Abstract Artist: Carmen Guedez
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Abstract Art is my Passion. It opens my mind to new worlds. It delivers thoughts, experiences and feelings that can only be found in something you truly love. Since my childhood, I have been fascinated by art and the beauty surrounding me. From an early age, I was curious to explore art and was encouraged by my mother, a skilled painter herself. Paintings of all styles, especially those from masters like Oswaldo Vigas and Jesus Rafael Soto have been especially inspirational. Desire and years of practice and persistence led to my contemporary style. Influenced by Latin culture, I love to incorporate vivid and warm colors. By combining oil and acrylic paints with pastels, gels and mediums, I focus on creating simplicity and harmony. Most of my artworks possess intense 3-D texture to provide an individual perspective for each spectator. My paintings wrap seamlessly around the edge of the canvas and they can be hung on their own or framed to beautify any space.
Carmen Guedez was born and raised by a wonderful, modest family in Venezuela. As an artist and a teacher, her mother encouraged her to follow her passion. Carmen wanted to be a painter or pianist, but it did not seem practical. It was not always easy to make ends meet. In 1998 she earned a degree in Administration and Management and was awarded a government scholarship to study abroad. In 2002, she obtained a Masters in International Business from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. As a business professional, Carmen dabbled in art when time permitted. But, it wasn’t until her son was born, that, as a stay-home mom she rediscovered her passion for art. She painted more than her walls could accommodate. Her path as an artist had finally crystalized. Today, Carmen is a full time artist based in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she is motivated by her loving husband and son. Her paintings are an exploration of ideas born from thoughts, experiences and feelings. Through her art, Carmen is seeking to create something meaningful by representing a personal vision of reality which is based on the wonder of the natural world. She is driven to transmit optimism and happiness in the mind of the viewer.
Abstract Artist: Caroline Ashwood
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Through my work, I am constantly exploring the relationship between colour, light and form. Even though it was drilled into me in my earliest formal art studies that drawing and draughtsmanship are of critical importance to serious artistic endeavour, it was only when I ventured away from literal points of reference that I began to discover the visceral impact to be enjoyed in the luminance, shapes and hues of glorious nature.
Caroline Ashwood was born in 1970 in Yorkshire where she spent many happy childhood hours painting and sketching in the bluebell woods near her home. Having shown a talent for drawing and creativity, she received formal art training as a graphic designer and a successful career in advertising with agencies like M&C Saatchi in London. Encouraged by a popular following and patronage for her artwork, she decided to paint full time in 2002. Her work is featured in many private collections worldwide and she has exhibited in galleries and shows throughout the UK and USA.
Abstract Artist: James Dinverno
Medium: Mixed Media
It’s a full figured celebration of the inner beauty that radiates from the soul. Take the vixen pin-up bombshells of Russ Meyer, add a pop twist of Murakami, plus a textural retro garnish of Peter Max, and wahla! Bon Appetite, the sensual ‘Moyea’ collection is served.
Emerging American artist James Dinverno currently creates at his Los Angeles studio. He received formal training at the Columbus College of Art and Design and is gaining notoriety in the European art market with his recent ‘Moyea’ collection. A bold, visceral palette of form and color has anchored James as a visual alchemist among his collectors. James is a published author; ‘Sanctum’, Minerva Press, London, UK; with recent verse and prose in ‘The American Drivel Review’ Vol. 5 Number 1 Summer 2008 edition. Prior exhibits of his artwork and travels in Greece have inspired him to create the ‘MOYEA’ collection (muse in Greek). Within this body of work, James explores the mythical lure of the nine Greek Muses in a graphically bold, contemporary context. Curvaceous, linear women, layered over explosive tonal collage, charm the viewer into the sensual power that radiates from the female form. James has opened the collection into exploring the multi ethnic muse of China, Japan, Korea, and India. Revealing the interplay of enlightened desire and inspiration is the bemusement in ‘MOYEA’.
