Sunday, December 10, 2017

Day 311: Shawna Sommers

From childhood to adulthood, traveling into my own imagination has long been one of my favorite ways to pass time. I’m drawn to creating work that’s surreal and stylized. It's always a fun journey and art is truly my favorite adventure. I love getting my hands on nearly any medium, but I work mostly with acrylics these days. My mind spins the ideas into motion and my hands are happy to do its bidding.
instagram is shawesome412

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Day 310: Dorota Ostling

Artist’s statement
I was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland, where I studied Painting, Illustration, Product Design and Ceramics at National Academy of Fine Arts and where I graduated with a degree of Master in Fine Arts. Though I majored in ceramics, soon after graduation I turned my passion to illustrating children’s books, and then, to painting.
I carried my passions all over the world – lived in Canada, USA, Australia and Poland – working as an illustrator, teacher and painter.
Whenever asked for an artist’s statement I feel a little puzzled. I don’t have one, because I don’t design my pieces in advance. My inspiration comes in momentous bursts and surprising ways. I just feel the pull towards my working station. So, I start from patches and splashes of color and leave them alone for a while. When I come back, the story begins to tell itself. I just follow. It grows in unexpected directions. I never know in the middle what the end result will be, and I love it that way. But it’s always about beauty and feelings and a dash of surprise and maybe even a joke.
Now I live in Tempe, AZ, show my work in V.Tixi Gallery, Scottsdale, paint and work on a picture book illustrations which I wrote.
Please visit my websites:

Talking to Strangers

After Midnight

Sedona Inspired

Right Time, Right Place

Memories of Home

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Day 308:Marcia Droz

My name is Marcia Droz. I am a woman, artist, and teacher. These are labels I have explored in my artwork. This year I found balance within by exploring figurative painting on the subject of relationships between men and women. My art is influenced by other artists and teachers, including an education in drawing and painting from the University of Arizona. I love the art of historical American Modernists, art with bold line, shape, and color. I love the sketchy nature of work like the more contemporary German painter, Scheibitz, in which one sees the artistic process. I like the personal or private marks left by the artist. I love unfinished work.

I work as a teacher of drawing and painting at a therapeutic art studio in Phoenix. I myself struggle with depression and have always known the therapeutic effect of making art. This particular series on men and women is part of my own search for reflection upon intimacy and love.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Day 307 Steve Shirley

"The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundemental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed out candle."....Albert Einstein

Steve Shirley is a self taught artist born in Niles, Michigan  spending most of his childhood with images of Lake Michigan, surrounding farms and forests, and the beautiful St. Joe River.  
He began art and music early as a child. As an aspiring songwriter and performer, he spent a few years in Europe traveling and performing. When he returned to the USA he played as a solo artist in Chicago and throughout the midwest. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1980 and continued performing for the next few years.
Painting mostly watercolors in the early 90s in Los Angeles, he had his first professional showings and sales.
His pieces in acrylic and oil produce a soothing experience blending color and light. His pieces are purely from imagination and not in reference to geographical locations. Although he frequents images of his youth in his work, his paintings lean more toward places he would like to be rather than places he has been.
He refers to his paintings as "Mindscapes".

Red Cloud Bay

AM Zen
High Plain

St. Joe River

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Day 306: Randy Zucker

There is nothing I don't love about painting.  

First, the Challenges: The challenge of expressing and conveying an emotion or a sense of place or time; the challenge of creating a pleasing composition with just the right colors and textures; the challenge of "capturing" light or wind or other intangible physical and emotional realities that can't be held, but can only be experienced; and, most challenging of all, the challenge of applying the paint to the canvas or paper so that it matches what is in my head.

Second, the Opportunities:  the opportunity to make a social or political statement if I choose; the opportunity to affect and influence my physical or social environment or the environment of others; the opportunity for non-verbal expression when words will not suffice.

Third, the Physical Act itself: an activity that transports me to a "magical place," one that does not recognize, and is not bound by, form or physical or emotional limitations, While there, I am blissfully unaware of time, space,  physical pain, or little nuisances like hunger and tiredness.

