Saturday, May 29, 2010

Our Own Artists at Gatewood Hall Gracious Home

Since we will be celebrating Arts In The Park this weekend we wanted to do a posting featuring our exclusive GH Artists. The first is Marilyn Sparks who after following a successful career in the fashion industry, she discovered her passion for painting. Marilyn's experience with color, texture, and proportion are evident in the way she combines these elements on canvas. The self-taught artist is continually evolving, recreating and reinventing herself through her bold barns, bright florals, and peaceful landscapes.

Sparks paints in her studio in Cumming, GA., and happily sheds her fashion image for a painter’s smock. She has had several one-woman shows in Atlanta and in Highlands, NC and has participated in group shows in Charlotte, NC, Jacksonville, FL, Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston, SC. We especially love her barns, and still life flowers. Marilyn even has a couple bright, whimsical paintings that are meant to be hung outside on a covered deck or screened porch!

Kathy Pollard was born in Gadsden, Alabama and began private art lessons at age of 12. She has won various private contests throughout her painting career. Kathy now spends her time between Dunwoody and the North Georgia mountains. I love her pallet knife work.

We have two original oil paintings on linen she just brought in. One is a painting of the pink apple blossoms that she painted after she enjoyed this recent season at Mercier Apple Orchard, the other is Lake Blue Ridge both are absolutely beautiful.

Pollard believes the meaning of painting to be "The true freedom of your self-expression, meaning having the ability to express yourself. Through a dedicated study, we seek knowledge of the craft. As we grow, develop, and practice the skills and principles, our own unique expression and our signature comes forth."


Katherine Getty’s love affair with art dates back to nursery school when she discovered crayons. It was cemented by her kindergarten experiences with mud pies and the messy joys of sculpture. Although throughout her childhood and adolescence, she was always involved in something creative, she decided not to pursue art as a career and instead worked in healthcare for two decades. She began reconnecting with her art in the mid 90’s and attended the Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture for two years. During this period, she primarily worked with three dimensional media.

Getty’s left the medical world in 2005 and moved to Georgia to change careers. She started painting in July 2005 and fell in love with oil paint. Katherine’s work deals with the loving bonds between humans and animals and with the healing power of the natural world.
Katherine's work is so beautiful and precise we have actually had people ask if it was an enhanced photograph.
Come in today to see and appreciate these Artist's wonderful talents.

This weekend only we will take 10% off of their work as part of our Art in the Park celebration. See you soon!

1 comment:

raven said...

Nice works. I would love to see them in person. Thank you for sharing and more power.

Raven
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