Naomi Brown is a talented and experienced artist focused on the landscapes of the Southwest. Her signature style is at once painterly and hyperrealistic, and her love for the desert where she grew up emanates from her canvases.
Brown’s work has been nationally recognized in competitions, seen in art fairs, select galleries worldwide,American Art Collectorand Southwest Art magazines, and hangs proudly in numerous private collections.
Naomi Brown works in Queen Creek, Arizona, where she resides with her husband and children.
I stand and look at a giant, blank canvas, paintbrush poised, and ponder my initial approach. I walk up as if into the canvas interior and explore my new surroundings, for each canvas has its own, unique personality that I want to find, express, and make distinguished. The colors and “images” reflect my inner buoyancy and progressive optimism. They reflect my spirit and, I hope, will enliven your surroundings.
I am native to the redwood coastal region of southwest Oregon. Growing up, I knew, felt, and respected the northwest Pacific coast’s rugged power, beauty and freedom. Later, I got to know the straight-forward, infinite landscapes of the Texas Panhandle. Then I discovered the surround-sound, deeply spiritual Land of Enchantment. New Mexico’s warm tinges of golden light cavort across the desert in spritely dance.
I love the freedom of expression and mystery in abstract art, which emanate from the soul, with its own language. For me, it denotes a way of life, a captured individualism etched upon its vessel.
Born in Southern California and based in Twentynine Palms, Whitney Gardner’s southwestern landscape art includes her far west Mojave Desert home. A fascination with rugged scenery led her to an artful study of the region. Her plein air and studio compositions are an ode to the remarkable facets of the desert.
Whitney attained a BFA at California College of the Arts in 2010, but she considers herself self-taught as an artist. Her work has been published in Western Art Collector magazine, and in 2019 her painting Ocotillo Sky received the Best of Show award at the Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition. In May 2021 she had a sell-out show in a solo online exhibition in Western Gallery.
Elena Golberg was born in an industrial city in Siberia, near Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake. She attended an art school for gifted young children, and was strongly influenced by powerful, Russian realistic art traditions. Classes were taught by talented, Soviet painters, who created a wonderful atmosphere within the learning process. In 1989 Elena earned her fine arts degree and teaching license from a Soviet university. She taught art history, painting, drawing, composition, and sculpture for 15 years.
Elena happily moved to the United States in 2004. Native American culture fascinated her, and many Native American portraits followed. Her works were displayed at the Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art in 2011. In 2019, she transitioned to an intriguing, new subject, Saguaro cacti, her current muse, and she braves the Arizona desert to sketch saguaros enthusiastically. The in early morning light catches the “movements” of their muscular trunks and branches. She then fine tunes the saguaros’ strong expressions as they gesture toward Arizona’s big sky.
Most people are not familiar with the word encaustic. It's an ancient process of painting with a hot melted mixture of beeswax and damar resin. I also incorporate the use of oil paints, pan pastels, photography, and some drawings into my work.
The process requires both patience and spontaneity. It's a rare marriage of being in control and completely losing control in the process. It's labor intensive with many steps. But the outcome is a dreamy, ethereal image with texture and appeal unlike any other art form. You truly have to see encaustic works to really appreciate all they have to offer. Photos rarely do them justice.
I see abstraction everywhere, interpreting the world around me by its shadowy depths, shapes and contours that hide in plain sight in my everyday environment. I find that shapes have their own presence; they push the space around them as they interact with each other. Therefore the nature of my painting is always fluid, rushing forward and gathering influences form the world around me. I survey these swirling currents to capture elements for my work. During my painting process, shapes and colors make connections.
I draw some lines slowly and thoughtfully, others with a quick movement capturing the speed and weight of my hand as I hold the charcoal, pastel, or brush. Drawing is not something that just happens in my hand or wrist. It is a process that happens in my mind as I respond to what I see in my environment, and reveals itself when I pick up a brush loaded with paint. I feel the weight of the brush, anticipating what marks will be made as I pour paint on the canvas and move it around with a trowel, as gravity works alongside me pulling the paint down into drips.
Not being one to shout, Kim Randleas’ paintings are a soft-spoken tribute to a fleeting moment; a bird about to take flight or a woodland creature’s quick glance. Kim’s artistic method starts with a meditative free-flowing process. Working on meticulously prepared metallic surfaces of copper sheets or metallic-leafed panels, she creates pleasing patterns and organic patinas. Once these patterns and patinas are created there is a quiet introspective process to compose the second phase, oil painting on the surface.
Once the oil painting phase is complete, the piece is sealed to prevent the patina from further developing. Painting on copper is a time-tested technique popular among Dutch and Flemish artists in the 1600s. Rembrandt painted one of his first self-portraits “Rembrandt Laughing” on copper in 1628. Kim was born in 1975 in Eastern Oregon. She started oil painting in 2015 and began her artistic career in 2016 when, on a whim, she entered an art exhibition, was accepted, and took home the “People’s Choice” Award. Kim started working on metallic surfaces in 2018. She lives and creates in her home studio outside Canyon City, Oregon enjoying the wildlife, extensive views, and solitude of her home nestled at the base of Canyon Mountain.
Harper Henry is an award-winning, Arizona based artist creating vibrant, abstract-realistic paintings focused mainly on horses and historical western figures.
After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration, she had a successful 30 year career as a designer and Art Director in the world of commercial advertising. In 2016, she made the decision to resign and pursue painting full-time. Her work resides in galleries and private collections throughout the country, Canada, and Australia.
Harper’s work is a unique fusion of two contradictory art styles; abstract and realism. Inspired by the great works of John Singer Sargent, Nicolai Fechin and Oleg Stavrowsky. With each new piece she tries to push artistic boundaries by finding new ways to look at classical subject matter. Experimenting with styles that seemingly cause past and present to collide. In many pieces, bold brushwork is employed to evoke a sense of movement or reemergence.
Artist Christy Stallop lives in Austin, Texas. Born and raised in El Paso, her work is greatly influenced by the West. Her subjects range from local landscapes to whimsical grackle birds that border on the absurd. Her work is influenced by design and balance and her perspectives often shift into unique directions. Christy’s primary focus is to create work that delights and elevates the mood of the viewer.
Texas born artist Christy Stallop was raised in sunny El Paso. Her charming work displays the unmistakable and, for her, inescapable influences of the Great American West.
Christy’s subjects range from the local landscapes that grace her surroundings to whimsical grackle birds, into which she instils a playfulness that, she admits with a wry smile, may border on the absurd.
Christy Stallop’s educational influences gave rise to her penchant for quirky design and balance that often shift her perspectives into unique directions. Christy enjoys creating work that will delight the viewer. Indeed, she derives great satisfaction from elevating people’s mood with her creations.
I want people to see the beauty in native plants and habitats, but also to understand that these are more than just pretty flowers amid beautiful landscapes. They are the basis of life support for all wildlife, from tiny insects to large mammals. With more habitat being lost every year, it’s vital that the remaining wild landscapes are protected.
My paintings draw people in because of their color, composition and technique, but then as the viewer takes a closer look, they start asking questions about what my art portrays. Appreciation and the desire to care for something usually starts with an initial attraction that is often hard to explain. My art creates that moment for the viewer.
Here are the interviews with the artists who participated in the AWAE event! Be sure to watch and learn more about your favorite artist!