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Hermosa Beach artist Rafael McMaster works within, beyond, and between the mediums of acrylic, oil, watercolor, graphite, illustration, and photography.  The interplay between the disciplines acts as an inspiration to his work, which incorporates involved, complex and experimental processes.  The local artist has a fashion design degree from the Art Institute of Seattle and has designed clothing lines for Puma and many others.  Alongside clothing, Rafael has designed multiple lines of snowboards, Webby award nominated websites, and brand and design work from Chris Paul to Matthew McConaughey to MEK denim.

Rafael teaches a local South Bay non-profit program entitled “15 Under 15.”  In the class series, students (under the age of 15) learn to shoot photography, paint and then shoot abstract macro photography of their paintings.  Their work is being featured in an upcoming series of shows on September 24th, and February 15th.  The core principle of the program is to teach “creative confidence” to youth.

Rafael is also accepting commission for an on-going family painting series.  The artist paints with the families for multiple sessions in an involved lesson/collaboration – some processes lasting up to 15 months.  The custom painting is then refined into a “contemporary family seal,” intertwining symbolism, personal subtleties and messages.

Rafael currently has a brand consulting and interactive design practice in Hermosa Beach.  He is the co-founder of HBAC (Hermosa Beach Artists Collective), and he and his wife Tera raise five kids and a hyper puppy.

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Amy Friedberg is a visual artist living and working in Hermosa Beach, CA. She received her BFA in sculpture from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Amy has participated in exhibitions on the east and west coasts. Recent juried exhibitions include Treasure Island, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY; 42nd Annual ArtShow: Bedford, Bedford, NY; At the Intersection of Art & Surf, Resin, Hermosa Beach, CA; and ARTS310, LA 25 Foundation for the Arts, El Segundo, CA. Amy was a former member of the Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, PA – a non-profit artists space supporting challenging and experimental work. Amy is the co-founder and member of the Hermosa Beach Artist Collective. HBAC is a non-profit dedicated to developing art and art education in the South Bay of Los Angeles.

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Eric Michael’s work is an analysis of the interaction of juxtaposed elements as they coexist in our society. He attempts to create cohesion among the opposing forces to bring forth a state of zen, as he explores topics questioning social-economic paradoxes.

He was born and raised in the humble streets of Caricuao, a district of Caracas, Venezuela. In 1995, He migrated to the United States in search of the coveted American Dream. Growing up, he worked hard to adapt to his new home in the South Bay, without losing sight of my roots. The internal struggle of bridging cultural differences without undermining either one’s significance, created the foundation for his work.

His paintings exhibit a comparison of similarities by gradually altering the values of complementary colors to demonstrate their uniform change in properties. In contrast, He highlights the differences by using two distinct paint applications as he applies opposing hues. He builds structures through the abstraction of complex architectural forms into core geometric shapes to juxtapose against gestural, nature-like, free forms.

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Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, Emily lives near the beach and finds inspiration from the beauty in nature and in people. Every plant, animal, and person is unique, and her art captures the vibrant colors and fantastic diversity of this big world. Conservation is a cause close to her heart, and thus her work celebrates many creatures that are endangered by human recklessness and pollution.

 Emily is heavily involved in the South Bay art scene of southern California. She was recently appointed by Mayor Steve Aspel to the position of Public Art Commissioner for the city of Redondo Beach. She is also involved with local groups such as the Redondo Beach Art Group, Hermosa Beach Artist Collective, and several others. Her work has been shown in prestigious shows throughout California, at the Torrance Art Museum, and is collected nationwide.
 Emily spends her free time serving at her church, “adventuring,” and investing in her friendships. She can often be found riding her beach cruiser along the strand or exploring a local hiking trail.

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Drica Lobo is an artist whose work captures happiness and vibrant strokes. Drica’s fascination with art began as a small child. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil, moved to the United States in 2003, and made Hermosa Beach, CA her home in 2007. Largely self- taught, Lobo has taken several painting classes during 15 years where she has studied with celebrated artists including Jose Ismael and Lisa Schultz. She completed her Master of Communications Degree at the University of Guarulhos, Sao Paulo in 2001.

