Gary Aagaard

"My work is the product of my environment over the last three decades. Generally, I've had a positive experience yet tend to be irked by frequent political and religious hypocrisy, general apathy and dogma of any stripe that leads to social and spiritual tunnel vision."

FOX Muse - Oil on canvas 18 x 24 x 1.5 in.

“As a fledgling illustrator in Brooklyn during the 1980s, I took on any project thrown my way. I refer to that time as my “snack or famine days”. Eventually, I zeroed in on editorial work and soon scored assignments at publications like The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Village Voice (primarily covers). Since the early 2000’s, I’ve concentrated on gallery work with an editorial, satirical slant; essentially larger oil paintings with conceptual content reminiscent of my illustration years.

Lampooning politicians, pundits or spiritual leaders who specialize in alternative facts, manufactured outrage, false equivalents, convoluted conspiracy theories and tunnel-visioned tribalism (whew!) is my form of protest and provides a satisfying outlet (i.e., it minimizes shouting at the TV, reduces those pesky nightmares and eliminates my quest to prove Jeff Sessions is actually an interloper from The Shire). Of course, visually addressing the daily insanity of politics, punditry or social upheaval requires an occasional break, which is when I paint relatively non-confrontational pieces.”

Being Jare (w/apologies to Chauncey Gardiner) - Oil on canvas 20 x 16 x 1.5 in.
Ma Nature Revisited - Oil on canvas 30.5 x 22 in.
She's A Concept, More or Less  - Oil on canvas 36 x 24 x 1.5 in.
Blinded by Delight Redux - Oil on canvas 30 x 20 in.

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Fay Wood

“I’m inspired by the materials I work with (usually found objects); the touch, feel and intensity of them. The pleasure of working with a beautiful piece of wood, the visual impact of applied color, and the textures of fabrics; how I can imagine the ways to use them is intensely moving.”

Bird in Flight - Collage 20 x 20 in.

“Art using found objects has attracted me since 1965, when I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and saw large sculptures by local artists made from detritus on the Bay shore. They were fantastic, noisy, beautiful works with great humor and form - I never have forgotten them. As an art student at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Mass. I began studying painting, but later, when I was attending a life drawing group, a sculptor encouraged me to carve directly in wood. This began what has become a deep love for sculpture and, later found object assemblage.

In 1992, when I finally had a permanent studio in the Hudson Valley of New York State, I began combining found objects with the cherry wood carvings I had been doing and continue to do so; adding found rag paper, wire, and paint to the mix.

I have also continued to paint, draw, and create tapestries and, recently I have completed an 18 piece portfolio of collages. I have an extensive exhibition history, including The Proskauer prize from the National Sculpture Society, exhibitions at Brookgreen Gardens, S. Carolina, Biennale Dell Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy, where I have been invited again in 2019, as well as many solo, group and invitational exhibitions in the USA. I will also be a featured artist with Artrepreneur, a website assisting artists to further their careers, in a film on PBS worldwide in April 2019.”

Reunion - Found object sculpture 44 x 42 x 44 in.
Mantis - Found object sculpture 60 x 16 x 18 in.
I Thought I Stood - Collage 28 x 21.5 in.
Goddess of Light Work - Found object sculpture 62 x 23 x 47 in.

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Martha Espinoza

Martha Espinoza is a bird, marine life, wildlife, and botanic illustrator. On every artwork she wants to show the beauty that can be found at national parks, wildlife refuges and biological center of her home country, Costa Rica and other countries.

Amazilia Versicolor - Watercolor 22 x 14 in.

Martha Espinoza is a bird, marine life, wildlife and botanic illustrator.

Behind every detail, color, shadow, texture and structural pattern of her illustrations, there is an entire world of knowledge, hours of observation and contact with nature. Espinoza is a Member of the American Society Botanical Artists ( ASBA). She lives and works in Costa Rica.

