Joanne Kunath retired to Arkansas from California in 2005. Her creativity has been inspired by the natural beauty of Arkansas’ four distinct seasons. The flora and fauna are many of her favorite subjects. Kunath’s goal is to discover and recreate special beauty, energy, and passion that she finds in nature through her paintings.
Says the artist: “Art gives me freedom to express my innermost thoughts. Creating a painting relieves many of my emotions, such as loneliness, anger, joy, and hope. Applying brilliant colors to a canvas, pastel board, or paper gives me a sense of worth… As I continue to create colorful paintings, I hope I can inspire and give enjoyment to others.”
Kunath has won many awards and prizes in local juried art shows. Her work can be seen daily at the Artists’ Workshop Gallery. significantly involved in the arts community, she participates with Brushstrokes, the Arkansas Pastel Society, and The Artistics.
Kunath's "Take a Knee"
Jan Briggs endeavors to paint our world as she sees it – colorfully adding passion and glory, always endeavoring to command your attention. She often concentrates on vulnerable things, like water and wild life, especially endangered species; barns, old churches and regional scenes are also among her favorites. Briggs now creates in oil, watercolor, pen & ink, miniatures and unique 3-D pieced watercolor. Notes the artist: “One of my primary concerns is exploring color intensity and harmony.”
Briggs studied art at Henderson State University, became a layout artist for the Arkansas Democrat News, worked in the public schools and with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and offers private instruction. She returned to HSU and received her BFA in 1999.
Garnering many awards, Brigg’s art hangs in private and commercial collections. She is a member of the Traditional Art Guild, Three Rivers Art Guild, Whittington Artists, Ouachita Artists and Plein Air Painters.
Briggs' "Move Over Cooter"