The following artists were selected for the VIVA Salon for 2009. We encourage you to visit their respective web sites to see more examples of their work.
Congratulations go to Sharon Towle, Carol Matlow, Myra Epstein, Evan LeGrande Wilson, Christina Lynn Johnson, Lolita Develay, Walter Hurlburt, Kuniko S. Ruch, Teri Dryden, Lore Eckelberry, Nancy Goodman Lawrence, Susan Gesundheit, Dorothy Shepherd, and J. Dale M’Hall.
As a California native addicted to light, this is reflected in Lolita’s work through color saturation. Her love for portraiture carries over to all subjects she paints, handling any subject with attention to detail unique to the subject. She looks for the common roots within the anatomy and structure of her subjects, no matter how closely or distantly related the organism may be to one another. Visit Lolita’s website.
Teri Dryden has a theatre background, so there’s a dramatic side of her that likes to surprise people and keep them slightly off balance. While there’s an element of the unexpected in all of Teri’s work, she strives to draw the viewer in, amuse and delight them. What’s exciting for Teri is to explore different media and different styles so she can keep surprising herself as well.
Lore Eckelberry is an international contemporary artist. Her paintings are featured in galleries and private collections throughout the United States, Japan, England, Germany, Spain, Korea, Canada, Mexico as well as a contemporary museum in Japan. She believes that the soul of man can be reflected and recorded in his art. Visit Lore’s website.
When Myra Epstein moved from London to Los Angeles, what influenced her work most was the bright sunlight of Southern California. Her color palette changed from subtle tones to vibrant colors. Myra paints still lifes because she’s an avid collector of objets d’art, and she works in watercolor for its immediacy and luminosity. Visit Myra’s website.
Susan Gesundheit’s paintings, prints and collages explore the surface of a two-dimensional graphic world with an extensive range of color and texture. Her work displays a sense of interpretation and experimentation with multiple layers with processes visible all the way through to the final image. Visit Susan’s website.
Walter began painting with oils after a 20-year career as a sign painter and a 5-year career as a technical illustrator at Lockheed. His favorite medium is oil and he likes to paint landscapes, portraits and figures. He is a member of the Valley Artists Guild, Burbank Art Associations and San Fernando Valley Art Club.
Christina Lynn Johnson works in two fluid mediums – watercolor and glass. She is a self-taught painter whose works evoke the sense of calm and wonder that Mother Nature provides. In contrast, her abstract fused glass pieces use strong color and design elements that artfully take advantage of the unique properties of glass. Visit Christina’s website.
Nancy Goodman Lawrence’s main focus in recent years has been portrait and figurative collages made largely from maps. Currently, she is also exploring the use of the circle as an icon in her collages. She is interested in creating a rich and detailed surface, but what lies beneath the surface is equally important to her. Nancy began as a painter and occasionally will revisit painting on canvas or figurative watercolors of the model. Visit Nancy’s website.
Throughout the intuitive nature of Carol Matlow’s paintings, a concern with the formal aspects of abstraction is intertwined with elements of the visual natural world. Using the language of abstract art i.e. color, line, texture, shape – expressive forces in themselves – images appear that are at the same time familiar, yet not familiar; some lost, some found; never to be discovered in the full.
“Color opens my mind allowing it to go deeper into my subject. My Japanese heritage has opened my mind to her culture and much of her beauty, such as Wabi, Sabi and Zen. To me, Japanese art seeks beauty in the imperfection and profundity of nature. It accepts the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It’s simple, slow, and uncluttered.” Visit Kuniko’s website.
Dorothy Shepherd’s paintings are not only an expression of the moment but are also based in the old lines and forms of Chinese Brush painting. A Chinese master painter once said that one must strive diligently to learn all the rules of painting, and then “forget” them. Dorothy’s paintings are attempts to give that structured form to an idea of the moment. Email Dorothy at email@example.com
Sharon’s watercolors focus on the dramatic use of bold clear colors (so transparent they seem to be made of glass), intricate shadows, and love of light. She loves to paint flowers, still lifes with glass and tropical scenes with loads of color. She has exhibited with many organizations including Watercolor West, NWS and AWS. Visit Sharon’s website.
Evan LeGrande Wilson
Evan LeGrande Wilson’ stylistic intent is to show reverence to the European Masters while documenting with flair the things that catches his eye. Finesse in managing the material and in the handling of light is finding its way into his work more and more; not merely to add narrative to the composition, but also to heighten visual interest. And in today’s world, it takes a considerable amount of “visual interest” to make even the slightest blip on the cultural radar.