Visual Language Magazine Contemporary Fine Art March 2014 Vol 3 No 3

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Visual Language Magazine is a contemporary fine art magazine filled with dynamic international fine art, brilliant colors and stimulating composition. Cover Artist is Texas Artist, Alejandra Castanon. Enjoy his bright contemporary painting. In addition featured this month is Jeanne Illenye, Mary Jane Q Cross,Rebecca Zook, David Francis, Alejandro Castanon and Hall Groat. Enjoy Artspan Photographer Suzanne Stevenson with her beautiful nature photography. Also featured are artists of both CFAI.co and Artspan. Enjoy featured artists from both CFAI.co and Artspan. 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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Jeanne Illenye

Mary Jane Q Cross

Rebecca Zook

David Francis

Alejandro Castanon

Suzanne Stevenson

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Alejandro Castanon

Contemporary Fine Art

Born in Torreon, Mexico in 1983 Alejandro soon moved

overseas and spent most of his youth in Spain and

Germany. His interest in art began at an early age and

grew into a passion in his late teens. A self-taught artist

he has explored many styles and mediums of art such

as realism, abstract and use of graphite and charcoal.

After serving eight years in the U.S Air Force he chose to

move to San Angelo, TX to be present in his daughter’s

life. In less than a year he opened the Vino Dipinte Art

Gallery and began his artist career.

His current body of work can be described as figurative

and explosive with color.

http://www.alejandroCastanon.com/

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Connie Dines

Artful Exposures One Frame At A Time

A Pilgrims Friend on the Camino de Santiago

ArtfulExposures.com

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Cover Artist Alejandro Castanon 3

Contemporary Realism

Painter’s Keys - Robert Genn 11

VL Artist Features - 28

Melissa Doron, Sandra Manuila, Tatiana Roulin, M. Allison

CFAI Colors on My Palette 42

Kristine Byars

Read the up close and personal interviews from CFAI.co

Find out more about the artist, their inspirations and how

they approach their work.

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VL Studio Interview with Jeanne Illenye 50

At first, my thought for this studio visit and interview was to share

my Biography with you, which is exactly that, an overview about

how I began painting in oils by my mother’s side at the wee age of

four, my utter delight at discovering Nature by intimately studying

every flower petal, rock, dewdrop and bumblebee I could touch, to

a developing maturity with regular museum visits in New York which

inspired my large, classical still lifes reminiscent of the Dutch masters,

and through my 25 year series of Little Gems later sold online.

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VL Artspan Studio Visit Mary Jane Q Cross 68

Born in 1951, Mary Jane Q. Cross’s life was a life full of questions

and a yearning for order. This was the underpinning of Cross’s

future career as a Classical Realism painter whose large body of

work is marked by logic, cohesion, and an aura of storytelling that

is poetic and consoling.

VL Hall Groat II 84

Lessons in Collecting Art

Entry level stock investors may not have the funds

to buy the blue chipst, therefore they must wait for

the market dip to build a portfolio that may grow.

Buy low and sell high takes patience although the

bottom is illusive and the risks are always there in a

volatile economy. Lets talk about taking a different

tack and a way of elevating your lifestyle while still

building equity.

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Peace. Beauty. Light

Three aspects that Texas artist Rebecca Zook consciously incorporates

into her acrylic paintings. Though she portrays a variety of

subjects, natural landscapes are a personal favorite. Viewers often

comment that they feel as if they could step into her paintings; as if

the frame were a window to another world.

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ARTSPAN Spotlight with David Francis 110

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

It sounds cliché, but it seems like I have always loved to draw. One

of my earliest memories is waiting for my father to finish the Sunday

newspaper, so that I could sit down and start copying the funnies.

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I never intended to be a professional artist. Like many artists, I drew

constantly throughout my childhood. Although my lack of formal art

education has not been a hindrance for me, had I known I’d become a

professional artist someday I probably would have chosen

to focus on art in school.

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Art has always been a large part of my life, drawing, painting, mixed

media; the need to create is ever present in my daily life. Photography

came to me later in life; the gift of a camera and macro lens

opened an entire new way to create and expand my artistic creativity.

The camera gave me the opportunity to see all of the incredible

beauty that surrounds me every day.

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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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Lesley Humphrey

“I believe that we can all learn how to paint, but it is in the silent, authentic, beautiful recesses of our

hearts and souls where a true masterpiece is born. True artistic skill, the courage to interpret the

images of that place and bring them into the world for you to experience is my goal.”

http://lesleyhumphrey.net

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Carol Jo Smidt

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carol@caroljosmidt.com

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Visual Language Magazine Staff

Editorial

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

VL Sponsor ARTSPAN Eric Sparre

Advertising

Contact: VisualLanguageMagazine@gmail.com

Marketing and Development

Executive Director Business/Management Stacey Hendren

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Painter’s Keys

with Robert Genn

Dear Artist,

Robert Genn’s

Studio Book

During a bumpy period a few years ago in New York, I had a small revelation about how to thrive when things

aren’t going as expected. It occurred to me that when we’re in school we seldom question the curriculum but

instead merely show up for class. After all, semesters end, allowing us to move on and refine our area of study.

In the meantime, we might pick up some unexpected knowledge.

Pema Chödrön is a Buddhist nun, author and Shambhala teacher. She lives at Gampo Abbey, on Cape Breton

Island, Nova Scotia.Pema Chodron -- watercolour painting 9 x 12 inches by Lynn

Beth Cornish

Pema Chodron watercolour painting 9 x 12 inches by Lynn Beth Cornish A New York rocker friend introduced

me to The Wisdom of No Escape , a book Pema wrote on meditation. (It was either that, or a trip to the Russian

bathhouse for a whipping with veniki bundles, so I took the book.) My rocker friend thought I could use

some new insight.

“You are the sky. Everything else - it’s just the weather.” says Pema. One of her themes is the Tibetan notion of

attachment, or shenpa. Shenpa is that moment you get hooked into a habitual cycle of response, like the sweaty

shame-spiral that happens when that thing on the canvas is blaringly bad. Or when a trash-talking interloper

is allowed to invade the easel space. Shenpa is the emotional go-to when sitting through the dodgier periods of

life class. Your shenpa can be changed.

