Frantisek Strouhal Creates “Art Embracing Awareness” in Mixed Media

He Produces Luminous Transcendent Artwork

By Renée Phillips

Frantisek Strouhal

Frantisek Strouhal was born in Moravia from a family of painters and artists. He currently lives in western Canada. As a creator of exquisite mixed media artwork, which he has titled “Art Embracing Awareness”, he is internationally admired for his flawless use of traditional 19th century techniques combined with his unique contemporary  yet timeless artistic vision.

The human form is essential to Strouhal’s art work which he describes as “the most universal symbol of beauty that can stir and satisfy the mind and heart.”

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Frantisek Strouhal
Frantisek Strouhal, Aurora, oil printing and lithography inks on paper, 24” x 20”.

An Oasis of Tranquility

Figures seem to emerge from a surreal, dreamlike pool of warm sepia tones as if bathed or suspended in an ethereal vapor.  As he explains, “Light and texture play the important role of portraying the energy and strength which emanate from beneath the surface of the subjects.”

A myriad of translucent layers and tonal variations enhance the seductive and mesmerizing appeal of his artwork. They are reminiscent of works by Odd Nerdrum, who was influenced by Caravaggio.

“My imagery is meant to serve as an oasis of tranquility, permanence and strength and to capture and highlight what is fundamental to our being and society”.

Frantisek Strouhal
Frantisek Strouhal, Serene In Nature,oil printing and lithography inks on paper, 25.5” x 21.5”.

Metaphysical Qualities

Strouhal’s subjects transcend their physical qualities and evoke an immediate visceral response in the viewer.  They speak to us about the mysterious and complex human experience. They provoke inquiry and reflection upon such notions as transformation in the metaphysical realm of existence.

As the artist explains, “One of its essential aspects explores thoughts and inspirations of an existential nature and investigates the interaction and harmony between the spiritual and the physical world.”

Frantisek Strouhal
Frantisek Strouhal, Return To The Origin, oil printing and lithography inks on paper, 24” x 20”.

His Slow, Painstaking Process

His choices of brushes, papers, textures and lithographic inks determine the quality of his images. It takes him many hours to build up a depth of ink, layer by layer, to create the desired image. “The processes I use are slow but intense; the result is an image that asks for that time back from the viewer. The painstaking craftsmanship this technique requires brings a sense of intimacy to my art.”

Strouhal believes that as an artist, “you have to synthesize thousands of seconds of seeing and reflect deeply on each step of the process.”

Frantisek Strouhal
Frantisek Strouhal, Time to Breathe, oil printing and lithography inks on paper, 25.5” x 21.5”.

His Exhibitions, Awards and Accolades

Frantisek Strouhal has had numerous solo exhibitions in British Columbia. His many group exhibitions in the United States and Canada include the 2014-15 Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery in Vancouver.

The artist is a recipient of the Gold Medal at the Rotary Centre of the Arts in Kelowna, B.C. for his artwork titled “Time to Breathe” (shown above). The same work of art was selected for the Manhattan Arts International curated art exhibition “The Healing Power of ART”, 2015, from thousands of entries from around the world.

Strouhal also received Awards of Merit at both American Juried Art Salon’s International Fine Art Show and Decorative Arts International Show.

Frantisek Strouhal
Frantisek Strouhal, Modesty, oil printing and lithography inks on paper, 24” x 20”.

A Personal Renaissance

Strouhal explains, “My work is a reflection of my own personal renaissance. In this fast paced world, at times loud, and discordant the need to go back to our roots, to strengthen the wholesomeness of our being keeps emerging from our conscience. “

For Strouhal the ever-changing narrative approach is an integral part of the artistic process. Upon each viewing a different story unfolds. As he states, “This work exists to connect with others in contemplation, and peace. It is not static, but invites interaction.”

Visit Frantisek Strouhal’s website http://frantisekstrouhal.com/

To learn more about his process watch this video.
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Featured Artists Share Their Inspiration

Art and artists leave visual impressions that often last a lifetime. For some of us they inspire us to become artists and influence our styles.  In this article a few of the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists share their inspiration.  Enjoy their art and their comments.  To visit their pages click their names.  Visit their websites to view more of their artwork. And, please, write a comment!

Header image: Art by Allison Coelho Picone

Michael Amrose

Michael Amrose
Michael Amrose, Evolution Untitled #1, 13” x 20”, digital photograph, Giclee print.

“I’ve always enjoyed the Impressionists, especially Renoir because of his use of color. However, I am partial to Abstract Expressionists, especially Mark Rothko and Clifford Still. Their works are very emotionally powerful. Viewing them produces a visceral experience that I find deeply satisfying.”

