A sincere thank you to all of our exhibiting artists for every amazing piece that everyone in our community was able to experience! It was a pleasure to see a glimpse into your unique worlds and to feel the connections made with one another. Artists, you all are thoroughly applauded!
Bio: "This painting called La Frida represents the icon Frida was. The way Frida looked, dressed, painted and expressed her self-made her a one-of-a-kind.
The Second piece is my Self Portrait (El Artista). This painting represents my journey and struggles of being an artist. Struggles an artist goes through to show his art to the world. The late nights, the time alone painting, and the doubts."
My dream is to become an illustrator. I am currently teaching myself watercolor, a medium I have always loved. My submitted illustrations are my creations from a few fun and exciting
projects I am currently working on.
My name is Daniel Amador, I've been drawing since high school. One day, my uncle asked me what was I waiting for. He claimed that I should pick up a paint brush instead of a pencil.
After that I became pretty much hooked onto painting.
I have been working as a wood finisher for 3+ years and I have incorporated my knowledge in wood and lacquers to bring you the skateboard that I submitted. I think of jackets as blank canvases that
only my imagination limits what I can do.
These two pieces show some of my work that I have done. I highly appreciate the opportunity to present my pieces to the community, to bring something different to the art world.
Both of the following pieces have been worked from life, meaning not from photographs and on location. "Summer on Telegraph Road" was worked on location during the month of July. Countless hours during the 4:00pm - 5:30pm sunlight. Many days of the week were dedicated to produce what it now has become. "Study of a Skull" is just a still life trying to capture the essence of life in color in contrast of a skull which symbolizes the after life. Observational painting is what I enjoy, because it not only forces you to use your eyes but to have a sense of your surroundings as well. Thank you.
My name is Marlyn Barrios, I am a 25 year old Los Angeles Artist. I was raised in Los Angeles, California where I lived in the same block as the Watts Towers of Simon Rodia. At the age of 10 I attended the Watts Towers Art Center and was a student in the art and piano classes. I learned a lot about animation, drawing , clay projects, and painting. My family ended up moving a couple miles away, and I stopped attending the classes. I did not give up my love for art, but I was unable to continue taking classes.
Drawing has always been my escape in reality and something I love to do on my free time. I started drawing only in pencil, then I transferred my art to canvas . My art work is mostly abstract and flowers and Most of my art is done in acrylic paint. I am a fan of Frida art so i decided to paint one of my own, it is my first time using wallpaper as a background.The second painting is My Sweet Nectar Lover which was inspired by my love for hummingbirds.
IRENE BERDINE DE BOER
Irene Berdine de Boer, a Dutch artist based in the Netherlands. She is a participating artist at the program Master of Arts in Painting at the Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, the Netherlands. Next to that, she was the visiting scholar of 2018 at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. In the last few years of her practice, she has been investigating the language of painting, through materiality and color, conflict and attraction. She is relating her visual language to fashion (trends) and the tumult of our time. In the works she is showing here, she is bringing different painterly fields and characteristics together.
‘’The sensory aspects of the materials that attract me are chosen from their visual, tactile and haptic qualities. Fusing their oppositions together, areas of common ground appear, places where they collide. Internal characteristics and external effects influence the way the image appears in and over time. Since the chemical and natural materials I use respond to their surroundings and to each other. Next to the relational aspects, representational aspects emerge related to the variables in nature and the validity of fashion (trends). While constantly reframing two modalities the images are able to transform to new or known materials. The expressiveness of the colour and texture from my materials form the key point to how I respond to the diversities within the field of the aesthetic’’, thus Irene.
Throughout my life I have always been asked "What the h*ll are you looking at?" and I hold that very dear. It is easy to get into a loop of seeing the same things every day, but I want someone to see my work and not be confident in its identity. There is something new to see every time I open my eyes, see it with me.
"Dorothy holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. She also designed and completed a graduate program combining an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School with an M.A.L.D. (Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She has taken additional coursework in Human and Plant Biology, Genetics and Neuroscience.
Dorothy's professional background includes work in public relations and management consulting. She has been a Fulbright Scholar in the former Yugoslavia, a Rotary International Scholar/Ambassador in Sydney, Australia, and lived and worked in Japan. She speaks Croatian, has passed oral and written translation exams in Japanese, and is currently teaching herself Spanish.
In previous years, there also has been a section on the site featuring excerpts from a variety of Dorothy's personal and professional writings.
Miss Birsic is an avid sports and music fan. She plays tennis, basketball, runs (well, used to, at least), is a certified PADI diver, bikes, and enjoys photography and playing the piano. She spends a bit of time in the garden, too, tending to everything from lemons and roses to passion flower vines and dahlias."
Quoted from http://www.dorothyswebsite.org
“But in a still life, there is no end to our looking, which has become allied with the gaze of the painter; we look in and in, to the world of things, in their ambiance of cool or warm light, in and in, as long as we can stand to look, as long as we take pleasure in looking.” ― Mark Doty
I am photographer stopping time with my camera.
I shoot anything. I see art everywhere I look.
I live in the city of Whittier. Since 2010 I have been making and exhibiting artwork in the Los Angeles area. I am interested in creating artwork that, hopefully, will invite people to start a conversation
about current events.
I am a self taught artist that loves to paint colorful pieces of art.
I have been painting for over thirty years now and it is a big part of who I am in life.
Being an eclectic artist gives me the freedom to paint all things beautiful and bright!
I want my art to convey a freedom that I feel when I paint and I also want you to
feel the same way when you see my paintings.
I never feel that my art pieces are completed/finished even though they are framed.
It helps me to accept the fact that nothing is perfect, but it’s great to see my imagination on paper.
A Bohemian at heart. A flower child from the 1960's.
A lover of all mediums of art and genres.
"The greatest realization is that all life is one." -Carl Safina
TAE JA CHO-YUN
After graduating with a BFA at the Seoul National University College of Fine Arts, Taeja Cho taught as a high school art instructor in Korea. She has participated in several group exhibitions
in Cerritos, Norwalk, San Pedro, and Los Angeles.
