reating expressive landscape paintings with exciting color and design is the goal of Claudette Barker’s work. The continually changing landscape offers endless creative opportunities for light, color and design.
“I enjoy the excitement of facing a blank canvas or watercolor panel. Usually starting with soft, clear colors for an under painting, I build on that by adding color and value until I am satisfied with the piece.”
Barker’s paintings are exhibited in private collections throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico and Canada. Permanent corporate collections include AT&T, General Motors, Sprint and General Mills. Claudette has studied with numerous master painters. She enjoys the opportunity to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with her students through regional workshops and has taught college courses in Payson, Arizona and the Kansas City area.
Workshop instruction includes art centers in Sarasota, Florida; Council Bluffs, Nebraska; Bellevista, Arkansas; Frankfort, Michigan and the San Diego Watercolor Society. She has had the opportunity to be juror for regional shows in the Kansas City area.
Barker’s recent series of landscape paintings captures the spontaneity of watercolor through the use of strong value patterns, expressive brush strokes and vibrant color.
About Daniel Brown
Daniel A. Brown was born in New York City in 1950 and was a resident of Western Massachusetts from 1970 to 2014. He began painting at the age of 15 and came back to it after a 27-year hiatus. His work is noted for its vivid colors and an enhanced form of realism that makes the viewer feel at peace. Brown has exhibited from Maine to Pennsylvania including solo shows in New York City, Washington D.C., Taos, New Mexico, and Boston. From 2006-2008, he was represented by Art Divas Gallery in Taos where he now lives and paints.
Syracuse University School of Art, Syracuse, NY: 1968-1970 Silver Screen Design; Greenfield, MA, graphic design specialist: 1980-1985 Community Charter High School, Turners Falls, MA, Art instructor: 2001-2002 New Hampshire Allstate Art Festival: Currier Gallery of Art: 2001-2002 Artist-mentor for program connecting professional artists with gifted high school art students from across New Hampshire. One of only two such programs in the United States. Sponsored by the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, NH. Private Art Mentor: For teenage artists and photographers. 2010-2011 Project Coordinator: Four Rivers Charter School: Art Club mural project. March -June, 2011. Supervised fifteen junior and senior high school students in creating an 8 x 32’ mural of graffiti art in the style of Banksy, the British guerilla art provocateur.
I am an Escondido, CA artist. I call my style of painting Contemporary Fauve Expressionism, which basically means I like to use color to express my emotions. I combine expressive and impressionist color and brush strokes to scenes of the natural world. Often my paintings are of a house, or houses, and trails through a landscape. These represent the soul, individual, or society, and the trails are the journeys of life, the path taken. My paintings take place in an alternate reality. I change perspective, heighten color, dramatize certain aspects, and minimize other details.
I was born in Washington DC grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. My education includes two years at the Corcoran Gallery and College of Art + Design in Washington, DC, and a BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. I’ve lived in San Diego for more than twenty years. In that time I have had my own graphic design studio, displayed and sold my paintings, and taught art. Currently I teach all media of art in Escondido, CA at my studio, and workshops during the summer in Santa Fe, NM. I teach color theory every so often at the Art Institute of California in San Diego.My specialty is color theory and communicating emotion and ideas through color. I don’t teach a particular style, but encourage students to find their own style and use the fundamental language of art, (color, composition, design, techniques, etc) to get across their ideas.
I am represented in Santa Fe NM by Arroyo gallery and in San Clemente by Gallery 104.
I have two Golden Retrievers who are very encouraging, and a husband who is supportive.
Lisa Chernoff, is a native New Mexican living in Placitas, NM. In 1992 Lisa returned to her love of working in clay, both wheel throwing and hand building. In 1997 she began to experiment by fusing found, scrap glass with her clay firings. The results were usually disappointing but often enough very interesting. As she learned more about the properties of glass, she made the transition to working with glass exclusively.
