Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Suzie Sullivan 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.

Suzie is an award-winning artist based in County Mayo, Ireland. Suzie was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 19th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

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

Artist Biography

Suzie Sullivan's lifelong passion for art and craft work began as a child in the UK. Throughout her life she has always had hobby projects on the go but could only have dreamt where it would lead. She has always had a fascination for Ireland and moved there in 2001. She loves what Ireland has to offer - music, culture, ancient legends and fairy tales and the wide-open spaces - and all of this is reflected in her work. She is now known throughout Ireland and beyond for her work in fibre art, polymer clay and flame worked glass. She has won several prestigious awards for her art and craft and has participated in many exhibitions and shows. She has also shared her extensive knowledge with many students over the years. Suzie is a self-taught artist, preferring to work and experiment in the peace of her own studio tucked away in the beautiful wild landscape of the west of Ireland.

Artist Statement

Nestled in the beautiful landscape of Co Mayo, Ireland is a small studio where self-taught artist Suzie Sullivan spends her days creating art and craft. For many years Suzie has been better known as a textile artist working with wool and fibre, but in 2019 she changed direction and started working with polymer clay. This new material has opened a whole new world of texture and creativity. Her work represents a unique vision of an imaginary world of nature, capturing extravagant forms, colours and patterns derived from the natural world we live in. This latest body of small sculptures is titled ‘If you go Down to the Woods Today’. These sculptures are meticulously detailed and are intended to evoke dreams, childhood memories and the desire to escape to a world of one’s own making. They are made with a wire armature built up with layers of polymer clay and richly embellished with unique colour blends and complex polymer clay cane work.

Suzie’s art can be viewed on her Instagram.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Eduin Fraga 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.

Eduin is an award-winning artist based in Wisconsin, USA. Eduin was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 19th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

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

Artist Biography

Eduin Fraga was born in Havana, Cuba in 1974. He began painting over twenty years ago, blending newspaper collage into his work in order to capture dynamic fragments of society within the piece. Fraga considers his technique of painting and newspaper collage to be a unique mechanism through which to add complexity and richness to the work while simultaneously transforming the work into a form of historical register of social experience. Fraga formally studied painting and drawing at the Experimental Center of Visual Arts in Havana, Cuba, and graduated in 2010. Currently, he divides his time between Cuba and the United States.

Artist Statement

I'm continually striving to represent the complex and subtle realities of daily experience in Cuba and now in the U.S. My work focuses on social themes such as the Special Period in Cuba, struggles of workers to survive on their pensions, loss and separation in families whose members have emigrated to other countries, and tensions around public services such as transportation and sanitation.

In my work I use collage mixed with oil, acrylic, charcoal and other media. I identify this form of mixed media as “collage painting“. It is a unique form of art that includes article excerpts and images from various Cuban and American newspapers on canvas or cardboard as a means of capturing dynamic fragments of the societies in which I live. Through this approach, I intend not only to show objective images of the realities or daily lives of both countries but also to create within each painting an historical register of past events, processes, and predetermining factors that have shaped society today.

Eduin’s website is www.eduinfraga.com

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Nathan Cole 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.

Nathan is an award-winning artist based in the city of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Nathan was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 19th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

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

Artist Biography

Nathan Cole is an artist, photographer, and writer working out of Toronto, Canada. A graduate of the Honours BFA program from Western University in London, Ontario in 2003, Nathan is now emerging as a professional artist after rediscovering the scratchboard medium in 2013. He is best known for his intricate and emotional portraits of highly expressive animals on scratchboard. He carefully uses negative space and the starkness of black-and-white to create engaging chiaroscuro compositions, sometimes playful, sometimes profound. The intensity and diversity of the lines created with the quill depict colour, texture, and depth all at once. The painstaking, slow, and unforgiving nature of quill on scratchboard works relates closely to the careful approach that must be taken for conservation efforts with these animals and their habitats. The combination of wildlife and domestic animal portraits is meant to create a commonality between the two, asking whether one has more inherent value than the other.

