Bios on this Page: Linda Rawlings
Mary Rice
Chuck Smith
Ann Snyder
Etta Sutton

Linda Rawlings
Studied art in New York City at the Museum of Modern Art.  Attended the Art Students league for Life Drawing. Painting and Etching Classes during my high school and college years.

Received a Studio Arts Degree with a minor in Art History and teaching certification at Marymount Manhattan college and Photography from St. Johns University.  Post Baccalaureate studies at The New York Institute of Photography- Professional Photography and digital Photography as well as Graduate work in Photography at Texas Tech University.  Attended advanced jewelry and printmaking workshops.

Taught advanced art and photography for 19 years and was Visual Art chairman.  Taught educator classes in Alternative printing techniques, silkscreen printing, photo-etching and handmade paper and book art.

Current focus in landscape, nature and old, historic structures.

My work has been exhibited in NYC, California, Houston, Austin & Wimberley, Texas.

Currently residing along the beautiful White River in Arkansas and being inspired daily bu its pristine, natural beauty and rich history.

Mary Rice
I was born in Camden, AR. and grew up in Little Rock. I got married and moved away with my husband who was a truck driver. We’ve lived in Illinois, Tennessee, Kansas, and Missouri. We have five children and seven grandchildren.

I worked with Special ED children for 17 years in the Grandview, Mo. school district. When I retired in 2006 and moved to Mt. View, my sister talked me into taking painting classes with Peggy Taylor, Sue Coon, Betty Ward, and Carol Terry.

I can be reached:
phone 870-269-8181
161 Shadow Lane
Mt. View, AR 72560

Chuck Smith lives in Mountain View with his wife and two children, and is fascinated by the world in which he lives. Light, color, and form all working together.  He studies the greats, and is influenced by contemporary artists, to create his own unique blend of natural realism.  Chuck, Studied art at Arkansas State University,  then later at the Art Institute, but finds the most rewarding teacher to be life itself.  Living in the Ozarks there is no shortage of influences, in nature and in fellow artist

Ann Snyder
I paint because I have to. There’s something about creating that brings out the best in me."

From oil, acrylic and watercolor painting to collages, Ann Snyder uses her passion for color to give energy to landscapes, still life and floral works. “Creating something I’ve never seen before gives me a sense of fulfillment…it’s experiencing a God-given expression. The challenge lies in seeing the world with fresh new eyes.”

Ann has become intrigued with the art of collage and each day discovers new techniques to create moods and drama that draws the viewer into the paintings. “In collage art, I work with unusual materials, mediums and semi-abstract shapes. The combination pushes me to look at the world in new ways.”

Painting started as a pastime and is now a driving force for Ann. In addition to a focus on her own work and involvement in several key art organizations, she finds time to work with others, helping them explore and discover their own talent for painting.

 Etta Sutton began life in Clarksville, AR.  She was  raised in Little Rock, AR, and then moved to Mountain View, AR in 1979. After working for 23 years for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, first as radio operator for 13 years, then as a fisheries technician for 10 years, she retired in 2005. After raising two daughters, she now has time to finally pursue her lifelong desire to draw and paint. She belongs to the Mountain View Art Guild, The Eastern Star, and The Historical Museum and served on the Artisans Council in 2008.

Etta has trained with many talented instructors and has gleaned ideas and techniques from them and has taken that knowledge and developed her own unique style of painting. She likes to work fast and furious, when she gets started, she can’t wait to see how it will turn out. As each painting comes to life, she is eager to find new and interesting subjects to put brush to paper or canvas. She never tires of the beautiful scenes that God has provided for inspiration.

Etta’s studio is located about 20 miles east of Mountain View, on highway 14, between Batesville and Mountain View, in a two-story cedar log cabin, that she and her husband  built  and lived in for 24 years. She and her husband are currently re-modeling the two-story cedar cabin. It should be ready by fall. She now lives at the foot of the cedar log cabin, on the same property.  She decided to turn her log cabin into her studio, as she has outgrown her current studio. She hasn’t settled on a new name for her studio, as for now it is called Etta’s Art Studio,  she may come up with something different, now that she will be moving into her new studio this fall.

Etta has been showing at the Ozark Folk Center for the past five years. She entered and won the contest that the Chamber held and her work was shown on the flyer that advertised the Artisans Market for 2008.

She has also competed in the Stone County Fair, won best of show, The Leslie Historical Museum and has work displayed at the Skillet Restaurant, and local banks, the Library, hospital, and the Ozark Folk Center.

Come check out the new cabin and the magnificent view of the mountains.   She has been told  that it is a million-dollar view, and she agrees, “come see for yourself”. She can be reached at 35005 Hwy 14, Marcella, AR 72555, 870-652-3423 or 870-213-5453.

Etta enjoys working in all mediums, oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel and pen and ink. She can’t decide which she loves the best. When someone asks which medium she prefers , she says  “…the one I am using at the time”.