Gifts of the Spirit, Palmer Creative Artists’ Community

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Patricia A. Hinojosa

About the Artist

Born and raised in Mexico City, Patricia Hinojosa’s interest in arts was stimulated by the many Mexican folkarts she experienced during elementary school. These still provide many of her motifs. She was introducedto formal art instruction in water color painting and calligraphy while working on a bachelors’ degree in pianoperformance at the former Dominican College in Houston. In her early artist career, she was a private pianoteacher and a professional calligrapher. Later on she developed an interest in textile art while creating a numberof liturgical vestments. In recent years this has evolved into her passion for art quilts. Most of her pieces incorporatereligious themes with hints of folk art. In September, 2010 her “Craft and Soul” art quilt was awarded3rd place by the H.E.R.E Project Quilt Contest at Rice University.


Kaytee U. Esser

About The Artist

Kaytee Esser is an award-winning painter whose studio works examine both the sensuality and richly variedtexture of relationships. She connects with each of her subjects on a deeply personal level, capturing theiressence and translating it to canvas. The interplay between line, light and color illuminates the spirit of hersubjects as they relate to their surroundings and each other.Esser’s portraiture is in the style of contemporary realism -creating a different palette and approach to therepresentation of people. The interplay of hard and soft line coupled with the intimately subtle variations of skintone adds dimension to the subject as if standing there in front of you.Esser was raised in Pennsylvania, and holds a B.F.A. in painting from Kutztown University, PA. She isan accomplished Archeological illustrator and has taught in public schools and colleges in and around NorthCarolina and the Hilton Head Art Academy. Esser also teaches workshops in animal and people Portraiture,watercolor, oils, pastels, calligraphy and drawing.


Fran Wallis

About the Artist

Born in 1949 in Massachusetts, Fran Wallis is a contemporary fine artist working in the medium of watercolor,photography and primarily, digital fine art. She pursued a degree in Interior Design from the University of theIncarnate Word in San Antonio, from 1979 to 1982. After a watercolor class at the River Tree Arts center inKennebunk, Maine in the summer of 2009 and a class later that fall called “The Creative Call – An ArtistsResponse to the Way of the Spirit” offered by her church, Palmer Memorial Episcopal, her passion for paintingand art was rekindled. Her work was first exhibited at the Epiphany Art Show, in May of 2010. Recently, shewas commissioned for 12 pieces of art for the Palmer Nursery and Preschool. She currently lives in Houstonwith her husband and daughter.


Jackie Crawford

About the Artist

Jacquelyn showed interest in drawing and painting from a young age, and attended private art classes as achild and adolescent. While working ultimately towards a D.D.S. from University of Texas, she maintained herpassion for art, intermittently taking studio courses at UH, the Houston Art League, and the Glassell School.Presently, she practices dentistry part time and studies painting at Glassell. Her work has been accepted intojuried shows, including Glassell student shows, the WAS-H 2005 International Show, the WAS-H 2005 MembershipShow, and the WAS-H Exhibit at the J. Wayne Stark University Center Galleries at Texas A&M University.Many of her works are found in private collections.


Kelly Bourgeois

About the Artist

I began painting with oils on canvas at the age of 11 and selling my paintings in Corpus Christi, TX at the ageof 13. Later I attended the University of Texas, Austin receiving a liberal arts degree from Plan II and completedmy M.D. degree at UT Houston, and residency training at Tulane. I have worked as a physician in Houstonwhile raising a family, but always maintained my passion for art and studied at the Houston Museum of FineArts Glassell School of Art. My current interests range from photography, three dimensional paper collages,and oil paintings to tile mosaics. I believe art should be ever evolving , and enjoy exploring different mediumswhile experimenting in visual interpretations of senses, emotions, and the world around us.


Sherry Byrd

About the Artist

My interest in art was awakened when I signed on with “The Creative Call” class at Palmer Memorial EpiscopalChurch in Fall of 2009. I began painting on canvas with acrylics around Christmas 2009. I have taken onepainting course at Houston Baptist University. My work has appeared in several showings since then. In one ofour Sunday school rooms at Palmer I painted a huge wall mural depicting my view of the Garden of Eden.

Randal Byrd

About the Artist

Former Memphis blues recording session player, Randal works mostly with acrylics on canvas, with an occasionalforay into ink on paper.


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