Art & Beyond March/April Online 2014

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art&beyond Vol. 16 • March/April • 2014

from artist to artist - market, promote, succeed

Maruka Carvajal

Polluted Area

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

Andres Conde

From Many One Will Rise. Acrylic on canvas, 48" x 60"

Vol. 16 • March/April • 2014

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, no matter 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. Art & Beyond is continuing to publish Sunil Vilas' Exclusive interviews with artists, members of the Globalization ICAS - Online web site that promotes The Best of the Best in Arts, News, Reviews and Updates on Art from around the Globe. For this issue of Art & Beyond Magazine we have published his interview with Herminia Haro Guzman Peruvian ceramic artist. For this issue we would like to congratulate the following winners published in the magazine for their amazing work: Congratulations to Maruka Carvajal, her work “Polluted Area” was chosen as this months Art and Beyond Front Cover Competition winner. The Inside Front Cover was awarded to Andres Conde for his beautiful artwork “From Many One Will Rise”.

CONTENTS Point of Interest

Contemporary Art Projects USA


Globalization ICAS News Exclusive Interview with Herminia Haro Guzman by Sunil Vilas 6

Fine Art

Alayne Abrahams Olivia Boa Alfonsina Bozzano GK Brock Maruka Carvajal Debbi Chan Andres Conde Gabi Domenig Anabela Ferguson Stephanie Holznecht

8 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 20

Helen Kagan James Lively Natalya Parris Anita Wexler

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Sculpture • Jewelry

Keri Joy Colestock 26 Sandy Den Hartog 27

Photography Digital Art

Leslie Ebert Charles Fletcher Vered Galor Arthur Jacob Christophe Kiciak Paula Rucket Diana Whiley


Back Cover

Maruka Carvajal

Diana Whiley

Inside Front Cover

Inside Back Cover

Andres Conde

Alayne Abrahams

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The Back Cover was awarded to Diana Whiley for “Ambrosia” and the Inside Back Cover has been awarded to Alayne Abrahams for “Fall”. We would also like to congratulate those artists who have been chosen as Publishers Choice Award winners in this issue for their outstanding artwork: GK Brock, Debbie Chan, Anabela Ferguson, Stephanie Holznecht, Keri Colestock, James Lively, Natalya Parris, Anita Wexler, Leslie Ebert, Charles Fletcher. In the March/April issue you will find beautifully conducted Interviews by Justin Hoffman with Cover winner artist Maruka Carvajal p.12 and Publisher Choice award winner Natalya Parris p.23. Also in this months issue is a published Interview with Christophe Kiciak the Best In Competition winner for ANYTHING GOES II held by Exhibitions Without Walls p.18. We thank all of the amazing and talented artists who participated in the competition and wish you all great success in your journey.

Publisher Art Director Interview Editor

Mila Ryk Mila Ryk Justin Hoffman Alina Lampert

Art & Beyond published 8 times a year. Six (6) Online issues and Two (2) printed issues. Distributed to the galleries, museumes and other

Entry Form to apply to be published in the Art & Beyond Online magazine is available at Membership Program application is available at For any additional information please contact Mila Ryk at • 3

point of interest

Contemporary Art Projects USA Presents

:Fu Wenjun

Headquartered in Miami, Contemporary Art Projects USA, nurtures and promotes both established and emerging artists working across a variety of disciplines, ranging from conceptual art to photography and spanning the continents of Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Fu Wenjun, Artist and Tata Fernandez, Director, Contemporary Art Projects USA . Photo: Leonardo Di Tomaso The Director of Contemporary Art Projects USA, Tata Fernandez, left her position as VP of Marketing for a Fortune 500 company in order to pursue her passion for the arts in 2011. Since then she has worked with artists such as Fabio Mesa, Maria Fernanda Lairet, Sheila Elias, Barbara Rosenzweig, Stephanie Brown, Henrik Welle, and Joaquin G. Palencia, to name but a few. This year Ms. Fernandez has secured exclusive representation of the renowned Chinese conceptual photographer, Fu Wenjun. Mr. Wenjun’s series “Illusory Metamorphoses”, which explores faith, life and death, existence and illusion, present and future, was extremely well received this season at, MIA aboard the SeaFair, Art Palm Beach, and MA+D. During Art Palm Beach one of Mr. Wenjun’s works entitled simply, “No. 8”, was acquired by 4 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2014

Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy of New York for their personal collection. Wenjun’s “Illusory Metamorphoses” combines photographs of the iconic Dazu stone sculptures, with x-rays of the human skeleton. The results of which are printed on Rongchang, a type of grass cloth, which has become all but extinct. Mr. Wenjun uses Rongchang grass cloth as an artistic statement on the dichotomy of existence and illusion, a commentary on the "contemporary transformation of intangible culture". The cloth, used in China for thousands of years, has fallen out of fashion and is rapidly disappearing from the public eye in favor of more modern materials. Fu Wenjun hopes to preserve this bit of Chinese tradition by reintroducing it to the public through art, thereby preserving the ancient material.

