Moana Ponder expresses her artistic vision in classic fine art bronze with  emphasis  on the female  

  figure.  Raised in a family of artists she learned the language  of  visual  art from childhood.  Her love of              dance and the environment have  frequently  influenced  her choice of subject matter.  She often               personifies elements  of nature such as the  sea and butterflies into graceful  forms that are both elegant  and alive.  Other work  springs from an inner landscape, one of the mind.  Some  pieces are  introspective  while others reach out  to the infinite.  Whatever the  subject, there is  an attention to  lyrical line and rhythmic movement that delights  the eye.
     Born in Hawaii she was educated at Punahou School and then the University of  California at Berkeley. Specific study was under Edy Burke, Tyler Norman,  Fritz White and others as well as  study at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.  Time spent in Italy and France also greatly influenced her work.
     Originally a painter,  she took up sculpture in 1995 and enjoyed a rapid rise to national attention.  In just the first few years  of work as a sculptor her work was exhibited at Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, Texas  and the National Sculpture Society Awards Exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina and at Park Avenue in New York. Her work has since been exhibited in fine galleries from coast to coast and is collected both nationally and internationally.
      

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Tom and Jean Heffernan

Our work is about duality--the fact that most things (concrete or abstract) have two contradictory components, both of which are true.

Through our choice of materials, our manipulation of them and in our conceptual presentation, our work is: 

About the natural world and industry: Few things are more natural than metal--it is elemental. Yet, it has been mined and forged by enormous force and intense fire. Then, we hammer, bent and grind it until it conforms to our will.

Ancient and Contemporary: We weave sheets of metal into a checkerboard pattern. It has a modern, upbeat vibe but it is no different than patterns that were extraordinarily popular in ancient Egypt or those found in most prehistoric societies.

About self-absorption and self-consciousness: We incorporate mirrors in virtually all of our work. Viewers look at themselves, from afar and then closer. They engage with their appearance. At times, they are absorbed in an exploration of themselves.

Yet, at the exact same time, a duality occurs. Tor Norretranders, the esteemed Danish science writer and thinker, believes that "the most influential invention of the past 2000 years has been the mirror: It has shown to each person how she or he appears to other persons on the planet...This made possible the modern version of self-consciousness: viewing oneself through the eyes of others..."

About the individual and the whole: Likewise, the viewer is aware of their individuality and the fact that they are a small, small part of the greater whole.

About aesthetics and functionality. We live in the American Southwest--an intense, beautiful region awash in geometric forms, beacons of color and lavash sunlight. Our work reflects this:  mottled strips are an embodiment of the lichen that is seen everywhere--a living graffiti splashed across rocks that have not been moved in centuries, and smooth colored strips representing dessert birds, flowers and distant cliffs. The portion around the mirror is inspired by the ever present dazzling sun. And, the mirror itself, while acting just like a mirror, also spreads available sunlight everywhere.

About the nature of art:  Art is a physical, intellectual and emotional endeavor; the work is infused with the essence of the artist. In that way, the artist is always with the viewer. However, in our art the viewer will be directly in the middle of the work. Without them it wouldn't be complete; they are as much a part of it as us. In that small way, she or he is always with us.

The contradictions we present are varied and diverse. Some are subtle, even oblique. Others are clear, distinct and in your face. They can be simple or complex; but they are always profound. Each of us is confronted by duality every day. Every contemporary political and social issue is replete with duality.  So too are the broader issues of consciousness, ontology and metaphysics. Our work is partially an effort to encourage the viewer to see both sides of all things, especially their own behavior and existence.


 

Alexei Kamenev was born the village of Penza, Kharkov Region which is now the Ukraine in 1976 to the family of a journalist. Inspired by his elder brother, he became interested in woodcarving in his early adolescence. He enrolled in the woodcarving program at a vocational school at the first opportunity. Where he, Alexei became fascinated with folk art woodcarving and wooden architecture.

In 1944 Alexei entered Kharkov School of Arts, the department of Fine Arts, which before, had seemed to him an unrealizable goal. Alexei’s teacher was the most experienced professor, the recognized artist Boris Borisov. The professor invested a lot in his student; he fired up his passion for art and Russian traditions in art. He taught Alexei to paint fluidly, uninhibitedly, lushly, and on a grand scale. During his years in the School of Arts, Alexei absorbed the best traditions of the Russian Classical School of Realism represented by such prominent artists as K. Korovin, F. Malyavin and Arkhipov, as well as French impressionists (Monet, Sisley, etc.) Alexei strived to achieve lushness of color, rambuctiousness of paint, freedom of brushstroke, lightness and a glimmering impressionism.

 

In spite of his young age, Alexei Kamenev managed to achieve certain heights in Fine Arts and his talent finds positive response from his admirers. He is now represented by fine art galleries, particularly in Europe and the United States. Santa Fe Art Collector proudly represents him in New Mexico.

Richard’s painting style has been described as robust;expressionistic;energetic,with sweeping use of color and skillful harmonies. Attributes that are born of close observation  of subject matter,countless hours of indoor as well as outdoor painting, and boundless love of the craft. Instructing in private and public institutions for the past 18 yrs. he brings a wealth of Art History, including the most recent trends.

Of himself he says, “ My goals as a painter are to imbue the viewer with a sense of mystery,

beauty and timelessness and to give the viewer a time out from the course of day to day life.

His plain air works are i private collections throughout the U.S.

“I learn something new with each painting in terms of  how perception,color theory,and color chemistry work together to provide the viewer with an aesthetic experience. Growing up in Southern New Mexico and now residing in the northern New Mexico village of Truchas, he finds a constant sour of subject matter in friends,family and the beauty of New Mexico.

He graduated from the College of Santa Fe and loves the land and people of New Mexico.

 

 

Ken Bonner was first inspired to paint in England in the late 1960’s. In his early years Ken became smitten with wildlife photography.  He spent many years visiting Southern Africa photographing the exhilarating landscapes and wildlife.  His senses were in awe of this visually rich experience, and it has continued to influence the expression of his creativity.

