Penny McElhaneyCharcoal Drawings and Muilti Media
Penny McElhaney has known God since as long as she can remember. Born in Phoenix, Arizona into a non-Christian unchurched family, she still felt His presence and love. As a child, Penny discovered a Bible in her home, but no one had ever opened it in her presence, and she was afraid to open it in case it was a bad book. While attending school, she would often stay after class to paint her art. One day, while walking home alone, a passing car scared her when someone threw something at her. It was a small pamphlet about Jesus and Salvation. Taking it home, she read it and discovered what she had been searching for and accepted Christ as her Savior. This changed her life and her art.
Penny now lives in the beautiful Verde Valley. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as post graduate work from Arizona State University. She has continued her education at the Scottsdale Artist’s School in Arizona, Andreeva Portrait Academy in New Mexico, and in France and England. With an emphasis on old and modern master techniques and expression, she has continued her education through self-study in drawing, anatomy, and painting. She has also studied with a number of master artists.
In the spirit of the old masters and inspired by God, Penny renders figures, portraits, and still life in traditional realism. Her work is based on a synthesis of observation. “I want my work to communicate and to touch the viewer. My first love is drawing and exploring its many facets of expression. I have always been fascinated with the human form, people’s faces, and body language. Objects, places, and people that speak of the patina of time inspire me. Everything tells a story, whether it be an expression of my personal life or a social commentary.”
Penny McElhaney draws in various media and paints in watercolor and oils. Having exhibited in regional, state, and national art exhibits, she has received numerous awards. She is as passionate about teaching as she is about creating art. She has been an instructor at Grand Canyon University and Yavapai College in Arizona. In 2010, she opened the McElhaney Studio Atelier, a Classical Fine art School offering traditional instruction in drawing. The studio focuses on the principles applicable to the realist endeavor of Portrait, Figure, and Still Life.
Adonai Christian Fine Art Gallery is pleased to display three of Penny McElhaney’s original charcoal drawings.
Evelyn GholsonMixed Media Mosaics
"It is so rewarding to give renewed life to a once useful object through mosaic art. Most of my found objects were originally crafted from the earth, served their functional purpose and now deteriorating back into the earth. The medium of mosaics allows me to resurrect these objects and give them renewed life, like putting a puzzle together with the result being an aesthetically pleasing design - Just as God can take our imperfections and brokenness, renew with purpose, to bring honor and glory to Him.
I was raised on a ranch in Texas, love the outdoors and always collecting found objects (from birds' nests to old bottles, rocks and dried flowers). This gave me a sense of connectedness and continuity with nature and memories, while expressing myself creatively. Today, these personal emotions are artistically communicated through the composition and design of my mosaics. When viewing the work, each of us can use our own life experiences to connect with these found and treasured objects to bring a special and personal meaning. For me, I am so thankful I can express the gifts that God has given me. He gives me the ideas and then I expound on them in my art.
I hope you enjoy my mosaics as much as I have enjoyed the "thrill of the hunt" and creating each assemblage into a unique design."
Cathy DemkoOil Painter
Cathy Demko's career spans 25 years with award winning paintings showcased throughout the United States. Demko's vibrant oils have been displayed in the Governor's Mansion, Senator Pryor's office and featured in the Arkansas Artist Calendar.
Among her many accomplishments are the Gov. Beebe portrait in the permanent mansion collection, her status as an official Coast Guard Artist, a U.S. Post Office stamp, the National Arts for the Parks top 200 category and seascape in the Oil Painters of America catalog.
I'm a wife and a great grandmother living on the coast of Texas for the past 16 years. I began painting in 2009 fulfilling a life-long desire. I'm a motivated student and follower of Jesus Christ with a passion to express His activity in my life thru my paintings, words and deeds that touch others and glorify Him.
Ronel ThirionMIxed Media
I am a South-African born artist and printmaker; now home in the beautiful
I love the Sonoran desert and our beautiful surroundings.
I live in Rio Verde, with my husband, 3 young children, and horses.
