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Susan Oakes – Artist Showcase

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Susan Oakes has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Susan was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #5. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.  Below are her Artist Biography and Artist Statement that was submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Susan is a freelance digital artist/instructor with a diverse background in psychology, business, art and technology.

Having never been a person with merely one goal, one purpose, she has traveled a multifaceted educational and vocational road of discovery. Through her work and teaching, she demonstrates that art and technology are not antagonistic, but can coexist and should be used to enhance each other in new and exciting ways. In her digital work she blurs the borders between photography, painting, and digital illustration to achieve her artistic vision.

Artist Statement:

What I do is not really traditional photography, but “Photo Imaging” in which I use enhanced techniques such as layering, masking, and digital “hand painting”. The only difference is that in digital painting I don’t get my hands dirty!

Although it originates with computer hardware and software, my work is not the result of anything “automatic”, and is developed from my original photography. There is no “formula” or automatic process; no two pieces are done in exactly the same way.

In my recent collage pieces, I create composites of several photos, and sometimes vector illustrations as well. They are not only layered, but have various other effects such as painting, blending and masking to achieve a certain look. I begin with the human form and then relate it to elements in the natural world, such as water, plant life, or landscapes. The viewer’s eye is drawn around the piece to discover both the individual elements and how they coalesce to form the whole.

Susan Oakes Website:  www.suoakesphotoimaging.com

Jody Harmon – Artist Showcase

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is thrilled to announce that Jody Harmon has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Jody was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #5. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.  Below are her Artist Biography and Artist Statement that was submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

This body of work was created during a time in my life of an intense, complex, and emotionally abusive relationship. The image of the female child, with juxtaposition of powerful prose, convey the complexities and loss of innocence in becoming the objectified feminine that is pervasive in western culture. The transition from child to woman changes us profoundly; we learn to hide much of our SELF when we become the object of the male gaze.

This very personal work represents a collective experience of the feminine in our culture. My original intention with this work was an expression of my personal experience during this difficult time, I did not realize how many women had similar experiences and would relate so profoundly to these images.

I remain a seeker in understanding the complexities of our world and our context of experience within this world.

Artist Statement:

My background is in the philosophical realm and I have chosen to express and study these concepts through visual media. The majority of my work has focused on women’s issues and the representation of women in our culture. Technically, my work is created through photographic and digital media; I also incorporate poetry, which exists throughout my body of work.

Jody’s Website: jodyportfolio.wordpress.com 

William Nourse – Artist Showcase

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely happy to announce that William Nourse has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

William was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #5. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.  Below are his Artist Biography and Artist Statement that was submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Will purchased his first digital SLR back in 2002 (a Canon D60) and used that until about 2011, sporadically taking images that might be considered artistic, but mostly taking family photos. Several years ago, he became much more intentional about photography, learning about post-processing and focusing on composition, light and color to create images and to share them with others. He is self-taught, but is an avid reader on both the technical and artistic aspects of photography.

In terms of style, he draws a lot of the Impressionist movement and the Hudson River School, trying to capture the emotion of a scene, best expressed through emphasis on color and light, rather than photo-realism. Landscape photographers such as Ansel Adams, Galen Rowell and Art Wolfe, among others, have informed his view of photography as an art form.

He is a member of the Cambridge Art Association and the Newburyport Art Association, where he exhibits frequently in juried shows. His photo ‘Vestrahorn #1’ recently won the Newburyport Development Award for Work in Photography in the NAA’s Fall Member’s Juried Show Part II (2016).

He is a past exhibitor in the Light, Space & Time Online Gallery, including a 2nd Place overall in the 6th Annual Landscapes Exhibition, for his photo ‘Tunnel View Sunset’, 3rd Place overall in the 5th Annual All-Photography Exhibition for ‘Vestrahorn #3’ and 4th Place overall in the 4th Annual All-Photography Exhibition for ‘Pemaquid Light #1’. A number of additional images have also been selected for Special Merit and Special Recognition awards.

