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Vol. 35 • March/April • 2016


Chris Delias

DIANA. Acrylic on Canvas, 39" x 39"

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


ETHIOPIE. Oil and Acrylic, 3.93" x 6.03"

Vol. 35 • March/April • 2016



In This issue:

In the March/April issue Art & Beyond continued to cover an upcoming events where in our column Point of Interest we published the article about upcoming Art! Vancouver in May 2016.


Back Cover

Chris Delias

Kelly Fischer

Inside Front Cover

Inside Back Cover

Also, as a media partner for the Contemporary Art Projects USA Art & Beyond published and editorial dedicated to their participation in the upcoming Spectrum Indian Wells Art Show on March 17-20, 2016. Art & Beyond continued to publish our Interviews masterfully conducted by Justin Hoffman. In this issue you will fine two Interviews with amaizing photographer Heike Suhre and wonderful artist Yorka Ralwins. We are proud to announced the following winners published in this issue. Congratulations to Chris Delias who’s artwork “Diana” won the Front Cover for March/April Online issue. The Inside Front Cover won beautiful work "ETHIOPIE" by Chantal Myrtil. The Back Cover won an artwork "Lightning Bolt” by Kelly Fischer. And Inside Back Cover was awarded to Josef Kote for his wonderful work “Every Moment In The Middle”. Also we would like to congratulate those artists who have been chosen as Publishers Choice Award winners in this issue for their outstanding artwork. We thank all of the amazing and talented artists who participated in the competition and wish you all great success in your journey.

Point of Interest 9 Spectrum

Art! Vancouver

On the View at Indian Wells Art Show

Message from the Executive Director, Tata Fernandez Chris Delias Kelly Fischer Ricardo Cardenas Anica Shpilberg Elena Bulatova Eliel Perez Efrain Mashiah Gary Traczyk Grace Berge Jorge Cavalier Lorena Fernandez Maria Ana Davila Martin Schoffel Mr. Santo

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Success Stories Art! Vancouver 2016, a Vancouver-based international art fair set for May 26 – 29, 2016, is anticipated to be a spectacular event, as it follows the success of the inaugural Art! Vancouver exhibition in May 2015. Along with a number of artists and galleries returning for their 2nd year, the event will also feature several new exhibitors visiting from throughout the globe looking to connect with local and international art-lovers alike. With the success of Art! Vancouver 2015, followed the prosperity of the event’s exhibitors. Some of the most interesting success stories came from exhibiting independent artists, who developed key relationships and partnerships with recognized gallery representatives and art collectors that attended. A great example of Art! Vancouver’s influence on our exhibitors is returning artist Taisha Teal, known for her eclectic “Pop Icon” series exhibited at last year’s fair. She was recently commissioned as 1 of 10 vibrant artists by Burt’s Bees Canada. Discovered through the Art! Vancouver website, Taisha Teal collaborated with the natural care company, creating an original piece of art using their 100% natural color-rich product in honor of their new product line set to launch this April 2016. She has also been approached by galleries for representation, who also found her through Art! Vancouver.


Other artists who have experienced career development from their participation in Art! Vancouver include Charles Gitnick and Andres Dorigo. Glitnick, a 13-year old American artist, who was scouted at Art! Vancouver by a Montreal gallery. The gallery then invited Gitnick to exhibit at Art Manoco, where he was picked up by a gallery in Zurich, Switzerland for representation. Dorigo, an Argentinian artist, was spotted by a prominent collector, who not only purchased Dorigo’s work, but also hired him to live in their home in Hawaii to paint at Dorigo’s leisure. Through this connection, Dorigo’s work will be displayed in New York, Australia, and Hawaii in the coming year. These are just a few great examples of success stories from Art! Vancouver 2015, and with the 2016 event in the horizon, further success stories are likely to come from Vancouver’s premiere international art exhibition. Exhibit at Art! Vancouver 2016 to enhance your career as an artist, or attend to experience a first-class art event and purchase wonderful artworks by artists from Canada and around the world. Art! Vancouver 2016 Information: Art! Vancouver 2016 will present returning features including the “Face of Art” artist-runway, an art professional speaker series, and an opening night gala. New elements include the 15 Minutes of Fame speaker series (exhibitor speakers), a VIP program including an exclusive VIP preview, and Vancouverbased art tours.


Art! Vancouver 2016 takes place May 26 – 29, 2016, in the Vancouver Convention Centre’s East building. For more information about exhibiting or attending please visit • 9

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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR I am looking forward to - with the loyal support of Artists, Media Partners, Curators, and Collectors- participate in the brand new four-day Spectrum Indian Wells cutting edge art fair in the Coachella Valley region of Southern California; sponsored by UBS Financial Services.

Tata Fernandez, Executive Director

This exhibition will be curated by our lead curator Silvia Medina, “ I am as fortunate as I am proud to have Silvia as a member of our staff; a professional curator with such extensive experience from institutions and biennales. Silvia had the honor of being the executive director of Sala Mendoza in Caracas, Venezuela; as as well as a founding member of the Havana Biennale, and The Wilfredo Lam Institute in Havana, Cuba. Spectrum Indian Wells promises to be an exciting exhibition with a fantastic roster of exhibiting artists including: Invited Artist, Chris Delias, from Austria - who will be showcasing his solo show: “#CityLife” - as well as two of our resident artists: Ricardo Cardenas/ Mexico, and Kelly Fischer/Switzerland; whose work will be a part of the featured walls of the fair, located at the main lobby. The gallery will also participate in the “Monumental Sculptures Exhibition”, curated by Spectrum Indian Wells curatorial team in collaboration with Elena Bulatova Gallery, Palm Springs. My mission remains that of promoting art appreciation within the international community to inspire and assist with the process of art collection, and to generate resources that support the artists, creative endeavors through art awareness, artist promotion, and art procurement We work with the best minds in the industry, and share our experience and passion for marketing the arts, culture, and entertainment. From Biennales and gala auctions, to exhibitions and major international art fairs, we have the experience to bring together artists, art lovers, and collectors and to create for them the most memorable experiences. Tata Fernandez/Executive Director Contemporary Art Projects USA +1-786-262-5886

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CONTEMPORARY ART PROJECTS USA announces its participation in Spectrum Indian Wells Art Show's Debut with an Opening Reception on Thursday, March 17th through March 20th, 2017 Contemporary Art Projects USA will be participating in the brand new four-day Spectrum Indian Wells cutting-edge art fair in the Coachella Valley region of Southern California; sponsored by UBS Financial Services. The Fair – featuring a fantastic roster of top galleries and artists – will take place in conjunction with the final weekend of the renowned BNP Paribas Open, which drew over 456,000 affluent tennis fans from around the world last year. Contemporary Art Projects USA, directed by Tata Fernandez - with Silvia Medina as Curator - will employ a major approach to social networking coverage by aggressively utilizing journalistic mediums to promote and document its participation at another level; while, at the same time, provide a focused platform where artists, collectors, and art lovers convene to enrich and enhance their love for the arts. For this edition, we have the honor including in our artist roster - as Invited Artist - Austrian artist, Chris Delias, with his Series #CityLife. Featured artists include: RicardoCardenas-Mexico, and Kelly FischerSwitzerland. Other participating artists include: Anica ShpilbergPeru/USA, Elena Bulatova-Russia, Eliel Perez-Puerto Rico, Efrain Mashiah-Israel, Gary Traczyk-USA, Grace Berge-USA, Jorge CavelierColombia, Lorena Fernandez-Colombia, Maria Ana Davila-Mexico, Martin Schoffel-Venezuela, Rajvi Dedhia Unadkat-India, Robin AppleUSA, Rosaria AESTUS Vigorito, William Stalhuth/Venezuela and Mr. Santo with a Monumental Robot Sculpture at the Garden Exhibition.

By Maria Ana Davila| Mexico

By Robin Apple | USA

For more information about the Fair Schedule and VIP Passes Please Contact Tata Fernandez, Executive Director 13899 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 302 North Miami Beach, FL 33181 786-262-5886

By William Stalhuth | Venezuela • 11

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CALIFORNIA. Acrylic on Canvas, 39" x 47"

Chris Delias: #CityLife Solo Show - Austria Invited Artist Chris Delias is a true artist in the making; someone who is as passionate when he interacts with his work as he is when he does so with the world around him – the characters that populate his paintings mingling as actively with one another as they do with the imaginary worlds he so deftly paints for them; his inner world and imagination energizing his work from his very early works. His work, reminiscent of Pop Art, is focused on daily urban life – symbolizing the elements of new technologies and social media networks that include: Facebook, WhatsApp, hashtags, and Apple-logo; creating and esthetically unique platform. People dominate the foreground of the paintings, and are usually communicating with others; as they are in his piece: “Samantha and Selfie”. The figures – somewhat expressionist and extremely colorful – do not give the impression of being engulfed in the overwhelming impact of social media, but rather very much a part of the actual -barring technological development – but instead, employing these elements to share and express their emotions and feelings. Although, Chris is no stranger to the risks that the banality of technology subjects us to, and in a recent interview by Art Daily News International Magazine reflected on his philosophy on the subject: “My art needs to be viewed as a counterpart of all of this ‘Anti Real Relations’; for me, the center of everything is to be found in the beauty of humanity, the emotions, and human interactions. This can only be felt when one is among other human beings; not from a Smartphone or a screen”. 12 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2016

VIENNA LOVE. Acrylic on Canvas, 39" x 39"

