More Artist Summer Summaries

Our Artist of the Week column continues a closer look at some of the area artists we’ve spotlighted earlier this year. As noted last week, once we select our featured artist, the greatest challenge usually centers around the limited space we have and the many selections of art to choose from.

We begin this week with Karen Rushatz, an active member of the Sanford Brush & Palette Club. She’s a self-taught artist who loves creating bold and expressive pieces of art in a variety of mediums, from watercolors to 3D recycled art.  Here’s a picture of a mystical, magical lady, compliments of Karen.

Sandra Lett is an acrylic painting specialist who delights in bringing color, energy and enthusiasm into every piece she creates. Her subjects cover a wide range and include landscapes, wildlife, florals and abstracts.

Sandra also enjoys engaging in a technique called acrylic pours, which begins much as it sounds.  The next piece we see here is an example of an acrylic pour. You can also see her acrylic pours in action at Sandra’s YouTube Channel.

Up next, is a return engagement to visit the artistry of Beth Bale. Beth enjoys a sizable area following. She works primarily in watercolor, but has also been known to dabble in acrylics on occasion. Her style can be characterized as colorful and loose. Her subjects are often animals and other forms of nature, as we see in this taste of tropical living.

Ken McNeill is another established local artist who focuses primarily in oil color and enjoys drawing distinctions between light and shadows in his artwork. Ken’s work has been featured locally in venues such as the Miller Art Gallery, and has been in exhibitions across the state from Asheville to Aberdeen. Landscapes, paintings of buildings and a wide range of animals are frequent subjects of Ken’s work, including this oil painting of a barn located in Carthage.

Our final featured artist this week is Rachel Terry, who enjoys using a wide range of textures, colors and mediums to express her artistic vision. Her work begins with an immersion into the world around her, exploring textures, colors, shapes and sizes to draw her inspiration.  From there, Rachel’s work can move in countless directions, and incorporate diverse painting mediums including oil, acrylic, alcohol ink and watercolor. Rachel also enjoys introducing mixed media into her work and also extends her creative outlets to include work on scarves, broaches, and even photography and work on eco-printed papers.

As a reminder, please click on links associated with any of the artists’ names to visit their websites and see more of their work.

Artist of the Week is a feature that is devoted to Sanford’s dynamic arts community and the hundreds of talented individuals who are a part of it. Painters — potters — performing artists — musicians and much more! If you, or someone you know, is deserving of recognition, please click here, or on the Artist of Week badge and fill out a nomination document.

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