Artist Statement:

Spending time in wild places is increasingly precious in our modern society. Seeing fog form in Yosemite Valley, witnessing the power of a storm at the beach, meditating on sunset in the Rocky Mountains or feeling insignificant beneath the brilliance of the Milky Way on a clear night are activities that fewer and fewer people in the world are able to experience.

While there is an increasing number of landscape photographers, landscape artists who are photographers is a more limited population. As Galen Rowell wrote ‘Well-executed photos of familiar scenes predictably fill up months of Sierra Club and Audubon calendar and put bread on the table of the chosen photographer, but the question a dedicated nature photographer should be asking is, “Do I want to be a content provider or a visual artist?”

As a visual artist, I capture the feeling that a scene evokes in me by using color and light to emphasize the most important elements and to communicate that feeling to the viewer. Sometimes this may be done through HDR processing or other exposure-blending techniques, in order to make up some of the difference between what the eye and brain can do in interpreting an image as compared to the capabilities of the camera. Other times, it may be by taking long exposures of stars or water to evoke the feeling of passing time.

Ultimately, the measure of success is whether the viewer feels that they can place themselves within the scene at that particular moment and feel some of the emotion that was present when it was captured.

William’s Website: www.willnourse.photography

Margaret Biggs – Artist Showcase

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Margaret Biggs has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Margaret was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #4.  The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased  in  this  feature.  Below are her Artist Biography and Artist Statement that was submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Margaret Biggs is an oil painter and poet whose original fine art is collected nationwide. Born in the Gulf South, she studied art at LSU and UIC. Her subject matter of landscapes, seascapes, still life, and holistic pieces are painted in a stylized manner bordering between the elements of abstraction and realism.

Catering to those in search of great imagery that is aesthetically stimulating and inspiring, Biggs aims to guide people towards a sense of peace and connectedness that is inherent everywhere. Her paintings, a reflection of her life and earth’s gifts, provide alluring images and healing for all. Margaret’s work now hangs in medical facilities, hospitals, doctor’s offices, the Ritz Carlton, Sarasota as well as in numerous private homes from coast to coast.

Because of her various subject matter, reference to Coastal areas, contemporary design and the abstract quality of her holistic pieces, Biggs has the vision and ability to create paintings that would enhance most locations. The dynamic use of color, shape and line coalesce in such a way as to create strong, peaceful imagery, known to have a healing effect on the viewer.

Artist Statement:

“Bridging a spiritual reality with that of the physical world, my paintings and poetry are expressions of an inner journey. These internal truths are deeply personal statements made to stimulate, inspire and heal through the sense of peace and connectedness I evoke from nature. Inner strength and beauty are byproducts of a peaceful heart. My wish is that my work will help heal this precious world, one person at a time.”

Margaret’s Website:  www.margaretbiggs.com

Chris Mastro – Artist Showcase

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Chris Mastro has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Chris was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #4. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.  Below are his Artist Biography and Artist Statement that was submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

At a young age, he was exposed to the arts threw a variety of teachers and family members, always finding encouragement to pursue his creativity and love of drawing. By the time he had reached high school his exposure to world arts and culture took on a broader dimension when he moved to London with his family and began studies at ACS International School.

During this phase of his life he had the good fortune of traveling extensively threw Europe and Asia. Chris attended SVA for illustration on scholarship. Frustrated with the mediums limitations he registered for a photography class and found a new and deep passion for working with film. In 2002 he received a BFA at SUNY Purchase. Soon after, Chris moved to LA.

Over the past fifteen years, has continued to hone his skills, experimenting with a variety photographic mediums and lighting techniques. For the last year and a half, Chris has been working on a personal series using only a single model–natural light and an iPhone.

Chris’s artistic influences are: Helmet Newton, Gregory Crewdson and Diane Arbus.

Artist Statement:

Chris utilizes and questions the everyday technology of iPhone culture by showing his work in various curated art shows. He has embraced the iPhone as a new and viable tool that allows a sense of freedom and spontaneity that the classic world of SLR’s has lost. He is able to draws upon his in depth knowledge of traditional photographic film techniques and push into the future.