Painter’s Keys - Robert Genn

I’ve been living as an artist in New York for ten years. My twin brother, James, first visited me while I was away

on tour in the UK. We arranged to intersect before he flew home to Canada. I climbed the six flights of my 1904

walk-up tenement and opened the door to find James cross-legged in the only chair, shocked and awed by a

previous tenant’s home improvement effort of duct-taping all the linoleum, and overcome by a space-hogging

Baldwin baby grand, bedroom easel, and a quietly rotting ceiling. Then he gifted me with his response: “I get

it. You fell in love, just not with a person. And you’re willing to do anything for that love.”

School is in session, and semesters are coming and going with the nonchalance of a Greenwich Village mouse.

Our creative expectations are in a steady state of disruption and re-adjustment and even satisfaction. Living a

dream is just a matter of switching up the shenpa.

Sincerely, Sara

PS: “Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” (Pema Chodron)

Esoterica: Pema Chödrön was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936 in New York City. She attended Miss

Porter’s School for Girls, went to Berkeley, taught elementary school, married and had two children before

devoting her life to Buddhism. She’s also the same age as my Dad. “We are like children building a sandcastle,”

says Pema. “We embellish it with beautiful shells, bits of driftwood, and pieces of coloured glass. The castle

is ours, off limits to others. Yet despite all our attachment, we know that the tide will inevitably come in and

sweep the sandcastle away. The trick is to enjoy it fully but without clinging, and when the time comes, let it

dissolve back into the sea.”

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DURNAVICH

Ron Durnavich

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Emotion / Abstraction

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Roseanne Snyder

Diversity in Color and Compostion

Village

Trees

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McCoy’s Gaited Horse Artworks

Your equine art connection!

Jonelle T. McCoy

“Carnaval Ride”

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REES

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Raleigh, NC 27601

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Contemporary Realism and Beyond”

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BITTER

Gabriele Bitter

Lady in Waiting

Fairy Tale

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texture vibrant direct

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Timeless

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Linda McCoy

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Linda McCoy Studio/Gallery

Fine Art Instruction

209 S West Street, Mason, Ohio

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Laurie Justus Pace

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Mirada Fine Art. Denver

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Rare Gallery. Jackson Hole

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Robert Kelly Home. Park City

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South Hill Gallery: Lexington

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Dyan Newton

Capturing the Light

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Above: Krysta Private Collector

Left: Texas Tales Private Collector

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Mirada Fine Art

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American Art Awards, 2012 & 2013

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L A U R A R E E D

Abstract Collage Paintings

Life Experiences

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VL Melissa Doron

http://artistdoron.com

Passion and Color

Melissa Doron has kicked off another great year in art starting with a stunning series of animals.

She is preparing pieces for the Wine and Art festival coming the last weekend in March in Old

Town Spring, Texas. Melissa’s new collection will be part of a new gallery opening in Old Town

Spring. She will be there in person to share her art with collectors.

Melissa is an active member of the Artists of Texas, and a featured artist in Visual Language Magazine

last year for her fifty trees in fifty days. She is currently represented by several galleries in

the Houston area, as well as co-owner of Davis & Company Contemporary Fine Art Gallery in Old

Town Spring, Texas.

Art is subjective. Not everyone will like your work but if you love it then everything else will fall

into place.” - Melissa Doron

Bait Buffet

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Top Right: Three Flamingos

Top Left: Charming Beauty

Bottom Right: Dinner

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VL Sanda Manuila

http://www.sandamanuila.artspan.com

From the Outside In

Very early in my life I realized that I had the perspective of an outsider. Because I was born in a

Romanian family in Geneva, Switzerland, the eccentric tendencies of my relatives often clashed

with the principles of the Calvinist society we lived in. My friends called me “Paprika Feet”. Later

on and yet in another place in California, while studying Magic Realism in Latin American fiction

I experienced instant recognition. Raised in a Cartesian society where only a pragmatic attitude

was acceptable, I succumbed to the irrationality of the reality described by Latin American writers.

Since then, I have been concerned with the disparate interpretations of reality, which displays the

paradox of two conflicting perspectives, one based on a rational view of reality and the other on the

acceptance of the unusual as prosaic reality.

In order to depict the relationship of reality and illusion, I focus my emotions and thoughts to construct

meaning, applying oil paint and glazes layers after layers. By adding multiple impressions of

light, I create inner landscapes from which exude an allegorical quality.

The Presence of the Past

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The Annunciation

Reality is a Trick

Left: A Twisted Mind

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VL Tatiana Roulin

http://www.3dmirror.com

Representational Fine Art

Tatiana Roulin is an award-winning, internationally renowned New England representational

painter whose primary mediums include oil, acrylic and pastel. She is a juried member of the Oil

Painters of America and Pastel Society of America. She is also a member of many art associations

in New England.

Roulin’s approach combines the classic atelier training, largely based on techniques used by

the Old Masters, with her own personal style expressed through the harmony of design, color

and light.

Her art is in many private, corporate and public collections worldwide. A few major collectors

in Massachusetts include: Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center; The Department of

Youth Services; and Suportel Portuguese Supermarket Chain.

Roulin has won many prestigious art awards, has had several one-person exhibitions, and has

participated in many juried group shows in the U.S. and abroad. Her paintings exhibited internationally

in America, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, England, Brazil and Russia.

She has appeared on the “Arts in the Spotlight” cable TV show. She has also been featured in

several magazines such as Art&Beyond Magazine, Visual Language Magazine, Still Point Arts

Quarterly Magazine, South Shore Living Magazine, and ArtScope Magazine.

Her art has been published in art books and she is listed in the “Who is Who in Visual Art” and

“New Faces in Arts & Design” European art catalogs. Currently Roulin’s art is represented by

the Gina M. Woodruff Gallery in Long Beach, CA, the Hope Gallery in Bristol, RI, and Manhattan

Arts International in New York, NY.

