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I believe that art should take you somewhere; take you to an imaginary place or time that doesn’t actually exist. I want my work to make your imagination start revving and searching for a time or place that only appears in your mind when you view my images.

I travel quite a bit and many of my journeys have been documented in my work. Looking at my body of work, one can see that I am drawn to faces, doors, windows and walls in the places I visit. I prefer to be non-specific in my choices of photographic themes and therefore my selection of subject matter tends to be quite eclectic. Saturated, bright colors as well as detailed subject matter are evident in all my color works.
MICHELLE RENEE GARRISON
Michelle Renee Garrison was born on Valentine’s Day, and grew up in Worthington, Ohio. Her interest in art began at an early age while attending youth classes at CCAD. As a student at Thomas Worthington High School, she began to exhibit her paintings competitively at both local and state levels. After high school she lived in both Arizona and Oregon, and continued to show her works at local galleries.
ELISA SHEEHAN
I strive to make my work feel intimate yet expansive. I want to create an experience for the viewer and I want them to feel. To feel free, relaxed, powerful, at ease, inspired – whatever it is they bring to the piece from their own experiences.

My works are my personal reaction to my own existence and my relationship to the natural world. I am interested in the line between representational and abstract in my work. I am constantly walking that line. There are certainly elements of work that can be recognized as shapes found in nature, where I draw so much inspiration from and where I feel most at home, but there is also a certain freedom from the literal that brings my work to the edge of the abstract.
HANNA & HAJNA NEMETH
The founders of Nikaa Photography Co., Hajna and Hanna Németh, mother and daughter have been working together since 2007. During this time, they have been proven in many areas of photography, from worldwide famous book illustrations to portrait photography. Their latest plan is to decorate the plain walls of homes, waiting rooms, hotel rooms and offices with the small, sometimes invisible beauties of nature. This is why Nikaa Photography Wall Decor was created, where Hajna is acting mostly as the “painter” while Hanna is the sharp-eyed “gallery owner”. Of course, nothing is set in stone, roles can change occasionally, but one thing is guaranteed: the brilliant images that can fill any blank space with life.
BEN BONART
My art is a combination of chance and deliberation.
I want the viewer to get lost in the imagery, to feel
a freedom to peek into a world that radiates vibrations
of hues that evoke the expression of pure joy.
ERIK BREDE
Surreal and Fine art work from the norwegian photographer and digital artist Erik Brede.

