Environment plays a huge role in all of my art. My goal as an artist is to raise awareness on issues like Gender Equality, Women Empowerment, Black Lives Matter, and Self Love. Talking to other artists about their techniques motivates me to try new things and stay challenged.
I was about 15 years old when I first started working with clay. My art teacher inspired me to apply and be accepted right out of high school into the School For American Craftsmen at RIT in Rochester New York. After getting my BFA in clay I thought OK i'll be an artist in my own studio. Being 20ish and not knowing anything about life I soon realized I was lonely working by myself and very unhappy. So the young me got out of clay and learned all about making a life with exciting friends and new adventures. I've had many art related jobs, everything from doing display in a six story department store to designing event spaces for parties and working in the floral arts. In the end Art School worked out great because it taught me how to use my design eye and gave me a base to create a well rounded happy life. Fast forward to being 59 and missing clay and finally having enough money to set up a studio and here I am. I'm now in my 60's and making clay and could not be happier.
Playing with a ball of mud (clay) when I was very young started it. From the beginning transforming clay has struck me as magical. Clay is my key to the secret garden, my way down the rabbit hole through the looking glass and out again. Over the years, that magical process has had its way with me, leading me from hobby to professional artist and ceramics teacher. Ceramics fills me with a sense of accomplishment and integrity and has proven a most amenable vehicle for translating inner vision to outer reality. But basically, I create my figures because I am compelled to!
For Kimberly Davis, every painting is its own little journey. A native of Oxnard without formal training, Davis has honed her craft alongside the city itself – friends, family, diversity in her community, and the beauty of the surrounding nature have all contributed to an emerging artistic sensibility. Her early works varied in form and function; from collage assemblages in open-call exhibitions to public murals at local high schools. Landscapes and other works inspired by nature soon followed. Today, pour-painting finds itself at the fore of the artist’s style.
I’m a portrait artist in Ventura, California. I was born in Russia, Western Siberia. Here in California, I spent a decade working as a graphic designer for local businesses, and another decade as a Russian translator for the FBI in Los Angeles. I’ve been a full-time artist 7 years, focusing on portraiture and working in watercolor. What I love about watercolor is it’s fluid, spontaneous nature. I love painting people. To me, it’s the most intriguing and rewarding experience. When I look for a model/muse for my portrait, I look for something that connects me to that person. As I paint, I try to interpret what I think my muse is feeling.
Influenced and inspired by the ancient mythology and legends of her Greek and Mexican ancestry, Cecile’s art has a style all its own, ready to be interpreted differently by all who view them. Whether Cecile goes to work with an idea in mind or with nothing of the sort, when her hands find the clay, her creative nature comes to life to create these masterpieces. Simplicity is a rarity, as curly eyelashes, shells, hand-crafted jewelry, and occasional metal screws are added to create diversity. Different firing processes are used including raku, a low-fire hands on firing. The magical raku firing process usually produces brighter colors, and generates metallic flashes of copper, gold or silver.
Ever since I was in Jr. High School I had a camera in my hand. Maybe it’s because my parents were the Photographers at the Spade Cooley Ballroom on the Santa Monica Pier in the ‘50’s, or maybe because I had a darkroom built in my bedroom bathroom. Photography has always been part of my life. I graduated from College with a Photo-Journalism degree. One spring evening when I was in Kansas City, I got caught in a Tornado Warned Storm. The weathermen showed, to the minute, when it would start raining and where the storm was. Then at that exact time it started pouring like I had never seen in my life. I had to learn about it. I learned how to spot a storm, how to read a radar, where to position myself in a storm so I’d be safe and how to get the best pictures of that natural wonder.