In this video, Carmen visits with Dana Olson Pettit. Dana is from the Chicago suburb of Plainfield, IL, where she took an interest in drawing at the age of seven. After excelling in several art programs throughout high school, Dana ultimately decided to invest this talent at The American Academy of Art (Chicago), where she graduated with trained knowledge of Fine Art and Oil Painting in 2008. The summer of 2009 was spent in Southern France attending “Atelier Neo Medici” where she studied a unique old painting technique, known as “Technique Mixte,” under highly regarded artist, Gregory Pelizzari.
Dana now resides in Nashville, TN where she operated out of the 100 Taylor Arts Collective before ultimately moving into her home studio. Since being in Nashville, Dana successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign, curated & produced a large scale pop up gallery, teaches private art lessons, supports the Nashville Creative Group, and anxiously pursues her Jesus-based portrait series project: truth between various commissions.
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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.
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.
Carmen 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.
Carmen 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.