Jessy Trujillo is a Cuban American who came to the United States at the age of ten.
He was one of the many children legally seeking refuge in the United States from Castro's communist regime.
He flew to his newly adopted home in Miami through a program whereby over 14,000 school-aged Cuban children, whose parents feared the Marxist indoctrination occurring in the new Cuban State schools, were given sanctuary in the US. This became known as "Operation Peter Pan.")
After living in South Florida for over 30 years, Jessy fell in love with North Carolina through his hunting trips, fascinating people, charming towns and majestic mountains. Eventually, he bought a cabin in 2009 in the small blue-ridge mountain town of Piney Creek.
In 2020, after selling his Landscaping Design business, he retired and moved to the mountains with his wife, and made Piney Creek their permanent home. It is here he once again is dedicating his time and talents to his first love, painting.
Jessy's paintings are mostly oil on canvas, his favorite medium. Among his paintings he has a collection of seascapes, landscapes, and his favorite, portraits. His gift is capturing the essence or soul of his subjects.
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Irene (“Nin”) is a Cuban American who came to the United States legally in 1967 via the “Freedom Flights” at the age of 15. Since her arrival, she has lived in Iowa and California, eventually settling in the State of Florida, where she had the pleasure and honor of working as a teacher of the Fine Arts for thirty-eight years.
Nin now resides in Northwest North Carolina, surrounded by the natural wonders of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she was mesmerized by the glistening of the light reflecting on the trees at wintertime, and the black rocks as they jut out from the rivers remind Irene of her childhood at her Father’s land, where the river Pontezuela ran through.
Nin enjoys working with mixed media - from the rhythm of the potter’s wheel and sculptural nature of clay to the variety of inks and paints that create texture and movement on paper. The swirls of earthly colors seem timeless almost like an ancient calling.
Nin’s work is a story of a memory and passing of time. Her work can be abstract or, at times, subjective. The ambition of creating an atmosphere seems to always be present. The beauty and attraction of the mountains, trees, rocks and nature, during the changing of seasons, eloquently captures the imagination and evokes feelings of quiet, peace, contentment and joy.
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