Ann Baldwin from London, England, began painting seriously after moving to the S.F. Bay Area in 1991. There she formed the connection between her love of literature and her work as a visual artist. Her collages are a sensual and emotional response to the theatre, layering images from old programs, incorporating excerpts from scripts, pasting on phrases which instantly bring to mind the experience of play-going. She explores both the visual effects of text and its tendency to carry meaning whether intended or not.
mixed media / canvas · 40" x 30"
acrylic / canvas · 36" x 36"
The Rocks Beneath
acrylic / canvas · 40" x 30"
mixed media / canvas · 30" x 40"
Seeds of Change
mixed media / canvas · 40" x 30"
Janet Bothne grew up in Massachusetts and studied Fine Art with a focus on painting at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in the early 1980‘s. From there she went on to numerous endeavors including antique restoration, freelance portraiture and illustration, and painting commercial murals. In 1996 she became a graphic designer and humorist for a silk-screen company — but her passion for drawing and painting pushed its way to the forefront of her life and 2003 she quit her job to pursue her dream. — Over time, her foundations in realism have given way to a fresh, bold abstract expressionism that allows her to explore color as her sole focus and subject matter.
Susana Casillas, born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, is a young emerging artist who also works as a photographer. In her short but upward career her works have been shown in various solo and group exhibitions in Mexico and internationally.
“I live to create. I live to transmit, to connect with my spiritual self and to sprout every fiber of me. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it is the present, the dancing emotion and the adrenaline of capturing it. There is no time, no space — it is all a single energy, powerful without limits. It is the infinite continence guided by intuition, liberating every taboo, just listening, loving it, liberating its strength. It is something that you feel, that you just know. There are no words, only that impulse of this deep place inside of us.” — Susana Casillas
Born in the city of San Jose, California, Agustin Castillo has a cross cultural upbringing between the U.S. and Mexico, where he has lived most of his life. His works are defined by his use of color that keeps only an allusion to the original. Hints of Picasso are evident, but digging deeper one can see zoomed-in cross sections of the tumultuous Goya. Abstract work from Castillo is capable of burning, corroding and destroying in its deep emblem of sexuality.
Judy is a contemporary abstract artist and started painting 30 years ago while living in South America. Her initial shows were in Peru and Brazil and followed by over 60 exhibits (solo, duo and group shows) around the globe. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines. Judy’s abstract expressionist paintings are characterized by the presence of thick and vibrant color. These works serve as a striking contrast to her minimalist pieces, which evoke a sense of serenity via a mostly white palette.
Kaori Fukuyama lives in San Diego, California, and is a full-time landscape designer by day, painter by night. Her art has been displayed at multiple galleries and juried shows.
“Having grown up in Japan and now living and working in the U.S., I am constantly fascinated by the paradox and duality that exist in our society as well as within myself; hard and soft, left and right, east and west, complex and simple, dynamic and subtle... Contemplating within the two opposite worlds, once in a while I find a sense of spirituality and a great source of creation." — Kaori Fukuyama
András Györfi comes from Kaposvár, Hungary, a regional capital 120 miles from Budapest. After learning privately from the painters Molnár József and Ruisz György he moved to Budapest, where he earned a degree as an architect at the Ybl Miklós Training College. Before András Györfi began exhibiting in 1991, he had illustrated for several Hungarian magazines for a couple of years and also designed a stage setting for the theater of Sopron. Györfi’s works are appreciated both in Hungary and internationally, and he is today considered to be one of the best and most promising Hungarian contemporary painters.
Cody Hooper grew up in North Texas and lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hooper studied under Southwest watercolor artist Barbara Hughes for several years which set his foundation as an artist. After years of painting with watercolors, he moved forward, experimenting with abstracts in various mediums. This pushed him to expand his horizons and tap into new areas of painting. There was a freedom and personal expression with abstraction and that was when he really began to flourish. Hooper is deeply interested in the effects of color, texture and the emotional response to strong composition.
Françoise Issaly graduated from University Paul Valery in Montpellier and University Michel de Montaigne in Bordeaux, France, where she obtained a DEUG in Plastic Arts, a License and a Master in Visual Arts, followed by a D.E.A. before moving to Canada in 1993. She has shown her work in solo and group shows in Canada, USA, Europe and also Asia. In 2015 she went for a 2 months to China to the Chinese European Art Center. She presented her first solo show there followed by her participation to the 12th African, Asian & Mediterranean international exhibition.
Elana Kundell creates imaginary environments in the abstract that are based on emotional rather than physical spaces. Based on memory — where experience is recycled and distorted — the paintings occupy an ambiguous zone between what is seen and what is felt. The process at its best reveals clues about the deep, usually hidden nature of meaning / feeling / being in the world, bringing to light possibilities for transformation. Working in oil on panel, the surfaces are developed intuitively using knives, brushes, fingers, and cloth to form dense, intersecting layers.