“The earliest paintings I loved were always the most non-referential paintings you can imagine, by painters such as Mondrian. I was thrilled by them because they didn't refer to anything else. They stood alone, and they were just charged magic objects that did not get their strength from being connected to anything else.” -Brian Eno
“I think it's pretentious to create art just for the sake of stroking the artists ego.” -Lou Reed
PABLO DAMAS (AKA SICK DOT ONE)
Born amongst the starts in Hollywood California, his mother told Pablo that he was destined to shine. At an early age, he knew that art was going to be his calling and would later help to keep him away from the gangs and violence that surrounded him. Starting as a youngster, he would try to copy the covers of the latest Disney movies.
Quickly, he became talented and serious about his craft. In his sophomore year of high school, he was recommended to the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. After showing his portfolio, he was accepted to attend. Soaking in as much as he could from this experience, he graduated knowing that, forever, he would be an artist.
His mother always supported him and his art but was unable to afford for him to attend Otis School of Art,
which he was accepted into. So, instead he would have to work and attend community college. Through the past years, he has continued to learn, mater, and adapt to changes in the art world. His media of choice are acrylic paint, graphite, and charcoal. He is now working full time as a freelance graphic/apparel designer, tattoo artist, and is continuously working on new work for various exhibitions and commissions.
He has had the opportunity to show in numerous exhibitions throughout the state of California and Country. He has a large, growing body of artwork and is working to share and exhibit to all.
“I enjoy for the audience to tell me what my work means to them. Not me tell them what it means to me.”
He likes to evoke thought and emotion from them, so he continues to create. Create to stimulate.
"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something.
Afterward you can remove all traces of reality." -Pablo Picasso
Born in Inglewood California, Deserai Davis has been blessed with a natural artistic talent. She attended Long Beach State University where she received her B. A. in Studio Art. While attending college, she was awarded several grants from the J. Paul Getty Museum Multicultural program, which involved her interning at the Long beach Museum of Art in Long Beach, California, as a Museum Educator intern. Also at the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California as an Art Exhibition intern. The experience of being an artist and a participant of the J. Paul Getty Multicultural program has provided Deserai with the knowledge of understanding the inner workings of galleries and museum spaces.
Deserai has produced a body of work that consists of oil paintings on canvas and block printing on paper and canvas. Deserai has produced a representational body of work that portrayed the African American experience from past to present, to stimulate a consciousness of cultural awareness in her audience, on how the African American struggle is American history and we all reap the benefits of the struggle, whether it be positive or negative. Her desire is to promote cultural awareness in regards to our cultural differences, how we respond and react to each other as well as how historical issues are still issues today; issues that goes beyond just black and white, but complexities and
identity within our own communities.
Deserai has produced several pieces that reflect the emotional and mental stages she has experienced
from heartbreak, to friendship, death, love, confusion and spirituality. Studying the work of Harlem Renaissance artist Jacob Lawrence, Deserai admired the fundamental elements in his work consisting of abstract figurative shapes, symmetrical and asymmetrical compositions, as well as his representational content of American History, which some of these same fundamental elements maybe recognized in her work. Other artist who has influenced the style and content of her work are Kara Walker, Ernie Barnes
and Diego Rivera.
Deserai has been featured at the Carson Community Center as part of their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration ceremony (2000) and featured solo show (1999), El Camino College Gallery (1999), Hellada Gallery (2001), UCLA Black Studies Art Exhibition (2003), Long Beach Art Gallery (2003), Le Florence (2005), Pierce College Art Gallery (2006), Design Theory (2006) Le Florence Gallery (2007 and 2010), African American Museum and Cultural Center (2011), and most recent
the Santa Fe Springs Art Festival (2017).
Deserai is persistent in pursuit of following her passion in art by creating, painting, developing her skill, exploring new mediums in producing bodies of work to share her gift and powerful messages with her audience, as well as teaching art to children and young adults. Deserai has worked for the Fresno Art Museum as an art teacher for at-risk adults and school aged children. She has been an employee for several Young Men’s Christian Association of Los Angeles Metropolitan branches as an After School program director, and currently as an art teacher at the Downey Family YMCA Furman Park Art Center.
From the School of Arts and Enterprise, to "Pages with Words”, to LA RAW artists, then to the "Endego" Gallery. Damian thrives through every medium and art style
to make his mark everywhere a person may look.
I am a local artist. I make clay vessels, sculptures, jewelry, and custom tile. I have spent my adult life making things and raising a large family. My work often explores feminist issues and family relationships.
I'm a freelance artist and photographer originally from Akron, OH. My interest in people, culture and portraiture inspires most of her work. Mostly working with pencil, I enjoy drawing pets and people portraits, as well as characters. I've always had a love for dogs, which has become a big focal point in my work. Cameron’s goal is to share her passion for art by helping other’s improve their craft.
My art is inspired by a world that I created in which people are emotionally connected with nature. they are named after flowers and based on that flower have the personality in the language of flowers.
Art is full of possibilities. I love to explore it.
I am a mother of 5 children who has been teaching 2nd grade for 18 years now. I started painting with acrylics two years ago as an outlet to be creative. I am passionate about nature, animals, and politics. I hope to express the beauty and strength of women in order to help empower future generations.
I enjoy taking photos and seeing what the lens sees. Sometimes I really like how the shot shows what I meant it to show and other times, I just scratch my head.
Started out in fashion design courses. One of my friends went to New York to try to break into the industry there. I helped him with material orders, design ideas, etc. A very high pressured environment, so I stopped doing that. Since I still loved the idea of women's fashion, I started doing acrylic art and this is where I belong. Just enjoying the possibilities.
Just a person who loves to create through art and visual expression.
It's better to see it in order to enjoy it!
"There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives."
ANTHONY FUENTES (AKA FUR FOUNTAINS)
Anthony Fuentes, also known as Fur Fountains, grew up in the Los Angeles area. His influence to create began when he saw various works coming in and out of his mother's custom framing shop. He then attended college where his creative use of color and composition soon had him noticed as well as accepted to be published in the fine art and literature book "Rivers Voice". His unique style of juxtaposed imagery and bold lines had his work standing out and were a breath of fresh air. He began to show his works in galleries in and around Whittier, Los Angeles, and Hollywood. He became a regular live artist for the Downtown LA and Hollywood Artwalks at the Mezz, The Dragonfly, Alexandera and the Medallion. All leading him to have a duo show at O gallery Hollywood, Gallery38 in West L.A. and Bixby Knolls art walk just last year. His work has caught the eye of the art world with a uniquely expressive alternate reality.
WILLIAM GARCIA JR.
