Artists Bio's 

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Brad McDonald

Metal Arts Creations

Brad is the artist and creative force behind 13 Crows Art, created in May 2016. He was born and raised in Mountlake Terrace, WA and now lives in Spokane, WA. Brad enjoys cooking, traveling, taking his Basset Hound Oliver on walks, hanging with neighbors and working in his shop.

Brad has a background in welding/fabricating adding accuracy and craftsmanship to tables, frames, etc. His work is primarily devoted to the creation of metal sculptures and a myriad of functional art for residences and office spaces.

His particular style of esoteric art is dedicated to adding an original and unique one of a kind decoration to his clients’ collections.

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Dan Droz

Steam Punk

Our world exists in three dimensions; but there is a fourth, non-discursive realm: The Fourth Vortex. I create three dimensional works from salvaged items, especially abandoned musical instruments. I like used things; they capture the energy of those that have handled them before. Musical instruments are especially infused with effort, emotion and creativity and yet they are eventually abandoned. There is an existential message in this as items that once held “meaning” have been allowed to become dilapidated and discarded. The goal of my mixed media sculptures is to initially appear as sound but be revealed as shadows and light as in the instant eternity between lighting and thunder.

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Ezekial Fee

Watercolor and Charcoal Artist

Ezekiel Fee is a 20 year old local, self-taught artist. Picking up a brush in 2014, at age 14, he began his journey.

Ezekiel's watercolor captured simple beauty in the everyday. Movement emanates from a rainy street. A flash of color and you feel the storm. With a striking use of contrast and the softest hues, his work brings crisp definition and subtle suggestion. His watercolors capture a moment we can slip into... and feel. While more recently exploring charcoal, he's able to catch the same feeling in a completely different medium.

Ezekiel designed the winning poster art for 2019 Art on the Green, while also getting 2nd place in the Juried Painting category.

You can find Ezekiel on Instagram @ezekielfee and Youtube: Ezekiel Fee

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Greg Chapelski

Greg recently moved to Coeur d’Alene after having lived in Colorado over 50 years, a major part of which he free-lanced as a writer and illustrator in the world of advertising. He is a graduate of Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design in Denver.

Outside of a few formal watercolor classes during his school years, he is mostly self-taught. Now retired, Greg has devoted himself to mastering the medium of watercolor and teaching it to others. He often drives his pick-up truck on back-roads, with camera in hand, to photograph reference material such as old structures, steam engines, rusty pick-ups, or anything with scenic or nostalgic value…. Click, click!

Being a craftsman in all he does, Greg makes almost all of the frames for his paintings, along with cutting mats, fitting glass and installing the hangers. As he says’ “It’s a part of the process”. Enjoy!

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Jason Sanchez

Jason Sanchez, one of our long standing International Award Winning artists here at the Blackwell Gallery, is a disabled American Veteran. We are so proud of him and his service to our country in the Army as well as all Veterans who have given so much.

The 37 year old artist is married with 4 children and lives here in Coeur d’Alene. We love the range of his artistic talent and are proud to showcase his acrylic and oil paintings as well as his steel, bronze, aluminum and wood sculptures.

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Johnathan McGuire

Abstract Oils and Acrylic Painter

Johnathan McGuire's interest in art first started as a collector. With many painting in his personal collection, Johnathan was inspired to start painting through his relationships with other artists. These other artist encouraged him to start painting without the need for any formal training. This lack of formal training combined with his love of colors and dramatic expression immediately drew him too abstract art.

He always considers himself an art collector FIRST, and an artist second. Along with his daughter Aria, he is constantly on the hunt for new pieces to add to his collection, searching at local galleries, boutiques and thrift stores. A local small business owner and accomplished pianist, Johnathan loves living in the Pacific Northwest and contributing to our vibrant local artistic culture.

You can view Johnathans collection at jemworldgallery.com

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Lindsay Thiele

Lindsay Thiele

Oil and Acrylic Painter

Lindsay is a North Idaho based artist who works with various paint mediums, primarily using acrylic and oil. Lindsay holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and has been a creator for years, though, just recently began her pursuit in painting full-time.

Lindsay is drawn to the quiet, confident, mysterious strength exuded in wildlife and enjoys creating pieces that communicate this feel. She was quite surprised, too discover a strong interest and enjoyment in painting portraits of people as well. Her process varies, sometimes beginning with graphite, pen and inks then finishing in oils, other times a piece will be created wholly using oils.

As many artists define their style, right now Lindsay is compelled to keep experimenting with paint. She enjoys both contemporary and traditional styles and will continue playing in both.

Lindsay currently resides in Hayden with her Husband Nick and their silly pup Bodhi.

