Vicki Armstrong, an award winning member of both the Mississippi Watercolor Society and the Southern Watercolor Society, specializes in representational paintings of people, places, and things that “explore light and form in a very personal way.” It was while she was attending Mississippi College studying fine art, both sculptural and 2D, that she discovered her most fascinating challenge to be watercolor painting. Her career experience working in the graphic art industry after graduation bolstered her ability to render the realism that dominates her creations. Vicki’s paintings are not only visually beautiful; they also reflect the precision and control required of a master watercolorist.
"I am a watercolorist. It's a challenging medium but that's what makes it interesting and sometimes annoying. Though I paint a variety of subject matter, I get the most enjoyment from boat/water scenes with great shadows and reflections. There are so many ways to create mood and atmosphere into a scene to make it interesting for the artist and viewer and with every painting, a lesson to be learned. The more I learn, the more I want to paint.".
“Married to my wonderful husband Danny, I live on a third generation dairy farm in South Mississippi where I get most of the inspiration for my paintings. I enjoy painting in my studio but prefer painting outdoors in the plein air style, and I have studied under many renowned artists across the nation, traveling and painting the pastoral scenes of America that I encounter on my trips. Having painted for several years, I find joy and peace in the creation around me and hope that my art will reflect those feelings to you.” - Karen Bennett
“To understand something is an experiential process, the deeper the experience, the deeper you understand,” A friend once said to me. Knowledge and ideas can be researched, recorded and demonstrated through a scientific process, but the interpretation of that knowledge is an artistic experience. For me, the studio is where science and art mix together into an object. The object is interpreted as sculpture when it is understood/experience. Although I begin with specific ideas behind the work, the approach for new interpretations offers a more fluid framework to think about and to make art."
Currently I am thinking about the relationship between vessel and transportation. What happens when our bodies respond to a changing environment? I think about how vessels can shield/frame us from certain aspects of the environment while delivering/transport us to other terrains that we wish to explore. How might the vessel move physically or feel emotionally? And what would I imagine these vessels to look like? These are some of the questions that I would think about in the studio. Hopefully these vessels can engage the viewers to think about similar questions.” Allen Chen
Glenda Grubbs has been immersed in the arts her entire life. A native of Richton she grew up singing, dancing, and playing both the piano and guitar. At the University of Southern Mississippi, she majored in music, and in her Senior year she was crowned Miss Mississippi. She married her college sweetheart, Gary Grubbs, and they lived in Los Angeles for 25 years where she was the music director for the renowned Castlemont Elementary School of the Arts, and Gary was a professional actor. For Glenda, painting is a culmination of all the creative things she has done.
“I love to paint, just to put my heart into a picture and to see it come to life. Every day I see something that I would love to paint and I never seem to run out of ideas. I’ve found that I love working with color, and while I feel that I don’t have a particular style, my love for both impressionism and expressionism has grown deep over the years. It is so very rewarding when one of my paintings speaks to someone else’s heart. For me, painting is a wonderful way to express myself, and it is truly therapeutic!” - Glenda Grubbs
“I am an artist born and raised in Illinois who by chance and circumstance (thanks Katrina) currently resides in Hattiesburg, MS. My path has winded through California, Oregon, Panama City, Panama as a member of the 1/508th Army Airborne unit, and up through the MS Gulf Coast. Two years ago, I made a decision to push the envelope on a new idea. My work is a combination of Traditional Fine Art, 3 Dimension Sculpture, and Pop Art. My intent is to meld those elements into a brand new art form. Through the use of modern light- weight materials, reclaimed objects, and traditional mixed media, I want to use this hybrid of sculpture and 2 Dimensional Pop Art to create truly unique and original works. “ - Dominic Haberman
“Art, to me, is dance on canvas. Growing up and in college I had studied ballet which I later taught in Dallas. My formal art instruction was mainly in classical ballet. Though I had taken some art lessons while attending university, it was not until I began studying painting again that I realized that I was transposing what I learned in choreography classes to the canvas. I was keenly aware of the movement of the lines in the painting, in the placement of color, and in the reflection of light.