Through experimenting with natural light and shadows, this body of work produces a voyeuristic gaze that illuminates the sentient being of his subject. Put differently, the evident connection between photographer and subject overrides any palpable sadness, revealing a renewed sense of hope and playfulness that makes these photographs touching and dynamic. 

Chris’s website is  www.instagram.com/kidmastro

Thalie B. Vernet – Artist Showcase

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Thalie B. Vernet has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Thalie was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #4. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.  Below are her Artist Biography and Artist Statement that was submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Thalie B. Vernet’s childhood in the French nobility was a bruising one under the tutelage of her career military father and her submissive mother. Her education was classical. Her relationship with her father was difficult from the beginning. Her artistic nature and his military one were perpetually at odds.

She was a studious child but Thalie’s creativity was frowned upon so she read books in secret and wrote poems that baffled her father. She felt stifled. Her older siblings left the house as soon as they could, abandoning Thalie to her parents.

She only became free with the death of her father when she was 23. She moved to Argentina for four years returning to France at age 27. She moved to Paris and fully committed herself to photography.

Through her photos she translates living with her father, the unspoken… She relates to the outcasts of society, homosexuals, abused women… At the same time, she has succeeded in the man’s world of business building a real estate portfolio. She is proud of what she has done. A revenge on life.

She lives near Paris in an old mill that dates from the Middle Ages among animals and surrounded by friends.

Artist Statement:

An accomplished artist, actress, lover of books, animals and nature, Thalie B.Vernet long strolled the world of the arts without positioning herself. In 1992, at the suggestion of a photographer friend, she turned to photography and discovered her passion.

Each of Thalie’s photographs samples her days. She reworks her photographs like paintings until she achieves the pure emotion of their original concept.

Thalie uses the overall look of a photograph and her intimacy with her models to transmit the emotion she seeks. Her sensibilities give life to her photographs.

A feminine and elegant woman, Thalie is unafraid to express her masculine side in the man’s world in which she takes part as an artist – nor does she spurn darkness. Her work freely explores themes of anger, indignation and sorrow. Her photographs are the reflections of a divided and tortured soul. Thalie B.Vernet emancipates taboos.

Thalie’s website:  http://thalie-b-vernet.com

Sandy Moser – Artist Showcase

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Sandy Moser has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Sandy was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #4. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.  Below are her Artist Biography and Artist Statement that was submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

International award winning artist, Sandy Moser, has always been interested in painting and drawing nature and animals. She drew as a child and began painting in oils as a teenager. When she was in high school, art instructor Ron Goodwin saw her talent and allowed her to take oil painting classes in the adult education program. It was a decision to go to Nova Scotia Teachers College instead of art college that lead her to a twenty year career as an English and art teacher in junior and senior high school in Sheet Harbour, Nova.

Raising three children and having a full time career, she painted sporadically. Sandy retired from teaching due to an illness so she began to paint again.

She is basically a self-taught artist, but has taken many workshops in the past 15 years. She has taken watercolor workshops from world renowned painters Zoltan Szabo and Cheng- Khee Chee. She has studied wildlife art through a twelve month course from North Light Art School. She has also studied with landscape artists Tom Forrestal and Peter Gough, silk painter Holly Carr, and has attended many workshops in watercolors, egg tempera and acrylics. Sandy has also studied wildlife art from Lloyd Pretty, Ron Decker and Derek Wicks.

Her recent realistic paintings of wildlife are painted in acrylics with many glazes, but she also paints animals in gouache, pastels, scratchboard, and watercolor, as well as sketching in graphite and ink.

The beauty of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada has been the inspiration for many of Sandy’s seacapes, landscapes and wildlife paintings. The ocean and lakes provide her with many images to paint. Taylor Head Park and Sober Island Headland are special places where she likes to hike and photograph images that are used for references for her paintings.

Since living along the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, she has had the opportunity to study and photograph many species of birds, in particular the common loon, with her husband Robert. They photograph the loons from their canoe. She says, “It is so awesome to be able to paddle alongside a mother loon and watch her feed her babies and teach them how to dive. These are the things I want to capture in a painting, a moment in time; a gaze of an eye, a particular stance, or a realistic look of an animal or bird”.

