About Nancy Rhodes Harper
Nancy Rhodes Harper grew up in a small town in the Ozark Mountains surrounded by paint and brushes in her father’s sign shop. She started painting at a very early age. Continuing to study in school Nancy received a BA degree in Art Education from the University of Central Arkansas. While living with her husband in Hunstville, Alabama, Nancy continued to paint and grow as an artist. She worked as an interior designer, sign painter and freelance artist. After raising a son with the support of her husband and family Nancy decided to pursue painting full time.
Nancy has studied with many of the finest artists in the world today, Quang Ho, Kim English, Ken Auster, Nancy Chaboun, Karin Jurick, Carol Marine, Anne Blair Brown, The Cumberland Society Painters, Tim Horn, Kevn Beilfuss, Maggie Siner and Milt Kobayashi, Lisa Daria Kennedy and Gary Bodner. “My love of portraying people while they go about their daily lives and capturing a small moment in time is what keeps me excited as an artist. Using bold color, lush descriptive brushstrokes and very often whimsy I set about doing what I love, painting every day! I have started painting exclusively what I call my ‘ladies.” Inspired by my studies with Milt Kobayashi, I create whimsical women in everyday settings with exaggerated features such as elongated hands, arms, unusual faces and long lean bodies with a lot of wonderful color.”
About Ursula J. Brenner
Ursula J. Brenner is a contemporary painter who concentrates on abstracts, landscapes and cityscapes. She was born in Germany and studied drawing and art in the United States, graduating from Cincinnati’s Edgecliff College in 1978 with a BA in drawing and painting. She was influenced by Wolf Kahn, Susan Sarback, Dough Dawson and Albert Handell.
Influenced by old world museums, music and architecture, she employs a “notan” study-a Japanese method of examining lights and darks-she focues on the fundamental nature of a scene-the values, color, and shapes. Her work reflects a wide range of moods, from light and playful to dep and mysterious.
Ursula experiences a spiritual connection as she creates art, something she wants the viewer to experience as well. “My art makes a strong, bold statement, an unambiguous statement,” says the artist. “I want people to look at my art to be transported into another realm, to transcend the normal human experience.”