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.
“From time to time I experience strange, intense, short-lived visions of beauty, an unfamiliar, elusive, barely perceptible beauty that surfaces in certain words or landscapes, certain colorations of the world, certain moments…”
— Guy Maupassant
These words express my goal as a painter. My paintings attempt to capture an intense moment that rings absolutely true. A scene, a certain light, colors arranged that pierce through ones center to extract an emotion. A search for beauty in the familiar, unseen until revealed by the work. The mundane elevated to art.
My process is accomplished through layer upon layer of oil paint and cold wax, scraped, scumbled, repainted - in search of the patina found on old adobe buildings - layers of color exposed by time and weather - walls that tell stories. My paintings are archaeological in such a way as each layer represents an era, a mood, a distilled moment. I want the viewer to confront the work at arms-length and look down into the many layers of these paintings, to experience something visceral up close, and yet when standing back, allowing the layers to merge and blend into one another, and thus creating a new whole and complete image.
Born in Santa Barbara, California, Carol currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico after having lived 20 years on the East Coast in such places as New York City, Connecticut and Delaware. She received a degree in painting at UC Santa Barbara. In Delaware she began teaching painting and design at the Delaware College of Art and Design, then created a painting atelier, drawing in many private students from the area. She and her husband spent several years creating and conducting painting workshops in the South of France. In 2016 Carol was chosen to curate a well-received exhibit “Inside Out” at the Delaware Art Museum. She won various grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, including Emerging Artist, 2012. Her collectors span the globe.
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.
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.
Rudy R. Gonzales, Sculptor, native New Mexican, was born at his family home in Santa Fe and began his formal study of art at New Mexico Highlands University where he received a M.A. in 1969. He was influenced by sculptor, Harry Leippe, who focused not only on technique but also on individual discovery and bringing forth the deeper values of one’s artistic work.
Consistently creating sculpture for the past forty years, Gonzales is known today for his female torsos in bronze that reflect the tension between creating abstract and figurative work. Some of pieces can be described as celebrating the simple energy and power of being alive.
Gonzales’ sculptures have been commissioned and collected in Santa Fe, San Francisco, Palm Springs and Fort Worth and has participated in numerous jurored exhibits throughout the United States.
Gonzales exhibited for many years on Canyon Road and embodies the very essence of authentic old-school New Mexico and is a perfect fit at Hat Ranch Gallery, where we take pride in offering visitors an Authentic Experience, that reflects the New Mexico spirit and our commitment to history and community. Hat Ranch Gallery is proud to represent the work of this uniquely talented New Mexico artist.
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.
Mary Mirabal is an award-winning artist and dreamer who paints contemporary abstract expressionist works that speak of the simple beauty existing in everyday life. Her paintings are an exploration of colors, textures and tools that allow the images to unfold and evolve as she paints. Mirabal’s abstract art reflects the colors and emotions of the high desert of New Mexico, finding magic in its mountains and skies illuminated with highly saturated hues. This sacred place calls to her soul and opens a space for her art to be a true reflection of her free spirit and enthusiasm for life. Incorporating layer upon layer of paint by hand and knife provides many opportunities for experimenting with color and composition. Abstraction gives her permission to wonder.
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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