Visual Language Magazine Vol 4 No 4


Visual Language Magazine Vol 4 No 4 April 2015


This Issue features stories on Plein Air Painter Kathleen Dunphy, Floral Painter Nancy Medina and Whimsical Painter Jasmine Becket-Griffith. Cover Artist is Annie O'Brien Gonzales. This edition profiles 36 International Artists from 8 different countries. Plein Air Paintings, Florals,, and Whimsical Art are all featured in this issue. 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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• My Bad Boyfriend . Sara Genn

• All in Vain . Barry Scharf

• Passion and Gifts . Kathleen Dunphy

• Leap of Faith . Nancy Medina

• Wide Eyed . Jasmine Becket-Griffith

• 36 International Artist Profiles

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Annie O’Brien Gonzales

Painter . Writer . Teacher

Annie O’Brien Gonzales studied painting and art history at Oregon State University. Proficient in

oil, acrylic, and mixed media, she is a colorist who creates expressive images inspired by nature.

She has appeared in numerous shows throughout the West and her work is in private collections

across the country

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Visual Language Magazine

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Visual Language Magazine Staff


Editor -in-Chief Laurie Pace

Contributing Editor Lisa Neison-Smith

Consulting Editor Nancy Medina

Feature Contributor Sara Genn Painter’s Keys

Feature Writer Dave Justus

Feature Editor Art Reviews Hall Groat II

Feature Contributor Barry Scharf

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Marketing and Development

Executive Director Business/Management Stacey Hendren

All Artwork is Copyrighted by the Individual Artists.

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Cover Artist Annie Gonzales 3

Painter . Writer . Teacher

Painter’s Keys - Sara Genn 8

My Bad Boyfriend

Barry Scharf 16

All in Vain.

Of Vanity Galleries and Paid Competitions

Kathleen Dunphy 28

Plein Air Painting . Passion and Gifts

Nancy Medina 48

Floral Painter

Leap of Faith

Jasmine Becket-Griffith 62


Wide Eyed

36 International Artists Profiles 90

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Painter’s Keys: Letter from Sara Genn

My Bad Boyfriend

On last night’s flight from New York, I read

Amy Poehler’s memoir, “Yes Please. “An

actress, writer, director and producer,

Amy describes the distinction between

that thing you do as an artist and your

career as one. “Creativity is connected

to passion -- that light inside that drives

you.” On the other hand your career,

writes Amy, is simply a series of opportunities

and jobs, and should be treated

with some ambivalence. “Learn to let go

of wanting it. Treat your career like a bad


I’m pleased to report that I am the top

earner of rejection letters amongst my

peers. My early twenties were spent painting,

writing impassioned cover letters and

compiling slide packs for galleries of international

repute. In theatre, this is called a

“cold audition.” I had misinterpreted what

it meant to take responsibility for how my

brilliant ideas would be shared with the

world. On top of this, somewhere along

the line I’d taken on board the idea I had

some control over the design of it all.

Instead, something else happened. I call

it, “Organic Plodding with Joy.” I learned

that the healthiest relationships are mutual,

and the best galleries are as equally

invested in finding you as you are in being

with them. Amy writes that people don’t

want to hear about the fifteen years of

doing small shows while you work hard to

improve your craft. Add to this that there

are better ways to stick your neck out

than dropping your script on a famous

person’s lap while on the train, or building

a vision board to hang above your workless

desk. Cold auditions of any kind most

often amount to not very much. “Almost

every job I have ever gotten was due

to someone knowing my work and seeing

me in something else,” writes Amy.

Better just to keep busy while waiting for

something to happen.

“It likes it when you don’t depend on it. It will reward you every time

you don’t act needy. It will chase you when you act like other things

(passion, friendship, family, longevity) are more important to you.

If your career is a bad boyfriend, it is healthy to remember you can

always leave and go sleep with somebody else.” (Amy Poehler)

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I filed my rejections and went to my

easel for real. When I emerged some

years later I found I truly had something

to love, something to do, and

somewhere to be. Amy was teaching

improv at the Upright Citizens

Brigade and bringing her comedy

sketches to the table readings at

her new job at Saturday Night Live.

I was delivering my paintings to a

new neighbourhood, the Park Avenue

moon smiling down on another

grateful hustler. Some days I even

had a little walking around money --

slip through the hole in my pocket to

jangle around in the hem of my coat.

Sincerely, Sara

Esoterica: Letting go and caring less about that thing you want so badly is a tricky

feat. Amy sums it up like this: “Care about the work you do but not about the result.

Care about how good you are, but not how good people think you are. It’s a hard one,

but organic plodding with joy might just get you where you really want to go. Mix in

public opinion and past regrets. Add a dash of future panic and a whole lot of financial

uncertainty. Career is something that fools you into thinking you are in control and

then takes pleasure in reminding you that you aren’t. Career is the thing that will not

fill you up and will never make you truly whole.” Creativity, however -- and that light

inside that drives you -- is the love of your life.

The Painter’s Keys

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Barry W. Scharf

All in Vain

Of Vanity Galleries and Paid Competitions

As Artists we all need to have our work

seen; we need to share our visions with

others; we need to communicate our

ideas to see if we can impact change and

influence the thinking of society. We artists

need to feel that we are relevant and

can generate a living from the fruits of

our labors. We spend resources on our

education and skills we buy materials and

paint to support our venture. We spend

countless years developing our skills to

improve the meaning and content of our

artworks. We are honest and kind; we are

passionate and caring; we are dedicated

to our artistic life and eager to hear feedback

and so we are also gullible.

We want to know that others approve

of our work and that they would if they

could support us in our efforts to achieve

our goals.

Now it’s time to get the work out there

so we search for competitions and calls

to enter. We see that they offer prizes,

cash awards and if you are chosen to be

the top picks they will post your work

in an online website or give you a show

somewhere. You will get the exposure

you seek. You could win a prize of cash or

equipment being offered by their sponsors.

It looks promising and on the up and

up. So go ahead and enter. As you read

the fine print you find the fee to enter,

you see that each piece can cost somewhere

between $10 to $50 or more to

enter. So instead of 6 pieces you choose

one and cut your chances. Further you

see that these types of calls for entry

are open to every artist worldwide and

the jury is whom? The kicker is that their

word is final and soon you get the notice

that you have been rejected but it was a

close call…better luck next time.

