Artist Spotlight: Susan Britt Macon

Aug 7, 18

Anne Neilson Fine Art is thrilled to share their findings on an artist whose work individualizes the expression of abstraction and details the momentary aspects of color: Susan Britt Macon. A Carolina native, Macon is known for her use of bold colors and ever evolving knowledge grown in the workshops and classes she has taken over the course of her artistic career. Inspired by the color and movement, her compositions are influenced by nature, interior design, photographs, people and personal experiences. The unencumbered joy that is felt by the viewers of her work is innumerable, and we are so glad you all will get to know just a bit more about this wonderful woman as you read our exclusive interview below!

When did you start your career in art? How long have you known you wanted to be an artist?

About 15 years ago I started painting as a walk of healing when my father became quite ill.  I studied under artists that I was drawn to their work. Eventually, I started selling and taking commissions.  I believe I wanted to be an artist or at least study art in the early 80s, but I didn’t because that was during the time of the birth of the “career woman”.   What would I do with an art major was the question. I studied math (the other side of the brain) and never made a career in it either. So, here I am going back to my heart’s desire!    

Describe your aesthetic in three words:  

Color/light, shape/movement and spirit

Just When I Thought It Was Over, 36×48

Describe your artistic process and preparation?  

First, I do morning prayer and devotions. I look through magazines, books, photos or take a walk outside to get inspired. What I’m looking for is the beauty in my surroundings and when I see that  “something” I just know in my spirit that that’s it! Then, I put on worship music and go to the canvas! Sometimes I paint what I see before me and other times I paint an interpretation of what I see.  

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

 I don’t know that I actually have a favorite piece, but I can tell you why I love painting.  I once had a teacher say, “ Don’t get to attached to your paintings. They’re not yours. They’re meant for someone else.”  I believe this! I have received numerous letters, emails and texts from people telling me how much a painting means to them or how the painting speaks to them or makes them feel such hope and joy.  This is why I love painting!

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?

Professionally, Alice Williams inspires me.  She was my teacher, is an incredible artist, a colorist, an encourager and a visionary. I haven’t seen her in a few years but when I see her work…I hear her.  

L’ Automne du Luberon II, by Alice Williams

Favorite location to paint/what is your studio like?

I really can paint anywhere.  I’ve had studios. I’ve painted in the garage. Plein air. Once I’m on the right side of the brain, I’m gone!  I’m in another world!

A random fact about you:  

For the past twenty years we lived in Florida.  We were transplants…not originally from there. We lived in an old neighborhood where everyone was related.  Our first Christmas there was just for our family of four. The children didn’t find that exciting after watching large families gather after the Christmas Eve service.  The next year I decided to start inviting friends that weren’t from Florida or going home to visit their families for the different holidays to our house. We called ourselves the “Island of misfit toys”!   Holidays were always fun and interesting!

Favorite place to vacation? And/or dream trip?  

My dream trip is to go to Israel! My favorite place to vacation is our family house at the Outer Banks.  We call it the Box by the Sea. No frills, nothing fancy. Babies bathed in the kitchen sink… outside showers as they grew older.  All day on the beach. Parents Happy Hour 5-8pm. Tomato sandwiches, Ice cream runs. Owens. Captain Franks. Jockeys Ridge. The Lost Colony and lots of family story telling.

What are you currently reading?

Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors.

 

What are you currently listening to?  

I love learning and being inspired to hope with all that is happening in the world today.  I’m listening to two fabulous teachers, Rick Booye and Jill Briscoe.

What would you be doing if you were not an artist?  

I’ve done everything from outside sales, retail, interior design and teaching school.  At this point in my life, if I weren’t an artist, I’d probably in ministry.

One thing you couldn’t live without?  

Jokingly, I have to say my big round brush and high heat hair dryer!!!  If you saw me on a hot humid day, you would tell me, “Girl, you need a big round brush and a hairdryer on high heat!”  No reintroducing the 80s!

If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?  

My poodle Lolllie! She is spoiled, pampered and loved beyond measure!  hahaha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your all-time favorite artist and/or your favorite emerging artist?

 Too many…Monet, Degas, Matisse, de Kooning and Diebenkorn. Favorite emerging/may be established by now artists are Caroline Boykin, Eileen Power, Janie Pinney, Christina Baker, Lucy Williams and Erin Gregory.

What do you want your audience to know about your work?  

As I mentioned above that I started painting as a walk of healing during a difficult time when my father was quite ill.  In that season of soul searching, I was asked, “what do you want to do?” I replied, “I want to paint!” Looking over both shoulders in surprise I asked, “who said that??”  My friend pointed at my heart and said, “I believe that God has given you a gift. Now, use it. Go paint.” I believe that my paintings express beauty from ashes. I pour out onto the canvas what I can’t write, speak or express….but, this is His gift!  I’ve tried painting series of paintings or reproduce something that I’ve painted before. It just doesn’t happen. Each painting is unique and has it’s purpose!!

 

A preview of Susan Britt Macon’s work currently available at ANFA:

City of Hope, 30×30


Sometimes You Just Have To Move, 36×36

 

Greener Pastures I & II, 24×18

 

 

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McColl Center Alumni + Local Artists Feature

Aug 1, 18

Art Exhibition, Linda Luise Brown, Ivan Toth Depena, Tony Griffin, Diane Hughes, Carmella Jarvi, Terry Shipley, Kristen van Diggelen Sloan, artist, art gallery

This August, Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery will be featuring the collective works of several artists whose work exemplifies the locality of its makers and distinguishes the alumni of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. This hub for creativity resides in a gothic-revived church that was built in 1926. After the church, a few years of vacancy and a fire that left the interior barren, it was bought in 1995 to become what it is today!