Chris is in love with “fauve” colors, and in love with the world. He is an artist capable of enjoying and nurturing his creativity through everything that surrounds him; even with something as simple as strolling down a city street. A perfect example of this is his series: “Time Square, New York”, where he feels as free as the figures that he painted; which results in works that are loaded with a history created by the environment of the area. Another great example of is: “Nina and Layla”. His work is a cornucopia of the color, the music, the pathways Vienna (his home country); as well as social media’s influence in our contemporary global society. by Silvia Medina, Curator For more information please contact Tata Fernandez, Executive Director Contemporary Art Projects USA 786-262-5886 • 13

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SUNSET. Acrylic on Canvas, 60" x 80"

Kelly Fischer-Switzerland FEATURED ARTIST My work is part of the minimalist representation of constant movement. The ideas themselves are minimalist, so that they, and the images I create, have more space in which to expand; life also develops in this perspective. I synthesize my ideas as if creating a loft in which to fit the possibility of integrating the personal concept, and to provide the ability for viewers to interpret the environment. Color, in my work, is meant to introduce the spectator to the atmosphere of the sensations they represent. Colors represent the human essence. In the perception of color there is a strong impact on emotional reactions; with their symbolic strength, sounds, and taste, they infuse character to our personalities. I define this idea within the following context: Our planet and human beings share a convulsed history; interlocked in inseparable successes of human and natural events. But, we mortals have abused the earth’s generosity, mistreating the habitat it humbly offers us; so it manifests its unrest and reminds us of its presence by way of storms, volcanos, tsunamis, in an to attempt to placate us as it might have done during the age of the dinosaurs… Those of us who open our heart to her, can allow themselves to be embraced in dawns and dusks adorned with twilights and majestic colors – in open spaces, as well as between sky scrapers and architecture that form the concrete landscapes that bear humanity’s signature. Now, the planet screams to us to be conscientious, and her laments are translated into the colors with which I paint my canvases. In collaboration with Silvia Medina, Curator 14 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2016

BLUEPRINT. Acrylic on Canvas, 40" x 30"

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LA PELEA. Mixed Media on Concrete/Cement. 6' x 8'

Ricardo Cardenas - Mexico FEATURED ARTIST Ricardo Cardenas, a young Mexican emerging artist whose popularity is growing in giant leaps, gifts us with pictorial work - rich in colors and diverse images - displayed on the hard surface of concrete. His paintings - teaming with autobiographic elements populated with everyday life characters; the exuberant flora of his native country; and the strong influence of its artistic legacy -are influence by the muralist and cubism legacy of Mexican culture. Today, Ricardo presents us with an Autobiographic series of Works that represent time; his time. We would have to delve into the artist’s most private realm to fully understand the whole significance of what he imparting to us; so we must view his work simply as time in all its verbal forms. Each element in his paintings represents for us the hands of a clock –as does the horizon’s white line that represents the time and vertical line of minutes past. And, though his work has diminished in his color scheme’s force, its strength is present in the sealer that is applied to his concrete works; the transparencies that seal the paintings with a somber overtone that the artist employs to represent his day-to-day obstacles. His awesome concrete pieces – almost pure – signify the harshness and coldness that time goes carving inside most of us. At the same time: “the marvels that appear in his work represent the soul of a work that has to be as hard as steel in its effort to resist time”. Recently, I referred to Ricardo’s work, mentioning the fusion brought about by the combination of his civil engineering background and his knowledge of Povera Art. His works are an open picture gallery that project the anthropologic archeology of his spiritual landscape, its edifices, and its entire environment. In the same way his sculpture series: “Immigrants” was created with characters that walk, and find themselves in search of new horizons. By Silvia Medina, Curator 16 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2016

ROCINANTE. Sculpture. 62" X 24" X 16". Mixed Media.

NO.5. Mixed Media on Concrete/Cement, 74" x 48"

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WAITING ROOM. Photography on Metallic Paper mounted in Plexiglass.32" x 44"

Anica Shpilberg - Peru/USA Art is the language of my thoughts and the way to express my self. experiences lived.

My inspiration comes from my surroundings and

I sort thru the images that “make sense” from what was photograph and weave them into fragments that tell a story. Some are printed either on canvas or paper utilizing mixed media to deliver the intended message. Others I like leaving a pristine photograph. The purpose of it all is to capture instances in time that form a story, one that is interpreted by the observer who add their biases as hey reflect on the images. In the series “Clones” after working on the pictures to get them to my ideal state the mannequins became real, part of my environment and was difficult at times to see them as just mannequins. They all developed a story about their realities, struggles and gender. For more information please contact Tata Fernandez, Executive Director Contemporary Art Projects USA 786-262-5886 18 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2016

BRIGHT AND BRILLIANT. Acrylic on Canvas. 85" x 48"

Elena Bulatova - Russia My work is very much about process. The process is one of action/reaction. My most recent work is about the thrill of exploring and experimenting with a variety of methods of applying acrylic color on raw canvas, taking big risks and looking for new combinations that I’ve never done before. My approach is very intuitive; there are no sketches to work from, little predetermined choice of color. The process begins with an initial application of paint on canvas and continues as I react to subsequent layers, it concludes when a final action no longer evokes reaction.

For me painting is like an intense compulsion motivated by the love of the process itself, allowing me to become more comfortable with uncertainty and unpredictability which opens up a whole world of new possibilities. Born of spontaneity, the work is a reflection of myself at the time of its creation. For more information please contact Tata Fernandez, Executive Director Contemporary Art Projects USA 786-262-5886 • 19

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SHIP-WRECKED. Acrylic on Paper. 28" x 22"

Eliel Perez - Puerto Rico As an artist I strive to express the world I see onto the media that I paint to motivate, inspire, and stimulate other human minds to see the world as I do. My works inspiration is a combination of daily elements that are combined to form unrigged and flexible images. I combine multiple materials of construction that allows me to free my ideas and create freely without material restrictions and in a freer flowing manner. For more information please contact Tata Fernandez, Executive Director Contemporary Art Projects USA 786-262-5886 20 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2016

AMERICANO. Mixed Media and Recycled Coca-Cola Cans. 54" x 27"

Efrain Mashiah - Israel The artist is working to make recycled materials into sculptures, incorporating used coca-cola cans to build bikes and screws as the main medium to create three-dimensional artworks. Born in Israel and based in California he doesn’t rely on a computer to pixelate his works, he just makes a grid and drills in screws at certain key points (like the tip of the nose) to establish the depth of the artwork. “ I consider these paintings as sculptures and all my screws are at different depths. There’s nothing planned out. I draw out a figure on the board and figure out the depths,” the artist says. The screw holes have to be drilled beforehand, to make sure the screws go in straight. “I love the unpredictability of found materials and enjoy the inventiveness necessary to transform them into a sculpture,” he said. “Americano 1” is part of the permanent collection of Ripley Museum, California/USA. For more information, please contact Tata Fernandez, Executive Director Contemporary Art Projects USA 786-262-5886 • 21

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ORBIT. Stainless Steel on Granite. 20" x 10"

Gary Traczyk - USA Gary Traczyk's stainless steel kinetic sculptures are delicately balanced works of art inspired by spiritual emotion and expression. Each piece are defined as “one of a kind" and challenges the mind to wander in a meditative state of discovery. Gary, a native South Floridian, attended New World School of the Arts and received two degrees from Florida State University. He was recently featured and opened the new season of HGTV's television show "Clever Ideas". His work has been shown in Miami, Palm Springs, Laguna Beach, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Malibu, La Jolla, and other cities across the U.S. Gary's commitment to charity includes: 22 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2016

National Foundation for Advancement In the Arts, Mother's Voices, Operation Smile, Escondido Children’s Museum, Florida International University's Alumni, and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Some of his clients include: Aaron and Candi Spelling, Univision Music, Castlerock Entertainment, and Gallagher Financial Systems. For more information please contact Tata Fernandez, Executive Director Contemporary Art Projects USA 786-262-5886

SUNDAY. Photography printed on Metallic Paper, 20" x 40"

Grace Berge-USA With an absolute love for nature and a background in art therapy and observation, I combine my passions for photography, nature, discovery, and exploration to create imagery. The specifics and details of what I observe blend together in my mind's eye, and it is that blending, that compilation and abstraction of specific moments, that I hope to capture in my current body of work. If I had to put words to it, I might call it "post-modern neo-impressionism", but what it really amounts to is a combining and softening of environment and time into images that I hope encompass many moments, many thoughts, many feelings. The images I create - in-camera, sans digital manipulation - simplify what the bare eye sees, turning it into what we perceive when we look with a softer gaze, observing the essence rather than the specifics. There is the horizon, but what does that line demark? What is above, and what is below? It is a kind of minimalism, a reduction into sheer line, color, and movement, that represents something unclear which nevertheless feels familiar and recognizable. My photographs may take the viewers into an ethereal, otherworldly place, one that prompts us to question our assumptions and find new answers. It is my sincere hope that these images inspire others to look more deeply into our natural world, to find in it, as I do, serenity and healing. For more information please contact Tata Fernandez, Executive Director Contemporary Art Projects USA 786-262-5886 • 23

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BOSQUE ANTIGUO. Oil-gold gilded wood, 17.75" x 17.75"

