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Vol 3 No 7 Visual Language Magazine Contemporary Fine Art featuring Figurative Art, Still Life, Portraits, Realism and more. Cover Artist is Tigran Tsitoghdzyan. Featured are VL Top Artists to Collect are Demian, Kristine Kainer, Jody Anderson, Lelija Roy and Rod Seeley: Colors on My Palette Barbara Rudloph; Visual Language Studio Visit with Tigran Tsitoghdzyan, James Tennison and Jenedy Paige: Artspan Discovery Sandra Flood; Visual Language Studio Visit with Artspan Artist Sabine Barber; WAOW Women Artists of the West; Barry Scharf reviews artist Dennis Lewis; Artspan Spotlight with Janine Kilty; Art Showdown; WAOW Winners from San Diego; VL Photographer Eleanor Leonne Bennett. Visual Language Magazine published through Graphics One Design. 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.


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Contemporary Fine Art

Tigran Tsitoghdzyan is an Armenian-born painter based in New York City.

His latest series, “Mirrors” was featured in the 2012 and 2013 editions of Art Basel in Miami Beach.

The ongoing series is a detailed study of women’s faces encased in black. Although shielded by their hands,

their glowing faces are exposed. The magnified images of each face are intimate viewings of the individual,

each fossilized in isolation.

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The photorealistic portraits express an increasing sense of transparency in the Age of Information and Social

Networks. The series explores a generation at the heel of modernity by juggling nuanced contemporary ideas

using traditional elements of oil painting. The marriage of technology with an old world sensibility has led critics

to describe the “stunning portraits along the most unexpected surface” as both “intriguing” and “haunting.”

Tigran found his calling in painting at the age of five. The precocious child preoccupied himself by drawing and

painting with watercolors. By the age of ten, Tigran was hand-picked by Henrik Iguitan, founder and director

of both the Modern Art Museum and Children’s Art Museum based in Yerevan, to star in a solo exhibit. This

pivotal event led to his works being displayed throughout the United States and Europe.

His paintings can currently be found in private collections, art galleries and museums across the world. - VL Magazine | 3

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Artiful Exposures One Frame At A Time

Bleeding Hearts

Shafer Canyon View

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Cover Artist Tigran 3

His latest series, “Mirrors” was featured in the 2012 and 2013

editions of Art Basel in Miami Beach.

Painter’s Keys - Robert Genn 11

VL Artist Features - 16

Demian, Kristine Kainer, Jody Anderson,

Lelija Roy, Rod Seeley

CFAI Colors on My Palette 46

Barbara Rudolph

Read the up close and personal interviews from Find

out more about the artist, their inspirations and how they approach

their work.

VL Studio Visit with Tigran 56

“People are my landscape,” contemporary artist Tigran Tsitoghdzyan

explains. “I’m just an observer. I love being lost in

the crowd and feeling anonymous.”

VL Studio Visit with Texas Artist James Tennison 76

Inspired by local geography, neighborhoods and landmarks in his hometown

of Fort Worth, Texas - as well as subjects he finds on his travels -

James seeks to paint the beauty he sees all around. What really excites

him is the effect of light - sunlight and shadow - and the colors that can be

seen in shadows and reflected light if one looks closely. - VL Magazine | 5

VL Artspan Studio Visit with Sabine Barber 92

I was born and raised in South Africa. Growing up on a beautiful

farm in Mpumalanga, most of my childhood was spent outside in

the sun, running barefoot through the dirt, climbing in trees and daydreaming

in the garden.

Barry Scharf 108 Interview with Dennis Lewis.

In my early days of teaching at the Art Institute of Seattle was

where I first met my now long time friend Dennis Lewis. Dennis

and I share many values and ideas about the art of painting. I have

known him now for 18 years and he has never stopped creating

works that demonstrate a high standard in skill, love for the figure

and still life painting. His paintings have been shown in galleries

and he has won many awards and prizes. New Works - 112

Do not miss the new works posted every day on SANDRA FLOOD

VL Studio Visit with Jenedy Paige 116

I’m not one of those artists that knew my calling in life from the

age of five. I didn’t even try oil painting for the first time until I

was a junior in college. I hear people talk about how all artists

are just born with ability and I have to laugh. Mine has been a

skill that I have developed over just hours and hours of plain

old hard work and the prayer of faith.

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ARTSPAN Spotlight with Janine Kilty 128

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

Although I have loved music, theater and the visual arts my entire

life, I did not come to learn drawing and painting as a youngster– it

was at the urging of my husband, Kurt, that I began to take lessons,

first in drawing, then expanding to paint. Once I got into it, I

knew I would never stop!

WAOW Winners 140

On Exhibit in San Diego, WAOW Showdown Realism 148

First Place Barbara Rudolph

Second Place Paula Peacock

Third Place Darla McDowell

VL Artspan Photographer Eleanor Bennett 160

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is an internationally award winning photographer

and visual artist. She is the CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer

of The Year 2013 and has also won first places with National

Geographic,The World Photography Organization, Nature’s Best

Photography and The National Trust to name only a few.

Directory of Artists and Galleries 178

In alphabetically order you can easy find all featured artists

and advertising artists, along with featured galleries in our

index directory. - VL Magazine | 7

Artist of the Day

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

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Laura Reed

Laura is a mixed-media artist living in Sarasota, FL. She has been an artist her entire life, beginning in

second grade with a drawing of Popeye. She has explored many mediums, including silk screening,

gourd crafting and watercolor painting, until arriving at her current explorations of mixed-media abstract.

If you want to be featured as an Artist of the Day, contact Visual Language Magazine.

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Editor -in-Chief Laurie Pace

Executive Editor Lisa Kreymborg

Contributing Editor Lisa Neison-Smith

Consulting Editor Nancy Medina

Feature Contributor Robert Genn Painter’s Keys

CFAI Contributor Kimberly Conrad

Feature Editor Art Reviews Hall Groat II

Feature Contributer Barry Scharf

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The Painter’s Keys

Robert Genn

Robert Genn (May 15, 1936 - May 27, 2014)

Robert Genn’s

Studio Book

On Tuesday morning, at 10:20am, Dad passed away. He was at home, surrounded by his family. My brother Dave’s Airedale, Stanley, lay on

the floor nearby. This day was also my, and my twin brother James’s, birthday.

A few evenings earlier, Dad and I were sitting up together, discussing a favourite piece of music. “Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana has the ability

to take you from placidity to power in one sonic breath. It is music of dignity and strength, with primitive, energetic passages, evoking absolute

beauty from the simplest of phrases. It brings up something that has everything to do with significance -- squeezing joy and motif that you

just can’t drop -- it stays with you.”

I tapped along on his laptop as he riffed a stream of consciousness, his sense of wonder twinkling, then sparkling, his voice growing ever softer,

his hand squeezing mine when we paused. “The thing about art is that life is in no danger of being meaningless,” he whispered. I remembered,

again, the wonder of nearing the summit plateau at Lake McArthur, rounding a corner to the West Coast Trail’s packed, silvery strand and,

moment by moment, the unveiling of the magic hour on the Bois d’Amour in Pont Aven, Brittany. A few more steps, a couple of breaths to our

destination: a silent sharing in the marvel.

