Behind the Brush: The Making of an Artist

Whether  it be a formal education or self-taught passion, local artists give insight into what makes an artist. Story by Julia Owens | Photography by Jesse Walker The years spent pursuing the rite of passage to be considered an artist can be uncertain, formidable, humbling, and intoxicating. Many paths to achievement exist: a fine arts…

Behind the Brush: Plein Air Perspective

Local artists find fresh inspiration by getting out of the studio and into the great outdoors. Not being limited to a studio but having the vastness of all outdoors as inspiration for the canvas has energized another generation of artists to pack up their paints and brushes and journey into nature. En Plein Air, which…

Handmade Holidays

Whether on the tree or under it, hand-crafted art pieces make thoughtful gifts and make it easy to deck your halls this season. Meet a few local artisans making things merry and bright. Story by Julia Owens | Photography by Josiah Connelly The Holiday Shop at The Artisans Village Art Gallery in downtown Eatonton opens…

Behind the Brush: Finding Flow

Holly Parker turns gourds into art from her home studio in Eatonton – The home studio of Eatonton artist, Holly Parker, is both calming and energetic. It’s a place she says allows her to accept the creative energy as it begins to flow – a place where a lowly gourd can become an exquisite work…

Behind the Brush: Portraits of Patriotism

– After traveling the world in service to our country, local veterans find solace in art therapy. In spite of the morning heat, Stan Strickland was up early with his painting tools ready. Strickland, Strickland, an 81-year-old artist and former Air Force air traffic controller, was overseeing a portraiture workshop for veterans with disabilities at…

Behind the Brush: A reawakening –

Local artist, Linda Dudley, rediscovers a gift of pastels after 50 years. Never one to sit still, Linda Dudley’s husband, Bill, decided he wanted to try his hand at drawing a few years ago. After a life full of working and raising kids, the two had settled into retirement at Reynolds Lake Oconee, spending their…