My name is Terri L. Fitzgerald. Originally from Jersey Shore, PA, I currently live in Murfreesboro, TN, about 25 miles from Nashville. Being married to a retired military man, I have lived in many different places in my life.I have always loved all genres of art, but I believe my favorites are painting and drawing. I have never had any formal training or education, I just love to sketch and experiment. I was lucky enough to spend 8 years in Germany which gave me the opportunity to visit many wonderful museums in Europe.I actually started doing my mosiac work, which I call "Guit-Art," about a year ago. I was watching a show on television and saw someone doing mosaic tile. My husband Bob and I own Johnny Guitar's Music Shop in Murfreesboro. A really strange thought came to me that maybe I could do mosaic on a guitar! So I went to a local hobby shop and bought some cheap tile and grout and set out with my experiment. Needless to say, my first attempt would now make a wonderful stepping stone in my garden! I kept trying different methods and feel I have finally mastered the way it should be. I have expanded my work by also using glass, seed beads, and other materials.I really enjoy every aspect of what I do. From choosing the guitar or instrument I will use to creating the design. I never know where the guitar will take me. My inspirations are numerous, sometimes it may be the person I am making the guitar for; other times it may be the mood I am in. Usually, the design will come to me as I sit and look at a "Blank" guitar.Then the colors and the guitar come to life.
I had the honor of participating in ReTune Nashville. This organization took instruments that had been in the May 2010 Nashville floods and gave them to local artists to "bring them back to life." These instruments were then auctioned off with the proceeds going to various charities that benefit uninsured musicians.
My husband, Bob, and I own Johnny Guitar's Music Shop in Murfreesboro, TN. I am fortunate enough to have a good supply of guitars to use and also a place they can be displayed when I am finished. You can find examples of my work at: www.johnnyguitars.com
As an artist, I am fascinated by the sheer physicality of oil paint and its potential to unlock images. Being entirely self-taught, I paint by instinct, allowing raw impulse to guide the process. Starting with the human form, I distort and manipulate in an effort to suggest what it feels like to live as flesh and bone and to have experiences and emotions which can't be rationally explained. My paintings are suggestive of a deeply ordered chaos. I actually prefer chaos to order, however, order always finds a way of inserting itself even in the most chaotic situations.
My work pulsates with energy, movement, and rhythm. It has been described as "equal parts sinister and sinewy" as well as "Francis Bacon takes a Rorschach test in 1969." When I paint, I lose myself. I don't really remember the time that I've spent working on my canvases. My intention is not to paint abstractions. I think of myself as a figurative painter. I want my paintings to take on a life of their own. What may seem sensual to one might come across as violent to another. Recently, I have been exploring the difference between sculpture and painting by constructing three dimensional paintings. I am also interested in the idea that creation means destruction -- one simply cannot create one thing without destroying another.I want to push the boundaries of art. I believe life, as well as good art, is about taking risks.So, I ask, how far can I push the concept of painting before it becomes something else?
Painting is my greatest passion. It always takes me a few hours to get started, but once I do, I fly. My work is colorful and bold, resembling many emotions and experiences. Using acrylic as my main medium allows me to create bright, vibrant work that is textured and inspirational to others. I am able to tell a story through my work of both the positive and negative experiences I have undergone. These are both very necessary aspects to creating a well-rounded work of art.
My biggest influence is music. It is almost impossible for me to perform without it blaring. I have always very much admired musicians and their ability to express themselves so clearly. Abstract lyrics and flawless harmony allows my brush to flow freely on the canvas or found object. My inspirations have been the most recent activities I have practiced; going for long walks through the alleys of Minneapolis and snapping shots of the filth, graffiti and unwanted items has expanded my vision immensely. I notice certain angles and natural groupings along the streets and alleys that are very pertinent to my vision. I have a great appreciation for old buildings, character and items that are useless to others. I find the same beauty in disgusting bars and public bathrooms. My father, mother and grandparents have always had an obsession for antiques and have passed their appreciation for old objects down to me.
Jean Michel Basquiat is a visual artist that has always caught my attention. I noticed that my tactics are a reflection of his. Hearing his reasonings for his vision and performance pushed me even more and gave me a sense of confidence in my work.
There are a few people in my life who have very much inspired my work as well. They are what keeps me going more than anything. Dad, Mom, Mike, Tim, Dinah, Colton, Danielle, Kaitlin, Aaron, and all of the artists I have recently collaborated with. Thank you all!
My work is very happy and vivid because of all these great aspects of my life, but the pain I have endured has more than played it’s part as well. I raise my glass to being broke, ex-boyfriends, backstabbers, the dreaded high school years, my dear family that keeps me on my toes at all times and losing friendships. But, hey, I wouldn’t be making this stuff without that now, would I? (Long drag from my beloved cigarette).
So to sum it all up, this is all where these wonderful pieces come from. I am thrilled to share them with you, please enjoy with a smile.
- Danika Leitheiser
Born and raised in Central Florida, I relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 2001. From the time I was a young child I passionately surrounded myself with photography, art and music. A commercial photographer by trade, I add a unique journalistic touch to my imagery sometimes with words sometimes without, creating a poetic vision that is both profound and timeless. I started Inspiration Avenue as an outlet to create dimensional art for resale using found objects, paint, pen and poetry. My art is a collective fusion often combining my photography background, design background and my writing. It is is dimensional and unique and comes from an inner desire to share my thoughts with others.
