Our Artists

Stained Glass by Phil Clymer

Phil Clymer is a self taught stained glass artist based out of Tyler, Texas. He has an original technique he created where he will created a mosaic of items and then add them to his stained glass assemblage. Phil worked in a small studio back in 1976, after about two years of making sun catchers etc, the economy was not so good for artists at that time so he was forced to take a real job. He now creates much larger pieces and incorporates items such as marbles, stones and sliced agate into his pieces.

Top: Lori’s well known Goddess Figures. Left: one of Dan’s incredible skeletons.

Dan and Lori Dudley
Lori and Dan have collaborated in art since they met in 1988. They first enjoyed hours together water coloring handmade Christmas cards for friends and family. Dan designed props for theme parties while Lori decorated show rooms at the World Trade Center and each would assist the other. 

 Dan’s love for cartooning soon turned into an animation business and Lori became project manager for Dan Dudley Cartoons which they co-owned for 11 profitable years. Meanwhile Lori studied massage therapy and rediscovered clay, a skill from her 20’s in West Virginia.  As the demand for 2D animation waned Lori drew Dan into collaborating with clay for a “Day of the Dead” show at the Bath House Cultural Center in 2000. Now, they participate in this annual event every October.

Hope Enochs’ Monarch Butterfly

Hope Enoch: Hope Enochs is a native Texan who for as far back as she can remember has always had the desire to create.   With no formal instruction in technique and no guidance towards a specific style, Hope began to paint using acrylics and ink while in her forties.  Her work is reminiscent of her love of color and her childhood delight of drawing comics.

Legs by Ramona Freeman
Tie Dyes by Ramona Freeman

Ramona Freeman:   I’ve been motivated to express myself and evolve and grow as an artist since my childhood . . . relaxing with pencil and paper, listening to others’ perspectives and observing, exploring and growing from self-doubt to confidence. I love the impact of the elements of design, the student and viewer process of moving from uncertainty to recognition and joy, the revelations in the texture of clay, the way paint makes its own statements, and the triumph of hand and mind working together! 

  I’m comfortable moving from the contrast between working with clay to the various mediums in paint then on to working with pencil, partly because of the varying textures and unique challenges each presents and partly because each energizes me as an artist with its unique opportunities for expression. Although some of my work has been compared to Cubism I try not to confine myself to a single fixed style. I like choosing different mediums and materials to match subject matter or feelings which may result in a realistic, modern or even abstract presentation. The work itself is my primary delight.

Fire Ant Mound Cast by G7 Artworks

G7 Artworks: Ever wonder what an anthill looks like underground? Beautiful, original anthill sculptures give a breathtaking insight to the hidden world. One of a kind art from Mother Nature and her miraculous architects, the ants, come to life in in these unique creations. Dramatic architecture from one of God’s smallest creatures are available to own, creating beauty and conversation in your home or business.

Sharon Grimes

Sharon Grimes of Longview, TX, is a self-taught contemporary abstract artist whose art is expressed with vivid colors and vibrant energy in all of its textures and layers. 

She first became interested in art at a young age and grew up loving to sketch people, animals, and surroundings. In her early Twenties, her passion for art blossomed as she was inspired by the many galleries and museums she frequented in London while living abroad for a year.

It is fascinating to see how she ventures onto a new project with a birch panel that is constructed for her locally, with a 2 inch cradle. For her artworks, Grimes uses quite a selection of products and this is why she describes her work as Mixed Media. She likes to make marks with pastel, charcoal and finally oil sticks. She always has gold Leaf on hand as well as an assortment of pencils, pens and sharpies. She never knows what the painting will call for from moment to moment. She wants to be prepared to respond.

Grimes was a 2014 Hunting Art Prize finalist. Her work has been described by Sara Eyestone, artist, writer and curator of La Posada de Santa Fe and Spa, as a “feast for the eyes.” 

Grimes’ paintings have been exhibited in group exhibitions, including RW Norton Gallery Group Show in Shreveport, LA and the Kilgore Art Festival in Kilgore, TX. Her most recent show was in Miami, FL at RED DOT and her solo show was with Arcadia in Tyler, TX. Her work is in many private collections throughout the United States as well as P’s Gallery in Longview and Alex Art International in Sarasota, Florida.

Sculpture by Don Hollis

Don Hollis:    Don Hollis is a ceramic artist.  He studied ceramic arts after retiring from the corporate world in 2009.  It started when he discovered clay on his property.  Making a simple bowl shape out of the clay and firing it next to a tree stump to be burned, began his quest to find out how to do it better next time!  Now after many dozens of books, videos, and a lot of trial and error in the studio, Don has used his self-taught knowledge to transform his clay into bowls, birds, torsos and abstract sculptures.  The work is hand formed using pinch, coil, and slab techniques.  His glaze recipes are his own and mixed from scratch.  Don uses a cross draft wood fired kiln as well as an electric kiln to achieve his signature “pit fired” look and one of a kind glaze colors.

