Tuesday, March 31, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Niki Gulley

© 15 mph By Niki Gulley

© Shift Change, Dallas West End By Niki Gulley
© Breaking Through, Tuscany By Niki Gulley

"At an early age, having found that the grandeur of nature has the ability to uplift the soul, my feet became set upon the path that would guide my artistic life. This emotional view of the world is something that I’ve tried to translate through my canvas so that the viewer can journey with me. Having been inspired by the impressionists, I strive to capture the vibrant energy and intrinsic beauty of our natural surroundings." - Niki Gulley

Monday, March 30, 2015

Michal Ashkenasi is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Seedlings By Michal Ashkenasi

© Spring Exploration By Michal Ashkenasi

© Independent Woman By Michal Ashkenasi

"My work is the result of imagination and nature. The style is minimalistic, abstract-figurative and has sometimes a touch of surrealism. Although the colours and the contrasts are strong , there is still a harmonic oneness."
-Michal Ashkenasi


Sunday, March 29, 2015

John Whitton Bria is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Fancher Road Series: Woods - Winter By John Whitton Bria

© Oranges By John Whitton Bria

© Still Life With Guitar By John Whitton Bria

"Crashing against the rocks, the wave rises up in a fan of spray.  I take a quick step back and lower my brush.  Out of range of the wave, I will stay dry.  I am in the calm of my studio, but I want the painting on my easel to evoke the live energy of the event. 

Landscape painters often depict the lay of the land in a broad view.  With my current work, I narrow the field of vision.  Taking the focus of the eye's direct gaze, I put the viewer right in the thick of it whether the subject is the raw beauty of a Pacific wave, the remoteness of an Adirondack summit, or the serenity of local fields and a small nearby pond.

Calling myself a painterly realist, I keep the architecture of the landscape absolutely accurate and recognizable, but use my paint with a free hand, because for me, the thrill of painting is about the paint. " - John Whitton Bira

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Logan Bauer is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Cherry In The Falls By Logan Bauer

© Red Store By Logan Bauer

© Pottery Under Windowsill By Logan Bauer



Friday, March 27, 2015

Connie Chadwell is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© More Country By Connie Chadwell

© The Menu By Connie Chadwell

© Dance With Me By Connie Chadwell

"I have always loved to draw the face and figure. If I'm not actually drawing from the posed model or sketching people going about their everyday lives, I'm probably thinking about it. I seldom miss an opportunity to draw or paint from life and I strive every day to capture not just a likeness of my subjects, but also the more elusive qualities of spirit, mood and emotion. "- Connie Chadwell


Thursday, March 26, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Karen Kennedy Chatham

© Longhorn Bull Business By Karen Kennedy Chatham

© Salt River Horse Play By Karen Kennedy Chatham

© Chaotic Peace By Karen Kennedy Chatham

Karen Kennedy Chatham is a semi-self-taught artist having attended many workshops and classes with accomplished artists such as watercolorist, Susan Harrison-Tustain, and oil paint/pastel artist, James R. Spurlock. Painting with watercolor, oil, acrylics, and pastels, Karen has created her own style of art combining techniques both learned and original that translate the language of art from her heart to the world. 


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

VL Rees is Visual Language Magazine Artist of the Day

© Chemo Spring By VL Rees

© Margin For Error By VL Rees

© Heatwave By VL Rees

V. L. Rees is best known for contemporary realism executed in oils.  However, on hot summer afternoons, she has been known to give in to the abstract.

She draws inspiration from her appreciation of the beauty found in the everyday.  Unusual angles, dramatic lighting, and nature's intricacies all capture her attention.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kyle Wood is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Beyond The Gate II By Kyle Wood

© Night Watch By Kyle Wood

© Spring Majesty By Kyle Wood

As an artist, Kyle’s passion is painting landscapes and historical buildings. He credits much of his painting ability to his keen observation of perspective. Taking photographs while on vacation and at other leisure moments is the primary resource for his oil paintings. 


