Joyce Beckwith, a native of Conroe, attended Sam Houston State University and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in art from The University of Texas, Austin. She worked in Houston as the Executive Assistant to the Manager of the Houston Symphony Society and later to the Director of the Houston Grand Opera. She returned to Conroe in 1989 and has since been an active member of the Conroe Art League, serving in several positions on the Board of Directors.
Joyce paints with oil, acrylics, pastels but prefers watercolors. Lately she has been exploring collage and mixed media. She has a flare for color, composition and design that uniquely expresses her love of nature. She exhibits her artwork frequently at the Madeley Art Gallery, home of the Conroe Art League. Joyce has a wall full of ribbons won at Judged Art Shows and at the Lone Star Convention. Her paintings are in many homes in April Sound Country Club and the surrounding Montgomery County area.
I studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, majored in art and Spanish in college, explored art history in Europe, and continue to take and teach classes and workshops in the arts. Retirement from a career as an elementary school teacher has given me the gift of time to focus on my love of creating and seeing my ideas come to fruition. I have received numerous ribbons and awards for my creations. I draw inspiration from the designs, colors, and textures in everyday life as well as other artists, past and present.
The sculptural vessels are hand built using slump molds formed from bowls, newspaper, plastic and clay. Two sections are stretched, compressed, and carved at different stages in the drying cycle, then joined when the pieces are “leather hard”. The coil vases begin on a flat slab. The sides are created with rolled clay that is joined with slip. Every three to four inches the clay needs to dry a little to avoid “slumping”. The process is continued for several days or weeks until the desired form is achieved. Functional ware is usually “thrown” on a wheel or slab built. I use food safe glazes on these pieces and they may be used in an oven that begins at room temperature, and may be washed in a dishwasher. Glazes were sprayed, brushed, or “dipped and dripped”, depending on the desired effect. Firing is done in electric, gas, or raku kilns, again for the artistic effect. The glass mosaic is applied post-fire. Enjoy!
Steve is a native Texan and graduate of the University of Houston. He spent 35 years in the Information Systems and Technology field in Houston and California, and then retired in the Lake Conroe area of Willis in 2005. After almost 30 years of left brain systems analysis he began pursuing right brain creativity. Five years prior to his retirement he began taking drawing, pastel, and sculpting classes. His sculpting knowledge and skills increased significantly after taking classes from nationally known Master Sculptor M David Mattiza.
Steve specializes in horse and wildlife sculptures and has received first place ribbons from CAL and LSAG for his horse sculptures. He also prefers to draw domestic and wildlife animals, but is expanding his interests into flowers and landscape with their wide variations in color. Recently, Steve has begun to explore acrylic and watercolor mediums.
Born at the Northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, in the city of Montemorelos. Where the city is surrounding by mountains, Nancy had a great childhood attending Catholic Schools and having been surrounded by lights, umbrellas, cameras, lenses and dark rooms, she enjoyed seeing her creative father make and process negative films into photographs, Growing up in the Photo Studio and inspired by her mother, whom colored photographs with oils and pastels during the 60’s to 80’s.
Shooting pictures most of her life as creating some pastel paints for fun in her teens years; once she got married started getting involved in Mixed-media, Jewelry Crafts, Sculpture, Repoussé classes and workshops.
In 1995 she had her first solo Metal Repoussé Exposition, she worked on tin sheets over wood, stone and metal; she was invited by the Mayor’s office as a Handcraft Expositor in celebration of the City’s 175th Anniversary.
Since 2010 she has worked mostly with oil and acrylics, she has been motivated to represent a variety of emotions in her work.
Nancy Cisneros consider her art work as Contemporary where captures her colorful expression whether figuratively or abstractly to inspire the viewer with images that feed the heart and soul.
Nancy Cisneros now resides in Texas as member of Conroe Art League, and loves the fact that Art is fun.
