Carie Varner has been art-ing for most of her life, including oil painting since high school. She graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL with a BFA in Life Drawing and a minor in Sculpture.
Varner and art have a on again, off again love affair, but this latest roump has been 7 + years and she has not wanted to put down the paint brush yet.
“Everything changed after having my daughter, as such things do,” says Varner. “And I want to bring as much creativity and joy into the world as I can. To do that, I make art.”
Her main focus is oil, although she has started venturing into the “scary” world of water color. Art is about bravery sometimes she states. Varner enjoys working in oil paint to create unique images of pop culture icons and popular science-fiction creatures.
To contact her about any of her work or commissions, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a FB message to www.facebook.com/reelfunstudios
If you would like to support her as a patron, visit her Patreon account at www.patreon.com/carievarner.
Claudia taught herself how to knit when she was eleven years old. After knitting everyone in her family scarves and hats, she started teaching herself how to crochet and has been unstoppable ever since. She has been mastering and combining the techniques of both styles and has been teaching herself how to design and knit and/or crochet clothes.
Claudia has always been creating, “Ever since I was little, I remember making things. Whether it’s drawing, making jewelry, painting, I always had my hands full.”
After graduating from college, Claudia began receiving orders from family and friends to make them handmade items. She started Invisible Accidents to share her designs with people worldwide. The name Invisible Accidents comes from the beauty of handmade clothing, the mistakes or mis-stitches that may even be invisible to the untrained eye. Her pieces can be found at invisibleaccidents.etsy.com and she can be reached through etsy or email@example.com to discuss custom orders.
Jaime Barks is an artist residing in Cleveland, TN. She uses her art as a way to express her feelings and thoughts in a visual form. Jaime often explores the role of faith and religion in southern culture by incorporating bible pages into her works. She believes that art is central to the human experience and that it helps us to understand and process the world we live in. Art gives people a platform to express their hopes, fears and joys. Through art Jaime hopes to find a way to empower and inspire people to see both the beauty and the brokenness that surrounds us all. As a primarily self-taught artist, most of Jaime’s inspiration is drawn from nature. She feels most at peace when she is outside. In addition to her studio work, Jaime is an avid sketch artist, public art advocate and community volunteer. She currently serves on the board of Girls on the Run Southeast TN and is also an active member of both the Greenway Public Art Committee and Allied Arts. In 2015 Jaime completed a public art mural on the Cleveland/Bradley Greenway. You can learn more about Jaime and her work on her website jaimebarks.com.