“I believe intuition and expression to be an intrinsic part of my art-making practice. This idea drives my process of observational abstraction, where examination of a stimulus allows a relationship to develop between gesture, form and subject. My most important impetus is the passion for painting as a movement, almost as an impromptu dance performance. I like to spend long periods just pondering, and often this process culminates in short bursts of energy where ideas and color spill out onto the canvas. This process is my vehicle for transferring into any image I create not only my love for painting but also a sense of joviality towards the medium itself.”
The subject of California artist Justine Doyle’s artwork cannot be found in her paintings but comes about through the experience of them. Their meaning resides in the illusory spaces created between the swathes and splashes of brilliant saturated color, and the bold and ghostly forms that spill out from her canvases to permeate the viewer.
Justine describes these illusory voids as liminal spaces, and thinks of them as active zones which cross time and space, and in which artist and viewer meet and interact. Long interested in the processes of art’s reception, she draws inspiration from the example of artists across history – from Fra Angelico to Rothko – who similarly exploited the mystical power of painting to embody spiritual sensation.
Doyle works instinctively and experimentally to the same end, constantly paring her work back to essential motivations. In their final iterations, her ephemeral and aesthetically sophisticated compositions gesture towards an experience of the profound that is available to us all.
Fine art has provided me with the creative outlet I require in order to properly function since childhood. I am inspired by a feeling or visual cue almost every day, and creating art is my most natural response to that inspiration. With degrees in both photography and graphic design, I struggled to for years find my artistic “voice” and medium until discovering encaustic painting and collage in 2005. Texture, depth, and color (or lack of) are very important aspects of my work, and my paintings and prints are typically created from a combination of encaustic paint and medium, paper, fabric, cold wax, ink, shellac, bronze powder, mica, watercolor, and acrylic. My experience has been a mix of learning how to do things properly while simultaneously experimenting in practices that would most likely result in epic failure – and as a huge fan of the “happy accident,” something I have learned not to worry about. I love the meditative and sensory experience of working with wax. It allows me to incorporate the “messy, yet graphic” feeling that I have always been attracted to in art that I like into the art that I make.
I use beauty, a mechanism that invites people to slow down and allow their perception to become more sensitive, as my invitation to discover departing from ordinary perception and to bask in the perception of just now. It is a reintroduction to the everyday sublime, to that which is happening right now that we don’t notice. It reintroduces us to a world we’ve become accustomed to, the boringly obvious, the sensory world in which we are embedded but take for granted such as the sky or trees. The most remarkable kind of transcendent experience is the one we’re having right now. An experience free of memory or anticipation of the future. That’s my intention as an artist.
My process is fairly simple. I apply Venetian plaster to canvas on board using plaster and drywall tools, brushes, baking and cake decorating tools, auto body tools and whatever else I might find to get the job done. My pigment recipes are proprietary. Sometimes I rescue damaged doors from the lumber yard and repair them; other times I make a frame to support the canvas. After the plaster cures it is burnished and then treated with a protective wax layer that bonds the plaster together and gives it a final lustre. My compositions and colors are inspired by ancient Chinese and Japanese brush work on paper. My Sumi-=e studies in a Buddhist Temple and brush work with a contemporary Chinese Master, Yuebin Gong, are evident in my work. Sumie is a contemplative discipline in Japanese Buddhism and is practiced in the Zen and Shingon traditions. Chinese brush work from the 1200’s onward was part of the “Literati” culture: Chinese Sages and their philosophies, Chinese poetry and calligraphy, Chinese Feng Shui and I Ching, Chinese meditation (Qi Gong and Tai Chi) and Chinese Qin Music.
More important than the physical process of producing the art, than artistic skill in color and composition, is my frame of mind or state of being. As a Zen Master or Chinese Sage would have done, I start my work day by emptying my mind of chatter or clutter, getting present to the process ahead. Meditation, Yoga and Chi Gong all give me access to clearing my mind. Then I begin my work. I feel like a little boy afraid of jumping into a chilly pool when I approach a blank canvas. Terror and exhilaration arise. And sometimes everybody I’ve ever known, loved, hated, wished things had gone differently with are there with me in my studio. Once I am “in” the piece I have a sense of disappearing, of “unworldly pleasure” where thoughts, the spoken word and time all lose definition for me. Terror becomes calm, exhilaration becomes focus and the crowd quietly dissipates.
