Friday, March 31, 2017

Day 57: Harvey Mercadoocasio

I was once asked this question in an interview "Mercadoocasio Do you have a favourite artist or artistic style?” And in response trying to describe the hardest question posed to any artist my answer was... My Art is 5 artist having a converesation at a table Gustav klimt, Alfons Mucha, Alberto Giacometti the sculptor, Hokusai and myself and we are all at an audible tone not one over powering the other all The meanwhile William Buroughs, Charles Bukowski, and Hemingway stand in the background at a loss for words

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Day 56: Elizabeth Frank

My artwork begins with fallen aspen branches. I make at least one trip annually to the mountains of the southwestern United States to gather the aspen that i'll use over the course of the year. Each visit to the forest is like a pilgrimage. Every time I return I'm inspired by the strength and the delicacy of the natural world.

After the aspen is collected it's dried in a room on my studio roof.  Once, dry, I cut and shape the rough branches with a band saw. Next, I make a puzzle of all the odd parts. I spread them out on the floor,  stack them on a table and move around until everything fits.  The pieces are carved in small components that are joined together with pegs and nails. The surface is painted with acrylic, metal leaf and wax.

I combine my carvings with found objects,  The carving style is simple, inspired by iconic images found in folk, tribal and primitive art. The themes I find are personal yet universal.  My love of the natural world and my concern for the environment translate into works about the intricate relationship between man and nature. I layer my personal experiences into the artwork adding my voice to the collective stories found in the materials, the poems of the feathers, flowers, bones and rust, the secrets of the slow growing trees. It's a communal story about life, here on earth.



Ghost and Angel #2 

Animal Tales

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Day 55: Haley Shetler

"My name is Haley Shetler, I'm a self-taught artist that uses art as a therapeutic tool to cope with past difficulties while growing up with home life and a difficulty with verbally expressing myself and socializing; art was and still is the best method for me to reach out and connect with people. My work is my diary. I wish to show/remind people that art isn't there just to "look cool", but is there to say something and that there is no one way to speak to the world. That is a message I most definitely instill and nourish with my daughter. I yearn for evolution and so I enjoy using different forms of art (I've been recently testing my hand at custom doll repainting), mediums and tools. It keeps my mind fresh, expands my love of art, opens doors, and has made me a much happier and determined person." 
Facebook page:

Patron Saint of Stagnation

Mother Universe


Mans' Best Friend"

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Day 54: Laura Cohen-Hogan

I received my BFA and M of AE from ASU and UofHawaii.  Drawing from models during studio sessions and plein air painting, I create compositions that are an organic state of harmony and understanding. Landscape elements are reimagined as collages of hand-cut figure drawings.  Figures are represented in oil pastels, oil paint, drawings on tissue paper with inks, and 3-D surfaces.  Currently, I am the "Featured Artist” for February at the Herberger Gallery @ the AZ Center.  I will have a booth at Shemer Art Center Fine Arts In The Garden, March 11th.  My studio at the Artery is open every First Friday. (625 E. Indian School Road), parking in rear.

“Saguaro Lake With Seven Saguaros”-2’ X 3’ Tissue Paper/Ink Collage on wood panel

“Support” - 11” X 14.5" Mixed Media-Oil Pastel / Tissue Paper/Ink

“Allow Sunflowers Into Your Life”-12” X 12” Tissue Paper Collage on wood panel

“Anatomy Lesson”-Tissue Paper/Ink Collage on a torso

Monday, March 27, 2017

Day 53: Sue Norton Scott

Artist Statement
My creative juices are stimulated by contemporary culture. From biotechnology to redefining our authentic selves in this digital world, no current issue is exempt from becoming grist for my creative mill. By juxtaposing disparate images to produce 3-dimensional conundrums, I urge viewers to formulate their own out-of-the-box questions.

Purposely striving to ask unusual questions about a topic often leads to a deeper understanding of the issues (and promotes thought-provoking conversations with others!). When we ask uncommon questions, we frequently “shift” our worldview and become open to unforeseen input. My surrealistic images ask viewers to “question the questions” that frame our common reality and characterize our individual souls.

By changing the questions we ask, we open ourselves to innovative responses, and redefine ourselves in the process.

 Good Intentions
The life raft is filled with objects representing chance and complexity: poker chips, Rubric cubes, dominoes, and dice. Some are falling off the unbalanced vessel and jinto the ocean. A wooden hand pulls on the bow line, trying to right the life raft, but it is unclear whether the “help” is making the situation better or worse. The QR code is linked to ACA, or “Obamacare.” 

Growing Interest 
The currency is real.
Balancing Act
The figures represent various strategies for making progress through life. Without much of a safety net these days, it is up to us to persevere. 

Heavy Lifting
This Rube-Goldberg inspired piece shows what happens “behind the scenes” of the operatic figure in the lower right quadrant of the piece. It was inspired by my role as caregiver for my mother. What makes it mixed media: The entire piece is layered with objects: small square canvases, fabric, ladders, pulleys, and a key. The wooden figure on top of the canvas represents me, activating a sequence of events. 