This is the homemade kiln Don created to finish his creations. Anything that does not have a glaze gets treated to an actual fire kiln. Amazing.

The pastel artwork of J. Howard (no, it’s not a photo.)

J. Howard: Born in Houston, Texas, one of the most colorful cities in the U.S., I work diligently to combine a love for helping others with a love for artistic expression. Recognizing that color is important in the food we eat; the clothes we wear; our homes; our cars; and even our pets – I like to point out that “there is a great deal more to color than what meets the eye because it communicates.” I strive to utilize the intricate detailing of hyper-realism to present images through organic soft pastel drawings on canvas. I believe that as an artist, I must delve beyond just recognizing the colors present for their inherent qualities but, also incorporate them in such as way that each drawing goes beyond the natural depth of field for a photographic quality that will, at times, include an image within and image. 

I have a strong desire to ignite emotion and provoke thought as not only an artist but, as a therapist by using art as a therapeutic stimulant for communication to reach a deeper level of healing. Coupled with an even deeper desire for detail, it is obvious in my work that the goal is to reach the viewer through what is represented in my unique style. My Old West and American Cowboy work has made me a recognized Cowboy True Artist winning Best of Show in 2017, as well as, an award winning artist of the Western Art Rodeo Association and a 8 time American Art Awards Winner. I have received many awards in both the national and international arenas, can be seen in galleries of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Florida and been published often.

Artwork created by Kacy Latham

Kacy Latham: Kacy Latham is a native Texas artist from the Big Empty area of Texas. She received her BFA in Theatre from Midwestern State University where she discovered her knack for design and painting in her scene design classes. Kacy works primarily in abstract using acrylic and found materials on canvas. Her work explores a philosophical quest for wonder and meaning and a search for the truth within the facade. 

Kacy is also an experienced muralist, illustrator and giant puppet builder. More recently, she curated the Storybook Attic Exhibit in conjunction with the International Children’s Literature Festival for  the Center for Contemporary Art in Abilene Texas. Currently, She is working on  a public art project in bringing more than 50 new murals to her rural hometown of Munday Texas. 

Angel by Coy Lothrop

Coy Lothrop: Lothrop’s extensive educational background includes two associate degrees, one in Advertising and Graphic Design and the other in Fine Arts, an invitation to attend the Royal College of Art in London, UK, and a place in the top 5% of his class at the University of North Texas. His professional career, spanning nearly 2 decades, includes working in the creative design industry as a visual designer, illustrator, creative director, and as an educator of higher learning.

Lothrop is a graduate Studio Art major at the University of Texas at Tyler with an emphasis in Oil Painting. His current work presents the viewer with an intimate, yet present-day interpretation of the genre of painted portraiture. His portraits address emotional, universal truths and attempt to illuminate shared societal issues through the human countenance.

Currently, Lothrop is teaching at Kilgore College as a professor of Advertising and Graphic Design, where he has served and advised for 19 years. Lothrop plans to continue pursuing his education, ultimately obtaining his MFA in Studio Art and faithfully serve the higher educational system.

Monica Lubiani creates unique pieces of art and artistic jewelry utilizing many types of kiln-formed glass. She works with vibrant colors to create dimension and movement in every piece she makes. She also shares her passion with students through workshops and private instruction.

Bust by Mary Long

Mary Long is a new to the EAE. She is a potter and ceramic sculptress originally from the Dallas area. Mary moved to Murchison after retiring in 2018 to pursue working as a full time artist after teaching in both Garland and Mesquite ISD as an art teacher. Currently she is an Educational Consultant for Garland ISD teachers. Mary Loves to combine handbuilding techniques and altered wheel thrown shapes.

Her work most recently has shown in The Best of Texas Clay Show (Texas Sculpture Association), The ASH International Art show, and the Art 39 Show at Texas A&M Commerce.

Geartar by Matt McAuliffe

Matt McAuliffe:Matt is a local up and coming artist who has a knack for turning found metal pieces into works of art. He incorporates bike chain, gears, and other moving parts into familiar creations including scorpions, snails, crabs and other fun creatures. He is also developing into a fine sculptor with more refined angular cubes and larger intricate designs. 

Raku Vase by Les Mitchell

Les Mitchell became fascinated with pottery when his family bought the historic Ideal Pottery Factory which was established in 1920. He studied basic pottery techniques at Booker T. Washington School of the Arts in Dallas. After graduation, Les developed his wheel throwing skill while apprenticing under Michael Obranovich, a specialist in functional stoneware. He then concentrated on Raku while working with Randy Brodnax, a teacher  in investigational techniques  in pottery.

Les opened Towne Potter Studio in 1983 in Dallas and then moved it to Mineola, Tx. in 1992. His work is exhibited in shows and galleries throughout the country. 