Joshua Dean Wiley is a contemporary fine artist, creating intriguing images through rhythm, form and repetition. His artwork, inspired by his world, includes simple landscapes representing the rural Midwest of his youth and vivacious abstracts stimulated by the power of the great urban desert of Phoenix, his home since 1995.
Josh paints with a prolific range of styles. This creative force is driven by his desire to explore a whole variety of mediums. Each of his artworks are painted with a myriad of layers, creating texture, color and movement, conveying images, emotions, and the layers of everyday life. He paints his world with elemental earth tones and metallic’s; iron oxide, chromium oxide, silver and gold. Josh continues to push the boundaries of presentation merging mediums to create sculptural art forms with acrylic, steel, canvas & wood. Josh creates exclusively out of his downtown studio and his works can be seen in fine galleries throughout Arizona and else-where in the nation.
“I have a very artist family, but I’m the first to pursue art as a career. I also come from a long line of tinkerers and inventors, which has influenced the creation of my metal and plexi sculptures. My art teachers and mentors in H.S. and college were great influences as well. They consistently pushed me to test my boundaries as an artist, seek challenges, forcing growth and experience .”
An Arizona native, who grew up in the Phoenix area and still currently resides there. Developed an interest for art at an early age and honed his skills in college in Arizona . He later furthered his education at graduate school in San Francisco.
“The processes I go through in the construction of a painting can be characterized as a search, both conceptually and in practice. Painting to me is a search which uses personal mythos and metaphors as the catalyst for the work and also as the point of departure.
My paintings begin with an idea, never concrete or fully resolved. Through the process of painting and an almost archeological act of discovery, the idea evolves along with the painting. I fluctuate between the construction and destruction of imagery. The choice of the marks and the chance of the marks created by the manipulation of the paint both serve to develop the imagery. How much conscious control I take and how much unconscious chaos I allow through the act of painting all coalesce into the finished result.”
Born in Montana, Tullis grew up on a cattle ranch just outside of Lewistown. After receiving a BFA from Arizona State University, she found her career niche in visual display and special events in Phoenix and San Francisco. In 1990, Tullis began mono-printing, a unique process that showcases her imagery, which is both personal and universal.
The designs of Linda Tullis’ monoprints demonstrate her love & desire to draw; she approaches her pieces in a linear fashion, reflecting her sensibility to manipulate nature or objects. An admitted “realist”, Tullis explores subject matter that her viewers can easily relate to, whether birds in flight, or monumental irises from an imaginary garden; she seeks to achieve a lyrical quality that invites her audience into each piece.
For more that two decades, Tullis has shared her life and creative passions with her artist/chef husband, Fred.
MONO-PRINT: or monotype. An original, fine art piece created, numbered & signed by the artist. It is not a reproduction. Mono = one, print = impression. Each mono-print is a single, unique impression from an inked plate. Each print is one-of-a-kind. The artist paints his image directly onto a plate and lays the plate on the bed of an etching press. He places a sheet of paper on top of the inked plate along with felt blankets on top of the paper. This “sandwich” is run
through the press under heavy pressure, transferring the ink to the paper. The second impression (called a “ghost”) may be taken from the residue ink still on the plate, but the print
obtained will be much lighter in color and thus not like the first.
The artist then must paint his image onto the plate again to make another print. Unlike etchings and engravings in which the design has been permanently incised into the plate, mono-prints are redrawn each time and cannot be produced in identical editions. (In deference to the tradition of numbering prints in an edition, you may find that the artist will number his prints “1 of 1” or “1 / 1” when signing her monoprints.)
An innovative procedure and specialized skill in developing multiple prints is the addition of the “stencil”, a re-usable foil board shape which has been drawn, cut out, and inked, and placed onto the inked background plate. Each is still produced by the hand of the artist; each is still unique and original; and each is different enough to be “one – of – a – kind”. After an impression is “pulled” from the etching press, the artist may embellish the piece with other media, such as
colored pencils, paint, leafing, etc.
Mark has painted professionally since the age of 24. Born in Wales in 1967 , he lived in England until his mid-twenties. In 1990 after graduating from Oxford Polytechnic with a degree in Architecture, Mark became a full-time artist.
With a passion for history, he started his artistic career as a free-lance painter of historical equestrian scenes. In his first year of business, his equestrian paintings were selected for exhibition at the infamous auction houses of Christie’s and Sotheby’s of London . Shortly after this, he became a major artist for a Scottish Fine Art publisher and moved to Helens-burgh , Scotland . Here he painted many figurative, historical scenes, which brought him on frequent visits to the United States where he now resides. He proudly became a US Citi-zen in 2009.
