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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I have quite an eye for finding that beauty in some bizarre places,” says watercolor painter Sharyn Fogel.
She goes on to say,
“I was born in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
Eventually I will die here (not anytime soon, I hope.)
In the meantime I intend to paint everything about this area that I love.
That includes mountains, trees, old chairs, white squirrels, barns, houses and anything else that catches my eye.
WNC is my home.
I have no plans to leave…but I do plan to paint anything that’s not moving.”
Sharyn Fogel is an award-winning artist who creates watercolor landscapes that vividly capture the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and the surrounding Western North Carolina (WNC) countryside.
She has been painting professionally since 1977. Her watercolors will draw you into a wonderful world full of vibrant colors and soothing scenic vistas.
Her artwork is so engaging that some have said that her paintings are like having a “colorful window into the outdoors”.
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WNC Landscapes by Cherokee Painter Jenean Hornbuckle
Mountain Made gallery is happy to welcome Cherokee landscape painter, Jenean Hornbuckle. Jenean paints some the best mountain landscapes in oil on canvas, we have seen.
She believes that her extraordinary ability to capture the beautiful or our Western North Carolina mountains and to see their hidden power has been passed down over the years from her Cherokee ancestors.
She says that she has “a genetic memory (that) exists on a cellular level and is passed down from generation to generation,” a connection honored by her family.
Jenean’s mother was a Cherokee Nation citizen from Oklahoma, and her father was a member of Eastern Cherokee from the mountains of North Carolina.
Jenean was born on the Qualla Boundary near Cherokee NC. The Qualla Boundary is not a “reservation” but a territory held as a land trust for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Jenean says, “I’ve lived my life in western North Carolina and there’s no place I’d rather be than on a creek side or mountain top.
I paint to entice the viewer to go out and find these places and to experience the land. To listen to the quiet.
I heard a quote once that inspires my work: ‘I can not leave here, the land knows me.’ ”
Her father worked as a forester, protecting and preserving the mountains, and Jenean’s paintings also preserve the beauty of the mountains, in artistic form.
While the aesthetics of her paintings come from traditional Cherokee culture, she developed her technical skills in college classes where she worked to earn her fine arts degree.
Among our Mountain Made artists, Bonnie Lucas is one of our better known master quilters.
In 2014, Bonnie was selected as a semifinalist among 405 other contestants in the American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek. The American Quilter’s Society’s quilter’s contest is now in its 31th year. Cherokee leaf pounding quilting is her of her specialties.
While Bonnie uses many different techniques in her quilted pieces, one of her most popular quilting techniques found here at Mountain Made, starts with a technique Bonnie calls “Cherokee Leaf Pounding”.
Leaf pounding, also known as “plant pounding or hammered prints” is a seemly simple, yet stunningly beautiful technique originally used by Native American Cherokee women to decorate and dye their fabrics using flowers.
As the Cherokees before her, Bonnie uses actual flowers, leaves, and even weeds in her works! The colors and veining in the resulting quilt pieces are actual pigments and dyes from the plants or leaves themselves.
Each in her unique quilts also has designs picked out using a machine-thread technique. It is applied over the border of the plant outline for a more rustic and organic texture.
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