actor/singer performing everything from...

Connie Winters

Although Winters has painted most of her life, it wasn’t until 1985 that she determined to become a professional artist. She gave herself the gift of two years to develop a defined style of painting. Her signature style, creating fresh vibrant landscapes and warm...

Kate Worm

Since 1994, Kate Worm has worked as a drawing and painting instructor at the Hickory Museum of Art, in Hickory, North Carolina. In 2001 the museum presented a solo exhibition of Worm's paintings, and since then she has exhibited in one- and two-person shows in...