I am an artist in Holland, MI. My subject matter is primarily nature, flowers, landscape, birds and fish. I grew up in the Chicago area and I am a graduate of the University of Illinois with a B.A. in Design. I had a 30+ year career as a Graphic Designer.
Together with my husband, Bill, I share a beautiful art studio and gallery space included inside his custom Woodshop they call *Studio 66.
I am a lifelong SW Michigan artist. I love to experiment with color layers, textures and to mix media. I would describe my current work as abstract expressionism, trying to convey a feeling, a movement or rhythm.
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I love all aspects of art. Because my degree from WMU is in creative arts and elementary education, I was able to use them both in my first grade classroom for many years. At the moment, my main focus is clay. For my inspirations, I take ideas from children's books and nature. You'll see many leaves, flowers and dragonflies in my work.
I have my own potter's wheel and kiln at home, where I enjoy the stability of cone 6 glazes. I also love working at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, where I enjoy the surprises coming out of their high fire and raku fire kilns. I also sell my work in their gift shop.
Mary Clare is a MI artist who has been an Art Instructor since 1984 and continues to do so, privately, and in small groups. Mary Clare works in pencil, colored pencil, pastel, watercolor, and/or acrylic. She works with commissions to do portraits of people or pets, as well as landscapes, buildings, still lifes, seascapes, and animals of all kinds.
She enjoys working one-on-one as a private art tutor, as well as teaching small groups in drawing and painting skills. Helping other artists improve their drawing skills is one of her specialties.
Mary Clare Johnson
Sara Gambill Haveman
I was originally from Hillsdale, Michigan. In my youth much of my free time was spent at a nearby lake where I rode my bike or at our family lake property. I swam and boated and fished by the hour. My parents took us on northern Michigan vacations and sent me to week-long northern church camps. Those experiences, from summers long ago, have had a permanent influence with the subjects I choose to paint. I currently live on a small lake and have a cabin in Grayling MI.
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I obtained a B.S. from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. I am retired from teaching high school Art in Plainwell, MI. I have enhanced my skills in workshops with state and nationally known artists. My work has received local awards and is held in public and private collections in several states.