Misure Nien

Born in: 1965, Taiwan

Lives in: Changhua City, Taiwan

Media: Painting, Watercolor, Mixed media, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: True goodness, love, peace

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Morning of Santorini - Watercolor 20.5 x 22.5 in.

Misure Nien has been painting in watercolor for over 30 years, and after working as an art teacher he decided to focus on his love for watercolor and teaching at his studio since 2000.

What themes does your work involve?

I like to paint landscapes and beautiful things. I took two weeks' holiday in Santorini, Greece. I lived at the villa of north Fira that has a good view field. I enjoy quiet trance alone and feel white mix blue value in the soft light of morning. The sunlight from warming tone to brightness across the building gradually transform the angle and blue hue value also changed. This is an amazing and comfortable feeling of nature.

Describe your creative process.

I like watercolor to create, watercolor's translucence is uniquely suited to paint water. Just as with water, watercolor captures the light. With careful observation, watercolor can also capture the shimmer or calm reflection of water as well as, if not better than, any other medium. Especially with a focus on capturing the light and shadow for dramatic effects very easily.

What influences your work? What inspires you?

I started to like graffiti when I was young. Graffiti can satisfy my imagination because reality is often far away. Gradually, I discovered that drawing is a joyful thing, rather than a way of describing it in words, and you can share your own thoughts or emotions through each person's visual feelings. Therefore, art has become a kind of spiritual support and balance most loved in my life.

What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?

If the viewers can feel the beauty of the paintings, they will be affected to take action. It's like deciding to give yourself a holiday to the place in the picture to relax which I think is good art.

What is the role of the artist today?

I think an artist should act as a messenger who conveys beauty and loves peace.


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Renate Merzinger-Pleban

Born in: 1942, Vienna, Austria

Lives in: Pressbaum, Austria

Media: Painting, Photography, Illustration, Watercolor, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Landscape is everywhere

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Black Trees - Acrylic on paper 65 x 50 cm

"Lines and strokes by pencil or brush produce form, space, motion.
They give clear significance by strength and colour and also by letting blank the paper. Every stimulation comes from outside. As an answer to it my drawing and painting create the world outside new."

What themes does your work involve?
Landscape is everywhere, there does not exist no landscape. You only may fade it in favour of something in a certain moment subjectively important and interesting. For me landscape is a synonym for nature and nature is a synonym for indifference. Since ever nature makes me feel delivered because of its arbitrariness and fascinated because of its beauty. So the landscape is the favorite theme of my work as an artist.
Describe your creative process.
Looking around I always see landscapes (because there does not exist no landscape). Again and again I am fascinated and that's the beginning of a new work. I create lines and colours in order to work out all - for me - most important characteristics, till the moment the picture "tells" me: enough, well done or failed. Sometimes it seems more difficult to end working on a picture than to begin with it. There is nearly no possibility to correct the result of painting or/and drawing.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Working as an artist is a matter of dealing with the world around me. I have to find my position and - possibly - get echo. In my work I reduce nature to landscape. So it becomes concrete - maybe harmless - and a place of desire where emotion and thoughts may find a place to stay a while. My works show my highly personal view of a landscape - always without contradiction: nature never replies.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Art is good or it is not art. Producing art and also "consuming" art is a very individual process and that is OK in my opinion. It is probably the last important and completely free area for human beings to decide whether art is art or not. What makes a piece of art great for a certain person depends on his/her individual touchability and sensitivity. Apart from this: persons who have a high interest in art mostly make the same decisions regarding art.
What is the role of the artist today?
It is very simple: I am an artist because there is nothing that interests me permanently so much as fine art. The role of - any kind of - artists was and is: to take a very personal look at the world to show (express) this access to the world using his/her medium and offer others to share it. But necessarily without any force or compulsion - art is free! There is a general right of interest and also of no interest.


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Anabel Mayorga Ayala

“Feel through color and composition with an authentic sensitive language between. “Be" and not "be" from an abstract work of art to a realistic one without losing sight of Beauty.”

Entre Aguas - Watercolor 75 x 105cm

Mexican Artist, Anabel Mayorga Ayala has a clear love for painting. She has taken classes in various institutions and workshops and has participated in a variety of watercolor salons, through which she has also been selected for exhibition in museums as well as Honorable Mention awards of national range. Anabel showed interest in painting from a young age, actively producing work and experimenting to create her personal style. This passion fills her soul and continues to grow, develop and leave a mark in her path.

In 2012 she participated in the New York exhibit, “The Soul of Mexico” at Gateway Art center including renowned painters like Toledo Jazzamo. In 2017 she exhibited in “Thoughts of Water” selected through the International Watercolor Contest IWS. In 2018, she held her first solo show at the MUCIC Museum of the city of Cuernavaca entitled Síntesis y Silencio.

Anabel holds a degree  in Communication and Public Relations from Universidad Latinoamericana.

