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WTP Artist Spotlights
The Art of Drawing
Gloria Ortiz-Hernández on drawing: “Each gesture, each mark, has to be sought, each form to be discovered.”
Exploration of Color
Alayne Spafford’s abstract paintings are an exploration of color meant to evoke an emotional response in the viewer based on color, shape, and texture.
Meticulously Constructed Collage
WTP artist Gladys Nilsson is known for her densely layered and meticulously constructed watercolors and collages.
Unity in Fiber Art
The despair Tara Kennedy feels of different cultures and religions suffering in conflict drives her to communicate important messages of acceptance, empathy, and hope in her work.
Justin Peyser’s sculptures, featured in Vol. VIII #3, “investigate how we demarcate, claim, and control.”
Sherry Karver takes photographs of public places and writes imagined life stories over the figures in her work, to personalize individuals and emphasize all our unique stories.
Carolyn Case’s paintings rely on a beguiling density, gained from years of working and reworking a surface.
“Where lies the line between real ‘me’ and virtual ‘me’? And is it there at all?” Kateryna Borovschi’s new series explores the implications of the social media reality.
In the WTP Spotlight: Marina Maltezou
Marina Maltezou’s abstract paintings appear in WTP Vol. VII #10. Maltezou’s work has appeared in group exhibitions in Greece and Turkey.
Sahar Khalkhalian’s paintings “explore the loss of identity immigrants go through when they are forced to leave their homes and dive into the unknown.”
Architecture and Fine Art
George Casprowitz’s abstract paintings are featured in WTP Vol. VII #9. See “Draft Status,” a selection from the magazine.
A Contemporary Spin on the Traditional
Ruth Bunnewell’s landscape painting is regarded as “putting a contemporary spin on traditional British landscape painting.”
3D Printed Sculpture
Heather Gorham is both a painter and sculptor working in traditional media, such as acrylic, bronze, and wood, with a more recent focus on digital sculptural technology and 3D printing to add to her bag of tricks.
Basketry as Fine Art
Jackie Abrams’ Woven Figures series speaks of “the importance of the women in our lives, of their strengths and sorrows, their growth and joys.”
Re-envisioning her paintings as raw material, Susan Dory deconstructs and reassembles her canvases, cutting, looping, overlaying, and sewing them onto colorful ropes.
In her works from WTP Vol. VII #7, Etsukuo Ichikawa uses molten glass as a fiery paint, scorching the surface of velvety, cast cotton paper.
Jo Stealey is a nationally recognized artist known for her mixed-media sculpture and collages utilizing handmade paper. From WTP Vol. VII #6, her installation “Forest.”
Patrick Hughes creates small-scale watercolor paintings that are both subtle and complex. “Composition 65” is one of many works appearing in WTP Vol. VII #6.
Chehalis Hegner is a former professional musician who turned to photography after losing sight in her left eye. In her Source Code series, she “present[s] the purity of spheres in an organic, mysterious, and sometimes haunting landscape.”
Audra Weaser, whose work appears in the WTP summer magazine, is interested in creating physically charged images reminiscent of watery landscapes.
Meticulously constructed sculptures by Bentley Meeker comment on the intersection of human culture and the natural world.
Jean Poythress Koon
Jean Poythress Koon, whose work appears in Vol. VII #5, teaches coiled basketry for state guilds, conferences, conventions, and craft schools all across the country.
“In search of the intelligibility that is possible within painting’s sub-linguistic space, I’ve experimented freely with diverse techniques and media, a hybrid practice favoring a stylistic eclecticism that can belie its coherent underpinnings.”
Mauricio Paz Viola
“My works feature images of imaginary landscapes, empty or inhabited by unknown beings; landscapes that externalize the constant inner struggle of being human, that visualize conflict between good and evil, between light and darkness…”
“I think of these impermanent structures as machines without a purpose or machines that have lost their purpose, invoking rusting metropolises or ambiguous edifices, elusive images appearing as cloudy wrecks of a dubious age.”
“I am interested in the relationships established between things and the subject that sees, describes, analyzes and names them.” Patricia Lagarde’s LOOKING FOR EVA series appears in March’s magazine.
