Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Meet Artist Popi Tyler

T-020 Dont-Fence-Me-In by Popi-Tyler mm 22x17 $890
Sonoma County


Popi Tyler

Popi Tyler is honored to be the recipient of the 18th Annual Ironstone Vineyards Family Choice Award, 2015. You can find her poster of yellow daffodils here in the Ironstone Vineyards gift shop.

T-021 Navajo-Trail by Popi-Tyler mm 15x11 $620

Her inspiration for that winning painting, titled Garden District, were the glorious bulbs that are in bloom all around the vineyards grounds.

Popi recalls, “The Family Choice Award is one of my all-time favorite awards because my painting was personally selected by Gail, John, Joan and Stephen Kautz”.

O-103 After  Midnight by  Popi Tyler mm 11x15 $620.

“Aquamedia paints & pencils are thrilling to use … But the happiest part of my artist life, is an almost 10 year tradition of getting together with my group of 8 treasured artist friends on Friday for art support & laughter.”

“I am currently continuing my studies under two great friends and master watercolorist:

Dale Laitinen pf Pioneer California, and

Christopher Schink of Santa Rosa, California

Happy Trails!

Popi Tyler

O-104 Hope Valley by Popi Tyler mm 22x15 $870

Meet Artist Robert Feigen

T-022 Daffodils in Motion by Robert Feigen  acr 16x20 $579


My name is Robert Feigen and I am the Artist that has preformed The Daffodils in Motion painting. I am a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, California with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Science and in Business Administration. I have been an artist for approximately twenty years and have studied at the Sonora Arts Academy for three years. I am also a current Vice President in the Motherlode Art Association in Sonora/

The Daffodils in Motion Painting is a 16” x 20” Acrylic work of art and is part of a series. It portrays interpretive daffodils flowing freely and serenely in a field of dreams.

I hope you enjoy my painting and will look forward to seeing everyone at the 20202 Artist Reception.


Robert Feigen

Meet Artist Roy Ishii


O-005 Asian Lilies by Roy Ishii  wc 18x24 $350

    I was born in Honololo, Hawaii on March 29, 1942. I attended the local elementary and high schools and then went on to Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana where I completed a bachelor of science degree.  This was followed by four years of medical school at University of California in San Francisco. My medical training continued as an intern at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center and two more years as a pediatric resident at Harbor General/UCLA Medical Center.

T-003 Daffodil Armada by Roy Ishii  wc 18x24 $350
    After my medical training was completed, I was inducted into the US Air Force where I served 2 years as a pediatric medical staff officer at Keesler Air Force Base in Bilozi, Mississippi. There, I met and married my wife Gayle.

    Once my military service was done, we moved to Lodi, California where I practiced general pediatrics for 37 years. Our family grew to include two daughters and now 2 grandchildren. Upon retirement in 2010, I had time to pursue some hobbies, one of which was watercolor painting. Fortunately, there were some very good watercolor artists locally (Deanna Hunt, Jeanne Janssen and Andrea Morris) who taught me the basics of watercolor and how to try to control a medium that very often has a mind of its own.

    I continue to enjoy the creative process and hope others might enjoy the work that is produced.

Meet Artist Susan King



T-007 Cascading Sprintime Celebration by Susan King wc 11x17 $595
  Susan King is a 30 year resident of the Murphys and Arnold areas. Now retired from full-time teaching, she has realized exciting new times to focus on her exploration of the visual arts. The wonder of the natural world, which surrounds the Sierra foothills and beyond, is her inspiration.

  Susan uses a variety of mediums and techniques to create unique emotional connections within her work. Water color, pastels, rice and collage papers and printer’s inks are some of the essential components of many of her pieces. “Every painting is a continual learning experience for me, considering the interaction of composition, design and color and materials. The process can be most humbling and exhilarating.”

O-110 El Capitan Glow by Susan King wc 11x17 $350
  Susan has been awarded Ironstone Vineyard’s annual theme division winner of the Obsession Art Show for two years, resulting in their vineyards poster each year. Arts of Bear Valley has selected pieces for support of their Bear Valley Music Fest and Calaveras Big Trees art shows. Art on Main in Murphys displays her originals, giclee prints, and unlimited edition prints. Yosemite Renessance accepted and displayed her work in the National Park.

