Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Maureen Ravnik 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.

Maureen Ravnik is a Colorado based photographer.  Maureen creates digital photo art inspired by the environment.  Maureen was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #8. The placement in this competition qualified her photography to be showcased in this feature.

Maureen’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 550+ News Outlets, Premium News Outlets (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC TV & Radio Sites and inclusion on Google News & Bing News.  In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her Artist Showcase Feature in their various social media networks for further exposure.

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

Artist Biography:

Maureen Ravnik was born and raised in Minnesota. A brief visit to Colorado sold her on attending college there to pursue a career in sales & marketing. She stayed and never looked back. Working and traveling a lot in that discipline opened her eyes to the wonders of the American west and reawakened childhood tendencies to be creatively involved in art. After a lengthy career in sales & marketing, she retired and bought her first DSLR and began making images of the American west.

Today, most of her time is spent outdoors taking in and capturing the scenery, wildlife, and exploring other methods for interpreting and sharing what she sees and experiences along the way. Maureen has accomplished many things with her photography including images placed in the Audubon International Top 250, local and nationally juried photography exhibitions, winning placements in monthly club competitions, state park calendars, images selected for use by the City of Littleton, and an image selected by National Geographic for publication. Her work has been the subject of several newspapers and she is currently working on releasing 2 books that will document the beauty and environment of the second largest natural area in the country.

Artist Statement

Maureen is an emerging talent whose methods and techniques are largely self-taught. Maureen’s inspiration is derived mostly from her environment. She explores the work of peers and connects on social media mainly to further explore processing techniques and stay on top of new developments in software and camera technology. Some of her work is strictly an in-camera capture. Some of it involves taking the file from the camera and into the computer to develop composites or several interpretations of the same scene. This helps to keep her eyes open to the many possibilities for how our world can be observed and interpreted.

Special Project: The Celestial Connection

The Universe is all of time and space and its contents. The Universe includes planets, stars, galaxies, the contents of intergalactic space, the smallest subatomic particles, and all matter and energy. But, when faced with such infinity, how do we define ourselves within it? This series of images only scratches the surface of what it might mean and how it might be experienced by humans and other species. It may mean life, death, rebirth, exploration, navigation, positive and negative planetary impact, love, fear, faith, and what we consider our final frontier. The images presented here are my interpretation of each one of those concepts. This gallery allows me to reach beyond myself and challenges me to artistically create images that encourage us to open our minds and think about who we are, where we are going, how we will get there, and what will happen when we arrive. 

Maureen’s website:  www.maureenravnik.crevado.com

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Nicole Wilde 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.

Nicole Wilde is a California based photo artist.  Nicole’s lifelong passion has been animals, particularly dogs and wolves and these subjects form the basis of her art.  Nicole was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #7. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature. 

Nicole’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 550+ News Outlets, Premium News Outlets (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC TV & Radio Sites and inclusion on Google News & Bing News.  In addition, we will also be featuring and promoting your art in our various social media networks for further exposure. 

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

Artist Biography:

Nicole Wilde was born in Brooklyn, New York but always felt California’s siren call of freedom and creativity. In 1987 she moved to Los Angeles. From an early age, Nicole had written poetry and short stories, followed by song lyrics, some of which were put to music for bands in which she played bass guitar. And yet, she still longed for a way to express her creativity in a visual form. Possessing a “good eye” but lacking a good camera, she finally purchased her first DSLR in 2012. Knowing nothing about the craft, she began a driving, all-encompassing attempt at 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 has been animals, particularly dogs and wolves. She co-ran a rescue sanctuary for wolves, and three of the residents ended up living with her for ten years until their passing. She became a professional dog trainer, wrote ten books on dog behavior, and taught seminars worldwide. It was inevitable that her love of animals and nature would find its way into her art. Nicole’s images begin with one or more of her photographs taken in nature, zoos, or sanctuaries, and are then enhanced in Photoshop.

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. My hope is that my art touches the soul, stirs the emotions, and acts as a catalyst to reflect on the beauty and magic that is within us and all around us.

You can view Nicole’s artwork at www.photomagicalart.com.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Judi Lapsley Miller has been selected as one of the four artists of the gallery’s seventh “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  Judi 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.

Judi Lapsley Miller is a photo artist who is inspired by the wildlife and land of Aotearoa-New Zealand.  Judi will be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign, provided by Kjprnews.com. They will promote and circulate her winning press release to over 1000+ News Outlets, Premium FOX, CBS, NBC, CW Affiliated Sites, 500 TV & Radio Sites, 250 Regional & Industry Site through Kjprnews.com and through LST gallery’s broad social media network.

