Irene Appleyard

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We recently did an artist interview with Irene Appleyard, our Artist of the Month for August 2018. During this month, Irene’s pieces decorated the walls of the Cornerstone Coffeehouse.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
I grew up in Hawaii which, I think, has planted many beautiful colors in my brain! I’ve always been attracted to and have loved painting portraits. I do love doing watercolors though. I have paintings that are in collections in England, China, Hawaii and many other states in the United States.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
I love to use acrylics and the freedom and flow of watercolors.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
My children are a big part of my inspirations, but I have always had a fascination with portraits. I started taking art seriously when my children were in high school, then went on to study at the Art Students’ League and the National Academy of Design in NYC.

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?
My favorite paintings in the exhibit are the profile of the young man with the sunset behind him and the one of my daughter with the lilac dress.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
Just play around and experiment to figure out what your best at.


Diana Jo Hoffman

Diana Jo Hoffman
Here is a profile of abstract artist Diana Jo Hoffman, Cornerstone’s artist of the month for July 2018.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.

My name is Diana Jo Hoffman and I am an abstract artist based in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. Since 2015, I have been creating abstract works of art that are inspired by music—building layers of color and line to capture the rhythym, tone, and lyricism of my imagination. In 2017, I earned a B.A. in art and art history from Lebanon Valley College.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?

When I work on visual music paintings it feels like nothing exists but me, the music I am listening to, and the painting that I am creating. I feel free. I have often said that when I listen to music while painting, my hand becomes detached and develops a mind of its own as I get lost in the process of creating a work of art. By revealing the interaction between music and abstract art, I want to create an enjoyable and inspiring experience for the viewer.

While I favor working with oils and acrylic paints, I enjoy working in all types of mediums. My work can also reflect the way certain songs make me feel while painting.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

I am inspired musically by Broadway songs, and visually by Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keeffe. These influences are my starting point, as I allow each painting to become what it wants to become.

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?

No. There are a couple of works that hold significant meaning for me, such as the first work I created titled I Never Imagined Such Wonder, 2015.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?

Create. Explore. Art is an ever-evolving process. There are no mistakes in art. Just enjoy. Don’t overthink or try to overwork a creation. Have fun.


Mary Fox

Mary Fox
Originally a Pittsburgh native, who transplanted to Central Pennsylvania in 1978, I am one of those peaceful, happy, content individuals who was raised with two brothers in a quiet, quaint part of the city by our parents, who were also childhood sweethearts.

As a child, as far back as I can remember, I was enamored by photographs and constantly asked my mother to get the plastic bag where she kept the stash of family photographs, which made me ridiculously happy!

I have no formal training other than classes I’ve taken from those much more knowledgeable than I, and retain a constant desire to learn from other photographers. While I have no plans to be a pro, I try to be a good amateur, and have to admit, to my own chagrin, my love of photography sometimes falls into the category of “obsessed,” am my own worst critic, and totally in love (and excited) with the simplicity, elegance and beauty of a photograph. The excitement of a photo shoot doesn’t hurt either

I learned long ago my taste was rather eclectic when it came to design…and have come to realize over the years, “eclectic” seems to be a natural part of my life, whether is it in friends, food, furniture, jobs, opinions, etc. So it only seems natural that my photography is also included…and since my compositions are from my perspective, you will see a diverse selection of subjects. It is my hope you will enjoy viewing my work as much as I enjoyed creating it.

In addition to photography, I have a love for cross-stitching, designing, writing and a myriad of other interests what would bore you. I consider myself vegan-isn and organic, while indulging and eating all types of food…and prefer that it is easy, good, fast and nourishing, as long as it is appetizing. It is a joke in my family and among friends that I rather despise mashed potatoes…but happen to be a potato chip connoisseur…so much for that!

Living in my warm, cozy, light-filled Camp Hill home is a gift from God….and when you add my rescue Lhasa Apso, Buddy, who has the face of an angel and a disposition to match, life is good.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.

From my earliest memories, Photographs have always seemed a part of my life, and I was always asking my mom to “get out the pictures.” There was no significant event in my life that steered me in this direction that I can think of…it has simply always been there.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?