Abstract Artist: Dan Cope
Abstract art happens inside the viewer. When an abstract piece is viewed,it appears as only lines and shapes and colors. If the viewer lets the imgination run free then the art has more personal meaning.The abstract image is only a doorway to another world. If the viewer chooses to go through the doorway the reward is a rich visual experience that is unique to the individual. There is more to it than meets the eye. It can have a healing effect.I paint for my own healing. When I share my art with others, they seem to feel the same.
Dan Cope is a sixty year old man who has painted all his life. He has never had any lessons. It all comes straight from the heart. He has shown in various small venues, cafes, coffee shops, etc. He has also had some gallery shows as well, both group and solo. Dan Cope has three collectors of his work so far. He has never heard a negative comment about his work and so is encouraged to do more.
Abstract Artist: M&M Bülow
Medium: Photo Art Painting
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We create by real painting and photography our works of art! Passion and dedication to photography and painting! This is our determination! I was 20 years music producer at universal music, sony music, warner, projects such cybersecrecy along with “new order” singer a singel “crystal”! 5 years now with my artist wife together in picture (photo and painting).
Abstract Artist: Arthur Jacob
Throughout my life I have always had a greater visual sense about how the world looked versus other senses. This visual dominance in perceiving the world has profoundly affected my work as an artist. My art offers an infinite variety of visual perceptions and interpretations for the viewer. The viewer is told what the “real Life” image is in the title of the piece, but through abstraction and reconstruction of that image, the viewer is then asked and challenged to explore the shapes, colors, movements and forms, which the abstraction and reconstruction presents. Colors and shapes become emotion, while form and movement become attitude. Even when a work is easily recognized there is still a predominate thread of color, movement, shape and form. The techniques to achieve these photographic abstractions and reconstructions are a thoughtful and purposeful digital manipulation. Using a mouse rather than a brush to achieve a powerful medium of expression and communication creates this style of fine art.
Prior to retiring in 2000 and devoting all of his time to photography and digital art, Arthur Jacob’s professional career encompassed activities from social services to becoming involved with marketing, promotion and public relations in three large healthcare corporations. He later became the publisher of a small publishing house in Minneapolis that focused on adult and children’s books that addressed many types of family issues. After leaving the work-a-day world, he moved from Portland to Las Vegas. It was there that he began to promote myself as a serious artist focusing on creativity with photography and digital art. In 2008 Arthur decided to return to the Portland area via Coos Bay where he presently resides. He also has a strong belief that one should be involved in the communities they live in. Putting this belief in to action, Arthur Jacob has actively served on several community boards and committees, most recently, the Contemporary Arts Collective in Las Vegas and the Coos Bay Art Museum in Oregon.
Abstract Artist: Francesco Lipani
Medium: Mixed Media
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Only recently I approached the informal painting, but it was for me like a thunderbolt: I’m in love with it, it gives me joy. It gives me strength, energy, and joy…energy is what I use in my paintings.
Francesco Lipani was born in 1956. Lives in Livorno, Tuscany (Italy). He completed his classical studies, and a few years of studying medicine, his work is pharmaceutical representative, but has always painted. For years his painting was influenced by the great Tuscan masters of the late twentieth century, “Macchiaioli”. Then moved to his own personal style, always figurative, which he termed dreamlike”. Recently he approached the informal painting, participating already in several exhibitions. His paintings are in private collections and passionate buyers.
Abstract Artist: Stephanie Shank
Medium: Acrylic, Mixed media
My work is the crystallization of the human experience based on what seems tangible and what remains to be grasped. I don’t try to create a specific thing, maybe just convey a feeling or a memory. My intent is to sustain an authentic vision and identity; my desire is to continue to create paintings that emotionally and psychologically charge the viewer out of normal habits of seeing.
Stephanie Shank’s intense passion to convey the beauty that surrounds all of us has manifested in the luscious colorations and harmony seen in her abstract expressionist paintings. Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1954, she excitedly watched her artist mother work at her craft and discovered magic in the luminousity and depth of “that thickly applied oil paint”.
