Monday, June 30, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Valerie Travers

© A Perfect Couple 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

Saturday, June 28, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Connie Dines

© Working Hands 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. "
- Connie Dines

Friday, June 27, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Jonelle McCoy

© Purdy 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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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Drew Keilback is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Honeymoon Suite By Drew Keilback

Drew's paintings are simply an attempt to portray the life and land that surround him … to convey an interpretation of a situation that is unique to the viewer.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Becky Hicks is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Eighty Proof By Becky Hicks

Becky Hicks grew up in the small west Texas town of Breckenridge.  She spent many of her summers and holidays on her great-grandmother's ranch, where her love for nature and all things "country" was born.  She began drawing and painting at five years old and was always encouraged by her family, friends and teachers to create art.  She knew at a very early age that she was an artist and would one day realize her dream of becoming a full time artist.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Michal Ashkensal is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Ball Of Fire 3 By Michal Ashkensal

"My work is the result of imagination and nature. The style is minimalistic, abstract-figurative and has sometimes a touch of surrealism. Although the colours and the contrasts are strong , there is still a harmonic oneness."
-Michal Ashkenasi

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sanda Manuila is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Thrown Off The Track By Sanda Manuila

"In my work, I aim to seize the paradox of the union of opposites, in particular the polar tension between life and death.  Nature's time is not linear, but rather cyclic, what happened once is destined to occur again.  Death is end, but also beginning.  The distant past is present in every moment, and the future has already happened.  Rather than progression, it is repetition, like a Monarch butterfly, ending at the beginning.  It happens in the place where the grape vine dies, pulled out, to be replanted in the spring.  
In order to represent the connection between reality and illusion, I focus my emotions and thoughts to construct meaning, applying oil paint and glazes layer after layer, adding impressions of light.  I create inner landscapes from which exhude a metaphorical quality."

 -Sanda Manuila

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Carol Engles is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Bay Stallion Portrait By Carol Engles

I am a mixed media artist who lives in Murrieta, California. I work in acrylics, watercolor, pastel, charcoal and other water and drawing media. My main subjects are abstracts, abstract landscapes, florals and gardens, equine abstracts and dog portraits. I love to use color! I try to incorporate the three C's in all of my work - color, contrast and composition!  - Carol Engles

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Linda McCoy

© Mockingbird 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

Friday, June 20, 2014

Maralyn Wilson is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Henry's Wife 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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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Denice Zengo is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Vision Quest 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

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Filomena Booth

© Meandering 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

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Helen Buck

© Taking A Break By Helen Buck

"Observation and intuitive response to a visual stimulus are the two main contributing factors to a successful execution of meaningful art in my humble opinion; this and the overwhelming awe of an inspired natural world that surrounds me." - Helen Buck

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is VL Rees

© Beastie By VL Rees

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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Saturday, June 14, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Laura Reed

© Abundance 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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Friday, June 13, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Eric Bodtker

© Pacific Lavender 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.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Roseanne Snyder is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© A Lovely Abstract 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

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Aspen Ironworks

© Aspen Ironworks

Milton Wagner, our master craftsman,  specializes in making Western & Steampunk style iron art pieces from scratch.  Our American made, hand-forged wrought iron  metal ornamental iron will create an elegant look that will compliment a rustic country cabin setting and the contemporary urban scene alike; a timeless element with charm for your living environment.  

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Kay Reinke is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© It's All About The Wine 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.

Monday, June 9, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Nancy Medina

© Sunshine Poppy Party Dress By Nancy Medina

Known for her bold, impressionistic florals and large container gardens that are immediately eye-catching, Nancy teaches a loose, bright technique that evokes brilliant color.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Pat Meyer is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Floating on Dreams By Pat Meyer

Pat is currently specializing in oil and her clients express their enjoyment for her refined representational style of art.  Her still life and landscape creations demonstrate her love of color. Pat’s balanced approach of personal expression and technical refinement is portrayed in each of her paintings.  Her artistic drive attempts to capture the beauty of God’s natural creations and present them in such a way that they will invoke a special feeling to be enjoyed throughout life.  Each and every painting should spark the sole of the viewer, as they are glanced upon throughout the day. She hopes that her work will bring joy and serenity, a blessing if you will, to all that she encounters.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Vl Magazine Artist of the Day is Judy Wilder Dalton

© Three To Sail By Judy Wilder Dalton

Whether I am painting a bold and abstract painting on paper or canvas, or painting a landscape or still life, or using the colors and texture of gemstones and wire,  I find that art is a part of how we live. I hope that my art reflects how I see life....with great appreciation and gratitude!" - Judy Wilder Dalton

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Friday, June 6, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Shirley Anderson

© 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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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Carol Jo Smidt

© Prime 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

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sandy Moser is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© In The Pink By Sandy Moser

“Painting is entirely for my pleasure and fulfillment. I am driven to create images on canvas and paper. It is something that I cannot stop. It is like breathing – it is a required part of my existence. It’s who I am and it’s part of my soul. To be able to create a story, an action, an image, is a wonderful passion to have. When the brush goes into my hand, something takes over and I am lost in the creative process. I believe it is a gift from God. I want the viewer to be able to appreciate the beauty of these creatures and perhaps they will understand how important it is that each of us must do our part to try to preserve the environment for their habitat. Each individual has a responsibility to co-exist on this planet in a way that respects and protects wildlife and their surroundings”. - Sandy Moser

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Sallie Anne Swift is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Turning Point 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.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Nancy Christy Moore is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Big Red By Nancy Christy Moore

Arizona artist Nancy Christy-Moore,an internationally recognized, award winning painter brings the joy of color, energy and movement to her abstract mixed watermedia work.

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