Patricia Boes - Pastel
New York, NY
"For me, the creation of art as a life choice began 18 years ago, and for the past 11 years I've been freelancing, having been fortunate enough to have had dozens of commissions. I've attended the Art Students League and have achieved life-time member status. My preferred medium is portraiture rendered in soft pastels, either from posed sessions or from photographs. My works have garnered numerous awards over the years, and have been included in several permanent collections. I've been published in several periodicals, and have been indcted into the National Museum of Women in the Arts' 'Archival File for Woman in the Arts.'
"Currently, I am fulfilling my freelance assignments, and ever-seeking the next exhibition space."
"Polished and Fancy"
Maggie Toole - Colored Pencil
Los Angeles, CA
The human form is fascinating to me-the flowing shapes that bend or stretch or fold or change simply because of a person's mood. Forms that may follow the same blueprint, but are not quite the same on any two people. I love catching the subtle differences in every person's different look-or in the same person for that matter-because they just woke up or because they are underwater or because they are sad, or maybe they are thinking of something very wonderful. Each of those things changes them, and I can never get bored with a subject matter that is so constantly fluid.
Creating the technique I call Circulism! as a derivative of Pointillism was my way of incorporating a painting style that I loved with one of my favorite tools, the pencil. What happened next came more naturally than anything before it, and from the first piece I painted, there was a magic about it. Using colored pencils, I draw no lines...only varied, unending, overlapped and intertwined circles. Building seemingly transparent layers, incorporating all color. As in pointillism, the viewer's eye fuses these marks into a realistic image.
After creating Circulism! in 1992 and painting for a number of months to build a body of work, I started showing my work and have enjoyed much attention from the very beginning. My work can be seen in museums and galleries and has its own chapter in the book "Creative Colored Pencil" written by Vera Curnow and published by Rockport Publishers.
Maggie Toole on Daniel Smith products: I have been a Daniel Smith customer for years. When I started drawing circles in 1992, I worked exclusively on paper or board and used only Prismacolor pencils. Canson Mi-Teintes is a favorite paper of mine, especially Felt Gray, a perfect neutral color.
As I continued to create works in Circulism!, I decided I wanted to present my work without losing subtleties to the glare and reflection of plexi or glass.
My husband, a woodworker, suggested I try a piece of exotic wood as a drawing surface. Now wood is one of my favorite surfaces, especially pear and walnut. He sprays a sanding sealer on the wood, then sands it. Next, I draw a bunch of circles and give it back to him for finishing with the same water-based sealant he uses on furniture.
I then started experimenting with Claybord. At first, I was afraid the surface was too slick, but decided to give it a try. I always work on a toned surface, so I mixed up a watery gravy consistency of acrylic paint and proceeded to paint the Claybord. When it was dry, it had a perfect tooth for all my layers of Claybord circles. My husband applies that same water-based sealant over finished drawings, or I use Ampersand's Claybord Fixative, which is great. Most of my recent drawings are on Claybord. I love it.
When Prismacolor discontinued beige, one of my essential colors, I started trying every brand of pencil looking for that same beige. I never found it, but I did find a lot of other great colors in the process, from Derwent, Lyra, Faber-Castell and Bruynzeel. I keep my pencils separated by color in tin camping mugs. I don't have the patience to put them back in individual boxes and find that if I am looking for a certain green, it is easiest to look at all of them together so I can make my choice. By the way, Prismacolor brought back beige a few years later, but I still keep a spare box on a back shelf in case of an emergency...
Linda Cameron - Watercolor
Linda Cameron is a hands-on artist who has worked in lithography, etching and monoprinting but prefers the lifetime challenge of watercolor with its elusive and temperamental qualities. As a teacher, she encourages her students to be bold and take risks. "Free your creative spirit," she says. "Explore pigment properties and experiment with techniques...I find the harder I play, the luckier I become." Ultimately, Cameron adds, "When technique flows as intrinsically as we breathe, we are transported beyond mere paint."
Linda Cameron was born in British Columbia and currently lives in Abbotsford, B.C. As a child she often rode horseback along the Fraser River estuary and had a fascination with water. Her paintings reflect her love of nature with its visual richness and abundant subltle textures. Trained in both painting and printmaking, Linda is a prolific watercolor artist who loves to teach. Her teaching credits included the University College of the Fraser Valley, the Surrey Arts Gallery, and the Vancouver Academy of Art.
