Eulalie, pronounced U' la lee is an award winning southwestern artist. Friends often call her by her nickname, Lee Brown. She currently lives near Tucson, Arizona where she explores the color and light of the southwest. She paints in layers to create depth and interest on the finished surface. She evokes an emotion, a sense of place, in her art. Eulalie enjoys working in water media on paper or canvas. Color, shape and texture dominate her images. She likes to play with color and mark making. She enjoys transparent and opaque paints.
Eulalie has achieved the status of Saguaro Fellow in the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. She frequently exhibits in the juried shows in their gallery. Her work has recently been shown at the Sonoran Desert Museum, the Tubac Center for the Arts, the Sedona Arts Center where she received First Place in the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society show, and the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce.
Eulalie’s experiences include studying art at Parson’s School of Design in New York. She received her BA in Art Education from C.W. Post College on Long Island. She holds an MA in Special Education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She taught in the Pikes Peak region for many years. She worked in Colorado Springs as a painter, digital artist, website designer, and teacher. She was a member of the Bridge Art Gallery, the Colorado Springs Art Guild and the Pixilated Palette Art Group in Denver. She has received many awards for her art work.
Lisa Drew creates art work from her photography in the form of abstract, landscape, and nature. Her work has been featured in several gallery shows and exhibitions including the MN State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, The Minneapolis Convention Center, Robbin Gallery, & and Hallberg Center for the Arts.
Raditia Lasry grew up in Switzerland and now lives in the United States. Throughout her life, she has had the opportunity to be in touch with various cultures, religions, beliefs, and world views that supported her vision of what in means to be human.
Her curiosity about people and relationships was always her passion. It became a mission of helping people find their way in being themselves while existing in social, relations, natural , and educational structure and limitations.
She believes that the key to success in life is to be yourself while finding a way to move through the complexity of being human and building deeper connections with one another.
Growing up in Minnesota, Susan learned to revere nature. Whether exploring along Minnehaha Creek, watching bald eagles and loons on Deer Lake, or walking along the cliffs at the North Shore, she was mesmerized by the beauty of nature. This has been a theme her entire life wherever she has lived or traveled.
Throughout her varied career as Freelance Photographer, Realtor, Speaker, Life Coach, and Feng Shui consultant, Susan has loved capturing beauty with her camera. Favorite subjects include reflections in water, rust and decay, cloud formations, light patterns and shadows, architecture, animals in their natural habitats, and landscapes. In recent years, her photographs have been featured in several gallery shows.
Susan and her husband Gregg spend part of the year in Arizona, road tripping back and forth between Minneapolis and Tucson, taking time to venture off the beaten path. Gregg is a videographer, so they share a passion for capturing images on their journeys.
When capturing beauty with my camera I am in the moment. It is one of my favorite things in life. I see beauty in expected - and unexpected - places and I love to reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Gary Nix grew up in Bloomington Minnesota. He had many hobbies but a love for drawing and painting lead him to major in Graphic Design. He would settle in Chanhassen, Minnesota with his wife and two kids. His busy life never stopped him from creating personal projects and commissions.
Gary tries to express his observations, travels, and experiences through his paintings. And like many outdoor enthusiasts, there are few limits to his exploration. One of his favorite times to take a long hike is after a fresh snowfall (the more inches the better). He has always embraced the regional extremes of his home state. It allows him to
expand his palette and learn in an ever-changing environment. His recent love for Plein Air painting has also allowed Gary to connect to the community. He has no problem when strangers ask questions while he paints the outdoors.
Gary's current mentor, Joe Paquet, has helped him understand Plein Air on a granular level. Paquet's teaching of hierarchical and rhythmic composition, as well as the importance of an underpainting, form, extremely subtle shifts in value, color as value, a sense of space, and the use of the prismatic palette, have all been instrumental.
I look for unexpected beauty in the ordinary and in nature. My journey is not a replication. I want to create an experience that resonates and moves the viewer as it did me at the moment. The translation into paint occurs through careful observation and experimentation. I manipulate shapes, colors, and space to create a hierarchical structure. This builds an independent structure that reveals the final painting. I like my work to be a combination of my idea and the original reference.
Lise Spence-Parsons, a Brit ex-pat now residing in the Minneapolis suburbs, is a former accountant in the advertising world. Coming from an artistically based family, she explores several creative paths, including jewelry design, writing and watercolor painting.
Through her company, Lottie’s Trinkets, she designs jewelry, which she sells at art fairs, online via her website, and also through various galleries. Being in business since 2005, has allowed her to experiment in many design spheres.
She enjoys writing short stories and has published two collections of short stories, The Shorts, and Skirting the Issues. It will be followed by her first novel The Remains of Men, a novel set in London and northern France.
Lise also spends time watercolor painting, mainly still life pieces, fruit, books and pots seem to feature in a lot of compositions.
As a give-back to the local community, Lise serves as President for The Maple Grove Arts Center. She also serves as a board member on her city’s destination marketing organization, Experience Maple Grove.
Diana Pierce started storytelling with a camera long ago and for most of her
career she was in front of a video camera as a news reporter and anchor for
different television stations with the last one being KARE-TV (NBC), Minneapolis, MN. Now, in retirement, she has picked up a mirrorless camera and tells stories from behind the lens letting the image speak. She has captured landscapes from the Arctic to the American Southwest. Recently, though, her landscapes are in macro form, and she sees nature at its best in flower images.
Fran Schlosser is a Calgary artist, illustrator, and instructor. Although creative her whole life, it was in the fall of 1998, she had an incredible urge to paint seriously and enrolled in U of S painting classes in Saskatchewan, and has not stopped painting and learning since, attending a weekly open masterclass in Calgary, and taking advanced portrait, figurative and sculpture workshops whenever possible with many well-known artists in Canada and the USA. She has participated in many Gallery art shows, and her art resides in homes across Canada, the USA and as far as Australia. Figurative work has always been a favourite of mine with a focus on the portrait.
It is utterly fascinating to me how an image on paper or canvas can capture the
essence of an individual. To create a story, to see a persona, a character, emerge from a blank, white state, "to witness the point during the process that the paint on the canvas becomes “alive”, when the paint ceases to be paint, and a being emerges, for me, is just magical!"
I would say my style is an intuitive, sensitive, colourful, realism.
As much as I love painting the human being, I also take great pleasure in painting the things in my life that spark joy – the florals, the animals, the dresses, the accessories, the music, the entertainment, the fantasy and occasionally, a place that I have been or would love to be. Some days I like to paint with a knife – thick paint straight from the tube, mixed directly on the canvas, other days I prefer to paint with my brushes and mix the paint on the palette, in a more meditative way.
"My mind is noisy, and I find myself drawn to subjects and processes that I like to explore for a while, move on to something different and then circle back again. Threaded into all of this is a deep appreciation for colour, drama, and skill building.”
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