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Vol. 8 • March/April • 2013

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Two-Faced Odalisque oil • acrylic • watercolor • mixed media • photography • digital art sculpture • glass • ceramic • jewelry

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ALLEGORY FOR WINTER (THE HIDDEN FACE). Oil on linen. 66" x 60"

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art&beyond Art & Beyond Magazine is the bridge between artists and the art world. It is an essential marketing and promotional tool every artist needs to have when exhibiting their work, whether at art shows, art expos, or small exhibitions. Art & Beyond Magazine is proud to present the incredible artists featured on the pages of this issue. Each possessing their own style, unique ideas and vision of the world around us. From scratch they are able to create things that inspire and enhance our lives. For this issue Art & Beyond held a Cover Competition for 2 covers, the amount of talent presented to us made it very difficult to choose two winners, so at the end we had to add two more Publisher choice award for a Back Cover and Inside Back Cover as well. Congratulations to K.A. Letts, her work “TwoFaced Odalisque" was chosen as this months Art and Beyond Front Cover Competition winner.

CONTENTS Artists to Artists

Lilianne Milgrom 25 Zlatko Milaković 26 Mila Ryk 27 Carol Staub 28 Sara Swan 29 Amy B. Trosino 30 Patricia Tuglus 31

BAREBRUSH BARES ALL by Lilianne Milgrom 6

Fine Art Dick Bobnick Olivia Boa Debbi Chan Gabi Domenig Joachim Gerschler Edvard Ghazaryan CJ Hungerman Semproniu Iclozan Marina Izrailevich Jack Jasper Darlene Kaplan Brandy Kraft Paula Laflamme Patrick Lee K. A. Letts Jim Lumpp Mike Menius

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Mixed Media•Jewelry Lynn Bell Irena Orlov Marcie Wolf-Hubbard Sandy Den Hartog

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Photography•Digital Art Melvin Harris Arthur Jacob Daniel R. Johnson Keith Parks Yasmine Samiry Max Tzinman


Back Cover

K.A. Letts.

James Lumpp

Inside Front Cover

Inside Back Cover

Patrick Lee

Mike Menius

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The Inside Front Cover was awarded to Patrick Lee for artwork “Allegory for Winter (The Hidden Face)”. The Back Cover was awarded to James Lumpp for work “Ivy Statue” and the Inside Back Cover has been awarded to Mike Menius for work “Vertical Abstract Landscape” as a Publisher Choice. We would also like to congratulate those artists who bave been chosen as Publishers Choice Award winners in this issue for their outstanding artwork: Dick Bobnick, Edvard Ghazaryan, Gabi Domenig, Carol Staub, Patricia Tuglus, Marcie Wolf-Hubbard, Amy B. Trosino, Brandy Kraft, Lynn Bell, CJ Hungerman, Zlatko Milakovic.

Art & Beyond would like to send a special congratulations to one of our featured artists, Melvin Harris for winnign Best in Competition in the Abstractions 2013 contest fro his work “Harvest” (p. 36). We thank all of the amazing and talented artists who participated in this competition.


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Article and interview by Lilianne Milgrom

Barebrush founder, Ilene Skeen, bares all to Art & Beyond – her personal journey in the arts, the inspiration behind the site, its goals, and what lies ahead.



ore than ever before, art representing the nude is showing up in galleries and museum exhibitions, but there is still a ways to go before garnering a broad cultural acceptance of the nude as a legitimate subject for public consumption.

No-one knows this better than Ilene Skeen, founder of, a website dedicated to showcase those artists whose practice focuses on the nude figure. Although founded in 2006, Ilene’s interest in drawing from the model dates back several decades; hers is a story come full circle. After completing a disappointing stint at art school in the 60’s, New Yorker Ilene Skeen’s path led her into a world of business and computers far removed from the art scene. Nonetheless, over the years Skeen continued drawing from the model, producing thousands of watercolor sketches of the nude and successfully selling them online in the days before eBay or etsy. After leaving the business world behind, Skeen’s interest in art veered her towards the anthropology of art, where she completed a Master’s thesis on how gallery owners reconcile commercial success while keeping true to their artistic aesthetic. Following this endeavor and facing retirement, Skeen’s decision to open her website up to other artists seemed like a natural development. Armed with a spontaneous logo sketched out on a napkin and a year's worth of advertising in the New york Gallery Guide, was launched.


pose and immediately identify the model – the stance, the figure couldn’t be anyone else but that model.

