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First Place

Wayne King

"Spring's Dance of Form"

Monochrome , 6" x 12"

Sale Price $395

Artist Statement

“The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.” ~ Sir Francis Bacon

For me a straight photograph is rarely enough to capture the essence of what I am seeking to express. Don’t get me wrong. I have a deep appreciation for the pure photograph as art. I think that Dorothea Lange or Ansel Adams or Edward Weston are extraordinary artists and a “simple” color or black and white image can have the impact or beauty of any great work of art. However, for me I generally want to make the art of creating an image a process that goes beyond the simple art form to what I have termed a “dreamlike quintessentialism” designed to spark an emotional response from the viewer. Even now as the words escape my figurative lips they seem contrived, arrogant – an affectation. Yet, for the life of me I can’t find a more apt way to explain either the process or the outcome when I undertake to create an image. Perhaps it is a measure of my own failing as an artist. The fact that I can only rarely capture an image that I find satisfying without my intervention.

 Often when looking to create an impact I find myself torn between trying to disguise my treachery and flaunting it. Sometimes I choose to disguise it and sometimes I chose to flaunt it – ignoring perfect straight lines and making them rough and imperfect. It usually works for me, it may not work for you or you may find it as compelling as do I.

 That’s what makes the world an interesting place and that’s what achieves dreamlike quintessentialism in my own universe.

 “Spring’s Dance of Form” is an image that rises to this level. Perhaps that is why it was chosen by the Bauhaus Prairie Gallery for the honor of 1st place in their 2018 Still Life Competition. On the day I photographed the Skunk Cabbage that became Spring’s Dance it was the first real warm day in the shadow of Rattlesnake Ridge in New Hampshire where I live. Anyone who goes out on that first warm day will find almost nothing growing . . . nothing, that is, except Skunk Cabbage which has thrust it’s green leaves into the cool spring air. While its color does indeed provide a stark contrast to the browns, beiges and muted greens of the landscape the color is less important than the form. Not to say that I didn’t try by creating an image titled “Spring’s First Blossom” which creates an image where color is equally important to form. Yet the simplicity of Spring’s Dance makes it both more simple, pure and stunning at the same time makes it more compelling still.

 

Biography – Publications

Books & Columns:
New: *Sacred Trust, a Novel*
“The Monkey Wrench Gang Meets the Third Industrial Revolution”

https://thesacredtrust.blogspot.com/

Asquamchumaukee – Place of Mountain Waters

A Spot on the Porch – Rumney at 250

Washday – An Homage to Humanity’s Shared Tradition

The View from Rattlesnake Ridge
A bi-weekly column by Wayne King on New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism website

Art:

*The Best of Wayne King* – The Artist’s Best Selling and favorite images.

Join the mailing list to receive occasional news about upcoming events and new images by Wayne. Join now and you’ll receive a free PDF version of Asquamchumaukee – Place of Mountain Waters, a photographic ramble through the Baker River Valley of NH by Wayne.

First Place

Robert Michaels

"Global Warming"

Digital photography ,

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

GLOBAL WARMING . . .. it is now a reality

Many of us around the world are very much concerned about this rather disturbing and serious trend. At first, I personally thought it might have been somewhat exaggerated but after much review of scientific research, I feel strongly about the protection of our fragile planet Earth. Most of the leading scientific organizations in the world acknowledge the existence of GLOBAL WARMING and that it is not a natural occurrence.

Whether you call it climate change or GLOBAL WARMING . . IT IS HAPPENING. Scientists say that we are already experiencing impact, and they are likely to increase. The impacts include the effects of extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, heat waves, ice storms, hurricanes, but also increased threats from infectious diseases and armed conflict. Scientists have documented the rise in average temperatures worldwide since the late 1800’s.

Recognizing that there is little doubt that human activity. . .largely through the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the use of fossil fuels is responsible for the current pace of GLOBAL WARMING.

Motivated to express my genuine concerns, I decided to creatively render my interpretation and representation in my image of the gradual heating of the Earth’s surface oceans and atmosphere.

 

Biography/Resume

Robert Michaels  has been a successful professional artist, photographer, graphic designer, and author for many decades now. He has specialized in high resolution Fine Art Photography and Graphic Design through COMPUTER ENHANCED IMAGING. Photography, digital photo-illustration, and fine art creation have dominated my professional career.he has been providing professional photography since 1974 for print, advertising, and multimedia. Based now in Sedona, Arizona, Michaels is a photographer, artist, and graphic designer servicing commercial clients with PHOTO-ILLUSTRATIONS for ADVERTISING, EDITORIAL, and other print work including CATALOG and MAGAZINE COVERS for international publications, brochures, and various periodicals.

