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Debbie Bzdyl

Abstract painter working in acrylic and mixed media.

Born in Anderson County. Living in Pendleton, SC

“I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. Mom once laughed and said, ‘Debbie was born with a box of crayons in her hand.’ By the age of six, I had won my first art contest, sponsored by a Saturday morning children’s show called Tim’s Treetop Forest. In college, I turned my attention to graphic design. From 1983 until 1991, I worked as a graphic designer for several different organizations. In 1992 I started my own business, Impact! Graphics, Inc. which continued until I retired in December 2013. When I started painting again, I went back to what I knew, painting in a realistic style. After about a year, I started moving more toward impressionism and then into abstract. Abstract allows me to give form to the intangible and to explore color, light, and composition in ways I can’t in more traditional art. I love not knowing exactly where the painting is going and instead letting the painting guide me. Robert Henri, an American painter and teacher in the late 1800s and early 1900s said we all have a song inside us and it is the responsibility of artists to be true to ourselves and sing with all our hearts. It is my hope that “the song I sing” through my art inspires those who see it and allows them to experience the world in new and beautiful ways.

JUST FOR FUN:

If I didn’t have to worry about money I would travel the world - First Class and dine in all the best restaurants!!

If I could be any animal, I would be an eagle so I could soar through the air. What a thrill that would be!


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Stephanie Christian

Painter working in acrylic and plaster

Anderson, SC

Stephanie Christian began her education at Western Kentucky University with a major in Interior Design .After relocating to Nashville she switched her major to Studio Art at Belmont University.Her work has touched on many media-from wood sculpture , to charcoal, to mixed media before evolving to her current body of work.  Stephanie creates moody,textured scenes with a dream like quality. She captures mystery and great depth, intriguing the viewer with a feeling of scenes being lost in time.

JUST FOR FUN:

If I didn’t have to worry about money:  Just paint all the time!!

If I could be any animal: A wolf because they are loyal, strong, committed and work better together.


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Simms Brooks

Jewelry Maker

Anderson, SC

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~Roald Dahl

I'm a wanderer. My art is the world, the way I see it; beautiful and mysterious yet derelict and decayed and all astonishingly awe inspiring. The best memories of my life drive my creations. Golden boxes full of marbles, hidden treasures, a drawer full of glittering jewels, an over-studied book of Audubon's paintings are among my inspirations. The old. The worn. The well-loved... 

Born and raised in Columbia, Greenville and Anderson with 22 years spent in exile in California. I moved home to SC six years ago. My muse was always here, waiting for me all along, in the land and the sea of home.

JUST FOR FUN:

If I didn’t have to worry about money:  I’d make art and travel. 

If I could be any animal, I have two spirit animals that are recurring themes in my life; the black bird and the fox. The black bird exposes what is unseen and the mystery of what is not known. While the fox is a teacher that shows us how to overcome fear, particularly of the unknown. Both animals show us there is no limit to human transformations and that there is infinite possibility in seeking.  All we must do is pull away the veil of our rational mind and journey with them in lessons of quiet observation and attenuation of our surroundings