Mark now works from his studio in the beautiful countryside of West Virginia . He is a very well traveled, international art-ist and his work has been exhibited and sold worldwide to numerous museums and private collections.
His paintings are frequently characterized by large detailed works of art in acrylics or oils, which are created on canvas, including murals. Many decorative paintings are textured and also include metallic pigments, which add depth and interest to strong compositions with beautiful and subtle colors.
“Both my decorative paintings and detailed historical artwork are strongly influenced by the Impressionist Masters such as Manet, Degas and by 19th Century French Artists Meissonier, Detaile, David, Corbet and Ingres. The work of the Pre-Raphaelites, and other English artists of the Victorian period also influence my brush and palette.”
Originally from Portland, Oregon and a graduate of Portland State University, Michael currently resides in Southern California. Although primarily a self-taught artist, during the last few years Michael has completed workshops and private study with such internationally known artists such as Ken Auster, Michael Hallinan, Jeff Horn, Mark Kerckhoff, and Michael Schofield.
Michael attributes much of his education in painting to his extensive career in printmaking. During the mid 1980’s he won a first place and second place award for screen printing excellence in an international competition. As technology changed, Michael moved from screen printing to giclee production on large format digital presses. He has created giclees for many internationally renowned artists.
His affiliation with the printing industry allowed Michael to form close relationships with many artists. Always the student, Michael constantly questioned his artist friends about all facets of painting. He subscribes to the theory that an artist can learn more in a short period of time if the artist learns practical painting techniques from successful working artists rather than from a more structured, theoretical university setting.
Michael’s style transcends traditional impressionism. His works have a haunting quality of ethereal stillness that transports the viewer to a different dimension. Michael often states that impressionist landscape painters fall into one of two categories: experiential or fantasy. Experiential painters are “gatherers.” The source of their inspiration is the culmination of their visual experiences. Fantasy painters, however, create imagery from their mind….their imagination….. embellishing the imagery for affect and emotional impact. Michael uses a blend of each with a greater emphasis on the fantasy component. The execution of his paintings
comes from the mind in what Michael often refers to as “planned expressionistic accidents” from stored images of scenes he has observed in nature and embellished by his own imagination.
“My style is a moving target. I paint what I feel allowing the paint to flow, rather than working in a particular structured style.”
Born in 1972, artist Jenny Summa was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. Summa discovered her love for creativity and the arts in early grade school with her first set of oil paints from her father around 1983. With no training, she observed shapes and color through nature and her surroundings attempting to copy whatever inspired her. At Scottsdale Community College in 1990, she took her first art class. She did some traveling and soul searching for several years, then continued her college education at University of Arizona receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Emphasis in Painting in 1999. Summa’s work went from realistic in the 80’s and 90’s to impressionistic in the later 90‘s to abstract in 2002. Her work emits soft color compositions using complementary colors with layering of background into foreground for sophistication as well as depth. Her work is prolific in subject matter, however, all is soft and elegant, inspired by nature and the totality of her life.
“As an artist, my work is inspired by my surroundings, but mostly nature. My goal is to create beautiful imagery to convey peace in the eyes of the beholder, as well as value the significance and awe of creation itself.”
Sullivan was born in 1959 in Mexico City. He was raised in Coyoacan where he passed the noted Blue House of Frida Kahlo each day walking to and from school. He attended The University of Mexico, where he obtained a degree in Architecture. At the same time he attended The San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts learning and mastering various techniques ranging from the old masters to the most modern.
The work of this artist is a culmination of professional experience as an architect and private perspectives as an observer of his surroundings. Sullivan has always been fascinated with the theory of “The Golden Mean” which is an ancient technique used to build in perfect harmony. For example, the cultures of Egypt and Greece used this formula to their build temples and pyramids. It is also employed in music, sculpture and poetry. And certainly it can be seen all around in nature. When one sees a perfect five-point star or a nautilus in a work of Sullivan, it has been executed mathematically and geometrically following the centuries old formula of “The Golden Mean.” He worked mainly in watercolor for many years. He now enjoys all mediums
and has become masterful at whatever he attempts. He is versatile working in various styles from realistic to romantic to non-representational.
“ Landscapes fascinate me, whether it be a canal in Venice, a cathedral in Mexico, or an open field in Texas. While the architect in me wants an exact replica, the artist longs to add, diminish, exaggerate, enhance – to reconstruct reality. That new construction holds memory, emotion, texture, perhaps even taste for some. I want to draw each viewer into the landscape, to experience that place in a way only they can know. ”
Mike Springet was born in Istanbul, Turkey and has lived in various places around the world such as Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia among others and has visited many more countries along with almost every region of the United States. His love for travel is his inspiration for gathering influences and ideas from the many various cultures he experiences in which he produces his art with.
