Anne Neilson Fine Art proudly presents Wavelength. Our summer exhibition features artwork inspired by the connective properties of water: our intrinsic draw to the sea, the surf, and the great oceanic expanse. Brand new work showcases the wide subject matter our artists capture, ranging from plein-air landscapes to abstracted wax painting all the way to cyanotype photography.

As you enter Wavelength you are fully immersed in water and experience the fluidity throughout the gallery. Below you can learn more about our featured artists. Come in and experience Wavelength in person through August 28th.

Stuart Coleman Budd

The Cassandrian Sea (triptych), Acrylic on panel, 72″ x 108″

Stuart Budd grew up in Charlotte, N.C. His dedication to art began as early as kindergarten when he would often skip recess to finish painting. At Myers Park High School he studied with the iconic Dean Barber, earning scholarships to several schools and eventually selecting Ohio’s Columbus College of Art and Design. He later studied at the prestigious School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Charlotte.

Decades spent drawing on-site in the mountains of Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina, provide him the practice, familiarity, and essence needed to recreate his beloved wilderness from memory in the studio. “It is an ethereal thing,” Budd says about his work, “more about the way places feel than look.”

Of his paintings, one collector wrote, “The work is so subtle…sheered, layered surfaces delicate as moth wings, colored in shades of gray, silver, pewter, cream and gold. They glow but they don’t illuminate their own details. Looking at his paintings is like watching the sun come up over the meadow. Beyond that they defy description.”

Bethanne Kinsella Cople

I Lost Earth’s Joys But Felt the Glow, Oil on linen, 24″ x 36″

Bethanne’s plein air landscape paintings are known for their lush painterly quality. Loosely painted yet realist, they invite the viewer to experience each painting anew with every observation. This quality gives her paintings a timeless appeal. Using expressive brushwork and a finely honed sense of color, she creates a powerful image with both depth and beauty.

She fills her paintings with compelling skies and calming landscapes. “I love painting the landscape en plein air. In the outdoors, you can incorporate not only what you see, but the sounds and the smells of the landscape. All of this lets me convey the sense of wonder that I feel at the subject.” Bethanne has painted in blizzards in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, on steep cliffs in Monhegan Island, Maine, in strong gales along the rugged northern California coast and the sanctuary of summer and winter on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the Potomac River in Virginia, and the east end of Long Island, NY. “I love being in the outdoors painting. It rejuvenates me in a way painting in the studio can’t.”

Jeff Erickson

Lasting Sunset, Oil and Wax on Board,
48″ x 36″

Jeff Erickson grew up traveling the world and living in faraway lands with with his family. His grandmother was an American Impressionist painter and he would watch her create colorful brush strokes across the canvas. Fortunate enough to travel, he visited museums and galleries across the world, and soaked in images of the landscapes.

His art developed out of these experiences, with an eye towards texture and abstraction. His paintings have a minimal and literal landscape element while capturing the textures of life. The experience of painting is a great escape from the complexities of life, he finds himself creating abstract scenes of peacefulness, relaxation, and calmness.

Erickson is drawn to water, the sea, the ocean, and these feelings show up in his abstract landscapes. His medium consists of oils and cold wax medium, on canvas, wood panels, and paper. Through this process, he is able to create multiple layers of translucent colors, and use elements of scratching, distressing, and dissolving, “With each painting, I start with no end game” said Erikson, “I allow the painting to develop and see where it leads me.”

Thomas Hager

Moon Beach Composition, Archival Pigments On Paper
40″ x 40″

Thomas Hager is constantly pushing the boundaries of the photographic medium using historic photography processes, painting techniques, and the latest photography technology. With his visual explorations of time and beauty, Hager continues to pay homage to art history while creating original photographic innovations.

He has work is in the permanent collections of the Maine Museum of Art; Mobile and Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama; The City of Orlando; Southern Progress Building, Birmingham, AL; Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta, Ga; Gerard Levy, Paris, France, among others internationally.

The Cyanotype and Kallitype processes are beautiful and sophisticated historic photographic processes in which chemicals are mixed and hand-coated on fine watercolor paper. A large negative is created in the darkroom that is contact printed/exposed on the coated paper; however big the negative determines the size of the final image. The Cyanotype yields a blue hue and the Kallitype a sepia hue.

Allison Luce

Fascination, Fired Clay, Oxides, Mixed Media on Wood Panel 54″x24″

Allison Luce explores the ephemeral nature of existence and the mystery of eternity through her ceramic sculptures and monoprints. Luce graduated with dual BFA degrees in Painting and Art History from Ohio University and her MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where she is a studio artist and an art instructor. She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally and her work is included in private and corporate collections.

She has been a Resident Artist at the International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, the Zentrum für Keramik-Berlin in Germany, and the Medalta International Artists in Residence in Canada. She has been an Affiliate Artist at the McColl Center for Art and Innovation and a Visiting Artist at Baltimore Clayworks. In 2014, she was a Resident Artist at The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences where she was awarded The Antinori Fellowship for Ceramic Artists. She was a Resident Artist at the GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art and the Noble and Greenough School in Massachusetts in 2015.  She completed a fifty-sculpture commission for the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte as a participant in their Community Supported Art program. She also received two Regional Artist Project Grants from the ASC to purchase a kiln and a slab roller for her home studio. 

Dean West

BB2, 32″ x 46.5″

Dean West, “one of the world’s best-emerging photographers” (AFTER CAPTURE MAGAZINE), has a highly conceptual and thought-provoking style of contemporary portraiture. His body of work has been featured in top photography magazines, art galleries, and received numerous international awards. Born in small-town rural Australia in 1983, Dean’s love for photography began in his high school’s darkroom- one of the largest darkrooms in the country at the time- and blossomed at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

After graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Photography with majors in visual culture and advertising, Dean formed a partnership, Berg+West, which won nationwide acclaim as a high-end photography and post-production studio. In 2008, Dean was included in Saatchi & Saatchi’s collection of the world’s top 100 emerging photographers and went on to win Advertising Photographer of the Year at the International Aperture Awards. With success in advertising and a growing list of collectors, Dean decided to dedicate more of his time to the world of art. In the following years, his series ‘Fabricate’ received worldwide recognition from top photography competitions, including the International Colour Awards, the Lucie Awards, the Loupe Awards, and in 2009, Dean was the winner of the IV International Arte Laguna Prize, Venice, Italy. This final award being the most prestigious for emerging artists with over 5,000 applicants gunning for the top prize in photography, sculpture, and painting. Zoom Magazine quickly nominated Dean in the ‘New Talent’ issue of 2010 and the Magenta Foundation awarded Dean an emerging Photographer of Canada.

—Landon Sule, intern