Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Sydney Paige Richardson has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Sydney is an award-winning artist based in Texas, USA. Sydney was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 18th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Sydney’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Sydney’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Sydney Paige Richardson was born in California but grew up in southeast Texas. She spent her childhood exploring the woods on her grandmother’s property, taking pictures with disposable cameras she saved up her allowance for, and making up stories in her head of fairies, magical portals, and other worlds that always appeared in her dreams. Her passion for writing grew, but she wants others to see the worlds she had fashioned.

Always knowing she was a creator at heart, Sydney explored digital photography in 2009 and fell in love. She devoured every online tutorial she could and taught herself how to work her first DSLR and Photoshop. She began exploring nature with friends and family as her models, creating conceptual portraiture to bring her fantastical worlds to life visually.

Sydney has been published in Art Ascent magazine as their Gold Artist and featured on the cover of their Sensuality issue in 2020. Sydney’s work has been exhibited in galleries and online worldwide, including Top 15 Artists, Honorable Mention in Light Space & Time’s Primary Color’s Art Exhibition, Target Gallery, Camelback Gallery, Memento Tea Gallery, and Treat Gallery.

Sydney was recently featured in Round Rock Arts Center’s Modern Masterpieces exhibition, and is an Art Guild Member in Georgetown at Gallery off the Square. Sydney has published three best-selling Young Adult fantasy novels through The Parliament House, and has her conceptual photography featured on the covers.

Sydney lives in the Austin, Texas area with her husband, son, foster-daughter, and three slightly oversized cats.

Artist Statement

Author. Photographer. Storyteller.

At my core, I am a creator, a storyteller. That is what I strive to do with my art. My work focuses on my emotional responses to occurrences in life. Though I am an author, at times I find it difficult to put into words how I am feeling. I turn to photography to express and delve into those moments. My goal is to create work that explores emotions, bends reality, and creates new worlds.

I primarily work with friends or family as my models, occasionally using self-portraiture for a piece, and shoot in my backyard or fields near my house. Using compositing in Photoshop, I move the subject into worlds I create by piecing together other photographs I have taken. It is like building a puzzle that only I know how to finish. I create other realms through this conceptual portraiture and add textures to give each piece a painterly, timeless feel. My work allows others to dive into a story, reflect on beauty in darkness, and discover the magical possibilities of where our mind can take us.

Sydney’s website is www.sydneypaigerichardson.com.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Matthew Jackson has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Matthew is an award-winning artist based in Colorado, USA. Matthew was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 18th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Matthew’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting his artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Matthew’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Matt’s art is born of depression. Prior to 2009, he was consumed by my job to the exclusion of his family and the truth of who he was meant to be. Matt was extremely successful in what he “accomplished.”

In 2009, as the pressures and excesses mounted, he was toppled and descended into a profound depression. Matt was out of work for two months. When he returned to his job, he was eventually transferred into a less stressful, less prominent position. Some would call it failure.

As Matt recovered, he found solace through Photo Shop. He began making pictures and eventually reclaimed his life through art. The images he creates speak to the person who was hidden for all those years. Matt was liberated from the mundane world he once dominated. Art has set him free!

Now, at age 67, Matt shows his work in Denver and in mountain art fairs throughout Colorado. People are excited by his images, and he considers himself moderately successful having sold over 1600 pictures.

Matt’s art is full of motion and bright with color. All of his finished images are photo based and he uses PS CS6 and Topaz software to create his art. Many of his pictures use multiple photos to achieve the desired outcome; these are called ‘composite’ images. Matt does not claim to follow a particular genre, though he believes a common strain runs through his work. He has many limited editions of 100 or less. Matt believes his work appears best when infused on a sheet of aluminum. This is how he presents much of his work at art shows.

Matt is retired now and actively supported in his artistic endeavors by his spouse of over 40 years and by his children. He doesn’t know what the future has in store for him. But he does know that this journey is not over, and it includes his family and the truth of who he is today.

Artist Statement

My work is photo based. I often use several photos to create one image. These composite works are manipulated with PS CS6 and Topaz software. My art is bright with color and full of motion. I have no formal training and came upon my methods through trial and error. I try to create art that makes people think about their lives and the lives of others. All of my pieces are limited editions. I have won several international awards, including a first place award for CityScapes sponsored by LST.

Matthew’s website is http://matthewjackson.imagekind.com.   