Mike received his Bachelor of Fine Art in 2001 from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri after receiving a scholarship to study there. Since his graduation, he has been working in the visual art world, at first with a graphic design position which he left to pursue a full-time painting career in Phoenix , Arizona. In Phoenix, he has worked under world-renowned painters who have taught him the important aspects of what makes a painting wholly beautiful and has retained and uses those teachings to produce his work today.
Springet’s work is inspired from everyday surroundings and experiences from all parts of the world, even the little things in life that we might take for granted can be a huge influence on his work. His many travels constantly lead him to new experiences, always keeping his ideas fresh and allowing him to reinvent himself with a truthful basis behind his work. His dynamic use of color and texture are just the beginning of his work and the stories, love, beauty, wisdom and emotions that lie underneath the physicality of his paintings that make his work complete.
It’s producing art that makes Mike’s life complete, as he constantly paints and draws to experience balance in his life. Refreshing his mind with new ideas, Mike is always looking forward to his next painting.
“My work is inspired from everyday surroundings and experiences from all parts of the world, even the little things we might take for granted can be a huge influence on my work. My many travels constantly lead me to new experiences, always keeping the ideas fresh and allowing me to reinvent myself with a truthful basis behind the work. Dynamic use of color and texture are just the beginning of the work…it’s the stories, love, beauty, wisdom and emotions that lie underneath the physicality of my paintings that make it complete.”
Linda was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1964. Through her family’s extensive travels, Sotillo learned to embrace a diver-sity of rich cultures and expressed her unique views through art at an early age. At sixteen she was offered a summer scholarship to the Atlanta College of Art. At eighteen, Sotillo served her country by joining the U.S. Army, earning the rank of Sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1986. In 1988, she graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta with a degree in Visual Communications.
Linda’s approach to fine arts is fresh, it is new, and it works. Her paintings are displayed throughout the works by prominent agencies, galleries, and corporations. The extremely prolific Sotillo is always experimenting with inventive printing techniques, and her styles are remarkably varied, indication a duality about the artist. Sotillo’s contemporary side exhibits a concise understanding of design, through her manipulation of contrast, line and space. Her mature use of color and harmonious choices in composition make for sophisticated abstracts that capture the attention of collector and critics alike. Sotillo minimalistically chooses to sign her contemporary works just, “LINDA”. “It’s in keeping with the territory”, she says, smiling.
From his youth, the constant presence of his great-grandfather’s art hanging above him throughout his home inspired Peter to love beauty and to pursue the search for beauty through painting.
He obtained a B.A. in Philosophy at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and an M.F.A. from The New York Academy of Art. An education in traditional French academic painting be-came the underlying structure which allowed Skidd to launch into transitional and abstract work. Having completed his for-mal education in the East, Peter moved west to begin an art career. Skidd resides in Scottsdale with his wife and two chil-dren.
“My education in traditional French academic painting be-came the underlying structure which allowed me to launch into transitional and abstract work.
My art is an exploration into new techniques while drawing on my formal education and experience. I am constantly searching for simple expressions of aesthetics. I love the limitless avenues of possibility in metal, the three-dimensionality of the steel and simply the fun of creating art in this rigid yet flowing medium.”
Born in the agricultural landscape of Upstate New York in 1980, artist Jennifer Shaw grew up the eldest of six children in the small town of Rodman. Her close knit family ties helped build the confidence that’s needed to visually explore and render the world around and expand a young imagination. Always fond of wildlife, she cared for many domestic and exotic animals that she earned from good grades, high school track and field goals, and small jobs around town. Raised in a house set in the vast rolling hills, she looked forward to summer when the tundra exploded with plant and animal life. This is the inspiration for many of her rich and beautiful landscape paintings. Supported and encouraged by her high school art teacher Mary Ellen Shevalier, she pursued higher education after graduating South Jefferson High School in 1998.
Shaw went on to study at Pratt at Munson Williams Proctor Institute where she earned an Associates in Fine Art and then continued her education at Syracuse University. Under the awesome influence of world renowned painter Professor Jerome Witkin, Shaw worked hard to earn the Junior Painting Award in 2001. Taking every studio class the intense Witkin taught it was then she knew painting was the road to follow. Graduating Syracuse with a BFA including a
major in Painting with academic honors in 2002 Shaw immediately moved to Phoenix, Arizona in search of opportunity. Arizona’s beautiful desert terrain has captivated her heart. Born a runner she trains on the trails to compete in marathons nationwide, including Boston Marathon in 2008.
