Irene Koroluk

Born in: 1965, Melbourne, Australia
Lives in: Taroona, Tasmania
Describe your art in three words: Intricate, layered, tactile
Education: Master of Environmental Studies (University of Tasmania),  Bachelor of Fine Arts (University of Tasmania)
See More Work: https://www.irenekoroluk.com/

Out There - Bleach painting, free motion machine stitching, fabric, batting, thread, shellac ink, 90 x 90 cm

“My artistic practice is rooted in my profound connections with the natural environment. My work seeks to encapsulate and unveil the sense of wonderment, diversity and beauty inherent in wild and remnant habitats. Extremely drawn to fragile and threatened landscapes, I am committed to imparting the value and significance of appreciating and safeguarding the remaining habitats of importance."

What themes does your work involve?
Mostly Australian native landscape diversity, beauty and fragility.
Describe your creative process.
Before commencing any work, I attach canvas or fabric to an underneath layer of bag batting using free motion stitching in a repeated pattern. This repetition allows me to get into the right creative head space. Once complete, my first starting point is always a tree or a plant. From there I add more and more foliage, working from foreground to background. My work is improvisational, with no outlines or sketches. As I often work blind due to scrunching up my work to fit it in between the sewing machine arm and bed, a lot of time is taken balancing and rebalancing the design. I know a work is finished when I stop wanting to add or unpick content.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
My work is influenced by the materials and the facilities I have available on hand when I start a piece. Upholstery thread colours, and bag batting I require are not always available, so I need to work within those confines. Content wise, my work is inspired and influenced by my encounters with the natural world, places I explore and travel to. My work is also informed by my environmental background, interest in conservation and plant diversity, and by my place of residence which borders a ravine with towering eucalypts and native species. I make art because I get a real buzz and validation from selling my work, getting into art prizes and being published. It is also about healing and accomplishment. I've also always had an inner compulsion to scribble.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art to me is work that makes me go 'wow'. It often uses techniques or materials I have not come across, or made by someone whose mastery of technique and workmanship is out of the ordinary. It is work that makes me want to ask questions including how on earth did they do that? It is work that I want to marvel at, spend time with, and stirs my soul. Good art to me is often unique with unusual or difficult content. Good art can evoke emotions of discomfort, happiness, and admiration of beauty. Great art is art that you see and never forget, it is art that speaks to you. Louise Bourgeois's spiders, William Rickett’s Aboriginal sculptures, Rew Hanks lino cuts to name a few. It is work on your bucket list that you want to see before you die; and when you see it, it makes you more whole.
What is the role of the artist today?
Being an artist allows me to share my love of the natural world and hopefully inspire people to go out and be enriched by it. It allows me to continually learn and improve, expand my imagination and keep my brain healthy. Art chose me through luck, being able to draw, and being in the right places at the right times. Art in contemporary society should have many roles including: community engagement and inclusion through community-based art; cultural, aesthetic and individual enrichment; and social and political education and activism.

 


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Wen Redmond

Born in:1950'2/NJ
Lives in: Strafford, NH
Describe your art in three words: sensitive experimental photography
Education:BA Mansfield State University
See More Work:  https://www.wenredmond.com/

“My works centers around bringing the outside in. Bringing my sense of delight and appreciation of the natural world to viewers through my art.”

What themes does your work involve?
I continue to investigate the digital world but also imaginative presentations that add to the pioneering exploration of my media and give my work edge. Each work is unique and created individually.
Describe your creative process.
I experiment, looking for new and inventive ways to take my work to the next level, printing on unique or unconventional media, displayed in various ways. Each presentation adds to the pioneering innovations and give my work edge. My techniques can be further investigated in my books- Digital Fiber Art and Other Mixed Media Masterpieces, and my new book, Explorations with Collage! Merging Photographs, Paper & Fiber (https://schifferbooks.com/products/explorations-with-collage?_pos=1&_sid=4f6fd3f09&_ss=r) and an online workshop with Fibre Arts Take Two in August (https://www.fibreartstaketwo.com/courses/wenredmond/?fbclid=IwAR39opvUL8DV3GjYcJbxIIZlWF9xdLxQwYT-yImHR4sg_G15cMvZDIBz_Yo ).
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
My works centers around bringing the outside in. Bringing my sense of delight and appreciation of the natural world to viewers through my art. Manipulating photographs and creating digital images is a huge part of my artistic motivation. I experiment, looking for new and inventive ways to take my work to the next level, printing on unique or unconventional media, displayed in various ways. Each presentation adds to the pioneering innovations and give my work edge. Every work generates an artistic tension, followed by the excitement of the actual creation of the work. A dialogue is started, and the work becomes real.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Art comes from awarness. Making my art allows me to tap into levels of perception, becoming more aware, more conscious, & more grateful. I’ve loved photography my entire life. This brings a tender sensitivity to one’s surroundings. An eye. Sometimes, I look with intention, focusing on everything with the possibility of creating a composition. And sometimes it just happens. A quick glance becomes the image for a future work. These moments are my well, my source. I bring that energy into my art making, to communicate the positive. Creation gives me ideas. My passion is to put them into art.
What is the role of the artist today?
As yeast to leaven the culture.