Creating an image that speaks wordlessly but powerfully (whether seriously or humorously) to the emotions and intangible realities of the issues of the day is always a rewarding experience.

Instagram:  zuckerrandy

Elephant Love

Windy Day on Oahu
Good Luck
Drag Me Away
Head Concho Pouncho

#7 Done

Artist's Resume

Randy Zucker

Randy Zucker (Brooklyn, NY, 1949) is a self-taught artist working in Digital, Watercolor, Acrylic, Decoupage, and other media. She has exhibited nationally from New York, NY to Maui, Hawaii.  She's been featured locally in the Arizona Republic, Phoenix New Times, Scottsdale Republic, Phoenix Magazine, Paradise Valley Independent, Jewish News, YabYum Music and Arts, and Jackalope Ranch, having images published in those as well as in the national magazine, Zeek, the books Phosphorous, Food, and our Future, and Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey, 2nd ed. As well as on the Chabad.Org International Blog, Jewish Art For the Soul. Randy has appeared on the Good Morning Arizona show, was Phoenix Magazine's Artist of the Month in March, 2011 and was featured by Jackalope Ranch as one of 2011's "100 Creatives who made a mark on the local arts scene." She maintains her studio in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Selected Juried Shows:

"Voices of Emotion" -  Millet House Gallery, Mesa, AZ March - May, 2017

"Touched With Fire" - Kaviar forge and Gallery, Louisville Kentucky, May - August, 2016

"Spiritual Defiance" - Arizona Foundation for Contemporary Theology, Phoenix, AZ, March, 2016

"Temporis Opus" - Dacia Gallery, New York, NY, November, 2015

"Equinox - The Art of Renewal" - Firehouse Gallery, Phoenix, Arizonaa, March, 2015

"331/3! Altered Album cover Art" -  R. Pela Contemporary Art, Phoenix, AZ, December, 2014

"Flourish" - Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ., August, 2014

"30th. Exotic Art Show" -  - Alwun House, Phoenix, AZ, February 2014

"Holy Daze" -  MonOrchid/Shade Gallery, Phoenix, AZ,  December 2013

"Rotting the Barrel?"  -  Bokeh Gallery, Phoenix, AZ October-November, 2013.

"Seasons" -  8th Day Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, August 2013

"About Face"  -  R. Pela Contemporary Art, Phoenix, AZ, July 2013

"Exposure 2013" -  See/Exhibition Space, Long Island City, NY, July, 2013

"Klown " - R. Pela Contemporary Art, Phoenix, AZ, June 2013

"25 Years Downtown"  - MonOrchid Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, March 2013

"29th Exotic Art Show" - Alwun House, Phoenix, AZ, February 2013

"Phosphorous, Food, and Our Future" - Artist/Scientist Collaboration. ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix, AZ. February 5, 2011.

"Phosphorous, Food, and Our Future." Artist/Scientist Collaboration.  Step Gallery, Tempe, AZ. February 14 - 18, 2011

Monday, December 4, 2017

Day 305:Jessica McCottrell

My name is Jessica McCottrell and I am a digital artist living in Tempe.   I make art mostly for therapeutic purposes and to explore emotions and ideas that don’t entirely make sense to me.   I like trying to form pieces of thoughts or an abstract idea into a visual language that makes the concept seem more tangible to me.  I work a lot with the female face and figure but I am also branching out to find new ways to express myself.  These days, I am currently working on a series called Mercurial Melancholy that is based on my struggle with bipolar disorder.

Website/Tumblr -

Baby Breath

Pink Rose 2




Sunday, December 3, 2017

Day 304: Sandra Neumann Wildemann

Sandra Neumann Wilderman
Artist Statement

I am a contemporary representational artist and have been painting for more than 25 years.  
My recent series of still life paintings are narratives, inspired by friends and family and began as a way to honor the memory of my parents. 

My paintings are about shining a light, both figuratively and literally, on the relationships between people.  The compositions, whether real or imagined, include hand-made objects, personal symbolism and nature, in the form of plants, birds, butterflies and dragonflies.  I work in watercolor, acrylic and oil mixed media collage. 

