Living and working in the Lower Garden District in New Orleans provides artist Amanda Talley with lots of color. ”Painting, for me, is about translating the activity and movement of the outside world into a vocabulary of paint and line,” she says. The flowing shapes and rich color seem to float off the canvas, which is part of the process for the artist: “The best paintings occur when I succeed in letting action dictate form.”
Born in Sydney, Australia, Bernard Dunaux studied art in Paris before moving to the United States in 1981. From his Los Angeles studio, Dunaux has developed a visually harmonious style, applying energetic brushstrokes against fields of soft color and using bright colors to highlight negative spaces. ”My creative process originates when constant thought ceases, and shifts into movement and line, paint and canvas,” says Dunaux.
“People call me ‘the Organic Artist’ because of the feel of my work,” explains Malibu-based Deb Haugen. She is “infatuated by the forms, colors, and textures of hidden worlds.” Her work is defined by sometimes sweeping, sometimes tightly controlled swaths, streaks, and strokes of color that reflect the beautiful abstractions inherent in nature.
Jen Garrido is a California artist through and through. Born in Los Angeles, she got her a BFA in painting from Sonoma State University and an MFA from Mills College in Oakland. Her colorful works seem to be in constant vivid, beautiful motion. “I favor nature-based forms and rhythms, and I am drawn to shapes that tangle, overlap, sit, lean, and lay,” says the artist.
Lindsay Cowles draws inspiration from raw texture, movement, and color. Fundamental elements of her works are focused on the interplay of color and the layering and texturing of paints. Each painting’s composition develops organically as the work moves through each dynamic layer and stage.
Michelle Armas paints in acrylic and oil in her studio in Decatur, GA. She creates abstractions, both large format and delicately scaled, and also works in portraiture. Armas has a degree in graphic design from the Portfolio Center in Atlanta.
Rai Alexandra was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised by her grandmother, who encouraged her to think broadly and develop her artistic talents. Since then, Alexandra has lived and worked in Los Angeles, New York, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, and India. Bold, multilayered, and emotive, her work reflects her curiosity and wanderlust.