Visual Language Magazine Contemporary Fine Art Vol 2 no 10 October 2013


Visual Language Magazine is a contemporary fine art magazine filled with dynamic international fine art, brilliant colors and stimulating composition. This month features the Miller Gallery Fall Show in Cincinnati, and studio visits with Nocona Burgess, Artspan artist Joe Belt, Sarah Beth Banning, Dave Sime, Connie Morse, and Texas artist Kristine Byars. Enjoy an up close and person interview with Texas Artspan artist Sharon Hodges and the gallery show of Texas Artspan artist Melissa Doron. The issue would not be complete without the fascinating photography of Artspan Photographer Rudolph De Ram. On the Cover is the artwork of Artspan Artist Joe Belt. Visual Language is the common connection around the world for art expressed through every media and process. The artists connect through their creativity to the viewers by both their process as well as their final piece. No interpreters are necessary because Visual Language Magazine crosses all boundaries.



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Joe Belt

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Artist Joe Belt grew up in West Texas with an eye for composition and a love of the

outdoors. He trained in the fine arts at Texas Tech University. His art has been shown

nationally and collected in half a dozen foreign countries.

Joe works with many subjects, such as wildlife, portraits, and ranch life, but is best

known for his highly detailed pencil drawings of Native American subjects throughout

North American.

Joe currently lives in Columbus, GA and his most recent drawings have concentrated on

the native cultures of the Southeast. He is a charter member and on the board of directors

of the National Western Art Association and a member of the American Academy of

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Mark Yearwood

Solo Exhibition Opening October 18, 2013

InArt Gallery

219 Delgado Street

Santa Fe, NM


“Esoterica” 24’’x24’’x2.5’’ Mixed Media on Canvas

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Painter’s Keys - Robert Genn 17

ARTSPAN New on the Site - 30

CFAI Colors on My Palette 36

Judy Batterson

Read the up close and personal interview of

Artist Judy Batterson. Find out more about what she uses

when painting and things that are special in her life.

Hall Groat

Niki Ginsberg Dealing Art in Australia 44

Hall Groat interviews Niki Ginsberg

on Art in Australia.

VL Studio Visit Native American Artist

Nocona Burgess 56

I am Comanche from Lawton Oklahoma. I am the

great-great grandson of Chief Quanah Parker, on my

mother LaNora Parker Burgess’ side of the family.

My father, Ronald Burgess, is also former chief of the

Comanche tribe. I have one younger brother, Quanah

Parker Burgess, who is also an artist.

VL Gallery Visit with Miller Fine Art Cincinnati, Ohio 72

Miller Gallery is proud to present its second biennial

Contemporary Realism Invitational, an exhibition of

paintings by some of the finest realist painters in the

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ARTSPAN Studio Visit Joe Belt 90

Traditional Western Themes in pencil, color pencil, pastels and more. “Having

grown up in West Texas, I was always interested in the history of the

area. My great-grandmother was mixed-blood Ogalala, a tribe out

of Nebraska area and she lived until I was in my early 20’s

VL Studio Visit Texas Artist Sarah Beth Banning 104

Sarah Beth Banning was born and raised in South Texas among

rolling farm and ranch land before moving into the heart

of the Texas Hill Country. She now lives in Wimberley, a.k.a.

“A Little Bit of Heaven” where she is raising her 3 children

and pursuing her artistic career.

VL Visit with Red Cliff Gallery 114

Connie L. Morse and Dave Sime are two artists

who combine the creative process of painting,

sculpting, music, acting and writing along with

their love of travel into a successful career.

ARTSPAN Studio Interview Sharon Hodges 126

How often do you paint I paint at least 4-5 days each week,

6-8 hours each day….half the battle is showing up and

getting started….then, the time just evaporates.

International Equine Artist Interviews 138

Enjoy four up close and personal stories of Equine Art from IEA Members

Carol J. Walker, Nancy Christy-Moore, Lorna Matsuda, and Andrea Michael.

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VL Show Review Melissa Doron 150

Melissa Doron’s show runs through September 26th

at The Next Door Gallery located at 2020 Waugh

Houston, Texas, 77006..

VL Studio Visit with Kristine Byars 156

Galleries have a difficult time pinpointing Kristine Byars painting

style. Kristine (“Kris”) likes that. Her art doesn’t

seem to fit in any one category.

VL Barry Scharf

Seeking Exposure 174

ARTSPAN Photographer Rudolph De Ram 180

“I was born in the Netherlands and raised in the Midwest.

My interest in art and photography began back in

early childhood.” Art Challenge

“Hot August Nights” 188

Hot as a Heartbeat

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Artist of the Day

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ― Edgar Degas

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Barbara Jones Artist of the Day

The beauty of the ordinary is what I try

to capture in my paintings. We are surrounded

by unlimited opportunities to

share with others the unique qualities of

color, light and form that are part of our

everyday lives. Too often we overlook

the simple beauty of God’s creations

or pass them by. Whether it’s the quiet

glow of a sunlit morning, the softness

of a cloudy afternoon or the interplay

of colors and form in a still life arrangement--I

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Contemporary Fine Art

Visual Language Magazine Staff


Editor -in-Chief Laurie Pace

Executive Editor Lisa Kreymborg

Consulting Editor Nancy Medina

Consulting Editor Diane Whitehead

Consulting Editor Debbie Lincoln

Feature Contributor Robert Genn Painter’s Keys

CFAI Contributor Kimberly Conrad

Feature Editor Art Reviews Hall Groat II

Feature Writer Barry Scharf

Feature Writer David Darrow

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Painter’s Keys

with Robert Genn

Mountain rules

August 30, 2013

Dear Artist,

Robert Genn’s

Studio Book

Trudging around in the Bugaboos, I’m thinking how rules are meant to be broken. Having said that, a few

rules for acrylic and oil painters are well worth following. My only reason for backing up my helicopter and

dumping them off on you is that these rules can save a lot of trouble and make work fresher. Up here in the

scudding clouds and creaking glaciers I’m also realizing they’re not my rules but the rules of the truly great

painters who have trudged in humbling spots like this before.

1. Start with a toned ground. It can be grey, brown, red or whatever, and it can be wet or dry. When you

prime your canvas with a coloured ground, you won’t have to fight the tyranny of white. Leave the fighting

of white to the watercolourists. This way, there will be a significant tone on all parts of your canvas--happy

accidents or paucities will occur, and the ground becomes part of the overall effect.

2. Establish your foreground first. We painters tend to start by painting the part of the landscape that first

knocks our socks off, and it’s not always the foreground. Actually, compelling foregrounds are often the most

difficult part, even though they are vital to a strong composition. Foregrounds determine where farther-back

focal elements may be placed.

Painter’s Keys - Robert Genn

3. Plan ahead to one, two, three, four, five. You don’t want to make the painting just a foreground and a

background. Even though your painting may be two dimensional and flat, it needs to have at least five elements

of interest as it recedes. At the expense of being too simplistic, an example would be foreground rocks,

a lake, a mountain range, a distant mountain range and a sky.

4. Establish at least five large complex shapes. Dynamic, even abstract shapes add magic to the magic. Patches

of snow, ominous spires, dark and light rocks are generously pressed into compositional service. Interlocking

with one another, these shapes tease your viewer’s eyes into seeing your magical experience.

5. Take your brush here and there like a bee in an alpine meadow. In other words, don’t laboriously work on

or try to finish off one particular part. Paint promiscuously. Watch the greater image materialize. You need

that thing over there to tell you what to do about that thing over here.

Like life itself, there’s more to this than meets the eye. You can make up a pile of additional basics and rules

for yourself. These five are a good start. Ours is a game of rugged individualism. But even rugged individualists

have a few rules that make their climb easier.

