Art & Beyond May/June 2013 Online

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art&beyond Vol. 9 • May/June 2013

from artist to artist - market, promote, succeed

Regina Davis Izaguirre


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

Seda Baghdasarian

ABSTRACT WAVE. Oil on Linen, 10” x 18”

Vol. 9 • May/June • 2013

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 Regina Davis Izaguirre, her work “Silence” was chosen as this months Art and Beyond Front Cover Competition winner. The Inside Front Cover was awarded to Seda Baghdasarian for a beautiful artwork “Abstract Wave”.


Exhibition News Resistance through Art by Lilianne Milgrom 4

Globalization ICAS News

Exclusive Interview with Jake Fernandez by Sunil Vilas 6

Fine Art Alayne Abrahams Seda Baghdasarian Olivia Boa Debbi Chan Peter Filzmaier Joachim Gerschler Edvard Ghazaryan Kevin Harris Semproniu Iclozan Regina Davis Izaguirre Jack Jasper Darlene Kaplan Paula Laflamme Min Ja Lah Dan LaVigne Diane Leonard Jim Lively

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Don Maier Mike Menius Derek Reformat Tatiana Roulin Sara Swan Lynn York

Mixed Media Sculptire • Jewelry

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Sabine Blodorn Ruth Bauer Neustadter Dian Sourelis Sandy Den Hartog Keri Colestock Francene Levinson

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Photography Digital Art Deb Drew Brown Melvin Harris Arthur Jacob Daniel R. Johnson L. Knowles Keith Parks Yasmene Samiry Angela Young


Back Cover

Regina Davis Izaguirre.

Peter Filzmaier

Inside Front Cover

Inside Back Cover

Seda Baghdasarian

Dan LaVigne

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The Back Cover was awarded to Peter Filzmaier for work “Man Of The Street” and the Inside Back Cover has been awarded to Dan LaVigne for work “Slow Morning in Lahaina” 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: Tatiana Roulin, Don Maier, Alayne Abrahams, Lynn York, Min Ja Lah, Diane Leonard, Kevin Harris, Jim Lively, Edvard Ghazaryan, Sabine Blodorn, Derek Reformat, Ruth Bauer Neustadter, Keri Colestock, Francene Levinson, L. Knowles, Angela Young, Dian Sourelis, Deb Drew Brown. We thank all of the amazing and talented artists who participated in this competition.


Mila Ryk

Art Director

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Article by Lilianne Milgrom

Resistance through Art Holocaust Survivor’, and that is when I fully understood the impact of the Holocaust over future generations. In my final photographic series entitled Shadows, I projected the number onto my own person – a diffused, ominous shadow. The images convey the way in which my mother’s number is etched on my soul as surely as if it were tattooed onto my own skin.

Shadows IV, Lilianne Milgrom


yn Rand said “That which is not worth contemplating in life, is not worth recreating in art.”

Art fulfils many purposes, not the least of which is to bring public awareness to social, political and cultural injustices. One of the greatest injustices of all time was the Holocaust, perhaps the supreme blight on the history of Modern Man. April 7th, 2013 marked the official observation of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, with commemorative events taking place across the country and around the globe. When the director of the Bodzin Gallery at Northern Virginia’s Jewish Community Center approached me to participate in a group exhibition to commemorate the day of observance, I did not have far to look for inspiration. Both my parents survived the Holocaust and I had been waiting for an opportunity to express this personal connection artistically. I knew immediately that I wanted to use the concentration camp prisoner number that was tattooed onto my mother’s forearm as the basis of the work. I don’t remember exactly when I became consciously aware of my mother’s Holocaust experience. It was more like a forbidding presence in our lives – often unspoken yet very much a part of my formative psyche. It was only much later in life that I came across the term ‘Second Generation

Shadows II, Lilianne Milgrom

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Resistance Through Art was a group show of powerful works in honor of those who survived the Holocaust, and in memory of the six million Jews who did not. One of the outstanding works was an installation by Lynn Goldstein entitled Treatise. Artist Lynn Goldstein has no direct personal connection to the Holocaust and yet its indirect impact is palpable through her multi-media work. Goldstein gathered books from all over the world, and then subjected them to burning, tearing and even shooting to create a chilling anthropomorphic result. Goldstein eloquently explains: “This work is meant to move viewers out of their comfort zone. As an avid reader, and well aware that education has been an important tenet in Jewish history, books seemed the obvious “canvas” for me to utilize. Books often hold stories of people’s lives and provide us with connection to others. Also, books are everyday objects that many of us take for granted. Therefore, these books are symbolic not only of education, but also of lives that were forever altered by the Holocaust. They are symbolic of the everyday that was taken away from 6,000,000 people.” Resistance Through Art was a group show organized to coincide with international Holocaust Remembrance Day which fell on April 7th this year. You can hear Lilianne speak about her work at this event by clicking here.

