Tomaz Favilla

"This is my life, my savior, my tormentor. Life without this would seem empty, devoid of my truth and how I see the world and experience this reality."

The Skies Are Cracking Under Our Pressure - Digital media 120 x 60 cm

"I'm a Brazilian artist, raised in London and Brighton, now residing in Sao Paulo. I take photographs and edit them digitally to create my work. The end result at times has no resemblance to the original photograph and can end up being abstract images. Most times, they have an element of glitch and can be somewhat lysergic. Urban landscapes and cityscapes are also a common theme. Further, I try to emulate the feeling of hand-painted images, but all done digitally. This works particularly well on canvas prints. All images can be printed in varying sizes on different materials, i.e canvas or photographic paper.

This is my life, my savior, my tormentor. Life without this would seem empty, devoid of my truth and how I see the world and experience this reality. It is an expression of fine art through digital means. It is the outside world being transformed by my inner world then poured back in the form of these images. I hope you enjoy them. I hope they give you pleasure and sometimes hope. For without hope and beauty, we would be surely lost.

I thank you beforehand for your time in exploring my work."

Peachy Rosie - Digital media 50 x 35 cm
New York Stroll - Digital media 120 x 90 cm
Come, I’ll Explain On The Way - Digital media 120 x 100 cm
Esfanra - Digital media 50 x 35 cm

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Jane Lawton Baldridge

"I have had a fascination, maybe an obsession, with water for as long as I remember. I prefer to be in it, if not in than on and failing that let me stare at it. Watching my childhood sand castles fall to the continued impertinent rolling in of waves and tide captivated me."

Sunrise Over The Reef - Water-based media 40 x 30 x 2.5 in.

Jane has shown work in Lincoln Center, Times Square, the Louvre, Museum of Computer Art, Mint Museum, Cameron Museum of Art, Fayetteville Museum of Art, World Festival of Art on Paper (Slovenia). Jane grew up sailing on the coast of Texas. She studied art at High School for Performing and Visual Arts (Houston, TX), California Institute of Art (Valencia, CA) and the Alfred G. Glassel Museum School (Houston, TX).

Jane has won competitions at both local and international levels. She has been published and her print of “We the People,” her 911 tribute, lives in the US Library of Congress. Most recently Jane completed a commission for a new commercial building that is 7' x 7'!

“Being a creative requires being somewhat fearless. Unafraid to make something new and so different no one understands what it is.” Jane was taught by John Mandel and influenced by Douglas Huebler and John Baldessari, all at Cal Arts, to never repeat what has been done, to do new art. Arthur Turner at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, taught her to try multiple mediums, to keep the creative ideas flowing.

Her new studio is in Stuart, Florida. Primarily a painter, Jane also likes to use a varied mixture of pencil, charcoal, acrylics, latex, glazes, inks, watercolor and digital.

She is a licensed boat captain and lived on a boat with her husband and their dog. They have settled in Stuart where Jane now maintains a beautiful art studio. She has a profound respect for water. She watches how the water moves, how it sculpts shorelines as well as deposits sand or takes it away.

“Mixed media artist, Jane Lawton Baldridge has a comprehensive body of work belonging conceptually and contextually to five series: 'Tides & Currents', 'Revolution', 'Reflections', 'Sail Away' and 'Erosion & Alchemy'. Her works featured here are from the latter series and reflect upon her love and respect for water. Naturally, the predominant color in these abstract works is blue, connecting the artist’s practice with an extensive legacy of artworks from antiquity to post-modernity.

Jane's works are full of life. Masterfully combined hues make up fluid compositions which like water carry the viewer's eye in a back and forth, wave-like motion across the corners of the canvas. The works have a painterly quality adding a calming effect and indeed, gazing at each canvas brings up a similar feeling of fixedly looking at the ocean which is also Jane's main inspiration.