Fu Wenjun at Art Palm Beach 2014. Photo: Leonardo Di Tomaso

Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy with the artist Fu Wenjun. Photo: Elsa Roberto

Fu Wenjun, 58, earned his art degree from Sinchuan Fine Arts Institute in Changqing in 1987, China’s oldest art academy of higher learning. Initially studying painting Mr. Wenjun moved on to photography, and since the millennium has committed himself solely to conceptual photography. “The transition from photography to conceptual photography did not occur by chance.” Said Wenjun. “It came from an intellectual transition, a slow process which goes along my cognition deepening process.” During the Paris “19th World Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition” at the Carrousel du Louvre, his pieces from the “Illusory Metamorphoses” series won Mr. Wenjun praises by critics and garnered him press in a variety of news outlets including, the European Times, The People’s Daily, Xixhua News Agency and the Chinese Channel of Phoenix Television. “The main theme of the exhibition was Heritage and Territory, and I am very pleased to know that through my works visitors recognized the importance of the international aspect of contemporary culture which transcends those themes”, added Wenjun.

Fu Wenjun at MAD + Design Art Fair. Miami 2014. Photo: Leonardo Di Tomaso

Fu Wenjun has shown in exhibitions at The Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees in Paris, The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, as well as at the Old Summer Palace in Beijing. Contemporary Art Projects USA and Tata Fernandez have been pleased to present Fu Wenjun this season aided by curators Zang Chaonan and Luis Valenzuela. Contemporary Art Projects USA Tata Fernandez, Director Miami, FL Telephone: 786-262-5886 Email:

Tata Fernandez, Director, Contemporary Art Projects with Collectors from Miami at Art Palm Beach 2014. Photo:Leonardo Di Tomaso • 5


Sunil Vilas exclusive Interview’s

Herminia Haro Guzman – Pe r u v i a n c e r a m ic a rt i s t It gives me great pleasure to introduce our next guest to our VIP Lounge from the continent of South America – Peru Herminia Haro Guzman


or many years I have been fascinated by the stories from one of greatest civilization in the World – The INCA. In today’s conversation we will follow the period before and after The Incas. As I believe there is a strong connection with the development of arts and culture of the Peruvian people of today. There is a movement in art that we would call art from within. It is the expression of the individual from within. It does not deny beauty or technical skill for they have always been compliments of art. It requires honesty and courage and a desire to share. In this inner expression the artist is revealed through his or her work expressing their uniqueness through the originality of their work regardless of style, medium or technique. This striving for originality is acknowledged in the theme exhibitions. We should as a group explore this and look into other possibilities of finding the connections of the hidden secret of one of the greatest civilization of the World. I am joined today with my next guest who is already known to us for her active involvement in our monthly theme exhibition, Herminia Haro Guzman will talk about the finest works of ceramic collection which continues to be passed through generation of families and tribes of Peru. The tradition of ceramic artefacts produce many years ago continue to be a skill that has found its place in today’s modern world.

Q. Sunil – Which period from your traditional cultures do you believe influenced your work the most? A. Herminia – well Sunil, it is difficult to choose just one.

The Peruvian traditional ceramic I like the most are from Mochica Culture (Early Intermediate), Huari Culture (Middle Horizon), Chancay Culture (Late Intermediate)
From Mochica Culture I love the realism and sculptural presentation of their work, that let us know how was their life.
From Huari Pottery I rescue the use of symbolism in their geometrical designs, the representation of faun in their modeling and the use of earth colors. From Chancay Pottery I love the simplicity in their lines and designs that express the peaceful environment where they lived. To me, their ceramic – seen from now – is kind of avaunt garde. If something defines my work is the open spaces I use on my designs, that’s an influence of stirrup holders of most Peruvian traditional pottery. Sunil I see you have been influenced by the best of all the 6 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2014

different period for what they represented as part of your cultural development and also see that through your work we are witnessing the living example of the quality of refined work for which Peruvian ceramic art was once renowned. I am delighted to able to see your ceramic collection and I must emphasis how important your work will play in influencing today’s modern ceramic artists in both South America and new emerging artists over here in the West. Q. Sunil - Is the tradition of ceramic pottery still important in your culture? A. Herminia - No! Sunil, unfortunately the tradition of ceramic pottery hasn’t had the importance it had in the past. After the invasion of the Spanish conquistadors, more than 500 years ago, original cultures were avoided and gradually almost all that knowledge vanished. Only a few small towns persisted doing pottery, maybe their geographical situation and difficulty of access was to be blame for this. Q. Sunil - Is the ceramic pottery art taught to school children as part of your cultural development? A. Herminia - No!, again, Sunil it’s a shame but

traditional cultures history is not been taught in the schools as a part of the course on Peruvian History. Their knowledge is not used in Peru. The few towns that still make pottery don’t use the same techniques as traditional the cultures did. Q. Sunil - Do you believe Peruvian pottery has a role to play in the future?

Q. Sunil - If you had the opportunity to play a major role in the

A. Herminia - Sunil of course, Peruvian pottery reached a high

development Peruvian ceramic art.

level in design and beauty and deserves to be known by the world. Artist must be aware of it as well as they’re aware of antique world cultures.

