With the guidance of a fellow wood worker, David was dedicated to learning everything about tool use and how to put wood on the lathe. As he became more proficient at his craft, he began to explore alternative shapes and designs, adding texture and color to his turnings. Each piece represents hours and layers of skillful turning, staining, and finishing.
WNY Artist and Associate Writing Professor, Michelle Gaskin captures readers imagination through her book “Talking Trees”. She believes that “Each Tree is telling a story”, pairing her photo collection with whimsical, heart-felt captions. Creating this book helped Michelle to focus on the lighter side of life during the pandemic.
Shelley started painting because she was bored. Needless to say, she started a true love affair after working with pastels. Happy with the vibrant colors and different strokes she adds little jewels of color here and there. Shelley enjoys her wonderful studio where she continues to create and teach others the Joy of art.
Zona’s work is vibrant and colorful, described as being “alive” with a quality of “innocence”. Her goal is to have viewers get in touch with the childlike quality within themselves. They become their own narrator for each piece within their own imaginations.
Deb works in many mediums and she believes the transparency of watercolor comes the closest to capturing nature’s movement and birds are nature’s paintbrush. It seems only natural for her to follow in these colorful footprints.
Throughout the year, our Spotlight on the Artist video series will continue to highlight River Art Gallery’s resident and member artist community, providing personal insight into each artist vision and spirit. We will also share many independent video productions and expression of our artist community.
Dennis Bertram is best known for his abstract oil paintings with complex imagery consisting of multifarious, imaginative architectonic structures. In this video, Quiet in time of Pandemic, Dennis invites us on a journey through his memories of normal times. His vast talent in visual editing and music composition presents a gentle loudening of the changing world around us and the reflections of the world within him.