Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Niki Gulley is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Breaking Through, Tuscany By Niki Gulley







"At an early age, having found that the grandeur of nature has the ability to uplift the soul, my feet became set upon the path that would guide my artistic life. This emotional view of the world is something that I’ve tried to translate through my canvas so that the viewer can journey with me. Having been inspired by the impressionists, I strive to capture the vibrant energy and intrinsic beauty of our natural surroundings." - Niki Gulley






Monday, March 30, 2015

Michal Ashkenasi is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Independent Woman By Michal Ashkenasi


"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








Sunday, March 29, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is John Whitton Bria


© Still Life With Guitar By John Whitton Bria
"Crashing against the rocks, the wave rises up in a fan of spray.  I take a quick step back and lower my brush.  Out of range of the wave, I will stay dry.  I am in the calm of my studio, but I want the painting on my easel to evoke the live energy of the event. 


Landscape painters often depict the lay of the land in a broad view.  With my current work, I narrow the field of vision.  Taking the focus of the eye's direct gaze, I put the viewer right in the thick of it whether the subject is the raw beauty of a Pacific wave, the remoteness of an Adirondack summit, or the serenity of local fields and a small nearby pond.




Calling myself a painterly realist, I keep the architecture of the landscape absolutely accurate and recognizable, but use my paint with a free hand, because for me, the thrill of painting is about the paint. 


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Logan Bauer is VL Magazine Artist of the Day


© Pottery Under Windowsill 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






Friday, March 27, 2015

Connie Chadwell is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Dance With Me 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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Thursday, March 26, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Karen Kennedy Chatham

© Chaotic Peace By Karen Kennedy Chatham

Karen Kennedy Chatham is a semi-self-taught artist having attended many workshops and classes with accomplished artists such as watercolorist, Susan Harrison-Tustain, and oil paint/pastel artist, James R. Spurlock. Painting with watercolor, oil, acrylics, and pastels, Karen has created her own style of art combining techniques both learned and original that translate the language of art from her heart to the world.



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is VL Rees

© Heatwave 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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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kyle Wood is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Spring Majesty By Kyle Wood



As an artist, Kyle’s passion is painting landscapes and historical buildings. He credits much of his painting ability to his keen observation of perspective. Taking photographs while on vacation and at other leisure moments is the primary resource for his oil paintings. 





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Monday, March 23, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Tim Gagnon

© Signs Of Spring By Tim Gagnon

"The Human mind is a private, unfiltered, intimate place, which no one has access to but yourself and the spoken word. As an artist I am able to allow people to see some of my thoughts, unfiltered as I see them in my mind. Art is a medium that allows me to express thought imagery to be interpreted visually, rather than thoughts expressed vocally where things become filtered into biased opinions." - Tim Gagnon



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Sunday, March 22, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Debra Hurd

© Decision By Debra Hurd





"A very ordinary scene can be perceived differently when painted with a bit of exaggerated color and awareness of light.  The ordinary then becomes extraordinary." - Debra Hurd







Saturday, March 21, 2015

Roseanne Snyder is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© What Was.......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










Friday, March 20, 2015

Jonelle McCoy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Carnival Ride 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, March 19, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Elaine Vileria

© Web Of Lies By Elaine Vileria

  Elaine received her Masters Degree from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY.  She has been an art teacher for students from pre-K, through high school, as well as adult instruction.  She has coordinated and curated
numerous art exhibitions.  After facing breast cancer in 1996, she coordinated three art shows for cancer survivors.
Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in France, and has been published in "Quilting
Today Magazine".  She has also written and illustrated a children's book,  The Legend of Old Mr. Clarke.



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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Bob Coonts

© Mountain Wildflower 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


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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Carol Jo Smidt is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Momma's Watching 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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Monday, March 16, 2015

Richard Levine is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Cafe Life, Havana 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

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lelija Roy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Just Rambling 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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Saturday, March 14, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Sanda Manuila

© A Twisted Mind 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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Friday, March 13, 2015

Barbara Haviland is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© West Texas View 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, March 12, 2015

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.





Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Corey Watson is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Up By Corey Watson

"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 Watson


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Monday, March 9, 2015

Phyllis Mantik deQueverdo is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Prepared For A Landing 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.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Vanessa Katz

© Perspective 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.



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Saturday, March 7, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Mark Yearwood

© Break Free 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, March 6, 2015

Victoria Pendragon is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Staying Sane 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.



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Thursday, March 5, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Angela Sullivan

© A Spray of Color By Angela Sullivan

"I am a painter of beautiful things. I have been painting for about 18 years but have devoted myself to painting daily since 2009. My style is mostly loose and free.  I am from the deep south and speak with that all too familiar southern drawl. I have always had a love for art. When I was little I would color for hours. I created paper dolls and then later made quilts. My mother worked in a sewing factory and my father was a carpenter. They taught me values like to treat people with respect and that I can do or become anything I want to be. They were right. I hope you enjoy your visit here as I share with you my paintings which come from the heart. I am glad you stopped by. I live to make my world a better place to be" - Angela Sullivan




Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Jimmy Longacre is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Rising Up By Jimmy Longacre



"I describe my painting style as Subjective Realism.  Although my paintings are representational, based upon the things around us, I’m not really interested in giving a literal account of  “reality” as I find it.  My desire is to apply design and color to induce a more poetic experience that will resonate with inner feeling. I aim to manipulate the visual vocabulary of light, shadow and form in a way that touches intuition and emotion.  My paintings call for your personal participation.  My greatest satisfaction is in seeing them find a place with those who decide they want to live with them." - Jimmy Longacre



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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Ricci Victorio

© Man From Le Marches By Ricci Victorio


"My paintings are an improvisation. The very act of painting is joyful, spontaneous and physical (like acting or dance) especially with the larger paintings. I paint to music, mostly Italian operas and have found I am emotionally attached to each one. Paintings are taken from my photographs and each photo calls for different brushes, techniques and style. I love how color and light plays upon various subjects."  - Ricci Victorio



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Monday, March 2, 2015

Joyce Pihl is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Nature Palette By Joyce Pihl

Ever since I was a little girl I drew, painted, photographed nature and knew I wanted to be an art teacher or an artist.  Nature has always been my subject matter whether expanse views or closeups of nature. After many years of studying Art  and teaching art & art history in both the U.S and thirty plus years  at Dawson College in Montreal, Canada. Upon retirement  a number of years ago I could  now devote full time to painting on a full time basis.


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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Filomena Booth is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Blue Bouquet 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