"My world of art revolves around words, images, texture and found objects. I love old things...wire, chipped paint on wood, rusty metal, string, and items that have interesting shapes and angles. Often I will incorporate one of my photograph’s in the assemblage of mixed media. Each piece of art comes from a memory or a concept that is always deeply thought out in the beginning stages but often takes on a flight of its own once put into motion. My work is an extension of who I am, each piece contains parts of my personal life experiences and beliefs and always incorporates a deep moral or idea.”
I currently reside near downtown Nashville with my best buddy (german shepherd/wolf mix) Deisel and I am constantly creating new work for Inspiration Avenue. I am available for commissioned art pieces and assignments.
Amber creates an eclectic variety of art that is modern and unique using oil, acrylic and three dimensional mixed media. Amber was born and raised in Southern California, but has lived in Nashville, Tennesse for some time. After thirteen years of painting and showing in different venues she decided to open her own studio and found a wonderful home at the Factory in Franklin in 2009.
'I often find inspiration for paintings in different forms of glass as well as in nature,' Gould comments on her work. 'Some examples of that have been dirty, old windows, the way water droplets sit on a shower door or the way oil glides across the top of water . These natural, free-flowing patterns are so intriguing to me and inspired me to start my Through the Glass series, which I am currently adding pieces to.'
- Amber Gould
I began sculpting art dolls in mid-2009, after joining an art doll swap. My first doll was Frau Honkerbooger, named after the nicknames my sisters and I gave the dustbunnies under our beds when we were little. After making Frau, I discovered that making dolls were a wonderful, fulfilling way to bring my art to life. Suddenly, my art could be gently held, displayed in a way I hadn't imagined before -- mostly because until then, I had no idea I could sculpt. Discovering that I could sculpt at the relatively "late" age of 38 gave my art a new and exciting direction.
Since nearly the beginning, my dolls have been part of Miss Millificent's World. Miss Millificent is a character I created over ten years ago -- a strange, slight girl with a big head and bulging eyes. These dolls are her family and friends, and each has her own story. Perhaps they are dead souls on the Soddyberry side; part of the dark, tortured otherworld that live in her basement: the Creeps; or they could come from the Lefage side -- one doll even thought she was a bird-mama after getting conked on the head by a particularly heavy hairbrush. This is what has attracted many people to my dolls; not only their odd and sometimes scary appearances, but the stories that accompany them and give them another dimension.
Nowadays, I live in Nashville, Tennessee with my husband and two daughters, and small menagerie of animals. I continue to show my mixed media work at Art and Invention Gallery in Nashville, as well as other shows occasionally. You can find my dolls at www.oddartdolls.com, and the rest of my work at www.missmillificent.com
- Athena Workman
As soon as I was able to hold my first crayon and scribble for the first time, I have been drawing and painting. Naturally I continued with this hobby for fun, but have also used my artistic experience professionally as a graphic designer. I also have experimented with making jewelry since I was a little girl.
By the time I was thirteen my mom was taking my jewelry with her to work and selling it to her co-workers! This too has carried over into my professional life. My designs combine the geometric with the more natural and organic elements. I love to combine striking colors and contrasting shapes to create an almost dreamy, ethereal expression.
My expression does not stop with the visual arena. I grew up in a musical family and developed a love for music. This led to me creating my own music eventually, which has a similar "dreaminess" as my paintings. Dancing is another outlet for me as well. I teach ballroom dance professionally and enjoy many forms of dance just for fun. I am constantly fascinated by the connection between music, dance, and visual art. They are all creative expressions, but with very different mediums, and yet it amazes me how a sound, a color, or body movement can express or evoke a similar emotion.
- Jasmine Cheri
My pieces are simply the illustrations of my life. Each tells a short story.The shorter version is this...I am so thankful to live the life I have created and to be able to interpret my journey using my own two hands. Each person that I cross paths with leaves an impression and God's world inspires me daily.
My name is Grace Sutherland and I was born and raised in Nashville, Tn. I am currently studying painting at Middle Tennessee State University. I never decided to create art; I rather just always had an impulsion for it since I can remember. I derive a lot of inspiration from nontraditional works such as comic book artists and especially street artists because I always feel a degree of sincerity that I think is missing in a lot of art. Art, for me, is a necessary form of communication because there are so many ideas and emotions that I can only think about and express visually.
In my work, I want to capture scenes where figures are completely consumed in thought and emotion. For a few seconds, their physical surroundings are lost and their contemplation makes them lose a sense of reality. These events are brief and most people dismiss these as day dreams or points of overreacting, but I think it is important to investigate these fleeting moments to be aware of exactly what thoughts engross us and why. Through body language, space, and other visual elements I hope to evoke the unique way in which each figure experiences these situation thus challenging the viewer’s perceptions of what is and isn’t reality.
As a scenic artist and set designer, my professional expression is always a collaboration. At the heart of this work is a story, a body of music, or an event. It is concerned with large scale interior space; taking into consideration context, perspective, style, dimension, color, and texture. Using diverse techniques and materials, the art becomes a foundational piece that establishes the atmosphere of a performance.
In my personal work, I paint iconic architecture isolated from the city landscape. I am interested in the concept of these spaces as defined by their role in the community. Drawing on my professional experience with interior environments and my love of Nashville, I explore recognizable architecture as a form of sculpture, containing shared cultural and emotional experiences. As a collective, our experience over time reinforces our associations with these icons, defining our sense of place, both visually and energetically. It is my goal to present these places in a way that will inspire people to consider them as more than just a man-made structure.
To view more of my work, visit my website: www.615design.biz
- Erica Edmonson