Sarah Wharton Riggle

Sarah Wharton Riggle
Creating mosaics and painting on location are my passions. I have been fortunate to pursue those interests during the last several years while living in some incredible locations and raising my 3 sons. My muse is the landscape and its flora and fauna. I began seriously pursuing art after my 2nd son was born, while living in a small town in Montana.  I have drawn or painted since I was a little girl, and studied wildlife biology in college. My work in the wildlife field enabled me to work in places where some only dream of working. Those early experiences, a deep love of nature, and exploring many wild places over my life continue to influence my work. I am drawn to the landscape and its myriad of changing light and colors. In 2003 my husband’s job transfer to the island of Kauai led to many wonderful opportunities. New terrain, wildlife, and plants were in abundance year-round, and I was fortunate to be able to paint outdoors with other kindred spirits. The landscape was vibrant and colorful, and I began the dream job of teaching watercolor painting to eager tourists.  We lived there for 10 years, and enjoyed every minute. But we were ready to get back to the mainland, and coming back did not disappoint. I was thrilled to see snowy mountains and experience “real” seasons again. Since moving to Fallon, Nevada, in 2013, I have been working primarily with dry pastels. I enjoy the marriage of painting and drawing that they provide, and the subtle nuances of color I can produce with them. I am a member of Reno Tahoe Plein Air Painters, and frequently join them to paint at a variety of inspiring locations. In addition, camping trips and travel with my husband and family have all led to glorious places that provide me with enough reference material to last a lifetime! Most recently, I have begun creating mosaics. I have always been drawn to the idea of piecing together glass and found objects into an art form. As a little girl, I loved to find pretty pieces of glass as well as shells and other trinkets from our travels. Mosaic allows me to put together these elements. I am excited by the colors and textures of glass and the ability to make something incredibly unique. The idea of turning “chaos into order” makes me happy. My goal with my work is to create a “cause for pause”—a reason to stop and look at something more closely or trigger a pleasant memory.  My hope is that people will find reason to slow down and appreciate the beauty around us. Enjoy!
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Sarah Wharton Riggle 4 Nevada Winter Sky
Nevada Winter Sky
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Sarah Wharton Riggle Happy Day
Happy Day
Sarah Wharton Riggle Granny Green
Granny Green
Sarah Wharton Riggle Down a Dusty Road
Down a Dusty Road
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Sarah Wharton Riggle After Van Gogh
After Van Gogh
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  • Making good imagery is about having the courage to step outside of yourself, releasing any tension and just having fun playing around.

  • As with anything I have done throughout the years, I jumped in to basketmaking with both feet and have tried most everything available. I have found you can make a basket out of almost anything.

  • Although I had always appreciated art in its various forms, I never attempted to try anything until several years ago when I took a class in glass fusing and from then on I was hooked.

  • With her unique ability of sharing her passion for art, Dee’s paintings instill the abstract realism to capture the light and shadows as well as an intriguing style that makes her paintings valued by many collectors.

  • My art consists of copper and brass media; it varies from flowers and plants to trays, plates, bowls, and wall hangings. Most of the materials have been rescued from the salvage yard.

  • I love the reflections of glass and the colors, just as water reflects and captures the intensity of a sunrise or sunset.

  • Clay can be rigid, forgiving, surprising, exciting, and frustrating. Even so, I live for the anticipation of kiln openings, when I have tried to control it all, but in the end, the clay, glaze and kiln have the final say.

  • Landscapes can reflect a wide spectrum of postures, expressions and emotions. Even though the landscape is an unmoving mass, ever-changing combinations of seasons, light quality or time of day brings constant change.

  • To me, realism is magic. Not only is the artist working with abstraction of design and color, but also with dimensionality. To create the illusion of depth and form on a flat surface is to observe, understand and recreate the physical aspects of light.

  • I enjoy designing landscapes, flora and fauna and hope to start adding structures and building in my quilts soon.

  • While continuing to paint and work in various forms of sculpture, my current focus is in papermaking and related fiber and book arts. Visitors to my Studio will have the opportunity to become personally involved in the process of making Handmade Paper from start to finish.

  • I am a 45 year resident of Nevada and have lived all over the world. My work is influenced by the sights and cultures of Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific as well as all corners of the United States.

  • My name is Jim Annis and I am the owner of Your Family Rocking Chair. I am building a legacy for my family and yours, based on the values of family, fine craftsmanship and heirloom quality furniture.

  • JoAnn Lippert travels the world combining a passion for adventure travel and photography. Her passion for mountain climbing, trekking and whitewater rafting has taken her to all corners of the earth.

  • I strive to create a wearable piece of jewelry that embodies a sense of harmony in color, style and tone and I thrive on the challenge of creating a necklace where all of the various parts compliment one another.

  • I find the process of creation with glass an endless stream of possibility. The materials, methods and techniques that can be used are varied and vast. Everyday I find a new technique to add to my list of future projects!

  • I’ve always enjoyed doing all kinds of craftwork from working with wood and needlework to beading and glass. I’ve been hooked on glass since the 1980’s when I took my first stained glass class.

  • At Meridian Press, up the big hill from the Truckee River in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Katherine Case hand-sets metal type and prints on an antique SP-15 Vandercook proof press.

  • Since my earliest airplane flights those forms and patterns have found their way into my designs. For years I focused on art glass, starting with leaded glass and then fused glass and etched glass. Recently I have been spending more time making jewelry.

  • The phrase “no job is too big or too small” certainly applies to my work as I have worked on all scales, including 1200sf of mosaic mural for the pools at the Peppermill, down to the small inspirational plaques that I make on a daily basis and take to local festivals.

  • After raising my son I became committed to re-exploring my love of painting. I began watercolor classes in February of 2008 and have been actively painting since.

  • I create ceramic wall art, as well as oil paintings. My art invites viewers into my memories so that hopefully, they, too, can appreciate the intricate connected beauty of the patterns and colors that surround them

  • I consider myself to be wildlife “portrait artist.” Whenever a photographer makes a portrait, timing is of great importance. The expression of the subject will make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful photograph.

  • Because I love color and the French Impressionists, I enjoy painting primarily using a palate knife. I love the spontaneity the palate knife gives when placing multiple colors on the canvas at one time.

  • Pam Sutton creates handmade glass jewelry, plus items for the home and garden. She believes in elegance through simplicity, combined with a focus on functional use.

  • I feel called to make art. To see the look on people’s faces, the lit up smiles, the awe when they see my pieces, especially on the larger pieces with LED lights.

  • Throughout all these years and experiences I’ve always found clay to be the most enjoyable way to express my imaginative view of life. I hand build my pieces and it’s their quirky imperfections that inspire new ideas.

  • Creating mosaics and painting on location are my passions. I have been fortunate to pursue those interests during the last several years while living in some incredible locations and raising my 3 sons. My muse is the landscape and its flora and fauna.

  • I am a graduate of UCLA with a degree in studio art. While at UCLA I studied with Richard Diebenkorn, who greatly influenced my development at an artist.

  • Most of my work is very linear and precise with close attention to detail and finishing. And of course I like to add occasional whimsical creations.

  • The big Nevada skies, the rainbow of western mountain ranges and the huge palette of summer flower are the inspirations for my silk paintings. Working with silks and dyes has given me the perfect way to illustrate the world as I see it.