Jorge Cavelier - Colombia Rain forests are the earth's lungs. Beauty and life emerge from those magical places. I consider forests as beings with their own soul. Each time I make a work of art related to them I'm rising my own awareness, thriving to expand it in a most direct way. Once collective awareness reach into love and compassion, we may reach to the forests and save our air. Depicting the cloud forests atmospheres and transmitting the golden peace that emerge from them I believe the difference will be done. I work with oils as my primary media on linen or gold gilded wood to achieve the soft mystical sensation of the forests' atmosphere. Painted laser cut stainless steel is the material used for the sculptures, which often sit on granite or Plexiglas 24 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2016

platforms; a crystal or stone sphere makes their center. The mysterious sceneries found in the rain forests canopies are represented by these successive planes reflected on the platforms they are placed upon. Painters like Turner and Monet, Rothko and Hockney have inspired my work from the beginning. Giacometti and Serra the sculptors I admire. For more information please contact Tata Fernandez, Executive Director Contemporary Art Projects USA 786-262-5886

BRISA FRESCA DE VERANO. Oil on Canvas, 39" x 39"

Lorena Fernandez - Colombia My work is part of the minimalist representation of constant movement. The ideas themselves are minimalist, so that they, and the images I create, have more space in which to expand; life also develops in this perspective. I synthesize my ideas as if creating a loft in which to fit the possibility of integrating the personal concept, and to provide the ability for viewers to interpret the environment. Color, in my work, is meant to introduce the spectator to the atmosphere of the sensations they represent. Colors represent the human essence. In the perception of color there is a strong impact on emotional reactions; with their symbolic strength, sounds, and taste, they infuse character to our personalities. I define this idea within the following context: Our planet and human beings share a convulsed history; interlocked in inseparable successes of human and natural events. But, we mortals have abused the earth’s generosity,

mistreating the habitat it humbly offers us; so it manifests its unrest and reminds us of its presence by way of storms, volcanos, tsunamis, in an to attempt to placate us as it might have done during the age of the dinosaurs… Those of us who open our heart to her, can allow themselves to be embraced in dawns and dusks adorned with twilights and majestic colors – in open spaces, as well as between sky scrapers and architecture that form the concrete landscapes that bear humanity’s signature. Now, the planet screams to us to be conscientious, and her laments are translated into the colors with which I paint my canvases. For more information please contact Tata Fernandez, Executive Director Contemporary Art Projects USA 786-262-5886 • 25

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REFLEXIONS ON WATER. Photography on Metallic Paper and Mounted in Plexiglass, 31" x 47"

Maria Ana Davila - Mexico Reflexions on water are the thoughts, meditations, ruminations, joy and love, that each of us reflects from oneself. It is completely personal; it is ourselves looking deep inside, with our own contrasts, focused or unfocused, with our pale or vivid memories, our shadows, lights and sharp edges. We can be quiet or stormy water but there is always beauty. Through organic abstract art I see that we form part of nature, just as we are stardust, drops of water or reflexions on water. We are unique and unrepeatable the same way the water captured in an instant. It will never be the same, I can never repeat the same instant with the same reflection again, and we are like this. I can see my reflexions on water… For more information please contact Tata Fernandez, Executive Director Contemporary Art Projects USA 786-262-5886

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GEOMETRIA Y COLOR #61. Printed in Geman Aluminum, 24" x 36"

Martin Schoffel - Venezuela I started of using pencil and paper, as well as cardboard and markers, resulting in very abstract black and white paintings. Now my style is more consistent and geometrical. I design my art in the computer and reflect it on aluminum. I basically crate kinetic, geometrical an OP art. My creative process is somewhat like improvising a speech, one may not be certain about what is going to be said, but de seed of the idea is planted in fertile ground. This is similar to what occurs with me; I start a piece with a general idea, but the end result is a secret that slowly unfolds a I work. I want to constantly improve my work, grow‌ my general goal is to impact viewers and to create somethings different, somethings transcendent. I currently express my art through three different languages: 1. Linear Language: Inspired by palm trees, the artist takes them into lines, shown in black and white and without using any instruments, each piece accomplishes a clear effect.

2. Geometry and Color: In this pieces made of aluminum, the artist plays with geometry and color range that allow to create different visual effects so the viewer can enjoy the piece from several perspectives. 3. Overexposed dimensions: This pieces are created by metal rods that are cut , perfectly painted and arranged as they were overlaying their colors offering the viewer a visual game that gives a different perspective from each position as from the viewer to the piece. I Consider that the best part of being an artist is being able to show my feeling, ideas and vision through my creations. But the best thing of all is being able to do what I love and t love what I do. For more information please contact Tata Fernandez, Executive Director Contemporary Art Projects USA 786-262-5886 • 27

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ROBOT SERIES. Mixed Media. Monumental Sculpture at the Garden Exhibition.

Mr. Santo - Thailand Mr.Santo, born in Thailand, has been creating his incredibly life like sculptures since late 1980 from chains, springs, rods, ball bearings, brake bands, gears, and lots of other recycled metal. At this time he was the proprietor of souvenir shop in Samui for 10 years. One day he decided to bring to fruition some thoughts that had been in the back of his mind for some time and began welding together some parts. He liked the result, as did many others who saw that first sculpture on the counter of the shop. Encouraged by both the response to the piece and his own enjoyment at creating it, Mr.Santo continued to create his sculptures over the next few years, and it wasn’t long before they were selling to customers.

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His sculptures are welded together piece by piece and polished, then coated with lacquer to prevent it from rust and look shiny. Mr. Santo’s Sculptures which hold exclusive representation by Elena Bulatova Fine Art in USA, they will be showcasing at the Garden Exhibition of Spectrum Indian Wells in collaboration with Contemporary Art Projects USA. For more information please contact Tata Fernandez, Executive Director Contemporary Art Projects USA 786-262-5886

UNTITLED. INSTALLATION. Acrylic on Paper. Individual Pieces, 9" x 9"

Rajvi Dedhia Unadkat - India My work explores the interior world, expressing the emotional and feeling nature of it with color, form, line and texture. I am intrigued by the way a work of art conveys that which often cannot be spoken and is perhaps better left unsaid. Words can be a problem but there is no misunderstanding in the painting. It is honest and straight-forward, a one-off communication of the soul that defies judgment of feelings. High-strung or subdued, joyful or agitated- there is room for all of it in a painting. It is the expression of the vastness of our interior worlds not seen in everyday life but felt as very real. For more information please contact Tata Fernandez, Executive Director Contemporary Art Projects USA 786-262-5886 • 29

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REMINISCE SERIES. Photo Printed on Metallic Paper Mounted in Plexiglass.

Robin Apple - USA Iphoneography I recently made a solo road trip from California to Oregon and back again, to retrace some steps of a journey that I first made two decades ago coinciding with the beginning of my professional career and the ending of requisite training experiences. Nostalgia and reminiscence permeated the trip and I sought to capture images during and for some time after that reflected my state of mind as related to the journey I'd taken, on the road and in life. Amazed, chagrined, grateful; what seemed important wasn't; time passes no matter what; moments and people along the way are beautiful albeit ephemeral. I used my iPhone6 for capturing and processing images, choosing a sepia- enhanced color palette and incorporating elements of blur and fade to connote nostalgia, opacity and wistfulness. For more information please contact Tata Fernandez, Executive Director Contemporary Art Projects USA 786-262-5886

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FRAGMENTED. Digital Mixed Media Collage. Printed on Metallic Paper mounted in Plexiglass. 40" x 40"

Rosaria AESTUS Vigorito - Italy I am an Italian-American, a lesbian, a retired NY lawyer and law librarian professor, and an ovarian cancer survivor, but my calling is that of an artist.

the fusion of elements taken from different media, both non-digital and digital, and their manipulation in computer post-production.

After a long hibernation, I rediscovered my childhood passion for art as an adult. Once reawakened to my innate passion, which I call my second coming out, I studied with various accomplished figurative artists in New York City, and went on to formalize my training by receiving my MFA from the Graduate School of Figurative Arts of the New York Academy of Art, in 2003.

Regardless of medium, I subscribe to the philosophy that art serves as a bridge from our primal essence to our higher selves, and to the divine. As such, my “aestus,” or passionate fire, and underlying motivation is to produce works intended to stimulate the senses, provoke emotional responses, elevate the spirit, and address issues dear to me.

Following in the example of one of my inspirations, i.e., Picasso, with his perchance to reinvention and bold experimentation, my versatility extends to painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and the focus of my more recent works, innovative digital mixed media collage – which incorporates

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SQUAREZ. Acrylic on Canvas, 42" x 42"

William Stalhuth - Venezuela “Color exists where there is light, the presence of light generates shadows; and when you combine TEXTURES with color, light, and shadows your extraordinary creations are born.”

living in Miami with his wife and two children, he continues to flourish; feeding off the vibrant South Florida culture, and the emotional responses and myriad of interpretations shared by others about his creations.

When Venezuelan Artist, William Stalhuth, was 4 years old, he surprised his family with a wonderful painting of them gathered at the beach; with wavy seas and light, bright sand. A self-taught artist, William loves to work with texture, light, and color - with the precision of a perfectionist - to generate unique art.

William's work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries, as well as featured in public and private collections worldwide.