Elke Daemmrich

Elke Daemmrich
Elke Daemmrich, Hornets, oil on canvas, 43″ x 47″.

“Longtime and also today I think the most fascinating artist for me is Max Ernst. His matter to making art, his new technical skills, to learn his art with his life, his thirst for installations in new environments. At last, his charisma is extraordinary. He taught me that change can be very productive.”

Arthur Jacob

Arthur Jacob
Arthur Jacob, Cymbidium, creative photography, 30” x 24”,

“My earlier work was greatly influenced by Jackson Pollock in that there could be more that one interpretation of what a piece was. This is still true of my pure digital art works. Over time I have added another style that is more subtle and painterly. In some sense van Gogh is an influence because of the use of color and texture in my work. Finally,  I am always enamored with the work of Georgia O’Keeffe and her soft pastels and color palettes.”

Nancy Staub Laughlin

Nancy Staub Laughlin Still Lifes
Nancy Staub Laughlin, Gem in the Sparkle, pastel on paper, photograph panels, 32″ x 46″.

“I love David Hockney! I love his talent, color and how he sees the world!”

Allison Coelho Picone

Allison Coelho Picone
Allison Coelho Picone, When Seasons Mix, mixed media on canvas, 12″ x 16″.

“Sunlight, nature’s quiet, colors, Van Gogh, Degas, contemporary artists who use color to emit emotions.”

Alan M. Richards

Alan M. Richards
Alan M. Richards, Concentration, photographic manipulation

“I find the work of Chuck Close to be fascinating. His work ethic, his philosophy or what an artist should be, and his ability to overcome disability is remarkable. I also enjoy the work of Wayne White. His work is really great.”

Linda S. Watson

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

“Claude Monetʼs huge ‘Waterlilies’ installation in the Musee de LʼOrangerie in Paris. The monumental scale, the colors, the brushstrokes, the subject matter. . . .everything about it was like a religious experience for me.”

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September McGee Captures the Positive Energy of Her Subjects

She Creates Colorful Impressionist Paintings

By Renée Phillips

September McGee

September McGee is an American Impressionist and one of the exhibiting artists in The Healing Power of ART juried online exhibition. She is the recipient of the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artist Program Award.

The artist, who lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, is versatile in many mediums. Her light-filled, dramatic paintings convey an uplifting energy that compels the viewer to experience special moments in time.

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September McGee
September McGee, The Piano Series – The Singer III, oil on linen, 28″ x 22″.

She Captures Moods With Spirited Brushstrokes

In McGee’s paintings the personality and essence of her subjects are captured in a beautiful symphony of light and shadow. She animates her compositions  with spirited brushstrokes articulated with her signature linear gestures.  Her diverse palette enhances her range of drama and expression.

The artist transports viewers to exotic cafes, robust New York City streets, and other cultural locales. We are invited into worlds inhabited by dancers,  musicians, museum visitors and everyday people, often at their peak of exuberance or reflection.

September McGee
September McGee, Cafe Series – Kailee, oil on linen, 24″ x 18″.

Awards and Recognition

McGee is the winner of many national juried exhibition awards and honors, and has an extensive resume of prestigious juried exhibitions, including Northwest Pastel Society 29th International Annual Juried Exhibition 2015.

Her works have been published in national magazines and on the cover of the The Blast, published by the Pastel Society of the West Coast.

Her paintings are in numerous private and public collections worldwide. They have been exhibited in many galleries including Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, AZ, Greenberg Fine Art Gallery, NM, and Cooley Gallery, in Leesburg, VA, among others.

September McGee
September McGee, Maestro, oil on linen, 20″ x 24″.

Maestro Wins Award

McGee’s painting “Maestro” was selected for The Healing Power of ART juried online exhibition. When she submitted her entries she wrote, “I am a crusader for non-violence and the healing arts. Total exhaustion, swollen stiff joints from rheumatoid arthritis and the flu kept me bedridden throughout the holidays. I crawled to the easel daily. I had to paint his passion. The painting progressed. My symphony of strokes healed and empowered me!”

September McGee
September McGee, At the Met Series – Is It ME?, pastel on panel, 20″ x 16″.

She Translates Life to Art

She has expressed that she is passionate about art as a vehicle for healing and sharing life and love. Through her art viewers can experience a heightened sense of joy and joie de vivre.

