Studio Artists of the Red House
In the 1980’s, I began to create art out of a need to release the pain stirring in my soul. I invited my consciousness to contemplate 'the metaphorical product.' This process led to my setting out upon a complicated journey, always cycling between creating and learning, healing and growing.
My early work was with clay, a malleable material that allowed me to express that for which I had no words. Today my creative vision is inspired by an ancient philosophy captured in the Yin Yang symbol. In my work, I juxtapose indigenous and manufactured materials, creating a synergy that evokes a Zen-like feeling, a tranquility not found previously in my earlier work. I like to think of this new approach as being positively engaged in a cosmic dance designed to maintain a life-sustaining equilibrium among all things.
If you visit me in my studio you might find me experimenting with finger-paint.
I was born in Scotland and have lived in many countries growing up and during my marriage. I studied art in England and have taken workshops in the US and abroad.
I have work hanging in homes and corporate offices in the US, France, Australia, China, England and Canada. I paint mainly in oils and watercolor, capturing the effect of light and how it organizes and simplifies space.
I take my camera everywhere with me, paint from those photos. Places and people, moments in time, a visual diary of everyday living.
How fortunate I am to be able to do what I love most, paint.
A native of Black Mountain, NC, Martha is a self-taught artist who enjoys painting in both oil and watercolor. She finds her inspiration from the beauty of her surroundings in Western North Carolina. Martha paints various subjects, but always returns to landscapes - particularly autumn scenes in the mountains of WNC.
“My work would be described as realist by most people; however, I occasionally venture over into the impressionistic realm – always finding a new style or medium intriguing. Attempting to capture on paper or canvas the actual mood or feeling of a location is the ultimate challenge. Being able to vaguely reach that feeling is what painting is all about to me.”
Martha is an active member of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League. She has won several awards in local competitions.
PO Box 651
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Denise Geiger received her education including art education in Zurich, Switzerland. After moving to the US, she has continued to learn through many teachers and maintained a busy studio even
through the years of child raising and education as minister and clinical counselor.
Now retired, she dedicates her time working in oils and more recently in pastels. She has been a member of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League for many years and was its president until recently. She maintains a studio at the Red House and actively exhibits both in its Gallery and Studio. She also exhibits in the Sourwood Gallery of Black Mountain and participates in showing with the Appalachian Pastel Society and the Tryon Painters and Sculptors.
Mixed media, found objects, acrylic, oil enamel, paper mache, graphite
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