Best regards, Robert

PS: “Oh the difficulties of mountain art for too little genius.” (J. E. H. MacDonald)

Esoterica: Plein air invites a Zen-like attitude and acceptance of the spiritual flow. Lost in a cloud of our own

making, days pass far too quickly. The more I look at this life, the more it seems a combination of inhaling

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Laurie Justus Pace

Two at the Raising 16 x 20 Oil on Canvas

Dutch Art Gallery. Dallas

Mirada Fine Art. Denver

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Blue Mist 24 x 30 Oil on Canvas

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Judy Batterson

When did you realize you loved art and wanted to be ‘an artist’

I don’t remember a time, EVER, when I wasn’t an artist! Some

of my first memories were of drawing and coloring. When I was

in elementary school in Peoria, Illinois, we had art class only once

a week. I would get SO overwrought with anticipation before art

class my hands would shake. Once I got so excited waiting for

the time to arrive, I couldn’t stay in my desk and was apparently

jumping around and being disruptive. (me!) My punishment was,

oh no!, that I had to skip art class that week. Now, I get to paint

whenever I want (well, almost). My studio is full of wonderful

paints and brushes and canvases and light and color and all of the

things that make my art sing.

Who has been the greatest influence from your past to mentor you to this career

My other “vice,” besides painting, is reading. My father was an avid reader as well, and filled my childhood

home with all kinds of books. My earliest influence was the illustrations I pored over in those books.

We had a fabulous copy of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, packed with vibrant, rich vellum color plates.

I loved the combination of pure primary color and realistic subject matter elaborated with eastern decorative

themes. We had a copy of a turn-of-the-century period novel titled “A Mouse Is Born,” illustrated

by Aubrey Beardsley. His Art Nouveau blackline illustrations were inspirational. I loved the detail, the

contrast, and the fact that he never broke up a mass! We also had several huge old leather and gilt books

illustrated by Gustav Doré, Don Quixote, Paradise Lost, The Bible Gallery, Fontaine’s Fables, and more.

Doré’s ability to render realistic detail and use of line were a HUGE influence!! And the mood he could

set!!!... I could go on and on about how those book illustrations rang bells and blew whistles for me!

Who is your mentor today, or another artist you admire and why

About 12 years ago, after a long career of illustrating, I took a pastel painting class at our local art center.

My teacher was Bev Lee, an incredible portrait artist (and now my dear friend). Bev helped me to get out

of my illustrator’s headset and begin to think more like a painter. (I still have lots of work to do there.)

Most of my illustrations were blackline; very graphic and tight, with no color information. I had to start at

square one with color and color theory. Bev helped me to begin the process of loosening up and lightening

up. I was inspired to begin painting because I live in one of the most beautiful spots in the world: western

Colorado. I wanted to paint that beauty; as much of it as possible. Because of that, I have been inspired by

painters of the American West: from Charles Russell to Jill Soukup, with a myriad of others in between.

Bill Anton, Clyde Aspevig, G Russell Case, Ralph Oberg, Daniel Smith, Jim Wilcox... and the many other

painters of the American West who successfully strive to communicate the beauty of this incredible place

we are privileged to live in.

Who would you love to interview

I would like to visit with one of the great illustrators, like Maxfield Parrish or Arthur Rackham or Kaye

Neilson. I deeply admire their ability to render the landscapes of their imaginations with such a brilliantly

realistic approach.


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Jonelle T. McCoy

Oklahoma Equine Artist

“Lady C Salutes” portrait of FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) TWH mascot

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Linda McCoy

Commissions Welcome.

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Nicky Ginsberg: Dealing Art In Australia

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Professor and Chairperson,

Art and Design Department, Broome Community College


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When did you begin as an art dealer in Australia

Nicky Ginsberg: I have been an art dealer for some 6 years. Over these years the number of artists that I

represent has grown as have the number of exhibitions held for them.

What purpose does your web site serve

My web site was initially set up as a means of further promoting these exhibitions but its role has evolved

over time. In fact, the relationship between the exhibitions and the web site has reversed where the

exhibitions generate sales in their own right, and also drive people to the web site. Therefore, sales are

spread throughout the year and my artists receive on-going publicity through the site.

Have you had success marketing artwork through the Internet

Yes, it is possible to sell art over the net and it’s not just to people who already know or have bought work

from a particular artist. The site has grown into a virtual gallery in which the most recent work of artists

is shown as well as past work so that an artist’s development can be viewed as an ongoing process and

evolution. Publicity activities drive much of this traffic to both the web site and to exhibitions. The web site

also encourages pre-exhibition sales, and we send electronic invitations to our e-mail database.

What styles do the artists’ work in that you represent

Emerging contemporary Australian artists best describes the style of the artwork. There is no single style

that binds them together so much as their common interest in the Australian landscape (both country and

city), and in the beauty and intrigue of fruit, flowers, and abstract forms. These artists also have another

thing in common. As emerging artists they aren’t looking for the environment of many traditional Sydney

galleries. They regard themselves as artists first and artists who ‘sell’ second. It takes time for an artist to

develop, and our approach is to allow and encourage this development to take place. Also, bringing their

work to a wider public over a period of time. In this sense, the exhibitions (whether solo or group shows)

are ‘showcases’ for their work, and the web site is a record of what they do and where they are going with

their work. Many of them have been awarded or hung in prestigious competitions and exhibitions, and

these achievements are also chronicled on the web site.

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What is the art market like in Australia and in Sydney, in particular

Well, in many ways it’s probably much like anywhere else. It’s got a top end of galleries which are very

much part of the establishment and mainly deal in work by well-known artists such as Blackman, Olsen,

and Nolan. It’s where the big money is and there are both those who are genuinely serious collectors using

them and also a fair number of people with their new money chasing a secure and impressive purchase.

They are establishment galleries and part of the Sydney social and artistic landscape. Not quite London’s

Bond Street, but with pretensions in that direction. They tend to deal with artists only when they have

become recognized. Then there are other galleries focusing more on emerging artists, but most often with

a need for these artists to sell fairly easily. They are often smaller galleries in more ‘Generation X and Y’

areas. There is also a representation of galleries specializing in aboriginal work. Not many galleries in Sydney

support experimental art. Installations have not yet made that much of an impact. The non-commercial

galleries (the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art) are pretty good in their own ways,

but the AGNSW has to combine an institutional role with the introduction of a bit of the new. It also suffers

from a degree of schizophrenia over the relationship between its collections of European and Australian art.

Who buys art

There are a number of different markets each with their own characteristics. There is the high-end/establishment/investment/corporate

market which, in truth, plays pretty safe. There are some high-end buyers

who also support emerging artists and a few of these have set up scholarships, trusts, prizes, etc. Then

there are the ‘artistically aware’, drawn from all levels of society, who keep well up with what’s happening in

the world of Australian art, and browse galleries as a pursuit. Then, there are the inexperienced buyers who

are many in number and seem to come into the market at the age of 35+ and then make their first tentative

steps in buying art. They need reassurance on the work and value, and some knowledge of the artist when

buying. It is probably the latter two groups who account for the greater number of sales and gallery visits. In

fact, more Australians visit an art gallery or exhibition per year than attend sporting events!

Is there a clear distinction between what is viewed as commercial art and fine art

There is a distinction made between artists for whom the creation of work is an end in itself and those who

paint with the dollar signs in the their minds. There has been a blurring here; the best example being Ken

Done who was rampantly commercial but recognized by the press and promoted as the ‘new pinnacle of

Australian art’.

How do artists surface in Australia

Many Australian artists are pretty much household names for those with any interest in art. These names

are both drawn from history and from the world of today. Once there was a massive ‘cultural cringe’ in Australia

where anything Australian was automatically regarded as inferior or second rate compared to work

from Europe and America. This still persists in degree but has largely been overtaken as Australia comes to

feel more a real part the world. However, any Australian doing well overseas is still seen as a hero. Artists

are not seen as fringe dwellers in society but a part of what Australia is becoming today, and seen as part

of the broad cultural community that extends to all artistic activities, from opera to rock bands. The Broadsheet

newspapers and magazines give pretty good coverage to artists and exhibitions. There is a growing

appreciation of what artists bring to life and society.