Wen's work has traveled the US, UK, Europe, Japan, and Australia, and is part of the permanent collections of Marbaum, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, CA, Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC, Visions, CA, New England Quilt Museum, and private collections.
She has been featured in numerous magazines and books including her own published books, Digital Fiber Art and Mixed Media Masterpiece and new book with Schiffer Publishing - Explorations with Collage- Merging Photographs, Paper and Fiber.
She currently splits her time between North Carolina and New Hampshire.

 


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Noémie L. Côté

Born in: 1980, Canada
Lives in: Ottawa, Canada
Describe your art in three words: Happy textured landscapes
Education: Undergraduate in Ceramics at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
See More Work: https://noemielcote.com/

"Looking at my work you are at once hit by the sugar-pop of colour that reimagines the landscapes I bring to life on canvas. It’s hard not to be swept along in the bounce of my thick textured paint strokes and moved by the sheer joy that emanates from the rich oil colours. I specialize in vibrant landscapes that captures the essence of a scene, and leaves the observer uplifted."

What themes does your work involve?
I paint landscapes to capture the essence of being in nature—those moments when the sun shimmers off the water, the warmth of a sunset, or the wind gently rocking the trees
Describe your creative process.
I immerse myself in nature as much as possible, capturing moments through photography. Recalling the emotions, I sketch, ink, and paint using thick, buttery oils. The pre-mixed oil paints remain un-muddled, applied with bold strokes resembling butter icing. I paint without layering, preserving the texture and tiny ridges left by the brush. Strokes are applied side by side, leaving space for the underpaint to shine through, imparting a sense of underlying light to the artwork. The vibrant colours are refreshing and never appear overworked or overly detailed, encouraging viewers to engage their imagination rather than expecting a realistic reproduction. I often work in small series, exploring a location or scene across various canvas sizes and colour variations.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
The biggest influence on my work is nature. Having lived on different continents and traveled extensively, I've come to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of each region. Nature evokes an immense feeling of peace and inner joy that I aim to capture in my paintings. My artistic style has been influenced by the Canadian Group of Seven and Impressionist founders such as Claude Monet. I create art because of a strong inner need to express myself creatively. Art is my self-expression, and without it, I feel incomplete. It's my way of sharing joy and uplifting others.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Today's art acts as a catalyst for change, with artists creatively expressing themselves and serving various purposes, such as reflecting societal values, contributing to cultural preservation, providing entertainment, and adding beauty to spaces. Personally, as a young child, creating art served as a form of communication and therapy. Art opens your mind and can elevate your spirit.
What is the role of the artist today?
One of the most important roles of the artist is to tell stories, documenting the events and memories of today in a lasting and meaningful way through art. I see an artist’s greatest purpose as being able to inspire others, passing the torch to the next generations the way my mentors passed it on to me.

 


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Monica Isla Moya

“In my quest for artistic excellence, I try to impregnate my work with new techniques, constantly expanding the media and materials I use. I participate in International Art Fairs since 2023. My favorite artists are the American Expresionists as: Joan Mitchell, Willem de Kooning and Robert Notherwell.”

Sunrise Fields 3 - Mixed media 30 x 40 in. €1,710

Monica Isla is a Mexican artist with a profound passion for exploring the convergence of history and art. Equipped with a master's degree in world history, she is currently immersing herself in the realm of art history through a second degree program.

Her artistic journey has been enriched by a variety of experiences, including participation in numerous painting courses and workshops. Monica is deeply committed to refining her skills and regularly attends classes at Oolite Arts, a distinguished non-profit organization in Miami, Florida, dedicated to nurturing contemporary art and culture.

