Thursday, October 8, 2015

Abundance Forever

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #22

By taking just what you need…. there will be abundance forever. A statement made by painter Charles Berry draws on the inspiration for his paintings… early western photographic black and white images by renowned photographers such as Edward S. Curtiss, William Henry Jackson and John Anderson.

Through his vivid, graceful paintings he tries to reveal a deep appreciation of natural beauty. He has always had an affinity for nature. Charles’ eye-catching paintings range from impressionistic landscapes to faithful depictions of exotic animals in the wild. Painting in a variety of mediums, oils are his first love due to their brilliance of color.

Charles’ paintings capture a rare sense of immediacy and intimacy. He strives to draw the viewer right inside the painting and make them feel as though they are actually there. An avid traveler since college, he is always in a constant state of motion which has fueled his art. All of the traveling and observances have been food and education for painting.
Many of his paintings have been in print by major publishers such as Bruce Mcgaw, Bentley House publishing and others. He recently produced 62 paintings for the Villas at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego, CA.

Charles Berry
Charles Berry Fine Art

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Intimate Art

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #39

Donna Law’s earliest memory relating to her passion for jewelry and gemstones was as a young child. She remembers having a dream where the clouds were raining sparkling jewelry all around and she would collect as much as she could in her arms. This dream led her to her passion of creating custom-made fine jewelry.

Donna began her jewelry career while still in high school working part-time in a jewelry repair shop. After graduation, she worked full-time as an apprentice to a highly-skilled jewelry craftsman. Donna went on to learn from some great masters in the jewelry field.

Now the successful owner of D. Law Jewelry Designs, Donna is a master-goldsmith working out of her own design studio. She specializes in custom-made fine jewelry. Many of her pieces are one-of-a-kind, insuring they have their own identity and spirit, just like the person who wears them.

“I have fun meeting the challenge of harmonizing the “rocks and metal” in a 3-dimensional art form that is structurally compatible to be worn on the body as adornment. I like to think of it as “Intimate Art,” she said.

Donna does all her own work from the design, detailed drawings, alloying the gold, carving wax models and casting or forming and soldering the metals to complex stone setting. She thoroughly enjoys working with all precious and semi-precious gemstones, metals and techniques. Donna has designed and made numerous commissioned pieces for jewelry stores and galleries over the years valuing up into the six figure range each.

Donna truly strives to utilize more unconventional ways of setting stones, combining colors and shapes and techniques in her designs to set them apart from other jewelry on the market.

Donna Law
D. Law Jewelry Designs

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Enduring Legacies

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #10

Judith Durr’s paintings make you wonder if you are looking through an open window, rather than at a painting. Judith’s special talent is Indian art objects as still life, created by layers, many glazes, and a wet-on-wet technique. Her paintings stand alone as Enduring Legacies that honor American Indian heritage.

Documenting the artifacts, the cultures and native styles in her oil paintings, Judith’s work honors all facets of Native American life, showcasing their history through her colorful and dynamic still life paintings. Capturing the emotions of the viewer with her illusion and realism and texture, you want to reach out and fell the fabric of the rug, the beadwork on the moccasins, the smoothness of the pottery or pick the kernels from the corm. Her paintings are truly life-like. Each painting is skillfully layered with colors and glazes using the technique of the old masters.   

Judith’s genre includes western life, landscapes and historical research, and is represented in several museums’ permanent collections including the Museum of History and Anthropology in Mexico City, Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, and Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix.  

Judith Durr

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sacred Art

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #5

Morning Star Standing Tall was the name given to Zoe Lani Sayer by her adopted grandfather. She has been adopted by the Cherokee, the Tuscarora (Huron), the Hopi, and the Dogrib tribes.

She has always been fascinated with, most notably, Native American cosmology and sacred art forms, and it has long been her greatest desire to honor, through her own work, all her Native American/Canadian brothers and sisters, and all that walk, crawl, swim, fly and grow to the light.

Her work involves an understanding of, and dedication to the idea that we must all take an active and responsible role in healing the Earth and ourselves. “I love the idea that beautiful things can be functional, so I feel that my work should not only have a practical use, but also be inspirational in nature,” said Zoe.