With the support of Hugh McColl and the Arts & Science Council, and with the vision of the FMK Architects and rebuilt by Rodgers Builders, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation opened it’s doors in 1999. Since then it “has become a nationally acclaimed contemporary art center dedicated to connecting art and artists with the community.”

The McColl alumni artists that will be in our upcoming exhibition are: Linda Luise Brown, Ivan Toth Depena, Diane Hughes, Carmella Jarvi and Terry Shipley. The featured local artists to accompany the McColl alumni are Kristen van Diggellen Sloan and Tony Griffin.

Read more about each of these artists & the art— below!

 

LINDA LUISE BROWN is a painter, writer, and teacher, with over 25 years experience as a professional artist. Her work is abstract, painterly and lush, with boundless contrasting fields of color and texture that subtly vary as the artists knowledge of art history and architecture is deep – a valuable resource for the artist who often questions, pushes, and experiments with her alluding imagery within constructive composition.

McColl Resident Apr 3 — Mar 25 2013

Persephone II, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 48

IVAN TOTH DEPENA combines scientific, technological and traditional media in a new way the surpasses the surface it encounters. His use of innovative materials, custom software, digital fabrication and methods of contact with the surfaces of his works, blurs the boundaries of nature and machine. The output is a layered fusion of visual stimulation and invasive connection, that the artist pursues to evolve at the intersection of differing disciplines “with the aim of choreographing the moment when these aspects come together seamlessly.”

McColl Resident Jan 6 — Mar 25 2014

Red Shift, mixed media on wood panel, 72 x 48

DIANE HUGHES creates mixed media photographs that emulates her passion for nature. Hughe responds “to a childhood uprooted by illness, frustrating diagnosis, and the stresses of disease, the physical power and symbolic wisdom of ‘Trees’…Drawn to the strength, rawness, texture, shape, and human-like depth of older trees, the core image always begins in black and white.” The artist then enhances the dimensionality of her work by obscuring the image with organic materials such as tea, dirt, raw vegetable juice, olive oil, and vinegars with the goal of creating color, texture, a new physicality, and an affirmation of health.

McColl Resident Apr 13 2009 — Mar 22 2010

Fallen Angels, hyssop flower, poppy, pine tar, & beeswax, 18 x 25

“The more authentically rich my relationship is to self and my expression, the greater the canvas will be impacted and thusly the viewer.”

 

CARMELLA JARVI is an artist and entrepreneur whose fascination and appreciation of water has inspired unique painterly forms of glass, with translucency and fluidity that are characteristic of their aquatic inspiration. “Her pieces have multiple firings and layers, with lots of cold working in between (using tile cutter, belt sander, and even breaking glass). She often utilizes kiln heat and gravity to move glass.”

McColl Resident Apr 12 — Aug 23 2010

Urban Eddy Movement, kiln glass, 10 rounds, approximately 60 x 40

The Urban Eddy Movement wall mounted kiln glass composite will be at our exhibition, but can also be viewed at the CLT Powerhouse (former Trolley Museum) as one of Jarvi’s public art projects that was created in late 2017.The enlarged translucent vinyls of the original water glass were printed and installed on the buildings windows and doors in January of 2018.

 

TERRY SHIPLEY is a ceramicist whose elaborate body of playful works is “usually sculptural, sometimes functional, always decorative.” The balancing act of stacking components  and the outrageous accumulation of color, line, pattern and elements of flora and fauna, can best be described as a true delight to see! Working with slab constructed clay, her imagery depicts the artists curiosity and love of nature—especially flowers, animals, and insects—that cultivates the energy of childish giggles and exemplifies sheer joy.

McColl Resident Jan 1 — Jun 1 2003

Night & Day, ceramic & glaze, 72 x 24 x 14 

 

KRISTEN VAN DIGGELLEN SLOAN is -a blast from the past-, all the while unravelling various aspects of modern science, poetry and ultimatley leaves the viewer questioning  the nature of their reality. Her large-scale oil paintings defy perceptibility and instead utilize Baroque sensibility and humanistic adaptation to conceive “monumentally scaled portraits of a spiritual journey or condition.” Amidst the landscape or figurine, her works encompass the human psychological experience and use complex imagery to refer to the best kept secret and/or reveal a tantalizing narrative.

Local Charlotte Artist

The Wise Virgin, Oil on Canvas, 96 x 57.6

Me Too Girl, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30

“Her more recent ceramic work adopts a maternal lens, and is inspired by the Southern craft tradition of the face jug… “the art of inwardness, or pedagogy of interiority.”

 

TONY GRIFFIN is a classically trained painter whose work displays the artists attentive nature of observation. Living and working in North Carolina, “he is a perceptual painter; his work is based on observation and response.”  Appreciating his academic training in the fine arts, Griffin’s work has evolved into a “more personal and direct interpretation of his experiences and surroundings.” His most recent works are of vases that represent his concept of siblings, and the way life has a way of chipping away at us, with the familiarity in baring lifes’ weatherings.

Local Charlotte Artist

Siblings,  Oil on Canvas, 24 x 48

All of these artists come from the local vicinity of Charlotte and Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery is honored to be housing their work for an exhibition to be appreciated by all of the Queens City residents and visitors alike.

Please join us August 2nd, 6-8pm and enjoy the coming together of these diverse individuals from the creative community of Charlotte.

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Chromatic Shift

Jul 17, 18

Our latest exhibition, Chromatic Shift, explores visual variations of line and color by six artists: Marcy Gregg, Audrey Stone, Jeff Erickson, Michael Barringer, and Ken Tate. Each artist employs a unique approach to the inclusion of chroma and differs in method of distinguishing line; while Michael Barringer arranges several canvases to physically create linear barriers between each component within his compositions, Ken Tate actively inflicts color onto the editorial black and white images that reminisce those in catalogues.