O-111 Misty Morning in the Valley by Susan King wc 11x17 $350
  A community outreach of the Arts to the children of the Highway 4 communities has meen her passion as well, including art classes presented to the students of Hazel Fischer, Michelson and Mark Twain Elementary Schools.

  Susan recently wrote, illustrated and published a children’s book entitled, -Copper Girl A True Story of a Therapy Dog


Meet Artist Lisa Livingston


O-073 Floral-Tapestry by Lisa-Livingston acrylic 9x12 $400
 Lisa Livingston is an artist from California’s Central Valley, an Area distinguished  by beautiful Gardens, abundant farmlands and flourishing orchards which have deeply influenced her work.  An avid gardener, her paintings are often inspired by bountiful flowers, trees and colors found in nature throughout the year.

O-072 Symphony-of-Spring-by Lisa-Livingston mm 14x11 $600
The art she created features complex patterns of shape and color presenting a unique vision of the natural world. Her acrylic, watercolor and mixed media paintings portray flowers, landscapes and abstract nature forms that reflect the temporal beauty of the seasons and cycles of nature. She often captures a poetic, transcendent quality in her subjects.

O-071 New-Beginnings-by Lisa-Livingston mm 9x12 $400
Lisa’s work has been shown in exhibitions at Filoli, the Carnegie Art Center, and Ironstone Vineyards among other regional venues and is included in private collections.

A Former Art History instructor at both Modesto Junior College and CSU Stanislaus, she now devotes her time to research, painting, photography, and other creative endeavors.

A portfolio of current work is available at

Meet Artist Linda Lawrence

Linda Lawrence

T-009 Stems & Buds by Linda Lawrence  oil 4x12  $125

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 loveof design was explored through photography, homemade cards, sketches and interior decoration.

O-089 Biking on Six Mile by Linda Lawrence oil 20x20 $325

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-090 Petal Pushers by Linda Lawrence oil 16x20 $295
Linda paints primarily in water-based oils, which she finds to be user-friendly and a bit healthier overall. Though 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.

T-008 Spring Snow Day by Linda Lawrence  oil 16x20  $295
Linda often shows her work 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. She currently paints at ArtScapes in Murphys.

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 Victoria Fout

Victoria Fout

T-017 Trumpets in Spring by Victoria Fout  mm 16x20  $400
Life can be very hard so I try to add a splash of color and whimsy by imagining my own fantastical worlds and beings, exploring the duality between fantasy and reality, light and darkness, life and death, expressing emotion, and reimagining nature.  I create fantastical creatures within surreal landscapes using acrylic on canvas as my main choice of medium. I love a colorful palette, and creating different textures so much that in some pieces, I often manipulate and sew raw canvas, include 3- dimensional elements such as fabric and acrylic mediums to elevate the painting experience to bring my fantastical worlds even more to life.

O-088 Textured Tree  by Victoria Fout acrylic 16x20 $400

I grew up in Angels Camp, California. I found my love for rt at Columbia Community college during the most difficult time in my personal life. Art became a life-raft; I found comfort, escape, therapy, and a creative outlet. Art allows me to be me, and express myself. I am now a local artist with a fresh and unique colorful perspective. I earned my BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2016. I am currently on of the Gallery Artists showing my work at Manzanita Arts Emporium in Angels Camp. My artwork has also been shown at the Calaveras County Art Council, Ironstone Vineyards, Crafty Chicks Road Show, and at the Calaveras County Fair. I also serve 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.

Meet Artist Ruth Morrow


T-018 Bloomers by Ruth Morrow  wc  28x22 $500

For the past thirty plus years, Ruth Morrow has interpreted the beauties of the Mother Lode in watercolor, collage, oil, acrylic and three-dimensional pieces.

