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I grew up in a creative family. My father was a still life oil painter, a photographer and glove designer. My mother was a musician. The house was filled with Flemish paintings, French provincial furniture from the late 1700’s and stained glass. My father wanted me to study accounting in college, no doubt to bypass the instability of an artist’s life. Instead, I majored in English Literature at Northeastern University in Boston and then went on to study guitar.

My first experiences with photography began with my father and our Makina Plaubel in the 1950’s. There were also my father’s slideshows from business trips to Europe. Those were long evenings… My father and I never played ball: we went to museums. I tell people I had the Modern memorized when I was 10.
I create ideas. Art begins with my mental thinking process, about a well defined subject I wish to “talk” about and subsequently render. I conduct research and look for art precedents. As work continues, the original concept is elaborated and visually debated through my expressive execution.

The final output is the result of my interaction with he original idea and the specific physical tools I deem most appropriate for the technical execution. I strive to use my artistic vision and my technical skills to translate my ideas into art forms that combine highly decorative elements and a meaningful communicative message and I create a thought provoking narrative, that one just has to find, think and interpret. Art is a language I speak with the with the sole intent of leaving a legacy behind…

Bill Hall has completed paintings for advertising agencies like Anderson & Lembke, Leo Burnett, Lintas NY, R.L. Polk, Wells Rich Green, Ross Roy and Young and Rubicam.

Specific sporting events that have used his work are: the Virginia Slims Master’s Tourney, Special Olympics, the ’94 World Cup of Soccer for both MasterCard and Mars Candy Company, the Ameritech Senior’s Open, the LG Championship PGA Senior’s Tourney, the New York Marathon, the Cleveland Grand Prix for its sponsor Pepsi Cola, and images for the World Jai Alai Federation. Plus, his work was used exclusively to promote the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo from 1998 to 2002.
Subjects: Nautical, Nature, Landscapes, Urban, Architecture, Facades and Still life.
I am inspired by nature, insects, animals and their structures. Fossils, natural stone, sedimentary rock and the mechanics by which they are formed over time, have a fundamental primordial appeal. My art is process driven. Much of my technique is designed to mimic natural occurrences. I open myself up to whatever art wants to be. I strive to produce seemingly random compositions that achieve a pinnacle beyond my conscious capabilities. This act of allowance requires the ability to accept inevitable failures as part of the process, and not a measure of one’s abilities or lack thereof. Lessons learned. The next piece will always be better. For me, grout, with its various qualities and capabilities, is a perfect medium. This non-traditional medium is conducive to the process of experimentation. I ask the question “what if?”. I am not always happy with the result, nor is it always what I expected. This learning process evolves, fueled by the creative impulse, until, like a fossil or ancient stone, the work becomes a time capsule, a manifestation of inspiration, struggle, and brief moment in the sun.
José M. Fontaiña was born in Riveira (Galicia), Spain in 1961 and moved to the USA with his family in 1978. He attended William Paterson University, planning to be a Spanish teacher, but his artistic interests overcame his desire to teach and he ultimately switched his major in the middle of his junior year, graduating with a BA in Art (Dean’s List) and a Minor in Spanish – a decision he has never regretted.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.