“Orange Pepper” 7 x 7 Acrylic

Available at Gina M Woodruff Gallery

in Long Beach, CA

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“Yellow Jug With Granny” 9 x 12 Acrylic

Available at Gina M Woodruff Gallery

in Long Beach, CA


“Red Hat Ladies” Series is available at Gina M Woodruff Gallery in Long Beach, CA

“Keep Calm” 14 x 18 Oil on Canvas Available

“Plums” 8 x 8 Oil on Canvas Available

“October Oaks” 24 x 30

“Shades of Autumn” 9 x 12

“Lemon Tea Cup” 10 x 10

Oil on Canvas Available

“Tea Pot and Citruses” 18 x 24 Oil on Canvas

Available at Hope Gallery in Bristol, RI

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VL M Allison

http://www.mallisonartist.com/

Live Creativity

I was brought up in a world of creativity; Momma’s gourmet cooking, Bawmaw’s professional

sewing, Granny’s painting and best of all, my sisters. We traveled in a pack and live

creativity. Art, always art, in any form. I love it! My self worth, to an extent, is measured in

what I create. I have to feel productive. I am a productive mother, 4 children, 3 are triplets

and I’m still in a dream. They will never remember my cooking, but they will remember me

with a paintbrush in my hand.

Circus in Town 36 X 48 Oil Graphite

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Electric City 36 X 48 oil

Texas Oil 30 X 38 Oil

On the Verge 24 X 36 Oil on Canvas

Dwelling 24 X 36 Oil Graphite

Down By the River 36 X 48 Oil on Canvas

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MARK YEARWOOD

InArt Gallery

219 Delgado Street

Santa Fe, NM 87501

505-983-6537

www.inartsantafe.com

MarkYearwood.com

“Interfusion” 60’’x 84’’ Mixed Media / Canvas

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line . shape . color

MarkYearwood.com

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Suzanne Muldrow

“Focus on Art

photoartbysuzanne.com

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The Legend of

Aurora Borealis

Acrylic, 24 x 36

After the great flood, the planet

tipped on its axis, plunging

the North into long periods of

darkness. In the North there

lived a group of people who had

been spared from the flood. But

when they could no longer see

the sun or feel its warmth, they

became sad and afraid; cold

and hungry.

The Great Mother felt compassion

for the People and told

them to gather their belongings

and walk south, where the sun

would shine and provide bounty

and warmth. But because there

was no light and little food,

many of the people perished on

the dark, cold journey south.

NANCEE

JEAN

BUSSE

www.nanceejean.com

www.facebook.com/nanceejeanbusse

970.261.2028

In a stroke of genius the Great

Mother covered the top of the

world with mountains and

hills made of ice crystals. The

ice crystals captured the sun’s

rays and reflected them into the

black sky and so illuminated the

nomads’ path. They could then

journey south under the

shifting, humming rainbow of light and became the forerunners of

many of the great tribes of North America. But the white bear stayed

in the Great North.

He stayed because he loved the beauty of the inky darkness, the music

of whale song and sea birds, and the deep comfort of solitude.

See Additional Paintings and narratives at www.nanceejean.com

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Laurel Lake McGuire

Joy in Counterpoint

laurellakemcguire.artspan.com

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Richard Levine

Pastel Painter

Landscape and Figurative

“Bruges, Homage in The Flemish Style”

“Bruges, Canal Reflections”

“The Beguinage, Bruges”

RichardLevine.net

Email: artisanrichard@gmail.com

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CFAI.co Colors On My Palette

Kristine Byars

http://kristinebyars.com

http://www.cfai.co/#!colors-on-my-palette-interview/cy2z

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

When I was about seven or eight. My Grandmother painted and

instructed art classes. During our visits to her farm, she would sometimes

work with my sisters and I, showing techniques and basics, but

would then encouragingly leave us to our own creativity.

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

There are two. My Grandmother, who I mentioned above, and also Richard (Duke) Kruse. Duke is my

family’s dear friend, and also owned an advertising agency. He offered me a job while I was still in high

school, which continued through college. He is a terrific artist, with a giant personality. He taught me

technical graphic design as well as fine art skills. His loving (yet loud) constant reminders to “loosen up!”,

“use your arms, not your wrists!” and “always keep learning” are obviously still stuck in my head! He is (I

believe) 90-years-young, and at his solo exhibition two years ago, I purchased one of his self portraits (he

poses in a jester’s costume). It hangs prominently in my studio!

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

I recently attended an Edward Hopper exhibit, and fell in love with his work (and his color) all over again.

This show is particularly interesting because it’s the painter’s process, from sketches to final paintings. You

can see what was in his head and how it translated to canvas. I love the work of contemporary artists Paul

Sheldon, Jack Vettriano and Dennis Ziemienski to name a few.

What is your favorite surface to paint on Describe it if you make it yourself.

Canvas.

What brand of paints do you use

I like Rembrandt and DaVinci. In oil pastels, I only use Sennelier.

Do you have a favorite color palette

Pretty much anything and everything that is bold and bright.

What is your favorite color in your closet

My husband will say I look best in dark colors, but I love any kind of white shirt.

Read more at http://www.cfai.co/#!colors-on-my-palette-interview/cy2z

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Fallen Leaf Lake

Number Three

Read more at http://www.cfai.co/#!colors-on-my-palette-interview/cy2z

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H E R T E L

Oil paintings in 3D Extrusionist Technique

hertel.artspan.com

619 Côte St. Jean, St. Roch de Richelieu, Qc.Canada, J0L 2M0

Phone: 438-871-2356

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T R A C Y M I L L E R

www.tracymillerfineart.com

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Spectra 15” x 23” Acrylic

Elizabeth Chapman

Contemporary Abstract Artist

melizabethchapman.artspan.com

Montane 22” x 36” Acrylic

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artspan

Newest Works

Mark Gould

http://markgouldart.com

The Good Forest:

Arcadian 938

The Good Forest:

Arcadian 935

Coppice 846

Calm Light:

Arcadian 882

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Terry Stanley

FIne Art, Portraiture & Illustration

“Yellow Roses and Topaz” - oil 12x12

TerryStanley.com

Green Bay, WI

Email: info@terrystanley.com

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JEANNE ILLENYE

Nest in Foley Teacup 6x6 inches oil on panel

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Capturing Nature’s Transient Beauty

