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 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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The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce the winning artists of the gallery’s recent 18th Solo Art Series Art Competition.  

The Solo Art Series competition closed on May 5, 2021. 12 artists were selected as finalists. From that selection, 4 artists were chosen to have individual month-long solo art exhibitions.  The remaining 8 artists were awarded Artist Showcase features.

The Solo Art Series took place within an extremely competitive atmosphere.   The task of selecting only four artists from the 90 artists who entered was extremely challenging.  The high quality of submissions made creating the final rankings extraordinarily difficult. 

The competitive process considered not only the quality and depth of the artist’s work but also the overall entry presentation, including the artist’s biography and artist’s statement.  The following are the 4 winning Solo Series Artists and the schedule of their solo art exhibitions.

Solo Art Exhibition Schedule

Sara Victoria Sandberg May 15, 2021 to June 14, 2021  
Cher Pruys June 15, 2021, to July 14, 2021  
Linda Garcia-Dahle July 15, 2021, to Aug. 14, 2021  
Amaris Shi Aug. 15, 2021, to Sept. 14, 2021  

As part of the selection process, the other 8 artists who were in the top 12 have been awarded an Artist Showcase feature. The artists who were selected for the Artist Showcase features (with one Artist Showcase being be posted every 2 weeks beginning on May 15th are: 

Artist Showcase Artists

Irene Sirko May 15, 2021 to May 31, 2021  
Skottie O'Mahony June 1, 2021 to June 14, 2021  
Grace Diehl June 15, 2021 to June 30, 2021  
Matthew Jackson July 1, 2021 to July 14, 2021  
Gabrielle Bill July 15, 2021 to July 31, 2021  
Sydney Paige Richardson Aug. 1, 2021 to Aug. 14, 2021  
Shawna Hinkel Aug. 15, 2021 to Aug. 31, 2021  
Shelley Holtzman Sept. 1, 2021 to Sept. 14, 2021  

Out of the 90 artists who submitted to this Solo Art Series art competition, 33 were eliminated due to deficiencies in their Biography, Artist’s Statement or with their art. From the 57 artists who were left, 23 artists were then selected as finalists. 12 artists were selected from the 23 final artists and any of the finalists could have been included in the final 12. 

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

Each of the 8 Artist Showcase feature artists will be promoted to over 350+ News Outlets with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News.

Winning artists will have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtWeek/ArtJobs. Artweek produces 800,000-page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.  

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on Art.Base.co.  Art.Base produces 100,000 page views per month, 35,000 monthly unique visitors and has 10,000+ newsletter subscribers.

In addition to the above, the winning solo artists receive a YouTube Video presentation of their Body of Work, Event Postcard and a Press Release for their art portfolio.  There will also be links back to the artists’ website as part of this achievement package.

Here is a link to the gallery's Solo Art Series Archives.  The gallery’s next Solo Art Series competition will be held in August 2021.

Thank you for everyone's participation and interest in our Solo Art Series. 

 

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Lollie Ortiz 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.

Lollie is an award-winning artist based in San Francisco, California, USA. Lollie 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.

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

Artist Biography

Lollie Ortiz, an imaginative, award-winning artist, has a love of laughter and curiosity that emanates from everything she touches. Her artistic path began in grade school where she enjoyed working with anything colorful and messy. "Free expression" soon gave way to pursing an art degree at the City College of San Francisco. The Los Angeles School of Design offered additional exploration of creative expression in its purest form. Embracing a professional career, Miss Ortiz advanced from freelance assignments to taking on the role of creative director for her own advertising-film production company. Her clients included working with entertainment entities such as ABC, CBS, NBC, The Travel Channel, HBO, Disney (Consumer Products), Max Factor Cosmetics, U.S. Olympics (Promo Campaigns) as well as San Francisco marketing internet creative agency MediaBook, Inc.

As a graphic designer and photo artist, Miss Ortiz's licensed print works have appeared in various Marriott and Hilton Hotel Art Collections. She was also represented by the San Francisco Stars Talent Agency as "Senior Talent" for web and television campaigns. As much as she enjoyed being in front of the camera, her desire to be a "hands-on sculptural artist" beckoned with fierce "heart and soul" determination and mission. Creating works of art that could bring together an exciting sense of purpose, sensuality and fun in the 3D world.