What is the nature of this appreciation

There are many ways of approaching this question. On a banal level, ‘it looks nice in the home’ or ‘impresses

people in the office’. But the value of art in Australia is much more than this. Australia is a country that is

still, after more than 200 years, seeking to define itself and its place in the world. White Australia (a Government

policy until the 1960s!) is long gone as a strand that sought to give Australia some form of national

identity. Australia is now a true multicultural melting pot. Aboriginal Australia is now increasingly being

valued. The nature of employment in Australia has changed and its blue-collar origins are diffusing. The

landscape is ever changing but still blighted by the ‘build it cheap and big’ housing of the post war era and

the ensuing suburban lifestyle and endless suburbs. Then there is a gap between the Australia that tourists

see and the Australia that many Australians see and can see quite differently. It’s still a young country and

is still searching for that elusive identity that will bind all of this diversity together. A recurrent theme in Australian

art is the search for this identity, and much Australian art confronts this by exploring the ordinary and

the day-to-day in a way that brings it to life. There is often a desire to make the painted image more real

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Painter of the American West


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“Early Morning in the Rockies” 24x30 oil

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Sharon Hodges

Dutch Art Gallery

10233 E. Northwest Hwy #420

Dallas, TX 75238

Bill Hester Fine Art

830 Canyon Rd.

Santa Fe., NM 87501

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Val Travers

Surrounded by Sea

End of a Perfect Day

Symphony in Blue

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New Whirlpool

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Janet Weaver

Participant in the 8th Juried International

Guild of Realism show at the Tempe Center

for the Arts, Tempe, Arizona.

10/4 - 11/30/13.

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Jason Gomez

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Alejandro Castanon

Vino Dipinte Art Gallery

602 Orient St

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VL Studio Visit

Nocona Burgess

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Studio Visit

Nocona Burgess

I am Comanche from Lawton Oklahoma. I am the great-great grandson of Chief Quanah

Parker and my father is also former chief of the Comanche tribe. Throughout my life I

have traveled around the country with my family. I have lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania;

Poplar, Montana; Phoenix, Arizona; and Santa Fe, New Mexico. We traveled a lot while

my parents were working on their degrees. Many opportunities allowed us to see and experience

much of the country and all the different kinds of people. That is what my parents

wanted to give to my brother and me to expand our thinking.

I have always been around art. My dad went to school for art and education and has always

painted and drawn. My maternal grandfather was an artist, as is my maternal grandmother

a quilt maker of her own designs. My great-grandmother who raised my father,

was an accomplished bead worker despite being blind. With all this art and all these artists

around me, I had no choice but to pursue art. It is in my blood.

In 1989, after a year at the University of Oklahoma, I decided to move to New Mexico,

where I stumbled upon the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe. I could

draw and had painted a bit. I was pretty good and, because of my family, more advanced

than most in my classes. At IAIA my art really took off. I had a good time and learned a lot

about Native art and how the traditional forms had evolved into more contemporary styles.

This is what really grabbed my attention. I had already known quite a bit about traditional

style. I grew up knowing people like Doc Tate Nevaquaya, Rance Hood, Allen Houser,

and reading about Oklahoma artists like Woody Crumbo and Kiowa 5. I liked the idea of

modern Indians; after all that’s who I am. I loved the old style, but it seemed so distant to

me. To this day I enjoy painting old portraits and traditional subjects, but in my own style.

In a way, when I paint them the subjects speak to me and I get to know them. After looking

at them over and over for hours, how can I not receive something from them My painting

is a way of saying thank you to them for all of their sacrifices.

In 1991, I graduated from IAIA with an Associate in Fine Arts degree. I then went on to

the University of New Mexico. I found myself questioning whether art was the way to go.

Could I make a living at it I knew some people did, but they always seemed the exception

to the rule. I continued on with my degree with an emphasis in both studio art and native

art history.

I began work at a bingo hall, soon to be a casino. This is when I started to drift away from

art. I got promoted and made my way into management. It was pretty cool and the money

was really nice; it felt good not to be a broke college student any more. From 1991 to

1996, I worked in the casino. My work schedule left no time for school and definitely no

time for art. I missed the art, but soon learned to live without it. I was successful and making

a good living.

In 1996, I decided the casino was not for me and I left. I needed a new start so I moved

back to Oklahoma. I got back in touch with my people and family. I needed to get back to

my art. It was 1997, and I hadn’t worked on any art for years. I enrolled at the University

of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) to work on my B.F.A. There I started taking

classes again and getting back into the flow. Art was back in my life.

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Studio Visit

Nocona Burgess

I met my wife, Danielle, at USAO. She is also

an artist and is very supportive of my art. After

graduation in 1999, we were married and

moved back to Santa Fe. I began painting and

things started to work out. I started to get into

shows and to sell my paintings again. My art

opened doors. My first show was at Red Earth

in Oklahoma City.

In 2000, my brother and I were asked to be in a

show in Holland, and from there the show

traveled to Belgium and Germany. Since then,

I have traveled around the United States and to

South Africa showing my work.

I paint from historical photos of Native Americans; I’ve always had a passion for history. I grew up

learning the history of my Comanche and Kiowa people. I was also encouraged to read and to find

out more on my own. This was combined with my love of art. I started making art as soon as I could

pick up a crayon. I recently was given a box of my drawings from my mother. These were from

when I was around 3-4 years old: of course, they were Indians.

I’ve always wanted to tell a bit of a story of their lives. These were people; human beings that lived

loved and fought. I never wanted my paintings to be just “Indian in a Blanket” type of art. I wanted

people to see them and their story and histories and beauty and people. I try to avoid the stereotype

or cultural cliché’s. I’ve just always had a passion for those images and their stories. I am

always looking for images and stories.

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Studio Visit

Nocona Burgess

I also paint animals and landscapes. The animals I paint are usually ones I’ve experienced or had

the chance to observe. We live outside of Santa Fe at the base of the Jemez Mountains and there

are buffalo, coyotes, ravens, elk, hawks, eagles and so on. I really started painting animals again

once I moved out here. I was just reminded again about animals when I started to see them here.

The landscapes are based mostly on eastern New Mexico West Texas and Oklahoma, between

Santa Fe and Lawton Oklahoma. This was/is Comancheria, Quahada (a band of Comanches),

country. I paint them in abstract way with heavy brushstrokes, in contrast with sharp edges.

I was always told to paint what you know and the 3 elements are what I see and observe, the land,

the people, and the animals are what inspire me to paint. I love to drive read, observe and take it

all in.

I really push myself in the studio to explore and experiment with techniques and texture and color.

I don’t ever want to get to a point where it is a formula. I realize there is some sort of formula to

it, but I don’t want every painting to be painted the same and the same palette, color scheme and

brush strokes. I like to see the evolution of my own paintings over the years and the hopes of getting

better and improving.

Full Moon Ghost Dog

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Studio Visit

Nocona Burgess

Llano Estacado Cuervo

Representing Galleries Nocona Burgess

Giacobbe-Fritz Gallery in Santa Fe

Four Winds Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Bonner David Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

Kiva Gallery, Sweden

Rare Fine Arts Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY

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David R. Darrow

so many things to paint. so little time.

Man of Renewal


Ashton’s Morning

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Kenyan Daughter

The Wanderer

Portrait of Anne Gillum


David R. Darrow

Realistic Impressionism

Accepting Commissions

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Shirley Anderson

Painting Landscapes and Florals in Pastel

Colorful. Sensitive. Bold.

California Dreaming

Pink Morning

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Mountain View

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Unwrapping the Reality of Life

Anne-Marie Kornachuk, Crimson River, 24 x 48

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M Miller Gallery

Contemporary Realism Invitational

October 4 – 19, 2013

Opening Party

Friday, October 4, 6 – 8 pm

Miller Gallery is proud to present its second biennial Contemporary Realism Invitational, an

exhibition of paintings by some of the finest realist painters in the United States, Canada and

beyond. A year in the planning, this extraordinary body of work, curated by gallery director

Rosemary Seidner, features new paintings by 27 leading artists.

Leaving the heyday of 20th century modernism behind, a time when pushing art to its limits

was more important than actual skill, there is an ongoing broad return by artists across the

globe to discipline and tradition. The resulting art is not traditional, but refined to the highest

level and inspired by the greatest artists of the past.

