Visual Language Magazine Contemporary Fine Art Vol 3 no 9


Vol 3 No 9 Visual Language Magazine Contemporary Fine Art featuring Wildlife, Equine Art and more. Cover Artists is Texas Artist James Loveless. Featured are the VL top artists to collect Isabelle Gautier, Lelija Roy, Linda McCoy, Bob Coonts, and Alejandro Castanon; CFAI Colors on My Palette, Patricia A. Griffin; Visual Language studio visit with Marcia Baldwin, James Loveless, Milton Wagoner and J. W. Burke; Barry W. Scharf shares American Artist Today; Artspan Spotlight with Jan Sasser; Art Showdown; VL Photographer Fran J Scott. 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. No interpreters are necessary because Visual Language Magazine crosses all boundaries.

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James Loveless

Contemporary Fine Art

As a young boy, I constantly brought books to my

mom and dad so they could read them to me. It

was a wonderful time that I could enjoy being their

center of attention. My folks would also tell me

about life lessons that still influence me today.

I felt that I was probably not the only child that

experienced those wonderful memories. That is

how and why I imagined the image of a grandfather

reading a story to his granddaughter. “Story

Time” is a 30” X 30” oil painting on board.

VL Cover Artist

Grateful on the Trail of Tears, Oklahoma

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Gaye Sekula

“A Pregnant Moment”

Deep in Sandias

“We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there, too.”


Cover Artist James Loveless 3

Incredible tales from the Old West with James


Painter’s Keys - Sara Genn 11

VL Artist Features - 16

Isabelle Gautier, Lelija Roy, Linda McCoy

Bob Coonts, Alejandro Castanon

CFAI Colors on My Palette 46

Patricia A Griffin

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 Marcia Baldwin 52

“I remember standing and staring at a charcoal drawing she

had done and was framed in her dining room. It captivated

me, even as a small child.”

VL Features International Equine Artists

Museum Show; El Paso, Texas 66

Museum Show with Juried Signatured Members of the IEA

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VL Studio Visit with Milton Wagner 76

The crisp smell of aspen trees have always reminded me of the Colorado

high country cowboy life. I was born and bred in a small mountain

town in southwest Colorado.

VL Studio Visit with J.W. Burke 88

The Lonesome Crowded West by Dave Justus.

“Some artists say they feel compelled to create, as if a voice

inside is driving them in their craft. But for J.W. Burke, art was

all about getting the voices to stop.”

VL Studio Visit with James Loveless 102

Art has been my passion for as long as I can remember.

I love people and I have relished drawing and painting the

figure since my grade school days.”

VL Mini Visit with Barbara Mason 110

Pastel Paintings by Barbara J. Mason inspired by a trip to

Venice, Italy during Carnivale 2014

VL Artspan Studio Visit with Carol Jo Smidt 112

My fascination with the beauty and grace of horses greatly influenced

my artistic path. Drawing horses as a 4 year old is my first recollection

of my passion for art.

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Barry Scharf 122

American Artists


Is it just me or have you noticed that our modern culture does not

provide much for living hard working artists in the contemporary or

classical visual arts There are no living Picasso’s, no Leonardo’s,

if you are not a dead painter or already famous for something else

you are of little or no importance to this culture.

ARTSPAN Spotlight with Jan Sasser 134

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

I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t aware I loved art. Books, music, and

visual arts were all valued in my family. As a child, I loved to draw and

was inspired by the sketching of an older sister as well as my great uncle’s

amateur painting and sculpting. When I asked for quality drawing supplies

they were given, along with the imperative to treat them with respect and

practice basic skills first. Equine and Western Art Showdown 148

First Place Patricia A Griffin

Second Place Jonelle T. McCoy

Third Place Suzy Pal Powell

VL Artspan Photographer Fran J Scott 162

I started getting serious about photography in 2006 when some

friends talked me into shooting a dressage show. What started as

a hobby escalated into a profession.Though I have been working

as a professional for some years, I still consider myself an amateur

who creates some nice things once in a while.

Directory of Artists and Galleries 180

In alphabetical order you can easy find all featured artists

and advertising artists, along with featured galleries in our

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Artist of the Day

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

Sign up today.

Cindy Keichinger

In today’s world, people tend to rush from “A” to “B” in a panic in case they are late for whatever. The

World is a beautiful and interesting place, and we should take time to notice that, before the things that

make life worthwhile are gone.

With my artwork, I try to show people what they are missing and perhaps add some serenity to their

busy lives. My artwork covers: nature, wildlife, landscapes from around the world, still life and people.

Take a moment to look around the site , and “smell the roses”.”

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

Carol Jo Smidt

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Visual Language Magazine Staff


Editor -in-Chief Laurie Pace

Executive Editor Lisa Kreymborg

Contributing Editor Lisa Neison-Smith

Consulting Editor Nancy Medina

Feature Contributor Sara Genn Painter’s Keys

CFAI Contributor Kimberly Conrad

Feature Editor Art Reviews Hall Groat II

Feature Contributer Barry Scharf

VL Sponsor ARTSPAN Eric Sparre



Marketing and Development

Executive Director Business/Management Stacey Hendren

All Artwork is Copyrighted by the Individual Artists.

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The Painter’s Keys

Robert and Sara Genn

The one-millimetre rule

Robert Genn’s

Studio Book

Not long ago, while in the middle of a private easel disaster, the phone rang. “Did you know that Tony Robbins recently took

up golf” asked a friend. She was calling from a new-age encounter session somewhere in the bowels of an inner city Marriott.”

Apparently you can improve the accuracy of your swing by altering the angle of your club face by a millimetre or two.” I

put down my brush in a previous resolve to scrape and re-mix. Things had gone from bad to worse in the space of a couple of

millimetres. “I gotta go,” I said.”I have to make a small change.”

Art, and making it a career, is one of those ever-evolving life works -- always in motion, growing wild or dying on the vine

-- a work in constant need of pruning and care. “In business, you’re either growing or slipping,” said a dealer, once, just before

he went into frozen yogurt. Here in the studio are brushes to clean, books to keep, galleries to care for. Habits clamour to be

improved, and ideas lie waiting to be originated and cultivated, then executed with uniqueness and excellence.

Often, artists entertain bold moves as a solution to floundering inspiration, disappointing work, or a lackluster bank balance.

”Insanity,” said Albert Einstein, “is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Maybe a softer,

gentler way can improve outcome. Before a drastic act, might we merely nudge a millimetre or two in the direction of quality

Here are a few ideas:

The Painter’s Keys - Robert Genn

What is uniquely yours and embodied in your work It’s priceless.

What is the most lust-worthy quality in your work Make it obvious.

Is there an area in your work where you’re cutting corners Identify it.

Do you have a favourite brush size Go bigger.

Do you have a preferred process Do it in reverse.

Do you overwork your paintings Finish 10% underworked, rather than 1% overcooked.

In the final presentation, is there an extra millimetre to give Give it.



