My art is about the pleasure of seeing; of being mindful of the world around me. When ou take a leaf in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. But who takes the time to really see a leaf. I want to share this world through my paintings.
While her primary medium is watercolor batik and traditional watercolor, she also creates with pastels. DJ has received many Mini-Grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural for professional development and has exhibited in numerous regional exhibitions with several works receiving recognition.
She is a member of the Batik Guild International and the Saginaw Area Watermedia Artists and participated in residencies at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts.
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I graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in art education. I taught in Reese Public Schools for 3 years and in Frankenmuth Public Schools for 27 years. I own and operate a studio called Jan's L'Atelier where I teach beginners, intermediate and advanced watercolors. While I have my own style, I continue to learn new techniques from expert watercolorists that I can pass on to others.
After our three children settled into school I went to work for an Animal Hospital where I became qualified to be a Licensed Animal Technician. We moved to Saginaw from Sterling Heights, MI. Here I had the opportunity to learn oil painting and watercolor lessons from several local teachers. I also traveled to Maryland, Chadds Ford, PA and Rochester, MI for instructions.
I became an active member of SAWA since the first meeting. Became treasurer for five years and member at large twice. I love painting nature, animals, flowers, and landscapes.
Having a love of the out of doors, both of my paintings are plein air; painted totally out in the desert south west near Yuma, AZ. I truly feel that I am at my best and most creative when striving to paint watercolor with the sun beating down and the wind in my face.
Bay City, MI
What might be or what could be, what has been or will never be translate to my creative impulse as a unifying thread. The mystical place in my mind that is not always rational makes images that provoke a strong impulse that may be real or imagined but cannot be denied.
Birch Run, MI
Stacie Rose discovered the joy of watercolor painting in her 40’s, after visiting a SAWA exhibition and falling in love with a painting of radiant glass jars by Bill Brinker. She then studied with a variety of talented artists in the Mid-Michigan area, and has taken workshops with several internationally acclaimed artists. Stacie is currently an instructor with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) teaching watermedia classes on an on-going basis and had been President of the Saginaw Area Watermedia Artists for the past 10 years.
Over the years Stacie’s painting style has evolved from trying to capture the likeness of her subject to trying to create a mood or feeling. Even when painting a realistic subject, her art incorporates less of what she sees, and more of what she loves. She is drawn to bright colors, patterns, texture, line work and abstraction and often adds these elements in her creations.
D. Joanne Rummel
Creativity has always been both the driving force and predominant pleasure of my life. It is how I communicate. Detail and design are my primary interests. Sources of inspiration are frequently found in the photographs that I have taken. I usually crop an image or zoom in on an unusual portion of a subject that looks quite abstract. Fascinating to me, are the interplay of light and dark areas, the overall composition and the interaction of objects one against another. The details and design are then what becomes the intricate part in my overall work.
Joanne Rummel was born and raised in Chatham. New Jersey. She was graduated from Wittenberg University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. During a 30 year teaching career, she taught Elementary, Junior High and Senior High Art. Ms Rummel also taught several years at SVSU as an adjunct. She earned a Fulbright Teaching Scholarship and spent time in Japan. Her design work includes several logos, historical renderings, book illustrations, graphic design and the first rendition of the present SVSU logo. Ms. Rummel has traveled to 13 countries as far East as the Soviet Union, North to Iceland and South to Costa Rica. Her earliest travels began post high school backpacking around Europe for two months. Many of her pieces were inspired by her travels winning numerous awards. Presently, Ms. Rummel lives and works in Midland and is active in art groups in the area.
Kathi & Michael Smith
I consider myself a painter. My visual art can be described as Abstracted Realism. Nature and especially trees and roots intrigue me. With their influence I create a new visual reality by combining geometric shapes with organic free flowing or wind influenced elements. This creates contrast, tension and an illusion of motion to evoke visual energy. Through the use of watercolor and acrylic paints along with a variety of mediums, textures and techniques, I want my paintings to take the viewer on a new visual journey.
I consider myself an artist and an educator. I have a Master of Arts in Art from Central Michigan University. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Art and K-12 Art Education certification from Western Michigan University. I also have an Associate degree from Delta College. I was an art teacher for 30 years for the Saginaw City Public Schools.