Born in England, Emma’s passion for creating jewelry was sparked by the gorgeous Victorian and Georgian treasures found in her Granny’s jewelry box. As a teenager, she spent endless hours frequenting the antique markets in Bath, England where her mother lived.
Emma creates each piece herself in Eugene, Oregon. She uses wire wrapping techniques, gold filled and sterling gauged wire, pearls and gemstones to create her adornments. She develops her ideas with a sketch and puts a lot of forethought into the creation process.
All materials are hand-picked by Emma including fresh water pearls, semi precious gemstones, sterling silver and gold filled metals. Her tools include pliers, hammers, drills and bits. She loves the freedom of expression wire wrapping allows. Through her medium, Emma can create the delicate and feminine jewelry designs that have always captured her imagination and admiration.
On May 8, 2016 our gallery experienced one of our greatest personal losses. Daniel Ng, our dear friend and primary acrylic artist, passed away unexpectedly from an aneurysm while attending an art show in Dallas, Texas. Daniel was best known for his amazing use of color and a fish-eye lens technique he applied to his interior and landscape paintings.
Daniel lived in Portland, Oregon, and fell in love with the Palouse while working on a special 5 foot x 7 foot commission painting for the University of Idaho’s 125th Anniversary: Athens of Idaho.
Daniel proceeded to paint a collection of four more Palouse scenes depicting the bright colors of the rolling hills including: Blue Truck Palouse Fields, Two Sheds, Old Blue Truck, and Red Hills Palouse.
Daniel was a rising star with collectors throughout the country. He was the featured artist for dozens of art shows including Castle Rock, Colorado; Salem, Oregon; and Dallas, Texas. Despite Daniel’s talent and increasing stature within the art world, he remained fiercely loyal to our gallery and refused to sell his work through other galleries. We will continue to work as Daniel’s exclusive agents on behalf of his wife, Sandra.
Last year, Daniel was our featured artist for ArtWalk. He spent the evening casually chatting with our ArtWalk guests--thoroughly enjoying every moment of the party and amazed by our special community where his art is so greatly appreciated and supported. He said Moscow felt like a second home and he was eager to return as our featured artist again for this year's event. He planned to bring his entire booth and set up in front of the gallery so he could share even more of his work with our town. He had such a wonderful time last June that he asked his wife if she would join him for the next one. She promised him she would come. Daniel's wife will be in attendance this year to see firsthand the adoration our community holds for Daniel as we focus on the vividness and beauty he brought into our lives.
We are eternally grateful for the vibrant canvases Daniel left behind to enrich our world. His work continues to surprise and enamor art collectors from all walks of life.
Daniel’s work is selling quickly; he had collectors and fans throughout the country and there are a very limited number of signed giclee prints still available.
If you are looking for a way to help, a memorial fund has been set up in Daniel’s honor: https://www.gofundme.com/danielngmemorial
DC Designs began as Colorado Photographics, Inc in 1985 as a photography studio by David Clack. He focused on nature and landscape photography in the Colorado region. In 2002, The Illustrated Light Gallery of Fine Art opened its doors and they began producing various products using David’s photography. For years, David Clack had the idea of taking several of his nature landscape images and layering them together, creating multiple exposure abstract images. By allowing some of the underlying images to shine through, colors and textures appear in beautiful ways.
Alongside the photography of David Clack, they partnered with artist, Shelly Hearne. Her designs and delicate artwork are available in a wide variety of jewelry styles. They discovered that by using just the giclée prints of the image and a layer of UV protection, they were able to create ultra-lightweight, waterproof jewelry. All of their DC Designs earrings are handcrafted in their studio in Fort Collins, Colorado. Their hypoallergenic ear wires are made of antique copper on steel and contain contain no nickel. The prints are UV protected and water resistant. Most of the earrings we carry in Essential Art Gallery & Fine Gifts are designs from Shelly Hearne’s Collection.
Meet: Shelly Hearne
From growing up on Cape Cod, to raising my own family in Colorado, my life has continually been filled with movement and color--the most essential elements of my work. While these elements have always been present, my self-awareness as an artist did not surface until much later in life.
I grew up, one of six children, in a little town called Falmouth, Massachusetts. It was during high school that I first discovered my appreciation for art, and that I had a knack for it. Not knowing what to do with this knack, and needing a change of environment, I joined the Air Force after graduation. During my service, I was fortunate enough to travel all over this country, as well as others, and to see the world through a different lens.
During my final years in the reserves, I began focusing more on art and earned a degree in Interior Design. After working with an architect for a short time, I found that this type of work did not allow me the creative expression for which I was searching, so I began painting for myself again.
I had finally found a medium and a method that was satisfying and I wanted to learn more. I taught myself, through trial and error, to capture the curve of a calla lily, the rolling shadows of a mountain and the ever-changing colors of a forest. My artistic influences include the works of Wolf Kahn and Georgia O'Keefe, among others. I have worked with media ranging from copper, pastels and textured paper to acrylic paint and varyingly textured canvas. My tools have ranged from my own fingers, paintbrushes, and socks to my more recent favorite, a palette knife.