What would you like to do to make a big change that we can influence involving Globalization ICAS?

Being an inspiration to contemporary creativity would be an important role Peruvian pottery would reach. Sunil - I am in strong agreement of the cross roles that Peruvian ceramics as artifacts and designs can play its part overhere in the West including the new emerging markets of Dubai, India and China. Q. Sunil - Could you describe yourself in three words and one to be a colour? A. Herminia - I am happy to firstly sensible, loyal, blue.

This is what describe your personality and characteristic about yourself that people close and good friends find in you. Blue is the color of the Virgin Mary, and is associated with women who have similar pure qualities Blue usually indicates femininity, life, purity, etc., just as water does. Blue symbolize Peace, calm, stability, security, loyalty, trustworthy, confidence, conservatism, cleanliness and very orderly.

A. Herminia - Firstly if we could help where possible to help in

the recognition of traditional Peruvian pottery to be high level and its promotion to the world as well. In fact, this issue must be a Peruvian government politics. Maybe we, the member of Globalization ICAS could take this challenge and together as an organization that represents interest of all arts work towards the rescue from the forgetfulness the Art of ancient cultures like to Peruvian one, promoting them with our own work. Just one of the possibilities is to help rise Peruvian pottery as working together we could affect change.

Sunil - Herminia our interview today will send a strong message around the globe and you have my complete support to do all that is possible to influence the changes in International Art market to make plans for both Peruvian Art and for the ceramic collectors to realize the importance and their true values that in its own right it deserve and I believe overtime become priceless works of Art. • 7

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Fall. Watercolor.

Alayne Abrahams Alayne is an award winning artist working primarily in the medium of watercolor in the realm of magic realism. She won the ARTV Muse Award in Drawing in 2007 ( and has most recently been published in the book titled Imaginaire V. This book showcases an international array of artists working in the area of magic realism and is published on an annual basis through Fantasmus. ( Her painting titled “Pink Moon Diva” resides as part of the collection of the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art. ( In 2010, she published her own book titled Dreams and Daydreams, which is a compilation of her own paintings with accompanying prose. It is available on Alayne is a member of the National Association of Women Artists (, International Society for Experimental Artists, ( and the Society for Art of the Imagination ( Alayne Abrahams has a Certificate in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and currently studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

The Embrace. Watercolor.

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Burj Kalifa-Pixels. Acrylic on canvas.

Olivia Boa "Blind" and "Pixels" Collections If I deprive myself of sight, I am no longer in the analysis of structures, shapes and colors. Only creativity and feelings take place in the work. That is the "Blind" collection, since painted blindfolded. It refers to our right cerebral hemisphere: the emotional one. If I paint with my eyes open, I analyze what colors I should use, in which way and how to structure the image, everything is meticulously calculated. That is the "Pixels" collection by analogy to particles in quantum physics. It refers to our left cerebral hemisphere: the analytic one. I like to showing a subject from two completely different angles. In our daily lives, we only activate one hemisphere at a time. So constantly we go from our right hemisphere to our left hemisphere depending on the tasks to accomplish. Both hardly operate simultaneously. Having a subject represented under these two perceptions allows a better coordination of our hemispheres. In different times of the day, we may be more sensitive to the "Blind" collection or the "Pixels" collection...

According to neurological studies, men tend to use their left hemisphere and women their right... And to support this analysis, I have actually noticed during my exhibitions that men were more sensitive to the "Pixels" and women to the "Blind" collection. We could say that the "Blind" collection is the yin and the "Pixels" collection is the yang :-)! • • 9

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Synergy of four. Brushed acrilic on canvas, 80cm x 100cm

Alfonsina Bozzano She comes from Argentine country life, born 1944- Lost her father at fifteen, endless spaces & horses with him, needding a new meaning to live up to. Obtained painter degree & professorship at high school of arts, inspired at Bauhaus & now Fba, depending of UNLP: ”Universidad Nacional de La Plata” - including humanistic studies. Later worked several years close to great masters in sculpture, painting, mural Technics, and so on & teaching privately or within schools, children’s hospital, indian-mission, rural teacher. Paying attention to the inner need we all have to develop creativity, and the vital importance in our lives, deep roots, connections. Balancing her metaphysical interests, began to work on technical design, finding it fascinating- the ONE structural sense, be it in places we walk on,live in, or in the inner strength working through canvas. Secure earnings too, and time to paint freely. But little time left for PR & art shows, self promotion, groups membership. At age of 35 went to London for 8 months, enjoying Tate Gallery & other magic places. Then to Paris: Beaubourg, Musèe de la Ville, Palais Royal, Jeau de Pomme; coming back latter to Musèe d’Orsay, small travels while living at Milan - Enjoying the Gugenheim at Venice or walking Ravenna.