As the artist states, “Over the years it has become easier to allow the viewer to peer into the lens of my soul by virtue of my works. I love meeting people wherever I go and I am drawn to their indomitable spirits, thus, my penchant for figurative works. It is an honor to borrow these intransigent energies as I translate life to art with an impressionistic élan. This energy is a gift that comes through me for which I am forever grateful. Each painting is my gift back.”

September McGee
September McGee, The Violinist

Her Contributions to Art and Art Education

September McGee has also successfully created unique art programs for children and adults at all levels and has been a guest speaker, art lecturer, and exhibition juror.

The artist is a member of the prestigious Allied Artists of America and The Salmagundi Club, the Pastel Society of America, and several other distinguished societies.

She also creates commissioned pieces.

Visit September McGee’s website: www.septembermcgee.com

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Yossi Sigura – Painting

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Yossi Sigura
Yossi Sigura, Autumn Leaves, acrylic on canvas, 23″ x 19″.

About Yossi Sigura

Contemporary Impressionistic painter, Yossi Sigura, was born (1964) and raised in Israel. Lyrical and vibrant, Sigura’s paintings feature forests, skyscapes and seascapes rendered in fantastic colors. His artistic style is expressive, using vibrant color and strong compositions. His main inspiration is the landscapes of Israel, especially the forests and trees on Mount Carmel and the Galilee mountains and valleys. His other big love and inspiration are the big forests in northern America which he keeps returning to in his paintings.

His works are in many private collections in countries such as Canada, United States, Israel, Germany, United Kingdom, France and many more.

Visit Yossi Sigura’s website www.sigura-art.com

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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Ellen Carranza – Printmaking

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Ellen Carranza
Ellen Carranza, Constancy, Ostrich

About Ellen Carranza

Ellen Carranza is a New York artist whose signature style often depicts the world from her perspective of the animal, symbolizing the human condition. Her subjects are illuminated with impeccable design, expressive colors and gestural lines. She excels in many printmaking media including etching, linocuts, woodcuts, lithography, and more, in addition to painting. She has exhibited at the Loyola University Museum of Art in Chicago, IL, the National Arts Club, in New York, NY, and other venues. Her award-winning artwork has been published in several publications.

Visit Ellen Carranza’s website http://ellencarranza.com

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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Eileen Figueroa – Painting

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Eileen Figueroa
Eileen Figueroa, Cuatro, Tiple, Maracas y Guiro (Puerto Rico Traditional Musical Instruments), acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 24″.

About Eileen Figueroa

Eileen Figueroa is a contemporary realist artist who was born in Barranguitas, Puerto Rico and currently resides in Houston, Texas. Her colorful paintings pay homage to her homeland and express the vibrant culture and atmosphere of the Caribbean. Picturesque landscapes, tropical birds and flowers, musical instruments, and farmers tending to their fields are brought to life with harmonious colors and bold compositions. Her artwork has been shown in exhibitions in Puerto Rico and the U.S.

Visit Eileen Figueroa’s website www.eileenartstudio135.com
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Diane Husson Creates Innovative “Faux Bois” Sculpture

Her Organic Forms Combine Tradition with A Contemporary Vitality

Diane HussonDiane Husson brings a lifelong connection to nature, and a wealth of innovation and skill to her unique sculptural art. The artist from Norfolk, Virgina is a master of creating concrete “faux bois” (“false wood” in French). This rare process, that was close to extinction a century ago, involves the adept layering of concrete over a steel armature.

Husson’s mesmerizing three-dimensional art pieces beckon us to enter a realm of mystery, fantasy and imagination.

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Diane Husson
Diane Husson, Ladderback Branch Chair, steel frame with fiber reinforced concrete, 43” x 23” x 24”.

Timeless Functional Art Pieces

The artist has transformed a traditional art form into making  timeless functional art pieces that fuse design, form and function with contemporary vitality.

Her benches, chairs and tables appear to be composed from nature.  Shapes of branches and vines undulate in rhythmic patterns with a  graceful spontaneity. The tactile organic forms trick the eye into believing they are growing straight from the earth.

Diane Husson
Diane Husson, Crepe Myrtle Side Table, welded steel frame with fiber reinforced concrete, 24” x 24”.

Rich Detail and Superb Skills

Husson’s natural ability to apply rich detail and a superb sense of design and scale shine through every piece.

For ten years she was a painter and published illustrator. Then, two decades ago, on the advice of a friend she took a  tilemaking workshop at a local art center. That experience inspired her to expand her artistic vision by studying figurative sculpture at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy.

The artist also attributes studying nature, reading, experimentation, and travel to enriching her appreciation for her method of sculpture and for honing her technical skills.

Diane Husson
Diane Husson, Ancient Wisteria Bench, welded steel frame with fiber reinforced concrete, 75″ x 45″ x 16″.