Through her artwork, Monica endeavors to harmonize her academic background with her creative expression, encouraging viewers to ponder the intricate interplay between past and present, history and artistry. Each brushstroke serves as a reflection of her ongoing exploration of the human experience, both historical and contemporary, as she aims to captivate and inspire her audience through her art.

Whispers of Nature 1 - Mixed media 36 x 48 in. €1,810
Sunrise Fields 1 - Mixed media 30 x 40 in. €1,710
Rainy Days 2 - Mixed media 30 x 30 in. €1,100
Sunrise Fields 2 - Mixed media 30 x 40 in. €1,710

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Daniel Grannan

“My paintings are inspired by nature/our environment. Creating paintings with strong, compositions colors and techniques that are artistically, important and inspirational is my goal.”

Transformation S5 - Oil on Panel 24 x 18 in. $975

American artist, Daniel Grannan seamlessly merges his lifelong connection with art, nature, and the environment into powerful organic compositions. Born in Arizona in 1956, Grannan's early years were marked by his family's nomadic lifestyle across the western United States, during which he seized every opportunity to draw and paint. Encouraged by unwavering familial support, he evolved into a self-taught artist, specializing in creating detailed limited-edition prints of wildlife and bronze sculptures.

The rugged and ever-changing landscape of the Southwest has consistently served as a wellspring of inspiration and challenge for Grannan's creative journey. The shapes, patterns, and textures inherent in the landscape continually stimulate new ideas and propel the completion of his oil paintings. With each stroke, Grannan's intention is to ignite inspiration and spark the imagination of the viewer.

Grannan's artwork adorns private collections and has graced numerous exhibitions and galleries across the United States. Presently, he is an esteemed member of the Oil Painters of America and the Abstract Art Collective.

Transformation LG2 - Oil on Panel 36 x 48 in. $2,250
Transformation LG12 (Alizarin Crimson) - Oil on Panel 36 x 48 in. $2,250
Transformation M6 - Oil on Panel 24 x 30 in. $1,525
Transformation LG11 (yellow) - Oil on Panel 36 x 48 in. $2,250

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ArtePuliafico

"My art begins in childhood memories, with colorful ballerinas drawn with chalk on the chalkboard, dancing in an hourglass shape as if animated by a breath of life. These initial moments of wonder have shaped my approach to art: a dance of colors and shapes that evolves."

Orizzonti riflessi - Oil on Canvas 140 x 350 cm. €8,500

"My art begins in childhood memories, with colorful ballerinas drawn with chalk on the chalkboard, dancing in an hourglass shape as if animated by a breath of life. These initial moments of wonder have shaped my approach to art: a dance of colors and shapes that evolve and come alive each time a gaze falls upon my works.

In my artistic practice, I strive to capture the ephemeral and the eternal, the fleeting moment that nonetheless leaves a lasting impression. My works are dynamic, intended to be consumed quickly with the eyes, yet with a visual aftertaste that persists, changing and evolving with each observation.

The colors in my paintings are not just pigments applied to a canvas, but rather an emotional language that speaks directly to the soul. Like Antonino Puliafico, I find that artistic energy is something visceral that emerges from within. It's not a controlled process, but rather a spontaneous flow that guides my hand until the painting declares itself complete.

I use oil and acrylic colors, applied with spatulas and brushes, in a play of textures and tones reminiscent of Fauvist and Impressionist movements. My art is an exploration of freedom, a journey through my personal perception of the world, where colors dance and tell stories of emotions, moments, dreams.

In my work, I invite the viewer to pause, contemplate, and discover that each piece is a continuous dialogue between myself and my audience. Each piece is an invitation to explore, to feel, to experience art with the same passion and intensity with which it was created."

Zagara di Limoni - Oil on Canvas 138 x 118 cm. €2,900
Anima in porto - Oil on Canvas 205 x 137 cm. €8,500
Danze di ninfee - Oil on Canvas 150 x 150 cm. €3,200
Ombre a Venezia - Oil on Canvas 200 x 144 cm. €4,300

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Tricia Skoglund

"I have always considered myself a multifaceted artist. I've been very fortunate and found great joy in exploring a multitude of different art forms and different mediums. I now work exclusively with torch cut steel. I like the way that painting on metals adds a creative and unique element to my art."

