|Dick Duerrstein - Oil Painting
Duerrstein has recently found inspiration from the animation drawings of Chuck Jones. “I believe I bring the spontaneity of his [Chuck Jones] original drawing to the forefront of my paintings, where the viewer can see the action up close. The backgrounds reflect the age and use of the original drawings, grounding them in history.” Duerrstein has been working on a series of paintings that explore the relationship between the drawn line and the personality of the cartoon characters made famous by the legendary creator and director, Chuck Jones.
Olga Alexandrova - Oil Painting
Olga was born in Moscow, Russia. She started her art education in the school for gifted children of the Pushkin Art Museum, Moscow. This museum has one of the greatest collections of impressionist paintings in the world. Impressionism has had a strong influence on Olga’s artistic development. Olga attended Moscow State University where she majored in geology and later received her PhD degree in oceanography. Olga received formal training at the Scottsdale Art School (Arizona).
“Our emotional world overflows with reflections coming from real life. That might be the motion of a wind, the beauty and movement of dance, the recollection of an historical legend or the silhouette of an old tree, all reflected as living creatures in the artist’s mind. As soon as I begin transferring these images they gain a degree of independence from me ...they develop a life of their own like images on photographic paper. They may even argue with my own views during this process… So, what you see as a painting is our joint effort, a long lasting discussion between myself and reflections by the world, expressed in line and colors”.
You can reach Olga online at www.olgacolors.com.
Hassan Atapour - Photography
It began at age fourteen when Hassan Atapour was already involved with the arts of painting and graphic design: photography as an art form was new to him and his environment; He started studying and exploring the possibilities in photographic expressions as an art form from the beginning. With his first “Instamatic” camera, he experienced the joy of photography for the first time. Then he seriously pursued the learning of this exciting new art and science. Hassan Atapour was born in Mashhad, a religiously populated, major city in North-East of Persia, (Iran.) Learning the techniques of this new art and craft did not come easy. At that time, there was a limited number of books and magazines available in photography, especially where he lived. He moved to the united states in 1976 to pursue careers in both photography and engineering. He is now a registered structural engineer. You can reach Hassan Atapour at his studio at (858)729-0088 or online at www.atapour.com.
Robert Barros-Graphic Artist and Painter
Like most artists, San Diego based painter Robert Barros traces his interest in art back to his childhood, drawing and painting before he could write. Self taught, Robert applied much of his early artistic skill to painting as a way to express his interest. Barros later focused his creative endeavors professionally to the fields of commercial art and illustration, the humble beginning of some very well known artists such as Warhol, Matisse and Rockwell. His first published works consisted of portraits of sports, and celebrity figures for magazines covers, posters and Game programs for the Chargers, Padres and Holiday Bowl. Many of his commercial art images are an enduring part of San Diego and several paintings are displayed at the San Diego Hall of Champions. Through rich colors, textures and subject matter Robert strives to create a taste of the sensibility in the world around us.
Barros has become a influential part of the Old Town San Diego community with his studio in Old Town and as publisher of the Old Town San Diego guide. Through his association with the Old Town Chamber Robert has been instrumental in helping to bring the Art Festival to Old Town. You can reach Robert Barros at rbarros.com
Sheri Cohen & Brian Giberson - Jewelry
* Universal archetypes
* Symbols and meanings
* Alchemical materials
* Intimate art forms
* Treasure Hunting
These elements represent the main focus of what we strive to create with our art. Though we use traditional materials of gold, silver, glass, stones and beads, these are only the raw components on our journey to create an art form that resonates with our audience on a deeply emotional level. We have always been fascinated with ancient cultures and the magical pull of treasure that jewelry can evoke. It whispers to a part of us that there is a deeper meaning in these creations than mere adornment. Currently, both Sheri and Brian teach jewelry making techniques at the Irvine Arts Center in California. We are both featured artists in “Metal Corrugation” by Trish MacAleer. Reach Sheri and Brian at their Irvine, California studio at (714) 745-9135, or online at www.indigolights.com
Agnes Copeland Watercolor
Agnes began painting at age 51. Prior to hands-on work she studied and collected art. She began with Roger Armstrong at the Laguna Beach Institute of Arts. From the beginning her work was recognized by her use of color. Happiness, whimsy are depicted with scenes of places, florals, people and other subject matter.
