Painting is a passion of the heart for Alice. With her background in elementary education she brings her love and experience with children to her drawing and painting. It also inspired her interest in telling a story in her paintings. It is a delight when a commissioning customer expresses appreciation for capturing a likeness in a portrait. Her style is realism. She works in a variety of media which include oil, watercolor and charcoal. Subject matter ranges from flowers, animals, landscapes, still life to portraits.
Art has been a life long interest and was incorporated into many areas of her life in teaching, floral arranging, creating displays, planning a room arrangement, etc. She belongs to the Corvallis Art Guild, the Watercolor Society of Oregon and her local Brownsville Art Association. Alice works out of her Oregon Crafted Studio in Brownsville, Oregon.
"Ever since I was young, I have enjoyed taking pictures. It's a very natural expression of the way I see the world. Being a native of Colorado, I am drawn to nature and seeing the awesome Creativity of God. I also try to find interesting perspectives in all areas of life."
Well, I make jewelry. I also write children's books, the first of which should be published this fall. Yay! But when I first began contemplating the idea of an online gallery, I felt pretty intimidated. I had just begun working in precious metal clay, but then things started jumping and my mother-in-law wanted a forum and friend wanted a place to put her photos, and then there we go... carpe diem creations began.
I personally love making things with my hands. I've worked in wood, glass mosaics, stone and now silver clay. I developed my love for this because of my mother. She sewed mine and my sister's dresses and clothes, cross stitched and macrame'd. She taught us at a very young age how to do much of this. My sister is a much better seamstress, she made my bride's maid gowns while still in high school, but I started moving toward mosaics, beads and silver. Strange bedfellows, yes, but there you go.
Armand is a World War II veteran with a love for beautiful things. He makes angels because "during the War, I was on a boat in Okinawa during typhoon season. We weathered three in open water with our boat basically floating on its side. Once we returned to our home ship, our commanding officer said we should have been dead and that the rest of our lives are being lived on borrowed time. I knew we survived because angels were there to keep us safe." On a lighter note, actor Kirk Douglas was the Commisary Officer on his ship!
Armand has been making angels and other pieces, including a large interior window in a Blackhawk, Colorado Casino that he designed and produced, for many years. All of Armand's proceeds are given to charity, the Colorado Serra Trust Fund and the Shrine of St. Anne Building Fund, both of which he is an active member. He also donates all of the material costs.