Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Versatility of Metals

2015 Participating Artist

Kim Heath discovered he had a passion for metal, music and nature while growing up in Malibu, California. During his 25 year career in the movie industry as a rigging grip, he explored the versatility of metals. Kim revived his passion for working with metal and found that he wanted to show the inner beauty of metal by creating unique pieces of functional and non-functional art.

Each one of his pieces is individually designed cut, shaped, welded and heat colored by hand. Using only a torch as his paintbrush, he brings out all the brilliant color of the metals by using varying degrees of heat. No paints or dyes are ever used in the color process.

 “The challenge is to find just the right temperature to get the color I want. I like to make my pieces come alive by using the changing light, the metal’s natural colors and various techniques I have discovered,” Kim said.

Depending on the sculpture, Kim may add lights or other objects to highlight or enhance certain aspects of the piece. Several of his pieces have won awards and been on exhibit at the Westlake Village Art Guild in Westlake Village, California, and the Fine Arts Exhibition at the Del Mar Fair in Del Mar, California.

Kim Heath

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Working with Gourds

2015 Participating Artist

Jan Downey’s art is both deeply personal and global, drawing on her experiences and impressions from traveling, living, and working with people in different cultures. Her inclination for creativity began during her childhood. Jan’s parents supported her experimentation with many kinds of traditional and non-traditional media as she discovered materials, methods, and outcomes. Art continued to be central to her identity, even as Jan moved into other jobs, states and endeavors.

“Creating artwork from gourds involves the most meaningful creative elements: design, color, hands-on work, and interacting with materials, methods, and outcomes,” she said.

In her work with gourds, she uses a variety of processes including pyrography, carving, painting with acrylics and ink dyes, and embellishing with natural materials. Jan’s designs are influenced by her love of natural world and human cultural expression.

Jan Downey

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Love for Animals

2015 Participating Artist

Linda Korstad is an artist working in clay and mixed media. Her work has become sought after for its whimsical nature and contemporary flair.

After breeding and showing Afghan Hounds for many years, Linda decided to focus her knowledge and love for animals into her art. Each of her pieces embodies the unique personality found in the very animals she worked with so closely for years.

Linda takes great pride in creating her sculptural works. Each is unique, using various techniques from hand-building to casting each body to finishing the pieces with various post-fired finishes.

The one-of-a-kind, hand-built and press mold sculptures are finished with glazes, stains, washes, and slips. The most current body of work is finished with a raku technique.

Linda Korstad
Clay Menagerie

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Elegant Wearable Jewelry

2015 Participating Artist

Jennifer Hanscom has always loved to create. As the youngest of eight children growing up in central Massachusetts, she explored her creativity within a practical realm; making clothing and home d├ęcor of all sorts. Several years later, and moving to Arizona with her husband, Jennifer began to explore the art of making jewelry.

She soon founded C&D Silver and bought her first length of silver wire and a small display of tools including a steel block and hammer. This is where her true love of crafting silver jewelry was born.

Over the years, Jennifer has explored many of the disciplines involved in jewelry making. She utilizes many of them to create elegant looks with timeless appeal. Jennifer’s multitude of skills and education help her create elegant wearable jewelry with unique parts, and 3-dimensional designs.

She currently designs jewelry signifying deep meaning to be worn as a talisman of sorts to inspire, enhance, or celebrate positive intentions such as flourish, balance, and growth. “I hope that the overall composition of my jewelry attracts your attention, the construction intrigues you, and the intention captures your heart,” said Jennifer Hanscom.

Jennifer was a finalist in the silver category of the Saul Bell Awards in 2010, an international jewelry competition. You can find her guitar necklace published in the 2013 Lark book titled Showcase 500 art necklaces. Her work also appears in magazines and has been displayed in museums in addition to being owned by collectors across the country including Chef Stephanie Izard of Chicago (season 4 winner of Top Chef and 2013 James Beard award winner).

Jennifer Hanscom
Desert Jewel Studio

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Modern Masters

2015 Participating Artist

Joseph Woodford has been creating and selling his one-of-a-kind ceramics through art shows and galleries across the country since 1993 and has earned him four “Best in Show” designations. In 2002, he was the featured artist of HGTV’s Modern Masters in episode 608.

In addition to life-size vessels, Joseph builds stand-alone totemic forms, abstract versions of Native American totem poles. He also assembles wall pieces made up of large tiles. These slabs are shaped in a mold for uniformity of size and thickness, then altered for design and fired many times. The individual ceramic squares are then pieced together in a grid as a 6- x 7-foot wall mosaic.

Joseph’s ideas for his ceramic artwork are inspired by human forms and forms he’s found in nature. He works primarily in Raku, a 16th century Japanese firing technique. Joseph’s palate of glazes include vibrant copper and gold colors along with crackle glazes that produce an intriguing display of random vein patterns. Another distinguishing characteristic of his large vase forms are the abstract sculptural tops which he believes add personality and an individual character to each of his pieces.