"Keep your love towards nature because it is the true way to understand art more and more." -  Vincent Van Gogh

Pterois Antennata - Watercolor 22 x 14 in.
Stanhopea Wardii - Watercolor 22 x 14 in.
Zingiber Zerumbet - Watercolor 70 x 50 in.
Oxypogon Lindenii - Watercolor 22 x 14 in.

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Jaco Putker

Jaco Putker composes vivid, fantastical scenes reminiscent of strange dreams that transcend the boundaries between magical and dangerous, nostalgic and futuristic.

Jaco Putker is a contemporary artist and printmaker from The Hague, The Netherlands. He combines digital and traditional techniques to produce images that are both playful and sinister, nostalgic and magical.

His preferred medium is photopolymer, or solar plate, etching. This technique is a non-toxic way of etching which allows for photorealistic depictions. Rather than impose a meaning to his work, Jaco Putker invites the viewers to associate freely and give his etchings personal significance through individual perceptions and filters.

The titles of the etchings are non-descriptive and give no handle as to the meaning of the works. The artist considers his works to be illustrations to fables that don't exist but hopefully take shape in the viewers' minds.

Jaco Putker was awarded the Dutch national Business Art Service competition for Graphic Arts in 2010. He won the Awagami Paper Factory Prize (at the Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition) twice; in 2015, and again in 2017. In 2017 he won the ON PAPER International Printmaking Award 2017.

His work has been exhibited throughout Europe, as well as in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Australia, Argentina, Canada and the USA.


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Mary E. Morgan

"My artwork is an expression from my soul, influenced by the enmeshment of inner and outer world experiences: nature, people, places and events along life's journey. It is a developmental process that involves both conscious and subconscious thoughts."

What A Wonderful Day - Oil over acrylic on canvas 36 x 36 in.

"My influence as an abstract expressionist artist is continually impacted by my life's journey. Teaching art as a part of that journey was significant as I researched many artists in order to be prepared to teach. This research simultaneously affected my own stylistic decisions as I finalized my graduate level education.

My artwork continues to evolve through the lens of my emotional and intellectual response to life's experiences. The product is a reflection of the enmeshment of inner world experiences, the soul that holds all the intangible spiritual values and outer world influence, a broad spectrum; meaning, nature, people, and literature. 

What I do in my studio is a daily process I call a “vital creative activity.”  It stems from what Kandinsky said is an “inner necessity”.  My work is 2-D on canvas or paper.  Sometimes I use mixed media to communicate a particular theme. I use acrylic and oil, and often I combine these materials. Because I am inspired by the colors of nature, my work is colorful. I would like to quote Helen Frankenthaler who said “it is a combined conscious and subconscious effort “ and I agree that often it can be spontaneous.

Come To The Light - Oil over acrylic on canvas 40 x 30 in.
Birds of The Air And Fish of The Sea - Acrylic and oil on canvas 50 x 50 in.
Lovers Delight - Oil over acrylic on canvas 40 x 30 in.
I Spy - Oil on canvas 50 x 50 in.

   I would like the viewer to engage in my art and take away from whatever they feel it communicates to them.

After teaching for over 30 years I have learned that knowledge impedes progress and progress comes through hard work and consistency. It is always exciting to see what the next painting will be. Therefore, I am always expecting the unexpected to unfold in my work; I embrace the future for its mysterious unknown path that keeps me focused and challenges my creative options."

Other Side Of The Mountain - Acrylic and Oil on canvas 40 x 30 in. - $2,600
Synergy 2 - Acrylic, oil pen on canvas 30 x 24 in. - $1,000
Sunrise Springs - Oil on canvas 55 x 65 in. - $4,000
It Is Finished - Oil on canvas 60 x 40 in. - $3,000
Joy In The Morning 2 - Mixed, acrylic, oil, collage paper on paper, 36 x 29 in. - $1,000

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IHARA

“My goal is to create a harmonious relationship between nature and artifact. By combining these two conflicting factors, we can remove nature (living organic matter) and non-natural boundaries.”