Whats Sup - Acrylics, Mixed Media on torch-cut steel 24 x 30 in.

While growing up in Southern California, Tricia's youthful talent as an artist was quickly recognized by her early art teachers and by several prominent artists in the area. This early recognition made it possible for her to spend many years studying under some of the most prominent artists in and around the famous art colony of Laguna Beach, CA.

After graduating from High School with an art scholarship, Tricia accepted a position as a manager, and contributing artist, at an art gallery in Del Mar, CA. It was during this time that she took the opportunity to explore many different art forms and art mediums all while continuing her education, managing the gallery, and showing and selling her own work.

The next step in her art career took her to Salem, Oregon where she started a family and at the same time went to college to study Graphic Design. In addition, she was able to use her gallery experience to open, own and operate her very successful Arts and Design Co., which specialized in painting and designing murals in both residential and commercial properties.

Now that her family has grown, Tricia Skoglund has once again evolved and grown in a new and creative way. She is currently having fun using acrylics, pastels, torch-cut steel and all kinds of recycled metals. She loves the contrasts and energy that old metal gives to her art and how it gives each of her creations a distinctive one-of-a-kind 3-dimensional, individual look.

Discovering unrefined and rustic details in nature gives her inspiration for her work. Objects left outside to rust and corrode captivate her imagination and compel her to give new life. as a highlighted part of her work. Tricia also finds inspiration from the sea. The movement from the water, how it reflects light, and its energy are always very important parts of her work. It's that combination that helps make each of Tricia Skoglund's creations be a very unique and smoothly interwoven piece of work.

Regardless Of Where You've Been - Triptych, Acrylics, Mixed Media, on torch-cut steel 8 x 48 x 3 in.
Windows Of Fall - Acrylics, Mixed Media, on Torch-cut steel 30 x 40 in.
Foggy Day At The Beach - Acrylics, Mixed Media, on torch-cut steel 24 x 48 in.
Found Objects Below - Acrylics, Mixed Media, on torch-cut steel 30 x 40 in.

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Lynn Letourneau

“Painting abstractly connects me to an intuitive Emergent Source. A visual language of personal and archetypal images will appear bridging my inner and outer world. I rely on my heart, body and mind to guide this process. Applying rhythmic layers of color onto canvas, I discern, make choices and the painting mirrors back to me how to proceed."

Crossing the Great Divide - Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 24 x 1.5 in. $1,500

Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Lynn Letourneau has been fortunate to explore the rich cultural landscape of New York City, frequenting its myriad museums. She honed her artistic skills at the Arts Students League before furthering her studies at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts.

Transitioning to San Francisco, Lynn embarked on a fifteen-year journey exploring various healing modalities while nurturing a burgeoning passion for sculpting figures in clay. Upon settling in central California after her marriage, Lynn's artistic journey took a transformative turn towards Abstract Expressionism. Seeking to capture the essence of internal worlds through color, energy, and form, she transitioned her creative expression to the canvas, drawing inspiration from her years of sculpting.

For nearly two decades, Lynn has been an active member of the central coast art community, showcasing her work in galleries, art fairs, and competitions. Her art not only captivates audiences but also serves philanthropic purposes, contributing to fundraising efforts for esteemed institutions such as the Santa Barbara Art Museum and the Westmont Ridley Tree Art Museum.

Committed to fostering creativity, Lynn has shared her insights through "Create Inside Out" workshops at the Bell Arts Studios in Ventura. Her artistic endeavors have taken her to galleries, online platforms, and prominent art fairs worldwide, including notable exhibitions such as the Trevisan International in Italy (2011-2014), New York Art Expo, LA Art Fair, and the Affordable Art Fair (2014). In 2019, her work graced the walls of esteemed galleries like Gallery 104 and Gallery NYA in New York City, as well as the Laguna Art Studios in Laguna Beach, where she exhibited alongside the Women’s Painters West from 2018 to 2023.

Lynn's talent has garnered recognition in publications globally, with recent highlights including the 2023 Collectors Art Prize and interviews featured in the Contemporary Art Curator Magazine. In 2024, she received an editor review in the same esteemed publication, solidifying her status as a noteworthy contemporary artist.

