Born and raised in Kodiak Alaska, I started commercial fishing (Halibut longlining and Dungeness crabbing) with my pops in my early teens. I have since moved on to Salmon Hatcheries and currently Research & Monitoring as a Fish Technician. My artwork is greatly inspired by the encounters and observations I've witnessed over the years of fishing and remote living.
My name is Hanna Sholl, my Sugpiaq (Alutiiq) name is Agasuuq, meaning cormorant. I was born in Kodiak, Alaska to Sophie Frets (Hansen) and Bruce Burns. My maternal grandparents were Walter and Edna Hansen. I introduce myself in this way to honor my ancestry, homelands, and relationships, each of which informs my art.
With my artwork, my hopes are to always honor the resistance and creativity of our ancestors, combining contemporary with traditional methods. Currently I am working primarily with skin sewing, clay, acrylic paint, woodcarving, weaving, beading, mixed media and photography. My intention is to have the works I create speak back to those who came to our homelands and described our ancestors in racist and negative ways. My hopes are also that it will speak to our people, a reminder that being strong and independent has always been part of our culture.
And still is.
Angela Toci is a lifelong Alaskan and was born and raised on Kodiak Island. Drawing inspiration from her love of the ocean and nature she uses sea water to add a little bit of Alaska to each piece she creates. Join us on March 6th in welcoming Angela as The Frame Shop's Artist of the Month
Amarie Young grew up in Tornado Alley of America, but mostly in small town Central Texas. She currently resides in Chiniak, Alaska on Kodiak Island. She is an artist, photographer, seamstress, mother and cabin dweller by the ocean.
Jennifer spends much of her time in the field, closely encountering bears and other various wildlife. She has been known to build relationships with her subjects before painting them, explaining why her work really reaches out to grab your attention. Through connection, color and her use of confident brushstrokes, Jennifer reveals painting style with ease.