Artists are alphabetized by their first names.

Courage to Meet the Darkness Vision Quest – Mickey Gault

Mickey Gault

Courage to Meet the Darkness: Vision Quest | Oil/acrylic on wood and mixed media | 30”H x 24”W x 1-1/2”D

“When Barry Mangum called me to participate in this new Works of Heart he talked to me about the changing face of the AIDS crisis and how it is growing in rural areas and among marginalized communities. It is again the ancient story of losing one’s way through illness or pain and finding the courage to seek a way out of despair. Many cultures use symbols to tell this story. In the two major symbols in this painting, Raven serves as a messenger, guardian, protector or healer. The Shiprock, New Mexico site is the remains of a 27 million year old volcano and is sacred to the Navajo people. It is a place of energy and healing.”

About the artist

Mickey has been a professional sculptor and painter in Raleigh for over 30 years. Her works deal with mythical and archetypal symbols that reside in her personal history as well as the story of all peoples. This painting is the first in a new series concerning the struggles of life and the journey through them to light.

East Main – Murphy Ayala

Murphy Ayala

East Main | Oil on linen | 24” x 24”
About the artist

Based in Raleigh, NC, artist Murphy Trogdon Ayala is known for her evocative rural slice-of-life oil paintings. As a nod to her previous career in architecture, structural arrangements in the rural and urban landscape are often her choice of subject matter. Preferring to paint from life, Murphy often begins her process on site to fully engage her senses and unfurl her artistic instincts. These works take the form of small gestural paintings capturing the fabric and nature of the place, observing context with an interest in cultural underpinnings. Once back in the studio she creates larger scale works exploring the assemblage of elements such as patterns of light, shade and shadow, dominant colors or features that make a building or structure otherwise notable or identifiable.

Burning Bushes – Paul Hrusovsky

Paul Hrusovsky

Burning Bushes | Acrylic on canvas | 30”H x 30”W

“This 3-D painting was created by silk-screening metallic and interference paint onto canvas. It is part of a color field series titled What’s Around the Corner?”

About the artist

Paul Hrusovsky received a BFA, MeD, and MFA from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. He continued his post-graduate work at Washington University, St. Louis.

He showed locally at Somerhill and Tyndall Galleries as well as Craven Allen Gallery where he was acting director for many years. He has also had shows at WCU at Cullowhee, UNC at Chapel Hill, and numerous locations throughout St. Louis, Missouri. Paul was a founding member of frank gallery in Chapel Hill and for over four years maintained a working studio and retail space in downtown Chapel Hill. His works are found in numerous private and corporate collections.

Philip Lopez – Nuit Blanches

Philip Thomas Lopez

Nuit Blanches | Oil, resin, tar on panels
 | 60”H x 70”W (diptych)

Lopez has continually used many different materials and processes when creating color texture and surfaces in his artwork. Lots of activity occurs with the paint surface on panel or canvas until its completion. Overlays of metal and stone dust mixed into the paint are a few examples. A wide variety of varied thoughts and emotions shape the outcome of the work. The joining together of panels that are sometimes unrelated to make one piece has been a theme in his recent work.

About the artist

Philip Lopez was born in 1959 in Dansville, New York and has lived in North Carolina since childhood. Since 1993, he has painted and resided in rural western Wake County. He has exhibited sculpture and paintings throughout North Carolina since 1984. His work is included in corporate collections throughout the state. He has spent time in France both at La Napoule artist residency in southern France and studio time in Paris and Marnay sur Seine. Employment at the North Carolina Museum of Art since 1985 has provided years of exposure to artwork in the permanent collection and the many traveling shows featured at the museum. His work has been exhibited at Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Raleigh Fine Arts Society, Block Gallery/City of Raleigh, Tyndall Galleries, Durham Art Guild, Spencer Gallery/Chateau de la Napoule, CAMAC (Centre d’Art Marney sur Seine) among many others.

Existential Crisis (all the blood is rushing to my head) – Sean W. Byrne

Sean W. Byrne

Existential Crisis (all the blood is rushing to my head) | 18”H x 36”W | Mixed media on paper mounted on board

“In the end, we’re all just a bunch of existential cows.”

About the artist

“I am a graduate of the School of Art at East Carolina University. I’ve worked as a graphic designer, technical illustrator, and marketing manager for corporations and design firms and now work freelance. My fine art is included in corporate and private collections. I also write and illustrate for young readers, and am represented by Lara Perkins of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.”

Untitled – Stephen White
Untitled | Mixed media on wood panel | 48”H x 36”W
About the artist and his work

A native North Carolinian, Stephen White is a perennial Works of Heart favorite. The distinctive quality and execution of Stephen’s work makes it universally recognizable; Stephen is known nationally and internationally for his unique portrayals of women.

Stephen is as steeped in the Renaissance as he is a man of the South. He mines images and techniques as he reaches across centuries to bring his ideas to a contemporary audience.