Heartsong - Acrylic, Pastel on Canvas, 36 x 36 x 1.5 in. $2,350
Journey - Acrylic, Oil Pastel on Canvas, 24 x 30 x 1.5 in. $1,500
Cutting Thru - Acrylic on Canvas, 36 x 36 x 1.5 in. $2,350
Fortitude - Acrylic, Pastel on Canvas, 40 x 30 x 1.5 in. $2,150

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Howard Harris

"Visual reality is an ever-shifting, highly individualized experience. In any given moment, what we see reflects both our inner state and a synthesis of outer qualities—light, color, movement, space. My exploration in dimensional photographic art represents an attempt to recreate the perceptual experience, with its dynamic nature and hidden complexities. In my patented process I use photographic constructions, a single often abstracted image is layered over itself on clear acrylic surfaces and superimposed on a subtle grid. The resulting visual phenomenon infuses the image with a sense of dimensionality and fluidity affected by such changes as the angle of viewing and light."

Ayers Rock - Sublimation Print on Aluminum with Acrylic overlay 36 x 30 in.

Howard Harris has long been fascinated by both visual perception and design. The Denver Colorado USA native earned a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, MID (Masters Industrial Design) from Pratt Institute in New York studying with internationally renowned design theorist Rowena Reed Kostellow.

Harris has spent more than 35 years combining design and technology where he has won many prestigious professional awards. Now his creative energy has turned to his lifelong passion, photography. With an iconoclastic streak that had seen him consistently forging new directions in design, he was bound to approach the photographic image in an unconventional way as well.

In 2017 Harris was granted a United States Patent no: 9,753,295 titled Apparatus and Method of Manufacturer for a Layered Artwork proving the uniqueness and inventiveness of his photographic work. Since then his work has appeared in many books and publications such as The Great Masters of Contemporary Art, ARTtour International Artists of the Decade, Art Collectors Choice Japan, International Contemporary Masters, and Top 10 Contemporary Artists, to mention a few. He has also been awarded Artists for a Green Planet Artist of the Decade, International Prize Raffaello, International Prize Giulio Cesare, International Prize Leonardo Da Vinci, International Prize Caravaggio, Contemporary Art Curator Magazines Artist of the Future, and more.

Howard Harris serves as a Trustee of The Kansas City Art Institute has won the Who’s Who Worldwide Lifetime Achievement and the USA Small Businessperson of the Year. His work is shown internationally and represented by galleries in the United States, U.K., and Europe and appears in the South Korean Yukyung Art Museum.

No Monkeys - Sublimation Print on Aluminum with Acrylic overlay 36 x 30 in.
Puffer - Sublimation print on Aluminum 36 x 30 in.
Tuscany Landscape - Sublimation Print on Aluminum with Acrylic overlay 36 x 30 in.
Albers Unleashed - Sublimation Print on Aluminum 36 x 20 in.

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Leila Bokel

"This is my last series which I have named 'Minimalist series', a study I began to develop during the Quarantine years. Most artworks have only 2 or 3 different threads. I'm happy with the result because the threads that where the supporting of the architectural forms became the protagonists of the artworks themselves."

Untitled Knots 1 - Mixed media, App. 60 x 50 x 15 cm

Leila Bokel was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she lives and works. She did her professional training and received qualification at the Park Lage School of Arts and at the Atelier Guilhermina Virtual, Rio de Janeiro. Since 2006 she has been participating in exhibitions in her country and abroad. Leila has been a juried member of Circle Foundation for the Arts since 2017. She has participated in the Biennale of Dortmund (German) and in the 45th London Art Biennale 2021 , Gagliard Gallery. Leila has shown at international Art Fairs, and many other exhibitions. She is represented by Artur Fidalgo Gallery, Binaria.art, EIXO Arte and Zagut Gallery.

Untitled Knots 5 - Two threads, App. 33 x 35 x 16 cm
Untitled Knots 4 - Two threads, App. 20 x 20 x 23 cm
Untitled Knots 3 - Mixed media, App. 35 x 63 x 10 cm
Untitled Knots 2 - Mixed media, App.18 x 24 x 21 cm
Untitled - Fabric, acrylic and threads 45 x 18 x 19 cm
Untitled - Fabric, acrylic and cotton thread 50 x 18 x 10 cm
Two Threads - Cotton threads 50 x 56 x 6 cm
Untitled - Cotton thread and 1 silk thread 50 x 18 x 10 cm
Untitled - Fabric, acrylic and cotton thread 40 x 25 x 18 cm

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