 Corporate clients have included among others:

National Geographic, Polaroid Corp, Hewlett-Packard, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA, AGFA, Fujifilm USA, American Airlines, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Marriott Hotels, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sunset Magazine, U.S. State Department, United States Air Force, Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Hotel Del Coronado, International Spy Museum, University of Southern California (USC), Personality Hotels of San Francisco, Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery, Sunset Magazine, Camera & Darkroom Magazine, UCLA, United States Postal Service, Los Angeles Zoo, Signet Scientific Corporation, Computer Artist Magazine, Photo Electronic Imaging Magazine, Rapidocolor Corporation, Management Graphics, Photo Lab Management, Fargo Electronics, Winona Schools, AAA, Mohegan Sun, Afflink, Andromeda Software, New Media Magazine, Lasermaster Corporation, AQ-Automotive Quarterly, Concours d’ Elegance (NY), etc.

 Fine Art Exhibits (Partial Listing):

Los Angeles Center For Photography (special exhibit on Venice Beach, California)

Artworks Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

Mann Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Shoreline Gallery, Malibu, California

2008 Hamptons Concours D’ Elegance, New York

2008 Velocity Art in Motion- exhibit in Minnesota

Award winning book published: “Shine to Rust – an Appetite for Vintage Cars and Trucks” 2005.

2014 book published “Monumental Visions-The Fusion of Old World and Contemporary Art”

Created several other fine art photography books currently in worldwide distribution (“Legions of Clay” and “Icons Among the Ruins”, etc.)

Images have appeared on the cover of over 100 magazines, catalogs, and periodicals.

Award winning book published: “Shine to Rust – an Appetite for Vintage Cars and Trucks” 2005.

2014 book published “Monumental Visions-The Fusion of Old World and Contemporary Art”

Created several other fine art photography books currently in worldwide distribution (“Legions of Clay” and “Icons Among the Ruins”, etc.)

Images have appeared on the cover of over 100 magazines, catalogs, and periodicals.

Professional Memberships have included:

ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers)

PMA (Photo Marketing Association-International)

Malibu Art Association

Conducted, through ASMP, Workshops for pro-photographers.

SAGA (Sedona Area Guild of Artists) Master Signature Artist

Received numerous photography and fine art awards in Los Angeles County.

Studies include degrees in commercial art, fine art painting and photography from:

Los Angeles Art Center of Design,

University of California at Los Angeles

Otis Art Institute, Los Angles, California.

Workshops and classes with Ansel Adams.

Currently involved with the integration of FINE ART PAINTING and PHOTOGRAPHY through COMPUTER ENHANCED IMAGING.

 

First Place

Robert Michaels

"Boy Mechanic"

Photo-based digital painting ,

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

 

“Photography has traditionally been used for its imitative but sometimes limited capabilities for capturing what already exists in the world. As an artist/photographer, I utilize the camera as a visual tool to create entirely new environments. Using my original photographic images as essential elements in a montage, I distort, manipulate, and reinterpret shapes, colors, and light in order to creatively explore new visual possibilities. Through this ongoing process, I visually communicate the imagery and concepts that otherwise would remain only in my mind.”

 

Biography/ Resume

I have been fortunate to have been a successful professional artist, photographer, graphic designer, and author for many decades now. I have specialized in high resolution Fine Art Photography and Graphic Design through COMPUTER ENHANCED IMAGING. Photography, digital photo-illustration, and fine art creation have dominated my professional career.

I have been providing professional photography since 1974 for print, advertising, and multimedia. Based now in Sedona, Arizona, I have been a photographer, artist, and graphic designer, servicing commercial clients with PHOTO-ILLUSTRATIONS for ADVERTISING, EDITORIAL, and other print work including CATALOG and MAGAZINE COVERS for international publications, brochures, and various periodicals.

Current projects involve the integration of FINE ART PAINTING and PHOTOGRAPHY through COMPUTER ENHANCED IMAGING.

