Adin Shade has been painting for over forty-five years. By the time Shade graduated high school he had already been awarded a number of times for his art. He enrolled in The Kachina School of Art in Phoenix, and later on continued his education at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Arizona. It was during this time that he developed his love for watercolors.
Adin is a member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society, the Arizona Artist's Guild, an associate member of the National Watercolor Society, and a signature member of the Knickerbocker Association.
Albert Bierstadt, was born in Solingen, Germany. He traveled to America in 1857, he joined an overland survey expedition which allowed him to venture westward across the country. Along the route, he took countless photographs and made sketches of the majestic mountain ranges and dramatic rock formations which became the studies for his massive canvasses painted in his New York studio.
The artist's rugged, romanticized landscapes of the West, painted on a grand scale with an abundance of detail and dramatic lighting. Bierstadt became internationally renowned for his beautiful and enormous paintings of the newly accessible American west, and his works found their way into public and private collections at staggeringly high prices for his time. Because of Bierstadt's interest in mountain landscapes, Mount Bierstadt in Colorado is named in his honor. Another Colorado mountain was originally named Mount Rosa, after Bierstadt's wife, but it was later renamed Mount Evans after Colorado governor John Evans
Alphonse Mucha was a Czech Art Nouveau painter, born in 1860, best known for his distinct style and images of women. During his education, singing is what carried him through his high school years, but drawing was his first love from childhood. Mucha was working and studying in Paris in 1894 when he happened to drop into a print shop where there was an unexpected and urgent need for a poster to advertise the play, Gismonda by Victorien Sardou, starring the well-renowned Sarah Bernhardt. Mucha volunteered to produce the lithograph himself and within two weeks it was revealed to all of Paris. It was an overnight sensation, announcing the new artist, and his style, to the world. Bernhardt was so pleased with his work she entered into a six year contract with Mucha.
Mucha continued to produce a stream of paintings, posters, advertisements, and even designs for jewelry, in what was initially called Mucha Style and eventually became known as Art Nouveau. Mucha's work frequently featured beautiful, strong young women in flowing gowns, usually surrounded by lush flowers which occasionally formed a halo around the woman's head. His Art Nouveau style was often imitated. This wasn't his only style of art, and despite his commercial success, he once declared that art existed only to communicate a spiritual message and nothing more. At the time of his death in 1939, Mucha's most famous style was considered outdated. A Mucha museum has recently appeared in Prague, run by his grandson, John Mucha.
Amando Pena studied art and education at Texas A & I (now Texas A & M Kingsville) where he recieved his Bachelor's and Master's Degres. A well-known teacher in his hometown, Pena's first love is art, and he has been a sucessful professional artist for more than 30 years. Pena is a Mestizo of Mexican and Yaqui ancestry, his art is a tribute to the Native Americans who surive by living in harmony with an adversarial, untamed enviornment. Pena's artwork is defined by its bold color, form, and dynamic composition. Through his art, he communicates his vision of a land, its people and their art.
Pena is recognized as an Artisan of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, he is dedicated to furthering the public's knowledge and interest in the Tribe, its art, its history, and its culture.
Born in Illinois, Beth Crowder lived in Colorado, California, and Maryland before moving to NYC. She attended the High School of Art and Design where she studied art for four hours a day. After her art clasess, Crowder would spend the rest of her day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, finding inspiration in the great Masters of Impressionism. She lived in multiple countries all over the world before finally settling in West Virginia with her husband, a fellow artisan.
Crowder began her career in art while still in Denver, painting portraits and often making courtroom sketches for televison. Crowder dedicated many years to the art of portraiture before turning to landscape. Her award-winning pastels have been featured at Tamarack in Beckley, WV., Mountin Made in Thomas, WV., and the Department of Culture and History in Charleston, and many are part of the state's permanent collection. She exhibits her new work in art festivals and galleries throughout the country.
Bev Doolittle attended college at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, where she met her husband. The Doolittles, after a brief career as graphic artists, became "traveling artists" and drove in a motorhome around the American southwest, painting scenes of the landscape as they went. It was during this period that Doolittle's expansive paintings of the American western landscape and it's wildlife began to develop and soon after, she began to portray Native Americans. Doolittle has become a popular artist in the United States and her original paintings and prints are collected widely by those interested in in the Western themes she portrays. Realistic Western art has conventionally been dominated by oil painting, and Doolittle was instrumental in bringing watercolors into the genre, and garnering respect for this medium by collectors of Western art.
