Autumn Pearson and Michelle Korte Leccia, also know as the Twisted Sisters, are zero-waste consumers who transform their trash into art. Utilizing aluminum cans, bottle caps, junk mail, organic compost etc., the Twisted Sisters create whimsical landscapes, portraits, and sculptures. Together they run The Church - an Art Sanctuary in Tijeras, NM which acts an art incubator space showcasing visual, music and performance art.
Originally from Washington, D.C., Carole arrived in New Mexico in 1999. Carole lives art in all its forms - from food and dance, to painting and motherhood, her love of the beauty of life is present. This trait is also evident in her work. Inspired by her visceral experience of life, her paintings are full of color, texture, and dimension. Carole explores the meanings behind the meaning, layers of interpretation.
Self-taught, she was inspired by expressionists like Egon Schiele and Wayne Thiebaud. "The earth is precious, life is fleeting. Love is that mysterious force that drives us to survive. What would anyone do to save that which you love? ... Anything."
I have always been an artist – but I think this is true for everyone, in one form or another.
Nurturing my artistic side started early. My early childhood was filled with environments conducive to creativity and both my parents were (are) involved in many creative endeavors.
Found materials and digital arts are my favorite mediums with which to create because both present infinite possibilities. I also have a love of oil paint and am a mistress of seams. I am a bricoleur at heart, and will work with any medium that finds its way to me.
My interests are wide and varied. I hold a deep love of nature, which also began in childhood and later led to my studies in biology. Both have influenced my art. My work reflects my journeys through life and in that process I gain a deeper understanding of myself which often involves creation.
The microcosm within and amongst worlds in which we dwell is where I decorate my canvas. My life, and all its experiences folded within, is my atelier. The world is my workshop. Art is all around us - we LIVE art!
I have lived in New Mexico since 2004, but made the conscious decision to move here in 1994 when I first visited Santa Fe. It was love at first sight: the art, the diverse culture, the beautiful desert, and the magical spirit that prevails captured my soul. However, it wasn't as an adult that I was first introduced to the southwest, but as a very young girl at home in Indiana. My parents had visited Santa Fe in the mid-50's. They brought a few precious treasures back and I especially remember a hand blown amber glass ball. I used to gaze at it and daydream about its mystical origins. Unaware, I was gazing into my future some forty years later.
Paralleling this enthusiasm for the arts has always been my love of nature which I contribute to the green thumb of my grandmother. As a young girl, I would get lost in the maze of her lush gardens! I am so grateful for her Irish heritage, as her interest in the plant world became my own. I soon began painting the plant life around me and in my early teens, I was studying innocent and primitive painters, especially the art of Henri Rousseau.
Looking back, it seems only natural that one day New Mexico would become my home. It offers everything I have always loved about the artistic life, the diversity of the culture, and the beauty of the desert.
I am inspired to paint plants and animals, as well as retablo inspired paintings. My paintings of Lady of Guadalupe and St. Francis are created with a thick acrylic medium, which is carved and sculpted and then painted, giving the finished effect of carved wood.
My formal studies began in high school and continued in college at Indiana University. In addition to canvas painting, I have done a series of murals found in public and private settings. In 2007, I was the featured artist in a national cable series, The Art of Living on Veria Cable Network. My segment, The Painted Desert, delves in the importance of art as an individual healing practice, a community experience, and a benefit for all of culture. In addition to many private collectors, I am honored to have a The Lady of Guadalupe as part of a public collection at the St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Rhode Island.
"If our words and the stories we tell over and over are creating our life we might as well speak about magic and beauty all the time "- JoAnna Conte
Born in England, and having grown up in south Florida, Kathryn Nun has been embrabcing the vibrant colors of the New Mexico sunsets since her relocation in 2001. She comes from a very artistic family and has been applying color to everything in her path since she was able to hold a brush. Kathryn received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and continually receives furthering education in graphic and web development.
Predominantly working in acrylic and mixed media, Kathryn is constantly seeking new techniques, including watercolor ink, epoxy resin, and encaustic. She also experiments with various utensils and unusual materials, allowing her to produce interesting textures in her work. Her strong use of color results in bold and vivacious pieces, always full of passion.
Strongly inspired by music, Kathryn expresses intense emotion in her paintings which is evoked by the music she listens to while painting—the more inspiring the music, the more passionate her pieces become.
Kathryn currently has gallery representation in Madrid, New Mexico at The Lotus, Studio 14 Art Gallery, Ghost Town Trading Post and has been part of the annual "In Microsale" miniature art show at Metallo Gallery since 2013. She has exhibited in numerous juried and outdoor art shows, and is available (upon request) for commissions and donations in support of various New Mexico charitable causes.
Kenneth James Woverton
Kenneth James Wolverton Born in Pueblo, Colorado, 1944. He is an international artist who for 40 years has created Public Art. His artworks are in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Guatemala, and America. His work has spanned murals, sculptures, performance arts, theater, movie sets and numerous writing and photo publications. He lived in Europe from 1973 to 1986. He now lives with his partner Ruth in Cerrillos, New Mexico.
I have several phases that I go through, including organic (leaves, pea pods, etc.), industrial (lots of screws and rivets) and anatomical (I am fascinated by medical diagrams, which usually involve their representation via use of water slide decals). I create pieces almost exclusively in a particular phase until I have run out of ideas, which is always accompanied by the intrusion of ideas from another phase. I never interpret my own art, as this only gets in the way of creativity. I try not to over-think my design or execution, but I do what feels right at the time. Every viewer has his/her own ideas about my art, so if you ask me what a particular piece means, I will ask you to tell me what you think it means. My interpretation does not matter as much as yours…
Subjects such as Metaphysics, Mysticism, Taoism and the Noetic Sciences influence the content of much of my artwork. The archetype of the Spiral is prevalent in many of my paintings and has been an important influence for me since my youth. I currently reside with my two dogs, Kosmo and Lucy Lu, in a small studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico.
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Shelly Johnson's pop art enamel paintings feature twentieth century icons, spiritual imagery, political figures, musicians, local characters and images from her many travels.
She has been painting since the late 80's and has shown throughout the country in numerous galleries, including on Canyon Road in Santa Fe as well as her own gallery in Madrid, 'A Wander Out Yonder'. Shelly's use of vibrant colors bring her paintings to life and crosses all cultures. The word 'pop' is synonymous with explode, burst and bang... all of which demonstrate the impact of Shelly's work. Pop art continues to be a strong force in today's art world and forms the framework for Shelly's current and future paintings, which reflect how this artistic phenomenon has evolved from the 1960's to the present. Shelly's biggest visual art influence is clearly Andy Warhol but as published by Kathleen Sloan in THE magazine .... one of a kind artwork is the result of her work, reversing Warhol's economy of scale message. Warhol's statement, "i want us all to be machines" is replaced with "We're a spiritual hive communicating by wave lengths."