Salon Artists 2007

The following artists were selected for the VIVA Salon for 2007. We encourage you to drop by VIVA to browse the Salon collection (exhibiting dates are posted to the right), or visit their respective web sites to see more examples of their work.

In addition to the artists below, the following artists were also selected: Carole Gillan (website), and J. Dale M’Hall.

Ruth BanarerRuth Banarer

Ruth Banarer taught painting and drawing at Barnsdall Art Center. Known as a printmaker, watercolorist and collage artist, she strives for good design whether in realism or in abstraction. Ruth graduated from Woodbury University with a degree in magazine illustration, has won many awards and was one of a three-woman art show. Email Ruth at


Cindy Betzer PharisCindy Betzer Pharis

Cindy Betzer Pharis’s portraits are bold, yet sensitive... The dexterity of execution in her work is precise and richly detailed, yet also psychologically penetrating. There is a sense of excitement and mystery infusing her work, which explores connections and how we  communicate and form relationships.  Highly creative, Cindy often experiments using a variety of media. Visit Cindy’s website.


Lynda CarlsonLinda L. Carlson

“My inner world is a three-dimensional place, shaped by Shamanism and inner-spiritual feelings. I use various fibers, found objects, and techniques as my language to tell of that world. I create by using layered imagery, fiber collage and assemblage for wall, pedestal, and floor display.” Visit Linda’s website.


Ray Chavez - Sweetwater CanyonRay Chavez

Ray Chavez has a deep appreciation for life which is reflected in his work. He is known for his tenacity and never give up attitude. Viewers are moved by his ability to capture the spirit of all subject matter. Visit Ray's website.


Suraiya DaudSuraiya Daud

Born in India, Suraiya lived there until she was seven years old.  Her paintings express brilliant colors, bold strokes, and savory color recipes found in Indian clothing, architecture, and food. Attending Art Center in Pasadena and working 15 years for the Walt Disney Company among others, Suraiya is pursuing her own vision in art. Email Suraiya at


Ray Chavez - Sweetwater CanyonEchoSong

Painter, Sculptor, Potter, Gourd Artist – Native of New England. “My creations ‘echo’ the ‘song’ of nature’s beauty through the media I use to create them. I believe every art piece holds within it a small portion of the unique Spirit that guides the Artist. May you always…‘‘Walk in Beauty and Tranquility.’”  Visit her website.


Dalah FaytrouniDalah El-Jundi Faytrouni

Dalah shares the talent that God had blessed her with and she hopes to capture even a glimpse of his beautiful creation that surrounds us daily. The gift of painting is a profound passion of hers, and her wish is to be able to see what lies within her inner soul through her paintings. Visit Dalah’s website.


Elizabeth FolbLiz Folb

Liz Folb is an internationally recognized artist with art and designs in private and public collections. Her work was published as CD art for a Grammy nominated singer, on the cover of the International Equine Journal, in Ventura Life and Style magazine, and in feature articles in The Equestrian News and Ventura County Star newspapers. Visit Liz’s website.


David FriedmanDavid Friedman

David Friedman’s paintings are visual meditations. His pictures are windows, symbolic portals that reveal dynamic meta-realities. The theme is Now. The subjects are light, shape, color, space and your imagination. Enjoying and designing visual games and toys, David's art surfs the creative edges of art and play. Visit David’s website.


Donna Geist BuchDonna Geist Buch

Donna Geist Buch is an artist that works in several media. Mixed media is one of her favorites. She loves to explore new ideas, pushing her imagination and stretching the boundaries of expression. Her work can be both serious and playful while incorporating texture, movement and 3-dimensionality. Visit her website.


Beverly GrossmanBeverly Grossman

Bev Grossman’s paintings are often technique-driven. She works primarily in mixed media and collage, usually experimenting, but using watermedia for the foundation of her work. Her paintings are often layered in material and meaning. A recurring theme is the exploration of the concept of time. Email Beverly at


Elinor Janis - Jazz Band New Orleans IIElinor Janis

Elinor Janis has over 30 years of experience creating different images of paintings in fine art. Her present focus is watercolor and ink based on landscapes of the United States and Europe. She also uses acrylics and oils to portray figurative images. Visit Elinor’s website.


Lena KoganLina Kogan

Lina has studied Visual Arts and also holds an MS degree from USC in Computer Science. She balances passion for art and interest in technology by bringing found hi-tech objects into clay and stone sculptures. Inspired by DaDa, minimalism, eastern philosophies and modern life, Lina’s art is a never-ending search for harmony in the imperfection of things. Visit Lina’s website.


Susan KussSusan Kuss

Susan Kuss has been involved in the arts for most of her life. She has studied with many well-known artists, developing a unique style of her own.  She creates a visual language of symbols, texture and design.  She feels visual art and written art run in parallel lines and expresses her self in a complex combination of the two. Email Susan at


Nora T. MurphyNora T. Murphy

Nora is a photographer, mixed-media artist and painter. Having been highly influenced by Pop Art and mid-century design, she doesn’t confine herself to a “realistic” vision of her painted subjects. Nora uses vivid colors and keen lines to give them a more geometric and spirited interpretation. View Nora’s website.


Donna RogersDonna Rogers

Donna Roger’s artwork springs from her love of people. She is a portrait and figure painter, who is sometimes inspired to paint a landscape. Although pastel is her favorite medium, she also paints in oil. She has won many awards for her work, including Best of Show in the Valley Artists Guild Fall 2006 Exhibit. Email Donna at


Dorothy ShephardDorothy Shepherd

Dorothy Shepherd paints expressionist watercolors in the Chinese Brush style. Subjects include animals, flowers and landscapes on rice paper. Her paintings communicate the Spirit of Nature through form, which is the completed picture. She hopes you will feel more centered and peaceful when viewing them. Email Dorothy at


Loraine VeeckLoraine Veeck

Loraine Veeck studied art at Pierce College and California State University in Northridge. Her mentor, Alice Beamish, taught the importance of spatial concepts, movement, and color. Loraine paints with a simplicity that doesn’t distract from the energy of the western landscape. Veeck has had 17 exhibitions and is included in many public collections. Visit Loraine’s website.


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