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Vol. 7 • January/February • 2013

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Rita Dianni-Kaleel

Yesterday & Tomorrow oil • acrylic • watercolor • mixed media • photography • digital art sculpture • glass • ceramic • jewelry

Irena Orlov

PEACOCK. 40” x 30”. Mixed Media

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art&beyond Art & Beyond Magazine is the bridge between artists and the art world. It is an essential marketing and promotional tool every artist needs to have when exhibiting their work, whether at art shows, art expos, or small exhibitions. 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 for 2 covers, the amount of talent presented to us made it very difficult to choose two winners, so at the end we had to add two more Publisher choice award for a Back Cover and Inside Back Cover as well. Congratulations to Rita Dianni-Kaleel, her work "Yesterday & Tomorrow" was chosen as this months Art and Beyond Front Cover Competition winner.

CONTENTS Point of Interest

Lilianne Milgrom Peyton Rack Tatiana Roulin Mila Ryk Anne Goffin Smith Sara Swan Seth D. Tuska Aaron Wooten

Latin American art trove in the Middle East? by Lilianne Milgrom 6

From Artist to Artist Open letter to artists by Debbi Chan 8

Fine Art Michelle Agin Olivia Boa Debbi Chan Rae Chichilnitsky Kris Courtney Rita Dianni-Kaleel Joachim Gerschler Tom Heflin Semproniu Iclozan Marina Izrailevich Jack Jasper Darlene Kaplan Paula Laflamme Jette van der Lende James Keeton Lively Mike Menius

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Sculpture• Mixed Media•Jewelry Keri Colestock Sandy Den Hartog Irena Orlov

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Photography•Digital Art Guy Belair Troy Eittreim Laurie Freitag Eduardo Fujii Arthur Jacob Daniel R. Johnson Keith Parks Yasmine Samiry Max Tzinman

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Back Cover

Rita Dianni-Kaleel. Yesterday & Tomorrow.

Rae Chichilnitsky. Fruits of Labor (Virgo)

Inside Front Cover

Inside Back Cover

Irena Orlov. Peacock

Eduardo Fujii. Floral Portrait N. 1.

The Inside Front Cover was awarded to Irena Orlov for artwork “Peacock”. The Back Cover was awarded to Rae Chichilnitsky for work “Fruits of Labor (Virgo)” and the Inside Back Cover has been awarded to Eduardo Fujii for work “Floral Portrait N. 13” as a Publisher Choice. We would also like to congratulate those artists who bave been chosen as Publishers Choice Award winners in this issue for their outstanding artwork: Anne Goffin Smith, Michelle Agin, Tom Heflin, James Keeton Lively, Laurie Freitag, Tatiana Roulin, Seth D. Tuska, Peyton Rack, Troy Eittreim, Kris Courtney, Keri Colestock, Aaron Wooten and Jette van der Lende. Ww thank all of the amazing and talented artists who participated in this competition.


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names to remember

by Martin Ries

JOHN HULTBERG'S UNINTERRUPTED STATE OF PRAYER AND NEW YORK ANGST I wanted to return to human figures frozen as sculptures in unforgettable balletic gestures ... - John Hultberg If you desire to reach out into the infinite, Move in all directions in the infinite. - J.W. von Goethe, Gott, Gemüt, und Welt, 1815.

but eloquent" items. An allusion to a return to Mother Earth? Many of the objects have black geometric shapes, lozenges, diagonals, etc., surrounded by an environment of colors of low saturation: yellow, orange, and red - or is it Texas earth-brown? Some bits and pieces of the objects are in semi-perspective that may or may not relate to the radiating vectors above. Like Giacometti's elongated figures in open spaces, the activities of Hultberg's bodies in Flags, coming and going, running, flying, standing, gesturing, and other behavioral acts THE RUNNER 1964, oil on canvas, 50” x 67¾ “. Courtesy of Portland Museum are far removed from gesticulations in traditional art, Classical, of Art, Portland Maine, Gift of the artist, 1982 Renaissance, or Baroque, much less the modern decomposition of the classical nude. The personages seem to float or swim in ethereal blue space above mysterious accumulations. The relationship between figures, neither nude nor naked but not was surprised when I saw a picture of this painting hanging necessarily clothed, are vehicles of specific emotions for the artist, in President Johnson's office..." explained the artist. The a habit of right feeling. For the last 500 years Western culture has Runner was exhibited in the president's office in 1967 as part exalted the human body as a subject of unlimited interest; this mindof the Smithsonian Loan to the White House Program. Perhaps the set has become so entrenched that it appeared the norm down to painting was chosen for the president's personal recollections. the beginning of the twentieth century. Hultberg was not tied to Lyndon Johnson was famous for extravagant political efforts: after a controls of the past; the three-dimensional reality of the human form grueling schedule running for office in 1937, a throbbing pain became seemed superfluous, and anatomy was ignored by the artist. so great in his abdomen that Johnson collapsed. He was operated on for a ruptured appendix; when he revived, Lady Bird appeared at his His frozen figures are not too dissimilar in their silhouette-slenderness, bedside and told him he was now a Congressman. He eventually actions, and balletic gestures from pre-historic rock pictographs in became president by the tragedy of November 3, 1964.


A runner can be identified as one who moves quickly, passes at a swift pace as in a race, one who must overcome hurdles, flees, or to become a candidate when running for Congress. The artist fixes what is fleeting; this is the power of mind, that captures and fixes the order of somebody who acts as a surrogate for the spectators who participate in the life of the artwork. Harry Rand, author of The Genius of American Painting, and Curator of Political History at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art, said The Runner "... has been chronicled as not quite comprehensible, but obviously eloquent..." 1 The gray figure at the top, beyond the horizon, has rays emanating from below in a burst of soft blue light like unfolding energy, or perhaps in celebrity lights. The sky, finite or infinite, has no definition as to time, or space, or place, and there seems to be no established vanishing point. The detritus below appears to be in a burial yard, memorial, or archeological grave field, with what seem to be tombchambers, mastabas, slabs, mounds, pits, and other "incomprehensible

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FLAGS, 1980, acrylic and crayon on board, 30” x 40”. Courtesy of Anita Shapolsky Gallery Collection.

APOCALYPSIA, 1971-72, oil and pastel on canvas, 50” x 68”. Private collection.