Ruth’s love of art began in her early childhood. When she moved to Laguna Beach she joined the Laguna Craft Guild and Festival of Arts. At Nineteen, she opened her first store selling seashell jewelry et. She and her husband, Arvid, joined the Sawdust Festival where they both displayed their work for thirteen years.

The Morrows moved to the Mother Lode where Ruth joined Arts of Bear Valley, and Art on Main Gallery. Her work has also appeared in the Ironstone Obsession show where her paintings won two poster contests. Her art also has garnered awards in the Frog Jump Pro. Art and in the Sacramento Fine Arts Gallery. Her pieces also have been juried into the KVIE auction for many years.

Ruth is a board member of Calaveras County Arts Council. Open Studio, sponsored by the Council, allows her to present fans with the opportunity to visit her studio in September where her creations can be viewed first hand.

Meet Artist Paula Oesterling


O-027 Dawn Patrol by Paula Oesterling acrylic 24x24 $400


Born in Riverside, California, Paula began her professional art career in high school. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Drawing and Painting from the University of California at Davis. She has furthered her studies in both California and Hawaii.

She has taught art in public and private schools as well as giving private instruction.

Her artistic endeavors include realistic and representational works in oil, acrylic, graphite, gyotaku, and mixed media.

Paula’s paintings and murals can be found in private collections, schools, and businesses in Michigan, Colorado, California, and Hawaii.

Paula is a member of Main Street Arts Gallery in Martinez, California

She currently paints and resides in northern California

O-030 El Color de Mis Palabras by Paula Oesterling acrylic 12x30 $420


Creating has been a journey of self-discovery. My work reflects my love for Impressionism, the colors, shapes, and emotions of Hawaii, and in mixing form with texture.

Everything I see produces a composition of possibilities in my mind.

No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.

Edward Hopper

O-028 Pensive Frida by Paula Oesterling acrylic 24x24 $440

Meet Artist Terry Richardson

O-098 -Lake Alpine Thaw-by Terry Richardson oil 18x24 $600

I began doing art at an early age while in grade school. I can remember spending hours in my room drawing, copying other artist’s work. I studied it formally in High School and college but abandoned it to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy and to raise my 2 girls. At some point in my adulthood I mentioned to my husband that I would like to start painting again and that year, for my birthday, he bought me an easel, paints and paint brushes. There was no turning back now! I needed to refresh my skills so I enrolled in an art class through Columbia College taught by Gereon Rios. I was hooked!

O-099 Seattle Sunset-by  Terry Richardson oil 18x24 $600 JUDGES MERIT AWARD
I continue to be inspired by the beautiful world around us and other artists.

Thank you, and enjoy the show.

Terry D. Richardson

Meet Artist Courtney Wise

Courtney Wise

Artist Statement

O-085 Three Tomatoes by Courtney Wise 8x10 acrylic  $275

For as long as I can remember I have loved to create art, take photos, and figure out how things work. My hands are rarely idle. I listen best when I can sit and draw. While attending professional development or sitting in church my notes are covered with little doodles of things I see or things I make up. At is an outlet for me; it is time when I get to sit and think, express things that are going on in my life or just a way to unwind from a busy day.

One of my fondest memories in kindergarten was when my teacher allowed me to stay at the paint easel and create art work past the time when everyone else was finished. From the time I was five I was encouraged to pursue a career in art. With that encouragement and support from my family I continued to draw, paint and sculpt my way into college. I earned a Bachelors of Art in Art Studio from Sonoma State University in 2001. Planning on becoming an art teacher I moved to Sacramento to earn my teaching credential and worked part time, but plans to teach started to change with my desire to own a business.

Scrapbooking has always been a huge passion of mine. I am my family’s photographer. I love capturing moments in time, people’s expressions along with being able to look back at all of the memories. In 2002, I opened Scrapbook Dreams in Stockton, CA which I designed and built from the ground up. I ran and operated my business for three years. It was a dream come true to be able to create my own schedule, create scrapbook pages all day and help others design their memories in an artful way.

