Art & Beyond Winter/Spring 2013

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Vol. 2 • Winter/Spring Issue • 2013

art beyond from artist to artist - market, promote, succeed

Olivia Boa

"Life is a mix of colors that makes things coherent when put one next to another. Like pixels, we are able to dwell on each precise moment, or design the frame all together" – Olivia Boa

Zermatt. Acrylic on canvas

oil • acrylic • watercolor • mixed media • photography • digital art print making • sculpture • glass • ceramic • jewelry

Arthur Jackob

Seed Pod. Photography/Digital Art. 34" x 30".

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art&beyond Art is a form of communication based on a range of emotions one can express using brush strokes, color, various techniques, different medium and materials. The viewer is able to experience the visual impulse that creates a fountain of feelings. Art is a universal language and one can experience its power by merely looking at it. Art & Beyond Magazine is proud to present the incredible artists featured on the pages of this issue. Each possessing their own style, unique ideas and vision of the world around us. From scratch they are able to create things that inspire and enhance our lives. For this issue Art & Beyond held a Cover Competition giving four artists the opportunity to be featured on four covers of the magazine. We had many talented artists compete and it was very difficult for us to choose the winners.

CONTENTS Fine Art Amy Cohen Banker Olivia Boa

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Debbi Chan


Flavio Galvan


Joachim Gerschler


Carmen Armstrong


Jack Jasper


Darlene Kaplan


Natalya B. Parris


Anne Goffin Smith


Majd (Patou) Fathallah


Digital Art Arthur Jacob


Jewelry Sandra Den Hartog


Cover Art Winners

We are proud to announce that the artwork “Zermatt” by Olivia Boa (p.5) has been chosen as the winner of the Art & Beyond Front Cover. The artwork “W08.2011-5” by Joachim Gerschler (p.8) has been chosen for the Back Cover. The artwork “Seed Pot” by Arthur Jacob (p.13) won the Inside Front Cover.

Olivia Boa – Front Cover

Joachim Gerschler – Back Cover

And for the Inside Back Cover the artwork “Hey Gorgeous” by Darlene Kaplan was chosen (p.10). Congratulations to Olivia, Joachim, Arthur and Darlene! Art & Beyond wish you a great success in your artistic career. We would like to thank all of the immensely talented artists who participated in this competition. We are excited to see who will be entering next time! Arthur Jacob – Inside Front Cover

Publisher/ Art Director

Mila Ryk


Alina Lampert

Art & Beyond published 8 times a year.

Darlene Kaplan – Insid Back Cover

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Six (6) Online issues and Two (2) printed issues. Distributed to the galleries, museumes and other art institutions electronically and by mail.

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EDEN. Oil on canvas. 30”x 40”

Amy Beth Cohen Banker has been exhibiting in New York and worldwide since 1992. A Cornell University graduate, she studied environmental design, education, business and fine arts. A native New Yorker, Amy resides in New York City and Massachusetts. Her paintings, installations, videos, multimedia, photography are exhibited in museums, public and private collections including the Hermitage Museum, The Barcelona Modern Arts, The Jewish Museum London, MOMA and the Whitney Museum. She works in a variety of mediums, acrylic, oil, pastels, aquarelle, oil sticks, varnishes, glazes, finishing and surface techniques. She explores the basic issues of opacity, color, form, depth, obfuscations and revelations in life, language and art. She uses a background in design, two and three dimentional techniques and aesthetics. Amy's background is integrated with her writing, psychology, early chiildhood and life experiences evolving as a woman and mother combining internationalstudy to explore these issues in an organized but abstract way. She tends to reinvent the same themes, works from a structure and then proceed by distressing, demolishing, recreating and conserving. Amy's major themes areinner restoration and survival challenging always reality vs. myth BLUE FLOWERS 3. Acrylic and oil on canvas. 40”x40”

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«Figurative Pixels» the new collection by artist OLIVIA BOA From a physical point of view… "Quantum mechanics ensures atoms are fuzzy entities, which existence is described with statistical terms." Science & Vie. In brief, everything is done and undone at such a speed that we cannot really per see the infinitely small. Nevertheless here are the mountains, immutable. In the collection "Figurative Pixels" the artist wanted to show the paradox of the infinitely small and volatile, that is due to the infinitely large and static. Each "pixel" represents a molecule with its own color and specific properties. "My painting’s life has a dimension both microscopic from a molecular point of view, and macroscopic, from the landscape they represent. They are both things at the same time" Olivia Boa

From a philosophical point of view…

THE TREE. Acrylic on canvas. 80cm x 100cm.