Treatise by Lynn Goldstein

Summer in Paris Lilianne Milgrom solo portraiture show

July 3 - August 30, 2013 Crossroads Gallery Goodwin House, Falls Church VA Opening reception July 13th 4:00pm - 6:00pm


Sunil Vilas exclusive Interview’s

Jake Fernandez

American Contemporary Artist

It gives me great pleasure to welcome Jake Fernandez Latin American born Contemporary artist, now living in New York, USA to celebrate his achievement in landscape art.., Jake we are honored that you could join us in our VIP Creative Lounge for an exclusive interview. A. Jake – Sunil It’s my pleasure to be here.., thank you for this opportunity... Interestingly my first work of art was a pencil drawing I was 8 years old but my first painting was done from a paint-by-number kit of a street scene in Paris. The first “original” oil painting was my version of a landscape from a how-to book. I was 9 years old. Music was my first love but I discovered I had more facility in the visual arts. Q. Sunil – For the benefit of your admirers and newer members of your Art who would like to know.., When did you first realize you were an artist? A. Jake – Funny Sunil actually I realized I was an artist the moment I was aware it was an occupation. My parents supported my interest in art. I had a tutor at an early age. I studied under the noted Cuban landscape painter Felix Ramos. He was the son of Domingo Ramos’ a well-known Latin American mid 20th century painter. Felix was a kind taskmaster and had technical knowledge and classical training. I painted numerous simple still life’ paintings and made countless drawings from plaster casts sculptures. As a young kid I was not allowed to participate in live figure drawing classes because of the nudity. Go figure! (pun intended).

Jake Fernandez. River Mandala, Oil on wood (64 panels), 96”x 96”, © 2011

Celebration Of Landscape Art 2013 Born in Havana, Cuba - Jake Fernandez is a professional fine artist painter of nature. His collection of works are captured in a variety of mediums from oil on wood panels; on canvas or linen, to pastel, to basic graphite pencil, black & white sketch drawings all in both small to large-scale. One would wonder how an urban artist captures the very essence of nature while living in the city. His observation of nature to be able to convey order from a tangle of vines and branches in the woodland, trees, shrubs and bushes or the movement and the sounds of rippling ponds to recreate a balance of altruism and vision is a measure of his mastery of creativity, control, discipline making these qualities as his own signature and style of landscape paintings.

Sunil – If that was the case I would be sitting here introducing you as Internationally acclaimed figurative artist, perhaps this could be a new direction for Jake as you are already considering portraiture art?... Very interesting that you have triangular influences in your work as an artist’s from European culture, to United States where you spend most of your adult life to your birth place in Latin America that makes you truly an International artist. It lovely how we can trace this link and fellow your progress by sharing your childhood memories that also played a role in the development of your own unique style and technique. Q. Sunil – We all have our own interpretation of looking at artists’ work but how would you describe your art to someone who has never seen your work? A. Jake – Somewhere between realism and abstraction random yet controlled. Labor intensive, protracted, multi-layered, multi

2001 First listed in Who’s who American Art; It is wonderful that today’s contemporary artists are able to visit actual location and sites created by old masters of the past to produce iconic images for their paintings. Jake’s journey had an amazing turnaround from one such visit to Claude Monet’s secret garden (Water garden at Giverny). He had discovered the new dimension of viewing colours for his landscape paintings. For this we need to understand the science of parallax of light. One would describe the experience for the observer standing in front of his landscapes painting being transported to another world beyond the painting.., as if a doorway opens to place of tranquility, bliss and a path of peace within oneself.., Q. Sunil – Welcome Jake!! Every story has a beginning and an ending… We want to go back to when the whole journey started…, What is the first thing that you remember painting?

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Jake Fernandez. Study Water garden at Giverny, Graphite pencil sketch. ©

A. Jake – Certainly Sunil I would say.., Very-Curious-Grey Sunil – This question relate to your personality and character and I presume throughout your life you had to work hard to get where you are today!! That will explain your desire of expecting only the best out of Life!!! Curious is the trade that your learn to master to become eager from your early childhood wanting to grasp at all knowledge as much as possible about a particular subject; being inquisitive minded to accomplished the standards that you set for yourself; Going back to our discussion about how you start a painting your refer to like a detective wanting to see the whole picture without leaving anything out.

perception, resembling a Rorschach Test in its ambiguity and perceived interpretation, Cartesian yet “retinal” by Duchamp’s definition. At times tongue-in-cheek, but always fueled by love. In other word you have to see it.

Gray is the symbol for security, maturity and dependability. It connotes responsibility and conservative practicality. And also in relation to you painting we could see how the colour grey place an intricate part from your black & white sketches to rich realistic paintings of nature, grey use as a balance to the palette of colours that you used to increase the energy flow creating movement, as well as emotion, warmth in places to highlight a particular colours of your painting. Very mesmerizing!!!

Q. Sunil – your career of being a professional artist’s span the last thirty years this would mean you have a number of collectors and buyers of your work from private to corporate would you like to share by giving us examples?