 

Corporate clients have included among others:

National Geographic, Polaroid Corp, Hewlett-Packard, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA, AGFA, Fujifilm USA, American Airlines, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Marriott Hotels, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sunset Magazine, U.S. State Department, United States Air Force, Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Hotel Del Coronado, International Spy Museum, University of Southern California (USC), Personality Hotels of San Francisco, Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery, Sunset Magazine, Camera & Darkroom Magazine, UCLA, United States Postal Service, Los Angeles Zoo, Signet Scientific Corporation, Computer Artist Magazine, Photo Electronic Imaging Magazine, Rapidocolor Corporation, Management Graphics, Photo Lab Management, Fargo Electronics, Winona Schools, AAA, Mohegan Sun, Afflink, Andromeda Software, New Media Magazine, Lasermaster Corporation, AQ-Automotive Quarterly, Concours d’ Elegance (NY), etc.

 

Fine Art Exhibits (Partial Listing):

Los Angeles Center For Photography (special exhibit on Venice Beach, California)

Artworks Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

Mann Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Shoreline Gallery, Malibu, California

2008 Hamptons Concours D’ Elegance, New York

2008 Velocity Art in Motion- exhibit in Minnesota

2010 Harvest Northwest Exhibit, Bend, Oregon

2012 City of Sedona: exclusive exhibit as featured artist

2012 T.A.W. Tumalo/Bend, Oregon

2012 Flashback Cruz: Bend, Oregon Show (exclusive artist)

2012 Harley Davidson Classic Car Show (exclusive artist), Bend, Oregon

2012 Airport Mesa: Sedona, Arizona: Classic Car Show-exclusive artist)

Ongoing international exhibit online: Car Art, Inc. (World renowned automotive artists).

2013 SAGA “Visions of Fine Art Show”, Sedona, Arizona

2014 Exposures International Gallery, Sedona, Arizona

2014 Herberger Art Gallery-Phoenix, Arizona

Received numerous photography and fine art awards in Los Angeles County.

 

Other:

Award winning book published: “Shine to Rust – an Appetite for Vintage Cars and Trucks” 2005.

2014 book published “Monumental Visions-The Fusion of Old World and Contemporary Art”

Created several other fine art photography books currently in worldwide distribution (“Legions of Clay” and “Icons Among the Ruins”, etc.)

Images have appeared on the cover of over 100 magazines, catalogs, and periodicals.

 

Professional Memberships have included:

ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers)

PMA (Photo Marketing Association-International)

Malibu Art Association

Conducted, through ASMP, Workshops for pro-photographers.

SAGA (Sedona Area Guild of Artists) Master Signature Artist

 

Education:

Studies include degrees in commercial art, fine art painting and photography from:

Los Angeles Art Center of Design,

University of California at Los Angeles

Otis Art Institute, Los Angles, California.

Workshops and classes with Ansel Adams.

 

 

 

First Place

Sarah Haig

"Protest"

Photography , 8" x 10"

Sale Price $150

Art Statement

Protest is a universal thing that transcends culture and language barriers. This image is from a Sunday afternoon in Poland, a holiday in an area populated by tourists. The bystanders were from several nationalities and spoke many different languages, but the idea of protest was understood by all.

 

Artist Biography

Sarah Haig is an artist and educator working in northwest Tennessee. Her work ranges in medium, with a continued question of how the medium can further the message within each individual piece.

 

First Place

Jarred Fisher

"Falling Leaves"

Silver, Gold, and Iron (Oxidized) on Paper/ Metalpoint Drawing , 12'' x 8''

Sale Price $900

Artist Statement

“Falling Leaves” actually started out as a series of compositional sketches for a larger painting. The model I happened to be working with at that time had long, red, wavy hair, and that led me to think about how I could possibly express the qualities of her hair in one my favorite mediums, metalpoint drawing, which is traditionally devoid of both color and texture.

Control over traditional metalpoint (gold, silver, platinum, ect) can be a somewhat capricious enterprise because the materials have something of a life of their own. It’s these “living qualities” of metalpoint that I prize however. That the metals oxidize and organically transform with time, that marks can’t be erased and serve as historical reminders of the mistakes that lead to a finished work are part of what make the medium so captivating to me. In trying to add ferrous metals to the equation, I found myself struggling to gain the necessary control required to create realistic works. After countless hours of experiments (including a destroyed prior version of the drawing), I ascertained how to best control the oxidizing/rusting process, how to influence the color/value of the rust, and how to not destroy the other metals used in the process.

My desire to express particular qualities of the model, which were limited by the media, compelled me to invent and experiment. “Falling Leaves” represents a theme I constantly finding myself wrestling with as an artist, marrying the traditional and classical with contemporary progress. In “Falling Leaves” this marriage led to a unique work which is pushing my endeavors in metalpoint in exciting new directions.

