SLMM member artists
Mary Alice Braukman
A PAINTER’S WORK IS HIS DIARY…JOURNEY. As a water media artist, my life experiences become filtered in my eye, mind, and heart. They are then transformed into my paintings… of joy and passion and adventure and reflection… I want the viewer to crawl into my work and walk through each step of motion or intensity or serenity.
My work expresses an inner vision of reality; the invisible made visible through the process of layering color, texture, form, and line. I play intuitively with the elements, to create emotionally motivated images, originating somewhere between observation and knowing.
"I am an experimental artist and work with paper, fabric and found objects. My media is mixed media, collage and fluid acrylics. Nature is often a theme in my work. My goal is create a feeling of peace and tranquility and belief in a higher being."
In my paintings, I project the spirit and energy of the American Southwest. I also allow my under painting to dictate the final result. Veils of color and texture, both transparent and opaque create a mood — a feeling of place and space. By expressing my mind, I hope to connect my feelings with those of the viewer in an emotional manner.
I paint from the outside in and the inside out outdoors in nature and from my imagination in the studio. With my nursing background, I am interested in the topic of health care and art. I practice as an art therapist in private practice and work artistically in my studio in a variety of mediums.
The elements of design are used to arrange visual components and are manipulated till I see a
coherent whole. I like pattern, repetition and to form a rhythm within analogous color use. Layering
is exploring and a process that greatly appeals to me.
Myths, symbols, and legends of various cultures, sometimes referring to specific historic occurrences interwoven with modern issues, are important elements in my work. I am fascinated with the effects of time on artifacts, people, events and experiences.
You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him find it within himself. — Galileo "I have been alternately surprised, gratified and puzzled by our human ability to both create and then solve our own struggles. It is as if Galileo’s quote implied that all we need is to listen to ourselves, our real selves, to grow, thrive and prosper. It seems simple, yet the compelling demands of daily life work against our ability to listen and know ourselves.
My paintings attempt to give the viewer a small space in which to focus totally on themself and their own unique responses to the piece. The images are layered, complex and non–representational. Each is intended to be a tangible and unique bit of reality for which the viewer will provide meaning."
Shirley Eley Nachtrieb
My artwork is earthy, organic and multimedia. I enjoy painting from nature then interpreting my images into collages using textures. I work experimentally, painting positive and negative shapes, and adding embellishments. I am always looking for a way to interpret what I see in a more creative way.
My art embodies the music, harmony, and mystery of the Universe, the underlying energy of our world, the music of being within all things, creating a peaceful, harmonious space wherein one can experience silence, still–point, and oneness with all.
Through the layering of pigmented beeswax(encaustic), oil and collage, I articulate a continual journey that seeks to reveal an idea, a memory, a truth. A spiritual connection forms between each layer as the painting becomes a living organism which mines the uncharted, nonverbal areas of my life experience.
Creating art is a healing and spiritual experience for me. I love to travel to sacred sites all over the world "capturing" the essence or energy of the sites using a variety of media, including photography, painting, collage, altered books and woven necklaces. I use the media and materials as metaphors to trigger the psyche, personal and collective.
Janet Hull Ruffin
Janet is a poet who paints stories of spirituality, psychology, healing, the unknown and unlimited possibilities. Instead of words, she uses layers of painted paper, photographs, sometimes found objects, and paint on canvas. You are invited to step into her stories.
What do I do that I love? I create… constantly, consistently and creatively. I strive to realize my dreams, often portraying them in my art with hard work & devotion, looking above for guidance. Color—intensity—texture—vitality—these are my friends.
Jenny Badger Sultan
"Art has always been a process of self discovery, healing and integration for me. Focused image–making and random experimentation with materials are partners in the work. Most of my paintings express different aspects of my experience of the inner spiritual world, drawing upon my dreams, personal symbols and world religions. They begin with a seed idea and then expand to include the thoughts, feelings and images that emerge during the painting process."
Carolyn H. WarmSun
The Natural World has been for me a source of wonder and awe, sensory input, and beauty. More important, however, I have become increasingly fascinated with the elegant systems of the natural world and the interconnectedness of things. My education and career in human behavior and psychology, along with a life-long love of Native American philosophy and spirituality has enriched this sense of connectedness. My work strives to reflect the spirit of Nature and the nature of Spirit.
Melissa G. Watt
"I feel that my paintings are a reflection of my personality: Abstract, Expressive and Vibrant. I have always been attracted to the style of Abstract Art. My goal is to produce an Expressionistic style of paintings, along with the critical choice of colors and textures, throughout my artwork. I try to manipulate the use of textures using layers of colors. In my paintings, I use Acrylics, Enamel, Watercolors and Oils. I consider myself to be a Mixed Media Abstract Contemporary Artist."
Margaret B. Watts
"My paintings are improvisational tempered by decreasing realism… Although my palette changes as I experiment, warm colors predominate; red is my favorite color. My travels and life experiences form the backdrop and intuition gives final enhancements."