LM: What inspires you to draw and paint the nude figure? LM: What is it you hope to provide artists on IS: I really don’t believe in the saying: “Beauty is only skin deep”. Quite the opposite – skin deep beauty is actually irrelevant. I am interested in getting into the soul and letting the spirit come through. In my mind, a successful painting or sketch conveys dignity, grace and poise. I enjoy making ordinary people look beautiful! I think about my work as celebrating the uniqueness of people. Every model is totally unique; I can look back at a drawing of a quick one-minute

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IS: Validation, exposure and opportunity. Artists get their own page on Barebrush where they can upload new images and update their profile. Artwork for the monthly calendars are selected from the artists’ pages by independent curators, giving the Barebrush artists a great way to be seen and critiqued by art professionals. The concept of the calendars also gives the art a

BLUE LEAH #5 by Barebrush artist Daniel Maidman

temporal context; when collectors come to the site, they continually see fresh work. I’m also very excited about the launch of e-commerce on the Artists’ Market. Artists whose work is repeatedly selected by invited curators can now sell their work through Barebrush, and collectors can feel confident that they are purchasing consistently high-standard, quality work.

LM: What’s next for IS: I can’t give the details away yet, but it’s related to my theory of the Four Classes of Art Buyers, gleaned from years of experience.

LM: Can you explain your theory? Sounds intriguing! IS: In a nutshell, at the top of the hierarchy are the Collectors. These buyers are dedicated to a particular artist and are committed to purchasing that artist’s creative output. Below the Collectors are the Art Decorators – the ones who buy art that go over the couch. The next rung down is what I call the Art Tourist. Art Tourists don’t buy art but they go to see art and want to take away a souvenir of their art experience, like a catalogue or a postcard. At the bottom of the heap are the Voyeurs. I call them Art Voyeurs because they don’t make any effort to come out and see art. But just like real voyeurs, they do enjoy looking. I can build on that. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing to transform Art Voyeurs into Art Tourists, transform Art Tourists into Art Decorators, and ultimately transform Art Decorators into Collectors….? Today, has expanded to include other genres besides the nude to show the depth and breadth of its artists. Barebrush has built up a loyal collector base and a robust membership; the site gets a few thousand hits a day and counting. Included at the bottom of Barebrush’s Home Page are the following words: “Online since 2006. Proving it's OKAY to enjoy the art of the nude.” We couldn’t agree more.

ENTWINED by Barebrush artist Terry Hinckle • 7

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MARILYN MONROE portrait, published as a cover for the Franklin Mint special collectors' edition of Joyce Carole Oates' novel, BLONDE. Rendered in gouache.17" x 21"

Dick Bobnick I am a nationally published illustrator and portrait artist having produced award winning illustration for over 30 years. I live and work in the Twin Cities of St. Paul/Minneapolis in the suburb city of Burnsville, Minnesota. I have produced art for many national ad agencies, corporations, publishers and producers of collectibles since opening my own studio in 1990. Prior to that I was lead illustrator at four major graphic arts studios in Minneapolis where I had to produce realistic

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illustration for every imaginable subject you could guess: Portraits, people, aircraft, food, maps, landscapes, products, product usage and historical to name just a few. I started my own studio to create the subject matter I most enjoyed doing namely people, celebrities and show business sujects.