Africa, Aboriginal Australia, and the Americas. Their configurations are what Aeschylus might call "the shadow of a shade." His portrayal of the human body does not of itself prove a purely artistic intention but it is characterized by a startling freshness of observation as well as an accuracy suggesting visual memory - the practice of correct sensitivity. Are the persons in Flags viewed through a symbolic window? Is it a paintframed picture, or is it both opening and panel, with or without the significance of "perspective"? Are the persons the flags? Or are they surrogates for the spectators who participate in the internal life of the work? What are they holding? Are they hovering, or being blown away as in battle? Flags connote patriotism and/or the military. Originally flags were used to assist military coordination on battlefields; they have since evolved into a general tool for signaling and identification as in the maritime environment where semaphore is used. John Hultberg was a Lieutenant (j.g.) in the Navy during World War II. He said, "I have put something like this in more than one painting ... having men become flags in a battle ..." 2

The setting of Apocalypsia is not dissimilar to the depiction of the space ship in his 1969 Space Pollution: The artist described Apocalypsia in revealing personal terms: “These were bad times for me mentally; I was already in a state of crisis and then everything broke down... Apocalypsia." An Apocalypse [Greek: "lifting of the veil" or "revelation"] is a disclosure; by extension apocalypse can refer to the end of the world, or cosmic collapse. Hultberg added the suffix -ia, meaning related to, or like. "I did this painting in [his wife's] studio on 23rd Street ... it was a shambles. I couldn't even move in there it was so messy. I was in bad trouble myself with alcohol and was about to go away somewhere to a sanitarium. I'm surprised I could work at all. When I did this picture I wasn't involved in it. I was just putting things down. I didn't have many paints, so I used a lot of drawing and I used some chalk and then I put some fixative on it. Apocalypsia - the end of the world - the end of my world as I knew it."3 Rimbaud-like, Hultberg reasoned that he "... wasn't involved in it, I was just putting things down..."

The painting is in deep polychrome flurries of distressed, agitated strokes; a mauve upper segment with alien craft hangs over a vast metropolis. Eye-like orbs, as well as rectangular ones, stare out at us from the city and from individuals. A female shape stands at left, a male figure delineated in red enters right. A dark tenuous body, outlined in electric blue pastel line ("I used some chalk"), in Orant pose, gestures toward an unseen being with two dead-black, Pantocrator-Eyes in a threatening, violet colored heaven. Orant is an act, in antiquity, of praying with outstretched, raised arms. Is the Orant practitioner lifting the veil? Or is it the signal that tarmac attendants make to guide in the an airplane, but here guiding in an alien space ship? Or is it a sign of surrender of what seems to be a garrison town, teeming with congested hovels, as chaos becomes almost perceptible? John Hultberg's father immigrated to California from Sweden, and his mother was a first-generation Swedish émigré; they lived in poverty during the Depression years but were always interested in the arts. His mother took him to many churches when he was a boy, but he never embraced any organized religion. He had a tragic view of life, a vision of an essentially revered human being destined to collapse by the operation of inner weakness. Søren Kierkegaard's insights into the consequences of self-consciousness anticipated Freud by half a century. Self-awareness, as Kierkegaard wrote, is born of man’s despair when the soul faces its fear of annihilation, “struggles with death,” and comes to know torment as a prelude to the acceptance of its indestructible obligations.4 The artist differed from Kierkegaard in his estimate of the aesthetic or moral components of life. According to the philosopher’s definition, “the subjective thinker” is one who “seeks to understand the abstract determination of being human in terms of this particular existing human being.”5 Hultberg's “struggles with death” reached the level of total anxiety, he found his acute self-consciousness an essential element in his final selfrealization. In JOHN DONNE’S LAST WORDS, Hultberg's poem of 1984, he wrote:

SPACE POLLUTION, 1969, oil on canvas, 39” x 50”. Private collection. • 7

names to remember When I float my frail sins upon the holy buoyancy of unasked-for wellbeing, My allotted gift of bestial continuation and nothing more, I know at last That just to be alive is to be in an uninterrupted state of prayer; ... You who are still outside of my peculiar pale of torments ... Blessed are the meek, the stuff of the Milky Way's compassion.6

Putting his life together after a stay in an alcoholic sanitarium, the "subjective thinker" spent three months at the MacDowal Colony in New Hampshire. "Sudden peace and extension of hope after New York's degradation and despair," he wrote in his journal, "I hear a Mahler slow movement, sense fleetingly the presence of my benign protector." As in The Runner, the sprinter in Running to Paradise dashes in from the left, but toward a distant otherworldly horizon, all in delicate hues. In the foreground is a dark structural design with the vision of an angel in one entryway. Paradise RUNNING TO PARADISE, 1968, oil on is a realm, physical or canvas, 50” x 68”. Private collection. transcendental, in which there is only peace, where existence is positive, harmonious, and timeless; often described as a holy place, accessible by people according to various standards of divinity, goodness, faith, or other virtues. 1968 was the year Nixon was inaugurated, American troops reached peak levels in Vietnam, and Hultberg painted Running To Paradise. “I was thinking of the Yeats’ poem the artist explained: As I came over the Windy Gap, they threw a half-penny in my cap, for I am running to Paradise.

Rather than a place of contentment, prosperity, and happiness, Yeats' poem conveyed his own chaotic era, the struggle for Irish Independence, and the passionate sense of his individual life. “Everyone was fighting about the Vietnam war!" said Hultberg, "I must have been upset because that’s when I put in one of my angels with wings.”7 There are many different ranks of angels cited in scripture (Archangels, Angels, Cherubim, Seraphim, etc); now we have Hultbergangels. However, angels (even without halos) are supposedly agents of a divine will, symbols of invisible forces between the Life-Source and the world of phenomena. Angels did not fly over Vietnam. In the deep lunar background of Running To Paradise are window-like tilted rectangles similar to the windows in Space Pollution. Is the runner fleeing " his chaotic era" or is he running toward the angel for salvation? The Book of Genesis speaks of the "Angel" bringing forth the Apocalypse. IsHultberg's Shabby Angel, with wings impaired by wear, attrition and over-use, showingconspicuous signs of erosion and neglect? This angel strides within a delineated squarein the midst of a series of geometric shapes, in perspective, and outlined in black. Aportentous earth-brown cloud drifts above. With no theme of resurrection and rapture,judgment of the wicked, nor the destiny of the

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SHABBY ANGEL, 1968, c.1980, gouache and acrylic on foam board, 14” x 22½”. Courtesy of Doug and Alice Boynton Collection.

righteous, angels also act as a seer'sguide. In JOHN DONNE’S LAST WORDS, Hultberg continued ... ... my private soul sickness Tallies at last with all the world’s injustices, and I have at last the pain Of everyone to feed on in case my own runs out... ... Do they dare to come with me on this dreaded voyage to my innermost zones?