PS:”Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” (Aristotle)

“Quality is always in style.” (Robert Genn)

Esoterica: “Great things,” said Vincent Van Gogh, “are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

Motivational speaker and self-help author Tony Robbins was born Anthony J. Mahavorick in North Hollywood, California in

1960. A self-described weakling, in pimples and poverty, Tony started selling seminars and embodying his own incantations.

“Any time you sincerely want to make a change,” he says, “the first thing you must do is to raise your standards.” - VL Magazine | 11

Cindy Sorley-Keichinger

Wildlife & Nature Artist

Golden K Studio

Dusk Look Outs – 9 x 12 Acrylic

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Artists to Watch and Collect

Isabelle Gautier

Lelija Roy

Linda McCoy

Bob Coonts

Alejandro Castanon

Visual Language Magazine Featured Artists this month

delve into the beauty of each of the five different artists and

their unique approach to creativity.

Isabelle Gautier’s art is a fascinating reflection of her European

heritage and adopted American culture. Her extensive

travels across all continents have left a lasting impression

on her oeuvre, making her artwork both personal and

universal. Lelija Roy paints landscapes: observed, remembered

and imagined. Lelija’s current work speaks to her intense

need to be one with the natural world and to celebrate

the beauty of earth’s biodiversity. Linda McCoy found a

fascination in birds when shooting with a new camera, capturing

them in flight. .Bob Coonts works with a color palette

reminiscent of the Fauvist movement and often combines

both realism and abstraction in one piece. Coonts’ work has

been likened to abstract surrealism, realism with an abstract

point of view or imagined realism. Alejandro Castanon

see life in colors and shapes. His senses are awakened to

every nuance of movement and light as he faces the canvas

to explore the fascination before him. Color explodes into

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Isabelle Gautier

Isabelle Gautier grew up in Normandy, in a little village

just a few miles from the Mont-Saint-Michel in western


It was not until 1999 that she moved to Atlanta with her

American husband and their two sons where they live

and work today.

Gautier’s art is a fascinating reflection of her European

heritage and adopted American culture. Her extensive

travels across all continents have left a lasting impression

on her oeuvre, making her artwork both personal

and universal.

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Artist’s Statement-

“Is there a better way than art to bring people from all over the world together in a celebration of beauty”

Each canvas is a new opportunity to release my emotions and leave behind conventions. It is where I find my

own balance and freedom to explore. With each new canvas, I try to indulge myself in complete freedom of


My quest is not to create the illusion of reality but to suggest with colors and composition the inherent nature of

aesthetic objects and emotions.



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Isabelle Gautier

Collections, publishing and reviews:

In March 2014, Gautier’s work was included in the Saatchi Art Rebecca Wilson Abstract Art

Collection (London) .

In 2013 three of Gautier’s paintings were selected by Interior Designer Linda Woodram for

HGTV Smart House in Jacksonville, Fl.

In November 2013, Gautier was the featured artist in North Fulton Magazine.

More recently in April 2014, as well as in March and November 2013 her work was published

in Visual Language Contemporary Fine Art -International Voices-.

You can also read reviews about the artist in Folio Weekly, FL - March 2013- Snap Roswell,

GA - May 2010 and in Milton Herald, Milton GA - Sept 2008.

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International artist Gautier’s art

can be seen in the USA at:

Muse & CO Gallery, Roswell, Atlanta GA : 2012-present

Saatchi Art Gallery, London: 2013- present

Bradford’s Interiors, Nashville, TN: 2013-present

VIEW GALLERY, MS : 2014- Present

Atlanta MADE: 2013-present



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VL Lelija Roy

Denver-based artist Lelija Roy offers landscapes: observed, remembered and imagined. Lelija’s current work

speaks to her intense need to be one with the natural world and to celebrate the beauty of earth’s biodiversity.

Her creative process is essentially terra-forming. Her multi-layered canvases start with earth, water and sky.

Later she grows rocks and trees and plants.

Although her inspiration starts in nature, rarely does she reproduce a specific scene. You recognize mountains,

shore lines, forests but her intend is to place you in this space. So what you see is less important

than how you feel. She wants you to feel surrounded and embraced by these organic forms. Hence, her

mixed-media paintings are about the “space” created by the trees in a grove, the wind and water carved

shape of a canyon, the quiet intersection of woodland and meadow or the ever-changing line between wet

and dry sand on a beach.

As an only child, my best friends were a box of crayons. My spirit poured on to countless pieces of paper.

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. Her early career in graphic design morphed into publishing, educational

research and teaching; avoidably completing the circle as a full-time artist since 2005. Her work is held in

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

be found in galleries in Sedona, AZ as well as Denver, Breckenridge and Vail, CO.

Break Free 18x24

Primal Woodlands-12x18 diptych

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Lelija Roy

Sunlight Magic-20x16


Twilight Grove-12x36

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Day Dreaming-20x16

Finally October-20x20

Lelija expresses texture as color and color as texture. She works with acrylic paints and a long list of

other water-based media pigments. Various rice papers, lace, silk, fibers, handmade paper and metals

form the texture as well as the color. Lelija hand paints these materials and her process combines

mono-printing, watermarks and numerous painting techniques. Resulting AspenSPACES typically include

as many as twenty layers.

Lelija is very careful to select only professional quality pigments. No published or published papers are

ever used. To further assure archival quality, each piece receives an acrylic gel and a final UV polymer

varnish. She carefully extends the image to all four sides of her gallery-wrapped stretched canvases,

so no framing is required.

You’ll find a wide range of sizes from 12”x12” to five foot by twelve foot triptychs. Lelija is very accomplished

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Linda McCoy

I’ve never painted birds until this past winter when the purchase of a

new camera and an incredibly snowy, cold winter settled in on Ohio.

I perched myself on a stool by the window, sketchbook and camera

nearby. I watched them day after wintery day; feathers fluffed, trying

to keep warm, feet wound around frozen branches. I hadn’t intended

to start a bird series, but first there was one painting, then another

and another. The day I caught them mid-flight everything changed.

What were ordinary brown and grey Sparrows were now, with wings

outstretched, glorious creatures in the sunlight.

I paint them in oil, honoring their beauty as best I can; staying true to

their color and pattern using an impressionist palette. They continue

to intrigue me with their antics; fighting over sunflower seeds and for

the best position on the feeder. For them, these are the glory days of

summer; sunshine and warmth, more than enough food. Winter will

come again though and I will be watching.

I am represented by Davis &Co Fine Art Gallery in Spring, Texas, the

Row House Gallery in Milford, Ohio, and ArtonSymmes in Fairfield,



Homeward Bound

Sparrow in Flight_Linda

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Female Finch

Chickadee in Flight

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Bob Coonts

A Colorado native and long-time Fort Collins resident,

Bob’s painting style reflects his Western Heritage yet

is uniquely his own. He strives for an image that is unusual

and innovative. His work is often stylized, often

whimsical, always colorful and strong in design and

composition. Animals, landscapes, people, history

and mythology provide him with a wealth of subject

matter. He also produces images that are purely abstract

or non-objective in nature.