Alfonsia had retrospective show of her paintings at the Milan Argentine Consulate in April 1994. She has attended the “oliversità” (holistic university) 1998/99 at Milan & online One Center course, 2000, attested “study group leader.” Has worked long at Naval Design. At Milan for 17th years, even with Gae Aulenti on a 21m yacht interior. Latest 8 years at Wally shipyards at Fano & Ancona (Adriatic seaside) & back to Milan where she lives. Briefing about her plastic work: “I think, as many others before me, that every masterpiece is based upon abstract values, inner structure, cadence, synergy of colors, composition & inner need to cope with it all- Colors are like sounds to music. I love both: abstract paintings & portraits, landscapes, drawing animals in movement. Have done it all - just taking one way at the time. Knowing that we are sort of mediums, through which something else manifest - indivisible with us-sort of our higher-selves, and clearence & integration for the rest. Anyway, while painting, I free my mind of every thing than painting - I let it Be-”

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Hearing Not Understanding. Acrylic on canvas, 40" x 30".

And in them is fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, by hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see and shall not perceive. Matthew 13:14 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:4

GK (Guy) Brock was born in Puyallup, Washington where his art is a spiritual experience, the creation of scriptural based pieces by leveraging the power of visual color, space and form while correlating biblical scripture that inspire internal/external/self. His work has evolved from a true divine revelation: a gift from God following head trauma which is the central attribute of his work or resume.

The primary role of future art is to provide clarity and insight to the world around us by chromatic and intellectual means from the same graphical visions. Hope is that interpretation will instill Truth and further connection with God and further development of the love of art in a more revealing way. • 11

fine art Parade Day in a Caribbean Town. Acrylic on Canvas, 18” x 24”

Art & Beyond Interview with

Maruka Carvajal by Justin Hoffman

Maruka Carvajal was born in Bolivia, and is a naturalized Spaniard. She's lived in Brazil, Singapore, and Colombia, and currently resides in Washington, D.C. She was educated in architecture but passion led her to the visual arts. Her artistic goal is to make the viewer curious about the meaning behind my painting, while representing the places she has visited or lived. Her main hope is to share these places with the viewer, inviting them to take an emotional journey where their spirit can drive free.

Q. Tell us about the artwork that won the front cover.

slightly watered down and pain that is thicker. The combination of shapes, the free use of colors, and the varying viscosities of paint are the most appealing parts of my creative process.

A. I am very thankful for being selected, and I am especially thankful for having my front cover piece recognized. The name of this painting is “Polluted Area,” and it alludes to my personal impressions of the differences and similarities I found between certain aspects of cities in Asia and South America. The painting uses bold colors and incorporates geometric shapes to fluidly harmonize the contrast between the colors. By varying line width, texture, and brightness, I capture the emotions that cities like Bangkok, Santa Cruz, and Rio de Janeiro evoke inside of me. As much as I appreciate the natural beauty, culture, and vivacity, I can’t avoid feeling the tension between manmade noise pollution and the rich natural beauty. Feelings, sounds, colors, smells, and shapes of these special cities are kept deep in my memory and their tension is reflected in an abstract fashion. It is one of my favorite pieces.

A. The optimum situation for me to create my paintings is a place free from cluster and pending issues, which pollute the mind. I do my work in a peaceful room filled with upbeat music. But to be perfectly frank, that is only the final stage the creative process. To create art, I have to expose myself to new environment and I allow myself to be influenced by it by letting my senses absorb the dynamics of that new and different place. My architectural background gives me an edge when facing new projects because that knowledge guides me through unexplored places, and then I allow my senses to find an answer.

Q. What is your style of painting?

Q. How do you promote yourself?

A. When I start a painting I always choose colors first, without thinking:

A. As a member of The Torpedo Art League Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, I have been given the chance to display one piece on the Monthly Juried Exhibit. During March, I am participating at the Target Gallery for the March 150: 4th Annual Exhibition Fundraiser with a donation of two pieces for the March of Dimes. Moreover, I am preparing my solo show for September 2014 in D.C. at the Foundry Gallery, where I exhibit a piece monthly as well. I am always looking for opportunities to expose my art at both the national and international level.

maybe it's just intuitive or based on my mood. I like to explore the abstract secrets of cities I have lived in, passed through, and hope to visit. I compare cities around the world, capturing their true nature. Using different shapes, lines, and vibrant colors, I bring the emotions that the cities awaken inside of me to the canvas. I recall my experiences and look past that at the feelings that came over me in those moments. I use different acrylics in different ways to express myself. My strokes reflect my visual language and respond to the impulse to fill the canvas. I also use geometric shapes to add structural order to how freely I use colors. In addition, I like to use both paint that is 12 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2014

Q. How would you describe your perfect situation for creating art?

Italian story album. The large album is 16" x 21" and opens as an accordian style album over 70 feet long. The painting is only on two leaves. Done in a traditional Chinese style using watercolors/ink on the rice paper leaves

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, 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 TH E 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. • 13

fine art

Supreme Being. Acrylic on canvas, 48" x 60"

city of Madrid just for my delight. After arriving in New York, I found a different kind of wonderful, where buildings touched the clouds, and modern works replaced the old masters. I discovered shiny colored spray paint was used instead of sable brushes and pigments. New York is where I fell in love with pop art. I learned from innovators, such as Lichtenstein and Warhol, whose paintings hung in galleries. I admired Haring’s works in the subway tunnels, as my friends and I were throwing pieces up on every bit of blank wall we could find”, says Conde. “Eventually we settled in Miami, like many other Cubans. …so close and yet so far. I find the bright colors of Miami’s evening sky, tropical setting, and mix of my native Cuba’s culture with that of my adoptive mother America’s, comforting”, remarks Mr. Conde.