Angst embodies the fear that encompasses alienation, isolation, despair and death. Having reached a level of metaphysical angst and seen death as a component rather than an end of life, the artist finds his acute selfconsciousness an essential element in his self-realization. The Self is the source of aspirations or dreams and often appears as a major figure in images, with the ability to guide one in the present. In a world system all parts of which are interconnected, with no single human being possessing an existence independent of the cosmos, man's position can be humbling. Western man has difficulty convincing himself that he has any special assigned status in the cosmos. Hultberg, as seer, seems to ask himself: Is the cosmos, "the Milky Way's compassion," challenging us to continue bearing the title Homo Sapiens? The artist seeks to understand the abstract determination of being human, in terms of this particular existing human being, in the dreaded voyage to his "innermost zones." NOTES 1. Harry Rand, The Martha Jackson Memorial Collection, Washington DC: The Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985, p.9. 2. Shirley Jacks, John Hultberg: Painter of the In-Between, catalog, Fred L. Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton N.Y., p.10 3. Jacks, p.60. 4. Søren Kierkegaard, Sickness Unto Death, trans. Walter Lowrie (New York, 1954), pp. 148-154.] 5. Kierkegaard, Concluding Unscientific Postscript, trans. David F. Swenson and Walter Lowrie (Princeton, 1944) p. 315. 6. John Hultberg, Sole Witness, WWP Press, New York, 1994, p.46. 7. Jacks, p.45.

Martin Ries, emeritus professor of art and art history at Long Island University, is an artist who has exhibited in this country and abroad, and published widely, including "John Hultberg's Abstract Perspectivism," [Art Criticism, spring 2006]. This paper was written with the help of a Release-Time Research Grant from Long Island University.

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THE HATTER (after unknown photographer). Oil on canvas. 24" x 36"

Michelle Agin Being gifted in art since childhood, I have won numerous contests and awards. I began taking formal instruction in college to which I was a very difficult student. In the coming years I would dabble in many different art mediums and eventually settle on one medium to focus on, oil painting. I continue my studies and it is my hope to continue on the path of becoming recognized as a professional artist. I have

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always been a fan of the Masters and very traditional at heart. I strive to incorporate a bit of that style into my own, to masterfully blend the old with the new. I will also add a little color to my world as my last series of paintings have all been in black and white. I am excited to start a new series!

BIG BANG... IN THE BEGINNING. Acrylic on paper. 40 cm x 50 cm

Olivia Boa Olivia Boa was born in 1981 in Yvelines in France. At a young age Boa was attracted to the world of the art and in particular, painting.

couple representing the same landscape and being entitled: the first generation.

Boa began her formation into an artist at the age of 10 with the help of Yves Armani, an artist who taught her the basiscs. From the age of her 14, Boa pursued her work and her research in painting in a self-taught way.

In addition to her work as an artist, Olivia is also a therapist and in 2012 she proposed a subtle mixture of her work in therapy mixed with her work in abstract art.

In 1998, Boa decided to release hersefl from conventional structures of the academic painting, by turning on the abstract art. In 2011, she worked the concept of "generations" in art, namely to paint a subject on various energy perceptions. For example of a landscape, Olivia Boa is going to draw all the energy yin and to transmit it on a work, while realizing simultaneously another work of the same landscape but in an energy yang, so forming a linen

Olivia Boa declines us a whole pallet of feelings, sensations, observations and makes in consultation and retranscribes it in the form of colors, of movement, of textures and of forms on a painting. A French/English bilingual catalog of its work: « psychological works » will be available from the end of this summer. For any order please get in touch directly with the artist who will dedicate it to you personally. • • 11

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LOGGING IN THE PACIFIC NW ALBUM. Watercolor and ink on silk. 33" x 21".

Debbi Chan 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,

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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.

CONTEMPLATION. Mixed Media.18"x18"

Rae Chichilnitsky Rae is a self-taught and self-represnting local artist. She was born in Kishinev (Moldova) during the Soviet era. There she studied classical music at the Kishinev Institute of Art, earning her degree in Musicology and worked as a freelance book illustrator. Upon coming to the United States in 1976, Rae settled in New York, where she lived for nearly thirty years. During this period, she had a successful corporate career, took part in several art exhibits and freelanced as illustrator for The Long Island Jewish Press (bi-weekly publication). In 2006, Rae rellocated to Pennsylvania and now resides with her family in Churchville, focusing on her art full-time. Today Rae’s artwork resides in private collections nationwide and abroad and images she’s created are being used by numerous online magazines, blogs, websites, and various religious and cultural organizations worldwide. Rae is a member of the Society

of Children Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and a contributing artist to the Several of her art images have won awards in juried online competions. Rae is a multi-fauceted artist. Her work encompasses different genres, media, styles and covers a wide range of subjects – from deeply philosophical to humorous, from symbolic to simple decorative. Some of her artwork was created with children in mind, while other is more adult-oriented. Rae is equally comfortable with monochrome and color and fluent in sketching, illustration, painting and crafts. She uses her own imagination as a primary source and while one might find some eclectic influences in her art, it is truly unique, as she never mimics anyone or anything. • 13

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EMANON. Gouache. 16” x 20”

Kris Courtney American Artist & Author Kris Allen Courtney, drawn to benevolence and disability awareness by his own personal experience. An artist in spirit and gift, Courtney is dedicated to service and participation beyond disabilities. His canvas derives from images that move him to allow freedom of spirit in both paint and words. In recent, Courtney has traveled, displayed & lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico only to find himself residing in Paducah Kentucky. Formally from Southwestern Ohio, Courtney has established to open a new Gallery & Studio in Lowertown Arts District and announce the opening of CC Gallery on May 17th, 2013 during the Lowertown Arts & Music event. His talents include National award & recognition that includes private & public collections in artistry. In addition, Norma Jean’s Sun is a True Story Memoir published in 2009 which has received International exposure and praise for his accomplishments. As stated by the artist; Free Expression is the theme behind most of artistic efforts. As my artistry leans towards a Primitive Literalism (Avant-garde), the heart and mind continue to expand in color expressionism that allows my spirit and soul comfort. For more information, prints & books, please visit: ARIZONA. Oil on Canvas. 18” x 24”