I love to draw in pencil, charcoal and pastel, and then convert my handdrawings
Personally I have an adventurous spirit, always looking for new ideas, new
places to visit, learning about people groups and cultures, testing old ideas,
and pushing myself to try new things. I am always creating and analyzing,
combining adventures already lived, with dreams imagined, and an
optimistic hope for the future.
My art is depicting 'moments in time' that convey a series of emotions - love,
elation, joy, excitement, peace and hope.
I love to add some surreal or whimsical symbols to my work, to encourage
and uplift, and to bring to light the strength within the human spirit, even in
spite of times of struggle.
Mostly, I want my art to encourage those in the midst of difficult
circumstances, to find hope, courage and freedom.
Within the huge array of art mediums, I have worked with Photography,
Drawing, Pastel, printmaking and painting in oil. I enjoy all the different
mediums – depending on the outcome I want to create. I also use skills
learned from one medium to use in another medium.
Kendra WaldenMixed Media
Kendra grew up on the high plains of a Nebraska cattle ranch. She made her way to Texas for higher education and has called it home for 30 years. Walden is a licensed Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Rowlett Texas who partners with individuals and business owners to build, balance and retain wealth. She has a beautiful daughter and lives in Garland Texas where she is active in church and community.
She has been involved in artistic endeavors for over twenty years, promoting and producing art shows, and is a co founder of Faith Artists a regional group that displays faith based, scripture inspired art for the ages. Mixed textures, color blends and movement are the hallmarks of her artwork.
- Co-Founder Faith Artists -Faith Artists Inspiring Truth and Hope-
- Creative Art Judge for the State Fair of Texas
- Served as Texas Director for Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation,
- Guild Member-Museum of Biblical Arts in Dallas Texas.
- Art Judge-Southwest Dallas Art Show- Fellowship Bible Church
Lori WorachekAcrylic and Mixed Media
Lucy Tree Design's ~ Lori Worachek
Lori Worachek grew up in Arizona and has lived in the Valley for 25 years. Her passion for the arts – including painting, music and poetry – began in early childhood.
Her acrylic and mixed media paintings typically feature vibrant colors and incorporate inspiring messages and scripture in an effort to spread hope, love and joy to people of all ages.
Lori believes that by pouring love and positivity into her artwork she can bring hope and happiness to others and thereby fulfill God's calling for her life.
Lucy Tree Designs can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and at www.LucyTreeDesigns.com. Commission work welcome.
Tom WhiteBronze sculptor
Tom White, currently of Prescott Valley, AZ, grew up in Midland, Texas, where he was a carpenter who had no exposure to art. He literally never gave it a thought before entering into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in his early 30s. Shortly thereafter he discovered an unexpected and hidden talent and love for art.
Tom knew he had "found his niche" when he first touched the clay. He took his first sculpture, a native American (entitled "Edgewalker") to one of the larger foundries in Texas for casting. They were amazed that he could capture so much emotion and detail in his portrait bronze without 20-years experience. Tom acknowledges his distinct talent as a gift from God, and seeks to reflect the Creator by mirroring His love and emotion for His creation in each bronze sculpture he creates. His attention to detail makes each subject come alive under Tom's patient, steadfast hands.
Tom is first and foremost, a family man, and depends on his wife, Marcey, as the manager of both his business and the family. Without her, he says, nothing would get done and he wouldn't have an art career. "She's the 'glue' in our family and business, and takes care of all of the administrative things that I am not good at. This enables me to have the time to create ... Our children and grandchildren are the great joys of our lives and everything we do is for them and to show them how to honor God, be productive and give back to others." Tom and Marcey love spending time with family more than anything - it is what refreshes their hearts and allows Tom the peace to create scenes for other people of those they respect, love, and want to honor. They have five wonderful children- Gavin, Claire, Vance, Isabella, Liam, Tucker, Marcus, Teddy, Jocelyn, and Foster- celebrating life and God's love together.
Dick DavisPen and Ink Drawings, Graphic Art
Dick Davis is a Christian artist who specializes in Pen and Ink Drawings and colorful Graphic Art. His work often includes hidden messages and symbolism that points the viewer to Christ.
