EMERGING ARTISTS… a few more emerging artists on this Memorial Day holiday!

Emerging Artists

Time for a few more emerging artists! Enjoy your Memorial Day! Take a moment to remember those who served their country…

ANN TRAINOR DOMINGUE

Common in Light by Ann Trainor Domingue 24x24x1.5 Acrylic

Common in Light by Ann Trainor Domingue 24x24x1.5 Acrylic

This painting caught my eye, and being Memorial Day, I thought it would be nice to include one with the American flag! I like the perspective of this paintings, it’s fresh and different. I really love the bits of light on the porch, the fabulous green in the grass (but not flat green) and the shadows of the house. Very nice!

Read a bit about Ann, from her website:

I think a little messy is healthy. Find unmanicured far more interesting. And enjoy the uncommon.

This is a funny contradiction after spending three decades in the advertising industry where messy is unacceptable and crisp clean digital design is the holy grail. Now, I bring the best of those experiences to my art where I am both an unedited storyteller and sole designer–in search of the next step of my evolution as a painter.

When creating my artworks, I begin with design–a holdover from my days in advertising. Little thumbnail drawings begin to untangle the nest of inspirations and start the process of establishing order. Subject matter and color, medium and size, paint application and story, each contribute something important in this early design process. This convergence of ideas spills out into little designs in black and white, then evolves into small color drafts, created to evaluate the possibilities for larger work.

The sketches help lay a foundation but the details are to be determined once the painting process begins. I create art that is grounded in reality while obviously playing with it–reshaping forms and reinterpreting color. Lines sometimes do the heavy lifting, and at other times its color and texture that bring the piece to life. I enjoy the painting process itself–at times scrubbing out complete paintings only to discover half way through that the scrubbing is actually helping to merge elements and improve the work. This is what I refer to as being brave–sometimes it comes easily others its a full on struggle.

My treatment of edges is key to my working style. I love coarsely painted areas that dissolve into another, and crisp edges that melt into a softened area. It keeps my eye moving around the piece and not settling in one area. This variation keeps me going till the fundamental elements feel right. No science. No measuring. No roadmap to a destination. Just a feeling that things have arrived.

TOBY TOVER

Havana Momma by Toby Tover 36x36 Moxed Media

Havana Momma by Toby Tover 36×36 Mixed Media

Is this a fun painting or what? Doesn’t Havana Momma make you smile? She’s got spunk. You can tell that she’s past the point of caring what others think. I love it, her and her loud clothes. She’s happy and doing what she wants. It’s as if she’s saying “Life is short – Live it up“! (Very cool background too!)

Read a bit about Toby, from her website:

Everyday life ‘clip shots’ have held a fascination for me. Satire, humor and personal isolation are strong threads that weave themselves throughout the figurative work. The images have been processed through my own personal visual filter. I paint the genre of “human/social condition narratives” which come from my absorbing interest in movies, theater and personal or documentary photography.

Nostalgia is a component of the vintage-based work. Nostalgia in Greek literally means “the pain from an old wound”. It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. I paint what I feel: you do not have to feel as I do..that you get some emotional reaction from what I create is all that matters… whether it be laughter or a knowing connectedness.

The Divas, painted in acrylic, have one characteristic in common–they all are women with attitude. Displaying a fierce boldness with an undercurrent of intrigue that often turns introspective, they cannot be overlooked, or ignored. The Divas are in our face and we, as viewers have to confront them. Once seen, these images are hard to forget, perpetuating the ultimate diva feminine mystique. I try to capture my subjects in a moment to ensure that this moment will become timeless.

All images via the artist’s websites – images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artists.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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Emerging Artists: Aaron Bowles and Zachary Mendoza!

Emerging Artists

Now and then I like to share some emerging artists with you… take a peek! What a treat…

AARON BOWLES

Getting' Fixed Up by Aaron Bowles
 Gettin’ Fixed Up 24×18″

I think this is such a nice painting. The colors are fabulous. These boats have a regal air about them, high on their pedestals. Wonderful painting!

Read a bit about Aaron, from his website:

Born in Charlottesville, Aaron is a lifelong Virginian, where he went to college to study painting and design, and continues to live today. After many years as a digital creative director and freelance illustrator, which he continues, Aaron began to pursue his dream of becoming a painter.

Aaron studied painting at East Carolina University, and holds a bachelors degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied communication arts, painting, and English. He continued his art education at the graduate level by studying painting at George Mason University. A former assistant professor of design, he taught art at George Mason and Northern Virginia Community College. He exhibits nationally and is in numerous institutional and private collections. Read more HERE

ZACHARY MENDOZA

Albert Camus by Zach Mendoza

Albert Camus by Zach Mendoza  11×14″  Oil

Great colors! Love the different darks with pops of light. The face is fabulous, especially that one eye and the wild abstractness – great combo! Albert Camus was a French philosopher, author and journalist. At first glance this painting reminded me of a cross between Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Downey Jr.! Whoa! Nice painting!