Her work is included in public and private collections around the world, including Brazil, United States, Singapore and China. She also volunteers as an art instructor for Salvation Army in Los Angeles and works for ‘Walk with Sally’ in Manhattan Beach, CA, as an art therapist. She is a member of Hermosa Beach Artist Collective (HBCA) and Foundation of Local Arts (FOLA) in California.

“I paint colorfully to show the world the positive influence of colors and the power of strokes, creating an imaginary scenario based on nature and freedom state of mind. Art is limitless and I’m committed to make the viewer closer to his heart, manipulating shapes and feelings through the selection and composition of color. More than anything, my paintings are feelings as much as they are imaginary. I recognize the value in self-expression, so find I find a way to let my inner self be expressed on the outside.”

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Redondo Beach artist, Paul Roustan, is known for his work in body painting and photography. Winner of the North American Body Painting Championships, Roustan is recognized as one of the world’s leading body painters whose style combines traditional fine art, pop culture, and reflections of the contemporary world to create conceptually-based body painting. An alumn of both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rhode Island School of Design, Roustan’s career spans both the fine art and commercial worlds. His work has appeared on media including, Spike TV, The Game Show Network, Sabado Gigante, the Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Post, People, GQ, Playboy, Maxim, and galleries along the East and West coasts. His work has been acquired in over 200 private collections.

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Jeff Fieger is a local artist and native of Manhattan Beach, CA. His love for the beach, surf, and skate, and the time he’s spent doing each, in and around the South Bay, inspires his work.  Traveling is also a huge influence.  The vibrant beach culture Jeff took in, living in Bali, Hawaii, and Australia, has broadened his perspective, and expanded his palette. Jeff loves sharing his work with others, and gets excited about commissioned pieces! He’s done them on an array of canvases from guitars, surfboards, and skateboards, to vinyl records, clothing,food trucks, & more.

Enjoy the view and get in touch,Mahalo!

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Occasionally at night I am the classic garage hermit.  Dusty air filled with tunes…I tinker, over conceptualize, procrastinate, and create a blend of disputable “art like objects” using an assortment of mediums and techniques.  My website is simply a way to display some of the evidence.

I have been lucky enough to do something creative for clients such as Belvedere Vodka, Globe Shoes, Freestyle Watches, Spyder Surfboards, Tsukihoshi Shoes, Rush Street, Saint Rocke, Gum Tree, Starr Design Group, ASPCA, and my “real” job…a digital advertising company started in 2011 with my talented partners @ Modop

Currently I have three installations. Nine commissioned paintings of Jazz musicians on wood can be seen at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, a 13’x24’ photograph wall installation at Rush Street in Culver City, CA, and while inventory lasts there are still a few transfer paintings at Gum Tree in Hermosa Beach, CA.

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Alex Diffin is a freelance artist specializing in large spray paint and acrylic paintings. She lives in downtown Long Beach and is inspired by the chaos and constant activity of city life. She is fueled by the vibrant art scene of Long Beach and is constantly creating – usually between 4 and 7 large works at a time. The city never slows down and neither does she.

Alex’s style developed from enjoying the splashy/drippiness of watercolor; but she wasn’t able to achieve a vibrant color payoff large scale with watercolors. Alex also finds anxiety in a blank canvas – so covering it up with a free form bright abstract before painting a portrait on top lets her create all the time with lower stress.

Alex’s intentions of her paintings are that the chaos of the spray paint are to compliment and contrast the fine controlled lines of the woman. Ideally creating a joining of the opposites that parallel the beauty and disarray of life.

Life is messy, life is beautiful.

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After years of working in film and video at 30 frames per second, I discovered the joy of telling stories, real stories, in 1 frame. Somewhere between the smile and the frown is a single moment that speaks volumes. 

Is it truth or inner beauty? 

Who knows. Why name it? 

It’s there, it’s compelling, it’s lovely. 

And when you record it, it takes on a life of its own.

