WELCOME TO ARTISTS IN ARIZONA!
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WELCOME TO ARTISTS IN ARIZONA!
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Welcome to our latest Juried Exhibit showcasing the exceptional talents of Arizona artists. We hope you will enjoy this beautiful exhibit!
What gives us a "Sense of place?" This exhibit provides many insights and possible answers to that question.
This exceptional exhibit explores this question through a highly diverse range of artworks and styles that help us achieve a deeper understanding of the theme of this exhibit. For some artists it is an internal place and for others an external location inspires internal emotions. The desert Southwest continues to be an exceptionally unique landscape that offers inspiration to our artists.
Thank you to all the artists who entered! We had the difficult job of selecting artwork from such a large pool of entries. If you are not one of our Selected Finalists, we do hope you will enter our next show. It is always good to keep your work in front of us.
This strong exhibit again showcases the tremendous talents of Arizona artists and of our members. The quality of the artwork is exceptionally high and the mastery of skill shines through. You will also notice that all our Selected Finalist artists are winners! And there are reasons for that. We strongly believe that it is not possible to compare different genres and mediums to each other. Each artwork is different and unique, and should be viewed individually, and not by comparison. At Artists in Arizona we celebrate that difference and the diversity that thrives in the realm of art.
Our exhibit format also provides the viewer with an opportunity to learn more about the intentions of the artists and their work through their written artist statements. These statements provide even more insight into the motivations of the artist. We encourage you to read them so you may learn more about the art and artist.
Thank you to all our Selected Finalists! We celebrate your time and talent and are honored that you shared your work with Artists in Arizona. You absolutely make our lives better by sharing your art with all of us! Thank you Artists in Arizona!
Now, it's your turn! We invite you to sit back and enjoy the show. We have chosen to exhibit the artworks in a "slow-art" slideshow format. You may select the thumbnail images to move forward at your own pace. When artwork is available for sale it is priced underneath its image. If a piece you are interested in is not priced, please be in touch with the artist to check the status of the artwork. Some new members do not yet have their portfolio pages available. If you would like to inquire about their artwork please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WE HOPE YOUR ENJOY "A SENSE OF PLACE!"
SELECTED FINALISTS LIST:
Clicking on underlined names will direct you to an artists portfolio page and contact information.
* denotes new member with portfolio page to come.
RETRO TROPIC, 18" x 18" oil on canvas
Whispers of Time
Acrylic on canvas 36"x60"
A. DEBRA R. SCHWALM
Watercolor Batik on Mulberry paper with metallic threads 18 x 23"
I think the reason I started painting Saguaro cactus in hot deserts was my rebellion against the wintry mountain range I was forced to look at or maybe I saw a picture on a postcard? Also, the melancholy blues because my mother couldn't grow flowers in her clay soil but the homes near grandma's house had plenty of perennials. I also remembered from an early experience seeing lush public gardens before I turned six? Whatever, I love flowers and cactus.
A sense of space just reminds me of my surroundings of where I am today and the beauty of nature that is here.
Janet, a Tucson native & graduate of the University of Arizona, has been a potter, sculptor & artist for 53 years. She is owner of Sabino Stoneware Pottery; her gallery & studio is located near the University at 1019 N. Jacobus Avenue. She is founder of Romero House Potters & teaches an advanced ceramics class there.
Two of these paintings are done from photos taken in June on my way home from Montana and one of my most favorite places to be. My spirit is always lifted and renewed while I am in that place. The third painting is from an area on the Mogollon Rim Arizona. I am always drawn to the way sunlight and shadow play amongst the pines trees and the grasses on the on the forest floor.
Debborah has always loved drawing and painting and has a fascination with color. Color and light are still the things that stir up her desire to preserve a moment with oil paint or her newest passion, pastels.
My art evolves as the wilds evolve. "The Wilds Free Me" is a series of abstract paintings inspired by natural and urban landscapes. Evolution happens with infinite motion - universally, societally, and personally. My wanderings in the world seep through the canvas like negatives processing in a a dark room. Whether it be dramatic grey rain sheets moving across the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, or witnessing majestic cloud reflections in the wet sand on Murreagh beach in Ballyferriter, County Cork, Ireland. It leaves me breathless. The wilds free me and inspire my art.