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Skottie O’Mahony has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Skottie is an award-winning artist based in Texas, USA. Skottie was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 18th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Skottie’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting his artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Skottie’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Skottie has always loved art, nature, and connecting with people. He has had a long, successful career in design and art direction for the publishing and tech industries. Several years ago, he designed his home and botanical gardens in Austin, Texas, known as Tanglewild Gardens, where he hybridizes daylilies with his husband, and pursues his digital art. He is inspired by texture, color and form — a fallen seed, small creature, or a striking individual may serve as his muse, and he takes photographs of that muse to be used as a base for his artwork.

More recently, Skottie has started to explore AI (Artificial Intelligence) as a way to explore new directions in his work, and currently creates his own muses. He still uses photographs of individuals who do exist, but through AI, he digitally “hybridizes” new people to act as the subjects in his portraiture.

Manipulating those photos digitally, Skottie transforms them into something that evokes a poignant response, awakens the viewer's imagination, or inspires them. His art has qualities, as well as integrated elements, that give a nod to his more traditional art background of painting, encaustic, pastel, etching, etc. Some older works of his are used for textural elements, digitally as filters or for layering, and as a way to add depth to an otherwise two dimensional work. This synergy of techniques makes his work unique, emotional and thought provoking.

Skottie is an emerging artist and has already been recognized in both regional and global art shows. He has also donated work for fundraising art auctions for non-profits and has done commissioned works for collectors. In January of this year, Skottie was recognized as a “Change-Maker” by VoyageAustin Magazine and profiled as one of their “Stories That Inspire”, for his career journey and digital artwork.

He has worked on several collaborative pieces with other emerging artists across the globe, and is often inspired by current events and his sympathetic reaction to xenophobia, bigotry and injustice. Being an out and proud gay man, he has experienced prejudice, bullying, and worse in his life, and tends to bond with the misfits of our world. He has spent a lifetime working with diversity, equity and inclusion-related causes and non-profits, and that exposure to those marginalized in society, is evident is his work. There are complex stories behind many of his portrait subjects, many of whom have been stigmatized, disenfranchised, or suffered great abuse or pain at one time or another, and there are haunting echoes of those hardships perceptible in their portraits.

Artist Statement

I’m inspired by the natural world and drawn to unusual and different textures, colors and forms. I might happen upon a spent blossom, a creepy insect, or a striking person that serves as my muse, but I always find a seed of beauty in whatever it might be. I’m driven to capture what drew my attention in an image and share what others, may have overlooked, but I was privileged to notice. 

These images serve as the basis for my work. I push my images digitally to generate something that goes far beyond what initially drew me in, but still retains its essence. More recently I have been exploring artificial intelligence as a way to not only enhance my work, but to create worlds, structures, and people that previously may have only existed in the imagination or dreams.

Through the use of filtering, image layering and digital manipulation, my work transforms a simple image into the unexpected and often lends itself to pareidolia, or the human ability to see shapes or make pictures out of randomness. Think of a Rorschach inkblot, but with color, texture, depth and emotion.

The digital aspect of my work allows me to reproduce the final image on a number of mediums to texturally enhance the work even further, including metal, canvas, wood, archival paper and even glass.

My goal is to create that which has never existed, but with roots in nature; something that evokes a poignant or personal response, makes a statement, that awakens the viewer’s imagination and, if I’m lucky, inspires them.

Skottie’s website is www.skotoart.com.   

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Sara Victoria Sandberg has been selected as one of the four winning artists of the gallery’s recent 18th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  Sara will now have a month-long solo art exhibition and she will be featured on the gallery’s front page, on the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.

Sara is an award-winning artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. She will now be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign.

For this solo exhibition, the gallery will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to over 550+ major News Outlets, including Premium FOX, CBS, and NBC Affiliated Sites, with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News. The Gallery will also provide social media distribution through LST gallery’s broad social media network.

In addition, as part of her award package, Sara will now be featured as a Light Space & Time – Artwork Archive promoted artist.  

Sara’s art will also be featured on the gallery’s YouTube Channel and with an event postcard.

The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public.  Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition: 1. Their art.  2. Their artist biography.  3.  Their artist statement.  These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in individual month-long solo art exhibitions.  This was the 18th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition that the gallery has conducted.

Below is Sara’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 20 of her images.  We hope that you will take the time to read Sara’s information and to take a look at her artwork.

Artist Biography

Sara Sandberg is a photo composite artist based in Stockholm. She was born in Korea and adopted at a very young age by Swedish parents. Sara spent her childhood growing up in Germany and Sweden back and forth throughout the years. Later in life, she lived in the big cities of London and Paris. Although having worked in business and governmental environments throughout her life, Sara has always had a great love for the arts and has particularly pursued the medium of watercolours for many years.