Although her images supply the viewer with an abstract backdrop for resting their relaxing thoughts on, Jane's pieces are also an engaging attempt to bring to mind environmental issues and our species' non-reciprocal attitude towards the life-giving element of water. In her own words, "As sea levels rise and powerful storms erode the landscape, lack of moral compass erodes society." In this sense, the works in Jane Lawton Baldridge's 'Erosion & Alchemy' series can be seen as a visual metaphor for the decadent course humans have taken; far from - if not against - our own nature and our neglected responsibility toward this ecosystem which has nourished our existence.

Jane's works are rich in texture, with a winding, vibrant rhythm and reveal a remarkable talent for unapologetically blending color as well as balancing shapes in dynamic, powerful compositions that are perfectly captivating for purely aesthetic reasons, relative or not to the intended message behind them.” - Circle Foundation for the Arts, Director

Once Upon A Stream - Water-based media 30 x 40 x 2.5 in.
Maelstrom - Water-based media 84 x 84 x 2.5 in.
Watershed - Water-based media 39 x 49 x 1.75 in.
Reef Crest - Water-based media 60 x 40 x 2.5 in.

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Celeste Friesen

"I love to "push paint around", mixing colors and mediums directly on the canvas. Colors, shapes, and textures are sought, and I use a variety of techniques and materials to create very different styles. I often paint intuitively, following the creative expression rather than dictating it."

Autumn at Mica Hill - Acrylic 12 x 12 in.

Cape Breton artist Celeste Friesen grew up in Winnipeg, Canada and now lives at the north-eastern tip of the island. It is this spectacular setting that provides much of the inspiration for her paintings. Celeste has studied art in both the USA and Canada. She exhibits frequently throughout Cape Breton, and previously in the Washington DC area. Her award-winning work can be seen in many galleries in Cape Breton Island and is collected across Canada, the USA and Germany.

Celeste holds a Master’s of Arts degree from Marymount University, Virginia, USA and a Bachelor’s from York University, Toronto, Canada.

Calm Before the Storm - Acrylic 30 x 40 in.
January Thaw - Acrylic 24 x 36 in.
Thundershowers - Mixed media 30 x 40 in.
Sea Shadows - Acrylic 20 x 40 in.

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Ronda Richley

"I create with a childlike abandonment, just as I approach life. What you do with life is meant to bring joy and happiness to yourself and others. I also believe in giving back to our planet and donate to the trees, so I have become known as "The Tree Lady" but my work encompasses much more."

The Seven Deadly Sins - Acrylic 16 x 8 ft

The Ultimate Tree Hugger

"I am the Ultimate Tree Hugger. Really, I mean I hug trees! I plain and simply love trees for their beauty, elegance, strength and the good they do for humanity. And these wonderful trees give us everything — the oxygen we breathe, shelter from the heat, sun and rain, and a place to play when we were kids — without asking for anything from any of us except to let them be and not destroy them.

So I have become known as “The Tree Lady.” That name was given to me by an artist from Ormond Beach, who was introduced to me by a gallery owner. When he said my name she immediately said, “Oh, the Tree Lady!” very excitedly, as my reputation had already begun. So the name stuck, and people still say, “The Tree Lady” when they meet me.

I mainly paint trees, at least for the moment...but that moment has flickered in and out for over 30 years, just can’t stop it from being there. I paint endangered trees, memorializing them for eternity. I interpret photos of trees my friends and clients send me and paint them with their stories. People are always sending me or tagging me in photos they find that remind them of me especially when they understand the figures that are ever-present in my trees.

And, I give back to the trees. Not only am I personally involved in saving our historic and endangered trees, but I donate 10% of every sale to One Tree Planted.

Much of my art tells a narrative. My paintings are more than "pretty pictures." I do not consider myself a landscape artist, but my trees, in their own right, are landscapes.

I want you to see trees like I do. To love them, too, so my narratives are only part of the story and I want the rest to be finished by YOU!"

"Ronda Richley aka "The Tree Lady" is fascinated by the beauty and diversity of trees, a recurring motif in her work for over 30 years. Ronda's body of work includes a variety of styles — from realism and abstraction to surrealism; as well as a variety of media; acrylic or oil on canvas, glass, mosaic, ceramics, found material, installation, mixed media and more.