Recently I was surprised by an email from

a big-named New York Chelsea gallery (I

wont say who). It was a personal email.

They were looking for an artist of my experience

and caliber and wanted to add

artwork just like mine to their stable of

artists. They told me that they discovered

my paintings through a recommendation

to view my website, a collector

recommended me to them (no name mentioned).

They are currently building their

2015 show schedule and would I please

submit a portfolio for review quickly to

see if I will be accepted into their gallery.

If I am selected it will come with a promise

of a show date, the promotion of my

wall space in a show and to a vast list of

collectors that my work will be offered

to these. “Vanity Galleries” use any reason

to get an artist interested. It is all so

promising and tempting, artists are flattered

and so they send in the resume and

portfolio with the hope that they will be

chosen. It isn’t long before the reply that

we, us, our work is exactly what they are

looking for. Our work is superb and colorful

adjectives’ abound and we are thrilled

by all the flowery words and floating on

cloud 9.

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Cactus Creek

Barry W. Scharf

All in Vain

Albeit there is a catch… “The bait is taken”,

you are on the hook and being reeled

in. At this point it is revealed that there

is price for this representation which includes

an up front payment in the thousands

of dollars for curatorial representation.

In addition you will be responsible for

all cost of crating, insuring and shipping

your work to and from the gallery. Now if

you live far away (but of course you do

that’s why you were selected) this can be

a considerable cost and an investment of

this magnitude could break most artists

struggling to get by.

Is it a scam? Yes and no. There is a remote

chance that they could sell something; in

addition you can add a prestigious show

name in New York to your resume, and

you can say you belong to a real gallery.

However, it is more likely and doubtful

that you will see any return on your investment

beyond vanity kudos. The let

down after all the expense, effort and

wasted energy, can be overwhelming.

Now not all galleries or competitions fall

into the category of predator. There are

many that are good and mean well. I felt a

need to write this article because artists

need to be on the lookout not so trusting

of every promise. We need to ask questions

about intentions; we need to evaluate

cost verses outcome. If we do we

can avoid the web that draws on ego and

vanity. Just be careful out there.


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Annie O’Brien Gonzales


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Logan Bauer

Landscapes, Life Drawings, Still Life, Figurative Portraits

Logan Bauer spent much of his elementary and secondary school years overseas. He took his first

painting class in London, England, at the age of 13 years old. Upon his return to Arizona, he continued

to take art classes at Phoenix College, and it was not until recently that painting stopped

being a part time endeavor or hobby, but became a full time commitment.

He presently paints out of his studio located in Northern Arizona near Prescott.

Pastel, Landscape and Figurative Paintings

The Northeast Corridor


Davis & CO Art Gallery . Houston

Richard Levine

Plein Air

Kathleen Dunphy

Passion and Gifts

Kathleen Dunphy’s rapid success in the

competitive art world was predicted when

American Artist Magazine recognized her

as one of the Top Ten Emerging Artists in

1998, just 2 years after she had closed

her floral design business to devote herself

full-time to painting. She is one of

those rare people who has true passion,

dedication, and a gift for transposing nature’s

beauty to canvas.

Kathleen’s early art education included

workshops by Kevin MacPherson and Dan

Gerhartz. In 2000, Kathleen was awarded

a full scholarship at the renown Academy

of Art University in San Francisco. She

maintains strong ties to the Academy,

where she has been offered a faculty appointment

and participates in the annual

Alumni Auction. Further study with Scott

Christensen and T. Allen Lawson helped

hone her skills and refine her own unique

style of painting.

In 2003, Kathleen designed and built her

own studio in the Sierra Nevada foothills

of Northern California, where the pristine

setting of her new home provides endless

inspiration for her work. Kathleen’s

landscape paintings can now be found in

galleries from coast to coast. Her honors

are considerable and include important

juried shows in California, Texas, Georgia,

Arizona, and Maine; Best of Show from

the American Impressionist Society; an

Award of Excellence from the Oil Painters

of America; ten California Art Club Gold

Medal Shows; eight magazine articles including

being featured in Southwest Art’s

plein air issues in 2009 and 2013; the

Federal Duck Stamp Competition; Birds

in Art; Arts for the Parks; Grand Prize at

the Acadia Invitational Exhibition in Bar

Harbor, Maine; and many others. In 2014,

Kathleen’s painting “The Flotilla” was

purchased by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson

Art Museum for inclusion in their permanent

collection. Kathleen has attained

signature status with the Oil Painters

of America, the American Impressionist

Society, Laguna Plein Air Painters, the

American Society of Marine Artists and

Artists for Conservation. Her highest

honor to date came in 2013 when she

was elected to join the prestigious Plein

Air Painters of America as one of only 35

Signature Members. In a short period of

time, she has earned an impressive and

growing reputation with galleries, private

collectors, and art magazines across the

United States.

In the spirit of passing on the gifts of her

artistic abilities, Kathleen began teaching

in 2005 and is a much sought-after

workshop instructor. Her engaging style

of teaching and one-on-one instruction

garners high accolades from her student


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Plein Air

Kathleen Dunphy

A Private Conversation


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Dawning - VL Magazine | 31

Plein Air

Kathleen Dunphy

Deep in December

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The Flotilla - VL Magazine | 33

Plein Air

Kathleen Dunphy

Lawn Mowers

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Neap Tide

San Pasqual Valley Overlook - VL Magazine | 35

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Home is where the art is.


Valerie Travers

Seascapes, Landscapes, Abstract and Floral

”Splendour” - Oil on Canvas 40 x 30 inches

“Gone but not Forgotten” - Oil on Canvas 30 x 20 inches

“Heavenly Feelings” - Oil on Canvas 30 x 20 inches


Bob Coonts



“Prancer II”, 36”x60”, Acryllic on Canvas


Title: March Morning, Horseshoe Bay, Southampton, Bermuda

Size: 30x36”

Medium: Oil on Linen

John Whitton Bria

Laurie Justus Pace

The Power of Three

The Spirit of the Paint

Viewing a Laurie Pace painting is a rich experience

that drips with color and emotion. Her

passionate works are alive with movement,

boldly created with a wide brush and a palette

knife. She loves working with oils, dramatically

carving out the paint and transferring

her energy to the canvas and ultimately

on to the viewer.

