Below is a list of all NSAG members. We invite you to learn more about their approaches to creative expression, and to visit their personal websites, where available.
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I was reintroduced to painting a few years ago; I had a class in college about 40 years earlier (life got in the way!). After a few tries I decided it liked the challenge of watercolor and the results I’ve had. I was able to use my experience in photography for composition and some of my drafting experience.
I have concentrated on landscape work, usually from photos I have taken. Over the past seven plus years of painting, I now look at a scene and try to determine how I would paint it. This has been a new experience and I realize I have a long way to reach the lofty heights of the great painters of the past and current ones. But like everything, we must all start somewhere and who knows where it will end.
Richard Buchanan II
I strive to bring the unnoticeable and overlooked of everyday life to the forefront – to change mundane to extraordinary, and trivial to enchanting. I focus on the abstract, landscape, and documentary genres, but each photograph I share is a communion with the splendor of all waking life, a celebration of endless possibilities, and a means to see anew what has always been seen.
Being able to represent those scenes and subjects in life that I find interesting and beautiful is exciting for me. I’m drawn to botanical subjects and landscapes, particularly florals and gardens. Subjects of interest may also include geometric shapes, abstract patterns of light and shadow, the human form, and fish.
My art is my interpretation of the natural and built environments as I see them. It is not intended to advance political agendas or promote particular causes. Each of my drawings contains elements of challenge and experimentation to try to push my skills and abilities to new levels. I enter art contests and work with other artists to seek recognition for what I hope others will find inspiring.
I am now in a position to gather what I’ve collected, use my time, apply my skills and try to make sense and even nonsense out of it. The results often have humor, surprise and mystery. One thing I am sure of: creativity is a force, and I want to share that force with others.
I recently moved to Madison from the northwest part of the state. I express myself through watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media works and have shown and sold throughout the Midwest. I welcome connecting through workshops, private lessons, mentoring, critiquing sessions, collaborating, and custom work.
Painting, Graphite, and Sculpture
Mixed media, Photography, and Painting
Watercolor, Pastel, and Graphite
Painting and Collage
I’ve been an amateur photographer for over 30 years and work in 35mm film and digital. I tend to focus on the natural world in some form or fashion. I use the phrase natural world loosely to mean anything around us that I can create an image of that makes someone stop and take a closer look. It makes me smile when someone has to ask, “What is that?” after staring at a photo of mine for a while.
There can be beauty in the simplest thing if only we take the time to look. I hope the images you see here compel you to take a closer look at the things you see in your every day life and help you to find the beauty around you.
Susan Young Hoffman
Painting, Photography, and Drawing
I like to explore ideas that I’ve captured in my camera’s visual notebook. Although my style and context range from abstract art to realistic portraits, my focus in each piece is on the use of expressive line and color to convey a sense of place and mood. One of my current projects is a children’s concept book about days of the week.
Doing art means capturing the moment. It means listening and responding to intuition. Sometimes a “spontaneous happening” is allowed to remain. It’s the process that is important. It’s when there is no distinction between the artist, the art piece and the moment
To be out in wild places is to be free – to smell, to see, to feel the essence of the earth – the true environment that we live in. I work with live plants and flowers to create my clay plaques. I get these from the many “wild places” on the Northside – Troy Gardens, Cherokee Marsh, Warner Park, and other open spaces. It is through my art that I try to “capture” the “essence of the earth” in clay to bring a part of the “wild places” into my civilized environment.
I enjoy nature and love to spend time photographing landscapes, seascapes, flowers, and lighthouses. Now, as I travel around the country, I am always looking for and marveling at the beauty all around us waiting to be captured. Being involved in the natural beauty of creation is part of my spiritual journey.
I spent a lot of time in Door County, Wisconsin in the past, and did a lot of my shooting in that area. I’ve shown pieces at the Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay and The Hardy Gallery in Ephriam, and have recently had limited showings at some of the venues put on by the NSAG.
I shoot what I like. I have taken numerous photography classes and consider myself to be a lifelong photography student. My strength is in composing an interesting photo. Color, patterns, mystery and playfulness are all subjects I am drawn to. I want to capture the moment to share with others.
I am Marilyn O’Brien, an established Madison, Wisconsin local artist who hopes to show my work around the world through my ideas, imagination, research, and faith.
Lithography, Monotyping, and Etching
Ken’s art reflects his interest in ambiguity, reflections, and minimalism. “My favorite reaction to my work is when the observer is perplexed about the subject. I find the viewer looks more intently than when the subject is obvious. I also enjoy trying to discover how few marks it takes to capture the image I’m after.”
Mary Beth Riles
Leo Nello Rotelli
My lifelong love of the outdoors, wtih its stunning vistas, has been a great influence in my life. As well, my love for reading and the inherent art within a well-penned book, or simply the turn of a phrase, has given me inspiration for many of my paintings.
I favor a wet-on-wet technique in watercolor, but I also mix media, combining watercolor with acrylic and oil on various surfaces. My recent collage works often include flowers, leaves, and other objects of nature.
Painting and Fiber Arts
Music, art, and dance. These three creative forms of expression provided the foundation for my mixed media art and led me to create greeting cards, bookmarks, and framed art pieces with a bit of sassiness, whimsy, and nature. The materials I use, such as fabric, threads, buttons, wire, and anything I can glue down, can give the viewer a sense of movement, texture, and dimension.
Drawing, Painting, and Photography
I find inspiration in the colors of the world around me. Once the idea hits the process becomes internal… playing with color, composition and size until the image gels in my mind. After that it’s a matter of getting it down quickly.
Mixed Media and Photography
Pen and Ink
I have been taking pictures for over four decades. I enjoy photographing people in their daily lives and capturing beautiful landscapes. My current focus is on wildlife (particularly birds) and flowers. I prefer working with available light and simple equipment. I like using metalic paper to bring out details like the feathers on a bird or the different hues of grasses.