An award-winning artist and teacher, Zoe’s work has been exhibited all over the world. Her love of animals, indigenous cosmology and sacred art, is all very apparently reflected in her work, whether she is creating unique and innovative indigenously oriented artifacts, jewelry or paintings. She is also a very creative teacher of universal law and sacred science, dynamic gardening techniques, employing the creation of sacred space, meditation, crystal technologies, dowsing, as well as Zen drawing and painting.

Zoe Lani Sayer
Earth Above Sky Below

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Functional Artwork

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #34

Genie Swanstrom, a ceramics artist, is inspired by nature, by its raw beauty, its power, and its poetic spirituality from the hand of God.  Some of her pieces express the power and movement of the elements, while others may reflect the serene simplicity of a stand of bamboo. 

Genie is concerned with the balance of positive and negative space, creating an elegance of form and design. She throws and hand-builds each piece of art by hand and often carves into the surface, creating a high relief of texture. Genie loves experimenting with new techniques and new glazes. 

“I’m always searching for that perfect vessel of expression. Making art is a journey of discovery,” she said. All her functional work is lead free, food safe, microwave safe and dishwater safe. They are also oven safe, if care is given to warm the dish to room temperature before putting into a non-preheated oven.  

Designs by Genie Swanstrom
Genie Swanstrom

Friday, September 18, 2015

Art Therapy

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #2

Patricia Miller is a professional artist, art therapist and an art education specialist. As an artist, she has explored the painting process for over twenty five years, and uses a traditional method of working in either oils or pastels.

Patricia studied extensively with America's foremost realist painters, including Daniel Greene, Nelson Shanks and Burt Silverman at the Art Students League and the New York Academy of Art. Being a painter for most of her life, she decided to share her experiences with others through art therapy. Art therapy uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. 

As an art therapist, Patricia is able to guide individuals through their exploration and reconnection with creativity. Her workshops inspire creativity and flow, is designed to jump start or unblock the artist within, and allows the learner to experience true creative freedom.

Patricia Miller

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Magic of the Desert

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #29

Soft pastels make Julia Patterson as giddy as a child with a new pack of crayons. Far messier than crayons, their tactile nature is a key part of what engages her about the medium. Coming to pastel from the world of watercolor, Julia was excited at the immediate gratification of pure, vibrant color. She still often under-paints with watercolor and allows some translucency to shimmer through the pastel. The pastel artwork of Julia’s is diverse in subject matter, from landscapes to animals to human portraits, but color and texture are emphasized always.

As a lifelong resident of the Southwest, her sensibilities are grounded in the colorful heat and warm tones of summer. The textural attributes of sanded paper and pastel sticks lend themselves to the arid magic of the desert, adobe, earth, boundless sky. Julia wants to capture a moment that tripped some artistic trigger in her, and pastels afford her the freedom to express her delight in the Arizona summer.

Julia Patterson
Julia Patterson Fine Art

Friday, September 11, 2015

An Emotional Connection

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #41

Although Dick Muller spent many years in sales, art has always been his passion. Art with details that are only possible with a pencil, details that create work that looks photographic, was his true obsession in life. It’s these details that help him create textures that he can feel and help capture the feelings and emotions of the subjects, whether the subject is human or animal.

Before the details even begin, Dick lays out a composition that looks believable for the subject, taking into consideration size, shape, movement, light and color. Each piece must show motion and/or give the viewer an emotional connection. The inspiration for his work comes from photos that he uses for reference; sometimes as many as 20 photos for a single work.

Dick’s work leans heavily to western subjects either present day or historical. He admits that even though he will never have the opportunity to be one, his heroes have always been old cowboys. Dick’s work consists of both graphite (black & white) or colored pencil.

Since 2005, Dick has received five awards (first through third place) in the drawing category at the Phippen Western Art Show in Prescott. His artwork has been purchased for corporate and private collections worldwide.

Dick Mueller

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Abiding Joy

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #17

Ronnie Wainright moved to Arizona over thirteen years ago from the east coast.  She has been a painter from early childhood, influenced by her mother, who was also an oil painter.

Ronnie’s oil paintings support her commitment to help preserve the pristine desert, canyons, and creeks of Arizona. Through her art, Ronnie expects her viewers to become more aware of the beauty that surrounds them, and she hopes to educate the public in becoming more involved with the land, its grandeur, and its preservation. Her landscape paintings are a testament to her love of art and her mission is to call attention to the natural environment. 

