I am a wife, mother, teacher who has have been involved in art since childhood. For many years my family, home, education, and teaching career were my main focus. I squeezed in time for my art, photography, and other creations whenever it was possible. Unfortunately, there was never enough time in the week to really explore! Now retired from teaching, I now have the luxury of time to devote to exploring my creativity through different mediums. In the past year I have been working mostly in photography, digital art, and acrylics. But I love watercolor, oils, and sculpture, too. I also enjoy writing and have written and self-published several books with children in mind: stories, poetry, and puzzle books.
I love life in my prairie state-the ever-changing light, the distinct seasons, the subtle beauty that I see every day. I work with what I love and what resonates with me and I hope my images evoke a sense of wonder and appreciation in the viewer. Everything I have done prior has led me to this rather precipitous point!. I am poised at the beginning of a serious pursuit of art and trying to dive in fearlessly. I have just begun doing a few arts and craft shows so look for me (Prairie Light Studio of Rockford.) I am working on a website for P.L.S and hope to have it ready soon. I have also been promoting my work via Etsy, Facebook, and Lulu.
When jazz drummer Jack Brand lays down the sticks and picks up a paint brush, he changes his name to Walnut Hulling – his tongue-in-cheek alter ego- and proceeds to paint what may be called electric eclectic. Landscapes, architecture and places of history are his main interests and he likes to paint them with a flair of the contemporary.
In 2006, Walnut came on to the art scene with several successful art shows…mostly in downstate Illinois, where he often paints at New Salem. In January of 2008 he was invited to exhibit at Moveable Feast in Rockford, where he sold more than half of the exhibit on opening night. He now divides his time between Galena and Rockford…but continues to paint throughout the country, accepting commissions and exhibiting at various art shows. This past summer, Walnut was asked to do a two month exhibit of his works at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Visitors Center.
Ingrid Hyde attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earned a B.S. in Art Education from Northern Illinois University, and a M.A. in School Administration and Leadership from St. Xavier University. Her work has been displayed in juried shows, galleries, and private and corporate collections around the United States. She is currently an Art Director and educator in the public schools and has developed a Success Based Art Curriculum for all ages and abilities.