This path began in 2018 with initial research on materials, how to's and lots of experimental samples of assembling acrylic plastic as stand-alone shapes or with recycled metals and wood materials. Confident in the process of structure and visual presentation, Miss Ortiz started transferring her "notebook sketches and mock-ups into computer "laser-cut" files. These production laser cuts were then turned into separate plastic shapes and forms. The final "building block" phase consisted of shaping all elements into desired final designs and themes. These included elegant and bold abstract collections with rainbow colors added as symbols of "cultural diversity and spiritual empowerment." Inspired by artist like Andy Warhol, this enticing sculptural and mix-media direction also allows Miss Ortiz to tap into her "whimsical side" by creating fun and entertaining statements, which to her delight have received several exhibits and awards of recognition.

New works continue to lead the way towards a direction she eagerly awaits with "love of life and artistic vision."

Artist Statement

Sculptural art captured my heart early in 2018 and after over thirty years as a professional art director and graphic designer for the corporate and entertainment industries, I relished in the idea of creating art I could mode from several angels and perspectives. Concerned with environmental issues, I also wanted to include elements of recycled materials in this vision. Beginning with rough ideas, I started transforming my sketches into mock-ups thus entering the complexities of sculptural dimension with eager anticipation. As a beginner in 3D art, I also encountered many twists and turns during the early stages of creating stand-alone designs. This process included learning the language of "tracing computer files" for transition laser-cut production. This required working with skilled technicians who also helped educate me with "tips and short-cuts" towards final visual production. This intense "learning curve" also included working with various glues, wires, cutters, wood treatments and sanding as well as repairing unexpected mistakes. All in all the process of working in 3D layers was "eye opening" but worth trying to master each step, I encountered. Moving forward I envision creating a path that is based upon of two basic themes of abstract collections and "whimsical" statements. Marketing my work is also an important part of my sculptural direction. This consists with taking classes and networking with gallery professionals along with entry into select exhibits and competitions.

Today, my body of work continues to center on the impressions of abstraction and pop culture. Integrating aspects of graphic design with maximized expressivity is part of future themes I look forward to pursuing. An exploration that embodies a compositional mystery I hope captures the true essence of my creative spirit.

Lollie’s website is www.lollieortizartgallery.com.   

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 extremely pleased to announce that Diana Arus 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.

Diana is an award-winning artist based in Russia. Diana 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.

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

Artist Biography

Diana Arus is a Russian/Syrian artist who was born in Tartous, Syria in 1992. She found her love for drawing when her older sisters used to draw in front of her. By the age of 10, she had a small exhibition in her home city as a guest with the professional artists, portraying her collection of Disney paintings.

At the age of 17, she moved to Damascus and started studying at the Damascus University, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, in 2015. Her graduation project was an animated short film, describing feelings of oppression and judgment by the society. That same year, she moved to Moscow, Russia to escape the war and further her education.

She earned a Master’s degree in Saint Petersburg Faculty of Culture and Arts. After 4 years of having the wrong type of job in designing content for political purpose for a news channel, she moved on and is currently working as a Freelance Animator, Illustrator and Graphic Designer.

Diana's main passion is animation and all that goes with it from environments, illustrations, character design and production. She uses her experience in animation to portray certain emotions and moods with a hint of surrealism. Her equipment includes one laptop, with Photoshop, Adobe Animate and After Effects as the main software.

Artist Statement

Real life excites me. The portrayal of this life as perceived by other people and artists has always been big inspiration for me. It pushes me to show my version of how I see the metro station, the bench on the side of the street, or that woman sitting across me and what she is thinking.

I draw inspiration from everyday life, from the mundane things I do and the places I pass by every day. Soft light surrealism is an important factor in my work. It is how I can describe that emotion, whether it was how I feel or how I wish it would be.

Diana’s work can be seen in her social media by the handle Dianimations, as well as her website https://www.dianimations.com/.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Y. Hope Osborn has been selected as one of the four winning artists of the gallery’s recent 17th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  Hope 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.

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

Hope’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 Hope’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 15 of her photographs.  We hope that you will take the time to read Hope’s information and to take a look at her work.

