Featured Artists

September Featured Artists, Lynnette Shelley and Katheryn Stott

lynnette-shelley  Lynnette Shelley

Give a brief description of your upcoming show. And what might have inspired it.

 

“Animalia” features my animal and nature-themed works. I am heavily influenced by animals – from their use in symbolism and in folklore and mythology, as well as their forms and their use as a stylized zoomorphic decorative element. Animals are often totemic in my work and move beyond a representational depiction.

Whether painted on cave walls, portrayed as omens or totems or even worshiped as personifications of the gods, animals were a favorite theme for our ancestors. My artwork takes a closer look at this archetypal animal kingdom. Reinterpreted through art, abstraction, decorative element and contemporary vision, these creatures speak to our collective unconscious.

I am also heavily influenced by world culture and art, and specifically the pattern, symbols, and imagery associated with these cultures.

 

How have you expanded existing themes/ideas for which you are best known/or if this body of work is a great deviation from your norm, what inspired this new approach?

I am constantly striving to improve and master my presentation and use of materials and present my ideas in an unique way.

Stylistically and/or technically, what do you hope collectors notice in your new work?

 My attention to details, well-honed technique and high craftsmanship. I take great pride in making each artwork, no matter how small or large. Each artwork is truly one of a kind.

Add any additional info that might interest the viewer.

My work has won awards and I have shown work nationally in various galleries, art centers and museums. My art has also been collected internationally (UK, Canada, Australia). Some of my work is also being featured in two animal art anthologies that will be published by Schiffer Publishing in 2015. Two of my older works were licensed as ‘background set dressing’ for a major motion picture that was released this past summer (“Deliver Us From Evil by Sony Screen Gems) though they did not end up being used in the final film.

I am also a long-time musician and the lead singer in two original art rock bands (The Red Masque, on the Beta-lactam Ring Records label out of Oregon) and Green Cathedral (a new band which will be debuting to live shows later this year).

Artist Statement

“One of my primary interests has always been exploring legends and stories from around the world. Why are certain motifs ubiquitous across cultures and continents? These archetypal stories are told repeatedly in different guises throughout myth and folklore, and animals are often used to convey these mysteries. Whether painted on cave walls, portrayed as omens or totems or even worshiped as personifications of the gods, animals were a favorite theme for our ancestors. My artwork takes a closer look at this archetypal animal kingdom. Reinterpreted through art, abstraction, decorative element and contemporary vision, these creatures speak to our collective unconscious.
In addition, I like to paint artworks incorporating endangered or extinct animals, and also unusual animals, to bring awareness to what we as humans are doing to our planet, as well as to explore all the varieties of life around us.”

Biography

Lynnette Shelley is an award-winning Pennsylvania artist specializing in contemporary mixed media animal paintings and illustrations. Having a great love of wildlife, folktales, tribal art and world mythology, Shelley fuses these influences into her strikingly unique artworks. Her paintings strike a primal chord in many viewers, with almost Jungian associations to the colors and shapes. Her complex compositions and zoomorphic and totemic animal art and folklore-inspired creations are both primitive and sophisticated, and have been likened to images from an undiscovered ancient civilization or culture.

Shelley’s animal and mythological-themed artworks have been displayed nationally as well as regionally and her work is collected internationally. Originally from Delaware, she currently lives and works out of Ambler, PA.

mug shot 2014  Katheryn Stott

Give a brief description of your upcoming show and what might have inspired it.

This show is called Fractured Light because I am slicing up the space to express light with color and tackling a variety of my favorite places.

How have you expanded existing themes/ideas for which you are best known/or if this body of work is a great deviation from your norm, what inspired this new approach?

I was playing with the organic forms of the trees in the woods and letting the verticals separate the space like stained glass.  I have now taken that concept to the cityscape.

 Stylistically and/or technically, what do you hope collectors notice in your new work?

I hope that people enjoy the texture and colors of my work and I hope that the ideas behind the paintings resonate with the viewer as much as I have felt them resonate through me.

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I hope I can give people a happy, peaceful feeling when they view my work.

 

Artist Statement

“Light is forever feeding life, and we would not exist without it.  Everything living is constantly being drawn towards it or seeking refuge from it.  It filters in between and through the negative spaces of our world, changing color as time moves, finally becoming positive space at the edges of the day.  It then reveals itself as a conduit to move through and back again, where we find comfort in the shade for a while.

The light in my paintings has an underlying composition, the natural and manmade world providing the necessary lines that separate panels of color and value.  I try to make them visually, physically and conceptually layered, with many places to go and meditate. I want my paintings to be reverent and magical….a place where people can go and rest, to almost feel transported. The value of art, in its many forms and mediums, is its ability to move us to another place where we have an experience or see a different perspective.”

Biography

Katheryn received a BFA from Brigham Young University in 1993 and has been painting ever since. She is an artist at the Red Raven Art Company in Lancaster where she shows her work regularly. She also shows her work out west in Utah where she is originally from. She has a home in rural Pennsylvania where she lives with her children.