Dick resides with his wife Anne in Orlando, Florida.
Caroline LinscottWatercolor Paintings
For over twenty years, Caroline Linscott has dedicated her artistic talent to an ever-increasing development of watercolor painting expertise. "It is my greatest desire to create work that will endure the test of time. Executing watercolor paintings with great care that hopefully will speak to the viewer's inner soul, my goal is to capture the love of light dancing across the delicate surface and reflecting the subtle colors and peeking into the sheer essence of life. Jesus Christ is the light of this world, and I find Him in my paintings.
"I fell in love with the night blooming cactus. The blossoms are large and magnificent but only open once in the evening, and when the morning light touches the flower, it slowly closes. So it is that the "Catching the Last Light" series has evolved. I painted them much larger than life so that I could more adequately share with the viewer a glimpse of the joy for God that I feel. Watercolor was the perfect medium as the transparent layers really achieve the translucent light filtering through the petals. Then, by adding the dramatic dark background, the flowers sing with life. I work many different subjects but always come back to flowers. Because I live in Arizona, many of the flowers I choose are native to the state and are representative of God's creation."
Caroline has held many prestigious positions in the world of art and has been accepted in several International Juried Watercolor shows during her career. She describes her art journey as like being on an escalator always taking you to the next level, growing and learning to see, then experimenting to find just the right approach to achieve the desired outcome.
Her latest passion is teaching others and especially inspiring the next generation to paint the beauty of God's work. She and her husband reside in Prescott, Arizona.
When asked how God inspires her art, Caroline shared this deeply personal glimpse of her early life:
"Faithful and True"
"I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True." Revelation 19:11
"I, Jesus have sent my angel to give you this testimony to the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." Revelation 22: 16
As I was painting this watercolor a long forgotten childhood memory came clearly back from the recesses of my mind. My earthly father was taken from me by a massive heart attack right before my young eyes. Needless to say the trauma was more than I could handle. So when alone and in the depth of despair the Lord gave me a place in my mind that I could be at rest and feel His peace. I placed myself in my mind's eye down by a beautiful, tranquil, and gently moving creek. The sky was deep blue with fluffy white clouds drifting along. I would lay down in the cool lush green grass, listening to the sound of the lazy water trickling by, mixed with the melody of birds singing just to me. Then came the visitation from the one who is "Faithful and True,"
My friend, the beautiful white horse. You see just a year before when all things seemed perfect, my friends and I watched a Saturday afternoon matinee about horses, so we pretended to be horses. Each one described what color we would be and what our names where. Then we ran free, jumping and speaking in horse language to each other. For hours we would be in that fantasy land that children often go. I pretended to be a beautiful white horse whose name was,
"Morning Star" by Caroline Linscott (You can find the painting in the Gallery section of the web site. It has been sold recently, but it remains in each of our hearts.)
Jeannette TuscherMulti-talented, multi-medium Artist
Jeannette Tuscher started her career in art ten years ago with acrylic painting. She then let her creative imagination flow to other mediums and became fascinated with the many challenges that working with clay presented. Ceramics rapidly became her new passion, where she won several awards for her work. She has now expanded from ceramics into oil painting, stained glass work and wood work.
Jeannette's greatest opportunity for personal growth occurred in 2005, when she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and that love affair continues to grow and strengthen daily. It was at that time when her passion for art became centered on her love for Christ, and her art took on a new dimension as she was inspired by this love.
Today, people are as inspired by Jeannette's personal aura of joy and love as they are by her unique art that continues to reflect her sensitivity to God and His creation. "My artwork is a reflection of God's love for me and my love for Him."
Dan ChenMaster Artist of Sculptures in Bronze, Silk Paintings, Porcelain
We welcome Master Artist Dan Chen as our latest addition to the Adonai Christian Fine Art Gallery team.
