STATEMENTS FROM OUR ARTISTS: Art begins as a thought. The following comments will bring a better understanding of why artists are compelled to create.
SONJA ADKINS: "My approach to art is simple. First, search for a subject to paint, then seek out the correct medium that will lead itself to the subject. Always painting in a series, my goal is to do several works to capture the subject. After numerous pieces there may be only three or four that will be framed. I'm always struggling to improve and to learn, somtimes reaching my goal. To me the journey is the greatest joy: the process, the doing, and the completion. I'm in awe of each new day that comes my way, embracing the challenges."
KATHY BOLAND (born 1939 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a painter and printmaker from Charleston, WV. Mrs. Boland received her BFA from Marymount College (Tarrytown, NY) in 1961 and studied at the Kingston School of Art (London,UK) during 1958.
In 2001, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant in printmaking. More recently in 2011, she was honored by the Charleston Community Music Association for her contribution to art. Finally in 2012, she received an achievement award at the 68th Allied Artist of West Virginia Juried Exhibition Parkersburg, WV.
Mrs. Boland is known for her sketches (oil, watercolor, pastel, mixed media) and prints (etching, woodcut, monotype, dry point) of the colorful gardens and parlor of the Greenbrier Resort. Her presentation of the West Virgnia scenery is a recurrent theme, including series such as "The Road Home" and "The Grand Dames of Charleston".
Painting by: Sonja Adkins Painting by: Kathy Boland