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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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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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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John Kelly

"A Dancer prepares for her performance. A woman by a window looks at a bird. A woman looks out from under white drape. Within each frame, he masterfully captures a psychological drama."

Dancer Reaching, 2019 - Oil on canvas 18 x 24 in.

Born in Paris, John Kelly grew up in New York and has been drawing and painting since childhood. He attended the School of Visual Arts in the 1980s and after graduation, he worked as the Advertising Art Director of Details Magazine and designed advertisements for clients like Geoffrey Beene, Christian LaCroix, and Jean-Paul Gaultier. Kelly participated in the  East Village Art Scene at the time, showing at 301 Houston Street Gallery, and Ground Zero Gallery. 

"My work then was influenced mainly by the Abstract Expressionists and the German Expressionists, but that changed when I saw the large Balthus retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1983, and my work became primarily figurative, and has remained so ever since. My influence since then gravitated toward 19th-century French painting, especially Degas, as well as contemporary figurative painters like William Bailey and Jeremy Lipking, and traditional Japanese prints. I studied with Jeremy Lipking from 2012 to 2014, and he has been an enormous influence."

After moving to Los Angeles, John Kelly studied with Jeffrey Lipking, and began showing at the Hawthorne Arts Complex, both one-man and group shows. He also participated in group shows at Muses Gallery, and in the Gallery Girls' annual exposition. Kelly was a finalist for the Art Renewal Center Salon, and a finalist for the Richmond 75 salon. He has now relocated to Paris.

"My feeling these days is that although I love abstract and conceptual art, using the figure in an academic manner is more interesting to me. Seeing a figure painted in a way that people can recognize easily creates an intimacy and a challenge that is visceral."

Image, 2018 - Oil on canvas 81 x 60 cm
Window, 2015 - Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in.
Waking Geisha, 2015 - Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in.
Pierrot Study #3, 2016 - Oil on canvas 10 x 10 in.

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Ni Pan

" “Someone is Behind You,” was the first suspense book I read when I was a teenager, which sparked my obsession with mystery and psychology, and the feeling of danger and unpredictable moments have haunted me since. I hope to create a mysterious, infinite space, inspired by narratives of suspense."

Daydream - Oil on canvas 32 x 24 in.

Ni Pan was born in Shanghai, China, in 1991. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Tianjin University, China, in 2014, and received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in May 2019. She worked as an architect in Shanghai from 2014 to 2016 and began painting three years ago since 2016 in San Francisco.

Ni Pan's paintings tell stories about landscapes and structures that can evoke feelings of loss, desire, and fear. Her paintings are devoid of figures because she wants to invite the viewer to bring their own experience and memories to the act of looking. Her works have shown multiple times with groups in San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York, and Portland.

Summer - Oil on canvas 26 x 26 in.
Echo II - Oil on canvas 36 x 48 in.
Echo I - Oil on canvas 36 x 48 in.
Window In The Forest - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 in.

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Paola Boni

Boero - Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm

Italian painter, Paola Boni was born in Colorno, Parma where she lives and works today. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Commerce and for years she has worked in her family's business until she decided to follow her strongest desire: to work every day with colors.

Paola's passion for drawing has been part of her life since childhood and thanks to Lesley Harrison’s book “Painting Animals That Touch the Heart”, she fell in love with pastel painting.

"Being very meticulous in reproducing details, I have thus discovered oil painting as a means to satisfy my requirements, even if I am constantly looking for new techniques to make my subjects ever more realistic, by experimenting with new tho and three-dimensional possibilities."

Very active on the international art scene, Paola Boni has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally including in Parma, Palermo, Brescia, Viterbo, Riccione, Noto, Bologna, Longarone, Forte dei Marmi, Cannes, Montecarlo, Oviedo, Madrid, Genova, London, Santa Monica.

Popeye - Acrylic and oil on canvas 60 x 60 cm
Tex Willer - Acrylic and oil on canvas 60 x 60 cm
Lucky Luke is so crushed - Acrylic and oil on canvas 40 x 40 cm
Diabolik - Acrylic and oil on canvas 40 x 40 cm

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