Read a bit about Zach, (info from the artist), also be sure to check out his website!:

Zach K. Mendoza is a painter and illustrator who lives in Eagle Rock, California and recently graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. As a painter he is dry much interested in exploring both temporal directions of art history , the past and the not yet known. Armed with both a fascination of the past and an obsession to experiment, Zach makes work that often explores these predilections. Francis Bacon once said “I want a very ordered image but I want it to come about by chance”. The dichotomy of chaos and order is a fundamental component of Zach’s practice.

All images via ABowles.com and ZachKMendoza.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artists.

A big thank you to Aaron and Zach for submitting their websites!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Emerging Artists!

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Several times a year I like to post entries from Emerging Artists who have submitted their work to me. Check them out!

Take a minute to check out their websites and read a bit about them. If I didn’t post the entire bio/artist’s statement I provided a link so you could continue reading.

Thank you all for submitting your websites!

JULIA LAWING

Winter Folly by Julia Lawing 30x24" Oil

Winter Folly by Julia Lawing  30×24″  Oil

Julia Lawing  (JuliaLawing.com), Julia has a nice website and some nice paintings, nice shadows in this one above!… Check out her website!

Read a bit about Julia, from her website, to read in entirety, visit website!

Julia Chandler Lawing resides in Concord, North Carolina, with her husband Bruce and their four daughters. Born in Atlanta, her family relocated to St. Simons Island, Georgia, when she was 12. The beauty of the Golden Isles’ mossy oaks, tides and marshes, wildlife and coastline continues to influence her art today. Julia graduated from the journalism school at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, advertising sequence, with a concentration in drawing.

Post college, Julia experimented with various mediums including stained glass, ceramics, watercolor and photography. Past work experience includes undergraduate admissions recruiter at the Savannah College of Art and Design, advertising copywriter at The Charlotte Observer, grammar school art teacher, and volunteer docent at the Cabarrus Arts Council… (more)

GREG MARQUEZ

One Buffalo by Greg Marquez 24x36 Acrylic

One Buffalo by Greg Marquez  24×36″  Acrylic

Greg Marquez (Artquez.com), Greg has watercolor, acrylic and sculpture. Talk about well rounded! A very cool buffalo indeed! Also be sure to check out Greg’s blog while you’re on his website!

Greg Marquez is a native of Colorado and grew up in that mythical place called The West. Having spent most of his life exploring the western United States by foot, horse, bicycle and  car he finds that his artwork is imbued with the color and light so unique to this part of the world. Primarily thought of as a Watercolorist, Mr. Marquez also paints with Acrylics on canvas and is an accomplished sculptor. 

His work has been included in many prominent shows and has won accolades and awards. Mr. Marquez has also been awarded two commissions for Veneco Oil in Denver. The first was assigned based on the quality of his paintings on canvas and illustrates on two large, 5×9′, canvasses the natural life above and below an oil-rig near Santa Barbara, California.  The other commission was seated on a large, 4×8′  panel and details some of the wildlife found in the Sacramento Basin area by smaller panels affixed to the larger piece which in turn shows a landscape typical of the area.
Mr. Marquez also teaches painting and drawing and has volunteered many hours in the Denver Public Schools.
Most recently Greg Marquez was invited to participate in the Biennial of the Americas in Denver, CO.

YISRA PREVAIL

Broken Angel by Yisra Prevail 36x24" Acrylic

Broken Angel by Yisra Prevail  36×24″ Acrylic

Yisra Prevail (YisraPrevail.com), her paintings show strength. She has quite a story, be sure to read about her (and click the link to finish reading) and check out her website!

A childhood spent in civil-war torn Guatemala , … subsequently well-travelled, … a relatively new immigrant to Canada, … Prevail wishes to identify her present-day self through a spontaneous exercise/exorcism of paint to canvas. Early Canadian career-achievements in fashion illustration / design / modeling, and public relations eventually led Prevail to a wish for a more personal freedom of purpose—finally to emerge herself in a fine arts studio practice—to paint independently.

Glancing at Prevail’s Alfa series there can be no avoidance of an art historical reference … a flashback in time and place to modern, 1911-13, Germany,—consider an emerging ‘Expressionist’ movement struggling with the critical acceptance of the bridge between representational and non-objective imagery – the beginnings of communication of emotion through the purely ‘visual’ elements of colour and form in painting (witness: Jugendstil, Der Blaue Reiter group, … ).  

Artists are always limited in their choice of influences by taste and tenor of their own time. Where first generation Expressionists explored the metaphysical through orchestrated and articulate critical debate, art theory publication, artist associations, and theme-oriented group exhibitions, … ‘this’ generation expressionist Prevail has chosen to embark upon a personal, contemplative path (stream of consciousness) hoping —paint to canvas—to whisper —an essence of the divine power of creation— “a universal beauty held in heart, soul and spirit”. (…finish reading...)

All images via artist’s websites, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

Catch you back here tomorrow!