All of the artists featured here are brilliant in their activation of color and composition, as well as their refinement in constructing multi-dimensional surfaces that envelop the viewer and beckon them to stare on.

 

MARCY GREGG

A Texas native and remarkable woman, Marcy describes her work as “puzzles”. The use of line and color in her work magnifies the movement of entering an unresolved space, the details falling into place as you experience the composition, similar to how the artist experiences the new founding in the seemingly familiar. 

Take Flight, 60×48

Full of Belief, 48×48

JOE VINSON

Joe’s latest work involves the heavy application of paint in cohesion with the action of layering these thicknesses upon one another, with keen eye to detail and precision. The outcome is an enveloping grid-locked texture that holds strain like that of a basket weave. The surface of these works are so deep that truly to see them with one’s own eye is the best.

Big Box, 30×30

Two Toned, 24×24

MICHAEL BARRINGER

Michael Barringer is a Carolina native whose most recent work depicts a combination of sheer and heavy layers, inclusive geometric collage with pristine detail to sharp edges. His use of vibrant color along side artificial shapes and natural inspired lines, creates an interesting composition throughout the viewers experience. His abstracts develop from a pattern of boundaries or thresholds using oil paint as a patina or veil. Contrasts of soft, faded color against bands of heavily brushed, solid color allows the work to gradually reveal itself, illuminating more the longer you look. 

Bloomstone (The Wine Dark See), 48×44

Bloomstone Fragment (Strange Fruit), 27×18

AUDREY STONE

Audrey Stone, a Brooklyn-based artist, encourages viewers to look very closely in order to see details in her surface, colors, and materials. She uses layers of paint applied to unprimed canvas and linen to develop smooth and velvety surfaces of color. Fascinated by edges, she uses tape to form boundaries between her colors and expose the built up layers involved in each work.

I’ll Have What She’s Having, 24×18

Happy For Her, 20×16

KEN TATE

Ken Tate is known for his unconventional painting methods that herald back to the deliberately chaotic style of Abstract Expressionism. His Intervention Series superimposes vibrant and raw layers of acrylic paint onto photographs of high-fashion advertisements and celebrity icons. Tate transforms the original image and adds layers of his own intervention. Whether squeegee, smeared, finger-painted, brushed, or squirted, it is easy to recognize the physicality of Tate’s active marks as the “shift” the original image into his own.


Soul, 31×25

Akris, 31×25

JEFF ERICKSON

Jeff Erickson often leaves the paintbrush behind preferring a set of unconventional tools such as whisk brooms, drywall knives, bbq skewers, wax paper, tissue paper, and more to achieve a strong sense of texture and depth in his abstract paintings. He begins with thin, transparent layers of color, making marks with his tools between each layer. Gradually, the surface creates a complex variation of color built up by 40 – 50 layers of paint and marks. Finally, Jeff scratches, scrapes, and dissolves back through the many layers to reveal what was once hidden.

Crossing Paths, 48×48

Grand Finale, 12×12

 

 

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Botanica

May 14, 18

There is no energy like the energy of spring after a long winter! In celebration of this time of change and rebirth in the seasons and Anne Neilson Fine Art’s fourth year in business, we would like to introduce our group show, Botanica. Extending through June 1, the exhibition is devoted to new work by gallery artists Jhina Alvarado, Vesela Baker, Caroline Boykin, Paige Follman, Pam Moxley, Eliza Thomas, Judith Vivell, and Vikki Stockton. 

We are excited to welcome this bright, versatile body of work into the gallery, and hope that you will stop by the gallery to see the artwork for yourself! Read more about the artists and the inspirations for their botanical explorations below.

Caroline Boykin

Caroline Boykin is a talented ceramics artist and painters based out of Raleigh, NC. Her newest works focus on combining elements of nature in delicate, mixed media canvases, utilizing oil, acrylic, porcelain, and resin.

Faithful I, 20×20

Blessings All Mine, 40×40

Jhina Alvarado 

Jhina Alvarado’s contemporary oil paintings often explore vintage photographs, and she finishes her works with encaustic wax, adding a slight sepia tone. Botanica includes six new works by Jhina, all small-scale subjects of bees and butterflies.

Butterfly I, 8×8

Vesela Baker

Vesela is a full-time artist currently working from her studio in Chattanooga, TN. She has studied art at the University of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her work creates positive, happy feelings and can be found in many private and corporate collections mainly throughout the southeast but also nationwide.

Everyday Joys, 36×48

Paige Follman

In addition to having a large portfolio of pottery, Paige is an accomplished figurative and abstract painter. Her sophisticated, contemporary style is self-described as “Matisse meets Picasso”. We are excited to include her “Figurative” and “Scene and Heard” series filled with striking color, pattern, and shape.

Figurative Scene 55, 18.5 x 18.5

Scene & Heard II, 14×11

Eliza Thomas

Creating a brand new body of work for Botanica, Eliza’s paintings are a homage to nature. Her work began in the winter when colors and light were darker, more shadowed, and traced the comings of spring, when gardens began bloom and colors came alive. Her use of pencil, ink, pastel, and acrylic on rice paper mounted to canvas make her intricate studies transform into beautiful artistic creations.

A Walk in the Fifth, 30×60

Pam Moxley

Pam’s fascination with photography and mixed media has lead her to create works known for their taut black and white and sepia-toned images, simple in composition yet complex in theme.  Once she is finished with the photographic component, Pam continues to create through several layers of paint and mixed media and finishes each work with a poured layer of high gloss resin. 

Departure, 30×30

Judith Vivell 

Studying painting in New York since the 60s, the talented Judith Vivell has artwork in numerous private, corporate, and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Yale University in New Haven. Her bird series, featured in Botanica, are not about documenting existence but capturing the sublime to create pure expression and beauty. 

