Beavercreek artist Jeff Potter has hung 16 paintings that span the range from whimsical to sinister at Express Yourself Coffeehouse & Art Gallery in downtown Xenia. Potter, a largely self taught oil painter, says that his works are, “attempts at illusion. My aim is to imply there are hearts beating beneath the flat paint layers.” He succeeds magnificently with the present exhibition. Particularly striking are his Humpty Dumpty sitting on a wall and a haunting image of Herodius holding the head of John the Baptist in her scarlet clawed hands. Potter’s work consists of two styles including outdoor scenes in the impressionist style and sharply defined portraits. He hopes to convince the viewer that life indeed has left its mark on his works. “I hold it as a goal well worth pursuing,” he remarks. It is apparent that he is very close to his goal. His paintings will be on display through February 16 during regular business hours Monday through Saturday at Express Yourself Coffeehouse and Art Gallery, located a block from the Courthouse at 78 E. Main St. For hours and information visit ExpressYourselfCoffeehouse.com, phone (937) 372-7446 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.