I have been printing and painting for over forty years and am still fascinated with the processes and the products. My subject matter varies with the message or personal feelings I am trying to communicate. I usually work in series, through subject matter or technique. I love the landscape and try to incorporate it into most of my works. Entire compositions may be surreal at times, but I feel everyone can communicate with certain aspects of my works. Color is also very important to me, and most of my works are vibrant. Pieces that are monochromatic generally have enough contrast and value change to make the work seem colorful.
At one time in my life, I thought that one of the most important aspects of art was the geographic location where one lived. This, I am sure, was because I do landscapes. After traveling the country for a number of years, I find that it is more what is inside a person rather than what is visually outside. A beautiful composition can be a foot square and could represent subject matter from California to Maine; it's all in the eyes of its creator.
I was born and grew up in Dallas, Texas. My father was an amateur photographer and owned a camera store in the 1940's. He sold it, but it was only two blocks from our house, as a result, I grew up surrounded by photography equipment and photographers. I went to high school at the Abbey School in Canon City Colorado, run by Benedictine monks. Several of the monks were avid photographers and had an large, extensive photo lab where I spent many hours over 4 years, honing my skills with some of the finest equipment available at the time. After college, military service and a career at AT&T did not afford much time for photography, but after retirement in December of 2000, I immersed myself in photography once again.
I have always loved the contrasting landscapes, solitude, and stunning beauty of the greater Four Corners areas of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, where I concentrate my photography. I believe that we truly live in the golden age of photography where artistic expression is no longer limited by technology. Today we can create images that would have have been technically and/or financially out of reach, or even impossible 10-20 years ago. Technology has afforded us the opportunity to produce beautiful pictures that heretofore were almost unimaginable. There are many points between documentary reality and artistic impressionistic expression. Modern photography affords the photographer/artist great latitude to share his or her expression or vision of the world's beauty, contrast, balance, and diversity through the medium of light, color, tonality and gesture. That is my goal. That is what I wish to create and share. I am inspired by Josef Sudek, Alain Briot, Ansel Adams, Edward Curtis, Edward Weston, Pierre-August Renoir, and Rembrandt van Rijn. For me the print is my ultimate objective, a beautiful image you can hold in your hand or display in your home or office. It is best said by the photographer Vincent Versace: "You are in service of the end, which is the print. The print is in service of your voice, which is what you want to say, which is why you took the picture in the first place.”
Suzanne Reed Fine
In addition to private and corporate collections, Suzanne Reed Fine’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Southeast. Though Fine worked as a graphic designer for many years, she now paints full time. She studied color and watermedia with Stephen Quiller as well as painting with notable artists, Bo Bartlett, Arne Westerman, Alex Powers, Katherine Chang-Liu and Charles Reid. She enjoys working in various watermedia combining representational figurative subjects with abstraction. Her work is shown at Two Sisters Gallery in Columbus, GA and Frame Shop:Creede in Creede, CO. Fine is a Signature member of the Southern Watercolor Society, the Georgia Watercolor Society and an Active member in the Watercolor Society of Alabama. A native of New Mexico and raised in Southern Colorado, Fine is a fourth generation artist who now lives in Columbus, GA with her husband and two young daughters.
Select Awards and Exhibitions
Mason Murer Gallery – Jay Shapiro Legacy Foundation Exhibition, 2011, Atlanta, GA
Columbus Museum – Let There Be Art – Invitational, 2011, Columbus, GA
Callaway Gardens Plein Air – Invitational, 2010, Callaway Gardens, GA
Columbus Artists Guild – Best of Show, Members Show 2010, Columbus State University
Columbus Artists Guild – First place, Members Show, 2009, Columbus State University
Southern Watercolor Society – Canson Watercolor Award, National show, 2009
Georgia Watercolor Society – 2nd place, National show, 2008
Solo Exhibition 2008 – Creede Repertory Theatre, Creede, CO
Watercolor Society of Alabama – 1st place, National show, 2008
Kristian Gosar has been drawing and painting since a very early age. Gifted with sensitivity to the human form, Kris is inspired to convey the unnamable that exists in every human spirit. The unnamable is able to reveal itself in his figurative work via honest brushwork on simple wood panels.