Great Egret, 40×40

Vikki Stockton

Working with low-fire clay and glaze, Vikki Stockton creates intricate sculptures and vases expressing the beauties of nature. Living in Jacksonville, Florida, Vikki’s is inspired by the vibrant ocean life and colorful flowers of her city. 

Anemone

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Artist Spotlight: Paige Follmann

Mar 20, 18

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Anne Neilson Fine Art is excited to introduce our newest artist to the gallery, the beautiful Paige Follmann! In addition to having a large portfolio of pottery, Paige is an accomplished figurative and abstract painter. Her style is self-described as “Matisse meets Picasso” and her playful works have been placed into both private and commercial collections across the U.S. We look forward to working with Paige and are so pleased to bring her work to Charlotte!

Hometown: Highland Park/Dallas, TX

Currently Living: Atlanta, GA

When did you start your career in art and how long have you known you wanted to be an artist?

I’ve wanted to be an artist since age 9; I told everyone I wanted to be an illustrator because I loved drawing. My professional art career started just three years ago.

Describe your aesthetic in three words:

Sophisticated, intriguing, contemporary

Describe your artistic process and preparation?

I work rather slowly and methodically. I’m not an expressionist painter. I practice a lot of staring, painting, staring… always taking note of what needs to be added to the piece before it’s finished.

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

“Modern Wink” is my favorite. It’s whimsical but has a sophisticated feel. I also love the color scheme – it’s my favorite combination… calm and soothing.

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Paige working on a painting in her Modern Wink Series

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally? 

Entrepreneurs and artists always inspire me. I love making friends with artists and people who work in a creative field, there is always something to learn and ideas to be shared!

What challenges do you think exist in the world of fine art?

There are all kinds of challenges from mastering your process, evolving your work, getting representation and selling your art…

How do you approach/overcome them?

I think the key is to just stay focused on your work and what inspires you to create. Also, to go have enriching experience that inspire you… it always brings a new life to my work!

Biggest accomplishment to date (personally or professionally)?

I feel really fortunate to have my work represented by some of the best fine art galleries in the country in a relatively short amount of time. I’m still emerging but I’m so thankful for the recognition and the clients who love and connect with my work. That means everything.

Favorite location to paint? What is your studio like?

I paint in my home studio and I love it. I like to paint with the doors open, music playing, and my adopted pit bull is usually somewhere nearby watching me work.

A random fact about you:

Helen Ballard was one of my first purchasers of art! She bought a piece from me when I met her at an outdoor event in Buckhead. I love her style and Ballard Designs so it was such a compliment!

Favorite place to vacation? 

South of France. There are so many museums and amazing restaurants along the beach.

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Cannes, France

What are you currently reading?

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.

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What are you currently listening to?

I listen to everything but right now I’m loving Lorde’s album.

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What would you be doing if you were not an artist?

An interior designer or maybe a landscape architect. Or even a stylist! Anything creative would suit me.

One thing you couldn’t live without?

COFFEE

If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be? 

Someone with a totally different lifestyle… it would give me great perspective.

Your all-time favorite artist and/or favorite emerging artist?

My favorite artists are of course Picasso, Matisse, and Diebenkorn. They inspire so much of my work. I love the work of Meredith Pardue and also Carlos Ramirez.

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Pablo Picasso, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, 1932

Dream commission?

A giant work on canvas for a public building would be a great adventure. Large scale work is so fun.

What do you want your audience to know about your work?

It’s my heart. It’s very personal to me.

What makes your work unique?

There are a lot of colorful expressionist paintings in the fine art world right now, so I feel my work stands out just by the genre. My figurative scenes that feature nature, plants and figures with geometric shapes and lines are unique to my style. They are something I’ve developed over the last few years. There are certain shapes I love to use in my paintings like greek keys and squares… I repeat that over and over again in my work.

Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years?

I think every artist wants to reach as many people with their work as possible, so the goal would be to have my work represented across the country and do solo shows. That’s the dream!

Modern Wink III - 24x36 - $2200

Modern Wink III, 24×36

Figurative Scene VII - 40x40 - $3900

Figurative Scene VII, 40×40

Figurative Scene Palm I - 24x24 - $1800

Figurative Scene Palm I, 24×24

Sacred Femme Vase - ceramic bisque - $350

Sacred Femme Vase, Ceramic bisque made from a vintage mould, hand-painted

Modern Wink IV - 48x48 - $4500

Modern Wink IV, 48×48

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Artist Spotlight: Pam Moxley

Mar 12, 18

Anne Neilson Fine Art is excited to introduce our newest artist to the gallery, Pam Moxley! Combining photography and mixed media, Pam’s sepia-toned and black and white photos are transferred to a paint-layered board and finished with a high-gloss resin. Her work revolves around memories from her childhood and those of her own children’s, both of which explore complex themes through a nostalgic composition.

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Pam Moxley in her studio

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Currently Living: Atlanta, GA

When did you start your career in art?

I started my career in photography in college and photographed professionally for a while after graduating.  I went into the corporate world for about ten years during which time I continued to photograph on the side.

How long have you known you wanted to be an artist? 

It was after I left the corporate world that I knew that I wanted to take my photography to a different place, a more artistic place.  I spent several years developing my technique and unique style before I started showing my mixed media work in 2006.

Describe your aesthetic in three words:

Nostalgia mixed with high concept polish (sorry I could not do it in three words!)

Describe your artistic process and preparation:

I am a self-taught artist who creates photo-based mixed media works. I spend much of my time chronicling the lives of my children and my surroundings, creating images that emote childhood memories for the viewer.

Once I have finished with the photographic component, I continue to create through several other mediums. My mixed media works are individually created with multiple layers. I start by painting a dimensional board with several layers and textures of paint. I then use an image transfer process that I have developed to add the photograph to the board. I finish each of my works with a poured layer of high gloss resin or wax. The combination of these techniques brings each of these individual works of art to life.