Bob works with a color palette reminiscent of the Fauvist

movement and often combines both realism and

abstraction in one piece. Coonts’ work has been likened

to abstract surrealism, realism with an abstract

point of view or imagined realism.

He paints, sculpts and dreams in his home studio

north of Fort Collins, Colorado, where he and his wife

Sallie live near a lake with a view of the magnificent

Rocky Mountains.

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Alejandro Castanon

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.

After just two short years Alejandro has established

a firm presence in the local art community as well he

has been featured as an emerging artist in Visual Language

International Art Magazine, and has been published

in American Art Collector. He held a solo-show

in November 2013 where he exhibited over 20 portrait

paintings from which only a handful remain. His secret

to acheiving such an incredible pace of success, “I don’t

stop dreaming even when I’m awake, every event is an

opportunity and every obstacle a new door waiting for

me to walk through it. Attitude is everything and there is

no such thing as a prayer answered without hard work”.

Gallery Representation:

Vino Dipinte Gallery San Angelo, Texas

Davis & CO Spring, Texas

Western Series

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Texas Series

Colorem Face Series

Commissions are welcome:


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Roseanne Snyder

Contemporary Western Landscapes

Windmill with Shed - 16 x 20

Last Light - 16 X 20

Rocky Ridge


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Contemporary Fine Art

Finding Art in Life and Life in Art


Logan Bauer

Landscapes,Life drawings,Still life, Figurative Portraits.

Contemporary Realism and Beyond

Red-Shouldered Hawk - 20 x 20 Oil


Aspen S P A C E S

Lelija Roy


Stephanie Paige


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at Davis&Co Colors On My Palette

Patricia A. Griffin!colors-on-my-palette-interview/cy2z

Where do you find inspiration to create new art

I am inspired by the arrival of the sun each morning and all the beauty it illuminates, an empty canvas, a clean brush,

a new tube of paint, an animal sighting. I am inspired by the work of my acquaintances and friends. I am inspired by

trips into NYC to see the Masters and Contemporaries. My students. I am always inspired by my students.

What do you do to get past a creative block

There are a few things that I do when I have a block. I step away from the canvas. I take photo’s of the piece and review

them instead of the work its self, allowing a fresh eye. I do a self portrait to look within. I clean. Nothing gets me out of a

funk quicker.

What is your favorite subject to paint

I have painted my horse more than any other animal and there is a certain spot along the Delaware River that I have

painted Plein Air for the past 24 years. That being said, the paint is more important than the subject to me. I will paint

anything. The paint is where the dialogue begins.

What has been your favorite experience in your time as a professional artist

The ability to paint every day and use the best quality supplies I can find.

Who is an artist that you admire, and why

Emily Carr. She was an adventurer, tough as hell, willing to take risks. Her work is raw and powerful. She never got

hung up in unnecessary detail and each piece is full of emotion. “1871-1945 Artist and Author Lover of nature” reads

her head stone.


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The Lily Series

Linda McCoy

Title: Chickadee in Flight

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209 S West Street, Mason, Ohio


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A Passion for Plein Air

Right Page: “Argenton Easter Day”

Left Page: “Paragliding Near Manly”

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Contemporary Abstract Art

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“The Gathering” 36” x 36” Acrylic on Canvas

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Marcia Baldwin

Wolf Abstract 3618


Studio Visit Marcia Baldwin

My first memory of being captured by art was in my

grandmothers home in Texas. She was very artistic

with quilting and sewing, but at times would take

classes in art using mediums such as charcoal and

pastel. I remember standing and staring at a charcoal

drawing she had done and was framed in her

dining room. It captivated me, even as a small child.

When we would enjoy a sweet afternoon or morning

out on her huge porch, sitting in her double glider,

she would sketch small things and give the paper

and pencil over to me to try. My favorite subject,

even then, was horses. She would encourage me

and we would giggle at the funny subjects we came

up with.

My mom was the one who first started me painting.

She enrolled me in a summer workshop with a

noted artist, Louise Sicard, at our Louisiana state

museum. Every morning, I would enjoy setting up

my small easel and laying out my paints on my

palette in anticipation of the famous artist to begin

his demonstration and how we would first start on

our paintings. It was information of color and brush

stroke that I still retrieve in my mind even to this

day, even after 50 years. We used oil paints for this

workshop, and I am still in love with the smell of

turps and oil paints, as much as all those wonderful

days during that first workshop.

Mom would take me to our local park next to our

lake, full of swamp things, huge pine trees, and gorgeous

bald cypress trees with Spanish moss on almost

every limb. She would draw and paint in water

color the most beautiful scenes and I would try my

best to do what she was doing. But the most important

thing I learned from these times, was to look

and see and try to capture real nature on paper.

I received my Bachelors of Fine Art from Louisiana

Tech University in Ruston, La. in 1974. My most influential

instructor was a fine artist/illustrator, Albino

Hinahosa. His focus on good design, composition,

figurative subject matter, and attention to detail

were taught in a loose illustrative style. I incorporate

the elements of design, learned in these years with

him. Color theory classes infatuated me also and

I reflect back on projects using and understanding

color, how it affects the viewers eye, the emotions,

the movements in a composition and in general

how it creates excitement. I was very pleased to

receive the 1974 Illustrator of the Year Award from

Louisiana Tech University.

Many years prior to attending college, my first most

influential teacher was actually my elementary

school principal, Mr. Middleton. He always had special

projects going in the arts and I would be right

there waiting to be included. One I remember so

vividly was huge mosaic murals about the history

of Louisiana and those murals still hang prominently

in the cafeteria and auditorium of this elementary

school. His encouragement to paint and draw

garnered my very first award for a regional contest

depicting thoughts on beautifying our city. I won

a cash award and a spot on a local tv program. I

was hooked. I loved being an artist and I was only 9

years old ! Art is so important in our early years and

needs to be in our school


I believe working as an advertising designer had the

most influence on my work today. It was challenging

every day being creative on the spur of the moment.

It was fast paced and you had to pay attention to client

needs, detail, and incorporate all the elements

and principles of design to be successful in this

field. I use those skills today in my oil paintings, and

paint with bold, fast, strong color and brush strokes.

It is on an intuitive level, letting a painting come together

through my minds eye.

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Studio Visit Marcia Baldwin

I welcome commission orders. Some of the collectors

of my works of art, return for specific subjects and

compositions on commission. We talk by email and

by phone and decide on subject, size, and client photos

(if needed). Most of the time, requests come in

for a painting based on some of my past sold works,

and I enjoy those the most. The client will specify a

specific size canvas or will ask my opinion on size

that I feel is most appropriate for a particular subject.

It is always a joy to bring their requests to completion

and send the painting to the client for their first “reveal”

upon opening their carefully prepared shipping

package. I take great pride in every work I send out.

My love of horses goes way back about 56 years,

when my mom and dad got our first horse for our

family. I have owned and ridden horses ever since

and found you could learn something new about them

each day and still have much more to learn. In 1985,

I created a video of how to draw the horse anatomy

and the simple and short “how to video” was bought

by Walt Disney Productions for their study and an up

coming animated movie. I was thrilled. In college, I

still drew and painted horses, and at one point, one

of my professors told me that if I would quit using

bold colors and quit drawing and painting horses, I

might become a good artist.

