AMiguel is an artist and Jazz musician. He states "I am very much in an experimental phase as far as painting and mixed media goes. It is a constant process of exploration, doing and un-doing." See more of AMiguel's painting, photography and mixed media on his website.
Harry Gruenert is an abstract painter based in Berkeley. About his art, he says "my work is about using less and creating a space the viewer can appreciate.....other tools are used besides brushes to create my paintings and my work is almost never predetermined, chance, coincidence, destruction and multilayered paint are involved in the creation of my work." Visit Harry's website to see all of his work.
Kristen Jensen is a Bay Area native who has been painting professionally since 1999, and currently works from her studio at Studios Eleven in Oakland, California. Her abstract and representational paintings are composed of organic textural elements superimposed with a conscious linear structure. See her work and read more about her on her website.
Mati Rose McDonough
Mati Rose is an Oakland-based artist, illustrator, painting teacher and author of “Daring Adventures in Paint”. She has had dozens of art shows, taught painting classes internationally and had her art used by clients Patagonia, University Games, Pier 1, as well as greeting cards, and her very own home decor line. She also has illustrated several children’s books including “i carry your heart” written by ee cummings. Feast your eyes on Mati's work (and sign up for one of her e-courses) on her website.
Mark Petersen uses handmade, makeshift tools to drag and trowel acrylic paint across his surfaces, both canvas and paper. Petersen’s work is about the act, the record of the mark, physicality and movement – both his own and the viewer’s. Check out his work on his website.
Audrey paints how color sounds in her mind's eye, using the vibration of the colors to compose an atmospheric emotional impression. Her greatest inspiration comes from nature, introspection, and philosophical reflection. She draws upon experiences collected during travel in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific, as well as experiences in silent retreat, creating choreography, and listening to music. See her oil paintings and learn more about her process on her website.
Yarra graduated from Humboldt State University in 2000 with a degree in Art and an emphasis in Art Studio. Abstract expressionism, color, and landscape area my main influences. She aims to create paintings that are imbued with feeling. When someone looks at her work, she wants them to feel the aliveness of the image through her use of color and the way that the paint dances on the canvas. Her process is fairly simple; after an initial paining is established she likes to draw into the painting and apply many layers of paint. What comes across is a story in paint; you see the process of the painting and the history of the layers of paint. She works in all painting mediums including watercolors, acrylic, encaustic, and oil paintings.
Mel O. is a San Francisco Bay Area artist pursuing her passion for painting along with a full-time career as an optician. Although she studied fashion at the California College of Arts in Oakland, Ca., painting is now the focus of her artistic energy and expression. She is a self-taught painter, drawing on her inner thoughts for inspiration rather than from a classroom education.
Ev is a local ceramist working in Point Richmond. Originally with a background in illustration and graphic design, Ev creates organic, stoneware vessels for cut stems and branches that are informed by the Japanese wabi sabi aesthetic.
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