"Keep calm and glaze on!" -Unknown
"I don't care what color the parents are. I don't care if it's a giraffe and a fish living together. If they're raising children who believe they're honored and loved, that's all that's important." -Patricia Polacco
"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks." -Plutarch
""Who is Javier Gil..." is how a friend suggested I start this bio: so I did. Originally I hailed from Dallas, Tx, but at the age of 15 I moved to Whittier, CA. Im kind of an awkward person but I promise I get better the more you get to know me: atleast I hope so. I wouldnt describe myself as one of the cool kids. I love cartoons, anime, and video games; that enough should be a dead give away as to the type of person I am, but enough about me. The point of this website is to be a sort of online portfolio: just to show off my work. Art is my passion and I hope to be able to make a career based off my work. I try being as creative as I can with my work. I love color but at the same time I love the simplicity of black and white. I like drawing characters and having a cartoony art style but I also enjoy going realistic with some work. Im still learning, as currently I am in high school, and I hope to improve my skills as I go along. There's lots of ideas, techniques, and mediums I want to try out, so hopefully having to update this site will motivate me to do so." -Quoted from Javier's Website
Born in Guadalajara Jal, Mexico but raised in East Los Angeles Boyle Heights Ca. Ivan Godinez has been creating artwork inspired by his heritage, culture and his community. With his approach of painting modern subjects with thick paint and bold strokes his work reflects an impressionist style. When I paint not only I’m a painter but I see a sculpture artist in me. I love sculpting away my subject with paint and with less detail but enough strokes to define what is there.
I feel grateful to be called a modern Mexican-Van Goth.
I am a 21 year old who has been painting and sculpting for a few years. I like creating pieces that are unique and peculiar. Art is an outlet where I feel free and see what my minds can create.
Ever since I was little, I've been drawing and painting, but just recently (about a year ago) I've been exploring oil painting. My goal for the pieces that I have selected is to reflect my excitement and imagination for discovering this new medium and to glorify God in the process with their
vivid colors and attention to detail.
As a documentary photographer, I question my personal space and the personal space of the Faces of City of Los Angeles. In terms of getting to know someone on a personal level and hang out with them, or simply give a them a hand when they are asking for help. In both situations, I try to make it in both worlds. Often times it can be controversial because I just take photos without their discretion, but I do it based on feelings of what I feel. I question it. I documenting black and white because the reason is simple, "When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!” ―Ted Grant
Wade Tyler Goodman is best known for his abstract designs, created using acrylic and spray paints. His work demonstrates an abstract culture and an active lifestyle.
His hobbies include sailing, surfing, and skim boarding.
As a spiritually provoked creative warrior, seizing words by their shapes to form the visions in his mind, using symbolic materials that represent experiences, and walking through life with an acute awareness of moments flickering past like the pages in an angelic novel, Frank's pieces represent passion, angst, and fuel - the loyalty in his heart painted by the depth of his love.
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“During one of the darkest times in his life, Ivan Haros was comforted by the Santa Fe Springs community. His mother had just died when he began work at the city. “It’s a tight-knit community, and they became a part of my family,” Haros said. “My coworkers and the residents provided support and stability for me.”
[A] year after leaving Santa Fe Springs for a job in the East Whittier City School District, he is giving back to the city. The Framery & Fine Art Gallery, 13105 Whittier Blvd., [hosted] Haros’ show, “The Unrequited Silence,” from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m… A portion of the proceeds from his paintings sold during the two-day exhibit [went] to the Santa Fe Springs Family and Human Services Fund, which assists families in the city and surrounding areas in emergency crisis situations. It also provides gifts and food for low-income families during the holidays, which Haros has specified where the money [has gone]…
Even before the beginning of the exhibit, one of Haros’ paintings [had] been sold. [His works have] delicately intimate landscape[s]. “It’s so inviting,” said Rick Rinaldi, the gallery’s owner. “Ivan has a lot of talent,” he said. Haros, 30 [at the time], who has had several showings locally, said this particular collection of oil paintings share the same serene and solitare theme, by coincidence. “That doesn’t usually happen,” he said. “But I am pleased with these pieces coming together with a commonality.””
My painting is connected to the practice of zen. When I paint, everything else in my life goes away.
I know I will never be a master, but I am enjoying the journey.
Flowers are one of my passions.
"Zen, per se, is not just an art, it's not just a religion, it's a realisation." -Gene Clark
"Art is a little subversive, very subversive; it gets underneath the surface and reveals what is there; it is a Geiger counter for truth." -Pat B. Allen
(LAS CHICAS PELIGROSAS)
My name is Jackie Hernandez formerly known as “Las Chicas Peligrosas.” I’m an 18 year old freshman at California State University of Long Beach majoring in illustration. My work revolves around portraiture of womxn mixed with intricate patterns. I want to convey the strength womxn have and their capability to be independent and the process of learning about self love. My work ranges from working with ink and marker, acrylics and working digitally on photoshop.
I'm a Mexican born artist. I love anything and everything that pertains to art. I want to learn as much as possible about art, and I would love to create art pieces the rest of my life using different surfaces and mediums. Pyrography is something new to me. I truly like working with wood.
Through colorful and captivating paintings, drawings, sculptures, and multimedia works, Mario Hernandez invites visitors to examine the contemporary urban landscape through the lens of the ancient past. Hernandez explores the mythology, methods, and motifs of Mesoamerican art through a variety of contemporary media and practices, ranging from bold and brightly-colored computer graphics and graffiti to fanciful papier-mâché sculptures and graphite drawings. By combining the motifs of the past with the visual vernacular of Los Angeles, Hernandez reimagines Mesoamerican culture for the contemporary urban environment, expressing the complexity of contemporary urban identities and posing important questions about the ways in which the self is bound to time and place.
I’m Susan Hin, an American woman born and raised in the state of California in the United States of America. I’ve had a life- In 1995, I moved to the Netherlands to marry my husband. In the summer of 2007, I had a stroke which, of course, altered my life. During my rehabilitation process, I was referred to a creative therapist and through that process, I rediscovered my passion for painting. She also encouraged me to put my feelings on canvas. My frustration, my joy, and everything else in.
My art grows out of my circumstances and concerns that I live through each day. Using paint & objects from everyday life, I explore & expand my thoughts & ideas. I believe in using all available media & resources for the purpose of expression & healing.
My goal is to create meaningful artwork that tells the truth and tells stories.
"Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as staying stuck where you do not belong."
-N. R. Narayana Murthy
"I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I'm like, 'My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don't have it. I just want to chill.' We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it." -Kobe Bryant
"Each person is an enigma. You're a puzzle not only to yourself but also to everyone else, and the great mystery of our time is how we penetrate this puzzle." -Theodore Zeldin
I love painting and making my paintings colorful. I started painting in 1993 at the Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts. I sell my small paintings at craft festivals and church boutiques. I love painting Native Americans and animals and birds because I'm able to use vivid colors.
Hey there, my name is Danny Jones. I am defined my by many things but in my heart I am a photographer. California is home, however being born and raised in the Midwest I grew up loving nature and the beauty and peacefulness that often surrounded me. This environment helped form my artistic style and what I’m attracted to creatively. As a result I’m a dreamer, a lover of powerful moments, beautiful visuals and emotional connection. Creating and capturing elements that reflect these ideas is what I love most about my abstract photography. With minimal editing, my fine art photographs tend to be dramatic and ethereal in nature, inspiring bits of serenity, hinting of mystery and dream-like adventure. These are ideas that I enjoy and strive for in life and are reflected in my art. I love that. I sincerely hope you do as well.
I am a painter, draftsman and a sculptor in my art work. In addition to my free work, I am interieur architect. Together, with my friend, I have a company named OPMAAT3D. I love to drawing people. People who are busy with their lives, sleep-in, their relationships. It remains very interesting.
The paintings are actually big drawings. www.petrakoonstra.nl
My interest in photography began a number of years ago when part of my job at the US Bureau of Commercial Fisheries was taking photographs of fish species we were studying. Not long after, my experiences in the lab included macro and micro photographs of organisms that were part of a research project. I relied on those experiences and skills learned in the lab
during my time as a teacher and professor.
As an abstract painter, I am drawn to use the light as my paint and the camera as my brush. I prefer to have a basic idea of what I want, then just wander and wait until I feel that magic moment. When I feel it, everything else seems to fade into the background as I see unique beauty within
forms and strength in the depths of the earth.
I have been a ceramic artist for the past 40 years and specialize in artistic functional pottery. All of my work is porcelain or stoneware and is high fire. I am a instructor at the American Museum of Ceramic Art and operate my own studio in Ontario, CA.
I developed interest in photography during military services (U.S.M.C.) My credits include Military Award Recipient of “National Endowment for the Arts,” Cal Arts Master Craftsman’s Mentors Fellowships, and National Veteran’s Creative Arts Awards (1st Place 2015, 2017, and 2018).
"Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet." -Sarah Louise Delany
"Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the
celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise." -Victor Hugo
MEE JUNG LEE
Educated in South Korea with a masters in fine arts, Mee Jung Lee has focused her attention on Chinese brush painting and abstract mixed media. She is currently the Chinese brush painting and oil and acrylic painting instructor at the city of La Mirada.
I love to do art as a hobby.
One day I would love to be able to sell my art and run an online store as well as doing commissions.
FRANK LOPEZ (AKA BRUCE LEROY)
I’m a self-taught painter who goes by the name Bruce Leroy.
I’ve had ups and downs in life that have helped me find a skill that I never knew I had.
I’ve only been painting for a year and I hope this helps me open doors to new journeys.
Vicente Aceves Madrid is the recipient of Affirmative Action education at UCLA and Chicano Movement alumni. A resident of Santa Fe Springs since 1985–graphic designer by day
and photo Haiku artist by night.
Londin Manning is a self-taught artist specializing in photorealistic graphite and charcoal portraits.
My art is a reflection of my connection to the natural world. Nature inspires me daily, and I am always fascinated by it's wonders. My pieces are representations of the emotions and thoughts I felt
at a point in time, thus are constantly changing.
I’m an art major and for the past 3 years I’ve been working with different types of art medias
including 3D Computer Art.
Looking Glass, through Lives of two brave, gentle souls. Two lives from two different countries, yet who had similarly struggled to survive hardship.
Grampo Lucas Age 28, born in Mexico in the 1900’s, a very hard working man. Leaving his family to work on the railroad to provide for his family. He traveled through Mexico into New Mexico USA encountering many hardships along the way.
Opa Roelof Medema, age 28. Born in Holland in 1900’s. In the picture, he is infront of his Dad’s candy store in Muselkanaal, Holland. Later in life, the Nazi Germany invasion happened. He became a food smuggler to help feed those living under the invasion. Later, he was caught and put into a concentration camp, escaped, and made the long journey back to his home town.
I find these two stories fascinating and a reminder never to take things for granted.
This was my first time trying out oil painting and I enjoyed very much. I've
enjoyed drawing since I could remember.
These custom made wood frames give all of my photo prints a truly unique feel. Each one is built and spray painted differently to match the variety of color tones of each piece. I hope you enjoy them!
Watercolor artist influenced by places where I've lived. First work is from a series of Louisiana Rain paintings, where I poured watercolor onto the canvass and/or paper and set them out in the rain to be acted upon by the weather. Then I let the images emerge and tell me what they were to become.
The other work is influenced by love of sea life.
I am a Los Angeles born artist. Introduced to art at a young age, I took on to drawing, then painting, and throughout the years developed my own colorful and somewhat busy style with the influence of the masters, the lessons, and critiques of my father. I attended various art workshops and classes in Los Angeles to explore techniques. I'm a romantic and am drawn to the scenes of Mexican family life.
I paint love, family, and dreams.
My interest in art began at a young age. My love and knowledge is in the old traditional arts of the renaissance. I have worked with a wide range of mediums, including mosaics and majolica art. In my works of art, I try to deliver the romance and realism of the renaissance.
"The Stance" is a painting of my friend's daughter, who is disciplined in martial arts.
"Girl with cat" is my granddaughter posed with her cat.
PAUL MONTELONGO (AKA URKS DESIGN)
There’s a hidden appreciation in finding life in something that has been cast away for being old or even broken. My work combines Photoshop with Photography to convey my creative imagination. The beauty of distress I combine with that of each model gives a perfect balance for each piece created. Being able to take what was an idea or a concept, than see it finally completed in print form is a rewarding feeling as an Artist. Knowing that people appreciate my work is amazing, but finding
freedom in creating for myself is deeply rewarding.
"Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice."
