West Coast Artists Jennifer Brinley & Karl Johnson
|Jennifer enjoys painting with bright, bold colors and has a broad range of themes she illustrates including flowers, fruit, veggies, seasonal, garden, animals of the land and sea, locations in Europe and various characters. Her designs can be simple, complex, realistic or have a folk art feel. Jennifer says, "the purpose of good design is to tickle the eye and stir the imagination."|
Long considered one of America's premier silhouette artists, Karl Johnson has been practicing this rare art form for most of his life. Karl learned this unique skill from his father, who had been taught many years earlier by a long time friend of the family. Starting when he was only ten years old, Karl estimates that he has freehand cut hundreds of thousands of silhouette images.
Silouhettes Of Everyone and Everything
From a young age, Karl took to this unusual art form extremely well. He attributes this, in part, to having vision in only one eye. Not having binocular vision forces Karl to judge the distance and shape of an object through the examination of its shadow. This allows him to capture an image in an uncanny way. Cat & Grasshopper Accent Rug features a screen print image of a black cat.The image was originally created as one of Karl's silhouettes. Cat stares at the grasshopper quietly sitting on its tail, surrounded by butterflies.