Michelle Adams is an Air Force brat. She lived in Germany, Japan, the US, and Panama. Her art background began in Yokohama, Japan in 1959 when she and her family moved there. She attended St. Maur, a private French parochial school . There she had her first art lessons along with learning to do hand work of all types.
She attended the University of Tennessee and Auburn University where she began art school in 1967.
Back to Tennessee in 1968 she graduated with a degree in Foreign Languages in 1969. Art was put on the backburner until 1984 when she started taking watercolor classes in Houston.
Back to the future after retiring from teaching in 2005, she began lessons in watercolor with David Warren and Tina Woodruff.
She took lessons with Rebecca Neef in oils and later with Ann Papadakis.
Throughout the years she had always used a camera to pursue art. And now, armed with an iphone and a camera she still takes photos of everything from walking sticks to cats and dogs. She loves taking photos of foods and plants too.
Adrienne is a polymer clay artist in Buda, Texas, just over the county line from Austin. She began making beaded jewelry in high school, and studied painting briefly at the University of Michigan. While her life’s dream was always to be an artist, she got her engineering degree and worked in the computer field for 20 years. After taking a Photoshop class in a web design program, Adrienne gradually turned back to her artistic side. She re-entered the art world doing graphic design, logos, and painting designs on clothing and furniture; but when she returned to her jewelry roots, she discovered polymer clay, and she found her home. Adrienne is inspired by ability of polymer clay to create intricate patterns and masquerade as anything from metal to semi-precious stones to food. She initially began making jewelry, but expanded into wall art, sculpture, and decorative household objects. Her mixed media wall pieces often feature iconic figures such as goddesses, Frida Kahlo, and The Green Man.
I was born and raised on a farm and ranch in a small town in SE Texas. I have had a camera in my hand for as long as I can remember.
As a teenager, back in the film days, I began entering photo contests and collecting ribbons. After graduating college, I worked full time and didn’t do much with my photography. After the digital cameras came out, I started dabbling back in it. In 2010 I moved back to my parents farm to become a caregiver for my Dad. While there, I found a new love of photography. With farming and ranching all around, there was so much nature to photograph. I would spend hours outside with my camera admiring and capturing all the wonderful things that God had put on this earth for us to enjoy.
When I moved back to Austin in 2014, I decided I could not go back into the corporate world and would pursue my photography full time. I knew I wanted to move out of South Austin where I had lived for 27 years and find some land to live on. In November of 2016, I bought some land and moved to Bastrop. The pine trees and wildlife reminds me of the area I grew up.
I photograph mostly team and individual sports, seniors (both HS and Senior Citizens), and events. I also really enjoy my quiet time with my camera enjoying the world around me.
I am an active member of several professional photographer associations, Bastrop and Smithville Chamber of Commerce, and Bastrop and Smithville Art Leagues.
For more than twenty-five years I have been capturing the beauty and elements of nature. I’m a native Texan, self-taught in photography through classes and in-the-field experiences. I love the amazing gifts nature offers us and have learned that the special moments one shares with nature cannot be found anywhere else and they are unique to each individual.
The vibrant colors and art of nature draw me in. Included in my body of work are expressive waterscapes and landscapes, with an emphasis on abstracts from nature. My artistic vision leads me to explore images that can be found within the “big picture” by observing detail in a scene which might otherwise be overlooked – a flow or combination of colors, one tree that stands out from the forest, or a play of light upon a subject. Nature never ceases to provide opportunities for one who is paying attention. I strive to capture not only the beauty, but the emotion and feeling of nature in my images. My hope is the viewer will find within them a moment of escape to enjoy nature.
My images can be printed in multiple sizes and substrates (paper, aluminum, acrylic, canvas) and are available for electronic use. I offer limited editions and open editions. As my art evolves I am exploring new concepts including artistic applications, mixed media and painting.
Joan Bohls graduated from the University of Texas in Austin. She and her husband live on the 9E Ranch 10 miles from Bastrop and operate the 9E Ranch Cabins Lost Pines on a 320 acre ranch. The 9E Ranch offers inspiration to the artist spirit with horses, Longhorns, acres of tall pines, vistas, sunrises and beauty unmatched.
In 1997 while viewing Monet’s water lily paintings in Paris, Bohls was inspired to learn to paint. ” I could see his brush strokes and I wanted to grab a brush and paint. It was like having a right brain awaking.” Bohls said. Returning from Paris, Bohls enrolled in art classed at Austin Museum of Art and took workshops. Then in 2000 she was accepted in the University of Texas Visual Art Department where she took 30 college hours in Design and Painting. She has continued her studies taking workshops from June Dudley, Ann Templeton, William Scott Jennings, Ken Auster, Charles Solovek, Ron Rencher and George Stickland.
Joan Bohls loves painting the beauty around her in Plein Aire (outdoors) and is an active member of the Outdoor Painters Society and travels on paint outs with the group several time each year. She is also a member of Oil Painters of America.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri – Mark spent his childhood drawing and painting whenever he could – he grew up watching his Father, a part time commercial artist, work at home on various projects. Taking every art class available from elementary school on – Mark was hooked at an early age. After High School, Mark attended Texas State Technical Institute where he studied Architectural Drafting and Design and from there attended Texas A&M University. Mark worked as an Illustrator for the Texas A&M Department of Archaeology while studying there.
Fascinated with the entire creative process, Mark works with Pencil, Watercolor and Oil – he’s known for his use of high contrast and bright color within his compositions. Painting and drawing a wide variety of subject matter – Mark’s artistic style can be defined as Imaginative Realism.
Mark is an Artist Member of the American Society of Aviation Artists and regularly attends the ASAA’s international competitions and forums. At the 2013 forum and competition Mark was presented with the coveted “James V. Roy Jr. Award” for his work entitled “The Lunarian Man” – this award represents the “Best of the Best” for work submitted by an ASAA member.
Mark has had his work juried into several international competitions, most notably The Western Spirit Art Show and Sale held each year in Cheyenne, Wyoming and in 2015, Mark was invited to participate in the “Traveling the West” Show and Sale that debuted in Dallas, Texas.
After retiring from a long career in IT Operations and Infrastructure, Mark and his wife Melisa have recently relocated to Giddings, TX allowing them to spend more time with their children and grandchildren who live in Bastrop and Austin.