Mary Fox artI love creativity in any form. For some reason, Photography has always been a memory maker for me, without consciously knowing I was creating a pathway to the past. Many times I have taken a photo for the color, texture, or basic interest, only to find on reviewing my photos while post-processing them, there are aspects I hadn’t noticed while taking the photo. Sometimes, a person will be peeking at me taking the photo; an unexpected colorful addition, or a very poignant expression from someone/something other than my intended subject…photography can be spontaneous, or a carefully crafted moment that I sit waiting to happen…or a heartfelt moment with family, friends or strangers. Photography is a venue that instills the desire to be observant, kind and, hopefully, creative.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

There is no one person, but many photography friends and sporadic classes on various aspects of photography and post-processing. Since joining my first photography club, The West Shore Photography Club, I have learned more than I thought possible. The constant exchange of information has been invaluable and constantly leads like stepping stones to more information and individuals, from whom I constantly learn. The more knowledge I acquire makes me acutely aware I have so much more to learn….

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?

My ‘favorite’ pieces keep changing….but currently there is a photo of letters, postcards, emblems my father sent home to his parents, my mother, and various relatives, from his time overseas during World War II.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?

Always try to learn something new. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, because it happens to us all. It is nice to have a constructive critique, and try changes suggested, but the final image should be what you love. Most importantly, be in competition with, and true to, yourself. If you love a photo, be comfortable with your feelings. You are taking the photo, and are the final word for your art. This can be a struggle, but once you have acquired this feat…and yep, you may struggle a bit, but you’ll be able to discern what is important to you.


Mary’s Portfolio at


Camp Hill Student Artists

Camp Hill student art

We have something special for our May 2018 monthly artist series as we profile local student artists from Camp Hill High School.

Heather Taylor

Senior, Camp Hill High School

As I get closer to concluding senior year, I have come to a realization that my favorite media for art is photography. I love photography, and getting up close to various object to view things through a different perspective. I went to Niagara Falls in the summer and took pictures of nature from new perspectives. The picture of the rainbow, I used the panorama feature. I got up close to a leaf, or under a flower, or even through a spider web. The details in nature is awe inspiring! All of the photos that I take are on my iPhone 7.

I feel like when it comes to photography it allows me to feel like I have more freedom, because I could honestly use anything as my focus and make it look different by moving in various ways.

My background with art is taking elective art coarse to expand my interests, and I got started with the medium of photography back in 9th grade, when we were told to take pictures for an assignment. And ever since then, I have loved to take pictures more and more.
Photography helps inform that my viewpoint is unique to my style. I find that what I like the most about photography is that I am able to use anything as inspiration.

I think that reflections in water or any form of liquid is my artistic inspiration. I don’t really know what it is about reflection and water, but all I know is that it really intrigues me.

My favorite piece in my portfolio is called, “Minty Mango Mama”, it is the photo with the two drinks with my mother in the background. This piece is my favorite because I like the depth and the angle.

Heather Taylor art

The advice I would give to anyone just starting out with photography is that not every photo will be perfect. Also, don’t be afraid to get in weird positions, because by getting in different positions it allows the object to be displayed through different perspectives.

If you would like to purchase any of the pieces, please contact one of the two below.

Jay & Annette Taylor

April Tichenor

Audrey Hans

Senior, Camp Hill High School

Audrey Hans artIn my ninth grade course selection, sitting in the counseling center a week before school started, I remembered my previous art teacher’s message in my yearbook: “Remember to keep taking art classes! ~Miss Hilburn” I remembered my first art classes, piecing together ripped chunks of paper into mosaics and copying famous works of art into horrible, warped pencil drawings. I remembered folders upon folders of homemade paper dolls and their outfits, I remembered sidewalk chalk afternoons, I remembered clay pots made from mud at Willow, I remembered printing fish patterns onto t-shirts at The Homeschool Resource Exchange. This is when I gave myself a chance. “I’ll take Art 1,” I said.

Then, I made myself good. I always aimed to be at least as good as all the other kids in my class, in every piece. I was perfectionistic in my art—I did one drawing by fully filling in horizontal sections of the paper from top to bottom. That first year, I made probably only one or two good things, but my teacher believed in me, and I believed her when she said I was good. One of my pieces got into Artistic Expressions, the first show I’d been in besides school-wide shows. I decided to take another year of art.

The years after that were (are) for growth. An artist never stops growing. Trying new techniques, changing perspective, considering other ideas… I make art because it challenges me. Staring at a blank canvas, I don’t know better than anyone else how to fill it. I don’t have a process. Sometimes I know what I plan on doing before I start, other times I begin with no idea where the piece will end. With everything, it is important to accept change and learn from it. Often, the thing that makes a work good is the very mistake that I originally think will ruin it, because when I don’t care about a piece, it’s like starting from square 1: I can take chances because there is nothing to lose.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.