Ms. Shank paints primarily on wood panel which allows her to utilize a variety of tools to “make a mark of meaning”. The vitality of her surfaces reveal vigorous and highly potent color compositions instilling nature recollected and eliciting a sense of mysterious knowing. Her explorations of form and composition, color and gesture give rise to a compelling language of abstraction where her ideas and feelings about the inner life are projected through organic shapes and energetic brushstrokes. Ms. Shank is currently represented by galleries in Arizona and New Mexico.
Abstract Artist: Linda Sherman
I love putting paint on the canvas. I scrape, squirt and rub the surface until I get what I want. For me, the medium IS the message. Painting is also all about the process of discovery. I might have something in mind when I start a canvas, but in reacting to each mark made, I often wind up in a very different place from where I started. Having been a graphic designer for so many years, composition and structure are very important to me as well as surface texture and color. The act of making images like this is freedom, meditation, and critical to my satisfaction in life.
Linda attended college at Carnegie Mellon University where she earned a BFA in graphic design. Her interest in abstraction flows naturally from being a designer. After beginning her design career in 1970, Linda started her own business in 1977. In 2008, she retired to pursue her interest in painting. Besides fine arts classes at CMU, Linda has studied at Montgomery College and with private instructors, including Skip Lawrence. She is currently taking open studio at the Delaplaine Center in Frederick, MD with Calvin Edward Ramsburg.
Abstract Artist: Kendall Hurley
My passion is abstract art and my life’s goal is to have all people share this passion. I am a solo artist and my chosen form of expression is ‘abstract’. The method with which I paint is called ‘Acrylic Blend’. Acrylic Blend is the chemical manipulation and layering of acrylic paint. I am proud to be the creator of this technique, which produces unique and spectacular results. My paintings are an incomparable combination of colour and texture, with almost a three-dimensional quality to them. The importance of colour and texture is very evident in my work. I consider it my responsibility to ensure that each painting is always professionally finished to the highest standard. I am not a prolific painter and most often work on just one or two paintings at a time. Occasionally, I will work on several paintings, if some of the pieces require exceptionally long drying times between applications. I feel that focusing my attention, in this manner, pays homage to both the painting and its collector. My personal philosophy is that you can be good or fast, but not both. I feel art should evoke a positive, emotional response and it is my greatest hope to be successful towards that end.
Kendall Hurley is a Canadian artist who resides in the Niagara Region of Ontario. Kendall was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and is a graduate of The Sault College of Applied Arts & Technology. Kendall’s artistic career began in her youth and, by her early teen years she was making and selling jewellery. Over the years Kendall has tried her hand at most artistic endeavors, including teaching art at many public schools throughout Ontario. Kendall is known, internationally, for her work in abstract art. She has developed an intriguing painting technique known as ‘Acrylic Blend’. Acrylic Blend is achieved by the chemical manipulation and layering of acrylic paint. This method is one that no one else has been able to duplicate.
On March 15, 2007 Kendall’s painting, ‘Unbroken’, became a successful candidate in a world-wide competition held by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In March of 2008 the AAOS celebrated their 75th Anniversary and, as a part of that celebration, ‘Unbroken’ was included in a month-long group show in San Francisco. It was also included in a coffee table book and a web site/on-line museum. The web site/on-line museum is still available today. Kendall Hurley’s painting, ‘Unbroken’ is now the property of The Sick Kids Foundation. Upon completion of ‘The Dr. Robert B. Salter Wing’ in 2013, Kendall ’s painting will have the honour of hanging in the entranceway joining the new wing with the hospital. The Hospital For Sick Children is located at 555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Canada.
Kendall Hurley has paintings in the permanent collection of The Sick Kids Foundation, The Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre and in
many private collections world-wide. She shows, frequently, in galleries and venues throughout the Niagara Region and the Greater Toronto Area, including Toronto’s Distillery District. In the Niagara Region Kendall’s work can be seen, on a year-round basis, at Chateau Des Charmes Wines, located in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario. Kendall Hurley is a proud supporter of The Sick Kids Foundation/The Dr. Robert B. Salter Initiative.