Often in her painterly works, the trees are anthropomorphized with lyrical figures coming alive through the trunks; their arms or legs stretched in a graceful, surreal dance. Ronda's works have a characteristic, rich texture and the beautifully juxtaposed colors excite the viewer's eye, guiding it around the complex surface of each piece. Her love for trees is evident in the way every trunk is painted, brushstroke by brushstroke each tree is uniquely rendered resembling more of a portrait rather than a landscape.

It is remarkable that after many years of looking at and painting trees, Ronda seems to approach each new tree portrait in a fresh, original way, truly capturing the vast variety of their species. I am particularly drawn to her forest paintings, which carry through a feeling of belonging, a feeling of community with the trees almost affectionately rising next to one another."

- Circle Foundation for the Arts Curator

Out of the Blue - Oil 48 x 48 in.
Starry Night for Vincent - Glass mosaic mirror 16 x 24 in.
Exposed by the Sun - Acrylic 48 x 48 in.
By the Seaside - Glass mosaic mirror 24 x 24 in.

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Maryse Pique

"Experimentation, progress, be critical, discovery to better in my art. That is why Abstraction is my Dada, I never know what will be at the end."

Torn - Collage and torn paper on canvas 120 x 120 cm

"I am a self-taught artist. My paintings are inspired by my culture of origin and European culture. My passion was discovered in Bristol, UK. Everything that surrounds me, my feelings, passions or dreams are an inspiration. I like the diversity in my art, and my paintings are created in a single specimen. My imagination must always be in turmoil, it always pushes me to research, innovate, change and have a new eye on my work. Constantly self-criticizing to improve myself, both in life and in my activities. I have a love for abstract art because it puts in a flutter every sense of the viewer and it requires more mental gymnastics to understand the artwork."

Born 1964 in Martinique, Maryse Pique is an abstract artist based in Bristol, UK. Her dynamic canvases, primarily large in scale, capture swift brushwork and radiate a vibrant, lively energy  - a generous offering to the delighted viewer.

In the "Women in Action" Series, patches of color are stitched together in puzzle-like compositions which indeed feel like everything has found its right place. Maryse also works with paper, which she pastes onto the panel to produce even more richer texture in her intricate mixed-media collage pieces.

Maryse's work comes from the heart with emotions blooming through and inhabiting each piece. In her own words, "My paintings tend to be lively and joyful, but can also be enigmatic, exploring different moods and states of mind through abstract imagery." Visit the artist's website for an extensive review of her varied series of works.

- Circle Foundation for the Arts, Director

Sunrise - Acrylic on linen 140 x 140 cm
Temptation - Acrylic on linen 120 x 120 cm
Rhythm - Acrylic on linen 100 x 100 cm
Winter - Oil and acrylic on linen 120 x 120 cm

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Michael Mutschler

"My pictures implement spontaneous gestures, impulses. I have always tried to translate emotional moods into pictures. I collect motifs by actively observing. My collection of figures is large, after all, I am already over 70 years old!"

Kaltstart, 2018 - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 60 cm

German Artist, Michael Mutschler was born (1947) in Heilbronn (Baden-Württemberg). His father was the artist and educator Rudolph Mutschler, and his sister is the artist and architect Eva Petzold. Art and art history have always played the most important role in his life. Mutschler studied at the Kunstakademie Stuttgart.

Numerous stays in Greece and Italy as a youth informed his aesthetics, as well as a later three-month trip through Italy - on a  ten Deutschmarks budget.

"As a (young) father of two and later four children, I found it sometimes exhausting but also enriching to come to terms with little means."

"We were struggling over the concept of art. Joseph Beuys helped me out of conservative concepts and one of his students, Holger Utta, taught me. I read a lot, Erich Fromm, C.G. Jung, Mitscherlich and had first encounters with Anthroposophy. I was with Prof. Schellenberger in the master class for Puppetry, where we developed experimental theatre, in an attempt to see man as part of art.

