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.

An abstract piece that shows swirls of colors of dark gold, bronze, grays, black, and a few places of bright blue and bright pink
"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.
A simple pen or marker sketch of the outline of a girl’s face in the style of many anime drawings. She has yellow hair in a side ponytail and large black eyes and a small smile.
"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.
A detailed sketch of a young Black woman doing a complicated yoga position with her entire body in the air, balancing on her forearms that are on the ground. Her legs are bent behind her body up in the air to allow her feet to touch her head. Her muscles and limbs are drawn with black charcoal. She’s wearing black athletic clothes and her hair pulled back in braids in a bun. The sketch of her body is surrounded by bright yellow colors that highlight her figure.
"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.
A colored pencil sketch of an owl flying in front of some trees. The lines of the trees and bushes in the background are all very soft in a way that suggests they are in motion, blowing in the wind. The owl is draw with more detail in its brown and white and gray feathers.
"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."
An abstract piece that shows watery splotches of varying sizes and colors and shapes overlapping with each other. It almost looks like a kaleidoscope image.
"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.”
A very intricately patterned spotted and striped fish of pink, orange, blue and white colors. The drawing is very detailed with each part of the fish’s body and space around it showing many different styles and patterns like a mosaic.
"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.
A painting of a young Black woman seated cross-legged on the grassy ground facing away from the viewer, wearing blue jean short and a blue shirt. Her hair is braided and curly and long. She is staring at a sunset-colored sky and sparkling bubbles that are all around her. The bubbles have words in them, including the words “neurodivergent”, “stimming”, “transitions”, “meltdowns”, “impulsive”, “perfectionist”, “savant” and “high functioning/low functioning.” Many of the same words are also written in small letters on the girl’s shirt around the edges of her silhouette.
"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.
a mixed media collage in a muted color palette of tans, browns and dark blues. The collage shows several painted faces and bodies of women, a city block with buildings a taxi on the street, and old papers and letters. Papers featured include a newspaper headline titled “The Suffragette”, an aged envelope with a stamp and cursive script, a handwritten letter, and a newspaper clipping that reads “Ratification of federal suffrage amendment is completed today.” The women are wearing hairstyles and clothes of the 1920s.
"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.
A painting in the style of a classic Japanese print. A tall slender woman in an orange and pink flowing kimono is shown from the back, standing facing a body of water at night with the moon and stars in the background. The water has pink flowers floating in it and a red pagoda stands in front of the moon. A large orange fish is leaping out above the water in front of the woman.
"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."
A drawing with black, orange, dark red and bright red markers of a pattern of flowers outlined by hexagons.
“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.
A simply drawn but stylized large bright yellow bird is the central feature of the painting, spreading its wings across the width of the piece. In its talons, it is lifting a woman in a purple dress with white hair, whose eyes are closed. Bright and dark blue lines frame the background of the painting, appearing to shoot out around the two figures
"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.