Juan H. Espino captures a “Slice of life” in rural America with its present day charm. Born in Mexico, he received a Law Degree and practiced law for twenty years.
Always interested in art and fascinated with Pennsylvania countryside he painted what he liked most, his surrounding colorful society and architecture, in a primitive or folk art style. His art chronicles Main Avenue, Hawley, Pennsylvania, as it appears today.
Ink jet on canvas
Marilyn Lyon Foley is living proof that it is never too late to take up a second career. At age 50, after spending her earlier years as a math and science teacher, she redirected herself to her first love: making art.
Last year the Savannah artist received a significant honor in her field. One of her watercolor paintings was accepted into the National Watercolor Society's 78th annual exhibition. Hers was one of 66 accepted from 1,500 submissions. The painting then made it into an even more elite group when it became one of 30 to go on a national tour of galleries.
Foley majored in chemistry until her junior year, when one day she looked outside of her laboratory window and realized she would rather be outside on the lawn painting. She switched her major to art history. After graduating, she married an Episcopal clergyman and spent the next 25 years in the Northeast and the South, where she took jobs in a number of private schools teaching math and science. But when her children were out of school and there was no more tuition to pay, she decided that it was time to recapture her lost love.
A Native of Pennsylvania, William Amptman studied at the Art Students League and The School of Visual Art in New York. He worked a variety of jobs, but primarily as a freelance commercial artist before making the transition to fine art. His drawings and paintings are in many private and corporate collections.
I began doing pencil drawings as preliminary studies for oils and, over time, the studies became more elaborate and finally evolved into independent works.
Each drawing begin with a number of compositional studies on site and then is developed in the studio. I return to the site any number of times during the drawing process.
Most of the drawings are realistic descriptions of a particular place; a few are composite and inventions. In my work, I feel most influenced by Edward Hopper, Richard Diebenkorn and Faifield Porter.
For 30 years, Shimon Drory’s work has sought to capture emotion, nature, expression and the elegance and vigor of the human form.Born in Jerusalem himself, his sculptures have embellished communities across Israel—embracing the emotional connection that he feels occurs when sculpture has no ceiling but the sky.
Passing on the torch handed to him by his teachers and influences such as Michael Gross and Dan Kafri, Drory has worked in sculpting workshops in Italy, establishing summer camp programs in New York, and playing an active role in the Hanoar Vehachlutz movement.
With his retrospective collection, representing his lifetime of work, the main theme is the human image. Working partially in the abstract form with his favorite materials, carrera and marmara marble, a dichotomy of the strength of men and the beauty of women is the zenith of this body of work.
Describing the raw materials as a “rock that is holding within it a variety of forms and processes,” his work concretizes the emerging of the human form from stone, disseminating what was “hidden, wrapped inside.”
Now retired, Drory dedicates his time putting mind, spirit, and technique to work sculpting in his studio in Yavne’el, Israel.
Striving to go beyond mere reproduction of a scene or the creation of a pretty picture, I try to help you to see the world differently by revealing elusive colors that you might not see at first glance. I love the layering of colors, allowing the eye to mix hues while giving vibrancy to each individual color as it relates to surrounding colors. Landscape painting in plein-air is my preferred process, because it allows me to become more emotionally connected with the subject. Returning to the scene multiple times also allows deeper exploration of color subtleties.
My family has a long history in Northeastern Pennsylvania, especially Wayne County. Many generations of my family have called it home. I myself, have grown to love the area while spending many happy vacations among the hills and woods. The Northeastern Pennsylvania landscape continues to inspire me with its wonderful variety of weather conditions and seasonal changes.
I am a national award-winning artist. After a successful career as a professional designer, I continue to pursue my artistic calling through painting. Athough I enjoy working in several mediums, pastel is my primary focus.
I received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the University of Illinois and have studied at the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the Art Students League of Denver, Colorado. Most recently, I studied painting with several prominent artists including Doug Dawson and Chuck Ceraso. Recent workshops include the well-known artists Desmond O’Hagan, Quang Ho and Raoul Middleman. As an active member of the Pastel Society of Colorado, I served on the board of directors for several years. After calling Colorado home for many years, I have recently relocated to North Carolina.
I was honored with the prestigious 'Best of Show' award in 2004 for my first entry into a juried national show. My work has been shown at the Art Students League of Denver, Denver’s Republic Plaza, the Denver Public Library Vita Ellison Gallery, Colorado’s Lakewood Cultural Center, Denver’s Boettcher Concert Hall, the Ceraso Gallery in Lafayette, Colorado, as well as in Colorado’s State Services Building. In addition to being juried into the Arvada, Colorado Open Studio Tour, I have received numerous commissions from private collectors.
