Mezzo fresco artist Tom Clifton focuses on the fusion of color and texture, creating a Mezzo Fresco-sculpted plaster featuring sheer watery acrylics, floating one hue over another.
While his themes vary, they all resonate from his world of discovery. Utilizing the techniques made popular by 17th century artists, Tom adapted the mezzo fresco process to canvas. Beginning with a plaster base, he utilizes sculpting and drying techniques to create the desired appearance. The pigment is then applied to the nearly dry plaster.
Tom, who is a self-taught artist, has been a part of the Memphis art community for more than thirty years. His paintings are a now a part of numerous collections including private collections throughout the North America and Japan. His work also has been featured on HGTV.
He is co-owner of T Clifton Art and dad to Argus.
Larry is an artist based in Northern Michigan. He creates the three dimensional work by making a wooden frame and structure and using painting processes to embellish the form. Larry’s work stems from his architectural education background and his love of the urban and natural environment. His work can be found in private and corporate collections around the country.
Mel describes her approach to art as a contemporary constructivist. Her thinking is based on metals and their layers – colors that can be built up and scratched or sanded away to reveal another texture, softened like a lingering abstract memory.
She fabricates her enthusiasm for natural vistas with her sculptural paintings and jewelry. While she doesn’t always know ahead of time what her artwork will reveal, she knows she has no choice but to look beyond the surface.
Mel has maintained a solo studio for more than ten years in Minneapolis. During this time she has refined her skill via formal training as well as experimentation. However, it is her childhood days spent living in the country that she feels are the greatest influences on her art. Having spent hours picking up rusty nails on her family’s sandy, hilly driveway after a rainstorm, she says that she can still see the rusty textured layers – the burnt orange, sienna, and sometimes a hint of blue-green patina. This corroded metal intrigued her and still does.
Today, Mel is featured in gallery collections across the United States.
Charles finds his inspiration from European and American impressionist painters – the application of color and value in order to create an image in the viewers mind without depicting each detail of a scene or model. Charles feels that art should stimulate some memory or emotion within the viewer, something that causes one to pause for a moment and to literally have an encounter with the specific piece of art.
His interest in painting began in McComb when his mother gave him art lessons in the fifth grade with the late Margaret Cain. Years later while in medical school, he dabbled with oils and continued to paint on an intermittent basis until his wife gave him a series of lessons with Dianne Norman of Jackson, Mississippi. He is a former member of the Mississippi Artist Guild, and his paintings have won several local awards. His painting of the Café Du Monde won a national award at the annual conference of American Physicians Art Association.
Dr. Guess does some painting outdoors but because of time constraints he usually uses photographs as a basis for a painting. He does his own photography as it is important to have a feel for the location and to have a better understanding of what is in the shadows and surrounding area beyond the framework of the photograph. He keeps two cameras in his van as he is always on the lookout for a pleasing or interesting scene. He has began to experiment with variations of color and some of his pieces lean more toward abstract. He enjoys a variation of style.
Jacqueline Ellens was born into an army family. By the time she was five years old, she had lived in four states and two countries. Her family finally settled in the Michigan area where she spent her teenage years.
She received her BFA from the University of Michigan and her MBA from Mississippi College. She has traveled the world in search of breathtaking vistas and spiritual experiences. Known primarily for her tree-scapes and abstracts, she experiences the world as “trembling energy” and transduces it with powerful, expressive strokes.
Her studio is located in the Jackson, Mississippi area.
Mississippi Artist DL Scott captures moments and feelings using expressive color and texture in her artwork. Finding inspiration from nature and the ever changing landscape, she strives to signify the importance of the little things in life and evoke memories of special places in the heart.
She has participated in numerous shows and won several awards in juried competitions. Paint mediums include acrylic, oil, and pastel.