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Michael Donaldson

Michael's passion for both nature and photography is translated superbly in the images he captures. He's a self-taught photographer who's been shooting nature photos for 39 years and loves nothing more than to show off the natural beauty of this amazing country we live in through his lens.

Michael is originally from Buffalo/Niagara Falls are of New York, but has lived many places during his aviation career with the US Air Force, the airlines and presently with the FA including Germany, Nebraska, Florida, Wisconsin, Montana, and Alaska. He now calls Coeur d'Alene home after living in the area for over 10 years. He loves to travel all over the Northwest and has gone through great lengths to get that one special shot that makes his heart race. One of his goals is to make the viewer feel like that were standing right there when the photo was taken - that they not only see the photo, but that it personally reaches deep into their heart and soul.

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Nick Bradley

Nick Bradley is a local artist who creates unique art out of old iron parts and pieces. We are currently featuring his “Fullness of the Heart” Collection.

Over the past 30 years Nick’s day job has been repairing freight cars for the Union Pacific Railroad. He has combined his welding background, natural creative talent and access to iron parts, pieces and scraps to create some truly unique art. His motto is “upcycle, re-purpose, recycle, reclaim … but most of all ENJOY!”.

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Peggy Ann Thompson

Peggy has a passion for art and her paintings are inspired by natures treasures, intuition, light and imagination. She has been painting since early childhood. Her mother was an amazing artist and she had a profound effect on her life as a painter. She was born and raised in the south and lived in Hawaii for 25 years before moving to Idaho in 2008. The dramatic changes and having the opportunity to experience the four seasons has helped her to evolve as an artist. She is self taught and inspired by impressionist masters Monet, Van Gogh and Degas. Peggy has studied their compositions, light and emotion. She paints in oils using a palette knife ... layering to build interest, depth and magnetism. It is a unique impasto process using a large amount of paint.

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Stephen Shortridge

Stephen Charles Shortridge, the artist may be more familiar to you as an actor. During the seventies and eighties, Shortridge built an enviable career appearing in such well-known television series as "Welcome Back Kotter" and "The Love Boat". He co-starred with Debbie Reynolds on the ABC show "Aloha Paradise". He spent the year of 1987 playing the role of David Reed as part of the original cast on the CBS daytime soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful". Stephen also worked regularly as a model and appeared in over fifty TV commercials.

Stephen enjoyed acting but found painting much more creatively satisfying and explains, "In acting a large part of the creative process had taken place by the time I was involved. In contrast, painting gives me complete control from start to finish, which is good and bad. Good when the work is good, ... bad, when there is no one else to blame for bad but me."

"I think the most important aspect of creating is staying true to your heart...

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Tony Mills

WildLife Photographer

Tony Mills is a longtime resident of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. He is an outdoor and wildlife enthusiast who loves hiking, fishing, hunting, camping and of course Photography. Tony spends much of his time in the outdoors enjoying all life has to offer and sharing it with others through his images.

Photography holds a special place in his heart and studying his subjects in their habitat is one of his favorite places to be. Tony has a great appreciation and respect for nature and loves to capture it, some in photo's and some meant just for a memory.

It is very important to Tony for the subject to be captured in its best and natural state to display the beauty of not only God's creatures but in God's country.

Tony's passion is bringing the beauty of the outdoors inside to you, so that you too can be in awe and wonder along side of him. He finds great reward in sharing images with those who are not as fortunate to have the opportunity,...

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Will Bullas - Happy Hour Collection

The Art of Will Bullas

Happy Hour Collection

Born in Ohio and raised in the Southwest, Will Bullas enrolled at Arizona State University and was majoring in fine arts with a minor in dramatic arts when he was drafted. In Vietnam, his first professional pieces were pencil portraits of fellow soldiers, which were sent to loved ones back home. Returning from military duty, he enrolled in the Brooks Institute of Fine Art in Santa Barbara, California and graduated with a degree in oil painting.

With the encouragement of his wife, Claudia, he then quit his printing press job—reproducing the work of other artists—and concentrated on his own art. The couple settled in California, where Will's exclusive relationship with galleries resulted in a growing group of dedicated, enthusiastic collectors.

Will makes fine art fun. This master of one-liners combines award winning artist skills with a hilarious point of view, creating a refreshing and unexpected new way...

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WoodLab

"Tree to table sustainable" handcrafted custom furniture, river tables & household goods + wood slab and @EcoPoxy sales from our shop in Eagle, ID https://woodlab.co/

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Anne Hedin

Anne Hedin born and raised in the Pacific Northwest finds that her love of art, nature, and wildlife fuels her passion for creation. Her paintings are unique in style and bold pops of color and powerful use of line. As a champion of the arts, Hedin often contributes her time and talents to bring more art accessibility to Idaho and Washington through her community based art installations. You can view more of Anne's work on instagram at amhedin_art or Tik Tok at amhedin.com

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