ON THE LIFE, WE ARE LOOKING FOR. Acrylic on canvas. 80cm x100cm

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

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

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

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

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

Olivia Boa declines us a whole pallet of feelings, sensations, observations and makes in consultation and retranscribes it in the form of colors, of movement, of textures and of forms on a painting. A French/English bilingual catalog of its work: « psychological works » will be available from the end of this summer. For any order please get in touch directly with the artist who will dedicate it to you personally. • • 9

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ELEPHANTS TO WARVWITHOUT CREDIT. Watercolor/ink on yun long rice paper. 29" x 19"

Debbi Chan On the cusp of two creative signs, the tiger and the rabbit, I was born in Houston, Texas. With a creative push from day one, I took up the brush by age ten. In my early years as a budding artist I decided that oil painting was not my thing but watercolor and ink were. That really never changed but the style vacillated from realism to fantasy throughout those formative years. It was not until a bit of aging wisdom came to me that I sought out a teacher and found Frank Chiu, a master artist in traditional Chinese painting. He mentored me for over a decade and was later joined by his wife, Judy. They showed me that just taking Sumi lessons was not enough. I involved myself in Chinese culture, philosophy, and art until it coursed through my veins and I saw the world through different eyes. My teacher gave me an artist name – Sosum. He said I always do what I say I will do and SOSUM was the He chose. What He did not know is that the main reason I got in to traditional Chinese art was to paint on silk. Sosum also means,

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through the root character, threads of silk. I learned much from this wise teacher. then I took an invitation to visit Idaho for a three weeks vacation. Four days before my departure for home, I decided to live here and when I went back home it was only to pack my apartment and say two goodbyes: one to the Buddhist Temple where I was an ordained nun; the other, to the Chiu's, my mentors and teachers who had become family. Frank Chiu threw the IChing without my knowledge and four days later in my new home he told me what the sticks had said..... GO TO THE WESTERN now a decade has passed. I own a farm on ten acres of paradise, and my heart and art are reaching heights not reached by many... I can truly say that I am rich – rich with no money. And art is still as exciting as it was when I picked up that paintbrush fifty years ago.

FIRST SNOW AT THE BIRCH FOREST. Acrylic on wood. 85cm x 60cm.

Gabi Domenig Pictures of man fascinate me since I can remember. I am mainly inspired by light, shadows, colors, emotions and human forms. The eyes are playing a special role in my paintings. I try to capture moments (not only) with the brush, try to breathe soul into them and I want to build up emotional tensions. I want to convey mood and emotion with my paintings, want to bring something in motion. My great wish is that a spark jumps over to the viewer and touches him in his heart and in his soul. • 11

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F3-W07-2011-II. Oil on canvas. 180cm x160cm

Joachim Gerschler Joachim Gerschler is 67 years old. He has been working for a few decades as the top restorer on historical buildings in Berlin doing analysis of the building`s history, the technical requirements of restoring them in the original sense and doing the restoration work himself and with his staff. Since 2010 he has begun to paint oil on canvas in rakel (spatula) technique and has produced up to now more than 100 such paintings, mostly in sizes of one to two m2, some in smaller

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

OCEAN. Watercolor. 21.5cm x 16.3cm

Edvard Ghazaryan My painting style is original; I paint free and do not hung up with a definite painting style, but have been impressed by the styles and techniques of European painters of all eras: those are 19th century several French painters that did paint under open sky, reviving gorgeous color gamma - giving absolutely natural impression of the air and sun light … 1890`s post impressionists (Paul Gauguin, Van Gogh…), abstract painters Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich in the end of 19th century and beginning of 20th. I have created this painting style and technique by revising realistic fine art and international art - from Egypt to 21st century. Currentely painter-designer, Armenian National Survey of Seismic Protection living in Armenia and crate paintings for the fans of his art.

CLAY VASE. Oil painting on grounded cardboard. 14” x 11” • 13

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CJ Hungerman CJ is originally from Pittsburgh. He attended West Liberty State College and West Virginia University. Upon completion of each undergraduate college he received a B.S. in Graphic Design and a B.F.A. in Painting, respectively. CJ went on to graduate school at Northern Illinois University receiving his Masters in Painting studying under Gordon Dorn, Josh Kind, and Ben Mahmoud. CJ is currently an exhibiting/selling artist in Chicago represented by FM Gallery creating fine art as well as installation sculptures and murals throughout the city and nationally.