Embracing The Spirit World of Nature

Husson recalls, “As a child the forests and all of nature were my secret garden. My artwork is a result of a constant inner tug o’war between that child who still dreams of the wonders of nature, and the strict taskmaster who emerged over the years to demand originality and flawless execution.”

“As a sculptor, I am constantly drawn to the haunting quality of that crossroads where nature whispers about the spiritual world,” she explains.

Husson intends her sculptural forms to “emerge as artifacts from an ancient civilization where the boundaries between nature and the spirit world were paper thin, and some secret wisdom is waiting patiently to be rediscovered.”

Diane Husson
Diane Husson, Shepherd’s Hook, welded steel frame with fiber reinforced concrete, 65” x 39” x 32”.

Public Art Projects and Hospital Installations

The artist has created several public art projects, including ceramic murals for the Cities of Virginia Beach, and Norfolk, Virginia, as well as a ceramic and concrete memorial for the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex in Virginia Beach.

The tranquil, healing qualities inherent in her art have attracted the interest of area hospitals. She has produced artwork for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter in Norfolk, VA and the Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.

Her works of art have been installed in Virginia Beach General’s emergency room waiting room, which includes an 18 ft. relief coral reef with 22 kt. gold highlights.

Diane Husson
Diane Husson, Vine Chair, steel frame with fiber reinforced concrete, 39” x 29” x 27”.

Publications

She has also attracted the attention of publications. One of  her faux bois chairs was featured on the cover of Vow Bride Magazine. Her ceramic artwork is featured in “The Art of Handmade Tile” and “500 Tiles.”

Husson recently completed an artist in residence program with Virginia Beach Public Schools, mentoring young art students.

Visit Diane Husson’s website at www.newrelics.com

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Honoring and Celebrating Mothers and Mother Nature

In the spirit of honoring and celebrating Mothers and Mother Nature and the many ways they nurture us we are delighted to present Pam Comeau, Allison Coelho-Picone, Mary Lou Dauray, Claire Mack and Joanne St-Cyr — five outstanding artists in the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists Program.

In their own unique way they express the positive attributes of motherhood.

Let us pause and express gratitude to the many virtues that are associated with maternal instincts that are in each and every one of us and our planet.

Pam Comeau

Pam Comeau
Pam Comeau, oil, 6=1

Pam Comeau states, “My inspiration and fulfillment come from creating paintings that tackle the issues affecting me, such as the relationships between people, the evolution of spirituality, and other issues like the impact of social conformity.” Read more.

 Allison Coelho-Picone

Allison Coelho Picone, Fertility, acrylic, pencil and ink on canvas, 16 x 12″
Allison Coelho Picone, Fertility, acrylic, pencil and ink on canvas, 16 x 12″

Allison Coelho-Picone’s resilient wildflowers helped her to evolve in her style and also to explore the themes of motherhood and life after death. “Each painting’s message embraces what (Mother) Nature provides us, that of a stillness, a peace, and light in our hearts. Nature can heal, calm, and clarify if one absorbs Her patience, silence and beauty.” Read more.

 Mary Lou Dauray

Mary Lou Dauray
Mary Lou Dauray, Burning Blue, acrylic on paper, 22″ x x 30″.

Mary Lou Dauray expresses the importance of protecting Mother Earth by devoting her art to the dangers that threaten the planet’s healthy existence and our survival — such as global warming and coal burning. She states, “I want to encourage others to use their voices to show concern about environmental plundering and encourage the development of alternative energy sources.” Read more.

 Claire Mack

Claire Mack
Claire Mack

Claire Mack explains “I portray figurative images, symbolic beings that represent my inner experience and life process. More often than not, I am working intuitively, letting the images take shape as I go, thus, each piece is unique, connected by the thread of my spirit and surroundings.” Read more.

 Joanne St-Cyr

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, L’important n’est pas la destination (The Importance is Not the Destination), acrylic on canvas, 24” x 16”.

About (Mother) Nature Joanne St-Cyr states, “She is magnificent, still unpredictable and resilient. At times she feels harnessed, laced within our control and will let herself drift until she regains her energy, man should be weary and respectful… she, will never give up.” Read more.

 Artists Write About Their Mothers

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Gustav Klimt, Mother & Child

You may also want to read How Mothers Nurture Artists and Their Creativity on The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS website, a collection of comments artists on Facebook shared about their mothers.

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Ton van Meesche – Painting

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Ton van Meesche, Gerald 2, watercolor
Ton van Meesche, The Clayton Brothers, watercolor, 16″ x 22″.