Joseph Woodford

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Absolutely Unique

2015 Participating Artist

Nancy Uhlmann's love of art began at a young age and was inspired by her aunt, Alice Uhlmann Wright, a painter and portrait artist. Nancy's initial collegiate years were spent creating paintings and pottery as well as pursuing a degree in K-8 education.

Her artistic background was useful when assisting her students in understanding concepts, but it was not pursued as a career until her retirement from teaching. In 2000, Nancy moved to the Phoenix area and became an active member of the West Valley Arts Council, changing her art and sales focus to custom jewelry.

In 2010, she started Absolutely Unique, LLC, to further her aspirations for jewelry design. Nancy creates custom original designs, assuring customers that their special jewelry will be a one-of-a-kind item. She provides customers with the opportunity to custom order pieces by selecting the style, color, and types of stones. Nancy then sets out to make each unique piece to closely match the style and color selected.

Nancy Ulhmann
Absolutely Unique, LLC

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Whitewater of Color

2015 Participating Artist

Dennis Kleidon paints robust abstractions that explore the possibilities of paint in action, reveling in color in ways that appear at first to be intuitive, but soon reveal a sure sense of gesture – at once invigorating and calming.

Through decades of sailboat racing, Dennis is influenced by the turbulence of water, the violence of the wind and the complexity of nature’s details, his paintings pair bold strokes with complex detail, where the paint smashes against itself to create a ‘whitewater’ of color. 

Throughout his career as a university professor and as the founder and owner of Kleidon & Associates, a marketing communications firm, Dennis continued working as a fine artist, drawing on a surprisingly diverse background as a painter, sculptor, graphic designer, architectural illustrator and classically trained pianist. His fine art stretches across a similarly wide range of media from massive welded steel sculptures and photography to large figurative paintings, tightly controlled graphic paintings on film, and abstract paintings on canvas and paper.

Dennis’ recent work captures the live motion of the artist’s hand, layering spontaneity with control, and in that way, inspiring the viewer to see a fresh reality. In paintings that explore illusions of scale, perspective and color, these “explosions of grace and power” create an unexpected visual wellness.

Dennis Kleidon

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ambiguity of Metal

2015 Participating Artist 

Joan Watters’ paintings and metal sculptures suggest the energies and forms of nature without directly depicting natural scenes. By concentrating her will and energy into the materials, the work attains a visceral power and vibration of its own.

Her work interprets the rhythms, shapes and movements found in nature, without directly representing easily recognizable objects or scenes. Each painting and sculpture embodies a powerful physical presence and spirit which evolves over time from the process of manual labor and working the metal intuitively. These sculptures and paintings grew out of her interest in African art and ritual scarification, where the skin is pierced to create patterns of raised scars are created on the body to signify rites of passage. I am challenged by the ambiguity of metal—turning flat, hard, industrial material into organic forms that seem to shift and move as they reflect light.

Joan uses welding tools as one would use traditional art tools—seeking to “draw” with the mig welder, “erase” with an angle grinder, and “cut out shapes” with the 10,000-degree plasma torch. Layers of colored patinas bring the aesthetics of painting to sculpture. The shifting dark and light shapes and added color evoke feelings and invite an emotional response from the viewer.

For Joan, part of the appeal of the process is the extreme amount of deconstruction—cutting up and taking apart—that is necessary before the work can be re-ordered as a unified organic presence.

Joan Waters  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Preserve the Pristine Desert

 2015 Participating Artist

Ronnie Wainright’s landscape paintings are a testament to her love of art and her mission is to call attention to the natural environment.  Through her art, she 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. 

Ronnie and her husband, Abbott, 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 has studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and most recently has participated in plein air workshops with painter Mark Farina on the Monterey Peninsula.

Ronnie’s landscapes are her abiding joy and her paintings are in private collections throughout the country. Her oil paintings support her commitment to help preserve the pristine desert, canyons, and creeks of Arizona. 

Ronnie Wainright

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Simple Memories of Moments and Places

2015 Participating Artist

Growing up outside of Cleveland Ohio in a musical family, Michael Mckee’s parents provided him with a strong appreciation for the joy of creative effort, and the value of art and music in the human experience.  He has spent his professional life as a portrait artist, illustrator, graphic designer, art director and for 15 years as co-founder and creative director of Successories, Inc.

After many accomplishments in the commercial art world, Michael decided it was time to embark on a new journey... the journey of an artist whose expressions are more personal, and directed only from within.  Spending time traveling to New Mexico, he became inspired by the range and density of color found in the texture of the high desert landscape. Touching New Mexico’s red earth, gave him a new direction in art… soft pastels.

