By definition, I design each piece of jewelry and hand create it. Most of my work is made from Sterling silver, but I sometimes use or add 18K gold. The process starts with a drawing and once I begin to make the piece, the design may changes slightly. Stones add color and interest to my designs and often they are my inspiration. When choosing stones, I look for pictures within, lovely color, unusual shape or a combination of these attributes. I love making cloisonné enameled jewelry as well as my traditional work. No matter what it is I'm making, I enjoy creating every day.
I am passionate about sharing techniques and my knowledge of this art form. I currently teach four classes at the Cape Coral Arts Studio weekly, two classes for beginners and two intermediate/advanced. I also teach workshops in several unique metal techniques locally and away. Private classes are available in my studio.
Business is a necessary part of being a creator. I choose to sell my jewelry in galleries rather than craft shows, because it allows me more time to create. I am very lucky to have found Harbour View Gallery, where I share ownership with very talented artist partners.
I own a US Patent. I call it the "Swivel Locking Clasp", but it is being marketed as the "Chameleon Clasp". This jewelry clasp is used on pendants and bracelets. It locks to prevent jewelry loss.
Originally from Maine, I moved to Florida in 1999 with my husband, Bruce. In the early 1980's, while working as a Production Engineer at L.L. Bean, I went to the Maine College of Art and studied Metal Arts. After moving to Florida, I continued to make jewelry on the side while working another corporate job. In 2002 it was time to go full time with my jewelry business and I have never looked back. It gives me a great deal of happiness to be able to share my unique designs with people who love them.
I started painting five years after retiring from the newspaper industry. During my professional career, I designed and coordinated promotional advertising for the various departments at the newspaper, winning numerous regional and national awards. I became the first female President and Publisher of the Chillicothe (Ohio) Gazette, a Gannett Newspaper, finishing my career at the Cincinnati (Ohio) Enquirer. My husband and I have one son, who resides in McLean, Virginia with his family.
I started sketching with watercolor pencils to fill in my downtime because of a bad knee. I purchased numerous books on drawing and painting and quickly realized the therapeutic effect of delving into art. It has become an ongoing challenge for me to improve upon my newfound avocation. My portfolio includes art done with watercolor pencils, watercolor paints, acrylic paints and oil paints.
As an artist, I am committed to steadily improve and enjoy the progress of this new phase of my life. I continue to study under several prestigious teachers and artists, whose paintings have won awards and recognition in regional and national exhibitions. I am a member of the Cape Coral (Florida) Art League, the Pine Island (Florida) Art League, a delegate to the Southwest Florida Art Council, a former member of the Mason-Deerfield Arts Alliance and the Mason (Ohio) Area Painters society.
Through their tutelage, I have become more aware of shapes, color, shadows and values of objects and landscapes. This insight into art has proven beneficial to me. I have been honored with several awards at the Pine Island annual Art Show, and I am now selling original art along with many prints of my artwork.
Although many artists find a certain niche for their talent early in their careers, I am so captivated by everything around me that I have yet to hone in on any particular subject. However, wildlife and subjects of nature seem to be the most compelling for me to paint.
Former Michigan residents, David and Diane, along with their two cats, moved to Florida in 2005 and are currently residents of Cape Coral, Florida.
A chance to go to the beach while growing up was always tops on the priority list for David and Diane. Something about feeling the sand between their fingers and toes had such a grounding effect; as well as hearing the sounds of nature all around. They even were married barefoot on the beach. Being close to the beaches and nature; that is their inspiration.
Their love and enjoyment of the tropical lifestyle led them to want to share it through the products that they design and make. Their work is in multi-media, and reflects their wide range of interests. Wanting always to be in tune with nature; nature being their focal point, the majority of their work is done using only materials from Mother Nature herself. Everything has a bit of Florida in it.
David has worked in the past with hot glass. He brings his collection of hand blown glass paperweights to the gallery as well, and hopes to continue in the future with his work with glass blowing. He has been a featured artist at Harbor View Gallery as well as Joe Mathis Gallery in Punta Gorda.
Their sand work has been featured at the Fort Myers Beach Sand Sculpting Show, Siesta Key Beach Sand Sculpting Show and the Treasure Island Beach Sand Sculpting Show as well as many gift shops throughout most of Florida, the Carolinas and the Caribbean.
They are members of the National Association of Wedding Professionals as well as American Business Womens Association-Sanibel-Captiva chapter.