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DALMATIAN HIGHTS. Oil on canvas.

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

Gallery, NY, Portals Gallery and Hansen Gallery, Chicago, Fontanella Borghese Gallery, Rome, Italy, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy, Craiova Museum of Art, Romania, Drottinnggatan 100 Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden. Iclozan has also participated in numerous of Art Expos, including the Vancouver, Chicago and Miami International Exhibitions. Iclozan’s artwork is also in many private art collections in United States, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, The Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. • 15

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UNTITLED. Oil on canvas. 24” x 32”.

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

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

PRIMEVAL Acrylic on canvas. 52" x 40"

Jack Jasper studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received a BFA in painting in 1970 and an MFA in 1975. He concentrated on painting in graduate school, but he also studied performance. His work in the time arts led him to explore the use of the body in conjunction with other media such as sound and film. After receiving his MFA, he moved to Helena, Montana to pursue freelance design work with his brother. He eventually joined the staff of the Printers, Inc., as a designer. He continued painting and exhibited locally and regionally. In 1982 he received a grant from the Helena Film Society Grant to Artists Program. He collaborated with Montana poet, Rick Newby to design and produce the book, The Man in the Green Loden Overcoat, a juxtaposition of words and images. While he was in Montana, he completed three years of course work in Medical Technology, pursuing a combined degree in chemistry and biology at Carroll College in Helena. He maintained his interest in the time arts by studying percussion. After twelve years in Montana, he decided to return to a more urban environment. In 1988 he moved back to Chicago to further his joint careers in graphic design and painting. He worked as a book designer at a small Chicago press for four years, working extensively with the Macintosh. After completion of a kindergarten through eighth grade series of books for the press, he pursued freelance graphic design work. At one point he worked for a company creating medical illustrations for doctors, nurses and hospitals. Currently, he is freelancing. He continues to

paint and periodically pursued courses in electronic design and imaging at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is represented by Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in New York city and shows his work in group shows. His work has been sold to various collectors. From the experience of being surrounded by the powerful presence of nature in Montana, coupled with the study of life sciences and the Australian aborigines, he is drawn to experimenting with combinations of elements, sometimes alluding to air, earth, fire and water. He strives to represent nature’s electron dance that presupposes an ambient underlying sexuality, unfolding as a shimmering becoming, a synchronicity between disparate elements. • 17

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CALM NIGHT. Oriental Brush Painting. 15” x 24”.

Darlene Kaplan Darlene Kaplan is an award-winning artist who has been captivating art lovers worldwide with her energetic Oriental Brush Paintings using Chinese watercolors for more than 40 years. Her many awards include First place at the Campagna Center, Alexandria, VA, First place at Green Spring Gardens, Annandale, VA, and Finalist at the 27th Annual Arts Competitions-Artist Magazine. She grew up in the country in Tennessee and states, "All of my spare time was spent walking in the woods searching out bugs, plants and anything else that was alive. Those childhood days spent with nature is brought alive every time I put a brush stroke down on paper. All of my paintings are derived from nature." Darlene paints in the Lingnan style of Oriental Brush Painting which is a combination of Western and East Asian art. She has been studying with Henry Wo Yue-Kee from 1994 till present. Mr. Wo paints and teaches this freestyle of ink and color on rice paper that originated in China centuries ago. "For many years I painted realism in oils before making the change to oriental brush painting. Studying martial arts/Tai Chi’ for years inspired me to try this medium, which I fell in love with 18 • Art&Beyond • March/April 2013