Abstract Artist: Tara Pasher
Medium: Acrylic, Oil, Mixed Media
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My art works flow from my heart. I paint will colors and utilize textures which express that. It’s an intuitive process from start to finish which reflects why I don’t follow a particular style. Being able to share my paintings has been a very humbling experience and I am very grateful. Thank you for your interest in my art!
Tara Pasher is a self-taught professional artist from Stoney Creek Ontario who discovered her passion for art at a very young age. Her paintings incorporate bold colors and heavy amounts of texture. She loves to work with a wide range of mediums including acrylics, oil, birch bark and sand. Her paintings belong to art lovers in Australia, Canada and The United States. Tara is currently being represented by a fine art gallery, and has had much success selling from her studio and online.
Abstract Artist: Cathe Hendrick
Medium: Mixed Media
Painting and drawing for me is reflecting and recording, organizing thoughts and feelings about a time, a place or an experience. It is about making an observation and expanding it to create a new idea or creating an unusual perspective.
Cathe’s work is currently represented in Michigan, Chicago, Toronto, and Houston. Cathe has an BA in Art Education and an MA in Painting.
Abstract Artist: Drew Wood
Medium: Mixed Media
My use of color, texture, and form is an expression of my current state of mind; I paint what I feel. Sometimes I will have a preconceived idea of what I want to create. But usually, my most fulfilling artwork is when a mistake or accident flows onto the canvas. My goal is to elicit an emotional response from the viewer. And that might be complete exhilaration or wretchedness. As long as the piece is affecting the viewer, I feel my work as an artist has been achieved. I’m heavily influenced by those whose art makes me wonder what motivated them to create the piece and to ponder how they crafted something expressive out of paint and everyday materials. The mystery of the technique. The transformation of rough objects or mundane goods into a work of fine art. Molding old, discarded items–used and thrown away–into something new, unique, or beautiful is what drives me as an artist.
Born and raised in rural Missouri and residing in Los Angeles since 1997, Wood’s art represents a melding of the abstract and contemporary—indicative of city life and pop culture—with the damaged and primitive that resides in the landscape of small towns across America. In the works of Drew Wood, this purged stagnation has at last found a canvas. Wood recently earned a master’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles and holds a B.A. in anthropology from UCLA. He credits his formal studies in art history, as well as anthropology and archeology, as universal influences on both the style and themes of his work; his passion lies in creating art by breathing new life into objects that have been weathered or discarded. Evident through the use of artifacts, bones, and symbols, his themes often revolve around contrasting cultures, locations, and lifestyles. Wood’s art originates from within, flowing outward, rather than vice versa. Through a process of trial, error, experimentation, and growth, he has developed a distinct presence as an abstract artist specializing in color and mixed media. Wood’s trademark style fuses vibrant oil and acrylics, gels, and resins as well as a variety of encaustic materials and found objects. Viscerally drawn to texture and color, the emotion wrung from the artist cannot help but be elicited in the viewer.
Abstract Artist: Lindsay Cowles
I am a self taught abstract artist working in primarily oils and acrylics. My inspiration comes from experiences in life–places I’ve been, places i want to go, nature, people, thoughts, feelings. All of my work is organic in nature and inspiration. I am always experimenting with mediums, textures, shapes, movement and technique.
After living for a combined 8 years in NYC and LA, Lindsay Cowles has relocated back to her hometown of Richmond, VA to paint full time. Inspiration comes from all of the cities she has lived in, places she has traveled, interior design and nature.
“My art is inspired by raw texture, movement and color. Fundamental elements of my works are focused in the interplay of color and the layering and texturing of the paints. Each painting’s composition develops organically as the work moves through each layer and stage, until it is complete”
She work with private collectors and interior designers across the country and ships anywhere in the world. Many of her private collectors are located in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Washington DC, Austin, Philadelphia and Richmond.