This only made me want to explore the horse as a

subject more and use even bolder color. The true

love of horses, my intense desire to know them and

understand their psyche, their anatomy, the look in

their eyes and their true desire to please you, has

brought me to this point in my painting style when

painting horses. It is the awareness of the beauty of

this magnificent creature that I want to convey in my

paintings. I want viewers to understand how important

this gift from God is and the need to protect our

wild horses in America and beyond.

Ebony and Ivory Gypsy Vanner Horses

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Studio Visit Marcia Baldwin

Free Breeze Palomino

Indian War Horse 3624

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International Equine Artists

International Museum of Fine Art

El Paso, Texas

August 4th through September 28th

Artist: Sue Kroll

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Jonelle T McCoy . Judith A Johnson . Mindy Colton . Kenna AlSayed

IEA International Museum of Fine Art

El Paso, Texas

August 4th through September 28th

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Nancy Christy-Moore . Carol Walker . Debbie Thomas

IEA International Museum of Fine Art

El Paso, Texas

August 4th through September 28th

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El Paso, Texas

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Connie Dines

“Coming in for Breakfast”

Artful Exposures One Frame At A Time

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Milton Wagner

Aspen Ironworks

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Studio Visit MiltonWagner

The crisp smell of aspen trees have always reminded me

of the Colorado high country cowboy life. I was born and

bred in a small mountain town in southwest Colorado.

The only thing I ever wanted to do was be a cowboy. My

mother had a picture of a three year old me with a rope

in my hand chasing after a chicken. From chickens, I

moved on to dogs, calves and occasionally my sister.

I was lucky enough to come from a farming family tree

with the occasional cowboy branch. I grew up on stories

told to me by my two favorite cowboy heroes - my great

uncle Clem & uncle Henry. Other cowboys I idolized

were John Wayne, Louis L’Amour, Tom Mix and the boys

from the Ponderosa.

I’ve often been asked why cowboys are my idols and I

guess it really boils down to what a cowboy stands for.

The cowboys I was lucky enough to know were loyal,

honest and hardworking.

When I was in high school, I divided my time between

metal shop and cow punching for local ranchers. Whenever

the ranches needed equipment fixed, I was the goto

person because of my metal-working background. I

learned early on how to use my imagination to envision

metal as a great medium.

When I was eighteen, I broke my first horse. That horse

was my best friend and partner in crime for the next 36

years. Right after high school, I met my lovely wife.

While we raised our three children, I worked as an iron

worker for money and moonlighted as a cowboy for fun.

In my spare time, I’d gather leftover metal, wood and

horseshoes for future art projects


I started Aspen Ironworks, an eco-friendly metal art studio

15 years ago because I wanted to work for myself &

focus more on my art pieces. I work in two main areas - a

studio/workshop on the back of my property and under a

large oak tree overlooking the horses.

I use the oak tree forge when the weather is too nice to

stay indoors. I use a handmade forge, several pairs of

tongs handed down from my grandfather to father and

then to me, and two anvils - a 200 pound workshop anvil

and an 80 pound vintage farrier anvil which I can transport

if I need to.

I started out with individuals cowboys made from leftover

rebar and quickly graduated to western scenes. I

thought about what does a cowboy do A cowboy’s life

is simple. Cowboys rope, they ride, and they drink. My

western pieces reflect this lifestyle. I do bar scenes, I do

rodeo scenes and I do cattle drive scenes.

I feel my work is unique for three main reasons. First, my

cowboy knowledge is authentic. It’s important to me that

the story I tell is the right one. I’ve been in these situations

I craft out of metal. I’ve been bucked off a bronco

and know which part of the cowboy is last to touch the

horse. I’ve roped cows and know the correct angle of the

rope loop. My cowboys hold it at the right angle for roping

a cow on the first try. I’ve been on top of the mountain

when it’s cold and freezing and the only thing you want is

a cup of coffee around the campfire.

Secondly, I believe in doing lifetime work. I’m putting

my name on each of these pieces & I want the people

who buy my art to have something that will last them for

generations to come. There are metal workers out there

who just tack their pieces together and that irritates me.

If you’re going to do a true work of art, you need to craft

it right

Thirdly, I believe in leaving a better world for my children

and grandchildren than I had which is why 95% of

the materials I use are recycled, reused, or eco-friendly.

I gather used horseshoes from my farrier friends & old

metal bits from local farmers and scrap metal shops. I

even have a page on my website for local residents to

schedule scrap metal pickups.

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Every piece of my art has a unique story. For example,

each mirror used on my bar scenes is a rearview mirror

from a scrapped car or truck. My chuck wagon base is

the bottom of an old broken rototiller. Recently I created

a steampunk bug with ball bearings I had received

when we replaced a steel ball mill in a gold mine. The

ball bearings start out 8 inches in diameter and they roll

around and crush up ore to extract the gold. By the

time I got them, they had been worn down to about an

inch across. I saw those and thought they would make

great eyes.

I’m really excited about a trio art piece I’m working on

right now. I’ve got a cattle drive scene. I’ve got a chuck

wagon, and I’m in the process of designing the campfire

scene. After driving the cattle all day, there’s nothing

more a cowboy wants than to take a load off and

grab a cup of coffee around fire. I’ve already decided

how to make the fire. I have some discarded copper

plating which I will melt down and then beat back up

into flames.

Even though I’m retired from day to day ranching, I still

get to play cowboy occasionally. Twice a year I head to

Colorado. I help drive my son’s high-altitude grass-fed

cattle up onto their mountain grazing lands in the spring

and back down in the fall. Driving the cattle among the

aspen trees inspires this old cowboy to come home

and preserve that vanishing way of life through lasting


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Aspen Ironworks

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“He who works with his hands is a laborer.

He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

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Joanna Zeller Quentin

“Wild” Oil on Board 16 x 20

“Only the Lonely” 18 x 24 Graphite on Bristol

“Waiting Room” 11 x 14 Gouache on Aquaboard

Left Page: “Lipizzaner” Oil on Board 16 x 20

Mary Jo Zorad

contemporary fine art

Trouble Maker Found



The Lonesome Crowded West

A Horse Named Wish


Studio Visit JW Burke

The Lonesome Crowded West by Dave Justus

Some artists say they feel compelled to create, as if a

voice inside is driving them in their craft. But for J.W.

Burke, art was all about getting the voices to stop.

In 1988, Burke was eighteen years old, living in

Carmel, California and working maintenance for a

wealthy businessman. “I spent my days off roaming

the streets,” he recalls, “partly chasing girls, and partly

admiring the many incredible galleries.” But his wideopen

future would come crashing down at the hands

of a group of his peers.

“As a cruel prank, they poisoned me with a massive

LSD overdose,” he says. The drugging caused him to

suffer severe constant delusions, including both audio

and visual hallucinations, and to harbor paranoid

thoughts. “These mimicked the symptoms of paranoid

schizophrenia. I was unable to maintain my sanity.”