The Power of Three 30 x 40 Oil on Canvas

Mirada Fine Art . Denver

The La Jolla Gallery . La Jolla

Davis & CO . Houston

Dutch Art Gallery . Dallas

Rare Gallery . Jackson Hole

Texas Trails . Nocona

Robert Kelly Gallery . Park City

Eric Bodtker

Les Alpilles and Olive Trees in Saint Remy de Provence

Vickie REES

Mint Milk Shake 24 x 12

Visit my website.


Nancy Medina

Leap of Faith

I suspect when we are truly artists, there is really

no escape from the destiny of making art and

creating. When I was young and flitting about the

country trying on different careers, the one thing

that never changed was a constant need to create.

I remember quite clearly the day I was deciding

on a major for College and my parents told me

not to choose art because I would starve. And so

I became a journalist. (This is the part of the story

where all the underpaid journalists in the room


My parents were speaking out of fear and out of

a desire to protect me from the big bad world out

there, but in reality being an artist is a calling, and

I could only ignore the calling for so long. One

year ago, at the age of 51, I gave up my job as the

director of a national magazine to paint and teach

full time. My boss’ jaw dropped when I told him I

was leaving this cherry position with its six-figure

salary and nice office. I would caution, however, I

didn’t leap off the corporate cliff with no preparation

into some blissful artistic abyss. I was strategic

and careful and I slowly but surely built my art

business over time, balancing two careers until I

felt fairly certain I could pay the light bill with my

art. I would get home from work at 5:30 pm, take

care of the pugs, clean house, and be in the studio

by 6:30 pm each evening. I would paint until

midnight and be at work the next day at 7:30 am

sharp. I did this every day for over 7 years.

And now, at the end of my first year as a full-time

artist, I have more than doubled my old salary in

corporate America. How was this possible? When

you do what you love, you succeed.

I wake up each morning and I am filled with happiness.

Now that I set my own hours, choose my

own places to teach, decide each morning what I

want to paint, and basically control my own destiny,

I understand more clearly the concept of “freedom

to create.” I can write an article for a magazine

at 11 pm at night, and not worry about the

board of director’s meeting at 8 am the next morning,

for example. My coworkers have four feet and

leave squeaky toys around the studio. My boss

tosses a ball at my leg and barks at me when it’s

time to take a break. I have conference calls with

videographers and website gurus in my business

casual bathrobe. Most importantly, I control my

own success. Strangely, I work more hours now

than I did when I had two jobs. I work 7 days a

week, every day and every night. But I love every

minute of my life.

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Nancy Medina

An important factor in my motivation to be a successful artist was not to make money, but to

create. When you open yourself up to the creative force, your artistic calling, that thing out

there that is much bigger than us all, you eliminate the toxic barriers and distractions between

yourself and your muse.

Now, I find myself trying to rehabilitate friends who are unhappy in their careers, by telling

them to launch their own cottage industry. If you have a hobby, a skill, or something you really

enjoy doing, I say, find a way to make a side business out of it. Build your business over time.

If you work very hard, if you are very passionate about it, if you enjoy what you are doing,

growth and success is inevitable. How do you know when it’s time to take the leap? Life is so

very short. Don’t give control to someone else; you have the power to paint your own destiny.

Garden Remnants Geraniums and Pansies 14X14

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“I am pursuing a dream.

The return on investment is joy.”

Circle of Friends Tulips - VL Magazine | 51


Nancy Medina

Life’s a Breeze Peonies 14X14

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A Brush With Summer - Sunflowers 16X20 - VL Magazine | 53


Nancy Medina

Poppy Tango

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Fall Sunday Sunflowers 20 x 16 - VL Magazine | 55


Nancy Medina

Nancy Medina is a master signature artist and instructor

for the Dallas Arboretum who teaches floral and landscape

painting across the US, and in France and Italy. Her paintings

are collected around the world. You can learn more

about her at

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“Phalaenopsis” Pastel

Richard Levine

Pastel Painter Landscape and Figurative


Davis & CO Fine Art

Mark Yearwood

Fire and Rain 48’’x36’’ Mixed Media on Canvas

Select Prints available at

Barbara Haviland


Barb’s Garden Art

Laura Reed


April 7 – May 4

The Gallery at Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay

Reception April 7, 4:30 til 6:00 pm.


Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Wide Eyed

Jasmine Becket-Griffith was born in Kansas City,

Missouri in 1979. The oldest of three daughters,

she spent a lot of her childhood reading, drawing

& painting, and playing with her two sisters. She

always had a bit of an overactive imagination,

which no doubt led to her further development as

a fantasy artist.

Jasmine’s favourite artwork early in life mostly

consisted of book illustrations and animation

(she’s always been a big Disney fan!). Jasmine’s

own large eyes and round face often worked their

way into her many drawings - she has always

been one to focus on self-portraits. She was also

drawn to the “big eyed” mass-marketed prints of

children and “pity kitties” by Keane and Gig that

were advertised in the back of the old comic books

she read (there were boxes of old 1960s comics

in the attic). Jasmine’s father introduced her to

the surreal worlds of Salvador Dali and HR Giger,

which probably helped form the “darker side” in

some of her work. In addition he showed her the

book “Gnomes” by Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet

and of course “Faeries” by Brian Froud and Alan

Lee - both of which helped spur an early interest

in the faery folk and the artwork inspired by them.

Jasmine began her “professional” career at the

age of 5 years old, going door-to-door to sell her

drawings and paintings.

Three Little Birds

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Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Alice and Snow White

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As her style developed, Jasmine began reading

more fantasy books - anything she could get her

hands on at the public library - notably the “Dragonlance”

series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

At age 12 she received the book “The Art of

the Dragonlance Saga” as a gift and thus began

her interest in contemporary fantasy artwork. Inspired

by the magical paintings of Larry Elmore

and Keith Parkinson, she began to consider the

world of fantasy art as a potential career.

At age 13 Jasmine won a bunch of money from

the National Spelling Bee. The vast majority of

the money was spent on art supplies, as it was at

that time she began taking her artwork “seriously.”

Of course in 8th grade that mostly meant buying

Bob Ross instructional videos. After teaching herself

the basics of paint handling and realism she

began incorporating her more “cartoon like” characters

into her paintings. Her style was further refined

- a blend of realism and wide-eyed wonder,

usually featuring the big-eyed characters inspired

by her own self-portraits.