My work focuses on the architecture of the unconscious and subconscious mind. Exploring different techniques such as long gestural strokes juxtaposed with bold mark-making helps me to create a disoriented mindscape. I layer my materials light and heavy to block out whole areas that construct an unfocused state. The mind intrigues me because things are often hidden from us. How are we affected? How does the human brain process emotion and trauma? What is revealed when we evaluate the unseen aspect of our true selves? Sometimes the memories can be easily accessed, yet experience creates layers, scars create marks, and we are tangled in our emotion. What is hidden from the subconscious? I explore this process while pushing and pulling my way through the architecture of the mind.
"Peaceful Moonrise" - an evening view depicting a Century Plant overlooking the San Pedro Valley of Southeastern Arizona.
I paint and specialize in landscapes. I’m known for depicting the skies of the southwest in both oil and watercolor. I absolutely love clouds as seen out West. I love what cloud shadows do to mountain ranges. I love the color on the land, and the color overall, whether it be intense or muted. I love depicting the desert and its beautiful and transforming skies at all times of the day.
When you understand saguaro cactus live 50-75 years before they may grow an arm you begin to understand why they are so revered and protected in the Sonoran Desert. "Whispers of time" was painted to capture the constant change and movement in the desert juxtaposed with the saguaros standing as ancient, protective, sentinels.
Iconic Sentinels is a view I have driven past many times over the years and never noticed the beauty of this grouping of these desert plants. One day on our drive to Yarnell, Arizona the site and beauty of the saguaros and Joshua tree caught my eye. These plants are over 100 years old now. Can you imagine the history the plants have been through? I wish they could talk!
Creating a piece for someone else will necessarily include a large piece of yourself. The guitar player who requested an album cover to go along with his cover of the famous 'Wish You Were Here' by Pink Floyd had no idea that he would be seeing the Dark Side of the Moon in my interpretation. We aren't always cheery and bright. The saturated tones and dramatic connections in this collage revealed an inner turmoil that he and I both appreciated.
These new paintings continue my obsession with design – color, form and composition. I look for these in the natural world, and desire to present these in new, different and unique ways. Through color and texture, I emphasize the often overlooked aspects of the our environment and its compositional structures, while often downplaying or minimizing the obvious. The result is to force new ways of seeing … prompting surprising revelations about our world and ourselves.
I've been drawing and painting all my life and have found that abstraction really suits me. Striving to get at the richness of shape and color is what drives me forward in my creations. I live in Tucson, AZ, transplanted from California 6 years ago. I love the intricacies and vastness of the desert landscape.
In Architectural Reflections, I am using architecture as a canvas. The reflected objects are other buildings living separately from each other and in opposing and various directions. What is reflected is a whole new world on a static surface; the buildings collide and warp upon each other throwing off depth and perspective.
I am drawn to the questions these images capture as they shake up equilibrium; what’s real, what’s not, what’s up what’s down, what’s in front, what’s in back, what direction is that image coming from, is it round, is it square, is it stationary or is it moving? The smallest movement of the lens will create a completely new world. What is perceived in one moment can dynamically change with an incremental movement of the lens. Beckoning the question, what am I really seeing, or am I creating what I am seeing?
My Glowing Desert Collection is a tribute to the unique beauty of Arizona, capturing its vibrant colors and breathtaking vistas in every brushstroke. Created with a deep appreciation for the natural world, these paintings offer a connection to the awe-inspiring landscape of the Southwest. From the vibrant hues of the sunset to the texture of the cactus, these pieces evoke the spirit of the desert.
Since reinventing himself as a photographer eleven years ago, Tim Murphy’s work has been widely acclaimed. Tim has published nine photography books and his artwork has been seen in exhibits and shows. His photography has been featured in multiple publications and used by businesses in Arizona and Ireland. An Arizona bank even showcases Tim’s desert images on its debit cards! On the giving side, Tim has taught photography classes and delivered Arizona and Irish travel and photography lectures at senior and civic centers. Plus he has donated artwork and raised funds for fifteen different charities and foundations. Tim was honored when his alma mater in Wisconsin recognized him with a lifetime award at 2022 commencement ceremonies for his inspirational life story revolving around his disability and reinvention as a photographer. Later in the year, Tim was recognized by Irish Echo for his work promoting Ireland through his photography.
