My goal with this work was to capture the beauty of humanity. I look first for a presentation that evokes an emotion or that is beautiful in design. As I draw the figure onto the canvas I simply let myself go, not worrying about representing the person in front of me. I like to narrow my focus to that which exists in each person, eliminating all the distractions. In this way my paintings are not portraits of an individual, but portraits of all of us. Hence the title, Reflections.
Tactile sensation is a key part of the human experience - we desire to touch the things around us, to view nature not from a distance, but to be a part of it. I believe that my sculptures offer a unique view of the world, blending the old world and the new, nature and man, precision manufacturing and hand building. Finding the right objects to work into the sculpture, their placement, the design, and finally the finish (a technique which I can't claim to be my own) - when all of these are combined the result is a sculpture that reminds the viewer of the earth, man and our destiny, both good and bad, together. My art is about the relationship between humans and nature and how one impacts the other, exploring that point where human beings and nature intersect.
I began my professional art career as a painter; two years later I began studying sculpture, initially with clay, thinking it would broaden my understanding of art. The first time I worked with clay, it immediately felt completely different than painting - many of the restrictions I feel when I paint were transformed with the different medium. I discovered what the creative process is about; it's about creating something that didn't exist before, about not being afraid of mistakes, instead, letting it take you to the place you need to be, whether you knew it or not.
My paintings are a medium that I continuously return to for the challenge that it presents. I love to capture the beauty of humanity, in an almost primal state. Just the figure, just the emotion, suspended in time. This is not an easy task. I have to stop myself from adding details I know exist, simply hinting at what I want to convey. The image simultaneously reflecting the simplicity and complexity of this life.
on exhibit through June
ART AT SHINE creates four exhibits each year changing seasonally. The art that we show is chosen to illuminate the healing that art provides in both the artist and the viewer.
Shine is open daily for viewing before and after our classes and by appointment. 502.442.2843
Shine is a wellness studio devoted to nurturing a graceful life through movement, music and fun. Our offerings are designed to bring health to the spirit, mind, and body of all who come to Shine.
We hope you come to shine.
NEW STUDENT INTRO OFFER
"New Student Wavespell" Class Card of 13 days!
13 days* for $13
*The days are consecutive (including any holidays) and include regularly scheduled weekly classes only. Special events & Workshops are not included in the New Student Wavespell. This offer is for local folks only as an Intro Class Card.
And for Returning Students
DROP IN: $15
We hope you come to Shine!
LEARN VEDIC THAI-YOGA (Nuad Borarn) on the mat with Aura Vaught and special guest Mukti Michael Buck, founder of the Vedic Conservatory.
You will learn:
- to apply a basic sequence of Thai-Yoga Bodywork asanas and techniques, including transitions.
Relax, unwind, de-stress, connect, and meditate.
16 CEU credits for bodyworkers through NCTMB
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or come by and pay in person!
"It's our favorite hour of the week!"
Our 6 Week Spring Music Together semester begins June 24th.
Lots of MIXED AGES CLASSES to choose from for children ages birth through 4 years old, including a new Sunday Morning class!
MIXED AGES is the quintessential family class but we also offer some specialty classes...
Our BABIES CLASSES for infants 8 months or younger will be return in the Fall!
Our BIG KIDS CLASS will be back in the Fall on Tuesdays at 4:30 for 5 - 7 year olds. A great way to ready or complement formal music instruction for your child!
If we don't have a class time you like, let us know and we will see what we can do!
MUSIC TOGETHER DEMO CLASSESare free, but please RSVP to attend.
MIXED AGES (birth - 4y/o)
BABIES (for infants not yet crawling)
BIG KIDS (for 5-7 y/o)
A massage is such a beautiful way to care for yourself. Research shows that regular massage is beneficial to your overall health and well-being.
Book a massage today by calling 502.442.2843 for you or someone you love. Or for you both! Book a Couples Massage in our lovely treatment rooms.
Kathak Indian Classical Dance Summer Concert
Join us for this summer's fun! We'll be rocking for 4 weeks in July! Ages 3-15!!!
Crystal Bowl Meditation
1st Sunday of each month