March  1, 2 & 3, 2019

Elaine Jackson

John Sellberg

About Elaine Jackson

Elaine learned to paint in her teenage years growing up in Middle Georgia. She received her degree in Journalism/PR at Texas Christian University and worked in Advertising, but continued to paint and develop her style on canvas and started to participate in Art Shows around the Southeast. Elaine now lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and 2 daughters. She paints full-time now and continues to participate in shows in the Nashville area as well showing her work in shops around town.

Elaine particularly enjoys painting architecture. She started out with painting Southern scenes of Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA and it was through those paintings that interest grew from her clients to start painting Home Portraits. These Home Portraits have now become a major part of Elaine's business today. Creating a memory so personal like a portrait of a home brings as much joy to Elaine as the homeowners themselves. Elaine's portraits have also now expanded to include Wedding Portraits of Churches and Bridal/Bridesmaid Bouquets and also Pet Portraits.

Other favorite works of art that Elaine does are Florals and Still-lifes. Subjects she particularly enjoys are Hydrangeas and Peaceful Garden scenes.

About John Sellberg

From John Sellberg:

My current work explores and expands the line between function and fun. I make pieces that work well together in sets: oil and vinegar; salt and pepper; beverage sets. I look at these sets as families working together to serve a simple purpose and often incorporate a tray to display, organize, and unite the pieces. Although I strive to create work that is useful and simple I am equally vested in producing original art that boasts my individual style: fun, fluid, and functional.

Elements of nature and childhood find their way into my work both consciously and subconsciously. My sense of form and design are indirect reflections of my childhood growing up in the Midwest. By incorporating skill and style I am able to translate memories of a particular pitcher or a special butter dish into my own work with my own twists. It is my hope that my pots then become engrained in the memories of my patrons through use, whether daily or occasional.

The porcelain clay I work with offers a pure white background for my subtle blue and green celadon glazes. Accents of iron oxide and rutile are then used to set off these simple glazes. The glaze accents allow me to make each piece different, or to define a grouping. Altering and accentuating the lips, hips, and shoulders of a given piece allows it to inherit an attitude of its own. The clean glazes, earthy accents, and humanistic forms create a dichotomy that appeals to both city dwellers and rural folk.

I am influenced by the simplicity of landscape and by nature’s textures. Gnarly tree roots protruding from a forest floor influence my handles. A streak of rust on a silo or a stretch of dormant hardwoods in a field of rye inspires my design. Everything from the farm structures and landscape that surrounded me as a child, to my deeply rooted appreciation of soft butter, influence the work I make today. I strive to make honest work with lively personality that is accessible and appropriate to all peoples.