Welcome to the second installment of profiles on artists participating in the May 4, 5 and 6 ’Neath the Rim Studio Tour presented by the Payson Art League.
The studio tour is one of two major events presented each year by PAL. The other is the big ARToberFEST show and sale.
Artists profiled in this edition are Don Harmon, Jan Hodson, Joseph Prow, Ruth Overton and Pat Stacy.
Don Harmon was born in Newton, Iowa. He was a member of a very creative family, served in the U.S. Navy throughout the Pacific, schooled in California and entered aerospace engineering on the West Coast. He and his wife traveled the back roads of the United States, Canada and Italy.
Being exposed to so many fascinating environments — landscapes, seascapes and wildlife — processes and ideas of family, friends, associates and educators have culminated in an unbelievable education and wealth of experience. For the last 50 years he has had a burning desire to draw, paint and sculpt. His art portrays “fierce versus fragile,” “peaceful and serenity” and “those seldom seen special characteristics which reveal the essence of nature.”
Jan Hodson primarily does Western landscapes in oil solely with a palette knife. She feels the knives keep her colors cleaner. Paint quality and abstract composition are important to her. Combining these with her perception of the Western landscapes, she creates works of art that share her love of the West with those viewing her paintings.
Her work is included in private and corporate collections internationally. She is presently represented by three Wyoming galleries, and has recently exhibited in numerous national juried shows, including the Wyoming Governor’s Show at the Wyoming State Capitol.
Hodson is a past president of Payson Art League.
Joseph Prow is a new artist to the Payson Art League. He has been turning wood since high school. He worked on cabinetry with Amish craftsmen for years, which allowed him to create detail and perfection in his creations.
Mostly Prow’s work is practical and artful. Many pieces can be decorative as well as useful. The finish he uses is food grade so pieces can be used for serving food.
Ruth Overton paints oil landscapes, sunsets and florals. She takes many photos for composing her paintings.
“When my husband was alive, he said, ‘I don’t care how many pictures you take going down the highway, but I am not going to stop every time you want a picture. So, take pictures fast. I don’t care if you waste some film,’” Overton said.
Did he at least slow down?
“Not always,” Overton said. “I got quite proficient at taking pictures at 60 miles per hour.”
Emotional and peaceful canvases are painted using oil glazes.
Overton has been painting professionally for most of her adult life. She owned an art supply store and gallery in Kansas City, Mo. for 15 years and then taught painting classes for 19 years.
The artist Andrew Hamilton wrote, “The tip of your brush is the tip of your soul” — and so it is for Pat Stacy.
Her work is colorful, contemporary and abstract, primarily acrylic on canvas. In her newer work, viewers will find an Entity touched by the light of the Creator.
Stacy is a juried artist and does shows throughout Arizona as well as the Arizona Fine Arts Expo each year. Her work is in the Xanadu Gallery on Main Street in Scottsdale; the Fountain Hills Artists Gallery; Artists of the Rim Gallery in Payson; and the Sedona Arts Center Gallery.
See more of her work at www.patstacy. com.