Lawrence Hollingsworth, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, derived his inspiration to paint from country landscapes and museum visits during his travels as an antiques importer in Europe and the U.K. He studied art history and the styles and painting techniques of the Impressionists and Barbizon School painters and is self taught. The primary subject matter of the artist`s work is the landscape. Bold brush strokes and atmospheric effects are incorporated in his paintings and his signature style may be characterized as a blend of impressionism accented by realistic flourishes. His medium is oil on canvas or linen. “Beyond our apparent perceptions of nature lies a deeper dimension of our natural world which I believe can best be expressed through the rich, visual language of painting. I hope that my paintings may achieve this end and enrich the lives of all who view them as well as foster a new appreciation of our natural world.” Mr. Hollingsworth received his Doctorate Degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and currently resides in Gloucester, Virginia.
Born in Illinois in 1963, Greg Osterhaus discovered his interest in art at an early age. As a child, he received great encouragement from one of his Catholic school teachers who took an interest in his artistic enthusiasm and drawing abilities. His parents also enrolled him in private art classes where he received valuable academic instruction. Greg moved from Schenectady, NY to Roanoke, Virginia when he was 12 years old and has lived there ever since. Greg attended Virginia Tech as a student of Architecture where he spent some time taking art and literature classes and eventually decided to switch his major to Fine Art with a graphic arts focus. After graduating with a BA Fine Art in 1985, Greg worked for six years with an architecture firm as a graphic artist and photographer. He then tried a number of different jobs, always painting in his spare time, progressing from ‘moody’ character studies of figures, to landscape paintings in watercolor, oil and pastel. In time, Greg began to frequent local galleries where he noticed works by a number of landscape painters working in oils. It was then that he began to understand what an artist could do with the landscape motif and also realized the possibility of making a living in this field. Greg finally yielded to his passion for painting. He has religiously maintained a schedule of two to four solo exhibitions per year over the past fifteen years or more, and his work is represented in many corporate and private collections across the US. He is always eager to proceed to the next canvas, to begin new work, experiment, and define and pursue a new creative agenda for himself. Greg is married with three children.
Mark Chatterley is an award-winning sculptor who has exhibited nationally and internationally. “My work is about traveling in the dream world. The place that exists between wakefulness and sleep. Betwixt and Between. I am interested in conscious thoughts and the space between thoughts. My work allows me to get to these spots. I try to make the pieces that are timeless yet contemporary. As if the sculpture was dug up from a civilization yet to exist.” The contrast between the pockmarked, concretelike surfaces of his larger clay figures, some of which are nearly nine feet high, and their elegant, contemplative poses defines a body of work that, Mr. Chatterley said, “combines creation and destruction, the beautiful and the malformed, with everything in flux.” The work is mystical and universal all at the same time, bearing the solemnity of lava-like surfaces with the artist’s hand print upon the clay, and when they are fired, the pieces seem to become frozen in time. “The volcanic eruptions that happen during the firing leave a history of what took place,” the artist said. “For me, it’s still exciting to see what the glaze will do. It’s sort of like a gift from the kiln.” Mark holds a Master of Fine Arts, from Michigan State University. He lives in Williamston, Michigan.
Nancy Anderson Dempsey
An oil painter, Dempsey took up painting late in life, but has accomplished much in a short time. Since beginning her art career, Dempsey has taken several workshops in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia with nationally recognized artists-Ann Templeton, Jeanne MacKenzie, Dawn Whitelaw and Loryn Brazier. Her work can be found hanging in numerous homes throughout Virginia and beyond. She continues to spend more time in the studio and to paint en plein aire, when weather permits, and, as she said recently, “This is truly the only way to improve the quality of one’s work.” Nancy lives in Suffolk, VA.