Francene J. Levinson
Francene J. Levinson’s paper art, influenced by the ancient Chinese art of paper folding called Zhe Zhi, appears in March’s Woven Tale Press magazine.
Abstract architectural paintings by Gordon Leverton appear in February’s Woven Tale Press magazine. Learn more about “Cidade da Luz” and his upcoming painting series.
“I don’t take pictures; I make photographs. My photographs not only act as my vision, but as my voice.” Caitlin Cloninger’s photography, from WTP Vol. VII #1.
Christina Saj’s MEDITATION series appears in November’s WTP Vol. VI #9.
Art Spotlight: Morten Lassen
Morten Lassen, Danish abstract painter, is featured in November’s Vol. VI #9.
Art Spotlight: Julio Alan Lepez
Figurative oil paintings on mdf cutouts by Julio Alan Lepez appear in November’s Vol. VI #9.
Art Spotlight: Stacy Slaten
Stacy Slaten’s drawings, exploring the human elements of birds, appear in October’s WTP.
Art Spotlight: Sky Kim
Sky Kim’s fine art photography ECHOES OF SHADOW series appears in WTP Vol. VI #8.
Art Spotlight: Kathryn Shriver
Fiber art by Kathryn Shriver appears in WTP Vol. VI #7. Read more about it here.
Art Spotlight: Faizan Adil
Faizan Adil’s SONDER SECLUSION photography series appears in September’s Woven Tale Press.
Art Spotlight: Khaled Akil
Khaled Akil uses scanned images of fish in his works featured in this month’s magazine. See “Inversion” here.
Art Spotlight: Juno Morrow
Juno Morrow’s fine art photography decontextualizes mundane subjects to instill wonder. From WTP Vol. VI #7.
Art Spotlight: Froso Papadimitriou
From WTP Vol. VI #6, Froso Papadimitriou’s “Pointless Self-Portrait 04.”
Art Spotlight: Greg Skol
Greg Skol’s contemporary landscapes are featured in July WTP, Vol. VI #6.
Art Spotlight: Nguyen Thi Mai
Nguyen Thi Mai’s paintings appear in summer’s Woven Tale Press.
WTP Roundup: From the Editor
Our contest deadlines are right around the corner! Learn more about our first prize: a unique creative retreat in the Hamptons.
Art Spotlight: David Quinn
David Quinn’s impressionistic photography appears in the WTP 2018 summer issue.
Art Spotlight: Elizabeth Albert
Elizabeth Albert’s photography series, created with a Holga camera, appears in WTP Vol. VI #6.
Art Spotlight: Hanna Vogel
Hanna Vogel’s sculptures, made from craft material, appear in WTP Vol. VI #6.
Art Spotlight: Eric Zener
Eric Zener’s water-themed oil paintings appear in July’s WTP Vol. VI #6.
Art Spotlight: Jay Kelly
Jay Kelly’s small-scale sculptures, appearing in Vol. VI #6, are recognized for their whimsicality and enigmatic origins.
Art Spotlight: Michael Kesselman
Michael Kesselman’s “junk” art appears in Vol. VI #6, questioning: “What is art, anyway?”
Art Spotlight: Keiji Shinohara
Keiji Shinohara’s woodblock printing appears in June’s WTP magazine.
Art Spotlight: Maria Martinez-Cañas
Maria Martinez-Cañas’s “photo-based” mixed-media artwork, courtesy of Saul Gallery, appears in WTP Vol. VI #5.
Art Spotlight: Sharon Stepman
Sharon Stepman’s photography appears in the June Woven Tale Press magazine.
Art Spotlight: Anastasia Komarova
From Anastasia Komarova’s SUPER NATURE series, “Body” appears in Vol. VI #5.
Art Spotlight: N.R. Hills
N.R. Hills’s collagraphs appear in WTP Vol. VI #4.
Art Spotlight: Renae Barnard
Renae Barnard’s installation work appears in May’s issue of The Woven Tale Press.
Art Spotlight: Rachel Singel
Rachel Singel’s nature-inspired prints are featured in WTP Vol. VI #4.
Art Spotlight: Cynthia Grow
Cynthia Grow’s abstract paintings appear in WTP Vol. VI #4.
Art Spotlight: Barry Masteller
Fine art photography from Barry Masteller in WTP Vol. VI #3.
