Friday, January 31, 2014

Dyan Newton Artist of Texas, Visual Language Studio Visit



Dyan discovered her passion for art over 30 years ago, when a neighbor introduced her to tole painting.  She said she would never forget how nervous she was to take that first brush stroke.  While in class, she observed students from across the room oil painting on canvas.  This led to classes in pastels, watercolor and acrylics.

Click here to read more about Dyan Newton.

Sallie Anne Swift if VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© The Candidate II 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.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Barry Scharf is VL Magazine Artist of the Day



© Dunes Walk By Barry Scharf

"I am an artist that has over my lifetime explored and expressed the experiences of life through my painting, sculpture and Photography. I am interested in those directions of expression that best communicate the concepts of a life immersed in the exploration of creative theory and spiritual awakening. To live fully, a life of excellence guided by heartfelt emotion and to capture those experiences within my artworks. "

-Barry Scharf





Click Here to see more work by Barry




Wednesday, January 29, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is M. Allison Sacra


© My Heart By M. Allison Sacra



"Trust your original thought - Although it may be unpredictable.  Yet explore it with playful curiosity, adopt an adventurous attitude and enjoy the experience" - M. Allison Sacra










Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Barbara Van Rooyan is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Incandescent Canyon By Barbara Van Rooyan

"Most of the art that I create comes from a voice within me that I cannot describe with words. I create art to give that voice a life. People often ask if I have an idea of what I am going to paint before I begin. It's a common and understandable question for abstract artists.  The answer, for me, is sometime yes and sometimes no. There is that voice that speaks to me, but sometimes I only hear it once I have begun." -Barbara Van Rooyan



Click Here to see more work by Barbara


Monday, January 27, 2014

Kay Reinke is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Chinatown By Kay Reinke



Painting has always been an exciting endeavor for Kay. The mixing of creamy paints and the application of vibrant colors provide a sensual experience. She wants her paintings to suggest encounters and feelings in a way that sparks viewers’ imagination.



Click Here to see more work by Kay



Sunday, January 26, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Clara Johnson

© Makin Music 73 By Clara Johnson


From Realism to Abstraction artist Clara Johnson of Dallas,Texas enjoys painting with all types of mediums. Her personal style is bold with an exciting use of color and texture, and a focus on capturing the mood of the subject. Her artwork creates an emotional impact that provides the viewer with excitement and the promise of mystery.




Saturday, January 25, 2014

Dena Wenmohs is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Circle Of Friends By Dena Wenmohs


It never occurred to Dena Wenmohs to ask permission to do anything, whether it was riding her horse into a grocery store when she was 4, running a ranch alone after becoming widowed, or creating a painting using no greys. She is passionate about her family, art, ranch, friends, and the big skies of Texas and all that is beneath them. She owns The Bunkhouse, an art workshop and retreat facility that is a magnet to other artists and keeps her fully in touch with the art world and inspires her to create more, learn more, and paint more. She is a painter, mother, grandmother, sister, rancher, friend and environmentalist.



Click Here to see more work by Dena


Friday, January 24, 2014

Artist Kathy O'Leary Visual Language Interview

When did you realize you loved art and wanted to be an artist? 
In 1989, having rediscovered I still had my drawing skills (developed from early college experience) I was drawn to painting and drawing again as a release from stresses of my job.

Read more about Kathy O'Leary by clicking here. 

Slav Krivoshiev is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Where Words Are Truth By Slav Krivoshiev
"I define art that is created as a social myth.
Constructive basis is the mythological story, a fragment or a reference to certain mythological hero, passage or detail, but considered in
the problems of the modern social environment, resulting in a new mythological experience, a new reflection, the result of a new social environment,
where a person lives, seeking and developing. Or the environment in which obliged to live, according
to the circumstances are obviously controlled social power, but he often monitor and control them (the
circumstances). Psycho-social myth of modern man. Art which has claim do not give the answer, and ask precise questions to the problems of modern life." - Slav Krivoshiev


Click Here to see more work by Slav

Thursday, January 23, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Linda Bein


© Nature's Colors By Linda Bein


" My love of the earth and Mother Nature are reflected in my work, even abstracts turn into trees and countryside. Although I am predominately a landscape artist I enjoy painting different subject matter using a wide variety of materials. Recently, I have been experimenting with equine subjects. I believe that we as people are forever changing and growing this carries through my art with different media and subjects. To stay the same would be… to be left behind." - Linda Bein




Click Here to see more work by Linda




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Filomena Booth is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Scent of Spring By Filomena Booth


"To create a powerful and moving abstract image is a gratifying experience for any artist.  To have that image appreciated by the viewer is an even greater joy."           
 - Filomena Booth





Click Here to see more work by Filomena




Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Eric Bodtker is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Capturing El Capitan By Eric Bodtker



Eric believes art creates the atmosphere in the home or any space. It can make good times better or sad times more bearable. Eric's brilliant colors define a living space in a profound way. Collectors have often described their rooms where his art resides as more bright, positive, and happy.