They are managing members of Harbour View Art Gallery in Cape Coral, FL.
To some, sand is little more than the grainy stuff that gets caught between your toes during a day at the beach. But to David and Diane, it is a wonderful art form and expresses their way of preserving a bit of nature's beauty in its many designs and forms with sand.
Still kids at heart, they still just love playing in the SAND!
As a Jersey girl who transplanted to Dallas, Texas, then Cleveland, Ohio, and now Cape Coral, Florida, I’ve taken my quirky creativity everywhere I’ve been. From obsessively making macramé string bracelets at nine to crocheting massive afghans at twenty to madly wire-wrapping shells and gemstones at (ahem) forty-something…I’ve been creating with my hands for as long as I can remember.
To me, there is something so meditative and therapeutic about taking what seems like a million disjointed pieces and unifying them into a single cohesive piece. I can (and do) sit in the same spot for hours, utterly and blissfully focused on whatever my hands are working on.
I have been making and selling jewelry part time since 2011. My work has been presented in many juried group exhibits including Sanibel Masters, Cape Coral Arts Festival, Sanibel Rotary Art Show, WaterFire Sharon, Screw Factory Open Studio, St. John Westshore Festival of the Arts, Olmsted Festival of the Arts, Cleveland by Hand, Tremont Arts Festival and multiple Avant-Garde Art Shows.
I've always had a thing for water. I think it’s because it’s so majestic, powerful, dazzlingly marvelous and so…well…flowy. My friends think it’s because I’ve got such a dramatic, fiery personality. Perhaps we’re both right.
Living in Cleveland, Ohio for 13 years, I would frequent waterfalls in all kinds of weather and Lake Erie whenever possible. So when I vacationed in Captiva for the first time in 2012, I nearly lost my ever-loving mind! I was constantly gasping with delight (and squealing, jumping up & down and clapping my hands, but I digress). The natural splendor everywhere I looked absolutely captivated me. (Heh heh heh. Captivated. See what I did there?)
I traveled up and down the island multiple times. Checking the tide chart the night before, I would time my visits to Turner Beach, Blind Pass, Bowmans and Lighthouse Beach so I could be at each of them at absolute low tide and find whatever beach bling the Gulf would offer.
Obsessed much? Perhaps.
But the shells! The glorious shells!!!
I knew I was onto something that would be influential for the rest of my life.
My father, who was almost eighty at the time, was living about 30 miles south of Cleveland. During the winter of 2014 (it was a doozy!), he called me and said, “Heather, I just don’t want to winter anymore!”
My heart soared. I said, “Daddy, I know just the place! Let’s go!!”
We both sold our houses; I left my job as an Accounts Payable Manager (of all things); and we were happily ensconced in Cape Coral, Florida within six months, both of us living the dream.
My dream is to turn my ability to create beautiful, shiny things into a career. Daddy’s dream is to actively and vigorously practice retirement. We’re both doing an excellent job.
I love this place. I feel more at home here than I have ever felt anywhere. Sanibel and Captiva make my soul sing. It is truly joyful, an honor and a privilege, to share my creations with you.
Rachelle is a Multi-medium artist in Southwest Florida. She is best known for her richly textured, vibrant works of art featuring a unique combination of unconventional materials. A full time artist for over 7 years, she has taken a great deal of inspiration from her upbringing in Minnesota and influence from her highly creative Mother. She has won many national awards for her work, and has exhibited in the countries finest juried art shows including Sausalito, California and Old Town Chicago. Her impressive collector list includes the Ritz Carlton Residences and Harrahs Hotel & Casino. Coming from a wide art and interior Design background, Rachelle has found her own self taught style that has it's own signature texture, color balance, illumination, and most of all - feeling. Her paintings are on display across Southwest Florida in art shows and Harbor View Gallery where she is a managing member in Cape Coral, Florida and can be seen at MeagherArt.Com
2004-2008 The Art Institutes International Minnesota - Fine Art & Interior Design. Participant in study abroad program in Montreal and Quebec City studying Fine Art and Architecture.
2009 - Present Additional studies with Golden Artist Colors working artists, adult education at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)
2013 - Present Annual Alumni "B-School" Marie Forleo
2011 - Alumni Student of "brave Intuitive painting workshop" taught by master instructor Flora S. Bowley
2012 Dick Blick Art Materials Featured Artist chosen by creative director Karen Noble ads published in; The Kennedy Publishing Best of Abstract Painting, The Artist’s Magazine and American Artist magazine February issues.