Watercolor enables quick reactions to sensations around me. The paintings are an emotional response to subject matter and often involve the viewer in the completion of the scenes. While color plays an important part, value, shape and line are also important. Many of the paintings are almost 3-dimensional. Most of the major shows where Agnes' paintings are exhibited are in California, but some shows are in Arizona, Nevada and Idaho. Reach Agnes at her studio in Dana Point at 949-493-0383, or online at www.agnescopeland.com
Paul Counts - Glass
“I have affection for art. I create with glass. Affection for art is a form of hope. Art wants life to be better than it is, not more virtuous: cleaner, dressier, more certain of its lines. The artist’s affection if for the life he alone sees, the life he wishes for and breathes into every corner of the world’s mess. The artist and his work face each other like smitten strangers. No one can get between them. What they have is common in everything in the world that is seen, felt, smelled, heard, imagined and thought.” My affection for art blossomed into a love affair when I was introduced to the art of glassblowing in 1978. I was young, full of energy and still searching for my educational direction in college. One day I watched a glassblower work and this experience changed my world life. You can reach Paul Counts at his studio in San Marcos at 760-510-6659, or email: email@example.com.
Jerome Ellis & Kathleen Hogan - Sculpture
Jrome Ellis and Kathleen Hogan moved to Las Vegas over 20 years ago. Previously as gallery owners and now as traveling artists they collaborate to create vibrant, bold, glass and steel whimsical to contemporary sculpture. Jerome Ellis is a metal sculptor, and Kathleen Hogan is a glass artist. You can reach Jerome and Kathleen at their studio in Las Vegas at 702-362-5481, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Giberson - Mixed Media Artist
Brian has always been drawn to the color and motion that abstract art provides. As an artist, he finds metal art, and contemporary art, showcase his use of acrylic paints, metals, and patinas in a way that allows his imagination to express itself fully.
Brian uses strong, bold and richly colored acrylic paint in his paintings. His original artwork features a variety of unusual materials such as hammered copper, old paper currency, vintage kimono fabric, distressed metal , found objects and sand. Anything that captures his interest is considered.
In his collage art, he creates multiple layers of visual interest in each original piece, that invites the viewer to question what is revealed vs. what is concealed. One layer may be a harmonious thematic blending while another may be a juxtaposed color and texture counter point. Every time you add something new, the relationships of existing elements echo and respond back. It’s a art in the moment. Art to reflect on. Art to dream on. Brian showcases his work in art shows, art festivals and galleries throughout the west. You can reach Brian at his Irvine, California studio at (714) 745-9135, or online at www.indigolights.com.
Mihail Kivachitsky - Oil Painting
Just by looking at Mihail Kivachitsky's paintings and drawing one can tell that he is a dreamer. If you ask him: “What do you think your future will be like? He’ll answer, “I don’t know" very quietly and his eyes will be looking inside him as if searching for an answer in the depths of his soul. In all honesty, how appropriate is such a question in the first place? Is it really that important to know what note a songbird will sing next? The nature of Mihail Kivachitsky's talent is such that he often feels imprisoned by his own muse. It is a bittersweet capture that demands a lot of spiritual strength to always keep that muse by his side.
During a moment of inspiration Mihail Kivachitsky feels in possession of his many inner worlds. Those worlds have no place for fear, anger, and depression. He is just observing their silence, which is as conducive to revelation as good music. Boats filled with antique amphorae float in the air; a poet on a magic stallion is frozen in the night sky above the square in the city of Samarkand; pharaon Amenkhoteps` statue is dreaming about his beautiful beloved; a hot air balloon is carrying in its straps a temple, a source of knowledge. On the ground people that resemble angels and angels-musicians are immersed in their dreams.
You can reach Mihail at his studio in Mountain View, California at (415) 871-3969, or online at www.mishastarart.com
Allan Mason - Jewelry
My intention was never to create "Indian" jewelry, although I do use many of the same techniques, and much of my work has a sort of "spacey southwest" quality. Most of my pieces show a lot of stampwork. I have hundreds of stamps to choose from- the majority of which I designed and made myself. I also use the multi-level overlay technique frequently, as well as good deal of filework. And, of course, I love heavy silver! I use lots of selective surface oxidation to highlight the details, and I prefer a softer, hand-rubbed finish. These aspects all contribute to the complex, abstract, and sculptural qualities you'll see in many of my designs. Occasionally I'll add or inlay small amounts of such materials as 18K gold, copper, mammoth ivory or abalone shell; but, for the most part, my pieces are pure sterling silver, so they are highly wearable and enjoyable.
You can reach Allan at his Hermosa Beach studio at (310)379-5831 or online at www.silvermason.com
Cesar Naranjo - Sculpture
Cesar Naranjo was born in Ecuador, South America in a family very prolific in the arts. At a very young age, he started painting and eventually dedicated his life and passion to sculpting. He has been creating geckos and other art works from his studio in California since 1985.
BRONZE GECKOS: Cesar's Geckos are cast in solid bronze and colored in some unique and beautiful patinas. A "hot patina process" using color pigments and different acids fixes the color. Custom colors may be placed by special order to fit customers demands.
WHY GECKOS? Cesar has always been fascinated with the curious behavior of these incredible creatures. Some years ago after a visit to Hawaii, he started sketching them and creating clay models. His goal has always been to capture their vivacious character and movement. Cesar transfers the free spirit of these happy creatures into bronze to create a visually friendly conversation piece.