ROBERT NAVA (AKA ENOE)
"Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions." -Paulo Coelho
ANDREW NAVARRO (AKA ØOGUM LEFTFOOT)
Øogum Leftfoot is an American Indian Artist based in Los Angeles, CA.
His mediums include acrylic paintings, ink drawings, sculpture, and graphic design. His style also shows a vast amount of range from pop surrealism to expressionism.
Each piece is a unique flowing organism that comes to life within the imagination. Øogum's work has rapidly gained momentum in the Los Angeles art scene and has been displayed at LA Art Show, Coachella Music Festival as well as many art galleries including Ø Gallery and Hive Gallery.
His work can also be recognized from several album covers, music videos, apparel, and film.
The art pieces that I submitted serves as a small reminder that I successfully did well in one stage of my art career, which I can look back upon in the future.
Started drawing since I could pick up a crayon. My influences are Tim Burton.
I also look up to tons of internet artists such as galactibun, elentori, cla comics, and much more.
I enjoy animated styles. I aspire to be an animator in the future.
I am a self-taught expressionist. Three words to summarize these two paintings are “The Eleventh Hour”. These two pieces are my emotions after my father passed away. These are the images of his last four days breathing, breathing his life away, and breathing in his new one. I am not a fan of perfection, I am intrigued by emotions that many of us run away from.
In these images, I am conveying “DEATH” as it was introduced to me on the final days.
I am a Rio Hondo College student and currently on my last semester. I am double majoring in Art and Spanish and plan to transfer in the Fall.
This is my 3rd year as an artist in the SFS ART FEST. This year I will be submitting my art collection, "The Art of Beauty." This collection will showcase a variety of make up artistry interpretations on canvas.
NOÉ PADILLA (AKA EON)
The two pieces I am presenting were created during two important changes in my life. Diving into art and creating is a helpful way to process emotions and understand how change can affect us. Both pieces are self portraits in the most literal sense, because the subject is myself.
The first piece on aluminum was created after the ending of a relationship that was very special to me. It was created using one of the oldest techniques of picture making, using collodion. It gives you beautiful looking results that are not really under your control and sometimes you end up with beautiful masterpieces that you cannot plan for even if you try. The final result to me is special because of the eerie hauntedness that it presents and allows the viewer to deeply examine and lose themselves into the inner meaning while making a connection.
The second piece is a photograph created just after moving into a new house in a new city. Feeling isolated from my best friend, missing that friendship and struggling to adjust I lost myself into photography again. Feeling invigorated at the same time while running away I created something very energetic to take my mind away. My house was a mess and I was feeling a frenzy to try and take up the empty time on my mind. On the other side I came away with a very beautiful series of colorful images that are some of my strongest and most graphic to date.
BENJAMIN PELAYO (AKA POOKA)
I work in acrylics because you can make as many mistakes as you have to before you finally get it right. As long as you keep at it, even a piece that starts off looking like a disaster can evolve into something you can be proud of. I don't think I could have ever finished the pieces I've submitted if I hadn't gone forward with the acknowledgement that each setback is not tantamount to failure. A good lesson in art, and in life.
“Blood, sweat, and tea, sister! That's what it takes to achieve all great and terrible things.” ― Emory R. Frie, Wonderland
Married to Toni, father of Monica, Kaylee, and Maya.
Educator in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.
As an artist and student, I like to explore all areas and forms of art. I enjoy having an eclectic style that ranges from vivid illustrations to more contemporary approaches. As I continue to grow as an artist, I find inspiration from other cultures as well as my own Hispanic culture.
"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored." -Earl Nightingale
"The art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art." -John Lasseter
PETRA GROUP KNITTERS
Lamps knitted with LED. We make the knitted lamps with the neighborhood in a kind of community art.
Every Thursday afternoon, we knit in Brasserie Het Paleis in Groningen, Netherlands. Committed to knitting community. We make amazing Lamp shades in various colors and patterns by the direction of Petra Koonstra.
The piece "Kris and Girlfriend" was based on love and is the first time freehand-drawing using colored pencils while looking at a photo. I was able to utilize both my hands with this creation.
"Jesus Christ" was done free-hand as well.
Originally from Argentina, Monica is a self-taught artist and has been painting for over a decade. Her work is contemporary figurative. Mixed media is her preference both on canvas and paper. Exhibitions include galleries in Argentina and the Los Angeles area where she resides.
"Painting It is an extension of who I am. I seek to evoke mystery in my art. Rarely do I go into a painting with a preconceived idea. The first brush stroke takes me where I need to go;
the colors seem to choose themselves."
From charcoal, watercolor, acrylics, ink and Graphic Design - I look for every opportunity to learn mixed mediums. With every little detail, I put my passion down on paper.
I love working with others and finding new ways to be creative!
"Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence." -Henri Matisse
Hello! I am a Mexican American artist currently working on my BFA in animation at CSULB. My art mostly focuses on my Mexican culture and my experiences as a 23 year old Mexican American woman.
"It may be that our cosmic curiosity... is a genetically-encoded force that
we illuminate when we look up and wonder." -Neil deGrasse Tyson
ROSARIA RECINOS (AKA ROSIE ONE)
At the age of four, I was introduced into art by my parents. My dad works for a website that explores the culture, art, and some of the best food that make up LA. I would come along as his sidekick and mini intern when he'd cover assignments, along with my mom. While he photographed artists, I would see them paint murals with karate like movements. It interested me, so I wanted to learn why they would paint on walls, or why they would put stickers on signs. So I went to my only resources, my parents. I asked questions on top of questions. I was introduced to art shows, which lead me to my final conclusion, I wanna do this.
Some of my first drawings were a couple of circles that made up a face. Then, moving onto the hair, I drew a couple more circles that made up the long braids which I always wore. Lastly the cherry on top was a big bow. Along this journey, at the age of 5, I started to go to more and more shows. Soon, I would be recognized as the little girl with the two pigtails and bangs, also known as, “Rosie One.” I carried with me my mini flower backpack which held sharpies, my stickers that had my characters, and the most important, my black book. This was where all the writers, street artists, and so many more would make masterpieces. At these shows, I would first meet some of the people who still support me to this day. They always believed that I had a talent and that I should never let go of it.