As time wore on, Jasmine doodled and painted

her way through high school and finally finished

up with that nonsense. In 1997 at the age of 17

she met her future husband Matt Becket on the

internet and wowed him with her sketchbooks.

Or something like that. Matt gave her the nickname

Strangeling (a combination of “strange” and

“changeling”) and being the dotcom decade, she

registered the website to

showcase her artwork. She dipped her toes into

the professional artworld at age 18 with some online

sales and galleries. As time wore on she began

gaining more and more of an internet fanbase

through her original paintings and commissioned

works, and by the age of 22 she was able to “quit

her day job” and support herself fully with her artwork.

Her name and recognition spread as she

continued painting non-stop - books were published,

contracts were signed, hundreds of products

were licensed, and shortly after her husband

Matt was able to devote himself to Jasmine’s career

full-time as her personal assistant while pursuing

his own writing career.

As the Jasmine Becket-Griffith brand has grown

into a multi-million dollar annual industry, the

company has also expanded to half a dozen employees

(Jasmine’s two sisters, brother-in-law,

sister-in-law, mohter, step-sister) who handle the

production, printing, packaging & shipping of Jasmine’s

prints and original paintings sold through

the website. The team also helps

set up conventions & art fairs (including Jasmine’s

personal appearances at conventions such as

Dragon*Con, MegaCon and FaerieCon), processing

internet orders, and taking care of the computer

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Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Bosch Circus

Right Page: Portrait of Ophelia

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Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Jasmine very happy to be able to support herself

painting what she loves. She paints typically

between 8-16 hours per day, only breaking for

travel or personal appearances. She lives in the

Disney-created city of Celebration, Florida (near

her primary gallery - Pop Gallery at Downtown

Disney), and also divides her time between her

secondary home studios in London, England and

in her hometown of Kansas City. She has three

cats, Mama Wolf, Tigrillo, and Sunshine. When

not painting she enjoys traveling, spending time in

nature, reading and vegetarian cooking.

Jasmine’s artwork appears in countless books (her

books “Gothic Art Now” and “Vampire Art Now,”

“The World of Faery” with Alan Lee, ‘The Art of

Faery” with Brian Froud, “Big Eye Art,” “The Fantasy

Art Bible,” “The Oracle of the Shapeshifters,

“The Oracle of Shadows and Light”, “Les Vampires

Oracle,” “Myths and Mermaids Oracle,” “Beautiful

Creatures Tarot,” “Lowbrow Art,” “Lowbrow Cats,”

regular issues of the annual “Spectrum,” and Art

Renewal’s annual ARC Salons, as well as her

solo art books including “Fairy: the Art of Jasmine

Becket-Griffith,” “Jasmine Becket-Griffith: Portfolio

Volume I,” “Portfolio Volume II,” “Portfolio

Volume III,” and the new “Strangeling: The Art

of Jasmine Becket-Griffith”, TV shows & movies,

lines of licensed merchandise products, and very

notably her co-brands and character contract work

with the Walt Disney Company. Jasmine’s internet

and social media presence is one of the highest

status online of any living artist, with millions of

internet hits and a Facebook fanpage exceeding

800,000 fans.

Jasmine’s paintings are all created the traditional

way - hand painted acrylic paintings on wood or

masonite panels. No computers, no airbrushes,

no digital enhancements. Jasmine’s work weaves

traditional “Old Masters” style techniques and realistic

detail with contemporary themes and characters,

creating a timeless feel that appeals to all

ages. Her original paintings and fine art can be

found at the WonderGround Gallery at Disneyland

in Anaheim, the Pop Gallery at Walt Disney World

in Florida, and the Disney Marketplace Co-Op at

Downtown Disney in Florida.

Right Page: Darling Dragonling

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Roseanne Snyder

Lavender Sky

“Yellow and Blue”

Suzy Pal Powell

Phyllis DeQuevedo

“A Work in Progress”


JP Foucart

Joy Shared

Nancy Medina

Painting Under the Tuscan Sun

A Painting Dream Getaway

During the Peak of Poppy Bloom Season

June 6-13, 2015

Tuscany, Italy

“Celebrating the stories and legends of Texas and

the Great Southwest through original art, prints and books.”

601 E Hwy. 82 - Nocona, Texas 76255 . 940-825-7226 . Facebook: Texas Trails Art Gallery

Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 6 . Sunday 1 to 5 . Closed Mondays.

Lisa McKinney

Had I Known

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Anton Zhou


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Kimberly Conrad


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Brian Croft


Isabelle Gautier


David Blow


United States of America

United States of America


Angela Hardy


Jeanne Illenye


Debbie Grayson Lincoln


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Michal Askhenasi


Diane Whitehead


Denise Bossarte


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Alejandro Castanon


Elaine Vileria


Deran Wright


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Aixa Oliveras


Rainer Andreesen


Felicia Marshall

Puerto Rico

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Valerie Travers


Tigran Tsitoghdzya


Ray Maines

United Kingdom

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Vincent Wray


Mark Yearwood


Barry Scharf

United Kingdom

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Gerald Barnes


Lisa McKinney


Mary Jo Zorad

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JoAnn Peralta


Robert Huckestein


Roberta McGowan

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Morgan Weistling


Anthony A. Gonzalez


Laurie Pace

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Yelena Dyumin

Paper Pigeons

Art is, by its nature, a reflection of the way we think and feel. My paintings express my

thoughts and emotion blended with an interpretation of our physical world. Vibrant colors

and a strong design sense co-exist with humor and compassion to create varied pieces

with a universal and timeless appeal. I’m most passionate about painting and drawing

and have been involved with the two since childhood. I’ve always loved the experience

of losing myself in thought and diving into the world of art and imagination. This creative

introspection allows me to produce art that is not only beautiful, but one-of-a-kind. I’ve

been told again and again that this uncanny ability to illustrate the exceptional beauty of

everyday life is what makes my artwork lovable.

