Our Artists Summer Spotlight

Our Artist of the Week column completes our 3-part return visit to the artists we’ve had the pleasure featuring throughout 2019.  In keeping with the format, we’ll be sharing some paintings that space limitations prevented us from showing you in the past. And we’ll also be passing along web links throughout the column, so you see even more of some of these talented individuals’ works.

We begin with a piece from Emily Thompson, a multi-faceted artist, who works pen & ink, as well as oil and pastels. Emily is also a teacher and author, and lives on a farm, so it’s no surprise that natural beauty is a common theme in her work.

Jeanne Rhea is the founder of the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild. So as one might expect, Jeanne enjoys working in a wide variety of artistic formats, including inks, oils, mixed media paintings and mixed media 3D art. As Jeanne observes, “I am able to create a broad range of effects. These patterns and designs are dependent on many factors including the humidity, the temperature, and the chemical and physical make up of the inks.” The end result in much of Jeanne’s work is an amazing collection of colors, shapes, textures and themes.

Sandy Scott, WCWS is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the genre of alcohol inks painting. In addition to her involvement in local and regional artist clubs, she is also a member of the National Watercolor Society.  Sandy’s style is very diverse. Her stylistic foundations are in impressionist techniques, but her paintings cover a wide range from traditional to abstract.  She’s even painted a picture of a friendly pig wearing sneakers!

On June 8, the Sanford Brush & Palette Club recognized Mr. Ty Hooker as the group’s 2019 Artist of the Year. Ty is an active member in the organization and has also earned many awards at the club’s annual art show.

For many years, Ty worked for the US Postal Service, but worked at perfecting his artwork. When he had a chance to retire a few years ago, he moved home to Sanford and made his painting his primary area of interest. Ty has a very engaging painting style. His focus often centers in still lifes, animals and scenes of nature.

Alice Heins is another local artist who has enjoyed a lifetime passion for painting. Her interests began with water colors, but these days most of her work is in oil painting. As Alice puts it, “I only paint what I see and what I know, so most of my works will be southern in location.”

Her subjects are often landscapes and seascapes, figurative paintings and still life. Grandchildren and animals have also been known to find their way into Alice’s work from time-to-time as well.

Carolyn Chipman is another popular area painter who enjoys painting landscapes, seascapes, still lifes and figuratives. Her work, which has been featured in galleries, as well as other public and private settings, began in earnest after Carolyn was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Carolyn comments, ” I never knew art lived inside me, and maybe it didn’t always. My art comes from deep inside me, and I hope you feel that when you see my work. My desire is my art will tug at your heart until you have just have to smile, and then you will pass that smile on to others.”

Well said Carolyn!

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.