Monday, September 30, 2013

Shirley Anderson is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day

© Michigan Morning By Shirley Anderson




"Some would say that artists must give up the “arts scene” to live in an out-of-the-way place with the natural beauty that we enjoy. But I say, not so. We have it all here - nature’s beauty, a climate conducive to plein air painting, and a healthy focus on art education. It doesn’t get any better than this." - Shirley Anderson


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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sallie-Anne Swift is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Pushing Boundaries By Sallie-Anne Swift 


With a keen awareness of her environment, her great love of nature, wildlife and music, Sallie-Anne's work reflects our extraordinary environment. Clever use of mixed media and texture convey an immediate message and feeling. Bold brush strokes that are harmonious and well balanced, her work speaks for itself in strength, color and vitality.


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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Visual Language VL Studio Visit with Texas Artist Sarah Beth Banning


Sarah Beth Banning was born and raised in South Texas among rolling farm and ranch land before moving into the heart of the Texas Hill Country.  She now lives in Wimberley, a.k.a. “A Little Bit of Heaven” where she is raising her 3 children and pursuing her artistic career.  Sarah Beth currently shows work at Texas Treasures Fine Art in Boerne, TX and at her own gallery/studio space called SongBrush Gallery in Wimberley, TX.


Warren Osburn is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Vincent and Flowers By Warren Osburn



Warren Osburn has won awards in a variety of mediums including bronze sculpture, oil painting, watercolors, pencil drawing, scratchboard, and pastel.  His favorite medium is oil and his favorite subjects are located in Northern New Mexico and other southwestern states.


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Friday, September 27, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Moses Provencio

© Arizona Moonlight By Moses Provencio 

"Every human being is an artist. As a creative extension of the great Creator, the original artist with all the colors of the rainbow and his paint brush full of glory, we all see the beauty of nature and the work of his hands. The artist like the creator, steps back from his masterpiece and proclaims....it is good! Create! " - Moses Provencio




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Thursday, September 26, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Nocona Burgess


© Black Hat - Ute By Nocona Burgess

"I paint from historical photos of Native Americans; I’ve always had a passion for history. I grew up learning the history of my Comanche and Kiowa people. I was also encouraged to read and to find out more on my own. This was combined with my love of art. I started making art as soon as I could pick up a crayon. I recently was given a box of my drawings from my mother. These were from when I was around 3-4 years old: of course, they were Indians.  I’ve always wanted to tell a bit of a story of their lives. These were people; human beings that lived loved and fought. I never wanted my paintings to be just “Indian in a Blanket” type of art. I wanted people to see them and their story and histories and beauty and people. I try to avoid the stereotype or cultural cliché’s.  I’ve just always had a passion for those images and their stories." - Nocona Burgess



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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Visual Language Studio Visit with Artspan Artist Joe Belt

Artist Joe Belt grew up in west Texas with an eye for composition and a love of the outdoors. He trained in the fine arts at Texas Tech University. His art has been shown nationally and collected in half a dozen foreign countries.

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his art, click here.


Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is D. Louise


© Proposal Day By D. Louise


"Be not afraid of ruining the canvas with paint, but of the canvas remaining void of life" - D. Louise

"By following your passion you will find your success" - D. Louise

"In life the artist promotes his art... In death his art promotes the artist" - D. Louise




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Monday, September 23, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Valerie Travers

© Ancient By Valerie Travers

"Painting is a huge part of my life and I try to work several hours each day. Surrounded by sea it is natural to be influenced and inspired by such changing beauty and this I try to capture in my work.  I paint in oil, acrylic, pastel and mixed media and my subjects vary according to my passion at the time. However, I am particularly drawn to seascapes and skies as they have moved me for as long as I can remember. Creativity is a wonderful gift which I use in many ways, but art is very close to my heart and something I could not live without. " - Valerie Travers

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Kasha Ritter


© Colliding Galaxies By Kasha Ritter

"What inspires you?" A question an artist hears often.
A valid question for people want to know 
before they buy your work and invest in you. 
My first thought is LIFE! Then I realize that is too easy an answer. I look at each painting and try to recall what I was feeling with each one. Then I snicker.  Laughter...Laughter inspires me. Not a chuckle but a snort. The kind of laughter that pierces a face and takes you out of control with sheer joy.
The joy we dream about finding again. The joy we held hands with when we were young. " - Kasha Ritter





Saturday, September 21, 2013

Visual Language Studio Visit with Nocona Burgess


I am Comanche from Lawton Oklahoma.  I am the great-great grandson of Chief Quanah Parker and my father is also former chief of the Comanche tribe.  Throughout my life I have traveled around the country with my family.  


VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Judy Osburn

© Red and Gold By Judy Osburn


Animals have been a large part of Judy's life since early childhood.  The southwestern environment, her love of animals, and art seemed to be the perfect ingredients that have led to her success.  This combination has opened many illustration opportunities Including co-illustration of the 1982 Western Heritage Award winning book, "Saddles", the watercolor cover illustration of the special All American Futurity Issue of "Speedhorse" magazine and the cover of the University of Oklahoma Press' book, "The Quarter Running Horse," cover and article illustration for "Outdoor Oklahoma" magazine.



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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Visual Language Artspan Studio Interview with Texas Artist Sharon Hodges


When did you realize you loved art and wanted to be an artist?  Art kept my childhood occupied and challenged…Real life responsibilities interrupted that reverie for many years.  I feel fortunate that art can finally occupy the majority of my time now. 

Scott Worden is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day


© Chrystal Vision By Scott Worden


“I hope my paintings reveal the beauty of the Northwest to people who have never had the opportunity to see for themselves.  Back when I was pin-striping cars I noticed I loved the look of color on a black background. The void of a black canvas creates a contrast intensifying any color – a trait that can’t be duplicated using common white backgrounds.” - Scott Worden



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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is Sandy Coulter

© Lillies in a Painted Pitcher By Sandy Coulter



"My favorite subject is flowers and I enjoy using bright colors when depicting them.  The process of painting flowers gives me an uplifted feeling, which I hope is transferred to the viewer the same way receiving flowers makes one happy." - Sandy Coulter



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Monday, September 16, 2013

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is Michael Maron

© Tulips At Danforth Road By Michael Maron

"I first started my painting career as a ten-year old in the 1950’s when I took watercolor lessons from Marvin Saltzman.  A gradually developing (and undiagnosed until some years later) case of nearsightedness however diminished my interest.  (How can you paint something that you can’t see clearly?)  By the time I was outfitted with glasses, I was on my way to a career in science.  For thirty years, I taught medical students how their lungs worked and did research in pulmonary physiology and pathophysiology at the Northeastern Ohio Medical University.  Some fifty years after my first lessons, my wife Dawn and artist Joye Moon, convinced me to pick up a paintbrush again.  Along the way, I have been privileged to learn from Joye, Judith Kinsman, Dennis Rafferty, Guy Corriero, Russel Whitten, and of course my immensely talented wife."

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Visual Language Studio Visit with Texas Artist Kristine Byars


Galleries have a difficult time pinpointing Kristine Byars painting style. Kristine (“Kris”) likes that. Her art doesn’t seem to fit in any one category. It’s been described as, “contemporary-retro” “exaggerated-realism”, and “colorful-expressionism”. Whatever her paintings are, they convey a feeling of joy to the viewer and represent the world Kris sees. 

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VL Magazine Artist of The Day is Jonelle McCoy

© Lady C Salutes By Jonelle McCoy


" I thank my great granddaddy for passing on the artistic genes to me; he is my guardian angel. His plain gray easel, spotted with his past smears, dots of painting, and little holes from pinning his reference materials to it is what I use; it makes me feel close to him. I still have some of his brushes, well-used, worn-out nubs that they are. One of my prized possessions is his pencil self- portrait. His favorite story told over and over when we visited him was about Van Gogh."
-Jonelle McCoy




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Saturday, September 14, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Karla Smith

© Wild Beauty By Karla Smith


 "My passion for fine art and painting has been my personal goal. Art is a never ending process of learning and pushing forward. I enjoy thinking of ideas and then seeing how they form in a painting. One of the things I love so much about art is the continued learning process. There isn’t an end point – just keep moving forward! Plus with my love of nature this gives me the ability to show my dedication and respect for nature thru art." 

