Meet our Member Artists

All of our art has been created by the members of our cooperative or our guest artists, and all of our artists are local to Southwest Florida. You will find a real artist member as your sales consultant every time you visit our gallery. Better yet, attend our regular art receptions to meet us in person.

Jeanne Risher holding her art

Jeanne Risher

Jeanne began creating stained glass art in 1998 after taking private lessons from a well-known art instructor in Ft. Lauderdale. Jeanne specializes in fusing glass, a multi-step process with an unpredictable outcome.

Anne Tuttle Studio, Hirdie Girdie Gallery

Anne Tuttle

In addition to working in colored pencil and graphite, Anne Tuttle creates delicate Silverpoint drawings. She also enjoys creating cloud paintings using alkyd oils, with beautiful Florida skies as inspiration. Anne is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, and The American Society of Marine Artists.

judy usavage with her award winning painting of a stormy sky

Judy Usavage

For the last fifteen years Judy Usavage has painted consistently, taken lessons, joined art leagues, entered shows, hung her own shows and won prizes. Judy is part of Lee Plein Air, a group of local artists who paint once a week all around Lee County.

Suzanne Bennett photo

Suzanne Bennett

A native of Cleveland Ohio, Suzanne Bennett graduated from Rollins College and from Parsons School of Design in New York City. Suzanne’s medium is pastel, she competes in numerous national pastel exhibitions. Suzanne is a member of the Pastel Society of Southwest Florida and enjoys continuously studying pastel techniques.

Julie Griffin standing in front of one of her masterpieces. Julie is wearing a red sweater and has dark brown hair. The painting behind her is a repruction of an original painting of a woman with a gold frame.

Julie Griffin

Julie Griffin is a native of Fort Myers, and a graduate of FSU in Fine Art and Minors in Art Education, Marketing, and Art History. Julie paints with oils and specializes in the academic painting technique in landscapes and portraiture.

Tracy Owen-Cullimore

Tracy Owen-Cullimore

Tracy Owen Cullimore is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Art History and Business Economics. She works in oil and water media, and is a Signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society.

Denny Souers

Denny Souers

Denny Souers has been a nature photographer for 50 years. He studied at Ohio University and did many special research photography projects. Denny has been a “Featured Photography for Island Scene” magazine. Denny’s images have been published in many calendars, websites and in Ding Darling Refuge publications.

A photo of Nikki Taylor at the beach creating a pen and ink drawing of an octopus.

Nikki Taylor

Born and raised in Florida, Nikki Taylor is a pen and ink artist. She draws her inspiration from living on various islands across the Caribbean. Nikki is also a divemaster and has logged over 600 dives around the world

Kay Stammers

Kay Stammers

Kay Stammers is a bird carving artist in Naples, Florida. She works with Tupelo wood, Manzanita, grape vine, and driftwood, and acrylic paints. Transforming a piece of wood into a copy of a living bird is Kay’s passion.

a digital photo of Martha J Dodd

Martha J Dodd

Martha Dodd’s diverse work encompasses murals, portraits, faux finishing and landscapes. Her work has been commissioned in some of the finest homes of South Florida and featured in publications including Florida Design, Naples Illustrated, Gulf Shore Magazine, and N Magazine.  

Carol Jensen fiber felt artist

Carol Jensen

Carol Jensen is a three dimensional fiber artist who transforms merino wool into felt art. Carol has been featured artist at COCO Art Gallery in Estero and Seagrape Gallery in Punta Gorda. She was featured artist in an article for international magazine, Felt Matters, in May of 2020.

A photo of Keith painting on the beach

Keith Johnson

Keith has been a working artist most of his life.  Originally a professional photographer, he now focuses on watercolors. Keith is a member of the Florida Watercolor Society, the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society and various local painting groups.

Tania Begg

Tania Begg

Tania Begg works in pen & ink, painting, stone sculpture, and jewelry. Tania’s art may be viewed at the Hirdie Girdie Art Gallery and BIG Arts Gallery in Sanibel, Florida, Arts for ACT and the DAAS Gallery in Ft. Myers, Florida, and Harbour View Gallery in Cape Coral.

Sue Housler standing in front of the Hirdie Girdie Gallery holding one of her works of art

Sue Housler

Sanibel Island resident, Sue Housler is an Art Tile artist. Sue has a BFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and studied Jewelry Design at SUNY Buffalo State.

A photo of Kelly Williamson holding a stack of her purple urchin styled mugs and a teacup she made. Kelly is standing in front of a tall leafy plant in her backyard called greater galangal, which is used in Thai cooking, but Kelly mostly just likes it because it looks tropical. Kelly's Thai friend says greater galangal is delicious when cooked with rice as it has a spicy ginger like flavor. Kelly is a Caucasian female with brown hair, brown eyes and a long face like her mother, grandmother and countless relatives that came before her. Kelly wore a light purple T-shirt for this photo to match the pottery she is holding in the photo. Kelly has straight teeth thanks to her mother paying for dental braces when Kelly was about 12 years old which was around 1994. Kelly's mother would appreciate knowing she has been acknowledged for the hard work that went into paying for Kelly's dental braces being saved for all of eternity right here with this photo’s alternative text on the world wide web. Kelly’s mother is an artist as well but chose a more lucrative career so she could pay for expensive things like dental braces for her daughter. Kelly’s mother also gifted Kelly her first pottery wheel and kiln around 2003 because she realized Kelly’s passion for clay should be supported and encouraged! What a great mom I have! And God bless the USA for all its freedoms and opportunities. Written by Kelly Williamson, professional potter.

Kelly Williamson

Originally from northern Virginia, Kelly Williamson is a full-time professional potter. Her work is primarily functional pottery inspired by southwest Florida coastal areas, her 10 years of work experience in environmental education and her apprenticeship at the Sanibel Island pottery shop.

Oliver Martin

Oliver Martin

Oliver Martin, a wood crafting artist, is captivated by the hidden beauty that exists within the whorls and shading of wood! He has studied
woodturning at both the John Campbell, Arrowmont Craft Schools, the Woodturners of Southwest Florida, and the American Association of Woodturners.