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

Oh, there are so many. Because my artworks often involve my children, I can not choose a favorite. Although some of my favorites are Deep Breath, The Chase, and The Wanderer.

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Pam Moxley, Deep Breath, 40×40

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?

Sally Mann & Annie Leibovitz

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Sallie Mann, “Candy Cigarette”, 1992

What challenges do you think exist in the world of fine art?

I think that the world of fine art as many other fields has always favored men. I genuinely considered using my maiden name and my last name in my art career. I would have been Scott Moxley. However, I realized that that would defeat the purpose. I am often asked who pours that resin for you or who does all the heavy lifting. When I tell them, well I do, there is always a bit of a surprised look.

How do you approach/overcome them?

By being a strong, engaged artist. I just do what I do to step up the plate and assume that the fact that I am a woman will have no bearing on the outcome of my ventures. Most of the time this works with rare exceptions. I also really enjoy working with other women in the field.

Favorite location to paint? What is your studio like?

I photograph everywhere. My studio is my house. It has taken over. I spend a great deal of time in the finished basement that is painted in bright colors including lime green trim.

Pam Moxley in Studio

Pam’s Studio

A random fact about you:

I have a 10-month-old Great Dane puppy named Willow.

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Willow 🙂

Favorite place to vacation? And/or dream trip?

I adore Italy, all of it. I have never visited a place where I did not find wonderful.  Perhaps it is because I am half Sicilian.

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Venice, Italy

What are you currently reading?

Re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird.

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

What are you currently listening to?

The Kongos, Imagine Dragons and Hozier.

What would you be doing if you were not an artist?

I would be an artist of some sort. I could not survive without it.

One thing you couldn’t live without?

My family, my husband John and four kids Jacob, Ali, Lily, and Sadie.

If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?

I would not want to switch but I certainly would love to join Sally Mann for a day. If I switched with her, I would not get to learn from her.

Your all-time favorite artist and/or your favorite emerging artist?

Too many to name.

Dream commission?

I would love to do several 12 ft x 12 ft works.

What do you want your audience to know about your work?

I hope to draw the viewer in and bring back childhood memories for them. There is nothing better than getting a glimpse of a memory that was completely carefree and without grownup worries.

What makes your work unique?

I think the imperfections are what makes my work unique. I also think they are what make them beautiful.  I would hate to make work that was perfect.

Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years:

I would love to see my work in more museum collections and at some point, have a solo exhibit with a museum.

A preview of Pam’s work now at ANFA:

Departure - 30 x 30 - $3000

Departure, 30×30

Nightlight - 36x36x3 - $4200

Nightlight, 36×36

Monarch - 24x24 - $2400

Monarch, 24×24

Bee - 24x24 - $2400

Bee, 24×24

Deep Breath - 40x40x3 - $5000

Deep Breath, 40×40

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Kinuko Hoffman

Jan 18, 18

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Living in multiple countries across Asia, studying traditional Chinese brush painting, and later attending the National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York, Kinuko Hoffman blends tradition and abstraction developed across her extensive training and experiences as an artist. She uses a range of mixed media in her work, such as pumice, paper, wood, string, and cloth to achieve an understated complexity.  Describing her artistic process and purpose, Kinuko states, “I combine materials with explorations of color and composition to create a harmony that transports the viewer into a meditative state where balance, drama, and clarity unite.”

Name: Kinuko Imai Hoffman

Hometown: Kyoto, Japan

Currently Living: New York City

When did you start your career in art?

I started painting in 1984. I first studied traditional Chinese brush painting in Taipei and Hong Kong. After moving to New York in 2003, I switched to abstraction and began to seriously pursue an art career.

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Han Gan, Tang Dynasty ca. 750, hand scroll ink on paper, Metropolitan Museum of Art

What makes your work unique?

Starting from traditional Chinese brush painting, I found my voice through abstraction with mixed media. By blending these two very different mediums, I try to create a uniquely original style that conveys a strong conceptual work of art.

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Distinct Path, acrylic, cloth, paper, pumice on canvas, 50×40

Describe your aesthetic in three words?

Clarity, Complexity, Nuance.

How much preparation goes into a painting?

I work intuitively and let painting evolve through my process of applying colors and materials. I have a rough idea, which I sketch beforehand, but often the finished piece is quite different from the original sketches.

Who inspires you professionally?

Esteban Vicente, Nicolas De Steel, Morandi, Zoa Wou-ki, Agnes Martin, Richard Diebenkorn, and Isamu Noguchi.

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Esteban Vincente, Blue, Red, Black, and White, 1961, MoMA

Who inspires you personally?

All human beings who have compassion and respect for others.

Favorite place to paint? What is your studio like?

My favorite place is the heart of New York City. My studio is located in Long Island City, right outside of Manhattan. From my window I have a beautiful view of the NYC skyline.

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Kinuko painting in her Long Island City studio

Favorite place to vacation?

Near the ocean or in a big city filled with interesting culture and delicious cuisines.

What would you be doing if you were not an artist?

I dreamed of being an archaeologist since I was very young.

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Archaeology Dig

Whats a recent hobby you’ve discovered?

Caring for and growing plants; potted plants in a city environment.

If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?

Hokusai Katsushika, the Japanese artist or Ukiyo-e, painter and printmaker of the Edo period.

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Hokusai Katsushika, The Great Wave, ca. 1830-32, Metropolitan Museum of Art

One thing you could not live without?

Painting brush.

A random fact about you?

I am 5’8″, which is rather tall for a Japanese woman of my generation.

What challenges do you think exist in the world of fine art?