International travel, career and a new family changed Ken’s focus.  He settled permanently with his family in New Zealand in 1982. During this period a high level corporate career took him away from actively pursuing his passion for art although it continued to simmer within.  His desire to paint eventually broke through again and in 2003 whilst living in the Bay of Islands, NZ, Ken once again picked up his brushes.  He has pursued art full time, and professionally since then.While in New Zealand, 2003-2006, Ken held seven solo exhibitions.  He displayed at many Northland /Auckland galleries and with extensive media coverage and critical acclaim. He was fortunate to have sold all works produced there.                                                              
On a ‘whim’ Ken went to Mexico for a ‘blind date’.  ‘It worked’, He moved there in 2006 and married, Patricia, a wonderful Australian adventurer, who was running her own B & B in La Paz, Baja Sur. The rich beauty and color of the Baja provided fantastic inspiration for painting and helped Ken develop his technique significantly.  He was fortunate enough to have the Tres Virgenes Gallery in the center of La Paz, dedicated exclusively to his work.  He produced many commissions and large works during this period mostly sold to an appreciative Northern American and European market.         
After he and Patricia moved to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia in 2010, Ken continued his passion of painting in the rich and varied environment of the sub-tropics.   Ken found the Australian landscape and wildlife to be immediately inspiring, so full of new stimulus, lush color, amazing energy and light.                                                                                                               
His initial focus was to produce a body of work based on local flora, fauna, landscapes; abstract and contemporary.  Ken Bonner held solo exhibitions in Australia- in Noosaville; QLD, December 2010, followed soon after by a solo exhibition at the State funded Tablelands Regional Gallery.   Five galleries throughout Queensland represented Ken Bonners work.
Ken has also exhibited his work at The Broadway Gallery New York in 2011.
An exhibition at the Asia Contemporary Art Show in Hong Kong during 2013 proved both exciting and successful. This show introduced the Asian market to the art of Ken Bonner. Many invitations to show his work in other Asian cities followed including China, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA and Italy.      
During an exploratory visit to Santa Fe in 2012 Ken became impassioned to explore and capture in oils the colors and light in the subjects and scenery of the South West.  The light and color is stunning and the country as enchanting as its reputation.
Ken and Patricia returned to Australia and made their plans to move to Santa Fe which was finally achieved in November 2013.  After arriving in Santa Fe, Ken could be seen wandering the streets, hillsides and trails, while muttering and observing, “the light, the light”, apparently a common exclamation of most artists when first experiencing the clarity of light, shadows and dimensions created at this high altitude of Santa Fe.
The new stimulus of the Southwest and the nearby Colorado Plateau is inspiring, and has resulted in the creation of works related to the local environment; new ways of using color, technique, style and subject matter to capture the essence and uniqueness of this area.  It is an exciting time for this artist – to explore more deeply into his creativity through new inspiration, and in sharing this with clients, supporters as well as with a new audience.
Ken Bonners approach and style is distinct and unique.  His style has been described as "impressionistic realism".  Each piece produced is highly original and is a creation which evolves during many layers of application.  The artist starts with a vision and then allows the concept to take on its own life.  The aim is to stimulate and please the eye through composition and color impact.  The works are predominantly in oils.  Big canvas gives a means to impact and express subjects in a powerful way through vibrant color and technique, although smaller canvas also offers its own rewards in impact and expression.   Fun and enjoyment as well as a deep expression and passion for his art, continues to provide challenges  to create art work that is uniquely meaningful to the observer as well as to himself, the artist.
Ken Bonner’s work is presently held in private collections in 17 countries.                  Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Spain & USA.

 

Raised in a Navy family, Ed Holmes saw much of the world during his youth. His senior year in high school was spent with his cousin in  New York. Ed’s cousin was a successful illustrator and wanted to encourage his interest in art by exposing Ed to the great art works in Manhattan’s museums and galleries. This led to Ed’s later studies in Utah where his love of western art was born.

 

A highly successful and award winning commercial illustrator for many years, Ed Holmes finally put his energies into his first love, western art.

 

Holmes inspiration for painting the plains Indians, Apaches, and mountain men harkens back to the idyllic time that he spent pursuing his formal studies as a young man at Brigham Young University in Utah. Holmes was exposed to such notables as Grant Speed, Ed Fraughton, Veloy Eaton, and Gary Knapp. Upon leaving his studies, Holmes concentrated on commercial illustration for his growing family. However, the lingering memory of the mountain west and its grandeur left an indelible impression and a thirst that one day had to be filled.

 

Holmes work has been featured in such notable publications as: Southwest Art, Cowboys & Indians and Art Life. Ed’s western paintings can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the US, Canada, and portions of Europe.

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Tyrone Lewis was raised in a family of artists.  His maternal grandfather, Hans Hubbard, a respected Fort Worth artist, settled near Mena, Arkansas, and always welcomed his grandson into his studio.  Thus did Tyrone learn to appreciate and create art.

Desiring to pursue an artistic career, he graduated with a B.F.A. degree from the Memphis College of Arts, and then worked as an interior designer for residential and commercial properties and as a fashion coordinator for Federated Department Stores.  Always he painted.

Tyrone has been featured in multiple regional juried shows throughout the United States.  Galleries in Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, Georgia, Arizona and New Mexico have featured his works, as has Southern Accents Magazine, The Collectors Guide of New Mexico, and others.  Tyrone's paintings have also been purchased by numerous corporations for their archival collections, as appreciable investments.

Tyrone, lives in western Arkansas with his wife Barbara and daughter Alexis, where, in addition to their art, they breed Egyptian Arabian horses.

Of his work Tyrone says, "Having been influenced by my grandfather, I found my  first endeavors in the visual arts, were portrayals of the landscape.

Over the years I have identified myself with various imagery and varied venues, yet I always come back to the landscape and its forms.  I know not the reason other than the fact that the melody is always in perfect harmony, regardless of conditions, which leads one to ponder how and why and who or what is responsible."

Tyrone's wonderful use of color and light, his paintings faithfully represent the ever changing landscapes of the American horizon.  Traveling throughout the United States, he faithfully brings life to his canvases, freezing in time the beauty of nature.  With an understanding drawn from the roots of his childhood, molded with appreciation of art and nature, he has matured to become a serious, dedicated, fine artist of significance.

Sadly, Tyrone Lewis passed away in 2014.

 

Alex J PenaAlex Peña explores a working definition of aesthetic worth in his art. He allows many factors to influence his assessment of

aesthetics, including cultural inspiration/knowledge, interpersonal relationships, and/or the idea of beauty. He relies heavily

upon the process and physicality of creating art to dictate, refine, or enhance his statement of aesthetic worth. Peña’s work

is suggestive of place and emotion.

Alex was born in Lawton, Oklahoma and is an enrolled member of the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma. He received his

B.F.A. in 2006 from Cameron University and his M.F.A from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. He currently

resides in Madison, Wisconsin.

Peña’s work has been exhibited nationally and has participated in group shows in Europe. He has taught at the University

of Wisconsin-Madison. His work is in a number of private and public collections.


Curriculum Vitae

Alex Joel Peña

Education

2009 Master of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2008 Master of Art, Studio Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cameron University, Magna cum Laude

Grants/Fellowships

2012 SWAIA Residency Fellowship. Awarded stipend, residency at the Santa Fe

Art Institute for one month, Complimentary booth at the SWAIA 2012

Indian Art Market, a show at the Patina Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, and

publication in the New Mexican Indian Market magazine, the official

SWAIA Market Guide, and other publications and media.

2009 University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Education Travel Grant.

Awarded grant monies for artistic development.

2006-2009 Advanced Opportunity Fellowship. Granted from the University of

Wisconsin-Madison, School of Education.

Solo Exhibitions

2011 “Resurfaced.” Two-man show featuring recent drawings and prints at

the Berlin Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona.

2010-2011 “Recent Work.” Solo show of recent drawings at the Sundance Cinema

Art Gallery in Madison, Wisconsin.

2009 “Linear Description.” A solo show of recent prints and drawings at the

Art Lofts Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2009 “1/1 VE.” Solo show of prints and drawings at the Leslie Powell Gallery in

Lawton, Oklahoma.

2009 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition. 7th Floor Gallery at the University

of Wisconsin-Madison.

2008 Master of Art Thesis Exhibition. 7th Floor Gallery at the University of

Wisconsin-Madison.

2006 “Toys and Things.” Exhibition of prints at the Leslie Powell Gallery in

Lawton, Oklahoma.

