Ali Leja is a self-taught instinctual painter having lived the majority of her life learning to trust her inclinations. Ali’s work is descibed as happy and joyful. Each painting is created to evoke a smile or laughter from her viewer.
Although Amanda does many pieces on commission (pet portraits, homes, flowers, etc.), she also holds a special place for creating original fine art abstracts. Mediums include watercolor and mixed media on paper | acrylic on canvas.
Abtract artist, Amanda Petro from Birmingham, uses oil, acrylic and mixed media in a colorful expressionistic style. Amanda says, "I let paint be paint." She is known for use of vibrant colors and thick application of paint with a palette knife.
Award winning Nashville metalsmith, Ben Caldwel, makes functional & timeless metal art from copper & silver by hand using traditional metalsmithing techniques. Ben uses the purest available metals & naturally-shed antler, all sourced in the USA. He says, "I love forming metal. Copper feels like a suspended liquid as I’m working it, like it’s flowing and wants to work with me to take on the shape that I envision. Using natural forms and making functional items, bringing nature into the home, is a way of connecting people back to the Earth."
Blaire Wheeler’s work is a balance of different styles. She has been influenced by the abstract expressionist movement. Her recent work is a balance of abstraction and realism. The compositions are created from life, memories, or photographs. She begins with a subject and then allows the reactive marks to guide her through the painting process, leading to an abstracted image.
A finished painting consist of many layers of oil paint. The foundation is created with blended soft brushwork. She uses a variety of techniques to apply more gestural marks. A palette knife is used.
Carden Avenue strives to create an effortless and timeless look for their customers. By featuring three key lines, Statements, Classics, and Naturals, they have a broad appeal to a variety of ages and personal styles. Their hope is that each piece of jewelry enhances the individuality of its wearer. This year they won the inaugural Nashville Fashion Alliance Pitch Night.
Carden Avenue jewelry has been featured in Nashville Lifestyles, StyleBlueprint, and Style Vault.
Carey Haynes's art is about mixing it up and making it work....different materials, combination of styles, creating something that brings joy either in design, color or just through the image. Art is not limited.
Raleigh NC artist, Caroline Boykin uses porcelain to capture a conversation of movement and life. Caroline's work centers around emotional balance within a moment. Handmade porcelain flowers and butterfly adorn ceramic vases and acrylic painted canvases covered in resin.
Caroline Chriss is a Chicago based artist who paints acrylic on canvas. She focuses on large sweeping skies with colorful land or seascapes below. Caroline loves adding small details such as little people, animals, or tiny objects. @chrissc uses art for what she believes is one of it’s greatest strengths-- the capability to take our minds to those moments, those scenes, and those feelings, that we may never want to forget.
Cassi Wright is a Nashville native working full time as a local pyrography artist. She is the owner of Cassia Tree Studio. Her most popular work has been the Hallowed Woods series which merges cathedrals and woods. In the past, she has worked mainly with watercolor and charcoal. She has a BFA in the Visual Arts and graduated from Watkins College of Art and Design.
Charlie Hunt is a third-generation stone carver. He has a folk-art style, driven by texture and form. He uses primarily granite, limestone, and marble to carve wild-life statuary and garden-art. He also works with old growth river driftwood to make stunning wood carvings mounted on stone pedestals.
Chris Munn was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he grew up taking things apart and trying to put them back together. He was introduced to design in high school with drafting and architecture classes. Several years later, he started to design furniture in his mother’s garage. Fast forward to a move to Nashville to pursue his BFA in Interior Design from O’Moore College of Design. He is now a very skilled furniture designer based in Nashville, TN.
One of Chris's followers describes his work as a “minimalist style that doesn’t dictate the story but rather beautifully allows it.” Working rapidly in a kind of stream of consciousness style, Chris produces works that are truly one of a kind.
Local artist, Craig Greene's paintings are compositions with impeccable balance and movement. Colors leap from his soul onto the canvas with mutable depictions of the human figure. His work reveals a beautiful display of unbridled energy, which is entirely personal and concreted by conceptual thinking. The indiscriminate use of form, texture and color create a style that is fully his own.
Cym Doggett is an artist who transforms metals into graceful representations of nature. Cym works to capture the delicate interweaving of fragile bits which woven together make a strong whole. She lives and works in Huntsville, Alabama.
Dakota Pratt is a Dallas, TX based pop art, furniture and sculpture artist. He uses wood to build up to a rough form then carves it down to the final shape. The hand flattened vintage bottle caps are then nailed on overlapping each other, covering the wood in a decorative fashion. Multiple coats of epoxy finish these colorful and creative sculptures.
David Nichols is an award winning artist. His current works are contemporary abstracts and landscapes. Oil paint is applied to a textured (via acrylic gel or paint) canvas or panel with various tools such as palette knives, scrapers, and brayers.