- Karla Smith





Friday, September 13, 2013

Caroline Ratliff is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Cascade By Caroline Ratliff


"Painting is my passion and joy, filling an inner need to produce something of beauty. My paintings are an extension of the way I connect emotionally with nature. Painting  from life gives me the opportunity to see the nuances of color and light and a sense of the location." - Caroline Ratliff



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Thursday, September 12, 2013

David Yapp is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Cypress Trees In The Dell By David Yapp

"I grew up in rural southern England. My youth was spent exploring and observing nature and the changing scenery, seasons and weather patterns of my home county of Wiltshire. The landscapes and towns of the county are rich in history and have fed the artistic hearts and minds of artists and writers such as Sir John Constable, J. M. W. Turner and Thomas Hardy.  Since moving to California in 2001, I predominantly paint plein air, directly on location, working in oils.Through the use of distinctive brushwork that varies from thin passages of color to thick impasto, I aim to capture the essence of the subject and my emotional response to it." - David Yapp





Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Visual Language Studio Visit with a Dynamic Duo... Connie L Morse and Dave Sime


 Connie L. Morse and Dave Sime are two artists who combine the creative process of painting, sculpting, music, acting and writing along with their love of travel into a successful career.   


VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Blair Thrall

© Takin' It Easy By Blair Thrall

"Self taught" is how Blair prefers to describe her artistic evolution. One of her fondest childhood memories was going to her family's camp on Lake Bistineau. There she and her brother and sister had easels set up on the big screened porch where they would paint for hours alongside their artist-mother, Patricia Williams. Today Blair paints a variety of subjects primarily in acrylics and watercolors. Animals are one of her favorite subjects and she delights in capturing personalities with bold use of color, texture and line. 


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is Mike Denning


© Eve Ellis By Mike Denning

"As an artist, I don't think it's enough to be able to draw technically proficient illustrations or paint or take photographs with great skill and prowess, there HAS to be something more than skill; a story, movement, action, intrigue, personality, etc.  It has also been of great importance to me that the illustrations I create find their way into the hearts and minds of women as empowering pieces of female individuality; something to be proud of. "
-Mike Denning


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Monday, September 9, 2013

Linda McCoy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day




Sunlight fuels my passion to create art. I am fascinated by the way it passes through a transparent flower petal, how it dances through glass, warms the top of an apple and appoints sentiment to ordinary objects..


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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is Sheri Jones


© Beautiful Sunrise By Sheri Jones



"I have grown to love the process of painting from life, whether it be outdoors or from a set up 
in the studio.  Painting in the great outdoors creates an excitement within me that results in a 
fun dance with the brush or palette knife.  Creating still lifes in the studio gives me control 
over color, shape, form and design.  My result is an explosion of color and energy. It's an 
exhilarating and challenging adventure. I am inspired with the process and my gratitude to 
God for the artistic drive he has given me." 
 - Sheri Jones



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Friday, September 6, 2013

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Jo-Jo Kolodnicki, Jr.


© Something To Think About By Jo-Jo Kolodnicki, Jr. 

"I try to just focus on the beauty of the creatures who share the planet with us. They live a truly wild life, and have no voice of complaint. They live a simple life, not planning ahead, but day to day. A picture is worth a thousand words. I prefer to just paint the picture and allow the viewer to find the words on their own. Seeing an animal’s gaze can bring thoughts of inner calm and peace, or it can speak of grace, power and stealth."
- Jo-Jo Kolodnicki, Jr.



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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Visual Language Wildlife Artist Diane Whitehead Featured with a Studio Visit... do not miss it!


"Life’s journey finds me surrounded by crystal clear sea foam green water, pthalo blue skies, crimson Indian paintbrush flowers, and still de grain brown tamarack.  I live and work in the mountains in Montana high above the small town of Ovando. 

How did I get here? My story is blessed with twists and turns and as I believe in fate, this is exactly where I am supposed to be." Diane Whitehead

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VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Kristine Byers

© Parting Ways By Kristine Byers



"My goal as an artist is to capture the personalities, images, and moments that make life wonderful." - Kristine Byers





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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Denice Zengo is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Steppin' Out By Denice Zengo


"The overwhelming love and passion I have for the incredible spirit of the horse has inspired many of my paintings.  My work reflects the deep spiritual connection I have with horses.  I am moved and humbled by their soulful power and magnificence."
 - Denice Zengo






Sunday, September 1, 2013

Mark Yearwood is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Advent By Mark Yearwood


”My desire, though, is to stimulate art viewers to explore their own interpretation of my work.  When they connect with the art, I’ve succeeded. This is a process balanced between the artist’s creative desire and the interpretive acts of viewers. Art is ultimately about that human connection.” - Mark Yearwood



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