Linda Cameron & Daniel Smith products: Linda Cameron is one of Daniel Smith's most popular workshop artists. She is a longtime advocate of Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors. She uses the Metallic and Luminescent paints extensively and sees them as fundamental elements in her paintings rather than mere decoration. "My exploration of the opacity of pigments pushes the medium beyond the transparent and airy qualities of the traditional definition of watercolor," says Linda Cameron. "I strive to create a fragile luminescent underpainting aglow with light and atmosphere, then incorporate opaque qualities to achieve weight and substance."
Mary Lou King - Watercolor
Mary Lou King, of Midland, Texas, states, "My work comes from my great love and appreciation of the land. It is so spiritual; no mortal constructed it, nor can control it. There is such power and magic! I try constantly to capture the drama and the beauty. I want to call people's attention to this beauty so they may enjoy it, and feel the same emotions I feel.
Since I live on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, I paint the desert and its flora most of the time. It is in the desert that the fragility and tenacity of life is evident. The miracles are there too. When I see a desert plant in full bloom, I know that miracles do happen. How else could this tiny, fragile flower live in this arid, difficult land?"
Mary Lou King & Daniel Smith products: "I think of Daniel Smith as a partner in my artwork. Since Midland is a long way from any major supplier, I rely on them to supply most of my materials. It's great to find a company you can trust completely. The materials are always just as they are represented in the catalog, arrive on time, and my questions are answered. I like the information available in the catalog about new products as well as the old ones. I was a chemist before I was a painter, so I appreciate the information about the properties of paint.
"I use Daniel Smith Kolinsky sable brushes exclusively, and am replacing my paints with his as I deplete the other brand. I always supply my students with a DS catalog, so that they have a reliable source for materials as they explore the wonderful process of making art."
John Louder - Oil/Watercolor
"My art develops from image to image. My recent oil paintings deal with both formal and conceptual content as I observe and explore what is for me a new environment. In 1998 I moved to Warrensburg, Missouri as an Assistant Professor of Art at Central Missouri State University and began a year-long painting project. After years of living in the West, the newness of my Missouri surroundings leads me to be excited by the simplest discoveries. (An oak leaf is a new object in my life.) My idea was to paint two five-foot high landscapes each month for one year. Each painting would continue into the next painting and, at completion, the landscape would be 24 panels, five feet high and approximately 90 feet long. The series is on exhibit at the College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri through October 29, 1999 and will be seen January 15-February 28 at William Woods University, Fulton, Missouri.
In addition to the stimulation of my new environment, I wanted to explore my idea of the landscapes as a record of time. Having completed a year-long painting project in Tucson, Arizona (I painted a small landscape each day for a year and exhibited all 365 paintings at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum), I have learned the value of both the discipline of time-related work and the potential for individual pieces adding up to more than the sum of the pieces.
I enjoy exploring the world through paint-the process of observation and expression- and I've found that almost any idea, as long as it is flexible and allowed to evolve, provides me with more than an adequate excuse to engage in the process of painting. I feel success when my art opens a dialogue with the viewer and stimulates him or her to question preconceptions or see the world with new vision. I work to have all the parts and pieces dancing at many levels, to the same song.
John Louder & Daniel Smith products: I have used Daniel Smith artists' materials for more than ten years. It's been fun watching the company grow and steadily add top quality materials. I order numerous supplies including Daniel Smith Original Oil Colors, Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors, DS Archival drawing paper and Daniel Smith canvas. I am extremely satisfied with their quality and reasonable prices and have had nothing but excellent service. Since moving from a city to a small town, I'm grateful for the ease of ordering from Daniel Smith and it's always a pleasure to talk with the professional sales staff. It's like Christmas every time Mike the UPS driver shows up with another DS box at our doorstep.
I tell all my students about Daniel Smith and let them know the catalog and website are valuable learning tools. Many of my colleagues here at Central Missouri State University use Daniel Smith artists' materials for their own work. Our printmaking department also uses Daniel Smith printing inks.
"Poppies and Picasso"
Stephen Quiller - Watercolor
Stephen Quiller has found his home in the high mountainous country of southern Colorado. He is content painting subjects such as beaver ponds, snow shadows, water patterns, wild iris and mountain rhythms, capturing the spirit of the San Juans. He has received international acclaim for his work and is now a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, and Society for Painters in Casein and Acrylic, among others. He most recently received the Greathouse Medal and cash award in the 130th American Watercolor Society Exhibition in 1997.