 

Art Biography

Based in Wilmington, DE, Jarred Fisher is a contemporary realist artist. He studied at Nelson Shank’s Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, PA, graduating in 2016. He also holds a degree in Fine Art from Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington, DE.

His work has been part of numerous juried exhibitions including shows at Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia, PA, Manitou galleries in Santa Fe, NM, and Stanek Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. His work has also received various recognitions and awards.

As a firm believer in the importance of skills-based art education, Fisher also serves as an Upper School Art teacher at Doane Academy in Burlington, New Jersey as part of Studio Incamminati’s outreach program.

 

First Place

Christina Baal

"Dance of the Sandhill Crane"

Watercolor , 18" x 24"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement:

My life revolves around birds. They are remarkable creatures, each possessing unique physical traits, behaviors, and personality quirks. I wander the world trying to meet as many different species of birds as I can so that I can paint them. My goal is to render both the story of my own experience meeting each bird as well as the spirit of the individual bird in the painting; to that end, I only paint a bird after I have encountered it in the wild. I hope that my paintings share the personal joy I derive from watching birds and invite the viewer to delve deeper into the fascinating lives of these winged creatures.

 

Biography

Christina is a wandering bird artist whose life dream is to meet and then paint 10,000 different species of birds. She has always loved animals and has been drawing them since she could hold a crayon. After discovering the world of birding as a student at Bard College, she decided to dedicate her artistic practice to painting birds as a way to fuse her love of both the arts and sciences and to help teach and inspire others to discover the world of birds. After graduating in 2014, she founded her own company, “Drawing 10,000 Birds” as both a platform to promote her own art as well as the bird art of others. Since then, she has traveled across the country and across the Equator looking for birds. While not birding or painting birds, Christina works as an environmental educator, helping teach people of all ages how to experience the natural world through both scientific observation and through art.

 

Her work has been exhibited in recent wildlife exhibitions, including “Drawn to Nature” at the Audubon Center at Mill Grove, Pennsylvania; “Birdland and the Anthropocene” at the Peale Museum, Baltimore; and at a solo show entitled “The Universal Language of Birds” at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery, Wyoming. Her artwork has represented the New Jersey Audubon World Series of Birding and the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. She has been a featured artist at the American Birding Association, and will be the first guest artist at the New River Birding and Nature Festival this May.

 

First Place

Michael DeLuca

"Icarus "

Pastel on Paper , 10" x 8"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement                  

I’m interested in visual oppositions, particularly the tangible versus the intangible, the two-dimensional versus the three dimensional, and the graphic versus the atmospheric. I have been working from flat silhouettes that I cut out and mount on highly reflective paper. I place these shapes in a context out of time and illuminate them with a single strong top light. I then create drawings from them, where the process can last several days, pushing and pulling endless amounts of subtle information.

I gravitate towards shapes with specific gestures within them. The representation of motion or cause-and-effect informs my selection of silhouettes. I find them appealing in their odd and playful way, and I think of them as symbols referencing nature, but influenced by a digital world.

Biography

Michael DeLuca is a visual artist from Philadelphia, PA, currently living and working in Paoli, PA. He creates pastel drawings inspired by simple shapes of cut white paper. His shapes are minimal, cold, and static, but he uses them to create drawings that are boundless, poetic, and full of life. DeLuca composes with only a few elements (the shape, the black space, the reflection, and the ominous pool of light that surrounds it all). Ultimately his awkward, but earnest, shapes take on figurative characteristics that playfully comment on the human condition.

His work has been exhibited in recent contemporary drawing exhibitions including: “Drawing Resurfaced II” at Purdue University Galleries, “The Great Lakes Drawing Biennial” at Eastern Michigan University School of Art & Design, and “Drawn” at Manifest Gallery. His work is also scheduled to appear in Manifest Gallery’s upcoming International Drawing Publication, “INDA 12” this coming spring.

He has exhibited nationally including: Philadelphia, New York, Indiana, Maryland, and Ohio. His work has appeared in New American Paintings multiple times, and he was the recipient of CFEVA’s (Center for Emerging Visual Artists) Artist Fellowship.

He currently teaches at Arcadia University where he is an Assistant Professor of Drawing in the Department of Visual & Performing Arts.