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Japanese sculptor, IHARA was born in 1943 and has been awarded at the Nika exhibit (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum) every year between 1967-74. In 1976 he became an Honorary Member of Japan Flower Arrangement Foundation. In 1986 he built a sculpture at Misawa Gate Riverside Park in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture and in 1989 3 of his sculptures were built on the main street of Kagawa Bridge station in Hyogo ken. Ihara’s has been commissioned numerous public sculptures in Japan as well as in the USA where he has exhibited many times and received awards.

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Gary Wagner

"With my work, I have tried not only to pay respect to the natural order and beauty of the earth but also to show others this beauty through my vision and art."

Cloud Light- Photograph 22 x 14.75 in.

"Seascapes, landscapes, and the world around me is the studio I use for my photographic work. I find freedom, and inspiration to create my interpretations of the natural elements and scenic vistas that come to my view at these locations.

The Landscape is an exciting and challenging environment to work in, for it is constantly changing with the light of the day and the changing seasons. On many occasions, I have revisited my favorite locations repeatedly throughout the year and found them to be completely different in their appearance, from the sand on the beach, the depth of water in the streams, or the light striking the rocks. This environment and the many faces it reveals, bring me endless excitement, for creating my art.

Morning Seas and Sky- Photograph 14.75 x 22 in.
Sea Rays- Photograph 14.75 x 22 in.
Standing Watch- Photograph 14.75 x 22 in.
After Sunset- Photograph 14.75 x 22 in.

I work exclusively in black and white. This medium best relates to the shapes, lines, and tones of the landscape and more fully captures what I am viewing when I look at a scene. Color imagery for me is too close to reality and more of a visual record, than an artistic interpretation. I understand that the world is in color, and we see in color, but I find the magic of light on the sea and land to best be conveyed in black and white.

My photographic images have been recognized by exhibitions in many galleries, published in Lenswork magazine, Outdoor Photographer magazine and Digital Photographer UK magazine among others. Having won numerous awards including Best of Show for two years at the Sacramento Fine Art Center, accepted into the California State Fair Fine Art Show and received awards 7 years annually in Black and White magazine.  My Most recent achievement was the publication of my book, “Digital Black and White Landscape Photography, Fine Art Techniques from Camera to Print” by Amherst Media. I am also the author of three self-published books: Sierra Nevada Mountains, Sierra Mountain Wilderness and Redwood Coast: Sea and Land. "

Double Vision - Photograph 14.75 x 22 in.
River Rock - Photograph 14.75 x 22 in.
Soft and Soothing - Photograph 15 x 21.75 in
Winter Stream - Photograph 14.75 x 22 in.
Reaching Up - Photograph 14.75 x 22 in.

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Syra Larkin

“I do not set out as an artist to challenge, but more to help realize a deeper sense of ourselves. To gaze at a painting is to take time out from the reality of our lives and enter into the thoughts and reality of another.”

Tender To The Touch - Oil on linen 91 x 92 cm

Syra studied Art at Hammersmith College of Art London and qualified with merit in 1972.  In 1977 she moved to a small windswept peninsula known as The Maharees on the West Coast of Ireland. Syra who is married to Irish Luthier Chris Larkin has now lived and worked on The Maharees for the over 40 years.

Syra lived and worked for many years in a caravan and today works from a purpose built studio known as Shoreline Studio, where despite the remote location she has managed to develop her career as a professional artist. Taking part in many of the major open submission exhibitions in Ireland and London, she has had work in both solo and group exhibitions in Ireland, America, Spain, Italy, Belgium, France, and England. Syra’s work was selected for the Inaugural Kerry Visual Artist Showcase in 2015. Sponsored by Kerry County Council in support of The Arts, Syra Larkin's art is found in both private and corporate collections. 