I thanked him for the millionth time. We all thanked him as he slipped away. “Thank-you, Daddy, thank-you.”

And what about your twice-weekly letters This ardent epistolary friendship, this living commitment, a connection and conviction to the

imagination and creative heartbeat, and to lifemanship Dad wrote to you last October, after receiving his diagnosis, and since then we’ve

solidified our intention. He wrote:

The Painter’s Keys - Robert Genn

“From the get-go we have been aware of the value of these twice-weekly letters to artists and others. Sara has helped me with many of them.

We’ve shared our artistic journey together and have often talked about this day. One of the ideas we’re tossing around is that she start off by

writing once a week. The other letter would be a favourite previous one of mine. If we ran all my previous letters once a week, they would last

for 27 years! Finding ourselves at new chapters in our adventure, we sincerely hope we can continue to be of service to you.”

And so, I’ll write to you. And you’ll get Dad’s letters, too. It will be my honour to do so, and will continue to be with the deepest gratitude to

you, his friend in art.

Sincerely, Sara

PS: “Over the days of this journey, a kind of energetic serenity has set in. Something happens with the mixture of space and time. I feel a sense

of story. Others have told me you can feel it in your brush, and I do now. A family of mergansers swims close by -- the young are almost ready

to fly south. Perhaps you have felt it too -- it has something to do with purity.” (Robert Genn, on the Mackenzie River, 2000)

Esoterica: Dad’s dream has been to reach artists of all stripes -- individuals with a common joy, journeying in this life-enhancing, inexplicable

affair of the heart. He wrote, “We have no other motivation than to give creative people an opportunity to share ideas and possibly broaden

their capabilities -- to get more joy and understanding from their own unique processes.” With this dream in mind, please forward this letter,

or letter of your choice, to someone you think might find it of value. If one, or many, chooses to subscribe, we will exponentially widen -- as

a diverse and generous community of worldwide artists. “To float like a cloud you have to go to the trouble of becoming one.” (Robert Genn)

Art is something else. Art is fluid, transmutable, open-ended, never complete, and never perfect. Art is an event.” (Robert Genn)

“We live our short spans in the vortex of a miracle, and while we may not be the center of that vortex, it is magic to be anywhere in there.”

(Robert Genn)

“Love me truly!

Remember my constancy.

With all my heart

and all my mind

I am with you even when far away.” (Anonymous text, Carmina Burana) - VL Magazine | 11

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Artists to Watch and Collect


Kristine Kainer

Jody Anderson

Lelija Roy

Rod Seeley

Visual Language Magazine Featured Artists this

month delve into the beauty of each of the five different

artists and their unique approach to creativity.

Demian uses several unique methods to create

work that is abstract, avant-garde, and intense.

Kristine Kainer specializes in realistic depictions of

everyday items with abstracted, richly colored backgrounds.

Jody Anderson appreciates the transition

of warm and cool light on the turn of a face or the

delicate shift of light on a restful hand in her painting.

Lelija Roy creates mixed-media work that expresses

texture as color and color as texture. Rod Seeley

is a self taught digital artist that is always pushing

his creative boundaries through his unique “Stylized

Digital Fractal

Art” creations. - VL Magazine | 17

VL Demian

The intention of Demian’s work is fulfillment of

the longing, the hunger, the rush of vital feeling

that may be out of reach within, perhaps just

beyond the fingertips...and the satisfaction, the

relief, and the surging freedom of their presencing.

His works have been characterized as abstract,

avant-garde, and intense. They typically

display vivid color and rely on texture, depth,

and fantastical themes.

Demian was raised in a remote area on Maui.

His nickname was “Doodles”, which he despised,

but looking back it was apt as he was

constantly drawing, painting, and writing calligraphy.

He received an education balancing artistic

development with traditional subjects, as

the arts ran strong in his family.

Like Gauguin and Rousseau, Demian is an autodidact

in abstract art. Somewhat a polymath,

he received his Doctorate from Cornell, published

a best-selling book, invented a cancer

therapeutic, and was awarded two black belts.

Similar to Kandinsky and Hofmann, he returned

to art in the middle of his professional years.

Through the insistence of his fine art consultant

fiancé, the aptly named Beth Miracle (who he

calls his “catalyst and muse”), he has released

his private and personal works to the public.

Demian has developed several unique methods

to produce his pieces. Not the least of

these is a variation of Automatism, a process to

infuse the subconscious into the works, while

bypassing the rational mind.

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Left: Homecoming

Right: Neither-Neither Tree

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Demian’s work is made with acrylic, watercolor, and resins, usually on plastic, and then the image is impregnated

in aluminum via dye sublimation and framed. There is no digital art other than routine adjustments

for the dye sublimation transfer. - VL Magazine | 21


Kristine Kainer

Finding beauty in the ordinary is the guiding force behind Texas artist Kristine Kainer’s work. The daughter

of a Marine, Kristine moved frequently along the Eastern Seaboard. She graduated from The College

of William and Mary with a degree in Art History and began a career in colorimetric chemical analysis.

Later, she earned a Master’s degree from George Mason University and pursued a teaching career in


In 2003, Kristine, her husband, and their young daughter relocated from the Washington, DC area to

rural Texas. It was an opportunity to experience a slower pace of life while living on an old farmstead.

Here, while working closely with the land, Kristine’s creative spark was ignited in the form of painting.

A self-taught artist, Kristine specializes in realistic depictions of everyday items with abstracted, richly

colored backgrounds. Oils are her medium of choice. A signature member of the Artists of Texas and a

member of CFAI, her works are in both public and private collections throughout the United States and


Canning Jars 20 x 20 Aermotor 30 x 30

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Clam Shell 20 x 20

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Jody Anderson

“To everything -- a season, and a time to every delight under

the heavens” - Ecclesiastes 3:1

Jody Anderson’s season with painting began in the year 2000 when she was inspired to pick up a paintbrush

for the first time. She found great delight in the laying down of color on a canvas and began exploring

the works she has now come to greatly admire of Vermeer, Zorn and Sorolla. Their intentional purpose

and apparent command of color placed a burning desire in her soul to work alongside the hearts of those

brilliant Masters.

Jody works in oil and enjoys an array of subjects including still life, landscape and figurative work. Studying

the transition of warm and cool light on the turn of a face or the delicate shift of light on a restful hand

moves her spirit and easily translates to her still life work. As a lover of the outdoors, Jody also finds herself

occasionally plein air painting and especially enjoys the camaraderie of joining other artists as they capture

nature at its finest. With her passion for the arts, and her desire to evolve; she is grateful for the guidance

from the talented minds surrounding her and feels blessed to be given the opportunity of this journey.

Shawna - Oil 16” x 20”

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Yellow Pears and Blue Bottle - Oil 16” x 20”

Copper and Plums - Oil 18” x 24” Peonies - Oil 16” x 20” - VL Magazine | 25


Lelija Roy

When you walk into a grove of aspens--you enter the embrace of

AspenSPACES. You are not walking among individual trees, rather

the entire grove is a single, interconnected living organism.

AspenSPACES capture moments in time: the perfect place for a picnic, drifts of gold, snow covered elk

poetry. The dance of light and color changes each time you look.