Art is becoming a commodity. More provocative art gets attention. The real sense of beauty is not appreciated properly in today’s art world.

And how do you approach or overcome them?

I have to believe in myself and not be distracted by the surroundings.

Biggest accomplishment to date (personally or professionally)?

Personally, I am most proud of raising 2 well-adjusted young adults who have lived and traveled with us to five different countries. Professionally, I never stopped painting and experienced so much in those different cultures, which have strongly influenced my artwork.

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Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

After several years at the Art Student League of New York, my work was selected for the annual catalog that is distributed around the world. The piece is called “Bella” and it was the beginning of finding my voice in art.

What do you want your audience to know about your work?

Many layers of color are applied to the canvas to create contrasting soft and hard edges. I want the viewer to see the complexity and nuance in my work.

Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next five years?

I hope to show my work internationally in the future.

Visit Anne Neilson Fine Art to see Kinuko’s beautifully complex paintings on view in our current exhibition, Coup de Foudre!

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Fearless, acrylic, cloth, paper, pumice, and string on canvas, 24×20

Devotion - KIH - 50X40_72 dpi

Devotion, acrylic, cloth, paper, pumice and string on canvas, 50×40

Hana II - 44x36 - $5200

Hanna II, acrylic, cloth, paper, pumice, and string on canvas, 44×36

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Leap, acrylic, paper and pumice on watercolor paper, 30×22

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Sfumato, acrylic, paper and pumice on watercolor paper, 30×22

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Jane Schmidt

Jan 17, 18

Anne Neilson Fine Art is excited to present their newest artist to join the gallery, Jane Schmidt! Living in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, Jane is inspired by the vivid colors of her surrounding environment. Her abstract landscapes use color and texture to express more what is felt rather than what is seen by direct observation. Her paintings evoke a strong connection to nature and portray a variety of colors, which balance the landscape between realism and abstraction. Keep reading to learn more about Jane and her artwork.

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Name: Jane Schmidt

Hometown: Birmingham, Michigan

Currently Living: Asheville, NC

When did you start your career in art? How long have you known you wanted to be an artist?

I started my creative career in the mid 1970’s as a graphic designer. Initially I was a senior designer for a large architectural firm in Detroit and later had a design firm in Phoenix, AZ where most of my work focused on corporate branding. It was not until 2004 that I completed a three year Masters of Painting curriculum at Arizona State University and began my career as a fine artist. I have since taught art and art history at several colleges and universities but my primary focus has been to paint in my studio.

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Describe your aesthetic in three words:

Searching, Describing, Revealing

Describe your artistic process and preparation?

My artistic process typically begins with a canvas or board stained in a warm red. The red gives a glow to subsequent colors and reminds me of the warm earth tones on which colorful vegetation rests. I seldom have a composition in mind before I paint  but I usually start with gesturing dark organic shapes that will later serve as trees or shrubbery and will help to define the visual flow. I build a painting in multiple layers working from large to small shapes, further defining forms with each subsequent layer.  My landscapes are not site specific but are memory based and reflective of many landscapes worked into one. Warm and cool colors play off each other as do contrasting values and complementary hues.

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Close up detail showing layers and texture

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

I don’t have a favorite piece. My greatest pleasure is in the process and discipline of painting; the layering of colors and the mindful balance between energy and restraint.

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?

Several artists serve as inspiration to me to include Pierre Bonnard, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell, Edvard Vuillard, Henri Matisse and Wolf Kahn.

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Richard Diebenkorn, Berkeley #57, 1955

What challenges do you think exist in the world of fine art? And how do you approach/overcome them?

The biggest challenge to fine art is its continued dismissal in our public schools and public programs. The emphasis of a STEM education at the expense of fine arts funding is voiding our society of a culturally rich and mutually beneficial environment. We need only to study the growth of strong and vital urban societies to note their dependence on the arts as the fabric of enrichment. Unfortunately as I write this blog we are under the thumb of a government that refuses to acknowledge the value of the arts.

Biggest accomplishment to date (personally or professionally)?

I measure success as a series of small accomplishments determined by tenacity and integrity…  to be both vulnerable yet shielded, humble yet assertive. Grateful always for gifts and talents bestowed on us.

Favorite location to paint/what is your studio like?

Favorite location to paint is my studio. It’s quiet and has good feng shui, allowing me to paint with total submersion and concentration.

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Jane’s Studio in Asheville

A random fact about you: I love the smell of gum erasers.

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Favorite place to vacation? And/or dream trip?

Maine has always been a favorite place to both vacation and paint.

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One of Jane’s works painted in Maine

What are you currently reading?

A Little Life by Hanna Yanagihara; a beautifully written portrait of the friendship of four men.

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What are you currently listening to?

Yo-yo Ma on Pandora.

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What would you be doing if you were not an artist?

I have often thought about being an architect, most likely residential. I have such a fascination with the structures we call homes.

One thing you couldn’t live without?

Can’t live without my dark roast coffee in the morning or my cheap white wine at the end of the day.

If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?

I would like to be that person who could and would permanently remove Trump’s twitter account. This would remove so much of the fear, anger and hate he stirs up with his bullying tweets.

Your all-time favorite artist and/or your favorite emerging artist?

Favorite artist is Pierre Bonnard. I love his use of color and texture to convey the simple and endearing landscapes of home and family.

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Pierre Bonnard, Huile sur Toile, 1964

Dream commission?

A public installation in an urban environment in need of a colorful and cheerful reminder for passerby’s to look up and smile.

What do you want your audience to know about your work?

That it is both heartfelt and honest.

What makes your work unique?

If your work is heartfelt and honest it is also unique. We all have an inner voice if we take the time and space to listen it will guide us to the expression that is uniquely our own.

Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years:

To stay of healthy mind and body so as to always be able to paint.

