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.

Read on to get to know each one of these artists, and their work!

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.