Nathan attended the Mauser EcoHouse artist residency in Costa Rica after winning the Nanci Christopher photography grant and participated in the Farm Studio residency in Andore, Rajasthan, India. He has exhibited his work at the Super Wonder Gallery, Queen West Art Crawl, and Beaux Arts Brampton, as well as Eduardo Lira Gallery in Miami where he was a semi-finalist for ARTBOX.Projects and The Treasury in Pontiac, Michigan where he won 3rd place in the Handcrafted Category. Nathan’s art work has also been featured in Murze and ArtAscent Magazines. Through his work and experiences with the animals that he depicts, he is hoping to challenge some of the myths, perceptions, and preconceptions surrounding wildlife. Stories and imagery are incredibly important, and our understanding and relationship with nature is so often based around them. With the awareness that for some of these species, their very existence is at stake in our current world, Nathan hopes to challenge harmful practices through representation, education, and his own process of rewilding.

Nathan’s work has been greatly informed and enhanced by international artist residencies, and the incredible diversity of wildlife surrounding them. He explored the lush valleys and winding waterways of Puntarenas, Costa Rica during the Mauser EcoHouse, then the desert landscape and rocky hills of Rajasthan while attending the Farm Studio residency in India. He has exhibited his work across North America and internationally, including in the Arizona-Sonora Desert Gallery, Zurich Main Station, and the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto. Awards for his work include 3rd place for the Boynes Emerging Artist Award, Best in Show for “Artists of the World” show at the Tall Sequoia Gallery, and a semi-finalist at ARTBOX.Projects Barcelona and Miami. His scratchboard work and photography have been published in ArtAscent and Murze Magazines. Nathan has a BFA from Western University in London, Canada.

Artist Statement

Scratchboard, by its very construction and purpose, is a very fragile medium - you create by taking away and any missed stroke could ruin what you have created so far. Humanity and its relation to nature is quite similar. Humans create their society by taking away, cutting down and stripping the resources to create their cities and culture. Their impact on the wildlife and habitats around them is deeply affected by this process, but also in how they build their culture, the stories told and myths created. The perception of particular animals due to their place in history can very well determine their livelihood. Are the animals viewed as a threat to humans, are they treasured for their fur or meat, do they have mythic properties on the black market, or are they perceived as a pest to be rid of? Does your pet have more inherent value than a wild creature? Creating expressive animal portraits with scratchboard creates a tenuous relationship between viewer and creature, where historical and cultural perceptions can deeply affect how they see the animal in front of them. The painstaking and slow process of creating the art is echoed by the careful approach that must be taken for examining some of the myths and perceptions of these animals and how that may affect conservation efforts. In this way I hope that by creating art, I can improve the relationships of humans and the cities they live in to the wildlife surrounding them.

Nathan’s website is www.artworkarchive.com/profile/nathan-cole

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Caryn Coville 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.

Caryn is an award-winning artist based in New York, USA. Caryn was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 19th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

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

Artist Biography

Caryn Coville comes from a family of artists: her mother is an oil painter; her brother does woodturning; her uncle was a clothing designer and pastel artist and her grandmothers knitted and did crewel work.

Caryn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. She worked in the corporate world for several years before deciding to stay home to raise her family. She continued to take art classes, experimenting in different mediums.

After moving to London for her husband’s employment, she took various classes and continued working in colored pencils. While there, she had the opportunity to travel. Her passion for travel has influenced her artwork. After moving back to New York, Caryn took classes in colored pencils with Arlene Steinberg, studied botanicals in watercolor with Rose Pelicano and East Asian brush painting with In K Kim, Carolyn Clarke, Sungsook Setton, Sally Feng Fader, Gladys Stewart and Gan Yu.

Her main concentration now is colored pencil and East Asian brush painting. Caryn also enjoys knitting.

Caryn is a five-year 'CPX' Signature Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and is an Elected Member of the American Artists Professional League and a Juried Member of the National Art League. She is a featured artist in numerous art publications Caryn is a contributing artist in the book Masterful Color: Vibrant Colored Pencil Paintings Layer by Layer by Arlene Steinberg.

Her award-winning work has been shown in solo gallery exhibits and she has participated in numerous national and international juried shows and group exhibitions. Caryn’s work is in corporate and private collections throughout the United States and Canada. Caryn currently resides with her husband on Long Island, NY.  

For more information on her publications, exhibitions and collectors, please visit her website, Facebook Page and Instagram.

Artist Statement

Art has always been part of my life. Throughout the years I have studied oils, printmaking, and watercolors but I loved working with colored pencils as soon as I discovered using them as a fine art medium. I work realistically, and I like the smooth texture and fine details that can be achieved with colored pencils. I am particularly attracted to the different effects that can be created and how portable colored pencils are.