Included in the show are 15 renowned realists that Miller Gallery regularly represents and 12

remarkable artists whose work we greatly admire.

Gallery Artists:

Anthony Ackrill, Florida; John Agnew, Ohio; David Michael Beck, Ohio; Isabelle du Toit,

Florida; Velko Geurgevich, Serbia; Daniel E. Greene, New York; Karen Hollingsworth,

Georgia; Neil Hollingsworth, Georgia; Anne-Marie Kornachuk, Canada; Otto Lange,

Georgia; Ron Monsma, Indiana; Yana Movchan, Canada; Jonathan Queen, Ohio;

James Andrew Smith, Oklahoma; Chris Thomas, Kentucky; Dennis Wojtkiewicz, Ohio

Invited Artists:

Colin Berry, New Hampshire; Paul Butvila, Canada; Marie Channer, Colorado; Tony Chimento,

Florida; Frank DePietro, Pennsylvania; Randy Ford, New Jersey; Allan Gorman, New Jersey;

Rob Hefferan, Great Britain; Sherry Loehr, California; Pierre Raby, Canada;

Glennray Tutor, Mississippi; Eric Wert, Oregon

Miller Gallery

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Hyde Park Square

Cincinnati, OH 45208

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Tony Chimento, The Simpsons, Mylar Bag & Chrome Dog, oil on canvas,

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Karen Hollingsworth, Gentle Reader 36 x 48

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Glennray Tutor, SOLO: My Wish Coming True 15 x 9

Right Page: Pierre Raby, An Unexpected Moonlight Gathering, 16 x 12

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Randy Ford, Red Robin Diner, 40 x 60

Allan Gorman, Macho Dream , 40 x 40 Daniel E. Greene, NA, Wall St Bench 2 36 x 36

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Frank DePietro, Waterlily Triptych 36 x 72

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Kimberly Conrad

Contemporary Artist

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Studio Visit Joe Belt

Santa Fe Trader, Pencil

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Studio Visit

Joe Belt

Artist Joe Belt grew up in west Texas with

an eye for composition and a love of the

outdoors. He trained in the fine arts at Texas

Tech University. His art has been shown

nationally and collected in half a dozen

foreign countries.

Joe works with many subjects such as

wildlife, portraits and ranch life, but is best

known for his highly detailed pencil drawing

of American Indian subjects throughout

North America. Texas Tech published some

of his earliest work in The Pencil Drawings

of Joe Belt. In addition to his pencil

drawings, his work in pastels, charcoal and

watercolors have been featured on movie

posters, book covers, album jackets and

architectural murals.

Joe currently lives in Columbus, GA. His

most recent drawings have concentrated on

the native cultures of the Southeast. He is a

charter member and on the board of directors

of the National Western Art Association

and a member of the American Academy of

Fine Arts.

Joe designed the artwork for the Ossahatchee

Indian Festival logo as well as the

drawing and design of the print that will also

be used as the T-shirt design. He has often

been a part of the Ossahatchee Indian


Crocker Spurs, Pencil

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Joe Belt

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Little Dancer Man, Colored Pencil

“Having grown up in West Texas, I

was always interested in the history of

the area. My great-grandmother was

mixed-blood Ogalala, a tribe out of

Nebraska area and she lived until

I was in my early 20’s. I don’t know if

my interest came from her, or what,

but, my fascination with Native American

people and culture has been with

me as far back as I can remember.

Needless to say, being from Texas and

attending Texas Tech University, the

cowboy culture was very much around

me during all of this time, it just seemd

to fit together and happened.” Joe Belt

Canyon Creek, Pencil

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Studio Visit Joe Belt

Capturing the Native West, one pencil stroke at a time...

Santa Fe Trader, Pencil

Izu 3 8 x 10

Right Page: Cowboy Gear, Pencil

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Warren Osburn

Above: Early Light

Left Below: Taos Casa

Right Below: Red Rock Evening

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Sarah Beth Banning was born and raised in South Texas among rolling farm and ranch land before

moving into the heart of the Texas Hill Country. She now lives in Wimberley, a.k.a. “A Little Bit of

Heaven” where she is raising her 3 children and pursuing her artistic career. Sarah Beth currently

shows work at Texas Treasures Fine Art in Boerne, TX and at her own gallery/studio space called

SongBrush Gallery in Wimberley, TX.

War Horses 48” x 60” Oil on Canvas with Gold Leaf

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When I was a child my favorite toys were a pencil and paper. My mother, grandmother, and aunts will

all tell you I always knew the proper way to hold a pencil. I’d sit for hours at 4 years old drawing the

usual things little girls draw; fairies, princesses, birds and horses, so many horses.

When people ask me how I became an artist I tell them it was my love for horses. I was a little girl without

a real horse so I drew myself herds of them. At the age of 9 I was fortunate enough to begin riding

lessons. The teacher, knowing my love of drawing horses, gave me stacks of old horse magazines. I

studied them cover to cover and made many drawings using the horses in the magazines as inspiration.

What an amazing gift that old stack of magazines was to me.

I did finally get that horse at the age of 14. She was small and dark and I named her Sassy for good

reason. I discovered that my favorite part about owning a horse was watching her run thunderously

across the pasture and kick up her heels in joy. It’s an amazing sight to see.

It was summer and I was 16 when I began to paint. My father had bought some wood panels from the

local craft store and I borrowed one, went into the attic with some craft paint, and started painting. I

was amazed at what I had done. It actually looked good. I think it was a painting of deer by a lake.

Next, I did a beautiful horse running through a field of bluebonnets.

The painting bug had bitten and all summer I was in the attic with my coffee, blueberry bagels, and my

CD player. It was heaven on earth. I sold every painting I made that summer.

The following summer was truly inspirational. In high school I played the french horn very well and I

had the invited to tour 7 countries in Europe with a band made up of high school kids from all across

America. I was able to see the old and magnificent European cathedrals and tour the Louvre in Paris,

France. Seeing centuries of art all together in one amazing palace was more awe inspiring than this

small town Texas girl could have dreamed.




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Lakota Blue 36” x 48” Oil on Canvas with Gold Leaf

Of course my life hasn’t been perfect and filled with nothing but horse riding and European vacations.

I got married far too young and that did not turn the way I thought it would when I was seventeen

and so naïve. I went through some pretty dark times in my life but haven’t we all Without the down

times how could you possibly want to reach higher and grow

I found myself with three children, a divorce, and moving back in with my parents. I was 24 and had

no idea what to do with my life. So, in between changing diapers and nursing babies I started going

back to school. I took my first painting class and hit it off with the teacher. Soon we were pretty good

friends and it was her influence that helped me realize I needed to pursue art. I am very grateful for


I received a B.F.A with a major in painting from Texas State University. I guess I was like a lot of

graduates and struggled with the post college dilemmas of job hunting and real life. It didn’t take me

long to just start doing what I had always done and before I knew it my house was full of giant paintings.

That’s when I teamed up with Justin Black and together we opened a gallery and studio space

in downtown Wimberley, TX. Justin is a wonderful musician, artist, and designer. He has been very

supportive of me and all my artistic endeavors for the past three years. He is my rock.

We call our space SongBrush Gallery and we are coming up on a 1 year anniversary. If you find yourself

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Buffalo Bill 48” x 60” Oil on Canvas with Gold Leaf

I have started using gold leaf in most of my oil paintings because I feel it gives the paintings the right dramatic

effect I am going for. I want my art to make an impact. I want them to have a rich vibe and be larger than life.

My paintings consist of old school subject matter with graphic elements. My art is transitional because it takes

iconic western images and brings them into the now and that is epic.

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Worden Art Studio and Gallery

Fine Art . Airbrush Murals . Pinstriping . Art Lessons

Morning Walk Acrylic Painting

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VL Studio Visit

Dave Sime and Connie Morse

Studio Visit

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Connie L. Morse and Dave Sime are two artists who combine the creative

process of painting, sculpting, music, acting and writing along with their

love of travel into a successful career.

