Artspace2000 Portrait Gallery
Today my work comes from my deep appreciation of those who have worked, lived and loved many years in experiencing life’s light and special moments. I work from personal experience, photographs, trips, and perhaps most importantly, feelings and emotions that are gathered through visits and conversations with those who have special moments or places they wish to capture on canvas. Most of these subjects contain old places, buildings, items, events that usually represent the often hard work and efforts of people who have gone before to provide the present with rich and cherished memories. Current work is often taken from old, black and white, sometimes-damaged photographs of building and places that only exist in the minds of those who experienced and appreciate them. My goal in each painting is to bring out and show the true life, feelings and emotions associated with these special places or events.
Originally from the Midwest, Marti studied Commercial Art at Northeast Missouri State. Her emphasis is on color and her interpretation of nature in color. She has painted and been involved in the arts all her life and through the years between college and raising a family, she has continued her interests by attending workshops, seminars and art classes. Leaving the "angst and "agony" of the art world in the 60's and 70's she made a decision, early on, to paint the beauty that surrounds our every day life. In the early 90's she began showing her work in area competitions and won numerous awards and taken many first place rankings while competing in the "Professional" categories. Her work has been chosen three times to be featured in the national publication "Art Business News" in their "Editions" section and in 2005 her work was chosen to be one of only 100 artists from around the world featured in the book, "New Art International 2004-2005" which is available in bookstores nationwide. Gallery representation is "Courpralux" gallery in Dallas, Texas, "South Street Gallery" in Easton, Maryland and "Bowie Framing and Art" in Fort Worth, Texas. Her bio information is also listed with France's prestigious site, "artistbiography.com". Her most recent exhibition has been inclusion in artkudos.com online art show. and in the "International Miniature Art Show" held in Millburn, NJ. She is a member of OPA (Oil Painters of America), ASOPA (American Society of Portrait Artists) and locally, WCAA (Wise County Art Association) and WAA (Weatherford Art Association). Her work can be further viewed at www.artbymarti.com.
Portrait Artist, Illustrator, and
Corporate Design VP, Jim has had a rich and varied career in fine and applied
arts. Throughout his successful career he has continued to study and practice
his painting skills in oil, watercolor, pastel, and other drawing media. He has
been a very active portrait painter since graduating from art school and
continues to receive recognition for his expertise in painting the young and
mature as well as the prominent. His clients have been impressed by his ability
to capture likeness and personality and each work is a fine painting in itself.
His style of painting has been characterized as impressionistic and this may result from the influence of his two favorite portrait painters, John Singer Sargent and Nicholai Fechin.
The artist is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art having majored in Portrait Painting and Illustration. He continues to practice the disciplines of drawing and sketching by attending life drawing sessions, seminars, and workshops by some of America's best artist and portrait painters.
Jim is a member of the Portrait Society of America, the American Portrait Society, a signature member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Club and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Societies.
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