Leti C. Stiles
Leti C. Stiles
is a self-taught artist that loves to explore diverse styles and mediums. For the past 25 years, she has immersed herself in the creative process. She has been inspired to explore her creativity and artistic abilities in a variety of mediums; fine art on silk, oil painting, impressionist plein air, mandala art and jewelry design. Leti is well-known in Irvine, California, as a gifted facilitator. Her teaching style is warm, playful, encouraging creativity and enjoyment.
Everything we see is a reflection of ones' Self. When one sees and feels wonder and joy, know that you experience the joy of Self.
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I enjoy painting the local Southern California landscapes, especially the local canyons. Whenever possible, I travel to my favorite designation – Kauai, where I can explore and capture beautiful, lush and exotic new scenery. I never grow tired of painting the Na'Pali coast. The north coast of Kauai is timeless and is very reminiscent of old Hawaii. It's a wonderful and magnificent place.
I am proud to be a part of the arts community in Southern California. I am a member of the Artist Eye Gallery in Laguna Beach and I serve on the Board of Laguna’s Sawdust Winter Fantasy. I also enjoy exhibiting locally in the Southern California area at a variety of outdoor art shows." www.SusanLeonhardFineArt.com
Erin Houghton identifies herself as a modern day impressionist whose paintings are an expression of her love for the beauty and simplicity of God's creation. She is inspired and paints the beauty of everyday life. The softness of the southern flowers Erin grew up with in North Carolina and the brilliant California sun have influenced her unique palette and style.
She has exhibited her work at The Showcase Gallery, Bonjour Artistes, Roger Gardens, The Balboa Island Art walk and was one of three artist chosen to
participate in Aaron Brother's Artist Gallery weekend to celebrate the opening of one of their new locations. www.thepaintedgarden.blogspot.com.
Kara Lee - "My work is primarily acrylic paintings on canvas. The beauty of Southern California, where I’ve been a resident since 2003, has largely inspired my recent artwork. A vast array of travel and overseas living experiences has enriched my choice of subject matter and appreciation for new and exotic ideas.
My mission is to create images that can convey a sense of pleasure to the viewer, whether it is joy, peace, or tranquility.
My paintings have been sold locally as well as in Canada and Korea. I am a signature member of International Society of Acrylic Painters and a member of Orange County Fine Arts and currently represented by the Artist Eye Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA."
Roger D. Reading
Roger D. Reading began his serious interest in photography as a hobby in the early 1980’s.
Roger tries in his photography to capture the repetitive rhythms and sensual contours of natural and man-made forms. He wants to communicate in his photos the joy and reverence he feels in natural places and in man-made places that have sat unoccupied for years. He also strives to create a work of art that has lasting value.
The first half of my life was in North Carolina, sheltered by the tall canopy of trees from the persistent rain and the second half in California under a full canopy of sky flooded by the persistent sun. Both environments have affected my view. I have encompassed both landscapes in the scope of my life and now call both "home." Out of a full spectrum of creative choices, my paintings and sculptures range from the precision of formal portraiture to the energy and freedom of impressionism. My sculptures are simultaneously geometric and organic, structured and free flowing-as expressions of life’s energy and bounds
Richard D. Sweatt
Richard has a 40 year advertising career which has included full time positions as an Art Director, Senior Art Director and Freelance Graphic Designer. The last fifteen years he has had is own business, Mouse Images. His business includes both traditional artwork and computer art. Since starting his own business, he has had a personal and professional impact on the graphics field.
My paintings are created often as a series using mixed media-acrylic, oil, burlap, sand, silver leafing. I explore the effects of technology, and nature. I love using strong color to create impact.
The images I make are mainly expressions of my response to the natural world and are influenced by events in my life. I use whatever media attracts me, enjoying combining, mixing and interacting with the various media for their intrinsic value. I make images that express what I see, feel, and think. My goal is personal expression through a variety of media. I respond to and interpret light, color, form, and line to create compositions and images that speak to the soul. I hope you enjoy my work.
My pastel floral portraits capture a very brief moment in time, a bud ready to burst open or a flower in full bloom. My “colorcapes” vibrate with artistic energy, capture the play of light and shadow, and entertain the eye. I travel extensively and try to photographically capture a sense of place and time, the details that many never see, the objects that tell a story, and of course, flowers, whether in formal gardens, an old pot or growing wild along the side of the road. I work with these images back in my studio and hope to convey the same sense of wonder that I experienced.
