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