Gaeten Lowrie:

Gaeten Lowrie is a visual artist based in Wilmington, NC, USA. He is most known for his signature pen & ink style, which is often compared to stained glass because of its highly-saturated jewel tones. Artist Gaeten Lowrie’s murals perfectly depict the positive vibes in Leland’s new Eternal Sunshine Café and LunaBelle Gift Shop and Gallery. For a complete interview see:

Nancy Turner:
Nancy Turner lives in Southport, North Carolina where she creates art and teaches it. She is originally from Massachusetts but has been a North Carolina resident for twenty years now. Nancy is a visual artist who paints with acrylics, oils, watercolors, and her favorite; alcohol inks. She also creates and sells Resin art, such as coasters and lazy Susan’s. Her favorite piece of art that she has created is the image below of the ship on glass with the alcohol inks.

How did you get into art initially?
“In school I did mostly charcoal portraits, but life and work took over. Ironically, at 65 I attended a paint and sip party aboard a cruise ship in Hawaii. I fell in love with painting again and came home and started creating.”

How has your art changed over time?

“My art has dramatically changed, from classes, to practice, practice, practice. I usually paint everyday. I’ve explored all mediums; even making jewelry with alcohol inks.”

Have you always wanted to create art?
“Yes, and I can’t wait to start on the wall mural in Holden Beach.”

Who inspires you the most?
“Certainly the obvious ones; Van Gogh, Manet, etcetera, but I’ve also learned a lot from painters such as Bob Ross and Leonid Afremov.” Nancy also credits some of her inspiration to the Alcohol Ink Society’s talented artists and teachers, who give her monthly challenges to expand her comfort zone.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they like it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol