Kay Larkin

“Life and Art are born of Light.”

Cloudcap - Photograph 16 x 34 in.

"Enthusiasm with art and photography led me to take many photography classes in school. After college, I pursued a career in Biology and my extensive use of photo-microscopy required that I continue to develop photography skills, including digital and three-dimensional imaging.

Although my early photographic training was in the tradition of the f64 club, I am an experimentalist by nature and incorporate the use of shallow-depth of field and slow shutter speeds at times to convey my impression of the moment.

In terms of artistic inspiration and expression, I am most influenced by late-18th and early 19th-century Luminist painters. I particularly enjoy making panoramic images because of the way they draw the viewer into the scene and convey a sense of space. My purpose is to share the joy I find in the beauty that surrounds us all."

Old Bottles - Photograph 8.5 x 11 in.
Hail Ridge Ranch - Photograph 16 x 20 in.
Wind and Wheat - Photograph 16 x 20 in.
Cant Ranch - Photograph 8.5 x 11 in.

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Mike DeCesare

Wolf Lodge Bay - Photograph (Edition of 10) 11 x 15 in. (#2 belongs to the ArtSource Collection, Northwest Museum of Art & Culture, USA)

American photographer, Mike DeCesare was born in New Jersey and today lives in Spokane, Washington.

Daylight Ahead - Photograph (Edition of 10) 15 x 22 in.
Out to Sea - Photograph (Edition of 10) 15 x 22 in.
Enchanted Forest - Photograph (Edition of 10) 14 x 21 in.
Grand Sunset - Photograph (Edition of 15) 16 x 22 in.

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Nancy L Moore

"As an artist, I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to paint and draw without limits."

Standing in the Shade - Acrylic on canvas 24 x 48 in.

"As an artist, I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to paint and draw without limits. I enjoy experimenting with different mediums working mostly in acrylics.

My style is largely experimental, exploring and pushing boundaries to see if one can still recognize my intention. I never set out to replicate an image, but instead strive to convey a mood or evoke an emotion using loose lines, rich texture and bold colours."

Canadian artist, Nancy L Moore graduated from George Brown's (Toronto) Graphic Design Program majoring in Advertising. She has been the co-owner of Seastar Images Inc. since 1997, a graphics company located in Ajax. Although involved in the graphic design industry, fine art has always been her passion. Moore has enjoyed furthering her artistic development by attending a variety of workshops such as jewelry making, encaustic painting, detailed portraiture and figurative abstraction.

Algonquin - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 48 in.
On a Warm Afternoon - Acrylic on canvas 36 x 24 in.
The Next Tee Box - Acrylic on canvas 36 x 30 in.
The Expanse at Twilight - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 30 in.

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Nancy Holleran

"Life is filled with great experiences. Ones that make us smile; ones that touch our hearts. My creative process utilizes photography and an associative process to create the painting's feeling. Norman Rockwell is an inspiration. A quote I love: “Commonplaces never become tiresome...we just need a new view."

Girl and Her Dogs on the Beach - Watercolor 30 x 24 in.

Art Education

• Studied Chemistry San Jose State University  1979-1982

• BFA/Master’s Candidate San Jose State University 1979-1981

 

Gallery Affiliations

• Current-2017  Santa Cruz Art League/Open Studio

• 1978-1981 Group 21 Gallery, Los Gatos Ca”. Textile/handmade paper)

• 1978-1981 Gallery House Palo Alto, Ca.Textile/handmade paper)

 

Select Shows

• 2019 Santa Cruz Art League Juried “Open Studio Artist”

• 2019 Santa Cruz Art League Juried “ Santa Cruz County Government Building Art Show”

• 2019 UC Santa Cruz Art/ Physic Project selected artists for “Art Physics Project”-Blitzer Gallery Santa Cruz, Ca

• 2018 Agora Gallery  New York City “Spring Awakenings”

• 2017 Santa Cruz Art League Juried  “Open Studio Artist”

• 2017 Agora Gallery  New York City “Portals of Perception”

1980  Gallery House, Palo Alto Ca. “Helen Morrison and Nancy Ferrari

• 1979  Group 21 Gallery Los Gatos, Ca. “Past Images” Ben Wright and Nancy Ferrari

• 1978  Group 21 Gallery Los Gatos, Ca. “Seven in Fiber”

Doggy Love - Watercolor 12 x 20 in.
Naples Side Street - Watercolor /gouache 14 x16 in.
Northern Italian Sunset - Watercolor 30 x 24 in.
Queen of the Sticks - Watercolor 14 x 16 in.

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Penny L Kitchen

"The renaissance artist is a practitioner of a least three disciplines – in my case visual arts, vocals and multimedia – hence ren-femme – 3 art forms. Love them all! I studied and practiced classical film animation working for Warner Brothers, Disney and Century Fox: sang my heart out in bars."

