Our Background

Our Background

Our Background

Marty and Julie at work.

We have been involved with art since we have known each other. Both of us are artists. I work in a variety of mediums, including printmaking, fiber and installations. Marty, without any formal training, has done everything from welding to producing furniture crafted from antler and horn. For over 30 years we have collected furniture, clocks, folk art, Native American baskets and rugs, whalebone carvings and now, Visionary Art. It has been investigating our own motivations for what we created and trying different processes that we found ourselves doing the same thing when contemplating someone else's work. The more art we looked at the more we were seeking pieces that had something to say and did it a little bit differently.

Our first exposure to Visionary Art (Outsider Art) was via the internet and we were hooked. The work was spontaneous, thought-provoking, fun, scary. Its beauty was in its diversity, its inability to be categorized. The artists were not worried about trends or, in many cases, even selling their work. They just wanted to express themselves.