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Sabrina Armitage was born in Vienna, Austria and currently lives and works in the Los Angeles area. After studying Fine Art at Otis College of Art and Design, Sabrina entered the world of encaustic painting in 2012. Themes of resilience and adaptability weave through her art reflecting her background in Psychology and Clinical Social Work and the desire to unfold layers that reveal the inner landscape. The encaustic medium (beeswax and resin) allows for an investigative excavation that parallels each of our human stories and imperfections, where beauty is held within vulnerability and struggle.

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Kevin Gilligan is an award-winning landscape, portrait and sports photographer from L.A.’s South Bay.  His photographs have been nationally published and museum displayed.

Kevin is an avid fan of the outdoors and has explored and photographed U.S. National Parks including, Rocky Mountain National Park, Yosemite, Zion, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons and Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies.

Kevin is an attorney, a surfer, martial artist, and a general fan of coffee and adrenaline. He doesn’t like to sit still for too long and in the past few years has photographed Ireland, Panama, Vietnam, London, Paris and Canada.

In his own words:

“My visual perspective grew out of a love of the ocean, surfing and swimming. Growing up on NY’s Long Island Sound and now living in L.A.’s South Bay I have a keen appreciation for beautiful ocean, beach, and water landscapes and portraits. My interests are eclectic. Art, portraits and sports photography, especially martial arts and surfing are also near and dear to my heart. I read avidly about photography and photo tech, I’m kind of a photo geek. I’m stoked to be part of the Hermosa Beach Artist’s Collective and to meet so many creative people in the South Bay.”

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Andre Snyman is a local artist that incorporates his passion for surfing into every stroke. Andre has spent uncountable hours staring at the ocean and has a unique way of capturing the essence of an ocean-being on canvass. Hailing from Mossel Bay, South Africa- Andre has called the South Bay home since 2012. If not in the studio, you will find Andre cruising on the endless search for the perfect wave, good burritos and cold beers.

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Growing up right outside New York City, Hermosa Beach based artist Dan Gardner was heavily influenced and inspired by the graffiti and skate culture. Using spray paint, acrylics, Inks and natural wood grains his work plays off the chaos of urban decay contrasted by the controlled linear landscape of a city.  This satisfying balance shows in his passion for graffiti, nature the ocean and surfing as well as his engineering background.  With many different styles and subject matters his work expresses his different passions and influences, bold, edgy organic pieces with movement depth and feeling.

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Los Angeles artist Charles Lynn Bragg was born in 1952. His parents, Charles Bragg and Jennie Tomao are both professional artists. Charles the elder always stressed the importance of drawing skills. Young Charles began is art career as a print maker, printing his father’s popular limited edition etchings and creating his own etching plates and editions. Also known as Chick Bragg, his education was centered on art; art history and art making techniques in acrylic, oil, gauche, and watercolor paint, pastels, etchings, stone lithography, serigraphy, airbrush, pen and ink, stone carving, clay modeling and computer graphics. Bragg attended classes at U.C.L.A., Los Angeles City College, Pierce College, Otis, California Institute of the Arts and received his BFA in Sculpture from California State University, Long Beach, graduating with honors in 2009. Bragg’s work encompasses Realism, Surrealism, Conceptualism and Humanism, all with a dose of fantasy, humor and a touch of Disney. His work includes drawings, paintings, sculptures, limited editions, computer graphics and videos.

Best known for his compassionate and prolific drawings, paintings and limited editions of animals, marine life and environmental images, he designed a panel of four U.S. Postal Service stamps Wonders of the Sea in 1994. Also in that year Turner Publishing reproduced his works in the book Wild Lives: The Animal Kingdom of Charles Lynn Bragg. His popular images have been seen in galleries in the United States and Japan, on school text books and internationally on dozens of products, such as posters, jigsaw puzzles, greeting cards, collector plates, t-shirts and watches, to name a few. Among his published commissions are The Nature Company, The Nature Conservancy, The World Wildlife Fund, EarthSave, and many more.

