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Coleen Bradfield

Drawing, painting, sculpting and appreciating art have been part of my life as far back as I can remember. I loved spending weekends in my father's studio watching him drawing cartoons and painting portraits. He encouraged me to major in art at his alma mater, Ohio State University. I had some of his professors and spent from 1964 - 1968 majoring first in painting then in sculpture before changing universities and majors (a very difficult decision). I finished my degree in science (that's a long story involving husband and children) in my beloved state of Florida. With family and a career teaching chemistry and scientific research there was little time for truly immersing myself in painting and sculpting. Paintings and sculptures did however get completed and I was able to exhibit work in both shows and galleries. I have been honored to have my art on display in private residences throughout the U.S. as well as 2 countries in Europe.

When painting I prefer oil and acrylic as I enjoy the flexibility of change they often offer. I have recently returned to a more abstract style and enjoy blending some of my classical training with a more free, intuitive style. I also enjoy working with mixed media and combining alcohol ink, polymers and resins which provide a fun, glossy effect. Whatever the materials, the process is what I find most enriching and inspiring.

Most of my sculptures have been completed in clay - both water and oil based. My fired pieces are treated with various paints and patinas while the oil based are taken to a foundry for bronzing.

Since college days I have enjoyed the study of patterns and combined with my love of nature I find myself often drawn to the natural patterns of wildlife - especially zebras. Living most of my life on the coastal areas of Florida has also inspired many shore bird creations. The light, shadows, colors and sounds of nature are all sources of inspiration.

Whether I am creating a collage for my church depicting historical membership, painting, sculpting, designing materials for non-profits and missions or exploring a new medium it is done with a love of the creative process and a desire to share the finished art form with others.

Sherry Killingsworth

Sherry Killingsworth fell in love with drawing and painting at an early age. A native Texan, Sherry was raised in Houston and earned a Fine Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin University. In 1988, after receiving a box of Rembrandt soft pastels as a gift, she sought out instruction from Bryan pastelist Emma Stark. She has continued her education with nationally known artists including Bob Rohm, Rita Kirkman, Karen Margulis, Christine Swann, Richard McKinley and Albert Handell.

Sherry retired from a career in the hospitality industry in 2013 and began to focus on her artwork full time. She is primarily a landscape artist who paints in a realistic/impressionistic style. Her work has garnered many awards in both regional and national juried shows, including Best of Show in the 2017 Art of the Pastel, Pastel Society of Southeast Texas. She is a member of the Brazos Valley Art League, Brenham Fine Arts League and the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas.

I have always been happiest when surrounded by the beauty of the natural landscape. I find inspiration for my paintings in the fields around my home, stunning landscapes of the west, and the gulf coast bays and marshes. I look for subjects where the light creates an emotional impact. I’m drawn to striking contrasts between the lighted areas of the subject and the shadows. The soft pastels I work with are pure color and allow gorgeously rich applications to accomplish the impression I’m looking for. I enjoy painting outdoors and immersing myself in the scene, but if I cannot paint on site I take photos to use as reference material back in the studio.

Whether I am painting outdoors or in the studio, I’m always in awe of the infinite beauty there is to behold in this world. As an artist, it is my hope that the viewer will sense the emotional bond I felt with the subject and find joy in observing the painting.

Chris Wilson

Why do I paint? For the joy it brings me and those that share in it. It’s that simple.

My interest in art started at a young age and never waned. I took all the classes offered in high school, and then at Indiana University, I majored in Fine Arts. My emphasis was painting and drawing. I also had some experience in print making, ceramics and photography. After graduating, I worked as a graphic artist for many years. Then it seems my art went “on hold” while I was raising our 2 children.

In 2009, I picked up the brush again. That is when I fell I love with watercolor. The light, the movement of the paint on the paper, and the layering of transparent colors fascinate me! I like all kinds of subject matters, as you will see if you walk into my studio at the Arts Council. Children, flowers, landscapes and beach scenes are my favorites. I also enjoy teaching. I have taught classes, but currently I’m only giving private lessons.

If you are at the Arts Council, please stop by an see me. I am always happy to meet new people who enjoy art!

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