Fr. Bill Moore Artist Statemen
I was born in Glendale, California. My childhood was shaped by the fact that my father was a combat veteran of World War II. After his war time service, and subsequent return home from combat, my mother always said that my father had changed. He was still a kind and gentle man, however after the war my father soon sought refuge in places that he found to be peaceful and beautiful. Without a doubt, the deserts of Southern California were those places. And those outings with my father shaped much of my art career. In the desert, we sought out rocks and formations of the earth to discuss what we had seen. Many people find the desert to be dry and riddled with death, however, I found the colors to be more alive than any city I had ever visited. Red Iron Oxide is found in many parts of the Mojave desert and this the color of rust is for me a color of life.
My love of found objects was also born in the desert. I would collect anything that struck me as vital and bring it home with me. Many years later I began to include a found object in each of my paintings. After I graduated with degrees in both Fine Art and Theology, the idea of using these found objects as a point of redemption came alive. I love taking items from the desert or the streets of Los Angeles and incorporating them into my artwork. Even if the objects are so subtle that the viewer may not even see them, they create an energy in the piece that aligns itself with my faith and my theory that all things can be redeemed. I also love textures to exist in my work, and I often encourage viewers to touch my paintings, because the oil of human hands makes the plastics in the acrylics that I use that much more human. And when you can touch artwork, you develop a viewpoint rarely accessible in the modern art world.
When I began to paint and create my art, I did not know where I was headed as and artist. Yet what remained important to me was that I was beginning my calling as a painter. After I began painting and working as a Priest, the idea came to me to create works that could benefit the members of my community. It always seemed to me that the public was constantly being asked to support either museums, or other cultural institutions. So I decided to take that theory and turn it on its head and use my art to support my community. I do not receive payments for my art, all the monies go directly to my congregation to help others in need.
My art has made me a better priest, and my faith has made me a better artist. We live in hurried times and are inundated with countless images. We have the capacity to immediately access a staggering wealth of information. Through my art, I am asking myself and those that would explore it, to slow down, look, touch and consider the essential colors, shapes and textures that can feed our souls.
Linda Klein is an established Bay Area, California Artist who is on a creative journey discovering balance and harmony between realism and the abstract. Born in Niles, Michigan her artistic exploration began as a child taking local art classes after school and during the summers.
Today, her primary source of inspiration for her richly diverse subject matter comes from her current surroundings in the wild and beautiful setting of Forest Knolls, CA, where she has resided for the last 8 years.
Klein's style varies greatly depending on which Series (or Collection) she is working on. Characterized by tonal colors and detailed graphite drawings, or bright splashes of pigment, rhythmic shapes, or collaged bits of paper, her works travels a broad spectrum of exploration. From collage on watercolor to graphite pencils with charcoal powders, she thoughtfully designs compositions that often contain disparate objects you would not often find together naturally, enjoying the visual tension it creates. Her graphite drawing style is characterized by leaving her measuring lines in tact, giving her work an architectural feel.
Klein has exhibited her artwork in group exhibitions throughout the Bay Area including the MarinMOCA - National Juried Exhibit featuring Juror Catharine Clark, Director/Owner of Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco CA and more recently at the Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley/San Francisco, CA. She has studied at multiple California Colleges and now attends private lessons with San Francisco Academy of the Arts Instructor, John McCormick.
Linda Klein’s efforts continue to be about discovering a harmonious dance between documentation and creating a new reality with an even greater intensity.
'Art is a dance I enjoy with others. Thank you for being a partner.'
-- Linda Klein, Fine Artist
My main concern is design. Many designs are inspired from small sketch notes from my imagination or from patterns or parts of designs on historical ceramics, metal, and textile artifacts. The challenge is turning sketches into designs that work within the format of a wall piece.
Growing up I spent my weekends and summer vacations working in my father’s cabinet shop. When I turned twenty-one I took a job in San Francisco and for eight years worked at a job that was nothing more than a paycheck on Friday. At the age of twenty-nine I gave up the nine to five and returned to woodworking. In 2007 I started using metal leaf in my furniture designs, which soon evolved into creating abstract paintings using the metal leaf and various chemicals to get the desired patinas. I usually start my paintings with a basic composition in mind but from there I tend to stand back and watch things develop.
Cate Whittemore is painter and set designer who has created scenery for movies, television, and theater, including “SPIDERMAN; Turn on the Dark”
and “The Book of Mormon” . She began her career as an art student in Rome, Italy, and became a classically-trained trompe l’oeil painter apprenticing for two years at The Studio and Forum of Stage Design, in New York City. She holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Connecticut College. She is looking forward to teaching landscape painting this summer in Greece (skyros.com), and to a month-long artist residency at 2015 Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts, in Red Wing, MN. In 2011, She had the honor of designing a poster for the World Peace Initiative of the Dalai Lama in Washington DC.
Painting can be a way to access one’s subtler self via the matter of paint and color, transcending intellect, allowing alternative information to flow. My non-objective color meditations explore the instability and fluid logic of paint, becoming landscapes, waterfalls, ladders, invitations to an ecstatic place.
I have been working back and forth between watercolors, digital files, and large-scale inkjet prints, most recently printing onto silk and aluminum, each with definite, new advantages: silk can be worn, be draped, be backlit, and printed aluminum can be outside, even underwater.
Fritz & Mischell
"Two Minds, one passion"
C Fritz Pearce & Mischell Maldonado are a collaborative husband and wife team. They are studio jewelry artists residing in Kelseyville, California. The inspiration of nature's beauty and architecture gives their designs classic qualities and a unique contemporary edge Utilizing the finest materials, their work exemplifies clean craftsmanship. The sustainable use of gold and silver as well as conflict free diamonds and natural gems are all integral parts of their work. All of Fritz & Mischell jewelry designs are hand fabricated, wearable works of art.