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The Cove Members

Suad Bejtović

Suad Bejtović

Photographer

"Photography is magic – an intersection of art and science. Film creates a connection to the past and my child-like wonder at the world around me. It still challenges me to see the world in a different way, to slow down and appreciate it."

Sandy Hinton-Forbes and Alex Forbes (in memoriam)

Sandy Hinton-Forbes and Alex Forbes (in memoriam)

Painters

Maria Bush Hampton

Maria Bush Hampton

Painter, Sculptor, Print-Maker, Potter (hand-built)

“My love of art started when I was very young. I am lucky enough to have a creative mother who is very artistic, whose endless array of ideas enhanced my projects. I like incorporating emotional and textural connections to my art pieces to add more life, and sometimes humor, to my work. I want my artwork to touch people with more than a single sense, and make it irresistible not to touch.”

Leticia Herrera

Leticia Herrera

Painter

“I believe in the kindness of humanity. I believe that our diversity is what makes this world interesting. I consider myself an expanding artist because we are always transforming. My work walks with me and changes with me. In my paintings I am trying to transport you to those places of my imagination where we are often find ourselves. I want to touch your soul, open your heart, and invite you to walk with me.”

Daniele Jones

Daniele Jones

Painter

"My goal is to offer an escape from the chaos of everyday life, a means to focus on what's important and celebrate the off-kilter harmony of living. I love the aged look of weathered objects and the visible history of textures. Bumps, dents, rust, scratches, and brushstrokes show the journey of the artist and the history of the painting - the patina of the process."

Deepa Koshaley

Deepa Koshaley

Painter

“My work depicts parallel connections between meditation, nature, and art to formulate an equal balance between serenity and abstraction within my paintings. I am inspired by the uncompromising perspective our cosmos exhibits between nature and femininity, fire and ice, deconstruction and preservation. As I paint on canvas, I continue my quest to visually capture the spirit of pure feminism as it naturally exists within our landscape.”

Ivanevid Llamas

Ivanevid Llamas

Painter, Muralist

“Being a visual artist and musician is something that I really love because that can make my creative process even more interesting and rich, turning ideas into different results, sometimes unexpected; then, there’s when the designer’s knowledge pops up and push boundaries to take a particular shape and communicate something specific or simply express emotions in the best possible way.”

Kelly Marra

Kelly Marra

Painter, Sculptor, Jewelry Designer

“I am an Artist. I’ve been driven to create from a young age – it is deeply woven into my being. Sharing the beauty of life, the land and our contribution to the pages of human history is important to me. I like depicting a moment in time that future generations will look back on and get a sense of who we were and what we liked to do in this time period on earth.

Kathleen Mekailek

Kathleen Mekailek

Painter, Sculptor, Jewelry Designer

“When I start a painting, I have a vague idea of what I want, but I let the canvas and brushes lead me to the finished product. I see beauty in small mundane objects such as a grain of sand, rain drops or a bird’s nest that others might pass by and not notice. I want to bring this respect of our world to others in a way that they might not have imagined or seen before.”

Janak Narayan

Janak Narayan

Painter

“I paint sometimes as I see it, other times as I imagine it – but always because I am loving it. Art to me is about a beautiful journey of self-discovery and a medium to articulate my inner glee. Art is typically experienced by the sense of sight. I would like my art to be experienced through all the five senses by transporting my audience to a place which invokes a certain feeling of joy and a sense of being in the moment. I want them to step into the canvas and breathe in the world within my composition.”

Melissa Patrello

Melissa Patrello

Painter, Sculptor, Puppet Creator

Sam Rogers

Sam Rogers

Painter

“I try to create visually stimulating images in whatever medium in which I am working: painting, photography, printmaking. We spend most of our lives communicating and thinking verbally. More attention needs to be given to influences that can be transmitted only visually or tactilely. Much ‘information’ about the world cannot be expressed by strings of words or other symbols.”

