Daniela Hope has always had an Italian's love of beauty, art & nature. Her desire to attend art school was thwarted when her parents, first generation immigrants, insisted that she pursue medicine. Graduating from Clark Universities Pre-Med program her future seemed assured, until it was suddenly rewritten by her gypsy wanderlust.
A visit to Santa Fe, NM led to an immediate relocation. Days were spent working in prestigious art galleries, and nights and weekends were spent pursuing her creative desires. Thus began a journey through artistic mediums in beautiful, stimulating locations.
San Francisco, Martin and Austin followed. Metal works, lapidary, a business in floral window design, and a return to Santa Fe to study clay with various well known artists. Since moving to Asheville, Daniela has completed her stdy of clay. All mediums contributing their spirt to her mixed media creations.
MY JOURNEY into the world of integrative health and the healing arts has been an unfolding of many experiences and magical occurrences throughout my childhood. I spent most of my time in nature and was blessed to have beautiful female role models who sparked my imagination through their own vision path.
One of my grandmothers followed a spiritual path which included a practice of healing prayer and yoga, while the other was an amazing cook and loved to sing. My high school best friend’s mother was a pioneer of adventure who was a practicing nurse in a time when it was not that common for women to be independent. As my curiosity grew about the nature of reality, consciousness and well being, I was guided to become a yoga teacher, massage therapist and energy worker in private practice for over 25 years in Chicago.
Discovering The Quetico
It was after a life changing experience during the summer of my freshman year in high school, I was inspired by the passion of wilderness preservationist, Charlie Ericksen. I had received a scholarship to canoe the crystal clear waters of Quetico Provincial Park in Atikokan, Ontario and Charlie was my first canoe mate.
Charlie dedicated his life to ecological education through wilderness experience from an island on Nym Lake, with his wolf mix sidekick Lobo. The curriculum is called The Voyageur Wilderness Programme and still runs today. My maiden experience there was so profound that I later decided to attend Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, which was a short distance from the Minnesota border where you could easily enter the Quetico. I spent many memorable summers portaging those waters with kindred spirits who followed the call to reconnect to that sacred land.
On the Shining Big-Sea-Water
As I became a part of a extended family of artists and environmental activists, a dream formed to build a log cabin and become self sufficient. Eventually I lived off grid and worked co-creatively to construct homes, produce historical multi-media projects and sustainable businesses in Bayfield, WI on the shores of Gitche Gumee, so aptly named by the Ojibwe people at the time Longfellow wrote his poem about Lake Superior.
Sacred Plant Medicine
Years later, while living in the canyons of Malibu, and working as an events producer, I experienced, what I now know was, a spontaneous shamanic journey through my energetic connection to an ancient cactus. It was a transmission of full recall as a medicine woman on that land in a lifetime before. My perception of reality had powerfully shifted and I was deeply moved by this direct revelation. Within a few days, I was gifted with a book about the shamanic journey opening a new door to an amazing spiritual path.
This experience led to the meeting of my first of many shamanic teachers, Sandra Ingerman and her teacher, anthropologist Michael Harner, the founder of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies. I have since trained with Hank Wesselman, Alberto Villoldo, Theo Peredes, Dr. Hu Len, Malidoma Some and Aama Bombo, along other native shaman in Peru, Ecuador, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nepal, Bali, and Thailand. A founding member of The Center for Shamanic Healingin the bay area of California, I now reside in Asheville, NC.
Since moving to Asheville in 2013, Eddie has expressed his creativity in a multitude of ways. Upon moving south, wood became his main creative medium. Though currently he combines his love for calligraphy and drawing with his business of creating and writing marriage certificates.
The art he has displayed here shows the same combination of watercolor painting with hand written poetry.
I am a visual artist making original mixed media creations. I grew up in Seneca, SC & I have lived in WNC since 1997. I recently moved to Creek Walk in Travelers Rest, SC. I got my art degrees from Appalachian State University. I obtained a BS in Art Management & a BFA in Studio Art concentrating on painting & metals. I am the mother of 2 amazing girls, Foster 13 years old & Sydney 5 years old. Endlessly inspired by my natural surroundings in the mountains & on the lake, I paint & draw scenes studying animals, people & landscapes. Exploring a variety of color schemes and exploring compositions that are fantasy inspired keeps me intrigued. I often use my own images in the jewelry designs I create. Finding ways to make my art accessible to everyone is important to me. My art was published in Kakalak 2014, 2015, 2017 & was shown on HGTV’s Flipping Virgins Season 1. My work can be found around the Carolinas. Most recently, I have been painting horse jumps for the World Equestrian Games, painting custom pet portraits & painting custom home decor pieces.
