Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Rhonda Barrett : Featured Artist

Artist Rhonda Barrett lives in Pavilion,a small town in Western NY. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Duane for 25 yrs and they have four sons together.

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In her own words,

"She shoots straight up photography, no overlays or treatments to try to pretty it up. Her photographs are pretty great straight from the camera."

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Autum Leaves!

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Classic Black and White.

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Beautiful skyline with silhouettes of the land.

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Beautiful composition and stunning in tone and color. This is where Rhonda Barrett has outshone herself. I could eaily hang this on my own wall, but every artist I feature is making me poorer by the minute!

She also has tried her hand at digital art,fractal art,photo manipulation and most recently,kaleidoscopic art.

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Green is beautiful!

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Beautiful pink artwork!

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Stunning Macro with the most gorgeous colors!

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Digital art and photography - a Gerbera styled with Gimp into a "painting".

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Fractal art - where an artist truly has to know "math".

You can visit Rhonda Barrett and see her full portfolio by clicking the link below!

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Note: All works are copyright all right reserved Rhonda Barrett 2012 and may not be reproduced by any means whatsoever without the artists permission.

With Kind thanks to Rhonda for granting me permission to feature her.

Zeana Romanovna
www.romanovna.com

Featured Artist : Holly Donohoe

Holly Donohoe was born in Ottawa, Canada and now lives, works, and plays in Gainesville, Florida. Her primary medium is acrylic on canvas, but mixed media and texture are her muse.

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Employing strong elements of design and color, Holly is currently working on a series of dramatic florals that represent the vibrancy of Florida.

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Her passion for world travel and the natural environment are reflected in her paintings as she is inspired and deeply moved by the cultures and vibrancy of the places she visits.

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Holly's paintings are in collections throughout North America and she was named one of Gainesville's 'Most Interesting People' by INsite magazine in 2012.

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Beautiful color selections by Holly Donohoe.

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Graceful, sensual and yet tasteful. Like many artists today, Holly appears to create a fine art decorative appeal for her followers - I can easily see many of her works suiting different rooms within a home, or certain works being easily suited to businesses.

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At work? I can certainly see a designer in Holly!

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Relaxing Bamboo!

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Excellent tonal black and white artwork - very suitable for an office or study!

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Light, airy and full of sunshine, Holly Donohoe knows how to use tonal changes to her advantage.

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Artwork fit for any room in the home, but this one I could take home. I love the lines and asymmetry within symmetry.

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Over the sofa? Beautiful tones and colors to bring ambience to a room. The center of the flower almost glows. Definitely the hallmark of an artist who knows how to use light and color to his or her advantage and mastery of craft. Holly Donohoe is extremely gifted in using form and shape to create her art!

I would like to thank Holly for giving me permission to feature her works.

Please take the time out to visit her portfolio by clicking the link below.

Holly Donohoe Fine Art

Note: All works are copyright Holly Donohoe 2012 and may not be reproduced in any way whatsoever without the permission of the artist.

Thank you, Holly. This has been a pleasure for me.
Zeana

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Loretta Luglio : Featured Artist

Loretta Luglio is an extremely talented representational artist. Her works resonate with beautiful color, form, tone and composition.


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Loretta says "I am a full time representational artist, executing most of my work primarily in but not limited to oil. I occasionally work in pastel and watercolor. My work is inspired by all that is around me. I prefer to paint scenes from every day life.


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Art has always been a passion of mine. I knew from a very early age that art was going to be a strong influence in my life and that I wanted to know as much about art as I could possibly learn. I still strive to learn something new every day. After many years working in commercial art, making a living as a graphic artist for Lockheed Martin, I opened my art studio to the dedication of purely traditional art.


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I work from photographs taken by me, acquired snapshots, client family photos and some life drawing. Often working in series, my work progresses through various themes so I always have a new challenge.


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I attended Graphic Design of Delaware Valley (GADV) and, later in my career, the Art Institute of Philadelphia for graphic and web design and Flash web-based software for marketing trade shows and website application.


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I have attended several workshops and studied traditional painting under Robert Spriggle and later, Juanita Crosby (former owner of The Firehouse Gallery located in Bordentown, NJ), both of New Jersey.


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I have 2 studios. My primary studio is in Bucks County, PA where I am active in the local art scene. I also spend a good portion of my time on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where I spend much of the summer. I consider myself blessed to be surrounded by such a variety of nature. The wetlands of the Eastern Shore are reflected in much of my work. The natural beauty of both areas provides an abundance of subject matter.


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I continue to exhibit in regional and national shows. My works have been exhibited in Bucks and Delaware County in Pennsylvania, Stockton, New Jersey and Maryland's Eastern Shore. My work has sold in Europe and Australia and are in permanent private collections throughout the United States.

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Personally, I find Loretta's last comment very profound.

"I once had an art teacher who described art as being another language - the language of vision. This thought has lingered with me over the years and I've come to believe that this is very, very true."


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Yes, I adore sunflowers!