right away. The calming effect of grinding the ink before painting, the energy that is put into throwing ink on paper is just the greatest of pleasures that only this style of art allows me to feel." In her paintings Darlene attempts “to show purity in painting the snow, brightness in the moon, fragrance in the flower, sounds in the waterfall and spirit in people.” Before beginning, she has a vision in mind. "The mind has the plan and the hand follows. Once started, the brush and ink require full attention. Without the mood, brush and ink do not have anything to attach to; without brush and ink, the mood cannot be expressed. These are inseparable elements.” The artist has had many solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States including an exhibition of over 100 paintings representing Oriental Brush Painting during the Cherry Blossom Festival 2012 in Washington, DC. Her work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums including Charles Sumner School Museum in Washington, DC, SoHo District in NY City, and many, many more locations. Her art may be viewed at Soft Brush Studio in Alexandria, VA and The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, and on her on-line at

HESITATION. multimedia on canvas: newspaper, wax and oil paint. 3’ x 4’

Brandy Kraft I am an artist from south Florida. I grew up with a strong fondness and yearning towards the arts but as a child, always doodling on my class papers and notebooks, but never thought it could be a serious profession. I was wrong. It’s been years since I was that misinformed little girl and now there is no turning back. My artwork is an exploration. I have chosen the phenomena of light to interact with most recently and its constant variation presents innumerable challenges. I attended community college right after high school and moved to Chicago shortly after that to pursue an art degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After a year there, I took a leave of absence and went to California upon hearing that a favorite painter of mine needed an intern. Half a year there and then back to Chicago, but not for long. Soon I had met my husband and he uprooted me again. Sweden is a long way away, but nowhere is too far when you are in love. While abroad I studied at the Swedish Academy for Realist Art, where I

examined techniques of the old masters and spent my days drawing from life. The painting I submitted for consideration by Art & Beyond is a portrayal of where love can take you. In the multi-media image I reference my own life through light and shadow. The prominent yellow and blue are the national colors of Sweden. Today you can find me happily back in Chicago (with my husband) continuing my pursuit of education (back at SAIC) and in the studio, painting away as usual. • 19

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THESE WALLS DANCE AS WELL. Oil on Canvas. 20” x 24”

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

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

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

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

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ALLEGORY FOR SPRING (The Song Of Moses). Oil on linen. 66" x 60"

Patrick Lee Patrick Lee is a professional artist and teacher who has exhibited work at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH. , the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. He has been involved in numerous group exhibitions, including the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts' 2009 Mid-Atlantic Juried Art Exhibition in which he received the “Best in Show” honor. In 2011, he was selected as

one of fifty finalists in the America China Oil Painting Artist's League's nationwide competition, Exhibition of Contemporary American and Chinese Realism. His work is included in many private collections as well as the permanent collection of the Saint Vincent College and Archabbey. He currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Krista and their son, Tiernan. • 21

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CAFFE STREETS. Acrylic on panel. 22” x 30”

K.A.Letts I began my creative life in the theater. I am a graduate (MFA) from Yale Drama School, where I studied set and costume design. I have created sets and costumes for Juilliard School, Yale Repertory Theater, Alaska Repertory Theater and Wayside Theater in Virginia, among others. Although I no longer work in the theater, many of the skills and techniques I learned there have been useful to me in the studio. My work features strong narrative content, much of which is based on myth, fable and fairy tale. My aesthetic has also been influenced by my interest in the Chicago Imagists, aboriginal art, Persian miniatures and “outsider” art. 22 • Art&Beyond • March/April 2013

ORANGE AND NUTS. Oil on panel. 12" x 16"

James Lumpp Being born and raised on Long Island New York has played a large role in Jim’s landscape paintings. From swimming to surf casting with his father off Montauk Point, he has always loved the water and the ocean waves with its ever changing dynamic shapes and energy. He was educated at Villanova University as a Civil Engineer. He was always sketching and drawing but didn’t turn to painting until later in his career. He has studied at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, NY; The Teaching Studios of Art in Oyster

Bay, NY and with friend and mentor Gianni (John) Monteleone. He is a current member of the Gold Coast Artist Guild in Glen Cove, NY. Jim always strives to push the realism in his artwork; from portraits, to landscapes and to capture depth in his still life. • 23