Group Exhibitions

2012 “Novosibirsk State Museum of Art Biennial.” Novosibirsk State Museum

 

Jenny Floravita has been painting and
creating art professionally for the last two
decades, working first in watercolor and then
in oil and eventually in glass and metal. She
began her studies in painting, drawing, music
and dance as a small child—excelling in all.
Her life in the San Francisco Bay Area
afforded her great exposure to the arts. Jenny
won numerous awards as a young artist
including four California Governor ’s Medallions and four California State Seals—
two each for art and dance. After receiving
several scholarships, Jenny went on to receive her formal art degree through
University of California, Santa Cruz. She lived and worked in Santa Cruz as a
graphic designer and fine artist for a few years before re-locating to her family’s
home town on the Delta at which point her fine art career blossomed.
In the mid-2000s Jenny was introduced to the rare art form of reverse glass painting.
She produced numerous painted chandeliers for the interior design industry.
Through various glass artists and metals smiths, Jenny learned warm glass and glass
cold-working techniques to create her glass bowls and forging and welding to create
her iron fixtures. She now operates a mini-industrial facility out of her studio.
Jenny’s Contemporary Swirl/Circles of Sedona is a 2013 NICHE Awards Finalist.
Description of Work
My reverse painted chandeliers are created entirely by hand—I am the artist. These
are not production oriented. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and starts with flat
architectural glass that is cut and slumped in my studio to achieve the glass bowl
which then needs to be cold-worked. The special painting technique that I use is a
very old and rare art form called reverse glass painting. Reverse painted lamps were
extremely popular in the Victorian era. Even Tiffany produced reverse painted
lamps, though we know him more for his stained glass.
My iron fixtures are hand-forged and incorporate lamp parts where needed. My
painted night lights and lamp shades incorporate the same techniques stated above
to create the glass shapes on a smaller scale.
Later this year I will be producing my own lamp bases, which will be sculpted, cast
and signed by me and will feature elements incorporated in my glass paintings.

EDUARDO CHACÓN

New Mexico painter Eduardo Chacón explores the diversity of colors in still life paintings from his studio in Taos, New Mexico.  He focuses on
“chiaroscuro”, the concept of light and shadow.

Eduardo was born and raised in Taos, New Mexico surrounded by an art community.  He comments:
“To take something two-dimensional and have the viewer perceive the piece as three dimensional is the challenge.  The viewer needs to travel through the painting, so to speak.  That is to say, a feeling is accomplished in making canvas or panel look as though it is three dimensional. Atmosphere is the key.  The painting has to have atmosphere within.  It is as if air flows around the objects.  I learn with every piece I do.  I strive to build on what I’ve learned and hope to always paint the next piece better.”

He makes his home and paints out of his studio in Taos, New Mexico, where his still-life paintings come to life in the northern New Mexican light.

EDUCATION & ART ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS:

Studied art at the University of New Mexico
Studied  at the Fechin Art Workshops
Member of the Oil Painters of America -OPA
Juried member of the American Society of Traditional Artists -ASTA

AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS:

Awards presented by both Taos Open & Taos Invites Art Festival                 
1st. place, 2nd. place & honorable mention 3 years in succession
Juried into the 2008 OPA Western Regional Show @ Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho
Invited to show @ Taos Art Museum--Fechin Institute for “A Russian Night in Taos”, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
Invited to show @ “Taos Fall Arts Festival”, Taos Invite  2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Invited to show @ Millicent Rogers Museum miniatures show, Taos, N.M. 2008-2011
Published in “Art Journey New Mexico” book released fall 2009
Juried into and exhibited at the Von Liebig Museum & Art Center in Naples, Florida for Art Encounter 2010 (entries from 50 states)

 

Dianne Graduated with an associate degree in Art from Ricks College (BYU Idaho). She was influenced by many great artists including, Leon Parsons, Arlo Coles, and Matthew Geddes.

Dianne has been a self employed artist for the past 25 years. Fifteen of those years were spent in Afton, Wyoming where she had the opportunity to show and sell her work in Jackson Hole.

About ten years ago Dianne moved to Utah where she has served as the President of the Cache Valley Chapter of the Utah Watercolor Society (CVC UWS) and as a Signature Member, she also served on the CVC UWS board for the last six years. Many of her paintings have been selected into shows in Salt Lake City and have won awards. She has also had paintings in both the Western Federation of Watercolor Society’s, and the National Watercolor Society.

She has also won many other local and national awards, including the Wind Rivers Valley Arts Guild Annual National Art Exhibit: Bird Art Award, for her painting “By the water’s edge”; and the Still Life Painting Award for her painting entitled “Pumpkins”. She had her painting “Fruits of Our Labors” Chosen for the 8th International Church Art Competition.

Dianne currently has a painting in the Utah Arts Council traveling exhibit. It travels all over the state of Utah for a year. She also had a solo show entitled “Sticks and Stones” at Red Butte Gardens on the University of Utah campus which was exhibited August 14th to September 10th 2008.

 

After 30 years of working in the steel industry Doug’s passion for creating unique one of a kind Metal Sculptured Bells using many of the same techniques and processes he became so familiar with in the Steel Mill are now made manifest in his artistic endeavors. Making a sculpture out of old found objects and persuading it to succumb to his will is the challenge that Doug has thrived on in his work.  Items that might end up in junkyards or farmers backyards are all potential art objects in waiting. In many Asian cultures the combination of stone & steel is considered (ZEN) or good fortune. That is why you see the stones so prominently displayed in his beautiful work. Many of them are from faraway places that Doug has visited. Doug also incorporates fused glass from recycled bottles created by his wife, artist Dianne Adams.

Doug’s beautiful signature garden bells with their unusual and eye catching designs have found international acclaim & and are in public and private collections. His award winning designs are cutting edge.  Doug’s work is truly one of a kind.

Doug currently resides with his amazing artist wife Dianne and their aspiring artist son Ryan in Deweyville, Utah, living their dream!

 

Leah and Stan Goldberg are are team, painting in tandem on the same works. Each an artist in their own right, they have a unique ability to create together.

Leah attended and graduated with a BFA at Minneapolis Institute of Arts.   She did postgraduate work in Chinese Calligraphy and watercolors as well as Japanese calligraphy and brush painting at USCD with Karl Weng. She was the youngest Theater set designer in the USA at the Tyrone Guthrie Metropolitan.  She also taught children art for 15 yrs in Oriental and Waldorf technicques.

Stan was educated at the New School for Social research with a BA. and receives his MA in Art Criticism at Hofstra University, NY.  Stan has a background in Commercial Art advertising with a specialty in art  business related advertising with Avnet,Inc, Gallery One and his own agancy, Blue Banana in NY.  It was in his Blue River Gallery, in Breckenridge, CO, that he and Lisa met.

Private Collections:Frederick Wiseman, Billy Wilder, Alexandria Johnson,Mick Jagger, Jessica Swift, Harry Weiss, Mary Ann Vanderbrook, Daran and Ray Grimm, Laura and Robert Bradley and many others.

Corporate Collections: Bank of America, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Steelcase, Hyler Industries, Hotel BelAire, Leventual & Co. Childhelp USA.

 

Americo makkAmerico Makk is an internationally acclaimed master painter and portrait artist of two United States Presidents. Over the past five decades, the importance of Americo Makk’s work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including American Ecclesiastic Award, European Banner of the Arts, Oscar d’Italia, Alfred Nobel Medal for Peace (Einstein International Academy Foundation) and Outstanding Achievement Award for Western Paintings (American Biographical Institute).

Paintings by Americo Makk - powerful scenes of city life, character studies, historical and western paintings - have been the focus of numerous major public exhibitions, including Carnegie International Center (NY), U.S. Senate Rotunda (Washington, D.C.), Monaco Intercontinental Exhibition (Paris), St. Stephen Museum (Hungary), and many other museums and galleries in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and Japan.

Regarded as one of the world’s most respected portrait artists, Americo Makk was selected to paint portraits for the U.S. White House of President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and President Jimmy Carter in 1979. He has also painted a portrait of Cardinal Mindszenty for the Vatican and many celebrities including Eva Gabor, Barbara Carrera and Ray Price.

Americo Makk’s wife, Eva, and their son, A.B., are also accomplished painters whose works are exhibited and collected internationally, giving rise to the Makks’ reputation as “the first family of the art world”.