Our performance "Ich - Sklave - Über-ich - Sklave, Roboter - Sklave" moved a reporter of the Süddeutscher Rundfunk II (21.2.1971, 22.30) to this statement: "The following actions", says the reporter, skeptical about the title, "a mixture of pantomime, puppet play and effective visuals, fascinated so directly that at times one seemed to gaze spellbound at the stage of one's own consciousness".

His analysis: "The simple fact, still fresh today and more ingeniously disguised than ever, that we are all puppets at times and have to free ourselves from the tormenting state," aptly sums up the driving force behind my artistic work. Incidentally, the discussion has lost nothing of its relevance for me.

A longhaired art teacher wearing a corduroy suit, I came to grammar school, where the old spirit still reigned. The headmaster was speechless in the face of this performance. I took Joseph Beuys with me to this school - everyone is an artist. That's not directly aimed at brush and easel, no: every person is able to lead a situation to a better one by himself - if they have access to creativity and empathy in the here and now. From my point of view, this positive presence allows us to do justice to people, to act humanely. So, art and pedagogy merge. Hard to chew for some of those present in the teaching staff. I also understood my teaching activity as compensation for my own, often humiliated student soul."

Michael Mutschler now lives in Machern near Leipzig. After almost 40 years as an art teacher, he now enjoys the freedom of the pensioner and, nourished by his first successes, he feels so free to exhibit his works in public, much of which was created in the last five years.

Der Großinspirator, 2018 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Gesellschaftsschichten, 2019 - Acrylic on canvas 70 x 50 cm
Klima - Klimax - Acrylic on canvas 2019, 120 x 100 cm
Suche nach Wärme, 2016 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 70 cm

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Ann Dunbar

"My art is a history of my travels, dreams, observations of natural forms, which from afar brings you closer to an intimate meeting of marvels. I use a combined technique which I have developed over the years to express my own voice and vision."

Inspiration Estivale - Embroidery on mixed media/paper, 100 x 120 cm

Ann Dunbar is an international quoted artist, born and educated in the UK and now living in France. Armed with a teachers' Diploma and an arts degree specializing in Textiles, she taught in schools and colleges in the UK for sixteen years before becoming a full-time artist. Her unique mixed technique whereby she embellishes her paintings on paper with embroidery, her signature work, has received acclaim and to date and acquired fifty awards since moving to France in 1996. Ann has exhibited worldwide: Brazil, Japan, Cambodia, China, Australia, Russia, Emirates and in Europe.

Dunbar's pieces are in various museums, private and corporate collections in China, Japan, the UK, Australia and Denmark. She is represented by Shoalhaven Fine Art Gallery in NSW, Australia, G&C Gallery in England and Paola Trevisan International Italy. Her work reveals a passion for the fragile beauty of the natural world.

The idiosyncratically layered works of Ann Dunbar combine painting and embroidery in a unique and painstaking technique that involves meticulous marks with a wet brush as well as with her old Bernina sewing machine. "This precious machine, given to me by my mother, is the most important tool in my creative world." describes Ann.

Taking a medium that is typically associated with crafts, Dunbar's large mixed media works carry through the traditionally feminine practice of sewing, blending thread and paint into high works of art.

Full of color, detail, and texture, each work displays a complex arrangement of interconnected lines and motifs stitched together to produce a balanced and intricate mixed media composition. The works may require hours of careful gazing to take in the full spectrum of labor that the artist put in as well as to appreciate the delicate beauty and refined expertise which the finished piece reflects. 

It is no surprise that Ann continues to exhibit and sell her remarkable artworks internationally. Visit her website to enjoy more of her recent works.

- Circle Foundation for the Arts, Director

Garden of Happiness - Embroidery on mixed media/paper 50 x 40 cm
Dream Garden I - Embroidery on mixed media/paper 70 x 50 cm
Path In The Shade - Embroidery on water colour. 50 x 40 cm
Wish You Were Here - Embroidery on water colour. 70 x 50 cm

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Amazilia Photography

With a life-long connection to nature and a fascination for humanity's place within the natural world, Amazilia strives through his photography to express humans' love and appreciation for the world around us, and our place within it. Diverse beauty and creativity are at the core of his work.