Deeann Rieves is a contemporary Nashville artist working with mixed media, acrylic, and abstraction. Deeann loves the juxtaposition of luscious brush strokes with carefree chalk contours and subtle colored pencil lines. In all of her paintings, she uses a sewing technique called free-motion machine embroidery on top of painted papers and then incorporate those papers as collage. The stitched lines sit on top of the layered paint forms, embellishing each piece with texture and delicate lines.
Douglas Charlton is a local Nashville artist. Using vibrant acrylic paint on birch, his paintings have a neon-rustic look that convey nostalgic emotions. His lady legend series depicts some of America's famous female musicians.
Ed Nash was born in Letchworth Garden City, England in 1976. Letchworth was built by and designed by Quakers in 1903 and was a focus of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Like several members of the British Post-Impressionist movement who visited, lived and painted in Letchworth, Ed was inspired by the town's amalgamation of urban and rural life and its focus on visual beauty in the town environment, which was really the ideal of the 'Garden City' movement. He currently lives in Nashville TN where he is an Art Dealer, Appraiser and Artist. His work can be found in collections across the US and UK and is represented in galleries in New York, Atlanta, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville, TN.
Eddie Powell is a Birmingham artist who captures the essence of trees, landscapes, flowers, birds, and other subject matter through acrylic paint on wood board. Eddie is known for his very heavy-textured paintings with colors that work well with current decor. He believes his success is contributed to his positive interpretation of the world's beauty.
Birthed out of a fascination of ancient technique, Emily's large scale botanical tapestries are a lesson in history and a record of today. After she takes photos of the flower for the composition, she dries the flower, grinds it into pigment, and makes it into the egg tempera she will use to paint the linen. The subject lives forever in its painting, using a mostly forgotten process of the Old Masters as well as their technique of painting in grisaillesto mimic relief sculpture.
Erin McIntosh is an artist and educator living in Athens, Georgia. She is known for colorful abstractions exploring dynamic compositions made up of organic and geometric forms in acrylic and watercolor. Erin discovered her love of abstraction while studying fine arts at The University of Georgia (B.F.A., M.F.A.) earning both Bachelors (2003) and Masters (2009) degrees with a concentration in Drawing and Painting and also she has a B.F.A. in Art Education (2003).
Fred's work has been seen over the years in many showhouse events including the 2010 Atlanta Symphony Showhouse in the prestigious Buckhead area of Atlanta. He has also produced custom finishes for several celebrity clients and is now offering custom works of art. His newest endeavor is a line of custom art pieces in acrylic and resin.
After a successful career as an art director for over 20 years Gina translated her love of color into optical art paintings and computer illustrated pop art portraits. Her signature style is categorized as "hard edge abstraction."
Nashville's Gordon Chenery obtains his hardwoods locally, from trees that were removed or blown over-never cutting a live tree to make a bowl. He begins with a chainsaw, works with a grinder and sander, and finishes the wood with several different compounds, which include polyurethane, gun stock oil, and mineral oil with beeswax.
Caleb Groh has been felting for nine years, initially inspired by woolly character animations from the '60s and '70s, and also by the humble, yet timeless texture and feel of the wool itself.
Groh Artifacts are hand-dyed, needle-felted wool animal sculptures, a la taxidermy. Animals are affixed to stained and branded wood plaques.
Hannah Lane uses illustrative line work and bursts of color as an emotional response to the forms she holds dear. With a broad style of abstract expressionism and gestural mark making, she manipulates materials and composition through a constructive process of pigmented Japanese paper, paint, and drawn work.
In a nod to the rugged textiles of yesteryear, Leigh crafts necklaces inspired by her father’s nylon sailing straps and a variety of other boho chic accouterments. And, as tribute to her forefather’s commitment to fostering community both near and far, a portion of all proceeds support a community health clinic in Lwala, Kenya (www.lwalacommunityalliance.org).
Jason Brueck is an East Nashville digital artist . Brueck draws inspiration from images both past and present, light and dark, often times combining the two in hopes of creating a counterbalanced symmetry. His goal is to take the seemingly unimaginable and make it a visual reality by blurring the lines between the real and the surreal, creating a story where final interpretation is open to multiple realizations. "There are a number of paths in my work... which one is ultimately chosen is left for you to decide."
Jeremy Fowler is a Franklin, TN artist who focuses on landscapes and florals. Jeremy balances realistic and abstract interpretations to bring peace and serentity to his viewer. Composition and brushwork are important elements to his work. Jeremy is always looking for new inspiration which creates an always evolving style.
John Ha was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and currently resides in Garden Grove, CA. After attending studies in Graphic Design at Memphis College of Art, he received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001. His images are created by manipulating multi-geometric color patterns to imply space and pattern. There is no shortage of energy when it comes to his experience and his methods of bridging an Eastern style of painting with Western culture.
Kate Harrold is a Nashville conceptual photographer. She photographs with the intention of creating her own reality, rather than documenting it. Kate finds inspiration in people and places to create stories around them. Her surreal yet photographic images ask the viewer to put themselves in the shoes of those pictured and look at the world through their eyes.