I started getting more serious about art in high school, especially the past 1 or 2 years. More specifically, the concept behind the geometric pieces came from a workshop on pattern that I expanded on in my freetime, and the fluid art came from wanting to try out a technique I’d seen in videos.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?

In art, the challenge is always to control your medium and make it capture what you want it to. With my geometric and fluid art pieces, I play with control by setting myself a strict grid to follow or altering the paint with additives, making it harder to control exactly.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

Rio Saress, Mark Rothco, Nash Heff, Agnes Martin…

Audrey Hans art

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?

Generally I like the fluid art best because it’s so fun and relaxing to make, but Labyrinth is also one of my favorites from my portfolio.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes and allow yourself to take creative risks sometimes.

Follow Audrey on Instagram or contact Mrs. Tichenor-Holtman for inquiries/to buy a piece!

Joshua Goodyear

Senior, Camp Hill High School

Ever since I was a toddler I have always had a pencil in my hand, doodling ant\ing I could imagine. From there on out creating art has just been second nature to me, and it is something I enjoy to do whenever I feel like it. I have never been specifically talented in one sort of medium for art, but as I got older, I seemed to gravitate towards water color. The idea of it being very real but could be abstract at the same time always fascinated me. I have always been in love with nature, the human mind, and these complex ideas that can be simplified through art. I love how painting landscapes leaves it open to the human brain to interpret the meaning of. The idea of direction and uncertainty in life is something i like to focus on too as many of us are trying to find answers.

Joshua Goodyear art

While there is not a particular artist i have been drawn to, I have always been attracted to intricate landscapes and paintings of nature, along with abstract sculptures and pieces that leave the viewer up to interpret it. I would have to say my favorite piece is the water color of the road in the forest the slowly disappears. I think it’s very synoblic of a life that is unclear and following the road can lead to success, but it also represents the idea that you may go down a path and not know where it could take you.

Joshua Goodyear art

My advice to those wanting to pursue watercolor as a medium would be to not be afraid to mess up. I know a lot of times when during watercolor I have accidently make a brush stroke I didn’t want to but it ended up looking perfect. Watercolor is meant to be messy and abstract so why not have fun with it. While art can be very stressful sometimes, when doing art you should always have a good time and remember that mistakes just make your work a lot cooler and more interesting. There’s no such thing as bad art as long as you try your best.

Jerolyn (Jelli) Fleeger

Senior, Camp Hill High School

Jelli Fleeger artGrowing up, I was exposed to a lot of things that sparked my imagination. Whether it be the “Saturday Morning Cartoons”, or a Classic Disney movie, I had loved anything animated, and I still do. Nowadays though, in addition to watching cartoons and anime, I also create my own worlds and characters from my own thoughts. I have made almost too many character designs, and almost all of my art features these designs in some way.

I had always loved painting and drawing because there are so many different ways of doing it, and none of it is considered wrong. You can have a completely clean style, where everything is a perfect gradient and no lines are out of place, or you can have a messy style, where you use a palette knife rather than a paintbrush, or you can use all flat colors, and make it a more cartoonist style. I’ve found myself to be somewhere in between these. I often have a cartoonist-like style, but with a lot of shading still in the mix. I had often been taking up this style because of my inspirations, which happen to be either other artists that I admire, or from things such as Webcomics or Anime.

So I have a little bit of advice for artists who want to take on this Cartoonist/Anime/Fantasy-like style: Make it all your own. It may resemble something you’ve seen before, but don’t let it stay that way. Drawing with a reference can be useful, but once you do it once with it, draw it again without that reference. As you draw more, you’ll develop your own unique style, and this can be used for all types of this art form. Because in addition to painting, I now also do marker drawings, as well as digital art, and even sculpture (a little bit of everything, really). Expanding your horizons, and seeing what you like really helps, so just keep working on it, and don’t stop drawing/painting/animating, or whatever you do. Just keep going, even if it may be hard. If I had stopped doing art when it got difficult, I would’ve stopped years ago, but I’m glad I didn’t. Just keep at it and you’ll improve in time!

Jelli Fleeger art

I hope to be able to develop my designs further, and continue working in this genre of artwork. I love what I do, and don’t plan on giving it up any time soon, so maybe one day I’ll leave my mark with these creations.