Recent Exhibitions

2018     Works On/Of Paper, BrickRed Gallery, New Orleans, LA Black & White;  Bauhaus Prairie Online Gallery  

2017      Drawing Resurfaced II, Purdue University Galleries, Lafayette, IN; Great Lakes Drawing Biennial, Eastern Michigan University School of Art and Design, MI; Drawn, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio; Black and White, Art Fusion Gallery, Palm Springs, CA; Black and White, Colors of Humanity Online Gallery  

2016      Revolutions in Making: VPA Faculty Exhibition, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

2014       On the Persistence of Drawing: VPA Faculty Exhibition, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

2012        Scale 1:1, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

2007        Annual New Talent Show, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2006; Emerging Artist Exhibition, Artists House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

 

First Place

Steve Ember

"Summer Afternoon on the Willy-B"

Digital Editing of Photograph , 14" x 20"

Sale Price $600

Artist Statement

The many moods and motifs of New York City have long exerted a powerful attraction in my photographic activities. From the grit to the glamour, the beauty to the brawn, there is always a story to be told, and the “to-shoot” list is constantly growing.

 

A lifelong interest when it comes to NYC has been the city’s extensive network of subway lines, especially the elevated sections and the arterial function they serve in linking borough-to-borough, neighborhood-to-neighborhood. And when the elevated borough-to-borough connection involves a massive bridge soaring over a broad expanse of water, it becomes even more compelling for the chance to photograph the trains amidst the geometrically intricate patterns of girder-work.

 

Two East River spans fit that description: the Manhattan Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge, both massive, both intricate in their early twentieth century architecture. But after walking across both, I must give the nod to the “Willy-B,” the affectionate nickname New Yorkers have for the latter. Not that one cannot get close to the trains on both; but in comparison to its downriver mate, the Willy -B has the better sightlines for photography, both above and alongside the two tracks carrying J, M, and Z trains between Lower Manhattan and the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

 

Last June was my time for getting to know the Willy-B, both at track level from the front ends of trains in both directions, and via a leisurely stroll with the cameras from Manhattan’s Lower East Side to Williamsburg, on a photo-inviting sunny Saturday afternoon.

 

The combination of intricate patterns of girders, the passage of trains rumbling below or beside, and the variety of fellow pedestrians made for many an interesting photo moment.

 

I created this impression from one such moment.

 

More of my NYC images can be viewed at:

https://500px.com/steveember/galleries/new-york-city

http://www.fotocommunity.com/user_photos/1571414 -Use pull-down menu under black stripe to access “New York City”

 

Biography

Steve Ember is a Washington-based photographer, writer, and voice actor/narrator. His areas of photography, in addition to his signature New York cityscapes and Alpine landscapes, encompass European and American motifs, including night scenes, as well as railroad and aviation subjects, and aerial photography. His work has been honored with selection in numerous juried exhibits at galleries in the greater Washington area. His photographs appear regularly at the Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland.

His photographs have appeared on covers and within magazines and corporate publications. An extensive selection of Steve’s current and legacy images can be viewed on the web site Foto-Community by clicking on the Photography button at SteveEmber.com and by visiting his catalog on 500px (link below). Steve’s work is also represented on Alamy stock.

Steve shoots both in color and black and white, including infra-red, and he remains committed to using film, alongside of digital. Alpine locations, large cities, and industrial motifs strongly appeal to his aesthetic sense. He also is attracted to the character inherent in old buildings, including in European villages. In exhibiting his work, Steve derives special pleasure in sharing with others the fruits of those otherwise private moments of looking through the viewfinder. He also shares the experience and adventures behind certain of his photographs in a series of “Photo-Moments” audio podcasts. Some of these can be heard on Steve’s SoundCloud page, linked below.

Steve’s work has been seen in solo and group shows at galleries, restaurants, and other venues in the metropolitan Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas, as well as in Annapolis, Maryland and Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. He was commissioned for a series of black and white Washington scenes for the Scitor Corp. office building along the Dulles Corridor. Three of Steve’s Manhattan impressions were purchased for the lobby of The Landmark Building in New York City. Others of his photographs are in private collections.

Steve shares his home with Scamper the Wookie Cat, a lively and very talkative little combination of tabby-stripes and bunny-rabbit white, who hops bunny-like up stairs and supervises the design and production of a line of custom printed photo greeting/note cards.

Steve Ember is available for commissions and select assignments.

Links to Steve’s work on-line: http://steveember.com/ (Click on “Photography”) https://500px.com/steveember https://medium.com/@emberphoto/ https://soundcloud.com/steve-ember https://www.facebook.com/photographybySteveEmber/

First Place

Christine Meytras

"Water Like Music"

Dacron, pulleys, wire, wood , 9' 10" x 6'

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

The piece I created is called “Water Like Music” and is about the movements of water and the formation of waves in the wind. It should be read like a music partition, from top to bottom.