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Slav Krivoshiev

Who Stole the Fairy Tales

Style: mythological constructivism. I define art that is created as a social myth. Constructive

basis is the mythological story, a fragment or a reference to certain mythological hero,

passage or detail, but considered in the problems of the modern social environment, resulting

in a new mythological experience, a new reflection, the result of a new social environment,

where a person lives, seeking and developing. Or the environment in which

man is obliged to live, according to the circumstances, are obviously controlled social

power but he often monitor and control them (the circumstances). Psycho-social myth of

modern man. Art which has claim does not give the answer, and asks precise questions to

the problems of modern life. - VL Magazine | 83



Angela Hardy


Angela Hardy’s portrait and figurative paintings have been widely published, graced covers

and featured articles of many international magazines and can be found in collections

in both North America and Europe by Prestigious Collectors such as Howard Tullman, Internationally

Famed photographer, Dr Andy Gotts MBE MA FBIPP and Canadian Collector,

Bob Buckingham. “Angela Hardy’s work is simply breathtaking. It oozes depth and feeling

and gets under the skin of her subjects. Each brush stroke adds another layer of passion

and feeling from this amazing artist and I am proud to have her work in my collection.” Says

photographer Dr .Andy Gotts. Bob Buckingham, Lawyer, collector: “Angela’s pieces, whether

they be a soft, sensuous still life or bold portraits of her avant-garde friends all reflect

the magnificent colors she was infused with as a child raised under the aurora borealis of


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Brian Croft

Theatre Row, Granville - 1962

Brian Croft is a former fighter pilot with the Canadian Forces. Today he is a widely recognized

artist whose work emanates from the beautiful locales surrounding Vancouver,

British Columbia, Canada. He has introduced a historical and heritage perspective into

his work and this has become the focal element and trademark of his various collections.

Brian’s major works are now rendered on canvas and his meticulous research and paint

process continues to produce highly detailed and evocative paintings of our past. He

resides in Langley, B.C. and has created over 380 works. - VL Magazine | 85



Michal Askhenasi


Michal Ashkenasi was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to Israel after World War

II. She graduated from her art studies at Haifa University in 1983 and worked for several

years with different artists. Ashkenasi moved to the Artist Colony in Sefad, Israel in 1990

and became a member. She is a member of the Israeli Association of Painters and Sculptors

since 1987. From 1987 she did one-man shows almost every year in Israel and Europe, and

participated in groups exhibitions as well. Many private art lovers all over the world have

purchased her works. She currently works at her home in the center of Israel and was accepted

to the “Salon Des Artistes Francais 2003” for the juried International Show in Paris,

France, where she received the Medaille de Bronze 2003 for her work and was awarded the

Grande Medaille d’Or in the juried International Art Festival 2004 in Cannes , France.

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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. 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”. - VL Magazine | 87


Puerto Rico

Aixa Oliveras


Aixa Oliveras is a Puerto Rican artist who has participated in several group exhibitions in

venues such as Foro Galería, Galería Peroni and OBRA Galería Alegría. Also, one of her

paintings is included in the Reyes-Veray Collection. Born in Bayamόn, Puerto Rico, Aixa

graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas in 2007. She has studied

traditional drawing and painting techniques in a scholarship program with the artists Luis

Borrero and Amber Lia-Kloppel. She lives and works in Old San Juan, PR. ”My paintings

center on the space between the conscious and unconscious self. I juxtapose the human

figure (conveyed in a figurative, realist style) against a dreamlike narrative, which in turn

conveys a sense of unreality, mystery and displacement. Through my paintings I endeavor

to express the idea of the extraordinary amidst what may seem ordinary.”

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Valerie Travers


Painting is a massive part of my life and I work in the studio for several hours each day

if possible. Surrounded by sea it is natural to be touched by such changing beauty and

this I aim to capture in my work. Seascapes and skies have moved me for as long as I

can remember, forever changing, and always inspirational. Sometimes soft, gentle and

almost childlike. Other times fierce, strong and dramatic. “I love the creative process from

beginning to end, seeing a creation emerge and grow often with quite surprising results. I

try not to be too rigid in my approach and let the creative juices flow and develop. I paint

what gives me pleasure, pure and simple but at the same time it makes me happy when

I know that what I create is also giving pleasure to others. It is impossible for one’s work

to be liked by everyone, we all have preferences, so I tend to follow my instincts and paint

what comes naturally. - VL Magazine | 89


United Kingdom

Vincent Wray

Bunny Boom

My Art, my passion. Acrylic on wood panel with stair varnish (oil based) and flame.

The stair varnish was a gift from someone who saw a guy wondering around the neighborhood

trying to sell it. The varnish burns really well once dry. I tried burning it whilst still wet

and nearly burned the house down. The varnish allows the heat to effect the layers of paint

below before liquefying. I still have a lot to learn about the process but it is a lot of fun, as

long as you don’t touch the panel while it’s hot. I have done it so many times with blistered

fingers as the result.

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Gerald Barnes

Steadfast 30” x 48” x 1.5” Canvas

Numbers Series No. 34

Like many artists, my career was interrupted by the realities of having to make a living.

Now that I am retired, I have finally come back to making art and moving in quite a new direction.

My past work consisted mainly of acrylic narrative paintings on artboard and canvas

30”X40” while my current work is in mixed media on wood panels and wooden forms. - VL Magazine | 91


United States of America

JoAnn Peralta

Girl with Flowers

JoAnn Peralta, as a very young girl, was inspired by paintings that sparked her creative inner

spirit. Peralta found Vincent Van Gogh paintings affected her in such a deeply aesthetic

way that she began to pursue oil painting and drawing on her own. “There was never anyone

really encouraging me to do this. I just knew I had to do it.” Peralta adds, “As a teenager

I would hang out at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena and take in the beautiful fine

art while studying my favorite pieces”. Peralta didn’t receive artistic training until her early

20’s when she received a full-scholarship to Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California,

which she attended for four years as an illustration/fine arts major.

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Morgan Weistling

Steadfast 30” x 48” x 1.5” Canvas

The Vineyard Girl

After being art-directed for years, Morgan Weistling decided to paint for himself. He took

time out to produce a painting of two children and brought it to Scottsdale Arizona on

the advice of long time friend, Julio Pro . The first gallery he walked into signed him on

the spot, Trailside Galleries. Co-owner Maryvonne Leshe was quick to spot new talent.