Dan is a Master Artist currently living in Eugene, Oregon. He was born and raised in Toi Sang, China in the early 1960's. "The youngest of three children, the only boy, I found myself surrounded by art from early on. My father, a reporter and editor at the county newspaper, was also a calligrapher and a self-taught artist. My earliest memories of art are from the age of three when I peered above the table top in breathless fascination at the magic that seemed to flow from my father's paintbrush.
"The most influential phase of my life was while I worked for Mr. Mok, the factory manager of a company that produced handcrafted artwork on plates and on the sides of porcelain vases. He was also the most influential person in my life. Under Mr. Mok's tutelage, I learned his most personally valued skills: patience and attention to detail. I also was his only student in the ancient but dying art of Gong But - traditional Chinese Fine Brush Painting. The average time it takes to complete a work using Gong But is four months - a timeless art, apparently running out of time."
But at the age of 20, Dan moved to the United States with his parents because of political unrest in China. Here, he enrolled at San Francisco's Academy of Art College. It was at the Academy of Art where he first incorporated the basics of Western art into his training. At the same time, Dan held several jobs to pay the bills. While his art was being seen as showing a style that combined techniques of both East and West, Dan was also going through a melding process. Seeing opportunity to make money from his art work and techniques, Dan created "Dan's Workshop" where he designed and produced a few products, such as porcelain persimmon lidded boxes which sold well in gift shops in Portland and Seattle.
"One year later, I got married to the wonderful Michelle Liu, who has been my personal cheerleader ever since we met in college." Later, the couple and their first child moved to Eugene, Oregon where Dan was reinvigorated by the nature surrounding them in the pacific Northwest. Here he went headlong back into the basics of his love of art.
Dan has spent over 35 years learning the techniques of his mulit-media art work. Even with the devastating death of his beloved wife from cancer two years ago, Dan worked his way out of personal grief through his passion and focus for art. Dan has parented his four children, and he teaches a weekly class for other artists in his advanced techniques in addition to continuing with his own art creations.
Jim “Iron Eyes” CodyOil, Leather Carving, Singing Artist
I was born on the vast southwestern part of the Navajo reservation on July 27, 1946 to Archie and Dorothy Cody. Their lifestyle was sheep and cattle ranching along with my mother weaving beautiful woolen rugs for which she became well known.
Just like little children growing up with curiosity I would take nails or sharp rock objects to draw on flat limestone images of animals and beautiful rock formations that surrounded our countryside. My passion for art was enhanced even more by the art teachers all through my school years. I even was introduced to singing solo in a choir.
I did not know that God-given talents would take me around the world as I did art shows, painting demonstrations in schools and outside the Navajo Reservation. Places like Mexico, Alaska, Chicago, California, Georgia and many other cities and countries where I won many recognitions and awards.
I knew I could sing and always enjoyed listening to Hank Williams sing "I Saw the Light" strumming his Martin guitar on records. It took almost 50 years to finally own a Martin, my dream! I always wanted to sing and someday go to Nashville and record an album but I did not have the money and know anybody to help me. Finally on July 20, 2010 it happened! With the help of a famous Gospel-singing Family, The Speers, my dream came true again with an album on CD! The Lord God always brings people into your life for encouragement, build confidence and success.
Despite my personal turmoil and failures I knew that The Lord God had a "Holy Call" for my life, to paint, sing, preach, teach and "cheer up" my people who were enslaved and oppressed by bad choices and circumstances. Jesus said, "Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest!" (Matthew 11:28)
People say God has given too many talents to only you. "To whom much is given much is required," is a Holy Scripture verse that scares me into action. Back in my grade school days I found that a person could do leatherwork of all kinds. Today, I carve Bible covers, build custom saddles, personalized horse collars, signature purses, custom belts, and many other items.
