Monday, January 22, 2018

Day 354: Pat Schuerich

My name is Pat Scheurich and I am an artist, illustrator and designer.  I’ve been in the field for many years, have a BFA and taken many art classes as well.  My recent classes with Lilla Rogers, has been a wonderful boost to how I approach my art.  Most of my work incorporates much of what I’ve learned over time and I can achieve great backgrounds full of texture and imagery.  I like looking through layers of a painting to see the history, so to speak.  I’ve been using sketchbooks since I was 12 years old because I love drawing!
Check out my work on instagram: and facebook:

"11 Starlings" 36"W x 60"H, 

"Heart Anatomy" 16"W x 20"H

"The Owl in the Tree", 24"W x 18"H

"House Hunt". 30"W x 24"H

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Day 353 Nancy Romanovsky

Nancy, an Arizona native, began oil painting at an early age and later studied art at Arizona State University, the Scottsdale Artists’ School, and privately with several American artists. In 2012, Nancy left her career in graphic design and marketing to pursue painting full time. Her paintings have rapidly become popular due to their unique style. Honest and non-pretentious, they expose the beauty of nature through the combination of light and shadow and serendipitous plays of color.

Nancy’s paintings are held in corporate and private collections in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Hungary, and Italy. Together with her husband and four children, she resides in Glendale, AZ. When she is not busy with her youngest daughter, she paints. Her hobbies include hiking and tree farming.

Kachina Peaks Wilderness

Juniper Dream

Salt River Horses

Morning after Monsoon

Highlight of my Day

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Day 352:Favio Ramos


"Inspire people to live life and express their emotions to the fullest, no matter what emotion they are feeling" 

My paintings are inspired by life and the interaction with people.

Favio describes his style as “neo-cubisurrealism” – or a new form of expressing reality combining cubism and surrealism with a nice harmony of color.

My Instagram: favsartsfur


God Provides

Awakening of the Indigo Child

Tree of Life

Beauty Feeding Off of Broken Dreams

Friday, January 19, 2018

Day 351: Kiersten Red

Carving is interrelated masses conveying an emotion; a perfect relationship between the mind and color, light and weight, made by the hand which feels. Something still and yet having movement, so very quiet and yet with a real vitality. 
kiersten red @ facebook

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Day 350 Pete Petrisko

These are works in a series exploring the magic in childhood toys and the ritual of play.



Topsy Turvy

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Day 349: Dale Kesel

Artist Statement—Dale Kesel

Like all artists, I deal in a world of images.  My medium of choice is photography.  My work is driven by a desire to communicate, to add new dimension to people’s lives, to stimulate thought and to fire emotions within those who view it.

Imagination and patience are the key virtues from which my photographic images spring.  Imagination allows me to see the extraordinary within the ordinary or mundane.  It allows me to see possibilities where others might see none.  It inspires me to select points of view that are unexpected and to tinker with reality just enough to provoke a little further thought on behalf of my viewers.

Patience gives the imagination time to work—time to examine many different executions in order to arrive at the one that expresses the idea in the most powerful way.

Pursuing my passion for exciting, thought-provoking images born out of the personalities of people and the natural events of nature and history is a lifelong commitment, the energy for which gets regenerated at a higher level every time I take a trip into the field with my camera.

Biography—Dale Kesel

Born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan.  Studied Commercial Art and Advertising in college.  Graduated from University of Illinois in 1971 with Masters Degree in Communications.  Worked for a number of the nation’s leading advertising agencies until 1991, when I relocated to Phoenix, Arizona to pursue my passion for Photography.  Owned and operated a photography studio—Spectrum Photography—from 1991 through 2001.  Taught Photography at South Mountain Community College for 9 years.
My current business is made up of Commercial, Portrait and Fine Art Photography.

I teach privately and lead private photographic workshops throughout the Southwest.  Gallery shows include Chandler Center for the Arts (2003 and 2012), Vision Gallery, Chandler (2001 through 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012) and SunDust Gallery in Mesa (2011 and 2012, Mesa Arts Center juried Cooperative artist 2013-2016).

Cannon Beach Sundown
While photographing the coast of northern Oregon, I made it a priority to get out on the beach at low tide and to take advantage of the light. After checking this spot the day before, I went back at low tide, as the sun was going down.

Patience was key. With my camera on a tripod, I waited for the glow in the sky, which was reflected in the pool of water surrounding a rock embedded in the sand.

The dark silhouetted rocks out in the ocean provided just the right elements of contrast with the orange sky and its reflection in thforegroundnd pool to complete the image.

House on Fire Ruin
When returning to Phoenix from Moab, UT, I found my way to this small ruin tucked into a canyon wall near the AZ/UT border. After hiking a couple of miles along the bed of a stream, I came to the ruin at precisely the right time- about 10am.

With my camera on a tripod, and a 20mm lens, I created this image featuring the ruin and the ledge it sat upon, with the carved rock wall above, which literally looked like it was on fire, due to the sunlight reflecting off the rock surface below my feet upward onto the unique curved and carved wall above the ruin. As is often the case, timing and weather were critical to creating this image.