Antique Silver Spoons on Aqua Wood 7x5 inches oil on

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www.jeanneillenye.com


VL Gallery Visit

JEANNE ILLENYE

Why I Paint

At first, my thought for this studio visit and interview was to share my Biography with you,

which is exactly that, an overview about how I began painting in oils by my mother’s side at

the wee age of four, my utter delight at discovering Nature by intimately studying every flower

petal, rock, dewdrop and bumblebee I could touch, to a developing maturity with regular museum

visits in New York which inspired my large, classical still lifes reminiscent of the Dutch

masters, and through my 25 year series of Little Gems later sold online. However, since

you can read all the details about my artistic growth on my website, I thought it might be a

little more insightful and fun to chat with you about a trend that is currently underway on my

easels...my new direction, far from the dark, classical old world style oil paintings on which

my reputation is based. These new paintings truly reveal reflections from my heart...the very

reason why I paint as expressed in my Artist Statement:

“Capturing Nature’s Transient Beauty: It is the common things that are most often taken for

granted -- the fruit and flowers of our daily sustenance -- nourishment for body and soul, respectively.

These are delicate and fleeting gifts. Through my work, I elicit a greater appreciation

for their beauty by elevating them to the forefront of the observer’s attention. While my

paintings isolate a particular moment in time, it is through the details -- a browning, torn leaf,

the curling of a dried petal, a broken stem, bruised fruit, dewdrops -- that I evoke a sense of

transience in Nature’s beauty. I take the observer through many phases of growth from bud

to blossom, ripening fruit to withering vine -- life and death and ultimately, rebirth of spirit, for

within this beauty we find comfort and peace.”

With that in mind, I’ve chosen to discuss several paintings featured herein, which aspire

toward this exciting new direction revealing a lighter, fresher palette with subjects from my

gardens and antique collections presented in varying compositional formats from classical

still lifes to cropped, zoom in perspectives which are created purely by emotion and intuition

rather than with conscious thinking or planning.

Treading Softly

If I wasn’t a still life artist and had more exposure to vast and dramatically scenic areas, I’d

no doubt be a landscape artist or perhaps I might have chosen wildlife art. However, since

growing up in the suburbs of New York City my focus was directed more toward the earth

beneath my feet. I believe that is where the seed was planted and my passion for still lifes

began whereby mimicking my childhood curiosity about Nature…when small and close to

the ground one can pluck a buttercup or clover, ladybug or feather and examine it with great

fascination. To me still life painting is really doing just that but on a more mature level, yet the

wonder and enthusiasm is still there. It’s my gift to be able to “see” and to paint is my way of

sharing the glory…to feel a kinship with all living things.

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Nest Amidst Wilting Roses 8 x 8 inches Oil on Panel

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JEANNE ILLENYE

Changing a Leopard’s Spots

Having always enjoyed painting fruit and floral still lifes in the classical style, it wasn’t until I began

selling online in recent years that I became enlightened by the contemporary work of my peers.

I briefly dabbled in these retro subjects but found that I just couldn’t bear to paint a cup without

decorative floral or transferware patterns or a spoon without embellishments such as monogram,

flower and ribbon engravings. So without realizing it, I was already laying the groundwork for a new

direction by utilizing this selection process, fine tuning what I chose as my favorite subjects to paint.

Transitioning from classical to contemporary realism truly caused me to feel like a leopard trying to

change his spots; it didn’t seem right. It felt like I was changing who I am. However, my draw toward

the crisp, bright clarity of my contemporaries’ paintings offered such a sense of refreshment that I

became determined to change my spots, as it were...and so I did.

Immersed in a New Light

My emergence did not occur overnight. Rather, it was a long, arduous process of editing my work

to the very source of energy within each painting then reducing superfluous content, and most difficult,

brightening my palette. While I continued to mix my own colors from the primaries plus white, I

chose to eliminate rich backgrounds for a fixed period of time so I would no longer use the depths of

shadow as a crutch. It was time to let go of the dark ages and bring myself and my work into a new

light. It wasn’t until I began setting up still life arrangements in my light filled studio, as opposed to

painting primarily from studies and memory as done with my classical paintings, that I was able to

take the next truly daring step which resulted in “Shades of White” the platform from which all subsequent

work is now being created. Join me as I continue my artistic journey…Capturing Nature’s

Transient Beauty.

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Shades of White 24 x 24 inches Oil on Canvas

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Pansies in Mustard Jar on Wood Block 10 x 8 inches Oil on Panel

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Orange Glow 18 x 18 inches Oil on Panel

Estate Sale Silver 8x8 inches oil on panel

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Peonies in Edwardian Silver Teapot on Lace 12 x 12 inches Oil on Panel

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Delightful Anticipation 20 x 16 inches Oil on Canvas

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Karen Frattali Finearts

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Available to groups

for workshops,

demonstrations

and gallery talks.

www.karenfrattali.com

kfrattali@gmail.com

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Davis & Company

contemporary fine art gallery

O L I V E T R E E S

Eric Bodtker

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Pat Meyer

Signature Member of Artist of Texas, Oil Painters of America, Outdoor Painters Society

Beauty Show Ready and is 12 x 12

PatMeyer-artist.com

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Clara Johnson

B O L D R I C H C O L O R S

artbyclarajohnson.com

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Bold Rich Colors capture the esscense.

Be enticed...discover the mystery.

artbyclarajohnson.com

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Tanya D. Bracey

Art that Heals”

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web

http://www.pinterest.com/byhispowertb/my-portfolio

Ellepace.com

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Mary Jane Q Cross

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Studio Visit

Mary Jane Q Cross

Born in 1951, Mary Jane Q. Cross’s life was a life full of questions and a yearning for order. This

was the underpinning of Cross’s future career as a Classical Realism painter whose large body of

work is marked by logic, cohesion, and an aura of storytelling that is poetic and consoling.

