Hummingbird Art Centre would like to thank the artists who have contributed to its success.
Amos Ferguson (born c.1920 – 2009) was a house painter by profession who began painting when he was a boy. He received a vision from God in a dream; God told him to paint the beauty of His world, to celebrate the Bible and nature, and to show off his native Bahamas. Amos followed God’s commands and had been painting prolifically for many years. Amos Ferguson claimed to, “Paint by Faith, Not by Sight.” He did not paint what he saw, but what he dreamed. Amos’s subjects include Biblical scenes, nature motifs, and scenes of everyday Bahamian life, including the festival Junkanoo.
His paintings are bold and bright, comprised of colorful shapes and patterns, making them charming, fun, and uplifting, Amos’s use of color and imagery speaks of his lush tropical surroundings in the Bahamas. Ferguson used lush enamel house paint on cardboard, creating a beautiful shiny and smooth paint skin in his artwork.
Amos has become a well-known artist in his country as well as others, and there is a museum in Nassau dedicated to his works. His work was
Arnie attended the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, courtesy of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act (better known as the G. I. Bill) and, until 2005, was an art instructor at Oliver Ames High School in Easton, Massachusetts, a position which he held for 27 years.
His passion for painting has developed over the past several years. Since retiring he has taught landscape and abstract painting at various locations in Boston and on Cape Cod through Northeastern University’s Graduate Institute in Education. He has exhibited his work at myriad locations, including a recent show at the Pearl Street Gallery and the Gallery at Spencer Lofts in Chelsea, Massachusetts; the Footlight Club in Boston; and the Yellow Barn Gallery in Glen Echo, Maryland. During 2010 he was a partner at Gallery 31 on Cape Cod. His work was most recently displayed in the Atrium Gallery at the new federal court house at Fort Point Channel in Boston, Massachusetts.
He has studied under the direction of accomplished landscape painters David Lussier and William St. George. He has also worked extensively at a number of locales, including Elbow Cay, Tilghman Island, Monterey and Tenants Harbor, with Walt Bartman, the nationally-recognized director of the Yellow Barn Gallery and a frequent visitor to Elbow Cay.
Arnie works en plein air, painting largely in oil on location at dawn or dusk, when the sun’s interaction with his subject matter is at its most dramatic. Arnie adheres to the old adage that “light is the bringer of beauty,” and his work reflects a strong emphasis on the interplay of light, shape and color, and a devotion to impressionism. “Chasing the light” best describes Arnie’s paintings; “the natural elements and my paints combine to reward me with lasting memories.”
Artist Statement: Like Turner and Rothko, an artist should be a visionary… Similarly, the Italian master Giorgio Morandi is quoted as saying; ”The only reason to be an artist is to give us a new way of seeing.”
In my forty years of painting, I have always kept that idea in my head. Painting has become a bridge to understanding.
I know what compels me to paint is color. Color energizes my soul. It is the dessert for my eyes. My work speaks of color and the emotional experience found in its relationships. It is the poetry of my vision. Color underlies feeling. Just as a trumpet announces a parade, so does color. For the viewer, it pulsates internally. I share that feeling every time I paint.
My philosophical point of view about color is that; “The color I see is made by the color I just saw. Color is very complex, it is a relationship, not a single color. So painting is always in constant change with every additional color. Color is a challenge to work with and I have always accepted that challenge enthusiastically.
In painting, my mind is captivated to express what I see, and what I see is what I realize my mind lets me see.
My paintings reflect my interest in communicating with the viewer what I am experiencing at that moment. When Leonardo said; “It is the invisible that needs to be found, not the visible.” I was intrigued by the realization that the clues to understanding the invisible are in the visible. Though my search is for an abstract understanding, my own synthesis of experience is conveyed in the spiritual properties of my paint.
An artist is like a great orator. For the orator, it is not only what you say, but how you say it. For the artist, it is in the construction of the idea where the feeling is achieved. I put an importance on building my thoughts with paint as the medium. It is the process that takes precedence. Accepting that artists can give us thoughts or instigate thoughts, I have attempted to add that dimension of understanding to my work.
My most successful work demonstrates my sensitivity to the moment, and the freshness of thought captured by my brush. It is the poetry in the paint.
My work is an assemblage of visual experiences and subjects over a period of time. Everything is in change. Each work has a distinct response and is a unique personal interpretation. As a life’s work, my paintings are about my search to express my response to the subject and situation. Many of the paintings are from life, though the some of the work is completed in the studio.
Ask Brigitte Bowyer how long she’s been painting, and she’ll tell you that she doodled on her high chair and later was punished in school for drawing in her text books.