Not only does she produce original oil paintings, but also produces a high end collection of prints on stretched canvas, as well as fabrics and wallpapers. Fabrics and wallpapers can be found on spoonflower.com/profiles/lindsay_cowles
Abstract Artist: Monica Linville
Medium: Oil, Watercolor, Mixed Media
I live and work in the foothills of Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Rainforest. As such, I am completely surrounded by the forces of nature and as such daily life is a constant reminder of the connections we share with the universe. I believe to understand those connections is our survival and our evolution. While I work with a variety of mediums and in a number of techniques, this desire to connect to the whole is a common chord in all of my work. My focus over the last year is to work simply with texture and color, without introducing recognizable icons in to the piece. It’s much the same as when you gaze up in to the heart of a tree… it becomes an abstract world of lights and darks, colors, lines, textures… pulling you in to its embrace. It’s this sensation I am attempting to recreate.
Monica Linville was born in upstate New York in the US but has spent the greater part of her life living in tropical environments such as south Florida and the Caribbean. Self-taught, her philosophy has always been that the best teacher for painting is time spent at the easel. She accredits her unique style and versatility to her independence from the main stream art world. She uses technique to serve the subject matter, not the other way around. Monica has made her living as a professional artist for over 30 years, selling her paintings through galleries around the world and through her studio. She teaches group workshops on a variety of painting techniques and mediums, specializes in mentoring students looking to build portfolio submissions to art school and gives private classes as well. In spite of living remotely, people seek her work, her knowledge and maybe even, sometimes, a glass of wine. Monica is also known to be active in emerging internet technologies, such as virtual reality, using these to promote and experiment with her art. You’re welcome to visit her any time.
Abstract Artist: Kevin Geary
Look at my art, and make up your own mind. I do not tell people what to think about my art, nor how to interpret it. It is for the viewer to decide whether they like it or not.
Kevin Geary was born in 1952 in Lincoln, England, to Irish parents whose ancestries in Cork and Waterford span centuries. At the age of 13, he won an award of excellence for his work from the Royal Drawing Society in England. He studied Anatomy and Colour Theory at the Royal Academy in London, as well as having private instruction under the late Professor Carel Weight, R.A.., who became something of a mentor to the artist. At the age of 19, Geary was the political cartoonist for the Financial Times. An original cartoon of his from that time is in the collection of the late Sir Edward Heath’s Museum, Arundells, in Salisbury, England. At age 20, he had his first solo exhibition at the King’s Gallery in London, opened by the British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who also lent Geary’s portrait of him to the show. Since the artist’s first one-man show in 1972, he has had over seventy exhibitions in Europe as well as the U.S.
For over thirty years Kevin Geary has received international acclaim for his commissioned portraits, which have depicted such prominent subjects as Pope John Paul II, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Golda Meir, Sen. John McCain, Leonard Bernstein, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, and Placido Domingo, among many others. Works by Kevin Geary are included in the collections of several major museums, including the Primary Collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. In 2004, Geary stopped accepting regular portrait commissions to concentrate on his abstract paintings, which have been acquired by many major private collectors in Ireland, England, continental Europe, Japan and the US. Geary’s works have sold at Christie’s in London, Whyte’s Auctions in Dublin and Doyle, New York.
Abstract Artist: David J. Leblanc
Medium: Acrylic, Enamel, Collage
SLAM! BAM! BOOM! The explosion of primary colors throughout my Action Abstraction paintings echoes the effects of the old 1930’s and 1940’s three-color press. My approach to the primed canvas begins by masking the entire surface with a collage of comic book covers that automatically active the picture plane. Then, bold, robust brushstrokes and gentle criss-crossing painterly drips delve into the essential questions of the use of color, composition, and balance of Abstract Expressionism while deconstructing iconic images of classic comic book characters including DC Comics’s Superman. Simultaneously, I integrate tangible elements of pop art from Action Comics covers from the 1930’s-1950’s (including titles, numbers, prices, copyright symbols, etc.). The layering of elements subsequently gives rise to a sense of mystery as the viewer sees only hints, partial views, fragments, and excerpts of the underlying layers. The combination gives my canvases depth and pop.