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Sumptuous colors and attention to important detail really stand out to me in the paintings of Loretta Luglio.
It has been a glorious pleasure to feature Loretta's works, and I wish her the best in what already is a very thriving art career.

Please click the link below and enjoy her entire portfolio!
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Notice : Please do not download or copy any of Loretta Lugio's work. All images here and her web site are fully protected by U.S. and international copyright laws, all rights reserved. The images may not be copied, reproduced, manipulated or used in any way, without written permission of Loretta Luglio. Any unauthorized usage will be prosecuted to the full extent of U.S. Copyright Law.

Richard Rizzo : Featured Artist

Richard Rizzo opens his portfolio with his own words about why he creates his art and the feelings that arise within during the creative process.

Richard says, "'What I enjoy most about creating is my imagination running rampant, it frees my thoughts of being constrained to time and place' - Richard Rizzo"

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Richard Rizzo's art is full of rich imaginative works which run from the totally sublime right through to classic works of art in his chosen mediums.

Richard Rizzo has been creating art for most of his life, his earliest years during the 1960's had the most impact on his imagination while living in the NYC area where he witnessed the art culture scene.

Primarily a self taught artist, Richard has worked in many mediums including painting and photography to name a few.

He has been self employed in the decorative arts as a muralist and faux finisher for more then 20 years in both NC and Florida working with many top designers and fellow artisans.

His interest in styles vary but mostly he enjoys minimalist and modern art.

Today in his fifties, digital art has become Richard’s most creative outlet, here he has the ability to transform his most imaginative visions into reality using computer software applications such as Vue, Modo, SketchUp and Photoshop to name a few while constantly experimenting in different styles and techniques as he constantly looks toward the future.

Speaking from experience I can state categorically that the many programs listed above are far from easy to learn, and least of all to create a work worthy of a print.

Richard Rizzo, however, does just that, and does it within a class of his own.

Here are some of his works I hope you will enjoy perusing!

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"The Essence Of Life" Modeled in Modo, rendered in Vue, post processed in Photoshop"

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A digital abstract using the Neoplasticism style of shapes, lines, line weight and primary colors to achieve balance.

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A digitally created minimalistic piece. I remember being fascinated by chrome bearing knockers when I was young, the cherry red color was added for increased interest especially since I always liked cherries too.

I adore the cherries and need to buy more art - this is on my list!

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A contemporary look at steps from another perspective.

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What wonderful memories I have of the days I use to mountain climb, today I try to recreate those thoughts on a digital canvas. Cold Mountain captures the feel of the thawing mountains as the low clouds move between peaks.

To those who do not know the programs used by the artist to create such scenic beauty as above, they are as difficult to utilize as any oil painting or photograph, which is where I always stand in the grey area and say "I am interested in an end product; not in how an artist arrives there."

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A lost ship finds its way home.

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A runway race between a corvette and an A-4 Skyhawk, both of these beauties are from the same era.

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The alignment occurs once every millennium for an extraordinary event.

Truth or fiction?

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In his own words regarding the above work, Richard says "This is one I'm leaving open for interpretation. :-) 3D Digital Art"


It also happens to be another personal favorite.

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Photographed using 35mm Kodak High Speed Infrared film. (circa 1997)

Beautiful image with a touch of classy romance - that's my opinion, anyway.

My many thanks goes to Richard Rizzo for granting me permission to feature a mere fragment of his portfolio. With every artist I feature, I struggle with what works to show you - these artists are so talented and diverse, so the best I can do is show you images and creations that appeal to me. Like all things, art is subjective.

Please be sure and have an extra coffee and visit Richard's portfolio and I promise, you won't be disappointed.

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Richard Rizzo Digital Art and Designs

Please note : The content (content being images and artists statement)is copyright © RICHARD RIZZO 2012. All rights expressly reserved. Do not reproduce images and content in any form without the permission of the artist, Richard Rizzo.

Happy Viewing!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Featured Artist Mel Steinhauer

Mel Steinhauer says in his own words : "My love for photography began as a boy when I was taught the basics by my father. During a tour of duty in Vietnam, I purchased a Nikon camera and dreamed of becoming a photographer. A family and career put that dream on hold, however I always enjoyed taking photographs. Several years ago, after surviving another kind of war with cancer, I began to really see the beauty in our world. Equipped with a new awareness of life and improved photographic vision, I am now able to find beautiful scenes almost everywhere."

Mel's words are very true, and his portfolio is complete with an abundance of imagery for my eyes to enjoy; until I post this :)

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On State Road 135 just north of Nashville, somewhere between Indianapolis and Bloomington, I took another trip back in time. This covered bridge was built by Joseph Basley way back in 1880 and it is still in use today. A winding country road that crosses over a small creek takes you back to a small town with the same name. Here is where "The Father of Bluegrass " country music legend Bill Monroe once called home. One early winter afternoon on my way to a big city, I decided to go a few extra miles just to stop and capture the beauty of the old Bean Blossom Bridge.

Personally, I find the image to be very romantic and am unsure as to why.