"Life is a mix of colors that makes things coherent when put one next to another. Like pixels, we are able to dwell on each precise moment, or design the frame all together" Olivia Boa. Pieces from the collection "Figurative Pixels" represent both the present moment, from a philosophical point of view, and the time that has passed by as a whole. The way of seeing it is relative, we are the ones who have to find the right angle. With this new collection, Olivia Boa continues to share her perceptions and interpretations of life, symbolism, colors and light still hold an important place in her work. "With her figurative pixel concept Olivia Boa is reinventing abstract impressionism” F.G. Translate by Clarisse Asseng •

DAWN. Acrylic on canvas. 100cm x 120cm.

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fineart debbi chan

INGE AND CHIMA ON COFFEE BREAK. Watercolor/ink on silk.14" x 16"

GARDEN MENAGERIE. Watercolor/ink on silk. 69" x 5".

On the cusp of two creative signs, the tiger and the rabbit, I was born in Houston, Texas. With a creative push from day one, I took up the brush by age ten. In my early years as a budding artist I decided that oil painting was not my thing but watercolor and ink were. That really never changed but the style vacillated from realism to fantasy throughout those formative years. It was not until a bit of aging wisdom came to me that I sought out a teacher and found Frank Chiu, a master artist in traditional Chinese painting. He mentored me for over a decade and was later joined by his wife, Judy. They showed me that just taking Sumi lessons was not enough. I involved myself in Chinese culture, philosophy, and art until it coursed through my veins and I saw the world through different eyes. My teacher gave me an artist name – Sosum. He said I always do what I say I will do and SOSUM was the He chose. What He did not know is that the main reason I got in to traditional Chinese art was to paint on silk. Sosum also means, through the root character, threads of silk. I learned much from this wise teacher. then I took an invitation to visit Idaho for a three weeks vacation. Four days before my departure for home, I decided to live here and when I went back home it was only to pack my apartment and say two goodbyes: one to the Buddhist Temple where I was an ordained nun; the other, to the Chiu's, my mentors and teachers who had become family. Frank Chiu threw the IChing without my knowledge and four days later in my new home he told me what the sticks had said..... GO TO THE WESTERN now a decade has passed. I own a farm on ten acres of paradise, and my heart and art are reaching heights not reached by many... I can truly say that I am rich – rich with no money. And art is still as exciting as it was when I picked up that paintbrush fifty years ago.

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"The End" Series by FLAVIO GALVAN 2012 Argentina is the most southern country of the world; it is, as it were, at the end of the world. In this immense territory occupied by Argentina, Flavio was born in a city of the center of the country. In Argentina he felt a kind of isolation in relationship to the rest of the world and this has generated in him a desire of communicating and expanding his horizons: to go outside of the pre-set limits, of exploring and tirelessly experimenting. Flavio's subject-matters which were initially very Latin-American-centric, inspired by the surrounding scenery and its people, were nonetheless evolving in the measurement in which he thoroughly became acquainted with the European painting of the middle of last century and the art movements of the 60s. Miami has been a destination and goal for him since he visited it for the first time 10 years ago. The multiplicity of subcultures that coexist here got Flavio in touch with realities that he did not know. This abundance of cultures, the groups to study, WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS. Oil and ink on wood, resin glazed. 44” x 45.5” investigate and execute art or the international fairs. The possibility of having contact with artists, curators, gallery owners, museums, critics and collectors, was also a factor that influenced his decision. But what really made him come here is that in a moderate climate and a bountiful nature, he can be related to two worlds: one Hispanic and the other Anglo-Saxon. Flavio's favorite medium is oil paint applied on wood. The plasticity that comes from the essence of this material, allows him to express the immense scale of feelings and emotions that nest inside him. Flavio tells us: "Certain voluptuousness exists when applying this substance on wood: to spread, observe, to find a gamut of colors and unexplored sheens, to obtain definition of forms and volumes." His deep feelings towards life are optimistic and he believes that new times and changes are approaching to change the energy in humanity; new times, new paradigms, another renaissance perhaps??? where the individual once again returns to the state of being free. He uses an explosion of pure and brilliant colors in contrast to the somber theme as it allows him to say that not everything is lost, that better times will come. At present he is concentrating on a new series where he recreates with his technique some classical, recognizable and

