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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. This piece started with Eric drawing from the image of 2 little girls he was fascinated by. As he drew they morphed into a new identity.
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.

"Mauriana senses something isn’t quite right. It’s a gnawing
little “itch” inside that seems to say she originated from someplace
other than where she seems to be. The world her senses tell her
about looks solid and real enough and offers a set of rules that
provide survival and comfort if obeyed. They tell her this is the
only home she knows, the only safety she can find. They tell her
without this world she can touch, hear, taste and smell, she’s an
outcast, homeless and afraid. But the tiny whisper in her heart tells
her she’s forgotten where she came from, where she goes, and
who she really is.
Then one day she feels a gentle touch on her shoulder as if to
turn her for a closer look at this solid, reliable world in which she
feels stuck. And so she does.
She looks in a different way than she’s ever looked before.
And she notices something never before noticed. There is a fence
around the outermost perimeter of her world, and there are gaps
between the lines of this fence. She also sees she can fi t herself
through these openings!
“But what about my friends still stuck inside?” she hears herself ask.
Then she realizes that if she can get out she can get back in, and
now she knows why she found the way out. She can return and
help her loved ones to the same freedom and unlimitedness she

Materials used:

paint, decorative paper

Through The Fence (2010)


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Eric & Helene Bess

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