Artists and Fine Art that we
feature in our studio in South Carolina and love...
Hartman holds a master of fine arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design and a bachelor of arts in art history from Davidson College. Outside group and solo exhibitions, Hartman works as a commissioned portrait artist. She is a native of Charleston, West Virginia.
"My work is involved with texture and memory. I try to keep in mind and in hand principles of movement and economy, speed and light, and appreciate the interplay between illusory and non-illusory space and form. Rhythm matters a great deal-- as does a contrast between areas of quiet and of activity-- as well as the exploitation of accident. I'm glad for the materials to indicate for themselves what should happen, what is effective, what isn't, and value the surprise of each when changed by ground and gravity and liquid, as well as subsequent choices from among these changes.
I work with vine and compressed charcoal, pastel, and acrylic wash with large brushes on heavy hot-pressed watercolor paper, canvas, and panel.
I appreciate still life objects that have meaning for me, either formally or historically or both, and am encouraged when objects are able to achieve their own light, which is, I'm finding, often helped by preservation of collateral negative space, when it's able to read 'light,' to partner with the subject" -Mary Hartman
Donna is an emerging contemporary abstract artist. She is a long-time resident of Aiken, South Carolina and is inspired by the equestrian life of Aiken. Her signature work consists of equestrian themes of neutral, subtle abstracts. By use of pallet knives and unconventional tools, she creates impasto effects to convey purity and movement of horses and equestrian sports. Donna is self-taught and enjoys the surprising elements of working without instruction or convention. Until recently her work has been primarily privately commissioned.
PURITY. SIMPLICITY. STILLNESS. MOVEMENT. SUBTLETY
"Life has an array of complications, perfectionism's, and reservations. My expressionistic style allows me a space of uncomplicated purity in which the creative process along with the completed piece conveys the pure, simple minimalistic sense I seek. By using a neutral palette and unconventional tools I create organic, pure pieces free from perfection illustrating an equestrian sport or emotive nature of horses." -Donna Postma
To view more of Donna's art visit: https://www.artatcipresso.com/
Penny Beesley was raised in an art-loving family and her weekends were often spent at her father’s elbow in his studio. Art was a focal point during high school followed by Eastern Michigan University, attaining a BFA in ceramics and painting. Inspiration and motivation continue to come from nature’s surrounding stimulus of color, form, and light, a background presence of music, man-made or natural, and the emotions brought on by them.
Color, shapes, negative space definition, and the motion of abstract expressionism come from an inner spot that flows and speaks for her. She also finds a mix of media opens more opportunities for chance chemistry. The argument inside the skin has always been to be abstract and spontaneous, to follow the push-pull. Collage media and monoprint papers bring chance juxtaposition and build up texture. Color and motion are essential elements. The exploration of techniques is a continuing learning experience.
“Working mostly in mixed media, I begin with the looseness and motion of abstract painting layered with some collage elements and then mark making. My initial approach is spontaneous and intuitive. I begin by gathering a selection of paint colors and papers often inspired by the environment I live in. I like to work in a series of three to five structures – either canvas, panel or paper. I will begin by energizing the surface without thought, only motion, and as shapes and design come together, I pause, listen to music, walk away for a while, then return. When something interesting happens, I interact again with other processes to bring cohesion and closure. Sometimes it takes a long time!”
To view more of Penny's work visit her website at: https://www.pennybeesley.com/
A native Bermudian, Lisa Cueman grew up on the island and spent a youth of uncommon freedom riding horseback along its pink sand beaches and historic railway trails – experiences that still greatly shape her work today. In 1993, she loaded her rehabilitated thoroughbred racehorse onto a container ship for a four-day, trans-Atlantic crossing, relocating to Ontario, Canada, to focus solely on training and competing. After several years in the horse show world, she retired her beloved travel companion and athletic partner, completely stepping away from horse ownership and competition.
In putting down the reins, the opportunity presented to pick up her camera again, returning to a love for photography first discovered during high school. In developing her career as a photographer, Lisa’s skills were honed through intensives at The Maine Photographic Workshop, a two-year internship with well-known canine photographer Amanda Jones, and other mentoring relationships. A turning point occurred in her artistic journey when, during a mentorship with a professional photographer, his clear directive was to “photograph what you really love.” Her attention turned back to the world of horses – a welcomed reconnection, this time with a camera in hand.
Inspired by the wise words of Sir Winston Churchill, who famously stated “there is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man,” Lisa’s artistic vision is to pursue that something in all its manifestations. Her reductive style imparts her photographs with the power to contemplate not only their essential physical presence but also the voluminous and generous spirit of the horse.
Though her subjects include equines both domestic and wild, Lisa has earned a special place among the photography elite for her ongoing chronicle of the wild horses that freely roam the coastal environment of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. These wild horses, registered as descendants of the Spanish mustangs, have adapted to their often harsh environment, learning not only to survive but also to thrive. The grassy barrier islands and tidal marshes of the Outer Banks offer a compelling landscape in which to capture these majestic living links to the past.
Lisa Cueman has received recognition from the prestigious Black & White Spider Awards, National Geographic, and PDN’s Capture the Moment. In 2014, her work was selected by Art Business News as one of their top 50 Emerging Artists and she is represented by select fine art galleries. She has been featured in numerous print and online publications and, most recently, received the distinct honor of being selected by world-renowned Swiss watchmaker, Longines, to be showcased at the 2018 Longines Masters New York.
Happily ensconced in the state of Vermont, USA, since 1996, Cueman resides in the tiny town of Dorset.
To view more of Lisa's work go to: https://lisacuemanphotography.com/
Jenny Horstman is an award-winning artist who creates life-size sculptures from scrap metal, transforming random pieces of hardware into works of art that are sought after by collectors and commissioned for public art installations.
A former career as a professional welder for over 20 years in the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union culminated in her working on the pipeline installations in Alaska and provided Horstman with the technical expertise that is apparent in her work. Gifted with a natural artistic ability since childhood, Jenny Horstman effectively combines excellent craftsmanship and her distinct artistic style to create high-quality work that is impressive and engaging.
Horstman searches scrap yards for interesting shapes and objects to serve as the raw materials for her sculpture. Chains of various sizes become the mane for a racehorse, while a coiled spring might be incorporated into the hind leg of a dairy cow. Rusted bits of metal were combined to form the cape of the Headless Horseman. “As an artist, I recycle found objects and give them new meaning and life, transforming discarded items into sculptural entities that present an aesthetic challenge for the viewer. The identity of the original found items disappears into the sculpture, while at the same time encouraging the observer to discover the original, familiar objects within the composition.”