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For as long as I can remember I have loved photography. Back to before high school, I was the one with the camera, always taking photos. Even today, not a day goes by that I am not shooting something. It could be a bird on my back patio or one of my doggies, setting up a photo shoot with flowers or photographing a family, a bride, a loving couple or a rambunctious toddler. I also enjoy photojournalism and was 1 of 6 finalists in CNN's Annual iReport Awards in the category In Depth Storytelling Category (out of a field of 11,000 reports!).
Photography for me provokes an emotion, usually joy, or peace but sometimes sorrow or sadness. If you feel something when looking at my photos then I have achieved my goal.
Patti Gary offers photographic artwork to decorate your space. My style is somewhat eclectic from dreamy and soft to robust and colorful. I am drawn to flowers, cemeteries, landscapes and churches. Drop me in a city anywhere and I will be lost for hours wandering with my camera always delighted to see if I captured what I envisioned when looking thru my lens.
Brett Hall went straight from a small town high school in central Kansas to the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver where he majored in commercial art.
After 40 years in advertising and marketing he realized he had not drawn anything in 15 years. But it’s never too late for Act II. He’s been pursuing his first love for the past few years in various art fairs and galleries around the country and joined the Conroe Art League after moving to the area in 2015.
He focuses on Native American portraiture and he describes his interest as follows:
“I've always admired the art and culture of the American Indian and have had opportunities to interact with a number of tribes... selling printing to Indian Casinos and High School Yearbooks to Indian schools on reservations. The experience deepened my respect and prompted me to learn more. It's a rich and dark history.
These pieces are a way to tell this story. They say art should disturb the comfortable
and comfort the disturbed. Maybe these pieces can do that...Maybe they can give a voice to those that have been silenced, eyes to those who do not see and
a heart to those who do not want to care.”
Betty Liles has been in art for over 40 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art Education from the University of Houston and taught art in Houston for until it was time to raise children and change locations with her husband’s work. She continued to paint everywhere she has lived, she has had private shows: Houston, Texas, Columbia, Mississippi, Aberdeen, Scotland, and Huntsville, Texas. Betty has been active in many art leagues and was a founding member of the Northwest Art League in Houston, Texas. Although a traditionalist, the last few years she has been taking advantage of workshops and lessons in this area, continuing to learn more creative and new methods of applying mediums of paint. She has shown and won ribbons in juried shows for several art leagues and is currently a member of the Conroe Art League where she won “The Best of Show” in CAL’s Spring Juried Show 2015 with a painting titled “Alone on the Water”.
Portraits have always been Shep’s greatest joy in his second career…Oil Painting. Shep was an Account Executive for Wrangler Jeans for 30 years, winning Sales Person of the Year five times. After retiring in 2011, he’s devoted his full energies to painting. Geoffrey Laurence of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Tina Szajko of Bellville, Texas have been major influences on his style. Shep uses the 5 Step Venetian method of painting featuring Drawing, Grisaille, Warm/Cool Stage, many Glazes, and final Varnishing in his work. He’s won “Best of Show” awards at the Conroe Art League, Woodlands Art League, and Brenham Fine Arts League. He’s the past President of The Brenham Fine Arts League, a member of the Portrait Society of America, Artists of Texas, and Contemporary Fine Art International. Shep has two studios, one at his home in Bentwater on Lake Conroe outside Montgomery, Texas and at his summer cabin in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. He helped start and organize Bentwater’s Fine Art Festival. Shep is offering his “Paint Like a Venetian” Method Classes including a stay at his beautiful cabin in cool Cloudcroft in August.