A wide-eyed fascination with comic books since he was a boy generated a passion for the genre that drives David J. Leblanc considerable expressionistic paintings today. Comic books have fueled his love for art and reading since he was five years old. Leblanc’s mother was a nurse when he was young, and his father would often go to 7-11, and buy comic books to pass the time as they often waited to well after dark in the car. In adulthood, Leblanc struggled with how to integrate this boyhood passion into his paintings. After shifting from illustration to painting in college, he found his passion, which is now reflected in the large canvases that are influenced by Franz Kline, Robert Rauschenberg, Jean-Michel Basquait, Larry Rivers, and a pantheon of comic book artists. Finally in 2005, he stumbled upon a book comprised of Action Comics covers featuring Superman from the 1930’s and 1940’s. The book became the inspiration for Leblanc’s signature Action Abstraction series combining the elements of Abstract Expressionism and the Pop Art elements of comic books. The outcome is a unique contemporary vision bridging past to present.
Abstract Artist: Genie Maples
Medium: Oil, Graphite, Watercolor
My artistic life took root in 2001, and I have worked professionally since 2002. I find inspiration in intimacy with my materials, quiet reflection, and hours laboring at the easel. I believe unabashedly in the transformative power of beauty. Beauty and prettiness sometimes converge, and are other times at odds. I craft an engaging, precarious balance of line, composition, tonality, and color relationship. One strong element can infatuate, but it takes more complexity to sustain interest over the long haul. I aim for both. My major works are built over months in many layers of editing, obscuring and expounding. Quick alla prima works help me retain a spontaneity that informs my primary work and keeps it fresh. I find myself continually reaching for a level of accomplishment just outside my grasp. Moving that bar with every painting is how growth happens. It’s growth that drives my work.
Genie Maples began her artistic life in 2001, when art projects with her children took a more serious turn. Completely self-taught, Maples has earned a regional reputation for excellence and authenticity. Her works hang in collections across the country and in over a dozen countries.
Abstract Artist: Alan Soffer
Medium: Encaustic on Wood
Soffer has been investigating various natural phenomena from the microscopic to the macroscopic, from geological, biological to cosmological. The subject can be inspired by some vague recollection in my subconscious to actually experiencing a visual image. The theme is constant, while the flavor of each piece is independent of its predecessors. Work develops spontaneously with a dialogue inspired more from the serendipity of the mark-making than any preconceived notions. More accurately the art is colored by emotions and his present state of being. This is in perfect harmony with the legacy of abstract expressionist vision, created through the medium of paint, wax, and sometimes both together. His mentor has been and still is Joseph Campbell, the mythology guru, who Bill Moyers interviewed for PBS in 1989. Studying Campbell’s philosophy has brought many unpredictable moments. And this body of work is a demonstration of the unexpected. Although he adopts a quasi scientific approach in researching subject matter, the paintings remain personal and authentic at their core. Each one is unique and not just an offspring of the last, though clearly related in concept and sensibility.
Alan Soffer has been making art since 1973 in a variety of modalities. Originally, he was known for ceramic sculpture, particularly, religious ritual objects and later for work about ancient healing , deconstruction, and fragmented imagery. His work as teacher and curator continues to augment his primary passion for abstract expressionist painting which began in 1985. His studies in sculpture and painting include Arrowmont School in Tenn., 1981 with Lew Snyder; State U of New York, Oswego with Richard Zakin; Parsons School of Design with Andrea Gill, 1983; Bennington College with Sandy Stone; Corcoran Museum School of Art with Paul Soldner, Peters Valley Art Center 1986 with Bennett Bean; Penna. Academy of Fine Arts, 1988, 1996, 1999; Ringling School of Design.
