April 23, 2015


All we are saying is………..

                                          GIVE PEACE A CHANCE………..


Pablo Picasso has said, that ”Often while reading a book, one feels that the author would have preferred to paint rather than write. One can sense the pleasure he derives from describing a landscape or a person as if he were painting what he is saying, because deep in his heart he would have preferred to use brushes and color.”

Artist Shanna Kunz is a woman who has chosen to speak with paintbrushes and oils as her voice!  

First of all, hers is one of sharing by experience. The diversity of her contemporary western American landscapes is rooted in her being planted as a naturalist at a young age. Shanna seeks balance in nature, within herself, and her artwork.  The three applications that are instrumental to Kunz in achieving her goal of connectivity are consciousness, composition and communication. I believe these are evident in her thematic decisions, attention to detail, the deliberate performances of mood, light and color, the contrast of subtleness and complexity and her emotional investments of her encounters of the land, trees and water.


In her piece “Evanescence”, you see nature mirrored in the water, a reflection of itself. Spatial relationship and distance give this painting depth and dimension; from the water, to land, over the tree tops, above the hill, to the mountain top and up to the sky………. yes, the sky revealing the time of day like a watchmaker using shadow and light as hours and minutes. Evanescence is the condition of transition, in time, in the seasons and in life. Now let me transition to another piece of Shanna’s, titled “Liz’s Cattails”.


The foreground of this painting spotlights the cattails by its position up close, the star feature in this show of nature, as they stand in contrast to the landscape behind them in Utah. Enjoy the uncomplicated beauty they add to the landscape, but don’t be fooled….. they are important producers to our environment. Cattails-“Typha” are often among the first wetland plants to colonize areas of newly exposed wet mud, with their abundant wind-dispersed seeds. They are typically eaten by wetland animals, such as the muskrat, which may also use them to construct feeding platforms and dens. Birds like to use the seed hairs as nest lining. Ah! Natural recycling!

Collectors and admirers of Shanna’s work inevitably express a feeling of peacefulness and tranquility when viewing and purchasing her work. I certainly concur! The deft way she applies her oils in layers and “pushes the color and value” in her compositions is also striking in her other new pieces, such as, Azure Afternoon”,


"Sapphire Shadows” ,”Bend in the Stream “and “Autumn Stirs”.  When you come in to see her work, you will see her mission; to continue studying the landscape, bringing her closer to an honest translation-of both soul and land- and to continue a lifelong effort to communicate the emotional connection she feels with her environment.  We feel it too! At Lovetts, we are so glad that Shanna shares the sentiment of Picasso and chooses to describe landscapes with brushes and color. Thank you Shanna!





     Raven Sawyer

April 16, 2015


 ARTIST JODY LYLE, “WORKS ……….BRINGING OUT THE SECRETS OF NATURE AND APPLYING THEM FOR THE HAPPINESS OF MAN.” Rather for the happiness of women in her case! Unless, of course, it is the happiness it brings the man to see her wearing it or purchasing it for her!

What does this artist create, to bring us the happiness of which I speak?



Fusion Jewelry.

Jody merges the different elements of nature into a union of personal adornment. Jewelry has always been a part of human culture. Jewels were produced from any kind of materials that were available-stones, animal skins, feathers, plants, bones, shells, wood, and natural made semi-precious materials such as obsidian. As the time went on, advancing technology enabled artisans to start taming metals and precious gems into works of art that influenced entire cultures and many modern jewelry styles. However, even with all the advancements of metallurgy and gem processing, the purpose of wearing jewelry always remained the same: they enabled the wearer to express themselves non-verbally, showcase wealth, rank, political and religious affiliation or affections toward someone. This enabled jewelry to become timeless, and a target for constant development and refinement.

Lyle incorporates her devotion for creation, innovation, and cultural heritage. Parallel with personal discovery and disclosure, Jody’s heart and goals are in her commitment to art and exploration of fusion jewelry.

The results of Jody’s merging work have brought several new pieces to the Gallery and I am excited to tell you about them! One is the “Obsidian and Orange Sapphire Forged Necklace”.


 The Obsidian, carved and polished, set in a hand forged Argentium sterling silver pendant with a sterling silver chain and a pop of color with the natural orange sapphire infused into the design, is a beautiful collaboration of the artist and nature. Another piece, “Black and White Necklace”, Jody has set the dramatic stone of dendrite opal on a black and silver backdrop.


Dendrite opal is an enigmatic and otherworldly looking stone due to its nature. A perfect white color and ghostly branch-like crystals gives it this reputation. The manganese oxide, which is the black part of the stone, is an excellent balance to the white. The contrasting colors of black and white, makes it very versatile to many types of clothing.

Jody applies many designs to her metalwork as well as using a diverse choice of stones.

Jasper, RjasperSiberian Jade, S. JadeGreen Sapphire,Green-Sapphire-Rough

Tiger Eye, Tigers-eye-dPurple and Black Onyx, Black Onyx

and Blue (Chinese) Turquoise, to name a few! Her new work includes rings, pendant necklaces and earrings.

Please treat yourself to the works of Bainbridge Island, Washington, Fusion Jewelry artist,

Jody Lyle!

Thanks Jody for bringing out the secrets of nature and applying them for our happiness!!




A footnote….not only does Jody create fusion, but so does the Earth, from which she works. Volcanic glass is amorphous (uncrystallized) product of rapidly cooling magma. Like all types of glass, it is a state of matter, intermediate between the close-packed, highly ordered array of a crystal and the highly disordered array of gas. Obsidian is a volcanic glass.                                                                                           

By the way…. If you see my husband, tell him I really want the Siberian Jade,


set with the woven bezel. It matches my eyes!