Andres Conde Icons, The New Idols of The Tribe Born in Havana, Andres’ earliest memories are of visiting his father in prison. Conde’s father was a political prisoner who served seven years in Castro’s prisons. His release came after sustaining critical injuries, rendering him useless to the state. Afterward, the family acquired visas to Spain, and with a few gold Spanish coins swallowed by the Conde patriarch before leaving the island, they were able to rent an apartment in Madrid, where the family lived for two years, making the best of a difficult situation, earning their daily bread by selling sandwiches outside the Plaza de Toros. It was in Madrid where Andres was first exposed to the art world and the amazing architecture of a centuries old city. The family went from Cuba to Spain, then Spain to New York. “The sharp contrast of my impoverished Cuba with the splendor of Spain, overwhelmed my senses. It seemed master sculptors and painters created the entire 14 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2014

Conde’s series “Icons : The New Idols of The Tribe” is a striking combination of the old and new worlds, the contrast of which so moved the artist in his youth. He plays with images from popular culture transposed with traditional Catholic iconography, as well as the philosophical concept, The Idols Of The Tribe, put forth by Sir Francis Bacon regarding man’s understanding of truth or reason. Bacon, argues that we, the tribe, are often incapable of reason as our own preconceived notions interfere with pure reason, while Conde holds that there is nothing “pure”, all is touched by an individuals preconceived notions in the form of his or her will. “Ultimately”, says Conde, “…reality is perception, and if a member of the tribe believes it to be true, then it is, at least in their own mind, which is really all that matters.” These new idols painted with fresh faces on ancient archetypes represent the popular will and new religion of cinema and celebrity. Each of the figurative paintings in the group is marked with one of the wounds of Christ and mixed with a drop of the artist’s own blood. “…to signify the pain and suffering every artist goes though in the creative process.” “Besides,” jokes Conde, “it’ll be easier to identify my work after I’m dead.”


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Dreaming on the beach. Acrylic on canvas, 60cm x 70cm

Gabi Domenig was born in Austria. She is a through and through figurative artist. 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 positve energy. He should feel the music she has listened during her painting. He should feel something of her passion when she paints. There are so many negative messages every day which cause bad feelings. For her art should be life-affirming and beautiful, touching and connecting. A language without words. She paints mostly with acrylic colours and concerns herself primarily with the representation of man and especially of women. 16 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2014

Her characters send out varied emotions such as 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

In the Valley. Watercolor, 24" x 29"

Anabela Ferguson Anabela was born and raised in Santiago, Chile where her grandfather and grandmother were nationally renowned artists. Her grandfather studied abroad on an art scholarship in Europe and her grandmother was active in the Berlin, Germany art culture, honing her skills after arriving in Chile. From the age 6 to 8, Anabela studied guitar for the first time in her hometown of Santiago, Chile. After

developing her skill, she studied music theory and classical guitar for 5 years at Escuela Moderna De Musica Conservatory, one of the most well-known conservatories in Santiago. Anabela is a third-generation impressionist artist, having grown up surrounded by art. • 17

photography • digital art

Eve. Digital Art.

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Art & Beyond Interview with

Christophe Kiciak by Justin Hoffman

Q. How would you describe your artwork to someone who has never seen it? A. I craft conceptual, surreal, or unusual images using a camera and a computer. My images are often described as being surprising, or at least, quite different from most other photos. The concepts can be sometimes relatively obvious or even humorous, while in some cases they can be quite difficult to grasp at first glance. However, my pictures always contain some kind of message or story. Q.What is your artistic goal? A. My main goal is to communicate with the audience, perhaps because I am not a very talkative or social person in real life. Through my images, I try to connect with others. My inspiration comes mainly from my reactions to my environment. It can be from news, music, paintings, or even a personal situation happening in my life: anything that triggers a deep reaction inside me. Then I think about it during hours, days, sometimes much more, and slowly translate the concept into a picture. It is like sharing my mind with the viewers, and hopefully getting them to think about a given topic, to make them smile, or to make their imagination work. Q. Have you taken any art training? A. I did not take any formal visual art training, but I am a musician. I grew up in an artistic environment: my mother is an opera singer, I learned musical theory extensively, as well as the piano. However, I never tried visual arts before June 2009, when I bought my very first camera. At the time, I was searching for a hobby to express both my scientific and artistic sides. Eventually, I started to create composites, because I had the feeling that I had no added value in making "usual" photos, or at least, I was a bit frustrated about the limits of raw reality. I learned everything I know about photography and post-processing on the Internet, by studying many photos, and through experimentation. Q. How does your life (and growing up) with music influence your work? A. I try to take apart images the same way music theory teaches you to take apart music: I attempt to understand how it was technically done and store those tricks in my head. For example, it could be a color choice, an interesting point of view, a creative use of blur, or even a psychological trick to give more impact to the artwork. Q. Tell us about the first work you sold. A. The first photo I ever sold is called “At your service for decades.” It was made in August 2010; at the time I was really struggling with indoor shots and decided to buy a studio strobes kit. I spent many hours in my home study, trying various combinations and settings for two or three light sources, modifiers, and reflectors, until I was really happy with the result. I really enjoyed the challenged of trying to improve with each shot. A few months later, a German telecom company bought the rights for that photo, and used it for a national advertisement campaign. Q. What events have your participated in recently? A. This year, I won the Anything Goes II contest, hosted by Exhibition Without Walls, for my work “Another Brick.” Last year, I won a gold medal award for “The Hero” in the Trierenberg Super Circuit International contest. I was as a juror for the Al Thani Award for Photography International contest, where I met the world's top photographers. • 19

