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Group Show "Flowers and Gardens 2019"

Artists Statements

Scott Schnepf (United States)

Artist Statement:

Scott Schnepf Artist

email: sschnepf@unh.edu
Artist Website: scottschnepf.com

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Erin Cooke (United States)

Artist Statement:

Certainly there are other physician-artists, but I have a somewhat unusual situation in that I actively work in the visual world not only as a painter but also as a diagnostic radiologist. My artwork is naturally informed by my experiences of daily examination of the human body through medical imaging. My work as a radiologist involves paying attention to numerous subtle details while keeping in mind the overall pathologic process; I find creating art is similar in that you are continually consciously and unconsciously responding to mark making and adjusting small facets, while keeping in mind the piece as a whole.

Erin Cooke Artist

email: cooke01@alumni.wfu.edu
Artist Website: http://www.erincookeart.com/

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Leo Cordovi (United States)

Artist Statement:

The Language of the Trees Leo Cordovi The landscape genre explores painting's ability to record the authenticity of the real world as well as serving as a vehicle artists have used to communicate their experiences in nature. Landscape painting can go beyond any sort of empirical interpretation, it involves a series of feelings, thoughts, and concepts that artists delve upon to create their work. Working in and with nature, I often think about what John Dewey said, "Art is not nature, but is nature transformed by entering into new relationships where it evokes a new emotional response." The impetus of my work is taking the audience into an encompassing somewhat inaccessible space that yet feels familiar, a place of limitless possibilities where reality itself can be questioned. By expanding the idea of the landscape, I am confronted by a persistent search of a place that is yet to exist. Large deconstructed strokes done with acrylics paints produce scenic places seated in becoming; they are not yet anchored to time and space, which may evoke a sense of longing for personal discovery. Native of Cuba, my paintings fuse explored Florida landscapes and the past life lived in Havana. They negotiate a changing identity between there and here, past and future, and the shifting state of the "now." On a personal level, my work has a direct relationship with my background. Having to be open to seeing things from at least two culturally distinct, and often opposing, perspectives allowed me to understand that it is the simplicity of things what we crave the most when away from home. The language that trees provide is universal, being this the reason why I am drawn to wilderness. This deep psychological need to connect made me be uninterested in the conventional aspects of capitalism that were once sought, allowing me to turn to raw natural spaces where I feel the most at home. These surrounding places where I am temporarily invited yet never fully allowed to enter help me negotiate the complex propositions of sense of place and belonging which so influence the construction of personal identity. Formally, my paintings are about improvisation and reconciliation. The breaking down of compositions, the deconstruction and reconstruction of these landscapes and the physicality of the painting process in which the figure and the ground are actively exchanging places. The illusionistic possibilities of painting allow me to, from a distance, draw the viewer into what is first perceived as dense but conventional place. Up close however, the images break down, revealing the abstract nature of my expressive brushstrokes.

Leo Cordovi Artist

email: leocordoviart@gmail.com
Artist Website:

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Melanie Ferguson (United States)

Artist Statement:

The need to discover has always driven people to traverse the world in search of something new.  Mixed media abstract painter Melanie Ferguson has experienced this drive throughout her life, but she has found in her many travels that discovery can happen anywhere - across the world or in her own home.  Her unique, textured paintings transport viewers into these everyday journeys.

Melanie Ferguson Artist

email: meljosiefergie@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.melaniefergusonart.com

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Sheila Grabarsky (United States)

Artist Statement:

As a small child I painted a yellow sun into a blue sky and CREATED GREEN! I remain awe-struck at this always-new discovery of color creation and juxtaposition. My process is

Sheila Grabarsky Artist

email: sgrabarsky@comcast.net
Artist Website: www.grabarskystudio.com

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James Griffin (United States)

Artist Statement:

The line between realism and abstraction is where I find myself painting. An artist always paints his/herself in the work and I have come to think that the artist is actually the subject of the painting. The brush strokes, the way of handling color, the artist's 'hand', this is what is most compelling.

James Griffin Artist

email: jamesgriffinstudio@email.com
Artist Website: www.jamesgriffinstudio.com

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Laurie Elizabeth McKinley (United States)

Artist Statement:

Often called "a poet wit a paintbrush," Fine Artist and Humanitarian Laurie Elizabeth McKinley has dedicated her life to observing, documenting, and participating in the human experience. She has traveled the globe her entire life, compelled to observe and photograph the deeply human stories of culture, compassion and humanity. She translates these indelible images onto canvas- capturing the unforgettable experience and subtle beauty, so that she might share them with the world and hopefully inspire change. Laurie Elizabeth paints in all genres, especially enjoying en plein air in villages throughout the world and capturing that very special "first feeling"... the mystery of the moment, the chi, the magic.