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

Mike Menius lives in the wine country of Northern California. He is a plein air painter of the entire California coastal area. As a member of the "Monday Morning Painters" group, he goes outdoors to paint ocean side vistas, vineyard settings, the lagoon of Santa Rosa, etc. He also paints architectural interiors, as well as abstract work. Art training has included the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC the Torpedo Factory School in Alexandria, VA; the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, in Sebastopol, CA 24 • Art&Beyond • March/April 2013

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

Lilianne Milgrom Resistence Through Art A group exhibition in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day February 12 – April 15, 2013

Bodzin Gallery NVJCC

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PROPHECY. Oil on canvasl. 120cm x 90 cm

Zlatko Milakovic ́

is a professional artistic painter. His artworks adorn walls of European collectors. Milaković can be reached exclusively via referrals. His artworks are taken directly in Milakovic’s studio. His art pursue many different topics, but preference is given to the woman and her beauty. Milakovic’s work is on the border between abstraction and realism. If it works with oil on canvas, on one picture, topic he works for about a year. In the European galleries it is hard to come by to his work. The reason is simple. He works on one picture for a long time, and after exposure in the Gallery, picture quickly founds a buyer. Milakovic taught sculpture in Zagreb (Croatia, Center for Contemporary Art) and painting in studios of several worldrenowned artists - teachers.

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Zlatko Milakovic was born 53 years ago and has been living in very dynamic way. In his youth he was a top athlete (javelin thrower, champion), later manager of the famous banking group, insurance company, national association of business managers etc. By the age of 18, he has moved with his family (his father was a colonel in the army) and has been living in nine different cities in 4 different countries. He has a master's degree in political science and has been additionally trained by programs of world-renowned business schools. Nowadays, Milakovic wants to continue his career painting somewhere outside Europe. Recently, he is looking for a gallery which will recruited him and represent him. His working energy and sense for artistic motifs that draws attention are a guarantee that he will succeed. Today he lives and works in Zagreb, the capital city of the Republic of Croatia.

SILENT BEAUTY. Oil on linen. 18” x 24”

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

Inspired by Art Nouveau and amazed by the endless beauty of Orchids, she developed her unique style and technique, which gave her the ability to share her vision and feelings with a viewers. Mila Ryk unites line work of figures, brushstrokes, colors and nature in one single form of harmony and beauty. In 2009 Mila’s artwork has been published in the Best of America Oil Artists, Volume II book. Her art was listed in the International Dictionary of Artists 2011. • 27

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MERGED. Acrylic. 30” x 22”

Carol Staub Carol was born and raised in Milford, Delaware and is a self taught artist. She has garnered many awards including the current 2012 "Gold" award at the Florida Watercolor Society 41st Annual exhibition in Orlando, Fl. She has been featured in many magazines and well as books and is in permanent collections throughout the world.

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VESPER. Oil on canvas. 16” x 20”

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

swimwear and formal evening gowns, Sara combines these with her own figure drawings to create paintings and drawings that celebrate not only fashion and glamour, but the human figure, body language and emotion as well. Sara participates in the monthly Art Walk in downtown Los Angeles. She and other artists who have studios at Spring Arts Tower show their work in the mezzanine level gallery on the 2nd Thursday night to each month. “There is a wonderful synergy among us”, Sara says of this monthly exhibition. In the coming months, Sara plans to further her examination of the human form, incorporating elements from nature, and using religious icon paintings as a stylistic influence. • • 29

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THE TREASURE SHE IS. Pen and Ink. 6” x 8”

IN HER HOME. Pen and Ink. 6” x 8”

