The small seaside towns of Cornwall, England have nurtured many famous impressionist artists, attracted by its beauty and tranquility. John Ambrose has been capturing these atmospheric scenes since 1962. His water glistens and shimmers, his clouds flow majestically across the sky and the jetties, boats and buildings, contracting with the dark against the light, are testaments to his mastery of chiaroscuro.
Janet Richardson-Baughman earned her BFA from Central Michigan University and received her MFA in ceramics from Indiana State University in 1977. In her words… “My work is architecturally influenced. My father was a architect and I grew up surrounded by line and shape.” Her work is a sophisticated blend of form, color and rhythm and when creating a piece she “visualizes the lines and color as a poem in motion.” Jan and her husband/artist live and work on a small horse farm in rural Michigan. Her work can be found in corporate and private collections all over the United States.
Born in Romania in 1964, Pica Birt graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelors degree in Architecture. Fascinated by space, she wanted to take time to study and understand the relationship between solid and void, light and shadow, and the importance of searching for a concept and the meaning of proportions, texture and color. Upon graduation, she immediately shifted to the Ontario College of Art and became an independent artist. Birt’s art explores the surface of a moment. There is a sense of oscillation between what is certain and uncertain, the transient impression of things that surround us. Sensuousness defines Birt’s paintings. Her artworks seem to be captured in time at the moment of their most mysterious vibrancy. They emanate optimism and energy. Every surface is filled with color and texture. Sharp edges and contrasting colors produce images that reveal sceneries, objects and environments of a familiar but mysterious calm.
Brenner was born in Germany and graduated from Cincinnati’s Edgecliff College in 1978 with a B.A. in Drawing & Painting. She studied with and was influenced by Wolf Kahn, Susan Sarback, Doug Dawson and Albert Handell. Her work starts with a focus on the fundamental nature of a scene – the values, colors and shapes – using a “notan” study, a Japanese method of examining lights and darks. She alternates between landscapes and abstracts. Brenner’s work is exhibited and collected throughout the United States.
Downe Burns is a Texas native. He is largely a self-taught artist with a distinct style that has almost universal appeal. Downe’s desire is to create works that are both emotive and pleasant. He avoids the darker moods of the environment, choosing to allow his imagery to create positive feelings. He especially likes things that are old. They produce a feeling of substance rich in time and warm with use. With rich and bright colors, a new life is breathed into something maybe forgotten or gone unnoticed. Burns has exhibited throughout the United States.
Charon was born in 1958 in the Metro Phoenix area and has been producing art since an early age. He pursued his art education through scholarships in both Arizona and Utah, but his real influence came from a two year stay in Taiwan, where he acquired an impassioned fondness of oriental tradition and art. For Robert, the splendor of nature and the wonder of the world itself leaves an impression that long outlast any one artistic movement. He is passionate about depicting the worth of brilliant subtleties of everyday life. His work is collected throughout the United States.
Antoine Claes was born in Montreal in 1971 of Canadian and Belgian nationality. Abstract notions like verticality, pictorial organization and treatment of light inspire his work. The references stem from the urban universe like technology or architecture. The research is aesthetic and his commitment is based on letting the matter inspire, instead of trying to justify it in another way. Nonetheless, the paintings have titles and themes that inspire the creation of the artwork. Claes has a passion for photography and this discipline is a reference and an inspiration in his paintings.
Heather Haynes grew up Ontario, Canada. As a child, a visual disorder impaired her reading and school work suffered. However, she excelled in art and this became her heartfelt focus. She ended up attending the Visual Arts program at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Heather describes herself as a contemporary folk impressionist. She draws inspiration from nature and everyday objects. Her paintings have a loose, stylized feel, infused with the intriguing sense of a timeless peace. The artist lives with her husband and two sons in a refurbished old schoolhouse, complete with a fully-equipped studio. Her work is collected throughout Canada, Britain and the United States.
Fiona Hoop is the studio name for the team of Michele Woodey and Mary Kennedy, who work together to produce each piece of art. Michele gradated with honors in Fine Arts from Brighton School of Arts in England in 1979 and also teaches art. Mary graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1989 and received OCAD’s Experimental Arts Award in Painting. They live and work in Canada.