The couple met in Montana and began an adventure in plein air painting

and performing that was to last for twelve years on the road. Traveling

in an Airstream trailer with their golden retriever, Elvira and long haired

Himalayan cat, Chang, they painted throughout the west from British Columbia

to the Baja. Side by side they recorded the activities of the people

and landscapes as varied as the ranches of Montana to the last remaining

fishing villages on the Pacific coast.

“I love to paint wildlife says Morse and we’ve spent the biggest part of our

years on the road visiting every National Park and recording the scenery

and animals that inhabit these very special places.”

Both Sime and Morse feel a deep connection with the land and the animals

that inhabit it. As a result their artwork encourages wildlife conservation

and the preservation of open space. Morse depicts a herd of elk studied

in Rocky Mountain National Park in her oil painting: “Royal Gathering”.

Instead of painting in a studio they prefer to paint on location such as the

deserts of Arizona, the Grand Canyon, the Tetons of Wyoming and the

west coast. Each area they visit provides them with new artistic stimulation

and a variety of subject matter from landscapes and seascapes to wildlife

and portraits. For many years, nature has been Connie and Dave’s instructor

and the outdoors their studio.

Feeling the urge to settle down they chose Durango, Colorado as the perfect

location because of the varied landscape painting options available in

the Four Corners region. They continue to paint en plein air and return to

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Studio Visit

Dave Sime and Connie Morse

Connie and Dave’s most recent endeavor is the completion and publishing of “Lonepine” a

historical, erotic, western romance set in Montana, 1962. Autographed copies are available

on their web site and the e-book can be downloaded from all major providers.

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Dave Sime and Connie Morse are accomplished musicians. Dave plays several instruments

including guitar, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica and dobro while Connie plays guitar, keyboards

and bass fiddle. They have recorded two CDs: “BORDERLINE” and “OLD OUTLAW”

As a musical duo Connie and Dave call themselves “Borderline”, a fitting name, as in the 90’s

they traveled from state to state entertaining audiences with their country and contemporary

music. They have played in lounges from Fairmont Hot Springs and Grouse Mountain Lodge

in Montana to the Bright Angle Lodge at the Grand Canyon. Resorts throughout the west

have also enjoyed this couple’s unique and exciting concerts and dances. They perform in

many different locations and situations. They may be dressed in buckskins playing around a

campfire at a dude ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming or you could find them wearing Hawaiian

colors for an outdoor concert by the pool, in Mesa, Arizona. They have even played in a few

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Studio Visit Connie Morse

Connie L. Morse was born in a booming mining town called Rio Tinto, Nevada. Her mother and

father owned the Mountain City Hotel and one of her fondest childhood memories was of going to

sleep at night with the sound of music drifting up through the hardwood floors of the old hotel for

the Saturday night dance. A ranching community Mountain City consisted of eighty people, eight

bars and a general store.

Having an artistic father also had a lot of influence on Connie and at an early age she completed

her first painting using his oil paints. What makes an artist Is it heredity, environment or just lust

for life

Connie’s bold brush strokes and brilliant use of color make her style distinctive and appealing. She

has been in the “Arts for the Parks” competition top 200 in 1995 and 1996. In 2004 she was juried

into the top 100 for the miniature show and contest. She was a guest artist with the Plein Air

Painters of America in 2001 and again in 2003 for the organizations 18th gathering on Catalina

Island. She was interviewed for the book, Enchanted Isle which includes a full page image of her

painting “Corona” an old sailboat anchored in the bay. She was also a guest artist with the Rocky

Mountain Plein Air Painters in 2003. Her plein air painting, “Beaver Meadows” 18 X 24 oil, won

the Collectors Choice Award as well as one of the top eighteen and top three awards out of over

450 paintings. Juror: Ed Trumble, Leanin Tree Museum of Western Art.

Connie won the “Best Painting” and “Best of Show” awards for her painting entitled “First Snow”

at the Visions of America show at the El Presidio Gallery in Tucson, Arizona. Jurors: Richard Iams

and Greg Wallace.

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Sunset Ranch Connie Morse

Tarahumara Mother Connie Morse

Takin’ Five Connie Morse

The Walk Connie Morse

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Studio Visit Dave Sime

Dave Sime, has spent a lifetime studying, sketching, painting and sculpting his landscape,

western, Indian and wildlife subject matter. Some people find their calling in life early on and

through many different directions the journey ends right where it started. As a young boy Dave

carved small birds which were correct in every detail and mounted over driftwood found on the

shores of nearby lakes or streams. Today he incorporates natural driftwood into his clay sculptures

which are then cast in bronze. He states, “The wonderful forms found in nature cannot be

duplicated by man so I find satisfaction in the inclusion of these forms with my sculptures.”

Sime conveys the gentler side of a Montana grizzly in this limited edition bronze sculpture,

“Something in the Wind”. While working for the Forest Service, he encountered this bear in the

north fork of the Flathead River near Glacier National Park. Here he shows the large bear, an

almost silver tipped grizzly alerted by something in the air.

Concerning his “Silent Watch” sculpture he states, “When I was sixteen I spent the summer of

1956 on a United States Forest Service, forest fire lookout called Cougar Peak in northwest

Montana. While on a hike I saw a mountain lion about thirty feet away and never forgot his intense

look and attitude. After all these years I created this sculpture from that encounter.

Dave Sime’s deep sense of feeling, knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject matter, whether

it be wildlife, Indian, western or whimsical themes allow him to paint or sculpt clean lines and

fluid forms. They declare their presence with expressive emotion and gestures capturing the

feeling and attitude of the subject to involve the viewer in a visual adventure.

He owes a great debt of gratitude to watercolorist, Harold Olsen and sculptor, John Coleman for

their knowledge and instruction.

Dave Sime’s sculptures and watercolors have been juried into Gilcrease Museum, Mountain

Oyster Show, Charlie Russell Show, Arts for the Parks and the Briscoe Museum of Western Art.

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Something in the Wind Dave

Worship the Sun Dave Sime

Old Mexico Dave Sime

Together, Connie Morse and Dave Sime have found the

true meaning of their creative lives.

Web Site:


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Daily Painters Abstract Gallery

Annie O’Brien Gonzales

Carol Hein

Barbara Van Rooyan

Robert Sako

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ARTSPAN Artist Spotlight


Artist Interview

Sharon Hodges

When did you realize you loved art and wanted to be an artist Art kept my childhood occupied and

challenged…Real life responsibilities interrupted that reverie for many years. I feel fortunate that art can

finally occupy the majority of my time now.

Who has been your mentor, or greatest influence to date Historically, I’m an admirer of George

Bellows, Sergei Bongart, Nicholai Fechin, Lucien Freud, and many others.…I’ve enjoyed workshops with

Qiang Huang and Don Sahli recently, but I am mostly self taught, trial by fire…I’ve used and abused lots

and lots of paint, and plan to use exponentially more. I read a lot, I visit as many galleries as possible,

and I truly enjoy the work of all my friends.

Who is another living artist you admire and why I’m a big admirer of Louisa McElwain’s work. Sadly,

she passed away this year at the zenith of her artistic powers…her work is full of emotion, raw energy,

and awe for the natural world…..I covet Donna Howell Sickles and Jeremy Lipking’s work…also Larissa

Aukon and Amy Ringholz and Walt Gonske. My interests are wide and varied.

What is your favorite surface to create work on or to work with I work on canvas, the heavier the

better…and I prefer a larger surface. Working small feels very confining.

What are your favorite materials to use Very large filbert brushes, large palette knives, large rubber

spatulas, trowels, anything that I can smash paint around with….

Do you have a favorite color palette I love color, all of it, and I gravitate to a warmer palette. Occasionally

I will intentionally paint something in a cool palette, but it takes real concentration, as it is not

my natural tendency.

How often do you paint I paint at least 4-5 days each week, 6-8 hours each day….half the battle is

showing up and getting started….then, the time just evaporates.

What is the one thing you would like to be remembered for. A generous heart.