She was soon proven right. “He would send his paintings to us un-framed and before we

could get them hung, they would be sold,” quips Maryvonne. Soon a “draw” system for

Weistling’s paintings became necessary. His first one-man show had 26 paintings and all

were sold opening night. Since then, Morgan has had five more one-man shows and they

sold -out opening night as well. Also interested in depicting his Christian faith, Morgan

has portrayed the life of Christ in many of his paintings. Those images can be found in the

best selling book, The Image of Christ, with paintings and text by Morgan. - VL Magazine | 93


United States of America

Andy Baird


Andy Baird’s large drip-painted portraits are especially entertaining because of their dynamic

palette and controlled use of color values, pulling together a subject that is startlingly


Says Baird: “Each time I visit the painting, I drip paint either to lose the image or strengthen

it. I build layers of color until I see in the painting that perfect quality that I’m looking for.

The process is intriguing to me, especially when each painting takes on a life of its own, and

the end result surprises and fascinates me.”

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Kimberly Conrad

A Song from the Gulf Gull

“Art and music are to my soul, as food and water are to my body. I believe that they are

two of God’s most precious gifts to His children. As the author and giver of creativity,

through these gifts, He has given us a portion of Himself. He created the very first canvas,

magnificently painted it, and brought it to life.” I am a full-time artist, dividing my time

between painting and teaching in my Colorado studio. Having painted on most every

surface imaginable, at this time I work primarily on canvas, board, and paper. Though my

style remains quite diverse, I believe I have the heart of an Abstract Expressionist, or even

more accurately, an Action Expressionist, as I am most definitely an “action painter”. My

preferred application, used in my landscape, seascapes and aspens is to “pour” my paint,

manipulating the flow with water and body movement.” - VL Magazine | 95


United States of America

Isbelle Gautier

Before the Snow

Isabelle Gautier was born and grew up in Normandy, just a few miles from The Mont Saint

Michel in north-western France. Her early artistic development was inspired by a love of

nature, color and design. Her extensive travels across all continents have left a lasting impression

on her oeuvre, making her artwork both personal and universal. Influenced by the

French impressionist artists of the 19th century, Gautier also has a strong passion for 20th

century expressionist painters as well. Represented by Muse and Co in Atlanta, she was

selected by HGTV as the main artist for their Smart Home in 2013. In 1991 she attended

l’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, but is mostly self-taught. Working as a professional artist over

the past twenty years, she has paused long enough to raise her children. Isabelle Gautier

moved to Atlanta in 1999 with her husband and two sons where she lives and works today.

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Jeanne Illenye

Blossoms with Bluebirds

Jeanne has begun to periodically lighten her palette and occasionally alter the perspective

on her subjects, yet always relying on her classical roots such as employing the Hogarth

Curve in varying forms within her compositions, sensitivity to light and shadow, a base

of earth tones applied in thin glazes, to ultimately produce larger, fresher paintings. It is in

these newest works where simplification of format and intensification of focus continue

to reveal lighter, more emphatic paintings that simultaneously retain a delicacy of touch

and sensitivity of spirit for which Jeanne is recognized. Perennial inspiration from her

bountiful gardens, a reverence for nature and an acute awareness of the effects of time

upon her subjects are what identify Jeanne Illenye’s work as both endearing and enduring

as she captures nature’s transient beauty. - VL Magazine | 97


United States of America

Diane Whitehead


Animals are my muse. The scratch of the paw, pounce of a hoof, gesture of the head, alert

ear, quiet stride, powerful shape, ancient wisdom. All come to play with the shapes I see as

I paint.

I am drawn to the natural beauty and coloring of an animal and am aware of how it must

adapt to it’s surroundings, to become invisible to the hunter, visible to the same species

to mate, and powerful enough to scare off predators. The bold color I see is like an animal

aura, with such energy and emotion, it is difficult for me to ever tone down my color palette.

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Elaine Vileria

Celestial Reincarnation

Elaine received her Masters Degree from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY. She has been

an art teacher for students from pre-K, through high school, as well as adult instruction.

She has coordinated and curated numerous art exhibitions. After facing breast cancer in

1996, she coordinated three art shows for cancer survivors.

Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in France, and

has been published in “Quilting Today Magazine”. She has also written and illustrated a

children’s book, “The Legend of Old Mr. Clarke”. - VL Magazine | 99


United States of America

Rainer Andreesen


New York and all my travels provided a life so far from where I came from and full of inspiration

and adventure. My modeling career was going very well working for the top designers

such as Armani, Valentino, Zegna and Gucci. I ended up with a contract with Saks 5th ave

in New York while working for J.Crew, LL. Bean and Eddie Bauer and many other catalog

companies. Eventually I found myself missing the actual painting of portraits, although I

kept a sketch book throughout my travels, nothing was as satisfying as painting for me.

After six years in New York, I took a break from modeling and moved to Los Angeles with

my partner Victor Garber and concentrated on my paintings of portraiture. With all my adventures

and inspiration from my travels, the brush became my guide to paint what I had

built up inside me.

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Tigran Tsitoghdzyan

Mirror Series

Tigran Tsitoghdzyan was born in 1976 in Yerevan, Armenia. Since he was very young he

passed his days painting and drawing. He found his universe when he discovered the oil

paints at the age of 5. Very soon he was noticed by Henrik Iguitian, an art critic, founder

and director of Modern Art Museum and Children Art Museum in Yerevan. He organized

Tigran’s first personal exhibition with one hundred works when Tigran was ten years old.

The exhibition started in Yerevan, and then continued in the cities of Spain and USA. In

the following years Tigran had numerous exhibitions in Armenia, Russia, West Europe and

United States. He was awarded by different governmental organizations and foundations

in Armenia and Russia. Hundreds of articles were written, interviews and 2 documentaries

were made. His paintings were included in the catalogues of the modern Armenian artists. - VL Magazine | 101


United States of America

Mark Yearwood


Yearwood’s fine art is all about line and form, a little geometry, architectural aspects, and

organic design. He has been influenced along the way by Native American art and culture,

the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the quality of the work of contemporary Santa

Fe artists. Previously the artist always had to suit his sign and graphic design customers

and abide by the images they had in mind. Now he wants to work for himself, following his

own inspiration in its purest form. What is inside is being released in the abstract form; it is

not representational, allowing for a co-creation of meaning between artist and viewer. His

goals: to make better and better art, to explore, to evolve, not to be stale nor easily pigeonholed.

Yearwood is currently known for the interesting texture of his work, one piece even

containing parts of a salvaged Cello.