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Dream Weaver. Fluid Acrylic, 36" x 36”

Stephanie Holznecht I am originally from England but came over to America at the age of 19. After graduating college with a BA in graphic design and fine art, I worked as a graphic designer and art director for ten years. During that time I continued to evolve as a fine artist, concentrating mainly on realism.
 Over the following years my artwork has diverted from realism, working in pen and ink, to a more abstract acrylic, and mixed media artist. Although I have not forsaken my realistic work, I have found abstract work to be a much more exciting way of expressing who I am. My main focus now is using fluid acrylics to create my abstract paintings. A medium I find challenging and yet rewarding in the final outcome.

When I begin my creative process I do not have a direct path in mind. From experience, I know the process in which I plan to paint, and the mediums I have chosen to use, and thus begins the journey. I lay down my paint with many thoughts and prevalent emotions running through my head. These images help guide my brush or the tools I use to lay down my paints. I would say that art has consumed me at every level of my life, from grade school to the present day. I would describe myself as an artist with many sides. Each side has helped to guide me through life, as a school girl, wife, mother, artist, business woman, and a myriad of other positions and outlets. All together, helping and guiding me in my quest for artistic perfection.

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Many Roads to God. Acrylic, Mixed Medium, 60" x 48"

Helen Kagan PhD Coming from a family of scientists, Helen was always fascinated by the left and right brain communication. A holistic therapist and artist, she's been developing her unique technique and style in “Healing Arts” which reflects her own deep and colorful view on life, a desire to bridge realities and heal the Past. A refugee from Russia, Helen believes that art as a powerful form of self-expression can be a vehicle for emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Her “Healing Arts” – is her unique way to integrate fine art and the art of healing, and through beauty of expression, positively charged intention, healing frequencies of color, and energetically balanced composition – enhance well-being in a viewer. Helen believes in mind-body-spirit connection and her passionate art is a statement of her beliefs. • • 21

fine art Breach Sterling Vineyards. Meritage Wine and Acrylic, 30" x 30"

Butterfly Effect. Pinot Noir Wine, Pencil and Acrylic, 30" 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 just named to the 2013 list of Art Tour International Magazine’s Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art ( 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. The most recent novel “The Puzzle Aesthetic” is available on

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Tree of Life. Acrylic on canvas, 24" x 18"

Art & Beyond Interview with

Natalya Parris by Justin Hoffman

Q. How would you describe your artwork to someone who has never seen it? A. My “free spirit – nonfigurative art” is completely free like a flying bird. There are no taboo colors or techniques, and I apply whatever seems right at the moment following the flow of inspiration. I also developed a unique artist style, combining my scientific, engineering, and life experiences, called “Emotional Counterpoints in Paint – Dots Art.” In this style, perfectly round dots are overlaid onto sections of a previously painted picture to create a melody of my heart on the canvas. Sometimes the emotions are so powerful that the dots (like music notes interacting with the rhythm of the melody) create emotional counterpoints, piled on one another, to create a three-dimensional painting. Lastly, my floral compositions are expressions of my connection with nature: its beauty and its nurturing and healing effects on the soul. Currently, I am working on a series of artworks called “Memories of Hillwood,” which are inspired by the orchid flowers I saw in the Hillwood Greenhouse and the museum’s priceless collection of art. The Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Washington, D.C., has the largest collection of Russian fine arts outside Russia. Another series of my artworks has a deep connection to the “Memories of Hillwood” series, entwining contemporary and modern interpretations of the Russian Folk Art and my Russian soul. Q.What is your artistic goal? A. My artistic goal is to extend “Emotional Counterpoints in Paint – Dots Art” to a new level by adding new media and new subjects to this series of artworks. Since “What if?” is a big part of my artistic creativity, I want to experiment on the collaborations of the “free spirit – nonfigurative art,” “Emotional Counterpoints in Paint – Dots Art,” and figurative abstract art. Moreover, I want to continue working on introducing my art to a wider audience by exhibiting throughout the United States and globally, and to continue publishing my art in books and postings in social media. Finally, I want to create new art programs for children and adults, be active in the art community, and curate innovative art exhibits. Q. How do you promote yourself?