Americo Makk has been called a "modern-day Michelangelo". Working together with Eva Makk since 1950, he has painted large murals in sixteen cathedrals and churches on two continents. This feat is unequaled by any other artist in our time, giving the Makks a place forever in art history. Their most famous work, on the ceiling of the 150 year old Manaus Cathedral in Brazil, is the world’s largest single-themed ceiling mural.

Americo was born in Hungary in 1927. His formal training began at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Art in Budapest. At the top of his class, he received a scholarship to Italy, and while studying at the Academy of Fine Art in Rome he met his future wife, Eva, a fellow artist at the academy. The couple moved to Brazil in 1949, and their reputation as brilliant young painters spread quickly. They were appointed as Professors of Art at the Sao Paulo Academy of Fine Art, and later were named Official Artists of the Brazilian Government. Among their many commissions was an unprecedented expedition deep into the Amazon rain forest to paint the indigenous tribal people. In 1962 Americo Makk and his family moved to New York and continued their distinguished careers as artists. Americo Makk now lives in Hawaii, where he and his family have made their home since 1967.

Today Americo Makk’s paintings are highly prized, with some selling for several hundred thousand dollars. Demand for his work is still growing. As he has done for more than fifty years, Americo Makk continues to receive international acclaim, such as a recently opened permanent exhibition of his paintings at the Museum of Hungarian Military History in Budapest.

 

Gourd art is a worldwide art form and is found in many countries.  Gourds have been around for hundreds of years and have been used for both utility  purposes and as  objects of art.

Roy’s interest in art started at an early age.  He took art classes in Junior High and High School while growing up in Baytown, Texas.  He received an art scholarship to Lee Jr. Collage.  His college was put on hold while he spent four years in the Air Force.  Roy then returned to college and graduated with a degree in Art from Lamar University.

Upon graduating, his career took a turn into sales and he spent the next 30+ years in corporate America. During this time, his art was limited to drawing industry posters and sketching providing some escape from his full time sales profession.  Upon retirement, he devoted more time to his art and he perused his interest in pen and ink drawing historic landmarks around his home .  In 2010, he discovered the world of gourd art which has became his passion.  His interest in pen and ink drawing was transformed to pyrography on gourds.  Gourds are nature’s canvas and allow Roy to explore his other interest in pottery and sculpturing.   
Gourd art is an old art form that is practiced in cultures all over the world.  Primitive cultures used gourds for utilitarian purposes, and used crude tools to embellish them.   Today’s gourd art ranges from simple craft projects to works of fine art by full time gourd artists.
Roy is a member of the American Gourd Society.  He is also on the Board of Directors with the Texas Gourd Society.  His work has been featured in several Gourd Art newsletters and newspapers.  He received a first place award in 2012 and a second place award in 2013 in the American Gourd Society Gourd Art competition.  Roy is active promoter of the art form and gives frequent demonstrations to school children, associations and garden clubs.
In 2013, he received a second place award in the Southwest Division at the Southwest Fine Art Gourd Show in Kerrville, Texas.  In 2014, he received two honorable mention awards in the same show in the Carving and Southwest Art Division.  His gourd titled “Seabound” was chosen for the “People’s Choice Award” .In 2014, he was also juried in for the annual Ruidoso Art Festival. He was awarded” Best of class” and  “ Best in Show “ 
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The artistic ability of Caroll Forseth began to emerge when he was a young boy living in Northern Alberta. He was one of the nine children born to Norwegian immigrants homesteading in Canada. From an early age, he knew he had a talent for painting. Although his surroundings, as a child, did not afford him the luxury of art lessons, the drive and determination of years have made Forseth a master. The development of technique, an uncanny sensitivity to color and the projection of composition were self-learned tools in the quest to record the beauty he sees.

The rugged and majestic Rocky Mountains provide the inspiration for the majority of his work. Working from a wide palette, tangibility is projected from the canvas in color, weight, and texture. The palette knife and brush seem to take on life of their own as they effortlessly fashion the subject, held by the hand and followed by the eyes that have become one with the canvas and oils.

Mr. Forseth’s full time career, now spanning over twenty years, has afforded him a stress free lifestyle. He is a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Gregarious by nature, his loves besides art are music, traveling, people, family and most of all, his Creator.

The years of magnifying his talent have earned Caroll Forseth the esteem and respect of his fellow artists, patrons, and students. His endless dedication to art showings, preparing commission work and teaching seminars in many countries is evidence of a deep commitment to share the grand vision he has with others in a permanent legacy.

Jennifer Vranes is best known for her large and vibrant paintings of Aspen Forests and European Landscapes. Her trademarked technique using a palette knife to ‘sculpt’ in thick textures has become a favorite among collectors and Art Galleries world-wide.
The art industry’s leading magazine, Art Business News, spotlighted Vranes in the article “Time Honored Appeal,” as one of the world’s top selling landscape artists. Art Business News later published a special edition on Today’s Top Artists, and included an editorial marking Vranes as America’s “Artist to Watch.”
Vranes’ unique paintings continue to gain attention on an international level. Her artwork was recently secured by the U.S. State Department to be placed in the “ART in Embassies” collection in Bamako, Mali. This exclusive program is a vital form of cultural diplomacy for United States Embassies, and State Department curators selected the paintings of Jennifer Vranes to represent the talent of the United States of America to dignitaries of all countries.
Vranes studied oil painting at Brigham Young University, graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree. An avid traveler, Vranes finds inspiration from the beautiful places she has seen around the world. Through her art, she transports the viewer to Tuscany where poppies grow wildly in breathtaking meadows; or to France where fragrant Lavender is farmed in lush rows; or to the Rocky Mountains where groves of Aspens quake near rolling streams and rivers. Vranes finds the most beautiful gems of nature, and captures them on canvas for all to experience and enjoy.
When asked about her successful Art career, Vranes says simply, “I paint to bring joy to the lives and homes of others. In a world of growing uncertainty, I want my paintings to provide the viewer a momentary escape from reality. My landscapes carry that magic!”

 

To create the paintings for my Pow Wow Series, I attend various Pow Wows in the Southwest focusing mainly on Gathering of Nations held each April in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gathering of Nations is my favorite event because of its sheer size and number of dancers – as many as 4,000 over the weekend.

The colors, patterns and textures of these dancers blend into a kaleidoscope of abstract design. It is from this abstraction that I like to put a sharp focus on a face or an outfit that by its incredible uniqueness draws attention to itself above all others. Each of my paintings is not only a snapshot of time and place, but also records the blending of cultures and historical continuum.  Pow Wows are a vital catalyst for cultural renewal and celebration. I feel honored to be allowed this celebration in my life as well.

