Marlene Llanes is a surrealist artist who paints intriguing images that evoke a sense of peace. By creating unusual combinations of everyday objects with natural elements, her works take the viewer to a grounded fantasy. Through the use of light and shadows Marlene creates a sense of depth that draws the viewer into a peaceful dreamlike scene. Marlene has shown her work in numerous exhibits in Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico. Three of her works are part of public permanent collections. In 2012 she was invited to Valloria, Italy to paint one of their doors for their Outdoor Museum of the Painted Doors. Marlene has received multiple awards. In 1998 Marlene was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study illustration in the USA. She finished her master's degree in Fine Arts (Illustration) at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2000. In 1997 Marlene graduated as a graphic designer from Universidad Vasco de Quiroga in Morelia, Mexico. Besides working on her surrealist paintings, Marlene has also worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for newspapers, printing companies, advertising agencies, and publishing companies. Marlene was born in Morelia, Mexico. She currently lives in Austin, TX. She is a proud dual citizen.
I humbly focus on visually exploring and capturing life’s moments, small and large. My fine art photography collection celebrates a rich diversity of unique subject matters.
My fine art photography is more than just being artistically inspired and technically excellent. My fine art photography encompasses a trinity – the vision of the photographer; the spirit of the subject and the heart of the viewer.
My work has been exhibited at numerous venues in Texas and New York. Such as The Bydee Art Gallery, The Contemporary Art Museum-Austin, TX, Texas State University, Round Rock Public Library, Round Rock City Hall, Austin City Hall, Hill Country Bible Church and Oh WOW! Recently my work has been featured in Harlem Gallery, in New York, NY and the private residence of Clients. It has also been featured on-line with Texas Department of Transportation, Oprah.com and Shed Media. I have been recently awarded Top 100 Achievements in Black Austin Fine Art Artist.
I have been developing an art theory around the constant transformation of all things with relation to the passing of time and space. Since the late 70's while doing graduate studies in the Center for Advance Visual Studies at M,I.T., Cambridge, Massachusetts, I began working this art series. "EGABRAG" showcasing the process of objects’ evolution in conjunction with my own theories and concepts of LINE, devoted in researching and understanding its principles. The "BILLION LINE PROJECT" series are the results and culmination of his LINE concepts, where all of my art production is centered and focused.
In 1995, he established the Anonymous Artists Association's Ephemeral Museum IN SITU in Caracas, Venezuela, a museum which creates numerous graphics, temporary art presentations, outdoor installations, indoor performances, and large-scale art works. Before moving back to Houston, Texas in 2000, He worked in Venezuela, France, and Brazil. He currently works and resides in Austin, Texas. His works have been exhibited in various international Biennales. He won first prize at the Lawndale Big Show. He is also represented in different public and private collections around the world, including in China, Germany, France, San Francisco, Caracas, Houston and Boston.
I have a BA in film, and more than 30 years experience in television photojournalism. Honored dozens of times by the AP, UPI, National Press Photographer's Association, and others, I'm leveraging some of those visual skills into an attempt to create art, for home and office. I love to travel and when I do, my Nikon goes with me. I've been fortunate enough to score some space in local galleries (in my home town - Austin, Texas), and also had my work find its way into hotel lobbies and guest rooms, corporate board rooms, and the like. So I guess I'm doing *something* right. So, if you're looking for some really cool art for your space, please consider my photography. Especially now, while it's cheap...these works will be worth a fortune when I'm dead and gone.
Luz Marie Iturbe was born in 1969. She has lived in Austin, TX for 12 years, which has gifted her the opportunity to internalize and deepen the essence of her roots, making the chromatic possibilities that lead to vibrant colors and shape diversity a constant in her work.
Additionally, the cultural melting pot of this city has increased her interest in nature. This is especially true in regards to landscapes and their relationship to people which manifests in the scenes of everyday life found in her work.
She has found a special interest in portraits because she believes that through portraiture the mystery of the human condition is materialized.