Bragg’s recent series of images parodies some of the art world’s most famous and infamous works of art. He meticulously recreates Van Gogh’s Starry Night, adds a rocket in the sky and calls it Starry Night Attack, for example. Calling them Earth Icons, he tweaks Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa into Mondo Lisa, Munch’s Scream into Earth Scream, Magritte’s Son of Man into Son of Earth and so on. He appropriates, then redesigns Dali, Warhol, Matisse, Lichtenstein, Man Ray and even the ancient cave paintings of Lascaux to make these iconic images reveal Bragg’s 21st century concerns.

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Radha Mehta is a multimedia artist versed in music, filmmaking and painting. She’s had her originals placed on film and TV for major networks, has performed for audiences of 30,000+ at award-winning music festivals around the world, and has sung the American National Anthem for over 10 NBA games throughout the US. Radha also directed and produced two award-winning short films including one on the story of inventor Nikola Tesla and another on the story of her parents defying the traditional system of arranged marriage in India. Since the birth of her son in 2016, Radha has focused her artistic energies on creating abstract fluid paintings, in the mediums of acrylic and resin, using vibrant colors largely inspired by earth, water, and fire. Some of her works have recently been awarded Best-In-Show in Mixed Media and will be featured in the upcoming ArtPrize2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Radha enjoys and looks forward to the element of surprise that comes with each piece of art she creates.

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Bev Baigent is a South African born photographer living in the South Bay.  She is a self taught, continuously learning artist, who believes photography is more than an artistic expression, it’s a metaphor for life. Photography forces one to slow down, to truly look at what is going on around you. By making simple changes in perspective, distance from the object and points of focus, a different view is achieved that highlights aspects of a scene otherwise missed, or details in an object otherwise overlooked.

Macro Photography is her first love. Beauty is everywhere, and it is very often overlooked in the busyness and routine of everyday life. Macro photography serves to teach her to slow down and seek out beauty in the details, as well as allowing her to share those discoveries with others.

Experimenting with canvas and paper has allowed her to discover different ways to share her images and display her world.  Life is not perfect, and beauty is not perfection. There is beauty in the messes, and in the details, and in the mistakes and in the mundane.  It is in the objects we use everyday, and it is in the tiny things we overlook. Exploring those things, slowing down long enough to see and capture them to share is a way of life.

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Julio is a mixed media painter currently living in Hermosa Beach California. From a young age, hip-hop heavily inspired him. The passion, color, line usaege, design elements, and improvisational style are some of the elements that moved him to begin creating art. He also has a great love for classic oil paintings. Julio spent his college years diligently studying the old masters, and his undergraduate practice focusing solely on oil-on-canvas paintings. The artists that most inspired him during this time were Edgar Degas, Albrecht Durer, Paul Cezanne, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Edward Hopper, Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, and Jackson Pollock to name a few.

Julio’s goal in recent works has been to incorporate his love of hip-hop elements into more classic compositions and themes within oil and mixed media paintings. This evolution in his work has developed over the last decade, but has really taken shape in the past few years. His work is not an attempt to make a modern spin-off of graffiti or create classically-composed oil paintings.  Instead, he hopes to find his voice when creating a combination of his influences. When most effective in the work it fluently combines styles, techniques, purpose, themes, and presentation of these two artistic worlds that mean so much to him.

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Being an artist, what does that mean?  To me, it means one who practices art.  I started drawing and painting when I was a kid, the only difference is I never stopped.  “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he (or she!) grows up. ”-Pablo Picasso.  This quote pretty much describes how I feel about being an artist. I never stopped practicing art because I couldn’t stop. It’s like getting dressed; it’s always a part of my day.