Sara developed her skills in digital photo artistry through attending various courses in Photoshop, Lightroom and other software programmes and has developed a personal style in her work where she combines photography and digital painting with her artistic vision. She works with light and shadow to mold the scene she visualizes into a finished piece adopting a combination of photo-realism and painterly style.

Since a few years, Sara is a member of an international group of Photoshop artists run by Sebastian Michaels (founder of Photoshop Artistry and the internationally acclaimed AWAKE Group). Sara was featured artist in the 73rd edition of the magazine Living the Photo Artistic Life and interviewed on the Quill and Camera blog by Michaels. Sara has also appeared in the German DigitalPhoto Magazine and has twice received recognition in the Swedish photography magazine Kamera & Bild for her photo art composites.

Artist Statement

Photography, in combination with its nowadays digitally malleable characteristics, has brought me the technical means to create the scenes that I visualize in my mind. In my art, I wish to go beyond the boundaries of the real world and touch on the surreal and the juxtaposed. Often I find myself in search for the beauty and mystery inherent within and around us. I love to transcend into the realm of dreams where animals often become my vehicle to take the story forward.

I have always had a love for the arts but especially found my passion in drawing and the medium of watercolors. With modern day photography, I am able to transfer some of the painterly thinking into the digital arena when creating my work.

I always make use of my own photographs. Each leaves a personal memory behind of the day when the photo was taken. I only work on one piece at the time. I always want to start, carry through, and see the end result before I can move on to something new.

My work comes together through various photographic elements enhanced by digital painting where I use light and shadow as my paintbrush. In such way, I can also add to the scene by shaping the mood and bring out individual details.

I am greatly inspired by the beauty, harmony and mystery of the world we live in. I am drawn to beautiful and dramatic skies, open landscapes, and nature scenes. I am inspired by animals and interesting objects that could feature well in a composite and shape the story and atmosphere of an image.

Being an artist means for me bringing your artistic vision into your everyday life. It means harnessing the moments of inspiration and creativity but likewise trying to embrace all aspects of the process especially when it means adversity and hard work.

With my art, I would like the viewer to be carried away into another world and encouraged to create his or her own story or simply pause for a moment of contemplation. The world is a busy place where modern life styles have come to dominate. I hope for my art to provide a moment of respite and perhaps inspire to the thought “What if?”

Sara’s website is www.saravictoriasandberg.com.

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Sheri Emerson has been selected as one of the four winning artists of the gallery’s recent 17th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  Sheri will now have a month-long solo art exhibition, be featured on the gallery’s front page, in the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.

Sheri is an award-winning digital artist based in Arizona, USA, and Labrador, Canada. She will now be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign.

For this solo exhibition, the Gallery will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to over 550+ major News Outlets, including Premium FOX, CBS, and NBC Affiliated Sites, with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News. The Gallery will also provide social media distribution through LST gallery’s broad social media network.

In addition, as part of her award package, Sheri will now be featured as a Light Space & Time – Artwork Archive promoted artist.  

Sheri’s art will also be featured on the gallery’s YouTube Channel and with an event postcard.

The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public.  Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition: 1. Their art.  2. Their artist biography.  3.  Their artist statement.  These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in individual month-long solo art exhibitions.  This was the 17th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition that the gallery has conducted.

Below are Sheri’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 25 of her digital artworks.  We hope that you will take the time to read Sheri’s information and to take a look at her art.

Artist Biography:

Sheri has been a photographer her entire life, from a child snapping pictures with her 110 camera, to her first SLR, and finally into the digital world. She also has been an artist her entire life, winning her first art competition at the grand old age of five. In the past few years, she has intensively studied both Photoshop and Lightroom to learn how to enhance her photography and turn it into digital art. She has been published in “Living the Photo Artistic Life” magazine, “Photoshop Creative UK” magazine, “Conceptual Images” magazine, “A5 Magazine”, “MagazineGSPDigital”, and “Fine Eye Magazine” for fine art photography. She was recently named a finalist in the Photographer’s Forum 38th Annual Spring Photography Competition and was one of 40 artists selected to participate in a yearlong exhibition celebrating ACLU of Arizona’s 60th Anniversary.

