Posts Tagged ‘american folk artist’

~ Artist Profile: Folk Artist, Lisa Hilliker

Friday, July 13th, 2012

You may have become very familiar with the work of talented folk artist Lisa Hilliker over the years at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. Her style is loved by many around the USA, especially within the folk art community. Let’s learn a little bit more about today’s featured artist: Lisa Hilliker.

Growing up and living in rural Vermont for most of her life, Lisa has learned to appreciate all the natural beauty and abundant wildlife this great New England state has to offer. Those of you who are fans of her work can clearly see where her inspiration draws from. Lisa began creating art as a child and was influenced by two maternal figures. Both her mother and grandmother were very artistic, becoming Lisa’s earliest teachers/mentors; her grandmother was an 8th grade art teacher. Lisa was determined to accomplish her goals at an early age and actually sold her first piece of art at age 14. The simplicity of North East Vermont is beautifully depicted in our Green Rabbit Print, shown here to the left. Lazily stretched out in a green meadow, this black and white rabbit will add country grace to your walls and is perfect to display any time of year. Framed in black, you might also enjoy this rabbits companion, our Red Rabbit Print. Featuring the same painted image in reverse, with a contrasting red background. The Rabbit Prints, by this artist are available at only $49.95 during our made in the USA sale this summer.

For a piece of framed art that is more whimsical in nature, consider our Penny Cat Print, pictured here to the left. Originally painted by none other than Lisa Hilliker, this print is available in your choice of a gray cat (shown) or a bright orange tabby cat.  The golden background provides a nice contrast to the black and white check border that frames the image. The large cat enjoys a day by the cheerful red, orange and blue penny flowers in the foreground. We are happy to share that the Penny Cat Print, also proudly made here in the USA, is on sale now for $79.95 this summer.

Lisa Hilliker works primarily with acrylics and finishes her paintings with an antiquing process; which provides a protective varnish as well. Today she continues to live and work in Vermont and likes to keep things simple. One way she does that is with her favorite cat, her muse, always by her side. It is said that all of her animals have proved good models over the years. Perhaps the gray kitty pictured above is drawn from Lisa’s real life? Enjoying the company of her husband, Brent, who now works full time with Lisa in her studio; they have two children together, Nate and Emma.

It should also be noted that fellow Vermonter and well known, accomplished artist Warren Kimble is a source of inspiration and motivation for Lisa too. They share a love for using barn board and painting on old antique wood slabs. First sanding, followed by applying a base coat, makes a great medium on which to paint on; especially rural landscapes, folk art characters and old-fashioned country themes.

Thank you Lisa for providing us with amazing folk art to share with our customers. Your art and life accomplishments thus far are impressive and we wish you all the best. For more items at SYW showcasing the work of Lisa Hilliker, click here.

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~ Artist Profile: Bonnie Fisher

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Over the last year at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we have been adding to our collection of framed prints with the help of artist Bonnie Fisher. With two more recent additions from her, for the summer 2012 catalog, we felt now was the perfect opportunity to learn a little bit more about this talented folk artist. Let’s take a look.

Pictured here to the left is our Bennington Flag Barn Print. The detail and ‘ode to summertime living is beautifully captured in this American made print by artist Bonnie Fisher. Showcase your patriotic spirit on a living room or bedroom wall, with this unique, yet subtly familiar, country farmstead.  An old ‘76 American flag with a colonial inspired arch star pattern, still hangs proudly on the old barn with muted red roof. This giclee, texture finished print is ideal for summertime wall decor, though is perfect to hang anytime of year.

As with most of Bonnie Fisher’s framed prints at SYW, the print is framed in a distinctive, three-dimensional, black wooden “floater” frame. The floater frames offer a chance for the collector of Bonnie Fisher, to display the prints in a pairing, or larger grouping on their wall. Also new for summer, is our Mail Pouch Barn Print; which is presented in a complimenting, vertical design. Both of these additions to the Bonnie Fisher collection, are now on sale for $79.95 during our made in the USA promotion.

About the Artist

Bonnie Fisher always had a passion for art, painting and in particular, the use of watercolor. “Watercolor has been my favorite medium since high school, when I used to drive out to farms and paint in the car on weekends,” she recalls. She studied at Moore College of Art in Pennsylvania and graduated with a major in in Illustration with a minor in Fine Art. After completing her B.F.A., she would go on to work as a freelance illustrator and watercolor artist for over 25 years.

Her work can me found in a number of art galleries and has been featured in several art shows around the country. Bonnie’s rural country paintings have been adapted to other mediums such as calendars, books and greeting cards. Other hobbies include bird watching, gardening and caring for her many pets. Bonnie enjoys working from home where her workspace provides both creativity and inspiration. “I try to express my appreciation for God’s creations and love for the world in my work,” Bonnie says about her love for the surrounding environment. Bonnie’s artwork is highly recognizable in the folk art and Americana art community. She appreciates the stillness of farm life and captures the beauty of such places throughout all seasons. The above print is entitled, Old Willow Print and depicts an early spring day of cows grazing in front of a large, weeping Willow Tree. This framed print is on sale now for $69.95 during our made in the USA sale, all this summer at SYW.

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