About Ton van Meesche

Dutch watercolor artist Ton van Meesche lives in the South of France where his paintings of jazz artists are strongly influenced by the Mediterranean light, French culture and a vibrant local jazz scene. He finds watercolor painting an ideal medium for painting jazz scenes. It permits a free-flowing synergistic style of painting, enhanced by the fact that he often paints to music by his favorite jazz artists Archie Shepp, Dollar Brand, Elvin Jones and others.

As the artists states, “Jazz is life, freedom and improvisation.”

Visit Ton van Meesche’s website at www.tonjazz.eu
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Pam Comeau is An Award-Winning Hyperrealist Artist

Her Narratives Reflect Psychological and Spiritual Experiences

Pam-Comeau-Artist
Pam-Comeau-Artist

Pam Comeau is an artist who lives in Quebec, Canada. She was selected as one of the exhibiting artists in Manhattan Arts International’s “The Healing Power of ART” 2015 juried exhibition. She also also chosen to receive one of only two Featured Artists Awards. Her art was selected from more than 1,000 entries received from over 250 artists from around the world.

What impressed us most about her submissions is the high level of mastery of her medium and her healing messages. All of her entries could have easily won the special award as they met several important criteria —  extraordinary skill, a unique vision, and a profound impact on viewers.

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Pam Comeau
Pam Comeau, 6 = 1, oil, 27″ x 45″.

She Adds Social or Cultural Context

Pam Comeau paints in the style of hyperrealism, a genre of painting and sculpture that captures a photographic quality. The art movement originated in the United States and Europe in the early 2000.  However, like the foremost hyerrealists Comeau transcends photographic interpretation with the addition of often  subtle, pictorial elements to create the illusion of reality. She also imbues her paintings with a  social or cultural context.

She explains, “My inspiration and fulfillment come from creating paintings that tackle the issues affecting me, such as the relationships between people, the evolution of spirituality, and other issues like the impact of social conformity.”

Pam Comeau
Pam Comeau, 2=1, oil on canvas,  24″ x 48″.

Inspired By The Buddhist Practice

The artist aims to create visual narratives “that can shed beauty, illuminate or even express humor on psychological and spiritual experiences.”

Comeau is inspired by the Buddhist practice of meditating, “to relieve suffering through the awareness of being connected to all other beings. I wish to illustrate the teachings that have helped me feel greater peace.”

Pam Comeau
Pam Comeau

A Meticulous, Well-Planned Process

Her art focuses primarily on figures, sometimes incorporating animals or objects to create a conversation. She begins a work of art by sketching an idea on paper. Her creative vision is “relatively composed before taking or finding photographs to use a reference.”

With her references in hand she then moves on to  the canvas. She starts with a grisaille underpainting in acrylic, and then applies many glazes of oil paint. Using a methodical layering process she produces a rich luminosity and depth.

Pam Comeau
Pam Comeau, 4+1, oil on canvas,  20″ x 24″.

Exhibitions and Accolades

In 2013 Comeau pursued a career as a full time artist. Since then she has had several exhibitions including those at the Montreal Art Centre and Gallerie Vanasse. She was also selected to participate in the 2015 Yes Art Expo and has accepted an invitation to auction selected pieces online through Artbomb.

In the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” 2015 juried competition Dynasty Brush Company presented her with a Special Award. Karyn Meyer-Berthel, who selected Comeau to receive this award states: “Pam Comeau’s work takes healing to a whole new level as she explores emotional and spiritual healing through her work. Her art exhibits exquisite design and careful detail while bringing the viewer into the visceral world of the spiritual. Dynasty would like to award Pam Comeau for her thoughtful exploration of spiritual and emotional healing through her oil paintings.”

Pam Comeau
Pam Comeau, Gift, oil on canvas, 8″ x 8″.

Her Goals As An Artist

Her exquisite light-filled paintings that focus on different hand gestures express a powerful and meaningful universal language of connection, love, and generosity.

The artist shares her aspirations. “I have two important goals with my art. I want it to be visually pleasing and I want it to have levels of meaning.”

Comeau also explains, “I use figures, animals and objects, often allegorically, to communicate my thoughts. I compose titles that will narrate my compositions with added humor or hope. It is important to me to paint with reverence for my subject matter.”

Pam Comeau
Pam Comeau, King and Queen, oil on canvas, 12″ x 11″.

Her Influences and Inspiration

Although Comeau mentions that she is primarily a self-taught artist she has taken courses in sculpture, painting, drawing and photography at Concordia University and The Saidye Bronfman Art School. Additionally, she learned the specific technique of glazing oil by master painter Irena Korosec. She credits artists like Alex Colville and Patrick Kramer as having positive influences on her work and she strives to add qualities that characterize their art into her paintings.