Painting is a form of meditation for Ani Yellowhammer, a process of reaching into the artist’s subconscious and connecting with essential life forces. Successively applying and sanding back oil and alkyd paints on canvas, she creates alluring surfaces that conceal or reveal what lies beneath. “My work is about the mystery of the Universe,” she says, “the inner and outer spaces, the inner and outer landscapes.” Some paintings have opaque, matte surfaces scraped or sanded back to reveal seemingly ancient layers of earthy hue. Others have surfaces of transparent color in high gloss. A field of vibrant color—electric blue, red-orange or yellow-gold—may appear as a source of light through a veil of darker tone, or as a glowing cloud of cosmic dust amidst murkier surroundings. Yellowhammer explains, “I like to think of color as energy that emits from the painting outward.” Born in Virginia, Yellowhammer attended Old Dominion University and The College of William and Mary in her home state, where she continued to reside for many years working as an artist and a curator of corporate art collections. She began painting as a child and earned her living through exhibitions of her paintings in Virginia long before attending Malden Bridge School of Art in New York in the late 1980s. Yellowhammer’s work is in the collections of numerous corporations across the U.S. and in private collections around the world, including England, Singapore and Australia.
Born and raised in Leisenring, a small southwestern town in rural Pennsylvania, Scott Addis grew to love nature from a very young age. His first teacher was his father, who would bring him hunting and fishing and also spent hours sketching and drawing with him, both in nature and from pictures. Scott left home at 18 and enlisted in the US Navy. He trained in Chicago, Orlando and upstate New York. He was eventually assigned to a US Navy nuclear cruiser based in Norfolk Virginia. Scott later settled in Cincinnati where he eventually studied art under a local teacher and wonderful artist Greg Storer. Some of the artists who most inspired Scott’s work in this time included American and European tonalists and impressionists. He took a public art studio at the renowned Pendleton Art Center and made his professional debut at one of the oldest, most established art galleries in the Cincinatti region, Closson’s. Scott’s career flourished. Inspired by the landscape of his current home in Montreal… the architecture, the clear light, the snow, and by Canadien artists, Scott’s work has gotten more and more in touch with his surroundings. Scott continues to live in Montreal with his wife Lucie, and three children, Eric, Luc, and Isabelle. He is now represented by galleries across North America, both in the US and in Canada.
Anderson Giles is a longtime professor of art at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. His paintings overwhelm one’s sense of sight with vivid, saturated color and urgent, expressive brush work that reaches directly into the domain of spirit. Giles’ paintings are multi-layered to achieve a luminous effect, where paint is applied with both bravado and sensitivity. Not only an artist, he is probably the foremost authority on the war in the Pacific theater: Giles is a film producer, a photographer and an advocate for understanding that aspect of World War II. But his paintings are our main interest: “Outside the large window of the studio where I create my paintings, northern lights and stunning sunsets often illuminate the vast empty northern Maine landscape with a primordial glow. Light permeates the senses, reflecting from the snow, mountains and endless northern skies. In the nearby landscape, old ruins stand isolated, silent, and loom as aged sentinels from a distant past. In the summer, it is verdant and beautiful, while the long frozen winters are unforgiving and brutal. It is a land where the infinite light and space encourage introspection and intense mental/psychic wanderings, which seem to relate the present to other times and mythic, distant places. It is a land where objective and non-objective thinking and imagery effortlessly co-exist and this synthesis seems as natural a process as a winter storm. An artist cannot live here and not be influenced by the spirit of the inhabitants, the land, light, and the space. Although these influences may be combined with other concepts and inspirations, they are always present in my work. My recent paintings deal with diverse inspirations whose essence is then synthesized into visual statements. The images are meant to be personal yet maintain a sense of the universal. In addition to external influences, I am also interested in exploring the inner arena of consciousness, where the experiences of life lie stored, ready to be re-understood, re-combined, and re-synthesized into new understandings and images. The images bring forth visual commentary on the known as well as the unknown realms of my existence. They touch on both the complexity and beautiful simplicity of the journey of life.”