A unique and distinctive aspect of her art is what she refers to as "a camouflage technique" in which certain details of her art can be seen in more than one way; for example, in "The Forest Has Eyes," the rocks and waterfalls seen when close up appear as the faces of Native Americans when viewed from a distance. In "Shoshone Crossing," the snow-filled meadow in which horseback riders are crossing appears from father away to be the shape of a running horse. Perhaps her most impressive work is a twenty-four set collection of paintings of dark brown horses set against light brown rocks and white snow, which from a distance and arranged in order spell out the words, "Hide and Seek."
Clay Platner has been expressing his passion for art for over forty years. At the age of 12 he took his first professional art lesson and knew from that point on that he would always express himself through a paintbrush. "From the peaceful, gentle sight of a fog bank rolling on a coastal shore to the magnificent power of a thunderstorm on a desert horizon, I get incredible joy capturing these ever changing moments of mother nature's natural canvas.
Having done well over a thousand paintings, I'm still trying to find that one masterpiece that I know is still within me."
Daniel Ludwig was raised in the deserts of the Southwest and continues to be inspired by the area, as seen in his watercolors. He is a talented watercolor artist, but his aim isn't to be a serious artist as much as just being able to enjoy himself in his chosen medium and the opportunity it gives him to explore and experience his beloved Southwest.
Ludwig doesn't only stick to landscapes, he will paint whatever might spark an idea or grab his interest. He hopes to involve the viewer in his paintings by suggesting the feeling or the emotion of a subject as opposed to recording in exact detail what he is observing.
Darlene Morgan (born in Salt Lake City, Utah), never questioned what her life's work would be. Art was her passion. Although she did take some life drawing classes in her early years, she is basically self-taught. Darlene eventually moved to Bigfork, Montana, located between two Indian Reservations, and found herself surrounded by Native American culture. She began to fuel a passion of painting the Native Americans, first with oils and then moving to specialize in India Ink washes. India ink is a slow, exacting method of portraiture and very unforgiving, taking hours of tedious work. She loves dramatic light and shadow, which renders itself well with India ink, her paintings are often mistaken as black and white photographs.
Over the years she has won several awards for her India ink washes all over the country. She has won two Peoples Choice Awards at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana. She also won a Peoples Choice Award summer 2012 at the Bigfork Museum of Art and History. She has exhibited and been included in the Charlie Russell Art Show and Auction, in Great Falls, Montana, the PNIC Art Show and Auction in Spokane and the Ellensburg Art Show in Ellensburg, Washington.
Born in 1935, Dirk Schneider is know for his southwest style oil paintings. His favorite subjects are the pueblo dwellings, churches, and villages of New Mexico. Schneider's work is desired by collectors around the world and he has sold many artworks in New Mexico and Arizona.
Don Balke grew up on a farm in northern backcountry Wisconsin, this style of upbringing instiled in him a love of nature and wildlife. He recieved his first award in a state-sponsered art contest while in elementry school for a painting of a black bear in the woods. He eventually went on to move to Chicago where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine arts (now known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There, he specialized in still-life paintings. After graduating he worked at an illustrating studio before moving back to Wisconsion to work as a commercial art director. He won many awards for his work as an art director and illustrator. On his own time, he painted and developed his skill as a wildlife artist. After seventeen years, he decided to devote himself completely to watercolors and wildlife art.
Balke travels to Africa, Australia, Ireland, the Caribbean, and across the fifty United States for inspiration and research. He is best known for his detailed and realistic watercolor paintings portraying wildlife in their natural environment.
Dwayne Hickman has been in show business since he was six years old, but his true love has been art and architecture. He has always loved the use of bright, vivid colors. Their intensity gives energy and light to the subject. "When I paint a cobalt blue sky or a field of flowers with sprays of magenta, cadmium yellow, cobalt violet and alizarin crimson, the painting is so vibrant and passionate that the canvas seems to come alive."
Hickman's original oil paintings are featured in exhibits across the country.
Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the twentieth century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. Her distinct flowers, dramatic cityscapes, glowing landscapes, and images of bones against the stark desert sky are iconic and original contributions to American Modernism.
She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1905-1906 and the Art Students League in New York. Under the direction of William Merritt Chase, F. Luis Mora, and Kenyon Cox she learned the techniques of traditional realist painting. The direction of her artistic practice shifted dramatically in 1912 when she studied the revolutionary ideas of Arthur Wesley Dow. She began a series of abstract charcoal drawings in 1915 that represented a radical break with tradition and made O’Keeffe one of the very first American artists to practice pure abstraction.
By the mid-1920s, O’Keeffe was recognized as one of America’s most important and successful artists, known for her paintings of New York skyscrapers—an essentially American image of modernity—as well as flowers.
