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.
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.
I have always been inspired by images and words that stir my soul. As a child I always loved playing with clay and paint, nothing like getting your hands dirty. After retiring from many years working in visual effects for film and TV, I moved to Oxnard, CA. Here I started exploring my art again doing mixed media collages which lead me to discover Assemblage Art. Throughout my life I have studied drawing, painting, sculpture, bronze casting and fashion design. I always seem to be drawn to the female form which is represented in most of my art.
"I need to tell stories and express what I feel. I always figured that if everything was painted really well, you could say whatever you wanted. I think hidden behind a lot of my candy colored pieces are revolutionary slants leaning toward the misfits and underdogs. Subtle jabs at Classism, racism, greed and commodified sexuality. It’s all in there, but never in your face."
Denise recently retired and has finally been able to pursue her lifelong passion of painting and creating in her home art studio in Ventura. Denise started painting very young. In fact when she was in Kindergarten and grade school, her paintings were hung in the principles office. While the other kids were doing finger paintings, Denise painted portraits and landscapes. She always knew being an artist was what she wanted to do when she grew up and pursued it ardently in High School and College. Alas, finding herself a recently divorced single mother at an young age changed her career course for the next 28 years where she landed a job working for the Department of Defense/Navy. The job was rewarding and enabled her to travel the globe and meet and make many new cherished friends however, her heart longed to be an artist. Now her dream has come true and she is free to paint to her hearts desire.
I took art and ceramics in high school. I have always loved to draw. In the Navy I had a friend who oil painted said I should try it so I did and found I enjoyed the possibilities paint provided. I eventually moved to acrylics and experimenting with other stuff just making art. I had a lot of long breaks artistically but now that I'm retired from the Navy I have more time for it.
Dhyana Zagri is a highly skilled, self taught artist. Whether painting, illustrating or working in leather and fabrics, she creates beautiful and unique pieces. Currently working on a series of wave paintings, developed during her time living in Hawaii, these images are inspired by the power and beauty of the ocean. Bright colors are used to create an emotional connection to the energies. Dhyana also has a collection of paintings inspired by her interest in Tibetan Buddhist art. Deities and dragons, Goddesses and Demons, they are powerful depictions of the incredible understanding of Buddhist imagery. Accomplished as an illustrator, Dhyana has created beautiful, realistic images of her spirit animal, the horse. Whether done in pen and ink or painted, she depicts the power, grace and personality of this magnificent creature. Also skilled in many crafts, Dhyana creates beautiful leather bags with hand cut fringe and beading. She has designed and created costumes for cosplay, Renn Fairs and Halloween.
Following an illustrious career spanning decades in Hollywood as a respected and published fine art / portrait photographer as well as art boutique partner in LA’s designer district Doug set his talented eye on the beach- Mandalay Shores to be exact! With the beauty of his surroundings as inspiration Doug handcrafts each and every one of his unique creations with exceptional attention to detail. Using beautiful hand selected shells as the main medium and introducing other natural elements like sea glass, driftwood, gems, beads etc. The results range from naturally weather worn organic to beach chic glamour! Ranging from large statement mirrors to small bejeweled starfish to trinket boxes and luxurious home decor items, each one of a kind piece is sure to be a conversation starter. Several examples of Doug’s work already adorn homes right here in the Shores as well as homes in Los Angeles, Miami and many others across the country.
Capturing nature's essence, as well as the intrigue and depth of numerous cultures, Eric Hall has been taking thrilling and awe-inspiring photos of places across the glove for over a decade. Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Eric left home at 18 and has been to all seven continents. He now lives in Ventura, California, which currently serves as his camp for embarking on adventures in the California wilderness.
I am a passionate multi-talented individual, an Art Director, Graphic Artist, Acrylic Painter and New Media Artist. I've lived five miles from NYC my whole life and have been drawing since the age of 12. My inspiration comes from Pop Art, Van Gogh, Warhol, and Abstracts with texture. My artwork exonerates beauty with impressionist colors, bold hues, varied textures and subtle to bright color palettes. Fall in love with my art that will bring joy to your mind, body, and spirit.
College during the early ‘70s was a very eclectic period of discovery for Fred producing a number of critically acclaimed pieces, at least by his teachers. He delved deeply into life drawing, painting, fiber construction, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, air brush, and advertising design. Then life took over, and the next forty years were spent in many divergent industries making a living. These included: advertising, aerospace technical art, the film industry, and finally gaming. He has since retired and returned to his passion for art. Fred is a perfectionist and therefore works in the abstract. Where he asks, what is perfect? He is currently working in water color, gouache, colored pencil, charcoal, oil and soft pastels. He has also created maps that are guaranteed to get you lost.
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.
Creating is my passion; Pyrography is a form of therapy and wakeful meditation for me. The process reminds me to slow way down and be in the present moment. Every item you see is handmade, with love, using a wood burning tool. No two items will be exact.
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.
An internationally recognized sculptor and an avid equestrian, Andreason is noted for her powerful bronze and cast stone equine, figurative and mythological forms. From her studios in Spain and the United States, Andreason creates her original sculpting in either bronze or fired clay limited editions. She uses water based clay to sculpt and employs a foundry to cast her bronze pieces. Andreason has taken numerous art courses from universities and colleges. She learned the technical aspects from private study for five years with the late Tony Peril who taught her the basics of sculpting and was her greatest mentor. Her knowledge of equine anatomy she learned from her mother who was an avid rider as well as an artist. She receives inspiration from the work of Moore, Zuniga, Marini, Picasso and Manzu. Her work has appeared in one-woman exhibitions internationally and nationally. She is currently represented by galleries in Spain, Paris, London and the United states.
