Susan Christopher

Susan Christopher – Artist Statement I come from a long line of innovators, so it is not surprising to find me as a non- traditionalist painter. My work ranges from impressionism to abstraction to even surrealism depending on what mysteries happen in my studio. Sometimes I feel as if a metaphysical force is guiding me as I don’t think about my work but work before I think. Images evolve and a story forms that are then developed through materials and techniques which are redefined with composition, bold color, texture, line and shape. The excitement of the unknown is stimulating and makes me wonder, who is really painting? My last series of work speaks to our transcendental journey to reach a better place or to at least acknowledge that there is more to us than we recognize. Because of my experiences, I believe each of us has spirit guides that if we listen, would lead us to an abundance of insight. By listening, I produced a series of work using acrylic paint being treated with an acid wash and heat resulting in beautiful layers of colors, many in organic shapes. These were painted in my outdoor studio and on square canvas representing stability, familiarity, and peacefulness. What has emerged are the portraits of our spiritual guides. And I do much more! Completed work includes portraits, animals, and landscapes. That old slogan, variety is the spice of life, would certainly apply. There are times when I want to shake it up, break free and just put paint down on a canvas and see where my subconscious takes me. This is more fun than any adult should be allowed, just let it go, it is only paint!! Always a story is born, characters explode onto the canvas, animals march forward, meadows turn green, clouds float and the work becomes a personal journey. Currently, I am returning to an exploration of an idea I had years ago while working on a Master in Photography. The combination of black and white photographs on canvas accented by color blocking with paint. The results can range wildly! Do come and see how these have turned out!   My work hangs in homes from Maryland to California. I do consider commission opportunities and If you have an idea that you would like to have painted in an interesting way, come see my work and bring your image September 6,7, or 8th. Who am I? Born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago, I met my husband through my brother on a blind date but it was another 10 years before we married. He says I was too young at the time! But, those years gave me time to finish a BFA and be “free” while he developed the family business. We saw each other often enough even on double dates! Once married we had two children, a dog, and horses. In 2008 having sold the business, we left Illinois for Nevada where we have been very happy. Sunshine and a milder climate than Illinois, the mountains and the peacefulness of wide open skies are things that we love about living here.  
  • Vicki is a watercolor artist and fabric quilter. She began to draw, color and paint as a child, took photos with her Kodak box camera and began to sew at age 11. She experimented with acrylic painting, throwing pottery, flower arranging and sewed most clothes.

  • 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.

  • At Meridian Press, up the big hill from the Truckee River and in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Katherine Case carves linoleum blocks, hand-sets metal type and prints on an antique SP-15 Vandercook proof press. She calls up inspiration from the traditional textile patterns of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific; from poetry and music; from her two small children and from the diverse and abundant landscapes of the Reno-Tahoe area.

  • Pam Sutton creates handmade art glass and jewelry. She believes in elegance through simplicity, with designs that reflect harmony with nature and the occasional sly sense of humor.

  • Nationally exhibiting glass artist, Jessica Schimpf (b. 1987) graduated with her degree in Sculpture from the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011.

  • 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.

  • I started my career as a professional artist in 1962 as a staff artist for the Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper in Riverside, California. I worked as a commercial artist for newspapers and art agencies for 12 years. During that time I also worked as a fine artist, painting in oil. I painted commissions for many years and I continue to paint commissions.

  • I was born in Germany and prior to making Reno my home, I have lived in India and Canada. I have been a textile artist for 30 years and my work has been exhibited in Nevada and Washington. Recently I have been exploring the Japanese KUMIHIMO Technique. When designing each piece, special attention is given to the selection of the stone, colors and the type of fibers to be used for the braided necklace to best compliment each stone. Each work is one of a kind and therefore it is impossible to replicate. The same technique can also be used to create beaded bracelets and necklaces. I have also started to work with Precious Metal Clay and have created 999% silver pendants.