Sandy has been painting endangered species for several years, as well as animals that are indigenous to Canada. She says “I feel compelled to paint endangered species. This may show the importance of looking after our environment which in turn may help to save the habitats of these endangered species.”

Sandy has won over 60 international awards, of which four have been “Best of Show”. Many of her paintings have been featured in various newspapers, websites and publications. Her work has been shown on the following online galleries – Still Point Gallery, My Art Contest, Light, Space & Time Gallery, Raebec Gallery, Richeson Gallery and Leading Artists Gallery.

Several of her paintings have been published in two of the Richeson 75 Animals, Birds, and Wildlife books. In May, 2014, Sandy was a featured artist in the Visual Language Magazine. In February 2015 her painting “Friends of Taylor Head” was published the in the book AcrylicWorks2 –Radical Breakthroughs. Also, in 2016 she was a featured artist in the Truro Daily News regarding the “Fins, Fur and Feathers Show” at Visual Voice Gallery in Truro. Two of her paintings of the Eastern Shore are part of the collection at Province House in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Sandy’s work has been featured in many selected group shows within the province of Nova Scotia and she continues to show her work at various shops and galleries. She is currently a member and founding president of the Seacoast Trail Arts Association and is a member of Visual Arts of Nova Scotia. Sandy’s paintings are now in private collections in many parts of Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Europe.

Artist Statement:

Painting is entirely for my pleasure and fulfillment. I am driven to create images on canvas and paper. It is something that I cannot stop. It is like breathing – it is a required part of my existence. It’s who I am and it’s part of my soul. To be able to create a story, an action, an image, is a wonderful passion to have. When the brush goes into my hand, something takes over and I am lost in the creative process.

Through my paintings, I want the viewer to be able to appreciate the scenery and habitat and the beauty of these creatures. Perhaps then, they will understand how important it is that each of us must do our part to try to preserve the environment especially for their habitat. I believe that each individual has a responsibility to co-exist on this planet in a way that respects and protects wildlife and their surroundings. Being a wildlife artist allows me to give back and donate money, prints and original paintings to various causes, in particular “Hope For Wildlife” and “The Nova Scotia Nature Trust”. Sandy’s Website is www.sandymoserart.com 

Dorothy McGuinness – Artist Showcase

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Dorothy McGuinness has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Dorothy was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #4. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.  Below are her Artist Biography and Artist Statement that was submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Dorothy McGuinness took her first basket making class in 1987. Traditional American and Native American styles have influenced her work. Using many traditional and native materials such as cedar and cherry bark, sweet grass and spruce roots, she studied basket weaving techniques that have been handed down through the centuries. Dorothy has studied extensively with Jiro Yonezawa, a Japanese basket maker and teacher. She discovered her medium of choice in 2000, when she took a workshop with Jackie Abrams using watercolor paper as a basket weaving material. Dorothy now works exclusively in diagonal twills creating contemporary sculptural baskets. What most attracts Dorothy to using paper and paint for weaving is the ability to play with color and pattern. She enjoy exploring the interplay of weaving, color and patterns in new sculptural pieces and continues to experiment with various weaving methods and techniques.

Dorothy has participated in numerous local, national and international shows and has won various national and international awards. In 2007 she participated in a Fiber Arts Certificate Program at the University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education School. She also participated in the EDGE professional development program sponsored by Artist Trust in Seattle, Washington. She was born in 1961 in Western Washington and currently resides in Everett, Washington.

Artist Statement:

After 29 years of exploring the woven form, I have mastered the art of diagonal twill, with which I create forms and structures not normally found in the basketry world. My medium for this unique work is watercolor paper, which I’ve painted and cut into very narrow uniform strips to achieve the precision I seek.

Approaching my work as a puzzle drives me to discover new shapes and weaving innovations. I often think, “How will it work out if I try this, or how can I get this shape or pattern combination? What if I use these colors in this combination in this order? What if…”

I am also very much interested in the math and geometric constraints of the work. Using hundreds of strips of paper at a time, I explore new structural forms: multiple woven units, asymmetrical corners, weaving opposite corners together, multiple-stepped corners in tandem that add structure to the work. This creates a singular look to the pieces, building unique and intriguing forms that are encoded with energy and elegance.