Denver-based artist Lelija Roy’s mixed-media work expresses texture as color and color as texture. She

works with acrylic paints and a long list of other water-based media pigments. Her textures combine

various rice papers, lace, silk, fibers, handmade paper and metals. Her process includes mono-printing,

watermarks and numerous painting techniques. Resulting AspenSPACES typically include as many as

twenty layers.

Her formal art trained began in the 1970s at the Art Students League in New York City and a BFA from the

University of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Roy started her full-time art career in 2005. Her work is held in both

public and private collections throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries. Lelija’s AspenSPACES

can be found in galleries in Sedona, AZ as well as Denver, Breckenridge and Vail, CO. For the latest from

her Denver studio, please visit Commissions are always welcome.

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Rod Seeley

Stylized Digital Fractal Art

Rod Seeley is a self taught digital artist that is always pushing his creative boundaries through his unique

“Stylized Digital Fractal Art” creations. My passion is utilizing creative shapes and vibrant colors combined

with dozens of special techniques to create truly unique artwork. Many of my pieces are enhanced

using a customized digital paint (oil) technique and customized filters. My artwork is designed to be done

on high gloss metal in a metal shadow frame which adds an additional visual dimension to the artwork.

In 2012 Mr. Seeley started entering juried international exhibitions and has won awards for his work.

His artwork has also been included in the Museum of Computer Art and The International Art Guide –

“Abstract Art Showcase”. His artwork also appears in Volume VII & VIII – “International Contemporary

Masters” a Juried art publication.

His artwork also been exhibited at ArtExpo New York 2013 & 2014, Spectrum New York 2013 and Spectrum

Miami 2013.

The insert on each piece artwork is the “Original Fractal Creation” used to create the finished artwork


Imagine It

Liquid Look

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Prospective Vision

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Naomi Shachar

“Waiting at the Gate”


"Celebrating the Spirit of the West"

Roseanne Snyder

Diversity in Texture and Composition

Passion 24 x 24

Jonelle T. McCoy

Oklahoma Equine Artist

“Your Equine Art Connection!”

“Shania’s Eye”

Tuesday’s Bouquet

Abstract Collage Paintings

Laura Reed

Life Experiences

A Bouquet for Monday

Vanessa Katz

Left Page: Entwined

Right Page: Top Left: Solace

Right Page: Top Right: Together

Right Page: Bottom: Symphony

Urban Fresh 12 x 12


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Terrye Jammaer Philley

Gulf Coast Artist

Title: Pick-Up on the Beach

Medium: Oil on 11 x 14 Gallery Wrap Canvas

“Reflections of Drowned Mosque by Day”

Allegorical Painting

Sanda Manuila

36 x 24


“All Too Soon” Oil on Canvas 30 x 20

Valerie Travers

“Painting is a reflection of who I am and what I feel most deeply.

Expansive skies are a constant source of wonder and inspiration to

me and bring joy to my soul.”

Working in Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, Mixed Media Landscapes,

Seascapes, Abstracts, and Florals

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Home is where the art is. Colors On My Palette

Barbara Rudolph!colors-on-my-palette-interview/cy2z

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

I have loved art for as long as I can remember. Even when I was a little girl

I loved to draw. I didn’t make the full time jump into becoming an artist

until I was in my mid 20s.

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

I had a couple of college professors that were very encouraging to me. They were also very honest about communicating

the difficulties I would face when pursuing art as a full time career which made me want to work even harder. My late

father was always encouraging of my artistic ventures. He also was “accidentally” the reason I made a major change in

my painting theme. It was unfortunately not until after his passing that I pursued painting “birds” full time and gained

success at it.

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

I don’t have a specific mentor today, but I wish I did. I think it’s important, but not so easily found. I know of a few well

known wildlife artists that I like to follow that also paint or sculpt in a realistic style. I also have a few friends that are

phenomenal artists that I ask to critique my work if given the opportunity. One friend and “master sculptor” of wood

and bronze is “Ken Newman” - he does a lot of museum shows. A few other artists that I truly admire but have not actually

met are: Carl Brenders, Nancy Howe, James Offeman, Grace Kim and Julia Hargreaves. They all do outstanding

work! There are many others too.

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

When I paint on canvas I prefer to have it custom stretched. The canvas quality is better and tighter. I sand it lightly to

remove most of the texture if I can. I then almost always do 2-3 coats of black gesso. I let it dry a few days and then do

an oil ground. I stock pile the primed and ready to go backgrounds in my studio so that when the ideas are flowing...I

can begin to paint on them right away. I also sometimes use Ampersand panels, however I still find I have to prime

them first. The reason is because they tend to absorb the paint up way to quickly if you don’t. They do not work well on

large scale paintings because they warp. No matter what the label tells you... they warp! I do like to use them for 11x14”

size and under. They are a time saver because I don’t have to sand them. I purchase the “smooth” surfaces, which usually

have to be ordered online. The local art stores usually only carry the medium tooth surface, which would be great for

people who paint with thick paint.

What brand of paints do you use

My absolute favorite are the “Lukas 1862 Finest Artists Oil Paints” from Germany. They are rich and buttery.

Do you have a favorite color palette

I tend to like a lot of variations of brown and other natural colors

What is your favorite color in your closet

That would be a toss up between bright red and fuchsia.

What subject appears the most in your paintings and why

“Birds” I often paint the birds with classic books, vintage musical instruments and even with some sports themes.

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The Playoffs

To Kill a Mockingbird

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Reflection in the Age of Technology

“People are my landscape,” contemporary artist

Tigran Tsitoghdzyan explains. “I’m just an observer.

I love being lost in the crowd and feeling


Yet, Tsitoghdzyan—who goes by Tigran professionally—found

himself set apart from the crowd

at an early age in his native Armenia. Henrik Iguitan,

founder and director of both the Modern

Art Museum and Children’s Art Museum based

in Yerevan, hand-picked ten-year-old Tigran to

star in a solo exhibit featuring over 100 of his

paintings. Tigran doesn’t make too much of his

impressive start. “For me it was normal. My

class came to the exhibit with my art teacher.

She told me I could do better.” Tigran humbly

jokes, “I actually had really bad grades in that

art class.”

Tigran grew up surrounded by intellectuals. He

painted in his parent’s living room, listening to

their friends talk politics, philosophy and music.

He credits his parents with his down-to-earth attitude

about his early success; they didn’t show

him articles about his first show or subsequent

European and American openings until he was

twenty-two. As a result of this no-nonsense attitude,

Tigran says, “I never felt that I was different

than anyone else. It was just that I liked to


Perhaps this insistence on anonymity and normality

prompted Tigran to leave behind the acclaim

of his home country in 1998 and study in

Europe as a young man. While he found success

there, New York had been on his mind since a

visit at age fourteen for an exhibition of his work.

“At that point in the Soviet Union we didn’t know

much about foreign countries in general—going

to New York was like going to Mars. I couldn’t

find a Guns ‘N Roses CD at home and then I

came to New York for that trip and was front row

at a Guns ‘N Roses concert. I was talking about

New York nonstop after that.”

Mirror Series

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Studio Visit

Tigran Tsitoghdzyan

Colorful Spectrums

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Tigran arrived in the Big Apple five years ago determined

to make it his home. “I love to watch how people

of different cultures connect to each other here.

That is the magic of New York.”

