Sunday, June 25, 2017

Day 143: Sarah Kennedy

About the artist:
 Sarah Kennedy lives in southern Arizona where she indulges her love of the natural world and horses.   Her art falls across a wide spectrum from energetic, colorful mosaics created with hand crafted tile to oil paintings rendered in realistic, fine detail.  The vast array of color and life in the Sonoran desert and ancient and contemporary southwest culture provide inspiration for themes in her work.
 Sarah has loved creating art since she was 6 years old. Her art has been collected and displayed in juried shows across the region, winning numerous awards.  She is a member of Oil Painters of America; American Women Artists, American Academy of Equine Artists   and is the president of   Women Artists of the West.
Sarah’s family includes 3 adult children, her husband, her horse Blue and two cats.

About the mosaics:
The figures and symbols in these mosaics are influenced by many visits to petroglyph sites in Arizona and across the southwest. This work is intended to capture the energy, mystery, beauty and story depicted at these sites.
The process of creating these mosaics requires time and patience. Each tile is unique in design and is cut free-hand with a small blade from rolled sheets of clay. The pieces are air-dried, glazed and kiln-fired twice, once for color and again for detail.  Tiles are set within a rustic metal frame or on a glass surface and may also contain elements of cut glass, glass gems and found objects.  A sanded grout is applied to complete the mosaic and it is finished with a protective sealant. Mosaics may be displayed indoors or out.
About the paintings:
As a small child, I was captivated with the CW Anderson’s children’s books with his beautiful illustrations and stories of horses.  It was my goal to work out every detail of my own horse drawings carefully in crayon.
As an adult artist, working primarily in oil,  I enjoy still enjoy creating  realistic detail and using light and color to convey textures, shapes, mood and the emotional field between horses and people. The time I spend riding and with my own horse informs my painting and has resulted in completing over 50 equine commissions. The exactness of this work balances nicely with the fluidity of my tile shapes and mosaics.
Etsy store: bluehorsefineart,
Facebook: kennedy desert art
Instagram: bluerideraz

 White Horses Starry Night

Starry Night Petro


First Crush

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Day 142: Bryan Crow

My work is inspired by the idea of art as being a means of self-realization. Art is a tool for empowering and transforming lives.  I do not judge or filter what comes out of me; instead, I begin to investigate what I am going through, through letting go. Often times I paint patterns and designs to begin the creative process. Having figures and faces in the work allows me to unearth the insight that the people in my life offer.   

Instagram: bryancrowartist
Facebook: bryancrowartist

Friday, June 23, 2017

Day 141: Eric "Phadeone" Dearing

Eric "Phadeone" Dearing

Father, artist, thought criminal. I have lived in the valley and have been drawing all my life, but I'd say that I started taking art a little more seriously about 15 years ago. I am self-taught and I can't make up my mind so I am constantly trying new styles and methods. I have dabbled in everything from tattoo and logo design to graffiti and street art,  pop art, wood-burning and mixed media collage. The subject matter of my work could be just about anything but I really enjoy making art that is controversial and anti-establishment or that makes fun of pop-culture and the status quo. More recently however, I've found myself going back to the basics, getting into more realistic drawings and portrait work.

For me, the mere act of creating has been the main driver behind why I do what I do. I enjoy just tuning out for a while and listening to music as I drain my ever-racing mind onto the paper or canvas. It slows time and relaxes me. I love to create for myself and others and if I can make some money on the side for doing something I enjoy then even better! 

If you are interested in owning some, please feel free to contact me:

Copdogman 2x

Syer 2

They Had a Blast!

Bird Skulls

Bill HIcks

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Day 140: Kyle Ian McCurdy (Kanashibari)


Heart Shaped Box

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Day 139:Coral Moon Lewis

I like to show what is there, but what we never see: patterns, textures, landscapes and figures that ignite a completely different response from the viewer.