The Perfect S - Photograph 20 x 16 in.

Amazilia Photography, which is owned and operated by British photographer Paul, is named after a species of hummingbird native to Peru and Ecuador. The name was chosen because Paul finds hummingbirds to be one of the most beautiful and inspiring natural wonders of the world. Such radiance, strength, and beauty are also seen in women; a subject that has fascinated artists in every discipline over millennia.

Paul focuses his work in three core areas of people photography – fine art nudes, sensual nudes and nudes in nature. His principal focus has developed into nudes in the natural environment, where Paul is always trying to depict a sense of the deep-rooted, intrinsic connection between people and the natural world.

He is an internationally published photographer with several print publications, who has recently won the Runner- Up Photographer of the Year position with an international magazine, as well as achieving success in three global fine art photographic competitions. He holds Distinctions in both Foundation and Advanced Photography Diplomas, and in October 2019 he exhibited a series of four intimate low-key bodyscape images in London.

Paul has published three fine art nude volumes in a series entitled “Naturally Nude”. Each book contains around 100 photos, as well as an introductory narrative. Two of the books focus on nudes in nature, while the third covers bodyscapes shot indoors.

Aside from his interests in people photography, Paul enjoys being in nature. This includes walking, swimming, and simply watching the myriad of endlessly varied and fascinating wildlife and landscapes; both close to his home in Britain, and across the globe. He is married with two grown-up children.

Curves and Lines - Photograph 20 x 16 in.
Rock Nude - Photograph 20 x 16 in.
Body Ballet - Photograph 20 x 16 in.
Cloud Nude - Photograph 20 x 16 in.

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Brian Hunt

"Art was once created by the human hand and ochre from the earth, but over time, the tools evolved. What has always remained constant though, is that art originates from the soul. My hope is that my images will be a reflection of me, not merely my skills, and will stand the test of time."

Under The Bridge - Photographic print 20 x 30 in.

"As a product of the 60s and 70s, I was greatly influenced by those years. It was for me a time of ideas, music and artistic expression. The early work included pencil sketches, charcoal drawings, prints, and watercolour. Over the last decade or so, photography has inspired me to continue my journey of expression. As the clock ticks on, I feel more and more compelled to leave something behind. Some marker that says I was here. I hope to build a body of relevant work that can be that legacy."

Brian Hunt is a Canadian artist and photographer based in Sault-Sainte-Marie.

Union Station - Photographic print 20 x 30 in.
Trolley Stop - Photographic print 24 x 24 in.
Northbound - Photographic print 24 x 24 in.
Figaro's Barbershop - Photographic print 20 x 30 in.

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Holly Cannon

"I love to paint animals in almost any medium, but my new found love of pastels is where my heart is. I strive with every painting to be photorealistic, and I LOVE painting eyes. They are always the first to be painted in every piece. I want someone who is not an 'animal person' to love my paintings."

The Lion of Judah - Pastels on velour 9 x 13 in.

"While growing up, I loved to draw horses and dolphins all over my schoolbooks. After getting a degree in Advertising and a minor in Art, I hung up my pencils and raised a house full of kids for 30 years. After a hip replacement, I found my paintbrush again and have loved it more than ever. I took a workshop a year ago with my favorite artist and she introduced me to pastel painting. And now I have found my lane. With each painting, I learn something new about the medium and can't wait to start the next. I take lessons from a renowned local artist who helps me get unstuck in each of my pieces. Art class day is always my favorite day of the week!"

Holly Cannon is an American artist living in Palm City. She holds a Communications Degree with a Minor in Arts from Florida State University.

Chillin' - Pastels on velour 22 x 18 in.
A Moment of Solace - Pastels on velour 13 x 18 in.
Stratus - Pastels on velour 11 x 15 in.
A Grey Winter - Pastels on velour 11 x 14 in.

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