There are many culprits that can crush creativity, such as distractions, self-doubt and fear of failure.

What tends to stand in the way of your creativity Yes, family obligations, daily life distractions,

and self doubt are all creativity crushers…We all juggle the demands of our daily lives with the need to

feed our creative selves.

What are the inspirations for your work The natural world is my greatest inspiration. I sincerely appreciate

the opportunity to spend time observing and painting nature, the landscape, and animals. I seek

to capture emotion……a frozen moment, a feeling…..and translate that to the canvas…….I’m still figuring

out how to do this…It is not a tangible thing…Success will come when the viewer experiences a similar

emotional response to a painting…The best practice may be to run around at night catching fireflies….it’s

the ‘AHA’ moment if you ever really get one…THAT’s what I’m after.

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Texas Artist Sharon Hodges in studio.

How do you overcome these obstacles Just getting to the studio each day helps…I am blessed w/ a supportive

husband, friends, and great studio partners who encourage my work. The smell of the paints, good music, the quiet

company of a painting friend or two is helpful for me.

What is your favorite way to get creative juices flowing Just paint…for me, it is all about moving the paint on

the surface, making the colors vibrate together...I’m enjoying painting thicker now…it gets dangerous, only from the

standpoint that it is easy to lose control of a painting quickly when there is so much wet paint on the surface…it can

turn from colorful to mud in an instant.

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Up Close and Personal

What is your favorite color in your closet Dark Charcoal Grey..most of my clothes are covered in paint (yes, I’m

messy). My few non-painting clothes are all neutral: black, dk grey, white, taupe…I have a nice collection of big scarves

and leather jackets. I dress simply.

What book are you reading this week One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, both by

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Do you have a favorite televion show I don’t watch much TV, but I do love Big Bang Theory and all the college football


What is your favorite food Ice Cream.

What color sheets are on your bed right now Bleached Bone White….always. Even in my previous career in the

home furnishings industry, I looked at color all day…. So my home is cream, taupe, white, linen, w/ a few black leather

furnishings. I find this neutral palette is a lovely background for colorful art and a couple of nice rugs….and it gives my

eyes and brain a rest.

What are you most proud of in your life My step-daughter’s accomplishments…Brooke has had many challenges in

her life, and she’s capitalized on her opportunities and is doing great!

Who would you love to interview My dog.

Do you have a passion or hobby other than painting/sculpting Skiing and Golf

If you were an animal what would you be and why Leopard, because they are sleek and fabulous…who wouldn’t

want those spots

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take three things, what would they be I realize I am supposed

to say “a toothbrush, Swiss army knife, and my husband”, but honesty dictates that I state the obvious: I’ll need a

STOL jet, plenty of fuel, and a jet pilot.

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“My passion equals my success”

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“Be not afraid of ruining the canvas with paint, but of the canvas remaining void of life.”

Welcome new artist, Donna Hayes, Art by D. Louise and her Renditions of Grey, RoG

As an over achieving perfectionist, the above quote was the angst that D. Louise struggled to overcome.

D. Louise

Born with an intensely creative nature, while being an over achieving perfectionist, made evolving into the world of art nearly impossible.

Not wanting to be defined by others, she refrained from fully allowing herself to discover the beauty behind the brush, as if one errant

stroke from beyond the box would somehow destroy the canvas forever. It was by chance, while her daughter was taking subject

matte photographs in early 2012 with what was supposed to be a silly guileless grey filter, that she found her niche, pushed aside her

fears and began to create… It was then, that Renditions of Grey (RoG) was born.

Using an 18/0 Spotter brush, magnifying glass, three simple colors (white, black and grey) and a little texture from time to time,

D. Louise has created some of the most brilliant works of art… From equine, canine, portraits, landscapes, architecture, planes,

trains and automobiles; if she can capture it behind the grey lens, she can bring it to life on canvas.

Many of her works are originally photographed and then painted by D. Louise herself… However, some are inspired by other

photographers, who have graciously granted D. Louise permission to recreate their photography in her Renditions of Grey, notably

such greats as; Giuseppe Pasquali, Raphael Macek and Jan Fialkowski.

Prior to RoG, her works included billboards, restaurants and hotel renovations signage, portraits and murals. Her most recent mural,

proudly displayed at El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, CA is shown in the bottom right photo; a 9’x5’ vineyard scene with insects and

wildlife for the biggest of “Where’s Waldo” fan. D. Louise prefers to paint with acrylics, easy clean up and fast drying.

Now settled in the Pacific North West, just outside of the Seattle area, her future plans are to open her own posh art gallery and wine

tasting venue, where patrons may come and relax with a variety of wines & exquisite Bourbons from around the world, while perusing

her and other artists’ works.

She is currently promoted throughout the US, Canada, New Zealand, Italy and Japan. Critics such as professional photographer Mary

Miller have described her works as “Riveting, having the remarkable quality that ignites conversation... Compelling, possessing dimension,

depth, and boundless power... Awe inspiring.”, likewise, artist Kristina Heredia states, “Her work grabbed my attention immediately!

It is unique and so dramatic”. See full interview is available at:

and Richard. V. Whaley, authored poet states, “D. Louise and her Renditions of Grey style have brought life to the

canvas in a starkly refreshing departure from the status-quo”.

To learn more about D. Louise,

you can visit her website or join

her at her first upcoming exhibit at

the Black Dog & Theatre art gallery

in January 2014, located at 8062

Railroad Ave SE Snoqualmie, WA

98065 (425) 831-3647 http://www.

We look forward to seeing the

blossoming of this new artist and

anticipate great things to come.

Art by D. Louise at

Noble Steed, Acrylic 36 x 48 x 1.5

Original Available.

Please contact artist for pricing.

Original photographer – Raphael

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Richard Levine

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VL Carol J Walker IEA Signature Member

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Carol’s passion for photography started at an early age, with

animals as her favorite subjects. She studied literature and

photography as an undergraduate at Smith College, and continued

her education in photography after graduating, studying

portraiture and nature photography. She has travelled all

over the world photographing wildlife for the past 30 years.

In 2000, Carol started her business Living Images by Carol

Walker, specializing in photographing horses.

Carol’s images illuminate the relationship between horses and

their people, as well showcase the beauty of horses with her

stunning images of horses at liberty. She teaches workshops

for amateur photographers on equine photography.

Her commercial work includes catalogue covers for leaders

in the Equine industry. She has had numerous calendars

published featuring her work, and she markets her fine art

prints from her website as well

as in several locations on the Front Range of Colorado. Nine

years ago, Carol began photographing wild horses. As she

followed several herds in Wyoming, Colorado and Montana,

she became aware of how precarious their situation on public

lands has become. Since then, she has dedicated herself to

educating people with her photographs and stories about the

wild horses. She is one of the leading advocates working to

keep America’s wild horses wild and free on our public lands.

Her book Wild Hoofbeats: America’s Vanishing Wild Horses

is available at The award-winning

book was released winter of 2008 and is currently in its second

printing. Carol’s second book, Horse Photography: The Dynamic

Guide for Horse Lovers is in its second printing as well

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VL Nancy Christy-Moore IEA Signature Member

Nancy Christy-Moore , an internationally recognized

award-winning painter, brings the joy of color,

energy and movement to her abstract mixed watermedia

paintings created on both canvas and paper.

Educated at Columbia College in Columbia,

Missouri, the American Academy of Art in Chicago,

and Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles,

she has taught and exhibited her work for the past

thirty plus years. Currently Nancy teaches workshops

and conducts demonstrations using her “inner

painting” techniques.

Nancy Christy-Moore has held over 20 solo exhibits,

with 2 in Japan. She accepts creative commissions.

Included in many private and corporate collections,

her paintings have been exhibited in museums,

public spaces and as limited edition prints for the

Hyatt Regency Hotel chain. She was cover artist and

featured artist for Horses in Art Magazine’s 2011

Summer issue, 2012 Menlo Charity Horse Show

Official Artist and is a signature member of International

Equine Artists.