The artist was educated in Germany as a graphic designer, “although I really always wanted to be a painter, and study at the famed Sorbonne in Paris.” But the protective father of this only child found Paris in the 60’s too dangerous for his little daughter and told her that she should study something more practical then painting “pictures”. He did later relent, and organized a very successful large solo show for her in her home town.
Art school was a wonderful experience nevertheless; graphic design would always be a passion. The training in this trade has stood her in good stead over the years, as well as helps the artist paint well prepared watercolours.
Brigitte left Germany in 1966 to come to the United States, and lived in Ohio for 13 years. The mother of 2 active young daughters badly needed an outlet for her creative energies then, and began exploring watercolour – and was hooked immediately. She now says that for another 40 years if she could. Wet-on- wet means the paper is wet, one drop of paint blooms and creates wonderful images all over – this artist likes to live on the edge, and loves to make these happy accidents happen.
Painters such as the great Edgar Whitney, Rex Brandt, Ray Loos and Don Dennis were Brigitte’s teachers. She says one learns as much from fellow students as from any teacher, and as a teacher herself, “one ought to really pay one’s students for the insights learned.” The artist then spent 10 years on Hilton Head Island, painting South Carolina’s mysterious Low Country, before moving to her husband’s native country, The Bahamas. Now she lives and works on a peaceful island in the beautiful Abacos. Her timeless impressions of her adopted country are evidence of her deep appreciation for these island’s transparently turquoise seas and vibrant tropical colours.
Ms. Bowyer’s unusual landscapes, seascapes, and sketches are on display in many banks, hotels and corporate institutions as well as in countless private homes all over the world. Such collectors include, among others, novelist Pat Conroy and Mr. and Mrs. Sean Connery. Brigitte has been commissioned to paint as many as 50 paintings at one time for such clients as hotels and interior designers. She also has won over 70 awards for her work— among them many First and Best of Show prizes.
This artist has conducted watercolour workshops and taught private classes in Europe, The United States and The Bahamas.
Tripp Harrison was raised in South Florida and there developed a love for the tropical beauty of warm climates. At the age of nineteen, while attending business school in Atlanta, he discovered a passion for painting and began to pursue it as a career.
The paintings by Tripp Harrison reflect a quality of peacefulness. Tripp originally focused on the coastal areas of the United States including Pawleys Island, South Carolina and Miami’s Biscayne Bay. Working diligently, he developed a style that conveyed a kind of serenity that would become his signature in artwork. Introduced to the Bahamas in the eighties, his work began to incorporate the lush tropical foliage and the brightly colored houses dotting the landscapes of places such as Hope Town, Harbour Island and Man-O-War Cay. Tripp quite simply fell in love with the Bahamas. Like many others attracted to tropical areas, Tripp senses a calmness about the islands that calls him back time and again to gather new subject matter. The quality of artwork by Tripp Harrison is unfailing. Coupled with his creative ability to capture the beauty and the romance of nature, Tripp has demonstrated a relentless pursuit for excellence in everything he has attempted. His work reflects an extraordinary power of observation. The subtlest nuances of light and color are captured on canvas by an analytical eye and sensitive imagination.
Tripp’s love and talent for art was kindled in his early teens by his beloved grandfather, Frank Tarlowski, who emigrated from Europe to become a noted American artist. Tripp’s study of the life and work of Andrew Wyeth has also been a strong influence. Tripp credits hard work and perseverance for his abilities but also a keen eye and a constant study of things around him.
Tripp resides with his wife Kathleen and their two children in historic St. Augustine.
Androo Carey is a Bahamian born graphic artist and illustrator that currently lives in London in the UK.
He is inspired by sea creatures, Bahamian and ancient history, mysticism, psychedelic art and popular culture.
Androo likes making detailed, allegorical illustrations. He uses these illustrations to create screen prints.
CAVE OF THE JAGUA is Androo’s first solo art show. This collection of original screen prints and drawings is loosely inspired by Antonio Stevens-Arroyo’s book with the same title. The show explores Androo’s interest in the Lucayan indians – the original inhabitants of The Bahamas.
Guy E. Mathany was born and raised along the shore of Lake Huron in Sarnia, Ontario. He attended the University of Western Ontario and George Brown College in Toronto. In 1979 he moved back to Sarnia and began a career owning and operating a Dental Studio. Guy has won many awards for his paintings, including honourable mentions as a finalistin the Artist Magazine’s dream studio competition. Guy has also been commissioned by the Breast Cancer Society of Canada and the UWO Children’s Hospital for pieces to grace the cover of their nationally distributed Christmas card campaigns. He has participated in in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and has various selected collections belonging to high profile international industries across Canada. He moved to British Columbia in 2013 and spends time painting aboard his sailboat Miss Ellie along with his wife Louise Mathany. Together they raised two grown children.