Artist Biography:

Y. Hope Osborn earned an MA summa cum laude in Professional and Technical Writing with Creative Nonfiction emphasis December 2020. Her education included valuable lessons in document design, website development, and Creative Cloud Suite, feeding her passion for photography. She seeks elusive great Captures and sometimes the creative twist to illustrate documents and web and promote art itself.

Hope began photography as a child with a 110mm camera. Without art education or photographer training, my experience grew with time and freedom from expectation. Only an expensive hobby then, digital cameras gave her freedom to fully engage in artistic perspective and imagination. She doesn’t mind amusing bystanders as she crouches for architectural angles or lies down for diminutive clover.

Despite her lifelong interest in capturing life, Hope only turned her passion professional in 2019 with competitions and exhibits and honing digital artistry and creative instinct. She shares her perspectives in social media, publications, and exhibits, such as in Portland, Oregon’s Black Box Gallery and Little Rock, Arkansas’ The Rep Artworks.

In June, Fusion Art honored her with a solo spotlight exhibit, and she has awards from competitions through Fusion Art; Black Box Gallery; Light, Space and Time; Art-Competition; Contemporary Art Gallery Online; J. Mane Gallery; Contemporary Art Room Gallery; and Monovisions. She continues to receive acceptances to publish both writing and photography.

Artist Statement:

I am inspired by the poetry of alternative music, my colorful garden, my red feeder’s flitting hummingbirds, and textured architecture. I am inspired looking over my patio from my blue Edwardian sofa and over a of valley of autumn-splendored trees from a hilltop. In the inspirations of daily life and rare jaunts farther afield, despite ill health and energy, I capture life to relax; remember; and, more recently in colorful abstracts, imagine worlds from and within my world.

Blessed with an artist's heart and mind, I take my pictures, keeping and sharing, hoping you see my life and art for the opportunity to reach for things thought beyond your grasp to do or be, whether limited by discouraging words, poor health, marginal finances, unemployment, or life-shattering pandemic. Take a breath. Stay a moment. Find inspiration, like I do mine, through a medium you may appreciate life adapting around you or worlds awaiting within a shining twist of sunset.

I take photographs on a non-professional camera or my iPhone not just because I am literally a starving artist but because too much gear or too much perfectionism may hinder my movement and miss the rare moments when an unending monotonous valley of summer green is lit up by sun and shadowed by cloud to show hills and hillocks and reflect green variance and blue water. I use a variety of photography apps to show you what I see in life and imagination.

Colorful geometric abstraction is the newest of my photographic endeavors. I find the most beautiful and interesting perspectives taking my photographs and orchestrating all the elements into what you find here. New worlds to explore.

Photography is God’s gift of respite from a frantic world and restless thoughts. Being an artist is to be entrusted to express reality and imagination in ways that captivate, inspire, or inform while enriching lives.

Hope’s website is www.artworkarchive.com/profile/yhopeosborn.

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Cherie Lee 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.

Cherie is an award-winning artist based in New Jersey, USA. Cherie 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.

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

Artist Biography

Cherie Lee is a self-taught Philadelphia-born artist who utilizes high-speed rotary equipment to reduce genuine ostrich eggshells to small-scale sculptures appreciating, and testing, the limits of faculty and frailty. Whether her subject matter be ecological, sociological or anthropological, she unites substance and subject, gingerly evoking one basic concept: what you have is fragile, no matter its strength.

Having grown up suburban-poor, her earliest materials were found objects in nature and readily available household items, predominantly paper. These early works resulted most often in two distinct styles: elaborate dimensional paper sculptures that are white-on-white plays of light and shadow, or detailed, flat black paper-cuts. Both styles notable for what they lack, or what's been taken away; a concept she hopes might foster a more solid appreciation for what *is* there.

Shortly after recognizing the humble chicken egg as the ideal 4-dimensional 'canvas' by dint of accident and ignorance, she stumbled upon where those styles merged. This intersection created a new path, and eggshells became her primary medium of choice, with the common household Dremel® as her sole, yet very limiting, tool.

With the advent of the internet, her practice expanded and deepened beyond her own expectations, and soon emu, rhea and ostrich eggs became the predominant objective. Immediately upon learning of dental drills as a carving tool, she saw the direction she wanted to go, and never quite lost sight of it.