Stephen has also authored four books for Watson-Gupthill Publications, the oldest art book publisher in the United States. His first two books, Water Media Techniques and Water Media: Processes and Possibilities, were co-authored by Barbara Whipple. Color Choices, published in 1989, is in its eighth printing. It features Quiller's approach to color and displays the "Quiller Wheel" for reference. Stephen's latest book, Acrylic Painting Techniques, came out in the autumn of 1994. It focuses on a complete range of uses of this medium. In addition, he has nine instructional video tapes produced by Crystal Productions.
Stephen's paintings have been on covers and the subject of articles in many leading art magazines. He has also been an invited juror for a number of regional and national art exhibitions. A popular workshop instructor, he teaches his approach to color, watermedia composition, and on-location printing, throughout North America and internationally. In addition, he has been a guest juror for national and regional art exhibitions.
Stephen shows in the Mission Gallery of Taos, New Mexico and during the summer months he and his wife Marta operate their Quiller Gallery in Creede, Colorado. They live with their children, Christopher and Allison, four miles out of town on the Rio Grande River.
Stephen Quiller writes: "I always look forward to receiving the annual and quarterly Daniel Smith catalogs. I keep them in my studio and when I have a few moments I read the text to find helpful tips for my painting and printmaking and peruse the volume for products that I need for upcoming work. I particularly enjoy the paper section and use many of watercolor papers including Waterford, Fabriano Uno, some Arches and the Crescent Watercolor Board for most of my watermedia paintings. I have recently been ordering rolls of watercolor paper and stretching it for my large acrylics. I also order a variety of the rice papers for my acrylic collage painting. I use Rives BFK for much of my intaglio printmaking and Arches 88 for most of my oil-based monotypes. I use both the flat and the round 7000 series Richeson brushes for all of my watercolor and watermedia painting and think they are exceptional. And of course I highly recommend the use of the Quiller Palette (both regular and the traveler). It helps me to organize my color and frees me to express. I also use some of the Daniel Smith watercolors and metallic colors, some Golden acrylics and their gel medium and acrylic ultraviolet protective varnish."
"Mother and Child"
Rie Muñoz - Watercolor
Rie Muñoz, a Dutch-American, was born in California, and spent her childhood traveling between there and Holland. She has lived in Southeast Alaska since 1950 when she traveled up the Inside Passage by steamship, fell in love with Juneau, and gave herself until the boat left the next day to find a job and a place to live. She found both easily, and since then Juneau has been home to Muñoz. Of the many jobs she held before becoming a full time artist: journalist, teacher, museum curator, mother, one of her most interesting was as a teacher on King Island, in 1951, where she taught Eskimo children. The island, in the middle of the Bering Sea, now uninhabited, was a 13 hour Umiak (walrus skinned boat) voyage from Nome, an experience she remembers vividly.
There is no mistaking the artwork of Rie Muñoz - colorful, carefree, unpretentious, full of life, and original - just like the Alaskans who are the subjects of so many of her watercolors. Her paintings reflect an interest in the day to day activities of village life such as fishing, berry- picking, whaling, children at play, as well as her love of folklore and legends.
Muñoz studied at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, and was recently awarded a Honorary Doctorate of Humanities Degree from the University of Alaska Southeast. Her reproductions, silkscreens and original watercolors are collected throughout the U.S., Canada, Norway, England, Japan and Holland. She has had numerous art shows throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as 7 solo watercolor exhibitions at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, from 1979 to 1999.
"Song and Dance"
Elise M. Beatty - Watermedia
"Are all watercolor paintings created equally? No! In the art world, anything goes.
"Some creative people use brushes or sponges to drip, splatter or drag pigment across a paper's surface. I, on the other hand, pour. But, let us start at the beginning.
"My creative work begins with the photos I capture along my travels. Images in hand, I then corrupt their pixels via my computer. Frequently, I will collage several photographs together to create a unique image. When I am satisfied with the graphic techniques that have helped me to abstract my vision, I then transfer this imagery to a piece of watercolor paper.
"The real fun begins at this juncture. I use a palette of primary colors which I pour onto the paper's surface. My images are contolled through the use of a liquid frisket that masks and protects the purity of early pours from subsequent abuse.
