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The artwork I create is a spontaneous capturing of the authentic moments in our own human nature.
Instinct and Intuition drive the work. The subject matter and forms are made without a preconceived idea of how the results will appear.
Figurative gestures and shapes are caught in transition. Their honest state is revealed. Some are suspended in a moment of ambiguity. Soft yet solid, vulnerable yet empowered.
The essence of all these works is the gesture itself. A slight movement, or subtle expression can reveal an abundance of experiences. Physicality is a major force in my work, whether it be in painting or drawing.
Fluctuations of thoughts and identities are constantly happening in our daily experience. Even the simplicity of staying still holds a plethora of energy. The work is constantly shifting and changing, following its own process.
Erin Blayney received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. She has exhibited in various group and solo exhibitions in Omaha, NE, San Diego, CA, and Chicago, IL. Trained as a figurative painter, Erin uses pastel and graphite as her most current medium, exploring abstraction and allowing a sense of rawness to be revealed. A native of St. Petersburg Beach, FL, Erin currently resides in Omaha, NE. Collections of her work include Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, Herbe Sainte restaurant, Peter Kiewit Foundation, Blackstone Corner, and Energi Salon. Publications include Adbusters Magazine, The Encounter, Medium Magazine, and San Diego Home and Gardens.
Alissa Hansen, a resident of Wahoo Nebraska, grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. In 2004, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, with an emphasis in drawing, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In May of 2005 she moved to Denver and quickly fell in love with the area. After 13 years in Colorado, Alissa made the decision to move to Nebraska, with her husband and children, to be closer to family after her mother’s dementia diagnosis.
“Though my artwork goes through phases, I always find myself returning to the themes of place and human connection. I am interested in people and their stories, whether it is a relative, whose life I know intimately, or a stranger passing by. I am constantly scanning and observing my surroundings. Much of my art is a personal record of these observations – filtered through my own eyes, emotions, and imagination, of course. By drawing and painting these moments of pause, I’m allowed to linger with them a bit longer. I like to allow the viewer to personally connect with my art, while leaving room in my work for them to create their own narrative about the subject.”
For more information and images of Alissa’s art, visit alissahansen.com
Aspen Polly Hansen
Aspen Polly Hansen, originally from Denver, has lived in Wahoo, Nebraska since 2019. Her favorite medium to work in is Prismacolor colored pencils, because of their bold color, smooth texture, and precision. She is inspired by realism and enjoys watching tutorials to learn techniques from other artists. She has received multiple commissions from people wanting portraits of their pets. At 14 years old, she is saving money for college with future plans to study art and archeology. She devotes hours each week to practicing and improving her drawing skills. “I love art” she says, “I have as long as I can remember. My mom is an artist, so naturally, I’ve grown up doing art and being creative. Art is a part of me and my life. If someone were to tell me to stop doing art, it would be like telling me to stop breathing. It brings me and others joy and that is why I love it.”
Barbi Hayes, owner of Hayes Environmental LLC, is an environmental scientist and regulatory specialist. She deals with natural resources such as grasslands, woodlands, wetlands and waterways, and specializes in Section 404 of the Clean Water Act issue. She is also intimately associated with Glacier Creek Preserve and has a great love for prescribed burning, bonding with her drop torch. She joins her husband in research efforts throughout Nebraska and Western Australia.
Bill Hoover’s art is a dynamic synthesis of both his interior and exterior worlds. Using oil paint, charcoal, graphite, and textures like sand, he builds up his paintings using shapes, colors both muted and bright, and texture till he arrives at a place that is fresh, unpredictable, and meditative.
His work is widely collected throughout the United States and is featured in many private collections.
Dr. Peter Jessen is a local dentist who shares his down time in the wild. As a hunter he makes his own arrows from Eastern Red Cedar and turkey feathers specific to the hunt. As a fisherman he ties his own flies specific to the catch. To make the best flies and arrows, Pete has become a natural ecologist to better understand the wild places he goes to.
Bill Kabourek is a snowbird who paints in Florida and the Omaha area. His oil paintings bring together sky, water, and prairie elements along with, occasionally, a misplaced palm or improbably coloration. While not abstract or impressionistic, Bill’s work avoids the preciseness that was required in his successful business career.
I grew up on a farm outside of Malvern, Iowa. Graduated from college with a degree in art education with an emphasis in ceramics, painting, and drawing. I taught art at Papillion Junior High for thirty-eight years. I currently lead art workshops, make wheel thrown pottery, take photographs, garden, and make some art.
