Experience The Artists

Experience the Artists

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Experience the ArtistsFrom May 17th through June 8th at Smith Mountain Lake, The Little Gallery  will be hosting the work of two wonderful artists. The Little Gallery often features the paintings of artists that they feel are worthy of recognition. They also sell a collection of fine art (along with stained glass, handmade pottery, jewelry, etc.). If either of the two artists below interests you, you can see their prints for yourselves anytime as the gallery is open 7 days a week from 10 am. to 6 p.m.

L. Diane Johnson 

Acrylic/Soft Pastel/Oil

Category: Fine Art
Diane creates impressionistic/representational American and European landscape paintings, in oil, acrylic, and pastel. She attempts to capture moments in time that convey a sense of atmosphere, solitude, thoughtfulness, and the joy of life. Diane is a signature member of the UK National Acrylic Painter’s Association, a full member of the Pastel Society of America, the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters, and Associated Pastelists On The Web, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art. She also teaches workshops, most recently in Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France, and has collectors worldwide.

Bob Ransley 

Category: Fine Art
Medium: Oil
Born in 1955, Bob Ransley is a native of Troy, New York. Spending his early years on a farm, he was no stranger to hard work. That hard work ethic was reinforced as Bob and his brothers took their expected places in the family boatyard business on the river. Bob’s formal art training includes study at the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Mass. He also has a degree in Art Education from the University of Mass. He insists, however, “I wasn’t born with this talent. I work hard every day to be a better painter.” Training, talent, and hard work generally yield positive results. Ransley collectors and admirers universally applaud his efforts. Bob’s unique style has a flair of its own. He is having a good time with his palette knife. He rarely lacks enthusiasm and it shows in his work. There is confidence exuded in the technique of every piece. Bob admits, “Humility is not my long suit — I think every painting I start is going to be the best one I ever painted.” You can find the Ransley signature on just about every subject matter. He has done animals, still life, and floral and is in great demand as a portrait artist. He especially loves painting old Turkish olive oil jugs. Whether filled with flowers or set amongst pears, vases, and bowls, they are a great attraction for the artist. Most people think they get a glimpse of an artist’s personality in a painting. Bob admits, “The most important way for me to learn about myself is to paint. I feel what I see. Success for me is getting that feeling on canvas so the viewer can feel it too. That makes me a better artist and somehow a better person.”

The Little Gallery
Bridgewater Plaza
16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy.
Moneta, VA 24121
Phone: 540-721-1596 – Fax: 540-721-2535
E-mail: info@thelittlegallerysml.com

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