Tigran is especially interested in how people interact

in this new era of technology and social media. “It’s

the era of selfies,” he says, referring to pictures people

take of themselves on their phones and cameras.

This fascination with self-reflection is captured in

Tigran’s work. His images of mirrors suggest a close

examination of self, and yet the hands held to the

face in many pieces shield the subject from outright

observation. Tigran wants to convey the same

disconnect that occurs when a small child holds his

hands over his eyes and believes he is actually hiding

in full view.

Tigran’s work explores the way people use the

Internet to convey images of themselves. There is

significant transparency in an online profile—individuals

offer the particulars of their lives up to the larger

community. We see the faces of Tigran’s subjects

through the screen of their hands just as we connect

with people through the filter of the computer screen.

Tigran elaborates, “Contact with people today is very

different from how it used to be. It is influenced a lot

by social media. When I’m on the street and I see

people taking Facebook pictures, I know they are

curating a very specific story about themselves.”

The details of these stories are what drive Tigran’s

ten-hour workdays, as he labors over the particulars

of each face. Oil painting allows him to spend longer

on each painting and achieve a realistic effect.

“The technique is an instrument I need to convey

the details. I use oil painting to tell the story. Not the


Left Page: Armenian Mirrors

Right Page: iPray (2011)

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The detailed faces in the “Mirrors” series tell a story about the artist as well as his diverse subjects.

Tigran explains that one Mirror depicts an older Armenian lady whose hands entirely cover her face without

any transparency. This beautiful grandmother represents a very old culture and lives with a past she

is not yet willing to share. In contrast, Tigran describes another Mirror of an attractive, self-aware, young

American woman with an open face. “I’m in between these two realities,” Tigran admits, “I live here in

America but my background is from Armenia.”

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VL Studio Visit

Tigran Tsitoghdzyan

Left Page: White Mirror (2013) 75” x 50” / 190 x 127 cm, oil on canvas, private collection

Right Page: Mirror II (2013) 100 “ x 70” / 254 x 178 cm, oil on canvas, private collection - VL Magazine | 65

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Left Page: Millenium (2010) 47” x 47” / 120 x 120 cm, oil on canvas, private collection

Right Page: Censored II (2011) 32” x 32” / 82 x 82 cm, oil on canvas, private collection

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Tigran reflects that the inspiration for his work stems from both the incredible diversity of cultures in New York

and the transparency of the individual on social media. Tigran is fascinated with how people present themselves

in our Age of Information. In a way, Tigran himself is the mirror: observing and reimagining the reflections of the

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Recent Exhibitions



Mirrors - Arcature Gallery, Palm Beach


Mirrors - Gallery Valentine, South Hampton


Art Basel Miami


Millennium, Valette Foundation, Conthey, Switzerland


Art Basel

Miami, USA



Katz Contemporary

Zurich, Switzerland


Painting Stories

50 - 1 Gallery

Limassol, Cyprus


Armenian Landscapes

EWZ - Unterwerk Selnau Kultur und Eventhaus

Zurich, Switzerland


Tigran Tsitoghdzyan - Serabai

Centre Culturel de la Vidondée

1908 Riddes, Switzerland


Hyperrealismus: Personal Exhibition

Artefiz Kunsthalle

Forchstrasse 317, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland


Forum d'Art Contemporain

Sierre, Switzerland


GordArt Gallery

Johannesburg, South Africa


Gallery of the Contemporary Art «Fabienne B.»

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don scott MACDONALD

The elegant canvases of nationally–acclaimed artist Don Scott Macdonald are not simple rec

Rather, Mr. Macdonald strives to distill the essence of a scene. Dreamy, simple and powerful

perceived stillness with inherent movement, and expert representation with unearthly abstra

Artist Reception: Friday May 16th, 6-9 pm

Exhibition: May 17 - June 8

All Paintings by Don Scott Macdonald.

(l to r): Sky Crane Creek, 24” x 48”; Boundless, 36” x 48”; Virga Laguna, 36” x 60”

eations of static landscpes.

ly emotive, each painting juxtaposes


5490 Parmalee Gulch Rd.

Indian Hills, CO 80454

(only minutes from Denver)


Sonoma Hills with Barn

Eric Bodtker



Last Light


Judy Wilder Dalton

Contemporary Fine Art

Finding Art in Life and Life in Art www.internationalequinearti


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James Tennison

Evening Light on Bass Hall 36” x 27” Oil

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Studio Visit James Tennison

James E. Tennison graduated from the Art Center

College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1982.

He cites his time at Art Center, where he studied

under such artists as Dan McCaw and John Asaro,

as his most formative educational experience. After

graduating, he spent several years as a freelance illustrator,

eventually making the transition from illustration

to portraiture and fine art.

Inspired by local geography, neighborhoods and landmarks

in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas - as well

as subjects he finds on his travels - James seeks to

paint the beauty he sees all around. What really excites

him is the effect of light - sunlight and shadow

- and the colors that can be seen in shadows and

reflected light if one looks closely.

Tennison’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries

throughout the United States, including the Salmagundi

Art Club in New York City, the Legacy Gallery

in Scottsdale, Arizona, Howard/Mandville Gallery in

Kirkland, Washington and Galerie Kornye West in

Fort Worth, Texas. He has participated in many group

shows and competitions and has had a one man

show titled “A Year In Fort Worth”.

His portrait commissions have taken him across the

United States and to England. His

commissions include the official portrait of

former Texas Governor Ann Richards, which hangs

in the state capitol in Austin. He has painted portraits

for Harvard University, Southern Methodist University,

Texas Christian University, The National Cancer Institute,

the New York County Lawyer’s Association as

well as many other public and private collections.

His awards include the Salmagundi Art Club Purchase

Prize, the People’s Choice and First Honor

Awards at the Portrait Society of America’s International

Competition, the RayMar Art Competition Best

of Show Award and the Oil Painters of America Online

Showcase Silver Medal.

Portuguese Church - Late Morning 12” x 24” Oil

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Marguerite 40” x 30” Oil

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Studio Visit James Tennison

Dress Rehearsal at Bass Hall 28” x 22” Oil

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Roger 24” x 30” Oil

Lucius 9” x 12” Oil - VL Magazine | 83


Studio Visit James Tennison

Courthouse at Dusk 30” x 24” Oil

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Studio Visit James Tennison

Trio 24” x 48” Oil

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Simon Kenny





Into the Breach

Between Heaven and Earth


Natural Art for the Nature Lover in You!

The Little Red Barn” Acrylic, 16x20 Unframed

Terri Holland

Linda McCoy

Gallery/Fine Art Instruction

209 S West Street, Mason, Ohio


Samburu Woman, Oil on Canvas



VL Artspan Studio Visit Sabine Barber

I was born and raised in South Africa. Growing up

on a beautiful farm in Mpumalanga, most of my

childhood was spent outside in the sun, running

barefoot through the dirt, climbing in trees and

daydreaming in the garden. I also spent countless

hours doodling, using any scraps of paper I

could find, filling the pages with princesses, mermaids,

unicorns, playing out my fantasies using

pencil or ballpoint pen. In my early teens, I began

taking private lessons in oil and pastel painting,

which opened up a wonderful world to me. I found

a new, colourful, way to express myself. Art was

a part of my life, a part of my day-to-day. It helped

me escape, it made me happy!

