Michael Buxton started his career as a greeting card designer. He spent over ten years learning how to draw and producing best-selling card lines for clients like Clintons, Paperchase and Recycled Paper Greetings.
Since going freelance, he realized that his work can be printed on lots of different products and has branched out into producing designs for t-shirts, art prints and children’s books. In this time, he’s had work selected for Threadless, Juniqe, Hot Topic and Disney, among many others.
He enjoys working in a variety of styles, but always tries to make sure his designs have a strong concept behind them. More often than not this revolves around monsters or cats.
My body of work is an expression and exploration of my lifelong fascination with animals. Through my paintings, I seek to give animals a voice and a personality, while making light of our uniquely human existence. By imagining what animals might do if put in human situations, I stage tableaus that shine a spotlight on both their innocence and raw instinct. This collision between animal and human sensibilities creates a whimsical, theatrical, and often humorous world that viewers can relate to on an emotional level.
A graphic designer by trade and an oil painter by design, I am continually experimenting with different styles of contemporary realism that balance my artistic sensibilities, technique, and unique sense of humor. As I evolve, what remains constant is my respect for the animals that inspire me, and my desire to bring a smile to the face of every viewer.
Naomi Taitz Duffy is a painter whose practice involves examining color relationships through patterns of elemental shapes. Naomi’s paintings are made with acrylics on wood panels. Each piece is developed through layering as color combinations are explored.
Naomi was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Washington University in St. Louis. After spending several years teaching primary school, Naomi returned to her art practice and currently paints full time. She currently lives in Ireland, where she works out of her home studio in Howth, a fishing village by the Irish sea.
Southern California-based landscape artist Vahe Yeremyan obtained a Master’s degree in Fine Art and later a PhD in Fine Art Therapy. Vahe was a professor in Fine Art department and mentored many students. “I always encouraged my students to paint from their heart. I believe that art is about love and spirit which cannot be fractional.”
Ocean Side – Pacific Highway reminds us to pull over to the side of the road and enjoy the ocean while Field of Lavenders 2 gives us pause to stop, reflect and enjoy the colors in front of us.
“My emotions, inspiration and life is about painting; it is as ordinary as breathing – it is natural part of me. I can’t imagine a single day without oil colors, brushes and canvases. Harmonious colors and bold compositions help to keep the conversation to the viewer. I am thankful that life has given me opportunity to be educated by the brightest professors and gain inspiration from the greatest masters of all times.”
A native of Germany, Iris Lehnhardt lives and works as a freelance painter with in-depth artistic studies at the Wiesbadener Freie Kunstschule and at the Academy of Contemporary Art on Lake Constance, among others.
Her images move in the field of tension between chromatic image surfaces, gestural painting and graphic elements. Silent color accents and shades are in dialogue with sensitive multiple layers and a variety of structures. In an open work process she explores the possibilities of assembling different materials and their dissolution.
Verne Varona held his first camera at 9-years old and never lost his passion for capturing exceptional images that provoke, inspire and illustrate a profound sensitivity to the visual world around him.
With basic formal instruction in photography, Verne’s real school of photography has come from the personal experience of over 25 years in still film and 12 years with digital.
He made the digital jump in 2006 and never looked back. Working with commercial, journalistic, fine art, book cover and portrait mediums throughout the world, Verne has developed a creative body of images that he calls “Aqua-Impressionism” — colorful images of unique water reflections from nature, architecture and people that evoke a timeless sense of the ethereal.
Umbrella Perspective is a reminder to us all to take a break and relax under a colorful umbrella while Boat Conference – Amalfi Coast draws the viewer into the deep jeweled waters of the Italian coastline.
“Using the basic art elements of color, design and texture I create a vibrant and opulent canvas which both pleases and stimulates the art lover. The absence of recognizable objective forms leads you on your own journey of discovery in each of my abstract paintings.” Karen Hale’s original contemporary artwork has been called dynamic, bold, explosive and exciting but they also involve subtle nuances of color and meaning that takes the viewer into the painting where they can make new and unexpected insights.
Hale constructs her paintings with layers of thick and thin color that is washed or glazed over textured surfaces using brushes, trowels, and found objects. She uses acrylic paints and mediums and may add a variety of paper, chalk pastels, graphite and metallic leafing. The results are a delight of color and texture.
Karen lives on five acres in the foothills of California with her husband, Tom. She is an avid gardener and her land is filled with paths, sculptures, and exuberant flower beds. Her sense of color and design are evident even in her gardens that like her paintings feel free and spontaneous but exude design and beauty.
Segments infuses jeweled tones and multiple layers – sharing hints of magenta and citron. Using subtle geometric shapes, Karen turns At The Source into magic with softer tones of blues, greens and organic earthly tones.
Canadian native Timothy Oldford was born on a farm in the Canadian Prairies. His mother was a landscape artist, so his childhood consisted of being dragged to every gallery across Canada at a very young age. His father taught Tim the basics of photography on his WWII camera and Tim immediately took to the magic that the camera possessed.
At fifteen Tim moved to Victoria and fell in love with the beauty of the coast. After school he got into photography more seriously and had some success with weddings and nature pictures being published in newspapers and books. When his kids came along Tim put his camera down (as a professional) for about fifteen years and only picked it up again after they graduated school. Today Tim concentrates on Canadian landscapes, US National Parks and images across Vancouver and Victoria.
As we begin a new year Crescent Lake Chair from Tim Oldford looks to the future and a gorgeous sunrise and Fairy Lake Bonsai embodies reflection and mystery.