Visit Nancy’s website:

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VL Lorna Matsuda IEA Signature Member

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Lorna is a self-taught artist from Alberta Canada. Her subject passion

for art lies in Equine, animal and western lifestyles with a strong focus

on realism and detail, her objective is to show the emotion and character

of the subjects. She is an established artist having received several

Peoples Choice Awards, been juried into many exhibits and art sales, also

receiving the Gallery Choice Award at the Calgary Stampede Western Art

Showcase. She is a Signature Status International Equine Artist and also

an official Trail of Painted Ponies Artist with currently 3 releases. Her

artwork has be purchased by collectors nationwide and internationally.

Please feel free to visit her website at to enjoy

more of her artworks. - VL Magazine | 143

VL Andrea Michael IEA

The animal kingdom is my muse and my greatest love and this is reflected in the art that I create. From beloved pets to the

wildest of beasts, all of nature’s creatures inspire me. However, of them all, the horse stands uppermost in my regard. His power

and grace, his fire and beauty and his subtle ways of communication all urge me to try and capture his likeness in my art. I’m a

photorealist artist who strives to breathe life into my subjects, elevating them above mere copies of the photographs I reference.

In painstaking detail I define the smallest components of what makes the animal unique, distinct from all the others like it. The

smallest things play together to capture a personality - the set of a lip, the arch of a brow, a look in the eye. With these I strive

to tell the story of the individual.

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Born in 1980, I spent my childhood years on a farm in Queensland, Australia

where animals were my constant companions. It’s not hard to develop admiration

and respect for the characters you grow up with, and farmyard animals,

pets and wild creatures like wallabies and wedge-tailed eagles were part of my

story very early on. My intense love of horses started forming when I was about

4 or 5 and despite what practically every adult felt the need to tell me through

the years, I did not grow out of it! These days I live in the gorgeous Dandenong

Ranges, just outside of Melbourne. I have a wonderful supportive husband, and

more pets than you can poke a stick at. I also have a small, opinionated part

Arab horse called Danny who keeps me broke. - VL Magazine | 145

2nd Annual “Colors of Autumn”

Fall Juried Show

$500 Cash Prize

Open to all 2D Visual Artists Worldwide

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Kristine Byars - VL Magazine | 147

Melissa Doron

Irish Storm

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The Next Door Gallery

2020 Waugh

Houston, Texas 77006

The Den-Draw-Logy Exhibit

Dancing Euphoria

The Next Door Gallery

2020 Waugh

Houston, Texas 77006

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VL Show Review

Melissa Doron

The Den-Draw-logy Exhibition

The Next Door Gallery Houston, Texas

Walking into an art opening you normally find a quiet place with stark white walls, spotlights,

hors d’oeuvres and a small wine selection to enjoy while you peruse the art work. A

steady hum of conversation surrounds you as other patrons stop and discuss the merits of

certain paintings.

The Den-draw-logy Exhibition by Melissa Doron at The Next Door Gallery in Houston was

quite the opposite, and a pleasant surprise. Entering the door, you were met with the captivating

sounds of a live band, Berry, Zamorrano and Bell Jazz Trio. Inside this extraordinary

gallery was a full bar open to the patrons attending the opening. There were no small

plates of finger food, instead the opening was catered by “This Is It” soul food. A quick

glance around the room of guests exploring Melissa’s work, it was easy to see this solo

exhibit differed from most. There was a defined theme for the entire body of work and the

collectors were at ease browsing through the twenty plus paintings included in the show.

Melissa Doron shared with the group, “This series came from an idea that a very dear

friend, Laurie Pace, had. She told me I should pick something I am interested in and paint

that subject for 50 days. This is the result....The Den-DRAW-logy Exhibition. Actually, my

husband came up with the title. Dendrology is the study of trees. The spelling was just a

fun play on words.”

Melissa’s amazing body of work contained trees of every species. It was not the normal

brown trunk and green leaves. Melissa’s work captured trees in their very essence of existence,

teeming with color, despite the realization that most were painted without leaves.

Her palette seemed endless as you strolled through the collection. Crimson to indigo, richly

blended and sliced by knife. Wide brush and vibrant hues wove through many pieces.

Every painting in the gallery was of a tree, and yet every painting totally different.

“Irish Storm” seemed to pull you straight into the canvas. You could be standing a cliff in

Ireland watching a storm roll in off the ocean, leaving you reeling with the scent of salt and

rain in the air. “Dancing Euphoria”, an abstract painting with bright colors blending across

the surface into a dance emerging from the canvas into the room.

Melissa Doron’s show runs through September 26th at The Next Door Gallery located at

2020 Waugh Houston, Texas, 77006. Gallery Owner, Mike Bell commented on the exhibit,

“The reason I decided to initially show Melissa Doron’s work is due to the fact she paints

with oils and does a fantastic job at that. Most modern artists I come across deal mostly in

acrylic and pastels. Its refreshing to see someone not afraid of using oils. In 2012 I was introduced

to a piece of hers called “Derby”. It was a beautiful piece of a horse racing in the

Kentucky Derby. It caught the whole excitement and essence of the race itself. This years

show was the intrigue of her concept “50 trees in 50 days”.”

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Melissa Doron

The Next Door Gallery

2020 Waugh

Houston, Texas 77006

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The Den-Draw-logy Exhibition

The Next Door Gallery Houston, Texas

The Next Door Gallery

2020 Waugh

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Debbie Grayson Lincoln

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Studio Visit with Texas Artist Kristine Byars

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Studio Visit Kristine Byars

Color with a Twist

Galleries have a difficult time pinpointing Kristine Byars painting style. Kristine (“Kris”) likes that. Her

art doesn’t seem to fit in any one category. It’s been described as, “contemporary-retro” “exaggerated-realism”,

and “colorful-expressionism”. Whatever her paintings are, they convey a feeling of joy to

the viewer and represent the world Kris sees. Talking with Kris, she describes her art, like her world,

full of amazing people, animals, settings, and they are all bursting with life, vibrancy, and sometimes

unexpected color.

Kris gives credit to her Grandmother, who was an artist, for her early inspiration. Sometimes on longer

visits to their Wisconsin dairy farm, her Grandmother gave Kris and her sisters full access to her

expensive pastels and encouraged them to use these tools to express themselves. “It was probably

an effort on Nana’s part to gain some peace, but it was special for us. Both of my sisters had more

innate talent, but I was the only one who stuck with painting.” laughs Kris. Then while still in High

School Kris was given the opportunity to work for a small advertising agency called Kruse & Associates.

These wonderful folks provided her with a life direction, and an outlet for creativity. She started

on the computers of any kind. A self-portrait of agency owner Richard (Duke) Kruse hangs

prominently on the wall in Kris’ studio.

She bought the painting last year at 89-year-old Duke’s solo art exhibition. After college, Kris worked

in agencies and design firms for years, finally freelancing as an Art Director. But there was never time

nor energy for painting. So she was thrilled, ten years ago, when her husband Steve encouraged her

to return to painting.

“I really love, and am proud of what I do.“ says Kris. She works primarily in oils, occasionally in oil

pastel. She took on challenging gouache for a recently completed children’s book project, as she

wanted the vibrancy of oil but the matte finish of the gouache. But now that the book is complete, she

firmly claims her allegiance to oils!

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Horse Talk

Ten Hours Old

Kris’ inspiration comes from several places which she lists as her love for animals, small towns,

nature, global travel, and everything Texas. “Sometimes I think I might have been born in the wrong

era, because I gravitate toward all things from the 30’s 40’s and 50’s.” She adds. The children’s book

is entitled “Montana The Police Horse”. In it her loves are showcased. Fellow equestrian and friend,

Debra A. Knapp wrote the story and Kris illustrated. Debra feels Kris captures horse’s emotions. Kris

paints many animal portrait commissions and loves meeting every single critter, whether it’s dogs,

cats, horses or longhorns.