I am a person who likes change and a challenge, so after three years of hard work, I sold my business to become a teacher. Teaching has always been a passion; my original plan was to become an art teacher, but I again changed paths because I wanted more job security. I earned my multiple subject teaching credential and have been teaching for eleven years. I also have earned my Masters in Education and am highly qualified in History. I love to bring art and creativity into the classroom and inspire my students imaginations.

O-086 Watching You by Courtney Wise acrylic 12x12 $250
Art is a passion, a past time, an outlet, an expression, and a part of who I am. For me creativity can be found in an old broken-down barn, on my daughter’s face, from a photograph, from a comment, from a cloud in the sky or simply from a thought. I look forward to bringing color to a blank slate that will make a statement, make someone think or question, or bring a smile to someone’s face. Art is and always will be a part of who I was created to be.

Meet Artist Barbara Young

Artist’s Statement by Barbara (Barb) Young

O-018 Downtown Waterfront, Napa by Barb Young wc 12x16 $250
 My early days in art were spent trying to copy cartoons from comic books and doing paint-by-number paintings. For several years my drawings were usually sad and/or gloomy. In my last year of high school I won an Art Scholarship to Sacramento City College. There I took the basic classes in art and learned many good principals that have grown and enlarged in my work since. My parents lacked the resources to help pay for further art studies which meant I had to work and an art career did not materialize. Yet, my art continued to grow and expand in quality and a ‘lightness’ overcame the gloom of my very early art. I feel that my art is a God given talent. I have learned some techniques and enhancements for my art from watching others and just by trying something and making mistakes.

O-017 Pink Dogwood by Barb Young wc 9x12 $250
Landscapes and old buildings have been my primary source of inspiration. I like to sketch with ultra-fine Sharpie pens while on location. I have worked in oil, acrylic, and now my medium of choice is watercolor. I try to capture in my drawings and paintings thee memory of a place by setting down textures, feelings, characteristics; the uniqueness and special quality of that place.

O-020 Courtyard Castle di Armosa, Napa by Barb Young wc 9x12 $250
My painting & drawing style is alive with color and realism. Paintings and drawing are a source of joy and fulfillment for me. Each artwork I complete brings me satisfaction and wonder. “I actually did that!”  I have also been commissioned to do some special paintings, paintings with unique problems and challenges but with God’s help, I was able to complete the painting which proved to be a delight to the recipient as well as to myself.

Paintings by BARB

Barbara Young  209-532-3791

Monday, March 30, 2020

Meet Artist Judy Day

Bio:  Judy Day

Judy holds a bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design and a K-12 California Teaching Credential in Art Education and Math.  She retired from 25+ years teaching at Jordan Middle School in Burbank, California. In April of 2010 she moved to Jackson, where she began concentration on her painting. Although she works in many mediums, watercolor is her favorite.

Judy's art credit include the following: illustrating three education children's books, numerous brochures, posters, three foot by twelve foot paper cut banners that hang seasonally in the First Christian Church of North Hollywood's Sanctuary, teaching watercolor to fourth graders as a part of the Art in the Classrooms, a Amador Arts Council project. She is currently part owner of the Sutter Creek Gallery in Sutter Creek California.

Her awards and honors are: 1993-94 Jordan Middle School Teacher of the Year Award, 1994 Burbank Woman of the Year, 1995 Disciples Christian Educator Award

Meet Artist Martha Cederstrom

Martha Cederstrom

O-022 Little Blue Heron by Martha Cederstrom oil 18x24 $450

Originally from the east coast, Martha grew up roaming the woods and mountains of upstate New York, and the rocky coast of Maine. From her parents she learned a great love of nature, the importance of family, and how to make things with her hands. She credits her middle school art teacher with first inspiring her interest in art, as well as the many happy hours spent in her dad's basement darkroom throughout high school. At Skidmore College Martha basically took up residence in the ceramic studio, and believed she had found her creative medium for life.

O-023 Pelican 1 by Martha Cederstrom oil 19x25  $450
Soon after college Martha found herself in Marin County, California, working a series of poorly paid jobs, and trying to figure out how to support herself as an artist. She finally succumbed to the family business, teaching, and got her teaching credential from SF State. She taught for three years in the East Bay, then was thrilled to return to Marin with a job at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, her home for the next 30 years.