As an emerging Palette Knife artist, I am so blessed and excited to be able to capture my love of the land and sea through my oil paintings. As an artist, we are inspired in so many ways. For me it starts with looking to the sky and being amazed by the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Nature offers the images and I work to translate the vision to canvas.
Along with the Cove Gallery, Garry’s work can be viewed at certain events throughout the year at the Showcase Gallery near South Coast Plaza Mall.
Garry accepts Commission Work and will customize paintings to the color and size of your preference. Garry’s previous commissioned works are in private homes in San Antonio and Houston Texas, Southern California, Long Beach Island New Jersey, Boston MA, Denver CO and Honolulu, Hawaii.
I am an Abstract Expressionist, Mixed media Arts and a Southern California native. I am self-taught and developed my skills through workshops with local artists, self study courses and simply playing with the paint and various materials. Vibrant color, dimension and textural elements give my work its distinctive style. I want my paintings to captivate the viewer and intrigue them to look closer at what's under the surface. My passion for hearts often finds its way onto the canvas subtly or as a bold statement.
Barbara is an internationally known calligrapher, designer, instructor of many years.
Her studio is located in southern California. She has taught workshops, lectured in many states of the country and in Canada and has taught at several International Lettering Conferences. She has designed the logo masthead for Somerset Studio Magazine and a calligraphic font cartridge for ProvoCraft’s Cricut machine and greeting cards for Marcel Schurman/Papyrus. Her work can be seen in national magazines and in private collections. www.barbclose.com
I have spent the last several years developing a painterly language
through which I seek to capture a vitality beyond the establishment of a
mere ‘likeness’ to the subject. While I appreciate the importance of the
individual being recognizable, their inner selves hinted at but
I was born in Japan and graduated Art school in Tokyo.
I even went Rome Italy to study art, my heart's desire!
I was able to stay in New York in 1986~7 and immigrated to the LosAngeles in 2001.
I was in restaurants business for many years and could not squeeze out enough time for painting.
It's hard but now I concentrate and devote myself more to Art, art fulfills my life.
I was very lucky to have found OCFA and participate and communicate with other artists here !
"Taking a photograph is easy. Making a photograph is hard. The challenge of digital photography is finding the one image that speaks to you, and then using the digital tools to bring out the hidden beauty in its textures and shapes." ~ Ellen Seefeldt
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I produce ceramic hand built and wheel thrown vessels from the classic to the eclectic; functional and decorative. My hand built surfaces are intentionally distressed and inspiration stems from historic pottery, fabric patterns, eucalyptus pods, seashells and more.
Having studied ceramics in Boston, MA, I worked with David Smythe in Woodstock, NY. I am currently throwing at the Irvine Fine Arts Center.
I am the Showcase Gallery Director for OCFA
I was born in Israel, grew up partly in the USA and partly in Israel. All my life I have lived close to the beach and have felt drawn to the power and energy of the ocean. Add to the ocean the stories of the people, and you get a powerful message of hope, strength, serenity and connection. I hope my stories touch a cord in the stories of your life. I work primarily in digital, with some acrylic and fiber, moving back and forth between them fluidly to create the scene and mood and story I am trying to tell.
I love putting your stories onto the canvas and welcome commissions.
My work can be seen at the Artist Eye Gallery in Laguna Beach
My inspiration for a piece comes to me in different ways. It may be an expression, the look in someone's eyes, or the way someone moves. As I paint, I strive to capture that moment.
It has been said that my portraits of women with red cheeks take the viewer back in time as reminders of years gone bye. When I paint women, I strive to show a certain strength, power, and sometimes vulnerability.
My work with collage allows me to release my energy. I can explore all possibilities between reality and abstraction - Delores Peffley
A free-spirited, Southern California Native with an admirable appreciation for life, Nancy Villere has spent much of her successful career focused on capturing inner and outer beauty by providing professional boudoir and commercial photography. Her expertise in capturing the female form with a flash has allowed er to acutely depict deeply personal renderings of the woman's body in her Figurative paintings.
Shakiba Hashemi was born in Iran in a strict and oppressive environment. "I needed an outlet to release my frustration and with the help of my aunt, who was an artist, I discovered art." Painting gave her an opportunity to get lost in the world of creativity and to feel free. She migrated to America with her parents when she was a teenager and has pursued her passion and art ever since. Her favorite subject is painting birds the symbol of freedom.