Visit Pam Comeau’s website www.pamcomeau.com
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Claire Mack Reflects The Human Spirit

Her Figurative Images Are Provocative and Soothing

Claire Mack
Claire Mack

Claire Mack is a winner of the “Featured Artists Award”,  a top honor  in the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” 2015 juried competition. Her art was selected from more than 1,000 images that were submitted by artists from around the world.

The artist who was born in California, and now lives in Washington, has won previous awards from Manhattan Arts International.

Her art was selected this year and in the past because she consistently produces a unique and outstanding series of artwork that emanates a powerful innate sense of healing.

She has a sensitive artistic vision that is manifested through her proficiency in a variety of mediums. Her adept use of different materials brings an enormous breadth and depth to her art. As a master of using symbolic imagery  she weaves universal narratives that  beckon us to explore, discover, reflect, and interpret.

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Claire E. Mack
Claire E. Mack, Self-Healing, acrylic, charcoal, and collaged paper, thread on panel, 24″x 20″.

Her Art Provides A Passageway

Her paintings not only immediately appeal to our senses they hold our rapture as though we are returning to a familiar, peaceful otherworldly dimension.

Through her paintings we encounter the wisdom of the ages and realize that the physical and spiritual realms are connected.  Her art provides a passageway for understanding balance, harmony and the potential for our inner healing.

Claire E. Mack
Claire E. Mack, Protection for the Wounded, acrylic and charcoal 33” x 24”.

The Influence of Art on Healing

In her submission to The Healing Power of ART 2015 competition, she  wrote: “I believe that art has a profound healing influence on both the artist and the viewer. Through the depiction of beauty and recognition of the human condition, our spirits are uplifted and connected on a deeper level. My work has evolved from years of gathering a personal iconography based on my own healing and spiritual growth.”

Claire E. Mack
Claire E. Mack, Bloom Verdant, acrylic, charcoal, conte crayon, 24″x 24″

Guided By Inner Experience and Nature

The artist has stated, “I portray figurative images, symbolic beings that represent my inner experience and life process.  More often than not, I am working intuitively, letting the images take shape as I go, thus, each piece is unique, connected by the thread of my spirit and surroundings.

“I also use imagery from nature, which is a continual source of inspiration and healing energy. As an artist, it is my hope to provide a common visual language that is both provocative and soothing to those who resonate with my work.”

Calire Mack
Autumn Bride, acrylic, collage, and thread, 24″x 18″.

A Process of Multiple Layers

Most of her pieces are built up on panels or canvas. She uses multiple layers that may include paint, charcoal, antique and decorative papers, thread, fabric, gold leaf, wax, pencil, and crayon.

The paintings shown here are among her most recent pieces.  As she explains, “I have been leaning toward a much more limited palette, despite life being more colorful than ever. I began to crave the dark black lines of charcoal last Spring and have continued to feel satisfied with deep umbers and ochre washes, combined with collage from antique book pages. As often happens, some of the figures are informed and inspired by my beloveds.”

Claire Mack
Snowberry, acrylic, charcoal, and collage, 24″ x 20″.

Exhibitions and Accolades

Claire Mack  received a BFA from the California College of Arts in Painting in 1987.  She has had numerous one-person and group exhibitions throughout Washington and other parts of the U.S. Exhibitions include those at Kirkland Arts Center, Ethos, Linus Gallery, and a solo exhibition at Ghost Gallery at Rocco’s, Seattle, WA. Her art will be featured in Xenographic 3, November 2015.

Visit Claire Mack’s website:  www.clairemack.com

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James B. Campbell ~ Mixed Media

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James Campbell
James Campbell, Confused by Eternity, acrylic-mixed media, 36″ x 32″.

About James B. Campbell

James B. Campbell is an artist from Indiana who won an Artist Showcase Award in the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” 2015 juried competition. He has won two other awards from Manhattan Arts International in previous exhibitions. His innovative use of mixed media and abstract forms to communicate messages of healing always set him apart from other artists in the competition.

Campbell submitted this statement with his entries: “My immersion in the creative process has been a ready reminder of the role it plays in healing . Grief may never leave one, but the work of art making can alleviate the loss by bringing the vitality of life to the forefront.”