Teaching predominantly 2D art mediums, Martha discovered a world of possibilities. Except for the occasional foray into the ceramic studio next door, she gave up clay for paint, printmaking, pastels, and whatever media suited her current project. Recently retired, Martha now has her own studio and the time to fully delve into her creative process.

Martha's work reflect her love of animals and the natural world. She enjoys playing with pattern and texture through combining different media, and often juxtaposes seemingly disparate imagery, asking the viewer to suspend their view of reality. She has been in shows throughout Marin County, and has pieces in private collections in California, Arizona, Washington, Minnesota, New York, and Vermont. Most recent work can be seen at her Instagram, marthac56.

         PO Box 213           Forest Knolls, CA               94933

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Meet Artits Sandra Campbell


O-014  Amador Aspen  by Sandra Campbell  collage  17x21   $310.00
      I love color and expreimentation. My subjects include landscapes, florals, still life and animals. Initially, I worked only with soft pastels but sine have branched out into collage and acrylics, often combining these into mixed media pieces. Lately, I've created some abstract works, a complete departure for someone who used to produce only realistic art.

O-015 Tuscany Flowering Olives by Sandra Campbell pastel  16x19  $280.00
      For pastels, I like to work on sanded surfaces, which allow for more layers of color. When people hear the work 'pastel,' they may think o f soft colors. But what attracts me to this medium is the possibility for vibrant oranges, brilliant yellows, and intense purples and reds.

T-010  Yellow Daffodils  by Sandra Campbell, mm 10x20   $235.00
      Mixed media pieces utilize traditional canvasses, canvas panels or illustration board. Most of my collage pieces are fabricated from rice or similar type papers, which come in a variety of textures. Most recently, I've been working on 6 x 6 inch surfaces for both collage and acrylics.

      Landscapes are created both from my own photographs and by working plein air with fellow artists in an American Association of University Women's art group. Many of the finished products are featured at the art show during the AAUW annual home tour. I also show my work during the local studio tour.

      Amador County is alive with artists who inspire me and suppor my efforts. Periodically, I take a college class or an artist's workshop which may send me in a new direction. Membership in the Amador County Artists Association and Arts Council provides collegial support as does my AAUW art group. My work is on display at the Sutter Creek Gallery at 35 Main Street, Sutter Creek. View additional images on my website at

Meet Artist Connie Bowen

Connie Bowen

T-019 Serendipity by Connie-Bowen wc 30x11 $550 THEME WINNER

I have always loved art and photography and have tried hard to hone my skills with both over the past decade. I have been taking weekly watercolor classes from Popi Tyler for nine years. She is an excellent and patient teacher. She continues to teach me how to see.  I have also taken three workshops from Christpher Schink and he has pushed me to find my own unique direction with my art work. I love the process of creating with watercolor. I feel everything else slip away except being in the moment of that creation, which keeps me coming back to this beautiful medium. I live in Forestville, CA with my two dogs and a cat, who sometimes become my muses.

Meet Artist Judie Cain

Judie Cain
A Colorist's Impressions from life
O-051Alaska Marsh by Judie Cain oil 24x22 Judges Merit Award SOLD

Oil Painter and Instructor

A native of Burlingame, CA, Judie studied at California College of Arts after high school. Family responsibilities behind her, and taking early retirement from the business world, Cain returned to painting by attending college, numerous workshops and taking private lessons.

Painting from life as much as possible, or from her own reference photos, Ms. Cain strives to capture the light and mood of the moment using brush and/or palette knife. "My wish is for my paintings to capture the light and life of the moment in an uplifting or inspiring way.  The fleeting moments of light on a magnificent natural vista or on the petal of a rose; a simple smile, the still reflections on a pond. The joy of life".