Having a perceptive imagination which allows me to quickly frame and immortalize a scene, an attitude or a personality, I have created my own unique style--an artistic love affair--which I now wish to share with you. Through the eye of my camera, I strive to capture yesterday, today and tomorrow. I truly believe that art can promote peace and understanding in the world's societies.
- Evelyn Morris
I have been an artist ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon and my love of art continues to be a major passion. I was a student of art when I lived in the UK and have continued to learn and create since becoming an OC local several years ago. I am fascinated with faces - people and pets - and I specialize in custom portraits in watercolor, acrylic and graphite.
Please use the link to visit my website and contact me directly. Many thanks, Katy Brack
I started art very early after graduating from University. I brought all my passion for life and dedicated it to my art. Water color on silk and oil painting are my favorite medium and I also work on acrylic and mixed media. I specialize in exhibiting the beauty of women.
I became a Fashion Jewelry Designer in 2009 and a member of OCFA in 2014.
John H. Stewart
The beauty of nature awes me! I am constantly looking at my environment and the things that surround me. I want to share my visions with others through photography and sculpture. I try to create a replica of what I see in nature with authentic and accurate representation, looking for that one fleeting moment that depicts the innermost nature of the creatures I am sculpting. It is a great opportunity to share with others the fantastic things I have seen and how I have seen them in my own mind. www.westbaystudio.com
The effects of shadow and light have always fascinated me. The drama it can create is something I try to infuse in my paintings. I have found that the way sunlight will dapple its presence around our lives revealing both the coolness of shad and the warmth of sunlight, can fill one’s spirit with a sense of calm. I try to create within each of my paintings a romantic, impressionistic realism that is somewhere between reality and a dream.I have come to learn that people may forget the words you speak and they may not recall the things you have done, but people will always remember the way you made them feel .
I am a cat loving, color blind self-taught artist who began painting 25 years ago in order to put form on, and externalize inner images to try to illuminate early feeling-states in an attempt to better understand and overcome early experiences. Thus, much of the work is a reflection of the unconscious made conscious, portals to the soul, a personal exploration.
Many are metaphors, symbols of affective experiences, and of dreamlife. Some are the reflection of a worldview, others simply recurring images that insisted on the light.
Throughout my life I have witnessed many aspects of the human condition, these have strengthened and shaped my character. Through my art I want to encourage others to have greater appreciation for life despite the hardships and difficult journeys. My goal is to preserve the beauty in the world and to make selfless efforts to promote humanitarian causes.
I've always been fascinated by color and light. I was most likely influenced by the wonderful sunsets at the beach in Corona del Mar where I lived as a child. I'm drawn to the excitement, surprise and wonder of watercolor. I enjoy the discipline of planning each new art piece. I am a juried exhibitor at Art-A-Fair during the summer and my artwork can also be seen at the Art Center at the Watercolor Gallery in Laguna Beach, California.
Tanya U Lozano
I usually begin by pouring 3 to 4 colors allowing them to mingle resulting in additional colors. I check out the results as I have begun without a subject in mind. I allow the paint to guide me and use my imagination to choose a theme and mood. My paintings are rarely planned but seem to end up representing nature. If There are no images, I pour more paint. I don't worry about the outcome I just continue painting doing whatever works to see what evolves. Eventually it becomes a puzzle to pull together. I'll use watercolor, acrylic, collage, charcoal, pastel and positive/negative painting to make it work! The results are intuitive abstraction with some subject matter, lots of layers, shapes, texture, color, patterns and line.
When I take a photograph I want to do more that just take a pretty picture. It is my mission to capture a specific moment, a look, an innocence, a feeling ...a piece of one's story. When I paint I feel a freedom of expression, a joy, a renewal and fire in my spirit. Once I find that that magical moment with my camera, I then transform the portrait to a new dimension of beauty and elegance.
I started painting at the end of 2014, when my cousin-in-law gave me a pair of painted mason jars for my birthday. It inspired me to try painting my own jars and eventually I switched to painting on canvas. I like to combine bold colors and shapes to create striking pieces that grab people's attention. My goal with each piece is to illicit, within the viewer, a feeling of joy and wonder.