Christine Dekkers, Acrylic Painting
Christine Dekkers is best known for her “Great Lines" Collections, which was showcased at the “Art Fusion Gallery, during International Art Basel Miami 2017." This a unique renaissance style of sculpted plaster and sand combined with egg temper, organic stone pigment on wood pallets was innovated in 2017. These collections are done in both monochromatic and compound color. Plaster paintings were done as early as the Egyptians and egg tempera was used before the 1500’s by Leonardo Da Vinci and Michael Angelo on pallets before the invention of Oils. Her “After the Bath II" from this collection won first place in the “Anatomy with Class” contest on Fine Art America.
She is a multi medium artist ( Oil/Acrylics, Watercolor, Plaster 3-D sculpted paintings and egg tempera) 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 Van Gogh.
Christine has been an artist since 1987 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.
Marlene Jone, HorseHair Pottery
Marlene Jones says “pottery is my personal passion.” First introduced to pottery in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1960’s, Marlene studied with nationally recognized potter, Tom Supenski. In 1970, along with a potter-friend, she established a studio in Baltimore before moving to Florence, Italy in 1975. Living in Italy for four years, gave Marlene the opportunity to further her knowledge and love of the great masters of ceramic art.
Upon returning to the States in 1979, Marlene began a 25 year-long, successful career in marketing. However, she never lost her love of pottery, and over the years collected the works of many well-know artists.
Marlene creates stoneware, raku and horsehair pottery. Her work can be seen in Punta Gorda and in galleries located in Annapolis, Maryland and Wellington, Florida. As a member of Sea Grape Gallery, she displays many of her horsehair pieces.
The process of making horsehair originated with the Plains Indians. Folklore has it that a Pueblo potter woman discovered the art form when her long hair accidentally blew and made an impression on the hot piece of pottery she was removing from her fire pit. Horses were very important to the Navajo people and they continue to honor their horses through the creation of horsehair pottery. They believed the indelible marks, each with its own story, make their horses invincible.
In Marlene’s creation of horsehair pottery, she starts by throwing a vessel on a potter’s wheel, applies a clay slip, burnishes the piece and then bisque fires it in an electric kiln to remove water from the clay. The next step is where the unique piece of art is created. The bisque pot is fired to approximately 1300 degrees in a gas kiln and then removed quickly while still glowing hot. Marlene drapes a few of the long hairs from a horse mane or tail onto the hot clay. It instantly vaporizes and leaves the unique carbon trails and smoke patterns that are the hallmark of horsehair pottery. Additionally, Marlene is honored to create one-of-a-kind pieces for horse owners and friends by using tail or mane hair from their own horses.
Marlene jokes that her apprenticeship to pottery has lasted more than 50 years and is still going strong.