Throughout her career, she has been influenced by artists like Edward Hopper, Modigliani, Diego Rivera, Artemisia Gentileschi, and Magda Sayeg, whom she worked with for some years in the yarn bombing movement.
Luz Marie has participated in several collective exhibits in Mexico and the US. She has volunteered at the Blanton museum of art and has worked in different nonprofit organizations advocating for female empowerment.
She thinks of art as a medium with which she can help people reflect both on societal issues and nature. It is her hope that through this reflection, everyone can reach a more just society resulting in a better world.
I am a multidisciplinary artist. I like to work in different media and techniques, as a result, i have created etchings, still life, handmade paper paintings, human figure and surreal throughout my career. However, acrylic and realistic abstract painting has proven to be my primary form of expression.
I love to use vibrant, bold colors combined with lights and contrast, and atmospheric backgrounds to arouse feelings, that invite the viewer to make a deep connection with my art.
I am a strong believer of the human power of self-transformation, so my greatest success is when I inspire people through my art, to look inside and find peace and happiness in their lives.
I get my inspiration to paint from moments of my own life and my passion of nature. Before I start a painting, I select my pallet based on the series I am currently working. I start from a photograph or sketch but the piece takes shape quickly and leads the way, so sometimes the result is completely different from what I had planned.
At other, I observe how the colors mixed in my pallet creating whimsical shapes, and from there I get an idea to start a new painting. This is the power of transformation of art!
“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” Oscar Wilde.
When there are no interruptions and all is still if only for a moment, I love to soak in the scene around me. Color affects me. It’s like a dawn to dusk walk along a path with dappled shade, all those colors change and modulate during the day. I like the light to shine through my painting and highlight the contrast of shadows. I paint to express what I see and almost feel. After finishing school for Interior Design I lived in England and the Netherlands where I studied art with several artists in The Hague. While in Europe I took the opportunity of visit as many art galleries, cities, museums, places of interest and natural lands as possible. After leaving the corporate world, I started Knott Garden to sell my art. In Atlanta I painted murals and floor cloths. Now I live in Texas, and I work in oil, acrylic and watercolor with a mural thrown into the mix occasionally.
As a visual artist currently living in Houston, Texas, I specialize in painting oil and acrylic on canvas, mixed
mediums and drawing charcoal, pastel and oil pastel on paper, clay, photography and sculpture. I have been
drawing and painting most of my life and studied art in The Netherlands over 30 years ago. I am a full-time
professional artist and instructor. My goal is to put a smile on the face of humanity, to preserve nature, the
natural world, our environment, and create a greater appreciation for art, nature, freedom and artistic
expression. One of my passions is sharing my art with people through creative workshops. I've taught all types of art in
stores, schools, and retirement communities including assisted living facilities. I'm currently recovering from cancer and feeling stronger every day. Like most other artists I have experimented with styles, media, and size. I paint in several different styles including ancient hieroglyphs to more classic post expressionism. My subjects include
my take on ancient art forms, floral and botanical, landscapes and seascapes including sunsets, animals,
birds and more. I am also available for commissioned artwork.
Doug LaRue is an American Contemporary Artist who describes his artwork as the interplay of emotional and ethereal experiences. The method in his artistic formula often results in Realist, Figurative and Abstract imagery through traditional oil paintings and contemporary mixed media. The outward nature of emotion often results in a figurative expression—the more visceral the emotion the more realist the figurative expression. The inner nature of ethereal experiences often manifests more in the abstract.
Doug developed a passion for art from his mother, an Oil Painter and Photography, Design and Sports from his father, a Mechanical Engineer / NCAA Football Referee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University College of Architecture while working as a NCAA Sports Photojournalist for United Press International and Associated Press. Doug attended the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Advanced Airbrush workshop at the Smithsonian Institute.
