Diana Ahrens began her artistic career in 1979 painting aerial photography in Toledo, Ohio. Later, in 1991, she apprenticed as a stain glass artist at Cristallo Glass Studio in Toledo. After her apprenticeship there, she studied with a 5th generation glass master from Germany.
She designed and built custom stain glass windows and other works, both original and antique while at the Cristallo Studio. In 1994 Diana created a glass mosaic dining tabletop for the Andy Warhol "Art for Campbell Soup" contest. Diana’s piece was later displayed in the Whitney.
For fourteen years she and her husband worked from their studio in Northern Nevada, attending art events in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. In the summer of 2010 she and her husband relocated to Northwest Georgia where her studio is presently located. She currently shows her work at art events in the Midwest and Eastern United States. Her work can also be found in wineries in Napa/Sonoma, Palm Springs, CA and Jerome, AZ.
Not long ago, Steve Barton was known primarily as a local artist who captures bright and colorful California coastal scenes from La Jolla to Carmel. Today, Barton’s work is on display in more than 35 galleries, covering over a dozen states including Hawaii, New York, Florida and even Puerto Rico.
Originally from New Hampshire, Barton’s success as an artist began early. His mother, an oil painter herself, inspired and encouraged him to paint. After studying at Rhode Island School of Design, Barton desired to broaden his search for subject matter. He traveled to the West Coast,where his paintings took on the dreamlike quality that we experience today.
After completing his BFA in Illustration from Ringling School of Art and Design, Matt Beyrer became recognized for his ability to create an array of master crafted environments, ranging from realistic to fantasy portrayals. Due to his traditional background, his digital work has been noted for it’s lifelike sense of depth and detail.
Matt is always pushing the boundaries based on the knowledge that success as an artist does not come without effort, based on persistence and the passion to excel and go beyond the impossible.
Throughout history, there have been only a select few artists who have changed the way we view art. In the beginning, early man described his world by painting rock walls, using crushed berries and blood. When the first artists discovered pigments and began painting on paper and canvas, they eventually created distinct styles such as Impressionism, Abstract, Pointillism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and any other “ism” they could come up with. Since then, most artists have copied or cloned these styles by simply adding their own spin. The resulting lack of innovation is the current “product” of many art schools.
Then along came Chris DeRubeis……. Born in 1978, it wasn’t long before De Rubeis showed a very early proclivity for drawing. He drew on any materials he could find at home to express his talents. This talent was nurtured to the fullest by his family, and at age 11 his Grandfather gave Chris his first Airbrush. After watching Chris use his airbrush for the very first time, his Grandfather proclaimed that Chris was to become the Artist his Grandfather always wanted to be and would inevitably share his talents on the world’s grand stage.
Originally from Saint Paul de Vence in the South of France, a village well known all over the world where many artists love to meet each other. He assembles, disassembles, cuts into pieces, glues and paints to create spectacular lines which people either adore or are shocked by. A collection of oil and acrylic paintings with people who are painting on the ladder.
Meeting with the future……
Born in Pennsylvania in 1964, Guyton had the groundwork set for his artistic career at the age of 6, under the guidance of his father, Michael Guyton, an award winning fine and commercial artist and his mother, Anita Guyton, an Interior Designer and miniature (scale) artist.
In 1984 he attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he studied the fine arts, sculpture, and design theory. He graduated with an Associates Degree in Visual Communications. Since moving to Southern California in 1987, he has worked as a fine and commercial artist doing airbrush illustration, murals and signage.
In 1997 Guyton joined Linda Jones Enterprises/Warner Bros. as a background painter for legendary cartoonist and animator Chuck Jones. During which time he was privileged and honored to study under the late Maurice Noble. Guyton designed and painted many background scenes for Jones, most notable being the background scene for the ?Whats Opera, Doc?? Limited Edition Animation Cell which was included in the films induction into the National Film Registry, an honor bestowed on only 100 films to date for being ?among the most culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films of our time.? becoming the first-ever animation film to be inducted.
Gaylord Ho was born April 11, 1950, in Hsin-Wu, Taiwan. Born to poor farmers Gaylord spent most of his free time helping, along with his brother, with the chores of scratching out a living on a small rice farm in middle Taiwan. His parents, while certainly not well off financially, were accepting and loving of their children and believed strongly in education. Gaylord was sent off to the public school system as soon as he was of age. He was not, however, relieved of his duties on the farm and spent many afternoons and holidays wading in the rice paddies pulling weeds and grass, planting rice plants or harvesting the latest crops. Water buffalo was the main farm equipment of the day.
After attending the local school system, Gaylord entered and graduated from the National Taiwan Academy of Arts. His parents were tolerant of his artistic leanings; Gaylord says that his first foray into art was with crayons on his mother’s kitchen wall. They were not, however, convinced that art was a good occupation or a good way to make a living. Gaylord was “called” and would not sway from his goal to be an artist. Gaylord graduated at the top of his class. His student sculptures won the National Sculpture Exhibition. While acclaimed as a student, Gaylord realized that he still had to find a way for his art to provide a living.
Kira was educated in Southern California, where she received her Masters in Social Work. Working within the fields of Human and Social Services until September of 2006, she then chose to embark upon this journey as one of today’s most celebrated bronze sculptors and contemporary artists on a full time basis.
