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“The Grove Art Gallery allows me the unique opportunity to love my calling to create ART.
My mission is to empower your personal style and bring inspiration into your home through my paintings.
I have over twenty years of experience as an artist and designer and can assist in incorporating a wonderful work of art in just the right place in your home. Art enables us to find ourselves! I want my work to awaken memories and tell a story.
I regularly create private commission color inspired eclectic paintings. Yes Art can be fun!
My media of choice is Acrylic, Pastels and Watercolors. I combine color and texture to represent the inspiration for specific paintings of Nature, Sunsets, Landscapes or the liberating movements of a unique Abstract.”
I was born and raised on a farm in Southeastern Nebraska and grew up loving the land and animals in my world. I continue to live close to my childhood home and spend time on our farms. I love the sky and change of seasons, and enjoy the subtle beauty of nature in all its simplicity and complexity. Color is very important in my work, be it realistic and painted en plein aire, or arbitrary with a contemporary flair. The joy and fulfillment experienced when painting is very important to me. I enjoy helping others to develop their artistic potential and am fortunate to have many artist friends who share my passion for art.
“I live in Bellevue, Nebraska and enjoy God’s beauty; landscapes – wide open spaces, solitude, mountains, oceans, waterfalls, sunrise, and sunsets. I love photographing stars, especially the Milky Way. I also enjoy the local countryside, the barns, silos, and windmills. I’ve been a meteorologist for many years, first in the United States Air Force and then as a civilian at Offutt Air Force Base, in Bellevue. My love for weather is also evident in my photos, as the clouds and changing light can dramatically enhance the mood of a scene.”
Lori’s unique style was borne out of play time doodling with her young daughter. A page of painted ovals, soon needed a black ink outline. A pair of scissors later, she developed her own modern style using multiple layers of medium and black lines in varying widths to create dimension. “I think when people see my artwork, they are first drawn to the vibrant colors. But as they look closer they start wondering, “How did she do that? And are these more than flowers? I love when someone takes a moment to let their eyes wander along the different lines.
“Stained glass transforms light. The constant changing conditions of daylight, coupled with the refractive properties of color, texture, and transparency within stained glass, permeate the space with a constantly changing palette of color.
I generally use the traditional medium of leaded stained glass, to create conventional and unconventional glass art. I am currently venturing into fused glass as an additional enhancement to my designs. I create unexpected imagery, hoping to offer the observer a fresh view of this vibrant classical art form. My work reflects my creative voice in life. I delight in the organic process of the unplanned and I find beauty in the bold and unexpected.”
Inspired by her creative Grandmother, she was guided to a short course in experimental painting at LSU in Ruston, Louisiana and workshops in watercolor and pastel with nationally known artists, forming her art background. She is Past President and a Signature Member of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs and a juried artist of the twenty-five member IMPACT Nebraska Artists. She has received the All Nebraska Artist award through the Nebraska State Fair and was given the Citizen Volunteer Award for her art contributions to the city of Columbus.
As a young girl at the age of 8, she found she had an interest in painting and used to practice on paper plates. She took a few art classes as a youngster and watched a lot of Bob Ross videos, but is mainly a self-taught artist. At the age of 11, she earned a grand champion purple ribbon at the Cass County Fair with one of her painted saws, but wasn’t able to take it to state because she had to be 12 years old to do so. After high school, life happened and she didn’t pick up a paint brush for about 20 years. However, when she did, she realized painting was her passion and enjoys sharing her artwork with everyone.
April 27, 2019 – Meet the Artist – Kelly Axmann – Painting Demo and Q&A
“I lived in Central Nebraska most of my life, moving to Lincoln Nebraska in 2012. I have owned an interior painting business for over 20 years. When I started my business I named it “Trespali”, a word formed from my 3 sons’ names Trevin, Spencer and Alec. The name stuck and I began signing all of my art with Trespali. Over the years, I produced commission pieces for my clients, but I did not feel like I had my own artistic voice. I created pieces that worked with their surroundings. In the last two years I feel like I have found that unique voice.”