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Lisa McKinney

Morning Dew

Lisa McKinney is the daughter of an internationally collected wildlife and western painter

and a renowned biotech director. The mix of the creative and the logical always felt like a

pull of two very conflicted worlds. As a child, Lisa found the quiet solitude of creating art

was a welcome reprieve from a rambunctious house with three brothers. Lisa’s drawings

and paintings were chosen each year to be displayed in the elementary school art shows

at the local opera house. However, art was soon left behind and replaced by college,

studying for a career in social work. After a very rewarding time working with troubled

teens, Lisa realized that the color of creativity was a crucial part of her soul. Searching for a

path that would lead to the perfect blend of right and left brain culminated in her current

full time career as a mixed media artist, photographer, and graphic designer. She finds

her artistic inspiration comes from nature, as well as quiet days spent in her studio in the

mountains overlooking the rugged, rocky Oregon Coast. - VL Magazine | 103


United States of America

Robert Huckestein

See and Sew

I am living my dream as a full-time artist. The paintings and drawings I create are a result

of all those years spent honing my artistic skills, and studying techniques of past artists, as

well as contemporary artists of today. My early paintings were experiments of many different

styles from abstract to photorealism. But, I always returned to drawing and painting in

a realistic style of which my work is now recognized for. These realistic paintings and drawings

are of the architecture, and the people of the city and surrounding small towns that

are distinct of Western Pennsylvania. I also use objects that relate to my life or to things of

the past that help me to create my still life’s.

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Anthony A Gonzalez

Servant to None

Anthony takes every opportunity to expand and develop his skills and personal style. He

draws and paints from life often to continually perfect his skills. He attended The Art Institute

in Texas and Academia Atrium in Madrid, Spain and taken numerous workshops with

nationally know artists although much of his technique is self-taught.

Gonzalez says, “Each women has a uniqueness of her own and with the use of form and

color my goal is to capture her expression and attitude and convey that to the viewer.

Their expressions and attitudes present me with endless creative possibilities and this is

what inspires me to paint.” - VL Magazine | 105


United States of America

Anton Zhou

House of China

There are many museums that I have been to, and a lot of them have artworks from famous

artists such as Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso. Seeing a whole set of their art, especially

in Europe, inspired me to reach their level of skill, and maybe extend beyond as a young

impressionist. I didn’t want to be the next Picasso or anything. I just wanted to be me, the

first member of the Zhou family to reach the ultimate goal - becoming a professional artist.

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Clayton Gardinier

Abandoned Church . Chappell Hill, Texas

I am interested in the likenesses we make of ourselves and what it possibly says about us

as human beings. My work includes abstract, landscape, environmental, black and white

photography, expressionist, architectural and nature photography. - VL Magazine | 107


United States of America

David Blow

Winter Chapel #2

David Blow is an artist and a photographer from North Texas. He is a Professor, Emeritus, at

the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.

David’s photography steps past the given into a realm of story telling and often fantasy. Using

the basic elements of art and design, his work weaves a story before the viewer’s eyes.

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Debbie Lincoln

White Bull

I believe that artists possess a talent to soften the heart of a society that seems to be slowing

losing its soul. I am a very literal painter, but as I paint I always construct stories – not

only about the painting itself, but also about the type of person who may like it or be attracted

or touched by it. Art has a way of making people feel not so alone in the universe.

“Yes! I feel the same way about that subject!” or “I have been in that same place/mood/

situation, too!” It’s a way of connecting.

I simply paint what I love and admire – and in my case, since I am surrounded by farm and

ranch land, and the people who care for the earth and many of God’s animals, that’s what

I paint. - VL Magazine | 109


United States of America

Denise Bossarte


My photography is in the Miksang Contemplative Photography style. Miksang photography

is a Shambhala Buddhist Contemplative practice that focuses on direct perception of

the world, without conceptualizations; it is photography that connects the photographer

with non-conceptual awareness. Often with this type of photography, the photographer

will be stopped in their tracks by perceptions that completely interrupt the flow of mental

activity, that freeze them in the moment. The craft is to capture that moment with the camera

so that people viewing the photographs can then have the same experience.

With Miksang photography, there is no staging; no altering of the environment, the shot, or

the images before, during, or after the shot is taken. What you see in these images is what I

saw at the moment I took the pictures.

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Deran Wright

Grand Ol Pachyderm

During a family vacation in New Mexico, my parents ran into a well known western sculptor/painter,

and asked him to look at my work (the sketchpad was never far away).

Their question was, should they sign me up for art lessons? His reply was “Certainly not.

This kid sees 3 dimensionally, you can tell from his drawings, and at this point art lessons

could only do more harm than good.”

He gave me a rectangular box, and said, “Here kid. You’ll need this some day.” The box

contained a strange wooden utensil, and was mostly full of some very mysterious dark

material. My first sculpture tool and a block of wax. It went under the bed for the next

7 years. While sitting around on the beach, I decided to make a sand castle. The sand

was just right, and the castle became a sculpture of a girl. Not a very good one, but good

enough at the time. From this day forward I live life dimensionally. - VL Magazine | 111


United States of America

Felicia Marshall


I am an artist, mom, wife, and teacher. Since 2008, I have undertaken the challenge of being

a daily painter. I continue to be rewarded by the process. I live in Texas and enjoy being able

to spend my life surrounded by art. I have always known I was an artist. I was lucky to be

able to attend a high school that focused on visual arts. There I was introduced to many

different art materials which included acrylic paint. In college, I had a little bit more freedom

to choose the materials that I wanted to work with. I found myself naturally drawn to

the versatility of acrylic paint. I have considered myself a painter ever since. I keep art fresh

by taking more photographs and pushing myself to make them in a different way or from

a different perspective. I don’t have any techniques for burnout. I wish I did. I get burnout

often. It’s mostly about issues concerning time. I get overly ambitious about what I can

accomplish in the time that I have.

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Ray Maines


A photographer with a BS degree in Illustrative Photography from Rochester Institute of

Technology, who studied with fine art instructors such as Minor White, Ralph Hattersley

and Charles Arnold. My current work is digital format in both black and white and color.

While most of my work is digital, many film negatives have also been scanned so that

they might be printed. Images are found where ever travel takes me. My eye tends to see

images which are abstract or which can be abstracted through the digital process. Fragments

and details of objects and areas also attract my attention. I am very aware of light

and try to utilize it to best enhance the effect on the final image.

