Artist Cheryl Rau and The Healing Power of Art

She Shares Her Inspirational Story

Shared by Renée Phillips

Cheryl Rau
Cheryl Rau, Rolling in the Deep”, digital art, 12″ x 12″.

Cheryl Rau is an extraordinary photographer and digital artist and courageous individual. You may recall she was one of the artists selected for the Manhattan Arts International “Celebrate The Healing Power of Art” juried competition earlier this year. The exhibition was expertly juried by Lilly Wei, art critic and curator whose articles have appeared in Art in America and ARTnews magazines, among others.

In this competition Cheryl Rau won a distinguished award from Aletta de Wal, who is an author, artist advisor, and certified visual arts coach. Through her Artist Career Training   (A.C.T.) de Wal  “helps artists make a better living making art – and still have a life.”

Cheryl Rau
Cheryl Rau, Take the Long Way Home, digital art, 12″ x 12″.

Cheryl Rau Creates Art Despite Vision Challenges

When I asked Cheryl Rau to comment about her art and award I was surprised to learn about her personal journey and her enormous  inner strength and fortitude.  Her poignant statement is sure to provide inspiration to many people who face uncertainty and change.

The artist states, “Just over two years ago, I was diagnosed with a degenerative cornea disease that I had never even heard of, and my initial reaction was terror at the possibility of losing my vision and with it the ability to do what mattered to me most, my photography.

“The best cornea surgeon in the city has told me that most of his patients are 20-30 years older than me, and he has never seen corneas degenerate so rapidly. The normal progression is very slow over 10-15 years for this disease.”

Find New Ways to Make Art

Her inner strength is reflected in her statement: “Obviously, the universe was sending me an important message: ‘Make art a different way.’”

“In the months just before and following my cornea transplant in my right eye, I simply could not see well enough through the viewfinder of my camera to shoot. I began experimenting with digital collage and painting on my computer. Last year, I made a lot of really bad art that never saw the light of day.”

She continues, “Early this year, I began creating the abstract digital art in the series from which my winning entry came. With the cornea transplant in my left eye scheduled for later this year, I am uncertain what sort of art I will be making by this time next year, but I am determined that I will be making art.”

Cheryl Rau’s Statement About Her Art

“Rolling in the Deep” and “Take The Long Way Home”, shown here, are two images from the artist’s “Abstract” series.

About this collection of art she states, “Each image in this body of work began with one of my conventional photographs, which I completely transformed in Adobe Photoshop using multiple effects, filters, and layers. As you may guess from the titles, I always listen to music while I am working at the computer. When I begin each piece, I have no clear idea of what the final image will be. The genre, tempo, and lyrics influence the movements of my hands during the creative process.”

The Award Sent A Message to “Keep Going”

Rau explains, “Being selected for this exhibition was both an honor and a validation from respected jurors that this new work has merit beyond the great satisfaction I derive from creating it. I believe that winning the “Aletta de Wal Artist Career Training Award” was the universe hitting me over the head just in case I still wasn’t getting the message. ‘Yes, you are on the right path. Keep going.’”

Sharing Artists’ Stories Is Also Part of the Healing Process

As many artists who submitted their art to the Manhattan Arts International “Celebrate The Healing Power of Art” competition prove their art often is a healing process for them and it may also provide a healing experience for the viewer. Sharing artists’ stories, like the one Cheryl has graciously provided,  brings this to light. It adds another important aspect about the value of art and its ability to heal.

If life throws you a curve ball and you are faced with a challenge, no matter how traumatic and frightening it may be, remember Cheryl Rau and her inspiring story of courage and commitment. She reminds us of the relentless creative spirit within that inspires us to “make art a different way” and to “keep going”.

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Celebrate The Healing Power of Art 2015

Manhattan Arts International is now preparing its next Celebrate The Healing Power of Art for 2015. We will announce the details soon. We will be asking artists to submit their stories and we will share the winning artists’ statements with you.

You may also want to read Artists With Courage and Commitment.


Louis Esposito

Louis Esposito Reveals Drama in Digital Photo Art

He Creates Bold Portraits with A Hint of Pop Art Culture

By Renée Phillips

Louis Esposito
Louis Esposito

Louis Esposito creates bold and dramatic works of art using digital photo manipulation. His strong compositions are the result of  his highly skilled and creative use of digital techniques and photographs.

Portraits of people are the main focus of his art work, while he also enjoys creating pet portraits and other subjects of interest.

The artist who lives in California earned his BA and MA degrees in Art from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. Before exploring mixed media techniques as a digital photo artist Esposito worked in ceramics and glass blowing. Color was an important factor in his art then as it continues to be in his current digital photo art work.

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Louis Esposito
Louis Esposito, Cynda, digital photo manipulation, 20″ x 16″.

Commissioned Portraits in Digital Photo Art

Esposito is a versatile artist who enjoys producing commissioned portraits, a special skill that requires attention to details.  It is important for him to express the personality and character of each subject.

In order to achieve likeness he studies the expressions in their eyes, mouth, hair and cheek structure.  “The face can tell you a lot about an individual and that’s what I try to depict in my portraits,”  he explains. “I talk with them to get a sense of their personality so I can give the portrait my personal footprint. “

Louis Esposito, BJ, digital photo manipulation, 16" x 20".
Louis Esposito, BJ, digital photo manipulation, 16″ x 20″.

Portraits Reflect A Pop Art Influence

Esposito’s subjects are enlivened with his unique artistic touches, such as coiffed flowing hair that adds movement to the composition. He also imbues his subjects with a certain iconic persona and theatrical flair. Heightened eye shadow and airbrushed softness reflect an influence of the celebrity culture, advertisement and billboards that flourished during the Pop Art era.

As the artist reflects, “As a product of the 60′s I was influenced by Frank Stella, Robert Hudson, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and my friend artist Robert Strini.”

Louis Esposito
Louis Esposito, Tracy, digital photo manipulation, 20″ x 16″.

Exhibitions and Awards

Esposito’s exhibitions include those at Colorado Mesa University gallery, and Los Angeles Center for Digital Ar, among others. His artwork has been selected for exhibitions organized by Upstream People Online Gallery and Light, Space & Time Online Gallery.

His digital photo art has appeared in the Photographers Forum magazine in the “Best of Photography” 2014 issue. He also received an Honorable Mention in Art Buzz, 2013 Collection.

“Nike”, one of his pet portraits shown below, was awarded “Special Recognition” in Light Space Time Online Art Gallery’s “Animals 2014″ Art Competition. The same organization awarded him with a “Special Recognition” for one of his Wings series works of art in its “Abstracts” competition.

Louis Esposito
Louis Esposito, Nike, digital photo manipulation, 16″ x 20″.

His Digital Photo Art Manipulation Process

Espositio’s current tools of choice include the Wacom pad in conjunction with Photoshop and Illustrator. He explains, “I begin with the original photo and proceed to work in Portrait Pro and Photoshop using different tools to create the finished portrait.”

The artist works from digital images and photographs that he organizes into categories. His works of art are printed in different sizes and on different substrates including high quality printing papers with sizes up to 40″ x 40″. The portraits can also be printed on canvas in the same sizes.

Louis Esposito
Louis Esposito, Barbara, digital photo manipulation, 16″ x 20″.

Challenged by Diverse Subject Matter

“I enjoy experimenting with new ideas and techniques. This is reflected in my ever changing artwork,” says the artist who enjoys the creative challenge of diverse skills and subject matter.

About his  Wings series he explains, “The challenge is to capture the beauty of wings and place them in a dramatic setting with other objects and textures.” His Egypt series originates from  his avid interest in pyramids and the Pharaohs in which he includes the elements of that time in his own style and invites the viewer to create their own story from what they see.

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Peter Treiber

Peter Treiber Creates “Ethereal Luminescence” Photography

He Creates A Visual Symphony of Color, Light and Motion

By Renée Phillips

Peter Treiber
Peter Treiber. Photo credit: Stephen Perloff.

Peter Treiber‘s dramatic abstract photography may be described as a mesmerizing symphonic explosion of color, light and motion. He takes viewers on other-worldly journeys through space and time and preserves those  magical, ephemeral, fleeting moments that make our hearts beat faster and our spirits soar.

Treiber currently lives in Bethlehem, PA. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in a family of painters and photographers. He earned an associate degree in Advertising Design at the State University of NY at Farmingdale and a BFA in Photography from the Art Center College of Design in California.

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Peter Treiber
Ethereal Luminescence #0230, photograph.

Exhibitions and Accolades

In addition to being an accomplished photographer in the field of advertising, Treiber launched his fine art photography career with the advent of digital photography. He has had numerous exhibitions throughout the U.S. When his art was juried into “Unhinged” a group exhibition in Brooklyn, NY, the juror, N. Marshall Price, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art at the National Academy Museum, in NY, NY, selected Treiber among those artists “who approached traditional mediums in new and creative ways.”

His dynamic photographs have been purchased for many private, corporate, college and public collections including the Library of Congress which acquired seventeen of his images from his “Steel” series.

Many magazines have published his photography and it most recently appeared with an interview with the artist in  Photo+, a full-color Korean magazine.

Peter Treiber
Ethereal Luminescence #7540, photograph.

About His “Ethereal Luminescence” Photography Series

Peter Treiber’s most current art work is inspired by dazzling public displays such as fireworks, light shows, and amusement parks.  He captures events that are associated with exhilaration and freezes those moments with chromatic intensity, depth, and dimension.

