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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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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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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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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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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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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Pam Comeau is An Award-Winning Hyperrealist Artist

Her Narratives Reflect Psychological and Spiritual Experiences

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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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Dolores Kiriacon ~ Photography

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Dolores Kiriacon
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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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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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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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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Carol McIntyre ~ Painting

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Carol McIntyre
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.

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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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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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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.

Barbara Rachko
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.

Barbara Rachko
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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Carrie Webster Creates Surreal Photographic Images

Story-Telling Through “Artography”

By Renée Phillips

Carrie Webster
Carrie Webster creates photographic manipulations on her computer. She is an artist skilled in many mediums. The wall in front of her displays her paintings.

Carrie Webster creates “Artography” that welcomes viewers into a myriad  worlds of self-discovery and enchantment. The artist who lives in Sydney, Australia, has an uncanny gift for developing stories through montages that are compelling and mysterious. They leave indelible imprints on our psyches.

All of Webster’s photographic montages are composed of images that she has taken herself, and then layered and transformed in Photoshop to create richly developed works of art.

All rights reserved. Do not copy any images without the artist’s permission.

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Carrie Webster
Carrie Webster, Let the Healing Begin, digitally enhanced photography. Limited Edition signed prints. Prints up to 40″ x 40″.

Skill and Experimentation

Webster’s art invites us to meander through surreal tableaus that are infused with theatrical flair and fantasy. We encounter references to mythology, legend and myth.

Her unique artistic expression is based on a keen sense of composition, graphic design and many years of experimenting with different mediums, tools and themes.

She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at COFA in her early twenties, and then moved into the field of graphic and web design. She also has a Masters degree in Information Architecture.

Carrie Webster
Carrie Webster, The Butter Dish, digitally enhanced photography. Limited Edition signed prints. Prints up to 40″ x 40″.

Imagination With Versatility

A prolific and imaginative artist Webster excels in creating many different series, yet always reflects her inimitable style.

From her website we learn that her works are often inspired by, and created for, friends. For example, “The Butter Dish” shown above, epitomizes the persona of her friend “who has an extremely outgoing, flirtatious and zany personality, with a wicked sense of humor and a larger than life energy.”

Carrie Webster
Carrie Webster, Royal Portrait, digitally enhanced photography. Limited Edition signed prints. Prints up to 40″ x 40″.

Unconventional Items

Webster explains, “You’ll notice that a lot of my work incorporates the use fruit and vegetable that I use to create characters and landscapes. If you look carefully, you may see other unconventional items that have been crafted and blended into my images.”

In fact, her most recent exhibition in 2015 was a re-imagining of the Chinese Horoscope animals, photographed as vegetables and transformed into magical animals.

Carrie Webster
Carrie Webster, The Healing, digitally enhanced photography. Limited Edition signed prints. Prints up to 40″ x 40″.

Honors and Awards

Carrie Webster has had many one-person and group exhibitions including the Sydney Headon Photo festival with a solo exhibition of digital images at the Essential Ingredient Cafe in Rozelle. Titled “Darkness and Light” the series in this exhibition explored “the presence of opposing forces in both our universal experiences and in our personal worlds.”

She was recently selected as a featured artist for Studio Visit (Volume 25) and International Contemporary Artists (Volume 8). She won awards in the Wide Open Digital 2 contest and the Professional Women Photographers (PWP) 38th Anniversary International Women’s Call for Entry.  The artist was also selected as a finalist for the international online Open Art Exhibition at the SpaceLightTime gallery.

Carrie Webster
Carrie Webster, High Priestess, digitally enhanced photography. Limited Edition signed prints.
Prints up to 40″ x 40″.

Her Art Offers Positive Perspectives

Webster’s art is a reflection of her personal introspection and we are fortunate that she takes us along for the journey that may lead us to transformation. As she explains, “We all have limitations as individuals in our ability to change the outside world, however, I have complete freedom to create my internal world. The external world can be a very dark place and every day as I watch global events unfold, I am filled with disbelief, sadness and fear for the kind of world our children are inheriting. Art enables me to escape from this, to find humour in myself and my surroundings, and just to momentarily forget. If my art can create these kind of moments for someone else, I am humbled.”

Visit Carrie Webster’s website at www.artfolio.com.au/

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Teri Leigh Teed Creates Awe-Inspiring Photographs

Her Art Captures Her Reverence For Nature

By Renée Phillips

Teri Leigh Teed photographs

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
Teri Leigh Teed, Evening Song in Camden, 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 photographs
Teri Leigh Teed, Reflections on Black Creek Kalmia Gardens, South Carolina, photograph

Her “Seasons of The South” Raises Awareness

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.

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 20 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, Foggy Winter Day at Springdale Race Course, 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. She is also a writer for The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS website.

Visit Teri Leigh Teed’s website at www.healingspiritart.com

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Meet Twelve Artists In Their Creative Zones

When viewing artists in their creative zones we may immediately sense their commitment, pride, and satisfaction. Whether they create masterpieces in their basement studios or out in nature these spaces are their sanctuaries and they are content to be there.

The photographs you see here are of some of the outstanding members of the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists Program in their milieu — either creating or displaying their works of art.  Each artist is special and unique in personality and expression.

I encourage you to click on their page links to learn more about them and visit their individual websites.

The header photographic image is by Elaine Hunter.

Joanne St-Cyr ~ Painting With Precision

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr creates a world of fantasy and symbolism with a masterful prowess. Visit her page.

Elliot Appel ~ Exhibiting with Pride

Elliot Appel
Elliot Appel reflects the unique essence and energy of New York City.  Visit his page.

Elaine Franz Witten ~ Carving A Sculpture

Elaine Witten - SculptureElaine Franz Witten captures grace andelegance with classical sculpting expertise employing the lost wax method. Visit her page.

Linda S. Watson ~ Taking An Art Break

Linda Watson
The ebullient artist Linda S. Watson shares the natural beauty of Hawaii and the cosmos.  Visit her page.

Isabelle Gautier ~ Releasing The Energy

Isabelle GautierIsabelle Gautier expresses her love of nature, color and design in universal abstract paintings.  Visit her page.

Elke Daemmrich ~ Standing Proud

Elke DaemmrichAn award-winning artist Elke Daemmrich has a mastery of design, color and composition. Visit her page.

Peter Treiber ~ Setting The Aperture

Peter Treiber

Peter Treiber creates a visual symphony of color, light and motion in dramatic photographs. Visit his page.

Cheryl Irwin ~ Adding The Final Strokes

Cheryl Irwin
Cheryl Irwin expresses her joy and the sacred language of color to inspire reflection in viewers. Visit her page.

Matti Sirvio ~ Pausing to Reflect

Matti Sirvio
Matti Sirvio communicates human connection in a universal language beyond time and space.  Visit his page.

Elaine Hunter ~ Capturing A Moment

Elaine HunterUsing photographic manipulation techniques Elaine Hunter imbues her art with spell-binding drama and a sense of mystery. Visit her page.

Mary Lou Dauray ~ Creating A Message

Mary Lou Dauray
Mary Lou Dauray is dedicated to raising  awareness about climate destruction and global warming through her art. Visit her page.

Liesbeth Oudshoorn ~ Displaying Her Joy

Liesbeth Oudshoorn
Liesbeth Oudshoorn creates enchanting paintings inspired by bliss, dreams and imagination. Visit her page.

Learn about our curated Featured Artists Program.

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We promote artistic excellence through curated online art programs, theme exhibitions, and our social media communities. The Director Renee Phillips, arts advocate and author, launched this website after publishing Manhattan Arts International magazine for 17 years.