Art is everywhere. The images are already here. Painting is allowing the fleeting to become visible through color, technique, and style. Through creating we come to appreciate the richness and the possibilities of the images in a world that surrounds us.
I paint subjects that interest me and challenge what I think I know and see. I try to expand my skills by exploring media in and out of my comfort zone. I often say- “Why not?”
Peggy Krist has a talent for expressing the beauty occurring in our natural world that moves our senses to feel the interconnectedness we all share with the Earth and all within it. Whether it be a simple pair of cardinals gracing her backyard or a moonlit landscape of majestic mountains, Peggy captures the feeling of that moment so gracefully with her oils and canvas.
Anne Machian – HannemadeDesigns
“There is great beauty in a blank card. It does not put words in anyone’s mouth but allows the sender’s message to resonate. Each year, using the simplicity of pen and ink, my sister and I grew up taking turns drawing our family Christmas card with the help of our father.
I am a landscape architect, and my passion is the natural world. These hand-drawn botanical cards combine my family’s traditional style with my passion for nature.
I hope these cards inspire you and let your words resonate with loved ones.”
Chris Machian was born in the diverse, working class community of South Omaha in Nebraska. Rather than receiving an allowance, Machian managed a paper route at age 10, teaching him the value of hard work. The after-school job also launched Machian’s love affair with the news. As a child he often read more than just the comics in the Omaha World-Herald, where he would later become a staff photographer. He attended college at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where soon his work started appearing in USA Today and the Sporting News.
Later he earned Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and is a licensed drone pilot.
Now Machian’s word be seen in Sports Illustrated, the Washington Post and even the front page of the New York Times. His style is one of accurate representation with little disruption.
Jim Pattavina is a native Omahan who was raised in New Jersey. A former surfer and downhill mountain bike racer, he still thrives in the cycling industry working out of his home. His surf board is dry-docked waiting for just the right wave in the metro area. He also plays the guitar, restores vintage cars, and creates art with paint and metal. His Spoon Flowers were inspired by a story of long distance love where the exchange of spoons across continents brought two people together. Bring them into your home/garden and celebrate the nature of love while increasing the aesthetic appeal of your space.
Her 2 cats (Felix and Scully would say hi, but they’re cats so they’re either hiding or rubbing their face against your leg) wander in and out of her studio throughout the day, happily swatting stones and silver bits off the workbench when Elisabeth isn’t looking.
Mother of two, wife of fifteen years, a staff accountant to an emerging local commercial construction company.
Overall I enjoy being creative and applying it to all aspects of my life. As for art, I was drawn to reconnect with a childhood excitement and reacquainted myself with pastels. With a sparked curiosity and an abundance of support; I created multiple projects with a variety of mediums and methods. Trying to practice patience through several learning curves, I have yet to claim a favorite medium, style, or even a chosen outlet. One constantly compelling characteristic I try to portray, is the perspective I feel in comparison to the experiences of my reality. If we in life are actors on a stage; I want to share my appreciation for the back drop as it unfolds.
Lolly Anderson Thomas
Lolly Anderson Thomas is based in Omaha, NE. Her acrylic paintings have colorful abstract themes that exhibit the artistic sensibilities that she developed throughout her graphic arts career.
Lolly begins each painting with a subject that speaks to her. She then experiments with color, depth, and movement to achieve a painting that exhibits her impressions of nature’s beauty.
Lolly earned a college degree in art in 1972 which culminated in her personal art show. She has expressed her illustration and design talents throughout her career. Her interest in painting was renewed in 2016 as a means of exploring new approaches to the creative process that she always embraced.
Megan is an Omaha native, and studied at the University of Nebraska in Omaha to earn her BA in Studio Art in 2005.During a brief stay in California, she studied further under a prolific oil painter who taught an old master painting technique. Megan has been showing her work locally in Omaha, NE since 2008.
Megan works with oil and acrylic paints. Her painting style ranges from dream-like airiness to structured and tight. Her painting style relies heavily on intuition as well as the foundational teachings of the practice.
ARTIST STATEMENT 2020
My paintings are greatly inspired by the inner and outer landscapes of my experiences. I have a strong desire to translate the things that I see in life, and subsequently intend to express the inner emotions that can come with that imagery. My objective is to pull the subtlety out of the obvious, to mark the smaller and quieter spaces that live within the bigger picture.
Trilety Wade works in watercolor, digital photography, and the written word. Portraits and moody landscapes are the subject matter she is most drawn to in her photography, while the body and subtle fantasy is the subject matter that most often emerges in her watercolors. The camera and the brush serve as her poetic pen when she encounters writer’s block.