When asked why he refers to his series as “Ethereal Luminescence” Treiber explains, “In the English language, ‘ethereal’ means light, delicate, airy, heavenly, celestial, or not of this world. ‘Luminescence’ refers to the light not created by heat. Since my favorite light sources are LEDs, I felt that ‘luminescence’ applied to my work. My most delicate and out of this world (ethereal) photos are those made using LED light sources which create luminescence.”

Peter Treiber
Ethereal Luminescence #0216, photograph.

His Unique Process and Inspiration

Treiber takes his photographs using a high resolution digital camera as single exposures with a technique he has created which he calls “camera painting”. He explains, “Only very minimum color corrections and cropping were made during post production.”

In a recent interview by Julia Kim in Photo + Magazine when Treiber was asked about the inspiration for his “Ethereal Luminescence” series, he stated, “I was looking for a way to illustrate both the dynamic lighting effects of a light show in a forest and the joy and exhilaration of the people viewing the show. I was not intending for the photos to be abstract, but the experimentation with my camera showed wonderful images that were abstract by chance. I was not happy with traditional photos at night using a tripod. My wife and I were so pleased with the my experimental results that I decided to use my technique at other light shows, amusement parks and even fireworks shows.”

Peter Treiber
Ethereal Luminescence #6394, photograph.

He Offers Several Options For Buyers

Treiber offers his photographs to suit a variety of sizes and mediums. Buyers may choose from photography produced on archival fine art paper, UV inks on brushed aluminum, and face mounted Chromogenic Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper face mounted to Plexiglas.

His portfolio also includes other subjects such as florals, an ongoing project that contains several hundred images by the versatile artist who is an orchid collector. Treiber has also created a series of extraordinary infrared fine art photographs.

Peter Treiber
Ethereal Luminescence #26156, photograph.

Peter Treiber’s Books

Previously as a photographer Treiber held positions at International Nickel in New York and Bethlehem Steel in Bethlehem, PA. With co-author and writer Bette Kovach he published Inside Bethlehem Steel: The Final Quarter Century. They contain Treiber’s photographs that capture the dynamic beauty, scale, and danger of steel making.

His new book Ethereal Luminescence: Color in Motion features 56 color images. The book is available as a signed limited edition of 50 copies.

Visit Peter Treiber’s website


Nancy Christy-Moore

Nancy Christy-Moore Creates Spirited Colorful Artwork

Her “Inner Painting” Style Reflects Her Joie de Vivre

By Renée Phillips

Nancy Christy-Moore
Nancy Christy-Moore

Arizona artist Nancy Christy-Moore is an internationally recognized, award-winning painter and instructor. Vibrant color, energy and movement characterize her paintings.

The artist’s career spans more than 30 years, numerous awards, and more than 20 solo exhibitions world-wide, including two in Japan. Her paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries, and the Louisville International Airport Altitude Travelers Club, among many other venues.

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Nancy Christy-Moore
New Horizon, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 30” x 40”.

Her Colorful Artwork is a Powerful Fusion of Styles and Techniques

Nancy Christy-Moore’s colorful artwork is  a fusion of dynamic overlapping figurative and abstract shapes and vigorous brushstrokes. Her  free-flowing rhythmic compositions are imbued with translucent  shimmering colorful shapes and circular lines that emphasize the continuous crescendo of motion.

Her inimitable signature style, known as “Inner Painting”, is a spontaneous artistic expression that originates from her subconscious. To the viewer’s delight she delivers “Inspired art for the spirit within you.”

Nancy Christy-Moore
Thunder, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 24” x 30”.

Animated Horses, Florals and Abstracts

Christy-Moore’s life-long love for horses is apparent in the  grace and vitality that emanate from her paintings. Her horse paintings are so full of vitality you can almost hear the sound of hoofs resounding on the Arizona terrain or flying across the expansive skies.

She lives in close proximity to horse farms and displays an awareness of the innate qualities of her subjects. However, rather than depict horses literally, she elevates them to metaphorical expressions of beauty, exaltation and triumph.

She also paints floral works of art that she refers to as her “Bloom” series, and pure abstract paintings and collages with the same intensity and robust energy as she brings to her horses.

Nancy Christy-Moore
Blooms 80, acrylic and mixed media on paper, 16” x 20”.

Many Collectors, Commissions and Accolades

As shown by the painting above, Christy-Moore’s “Bloom” series provide insight into her passion for nature.  Their buoyant colors and energized motifs reveal the artist’s joie de vivre.

It is no surprise that her colorful artwork is in many private and corporate collections world-wide. The artist accepts art commissions and frequently works with individual clients as well as interior designers. In addition to having sold many original paintings her limited edition prints were selected for the Hyatt Regency hotel chain.

Kennedy Publications selected her for it’s “Best of America Mixed Media Artists and Artisans Vol. 1″. She was featured as the cover artist for an issue of “Horses in Art” and the Official Artist for Menlo Charity Horse Show. She received the honor of being selected as a Signature Artist at IEA (International Equine Artists).

Nancy Christy-Moore
Twilight, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 36” x 60”.

Current Exhibitions

The artist is represented by several galleries in Arizona. Her current exhibitions include those at: Surprise City Hall, in Surprise, AZ; Blank Canvas, The Arts HQ Gallery, Surprise, AZ; Flourish: Artworks inspired by Our Gardens, Vision Art Gallery, Chandler, AZ; and The Horse; Spirit, Art, and Soul, IEA Signature Member Exhibit at the International Museum of Art of El Paso, El Paso, TX.

Nancy Christy Moore
Mesa Spirits, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 20” x 24”.

Art Workshops and You-Tube Videos

Nancy Christy-Moore shares her innovative techniques in classes and workshops in which she emphasizes creative play with a range of materials, mixed media techniques, and many mediums. She has a series of instructional videos on water media techniques featured on You Tube at

The artist attended Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri, the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. During the early ’80′s she studied art with highly acclaimed watermedia artists in southern California. This experience influenced her method of painting which she has combined with her own colorful, expressive signature style.

Visit Nancy Christy-Moore’s website


Susanne Buckler

Susanne Buckler Provides Healing Through Fine Art Photography

As A Process Artist She Captures Body Images in Unique Works of Art

By Renée Phillips

Susanne Buckler
Susanne Buckler

Susanne Buckler  is an extraordinary individual who has transformed her personal challenges into innovative healing works of art.

The artist lives in New York, NY,  and her art is in personal collections around the world.

Having developed a unique technique that combines fine art photography and changing ink on paper she creates arresting limited edition prints that are available on archival paper and canvas.

Although she began her artistic career as a sculptor, it was fine art photography that has held her fascination.  She states, “I came intrigued by the immediacy of photography and began to use it as my primary vehicle for aesthetic exploration.”

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Susanne Buckler
Surprised Survival/Ablutions, each piece available individually. Signed limited editions, archival inkjet prints on paper and canvas. Available in sizes 17” x 22” and 48” x 60”.

A Process Artist Inspired By Elements of Surprise

Buckler is an artist inspired by the Process Art Movement in which artists view the artistic process as a liberating, creative journey of pure human expression. Process Artists rely on randomness and improvisations that occur during the artistic process. They often use nontraditional and/or perishable materials and deal with issues related to the human body.  As Buckler states,  “In my process art I capture the images as they perish and as changes happen to my body.”

She explains, “The element of surprise has always intrigued me. I aspire to spark curiosity about the intimate visual relationships I attempt to create, in turn wanting the viewer to be roused to see more.”

Susanne Buckler
Surprised Survival/Black and Blue. Signed limited edition archival inkjet print. Available on paper and canvas. Available in sizes 17” x 22” and 48” x 60”.

Her Surprised Survival Series Documents Her Personal Struggle

In her current series titled Surprised Survival, Buckler has documented her personal struggle with a life-threatening illness and the ravages of cancer on her body. She explains, “The images capture me and the disease at discrete moments but they have been modified by my aesthetic process and by machines much like my own body.”

She reflects, “I would never have done this work if not for my diagnosis. I use photography to document my situation. Surprised Survival has provided a lifeline and allowed me to continue to lead my life and to create my work.”

Susanne Buckler
Surprised Survival/Illumination. Signed limited edition archival inkjet print. Available on paper and canvas. Available in sizes 17” x 22” and 48” x 60”.

A Healing Experience For The Artist and The Viewer

Buckler exemplifies extraordinary courage in her ability to confront her personal challenges and use her creative talent as a catalyst for healing.

She explains, “As a long time photographer, I began documenting my radiated body in order to send images to a health practitioner. Not wanting to look at the image, which was so horrific to me; I made a printing error. When I looked at the result of what I had printed, I was stunned by the glowing visual. It took my breath away. It was such a contrast to my damaged body-reality.”

Through her art Buckler communicates hope and reveals the beauty that may exist in transformation and uncertainty — even in the most horrific situations. “It is my aspiration that these personal images can be a shared healing for myself and for others.”

Susanne Buckler
Disposables/Flight. Signed limited edition, archival inkjet print on paper, 22″ x 17”.

She Transforms Images of Disposable Items

Buckler’s series titled Disposables is what she refers to as “an exploration of the mundane.”

Plastic containers, light bulbs, toilet paper and other utilitarian objects are distorted and emerge as beautiful new compositions full of movement, luminosity and depth. The engaging images offer a myriad interpretations for the viewer that continue to evolve and dance before our eyes.

