Thursday, July 31, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Victoria Pendragon

© Bow Flower By Victoria Pendragon
Most of my work is on the small side, so that the viewer can experience intimately, as one might experience one’s own self in contemplation or a lover in the act of love, the depth and complexities of attachments, attraction and energy in the physical world. Men and women, where they appear in my work, represent all men and women, my couples, all couples of all kinds. My work is about our One-ness, our same-ness, and, perhaps ironically, our marvelous diversity and uniqueness. I see woman as Goddesses, men as Gods and all of us as the creators of our realities...personally and passionately empowered. I see the earth as nothing short of a wonderland. I stand in constant awe of every aspect of life and I create to honor it.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Vanessa Katz is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Bubbly By Vanessa Katz 

Vanessa Katz loves the freedom that abstracts give her to express her emotions and desires to evoke emotions through her work.  She is fascinated with shapes, colors, textures, movement and the shape between the shapes, nature and trees and this can be seen evident in her work.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Jonelle McCoy

© A Fresh StHeart 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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Monday, July 28, 2014

Lelija Roy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Serenity Discovered 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.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Sanda Manuila

© Looking Through the Heat 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

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Judy Wilder Dalton

© Timberline 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, July 25, 2014

Eric Bodtker is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Big Island Plantation House 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, July 24, 2014

Terrye Philley is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Sea Watch By Terrye Philley

"I have loved painting for as long as I can remember.  Drawing and painting have always been a way to recreate and refresh my spirit.  Painting is not something I have to do or I shall die sort of is just that I have a joy and passion for oil painting and feel more whole when in front of a canvas with my paint brushes in hand." 

- Terrye Philley

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Simon Kenny is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Inception By Simon Kenny

Simon's fascination with the world around him is palpable through his work. His depictions of nature form a myriad of emotions as he uses painting as a manner in which to better understand the human condition to which we are all bound.  The beauty of his work is how it compliments and reflects your own thoughts and feelings. At times an image can seem tranquil and harmonized whereas on a different day, the same scene can appear tumultuous and unruly. This emotional creativity is the heart and soul of Simons abstract paintings and by infusing his own distinctive style with a radical turneresque quality, these vibrant images are totally unique in every sense.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Elizabeth Chapman

© Adowa By Elizabeth Chapman

"It brings me much joy just to be the brush in the Master Painter's hand and to realize that His creations are made to bring great joy to all.  My paintings are a form of song, dance and praise in response to the beauty of life."-Elizabeth Chapman

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day is VL Rees

© Decisions 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.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Carol Jo Smidt is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Trio 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

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Roseanne Snyder is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© My Bloomin' Garden 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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Friday, July 18, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Michal Askenasi

© Independent Woman By Michal Askenasi

"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

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Janet Broussard

© Nu-Way Cafe By Janet Broussard

Janet’s artistic talent came to fruition at an early age, winning her first award in fourth grade, for a watercolor seascape of California’s Bug Sur.  Constantly painting and drawing, with frequent milestones of recognition for her artistic talent, she followed her chosen path to the University of North Texas where she majored in Advertising Art. 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Sheri Cook

© Mustang By Sheri Cook

Hello, my name is Sheri Mills Cook, a talented self-taught artist and I create my own unique collectible style of equine art. My preferred style is realistic to illustrative. All from the heart.  Not only does my art delight the horse lover’s eye, it also arouses the feelings and the fondness that urges one to reflect upon their own love of the horse. I portray my genre with a genuine love and emotional devotion to my subject...THE HORSE!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Phyllis Mantik deQuevedo

©Will Dance For Food By Phyllis Mantik deQueverdo

Phyllis believes that her own introduction to sculpture was by design. From her earliest experiences of completing a sculpture, seeing a form emerge from a lump of clay, she has delighted in creating. Out of this personal joy she also senses responsibility, as a sculptor, to create work that adds value to our existence, to evoke a smile, to touch someone’s heart and for a moment to capture his or her emotions. When someone relates to her sculpture from their experience, it gives the work meaning and keeps it alive. Her desire as a sculptor is to be someone who represents goodness in life by creating, teaching, learning, discovering, sharing, and serving.