Art Spotlight: Margie Criner
Margie Criner’s narrative sculpture and architectural painting appear in April’s magazine.
Art Spotlight: Darryl Hudak
“I have no agenda but to follow what my eye tells me is interesting.” Darryl Hudak’s paintings, from WTP Vol. VI #3.
Art Spotlight: Susan Clinard
Susan Clinard’s sculpture, spanning a wide range of mediums, appears in April’s WTP magazine.
Art Spotlight: Jean-Luc Le Balp
Jean-Luc Le Balp works as a printmaker, painter, engraver, and maker of artist’s books. See his work in Vol. VI #2.
Art Spotlight: Jodi Colella
“I redefine needle art techniques and transform the everyday into works of contemporary relevance.” WTP artist Jodi Colella.
Art Spotlight: Bill Hall
Bill Hall has been a master intaglio printer at Pace for twenty-seven years and has worked with artists like Chuck Close and Helen Frankenthaler.
Art Spotlight: Shea Wilkinson
“My goal is to elicit a sense of magic in the viewer.” Shea Wilkinson’s fiber art appears in this month’s magazine.
Art Spotlight: Alan Bray
Alan Bray, an artist based in Maine, paints in casein, a milk-based tempera that has virtually no drying time.
Art Spotlight: Britta Fluevog
Britta Fluevog’s art and installations, often incorporating weaving and textiles, work to subvert the notion of the handmade and women’s work.
Art Spotlight: Shirazeh Houshiary
To create her large-scale paintings, Shirazeh Houshiary pours pigment and water over canvas and applies rigorous mark-making.
Art Spotlight: Gina Louthian-Stanley
Gina Louthian-Stanley’s encaustic pieces, with their inherent atmospheric quality, are featured in January’s magazine.
Art Spotlight: Laura Noel
“How can I be me and at the same time be standing outside of myself looking inward to see me?” Laura Noel shares non-traditional self portraits from her series THE INSIDE DOG BARKS THE LOUDEST.
Art Spotlight: Amalia Galdona Broche
Amalia Galdona Broche found inspiration from her childhood in Cuba for her sculpture series, A Search for Identity.
Art Spotlight: Catherine Spencer
Catherine Spencer’s painting “Torn Seams” was a part of her prize-winning entry. See her work in the special winners edition.
Art Spotlight: Bart O’Reilly
“I explore color as a subject in itself. There is also an interest in the associations that can arise from the application of sparse and reductive painterly techniques.”
Art Spotlight: Ellen Koment
Ellen Koment’s encaustic wax pieces take the Elizabeth Sloan Tyler Memorial Award for Fine Art.
Art Spotlight: Tong Zhang
Tong Zhang’s dark watercolor paintings explore the moments between the familiar and unknown. From Vol. V #9.
Art Spotlight: William Crump
William Crump’s collage work, inspired by spirits and narrative, appears in WTP Vol. V #9.
Art Spotlight: Maggie Evans
Maggie Evans’s works are abstract, symbolic images of collective behavior and psychological interiors of humanity.
Art Spotlight: Katherine Daniels
Katherine Daniel’s bead sculptures act as sculpture, craft, and painting. From WTP Vol. V #9.
Art Spotlight: Amy Cheng
Amy Cheng’s rich images find influence from cosmological and artistic history of the Far East, the Middle East, and the West. From WTP Vol. V #8.
Art Spotlight: Emilia Dubicki
Emilia Dubicki’s abstract oil paintings explore the experience of memories and landscapes that are both real and imagined. From WTP Vol. V #8.
Art Spotlight: Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
Yasemin Kackar Demirel’s mixed-media pieces attempt to deconstruct the feeling of groundedness. See her work in Vol. V #8.
Art Spotlight: Constantine Gedal
Constantine Gedal uses the relationship between human beings and their surroundings to explore the collective subconscious.
Art Spotlight: Douglas Max Utter
“I look for myself everywhere as if life was a mirror, and I am a dark jar filled with all of it.” Douglas Max Utter’s paintings appear in WTP Vol. V #7.
Art Spotlight: Kate Breakey
Kate Breakey is internationally known for her hand-painted photographs. Beginning with a silver photographic image, she paints over this with many transparent layers of oil.