My approach to painting is to pour watercolor or acrylic on canvas or paper and then paint directly.    I find the spontaneity, the fluidity and the stylistic eclecticism of pouring paint to be a freeing and spiritual experience and it is through this process that I have found my voice.

I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University (NIU), College of Visual and Performing Arts in DeKalb, Illinois.  While at NIU, I studied with watercolorist, Charlotte Rollman.  Other artists who have influenced my work include Alyce van Acker and Georgia O’Keeffe. 

I have received numerous awards, including 1st Place in the watercolor category and 2nd Place in the acrylic category in the Gilbert Visual Art League 9th Annual Fine Art Show at Gallery 225 in Gilbert, Arizona.  I received 1st Place in 2009 for my body of work at the Art in the Red House at the Petersen House Museum in Tempe, Arizona.  My solo shows include the Triangle Gallery at the Old Town Arts Center in Chicago, Illinois, the Arizona State University’s Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, Arizona and the Artlink Heritage Square Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona.  

I am a signature member of the Arizona Watercolor Association, a juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance in Tempe, Arizona and a member of the Gilbert Visual Art League.    

I have been represented by galleries since 2007, my work is collected nationally and my Corporate Collectors include Intel Corporation in Chandler, Arizona. 


Southwest Friends

The Messenger 72

Three Friends

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Day 303: Cody Peterson

I appreciate I have pinstriped 2 years after picking a brush up while going to school to paint cars and have gone back to school for art degree. I now am doing professionally and love what I do especially motorcycles! But have ventured onto canvas attempting traditional art world/Galleries as well.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Day 302: Rachel Srinivasan

Rachel Srinivasan Biography

Rachel Srinivasan was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She began drawing by incessantly scribbling on paper as a one and a half year old. She continued to scribble until she could color between the lines and grew callouses on her fingers. Most of her formative years were spent in Omaha, Nebraska. She discovered her love of figurative art before high school and studied at the Bemis Fine Art Center. While in high school she received the Marie Walsh Sharpe Scholarship and attended the Marie Walsh Sharpe camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Rachel preferred working in acrylics and ink during this formative period. Then, Rachel traveled abroad to live and study in Rome, where she was immersed in Italian art and language. There she was also introduced to working in oil. Upon returning to the US, she attended Arizona State University and earned a Bachelor’s of Art in Painting and a Bachelor’s of Language Arts in Italian. When Rachel decided to study art in college, her family protested but Rachel persisted in her life-long goal of becoming an artist. During her sophomore year, Rachel became a mother. Despite personal turmoil and lack of much support in Arizona, Rachel persevered and was awarded the Scult Scholarship from the Scult Family and the Phoenix Art Museum. She also received the senior artist’s studio scholarship from ASU’s faculty and staff.  She lives in Tempe with her husband and daughter. Her latest series of bison paintings, “Tatanka: Spirit and Sacrifice,” is currently showing at Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability.  Rachel has collectors in Dubai, India, Italy, Turkey, San Francisco, and continues to sell and show her work around the world. 

The Blue Saree

Discordant Unity Bison

Forefather Bison

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Day 301: Ann Osgood

These paintings are part of a series focused on streets and freeways. The subject of this series is the streets and freeways around Phoenix.   Much like an artist who lives in the mountains or by the beach is nurtured by the surroundings,  I look at the urban setting where I live for inspiration. I notice the shapes of light and shadow as I drive through the interchange of the 101 and I-17 freeways. The red brake lights, green traffic signals and the sunlit gray pavement all combine to create exciting visual designs for me.  I see in these every day scenes the opportunity to paint the beauty around us every day.

 Ann Osgood grew up in California received her BFA in drawing and painting at the University of Hawaii. She moved to the base of the Superstition mountains where the colors of the desert persuaded her to stay in Arizona. Ann enjoys working plein air in the desert and regularly paints live models. She works in her north Phoenix studio as well as at her studio in the Artery building in downtown Phoenix. She has had several successful one woman shows as well as exhibiting in many group shows in the area.

Shadow Overpass

Last Light

Golden Hour

Final Destination