The artist conveys, “Despite their humble origins, I try to emphasize their luminosity, opacity, tactile qualities and sheer beauty.”

Susanne Buckler
Disposables/Crescendo. Signed limited edition archival inkjet print on paper,  22″ x 17”.

Achievements and Accolades

Susanne Buckler has been featured in many publications such as Photo District News, The Wonderful World of Photography, Photo Design Magazine, Ad Directions and others. In American Photographer magazine writer David Kalish stated, “Susanne Buckler records beauty with her intuitive eyes and her moving imagination.”

Her photographic studio, Foto Imagerie, was a major contributor in the world of commercial photography for more than two decades. Her clients included Unilever, Saatchi & Saatchi, Food and Wine Magazine, and many others.

The artist has exhibited at The Soho Photo Gallery and The Professional Women Midtown Gallery, both in New York, NY.

She earned a BFA from The Maryland Institute, College of Art and also attended Syracuse University. She taught at The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY.

Visit Susanne Buckler’s website


Rose Adare

Rose Adare Creates Dynamic Luminous Paintings

She Communicates Diversity and Freedom of Expression

By Renée Phillips

Rose Adare Paintings
Rose Adare. Photo: Anita Nowacka.

Rose Adare is a Classical Realist painter who places her own powerful handprint into her luminous paintings and powerful exhibitions that provide a voice to important social concerns.

She has achieved a world-wide reputation with many important exhibitions and contributions to her credit. The artist currently lives in Hawaii and previously lived in California where she studied and exhibited her art.

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Rose Adare
Rose Adare, Cupidon: Portrait of Alex Stitt, a LGBTQ writer, fire spinner and psycho-philosopher, oil and gold leaf on Belgium linen, each painting 48″ x 24″.

Masterful Luminous Paintings

She follows the classical master painters’ process of applying many translucent layers of oil paint to achieve luminosity with museum-quality proficiency. Her large, dynamic paintings in oils may be  reminiscent of those by Vermeer and Pearlstein yet they possess a robust contemporary edge and perspective.

The artist purposely blends around the edges of the canvas to provide a soft, impressionistic quality in some areas, while she deftly applies more details in other areas where she wants the viewer to focus. The results are dramatic and hypnotic.

Adare’s art work is included in many private collections in San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Dublin, and London. Among her many commissions is a mural in Guatemala.

Rose Adare
Rose Adare, Rhinos on Fire in the Garden: Portrait of Sarah Soward, Rose Adare, Sharon Eisley, artists, oils and gold leaf, 36″ x 48″.

Her Powerful “Restraint & Revolution” Portrait Series

Adare’s compelling “Restraint & Revolution” series of portrait paintings communicate “the astounding diversity of life, and the arduous journey to free expression.” They pay homage to the many diverse and colorful subcultures of the 21st century .

In these paintings Adare explains that she uses corsetry as a symbol of the struggle for freedom of self-expression. Her subjects wear handmade waist-synches or bustiers. The artist emphasizes,  “Because the edge is always cutting, and once prude corsetry is now scandalous lingerie.”

Rose Adare
Rose Adare, Acceptance: Portrait of Stembot, a fetish model, oils on Belgium linen, 48″ x 24″.

“Restraint & Revolution” Traveling Exhibition

The artist has had many exhibitions including her most recent portrait exhibit “Restraint & Revolution” that was presented at Hawaii’s prestigious Maui Art and Cultural Center’s International Gallery. More than 2,500 people attended the opening reception.

As a traveling educational exhibition, “Restraint & Revolution” features 30 large oil paintings that portray “the lives and lifestyles of fringe culture.” The exhibition is accompanied by a 45 minute documentary, a soft and hard bound 116 page color book, art talks, panel discussions and performances from some of the amazing talents in the series of paintings.

Rose Adare
Rose Adare, Castro Madonna: Portrait of Eve Volution, a Sister of Perpetual Indulgance, oil paint and nail polish, 48″ x 24″.

More of Her Exhibitions and Achievements

In Hawaii Adare has volunteered annually with the Abled Artists of Hawaii (AHA), while becoming a Board Chair of the Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art (HMOCA) in Hilo.

She was featured twice at the Seattle Erotic Festival; the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s coveted Schaeffer Portrait Challenge; and the Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery’s Best of the West.

While she was living in Berkeley, CA, she exhibited her art at the Sutter Gallery and Epic Arts. One of her paintings was included at the Legion of Honor’s Museum of Fine Art, for the 2000 “Toulouse-Lautrec: Life is a Cabaret” exhibition. This epic exhibition compared the works of contemporary artists with that of Montmartre’s bohemian master. Adare also co-founded the annual Muse Studio Showcase: A Celebration of Art and Music.

Adare is a graduate Alumni of the San Francisco Academy of Art University, where she was awarded a full, three year scholarship to the Atelier School of Classical Realism, in Temescal, CA. She studied under David Hardy, a highly acclaimed master artist.

Rose Adare
Rose Adare, Queen Takes B4: Portrait of Carol Queen, Leading sexologist in America, oil on Belgium linen, 48″ x 24″.

Her “Mahalo Nui Loa” Series

Another series in Rose Adare’s creative treasure trove is her “Mahalo Nui Loa” series which reflects the natural beauty of the sacred sites of Hawaii’s Big Island and celebrates the feminine spirit and the diverse youth of the state.

Mahalo Nui Loa literally means “Thank You Greatly.” Each painting in this series recognizes the beauty of gratitude and reciprocity in its own, unique way.

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Stephen Perloff

Photographs by Stephen Perloff Capture West Philly Days

An Historical Exhibition by A Leading Photography Expert

By Renée Phillips

Stephen Perloff
Stephen Perloff

Stephen Perloff is a photographer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also the founder and editor of The Photo Review, a critical journal of international scope which he launched in 1976, and editor of The Photograph Collector, the leading source of information on the photography art market.

Photography Expert, Curator, and Educator
Perloff is an author of numerous articles about photography, and has served as a curator for numerous exhibitions at such venues as The Painted Bride to the James A. Michener Art Museum. He has taught photography and the history of photography at numerous Philadelphia-area colleges and universities.

Recipient of Grants and Awards
He is the recipient of two grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for arts criticism. He was the recipient of the Sol Mednick Award for 2000 from the Mid-Atlantic region of the Society for Photographic Education, the first annual Vanguard Award from the Philadelphia Center for the Photographic Image in 2007, and the Colin Ford Award for Curatorship from the Royal Photographic Society in 2012.

Stephen Perloff
Stephen Perloff: Young Boy, West Philadelphia, 1971. Archival pigment print.

“West Philly Days” at The Gold Standard Café

Significant historical moments are brought to life in an exhibition of photographs by Stephen Perloff.  It is comprised of images Perloff created on the University of Pennsylvania campus and in his West Philadelphia neighborhood between 1967 and 1976. During that time he was an undergraduate and graduate student. This was a colorful time of increasing political awareness and civil rights movements.

Titled “West Philly Days,” the exhibition of photographs by Stephen Perloff offers a slice of life from the artist’s perspective. The exhibition will be on view from September 8 to October 29, 2014, at The Gold Standard Café, in Philadelphia.

Stephen Perloff
Stephen Perloff: Anti-war teach-in, The Palestra, Philadelphia, PA, 1969. Archival pigment print.

Perloff’s Photographs Reflect
A Colorful Time in History

Perloff, who has exhibited his work at various galleries and museums, views his show at The Gold Standard as,  a kind of celebration of the spirit of the community organizing and the antiwar movements against the Vietnam War, which Perloff participated in while he attended the university.

This exhibition reflects a plethora of iconic moments and personalities — from an antiwar teach-in; a basketball game with Penn’s Jim Wolf jumping center against the University of Massachusetts’s Julius Erving (Dr. J to us now), as well as a portrait of Charles Frank, Philly’s famous “Doggie Man”; an image of an alumnus of the class of 1900 proudly carrying his class flag at the 1975 reunion; and an evocative portrait of the world-famous architect Louis Kahn.

Stephen Perloff
Stephen Perloff: The Gaze, West Philadelphia, November 1973. Archival pigment print.

Portraits of children and teens are also presented in the exhibition, some of which Perloff photographed while he served as a substitute teacher for a semester in West Philadelphia junior high and elementary schools.

Perloff’s exhibition also includes a photograph of a local tailor, a newspaper vendor, a Red Cap at 30th Street Station, and a family portrait of his next door neighbors in Powelton — father, mother, and two young daughters — all dressed up for the Easter Parade.

Stephen Perloff
Stephen Perloff: Tailor, West Philadelphia, 1971. Archival pigment print.

Perloff’s Photographs At Special Prices Are Available

Perloff says he hopes people will come and enjoy some of the events and the extraordinary people he met who lived or worked in West Philly in the late 1960s and 1970s. During the show, as part of this celebratory event, he will offer exhibition prints at reduced prices and an extended series of 8″x10″ prints at only $100 each.

Stephen Perloff ‘s “West Philly Days” will be seen at The Gold Standard Café, 4800 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, from September 8 to October 29, 2014.  Café hours are Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be an opening reception on Monday, September 8, 5 to 7 p.m.

