Karen Anderson finds herself continually challenged and fascinated by watercolor. The landscapes of Minnesota’s North Shore are her inspiration. “My paintings are an attempt to understand God by trying to capture the beauty in nature,” she says. Karen has also quilted and enjoyed landscape design. She finds it interesting to see how concepts of design apply across mediums.
Minneapolis artist and Art 4 Shelter committee member Tom Baker has been donating his artwork to Art 4 Shelter since the inaugural event nine years ago. “The simple idea of selling affordable art that in the end has a great impact on our homeless community is why I am involved,” says Tom.
Watercolor is Georgia Kandiko’s favorite medium. She also paints with acrylics, alcohol inks, and Sumi ink and creates through collage and mosaic. Georgia’s art is vibrant and bold, often drawing upon the natural environment. “I love to make many different types of art: botanical, representational, impressionistic, abstract, and photography,” she says.
Knowing since the early age of five that he would someday become an artist, Ken Moylan has been creating art his entire life. Ken’s artistic style is based in realism. His contemporary artwork is very precise, illusionistic and highly crafted. “I combine traditional techniques and materials—such as painting, sculpture, woodworking,
Kristie Bretzke is a realist oil painter and bronze sculptor. She loves both abstract and realist paintings but identifies most with figurative realist paintings. Kristie pursues a variety of meaningful themes in her art. “My work is very personal and based on emotion. I have pursued a variety of themes,
Susan Novak’s love for art began during her childhood and has continued throughout her life. “I always enjoyed drawing as a child. I majored in art in college and was fortunate to be able to make a living as a graphic designer and illustrator,” she says.
Susan works in a realistic painting style,