For years, Burke lived either on the streets, where

he got in trouble with the law, or in mental health

hospitals, where he struggled to regain his faculties.

“I lived filthy and homeless,” he says, “begging for

change and sleeping in a box. My delusions over the

years had convinced me that I was somehow being

controlled by, or tortured by, manmade voices.” The

sounds emanating from public television or radio were

a source of agonizing torment for him.

“In September of 1997,” he recalls, “my delusions

drove me to commit two acts of robbery, both without

bloodshed. I remember clearly how, upon my arrest,

as soon as I was handcuffed and placed in the police

car, my delusions stopped—dead quiet. No voices, no

hallucinations, no disorientation… just the sound of

the car and the static of the police radio.”

But the sudden silencing of a decade’s worth of noise

didn’t mean everything was fixed, or that Burke was

whole and healthy again. “The task of rebuilding my

sanity lay before me while I awoke to the fact that I

faced spending the remainder of my life in prison,” he

says. Fortunately, he had a tool for that rebuilding.

“When I was eleven,” Burke remembers, “my mother

bought me a sketchpad and charcoal pencils, saying,

‘Here, I think you are going to be an artist.’” He

had balked, and had grown up believing that art was

beyond his capabilities. But in prison, with time and

determination on his side, he took up his materials

and started to create.

“I began drawing in my cell to help stabilize, exercise,

and restructure my mind against relapse,” he says.

“Soon I asked myself, ‘What can you do to save yourself

What are your options’” Feeling that the prison

system gave him few ways to succeed, he faced

down his lengthy term and made his decision. “To

become an artist or a writer would allow me two ways

to strengthen my mind. One, to teach myself a career

that could lead to financial independence, and two, to

obtain possible assistance in regaining my freedom.”

Frustrated by the lengthy waiting list and selection

process for the prison’s “Craft Shop,” where inmates

have the opportunity to earn an income for their families

or themselves when they get out, Burke has found

what solace he can in his situation. “In my drawing

lessons over the years,” he says, “I slowly found that

any moment I wasn’t drawing was time wasted. My

work improved, and I learned that once I understood

how to achieve accuracy in drawing, I could create

anything, which meant all sorts of excitement and

pride of achievement.”

Now, Burke estimates, “I work at drawing ten to fourteen

hours a day, seven days per week. While I create

artwork on a variety of subject matter, I especially

enjoy creating extremely detailed Westerns depicting

ranch scenes, rodeo, or Old West themes.”

Perhaps not surprisingly for a man confined, Burke

speaks eloquently on the evocative, escapist qualities

of art. “I usually work in graphite or colored pencil,” he

notes. “The black and white of graphite has the ability

to transcend time, as well as create realistic textures

that work well together with the detail to make you almost

smell the leather, feel the heat of the day, or hear

the pounding of hooves.”

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Burke feels that his Western art, more than other subjects, allows

him to include a captivating level of detail that not only

interests viewers, but “evokes emotions in the form of pride—

deep pride earned from hard work, calluses, and lives well

lived,” he says. “If you can make someone proud of themselves

by what you have created, then you have created

something more than art, something you can be proud of. This

is the greatest payoff for an artist.” Though his portfolio covers

a large number of subjects rendered in a variety of media,

these Western graphite illustrations remain Burke’s favorites,

the pieces that readily evoke that sense of pride.

If Burke’s future is uncertain, his sense of purpose has not faltered.

“My hopes are to create works of art of a quality worthy

of being collected by an appreciative audience, and to earn a

living through my art,” he says. “Regardless of what happens,

I will continue to grow as an artist, and creating art will remain

part of my life’s passion.”

Very recently, Burke’s long-lost son was located. Now, in addition

to saving for his own freedom someday, the artist has

taken the long view of helping to put his child through college

and saving for any future grandchildren. With this in mind, he

advises that anyone wishing to support his artistic endeavors

should feel free to write a favorable letter to the Texas Parole


“I’ve always wanted to live my life as a good father and husband,”

Burke says, “and hopefully someday, when I pass away,

I could do so knowing that I was loved and had loved, and that I

had done my best to achieve things to be proud of.”

A survey of his work—of the open plains of the Old West, as

glimpsed from the cell of a penitent man—shows that he’s well

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Ann Hoffpauir

“Capturing the West”

Longhorn 11 x 14 Oil

Inspired Art for the Spirit in You.

“New Horizons”© 30 x 40 acrylic/mixed media

New Horizons

Nancy Christy-Moore

Richard Levine

Pastel Painter Landscape and Figurative

"An Artist's Studio, Santa Fe"


Davis & CO Fine Art

Catherin McMillan




James Loveless

Art of the Old West

Native American Art

Portrait Commissions

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Studio Visit James Loveless

Art has been my passion for as long as I can remember.

I love people and I have relished drawing and painting

the figure since my grade school days. Fortunately,

none of those early grammar school portraits are at

my website. My purpose is to create images that are

beautiful and historical. My focus is to display Christian,

family values and reveal the truth by reflecting historical

facts. My Bachelor of Fine Art at the Kansas

City Art Institute led me to a life as a full-time graphic

designer and freelance illustrator for over thirty years.

I enjoy the play of light and color in nature and I enjoy

telling a good story.

I have cherished having several Native Americans

pose for me when I am not painting commissioned portraits,

or painting plein air. I have been interested in the

life of Native Americans because of my ancestry. My

grandfather was a cowboy, horse trainer and rancher

in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was married to my grandmother,

who was half-Cherokee and half-African American.

I remember when I was a little boy. Then, I would

ride horseback and sometimes travel to see my grandfather

in rodeos in Oklahoma and Arkansas; it was an

awesome experience. Currently, I am researching the

history of the relationship between Native Americans

and African Americans in the old west. I have been

fortunate to gain the assistance from the Texas Civil

War Museum. Their historians assist me in my quest

to insure all the artifacts in my paintings are authentic.

My goal is to have my paintings auctioned successfully

at the Coeur d’ Alene in Reno, Nevada in my lifetime.

I am a member of the Oil Painters of America and I

work in oil paint because I enjoy the flexibility of oils.

I enjoy observing people and I still continue in figure

drawing sessions with the live model. I challenge myself

to work more efficiently by writing articles and blogs

about different oil painting techniques and attending

workshops. Some of the painters that have influenced

me include; Norman Rockwell, Caravaggio, Howard

Terpning and Mian Situ.

I hope you enjoy my work!

Golden Light 8” X 10” oil on canvas

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Rain Dance 22” X 28” oil on canvas

Right Page: Old Warrior 8” X 10” oil on board

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Studio Visit James Loveless

American Legacy 8” X 10” oil on canvas

Rain Dance 22” X 28” oil on canvas

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Search Party 24” X 30” oil on canvas

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VL Studio Visit Barbara J. Mason


Carnevale, also known as Carnival or Mardi Gras, is celebrated in Italy and many places around the world 40 days

before Easter, a final party before Ash Wednesday and the restrictions of Lent.