Visit James B. Campbell’s website at www.campbellarts.net

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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Dolores Kiriacon ~ Photography

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Dolores Kiriacon, Wilting Lily, photograph

About Dolores Kiriacon

Dolores Kiriacon won an Artist Showcase Award for her artwork chosen in the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” juried exhibition. I was immediately impressed by several submissions of flowers captured during various stages of their wilting process. They portray the universal message of the aging process with grace and beauty.

In her submission statement she wrote: “I photograph flowers and other natural forms during their life cycle. The Lily Portfolio chronicles a plant’s life from it’s beginning bloom to its final stage of being wilted. These portraits celebrate this beautiful flower allowing the viewer to appreciate them in a new and different way.”

She will exhibit at the The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, FL, in an exhibition juried by Elizabeth Sobieski, a Contributing Writer to the Art Economist, May 16 to August 29, 2015.

Visit Dolores Kiriacon’s website at www.doloreskiriacon.com
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Joseph A. Pearson ~ Painting

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James A. Pearson, A choice of Weapons, oil on canvas “46 x 40″.

About Joseph A. Pearson

Joseph A. Pearson is a realist painter who lives in New Orleans, LA. He has won many awards and grants including the Artist Showcase Award in the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” 2015 online juried exhibition for his outstanding painting “A Choice of Weapons”.  It resonated with us for conveying an important social message with authenticity and feeling. All of his art “embraces the concept of social realism by drawing attention to everyday conditions…”

In his statement to the jurors he wrote: “I am interested in the transformative energy of art to heal social ills by challenging perceptions and inviting the viewer to take a closer look at the content. I draw inspiration from scenes from the street, issues in the news, and issues regarding current social trends.”

Among his numerous awards and accolades Pearson was commissioned by the White House Historical Association to represent the state of MS in celebrating the 300th anniversary of the White House.

Visit Joseph A. Pearson’s website at www.josephart.net
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Carol McIntyre ~ Painting

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Carol McIntyre, Unearthing Dreams, oil, 36” x 48” x 2”.

About Carol McIntyre

Carol McIntyre won an Artist Showcase Award in the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” 2015 juried competition. Her entry “Unearthing Dreams”, shown here, uniquely conveys the majestic power of nature and provides an immediate healing impact on the viewer.  All of her paintings evoke an ethereal quality that lifts us to a blissful state.

In her statement to the jurors McIntyre wrote: “I was born with an abnormal airway and, unknowingly, I had been suffering from sleep apnea for 50 years. Double jaw surgery was required and during recovery my husband reported that I stated, ‘It’s more fun with air!’ Upon returning to my studio, this joyful celebration appeared in my paintings.”

McIntyre lives in Colorado. She has received many awards and has exhibited her work in galleries in Colorado and other venues throughout the U.S.

Visit Carol McIntyre’s website: carolamcintyre.com

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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Bren Sibilsky ~ Drawing

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Bren Sibilsky, Messenger’s Flight of the Soul, charcoal and conte, 18” x 15”.

About Bren Sibilsky

Bren Sibilsky is an international artist who lives in Wisconsin.  She has attracted many collectors from North America and Europe. She won the First Place Cash Award in the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” 2015 juried competition for her sculpture “Fisher’s of Men”.  She won an Artist Showcase Award for her drawing “Messenger’s Flight of the Soul”, shown above.

Sibilsky won awards in previous exhibitions presented by Manhattan Arts International for her profound creative vision and mastery of different mediums.

About her award-winning drawing Sibilsky wrote: “My father and I spent many months together his last year of life as he fought cancer. This drawing was created during this time and finished after his death. Many cultures, through mythology, connect the soul and birds. It is an animal believed to carry messages from this world to the spirit world. The Turkish have a saying that describes death as, ‘His Soul Bird has Flown Away.’

“This drawing has a lot to do with me accepting death and the struggle of life. The bird in the drawing was a baby when I rescued it. I released it as an adult. She had many babies that year, but was eventually killed by a hawk. That is the circle of life around the spirit bird in the background which is flying into the box shapes which I created from the frame on the wall behind my father. Contained in that frame is a photo of my older brother who tragically died many years before. He died the same year I left for Art School. I looked at that photo many times when dad sat there. I knew he would see his only son soon.”

Read an article “Bren Sibilsky Creates Animated Poetic Sculpture”.

Visit Bren Sibilsky’s website at www.brensculpture.com
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

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Jo Jayson ~ Painting

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Jo Jayson, Guan Yin – Mother of Compassion and Mercy, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 36” x 24”.

About Jo Jayson

Jo Jayson is an artist who lives in Westchester, NY. She is a recipient of a Manhattan Arts International “Artist Showcase” Award in The Healing Power of ART 2015 juried competition.  All of her submissions epitomize the theme of the exhibition with superb talent and spiritual conviction.