The work is clearly influenced by abstract expressionists of the past century and others, such as, Rauschenberg, Rivers, Frankenthaler, Motherwell, Chagall, Dubuffet, Keifer, Mondrian, and Polke. The body of work that defined Soffer in the early nineties was about ancient healing. The current emphasis on encaustics is a perfect marriage of his two loves- sculpture and painting. The other major direction of his work in the nineties was ‘the life cycle’, which was inspired through the teachings of Joseph Campbell. This work includes extensive treatment of creation theories, life and deconstruction, and finally rebirth. These subjects required research into science, primitive cultures and the ancient world, before, digesting and expressing the most salient features visually. Soffer continues to find Campbell to be his most important mentor.
Soffer’s exhibitions have traveled throughout the US, Argentina, Cuba, Kurdistan. Significant exhibitions have been at Widener University, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, National Museum of American Jewish History, Hoyt Institute, Atlantic City Art Center, Sande Webster Gallery, York College, Penn State College, Penna. Academy of Fine Arts, the Print Center, Parallels Gallery, State Museum of Penna., Rosenfeld Gallery, and Robert Roman Gallery. His use of encaustics began in 1998 and continues to be an integral feature of his oeuvre. Reduction and distillation both buries and exposes bits of his images and sentiments infused in the multilayered paintings. Soffer’s use of this ancient technique of hot pigmented wax, through its inherent translucency, supports his vocabulary for expressing space. Space, from the microscopic to the galactic, is a frequent theme.
Abstract Artist: Anne B Schwartz
Medium: Mixed Media
My new collection of paintings stems from my fascination with the ruins of Italy. I have utilized the multi textured appearance of the ruins in my paintings. In addition, I tried to capture the stunning, dazzling colors of Italy and especially the Amalfi Coast. By layering surfaces and color, I attempt to reveal a geometry with a distinctive modernist flair. Insinuations of the architecture, both present and past, of Southern Italy’s coastal villages and ruins emerge from my abstracted imagery, producing a dreamlike mood that does not reside in a specific time.
Anne Brawer Schwartz has exhibited her mixed media paintings in numerous group shows throughout Los Angeles County. In 2010, her work was published in the coffee table book “Santa Monica,” featuring art inspired by the seaside city of Santa Monica, CA, published through Jeffrey Crussell Fine Art. Anne was recently honored as “Liquitex Artist of the Month,” and she has received several awards for her work in various juried art competitions. Anne earned her Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the University of Oregon, and she also attended the Gemological Institute of America. Her background as a successful jewelry designer and gemologist informs her fine art painting.
Abstract Artist: Elizabeth Chapman
The journey begins with a blank canvas; believing in faith that a painting will emerge. The first marks are made and the dialogue has begun. Responding instinctively; colors, lines and textures bring life to the canvas. Music often strikes the chords of inspiration, drawing out the deep emotions that become a work of art. This universal language is used as personal communication to the viewer. It brings me much joy just to be the brush in the Master Painter’s hand and to realize that His creations are made to bring great joy to all. My paintings are a form of song, dance and praise in response to the beauty of life.
Elizabeth Chapman is an expressionistic abstract artist. Her birth place Caracas, Venezuela naturally gives her work an element of intensity. She has lived the majority of her life in the beautiful Ozarks of Missouri with her wonderful husband and family. Elizabeth graduated from Missouri State University with a B.S. in Art Education which she has used as an art educator for well over a decade and she continues to teach private lessons from her home studio where she is currently working as a professional artist as well. She is a versatile artist having started with realistic floral watercolors, but has found her specialty in the expressionistic abstract realm. You will find a very strong sense of design and composition important elements in working abstractly. The paintings are expressions of her innermost thoughts and feelings. Elizabeth is deeply inspired by music. Movement, color and texture are found dominating her body of work. Her modern contemporary abstracts have been sold locally, nationwide and internationally. They can be found in corporate settings as well as private collections.