My pieces are inspired by my love of nature, travel, and the beauty I find in everyday objects. I work from my own photo references and am always taking pictures as I never know where I’ll find inspiration. I look for subjects with interesting lighting and textures. My paintings start with a line drawing; and using a heated drawing board, I begin the process of applying pigment. Working with a light touch, I slowly build up and blend the color, sometimes adding up to twenty layers. I enjoy the process of watching my painting slowly emerge.

Primarily a colored pencil artist, I have enjoyed extending my artistry into other mediums. For the past several years I have enjoyed East Asian brush painting. I like the contrast between the very slow process of creating a colored pencil painting layer upon layer and the spontaneity of brush painting where I try to convey the essence of a subject by using minimal strokes of ink and watercolor. My latest journey has been into the world of alcohol ink painting.

Caryn’s art can be viewed at www.caryncoville.com.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Livia Doina Stanciu 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.

Livia is an award-winning artist based in Bucharest, Romania. She was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 19th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

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

Artist Biography

Romanian-based painter Livia-Doina Stanciu was born and raised in Craiova, Romania, and lives in Bucharest. Livia-Doina has devoted herself to painting since 2013, after a career in education and management. After learning the basics on her own and taking private classes, she studied art at The School of Art in Bucharest (graduated in 2017) and at The National University of Arts in Bucharest (from which she graduated in 2019, majoring in Painting).

For her, painting is primarily a means for exploring and communicating the deeper facets of nature and humanity. Thematically, she has mostly been exploring landscapes, and the natural world. One of her main sources of inspiration are her travels.

Livia-Doina paints in a realistic or quasi-impressionistic style and feels mostly attracted by oil techniques. She had one solo exhibition in Romania (2019, “Roaming the World”, at The National Library of Romania in Bucharest) and took part in few group participations in Romania.

Her artworks can be found in private collections in Romania and abroad (USA, Canada, Italy, and France). She is an awarded and published artist.

Artist Statement

For me, painting is the opportunity to explore the deep self and to communicate. I am fascinated by shapes and colors, the kaleidoscope of the sky and earth, as well as the living world.

One of the main sources of inspiration for me are my travels: places where I've been, thoroughly enjoyed through all my senses, and stored as both memory and emotion. Whenever I think back at these memories, vivid sensations come back, which I then project onto the canvas as a moment in the existence of faraway places and beings. The painting transforms as the memory matures, and ultimately develops a life of its own. The landscapes reveal the inherent beauty of individual places, and they put me into a state of tranquil contemplation and immersion into the natural and the universal.

In this process, medium and technique adapt to sensation and emotion. Whether I use the brush or the painting knife depends on whether the memory is sharp and clear, or hazy and mysterious. While my favorite medium is oil painting, I occasionally revert to watercolor or acrylic, when the subject or viewer perspective demands it.

Nature, and plant life in particular, has always fascinated me: my first works of art - whether my childhood doodles or my first paintings as an art student - were about plants. Flowers, trees, gardens impress me so deeply that I feel compelled to express my emotions on canvas. Beauty, harmony, vitality and tenderness abound. They give that primal sense of joy that fills one's entire being, like a sunset or a child's smile.

I started out by painting close-ups of flowers: a single plant or a small group, which looked so beautiful suspended in time and space that they made the background all but disappear. Afterwards, I became interested in the symbiosis between plant life and the myriad small creatures that dwell within, such as birds and insects. But lately I find myself more drawn to the subtle dynamism of this world: either the pulsating crown of a tree in bloom, or the living energy spreading across a garden or hedge.

As for the future, I can only daydream about what the next step in my journey will be, but I am sure that flowers, trees and nature will always be a big part of my life and my art. That is why I chose flowers and nature to represent me as an artist for this competition.

I would be very happy if my paintings offered the viewers a glimpse of the beauty and emotion that inspired me to make them. In addition, I hope my works of art will fulfill a social responsibility purpose by donating them or the sales proceeds to charitable causes (environment and education).

Livia’s art can be viewed at https://liviastanciu.mystrikingly.com/ and www.instagram.com/livia_doina/.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Julien van Middendorp 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.

Julien is an award-winning Dutch artist based in Czechia (Czech Republic). Julien was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 19th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Julien’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 Julien’s Artist Biography and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Julien van Middendorp is a Dutch painter, renowned for his large-scale oil paintings, in which the colours combine and mingle to form relationships and to create thoughts, fantasies and messages.