Stop by the gallery to see Jane’s honest at heartfelt landscapes now at ANFA for yourself!

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Paesaggio Eleven, 12×12

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Interactions of Color and Form #1 12 x 12 oil on wood

Interactions of Color and Form I, 12×12

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Interactions of Color and Form II, 12×12

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Artist Spotlight: Judith Vivell

Jan 8, 18

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Name: Judith Vivell

Currently Living: New York, NY

When did you start your career in art? How long have you known you wanted to be an artist?

My father was an attorney, but he was also a Sunday painter, and my mother had studied art in Paris in the 1930’s, she later became a dress designer.  My childhood home was full of art books and my father’s copies of the paintings of the impressionists and post-impressionists.  When I was in the second grade I brought home a painting of a clown I had done in poster paint on news print.  When my father saw it, he said that I would be an artist when I grew up.  He immediately had the clown framed.  From that moment on he thought of me as an artist, even if no one else did.

Tell us about your path to becoming an artist?

In my junior year my father talked me into taking a semester and a summer off to live in Florence. I took him up on it and spent most days wandering 1961 Florence and visiting the Uffizi every day.  I began by making drawings of the masterpieces I saw everywhere.  In Florence I lived at a Pension.  The woman who ran the pension always wanted to see my drawings when I would come home at night.  When she asked if she could buy one, I told her that she could have it as a gift, but she insisted on buying it.  “I want to be your first collector,” she said.

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Uffizi, Florence, Italy

It was another seven years before I had my next sale.  And it was more of a trade than a sale.  I gave a painting of a large nude to a guy who wanted to sell the rights to his loft in Chinatown in New York City. Shortly after that I received my MFA from Hunter College and had my first solo show in New York at a place called Flats Fixed in Soho.  I also started selling my prints through Hank Baum Gallery in San Francisco and through Pace Editions in New York. I was in my late twenties when all that happened.

Describe your aesthetic in three words: Post-modernist realism

Describe your artistic process and preparation?

For the last twenty years I have made photography a crucial part of my process.  My paintings begin as photos which I take in locations around the world (or as in the case of still lifes, that I have set up in my studio).  I photoshop the photo as a way of producing the composition that I want. From there I draw the composition onto the canvas, put in the underpainting and proceed to paint the layers of the finished work.  Often, I let the painting dry between the underpainting and the subsequent layers.  Sometimes the best paintings are the most difficult to get “off the ground”.  There is sometimes a great temptation to scrap a painting at the beginning.  If I hang in there, and mostly I do, there is a moment when I become committed to the painting and begin to believe in it.  After that, I am in the zone and it is pure fun.  Before that it is a slog, but character building.

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Judith at work in her studio

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

I don’t have a favorite painting.  I tend to personally like very large paintings, but small ones have become a challenge and I am trying to become better at making smaller paintings that have the monumental quality that I like in the big ones.  Sometimes I realize that there is something virtuoso or masterful about a painting I have done, but that is not what makes a painting great.  I have paintings of certain subjects which I, myself, love, but which I know will never sell.  I am thinking of two enormous paintings of vultures.

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?

At this moment, I am loving Indian Mogul art, Lucien Freud, Audubon, John Singer Sargent.  I never go to the Met without visiting the post-impressionist rooms.  The Rembrandt room there is one of my favorite places on the planet. I love Louise Nevelson and Alice Neal.  Walton Ford is a favorite.  Louise Bourgeoise had a recent show at the modern which was wonderful.  But Hieronymus Bosch is my favorite artist of all time.  There is an altarpiece at the Met which is so perfect and so beautiful that I can’t believe it still exists and that I can see it whenever I want.

Hieronymus Bosch (Netherlandish, ’s Hertogenbosch ca. 1450–1516 ’s Hertogenbosch) The Adoration of the Magi, ca. 1475 Oil and gold on oak; 28 x 22 1/4in. (71.1 x 56.5cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913 (13.26) http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/435724

Hieronymus Bosch The Adoration of the Magi, ca. 1475, Oil and gold on oak,The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

What challenges do you think exist in the world of fine art? How do you approach/overcome them?

It is a huge challenge to do what you believe is good and still be able to make a living as an artist.  I try to make paintings that are as beautiful and perfect as I can and hope that others will see that too. I meditate each day before I go into my studio so that I will have the power and the energy and the skill to do what I know is good.  I take very good care of my body so that I will be in top form to do my job.

Biggest accomplishment to date (personally or professionally)?

My biggest accomplishment to date is to still be alive and to be strong enough to work long hours every day.

Favorite location to paint/what is your studio like?

I paint exclusively in my studio.  My studio is a 12 x 32 ft space in my loft with 12 ft ceilings.  I don’t use an easel; I paint on the wall. The canvas is lit by track lighting.  I stand while I paint.  I have a mirror on the back wall of my studio so that I can look at the painting backwards in the mirror and check the composition that way.  I have a metro system trolley where I keep my palette (which is a piece of glass) and my paints.  Like Louise Nevelson, I clean up everything every night when I finish painting.  I wear Taiwanese jackets with pockets when I paint.  I order them on line from a place in Taiwan.

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Judith’s Studio Office

A random fact about you:

My daughter says that I am the happiest person she knows.  Maybe that should have been my biggest accomplishment.

Favorite place to vacation? And/or dream trip?

So far, my favorite place has been Sri Lanka.  I love the town of Galle just because it is a perfectly in-tact 17th Century Dutch town. Most of the old buildings have been beautifully and sensitively restored.  I love the wildlife sanctuaries in Sri Lanka. I like to find birds wherever I go and work at taking pictures of them.

What are you currently reading?

I just finished Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson and Alfred Molina. I am listening to The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings.

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Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

What would you be doing if you were not an artist?