What promised to be an auspicious career-start instead signaled her career's end. Even as one of her earliest pieces was being accepted to the United States White House Permanent Collection, a tragic death close-at-hand was triggering an emotional breakdown in the family, ultimately resulting in the artist sustaining a debilitating injury, further contributing to the household's dissolution. Thus evolved a permanently disabled single mother of two young boys, for whom 25 years would pass before she ever laid hands or eyes on that recently discovered dental drill.

The creative suspension was broken by the next significant life-disruption, marked by a tumultuous upending of hearth and home. This forced re-formation spurred the full-fledged return to her craft, with a compelling intent to master her medium. By October of 2018, she obtained her long-desired dental drill, and set to work with diligence. She is only now recognizing her own under-estimation of the medium, as well as her own skills, and is looking forward to seeing just how far she can push them.

Her interest and investigations into disability, poverty and homelessness come from a personal place, and her current path explores how much can be taken away from something, be it natural, man-made or conceptual, without it breaking.

“However,” she cautions, “if the strength of an eggshell allows me to push it to its furthest limits, its fragility reminds me not to.”

Eggshell sculptor Cherie Lee is looking at what falls between the cracks, and finding beauty and courage there.

Artist Statement

It's a whole new life.

Throughout mankind's history, times of great socio-economic upheaval have heralded exponential leaps in creative and scientific advancement. Not within man's written history has such upheaval occurred on nearly a global scale, en masse. And yet, hovering here on the brink of one of humankind's most transformative eras, we are tasked with re-assessing our values, our beliefs, and even our own capabilities, while protecting and shaping the lives of our future.

As we collectively endure this painful rebirth, we naturally feel battered and bruised, scrambling for safety while trying to hold it all together; or worse: frightened, futile, maybe even defeated. With only a single cell of life itself, please allow me to demonstrate the infinite wonders of possibility. You may even recognize our own vast capacities within.

However ordinary, please don't see anything as mundane.

Wherever the unusual arises, approach it with curiosity.

What you consider to be strong, revere its frailty.

When you see something fragile, appreciate its strength.

For millennia, the small but mighty egg has been a powerful symbol of birth, life and rebirth. Using high-speed rotary equipment, I reduce genuine ostrich eggshells to small, spherical sculptures, which invite you to question what you believed, and find renewed respect for what you believe possible.

Each piece is no larger than 11 inches diameter, and is, itself, a quiet little meditation on our basic assumptions and perceptions.

Cherie’s website is https://eggscapes.wixsite.com/cherielee.   

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Beverly Marshall 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.

Beverly is an award-winning artist based in Florida, USA. Beverly 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.

Beverly’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 Beverly’s Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Statement

There are a lot of things that inspire me. I love to draw people, places, things that I find something deep in. I like to capture a moment and put it on paper. The thing I love most about drawing is the emotions. I love when I see something stirring in someone’s eyes and face, what is just beneath the surface, and am able capture it with my pencil. Thru my work I want to show you a story. I want you to feel, with every pencil stroke, the very emotion that I am shooting for. I want it to leap from the paper and grip your heart. I want you to feel it.

Title of the show: “Faces, Emotions, and the Human Experience” Every day we pass strangers. We see family and friends. We see faces. We see emotions. We see the Human Experience. Every face tells a story. Every emotion grips our hearts, and sings, or screams to our souls.

This fine art exhibit will run the gamut of the human experience. Those faces, and all those emotions, every story told deep in their eyes. We all have those feeling. You know, the ones that can come out of nowhere and bring such joy... or such pain. It's all here, in every drawing, captured by a simple pencil. What power the emotional soul has. Whether it’s a young boy with pride on his face, walking his horse, or the young child reacting to something that just happened, or those very dark trying times that bring you to your knees, it’s all here. Those gripping emotions that run deep in the human soul. Search the faces flowing thru this exhibit and find details in the very detail of the human experience. Face after face, emotion after emotion...Come run the gamut of “Faces, Emotions, and the Human Experience” the unique art of International award-winning artist Beverly Marshall. An exhibit you won't want to miss....

You can see more of Beverly’s work on her website.   

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 James McRoberts 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.