"The final steps involve taming the savage creature that has emerged from the watery depths of my palette. A brush in hand, I now train the various layers of pigments. The chaos eventually transforms itself into a vision and a painting emerges."
Joan Periera - Pastel
Joan Pereira is very much involved in her community, both personally and artistically. She lives in Truro, Massachusetts, near Provincetown on Cape Cod. Joan's pastel paintings draw on the landscape and buildings of that area, including scenes which are typically hidden or overlooked. Painted with dashes of intense color, they have an energy that suggests the excitement of Cape Cod's summer season, as well as the specific quality of the air and light there-alternately misty and intensely clear.
For fourteen years, Joan was an exhibiting member and a member of the board of directors and screening committee of the well-known original Provincetown Group Gallery. A pilot member of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, she was also one of the founders of the art department at the Cape Cod Conservatory and taught at the Truro Center for the Arts.
Joan has had over thirty one-person shows. Her works are found in collections throughout the US and in Europe, including public collections in Truro and Provincetown and installations in glass mosaic at both the Anchorage and San Antonio airports. In 1992, Joan was awarded the Massachusetts Arts Lottery Grant for curating, participating in and creating "Histories," a portrait record of Provincetown's elderly citizens by local artists ranging from high school students to professional painters. In conjunction with the show, she produced a documentary film recording the reminiscences of these people. Together they celebrate the worth of unsung individuals and their tightly-knit, rapidly changing community.
Joan Pereira & Daniel Smith products: Living in a small town, Joan appreciates the convenience of ordering from Daniel Smith. She loves the color intensity and smooth texture of Schmincke and Unison pastels and works primarily on Hahnemühle Velour Paper and Sanded Pastel Paper.
Mary Smith - Watercolor
Gig Harbor, WA
Most people would consider watercolorist Mary Elizabeth Smith a maritime artist since she mostly paints images that are close to or floating on the water. She just enjoys recreating the play of light that she sees and the contrasting shadows that intrigue her. If the right elements are there, she is able to capture them to produce luminous paintings which are full of detail and depth.
A native of Santa Cruz, CA, Mary has lived in the Gig Harbor, Washington area since 1964. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her two children and looks forward to each new summer in the Northwest! Her work is represented locally by Harbor Gallery in Gig Harbor, as well as galleries in Poulsbo, Port Orchard, Seattle and Lincoln City, Oregon.
To view more of Mary's artwork, visit her website at www.HarborArt.com.
Mary Smith & Daniel Smith products: "I use Daniel Smith brushes (Kolinsky sables--rounds and flats, a D.S.Universal Liner) and his french style easel when painting "plein aire" using Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors. I can't seem to leave one of his stores without buying an armload of art supplies. Just shopping there is very inspirational!"
"Under The Moon"
Billy Hassell - Oil/Watercolor
St. Louis, MO
Texas native Billy Hassell has made a career of painting the flora and fauna of the American wilderness. Alive with color and infused with both humor and a passion for the outdoors, Hassell's paintings have earned him more than 25 solo exhibitions and representation in several museum collections. Hassell is represented by Meredith Long & Co., Houston; William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth; Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso; M B Modern, New York and Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe.
Billy Hassell & Daniel Smith products: "I have been using Daniel Smith products for years. I prepare my canvases in the traditional way, using rabbit skin glue and oil-based white primer. After working with lead-based primers, which I stopped using due to health concerns, I discovered Daniel Smith's "World's Best" Oil Gesso and have used it ever since. It provides a good, tough ground, perfectly suited to the work I do. I use it on wood panels as well as on prepared canvases. Over time, I have tried other Daniel Smith products with equal satisfaction. I now use Daniel Smith oil paints and watercolors. I have been very pleased with two watercolor travel brushes I purchased to take along on a canoe trip to Canada. Together with a Daniel Smith enamelled metal watercolor box and a couple of Arches watercolor sketchbooks, they make an excellent, compact travel system for watercoloring.
"I have also found Daniel Smith's salespeople to be very informative when I've had questions about Daniel Smith products. You might say I am a satisfied customer. It seems to be increasingly rare these days to find such high quality products and personable service."
"Along the Rim"
Joe Garcia and Adele Earnshaw - Watercolor
Native Californian Joe Garcia lives and works near Julian, California, where a forest of oaks and pines shelter an abundance of birds, deer and other wildlife. It is a perfect setting for an artist who specializes in those subjects.