One of the greatest gifts of becoming an artist has been learning to really see. Refracting the world through my own artful lens is a joy. Working in watermedia and oil, I strive to capture those moments that have tripped some artistic trigger. As a native Texan and an Arizona resident for 35 years, my sensibilities are grounded in the American Southwest, its palette and atmosphere.
Representations of place: some from grand, awe-inspiring places and experiences, many from everyday passed-by and overlooked moments; mundane occurrences in no special place that are never given the chance to be regarded as beautiful or capable of meaning.
An Arizona-based artist, Deb loves the looseness, energetic textures, whimsy and transparency of watercolor batik on paper. Her art is featured in galleries and has numerous won awards. Growing up in the Midwest, Deb has always found very creative ways to express herself within daily life whether it be home decorating, large mural painting or photography
I have included two different series, one series called "Shelter" (of four paintings) was painted over time during the pandemic and is about the different forms of shelter that people may have. Knowing some people were homeless and/or struggling during that time, I have taken into consideration that home might be a temporary shelter, a shack, a even a tent, but even so, it is their sense of place. I used minimal colors as well as charcoal, because if I suddenly was left homeless or scrambling for shelter, would I be able to have a full range of paints at my disposal. The second series are three small watercolors. They represent my sense of place in the two regions of this country, and my journeys between the two.
For me, “sense of place” isn’t tied to a specific physical location; it is about finding comfort and inner strength that you carry within you, regardless to your whereabouts. 1. “Sky Ceiling” 40x30, oil. There’s a profound sense of liberation in shedding limitations and conquering fears, allowing you to embrace your true self. When you reach that point, you recognize it as a rightful place, your true essence. This painting serves as a constant reminder and source of inspiration, urging me to find comfort and unwavering belief in my abilities and core identity. 2. “Little Becky’s Amazing Life Adventure” 40x30, oil. My personal life journey inspired this painting, a quest to find a place where I truly belong. Much like Dorothy, I’ve learned that the answer lies within. Discover and believe in yourself and you’ll always be at home. 3. “Sarah and Nina” 40x30, oil. What could evoke a stronger “sense of place” than a mother and child peacefully snuggling together as they sleep. It is the perfect “sense of place”
The Compass of My Heart Raven called me to the Southwest and became my touchstone, defining my internal sense of place as I travel from adventure to adventure. I purposely drew the compass without an arrow because Raven is my true north. Every interaction with my spirit guide steadies me. Journey of the Spirit Horse Tallit Each custom tallit I design to create a sense of a place in the form of a portable house of prayer that invites the owner to step out of the ceaseless chatter of life and into a personal meditation space. For this meditation shawl, the client asked me to assist her in identifying her spirit animal. I knew the answer immediately, but waited for the owner to realize who had been with us all along in our discussions that lingered over a year. The Hebrew prayer was designed and given to her by an important teacher in her health journey, and remains private.
Using color and motion as my tools, my painting is fueled by my feelings of wonder of my surroundings - the rich boldness of the Sonoran desert.
I spend summers at my Baja studio. The mornings are often foggy and very atmospheric. My "Foggy Days" artworks are meant to celebrate the sometimes mystical moments in nature. I've included actual beach sand and pebbles in these artworks as well as layering in botanicals in an unobvious way to create the textures in these pieces. I write original poems for my artworks on the back of each piece. This is the poem for this series: FOGGY DAYS The fog arrives The fog departs We cannot keep it at bay It's good to watch it come and go Just like life is sometimes that way.
In my artistic journey and travels, I have found myself constantly drawn to the mesmerizing beauty of aerial views and landscapes. The way that nature unfolds beneath us when seen from above is a sight that never fails to captivate me. This fascination has been the driving force behind my art, as I strive to recreate and share the awe-inspiring essence of these vistas through my unique artistic style.
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