Image of a Pacific Coast


Bonds for Life

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Day 138: Wendy Willis

Sea life is affected by climate change which is attributed largely to the increased level of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by our use of fossil fuels.  But we affect sea life in many other ways.  Trawling, coral mining, gill nets, pesticide contamination, overfishing and many other human-created threats are endangering the very creatures that sustain us.  The beauty of the undersea world could be damaged irreparably by our actions if we don’t change our ways.  My newest body of work focuses on a view of what’s at stake. wendy.willis.739 wendy.willis.739/
By Catch
Coastal Erosion

Gill Nets

Monday, June 19, 2017

Day 137:Valerie Galloway

Artist Statement

My work is feminine and romantic, with a retro sensibility, a world of it’s own.  The women in my paintings have a mysterious, femme fatale quality. Each one tells her own story, somewhere between innocence and naughtiness, with a touch of nostalgia.

Much of my inspiration comes from the 1960’s era, old family photos, and French cinema.

I love the meditative nature of painting, and the challenges of creating new works. 

My website is:
Instagram: @valeriegallowayarts

Valerie Galloway

Etherton Gallery, Ongoing Display featuring Photographic Mirrors, Prints and Photo Jewelry, Tucson, Arizona
Yikes Toys Art Department, Bewitched, Solo Exhibition, Tucson, Arizona
Ben’s Bells Projects, Celebration of Kindness, Commissioned Bench, Tucson, Arizona
Pop-Cycle,Tucson Pricks, Cactus Invitational, Tucson, Arizona
Michael David Space, Summer of Love Group Exhibition, Tucson, Arizona

VERVE Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Tucson International Airport, Ink on Vintage Maps, Solo Exhibition, Tucson, Arizona
MOCA, Elizabeth Cherry Editions, Memory Games Exhibition, Tucson, Arizona
Petroglyphs, Group Exhibition, Tucson, Arizona
Budapest Design Week, Ceramics Collaboration with Konda Brigi, Budapest, Hungary
Yikes Toys Art Department, Vamps and Vixens, Solo Exhibition, Tucson, Arizona

Wee Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Tucson, Arizona
YWCA Galleria, Two Person Exhibition, Tucson, Arizona
Art House Centro, Group Exhibition,Tucson, Arizona
Room Gallery, The Mother Exhibitions Hen Project, Group Exhibition, Mill Valley, California
Yikes Toys Art Department, Divine Divas, Solo Exhibition, Tucson, Arizona

Art Intersection, Light Sensitive Group Exhibition, Gilbert, Arizona
Pop-Cycle, Nostalgic Journeys, Solo Exhibition, Tucson, Arizona
Shemer House, Figurative Art Exhibition, Phoenix, Arizona

Temple Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Tucson, Arizona
Candela Books and Gallery, Unbound Invitational, Group Exhibition, Richmond, Virginia
Porter Hall Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Tucson, Arizona
Tubac Center of the Arts, Beyond the Lens Photography Exhibition, Best of Show, Tubac, Arizona
University of Arizona Poetry Center, Be Mine Invitational, Group Exhibition, Tucson, Arizona
Three Graces Gallery, Teeny Tiny Art Show, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Curator, YWCA Galleria, Tucson, Arizona
Studio Manager, Enrique Badulescu, NYC
Creative Services Manager, Arnell Group, NYC

Other Projects
SXSE Photography, Online Store                                                                                                                                         
Featured Artist on Two Broke Girls and Transparent
Yellowstone Park Foundation Donor Gift Designer
Pima Community College, 40th Anniversary Award Designer
Sundance  Projects for City of Philadelphia.  Photo Mirrors for Store, Theatre and Restaurant
International Center of Photography Store-Photo Mirror Designer

Tower of Power

Floating Attachment

A Peaceful Garden

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Day 136: Gary Babb

Gary was born in Los Angeles, California. When he was a young boy his family moved to the San Joaquin Valley. Growing up outside the Sequoia National Forest area of California, his memories are of fishing from pristine rivers and hiking among nature's greatest living organism, the giant Sequoia.

In 1971, his family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where he resides today. The move to another unique geographical area where Gary the opportunity to explore another type of landscape, the Sonoran Desert-unique in all the world's deserts. The Sonoran desert is a lush wonderland including the largest cactus in the world, the Saguaro.

