SUSAN LEGGETT: Growing up with an artist mother, Susan was drawn to the creative process as a child, but pursued a practical business career, winding up in real estate investment and development. Only after retiring did she start to explore the world of art, first studying art history and art at Cleveland State University and subsequently earning a Masters degree in Art History and Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
She jumped into oil painting in an intensive summer workshop offered by the Cleveland Institute of Art. Hooked on the process of painting, she has taken many classes with various artists in Northeast Ohio. She is the illustrator of Mischievous Mimi Explores Seabrook Island, a children’s book released July, 2014.
The Lowcountry of South Carolina is now her home and many of her paintings reflect historic Charleston and natural surroundings. Her styles range from whimsical and folksy to semi-realism. Regardless of the medium, color is a predominant feature.
ROBERT LEFEVRE: Bob started taking private art lessons at the age of nine under the encouragement of his ninth grade teachers. He was enrolled into what now has become a famous teaching atelier in Ridgewood, NJ. Here, at this very early age, he was trained in the "academic" way that built his drawing and perceptual skills, by drawing an endless array of plaster busts in charcoal. This was followed by the introduction to oils, painting still life subjects monochromatically and eventually in color (sounds like lots of fun for a kid approaching puberty!!) He stayed interested and focused because he loved the art of creation.
Bob has always had a true love for the water always living or vacationing near the ocean. At the age of 18 he took a painting lesson from a retired sea captain on Cape Cod, Mass. where he painted a large clipper ship. It was at this time that his love for, and desire to paint marine art started.
After 33 years as a business man with Procter and Gamble, Pepsico and as owner of The United States Playing Card Co., Bob retired at the age of 55 to persue his true passion...painting!
He immediately enrolled in the Art Academy of Cincinnati taking life drawing classes for over 8 years while at the same time teaching art to a talented group of young teenagers.
He continues to hold weekly oil painting classes at his home on Seabrook Island and regularly offers drawing and oil painting demonstrations through the Seabrook Island Artists Guild.
He exhibits at the Seabrook Lake House.
To see many more of Bob's work go to his on-line gallery at: www.lefevrepaintings.com.
DONNA LEFEVRE: Several years ago Donna was taught the craft of glass beading on flatware serving pieces. Since then she has taken this fun hobby to new levels by using only the highest grade stainless steal flatware, sourcing new, exciting and colorful glass beads of all sizes and shape and adding small pewter thematic characters to many pieces. In addition, she sources, from around the world, ceramic serving pieces with colorful and thematic elements that she marries with her beaded flatware.
TINA MAYLAND:Tina is a native Charlestonian for whom the Lowcountry of South Carolina is as close to paradise as any place on earth. Returning home after 30 years of a high-tech career that took her to Atlanta, DC and New Jersey as VP of Marketing for AT&T, Tina “rewired” from her all-consuming corporate life and began her “encore career” as a full-time artist. Tina explains her motivation to become a painter: "My grandparents owned a plantation on Wadmalaw Island, just outside of Charleston. As a child, I built tree forts in live oak trees, played in the pluff mud of the marshes, and galloped my horse through Lowcountry forests. Capturing the essence of that landscape in my art is a way of recapturing the joy of my youth."
Tina’s artwork is represented by the Wells Gallery at The Sanctuary at Kiawah She teaches oil painting at the Kiawah Island Resort and is a member of the Charleston Artist Guild (serving on its Board of Directors for four years) and the Seabrook Island Artist Guild. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Middleton Place Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Seabrook Island POA. Tina has studied oils and pastels domestically and in France, Italy, England and the Caribbean under numerous regionally and nationally-known artists. A recovering workaholic, she is reveling in her "rewired" life. Says Tina, "I'm testament to the fact that you-can-go-home-again and that the post-career stage can be the most fulfilling!"
LAUREN SMITH-NAGEL: Lauren had a full time career in the behavioral health field. In 2013 she returned to her childhood interest, art. Her initial exploration was with encaustic painting, but now, most of her work is oil and cold wax. She is drawn to expressive, abstract landscape painting and the use of color. Although her main home is in Greenville, SC, her home on Seabrook Island and it's beautiful surroundings, has inspired much of her work. The low country's marshes, estuaries, ocean and beaches are a main part of inspiration. It is this love for nature that inspires her to create. She has taken many art classes and workshops over the last few years exploring different mediums, techniques and materials.
SALLIE SYDNOR: Education Eckerd College – B.A., 1971; Texas Christian University, M.Ed., 1973. Sallie rediscovered art after teaching special education in the public schools and raising three children. She began persuing a lifelong desire to learn to paint by attending art classes and workshops frequently. She has studied at the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, The Lynchburg Art Club, the Lynchburg Academy of the Arts, Springmaid Art Workshops in SC, and the Nimrod Hall Summer Arts Program in Bath County, Va. Her instructors in Lynchburg have included Rosalie Day White, Bertha Crockett, Edith Smith, and Ron Boehmer. Other instructors have been Laura Loe, Fielding Archer, Andy Bality, Curney Nuffer, John Morgan, Henry Isaacs, Albert Handell, Judi Betts, Alex Powers, Skip Lawrence, and Fran Larsen. Galleries and shows. Riverviews Artist Co-op, Lynchburg Art Club, Isabella's Italian Trattoria, Lynchburg Humane Society, Pearson Cancer Treatment Center Current work. Sallie continues to work in oil, with varied subjects including still life, landscapes and figures. A relatively new direction is collage using mixed media. Update. Since retiring recently, Walker and Sallie are spending more time in SeaBrook Island, SC, at their condo in Bohicket Marina. Sallie is enjoying painting the abundant subject matter in the area, and has recently become a member of the Seabrook Island Artist Guild.
tion for her work. She exhibits at Carolina Clay Gallery located in Freshfield Village near Seabrook.
PAT VAN DE GRAAF: Pat usually does etchings as her primary medium but loves to do watercolors also. She went to The Art Student's League in NYC, Syracuse University and University of Bridgeport, Conn. receiving a BFA in Printmaking with a minor in Art History. Her work can be found in the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery on East Bay St. in Charleston.