About our Artists
Mark White grew up in Centralia, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Southern Illinois University. His graduate work includes studies in sociology and art. During his post-graduate work, Mark was able to study under sculptors Lincoln Fox and Valentin Okorokov; master patineur, Patrick Kipper; and painter, Albert Handel.
In addition to the meditative and mesmerizing kinetic wind sculptures for which he is so well-known, Mark White is a prodigious painter. After taking a break from oil painting for more than a decade, Mark recently started working with them again. He has returned with a fresh outlook and an ever-evolving vision of the world around him. As the world is continually evolving, Mark feels that his continual growth is an important pursuit.
“My creation process is serendipitous, following a certain line of experimentation without clinging to a known hypothesis. This process guides my art in many directions, including work with engraved patina paintings as well as wind-and-water driven kinetic sculptures. I strive to fill all my work with real and implied movement. I love learning and am always exploring my artistic boundaries, searching for the path less traveled.”
Land is Spirit to me. Beyond mere appearances, I feel there is an energy, an aliveness, a livingness and vitality in the land. It is in this zone that I want to tap into and express what I feel in my paintings. This is essentially a healing practice for me because observing and communicating these feelings is very cathartic. Like the practice of painting, there is a profound silence in these places, but also an incredible vibration of life.
It is never boring or static except when I don’t see or listen properly and allow that spirit to flow onto my canvases. I am also fascinated with large expanses as well as the very intimate details of the land. I find just as much passion in the Grand Canyon as I do a grouping of brush or a single tree. All land is sacred to me and the interaction of sun, rain, and wind on them are what drive the emotions and brings everything to life.
During my artistic journey, I have explored painting, fiber, quilting, basketry, jewelry and silversmithing. I was never a proper weaver, but one day was compelled to weave sheet silver and that’s when the adventure began. I first colored the silver or copper with chemical patinas, but the colors were not satisfying. So I experimented with different materials until I mastered the process of painting and weaving copper. As far as I know, I am the only artist using this specific technique, which I teach in occasional workshops.
In 1997 I began creating three-dimensional abstract landscapes for the wall.
My vision is to communicate with color, through the refractive lens of weaving, brief moments of light in the natural environment. I seek to paint changing, complex pieces that will inspire an emotional response and a sense of meditation.
The design process is complex and labor intensive, involving precise measuring and planning. I apply metallic leaf on two sets of 36 gauge copper – a warp and a weft. Using liquid acrylics, airbrush inks and powdered pigments, I paint abstract images on the copper. I use 36 gauge tooling copper as my canvas and metallic leaf, transparent inks and liquid acrylics for my paints because of the unique qualities each material brings to the others. After sanding, I layer the acrylics, inks and powdered pigments on the warps and wefts in a design that will appear after weaving. The colors are intense and, when mixed with water, create a unique watercolor effect. After the paint dries, I then wax the copper to prevent oxidation and facilitate weaving. I cut the warps and wefts in gentle curves and weave the pieces together to lend a refractive quality to the paintings.
Multimedia artist Ethan White was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in the mountains of Colorado. Though he graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in psychology with an intent to focus on cognitive neuroscience in graduate school, his interests turned to creative pursuits when he began to study dance. White’s passion for physical means of creative expression blossomed into an abiding interest in the visual arts. Today, his singularly diverse artistic practice includes sculpture and loosely abstracted, engraved copper and steel compositions, whose surfaces often feature patina finishes.
In many ways, White’s artwork reflects his enthusiasm for dance. From time to time, a seas
cape or landscape joins the imagery of his work—elements inspired by his mentor and father Mark White; indeed, the two frequently in conversation about their work and have collaborated on past projects. Ethan’s latest series of work, Evolving Figure, is a reflection of his observations of life in Los Angeles, where the artist lives with his wife Nikki, who is also a dancer.
David Meredith was born in Leicester, England in 1973. David studied at the Leicester College of Art where he aspired to a job as in illustrator. However, a chance meeting with his future employer at the end-of-year exhibition led David to a career in the pewter industry.
David started as an apprentice model-maker, working in minute detail for the jewelry and giftware industry. Within two years he had become the head sculptor at Alchemy Carta, but he felt it was the right time to leave and follow a career as a full time sculptor of his own work. This he pursued through exhibiting his work in galleries and from private commissions.
During the early years he continued to work for the giftware industy in a freelance capacity and sculpted for many of the leading names of the time.
David has worked professionally as a sculptor for over 20 years. Having lived in Africa, Asia and the USA, he has taken inspiration from his time spent in each. However his subject focus in recent years has been wildlife, mainly in his chosen medium of bronze.
David’s work is exhibited in galleries throughout the United Kingdom and worldwide. David’s work is also in great demand through private commissions from clients around the globe.
Christopher Owen Nelson
Deeply driven… by process and technique, I have allowed my work to evolve as an examination of self. There are seemingly endless parallels between how I approach my relationship with a subject, and how I approach my relationship with own individuality— perpetually excavating and exploring the layers beneath the physical in search of a deeper truth.
My approach to form is always one born from a place of curiosity, limitless potential, and an acceptance of what something wants to be versus what I think it should be. My work is a manifestation of who I want to be and how I want to be seen and heard— creating with the intent of energetically communicating what I feel cannot be said.
Using textures and microscopic elements of the natural world, I thrive on giving things new life, purpose, and movement. Reviving these details found in nature reshapes the way I exist as myself. I translate natural forms balanced in realism and abstraction. Creating entirely new objects with a message of pure love and life validates the intentions behind my work, which ultimately is to uplift the collective consciousness.
Every piece that I paint is an emotional journey through color. I am continuously inspired by the extraordinary world around me as well as the exciting possibilities of infinite color relationships. Every single color is beautiful and has a place. I love how the colors ask for each other and vibrate in unison in creation of a new color world. Or one crooked line asks for another crooked line in the continuing quest for balance. My painting style always involves a search for perfection and balance in chaos. I begin most paintings with instinctual choices and movements and then solve the complex puzzle as I go. I am always trying to reach a mathematical perfection with color and form. There is always motivation to paint and I am in love with the paint itself.
I work on many pieces at the same time. It helps keep the energy going. I use numerous techniques to apply the many layers of paint. Brushes, brayers, plastic spreaders, foam rollers, and spray bottles are all important to create the layered look. Balancing opaque and translucent layers helps me create the dreamlike worlds.
Most of my work has been influenced by the ancient Etruscan and Chinese cultures. I create in a variety of mediums. Nature and music stir my soul. Exploring is the adventure that fuels my creativity.
Born in 1959 in Lubbock, Texas and raised in a small town of cotton farmers. Cozart attended Texas Tech University, where she received her BFA. She moved to Santa Fe,NM in the mid 1980’s where she still resides.