Sarasota Pen Women Member Directory - 2020
Award winning artist – painting in Oil or Pastel.
She is inspired by the beauty and wonder of our world. Her creativity is used to share her love of nature and peaceful scenes
I was a dancer long before I became a painter. For years I danced all day with coaches and teachers, endlessly preparing for competitions, But when I stopped doing competitive dance, I attended Ringling. I had also purchased a home in South Africa but couldn't rationalize going to Ringling and owning a home in South Africa. Ringling won. I wanted to see if I could transfer my love of and talent for dance to creating with my hands. My art comes from inside and give me peace.
Marge paints what she loves. Her paintings reflect the beauty and joys of her 90+years. Her art is strong in design, rich in color, representational rather than real, often experimental and sometimes successful.(Incidentally, Marge also has a Ph.D in Chemistry.)
“Legendary artist and Art Activist Miriam Cassell is known for being ahead of her time - a forerunner and champion against injustice for over five decades. In so doing, she has made great strides for women artists who struggle to be heard and taken seriously.”-Venü Magazine/Contemporary Culture issue 41 2019
Chris Connors is primarily an oil painter. Her floral and still life paintings are in collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. “ Turning
a flat surface into a multi-dimensional object is the thrill of painting for me.”
I focus my creativity on artistic nature photography and Ikebana, the elegant art of Japanese floral design and occasionally create my own Haiku poetry. I am a teacher of the WAFU School of Ikebana and a member of Ikebana International's Sarasota Chapter.
Diana de Avila is an award-winning artist who has acquired savant syndrome and synesthesia. Her artistic gift arrived suddenly and explosively after a relapse
of multiple sclerosis and worsening traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2017. She is the subject and co-author of "Soldier, Sister, Savant" and a founding director of the Savant Artist Collective.