Dawn at Dead Horse Overlook
Northwest of Moab, UT is this iconic view of Colorado River. Arriving at this location before dawn, I set my camera on tripod and waited for the first light.

I selected a point of view that would feature the river winding through the rock formations and place the pine tree in the lower right third of the composition.

All of my best images at this location were created before the sun broke over the horizon. The sky was lit by the sun and the red rock formations were saturated. Once the sun broke the horizon, the light became contrasty and the opportunity was gone.

San Xavier Morning
Early on a November morning, I created this image of the "White Dove of the Desert"-San Xavier del Bac Mission, southwest of Tucson.

I have photographed this wonderful historic mission many times. This time, because of the angelic cloud formations above, against a deep blue sky. I decided to photograph it in B&W.

If you l ook closely, you can see that the left lower has been recently restored. Due to a shortage of funds, I was told that the right tower would have to wait before restoration could continue.

Wild Mustangs 2
Early on a November morning, I had the opportunity to capture a series of images of Wild Mustangs  (photographing from an ultralight plane), as we flew over the Gila River Reservation, northeast of Maricopa, AZ.

Once the pilot spotted the Mustangs, he flew in low, allowing me to capture them in full stride. On this pass, we came in so low that we hit the tops of the paloverde trees with the landing gear of the plane. Would I do it again, given the chance? In a heartbeat!

The magic of shooting from above, as the Mustangs kicked up dust in the desert, resulted in images that looked more like paintings than photographs.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Day 348: Rich Rogowski

Rich Rogowski or "Rogo" as he is more well-known , is famed for his graphic and illustrative work that is silkscreened on various substrates. He is a self-taught printmaker heavily influenced by the skateboarding and punk rock aesthetic of the 80's. As an avid skateboarder, Rogo absorbed the underground culture of skateboarding, punk rock and comic books. In his work, Rogo plays off the dichotomies of an action packed arena where the symbols and graphics of these cultures mesh into a world of intense power play. The art harkens back to a day when neon colors and odd characters were heavily influenced into a pop art world of its own. Born in 1971, Rogo attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Visual Arts program in 1990, but attained most of his training through colleagues and peers with the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators as a volunteer and member from 2008-2010. As an Illustrator, Rogo has created artwork for The New Yorker Magazine, Concrete Warrior Skateboards, Tucson Roller Derby, Pacific Roller Derby ( the artwork was featured on an episode of the new Hawaii 5-0 television series), Pain Killer Products, The Besmirchers, Bricktop, The Surly Wench. Rogo has had numerous solo shows in both Pittsburgh, Pa, England, New York City, and Tucson, AZ. Mission Statement: A resurgence of the 1980's aesthetic continues to play out in the rich subculture of skateboarding. This subculture infused elements of comic books and punk rock with its own brand of imaginative visuals. The skateboarding community was tight knit and had it's own brands of clothing, musicians that made music celebrating the culture and it's own secret language. With artwork silkscreened onto the wooden skateboard decks in neon colors and shapes, the boards themselves served as wooden palettes to propel its riders into the sky and carve through empty and abandoned swimming pools. Nostalgic and earnest, this work is an amalgamation of my own inscrutable experiences as a skateboarder, music aficionado and comic book reader. Nihilistic and intense, there is still an arc of humor and optimism launched within the otherwise dark pieces. The works are silkscreened on canvas - a nod to the method in which the image was transferred to the wooden skateboard decks. A gathering of arcane elements that once only the select dedicated few recognized (logos and fashions specific to the above mentioned cultures of the time.) These elements are being appropriated into the mainstream thirty-five years later by fashion designers and art galleries impacting a broader demographic of consumers. Skateboarding's history is being written today by those who were there to originate its reality and mythology. This work pays further homage to the legacy.

B-Eye Skate


B-X Ray Hand

A-I Can't

Monday, January 15, 2018

Day 347:Sharon Stelluto

Artist Statement
Through my work I capture the visual representations of the subtle energies of nature and universal life force. Inspired by the natural world, the human form, botanical life, geological references and galactic imagery, I infuse my work with a  sense of connection to all that is.
Being a long time student of yoga and a healing practitioner for over ten years, I blend my work with a connection to energy awareness, higher consciousness and the potential that lies within each individual as their truest self.
I believe art can inspire people on subtle levels to create a new world, a new hope for the future and a new way of being in connection to your self.
Art speaks the truths untold by a society and is often a representation of where we currently reside or hope to transcend to as a culture.

Sharon Stelluto was born in 1981 in New Jersey. She spent her adolescent years in Charlotte, North Carolina with the opportunity to apprentice with professional figure painter, Andrew Braitman. She learned the subtleties of figure drawing and painting at a young age. After moving back to the Northeast for art school in New York, she still remained in New York for many years while helping to manage CoSM, an art retreat center in the Hudson Valley of New York, directed by visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey. There she studied under the guidance of many internationally known artists including Alex and Allyson themselves. She created many large scale art installations during her time at CoSM and developed as a live painter during events at the center.
Sharon has exhibited her work nationally with a solo show in New York City and other various locations around the U.S.
Since her move to the desert of the southwest, she has painted a mural in the downtown Roosevelt Arts district and shared her work as a live painter at many events and festivals. 
She also co-creates a weekly podcast, called Inner Monologue, with her partner based on mental health and mindfulness. With their organization RISE Phoenix, RISE standing for Revolution Inspired by Self Evolution, they feature many guests on their show to share their story of trial and triumph of life on earth. 
Sharon creates an intuitive artwork for each episode based on the guest and conversation. You may view her Inner Monologue podcast artwork on their website  and listen to archives of the show through the site or on iTunes. Sharon is available for true self portrait commissions, regular commissions and murals. You may learn more about her portrait commissions through her site and contact her directly for inquiries. 

