John Hogan has been painting, printmaking and drawing since 1956. A graduate of Northeast Louisiana State University with a B.A. and an M.A. from Highlands University, New Mexico, John Hogan studied with Edward Schutz and Elmer Schooley, both exceptional landscape painters.
Hogan taught art at the University of Texas at El Paso where he became deeply involved in both drawing and printmaking techniques that have merged in many ways with his painting. Since the 1970’s, Hogan has exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad and has work in the Santa Fe Museum of Art, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana and is represented in many private and corporate collections and has shown work in over 40 shows and exhibits, is a multiple award winning artist and has been featured in over 15 publications. Hat Ranch Gallery is privileged to be representing John Hogan’s prints, watercolors and drawings.
Sally Stevens is known as a Daily Painter (completes a painting a day). The pieces, while relatively small (10" x 10" framed), capture the depth and breadth of large scale oils, making them ideal for individual display or grouping. Sally's skilled technique combined with her choice of subject matter have successfully created paintings that are visually and emotionally accessible and convey a reflective and enduring quality.
Jarrett West was born in 1964 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After developing an interest in ceramics during high school, he began a series of apprenticeships with Mary Ann Gerber, Peter Dougan, and Robert Brodsky that would span a nine year period.
The studio is located in the high desert setting outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. All of the work from functional ware to sculpture is created entirely by Jarrett West.
The functional work is all turned using a traditional treadle wheel, with many of the pieces altered after turning for further development of form. West’s functional work is created with a stoneware clay body fired to 2,192° F. Glazes are formulated in the studio and are both food and microwave safe. All work is one-of-a-kind with the original maker’s mark impressed into each piece.
For the larger sculpture projects, 50 lb slabs of clay are pounded out on the studio floor with some of the work requiring up to 1,000 lbs of clay. This stage is all physical; no assistants, no machines, just bare feet and a good breakfast.
From a functional teapot, to a ten foot outdoor sculpture, the ceramic process involves a spirit of care tempered with strength.
Lydia Hesse is from Taos, New Mexico. She grew up among artists and lilacs, sagebrush and hollyhocks.
The concept of these paintings is twofold: 1) every face of every human and animal is enchanting; and 2) if we could achieve the peacefulness inside ourselves to be so serene a bird could alight on our heads, we would find bliss in this lifetime...
In each of us lies the importance of a particular place that has shaped us. A memory of childhood, the current view of a kitchen window or an acreage that ancestors have tilled. Those places hold a personal and special meaning. Photo Credit: Jennifer Esperanza
LaFountain (a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) is an award-winning stone sculpture, mentoring under world-renown sculpture, Allan Houser, and has exhibited in over 30 Indian Markets in Santa Fe. LaFountain studied at the Institute of American Indian Art and studied printmaking from Navajo printer Michael McCabe. After a car accident in 2002, his prints have filled in a void of creativity, giving him a secondary market after being unable to sculpt for a number of years due to his injuries. “I’m painting and drawing, it helps my imagery as it relates to my sculptures. I can create when I need to, be spontaneous. I can relive the past in paint and print. LaFountain also studied under legendary artist Earl Biss (a profound contributor to the explosion of Southwestern Art in the last half of the 20th century, and particularly to the rise of contemporary Native American Art).
From the beginning of his career, LaFountain participated in a new style of artwork that defied stereotypes in Native American Art, yet embodied the spiritual and mental well-being of his culture. While breaking from traditions, LaFountain not only created a breakthrough in his career, he opened doors for fellow and future Native American artists.
Tracy Cook Wein lives in Santa Fe New Mexico and the mountain town of Westcliffe, Colorado. Art has been a significant part of her life since childhood. She is fascinated by old photographs, letters, rusty found objects and the vast western landscape. Tracy composes colorful collages layering paint, paper, objects, photos, and other elements creating glimpses into forgotten moments and imagined landscapes.
Tara Gibbens was born in Santa Fe, and studied film and photography at University of Maryland Baltimore County. She spent much of her childhood rambling through the mountains and deserts of New Mexico, and currently lives in an off-the-grid cabin on the Rio Grande. Early in her career she explored experimental video and photography, but in recent years has turned her focus to the delight of childhood. Her photographs are a fierce insistence that we live in a magical and beautiful world.
Born in Kent, England in 1970 Christian Dore spent most of his childhood living abroad. At the age of 13 he returned home to settle in the small village of Shorne in Kent. At 18 years of age he was accepted into The Kent Institute of Art and Design before continuing his education at the prestigious Bournemouthe and Poole College of Art.
His career began as a motion graphic artist for the BBC as well as MTV and Nickelodeon. After accepting a designers position in Colorado it was there that his artwork truly flourished. After moving to the Colorado foothills it was here that Dore’s work evolved into the work that is owned in private collections throughout the world.
Dore’s work explores the impressions of the lush environment around him. He takes the expressive qualities of color and mixes them with a somewhat whimsical narrative to capture his feelings. Dore’s flurry of abstract forms are by no means frenetic and each painting manages to convey a serene moment in time, a tranquil calm. The relentless build up of texture is intentional to convey that of sound and movement whilst meshing nature into his own distinctive style.
The West Family has been at this art thing for a while. Come to the Hat Ranch Gallery and dive in to an Authentic Experience and different way of viewing and acquiring art of all medias and price ranges.
These are a taste of what we have in the Gallery in addition to our current featured artists. Go to the Purchase page for more detailed information about each piece.
Family and friends have helped shape the foundation, mission and Authentic Experience that Hat Ranch Gallery offers. In this picture, owner, Sara West sits with her Uncle Archie, a legendary character in Santa Fe culture and the Highway 14 Prairie.
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