He was initially inspired to paint female figures by a favorite model, Marian. She left such an impression on Stephen that he continues to paint stylized figures based on this muse. Whether working on wood panels, wooden boxes, or glass, he begins with an initial sketch, primarily to indicate the position of the texture, which is applied next. Clear acrylic is used to achieve the textures found in the hair and headpieces of his female figures. After the faces are painted in and a bit of color added, the gold is applied. Stephen uses the Byzantine technique of applying pure gold leaf in sheets to his painted figures, creating the images of beauty that have come to be known as “Stephen’s ladies”.

Stephen studied art at the Cleveland Institute of Art, has an M.F.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill, and has taught printmaking at Duke University. He is represented by Little Art Gallery in Raleigh.

Thomas Sayre – Barn 24

Thomas Sayre

Barn 24 | Roofing tar and varnish on white masonite panel with acrylic sealer | 2′ x 2′

“Barn 24 is one of the early pieces which led to White Gold, a large touring museum exhibition which began at CAM Raleigh. The Barn series depicts rural structures and, more broadly, the haunted ambiguous beauty of our southern landscape. Barns loom over our fields like sentinels, letting light in and out of cracking, sagging, wooden boards. These works live somewhere between hand and mind, between chance and control, beauty and tragedy … somewhere between dirt and sky.”

About the artist

Thomas Sayre grew up in Washington, DC in the shadow of the Washington Cathedral. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship and majored in English and studio art. He graduated in 1973, summa cum laude. He then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he was a Michigan Fellow with a three year grant from the Ford Foundation to make sculpture at the University of Michigan. In 1975, Mr. Sayre attended the Master of Fine Arts Program at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Mr. Sayre works actively as a sculptor with commissioned public work in various collections across the United States with projects in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida; Denver, Colorado; Portland and Eugene, Oregon; Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee; San Jose and Sacramento, California; Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington D. C. Internationally, the public projects have included Istanbul, Turkey; Phuket, Thailand; Hong Kong, and Calgary and Ontario, Canada.

Thomas is lucky to be married to Joan-Ellen Deck whom he met while touring as a professional musician in the rock and roll band, Dog Days. Together they have two magnificent daughters. Thomas’ recent awards include the 2012 North Carolina Award for Fine Arts and he received an honorary doctorate from NC State University in the Spring of 2014.

A documentary by Minnow Media and Southern Documentary has been created and was recently shown on PBS about the life of Thomas Sayre.

Thomas’ recent work included a large exhibition at CAM Raleigh entitled “White Gold”, which looks at the history of cotton. He also had a solo exhibition at the Cheryl Hazan Gallery in New York City entitled “Thomas Sayre: New Work”.

Dowager Countess of Blount Street – Watson Brown

Watson Brown

Dowager Countess of Blount Street | Giclée photograph | 36”H x 48”W

A photograph of the Heck-Andrews House on Blount Street in Raleigh enhanced with overlay textures to give it a painterly feel. Printed on giclée canvas. Number 1 of an edition of 20.

About the artist

Watson is a retired Senior Planner for Raleigh who now takes photos of eastern North Carolina. His images evoke strong memories of another time and are known for the moods they create through the use of overlays and unusual textures.

The only photographer to have a show in the Rotunda of the North Carolina State Capitol, he has been featured on UNC-TV, WRAL-TV5, in Garden & Gun Magazine, Eastern Living Magazine, Salt Magazine, and on numerous book and CD covers. Watson is represented by Gallery C in Raleigh.


Daybreak – Yuko Nogami Taylor

Yuko Nogami Taylor

Daybreak | Nihonga painting on Kozo wash paper on birch panel | 36”H x 36”W x 2-½”D

“This intense painting brings the life force of the earth. Using bits of oyster shells, silver flakes, aluminum, Malachite, Sumi ink, gray slate, Patina, and Mica creates a piece that captures all the elements we live with daily. ‘Daybreak’ holds many layers of minerals, bonded with deer glue to Japanese hand-skimmed washi paper from Kozo fiber. The shimmering light that reflects at different angles when viewed make this piece of Art captivating from nearly any angle in a room. Although a spotlight to make it a centerpiece will dazzle you, natural light reflecting off of this piece will astound you with its complexity. You can enjoy ‘Daybreak’ any hour within your home.”

About the artist

Tokyo, Japan native, Yuko was trained in classical Japanese calligraphy and painting while enrolled in prestigious private schools. She excelled in her artistic talent and emerged with a unique painting approach as a result of being exposed to the high-end culture of Japan.

After spending half of her lifetime in the South Eastern US, Yuko experimented with a large variety of colors and materials as a visual artist.  She decided to revisit her original heritage of Japanese mineral painting.  All of the materials come from our mother earth, and Yuko has a profound appreciation for them. Her life has drifted through many unexpected experiences. These different situations and newfound people have enriched her as a person and an artist. Yuko feels that the meticulous process of Japanese mineral painting is meaningful, important, interesting, and serves to inspire within, the true essence of art.

Her art is created for you to feel that your life is being part of this sweet earth and love within our universe.