Ana Marini comes from Buenos Aires, Argentina and lives and works in California now. She studied art in Buenos Aires and Los Angeles. Her inclination towards the tragic, the sublime and the magical, aesthetic categories lingering between projection and perception, coherence and chaos, is why her works are described as “Magical Realism”. She says: “My art is about people and the way they experience their lives. While painting, I try to suggest a story, not only of the moment but also of an entire life. Not only of what we can see, but what is invisible to the eyes. Art is always a mirror. That is why it is so powerful. It speaks not only about my subject, but also speaks about my perceptions.”
Jack N. Mohr, a native of Berlin, Germany, studied visual communication and earned his M.A. in graphic-design at the State University for Creative Arts (now University of Arts) in Berlin. 1997 he moved to Santa Barbara, California. Aside from his graphic-design work he is home in a variety of art mediums including photography, collage, sculpture, print making, painting and also ceramics. But painting with acrylics and mixed media became is his focus and still is for the last 15 years. — In his mostly abstract art he likes to explore bold movements, and how light and shadow, contrasting shapes and textures or colors interrelate with each other and balance out in the final composition.
Born and raised in Southern California, Michael Moon always knew he wanted to be an artist. After finishing his M.A. in Educational Psychology, he began a combination of formal study of art at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, and UCLA. Influenced especially by El Greco’s passion, the impressionist’s love of color, and the expressionist’s love of paint, for the next years he painted essentially in solitude. During this time he also began to be influenced by Eastern thought as well as the practice of meditation. During this time he began to integrate Eastern and Western thought in the symbolism of his paintings.
Julia Pinkham has been working full time as an artist since 1979. In addition to fine art, her career includes a wide range of creative endeavors, e.g. creating a line of clothing of her own hand painted fabric designs, designing prints for a textile company in New York, and creating cloisonné jewelry designs for Zarah Company. She has written and illustrated Nature Encyclopedia coloring books for Stemmer House Publishers. Her watercolor paintings of endangered species were published as greeting cards and T-shirts worldwide. Julia’s art is strongly influenced by the natural world and the ocean in particular. Her abstract surrealist works reflect her interest in natural forms. Her work expresses a spontaneous sense of freedom, energy and movement.
Michael Quinlan, a New York-based painter and graphic designer, is drawn to the little details of life: patterns, shapes, intersections, colors. He is fascinated by how language — with its colloquialisms, idioms, and varied meanings — shapes our everyday existence. Michael believes that language, French in particular, is in itself a work of art. Armed with a voyeur’s propensity to observe, he uses words, shapes, colors, and sounds seen, said, imagined, heard and overheard in real life, film, literature, art, music, memories, dreams, and pop-culture to formulate his abstract expressions.
Each of Reilly’s paintings consists of thousands of brushstrokes, multi-layered, shiny and colorful acrylics, including gold and silver. His compositions are based on linear mathematical structures and designs, that interact with the non-regular-shaped canvases, sometimes evoking more the feel of a wall-sculpture than a painting. Jack Reilly received his M.F.A. from Florida State University and shortly thereafter he moved to Los Angeles. Reilly is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and numerous other awards. His paintings are included in major public, private and corporate collections internationally. He is Chair of the Art Department and Professor of Art at California State University Channel Islands.
Su Ha Sin came from a traditional Korean culture that was emotionally inexpressive. Yet, even in this environment, her paintings were a way of channeling emotions of the past and present, whether painful or precious, and thus became her primary mode of externalizing and communicating intense emotions.
The progression of her work since leaving Korea has revealed a shift from contemporary Asian to Western modernist influences. Her work today continues to integrate these two cultural sensibilities, while at the same time demonstrates her quest for the sublime. Ms. Sin received her BFA from Dongguck University, Seoul, Korea, and an M.F.A. from California State University Long Beach.
Ashleigh Sumner is a self-taught artist working out of the Arts District in Downtown, Los Angeles. Sumner received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Carolina University before moving West. Sumner’s work is inspired by industrial areas, inner city communities, and political / social movements, past and present. Sumner’s mixed media process often involves iconic images along with material used from found street flyers. These images are printed and applied repeatedly to wooden surfaces creating multiply stacked and torn layers paper imagery. Her love of text is often implemented by incorporating pages from books of poetry, verse, lyrics and plays that often makes a political or social statement.
Korean artist Rimi Yang champions an emotionally driven style that visually explores the innermost realm of the human psyche, coalescing abstract expressionism and figural studies. Raised in Osaka, Japan, her aesthetic is the result of extensive training from notable institutions and instructors. Rimi studied Sumi-ink painting in Kyoto, Japan and attended Ohio’s Bowling Green State University, the California State University in Los Angeles, the Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles, and the Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. Recipient of the Marietta Kirschner Wigg Award, Rimi has exhibited since 1987.