The Studio Artists of Ice House Gallery
The main focus of my art is color and light. I was an abstract painter for many years. I love to travel and trips to Hawaii and Scotland encouraged me to push my work towards landscape. The varying earth patterns, transitory light qualities have inspired my paintings. I have lived six states, have taught art, and exhibited widely.
Jaimie Brunet was born in Illinois and grew up in a military family, traveling the U.S.and living in Japan in her youth. She attended Shimer College and received a B.S. in Social Sciences. She find most of her inspiration in the natural world and oil painting is her first love, one she learned from her mother. Here at Ice House she's made a home and a sacred space to indulge it.
She has studied encaustic medium with Chicago artists Robin Samiljan and Jeff Hirst, and works with encaustic as she finds it's qualities luminous and dimensional in ways other mediums often fail. Lately she has been combining oil with encaustic, using oil painting as a base and layering encaustic and other media to create her work.
"I've always been terrible with languages. Art has always been my universal language for communicating with people. My work is a statement of how I see the world, and sharing who I am with the viewer."
My art reflects my reaction to the direction in which I see modern society moving. I believe many people today become engrossed in viewing the world through artificial eyes, which ultimately reduces and simplifies color tones into renditions or representations as oppose to an express of the living moment.
My art is personal. It is a reaction to the direction in which I see modern society moving. I believe many people today become engrossed in viewing the world through artificial eyes, which ultimately reduces and simplifies color tones into renditions or representations. However, my goal is to be present in the moment, thereby capturing the essence of the living moment.
I have been studying art for a very long time, almost from the beginning of my life. As Josh Goldberg, my teacher and mentor calls it, “a Painter’s Path”. It started with crayons, lots of colors and covering them all over in black, and scratching to see what lay beneath. It was a very primitive form of art, indeed. Much of this memory can be seen in my present work.
“While depicting movement, atmosphere, light, and shadow I elevate my spirit. I welcome others to join me on this journey.”
Dana lives with her family in Evanston, Illinois. She has a BA from Columbia College, Chicago. Her first love was photography. From there she moved on to creative film editorial in the advertising business. She is currently working in oil paint and encaustic.
Valerie Kahan is a painter and photographer. She describes her paintings as imaginative, abstract dreams of the past, present and future sometimes placed in far off atmospheres. Her photography is often abstracted reality based with a wide rage of work focused on people and places and nature.