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About The Photo Review

Stephen Perloff
Stephen Perloff is founder of The Photo Review

The Photo Review is a critical journal of national scope and international readership. Publishing since 1976, the Photo Review covers photography events throughout the country and serves as a central resource for the Mid-Atlantic region. With incisive reviews, exciting portfolios, lively interviews, the latest in books and exhibitions, The Photo Review quarterly journal has earned a reputation as one of the best serious photography publications being produced today.

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Richard Pousette-Dart

Richard Pousette-Dart Founder of the New York School of Painting

An Innovative Artist With A Desire to Express the Spiritual Nature of The Universe

By Renée Phillips

Richard Pousette-Dart, born on June 8, 1916, is recognized primarily as an Abstract Expressionist and founder of the New York School of Painting. Although  he did not achieve the same level of prominence as his fellow abstract expressionists, his work influenced many artists, especially in his abstraction of primitive scenes and his pointillistic techniques.

Richard Pousette-Dart
White Undulation, 1941-43. Richard Pousette-Dart, American, 1916 – 1992. Pen and ink, transparent and opaque watercolor, and oil paint on handmade wove paper. Sheet: 31″ × 23″ (78.7 × 58.4 cm). Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Kathleen Compton Sherrerd Fund for Acquisitions in American Art, 2008-2. © 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Early Signs of Talent

The artist was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to a family of artists who encouraged his interest in art. His mother, Flora Pousette-Dart, was a poet, pianist and musician. His father, Nathaniel J. Pousette-Dart, was a painter, collector, art director, educator and arts writer.

Richard Pousette-Dart began painting and drawing when he was eight years old. At the age of twelve he was featured in a New York Times photograph that showed him and his father sketching each others’ portraits.

While in high school he expressed his educated views of abstract art. In a psychology paper he wrote, “The greater the work of art, the more abstract and impersonal it is; the more it embodies universal experience, and the fewer specific personality traits it reveals.”

Richard Pousette-Dart
Garden Poem/In the Forest, 1956-58. Richard Pousette-Dart, American, 1916 – 1992. Opaque watercolor with brush and pen and ink on wove paper, Sheet: 7 3/8 × 10 3/8 inches (18.7 × 26.4 cm). Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart. © 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Richard Pousette-Dart Achieves Prominence in NYC

In 1936 Pousette-Dart attended Bard College for only one semester and left to pursue his art career.  He frequently visited the American Museum of Natural History and became inspired by the the formal and spiritual aspects of African, Oceanic and Native American art, especially carvings produced by Northwest Indian cultures. He sought “to express the spiritual nature of the universe”.

During the 1940′s he become widely regarded as an Abstract Expressionist, maintained a studio at 436 East 56th Street in Manhattan, and exhibited in New York galleries.

Pousette-Dart is most recognized as a founder of the New York School of Painting. This was the first specifically American movement to achieve international influence and put New York City at the center of the western art world, a role formerly filled by Paris.

Richard Pousette-Dart
Violet Garden, 1960s. Richard Pousette-Dart, American, 1916 – 1992. Oil paint over opaque watercolor, gold metallic paint, and ballpoint pen on wove paper, Sheet: 9 5/16″ × 11 5/16″ (23.7 × 28.7 cm). © 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

His Artistic Evolution

During his career Pousette-Dart applied an innovative diversity of materials and techniques as well as a remarkable evolution of imagery which he expressed in many different styles.

He embraced a wide range of intense color within paintings and works on paper from the 1960s through the 1990s and also created black-and-white paintings of geometric forms.

His early paintings, created during the late 1940s, emphasized line, which he created by directly applying paint from the tube onto mixed-medium grounds that included sand, poured paint, and gold and silver leaf.

Beginning in the late 1950s, he experimented with building form through small, individual dabs of color, creating paintings and works on paper that exhibit all-over, field-like compositions.

Richard Pousette-Dart
Center of Remembering, 1960s. Richard Pousette-Dart, American, 1916 – 1992. Oil paint over opaque watercolor, with glitter paint on wove paper, Sheet: 11 5/16″ × 11 7/8″ (28.7 × 30.2 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art, © 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Glowing Auras of Light

In the 1960s, he developed a method of creating glowing auras of light by using carefully modulated dots of color, impasto and gestural marks. These works vibrate and suggest allusions to space.

His works of the 1970s and 1980s often focused on large shapes—orbs and geometric forms — that serve as mandala-like focal points.

His works on paper from about 1976 to the end of his career are comprised on many new approaches to vibrant imagery employed in unique combinations. They include evocative graphite drawings accented by white paint; delicate hand-colored etchings; and colorful acrylics on handmade paper.

Richard Pousette-Dart
Light Gathers to the Question of No, 1979. Richard Pousette-Dart, American, 1916 – 1992. Graphite on paper, Sheet: 22″ × 30″ (55.9 × 76.2 cm), Framed: 33″ × 40″ (83.8 × 101.6 cm). Agnes Gund Collection. © 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Richard Pousette-Dart “Full Circle” Exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

“Full Circle” is an exhibition of Richard Pousette-Dart at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, that runs from September 13–November 30, 2014.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States. It has collections of more than 227,000 objects that include “world-class holdings of European and American paintings, prints, drawings, and decorative arts”.

The exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will survey Pousette-Dart’s works on paper created over the course of nearly seven decades. It will include about sixty of the finest examples created by the artist, on loan from the estate of Richard Pousette-Dart and other public and private collections.

“Full Circle” is generously supported by The Robert Montgomery Scott Fund for Exhibitions. The accompanying publication is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Fund for Scholarly Publications at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Fernando Botero

Contemplating Fernando Botero – The Artist of Voluptuous Forms

Botero’s Round Bodies Helped Him Become One of the World’s Wealthiest Artists

By Renée Phillips

Fernando Botero is an internationally renowned modern master whose art work is characterized by exaggerated forms and disproportionate volumetry.

The artist was born in Colombia in 1932. He attended a matador school for several years in his youth, and then left the bull ring to pursue an artistic career.

He had his first exhibition at the age of 16 years old and his first one-man show two years later in Bogota. His artistic idols included Diego Rivera, Francisco de Goya and Diego Velázquez.

Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, The Street, 2013, oil on canvas, 26-3⁄4″ x 28″. Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska.

Fernando Botero Has Achieved Wealth and Major Museum Status

Throughout the 1950s, Fernando Botero began experimenting with proportion and size. After he moved to New York City in 1960 he began developing his trademark style.

He is reported as one of the world’s wealthiest artists. His paintings and sculptures sell for millions of dollars and are in the collections of more than 50 museums. In the last five years, he has had exhibitions at museums and galleries in Hungary, Turkey, Korea, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Mexico, England, Portugal, and the United States.

Botero spends much of the year in Monaco, but he also has homes in Paris and Colombia, Pietrasanta, Italy, and on the island of Evia, off the coast of Greece.

Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Seated Woman, Marlborough Gallery

What is Fernando Botero Trying to Express?

When I first became acquainted with his art I was simultaneously appalled and intrigued. Questions whirled through my mind. I couldn’t help but wonder, was he insulting people who suffered from obesity? Was he making a statement about gluttony, materialism, and over indulgence? Is he poking jabs at aristocracy?

I didn’t know whether to love his art or hate it. I did know, that as I examined his art more closely, I began to see beyond my first impression. My curiosity and fascination began to increase.

Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Entombment of Christ, / Entierro de Cristo, 2010, oil on canvas, 59″ x 79 7/8″

He Appropriates Themes From Art History with A Sense of Drama

His sense of drama and theatrical flair is compelling, especially noticeable in the painting “Entombment of Christ”. The subjects’ expressions, bright colors, lighting and theatrical stage props add dimension.

Botero appropriates themes from various times in art history — from the Middle Ages, the Italian quattrocento, and Latin American colonial art to the modern trends of the 21st century.

There is something aesthetically alluring about sensuous, fleshy, round forms. Botero portrays loving couples and nudes proudly displaying their swelling bodies. He presents portraits and self-portraits of figures with a balloon like quality.

Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Dancers, 2011. Bronze, 53″ x 35-1/2″ x 21-1/2″. Edition of 6.

He Has A Penchant For Playing With the Concept of Volume

“Sculptures permit me to create real volume… One can touch the forms, one can give them smoothness, the sensuality that one wants.” ~ Fernando Botero

Regardless how many round, bloated humans and animals Botero has painted and sculpted, it has been said many times that it is a common misconception of ours, that Botero is trying to comment on how society views the human figure. Instead, he implies, he simply  has a penchant for playing with scale, an activity that profusely delights many artists.

As he transforms them to his own particular style I ask, is he celebrating grandiosity, plentitude and the beauty of form in a positive manner? How does he compare with other artists such as the Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens?

Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Society Lady, 2011, oil on canvas, 75.2″ x 41.4″. Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska.

Is There More Beneath These Fleshy Surfaces?

“Man needs music, literature, and painting – all those oases of perfection that make up art – to compensate for the rudeness and materialism of life.” ~ Fernando Botero

Botero has had his share of criticism however he has also been praised for his homage to Renaissance classicism “with a touch of social commentary and wit.”

So, I contemplate this: Is Botero’s art a commentary about gluttony, materialism, and over indulgence? Is he poking jabs at aristocracy? If so, this wouldn’t be the first time an artist took such a stand.

Should we invite his art to serve as a catalyst for a discussion about body image, especially when obesity, discrimination, nutrition and health, and over-indulgence are such hot topics?

If any of these concepts play a role in Botero’s artistic process, we may begin to understand his inimitable irony, humor, and ingenuity. Does this quote offer a glimpse into his mind?

Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Woman on a Horse, outside Christie’s, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY.

Botero’s Sculptures As Public Art

His large bronze sculptures are visible in public spots throughout the world. A large collection is on Museum Island in Berlin.

Several of his outdoor sculptures are on display as public art throughout New York City. You can find sculptures of his “Adam” and “Eve” greeting shoppers at each escalator at the mall at Time Warner Center and “Woman on a Horse” displayed outside Christie’s at Rockefeller Center.

Fernando Botero at Marlborough Gallery

When I think of Botero, I immediately recall the extraordinary exhibitions I’ve seen at the voluminous 10,000 square foot Marlborough Gallery, 40 West 57th Street, New York, NY. There is also a beautiful outdoor sculpture terrace on the premises.

Marlborough Gallery is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading modern and contemporary art dealers. In addition to Botero the gallery represents Magdalena Abakanowicz, Claudio Bravo, Richard Estes, Red Grooms, and Tom Otterness. It also represents a new generation of artists and programs at Marlborough Chelsea.

Botero’s Mother Thought He Would Die of Hunger

While Botero was exhibiting at Marlborough in January, 2014, Milton Estrow, Editor and Publisher of ARTnews magazine, did an interview with him titled ‘Botero: You Can’t Be Liked By Everybody’. In the article Botero is quoted as saying, “My father was a traveling salesman. He died when I was five. He sold clothes and other things and he traveled on a mule. My mother was a seamstress. When I told my mother that I wanted to be an artist, she said, ‘You’re going to die of hunger.’”

How very wrong his mother turned out to be!

Elaine Hunter Photographic Manipulations

Elaine Hunter Creates Visionary Photographic Art

She Invites Us to Enter Her “Chimerical World”

By Renée Phillips

Elaine Hunter Photography
Elaine Hunter

Elaine Hunter is a self taught contemporary artist who creates visionary photographic art.  For more than a decade Hunter has been perfecting her skills and creative vision through photographic manipulation.

Accurately describing her art as “Chimerical” Hunter delivers spell-binding drama, a sense of mystery, and a transformative experience to the viewer.

She currently lives in BC, Canada, where she produces her work in her home studio in Halfmoon Bay.

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Elaine Hunter
Elaine Hunter, From The Cave, photographic manipulation.

The Influence of Dance and Movement

Hunter was born in the UK and moved to Canada where she has lived most of her adult life.

From the age of three she studied ballet, jazz and tap. Her happiest experiences were when she was dancing  or outdoors enjoying the peacefulness and power of nature.

Her innate sense of movement is a major influence and characteristic of her highly expressive one-of-a-kind photographic images. She explains, “Where I used to choreograph my dance students, now, I choreograph nature. ”

Elaine Hunter Photographic Art
Elaine Hunter, Welcome Beach, photographic manipulation.

She Takes Us On A Metaphysical Journey

Her captivating images are created with her imagination and skillful use of digital photography. She takes the viewer on a metaphysical journey where infinite possibilities for discovery abound.

Although her images begin by photographing subject matter in her surrounding environment, she transforms them into visions that could easily be interpreted as other-worldly images from a space odyssey or science fiction drama.

The artist’s desire is to take the viewer on what she describes as “a wildly fanciful terrestrial paradise.” Her  intention to make us wonder if the visions that she created were actually there when the photograph was taken.

Elaine Hunter photographic art
Elaine Hunter, Moon Lake, photographic manipulation

Exhibitions, Collections and Awards

Elaine Hunter has exhibited in many galleries and art venues in Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast in B C Canada as well as New York, California and Europe.

In addition to having her art in many private collections, several of Hunter’s images are in the Admiral Lounges in JFK and Miami airports. Her Pine Tree images have been placed in many rooms in the newly renovated Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

In 2013 the artist received an Award of Excellence for her work “Winter Ocean Storm”, from Exhibitions Without Walls, in its “Strong and Powerful” online juried competition. Her art appealed to the judges whose criteria was “impact, creativity, composition and consistency with the theme”.

Her photography was also selected as part of the” Celebrate BC Day” in 2013.

Elaine Hunter Photographic Art
Elaine Hunter, Golden Moon, photographic manipulation.

Poetic Expressions of Nature

Hunter shares the imaginative vision of many great poets, writers and artists throughout time who have used the elements of nature as metaphors to express emotions.

The viewer of her photographs is an inhabitant of an enthralling world, mesmerized by the hypnotic moon, the tremendous power of  mountains, a myriad of mirrored reflections, and traveling on a light-filled path flying high above the ocean in an expansive sky.

Her series depicting the moon, that includes “Golden Moon”, “Moon Lake” and “Electric Moon”,  offers many different attributes of lunar life. She satisfies our fascination with the concept of another world, close to our own, and a destination almost every individual longs to travel to in their lifetime.

Elaine Hunter
Elaine Hunter, Electric Moon, photographic manipulation.

Her Desire Is To Uplift, Inspire and Support

Elaine Hunter states, “My goal is to uplift, inspire and support you on your journey through life. I wish to excite you as you gaze upon the images of Nature that I create. I feel that I am revealing the soul of Nature, and hope that you too, experience the love that I have in my heart for the world around me.”

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Kari Bienert Color Field Paintings

Kari Bienert’s Dynamic Geometric Color Field Paintings

Her Paintings Are Vibrating Fields of Energy

By Renée Phillips

Kari Bienert Color Field Paintings
Kari Bienert

Kari Bienert  creates dynamic Color Field paintings that provide an endless supply of  visual fascination and optical illusion.

Her art is an energetic synthesis of  colors, geometric  compositions, biomorphic shapes, and pixelated forms.

Although influences of Op art  and Lyrical Abstraction are prevalent Kari Bienert’s style is unequivocally the culmination of her own technical prowess and creative innovation.

The artist grew up in South Australia and is currently based in Malaysia. She has traveled and painted extensively in the United States and Europe and she has numerous collectors around the world,

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Kari Bienert
Kari Bienert, Clouds, oil on linen, 42.5″ x 37.8″

Her Color Field Paintings Emphasize Color, Movement and Dimension

Her affinity with the original master artists who created Color Field painting is undeniable, in which color is freed from objective context and becomes the subject of the art. Although Bienert’s geometric paintings give color a prominent role she introduces intriguing shapes that provide an undulating rhythmic movement and dimension.

In her paintings “Clouds” and “Mylands” geometric fields display infinite permutations and serve as backgrounds for  rounded forms that float above the surface to suggest organic and celestial overtones. The layers evoke a sense of limitless space.

The artist describes her art as “fields of energy” and explains, “I have always been interested in geometry and shapes and their relevance to the structure of every living cell. I am fascinated that everything in existence is made up of energy.”

Kari Bienert Color Field Paintings
Kari Bienert, Mylands, oil on linen, 26.58″ x 75.59″.

Her Paintings Are Visual Symphonies

Bienert’s bright, vibrant colors and polyphonic motifs create symphonic images that are orchestrated before the viewers’ eyes. As in music, her paintings embody tension, harmony and structure. She provides many variations of tonal and chromatic scales and endless complex patterns that continuously evolve.

As the artist states, “The accuracy and placement of differing colours and composition is all intuitive. I become part of a co-creative dance between inner vision and brushstroke. There is a distinct three dimensional effect in my work which makes the flat picture plane vibrate.”

Kari Bienert
Kari Beinert, Kari Bienert, Sahra & Starry Kari, oil on linen, 42.5″ × 37.8″.

Her Process is Patient, Focused, and Meditative

Bienert’s creative practice involves a slow, deliberate and patient process of mixing many oil colors to produce a unique palette. One color may result from a mixture of 25 different oils. Her paintings require many weeks to complete and the layers of oil paint take months to dry.

She emphasizes, “Nothing in my works is computer generated or constructed prior to painting. Once my composition is hand drawn using minimal pencil marks, I use many different brushes according to the work.” Her process is very healing and meditative. “Each breath, each brushstroke, each note brings me back to the present moment of now.”

Kari Bienert Color Field Paintings
Kari Bienert, Shamans Prayer, oil on canvas, 24.41″ x 36.22″.

Art Education, Exhibitions and Collections

Bienert has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of South Australia. Her many one-person and group exhibitions include those at Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney; BMG Gallery, Adelaide; ARTSPACE, Adelaide; BGH Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; and Gallery Ten Eleven, Melbourne; among others.

Her art work is in numerous private collections throughout the world and many public collections including Artbank; Channel 7 TV; and Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, among others.

Many publications have featured her art including the cover story by Catherine Clifton in Adelaide Matters.

Kari Bienert Color Field Paintings
Kari Bienert, New York, oil on linen 42.5″ x 37.8″

Her Art Expands Our Consciousness

Kari Bienert’s engaging and hypnotic works of art are stimulating and also calming. They present an abundance of visual and visceral possibilities that serve to expand our consciousness. As we gaze into her paintings we may contemplate the microcosm of energy that surrounds us and is within us, as well as the vast universe beyond the physical realm.

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Michael Amrose abstract photographs

Michael Amrose Creates Poetic Abstract Photographs

His Abstract Photographs Evoke Feelings of Tranquility and Well-Being

By Renée Phillips

Michael Amrose Abstract Photography
Michael Amrose, capturing an image for his Street Art series.

Michael Amrose is an artist who creates ethereal abstract photographs that convey a sense of tranquility and the sublime. His unusual subject matter, striking compositions, and unorthodox digital photographic techniques all serve to enhance his  poetic works of art.