Susan Abbott graduated Summa Cum Laude with an BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1972, and two years later received a MFA from the Institute’s Hoffberger School of Painting, with Grace Hartigan as her advisor. She went on to study printmaking in the graduate program at the University of Iowa under Professor Mauricio Lasansky.
Susan Abbott has been working as a professional artist since that time, exhibiting in galleries and museums around the country. Her work has been featured at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Museum of Technology, Hood College, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her painting was featured in the show “Objects of Personal Significance”, which toured museums around the United States. She has had numerous one person shows of her large-scale watercolor still life paintings and oil landscapes. She has been a recipient of a Maryland Art Council “Individual Artist Award” and a Vermont Arts Council “Creation Grant”.
Articles and reviews about Susan Abbott’s paintings have appeared in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, Washington Times, Baltimore Sun, Washingtonian Magazine, Museum and Arts Magazine, Vermont Life, American Artist Magazine, Watercolor USA, and Artist’s Magazine.
The art critic for the Washington Post commented about Susan Abbott’s painting, “There simply aren’t many watercolorists in America who can match her level of expertise. What makes her painting so interesting, however, is the peculiar tension between the dazzling display of skill and the underlying idea.” Gerrit Henry wrote in a catalogue essay, “Each of her sublimely everyday epics is executed on a gargantuan scale…these paintings have a grave and gracious contemporary import.” Sarah Ban Breathnach, in her best-selling book “Simple Abundance” wrote, “Susan Abbott is an extraordinary artistwho creates panoramic paintings that are breathtaking in their exquisite detail. Like a brilliant photographer, her arrangements seize a moment in time to dazzling effect.”
In addition to her career as an exhibiting painter, Ms. Abbott conducts art workshops in France, Italy, Spain, India, and sites in the United States. She lives in northern Vermont.
Eléonore (Léo) Devillers’ art is driven by fine details, unusual angles, color, movement, and contrast. Her work has been showcased in galleries and commissioned by collectors from different countries.
A soft pastel artist, Léo finds the medium gives her a wide range of textures, light, shadow, and depth. While her focus is pastels, she sometimes mixes mediums and works in watercolors.
Each piece is carefully crafted in her studio by the sea in The Bahamas. Léo’s enthusiasm for creating art with meaning and raw emotion is evident in her work.
Born in Bordeaux, France, Léo began studying and creating art as a child. She grew up riding horses and drawing. She moved to the United States at the age of 18 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
After graduating, Léo toured the country as a rodeo entertainer with a Brahma bull she named ‘Rambo’. The bull was trick-trained and the pair was a featured act in the show.
Léo never stopped creating art. She returned to University to earn a Master’s Degree in The Arts of Education and became a high school teacher for two years before moving to The Bahamas and opening Trikk Pony Stables in 2002.
Kim Rody-Kopp has been a professional fine art painter since 2000, when she dropped out of the corporate world to paint full time. She began gaining a following in South Florida and the Bahama Islands by painting large, colorful and dramatic canvases of fish, turtles, palm trees, and all things tropical, and became known over the last decade as the “fishartista”.
Living on her boat in Hope Town Harbour in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas, she met and married the sailor on the next mooring, who introduced her to sailing on the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as a log cabin outside of Asheville, NC. Now she paints mountains and trees in the summer in Fairview, and fish and turtles in the winter in the Bahamas.
Her work is appealing to clients looking for a dramatic, bright, and colorful feel which pulls the viewer in and under, into the world I love best, and that few enjoy first-hand.
Born in Nassau (The Bahamas) in 1967, Ritchie Eyma grew up in Haiti in a household where two of his maternal uncles were involved in the arts: one was a ceramist and the other was enrolled at L’Academie des Beaux-Arts. The various artistic activities around him soon began to influence him so much so that the National Art Gallery and the Galerie d’Art Nader in Port-au-Prince became his favourite hangouts.
His first attempts at creating art were stenciled comic books characters with his coloured pencils. Then came those watercolors that bore the mark of a fruitful imagination and the influence of local Haitian artists. When he moved back to Nassau, his art teacher at C.C. Sweeting Senior High introduced him to oils and acrylics. After passing his G.C.E. ‘A Level’ art exam, oil became his medium of choice.