The idea of bringing a child to art shows was not in many people's agenda back then. Art isn’t a common hobby for most, but, at such a young age, I knew this is what I wanted to do. I have to give a lot of appreciation to my parents for always supporting my hopes for the future. They are my number one supporters in everything that I do. Since I started drawing at 4, till today at age 13, I have been in about 17 group art shows. My style has changed drastically in the last couple years. I am definitely very proud of myself from how far my art has came from a couple of circles to now being able to draw relatively close portraits. My art is a way of my expression and creativity. A lot of what I draw has meaning behind why or what I incorporate into the drawing. Colors are also very also very important, they bring life into my drawing and give a vibe to the drawing. Art is definitely a passion that I have. It has been such a huge part of my life that I wouldn’t trade for anything else.
I'm a local artist and commercial graphic designer. Unconventional approach, “all my work is mixed media-oil, acrylic, pen, charcoal - I’m not the traditional canvas painter. I like to use whatever I can find and paint on.” My mixed media collection takes a dreamy yet critical look at our planet’s ability to rebuild itself. I've just finished a 4 month Exhibition at the Muzeo Museum in Anaheim CA:
Featuring my Mother Earth Collection.
My name is Alex Reyes, I began drawing and writing short poems at an early age. I am grateful for my High School Counselor, Mrs. Figueroa, who noticed my potential and guided me to the path of the Arts. This opened doors for me to take part in Art Shows and Exhibits. That, in return, rewarded me with experience, exposure, and a multitude of awards - plus, it paved the way for me to lead a Chicano Group of Students on painting a Wall Mural at our High Shool.
In the summer of 1976, I was in charge of a group of my friends on painting a Wall Mural at a local park in my neighborhood which still stands today. After Graduation, I studied Graphic Design and Commercial Art Media. Through this, I took a more serious approach to the arts.
Over the years, I have developed a love and respect for the arts. As I countinue to grow and learn as a person, I find myself still connected and wanting to express myself freely through the arts. Art has become apart of my life where I can express myself freely through a language where only the viewer can understand.... Alex Reyes Art Works...
Love a blank sheet, it means infinite possibilities.
I am fascinated by the process of creation, it is the main reason why I like to do abstract art, I can create something original that has its own reality - something that can create contrast to ordinary everyday life.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City, starting drawing at an early age, my love of art opened my eyes to all that the inner city had to offer - the diversity of the city opened my mind to all that I now express through my art. I moved to Los Angeles 9yrs ago where I now call home and continue to paint my heart out. My art pieces express my time living at where I once called home.
ALICIA ROLON (AKA ALICIA VILLEGAS)
I am an LA based Chicana artist from the San Gabriel Valley. I have been teaching art at La Mirada High School for 10 years while continuing to work on my own art. These submission pieces are representations of my current work. These pieces were a part of my final MFA thesis exhibition at CSUF last year. This work reflects a personal intrigue with present-day American youth culture. It follows and is in reference to the historical practice of genre painting and evidence of my continued fascination with drawing and painting the human figure. It is my hope that the viewer walks away contemplating today’s youth and the calamity of growing up in a global and digital age.
"Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning." -Katherine Anne Porter
I am a local self-taught artist and original resident of Santa Fe Springs and I grew up here. I have participated in most of the SFS ArtFests including the first one. I have enjoyed all of the shows.
ANDREW YU S.M.
Jul 1968 College Graduates major Industrial Engineer;
Jun 2017 Retired from Metal Industrial managerial Job;
Dec 2017 Attend Acrylic & Oil Painting Class in La Mirada Resources;
Falling in love with " Acrylic & Oil Painting ".
Both of my art pieces are vent art. For my first art piece "Beautiful Mess", besides all the blood and gore, there is a deeper meaning to this than just seeing it as a 'disturbing piece' - the pain and torture the girl is going through represents all the struggles she is going through with life, but after all the pain and wounds it will develop into something beautiful which is what the flowers inside her represent along with the beauty she has inside her. For my second art piece "Pink Roses" it was mostly inspired by a song, but this also means something similar to my other piece. The roses represent beauty and the vines all around the girl represents the pain she is feeling mentally, but just like my other piece,
the roses represent the beauty there is in life.
I love to paint! I am an enthusiastic and motivational person. I took many painting classes in College. Currently, I have volunteered my Acrylic painting talent as a step-by-step on canvases to many low income ladies or at fellowship ladies groups. The last group included 60 ladies. While painting, I like to motivate and encourage the ladies. It’s amazing to see their finished pieces.
"Lady Looking at City Hall" was inspired because that's what I see everyday
through my window during my regular job.
"Tulips in a Jar" was inspired by the fact that I love flowers.
•MFA / California State University, Fullerton
•BFA / Ewha Womans University, College of Art, Seoul, Korea Solo Exhibition
•2001 Illustration Exhibition, Jin Gallery, Seoul, Korea
•1989 MFA Graduation Exhibition, CSUF East Gallery, Fullerton Group Exhibition
•2018 LA Open 2018 (3rd Place), Tag Gallery, LA
•2018 Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts, Gace Namamura Gallery, La Habra
•2017 The 49th KAASC Annual Exhibition, Korean Cultural Center, LA
•2017 KAASC Invitational Exhibition, YS Gallery, LA
•2017 The 21st Korean Catholic Artist Association Annual Exhibition, Lee & Lee Gallery, LA
•2017 Ewha Nokmee the 5th Annual Exhibition, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
•2017 “Prayers, Protection, and Resistance” Invitational Exhibition, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
•2017 The 8 Established Woman Artists Exhibition, J & J Garden Art Gallery, Wrightwood
•2017 “Oriental Sense” Invitational Exhibition, Whittier Art Gallery, Whittier
•2017 Santa Fe Springs Art Fair, Clerk Estate, Santa Fe Springs
•2017 KCAA Invitational Exhibition, Love of Art , Yesul Sarang, Phelan
•2016 Ewha Nokmee Fundraising Exhibition, Café Giverny, LA
•2016 Ewha Nokmee Exhibition, MUZEO Museum, Anaheim Work Experience
•Professor / Chair : Korean National University of Arts, School of Visual Art, Seoul, Korea
•Instructor : Ewha Womans University, College of Art, Seoul, Korea
•President / Ewha Nokmee Southern California Chapter
•Owner / ICON Art & Design Academy, Diamond Bar
•Creative Director / Park & Foster Advertising Inc, Los Angeles
•Art Director / AD & PC Advertising Inc, Los Angeles
•Art Director / J. Walter Thompson Advertising LLC, Seoul, Korea
Hollow Visual Ceramics (Amsterdam, 1948)
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Joan's pieces are "inspired by myths and sagas from all world cultures to the old stories that often stem from a male storytelling tradition", she says, "without wanting to be labeled a feminist, there's a woman-friendly twist."