Colours, basically, are only labels for different wavelengths of light. In that sense, colours “only” represent degrees of quantity. However, on Middendorp’s paintings colours became essential qualities. A colour, not a line, is the primary constitutive moment of the (ever-changing) structure of the world.

This is a crucial discovery made by Cézanne, van Gogh, Monet and others in the 19th century, and very thoroughly investigated by artists of the 20th century. And this discovery has kept its relevance until now.

Julien van Middendorp has always been aware of and has reflected this challenging journey of liberating colour from shapes and figures and, in fact, dissociating a painting from representation of things. His works are based on a perfectly constructed composition and the use of primary colours. This leads to the engagement of the viewer’s sight, where colours are processed to form the resulting perceptions, emotions, and, possibly, even some kind of behaviour.

To paraphrase Shakespeare, “the painting created by an artist is in the eye of the beholder.” As far as the topic is concerned, Julien is bountifully inspired by the urban life, its movements, flows and changes. The urban universe provides his paintings strong organic dynamics. What is very positive about Julien’s works is its friendliness to those viewers who have not yet made their essential decision to try to step (or rather jump) across the abyss between the concrete and the abstract.

While Julien’s paintings are basically abstract, a viewer, standing in front of them, can mitigate his or her feeling lost or baffled by anchoring in the safe haven of the concrete: figures, landscapes, harmonies and music. But with the bonus of seeing and appreciating abstraction at the same time.

Julien’s style has been influenced by the world-renown artistic movement “Cobra” (1948–1951), with members such as Karel Appel, Pierre Alechinsky and Asger Jorn. Julien uses primary colours as constitutive elements of his artistic architecture. His paintings refer also to the Dutch artistic movement “De Stijl”, which was founded by such renowned artists as Piet Mondrian, Vilmos Huszár and Theo van Doesburg, in 1917.

Since his childhood, Julien van Middendorp has experimented with large-scale drawings and watercolours. Later, he studied at the Nimeto, school of design in Utrecht, Netherlands. He has been living and working in Prague for a couple of years now, finding fresh inspiration in the local culture. This inspiration has led to a new collection of oil paintings, which are now presented to the public.

Julien’s art can be viewed at his website: https://www.galleryvanmiddendorp.com  

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Shelley Holtzman 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.

Shelley is an award-winning artist based in New York, USA. Shelley 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.

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

Artist Biography

Shelley Holtzman’s love of art began in childhood when she was drawn to the Pop art of Peter Max. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a BFA, she returned to New York and began her career in advertising as an art director, ultimately becoming group creative director and senior vice president for a division of J. Walter Thompson.

After 13 years, she left the corporate world to pursue her love of fine arts. Over time she has continued her art education at many schools, including Stanford University, The University of London, The Art Students League of New York, The New School and The Nassau County Museum of Art.

Her experience with graphic design is evidenced in her work which emphasize bold compositions. Shelley’s passion for color can be seen in her florals, landscapes, and portraits, as she strives to illuminate the vibrancy of people and the world around us. Whether painting in watercolor or oil she tries to push the boundaries of traditional chroma, intensifying saturation while juxtaposing hues to create an exciting dialogue for the viewer. Recently Shelley’s painting has evolved into the fanciful. Her current work combines her flowers with the animals she photographed on safari, to create unexpected, surreal landscapes.

Since 2011 Shelley has been Co-President of The Art Guild in Manhasset, New York. TAG, a nonprofit organization, has over 300 members and offers classes, workshops, exhibit opportunities and studio space to the greater New York area. She also serves as Preview Co-Chair for the Port Washington Library Art Advisory Council.

Shelley is an award-winning artist who has had four solo shows at various locations in her community. One of the shows, Mid-Winter Summer Solstice, was hung at North Shore LIJ Hospital, New Hyde Park, NY and afterwards, reproductions of her work remained on display in the hospital’s waiting room. She has exhibited at The Art Guild, The Graphic Eye Gallery, Huntington Arts Council, The Atelier at Flowerfield, Suburban Art League, The National Art League of Long Island and the Port Washington Library. Online gallery shows include Light Space and Time, American Watercolor Society, American Women Artists and Gallery Ring.