As a Worcester Art Museum School art student in the 1970’s, Cross was a ‘closet Realist’ as she

endured the era’s dominant mantle of Expressionism. Reading of formal artists with her shared

realism vision – DaVinci, Sargent, Bouguereau, Godward, Mary Cassatt -- was a point of encouragement

at this time. Studying such painters, among other Masters of earlier centuries, inspired

Cross in her personal quest to acquire the skills of Classical painting.

After 40-plus years of this visual journey, Cross continues to produce a body of work that presents

a sense of needed and appreciated refreshment in the midst of modernity’s fast pace. Cross’s resonant

theme is of respectfully uncovering the many complex layers of women. Appealing to both

women and men alike, her work presents women’s beauty as a deep comfort and a restful joy,

when idealistically and, perhaps, Biblically examined. In a contemporary culture that perceives the

sexuality of women in an increasingly objectified manner, Cross’s work offers a breath of hope. Her

work presents a delicate beauty that she believes young women, in particular, are actually striving

for – a beauty that, in the artist’s opinion, reflects an image of women as God intended them to be:

Creation’s crowning jewels.

“If you do not have life, you cannot give life,” states Cross. “If my work has anything, it has an authentic

response to life. My paintings are stories. They depict the quiet rest that comes to a soul

only after it has determined to deal with circumstances head-on, with grace and tact instead of

grumbling and complaining. My paintings reflect and inspire a determination to focus on beauty,

even in the midst of ashes. This is something I have had to live.”

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Comforting Hands in Trying Times

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Main Street Palms 42” x 24”

Croissanterie 58” x 18”

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Above: God is the Anchor of My Soul 28x22

Left: Gently Letting Go International Guil of Realism Best of Show

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257 42” x 30”

Sovereignty Purity Nobility Loyalty Liberty Remnant in America Allegory

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Sovereign Lord I Trust and Depend on Thee

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Study for The Queen fo Sheba I Serve the God of Solomon

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Excalibur Rising

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The Tender Caregiver 28x22

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For the past 21 years, a serious right-sided tremor has limited Cross’s ability to hold a brush. Thus,

Cross paints with her fingers; whatever minimal brush strokes the artist employs are guided by a

prosthetic device. A documentary titled Q. Cross: The Painter behind the Portraits, on youtube, click

to view Documentary details her journey back to painting in the after-years of the tremor’s on-set.

The artist has also compiled a book, Poems of a Painter, Paintings of a Prayer, in which she speaks

of how she has come to deal with this physical challenge that she cannot change and, yet, has witnessed

a greater dream come out of what were initially tragic circumstances.

The simultaneous heartache and joy that Cross experiences daily is seen in her paintings – and it

is heard in the poems that she writes as an accompaniment to each of her works. The combined

presentation of painted image and printed word has enriched the meaning of her work.

The public is a telling barometer of the penetrating resonance of the artist’s work. Cross’s paintings

are regularly displayed by the Art Renewal Center Salon Exhibitions (where Cross is an ARC Associate

Living Master), click for ARC Masters Gallery the International Guild of Realism (where she

was awarded Best of Show in 2013), the American Society of Traditional Artists, the Salmagundi

Club, and the Allied Artists of America.

As many as 30,000 people a year also view Cross’s work at outdoor venues. Viewers who cannot

afford the originals are still enthusiastically pleased to own limited edition prints. Collectors who can

afford these multi-faceted jewels get to live with a palpable part of Cross’s personal vision, crafted

with her personal touch.

Mary Jane Q. Cross www.maryjaneqcross.com builds a body of memorable work in a studio, built by

her husband and hugged by New England’s quiet countryside, as she threads the fabric that mirrors

her own life into her work. Her quest is a worthy one.

The Contemplative 30 x 40 Finalist

and Honorable

Mention from

Art Renew Center Salon Exhibition

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BAUER

Logan Bauer

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Lessons in Collecting Art

Art Collecting Tips

By Hall Groat Sr.

IMPORTANT LESSONS IN COLLECTING ART

Entry level stock investors may not have the funds to buy the blue chips, Therefore,

they must wait for the market dip to build a portfolio that may grow. Buy

low and sell high takes patience although the bottom is illusive and the risks are

always there in a volatile economy. Lets talk about taking a different tack and a

way of elevating your lifestyle while still building equity.

COLLECTING ART 101

Buying direct from an established artist is always better than dealing with a gallery.

Artists are generally fair minded people and more accessible than you think.

If you have little to spend and only buy unframed work you may receive a much

better price and not end up with a glut of framed work and no way to store it. If

you pay a gallery commission of 40 to 50% you will limit your ability to enjoy a

profit down the line. Buy low and sell high in art- is smart business!

COLLECT ORIGINAL ART ONLY

Avoid buying any art referred to as an original reproduction. This is double talk

and you will be stuck with a worthless investment regardless of what you may be

told by a dealer.

BE A SOPHISTICATED COLLECTOR

Study everything about each artist you collect and build a file tracking their shows

and market activity. Obviously, names mean everything. Its much easier to resell

an artists work with international name recognition than a pretty picture by your

aunt Minnie- who won a prize on a clothesline sale in Peoria.

DONT PLASTER YOUR WALLS WITH ART

Wall to wall paintings do not mean you are an art collector. It means you are a

dust collector. Nothing worse than a glut of unorganized stuff when you have no

idea of origin or value. The best idea for a serious collector is to build a storage

rack in a dry place in your home. Label each piece of art so it will be accessible.

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ROTATE YOUR ART COLLECTION

When you begin to enjoy being a collector of fine arts, you will find yourself rotating your work to different

locations in your home or place of work. Your friends and business associates will know you

are a serious collector and you may become the go -to-guy when they are looking for a new painting

for their home. And that’s when you begin to turn a profit.

“Niagara Falls” 36 x 48 Oil on canvas, Hall Groat Sr., $7000

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C O N N I E C H A D W E L L

“A Little Glitz” 5 x 7” Oil Pastel

conniechadwell.com

email: conniechadwell@hotmail.com

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Marti Leroux

Art That Heals by Marti

MartiArtStudio.com

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Valerie Travers

Captivated by the textures

of nature.