Then, as they say, life got in the way and before

I knew it, I grew up, finished school and went to

college. Afterwards, I found myself at a crossroad.

Young, brave, and eager to experience the “real

world” out there, I followed my family to Germany

(I soon learnt it may as well have been the moon!).

There, I ended up in some day job and earned

money – the way the “real world” dictates. I rarely

picked up a paintbrush anymore. It just didn’t “fit”

into my serious grown-up world. And besides, it

had only ever been a fruitless hobby anyway, so

what was the point, right I didn’t leave myself

much time to miss Africa, since I had convinced

myself that I made the right decision emigrating -

that life was better here than in my crime-ridden

home country. I would just have to get used to it

here and learn to deal with the homesickness and

whatever other feelings of restlessness I had. So

I soldiered on and kept myself busy. Eventually,

I married my wonderful husband (also a South

African) and in the years that followed, we became

the proud parents of two beautiful children.

I thought that finally I would have all I would ever

need to feel “complete” again.

After our son was born, I lost my day job, which

I didn’t really mind, because being a mother was

my new full-time job anyway, and I was happy

to stay at home for him and, later, our daughter.

When both my children were old enough to go to

Kindergarten, I suddenly found myself alone for a

few hours in the mornings.

It was during that time that I started feeling more

restless, bored, and really, really homesick!

I needed an outlet, something to do. In an epiphanic

moment, I put on some African music, dug

out my old pastels and over the course of a few

days painted a portrait of an African woman, carrying

her child on her back. I remember looking

at it for ages afterwards and thinking how much

I MISSED this. And how much better I felt! And

then I did another painting a few days later – another

African portrait. Then another one…. I didn’t

know what I was going to do with the paintings

afterwards or where this was going, but I just

couldn’t help myself. I dug out old photos, contacted

friends in South Africa for some “holiday

shots” from safaris, the Kruger National (wildlife)

Park, or for just any photos capturing life in Africa.

I poured over these references – some purely for

inspiration and to reminisce. After completing a

few portraits, I decided to try my hand at wildlife,

for variety. At first, I worked primarily with pastels

(because it is so much quicker to tidy up and store

away before the kids returned home from Kindergarten).

Then, as my confidence grew I braved

the “big, white, scary canvas” to attempt an oil

painting for the first time in years. It was exhilarating!

Of course, oils take forever to dry, so I

opted for the water-based variety. My children, in

the meantime, were well-trained at keeping their

inquisitive little fingers away from the easel and

“mommy’s paintings”, while they dry.

Three years have passed since that “epiphanic

moment”, and I haven‘t stopped painting! The

more I painted and the more encouragement I got

from friends and family, the more I WANTED to

continue. Now, it fills a void in my life that I cannot

explain and I don’t want to give it up anymore. I

hadn’t dared to think of having a life as an artist,

but for the first time I wondered if this could be

more than “just a hobby”. I found a small, local

gallery in Germany that hung up my art and offered

me a small platform to get myself „out there“.

I was also invited to display some of my work at

various businesses around our area. While the

feedback has always been good, the sales have

much catching up to do (although this might be

more a question of location and target audience).

Nevertheless, to me it was a big step to “expose

myself”, artistically. And it is only the beginning.

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Himba Boy, Pastel

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Cape Girl Drawing in the Street, Oil on Canvas

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African Lady with Child, Pastel

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San Girl, Oil on Canvas

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Catch of the Day, Oil on Canvas

Right Page: Ibhubesi, Oil on Canvas

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Frangipani (Plumeria), Oil on Canvas

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Burning Sky, Oil on Canvas

I have recently started branching out to new themes

that inspire me to paint. My children inspire me. The

beautiful landscapes and season changes in Europe

inspire me. People in history inspire me. While I don’t

think I will ever stop painting “Africa” entirely, I must

admit I get a particular rush from painting portraits.

There’s something about painting a face that is so

calming and gratifying to me: The beginning stages

and outline of a face, a body, a look. Then comes the

“ugly phase” where the whole painting looks a mess

and I am almost tempted to throw the damn thing

in the bin. But then there’s that redeeming moment

where it actually starts to LOOK like someone again

and I power through, slowly reaching the final stages

of completion.

At present, I live in England. (Yes, we moved again

recently!). While I still don’t know where or how to best

approach this new art venture, I feel like I am in a better

location “artwise”. I hope to someday have my own

studio, my own solo exhibition and one day make art

my “day job”. While I may still be at the beginning of

such a dream, I can say that with each “Africa” painting,

the feeling of homesickness is becoming less and

less and with every brush stroke, I feel my sense of

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Ann Balch

The Delicacies of Life


21.5" X 29.25"

Mixed media

(Watercolor/Archival Acrylic Varnish)


Oil on Canvas 24" x 36"


Mixed Media (Watercolor/Acrylic Archival Varnish)

26.75" x 20"

by Ann Balch, CSPWC, SCA

Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Nancy Medina Fine Art

Painting Under the Tuscan Sun

June 6-13, 2015

You are invited to join award winning artist Nancy Medina for 7 days of making brilliant colors bloom at

the Tuscan Renaissance Center, a lovingly restored ex-monastery dating back to the 12th century. Open

for beginners to advanced students in oils, as well as those who work in water based oils, watercolor, and

acrylics, you will learn to loosen your approach to painting in this exciting multi-media workshop scheduled

during the peak of poppy blooming season.

Right Page: Sunset Blaze Wildflower Fields 16X12

Left Page: Ruby Tango Peonies 12X12


Barry Scharf

My interview with Dennis Lewis-

A Figurative, Still Life and Realism Artist.

By Barry Scharf

In was in my early days of teaching at the Art Institute

of Seattle where I first met my now long time

friend Dennis Lewis. Dennis and I share many

values and ideas about the art of painting. I have

known him now for 18 years and he has never

stopped creating works that demonstrate a high

standard in skill, love for the figure and still life

painting. His paintings have been shown in galleries

and he has won many awards and prizes.

When I was given the topic for this article I immediately

thought it would be a great way to introduce

Dennis to all my readers. I spent some time thinking

of what questions to ask him about his life his

art and his views. Here is his reply. I hope you enjoy

the interview.

Dennis first could you give us a little background

about your career as a Figurative, Still

Life & Realism painter

At the early age of seven, I decided that I wanted to

be an artist. Drawing for me was fun and a way for

me to express myself. I was also blessed to have

parents who encouraged me to draw at such a

young age. My dad displayed artistic talents when

he was in the armed service and I would confiscate

his drawing pad with filled charcoal portraits of

many of the service men he served with. My mom

brought postcards from work to draw my favorite

cartoon characters.

After graduating from high school I was awarded a

grant allowing me, to study commercial illustration

at Chouinard Art institute, where I received my BFA

(Bachelors of Fine Arts) Degree. Attending a professional

institute helped me to develop my professional

artistic skills and knowledge in composition

and design.

What has lead to your interest in this type of


years, trained me in various painting techniques

and styles. Every job given to an artist was followed

up by ‘tight deadlines’ and helped in the perfecting

of my artistic skills. During the mid sixties up to the

late eighties, editorial, magazine ads, entertainment

and product advertising was all promoted mainly by

the use of illustrations although, photography was

also used. The use of illustration allowed more creative

freedom for the clients and allowed artist the

freedom of self-expression. Since my interest was

already representational art this eventually lead to

my interest in traditional painting.