Producing a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver is what Brede’s artwork focuses on. Influenced by renowned artist like Ansel Adams and Rene Magritte, Brede creates surreal and fine digital artwork . Brede follows a conceptual approach thus utilizing a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered manner. His work focuses on concrete questions that determine our existence.
ONEL NAAR
American of Puerto Rican and Lebanese Dominican descent born in the battered, burning South Bronx of the late 70s to immigrant parents. I was privileged to study across the river/world’s away in Manhattan, starting with the Visual Arts program at LaGuardia high school and followed by undergraduate studies at New York University as a Studio Arts major My university experience included learning from Katie Schimert and Lawrence Chua, exhibiting alongside Nate Lowman, and lead to a post graduate apprenticeship with Paul Pfeiffer starting in May of 2001. Following 9/11 (during which I was blissfully unaware of the carnage unfolding only blocks away as I worked on digital video pieces) I reconsidered the direction of my artistic practice.
ANDREW KUZIAK
Over the course of my life, I have had several experiences that I call ‘other-worldly’, moments in which I perceived the world around me in an extraordinary way. One of these moments occurred while at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. I was in one room of the museum and it appeared that everything in the room was connected with lines of light; then I moved to another room and again everything was connected with lines of light; and then into a third room, and yet again, everything was connected with lines of light. Physically it took me five minutes to walk from room to room ── the actual emotional experience was instantaneous. It was, so to speak, ‘out of ordinary time and space’, in another dimension, the fourth dimension.
MARY GERAKARIS
Since childhood I have been intrigued and fascinated by Nature’s beauty. There are naturally occurring colors, textures and exquisite patterns that man can only hope to duplicate. In an effort to capture and create an amalgam of my visions, I studied art, photography and design at colleges in Milwaukee and Chicago. I always came back to photography as the most honest way to capture what I saw. I moved to New Hampshire in 1971 working through the years as a layout artist and copywriter, freelance studio photographer, therapeutic riding instructor and mother. However, I never put down my camera.
DIANE BURKO
My photography is informed by having been a painter since the early 70’s. That practice influences the color, atmosphere, space, and organization. It determines the purpose of my photographs.
It is always about the landscape. Initially, the camera served as a vehicle for visual notations on the environments I explored throughout the world – a reference tool for my large-scale paintings.
JENNIFER KRUSE
Jennifer Kruse grew up in Colorado Springs where she still calls home. She has been an artist since she was 3 years old, when she picked up her first set of watercolors and was hooked. In the years since, she has broadened from children’s watercolors to acrylic paints, oils, colored pencils, and sharpies.
FEDERICO LEPE
As a compelling contemporary abstract expressionist painter, Federico Lepe features a mesmerizing style which pushes color into configurations bold and inventive.
While many artists use color as their identifying quality, Mr. Lepe works with astonishing grace and originality in shades, or degrees of color. Much of his work presents monochromatic canvases drenched in color of varying intensity.
RICK GARCIA
Rick Garcia was born in Havana, Cuba, and very soon after, his parents relocated to Miami, Florida. He was always encouraged to follow his dream of pursuing and developing his talent in art. In later years he found a deep-rooted connection to surrealism, especially the work of Salvador Dali. Garcia had become obsessed with the unique images and amazing technique of the spanish painter and he eventually traveled to Port Lligat, Spain to visit the home and surroundings of his mentor. After years of attending the Art Institute of Miami, where he refined his artistic vision in drawing and painting, he was soon earning an income from published illustrations. Garcia has enjoyed a rich and diverse career starting with the hit TV show “Miami Vice” commissioning him to create a mural on the side of a three story building, and used his paintings for interior shots.
MARGARET BIGGS
American oil painter Margaret Biggs, OPA pays homage to the beauty found in nature and the spirituality a relationship with it ensures. Her depictions, often bordering between the elements of abstraction and realism, have been described as both modern and surrealistic. Using an elaborate method of layered oil on canvas, Biggs creates landscapes, seascapes, still life, and what she has come to term holistic pieces that communicate the meaning and inspiration she feels in the natural world.
SANGEETA SAGAR
“My work has made me aware of the subconscious mind.” British artist Sangeeta is a contemporary artist with a multifaceted approach that encompasses paintings (in acrylic and mixed media), drawings, watercolours and sculptures (in bronze).

Sangeeta’s overarching artistic style is of pure abstract expression, which requires sheer introspection. Her work displays a vivid imagination combined with a sense of fantasy and some inspiration from the real world.
LARRY EMERSON
As an ever evolving photographer, Larry Emerson is a master at seeing what most of us overlook. His keen eye and vibrant color sense beautifully
highlights the details of everyday life.

With a background in biology at New York’s Fordham University, and further education in photography at the Germain School of Photography, Larry has an unparalleled love of nature and beauty. After serving in the army and being twice wounded in Vietnam, it is clear that he is not only an incredibly talented photographer but an inspirational person.
JULIA TATIYATRAIRONG
Julia Tatiyatrairong is an emerging artist working in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Growing up exposed to the art scene in Portland, she has been surrounded by creative inspiration starting at a young age. After studying visual arts at Brown University, she is back on the west coast continuing to make art. Her use of traditionally feminine practices, like knitting, crochet, and embroidery, into her current work is deeply personal. The labor and materiality emotes in her figures and abstractions.

SONALI KUKREJA
Sonali is a multiple international award winning contemporary artist. She has been written about in various magazines and has been invited to talk about art on local Austin community radio. She also writes blogs to promote the power of art in the healing process of mind and body motivating others by her own personal experiences. She has exhibited internationally and her artworks are in private collections around the world. She has auctioned her paintings at local fundraisers.
Her body of work is diverse – from representational to abstract and her expressions are strong, bold and compelling. Her subjects are real, and whether happy or sad, she paints it in her own personal style.
MICHAEL BANKS
British Photo-Artist Michael Banks, dubbed in contemporary art circles as the “Guru of Abstraction”, is widely credited with creating some of the most exciting and unique art in today’s modern art scene.