Rosalie's artistic vision is seeing the world in a slightly different way than most people do. She makes connections between colors and shapes, conveying the excitement without recording every detail.
The idea for a painting usually originates from something that moves her, whether it is the stance of an animal, the beauty of nature, or a luminous color harmony.
She believes the mixing of color-its desired shade or nuance-is the real thrill of the painting process. Rosalie tries to bring an awareness to others of the often overlooked aspects of nature and considers painting "food for the soul".
Rosalie enjoyed a career as a fashion illustrator, a technical artist, graphic designer and now paints full time. She has shown her watercolors, acrylics and oil paintings in both juried and invitational exhibits. Rosalie is a native of northeastern Pennsylvania, the daughter of Ann and Joseph Booth. She is married to Ronald Krastek and resides at Newton Lake where she maintains an art studio.
Rosalie Booth Krastek studied fashion and design at the Traphagen School of Fashion in New York City. She later studied portrait, anatomy of the human form, and still life. For a dozen years, Rosalie became an Art Director for a major department store as well as a busy free-lance fashion illustrator.
During the last 24 years, she worked as an artist with Gentex Corporation. But throughout her "commercial" art career, Rosalie has pursued her "personal" art career, painting and developing her special subjective approach to her subject matter, which translates for the viewer, into unique pictures with a rich emotional content. She feels that work of art is the trace of a mighty struggle.
Rosalie put things in a way that conveys the excitement without recording every detail-omitting the superfluous, grasping the essentials, and arranging them into a powerful and significant whole. Rosalie believes the mixing of color –its desired shade or nuance- is the real thrill of painting- whether the image is created on the canvas or on the computer screen.
Rosalie has shown her watercolors, acrylics, and oil paintings in both juried and international exhibits.
Mr. Hagen recently expounded about his work by saying...
"My work is the result of a continuous process that began over forty years ago. At first I wandered the streets and back alleys of small towns in Ohio looking for good subjects for pencil sketches. Now at any opportunity I'm still looking at America for the ruins of our collective past and now my territory encompasses the eastern half of the United States. My wife and I focus on the little towns, the old areas of cities, Amish areas, really anything that will give us a glimpse of the view you see traveling down highways, back roads, and city streets. That certain view that only lasted a few seconds but sparked a feeling. Art is about feeling, that's what I paint....still looking at America and recording those familiar vignettes we can all relate to."
Born in Iowa, Greg attended high school in Willmington, Ohio and now resides with his wife, sharing in Scranton, PA. Greg began painting in watercolor at the age of 14. He won numerous awards during his high school years and was awarded scholarships and attended the Dayton Art Institute and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Although Greg has been painting watercolor since 1963, his first love is oil and he recently started painting in that medium again. Those recent oils were purchased as soon as they were displayed and Greg will continue to create both watercolors and oils as part and parcel of his repertoire.
Having a rural background, his familiarity with the subjects is echoed with great sensitivity and feeling in his work. He is known for his depiction of realistic, rural landscapes ranging from nostalgic vignettes of rolling farmland to detail renditions of vanishing Americana. Greg's art work has been displayed in many private and corporate collections throughout the USA and several foreign countries. He has exhibited extensively in the Midwest, having displayed in many of the top juried shows throughout Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan. Currently his clientele include partrons from New York City, Boston, The Hamptons, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C.
.. I am a traditional painter following in the family tradition of my polish grandfather Wladyslaw Gutkowsky (1888 - 1938)and his son Jan (1921 - 1950) from the village of Biecz in Southeastern Poland. My grandfather was proficient in both landscapes and portaiture and also specialized in religious subjects including the painting of a church interior near his home village. Wladyslaw attended art school in Krakov at about 1903. His son attended art school in Germany around 1946. At the writing of this biography, in addition to Greg, there are at least four Wladyslaws descendants who display artistic talent.
As an extension of my European artistic heritage I utilize the same tool and techniques as my grandfather and uncle. I use traditional artists medium to mix oil glazes on hand stretched canvas and to "launch" this "new work" I've designed and built a traditional studio easel to accommodate large canvas. I will be stretching roll canvas by hand and mounting it on conservation stretchers for a complete traditional approach. As time goes on I will be increasing my sizes to about four by six feet primarily for impact and for use "over scale" settings. Eventually I hope to include architectural subjects as part and parcel of my artists vocabulary. I also hope to reach a broader base of clientele with "new work". I am very happy to be part of Juan and Mildred's group of fine artists at the Looking Glass Art Gallery.."