Got my eye on you. Oil and ink on wood, resin glazed. 24” x 19.5”

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W06.2010-43. Oil on canvas.100cm x 80cm

Joachim Gerschler Joachim Gerschler is 67 years old. He has been working for a few W04.2010-M1.Oil on canvas.120cm x140cm decades as the top restorer on historical buildings in Berlin doing analysis of the building`s history, the technical requirements of restoring them in the original sense and doing the restoration work himself and with his staff. Since 2010 he has begun to paint oil on canvas in rakel (spatula) technique and has produced up to now more than 150 such paintings, mostly in sizes of one to two m2, some in smaller sizes and some up to 10 m2. In this field of art he is up to now rather unknown. He is still most busily producing new paintings. Now he is looking to get known internationally and for a competent party which is best suited to promote his works. Representing him is Dr. Hergen Heinemann who may be contacted under

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Carmen Armstrong After 30 years focused on contributing to the development of superior art teachers, I returned to showing paintings a few times in 1996-99. Juried art shows 2000-2012 average around seven per summer. Shows entered are 2 to 3 day shows mostly around Chicago suburbs. They are juried or I am invited, jury- free. My figurative paintings originate often from models posed in open studio sessions at The Drawing Studio in Tucson, AZ. These weekly, non-instructional sessions provide a three hour pose by one model for artists who work in their own choice of media. I often paint more than one model on a canvas and create backgrounds appropriate to the positioning and expression of the models. The models are selected for their possible interaction and suggest an appropriate setting for the communication of the painting. Illinois Art Education's Distinguished Service award June King McFee Award for contribution to art education National Art Education Policy Studies selected member Illinois Art Education Association president Selected as 1 of 4 art educators to draft the National Standards for Art in Education Received two Lutheran Student Art Awards in a national competition Several art show awards including purchase awards and public library purchase

SUNDAY VISIT TO THE DAHLIA BED. Acrylic on canvas. 36" x 36" Nine jury-free "invited artist" letters for 2012 shows Several commissions for paintings

ARIANDNE. Acrylic on canvas. 52" x 38"

Jack Jasper “My art is relational. I have always been fascinated by creation myths and I perceive the universe as having evolved from one catastrophic event. From one point, everything emerges, with the best scenarios trying to rush to completion.” Jack grew up in Chicago and lived for years in Montana. While there he studied medical technology and the life sciences. From the experience of being surrounded by the powerful presence of nature in Montana and his studies, Jack drawn to experimenting with combinations of elements, sometimes alluding to air, earth, fire and water. Jack tries to represent nature's electron dance, with an ambient underlying sexuality, unfolding as a shimmering becoming—a synchronicity between disparate elements. “My theory of art and life is dialectical. From the one point of creation, all contradictions arise. I see my art as the struggle between thesis and antithesis. I have moved from an imagist sort of art to abstraction to try to play this out.”

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FALLING IN WATER. Watercolor. 21” x 24”

BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON. Watercolor. 30” x 19”

Darlene Kaplan For many years I painted realism in oils before making the change to Oriental brush painting over 25 years ago. All of my Oriental brush paintings are derived directly from nature. The paintings are from the very simple, elegant brush stroke of the orchid bamboo to the complicated soothing landscapes that your eyes can take a journey up into the mountains and off into the mist before returning home. Subtlety of a good painting lies in its being alike and yet unlike the subject where the absence of content can itself create rhythm and variety. I believe that an artist is a person who can see something within the mind that can be brought into reality where it can be seen, felt, touched, heard, and even sometimes smelled. My art is on display at the Ratner Museum in Bethesda, MD until February 25, 2013 where it is part of a group exhibition. You may visit Soft Brush Studio, 4609 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA to view my art in person or to visit my on-line gallery go to For additional information I can be reached at 703-922-4175.

