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.  
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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’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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bunny Carnahan

  • Kate Hanlon

  • Erik Holland

  • Shelly Jackson

  • 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.

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  • Mike Bond

  • Vicki Curwen

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Joan Miller

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