Lisa’s latest work explores the three dimensional and textural aspects of this medium. Each finished piece is solid glass but is composed of numerous pieces before its first firing. The brilliant color within each piece is called dichroic glass and is exciting to work with because it presents such versatility in design. Aside from color and design, the shape, achieved by the original cut and by grinding, can greatly enhance the look of the piece. Grinding a piece into its final shape is often dictated by the appearance of the piece after its first firing.
Lisa is an award-winning artist and is currently focusing on large wall and table sculptures and very large bowls, but continues to create wall hangings, smaller bowls and formal and casual jewelry for men and women. Her work is sold in galleries nationally.
Julie Cohn has lived and worked as an artist and designer in Dallas,Texas for 30 years, creating a modern home and haven with her husband, landscape architect David Rolston and daughter Mila. She lives with favorite objects designed during her varied career, and is surrounded by gardens full of the organic forms revealed again and again in her work.
Educated as a painter and printmaker, Julie has followed a design path from paper to dinnerware, to textiles, rugs, and wallcovering, to collaborations with architects and public art, influenced at each turn by the previous work experience. All her creative endeavors have come together to form her unique vision and aesthetic, characterized by tension between rough and refined, primitive and modern, ultimately paring things down to their essence.
Influenced by 20th century sculptors Noguchi, Calder, and Brancusi who drew their inspiration from primitive ethnic form and crafts, Julie’s work in jewelry has similar roots. Her pieces are about possibilities for layering and stacking to create one-of-a-kind collages or small sculptures that uniquely juxtapose disparate elements with simple elegance.
Living in New Mexico, you experience an incredible intensity of light and color. This clarity allows me to use a large range of color in both my day and night scenes. There is a continuous thought process in every painting. I am always thinking about the placement of light and the solidity of the forms that I am creating in every piece. I hope that my work will make people look around for themselves and see the beauty that is everywhere all the time.
My life, in many ways, resembles a Spaghetti Western film.
I emerged in the late 1960s, and was co-produced by an Italian.
After completing art school, I moved to the American Southwest and, typical of the genre, became immersed in a culture of minimal funds, gunslingers, outlaws, artistic camera angles, and raw, explosive action scenes. A low-budget, highly fluid, minimalist, creative lifestyle has been the result. Audiences have enjoyed it, and my jewelry has come to be held in high regard.
Like the cowgirls whose spirits also inspire my work, these pieces have integrity, grace, and spunk. Each Cowboy’s Sweetheart creation is a unique work of art intended to be worn and enjoyed for its beauty, and to rustle up that free spirit within women from all walks of life.
Semi-precious stones, sterling silver, copper, pearls, and leather are some of the materials carefully combined to create these collections.
Incidentally, I can be corralled to design custom pieces for any event: weddings, special occasions, rites of passage, or just ‘cuz. I am committed to listening to your ideas with consideration and attention when assisting you with the jewelry you seek. Your jewelry will be visually stunning!
Designed to be a part of your permanent collection, my jewelry is made to stand the test of time. I believe in heirlooms, in quality, in style over trend. I work with sterling silver, ancient bronze and many semi-precious stones to create pieces that you’ll want to wear for years to come.
I prefer ancient methods, and the most elemental forms of working. I find magic as I manipulate, melt, and pour the molten metal as I shape it into forms of my own creation. The elements of ritual, of intention, can be found in each of my pieces. I feel a connection with silver. There is a link that connects us to the women who first wore silver, on different shores, in ancient times.
Having been born into a family of artists, creativity is highly valued. Drawn to the lunar, the feminine and the mysterious, I find beauty in nature’s imperfections. This beauty is what I strive for in my jewelry.
Betsy has lived in New Mexico since she was six-months olds. Growing up In Albuquerque, Betsy attended the University of New Mexico and later received her BA in Art History from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Returning to New Mexico in 1981, she now lives in the El Rito/Latir area north of Questa.
Coming from an artistic family, her grandmothers and an aunt were artists, Betsy makes folk art out of tin painted and shaped to create magnets, jewelry and ornaments. Many of her works reflect devotional images from many cultures particularly divine feminine icons. Her other artistic endeavors include watercolor paintings, printmaking, both woodblock and monotype. A member of Artesanos de Questa, Betsy took a tinsmithing course from one of her fellow artists.