Kris’s formal training began at Adams State College under Steve Quiller and Roger Williams. After studying architecture and environmental design at CU Boulder, Kris then moved on to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA to be schooled traditionally by master artists in drawing, painting, and design. Kris graduated with honors from Art Center in graphic design and illustration where he was especially inspired by his painting instructor, Dan McCaw. He has also studied under David Leffell at Andreeva Portrait Academy.
Kris teaches drawing and painting at Adams State College inspiring other artists to develop a strong foundation in drawing. Kris professes that many artists’ statements to the world get lost before ever leaving the canvas because the foundations of drawing were never there.
Refreshingly honest, Kris does not feel the need at this time to busy up his paintings with symbolism and heavy messages as he has found limitless mysteries in the human form. Gosar’s panels are without distractions, allowing the viewer to peer into the infinite realm beyond: the realm humans of all time have longed to go - taking the viewer far beyond realism to the place without names.
Alicia Hess has lived most of her life in the southern regions of Colorado. She attended college at Adams State in Alamosa, Colorado and graduated with a B.A. in art and art education. She is a figurative sculptor and works with cast metals such as bronze, iron and aluminum. She is a high school art teacher, and enjoys working with students of all ages. She currently lives with her husband and two children in South Fork, Colorado.
Like the vast New Mexican landscape surrounding Randall LaGro’s historic Joseph Sharp Studio in Taos, the wondrous yet hauntingly familiar imagery found in his oil paintings and monotypes comes filtered through the landscape of the artist’s subconscious.
At an early age, LaGro instinctively knew his artistic destiny and spent several years developing a spiritual core, traveling and seeking knowledge. With a creative vision intact, LaGro began his formal training. After graduating from the Academy of Art in San Francisco, LaGro spent a few years as a commercial printmaker, before turning attentions to his own work.
Recipient of numerous awards, his work is exhibited in museums and major collections nationwide including, The Cincinnati Museum of Art, The Harwood Museum in Taos, NM, The State Capitol Collection, Santa Fe, NM, The State of Ohio, Toledo, OH as well as, inclusion in several corporate and private collections.
LaGro is represented by seven galleries and been the subject of numerous one man and group shows. His dedication to his craft and his pursuit of new untapped frontiers has earned him the respect of the contemporary artistic community and brought him definite lifetime success.
Unlike many artists who discover the Great West, Montgomery was born into it. He spent is formative years growing up beneath the looming presence of Pike’s Peak and the Front Range of Colorado and later the remote environs of the San Luis Valley. Hunting and fishing forays into the wilds with his family growing up spawned his love of the outdoors and nature.
Montgomery continues to hunt to this day- now with easel and paint brush. The West has changed dramatically in his lifetime and he strives to commemorate the amazing vistas that are still with us- and strives through environmental activism to preserve those most worthy to remain unsullied.
David Montgomery has been creating art since he was a small child and has continued with this passion throughout his life. After enjoying art in public schools he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University. He has been living and painting in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado for over forty years.
His art work has been shaped by the monumental vistas and pristine environs of this rural area at the headwaters of the Rio Grande along the Continental Divide.
Montgomery shares his love of these western spaces with his plein air pieces as well as larger studio landscapes that fill walls. He has also taken art trips to Europe and the sub- tropics of America, widening his imagery while pushing his artistic envelope. Montgomery also pursues studies in human figure rendition and portraiture.
Peggy Morgan Stenmark
Painting full time since 1999, Peggy Morgan Stenmark is an award-winning artist. Her work has appeared in numerous juried art shows throughout the country, including the American Watercolor Society annual show in New York City. Her paintings are included in private collections across the United States, and have been featured in both ‘Watercolor’ and ‘Watercolor Magic’ magazines. In 2007 she was chosen as one of ‘The One’s to Watch’ by ‘Watercolor Magic’. .In her work, Peggy focuses on finding abstract designs within the commonplace things of everyday life, and in the process, inspires people to see their world with ‘new eyes’. She works in watercolor and acrylics, conducts workshops around the West and teaches part-time at the Art Students League of Denver. Peggy is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society and the Colorado Watercolor Society. She makes her home in the foothills of Colorado.