Studio Inspiration

Artists create in many different ways. We took a look inside the studios of some artists who share their inspiration and their work.


Painter Christine Auda in her Studio

Painter Christine Auda makes art that delights and fairly jumps off the canvas. Here she applies some final touches on one of her acrylic paintings. She says, “I’m inspired by all of life’s emotions, though I focus on the joyful and quirky parts. I love using bold color in my abstract, animal, urban and floral paintings.”

Jewelry designer Shari Both in her studio

Jewelry maker Shari Both‘s collections are filled with colorful stones, contemporary designs and textures. She explains her process. “I create my jewelry with precious and semi-precious gemstones, minerals and metals using wire wrap and fusing techniques and embellishing with cold connections.”

Lynn McAleer

Artist Lynn McAleer specializes in one of a kind pieced “fairy clothing” and other fun wearables. We asked about her technique, and she shares: “I create whimsical coats, skirts, tops and accessories from recycled sweaters, T-shirts and denim. I love fashion, crafting, the arts, and creating unique works of wearable art especially this up-cycle trend.”

Julie Lavasseur in Studio

Julie Levasseur, working at the bench on a new design, says ”I find pleasure in coordinating materials to create singular styles. Lines, forms and colors guide the evolution of each piece to their final stage. I explore and try to integrate folkloric techniques.”

Terri Einer in her studio

Painter Terri Einer celebrates that she just moved into a new studio to work on her whimsical art. What inspires her? “Subjects that carry their own little story,” she says.  “I like to quickly capture the spirit of my figure(s) or still life subject in expressive strokes and color.”

Shelley Cordes designs patterns for stitching

Shelley Cordes‘ fascinating business is creating embroidery designs for fans who love to stitch. Here, she creates a new piece on the computer. She says, “My designs speak to me through the visual stimulation of the stars and planets exploding in space or the mysterious gazing eyes of a woman with Nature blooming in the background.”

Cindy Devine in her studio

Cindy Devine concentrates on a new piece of jewelry in her studio. She talks about the process. “My work consists of cold forging, as well as traditional metalsmithing techniques such as riveting, fold forming, and soldering techniques. I like to create jewelry composed of mixed metals and gemstones.”

Emily Magone in her studio

Artist Emily Magone makes incredible abstract work in her studio. We asked “What inspires you?” She responds, “Nature, and the fact that everything and everyone is connected. The earth is amazing. Beyond words incredible. Artists, conservationists, photographers, filmmakers… we have a responsibility to capture, interpret and communicate that beauty to the rest of the world.” Nicely said!

Jody Sachs works in her studio

Jewelry designer Jody Sachs talks about her technique. “I like forming metal by hand in silver and gold, transforming them into literally ‘precious’ objects. I enjoy playing with the interaction of their shapes, to make wearable art.” She shares the inspiration for her organic designs, saying, “I grew up and now live in a wooded area. I draw my inspiration from nature and my surroundings. Sometimes it is the leaves and trees, and other times water, and underwater life forms.”

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