I am intrigued by the potential outcome of any new design. The evolution of my body of work is built on taking risks, and avoiding the “known”. The risks offer challenges, which often lead to new directions. This is the excitement that keeps me working in a repetitive medium: it is an on-going meditation on improvisation, a continual experiment through which my work can progress and develop.  Dorothy’s Website is www.dorothymcguinnessbasket.com

Karen Landrigan – Artist Showcase

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Karen Landrigan has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Karen was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #4. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.  Below are her Artist Biography and Artist Statement that was submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

I was born in the city of St. John’s on the island of Newfoundland, Canada. I grew up on the shores of a lake and learned to swim at a very young age. All of my fondest memories always include water. If I have a first love it is mathematics. My fascination with numbers and calculation led me into the engineering program at Memorial University in Newfoundland. After two years of studying engineering, I left to attend the Alberta College of Art where I studied Visual Communications. After graduating, I got a job in advertising and went on to earn my living in corporate graphic design, including developing corporate identities for some of the largest corporations in Canada. When I moved to the United States in 2007, I took several classes at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, where I currently live, and focused my studies on designing and producing handmade jewelry. As time permits, I continue to create unique handmade jewelry today. Painting is the current love of my creative life.  I am an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists.

Artist Statement:

I’ve dealt with a great deal of adversity over the years and even now, at times I feel as though I exist in a strange state somewhere between life and death. For me, everything changed in an instant, yet my life continues. Today, I find myself living an entirely new existence in what seems like in an entirely new universe. Encouraged to paint by a dear friend and mentor who has always admired my creative abilities, this new reality has become the backdrop for my art. My first painting, called “Soaring”, is a close-up of a figure swimming in water with her back to the viewer, taken entirely out of context, and painted in such a way that we really don’t know where she’s going or how she’s getting there. She could be flying; she could be dying. And this is what my art as well as my existence is about–whether to fly or die. I choose to fly.

My portrait sketches represent my lighter, humorous, more whimsical and spontaneous side. I create them mainly at night after a long day of painting, having left the studio and relaxing around the house. They just make me laugh, and the reason for their being is no more complicated than that.

www.karenlandrigan.com

Tara Merkt – Artist Showcase

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Scratchboard Artist, Tara Merkt has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Tara was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #4. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.  Below are her Artist Biography and Artist Statement that was submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Tara Merkt is a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Tara works predominately in scratchboard art; a 2-dimensional, subtractive medium that involves the use of abrasive tools to directly remove a surface layer of one value (typically dark) to expose a secondary layer of a contrasting value (typically white).

She is currently an active member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. Merkt trained at the University of Minnesota (Studio Arts BA – 2000) and the University of Wisconsin (Masters of Art Therapy – 2003). She was recently awarded a “Best in Show Honor” that will grant her an interview article in an art magazine.

Artist Statement:


I was inspired to become an artist because of my Mother. When I was a child she was getting her associates degree in graphic arts. I was able to go along with her to many of her classes during that time. I always remember looking at all the art she and her classmates created thinking that I want to do that someday.

When it came to choosing a degree the definite choice for me was Studio Arts, but I knew that success in the field was difficult. I decided to major in studio arts and minor in psychology so that I could continue on and get my Masters in Art Therapy. Life didn’t ultimately lead me into Art Therapy as a career, but Art was always there.

I was introduced to scratchboard art by seeing a display at Blick Art Materials. Someone within the store had taken a small, and I mean SMALL… maybe 1″x 1″, sample of scratchboard and created a profile drawing of a man. I was curious what they had used and asked about the medium. I decided to bring some home and try it. I have been hooked ever since.