While living in Venezuela, he pursued a degree in graphic design to channel his passion for creating art; while simultaneously serving the needs of his corporate clients. Now

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FLASH. Acrylic & Mixed Media on gallery wrapped canvas [acrylic, India ink, oil pastel, gesso, texture polymers] 36" x 36"

Jacqueline Doyle Allison is an award winning artist who was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She received her BS specializing in graphic design and fine art from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Currently she lives in metro Atlanta and the mountains of north Georgia with her husband. Her paintings have been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in the southeastern United States including those at Ferst Center for the Arts, Atlanta, Georgia; Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, Georgia; Roswell Visual Arts Center, Roswell, Georgia and Abernathy Arts Center, Sandy Springs, Georgia. She is the recipient of several awards including finalist in the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights 2015 Bioethics Art Competition, “Express the Gift of Healing: Body, Mind and Spirit.” In addition her works are in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States including Emory University Hospital’s Winship Cancer

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Center, Atlanta, Georgia; Medical Information Technology, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia; and Applied Technical Services, Inc., Marietta, Georgia. Her work has been published in the Still Points Arts Quarterly; Studio Visit, A Walk into Abstracts; and her painting was a cover image for Art & Beyond Magazine. She also illustrated and designed the book Healing Beauty ~ Artistry for the Soul. Debi Lamb, Gallery Owner of The Art House Gallery in Atlanta, stated: “Jacqueline Doyle Alison's inspired contemporary works are much like the artist herself - very personal, textural & deeply moving - a collection that soars and still draws the viewer in. Her works lets you know the artist has a rich and interesting life - played out on canvas. I adore knowing Jacqueline more deeply through her body of visually stimulating works - yet, resting in them as well. A very delicate balance..."

CARGHJESE. Acrylic, 80cm x 80cm

SAINT-MALO MEETING. Oil, 80cm x 80cm

Parick Bergès Born in 1958, Patrick Bergès gives life to a naive and colorful world. Wide colored tint areas painted with raw acrylic paint are juxtaposing; shadows and volumes are suggested thanks to a black line in the style of the "light line"(inspired by the comic strip Belgian school).Stoned houses, closed shutters, hanging clothes floating in the wind and ... "cinquecento" Fiat allude to the Mediterranean atmosphere well-known from Corsica to Italy and from Spain to the French Riviera, even if other inspiring influences such as Brittany also contribute to his work. • 35

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NEW YORK AND GLOBALIZACION SERIES. Oil on Canvas, 105cm x 135cm

Taras Bibilashvili was born on April 2, 1960 in Zestaponi, Georgia. In 1977 Taras graduated the Arts School in Tbilisi and the year after began his career as an artist in the workshop of famous artist Professor Zurab Nizharadze. In 1983 Taras studied at the Lakob Nikoladze Arts College and has been participating in many local and international exhibitions since 1985. In 1994 Taras traveled to Athens, Greece for creative work. There he met famous artist and sculptor Khristos Ksarakaciano, sculptor, the director of modern museum.

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In 2014 Taras began working at the Artist Pablo Picasso Collection in Artist Star Arts Production, in Artist Star Arts Production Gallery and Art-On-Google. Taras (Davit) Bilashvili (nickname – “Biblieli”) has held many personal and group exhibitions. He is rewarded with many encouraging rewards for his creative work. His many creative works (painting, sculptor, drawing) are included worldwide in both state and private collections.

SMALL TOWN, Acrylic on Canvas, 24" x 36"

Maruka Carvajal is a contemporary artist based in Washington DC. Born in Bolivia, with Spaniard nationality, an upbringing in Brazil, and after several years living as expat in Asia and the Americas, she brings a multi-cultural perspective of the world and sensations expressed through shapes, patterns and her peculiar use of colors and strokes. She started painting during college in Brazil, where she graduated as an architect, but with the years she followed her true passions and devoted herself to the visual arts in full. She pursued further studies, including art classes at Chinatown Heritage Centre in Singapore and the Art League in Alexandria, VA. As a member of the Foundry Gallery in Washington DC, the Color8art group, and visiting artist at the Torpedo Factory Gallery in Alexandria VA, Ms Carvajal’s

paintings were displayed in several exhibitions at these and other venues. One of her paintings was acquired by the “Writer’s Center” in the city of Bethesda, MD to be displayed in their permanent collection. Maruka Carvajal’s work is featured in the cover of the “Art & Beyond” magazine edition of March/April 2014 and also in the back cover of the same magazine in the edition of September/ October 2014. More recently, in 2015 her work is also featured in the Studio Visit magazine volume No. 32. Using different shapes, lines, and vibrant colors Ms Carvajal expresses in canvas recollections of emotions, impressions and experiences different cities caused on her. • 37

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TRULLO THIS AND TRULLI ALBUM. A continuous story painting in a folding album which is accordion like rice paper leaves. Done in traditional Chinese Styles with ink/watercolor, 30" x 15"

Debbi Chan Born and raised in the metropolis of Houston where the glare of sunlit skyscrapers the landscape I was most familiar with did not stop the smooth transition to a landscape of pines and snow in Idaho. What the surprise move did was open my creative mind and allow me to expand and my art to grow. I took up three new mediums and set my schedule to allow for art to be the focus of my time. The mediums were new but I managed to keep to the traditional Chinese style which I took up almost 15 years ago. Days for me are all about art . Making it keeps me busy and rarely does a day go by without it. If not painting I am gathering for it. Looking out my windows I see the vastness of nature about me and watch wildlife romping that I previously could only have seen in a zoo behind bars. My tight drawings loosened and the subjects I once was afraid of painting flow across the leaves of 70 ft. Continuous story

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paintings in jumbo folding albums, my newest passion. They are being shown currently at Magnuson Gallery in Kendrick Idaho while awaiting a future home hopefully with WSU in their art museum. After completion I now publish each album as a wordless magazine and make them available to the public. And now the albums are coming to life in galleries you can carry in your pocket. The amazing 3-D app EXHIBBIT allows me to have entire albums on the wall. I have two shows open to the public now and a third will be open any day. You will most likely run into my blogs as well. Hopefully the albums will find their way to a permanent museum that appreciates story telling with art and without words. My time is still about making the art. If you don't make it you have nothing for others to see.

DAY DESCENDS INTO NIGHT. Oil on Canvas, 36" x 48"

Joyce Converse I have been painting mostly landscapes in oil for the last twenty-five years. I bought land that rises to 1300 feet, built a house at 900 feet so that I could paint where I live and live where I paint. I have 360 degree views of open grassland and the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. Over these last years I have developed intimate relationship with this land, its behaviors and its population of plants, birds and animals. It has become an extension of my own spirit. What I see when I look is a reflection. My work is evolving as a consequence, toward the manifestation of the spirit and feeling of place that I perceive.

I have shown my work at the Center for the Visual Arts for the San Jose Art League, at the Tait Museum in Los Gatos, at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, at the Pacifica Center for the Arts, at St. Michael’s Alley in Palo Alto, at the Marin Art Festival, through Silicon Valley Open Studios, at the Coastside Land Trust shows in Half Moon Bay, at Penelope’s Den in Woodside, at the Main Gallery in Redwood City, at Nissan North America Research Facility and at my beautiful studio/gallery on my property. I am currently represented by Gallerie Amsterdam in Carmel. • 39

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SAKURA. Acrylic on Canvas, 80 cm x 120 cm

Gabi Domenig is a through and through figurative Austrian artist. Since her early childhood she was attracted to the fine arts. She took classes in nude painting, color theory, drawing and composition. Especially charcoal, red chalk and pastels on paper and primed wood panels were the medium in the nineties. After her first show in 1999, when she presented 20 large pastel paintings to the public, she began to paint with acrylics on canvas. The strong and bright colors and the way of working with acrylics approached to her nature. She tries to capture moments and build up emotional tensions. She does not want to shock, stir up or provoke. The viewer of her images should be touched by a positive energy. For her art should be life-affirming and beautiful, touching and connecting. A language without words. She paints mostly with acrylic colors and concerns herself primarily with the representation of man and especially of women. Her characters send out varied emotions such as 40 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2016

pride, pain, love, sadness, loneliness, joy and longing. They are sensuous, strong, vulnerable, thoughtful, dreamy, seductive, promising and cautious. For the most part the figures are located in a particular environment cutout. The expression of the eyes should draw the viewer into its spell and animate him to enter in a deeper communication with the figures in the picture. Flowers, plants, animals, patterns and landscape sections are decorative parts, but are usually situated in the background. Because of her strong color palette she is assigned to the Neo-Expressionism. Participation in many international exhibitions in Austria, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, South America and USA. She got 6 Awards in the last 2 years. Single pieces of painted lampshades and T-Shirt you can also find on her web site:

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SAPHIRA. Acrylic on canvas with raw pigment, 60cm x 60cm

SAPHIRA-BLUE DRAGON. Oil on Canvas, 50cm x 60cm

Lis Engels paintings are cantillations of life – a re-enchantment of the world, opening into experiences of radical aliveness, joy and dreamlike paradise scenes of life. She paints in oil and acryl. Her style is expressive, poetic and imaginative working the creative dimension as a meditative and explorative practice. She uses pure and bright colours opening into vibratinal meaning of color and line as tonal songs of joy and wonder. She is crossing traditional borders between the abstract, the symbolic, the fantastic and the meditative, connecting abstract, figurative and poetic imagery. The inspiration comes from many different sources – from nature, music, poetry and everyday life in the country. Invited exhibitions: Dante’s HouseMuseum (Florence) February2015, The second International Art Bienniale Palermo, Meam Museum, European Modern Art Museum. 2015, Paris, Salon GustaveEiffel”La Grande Exposition Universelle 2014. International prize: Raphael Sanzio Award 2014 from ”Italia in Arte”. 42 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2016

MEMORIES OF NEPAL. Acrylic, 80cm x 100cm

QUO VADIS ARABIA. Acrylic, 90cm x 90cm

Rainer Englisch As an freelance Painter I run my own studio in Haselünne in Germany and take part in various solo and group exhibitions. Our fascinating world with its colors and shapes I compose new creations. For this I have developed my own transparent expressionistic style. Awarded in 2015 with "Sandro Botticelli Prize“ in Florence, "Michelangelo International Prize“ 2015 Rome and "Anne Frank Special Award Human Rights". • 43

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BAD NEWS. Acrilic on wood, 50 x 70 cm. 2015

in creating a personal style and her own visual language, from which express the deeper emotions. So she shows us the complexity of the world and sentiments, originating compositions that have great communicative value. Anna Giordano goes beyond simple aesthetic representation, her artworks investigate new realities through a chromatic language, that underlines the unspoken values of the sign and a pictures dialectic full of poetical emotions". – Josè Van Roy Dalì, ("Artista nella Storia", 2015).