Amy B.Trosino Amy B. Trosino is the founder and owner of Artventure Studio, LLC, a private art center in Medina, Ohio. Here, she teaches a variety of adult and children’s classes including illustration, ceramics, bookmaking, creative writing, portfolio, and gallery design. Trosino also teaches illustration at the University of Akron and has worked with various organizations across north east Ohio including The Medina County Achievement Center, Family First Council, Windfall School's Very Special Arts program for children with special needs, the Brecksville Center for the Arts, the Richfield Art Studio, and the Strongsville, Brunswick, and Medina public school systems. Her work has appeared in Art Buzz: The 2013 Collection, House Calls, Drink, and Charleston

magazines, The Crescent Review Literary Journal, The Spectra, The Georgia Guardian newspaper, and at the Annual Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy. In her spare time, Trosino enjoys self-publishing and exhibiting her work in gallery shows across the U.S. In 2010, she founded Odin House Publishing in

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Cleveland, Ohio where she creates and distributes Under Observation, a zine series that fosters awareness of life, humanity, and the importance of living one's true nature. The drawings entered for Art & Beyond is part of Trosino’s Shapemaker series, a body of work inspired by the fields of children's book illustration, biology, and histology. Highly autobiographical, these pen and ink works invite the viewer to look closely for hidden and obvious meanings in the detail. Trosino wanted these pieces to look as though she took a sample from her life and placed it under a microscope. Only through magnification can the viewer see the intricacies of how a life works and the experiences that shape it, intricacies that are unique to the whole of humanity as well as the individual.

MESA ACROSS THE ROAD. Oil Pastel. 12” x 20"

Patricia Tuglus Patricia Tuglus has been taking classes and workshops for many years and in many mediums. She has earned a certificate in botanical art illustration from the Morton Arboretum. Patricia has been a student of well-known oil pastel artist, George Shipperly. Patricia’s painting style is intuitive. Rarely does she do a preliminary sketch and when she does, it consists of only a few lines or blocks of color. She finds that conscious planning forms a roadblock. When painting a landscape Patricia allows the spirit of nature to soak into her being, where it waits to direct its essence thru the paint and onto the paper. It creates

it's own existence with colors flowing and melding into an agreement of the finished painting. Her intuitive paintings have been in the LaGrange Art League for a number of years. More recently, Patricia exhibited with The Yellow House Artists, Addison Art Guild, Downers Grove Artist’s Guild and Oak Brook Art league and has received many awards. Online exhibits include Yellow House Artists ( and SLMM ( • 31

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TOURISTS Cut paper and digital. 18” x 24”

Lynn L. Bell Lynn Bell has been creating and experimenting with design and color since childhood. She has enjoyed watercolor, printmaking, collage and drawing, and is interested in exploring the areas from realistic to stylized to abstraction. Lynn graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in Graphic Design in 1981. Since then she has been fortunate to work as a graphic designer in jobs that have allowed for creativity and lots of learning of new and changing technology. She worked at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the early days of the Internet. In that position she learned about Web design and became the department’s senior Web designer. After spending ten years at UAMS Lynn moved on to Mississippi State University, working from home. Projects

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included production, illustration and design of curricula for early childhood educators in Mississippi, as well as design and production of brochures and Web sites. After five years with Mississippi State she is now the graphics specialist at Metroplan, a Metropolitan Planning Organization in Little Rock, Arkansas. Lynn has won numerous awards for graphic work and paintings, including awards in the Arkansas Arts Council’s Small Works on Paper competition and the juried Midsouthern Watercolor Society exhibition. She has illustrated children’s textbooks for well-known publishers including World Book Publishing, Macmillan, and Scott Foresman.


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

expression to personal creativity and insight. Each piece is unique in design. Irena often prefers to think of herself as a craftsman, constructing, or interpreting imagery and messages from her conscious and subconscious mind. Irena has lived in Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Canada, and now lives and works in Los Angeles. • 33

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FROM WITHIN. Charcoal, encaustic, oilstick on panel. 17” H x 13.75” W x 0.5” D

Marcie Wolf-Hubbard Ms. Wolf-Hubbard received her B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Studio Art and studied Fine Art & Illustration at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. She has received numerous awards and special recognition from arts organizations, and has extensive experience working with the school arts program. Her paintings have been shown in over 40

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exhibitions during the last 25 years, and she has illustrated for magazines and books, as well as worked as a courtroom illustrator. Ms. Wolf-Hubbard is an instructor at Glen Echo Park and teaches art in her studio for children and adults.

