Patti Randle – Oil Painter

Carmen interviews oil painter Patti Randle in her home studio. Art was always part of Patti’s life. As a young girl, Patti would draw whatever was around her: the border collie that was her best friend, the rabbits her parents bought for her and her sister, the family car, her parents. When her younger sister came along, she drew her.
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Her father was an avid amateur painter who eventually became an accomplished oil painter of animals and landscapes. As a teenager, Patti and her father would set up easels and paint together. She learned a lot, she says, from her father’s encouragement, criticism, and love for art… and from his advice on life. “Do what you love,” he would tell her. And she loved painting.

She found a passion for painting people, for she says each one has a story to tell. The hardest part in any painting, Patti says, is knowing when to step away, to call a painting finished. “They are never finished but at some point each painting has said all it must say. If I were to paint them the next year, they might have a different story to tell.”  Today she describes her art as intense creativity.

Patti first showed her art at Fort Worth Arts Goggle, a show that stretches along twenty blocks in the heart of Southside Fort Worth, just south of downtown and in an eclectic emerging residential and commercial area that encourages and inspires art and artists. She was sponsored by various restaurants in Arts Goggle for three years. When she decided to retire from accounting and moved to Middle Tennessee to be close to her family, she found Spring Hill Art Walk and has participated in that event for three years. It was during that first show that her daughter met Nancy Hilgert, who eventually invited Patti to become a member of Women Artists of Middle Tennessee.
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Grant Cooley – Artist and Illustrator

Carmen heads to Grant Cooley’s home studio to talk with him about his artwork. When asked to describe his work he replies, “My work, whether I knew it or not, has always been focused on the spaces in Between; the Realms between Light and Shadow. Through primarily Figurative images, I continue to explore this vista and hope to bring Beauty to the Corrupt and Connection to the Ethereal.”

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Chris Teague – Graphic Artist

In this interview, Carmen sits down to talk with Chris Teague, a graphic artist living in Murfreesboro, TN. Chris is an illustrator and graphic artisty originally from Nashville who specializes in creating custom images utilizing sharp linework and vivid tones. He works primarily in Adobe Photoshop and Clip Studio for creating his digital illustrations.

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Valentine Adams – Metal Artist

Valentine “Lee” Adams takes castaway metal objects and composes them into meaningful art pieces that people can connect with. Per Lee, he is “fascinated and motivated by the interconnection of found metal objects that have potential to capture spirit and energy”. If you have an opportunity, visit the Brentwood library where you will see one of his pieces (a bench) located by the entryway of the library.

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Tammy O’Connor, Glass Artist

Carmen Bellos, co-founder of the Great Lesser Known, had the great opportunity to interview Tammy O’Conner in her glass studio.

Tammy was initially inspired by her uncle, and followed in his footsteps as a professional photographer. To that end, she studied design, color and composition at the Art Institute of Atlanta, graduating with a degree in photography. Though intrigued by playing with light and composition, the medium did not feel like a fit. Later, she was introduced to stained glass and found that she still was able to play with light and color and that is when she found her place.

Tammy has worked with glass since 1985 and has twice been awarded the James C. Whitney Memorial Scholarship by the American Glass Guild. You can learn more about Tammy and her work at her website,

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Nancy Hilgert – Visual Fine Artist and Founder of The Great Lesser Known

The Great >< Lesser Known is celebrating their first year anniversary of establishing the website and initiating interviews with local Middle Tennessee artists.  Nancy Hilgert, the visionary, founder, and co-creator of this endeavor, has been a major inspiration for artists and artist lovers alike.

Carmen Bellos, a co-founder of The Great Lesser Known had the pleasure of interviewing Nancy Hilgert.

Nancy Hilgert was born in Washington, DC and raised in Northern Virginia. She was fortunate to have art classes throughout her entire education, choosing the Art and Architecture Department at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville for her BFA double major in Drawing and Studio Art.

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Leslie Haines – Graphic Designer, Artist, and Professor

Carmen interviews Leslie Haines in her home/studio in Nashville, TN. Leslie is a graphic designer, artist, college professor, and evangelist for orange. She has created work for universities, hospitals, country musicians, and film production companies, among others. She has won several ADDY excellence awards along with as slew of other recognitions and awards. Currently she spends time training the next generation of designers while still moving forward with her own works of art.

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Katie Gonzalez – Book Artist

Katie GonzalezCarmen Bellos, a Co-founder of The Great Lesser Known had the great opportunity to interview Katie Gonzalez. Katie Gonzalez is a book artist who studied her craft in Cortona Italy. Her work channels traditional handcrafting techniques into bright, contemporary books that emphasize textures, colors, and patterns that become long lasting and functional works of art. Katie shares her love and expertise of bookbinding by offering classes and workshops in the Middle Tennessee area.

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Interview – Samantha Ornellas

Samantha OrnellasCarmen Bellos sits down to talk with Samantha Ornellas.

Samantha was born in Cape Town, South Africa.  She came to Nashville by way of her husband who signed with a record label.  With the craziness of touring and life on the road she did not have the desire or time to paint. She did find a burst of creative energy when she became pregnant with her first child. That’s when she painted a handful of paintings.


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Interview – Jackie Cheuvront

jackieCIn this video, Carmen talks with Jackie Cheuvront. Cheuvront was born in Merida, Mexico and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. An emerging acrylic artist, Cheuvront began painting at the age of 5, refining her love of color theory and illustration. Cheuvront’s acrylic illustrations, with dark backgrounds and bright pops of color, that look reminiscent of retro sci-fi film posters and horror pop art. Her artwork is influenced by the murals Diego Rivera and graphic novels. Currently, you can see Cheuvront’s work at art festivals in the Nashville, TN area. She currently lives and works in rural Fairview, TN.

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