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meet our resident artists

amy harper

Hello! A little about me... I am a native Texan, former Dallasite, and Commercial Interior Designer by trade, who left the big city grind in 2017, and moved with my husband to the Texas Hill Country.

 

I am absolutely loving the “country life” with all my fur-babies, and am so grateful to now be able to pursue and share my art in the delightful little town of Johnson City -  an up and coming art mecca!

 

A child of two creative parents, I have been drawing since I could hold a crayon. Progressing from drawings of Snoopy and ballerinas, realistic pencil portraits have been my specialty for almost 30 years.

 

However, I have more recently discovered a new passion for fluid art and “pour-painting”. Feeling forever reluctant to let go of the control that I have with a sharp pencil, here I am, now, at the extreme opposite end of realism and detail, basking in the unexpected, and completely addicted to this newfound creative freedom.

 

In 2018, I decided I wanted to share the fun, and started hosting “Sip n’ Pour” classes at my home, where we sip on wine while pouring paint. And to now have a gallery space for these classes, is so great, and so much fun! In addition to drawing and painting, I enjoy designing and making jewelry.

 

Mostly working with beads, my latest obsession is making my own “eco-friendly” beads out of paper, using corrugated paper and strips cut from magazine pages, of which I seem to have an endless supply! Look for jewelry-making classes at the gallery in Spring 2021!

 

I am completely thrilled that my long-time dream of having my own studio and gallery has become a reality! 

brenda thomas

I am a native Texas artist who claims artistic status since birth, and quite possibly an earlier life. I grew up moving around the Houston area and deep East Texas.

 

My mother was an untrained artist, and it is she who I credit with instilling in me a respect for craftsmanship and attention to detail. I work with encaustic, oils, acrylics and mixed media. I recently retired from my “day job” as high school art teacher and decided to call the Texas Hill Country home.  

 

My work as an art educator required that I be an arts generalist. As such, I am “skilled” in many media but I consider myself a painter with my current focus, and love encaustic painting.  

 

The subject matter of my art pulls from my personal experience and history, as well as the world around me.  That subject matter is frequently common; often the images are personal symbols that represent relationships, periods of time, or events. I earned my Master’s degree from Sam Houston State University and my Bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M Commerce).

 

My art education has continued in my experiences of living coast to coast and north to south, in my extensive travels, and in participation in many workshops.