David Kim was born in 1961 into a family of artists. At an early age, his natural artistic talents were apparent and, with the encouragement of his family, he followed through, completing his university degree in Fine Arts. The artist’s work is influenced by his extensive travels throughout Europe and the United States. His landscapes are loosely painted with confidence, using lush, rich colors, often depicting big skies and low horizon lines. The result is very dramatic. David Kim’s paintings are collected throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
Born in Kokand Uzbekistan, Irina Koulikov studied fine art at Moscow University. Before turning to painting, she was a student of music, studying at the Leningrad Conservatory and singing in the Rimsky-Korakov Opera Theatre. Her interest in the rhythms and harmony of nature is what first drew her to music. While the translucent light effects of William Turner’s paintings may be traced in Irina’s oeuvre, it is the 19th-century French romantic tradition that emerges as the most prominent influence for the artist. The soft brushstroke, diffuse light, and muted palette all recall Camille Corot’s portraits of the Fontainebleau Forest. Irina uses acrylic paint, applied in opaque layers to create volume. Most essential to her technique is the liberal use of liquid encaustic. In addition to creating a thick and dynamic texture, the wax medium also serves to seemingly age the canvas by softening and yellowing its color. The result is a dream-like quality in her work. Irina lives and works in Toronto. Her work is exhibited throughout North America.
Peter Kuttner was born in Boston and raised on the rugged Maine coast. After earning his BFA from Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida, Kuttner works as the Art Director for New Life Films and later led the Graphics Department at the national Museum of American Illustration. The time spent near the shore influences the artist’s subtle palette of cool blues and greens, warn golds and rich reds. His training as an illustrator is evident in the dimensional sophistication of his work. Like all urbanites, Peter knows that, although city life seems always bustling, there is stillness and quiet in every day. Kuttner works and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. His work is held in collections all over the United States.
Latour was born in 1935, studied art in Paris and lived there until recently moving to the USA. The paintings of Latour are best known for the beautiful colors of French flower markets, city scenes or a barge along a river. His technique is bold and loose, his palette and brushwork full with paint. This artist brings serenity to the viewer with this unique combination of style and subject.
Joyce Lieberman was born in Detroit in 1955. She earned a BFA from the University of Michigan in 1977 and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. She is well known for her “UNStill Life” series, featuring painted works on paper displaying playful, flower-filled vases in luscious colors with colliding and overlapping patterns. Her “Fiesta” series offers smaller works in the same medium. Joyce’s “Personal Archaeology” series features subtle references to correspondence, mixed with patterns, shapes and colors. Lieberman has exhibited all over the United States and has her work installed in nearly 100 public collections. She now resides in Venice, California.
Jodi Maas was born in Manhattan, Kansas, traveled extensively in Asia as a child and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jodi’s work is a journey into pure inspiration. The subtle, rich layering and depth in her work are an invitation into a soft ethereal mystique. Her dramatic yet tranquil essence guides the spirit up to realms of new expansion. Spontaneous and unexpected details delight and entertain. Jodi now lives and works in her home in Arizona. In her words… “I am at peace when I paint.”
Malva is a legendary name and an important personality in the American art scene. A deeply religious man and a painter from Syria, the country of light and color, he represents an attempt to create a “Gesamtkunstwerk,” the integration of intellectual, philosophical, aesthetic and social values in a sensual art form. Born as the first child of a poor shepherd’s family in Tel Naif, a small village of mud cottages, Malva has had a hard life. His natural skills as a painter were not supported by his family. He left his family at age 17 and received much acclaim for his work under his assumed name. But, for political purposes, he was not able to work. He was drafted in the Syrian military as a graphic artist for seven years. He ended up with a wife and family in Beirut, where he escaped with false passports. His wife then left him (with his children) never to be heard from again. A second wife and family allowed him to restart his life in Austria, where he lives today. Through it all, Malva’s creativity seems endless. His naturalistic style gives way to a new expressionism and returns to the colors and lights of his homeland.
