RavensBendFolkArt

Halloween Folk Art and Primitive Home Decor

Cobden, Illinois · 885 Sales

RavensBendFolkArt

Halloween Folk Art and Primitive Home Decor

Cobden, Illinois 885 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Note from shop owner Thank you for visiting Ravens Bend Folk Art. My shop will reopen in at the end of July. Have a great week!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jul 16, 2018

Thank you for visiting Ravens Bend Folk Art. My shop will reopen in at the end of July. Have a great week!

Sharon Wittke

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Sharon Wittke

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Folk Art - A Way of Life in Rural America

Welcome to Ravens Bend Folk Art. My name is Sharon Wittke and I live in the beautiful Shawnee Hills of southernmost Illinois where my studio window overlooks a peaceful pasture filled with grazing longhorn cattle.

I begin each day with a paintbrush in my hand. I’m a self-taught decorative artist, and my painting style is a blend of naïve, narrative and folk art with a touch of whimsy thrown in for good measure.

Using acrylics, I paint my original designs on a variety of surfaces. Wooden bowls and plates, chairs, three legged stools, cheese boxes, and antique kitchen utensils are among my favorite items to decorate. I scour local antique and resale shops for odd or interesting items to paint. My favorite subjects are Halloween, Christmas, other holidays, and scenes of rural life.

For inspiration, I recall the resplendent autumn days and blustery winter nights of my childhood home in upstate New York. Dancing witches, cavorting skeletons and grinning ghosts were among the many trick-or-treaters who roamed the streets of my village on All Hallow’s Eve. As a youngster, I heard colorful tales about tiny elves and grumpy belsnickles who lived in the snowy woodlands surrounding my town.

I've been strongly influenced by legendary American folk artists such as Edward Hicks, Rufus Porter, and Grandma Moses, as well as 20th century decorative artists including Peter Ompir, Jo Sonja Jansen, and Peter Hunt.

I began painting in 2001, following the September 11 attack. At the time, I was an Air Force operations officer at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, Illinois. I discovered painting helped me overcome the same sadness and stress my fellow Americans were experiencing at that time. I’ve had no formal art training, and my first attempts at creating folk art were woefully lacking.

Humor is a key element in most of my designs, and my greatest reward is seeing a smile when someone views one of my folk art pieces. If you see a design that makes you smile, please contact me to create a folk art piece for you.

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  • Sharon Wittke

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    I'm a self-taught folk artist who paints original designs with acrylics on decorative wooden items such as bowls, plates, trays, footstools, boxes and primitive bread boards . I especially like to paint holiday folk art and scenes of country life.

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