Sculpture by Nic Noblique

Nic Noblique is a Texas based sculptor who has gone on to harness a rebellious and tenacious need to succeed on his own terms.  Growing up immersed in the punk rock, skateboard and snowboard culture of the Midwest, Nic’s passion for art and design has led to over a decade and a half of notable achievements, installations, competitions and exhibitions.

He placed in the first winter X-Games (1997) for snowboarding and went on to study pliable materials engineering which led to patenting a new ‘center-point concave’ skate deck that remains the industry standard today. Continuing to apply creative insight with an understanding of physics Nic designed and built indoor and outdoor skate and snow parks.  In his early 20’s, with much of his body broken, he left the skate and snow industry to pursue his other passion, a career in fine art.

Nic has participated in many sculpture competitions, solo and group exhibitions with respected galleries and art centers nationally and works with numerous charities and arts initiatives to improve our communities and lives through art.  Nic has enjoyed teaching graduate level 3D art at Hardin Simmons University and continues to foster the growth of young talent through apprenticeships via McMurry University (Abilene, TX).   Nic has owned two retail galleries, both highly regarded in their respective communities, garnering a ‘best art gallery’ award in 2008 for his successful alternative art space and studio concept in Galveston, Texas that incorporated a half pipe, tattoo shop, gallery and studio.

Sculpture by Carol Riedel

Carol Riedel: After 20 plus years teaching middle school and high school I have retired and moved to East Texas with my husband. With retirement comes my desire to explore the ceramic sculptor inside me. One of the ways I intend to do this is to finish my MFA in Ceramics at Texas A 7 M University in Commerce. I already have a BFA with a specialization in 3D art from Texas Tech University and a M ED from Texas A & M, Commerce. Both lend themselves to my other desire, which is teach and share my knowledge and background with others. 

My work has been focused on identity. I have been the caregiver of my mother and my husband, who both suffer from dementia. Being with my mother in her living facility has allowed me to interact with the elderly and I realize they are often forgotten Because they are not part of social networks they are rarely seen and their stories not heard. I try to give voice to this in my work. 

I am currently establishing a studio with my longtime friend, mentor, and fellow adventurer, Mary Long, to work and teach from in wonderful, artistic Edom, Texas. We will be part of the Edom Art Emporium so look for us there.

Lamp by Adam Schriefer

Adam Schriefer: Adam Schriefer is from Chapel Hill area of Tyler TX. He mostly does lichtenberg (electrical wood burning) art, but has recently been dabbling in acrylics. The lichtenberg images the electricity produced are super cool in their own right, but he’s been adding paints and stains to give them even more personality. Self proclaimed to not be good with a pencil or brush so this type of art is considered to be somewhat accidental. You can’t do exactly what you want with it, only somewhat guide it. Recently attempting different techniques of acrylic pouring. Yet another art form that works for me in the somewhat accidental category! Both require tons of trial and error to harness an adequate guiding ability for an expected outcome. Luckily, the error part of the lichtenberg hasn’t caused him harm as it is highly deadly!

Bowl by Mike Tate

Mike Tate: I have always been attracted to wood working activity but never really got involved in “creative” wood working until after retirement.  I got my first taste of wood turning while visiting a friend in Florida.  He suggested I try my hand at turning a pen.  That went pretty well.  A year later the same person invited me to turn a bottle stopper.  After that I was hooked on wood turning.  I purchased a midi lathe and set to work learning the art of wood turning. I also joined the East Texas Wood Turners Club of Tyler.  Like most folks I started with pens, bottle stoppers and small bowls.  After a few months I  moved up to a full size lathe and began turning out larger items.
At some point I was invited to take part in a local craft fair and I was gratified to find that people liked my work enough to pay money for my turnings.

Most of the wood I use comes from trees in the local area which have been brought down in storms, taken down by home owners or just died of some cause.  I will purchase unusual woods from time to time that cannot be sourced in the local ares.

I think there is something almost magical in being able to take a chunk of nondescript wood and turning into a thing of beauty.     Wood turning is a never ending process of trial, error and learning. I intend to continue wood turning as long as health, age and the Lord allow me too.

Casey Kieth and Rachel Williams: Casey Kieth and Rachel Williams are a husband and wife artist team who churn out some extremely fun portraits. They cover a wide variety of people from all walks of life. From celebrities to babies and everyone in between, they capture the essence of life in a moment and put onto canvas. They both will create custom commission pieces from a family photograph. 

Art by Rachel Williams
Art by Casey Kieth Williams

Aly Winningham: Aly Winningham’s Terra Firma Studios is a collaboration of glass, metal, kinetics, love, expression and frequently obsession. Aly’s journey as an artist has given her the opportunity to embellish a wide range of settings with the beauty of custom installed mosaic art. In Aly’s colorful studio she transforms her fixations into mosaic wall hangings, ceramic sculptures, mobiles and other creations both large and small for her fellow wayfarers to ogle. 

Totem mosaics by Aly Winningham