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Cades Cove is a peaceful valley nestled between the Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. In the early 1800s, European immigrants came here to settle down and co-exist with native Cherokee Indians. They called this cove Tsiyahi, or the place of the river otter. Elk, bison and many other wildlife were abundant here as well. A convenient driving tour now takes you to several well preserved homes and churches. This beautiful pathway will lead you into the home of the Oliver family, for long ago they built themselves "A Smoky Mountain Cabin."

I could easily spend a day here!

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Kentucky is famous for many more things than just the world's best thoroughbred horses and fried chicken. For over 200 years, Kentucky's distilleries have produced the world's finest bourbons. In the region just west of Lexington, highly-skilled craftsman have been passing on their secret recipes and processes from one generation to the next. Here you will find the makers of Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Maker's Mark, Four Roses, Heaven Hill and Woodford Reserve. The bourbons at Woodford Reserve are triple-distilled in these beautiful copper pots and then carefully aged in charred oak barrels for years. Open to the public for educational tours, tastings and unique gifts, traveling along The Bourbon Trail is a very enjoyable experience. Here you will find proof that the makers of the world's best bourbons are ... Still In Kentucky.

Glorious, sumptuous color!

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What is it about pathways that intrigue we humans? Is it a quest to find out where they lead? I don't know the answer, but I am enjoying this wonderful image with such living color.

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In a peaceful valley of the Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee, is an area known as Cade's Cove. Settled by early pioneers who learned to live off the land and build what was needed to survive. In the 1870's, John Cable built this small grist mill, to grind grain into cornmeal and wheat into flour. A mill flume diverted water from a nearby stream, to turn the wheel and a series of gears which caused the millstone to rotate. Today, tourists can watch history still working at the Cable Grist Mill!

I can see this image as a print on a wall in a study, or somewhere someone wishes to spend time in peaceful thought and meditation.

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One of the most photographed locations in Glacier National Park can be found near the East Entrance and the beginning of the Going To The Sun Road. A tiny island on St. Mary's Lake where legend says a beautiful Indian maiden met a handsome warrior from an opposing tribe. Their love was forbidden and could not be, so they met in secret one night on the island. The Great Spirit heard their prayers and transformed them into geese, who naturally mate for life. Here, their love endured and they lived happily ever after on Wild Goose Island.

Divine imagery!

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A trip to Dublin required a brief visit to St. Patrick's, the National Cathedral of Ireland. Built in the early 13th century, the faithful have worshipped here for over 800 years. On a cloudy and rainy day, scenes inside were much more colorful and appealing. The first Knight was installed on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, 1783. Each Knight would give his banner, a symbolic helmet and sword, to the Cathedral. They were placed above his seat in the choir, where they still remain today, for all to see and to honor the Knights Of St. Patrick's.

For anyone who has stood amongst such excellent architcxture such as this, they will know the meaning of the words "I feel so small". If you have never experienced this, it's very worthwhile. Mel's interpretative imagery brings to viewers a definite feeling of "being there".

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Just before Christmas in 1968, my unit visited an orphanage in Saigon, on a different kind of mission. There I enjoyed the pleasure of having some time with these wonderful young girls. I was only 19 and had much to learn about everything, so they taught me a few words and how to count in their language. But then I learned so much more than that. Born into a country already at war long before my arrival, they were just innocent victims sharing a common bond. They all dreamed that one day their missing family members would return to them somehow. They all wished that everyone they knew could live without the fears and dangers of war. They all just wanted to play games, have fun and live in peace. I also wanted that for them, these wonderful Children Of Hope.

There is beauty that we see and beauty that we feel, and or see. In this image I have indulged the more emotive side of my own personality to share the beauty of Mel Steinhauer's Artistic Photography.

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The tip of northern Kentucky consists of many different small communities. These friendly little cities are connected to each other along the famous old " Highway To Dixie " that runs North to South through Covington, Park Hills, Ft. Wright, Ft. Mitchell, Lakeside Park, Crestview Hills, Edgewood, Erlanger, Elsmere and Florence, just to name a few. When you leave the boundaries of one, you immediately enter into the next community. During emergencies or other times of need, they often rely on help from a nearby friend. At the Ft. Wright Fire Station their simple motto is " Neighbors Helping Neighbors " and the men and women who work here are always Ready To Roll.

Are you ready to roll?

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Tall buildings in big cities often provide dramatic views of the surrounding area. Cincinnati's tallest building, the Carew Tower is no exception. Built in 1929, it's still a grand old building and became a National Historic Landmark in 1994. At a height of 574 feet, the 49th floor observation deck is open to the public for a small fee. From way up here you can see for miles off in the distance, or you can look down on the much shorter buildings nearby. It was very interesting indeed, to see the old within the new, when I saw these beautiful Tower Reflections.

Mel Steinhauer is certainly and extremely diverse artist and it has been by honor to feature him with all my thanks!

Please visit Mel Steinhauer's Portfolio and enjoy the ride! Click his name - Mel Steinhauer Scenes From Far And Near

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