As a first generation descendant of Armenian immigrants, Kira was raised with an acute consciousness and compassion for the human condition. Coupled with her 15 year career as a Social Worker, her insight and inspiration as an artist have come from the ever-present witnessing of this plight of the human spirit. The situations visited, and the lives she has effected change and growth within, have nurtured within her an inconsolable compassion for the unsolicited emotion of the human condition.
Look closely at Nano’s sculpture and you will discover the bright colors of a Colombian market place, animals precariously laden with pots, fruits, vegetables, birds, bees, geckos, Pre-Colombian and contemporary artifacts. Look closer still and discover a deep respect for life, clearly observed, where everything, even a mischievous goat balanced on a pile of cast away tires is amazing.
Nano Lopez is an artist gifted with the rare ability to see the world as a child sees it, with exploration, wonder, and creativity. He is deeply fascinated by the sometimes troubling mysteries of life and its inherent struggles.
In his artistic process, Nano integrates organic textures and synthetic, human made objects into his bronzes to create pieces of art that reflect the same depth and richness he sees in the world around him. Although colorful and whimsical, Nano’s work is anything but child’s play and invites careful, sustained viewing. The rich and intricate textures and bright colors are subtlety evocative of his native Colombia and of other Latin art, but his depth of understanding and free associations transcend culture and time. They describe a world beyond the borders of ordinary maps where an unfettered imagination allow nature, science, folklore and modern industrialism to exist seamlessly together.
Regina Lyubovnaya is a graduate of the Moscow School of Arts where her young talent was nurtured by her parents and Soviet teachers. She left her homeland to learn from the masters in Italy and the United States. Lyubovnaya’s education includes the Moscow Institute of Arts and Crafts in Russia and the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. She is also a graduate from Loyola Marymount University and Art Center College of Design.
The essence of her paintings lies in her ability to capture light. Regina’s art has a traditional painterly feel found in the old masters of Europe. Her timeless paintings of flowers, still lifes and portraits are sought after by collectors worldwide. These collectors often remark that they get more compliments on a Regina painting displayed in their home than their other works including Chagall and Picasso!
“My creative soul was inspired by a desire to evoke my emotions at the deepest level with vibrantly colored swirls that exude off the canvas and into the heart of the viewer.”
Renea Menzies’ rise in the art world is as unique as her canvases of vibrantly colored 3-D flowers. In the beginning Renea started experimenting with different mediums – acrylic and mixed media formats. She now works exclusively with oil and has developed an original and popular floral style that has landed her work in prestigious galleries across the country.
In creating her art, Renea uses pallet knives to blend a variety of rich, jewel-toned colors. She then swirls the paint onto the canvas to create a beautiful blend of colors that transform into leaves. On a side canvas, she shapes and contours paint into a multitude of sculptured oil flowers and delicately transfers them onto the leaves that she has already created. Once the paint is partially dry, she applies a glaze. Her sculpted oil technique has a thick buttery appearance and creates a mesmerizing 3-D effect.
Born in Cleveland, Stephen Muldoon comes from a family of artists. Largely self-taught, he has traveled extensively in Europe, where he was influenced by the Renaissance, and in Central America.
Despite long experience working in multi-media, Muldoon’s first love is painting in oil on Metal copper and Aluminum / mixed media.
His range from amazing still-life to landscapes and ocean views oare spectacle. He has been inspired by the Florida coastline to create breathtaking studies of the sea, sunsets and landscapes.
Filled with light and life, Muldoon’s canvases reflect virtually every human emotion — as well as his own boundless enthusiasm for his art.
What the heart wants and the heart needs can be found in a Fabio Napoleoni painting. Nostalgia, sorrow and moments that lift the soul are all there for the world to see and experience along with him. The vivid colors and captivating character invite you into and emotional ride that is welcomed by the mind and the heart.
Simple landscapes set the stage to the value of emotional attachment that can be compared to no other.
Influences from some of this century’s greatest artists are hard to find in his pieces, but are drenched deep in the fabric of what puts a Napoleoni painting together. It all started in Ponce, Puerto Rico 1972…
For Fabian Perez, the purpose of art is to perpetuate beauty. “That is what I am always striving for. God created the world and embellished it with the wonders of nature. I think it is the artist’s job to embellish it with his work.”
“I am constantly fighting for a more romantic world, one where the woman and the man have defined roles and power isn’t always the goal.” Pausing, he says, “I would like to say that it is not important what you have, but how you enjoy it.”
Born in 1967 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Fabian had a difficult childhood. His father owned bordellos and nightclubs that were illegal. He also was a gambler. To this day, Fabian remembers the police coming to their home looking for his father who would try to escape through the back door. “So many times he went to jail. I remember when I was very young going to police stations and looking for him.” Eventually his father gave up the business, lost everything and lapsed into depression.
Marco Toro lives in London, England, where he has an established reputation for his finely crafted portraits of movie icons. Toro’s icons of the silver screen are brought to life by his clean, sharp style, which conveys the essence of the actors and the characters he portrays.
When the English actor, Michael Caine, saw Toro’s portrait of him, he was so impressed that he insisted on signing the portrait himself. A unique endorsement of Toro’s work.
Toro lives and paints in London, England, where he teaches at the renowned Camberwell School of Art, a college of the University of the Arts London.
Come and enjoy the fabulous works of Dr. Seuss. He is one of the most notable artist of the 20th century.
Author, illustrator, cartoonist, Academy award winner. Still the number one seller of children's books.