Laurie Elizabeth McKinley Artist

email: info@laurieelizabethmckinley.com
Artist Website: www.laurieelizabethmckinley.com

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Cheryl Plautz (United States)

Artist Statement:

I choose subjects that I feel a connection with. There is always a story behind each painting. My style of painting is realism or naturalism. I like giving attention to all the details.

Cheryl Plautz Artist

email: wiscfineart@live.com
Artist Website: dailypaintworks.com/Artists/cheryl-plautz-5345

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Daniel Rollitt (United Kingdom)

Artist Statement:

I try to capture plants from different angles to show the features and characteristics e.g. their delicateness, or how they have evolved for pollination. I look for colour, form, detail, and how they are transformed by light and shadow. Although I often do not take photos of people in gardens, sometimes these shots can best illustrate the design of gardens, whether for relaxing in, communal activities, or exploration especially when young. We all need time to escape and heal from the daily pressures of life. I personally enjoy exploring both the micro and macrocosms through photography and reconnect with memories through capturing the changing lifecycles and different seasons.

Daniel Rollitt Artist

email: dannyrollitt@gmail.com
Artist Website: http://dannyrollitt.wixsite.com/glass-and-ceramics

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David Rosales (United States)

Artist Statement:

David Rosales Artist

email: fildavidro@hotmail.com
Artist Website:

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Lynda Sauls (United States)

Artist Statement:

South Florida self-taught artist Lynda Sauls creates paintings using oil and encaustic wax individually and together to express her wonderment and faith. The rich use of color and detail in her oil paintings is intended to draw her audience into a place of stillness. Her encaustic works are more ethereal and focused on the subconscious. Through time, Sauls has discovered how each style of painting influences the other.

Lynda Sauls Artist

email: lyndasauls@gmail.com
Artist Website: lyndasaulsartist.com

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Bert Shankman (United States)

Artist Statement:

My passion is to see beauty in life as I interpret it through the form of flowers. Flowers are my metaphor for life. I see birth and death, pain and joy, agony and ecstasy in flowers. My objective is to give shape, texture and color to my feelings through the images I photograph. I am intensely passionate about my work. I record an image by playing with sunlight using the different lights of the day and different qualities of filtered light. Many times I am deliberately seeking a preconceived image but frequently I find the spontaneous. I am an artist who uses camera, lens and recording medium to create the raw material for the image of reality which I see. I believe there is no such thing as "reality". People see the world differently, their "reality". My images use flowers to show how I see the world, my "reality". My ultimate goal is to create images where I can see my feelings and to share those images with others.

Bert Shankman Artist

email: bertgf@cameraflora.com
Artist Website: www.cameraflora.com

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Leif Sohlman (Sverige)

Artist Statement:

Biography Leif Sohlman is an amateur photographer/digital artist mainly working with nature and landscapes. He is working with landscapes, flowers and macro photography and sometimes with digital art as photo painting and abstract work. He mostly find his motives in the surroundings of his home in City Enköping ( Enkoping, Enkoeping) Sweden Statement Nature is a beauty we all have to love. If we do not love nature we loose a bit of our souls. Leif's images will try to find the beauty in the surrounding, especially nature, around us and to let others find that beauty through his images. Sometimes it might be beauty in something you do not believe is beauty. He hopes others will find and search beauty in nature through his images.

Leif Sohlman Artist

email: leif.sohlman@gmail.com
Artist Website: https://leif-sohlman.pixels.com/collections/flowers

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Caron Staney (United States)

Artist Statement:

I see beauty in all and reflect it through my art. My painting,

Caron Staney Artist

email: caron.s.s@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.caronstaneyartist.com

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Stefanie Stark (United States)

Artist Statement:

All of nature reminds me of the fragility of life and the bigger awe-inspiring world around us. Flowers of all shapes, sizes and colors influence me. Abstract petals and blooms often find a way into my paintings even when I try not to paint them. In flowers, we see the full lifespan in a short time. Clouds, sunlight, rain and wind are other elements of nature that influence me. Wonder, amazement, love, loss, pain, and hope move from within me to my artwork. Intuitively combining different colors, I use brushes, sponges, paper towels and sometimes my fingers when I paint. I love watching the colors merge and blend on the canvas before me. Each brushstroke, mark, or purposeful drip informs my next step. Oil pastel or pencil marks and scribbles add dimension and interest, as do various textures and thicknesses of paint. These elements help convey a sense of movement, flow and emotion. I hope my paintings draw viewers in and hold them at least for a moment in which they slow down and hopefully respond to what they see.

Stefanie Stark Artist

email: stefanie@stefaniestarkart.com
Artist Website: www.stefaniestarkart.com

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