Working in Acrylic, Oil, Pastel,

Mixed Media Landscapes,

Seascapes, Abstracts, and Florals

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Spring Walk 18 x 24 inches


BYLINE


Rebecca Zook

http://rebeccazook.com


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VL Rebecca Zook

Peace. Beauty. Light.

Three aspects that Texas artist Rebecca Zook consciously incorporates into her acrylic paintings.

Though she portrays a variety of subjects, natural landscapes are a personal favorite. Viewers often

comment that they feel as if they could step into her paintings; as if the frame were a window to another

world.

“I’m drawn to Texas’ plentiful wild grasses in particular. Watching the wind weave patterns through

them and the gentle swaying provide me with a much needed calm. I stand among them and am

reminded of the ocean. Great waves roll across the fields. Seed heads catch the sun and glow like

breaking spray. This connection with nature is something that’s been a part of me since childhood

and is a subject that helps me cope with life’s challenges.”

For Rebecca, the beauty of nature and the peace it brings offset the emotional and physical challenges

of dealing with multiple chronic illnesses. A rare immune deficiency requires regular antibody

infusions derived from plasma donations while secondary autoimmune conditions flare at unpredictable

intervals. Because she is forced to limit her physical activities, Rebecca paints mainly from

photographs that she has taken of her subject matter.

“I have a camera with me always. You never know when the light is going to be just perfect or when

you are going to happen upon a unique scene worthy of painting. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to get

to my intended destination when driving because I keep seeing “paintings” along the way.”

Rebecca’s acrylic technique often involves many overlapping layers of thin washes of color. She

finds this better conducive to capturing the unique qualities of light. She prefers to paint mainly

smaller works 18” x 24” and under and uses gessoed masonite boards she prepares herself. Follow

Rebecca on Facebook to view the in progress photos of many of her paintings. She is represented

by “Dutch Art Gallery” in Dallas, Texas and “Your Private Collection Gallery” in Granbury, Texas.

facebook.com/RebeccaZookFineArtPaintings

rebeccazook.blogspot.com

rebeccazook.com

Right Page:

Spring Blanket - 24” x 18” - Acrylic on Masonite

Bluebonnets are not my favorite Texas wildflower. Though beautiful, they are short-lived and a bit finicky;

needing a certain level of rainfall to be at their best. These blanket flowers appear after the bluebonnets

and revel in the blistering Texas summer sun. They represent the hardiness of true Texans.

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Rebecca Zook

Autumn Glow - 7.75” X 10” - Acrylic on Masonite

Soft wild grasses swaying in the cool breeze, glowing with the colors of Autumn.

Right Page:

Grasslands II - 14” x 10.5” - Acrylic on Masonite

There’s a plateau that overlooks the town of Granbury called Comanche Peak. It’s privately owned, but

is on rare occasions opened to the public for special events. This is one view at the top.

Following Pages:

Boardwalk - 24” x 16” - Acrylic on Masonite

Everyone thinks they know the location of this scene and it stirs happy memories of summers past, but

no one has gotten it right yet. It doesn’t matter, though. It’s how the piece makes you feel that does.

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Rebecca Zook

Like Her Momma 6” x 8”

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4 OClock 8” x 10”

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Calm - 12” x 16” - Acrylic on Masonite

What was it that Dorothy learned “If I ever go looking

for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further

than my own back yard.” Many artists travel far and

wide to find inspiration for their work, but I often find

the most compelling scenes are truly in my own back

yard or in this case, an empty lot just up the street.

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Rebecca Zook

Texas Textures - 12” x 16” - Acrylic on Masonite

The tall, blue wild grasses that grow in the open fields are a favorite of mine and the tangle of vines are a

common sight on fence posts and barbed wire.

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Wind Dancing - 14” x 10.5” - Acrylic on Masonite

I wish I could capture sound in my paintings. The rustling of the seed pods as they dance in the wind says

“Fall is near” to my ears.

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Lazy Day - 12” x 16” - Acrylic on Masonite

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Studio Shot 2:

A recent room addition in the loft provided the benefit of a long gallery-style

wall to display paintings that are not currently in gallery locations.

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Kyle Wood

kwoodfineart.com

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ARTIST

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ART

Contemporary

kwoodfineart.com

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Shirley Anderson

Painting Landscapes and Florals in Pastel

Colorful. Sensitive. Bold.

Mountain 18 x 22

Carole’s Lilies

shirleyandersonart.com

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Janet Weaver

PERSIMMONS II 11x14 Oil

JanetWeaver.com

email: jweaver642@embarqmail.com

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Kimberly Conrad

Contemporary Artist

“Red Sky Warning” 30”x40”x1.5” Acrylic on Canvas

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“Pouring Color Into Your Life”

Red Sky Warning III 30”x30”x1.5” Acrylic on Canvas

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David Francis

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Blood Money 24 x 30 Oil on Canvas

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David Francis

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

It sounds cliché, but it seems like I have always loved to draw. One of my earliest memories

is waiting for my father to finish the Sunday newspaper, so that I could sit down and start

copying the funnies.

Who has been your mentor, or greatest influence to date

I was fortunate that when I started creating art (in my 30’s, kind of a late start) I met three

people that were very influential in my early art career. The first was Joan Reid who taught

an adult education art class, she introduced me to Ron Peer, a local portrait and landscape

artist. He was always very patient with my early attempts, and managed to find something

good in them while giving me constructive criticism. The third is Trudi Smith. She is a signature

member with Pastel Society of America and she pushed me to apply for membership

with the group, even to the point of selecting the pieces that I submitted for jurying. I was

thrilled and surprised when I received signature status on that first application.

Who is another living artist you admire and why

I have several artists that I admire today and follow their work on social media sites. Anthony

Waichulis for his tromp l’oeil still lifes, Robert C. Jackson for his incredible still life set ups

and the interplay of his subjects, Teresa Fischer for the incredible still life paintings of old

toys, my favorite subject matter. I also follow the work of Patricia Tribastone, a fellow pastel

artist with incredible skills. All of these artists, along with being accomplished painters, have

the ability to inject a sense of humor and fun into their work, along with telling a story.