A. Around the time I began to exhibit professionally, I asked an artist, “What is the best thing to do to become a successful artist?” The reply: “Spend the same amount of time promoting your work as you do creating it.” It was one of the best pieces of advice I have ever gotten during my art career. I exhibit every chance I get; not only in museums, but in libraries, at agricultural fairs, and community centers. I also show in galleries, both locally and internationally, while posting images of my work and information about the exhibits to social media sites. I also teach art, volunteer, and have donated works to gain exposure. Q. When and where can we can we see these exhibits? A. At the 10th Women International Exhibition, March 5 to March 29, at the Latino Art Museum, Pomona, California. Also, at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase 39th Annual Community Art Show and Sale, March 28 to 30, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Additionally, at the Art League of Germantown Annual Spring Fine Arts and Crafts Show “Shades of Spring,” April 2 to 6, in Germantown, Maryland. • 23

fine art

Broken. Mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas, 4' x 4'

Anita Wexler Wexler creates semi-abstract figurative work that expresses her inner emotions. She is not afraid put in the forefront her sadness, pleasure, pain and love that she has experienced in her life. Whether creating delicate details to express lovely moments or slinging paint as hard as she can to create the mood of harsh heartache. Wexler is out to turn herself inside out to release both the demons and delights.

including Best of World Wide Mixed Media 2013. Her work has been exhibited in South Florida museum, Ormond Beach Museum, Andrews Art museum and Museum of the Americas and is part of the permanent collection of the Lake Eustis Museum of Art. Her work is in many private collections including that of William Wegman.

Wexler has her BFA from Parsons New School of Design and her Art education from Bank Street College both in NYC. Wexler has exhibited in New York City, Florida, Indiana, New Jersey and many other states. Wexler artwork has been included in many Art book

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sculpture • mixed media • glass

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Chinese New Year

Keri Joy Colestock I have been a contemporary artist since 2003. I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease where I was told "doing much of anything creative moving forward would be "impossible" from damage to my brain. Since then, I have sold 1500+ original pieces starting with my "Wall Dancers" I now am recycling found objects. My work now can be seen at 4 Art Inc Gallery where my work & I have found a wonderful new 'home' in the well known Zhou Bros. Art Center. My goal is to continue to create beautiful works of art fueled by passion, whimsy and imagination. Six of my pieces are now published in the Contemporary Sculptor table book. I won Martha Stewarts American Made Audience Choice Artist & an Emerging Artist On Art Jury. In May I am being published in International Contemporary Artist. Keri’s work was published on the cover of the Russian magazine “The Doll Master” in Spring 2013 issue.

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The Pendant is a Turkaman Veil Weight. The Turkaman are a Nomadic Tribe that roam the Sahara Desert, Because of the brutal winds they wore Cloth that wrapped around their head and around the face to prevent the sand from getting into the nose and mouth. At the end of the wrap were tied these Weights and then flung over their shoulder to hold it in place. The weight is signed on the back. All the markings on the front have a meaning as well does the shape of the Weight. The necklace is made with Raw Amethyst, African Brass and Silver Bicone beads. Also some of the "Lost Wax" beads. African Turquoise, small faceted Amethyst Gemstones. This is a "ONE of a KIND" as is ALL my pieces from any of My Collections.

Beautiful chunky pieces of Red Red Coral. Spaced with the African Brass Beads and Rings. These are made using the "Lost Wax Method" made in Ghana, Africa. Double strand to either be worn together or separately.

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. • 27

photography • digital art The Healing Room, Red Mixed Media photography images are macro digital photography printed using sublimation dye on aluminum panel, 20" x 30 “

The Healing Room, Green

Leslie Ebert Through patient observation I seek out these mysterious shapes that appear to float in etheric fields of color. Accessing these normally invisible elements by dissecting rays of light with the optics of my camera lens, I capture these energy signatures that bring to my mind remnant fingerprints of a Devine consciousness at play. My approach to art is spiritual in nature. Each series a visual narrative of my own search for meaning. I am interested in the transpersonal experience of creative process and infusing into the art that state of interconnectedness found in the timeless moments of creating. After years of exploring this idea in painting this concept has lead me to photography. At first I found myself picking up my camera to capture this phenomena of reflected pools of light as reference for paintings, but over the last several years the photographs have evolved into these unique works. 28 • Art & Beyond • March/April 2014

Mixed Media photography images are macro digital photography printed using sublimation dye on aluminum panel, 20" x 30 “

Using the tools of macro digital photography I capture painterly abstract images of the aether. I choose to print these images using a sublimation heat transfer process which uses transparent pigments to infuse color into aluminum. This archival process produces a luminescent quality that allows these images to be shared as they were discovered, glowing from the inside. I do not photograph objects or places, I capture the energy signature radiating from objects and places. Just as a psychometrist reads the energy coming off a persons car keys to tell you about the owner, I use the tools of photography to bring a visual understanding to the phenomena of vibrating energies as creative catalyst described by physicists as the theory of quantum entanglement.