Recently retired from Delta Airlines after 41 years, my husband and I moved to a new home that had an artist's studio in place. I had taken a ceramics class in college and dabbled in calligraphy, but now, with new found time on my hands, my love of the arts was reawakened. I decided to take painting classes from a local artist in Ventura. These classes lead me to want to explore all mediums especially mixed media. My current love is to use bits and pieces of anything I find, using discarded pallets and raw edge wood to add texture and depth to my paintings. Inspired by the colors of Monet and the intensity of Van Gogh, I look to nature and natural setting as the influence in my pieces. Waterscapes, cloud formations and foliage are a particular favorite in my work. While not knowing where my artist adventures will take me, I look forward to the journey.
Mitchelle Manalo is a contemporary artist currently working with mixed media, acrylic, and abstraction. She studied graphite drawing in Los Angeles, oil painting from plein air workshops, pastel painting, and traditional shibori techniques in Japan. Her photography has been displayed at various venues in Ventura including hotels and medical centers. She discovered acrylic pouring during the pandemic and enjoyed the versatility of acrylic paint. The vast array of techniques that can be utilized with fluid art and the incorporation of her previous knowledge in composition and color combinations produced gratifying results.
I have been oil painting since I was nine years old and have always been drawn to the beauty of landscapes around me. I didn’t start taking painting seriously until I attended an art market a little over a year ago and suddenly felt a desire to grow to my practice. Since then, I have painted landscapes from all over the world and now take on commissions. This allows me to bring special places and moments to life for others which gives me such a deep sense of fulfillment that I had never experienced with painting before.
Nahzy Tabrizi studied art at Azad University in Iran and earned her B. A. in Art from the University of California Northridge in 2016. As a woman living in Iran, Nahzy felt the strain of everyday life with every breath that she took. She took to drawing as a young child, and developed her skills as a painter over time. The calmness and empowerment that she obtained by producing her work was the only thing that kept her going, and it became her main focus as a teen. The war between Iran and Iraq also had a profound impact on her and further compelled her to concentrate on her artwork. Nahzy now resides in southern California where she continues to follow her passion of producing and studying art. Much of her work embodies themes of nature, depicting serenity and tranquility but also invoking feelings of wariness. Showing her desire to be at peace shadowed by a towering past, she strives to secure a calmness but is ever aware of the impossibility.
I have always been fascinated with our natural world, and have held a camera since age 2, musical instruments since age 6, and still to this day am thrilled by the dazzling world of crystals, gemstones, and 3 dimensional art. Also an abstract painter, these days I focus on bringing functional art to those who wish to have a beautiful conversation piece that not only dazzles visually, inspiring the imagination, but helps create a permanent clockwise or life affirming molecular spin: radiating out of the art itself - via the piezo electric or "orgone" effect, thus harmonizing ones environment on a molecular level from the damaging affects of wifi, cell phone towers, home routers, and high tension power lines.
I have been creating ceramics for 8 years. Growing up in Japan, California & Hawaii I developed a love of the ocean. I am inspired by combining my love of ceramics and the ocean in my work. I enjoy capturing the fluidity & movement of fish in my sculptures. What I value most in my art is people's positive reactions to the pieces I create. Working on my pieces has allowed me to develop a greater appreciation for fish species, anatomy & habitats. Jaques Cousteau once said, "The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever."
I am an artist living in the Sacramento area of California. I work in a style I call "Suburban Primitive." This style combines my interest in the origins and functions of art along with life in the suburbs. For me the draw of art lies not in the depiction of physical reality but rather the representation of my emotional, psychological and intellectual reactions to the environment in which I live. In general painting, for me, is visual thinking. It is a way of making sense, finding connections and organizing the seemingly incongruent thoughts that bounce around within my head. Ultimately I hold the belief that all things, within our existence, are somehow tied together and my task, as an artist, is to find and explore these ties.
Sherí Garwood is a multi-disciplinary artist. For the last few years she spends most of her time in a private art studio in Ventura where she explores mostly painting and music. Her favorite project is whatever she is working on at the moment! She has over 20 years experience teaching several subjects including watercolor, acrylic painting, drawing, and fashion art. Her newest passion, music, has her immersed in ukulele and singing, as she and her partner, Bill, are beginning to record original songs.
Shigeo Atake was a scholar with an IQ of 169 who also loved to paint. He passed away in 1989. His daughter, Marie Atake, is the founder of Forte Animal Rescue in Marina del Rey, California. Two-thirds of the proceeds for each of his paintings will be donated to Forte.
I have been painting all of my life. The images I paint are often inspired by what I see and feel when visiting the Big Sur, Santa Barbara, and Ventura coasts. I photograph constantly, but generally will use an original reference photo as a guide, allowing it to remind me of the beauty, wonder, and mystery of nature.
Wendy Winet, a New York City native, has drawn and painted since she was a young child. Winet graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from Pratt Institute, and worked in NYC as a clothing designer. She later moved west, settling in Ventura in 1977 in the very house she lives in today! She has planted a lush garden which serves as inspiration for many of her works. Winet is well known locally for her watercolor florals, but has recently enjoyed much success with her torn paper collages, either as abstracts or landscapes.