When the digital age entered, many illustrators

found themselves out of work or adapting their

skills to computer graphics. I was able to make the

transition. Eventually making the commitment to

pursuing the fine arts market full time.

How do you choose the subject matter for

your work

Choosing subject matter for me has always been

relatively easy. I’m one of those individuals who

find myself plagued with many ideas and concepts

for painting. I plan out many of my personal

projects for the year and the fact that there is

so much I want to say through my art keeps me

motivated as an artist.

However, there are times when an unexpected

subject matter or an event catches my eye and

I’m suddenly inspired at that particular moment.

Art is all around us and it’s important to take a

moment out of your busy schedule, open your

eyes and appreciate the beauty that surrounds

us. I also try to use my time wisely, reading,

viewing and studying many of the great painters

who left behind a tremendous body of work to

inspire future generation of artists.

Working as a professional illustrator for over the 35

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Barry Scharf

What do you believe are the important points that

any painter should know in order to be successful

at this type of painting

I believe without a shadow of doubt, in order to be good

at something requires passion, dedication and a lot of

hard work. I believe that every artist has to have a love

for what they do. And you must be willing to work at

your craft even when you don’t feel like it. It can be

intimidating working on that blank canvas, hoping your

hard efforts will not go in vain. No one wants to ‘blow

a painting.’ But, sometimes, without failure you cannot

achieve or appreciate success in your work.

When I taught, I had a saying... “Don’t be afeared...”

Jokingly, I would tell my students that with every mistake

you grow as a creative person, and students must

be willing to overcome their fears. Every artist must be

willing to accept the fact that you will fail sometimes but

it’s more important to get back on track and continue

the process. Dedication and hard work will always pay

off in the end. Building confidence, and overcoming the

fear of failure, is the first step to achieving the success

you desire in your work.

Although, success can be equated with gallery recognition

and financial reward, I believe that ‘true success’

is based on that personal journey and development

through the learning process. Remember when you

were a child, being an artist was more about passion,

joy and the love of the craft, that to me, is more valuable,

more important and the true definition of success.

work. When I first started painting I use to give each

piece a tight deadline, much like when I was working in

the business as a professional illustrator. And I would

work relatively tight when it came to rendering. But,

since then, I try and take my time, allowing myself to

maintain an open attitude about each piece, keeping a

loose approach in some cases while focusing more on

the concept, design, harmony and the final goal of each


Have you found a market for this type of painting

Where do you show your work

Art as a whole is not an easy venture to market these

days. It requires a lot of patience and sacrifice to get

your work out there in the competitive market. My goal at

this particular time is developing a strong body of work.

I belong to several art organizations and over the years

have shown at various galleries here in the city where

I live as well as other major cities. I’ve also, had the

privilege of being a published artist belonging to several

prestigious art organizations, having my work exhibited

on several occasions at the ‘Forest Lawn Museum’

located in Glendale, California, ‘Masterpiece Christian

Art Foundation’ and ‘Northwest Air Force Art Program.’

Several paintings (Angels On Our Shoulders, ‘Chasing

Mach 1 ’ and ‘Reign of Fire’) are on display hanging in

the U.S. Pentagon in Washington D.C.

Is lighting important and if so how do you decide

the setup and control the look

Lighting is everything in a good painting. I try and set

up good lighting in my studio when I paint. The old masters

where extremely good at this. As an artist, I work at

this all the time. Just like developing good drawing and

painting skills it’s important to maintain good composition

along with good lighting.

How much time do you spend on a painting and

how do you know when to stop

Each painting dictates it’s own time frame. Some paintings

can go very quickly and some you can find your

self struggling in an attempt to capture the mood. However,

these days, I’m learning to stay flexible with my

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What do you think is the future of this type of


Brass Lamp

Representational art continues to struggle for its recognition

and appreciation. It competes with abstract

art, which it should. Both having impact and on today’s

culture. There is room for both. The digital age

that is so prevalent in today’s society has created

a huge buzz with today’s young artist. Many young

artists lack the educational knowledge and history of

great traditional artists like Henry O’tanner, Alphose

Mucha, Norman Rockwell, Pablo Picasso and other

legendary artists who have made significant contributions

in today’s art world.

Although, there are still a few academic institutes

that still teach ‘traditional arts,’ many students lack

the basic fundamentals of good drawing and design

but seem to focus more on computer graphics and

digital art. However, given the circumstance of today’s

age of technology, it’s a natural evolutionary

progression. I do believe that art goes in cycles. Digital

art for now seems to be in the spotlight for the moment.

It’s just a matter of time, when boredom sets

in and the appreciation of the ‘hands on’ traditional

arts and its uniqueness’ will once again surface to

the forefront.

Are there any other comments you would like to


Fruit of the Harvest 36 x 24

Being an artist is not an easy life but it’s the life I’ve

chosen. I’m very thankful that I’ve been able to express

myself through my craft and hope to do more

paintings in the near future. I also believe that it’s

important to give back, sharing the knowledge and

experience I’ve gained through the years as a professional

artist as and art instructor. Hopefully, motivating

others to seek out the treasure that is within

them. Some of us are good at singing, working with

kids, etc. We’re all gifted at something. I would like to

encourage others to follow your passion, that thing

that gives your life purpose and joy. Those gifts and

talents should not be taken for granted but rather

shared with others to inspire future generations to


-Dennis Lewis

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Sandra Flood

Look Away

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An Opened Door

The Perfect Place to Find Art

The Italians

Kyle’s Glory

Sandra Flood

Laurie Justus Pace

The Painted Pony Gathering Two Passing of Spring

32 x 48 Oil on Canvas


Jenedy Paige

Summer’s Gift

VL Studio Visit Jenedy Paige

I’m not one of those artists that knew my calling in

life from the age of five. I didn’t even try oil painting

for the first time until I was a junior in college.

I hear people talk about how all artists are just

born with ability and I have to laugh. Mine has

been a skill that I have developed over just hours

and hours of plain old hard work and the prayer

of faith.

As a Senior in High School my family moved to

a small town in Northern Colorado where I found

my dreams of academic grandeur dashed. No

AP classes No Honors program This led me

to signing up for six art classes. There, at a tiny

high school in a tiny town, I found an art teacher

that truly inspired me. She taught the idea that art

was all about communicating a message, and this

was news to me, I always thought it was about

making something look “real”. The idea of being

able to send a message through an image really

spoke to my heart, and my passion for art began.

I then went on to study at BYU-Idaho, at another

small town in southeast Idaho, where I found

myself once again inspired by amazing teachers.

Though at the bottom of the raw talent pool, I was

motivated by an academic scholarship and would

go to school at 4:00 am to work before classes began.

Little by little, I improved, I was able to keep

my scholarship, and graduated magna cum laude

in 2006 with a BFA in illustration.

After college my husband and I moved to California

where I continued to paint. I joined the Daily

Painters craze, and just tried to get more experience

behind my belt. I began teaching at a private

art school and later would teach out of my own

studio. I discovered I loved teaching just as much

as I loved painting. I soon became a mother for

the first time, and began the careful balance of

juggling motherhood, teaching, and painting.