Gallery Representations

Santa Fe Art Collector, Santa Fe, NM
Main Street Gallery, Saint Jo, TX
Kinion Fine Art, Sedona, AZ
Mountain Trails Galleries, Sedona, AZ                                                          
Artisans Galleria, Sedona, AZ                                                                           
Art Buyers Gallery, Phoenix, AZ                                                                        
Hang Ups Art Enterprises, Orange, CA                                                         
California Auction Services, Mission Viejo, CA                                          

Bodies of Work

The Masks We Wear                
Leather Masks sculpted and painted
Culture in Motion                     
Portraits of Pow Wow Dancers in the American Southwest                       
Abstract Exploration             
Study of color and design on canvas
Color and Texture                     
Study of color and design on paper
American Industry                   
Documentary study of the American Trucking Industry
The Athens Series                      
From Athens to Delphi, studies of architecture and sculpture
The Classic Series                      
Crete, Italy and Mainland Greece, studies of architecture and sculpture

Exhibitions/ Shows

Sketchbook Project- 2011          
Brooklyn Art House Library, NY Traveling Tour: 9 cities
Grand Opening - 2010   
Santa Fe Art Collector, Santa Fe, NM                                                                  
Masks – 2011
Fort Collins Museum of Art                                     
Things I Dream Of  - 2010
Art House , Brooklyn, NY                                             
Grand Opening  - 2010
Davis & Blevins, The Main Street Gallery                 
Masks – 2010
Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art             
Miniature Show – 2008
Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM                             
Group Show – 2007
Mountain Trails Gallery, Sedona, AZ                       
One Woman Show – 2005
Kinion Fine Art, Sedona, AZ                                       
Grand Opening – 2002
Taracor Fine Art Studio, Sedona, AZ                         
Wildlife Etching Show – 1986
Ziegle Printers Gallery, Peoria, IL                             
Industrial Landscape – 1987
Ziegle Printers Gallery, Peoria, IL                             
Alumni Exhibit  -1985
Lindenwood Colleges, St. Charles, MO                     
Stone Lithography  - 1985
Oklahoma State University, Lawton, OK                 
One Woman Art Show – 1981
Lindenwood Colleges, St. Charles, MO                    

Education

MA – Art History,  University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign, IL
BFA – Studio Art;  BA – Art History (Summa Cum Laude), Lindenwood Colleges

 

 

Vladimir Pentjuh (or “Pentjukh”) was born in 1965 in the Russian town of Penza, about 390 miles southeast of Moscow.  He loved to spend school vacations at his grandmother’s house in the village, and he loved the peaceful, quiet and serene country life.

While studying at school, Pentjuh also attended a children’s art studio, where the teachers noticed his gift.  After graduating from high school, he entered the Penza Art College, named after the Russian realist painter Konstantin Savitsky.  After graduating in 1989, he studied at the Kharkov Art Industrial Institute, where he developed his unique style and realized that village landscapes were his most successful subjects.

In 1996 Pentjuh became a member of the Artist Union of Russia.  He continues the traditions of the Russian and Soviet school of landscape painting – manifest in the choice of simple and modest subjects, selection of color and shades, lack of surface effectiveness and deep lyricism of the landscape.

Pentjuh travels extensively in the north of Russia, seeking interesting village landscapes in all seasons.  These paintings of simple scenes reflect eternal values – the earth, sun, water and shelter.  He often chooses sunrise or sunset scenes, which he paints in impressionistic style, depicting the multitude of colors in the sunlight and shadows.  He is noted for utilizing a wide range of paint textures, from smooth and even to a thickly applied relief, instilling his paintings with interest and life.  The combination of colors, textures and depiction of the subject leave the viewer with a sense of presence, almost feeling the warmth of the springtime sun or the chill of the winter snow and ice.

 

The landscapes that Stephanie K Johnson creates in oils invite viewers to experience the glow and mystery of the old masters. Stephanie's original inspiration for landscapes came from her first visit to a Hudson River School exhibition at the Tacoma Art Museum. The dramatic skies,exquisite detail and the beautiful colors made a great impression on her. The artists from the Hudson River School created large, thematic pieces to show the world the memorable experiences from their journeys.Now Stephanie desires to capture the joy she discovers in her travels as they did. Her European cafe and city scenes remind viewers of that special trip where they enjoyed a warm cup of expresso, or a long, leisurely stroll down a cobblestone path.

Stephanie's career began at a very young age. She sold her first original painting at the Redmond Saturday Market at the tender age eleven. At twelve she entered her first gallery,Artisans on Taylor and by fifteen Stephanie had designed her own web site.Over the years, her family has supported her in many ways.They are her mainstays with shows and Galleries. Her home studio allows her to work and create the beautiful landscapes she paints.Though young in years, her skills and passion defy age and time.

 

The landscapes that Stephanie K Johnson creates in oils invite viewers to experience the glow and mystery of the old masters. Stephanie's original inspiration for landscapes came from her first visit to a Hudson River School exhibition at the Tacoma Art Museum. The dramatic skies,exquisite detail and the beautiful colors made a great impression on her. The artists from the Hudson River School created large, thematic pieces to show the world the memorable experiences from their journeys.Now Stephanie desires to capture the joy she discovers in her travels as they did. Her European cafe and city scenes remind viewers of that special trip where they enjoyed a warm cup of expresso, or a long, leisurely stro;; down a cobblestone path.



Stephanie's career began at a very young age. She sold her first original painting at the Redmond Saturday Market at the tender age eleven. At twelve she entered her first gallery,Artisans on Taylor and by fifteen Stephanie had designed her own web site.Over the years, her family has supported her in many ways.They are her mainstays with shows and Galleries. Her home studio allows her to work and create the beautiful landscapes she paints.Though young in years, her skills and passion defy age and time.

Gantner was born in 1948 in Seoul, South Korea. As a very young child, he was attracted to color and form. By the age of 12 he was attempting to recreate his universe through the medium of paint. Gantner is primarily a self-taught artist. His passion for the Impressionists and the Post-Impressionists was responsible for his move to France. This allowed him to freely study their work and to explore their universe.

The majority of Gantner's paintings are set in Provence and the Midi. The artist's fascination with quaint mountain villages with their narrow, winding streets becomes a perfect vehicle for the true subject of his work's solitude. Gantner's paintings are visual records of absence. This theme is reinforced through the artist's use of confined luminous and shadowed spaces that are defined and contained by vertical walls of stone. Even when the painting is not of a narrow village street, solitude and absence are still present. Trained in the Impressionist vein, Gantner has resolved the age-old Poussiniste-Rubeniste conflict by combining the strengths and qualities of line with color. This is apparent in Gantner's return to Giverny to repaint Monet's Japanese bridge and waterlilies. The spontaneous quality that defined the impressionism of Monet has given way to a painted drawing that is a controlled application of color structured within a strong linear composition.

 

Anna was born in 1960 in Charleston, West Virginia, into a large German-American family with five siblings.  Raised in Sarasota, Florida, her early influences were imprinted in a tropical and urban setting.  In 1984 she received her BA from the University of Florida, after which, she emigrated to Atlanta, Georgia, where she lived and worked for 16 years.  She now makes her home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Anna began her career as a graphic designer, with a strong background in art history, then eventually migrated toward fine art.
During her career as a designer in Atlanta, she freelanced with the Trousdell Design Studio on the Bally’s Casino Hotel’s account and her independent clients included Coca-Cola, Georgia Pacific, Canada Life Insurance and Southwire.  In 1992, Anna began independent study with the late Ouida Canaday who founded the Artists’ Atelier of Atlanta and was one of the founders of the Atlanta Piedmont Arts Festival.  In 1999, Anna quit the graphic design industry to become a full-time painter.  From that point onward Anna evolved as a self-taught painter.  Her main influences are: Picasso, Matisse, Jean-Claude Gaugy and stained glass design.

Anna’s first gallery representation was in 1997 with Bender Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta.  From there her representation grew to include galleries in several regions of the United States.  As her reputation continues to grow, she is now considered one of the premier artists within her gallery circuit and is collected by a diverse group of patrons in the United States, Europe and Asia.

 

Punk Cooper is a fourth generation New Mexican who grew up on the family owned sheep ranch in the Hondo Valley, a part of Lincoln County that is not only rich in history but in art as well. For him this was an environment that helped develop an eye and desire for art. He graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor‘s degree in Animal Science in 1970.  After graduation he served as an army helicopter pilot. Returning from military duty, Punk resumed the responsibilities of working the family sheep ranch at Hondo and the cattle ranch in the Penasco Valley near Cloudcroft New Mexico where he currently resides.

