artGuide is pleased to present our selected artists for the October 2016 Artist Intros Special Section

Laurie Yeates Adams,  Buddy , oil on canvas

Laurie Yeates Adams, Buddy, oil on canvas

Laurie Yeates Adams
Oils on Canvas
Lagerquist Gallery
Atlanta, Georgia

Concentrating on the figure, Laurie’s search is to find the exceptional inward nature of her subject.            

Using oils, she attempts to create an atmospheric relationship between values, experimenting with edges, textures, lines, and colors in an effort to communicate these intrinsic qualities.

Laurie’s hope is that her work allows the viewer to get a glimpse of the unique personal beauty, which she believes holds the essence of being, found within her subject.

Laurie’s work can be found at established Atlanta art gallery, Lagerquist Gallery.

Jo Farris,  Path of One’s Own

Jo Farris, Path of One’s Own

Jo Farris
Lagerquist Gallery
Atlanta, Georgia

Georgia artist, Jo Farris was fortunate as a child to travel across the United States.  Cities capture her heart. They have a pulse that undulates with traffic and teeming pedestrians as witnessed in her oil paintings.

She began her formal education at the Mississippi State College for Women painting in the realist tradition.  Her studies continued at the University of South Alabama which provided her a firm understanding of abstraction.  It is these two traditions which give her current paintings an edginess with rhythm and movement... an authenticity without explicit definition.  Her familiar subjects create a mystery through her use of transparencies, stained applications, and areas of excavations.  There is a seduction of the surface as she paints pulling the viewer closer.

Ms Farris has received numerous awards.  Her work graces homes and businesses across America’s heartland.

J. Austin Jennings,  Gray’s Silent Prayer , 48” x 60”

J. Austin Jennings, Gray’s Silent Prayer, 48” x 60”

J. Austin Jennings
Lagerquist Gallery
Atlanta, Georgia

J Austin Jennings sees life in layers. First, subtle spines of under-structure, then the visceral movement of shape and form. Next transparent layers of light and shadow emerge.  Jennings work is an intricate arrangement of layers, balanced in a manner that allows the viewer to glimpse each subsequent stratum through the final coat.

“There is a type of intuitive including or dismissing of the details before me.  Gradually comes the dawning of soft colors, layered across the foreground and fading to the distant. I choose versatile acrylic mediums, mixed and manipulated with transparent washes, structural applications and broad flat strokes of pure color.”

Jennings was educated at The Dayton Art Institute and Sinclair College, Dayton Ohio. She later studied photography and graphic design at Ohio Institute of Photography.  She currently makes her home in Knoxville, TN, near the mountains she’s always loved and painted.  Her work is selected by the most discerning designers and can be found in homes and collections across the United States.

Beau Wild,  On The Edge , acrylic, 36” x 36

Beau Wild, On The Edge, acrylic, 36” x 36

Beau Wild
Lagerquist Gallery
Atlanta, Georgia

As a native Floridian, Beau Wild was educated at Tufts University in Occupational Therapy and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in painting, both in Boston, Massachusetts. Dual roles as therapist and painter spanned decades and each enhanced the success of the other.  She returned to her childhood hometown of Daytona Beach and today, paints daily in her “Hidden Bay Studio” along Rose Bay in Port Orange, Florida.

One of my essential questions is the issue of visibility and invisibility – how much to offer, how much to obscure and where is the point at which this hangs in the balance?  While I assume the objective position of the observer, these glimpses open a small window through which I also look inside my own emotional life.      

Beau Wild has won numerous awards, including Best In Show, since first showing her work in 1965.  Fran Gardner’s book Between The Seen & The Unseen” published in 2014 reviews Beau’s 30 years of figurative drawings & paintings.

Jenny King,  Living in a Dream , 2016, oil on canvas, 40” x 60” x 2”

Jenny King, Living in a Dream, 2016, oil on canvas, 40” x 60” x 2”

Jenny King
Red Door Art Gallery & Studio
Marietta, Georgia

Explore Spirit, Nature, and Culture of ife and Locale through an Artist’s Eyes.    

Jenny King strives to see in the ordinary what others may miss, recognizes the beauty awaiting to be adored, and translates that feeling onto canvas so that others may also experience that unique value which yearns to be seen and known.  She conveys the essence of a specific place or event in an extraordinary way. 

“I create art from the emotion evoked while immersing myself in the spirit, nature, and culture of a place.  Whichever media is calling to express that emotion, whether it’s oils, acrylic, mixed media, or a part of the environment... whichever feels right, that’s what I will use to create a relevant piece of art.  I am incredibly grateful to share my travel experiences, the essence of a locale, the spirit of the people, and beauty of the land from a place of love and awe.”

Jenny’s work can be found at the beautifully quaint Red Door Art Gallery & Studio in Marietta, Georgia.