Doug’s artwork has been showcased at the Texas State Capitol, Austin City Hall, The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University and the Forsyth Gallery Collections at Texas A&M University. Doug designed architecture, published an Arts magazine, art directed films, directed a Screen Actor's Guild film and supports Water Conservation.
(Photo by Laurel Coyle)
Connie Schaertl’s early career was in commercial art, but the responsibilities of parenting caused a change in employment and a long gap in the active pursuit of her passion for art. In recent years, she has studied under Carolyn Anderson, Edward Povey, Betty Rhodes, Michelle Torrez and many other master painters. Her work has been displayed at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and many juried shows, as well as a number of private shows in Central Texas. Her oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings are in private collections around the USA and internationally. Currently, her work is being exhibited at the Wimberley Valley Art League Gallery in Wimberley, Texas and Primal Gallery in Dripping Springs, Texas.
Artist’s Statement: Our lives are permeated with stories of all shapes, sizes and flavors, most of which we have little conscious awareness. I've always been drawn to stories, and that may well be what drew me to art. I seek to stimulate a seed in the viewer, an invitation to co-create the experience of the painting according to the wealth of life, thought and perception he or she brings to the viewing.
I was invited to the United States on a national interest artist waiver, and I came to Texas because it has always been my favorite place in America. Through my imagery, I am passionate about giving a voice to the voiceless – shining a light on those whom society has often placed in darkness. I was brought to photography by cinema when I was 20 years old, and I was fascinated by the new wave in French movies, in particular by films of Jean Luc Godard. His films immersed me in a special, unlikely reality while watching them I understood that I wanted to stop the moments to capture reality and tell the stories with my photographs. I have traveled around the world, working in different countries, creating social documentaries and art projects allowing me to look at things from the other side. After receiving a Masters’s Degree in Journalism/Social Media/News Production from International Independent Ecological-Political University, graduated from Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Media Arts. Subsequently, graduated from ESEC Professional School in the field of film and audiovisual techniques.
Throughout my lifetime, I have sought a creative life in many forms, one of them being the visual arts. While raising a family, I painted on clothing, furniture, and home decor which then led to silk painting and eventually when we moved to Dripping Springs 14 years ago, I finally started painting on canvas. After many years of living abroad and raising a family there, my husband and I purchased a home near Onion Creek in which I was able to set up a studio. I believe those years abroad had a definite impact on my work. Experiencing different sights, and cultures are influences that never leave me. I consider myself a visual artist working across the spectrum of varied mediums and ideas but these days I work primarily in oil and mixed media. Printing and collage are another means of expression I enjoy. The colors and pattern found in my art are elements that I repeat in my work. At an early age I was inspired by the works of Gaugin and Matisse. I believe their influence is still there. I paint from dreams, life and experiences that I carry in my head and eventually flow onto the canvas. I invite you to step into my world and take a closer look.
Leslie Kell is an artist and designer whose career has spanned more than 35 years in the Austin area. She holds a BA with a background in painting and illustration. After many years as a freelance graphic artist, Leslie expanded her practice into photography and digital art. In 2008, she began developing an original technique that combined her photos and drawings to create her unique images. Leslie has taken her artwork a step further by adding layers of video to create magical hybrids. These cinemagraphs can be found throughout the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. She has participated in dozens of exhibits over the years, including several digital art showcases. She has been honored by awards and featured exhibitions and has created commissioned artwork for many publications. Leslie lives in the Austin area, with her husband of 36 years, her loyal dog Frida and 2 cats. She has served on the board of the Creative Arts Society, a local non-profit for artists, for several years. She has curated and organized countless fine art exhibitions over the years and maintains her own active exhibit schedule.
Bruce Rusiecki started drawing and painting at a young age. Later in life, he studied studio art at University of Arizona. His bold use of colors, coupled with a range of design patterns in his work, has built a following of collectors and art lovers from all over the world. He is inspired to continue pushing the boundaries of this art form, finding new and exciting color combinations and devising new ways of mixing and manipulating them on canvas. “I am constantly seeing new and inspiring designs in nature, in books, magazines, television, movies and my own imagination. I am passionate about what I do and committed to constantly exploring my passion.”
I began studying ways to express beautiful, profound and sometimes disturbing images while studying at the University of Cincinnati and opened my first studio in The Pendleton Building. This move continued to push those boundaries of innocence/loss of innocence expressed through nature with the encouragement of artistic peers, critiques and the public who often visited my studio. Upon moving to Dallas, my work experienced a decided shift in color pallet and theme while travel enhanced and broadened my view. Contemporary floral images to abstract landscapes and representational images with a contemporary approach are all embodied in my offerings as a fine artist and student of nature. It is important to acknowledge that every phase of life is a gateway to the next episode of being, and so it was for me. From early pieces of dark childhood trauma, through marital good times and bad, then on to reflection and simply being. Through all the drama, comedy, ups and downs, the one constant was the portal; the way through; hope; fears; love and discovery. My chosen mediums are oil, acrylic and mixed media and my studio in Dripping Springs surrounded by nature continues to inspire me.
MaryAnn has been studying and practicing art since the late 1960’s. She currently belongs to and participates in the Watercolor Art Society of Houston, Visual Art Alliance, Conroe Art League, Woodlands Art League and Baytown Art League winning various ribbons and awards at each. She is past President of Visual Arts Alliance, Northwest Art League and Lone Star Art Guild; which is an organization representing approximately 15 Art groups located throughout Southeast Texas. She has held numerous other positions with all of these organizations. MaryAnn has an intense love of art, which she expresses and promotes through her continuous support of these organizations. Her studying has consisted of taking courses at formal educational institutions as well as specialized tutorial sessions with various experts. MaryAnn is a firm believer that "practice is the best learning tool", and this has enabled her to become proficient in a variety of mediums. For several years she has conducted workshops and given demonstrations of her art techniques in Houston and surrounding towns. Her work has made its way to various states across this country and Europe.
Graduate from Southwest Texas State University with a commercial art degree. Although my career led me into the gallery/framing and decorative field, I have continuously painted for years and have been in numerous art shows.
My love for flowers and travel has always been my inspiration for my art. As you are viewing my work, you will see that I work in a variety of mediums. Watercolor has always been my primary medium until I started experimenting with acrylics that I could not achieve with watercolor. Photography has played an important role in my art, as well, either painting from my photographs or enhancing them to create digital art. Each medium gives a different feeling. I love the variety, keeps me excited.
I am a multi-media artist located in Texas. I’ve been creating art since my parents gifted me art supplies when I was nine, and then won a four year scholarship at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston when I was thirteen. I attended the Lowell Collins School of Art, then received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from the University of Houston. I taught art at a private college preparatory school, The Kinkaid School, until I retired in 2011. Once I retired, I moved to the Texas hill country and paint now that there’s time to focus on what I love.
I don’t always know what I’m going to create as I apply paint to a canvas. Then a story starts to develop and colors start interacting; research enters if I need to understand portions of what I am adding. Life connections and experiences have influenced the subject matter I explore. I also work from photographs and know exactly what I want to create. My art signature is my middle name, LOY, which I slightly blend into my work.
I grew up in South Texas with an artistic mother and grandmother. As a third generation artist, I began art lessons at a young age. My earliest teacher, locally renowned artist Simon Michael, taught me to draw. I learned to see lights and shadows, line quality and variety, and contrast, contrast, contrast. As an adult, I temporarily left the art world to develop the left side of my brain with a career in engineering. I always kept a toe in creativity and, many years ago, I re-entered the art world with vigor. My paintings are a dance between the right and left sides of my brain. One moment, I am in the left side of my brain and accuracy and realism are key. The next moment, I am in the right side, where creativity and spontaneity abound. I love using bold and energetic colors that seem to leap off the canvas. Realism with an expressionist’s palette is the best way to describe my paintings.
