Marc Daniel Gibbons
Hello everyone! My name is Marc Gibbons. I’m a small town farm boy who grew up in rural Iowa. I am an easygoing, good-natured christian who loves my dog, animals, and my pickup truck parked next to the lake with a line out on the weekends. My drug addiction and all that goes with that has led me to prison again but I have confidence in
the future I have lacked in the past. I grew up drawing Garfield in grade school and I have grown since. Terry Redlin inspired me for years being one of my favorite artists, now one among several inspirations. Mainly my mediums have been graphite and ink. I have just recently moved into exploring watercolor and acrylic and I really enjoy painting. I have not really found my own style of art but I have come a long way in my fantasy, contemporary and realist artwork. Detail is something that I consider to be crucial to great art and so I have been taking time lately to make sure that I have a variety of textures and small details at my disposal. Art to me is not just an expression of self and emotions, it’s therapy. I’m able to slow my thoughts and think about things that are going on in life. Art is a great stress reliever if you can utilize it.
Ryan Austin Lee
American Western, from land and history of the Western United States and the people who occupy it. I consider the works Contemporary Western. I try to evoke a sense of the Old West warring with current day intrusion by urbanites. My Art is a present day Western story. I work on several pieces at once. My paintings are never done in a sitting or in a specific time frame. All of my art is shuffled through, put away, painted over, pulled out, thrown at the wall and thought on…until eventually I complete a piece.
Abigail is a college student pursuing a degree in both art and theatre. She is an avid reader and appreciates all mediums of art. Abigail was arrested when she was 17 and was convicted at 18. She was released from jail shortly after her 9th birthday. Since then, she has been involved in criminal justice reform through an internship with the National Incarceration Association, has been involved in criminal justice reform through an internship with the National Incarceration Association, has made the resident’s List of Academic Achievement with a 4.1 GPA, and has been invited to speak about her experiences in the system across her hometown and state. To Abigail, art is a way to connect with people despite the barrier that trauma creates.