Art Procurement, Sales, Design - Interior Designer Danberry Company; Custom builders and remodelers Spring Park, MN
Art History education, specialized development of artistic skills and vocabulary - Studied architecture and design abroad in Montreal and Quebec City, Canada
Sandy Jones- Associate Member
Jewelry, gemstones, freshwater pearl, and wire
Sandy Jones Designs, Sandy uses natural gemstones and freshwater pearls. Most of the gemstones are hand cut. She uses sterling silver and 24k gold-filled wire and components.
Sandy Jones Designs
Sandy is largely a self-taught jewelry artisan, working with gemstones, freshwater pearl, and wire.
Sandy spent her career in the beauty industry, working for companies like Bath and Body Works, Aveda, Guerlain and Victoria’s Secret. Part of her job was trend-spotting, and she often walked the streets of New York City looking for inspiration. Once while in the garment district, she stumbled on an importer of gemstones.
Looking at all the color and sparkle, she didn’t know exactly what she was going to do, but she knew that she was going to do something with those stones
After taking some (frustrating) classes, she began experimenting, and finally when she started working with very thin wire, she found that she could combine colorful stones and wire to achieve the movement that she wanted.
In retrospect, Sandy thinks that her work is influenced by her grandparents, who were wholesale florists. She sat with her Grandma at her workbench while she made arrangements and corsages – putting together colors and binding them with wire - not so very different than what Sandy does with silver wire. With her Grandpa she would walk the flower beds, and he would talk about the wonder of nature. Just as each stone and pearl Sandy uses in her jewelry is its own wonder of nature.
Sandy uses natural gemstones and freshwater pearls. Most of the gemstones are hand cut. She uses sterling silver and 24k gold-filled wire and components.
Christine Dekkers - Associate Member
Oil, Acrylics, Watercolor, 3-D Plaster, Digital Painting
Christine Dekkers is best known for her Hancock Building and Redline loop series (right), depicting large (8ftx6ft) abstract representations of city of Chicago's energy. This unique style was developed by her experimentation with unconventional painting utensils and remains one of her favorite collections. She is a multi medium artist ( Oil/Acrylics, Watercolor, Plaster 3-D paintings and Digital/Photography)
Her ideation is usually first conceived in drawing vignettes and then designed digitally. " My vision is to express arts energy, through color or design, an artwork that will create enthusiastic interest to see further." "When using color as the energy, I want to make the space come alive and dance." When using design as the energy, there must be elements of movement and intensity." Some of her influences include; Tarkay, Toulouse Lautrec and Vangogh.
Her newest developed collection "Great Lines“, depicts flowing forms with the use of plaster textures and paint. " I dreamt about this collection and couldn't wait to get started!" "The hands on plaster molding and forming create a flowing energy." She enjoys pushing traditional art mediums into uncommon environments to represent a new and unique perspective.
Christine has been an artist since 1981 and comes from a family of artists and engineers in varying mediums. She is a former executive for a fortune 500 and completed her studies at Becker College, The Leadership Institute and Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Joan Roberts – Associate Member
As a Cape Coral artist, prior Chicago artist, Joan paints in oil and acrylic and has developed her “Roberts” style of painting. The design flows with excellent use of light and the eyes dance around the painting that captures a magical essence.
Joan attended the Art Institute of Chicago and has studied in Connecticut, Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin. She attended painting classes at Cape Coral Art Studio with Gale Bennett, Cape Coral, and Marco Bronzini, Naples. Classes in Chicago included Scott Tallman, acclaimed portrait painter at the Pallet and Chisel in Chicago, and Tom Trausch’s “in plein air” classes in Galena and Starved Rock, IL.
She teaches art classes at the Pine Island Art League, Herons Glen, North Ft. Myers, and the Art Center of Bonita. She taught at Cape Coral Art Studio and Cape Coral Art League.
Joan participates in the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs Juried Art Exhibitions, Cape Coral Art League’s Exhibitions and Naples von Liebig Art Center’s events and has won numerous awards in each of the art centers.
The paintings are extraordinary unique and would be an outstanding focal point for any room. An art connoisseur/collector is compelled to appreciate the emotion of the paintings, thus the appeal of Joan’s work is a good investment for the future.
Each painting is extraordinary unique and would be an outstanding focal point for any room and a good investment for the future.