Each of my paintings has a special place in my heart and they all have a purpose. Some are works of art created to enjoy a specific color. Some are experiments in form or style. And some are just for fun, because I never want to lose the joy and spontaneity of the creation of art.
I am an Austin based fine artist, working in multiple mediums but with a focus in painting. I’ve been drawing and painting since as long as I can remember. From age eight I found a mentor that taught me everything I know about technique. Then I took my studies to Paris where I studied fine arts for two years and really solidified my practice and why I want to create. Now I am in Austin working to further my art practice. Over my life art has become essential to me as a form of my expression. My journey has brought me to be a believer in the power of art. For me it has become an even more important form of communication than speech, as it gives me the power to turn emotions and ideas into physical creations. I like to paint about my experiences. The topics closest to me are identity, perception of reality, mental illness, and human relationships. I play around with vibrant colors, composition, and new oil painting techniques to create an experience for the viewer that hopefully resonates with them the way it does for me.
Painting keeps me captivated because it is so challenging. I paint to achieve something that is illusive and wonderful, therefore, so very worthy of the pursuit. I express my vision on canvas, knowing there will be someone out there who will, for reasons of their own, enjoy the result. Being a Texas woman, I delight in depicting our landscape and animals as well as still life and figures. My primary goal is to depict the play of light on my subjects, the most important part of any painting, which helps to give each painting uniqueness and beauty. I am dedicated to oil painting, which I find frustrating, fascinating and fantastic; the next painting always offers infinite possibilities and is anticipated with relish, including commissions. I study the great painters and have, therefore, been influenced by many of my favorites, such as Fechin, Sorrola, Sargent and Schmid. I am very touched and proud to say that four of my paintings were commissioned for the veterans’ Intrepid Spirit Center at the US Army post, Fort Hood, Texas. I received my Masters in Visual Arts from the University of Houston, CL and have participated in workshops by nationally known oil painters.
Life is filled with moments. Every day brings a new experience. It may be a place, a gathering, someone or something that inspires us leaving a memory of a glimpse of that moment. As an artist it is my hope to share the feeling of simply being there.
In a busy world we must remember to look closely at the details that tell the tale of life. Expressed through oil on canvas it is a privilege to share a moment with you.
Penny is originally from England and lived in several countries before moving to Texas in 1977. After taking an early retirement opportunity in 1997 from a management position in software development she concentrated on creative interests, especially painting in both watercolor and acrylic, as well as travel overseas. She has studied art with accomplished teachers in Australia, in Austin and in Bozeman Montana. She finds inspiration in the varied landscapes from her travel experiences and the natural beauty of plants, birds, and animals. More recently she has developed an interest in portrait painting including several famous musicians. Penny also makes jewelry and mosaics, and her work has been exhibited and sold in Texas, Montana and Perth, Australia.
Marc Nelipovich was born in Houston Texas. He currently resides in Driftwood TX where he is a musician, artist, and brewer. In early 2001, inspired by outsider art that he’d seen around the country he began creating pieces of his own. His art is a combination of his love of music and folk art and is created in honor of, in celebration of and as a tribute to the musicians that have inspired him throughout his life. The words on the frames are sometimes lyrics, quotes from the musicians themselves or from journalists, song titles, and background/historical information about the particular artist or their compositions. Oftentimes, pieces include ”found” elements, such as guitar/bass parts, and harmonica parts. His pieces are in the collections of many people including the late Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, the late Clifford Antone, the late Doyle Bramhall (Stevie Ray Vaughan collaborator), as well as Sweet Basil McJagger (The Derailers), Dave Steakley (Zach Scott Theatre - Producing Artistic Director), and local blues singer/bassist Erin Jaimes to name a few. Marc also created much of the stage art for the Austin musical “It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues” at the Zachary Scott Theatre in 2004.