Joan imagines her strong women often together with an allegorical animal figure. One of those 'strong women' imagined by her in 1997 is the legendary Queen Sheba. According to biblical sources, she was queen in Yemen. Others stories place her in the land of Punt (Somaliland) or the golden kingdom Zimbabwe. Sheba was considered an exceptional beauty and as one extremely wise woman. It was that combination, when she was visiting King Solomon in Jerusalem, in the eyes of the Jewish high priests, that Sheba was nothing less than an image of the devil. Solomon first convinced them otherwise, then as the devil with overgrown hairy legs. That was not the case when a romance arose, though.
Joan Seyferth depicted Sheba as a black woman in a life-sized clean plastic sculpture who is stepping away from her dromedary. Fascinated by the metaphorical imagery and symbolism of the traditional, Joan has been working on Japanese culture since 1985 on japonaiseries in monumental and small plastic shapes. Her new series of 120 cm high and 60 cm wide high reliefs are forms of a three-dimensional variant of the, so familiar, polychrome Japanese woodcuts. The hollow sculptures, built up like a vase, have been sculpted in anchocolate stoneware clay; the plastics were from 1985 to 2006 to 1100 degrees celcius fired at Royal Goedewaagen-Gouda BV in Nieuw Buinen.
Deze Gouda based earthenware factory previously sponsored Joan Seyferth to also provide her with a large workshop; afterwards they provided extensive oven facilities. With help from the modeling department, she brought, between 1986 and 2004, a number of multiples.
As an employee of the Stichting Keramisch Museum Goedewaagen, was involved during 1989 on a number of restoration projects of the museum. She restored a commodity damaged seven-part tile tableau by De Distel during 1903 for which Goedewaagen made a replica in 1990. The restored tableaux hangs in the museum. Since 2010, she has been involved in the inventory for other ceramic molds from the factory. Based on that, she has made recovered molds for mutilple editions. (read: PDF mouseis).
Joan Seyferth has not glazed her images for decades. She painted them with oil paint. Inside the objects, she doubles each with gold leaf or silver leaf. In 2007, she started her own bakery at home with a large one power flow oven. Since then, she glazes her sculptures and reliefs.
Jessica Si was born in Busan, South Korea. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She studied and earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts at Kyungsung University in South Korea. After graduating, she had oil painting group exhibitions to showcase her work. She taught fine arts at her studio for many years to all ages. Her style of art is reflective of her past, present, and future which is surrounded by the energy of earth, and filled with hopes through nature. Her works contain positive and bright messages of the future and about pursuing dreams in the present.
A color expressionist with using no boundary of colors.
Southern California artist, Sally Sjoberg, is represented in Whittier and Catalina galleries. Her favorite mediums are oil and watercolor painting. She also creates handmade sculptured paper and does some painting restoration. She looks forward to the Sante Fe Springs Art Festival each year.
She says she loves the ocean and Catalina Island. Painting them always brings her closer to them.
She says she can almost hear the waves when painting.
These pieces are showing the progress and improvement of me as an artist, from my painting skills to my drawing skills. The drawing "Decay" shows how much effort I pursued in attention to detail.
The still life painting "Fruits on Drapes" shows the large color palette I've chosen and
the different brush strokes I used to produce this piece.
Together, they show my patience and dedication to high detail in both a drawing and painting.
Hi, I'm Kennedy and I'm 14 years old.
Art expresses who I am and my emotions.
Painting is a part of my life because it shows who I am.
A local self-taught mixed media artist who loves creating colorful, unique pieces.
This artist loves experimenting with a variety of pieces, including custom portraits, tattoo design, fan art pieces, wood & resin pieces, and more. "ALIVE" is a fun fan art piece inspired by the classic 90's film, Jurassic Park. This 90's kid wants to shows her admiration for this film with this colorful piece. "Home" is a portrait of surreal artist Frida Kahlo, whose life and art is truly inspiring. Brianna created this piece to not only pay tribute to this incredible artist, but also in support of DACA.
Brianna is a Santa Fe High and CSULB graduate who aspires to grow her art business and become a tattoo artist in the near future.
I was born in Uruguay and have been living in Whittier since 1990.
My son asked me a few weeks ago, "Mom, where did all this is coming out?"
It was always in me but was buried with the job, the cooking, the laundry...
I finally retired and can do what I've always loved.
"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." -Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hello! My name is Xochitl Thienes and I am a visual development artist with a love for creating characters and worlds for animation. My goal is to create artwork that makes people smile.
Throughout my artwork, I try to stay simple with what I create by focusing on visual elements and design concepts that I've learned as a graphic designer.
Bringing to life my ideas in screen printing and building recreations.
ROSEMARY VASQUEZ TUTHILL
Rosemary Vasquez Tuthill is a native Southern California artist who was inspired at a very young age – she is the daughter of renowned artist Emigdio Vasquez.
While she created art all of her life, she also had a 20+ year career in aerospace as an R&D engineer.
In addition to many art classes in high school and college, she studied with her father who shared his experiences and methods and fine-tuned Rosemary’s art techniques in still life paintings, landscapes, murals, and portraits. Rosemary stated, "My style tends to be like her father’s - but with a feminine touch"
My work embodies the cross-fertilization of East L.A.’s Mexican heritage with its Aztec roots, and it intertwines with the lifestyle of a teacher. These works are graphic symbols with the written expression of emotions, literature, and prayer in repeated phrases and sayings.
I was born in Cuba and went to the San Alejandro Fine Arts School. Previously taught Spanish and Art for 25 years at Huntington Park H.S. I have won various art awards and prizes.
GILBERT VALDEZ (AKA NO SKRIPT)
I’ve always had a strong inclination towards the arts and appreciated aesthetics of different mediums around me as far back as I can remember.
Artistically, I began as a musician picking up a guitar as my instrument of choice. As the years progressed and my affinity for the visual arts developed further, I felt an impulse to create visual art, and as such adopted the paint brush and spray can as the main tools of my trade. Hence, my art is a reflection of the modern society we currently dwell in. I draw inspiration from the media, iconic personalities, politicians, celebrities, popular culture, social and ideological polarization, and upheaval. In addition, I incorporate facets of the past borrowing elements from history and align them with the status quo, thus presenting a picture of two contrasting epochs, while simultaneously bringing about the similarities of days passed and recent & challenge the viewer’s perspective of
the empirical world around us.