What is your favorite surface to create work on or to work with Describe it if you

make it yourself.

My favorite surface to work on is Pastelbord, made by Ampersand. It is a Masonite board

with a surface of gesso and marble dust. This surface holds a lot of pastel and holds up well

to blending, and multiple layering techniques. I love the fact that it comes in standard sizes

from 5x7 to 24x36 and that when a pastel is finished, you can frame it immediately, using

spacers between the artwork and the glass.

What are your favorite materials to use

I have been a pastel artist for the last 30 some years. As most pastellists, I am not brand

loyal. I look for color, hardness/softness, and availability. So, currently on my work table are

Rembrandts, Giraults, Unisons, Terry Ludwigs, and Derwent and Conte pastel pencils.

Do you have a favorite color palette

I don’t really have a favorite palette. It really depends on the subject matter and it changes

from painting to painting. I do tend to favor a lot of the earth tones for backgrounds and

whatever my still lifes are sitting on.

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How often do you work on your artwork How many hours a week

I try to work a little bit every day. Some days it might only be an hour, other days (and these

are my favorites) it might be 7 or 8 hours in the studio.

What is the one thing you would like to be remembered for

I would like to be remembered as an artist that gave to younger beginning artists the same

support and encouragement that I received when I was starting out.

Tah Dah - The Grand Finale

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In The Stacks

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Now Boarding

Space Race

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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

I find that the biggest obstacle for me is myself. Having a studio in my home it is too easy to be distracted

by things going on in the house. I have dealt with self-doubt and the fear of failure thing, too.

How do you overcome these obstacles

For the around the house stuff, I have tried to set a schedule that from when I get up, (usually around

6:00 AM) until noon is set aside for my studio time. My wife has gotten pretty good at accepting this.

For the self-doubt and fear of failure, I’ve made a conscious decision to just keep submitting my work

to shows and when the rejections come in, I glance at them and toss them out.

What are your inspirations for your work

The inspirations for my work are all around me. As I have been focusing on old toys and games, I go

to a lot of garage sales looking for those little nuggets that get my interest going, but other people see

as something to get rid of.

What is your favorite way to get your creative juices flowing

I love to look at the new work by artists that I follow, I love to go to shows and openings, and in general

just looking at art gets me going.

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David Frances

Which work of yours is your favorite

The trite answer would be “the next one”, but I actually have a couple. One is called “In the Bag”,

which I’ve entered in several shows, but has never been accepted, and another is my newest one,

called “To The Rescue”.

Out of the Bag

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All That Jazz.

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David Frances

Tall

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A Weighty Situation

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David Frances

“Evening Surf” 24 x 26

When Imagination Took Flight

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Getting to know you Q&A

What is your favorite color in your closet n/a

What book are you reading this week Game of Thrones (second time)

Do you have a favorite television show Several, CSI, Criminal Minds, Big Bang Theory,

Walking Dead, Sixty Minutes

What is your favorite food All of them, but true favorite Honey Glazed Ham

What color sheets are on your bed right now n/a

What are you most proud of in your life My wife of 44 years, Linda, our three kids, Lori,

Dave, and Dan, and our six grandkids, Paige, Jared, Mina, Alexander, Asher, and Emma.

Who would you love to interview James Gurney, Anthony Waichulis

Do you have a passion or hobby other than painting Music, I used to play and perform;

now I just love listening.

Who would you love to paint Michelle Obama, any of my artist friends.

If you were an animal what would you be and why n/a

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take three things, what would

they be n/a.

Share something with us that few people know about you. That I sometimes dance in my

studio when I’m working.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live Sedona, AZ. Beautiful part

of the country and incredible colores.

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Mary Jo Zorad

contemporary fine art

ZoradArt.com

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Cheryl J Smith

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Nancy Eckels

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D A I L Y

P A I N T E R S

A B S T R A C T

G A L L E R Y

DailyPaintersAbstract.blogspot.com

Barbara Van Rooyan Blue Canyon II

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Alejandro Castanon

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Alejandro is a Mexican born national raised overseas in Spain and Germany. He began

his journey into art at the age of nine by sketching comic book covers of Spiderman and

other favorite super heroes. In his teens his art became more focused on portraits and

he mainly worked in graphite and charcoal. After an eight-year tour in the U.S Air Force

as a Civil Engineer he came to call San Angelo, TX his home to help raise his daughter

and opened the Vino Dipinte Art Gallery in 2011. Coming back to art was a reawakening

for him back to a passion that had been set-aside for several years. Invigorated by the

mounds of talent around him Alejandro picked up a paintbrush and began his self-taught

lessons into painting. Like all artists that set out on a new medium there were mistakes,

but from every painting grew a lesson in tone, perspective, light, and contrast. He found

inspiration in artists such as Seren Moran, Sarah Stieber, Evelyn Boren, and Leroy Nieman.

His style became fixated on the use of color to enhance and compliment his subject

matter. Any beginning artist can agree that jumping into the world of colors on canvas or

any material is intimidating; there was a challenge and a world of colors that was waiting

for him. In 2013 he held his first solo show, aptly named the Colorem Art Show, which

featured over 20 large paintings of pop culture icons.

For Alejandro painting has changed how he views the world around him. A building is not

merely a structure but a combination of lines, shapes, and colors. His mind is his canvas

and colors are the voice he gives his artwork. Each work must not only be an accurate

depiction of his subject but also an energetic and playful demonstration of his paintbrush.

His style requires accuracy but also requires a fast pace that frees the painting; lines and

marks are spontaneous.

Color with a Pearl Earring

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Right Page: Church in Truchas

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Studio Visit Alejandro Castanon

Twiggy

http://www.alejandrocastanon.com/

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Grease

http://www.alejandrocastanon.com/

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Studio Visit Alejandro Castanon

007

http://www.alejandrocastanon.com/

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Marilyn

http://www.alejandrocastanon.com/

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Studio Visit Alejandro Castanon

Frida in Tears

http://www.alejandrocastanon.com/

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Bob Marley

As the owner of the Vino Dipinte Art Gallery Alejandro has made art his career and handles

all aspects of managing his gallery most notably marketing. He has created and managed the

gallery’s website, and social media pages as well as coordinated and promoted three major

art shows in the past two years. Along side him is Crystal Goodman, a nationally renowned

Muralist and mentor. Crystal is the Creative Director of the Vino Dipinte Art Gallery and provides

the much needed constructive criticism a young artist needs to hear from time to time.