Gary is often asked about his "style" of painting. Not one to be labeled easily, he is most comfortable with Contemporary impressionist. He paints only from life using the artists' language of color and shapes rather words to express emotions. He likes to point out that painters' eyes are more than camera lenses.  Our first responsibility is to "see" nature's lessons. Then our jobs are to render the subject in whichever style the artist decides which will lead the viewer to a scene that is truer than any photograph my capture. An avid reader, he jokes that he has not read anything other than art related subjects for at least twenty years. He would like to leave you with this thought: "The treasure which you think not worth taking the trouble and pains to find- this alone is the real treasure you are longing for all your life.  The glittering treasure you are hunting for day and night lies buried on the other side of the hill yonder."-B Traven

Gary long found his treasure in nature and hopes you too will find her gifts in his art.

Pucker Up

Timeless Treasures

Our Picnic Spot 

My Favorite Hike


Friday, June 16, 2017

Day 135: Daniel Langhans

DANIEL LANGHANS is originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and currently lives in Tempe, Arizona. With a BFA from The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University, Daniel is a full time Art Teacher and Artist. With the involved nature of his profession as a teacher Daniel is constantly working in a wide spectrum of mediums and concepts, but his favorites remain drawing and painting. A far cry from the lighthouse and beach scenes he grew up around in Cape Cod galleries, much of his work is focused on the deconstruction of pop culture characters and icons. Daniel's work has been taking up residence in galleries and private collections widespread across the U.S., also in Germany, Italy, Scotland, Japan and Iraq.

Lincoln in Blue



Love's Lament

Day 134: Maria Varga-Hansen (Vargamari)

                 Short bio and artist statement of Vargamari 

My name is Maria Varga-Hansen, a.k.a. Vargamari, was born in Hungary and lived there, and in Austria from 1988 - 2008.
In 2009 I moved to the USA, married (to John Hansen, a.k.a. Wiscojaydub, who is an excellent digital artist), and have been living and working in Racine, Wisconsin.
Since June 2015 we had moved to Arizona and became permanent residents in Sun City.

My life is all about art: first as an actress, then textile-designer and hand-weaver, and the last 28 years as a self-taught fine art painter, working by different mediums such as watercolor, oil, pastel, ink and, last but not least, my favorite medium: encaustic.

I had several exhibitions in Europe and my works are in different private collections, also in Canada.
I held painting classes for thousands of children in Austria and also for adults, in watercolor and in encaustic. I offer classes in the USA as well.

Only some words about my artistic concept:
I want to express myself, my love, my dreams, my life-experience through all of my works and showing something positive to the viewer...I think there is enough trouble and "dark things" in everybody's life; the duty of an artist to lead the viewer away from all of them, giving some hope...but trying not to be too “sweet”! I try to keep my very strong, critical view towards my own works, too.
In my 28 years of painting experience, I went through all different learning phases. I'm always trying to develop my own style without joining any “isms”…
I'm painting always a bit differently, leading by the medium and the theme. Though in every way, I try to show something warm, human and positive...

My web-site:
My blog:
My Facebook artist page:

Fragments of my Childhood

Beans and Co

Arizona's Sunset

Treasure Hunter

The Jewel

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Day 133: Nikka Brooks Cullum

Nikka Brooks-Cullum is an Arizona native, who has shown her artwork in AZ, CA, and Germany; in both pubic and private venues. The subject of Nikka's work is ever evolving. At the moment she is really enjoying Pyrography, and doing a lot of botanical pieces. After she burns her design on the wood, she paints with acrylic washes to preserve the visibility of the wood grain. In order to not cover the burned line she usually uses a very small brush to apply the paint. She doesn't see herself as someone who creates art to sale, many of her paintings are a visual conversation she needed to have with herself, or the world at large. Most of her art is for sale though, to clear the air, allow for growth and new conversations. She likes to celebrate the beauty of nature and bring those images to the forfront of thought. Nikka is currently attending ASU Downtown, where she is working towards a Bachelor's in Parks and Recreation Management, with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. She would like to be an art therapist and work primarily with fellow veterans and other adults, who could benefit from the self expression and self discovery that Nikka herself found in creating art. Her Instagram handle is theartofnikka. She also has a Facebook fanpage: TheArtofNikka, and an art collective website with her photographer husband that may contain some NSFW images;

instagram: theartofnikka

The Blue Lady

Make your own gravity

The North Star

The Dew Drops

Petals and Steel

Widl Blue Phlox