Sherri has placed in the top ten in ten Light, Space and Time competitions, placed second in the SINWP “Creatures Great and Small” competition and earned a Gold Award in their member competitions. She has earned two Best in Shows and won a Solo Artist Showcase on Fusion Art, has won numerous Best in Show and Judges' Choice awards, and has been exhibited at galleries in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona and Greece.

Sheri splits her time between Arizona and Labrador, Canada, and is dedicating herself to pushing her photography and digital art even further.

Artist Statement:

From an early age, I had a passion for drawing and painting. I gobbled up every class I could during my school years, and even into college. As an adult, I have pursued photography, scrapbooking, Photoshop and Lightroom editing, and now digital art and 3D rendering. I am inspired by classical works of art as well as modern works, and strive to express my own voice in every image I create.

Art is life; art is my breath. It permeates every part of my life and gives me great joy, from simple landscapes to animal images to full-throated stylistic portraits. I am thrilled to have the opportunities I have been given to share my vision with the world, and look forward to continuing to push myself further and to learn all sorts of new skills and techniques to incorporate into my art.

Sheri’s website is www.sheriemerson.com.

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Nicole Wilde has been selected as one of the four winning artists of the gallery’s recent 17th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  Nicole will now have a month-long solo art exhibition and she will be featured on the gallery’s front page, in the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.

Nicole Wilde is an award-winning artist based in the California, USA. She will now be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign.

For this solo exhibition, the Gallery will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to over 550+ major News Outlets, including Premium FOX, CBS, and NBC Affiliated Sites, with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News. The Gallery will also provide social media distribution through LST gallery’s broad social media network.

In addition, as part of her award package, Nicole will now be featured as a Light Space & Time – Artwork Archive promoted artist.  

Nicole’s art will also be featured on the gallery’s YouTube Channel and with an event postcard.

The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public.  Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition: 1. Their art.  2. Their artist biography.  3.  Their artist statement.  These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in individual month-long solo art exhibitions.  This was the 17th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition that the gallery has conducted.

Below are Nicole’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 20 of her digital art photographs.  We hope that you will take the time to read Nicole’s information and to take a look at her artwork.

Artist Biography:

Nicole Wilde was born in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up writing poetry and short stories, followed by song lyrics, some of which were put to music in the bands in which she played bass guitar. However, Nicole always felt California’s siren call of freedom and creativity.

In 1987, she moved to Los Angeles. Longing for a way to express her creativity in a visual format, she purchased a camera and began learning photography through books, online videos, and workshops. She expanded her knowledge of Photoshop in the same way and eventually combined the two disciplines, thereby finally finding her creative outlet in digital art.

Nicole’s other lifelong passion is animals. She has volunteered at rescues and shelters, photographed dogs to improve their chances of adoption, and co-ran a rescue sanctuary in California for wolves and wolfdogs, where three of the residents came home to live with her for ten years until their passing. She is also an avid bird-watcher. It was inevitable that Nicole’s love of animals and nature would find its way into her art. All images begin with one or more of her photographs, which are taken in natural settings, zoos, or sanctuaries. The photos are then combined, altered, or enhanced using equal parts Photoshop, creativity, and imagination to create a work of digital art. Nicole’s artwork has won international awards, been displayed in galleries, and been featured in magazines.

Nicole and her husband live in southern California with their two rescued northern breed dogs and boatloads of dog hair.

Artist Statement:

Animals. Nature. Emotion. Connection. These are the things that drive my passion to create art. My work is about the emotional life of animals, the interconnection of all beings, and the unseen magic that surrounds us all. Each piece begins with one or more of my photographs. By applying equal parts Photoshop and imagination, bit by bit an image is transformed into a fantastical universe, or an artistic portrait with deep texture and emotion. My hope is that my art touches the soul, stirs the emotions, increases our respect and appreciation for animals, and acts as a catalyst to reflect on the beauty and magic that is within us and all around us.

Nicole Wilde’ website is www.photomagicalart.com

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Nettie Seip has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Nettie is an award-winning artist based in Ontario, Canada. Nettie was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 17th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Nettie’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Nettie’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Nettie Seip started photography later in life having first worked in the field of science after receiving her MSc at McMaster U. Although Nettie loved science, she always felt like there was something amiss in her life and so she turned to re-educating herself at Sheridan College in Photography and Digital Arts.

She won many awards for her photography and her work has been widely exhibited in Mississauga and Toronto. Nettie also taught Photoshop and Lightroom to an art collective in Toronto and is part of a team of photographers documenting the Lakeview Project. Nettie has been published in the Globe, Mail and Toronto star and has won awards with the Mississauga Camera Club, the Photographic Society of America, Touched by Fire Toronto, and HM for the Creative Community Award at the Mississauga Martys. As well, Nettie has been an active volunteer in the community of Mississauga photographing events and received the community Adult Volunteer Excellence Award for Mississauga in 2019.