According to Alejandro, “the art world has evolved in the last five years and more people are

connected to art now than ever before but artists are barely learning how to use that connection”.

Alejandro also serves as a City Art Commissioner in San Angelo and has helped coordinate

many community events centered on art. “The typical artist relies on his or her ambiguity,

and their art is what speaks for them but he or she must join the conversation in order to gain

the best knowledge about their fans and potential clients”, he has also conducted Art Marketing

Seminars in order to give artists the tools they need to succeed in the evolving art world.

San Angelo is a small community with artist in every medium busting at the seams. “The town

of San Angelo has a tight community of artists and supporters that are ready and willing to

help, it has been a blessing to begin my art career in such an amazing city”. Private collectors

as well as the City of San Angelo have commissioned Alejandro for paintings.

His art can been seen at local bars and restaurants across the city as well as his website

www.alejandrocastanon.com

http://www.alejandrocastanon.com/

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DianeWhitehead.com


Diane

Whitehead

“Animals are my muse. The scratch

of the paw, pounce of a hoof, gesture

of the head, alert ear, quiet stride,

powerful shape, ancient wisdom.

All come to play with the shapes I see

as I paint. “

DianeWhitehead.com

DianeWhitehead.com

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CFAI.co February Artist Showdown

“Do you have what it takes”

Deb Kirkeeide

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“Animal Art

www.cfai.co/#!artist-showdown/chic


Lisa McKinney

New Media Graphic Art

Sevella 9 x 12 Mixed Media

Lisa-McKinney.com

lisamckinneyfineart.blogspot.com

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Lary Lemons

theartgallerysaintjo.com

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theartgallerysaintjo.com

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Kay Wyne

Karen Balon

Jill Saur

Palette Knife Artists

Kim McAninch

Tom Brown

Marion Hedger

www.paletteknifepainters.blogspot.com

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Carol Schiff

Karen Tarlton

Judy Mackey

www.paletteknifepainters.blogspot.com

Noreen Coup

Nancy Medina

Mark Bidstrum

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REDHEAD GRAPHICS STUDIO

Design Services for Artists

custom art websites

custom blog design

event flyers

workshop announcements

postcards

business cards

brochures

calendars

promotional items

email marketing

artist newsletters

professional art books

social media page design

digital media kits

artist videos

image editing

http://redheadgraphicsstudio.com

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CFAI.co

Winter 2013 Juried Show

“Still Life”

Closes February 15th!

Nancee Jean Busse

$500 in total cash prizes

Plus much more!

Open to 2D visual artists worldwide

www.cfai.co/#!juried-shows/c19ne

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VL

Photographer Spotlight

Suzanne Stevenson

Sunshine in a Cup

http://www.theartistryhouse.com

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artspan

http://www.theartistryhouse.com

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Photographer Spotlight

Suzanne Stevenson

Art has always been a large part of my life, drawing, painting, mixed media; the need to create

is ever present in my daily life. Photography came to me later in life; the gift of a camera

and macro lens opened an entire new way to create and expand my artistic creativity. The

camera gave me the opportunity to see all of the incredible beauty that surrounds me every

day. Looking through the lens gave me a new perspective; the detail and amazing color that

was right in front of me became visible in a way I had never seen before. I am greatly inspired

by the depth of color and the intricate beauty and detail in the simple things that I see every

day. The color in flowers, fruits, landscapes and the things we are in constant contact with

but really don’t see. Concentrating on the small details, a texture, a petal, presents an opportunity

to capture a beautiful image no matter where I am. A photograph gives the chance

to see the sublime in our everyday lives. My intent is to take photographs that draw you in,

that you will stop look at, see the complex details and the vibrant color in a flower; the beauty

in a simple apple. The old park bench or peeling painted door are incredibly beautiful. I love

color, bright, bold, vibrant color, nature at its best and I strive to capture it in my photographs.

Apple Basket

http://www.theartistryhouse.com

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artspan

Soft Glow Roses

http://www.theartistryhouse.com

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Photographer Spotlight

Suzanne Stevenson

Three’s a Crowd

http://www.theartistryhouse.com

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artspan

Take Flight

Restful Retreat

http://www.theartistryhouse.com

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Photographer Spotlight

Suzanne Stevenson

Rainy Day Peony

http://www.theartistryhouse.com

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artspan

Deep Lilac

Grand Gerber

http://www.theartistryhouse.com

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Photographer Spotlight

Suzanne Stevenson

Twilight Tulips

Twin Sisters

http://www.theartistryhouse.com

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artspan

Sunny Day

http://www.theartistryhouse.com

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Awakening 82 x 36

Blue Moon 51 x 50

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C O R E Y W E S T

Over the Edge 18 x 20

coreywest.artspan.com

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www.vinodipinte.com

602 Orient St San Angelo, TX 76903

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Vino Dipinte Art Gallery


Alejandro Castanon

AlejandroCastanon.com

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VL OilPaintingDVD.com

Step by Step Demonstrations

OilPaintingDVD.com

hallgroat.com

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Hall Groat II

OilPaintingDVD.com

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artists

of texas

artistsoftexas.org

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NO WHERE BUT TEXAS

artistsoftexas.blogspot.com

dailypaintersoftexas.blogspot.com

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Debbie Grayson Lincoln

Texas Contemporary Western Illustrator

NoworNever-Debbie.blogspot.com

DebbieLincoln.com

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Felicia Marshall

feliciamarshall.blogspot.com

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The Five Graces

Lincoln ~ Pace ~ Togel ~ Whitehead ~ Zorad

the5graces.com

Diane Whitehead

Conni Togel

Mary Jo Zorad

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.

thefivegraces.blogspot.com for daily updates

Debbie Lincoln

Laurie Pace

the5graces.com

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http://davethepaintingguy.com/podcast/

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