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KEEPERS OF THE FLAME. Oil/g.leaf/canvas. 24� x 24"

Rita Dianni-Kaleel Rita was born and raised in Chicago and has been intrigued with Art from her earliest memories. She studied privately for many years learning traditional skills in painting and sculpture. Her work is influenced by many philosophies and techniques and being a contemporary artist, inspiration derives from the beauty of Nature, not only the exterior, but that which lives within. She attempts to visualize the unseen fractal growth by using abstract/realism in her work, believing the colors of our world are colors of ourselves and although we are uniquely

different, we are also the same. The line of gold leaf in much of her work represents the value of life and our link to the future. Presently, she is working on an extension of her Lifethread Series (which is ongoing) incorporating The Seen & Unseen and Natural Patterns, (the abstract expression of this work). Rita's work is included in corporate and private collections as well as many publications. • 15

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W06.2010-10. Oil on canvas. 120cm x100cm.

Joachim Gerschler Joachim Gerschler is 67 years old. He has been working for a few 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 100 such paintings, mostly in sizes of one to two m2, some in smaller

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sizes and some up to 10 m2. In this field of art he is up to now completely unknown. He is still most busily producing new paintings. Now it seems to be time to get known internationally and he is looking for a competent party which is best suited to promote his works. Representing him is Dr. Hergen Heinemann who may be contacted under

TRY TO REMEMBER. Acrylic on panel.

tom heflin have been a full time artist for over 40 years and have won national and international awards. He is a member of the National Watercolor Society and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. Tom continue to paint daily and have a show once a year in his studio/ gallery. “The painting "Try to Remember" was inspired by an old photograph I found in an abandoned house. Don't know who the ladies are but that is what made this vintage image interesting to

me. the picture of the World War 1 soldier was found in an antique shop and I painted him fading out because he would not be alive today. The front porch is the old farm house that became my studio. In a small way I felt I was resurrecting and paying homage to these forgotten souls.” • 17

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MUTATIONS. Oil on canvas.

Semproniu Iclozan is an intentionally known American artist, born in Transilvania, Romania. He received his MFA from Nicolaie Grigorescu Art Academy, Bucharest, Romania. His work has been shown at more than 51 exhibitions in Europe and United States. Iclozan’s art was published in many European books and catalogs around the world. Iclozan’s work is in the permanent collections at the Chicago History Museum, National Museum of Art in Bucharest, Romania, Museum of Contemporary Art, Poland, Royal Art Collection in Stockholm, Sweden and many others. For almost two decades, Iclozan was exhibited as a solo artist in numerous galleries around the world including; Ambassador 18 • Art&Beyond • January/February 2013

Gallery, NY, Portals Gallery and Hansen Gallery, Chicago, Fontanella Borghese Gallery, Rome, Italy, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy, Craiova Museum of Art, Romania, Drottinnggatan 100 Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden. Iclozan has also participated in numerous of Art Expos, including the Vancouver, Chicago and Miami International Exhibitions. Iclozan’s artwork is also in many private art collections in United States, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, The Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

UNTITLED. Oil on canvas. 24” x 32”.

Marina Izrailevich The roots of my life and work are steeped in Russian art and culture. My earlier works had a whiff of Russian Constructivism (purely unconsciously; I was thrilled when it was pointed out to me). I am still searching for a way to express the breadth of feelings and emotions and the struggle for meaning and life’s anchor. My major influences are Mark Rothko, Wassily Kandinsky and Marc Chagall. My heart leaps when I see their work and I think ‘how do I do THAT’. My work is color, texture, and flow. Movement of pencil on paper, brush on canvas, and lines and shapes on a surface, any surface. The excitement of watching hot metal bending under acetylene torch and the flow of melting metal as two pieces are joined together and a sculpture emerges. It's about the

impossible, the discovery of a potential, and the excitement of seeing a completed work. And I continue the search. I like to work with almost all media: oil on canvas; watercolor, chalk, charcoal, and pastel on paper; occasional painting or drawing in acrylic; welded steel sculpture. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts at LIU in New York. I have had several shows in galleries in Manhattan and Long Island, and one of my shows was featured in the New York Times. I currently live and work in Santa Cruz, California. • 19

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ZYGOTE. Acrylic on canvas. 52" x 38"

While he was in Montana, he completed three years of course work in Medical Technology, pursuing a combined degree in chemistry and biology at Carroll College in Helena. He maintained his interest in the time arts by studying percussion. After twelve years in Montana, he decided to return to a more urban environment. In 1988 he moved back to Chicago to further his joint careers in graphic design and painting.

Jack Jasper studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received a BFA in painting in 1970 and an MFA in 1975. He concentrated on painting in graduate school, but he also studied performance. His work in the time arts led him to explore the use of the body in conjunction with other media such as sound and film. After receiving his MFA, he moved to Helena, Montana to pursue freelance design work with his brother. He eventually joined the staff of the Printers, Inc., as a designer. He continued painting and exhibited locally and regionally. In 1982 he received a grant from the Helena Film Society Grant to Artists Program. He collaborated with Montana poet, Rick Newby to design and produce the book, The Man in the Green Loden Overcoat, a juxtaposition of words and images.

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He worked as a book designer at a small Chicago press for four years, working extensively with the Macintosh. After completion of a kindergarten through eighth grade series of books for the press, he pursued freelance graphic design work. At one point he worked for a company creating medical illustrations for doctors, nurses and hospitals. Currently, he is freelancing. He continues to paint and periodically pursued courses in electronic design and imaging at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is represented by Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in New York city and shows his work in group shows. His work has been sold to various collectors. From the experience of being surrounded by the powerful presence of nature in Montana, coupled with the study of life sciences and the Australian aborigines, he is drawn to experimenting with combinations of elements, sometimes alluding to air, earth, fire and water. He strives to represent nature’s electron dance that presupposes an ambient underlying sexuality, unfolding as a shimmering becoming, a synchronicity between disparate elements.

RAINEY DAY. Oriental Brush Painting.

