The Member Gallery is an alphabetical listing by last name. Click on a picture and it will activate a slideshow of work. Each listing shows an example of the artist's work, their website link, and a short artist statement. If an artist is open during certain hours during the year, it will be noted as OPEN365.Click on their website link to make an appointment.
My most recent paintings are influenced by the brilliant light, blue sky, earth tones and American Southwest architecture. All the paintings carry a narrative or a story about my life’s journeys, those that I take and the journey that the artwork has been on in the studio. The textures, colors and structures of each environment dictate the number of pieces in a series and the size. The artwork while predominately simple and abstract are based on reality. I consider my work to be visual conversations about life choices and the meaning of spirit to overcome challenges. OPEN365.
FAVORITE PLACES: Clafoutis
The word encaustic comes from the Greek word “enkaustikos” which means “to burn in”. The oldest surviving piece is from the 1st century B.C. The process is an ancient technique involving melted beeswax, damar resin and pigment applied in layers which are like translucent veils. I seek to create images that resonate with my history as well as the modern; the rare and the common. The fusion of each layer of wax to the layers beneath with the fire of a blowtorch helps me physically and emotionally build the story I am telling-or the statement I am making- with each of my pieces. Each step of the process is part of the building blocks of memories and imprints in my life and subconsciousness. Like weaving, the warps and wefts of realties and dreams are literally fused together into wax images.
FAVORITE PLACES: Tesuque Village Market, El Nido
My work as shown on my website, Southwest Abstractions, abstracts nature. Inspired by the light, culture and natural beauty of the southwest, my main body of work is a series of atmospheric landscapes celebrating this Land of Enchantment. By using mostly warm colors – red, rust, orange, ochre and yellow – I try to convey the warmth and beauty of New Mexico’s high desert. I work in a variety of mediums for I love the transparency of watercolors, the vibrancy of acrylics, and the velvety textures of oils. OPEN365.
FAVORITE PLACES: Tea House on Canyon Road
Watercolor is of the moment. When it works it is fresh and luminous, with the purest sense of color. The immediacy of it moves with the changing flow of light. My purpose is to use watercolor to my advantage in capturing the vast and charged landscapes in the West. Idea occupies a central role in the creation of my visual presentation. For me if a painting or drawing does not provoke, stimulate, then it is merely a 2-dimensional design. My concern is with man, as conceiver: politically, socially, economically, religiously, and spiritually and as destroyer: politically, socially, economically, religiously, and spiritually. I see man as a face concealing these two beings. I produce an image of man as uncompleted and I do this as a visual riddle in paint, with inductive brush strokes on pellucid surfaces. OPEN365.
FAVORITE PLACES: Meow Wolf
Carole Bowker of Thomas-Carole Bowker Fine Art Studio: "When you visit our gallery and studio you will notice that my works of art are “as eclectic in source, materials and outcome as the lands in which we have lived.” With a background in painting, design, art history and the natural sciences, my art works and jewelry design are augmented with that of a painter’s eye and artist’s palette integrating a keen interest in color, earth and form. My works in paper, paint, jewelry and clay are represented by direct observation of pristine places of natural beauty, including Northern New Mexico, where I have lived, studied, worked and traveled.
My approach to art is to portray, in a variety of media, the essence, nuance and structure of nature in the least complex way. OPEN365.
FAVORITE PLACES: The Compound
Thomas Bowker of Thomas-Carole Bowker Fine Art Studio: "My art is a visual, concrete and elemental language represented in two and three dimensional works and is done in a direct fashion, rarely making use of a maquette or preliminary drawings. I do not try to restrict or narrow its translation, choosing rather to broaden its meaning and impact to the greatest possible audience. I engage the viewer’s mind to think about their closely held beliefs…to challenge their aesthetic understanding and question their own values.
The art I create is not restricted to any one medium and typically represents a deep probing and often metaphorical investigation." OPEN365.
FAVORITE PLACES: Geronimos
For me, creating art is a way to explore another reality. My imaginings originate from memory, dreams, and a personal interpretation of how I respond to the world. My works reflect how light, energy, landscape, and culture are internalized and manifest within me. This becomes a compelling force to create a sense of an otherwise unknown place. Over time, my aesthetic has developed in a fashion that expresses the objective world and the dream state to convey a unique beauty and visual reference outside our physical reality, not measured or truly known to exist.
WEBSITE: coming soon CONTACT: email@example.com
FAVORITE PLACES: Bishop’s Lodge, Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Dale Ball Trails
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