All of the finished work is produced in a digital darkroom. The usual photographic techniques

are applied digitally. In addition, some of the images are further manipulated in

Photoshop and other software using techniques only available in the digital format. - VL Magazine | 113


United States of America

Barry Scharf


Along with a lifetime of personal artwork in painting, sculpture and photographic travels, I

am an instructor at the Art Institute of Seattle. My focus there is teaching the next generation

of artists digital imaging theory and practice.

As an artist who is centered in seeing the spiritual within nature, I am moved to express visions

by both abstract imagery and narrative reality. In this way my work allows the viewer

to experience feelings as imagery, sound as color, prayer as a composition.

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Mary Jo Zorad


Mary Jo now lives live in Olympia Washington, a wonderland of nature and landscape

scenery. She ventures outside daily with her dogs to explore nature just as she did as a

young child. She continues to find these excursions enlivening and spiritually inspiring.

With digital camera in hand she documents the seasons and occasionally the wildlife.

During these excursions she has encountered wild bears, deer, coyote and the plentiful

hopping rabbits, observed cougar tracks in the mud and snow, and watched the wildflower

seasons come and go. Zorad’s paintings step further than the visible eye can see

bringing in basic spirit. Of all the paintings that Mary Jo creates she explaines that the

animals are the most exhilarating to paint. She is most fond of the domestic animals such

as cats, dogs and horses. Additionally, the North American wildlife, such as elk, deer, bears

and birds warm her heart. - VL Magazine | 115


United States of America

Roberta McGowan

Storm Cloud

Roberta McGowan founded Visual West Photography in 1998 in Colorado following a

successful career on the US East Coast as a photojournalist, corporate photographer, and

portrait specialist. Her images of horses, cowgirls, cowboys, and the wild west are photographed

with reverence for the spirits of the animals and people presented. From her

earliest years with a point and shoot camera to professional newspaper photographer to

corporate photojournalist, Roberta has carried with her the joy of capturing those very

special fragile moments.

Roberta entered the world of horse photography with the goal of honoring the Western

spirit. Her interpretive images help define find that rare energy which survives and thrives

in the Rocky Mountains.

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Laurie Justus Pace


As splintering light fractions into thousands of colors, Laurie’s journey in life has encompassed

many careers from runway model to graphic artist, from musician to singer, from

teacher to artist. She believes the greatest influence in her life is her faith. A degree in Art,

ten years with an advertising agency, and thirty five years teaching art has come full circle

to top honors at international art shows and representation from top galleries. Constantly

pushing the edge, Laurie presses in her work for discovery and celebration. Compositions

change with color and dimension setting the pace for a unique painting every time with

a new journey. Viewing a Laurie Justus Pace painting is a rich experience that drips with

color and emotion. Her passionate works are alive with movement, boldly created with a

wide brush and a palette knife. She loves working with oils, dramatically carving out the

paint and transferring her energy to the canvas and ultimately on to the viewer. - VL Magazine | 117

Judy Mackey

“Patience” Oil on Canvas

“Patience 2” Oil on Canvas

“Patience 3” Oil on Canvas

“Patience 5” Oil on Canvas

Judy Mackey

No Worries” Oil on Canvas


Colors Make Me Happy

Small Blessings 24 x 30 inches

Acrylic on Canvas

She began painting at age 2 on small pieces and by age 3 moved up to

full size canvas. Lady L is the granddaughter of Texas Artist Laurie Pace.




Kimberly Conrad

“Pouring Color Into Your Life”

Moving Metals Cerulean B-6 18” x 18”

Moving Metals

Moving Metals Cerulean B-5 18 “ x 18”


Carol A. McIntyre

“Floating Winds, “ 28x21, Oil on Canvas




“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.”

Alejandro Castanon

Vino Dipinte Art Gallery

602 Orient St San Angelo, TX 76903

Artists of Texas


Felicia Marshall

“Dressed Up”


Left page: “Sunshine on Hope”

Red Earth Red

Lyrical #122A Red

Mary Jo Zorad

contemporary fine art

Index of Features and Advertisers

Aixa Oliveras 88

Alejandro Castanon 87, 132-133

Angela Hardy 84

Annie O-Brien Gonzales 3, 20-21

Anthony A Gonzalez 105

Anton Zhou 106

Andy Baird 94

Art Treks 124-125

Artists of Texas 134-135

Barbara Haviland 60

Barry Scharf 16-19, 114

Bob Coonts 40-41

Brian Croft 85

Carol Jo Smidt 13

Clayton Gardinier 107

Corey Watson 24

Daily Painters 140-141

Daily Painters Abstract Gallery


David Blow 108

Davis & CO Gallery 36-37

Debbie Lincoln 109

Denise Bossarte 110

Deran Wright 111

Diane Whitehead 98, 130-131

Elaine Vileria 99

Eric Bodtker 46

Felicia Marshall 112, 136-137

Gerald Barnes 91

Index of Artists 142

Isabelle Gautier 96

Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Jeanne Illenye 97

JoAnn Peralta 92

John Whitton Bria 42-43

Jonelle T McCoy 12

Judy Mackey 118-119

Kathleen Dunphy 28-35

Kimberly Conrad 95, 126-127

Kit Hevron Mahoney 25

Lady L 120-121

Laura Reed 61

Laurie Pace 44-45, 117

Lelija Roy 14

Lisa McKinney 78-79, 103

Logan Bauer 26

Mark Yearwood 59, 102

Mary Jo Zorad 115, 138-139

Michal Askhenasi 86

Mirada 10-11

Morgan Weistling 93

Nancy Medina 48-57, 74-75

Nathalie Kelly 143

Niki Gulley 4-5

Painters Keys, Sara Genn 8-9

Palette Knife painters 122-123

Phyllis DeQuevedo 72-73

Rainer Andreesen 100

Ray Maines 113

Richards Levine 27, 58

Robert Huckestein 104

Roberta McGowan 116

Roseanne Snyder 70

Sanda Manuila 15

Shirley Anderson 22-23

Slav Krivoshiev 83

Suzy Pal Powell 71

Texas Trails Gallery 76-77

Tigran Tsitoghdzyan 101

Valeries Travers 38-39, 89

Vickie Rees 47

Vincent Wray 90

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