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

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

Artist Biography

Jimmy McRoberts is a professional trained artist with an associate degree in Photography and has been shooting Photography for the last twelve years. First starting out in Commercial and Editorial Photography he moved over to Landscape and Nature Photography about 6 years ago. Focusing on capturing the beauty of the natural world and showing everyone places that they may never see. He moved from Indiana to Kentucky in 2015 and now travels through the Appalachia Mountains capturing images for everyone to see. Being featured in several art gallery and shows, even being in a solo show in 2015, he now shows his work through galleries and in magazines that are published internationally. Recently he has been included in Landscape Photography Magazine and Nature Photography Magazine. He is a field contributor to Nature Photography Magazine and loves to teach others the beauty of being a photographer.

His work is a combination of capturing a specific moment and wanting his viewers to see what he sees. His saying his “I seek the natural wonders of the world, taking me to mountains, rivers, and waterfalls from all around. I want people to see the beauty and moment that I capture for everyone. From the lonely flower to the largest mountain peak.”

He has had two gallery shows in 2020 and building his audience on Facebook and Instagram. When he isn’t busy, shooting photography is spending time with his girlfriend and his fur family they have.

Artist Statement

Going on an Adventure: In the Mountains

“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure.”― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

Words that could never be truer, life is an adventure. While I am always sharing my adventure with the same person, our destination is never the same as we travel the United States. Going to State Parks, National Forest, and National Parks. Capturing images from the highest points to the lowest of valleys. These moments are more the memories of a trip here and there, they are moments of these amazing places that people may have forgotten about or that people fail to see at the right time.

The photography process is two-fold, creating images with a vision in my head of what it will look like. Shooting several images at various locations and capturing different details to make sure the moment, light, and shadows are all where I want them. After processing them in the digital darkroom, finishing touches are made and comes the images that are produced.

I seek the natural wonders of the world, taking me to mountains, rivers, and waterfalls from all around. I want people to see the beauty and moment that I capture for everyone. From the lonely flower to the largest mountain peak.

James’s website is www.mcrobertsphoto.com.   

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 very pleased to announce that Ilene Silberstein has been selected as one of the four winning artists of the gallery’s recent 17th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  Ilene 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.

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

Ilene’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 is Ilene’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 15 of her images.  We hope that you will take the time to read Ilene’s information and to take a look at her artwork.

Artist Biography

Ilene Silberstein attended Fashion Institute of Technology, receiving a AS degree in Fashion Design. After 10 years of designing clothes for various companies she left to raise a family and complete a BS degree in Visual Arts at SUNY College at Old Westbury. At the same time, she was also actively working at a flower design shop, Branching Out in Port Washington.

In 2009, she became Co-President of The Art Guild, located in Manhasset, New York, serving the greater New York with classes, workshops and gallery opportunities. The Art Guild has over 300 members.

Flowers, gardening, nature and crafts have always appealed to Ilene. She has abundant gratitude for a calming unspoiled outdoor location. Her natural inclination is to paint moments where light is the main attraction. She wants to emphasize the energy created by the shadows and the glow of the highlights. She uses Color to create vitality and vibration and her work tends to focus on organics, figures, the trappings of life and nature.

Ilene sometimes thinks her work should be more socially critical, but she paints what she is drawn to. She paints what makes her excited, so she continues to return to similar themes.

Ilene works in pastel, oil and mosaic and has studied with the late Anthony Palombo, Howard Rose, Christine LaFuente, Greg Kruetz and Shelli Robiner-Ardizzone, Jackie Kamin and Robert A. Johnson.

She has exhibited at The Art Guild, The Graphic Eye Gallery, The Atelier at Flowerfield, Suburban Art League and the National Art League.

Artist Statement

I love to paint from life - still life or landscape. I was a florist for many years, I had the luxury of being around the beautiful colors, shapes and scents of the fresh flowers as well all the matter we used to create the arrangements which is my inspiration. Many of the flowers I paint are taken from my garden.

My painting substrate preference is oil on board because I like the way the paint glides across the surface. It is hard for me to start but the anticipation of setting up a still life and what will come of it is a thrill. And I keep coming back to it over and over again.

Ilene’s website is www.ilenesilberstein.com.

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