I am captivated by the rich colors of saris, the lush greens of vegetation, the deep blue of the sky, the earthy culture of India, and serendipitously I ended up staying there two years to complete an MFA in painting from Visa Bharati University, West Bengal, India. It was a magical place and time in my life. Villages surrounded the small campus with open rice fields, reflective pools of water punctuated by a distant palm, the voices of tribal women singing melodious folk songs as they walked to work the fields.
Jim Eppler brings the power, beauty and magnetic attraction of nature to both his paintings and bronzes. Eppler creates from the experience of his lifelong enchantment with wildlife and his innate gift for the use of color and form. A seasoned artist who readily admits a romance with "the play of light and shadow, the way paint builds on canvas," he is equally captivated by gestures and textures that lend themselves to the three-dimensional aspect of bronze. Bringing his skill as a colorist to his sculpture, Eppler hand-finishes each bronze in his limited editions. Using patina and paint, his intricate knowledge of his subject matter is expressed with distinctive markings unique to each species.
For her, it's a treat. It isn't work. And what's Yubeta's hope for those who wear her jewelry? "I want to make people smile," she says. "I want them to be comfortable with my work. There's a sense of wonder and excitement when I began a new piece. I want the people who wear my work to feel it, too." From the head and heart to the hands, as they say, hands that weave beauty and power in unique and arresting design. The hands of Kim Yubeta, beautiful.
Two artists that are "Arizona Treasures"
Wyoming artist Carol Swinney paints with a palette knife instead of a brush for may reasons. " I love texture, and love to see a lot of paint on the canvas. A painting knife gives rich colors and amazing depth, like you're sculpting a painting," she says. "Contrast, composition and lighting capture my attention while on location so I paint when colors are rich and light is more dramatic." Swinney prefers to paint on location at such places as Rocky Mountain National Park, in CO, the mountains near Tucson, AZ or the Grand Teton Mountains in WY.
Each painting begins with an inspiration. I am incredibly fortunate – my inspiration is Nature. And she’s everywhere! I still hold in my mind’s eye, the beauty of the western Pennsylvania hills where I grew up. But now I am surrounded by the beauty of Colorado – her foothills, mountains, plains and CLOUDS! I also love the stunning beauty of the southwestern deserts, mesas and canyons. Add to all that the changes in the seasons and I have an unlimited source of inspiration.
'Round the next bend in the trail, over the next hill... seeking the
quintessential elements of the "wild places" that I explore and love.
Hailing from Oak Park, Illinois; raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, a
love of horses and the west took Peet to Colorado as a child, and again
in the early '60's. For over twenty-five years Peet has called the
Colorado Rockies (Copper Mountain) and Tucson's Sonora Desert, home,
during different times of the year.’
The intensity and depth of his study and concern for wildlife is inescapable for him and is as well for those who appreciate his artistic efforts. He has evolved a style of work that allows him to convey the most subtle and delicate of the Southwest's boundless natural wildlife. His total commitment is-as coyote to desert-one." --Paul A. Rossi, Artist & former Director, Gilcrease Institute of American History & Art
K Newby Gallery & Sculpture GardenTubac, AZ
“Traveling has allowed me to get close to animals in the wild in a way like I’d never expected. Last year I stood 10 feet away from a mature Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep while visiting Glacier National Monument. He stood only briefly while I stared in awe. I could see deep into his big dark eyes. This majestic wild animal had no fear of me, in fact, I almost felt as if he were as curious about me as I was about him. I feel an absolutely real sense that there is much more communication between humans and animals than anyone really considers.”
K Newby Gallery & Sculpture GardenTubac, AZ
Now showing her beautiful enamel and glass jewelry designs at Indigo Desert Ranch Art Collective located in Tubac, Arizona. Melissa Rogers has enjoyed a long celebrated career as a jewelry designer and expresses her zest for life in her jewelry designs. For over 30 years, she has designed for high-end boutiques and clothing designers across the country for many years.
New artist at the K Newby Gallery & Sculpture Garden - Tubac, AZ
The combined effort of these two creative individuals is amazing and simply beautiful. New artist at the K Newby Gallery & Sculpture Garden - Tubac, AZ
With a painter’s eye, I begin with sterling or fine silver, which represents a blank canvas. It is where I begin creating the form. Color is added with stones, gold, or other treasured bits. Texture embellishments weave the story together.
Nature’s unexpected contrasts of extreme and fragile inspire me. It is a delicate balance.
K Newby Gallery & Sculpture Garden