You can reach Cesar at his gallery in Murietta, California at 951-461-3168, or email: email@example.com.
Debra Ozello - Acrylic
Debra uses color as a powerful entity in her contemporary still life painting. Her treatment of ordinary objects such as a tube of lipstick or a simple cup of coffee enable one to discover interest, drama and humor in common everyday things.
She prefers acrylic paints because they are quick drying allowing her to change and layer colors. Debra counterbalances these colorful, vibrant paintings with charcoal figure drawings on heavily textured and painted canvases. The contrast challenges her to new ideas. But it is her magnetic appeal to color that drives her to paint.
You can reach Debra online at www.debraozello.com.
Don Schimmel - Photography
Life as a freelance photographer has taken him to the four corners of the glove, and has put him in a variety of interesting situations. This exposure to the world is reflected in the vast inventory of images he has captured during his travels. In addition to the Western themed images for which he is known, Schimmel’s work encompasses images of stunning panoramic landscapes, abstract nature studies; to tribesmen and wildlife of the East African savannas. His latest endeavour brought him back home to the world of the working cowboy. Focusing on black and white, sepia-toned images, or breathtaking Crystal Archive color prints, Schimmel has captured shots of rodeo scenes, western wildlife, and the life of the Working Cowboy. Schimmel works out of his 2000 sq. ft. studio in Orange, California at (714)685-1230, or reach him on the web at www.donschimmelphotography.com
Sandra A. Schimmel Gold - Acrylic Mosaic Fusion
Sandra A Schimmel Gold is an artist of amazing versatility. She was born in New York, has a BFA in Painting and has studied art at the New School for Social Research, UCLA, ASU and many other workshops.
A muralist, a renowned display artist, a set and prop stylist, store designer, special event creator… the artist has also created original needlepoint canvasses for boutiques in the U.S. and Europe, created handbags & fine leather goods, jewelry and accessories. The artist has been featured in several magazines and trade publications and often appears on television, on the radio and in print.
For over 15 years, discriminating collectors - writers, artists, chefs, attorneys, talent agents, architects & designers - have been quietly and privately commissioning portraits and original art from the artist. Her works are in corporate and private collections across the country. Several celebrities, including Richard Johnson editor of Page Six in the New York Post, own her paintings. She’s fabulously talented, aggressively collected and completely unknown. You can reach Sandra A Schimmel Gold online at www.schimmelart.com.
Michael Sussna - Graphics
Many traditional artists have embraced computer graphics to enhance representational depiction. Other digital artisans have employed these new capabilities to create previously unimagined visual abstractions. The variety of both the potential imagery and the virtual equipment for manipulating it is in effect inexhaustible. Fractal digital imagery is a relatively young yet already rich field. Though different from traditional art, this digital medium also demands a well-developed esthetic sense. Mastery of an ever-evolving toolset permits results perfecting form, color, texture, and composition.
Michael explores undiscovered worlds of exotic scenery filled with exquisite shapes in colorful profusion. This journey into the wilds of magical fractal imagery is made possible by and is a reflection of the beauty of mathematics. These intricate designs serve as snapshots capturing panoramas from the limitless uncharted realms of inner space and often feature spirals speaking spiritually to us of infinity. Michael calls his geometric yet organic results “photoreal abstracts.” You can reach Michael at his La Jolla, California studio at 858-453-6558, or online at www.sussna.com.
Derek Voien - Ceramics
I did not plan to become a ceramic artist. I was on my way to Medical School after receiving a Bachelor's in Biology at U.C.Irvine. This was how I would channel my love for nature, and the rich, magic, artistry of science, I thought. Sitting in a cold dark laboratory studying the DNA of viruses and bacteria, I got a call from the Medical School of my choice. I was accepted. Faced with the proverbial fulfillment of my dreams (watch what you dream....you may get it), I thought about the ceramic class I had been taking, and the thrill it brought me; I thought about the encouragement my wife gave me regarding my ceramic work, and about the rest of my life. I deferred medical school for one year, then turned them down the next. I got a kiln, a potters wheel, and I moved forward with no looking back and no regrets. Life's truest passions are sometimes found in the oddest places, at the oddest times, with the most unexpected and satisfying rewards.
The intent of my work is to create pieces that can be used if desired, but are beautiful enough to stand alone as art. I try to conceive pieces that will hold up over time both materially and aesthetically. My ceramic pieces may be contemporary, but they reflect designs borrowed from nature and inspired from other cultures. I take these influences and make them my own with richly colored glazes. I'm attempting to create a coherent yet diverse body of work that complements the individual piece, or a tribe of pieces. Reach Derek Voien online at www.derekvoienceramicstudio.com.