Extasis De Mi Alma - Watercolor 105 x 77 cm
Triste Belleza - Watercolor 76 x 56 cm
Sutileza - Watercolor 76 x 56 cm
Como Te Veo Me VI - Watercolor 76 x 56 cm

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Mikołaj Włodarczyk

Czacha w Agreście - Dry pastel, charcoal on paper 100 x 70 cm

Born 1983, in Poland, Mikołaj Włodarczyk now lives and works in Columbus, Ohio, USA. After completing a Master's Degree in Philosophy, Mikołaj worked various jobs; from carpenter to goldsmith to graphic designer until 2009 when he became a tattoo artist. Now he works as a full-time tattoo artist by day and as illustrator and graphic designer by night.

"In my work, I'm trying to combine and implement experience from different art fields. I experiment with different materials and techniques in order to achieve an interesting effect and later I translate this form to tattoos. I spend several years in Belgium and Spain tattooing and making art. For the past two years, I'm working on Belgium style BD with a seriously sarcastic philosophically-existential background.  In 2018, I  moved to the USA. Now I live in Columbus Ohio and I got involved with the Evolved Body Art tattoo and piercing studio."

Przedwieczny - Acrylic, ink, marker on canvas 100 x 70 cm
Glapa - Watercolor 21 x 29,7cm
Stalker Pietrow - Mixed media media on paper 29,7 x 42 cm
Smok nie jaszczurka - Ink on paper 21 x 29,7cm

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Lori Pitten Jenkins

"My art is all about untapped beauty. I love color and enjoy painting realistically creating a sense of drama."

"Art is when you hear a knocking on your soul, and you answer."

Prawns on Prongs - Watercolor 24 x 19 in.

Lori Pitten Jenkins lives in Melbourne, Florida, USA and is an avid runner, running in over 100 races including 2 marathons and over 20 half marathons. She performed with the Florida State University Flying High Circus from 1979 to 1983 with several acts including the Flying Trapeze.

Lori earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art (1983) from Florida State University. In 2005 she revisited art by taking a watercolor class at a local museum and began entering shows in 2008. She is a member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Melbourne, FL and participates in about 15 outdoor shows within the state of Florida per year, including prestigious venues like Gasparilla, Winter Park, and Mainsail. With an increasing number of collectors her unique and masterful watercolors never fail to impress. Lori continues to paint every day.

 

Select Publications

2014 - December issue of “Watercolor Artist” as “Ones to Watch”

2015 - “Splash 16”, the Best of Watercolor

2015 - “Pratique des Arts” in the portfolio galerie

2017 - “The Art of Watercolours” 28th issue as “The Judges also Liked”

 

Select Awards

September 2009 – Received Signature Status in Florida Watercolor Society.  Also Received awards at this venue in 2008, 2013, and 2015.

April 2009 – Received Signature Status in the Southern Watercolor Society.  Also Received awards at this venue in 2008, 2009, 2013, and 2017.

April 2013 – Received Signature Status in The American Watercolor Society’s 145th Annual International Exhibition, Received the Paul B. Remmey Award

November 2014 – Artworks of Eau Gallie -  Best of Show

January 2015- Images a Festival of the Arts, New Symrna Beach, FL – Best of Show

June 2017 – Received Signature Status in the National Watercolor Society’s 97th Annual International Exhibition.  Also Received awards in 2013 and 2017.

November 2018 – Cocoa Beach Art Show – Best of Show

Tools of The Trade - Watercolor 19 x 21 in.
The World Is Your Oyster - Watercolor 22 x 15.5 in.
Just Be Claws - Watercolor 19.5 x 14 in.
A Decided Fate - Watercolor 18 x 27 in.

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Glenn W Davis

"Art is a matter of interpreting memory, your emotional state, and your environment through a medium. It’s self-expression and a willingness to share a point of view or a state of mind. It’s also a device to question that point of view or state of mind."

Detritus V - Watercolor 228 x 152 mm

American Artist, Glenn W Davis is a graduate of New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University. He is the recipient of a 1995 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant. He has been making art of one kind or another for over twenty-five years. He has dabbled in oils, acrylics, pen and ink, pastels, and graphite. Glenn focuses on watercolor for much of his recent work. He also teaches watercolor painting, pastels and drawing in various adult education centers and museums in and around the Cambridge and Boston vicinities. 

Ellen's Fog - Watercolor 508 x 406 mm
Northwood Morning - Watercolor 508 x 406 mm
Stormy Lake - Watercolor 508 x 406 mm
Detritus I - Watercolor 178 x 279 mm

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Marc van der Leeden

"Utilizing a very limited palette with graphite outlines and simplicity of design I create contemporary paintings with a panoramic view of the world."

The Tortuous Tree - Watercolor 10 x 30 in.