Anna Maria Giordano A neapolitan, Anna moved to Gaeta twenty years ago. After leaving her previous job in 1999, she dedicated herself entirely to the figurative arts. She started with making and decorating ceramics (such as jugs, vases, plates, tiles....), and afterwards moved almost naturally to painting. Her first painting experiences were strictly figurative, and then, after gaining more skills, she moved gradually to the abstract paintings. She normally uses acrylic colours on canvas, wood or mason wood, but sometimes also mixed media (inclusion of paper, pumice or gauze integrated with the acrylic paint). "The artworks of the Artist Giordano distinguish themselves by the intimacy concealed behind the represented subjects. She has succeeded, through a careful and creative research, 44 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2016

"The love of the surreal and the abstract invested the creativity of Anna Giordano that makes use of symbols generally accepted in order to make the viewer better discern the description of the pictorial contents. This goes also with vivid colours that emphasize masterfully the pictorial lines. The painter, master of sonic and colours, is supported by his talent, impetuous interpreter of his sensitive soul". – Sandro Serradifalco, ("Eccellenze”, 2015).

"A great skill in transfiguring the abstract, with very good versatility and astonishment aimed at the research of an emotive project. Anna Giordano creates her characterized and symbolic intuitive projections, by superimposing signs and symbols of rich material drawing up". – Jean Charles Spina, ("1st Grand Prix Côte d’Azur”, 2015).

BRILLIANCE TU VEIL. Mixed Media, 50cm x 50cm

Eva-Li Hansson A recognized International Award winning artist with an innate capacity for a deeper connection with higher realms, and the creator of “Transformational Art”. Eva-Li states that making art is not about her; it is about something vaster than just her making a painting, it is all about the observer. It is reflected on a deeper level of our human consciousness and speaks about our potential as humans to transcend our daily lives, with all our challenges. She paints because something greater inspires her, thus her commitment to be a channel of a higher force. She paints because she knows that somehow everyone exposed to her paintings will transform themselves. Without any formal education within Arts, her artwork has been revered for its technical skills and that it stands out, which capture the observer and attracts their attention. You will find many layers and depths in her artwork thus the observer will benefit many times over, to adjust and take an extra moment to absorb the painting. As the observer takes their time, it will soon come to their awareness that something new and also undefined will come to surface. Art Professor Danilo Giusino, Italy stated: With her art of transformation, this rare painter leads us into a scenario elevating the soul beyond ‘time and space’, where nature becomes stylization and personal signature. (…)

The sensitivity of this extraordinary artist reminds me in some ways of the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer (Nobel Prize for Literature in 2011) who wrote: “Suddenly darkness fell as it does upon all things temporary. I was in a room which contained all the instants. However the sun was stronger as ever. His brushes painted the world with impatience.” Now we paint our lives with new eyes and hear around us a music made of beauty and of pure energy. She received the 1st Leonardo da Vinci Prize in Florence January 2016, Publisher choice Award Art&Beyond 2015. Valued and published in “Who is Who in International Art” Geneva. Valued at Musée du Louvre and received her Artist code. Eva-Li has exhibited her work both local in Sweden and in Europe. She is represented International in private and company collections. Eva-Li created her Solo Exhibition “Openings to the Universal mind” in collaboration with Swedish company ERICSSON COMMUNICATIONS. UPCOMING EXHIBITION: ART-SHOPPING, Louvre Paris 21-23 October 2016 • 45

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COMPOSITION #5. CITY PULSE. SERIES "ABSTRACT SUNSETS". Acrylic on Canvas, 36" x 48". 2015. This work was just selected as 1 of 10 winners for an ArtExpo New York 2016 Poster Contest.

Helen Kagan, PhD was born in a cold Siberian winter in what then was the USSR. She grew up in a Communist State where oppression and control were a daily reality. In 1991 her quest for freedom led her to the US, where to she brought her Jewish heritage, a couple of graduate degrees, and an unending thirst to explore the World and its meaning. Mainly self-taught Helen’s been painting for as long as she remembers, since 2005 does it professionally. Helen works with oils and acrylics, lately is experimenting with mixed media. If you are a seeker on a Quest looking for some quintessential insight, or just wishing to feel better - you might find rewarding to meditate with Helen’s works. There are always spiritual messages present in all of them - being on your Journey, going towards the Light, following your Path, awareness of “Here and Now”, and of course - “J'oie de vivre!” . Her healing art is better experienced “in-person” due to live vibrations of bright colors, heavy textures,

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COMPOSITION #6. ECLIPSE. SERIES "ABSTRACT SUNSETS". Acrylic, Mixed Media on Canvas. 36" x 48". 2015. This work was just exhibited in ArtpalmBeach 2016 with "Irreversible" Projects.

THIRD EYE. THE UNIVERSE. SERIES "HEALING CHAKRAS". Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 48". 2015-16. "Healing Chakras" is a brand new series for ENERGYART Collection. It is comprised of 7 large square artworks 48" x 48", one for each major 7 Chakras. I'm currently working on my 4th painting in this Series - Fire into Water.

HIGH WAYS. COLLECTION "COLORSCAPES". Acrylic, Mixed Media on Canvas, 60" x4 8". 2014-15. This work was officially juried in to ArtPalmBeach 2016 and was exhibited with ArtSynergy.

usually large size, and just an overall charisma and liveliness. "Healing Arts" won awards, competitions, contests, has been shown in many galleries, magazines, cities, states, major Shows (SPECTRUM Miami, ArtEXPO NY, and others). Helen believes art as a powerful form of self-expression can be a vehicle for emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing, and can enhance healing to those in need. She envisions her art to be placed in Medical Centers, Multicultural Centers, Hospitals, Libraries, Crisis Centers… – wherever it can enhance healing and promote well-being. She believes in inter-connectedness of mind, body and spirit. Her vibrant healing art is a statement of all her beliefs. • 47

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MUSICAL AWAKENING. Oil and Acrylic, 3.64' x 6.40'

VENIZIA. Oil and Acrylic, 3.18' x 6.40'

Chantal Myrtil Chantal Myrtil is a self-taught artist, handling colors, and performs an art driven by passion. Chantal expresses her self perception of the world. From Martinique, Chantal's closest friends and family encourage her to be an artist and let her passion be her life. With the paint brushes, Chantal expresses her deepest feelings, share her emotions, and throw them at the mercy of the world. In 2011, Chantal implemented "Art Invites Itself at Home" in 48 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2016

Martinique. The concept is to display her works at a guest home for one night sharing experience, art and cocktails. Working in various dimensions, Chantal prefers using large formats of painting to let the story breath. Looking for inspiration, she pushes the limits of her paintings. Multidimensional and multi-matérial, she inscribes her emotions and wide panel of understanding of each moment.

ALWAYS READY. Acrylic on Linen, 36" x 60"

FEEL THE BREEZE. MYSTIC SEAPORT. Acrylic on Linen, 48" x 48" (First below) ALMOST PARADISE. Acrylic on Linen, 48" x 48" (Second below)

Josef Kote Josef Kote (b.1964 Albania) - New York-based visual artist. The paintings of J.Kote are symphonies of light and color. They are lyrically stunning and romantic, edgy and current. Kote achieves this delicate balance of seemingly contradictory qualities through his complete mastery of technique and through years of experimenting to find his own unique style. With the lightness of a true master’s hand, he combines classic academic and abstract elements, fusing these, literally letting them run into each other with dripping rivulets of riveting colors and light: by using his signature drip effect along the bottom. His latest works force the viewer to remain focused on the paintings leaving one mesmerized at the very successful combination colors, larger brushstrokes, and the shear creativity involved. His light, pallet of colors and his fearless brushstroke have become a signature that is an unmistakably recognizable. Influenced by many places where he lived, Albanian-born artist J.Kote began his journey towards artistic self-discovery in his youth and never looked back. At the age of 14, after competing locally and nationally, he was awarded a coveted spot at ‘’National Lyceum of Arts’’ in Tirana. In 1984, Kote followed this amazing feat by being accepted into the ‘’Academy of Fine Arts’’ of Tirana, where J.K was educated in the traditional approach of the old masters. In 1988, Kote graduated with a diploma in painting and scenography. The years of practice and his 8-year solid art education had prepared the young artist well to pursue his life’s quest of living and breathing art. It had set him on his lifelong journey to find his own unique style and language, to create stupendous paintings pulsating with the light and energy that he sees all around him. Josef Kote is a Member of the Portrait Society of America & a Member of the American Society of Marine Artists. • 49