In addition, as part of her award package, she will now be featured as an Artsy.net Light Space & Time promoted artist.   The LST Artsy.net page will feature 4 pieces of the artist’s art, a small artist statement and their website URL’s as part of the gallery’s overall prize package.

Artsy.net averages 2 million visitors a month and 46% of Artsy users who have purchased art via Artsy started out as art enthusiasts rather than preexisting collectors.

The solo art exhibition will also be promoted on artweek.com. Artweek produces 800,000 page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.

Judi 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 is the seventh “Solo Art Series” Art Competition the gallery has conducted.

Below is Judi’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 15 pieces of her photo art.  We hope that you will take the time to read Judi’s information and to take a look at her incredible beloved and endangered kākā parrots.

Artist Biography:

Judi Lapsley Miller’s art is inspired by the wildlife and land of Aotearoa-New Zealand, the awesome forces that went into making them (and continue to make them), and the tensions between the pre-human and modern world. She strives through her art to advocate for endangered species and spaces by exploring themes like the tenacity of life in the face of environmental destruction, what it means to be endangered, and the post-human world. Many of her images are inspired from her experiences with volunteering in wildlife conservation projects, especially with her beloved endangered kākā parrots.

Photography is just the first step in Judi’s creative process – she digitally blends and masks layers of photographs, graphics, scanned ephemera and textures, lighting and colour adjustments, and digital brushstrokes to form an image that is more painting than photograph. Photo artistry and digital compositing gives her the freedom to expand her viewpoint and delve deep into her imagination. She came to photo artistry by chance, having become frustrated with the limits and rigid rules of wildlife photography that precluded her from telling the intimate stories she could see unfolding around her. After attending a compositing workshop by Shona Jaray, she stumbled upon Sebastian Michael’s online photo-artistic training courses, and completed the year-long professional photo artistry training course “AWAKE” in 2016. She is currently in Michael’s advanced “KAIZEN” group, is an active member of the Artists Down Under – Australia & New Zealand group, and is a member artist of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. She is inspired by (and has done many online courses with) the imaginative and surrealist photo artists Julieanne Kost and Brooke Shaden.

In her images, Judi exposes her interpretation of the inner world of others – their thoughts and feelings, their hopes and desires – in a form tangible to the human viewer that she hopes engenders empathy and understanding with other living creatures.

Judi and her photo artistic work has appeared in the Australian Photography magazine, the Independent Herald newspaper, Living the Photo Artistic Life magazine (multiple issues), and Artists Down Under magazine (multiple issues). Over the last year, she has exhibited in seven group exhibitions and one solo exhibition in New Zealand. In the international arena, she has twice placed 2nd in the photography and digital media category and 4th and 5th in the overall category in Light Space & Time online gallery exhibitions. Her straight photography work is used widely for advocacy and education purposes, including for Zealandia Eco Sanctuary, Forest & Bird, NZ Birds Online, Wellington City Council, the Ornithological Society of NZ, and other wildlife and conservation organizations. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

Artist Statement:

Imagine a verdant valley overflowing with native birds and plants because they're protected from introduced predators; an oasis in a modern city; a chance to reconnect with what we've lost - and you get a glimpse of the Zealandia Vision – a community effort to restore a valley to a pre-human ecosystem. In Judi's recent works, she explores the Zealandia vision in three, related series.

  • "Birds of a feather" where the striking and subtle colours of the rare and endangered birds that live at Zealandia are celebrated in a series of painterly portraits, where each bird is already a work of art.
  • "Visions of Zealandia" where she illustrates the struggle of wild birds adapting to living in a modern biophilic city and the vision of taking 500 years to restore the pre-human ecosystem.
  • "Flights of fancy" where imagination takes over and roles are reversed - what would the curious and intelligent kākā parrots do in a post-human world?

For many years Judi has advocated for New Zealand's birds and other wildlife through writing and photography, and now art, and she is currently the volunteer convener for the "Storyteller" and ex-convener of the "Kākā nest box monitoring" teams at Zealandia. Eleven images from the above series were recently exhibited in Judi’s first solo exhibition, fittingly held in the gallery at Zealandia Ecosanctuary, where sales directly supported Zealandia’s conservation work.