Abstract Artist: Cindy Walton
Medium: Oil, Cold Wax
Cindy Walton’s iconography whether abstract or figurative, is transforming nature into abstract forms. Using landscape as a stepping off point, she explores the manipulation of perspective, color, and form to create a unique awareness of a specific location. Walton’s works are interpretations of environments closest to her physically and spiritually. These paintings are derived from plein air painting experiences, photography and found objects that evoke memory and emotion to an environment. She chooses to push organic life to a level of entropy and encourage the viewer to put preconceived ideas of landscape painting aside to become involved with the world on the canvas before them.
Cindy is originally from St. Petersburg, FL, but for over 20 years has resided in Asheville, NC with her family, husband Scott and daughters Rebecca and Detchon. She holds a BA in Art from Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC and BFA certificate of major from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in Asheville, NC.
Solo exhibits have been held at the Asheville Gallery of Art, Asheville, NC; The Art League of Henderson County, Hendersonville, NC; and regionally at the Johnson City Area Arts Council, Johnson City , TN. Group shows have included several juried exhibitions at The Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC; South Cobb Arts Alliance, Mableton, GA; Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC and the University School of Nashville, Nashville, TN. In 2007 Walton was awarded a fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA and later that year received a Regional Artist Project Grant through the North Carolina Arts Council which was completed in 2008. Walton’s work has been featured prominently in an independent film “A Dance for Bethany” and an upcoming television series titled “Past Life”.
Abstract Artist: Valorie Preston
Medium: Oil, Acrylic
In a world where colours collide, where laughter runs with tears and contradictions abound, I reside. Driven by the desire to reconcile growth with patience, love with despair, and pain with experience, I paint. I paint for the world that we have and the one I yearn for. Spontaneity of approach and the innovative use of media assist me in telling my stories while welcoming the viewer to come in and enjoy the ride with colour and texture. The line, the splash of colour, the sense of motion adds to the search for –happiness, meaning, truth, love, spiritual connection in my everyday life. To me, the visual artist should challenge us to feel, to see and to intuit in the same way a melody, or a line of a poem does. All are imprinted on our mind as we attempt to balance and order everything that life gives us. A painting connects the viewer to this journey.
While Valorie has always been an artist, she is not only a visual artist. She ran election campaigns, was a political staffer in a premier’s office, taught high school, coached winning softball teams, and ran a national sport office. For the past 20 years, she has focused exclusively on creating an art business, both through internationals sales, national shows and personal artistic development. She traveled to South East Asia, and studied the ancient art of the Cambodian Temples of Angkor Wat and the art of today’s Viet Nam. She went to the far North (Tuktayotuk), the Arctic Circle, spent a month in an isolated art workshop in Atlin, British Columbia, and she has had the intense experience of painting after attending an Aboriginal Healing Circle in Nares, Yukon.
Valorie works with mixed and multiple media, experiments with Yupo and Mylar, because they react differently with paint than paper or canvas, and is now working with oil on Alumnilite, an enamelled aluminum. Regardless of the medium or the subject, the strongest elements in all her work are colour and texture. Whether haunting faces or spiritual quests, with the use of vibrant colours and the play of light and dark, she suggests the powerful emotions and narratives that are in her head. The paintings, with their subtle narratives, draw the viewer into the essential warmth at the heart of Valorie’s art. The works quietly question more than confront, and the reaction is an emotional one. Her work hangs in private and personal collections national and internationally.
Abstract Artist: Stuart Kirby
Medium: Acrylic, Mixed Media, Oil
My abstract art is conceived from my life experiences and observations then developed depending on my mood and other differing influences like listening music while I paint. It just happens on certain days that my thoughts emotions heart and feelings unite enabling me to be totally absorbed and in a special place whilst creating my abstract paintings.
Stuart Kirby is a contemporary painter born and bred on the Sussex coast in England now residing on the Ayrshire coast in Scotland. Being fortunate to have been residing on the East Sussex coast and now the Ayrshire coast together with his world travels inspires Stuart to create his abstract paintings and other contemporary art.