Artist Statement

My true passion is color…. and lots of it! I’m drawn to the way it’s reflected in light and shadow and I try to intensify this relationship while capturing the spirit of the moment. I enjoy painting in oil, acrylic and watercolor and usually have more than one project going at a time. This helps me be more objective with each piece. Whether working on florals, landscapes or portraits, I strive to illuminate the vibrancy of an image. The bold composition of my work stems from my experience as an art director and graphic designer.

This series all started with a floral arrangement from my husband. I was fascinated by the amazing color and shape of each petal. While photographing up close, I discovered how the slightest movement of the camera created an entirely new composition. I proceeded on a floral journey starting in acrylic and then venturing into watercolor and oil.

Since going on safari, animals have crept into my work. In my “Garden Variety” series I am moving away from simply “copying” an image to a more fanciful reinvention of the world. To achieve this, I create collages as my reference, then continue to move elements around as I paint, composing a new reality.

Shelley’s art can be viewed at ShelleyHoltzman.com. She also designs clothing, accessories and housewares at VIDA, a sustainable socially conscious global company. shopvida.com/collections/shelley-holtzman.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Amaris Shi has been selected as one of the four winning artists of the gallery’s recent 18th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  Amaris 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.

Amaris is an award-winning artist based in Texas, 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, Amaris will now be featured as a Light Space & Time – Artwork Archive promoted artist.  

Amaris’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 are Amaris’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 15 of her paintings.  We hope that you will take the time to read Amaris’ information and to take a look at her art.

Artist Biography:

Amaris Shi is a student from Texas and has been an active exhibiting artist for almost 10 years. During that time, she has worked through a variety of professional media. In addition to her colored drawings, she also has a variety of oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pastel drawings, and graphite drawings. She maintains an active international exhibiting career and continues to discover new forms of expression, whether it be through ideas or medium. Amaris has won over 40 creative & professional awards for her work, which is represented in the United States Congress, Art and Film Festivals, museums and galleries, as well as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Auction. She also looks forward to improving her skills in photo manipulation and digital painting. No matter which medium she uses, Amaris strives to make sure each piece can leave a lasting impact.

Artist Statement:

My work reflects the subconscious mind; the wants, the needs, and the views of the individual are all present. The double exposure and arrangement of the composition are the primary methods used to establish the symbolism in each piece. The portrait, initially strictly realism, attains an abstract element when layered with another image. The result is a see-through effect, as if gazing into the mind of the individual.

I found myself drawn to this idea when I thought about the people in this world, nearby and faraway. Each individual has a unique story and unique circumstances. I drew inspiration from tales of people in different walks of life and different ages, including myself. Through my work, the viewer can experience the emotions of each individual, as if being transported to their world for a moment in time.

Amaris can be reached via her email.

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Shawna Hinkel 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.

Shawna is an award-winning artist based in Dallas, Texas, USA. Shawna 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.

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

Artist Biography

Shawna Hinkel is an award-winning photographer from Dallas, Texas. She received her Certification from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2014 and her Master of Photography degree in 2019. Her work has been accepted in the PPA International Photographic Competition Annual Exhibition every year since 2016, with images published in the annual Showcase Collection and Loan Collection books as well. She was the Dallas Professional Photographers Association Photographer of the Year in 2017 and 2018, and was named as one of the Top 10 photographers in Texas in 2020. She also received the American Society of Photographers’ State Elite Award in 2020. She has won a variety of other awards, and has been featured in multiple art gallery exhibitions.

Artist Statement

It has been said that “the eyes are the windows to the soul,” and I have found this to be true. Not only in people, but also in animals - most especially in the great apes. My series “Almost Human” explores the eyes and expressions of these magnificent creatures, looking for the souls in our most closely related counterparts. Chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans are so much like us that if you spend a little time with them, you can almost tell what they are feeling. Some are young and playful, some are old and wise, and some are shy and do not want to be bothered. They all have very different personalities and spirits. I want to show the heart of these beautiful animals so more people can find a deeper understanding and affection for them, and learn more about the conservation efforts in place to help them. What a better world it would be for man and apes alike.

Shawna’s website is www.wanderlustfineartistry.com.   

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 very pleased to announce that Linda Garcia-Dahle has been selected as one of the four winning artists of the gallery’s recent 18th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  Linda 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.

Linda is an award-winning artist based in 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, Linda will now be featured as a Light Space & Time – Artwork Archive promoted artist.  

Linda’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 are Linda’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 14 of her paintings.  We hope that you will take the time to read Linda’s information and to take a look at her artwork.

