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We are husband/wife artists in Palm Coast, Florida. We creatively collaborate on Painting/Assemblage figurative art, incorporating whimsy, elegance, & stylization.
We’ve created a mixed media narrative art form with its own identity and style with a marked element of whimsy. The result is both contemporary and classical, “quirky” and elegant. It draws inspiration from innovators of stylization like Modigliani and continues the grand tradition of mixed media masters such as Gustav Klimt.
We have endeavored to take the techniques of figurative painting, collage and embellishment to a new level, merging them into one striking image. In effect, illustration and assemblage are fused as a harmonious unity.
The art is glazed with an acrylic over coat replacing the glass of traditional framing producing a piece that can stand on its own as frameless art (or be framed at the client’s discretion). This piece is accompanied by an original story (below) adding to its individual identity.

"Olive Green"
"Olive green is an excellent, committed teacher of English in a middle school. She arrives promptly at 7:00 a.m. and, after a day of teaching, stays till 5:00 p.m. grading papers, consulting with parents of children with special needs, and working up meticulous and innovative lesson plans for the next day. Olive usually takes work home. She lives alone in a small efficiency apartment close to the school. Coming in after dark, Olive’s routine consists of: t.v. dinner from the microwave while watching cable for thirty minutes as she eats, after which she resumes her job related home work. Olive is thirty seven years old and can almost convince herself that she has a totally fulfilling life……… Almost, but not quite. She has never had a steady relationship or even been kissed and while she is the sweetest soul one could meet, her gaunt features and shy demeanor around everyone but her students makes it improbable her situation will ever change.

Recently however, there is a flickering ray of hope in this regard. A young math teacher with a large Adam’s apple and bald head, named Elmer Bottlebottom has seemingly displayed more than casual interest, causing Olive’s heart to flutter! It just so happens that both will be chaperons at the upcoming school dance. Olive decided to be daring and went shopping for a new outfit. The hat with a flamboyant feather made her feel particularly alluring. Here sitting across the room from Elmer at the dance, she is attempting to achieve a sultry, “come hither” look in his direction. Will it reap the reward’s she desires?"

Materials used:

paint, decorative paper

"Olive Green" (2011)


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Eric & Helene Bess

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