In recent years hiking has become quite a big part of my life. When I'm in the mountains I can release all concern with daily life and simply breathe in the beauty of nature. Taking photos of these beautiful places became something I enjoyed but never thought much of until I was encouraged my many around me to persue it. Once I was given enough feedback I finally quit doubting myself and began to get excited at improving my photography. I believe that nothing is as serene as being in nature and my objective is to share the beauty I see with others, especially for places they perhaps can't see themselves.
My work portrays beauty and empowerment of the feminine in the world. The flowers and natural themes in my pieces represent the continuation of nature and its ability to produce a future generation, a symbol of hope for another day and life. I create many figurative pieces involving my subjects in various poses. By asking my subject to pose, I engage in an exchange of trust. I trust me subjects to reveal more of themselves and their inner grace than they normally would. My subjects, in turn, trust me to portray them in a light befitting their participation in my vision. By showing strong feminine figures in serene nature, I give the message that such beauty can be found anywhere, not just where the whims of mainstream media direct. It is to the people looking for relief from the degrading messages in the world that my work most powerfully appeals.
Being an artist is filled with challenges. I have had my shares of ups and down, laughs and cries. Through all of life’s challenges I do my best to keep my chin up, focus on the bright side of every stormy cloud, spread joy when in tears, laughter when sad, and love of life through my art.
Each artwork is created with passion and care. It is my greatest hope when you view my art it fills you with hope, love, passion, joy, and reminds you that no matter what life throws at you there is always hope for brighter todays.
It is my personal belief, that each design I draw and hand craft is a portal to the essence of energy, a thought, a desire, a wish, a dream come true, and is a constant encouragement to stay strong and firm in holding fast to your most cherished and personal hopes and dreams.
Thank You for Being You, Ari Stone
Nature has always been an escape from the big city where I grew up and it provided some of the happiest moments of my life. My art work represents my personal relationship with nature and it fulfills my inspirations and spirituality.
In my work I express this relationship through flowers, trees and leaves as they go through the cycle of life. The lifecycle of flowers and plants follows us from the time we are born through all of our most important moments and events. Trees and flowers are firmly rooted on earth as we are to our culture and beliefs. With this in mind I can close my eyes and go to an infinite world of my own where I can visualize my ideas and give freedom to my passion for the arts. The petals and leaves represent Life in Movement, their graceful and natural movements transmit energetic and peaceful sensations.
I choose Porcelain in its natural white finish adding some touches of gold, silver and black. During the high firing the impurities are burned off bringing out the intensity of the white quality of the clay. The dominance of white represents purity connecting the spiritually divine essence in us to nature, an essential element of our cycle of life.
"Art is Love on Canvas" My creative process involves the slippery feel of brushing paint on canvas. It's a sensual moment when creating a new painting. It's like breathing and creating something that didn't exist before. Each painting has a life to be lived, with its own soul. I grew-up in the sparse Arizona desert. To see a colorful flower growing in the sand was a visual highlight ~ I want my flowers and paintings to come to life and be unique! Each painting is very spontaneous and I paint while listening to intense turned-up music. The music shapes and colors the art. The sounds become a part of the paintings.~~
My work involves a combination of building up materials and cutting away the excess, additive and subtractive in equal parts. The process is a meditation for me, building patience and calm. With every step there is an inescapable severity of action: paint can be covered, graphite can be erased--once a blade is placed to cut an image, it cannot be undone, only tossed and begun anew. Masks are a powerful symbol. Most believe that the mask is worn in order to inspire fear in others. In truth, however, masks are worn out of our own fear. Fear of identification, or attribution, or damage--fear nonetheless. I create my masks and mount them to emulate trophies--the notion that one can engage and conquer one's fears. I hope that it will serve as both an uplifting image of personal growth as well as a constant reminder of the parts of the viewer's soul which are kept from the public eye.
Justin Nordine is a fine artist and tattoo artist residing in Grand Junction, Colorado. Justin is the owner of The Raw Canvas: Tattoo, Gallery and Apparel.
His drive for art comes from the stories of his clients, humanity and nature and urban culture. The resulting artwork is inspired by the stories they have shared, humanity and the universal challenges we all face.
Justin is an internationally-recognized expert in fine-art watercolor tattoos and is known for his expressive fine art that focuses on cityscapes and urban based imagery.
His current artistic direction will be focusing on nature, human faces, animals and abstract design elements.
