Rachel Lee is a North Carolina native, maintaining a working studio, Wild Hare Studio, in rural Rowan Co. Her original art, both representational and conceptual, is displayed in corporate and private collections in Ireland, England and the USA. As a plein air and studio painter Rachel’s subjects encompass landscapes, architecture, the figure, nature, and animals, with her own unique perspective as her trademark.

 “Oil paint is the medium I enjoy working with most of all. The buttery feel of the paint, the canvas fabric, the vivid colors, and even the smell of the medium urges me to create. I have had brief affairs with many other mediums but I am married to oils!Every one of my paintings have a story and they are created to be more than just a prettypicture.”

Rachel was born to a family who recognized her artistic talents early on and she has trained with many inspiring teachers. Even so, Rachel has come to recognize the natural world as her best teacher. She is aware of the value of working on location, and from life itself, which has enriched her fine art.

“I always enjoy the challenge of different subjects and locations. As an artist I feel I am free to choose how and what will express my interpretation of the subject and tell it’s story. To create art in any other way is boring and restrictive to my artistic spirit. I continually seek to create art which will nourish, heal and bless my own soul, as well as that of the viewer.”

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Betty Morgan

Originally from Winston-Salem, Betty has lived in North Carolina, Georgia, California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Each place she has lived has inspired her to explore and pursue her passion for art and experiment with a variety of media.  

She has studied printmaking with Peter Chapin and Marie Sturkin, watercolor with Linda Lombardi, and pastel painting at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.   During her career she has taught art in public schools, taught private art lessons, and has worked as a freelance artist. She has been an instructor at the DeCordova Museum School and Danforth Museum School in Massachusetts and worked on two public art projects.

Presently, she is working with pastels, watercolors, acrylics and mixed media.  Returning to North Carolina and living in the Lake Norman area have offered new and exciting avenues of inspiration for her work. She enjoys her memberships in the Mooresville Arts Guild and the Piedmont Pastel Society. She is an award winning artist whose works are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.

Liz Rosier

Artist Liz Rosier is passionately committed to dreaming up compositions to welcome the viewer into her paintings, allowing them to stroll around awhile and be entertained with the subject matter.

After receiving a few painting lessons at a young age, Liz began exploring various mediums and the rest is history. Hooked on painting and endeavoring in various methodologies, she is now primarily enamored with watercolors. Liz has most recently studied with acclaimed watercolorist Linda Baker.

Liz’s work has been shown in Mooresville in numerous shows, including a juried show and has a 2nd place ribbon. She has completed commissioned based paintings for clients in Cleveland Ohio, Atlanta Georgia, Chicago Illinois, and Johnson City Tennessee.

 

 

Ralph Herring

RALPH A. HERRING, JR.

PORTRAIT ARTIST

Ralph Herring, Jr., was born in Louisville, KY, and raised in Ashland, KY, until age eight, when his family moved to Winston-Salem, NC. On graduation from high school, he served one year in the U.S. Navy and was discharged when WWII ended. Upon graduation from Wake Forest College in 1949, he began studies at the American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL. Leaving art school after a year, he entered Officer Candidate School. On graduating there, he served from 1951 to 1955 aboard Navy aircraft carriers. After discharge from the Navy, he re-entered the American Academy of Art and studied under figure and portrait artist, William Mosby, from 1955 to 1957.

In 1957 he opened his portrait studio in Winston-Salem, beginning a lifetime of painting portrait commissions. In 1958 he married Alice Lenora McNeely of Mooresville, NC, where they lived and raised three sons. In 1995, Alice died. In 1997, Ralph married Carol Ann Whitmore-Herring, portrait artist and art teacher, of Statesville, NC, where they live and share a studio.

Ralph paints portraits in oil and pastel of adults and children, head to full-length sizes. He continues to accept commissions.   On Wednesday afternoons, with artist friends, he draws in charcoal, sitters at the Statesville Signal Hill Mall. Twice a month, he joins life-drawing groups at Mooresville Arts Depot and at the Cornelius Art Center.

Ralph can be contacted at (704) 876-2426 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I have been exploring ceramic sculpture for the past ten years and working part time as a clay and sculpture instructor for the past two years at Clayworks and Mitchell Community College in North Carolina.

I first started in ceramic sculpture by making organic wall pieces influenced by radiolarians and protozoa by the biologist and philosopher Ernst Haeckel. My sculptural pursuits have taken me in many directions. Escaping into the sculptures of my favorite children's book - “Alice in Wonderland” - to a series of Avatar’s, where the female figure along with feline traits and qualities seeks to expose a connection through form and composition.

Most recently I have been studying birds, hawks primarily. Several sculptures of hawks are being shown at different venues and I will be in the process of making a life size eagle in the next year. Birds of prey have a particular interest for me. They have an intensity that I wish to capture in sculptural form. They exude a beauty and a presence and seem to have definitive personalities. A nesting pair of red-shouldered hawks on my property for the past year has been a major inspiration to my work.

I love fantasy, mythology and nature. I use them to push imaginative boundaries and materials in new and unexpected directions.

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