I have lived and worked in California all of my life, and graduated from the University of CA East Bay Campus with a degree in Liberal Arts. I am largely a self taught and experiential artist. I am continually trying to master a complicated process involving resins, oils, acrylics, paper, photography, metals and natural objects that are contained within my art.
One way to describe what I’m trying to express in my paintings is empathy for the landscape. I grow deeply attached to familiar settings and have a hard time letting go of a beloved place. For example, every time I drive down Cedar Street to my studio, I feel a wave of affection for the empty gas station, the chunky fire department trials building, the humming Peet’s coffeshop, and the undiscovered biotech building where I always find a parking space.
Debbie has enjoyed sketching since she was a small child. From the beginning, it was animals and people that were her favorite subjects. After she took a first place in a county-wide school art contest, there was no turning back.
Maggie HurleyI seem to be most content with a paintbrush in my hand. I went to school at the Laguna College of Art and Design before moving to San Francisco and then on to Berkeley, which I now call home.
I like to draw or paint just about anything, from day dreams to a piece of fruit that looks too pretty to eat. I can’t seem to stick to one medium. Sometimes I like the ease of watercolor, or the texture of oil. Sometimes I like to get my fingers thick with clay.
Ann Marie Hodrick
Ann Marie finds inspiration in the colors and textures of nature. She cherishes old jewelry parts as much as she adores keeping an eye on what’s current in fashion. Those inspirations mix together in a style that expresses itself in many lights…from vintage to modern…organic to graphic. No matter which muse is speaking to her, the result is always stylish. Ann Marie has shared her love of jewelry as editor of the Fashion Jewelry site at BellaOnline.com.
Bernice Gross is known for her vividly-painted scenes of middle-class America in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Her spot-on eye for images that capture awkward, familiar, and intimate family moments has made her a national reputation as an inimitable painter.
Hi, my name is Nuch. My passion for form, simplicity, and salient details has grown in me since I was an architecture student. It’s been years since I was an architect, but these passions have never left me. The first time I made a necklace as a gift for my aunt, unexpectedly, these dormant enthusiasms blossomed in me again. Since then for almost ten years, I’ve never stopped designing jewelry.
I am particularly interested in the exploration of color, composition, and the relationship of colors to each other, be it through paint, pastel or fabric. In an essentially abstract mode, I use layers of color to depict structure and surface that take much of their impetus from landscape, architecture or still life. Color establishes the reference. The atmosphere and the colors of my environment always find their way into the piece. I often begin with a more traditional painting or drawing of landscape or architecture, and then "deconstruct" it, sometimes working from a pastel study completed en plein air. Many of my pieces are inspired from photos, drawings and other studies while traveling. My quilts allow me to explore color and composition in fabrics and other materials. Recently I have been working on the concept of pairs of paintings and quilts that work together.
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