BIO: Lauren Browning
Lauren Browning was born in Miami, Florida in 1959, but lived most of her life in the Texas Hill Country. Before becoming a full-time artist in 2007, she earned a Ph.D. in geologic sciences and worked on projects for NASA and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Lauren studied sculpture and drawing at the Southwest School of Art, but most of her artistic studies have been conducted at the private studios of professional artists she admires. Learning is a way of life for Lauren, and will always continue.
Lauren shows her work regularly in Texas, and has given numerous public lectures and stone carving demonstrations in conjunction with local museums and art organizations. Her artwork has received multiple awards, including a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as Certificates of Recognition from both the State Senate of Texas and the City of San Antonio. Recently, Lauren was selected to participate in the prestigious, five-year long Texas Contemporary Artist Series hosted by the Institute of Texan Cultures Museum in San Antonio, Texas. Lauren’s sculptures are generally collected by other Texans, but her audience has recently to other states, as well as Brazil. www.laurenbrowning.com
I continue to seek the balance between unexpected accidents and deliberate intention… and the seemingly magical transmutations that can occur. Using tar, metals, enamel paints, and other mixed media materials, the heavily applied and energetically reworked surfaces create a gritty and tactile base from which organic abstract forms appear below and above the surface. For me, the act of creating is simply about the energy of discovery.
BIO: Sandy Whitby
Sandy Whitby was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied fine art and graphic design at the Ivy School of Professional Art and Laroche College before working for several television stations, including WQED, where she was an art assistant on the “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” show. After moving to San Antonio, Sandy worked at several advertising agencies before rekindling her love for fine art. While studying with the accomplished artist Alberto Mijangos, Sandy discovered her interest in abstract painting, using texture and a sophisticated color palette as part of her signature style.
Her paintings bring the viewer into a world of textural abstraction and rich colors. They evoke a dream-like etherealism, blending abstract representations with a raw textural quality. Her late mentor and painter, Alberto Mijangos said, “Her experience as a graphic artist, her selection of color as spiritual reference, and her use of materials request my participation in her dreams of mystical geometry.” sandywhitby.com