I grew up in Winslow, Arizona and have been drawing since I was a small child
(thankfully none of those images exist, at least to my knowledge). After high school I attended a
small Arizona college to study auto mechanics (I was building Hot Rods) where, in a required art
history class, I would sketch cars rather than take notes. When the teacher saw my drawings, he
suggested I switch my major to art.
Statement From the Artist
I create visual imagery that explores organic composition and maximizes color applied with deep attention to patterning,
discovery and time. These visuals weave through a landscape with rigid, measured constructions of space and a highly
developed sense of color theory culminating to amplify visual impact.
A recognizable contemporary style building rhythmic and thematic technical visuals document
multiple moments into a complete vision. My works are executed to be a true art experience for the viewer telling a visual story
with engaging and complex arrangements that are approachable inviting the audience to look deeper into the art.
My name is Nancy Bien. I am a California artist and a cello player.
My life as a painter began in music. For all of my adult life, I’ve made a living as a cellist — working my way through college to an MA in performance, followed by a few years playing in a symphony on the east coast, finally coming home to California. I have been an active freelance musician in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years.
Anne Gregory has been making art for 80 years (kindergarten ). Exhibiting every one or 2 years since 1976 in galleries in Sacramento, Davis, Benicia,San Francisco, Seattle, etc.
Taryn’s passion for art has been a part of her since early childhood and has
culminated in a body of work filled with sensation and enigmatic energy.
The artist creates her signature use of the figure with abstract elements through techniques involving lines, texture, and a muted color palette.
“I paint the skies with peace and passion, because that’s the way they paint me.”
Jeni Bate lives in Salton City, California – though she grew up in Wales. As a child, she enjoyed
painting, but as a teenager art gave way to academics.
In 2001, Jeni was working on photography but soon had an epiphany: “Now, you have to paint!” . She
subsequently studied in evening classes and at a teaching studio to hone her skills. One of the things that
allowed Jeni to develop her voice quickly was having teachers who taught materials handling and
composition, but not style; why, not just how. These are important aspects of her own teaching.
Mr. Bass is an enthusiastically engaged painter, concentrating on Geometric and Landscape compositions, generally in Acrylics and drawing on his 5 decades of experience as an Architect and Urban Planner. His initial art education took place in the late 60’s at the University of Rochester, NY, where he was a student of Kurt Feurerherm in the studio and Dr. Carl C.K. Hersey for Art History. Subsequently, he enrolled in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he obtained a Masters degree in Architecture.
Through methods inspired by Abstract Expressionism, Dani Torvik creates in her paintings dreamscapes that integrate visuals gathered from her immediate surroundings, memories from
lived-in environments, impressions of architecture, and references to her own flesh and body. Architectural forms represent her need for structure and balance, and her personal search
for social, geographical, and cultural belonging.
My art is ultimately about finding joy. During our lives, we often encounter obstacles and
hardships that can take away our hope and shift our focus. My life is no exception. As
I’ve worked through my own struggles, my work has increasingly become a celebration
of the joy I have found.
Recently, I have been focusing on flowers which are such amazing creations, yet only
last a few days. I see them as a metaphor for life. When someone sees my work, I want
them to not only experience joy, but also feel encouraged to seize the moments of joy
that are all around them.
Irena Kononova is a Russian born artist in the Bay Area. She grew up in St.
Petersburg in the theatric family and attended Art High School. While still
very young, Irena participated in the non-conformist art group Aleph. After
emigrating to the US, Ms. Kononova studied at the Pennsylvania Academy
of the Fine Arts, where she was a recipient of the Cresson Traveling
Scholarship and various prizes.
Born in Iran in 1962, Yari Ostovany moved to the United States at the age of 16 and pursued his studies in Art first at the University of Nevada - Reno and then at the San Francisco Art institute where he received his MFA in 1995. He has has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally.
Yuliya Yasenetska, who recently moved to California from New York City, was born and raised in
Yuliya focuses on how her artwork looks and feels, not on ingraining hidden meanings into the
art. When children look at the artwork - they don’t question ideas, or start debating on
philosophical topics. All they see is colors, shapes, and their own view of the image; blended
with their own naive vivid imaginations. She hopes to capture that carefree imagination in her
paintings without enforcing any predefined connotations.