Click Here to see more of Eric's work



Monday, January 20, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Melissa Doron

© Abstract Swirl By Melissa Doron



Melissa is a colorist who celebrates the subtle, natural beauty of ordinary scenes in a way that is both intense and dramatic. She paints in both oil and acrylic and has a diverse portfolio - from brilliant beach and forest landscapes to abstract color works.  Melissa has travelled extensively internationally and is noted for her bold use of color, the world over.







Sunday, January 19, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Shirley Quaid

© Spinning Time By Shirley Quaid





"Heart tugging scenes, character lines, life lived long, if not well, these are things that pull me in and keep me painting. 
I am an artist who has the rare privilege of living my dream to paint. What a life! Finally." - Shirley Quaid








Saturday, January 18, 2014

Steven DaLuz is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Coalesce By Steven DaLuz


"My artwork need answer no questions, present a political position, nor expound upon a narrative. For me, the pure "beauty" or personal aesthetic of art need not explain anything.  At its best, the raw image alone can be enough to pose questions and ignite the imagination of the viewer."-Steven DaLuz




Click Here to see more work by Steven




Friday, January 17, 2014

Kimberly Santini Capturing the Light with Color VL Studio Visit

I’ve always been an artist, even if I’ve not actively labeled myself one. As a child, I doodled animals in the margins of spelling tests and daydreamed of painting murals. My parents indulged me with Ebony pencils and gum erasers, and I covered the backside of reams of paper from my father’s office with drawings. I checked out every book on art in our small town library, and was happiest when creating. I would say that’s still a solid truth. Art infuses every bit of my life. 

Read more about Kimberly Santini's Studio Visit.
Click here. 


B.D. Busey is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day

© Sensual Force By B.D. Busey
"I have been drawing/painting since grade school.  That passion for expression has grown stronger with each passing year.  I have exhibited in the mid-west and since moving to Knoxville, TN area have been an exhibiting member of the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, Tennesse Artist Association and Fine Arts Blount.  In September of 2009, Blount Mansion Visitors Center had a retrospect exhibit of my work.  My work has also been on exhibit at several different restaurants in the greater Knoxville area. 
Since moving to the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, I have been fascinated with the many parks, lakes and cityscapes available to the artist's palette.  The natural growth and development of the landscape and the power of the mountains as well as the rich cultural environment of music, theater, ballet, jazz, symphony has provided a catalyst for the development of visual arts."-B.D. Busey




Wednesday, January 15, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Annie O'Brien Gonzales


© Acequia #2 By Annie O'Brien Gonzales



Annie O'Brien Gonzales studied painting and art history at Oregon State University. Proficient in oil, acrylic, and mixed media, she is a colorist who creates expressive images inspired by nature. She has appeared in numerous shows throughout the West and her work is in private collections across the country.




Click Here to see more work by Annie




Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sharmon Davidson is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day

© Kalachakra Matrix By Sharmon Davidson


"I think I must have been born an artist. My earliest clear memory is of sitting at a table at age two, happily making pictures.  As a child, I drew and cut out my own paper princesses, knights, horses and dragons.  I made 'people' out of natural materials such as sticks and apples, clothing them with flowers and housing them in villages of moss and clay. That passion for creating is at the core of who I am, and remains the driving force in my life."
- Sharmon Davidson



Click Here to see more work by Sharmon 


Monday, January 13, 2014

VL Artist of the Day is Shirley Anderson


© Purple Profusion 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



Click Here to see more work by Shirley


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Connie Dines is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Popular Forest at Dusk By Connie Dines


"One thing I do notice is that regardless of where we are, nature is always a factor in our lives and we crave to see what's going on outside. "

Saturday, January 11, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Carol Jo Smidt

© Fancy Rooster By Carol Jo Smidt



"My paintings are a result of a thoughtful, ongoing, creative and intuitive process. Creating art is a spiritual journey. It is somewhat of a surprise where a painting will lead me. I find that my paintings are more vivid and saturated than real life. I see color in a subject and intensify those hues in a painting. One of my goals is to bring honor and respect to the subjects that I paint. As a creator of art, I want the viewer to have a positive connection with my paintings." Carol Jo Smidt



Click Here to see more work by Carol




Friday, January 10, 2014

Glenn Moreton Studio Visit by Visual Language Magazine


"Painting and drawing has always been an essential part of my life.  My aunt remembers me as a toddler propped up on a chair so that I could reach the blackboard that my grandmother had on her kitchen wall, spending hours drawing with colored chalks. "

Glenn Moreton
Read more click here.

