My name is Ashley Banfield. This is my junior year at Lamar High School. Art is my number one passion. I have been drawing since elementary school. There were you-tubers I watched to draw cartoon animals in Junior High. We work with many different mediums in class. This includes acrylics, colored pencils, pastels, charcoal, pen and ink, and water colors. My favorite is water colors. This summer a group of us along with my art teacher are going to Europe. We will travel to Paris, Rome, and Italy. I cannot wait to see all of the things we have been studying in person. I am so excited. My mother has always encouraged me to follow my dreams and not let others discourage me. She is giving me the chance to do just that this summer.
Nina had always been an artist – After spending most of her childhood in England, she attended Mason Gross School of Fine Arts (Rutgers, NJ) for a BFA as well Glassell School of Fine Arts (Houston) in 1984-86 as a TA in the Printmaking Department. Nina moved to Canada in 1986 where she started her family and maintained a printmaking studio for many years as well as showing and selling in festivals and galleries throughout Canada. She also was very involved in textiles and sold her hand knit designs in several boutiques in Calgary and Edmonton.
In 1997, Nina moved back to Texas, and quit intaglio printmaking, because of the toxic solvents that were involved in plate making and clean up. She grabbed a ball point pen and started drawing in the style of pointillism. Nina has a prolific portfolio and has shown and sold her work in several large Texas festivals including the Bayou City Arts Festival, Artoberfest in Galveston, and Rockport Art Festival.
Nina has published and illustrated 2 kids books “Oh Those Curious Cats” and “The Runaway Hen” and is working on illustrating her 4th coloring book. Nina loves history and has drawn many of the architectural landmarks in Fort Bend County, Texas. She currently is “catching up for retirement” by working at a juvenile facility at LCISD.
Nina recently bought an etching (Intaglio Printmaking) press and plans to return to printmaking when she retires from her school. The components of printmaking have become so much safer in the last 20 years so Nina will be interested in teaching and demonstrating “making and printing from solar plates”. Currently, Nina has her work in several museums/gift stores in Fort Bend and maintains her studio in Richmond. Her other hobby is raising chickens as well as being passionate about helping troubled children with art.