Madhupriya Srinivasan

Madhupriya Srinivasan

Painter

“My art is a celebration of life and the inherent human resilience. I believe that the power to rise, to heal, to be happy and content …..is all within us. My passion is to create art that resonates these beliefs, empowers, and brings joy!”

Jeni Tomlinson

Jeni Tomlinson

Painter

“Art for me is more than paint on a canvas. It is community, belief, vulnerability, and self-discovery. Motion captivates me. Whether it’s light playing off someone’s expression as they play the guitar or the abrupt and ruggedly beautiful turning of a cutting horse, both inspire me to capture a moment by throwing myself into the glorious mess that is my studio.”

Renee Wrenwood

Renee Wrenwood

Painter

My art is an expression of my love of the natural world and my pure joy in the act of creating.
I am drawn to the luminescence and freshness of transparent watercolor. Though I sometimes stray into other media, I am always excited to return to the inspiration, beauty (and thrills) of painting in watercolors.
When I am immersed in art, life is good!

Beth Mortenson - In memoriam

Beth Mortenson - In memoriam

Painter

“In art, as in the whole of life, the power of the circle is very real. It represents balance, continuity, equality, wholeness, and renewal. Expressions may change but the essential components remain the same. Lay down your defenses, embrace this, and enjoy the ride.”

Karren Case

Karren Case

Painter, Potter

"I love color. Pretty much ALL colors. My art may not always be serious… but it’s seriously colorful. I don’t paint in the realism style. Too confining for me. I prefer my art to be representative of what I see or what I am imagining in my head. Gives me much more freedom and allows me to work more freely and faster."

Patrick Gessel

Patrick Gessel

Digital Artist

After retiring from architecture, I felt a creative void. I decided to take a journey into art, another love of mine. My mother loved to draw, and as a young boy I would try to replicate her art. Over the years, I often thought that this solitary art form would be well suited to my personality.

Emily Ann Helms

Emily Ann Helms

Painter, Printmaker

"My imagery may not ever exist in real life, but the thoughts and experiences they are real."

David Hobson

David Hobson

Painter

“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in art. Faces have always been fascinating to me. The great painters of the past have been my inspiration, and I have studied their work, along with that of many excellent contemporary artists, for years. Now, by the grace of God, I am doing the thing that I love: painting people.”

Heidi Kidd

Heidi Kidd

Painter

“I am transported by the magic of the natural world. When painting animals, I like to capture an emotional moment of in the animal’s life, hoping to show that animals are conscious beings with feelings and emotions of their own. I am inspired by wildlife photographers. Through their lens I have traveled to places that I may never go to in person. This has made me more aware of the natural wonders of the world, an awareness I hope to communicate in my paintings.“

Darby LaGrave

Darby LaGrave

Painter

“Through art, my desire is to capture moments, the moments of life that are filled with wonder and need to be savored in memory. I believe art brings about healing and hope, speaking directly to the spirit through its universal language. Art can be lively, whimsical or sentimental, recalling moments of shifting perspective or documenting personal and historical triumphs. Art crumbles barriers and inspires new vision for the future. In the public venue, art can unite communities by building common goals and instilling a sense of belong through the shared experience."

Cara Lockwood

Cara Lockwood

Painter

“Getting in touch with one’s soul is a good thing. I try to remember this when I am creating my art. As a self-taught artist, I am driven by curiosity and my need to explore. I do not have a style or particular medium I like to work with... I love them all! I love nature, color, and fighting for the dignity and equality of all mankind. I love to celebrate the strength of women while also noting our vulnerabilities. My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look closely and enjoy how the art makes them feel.”

McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra

McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra

Under the direction of Artistic Director Jason Lim, the McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra has gained national recognition as an emerging professional ensemble. Innovative, award-winning programming marks each season of the MPO.