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EQ REDEFINED, 1500-2-11. Acrylic and Resin on Birch, 48" x 48" x 3"

EQ REDEFINED, 1600-SQ144. Acrylic and Resin on Birch, 48" x 48" x 3"

andrzej michael karwacki Born in Poland, in the historic town of Brzeg, Andrzej grew up during the years of political oppression and era of communist Poland. There he attended the School for the Arts and Literature. Unconsciously, these primary years were the platform for a deep attraction towards peace, poetry and art as a form of creative preservation. In 1984, Andrzej moved to New York and continued his education at the School for the Arts at Jersey City State University. While he was earning his a BFA in painting, Andrzej had the opportunity to explore everything from sculpture to printmaking, drawings to graphic art. These years were pivotal processing years. At the end of the 5-year BFA program, Andrzej earned a Master's Degree and Honorary Award in Urban and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in the field of Urban Architecture in 1994. Architectural design taught him to observe and imitate nature through new media. The rigorous nature of the field transformed Andrzej’s creative approach

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away from objectifying the world and towards autonomy through painting. After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1994, Andrzej's artistic direction began to take shape after integrating Eastern spirituality into his artwork. For him, Eastern Spirituality and forms of Zen, mediation and Buddhism was closer to seeing world as beautiful rather than violent as he has in his early years. Andrzej's artistic philosophy led him to resume his academic work at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco where, in 2011, he received a Masters in Integral Psychology and a certification in Expressive Art Therapy. While Andrzej’s current studio is based in Berkeley, his paintings are currently exhibited Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Boston, Paris, London and Hong Kong. His work is in private collections throughout the United States.

SKYFALL. Pinot Noir and Acrylic, 48" x 30"

DUE DILIGENCE. Pinot Noir and Acrylic, 48" x 30"

Jim Lively is an attorney who left the practice of law to pursue his passion full-time as a contemporary figurative and abstract artist. His works have been recognized in numerous juried competitions and publications. He was named to the 2013 and 2014 list of Art Tour International Magazine’s Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art (www.arttourinternational. com). In addition, he has participated in several group and a solo exhibitions across North America and in Europe. Jim has published four books containing images of his art including two novels. Selected 2012 - 2014 Credits • N amed to 2013 and 2014 list of Art Tour International Magazine’s Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art

• S elected to represent Southwest Artists and appear in Art Portfolio Magazine, 2014 Northeast Artists vs. Southwest Artists Edition • P laced Second in the Abstract Category in 2013 American Art Awards for “Layers of Civilization” and First in the Humor Category for “A Second Cup of Coffee” ( • A rt and Beyond Magazine, March/April 2014, Publisher Selection for “Butterfly Effect” and “Breach” from the “Red Wine” series of paintings • A rt Portfolio Magazine, Editor’s Selection for 2013 Landscape Competition for “Five for Fall” • • 51

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FIRE IN MY EYES. Acrylic on Canvas, 8" x 8"

Natalya B. Parris Natalya Borisovna Parris developed a unique artistic style and is using her scientific and engineering experience to bring new ideas to reality in her work. Her “Emotional Counterpoints in Paint – Dots Artworks” technique, where round dots are overlaid onto sections of a previously-painted picture, piled on one another and create a three dimensional painting, came from her experience as a construction engineer. Her floral compositions are expressions of her connection with Nature; its beauty and its nurturing and healing effect on a soul. Ms. Parris expresses herself, her view of the world, through color, color combinations and shapes. When she creates her artworks there is no taboo of what colors she can choose or combine, or how many techniques to use in one artwork. Ms. Parris worked for the City of Gaithersburg, MD from November 2006 - July 2010 as a Gallery Director and Gallery Curator. She organized over 96 exhibits in four City of Gaithersburg galleries. She worked with more than 384 artists

and art organizations. Since 2007 she has been teaching art classes for children and adults at the Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD. Ms. Parris created unique programs not only for her art classes, but also for the camps that she teaches at the Arts Barn. These camps have included: "Fun Art", "Russian Folk Art" and "Art Around the World." Since 2010 she has been teaching Art Appreciation classes to adults and seniors at Sunrise at Montgomery Village, MD. Since 2013 Ms. Parris has been teaching the "Wine with the Masters" classes for adults at BlackRock Center for the Arts. Since 2015 she has been teaching Excel Beyond the Bell Classes “Drawing Painting Collage and Clay” at Montgomery County Middle Schools. During summers 2014 and 2015 she worked as Assistant Director at the “Summer Fun Center” Montgomery County, MD. LinkedIn

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DOMINA1. Mixed, 18" x 24"

Art & Beyond Interview with

Yorka Ralwins by Justin Hoffman

Yorka Ralwins was born in the Dominican Republic, but began her painting life in 1999 when she opened a gift shop of hand-painted art in South Plainfield, New Jersey and set up her first studio next door. It wasn't until she moved to Florida that she was ready to start exhibiting her personal paintings. Q. Do you have any formal training? A. I have had some formal training, starting with the Dominican Fine Art Master, Candido Bido, who discovered the artist in me and gave me one-on-one attention on a daily basis for almost a year. He prepared me for my entrance into art school. When I was ready, he sent me to Parsons School of Design in New York City. I followed his advice, but after a semester returned home to attend a new school in my hometown, Altos de Chavon. This was the School of Design, an affiliate of Parsons. Two years later I returned to NY and attended Hunter College, continuing art but learning English as well. Though I completed more credits than needed to graduate, I didn't take chemistry which was a requirement, and therefore did not finish. I always painted, but never for the public after that.

Q. Can you describe your process for creating? A. My painting process is long but fun. The key is the background: it must be interesting and colorful, with rhythm and texture. I go through several backgrounds until one finally reveals itself to me. It’s a journey because I allow time for each background to pull me in, but if nothing is revealed I will cover it and start all over. Once I get a revelation the real fun begins. I will bring out the images revealed and start connecting them. Ideas flow in my head

and through my hands, and I utilize anything around me to get the final results. Music, dancing, and wine are part of this journey. It’s all enjoyable until I complete the piece to my (almost) satisfaction. There are no rules, no traditional techniques, no patterns, no formula; just a conversation between the canvas and me.

Q. What do you envision a viewer experiences when they view your work?

A. I want viewers to get inside my paintings and try to discover the message for themselves. The works are all about my experiences, feelings, views, strengths, weakness, moments, and of course my heart and I want them to inspire a dialogue. I imagine, or hope, the observer experiences an emotional involvement with the painting; one that entwines with the emotions I felt during its birth. However, if the viewer enjoys just a moment of beauty and inspiration, even unrelated to my intent, I am happy and feel my job as an artist has been accomplished.

Q. Do you have any upcoming exhibits? A. My next upcoming event is ArtExpo New York from April 14th -17th at Pier 94. I will be in Booth #169. I will also have an exhibit at Port St. Lucie Art Gallery from May 27th - July 15th in Port St. Lucie, FL. • 53

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ANNUNCIATION #1. Acrylic on Canvas, 36" x 36"

Talia Prilutsky Talia Prilutsky has worked in the art field for over twenty years as a graphic designer, an art educator and as a fine artist. She holds her BA in Arts from National Louis University, Chicago IL and AA and in Art Education from William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, IL United States. Between 1993 and 1998 Talia lived in Israel where she received training in Fine Art and Design under her mentor’s I. Port supervision.

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Her painting style can be categorized, as “figurative” though not overly concerned with realism. Her creations rather evoke to a deep unconscious level of each individual rather speak directly. All paintings contain the ideas that in many cases are reflecting her identity. Colors are used as a narrative emotional and expressionistic tool sometime with little correlation to reality. Some pieces are created as individual piece, however many are part of the specific series that united by the theme.

UP & DOWN. Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40"

STILL-LIFE WITH A PRISMATIC VASE. Acrylic on Canvas, 24" x 30"

ANNUNCIATION #2. Acrylic on Canvas, 36" x 36"

She has exhibited her works in numerous groups and solo shows in Illinois and overseas. Currently Talia works as an art instructor at Art Studio Artishock, which she founded in 2007 in Wheeling, IL, United States and also busy as a fine artist. She is a member of American Jewish Artists Club since 2014. • 55

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ON THE THRESHOLD OF CHANGE. Acrylics, 40" x 40" x 1.5"

Gabrielle Shannon "After a brain injury Art became pivotal in my healing process. I became fascinated with the liminal state: the stage of in between, where massive dissolution of order occurs; From this chaotic, fertile void, a fluid and malleable state occurs and births new order…what do our cells look like while changing... how do emotions effect the change.."? Gabrielle Shannon started her early art training at The Art Students' League in New York and continued at SVA in New York, and Grove Arts in California. Gabrielle's passion for art extends well beyond painting. In 1994, she co-founded “Urban

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Desires”... the first online art and culture magazine on the web. Urban Desires allowed Gabrielle to explore and influence art in its many forms and won numerous awards and worldwide praise. Her work is shown in galleries internationally, online, collected privately and in the corporate and hospitality space. She currently lives in Boulder Co. with her beautiful family and paints in a studio overlooking the foothills at the base of the Rocky Mountains.