Some people see a glass half full, others see half empty. I tend to be thankful there's a glass with something to drink. I was born in Florida, and stayed there until I was 26. Seeking better opportunities, I moved to the Boston area in 1997. I worked at printing presses in production roles that also gave me numerous graphic design opportunities for our clients. While in Massachusetts I was also a DJ and electronic music artist from 2001-2015. An accident in late 2014 made it difficult for me to continue both pursuits. I took up painting initially as therapy- it eventually became my main creative outlet in late 2015. For my DJ'ing and music production I'd used the pseudonym JonQPublik as my artist name-- When I started selling art, it just seemed natural that I continue signing my work as such. Typically, my paintings have a distinct focus on texture. Multiple layers of paints, inks and mediums build off the canvas. I encourage people to get up close to each painting... just let yourself fall in! There's so much to see! There are colors, patterns, and microtextures in use that you don't see until you're inches from the surface. I hope you enjoy them- I hope you find them entrancing and meditative.
Hello, my name is Lisa Casperson, a transplant from upper Minnesota to Asheville, North Carolina. I’ve been lots of things: an English teacher, a free-lance writer and even a cosmetologist. I taught to help kids, but was totally bored with the monotony of teaching. I wrote to share my own and others' life stories which hopefully would resonate with my readers. I played in people’s hair because I loved the tactile sense of it, wanted to help them feel good about themselves. but mostly, I loved hearing their life stories. I wanted my touch to be one vehicle of Universal Love.
These days I'm spending my time working as an artist.
There has always been a creative need within me, but I didn’t always recognize it in myself. When a good friend once asked me what I thought was my passion, I responded, “Helping people heal.” She remained quiet, and then said, “I think you need to be creative.”
I never fit into the norm completely. Not totally outside the norm either – just a little past that into the nearly outrageous point of cool-dom (or so I thought). These days I get to just create whatever I feel like. Sometimes it’s writing, sometimes it’s building something out of junk, other times I might be digging through the metal recycling bins at my local bike store, or buying cheap necklaces at the Goodwill to add color to my driftwood hangings. (That is after I culled the beach to pick up the driftwood. Or, like in Mexico, I picked up and carried home a bunch of huge dried seed pods to perhaps use in an art project.) I buy old postcards not for the pictures but for the cool writing on the back to use as collage in my paintings.
I have not found a niche in my art, because new ideas knock me over me like ocean waves. Will I be famous? No. Do I have fun? Yes and no. I mean, I love bringing an idea into fruition, but nothing, I mean nothing, ever turns out like it looked in my head.
But people seem to like my work, and as long as I can sell enough to support my habit, hey, I’m in it for the long run.
I encourage you to look through my work. If you like something, awesome. If you have enough money to buy it, even better for both of us. I cannot live without artful things that give me joy surrounding me, and I wish the same for you.
And so, just maybe, my art can bring you joy and in that way, heal a little corner of your heart. That is my hope!
I grew up in Pittsburgh PA and obtained my 4 year degree in art from Penn State University. Having a wonder lust for international travel I worked in private aviation which afforded me the opportunity to live and travel extensively through out the world. These travel opportunities enhanced my art education by allowing me to explore different cultures, religions, geographic inspirations and art forms. In my spare time I sculpted hand made jewelry using various mediums that sold in exclusive boutiques including Saks Fifth Avenue.
After coming back to the States to live I studied in NYC under world renowned faux finishers Ina and Allen Marx and Pierre Finkelstein and started a very successful faux finishing business in South Florida. I worked with accomplished design firms such as Perla Lichi and Robb and Stucky to name a few. In the meantime I also designed and made silver jewelry which was featured and sold on HSN.
I currently reside part time in South Florida and part time in Asheville NC where my studios are located.
Staying open to my passion and working with different art forms has given me a broad perspective, allowing me to incorporate all types of mix media to create new and unique works of art.