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.
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.
Jennifer Rugge has a unique & compelling style across many creative fields. From learning Fresco & Gold Leaf in Italy to practicing the ancestral techniques of Cave Painting, from her soulful writing to her playful illustrations that embody the humor she brings to working with children, encouraging them to find their personal connection to their own inner artist, Jennifer has a talented touch with any medium she chooses.
My own box of crayons! I was thrilled when I received a box of crayons in first grade that I could call my own. We had them at home, shared with my brothers and sisters. We always had a box full of art supplies.
I grew up in San Diego, one of five children who roamed up and down the beaches of California and Mexico. I had a modest life rich with travel and adventures uncommon to most children then. We camped along vacant beaches in Baja, gathered our food from the sea, and washed and swam among the waves. We kept company with the scorpions at night and the creatures of the tide pools by day. Inspirations for creating were all around us. To rest from our explorations, we would often draw and paint about the things we discovered, observed or dreamed.
I have studied, exhibited, taught and sold my art all over the world from California to Virginia to Italy and Vienna, Austria. I visited the sacred churches of Italy, the Jugenstil of Vienna and the villages of such artists as Monet, Klimt, and Hunderwasser. I studied ancient Italian art techniques which included Fresco, Illuminated writing, and gold leaf applications. The energy of art emerges from a deep yearning with-in to express awareness of the beauty already inherent in our surroundings. Nature in life inspires and ignites my passion to share the value and worth of art through a variety of mediums.
Currently I live in Northern California where I hope to encourage the consciousness of working together to keep a healthy environment not only for ourselves, but for the intriguing creatures and features of the land and sea life communities.
Tom Scott Reno is an abstract painter. His goal is to relate a feeling of balance and centeredness, along with a place for the mind to go, worthy of contemplation. Tom was born in Hollywood, California in 1948. He grew up in Southern California, asking questions about life and existence. He enlisted in the army in 1967 and served in Vietnam in 1968 and was honorably discharged in 1970. Upon returning to civilian life he drifted for a while throughout the Western United States, living in British Columbia for a time. His travels also included France and England. In 1977 he moved to the California Central Coast where he found his kinship with artists, musicians and thinkers. The next 25 years were spent developing the skills of a sign painter and the philosophy of a yogi. His philosophical perspectives along with the qualities of a well crafted sign, balance, line, color and personality, have coalesced into his present work.
Nancy Day has been an artist in New Mexico for over 25 years, prior to that, she was in the Boston area. Day has a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University has shown work in over 37 solo and group exhibitions and has been featured in more than 14 publications. An award-winning artist, Day’s art is collected by corporations ranging from the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston to The Davis Group in Santa Fe, and the Valley Children’s Hospital in Fresno. Day’s pieces reside in private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.
ABOUT THE PROCESS:
Day’s pieces are primarily acrylic on handmade paper. Day enjoys the physicality of putting paint on canvas, of pencil on paper, of collage fitting into a surface. While she relishes the physicality of creating her pieces, she also immerses herself into the meditative aspect of just letting the experience be an organic flow. The images in Day’s work are taken from our shared knowledge and memory of the environment that surrounds us. We are participants in an ever-changing landscape - both what we see and perceive physically and a world beyond which is microscopic and unseen. Day’s paintings and prints are about the relationships of forms: the patterns and codes of nature, together with the random, unstructured aspects of this unseen world. There is movement and stasis, formation and disappearance, regrowth and change. The images of birds are harbingers of change, bringing us warnings of damaging environmental change. Day prefers to hang her pieces with clips rather than traditional glass frame. This is because the handmade paper is rough and textured, with uneven edges and Day likes the immediacy of the surface and the tactile quality which is more accessible without glass and frame. The heavy paper with layers of paint make it almost like an object...like a heavy skin.
Ron Kenedi’s work is a personal, vibrant reflection of the many eclectic places and times he’s lived in. Born and raised in New York City, Ron came of age during the volatile and seminal 1960s. He attended Stony Brook University where he studied Fine Arts with mentors including Lawrence Alloway, Allan Kaprow, Nam June Paik, and other distinguished teachers. After college, Ron practiced stone lithography at the Art Students League in New York and taught figure drawing at the Mediterranean Institute in Deya, Majorca, Spain where he was on the faculty with Anthony Burgess and Colin Wilson. As Ron’s technique evolved, his artwork began to take on a look and feel that was representative of his life’s diverse influences. It’s a style that is mostly figurative, focusing on presenting the essence of the subject. The goal of each piece is to set a mood and tell a story that requires the viewer to participate on a visceral and intellectual level. “I want the artwork to be a catalyst for the viewer’s own interpretation and provide meaning beyond the work itself,” he says.
Working in pencil, charcoal, pen/brush and ink, pastels, watercolors, acrylics and oil paint, Ron’s work evokes tones of the classic masters he was influenced by, including Vermeer, Matisse, and Picasso. At the same time, his bold lines, adventurous colors and dramatic shading undeniably reflect the essence of Jazz, R&B, and other pioneering voices from the age he grew up in.
After gallery showings in New York, Spain, Northern California, Los Angeles, and the former Auschwitz concentration camp, Ron broadened his focus to include a different cause. For the last 30 years he has been a pioneer and innovator of solar electric energy. During that time he ran the US operations of three global corporations and traveled the world promoting the use of solar electric power.
Ron first moved to the Sierra Mountain community of Grass Valley/ Nevada City in 1971, homesteaded rural acreage, raised a family, started his solar power business and worked in his studio. Now, with his corporate work behind him, he, his wife and two Chihuahuas have re-located back to Nevada City. Ron now spends most of his time painting in his studio. The circle is complete.
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
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.
Louise received her BA from Bennington College, after which she studied painting in the tradition of the Old Masters with Frank Mason at the Art Students League in New York City. Baum then attended The New York Studio School where she studied with noted members of The New York School - Abstract Expressionists: Milton Resnick, Phillip Guston, George McNeil and George Spaventa.
Baum moved to Santa Fe in 1992, was introduced to monoprints and found them to be a feast of possibilities. She prints many layers, employ stencils, carandash crayons, and different viscosities while working on many plates at the same time.
Although I am an abstract painter, nature is my source. A lifetime of drawing from the figure and landscape informs my abstractions. The red-browns of earth, blue of the sky, grey-blue of sage, sour greens of juniper, as well as the deep blues of water, so rare and desired in our high desert land, appear unbidden in my work.
“Painterly painting” is the common thread in all the modes and mediums I work with. I relish the spontaneous directness of the brushstroke, the sensuousness of color expressing mood and feeling; the complexities of light and darkness reflecting the polarities of experience; and the surfacing of the dynamic forces of the unconscious taking place in the intimacy of inner worlds.
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