I was born in Miami in the 70’s. Life was easy back then. We traveled a lot. My parents loved to be on the move. I spent my summers in Toronto, Canada with my sister and grandparents. When I was 7, we moved to London, England for my father’s job. My dad was busy with work, so my mom made sure that she, my sister and I saw every castle and traveled to all corners of the UK while we had the chance. I loved all of it.  The history was incredible and the monuments and architecture are still etched in my brain. When we came back to the States, we left the east coast and moved out to Newport Beach, Cali. After high school I studied, traveled and lived abroad. Living in European cities (Paris, Florence, Cortona and Vienna) and studying the great masterpieces of art was beyond inspiring to me, while being completely immersed in the local culture. After my travels abroad, I came home to the beaches of Southern California.  I graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach. Out of college, I went on to work in the music industry for about 10 years before starting my own business, Wendy Stillman Jewelry. You can see my Jewelry in many women’s clothing boutiques across the country – Oakwood Drive (MB), RedFox Clothing (CDM), Pitkin County Dry Goods (Aspen), Cami (MB), Tabula Rasa (MB), Hummingbird (Carpenteria), Fortunate Discoveries (Chicago) and Copper Penny (NC).

I have continued to paint throughout my years of running my Jewelry company and being a busy mom of two. Locally in Manhattan Beach I have had the honor of painting with Terri Burris who has been a tremendous guide in my recent artworks. I am a member of The Hermosa Beach Artist Collective, a workspace gallery in Hermosa Beach. I have also been privileged to teach art at the elementary level for the past 9 years through an amazing art program called Young at Art.

Wake, Make, Create and Repeat!

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Art has always been a part of Janice’s life. Her mother was an oil painter as was her Great Aunt. She always enjoyed art in school and when she became a teacher it was an integral part of her curriculum and assignments. As a principal and later district administrator, Janice promoted art in the classrooms specifically supporting the disciplined based art program  sponsored by The Getty Museum. She has taught after school art classes for students and adults and continues to do so.

About 5 years before Janice retired, she started taking art classes, first at Harbor College and then Otis College of Art. Janice paints both representational and abstract pieces, but truly abstract is her true love. In her paintings Janice tries to interpret or respond to an idea or an emotion, but most of all she tries to make something beautiful. Janice’s work has been in local shows, including CA101. She is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association and PVAC Artist Open Group.

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Chris travels the globe, records his experiences on camera and shares them all here with you. Chris’ portfolio ranges from beaches to architecture; from cities to natural wonders. He features his images on lightweight aluminum canvas. The result is stunning — the images are crisp, and pop right off of the metal.

Chris grew up in the mountains of Colorado, and his love for photography blossomed at an early age. After receiving his first camera (a cheapie Kodak 110 film camera) for Christmas, Chris’ dog became probably the most photographed pup in all of Colorado. After college, Chris headed west to Southern California. Though Chris’ portfolio is diverse, it’s no surprise his favorite subjects usually include mountains or beaches.

Chris has since upgraded from his first little Kodak camera — he now shoots on a Canon 5D. In addition to photography, Chris is also a producer for FOX Sports and NFL Network.

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Blakeley Hunter is a local South Bay artist who gathers much of her inspiration from the natural world around us; the things that most people find mundane are the same things that spark some of her most unique ideas. Blakeley’s passion for art started at a young age and was encouraged by her parents. After studying art in college, Hunter realized she found the most joy in creating abstract works of art using photography, Photoshop, resin, and paint.​

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Ryan Chun aka “Grace” moved this year to the mainland to advance his art and music career. Originally from Hawaii, Ryan’s inspired works span disciplines, mediums and style from street art through fine art.

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Tom is a professionally trained and accomplished artist who specializes in “Malerisch” style painting, defined as “Celebration of Paint.” His use of color and free movement of the brush result in meaningful and unique pieces.

Similar to his mentors, Tom’s paintings feature unique brushstrokes, bold colors and paint, lots of paint.

Tom has always had a passion for painting, and his education goes back to his childhood. He spent over 25 years as a marketing executive, and after recently undergoing a kidney transplant, he decided to return to his passion and make it his full time career.

Tom lives in the South Bay, California with his wife, three sons and his dogs, Bolt and Lightening.

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Josh Barnes is a graphic artist based in Hermosa Beach. He often pays homage to this coastal city and the California beach lifestyle in his work, featuring crashing waves, surfboards, and palm trees.  Born in Saint Louis Obispo, Josh also finds inspiration in everyday objects, and enjoys using a wide variety of media for his artwork.  Transitioning from spray cans on skateboards to the more conventional canvas, Josh is a multi-talented artist who also works as a custom framer, screen printer and graphic designer. His pieces feature detailed line work and intricate layering, bold colors, and a sense of dark, dreamy whimsy.

