Friday, February 28, 2014

David Francis Studio Visit Visual Language Magazine

When did you realize you loved art and wanted to be an artist? 
It sounds cliché, but it seems like I have always loved to draw. One of my earliest memories is waiting for my father to finish the Sunday newspaper, so that I could sit down and start copying the funnies. 

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Laura Reed is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Essence By Laura Reed

"The inspiration for my abstract work comes from my life experiences; travel, nature, my environment, all culminating in a magical sort of way. It is usually subconscious, and impetuous, sparked by something seemingly as trivial as a word or a feeling. I strive not to answer the question of what my images mean but to encourage the viewer's curiosity. When the work invokes the feeling of "curiouser and curiouser" (thank you Alice) then I have achieved my goal." - Laura Reed

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Nancee Jean Bussee

© Why We Howl By Nancee Jean Bussee
"I paint the things that make life worth living for me: landscapes, the natural world, and wildlife, especially birds. These things remind me that life is elegant and beautiful. Sometimes I paint simple things that feel vivid and full of life, like flowers or pets, or an image I can’t get off my mind.I paint using acrylics, brushes, and panels or canvas. The vibrant colors and creamy textures of modern acrylic paint make me happy. Depending upon the subject matter, I either apply the paint thickly and pay close attention to each brushstroke, or use layer upon layer of thin, light-refracting glazes. My subject matter is important in determining the method with which I paint.I paint realistically because I developed my drawing skills from an early age. Now I am exploring ways to combine my realistic style with less representational elements. I am striving to honor the beauty of the natural world within the context of my own inner vision.  I paint because I love it!"
 - Nancee Jean Busse

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Eric Bodtker is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Tahoe 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.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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

© Spring Finally 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.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Linda McCoy

© The Last Knock-Out Rose By Linda McCoy

"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. Capturing that transformation when an object is illuminated into something previously unseen is what truly inspires me. This light is what drives me to share my perception with others; and is a reminder to cherish the nuances of life." -Linda McCoy

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mark Yearwood is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Place of Solace 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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Friday, February 21, 2014

Rebecca Zook Visual Language Studio Visit

Three aspects that Texas artist Rebecca Zook consciously incorporates into her acrylic paintings. Though she portrays a variety of subjects, natural landscapes are a personal favorite. Viewers often comment that they feel as if they could step into her paintings; as if the frame were a window to another world.

Richard Levine is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Being In Bruges By Richard Levine

"I like to paint in places where the weather, the traditions and the geography still dominate;  where these elements identify and characterize a locale.  Where I can still connect to what has gone before and one feels an authentic "sense of place"."
- Richard Levine

Thursday, February 20, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Carol Jo Smidt

© Sun Down 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

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Alejandro Castanon Studio Visit Visual Language Magazine

Alejandro is a Mexican born national raised overseas in Spain and Germany. He began his journey into art at the age of nine by sketching comic book covers of Spiderman and other favorite super heroes. In his teens his art became more focused on portraits and he mainly worked in graphite and charcoal. 

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Lelija Roy

© Looking For Robins By Lelija Roy

Each piece expresses unique rhythms and textures of the living earth. Lelija seeks out the interconnectedness of organic and inorganic elements. These glimpses encompass: the hazy light of early morning, the wind in an aspen grove, the silent struggle of a pinion pine on a canyon wall or the rush of the waterfall.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Valerie Travers is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Earth, Wind and Fire 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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Monday, February 17, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Gabriele Bitter

© Venezia By Gabrielle Bitter
"I like being in the moment when I work and I try to limit the amount of colors I use.  Generally I use vibrant colors especially reds and blues. I apply the paint with large brushes which  I usually purchase from the local paint store. My trusted palette knife is another piece in my arsenal that gets used regularly. Textured surfaces fascinate me. They seem to have a life of their own. Many of my canvas have been around for years getting more and more paint applied until the perfect picture emerges."- Gabriele Bitter

Friday, February 14, 2014

Mary Jane Q. Cross Visual Language Studio Visit

Mary Jane Q. Cross builds a body of memorable work in a studio, built by her husband and hugged by New England’s quiet countryside, as she threads the fabric that mirrors her own life into her work. Her quest is a worthy one.

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VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Barbara Haviland

© Roses and Roses By Barbara Haviland

"I am mostly a self-taught, raw artist who draws inspiration from the world around me.  I love taking workshops to further my learning.  You can never cease to learn something new.  I usually paint from my photos.  I love bright, bold, rich colors.  I feel satisfied when someone can see the love I have put into the piece that I have created whether it is a landscape, a floral, a portrait, or a seascape. At this stage in my art career, I enjoy painting in Plein Air.  It is both exciting and frustrating.  Light changes, and shadows move, but I love it!  A paint brush is my favorite tool.  You can just about do anything with a brush and some paint.  Painting brings out my passion.  It is like reading a book; you can go anywhere.  It is my escape.  The problems of the world fade away.  For a few moments, it is just me and the canvas.  I feel as though I am meant to create art.  GOD has blessed me in this way." - Barbara Haviland

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

VL Rees is Visual Language magazine Artist of the Day

© Tomato Pie by VL Reese

V. L. Rees is best known for contemporary realism executed in oils.  However, on hot summer afternoons, she has been known to give in to the abstract.

