meet our members
Kevin Dean Trotter was born at Richards-Gebaur Air Force base Belton, Missouri and was the second eldest of six kids. Kevin’s father was a member of the USAF 4400 Air Commandos Squadron and was one of the first one hundred men deployed into Vietnam. After his service in the military, Kevin’s father moved the family back to his home state of North Carolina.
Kevin began painting at the age of eight, when his grandfather gave him and his older brother, Clay, an artist paint set for Christmas. He is a self-taught, award winning artist who has a passion for oil painting, pencil, and sculpting. Kevin has had his art on display at Duke University and a permanent sculpture at Clemson University.
Kevin went on to work in the packaging industry as a graphic artist/print specialist. He has designed for or collaborated on projects for some of the top names in the fashion and food industries, as well as all of the big name department stores. His work has allowed him to maintain friendships and partner with people around the world of different cultures, for which he is truly grateful. Kevin is married to his wife, Donna and they have two adopted children, Stephen and Laura. Both Kevin and Donna advocate for adopted children, especially those with Special Needs and are actively involved with organizations that serve the Special Needs Community.
Contact Kevin: | phone: 336-239-1856 | email: | website#1: artbykevintrotter.com
website#2: trotterbrothersart.com | Facebook: Art by Kevin Trotter
Pam Baldwin is best known as the owner and designer behind paperclutch, where she transforms her watercolor paintings and unique art techniques into invitations & stationery. She is also known for her fun, energetic, and unique craft parties that take place around the community.
Pam has always loved creating although she never knew a creative career was an option. She spray painted her bedroom walls with chalkboard paint (before it was trendy), thought her TV would look better painted pink, and found artsy uses for almost everything, even plumbers putty.
She never went to art school but made many attempts at a creative career before finally finding her calling. She started out with mixed media collage, then dabbled in bracelet making before picking up a liquid watercolor set. Many of her pieces are painted using watercolor & white ink but she still loves mixed media and manipulating found and used objects into art.
Contact Pam: | email: | website: www.paperclutch.com
Instagram: | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paperclutch/
Dana Holliday is a mural artist living in Thomasville, NC. She has been actively painting murals and faux finishes for over 20 years. Dana has been influenced by Impressionism and the works of Georgia O’Keefe while travelling to Europe, South America and New Zealand, she gathered ideas, techniques and the qualities of many cultures to integrate into her highly unique artistic style. She has created many works with a realistic or impressionistic flair and is currently exploring the spontaneity of more abstract art.
Dana loves people and her outgoing and personal style makes her a wonderful person to work with in your home or office. Dana’s special gift is to bring life to the visions of her clients and bring those visions to reality.
Artist Dana Holliday specializes in residential and commercial murals. Her hand-painted work graces numerous commercial showrooms, restaurants, corporate offices and private homes across the United States and abroad. Dana Holliday specializes in large scale murals, trompe l'oeil, faux and decorative finishes, and more recently Encaustic art. To commission artwork, email Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to her website .www.danaholliday.com.
Contact Dana: | email: | website: https://www.danaholliday.com/
Instagram: @dana.holliday.artist | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danahollidayartist/
Originally from a rural farming town in Central Illinois, I developed a reverence for nature. Days spent riding horses, camping, gardening, and caring for the animals on my parents' farm developed the cornerstone of my fine art and illustrations. Today, I find inspiration during my travels and at my North Carolina homestead with my family and pets. This spring I have launched a large-scale conservation project which includes an apiary and the conversion of 4 acres into a pollinator habitat focusing on native plants.
While traveling at home and abroad, I spend hours observing and photographing my surroundings. I love capturing my adventures to places such as Australia, France, and within the United States. I transform those memories into beautiful art and share the stories that accompany them through my watermedia paintings. From the noble spirit of the wild horse to a candid moment between mother and child, it is my commitment to connect the viewer with their essence.
Mostly a self-taught artist, my artwork is included in numerous private art collections globally. My works have been exhibited in both group and solo shows. Along with my fine art, I provide art lessons out of my home studio and have been commissioned for book cover art, illustrations, business and residential murals, greeting cards, and pet portraits.