Jesus Moreno

Jesus Moreno

Painter

“Growing up in Spain I was able to visit great museums of art such as The Prado Museum in Madrid. That is where my passion for art and my dream of becoming an artist began. My goal is that each piece of art I create will speak to the viewer in a unique way. Art is my passion.”

Vidya Lakshmi Nikesh

Vidya Lakshmi Nikesh

Painting, Multi-media

I paint in an impressionistic style evoking the desired emotions by the combination of color and strokes rather than the appearance of the subject. I transcend to a different world when I communicate with my media, and this allows me to paint the subject’s essence. It is my purpose to create art which is both familiar and unfamiliar, and intriguing either way. I want people to enjoy seeing and experiencing my art and to be able to have a dialogue and connection with my paintings.

J. B. Phipps

J. B. Phipps

Wood-turner

“Even the most common trees that stand around us everyday hide exceptional beauty somewhere inside. My job is to uncover it and give that special wood a second life as a piece of art.”

Annie Royer

Annie Royer

Painter

“From an early age, my teacher and mentor, Gustav Likan, instilled in me the desire to create beauty through color and form, regardless of the subject matter. I grew up in a musical and artistic family, and have always thrived on the synergy of creative collaboration. When I paint to live music, I am a conduit for the expression of sound through color and form.”

Lisa Temple

Lisa Temple

Painter

"I believe connection is essential. This is what I strive to accomplish through my paintings. Feelings of calm, peace, and intrigue, gives the viewer hints to look deeper into the soul of the painting and connect with it on their terms."

Kat Warwick

Kat Warwick

Sculptor

"Our modern life offers us millions of options - almost all at the touch of a few keystrokes. It is only by our personal decision to slow down and create art, or speak to an artist and invest in their creations. When we embrace original art in all its many forms… this can being us closer to each other and our own humanity."

Charles Esser, Emeritus

Charles Esser, Emeritus

Photographer

“Historically we are living in a fantastic time, a modern day renaissance on almost every level. Artistically, new materials and genres are changing the way we look at the world and express ourselves in real time. McKinney’s artistic community is a vibrant part of the North Texas art scene, and The Cove plays a major role in our creative community, featuring a different artist every weekend. I enjoyed being a part of it.”

Jim Phipps - In memoriam

Jim Phipps - In memoriam

Painter

“It’s challenging when you’re dealing with the real world of nature and its colors, its moods, and its drama. Painting is like a journey– always discovering something new and exciting. I always want to push myself as far as I can go as a professional artist.”

Frances Dezzany

Frances Dezzany

Sculptor, Painter, Weaver

“My fiber wall sculptures are made using a technique with the themes of shields, totems and masks. I use the loom for shaping to create dimensionality. Both fine art and craft methods are combined and redefined using earth materials from plants and animals. My current works exploring man-made packaging materials and issues of branding and identity.”

K. D. Hafley

K. D. Hafley

Painter

“Though I am primarily known for my wildlife and pet portraits, I also paint people portraits, and narrative paintings, which some have called expressionism and others surrealistic. I also create multi-media pieces, and printmaking works.”

Linda Herbert

Linda Herbert

Painter

“The splendor and beauty of God’s creation is what inspires me to paint. My desire is that my brush and canvas shine the light of hope. I want my art to truly reflect my emotions and feelings. Life is constantly changing and flowing – so my creativity leads me to capture each moment. The essence of my art is a reflection of faith, light and creativity. I am blessed!”

Lynne Hubner

Lynne Hubner

Printmaker

“Thematically my art focuses on constants across time: hope, love, belonging and loss. The process of choosing the appropriate substrate for an idea, drawing, carving, inking, layering, and hand printing combine science and human expression brilliantly. I hope my work will inspire and engage the imagination.”

Bonnie Koenig

Bonnie Koenig

Painter

“Much of my work is about nature. Inspiration comes from landscapes, water, colors of the season, movement, and atmosphere. The use of color and mark-making create a sense of place, depth and light, and ultimately evoke a mood.”

