Epiphany Artist Bios
Several artists from Epiphany, Houston, are featured in the new EDOT Gallery. Learn more about the artists below:
Carol Andrews Jensen
Master Craftsman photographer Carol Andrews loves to create the magic of a photograph. Over the last 20 years, her award–winning photographs have included exhibitions at Photokina in Cologne, Germany; Disney’s EPCOT theme park and the International Masters Loan Collection of the Professional Photographers of America.
Her work has been acquired by the Sherman Hines Museum in Nova Scotia, Canada. She was inducted into Cameracraftsmen of America, an international photographic society of which there are only 40 members, and was only the fourth woman in the society’s 95-year history to be admitted. She teaches and judges photography and art internationally and has taught as a creative-uses consultant for Fuji, Polaroid and Citra Solv.
“I enjoy expressing beauty and my love for life through a camera and sharing the images and stories with others. I show people what love looks like.”
Carol Andrews has a large body of work in this show and will be present for the September 15 reception and available for group tours and/ or a program by appointment.
Currently Director of Media Studies at HSPVA in Houston, Texas, David Waddell earned his M.F.A. in painting from American University in Washington D.C. and his B.F.A. in Studio Art at The University of Texas, Austin, TX. Recent awards include 2010 Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, Florida/ 2009-10 Lawndale Residency, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX/ 2007 Biddle Award, American University. Waddell has shown at Lawndale Art Center, Fotofest Headquarters, Aurora Picture Show, Gavin Brown Enterprise, the Katzen Arts Center, the Arlington Art Center, and the Delaware Center of Contemporary Art among others.
National wildlife refuges are Paula Dittrick’s favorite places where she practices award-winning bird photography and sometimes takes macro shots of flowers or bugs. Her hope is that the photographs convey a sense of wonder and promote stewardship for the untamed. The photos are reflections of joyful, perishable moments--divine gifts intended to be shared with others. 2011 third-place winner of Brazoria and San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge category in Texas Mid-Coast NWR photo contest; 2008 second-place winner of same category, same contest.
“While primarily a jewelry artist, I have recently been stepping out of that box. As an artist, I try to remain open, willing, always listening and discerning how I am being called to use the gifts I have been given. My inspiration comes from a higher source. I am a faithful co-creator.” Nancy Denmark has designed and crafted many bishop’s pectoral crosses and commemorative pieces for ECW, Community of Hope, and churches. Her commissions have included making pectoral crosses for four of our own bishops, Bishop Doyle (2008), Bishop Harrison (2006), Bishop High (2003), and Bishop Alard (1995). Nancy is well known for her extensive line of Christian symbol jewelry.
Nancy Denmark will have a showing of her jewelry on both reception nights.
Wood artist, Margaret Bailey, finds inspiration in the quote “God rides the lame horse, God carves the rotten wood.” She handcrafts wood crosses, nativities and symbols by carefully choosing and studying the unique grains, knots, and features of each piece of wood. Margaret allows the journey of the wood, to lead her to what she will make from it. Her pieces are all sanded to a silky smooth finish adding a soothing tactile experience to the visual beauty of her work.
Margaret Bailey will have an expanded showing of her work on both reception nights.
“I have been interested in drawing and painting from the time I was a teenager. I was encouraged early in my marriage by my husband who came home one day and announced that he had signed me up for a painting class with a local artist, and presented me with the materials required for the class. Over the years I have taken classes in Toronto and Houston and have enjoyed trying out my creative impulses while working as a nurse and raising our family.”
In response to the formation of a local ECVA chapter, Nancy Denmark led a book study at Epiphany. The subject was the mind of the artist as co-creator with God. “We were encouraged to pursue and share this part of our sensibilities and lives. My participation in the study group led me back to painting again. I had long wanted to learn about painting with watercolors and started classes in 2008 at the Artists Alliance of Sugar Land after I retired. I am especially drawn to observing and rendering the created world in my paintings, working in oils, acrylics, pastel and watercolor. I exhibited my watercolor and acrylic paintings in 2010 and 2011 at Town Center in Sugar Land with the Sugar Land Area Artists group.”
Well-known in Galveston for his tropical paintings, David Avery paints imaginative and vibrantly colored tropical flora and seascape scenes in his own contemporary style with special blends of color and form.
Paul E. Martin founded Urban Architecture in 1973 and has been active in forging new perspectives for the practice of architecture in Texas. Urban Architecture led the design community in the development of the Houston West End "tin houses." Martin’s architectural subject matter in his photographs reflects his career as an architect.
After a long history of painting, Shirlee Bumpass is excited to be finding time and energy to paint again. The Epiphany community looks forward to seeing what comes from her new inspiration to paint.