Darlene Kaplan Darlene Kaplan is an award-winning artist who has been captivating art lovers worldwide with her energetic Oriental Brush Paintings using Chinese watercolors for more than 40 years. Her many awards include First place at the Campagna Center, Alexandria, VA, First place at Green Spring Gardens, Annandale, VA, and Finalist at the 27th Annual Arts Competitions-Artist Magazine. She grew up in the country in Tennessee and states, "All of my spare time was spent walking in the woods searching out bugs, plants and anything else that was alive. Those childhood days spent with nature is brought alive every time I put a brush stroke down on paper. All of my paintings are derived from nature." Darlene paints in the Lingnan style of Oriental Brush Painting which is a combination of Western and East Asian art. She has been studying with Henry Wo YueKee from 1994 till present. Mr. Wo paints and teaches this freestyle of ink and color on rice paper that originated in China centuries ago. "For many years I painted realism in oils before making the change to oriental brush painting. Studying martial arts/Tai Chi’ for years inspired me to try this medium, which I fell in love with right away. The calming effect of grinding the ink before painting, the energy that is put into throwing ink on paper is just the greatest of pleasures that only this style of art allows me to feel." In her paintings Darlene attempts “to show purity in painting the snow, brightness in the moon, fragrance in the flower, sounds in the waterfall and spirit in people.” Before beginning, she has a vision in mind. "The mind has the plan and the hand follows. Once started, the brush and ink require full attention. Without the mood, brush and ink do not have anything to attach to; without brush and ink, the mood cannot be expressed. These are inseparable elements.”

The artist has had many solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States including an exhibition of over 100 paintings representing Oriental Brush Painting during the Cherry Blossom Festival 2012 in Washington, DC. Her work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums including Charles Sumner School Museum in Washington, DC, SoHo District in NY City, and many, many more locations. Her art may be viewed at Soft Brush Studio in Alexandria, VA and The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, and on her on-line at • 21

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Paula Laflamme Born in Montreal in 1964, Paula Laflamme is a self taught artist and began painting in 1992. Paula spent her childhood between land and sea, the slums of Montreal, and the richness of her ancestors, from Gaspé. Her paintings are her own compositions, they are her work. Using her emotions and the expressions of the people she meets, she lives in interesting situations and moves deep into her characters and those who contemplate. The everyday life, the mood of our society, the character and actions of the "Almighty" and others, those who make their little daily routine living their lives without anyone`s notice, are a valuable sources of inspiration for Paula.

Gold Medal Winner CAPSQ 1996, 1997, 1998 Winner of Gold Medal Krolin Tcheck Republik, Mutiple Gold Medal Winning painting 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2002. Painting on exposition in Prague, Mexico, New York, Florida, California, Montreal, Canada, Domenican Republic, Costa Rica and Chicago. ART WORK “THE CHILD WITHIN ME FROM THE ROOTS OF LIFE COLLECTION” WINNER COVER PAGE ART & BEYOND MAGAZINE SUMMER EDITION 2012.

Note that the interpretation of these works, are as intimate as they could be, I sincerely hope you can discover the deep emotions that lie dormant within us all. - Paula Laflamme

Paula allows herself to be carried away by her foolishness, she lets it be sweet, bitter or violent. She lets her brushes guide her until the darkness reaches the light.

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THE BEAUTY OF TRANSITION. Oil on canvas. 70cm x 105cm

Jette van der Lendes Jette van der Lende is borne in Copenhagen, (Denmark) and raised in Oslo, Norway. Nothing is too small or insignificant; nothing is too serious or awful not to be in her paintings. She works with symbolic, and often uses common small things to replace her thoughts. She gives it all a stage to bee seen. She works with light because the light gives the motif shape. The light gets the colours to communicate. The light becomes alive in the meeting with the dark, and in meeting with the dark, the light becomes alive. Her bridge to you goes through the painting. The motif is her thoughts

She gives the motif her total attention, but she wants the motif to stand alone without her. Her oil paintings on canvas, has been exhibited in several countries, where she has been in juried exhibitions and biennales. She has received several awards for her paintings. She is a member of The Association of Norwegian Visual Artists, Danish association of Visual Artists, CAN, New York, NY and International Guild of Realism, Scottsdale. • 23

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AN INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCE. Acrylic and crystalline silica on canvas. 30" x 30"

James Keeton Lively Jim’s artworks have been recognized in numerous juried competitions and publications. In addition, he has participated in several group and a solo exhibitions across North America and most recently exhibited in May 2012 in Ferrara, Italy. Jim has published four books containing images of his art including two novels. He is currently the U.S. Art Director and General Counsel for LuminArte Gallery in Dallas ( His formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas and a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University.

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FLOATING COLUMNS. Oil on wood panel. 36" x 24"

Mike Menius lives in the wine country of Northern California. He is a plein air painter of the entire California coastal area. As a member of the "Monday Morning Painters" group, he goes outdoors to paint ocean side vistas, vineyard settings, the lagoon of Santa Rosa, etc. He also paints architectural interiors, as well as abstract work. Art training has included the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC the Torpedo Factory School in Alexandria, VA; the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, in Sebastopol, CA

He is a member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Southern California Plein Air Painters Association Sonoma Plein Air Foundation Former President, San Francisco Chapter, Colored Pencil Society of America • 25

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TERRA ROSA. (Martha Stewart Sereis)

Lilianne Milgrom can well be described as a “global artist at large.” Born in Paris, growing up in Australia and living for extended periods in Israel and the United States, she now resides in the greater Washington DC area. She exhibits extensively in local and international galleries and museums and her work can be found in private and institutional collections.

Milgrom’s diverse cultural background has been influential in shaping a multi-disciplinary approach to her art. “I resist selfimposed or external limitations. I have found that combining different art forms allows for the creation of a more complex visual language - as my work has evolved so has my palette.” Though the artist’s subject matter is equally eclectic, her body of work is defined by a conscious balance between the conceptual and the aesthetic. 26 • Art&Beyond • January/February 2013

MIDNIGHT VELVET. Vine charcoal and chalk pastel on paper. 48“ x 23”

Peyton Rack is a Virginia Beach native who is currently working on her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Peyton currently works as a painting instructor at Colors and Bottles, a paint party business in Chicago. She was previously a student at the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia and she has been featured in various art shows, including two solo exhibitions and is currently featured in an exhibition in Ontario, Canada.

