Each year, local artists donate original pieces of art to be featured in the auction, with all the proceeds benefiting Scottish Rite Hospital. Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to all of the artists.
This year’s event will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Scottish Rite Hospital. Additional information can be found at community.tsrhc.org/summer-colors.
Meet our second round of artists below! Please note: all photos of the art are shown as examples of their work.
You can also view the rest of the artists in other posts:
Background/Bio: In 2002, Lori decided to follow her life’s passion and recommitted herself to painting. At this time, she first engaged in plein air painting. “The challenges presented by painting nature while being part of that nature have taught me a tremendous amount about studying light and manipulating paint.” The one constant through her paintings: her energetic spontaneous brushstroke, applying paint with a confident contemporary approach.
Lori resides in Dallas, a long way from the mountains of New York where she was born and raised. She attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, earning a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. Over the following years, Lori successfully pursued a career as a commercial artist designing for advertising agencies and running her own design studio. She is currently Design Director for the award-winning Private Clubs magazine. You see the influence of her commercial career in her exciting compositions … silhouettes of the world.
Inspiration: Nature and the ever changing light.
MICAH SAN JUAN
A graduate of Harding University School of Art and Design, Micah San Juan works as a production artist by day for Fossil Group, but immerses himself in his passion for painting when it comes to raising awareness on community issues. He is a 5 year member of Resounding Harmony (a philanthropic choral group) and has also used his love of charity to do works for Big Thought, The American Heart Association of North Texas, The Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas as well as Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
I find inspiration from classic commercial artists like sign painters, illustrators and printmakers and well as the street artists from round the world.
CHRISTOPHER J. MILLER
While many artists take their craft from traditional to digital, CJ Miller’s artistic journey has been quite the opposite. CJ Miller, the nom de guerre of Christopher J. Miller, founded the marketing communications firm Rainmaker Advertising more than 20 years ago. His initial artistic training is rooted in computer graphics, marketing and visual communication but in 2000 he decided to explore traditional fine arts.
This journey began with several years tutoring/training with Mary Kathryn Collins, a Dallas artist and instructor who supported Mr. Miller in uncovering his unique artistic identity – sort of like uncovering your artistic thumbprint. For the last six years, he’s taken annual sabbaticals to train with Virginia Cobb in her Santa Fe, New Mexico, artist workshop. Ms. Cobb is known for her unique technique, detailed in her book, “Uncovering the Hidden Eye: Experiments in Water Media,” which is a result of years of teaching experimental workshops. She believes that every painting is an experiment, a philosophy Mr. Miller has embraced as a way to gain a deeper, more personal perception of the physical world.
Mr. Miller continues to explore methods of utilizing different tools and materials. He has experimented with mixed-media, graphite, chalk and crayon, and matte finished acrylics on canvas, wood and Strathmore 500 Bristol Board. He believes that painting is a spiritual expression which reflects his current vibration and belief systems.
JOANNE “JOJO” HERDA
Rocket scientist turned self-taught abstract artist utilizing a blend of the analytical mind and artistic passion to create harmonious balance of color on canvas with compassion and diligence. Artwork is created for the individual collector, clients of leading interior design and non-profit organizations. JoJo was honored to be named a Fashion Group Internal of Dallas 2016Rising Star Nominee in Art.
Inspiration: Artwork inspiration is drawn from life experiences, 80’s flare, and the color found in everyday objects.
Nancy began her studies of art at Hockaday, continued them at The University of Dallas. There, her MA and MFA were in printmaking and drawing. Later she learned the art of painting with beeswax, encaustic painting, from The Encaustic Center in Richardson and Truro Center for the Arts in Provincetown, MA. And was recently accepted to The Vermont Studio Residency.
She is a long life resident of Dallas and has lived and worked there over the years, both in Deep Elm, at The Continental Gin Building, and now in her studio near White Rock Lake. She has exhibited in galleries, competitions and museums, throughout the states: Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Morro Bay, Provincetown, and St. Louis.
Her work has always been about including some concept, or part of the past, while dealing with the present. She enjoys mixed media as well as incorporating various processes.
Constantly in need of a “creative outlet”, I would often find new project and hobbies to test drive. The day I was introduced to jewelry, jewelry design, and a paintbrush was the day I realized I could put my biggest passions of creative design, the arts, and crafting into a tangible product to give back to the world.
My personal relationship with design has evolved into a love and passion I incorporate into every aspect of my life, both personally and professionally. Throughout my professional life, I have broadened my creative abilities through even planning, jewelry designs, painting, branding, business development, client relations, and marketing. Alongside my professional life, I have grown my design skills through my jewelry and painting business, CLQ Designs.
CLQ Designs offers custom jewelry design, jewelry redesign, and abstract acrylic paintings, while catering to the client’s style, need and budget! CLQ Designs offers the best of both worlds – unique handcrafted jewelry and art sure to make you and your home the statement piece at your next event and a price point that won’t send you running for the hills! I want my clients to be able to call me on a random Tuesday and ask if I can design them something new because they need to “spoil” themselves.
Since childhood, my creativity and passion for design has fueled my drive to explore new experiences, learn new skill sets, and cultivate meaningful relationships. For me, the most exciting and rewarding part of CLQ Designs is knowing that I am not limited to what I can learn, design and create. I love getting together with my clients to get our creative wheels turning together in order to design their one of a kind piece from CLQ Designs. I love the challenge of design and thrive off creativity (I can’t get enough of it!).
I graduated from Wake Forest this past May with a minor in studio art and major in non-profit business. I had not been an art student since I was in the 5th grade, but I fell in love with the studio while taking a divisional. I took several oil classes and sculpture classes. I was hooked on using my hands and the tangible experience of creating something new.
I recently moved back to Dallas and have continued to paint, doing several commissions and projects. I started exploring mixed media by integrating acrylic and mod podge into my pieces. I paint in my backyard with my two dogs.
Inspiration: I am influenced by the places I interact with. Nature is a broad term, but I like to focus on places I am and have been and the experience of being in that place. People, sounds, textures, and emotional responses are just some of the things that make up a place.