In 2010, I gave birth to my second son. Painting

became harder than ever, but I knew that it was

always second to being a mother, and I found

that as I put my children first, time to paint always

seemed to find a way. I learned to tell myself that

it was okay if I only got 30 minutes to paint one

day that meant I was 30 minutes better today than

I was yesterday. I learned that in order to be a

mother and an artist, you have to be patient with


In 2011, after a glorious summer with our two

boys in Ensenada, Mexico, I found myself face to

face with my worst nightmare. My beautiful threeyear-old

son was pulled from a pool, and we spent

nearly two months in the hospital with him as he

fought for his life. Then in November he quietly

slipped home to the God that gave him life. What

a gift he had been to our family, and what a gift

art became to me as I dealt with all the emotions

associated with such grief. I found solace in my

faith, in my family, and in my painting. So many

tears were shed as I tried to find some way to pull

all the sorrow from my heart and let it go on a canvas.

I found a new appreciation for art that could

have come in no other way. It took some time,

but I found the tears began to dry and the smiles

began to return.

We now currently reside in Arizona, and I’m expecting

our fourth child. I continue to paint a little

bit every day, and try to have as much fun with my

kids as I can. I know how fragile life can be, and

truly try to soak up every moment. I continue to

work as hard as I can, and pray as hard as I can,

and look to the future with happy anticipation.

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Studio Visit Jenedy Paige

Wisdom of the Wilderness

Vision Rouge

Among Thistle and Thorns

Right Page: Little Lamb

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My Ebenezer

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Kyle Wood

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"Beyond The Gate II"

18" x 24" Oil on Canvas

Kimberly Conrad

“Pouring Color Into Your Life”

“Coastal Reflections-Deep Blue” 30”x30”x1.5”

Poured Acrylic on Canvas

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Janine Kilty

ARTSPAN Artist Spotlight

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

Although I have loved music, theater and the visual arts my entire life, I did not come to learn drawing and

painting as a youngster– it was at the urging of my husband, Kurt, that I began to take lessons, first in drawing,

then expanding to paint. Once I got into it, I knew I would never stop!

Who has been your mentor, or greatest influence to date

My husband, Kurt – who perceived my talent and pushed me to take art classes. And Wade Schuman: master

artist (of both painting and music!) and the most influential teacher in my life.

Who is another living artist you admire and why

Besides Wade Schuman, who will always be uppermost in any catalog of my inspirations, I deeply admire the

work of Jamie Wyeth, Bo Bartlett, Vincent Desiderio, Natalie Holland and Odd Nerdrum. More, I am sure, but

these come to mind first.

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

I usually paint on pre-stretched, pre-primed canvas. I use both linen and cotton. I also occasionally work on

panels. I further set up these ready-made surfaces by preparing a tinted ground on the canvas, and then I paint

on this. This is the method used by northern European Renaissance masters, who I admired and strive to emulate.

My three favorite grounds are “Chamois” (made up of white gesso tinted with raw sienna, burnt sienna

and chromium oxide green), “Grey Mid-tone” (made up of raw umber, yellow ochre and a touch of black added

to white gesso), and “Celadon” (made up of yellow ochre, black, chromium oxide green and white gesso).

What are your favorite materials to use I described the surfaces above – and I use linseed oil as my medium,

with oil paints from several manufacturers (preference is based on particular colors), the manufacturers

include Gamblin, Mussini, Holbein, and Williamsburg. I use both boar bristle and sable or sablette brushes

from a number of manufacturers, predominantly filberts and rounds in a variety of sizes. I also occasionally use

a palette knife for certain effects.

How often do you work on your artwork I actually have another career: I work as a Human Resources

Consultant, which has me traveling with some regularity for selected projects. When I am not on a consulting

project, and so, not traveling, I like to work in my studio about four or five hours each day, sometimes all seven

days. I feel bereft at the moment, since I have been engaged on a particularly long consulting project that has

kept me away from my studio for more than three months!

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

Being a loyal and loving daughter, wife and friend.

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Janine Kilty

ARTSPAN Artist Spotlight

Winter Break

Right Page: Companions II

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VL Janine Kilty

ARTSPAN Artist Spotlight

Feline and Firkin

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Janine Kilty

ARTSPAN Artist Spotlight

Red Scarf

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VL Janine Kilty

ARTSPAN Artist Spotlight

Getting to know you Q&A

What is your favorite color in your closet I am somewhat red-faced to admit this: after I

opened my closet to look, I found I had a tremendous proportion of black: pants and skirts, pinstriped,

tweeded and solid… but, (sigh of relief) tops are more colorful: in addition to white and

off-white, I have lots of teal blue, “pumpkin”, warm purple (the tertiaries!).

What book are you reading this week I always have two books going: one visually and one

audio for my walks. I am reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tratt (absolutely fabulous… and coincidentally

for this article, centers around a painting I have always found especially inspiring, by Carel

Fabritius). I am listening to Careless in Red by Elizabeth George (a murder mystery).

Do you have a favorite television show My husband and I don’t watch much television, but we

do enjoy “date nights” in our den, watching movies or “TV” shows that are strong on characters and

narrative, like films. One favorite is House of Cards. We are also looking forward to the start of the

second season of Orphan Black. We loved the first season.

What color sheets are on your bed right now I think the color is called “Beech.” It is a soft

green – like a very pale moss color. If I were to mix it on my palette, I would use unbleached titanium,

yellow ochre and a touch of black.

What are you most proud of in your life I have been a mentor and a coach to a number of people

over the years. Several credit me with helping them achieve their life goals. Also I have been

involved with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program over many years. One little girl I met through

that program, and who is now an accomplished, beautiful woman, was someone who has been a

particularly important part of my life for 25 years. I believe my husband and I made a real, positive

difference in her life, and feel both proud of and blessed to have had such opportunity.

Who would you love to interview Of living people, I would love to talk with Cindy Sherman. I am

fascinated and inspired by her arresting and deeply narrative portraits and would love to learn what

she draws on for her complex, vivid images, what inspires her.

Who would you love to paint

Malala Yousafsai, the Pakistan schoolgirl who survived being shot by the Taliban for her wish to attend

school. I would love to look into her eyes and try to capture her courage, strength and young

wisdom, along with her beauty.

