Paul Mason, Artist Biography

Making a painting is, for me, about coming to understand the world through image. I am inspired by the real world of experience, particularly the built world and its inhabitation by humankind, but I am not a very good pleinair painter. Part of the joy of painting is the discovery of the shapes of things and places, becoming aware of the interactions of light and material and color in space as an understanding of what makes a visual reality a painting. My introduction and infatuation with watercolor painting began as an architectural student. In the studio, I watched my professor joyfully splash and throw paints and water on paper and experienced the magic of watercolor create a new and deep-felt reality before my eyes. I have been trying to recapture that amazement with each painting I do.
Biography for Tanya C. Esnault
First Day of Autumn
Capturing images that are not readily apparent at first glance and stirring the imagination to conjure storieshas always been my passion.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and having studied and lived in the United States, France and Switzerland, I have not only discovered and completely immersed myself in different cultures, but have also traveled and appreciated each of these countries’ and others’ charms and different facets.
Here is a series of photographs from my recent travels.
I have exhibited at Espresso Royale Café as well as Sencha Tea Bar, and have various prints at Anthology, each one on State Street, Madison, Wisconsin.
John McCarthy - Artist’s Statement:
My Name is John McCarthy and I am an artist living and working here in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin. I've been at this for nearly 40 years, but feel as if I'm just now hitting my stride as an artist.
In 1991, after 15 years of working as a graphic designer in the Milwaukee area and after several traumatic personal setbacks, I left the world of advertising and declared myself a "fine artist." The final impetus that forced me to make this move was the completely unexpected death of my mom. Doing what artists have always done I turned to my work to process the loss, and as I did I found myself returning again and again to the days of my childhood and all the moments shared (and places visited) by my mother and me in a Milwaukee that really isn't here anymore. The result was a limited-edition suite of 8-color silkscreen prints.
I followed the print series with my first several exhibits of paintings.
Although my recent work obviously bears no resemblance to these images, it was this process that liberated me as an artist and created the necessary bridge between graphic design and the abstract work that followed.
The collection exhibited here has been inspired by Japanese Sumi-e painting (and calligraphy), and by the Abstract Expressionists of the 1950s (especially Franz Kline and Jackson Pollack).
Purchase Information:
All of the pieces on display at Creative Energy are available for purchase (prices can be found on the title cards for each piece).
Anyone interested in buying one or more of my paintings should contact me either by phone: 332-0512 or by email at: Each painting sold will immediately be marked as such (and thus taken off the market – but not out of the show), and may be picked up at the conclusion of the exhibit.
Anyone interested in learning more about my work are invited to explore an expanded (but by no means comprehensive) overview of my work at

Frank Matin Lawrence is a retired nurse working now part time at the Willy Street Coop. He paints and has a studio on Madison's near east side. A sampling of his colorful abstracted landscape paintings can be accessed at: 
He also plays guitar and mandolin for the Madison Sufi Dances. Their scheduled dances can be found at
Dennis Palmer
I first became interested in photography in a course in college, but did not start to really photograph subjects until retirement. Travel and great locations made it available for good photographs of interesting subjects. Now this is my opportunity to share some of the most interesting pictures with other people. 

Medium: Fiber/Weaving

For more than twenty years I have designed functional woven rugs, espressing myself artistically through my unique flair for color and patterning. Detail insures quality craftsmanship.

Ideas spring from imagination and nature. Work begins in my studio choosing a color palette from the numerous bundles of strips cut to my specification by a Milwaukee firm. I start with pieces of 100% new wool or textured fabric. The strips are cut various lengths creating the pattern and sewn together to form one continuous long chain. This chain of color (weft) is placed on shuttles and then woven on the loom.

Warping my largest loom often takes 12 or more hours, winding yards of warp on the back beam of the loom, to each warp threaded one by one through heddles and reed. Now, I am ready to weave. With each pass of the shuttle, I create a rug expressing color, design, and texture. My last steps are weaving and sewing the binding, to portray both aesthetics and function.