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.
This is my second Gallery Night.
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
Cherie St. Cyr is a fiber artist who lives and works on the near east side. She is predominantly known for her art quilts. All of her work begins as white cloth. She applies fiber reactive dyes and a variety of resists. She is the most represented artist at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.
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
Patrick Kelly
After six years working in such diverse fields as house painting, dry stone wall building, hardwood flooring refinishing, masonry restoration, historic restoration, traditional Norwegian log building, and few more, I started collecting vintage woodworking machines and tools. A venture that started out with the intent to reproduce missing historic home details for my restoration work quickly blossomed into an entire business of its own. Matchless Made builds historically-inspired custom home, office, and kitchen furniture, fixtures, and decorative objects in local and salvaged wood. Using both modern and age old techniques, we build bespoke and refined handmade goods in local and salvaged wood for where you work, sleep, eat, and live.