Sue Van Dame and Dean Dovey are a husband and wife team of artists. Currently living in Marne, MI (outside Grand Rapids) Sue and Dean spent over 20 years in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area. While there, they owned and operated the Painted Horse Gallery in the small artist community of Madrid, NM for over 10 years. To see what galleries and shows they will be exhibiting at please see the Upcoming Shows and Exhibits Tab.
Sue Van Dame is a Michigan native but has lived away for many years and is now back in Michigan. Having lived just outside Santa Fe for so long you can see how the Southwest continues to express itself in Sue’s jewelry. Turquoise and bright mixes of natural stones make frequent appearances in her pieces.
Sue works in mixed metals involving sterling, brass, copper and steel mixed with natural stones and pearls. She intentionally creates texture and pattern on the metal, featuring a hand-worked look. All of the pieces are hand done and created one at a time. Although Sue has mainly used natural stones in the past, found objects should be making an appearance soon.
Sue keeps the designs simple, yet interesting, asymmetrical but balanced. Just like life! She wants her pieces to be comfortable to wear and act as talismans for the wearer. Worn for strength, confidence, beauty and love.
Dean Dovey, from Sheridan, Wyoming, has been a fine artist for many years, working in various mediums like photography, oils, pastels and mixed media as well as lending a hand with the jewelry making.
Dean is drawn to landscapes, especially with trees. His intention is to have the viewer pause and wonder at the beauty of a quiet place. A familiar landscape created from the heart, painted from his memory of places he has visited or imagined in his mind.
He tries to create a sense of serenity, tranquility and peace in the world, not specific to region, so that people everywhere can share and enjoy the view.
While Dean continues to create his soothing pastels, he is exploring more mixed media as well. He is enjoying the path and is hard at work.