Ava Gallery welcomes these amazing artists, and we welcome  you to visit the gallery to see more of their work, or contact us to learn more about these incredible artists.


Nancy Hilliard Joyce was born in Greenville, South Carolina. At the age of sixteen, she was accepted into the Governor’s School for the Arts. For five years, she served on the Board of Trustees at the Asheville Art Museum and was an active member of the River Arts District Association in Asheville, NC. Today, Nancy is a board member of The Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation, located in Greenville, South Carolina as well as The Cabarrus Arts Council Board located in Concord, North Carolina. She is the Art Curator for multiple boutique hotels and she regularly produces large-scale commission work. Nancy is passionate about giving back to the environment, women, and children in need and uses her art as a platform to raise money for charity and non-profit organizations.

Nancy’s paintings are intricate in form and filled with layers of color, perspective, gestures, and expression. Her contemporary, mixed-media art is often created with modeling paste, a range of synthetic polymer paints, various handmade papers and detailed with touches of oil paint. Nancy’s work is appreciated and widely collected throughout the United States in many homes, hotels, corporate offices, and airports. She is known as a contemporary, mixed- media artist with an Americana flair.


Esther Moorehead was born in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Northern Ireland when she was four. As a child, she learned to appreciate and care for nature with her great grandfather in his beloved garden. They explored Ireland’s lush countryside, reveled in its wild seascapes, roamed ruined castles and tiny fishing villages, and spent their evenings drinking tea by the fireside.

Esther received a bachelor’s degree in Art Education in South Carolina, then taught elementary and high school visual art in Toronto for ten years. After the birth of her second daughter, she decided to step back from teaching and focus on building her own body of artwork. She draws inspiration from first-hand experiences and a love for connecting people to memories of extraordinary places. She currently works primarily in watercolor on paper and acrylic on canvas, but her portfolio also includes work in oils, wall murals, and theater set design.


Janet Burgess was born in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. After completing her baccalaureate in Art and Spanish from Western Carolina university she moved to New York City where she earned her Master’s Degree in painting and drawing from Columbia University. Ms. Burgess’ credentials include being an artist-in-residence, gallery director, art teacher, juror and panelist. She was a finalist for the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Fulbright Grant. She has been Artist-in-Residence for the North Carolina Department of Youth Services, for the Sandhills Arts Council and at Toreki Colony of Artists in Hungary.


Lindsay Hawfield Jones, has studied modern landscape and abstract painting at The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria VA, The Carlton Gallery in Banner Elk NC and, most recently, at Braitman Studios in Charlotte NC. Lindsay minored in Studio Art at Wake Forest University and participated in an independent art study at Casa Artom in Venice, Italy.


The creation of my paintings is a form of meditation for me. I think that is why abstract art in general appeals to me so much, because it is so open to personal interpretation once completed, and also open to outcome during the creative process. I am moved by the colors, textures, and intricate patterns that appear in the details of nature. Much of my inspiration comes from cloud watching, mineral and rock formations, tree lines, ocean waves, the texture of sand, the cosmos.


Linda Griffin has been painting and teaching watercolor for over 35 years. She began teaching in a private art school in Falls Church , Virginia and branched out into her own gallery in Occoquan, Virginia , near Washington DC. She was represented by Miller Fine Art Agency in the DC area for several years, having been commissioned for original watercolors by the Marriott Corporation who own 28 originals and a large corporation in Tokyo, Japan commissioning 23 originals. Each painting was done to the corporation president’s specs. Her work hangs in several governmental buildings in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

Her work has been featured in many boutiques, design centers and decorator show houses in and around Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. She was invited to have several one-woman shows at the University Club in Washington DC. Her work was also featured in the opening of the Union Station in Washington DC.As her style and work evolved she has been collected by several families in the DC area with a few owning upwards of 40 pieces.


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David Aiazzi was born in Florence, Italy and raised in a small village in Tuscany. He studied under the painter and illustrator, Stano Dusík. Dusik is famous mainly for his childrens’ book illustrations. David also studied at Bottega Migliorini and received a degree in Restoration of Paintings (canvas and wood). David’s art has been exhibited in galleries and open spaces in Italy, as well as across the Eastern United States.


Hilary Siber grew up in Canton, Ohio. In 2007 she received a BFA in Environmental Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2015 she received her MFA in Painting from Clemson University. Hilary lives and works in Charlotte, teaching part-time at CPCC, making displays for Anthropologie at Atherton Mill and exhibiting her paintings. Hilary is interested in the formal cues used in spatial representation as platforms to both investigate and subvert our perceptions. Horizon lines, fissures, architectures and panoramas found within a landscape are opportunities that she uses to build new spaces within the field of her canvas. Her hope is that the finished result points towards something greater than the painting and opens a dialogue that lives beyond the picture plane.


Sandra C. Gittleman is a local Davidson artist and resident, originally from Massachusetts, where she was a Phi Beta Kappa Art graduate from Mount Holyoke College. She’s skilled in working with both oils and acrylic paint, and her style marries Realism with Impressionism. Her creative process paints from dark to light, value to color. Sandra has a great love for nature which reflects her life’s philosophy that there is beauty in even the shadows. She is currently teaching art at the Community School of Davidson, while she pursues her passion in the fine art world.


A native of Charlotte, NC, Anne Harkness is an alumnus of the Atlanta College of Art and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Maryland Institute, College of Art. Her work as an art director in New York City for 15 years, has impacted her style with a graphic aspect which can usually be seen in her paintings. As a contemporary artist, Anne looks for a unique point of view and often finds some unexpected beauty in what many would consider an ordinary or unattractive setting.


Jay grew up in a small farm community in New Carlisle, Ohio. His parents first discovered his talent when he drew Mickey Mouse at five years old. They encouraged him to develop his skill by supplying him with art kits and books. After High School, Jay went on to study at Central Academy of Commercial Art in Cincinnati, and the University of Cincinnati. He was picked up later as a freelance artist with Penny Lane Publishing. During those years, he had designed over 100 images for trends in the decorative art market but have since evolved into abstract art.


Marlise paints from creative intuition rather than conscious reasoning. Through atmosphere and a little mystery, you may see curious mark-making and surprise use of color in landscape themes and objects. Her inspiration is that her work will speak and you will find treasures, connections and surprises along the way.