Tamara Ender

Tamara EnderTamara grew up in West Salem WI, a small town east of  the Mississippi River.

She spent a great deal of her life with her aunt and uncle in Kenosha WI, who were artists themselves and together they would spent a great deal of time at the Art Shows and Galleries of Chicago. 

Although her dream was to become an artist, she went on to become a clinical therapist working with Trauma, yet continued to use Art as a means of healing and  another way to be creative in a mindfulness practice with clients.

Her love for travel in her 20’s brought a new experience when she discovered Diving and underwater photography. This led her to a new medium and a love for the beautiful way light and space affect a subject in a difficult and ever moving environment.

Being influenced by this and artists such as Georgia O’Keef, Norman Rockwell, Peter Max and French impressionists, she began creating a fusion in her work that reflects many of these masters. In 2015 she left her career of and followed her original dream.

Brian Proctor

Brian Proctor was born and raised in Southeast Iowa.  He was graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa, a Medical Degree from University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa , and received Psychiatric training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in Lackland AFB, Texas.  Only one of these still exists. 

After thirty years of practicing psychiatry, he has taken up pen making at the urging of his wife, Tamara Ender, and his brother, Collin Proctor.  He is looking forward to retiring someday and taking on pen making as a full time occupation and dominating the worldwide pen market.  That or having something fun to do with the grandkids on weekends.

In spite of all our electronic advancements and near complete supremacy of keyboards as the means of communication, it seems that everyone likes to have a good pen in their hands every now and then.

Steve Snyder

Steve Snyder

Steve Snyder was born and raised in Iowa. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Education. He has been a teacher, coach, and once managed a Harley Davidson Motorycyle dealership. He moved to Kyle, Texas in 2013 with his wife, Julie, who is CEO of the Kyle Chamber of Commerce. He has photographed three California governors, and presidents of four different countries, along with the AMGEN bicycle races and the 2004 Summer Olympic Trials. 

Steve enjoys landscape photography but over the last couple of years has gotten involved with some portrait photography with an emphasis on fashion and glamour. He has done senior portraits, engagement photos, along with a wide variety of special event photography.

Rebecca VanAcker

Rebecca VanAckerRebecca’s work embraces organic forms and the stories they tell. With acrylics Rebecca creates large pieces, using her own photographs of flowers and other natural curiosities. Rebecca zooms in and redraws the image on canvas. Bright paint enhances the colors she finds in her photos. Rebecca does the same with watercolors, though on smaller scales. In her ink work, Rebecca first lays down a solid block of color ink by transferring the ink from one flat surface to another. The random and organic forms left by the transfer inspire fantasy images, which Rebecca reveals with artist markers. Rebecca’s recent forays into pastels have focused on close-ups of butterflies, moths, berries, and flowers. Rebecca has also done book illustrations and character art. If you would like to see more of Rebecca’s work, please visit her website at rebeccavanacker.com

Rick Kalk

Rick Kalk

Rick Kalk has had a passion for photography for more than 40 years.  A New York area native, Rick has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since attending Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in the mid-1970’s.  He is a retired educator and he and his wife, Fran, love to travel.  Their travel adventures have taken them to all 50 States, Europe, South America, Southeast Asia and much of the Caribbean.  They are both avid SCUBA Divers.  He specializes in landscape, Macro and underwater photography.

Rob Keeney

Rob KeeneyFor Rob Keeney, photography is an extension of his deep interests in the natural and man-made worlds. These are reflected in his growing image collection of landscapes and wildlife as well as trains, railroads and other transportation themes. Rob grew up in Baltimore, Maryland where he first developed an interest in all things biological. He has a Biology degree from Furman University and soon after graduating in 1977, he got his first SLR film camera, a Minolta.

He dabbled a little with digital photography starting around 2000, but found the available cameras were too limiting for anything more serious than snapshots. In 2007 he finally jumped all-in with a Nikon DSLR and a few lenses. Rob has taken many photographs that he is proud of, but his favorites are the ones that tell a story.

Currently, Rob and his wife, Barbara live near Atlanta, Georgia and they travel extensively for both work and pleasure. His cameras and gear always travel along so he doesn’t miss many opportunities to add to his image collections. If you see him, ask him how many tripods he owns.

Chuck Jones

“Animation isn’t the illusion of life; it is life.”

In a career spanning over 60 years, Jones made more than 300 animated films, winning three Oscars as director and in 1996 an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. Among the many awards and recognitions, one of those most valued was the honorary life membership from the Directors Guild of America.

During the Golden Age of animation Jones helped bring to life many of Warner Bros. most famous characters—Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig. The list of characters he created himself includes Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian, Pepe le Pew, Michigan J. Frog and many others. He also produced, directed and wrote the screenplays for “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” a television classic, as well as the feature-length film “The Phantom Tollbooth.” In addition, Jones was a prolific artist whose work has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide.

Friz Freleng

Friz FrelengIsadore ‘Friz’ Freleng was one of the pioneers of modern animation and the creator of more than 300 cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Speedy Gonzales, Tweety Pie and most notably Yosemite Sam among other classic Looney Tunes characters for Warner Bros.

Five of his cartoons were awarded Academy Awards over a twenty-year period (winning the only Oscar for Bugs Bunny-Knighty Knight Bugs.) After leaving Warner Bros. in 1962, Freleng founded his own production company, DePatie-Freleng Enterprises where he created the Pink Panther.

Although Freleng helped give life to a menagerie of Warner Bros. characters, he became the personification of Yosemite Sam. He even admitted to serving as the inspiration for the gun-slinging, brazen Sam. “I have the same temperament,” he told the Associated Press. “I’m small, and I used to have a red mustache.” Chuck Jones said, “We would tease Friz that if he ever exploded the result would be similar to what Sam did when he was angry.”

Freleng, along with Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Robert McKimson and Tex Avery, became the driving force of Warner Bros.’ legendary Termite Terrace, the raucous, irreverent group of animators whose sly wit and technical and artistic gifts created a unique identity for Warner Bros.’ cartoon characters.

For a self-described iconoclast, Freleng was honored by some very respectable organizations: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonist’s Guild, the British Film Institute and the International Animated Film Society. In 1985 the Museum of Modern Art honored both Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones at a major film and art retrospective that set attendance records for the institution that remain unbroken 28 years later.

In 1980, Mr. Freleng returned to Warner Bros. to direct television specials and compilation features. They are 1981′s Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie, 1982′s 1001 Rabbit Tales and 1983′s Daffy Duck’s Fantastic Island. In the nearly eight years since his death (May 26, 1995), production artwork from three of his late films has continued to be sought out by discerning collectors of animation art.

Linda Haggerty

I’m a lifelong artist with a lifelong passion for the portrait.  Currently I’m exploring portraiture in a unique way by combining my love for drawing the face with my years of experience as a fashion illustrator.

Fashion illustrating was for me the art of ‘seamlessly piecing together’ various photographic elements in order to draw the figures that best portrayed my client’s clothing.  I worked from their featured merchandise and my own files of reference photos.

Now each portrait begins with and is inspired by a photograph of the face.  My client supplies this photo.  Everything else needed to complete the portrait they envisioned comes from my own files of reference photos.

‘Your vision, your portrait’ is possible because of my desire as a portrait artist, which is to utilize my unique processes to provide my clients with portraits they want to see on their walls.

My materials are watercolors, colored pencils, and India ink on Stonehenge paper bonded to foam board.  Years of blending and ‘bending’ these materials lead to techniques that enabled me to create the paintings I’d been seeing in my mind.  They had detailed figure work.  They had an overall dramatic look.  And the people in them quite simply felt alive.