Ronnie’s landscapes are her abiding joy and her paintings are in private collections throughout the country. She also raised two artists: son Michael Wainwright is a ceramist, specializing in fine china and porcelain dinnerware, and daughter Lisa Wainwright is dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ronnie Wainwright

Thursday, September 3, 2015


2015 Participating Artist

Contemporary still life painter Karen Budan’s latest painting is a 30” x 24” oil painting on panel called “Operator.” She found this well-used pay phone in an antique shop in Mesa last fall. A one-of-a-kind treasure. Karen knew exactly what she was going to do with it… paint it! Pairing it with a coke bottle with straw and coins… and Viola!  

Painting still life’s allows Karen to create arrangements, adjust the lighting, and set the stage to transform everyday objects to extraordinary. Her painting style is realistic, almost photorealistic. Painting “Operator” brought back memories for Karen of a time when you saved your change in order to use the  pay phone for that emergency phone call you needed to make. Oh, how times have changed! We hope “Operator” brings back great memories for you as well.     

Karen Budan
Karen Budan Fine Art

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Meshing of Stone and Metal

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #16
Many of the techniques Donna Armstrong uses are a revival of ancient metal-working processes; reticulation, fusing, and chain maille have been used throughout history. She breathes new life into those processes and creates a contemporary, wearable piece of art; a special piece that is carefully crafted by human hands. Donna’s designs are influenced by many cultures and historical periods; always fashion forward but classic and simple yet unique.

As a jewelry artist each piece Donna creates is a part of her, but it also speaks to and becomes a part of the wearer, creating a connection that otherwise might not exist. “Those thoughts that I cannot put into words come to life in my jewelry,” she says.  

The jewelry Donna creates is crafted from the finest gemstones and precious metals. Every stone has been selected from her personal collection of gems obtained over a 30-year period from local sources as well as stones acquired in Oro Preto and other cities in Brazil.

Donna’s desire, through her creations, is to captivate your intrigue in these gorgeous gemstones and metals. She has hammered and torched the metals to emphasize their naturalistic beginnings and placed stones of superior quality and color, carefully, to compliment the meshing of stone and metal.

Donna Armstrong

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Paintings Are Like Kids

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #26

Suzie Black is an artist who creates abstract-expressionist works, which effortlessly blend the world of the material with the world of the spiritual. Her style is creative, colorful, fun and thought-provoking.

Suzie started painting at an early age when she snuck into the family studio and created her first work of art with oils. From that moment, she has pursued her love of art and color. Her works of art have been shown and sold in galleries across the United States.

“When I paint I endeavor to share my excitement about life,” Suzie said. “I hope my painting remind people of the unique and beautiful energy that’s inside them. My paintings are like kids to me and I send them out into the world to spread my smile.”

Suzie Black

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wherever You Go, There You Are Installation

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #29

After many months of preparation, Kevin Caron’s monumental contemporary art sculpture titled “Wherever You Go, There You Are” was installed on July 28, 2015 in front of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

On July 30, 2015, the sculpture was dedicated. Whitaker Center Board Chair Gary St. Hilaire, President & CEO of Capital BlueCross, introduced Kevin, who spoke briefly about his inspiration and creation of the sculpture. He was followed by Drs. Michael and Madlyn Hanes, Whitaker Center President and CEO, and Penn State Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses, respectively. Whitaker Center acquired Wherever You Go through the Hanes' generous support.

The 9-foot diameter steel sculpture continues Kevin's investigation into the confluence of geometric illusions and organic forms. The one-sided torus's rust surface contrasts with its segmented skin, which lays upon the sculpture's bones. Its rough exterior and endless rotation mirrors the complex simplicity of life's journey, in itself an illusion.

Kevin Caron
Kevin Caron Studios

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Art & Science of Deep Space

2015 Participating Artist
Studio #27

For many years, Kenneth Naiff has been interested in astrophotography, enjoying documentaries, books and movies about the universe. He is captivated by images of planets and deep-space objects.

With the availability of scientifically accurate astrophotographic hardware such as cameras, telescopes, and mounts as well as mathematically sophisticated software for controlling the equipment and for processing the digital images, Kenneth is able to capture high-resolution, deep-space images.

The digital data is collected under moonless, cloudless skies at remote Arizona locations. He travels to locations more than 100 miles away from Phoenix in order to capture faint, distant objects in the night sky. The conversion of this data to a work of art demands many hours of processing to optimize the clarity, color and hue of the deep-space objects.  

Kenneth Naiff
Dark Sky Images