Achievements:

Punk has been doing art for over thirty years.  His work has been featured on the covers of the National Wool Growers and the New Mexico Stockman magazines with drawings and sculptures of sheep and cattle as well as a feature article and covers in the Livestock Weekly and the Ranch Magazine, both, Texas livestock publications.  The past few years Punk has painted plein air architectural and landscape oil paintings of Colorado and New Mexico. More recently his interest in working with contemporaries through membership in Plein Air Painters of New Mexico has lead to participation in several juried shows to include “The sense Of Time & Place” Milicent Rogers Museum and “Art for The Parks” PAPNM.  He has also participated in the Legacy Art event in Albuquerque for the last several years; the Enchantment Art Benefit for Otero County; and is presently slated to be the feature artist in the upcoming Enchantment Auction.

Artists Point of View:

Punk says of plein air painting, “While I’ve been drawing every chance I get, from an early age, and have completed about ten bronze sculpture editions ten years ago; I have recently become infatuated with the idea of “Plein Air” oil paintings completed on site outdoors. There is something about the discipline of direct painting, the merging of a place and a moment of time that breaths life and excitement into a landscape painting. Often this direct response to my surroundings, even the sounds and smells seem to become as much a part of the process as light and color. This inspiration of scene gives me opportunity to paint vibrancy and composition that I don’t think I could otherwise achieve.”

 

Jo Sherwood was born and raised in Rotterdam, Holland.  She followed in the footsteps of her father, who developed her interest in art by visiting European museums, and her great-grandfather, an established oil painter of the late 1800s.  Jo graduated with Honors from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam, studying the classical techniques of the Masters.

Sherwood has spent decades capturing remote and isolated cultures through her art, before they succumb to globalization.  Her work holds a harmony and stasis that lends emotional depth to her subjects and offers a glimpse into their rituals and way of life.  Although she was trained in the classical oil techniques of the Masters, she prefers to render modern day traditionalism through her documentation of remote cultures.

Sherwood’s most recent exhibition features paintings of her “Capturing Greek Isles Culture” Sherwood circumnavigated the beautiful Cyclades Islands off the coast of Greece in a 35' sailboat. The azure blue sky, fresh Mediterranean waters, crisp white houses, authentic fishermen, and hard-working donkeys all made for picturesque painting material.

Her solo exhibition “Disappearing Cultures of Rural China” featured paintings inspired by the Miao minority tribe of southwestern China.  This collection was shown on both coasts- in Los Angeles at the Wilshire Ebell Gallery and in New York City at the Coda Gallery in SoHo. A unique aspect of both shows was the support of the Chinese Consulates in both cities, as well as the Mayor in Los Angeles.

Jo enjoys family time spent with her two daughters and five grand children.  Jo recently moved to Houston, Texas.  Prior to that she lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she maintained a studio for 30 years; and the rest of the world, where she traveled with her husband and, of course, with her easel – her window to the world.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

* Oil Painters of America, Finalist
* International Invitational, Finalist
* Santa Fe Art Classic Invitational, Finalist
* Salon International Greenhouse Gallery, Finalist
* Trinidad National Award
* NBC (Houston,TX) Featured Guest
* Let Me In (Reproduction of Swedish movie), Featured painting
* Stewart Udall Portrait, The Center of Museum Resources, Santa Fe
* Certificate of Commendation, City of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
* Los Angeles and New York City Chinese Consulate

PUBLICATIONS

* Best of Oil Painting
* Art of the American West
* Best of Sketching and Drawing
* 100 Ways to Paint People and Figures
* Best of American Oil Artists
* Asia Pacific Arts
* Fine Art Collector
* LA Daily News
* Art Knowledge News
* Artist Signature Scarecrow (American & European Painters)

STUDIED WITH:

* Dan Gerhartz
* Michael Lynch
* Richard Schmid
* Bettina Steinke
* Howard Terpning
* Yugi Wang
* Henriette Wyeth

 

Nikolai Efimovich Timkov is one of the greatest Russian landscape painters of the second half of the twentieth century.

Nikolai Efimovich Timkov Best known for his lyrical depictions of the countryside, Timkov created works which, with their bright colors and textured brushwork, evoke the beauty and magnitude of the artist's homeland.

Timkov began his formal training in 1928 at the age of 16 at the Rostov Art College and continued his studies at the Moscow Institute of Art and the All-Russian Academy of Art. In 1944, after serving in the Russian Navy during WWII, Timkov married Klavdiuya Ivanova Mitrofanova (1919-1994). They have one son, Vacheslev Nikolaevich, born in 1946. In 1947 at the age of 35, he had his first one man exhibition at the Russian Federation of Artists in Leningrad. In 1987, he was awarded the coveted title of "Honorable Artist of the Russian Federation," solidifying his place among the great artists in Russian history. At the close of his last exhibition at the St. Petersburg Union of Artists, Timkov suffered a heart attack and passed away on December 23, 1993 at the age of 81.

 

Fedor Zakharov was born to a peasant family in 1919 in the village of Alexandrovskoye in the Smolensk region. It was while he was still at school that his oldest brother Ivan and his art teacher noticed his precocious talent. Soon, they persuaded Fedors parents to allow their son to continue his education at an art specialized college. Starting in 1936 Zakharov studied at Kalinin Industrial Art College in Moscow. With the outbreak of the Second World War, Zakharov was drafted for military service at the front lines. However, due to weak eyesight, he was released from duty and assigned to serve in Moscow, where he created posters and drawings for the Red Armys war efforts. During this time, in 1943, Zakharov entered the Surikov State Art institute in Moscow from which he successfully graduated in 1950.

Zakharov discovered the Crimea and its rich, bright, multicolored nature had a great influence on him. At that time Zakharov decided to seriously devote himself to landscape painting.

These first works of Zakharovs are naive, fresh, and often ornate--verging on over ornamentation. Soon, however he started using his palette with more variety, avoiding unnatural color contrasts. He worked hard perfecting this technique, often in plein air because he could not yet afford a studio. His small apartment was very close to the Black Sea. In all, he spent seven years there and during all of that time he worked on his paintings in the ports, on the beach, and sometimes in town. He created numerous landscape sketches depicting everything he saw and liked in great detail while maintaining compositional integrity. He worked almost every day, in all seasons and in any weather, never inventing subjects, always paying attention to the land and what it told him.

As Zakharov matured through the nineteen sixties his focus shifted. His style became even better at depicting the defining components of light and air. His strokes are larger, confident and contrasting softened with half shading. He painted on large canvases with a sweep and scale suggestive of having been painted in a single breath.

Not many painters achieve such distinction in their lifetime and the creative activity of Zakharov could not go unnoticed by the official authorities. In 1970 Zakharov was nominated as the Honored Painter of the Ukraine. In 1978 he was again honored, this time as the Peoples Painter of the Ukraine. He was also awarded the Red Banner of Labor and the Sign of Honor, distinctions which, in Soviet Russia, were the highest awards presented to regular citizens. In 1987 he was awarded the State Prize after Shevchenko. When taken into consideration, perhaps the most amazing fact about all of the awards Zakharov received in his lifetime is that all of these awards were given to Zakharov in spite of the fact that he had never followed the official USSR course in fine arts dogmatic style of socialist realism, never depicted in his works leaders of the Communist Party, and never allowed his art to be used as the instrument of ideological and party propaganda. He remained, throughout his career and his entire life, devoted to art, to his painting, and to the advancement of all painting in Russia. He is remembered today, throughout Russia, simply as one of the greatest painters of his time.

 

Carlo Trost was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1959. Today he lives and works in the Udine region of Italy where he sculpts exclusively in wood. An artist in the tradition of Brancusi and other moderns, Trost uses primarily organic forms and shapes to create simple, yet startlingly effective images of nature and the natural world. His designs are effective, dramatic and original in concept creating a unique blend of naturalism and modern design that is compelling and beautiful.He has been collected by many private collectors all over Europe and now in the United States.

