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Robin and Coleen Overton

Prelude: When I sat down with Robin and Colleen Overton from Sullivan, Indiana to interview Robin about his art, it became apparent to me very quickly that Robin and Colleen are a team. Robin is the artist and Colleen, his wife, is his biggest fan and inspiration, and she works to help him market himself. Just talking with them both was inspiring to me. Robin is a full-time paramedic who draws, writes books, was a Buck Skinner and even built a twelve-foot replica of the Titanic. Both are genuine, humble and both love their lives. Brian Miller     Brian: What got you started drawing?   Robin: I have been drawing as long as I can remember. When I was...

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Sister Jody O'Neil

Prelude: Sister Jody O’Neil is an artist-in-residence with the Sisters of Providence at the Roethele Art Studio on the SP Motherhouse grounds at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Her website is appropriately titled creationsights.org. Working in an environment rooted in spiritual values and eco-justice, it is obvious that she enjoys her work as much as her work environment. Her work ranges in a variety of media from acrylic, oil on canvas, water media collage and pastel pencil on paper to watercolor. I encourage you to visit her website, www.creationsights.org.   Brian Miller   ***   Brian: Where did your journey begin?   Sister Jody: My love for art began with the encouragement of my art teacher at Holy Spirit grade school in Indianapolis,...

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Solly Burton

Prelude: What does it take to become the national champion mandolin player? Not once, not twice, but three times! Well, you could do what Solly Burton did at the age of nine and have your mom buy you a used mandolin for $50 at a yard sale and have your dad piece it back together and then just start pickin’ and doodlin’ until you become good at it…I mean really, really good at it. Solly is now 27 years old, and lives on a farm in rural Graysville, Indiana where he raises chickens, has a business rebuilding jet skis and helps his dad farm. When I was interviewing him, he nonchalantly picked up the mandolin and starting playing as easily...

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Soulaf "Soully" Abas

Prelude: Soulaf “Soully” Abas is an artist and Teaching Assistant at Indiana State University (ISU). She holds Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees from ISU. She works out of a shared studio space in the Fairbanks Library on the ISU campus. At 29 years old, Soully has experienced more than most of us will ever experience in a lifetime. When you look into her eyes, you get a sense of her sorrow, love and passion for her art, her homeland and the Syrian refugee children she is helping. I hope this interview touches a few of you, so that we don’t forget about the victims of the crisis in Syria.   Brian Miller     Brian: You recently returned...

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Steve & Carolyn Phillips

Prelude: “I have known Steve and Carolyn Phillips since my college days. They are both the exceptional and the exceptions. They are life partners, and both work in metals. They breathe, eat and live art. Carolyn works in her studio inside their beautiful dome home, which Steve built, and Steve works in his workshop separate from the house. Carolyn works in fine metals, mostly silver with intricate, original jewelry design; Steve sculpts imaginatively with mild and stainless steel. They are prolific artists who continue to pursue pushing their ideas and media.” Just like their art, they are inspiring to be around.” You can see more of their work at the www.studio47designs.com website.   Brian Miller     Brian: You have...

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