By Catherine Rush Thompson
A picture is worth a thousand words and a beautiful painting is priceless. Ann Trusty and John Hulsey are local artists, authors and teachers with over 40 years of experience in painting the world's beautiful places. They are both native Kansas Citians who create their masterpieces in their local art studio in Lawrence, Kansas, as well as during their travels around the world. These two artists capably capture the beauty around the world, including many French landscapes and cities.
John Hulsey is the recipient of numerous awards and his paintings are included in many corporate and private collections: The Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C.; The Hudson River Reference Collection, Garrison, New York; The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; The United States Embassies in Australia and Jordan; and The Albrecht- Kemper Museum of Fine Art, St. Joseph, Missouri, to name a few. To see more of his fine art, visit: www.johnhulsey.com.
John is known for producing new work for exhibition and teaching national and international workshops. Constance Berdan Sherman, artist and faculty member of the State University of New York, describes John’s work: "After many years of living the landscape, so to speak, John has developed consummate skill in presenting its aspects on paper or canvas, and his generosity in imparting these skills in workshops and articles is widely known. Far beyond this, the scope of his gift to us in these works is difficult to describe. He seems to be not so much painting a picture for us as giving us the landscape in an almost literal sense. We are at the point of observation, not excluded by a frame nor witnesses to an event. We participate in the landscape, witnessing what we may always have known but rarely call to conscious thought. We know how those small waves break on the shore, how the sand shines and reflects for an instant, how the luster departs as the water sinks in. We have seen those patches of sunlight and shadow moving over the hills, and he reminds us that we know them. We know how those small rivers glow as they wind out in the sunset, although we may have forgotten in the traffic of living. John's paintings represent, re-present, give us back our presence in the landscape and our feeling of existing in it under the sky. This is a grand gift in all senses. We need to be reminded occasionally how the light embraces, and then moves on. There is some sort of magic in capturing the instant with this degree of perception." John has produced commissioned paintings for many of the major publishers including Random House, Readers Digest, and Time Magazine, which featured his watercolor portrait of Margaret Thatcher on the cover.
His wife, Ann Trusty, is equally gifted. Ann studied fine art at Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts; the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Kansas. In 1980 she moved to Garrison, New York and a studio in the former train station overlooking the Hudson River where she continued to develop and show her work for ten years.
She has exhibited her work in one and two-person exhibitions at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Fine Art, St. Joseph, Missouri; the Louise Jones Brown Gallery at Duke University; the Westchester Gallery at the State University of New York, White Plains; the Hemisphere Club, Rockefeller Center, New York; and the Alice and Hamilton Fish Library Gallery, Garrison, New York.
In addition, her work has been included in juried and group exhibitions at the Museum of San Diego History; the Islamic Arts Museum, Istanbul, Turkey; the Turkish American Society, Ankara, Turkey; the Union des Maisons des Metiers d'Art Francais, Paris, France; the Musee de l'Impression sur Etoffes, Mulhouse, France; the Musee-Chateau d'Annecy, Annecy, France; the Musee des Beaux Arts, Angers, France; the Galerie des Tanneurs, Tours, France; and the Gayle Willson Gallery, Southampton, New York.
Ms. Trusty's work has received the Merit Award from the American Craft Awards, New York, New York and has been featured in Decorative Design (Gakken Art Books, Tokyo, Japan). Ann’s work has been included in juried and group exhibitions around the world. A description of her work is captured by Patricia Malarcher, a textile artist and writer named honorary fellow in 2020 for her scholarship, research, and advocacy as a contributor of articles on craft to the New York Times and the editor of Surface Design Journal: “The distinctive character of Ms. Trusty's work lies in her fresh, energetic compositions . . . she creates abstract color fields enlivened by scraps of cloth that dance, fly and dynamically explode across the surfaces."
Both Ann and John have traveled the world, exhibiting their work and offering workshops. Their remarkable experiences and lessons are shared on their subscription educational website: The Artist’s Road (www.theartistsroad.net). A subscription may be required to read all articles on this site; however, some information is free. Topics that can be explored at their extensive site include: Oil Painting, Watercolor Painting, Pastel Painting, Step-by-Step Demonstrations, How-Tos, Demonstration Videos, Art History, Impressionism, The Perspectives Archive, Places (inspiring locations to paint), The Art of Beauty, Nocturnes, Voices of Experience, and Live On-Line Painting Workshops in Oil and Watercolor.
Francophiles can appreciate The Artist’s Road blogs about famous artists including Van Gogh and Cezanne, along with step-by-step painting demonstrations of treasured landscapes in Provence.
Featured stories include:
• In the Footsteps of Van Gogh – Part I and II
• In the Footsteps of Cezanne, Painting in Provence
• Step-by-Step watercolor plein air painting demonstration, Le Pont d'Avignon, by John Hulsey
• Through the Trees, Lourmarin,"Learn to Develop a Point of View"
• An Artist’s Tour of Provence – Parts I, II, III, and IV
• Ochre - The Color of Provence
• Poppy Fields near Ventabren
• Casein - An Overlooked Medium
• French Language Tips for Artists
You may also view their remarkable works of art at their website:
Do you feel inspired to explore your artistic abilities? This summer John and Ann are offering online workshops for those interested in capturing beauty:
www.the artists road.net
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