Art for the Park Art Auction
The Artists and Their Art
A shutterbug for over 20 years, Bil specializes in wedding & event photography, professional videography, and contemporary family portraiture. A member of the Professional Photographer’s Association (PPA), the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Seguin Oakwood Arts League, Bil has been accredited by the New York Institute of Photography and Olan Mills Professional Photographer Program. Bil Sullivan lives in Seguin, Texas.
Bil’s story about his photograph “Mushrooms in Sepia”-
I took the photo during the rainy summer of 2006. These mushrooms were just about three inches high, growing out of a rotted tree stump at the Moore House. I had two objectives while photographing them: one, to shoot from underneath to exaggerate their height, and two, to blur the background to emphasis the subject.
Mushrooms in Sepia
20” x 24” matted print on museum glass
Bil’s story about his photograph “Raven at Birdbath”-
The raven in the birdbath was photographed in 2007 on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol. Using a 200-mm zoom lens, I braced myself against a nearby tree and shot dozens of frames for this photo. My objective was to capture this fellow’s personality, his enjoying the moment, and as well as “blowing out” the background.
Raven at Birdbath
16” x 20” matted print on museum glass
My goal is to create watercolor paintings that have meaning to a person; such as a depiction of their home, favorite historic site, building, or Texas scene. I enjoy re-creating the past by working from old black and white photographs. I of course add color, and my interpretation of what the scene could have been like at the time the photograph was taken. I also paint from my own photographs of present-day sites, homes, and buildings; old as well as new.
My Texas roots run deep; several of my ancestors arrived in Texas in the 1850s and helped tame and settle the wild Texas lands near San Marcos, Texas . A few roads and a lake are named after these ancestors, and several of the old homesteads still stand today.
My paintings are not typically “loose and flowing” like many watercolor works. I tend to include much detail, which probably is connected to my early career as a cartographer (map maker) where complete accuracy was a must. I was involved with the lost art of creating maps by hand, unlike the computer-generated maps of today. My paintings are completely hand drawn, and hand painted with no “help” from a computer or projector. I can paint from a photo that is provided, or, even better, I love to research a site, “hunt down” a vintage photo, or take my own working photo of anything of interest to you
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People began to recognized my artistic talents at an early age. Instead of focusing solely on the lessons of the day in pre-kindergarden, I would spend most of my time drawing and sketching throughout the day. Never satisfied with my work even at an early age, I would throw most of them away. After recognizing my talent a pre-kindergarden teacher would retrieve the drawings from the waste basket to show to others. My parents sent me to study watercolor at the age of six. Throughout my early schooling, the quality of my work bloomed and matured. As my artistic talents grew I added sculpture to my palette along with painting and drawing. At St. Philip’s College, I deepened my knowledge in design, painting, and sculpting in wood and stone. I studied painting under the tutelage of Brian Lipscomb in off campus classes he offered at his studio. Taking my passion for the arts to the next level, I entered Texas Lutheran University to gain my BA in Fine Arts.
My creativity and technical knowledge evolved. My love of painting added new dimensions with a focus on oil painting. The most important lesson from my time at TLU is the deeper respect and appreciation for art outside of my own area of expertise and interests. That for me opened up new avenues of discovery of not only art but of myself as an artist. Since receiving my Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts in August 2007, I continue to deepen my skills by broadening my creativity through computer generated art and illustration.
The Masai are some of the most beautiful and intriguing people you could ever meet. Coming from a society of warriors, the rite of passage for males from childhood to adulthood included killing a lion. I found myself compelled to creat this painting and a sculpture of a Masai warrior.
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James Franklin Schmidt:
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Marika, (Marie-Carmel Bordes), spent her first years on the Caribbean island of Haiti and then attended the Sacred Heart Boarding School in Quebec, Canada. The Sisters nurtured her artistic talents in piano, singing, and the arts. Not until 1996 did Marika focus her creativity.
While having a sculpture made by Francois Sanon, a master in fine wood sculpture, he realized Marika had potential as an artist. From 1996 to 2001, she studied under Sanon’s guidance. During this time, galleries exhibited her work, she taught sculpting and Haiti National Television produced a documentary about her art. From 2001 to 2005, Marika received a number of awards including, fourth place in 2002 and 2003 at the Rencontre des Arts in Quebec. In New York City, The Pen and Brush, an international membership organization for women professionally active in the arts, awarded Marika first prize in the 2003 African-American Art Exhibition.
In 2005, Marika moved to Seguin, Texas. Here Marika’s art and her life as an artist flourishes. The Seguin Main Street Program appoints her to the Advisory Board and through her efforts and others, Seguin now has an arts commission. For the new maternity wing, The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center commissions a sculpture. Texas Country Reporter, accepting less than 1% of story ideas, broadcasts the story of Marika and Seguin to a viewership of 1.4 million. Marika and her students have a three-month exhibition at The Seguin Heritage Museum and a one-month exhibit at the reopening of the Stephen and Mary Birch Texas Theater. In 2012, the Seguin City Council approves Marika’s proposal for the Walnut Springs Park Bird Sculpture Sanctuary project.
Marika’s story about her sculpture-
Alice from Wonderland
I started this sculpture with one thought in my mind:
Once upon a time …
The sculpture evolved in exactly how I anticipated it:
A young woman of yesteryear in her naivete, glory and seriousness.