Monday, July 14, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Jeanee Hyland

© Peppers On Blue By Jeanee Hyland

After years of childhood art awards, sculpture became Jeanne's passion at 15 with her first stone and wood carving high school projects. She next received a BFA in figurative sculpture and watercolor and studied in France at the École des Beaux Arts. That training along with years of experience as a commercial designer and illustrator helped form her style, technique and sensibilities into the talented artist she is today.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Nancee Jean Busse is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Tiger 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

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Barbara Jones is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© The Chapel Greenhouse By Barbara Jones

"The beauty of the ordinary is what I try to capture in my paintings. We are surrounded by unlimited opportunities to share with others the unique qualities of color, light and form that are part of our everyday lives. Too often we overlook the simple beauty of God's creations or pass them by. Whether it's the quiet glow of a sunlit morning, the softness of a cloudy afternoon or the interplay of colors and form in a still life arrangement--I try to capture in my paintings the unique light and atmosphere of my subjects.  I work from life, and I want viewers to feel like they're seeing what I'm seeing--on that day, in that place, in that way." - Barbara Jones

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Friday, July 11, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Mary Ann Cherry

© Jingle Girl By Mary Ann Cherry

"I was raised in rural Montana near the Yellowstone River and loved it there. My folks were big Charlie Russell fans – it helped to boost my interest in western art at an early age. Mom gave me a paintbrush and small oil painting set when I was eight. Dad was always sketching horses, especially buckin’ broncs, rattlesnakes and a lot of other non-girly things for me on newsprint from an old pad of paper." 
- Mary Ann Cherry

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Susan Smolensky is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Cupcake By Susan Smolensky 

"I am interested in imaginatively expressing a reality that exists outside of ordinary perception. With paintbrush and canvas, with oil paint and a sense of unrestrained energy, I hope to evoke a sense of wonder and enchantment that transcends the subject and goes beyond the limit of human senses.  My goal is to paint representations of nature that are harmonious and beautiful and, simultaneously, to engage the viewer in a reality that is beyond perceptual appearances and expectations."
- Susan Smolensky

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Addren Doss is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Addren Doss is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

"For me, plein air painting is about recording my emotional reaction to a specific place at a specific time of day. . .. . . .The studio painting that 

may come from that experience is an extension of

 the intense feelings and reactions I had when

 painting outside." - Addren Doss

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Gloria Chadwick

© Not So Safe By Gloria Chadwick

"I have always been fascinated by the refined specialized qualities of all living creatures around us. As a child I proudly brought my favorite book to school for sharing. It was Wild Animals of the World by William Bridges and illustrated by Mary Baker. That 1954 edition is still in my possession along with my unwavering enthusiasm for wildlife." - Gloria Chadwick

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Debbie Hughbanks is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Hummingbirds By Debbie Hughbanks
"I paint because I must paint. The creation of art is a passion, a need and a desire that I feel I must meet on some level every day whether it is simply planning the composition of the next work in my mind or placing the finishing touches on the pastel or painting I have had in progress for days.  My inspirations come from the animals, people and surroundings that I love . . . for I find I am passionate about these things, as well, and want to be able to share them with others through my work. My hope is that the joy I feel in the creation of each piece will come through to those who view my art and that something in a particular painting will speak to each viewer on a very personal level. Who could ask for more as an artist?"
-Debbie Hughbanks

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Bob Coonts

© Indoor Weather Vane By Bob Coonts

"Colors, as used by the Fauvists, the challenge of composition and the excitement of discovery impact my work and style.  Animals, plants, landscapes and people provide a wealth of subject matter.  Combining a sense of warmth, graceful movements and detail give release to a style bordering on abstract by reflecting a true image." 
- Bob Coonts

Friday, July 4, 2014

Logan Bauer is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Wading At The Beach By Logan Bauer


Thursday, July 3, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Lunell Gilley

© Just Pink By Lunell Gilley

"Color is where it happens in the eyes of most and then we look for composition, value and scale,etc.  
As with any painter my work reflects my moods through drama, color and composition on today's canvases. Timeless events and places captured from my broad collection of traveled memories."- Lunell Gilley

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Marti Leroux

© Inner Wisdom By Marti Leroux

"I am dedicated in creating "Art That Heals" to enhance people's well being by creating a harmonious energy for their living spaces.  What I try to achieve as an artist is to make people feel good while in their homes & office spaces by improving the quality of their lives in creating an atmosphere of comfort, love, joy and elegance and perhaps creating an escape from our busy lives inviting all to step into a serene world." - Marti Leroux

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Lesley Humphrey is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Spirit Of Overcoming Oil I 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

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