Chinese Lions. Digital Image on Kodak ENDURA Metallic paper, 12" x 18"

Chuck Fletcher (b. 1968) uses a camera to engage people and create wonder about who they are. Chuck’s work focuses on street photography and contemporary sociocultural themes exposed in candid portraits of people. His photos reflect an interest in emotions, environment, and culture to promote social understanding. Chuck’s work showcases photographs taken over the years using a variety of camera and sensor types - from fancy Nikons to antique and disposable cameras. Most shots are taken on the move, with no rehearsals or second chances. The photographs are moments of opportunity, which means that nothing is staged – nothing is controlled – the environment, subject, lighting, movement and timing are all fluid. These blended challenges make street photography exciting and a unique way to convert daily life into art. Chuck is a published photographer and scientific author. An experienced geologist, teacher, and technical analyst, his pictures demonstrate a professional acumen for the graphics arts. Chuck's early influences include volunteer work taking pictures of children waiting for adoption and a wide variety of street encounters during

international travel. He grew up in the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia, but now resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and three kids. Chuck is a member of the Art League, Photographic Society of America, League of Reston Artists, the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) and supporter of the Arts Council of Fairfax County. His work is shown in several galleries including the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria and ARTBOT in Fairfax VA. In 2013, he received a "Publisher's Choice" award from Art and Beyond Magazine and is a year-over-year competition finalist at ARTSPACE gallery in Herndon VA. His work was also selected as the promotional photo in the Reston Connection Newspaper for the 2013 Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce art show. Chuck has participated in several regional group exhibitions and his work is on permanent display at the Herndon Municipal Center [lobby], the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and in several federal government buildings. Chuck was also invited to publish in "Living Artists of Today: Contemporary Art. vol.2 [book]", 2014 (in press). • 29

photography • digital art

The StarsThey Wore. Digital Photographic Collage.

Vered Galor has been involved with the fine art world as an artist, curator and educator for over thirty years. She received her BA and MA in Fine Art from California State University in Northridge in 1975 and 1978. Mrs. Galor started her career as glass sculptor. In 1981 she established a business doing curatorial projects and consulting in Contemporary Fine Art. She lectured, participated in discussions and wrote art programs to encourage the collaboration of Art and Architecture. Since 1989 Mrs. Galor has been concentrating on photography. She has been creating her own work, teaching photography and showing with galleries.

“My photographic collages are layers of my reflections and observations, being personal, political or historical. Like our life experiences, these thoughts accumulate on top of each other, to create my feelings and emotions that get expressed in the artwork. The layering process coincides with the synthesis of creating visual pieces that invites one to investigate and explore the given information. Like in previous works of mine, made on glass, the technique and the transparencies, of the digital process are an important part of the art, they emphasis the build-up process and the blending which creates the images. When photographing in Israel, the amount of history, archaeology, culture, faith and natural beauty of the country overwhelms you. In my Israel portfolio/gallery I combine the Archeological, Historical, political and my Emotional relation to the subject”.

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Dahlinias. Digital art.

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

shape and form. My creative process is a thoughtful and purposeful digital manipulation. Using a mouse rather than a brush to achieve a powerful medium of expression and communication, creates this style of fine art. After leaving the work-a-day world, it was in Las Vegas that I began to discover my creative abilities and focus on the mediums of photography and digital art. In 2008 I decided to move to the Portland area where I presently reside, after a short stay in Coos Bay, Oregon. Believing that it is important to stay connected with one’s community, I have actively served on several community boards and committees, most recently, the Contemporary Arts Collective in Las Vegas and the Coos Bay Art Museum in Oregon. • • 31

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Eric. Photography

Paula Rucket Paula is a self taught photographer and feels at home producing either straight out of the camera or digitally enhanced photography. As a result of the digital world, her camera is an important part of the circle of digitized creativity which gives her a wide range of innovative elements to create images that tell a story. She uses any subject and then uses photographic treatments that give emphasis to tone, shades, texture, and shapes.

exhibited in galleries ranging from Honorable Mention to Grand Prize winner. It is competing that drives her to improve her photographic skills. One element of her approach is to study other photographers’ images - focusing primarily on composition, light, and texture then using that information she experiments on her next shoot. This is a large part of her self taught strategy.

When on site Paula moves around her intended subject to determine the best angle and lighting. Her goals are to capture what is often not looked at. Paula’s inspiration is to deepen our connections to the world around us by digitally capturing substance, color, idea, intensity of light, or form.

Paula prefers to photograph as a Generalist. Shooting different subjects including nature, architecture, and landscapes is always a challenge and provides a learning experience on every shoot. In addition, she enjoys street photography and is currently working on improving her technique. Ultimately, producing a beautiful image created from a blend of many different artistic approaches is her goal.

As an aspiring ‘avid amateur’ Paula has had numerous images

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Anticipation. Digital Art, 66cm x 48cm

Diana Whiley I turned to the digital medium several years ago as it best expressed my style. I love colour and am inspired by the Impressionist as well as the rich patina of the Old masters. As a fantasy writer I love to explore myth and dreams and have book covers published. I expanded my art practice to include abstract, portraits and still life. Over a number of years I have been both editor and contributor to a number of

community art projects and exhibit locally. Currently I am exploring the relationship between symbolism and music in the rituals of various cultures. • 33

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