By the early age of seven, Howard Terpning knew he wanted to be an artist. As a teenager, he spent a summer camping and fishing with his cousin in Colorado and found an interest in the West and Native Americans. When he was seventeen, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served from 1945-1946. Upon returning home he attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and also the American Academy of Art, which was also located in Chicago, to hone his life drawing and painting skills. It was after this that he was hired on as an apprecice by the successful and highly regarded illustrator Haddon Sundblom, but not too long after working for him, Terpning began to work on his own commissions. By 1962, he was working as a freelance artist, able to work from his home studio. During his 25 years as an illustrator he created magazine covers, story illustrations and adversiting art for publications such as Reader's Digest, Time, and Newsweek. He also completed over eighty movie posters including Cleopatra, The Sound of Music and the 1967 re-release of Gone with the Wind. In 1967 he was invited by the Marine Corps to document the war by living with the Marines for one month in Vietnam. Armed with a sketch pad and a camera, he would go out on patrols with the combat troops. Upon his return home he created six paintings which are now on display at the National Museum of the Marine Crops.
Around 1974, Terpning began to tire of commercial work and decided to finally follow his interest in the American West and Plains Indians. He began to transition into fine art by creating paintings and selling them in Western galleries. He eventually moved to Arizona to devote himself entirely to painting the American West. Within two yeas he was elected to both the National Academy of Western Art and the Cowboy Artists of America.
Jerry Greenway is a metal work artist who resides in Mesquite, Nevada. He has designed and created dozens of pieces crafted from a diverse array of metals, with steel and stainless steel being his most favorite. He begins with a picture or sketch of his idea and around sixty to eighty hours later he has a new masterpiece.
Occasionally he adds paint to the pieces, working with Philip Moulton a local painter, to create a colorful and creative piece.
Larry work recalls a certain sensibility and/or sensitivity that was such a tremendous component to the drawing and painting curriculum he studied in the mid 70s at Otis, when he received his BFA. "One may spend years attempting to shed the influences that impressionable young minds adapt in the process of learning, but what remains is essential aesthetics, translated, hopefully into some particular voice that belong to a tradition 30,000 years in the making." Born in California with a love and curiosity for the southwest, Fodor began his artistic career by emphasizing the magic, romance, spiritualism of the Native American relationship with the environment. With a strong background in drawing and numerous fine art degrees Fodor then moved on to a more expressionistic style which remains his focus today.
LeRoy Neiman worked both as an illustrator and as an artist whose paintings, prings, and drawings were shown in galleries and reproduced in numerous publications. He created illustrations for Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Harpers and dozens of other magazines. His works were exhibited at the Hammer Galleries in New York and the Franklin Bowles Gallery in San Francisco. Neiman took the subjects of photographers, cartoonists, and 19th century engravers and brought them to life in the 20th century. Using a palette knife, he created lush, textured and unmixed colors, bringing a bold energy to the canvas.
In his later years, he established the LeRoy Neiman Foundation and donated nearly $20 million to art institutions as well as to programas that helped disadvantaged young artists around the United States.
Marjorie Claus received her BFA degree in printmaking from East Carolina University and landed her first job as a book designer in New York City. Southeast Asia captured her heart and mind as the warmth of its people and its ancient arts and cultures drew her in. For seven years she explored the Indonesian archipelago and the tiny city-state of Singapore. Batik was the thread that wove its way from her travel experiences into her art.
Combining on canvas her knowledge with her skills in batik, printmaking and digital collage, Claus merges ancient elements and processes with contemporary technology. To Claus, her unique approach enables her to honor age-old processes and cultural influences while evolving in a contemporary world. She states, "I am exploring human emotion in an abstract way through a fusion of ancient and contemporary elements. This fusion creates an original and unified work of modern art."
Martin Grelle's natural talent for art was evident even as a child and he began painting at an early age. Luckily for the budding painter, acclaimed Western artists James Boren and Melvin Warren had settled in the same area while he was in school. With excellent guidance from James Boren, a full-time artist was born in his early twenties. Since then, Grelle has studied and traveled widely to seek subject matter for his work. Working primarily in oils on canvas, the artist’s figures and landscape become one in a painterly style rich in vibrant color and narrative.
For more than 30 years Grelle has made a career of his art, and has won awards of both regional and national importance. Whether painting the Native Americans in a dramatic, picturesque setting, or the American cowboy in the dusty cattle-working pens, Grelle captures the spirit, beauty, and vastness of the West in his historically-accurate, compelling images. Grelle studies diligently to portray the diverse cultures of the American West accurately and with sensitivity. His knowledge of the cowboy’s way of life, gained from his time spent horseback on ranches during the annual Cowboy Artists of America’s (CAA) trail ride, as well as the time spent with local ranchers and friends, is evident in his contemporary cowboy paintings. The many hours spent in museums, at historical re-enactments, in visiting with experts on Native American culture, and reading from his extensive library, have helped him to bring his vision of the Plains Indian culture to life on canvas.