Inspired by a long list of photographers including Ansel Adams, Yosuf Karsch, Irving Penn, Bill Brandt, Phillippe Halsman, Dianne Arbus, Michael Thompson and Annie Liebovitz, Nettie specialized in portrait photography. Loving people and their emotional journeys' through life is communicated through her works and are her constant inspiration. Nettie’s work shows both the struggle people endure caused by trapped suppressed emotions and the freedom felt when these emotions are expressed.

Nettie has created an ongoing series entitled Life’s Journey. Recently Nettie has moved to rural eastern Ontario to the small town called Alexandria. All part of Nettie’s Life's Journey.

Artist Statement

I have always loved photography. I found it captivating as a child to take film of my family, freezing their expressions and waiting excitedly to get the processed film back. In my family, there was a lot of emotional suppression and emotional expression was viewed as a weakness. Moreover, my parents didn’t view photography as a career for a woman. Consequently, I went to university, graduated with an MSc, got married, had a great job and did everything I was supposed to do, but those emotions I suppressed, well, they began to surface and I had no idea how to control them. I was a prisoner; I was trapped.

One day I saw a man photographing the sun rising over the lake and I remembered my camera. I went over and asked him what camera to buy. We stayed in touch for many years as I became a photographer in training, quit my job in the science field and went back to school to Sheridan to learn digital photography. Photography allowed me to see the world differently and feel and express myself. Digital art took this to the next step by allowing my imagination to come alive, using Photoshop.

And so the series Life’s Journey evolved to assist me in the expression of trapped emotions. What I found out was that all the people I photographed were also trapped somewhere in their life, and so the photos reflected both their journey and mine. I became friends with everyone I photographed and they are all significant milestones in my own life’s journey. The series now embodies twenty pieces and will continue as my journey continues.

Nettie’s website is www.nettiephotography.com.   

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Jonny Garcia has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Jonny is an award-winning collagist based in Toronto, Canada. Jonny was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 14th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Jonny’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting his artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Jonny’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Jonny Garcia is an immigrant collagist living in Toronto, who is a self-taught artist with an interesting and unique background. He is a psychoanalyst, and a performer of different art forms, such as hypnosis and mime. He is passionate about the human mind, and his collages always have a deep symbolic meaning.

A significant turning point in Jonny’s career was his immigration to Canada. A new reality full of challenges and differences led him to an introspective and meditative journey. Since 2014, the majority of his work reflects his experience living in a different society. Aiming to create digital and analog collages that explore simplicity and colour, Jonny is always creating pieces to criticize society’s issues, and to express his deep feelings and thoughts.

Artist Statement

As a collagist, I’m looking for simplicity and colour exploration. Psychoanalysis influences my work greatly. I spend time pondering the message I wish to convey, and how to symbolize it. As a result, I usually create several collages about the same topic from different perspectives. The majority of my work is digital, which allows me a multitude of possibilities that suits my creative process. My body of work is deeply connected to my experience as an immigrant.

Having been a performer for more than a decade, I rediscovered art through collage when I moved to Canada in 2014. Differences in culture, society, and language motivated me to reinvent myself. Being alone in a new country gave me time to think, and find possibilities to deal with these differences, which result in several collages divided in series.

Jonny’s website is www.artbyjonny.wordpress.com.   

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Denise McDermott has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Denise is an award-winning Australian photographic artist. Denise was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 14th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Denise’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Denise’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

 

Artist Biography

Denise McDermott is an Australian photographic artist. She was born and raised in Canada and moved to Australia as a young woman. She has been a photographer most of her life. She is equally comfortable shooting the night sky, the underwater world, landscapes, animals, studio work and macro subjects. She does not have formal qualifications in photography and is largely self-taught. She has been successful at National and International Competition level, having recently won a Gold Medal in Vigex 2018 Digital Salon of Photography and a Bronze medal in Sydney Harbour International Exhibition of Photography.

Denise recently completed two online courses called Photoshop Artistry and Awake, run by Sebastian Michaels. Because photography meets computer skill, she has become proficient in Photoshop which is Denise’s toolbox for taking photographs beyond the ordinary into the surreal. When an idea is forming, Denise will gather together some costumes and props and engage a model to help create part of the story. The story is then completed with the addition of other elements which she has also photographed and the result is a work which allows the viewer’s imagination to travel through the image and draw their own ideas into what they are viewing.

