HAUS

Artists and Fine Art that we
feature in our studio in South Carolina and love...
Mary Hartman
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 Postma

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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

Jade Robertson

Jade Robertson is a British born artist and print textile designer currently based in Brooklyn.

Current works are influenced by recent travels, from the Amazon jungle to the parks of Paris. “Any place I see nature, a leaf that's been broken by the wind, a silhouette in the evening light, an odd shape. Plantlife is fragile and resilient at the same time. I love to capture this by painting said shapes, very large scale. I love minimalism and simple colour combinations, black, white and a tiny suggestion of blue, red or green.” Beauty in what is not typical, the “unseen” The medium is water colour on paper. These paintings are perfect for any living space, hotel, cafe or restaurant to bring nature into the home, like a house plant. “now more than ever we need a connection with nature, whether we live in the city or country, it should always be around us, to bring peace and calm is essential”

Past works; (the map project as seen below)

I began painting maps after being asked to design and paint a map of Vieques island, Puerto Rico for a local travel guide magazine. I was also commissioned to paint a map of the island for a new hotel “El Blok” as a biking and running guide (framed in the reception as art and a reference for tourists). This began my interest in maps and the details of mapping, the contour lines showing elevation, national parks, rivers, and roads. I think maps are aesthetically beautiful and so enjoyed painting them as pieces of art rather than as purely functional tools. Again, these are perfect for any living space.

Jade trained at the University of East London with a BA in Print textile design. After a sell-out degree show, she moved to New York. She has worked for several print houses and sells to markets within the fashion industry. She has traveled extensively and resided in Vieques, Puerto Rico for 4 years.

Lisa Cueman

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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.

Jade Robertson