O-052 Comfort and Joy by Judie Cain oil 9x12 $500 OPEN DIVISION 2ND PLACE
She has taught her workshops, "Basic Nuts & Bolts of Oil Painting" and "Color Demystified" in the western states as well as other local venues. She currently teaches adult summer classes and private lessons covering painting fundamentals and color. Primarily an oil painter, Judie has begun also to use gouache, and opaque watercolor.

An award winning artist, Ms. Cain has been represented in galleries in Washington, Oregon, New Mexico and California, including Murphys, Sonora, Copperopolis and Carmel. She has several works in print, Giclée and on home products and is collected world wide.

Judie lives in Murphys, CA where she has a working studio, "The Art Studio", which is open by appointment, classes and special events.

For information about her paintings, gallery representation, classes, please go to or call 209 559-3345 cell. email:

Meet Artist Helen Scofield

Helen Scofield

O-039  Country Scene by Helen Scofield oil 24x12 $250

Helen's artwork depicts her love of and involvement with color. Her subject matter expresses a statement in terms of color or emotion. She primarily paints in oils because of the richness, texture and versatility of the medium.

O-038 FoggyAspens by Helen Scofield 36x32 $500

Helen is a resident of Vallecito, having moved from Santa Rosa in 1992. Her art education was obtained through community college classes, workshops and private lessons. She has been accepted and won awards at the prestigious Central California Art League Exhibit at the Gallo Winery, the Haggin Museum, the Carriage show, the Motherlode Art Association Annual Exhibit, Ironstone Vineyard's Annual Spring Symphony Exhibit and the Professional Fine Art Division of the Calaveras County Fair. In 2007 her painting "Spring" won Ironstone Winery's annual poster award.

O-040 Spring Flowers by Helen Scofield oil 20x16 $350

Helen's work may be seen at Art on Main in Murphys, local businesses and through seasonal shows with Arts of Bear Valley, and on her website

Meet Artist Janette Jones

Janette Jones Fine Art
O-115 GeraniumLight_by Janette Jones oil _12x24_$350

The comments heard most often about her paintings are "they make me feel joyful", "lift my spirits", and "they are filled with a sense of light and lightness". As an artist who is constantly looking for the beauty of light in every subject, this is music to her ears. As a person who is wildly optimistic about life and positive about the future, she is thrilled her paintings reflect this "joie de vivre" attitude and bring joy to her collector.  Janette uses a strong sense of design, personal color mixes and intimate point of view to create her distinct style.

O-114_MountainHollyhocks_ by Janette Jones oil _10x20_$200 SOLD
Born in California and majored in art while attending California State University, and studied watercolor for five years with Virginia Jentoft in Davis, CA. Her watercolor images were successfully marketed and licensed with Daisy Kingdom, Naturally, Spring Mills and Prints Plus (among others) between 1988-2002. She has been painting outdoors in oils after a workshop in 2003, hooked by the challenge of capturing the truth on canvas.

O-113 _BeachBouquets by Janette Jones oil _12x24_$350

Recent Selected Exhibitions & Events

2018, 2017, 2015 Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park
2018, 2017, 2016 Palo Alto Festival of the Arts
2013 State of Gold, California Impressionism, Group Show roger's Gardens, Newport Beach, CA
2011 Laguna Plein Air Painters Association "Less Is More' Exhibit
Plein Air Painting in the Garden Workshops at Milfiori, Murphys
2011 Plein Air Demo & Workshop Tulare Palette Club, Tulare Museum
2011 Group Exhibit Knowlton Gallery  "Wildflowers West"

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Meet Artist Patricia T. Senteno

Patricia T. Senteno

O-109 Flanders Field by Patricia Senteno mm 18x18 $330

Artist Statement

I am a fiber artist working mainly with wool. I am fascinated by this natural, sustainable and pure medium that proves to be versatile, dynamic, beautiful and multi dimensional.

My pieces shown today were needle felted on 100% wool fabric. The process in which a tined needle (imagine a long straight needle 4 inches long with tines like a fish hook along the edges of the needle) was used to attach layers of wool fibers to a wool base creating a finished image, concept or idea. I used a variety of dyed merino wool roving and merino/silk blended roving to create the artwork. Each piece has multiple layers of wool fibers attached to the base which create its depth and dimension.