Contact Misty: | email: | website: http://mistybirosart.com/
| Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mistybirosart/
Kelly Johnson is the owner and creator of Create at 528. Create at 528 is a small business that creates Vinyl Decals, Clothing, Home Decor and More.
In December 2016 three years after graduating college with a Degree in Advertising and Graphic Design she decided to stay at home with my beautiful baby girl and to focus on building my own small business Create at 528. Create at 528 is named after the address that she became an official small business sole proprietor. The 528 represents the house number it all began.
Contact Kelly: | email: | website: http://createat528.com/
| Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/createat528/
Owner of Pax Studios, Paxton Taylor, better known as Pax, is a North Carolina-based graphic designer. She’s a creative thinker, who’s not afraid of a challenge. An occasional daydreamer, who is driven by work. And a mess maker, who finds peace in the process. Paxton attended High Point University where she gained her B.A. in Graphic Design. While in college, she studied design under NY Art Directors Club Hall of Fame inductee, Allan Beaver. Met and interviewed award-winning designers, Milton Glaser, and Art Chantry. She was the lead coordinator of a talk and workshop with acclaimed graphic designers Aaron Draplin (‘18), and Bob Gill (‘19) as the AIGA student group president.
Her work has been featured in Earnshaw’s, a children’s wholesale clothing magazine, Graphic Design Collective, and was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Adobe Design Achievement Awards.
Paxton is a member of the AIGA, The Professional Association for Design, the Type Directors Club, and Kappa Pi, The International Honorary Art Fraternity.
Contact Paxton: phone: 336-880-1647 | email: email@example.com | website: https://www.pax.studio/
Instagram: @_paxstudio | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paxstudioo/
Grace began her film career in Vancouver, Canada where she moved through the production hierarchy from production assistant to production manager and then transferred to the art department (set design and props) in the late 90s before moving to Thomasville, North Carolina.
From 2003 to 2010, she worked as the marketing director for a start-up law firm, which began with two attorneys and a staff of 5, overseeing television, radio, social media, digital media, direct mail and print advertising campaigns. By the time Grace left the law firm to start GeoCore Films, the law firm had out grown their leased space and moved into a newly bought building to house 5 attorneys and a supporting staff of 23.
Contact Grace: phone: 336-479-5319 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | website: http://geocorecreative.com/
Instagram: @geocorecreative | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geocorecreative/
Amy D. McKnight
Amy McKnight is a freestyle hand weaver and fiber artist living in Lexington, NC. She enjoys creating all manner of textiles from clothing to wall hangings. Amy is at her best teaching people how to create and has taught thousands of people the basics of sewing, weaving, and fiber art though in person classes, social media posts, and videos.
Contact Amy: phone: 336-653-0367 | email: email@example.com | website: https://weavefreestyle.com/
His civilian careers as an artist and an Obstetrician-Gynecologist started in
Davidson County in 1973. At the 1980 members exhibition of the Davidson
County Art Guild, he won his first artistic award “People’s Choice Award “. He tied
with Katherine Skipper, well known as Lexington’s beloved watercolor artist,
teacher, and leader of the Davidson County Art Guild. At about the same time, he
was awarded the Forsyth Hospital Auxiliary Purchase Award. He won 1st and 3rd
Watercolor Awards of the American Physicians’ Art Association in Atlanta and
San Antonio. He has been featured in exhibitions at DCCC and Bowman-Gray
School of Medicine. He has also been juried in many exhibits such as the North
Carolina Watercolor Society.
After medical retirement, he opened Best in Show Inc. Gallery, 20 Salem Street,
Thomasville, for the purpose of displaying and promoting local artists. Store hours
are 2 PM - 4 PM weekdays, when he is there painting and by appointment 336-558-
5356. He specializes in and teaches watercolors. In the Gallery he has also had paint-
ins for Alzheimer Research. This year he painted examples of whimsical Christmas
cards to be copied at the event. These will now be featured on his Facebook pages
Other artistic endeavors have included 1. Furniture production and caning chairs 2.
Embroidering and making a quilt on a pedal sewing machine, 3. Producing copper
outdoor sculptures, which he displays around the KOI ponds at his home 4.
Designing additions to his home and offices.