During the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Ritchie exhibited his work at the Central Bank of the Bahamas Annual Art Exhibition and Competition. He also participated in numerous shows of the Longbranch Artists and Artisans Exhibition. In 2003, the inaugural exhibition of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, one of his acrylic paintings “Fort Hill Houses” was accepted. His first major show was the Minnis Family Exhibition in November 2005 where he exhibited twelve of his oil paintings along with his wife Roshanne, Nicole and Eddie Minnis.
A blend of impressionism and realism, Ritchie’s work often reflects the influences that shaped his childhood. While the subject matter is taken from Bahamian life, there is often this special touch which reminds the viewer of his Haitian roots. These days he paints from the studio he shares with his wife in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. His original paintings and art prints can be found in local galleries and private collections in England, Jamaica, and the United States.
As a contemporary impressionist painter, I am constantly drawn to light. Nature’s unique colors, harmonies and contrasts offer a visual feast that I love to capture in artwork. I gather most of my ideas by painting outdoors. On location there is no time to second-guess choices, so the resulting brush strokes convey a sense of immediacy and vitality. My studio paintings are a chance to work larger, while retaining the freshness of painting “plein-air”. Planning first, with sketches and reference, lets me paint freely in the final artwork. Many clients tell me of their own memories that my paintings evoke for them. As an artist, I feel so fortunate to be able to share my visual joy of our natural world.
Christine Lashley studied as a teen in Paris at the Parsons Art Institute and the Sorbonne, continuing on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. She worked for several years in the fashion industry in Europe, then as a muralist and graphic designer, but turned her interest to fine art soon thereafter. Christine’s paintings have been shown nationally and internationally, and continue to win top awards. With numerous works in private and corporate collections such as: Sprint/Nextel, HydroGeoLogic, and The Archdiocese of Washington, DC; her work has also been featured in: American Artist Magazine, The Washington Post, and Elan Magazine. A North Light Publications book: Creative Freedom, will feature two of her oils in a step-by-step demonstration.
Attila Feszt was born in Nassau in 1976 and has drawn for as long as he can remember. After an idyllic tropical childhood he moved to England where he completed his education, obtaining a BA (Hons) in History of Art & Design with Graphic Design from Manchester Metropolitan University. After he graduated in 1999 he moved back to Nassau and spent time re-establishing his Bahamian roots. He worked variously as a bartender, production assistant and deckhand and travelled as often as he could. During an extended trip back to Europe he realized he needed a lifestyle change and moved to Hope Town in late 2005 to begin the process of following his artistic dream.
His preferred medium is pen and ink and once settled in Abaco he used it to experiment with new styles. It was a source of motivation as well as a creative outlet and prompted him to show his illustrations at local art shows. A turning point came in 2007 when he began to work at Abaco T-Shirt & Design Ltd as the primary designer. This gave him an opportunity to further his graphic knowledge through screen-printing and also gave him the proficiency and confidence to explore new techniques and media.
Showing his patterns and illustrated work at the local art and crafts fairs in Abaco led to him become a part of the creative group The Abaco Island Artists. This further strengthened his belief in his work and put him in touch with the thriving art scene in Nassau.
In 2012 he exhibited at several shows including the Pink’Un Gallery as part of Fibre:Transforming Spaces, the Central Bank Exhibition and Fash|Art where he was awarded the Jackson Burnside Award for Emerging Visual Artists. He also contributed his piece ‘Ghost Move’ to the NAGB/Colina calendar ’13 inspired by Bahamian colloquialisms where it is the featured work for March.
His creative venture, mæter design, is a combination of a lifetime of learning and inspiration as well as an exciting opportunity for growth and experimentation. His inaugural solo show in Hope Town at Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre for the month of July will be the culmination of his experience so far, and above all, will be a time to immerse himself in his passion.
Qiang Huang was born and raised in Beijing China and now lives in Austin, Texas. His interest in art developed at a young age, strongly influenced by his uncle, Hong-En Huang, a professional painter and art educator. For various reasons, he was unable to attend professional art institutions, studying science and technology instead. He moved to America in 1985, obtained a Ph.D in physics in 1993, and embarked on a career in optical engineering. Meanwhile, he remained active in local art communities. To further develop his artistic skills, he attended classes and workshops. He studied with well know artists like David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Scot Burdick and Carolyn Anderson. In the summer of 2012, Qiang attended the graduate school of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and studied with well known figurative artist, Zhaoming Wu.
Qiang is a guest artist with the Putney Painters, and has painted multiple times with the modern masters of representational art, Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik. Qiang’s paintings are known for their remarkable accuracy and expressive brush strokes. He is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America.