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Exhibition - Wild

“All the wild world is beautiful, and it matters but little where we go, to highlands or lowlands, woods or plains, on the sea or land… or in the sky.” This quote by John Muir serves as inspiration for Christie Coker and Andrea Wilkinson as they express their love of nature. WILD is a collaborative effort combining Wilkinson’s exquisite sculptural portraits of wild animals with Coker’s textural landscape paintings which are evocative of the environs in which these animals live. In the words of Muir, each artist believes that “…keeping close to Nature’s heart is a way to wash your spirit clean.”

Coker’s works of art in this collection are inspired by the spectacular landscape and animals of Yellowstone National Park, as well as the landscape and animals found in rural areas of Texas. The paintings are acrylic on textured surfaces with the creative process unfolding spontaneously as they develop. As collaborative partners for this show, Wilkinson and Coker like to find ways in which they each show their own version of an animal; Wilkinson showing the animal in 3-D and Coker showing the animal in a 2-D format where its environment is the focus.

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