Moving forward I would like to look into endangered species and their habitats as the focus of my art. This is still a concept that is floating around in my head but it will make its way to a scratchboard in the near future.  www.etsy.com/shop/ChelonidaeArtistry

Judy Carter – Artist Showcase

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Fiber Artist, Judy Carter has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Judy was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #4. Below are her Artist Biography and Artist Statement that was submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Judy Carter was born and has lived in Lancaster County, PA her entire life. She worked in the banking industry throughout her career and currently is a Branch Manager for a large Credit Union. Judy also has a creative side. She is a Master Artisan with the PA Guild of Craftsmen in Traditional Rug Hooking. She uses hand dyed and as-is wool to create many styles of hand hooked rugs. The wool is cut into narrow strips which are pulled through backing (rug warp, monk’s cloth, or linen) using a hook to create individual loops.

Judy was always interested in doing handwork but found her passion when she took a rug hooking class for beginners in 1993. She has been hooked ever since. Judy increased her skill by taking classes and workshops from over 40 teachers, as well as, using all styles of rug hooking. These styles range from primitive projects using 1/4” or wider strips, to finely shaded pieces using 1/8” or narrower strips of wool. She developed her own style of using many (50 – 100) different wools in each piece as her experience increased.

She specializes in realistic animals and takes many of the photos she uses as visual aids at animal sanctuaries and zoos. Some of the animals she visits on a regular basis and the personal interaction and connection she feels with the animals comes through in her hooking. She also does pet portraits which create a lasting lifelike tribute to a favorite pet. Judy enjoys seeing animals come to life at the end of her hook and constantly challenges herself to add more details and realism.

Judy not only enjoys creating detailed art pieces, she strives to inspire others. She writes articles for Rug Hooking Magazine and wrote the book Hooking Animals which was published by Stackpole Books in 2014. She does presentations and teaches throughout the U.S. and was the Featured Exhibit at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week in OH in 2015. Judy has been accepted as an Emerging Artist at the Long’s Park Art Festival in Lancaster, PA which is held over Labor Day weekend and is one of the top 50 Art Festivals in the U.S. She plans to continue creating beautiful works of art and sharing her enthusiasm and passion for rug hooking through writing and teaching.

Artist Statement:

As an artist, I strive to recreate the beauty I see around me and inspire others to see details and beauty everywhere they look. The art form I use is traditional rug hooking, which uses narrow strips of wool. The strips are pulled through backing material (rug warp, monk’s cloth or linen) with a hook to make individual loops which create a hooked piece that will last for generations.

I specialize in animals because I feel a special connection to them and I love to see animals come to life at the end of my hook. By using many different as-is and hand dyed wools, I am able to mix them as I hook to recreate the details I see in animals. I choose my subjects and visual aids carefully and that care and connection comes through in my finished pieces.

There are many animal projects in my future. Whether they are wild animals, or favorite pets, I plan to honor them by creating lasting tributes with my art. Judy’s website is www.jcrugs.com

Gabriela Delgado – Artist Showcase

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce that fine artist Gabriela Delgado has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 30 days.

Gabriela Delgado was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1964. She is an emerging artist with a multidisciplinary approach to her work.  Gabriela has a unique creative process; she explores different techniques and places emphasis in the color, carefully choosing the items that blend harmoniously to achieve a lush but simple finish. The research and the genuine love she has for design gives her an intuitive ability to create vibrant colored pieces with spot elements ranging from the fantastic to the ingenuous.

Her culture and personal experiences also play an important role, since they shape the compositions into unique visual narratives.  From an early age she was surrounded by art, music, and dance. Her father who was a good connoisseur of art and beauty influenced positively in her studies perspectives since they often talked about books of art, drawing, music, exchanging their own points of view about it.

Nature is her main source of inspiration, animals and flowers stand out telling a story full of color and meanings… captured by her imagination as a fun photograph, full of naivety and feelings.

Gabriela always had creative skills that were strengthened with her interior design studies. During this period she gained more expertise and knowledge that allowed her to understand the creative process. Over the time, she realized that she could not only achieve creative solutions for environments or furniture design, one of the branches that she enjoy most about design, but could also unleash the imagination with illustrations, drawings and digital painting.

Art has different nuances and meanings for the observer. It can be beautiful and delicate, strong and expressive, it can also evoke the senses. The feelings are very different according to technique, color, textures, theme and strength of the artist, may even have been made for the purpose of expressing the intrinsic feelings. For Gabriela, art is a mixture of feelings that strengthen her senses and expressions.  Her website is  www.gdstudio-ca.com 

Rebecca Calhoun – Artist Showcase

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce that fine artist Rebecca Calhoun has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 30 days.