I’ve always loved dreaming. To stir in sleep and be faintly conscious of some hazy reality; rolling over for just one more glimpse. We seek a few more seconds of that weird wonderland. When I’m painting I can roam to these places, searching through the fog, manipulating the light, molding the details, and losing myself. Each piece can be its own dream or the next altered state of a continuously drifting concept. Within these dreams, you may connect something from your daily sensory experience and ponder its place in reality or watch the absurdity of your unconscious creations. And just like these dreams, my subjects reach far and wide. We live in a world far too complex and inspiring to paint the same thing for long.
So heres to sleeping all night, and dreaming all day. Cheers.
My paintings are sensitive depictions of the human condition: the desire to feel beautiful and important, the plague of self-doubt, the burden of mortality and the fear of loss. With an emphasis on capturing movement and raw emotion, my work is an exploration of the underlying levers of identity that control these desires and doubts. I use the human figure – referencing myself, people in my life and pieces of my subconscious – as a mirror of self-reflection. The ritual of painting becomes a meditation on themes of self-discovery and letting go. I mix stark realism with broad painterly strokes, displaced shapes and abstract washes to create a world for my subjects that is not quit permanent, but flexible to movement, change and growth. Michelle Silver is an oil painter and graphic designer currently working and living in Brooklyn, New York.
Mitch Mattingley contemporary portrait photographer and conceptual composition artist. Owner and operator of Studio 629 ltd. Located in Palisade Colorado.
I am Inspired by all forms of art and music, influenced by the 18th century art movements of symbolism and Romanticism. 18th Century artists Gustave Moreau, James Draper, as well as more current artist Boris Vallejo known for his fantasy and erotica genres.
My gallery pieces focus on the human figure existing in invented surreal settings, and is unorthodox in nature.
Dealing with storytelling through concept art, my digital imagery attempts to express the ideas of fantasy vs. reality, dark vs. light, and intimacy vs. separation, and how these dichotomies have shaped our collective need for the escape offered by fictional worlds.
The goal is to create art that will invoke imagination and provide a temporary escape into the fantastic and surreal, allowing the viewer to rediscover their own imagination and sense of wonder in their everyday life.
My artist statement is to make a difference in the way people look at photography. The idea that photography is my way to paint what I see. To show people how beautiful other people truly are. I have ideas like crazy that I want the beautiful town of grand junction see and I would love to display art to make the raw canvas proud. I have ideas with concepts of love and fear.
Sarah Janece Garcia
Sarah Janece Garcia is an artist in Dallas, TX. She works primarily in watercolor to create unique wildlife portraits and nature inspired paintings. Sarah’s work is influenced by her passion for art, attraction to color, and love for nature’s beauty. The energetic movements in her organic abstractions, along with vivid colors, and a focus on intricate detailing allows her work to capture nature in both literal and abstract ways.
Sarah’s paintings have been showcased at various group exhibitions throughout the United States and international exhibits in South Africa (Johannesburg), United Kingdom (London), Helsinki (Finland) and France (Paris). Such exhibits include being selected as a finalist of the Hunting Art Prize which is a prestigious annual competition with the most generous annual award in North America. Sarah’s work has won several awards, including having a painting designated as the grand prize winner in an art and design competition hosted by Uncommon Goods. After winning the design challenge, Uncommon Goods chose to offer multiple pieces of her work to their customers. These selected paintings have since been featured seasonally in the Uncommon Goods catalog which reaches millions worldwide. Sarah's unique point of view, attention to detail, and bold artistic expression has caught the eye of many and her work continues to travel worldwide to reach collectors. One such notable collection her work is a part of is the GOLDEN (Golden Artist Colors, Inc.) collection in New York. Sarah’s current line of watercolor work continues to be juried and accepted into nationally ranked art festivals and she has gallery representation in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Grand Junction, Colorado and throughout North Texas.
Art is something I cannot keep myself from doing, from preschool drawings in my mother’s cookbook to now. I find myself exploring the “what ifs” and “think I’ll try this”, which has pushed me into exploring combined mediums, creating batiks, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. I have become un- content with the “pretty” or “functional.”
What I strive for is to engage the viewer in a visual education. Sometimes, through expansion and distortion, I take an image digitally and stretch, project or tease the colors to reflect deeper patterns within a common object. I hope the viewer will see an object through my eyes in its underlying formlessness. The work will encompass batiks, paintings and digital imaging from my heart with perhaps a few from my head. This is the dialogue I hope to create as I venture on a new path at the Raw Canvas Art Gallery.
Moving to the Grand Valley years ago, I’ve been an art instructor for secondary and college. I founded the Palisade High School Art program years ago, formed Fruita Art Camp which is now in its 21st year, taught art method classes for teachers at Mesa along with design and fiber arts. I helped write the District’s first art curriculum guide. I always strive to promote the work of other artists by finding places for their work to hang believing that artists need to support one another whenever possible.