The photographer’s final images bear little resemblance to his subjects. Curtains, tar markings on roadways, and other common place objects are transformed by the artist who explains, “I change my subjects’ colors and shapes creating new tones, shapes and forms. The change results in abstract images that express energy, rhythm and emotion.”

His abstract photographs convey his ideas in a new language that transcends physical form and subsequently has a profound visceral connection with the viewer.  He opens the portal to a myriad options of endless interpretations.

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Michael Amrose abstract photographs
Michael Amrose, C1-Untitled #18, digital photograph, Giclee print, 20″ x 13″.

Award-Winning Abstract Photographs

Amrose’s abstract photographs appealed to Lilly Wei, prominent international art critic for Art in America and other leading art magazines, and independent curator, based in New York. She served as the juror in the Manhattan Arts International “Celebrate The Healing Power of Art” 2014 online exhibition.

In fact, Wei selected his photograph “Untitled #18″, from several hundred submissions in all mediums from artists world-wide, for this exhibition devoted to art that has a healing effect on viewers.

Michael Amrose Abstract Photographs
Michael Amrose, Evolution Series, Untitled #15, 13” x 20”, digital photograph, Giclee print.

Abstract Photographs Resonate Harmony

The artist, who lives in Buffalo, NY, works in five distinctive series. They all share his aesthetic sensibilities of flowing forms, smooth textures, and a sense of harmony. He views his photographs as, “providing a complex window into one’s subconscious.”  His compositions and colors interact and resonate spiritual well-being.

Untitled #15, shown above, is from his “Evolution” series, which places an emphasis on movement and motion and serves as a metaphor for change.

Michael Amrose Abstract Photographs
Michael Amrose, C-Series, Untitled #4, 13” x 20”, digital photograph, Giclee print.

His Use of Light is Meditative

With extraordinary restraint and simplicity, Amrose knows how to use available light that immediately captures the viewer’s attention and sustains their interest. The effect is captivating, contemplative, and meditative.

The photograph above, Untitled #4, is from his “Quotidian I” series. It characteristically explores the way light filters in and throughout everyday objects, such as curtains. As Amrose explains, “Moving the camera, the curtains or both, I was able to create a new vision of curtains from what was once unnoticed, unremarkable and mundane to what is unique and abstract.”

Michael Amrose Abstract Photographs
Michael Amrose, C1-Series, Untitled #3, 13” x 20”, digital photograph, Giclee print.

Exhibitions and Awards

In 2013 Michael Amrose served as a mentor/facilitator in the VASA’s Global Photography Project. His exhibitions include: The Artist Project, Toronto, CN; Echo Art Fair, Buffalo, NY; and Artsphere Gallery, Buffalo, NY, in which he was awarded First Place. Currently he is working on a video featuring his artwork for the Burchfield Penney Museum, Buffalo, NY.

To quote Roberto Muffoletto, Director, VASA Project, “…his images call out to our senses, moving beyond our eyes to our intuitive nature, our poetic self.”

Michael Amrose Abstract Photographs
Michael Amrose, Street Art, Untitled #9, 13” x 20”, digital photograph, Giclee print

Amrose Transforms Tar Markings Into Timeless Abstract Photographs

A superb example of how Amrose has an ability to view beauty  in everyday objects in our environment and transform them is his “Street Art” series. In his inimitable poetic style, he removes an image from its place of origin, and imbues it with a Zen-like quality, suggestive of oriental brush painting.

About this series he explains, “It began on a beautiful parkway covered with tar used to repair cracks in the asphalt. I was interested in the artistic elements of the tar markings that reminded me of cave paintings. I photographed what seemed to be primitive art — animals, people, battles, weapons and more. Were the worker’s results serendipitous? I decided to capture the creations of city workers as an unbeknownst collaborator.”

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Linda S. Watson Abstract Paintings

Linda S. Watson’s Awe-Inspiring Abstract Paintings

She is Inspired by The Natural Beauty of Hawaii and The Cosmos

By Renée Phillips

Linda Watson Abstract Paintings
Linda S. Watson

Linda S. Watson creates awe-inspiring, tactile and colorful mixed media abstract paintings.

Born in San Mateo, California, she lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area all her life before relocating to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2011.

Her paintings, that are inspired by the cosmos, the volcanoes of Hawaii, and minerals, remind us of the mystifying relationships we share with our natural environment.  Her art serves as a metaphor for the intangible mysteries of life and the vast universe that exists beyond the realm of our comprehension.

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Linda S. Watson Abstract Paintings
Linda S. Watson, Galactic Cluster, watercolor and mixed media on paper, 9” x 11.5”.

Why Watson Creates Abstract Paintings

As a classically trained artist Watson gained a strong foundation in the fundamentals of drawing and compositional skills. Her superb early works can be viewed on her website. However, as her creativity evolved she gradually moved to painting abstract art, where she discovered a sense of unlimited freedom of expression.

As she explains, “Painting abstract art gives me the freedom to throw out all the rules. Abstraction allows me to tap into my feelings, intuition and inventiveness, and work in a more spontaneous manner. I enjoy a creative process in which nothing is ‘wrong’ and the joy comes from playing with materials, colors, shapes, ideas and design.”

Linda S. Watson Abstract Paintings
Linda S. Watson, Some Distant Galaxy, watercolor, ink, and mixed media on paper, 6” x 8”

The Universe Series

The painting Some Distant Galaxy,  is from Watson’s “The Universe Series”, which captures the contemplative experience of gazing far beyond the stars and galaxies. These abstract paintings inspire a sense of unlimited possibilities.

She states, “The Universe Series grew from my fascination with the images that were captured by some of the telescopes we have atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii.”

Linda S. Watson
Linda S. Watson, Pahoehoe II, acrylic on canvas, 5” x 5”.

The Volcano and Lava Series

This powerful series portrays Watson’s ongoing love affair with Kilauea (the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the island of Hawaii) and the legends of Pele. (Described as “She-Who-Shapes-The-Sacred-Land” in ancient Hawaiian chants, the volcano goddess, Pele, was passionate, volatile, and capricious.) The artist depicts the explosive outpouring of lava in this series.

Her engaging painting Pahoehoe II, shown above,  epitomizes the form of lava flow of basaltic rock, and the eruption of  molten crimson fluid in contrast to the dark blues and purples.  Deep crevasses, tactile ridges, and undulating movement characterize this dramatic painting.

Linda S. Watson
Linda S. Watson, Blue, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 6″ x 4″.

The Mineral Series

About “The Mineral Series” Watson explains, “My inspiration came from my love of collecting rocks and crystals. A visit to the mineral and gemstone collection of the American Museum of Natural History in New York pushed me to explore this theme in my art.”

The painting Blue, shown above, is one of the dynamic, bold and dimensional paintings in this series.

Linda S. Watson
Linda S. Watson, Nebula Rising, watercolor, ink, and mixed media on paper, 6” x 8”.

Exhibitions and Awards

For over 30 years, her paintings have been exhibited in many one-person and group art exhibitions in the Bay Area of California. Some of these galleries include the Palo Alto Cultural Center, the Mendocino Art Center, the Olive Hyde Gallery in Fremont, the Overlook Gallery in Sonoma, and the Main Library in San Francisco.

Watson’s works of art are owned by private collectors throughout the world. Over the years, some of her mixed media pieces have won “Best of Show” at the Sonoma County Fair. Her art is currently represented by One Gallery in Hilo, Hawaii.

The artist says she enjoys participating in the Big Island’s thriving art community. She is currently planning for her next one-person exhibition that will take place September 5 -25 2014, at the Wailoa Center in Hilo Hawaii.

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Kimberly Forness Wilson Abstract Watercolors

Kimberly Forness Wilson Creates Joyful Abstract Paintings

Her Whimsical Art is Influenced By Music and Nature

By Renée Phillips

Kimberly Forness Wilson Lyrical Watercolors
Kimberly Forness Wilson

Kimberly Forness Wilson is an  award-winning artist whose talent encompasses creating joyful abstract paintings, singing and writing songs, and inventing products for the massage and spa industries.

The inovative artist,  who lives in  North Dakota, also donates time to her community by conducting art and healing programs and workshops.

Her musical talent as a singer and songwriter is reflected in her ebullient abstract paintings in watercolors and acrylic that radiate a symphony of color, movement and fluidity.

As the artists states, “There is frequently an inner musical accompaniment so I move between art, lyric and song. It is an ecstatic experience and I hope it translates to the viewer.”

Her unique artistic expression is a balance between a sophisticated application of aesthetic principles and the release of childlike spontaneity — with large doses of healing energy.

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Kimberly Forness Wilson
Kimberly Forness Wilson, Animagination, watercolor and gouache on paper, 24″ x 20″.

Enchanting Worlds of Dreams and Fantasy

Wilson’s art is a  joyful fusion of abstract and figurative elements. The viewer enters worlds of enchantment where a panoply of imaginative creatures and natural forms morph, dance and interact.

The longer we meander through her fantasy dreamscapes and beautiful compositions the more we discover the bounty of treasures and tales Wilson provides. Her whimsical abstract paintings offer a respite and escape from the confines of reality, pain and suffering.

Kimberly Forness Wilson Abstract Watercolors
Kimberly Forness Wilson, Miss Tako’s Extraordinary Day, watercolor and mixed media, 20″ x 24″.

