When I paint I dwell on Peace. Painting is Zen to me. I paint to the size of the canvas. For as big as the canvas in size, is how much I have to fill the space. With and from my soul.
I describe my paintings as feelings, emotions, vibrations, sensations all meshed into a pile of colors, lines, layers and shapes that bring mental conversation and stimulation to the mind's eye. In which causes the truth to be known. For a realization of how we all really feel inside. Every one sees some thing different when it comes to abstract art work.
Stephen Frank Gary is a Los Angeles based artist since 1993. He has been exhibiting his art for over 35 years. His artworks, mostly painting based, include many differing materials, and styles. His images are multi-experimental, ranging from landscape, to multi-media, to social commentary and includes performance art. The ideas set forth in the artwork, emanate as a reflection of the world that he sees around us.
Steve has always loved the water as you can see from his paintings. Steve has been surfing since the age of 11, when his uncle, Hop Swarts gave him his first surfboard. Hop Swarts was the surfer from Redondo/Hermosa Beach who started the United States Surfing Association.
Steve has always been extremely artistic throughout his life which is most apparent in the creative nature of his paintings, photography, music and videography.
Although I derive inspiration from various sources- e.g.., music, nature, the human condition-. I try to find the balance between mind and spirit. My goal is to involve viewers in a creative game where both the mind and the heart are stimulated.
Enjoy their complexity and juxtaposing simplicity. May the images gently rock our souls like a body without a back, unfix our gazes that we might have vision and untie our tongues such that truth has a clear path riveted in personal courage and character.
The Creative Spirit led me into many worlds. I've trekked alone in the Himalayas, and lived in tree houses in virgin jungles of Hawaii, eating only fruit and wild vegetables. I draw from doctoral study in Psychology, years in a contemplative order, 23 years of private practice and teaching, and multimedia explorations.
I fell in love with the computer, a mystic friend who lets me paint with light, and leads me into the heart of nature and the infinite creativity of the mind. I call my digital adventure, Cyberalchemy.
Sue Halstenberg was has lived in Southern California her entire life. She studied Art History at UC San Diego before earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where she studied under many accomplished artists.
Sue's elegant painting Victoria was featured on the cover of American Artist Magazine. An award winning artist, Sue was accepted as a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. She is also a member of the Santa Barbara Art Association and California Art Club. Sue teaches traditional drawing and painting at her art studio in Ojai, Calfornia.
Vivianne Nantel paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe; including: the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Roscoe Village, Ohio, the Yosemite Museum in Yosemite, California, the Williamsburg Art and Historical Society of New York City; the Peace Museum and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Blue Dolphin Fine Art Gallery in Pensacola, Florida, and Karpeles Museum Gallery in Santa Barbara, Powell Street Fine Art Gallery and Carla Schmidt Gallery in San Francisco, California and Castle Kruenburg, Austria. One of her paintings was featured at the 2004 Women’s History Exhibition at the Smithtown Township Arts Council, Mills Pond House, New York, curated by Dr. Connie Koppelman from the Stony Brook University, NY. Vivianne Nantel’s work also has been selected for several nationwide-juried exhibitions entitled, Celebrating the Goddess at the Joan Hanley Fine Art Gallery in La Veta, Colorado, and at the Indian Valley Artists Center, Inc., Hamilton Field, Novato, California, entitled from Heart to Heart, and also at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Belmont, California, in a national exhibition entitled, Angels and Demons. Her work has also graced the cover of Psychic Reader Journal, Malibu Chronicle Magazine, and Planet Light Worker Magazine. Her paintings have also been featured in four full pages in color in the April Issue 2006 of Yoga Magazine, and also on the national TV talk show, Bridging Heaven & Earth.
A lifelong passion of making art in the service of spirituality, peace, and truth telling nudged me to take pen to hand, and paint to brush to illumine and record the, wondrous, hopeful and sometimes haunting realities of being human. I studied art, education, and psychology in New York, Rhode Island and California, and have earned advanced degrees-- none of which are as valuable as the degrees of untold majesty and magnificence that await only our recognition.