GOD AND GODNESS. 2012, Mixed Media on Canvas, 70 cm x 50 cm

BARBARA WALDER Through the light to the matter My journey of discovery in the artistic use of matter began with the delicate application of pastels. By way of large-scale shapes with bold colours in transparent gouache I came to use solidifying acrylic paint and then to my own CollagenMalereiŠ. This is created layer by layer. Through constant reduction I get answers to my questions about essence and balance. Palm Art Award 2015 Art Domain Group Leipzig, Germany Recognition Prize The jury awarded a Recognition Prize in special appreciation of the "artistic quality and originality of your submitted works. This award brings the special appreciation of the constant quality of your artistic work to express. "

Art & Beyond Magazin Award Inside Cover Winter Print Edition 2015 Next exhibitions: Master class from Alfred Darda Bad Reichenhall, Germany 23rd of August - 6th of September 2016 Art Shopping Carrousel Du Louvre, France 21st-23rd of October 2016 BARBARA WALDER is living and painting in Principality of Liechtenstein. • 57

fine art

GOD PARTICLE. Mixed Media (paper, acrylic), 11"x14"

Kasia Szczesniewski Kasia Szczesniewski was born in Legnica, Poland, but she has always felt Wroclaw was her hometown. At Wroclaw Polytechnic University she gained an educational background in Architecture and Design. She obtained a teaching degree from College of Legnica, specializing in art education. During

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her youth, Kasia had the opportunity to see many beautiful examples of European architecture, sculptures and paintings, which strongly influenced her way of looking at art. After immigrating to the United States, she completed several college level art and design courses, and attended numerous

WINTER BOUQUET. Mixed Media (paper, acrylic), 17"x25" FABRIC OF THE UNIVERSE. Mixed Media (paper, acrylic), 11"x14" (Top Right)

EPHEMERAL. Mixed Media (paper, acrylic), 11"x14" (Bottom Right)

professional workshops. She received many awards, was interviewed by Polish radio and TV stations, and published in local newspapers. Nowadays, Kasia is an active member of the Chicago art community, showing and selling her works, doing commissions, and organizing art events. • 59

fine art

CHURCH ON THE ROAD. Watercolor, 10.5" x 7"

ITALIAN FARMHOUSE. Watercolor, 8" x 10"

Alex Tolstoy Influences and inspirations include such classic master artists as J.M.W. Turner, Andrew Wyeth, John Singer Sargent, Whistler, Homer, and more. Contemporary masters who are much admired include Thomas Schaller, Roger Whitlock, Roycroft, Lovett, Josepth Zbukvic, and others. Alex was born in New York City but grew up in DC. She was a research scientist (mathematician, actually) for over 40 years (specializing in Ocean Acoustics from 1980 until 2012). Alex is an award winning watercolorist and a member of the McLean Project of the Arts (MPA), the Art League of Alexandria, the Maryland Federation of Art Society (MFA), the Yellow Barn Studio, the McLean Art Society (MAS), the Washington

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STREAMING. Watercolor, 12" x 7.5"

THE DARKENING. Watercolor, 10" x 10"

Project for the Arts (WPA), the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, and the American Watercolor Society (AWS). She is married to photographer Ron Colbroth. Her work is in private collections and has been or will be seen at the Foundry Gallery (DC), the Torpedo Factory (Alexandria, VA), the Circle Gallery (Annapolis, MD), NYC, CA, Scotland, and elsewhere. She has had numerous solo shows in the DC area. • 61


LIGHT FLIGHT. Baja Onyx on Aluminum 5" x 5" x 14"

STEVEN LUSTIG Art - Breath - Movement This art is born out of a love of the human form and its natural motion. It is powerful, passionate, and embraces both human and natural forms. Steven was born and raised near the North Shore of Chicago where he began drawing at a age five. In high school he met a regionally known sculptor and began his fine arts education. During that time, Steven was given a copy of Gray’s Anatomy. He became fascinated by what he saw and immediately began to draw directly from the book, changing the course of his life and starting a lifelong study of the human form. Steven received an art scholarship to Bradley University. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with an emphasis on Bio-technical

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Illustration. While at the University of Illinois, Steven began to work for the Biomechanical Engineering department. His early work combining computers, art, and human motion became the genesis of Steven’s fine art, regardless of media. He would go on to draw, paint and sculpt thousands of interpretations of the human form in his own distinctive style. In 1982 Steven moved to Southern California for the opportunity to work at an Olympic research center focused on Sports Medicine and Biomechical Engineering. Looking to the future, Steve quickly recognized the promise of what computer illustration could bring to traditional graphic design techniques. After seven years of working in corporate presentation graphics, Steven founded

NESTED TORSO. Marble, Aluminum and Wood


8" x 8" x 20"

BioDesign Communications in 1989. BioDesign was a highly specialized computer graphics company supplying creative illustrations to the Life Science, Medical Device, and Healthcare industries. Steven has produced medical and life science images for companies around the world, and has illustrated four books, completed a series of life science illustrations for the Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Throughout this time Steven continued to draw and sculpt, dedicating his life to the arts. His fascination with drawing the human form continues to ignite his creative talent and provides him with an endless supply of material. Steven currently teaches a stone sculpting class at

the Laguna College of Art & Design. In addition to working as an Illustrator and fine artist, Steven has been the Cultural Arts Chair for the CA PTA and a leading art advocate Statewide. For the past twelve years Steven has been a volunteer legislative advocate, recruiting and training parents, running legislative junkets to Sacramento and leading parents in the cause of public education. Steven is a volunteer art teacher at a local elementary school and has taught students art privately. Steven has studied Kenpo Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with his son and daughter and practices yoga. He lives in Huntington Beach with his wife and two children. • 63

sculpture • jewelry

FIREBIRD. Composite materials, 8' x 5' x 16" Firebird is one of the most recent creations by Oleg. His work has evolved from his training in classical sculpture through a search for a metamorphosis of form into a growing fascination with organic, abstract shapes. Firebird re-imagines the arising of life from the molecular level as something new begins to emerge from an almost chaotic "cellular soup" of bubble-like shapes as a mystery of transformation. His works express a vocabulary that translates his interest in streamlined arcs and curves, free lines, metamorphic sub-structures, and sensations of light and levitation.

Oleg Lobykin Oleg Lobykin (Russian, b. 1966) is a sculptor. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Lobykin now resides in Silicon Valley and also specializes in the restoration of landmark architecture and sculpture. Oleg has roots in a tradition of the old work craft of stone carving yet considers himself “an international man and product of globalization.” He defies labels and strives to show how old and new, timeless and contemporary, familiar and unexpected elements can combine to reveal hidden truths. His work explores connections between what is known and emerging insights about the nature of life. He is a sculptor interested in conceptual art and likes to use modern tools and 64 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2016

technology as an opportunity to reach new heights. Lobykin exhibits in the San Francisco Bay Area and has completed a number of projects in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Japan. Clients have included Stanford University, The Presidio Trust, The City of Cupertino, The City of San Jose, Cathedral Stoneworks Inc., The Denver Public Library, Yale University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Cloisters), The Cathedral Church St. John the Divine, The Jewish Museum NYC, Alabama Limestone Co., & Artists and Architects.

Pendant is a Grossular Garnet Druzy. Set in a setting of Hand Cast Brass. There is 3 Strands of Small Grossular Garnets of Various Colors and Shapes. Interspered with 14kt. Gold Beads. Very Unusual and quite an eye catcher.

Hamsa is Copper and Brass set off by a Turquoise Stone. Hamsa are said to protect from Evil Spirits. Surrounding the Hamsa are handmade copper disks, Royston Turquoise, Old Israerli Silver Beads. followed by Copper and more Royston Turquoise.Closure is Handmade Copper S Hook. Hamsas are also called The Hand of Fatima and the Hand of God.

Sandy Den Hartog is a Native Californian. She now resides in Lake Havasu City Arizona. Her current home, she and her husband had built for themselves, faces the water with the desert a short distance behind and as a backdrop a dramatic and rather large mountain range. With this view Sandy has taken the time to absorb the impact of this beauty and pieced together jewelry that exemplifies each geographical characteristic, blending them into original jewelry objects.

Her work covers a wide range of Style, from Ethnic, Classic, to Over the Top and Everyday Chic. She refers to herself as displaying "ARTISTIC FREEDOM." Sandy loves to mix everything up. The old with the new, and the big with the small. Although quite versatile in her design she leans toward the large and Ethnic Style. Many of Her Designs are created as she sleeps. She considers them to be her most excellent art pieces.

She is an Award Winning Artist. Sandy has placed in numerous Juried Art Shows throughout Arizona. Her romantic pieces of art continue to be showcased at David Rafaels in the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Other distinguished pieces of jewelry designed completely from within her personal workshop are in the James Ratliff Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. Malouf on The Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a self taught artist. Her jewelry displays both serene and harmonious qualities that have been regarded as the highest of models.