He studied Fine Art and Photography in Florence, Italy, and then returned to London to work as a professional photographer, where he enjoyed a very high-profile and celebrated career, and was able to perfect his craft as an artist.
MARLEEN DE WAELE-DE BOCK
“I am an artist who presently lives in the United States. It is the fourth country and third continent in which I find my inspiration to create my artwork.
Born in Belgium, Europe, I finished my art studies there just before moving to Mozambique with my husband in the eighties.
In 1990, after a short return to Belgium, we left for South Africa, where we stayed for 10 years.
AUSTIN KERR
Few people begin pursuing their passion at the age of six. Born in Arlington, Texas, Kerr became a part of his family- owned furniture manufacturing business since he was a child. He specialized in all kinds of finishes, with a particular interest for antique reproduction, which lead him to start his own company in 2009, in Miami, Florida.
MORGAN MCKENNA
Morgan McKenna’s progressive nature imagery has been described as “arresting, inspirational, and pioneering.” Her evocative treatments of landscapes, water, and botanicals provide transformational moments for viewers in all settings. McKenna’s impressionistic images are a particularly signature style. All are “in capture” pieces, created the moment the shutter is clicked.
FELIX GIL DE LA CASA
Félix is a photographer based in Madrid, Spain. He started his photographic activity more than 30 years ago and often participates in renown international competitions. He has been the recipient of several awards throughout his career. His photographs in the series “Wild Delicacy” have been finalists in the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2010 as well as the winner of the Galen Rowell award in the category of “landscape” in the 8th Annual Competition of Nature Photography Ciutat de Vila-Real. His portfolio shows a strong focus on nature.
JAVIER GIL VIECO
Javier is a photographer and architect based in Miami, Florida. His passion for photography started at a very young age when his parents bought him his first camera. Over the years, he has acquired a unique way of capturing the essence of whatever catches his attention. He is an all-terrain photographer, with themes ranging from natural spaces to urban details, action photography or architecture, the latter supported by his background as a professional in the field. He is constantly on a quest to find new stories to tell through his images and photographic projects.
DEBRA SOMERVILLE
Debra was born in NY and raised on the shores of Long Island. She lived and worked in NYC and Paris as a fashion model before becoming a photographer herself. She attended the prestigious ICP (International Center for Photography) where she honed her skills as a fine art photographer.
LEA DE WIT
It has been Lea’s lifelong dream to make a living as an artist. As a teenager, a bone tumor in her spine taught her the lesson that has defined her as an artist – life is too short not to pursue what you love.
STUART LEHRMAN
My practice involves the dialogue between order and chaos. The process is a constant experiment with the physical properties of paint (color, texture, sheen), moving between addition and subtraction, making and unmaking. All working to a place where I lose control of the painting, and then struggling back to achieve the right balance between wild spontaneity and emotional restraint. This is a struggle that I have to revisit with every painting, straining to hear an interior alphabet that leaks out during the actual act of painting. It is a personal and, I hope, universal language that I have to relearn and translate every time and is the challenge that drives me on to the next work.

JUDY HINTZ COX
Several years ago I became interested in Buddhism. Its teachings resonate for me. Attempting to understand emptiness has been an ongoing process. To be clear, emptiness is not nothingness. This study has resulted in using a new approach when I paint. I spend more time contemplating what I put on the canvas and taking out that which doesn’t belong.
STAR TRAUTH
Star Trauth is an American artist whose art has been exhibited and published across The Americas, Europe, and Asia. Her fiber art pieces are held in museums in North America and Asia. Trauth’s clients, both commercial and private, span the globe.

Her focus is the creation of fiber sculpture, “totems.” Trauth’s vision is a departure from traditional fiber works while employing some traditional methods. Starting with her signature cylindrical canvas and creating a tapestry of fiber and other elements that she finds interesting.
BRIAN CALL
Brian Call’s ultimate goal with photography is to encourage others to reconnect with our imperiled natural world. “We are losing wilderness areas at an alarming rate, and developing a greater sense of intimacy with the earth and its natural cycles is of critical importance. Hopefully my nature photography will contribute to inspiring this kind of emotional and spiritual connection that is so urgently needed.”