Q. I know you are very passionate about art and you spend most of your working time to complete the next big painting in the making.., When you have spare time to yourself .., Do have any hobbies or other interests

A. Jake – Yes! Sunil a modest list, my works in private collection of the Florida State Capitol in the Florida Senate Building, Tallahassee, Florida many political and heads of states that I cannot names, Corporate collection include: Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, Florida House of Representatives in the Florida State Capitol Building, Tallahassee, Florida, PepsiCo, New York, NY, American Express Corporation, IBM Corporation and St. Petersburg Community College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

A. Jake – Sunil music in a way has influence my painting.., I love music of any kind. I “play” the guitar rather poorly. I have collaborated with musicians and included musical tracks on my video work. A lot of my understanding and structure in my paintings have been mainly influenced by musicians rather than visual artists.

Jake Fernandez. Rainbow Springs, Pastel on paper, 20”x 30”, © 2011

Sunil – Thank you interesting list of your collectors and buyers of your art. Q. I know you are very passionate about art and you spend most of your working time to complete the next big painting in the making.., When you have spare time to yourself.., Do have any hobbies or other interests A. Jake – Sunil music in a way has influence my painting.., I love music of any kind. I “play” the guitar rather poorly. I have collaborated with musicians and included musical tracks on my video work. A lot of my understanding and structure in my paintings have been mainly influenced by musicians rather than visual artists.

Sunil – Yes I could liken your painting to the musical notes, in rhythm; balance; and in harmony. I can also see how each colour to link with one another. We could bring another master French painter and draughtsman George Seurat one of the 19th century artist who worked with the theory of science & light looking at colours in the form of dots. The famous painting titled: Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. You have taken this to the next level in studying the behavior of light through series of optical lenses. Brilliant execution of light and shades I must say.., breaking the light pattern into Individual shades of colours.

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Sunil – Yes I could liken your painting to the musical notes, in rhythm; balance; and in harmony. I can also see how each colour to link with one another. We could bring another master French painter and draughtsman George Seurat one of the 19th century artist who worked with the theory of science & light looking at colours in the form of dots. The famous painting titled: Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. You have taken this to the next level in studying the behavior of light through series of optical lenses. Brilliant execution of light and shades I must say.., breaking the light pattern into Individual shades of colours. Q. Sunil – Leading onto my next question if I was to put you on the spot to describe yourself in 3 words; can you tell me and one has to be a colour?

Jake Fernandez. Bear Gap, Pastel on paper 20” x 30”, © 2011 • 7

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MOON DANCER. Watercolor, 20” x 28”.

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

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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.

ABSTRACT WAVE. Oil on Linen, 10” x 18”.

WINDSWEPT. Oil on Linen Panel, 12 “x 16”.

Seda Baghdasarian is an award winning international artist and designer, who has created themed environments for amusement park, stage and film; and exhibited her paintings & photography in galleries and museums across United States, Europe and China. Born in Teheran, Iran; and raised in the United Kingdom. Seda received her undergraduate degree with honors, in Architecture and Interior Design from London Metropolitan University. After moving to the US in ‘82 to pursue her passion for visual storytelling, she further completed graduate studies in Storyboarding for Film, Rendering & Illustration at Art Center College in Pasadena; while working full time as a designer for major Hollywood Studios such as Disney & Universal. Later she was fortunate to be designing highly themed restaurants, rides and venues for theme parks in Hollywood, Florida, & Japan. Her award winning projects include attractions such as ‘Jurrassic Park’,

‘WaterWorld Spectacular’ & ‘The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man’ (Universal), Space Center Bremen (BRC), ‘Star Trek Experience’ (BRC), ’M & M-Academy’ (Landmark). Her work as an assistant production designer on a full length Independent feature film, earned her ‘Best Production Design- Indie Film Category’ at L. A. Film Festival 2011: ‘Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake’ (Hidden Moon Pictures). Seda maintains a studio gallery in Malibu, and continues to utilize all available means to immerse the audience in the narrative, including painting & photography, Curation, art installation and Set Design as well as producing artist documentary films as a service at MLY Gallery in Malibu. She is dedicated to sustainable design, partaking in environmental & educational causes, aiming to develop concepts for positive change. • 9

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FRIBOURG TOWN. Acrylic on canvas, 80 cm x100 cm

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

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

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

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

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

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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. •

HORSE AND BIRD PURSUE. Watercolor/ink on rice paper, 15” x18”.

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. • 11

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SAVANNAH RIVER FRONT. Oil on Canvas, 30” x 26”.

