Meet the professional artists for this year’s heart2heart event! Their art pieces will be available in the live auction at the event on Saturday, May 15th.
Anna Dickson moved to the Birmingham area ten years ago with her husband and three children to help plant Christ Church PCA in Trussville. Though she is a North Carolina native, this move was a bit of a homecoming, bringing her closer to her alma mater, Auburn University. After working as a Registered Nurse and raising her three children, Anna is now enjoying the artistic journey. She has always loved creativity, but in recent years painting has become the focus of her creative expression. Anna is inspired by the beauty of color, shape, texture, and their relationship to one another. These elements come together in her soft abstract style, through which you can expect a gentle flow, subtle movement, and softness with surprising hints of boldness. Anna considers it a true gift to bring joy to others through her art!
“From the first moment I met Daniel Logan, I was struck by his energetic personality and joy. Whether he was painting his favorite characters or talking about the things he loves to do, his excitement was contagious. Daniel Logan described his perfect day as, “A warm summer day or a cloudy day, having pizza for breakfast and spending the day playing in the creek at my Papa’s house.” I wanted to capture the simplicity and wonder of his “perfect day” with a warm summer sky and an inviting creek. It was such a joy to create this with DL in mind and it reminded me to embrace the “simple wonders” the Lord gives us every day.“
Anne Howell Corhern, a Mississippi native, cultivated a love of drawing while young and turned her artistic skills into an architecture career. While in architecture school, Anne took her only painting class, “Watercoloring for Architects,” which introduced her to the possibilities of watercolor. Throughout her career, while managing commercial and educational design projects, Anne taught herself watercoloring on the side, eventually turning to painting more often as she reduced her work load to raise her daughter and son.
Drawn to the interplay of light and shadow in faces and landscapes, Anne works primarily in watercolor for its luminosity, transparency, and fineness of color. Anne also works in oils and in pen and ink, preferring the saturation of oil paint for landscapes, while reserving the precision of pen and ink for many of her architectural renderings of homes, churches, and other buildings.
Anne and her family have lived in the Birmingham area for almost a decade and now call Vestavia Hills home.
“Wearing his uniform, having just come from one of the first games of his season, Mikey arrived to paint full of excitement and energy. As we talked about baseball, he drew then painted a batter ready to knock in the game winning run. In creating my piece, I wanted to capture the similarities between a baseball game and Mikey’s journey through cancer. From a green bat to his pink cheeks to the grass stain on his knee, I wanted my player to convey the sense of youthful excitement and the delight in a game well-played. His gaze is focused on the ball contemplating the last out or the game-winning run. The ultimate victory has occurred, a win.“
Tessa Glass is a native of Houston, Texas but now calls Birmingham home. While the University of Alabama brought her here, she could not imagine her life anywhere else. While serving as a brand director during the day, she deeply enjoys working creatively almost 24/7. Having always had a passion for the relationship and space between emotion and reality, she believes abstract art bridges the “gap” between the two. Tessa paints out of a response to her adoration for the way God commissioned the story of her life. She believes that when we step back from the mess, we often find a dance of figures, scribbles, and colors that form a story more beautiful than we could have planned for ourselves.
“Working with Abigail was such a lovely experience. She immediately jumped right into creating her piece— she was eager to learn and used almost every color in the rainbow. Abigail was absolutely full of joy the entire day, making my job pretty much effortless. Her love and energy was infectious which is something I really wanted to capture in my piece titled “Hope”. After getting the opportunity to meet Abigail and her sweet family I felt as though the word “hope” was present not only in our conversations but in their story. Rainbows so often represent this, which is why I wanted to include a variety of colors in this piece. The white abstract overlay is used to represent comfort and protection offered in Christ. By wrapping itself around the color it communicates the deep love that The Lord has for his children and that there is always hope peeking through.“
Leslie Nunnelly’s art journey began when her children were in high school. Having always enjoyed the creative process, she joined a small painting group on a whim and has never looked back. Her preferred medium is oil paint, but enjoys working with acrylic, watercolor and inks as well. Inspired by elements of nature, a conversation, color, interior design and textiles, she formed Leslie Nunnelly Art LLC in December of 2015. This is also the home of her textile company, Cocoon Silk Ribbon, which specializes in creating silk ribbons and table décor mainly for weddings, using a natural dyeing process.
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Leslie has lived in several different cities, eventually calling Birmingham home in 1979. She is married to her husband, Mark, and together they have four children and five grandchildren. She hopes to inspire her grandchildren with a love for the arts and looks forward to the day when they can all paint together in her home studio.
“My piece, entitled “Bubbly”, was inspired by Lauren’s love of both swimming and blowing bubbles. I had a lot of fun creating it! It’s colorful, fun and happy, just like Lauren! It was an honor for me to meet such a wonderfully courageous young girl!“
Andrew G. Lee is a full-time professional wildlife and sporting artist, inspired by the beauty and culture of the southeastern United States. Andrew works in a wide range of fine art mediums and blurs the lines between artist and artisan as he features his artwork on his handmade lifestyle goods and entertaining wares using fine woods and leathers, as well as his line of custom stationery paper goods. Andrew Lee operates his one-man fine art business, Andrew Lee Design, from his home studio in his hometown of Auburn, Alabama. Alongside his beautiful wife, Whitney, he is a proud father raising two young sons (and two sweet dogs) and is immensely grateful to be able to live out his God-given calling as an artist to reflect the beauty of creation in the work he undertakes.
“Robert is a cheerful, energetic, optimistic boy with a fire in his eye to enjoy life. In getting to know Robert, one of the things that Robert missed the most but looked forward to equally as much was the opportunity to swim in Lake Martin again. That struck a chord with me seeing as that’s one of my favorite places on earth, and I wanted to incorporate that somehow. When it came time to paint together, Robert had already decided on painting a tiger and he was very intentional about what he wanted to include in his painting. When it came time to paint a separate piece to depict Robert, I carried on with the theme of a tiger. And what better way to depict optimism and the feeling of looking ahead and swimming past the hardships of something like cancer than a bold, vibrant tiger cutting through the waters of Lake Martin? It’s my hope that this painting is well-loved and becomes a true force for healing and to the glory of God for pediatric cancer patients and their families.“