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.