Celeste Rickert & John Box – Portraits Art Exhibition

2013/14 Portraits Art Exhibition

Celeste Rickert

Born and raised in Katy, Texas, I have always had a passion for art. I have to laugh that as much as I love to draw and paint, I refused to take art in high school. Stubborn you could say! (ha) It wasn’t until after my freshmen year of college, did I pick up a pencil and find my passion for the human face. It was from that moment, that I would forever be in love with drawing people. Every time I look at a portrait, I find myself wondering what that person has been through in their life. I guess you could say its my motivation. We all have a story and being able to capture the soul through the eyes is what drives my passion.

Over the last 10 years, from studying lights and darks to using cotton balls and Q-tips as my favorite tools, you could say I am primarily self-taught.  I did receive art education at Sam Houston State University and Lamar University. I must give a huge thank you to the professors there for helping me further my career as an artist.

When not being Mom or doing hair, I try to find the time for my artwork. It’s my love, my passion and I hope to continue to grow and improve for years to come 🙂 Thank you again for taking the time to stop by! For any questions on commissioned work, feel free to contact me atsunshinecel@gmail.com or (832)655-7537.

Title: Aryn and Clay  Medium: oil  Size: 24x36
Title: Aryn and Clay
Medium: oil
Size: 24×36
Title: Who Took My Crown?  Medium: pastels  Size: 18x24
Title: Who Took My Crown?
Medium: pastels
Size: 18×24

John Box

Photography provides me with a vehicle for capturing the unique character of our surroundings. I have had a life-long passion for photography that began as I grew up in Wisconsin. The opportunity to take photography classes in high school led me to build a darkroom in my basement so I could process and print my own photos.

My work in photography continued in college where I majored in graphic arts and continued to refine my photography skills. Following college, I taught photography at the high school level and found great satisfaction in helping others discover photography as a creative outlet.

While in college, I had the privilege to go on a photo shoot with Ansel Adams who came to campus as a guest lecturer. Spending a day with Adams in the field had a significant impact on both my interest in photography and the approach that I have taken in my own work every since. While the techniques he demonstrated were helpful, what I learned most from him was patience. The patience he demonstrated as he made certain every condition was just right to produce the best possible photograph is an attribute that I have tried to emulate in my own work.

A majority of my work captures the architectural character of places where people live and work although I am always looking for scenes that are different and interesting. As I now live in Colorado, some of my most recent work also includes landscape photos. Over the past few years, I have expanded the scope of my work and now print, mat and frame my photographs for sale to those who see value in my work.

Title: Holding Court  Medium: Digital Photography  Size: 8.5X11
Title: Holding Court
Medium: Digital Photography
Size: 8.5X11
Title: Woman at the Window  Medium: Digital Photography  Size: 8.5X11
Title: Woman at the Window
Medium: Digital Photography
Size: 8.5X11

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