Art Spotlight: Rebecca Brodskis
Rebecca Brodskis’s haunting paintings “articulate the sensation of being in the midst of an illusion.” See more of her work in WTP Vol. V #7.
Art Spotlight: Mayme Kratz
Mayme Kratz creates “memory blocks”: found objects, spliced and artfully arranged, locked in translucent cast resin.
Art Spotlight: George Fellner
George Fellner photographs crystals and turns them into abstract expressionist prints, as in his “Illuminopolis,” which appears in WTP Vol. V #1.
Art Spotlight: Christopher Owen Nelson
Christopher Owen Nelson’s “Breathing Room” is one example of his unique landscapes, which incorporate alternative materials and a new creative process.
Art Spotlight: Erika Morillo
Erika Morillo’s digital photography series, Umbral, features her son Amaru and appeared in WTP Vol. V #1. See “Morning Shower.”
Art Spotlight: Brian Wehrung
Brian Wehrung explains his process, which he calls Extractive Reductionism and is used in this piece: “The White Whale.”
Art Spotlight: Eduardo Terranova
Painter Eduardo Terranova moves away from the traditional two-dimensionality of painting by manipulating his canvases or using non-traditional material.
Art Spotlight: Heather Teets
Heather Teets is currently the Director of Fine Arts at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, Indiana. See her photography in WTP.
Art Spotlight: Michael Woodhouse
Michael Woodhouse is a visual artist currently residing and working in Baltimore. See his experimentation with landscape.
Art Spotlight: Guilherme Bergamini
Guilherme Bergamini is a Brazilian photographer who explores how photography can serve as a mode of expression for both political and social critique.
Art Spotlight: Sharmon Davidson
“The images are formed from the vocabulary of symbols that I’ve developed.” Sharmon Davidson’s colorful monotype collages appear in WTP Vol. V #5.
Art Spotlight: Bonnie Shanas
Bonnie Shanas creates figurative sculptures using wire mesh, forming the figure free-hand using only a single sheet.
Artists Have No Views
Clarke W. Owens contemplates the age-old question among literary critics of interpretation vs. intent, and what makes true art.
Art Spotlight: Brut Carniollus
Brut Carniollus takes, tweaks, processes, twists, mixs, collages, and abuses his images to create his collages featured in WTP Vol. V #5.
Art Spotlight: Aga Gzyl
Aga Gzyl’s silicone-on-canvas works are inspired by the variety of materials she worked with designing interiors and facades for shopping centers and shop windows
Art Spotlight: Lisa Bartell
“My current paintings present a playful expression of whimsical figures, yet the imagery is open to interpretation beyond whimsy.”
A Creator’s Credo
Richard Gilbert visits a former student’s senior art exhibition and finds himself reflecting on not only art but also teaching and writing.
Art Spotlight: Mara Elizabeth
Mara Elizabeth’s double-exposure photography aims to create images that blend documented and personal realities.
Art Spotlight: Irene Pouliassi
“I work mostly with organic and industrial material having multidisciplinary as a crucial aspect of my art practice and an incessant search of an organic link between several disciplines.”
Art Spotlight: Don Bergland
Bergland describes his current work as a version of Neosurrealism with the objective of eliciting questioning attitudes in the mind of viewers.
Art Spotlight: Rachel Rozanski
Rachel Rozanski’s series of charcoal drawings, featured in WTP Vol. V #3, are influenced by biological and geological materials.
Art Spotlight: Paula Rae Gibson
Why are you dependent on whom you are dependent? Paula Rae Gibson’s photo series explores love and all its forms in WTP Vol. V #3.
Art Spotlight: Mohan Sundaresan
Mohan Sundaresan, featured in WTP Vol. V #3, creates his works by making two individual paintings, cutting them, and weaving them together.
Art Spotlight: Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
“‘Waterlilies’ is primarily a caress, a drop of love from a mother to her children.” Sandrine Hermand-Grisel’s photography, inspired by her children swimming in the pool.
Art Spotlight: David D’Agostino
“Based on treks to desolate mountain peaks and desert lowlands, my paintings accept the rupture: eerie, barren, stressed, shadowed, beautiful otherworldly places cultivated by human-inspired encroachment.”