"In the Valley of Efflorescent Dust" oil on canvas

"Bloom In a Storm" oil on canvas

"Transmutation Blooms" oil on canvas

"LiberateHer" oil on canvas

"In Light of Suspension" oil on canvas

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Day 346: Tara Weeks

I grew up in a very small town. Like one stop light small. Like no McDonald's small. Back then our video store was the gas station. In high school, it was our hang out. My parents refused to spend money on cable tv. That, and I don't even think it was available to our country road until around 1989. They finally got it in about '06. We weren't allowed to own an Atari or Nintendo. We ran around the woods on our two acres of land instead. It was back in the days when your mom could kick you out of the house because she was going to clean it all day. And you and your brother and a few neighbor kids would kick around in the crick and find rusty cars and old glass bottles in the woods. Maybe save a toad from a snake. Make grasshoppers and bumble bees get in fights in jars. Run from coyotes. Pick raspberries by the side of the road and make a home made pie.  

That's what we did in the summer. But the winters were long and frigid. It's funny to me when people say, "oh I'm from the Midwest. I know how cold it is." But Milwaukee and Detroit and Chicago can't hold a candle to the kind of winter I knew. Did school get cancelled because it's so cold that the busses and cars won't start? Has your camera ever froze mid shutter trying to take a picture of the bank clock that displayed a negative 25 below zero? This was the kind of cold I knew. 

And so what was there to do? I drew. For hours. (And I liked to start fires with a magnifying glass, and a ray of perfectly placed sunshine. But that's a different story. However, I think that's why I'm so into pyrography now.) Anyways, my Mom said she would set me down with a pad of paper and markers and I was good for the day - drawing pages and pages of my own designer dresses and shoes. Princesses, purses, ducks, teddy bears, you know- the regular. Then there was the countless 'bus stop' series, as I was fascinated by the city and the diversity that it could hold.  

I come from a creative family. My English grandma taught me the piano. I read music, made up songs. In junior high I started playing cello. It is no surprise that music plays a big part in a lot of my work. My other grandma was full blooded Japanese, making my mom half and me a quarter. I was raised with Japanese art in our homes. I always loved the simplicity, the pattern, the movement, the effortless beauty. That grandma was a seamstress and made my wedding dress. My dad plays the piano as well, and my mom taught me how to draw and do crafts. My uncle paints and makes sculptures out of wood. My aunt is our family's Martha Stewart. My cousin is in a band. My other cousin is a photographer. Creativity is in my blood. 
When I was in high school, I I fell in love with Impressionism and Surrealism. 
I loved Degas, Van Gogh, Dali.  
All of these influences culminate in my work. I am inspired by so many things -
people, beauty, nature, dreams, poetry, music, life.. . . 

I liked art so much that I went to college and received a Bachelor's of Fine Art degree with a concentration in Drawing and Painting. Drawing and painting are still all I ever want to do, but now I've added the pyrographic element. I hope you enjoy the work and the pieces that I will be adding on a regular basis: paintings and pyrography. 

Explanation of art moniker: My name is Tara Lynn Weeks. It was when I was a kid and it is now, but in between was a married life that has since dissolved. I was born on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1974. 7 + 4 =11. 11/11 are supposedly angel numbers. So I developed my art name, Lovely11. 

Please visit my Etsy shop for hand embellished prints of these original Pyrography pieces. 
And my ArtPal account for originals:

They Had Reached An Understanding


We Are One

A Decision Was Made

The Pearl Inside


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Day 345: Bobbi McMurry

Bobbi McMurry
Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter, Saatchi: Bobbi McMurry
Instagram: Sugarama
I’m fundamentally inspired by light, shadow, and the cumulative, transitory nature of life. In my experience, making art is where these inspirations meet. It’s here that I’m able to submerge myself to a highly focused state of deep absorption that requires an openness to what lies beneath the surface. The act of creation is a personal journey transcending the everyday appearance of my subjects and the final result is presented by how I respond to each mark. Working this way is a hunger, sometimes an escape, but always, always a pleasure.


Being Set Free



Thanks Eve

Friday, January 12, 2018

Day 344: Kyle Nash

Kyle Nash was born in New Mexico. Soon after he graduated high school he began his career as a portrait artist. Illustrating in color would soon take over his life. He is now a full-time husband, father and free-lance illustrator. Kyle now resides in Phoenix, Az. To get a hold of Kyle contact him through his email or social media outlets. 

Middle Earth

Dead Land