Mississippi Artists Guild
Pastel Society of Mississippi
Pastel Society of America
St. Louis, Missouri
“I am inspired by views and reactions to places and spaces from both imaginary and actual experience; such as a body of water, a wild storm, a vivid dream. These works are spontaneous reactions to memories and feelings from my life. My images are mapped with marks, lines and color, both expressive and linear. Color and line are essential in the communication of my work. After the painting is completed, I add thick layer of UV protectant infused high gloss. This gives my work another dimension by adding reflections of the outside world to the work.”
Sharon was born in Mount Carmel, Illinois, and grew up in Kansas where her art interests began, spending countless hours watching her mother paint. She started out at Kansas State University with a different degree in mind and then switched her classes to art history, drawing and painting after a visit by her mom who handed off her art supplies. Sharon began to experiment and then found she could not stop…she had finally found her passion. She now lives in St. Louis with her children and an assortment of furry critters.
“I create images, both from nature and from within, bringing the vision to form through my use of color, composition and texture. My finished pieces communicate a strong and vivid emotional statement on canvas.”
Catron Williams, who is self-taught, has painted for over twenty years. But she states: “Visual art has been my passion all of my life.”
Her versatile style is expressed in both abstract and figurative works. A master at composition and design, Catron states that each painting holds for her an emotional connection. Each painting is a complete expression, a story unto itself.
She recently moved her studio from the Jackson, Mississippi area to Franklin, Tennessee. An avid horse lover, she is finding new inspiration in the hills of Middle Tennessee. She is widely collected throughout the southeast.
We are thrilled to help launch Devin’s career as a professional artist. She graduated from the University of Memphis in 2015 with her degree in art.
Her love of all animals is reflected in her colorful, contemporary approach of them as her primary subject matter.
N.J.’s distinctive creativity blossomed by watching her father Yancy paint in the middle room of their shotgun home. Where, as the third born of nine children, N.J. used tempera paint to scribble pictures on the windows. She’s since traded in the tempera for acrylic, and window panes for canvas.
Her primitive style of painting, heavily influenced by visits to her Grandma Sarah’s house in Coldwater, Mississippi and other country relatives, often reflects the dichotomy of city life juxtaposed with rural traditions and stories. These stories transferred onto the canvas, typify slices of life during the sharecropping and civil rights eras marked by the adroit use of emotive colors, folksy compositions and poetic titles. J.J.’s subject matter and style is often compared to renowned artists Carroll Cloar and Clementine Hunter.
Lorri began painting to express emotions following the death of her daughter.
Abstract shapes and slashes emerged in bold, layered, colorful splashes that spoke loudly and eloquently of her depth of feeling. Her work made such a statement; she began to consider her pieces “conversations between colors.”
Encouraged by her father — noted abstract watercolorist W. Scott Wilson, whose idea it had been to let her emotions out in paint — she continued painting. Her art therapy eventually evolved into her livelihood. Her studio is in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Mary is a contemporary landscape painter. The natural elements, large expansive sky, peaceful water, quiet green forests, the rocks and wind through the grass are the passions that dominate her work. Growing up on the Great Lakes created a sense that this natural world we live in is more beautiful and mysterious then we will ever know.
She was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota. Growing up she was always extremely creative and lucky to have a mother who indulged her talents. After graduating from the University of Minnesota – Duluth, a move to New Jersey with her husband exposed her to the great art and museums of New York City and to the Somerset Art Association in New Jersey. Her family moved to Indiana in 2003, where she was exposed to the oils – her current passion.
Lee was raised in Annapolis, Maryland and Westport, Connecticut. She attended both the University of Arizona (Architecture) and Radford University (Art). For the past twenty years, she has enjoyed Southern living in Mississippi. In addition, Lee has traveled extensively both in the U.S. and abroad. In 1992-93 she lived in Warsaw, Poland which she used as a home base for her travels to the art capitals of the world. She spent this time studying in Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Budapest, Ireland, London, Rome and Costa Rica. Recently, she spent the summer studying at the prestigious Glasgow school of art in Scotland.
Her works hang in homes in the U.S., Europe and South America. She is especially recognized for her work in oils using a knife and focuses on landscapes, portraits and still life. Her colors range from traditional to vibrant; her sense of light and shadow reflect an inner eye’s perspective. She fully captures her subjects with a passionate embrace of professional longing for perfection.