Peter Filzmaier My first recollection of works of art was at age seven when I saw the floor to ceiling paintings at the Emperor’s Palace in Vienna, Austria. I was mesmerized and still carry the impact of the experience. I first started dabbing in oils in my late teens but did not seriously take up painting until my early twenties. Growing up in Ontario, Canada and having an affinity for the out Doors, drew me to the works of the “Group of Seven”. I began painting on site through all seasons and traveled throughout the country. During this time, I was engaged in jobs in construction, horse racing and forestry while I developed my skills as an artist. At age twenty nine, I made the decision to attend the Georgian College of Fine Art to supplement my love of art with formal training. This was such an asset for me as I gained much knowledge in art history and color theory while having access to live models to hone my drawing skills. The academic exposure introduced me to the art of the world and nourished a thirst for learning which to this day has not diminished. After leaving Georgian College, I lived in inexpensive accommodations, lacking modern conveniences and continued my work painting outdoors along with frequenting libraries to study the works of masters. My work was well received at art shows and represented at a number of galleries. After spending a few winters in southwestern United States, I was represented by an agent and galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona and 12 • Art & Beyond • May/June 2013

La Jolla, California. I then moved to Long Beach, California and continued to paint in the American southwest for a number of years. From there, I moved to St. Petersburg, Florida were again I began showing in one man shows and acquired an agent who was also able to show and sell my work in Munich, Germany. Today, I live and have my studio in Bushnell, Florida where I built a home and a barn / studio in a rural setting. I currently am showing work in Tampa, Sarasota, Ocala and a number of online venues. Since I am now spending more time in the studio, my subject matter is becoming more diverse. My work has evolved to more figurative expressions and my color palette has strengthened. I am using more abstract elements in my work to expand my interest in color. I am experimenting using a formula of colors to a ratio of musical notes to affect the specific color selections in my works of art. Additionally, I am also trending towards painting in a series of works pertaining to a specific theme or subject. I would consider myself an Expressionist influenced by Fauvist and Contemporary works, unique in my own style and original in my interpretations. Now and in the future, I plan on increasing my awareness of art in other cultures as a way to expand my knowledge and growth in my own work.

W1543. Oil on Canvas, 160 cm x 120 cm

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 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 Hergen. • 13

fine art BYZANTIUM JAR, 2012. Oil on cardboard, 25 cm x 17.5 cm

COMPOSITION-CLAY VASE, 1979, Pencil drawing, 24 cm x 18 cm

Edvard Ghazaryan is an Armenian professional fine artist. Edvard’s first teacher, Ara Sargsian was a tremendously talented and famous sculptor. He established the Yerevan State Institute of Fine Art (now Fine Art Academy). In 1966, with Sargasian’s highest recommendation Edvard entered the Yerevan State Institute of Fine art and graduated with a degree as a painter and designer in 1971. Edvard Ghazaryan won the former USSR Inter-republican Art Exhibition in 1979 and worked as a painter and designer in many factories and Institutes of the Former Soviet Union, since 1972 he worked at the Institute of Technical Aesthetics of USSR, Center of Young Engineers at Technical Institute of Machines, Yerevan Factory

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of Clocks, Yerevan Designer Bureau and the Armenian National Survey of Seismic Protection. Ghazaryan worked very hard to create his original painting style which reflects the motion of life through people, gardens, flowers, villages, mountains and seas. Today, he is immensely grateful to the fans of his work for understanding and supporting his art. Ghazaryan hopes that one day his painting style will inspire young artists.


Kevin Harris is a professional portrait painter and the moderator of the Artiztherapy group in Charlotte, NC. After graduating high school in Washington, DC, Kevin Harris joined the US Army and began drawing portraits for all the members of his unit. Upon re-entering civilian life, Kevin began his portrait painting business, primarily through word of mouth and marketing to co-workers. Kevin has attended many art classes and groups meet ups, but considerers himself a self-taught artist. He has lived in Charlotte, NC for 2 years after spending most of his life in Washington, DC and New York.

Kevin’s first art show titled “Eyes toward our hero’s” in Baltimore, MD, was met with great support from the community. His pastel portraits of prominent community leaders gained him rave reviews and a solid following in the Washington, DC and Baltimore region. • 15

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MUTATIONS. Oil on canvas.

Semproniu Iclozan is an intentionally known American artist, born in Transilvania, Romania. He received his MFA from Nicolaie Grigorescu Art Academy, Bucharest, Romania. His work has been shown at more than 51 exhibitions in Europe and United States.

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’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.

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.

For almost two decades, Iclozan was exhibited as a solo artist in numerous galleries around the world including; Ambassador

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AFTER DARKNESS (I HOPE FOR) LIGHT. Oil on canvas, 40” x 30”, 2012.

Regina Davis Izaguirre is a completely self-taught Mexican artist currently living in Washington, DC. She presents painting reminiscent of magic realism with images embroidered to one another, she states “In my paintings I present images composed of diversified interpretations of the human figure in conjunction with elements of nature and mystical imagery and iconography. This surrealistic body of entities may be interpreted within various realms; the first is presented to us as a fraction of time frozen within the narrative of a tale. It depends on the viewer to define the harmonious or dysfunctional character of it. The second realm of interpretation turns the beholder’s vision towards one-self; depending on the level of vulnerability that the viewer adds, these images open an opportunity for search, analysis and self-discovery.

