J. Kirk Richards is a favorite among admirers of contemporary spiritual artwork. His love of the textural, the poetic, and the mysterious has translated into a unique take on traditional Judeo-Christian themes.
Richards attributes much of his love for the arts to an early emphasis on musical training in his parents’ home. Turning then from music to visual arts, Kirk studied with painters Clayton Williams, Bruce Hixson Smith, Patrick Devonas, Hagen Haltern, Gary and Jennifer Barton, James Christensen, Wulf Barsch, Joe Ostraff, and others.
Two years in Rome influenced Richards’ palette, which often consists of subdued browns and rusts.
Kirk and his wife, Amy Tolk Richards, have four creative children. They split their time between their home in Woodland Hills and their country studio in the small town of Redmond, Utah.
My name is Erin and I am the creator of Thelma’s Handmade. I am a wool FANATIC and make unique items like handbags, pincushions, banners, headbands, vests, flower clips and one-of-a-kind artwork using fun, quirky fabrics, my grandma’s vintage trimmings and upcycled felted wool. My most popular items are what I like to call “Art Market’s Original Aviary” – my birds and owls are made to last the ages and have so much character! This season, I’ve added Bride and Groom owl sets to the fray! Also look for winter items like upcycled felted wool arm warmers, holiday cake buntings and holly berry pins! I love my family and I love to craft – I’m an addict of both, really. Balancing time between the two is often challenging, but both give me so much joy!
Why “Thelma” in Thelma’s Handmade?
When I was a kid, my parents wanted to give my siblings and me old fuddy-duddy names to use to embarrass us among friends. Mine was Thelma. What once was a horrid excuse for a joke, now is an endearing and perfect name for my line of unique items.
Elf on a shelf
Stephanie was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1961 to artist parents whose devotion to the arts has helped her become the accomplished artist she is today. Her early childhood was spent in Paris, where visits to the Louvre influenced her early watercolors. Her adolescence was spent in the idyllic hamlet of Valkenburg, Holland, where she was surrounded by music, poetry, and art, and there developed her great appreciation of nature. Stephanie and her parents moved to Salt Lake City in 1975. While she attended the University of Utah on a theater scholarship, the demand for her hand-painted jewelry increased, and she soon devoted herself exclusively to creating her whimsical jewelry line that was carried by Saks Fifth Avenue. She also began receiving commissions from interior designers for her hand-painted table and wall-sized mirrors. Stephanie is now creating a collection of large-scale landscapes. Her often mystical and expressionistic renderings of land and sea reflect the beauty, mystery, and enchantment that she sees in all of life.