Betsy has been wanting to learn about web sites and is honored that she was selected to participate in Open Studio. She hopes to learn to design attractive and effective web pages and is happy to work with the other local artists in the training.
Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has images or lines that can only be made once, unlike most printmaking, where there are multiple originals. There are many techniques of monoprinting. Examples of standard printmaking techniques which can be used to make monoprints include lithography, woodcut, and etching.
My work begins with an attraction to found objects that I am personally connected to socially and culturally. I let the objects work through me revealing a deep archetypal connection from my own personal history.
I use mythology as my own religion, instinct in the invisible, the layer of psyche where biology and spirit might touch, the world between two worlds.
What intrigues me most are the beauty, form and memory in an object, not it's function. By looking closely at the colors, shapes, and textures soul is revealed as though it had been hidden under well-oiled functioning. I often start with just two elements, as the anticipation of a narrative is about to unfold. What results is a visual tapestry of information creating a dialog that is universal.
As I look around my studio I am surrounded by echoes of the past. I constantly search for a supply of objects and images that yearn for a "home". We all have our own personal history, moments of grace, tragedy, and wisdom. It is my intention to reveal through these cultural artifacts a universal story as new as tomorrow and old as the beginning of time. We will find ourselves entering yet another attitude, another manner of seeing, as well as discovering and accomplishing the tasks of consciousness.
I reside in the quirky little town of Buchanan, Michigan with my tribe of artist friends, chefs, musicians, designers. Artists from all walks of life...they are my art imitating life. My family and friends are a constant support. Without them I would be less of an artist.
ARTIST / MUSICIAN GARY ROLLER
Drawing from the inspirational backdrops of the American Southwest Roller blends heartfelt vision with artistic skills to create works that enrich the lives of people everywhere. He often uses the spiritual life of the Native American to express universally understood live experiences. Born in Amarillo Roller was a student of renown sculptor Lincoln Fox.
Roller, is also a well respected professional musician known for his long time association with Michael Martin Murphey. In that role he has performed in over 5,000 concerts nationally and appeared in numerous videos and television productions.
Many celebrities collect his works including: WYNONNA JUDD, SUZY BOGGUSS, MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY, AMADO PENA, SENATOR ORIN HATCH to name a few. His work can be found in thousands of homes and businesses across the US and in many countries around the world.
Roller combined his love of family entertainment and art to create the MELODY TIME RANCH-- a whimsical western setting that hosts live music gatherings around a campfire.
In addition to his online galleries on FACEBOOK and his website (www.garyrollerstudio.com) Roller shows his works at many of the concert venues he performs and also at the new THE RANCH AT TAOS (gallery). He calls Northern New Mexico his creative and spiritual home.
As a native of the west, I grew up surrounded by landscapes of astonishing diversity, light and beauty.
Coming into the world this way, I developed a great passion for wild places and a love for the infinite ways color and light manifest with form on this earth.My work is a reflection of that love and seeks to express a magical reality with color as the universal language. I play with its endless variety and vibrancy, translating my own sense of joy and mystery of the physical world onto canvas.
After starting a painting outdoors, I will spend perhaps more time with it in the studio, where I can bring in my own impressions and memories. Using a glazing technique, I add layers of color to the surface of the painting, which gives depth and a high saturation to the colors, and satisfies my love for the feeling of a work being lit from within.
I have found great kinship with the art of the Fauve painters, Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keefe, Ansel Adams, Canadian painters Emily Carr and Lawren Harris, and the great Russian mystic painter Nicholas Roerich. I love their bold expressions of color and light, and a reverence for nature.
For me, painting is devotion. It is a simple, ongoing prayer to the natural world, a visual narrative of the beauty I see everywhere."
Born in Santa Fe and growing up in northern New Mexico along the Rio Chama River has had an impact on the bold, organic designs created by Gloria Valencia. Art has been at the center of her being since the age of 6 when she was first exposed to the art of traditional jewelry making. Working from her studio in Albuquerque, she transforms leathers, stones and metals into timeless pieces of native american wearable art.