The Color of Peonies is an exploration of what evokes spring in the soul through the use of color and texture. It is an abstraction of a peony in bloom, unfurling nature’s secrets with each successive visit.  

O-108 Color of Peonues by Patricia Senteno mm 18x18 $330
Flander’s Field is a re-imagination of the fields of poppies that emerged in the spring after the devastation of WWI. I created this piece out of a soul journey to find beauty in one of humanity’s darkest times.

My work is inspired by nature, its colors and textures which I study and explore in order to create artwork that evokes balance, harmony and beauty in one’s soul. I create images from what lives in the outer world, a reflection of what lives within. Creating, interpreting and capturing even a small piece of the vastness of the natural world is my work. I invite you to lose yourself in the colors, textures and imaginations of what speaks to your heart in each piece and create your own pictures from the whispers you hear.

Meet Artist W. Vaughn Lew

W Vaughn Lew
Murphys, California

O-048 Shootin into the light by Vaughn Lew pastel 8x20 $1500 JUDGES MERIT AWARD

  I'm originally from Eastern Oregon.  My family moved to Lodi in 1961 where
I attended Lodi High School, graduating in 1964.
  I then enrolled at Sacramento State College, where I was a Commercial Art
major.  De Witt Whistler Jayne was my main influence.  He was a renowned
commercial artist, illustrator, and portrait painter with a gift for teaching and an
eye for perfection.  "Mr. Lew", he would say, "so much for a nice beginning,
but let's have a finish."  I've been striving for that quality ever since.
  Another instructor that had a very positive effect on me was Dr. Tarmo Pasto,
an eccentric art psychologist and art instructor who taught the "Space Frame
Concept",  It was all about space and form.

O-049 Heckle and Jeckle by Vaughn Lew oil 18x24 $3000
After graduating from SSC and getting a teaching credential I was fortunate
to get an art teaching job at Elk Grove High School.  I taught there for several
years, but had an itch to get into construction.  That is where I've been until five
years ago, when my wife Glenda, and daughter Melissa, and I moved to Murphys.
  One thing that is certain is that art requires a commitment.  I feel that I now
have the time and space to finally concentrate on my painting.  Although I have
been producing some art over the years, it is only now that I can continue to
the next piece without an extended time period between.  Landscapes, townscapes,
wildlife, and portraits all interest me.  My goal is to create images that bring the
viewers into a space that takes them away, and gives them pause to reflect.

O-050 East Slope Creek by Vaughn Lew oil 16x20 $1500

W Vaughn Lew
P.O. Box 2028
Murphys, Ca. 95247

Meet Artist Ron Miranda

Ron Miranda  |  714-323-5990  |
O-032 Playa-Rocosa by Ron Miranda oil 36x24 $5000
Ron was born in the island of Guam, an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean. His parents are of Chamorro and Filipino descent. Ron currently resides in Southern California where he studied art at California State University, Long Beach, earning a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree graduating with honors.

Being a graphic artist, it had set him up on his lifelong journey to find his own unique style and language, to create amazing paintings pulsating with the light and energy that emanates from his heart and soul.  Now his focus is as a full-time fine art painter to grow and discovery new visual boundaries. 

Most of Ron’s inspirations and influences are from fond memories of Guam; romanticizing visions and memories of the rich tropical vegetation, fauna and some of the amazing color, textures and patterns that channel their way into his paintings. Heightened color is paramount in Ron’s paintings with exaggerated hues to push boundaries and strike a chord with the viewers.

Many of Ron’s works range from realism to abstract. The concepts for his abstract works run deep from his island culture and music. Ron finds incentive for his representational pieces from a collection of images via his personal digital library that he photographed throughout his life.

Very well versed in computer graphics design programs, Ron applies his computer skills to conjure up his painting compositions. He works mainly with oils and sometimes uses acrylic, charcoal, color pencil, gouache and pencil.

Ron hopes his paintings resonate with a broad spectrum of people, engaging the viewer in present time with a modern beauty created through his imagination and life experiences.