When not painting, Kris can’t stay away from her Quarter Horse Sparky. “He’s so gorgeous I could just

stand there—slack-jawed—and look at him. Or paint him. Then I remember he’s a really fun ride as

well and hop on.” She says. Because Kris lives in Dallas, boarding Sparky is necessary. That’s what

takes her to the country at least twice per week. On her route to the barn, She drives as many back

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Studio Visit Kristine Byars

One of Kris’ favorite things to do is volunteer at a very special place called “Cleveland Avory

Black Beauty Ranch” in East Texas. It’s the nation’s largest animal sanctuary and home for

formerly abused, unwanted and neglected animals. Says Kris, “Kind of like the Island of Misfit

Toys. I adore it. It’s a very tranquil place with a lot of really caring people who show the resident

animals respect, kindness, and safety.” Kris has recently completed several lively murals

which cover the bedroom walls in the Chimpanzee enclosure, as well as in their play yard.

“The bedroom wall is a night-time jungle scene, complete with glow-in-the-dark moon and

stars! “says Kris. She has accumulated a wealth of great stories connected with those painting


Home for Kris is shared with her encouraging husband Steve, full-figured cat Bo-Peep and

Golden Retriever Augie—”the world’s kindest soul”, according to Kris. Discussing her marriage,

Kris says “Steve possesses the remarkable business abilities that escape me, and my

creativity softens, and takes him out of his element. He helps me with every aspect of my craft

including sometimes brutally honest painting critiques!“ Steve is an avid sailor and together

they have traveled worldwide and bare-boated in some of the world’s most beautiful places.

One more source for artistic inspiration.

Nice Gather

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Elegant Pear

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Queenie’s Trick

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Studio Visit Kristine Byars

The Joke

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Girl’s Best Friend

Kris feels very fortunate. “I often look at my life and wonder, how it is that I am so blessed I’m hoping

the answer lies in Karma.” Regardless of your religious beliefs, good brings good. And Kris tries to

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He is all hat and no cattle.

Felicia Marshall - VL Magazine | 167

Aspen S P A C E S

Lelija Roy

Art on a Whim Gallery

100 N Main St--Towne Square

Breckenridge, CO

(970) 547-8399

James Ratliff Gallery

671 State Route 179--The Hillside

Sedona, AZ

(928) 282-1404

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Carol Engles

Email: - VL Magazine | 169

Autumn’s Orange Burst

eric bodtker


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Kim McAninch

Karen Tarlton

Palette Knife Artists

Niki Gulley

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Laurie Pace

Becky Joy

Jill Saur

Kay Wyne

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VL Barry Scharf

Seeking Exposure.

A long time ago, my mentor told me to ignore what is going on

outside of your studio. Do not become distracted from the deeper

thought and commitment necessary to create at a level that

can make you seriously competitive. Because if you want to be

at the top of your game you must, keep focused while working

and improving. He said to make your artwork deep and so good

it cannot be denied. Do this and you will be found, the world will

find you!

This process is true, acknowledgement belongs to the deserved

ones whose work separates them from the pack of otherwise

“good artists”. We are all good artists here, only a very few become

great. What is it that gives your work a special hook or

vision What is your skill level Setting ego aside, look at what

you create and ask yourself if it is truly the very best, you can do.

Will it separate you from the pack of other good artists

We live a creative life and have done so all our life; to us this is

what is important. We are painters. We are sculptors. We make

images that fulfill our spirit and vision of the world. We are true

artists in every sense of the word. There is no one else we need

to convince of this. It is at this point in our life there is nothing to

prove to anyone. Our success is not determined by external fame

or fortune but by the joy, we find in living this life. Time will tell if

what we have done will last.

Now with all this said there is also a need to share what we as

artists make with others. We want them to see what we have

been doing. We want them to see our vision. We would like to

sell a piece of work occasionally so we can validate our process.

Doing this is unavoidable to any serious artist. Without this, we

are living in a vacuum.

Therefore, the dilemma arises of how to share our work. Devoting

time to this process takes us away from the studio. So luckily,

with the creation of the Internet, we live in a time that now circumvents

many traditional time consuming approaches. Posting your

work on a web page takes less time then seeking a gallery that

may reject you or is less costly then hiring someone to promote

you. Nevertheless, which one do you use There are so many

ways to expose your work This magazine is a good start.

“Shaman” by Barry Scharf

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Lisa McKinney

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The Five Graces

Lincoln ~ Pace ~ Togel ~ Whitehead ~ Zorad

Diane Whitehead

Mary Jo Zorad

Laurie Pace

What makes The Five Graces special/unique

All members of The Five Graces create bold, vividly-colored artworks with an inspirational flair. Several of the group are excellent

teachers and writers. They work energetically toward touring exhibitions that showcased their artworks - shows to the US

and to Europe. All five artists are spread out over the US.

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Who are The Five Graces

Debbie Grayson Lincoln (the steady grace), Laurie Justus Pace (the heartbeat grace), Conni Tögel (the wired

grace), Diane Baird Whitehead (the business-minded, directly spoken grace) and Mary Jo Zorad (the quietly

inspired grace) have as many similarities as they do differences. Their artwork demonstrates a common commitment

to a high standard of workmanship. To speak with any one of the five women reveals a commonality

in what inspires them and how they choose to live their lives, with integrity and a commitment to doing their

work for a higher cause. Each feels her creative inspiration as a passionate and natural calling. for daily updates

Debbie Lincoln

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Photographer Spotlight

John G. Lomba

Artspan Photographer Spotlight

Rudolph De Ram


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Photographer Spotlight

Rudolph De Ram

“I was born in the Netherlands and raised in the Midwest. My interest in art and photography

began back in early childhood. I’ve always enjoyed drawing and painting and my introduction to

photography began at around age nine when I received a toy camera that used “real film”. After

high school, I attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago where I studied life drawing,

illustration, and design. With a solid reference from one of my art school instructors, I landed a

job with a small advertising agency. That was the beginning of a professional journey that included

work at various advertising firms and industrial design firms. During that period I continued my

interest in photography, painting... and all things about the American West.

I’ve been a fan of the iconic American Cowboy for as far back as I can remember. Growing up in

the late 50’s and thru the 1960’s, television still offered a steady run of “Westerns”. The Hollywood

image of the Heroic Cowboy left a lasting impression on me. I continue to be fascinated with the

true history and culture of the American West from the early pioneers to the issues that face the

Western States today.

Some of my Western photographs have been exhibited at the Cody Art League Gallery in Cody

Wyoming, Open Shutter Gallery in Durango Colorado and the Center for Fine Art Photography in

Fort Collins Colorado. I was selected for the Cowboys & Indians Magazine, Special Edition Photography

Issue, and in 2008 I was fortunate to have an image selected as the overall Grand Prize

Winner. I’ve also had photos selected for the B&W Magazine’s Single Image Issue and the Portfolio

Contest Special Issue.

As a participant in the Fine Art festival circuit I’ve been fortunate to receive various awards including

the 2012 and 2013 best of category awards for photography at Barrington Art Festival

Illinois, the 2011 best in photography at Wells Street Art Festival in Chicago and Fountain Square

Art Festival in Evanston Illinois. Also in 2011, I received the Dorothy Burgert Memorial Award for

Outstanding Achievement in Photography at Art Fair on the Square in Lake Forest Illinois.”

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Rudolph De Ram

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Rudolph De Ram

“The collection of Photographs shown here, represent the places and the people across

this country that have inspired me as an artist and excited me as a photographer. In

presenting these images, it’s my hope that you may also experience that visual moment

captured in time, and perhaps evoke an emotion or recall a memory from another time

or place, real or imagined.”

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August 2013 “Hot August Nights”

Best of Show - Diane Morgan

Best of Show

Hot as a Heartbeat

Diane Morgan

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First Place

Souped Up

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Second Place

Jack’s Truck

Annie O’ Brien Gonzales September Art Challenge - “Avant-Garde” - $100 Cash Prize!

Open to all 2D visual artists!

Enter now -

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Painting by Sallie-Anne Swift

Third Place

‘Till Rust Do Us Part

Suzy ‘Pal’ Powell

Submit your portfolio to join

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Step by Step Demonstrations

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