Linda Hollett-Bazouzi,  Sahara Sunset (West) , Tunisia, oil on canvas, 12” x 12”

Linda Hollett-Bazouzi, Sahara Sunset (West), Tunisia, oil on canvas, 12” x 12”

Linda Hollett-Bazouzi
Gallery Flux, Crossroads Art Center, Cabell Gallery, 
Stewart Gallery on Main

Travel. Paint. Adventure. Stories to tell. When Linda Hollett-Bazouzi reflects on her painting, she gravitates towards the story.  Each painting has its own story, and often that story is told within the context of a larger story of travel and adventure. 

Whether it is postponing a trip to England because of a volcano, getting to Tunisia in the middle of the night because of a late plane, or having a near miss with a Venice canal, events like this inform her work.  She has fought wind, rain, and sand to paint on the beaches of Holland, and gotten stopped by security because of her paints.  While resting on the streets of Cairo, she has been offered alms.

The story is all. Read more about her adventures at:  Linda’s work can be found at multiple art galleries including Gallery Flux Crossroads Art Center, Cabell Gallery, and Stewart Gallery on Main.

Todd Baxter,  Rowboat , 2011, oil on canvas, 16” x 20”

Todd Baxter, Rowboat, 2011, oil on canvas, 16” x 20”

Todd Baxter
Providence Gallery
Charlotte, North Carolina

After a successful 40 year career as a graphic designer, Tega Cay, SC based artist Todd Baxter has returned to his first love, drawing and painting.  He is grateful to be able to pursue his passion and to have the opportunity to do what he loves doing, every day.  Todd specializes in portraits, landscapes, and seascapes.

With his representational approach to oil painting, Todd strives to faithfully capture on canvas the truth and beauty he sees all around him.  He chooses to be positive and focus on all that is good and uplifting in life. Whether it’s a rusty old truck, a vanishing tobacco barn, or a unique face, there’s beauty everywhere to be captured and shared.

Todd is represented by Providence Gallery in Charlotte, NC.  He also teaches weekly oil painting classes and is available for commissions, demos, and workshops.

Elinor Bowman,  She’s So Curvy , 2016, watercolor, 12” x 16 (mattted)

Elinor Bowman, She’s So Curvy, 2016, watercolor, 12” x 16 (mattted)

Elinor Bowman
Asheville Gallery of Art
Asheville, North Carolina

Elinor Bowman moved to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2002, and took up the study and practice of art.  After careers in business she found a passion in art.   Her favorite subjects have been people, though she also enjoys painting still lifes and landscapes.  

One day, after painting many live models in oil, she decided to “have some fun”.  She painted a few paintings that day with ground Chinese ink, and continued for a while.  Later, she began using watercolor in the live model sessions, and then black walnut ink.  She loves the looseness and spontaneity of watercolor and ink, the resulting almost abstract expression, while still being recognizable as people.

Experimenting with different mediums—ink, watercolor and oil—has interested her.  Her current figurative work is primarily done from live models.  You can see her paintings on her website, 

John Crum,  Pathway To The Stars , 2016, acrylic on canvas, 30” x 40” x 1.5”

John Crum, Pathway To The Stars, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 30” x 40” x 1.5”

John Crum
Karis Art Gallery, 
Mitchell-Hill Gallery
South Carolina

John is best known for figurative, whimsical, and gently surreal coastal paintings. His imaginative work captures solitary moments of love and inspiration around the Lowcountry.  Applying his curious and sometimes whimsical twist and title to a painting, John’s art takes the viewer on an unexpected and magical journey.

“Your art always makes me smile” is the most common response John receives from collectors and friends.  With his bright and bold palette, John’s painting style is instantly recognizable throughout his wide and varied range of subjects; be it people, boats, or a coastal land or seascape.

Moving from Bay Village on the North Coast to Hilton Head Island in 2001, John has maintained a lifelong career as painter, muralist, illustrator & graphic designer.

Janette K. Hopper,  Big Sky , oil on canvas, 36” x 48”

Janette K. Hopper, Big Sky, oil on canvas, 36” x 48”

Janette K. Hopper
Art in Bloom
Wilmington, North Carolina

Janette K. Hopper is a world renowned artist showing paintings, prints, and drawings including sumi ink at Art in Bloom Gallery in Wilmington, NC.  She is a retired professor and lifelong artist with an MFA from the University of Oregon.  Janette is the recipient of two prestigious Fulbright Scholarships from Denmark and the United States. She has taught in Denmark, Germany, and the United States.
Her work has been shown and collected extensively in museums, public venues, colleges and universities, and in private galleries in Germany, France, The Netherlands, Canada, Bulgaria, Italy, Denmark, and the United States.
Janette’s art stems from a close observation of nature on location.  She believes that the artist must have a deep experience of and connection with what she paints. The viewer often recognizes something in a work.  It is not about an exact rendition of a location but rather a sense of place.



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