Featured Artist: Nan Nevels

LinxWest.com is excited to introduce to you to our August 2012 Featured Artist – Nan Nevels from Southern Joy Artworks!

Nan is a paper clay artist, a craft she learned while living abroad in Japan.  Her style reflects her strong Southern roots, love for children and the beauty and joy she finds in every day life.

Nan’s Background

Nan’s love affair with art began when she was a toddler, as her mother’s old college textbooks, now “enhanced” with her bright Crayola drawings, will prove.  “I even remember when I got my first box of 64 Crayons with the built in sharpener…..oh the possibilities!” mused Nan when asked how she got started in art.

Nan went on to study art in both formal and informal settings; from college pottery and sculpting classes to Japanese sculpting classes at a small local community center in coastal Japan.  It was while she was in Japan that she learned to use paper clay.  “Paper clay is a great medium for relief sculptures because it is so light-weight, enjoys various types of paint, and it air dries,” says Nan.

What Inspires Her

When asked where her inspiration comes from, Nan replied “My inspiration for creating almost always comes from nature and children…two things that always show me God’s mighty hand, amazing grace, and possibilities all wrapped in color and FUN!!!  I treasure the evenings when I can sit on the beach and watch the children giggling as they run up and down the sandy shoreline; drinking in the colors of the ocean against the evening sky. For me, it’s like getting a massive hug from God!!!”

Nan hopes that her art appropriately expresses her love and thankfulness for her amazing life.  “My hope is that people who purchase my work will just walk by it from time to time and smile…even during their most difficult days.”

Where To Find Nan

Nan can be found as a Featured Seller on LinxWest.com.  Her pieces are part of the featured items rotating display on the home page and can also be found under the category “sculpture.”  You can contact Nan to place a custom order on our site or at facebook.com/southernjoyartworks.

Nan’s creations are charming and whimsical and will sure bring a smile to everyone who sees them. We are thrilled to have Nan and her amazing work of art as our August Featured Artist on LinxWest.com.  We are absolutely sure you’ll be touched by her colorful clay dolls and love them as much as we do! Stop by LinxWest.com http://linxwest.com/items/98/folk-art and grab yours now.

Advertisements

Featured Artist: Jon Fine

LinxWest.com is excited to introduce to you to our July 2012 Featured Artist – Jon Fine from Jon Fine Crafts!

Jon is a wooden scroll saw craftsman with a variety of unique creations such as clocks, puzzles, and decorative pieces in his arsenal.

Jon’s Background

While at a mall some years back Jon stopped to watch a scroll saw demonstration.  It was a love at first sight for Jon who found himself inspired by what the demonstrator was able to create.  He purchased a saw of his own immediately and began mastering the techniques and patience required for the wood crafting artisanship.

After he had been working with the saw for about seven years, Jon’s friends and family began encouraging him to sell his work.  Jon mulled the idea over for some time and eventually decided to take the chance and begin selling his work.

Although he still holds a full-time job, Jon now runs his own successful wood crafting side-business with his sons, Scott and Mark.  He creates pieces that are designed and inspired by his own ideas, as well as custom ordered requests from his clients.  “I find working with my scroll saw to be a therapy now,” says Jon.

Where to Find Jon

Jon can be found as a Featured Seller on LinxWest.com.  His pieces are part of the featured items rotating display on the home page and can also be found under the category “woodworking.”  You can contact Jon to place a custom order on our site or at jonfinecrafts.com.

Jon’s work is beautifully designed with handcrafted elegance.  We are thrilled to have him as a Featured Artist on LinxWest.com and we are sure you’ll love his work as much as we do!