The artist lives and works in Gilbert continuing to grow both her business and her skills with the support of her husband, friends and family. This priceless social support and feedback keeps her motivated to improve in every area of her life.
“It is the simplest things that tend to bring the greatest rewards.”
Anke Schofield was born in Ithaca, New York in 1972 and was apprenticed as a professional photographer assistant when she was still in the 8th grade. Her father introduced her to the wonders of the camera early in life. Anke took the form readily and with enthusiasm. During high school, she apprenticed with a number of artists in the New York area. She was awarded a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art. Throughout this period, Anke pursued her studies of color theory and painting, continuing to find in these endeavors an even greater creative stimulus and inspiration than she had known in her photographic work.
“My work is inspired photographically, says Anke, though I take it beyond the ordinary representation to create a harmonious blend of textures with composition.”
Larry John Walker was born and raised in East London. He studied Marketing at University of Kent, Canterbury, but as he built a 20 year career in the advertising industry, he kept thinking back to the numerous Fine Art Studio classes he took while at University. He had always dabbled in painting, even occasionally renting studio space to allow adequate escape for him to explore his passion, but it wasn’t until 2012 that he made the transition to full time painter.
His works often refer to pop and mass culture as well as quotidian iconography. With influences including David Hockney and Frida Kahlo, Walker is typically inspired by his environment, the people around him, cinema, fashion, music, traveling, and his everyday life.
Larry John Walker currently splits time living and working in San Francisco and Brighton, U.K.
Selina grew up in a small town in Wyoming. Her mother was a teacher and her father was a ceramic artist. Her lively and creative home environment inspired her passion to paint and create.
Selina’s formal education is comprised of an Associates of Fine Arts degree and two BFA degrees from Arizona State University. One BFA is in Painting and the other is in Draw-ing. She also studied Art History in Italy.
Selina is very inspired by Lucian Freud for “his determination to make each painting as rich and as lush as possible.” She also admires Richard Diebenkorn for his color composition and Egon Schiele for his “beautiful line quality”. She is grate-ful for her painting instructor at Arizona State University, Jerry Schutte, as “he taught me that painting is a skill that we can never fully grasp.”
“There will always be something more to learn. Not to be discouraged but to be challenged by it. My goal is to simply keep growing and make beautiful paintings in the process.”
Janet Richardson-Baughman earned her BFA from Central Michigan University and received an MFA in ceramics from Indiana State University in 1977.
After graduation, she taught college and began her studio career. Continuing her ceramic work, she developed a series of elegant vessels, contemporary sculptures and large-scale handmade tiles for wall application. “My work is architectur-ally influenced,” says Richardson-Baughman, “my father was an architect and I grew up surrounded by line and shape.” Her work is a sophisticated blend of form, color and rhythm and when creating a piece she “visualizes the lines and color as a poem in motion.”
Janet expanded her media to include pastels, mixed media, collage and painting. Her work has been included in many exhibitions and galleries nationally. Her works have also been very successful in the corporate market and her portfolio in-cludes many custom commissioned pieces represented in major corporate art collections.
Janet lives her idyllic existence with her husband/artist on a small horse farm in rural Michigan where they also have their studio. They work together everyday in what for them is the perfect partnership.
Her mother is an English teacher and novelist and one of her older brothers is a comic book illustrator so it is not surprising that Remender has loved the arts since a very early age.
She remembers that when she was a little girl a great gift idea was art supplies, and she has fond memories of her mother taking her to the art supply store. She says that her mother was always very supportive of her desire to draw and paint.
Remender attended an inner-city high school in Arizona and says the art program and classes offered there were “poor at best.” So she worked on her art at home on her own time.
But college was a different story and she says, “After I waited on tables I realized that I did not want to do that for the rest of my life. I knew I wanted to be an artist.”
Once the idea blossomed she says, “I dedicated all of my time to it.”
Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, JoAnne Nichols began expressing herself through her art at an early age. From the time she held her first crayon, she knew she wanted to be an artist. In her high school and college years, she was captivated by the diverse styles of artists such as Caravaggio, Matisse, and William Morris. Vestiges of those influences are still apparent in her current work ─ most notably in her florals of undulating petals and saturated color. The drama of light against dark is a favorite component in many of JoAnne’s pieces. Her understanding of the delicacies in nature is apparent in the subtle and dramatic shading she em-ploys in her work.