Gemstones and Artifacts used in her talented designs have been found in her many World Wide Travels. These and and so much more from the nations she has visited, are incorporated into the designs made by Sandy. Sandy also feels, "If you can't see your JEWELRY from across the room, why bother." • 65

photography • digital art

HOTEL SPLENDIDO. Printed on Aluminum, 20" x 30"

Jane Gottlieb I have been expressing my joy of art with paint, shapes and colors since I was very young. I started as a painter, evolved into a photographer, and eventually began hand painting on my Cibachrome prints over 30 years ago. Before Photoshop I found a way to express a new magical reality with the vivid colors I saturated into my photos. Now I scan my one-of-a-kind hand-painted prints and my library of 35mm Kodachrome color transparencies taken over the last 45 years, and I paint, collage and enhance them with Photoshop, creating my own idyllic world! I produce archival museum quality, archival chromogenic prints, glossy canvas artworks, and my favorite new digital medium: printing on aluminum. My art has been shown worldwide in many solo exhibitions including: Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio; Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA; Laguna Art Museum, CA; Petersen Automotive Museum, LA, CA;LA County Natural History Museum, CA; Monterey Museum of Art, CA; Nancy Hoffman Gallery, NYC, NY; L’Image Gallery, Rome, Italy; Louis Stern Gallery, West Hollywood, CA; Wall Space, Santa Barbara, CA. I have also been included in countless group exhibits and Art Fairs around the world over the last 30 years, and collected 66 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2016

by museums, foundations, corporations and individuals worldwide. Numerous magazine articles, magazine and book covers, two museum exhibition catalogues and two books have been published of my art, Garden Tales and Car Tales. Recently I have had the honor of being able to install my art in many wonderful n public spaces on exhibit for 10 years: In 2013 I installed more than 70 large art works at the UCLA Law Library and UCLA Anderson School of Management, including a 5'x10' piece. I also installed an exhibit of my “Joy Rides” series printed on aluminum at the Car Museum in Oxnard CA. In 2014 I installed 20 new large artworks printed on aluminum at the UCSB Gervirtz Graduate School of Education. In 2015 I created the First Vertical Art Gallery at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health: I got a drab 8 story stairway freshly painted bright white, it had good lighting & I filled it with my large artworks bright white, This is about encouraging people to make a healthy choice and use the stairs instead of the elevators, and of course being drawn into the stairwell by my exciting art exhibit! In 2016 I am about to install 15 more large artworks at the UCLA Young Graduate Library, in a huge first floor study hall!

DAHLINIAS II. Digital Art.

Arthur Jacob Jacob reveals the identity of the original image and then through digital manipulation, asks the observer to take a journey of discovery exploring shapes, colors and movement. Even when his work is easily recognizable, the predominate thread of color, movement and shape still exist. Using a mouse rather than a brush, Jacob hopes that his work results in a powerful medium of expression and communication. His extraordinary art has received accolades from the Medial Museum in London, England. He is also the recipient of two Awards of Excellence from Manhattan Arts International. Jacob has participated in numerous exhibitions including

having a one-person exhibition at the Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA. He has also been awarded both front and back inside cover placement by Art & Beyond Publications. His many juried and group exhibitions include Best In Show at the Naples Art Association, Naples, Florida. In addition, Jacob’s creative versatility has propelled his art into many homes and other non-residential spaces. One of his works, Video Display, appeared on HGTV in a segment of Million Dollar Homes. • 67

photography • digital art

MADONNA. Model: Marieke Oldenburger Visagie/hair: Nanette Montizaan Photo/edit: Heike Suhre

Art & Beyond Interview with

Heike Suhre by Justin Hoffman

Photographer Heike Suhre was born in 1960 in Münster, Germany currently and lives in Emmen in the Netherlands. She studied at the Academy of Design in Münster, Germany and after studying at the Arts Academy of Enschede in the Netherlands, Suhre has gone on to have many exhibitions . Her works have been exhibited Italy, Scotland, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, Canada, Morocco and throughout the Unites States of America, and her pieces can be found in private and public collections in many countries. Her works have also been published in more than 500 magazines all over the world. Q. Where do you find your inspiration? A. I tell stories that are close to reality but seen with fantastical eyes. Often the stories are taken from real life: the double standards, conflicts between people, secret wishes and dreams of people and the absurd - that which should not exist. These are dreams and wishes for which there is no space in daily life. Through my work they can 68 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2016

be magnified, exaggerated, and extravagantly imaged. The abundance which I bring to my subjects and stories in pictures creates a nearly kitschy effect. I create a balance between extravagance and beauty, seriousness and ridicule.

Q. What is your process like? Is it the same for each piece you create, or does it differ?

EDMOND 1ST. Model: Edmond Steens Photo/edit: Heike Suhre

A. I always edit my picture myself because it is a very important part for my work. The processing and composition give the photos a special look and this is very important to my style. Very often I work with the same models which allows us to get to know each other better and therefore we know what we can expect from each other. For me, the personality of the model is much more important than their dress size or length. I work a lot with plus size models and models that seem to be too small for the fashion world. Each shoot involves a lot of teamwork from the model to the make-up, hair, design, styling, and photography. The combination must be right; only then can a shoot be perfect.

Q. How has your photography developed over the course of your

everything is slightly warped so that even on the tenth of twentieth viewing a piece continues to intrigue. The story is never finished.

Q. Who or what is your greatest influence? A. My ideas come from daily life, especially the small things. Humor is also very important.

Q. Could you choose one of the pieces on your website and describe it?

A. For my piece “Wanna Be a Barbie” I wanted to criticize, in a humorous way, the ideals of beauty which are propagated in the media and in advertising. Ultimately, I think that we succeeded.

career? Where there any particular pieces that you see as turning points in your career?

Q. How do you promote yourself?

A. 2012 I was chosen as the best photographer in the Netherlands.

cebook and my website. But obviously magazines, art books, and exhibits are extremely important for becoming a known artist.

I received the Paul Huf Award - a prestigious photography award named after a famous photographer from the Netherlands. Then, in 2015, I won my first international award and since have held several exhibitions in Europe and the United States.

Q. What do you envision a viewer experiences when they look at your work?

A. Each one of my pictures is a scene . The background, props, clothes, hairstyles, grimes, and, of course, the attitudes themselves - gestures, facial expressions - create exuberant stories . Every story is relative and

A. Most of my publicity comes from the Internet; specifically, Fa-

Q. Do you have any upcoming exhibits? A. This year I will have a solo exhibition at the Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece. I will also be featured at the Southern Museum of Fine Art in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Womens Art World in Morocco, and in an International Exhibition in the Leydan Art Gallery in Windsor, Ontario. • 69

photography • digital art

SUNRISE, SUNSET. Photograph (not manipulated), 2600x3633

Carolyn CJ Jones Carolyn CJ Jones is drawn to the vibrant patterns created by light’s energy, which produces magical and mysterious abstract impressions when it is shined through glass. These patterns are reminders to us that light is everywhere - in everyone and everything. Of her abstract photographs, CJ says, “To achieve these images, I fabricated and constructed environments in my studio where I experimented with the energy of white and colored light while I shined it through cut or colored glass. My abstract images are photographs, captured digitally. Some are slides. They are not computer created and, other than cropping, are not digitally enhanced or manipulated in any way. Because the light’s interaction with the glass cannot be recreated, each of the-se images is a distinct and one-of-akind original.” 70 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2016

DOWN THE STRAIGHTAWAY. Photograph (not manipulated) , 1248x1920

It was by accident that CJ discovered how to create these images. Yet, it was no accident that in 2012, she discovered her true calling as a guide for others, so they might gain peace and joy, freedom and empowerment. Currently, CJ is a for-giveness expert, a multi-award-winning author, as well as a speaker, coach, and creator of the Change Your Story, Change Your Life programs. She speaks on stag-es throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, spreading the word about her message of hope through the practices of gratitude and forgiveness.

POWER-TO-THE PEOPLE. Digital Art, 16" x 20"

Maureen Kirk-Detbernerm Maureen finds inspiration in photographing the interactions between humans, animals and desert landscape. Traveling to New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California she finds unique subjects for her photographs. She is expanding her fine art photography work to include digital art. By adding layers of textures and treatments to the photograph in Photoshop, the finished piece becomes more than a photo. Editing in Photoshop allows Maureen to reach her vision. Maureen creates art with a unique southwestern style. Examples of her art work is available on the galleries on her website at and her Etsy Shop at Maureen’s photos have appeared in the Arizona Daily Star, Yankee Peddler, Schmap Tucson Guide, Wikipedia and other media. Her fine art photography and digital art has won many international and national awards Her work has hung at the SAAG Gallery, Tohono Chul Park's Gallery and Toscana Studio and Gallery in Tucson and Sweet Poppies in Tubac, AZ. Maureen Kirk-Detberner and her husband share their home in the Arizona desert with two horses, a bull dog, one cat and four chickens.

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photography • digital art

PRELUDE. Digital Art, 60cm x 90cm

Diana Whiley I love working in the digital medium. It’s like watercolour at times where happy accidents happen as I layer and colour different parts.

his dancers - the action and the colour. Toulouse Lautrec for his fun and line; posters. The Dutch Masters, particularly Vermeer for the rich patina and depth of colour

My themes revolve around nature and music. Both have transformative power over our body and psyche. An avid reader of history and lover of science I love to create and respond to the affects time and place have had on us.

In much of my artwork, I hope to evoke a sense of intimacy with the subject, a sense of ritual and ceremony.

My inspiration comes from Monet and Turner for their love of changing light and often dream like quality. Degas and

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LAST SUNDANCE. Photography, 30” x 42” During the last hours before dusk, a single resilient wide sunflower stood out amongst its companions. Although in solitude, it was still eager to perform its last sun dance. These wild flowers are in a fragile landscapes wit heavy human physical appearance.

Agnes Wu Vancouver is gifted with lots of beautiful landscapes and nature beauties.

Loves to use different photographic techniques to showcase the beauty of Art.

I am so lucky to take pictures of all these breathtaking scenes.

Selective Focusing with Multiple Exposures is one of the technique I used lately for some of the Fine Art Nature photography.

Besides nature and landscape photography, I also like to take Fine Art photography. • 73

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IN THE MIDDLE. Acrylic on Linen, 48" x 48"

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