Joe earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an advertising/illustration emphasis from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles in 1970. He worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for 13 years, during which time he spent his free hours honing his watercolor painting skills. Since 1983, Joe has painted full-time, leaving the commercial work behind. He generally portrays his subjects in a tight, yet delicate center of interest, complemented by a loose, interpretive background. In recent years, Joe's direction has included more complicated, controlled compositions. He has also expanded his choice of media to oil, painting on location and in the studio. His original paintings and prints may be found in galleries and private collections throughout the United States and Canada.
Joe says: "I find Daniel Smith art products to be of superior quality. For example, I am able to order paints and always have a consistency of color from order to order. Daniel Smith brushes meet my high standards of quality and durability. The brushes stand up well to daily use. Ordering products from Daniel Smith has proved to be problem free. Orders have been filled and delivered with an easy telephone call."
A sixth generation New Zealander, Adele Earnshaw was born in Hastings in 1949 and lived in Warkworth before immigrating with her family to the U.S. Her childhood in New Zealand has had a major influence on her work and choice of subject matter today.
Working in transparent watercolor, Adele's paintings have been exhibited at the Natural History Museum in New York and have toured Japan and Sweden with Birds in Art exhibitions. She is a member of the Society of Animal Artists. Adele was selected by her native New Zealand to design the first three stamps for the Game Bird Habitat Stamp Programme, based on the U'S. Federal Duck Stamp Program. Earnshaw was invited to participate in the first Ecoart conference and exhibition in Taiwan, in December of 1999. Her work was exhibited in Taiwan in December of 1999. Her work was also exhibited at the National Museum of History in Taipei, along with the work of 12 other artists, representing nine different countries.
Adele is represented by Hadley House, a publishing company. Additionally her paintings hang in galleries across the U.S., including Art et Vie Sauvage in Paris. Her watercolor, The Root, is in the permanent collection of the Leuigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Lee Kromschroeder - Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor/Pastel
Lee Kromschroeder of Escondido, California, is perhaps one of the finest and most versatile artists in North America, having extensive experience with most mediums (oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel). His experience with subject matter is just as varied. Though he has established his reputation in wildlife, Lee is also a master of figurative, landscape, portrait and still life.
Lee has won numerous awards, was Pacific Rim Art Exhibition Artist of the Year, is represented in some of the finest galleries, and his work is found in many private collections. He has always pushed the boundaries of art - never afraid to try new and controversial approaches to art and is a constant student of the old world masters. His sharing of ideas and techniques is admired by his peers and he is always ready to help any interested artist.
Lee Kromschroeder on Daniel Smith products: "The artist has always needed two things along with imagination, talent and perseverance to produce an outstanding work of art and those things are; high quality art materials and quality of service from the supplier. In this day and age the Daniel Smith Company is unique - not only do they produce high quality products, but they deliver the highest in quality service."
Dianna Shyne - Watercolor
Dianna Shyne, a native of the Pacific Northwest, has been painting for over 17 years. Her converted warehouse studio is located on the ship canal in the Fremont district of Seattle, wedged between crab pot boilers and a tug boat yard.
Dianna's paintings have received over a dozen national awards including the Grumbacher Gold Medallion and the Winsor and Newton Award. Her work is included in private and corporate collections, as well as in the permanent collection of the Wiregrass Museum in Dothan, Alaska. She is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, and paints in watercolor, acrylic and oil. Dianna was trained in Russian Impressionism, but enjoys many other experimental and traditional forms of painting. She is currently working on a series of colorful acrylic paintings on richly textured surfaces, which are influenced heavily by her training in the Russian Impressionistic style.
"I paint whatever subject compels me at the moment... whatever is infused with beauty, mystery or drama. Whatever is calling to me. The love of painting draws me to portraiture and figurative painting, when tiny nuances in gesture or expression draw from the memory and emotion of the viewer. The love of painting takes me to the still life, to capture the silent flow of lavender, cloudy-day light falling from an open window, or to the landscape, where the combination of land forms, water and cloud create endless compositions. The love of painting takes me to more interior landscapes where abstract feelings come to life on canvas or paper.
"I love everything about painting... the weight and feel of the brush in my hand, that initial squeeze from a new tube of paint, the first stroke on a fresh canvas, the moment when I lock into that timeless place of absorption, or that one perfect illusive stroke.
Painting is a delight, a meditation and practice in present moment awareness, It is also an opportunity for me to communicate my love of life with others."