 Born in France in 1969, Isabelle Dupuy spent her childhood in the country side of Provence, in Southern France.  She developed her artistic skills at Les Beaux Arts School in Valence, France as a teenager and young adult.  It became a passion.


Isabelle developed her own aesthetic, she took inspiration from her favorite artist, the 19th Century French Impressionist Claude Monet.  Her paintings are often inspired by location near her home, the French countryside.  Through her art, Isabelle transports the viewer to open spaces, much like the home she grew up in.  She enjoys capturing on canvas the vivid colors and light of the Mediterranean.

Isabelle is currently interested in putting a contemporary spin to the Impressionist style and she is also interested in dynamics uses of color and texture.  She prefers to keep her artwork free of a traditional frame and instead paints the sides of the canvas so her landscapes can exist beyond conventional borders.

Isabelle is an ambitious self-taught painter who will never limit her subject matter, her techniques and her style.  She brings new energy to her work by isolating the most important colors, developing a more bold way of painting for maximum effect using her painting knife.  Her new direction shows more feeling, energy and freshness while capturing a unique moment in nature.

Isabelle goes home to Provence very often to get more inspiration and to spend time with her family.  She currently resides in Houston, Texas where she is doing what she loves most, painting.


In 2010 Mikki Senkarik celebrated twenty years selling her stunning art in Santa Fe. For the past decade she has been one of the top selling oil painters in the “City Different”. With a background in Medical Illustration the jump to oils was a natural move. Senkarik is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia. Since graduating she illustrated 47 major medical textbooks and her peers have honored Mikki with their top Award of Excellence five of nine years. Senkarik’s illustrations are used today by the Medical Illustration Masters’ Program as examples of perfection, how a medical drawing should be executed.

Bladder cancer at nineteen could have been fatal. Mikki won that battle and is living proof; cancer need not be a death sentence. “Facing death and winning gives one a zest for living, bringing joy to your soul.” The tall, slender Senkarik continues, “Survival is what drives me to paint bright, happy art. I appreciate life so much I can’t help but let that joy seep into my oils. One of my early collectors called my work Billboards of Happiness.” Senkarik is definitely not into painting angst or dirge.

Her mate is a master artist who has been mentor, soul mate and best friend for the past two decades. The two have traveled the world, living in places where people go for vacations. Senkarik incorporates her mate’s double primary color mixing system of warm and cool yellow, warm and cool red, warm and cool blue plus white, which gives her original oils vibrancy and a purity not achievable with earth pigments. With this special mixing system it’s impossible to make a muddy painting as Senkarik’s pieces attest.

Her collectors are called members of Team Senkarik. They receive a special price consideration on all additions to their Senkarik collection and are given top priority on commissions. She prefers to call commissions “collaborations” because she takes the client’s ideas, adds some of hers and works them into the perfect painting for their needs. Her draftsmanship is unequaled; her brushwork is her signature. At 55 Mikki Senkarik is just beginning her escalation to the top in the world of art. We invite you to own one of her unique pieces of art and become a continuing collector. Senkarik’s complete, heart-moving bio can be found on www. senkarik. com.

 

An Elk Hunting Guide for more than 20 years, Outfitter and avid Outdoorsman, Mark James now lives and maintains his studio in Lander, Wyoming on a working Cattle Ranch at the base of the Wind River mountains, bordering Indian Reservation Territory which spans 2.2 million acres and is home to 2500 Eastern Shoshone and more than 5000 Northern Arapaho Indians. Having spent the best part of his life living and working in the high country of the Rocky Mountains, his passion for the wilderness and all it has to teach him is now expertly expressed in his art. A Naturalist, Mark continues to spend much of each fall alone in the wilderness of Wyoming fine tuning his senses to the sights, scents, and sounds of the mountains, sharing the experience with the wildlife that lives there, while renewing his inspiration to create art that tells the story of the heritage of the American West.

Driven to create works that reach deep to touch one’s heart, soul, and mind, Mark James sculpts strong,  passionate, expressive images yearning to tell their story. Conceived in clay and quintessentially birthed, his art speaks.

Mark James, after studying at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colorado, began his life as an Artist, sandblasting and hand carving three-dimensional wooden signs. Mark then segued to plate glass, sandblasting three-dimensional images, exceptional in scope, creativity, design and execution, before ultimately manipulating clay as his medium of destiny and choice.

Mark’s sculptures and monuments may be found in private collections across this country and Europe.

A featured Sculptor, Mark was invited to participate in the inaugural Grand Opening celebration of the Madden Museum of Art in Denver, Colorado.

Mark James is represented in premier galleries throughout the West including Santa Fe Art Collector in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

 From an early age, Eric Hartman had a love for recreating the beauty he observed in the world around him. His father, a professional photographer and visual artist often had Eric sit in his college classroom with other students to develop his abilities. Any opportunity to create with his hands increased his deep appreciation for the arts.

Eric found his calling as a sculpture artist in the employ of Ken Payne, noted western sculptor. Eric worked exclusively for and with Payne, creating the beautiful patinas he also displays in his own work. Payne taught Eric the basic principles behind art and ignited the hunger to learn from the masters, both old and new. "We have a vast storehouse of relatives in the art world who are trying to perceive what makes us who we are. Looking for that form which feels both natural and familiar from the first glance is important if we are to relate to a piece." This is the underlying quality Eric strives to achieve in his art.

Awards
1979- 1st Place ,Stone Sculpture ,New Mexico State Fair, Albuquerque

1981- 1st & 3rd Place, Best in Sculpture, ENIPC Artists & Craftsmen Show, Santa Clara NM

1981- 2nd Place Awards, SWAIA 60th Annual Indian Market, Santa Fe

1982- 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place, Northern Pueblos 10th Annual Artists & Craftsmen Show, San Ildefonso NM

1983- 3rd Place, Tanners 12th Annual All Indian Invitational Show, Scottsdale AZ

1983- 3rd Place, Northern Pueblos 11th Annual Artists & Craftsmen Show, San Ildefonso NM

1983- 3rd Place & Honorable Mention, New Mexico State Fair, Albuquerque

1985-Best of Division, First Award & Best of Class, SWAIA 64th Annual Indian Market ,Santa Fe

1987-3rd Place, Gallup Intertribal Ceremonials

1988-3rd Place, SWAIA 67th Annual Indian Market ,Santa Fe

1989- 1st Place, SWAIA,68th Annual Indian Market, Santa Fe

1990-2nd Place, Northern Pueblos 18th Annual Artist and Craftsmen Show, San Ildefonso NM

1990- 2nd Place, New Mexico State Fair, Albuquerque

1991-1st & 3rd Place, Utility Shack 3rd Annual Indian Ceremonial

1992- 2nd Place, Stone Sculpture ,New Mexico State Fair/KOAT, Albuquerque

1993- 2nd Place, SWAIA 72nd Annual Indian Market , Santa Fe

1993- Honorable Mention, SWAIA 72nd Annual Indian Market Santa Fe

1994- Best of Division, First Place  SWAIA 73rd  Annual Indian Market Santa Fe

1997- Challenge Award, Traditional Sculptural Forms,76th Annual Santa Fe Market

1999- 1st & 3rd Places, SWAIA 78th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market

 

"I was classically trained as a realist painter. My work is meant to echo my fascination with the passage of time, our journey through it, and the complex and fragile layers of our existence"

From Focus Santa Fe Magazine:

McCreery Jordan is known for her exquisitely painted, intensely lyrical art. Her style and subject matter are strictly her own, yet her constant experimentation keeps her work fresh and magical. Her mixed media pieces, in particular, reflect an astonishing ability to invoke both mystery and clarity.