Recent themes that have inspired Denise’s work are science fiction and steampunk. Her works are often surreal and impressionistic. Denise has participated in exhibitions with 2 friends in an art gallery in her area for the past two years. Plans for the future include 2 more exhibitions this year. Denise believes the possibilities for creativity are endless once our imaginations are engaged.

 

Artist Statement

Photography is my passion and I like to take it beyond the usual, often into the surreal. My work often begins with a single image and grows to explore the possibilities of a theme. I like to create mythical scenes and place costumed models within those scenes. I recently completed two online courses called Photoshop Artistry and Awake, run by Sebastian Michaels. Because photography meets computer skill, I have become proficient in Photoshop which is my toolbox for taking photographs beyond the ordinary into the surreal.

When an idea is forming, I will gather together some costumes and props and engage a model to help create part of the story. The story is then completed with the addition of other elements which I have also photographed and the result is a work which allows the viewer’s imagination to travel through the image and draw their own ideas into what they are viewing.

I am inspired by fantasy literature and art, fairy tales and history but prefer to present an impression of a time and place rather than a literal interpretation. My work is a starting point for the viewer so that many interpretations are possible.

Denise’s website is www.imagesbydenise.net.   

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Don Bergland has been selected as one of the four winning artists of the gallery’s recent 14th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  Don will now have a month-long solo art exhibition and he will be featured on the gallery’s front page, on the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.

Don is an award-winning artist based in Victoria, BC, Canada. Don will now be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign.

For this solo exhibition, the gallery will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to over 550+ major News Outlets, including Premium FOX, CBS, and NBC Affiliated Sites, with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News. The Gallery will also provide social media distribution through LST gallery’s broad social media network.

In addition, as part of his award package, Don will now be featured as a Light Space & Time – Artwork Archive promoted artist.  

Don’s art will also be featured on the gallery’s YouTube Channel and with an event postcard.

The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public.  Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition: 1. Their art.  2. Their artist biography.  3.  Their artist statement.  These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in individual month-long solo art exhibitions.  This was the 14th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition that the gallery has conducted.

Below is Don’s Artist Biography, his Artist Statement, along with 25 of his images.  We hope that you will take the time to read Don’s information and to take a look at his Neosurrealistic digital artwork.

Artist Biography

Don Bergland is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Digital Art Education at the University of Victoria and has been an active exhibiting artist for over 50 years. During that time, he has worked through a variety of professional media, from oil on canvas to his current studio use of digital tools and techniques. He maintains an active international exhibiting career and has featured his artwork in over 160 major exhibitions throughout the world.

Don has won over 70 creative & professional awards for his work which is represented in major corporate and private collections such as the Gulf Oil Corporate Collection (Alberta), the Madrona Centre Permanent Collection (B.C.), the Canadian Utilities Corporate Collection (Alberta), the Timothy Eaton Foundation Collection (Canada), the Chevron Standard Corporate Collection (Alberta), as well as in private collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

He has published 8 books dealing with art and creative activity, as well as published dozens of articles in scholarly and academic journals. His current studio focus is in using 3D modeling environments to create surrealistic imagery for international exhibitions. He currently lives and teach in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Artist Statement

Don Bergland describes his current work as a version of Neosurrealism with the objective of eliciting questioning attitudes in the mind of viewers. He creates his work using both traditional and digital tools, focusing on an integration of 3D modeling software and various graphic processing programs. Each of his artworks features a theatrical set defined by a stage with actors, props, and a backdrop. The actors in the set consist of everyday objects brought into combinations and interactions that attempt to elicit inquiry.

The content of the artwork focuses on themes such as time, aging, nostalgia, the footless pursuit of Utopia, and the conditions of ideology which disable our rational minds. Each image is constructed using conventions of visual realism, but with alterations that offer dreamlike possibilities. Themes and objects appear and re-appear from image to image.

Each artwork becomes a framed snapshot of a moment in theatrical space, noticed briefly, and then forgotten once more, a fraction of time when reality is breached and a frozen glimpse into the mental theatre of Eternity is experienced, an opening when the viewer can catch the faint hint of cotton candy breezing in from the sideshow midway, the pastel moment of a lost memory, a slight reminder that the past is never absent, and that the future is always in front of us.

Don’s website is www.donbergland.com/.