Payton is currently manifesting her concepts in printmaking and painting. She uses her work to comment and reflect on research on women's psychology and role in society. She plans to continue pursuing her passion for painting, by continuing study in art therapy due to her interest in psychology. • 27

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WINTER WALKING. Pastel. 10" x 8"

Tatiana Roulin is an award-winning, internationally renowned New England representational painter whose primary mediums include oil, acrylic and pastel. She is a juried member of the Oil Painters of America and Pastel Society of America. She is also a member of many art associations in New England. Roulin’s approach combines the classic atelier training of the "Russian Academic School", largely based on techniques used by the Old Masters, with her own personal style expressed through the harmony of design, color and light. Within the last decade, Roulin has won many prestigious art awards and has had her paintings exhibited internationally in America, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, England, Brazil and

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Russia. She has had several solo shows and has participated in many juried group shows in the United States and abroad, including “London Art Week” in Canning House of London, “XXXIII Medusa Aurea Trophy” in Catholic University of Rome, “Art FAIM VI” at Pabellon de la Pipa of Madrid, a group show at the Cultural Center of Vienna, and “Russian Art Week” in the Moscow House of Painters. In 2010 Tatiana was a special invited artist at the Brazilian Art Exhibition at A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery, one of the oldest galleries in New York City. Tatiana’s art has been featured in a number of American magazines such as Direct Art, Art is Spectrum, New York Arts Magazine and Still Point Arts Quarterly. Kennedy Publishing selected her pastels for the Best of Worldwide Charcoal, Pastel and Pencil book vol2. She was also listed in the “Who is Who in Visual Art” and “New Faces in Arts & Design” European art catalogs. Currently Roulin’s art is represented by Gina M Woodruff Gallery in Long Beach (CA) and Gallery at Framers Edge in Braintree (MA).

SPRING Oil on canvas. 16” x 20”.

Mila Ryk is a 3rd generation artist born in the Ukraine, she immigrated to United States in 1991. Shortly after moving to Chicago, she was introduced to Leon Oks, an artist whose work has inspired her greatly. She has been taking art lessons in his studio for several years. “Leon has helped me free my mind and express myself in ways I never thought possible” she said.

Inspired by Art Nouveau and amazed by the endless beauty of Orchids, she developed her unique style and technique, which gave her the ability to share her vision and feelings with a viewers. Mila Ryk unites line work of figures, brushstrokes, colors and nature in one single form of harmony and beauty. In 2009 Mila’s artwork has been published in the Best of America Oil Artists, Volume II book. Her art was listed in the International Dictionary of Artists 2011. • 29

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1965 RED MUSTANG, FRONT VIEW. Oil on Canvas. 30"x40". 2011

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

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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.

RED VELVET. Oil on canvas. 16” x 20”

Sara Swan Sara Swan is a Los Angeles based artist. Her education includes fine art at Whitman College, design at UC Davis, and illustration at Art Center College of Design. Sara primarily paints with oils on canvas, but she also uses chalk pastels on paper. Saturated and intense colors, unusual color combinations and textures characterize her work. Her career began in illustration where she created pieces for books, magazines and newspapers that were humorous and highly stylized. Her fine art was derivative of her illustration style until a few years ago. More recently, Sara has been looking at fashion from the 1940’s and 50’s for inspiration. Using vintage images of both

swimwear and formal evening gowns, Sara combines these with her own figure drawings to create paintings and drawings that celebrate not only fashion and glamour, but the human figure, body language and emotion as well. Sara participates in the monthly Art Walk in downtown Los Angeles. She and other artists who have studios at Spring Arts Tower show their work in the mezzanine level gallery on the 2nd Thursday night to each month. “There is a wonderful synergy among us”, Sara says of this monthly exhibition. In the coming months, Sara plans to further her examination of the human form, incorporating elements from nature, and using religious icon paintings as a stylistic influence. • • 31

fine art eager mind with the raw experience of humanity and the best cultural feast 1940’s America had to offer. It was at the prestigious High School of Music and Art (class of 1950) where he discovered clay and began to appreciate the value of education. After a year at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, he joined the Navy to serve his mandatory military time. For four years, Tuska ravaged the cultural offerings at every port of call. He finished his service in Tokyo, where he discovered the work of the great Japanese potters. Tuska returned to Alfred University with a renewed level of respect for the art of pottery. He resumed his studies, delving into glaze technology, ceramic engineering and design, and began teaching. John Tuska served as professor of art at the University of Kentucky for thirty five years, from 1963 until his passing in 1998, effectively inspiring two generations of students to pursue their artistic aspirations. Throughout his lifetime of teaching and creating Tuska received recognition for outstanding work in diverse media, including pottery, sculpture, collage, paper, graphite, and pastels. In 1969 Tuska took his first sabbatical, moving to Rome, Italy for the year. Surrounded by the masters of the human form sculpture, Tuska’s career found the medium of bronze and the figure the inspiration and direction for the rest of his life. SARAH.Charcoal on paper. 47” x 35”. 1973

JOHN REGIS TUSKA (1931 – 1998)

He asked that his life be shared as an educator. Born to a Slovakian immigrant, with his early years in a Pennsylvania coal mining community, he learned the determination and perseverance that distinguishes both the vitality and the sheer volume of his life’s work. The harsh realities of the Depression forced the family to move to New York. A childhood exploring the streets of New York filled his

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His career is bound by four major works, Genesis, 1969, University of Kentucky; Flight of Icarus, 1974, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee; U.S. Senator John Sherman Cooper Bust, 1985, Kentucky State Capital, Frankfort, Kentucky; And the culmination of Tuska’s lifetime fascination with the human form is Illumine, 1995, the largest art installation at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Tuska’s mantra is “Non Basta Una Vita… One Life is Not Enough” and to him one life was not enough for all the things he wanted to say and do, work generated work. His spirit continues.

