Artists

Emily Andress

Emily T Andress graduated from William Woods University in 1979 with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art with concentrations in printmaking and painting. Early on in her career, Emily chose the path of printmaking and developed a style recognizable as her own. Utilizing plenty of negative space, vivid color, and black line, the work proved to be popular in the US and abroad providing a good living for 25 years. Feeling uninspired by a style that had changed very little since the mid-80s, Emily took a hiatus from printmaking and worked towards finding her style in oil painting. Drawn to the innovations in art that happened in turn of the century Paris, Emily traveled there to become inspired by the voices from another time. In particular, the uniqueness of Modigliani and the color use of the fauvists and German expressionists proved to be the inspiration to find that new identifying style. Recently she has been working with master painters to bring deeper meaning to her work. By including her line work from her printmaking days into her paintings, Emily’s style is, once again, instantly recognizable as her own. Emily’s work has been shown nationally and internationally in group and solo shows. She looks forward to another month long residency in Ireland and also one in Paris in 2017.
Recent Achievements:
  • Chosen as an ArtPop Billboard Artist
  • Chosen as an Arts and Science Council CSA Artist
  • Partner of Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC
  • Best in Show MHFA Spring Juried Show 2016
  • First Place MHFA Fall Juried Show 2016
  • Best in Show Ellington-White Juried Show Spring 2016
  • Appointed to the ASC Advisory Council for the Cultural Sector
  • Olive Stack Gallery Artist in Residence, Listowel, Ireland August 2017 Artist in Residence, Paris France September 2017
  • Public Art Commission for Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries in collaboration with Jonathan Grauel
Notable Corporate Collectors:
  • Walt Disney World Corporation, FL
  • Armstrong Flooring, PA
  • AmerisourceBergen, NC
  • Corel Corporation, Canada
  • Hue Forest Entertainment, NC
  • Clariant Corporation, NC
  • Amerisource Bergen Corporation, NC
  • UPIC Health Corporation, Washington DC
  • The Center for Facial Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery, NC
  • BMG Music, London
  • Private Collectors from the US, UK, Germany, Ireland, and Canada

Jean Cauthen

Jean grew up in Naples, Italy, New Orleans and the Carolinas.  She
completed her education with an MFA  (Painting and Drawing) at James Madison University in Virginia.
Her art career has led her to Moscow, Russia as a set designer and she regularly returns to Italy (sometimes with students).
Jean returns to Ireland in 2017 for a residency and to teach a workshop/
When not working plein-air, she creates large-scale paintings in her
studio near Charlotte, NC.

This year her work was featured in many venues:

  • Hickory Museum of Art
  • Telfair Museum in Savannah
  • Carolina’s Got Art exhibition at Elder Gallery, Charlotte NC,
  •  The Passions of Italy, NYC
  • Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

Recent awards:

  • Best-In-Show, Ciel Gallery Exhibit, “Build”
  •  First Place in the National Still Life Competition at the Bascom Museum in  Highlands, NC,
  •  Best Quick Paint at the Piedmont Plein Air Paint Out
  •  Second Place, Savannah GA Paint Out.
  •  “In The Light of Day” is visible on a very large scale as a Charlotte ARTPOP!  Billboard winner.

Jean is represented at Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC


Lillie Morris

The desire to express herself artistically has been unrelenting in Lillie Morris’ life. A native of Augusta, GA, her serious pursuit of art began in the early ‘70’s at Augusta College and she has continued her art education through books, workshops, networking with fellow artists and travel. Lillie devotes herself full-time to her creative endeavors and conducts workshops of her own.

Lillie enjoys working in mixed media collage, acrylic and more recently cold wax and encaustic. Her collage paintings contain elements as diverse as lines from poems, fragments of nature, newspaper, sheet music, prepared papers and all manner of ephemera, arranged into conceptually layered compositions. Her love of texture can easily be noted in her paintings, which often feature highly manipulated surfaces.

Being a native Georgian, Lillie is inspired by the landscape, waterways and history of the Piedmont region. She also has an intense interest in Ireland, a country she has visited annually since 2000. Lillie has enjoyed four art residencies in Co. Kerry Ireland two at Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, located in the southwest of Ireland in Co. Kerry (2006 and 2009) and two as artist-in-residence at Olive Stack Gallery in Listowel, Co. Kerry (2016 & 2017)

In addition to visual art, Lillie is passionate about Irish traditional music and Irish literature. She enjoys playing the fiddle and has studied with some of today’s finest traditional Irish fiddlers. Ireland, it’s literature and its’ music are continual sources of inspiration and their influence is often reflected in her artwork.

Lillie and her husband Bill currently reside near Augusta, GA on a farm located in rural Columbia County.

Recent Honors

Art Residency, Olive Stack Gallery, Listowel, Co. Kerry Ireland 2016 & 2017

Corporate Collections

  • University Hospital, Augusta, GA
  • Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC, Evans GA
  • Columbia County Government Center, Evans, GA
  • Bank of America Office of Judge Carl Roper
  • Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA
  • Farmers and Merchants Bank, Martinez, GA
  • Seanchai Literary Center, Listowel, Co. Kerry Ireland

Diane Pike

Diane Pike was born in Iowa, and moved to Boulder, Colorado at an early age. Boulder was home for 50 years until the Lake Norman area of North Carolina became her residence in late 2008. Diane graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1975 with a focus on graphic design and printmaking. She took her first painting class in 2002, learning the Henry Hensche tradition –The Art of Color Seeing–studying the effect that light has on color. It is this approach that fuels Diane’s paintings and infuses them with saturated color and abstract shapes.

Diane paints full-time and teaches painting classes at Ciel Gallery in Charlotte. Diane also teaches several workshops a year—Texas, New Mexico, Alaska, North Carolina and Ireland have been recent workshop locations. She is a Signature Member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Colorado and a member of the Piedmont Pastel Society in North Carolina.


Mireille Swinnen

Mireille SWINNEN is Belgian by nationality but has lived overseas all her adult life.  She currently is back to her studio in Belgium where she has offered mosaic workshops since 2006.  Besides teaching trips to the US West Coast and East Coast, every year, Mireille organizes international workshops for her students in Venice, Spilimbergo, Rome or France (Paray-le-Monial) bringing much-needed foreign exposure and new techniques to her most dedicated students.  Her “River of Smalti” workshops in the US are hugely popular

Over the past few years, Mireille has specialized in animal and human portraits in the preferred medium of her choice, smalti.  Her work has been selected for various shows and exhibits, SAMA Chicago, SAMA Seattle, the yearly exhibit in Paray-le-Monial and multiple private exhibitions.  On the basis her mosaic work, Mireille was appointed as the 2014 Artist in Residence at the Museum of Glass,.  She won Member’s Choice Award at the SAMA conference in Philadelphia.

Mireille is a proud and celebrated member of SAMA and CMA.  More of her work and articles on her views can be found on the respective websites.


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