Writing books & articles
President - Nancy Kimes
I teach classes in creative art using Ink and a feather to experience the flow and freedom of artistic expression. I also teach self-improvement through spiritual practices that raise levels of consciousness such as meditation.
It is a pleasure to be a part of an organization that teaches and brings out the talents that other artists can freely express. You will find my art, poetry and stories weaving through my articles and books.
My passion is to teach more through inspirational and meaningful ways.
My household encompasses 8 cats and a dog, also a supportive husband that does not limit the activities or creativity I want to express. My children are adults and they have children of their own and it is a delight to see them develop and express their own creative ideas and abilities.
I love developing and exploring unusual tools to use in my painting endeavors, which I also teach. My artistic style includes abstract and impressionism reflecting nature and the human spirit.
Vice President - Julianne Koza
Treasurer - Carl Smelko
Secretary - Raini Armstrong
A little bit about myself could turn into a lot, so I will try to keep this brief!
I am delighted to serve as Secretary for Chaparral Artists during 2021. Many already know me as a fill-in Secretary, a part of the show hanging committee, and the newsletter coordinator since 2019. I will always have big shoes to fill, knowing that Patricia Quandel had put her heart into the Chaparral Sketch for years before I came alone! Thank you, Patricia, for setting the stage and making it possible to take on the task without any hiccups.
So, what do you need to know about me? I am a bit crazy with what I try to juggle! I try to balance several hobbies - not well, I might add. I work for a Tribe in the Coachella Valley. And I have a few pet-children that keep me occupied.
My notable hobbies include watercolor painting, photography, and character writing on a board that I fell into nearly fifteen years ago. I am known to grab hold of other mediums if I am not careful, but I try to focus on those three primarily.
I rarely merge my passions together, although I would love to figure out how to do so if the inspiration ever hits me. My photography comes the closest to coordinating, as it supports my watercolor endeavors by providing me with imagery to paint. My writing, however, remains on a different plane of focus entirely.
Membership - Nancy Miehle
My goal is to create a realistic 'Wow' image of real-life by putting it on canvas with vivid colors. I usually paint from photographs, because I can take them back to my studio where I manipulate the scene to my liking. My art is what I see; if I can't see it, I can't paint it. The medium I use is oil; it seems to have the colors I want, the richness and extreme intensity that I prefer, and the medium flows onto canvas smoothly in a way I enjoy. When looking for inspiration, I choose scenes that let me walk into the 'frame' so that I can become part of the picture. Something magical happens when a painting turns into a finished product. Another type of magic occurs when others experience that particular mood you were trying to create. Art is my world, and I love it.