Lee offers each painting as if it were to hold a place of honor in her own home. This is the singular recognition of the value she places on each piece.
Over the past few years, Pat has been distracted from painting while helping Broad Avenue redevelop. With key initiatives accomplished such as the Water Tower Pavilion, she has resumed her studies of color.
Pat’s current paintings have been inspired by the interactions and diversity of the urban core – life in neighborhoods. How people interact – or don’t – are reflected through her use of colors and movement within her paintings.
Pat is co-owner of T Clifton Art and godmother to Argus.
Craig started his journey in pottery at the age of 16, when he started experimenting with clay on an abandoned pottery wheel at his school. Self-taught, what developed was a lifelong passion with ceramics. He is known for testing the limits of clay, and adapting his studio and skills to push the medium both in size and with his glazes.
“I start each day with the same intent: To create the finest piece of ceramic art that I possibly can. What I am doing as a potter is creating a canvas for the crystalline glazes, to establish a synchronistic relationship where the glaze and the pot complement each other.” ~Craig McMillin
Glenda is a native Texan, born and raised on the Gulf Coast. Her love of glass began in 1983, and she spent the next 25 years working for glass artists around the country. Based on the knowledge and experience she gained, she opened her own studio in Austin, Texas.
Her work is a reflection of the awe and wonder she feels at nature’s ability to create the rare and exotic.
Glenda strives to create textures that compel touch, colors that provoke memory, and shapes that expand reality. She states, “life and art ever evolve, seeking a vessel, a shape, a texture, a color—a path to expression. And once created, each possesses an essence of life, a statement of being.”
Memphis artist George Hunt has emerged as one of the most important artists in the United States.
In 2002, the United States Congress named Mr. Hunt the Official Artist for the “Year of the Blues.” In addition, his painting “To Form a More Perfect Nation” became a U.S. Postage Stamp in 2005.
Ninety-nine percent of Mr. Hunt’s paintings originate in the Southern African-American experience, especially the folk tradition, civil rights movement, the mythic heroism of Black manhood. The visions for his art have been steeped in the music and life passages of blues people. His work is known for bold use of color, reflection of feelings and whimsical incorporation of fibers and memorabilia
Andrews earned both his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting (1987), and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art (1992) from Memphis College of Art. For years his work has centered around self-representation, with an effort to influence how society views individuals living with HIV and other chronic illnesses. His recent works have included studies on nature and sculpture.
Maggie Grier is a self-taught painter. Her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering was received from University of Alabama, Birmingham. Subsequent to that, she spent many years painting for her own enjoyment and selling her work through local shops and decorators while working in engineering, designing hydraulic power units and valve systems. In 2005 she determined that painting should be her life’s work.
Jamie’s seeds of creative inspiration are almost always planted by her observations of the fields, the forests, the people, and the cultures that make up the “Crazy Quilt” of the Mississippi Delta. Landscapes are at the heart of Jamie’s work – her personal interpretation of the Mississippi Delta – evolving over the years from representational work to the contemporary and abstract style of today.
Jamie has received numerous awards for her art. She is a founding member of the Delta Artists Association in Mississippi, currently holds Board of Director seats on the Greenville Arts Council and the Mississippi Art Colony. She has previously held Board of Director seats for art associations in Texas and Arkansas.
Scenic landscapes depict the forests, mountains, wildlife and wildflowers of the world. Laura often concentrates her subject matter on the beautiful rain forest region of Western North Carolina, near the areas called Big Ridge and Slatten Creek. She also finds inspiration in the natural places around her home in Georgia, and on places where she has recently traveled. Her recent work has evolved into displaying wildflowers, wildlife and forest scenes in an idealized, and often allegorical, environment.
The source material Laura uses for these collages include found items from nature, textured papers, painted papers and exotic patterned papers that have been cut up, layered, and adhered with acrylic medium. Often, ten or more layers of material are used to create a single work. The result is a “painting” with a distinct, three-dimensional effect.