Artist Biography:

Linda Garcia-Dahle, a California native, is following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather. Her grandfather was an active trompe l'oeil muralist in Los Angeles in the early part of the 20th century. Her father, when not working to provide for a large family, became an amateur photographer. Both of their passion and love for art was fully instilled into Linda from a young age. One of her favorite memories is sitting with the both of them in her family's patio listening to them discuss the best way to work on a painting's perspective.

Linda earned a Bachelor of Arts from the California State University at Long Beach, where she found herself influenced by the artists of the Impressionist, Realist and Hudson River School of Arts, who placed emphasis on light and the emotions it can invoke in a painting. It is this love of capturing light and its interplay with shadow and color on a canvas to create a mood that drives her work in oil painting. To achieve this elusive light/shadow effect, Linda has continually worked on perfecting her oil painting glazing technique to great success.

Her artwork has won numerous awards over the years; the most recent being the Juror's Choice award from the Maryland Federation of Art "Shadow and Light" exhibit. In 2019, she had the honor of being invited by the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation in association with the Smithsonian Institute to participate in their "Preserving Creative Spaces exhibit", which featured photos of notable artists from across America in their homes or studios, along with photos of regional artists. She has had a painting acquired for permanent display at the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum for their Bird Gallery and two paintings acquired by the Sasse Museum of Art for inclusion in its collection of artwork by Southern California artists.

In the past, Linda has sat on the Sasse Museum of Art Board of Directors, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Pomona Valley Art Association. Linda is a member of the Pomona Valley Art Association, the IE Plein Air Painters Society and the International Guild of Realism.

Artist Statement:

I love painting light in all its manifestations on a canvas. The way a deep gazing of oil color produces a depth to shadows and the light falling through them that is not easily attained through other methods. I enjoy the challenge of producing color, shadow and light in their transient states when painting. I try and instill this in scenes from nature, but also areas personal to me that imbue a sense of serenity, shelter, a hideaway or a quiet place. I strive to duplicate all this in the play of light and the emotion I feel when observing it, to capture a mood as it were, and then be able to share it with the viewer. Painting is a form of sharing a part of myself with others.

Linda’s website is www.lindagarciadahle.com.

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Gabrielle Bill 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.

Gabrielle is an award-winning artist who spends her time between Dorset in the South West of England and the French Alps. Gabrielle 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.

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

Artist Biography

Gabrielle spends her time between Dorset in the South West of England and the French Alps. She specializing in oil on canvas, images painted often at large scale including the figure and botanical images. Her love of creating something magical on canvas started at a very early age. Between school and Art College she worked and travelled living in Europe, Hong Kong, and Australia where she carried a sketch book at all times until she had the opportunity to accomplish her dream of going to Art College, once her youngest child was at school.

Since graduating in Fine Art, she hasn’t stopped working and exhibiting. She has had a number of solo shows in Milan, Brussels, Gstaad, and the Alps, as well as in London and other galleries in UK. As well as taking part in on line exhibitions, she has also exhibited many times at the Mall galleries London, as well as with other group shows, articles often written.

Her time establishing and running a local Pop Art Gallery was certainly hard work, especially all the advertising etc. but was so worthwhile. Not only in the selling of her work but also in the social aspect of meeting artistically minded people, and forging good relationships with the wider community. The next showing of her work is at the’ Picture this Art Gallery’ Bournemouth in July 2021. She has also won several awards including 2nd prize in the Nadia Waterfield Gallery exhibition earlier this year.

Gabrielle’s main artistic influences through her career have been the works of Degas, especially for the series Women Bathing, for the way he portrays the figure; the Scottish Colourists in particular FCB Cadell for his use of bold colour; Peter Doig for his mark making and the story he portrays in his work; Georgia O’Keeffe for her dramatic way of depicting flowers and the Spanish still life painters for their dark back grounds and their use of light where it hits the subject.

Gabrielle’s philosophy has always been to keep working no matter what and not to be deterred. Her favourite quotes are from Georgia O’Keeffe –“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant - there is no such thing, making your unknown known is the important thing” and from Andy Warhol – “Don’t think about making art, just get it done, let everyone else decide if it is good or bad, whether they love it or hate it, while they are deciding, make even more art.”

Her goal and aspirations are to create work that though on the surface uplifts the spirits in this difficult time, also has a narrative for the viewer to interpret as their own. Of course, she also seeks recognition!

