Online Artist

Pam Toll – Painter and Mixed Media

Pam Toll, an Associate Professor at UNC Wilmington, received a BA in Art and English Literature from UNC Chapel Hill and has been painting since childhood. Her studio is located at Acme Art Studios (Wilmington) which she co-founded in 1991, as a work and exhibition space for artists. She also co-founded No Boundaries International Art Colony (Bald Head Island, NC) in 1998, a residency program that in the last twenty years brought over 200 artists from around the world with the goal of creating a cross-exchange of cultures and artistic practices to share with our local community.

Monday, June 8th, 2020
Artist, Mixed Media, Online Artist, Painting
Catherine Porter Brown – Painter

Artist’s Statement

Dream Time Series:
For the past ten years or so, the source of inspiration for most of my paintings has been my dream work and spiritual work with a focus primarily on the human figure and its relationship to its internal and external environments.  The work in this show includes some of those figurative pieces.  My dream analysis has transformed my childhood nightmares and laid the groundwork for the exploration and integration of those dark elements into a better understanding of my emotions, goals, and spirit.  Through dream work I have learned to delve into the realm of the unconscious and freely and unselfconsciously play with the images and words from my dreams, by blending and juxtaposing those things.

Ex Ovo Omnia Series – (From the Egg Everything)
– Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”

The egg is a shape without beginning or end and represents, to me, a self-contained cradle of the new, the fresh, and the infinite continuation of life.  It is fragile, yet indestructible. I have used the shape of the egg as a symbol of the fragile moments of realization, wonder, and new beginnings.  The eggs are protected by soulful, archetypal human figures that hold, listen, and stare at the eggs with curiosity and, at times, rapt attention.  The eggs represent a moment of quiet awareness and the power of anticipation. There seems to be an almost endless symbolism and meaning for the egg; a microcosm of cosmic time and space, potentiality, the germ of creation, the life principle, scrambled, sunny-side up, or in an omelet of your choice.

The inspiration for my most recent work has come from more mundane subjects, simple things I pulled out of my cupboard or picked up while on a walk in the Colorado prairie or while hiking in the back country hills of New Mexico or while walking the beach in North Carolina.

I believe within all of my work there is a focus on the coming together of objects and ideas. I like the drama and rhythm of the edges of things; plastic and sand, flesh and egg shell, water and fog, with each edge having its own tension, grace, and gravity.  That is what inspires me.

 

Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Artist, Oil Painting, Online Artist, Painting
Dick Roberts – Painter

Virtual Tour created by Matterhorn Media.

Artist Statement

The paintings are about the act of painting. Although individually the paintings possess different intensities, opposing levels of complexity and abstraction, and perhaps a vague adherence to a narrative, the core of the process of painting remains consistent. The paintings are a reflection of the process of painting them. Every process is unique.

The magic of painting can never be totally explained. I find joy in discovering the emerging world of a new painting. Although harmony of the mind and the heart is important, the metabolic process of converting color, form and line into the forces that drive the painting is absolutely necessary.

Artist Bio

Education:
Brevard High School
Brevard, NC – 1965
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL,USA – Marine Biology, 1965-1968
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC, USA – Creative Writing Program 1970-1972
Western Carolina University
 Cullowhee, NC, USA – BFA Ceramics and Painting 1979

Employment:
Science Museums of Charlotte
Charlotte, NC, USA –  Exhibits Tech 1979-1982
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Kure Beach, NC, USA – Curator of Design and Exhibits 1982 – 2008
Artist
Acme Art Studios – Wilmington, NC, USA   1979 – present
Poet
1970 – present

Affiliations:
WHQR Public Radio – Local Advisory Board
Wilmington, NC, USA
1996-2004
North Carolina Museums Council
1979 – 2002
Southeastern Museums Conference
1979 – 1985
Wilmington Railroad Museum – Planning committee chairman
Wilmington. NC, USA 1995
Acme Art Studios – co-founder
Wilmington, NC, USA 1991 – present
No Boundaries International Artist Colony – co-founder
Wilmington, NC, USA 1997 – 2010
Art Point Gumno
Sloestica, Macedonia 2005 – present
African American Heritage Foundation
 Wilmington, NC 2009 – 2011

Publications:
Southern Poetry Review
Saint Andrews Review
Kostroma Poetry Project (Russian translation)
Between the Lines – Poetry festival chapbook
Poems for Macedonia
Various chapbooks

More of his works can be found on his website.

Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Artist, Online Artist, Painting
Harold Hodges – Photographer

The palette, from which all perception is formed, is not made of a bright spectrum of pigments and light, it is a palette filled with all the feelings and emotions people have toward all things. The perception a person has of things that are before him or her will ultimately be manifested from the palette of whatever media they choose to amplify the feelings and emotion they have toward the subject they have chosen.This is not by choice but it is the process of that which is truth finding light that gives vision to others of those things we see. All things of earth are of equal worth and beauty. Our perception is skewed by all our feelings good and bad. It is a wonderful life when we can see how beautiful our life is and recognize that much of the bad and negative is perception of our own mind. This earth, this life, have provided us with the broadest and most wondrous palette of imagery the universe has to offer. Rejoice, seize each moment, let not one get away from you. ~ Harold Hodges

At the age of twelve I entered the freshman class at Tuscaloosa High School and met Harriet Stogrin who would be my art teacher the next four years. I did not know that she would also prepare me for how I would live the rest of my life. With her blessing the kids all affectionately called her “Stogie”. The first thing she taught me was that I did not have to go anywhere to find a source for beautiful pictures. At the time I was familiar with the elements of design and she showed me that I could be anywhere, stand in one place and look three hundred sixty degrees in any direction and choose to see in wide panoramas or focus directly and close anywhere within my sight to find exotic compositions using those elements I had learned. Next she showed me that I could use those places I found as “Points of Departure” and from those points dive deeply into the inner spaces of my own mind to discover places that I had not known were there. Over the next four years Stogie formed the way I would look at the world forever. I found I could see visual rhythms and discovered the universal heartbeat in all things; that is what I look for and the element I have attempted to express in my pictures since the day Mrs. Stogrin gave me awareness of it. I now ask you the viewer to join me and use my pictures as a point of departure to explore the inner space of your own mind. discover the rhythms and touch the universal heartbeat that connects us. If you are able to the picture is then complete.

Harold Hodges Portrait by Barbara Snyder

Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Artist, Online Artist, Photography
Doug Haas – Wood Turner

Doug Haas is a wood turner who creates exquisite, original works of art often from wood found on local streets.  He is a volunteer woodturning instructor and mentor at Topsail High School and an active member of the Wilmington Area Woodturners Association and the American Association of Woodturners.  Doug’s wood turning builds upon his previous experience and exploration in painting and design.

Doug graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC with a BFA in Art with a studio major in painting and a minor in wood design. He also studied art at the Universidad de las Americas in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico.

In addition to his work in the arts, Doug has a 30+ year career including 20+ years as an area coordinator for the NC Division of Emergency Management and as an emergency management specialist for the US Marine Corps, in addition to other positions in training and development.

One of his favorite quotes is “Why not go out on a limb?  That’s where the fruit is.” Mark Twain

Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Artist, Doug Haas, Online Artist, Wood
Georgeann Haas – Painter and Mixed Media Artist

Georgeann Haas has spent most of her life in southeastern North Carolina teaching and creating art. After completing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at East Carolina University, Georgeann began her career as an artist and educator.  Her artwork was shown in exhibitions, competitions, and galleries across the state.  She taught art and later supervised the arts education programs in the New Hanover County public schools. Georgeann retired in 2015 and renewed her focus on painting. Currently her artwork resides in public and private collections and museums throughout the United States. She now lives in Wilmington, North Carolina with her husband Doug.

Artist statement:

Working on several pieces at once, the initial process of painting begins by layering paint, paper, ink, pencil – sometimes even old artwork is torn and added to a new work. The next step involves deciding which elements to keep, which to omit, and which to add. Creating depth and dimension among the elements is the challenge; discovering unexpected points of departure is the reward. Perhaps because images of the southeastern United States are so deeply ingrained in my psyche, the work often reflects a horizon and local landscape features.

Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Artist, Online Artist
Emerald Estock – Photographer and Weaver

I was born in the small town of Oneida, TN. After being adopted, I grew up in the Nashville/Franklin area.  I’ve had some hearing loss since childhood and developed moderately severe tinnitus so having art as a focus has been very helpful way to cope with that 24/7 condition.

I was drawn to art from an early age. My second-grade teacher noted “he often becomes too involved in his art to keep his desk in a workable condition.” My studio space today is about the same. I enjoyed ceramics and oil painting in high school before I discovered my visual voice in photography. I continued to pursue photography in college, particularly printing.

Mostly self-taught, I read Ansel Adam’s books and looked for workshops to pick up more skills. I studied fine art printing with John Sexton and Craig Stevens, nature photography with John Shaw, and platinum printing with Sal Lopes. I like to travel and try to combine photography and travel whenever possible, especially hiking.

After 35 years of photography, I took a break. I studied basket weaving with Susan Laswell (Heartsong Baskets) and thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. I also got hearing aids.  Adjusting to hearing aids and coming off the trail after five and a half months, were both important experiences for me. I was astonished with how busy the world is, how fractured our attention. All these endeavors recharged my creativity and influenced the direction of my art.

I returned to photography intrigued with uniting the tactile elements of basket weaving with my photographic prints. The added dimension invites the viewer into the image. I strive to instill a peacefulness in each piece. Nature photography is my primary source of inspiration, but shapes, texture, and light interplay in many places, majestic and ordinary. My images and baskets serve as meditation points, a way for the viewer to bring some contemplation and focus into their day.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

I have always been an experiential learner with a passion for photography.

The photographic print has been my visual voice and I’ve explored multiple alternative printing processes, over the years including platinum and hand made substrates. I enjoy doing my own printing.

Creating an expressive print is both challenging and rewarding.

I began weaving as a break from photography, but soon found I wanted to bring the tactile quality of weaving to my photographs.

In my latest body of work, I am exploring the creative potential of woven images. I feel the woven texture helps engage the viewer, and draws them deeper into the image.

Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Artist, Online Artist, Photography, Weaving