These ideas transfigured in painting have the objective of transporting the viewer into worlds of emotional, psychological and intellectual landscapes, exalting the magical reality of the union between nature and man conveying in the essential fact that we are spiritual entities, emphasizing the un-doubtful connection with each other. This is where my inspiration starts. I allude to my life, to writers’ works, to imagery, and it is my hope that this record of allusion conjures and creates the same. I am referring to text, theory, idea - but I am also finding myself already there, looking out to see in.” • 17

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AT-ONE-MENT. Acrylic on canvas.

and biology at Carroll College in Helena. He maintained his interest in the time arts by studying percussion. After twelve years in Montana, he decided to return to a more urban environment. In 1988 he moved back to Chicago to further his joint careers in graphic design and painting.

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

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

BLUE BIRD AT NIGHT. Oriental Brush Painting. 26” x 15”.

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 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 • 19

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FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC. Oil on Canvas, 30” x 48”.

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. 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. 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.

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.

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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

BREATH WITH SEA LIFE. Acrylic/mixed media on woodboard, 8 x 10.

Min ja Lah I am a contemporary artist works in the medium of prints, woodcuts, acrylics/mixed media. I was born in Seoul, Korea but grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where as a foreigner I learned to communicate my most haunted fears and complicated joys through art. I have a Bachelor of Fine Art, Ewha Women's University, Seoul; and a Master of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

My work has been featured in one-person shows throughout the Chicago area, as well as on Korean television networks, and is published in "The Chicago Art Scene and Living Arts of Today" and Northwest Cultural Counsil Poet and Artist Chapbook. • 21

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MAUI BEACHFRONT. Oil on board. 12” x 16”.

Dan LaVigne Dan LaVigne’s work has always been defined by sensitivity to subject and a distinctive eye for color. Working as a commercial illustrator through the eighties, his oil paintings graced numerous publications, including Architectural Digest, Bon Appetite, and Los Angeles Magazine. In 1990 he decided on a career as a fine artist, receiving an M.F.A. Degree from California State University, Long Beach. Since moving to Ventura County in 2001, he has been represented in numerous group and one man shows, contributing

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work for the Ventura Music Festival, the Carnegie Museum, and the Ventura Cultural Affairs Division. He currently teaches painting at the California Art Institute in Westlake, CA. His paintings can be found in numerous private collections and are included in the permanent collection of Santa Monica College. He was recently honored by being featured in the inaugural edition of The Best of America.

LITTLE FLOWER GIRL. Oil on board, 20” x 16”

PEACE. Oil on board, 36” x 23”

Diane Leonard is one of America’s most highly respected contemporary impressionists. Raised in Boston, Massachusetts, she has the privilege of being one of only twenty-five members of the Society of American Impressionists. A self-taught artist, her work is exhibited worldwide and her first One-Woman Show in Nagano, Japan was a huge success. She has exhibited in numerous shows throughout the United States and abroad. Diane has studied with Bettina Steinke and Helen Van Wyk. Her paintings have been collected by celebrated people from royalty to heads of state. Leonard’s involvement with the community keeps her very busy. Each year she donates her work to different charities to support their worthwhile causes. She is also an instructor at the Scottsdale Artists School. Diane continues to grow as a painter, always seeking new avenues for her creative expression. The growing demand for Leonard’s work is so exciting - her paintings sell as quickly as she paints them. • 23

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COMMERC. Acrylic, 30" x 30".

FIVE FOR FALL. Acrylic, 16" x 16".

Jim Lively is an attorney who left the practice of law to pursue his passion full-time as a contemporary figurative and abstract artist. While he has been painting many years, he only began publicly exhibiting the latter part of 2008 due to his career as an attorney. Jim’s works have been recognized in numerous juried competitions and publications. In addition, he has participated in several group and a solo exhibitions across North America and exhibited in May 2012

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in Ferrara, Italy. His works have been collected by major law firms, corporations and hotels. Jim has published four books containing images of his art including two novels. The most recent novel; “The Puzzle Aesthetic” is available on Jim is currently the U.S. Art Director and General Counsel for LuminArte Gallery in Dallas (


Donald Maier During my 50+ years of calling myself “an artist”, I have sought out the natural beauty around us. Although I also work in oils, I was influenced by Winslow Homer’s and Sargent’s vacation watercolors, and plein air painting became my preferred method of creating art. In 1975 I moved from NJ to CA. Camping trips to the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, to paint the western landscape in watercolor, then in oils back in my studio, and daily weekend trips to the coast to paint… this was my standard MO. In 1995 moved to Georgia, where I taught at a local college until 2006.