Cell: (281)-467-0909 Studio: (936) 597-4379,
Lois Blackburne has been painting for over 30 years. She works and teaches in porcelain, oils, watercolor, pastel, and acrylic. She has an extensive list of clients, who have commissioned her for projects ranging from family portraits to wall and ceiling murals. Her work has been nationally and internationally recognized, and Lois continues to study and teach as a means of continual improvement. Lois makes her home in Conroe, Texas–a suburb of Houston. She is active in both local and state-wide art leagues, and her peers continue to recognize her for her work and her commitment to art education. When not in the studio, Lois teaches multiple classes in the Houston area. Find more of her work at loisblackburne.com
Iris Garden. Oil, 18" x 24" Best Floral, Conroe Art League, Spring, 2012 Best Floral, Lone Star State Convention 2012
Bibi Blonn loves to create and is an avid nature lover who has traveled extensively. She and her artist husband lived on a sailboat and toured the Caribbean, South and Central America for four years. They moved back to Texas and now reside in Montgomery.
After exploring many media, Bibi has developed a love for drawing and watercolor painting and has been creating beautiful, vibrant watercolors for the past 10 years. She is noted for capturing the essence of her subject with graceful lines and transparent application of watercolor. The love of plants and nature is reflected in her art, with subjects taken from her personal garden as well as her travels.
In addition to painting, Bibi also crafts jewelry.
She has studied art at the University of Houston, taken private art lessons, attended numerous workshops and has thousands of hours of research.
I started drawing approximately 2 years ago. I have always been a very detail oriented person and have always been interested in drawing. I have done a lot of designing with embroidery, graphic designs, sewing and crafts. I am completely self taught but as time goes on I am finding that there is so much to learn and am amazed with the amount of talent that people possess and share. I have only experimented with colored pencils and some water colors but I am expanding my views and desires and I am anxious to try other mediums. Most of my drawings are done from photos but I have also done some with what’s in my mind. I hope you find my three entries desirable and pleasant to view.
He is a fused glass artist who makes his home in Panorama Village Texas , a suburb of Houston where he creates one–of-a-kind works of art using glass fusing techniques. Always attracted to the transformation of various glass working techniques, he concentrates in the fusion of glass, developing and implementing his personal interpretation of the materials creating his glass Luminous Sculptures and Florals.
Jack is a member of the Conroe Art League and frequently exhibits his art work at the Conroe Art League at the Madeley Art Gallery in Conroe.
What started as a hobby has become a full-blown passion.
Kathy Fediw paints landscapes, florals and figures in an impressionistic style, in both oils and pastels. Kathy’s work is strongly influenced by the impressionists and postimpressionists, especially Monet, Renoir, Sargent, Emil Nolde, Edvard Munch and Van Gogh. She experiments with color, temperature and the effects of light, which brings her artwork to life. She enjoys painting en plein air as well as in her studio, and does demos at various local outdoor events and galleries.
Kathy won Best of Show in her first judged art show in 2013, and has since won numerous First Place awards for both her oil and pastel paintings. She started sketching and painting as a young child, attending a church painting group with her mother on the weekends. She studied watercolor painting under Mary Lois Virrella while living in her home town of Pittsburgh, PA and still dabbles in watercolor and gouache. While building a career as a professional horticulturist and writer, she moved to Texas in 1999 and “got serious” about her artwork in 2012. She studied pastels with portrait artist Ann Lohmann and is now under the mentorship and tutelage of Marty Hatcher, former student of Dick Turner, in Houston. She has also taken workshops with abstract pastelist Jane Shoenfeld; plein air artist Michael Chesley Johnson; mixed media artist Liz Hill; and numerous other professional artists.
Kathy is a well-known horticultural consultant, published author and speaker. Her intimate knowledge of plants and the landscape are evident in her artwork. Kathy exhibits and sells her paintings through the Conroe Art League Gallery where she teaches pastels; Woodlands Art League Gallery; her own art studio, and online. Kathy can be found sketching around The Woodlands, Texas where she and her husband Ted make their home.
Out of the Shadows, 2015. In this oil painting, the artist remembers walking through the back trails of Austin’s botanical gardens on a hot summer’s day. “We were torn between resting in the cool shade, or finding out what lie ahead of us. Our curiosity won as we continued walking along the dried-out creek bed.” Kathy’s landscapes often draw the viewer to wander into the unknown. This painting won First Place in the Conroe Art League Spring Show, 2015.