Judi’s motivations for taking wildlife photography to the extreme, somewhat surprisingly stems from her training as a professional scientist. From her background in experimental psychology and her volunteer conservation work, Judi reacts strongly to the long history of treating animals as soulless automata – an approach that has hindered our understanding of consciousness and cognition, and has led to wide scale animal cruelty over millennia. She considers careful application of anthropomorphizing to be vital to our understanding of animals as thinking, feeling, creatures. Animals may not think or emote exactly like humans, but anyone who has spent any time with an animal knows that they are conscious beings, worthy of our respect and understanding. Recent studies into animal cognition are showing no bounds in the depth of animal intelligence and awareness – the limitations of our understanding coming more from our own failings in connecting with an intelligence unlike our own.

In her images, Judi exposes her interpretation of the inner world of others – their thoughts and feelings, their hopes and desires – in a form tangible to the human viewer that she hopes engenders empathy and understanding with other living creatures. 

Judi’s Website:  http://www.artbyjlm.com

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Paul Pinzarrone 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.

Paul Pinzarrone is an Illinois based photo artist.  Paul tries keep his work new, fresh and uncontaminated by commercial aspects.  Paul was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #7. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature. 

Paul’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 550+ News Outlets, Premium News Outlets (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC TV & Radio Sites and inclusion on Google News & Bing News.  In addition, we will also be featuring and promoting his art in our various social media networks for further exposure. 

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

Artist Biography:

Paul Pinzarrone started off playing classical piano, studying biology and pre-medicine chemistry. He detoured playing keyboard in various rock & roll bands, playing piano for musicals, singers and dancers and worked as an orderly in a trauma center emergency room and surgery. He studied art history and painting at the University of Illinois, earning a BFA Painting with Highest Honors.

Paul taught drawing and design at Rockford and Rock Valley Colleges, exhibited at juried contests and galleries in Chicago, Miami, Louisville, Muskegon MI, Ohio and New Orleans. Exhibitions include Art Institute Biennial, Butler Institute of American Art, Gilman Gallery, Horwich Gallery, Union League Juried and Zhou B Art Center [Chicago].

Earlier work included film photography, acrylic and airbrushed lacquer constructions on the back side of clear Plexiglas. Always trying to match the process to the imagery, Pinzarrone explored the science-fiction look of spraying bronzing powders with layers of acrylic lacquers for an inaccessible, reflective presentation. Film photography transitioned to digital while today’s airbrush is an electronic version with Photoshop and other digital painting methods. To be “art”, Pinzarrone contends that it must be new….. new version of a Vermeer or Michelangelo or Titian using digital photos, photoshop and fractal software, printed on Plexiglas or high gloss aluminum. It must have a new look, using new materials, presenting a new approach to how great masters saw life.

Current work includes numerous texture-free digital layers, photographic manipulation and a high gloss machined-looking flat piece. The viewer tries to solve puzzles of why the figures are emotionless and passive, all expressions have been wiped away with most wrinkles and blemishes. The figure’s skin is Pinzarrone’s canvas now, drawing from Titian and other master themes and poses. Tensions are explored to pull in the viewer to wonder if it is a photograph or fabricated reality. Craftsmanship counts.

Selected recent Juried exhibitions include Freeport Area Art Museum, Midwestern Regional Juried, Harvard Starline Juried, many Exhibition Without Walls and Light Space Time Juried shows, Adam and Eve National Juried, Emotion and Energy of Color National, Art Scene Today themed contests, Reinventing Ourselves National Juried, Future So Bright International Juried, Creek Gallery Juried.

Selected recent Invitational and solo exhibitions include 3-person Artery Mid-coast Fine Arts, solo shows at Beloit Fine Arts Incubator and DeLuna Gallery. Work was shown at the fall and Spring ArtScene invitationals, Invitational Aeon Gallery and various Artist Portfolio quarterly or themed contest.

Artist Statement:

My work is a study, an exploration of power, of symmetry, of patterns and how the viewer can be challenged. Detached sensuality, puzzles and tension are what I surround myself with. To be art, it must be new; new process, new techniques married to a new approach, new ideas or a new presentation for the viewer. It must be multi-layered so the viewer works at it for a while, exploring deeper.... The GIRL WITH A NON PEARL EARRING is a new version of Vermeer's 1665 painting. In this version the girl is sitting in the same position but rotated so we see what she is looking at [instead of at us the way Vermeer painted]. My girl has a non-pearl earring, is tattooed / painted / fractal-wrapped with such precision that she becomes believable. The viewer works to resolve the mandala, tattoos, location and time element of this puzzle.

My greatest accomplishment has been to keep my work new, fresh and uncontaminated by commercial aspects.

Paul’s website can be viewed here:  http://www.pinzarrone.net

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