Our Hearts are in Our Shed
Our art business, Shed Art, is named for the artist space shared by me, Lynne Brown, a graphic artist and my husband, Joe Bircher, an architect. We love our small design and fine art studio in Winston Salem, North Carolina. My heart is warmed to know you are getting to know us as we grow and add more of our work to our site. We hope that our art on your walls will transform your spaces into places you love to be just as our shed is where we truly love to be.
I am a graphic and visual artist. My lifetime career began in graphic art, which in the industry, evolved into digital design for the Web. I have always loved to draw and paint and studied fine art at the University of Missouri before attending and graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta. I worked as a creative specialist and art director in Atlanta and as a digital designer at a corporation.
A fine art enthusiast, my love of appreciating and making art has led me to combine my varied artistic skills to develop my own work, from drawing and painting to graphic arts and photography.
My art is inspired by my creative thoughts or ideas and I paint and photograph subjects that move me. This may be people, a scene, or a still life. I aspire to capture moments or vignettes that I connect with emotionally. I particularly love painting flowers and am practicing painting abstracted versions of them.
I am glad you took the time to learn a little about us and our artwork. It is our hope that you will also be inspired by our work and our dream that you may find it to be the perfect artistic décor for your walls.
My husband, Joe Bircher, an architect and painter, composes what he calls Ab-scapes from satellite images of the state of Kansas where he was born. He is captivated by the geometry of the land and the interface of the natural geography and man-made features, including the endless grid of roads, properties and farmland, a system of dividing land into parcels dating back to and recorded in the Land Ordinance of 1785.
He finds the quilt-like quality of the landscapes that provides infinite subject matter for his art particularly fascinating. These aerial images refer to our agricultural industry and how the earth has been imprinted by man with center pivot irrigation systems and machinery in the planting and harvesting of crops, forming circles and intricate patterns and textures on the earth. A viewer of his art may think they are looking at an abstract painting when in fact it is more of a landscape. "It is the juxtaposition of the grid to the natural features of the landscape such as rivers, creeks and trees that creates an endless variety of visually intriguing compositions that express the beauty of this part of the country," he says of his 2-dimensional geometric aerial landscapes.
"I think of these works as Ab-scapes because of the abstract appearance of the work. I capture this imagery and reinterpret it using a painterly approach and sometimes combine a collage technique using pasted paper images with paint on panels. I hope to convey the beauty of this land in the Midwest captured in these images as portrayed with an artistic interpretation."