Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Meet Artist Connie Romano

T-012 Springtime Rebels by Connie Carson-Romano acrylic  16x20  $285

    Since I was a young girl I have enjoyed the challenge of reproducing the beauty that surrounds us in drawing or paints.   Being raised in the mountains of New Mexico gave me a deep appreciation of nature and provided my art with a great pallet of colors to work with.  

O-082 Sunset Glow by Connie Carson Romano acrylic 24x18 $280

     When I was in third grade I entered a drawing in a state wide contest sponsored by the State Fair board in New Mexico.  My drawing was of a conquistador riding his horse and I was so surprised when my work was chosen.  I remember how exciting it was to see my drawing on a poster advertising the State Fair.   Strangely that event caused me to feel very shy about my art and for the next 50 years it remained a private enjoyment and a personal meditation.  

T-013  Daffodil Drama   by Connie Carson-Romano acrylic  16x20  $325
      My husband, who was my greatest fan, talked me into entering the Spring Obsession Art Show in 2013.  I was so excited when several of my paintings were chosen to hang among the expressions of so many artists.  I have entered every year since and was very honored to have my work “Simply Daffodils” chosen last to represent the 2018 release of Ironstones Obsession.


O-083 Violets by        Connie Carson-Romanacr 20x20 $260

  Ironstone vineyards is a beautiful venue and I am, again this year, very proud to have several of my works hang on the walls among the works of so many talented people.  

Meet Artist Robert Mittenmaier

 Robert Mittenmaier 

is an American artist  painting in acrylic on Masonite. For over 30 years, he has specialized in works depicting automobiles - paintings that have taken him worldwide.

T-027  Garden Club Flower Show by Robert Mittenmaier  acrylic  35x24  $8000

His art has always been an avocation,

while he pursued a successful career

in home design.

O-026 Murphys Hotel  by Robert Mittenmaieracrylic  40x40  $25000

Upon the passing of his wife of 45 years, Robert relocated from NYC to Murphys to be with family.  
O-028 Murphys Library  by Robert Mittenmaieracrylic  18x26 $10000

Shifting gears, he began painting the town he now calls home, and is doing a series depicting the historic buildings of Murphys.

All proceeds from any sales are donated

to charity.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Meet Artist Linda Lawrence

Linda Lawrence


Always artistic by nature, Linda was constantly drawing as a child, and enjoyed art classes throughout her school years in Soquel and Fresno, California. As an adult, her love of design was explored through photography, homemade cards, sketches and interior decorating. 

Linda and her husband, Ron moved to Murphys in 1992, for its inherent natural beauty and small-town lifestyle. As her children grew more independent, Linda was thrilled to begin taking classes through Columbia Junior College, and first studied with Hermione Rios.

O-119 Wildflowers on Electra Road- by Linda Lawrence  noil 14x18  $195

Linda paints primarily in water-based oils, which she finds to be user-friendly and a bit healthier overall.  Through the years, she has developed a playful, colorful style, and had enjoyed and appreciated the influence of instructors Diana Boyd, Susie Hoffman, Sunny Sorenson, Eva Walker, and Judy Cain through Town Hall Arts in Copperopolis. She has also taken workshops from Murphys renowned plein air artist Kathleen Dunphy, and Colley Whisson of Australia at Coastal Maine Art Workshops in Rockport, Maine.

O-117 -Three Amigos-by  Linda Lawrence  oil 16x20  $275

Linda often shows her work was at the Calaveras County Arts Council and was chosen to present a painting in their 2017 show, AnimalScapes. She was also invited to show at the Studio 11 Gallery in Oakland, California in 2018. This is her first time participating in Ironstone Winery’s Spring Obsession Competition.

Linda is thoroughly enjoying the process of becoming an artist, and the self-expression, freedom, and mindfulness it provides. She considers her fellow artists soulmates and true inspirational treasures.

Meet Artist Rhett Regina Owings

O-042  Sprinklers by Rhett Owings  oil  11x14 $500

Rhett Regina Owings

I have been painting for over 30 years. I enjoy painting landscapes, still life, animals and anything else that tickles my fancy! I paint in plein air as well as in my art studio. Oils are my medium of choice, but I also like using pastels, water media, and mixed media.

Capturing the color and scenery around me is important to me. I love color and enjoy watching the colors mix on my palette and painting. I have painted in orchards, golf courses, wildlife land, gardens & parks, Gold Rush towns, Yosemite, along the coast and on farms in the Central Valley and in Salinas. My colors have accompanied me to Alaska, Yellowstone, Utah, Mexico, Canada and Europe. What a wonderful life I have led. Art is my life and I am happy to share it with you. 

O-044 On the Way to Sonora by Rhett Owings  oil  16x20 $500


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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Meet Artist Victoria Fout

Victoria Fout 

Life can be very hard, so Victoria tries to add a splash of color and whimsy by imagining fantastical worlds and beings, exploring the duality between fantasy and reality, light and darkness, life and death, expressing emotion, and reimagining nature with paint. Victoria creates fantastical creatures within surreal landscapes, using acrylic on canvas as her main choice of medium. She loves a colorful palette, and creating different textures in some pieces by manipulating and sewing raw canvas, adding 3dimensional elements such as fabric, rocks, jewelry, etcetera, to elevate the painting experience to bring her fantastical worlds even more to life.
T-010 Be The Orange Daffodil by Victoria Fout  acrylic  8x10  $175

Victoria Fout grew up in Angels Camp, California. She found her love for art at Columbia Community college during the most difficult time in her personal life. Art became a life-raft; a comfort, escape, therapy, and a creative outlet.  Victoria is now an emerging freelance fine artist with a fresh and unique perspective, and earned her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2016. Her artwork has been shown at SFAI, the Calaveras County Fair, Ironstone Vineyards, the Calaveras County Arts Council, and currently at Manzanita Art Emporium. She currently serves as a Board member at the Calaveras Art Council.
“Lost within my own darkness I find the colors of expression and joy when I paint. My art is an invitation into my world, welcome.”

Monday, February 4, 2019

Meet Spring Obsession Theme Artist, Tabitha Kremesec

T-008  Three Daffodils  by Tabitha Kremesec  wc 14.5x22 $400
My name is Tabitha Kremesec and I’m just starting my own business in watercolor painting. 

Before turning to painting, I wrote a book of poetry published in 2016 (“Life as We Know It and Other Poems”). 

Then I became intrigued with watercolor and entered two drawings in the calaveras county fair jumping frog jubilee ,and won 3rd place for both of these graphite  drawings .In June of 2018 I started taking watercolor classes. I had a great teacher and while I still have a lot to learn, I am a fast learner and I’m determined to do great work as an artist.  

T-009  Daffodils and Tulips  by Tabitha Kremesec  wc 16x20 $300
 In addition, I now sell greeting cards that I painted, refrigerator magnets and paintings along with many other items.  I have my own shop on and my own website I enjoy painting and continue to take lessons from YouTube and my sister in law.  I’m learning a lot but have so much more to learn and I will as painting has become a passion.