Monday, March 23, 2015

Tim Gagnon is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Between Three Stones By Tim Gagnon

© Hypochondrisas By Tim Gagnon

© Signs Of Spring By Tim Gagnon

"The Human mind is a private, unfiltered, intimate place, which no one has access to but yourself and the spoken word. As an artist I am able to allow people to see some of my thoughts, unfiltered as I see them in my mind. Art is a medium that allows me to express thought imagery to be interpreted visually, rather than thoughts expressed vocally where things become filtered into biased opinions." - Tim Gagnon


Sunday, March 22, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Debra Hurd

© Determination By Debra Hurd

© Music Guys By Debra Hurd

© Decision By Debra Hurd

"A very ordinary scene can be perceived differently when painted with a bit of exaggerated color and awareness of light.  The ordinary then becomes extraordinary." - Debra Hurd


Saturday, March 21, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Roseanne Snyder

© Blue Lagoon By Roseanne Snyder

© Desert Sunrise By Roseanne Snyder

© What Was........ By Roseanne Snyder

"I returned to painting and found that it is very relaxing as long as everything goes right. I love abstract art and play with it's colors all the time." - Roseanne Snyder


Friday, March 20, 2015

Jonelle McCoy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Break Free By Jonelle McCoy

© Work Together By Jonelle McCoy

© Carnival Ride By Jonelle McCoy

" I thank my great granddaddy for passing on the artistic genes to me; he is my guardian angel. His plain gray easel, spotted with his past smears, dots of painting, and little holes from pinning his reference materials to it is what I use; it makes me feel close to him. I still have some of his brushes, well-used, worn-out nubs that they are. One of my prized possessions is his pencil self- portrait. His favorite story told over and over when we visited him was about Van Gogh."
- Jonelle McCoy


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Elaine Vileria is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Tongue-In-Groovy By Elaine Vileria

© Train To New York By Elaine Vileria

© Web Of Lies By Elaine Vileria

  Elaine received her Masters Degree from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY.  She has been an art teacher for students from pre-K, through high school, as well as adult instruction.  She has coordinated and curated
numerous art exhibitions.  After facing breast cancer in 1996, she coordinated three art shows for cancer survivors.
Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in France, and has been published in "Quilting
Today Magazine".  She has also written and illustrated a children's book,  The Legend of Old Mr. Clarke.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bob Coonts is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Big Ben By Bob Coonts

© Four Fouls By Bob Coonts

© Mountain Wildflower By Bob Coonts

"Colors, as used by the Fauvists, the challenge of composition and the excitement of discovery impact my work and style.  Animals, plants, landscapes and people provide a wealth of subject matter.  Combining a sense of warmth, graceful movements and detail give release to a style bordering on abstract by reflecting a true image." 

- Bob Coonts


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Carol Jo Smidt

© Anchored By Carol Jo Smidt

© Gus By Carol Jo Smidt

© Momma's Watching By Carol Jo Smidt

"My paintings are a result of a thoughtful, ongoing, creative and intuitive process. Creating art is a spiritual journey. It is somewhat of a surprise where a painting will lead me. I find that my paintings are more vivid and saturated than real life. I see color in a subject and intensify those hues in a painting. One of my goals is to bring honor and respect to the subjects that I paint. As a creator of art, I want the viewer to have a positive connection with my paintings." Carol Jo Smidt

Monday, March 16, 2015

VL Magazine Artist of the Day is Richard Levine

© Near The University, Edinburgh By Richard Levine

© The Lobster Dock, Stonington, Maine By Richard Levine

© Cafe Life, Havana By Richard Levine

"I like to paint in places where the weather, the traditions and the geography still dominate;  where these elements identify and characterize a locale.  Where I can still connect to what has gone before and one feels an authentic "sense of place"."
- Richard Levine

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lelija Roy is VL Magazine Artist of the Day

© Dream Walking By Lelija Roy

© In The Fog By Lelija Roy

© Just Rambling By Lelija Roy

Each piece expresses unique rhythms and textures of the living earth. Lelija seeks out the interconnectedness of organic and inorganic elements. These glimpses encompass: the hazy light of early morning, the wind in an aspen grove, the silent struggle of a pinion pine on a canyon wall or the rush of the waterfall.