Jamie’s overall body of work leans towards Modern-Contemporary. She is currently working on a series titled, Two-29, it is inspired by an online face challenge that Jamie takes part in twice a year. She first draws her imaginative faces on watercolor paper then she puts her favorites on stretched canvas. This series uses acrylic paint as the go to medium with the addition of paper, and found objects, as Jamie is led to add. Some of her other favorite items to use are metal bits, wire, wood, glass and beads. The use of material depends on the sacred language that happens between the piece and Jamie’s intuition. Within each finished canvas there is a story waiting to be read by the viewer.
Jamie is a stickler in using the term ‘face’ instead of portrait, as they are drawn from her imagination and any resemblance to a real person is sheer luck. Some of the faces in this series do not have hair. Jamie believes this is due to the influence of spending time at M.D. Anderson in Houston, where her husband is a patient. It has enabled her to see the beauty of life without the vanity of outward appearances.
Jamie states, “I’m not limited by the medium I use or the genre, because of this or in spite of it I’m able to create freely and that’s one of the best parts of being a mixed media artist.” From there she goes on to say, “I thank God, for the gift of creativity and I’m happy when someone smiles or otherwise gets enjoyment from what I do.” Jolene, 22” x 34” Framed Acrylic
Jamie lives and creates in Conroe Texas. She is married to the love of her life, they share seven children, many grandchildren and two dogs. Jamie is a happy thirty-four years young and claims, “that’s just as good a number as any.” She has been creating in one way or another since the mid-70s. She writes poetry and a few of her pieces have included a poem. She enjoys laughing, art journaling and filming videos for YouTube. As an active member of Conroe Art League she can be found on occasion as a Docent at the Madeley Building Art Gallery on Simonton St. in Conroe. Jamie may be found online under the name Artist Poet Girl.
Ellen Barron O’Reilly
My art comes from inspirations that are a constant in my life, thus the name of my business, Ellen’s Inspired Creations. Photography and writing have been lifelong loves of mine that I have chosen to combine into a variety of artistic expressions. My subject matter is not limited to any category or style, but is an evolving art form. Employing traditional and digital photography has allowed me to create original and unique print collections, framed art, cards, books and more. My new collections grow monthly! I also do photo shoots.
In the past few years I have been honored with ribbons for First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention for art that I entered into the various shows. I took film photography at the Glassel School of Art, Digital Photography at the Art Institute of Houston and do ongoing research and experiments to refine my methods. My new website, (http://ellen-oreilly.artistswebsites.com) through Fine Art America, has made it very simple to view and customize my art. My business Facebook page is where I post all the latest news and artwork I’m involved in. I am so glad to be doing what I truly love most!
Catherine DeLaune is a skilled and versatile image-maker with areas of specialization that range from conceptual photo-illustration to high-end portraiture. Whether creating personal work or meeting a client’s needs, Catherine always strives to engage the viewer and elicit emotion.
Catherine is fully proficient in DSLR image capture, digital workflow and post-production, location lighting, and Adobe CS6. Other than her obvious love for photography, she enjoys travel, nature, and spending time with her partner, friends, and family.
Cell: (936) - 499 - 7583
Is a graduate of the Baylor
University fine art program. After college he opened a graphic design studio beginning his career as a professional artist and taught graphic design courses at Baylor University in the evenings while in business.
His paintings reflect mastery of his craft and
versatility in a variety of styles and media. He
paints in a traditional realistic style, as well as
ARTISTS STATEMENT: My art is the expression
of my spirit to the spirit of others that connect with it.
I seek to create a memory, a wish, a fantasy
or moment of joy or peace in the soul of the viewer.
I pursue Ideas, color combinations or images that
attract my attention in the abstract; or as an
impression; and some paintings are just for the
fun of presenting something in an unusual manner.
Thanks and best regards,
Charles Wallis, OPA, ACT
Prints from Fine Art America: http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/charles+wallis/all
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