Known for his rich textures and atmospheric imagery, Tom Matucci balances abstraction and representation into an exquisite fusion that pushes traditional boundaries of painting. Moody landscapes are surrounded by complex textures. A tactile look is achieved, delighting the sense of touch as well as sight. His work has a captivating earthy quality that strikes a primordial chord with the viewer. Tom works intuitively, evolving from his inner self. He never knows how a painting will end up; he lets the process guide him. Matucci’s work is at once dynamic and powerful, quiet and moody. His paintings have been called dimensional poetry, conveying a textural story left to the viewer’s own interpretation. Tom’s artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows. His work may be found in galleries nationwide and in private and corporate collections worldwide. His collectors span the globe from Napa Valley to Hollywood, Chicago to Boston, South Africa to Paris.
William Nelson began his study of art at age twelve at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and continued until awarded a full scholarship to the same school. An artist for over 40 years, William is best known for his impressionistic paintings of the City of Chicago, The Board of Trade and the Chicago Theater. Nelson’s work has been selected by many private, corporate and public collections.
Natalya Romanovsky emigrated from Moldova in 1993 to Cleveland, Ohio having earlier received her B.S. degree from the Kishinev Art College. Her work combines vibrant color, rich texture and much movement. She starts every painting with a simple sketch, and then as each shape and object “finds it has soul and speaks to me” she completes the piece. Her semi-abstract paintings are from the heart. Natalya exhibits regularly in Ohio and in galleries throughout the United States.
Michael Rozenvain was born in Kiev in the Ukraine in 1963. He attended art school in Kiev and later studied at the Lvov Academy of Applied Art. He immigrated to Israel in 1990. The sensual language and texture takes precedence over the subject matter, but the flowers are always present in all their rich full-blown glory. Vitality is unquestionably the foremost feature of his subject matter and stays in the mind’s eye long after seeing his work. Rozenvain has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Israel, as well as Johannesburg and the UK.
Michael Schofield has been a professional artist for more than 25 years. He was born in Orlando, Florida in 1947, but grew up in the Oakland area. He started painting and studying the watercolor medium while still in high school. His art teacher recognized a special talent and tutored him privately for two years. He went on to earn a Fine Arts degree in Nashville, Tennessee. During his college summers Schofield studied under the well known watercolorist, John Pike, a contemporary of Robert Wood. Following college, he opened his own art studio where he transitioned into oils and acrylics. He taught and painted for twelve years before returning to California, where he continues to live and work today. Schofield’s work can be found in many private and corporate collections. A sampling includes The Library of Congress, Xerox Corporation, Occidental Petroleum, Bank of America and 20th Century.
Starlie Sokol-Hohne was born in 1958 in Santa Monica, California and completed her studies at UCLA in 1980. Inspired by the work of Robert Rauchenberg, Starlie combines images of antiquity with contemporary mixed media printmaking techniques to create the reality of her idealized image. Her compositions include paint, textures of fabric, string, and patterned paper, photography, and more. The unique result is distinctively a Sokol-Hohne. Her work is in private, public and corporate collections throughout the United States.
Helen Zarin was born in Shirae, Iran in 1970. She was recognized early as having extraordinary talent and studied under the well known Persian artist, Saber. She later enrolled in the Art & Culture Society, a national organization for gifted Persian artists. There she was recognized by the Iranian Society as a “God Gifted Talented Artist.” Conditions in her native country eventually compelled Helen to turn elsewhere for creative nourishment. In Helen’s words “Hard work and God given talent are not enough for an artist to progress and blossom; Creative freedom in the right atmosphere is essential.” She journeyed first to Europe, where she displayed her work in Vienna. Helen has lived and worked in Baltimore, Maryland since 1993. Zarin’s work is displayed throughout the United States.
Alexandre Zerbé was born in Montreal, Canada in 1974 and completed his Bachelor’s in Fine Art at Concordia University. The artist’s interest is to follow a continuity in the figurative lyricism of his acrylics. Lyricism because the scenes he depicts always seem to contain a sundry object that appears to the spectator as if voluntarily placed, thereby leaving room for interpretation. He especially enjoys putting emphasis on the impression of décor, often in playful atmospheres. Zerbé has exhibited throughout Canada. His work is widely held in the United States and Canada.