Born 1951 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Marc van der Leeden earned a Bachelor of Science from University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and M.D. Degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Largely a self-taught artist he has exhibited nationally in solo shows in New York City and Vermont. A member of Northeast Watercolor Society and Academic Artists Association, Springfield Massachusetts, van der Leeden’s art has been published in Watercolor Magazine and "How Did You Paint That? One Hundred Ways to Paint Landscapes, Vol. 1."

Very recognizable and cohesive, van der Leeden’s series of works seem to utilize the full capacity of the watercolor medium. Although free and painterly, his brushstrokes become contained within the outline of each juxtaposed shape, creating a puzzle-like field where each form, hue, or brushstroke seems to be exactly in place allowing for the generation of a representational and very structured, architectural composition.

Lighthouse with Visual Aura - Watercolor 10 x 30 in.
Goldfish #1 - Watercolor 10 x 30 in.
Pemaquid in Black - Watercolor 10 x 30 in.
Three Koi - Watercolor 10 x 30 in.
Lighthouse #4 Watercolor on paper 22 x15 in. (unframed)
Harpswell Maine Watercolor on paper 22 x15 in. (unframed)
The Bungalow Watercolor on paper 22 x15 in. (unframed)
Three Irises Watercolor on paper 22 x15 in. (unframed)
Lighthouse #7 Watercolor on paper 22 x15 in. (unframed)

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S.O. Sivertsen

"I know a great deal about unrest. White paper makes me uneasy. I like it raw and far from picturesque and have put on some marks to guide the painting. Often I get surprised. In fact always. Then I’m happy for a while. Style? Don't know. What it's about? Can't say – because then everybody knows."

Riverbank - DGA (photo/watercolor) 50 x 50 cm

Stig-Ove Sivertsen lives and works in Mosjöen, Northern Norway, and has over the years participated in many exhibitions in Norway and abroad. A self-taught artist, he works mainly with watercolor as well as acrylic and photography. A member of NFUK (Norwegian Association of Independent Artists), he maintains a personal gallery, Galleri SOS and has exhibited at Atelier Valva, Vefsn Museum and The Swedish Loft in Norway as well as The 66th Northern Norwegian Art Exhibition 2012 and Mid-Nordic Art Festival. Sivertsen’s works reflect a freedom and passion with which he seems to approach his medium. Skillfully executed these watercolors reveal the artist’s unique visual perspective and a strong ability to control the brush but also disclose a surrendering to the medium, letting the brush, the color and the water guide the creation of each unique field of the composition.

Time to Dance - DGA (photo/watercolor) 50 x 33 cm
Facade - DGA (photo/watercolor) 50 x 45 cm
Prospect - DGA (photo/watercolor) 50 x 45 cm
Imagined Reality - DGA (photo/watercolor) 50 x 33 cm
Mostly Dry Weather, Watercolor on paper 56 x 76 cm
Touch of Gray, Watercolor on paper 35 x 57 cm
2 fruits, Watercolor on paper 44 x 55 cm
Thanks For Lending Me, Watercolor on paper 53 x 39 cm
Changing Weather Conditions, Watercolor on paper 56 x 76 cm

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S. KOLYVAS

"The fluidity of watercolor, the essence of the material itself states this continual change of nature and as a result the ephemerality of the cycle of life.”

Litany - Watercolor 50 x 70 cm

Greek painter, Spyros Kolyvas was born in Corfu and studied Painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts in the 1st Painting Workshop. In the academic year 1997-98, he received a scholarship and a grant from the State Scholarship Foundation Ι.Κ.Υ. He is a Member of the Greek Chamber of Visual Arts with work found in public and private collections in Greece and abroad. Kolyvas has had four solo exhibitions and participated in over 100 group exhibitions in Greece and abroad.

Litany II: Gerasimos - Watercolor 50 x 70 cm
Untitled - Watercolor 24 x 32 cm
The Path - Watercolor 32 x 29 cm
The Boats - Watercolor 68 x 66 cm

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Cristina Terzian

"I admire Claude Monet and other Impressionists; the colors and the transparency of watercolor inspire me. The fresh air that it transmits and the difficulty in their technique are inspiring for me."

Between Trees - Watercolor 32,5 x 48 cm

Argentine painter, Crister was born in Buenos Aires and holds a Bachelor’s in Teaching (1983) and has a National Painting Teacher Diploma issued by the National School of Fine Arts, Prilidiano Pueyrredón, current IUNA (1988.) Crister has a BA from National General San Martin University (2008). From September 1989 to date she has worked as an Art Professor for the public education system in Buenos Aires and her career focuses especially on watercolor.

The House Of Gualeguaychu - Watercolor 33,5 x 49 cm
The Spot Of The Dragonflies - Watercolor 48 x 64,5 cm
Paisaje de Balcarce - Watercolor 30 x 30 cm
La Vue deLÓr - Watercolor 39 x 57 cm
The Inn - Watercolor 47,5 x 32 cm
The Pond - Watercolor 33,5 x 49 cm
Giverny - Watercolor 30 x 30 cm


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