Ms. Jordan, who has lived in Santa Fe since 1993, is an established artist who has conducted workshops throughout the United States for the past twenty years. She imparts her passion for art to her students while teaching them the solid skills that are at the heart of her own work. An accomplished sculptor, she is also proficient in oil, acrylic, encaustic, and watercolor, and she frequently combines them for maximum effect. The subject matter can be anything from landscape to figures and still life, and the approach can be anything from photorealism to abstract and beyond, with dimensions ranging from 6” x 6” to billboard size.

Jordan’s work has appeared in many publications, most recently in New Mexico Millennium Collection – A Twenty-First Century Celebration of Fine Art in New Mexico. She shows her work in galleries, museums, and invitationals (most recently in Sorrento, Italy. She has garnered many awards and other honors, and her work is represented in many distinguished private collections in the United States and Europe. It also can be found in public venues ranging from a restaurant in France to the Wall Street Journal.

McCreery is a published poet, avid fly fisher, and has produced two instructional art videos.

 

James Roybal; Born 1952 in Santa Fe N.M, James from an early age has known he was an artist.

Roybal got his first taste of casting bronze at age 12 from public school teacher Earnest Badyinski. James was lucky enough to have him also in high school and worked with him in his studio casting bronze during summer vacations.  James attended Highlands University and finished his formal education at New Mexico State University.

James furthered his foundry education working and managing in fine art foundries for 6 years, until in 1983, he became a full time artist.

His first juried show, while still in high school, was the 1971 New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair, again participating in 1973.  James has won numerous first place and best of show awards since then. James has had shows in over 40 Galleries around the United States.  Roybal has his work in collections around the word. He is in "Who’s Who In American Art," and in the book "Contemporary Western Artists," among 700 of the most important living Western artists.

In, 1986 James participated in the Governor's Gallery show, New Mexico State Capital. In 1987, James was asked to participate in the Albuquerque New Mexico Museum, Annual Miniatures Show, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994. James has Judged and participated in the Contemporary Spanish Market, in Santa Fe, winning the Southwest Art Magazine award in 2003, First Place Awards, in Pastel 2008, 2009, in Acrylic and Oil 2010 and Best of Show in Bronze 2012. The Pastel Journal has also recognized his pastels. James was asked to demonstrate and speak to the New Mexico Pastel Society in Albuquerque, 2000, 2006 and 201.  In 2010 Roybal was accepted to show 2 pastels at the Pastel Society of America show.  He is a Member of both the Sculpture Society of America, and the Pastel Society of New Mexico.

Roybal excelled in both painting and sculpting in college, he concentrated on sculpting in bronze and marble, only painting and drawing for his own pleasure.

In 1995, James decided to devote more time and energy to his painting.  In 1994, he picked up his first pastel, James says; "I felt at ease, it was like coming home."  He has sold hundreds of pastels, and over 1300 bronzes. "I am always looking for new challenges, in bronze and painting. I am not looking for a particular recognizable style. A particular style can be limiting. More important, I hope to grow with subtle maturity. There is always another level to obtain, new understanding of structure, form, the use of color, lost and found edges, light and shadow. Each painting or sculpture brings new challenges and new ways of seeing. Working in bronze and painting has opened new horizons for me."

 

Mitch CasterFor as long as he can remember, Mitch Caster has been drawing and painting -- capturing the essence of the good that is around him.  While he paints a wide variety of subjects, one of his specialties over the years has been dance.  He has worked with the Colorado Ballet since 1994, and was recently honored to have his paintings featured at Lincoln Center in New York City, in celebration of the New York City Ballet’s 50th Anniversary.  He also paints Flamenco, Native American, Latino, and other dance forms.  

Mitch also paints the human form in all walks of life, whether it’s a mother and child on a street in Spain, or a lotus gardener in China.  He also paints still life, landscapes, cityscapes, and old buildings -- from the crumbling structures of Venice, to the grand castles of Britain, to the adobe structures of the American southwest.  To Mitch, the adobe structures “have a life of their own.  It’s like painting skin.”  Mitch’s fascination with people and historic subjects stems from his appreciation of the efforts of all cultures to pass on their uniqueness and history to new generations, and to other cultures, as well.  

Mitch began his formal study of art at age 16 at Rocky Mountain School of Art in Denver.  He later worked for 9News/KUSA-TV for eleven years creating news graphics and doing courtroom sketching.  In 1988, Mitch decided to pursue his life’s ambition -- fine art.  In addition to painting, he also teaches at the Art Students League of Denver.  He has also continued courtroom sketching, and has covered some of the nation’s most notorious trials.  His work has been seen on every major U.S. network, and internationally, as well.  He has received numerous awards for his artwork and courtroom sketching, and has appeared as the courtroom artist in two Perry Mason movies.  His fine art appears in private, foundation, and corporate collections around the world, including the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, and Russia.

 

Don FinkeldeiI grew up in a small farming community in Kansas.  As far back as I can remember I was interested in art and the process of capturing

the mood and atmosphere of a landscape.  As a child, I checked a book out of the Library about J. M. W. Turner and was fascinated by his unique ability to capture the ambient mood of the scene in addition to the visual aspects.  I like paintings that invoke emotion and draw out the other senses, the cold crispness of a winter’s morning, the smell of rain, the tranquility of an early morning just after dawn, or the mystery of a foggy rainy day.  I don’t intend to reproduce images.  Cameras and copy machines do that.  I try to express the emotions and senses I feel at the time I paint it.

I strive to continuously learn, experiment, and evolve.  For me, the learning process is just as satisfying as the painting process.  In the past I used a very large array of colors on my palette.  Now I use a very limited palette confined to the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow with premixed warm and cool grays of various value.  I’ve also learned to think in terms of the attributes of color rather than just “color”.  When I mix paint I’m thinking of value, relative color temperature, color saturation and hue.  I use warm and cool grays to modify the attributes of the primary colors.   My best work is when I do my thinking on the palette, mixing, fitting in pools of paint with the rest of the pools of paint I’ve mixed for various objects, planes, shadows, recession, light and sky.  Once all is worked out on the palette (a large palette) I’m free to put the knowledge in my subconscious background and create the painting without much pause for thought allowing my creative and impulsive side to take control.

I graduated college with a major in Physics and a minor in Art.  I had intended to work the first half of my life as a physicist and then devote the second phase of my life as an artist.  I did exactly that.  I worked for several large corporations.  I continued painting and sculpting in my free time.  In the Early 1980’s I bowed out of the  first phase, moved to Santa Fe and began painting and sculpting full time.  Leaving a secure career for the unknown is a scary thing to do but I never once regretted it.


SHOWS:
Santa Fe Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1each year)
Pellam Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Linda McAdoo Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Linda McAdoo Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Linda McAcoo Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Missouri Athletic Club, St. Louis, Missouri
Linda McAdoo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Missouri Athletic Club, St. Louis, Missouri
Jan Ballew Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Taos Art Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
Jan Ballew Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Wings Gallery, Thousand Oaks, California

 

 

Carnahan Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe Art Collector




PUBLICATIONS:
Southwest Art, 2004
Pasa Tiempo, Santa Fe New Mexican, 1995
The Santa Fean Magazine, 1995
Focus Santa Fe Magazine, 1994
Art and Aniques Magazine, 1993
The Santa Fean Magazine, 1990
The Santa Fean Magazine, 1993, 1992
Focus Santa Fe Magazine, 1991
Front Page Article, The New Mexican, 1991
The Arizona Magazine, 1992