It is a celebration of our natural world. The mountains that surround us with their lakes and rivers, the turbulent or gentle winds that are ever present in our days and the light that gives the sky its intensity create sceneries as precious as jewels. It is this interconnection that I wanted to portray in a frame open to the elements.

Water Like Music is the anatomy of a wave forming, flattened and reorganized on wires with pulleys, so that when the wind blows and fills in the material, it, in turn, flutters and gives the illusion of moving water.

The wind and the sun are key players in my story.

I drew patterns of wave shapes and cut them from sailcloth of two different colors: white and blue. The material with its transparency and its suppleness has a beautiful softness and sheen. I added small patterns of the opposite color, reminiscent of light patterns on moving water, on each wave and sewed 50 crystal beads on the front and back of the waves. When the sun touches the beads at a special angle its light refracts and creates new light splashes on the waves. They look like the natural splashes and droplets of water in the sunlight. These light patterns can be seen through the material.

I then attached small pulleys to the Waves and threaded the wire through the pulleys before fixing the wires to a wooden frame. The Wave panels, cut a few inches longer than the wood frame’s width, move slightly back and forth on their cables in the wind, bringing to mind the notion of moving water, and in addition, the undulating sailcloth creates its own wave patterns of light and shadows on the Waves themselves.

The flow of water is also suggested by the progression of colors. It starts at the top with the first Wave being completely white, followed by three white Waves adorned with curvy blue patterns, and it finishes with two blue Waves with white patterns.

My installation Water Like Music was placed in a 9ft10 x 5ft10 metal frame, 6 feet off the ground, located on the South East side of Broadway in the town of Jackson, Wyoming.

The frame, called the Wonderspot, was carved from a chairlift tower.

Water Like Music was on display in the Wonderspot during the summer of 2017. The waves fluttered in the sky, and, at times moved in the wind like mini spinnakers.

Biography

In the long journey of creating, if one looks for landmarks, these are often found outside of the art world.

I was born and raised in France where I went to Grenoble’s Fine Art school and graduated from the University of Grenoble with a “Maîtrise” in Art History. I drew, painted and wrote as a child.

Born in the mountains I fell under their spell and travelled their worlds climbing, hiking, skiing, sailing , flying, writing and taking pictures. Their beauty shaped my eyes.

I started creating again in a more traditional way when I moved to Jackson, Wyoming.

I have participated in exhibitions. The National Art Museum of Cheyenne, Wyoming purchased one of my paintings. The outdoors sculptures I created are anchored in social events that shaped our lives or celebrate culture and the natural world.

First Place

Skye Coddington

"Living Room Corner"

Oil on panel , 24" x 18"

Sale Price $864

Artist Statement

My background in photography is photojournalism – the art of telling a story through using composition, light, aperture, and the perfect timing of the shutter. Each of my paintings begins as an act of storytelling, a photograph, capturing a moment in time through the lens of my camera.  I then translate those images through my heart onto the canvas, allowing for a more subjective articulation of my experience.

In combining my photography and painting, my work has evolved into an expression of my gratitude and enthusiasm for life as it comes, and my unique way of viewing it. In creating and sharing my work with the world I hope to help my viewers connect with the abundance of the present moment, and bring something positive into their lives.

Biography

Skye Coddington is a homeschooling mom living on the Central Coast of California with her husband, two adorable children, and a menagerie of four-legged friends.

In her final year of high school she won a full scholarship to the commercial art program in Buffalo, New York. Following that, she attended SUNY Fredonia as an art major. After a year and a half of study, she was persuaded to choose a more “sensible” career.  She switched her major to political science with the intention of becoming a lawyer (she was always told that she was incredibly skilled at arguing). Alas, she also ended up taking photography classes during the last year of college, and wound up pursuing photography internships instead of law school.  Her second internship landed her at a community newspaper in California, where she honed her photographic skills, and learned the fine art of storytelling through the lens. After several years working at the newspaper as a photojournalist, she struck out on her own and open her own photography business.  When her babies came along, she turned her energies toward motherhood and homeschooling, although she still continued to shoot and paint when she could find the time.

In 2014 Skye began working with a local artist who helped her step back onto the path of painting on a regular basis.  Using her photography skills as an integral part of her painting process, Skye paints daily at her home studio in Arroyo Grande, setting a fine example for her babes on what it means to live a life pursuing one’s dreams.

Skye’s work is currently displayed at the Academy of Dance in San Luis Obispo, California; and The Hive in Arroyo Grande, California.