Breaking Ground 109 Arts - Fine Art (A-M artist last name)
There are 21 pieces of visual artwork featured in this year's arts issue of Breaking Ground. This is part 1 of the 2-part online gallery, with the artwork and artist bios, listed in alphabetical order by artist last name.
"Family – We Are All Different Colors" by Edward Abou-Zeid. Edward Abou-Zeid is a 9-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder. He likes to play piano, do math and talk about video games and superheroes. His favorite painting medium is acrylic pouring.
"Stephanie – Anime" by Havah Ruth Anovitz. Havah Ruth Anovitz is a 22-year-old web design major at Pellissippi State Community College. Havah loves writing and drawing and all things Harry Potter.
"Yoga Girl" by Augie Collier. Born and raised in Nashville, Augie Collier selects the medium that he feels best fits the personality of the person he portrays. He works confidently in acrylics, oil, charcoal and/or pastels to capture the individual’s unique character.
"Barn Owl" by David C. Duncan. David C. Duncan is originally from Columbia, TN and has been creating art his entire life. In 2006, through counseling for his mental health, David was introduced to HAPI (Healing Arts Project, Inc.) by his counselor. David has been creating art as an independent artist ever since. When asked how art makes him feel, David replied, “Art is a form of communication with a calming effect on the mind. When I am creating, I feel like I am on another planet. As I concentrate on my art, it is like it is just me and my ideas, and I watch them come to life."
"Joy" by Deborah Hanson. Deborah Hanson lives in Tullahoma, TN. She explores weaving with yarn, pieces of plants, stones, and wire in dimensional artwork. She started her use of art for mental health recovery making Zentangle designs. This led to other artwork focusing attention on small areas to incorporate in one artwork. She has found that using paint and alcohol on tile has endless variations and beautiful results, as seen in “Joy.”
"Fanciful Fish” by Laura Hudson. Laura Hudson uses her imagination creating detailed, colorful pictures featuring plants, flowers, and birds in lush natural setting. She portrays people expressing themselves and having a good time. Laura says making art is calming. She wants others to enjoy her art, which she says is a gift from God.
"Head Fakes" by Arianna Leggs. Arianna Leggs lives in Nashville, TN and recently graduated from Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Art. She enjoys expressing her struggles as an African American female with autism through art. She wants to pursue entrepreneurship and print her artwork on T-shirts and memorabilia, with hopes of helping children like her through art therapy.
"Tennessee Suffragette" by Kara Lockmiller. Kara Lockmiller is a native to Knoxville and an artist. She paints musicians and other topics with help from her chromesthesia and bipolar disorder.
"Wish Fish" by Hope McKee. Hope McKee shared, "As a disabled artist, my art has become my voice. I use a variety of colors and sweeping strokes to invoke feelings of joy and comfort; after all, my name is Hope."
“Fall Flower” by Joey McNinch. Joey McNinch is 16 years old, has autism and is from Mount Juliet. Joey enjoys taking photos with his iPad.
"Grandma’s Spirit" by Rainbow Mosho. Rainbow Mosho was born in Athens, Greece in 2008. In 2020, she created the COVID-19 Art series to express with bright colors all about family love, the discovery of life and death, handling PTSD, the greater meaning of family, and deep wisdom for a then-12-year-old with autism. Her art has been exhibited in Tennessee and Japan. Her creation "Afro Power" won 3rd Prize in the Fly Your Flag contest.