JOCHEM VAN DEN WIJNGAARD
Jochem van den Wijngaard (1996), is in his last year of the Bachelor of Fine Art at Academy Minerva, Groningen, The Netherlands. He is developing his own style and handwriting within figurative painting. He is interested in how things present themselves to us and the suggestion of imagery within the medium. While acknowledging the history of painting, van den Wijngaard’s work is focused on a contemporary use of images. His work, as a whole, exists in a changeable, intimate reality, which, while being grounded in our real, perceivable world, has the only constant rule of its expressive use of color.
Kayla was raised in both Santa Fe Springs, CA and Whittier, CA. She is 15 years old, is currently attending Pioneer High School, and does art as a hobby to calm herself.
Ernesto Vazquez was born and raised in Boyle Heights and now lives in El Sereno. His artworks can vary from paintings to ink illustrations, charcoal, pastels, screen prints, and, his favorite medium, linoleum block printing. The subject matter of his art also has a broad range of themes that depict social justice, comics, graffiti art, culture, religion, and death. This allows Ernesto to keep evolving with different techniques and images that will continue to visually please the viewer.
My art is a reflection of my cultural pride and faith.
Each piece shows the strength a woman displays while being fully dependent on her creator.
My past and current ideals are usually implicated into my art.
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." -Pablo Picasso
I am a multi-media artist who loves to recycle and create new life out of discarded items.
These mannequins needed some love so I created the Hot Pants series. They inspired me to make beaded shorts that were unique to each of them respectively. Now I feel like they have a new look on life.
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I am Sandra Vos, a passionate designer in visual art. With passion for colors and shapes, I bring them together from a select color palette to the canvas. Often, I only use my hands to paint because I want to feel one with the colors, the images, and the canvas - all of the elements as one. A white canvas is a mystery to where it will lead me - it's a constant struggle of emotions and energy in looking for balance and strength to paint. I love to work with my fingers, moving the paint and sculpting the colors to flow into each other. My challenge is a specific one where I must work the colors into multiple gradations. I like to work with thick paint as it brings so much liveliness in my work. By working in layers, the colors become more intense and my work gets so much more in depth. The light ensures special play in the painting, each part of the day indicates a different dimension of my job. I find it special when the painting is finished to see where it has led me. The whole process, is definitely a special discovery for me each time...
It's a wonderful feeling to dream away while painting, when the awareness of patterns can be let go and pure freedom is felt in the world. Wonder, fantasize, and enjoy!
"I am designer of Knits. Recently, Dutch Knits, breisels in Nederland 1635-1969 was published. The maker Constance Willems did a 3 year long research dedicated to knitting in the Netherlands during more than 3 centuries, and this cultural history is mainly told through paintings, drawings and later on in photographs as well as through literature. This 40 pages A4 booklet takes the reader from the Dutch Golden Age to the end of the 1960s and surprisingly shows that even the feared by his enemies admiral Piet Hein, to be a dedicated knitter. The series of illustrations also show that in each family and on each social level, knitting was very much widespread. Wealthy ladies in the 17th century used wool, but also the posh in lace dressed ladies from the baroque period handled the knitting needles. No idle Dutch hands. People did not stay behind and participated in this craft. Knitwear was durable and can be used under various weather conditions as shown by the knitted and felted head wear of the Dutch whalers on Spitsbergen in the 1650s. Towards the end of the 18th and early 19th century, more knitters were depicted in art. That was due to the increasing interest in 'ordinary' people. What is striking then is that many women and girls worked in the sandy dunes with wool. They waited, according to Willems, that way for the return of their husbands and relatives who sailed out to sea as fishermen. Their waiting time could be well used by doing something productive with this centuries-old handcraft. Press release for Dutch Knits, breisels in Nederland 1635-1969 by Constance Willems. A mini history of Dutch knitting in art, photography and literature, in Dutch and English." -Quoted from Contance's Website
I'm a student photographer still learning, but I have a great deal of passion and I can't wait to keep going.
I'm a self-taught photographer. I have been photographing landscape and wildlife for the past 10+ years. Over the past 5 years, I have been teaching myself the art of night photography and HDR.
How does one capture and savor a unit of time? I often find myself compelled to literally, “stop and smell the roses”. I need to reach out, touch the leaves, get pricked by the thorns and admire the grandeur and mystery of my surroundings right here, right now. I ask myself, what can I appreciate in this instant? Slowing down time into the twitter of a small gathering of blue birds as they forage for food in the freezing snow is how I need to exist in this world that can often seem so overwhelming. Personally, I thrive to seek for what is beautiful, mysterious, and thought provoking. Because I don’t want to be the only one who is taking in all of life’s glorious glimpses alone, I take photographs to share the joys I experience in the world. I hope you enjoy my moments.
Mike Yokotake, is a recently retired professional graphic artist that was based in Los Angeles. Mike is a self-taught wood sculptor and began the craft as a way to share his creativity. Mike draws his inspiration from nature and loves to create beautiful things out of wood. His work is often colorful and energetic.
Mike states; “In my work I try to capture the spirit of a subject
frozen in a moment of time in a graphic stylistic way rather than a “static snapshot.”
My goal with each sculpture is for the viewer to form an emotional connection to the subject.”
Lindsay Yost has been creating mosaics since 2008 and continues to hone her artistic style, which is inspired by the Pop Art movement as well as the work of her grandmother, renowned sculptor and ceramist, Bonnie Jean Malcolm. Lindsay is 37 years old and was born and raised in Downey, California. She attended Warren High School and Long Beach City College where her talents were enhanced by studies in ceramics and photography. Lindsay enjoys using as much recycled and repurposed materials as possible in her mosaics, which gives each pieces its own unique charm.
Briana Zaragoza is an artist from Los Angles, Ca. She specializes in still life portraits, landscapes, and abstract acrylic paintings; on mediums such as canvas, wood, and ceramics. Briana has been formally trained in Fine Arts and sculpture at Lehigh University. She hosted her own art show in 2017 and has participated in many art galleries and festivals.
"Consider the momentous event in architecture
when the wall parted and the column became."