Trying to define art can be a lesson in futility—art, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. We caught the attention—and the eye—of several local artists as they demonstrate that art can be many things, but most of all art can be anything that you have a passion for and are willing to share with others.
Heavily influenced by Jack White and Joe Purdy, Kyle notes that they both were wonderful musicians that could construe a message without too many words. “As a guitarist, I was always enthralled with Angus Young. I also have an extreme love of Irish and Gaelic music.”
Kyle is currently in the band called The Borrowers—a type of open indie rock band. “We can fall on the side of funky fairly often. I sing and mostly play both electric and acoustic guitar. I also play (on my own) piano, ukulele, mandolin, and cello to name a few. But guitar is my favorite. I resonate very well with a guitar and it resonates with me. I write and sing my own music. I like to take time and care about the messages I’m portraying.”
In the next five years, Kyle sees himself on the road, spreading the word of music and love with good friends that he can play with. “I’m lucky to be where I am, and I’m excited for what may be. Truthfully, in the life of a musician, it’s very hard to find a legitimate time frame for the future, but I am certain, because I can feel it, a wave is about to crash, and I’ve been on my surfboard just waiting for it.”
Jaque also has a passion for interior design and has sculpted custom pieces for satisfied clients that search out her work for the interiors and exteriors of their homes. “Every piece is different in design and created to compliment and give a sense of individuality to a person’s home. “explains Jaque.
Her other passion is making available space for other local talent to showcase their designs. The Q Art Gallery at 2102 McCulloch Blvd. has been open for a year now and features pieces in a variety of mediums from 28 different local artists. And Jaque doesn’t stop there, offering classes for budding artists that want to explore and develop their artistic talents. Her “Girls Can Weld Too” classes not only teach welding to participants, but also teaches them how to take various metals and combine them into works of art. One of the newer mediums Jaque is experimenting with is working with reclaimed pallets, turning them in to functional works of art. “We figure out ways to redesign and paint pallets so that they are true works of art.”
“I’m interested in learning how to draw using shadowing and various other techniques.” Working with various mediums, including charcoals, Taylor has learned a lot of her techniques from watching videos on the internet. “Now that I’m in high school, I’m in art class and can learn hands-on various art techniques, and that’s exciting.” I’m taking intro to art right now and have Mr. Robertson as my art teacher.”
“I’m very interested in anatomy, and I enjoy drawing eyes and lips. It has led me to an interest in wanting to learn more about painting and sculpting.” Right now, she definitely draws for fun and enjoys drawing on days when she is bored or on rainy days when she is stuck indoors. “But I do have other interests—I like math and have an interest in nursing,” states Taylor.
One of Dale’s most prominent works locally is the large, hand-carved piece that is on display behind the check-in counter at the Queens Bay London Bridge Resort. Another large piece carved by Dale was from a large cottonwood that was cut from the bottom of Lake Havasu back in the day.
Currently, Dale is working on massive pine planks, spending months on a single project. His first examples include a number of classic comic book covers such as Superman #1, Detective Comics #27 featuring the first appearance of Batman, and Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearance of the Amazing Spider-Man. “I love working with wood and I chose the comic covers because the artwork is so clean and dynamic—it really looks great when it is finished.”
Dale is passionate about his work and notes that his desire has been reignited because of the new tools available to him. “In the old days, I would carve out the wood using a chisel and mallet. Today I use a Dremel, and it makes things go quicker while making a smoother line. I don’t know anyone else doing the type of work I’m doing today.”