Raised in the N. Va. area by parents who instilled in him ,and brothers, the love for and beauty of the natural world and the need to preserve it. His father worked at Nat. Geo. for 40 years and took his sons to lectures given by astronauts, Leakeys, Cousteaus, Goodall and other explorers bringing their adventures to interested parties. Drawing became a source of expression for Jeff early from these experiences and others including many cross country vacations in the station wagon, camping at National parks and staying with relatives along the way. Schoolwork was boring and many notebooks and textbooks filled up with fanciful artwork. A number of art classes were taken and lessons learned thru the process. Jeff's parents tried incessantly thru the years to persuade him to pick up art as a more serious endeavor but work schedules and life always intervened. After surviving a near death experience in 2017, the acrylic paints his spouse had wishfully bought for him years before, were brought out and experimented with. Oils, watercolors, pastels, charcoal, etc. were added to his passion for trying to explore different media. This passion continues. Jeff and family have lived in Austin Texas since 1993.
An artist sharing her life journey through artwork. Each piece represents a part of me, and a stage of my life. Whether it is a young love, or a newly found friendship, or a sad romance, you will find it through my art.
I have been painting and drawing since I could pick up a pencil. As a child, I was fascinated by colors and patterns in nature. I spent a lot of time outdoors exploring nature. My paintings are colorful and expressionistic, reflecting our perception of and interaction with favorite places and subject matter; in the context of physical places, emotional states of mind, or a point in time that we cherish from our own, unique, individual journey that we all make on this earth, the beauty of nature and the complex relationships between humans and the natural world. My different series': tropical, sea life, cactus, abstracts, Nordic and hill country landscapes, animals and Austin nightscapes. My tropical and sea life paintings have been inspired by travels to Hawaii, Cancun and Port Aransas. My paintings and pastels reflect my visual experience of living in Norway as well as living in the Texas Hill Country. I graduated from the UT at Austin with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. I work in a variety of media: oils or acrylics on canvas, charcoal, graphite, oil pastels and chalk pastels. I especially prefer using palette knives and brushes to apply thick, textured oil paint to canvas.
Creativity has been my lifeline since before I knew having fun with colors, textures shapes since before I knew having fun painting was called creativity.
I’ve also been fortunate to have had a supportive partner, my wife Sheila of 40+ years!
She’s watched me range from pure abstracts into landscapes and figures, sometimes providing the modeling - and always the feedback.
Nowadays I enjoy exploring how the various styles and touches of textures can be applied in interesting ways, in varying degrees of abstraction and suggestions of forms and figures.
And if there’s been one constant through my decades - it’s to always express some of the wonder I experience as I’ve been blessed to create.
Both prints and originals of my work are available at Primal Gallery!
Cynthia Kahn has been creating art her entire life. She was the only Business major in her college Advanced Drawing classes. Post college, Cynthia continued her art education through classes at the Multnomah Art Center in Portland, OR. Cynthia enjoys traditional oil and acrylic painting, but also loves expanding her art with fabric, drywall sculpture and non-traditional mixed media. Don't be surprised if you see her at Lowe's or Home Depot purchasing supplies for her next project. Cynthia recently moved to Austin from the Pacific Northwest, where her work was regularly displayed at art shows throughout the region. Primal Gallery is Cynthia Kahn's entry into the Austin art scene.
I’m from the Midwest and a Graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design. I have engaged in a variety of artistic expression. I have created logos and animated banner ads, infomercial set designs, retail interior design and costumes. And I always return to drawing and painting! I have shown work in Austin, Houston, New York, Cincinnati, and Dayton, Ohio. I have shown virtually in London, England, and even sold work while having lunch at the Ritz Bar! I have been juried into the National Association of Women Artists, The International Guild of Realism, and our own Capitol Art Society. I compete on an International level and am a two time finalist in the Hunting Art Prize. I have a deep respect for the drawing process. I admit to having an obsession with reflections in glass. I don’t use a grid. I set up a still life and draw it directly. I focus on the spatial relationships of the objects. My Fantasy Scapes are also about drawing, and line. Thank you, and I hope you enjoy the Work