Hubby and cat - Mixed media 8 x 10 in.

“Renaissance art is the painting, sculpture and decorative arts of European history known as “The Renaissance Period” originating in the 1400s. The renaissance period is amazing for its energy and strides forward in art and music. Leonardo da Vinci is one of the many artists who epitomizes this period and the meaning of “Renaissance”.

Renaissance Femme…

I asked my husband one evening in our studio …”if you could come up with a name for my new site, what would that be”? Without hesitation, he said, “Renaissance Femme”.

He reminded me that the renaissance artist is a practitioner of a least three disciplines. He said you are an artist, vocalist and a multi media designer – hence… ren-femme.

Whenever we arrive at the end of a musical performance or a stage production, we experience what we’d call a, “post-gig wind-down”. We’re tired, happy and sad all at the same time. It’s at these times that I’ve turned to my visual art side continuing to paint, often addressing portrait commissions that I’ve had to put on hold during musical productions.

Sometimes I find myself experiencing another’s piece of art often in the wee hours of the morning in a hotel room as I stare at the art on the walls. Sometimes I see movement within the piece; hear music, recognize interpretations and statements. I felt I could expand on this – hence – “Hotel Art” – the visual expressions conveyed through different media, moods and techniques creating a consistent statement through which Hotel owners can enhance the character of their Hotel. What better place to express and reinforce this than within the establishment?

My husband and I have played background music for art shows at various galleries, relaxing the patrons and, hopefully, contributing to their visual experience. I enjoy offering that added element to an art show. Singing in bars, private clubs, wineries’, stage productions and many many fundraising events … it’s one of my favorite places to be. Playing music with my amazingly talented husband and beautiful daughter (when she is available) – well – it just doesn’t’ get better. Giving and providing that musical element of escapism in music is magic. It’s easy – you just let the music sing itself.

Where do I find my inspiration? That’s easy – You!

Well, there you have it – the three in one – portraiture, multimedia through “Hotel Art” and music.”

  •  Renaissance Femme, RenFemme for short. 
Roanna - Oil 10 x 8 in.
Alec - Sketch 8 x 10 in.
Field of trees - Gouache and acrylic 10 x 8 in.
Wiccan - Sketch 8 x 10 in.

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Lee Howard Gobbi

Professional portrait artist, Lee Howard Gobbi works in oils, pastels and graphite.

Arabian - Oil on canvas 36 x 36 in.

Originally from Bradford, Yorkshire, England, Lee Howard Gobbi has worked as a professional Illustrator for Packaging, Publications, Marketing and Editorial Illustration and Magazine Cover Illustration. He has been an award-winning Creative Director for four global packaging and promotion firms working on major brands such as American Express, IBM, Pepsi, House of Seagram, International Playtex, Whole Foods, Office Depot, Unilever and M&M Mars. As well as global clients; Aeon Japan, Globus Germany and MassMart South Africa. Lee designed the Corporate logo for Business Express Commuter Airlines, a division of Delta.

Lee attended the Illustrators Workshop in Connecticut, USA, with a painting featured in the Neenah Paper Calendar, celebrating the history of St. Maarten NA. His art was also featured in a calendar for October in their 'Seasons' publication. Lee taught art at Bridgeport University and has lectured on Fine and Commercial art in the US and South America.

He currently is a Professional Portrait Artist and a member of three National Art Leagues in the USA. He lives and works in Connecticut.

The Red Kite - Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in.
Anastasi and Lily-of-the-Valley - Oil on panel 20 x 30 in.
Eve - Oil on linen panel 16 x 20 in.
Maizy - Pastel 18 x 24 in.

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Puma Freytag

“Automatic writing is the privileged instrument of my quest for a phantasmagorical pictorial dramaturgy. The dreamlike theatricality of my paintings is the bearer of fables whose random narrative threads can be reconstructed at will by the playful imagination of visitors.”

La Belle Verte, 2020 - Acrylic on canvas 40 x 16 in.

“Born in France, I have been a professional artist since the 1980s. Puppeteer and director, my companionship with the visual arts continued throughout my theatrical career as a sculptor of my puppets and painter of my sets; privileged moments in the process of creating my shows. As a multidisciplinary artist, the transition from 3D puppetry to 2D canvas has emerged as a logical extension of my plastic puppet research.

Following my emigration to Quebec in 1996 and obtaining a Ph.D. doctorate, I oriented my practice towards teaching and research as part of the theater program at Laval University. My Dreamlike Dramaturgies were born from numerous graphic traces scattered in notebooks dedicated to professional meetings over more than 15 years of academic activity. Random emanations from my subconscious giving rise to a kind of raw, primitive art, composed of multifaceted drawings that I use today in my paintings.