You Turned My World Upside Down

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Day 52: Cody Winiecki

I enjoy the subtlety needed for engaging storytelling, and most of my recent work channels that feeling into portraiture. Whether fictional or living I try to envelope a portrait with visual cues eluding to the story, spirit, and life of that specific character. Each individual portrait explores the ways in which the manipulation of light, color, temperature, expression, mood, composition and setting can achieve poetic narrative results. While remaining true to my artistic voice I attempt to subtly breath life into unique characters creating captivating scenes with a powerful visual impact, CodyWinieckiIllustration/ illustration/


Raven 2

Narrative 1 Final


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Day 51: Julie Bonner

Tucson Artist, Julie Bonner, is known for blending painting with her design expertise to create the Award-Winning Desert Dwellers Flash Cards. She created the cards to teach her son, Syver, about the amazing surrounding desert wildlife. They contain amusing stories about animals and feature Julie’s acrylic art on canvas. See more of her work at 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Day 50: Ralph Muzio

"I often have to remember Alan Watts' advice - You don't dance to get to the other side of the floor,"

Quiet Trees

A Car With No Name;

Passing Through

Twice Jessie

White Hi

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Day 49: Matthew Goodall

Matthew Goodall

My work explores what I find to be interesting and beautiful. I am an artist that works in multiple mediums and styles.  I have experience working with anything from comic books to contemporary art, traditional and digital works.  I work primarily in watercolors but I have expanded my knowledge over the years and now work in a variety of mediums. 

Central Michigan University     
·         Graduated: December 2001 with Bachelors of Fine Art degree
·         2-D design Concentration in Printmaking and Painting

Published Work:
·         Tiny Works/Tiny Dances- 12-4-2015: {9} the Gallery
·         NSFW - 5-6-2016: {9} the Gallery
·         Gods & Monsters  - 6-3-2016: {9} the Gallery
·         Tiny Works/Tiny Dances II - 12-2-2016: {9} the Gallery

            Sequential Art
·         Spazdog Press Presents- Sonic Youth #1-5 (2010): Artist
·         Unite and Take Over vol 1: Shoplifters of the World Unite (2011): Pencils
·         Unite and Take Over vol 2 : Oscillate Wildly (2012): Artist
·         Nothing Can Stop Me Now: Ring Finger (2015): Artist         

             Cover/Pin up Art
·         Blackest Terror #1 (Moonstone, 2011)
·         Elvatron Chronicles #8 (Spy Hunter, 2015) Cover Colors    

She Found Now -mixed media 15x22 on paper

 Specular Reflection. Mixed media 6x6 on paper

Case of Monday's. 4x6 Watercolor on paper 
Reign Array. 4x6 watercolor on paper
 Stargazer. 4x6 watercolor on paper

Nude in plaid. 4x8 Mixed media on paper 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Day 48:Lydia Quinones

A large part of my ethnicity is Asian and Native American, so I focus on creating "artifacts" that acknowledge the interactions between the Chinese and Native Americans in the southwest during the industrial revolution.  
Many Chinese came to the southwest to build the railroads and married Native Americans or encountered them for trade.  Many aspects of the two cultures are similar, so creating 3D artifacts which embrace both worlds wasn't difficult.  Most of my artifacts are woven scrolls, which is a combination of Chinese paper scrolls and Native American weaving, but my more unusual pieces are pictured below.
My 2D works can be viewed at

Chinese gourd flutes with Yaqui inspired decor.  Gourd instruments and silk cocoons are common in both cultures.
Yaqui/Chinese alter.  The golden bird is a cross between a hummingbird (Yaqui) and phoenix (Chinese).  Alters for the deceased are common in both cultures.


I was raised by very Catholic parents, yet there was such an influence of Asian art, that I decided this rosary should be constructed with Ming Dynasty porcelain beads, cloisonne. Bits of red string are visible between the beads.  I was lucky enough to have been gifted cloisonne cross from a Chinese friend, that is also reflective of the Yaqui flower world.

Ming Dynasty porcelain bowl with Yaqui symbolism of floating deer among "divinity clouds", in place of traditional Chinese dragons.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Day 47: Kelly Birg

Artist Statement:

My name is Kelly Birg and I specialize in abstract drawings, mixed media, paintings and digital photography. At the beginning of a creation, I rarely have a plan because I enjoy watching the piece evolve into what it should be. Stroking the canvas with my paintbrush, guiding the pastel stick and studying compositions with my camera are therapeutic for me. It’s an amazing experience that has brought me incredible satisfaction. Even though my style is mostly abstract, I still enjoy challenging myself in planning realistic compositions. I am inspired by sunlight, vibrant colors, landscapes, high contrast, architecture, lines, shapes, urban decay and motion

Soul Thing


Distorty Bubble