Artist Statement

My work is all about working directly from nature whether it be from the figure or a botanical setting or landscape en plein aire, or from detailed drawings from my sketchbook. Exploring where the light falls on the subject and exaggerating this effect brings me great joy. Spending time between the Alps and Dorset UK, painting mainly in oils on canvas, with images depicted often at large scale is what I am about.

Since graduating in Fine Art, I haven’t stopped working and exhibiting, gathering inspiration from a plethora of experiences of living abroad - in Italy, France and Belgium, and from my many visits to Nepal, as well as India and Sri Lanka. My work in the last year of Covid has included smaller en plein aire pieces, alongside more studio-based larger pieces that I am more known for. The joy of nature and the bringing together of the life form and botanical images, create a magical place of contemplation and meditation., which I feel we all need in this time of uncertainty. When creating a piece, mark making and depth of field is all-important, where the images grow, change and develop on the canvas. Exploring colour and form becomes an exciting new but sometimes exhausting and challenging experience! I find that quite often things from my subconscious reveal themselves in my paintings without me realizing. Worry’s I did not realize I had.

Typically, I work by first sifting through images either sketched or photographed where I have captured a fleeting image that could inspire the start of a new painting. The next stage often includes the life model. Once I have two or three lightly sketched figures on the canvas, my imagination gets working. Typically, I will use a loose acrylic paint to mark in an idea roughly, often taking time to get the right feel before I continue with oil paint, again loosely applied, working into it sometimes with charcoal, slowly but surely tightening up some areas and leaving other areas free and undefined. During the building up of layers, an image starts to appear and takes on an existence and personality of its own. Recently whilst living in the Alps, I re-visited my love of working outside in the fresh air for about 3 hours, 4 days a week. A good exercise and practice, though jolly cold at times. I would have to dress up very warmly as the temperature was often down to minus 10, I like the challenge of creating whilst battling against the elements.

However, looking like a Michelin man in multiple layers was not the most attractive look and painting with rubber gloves over fleece inners was a challenge on its own. After having produced about 15 small paintings on canvas panels, I realized that to frame these was going to be expensive so I am now framing my own small paintings. A tough learning curve but easier than expected, luckily not taking up too much of my painting time - it all fits in rather well!

I have also taken on commissions during the Covid lock-down period; I painted three portraits and some landscapes alongside my usual bigger works, as well as giving some private painting classes when allowed by the restrictions. Taking time to practice by sketching, whether it be with charcoal, paint, pastel or visiting art shows and sculpture parks is an all-important part of my artistic journey. I feel so lucky to have this passion in my life even though it is a sort of compulsive disorder some might argue!

Gabrielle’s website is www.gabriellebill.co.uk.

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 Grace Diehl 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.

Grace is an award-winning artist based in the Hudson Valley area of New York, USA. Grace 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.

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

Artist Biography

Grace’s art journey started when her father bought her her first artist box and supplies at the age of 11. Since that day, she has always been creating artwork. It wasn’t until after a couple of careers, marriage, and raising a family did she fully immerse into artwork and devote herself as a full time artist.

She propelled her skill through workshops and private lessons. She also completed a two-year drawing program at The Woodstock School of Art. She finds her inspiration and ideas from numerous sources. It could be from fabrics or musical lyrics and poetry. To express these, oil paints are her choice of medium.

Although she has been active in art exhibitions/competitions throughout her career, only lately has she become an immersed participant. In recent years, she has regularly volunteered and held a board position at a local art association. She has been juried into art memberships both national and international. She has exhibited at art galleries and her artwork resides in hundreds of private collections worldwide -- including one of her artworks currently floating around on a major cruise ship.

Grace and her husband currently reside in the southern Hudson Valley area of New York.

Artist Statement

I mainly paint from life. But, I do throw in conceptual pieces to add to my narratives. I enjoy works with a story.

Since I create still life paintings, I set up my props around an idea/concept. Lighting is very important to me. An advantage with studio set-ups is that I can arrange my lighting to fit my subjects.

To express my ideas and thoughts, I use oil paints. I find they are the perfect medium. Drawing, as well as painting, are my way of satisfying a deep feeling of expression/mood within myself. I feel it is my way of being heard in a noisy world.

When I am in my studio, I find solace and escape into my own world of whatever I create it to be.

Grace’s website is www.gracediehl.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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