JoAnne took a break after her junior year in college to travel and for a brief time lived in Chicago. Returning to Los Ange-les, she married and eventually moved to Arizona. In Arizona she discovered the natural beauty of the desert while com-pleting college. She earned her B.F.A. in painting from Arizona State University.
JoAnne currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and two teenage daughters. When not painting, her favorite pastime is traveling with her family.
“I love to transform an ordinary object into a new visual experience that can delight the eye and refresh the spirit. I want my art to mentally transport people out of a stressful environment to one which envelopes them in peace and beauty ─ one which renews and generates the mind and body.”
“Creating with colors and shapes has always been my method for exploring and expressing those feelings not lent to more literal comprehension and articulation,” states Nash. “When I was younger, constructing little art projects was how I interpreted the world around me into relative terms for a child. It proved a great stress relief for me. As I grew older, I learned that creating could be as much an expressive experience as a cathartic one. Now, I really listen for that inner voice coming out in my work and consider the viewer as well as myself. I strive for my work to be a truly shared experience.”
Known for her willingness to embrace new processes, materials and techniques, Nash has experimented with a variety of media including paintings on paper and canvas, metal works, glass blowing, acrylic shaping and finishing and woodworking. She credits her Art & Design degree from San Jose State University for a solid understanding of creative fundamentals and extensive collaboration with a wide cast of artisans for her rapid growth as an emerging young
Nancy Ngo was born in Chicago, Il., but her family relocated to Arizona when she was a young child. Nancy has always been involved in a variety of the Arts. She started learning piano at the very young age of three. Photography also fascinated her at a young age. It was only after attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s constructive early college program; she began to seriously consider a permanent career in the arts. Constantly traveling back and forth between Chicago and Arizona, Nancy Ngo grew up learning an appreciation for contrasting landscapes. She developed an eye for the difference in the way light reflects on different terrains in the country. Ngo received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Painting and Art History from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in 2001. For a short time after graduation, Nancy worked in a commercial art firm which helped her to form a bridge between her passion for conceptual art and an appreciation for the decorative arts. She currently resides in Arizona with her culinary artist husband and their two dogs.
Nancy Ngo creates mostly mixed media paintings. Her awareness of the play of light and shadow and its effect on color plays an important role in her work today. The dichotomy of the natural desert landscape of Arizona versus the urban downtown environment of Chicago led her to a certain “no rules” style of painting. Currently her paintings have a certain raw, playful, and sometimes unfinished quality in which the work holds a kind of potential energy. She has a unique style which effortlessly marries sophistication with whimsy. She is fascinated by the discoveries made while creating each new piece of art, and allows her style to change often in order to keep her painterly freedom.
Born in Saigon, Vietnam to her American parents who worked in the U.S. Embassy in the State Department, Vicki started her life in an exotic place that seemed to portend she would follow a road less traveled. Although her family moved back to Michigan before she was old enough to be influenced by the culture, she has retained her sense of adventure and combined that with her love of art. After graduation, Vicki went on to the University of Michigan and later transferred to Wayne State with its more diverse art program. Drawing, which was and remains her strong suit was calling to her, and she answered. A chance meeting with, Bob Vito, in Detroit who had just started a fledgling cable news station called CNN, allowed her to explore that avenue. She did all of the drawings for them, and had the opportunity to do the illustrations in a particularly high-profile crime trial. In 1997, Vicki graduated from Wayne State with a BFA. And relocated to the Los Angeles area.
One evening at a jazz club, she saw the man who would later become her husband. It was love at first sight, they both say, although it was several months before they dated. Vicki needed help at her studio doing physical and technical things so she could devote more time to her artistry. The man who came to apply for the job was the man she had seen earlier at the jazz club. One day, he shocked her by picking up a paintbrush and painting a picture. Even more surprising, he was really good. The end or beginning of this happily ever after story is that they were married. They collaborate on their work, and even produced a beautiful little girl. She comes to visit the studio and sometimes paints with her mom and dad. Because of her daughter, Vicki currently paints with all water based mediums that will clean up with soap and water. Inspiration for her art comes from a happy place, and she feels that is apparent in her art, which may be abstract, floral, or even huge murals. She loves the life she and her husband have created together, much of which is spent collaborating and working on their art. Since change is not even slightly daunting to her, we can expect a multitude of exciting creations, in directions that she probably has not even yet considered, to spring from this very talented woman.