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In 2008, Sara graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and Pre-Medicine from Florida International University in Miami, Fla. She soon realized it was a fascination with human anatomy that influenced her science major, but what she really longed for was artistic expression.  After graduating, she began a career in fashion that eventually brought her to Vogue Magazine in New York City. Sara’s knowledge of the human form and her love of fashion collided when she discovered painting in 2013, developing a style that utilizes both interests. Sara’s works are created using oil on linen or canvas. Her painstaking process can take up to two months for one painting.

Sara’s studio is located in Sebastopol, Calif. Her talent has been rewarded, as she was named finalist in the Urban Riche Gallery “Portrait” competition and has been recognized in many online art publications.

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Natalie Strong is a self-taught painter and fiber artist working in the South Bay.  She is a member of the El Segundo Arts and Culture Advisory Commission And president of the El Segundo Art Association.  You can follow her daily art practice on Instagram.

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Meghan Jerdin is a local artist born and raised in California. She brings the warm weather, ocean and fast pace of the Southwest to life in her work through bold colors, abstract shapes and sharp lines. Her love for creating originates in middle school where she was first introduced to watercolor, sketch, acrylic and ceramics. She continues to pull inspiration from several styles and often fuses them together in one piece. Over the past decade, Meghan’s work had been commissioned for dozens of pieces in which she always finds a fresh new way to bring her unique perspective to the canvas.

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Color and geometric order/disorder are my constant concerns in the studio. Beginning each painting I seek to create a subtle but visually engaging ground which serves as a foil to the next layers of geometric shapes, all contained within or challenging the penciled grid. Balancing the shapes and colors of pieces fascinates me daily. Often I will place a strong color or shape anywhere on the piece, knowing that the challenge to engage it successfully is so satisfying. I finish my work with gloss medium varnish, as it provides a window into the work and also reflects the life and light in the space in which it hangs. I also work with beeswax encaustic and love how the pieces look when finished (and I really enjoy the enchanting odor of the melting wax)! More of my work can be seen at: www.artsy.net. I am represented by the Bruce Lurie Gallery in Los Angeles and Folly & Muse in London,UK and Munich, Germany. It is my sincere desire to convey to the observer my humble recognition of the Mystery that we live in and the Spiritual, G-d, which Creates, Infuses and Envelops all.

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Jonmar found his love for the arts at age three, his love of programming at twelve, and his love of songwriting at twenty four. These are the pillars of his entire creative world, and of his ultimate passion — storytelling. Four of his innovative music creation apps reached number 1 globally, and his unique approach to both development and design has been featured by Apple, RollingStone, and GuitarWorld magazine.

His work exploring th naturally impressionist world of resin has led to Jonmar’s current focus — augmented reality empowered artwork that delivers immersive three dimensional experiences featuring original story-based music. At long last his art, music, music videos, and app development have coalesced into a single story-telling expression, a singularity of sight and sound.

Jonmar just released a 33 song album (named 33) on iTunes and Spotify, and many of these tracks tell the tales behind his newest series of art.

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Eric discovered the joy of art at the age of 6 when his father taught him to paint.  He continued to paint through college. After graduating college (George Washington University in Washington DC.), he focused on an my entrepreneurial career so his paint brushes lie dormant for quite some time. He founded and operated Sanders Industries for 30 years. The company primarily served the aerospace, defense and industrial markets. Eventually the business grew to seven manufacturing sites in the US and Europe and 600 employees. After the sale of his business in 2014, He returned to painting and quickly discovered a new tool which had not existed when he was painting previously; digital painting. Eric enjoys working in both medias and also combining the two. The artists who currently have the most influence on his work are Picasso, Salvador Dali and Basquiat.  He is also actively involved in philanthropy. In 2015 he established the Sanders Family Foundation which supports organizations that foster sustainable change in developing countries and is specifically focused on women and children in those communities. Most importantly, Eric is a devoted father of 2 boys.