CHICAGO, 1960. Acrylic and Ink on Canvas. 36” x 48”. 2011

Aaron Wooten a Columbus native, began painting in his small New York City studio. Limited by space and cash Aaron picked up and moved back to Columbus where there was room to grow. He spent three years in his hometown before craving big city life again. Knowing the limitations of New York he moved to Chicago with his wife Tess. He has spent much of the past five years acquiring and advancing his style. Acrylic on canvas is his primary medium. He has also works with pen, pencil, watercolor, acrylic and oils. He fashions a beard and rides a brown bike to work everyday, even during the winter. “There are two emotions that I infuse into all of my work, that of nostalgia and charisma. From my caricatures and Chicago skylines to my political work and nude femmes, there is a sense

of longing for something lost in time. Doing this allows me to do a number of things. I can incorporate and compare things past with things present while also bringing respect to many of my favorite artists such as those of the 1920’s Ashcan school, Thomas Hart Benton and Norman Rockwell. It also allows me to focus on an emotion that is often forgotten during more progressive times. Charisma not only inspires larger groups of people, but it also slows the world down slightly so that we can focus on the here and now and the common bonds that link us all together”. • 33

sculpture • mixed media • jewelry

THE APPLE DOESN'T FALL FAR...19"H x 16W" x 9"D. Recycled found object sculpture Some items that I used on this piece: apple shelf, I made 2 polymer faces, dominos, toys, wire, beads, blocks, small dutch shoes, fuzzy pink hair

Keri Joy Colestock I reside in Illinois. Six of my pieces are now published in the Contemporary Sculptor table book. My passion is creating FuNkY eclectic art for those who like whimsy and color. In 2003 I began my "Wall Dancers" which are polymer art dolls and sold 1400 of them on Ebay. Since I am making 3D recycled found object sculptures. Using discarded pieces as my canvases is just too much fun...trash to treasures and I am having a riot! I won't forget my "KeRicTures". They are 28 inches high masonite greeters but so very whimsical and 'different.' My

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husband Ric & I collaborate on them. I sketch the faces & Ric will turn my sketch into 4-6 layers for the faces.Very avant gard! I then paint them & their bodies ala 'Keri style' & wallah! In 2003 when I was diagnosed with the Lyme Disease I was so severly damaged (Neurologically so yep the brain!) I was told "art or much of anything "would be impossible" since I have sold 1500 original pieces of art!

SPIRIT OF ISIS African Turquoise (the green stones), Old Elephant Ivory, sterling silver, and African coral. The pendant is a very old Turkaman pendant which comes from the nomads of the Sahara. The dangles are fishing lures. The pendant is made from "Gillett" which is metal that can be melted down to make jewelry such as old coins, silverware etc.

PURPLE PASSION The pendant is purple jade from Asia. The shell discs are spiney oyster shells from the shores of South America. The smaller beads at the top are Sugilite from South Africa, sterling silver, and the closure is sterling silver. The sterling silver beads at the Pendant are terra cotta beads which are handmade in Greece and triple coated in sterling silver.

Sandy Den Hartog Sandy has had an interest in stones since childhood. Wherever she went, even as a young person, whether it was picnics, vacations, or field trips; she always made sure she had a cup along to collect rocks which were precious to her at the time. Once in high school she took numerous classes in gemology and geology. Then she graduated, got married, and had children. Rocks and gems had to be put on hold for a while. However, she was still able to attend gem shows and art shows when she had the opportunity. She was looking and learning and eventually was able to travel the globe and reignite her interest in gems and minerals. She was struck by how much stones, rocks, gems, and minerals change from country to country. In bringing

back Ethiopian Crosses from Africa, she made her daughters and granddaughters necklaces with the crosses. She was once again hooked with a creative passion for what she could now do with these artifacts. Sandy’s work has been exhibited at Palace Hotel in San Francisco and the James Ratliff Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. She has also been a part of several juried shows winning a first place medal in 2010 and 2012 with a Award of Merit in 2012. • 35

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Irena Orlov innovative, contemporary fine artist, architect, designer, illustrator, photographer is known for creating captivating works which are full of energy. Extraordinary versatile in her mediums, Irena could never imagine life without art. Having a successful carrier in architecture and design for quite a long time, she began to deal with fine art. She is an artist whose path in the fine arts has led her to a unique expression of mood and color. The combination of antique and a very clean, crisp modern design sense creates a highly prized, individual art style. Her images begin spontaneously and give

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expression to personal creativity and insight. Each piece is unique in design. Irena often prefers to think of herself as a craftsman, constructing, or interpreting imagery and messages from her conscious and subconscious mind. Irena has lived in Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Canada, and now lives and works in Los Angeles.

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OYSTERS IN THE SKY. Digital photography.

Guy Belair My passion for photography goes back to thirty years ago during my university education in science and my first and only scientific photography class. Since then, I have been pursuing my skills, mainly in nature photography. For the last 7 years, I have shifted to digital photography and I have participated regularly in contests on this topic, especially in macro photography. Last year, I participate for the first time in an art & craft exhibition to sell my photos. Recently, I became a member of ArtxTerra web site ( ) to spread my artistic work. Since 2010, I have started exploring more creative ways of making nature photography using digital techniques, with the objective of maintaining and expressing the spontaneity and freshness of nature photography.

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Troy Eittreim Some of his earliest memories consist of him sitting at his Grandparents kitchen table with reams of perforated computer paper and drawing for hours, in their small town, Iowa home. Even as a small boy Troy Eittreim displayed natural talent, excellent drafting skills with pencil and brush, and a rich, welldeveloped imagination. He grew. He watched Tex Avery cartoons, read Don Martin comics and continued to draw and paint and develop his skills. By age 14 sitting at a pick-nick table in a Cincinnati basement painting and making “things” (and probably, but quite completely by accident, getting high on model airplane glue), he knew he wanted to make art for a living. He finished high school in Florida with a Governor’s Award for Artistic Merit, and a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design. He studied painting and art history, and graduated with a BFA in illustration. He moved to Atlanta where he created custom lighting and decorative arts for the Design trade. A few years later he bought a computer and began to teach himself Adobe Photoshop. Shortly after, he quit and went back to painting (which he believed to be far easier). But the challenge was already there and soon began to investigate Photoshop again. Now Eittreim fuses highly stylized computer graphics (CG), crisp, clean and precise within painterly imprecision. Using Photoshop and Illustrator he creates wry fairytales, and other funny little visions. Quirky cartoon-ish characters set in fantasy

MAGRITTE'S NEW RIDE. Digital art (Photoshop/Illustrator). 8.5” x 11”

landscapes. Apparitions travel, carry loads, and engage in nonsensible activities. Eittreim recently won first place, Donnie Award 2012 (MOCA – Museum of Computer Art). His work has been written about in ArtPapers Magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Chattahoochee Review. He’s had eight solo exhibitions. And his work has recently been added to the University of North Florida collection. • 39

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THE BIG ROCK. Digital Photography. 11”x14”

Laurie Freitag I grew up at the beaches of Rockaway and Florida. I collected shells, listened to Elvis and took photos. Residing in Los Angeles since the late 70's and retired from TV news, you can always find me with a camera planted firmly between my knees as I drive. Like a butterfly catcher with a net, the moments are so fragile and I'm awed & ready by what the universe presents to me. I'm inspired everyday by light and children and design.

