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Ashley Banfield

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Ashley Banfield

Richmond Texas

Medium:  Student Artist- Multiple Mediums

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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.

Kenneth Haley

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Kenneth Haley

Simonton,  Texas

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Medium:  Painter-Impressionist, & Abstract

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Artist Bio:

Kenneth Haley began his art career at the age of 10. As he recalls, he was always drawing something. Often, lacking paper, Ken would draw on any surface available – including, at one point, a white car in the parking lot of the local drug store – in pencil, of course.

Ken was drafted into the Army in 1967. He was deployed to Saigon, Vietnam in January 1968 during what is now known as the Tet offensive. After serving one and a half years as a tank mechanic, the military, recognizing Kenneth’s artistic talents, re-assigned him to be a combat artist. His job included documenting the activities of the Military Police in various assignments, such as escorting military convoys, guarding prisoners as well as other law enforcement activities. As Kenneth puts it, he had a 45 on his right hip, a camera slung around his neck, a sketchpad in his left hand and a paintbrush in his right hand.

After being accepted as a combat artist, Ken served his remaining six months documenting the war through his artist’s perspective. He was required to produce at least one painting each week depicting the war effort. Interestingly, Kenneth’s artwork, being government property, has never been displayed publicly and is presumed to have simply disappeared into the fabric of time.

Following his military service, Kenneth was accepted into a four-year program at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he received his formal artistic training. He graduated with a “split major” in Graphic Arts and Fine Arts and received his BFA. During his last year at the Art Institute, Kenneth interned as a graphic artist for a local television station in Kansas City. After graduation his internship became his first full-time job as a professional graphic artist.

On a blind date, Kenneth met and subsequently married the love of his life, Faith. With his wife Faith by his side, Kenneth went on to serve in the missionary field where he honed his artistic skills throughout his travels.

Following his missions work, Kenneth returned to Houston, where he developed his painting skill set into a successful house painting business. Having presently logged forty-two years of marriage, Kenneth and Faith are quick to brag on their three remarkable sons and their five incredible grandchildren. Now retired from operating his contracting business, Kenneth has resumed his artistic pursuits and the stirring of his training and talent.

Presently, Kenneth enjoys working in a number of mediums, including, oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pen and ink.

Artist Statement or Philosophy:

Art is a gift. The Creator is the greatest artist, having created everything. The gift that I have in art is from the Creator. Through art, I have an opportunity to draw focus to a portion of what I see within His creation. My desire is to reveal a reflection of His works.

My passion is to create art that is enjoyable. I like to create art that is alive and brings life to others; art that is pleasing to the viewer and that will draw an emotional response and moves the viewer in some way. Art should tell a story in the same way as a good book. It should draw the viewer in as if they had painted it themselves.

I am inspired by remarkable details and treasures hidden within the landscapes, by different seasons, different times of the day, and the peace and tranquility of the setting. I also believe that an artist can capture that same sense through a variety of styles. Ultimately, my hope would be that the viewer would have that same feeling as I did as I painted it.

Alleh Seya Hawk

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Alleh Seya Hawk

Richmond, Texas

Medium: Portraits in Charcoal, Pastel and Watercolor

Custom Portraits available

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Artist Bio

Born in South Dakota and raised as a global citizen (Air Force brat), Alleh Seya Hawk studied at Syracuse University, School of Visual and Performing Arts. She has spent over 20 years traveling and working as a Teaching Artist and Community Arts Advocate. The proud mother of one child, she is currently residing with family in Texas where she is very active in the local community; misses the state of Oregon and continues to refine her work as an illustrator, portrait artist and freelance graphic designer.

Artist Statement-I very much enjoy excavating and revitalizing the essence of my latest muse – whether that’s a person, place or thing. I want to hear the story, reflect the spirit, record the existence, celebrate the revival and be a part of the regeneration process.

In my work with kids, we explore the role of art in history, while developing an artistic “voice” to tell our stories, reflect our imagination and future dreams. In my work as a community arts advocate, it’s very similar. In both cases, Art becomes a bridge between the past, present and future; the real and unreal — expressing and reflecting the stories that would otherwise remain silent or risk being forgotten.

Sometimes my role as an artist or advocate is nothing more than to bear witness, listen and record; while other times it’s more active: to encourage, question and engage. In all cases, the story being told, taking shape or emerging is always at the center, being explored, discovered and shared.

I am moved by the communication of those stories around me; by history and creative narratives hidden everywhere, awaiting discovery and birth.

As an artist, that’s what hooked me — and why I continue to work, live and play in the field of “Visual Communication”.