Art Spotlight: Hildy Maze
Hildy Maze explores human subconsciousness in her abstract series of paintings. Featured in WTP Vol. V #2.
Art Spotlight: Nathan Madrid
Nathan Madrid’s series of portraits challenges preconceived notions about “the other” by forcing viewers to question whether or not the sitter is like them or not.
Art Spotlight: Maria Santacecilia
“I build my works with a sense of fragmentation that the graphic art tries to unite to rationalize.”
Art Spotlight: Mike XVX
Specters on the Sound
Dead Cities Photo project explores what the world would look like if humans suddenly and collectively disappeared.
Art Spotlight: Yasuaki Okamoto
Incorporating plants and animals into surreal paintings.
Art Spotlight: Keith Plummer
Sedna, Goddess of the Sea
A bone and copper sculpture inspired by an Inuit legend of father and daughter.
Art Spotlight: Janice Mason Steeves
Gathering Light 28
Janice Mason Steeves makes large, meditative paintings inspired by her travels around the world.
Art Spotlight: Martin Eugen Raabenstein
The Loon Series
Raabenstein uses layered pages and pure black ink to create the organic aesthetic in his Loon Series.
Art Spotlight: Kevin Bielicki
Spotlight: Kevin Bielicki
Kevin Bielicki, featured in WTP Vol. IV #7, uses botanical forms and material to inspire his sculptures.
Art Spotlight: Rebecca Jewell
Spotlight: Rebecca Jewell
Rebecca Jewell combines her knowledge of printmaking and anthropology to create her works, prints on material such as bird feathers, gold leaf, and eggs.
Art Spotlight: Andreja Hojnik Fišić
Under the Surface
Mixed media on cement-canvas works by Fišić, who identifies the series as “sculptural abstract paintings.”
Art Spotlight: Vincent Minor
Spotlight: Vincent Minor
Looking back on 2016 to January’s Vincent Minor, a musician turned photographer who makes haunting photos with digital manipulation.
Art Spotlight: Stephen Althouse
Spotlight: Stephen Althouse
Stephen Althouse, featured in WTP, talks about the inspiration behind his photograph Wheel I and how his experience with the Amish influenced his decisions.
Art Spotlight: Vivian Calderón Bogoslavsky
Spotlight: Vivian Calderón Bogoslavsky
Vivian Calderón Bogoslavsky creates acrylic paintings that are extremely personal in nature, revealing her inner emotions, wishes, and life experiences.
Art Spotlight: Ryan M. Schroeder
Spotlight: Ryan M. Schroeder
multi-media paintings that express a sense of isolation and decay. See his work in The Woven Tale Press.
Art Spotlight: Jane Skafte
Spotlight: Jane Skafte, Oil Spill
November artist Jane Skafte uses colored pencil, land-fault diagrams, schematics, and realistic portrait to observe the changing earth.
Art Spotlight: Lorna Bieber
Spotlight: Lorna Bieber
Lorna Bieber’s found photography appears in November’s The Woven Tale Press and a new exhibition at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery at Stony Brook University
Art Spotlight: Virginia Vilchis
Take a closer look at Virginia Vilchis’s, Still Standing, featured in this month’s issue of Woven Tale Press, “an extraordinary visual experience.”
Art Spotlight: Alice Harrison
Les Aimants 3
A collage by Alice Harrison: “Combining things with a former life with new materials is a wonderful challenge.”
Art Spotlight: Patricia Russac
by Patricia Russac, ink and pastel on paper 38” x 50.” Russac on drawing from nature. See her work in Vol. IV #8.
Art Spotlight: Alison Ye
A look at Alison Ye’s ceramic sculpture “Statement,” inspired by personal and others’ love stories. See more of her work in October’s issue, Vol. IV #8.
Art Spotlight: Kathryn Baczeski
Claystack by Baczeski is Claystack is an “object experiment” created by dipping an entire straw bale into clay slip, and then firing the resulting mound.
Art Spotlight: Miabo Enyadike
See her work in The Woven Tale Press Vol IV #7
“I create art that is inspiring and mostly from found objects. The purpose is to restore back function and beauty to these objects.”~Miabo Enyadike.
Art Spotlight: Renee Magnanti
Renee Magnanti: “During my investigations of patterned motifs, textiles became paramount along with their history.”