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WHIMSY. Digital Photography. 11”x14”

FLORAL PORTRAIT N.1. Archival pigment print on watercolor paper. 12” x 12”

Eduardo Fujii is a self-taught fine art photographer living on the Monterey Peninsula in California. At an early age he demonstrated great interest in the arts. He started music lessons at the age of five followed by painting a few years later. It wasn’t until late 2006, however, that he turned to photography as a form of artistic expression. Classical music and painting have been part of most of his life and have certainly contributed to the development of a lyrical sensibility that underlies his photography today. There is always a beautiful prelude playing on the back of his mind when photographing. Eduardo draws inspiration from various talented local photographers and also famous painters like Mondrian, Picasso, Renoir and Modigliani. His images have a painterly

look and reflect his continual pursuit of beauty. He is very committed to photography as art and always leaves part of himself in every image he makes. He truly believes that every photograph is a self portrait. Notwithstanding his short history as a photographer, Eduardo has participated in gallery exhibitions at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado and the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California and has received various awards including a Spotlight award from B&W + Color Magazine, PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Black and White Spider Awards, and the Master’s Cup International Awards. • 41

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GARDEN FLOWERS. Digital art.

Arthur Jacob Throughout my life I have always had a greater visual sense about how the world looked versus other senses. This visual dominance in perceiving the world has profoundly affected my work as an artist. My art offers an infinite variety of visual perceptions and interpretations for the viewer. The viewer is told what the “real Life” image is in the title of the piece, but through abstraction and reconstruction of that image, the viewer is then asked and challenged to explore the shapes, colors, movements and forms, which the abstraction and reconstruction presents. 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. The techniques to achieve these photographic abstractions and reconstructions are 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. 42 • Art&Beyond • January/February 2013

Prior to retiring in 2000 and devoting all of my time to photography and digital art, my professional career encompassed activities from social services to becoming involved with marketing, promotion and public relations in three large healthcare corporations. I later became the publisher of a small publishing house in Minneapolis that focused on adult and children’s books that addressed many types of family issues. After leaving the work-a-day world, I moved from Portland to Las Vegas. It was there that I began to promote myself as a serious artist focusing on creativity with photography and digital art. In 2008 I decided to return to the Portland area via Coos Bay where I presently resides. I also have a strong belief that one should be involved in the communities I live in. Putting this belief in to action, 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. •


OPEN CELL CONSTRUCTION (Fragment). Digital art.

Daniel R. Johnson A fascination with art started early with Daniel, but he really found his direction during his first year at Salt Lake Community College studying Graphic Design. It was then that he was introduced to the still-fledgling world of computer art. Graduating from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Illustration, he continued working with digital art and animation. In addition to freelance illustration, he began his career in computer games, eventually moving to northern California to pursue further opportunities. Daniel was eventually hired as an onsite digital illustrator for a Sonoma county design firm, where he honed his skills through years of

commercial art for high tech, construction, infrastructure, and transportation clients. He also began teaching at colleges throughout the Bay Area, including the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. To continue teaching, Daniel became an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash. He has won national awards for his digital illustration, has been interviewed in industry publications, and has given presentations where he demonstrates his techniques. Daniel currently resides in Petaluma, California, where he works as a freelance digital artist, teacher, and author. • 43

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SECURITY Digital Art.

Keith Parks Born in Los Angeles, Keith Parks grew up in the lovely town of Oxnard, California, where his father converted an old shed in their backyard into a darkroom to "keep him off the streets" while he was in high school. Keith began college at California State University, Northridge as a photography major, but as graduation approached and he realized there were no "Help Wanted: Photographer" ads in the classified section, but plenty of entry-level graphics jobs, he switched his emphasis to graphic art in his final year. In 1980 he got his BA in Art. That led to a 30+ year career in graphic design. In 2008, with his daughter about to depart for college, and his midlife

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artistic crisis in full bloom, he felt the time was right to take a stab at some purely personal artwork. He devoted a couple of years to building up a body of work, and posted the resulting images to an online artist's community, eliciting positive reviews and valuable feedback. By 2010, with his hard drive filling up with image files, he took the advice of one of his old art professors to "enter every show you can", which lead to pieces being accepted into a variety of juried exhibitions around the country (thanks to the internet). Now, in his midfifties, he's looking for his "big break". •

SILVER FEATHERS (London, UK). Photography

YASMINE SAMIRY Fashioned by experience, feelings and vision Yasmine Samiry is an emerging photographer-artist the world should keep an eye on. Award winning, published and exhibited, she is drawing attention around her. Her life has been a journey of discoveries. Granddaughter of an archeologist-photographer, she remembers in her childhood, being drawn to the technology of the camera. She was fortunate to be surrounded by different cultures and able to see new places. At an early age, she was experimenting with her own SLR. Photography was first a form of escaping her traditional and sheltered environment; she was often characterized as a daydreamer. Drawn to “exotic” lands, her imagination would run free.

In her adulthood she went to live and work in China and Asia, an experience that definitely changed the course of her life along with a year backpacking from Asia to America and later tour guiding in Austral-Asia. From then on she could finally fulfill a lifelong ambition: to explore the world with her camera. Curiosity and creativity have always been her guides; living in different cultures has been an experience that definitely enriched her life and that she loves to transmit. Yasmine is an art sourcer, photographer and artist, graphic designer and founder of a photographers’ collective. Yasmine will have an exhibition in London on November 30. You are of course welcome if you are going to be in the city, just send her an email. • 45

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WE. Digital art.

Max Tzinman Max Tzinman was born in Romania and lived in Israel and Canada, immersing himself in a multitude of cultures that influenced his artistic philosophy. Formerly an architect, since his move to New York City he has returned to his first love, art. He has recently participated in art and photography shows at LACDA (Los Angeles Center For Digital Art), The Center for Fine Art Photography (Ft. Collins, CO), BAG (Brooklyn Art Gallery), Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Art Gallery, Moss Rehab/Einstein, Atlantic Gallery, MOCA (Museum of Computer Art), and the William Penn Foundation. He explains: "I am not a photographer or a conventional painter but an image storyteller. I am not trying to freeze the moment with a beautiful image, but to transform it to reveal the disturbing emotions that are buried beneath the surface".

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FLORAL PORTRAIT N. 13. Archival pigment print on watercolor paper. 12” x 18”

Rae Chichilnitsky

FRUITS OF LABOR (VIRGO). Mixed Media. 28" x 41”