The French painter Maurice Utrillo was born in Paris in 1883. His first paintings were created around 1903, mostly depicting views of Paris, street scence, alleys and houses, views of Montmartre and the suburbs. His works had a certain poetic charm. His earlier paintings are dominated by the colors yellow, turquoise, wine red and zinc white. In order to attain a greater realistic effect with his paintings, Utrillo mixed sand and gypsum into the paint. This so-called "Periode blanche" (White Period) marks the highlight of Utrillo's creation. Later on in his career, his paintings became less colorful, creating numerous still lifes, mostly of flowers.
Philip Craig was born in Ottawa in 1951. He was encouraged in his creative endeavors by his parents from an early age, taking specialized art courses in Ottawa, he eventually graduated from Sheridan College of Art and Design in Toronto. Upon returning to Ottawa, Craig was hired by the CBC as a television graphic designer. It was soon after that he was taken on by his first gallery after he was spurned on by older artists to submit a painting to Visual Art, Ottawa Survey Expedition #1 in 1975.
For the next decade, Craig lived and worked in Newfoundland where his isolation from the art world allowed him to focus on traditional subject matter: landscapes, portraits, and still life. His paintings began to sell in both Ottawa and Newfoundland and with success came a growing demand for his works. By 1986, Craig returned home and he decided to paint full-time.
A graduate of UC Berkeley, Thomas Kinkade found that he was inspired by the simple act of painting straight from the heart, putting on canvas the natural wonders and images that moved him most. He found inspiration everywhere, painting cabin and nature scenes, beautiful gardens, classic cottages, lighthouses and powerful seascapes, impressionists, and classic Americana. Throughout his life, Kinkade shared his joy and used his paints in support of hospitals, schools, and humanitarian relief. Though the recipient of countless awards and and honors, it was Kinkade's profound sense of purpose that his art was not just an accessory, but also a ministry, that continues on as his legacy. From custom images that were sold for The Salvation Army, Hurricane Katrina relief, Rotary International, to donations that now grace the halls of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, the White House, the Vatican, and Britain's Tate Museum, Kinkade raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over his lifetime for charity.
Kinkade was also a devote and loving family man who would include symbols of that love in his work. Numerous paintings contain hidden "N's" representing his wife Nanette and many other paintings include the numbers 5282 as a tribute to their wedding date. After the birth of each of his four daughters, Kinkade painting adoring images in each of their namesakes. Kinkade passed away in May of 2012, leaving behind his dearest wish that his artwork would be a messenger of hope and and inspiration to others - a message to slow down, appreciate the little details in life, and to look for the beauty in the world around us.
Thomas Moran, born in 1837 and passing away in 1926, was from Bolton, England and was an American painter and printmaker of the Hudson River School in New York. A talented illustrator and exquisite colorist, his work often featured the Rocky Mountains. During the late 1860's, he was hired as the chief of Scribner's Monthly Magazine, a position that helped him launch his career as one of the premier painters of the American landscape.
Moran's vision of the Western lanscape was critical to the creation of Yellowstone National Park. In 1871, Moran agreed to join the survey team of the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871 in their exploration of the Yellowstone region. During forty days in the wilderness, Moran visually documented over thirty different sites and produced a diary of the expidition's progress and daily activities. His sketches, along with photographs produced by survey member William Henry Jackson, captured the nations attention and helped inspire Congress to establish the Yellowstone region as the first national park in 1872. Moran was elected to the membership of the National Academy of Design in 1884 and continued to produce numerous works of art in his senior years.
Tom Dubois studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and apprencticed for a year at a large production house, training in the essentials of life drawing, illustration, design, and painting.
Dubois passion for life and enthuasism for the world of imagination breathes life into every piece he creates.
William Morris born in 1834, was an English textile designer, artist, writer, and socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement. Morris had trained as an architect and had early unfulfilled ambitions to be a painter. As a student at Oxford he met the artist Edward Burne-Jones, and through this friendship he came into contact with the Pre-Raphaelite painters, such as Rossetti, and others in their circle.
In April 1861 Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. was established at 8 Red Lion Square in London. It produced a range of original domestic furnishings including embroidery, tableware and furniture, stained glass and tiles. Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. profoundly influenced the decoration of churches and houses into the early 20th century. He was also a major contributor to reviving traditional textile arts and methods of production, and one of the founders of the SPAB, now a statutory element in the preservation of historic buildings in the UK.