Christina has been a professional artist for nearly 40 years. She has shown her work in juried regional, national, and invitational international exhibitions. She has collectors of her work in three continents. She has been in the International Who’s Who and the Who’s Who of American Women.
She now lives in Southern Maryland, on a small farm, with her husband, cat, chickens, flock of rare Jersey Buff turkeys, and a flock of sheep. Together they enjoy sustainable gardening by raising much of their own food. Christina finds much inspiration for her artwork in this way of life and with the beautiful Chesapeake Bay around the area. You can find Christina working in her Corn Crib Studio most days.
She also does museum quality framing. On other days she may be shearing the sheep, working in the greenhouse, going for a row on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband, or planting in the garden. She also is an avid handweaver, spinner and knitter.
With the spirit of curiosity and artistic experimentation, and in pursuit of interesting juxtapositions and compositions, Alison Barry sets out almost daily, in all seasons, with her painting gear. Her work is defined by strong shapes, clean colors and expressive brushwork, influenced by past and contemporary painters such as Edward Redfield, Fairfield Porter, Edward Seago, Jerry Weiss and Marc Dalessio. Close observation on location bring immediacy and freshness to her paintings. Alison resides in Southern Maryland, home to crab boats, tobacco barns and the beautiful Chesapeake Bay.
If the popularity of Carmelo’s works is any indication, his contribution to wildlife art is bringing aesthetic pleasure to many wildlife enthusiasts. The demand and popularity of his work have grown to the extent that his originals are rarely seen before they are sold. Donations of his art have raised over $500,000 for various conservation groups. Among the numerous awards for wildlife conservation Carmelo has received, perhaps the most notable is the 1991 Maryland Governor’s Award for “significant contributions to conservation programs in Maryland and the mid-Atlantic Region.”
Carmelo’s biggest artistic goal is to take scratchboards to the limit. Some think he already has, as he is often considered one of the best in the field, but Carmelo expects more from himself. Carmelo claims he’s not even close to what he hopes to ultimately accomplish, as his work continues to reach new heights in artistic excellence.
Lani Clark works in stained and fused glass, celebrating the natural resources and heritage of the Chesapeake Bay region: the gentle repetition of natural patterns and endlessly changing colors of the rivers, creeks, and marshes. She frequently includes natural found materials in her work such as beach glass, shells and fossils.
She accepts private commissions from customers but does not sell her work online due to the difficulty and expense of shipping fragile work.
Inspired by nature, the cosmos, and the beauty of everyday objects, Parran creates tiles and mosaics which combine sophisticated whimsy and exquisite design. Her work is exhibited in galleries across the US, and is installed in many private residences. Her artistic resource a constantly expanding vision of the natural world, Parran’s work reflects the spirit of the words of environmentalist Rachel Carson: “Drink in the beauty and wonder at the meaning of everything you see.”
Jim enjoys celebrating the beauty of the Southern Maryland landscape in his paintings. His works in acrylic range from realistic landscapes to more abstract expressions.
He is also producing a portfolio of whimsical art clocks. These one of a kind clocks are crafted by hand combining “found” antique objects and parts with modern clock movements. Jim’s vision is to provide timepieces for the home that not only tell the hour of the day but also add character, beauty, wit and charm.
I am a silkscreen printmaker. Silkscreening is an old printing technique also referred to as Serigraphy or screenprinting.
I live in southern Maryland and am surrounded by views of water on a daily basis. Most of my images are of the Chesapeake Bay and it’s environs. It is hard not to be affected by the beauty I see all around me on a daily basis.
My prints are all done completely by hand by me. They are my original ideas and designs. They are not reproductions of anything. I hand draw all my stencils, make my own screens, mix my own ink, and finally, do all the printing myself.
Clara Hayward is a ceramic artist in Leonardtown, Maryland. She utilizes colored slips to achieve vibrant colors. Many of her pieces have organic, circular dot patterns, reflective of the meditative nature of creating mandalas. Nature is a large influencer of her work. The play of clouds, mountains and water is evident in the landscapes depicted on her functional pots.
My current work includes surfaces richly textured with shells, lace, leaves and other found objects. My work reflects my love of the marine environment, with fish handles embellishing my “Scales and Tails” baking and serving pieces. Bas relief starfish and shells adorn each “Starfish” piece. These pieces are fun and functional. My Raku fish urns are available in several marine fish species including striped bass, mahi mahi, triggerfish, atlantic spadefish, bluefish, and dolphin. Each piece is painstakingly created to include a unique“sea garden” complete with blue crabs, mollusks and. small fish.
When I was four my Dad, an architect, began building furniture, most of which survives today. I watched and assisted. As I grew up I realized how fulfilling it was to create something that had lasting value. In addition, I realized that value was related to design, technique, and detail.
After graduation in 1961 from St. John's College, I became a teacher at a salary that would not support my wife, my son and me. It was impossible to purchase anything of lasting value, so I began to make my own furniture. This was on an as needs basis since teaching is a very full time job. However, having a vision gained from my fathers work, I was able to create items which were satisfactory at the time.
Over the years my expertise increased and I was able to improve the quality of the end product. Now that I have retired, I am able to devote full time to the design and fabrication of wood furniture art. It seems to me that one could incorporate good design with local interest to produce a unique and lasting object with practical as well as aesthetic value.
I have chosen wood as my medium because it remains alive even after being cut from a forest and fashioned into an object. It is always distinguished from other mediums and is never mistaken for them. There is a distinct difference between something made from clay, or iron, or plastic and wood. It is its “aliveness” which creates that distinction. Yet every species of wood has a different characteristic that allows one to take the same design and create a different object. A pine chest is not the same as a cedar chest even though every design element may be the same.
Mickey uses bright colors and geometric shapes in her fun and funky creations. Her pieces are bold, but always wearable and not heavy. She incorporates 3-D printing in her process to make wearable art that is completely unique.