The Venice Carnival is now world famous - Being a pre-Lent festival, means ‘farewell to meat’ and is celebrated

throughout Italy. It was first held in Venice, it was revived in 1979 . With great success it is now a open air festival

where people parade around Venice and St Marcos Square and don masks and costumes,.

These pastel paintings are just a few of my favorite memories of the costumes of Venice, France-

Carnivale 2014.

“Secrets” - Pastel Painting was accepted into the 2014 Pastel Society of America 42nd Annual Exhibition: Enduring

Brilliance Exhibition. The Jury selected 180 finalist from a field of 1,222 submissions. The exhibit will run from

September 2, - September 27, 2014 at the National Arts Club in New York, NY.

“Timeless” - Pastel Painting was accepted into - IGOR 9th Annual International Juried Exhibition. The jury selected

74 paintings and drawings from 350 submissions. The exhibit will run November 7-

November 28, 2014 at the Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, SC.

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Carol Jo Smidt

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Studio Visit Carol Jo Smidt

My fascination with the beauty and grace of horses

greatly influenced my artistic path. Drawing horses as

a 4 year old is my first recollection of my passion for art.

My bedroom walls were covered with my pencil drawings

of my beloved horses. Hours were spent drawing

horses and other animals. It was in kindergarten that I

realized others would want my art. Dissatisfied with my

work, I took a horse drawing and threw it in the trash

can. A classmate reached into the trash and took the

drawing because he liked it! Even at that young age, I

was amazed that people would want my work!

After high school, I attended the St. Paul School of Art.

Fast-forward with me through marriage, a son, 21 addresses

in 26 years during my husband’s Navy career,

and a BA in Advertising Design from Iowa State University.

We finally settled in an equine community outside

of Woodbine, a small town in southeast Georgia. I finally

could have my beloved horses on our small farm,

but although my passion for art was there it still resided

deep within and struggled to come fully alive.

After a dozen years as a self-employed graphic designer

and periodic dabbling with a paint brush, I learned

that my passion for art was to call me back via yet another

path. Enrolling in Savannah College of Art and

Design and taking a number of graphic design graduate

courses, I was finally brought back to my first love.

It was on this part of my journey that I realized my need

to leave the work and world of graphic design to get

back to my first love – the visual arts and my painting!

What is my painting world like today I recently moved

from a small loft on the third floor in our house to my

new studio, which is the entire first floor of our house.

I set myself on a fairly structured schedule, and I focus

on some aspect of my new artist’s life on Monday

through Friday, 9 to 5. Many mornings are spent with

paperwork and research. Without a schedule, my

painting time would vanish, and I would have a lot of

blank canvas! My work is best done with some breaks.

I take small vacations, but after a few days, I hear the

call of my paints, brushes, and canvases, and I eagerly

get back to my easel and pour myself into my paintings.

For me, painting is like working on a puzzle, without the

picture on the box to guide me. Most times the answers

do not come particularly fast. But by experimenting,

nudging here and there, my ideas begin to take form

and a new painting comes to life. I normally paint by

adding layers over layers. When the paint becomes too

wet or my eyes too fatigued by looking at the colors being

used, I move on to another painting. I have between

4 to 12 paintings in different stages of completion.

I’ve heard it said that there is “beauty in the everyday”.

I agree. I enjoy painting ordinary subjects with extraordinary

colors. My painting subjects are usually animals,

but I like the challenge of painting other subjects.

Through my painting experiences, I have branched out

by creating landscapes, still life, and figurative art.

Wanting to expand beyond oils, I started painting with

pastels and gouache. I have grown to love these two

new media. Changing my media and changing the

size of canvases from ultra-mini to very large helps me

move into a new creative arena.

Not wanting to become too comfortable with my art,

I strive to continue to learn by trying anything new;

subjects, color combinations, techniques, and media.

Knowing that you need to discover by doing, I have

learned that my “best teacher is my canvas”. I have

come to believe that “to learn is to paint” and “to paint

is to learn”.

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Studio Visit Carol Jo Smidt

Participating in regional art shows and festivals is

one of the ways that I promote my art and to develop

relationships with collectors and potential collectors.

I belong to a number of local and national

art organizations. Painting is a solitary pursuit, and

I can easily become a hermit. In addition to getting

out of my painting world, it is necessary to have the

support from other artists. My contacts with other

artists become great learning tools to see their art

up close and personal and to get to know the artist

behind the painting.

For me, the journey of a painting is part ability, part

technique, part intuition, part sweat, and hours of

learning from past paintings. The reward and joy

of this journey is the painting process and continues

to the person who emotionally connects to one

of my paintings. Pet paintings of animals that have

passed have provided me with some of my most

powerful emotional connections. One owner of a

loving pet, Savannah, who recently passed shared

this: “my sister and brother-in-law had this painting

done for us (by me) and it captures her just perfectly!”

This is one of the big reasons I paint!

A White Horse 9 x 12 Oil

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A Pale Horse 9 x 12 Oil

Gus 11 x 14 Oil

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Leopard Waiting 24 x 36 Oil

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Studio Visit Carol Jo Smidt

Trio 8 x 10 Oil

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Why in a modern and prosperous

America are so many

living artists ignored

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Barry W. Scharf

Why in a modern and prosperous America are so many living artists ignored

By Barry W. Scharf

Is it just me or have you noticed that our modern culture

does not provide much for living hard working artists

in the contemporary or classical visual arts There

are no living Picasso’s, no Leonardo’s, if you are not a

dead painter or already famous for something else you

are of little or no importance to this culture. When the

paintings of many dead artists like Picasso and Van

Gough are breaking all records selling at auction for

multi-millions of dollars, struggling living artists have a

hard time even showing their work. Any sales are far

and few between with much of that money going to

promotion, material expenses and overhead.

In today’s world “artists” are no longer fine art painters

or sculptors skillfully working for years in the solitude of

their studios to perfect techniques and vision; instead

they are showmen, entertainers, socialites or merely

personalities that have become known for becoming

known. The art of this culture has less to do with talent

then with being seen in the right places at the right

time. It is now a here today gone tomorrow (leaving little

trace of any contribution to the history of art) America.

American culture is now catering to the generation

of the immediate fix. It is a here today gone tomorrow

web tweeting culture that has boiled down everything

of value into 140 characters or a Facebook photo of

what they are having for dinner. It seems there is less

and less time for the subtle colors of a morning mist

falling across a meadow, or the complexity of brush

strokes that make up a sunset envisioned to awaken

wonder about life, mindfulness and spirituality.

As long as our institutions of culture, community and

government ignore the work of living talented fine artists

there will be no growth in the world of art as we

have seen for the past centuries. It will be the era of the

first person shooter, web jewels and bubbles games

and an endless stream of personal videos describing

meaningless content of what their cat is doing.

Digital graphics and animation now holds the hope

as a medium of this new generation. After all there is

money to be made here. There are cyber war games

taking place in the web ether and we all need to team

up to play and be a part of the battle for available creative

jobs and available dollars.