A Diverse Range of Influences and Expressions

The artist has three different categories of paintings she refers to as “Elemental Abstracts”, “Dream Flowers” and “Animated Abstracts”.  She explains, “Shape, color and texture in my work originate mostly from my experiences and observations in people and nature that I perceive and deconstruct in my work.

In addition to nature, music and dreams providing her inspiration the artist’s cultural influences include Scandinavian, Native American, Hawaiian and Asian.

Kimberly Forness Wilson Abstract Watercolors
Kimberly Forness Wilson, Story Book, watercolor on paper, 16″ x 12″.

Collections,  Awards and Exhibitions

Wilson’s art is in many private and public collections throughout the world — from Saudi Arabia to the Hawaiian Islands.  Her many public collectors include Rochester’s Ronald McDonald House.

She has received numerous awards including those from Manhattan Arts International, NoVac Artist of the Year, and Mayor Choice Award in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Mayors Choice Maui Hawaii and most recently “Dawn Bonner Professional Award” from Consumer Family Network for her healing art work with adults in mental health recovery.

She has had many one-person and group exhibitions including those at the Gallery on First in Rochester, MN; Hoacker Gallery, Rochester, MN; Urban Stampede, Grand Forks, Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks, ND; and Bismarck Art Galleries Association in Bismarck, ND.

Kimberly Forness Wilson Abstract Watercolors
Kimberly Forness Wilson, Prehistoric Daydreams, watercolor and gouache on paper, 20″ x 24″.

Her Art and Healing Programs

Wilson’s contributions to her community are life-affirming and far-reaching. She presents art classes and workshops in a variety of mediums throughout North Dakota and Minnesota that teaches others, “how to tap into the creative force which is within all of us.”

The workshops include: “Healthy Living Through Art”, ” Healthy Living Through Art for Children”, and “Inspired Path Painting Series”. She is in the 5th year of presenting “Mental Health Art Tribe” and her students have received several awards. They are the first group of artists to win the Mayor’s Choice Award and received the keys to the city in May.

Kimberly Forness Wilson Abstract Paintings
Kimberly Forness Wilson, New Bubbles, watercolor on paper, 16″ x 12″.

A Personal Transformation and Evolution

Kimberly Forness Wilson first turned to art as a powerful tool for helping her overcome physical and emotional pain. She explains her personal transformation as, “accepting the challenge of the chaos of pain and turning it into a meaningful, creative experience… this is the basic assignment of life on earth. I let myself fall into a color or a shape or a line and follow its natural evolution.”

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Roberta London Photographs

Roberta London’s Magnificent Flower Photographs

She Captures The Magic of Nature With Light and Drama

By Renée Phillips

Roberta London  Photographer
Roberta London

Roberta London creates breathtaking flower photographs. The artist brings her passion and precision to  natural subjects with a sense of drama and grandeur. Through her macro photographic images we enter magical worlds where blossoms, tufts of pollen, petals and leaves quiver with an imperishable life force.  Her superb sense of composition, perspective and the play of light characterize her unique works of art.

London uses archival pigmented inks and acid-free four-ply mats and backs. Her flower photographs are available on fine art paper, canvas and aluminum.

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Robert London, photography
Roberta London, Wild Parrot #2, photograph

Awards For Her Flower Photographs

Roberta London has won numerous awards for her compelling photographs. Most recently she received an Award of Excellence and the special Barbara Markoff Award in the Manhattan Arts International exhibition “Celebrate the Healing Power of Art 2014″. This exhibition was juried by Lily Wei, the prominent New York art critic for Art in America magazine and curator.

Barbara Markoff is a leading corporate art consultant and author who specializes in the healthcare industry. When she was asked why she selected London’s flower photographs from all of the submissions in all media she stated, “Roberta London’s nature photography presents an uncluttered, fresh approach that spoke to me more than any other candidates in the exhibition. I selected Roberta’s flower photographs because I am intrigued by the lovely, simplistic, and exceptionally striking images she captures.”

Roberta London, photography
Roberta London, Lily By Moonlight, photograph

Captivated by Colors, Shapes and Light

London explains her journey to becoming a full time photographer. “Many years working in film, video and television production sharpened my focus and refined my skills in visual storytelling. I flirted with still photography during those years, but it wasn’t until my move from New York to Florida in 2006 that I realized the flirting stage was over and it was time for a serious relationship.”

The artist was fascinated by the sun-filled Florida landscape and states, “Its flowers, colors, shapes and stunning light had utterly captivated me.”

Roberta London
Roberta London, Art Nouveau, photograph

The Promise For What Will Come

London’s flower photographs demonstrate her range of versatility. She states, “Sometimes the most brilliant flower gets my attention. Often, though, it is the less obvious, the one tucked away in the shelter of leaves, or buds not yet open but full of promise for what is to come. There is, of course, the occasional bird or other critter that crosses my path insisting on a portrait. Some of them make me offers that I just can’t refuse!”

Roberta London, photography
Roberta London, Wild Parrot, photograph

Her Many Exhibitions

Roberta London’s photographs have been exhibited in many one person exhibitions including having her art displayed at The Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens. Her many juried exhibitions include those at the A.E. Backus Museum in Ft. Pierce, Florida, the “Viva Florida 500″ exhibition presented at the Elliott Museum, and The Courthouse Cultural Center Museum in Stuart, Florida.

She has been invited by UBS Wealth Management to display her work in a solo exhibition in their Stuart, Florida corporate office. The exhibit will run from October 23 through November 21, 2014.

Roberta London, photography
Roberta London, Flamingo Lily, photograph

The Desire to Bring Enjoyment to Others

Roberta London’s flower photographs are in numerous collections. She is also a contributing photographer to the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals, an organization that is devoted to bringing comfort and hope to patients and their visitors through photographs of nature.

The artist states, “On the most basic level my ‘job’ as a photographer is to capture images and present them to others to enjoy, reflect on, be moved by and – hopefully — acquire.”

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Helena Domenic Watercolor Paintings

Helena Domenic’s Watercolor Paintings of Myth and Wonder

She Paints The Worlds of Dreams and Symbols

By Renée Phillips

Helena Domenic Watercolor Paintings
Helena Domenic – Watercolorist

Helena Domenic is an incredibly talented artist who was born in Vicenza, Italy where she developed a love of art at a very early age.

She currently resides in Exton, Pennsylvania where she creates watercolor paintings that she describes as “Myth and Wonder”. She is also an educator, poet, writer and visionary.

Viewing her realistic watercolor paintings is an adventurous and powerful exploration into the depths of altered realities, history, and literature. The beautifully composed positive subjects that contain  iconography and symbols provide catalysts and connections to one’s higher self.

Her Watercolor Paintings Are Intuitive

Domenic’s medium of choice is watercolor for the reason she explains, “I love its flowing, watery, almost intuitive nature. One can control watercolor, yet it retains its own unpredictable nature. Like life, it has a tendency to turn out in a way I don’t always plan.”

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Helena Domenic Watercolor Paintings
Helena Domenic, The Star, watercolor, 12″ x 9″.

She Explores Realities and Myths

The artist states: “My work is about exploring the places between and apart from ordinary reality. My work tends to be fairly inward focused, so things like dreams and symbol systems fascinate me. My work follows a very intuitive process where I am drawn to subject matter – often drawn from myth, which is full of symbols – and I create work around that as I feel moved.”

The myths Domenic often uses are those from her personal background, such as the Celts and the Romans, although she also loves exploring esoteric subjects and stories and myths of indigenous cultures, including West Africa, New Zealand, and Meso America.

“For resources and research, I look at stories from both written sources like the Mabinogian and Irish story cycles like the Tain bo Culaigne, and stories that have been floating around the African diaspora relating to the Orisha of West Africa.”

Helena Domenic Watercolor Paintings
Helena Domenic, Wild Wizard Woman, watercolor, 16″ x 12″.

Exhibitions, Publications and Other Accolades

Helena Domenic has had many exhibitions of her art work. She will be exhibiting in the “Midsummer Night’s Dream” exhibition with her  painting “Titania”,  at the Meinhart Gallery in Pitman, N.J., in 2014. She had a one-person exhibition of her art and was selected as the Featured Artist of the Month, at The Centre for Vibrant Living, Kennett Square, PA. Her work was selected for the juried exhibition “Big/Little” at the Chester County Art Association. Her Tarot paintings were featured at the Open Hearth Foundation in Washington, DC. She also participated in showing at the Day of the Dead celebration with the Kennett Arts Area Initiative.

Domenic’s artwork has appeared in many publications such as Faerie magazine, Green Egg, Sage Woman, Professional Artist magazine, and other publications.

Helena Domenic Watercolor Paintings
Helena Domenic, The High Priestess, watercolor, 12″ x 9″.

The Fellowship of the Fool Tarot Deck and Book

Helena Domenic’s art work is in numerous private collections world-wide. She  is  also recognized as an expert artist and educator in the world of tarot for her vast knowledge on the subject. Her book and tarot deck titled  “The Fellowship of the Fool” is extremely popular among the tarot community and the general public.

The project for Domenic’s  “The Fellowship of the Fool” began while she was a graduate student at Goddard College in Vermont. The artist created 78 paintings as part of her MFA program.  “The High Priestess II” and “The Star”, shown above, are two of the 78 paintings depicted in  “The Fellowship of the Fool”.

