Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chris Rowe, Mixed Media Artist, Shares Her Story

From early childhood my artistic voice fought to let itself be heard, I wallowed in the pleasure of my first collage of Cinderella going to the ball which was a large mural created jointly with a few other classmates. I still remember the magical feeling of seeing it transform into a thing of beauty before my eyes. At the age of 12 I won a county art competition by designing a Save Energy poster and art continued to be my favourite lesson throughout my school years.  

However, as time went on my creativeness took other avenues. I was passionate about hair design and became a hairdresser. While raising my daughter, I indulged in sewing and home decor, mostly from necessity. Creating art just for it's own sake just didn't seem a priority.

Everything changed when I obtained my first computer, the web offered me a virtual classroom for art. Suffering from debilitating depression all of my adult life, losing myself in art became my escape when everything else was too difficult.  At the ripe old age of 50 I swallowed every bit of information I could and my pencil became my new best friend. 

My favourite way of expressing myself is by drawing imaginary faces and indulging in my old passion for hairstyles but now by means of a pencil.

Using my computer means I now have the ability to go a step further and paint some of my artwork digitally. 

​My passion for collage has also been rekindled and I use printouts of some of my hand drawn faces to create new artworks.

I print out previously painted backgrounds and elements, combining everything on paper or canvas board and then I hand paint simple hairstyles.

​Occasionally, I also use acrylic paint pens to add smaller detail.

There are so many variations that I can create using collage and a graphics program that I often combine the two by scanning in a hand collaged piece and then going on to further manipulate the image to create something new.

I don't know where my artistic journey will take me in the future, all I know is that it makes me happy. I hope you have enjoyed a little peek and if you would like to see more and sample some of my other creative pursuits please feel free to visit my blog.

This is Week 24 of 52 Artists in 52 Weeks. Chris lives in County Durham in the Northeast of England. Thank you for reading and sharing Chris' story today!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Daryl Harwood, Mixed Media Traveling Artist, Tells Her Story

I am a full time mobile artist. I live with my fiancĂ© in our RV and create artwork on the road while we travel throughout the country, participating in 30-35 juried art shows a year. I love creating outside, directly influenced by the natural environment I find myself in. My previous medium as a ceramic artist has influenced my current body of work as a mixed media artist. The surface of my paintings are highly textured to reflect my love of this tactile nature. 

My daily work is a dynamic unchartered journey of creation. Paint, paper, oil pastel, text and maps are a few of the elements I use to express the sensual forms, patterns and textures found in nature. Nature is my jumping off point. It sets the course for me to express the delicate balance of contrasting elements and to translate them into my work.

The compositions are brought about by an intuitive process, all works are one-of-a-kind. I create a recessed box or 'vessel' within the painting, incorporating natural and sculptural elements, to produce the atmosphere, or experience, of the piece. The feeling that the artwork evokes and relationship it produces, is what is most important to me.

To see more of Daryl's work, please connect with her on:

This is Week 23 of 52 Artists in 52 Weeks on Artists Tell Their Stories. Thank you for reading and sharing Daryl's post today!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Rosana Azar, Painter, Tells Her Story

Painting has always been my most vibrant passion. 

When I think of myself as an artist, I see an explorer, a seeker, a conduit. When I paint, I open my heart to the experience unfolding on canvas. During the process I am excited and curious as to what will be revealed each step of the way. 

Each painting is a new journey, an epic adventure into light, lines and feelings. I find myself looking deep into the painting as I work, to see what is hidden inside the layers and textures and I add the images spontaneously.

As Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry, the French author and pilot, noted in his eponymous work, The Little Prince, “It is only with the heart that one sees rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

My job is to find the essential and make it visible to the viewer in new and creative ways.

To view more of Rosana's work, please visit both of her websites: and

You can also link with Rosana here:

Rosana's Art Shows:


Colorida Gallery - Lisbon, Portugal - May

Gallery A- Washington, DC - April


Vision- Latin Art Gallery- Prague- October

Light (Life)=Love - Love - Studio 26 - Manhattan, NY- September

Interview by County Cable Montgomery - Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

This is Week 22 of 52 Artists in 52 Weeks. Thank you for reading and sharing Rosana's post today!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

RJT "Toby" Haynes, Painter, Tells His Story

My father was a signwriter, and I grew up with the smell of paint and turpentine; I have early memories of climbing ladders and scaffolding to help him with rooftop signs or the hand-painted graphics on heavy goods vehicles – Health & Safety would have been horrified. Santa invariably gave me a shiny new enamel box of watercolours every Christmas; several of them are still around, if somewhat the worse for wear – but none of the early coloured pencils has survived.  

Evening Light, Gerard Drive II - 21" x 14" - pastel

Although I went on to read German and Philosophy at Oxford, it was probably inevitable I’d end up as a painter. To a philosophy student, becoming an artist seems a relatively pragmatic career move, and it’s as good a preparation as any other… 

Napeague Twilight - 24" x 24" - oil on linen

I’ve always loved the alchemy of line and colour, and hunting for the spark that makes all the difference to an image. Whatever the initial idea, a picture shouldn’t turn out exactly as originally conceived: I’m not in control of the process, nor would I want to be – it’s the journey that’s interesting, and discoveries made along the way. 

I will change my technique or the colours on my palette if it starts to feel too familiar and comfortable: the materials and subject have a say in what becomes of them, and painting is always a form of negotiation or collaboration between us. I hope I never get clever enough to know the formula.  

Bug Screen is a case in point: I wanted to evoke the special sense of being indoors on a hot summer’s afternoon, and was intending to enclose the scene with a window frame; I chose the screen instead for its distancing, atmospheric and perspective-enhancing properties, and because it intensified the effect of bright light. 

Bug Screen - 21" x 14" - watercolour

I am a poor taxonomist because I’m naturally wired to see similarities and connections more easily than differences and distinctions – something as deceptively simple as an apple makes me think of the tree, the blossom, the pollinating insect, the harvest, recipe books, religious and erotic symbolism, etc. How this affects the final painting is impossible to pin down; still, all the ingredients are there even if they’re not immediately discernible. 

I’m not so much interested in fleeting impressions as in their lasting effects, the memory of them, the mycelial web of associations they send out – but a painting must ultimately have a life of its own, to make its own connections without exegesis.

Misty - 23" x 33" - pastel

Not Her Real Name - 19" x 25" - pastel

Current Affairs - 16" x 20" - oil on linen

Last of the Harvest - 10" x 8" - oil on linen

Toby lives in a remote cottage in North Cornwall in southwest England. He has had many solo exhibitions and his paintings are featured in collections throughout the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2011, he began exhibiting in the USA and now divides his time between Cornwall, New York City and East Hampton, NewYork. He is represented in London by The Art Movement.

To see more of Toby's work, please visit his website.

This is Week 21 of 52 Artists in 52 Weeks. Thank you for reading and sharing Toby's story today!