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Abbey Road

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Don’t Mess with Momma


Momma’s Boy

Facebook – Sandy Moser Art

Specializing in Wildlife Art


WAOW Winners

“WAOWed in San Diego”

Women Artists of the West 44th National Juried Exhibition

Women’s Museum of California

2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, San Diego, California

Show dates: May 2 through May 31, 2014

Best of Show $1,000 Independence Day Nancy Harkins

First Place - 2D $500 4th of July Roses Jeanne Hyland

Second Place - 2D $250 In It to Win It Cheryl Harley-Volz

Third Place - 2D $100 Day’s End Nancee Busse

First Place - 3D $500 “Fierce” Triumph of Harriet Tubman Lori Pandy

Second Place - 3D $250 Presence Yvonne Kitchen

Third Place - 3D $100 Rein Maker Burneta Venosdel

Jury Award $100 Waiting on the #9 Lori Pandy

Jury Award $100 Catching the Sunlight Carol Amos

Jury Award $100 After the Rain Jane Hunt

Allen Award $100 Afternoon Stroll, Balboa Island Michele Usibelli

President’s Award $300 Ballerina #3 Susan Smolensky

Publisher’s Award

Art of the West Magazine Quiet Waters Nancy Peach

Publisher’s Award

Fine Art Connoisseur

Piedra Lumbre Morning Patricia Ford

Publisher’s Award

Southwest Art Magazine Nobility Nancy Doyle

Publisher’s Award

Visual Language Magazine Waiting at the Gate Naomi Shachar

Publisher’s Award

American Art Collector Reflecting Pool Lynn Phariss

4th of July Roses Jeanne Hyland

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Ballerina #3 Susan Smolensky - VL Magazine | 141


Presence Yvonne Kitchen

Award of Excellence Canson Bouquet in a Box Jean Olliver

Award of Merit Art A Rose by Any Other Name! Grace Schlesier

Award of Merit Sculpture Depot Daffodil - New Beginnings Kathy Anderson

Award of Merit RoyalTalens My Father’s House Judy Burch

Award of Merit RoyalTalens Desert Cactus in Morning Light Karen Petrovich

Award of Merit Source Tek Cardinal 1 Kathleen Kirch

Award of Merit SourceTek Snow Day! Mikela Cameron

Award of Merit SourceTek Country Squash Dee Kirkham

Award of Merit SourceTek After the Rain Jane Hunt

Honorable Mention Wallis Mule Deer Doe Judy Fairley

Honorable Mention Dick Blick Waiting at the Gate Naomi Shachar

Honorable Mention ColArt In the Valley Tina Bohlman

Honorable Mention Creative Catalyst Productions Afternoon Stroll, Balboa Island Michele Usibelli

Honorable Mention Creative Catalyst Productions Quiet Waters Nancy Peach

Honorable Mention Chavant Clay Sonoran Standoff Burneta Venosdel

Honorable Mention Cherry Products (Mary Ann & Learnin’ the Ropes Linda Wacaster

Honorable Mention Gamblin The Journey Sue Wipf

Honorable Mention F+W Media Winning Charms Linda Medders-Jackson

Honorable Mention F+W Media Crows at Bogus Laurel McGuire

Honorable Mention Townsend Pastels San Diego Marsha MacDonald

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Lori Pandy - VL Magazine | 143

Mary Jo Zorad

contemporary fine art

Logan Bauer


Beyond the Arches 30 x 22 Joan Fullerton

Breathing Heaven 30 x 22 Joan Fullerton

Barbara Van Rooyan Blue Canyon II


April 2014 - Realism!showdown-winners/cb0j

First Place

Barbara Rudolph

The Playoffs

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Well Traveled!showdown-winners/cb0j - VL Magazine | 149 Artist Showdown!showdown-winners/cb0j

Second Place

Paula Peacock

Five Pears

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Third Place

Darla McDowell

Sterling Antique Creamer with Strawberry!showdown-winners/cb0j - VL Magazine | 151



“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. “

Lary Lemons June Artist Showdown

“Do you have what it takes”

Diane Whitehead

“Equine & Western Art!artist-showdown/chic

Summer 2014 Juried Competition


Barbara Van Rooyan

$500 in total cash prizes

Plus much more!!juried-shows/c19ne

Lisa McKinney

Sleep Among the Wildflowers, 16 x 20, Acrylic

Red Kimono (Detail), 15 x 30, Mixed Media



Photographer Spotlight

Eleanor Bennett

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Photographer Spotlight Artspan Eleanor Bennett

Eleanor Leonne Bennett Art

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is an internationally award winning photographer and visual artist. She is the

CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of The Year 2013 and has also won first places with National

Geographic,The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography and The National

Trust to name only a few.

Her photography has been published in the Telegraph, The Guardian, The British Journal of Psychiatry,

Life Force Magazine, British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and as the front cover of books and magazines

extensively throughout the world.

Eleanor’s work is globally exhibited, having shown work in New York, Paris, London, Rome, Los Angeles,

Hong Kong, Copenhagen, Washington, Canada, Spain, Japan and Australia amongst many

other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National

Geographic and Airbus run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International

Year Of Biodiversity 2010.

The written work of Eleanor’s has had permanent showcase on the official company blog of Zenfolio.

In 2012 she was especially invited by the founder of the BCC to contribute an article to highlight the

importance of the Day Of The Imprisoned Writer.

Eleanor Bennett

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Photographer Spotlight Artspan Eleanor Bennett

Art of a Damp Home Disley, Cheshire

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Photographer Spotlight Artspan Eleanor Bennett

Distain New Mills, Derbyshire

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Back to Brickwork New Mills, Derbyshire

Stripping Wood New Mills, Derbyshire - VL Magazine | 167


Photographer Spotlight Artspan Eleanor Bennett

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Concho River

Alejandro Castanon


Vino Dipinte Art Gallery

602 Orient St San Angelo, TX 76903

Texas Theater

Alejandro Castanon


Texas Artist


of texas


Debbie Grayson Lincoln

Texas Contemporary Western Illustrator

Felicia Marshall


Alejandro Castanon 170-171

Ann Balch 104-105

Art Gallery of Texas 154-155

Artists of Texas 174-175

Barbara Rudolph 46-47, 148-149

Barry Scharf 108-111

Becky Hicks 31

Carol Jo Smidt 9

Cindy Sorley-Keichinger 54-55

Connie Dines 4

Daily Painters Abstract Gallery 146-147

Damian 18-19

Darla McDowell 151

Davis and Company Art Gallery 44-45

Debbie Grayson Lincoln 176

Diane Whitehead 152-153

Eleanor Bennett 160-169

Elizabeth Chapman 52

Eric Bodtker 72

Felicia Marshall 177

IEA 74-75

James Tennison 76-87

Janine Kilty 128-137

Jenedy Paige 116-123

Jody Anderson 24-25

Jonelle T McCoy 33

Judy Wilder Dalton 73

Kimberly Conrad 126-127

Kristine Kainer 22-23, 172-173

Kyle Wood 124-125

Lady L 187

Laura Reed 34-35

Laurie Justus Pace 114-115

Lelija Roy 26-27, 51

Linda McCoy 91

Lisa McKinney 158-159

Logan Bauer 145

Mary Jo Zorad 144

Melissa Doron 48-49

Michal Ashkenasi 14-15

Mirada Fine Art 70-71

Nancy Medina 106-107

Naomi Shachar 30

Paula Peacock 150

Robert Hopkins 12-13

Rod Seeley 28-29

Roseanne Snyder 32

Sabine Barber 92-103

Sanda Manuila 41

Sandra Flood 112-113

Sandy Moser 138-139

Simon Kenny 88-89

Stephanie Paige 39

Terri Holland 90

Terrye Philley 40

The Art Gallery 160

Tigran 56-69

Valerie Travers 42-43

Vanessa Katz 36-37

Victoria Pendragon 53

Vino Dipinte Gallery 1170-171

VL Rees 38

WAOW 140-143

** May Edition of VL, Gary Postlethwait was inadvertently omitted from the index page of

advertisers as a featured photographer


Colors Make Me Smile

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