The Somnambulists - Oil on linen 92 x 120 cm
My Heart's Desire - Acrylic on linen 74 x 83 cm
The Flight - Acrylic on linen 91 x 92 cm
The Human Bond - Oil on linen 96 x 102 cm

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Monica Loncola

"My inspiration comes from an intuitive muse deep inside. I find that I'm stopped in my tracks by a guttural pull to create an impression of what's before me. My intention is to capture the essence of an object, rendering a sense of the ethereal. I take my queue from nature and follow my intuition."

Violet Urchin - Oil on wood panel 16 x 16 x 2 in.

Inspired by nature, Monica Loncola creates original works that reflect her love of patterns, fractals, forms and color in nature. "My art explores a primal attraction to objects that stop me in my tracks by a guttural pull to render what I see. I’m fascinated by contrast and duality found in the cycle of life that grows from decay. Life itself is a series of fleeting moments, never being replicated in the same way twice. What fascinates me is the bounty of living organisms thriving in symbiosis with the elements of nature." As a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, the artist takes her cue from nature creating her own unique version of her subject matter. In her work, images float across the picture plane in composites or rendered isolated from their environment giving rise to an ethereal sensibility. "I prefer to capture the essence of an object, recalling the very moment it came into my line of vision." 

Monica creates bodies of work based on particular themes using whatever medium suits the content. Ms. Loncola grew up along the Atlantic coastline spending her childhood summers beachcombing for tideline treasures. She spends her time equally between the Pacific and Atlantic shores. Her studio is filled with specimens collected throughout her life from both tidal regions, deserts, and inland terrains. Her work has been exhibited internationally with shows in Japan, Puerto Rico, The US Embassy in The Gambia, Africa, and the USA. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Edible Long Island, Manhattan Arts, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington DC, Washington Chamber Symphony and The Handel Festival Orchestra to name a few. The artist believes in giving back to the community by teaching in the school systems and volunteering her time to those less fortunate. Ms. Loncola feels it is her civic duty to share her gift with the world.

"I consider my Art a Gift From Gaia."

3 O'Clock Day Dream 48 x 48 x 2 in.
Volta - Oil on canvas 28 x 22 x 2 in.
Maxwell's Arch 60 x 60 x 2 in.
Bay Bundle - Oil on wood panel 24 x 18 x 2 in.

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Caroline Marcant

Somewhere between abstraction and reality, Caroline Marcant delights in creating a parallel world brimming with poetry and surprises, where, she hopes, everyone can let their imagination run wild.

Dedale - Mixed media 48 x 30 in.

As a trained graphic designer who is passionate about typography, Caroline Marcant enjoys playing with volumes of text and the colored masses they represent. Even more, she always begins by noticing the graphic component of whatever she sees. In other words, the world appears to her as a series of lines, curves and geometric masses.

Contrasts attract her as well as the interplay of light and color. Acrylic, ink, pastel but also collage, are part of her mediums. The starting point will be a stain, a color, a material, a texture. With no preconceived idea, Caroline lets herself be carried by the emotion. She does not think, allowing instinct and spontaneity take over. Then there is a communication between the painting and her, a communion, a meditative state that pushes to let go and nourishes the soul. Suddenly a door opens, something emerges, a direction appears. The canvas comes to life.

Finally, Marcant wishes to return to something more natural and spontaneous by simply letting herself be guided by color.  Somewhere between abstraction and reality, Caroline Marcant delights in creating a parallel world brimming with poetry and surprises, where, she hopes, everyone can let their imagination run wild.

Born in France and living in Montreal, Canada, Caroline studied Graphic Design at Ecole Supérieure des Arts Modernes, Paris.

Aux Confins d’Une Cité - Mixed media 30 x 40 in.
Attache ta Tuque - Mixed media 24 x 24 in.
Ce Moment Tant Attendu - Mixed media 30 x 40 in.
Lueur - Mixed media 20 x 20 in.

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