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Natalya B. Parris Natalya Borisovna Parris was born in Moscow, Russia where she earned basic and advanced degrees in construction engineering from the Moscow State Construction University. After moving to the USA Ms. Parris has been working as a professional artist, art instructor and curator. She teaches Russian Folk Art to the students at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, MD USA and shows them, from examples of her own paintings, how knowledge and centuries old traditions of Folk Art can be used to create modern contemporary artworks. She also adds her signature technique “Emotional Counterpoints in Paint” – dots to the paintings. The artwork “A Learned Cat” was inspired by Alexander Pushkin Fairy Tale “Ruslan and Ludmila.” This is a quote from it, “At the seashore’s golden chain; That golden chain entwines an oak. A learned cat around that oak Day and night keeps his walk; Goes to right – a song he sings; Returning, left – a tale he brings.”

A LEARNED CAT. Acrylic on canvas. 11" x 14". 2011

After a tragic 1988 earthquake in Armenia, I discovered the importance of photography as an art form and method of documentation. I had recently returned to Moscow after a tour through Armenia, were I fell in love with the history, craftsmanship, art, gorgeous cities and landscapes of this ancient land. During the tour, I was too busy and excited to explore and too young to understand the importance of documenting the places and events I saw. After that earthquake, I comprehended that I would never be able to tell the story of that trip in pictures because the historical masterpieces were lost forever. Since then, I always carry my camera, which I call “my third hand.”

YOUNG MODEL. Photography. 2010

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fineart Anne Goffin Smith I attribute my early love of art to my Belgian grandmother, whose impressionist painting style and encouragement resonates with me still. After graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in marketing, I attended Pratt Institute’s School of Art and Design in New York City where I earned a Master’s Degree in Package Design. I worked for several years as an art director and a freelance artist. I took up painting again in my 30’ s and have been painting ever since then! Whether it is to capture the effect of light filtering through trees or the sun reflecting off a car, I become completely absorbed in trying to render, with great detail, the image through paint. I love color and the passing effects of light and shadow, as reflected in my latest series: CARS. I feel quite nostalgic when I paint these beautiful, old cars. My work has been displayed in a variety of venues, most recently at the Ceres Art Gallery in NYC, the Montclair Art Museum, and the Phillips Lighting Corporation in Somerset, NJ.

1938 HORCH, PART II. Oil on Canvas. 60"x48".

Anne Goffin Smith At Art Expo New York, March 21-24, 2013 •

Majd (Patou) Fathallah Born in Marseille in 1956 to a diplomatic family Majd Patou Fathallah is a British/Lebanese self-taught sculptor. Her early years, where on the move, enriching her view and search. In her late teens and early 20’s, Majd Fathallah graduated in Mass Communication & Theater. She dabbled in photography and had two radio shows, where she played Jazz in one and Rock in the other and read the news on the radio. It was the 70’s. Simultaneously she also read the news on national TV (1st English news to be broadcast on Lebanese TV) One thing she knew nothing about was sculpture.

TORTURE. Bronze. 60cm x 50cm x 29cm. 2011 Bronze abstract sculpture suspended with marine wire over wooden base

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After a career in radio, television and film production she became interested in philosophy, far eastern thought and music which somehow naturally led her to pursue her heart's passion: sculpture. Having witnessed the civil war in the Lebanon and becoming aware of life's fragility profoundly affected her work. She has recently moved back to the UK, after spending four years in Northern Tuscany where she lived an isolated life dedicated to her sculpture.


BUTTERFLY IN THE GARDEN. Photography/Digital Art. 32” x 26”.