Michael’s work can be found exhibiting in art shows, galleries and art festivals around the country, showing and selling his 'Landscape and Abstract' pastel compositions. His landscape and abstract impressions all come from simple memories of moments and places, and are all created with a spirit of joy.

The Art of Michael Mckee
Michael Mckee

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Total Control of the Creative Process

2014 Participating Artist
Studio #16

Born and raised in the New York, Frank Gennaro attended Pratt Institute School of Art, Design and Engineering. He became involved with photography over 30 years ago. Since retired and settling in Cave Creek, Frank has been working more seriously with digital and mixed-medium.

All of his work is digitally processed by using various techniques. Some of the techniques he developed emulate painting. Frank does this using Corel Painter with various Bristle, Fan, Sargent and other brush's. Other techniques emulate pencil drawing, pastel and watercolor.

After working with the original image as a digital pallet, he creates finished pieces on canvas, watercolor paper and other mediums using acrylics applied by hand and pigmented inks applied with a Canon Image Prograph 8300 Plotter. Frank stretches his own canvas and matt and even frames most of the images. This allows him total control of the creative process beginning with capturing an image to a full rendering on canvas or fine art papers.

Frank Gennaro
Desert Valley Photography

Friday, November 21, 2014

Capturing the Colors of Nature

2014 Participating Artist
Studio #47

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Catherine Sickafoose has lived most of her adult life in Arizona. Art has been an important part of her life since age 10 when her mother presented her with her first set of oil paints. Raising a family, with a career as a Registered Nurse, took precedence until a newfound love for watercolor brought her back to the studio. Small classes and workshops by talented artists have influenced her unique style of painting.

Capturing the colors of nature in both sunshine and shadows, Catherine pulls the viewer into the very soul of the painting, as she blends negative brushwork – using the white of the paper rather than white paint – with glazed transparent watercolors for vibrant representations of landscapes, florals and still lifes.

She works in her home studio and paints from still life compositions and her own photographs, composing them into fresh and novel arrangements. “By observing the details in everyday surroundings, I find a wealth of ideas: from the smallest of sweet peas on my garden trellis, and the rhythm of color in the Northland wayside, to the soaring San Francisco Peaks in Northern Arizona,” said Catherine.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Telling Stories Through Paintings

2014 Participating Artist
Studio #10

Randy Galloway has had a professional career spanning thirty-five years including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and chalk pastel paintings, as well as various drawing mediums and computer graphics. After enjoying a long and successful career in illustration, graphic design, art direction and computer graphics, he decided to return to his first artistic love of painting and drawing. 

Being one-eighth Cherokee and growing up in New Mexico surrounded by art created by Pueblo Indians, Randy has a deep-rooted respect for the Native American culture and is fascinated with their ancestral beliefs and the exquisite craftsmanship and symbolic stylization in their arts and crafts. Some of his other favorite subjects include ranch life, mountain men, wild west settlers, portraiture, landscapes and wildlife. Randy enjoys telling stories through his paintings—that’s part of the reason why he chose to focus on the West. The ideas of freedom and independence and the mix of cultures over two hundred years in the west create a never-ending resource of imagery that can tell stories to elicit every emotion possible and provide a rich palette for his unique expression of beauty. 

Randy’s love of travel is a close second to his love of art, and his work is constantly influenced by the various cultures, artworks, and surroundings he experiences. Travels to China, Australia, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, and other parts of the United States have influenced the direction of his artwork.

Randy Galloway

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Inner Painting

2014 Participating Artist
Studio #29

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.

Art has led Nancy into teaching and exhibiting her work for the past thirty-plus years. Classes with highly acclaimed watermedia artists in southern California during the early ’80′s influenced both her painting and teaching styles which she passes on in classes and workshops along with newly acquired insights and techniques.

Nancy’s unique signature style of “Inner Painting” develops paintings from within on a subconscious level and reflects her love of horses, florals and energetic, free-flowing colors. Her horse series results from a lifetime love of horses and speaks to the power and energy she connects with when painting them. Her florals and abstracts reveal her underlying romance with color combinations and subtleties of texture.  

Included in many private and corporate collections worldwide, Nancy’s paintings have appeared in museums, the Louisville International Airport Altitude Travelers Club, and as limited edition prints for the Hyatt Regency hotel chain. In 2007, Kennedy Publications selected Nancy for its “Best of America Mixed Media Artists and Artisans Vol. 1″. She was the cover artist for the Summer 2011 issue of “Horses in Art” and the Official Artist for Menlo Charity Horse Show 2012. Nancy was made Signature Artist at IEA (International Equine Artists) in 2013. She was invited to exhibit at the 2013 and 2015 Florence Biannale in Florence, Italy.

The Artwork of Nancy Christy-Moore