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Merrilee Soberg has been selected as one of the four artists of the gallery’s recent 13th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  Merrilee will now have a month-long solo art exhibition and she will be featured on the gallery’s front page, in the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.

Merrilee is an award-winning photographer and digital artist based in British Columbia, Canada. Merrilee will now be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign.

For this solo exhibition, the Gallery will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to over 550+ major News Outlets, including Premium FOX, CBS, and NBC Affiliated Sites, with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News. The Gallery will also provide social media distribution through LST gallery’s broad social media network.

In addition, as part of her award package, Merrilee will now be featured as a Light Space & Time – Artwork Archive promoted artist.  

Merrilee’s art will also be featured on the gallery’s YouTube Channel and with an event postcard.

The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public.  Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition: 1. Their art.  2. Their artist biography.  3.  Their artist statement.  These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in individual month-long solo art exhibitions.  This was the 12th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition that the gallery has conducted.

Below is Merrilee’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 20 of her images.  We hope that you will take the time to read Merrilee’s information and to take a look at her digital artwork.

Artist Biography

After retiring from a successful career as a professional potter, Merrilee turned to photography and digital art to fulfill the need for a creative outlet. Just as Merrilee did with her pottery, she took the "teach yourself by trial and error" approach with her digital art. However her digital skills and artistry took off with her enrollment in Sebastian Michael's Photoshop Artistry online courses. As a result she has been published in numerous editions of "Living the Photoartistic Life" magazine.

Many of the photos used in Merrilee's compositions were taken at home on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada or during her world travels. She is passionate about photographing wildlife in their natural habitat. Other elements of nature often find their way into her artistic creations: trees, grasses, leaves, feathers, flowers, mushrooms and so much more. These photos combined with digital painting are the building blocks to create inspired, unique works of art.

Merrilee currently teaches photoshopping techniques to seniors as a way of paying forward her enthusiasm and knowledge in the photoshopping field.

Artist Statement

Digital composite art is my passion. The camera and digital software are my tools. I don't know what my life would be like without them. I create for hours in a timeless zone, guided by my intuition. Each piece begins with a blank, white digital "page". Next I remove the face from his or her original background and then proceed to create an imaginary world that can be beautiful, intriguing, moving and at times thought provoking. With these images presented here I've focused on the resilience, strength and connectedness of the human spirit. Elements of nature dominate most of them. I feel so blessed to live at the edge of a wetlands and often run outside with my camera to capture grasses blowing in the wind or wilted flowers ready to fall from their stems. Everyday nature inspires me. Nature and the human face....what a magical combination to work with.

Merrilee’s website is:  www.artboja.com/art/p41f0u/

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Christina Brunton has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Christina is an award winning photographer and digital artist based in Australia. Christina was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #11. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Christina’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her digital art in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below is Christina’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Christina Brunton is an award winning photographer and digital artist living in Australia. Fifteen years ago, Christina learned how to paint and later she took up photography as a way to capture images as a reference for her oil paintings. However, work commitments made it hard to find the time to paint. The idea was to take photos of beautiful scenes she saw whilst travelling and later paint them once she had time. However, she never went back to her oil painting, as photography took over.

It wasn't until recently that Christina discovered how photographs could be made into fine art that she was able to merge her passions of painting and photography. It has been a wonderful journey learning new skills and she never wants to stop learning.

Christina’s art starts with a photograph she has taken and then she enhances it digitally into fine art. Creating art for Christina is a meditation where she is so focused on the artistry that time stands still. Creating art is a way of life that sings to her and she hopes it touches the viewer’s emotional strings, their heart and soul.

Artist Statement

Art, for me, starts with a photo I have taken and then enhanced digitally into fine art so that it tells a story. Creating art is a meditation where I am so focused on the artistry that time stands still. Initially I couldn’t even draw stick figures, but then I started oil painting, and then moved to photography, initially for reference photos for my paintings. It wasn’t until I was introduced to ‘Digital Artistry’ when I was able to bring my two passions together, photography and painting. For this exhibition, I concentrated on a series of steampunk images that were first photographed over various photoshoots. I hope you enjoy them and can see your own stories from the artwork.

Christina’s website is:  https://artboja.com/art/1pa52q/

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Stan Maples has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Stan Maples is a Missouri based digital artist.  Stan creates digital abstract art through a combination of geometric shapes and realistic images of flowers.  Stan was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #10. The placement in this competition qualified his digital art to be showcased in this feature.

Stan’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting his digital art in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure. 