AFRICAN WEDDING NECKLACE African Trade Bead, Krobo Glass, African Handmade Brass, Dzi Beads, Copal Amber, Focal Bead is a LARGE RARE piece of Carnelian.

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

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

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

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HARVEST. Digital Print. 18" x 24"

Melvin Harris I became interested in art at an early age. I remember looking at the ‘Draw Me’ ads in comic books and various other publications. I started by taking one of their correspondence courses. I took art classes in Junior High School and was a frequent visitor to the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City after school hours. I intensively studied Water Color and Acrylic painting, Life Drawing, Graphic Art and Design, Technical Illustration and Airbrush Photo Retouching during several decades that I lived in California. I gave no thought to ‘being in the arts’ when I was young. I find creating art to be an outlet for my thoughts and experiences. In my work one may perceive a facet of my dream life, catch a glimpse of a thought, experience or wish that I have had during my life. I intend for every image to be not only thought provoking but also appealing to the eye. Because I spent many years as a graphic artist and illustrator, I started using a computer to complete some of my work. After a time, I began using the computer exclusively for all of my art creations. 36 • Art&Beyond • March/April 2013

My preferred medium of expression is digital landscape and modeling software. I use these programs to create one-of-akind images from photo-realistic landscapes to ‘other-worldly’ abstracts. Fantasy may be a term that describes one of several themes I depict. Sometimes it is a word concept and other times I may follow a more esoteric route. Surreal landscapes and scenes are ‘products’ of my dream-life. Artists are the ‘visual journalists’ of their time. Through their work they tell the story of the world in which we find ourselves. As an artist, I feel it is important to express, through art, my story of the world’s impact on me. All my prints are on Somerset Velvet paper using Epson Archival inks. The prints Robins Nest, Gift Wrapped and Stained Glass will be on display at the Raw Art Space NYC March 1 - 15.

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VEGAS BUILDING. Digital art. 20” x 40”

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

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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. •

AT THE WINDOW. Digital art.

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

commercial art for high tech, construction, infrastructure, and transportation clients. He also began teaching at colleges throughout the Bay Area, including the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. To continue teaching, Daniel became an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash. He has won national awards for his digital illustration, has been interviewed in industry publications, and has given presentations where he demonstrates his techniques. Daniel currently resides in Petaluma, California, where he works as a freelance digital artist, teacher, and author. • 39

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

LITHIUM. Photography. 18” x 30”

That led to a 30+ year career in graphic design. In 2008, with his daughter about to depart for college, and his midlife artistic crisis in full bloom, he felt the time was right to take a stab at some purely personal artwork. He devoted a couple of years to building up a body of work, and posted the resulting images to an online artist's community, eliciting positive reviews and valuable feedback. By 2010, with his hard drive filling up with image files, he took the advice of one of his old art professors to "enter every show you can", which lead to pieces being accepted into a variety of juried exhibitions around the country (thanks to the internet). Now, in his midfifties, he's looking for his "big break". •

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INSECT GIRLS (China). Photography

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

In her adulthood she went to live and work in China and Asia, an experience that definitely changed the course of her life along with a year backpacking from Asia to America and later tour guiding in Austral-Asia. From then on she could finally fulfill a lifelong ambition: to explore the world with her camera. Curiosity and creativity have always been her guides; living in different cultures has been an experience that definitely enriched her life and that she loves to transmit. Yasmine is an art sourcer, photographer and artist, graphic designer and founder of a photographers’ collective. Yasmine will have an exhibition in London on November 30. You are of course welcome if you are going to be in the city, just send her an email. • 41

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REALITY. Digital art.

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

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Mike Menius

VERTICAL ABSTRACT LANDSCAPE. Oil on wood panel. 24” x 18”

James Lumpp

IVY STATUE. Oil on panel. 11" x 14"

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