Marie Brown’s paintings are plein air oil landscapes. The term plein air has been used since the nineteenth century to describe painting done outdoors. This approach to painting challenges me to capture a scene with its shifting patterns of light and color and changing atmospheric effects.
Marie-Therese loves the sport of plein air painting - pairing down her equipment, dressing for the weather, finding a good location, and getting set up. Sometimes, she completes a painting in the studio, and on occasion she develops larger paintings from studies done on location. The more she paints the more she appreciates the beauty and magnificence of color of the valley and the farmland surrounding us. When she ventures away from home, she takes her paints and gets to know places intimately that would otherwise fade from memory. Every painting has a story.
She taught art for many years beginning in Central America and ending with her recent retirement from Dixon High School. In 1995, the California Art Education Association selected her as the Outstanding Elementary Art Educator. She has studied with many artists and taken art courses at Mesa College, Universidad de las Americas in Mexico, San Diego State University, and the University of Florida. She has a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Florida and teaching credentials from the University of California, Davis.
I was first introduced to the specialized medium of fish printing (gyotaku) by Tom Sharp in 1968 when we were graduate students in fisheries biology at Humboldt State University.
Since then I have continued to pursue my understanding of the printing process as well as the fish and fisheries themselves. I earned a Ph.D. in Ecology at U.C. Davis. I was the Marine Fisheries Specialist at UC Davis since 1972, serving as a link between the University of California and the state's commercial and recreational fishing industries.
Over the years I’ve developed contacts with other printers. In the mid-1970s Eric Hochberg, Jr., myself, and a Pennsylvania botanist Robert Little put together the Nature Printing Society.
My gyotaku style is traditional and delicate. I like to emphasize the structure and movement of the fish and shellfish. In recent years I have been doing more indirect printing which allows me gain more control of color and even finer detail. Every type of fish is quite different and requires a different approach.
My goal is to bring a landscape forward, vertically stretch it with saturated colors and drama so that you (the viewer) feel you are standing in and surrounded by it rather than viewing it from afar.
It's front row orchestra.
web site: http://www.philgross.net/
Fay Grundvig's nature inspired paintings are original oils rendered onpaper. None of her paintings are reproductions, but she does produce Monoprints, which are one of a kind. These prints are developed by applying paint directly to a metal plate. This image is transferred onto paper by apress and are often enhanced with Prisma color pencils. Fay also creates original greeting cards which are available at the Artery.
The world is Linda’s canvas- quite literally. Linda’s talent for painting realistic images is not contained to simply canvas- but anything that has a smooth surface! From shoes, to wooden bowls, to pieces of clay, tables, chairs, boxes and more, Linda’s interpretation of the world is expressed with fine detail and clarity. Whether you desire a seascape, cows just over the hill, or your pet’s portrait, Linda welcomes special orders.
In 2001 Linda combined talents with seamstress Sara Helen Yost to make one of a kind painted vests, pillows, blouses and jackets.
Laura MortonEtchings are Laura's main medium. Read Laura's artist statement
Originally from the Bay Area, Manuel Nunes has been in the world of art since 1975. His signature style is found on beautiful oil paintings of local valley landscapes. From the delta waters to the corn fields of Yolo county, Manuel captures the essence of an early morning sunrise or the dancing shadows from a winter afternoon. Manuel also creates one of a kind pins and earrings that are playful and colorful. Manuel received his BA in art from California Sate University, San Jose
Adele Shaw's encaustic landscape paintings are inspired by light on water. She is fascinated by the light and reflections on Putah Creek. When observing water, she sees the elements of geometry, volume, force, flow pattern, and color. Water represents chaos, seduction and abstraction with an intense mystical pull. Adele also creates hand-bounch books with covers of either marbleized paper or encaustic paintings on paper. These books are blank inside and are perfect for so many things: writing, sketching, note taking, list making, landscape drawing, collage, doodling, and as a photo keeper.
web site: http://www.adeleshaw.com/
Thelma Weatherford is a long time resident of Northern California. She paints with oil and cold wax layered media - beeswax made into a soft paste. This application adds body, ransparency and depth to oil paint. thelma creates a layering effect, showing a history of marks and color. Many of her paintings are impressions of small places such as leaves in a wind storm, poppies at night, and the patina of old wood, often seen on buildings. Her snorkeling experiences have inspired underwater impressionistic paintings. She likes to describe her abstracts as mindscapes.
web site: www.thelmaweatherford.com/