Don’t get me wrong this is not a critique of the artist,

there are still amazing artists out there working hard

to create new visions and directions. They are passionate,

dedicated, studied and skilled. They work relentlessly

without feedback or reward. They are the

keepers of the torch of artistic know how and they are

ready and waiting for the world to wake from the opiate

of digital newness.

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Barry W. Scharf

The issue is more or less that so few in a

position to support the arts even care to

do so. Our current society has not found

education in the arts to be a valuable asset

resulting in a lack of artistic knowledge

that has led to fewer investors and collectors

in the art world who are willing to

buy the works of new talent. This is clearly

evidenced by so many show venues and

galleries across America closing their

doors due to lack of sales or interest. I am

left wondering if society no longer needs

the traditional or classically trained artist

Would they even be missed

The good news is that left to their own devices

artists will struggle on regardless of

recognition or sales, with or without social

support. They will create because they

must... They are driven... because they

know this is their calling and there is nothing

else they do better. It is not that we

should lament the death of painting, as we

have known it for the past several centuries

but rather the death of the collector,

the visionary with the courage to embrace

and support the yet unknown artist

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Laurie Justus Pace

15 x 30 Oil on Canvas

Florida Sunrise

Available Paintings

Kyle Wood

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"Beyond The Gate II"

18" x 24" Oil on Canvas

Helen Buck

Color . Shape . Composition

White Lotus with Vermillion

36” x 36”

Acrylic on Canvas

Helen Buck creates two and three dimensional images as a working artist

in Austin, Texas. She completed her studio art studies at the University

of Cincinnati, opening her first professional art studio at the Pendleton in

Cincinnati. Galleries in Texas and Ohio represent her work.

White Rose on Teal

36” x 36”

Acrylic on Canvas


Artspan Spotlight Jan Sasser

ARTSPAN Artist Spotlight

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

I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t aware I loved art. Books, music, and visual arts were all valued in my

family. As a child, I loved to draw and was inspired by the sketching of an older sister as well as my great

uncle’s amateur painting and sculpting. When I asked for quality drawing supplies they were given, along

with the imperative to treat them with respect and practice basic skills first.

However, family role models made their living in “more practical ways”. I didn’t conceive of art as a career

choice until much later in life. I flirted with the idea of applied art as a young adult, but didn’t actually make

the move to painting full time til pushing 50, after many years as a social worker. By that time, the backing

and support of an exceptional spouse made the risk more feasible.

Who has been your mentor, or greatest influence to date

I wouldn’t say I’ve had a mentor per se, though living in Charleston, I’ve had the luxury of example and interaction

with many fine artists. While few are traditional realists like myself, there is always something to learn

from one’s masterful use of color or another’s exceptional composition skills. The generosity of successful

artists with technical tips and career advice often amazes me. I’m grateful to Rick Reinert and others who

have nurtured my confidence along the way and “nudged” me at key moments to shoot for a high profile

show or opportunity that paid off.

Who is another living artist you admire and why

One of several who come immediately to mind is Mary Whyte, a Charleston watercolor artist of international

renown. I’ve long admired her mastery of watercolor but did not recognize how exceptional she is until seeing

a major body of her work recently in her “Working South” exhibition. Each piece is an evocative gem of

dynamic composition, rich color and texture, and masterfully rendered images that express the character

and personality of each worker and workplace environment. Pieces are all part of a totally coherent and

integrated concept. It’s as though she “wrote a book in pictures” that tells the tale of a disappearing way of

life and makes you feel you know all the characters. How can you fail to admire an artist who can do that

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

I paint on prestretched primed canvas or linen. As a slow painter, I find these far too satisfying to be tempted

to invest time in making or preparing my own. I love the “spring” of canvas against my touch. A good even

medium tooth weave interacts beautifully with my brushes and varying strokes to create textural illusions

while still being “flat” enough to allow precise lines and details when needed.

What are your favorite materials to use

Simply, professional grade Winsor Newton Oils, odorless mineral spirits for solvent, and refined linseed oil

as a medium. For brushes I like hog bristle for underpainting and certain textures. I like soft red sables for

details, clouds, blending edges, etc.

What are your inspirations for your work

I doubt you’ll be surprised when I say nature is my inspiration. Nature has always been a source of joy and

renewal for me, where I am the most at peace. My husband and I love to walk, visit local rookeries and

gardens, and travel to scenic areas when we get the chance. I’m always moved to share what I experience

in my paintings.

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Artspan Spotlight Jan Sasser

ARTSPAN Artist Spotlight

Foraging Ibis

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Artspan Spotlight Jan Sasser

ARTSPAN Artist Spotlight

Nest in the Branches

Right Page:

Left - Top: Together; Bottom: In His Prime

Right - Top: New Arrival; Bottom: Ruffled Feathers

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ARTSPAN Artist Spotlight

In Her Care

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Artspan Spotlight Jan Sasser

ARTSPAN Artist Spotlight

Getting to know you Q&A

What is your favorite color in your closet It’s tough for me to choose a single favorite in almost anything.

My mind doesn’t work that way. There is a wine purple I am partial to, but also a teal, and a rich

royal blue. I tend to wear solids with black or blue pants.

What book are you reading this week Right now, visual vertigo makes reading tough. Recently, I

enjoyed “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. It’s a memoir that reads more like a novel about a young woman’s

experiences hiking the the Pacific Rim Trail alone. A very compelling read.

Do you have a favorite television show No, but a few I like are The Newsroom, Fargo, Homeland,

and almost any period piece that is well written with well developed characters such as Larkrise to Candleford.

What is your favorite food Ugh, favorites again! How can you possibly choose just one Fortunately,

I like a lot of the foods I’m able to eat - grains, beans, green veges, fresh fruit, lean seafoods, and white

meats. But, OH how I miss rich cheeses, buttery baked goods, and applewood smoked bacon!

What are you most proud of in your life Artistically, simply that I’m still here, still painting, still showing

up for shows and obligations with whatever small collection I can manage. Due to health problems

and family roles it would have been very easy in recent years to give up and go back to hobby painting.

In the past decade I have seen so many artists come and go, often those with real promise. It’s easy to

become discouraged by a tough marketplace or be forced by circumstances to stop and put your time

somewhere else. To be a working artist is to be a small business owner in difficult industry and most

small businesses fail.

Who would you love to interview Possibly Da Vinci. There’s been so much hype and speculation

around his life and work. It would be fascinating to the compare the publicly embellished persona to the

real man. I’d love to hear him share the realities of his ideas and studio, to hear his reaction to art trends

that came after him, and to explore his views on current controversies over the integration of technology

in the artistic process.

Do you have a passion or hobby other than painting What is it I love almost any quiet activity

outdoors that lets me “soak in” the sights, sounds, smells, and feel of nature - hiking, birdwatching, photographing,

gardening, crabbing and shrimping, sitting on the beach, etc.

Share something with us that few people know about you. I met “the man of my dreams” at a

birthday party for Mick Jagger (who didn’t show.) As an ex-mental health worker, I was pretty cautious. I

had him pick me up at my sister’s house for our first date and I didn’t tell him where I lived til I was pretty

confident I wanted him to know. Turned out we lived 2 blocks apart. We’ve been married for 25 years.