  • As a landscape photographer, I consider myself so fortunate to live in Reno – on the edge of the Great Basin, a place of unique unparalleled beauty and visual depth. My interest in photography began in childhood as I watched my dad take umpteen photos of all his kids and develop them carefully in a darkroom he built in our little bathroom. But I discovered the real joy of taking photos for myself in 1997, when I borrowed my dad’s 1958 Exacta camera and on a clear night photographed Comet Hale Bopp from the shores of Washoe Lake. Though those photos were rudimentary (see photo below), I was hooked. From then on I started to see and experience the world around me through the lens of a camera. What started as a fun pastime became a serious hobby and, eventually, an avocation.

  • I have worked as an ecologist for almost 40 years. I started my career working with surface mining in the 1970’s as return to original contour became the law of the land.

  • Kathryn is a lifelong Reno resident. She has considered herself an artist from a very young age with a God-given Talent. She is primarily a watercolor artist but frequently dabbles in pastels and acrylic abstracts along with her love for drawing.

  • Eileen Fuller considered herself an “artist” with a love for painting and drawing even before starting elementary school. It took her many years, raising two children and completing a 30+ career in banking before she switched to her right-brain love.

  • I come from a long line of innovators, so it is not surprising to find me as a non- traditionalist painter. My work ranges from impressionism to abstraction to even surrealism depending on what mysteries happen in my studio. Sometimes I feel as if a metaphysical force is guiding me as I don’t think about my work but work before I think. Images evolve and a story forms that are then developed through materials and techniques which are redefined with composition, bold color, texture, line and shape. The excitement of the unknown is stimulating and makes me wonder, who is really painting?

  • Ying grew up in Beijing, China with a very strong interest in art early in her life. She decided to study landscape architecture as a way of incorporating her passion for art while pursuing a practical career. She received her masters in Landscape Architecture from Beijing University of Forestry and soon after immigrated to the United States.

  • Ever since Mike was a child, he wanted to be an artist. Growing up in Iowa, Mike was always doing something artistic – he was constantly drawing – especially horses which he still loves to do, carving images of horses in soap, and doing other childhood art projects. Mike took art classes all through his school years. His love and appreciation of the beauty of nature was fostered by his father who was an avid outdoorsman.

  • After spending most of my life in Atlanta, Ga. I moved to Reno, Nv in 2010. I have a studio in Franktown Corners in Reno and enjoy artists friends I have met since I joined the Sierra Watercolor Society and The Latimer Art Club. Pastel is my passion but I also do watercolor and collage. Starting with a watercolor class in 1979 I have studied with many nationally recognized teachers including Albert Handell, Sally Strand, Tom Lynch, Elsie Dresch, and many others. I have been a Signature Member of the prestigious Pastel Society of America since 1997. Also, have been a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society and The Atlanta Artists Center AWARDS: Over 40 international, national and local awards in Atlanta in juried shows including.

  • 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.

  • Kay Tietz is a watercolor artist living in Sparks, Nevada since 2001. Kay started exploring watercolor nine years ago when her daughter left for college. She realized that she loved watercolor’s luminosity and spontaneity, and discovered that sometimes watercolor even has a mind of its own which is quite exciting!

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 think that for an artist to write about why they make art is a bit like trying to grasp the wind. Growing up, art had always been a subject that defied boundaries and resisted easy attempts at bringing my subjects into sharp focus. In 2014 that all changed for me.

  • 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.

  • Making hand built pots is my passion. As I start a series of pots, I play with textures to figure out which ones to use. The big slab of clay is like a texture sketch pad. Sometimes the textures suggest a shape; other times I start knowing what kind of pot I want to make. The exploration of possibilities allows me to find new ways to make form and texture relate in a functional piece.

  • The big Nevada skies, the rainbow of western mountain ranges and the huge palette of summer flower are the inspirations for my silk paintings.

  • Mary Love Artist statement I have always loved to working with my hands and creating art. For many years I worked with dichroic glass. When I retired I decided to learn a new medium and started working in the lapidary shop. The stones soon lead me to working with metal, which I love. I currently focus on silver fabrication which is very challenging and enjoyable. I find the making of small component pieces the most rewarding, especially small flowers and leaves.