I especially enjoy painting landscapes of scenes from France, where I once studied, and scenes of New Orleans, a place which I find filled with the same joie de vivre as Paris. My other interest in art is in the field of art and spirituality, and I have recently led several workshops in this area.” - Joy Jennings
“I am an artist in Hattiesburg, MS. I paint portraits of people and pets as well as favorite photos by commission. I also make pottery creations using the ancient Japanese technique of Kintsukori. Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of repairing precious broken pottery with seams of gold with the understanding that it has become even more valuable in its brokenness. A wonderful gift of hope and encouragement for anyone with a broken heart, anyone who has overcome a broken heart to become a source of comfort and help to others, or anyone who just appreciates the symbolism in the art.” - Jean Lincoln
Wayne Mills and his wife Carolyn live in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is a graduate of The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He still works as a pharmacist today.
Wayne’s interest in art began while he was still in high school in Laurel, but he did not begin painting seriously until 2014. Since then he has worked tirelessly to create his own style of paintings. He especially likes bold lines and intense color. He utilizes the distortion of form and the deployment of strong colors to convey a variety of emotions, including, but are not limited to, fear, anxiety, happiness, and yearnings. He attempts to express life meaning and emotional experience, rather than physical reality. Most of his work is in oils and acrylics on stretched canvases.
Mon Mussiett has been a freelance professional photographer and photo journalist since 1987. He has been a well-respected photographer working for WDAM-TV since 2005 and also privately photographing art collections for valuation purposes. Among his many private photography credits is his Honey Island Swamp photo project which he started shooting in 2012. He believes “there’s no place on earth like the Indian Village at the Honey Island Swamp on the West Pearl River.” Mon Mussiett
“I am a native of northwestern Indiana and an emeritus professor of biology. As a Photographer of landscapes, I am interested in the everyday. My images are clean and specific. Most are black and white, with a modest subset of color. My portfolios, photographed from across America, center on the South. They are about visual elements that undergird our sense of place: our vernacular architecture, our broad landscapes, and our small commonplaces.”
“My prints are part of the permanent collections of several public museums in the South, including the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, Alabama’s Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, and they are in private collections as well.” - Don Norris
“Photography has been my avocation and my vocation for my entire adult life. As a student, teacher, photography business owner and University photographer, I have had the pleasure of exploring the ever changing world of photography. I have seen the magic of a blank sheet of paper evolve into a magical image. I have photographed the obligatory sunsets and flowers. I have photographed children of all ages, countless weddings and even a few funerals. But my true passion is creating images that explore the enigmatic characteristics of the subject. I want my images to ask questions. I want my images to steal a private moment and capture an emotion. I want the viewer to see what I feel.”
“The literary character, Blanche Dubois, in “ A Streetcar Named Desire”, best described
what I envision for my personal photography.”
“I’ll tell you what I want. I want magic!
Yes, Yes magic!
I try to give that to people.
I misrepresent things to them.
I don’t tell the truth. I tell what ought to be the truth.
And if that’s sinful, then let me be damned for it.
Robert “Bob” Schroder’s first career was actually in baseball. The New Orleans native played at Loyola University and was drafted by the San Francisco Giants with whom he spent eight years, the highlight of them being from 1965 to 1968 as an infielder in the majors. After leaving professional baseball he completed his studies at the University of Houston to become a pharmacist and in 1974 settled in Hattiesburg where for eighteen years he was a member of the pharmacy staff at Wesley Medical Center, now Merit Health and then for thirteen more with UniCare Rx, a local company owned by the McElroy family.
It was not until the 70’s that Bob began his journey into art. Self-taught, Bob started by watching television art shows teaching drawing and painting techniques and, as his interest flared, he followed these up with more intense study through the help of many, many books and videos by some of the most respected contemporary artists and the guidance of wonderful friends such as fellow Hattiesburg artist Ruby Walker. His initial themes were seascapes and broad vista landscapes, later adding still-lifes and architectural portraiture. As he refined his skills Bob developed a very strong attraction to the chiaroscuro paintings of the Old Masters and that has become his dominant painting style. Whatever the topic depicted, its underscore is the drama between light and shadow. Resultantly, bold highlights and rich translucent shadows are hallmarks of Bob’s work. Because his pieces are both timeless and beautiful, over the last 35 plus years he has had representation at multiple galleries in Mississippi and Georgia and has been widely collected.