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Kimberly Conrad

“Pouring Color Into Your Life”

Days of Summer 36”x48”x1.5”

Poured Acrylic on Canvas

Leslie Gifford

The Earring Oil on Canvas 36 x 18

Conjuring Oil on Canvas 48 x 24 Artist Showdown Artist Showdown

April 2014 - Equine and Western Art!showdown-winners/cb0j

First Place

Patricia A. Griffin

Man Up

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Second Place

Jonelle T. McCoy

A Little Bit of Sangria Anyone

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Third Place

Suzy ‘Pal’ Powell

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“Thankful” 36”x48”x2.0” Oil on Canvas

Barbara Van Rooyan Blue Canyon II

Dawn Reinfeld




“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 August Artist Showdown

“Do you have what it takes”

Mary Opat


Summer 2014 Juried Competition


Dawn Reinfeld

Don’t miss out! Deadline is August 15th!

$500 in total cash prizes

Plus much more!!juried-shows/c19ne

L i s a M c K i n n e y



Photographer Spotlight

Fran J. Scott

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Photographer Spotlight Fran J. Scott

My name is Fran J. Scott.

I started getting serious about photography in 2006 when some friends talked me into shooting

a dressage show. What started as a hobby escalated into a profession.Though I have

been working as a professional for some years, I still consider myself an amateur who creates

some nice things once in a while.

Horses are my passion, from a very early age. They enlist quite the spectrum of emotion. I can

see it clearly and to my surprise have captured it often.

Every horse will reveal an instant, a glimpse of who they are. That is what interests and excites

me. It’s that silent relationship going on between two athletes, or dear friends. When work

ethic, skill, trust and competitive spirit combine between partners. When both horse and rider

have the same expression of victory, confidence, conviction, and even defeat. Horses are

naturally gregarious. I have found they like to share themselves when given the opportunity..

Subtle ranges of emotion inspire them to do all sorts of wonderful things....therein lies the

magic, the spirit, and the grace of these magnificent creatures.

Through my work I would like to share the beauty and diversity of the horse as I see it and

have them capture the imagination of others the way they have captured mine.

I have always been a fan of Nikon equipment, starting with film. Even though I discovered that

I had no enthusiasm for the dark room! Digital was very liberating for me! A far more forgiving

medium, I am virtually unlimited in the digital realm with programs like PSP, Corel painter 12,

wacom tablets, HDR, and numerous other tools to help me bring my work alive. As I technically

improved I was compelled to tell a story through my images.

In art, regardless of the medium, mood for me is everything. if I am not lured inside it will hold

little interest for me. I want to be transported and I want my photos to have that effect on people.

Enhancing and engineering an image helps to intensify that goal. A process I thoroughly

enjoy. But I have to start with something that moves me initially. I am not interested in photographic

correctness as much as how to manipulate the image into a living breathing version of

what’s in my mind. A photo does not have to be crisp clear and precise to invoke the emotion

I’m looking for. A pretty picture is always a good thing but that just wasn’t enough. My goal is

to capture an instant that inspires the emotional response of the moment.

I am inspired by many things,... texture, specific light, reflection at the top of the list. Though

I have established a recognizable style, I am ever in a state of morphing. I think that’s where

the art of it applies. I call this “Romancing the image”. There is no set of rules or techniques

that I use. I like to experiment. I think of myself as an artist before a photographer.

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Advice to anyone interested in equine photography. Get inspired! You’ll try harder and do

better if you are. Shoot in every kind of light and every setting but don’t get so technical

that you miss out on the art of it. Don’t be afraid to try something unorthodox. If you are

photographing animals, be spontaneous. The moment you stop to think that’s when you

miss that awesome shot! Toss out your tripod! Look out for those special moments. They

cannot be planned or calculated, they are spontaneous, precarious, and more often than

not surprising. I am experienced enough now to size up a situation and be able to gage

when the shot I am looking for is coming. Observe your subjects. Learn when to go to the

shot and when to wait for it.

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Photographer Spotlight Fran J. Scott

Art of Dressage

Right Page: Wisteria

Accomplishments: Shot for notables such as Wyleen May, executive producer of American Idol, etc...

Was voted Official Show Photographer for the Kentucky International Gypsy and Drum horse Classic.

Am a regular contributor to the Gypsy Horse Journal. Was featured in North American Friesian Journal,

Friesian Blood horse magazine, Equine Journal, Horse of Kings, Midwest horse digest. Was added as

a staff photographer for Dressage Today.

Aspirations, I would like to publish a fact based Journal regarding the health, care and medical conditions

associated with the heavily feathered horses known as the Traditional Gypsy Horse.

Those interested in visiting or owning my work may find it here.

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Photographer Spotlight Fran J. Scott

Winter Valentino

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Alejandro Castanon

Magnificent 36 x 48


Vino Dipinte Art Gallery

602 Orient St San Angelo, TX 76903

Eastwood 30 x 40


Texas Art

Artists of Texas


Debbie Grayson Lincoln

Texas Contemporary Western Illustrator

Felicia Marshall


Alejandro Castanon 30-31, 171-172

Ann Hoffpauir 98

Art Gallery 156-157

Artists of Texas 176-177

Artists Out of Bounds 16

Aspen Ironworks 76

Barbara Mason 110

Barry W Scharf 112

Bob Coonts 28-29

Carol Jo Smidt 9, 112

Catherine McMillan 101


CFAI Color Palette 42

CFAI Showdown 148, 158-159

Cindy Keichinger 12-13

Connie Dines 74-75

Daily Painters Abstract Gallery 152-153

Davis & CO 40-41

Debbie Lincoln 178

Dyan Newton 63

Elizabeth Chapman 50

Felicia Marshall 179

Fran J Scott 162

Gaye Sekula 4

Helen Buck 132-133

Howard Tweedie 46-47

International Equine Artists 64-65,66-73

Isabelle Gautier 18-21

J. W. Burke 88

James Loveless 3, 102

Jan Sasser 134

Jana Kappeller 51

Janet Broussard 62

Joanna Zeller Quentin 84-85

Jonelle T McCoy 49

Judy Wilder Dalton 35

Kimberly Conrad 144-145

Kristine Kainer 174-175

Kyle Wood 130-131

Lady L 181

Laurie Pace 128-129

Lelija Roy 22-25

Lesley Sealey 44

Leslie Gifford 146-147

Linda McCoy 26-27, 45

Lisa McKinney 160-161

Logan Bauer 36

Marcia Baldwin 52

Mary Jo Zorad 86-87

Michal Ashkenasi 14-15

Milton Wagner 76

Mirada Fine Art 60

Nancy Christy-Moore 99

Painters Keys Sara Genn 11

Patricia A Griffin 42

Richard Levine 100

Robert Hopkins 32-33

Roseanne Snyder 34

Stephanie Paige 39

Vino Dipinte 172-173

VL Rees 37


Colors Make Me Smile

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