Arthur Jacob Recognition of my work has greatly expanded with participation in several solos and many juried and group exhibitions. Among them is my most recent solo exhibition at the Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica, California and hosted by Gallery ArtLA. I have also been the recipient of several awards and have been featured in or as part of several print media articles, among them Professional Artist and Art & Beyond Magazine, that are both national print and electronic magazines. I have also recently been juried in to the winning on-line gallery hosted by Manhattan Arts International, New York, New York. My work is a process of discovery, strongly influenced by a very strong visual sense of the world. My work offers an infinite variety of visual perceptions and interpretations for the viewer. The viewer is first told what the “real Life” image is in the title of the piece, but through abstraction and reconstruction of that image, they are then asked to undertake an adventure of discovery and challenged to explore the shapes, colors, movements and forms, which the abstraction and reconstruction present. Colors and shapes become emotion, while form and movement become attitude. Even when a work is easily recognized there is still a predominate thread of color, movement, shape and form. My creative process is a thoughtful and purposeful digital manipulation. Using a mouse rather than a brush to achieve a powerful medium of expression and communication, creates this style of fine art.

After leaving the work-a-day world, it was in Las Vegas that I began to discover my creative abilities and focus on the mediums of photography and digital art. In 2008 I decided to move to the Portland area where I presently reside, after a short stay in Coos Bay, Oregon. Believing that it is important to stay connected with one’s community, I have actively served on several community boards and committees, most recently, the Contemporary Arts Collective in Las Vegas and the Coos Bay Art Museum in Oregon.

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From Left to Right: BLESSINGS Ethiopian HAndmade Silver Bicone Beads, With Red Tiger Eye. Pendant is and Etiopian Orthodox Cross with Red Tiger Eye Behind the center.


Sandy Den Hartog Take these stones into the palm of your hands. Mold them into the shape of your most public need. But Sculpt them into the image of your most private self. Lift up their hearts. These beautiful stones hold for some, Chances for a new beginning. Years ago Sandy Den Hartog embarked on a trip to Africa to discover the adventures of a Safari. She arrived a week before and began shopping. That is where she found some Ethiopian Crosses. She bought them for her daughters and granddaughters. When she returned to the United States she decided to design for each one of them a necklace. They loved them. She thoroughly enjoyed creating these necklaces. Liked how stones come to life when put together with other things. Not so good on their own but come alive when surrounded with other Findings. That began a love for the mixture of stones and other elements which she has over the years collected. She has brought back many things from her travels, with a thought about making them into jewelry. She has collected Artifacts and unusual items along the way. Her collection varies from very Ethnic, to partial Ethnic, South West, Classic, Sophisticated, and even Over the Top and on occasion it incorporates all of them in one design. Unique, different, one of a kind. For the discriminate woman. 14 • Art & Beyond • Winter/Spring 2013

Lapis Lazuli Stones, All the Silver Beads are made using the Lost Wax Method, from Ghana, Africa. Pendant is an Ancient Turkamen Pendant from a semi nomadic tribe. The metal used in the Pendant is called "Gillett" and is melted down old coins, silver,etc. and made into lovely jewelry. Wouldn't you love to know the story about this piece and WHO wore it.

NUBIAN PRINCESS African Hammered Brass with a Patina. African Bone Beads. Very Regal yet the Hammered Brass and Bone Beads really gives this Necklace a Tribal Flair.

In a workshop where she does all of her custom designs in her home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. She remains excited about her work. Putting a gathering of her rocks and Precious Metals into something she feels is worthy of display to the world. This has made her a sought after artist.... Her pieces are one of a kind designs. From a personal view, She has given to charities such as Hospice, Cancer Society Fund Raisers and has donated a piece from her collection to be raffled with proceeds to go to whomever the Fund Raiser is for....and her favorite place to be is by the Ocean. Her work is currently exhibited at David Rafaels at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, and James Ratliff Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. She has placed in several Juried Art Shows in Arizona.

Darlene Kaplan

Hey Gorgeous. Watercolor. 38” x 30”


W08.2011-5. Oil on canvas. 150cm x 110cm