Katherine Miller received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a painting concentration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She worked as designer and art director in the music business for over 10 years. She currently works as a freelance designer, painter, and illustrator.
Using watercolor paints, she enjoys the unexpected & whimsical quality of watercolor and the tranquil feel it presents. Botanicals, vintage, and humorous everyday objects are her current obsession.
Kathryn Gage is a Tuscaloosa, AL artist known for her bold, graphic and colorful renderings of fashion and vintage women with big personalities. Ever evolving and experimenting, she always comes back to bold color and graphic compositions and patterns.
Nashville artist, Katie Madden uses a blend of acrylic and mixed mediums to capture color and movement in her abstract paintings. Her art reflects a transitional style that works for the every day home.
Alabama artist, Kelley Ogburn, is best known for her figurative and floral compositions, combining gestural lines and raw mark-making with simple washes of color and bold strokes. In these moments of creation, Kelley addresses the whole of life — acknowledging struggle, but further noting its balance by beauty — challenging the viewer to fully accept all that life brings.
Greenville, SC artist Kent Ambler hand carves wood planks which are then inked (one plank for each color) and printed onto archival paper. Kent Ambler limits his editions to twenty or thirty and then destroys the blocks. Kent's work is autobiographical, derived from his life, surroundings and observations.
Kent Youngstrom is an artist from Charlotte, NC who uses acrylic and oil pastel on canvas to create fun and modern mixed media pieces. He says, "i’m kent and i’m an artist. but not the tortured kind. i’m on a mission to make the walls of your home, office or secret lair as colorfully composed as you are. Spread the LOVE this Valentine's Day!
In connection with many abstract expressionism painters, Kristin's work is very much an emotional process. She comes to a blank canvas with a feeling or thought about what she would like to create but it’s all very spontaneous in its outward projection. Travel is her passion and inspiration which has a profound effect on her work. The human form, the interactions of colors, compositions, shows and hues are all fascinating to her. Her landscapes take on a more literal interpretation of her travels, but even her abstracts are all continuations of color palettes seen first hand.
She works within four different series; Texture, Abstract, Floral, and Landscapes. All paintings are oil on canvas and incorporate an overall aesthetic that's both sophisticated in color and ethereal in projection.
Kristin Llamas is a Nashville, TN artist best known for her whimiscal black and white llama paintings. She paints with black acrylic paint on white canvas background to create a series of black and white llama portraits. She uses her name “Llamas” and asks “¿Como te llamas? (What is your name), creating a llama for every name submitted. Recently, her llama art was wrapped all around a Nashville Metro Transit Bus! Wait until you meet Allyn, Crimson, Fiorella, Joseph etc.!
Lauren Dunn is a Mississippi native with an art degree from Delta State University. Her style has evolved over time to a rather stylized version of impressionist painting. Lauren's hope is that her paintings capture the familiar, simple scenes of everyday life but in a charming and beautiful way. Lauren thinks there is such beauty in simplicity. To Lauren, all of the layers of life add up to tell a story just as the layers of her paintings do.
Liz Lane has a background in design, and she comes to a starting point based on line, balance and color. From there, she wants empty space to flow into small points of happy chaos, much the way those two elements do in life.
Using acrylics and oils on slightly textured canvas and panel, she creates figurative and abstract work.
Liza Synder is in studio most days creating and "playing." She also enjoys teaching and journeying with others through their creative endeavors. Kids' art camps, lessons and women's workshops in studio allow Liza to share her love of art. Her studio is located near Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Liza's body of work includes acrylic on canvas, collage work with acrylic on canvas, and cyanotype chemical process on cold-press watercolor paper.
While McKenzie doesn’t have a formal education in art, she has experimented with different mediums since she was a child. She is inspired by interior design, architecture and all styles of art. Studying the impressionistic movement has influenced her the most, and over time she has developed a unique layered texture that her work is known for.
McKenzie's work consists of oil paint on stretched canvas applied entirely with palette knives. No additives are used during the application process, and all paintings are created without visual references.
The Merzattas are a couple from New Jersey who make contemporary jewelry. They make jewelry with an innate connection to the natural world. Over time, they started to unlock hidden patterns in the natural world, responding with a contemporary edge.
Mick Beisel grew up in both New York City and Atlanta drawing and painting at an early age. Travel, music and the beautiful works of many artists continue to inspire him in his passion for painting. Mick describes his mixed media work as "monochromatic colors, textures and mediums that provide a simplistic view of abstract and hyper-realism".
Nashville artist, Miranda Herrick creates meditative art with bold patterns that delight the eye and intrigue the mind. Miranda draws intricate colorful patterns and designs collages from mixed media.
Paige Morehead uses painting as a creative medium to express her life’s passions. What was once a hobby has developed into a professional painting career for Paige. Her abstract acrylic paintings have achieved national recognition.