Jayson exhibits her artwork in different holistic/metaphysical and mind body spirit shows throughout the U.S. She also offers workshops and classes on the Sacred Feminine, Chakra healing and connecting to ones Spirit with Art.

With her submissions to The Healing Power of ART exhibition she provided this statement: “I am a painter of the Feminine, my images represent the gentle and quiet strength, compassion and gentleness of the feminine. I am grateful to have witnessed my work encourage many to heal their emotional wounds and shine their gentle empowerment.”

Visit Jo Jayson’s website: www.jojayson.com/

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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Barbara Rachko Creates Bold and Dramatic Pastel Paintings

Her Contemporary “Black Paintings” Transform Cultural Objects

By Renée Phillips

Barbara Rachko
Barbara Rachko in her New York studio. Photo credit: Jenna Lash.

Barbara Rachko was born in Paterson, New Jersey and grew up in a New York City suburb. The full-time artist currently divides her time between residences in New York and Alexandria, Virginia.

Rachko is internationally recognized for her unique of pastel-on-sandpaper paintings that are inspired by Mexican and Guatemalan cultural objects.

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Barbara Rachko, Epiphany, pastel-on-sandpaper painting, 38” x 58” image, 50” x 70” framed.

Steeped in Authenticity and Symbolism

In her series titled “Black Paintings” we see an array of exotic and primitive masks, carved wooden animals, papier mâché figures, and toys. In the artists’ hands these objects, many of which have been used for religious festivals, are transformed from their original old historic roots to dramatic and bold contemporary works of art. However, the rich symbolism remains and is transmitted to the viewer for our personal interpretation.

Rachko’s  attraction to the cultural treasures has taken her on many travels to southern Mexico and Guatemala. There, she visits the local local mask shops, markets, and bazaars “searching for the figures that will later populate my pastel paintings and photographs.” When she returns from her trips she reads as much as she can find about the objects, a preoccupation that imbues her art with a profound authenticity.

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Barbara Rachko, Big Wow, pastel-on-sandpaper painting, 38” x 58” image, 50” x 70” framed.

Cool Jazz Influences

Rachko reveals, “The idea for the ‘Black Paintings’ series began when I attended a jazz history course and learned how Miles Davis developed cool jazz from bebop. In bebop the notes were played hard and fast as musicians showcased their technical virtuosity. Cool jazz was a much more relaxed style with fewer notes, i.e., the music was pared down to its essentials. Similarly my current series evolved from dense, complex visual compositions into paintings that depict only the essential elements—the actors.”

The current “Black Paintings” series, Rachko explains, grew directly from her earlier “Domestic Threats” series. Both of these bodies of work “use cultural objects as surrogates for human beings acting in mysterious, highly-charged narratives.”

Barbara Rachko
Barbara Rachko, Incognito, pastel-on-sandpaper painting, 38” x 58” image, 50” x 70” framed.

Unique Compositions and Rich Textures

To create her unique and compelling compositions Rachko removes all of the non-essential background details are replaces them with an intense saturation of dark black pastel. As a result the figures become the dominant focal points — animated and personified.

What may be considered a labor of love Rachko takes months to complete each extraordinary work of art. She deliberately and slowly builds up as many as 30 layers of soft pastel for each painting to achieve depth and a velvet-like richness.

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Barbara Rachko, Motley, pastel-on-sandpaper painting, 38” x 58” image, 50” x 70” framed.

Achievements and Accolades

Barbara Rachko is represented by six galleries throughout the United States. She has had exhibitions nationally and internationally. Among her many awards include the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation award, and two grants from the Templar Trust in Lichtenstein. She also completed the Ajira’s Emerge 2000 business program for artists.

She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in psychology. After college, she earned a commercial pilot’s license and Boeing 727 flight engineer’s certificate, then spent seven years on active duty as a Naval officer. It was while working at the Pentagon that she began to study figure drawing and medical anatomy. That marked the beginning of her development of her technical prowess matched by her unique artistic vision and style.

She subsequently resigned from active to devote herself to creating art. Rachko’s first eBook, “From Pilot to Painter,” is available on Amazon.

Barbara Rachko
Barbara Rachko, Poker Face, pastel-on-sandpaper painting, 38” x 58” image, 50” x 70” framed.

Her Radio Interview

You may listen to an interview with the artist by Brainard Carey on the Yale University Radio podcast http://museumofnonvisibleart.com/interviews/barbara-rachko/ and and on amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HNVR200

Visit Barbara Rachko’s website at www.barbararachko.com

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