Rebecca was born in Houston, Texas and she moved with her family to Southeast Asia at the age of three months.

She grew up in Thailand, attended British and International boarding schools in Malaysia until returning to the U.S. to live and begin university studies. She attended Texas Woman’s University, with a full scholarship, and graduated with honors, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing in 1982.

Since then she has worked primarily as a professional artist, teaching painting and drawing privately and at Texas Woman’s University and Wichita State University while doing graduate work.

She currently resides in Kansas City, MO. Her work is present in many private collections across the United States and Asia.

Her website is www.studiocalhoun.com

Artist Showcase – Gwyned Trefethen

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce that fiber artist Gwyned Trefethen has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 30 days.

Gwyned Trefethen didn’t plan on being an artist. When she retired from her business career to raise her family, she knew she would need an outside hobby for self-fulfilment.  She signed up for a traditional quilt class with the idea that she could make quilts to gift to friends and family. Soon she opted to modify quilt patterns rather than make them as is. Within a few years she said goodbye to patterns completely, making fiber art of her own design.

A self-taught artist, Gwyned embraces the challenge of learning what she can about design principles and exploring media other than fiber. The lessons she learns infuse her art leading to new lessons to be explored. One avenue of exploration she returns to repeatedly is value. Thus her series, Shifting Values is born. It depicts what happens when value is shifted across the quilt canvas in two opposing directions.

Her fascination with value is expressed in subtlety, sharp edges, shadow, dappled light and luminosity. Value is the first consideration when Gwyned Trefethen starts her artwork. Through careful selection of fabric and thread she is able to bring emphasis to areas of an artwork while allowing other areas to recede.

Value is as integral to her work as mastering the technical aspects of sewing. She finds that understanding the unique challenges fabric brings to value is an ongoing learning process. She favors commercial fabrics, which may include multi values of the same hue or many hues. She becomes a pointillist laying down many colored dots to achieve a single color.

Observation and experimentation have been the focus of Gwyned Trefethen’s education. She continues to study art and the world around her to learn what makes an image “sing”.  She also brings this experience to her role as a teacher of fiber art.  To succeed in this role she finds it necessary to break down all aspects of her medium from sewing skills to principles of design.  She finds helping her students helps her hone her own skills.

Gwyned’s work is exhibited around the globe. Examples of her work can be found in multiple publications, in private collections, and on several websites, including her own. She is a member of the Wisconsin Visual Artists and a Juried Artist Member of Studio Art Quilts Associates. She serves as the Chair of Studio Art Quilt Associates’ Exhibition Committee.  www.gwynedtrefethen.com

Graehound – Artist Showcase

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce that abstract artist Graehound has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 30 days.

Graehound’s latest two-dimensional work is an attempt to reconcile multiple styles, media, and emotions in a distillation of personal perspective through curious, bizarre, or disturbing subject matter that deals with disability and the loss of control associated with it.  Systems that break and the artificiality of boundaries fascinate her. 

The images curated here span three years of image development that has gradually mutated from chaotic masses of simplified biological matter to formalist exercises in color and shape within an emotionally neutral, atmospheric, and largely abstracted space only defined by meticulous delineation.  The physical, two-dimensional area of the newest drawings is intentionally curved and regular without the rectilinear edges that so often dictate a flat surface as being an Artwork and therefore Important, while lending a sense of false portraiture to the picture plane by calling to mind the general layout of commercial photo frames. 

These images are pictorial guidelines for demonstrating how to “see” space in more distinct, intentional layers without preordaining them as such, like a printmaker, and offer a place of emotional rest within a contrastingly busy visual location.

Perpetually interested in recognizing and developing new outlets for expression, Graehound has been included in national and international exhibitions and publications regarding her work in several different media, particularly drawing and beadwork.  

She holds a BFA in Studio Art from Northern Illinois University with an emphasis in Drawing and is currently enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Studio Art Masters program at Goddard College.

Her website is www.graehound.com 

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