Raven Sawyer

April 10, 2015


Artist Kristan Le, softly tells us stories with her oils. I imagine the respectful tone of her voice as she relates to times in the past…. experiences not forgotten. The environments and the people of her native country as they go about their everyday customs of living are instilled in her like an artist etching. Like any good book, there are chapters.

Vietnam. It was the year 1975. Saigon fell and Kristan’s family fled. She was a little girl at that time. Some of her earliest memories consist of observing her father, sketching trees and buildings, during breaks at the restaurant he opened in San Diego.(He was an architect in Vietnam). Watching him get absorbed in this creative world birthed a love of art in her.

She turns the pages and we see “Sunlight on the Mekong” and “Quiet Morning Hue”. The water, the landscapes, the people and the boats. The motion of living; one in brightness and light and the other in calm shades of grays and blues. 




Writing with her paint brush, she imparts mood into her figurative works, as well as a wide variety of other genres she enjoys. Her artistic mission is applicable to all her paintings: to apprehend the genuineness and authenticity of the moment.

Kristan is open-minded when it comes to inspiration: Straightforward, esoteric or maybe no explanation at all in regards to subject, composition, settings and images---but in all commonality----feeling an emotional connection to her chosen subject. Le says, “I try to understand what is there visually and emotionally. And if I can capture both essences, then that is a successful painting to me.”

You certainly see in her work, such high standards and proof of success. “Braids” and “Arrangement of Plums” are beautiful, reflective, and meditative.




 Her choice of colors…picture perfect. “Sunlit”…a fitting title to describe a painting she has done of a horse standing in the sunshine, but each time I look at it the more I realized the horse was only part of the whole as Kristan wonderfully executed an in-depth study of  full exposure sunlight to the entire painting. Brilliant!


A story told has an ending…..but not this one. Kristan has many more chapters to paint and we will look forward as she continues to share her life and talent with us. Nothing compares to seeing these oils in person, so I hope you will come in the Gallery and indulge yourself!!


Raven Sawyer

March 13, 2015


I’m not referring to the music composers, popular since the 70’s, but the renowned clay composer, Wyandot potter, Jamie Zane Smith. Jamie’s sculptural expertise is evident once again, such as his piece “Head of the River Double Wall”.


He continues to design and carve his own stamps of shape and subject for serial patterning and textural imagery.  

Zane 5

The stamps content is an original rendering of ancient mound-builder copper plate design. In this piece he has used raptor imagery (bird of prey). The repetition of the design represents cyclical symmetry. The shape of the vessel itself is circular. All these elements together give it flow and movement…..and honor to his ancestors! The raptor pattern, likewise adorns his piece “Head of the River Plate”.


In honor to the Maple tree, Jamie has created a large platter named “Maple Bridge”. 
His stamping and design work covers the front and the back of this piece, which depicts the growth patterns of the Maple tree.


The wooden stand is made from Maple wood; a great detail. The Maple tree has ancient cosmological significance and ancestral importance and is the head of the phratry (clan) for its sweet sap, then and now. 

“Head of the River Kettle” is another work of Jamie’s that shows his beautiful art of stamping. He creates his own colors and this vessel well displays graceful form and texture with the contrast of large and small patterns.



Not only learning and evolving new techniques in creating Wyandot pottery, Jamie Zane Smith is the type of person who purposes to learn and evolve in his personal life. This is an artist/man who feels deeply connected to what he does. Those indigenous roots have not only guided him…..they have grown in him abundantly.

Glad you are part of the Earth Jamie!

And a part of Lovetts!


Raven Sawyer

March 11, 2015


Artist Josh George has been known to have affection for these activities, as most of us have experienced as well. A very human experience! Our lives are a collage, as we are a composite of our many experiences, past and present, with its attending pain and joys. Dimensional by all the layering of these elements, making us colorful and glued together ( some of us are a little less hinged!)  A quick collage of Josh George shows us a man of many interests in life and the drive to seek them out.


He moved from New York (a previous source of subject matter) to Virginia.    

He now enjoys a bigger studio that enables him to do larger pieces. Rural living in an antique dwelling makes him happy with the simple life. But the rest of this story is far more complex. His art story. His approach is narrative, not in words, but in emotion. Josh starts with wood panel as his working surface. Next is the placement of paper which can include wallpaper, wine bottle labels or whatever he may deem pertinent to his subject matter. He then paints with acrylics in dark and rich colors, followed by oils over the entire surface with a varnish glaze for a happy ending.

He has a realistic expression to the form of his people, leaning, turned, off-centered (in a good way) and angular. His characters are extremely demonstrative, but can leave you with a sense of mystery! Dominate in George’s art is “domesticity”; be it in his architecture or his figures and I think this is a strong pull in relating to his work.


How wonderful to see how colorful real life is when you stand back and look. Thanks Josh!

Curious about the bats in his paintings?...One of the impactful things of living in Richmond for George is the bats. “I do a lot of bat paintings because I’m fascinated by them-never saw one in N.Y.!

We certainly agree with him! They are really smart and beautiful creatures. A few visit our home often! Movies have unfairly characterized these little fellows. Still curious… go to BATZILLATHEBAT


Editor’s note:

                Collage-French term “colle’”-to glue. This term was coined by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th Century when collage became a distinctive part of Modern Art. With influences from the Synthetic Cubist Period and other artists like Matisse, who expressed emotion with intense color, one can see these beautiful talents in Josh Georges work! Check out “Kissy Bat”, “Rough Enough to Tie One On”, “Honeyed Pie”, or “Point Adaption” and you’ll see what I mean!


“I Know What Has Been Given To You” has sold, but is still hanging in the gallery at present. Come in and see it before it flies out the door “like a bat out of hell!” (sorry, I couldn't resist!)

Raven Sawyer