After so many years of painting watercolors at the national parks, health problems have limited my movements. Rather than quit or work from photos, I made a 180° turn to do the mundane, everyday subjects one would see on there way to work or the market. Switching to pastels, I have found on one stretch of road near my home, so much in rich visual imagery. Road, telephone poles and power lines, billboards, cars and trucks are all part of my new focus, and I have found a wonderful new energy in the use of pastels too. • 25

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FOG AND CITY, NIGHT TIME. Ooil on wood panel, 24” x 18”.

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

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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

NIGHT AND DANCE. Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 40

Derek Daniel Reformat was born in Buffalo, NY in 1983 and came to New York in 2005 to study medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He currently resides Manhattan, where he paints and where he is also training in plastic surgery at NYU. Influenced by the iconic architecture and fashion of New York City, the hedges and landscapes of Long Island, and the nostalgic imagery of the early 20th century conjured by historical fiction of that time period, Derek Daniel Reformat provides you with an opportunity to immerse yourself

in a time much different than today; one of class and prosperity, simplicity and being carefree. With heavy reliance on the non-colors, firm lines, bold contrast, and the use of color as an accent, DDR provides us with intriguing, simple and confident portraits and cityscapes to invoke feelings of nostalgia and bliss in pieces that on first-glance might otherwise seem noir-esque.. • 27

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LADY FALL. Oil, 12" x 9".

Tatiana Roulin is an award-winning, internationally renowned New England representational painter whose primary mediums include oil, acrylic and pastel. She is a juried member of the Oil Painters of America and Pastel Society of America. She is also a member of many art associations in New England. Roulin’s approach combines the classic atelier training, largely based on techniques used by the Old Masters, with her own personal style expressed through the harmony of design, color and light. Within the last decade, Roulin has won many prestigious art awards and has had her paintings exhibited internationally in America, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, England, Brazil and Russia. She has had several solo shows and has participated in many juried group shows in the United States and abroad, including “London Art Week” in Canning House of London, “XXXIII Medusa Aurea Trophy” in Catholic University of Rome, “Art FAIM VI” at Pabellon de la Pipa of Madrid, a group show at the Cultural Center of Vienna, and “Russian Art Week”

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in the Moscow House of Painters. In 2010 Tatiana was a special invited artist at the Brazilian Art Exhibition at A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery, one of the oldest galleries in New York City. Tatiana’s art has been featured in a number of American magazines such as Direct Art, Art is Spectrum, New York Arts Magazine and Still Point Arts Quarterly Magazine. Kennedy Publishing selected her pastels for the Best of Worldwide Charcoal, Pastel and Pencil book vol2. She was also listed in the “Who is Who in Visual Art” and “New Faces in Arts & Design” European art catalogs. Tatiana's art is in many private and several corporate collections worldwide including Homeowner's Rehab, Inc. - Chapman Arms of Cambridge (MA), Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center of Framingham (MA) and The Department Of Youth Services of Lynn (MA). Currently Roulin’s art is represented by Gina M Woodruff Gallery in Long Beach, CA. More information about the artist is available at

DRESS #7. Pastel on paper, 28” x 38”.

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.

drawings to create paintings and drawings that celebrate not only fashion and glamour, but the human figure, body language and emotion as well.

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.

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.

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

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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STRINGY NOTES. Acrylic, 32" x 26".

Lynn York is as adaptive artist who works in acrylics, oils, charcoal and graphite. Her work includes a special love for the playful combination of color, music and movement. Two major influences in her art are her many years as a fine art photographer and sincere appreciation of music. This combination joins together to create a unique body of work that displays a solid technique and a true passion to explore the colors of nature and with movement of music. Lynn is originally from Chicago, IL, but like most “corporate brats” moved frequently throughout the Midwest, south and eventually California. Trained as a photojournalist, fine art photographer, sociologist, and a computer programmer, she holds degrees in Journalism, Sociology and Computer Science. Her career in photography was heavily based in darkroom expertise which became obsolete when digital photography and Photoshop were introduced. Though she became proficient with the technology, additional training established a passion for painting. 30 • Art & Beyond • May/June 2013

A combination of events merged to develop a collection of unique fanciful paintings. Her grandmother, who was a self-taught pianist, gave her a lifelong appreciation of all music, her studies in photography and art history showed her the diversity and expression of an image on the canvas. Inspired by music, Lynn creates warmth with splendid colors, ideal for acrylics. Her photographic training becomes obvious by the balance and compositions of her scenes. Her images allow the eye to explore the entire painting for subtleties without obscuring the focus of the piece. Each piece stands independently, with movement and vivid color expressing an enthusiasm for life that are uniquely Lynn York.

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sculpture • mixed media • jewelry

THE PLANET MAKER. Mixed Medium, 76cm x 50cm.

MADAME MYSTIQUE. Mixed Medium, 65cm x 45cm.