If I were not an artist, I would be a cabaret singer.  I would, of course, have to learn to sing, but I already know all the words to all the songs I would sing, so that’s half the battle.

One thing you couldn’t live without?

You always think that you couldn’t live without something or someone, but then that person dies, or that thing is lost and you do go on.  I do have a perfume I love, it’s called Alamut by Lorenzo Villoresi.  It is made in Florence and reminds me of my magical time there when I was young.  But even that, I could live without.

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What do you want your audience to know about your work?

I want my audience to know that the work is informed by the innovations of the twentieth century.  It is not academic.  It is not a throwback to something from the 19th century.  Yes, it is representational, but that is just the broth into which the real ingredients are thrown.  The finished product is a soup made up of everything which has come before it–abstract, non-objective, color-field, pop, conceptual, minimal–all of it.

What makes your work unique?

Recently a friend of mine walked into a house of a friend of hers who happened to own a piece of mine.  It was an early piece and more abstract and loose than the work I am doing now.  My friend looked at the piece and screamed, “Oh, you have a Judith Vivell!”  When she told me the story, I asked her how she knew it was mine and she said, “Who else could it be?”  I said, “Yes, but I want to know how it was different from other bird paintings.”  She said, “I don’t know what to tell you, Jude.  I’d know your work anywhere.”

Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years:

I thank the Universe for the life I now have, for the abundance that my work has generated and for the energy and power to continue to make art.  I want to improve and become better every day.  I want to make the most beautiful and close to perfect paintings possible for as long as possible.  I want to continue to wake up every morning and know exactly what I have to do.

To see Judith’s work stop by the gallery now!

Branch Diptych (2- 48X36)72x48 - $11,000

Branch Diptych, 72×48

Great Egret 40x40 $6000

Great Egret, 40×40

Great Blue Heron 40x30 (panel) $5000

Great Blue Heron, 40×30

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A Closer Look at Jim Keffer’s Pottery

Nov 29, 17

Anne Neilson Fine Art is excited to exhibit Jim Keffer’s exquisite pottery for sale as part of our holiday gifting pop-up party and Small Works Exhibition! Jim is widely known around the Charlotte area for his car dealerships but many are less aware of his hidden talent as a potter, which he has been practicing and refining for over 30 years! Keep reading to learn more about Jim and how he got started creating these unique and stunning vases.

“Keffer’s introduction to the world of pottery began accidentally with an elective class as a freshman at Appalachian State in the eighties. Unbeknownst to him, he had a natural talent and a love for throwing pottery. His talent flourished, especially under one fabulous professor and with many hours spent in the studio, throwing pottery and throwing away even more pottery. Soon after graduation, he got involved in the family car business and with raising a family he had to slowly put to rest his pot throwing skills.  Now that his children have flown the coop his passion has been reignited. He truly has the ability to create beautiful and intricate pieces of artwork that he hopes to share with everyone.

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Jim Keffer, owner and CEO of Keffer Auto Group is an artist working with bodies of clay to create pottery through processes like Raku, Saggar Firing and his personal favorite, Crystalline Glazing.”

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Name: Jim Keffer

Hometown: York, PA

Currently Living: Charlotte, NC

When did you first become interested in pottery?

I graduated High School and attended Appalachian State University for two years.  In my first semester at App. I hedged my bets a little and signed up for what I’d hoped would be an easy A, Introduction to Pottery! I’ve never really been very good at moderation, and once I started throwing pots, I was hooked.

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Describe your aesthetic in three words:

Crystaline thrown porcelain.

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?

I read Victor Frankl’s book, “Man’s Search for Meaning” recently.  That was inspiring.  I also enjoy Malcomb Gladwell’s books and reading the Biographies of influential figures in History like  Ulysses S Grant..  From a Pottery perspective, I love the work of Master Potter, Shoji Hamada who passed away in the 70s.  More recently I found works on You Tube by Hsin Chuen Lin and Matt Horne that I loved and imitated shamelessly.

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Biggest accomplishment to date personally and/or professionally?

I don’t typically think in these terms.  I focus more on what is still left to do than what has been done already. Some of the things I’ve enjoyed doing most include; (in no particular order) playing High School football at Charlotte Catholic, being married to Sandy for almost 29 years, watching my kids grow into young adults, finishing Ironman New Zealand, figuring out how to make Crystaline pots after  a huge number of failed attempts, Achieving Top Sales accomplishments for the state in4 separate brands, helping other people buy their own dealership and secure, and earning enough to be able to help those with the greatest need in our community.

A random fact about you?

Today I wear a size small t-shirt and weigh 157 lbs.  When I went to Charlotte Catholic, I was co-Capt of the football team, weighed 197 lbs.and wore an extra large t-shirt.  It’s like I’ve had the opportunity to lead two different lives and I’ve enjoyed both immensely.

One thing you couldn’t live without?

There’s lots of things that would be difficult to live without, but I don’t care for the word can’t.  Among the most difficult would of course be my wife and kids, the ability to go for a swim or run, my pottery wheel, my sight and the ability to laugh at myself.

If you could switch lives with one person for a day, who would it be?

Maybe Richard Branson.  I think he’s very cool  and appears to have become very successful without sacrificing his lifestyle and personality.

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Describe your artistic practice and preparation:

I enjoy throwing challenging Porcelain shapes without a huge amount of forethought.  My opportunities to throw are usually at night after I finish my emails and on the weekends if Sandy and I don’t have other plans.

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Favorite piece you’ve made to date and why?

I have lots of favorites.  An old teapot I made in College, A Saggar Fired Vase I made a few years ago with a combination of terasigulata, ferit chloride and miracle grow is another favorite, and my recent favorite is one of the Crystaline pieces I’ll be bringing to the pop  up sale.

Stop by ANFA now to see Jim’s beautiful pottery!

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