Laurie Lynn Lindemeier

Laurie Lynn Lindemeier

Painter

"I’m entranced with how watercolors tango on the page… blending, swirling, and interacting. Painting feeds my soul in a way that other art forms cannot. Watching what my brushes create on the page is an indescribable joy. I paint because I must."

Leo Malboeuf

Leo Malboeuf

Painter, Digital Artist

“I have always been obsessed with creating images that are as unique as possible, then interpreting the images, supported by numerous photos to compose new images. These new images are then used to digitally create color compositions and surreal works.”

Richard McWhorter

Richard McWhorter

Painter, Installation Artist

“The world is our toy box. Paintings are snapshots of play-in-progress. People are looking for a large, uncharted planet out in the Oört cloud. Many can recite NFL stats, or optimal planting times. People care, and study, and continue. They are curious about things, and many of them take pride in making or growing or organizing things. This human urge to find or create personal meaning everywhere is the focus of my paintings and constructions."

Milessa Murphy-Stewart

Milessa Murphy-Stewart

Painter

“I dream while I’m awake and paint in my sleep!”

Lalithanjani (Anju) Pala

Lalithanjani (Anju) Pala

Painter

I am inspired by nature and deeply moved by the resilience and fragility of nature which echoes in my emotional and personal experiences. My art seeks to evoke these feelings in viewers, connecting them to the universal cycle of life through the lens of flora. With each piece, I always aim to convey a sense of wonder and awe, inspiring a deeper connection with the delicacy of flowers in detail.

Kerry Randol-Johnston

Kerry Randol-Johnston

Potter

“I make mud look GOOD! I am hooked on ceramics. I produce some utilitarian pieces, but really enjoy working with what mother nature offers: mud, leaves and sticks, and fire! I love the challenge of commissioned work, especially outdoor installations. I really enjoy the unpredictability of the Raku firing process. My work is organic and earthy, topped with my heart and soul.”

Magali Smith

Magali Smith

Painter

“My paintings capture the Spanish façades, African rhythms, Taino Indian symbols, and natural beauty of the island where I grew up. I choose a detail of a particular place or thing to paint that will spark memories and cause the viewer to remember more than what they are seeing. If I could only bring the warmth of the tropical sun, the salt air from the sea, the pounding sound of the waves, the cold, foggy nights of the rain forest, the delicious scents of comida criolla (Creole) cooking at the kiosko….and the music, ohh the music…”

Caroline Thompson

Caroline Thompson

Painter

"Passionate and bold are the words I use to describe my work. This energy drives my emotions and puts zip in my steps. My genre is abstract expressionist which gives me creative options. For me that means creating a painting that is full of life, motion, drama, and surprise. Vivid strong colors are vital, as are layers of pigment. Surprise is always necessary. I’ve often said, 'Sometimes I feel like I’m channeling Picasso.'"

Anne Womack

Anne Womack

Painter

“If I see it, I want to paint it. I don’t know why I paint, I just do. I have a passion for painting still lifes. Some are formal and some very casual. My compositions pair fruits and flowers with glass, porcelain, metal and paper objects—usually on polished wood surfaces, and with splashes of reflected colors.”

Lor Clark -- in memoriam

Lor Clark -- in memoriam

Sculptor

“I took a figure sculpture class at Glassel Art School. I was so excited working in the third dimension that I gave away my paints and devoted all my time to sculpture, and continue to do so. Sculpture has filled the void in my single life.”

Don Simmons - In memoriam

Don Simmons - In memoriam

Photographer

Don Simmons was a great friend, a terrific conversationalist, and a brilliant photographer. He was a mentor to many photographers, always claiming he had the best black and white darkroom in the area. Don left behind a phenomenal photographic documentary of his travels and community, and myriad memories of his warmth, generosity and optimism. He was a supportive member of The Cove, and will always have a place on the wall.

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