Sabine Blodorn Born, raised and educated in a small town in northern Germany I was fortunate to grow up in an artistic family, with an Architect for a father and Photographer for a mother. During my childhood our family spent most holidays traveling through Europe and beyond, visiting museums, galleries, ancient cities, caves and even cemeteries were occasional on the agenda. Despite the wish of my parents to study art or architecture I opted to study the field of law while producing art in my spare time. Back then I met my husband with whom I ventured on an amazing journey around the world until that day when we decided to call Australia home.

Since 2010 my love to play with imaginations, colours, texture and perception of the natural world – real or unreal – intensified, taking my work to another, more experimental level. Today my main objective is reflection but in more than one way: I like to integrate the past, the here and now with the unknown as it relates to future, space or time, questioning what might be ‘out there’ or not. By using several techniques and not being constrained to a certain style but remaining faithful to a particular subject/topic, my paintings almost become alive, allowing visual interchange of connectivity to the viewer, by their own ability to reflect the soul.

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BLUE RIVER. Acrylic Glass Fiber Mixed Media, 24” x 24”.

Ruth Bauer Neustadter As a woman, dancer, choreographer, teacher and a visual artist, I have found that painting weaves together my many passions. My work has moved from sculptures made of fiber and found objects into assemblages, collages and figurative works. Presently, I am painting several bodies of work. One series Interplays elements of cement, glass, sand and found objects into thick acrylic or oil paint. These materials form layers and textures, pulling the viewer into and around the work, producing the possibility of very personal interpretations.

My most recent paintings are bold and highly textured. These pieces are born out of my former career in dance when I studied, performed and choreographed with major modern dancers in this country; Martha Graham, Alwin Nicolais, Merce Cunningham and others. The compositions are reminiscent of my exposure and involvement in a three-dimensional space translated into a two-dimensional format. Much of my work breaks away from the traditional picture plane and moves into sculptural forms on the wall.

Another series portrays the human figure, frequently life size, often painted on multiple canvases, breaking up the figure and creating unexpected negative spaces. • 33

sculpture • mixed media • jewelry SILENT GIRL. Reclaimed materials/mixed media: silk screen, photos, graphite, string, gesso, 37" x 26".

ANNIVERSARY Reclaimed materials/mixed Wood, metal, nails and photos Each element = 3” x 3” x 1.5”.

Dian Sourelis is a lifelong resident of Chicago, IL. The daughter of abstract painter Stanley Sourelis, who was one of the original members of the Wells Street Gallery group in the 1950’s, Dian grew up around painters, poets and musicians. As a child, Dian loved making constructions out of what she found while playing and riding her bike in her Hyde Park neighborhood, and the encouragement of her artistic family laid the groundwork for future experimentation. Dian’s interest in large, mixed media constructions led her to the Philadelphia College of Art in 1976. While she enjoyed the discipline and rigor of the School’s foundation program, she missed the freedom she had enjoyed as a child creating in her father’s studio and later in her own. She left the Philadelphia program after several

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years and returned to Chicago, where she raised a family, and continued to experiment with painting and mixed media. For the past 20 years Dian has shown in a variety of Chicago galleries and venues, developing a strong group of collectors and continuing to experiment with mixed media—working with found wood and metal, and, more recently, reclaimed silk screens. Her use of repetitive imagery, linear and graphic forms, and often, the written word, have produced an ethereal, peaceful body of work that explores the themes of gender, family, memory and purpose.

This piece consists of Beautiful Raw Faceted Emeralds, Swarovsky Pearls, Interspesed with Swarovsky Crystal and Silver Rondelles, and Sterling Silver beads and Closure. Very Elegant.

HAND CARVED AND HAND PAINTED AFRICAN WOOD. These are displayed with African Jasper and Pendant is an Agate Wire Wrapped with Gold Filled Wire. The Disc Rondelles are made from Coconut Shell. Head for the Jungle with this one.

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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I AM A WARRIOR. Found object sculpture, 23” x 19” x 7”.

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.

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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.

OCEAN GARDEN. Paper Sculpture, 27” x 15” x 15”.

Francene Levinson I was born in Brooklyn, New York. My first art exhibits were held in my mother’s kitchen. Her patronage was invaluable and carried me through to my art studies at Brooklyn College, N.Y.C. There, I studied with Ad Reinhardt, Philip Pearlstein, Albert Terris, and Jimmy Ernst, obtaining a B.A. fine arts and a M.A. Art Ed. These artistinstructors significantly influenced my love of color, form and design. I also studied stone carving at Montoya Studios, Palm Beach, FL. My art career included 15 years as an art teacher: five years in New York and ten years in Florida. I now reside in Boca Raton, Florida. I earned a post-graduate ED.S degree from Nova University, Davie, FL for SLD instruction. Many of my Florida art students were new residents in the U.S.A. and often shared their multi-cultural artistic experiences. The discovery of Chinese Zhe Zhi modular paper folding was such a cultural experience taught to me by one of my art students. Now, after researching the technique, working in this unique paper medium allows me to create my own sculptural forms and give a singular voice to the unity of many. Some of my paper sculptures are currently represented by Paseo Originals Art Gallery, Oklahoma City. OK. Recently, three paper sculptures were leased to The Scripps Research Center, Jupiter,