Corey West is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day


© Bright Day By Corey West
"I paint because it is what I love to do. I am inspired by almost everything because I embrace the moments I am in. When it is time to paint, I am in it with my whole heart. When it is time to play with my children, I embrace it fully and forget everything else. Because of my ability to completely be in the moment and go with the flow of life's unexpected turns I can use the richness of those experiences to bring my paintings to life." - Corey West


Click Here to see more work by Corey


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Rod Seeley

© Red Point By Rod Seeley


"I am a mixed technique Digital Artist, the computer; a mouse and imagination are my tools. Vibrant colors use of shapes, abstraction and fractal art are the base of my creative artwork. I use a variety of graphic and paint programs combined with Photo Shop to create unique and colorful art. I am self taught but do have an Art background. I enjoy experimenting with new concepts, ideas techniques; this is reflected in my always changing artwork style." 
- Rod Seeley




Monday, January 6, 2014

Tatiana Roulin is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Served Ice Cream By Tatiana Roulin



"Art wasn’t something I just discovered. It has been a part of my life from a very early age. For me art is a way of life and I create 24 hours a day, maybe not by holding a brush, but by seeing, thinking and feeling. Creating art to me is an additional way to communicate with this world around." - Tatiana Roulin



Click Here to see more work by Tatiana



Sunday, January 5, 2014

Amelia Currier is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Kitty Bow By Amelia Currier 



"My search for a more direct creative path also brought me back to my own primal memory; 
the exhilaration at age seven of opening a fresh box of 16 crayons. Two rows of color, the warm yellow one catching my eye first- each color playing one off the other. 
Like the crayons, each bloom is jostling with its neighboring color seeking its most flattering compliment. These bloom images embrace the perception that truth is found in the observation of nature; that life is evanescent and that simplicity is at its core."- Amelia Currier

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Dyan Newton is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Backyard Hollycocks II By Dyan Newton



Dyan is inspired by the beauty of a summer day or the innocence and awe she sees on a child's face.  That is what Dyan wants to capture in her paintings and convey that feeling to the viewer:  the same joy that she felt when she encountered the scene originally.    Many viewers say they love her paintings' vibrant colors and how they radiate “happiness”.



Click Here to see more work by Dyan


Friday, January 3, 2014

Photographer Tom Peterson, VL Artspan feature January 2014




I was originally influenced by the life and photography of Eugene Atget, the French photographer whose work concentrated on “Old” Paris during the early 20th Century.  Since 2005, I have dedicated myself to photographing the disappearing sections of Connecticut cities and, more recently, New York’s 5th Avenue.


VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Logan Bauer


© Mountain View - Carrara By Logan Bauer



L. BAUER SPENT MUCH OF HIS ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL YEARS OVERSEAS.  HE TOOK HIS FIRST PAINTING CLASS IN LONDON, ENGLAND AT THE AGE OF 13. UPON HIS RETURN TO ARIZONA HE CONTINUED TO TAKE ART CLASSES AT PHOENIX COLLEGE AND ARIZONA STATE  UNIVERSITY, WHILE HE PURSUED 
OTHER PROFESSIONAL GOALS.  IT WAS NOT UNTIL RECENTLY THAT PAINTING STOPPED BEING A PART TIME ENDEAVOR OR HOBBY AND BECAME A FULL TIME COMMITMENT




Click Here to see more work by Logan



Thursday, January 2, 2014

Alan Soffer is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Blazing Heat By Alan Soffer


Alan Soffer began making sculptural forms in 1973, culminating in a show at the Jewish Museum in Philadelphia in 1985.  Purely by accident he discovered abstract painting that very same year through a workshop at Bennington College, and never looked back.  He has continuously focused his attention on particular areas, such as, "the life cycle", "deconstructions", "ancient healing", and mostly "abstract expressionism." Incorporating his personal photos taken at demolition sites in particular, inspired his paintings and monotypes. Finding order out of chaos is his singular purpose.  Whatever the direction, the work is always influenced by Joseph Campbell, the noted mythologist, who Soffer considers his mentor since the Campbell interviews in 1988 by Bill Moyers.



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Photographer Daniel Hertel


© Monreal Metro By Daniel Hertel



"When I started my artistic explorations, I reasoned that seeing the world would help me to substantiate my work.  Now that virtual reality is abounding, images from the real world are all the more important as events in our lives.

Whether imagery (such as the Americana series) or abstract (as seen, no digital manipulations).  The work is there to see. 
And the image is meant to be lasting in interest and content." - Daniel Hertel



Click Here to See More Work By Daniel