My passion has always been to exemplify Christ in everything I do whether it be painting pictures, making things out of leather, singing songs about Jesus, preaching or teaching others about the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE (John 14:6). My wife Sara, our two children and I make Flagstaff, Arizona our home as we go minister across the country. I praise my Lord Jesus Christ for making me His own and to share this blessing with everyone. – Jim Cody
The first time I experienced jewelry making was when I was 9 years old playing with other kids during the summertime on the Navajo Reservation. Some people came over to where we were. They asked us if we wanted to make some money – at the time we thought they wanted some yard work done. We were playing next to a donut shop, and if we had money, we could have some donuts. So we said Okay. They actually wanted us to do some jewelry work that required little fingers. We were started out by making channel inlay work on rings so that stones could be set in. That is how I started developing a talent as a silversmith!
Much of who I am today can be attributed to family members. My uncle and auntie who raised me for a while were silversmiths. My wife's Parents were both strong Christians – church-goers and believers in Jesus Christ. I accepted Jesus as my Christ when I was 14.
Because of generations of family influence believing in Jesus and church-going, I overcame several personal challenges, such as near-death experiences. I decided to not focus on the bad, but only on God, and today, my children and I are a success story in the midst of a community of great challenges.
I have now been a silversmith for 26 years and have had my own patented design of Christ's story since 2006. How that design came to me is another story. Attending my uncle's church at Sunday school one day, I found that the lesson was the same thing from the past week, so I sat there thinking about Jesus' life. I saw in my mind the manger scene, Jesus as a teacher at age 12, the cross at Calvary, the empty tomb, and Christ ascending to Heaven. That vision is the cornerstone of my artwork and my ministry. And now, my son and daughter are part of our silver jewelry business.
In the past 10 years, I have also been teaching, singing and playing music in church. Now I am seeing great favor from God in our jewelry making business. I am very pleased to offer my jewelry through the Adonai Christian Fine Art Gallery in Sedona. To God we give the glory!
Ron LohrdingDichroic Glass Art
Ron Lohrding is a retired Scientist with a PhD in Mathematics. He grew up on a remote ranch in Kansas, where he learned the value of hard work, faith, and honesty. As an engaged Christian in a Christian family, Ron wanted to fully commit himself to the Lord upon his retirement from business.
"Our first 10 years of 'retirement' was as missionaries to Guatemala. Now my wife and I serve the homeless and a soup kitchen. I chose a form of art as my new passion, where I can illustrate God's divine order in creation."
With Ron's scientific background, the properties of dichroic glass sparked both his curiosity and further study. The color variations based on the angle of viewing intrigued Don. More to the point, Don wanted to incorporate God's divine order into his art work. In God's natural world, there is a 'Golden Ratio' of dimensions that is compatible with creation. For example, one length will lead to the next length consistent with the Golden Ratio. This can be seen consistently in things like the pattern of bones in our fingers, etc. The golden ratio (sometimes called the Devine or natural ratio) was used a great deal in the art works of Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Don's dichroic glass art is in the form of crosses and pendants incorporating the Golden Ratio, and with the light refraction that makes his art pieces dazzling to the eye.
Dichroic glass is a space-age composite produced by stacking micro layers of rare earths, metals and oxides on top of non-translucent glass. This gives the glass an array of shifting colors depending on the angle of view. The dichroic glass is then fused with other types of glass in a very high temperature kiln.
John G. ElliottChristian Music
As a songwriter, artist and producer JohnElliott has won a Dove Award and was nominated for seven others. John has also:
Appeared on the ABC television special honoring the life and ministry of Dr. Billy Graham.
Sung on a live recording with Max Lucado narrating. "When I need a solid Word with powerful music, I listen to John G. Elliott," says Max Lucado concerning John, his music and ministry, "John's heart and purpose is to bring encouragement to the Body of Christ through music and teaching."
Performed praise centered concerts in most of the United States and over twenty-five countries.
John's songs have been recorded and performed by Ricky Skaggs, Steve Green, Truth, Sandi Patti, First Call, Billy & Sarah Gaines, Pat Boone, Steve Camp, Bruce Carroll and many others. He co-wrote songs with Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Paul Overstreet and Bill & Gloria Gaither.
John is heard on Christian radio throughout the nation, featuring his seven vocal and four solo piano/instrumental recordings.
In 2004, Steinway Piano added John to their International Roster of endorsed artists.
John resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Carol and family.