Follow Jelli on Instagram

Natalie Blanton

Senior, Camp Hill High School

When Words Fail, Art Speaks

Making art has always been an important, and consistent part of my high school journey. Regardless of what was going on in other classes, relationships, or outside activities, art class was always looked forward to as a time to relax and refocus. I have always considered myself to be a very creative person, and through the arts I have been able to express myself visually these past 4 years.

Natalie Blanton art

Music is, and will always be my first love. Singing is something that has brought joy and purpose into my life, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. While singing is not innately a visual art, I find myself using some of the same thought processes in my fine arts classes.

Song lyrics tell a story. When singing, I can use body language and facial expressions to tell my story. When making art I try my best to have the piece speak for itself. . In some cases I use words in my art to help articulate my intentions. Some of my collages have printed words hidden between the images, and other pieces have overlapping redacted poetry.

Natalie Blanton art

My favorite medium to work with is collage. In each of my pieces I include the human body, and more specifically their faces to help communicate the central idea of the piece. The five collages hanging vertically to the left represent the five stages of grief. Each piece is different in color pallete, shape, and size, correlating to each stage. While the five pieces represent a set, the are each unique in their own way.

I find collage very relaxing. Scrolling through and picking out my favorite patterns and images from found magazines is almost therapeutic. Once I’ve finishing extracting the images I get to decide how I will arrange them. Collage is like my own personal puzzle.


Clare Klaum

Clare KlaumClare is a Central Pennsylvania Pastel artist. She has cultivated a passion for art through most of her life. It has only been over the last 12 years that she has studied under award-winning artists and perfected her skills in Pastels. She loves the vibrancy and intensity of chalk Pastels. They are made of pure pigment held together with a binder and produce intense color the few media can match. Her paintings evoke the pure joy of life and all that God has created. She takes her own photographs and those shared by friends and uses them as subject matter for her paintings. Flora and Fauna are among her favorite subject matter. Pet portraits are one of her specialties.

Clare resides in Mechanicsburg, PA. with her loving husband of 49 years. She and her husband are avid bird watchers and she loves to photograph and paint many of her backyard birds and critters. She also loves spending time with her 2 children and their families. She enjoys creating treasured works of art with her 6 grandchildren. She hopes you will be touched by her paintings as much as she has enjoyed creating them.

Below is a Q&A with Clare:

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.

As long as I can remember, I had a passion for art. Drawing and painting in my younger years. But it has only been over the last 12 years that I have seriously pursued art as a career. I took classes and studied under award winning artists in several different mediums. When I took a few classes in Pastels I fell in love with them and I was hooked! Now they are my medium of choice.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?

Chalk Pastels are pure pigment and produce intense color that most other media can’t match. They lend themselves so well to painting wildlife, florals and landscapes. The colors are so vibrant and can be blended with your fingers or color shapers. Pastels are especially wonderful for painting fur or feathers getting very fine detail. I am an avid bird watcher and photograph and paint my backyard birds and well as many birds that we have seen on trips my husband and I have taken. Pet Portraits are one of my specialties. Layering many colors on sanded paper with rich undertones of fur brings the animal alive. I always start with the eyes for they are the window to the soul.

Oriole Splashdown
Oriole Splashdown
Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?

Currently my favorite piece is “Oriole Splashdown”. This painting was created for a color themed member’s show for Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC) in 2017. Their color theme was Orange Crush. Because I lean towards birds I chose Baltimore Orioles eating oranges. It has a surreal twist as the orange sections are floating on a pool of splashing orange juice. This painting was juried into Art of The State Pennsylvania 2017. It sold the very next day after the show opened in the State Museum in June 2017. It remained in the exhibit until it closed in September 2017.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?

Take a few classes to get started. The Art Center in Mechanicsburg and CALC have excellent classes and teachers with years of experience that can guide you. Once I took a few classes I was hooked and have been painting exclusively with pastels ever since.

Clare Klaum’s website

Awards & Honors
Pennsylvania Artist of the Year 2018. Explore TOSCA Magazine Spring/Summer 2018
Art of the State Pennsylvania 2017 painting “Oriole Splashdown” juried into exhibit
Plein Air Camp Hill Juried into Festival &Competition 2013, 2014, 2015.
Plein Air Camp Hill 2013 Purchase Award for “June’s Delight”
Keystone National Works on Paper juried into competition 2012, 2013, 2015

Clare Klaum’s Memberships
Carlisle Arts Learning Center & Gallery
Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society
Daily Painters of Pennsylvania
Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters
The Art Center School & Galleries

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