Florida: Nexus: Science + Art ‘09,’10,’11,’12; My work has been juried into many exhibitions in Massachusetts, Michigan, Oklahoma and Florida, including: The Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, City Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI, The Rosen Gallery International Biennial, ‘08,’10,’12; The Armory Art Center; The Von Liebig Art Center; Rossetti Fine Art Gallery, The Artist’s Guild Gallery; The 110 Art Gallery; Cornell Museum-Crest Gallery; 2010 Biennial at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL; The 2011 - 60th Annual - All Florida Exhibition and Competition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. • 37

photography • digital art

READ BETWEEN THE LIONS. Photography, 9” x 9”.

Deb Drew Brown Art in different forms has involved every member of my family including my father, mother and both sisters. I have loved photography since I was seven years old; ironically, I graduated as a Radiologic Technologist. The black and white x-rays are a contrast to color photos. Nature photography has been my favorite but I am trying architectural design also. My nature photography includes amazing shots of the Bald Eagle in Michigan showing off, the pileated woodpecker glaring at me and the Great Blue Heron performing a graceful take-off that seemed like a ballet movement. When I had a doe and fawn in my yard, the doe became nervous and began running around the fawn. Finally, she stopped, racing right; the fawn faced left in front of her, but they both had their eyes on me. I could not have dreamt of a better “Kodak” moment. I enjoy sharing my photography with local artists in the Lansing, Michigan area. I love seeing their work also. I have exhibited my 38 • Art & Beyond • May/June 2013

work many times and have won awards in member shows with the Mid-Michigan Art Guild. I have learned some design techniques that an artist would learn in their art classes. Some of my photos have been painted by local artists and I love that! I participated in ArtPrize in 2010 and 2011. ArtPrize is the largest art contest in the world and takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan with over 1500 artists. First place is $250,000. I was amazed at the infinite artistic choices people presented. My goal is to always work on something new and different. I love to experiment with filters to make my photography look almost animated. Sometimes it surprises me that I love the outcome so much! I guess my life motto would simply be: never quit trying!

GIFT WRAPPED. 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.

My preferred medium of expression is digital landscape and modeling software. I use these programs to create one-of-a-kind 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. • 39

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MERRY GO ROUND. 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

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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. •

PLANES GO. Photography.

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. • 41

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WALKING ON WATER. Digital, 32" x 44".

Lloyd R. Knowles Lark Studio:

Est. 9/2008 Began professional art practice after completing architectural career. Major project: The Book of Isaiah; metaphorical interpretations of the prophecies. Mixed media abstract and Expressionist. Most pieces are a combination of acrylic, photo transformations and CG painting on panel. CG studies. Best in Show and the Utah County Art gallery for “Death and Transformation”; Published in SMOFA catalog 2011; SMOFA Spring Salon, 2011; SMOFA Religious Art Exhibit, 2010 & 2011; Solo exhibit UAA gallery, SLC; Solo exhibit: Covey Center, Provo, Nov-Dec 2011; LDS Triennial Worldwide Art Competition 2012; Solo exhibit at Provo library. 42 • Art & Beyond • May/June 2013

1972-2008: Architectural illustration – ink, pencil, watercolor, model making, Computer modeling, graphics and animation Public art installations 1990: Nauvoo (IL) Jail and Visitors Center – Design of public grounds, monuments (art work), collaboration with D. J. Bowden on statuary.


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.

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 mid-fifties, he's looking for his "big break".

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 • • 43

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FISH POND (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

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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. •

SELF – PERCEPTION. It is a large drawing installation that is 42 inches high by 70 feet long. It is entirely hand drawn using Powdered Graphite, Graphite Pencil and Charcoal Pencil on 15 separate panels on Arches Cover 300 gram paper.

An image of the first 3 panels of SELF – PERCEPTION.

Angela Young received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in 2008. In Spring 2012 she graduated from Arizona State University with a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking. Her work currently addresses the issue of Objectified Body Consciousness, a term used to express the experience of viewing one’s body, as an object separate from one’s self and a discipline to understand the beliefs and behaviors that support this experience. Young has thus

far participated in over 100 international and national exhibitions and is published in numerous articles, magazines and books. She currently resides in Cedarburg, WI. • 45


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SLOW MORNING IN LAHAINA. Oil on board, 11” x 14”

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MAN OF THE STREET. Oil on canvas. 52” x 58”

Inspired by a man of the street in Sarasota Florida. This is the first of a series of paintings on people who live on the street. Background colors for the scene were derived from colors attributed to musical scale. The specific colors for this piece are relative to a line from the song "Row Row Row Your Boat" with a color attributed to each note and color spacial effects determined by ratios of the relationship of the notes on a specific line of the song.

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