Art Spotlight: Andrea Borsuk
“My work aims to chart the reality that our lifetime is uncertain and random…”
Art Spotlight: Cybèle Young
Cybèle Young’s paper sculpture, from WTP Vol. IV #5.
“My works allude to natural phenomena”
Artist Ruggero Vanni: “My works allude to natural phenomena, in a raw state, devoid of the limiting constrictions of literal representation.”
Art Spotlight: Josie Bell
Connections with the Earth
I approach a new painting without preconceived ideas, choosing instead to let the spirit of the artwork guide me, building up layers of oil, sand, marble dust, sawdust and stone on canvas.
Art Spotlight: Stephen Scott Gross
Photographer Stephen Scott Gross creates extraordinary painterly effects in his photographic renderings of flowers.
One Photographer Exploring Dualities
One photographer’s exploration of dualities and opposing qualities in nature.
“My paintings celebrate the interplay of past and present, imagined and tangible, that which is lost and what remains.” —Allison B. Cooke Spotlight on The Woven Tale Press.
Art Spotlight: David Morrison
Hyper-realistic colored pencil
“My drawings are hyper realistic: they capture minute details of the subjects that I portray, but they are only an illusion of the actual reality. I became obsessed with drawing branches and tree trunks by looking at them through magnifying glasses that allowed me to peer deeper into an astonishing world of abstract shapes and patterns.” —David Morrison
Art Spotlight: Pam Erickson
Where one might have difficulty putting her into a genre as an artist, Erickson has categorized herself simply as a “Conceptual Crafter.”
Art Spotlight: Federico Uribe
“After years of struggling to be a painter, I realized that my calling was not to draw or paint on canvas, but instead to mold inanimate objects into vibrant images.” —Federico Uribe
Art Spotlight: Joyce Kubat
Couple: Pastel on Paper Technique allows her to “…change anything at any time, forever” [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he heavy-bodied acrylic-based ink [I use] is red-earth colored, like blood, and the hard pastels melted in water are like paint. My technique allows me to change anything at any time, forever. Even an ink line can be made narrower with …
Art Spotlight: Judy Stone
Burnt Offering: Caldera Working by hand: the importance of tactility [dropcap]…t[/dropcap]actility is paramount; I work only by hand so that I can feel what is happening beneath my fingers. I know that there will always be areas of depression in the enameled surface that are not polished, but this is all right with me, because …
Art Spotlight: Vincent Minor
Portraiture (Portrait Photography) as Narrative Vincent Minor displays his digital portrait photography, also called portraiture, in The Woven Tale Press IV:1 …I began exploring new ways to express myself, through characters and storytelling with digital photography/manipulation. I started using self-portrait as a means…of creating a narrative from a concept into a visual image. …
Art Spotlight: Beau Wild
Beau Wild’s Lost Letter Fragments, from WTP Vol. IV #1.
Art Spotlight: Denitza
Dissolution acrylic and enamel on canvas 20”x20"
Art Spotlight: Dana Filibert
By Dana Filibert steel, foam, repurposed objects, epoxy paint 8′ x 4′ x 10′
Art Spotlight: Garth Evans and Leila Philip
art by Garth Evans and poetry by Leila Philip. Excerpted from Water Rising, a collaboration between an artist and writer. See their work in this month’s Woven Tale Press, and a Press interview. Signals He came at night or in the early hours, we were never sure. Always it was morning when we found the …
Art Spotlight: Richard Malinsky
“Golden’s Light,” acrylic on canvas, 31″ x 29″ By Richard Malinsky of malinskyexpressionism.com “What sets my work apart from Abstract Expressionism is a return to atmospheric depth, and an evocative poetic link to contemporary color field abstraction.” See more of his work in The Woven Tale Press Vol. III #8
Art Spotlight: Francesca Tabor-Moilla
Silly Ole Proverbial Box by Francesca Tabor-Mozilla “As a painter, I continuously struggle to create order and balance out of Chaos.”
Writing: Peel Back Your Protagonist’s Mask
You think you know your main character so well. You know where she came from, where he went to school, the name of her chosen dagger, and why he never goes to bed before three in the morning. But if you think you know everything there is to know about your character, think again. To …