Below are Stan’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Standing at a fold-up chalkboard, Stan Maples, at the age of six took great pleasure in creating images that only a six-year-old could do. Often, Stan would ask his grandmother what the image he was drawing represented. As soon as his grandmother gave a reasonable answer, or not, Stan had the image erased and was busy drawing something else. So was the entertainment, in 1956, in a small West Texas town, known as Sweet Water.

Raised by his grandparents until he was seven, Stan was eventually reunited with his biological father & stepmother. Both parents were involved in military and government jobs and at the age of nine, Stan spent three years in Bermuda, where his father was stationed. It was during the three years on the island that Stan was exposed to tropical wildlife, vegetation, and vibrant colors, which would ultimately be an influence in his artwork.

After leaving Bermuda, Stan spent the next six years in Kansas City, Missouri. It was in 1968, that Stan, made a decision to pursue art, rather than music. In 1969, Stan attended Missouri State University to study Graphic Design. Two years into the art program, a shift from Graphics to Sculpture & Figure Drawing took place. These two areas, captivated Stan's heart as he went on to receive his BFA degree in Sculpture and eventually, completed an MFA in Sculpture, from the University of Nebraska.

Stan has enjoyed creating artwork for over forty years. In 1988, Stan accepted a position teaching art at Evangel University, located in Springfield, Missouri. At the university, Stan taught courses in Sculpture, Graphic Design, Digital Imaging/Painting, and Drawing. It was in the mid-1990's, that Stan became interested in computers and what would later become another shift in his art career, Digital Imaging & Painting.

As a Sculptor and Digital Fine Artist, Stan enjoys the manipulation of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional area. Stan particularly enjoys the use of ambiguous space and how that space interacts with lines and shapes within a composition". Working with both abstract shapes, lines, and realistic imagery is a challenge that Stan continues to enjoy his artwork today.

Stan does his own photography and uses several photo editing software programs, along with a paint program which allows him to simulate traditional artist medium. Stan enjoys several types of subject matter, florals, landscapes and dogs (particularly Keeshonds).

Over the years, Stan has had numerous one-person exhibitions and his artwork has been accepted in both juried and invitational exhibitions. Stan has artwork in private collections throughout the state of Missouri and in various regions of the United States.

In 2004, Stan was introduced to the corporate art world and since that time to the present has placed over 200 digital fine art pieces within numerous corporations, including Mercy Hospital located in Springfield & Rolla, Missouri, the BKD building located in Springfield, Missouri, and Bolivar Bank located in Bolivar, Missouri. In addition to a lifetime of creating art, Stan enjoys reading, gardening, and showing and training his dogs for obedience and conformation dog shows. Stan currently owns two Keeshonds and has owned this particular breed since 1974.

Artist Statement:

My work is a combination of abstract geometric shapes, lines, and realistic images of flowers. Transparency and the overlapping of shapes play a large part in the ambiguous space in the artwork. I enjoy gardening and at an early age living in Bermuda with its tropical flowers and vibrant colors has influenced my digital artwork. My artwork is created by using two software programs, Adobe Photoshop, and Corel Painter. I also take my own photographs of the flowers that are used in my artwork.  Stan’s website:  http://k9kees.wixsite.com/stanmaples

 

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Susan Oakes has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Susan was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #5. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.  Below are Susan's Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Susan is a freelance digital artist/instructor with a diverse background in psychology, business, art and technology.

Having never been a person with merely one goal, one purpose, she has traveled a multifaceted educational and vocational road of discovery. Through her work and teaching, she demonstrates that art and technology are not antagonistic, but can coexist and should be used to enhance each other in new and exciting ways. In her digital work she blurs the borders between photography, painting, and digital illustration to achieve her artistic vision.

Artist Statement:

What I do is not really traditional photography, but “Photo Imaging” in which I use enhanced techniques such as layering, masking, and digital “hand painting”. The only difference is that in digital painting I don’t get my hands dirty!

Although it originates with computer hardware and software, my work is not the result of anything “automatic”, and is developed from my original photography. There is no “formula” or automatic process; no two pieces are done in exactly the same way.

In my recent collage pieces, I create composites of several photos, and sometimes vector illustrations as well. They are not only layered, but have various other effects such as painting, blending and masking to achieve a certain look. I begin with the human form and then relate it to elements in the natural world, such as water, plant life, or landscapes. The viewer’s eye is drawn around the piece to discover both the individual elements and how they coalesce to form the whole.

Susan Oakes Website:  www.suoakesphotoimaging.com

 

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