She draws inspiration from her appreciation of the beauty found in the everyday.  Unusual angles, dramatic lighting, and nature's intricacies all capture her attention.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rod Seeley is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Green Heart 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

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Kimberly Santini

© Big, Bigger, Biggest By Kimberly Santini

"I want you to see the world through my eyes, to process light and color as I do. To reach into the planes of my paintings with your heart and to walk away knowing that we share compassion and a joy for life."
-Kimberly Santini

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Liz Jones is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Golden Mirror By Liz Jones

"Many years ago as a student at Washington University, I began painting in a nonobjective/ abstract manner and have continued to do so.  For me, this is a natural form of expression. My paintings are unique, distinctive for their bright colors and vigorous construction. Underlying the surface intensity are subtleties of movement, a shifting of planes, leading the viewer into depths within the 
surface. When I begin a painting I usually have some idea in mind. It might be a mental image of colors, lines, shapes, maybe a colored sketch. After the first placement of color and line what is actually on the canvas or paper leads me to continue adding to the image until the work is completed." - Liz Jones

Saturday, February 8, 2014

JEANNE ILLENYE Studio Visit with Visual Language Magazine

At first, my thought for this studio visit and interview was to share my Biography with you, which is exactly that, an overview about how I began painting in oils by my mother’s side at the wee age of four, my utter delight at discovering Nature by intimately studying every flower petal, rock, dewdrop and bumblebee I could touch, to a developing maturity with regular museum visits in New York which inspired my large, classical still lifes reminiscent of the Dutch masters, and through my 25 year series of Little Gems later sold online.   

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Al Razza is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Re-Whipped By Al Razza

"Whether I am painting representational pictures or something purely abstract, I want the work to be provocative and stimulating. I want the surface to be active and full of energy, pulling each viewer closer like a magnet. When I paint images my need to understand who I am as a person and the dynamics of the world around me is revealed in some expressive manner. I live every day wondering how I can improve what I see and do to make something wonderful emerge from my subconscious visions." - Al Razza

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Friday, February 7, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Lesley Humphrey

© Escape Velocity By Lesley Humphrey

“I believe that we can all learn how to paint, but it is in the silent, authentic, beautiful recesses of our hearts and souls where a true masterpiece is born.  True artistic skill, the courage to interpret the images of that place and bring them into the world for you to experience is my goal.” - Lesley Humphrey

Thursday, February 6, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Jana Kappeler

© Torchbearers By Jana Kappeler

"I have always loved color and use it freely in my work.  I believe that life is supposed to be vibrant and light filled.  Color enhances that viewpoint.  If life were black and white, it might be simpler, but it would also be boring.  I choose to live life in full color and keep my creative energy alive by experimentation.  I’m prepared to make and embrace mistakes and find little moments that work."-Jana Kappeler

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lloyd Voges is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Original Range Kitchen By Lloyd Voges
Lloyd and his wife, Teresa, in addition to working their own livestock enjoy every opportunity to visit other ranches. They also admire old architecture and visit many historical towns throughout Texas. This not only gives Lloyd the inspiration to paint outdoors, but to paint old structures in different light and angles. The colors and values come to life on canvas. Lloyd's choice of medium is oils and with a wide variety of brush strokes and palette knife, his goal is to furnish collectors and admirers a tranquil enjoyment of his compositions with an occasional WOW factor .

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Maralyn Wilson

© Mica Man By Maralyn Wilson
"Creating art reminds me of my childhood, when we would make up plays and do circus performances for the neighborhood. I loved sitting outside with my neighborhood buddies at night watching the fireflies and telling the most fabulous and exciting stories. Our imagination had no boundaries. When I become immersed in creating a piece, the excitement of the story unfolding before my eyes reminds me of the magic of those firefly nights. Working in clay brings out memories and feelings that I love to express in my work. I like to tell stories with my art, and the encaustic finish on the clay sculpture adds depth, and a feeling of the past. Each of my sculptures has a story that has unfolded for me, as I created the piece."-Maralyn Wilson

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Connie Chadwell is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Woman In A Blue Dress By Connie Chadwell

"I have always loved to draw the face and figure. If I'm not actually drawing from the posed model or sketching people going about their everyday lives, I'm probably thinking about it. I seldom miss an opportunity to draw or paint from life and I strive every day to capture not just a likeness of my subjects, but also the more elusive qualities of spirit, mood and emotion. "- Connie Chadwell

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Roseanne Snyder

© Colorado Mountain By Roseanne Snyder

"I returned to painting and found that it is very relaxing as long as everything goes right. I love abstract art and play with it's colors all the time." - Roseanne Snyder

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Jonelle McCoy is VL Artist of the Day

© Deep In It By Jonelle McCo
" 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