“The Fellowship of the Fool” Tarot deck and book are both available for purchase through Domenic’s “Myth and Wonder” website.

Helena Domenic Watercolor Paintings
Helena Domenic, Sea of Love, watercolor, 16″ x 12″.

Powerful Expressions and Beliefs

Domenic’s paintings exude a  full range of emotions and references to metaphysical interpretations. As she explains, “I believe in rebirth, and a life between lives. I believe we each have the opportunity to give birth to ourselves over and over again, as we go through the changes of life.”

She also feels strongly about the healing power of art. “I believe that Art is a bridge which allows us to cross gaps we might not have anticipated, helps us to contend with whatever the world may throw our way. Art helps us to speak the unspeakable, to heal the wounds of individuals and cultures. Art is essential.”

Helena Domenic Watercolor Paintings
Helena Domenic,Titania, watercolor, 16″ x 12″.

Domenic received her BFA in Fine Art from Kutztown University and her MA in Art Education from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.

She currently teaches Art History, African Art, Drawing, and Painting at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.  The artist has organized art exhibitions for the Cheyney University campus .

The artist has also taught at The University of the Arts, and has presented talks at a variety of conferences and festivals around the United States.

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Charlotte Shroyer painting

Charlotte Shroyer Creates Expressive Paintings and Monotypes

She Expresses Her Fascination With The Faces of Humanity

By Renée Phillips

Charlotte Shroyer Paintings
Charlotte Shroyer in her studio

Charlotte Shroyer paints intense and expressive images of the human face in the context of the universal human experience and historical events.

Her contemporary paintings and monotypes of people have been described as haunting and mystical. They reflect her passion for exploring the mind and soul of humanity within different cultures across the globe.

The artist, who lives in Taos, New Mexico, states, “Through painting I tap into and expand the depths of my unconscious and a world unconscious that transcends individual and cultural boundaries.”

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Charlotte Shroyer paintings
Charlotte Shroyer, Who is the Real Mr. Squiggles?, oil on masonite, 5″ X 5″.

Her Artistic Process Relies on Intuition

Charlotte Shroyer is proficient in her use of  color, line and form. Her style is characterized by sharply contoured and geometric shapes, expressive features and contrasting colors. Influences of African art,  Picasso’s Cubism and Expressionism appear in her art work however, Shroyer’s creative process is the result of her own intuitive sense of discovery.

As she explains, “The process starts with just a few swipes of paint on the canvas and then the symphony begins.  Finally an image touches the fringes of my mind. Bits and pieces of a vague outline trigger a subconscious thought, experience, place, or person…”

Shroyer’s powerful paintings and monotypes are dramatic and often surreal narratives. Her fascinating characters and their surroundings evoke mysterious stories that are presented for our individual interpretation.

Charlotte Shroyer paintings
Balance, oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″.

Many International Prestigious Awards

Charlotte Shroyer has won many awards internationally for her oil paintings and monotypes. They include First Place,  Top Ten International Women in the Arts, Rome, Italy; Awards of Merit from Manhattan Arts International, New York City, NY; Top 15, Guests’ Gallery International Portrait Competition, Georgia;  and the Richeson International Award of Merit for Portraiture.

Furthermore, the American Juried Art Salon, comprised of museum curators and directors, selected her work as one of 25 from hundreds of applicants for inclusion in both their 2013 and 2014 annual shows in addition to naming her as one of its 2013 Emerging Artists.

Charlotte Shroyer
In and Out of My Head, oil on canvas, 60″ x 36″.

One-Person and Group Exhibitions

Shroyer’s oil paintings and monotypes are included in many national and international private collections. They have been exhibited nationally in one-person exhibitions at the corporate headquarters of Penn National Insurance Company, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Santa Fe, New Mexico; and in three-person exhibitions in Naples, Florida; New York City; and Lexington, Kentucky, among others. Her monotypes have been exhibited in Hong Kong.

Charlotte Shroyer paintings
Charlotte Shroyer, Looking Beyond, oil on canvas, 10″ x 8″.

Charlotte Shroyer began painting in a university course where she received accolades for her work. However,  it took several years for her to pursue art as a full-time passion.  She first earned several degrees including a B.A. in French and  M. Ed., Ph.D., and  took more than 50 university art classes across the United States.  It was her serendipitous trip to Taos, New Mexico, where her commitment to painting and printmaking were fully ignited.

Haunting Paintings of Faces Emerge While Reading Book by Pamuk

Charlotte Shroyer monotype
Charlotte Shroyer, Intense, monotype on paper, 16″ x 6″.

Shroyer states, “I am inspired by the world, its people, archaeology, and cultures. My favorite authors, who explore duality of personality — what the individual shows to the world and what remains hidden to the world –  influence what appears on my canvas.”

Her painting “Intense” emerged while she was reading “My Name is Red” by Orhan Pamuk, one of Turkey’s most prominent novelists, who is also a screenwriter, academic, and the recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature.

About this book Shroyer writes, “Quite a glorious description of the Persian miniaturists of the Ottoman Empire, their use of color, and the styles of their painting.”

She exclaims,  The characters in Pamuk’s book are haunting. ”

This book inspired many images in Shroyer’s mind, as she explains “Illuminated manuscripts, color and more color, the mythical characters within the manuscripts and the stories that go with them.”

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Teri Leigh Teed

Teri Leigh Teed’s Photographs Capture Her Reverence For Nature

She Creates Awe-Inspiring Healing Art

By Renée Phillips

Teri Leigh Teed photographs
Teri Leigh Teed

Teri Leigh Teed is a multi-talented photographer,  and also a poet, songwriter and musician, who lives in South Carolina.

Her photographs capture her reverence for nature and celebrate the change of seasons.  They pay homage to the breathtaking vistas that are unique to her environment.

Through her photographic  images Teed brings viewers to positive, contemplative and calming places  that transcend the physical realm.

Her art is life-affirming and reveals the presence of a divine power greater than us can be felt in a powerful visceral manner.

She has written, “Sometimes the seemingly ordinary, seen in detail or in a different light, can open us to the possibilities that surround us. We need only open our hearts and minds, and our eyes will find them.”

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Teri Leigh Teed photographs
Teri Leigh Teed, Reflections on Black Creek Kalmia Gardens, South Carolina, photograph

Inspired By the Natural Beauty of South Carolina

Teed devotes herself primarily to photographing her beloved state. She explains, “Born and raised in South Carolina, a state blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, instilled in me a love of nature and animals.”

As a photographer and poet Teed deftly applies the universal symbol of water as a metaphor for change, life, purity and cleaning. Her awe-inspiring photographs frequently focus on the reflections of  lush foliage on water.

Reminiscent of Monet’s pond reflections Teed  captures the  refreshing, restorative mood with cool blues and greens in her photograph “Reflections on Black Creek Kalmia Gardens”, shown above.

Teri Leigh Teed
Teri Leigh Teed, Foggy Winter Day at Springdale Race Course, South Carolina, photograph

The artist states, “I do believe we live in a time of miracles. Following the seasons in Nature always reminds me of this, and brings me great joy.”

A wonderful example of this is her hypnotic photograph shown above that features trees on a foggy winter day. The viewer is posed to gaze at the majestic trees and the euphoric misty atmosphere beyond. We are inspired to imagine the revelations that exist today and in the future.

Her “Seasons of The South” Raises Awareness

A passionate advocate of animal welfare, environmental protection, and sustainable agriculture, Teed is the author of “Seasons of the South”, the Original Home Grown Musical and Storytelling Show celebrating the natural beauty of the South. She is dedicated to raising awareness for sustainable agriculture. Her upcoming book and fine art photography exhibition by the same name accompany the show.

Teri Leigh Teed
November Reflections, Goodale State Park, South Carolina, photograph

Inspired By Living and Studying in Europe

After spending twenty years in the corporate world, Teed took a personal sabbatical for two years and studied art and architecture in London. She explains, “Moving to London on my own and studying at Sotheby’s for a year, and then remaining another year to obtain a master’s degree in decorative/fine art and historic architecture from the University of Buckingham, helped me to remember my artistic roots. Living and traveling abroad reconnected me to that creative passion, which had long since become an ember.” She adds, “A journey to the heart of France sparked my interest in photography.”

Teed has always had a fascination with vintage cameras and films. “Moving into photographic art and combining this medium with writing seems a natural progression of my career from the business world to the art world, in essence a full circle for me.”

Teri Leigh Teed
Teri Leigh Teed, Evening Song in Camden, South Carolina, photograph.

Collaboration With Other Artists Is Important to Her

Teed joins the many contemporary artists today who combine several artistic disciplines to fully express their heartfelt inspiration. She also uses her talent with a meaningful sense of  purpose and enjoys collaborating with other creative individuals.

As she states, “Photographic art, combined with my personal stories, poetry and songs, is part of my vision of creating with other like minded artisans and craftspeople a community of self expression, beauty, and healing through art.

My sincere hope is that my artwork, personal stories and songs will help you find your own inner peace, and perhaps bring a remembrance of who you are.”

Teri Leigh Teed
Teri Leigh Teed, Black Creek, Kalmia Gardens South Carolina, photograph.

Career Achievements

A graduate of Sotheby’s Institute, London, Teed received her M.A. Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors from the University of Buckingham, England and was employed by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Her artwork has been exhibited in juried shows in her home state of South Carolina, including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.  She is a recipient of Awards of Excellence in Manhattan Arts International juried exhibitions.

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