I presented my dreamlike Dramaturgies at Palazzo Mora in Venice as part of the 'Personal structures - Identities (ECC)' exhibition throughout the Biennale Arte 2019 di Venezia. I also participated in the exhibition and auction Illumina le Notti Più Buie in December 2019 in Mestre, Italy, and in the group exhibition organized on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Galerie L'Articho in September 2019 in Quebec. I will present my dreamlike Dramaturgies soon in Quebec City in a solo exhibition at Galerie L'Articho initially scheduled for April 18, 2020, but postponed due to COVID-19 in November - December 2020. I am an associate member of the Regroupement des artistes en arts visuals of Quebec (RAAV).”

Germe de confinement, 2020 - Acrylic on wood panel 36 x 48 in.
Incubation métaphorique, 2019 - Acrylic on wood panel 36 x 30 in.
Loup, y es-tu?, 2019 - Acrylic on wood panel 36 x 48 in.
Où est-il ce maudit Covid?, 2020 - Acrylic on canvas 16 x 40 in.

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Phil Hargreaves

"I work in oils and acrylics, often with a painting knife, mainly on landscapes inspired by my native Yorkshire or by my travels, especially in Europe, Japan and the USA. I paint in a loose impressionistic style, forever moving towards abstraction. I also paint portraits and sporting action."

Bonifacio - Acrylics 60 x 30 cm

"Time spent in Aix-en-Provence as a student introduced me to the works of Cézanne as I retraced his steps along the Chemin de Bibemus towards the Mont St. Victoire. Cézanne has remained an influence as has another French painter, Bernard Cathelin. I have been painting for the past 50 years and have exhibited widely in the U.K. and France. My paintings are in private collections as far afield as Japan and the United States. I have won several awards in the U.K. including Best Abstract and Derby Arts Festival and a prize at the Ferens Winter Exhibition in Hull. I am a member of East Riding Artists and chairman of Hornsea Art Society."

Tokyo Mosaic - Acrylics 60 x 60 cm
Quebec by Night - Acrylics 60 x 60 cm
Eleanor: War of the Worlds - Acrylics 60 x 60 cm
Coast - Acrylics 50 x 40 cm

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Shuichi Takada

"[My art] depicts something that is not visible to the eye but reflected in the mind."

NYH - 2D digital media

Japanese self-taught artist, Shuichi Takada is mainly focusing on showing work online and has work on Saatchi, Artmajeur, ArtSlant, Artavita and ArtUpClose. He  is now a member of the Digital Print Association, Japan and he lives and works in Sapporo City.

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Hima - 2D digital media
Nibodis-Rw - 2D digital media
Moon Light - 2D digital media

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Kimberly Berg

"I like to work with pastels in a lyrical, minimalist style using a very limited palette. I believe that such art can possess strong transformative powers. I am convinced that it is the artist as shaman, trickster and prophet who can evoke such powers.”

Come Rise - Pastel 26 x 19 in.

"Inspired by Thoreau and Zen philosophy, I live a self-sustaining life of voluntary simplicity surrounded by a natural world of trees, chickadees, rabbits, squirrels, deer, etc. This style of living also excludes the electrical grid.

Under the tutelage of a figurative artist and friend, I became interested in drawing the human figure. I was attracted to the emotional depth that the figurative artist can capture in such paintings. I found that I had a natural ability to create facial expressions and gestures that revealed genuine feelings. This is unlike contemporary art where I see the figure as usually rendered cold, aggressive, or completely emotionless. In other words, the perfect rendering of a patriarchal society. On the other hand, I like to draw a figure that probes the depth of the human psyche. Like Vermeer and Rembrandt, I like to capture that moment when the subject is silent, in deep thought with inner psychological feelings that are implied but hidden. 

At the turn into the 21st century my life also took a turn. It happened after reading a book by Layne Redmond entitled ‘When The Drummers Were Women.’ This book made me realize for the first time that in Paleolithic/Neolithic times modern anthropologists have confirmed that much of the world in the Near East and Europe was once dominated by a highly functional matrifocal culture of human beings like you and me. Because of my background as a history major, it was a revelation to realize that our present patriarchal culture couldn’t be presumed to be the natural order of human society. With this understanding, I had to acknowledge as a man enjoying the benefits of a privileged gender that it is totally indefensible to think of or treat women as inferior. 

All art I created since then and the accompanying website, IsisRising.net, is an outgrowth of that realization.”

Stepping into the New Millennium - Charcoal, ink 37 x 32 in.
Mandala 8
Creatress 04 - Pastel 26 x 19 in.
Awaken My Beloved 03 - Pastel 40 x 32

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