Illuminations

Spotlighting the works of artists, artisans and architects


Ones to Watch: Deborah Berniklau

December 2014 | January 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Oil painter Deborah Berniklau’s work revolves around the relationship between people and horses. “There’s that unique connection,” she says. “I try to bring that about through the daily activities people…

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Ones to Watch: Sculptor Stephanie Revennaugh

October | November 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Bronze sculptor Stephanie Revennaugh knew, the minute her hands dug into clay, that she needed to sculpt. And the subject that came to her was horses. Not working horses. Not…

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Ones to Watch: Suzanne Wallace Mears

June | July 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

There are no rules in Suzanne Wallace Mears’ world. She comes at her glass work from a place of pure joy and abandon. Each bowl, mask and abstract sculpture is…

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Ones to Watch: Clare Walton

February | March 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

Architect Clare Walton’s work is a study in diverse yet complementary concepts. Not yin and yang, exactly, but somehow even more interesting. Take her airy guest house at Tahoe’s Martis…

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Ones to Watch: Joel L. Sherman

April | May 2012       By Chase Reynolds Ewald      

Joel L. Sherman of J.L.S. Design views social responsibility as a key tenet of his firm’s design philosophy. Because every built project has an effect that reaches beyond the physical…

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Ones to Wacth

October | November 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Trained at Wendell Castle Workshop, one of the top schools in bringing art to the artisan world, Rex White learned how to build furniture that lasts. That was more than…

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Ones to Watch: Olivia Pendergast

February | March 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Painter Olivia Pendergast travels the globe in search of one intimate moment. Encompassing insights with portraits from Kenya, Malawi, Ethiopia, Haiti and Bangladesh, Pendergast reaches beyond language. Although it might…

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Ones to Watch: Dean L. Mitchell

June | July 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Painter Dean L. Mitchell brings an emotional palette to his work as well as an expert hand, an exceedingly superior eye and an authenticity that yanks your beating heart from…

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Ones to Watch: Kyle Polzin

Winter | Spring 2011       Written By Michele Corriel      

Each of Kyle Polzin’s paintings evokes a deep, almost spiritual, connection with an era long passed. There is a looking-at-the-world-through-a-keyhole type of intimacy between Polzin and his subject matter. His…

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Ones to Watch: Matthew Baird

Fall | Winter 2011       Written By Carter G. Walker      

Though New York City-based architect Matthew Baird made a name for himself working on striking museums — from New York’s American Folk Art Museum to the Museum of Contemporary Art…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

October | November 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

There is something of a remembering to Susan Goldsmith’s mixed-media paintings. A notion of what a thing can become if endowed with the fantasy of magical realism. There is a…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

February | March 2017       Written By Richard Polsky      

In a few short years, Cara Romero has established herself as one of America’s most inventive photographers, creating work that’s rapidly shed an outdated ideal of Native American art. The…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Spring | Summer 2008       Written By Michele Corriel      

Kathy Wipfler began as a plein-air artist, and that initial emotional pull of the paint to echo the land still resonates in her work. Living just outside of Jackson Hole,…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Premiere Issue       Written By Michele Corriel      

Matthew Monahan, a California-born sculptor, creates commentary figures in parts — a lolling head, a tortured torso, dangling legs — each separated and hauntingly encased in its own vitrine. His…

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Ones to Watch: La Puerta Originals

June | July 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Doors are such intimate yet public objects. They are our face to the world; the affectionate, open arms, or the locked, bolted gaurdian of our fortresses. A company in Santa…

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Ones to Watch: Painter Luke Stavrowsky

August | September 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Painter Luke Stavrowsky’s work centers on design. “My approach to painting is mostly visual,” he says. “The story and the subject matter are not as important to me. I know…

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Ones to Watch: Sculptor Charles Ringer

February | March 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Charles Ringer’s abstract metal sculptures made from found objects, scraps of copper, brass or stainless steel simply and honestly mesmerize. The elegant, contemporary shapes move and rock, living in the…

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Ones to Watch: Architect Matthew Coates

August | September 2013       Written By Christine Rogel      

Architect Matthew Coates grew up in a small town in northern Michigan, a place he described as ecologically pristine, with freshwater lakes acting as his childhood playground. “I was so…

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Ones to Watch: Catherine Courtenaye

February | March 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

Through free flowing, broadly laid brushstrokes and tightly penned handwriting taken from original Victorian-era documents, painter Catherine Courtenaye conveys a sense of transmission, an opening to the quiet and chaotic…

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Ones to Watch: Carrie Fell

December 2015 | January 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Painter Carrie Fell’s work expresses a contemporary take on familiar stories of the West with exciting colors and faceless cowboys. Painting professionally for 20 years, Fell has made a brand…

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Ones to Watch: Katie Metz

August | September 2015       Written By Rosemary Carstens      

Cities are where the action is and it’s their vitality and sizzling energy that inspire painter Katie Metz. “Big cities pump us up, drive us to achieve,” she says. Her…

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Ones to Watch: Lisa Ronay

December 2013 | January 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Metalsmith Lisa Ronay connects the mystic feeling of the ocean with the beauty of tide-rocked glass as well as the treasure-like quality of found objects. Incorporating the softness of seaglass…

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Ones to Watch: Troy Collins

June | July 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

Painter Troy Collins’ large landscapes capture our eye, pulling us into the frame. Enveloped in sunlight and aspens, we can almost feel the wind on our cheek. His work creates…

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Ones to Watch: Chuck Middlekauff

Summer | Fall 2010       Written By Michele Corriel      

Chuck Middlekauff’s vibrant retelling of the American West through billboards, surfboards, Coke cups, candy wrappers, pay phones, toys, records and stuff from the workbench brings a fresh perspective to nostalgia.…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

February | March 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Recently, Richard Boyer took his passion for plein air painting into the city. Specifically, he’s concentrating on Portland, Oregon, although other cities catch his attention as well. “It’s not really…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Winter | Spring 2008       Written By Michele Corriel      

Margaret Keelan’s ceramic sculptures encapsulate an intricate process as well as frame open-ended meditations on human fragility and modern culture. By juxtaposing Victorian-era doll imagery with a more contemporary female…

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Ones to Watch: Jon Dick

April | May 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

For Jon Dick, of Archaeo Architects, it’s important to keep the home in the context of the landscape upon which it sits. “I’m very drawn to the landscape and nature,”…

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Ones to Watch: Danae Bennett Miller

August | September 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

Danae Bennett Miller’s sculptures encapsulate movement and life, both the frailty as well as the impact of eternal duration. Miller’s work flows with a poetic balance of what you see…

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Ones to Watch: Diana Tremaine

April | May 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

When Diana Tremaine paints geese it makes us feel like part of the sky, gives us the urge to rise, to maybe, just maybe, cut through a cloud and find…

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Ones to Watch: Gordon McConnell

December 2015 | January 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Gordon McConnell drops us into iconic images and leaves us there to find our own way home. Through the shorthand of old Western films, he twists a contemporary narrative across…

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Ones to Watch: Silas Thompson

August | September 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Silas Thompson paintings convey the non-specific, but in doing so, his brushstrokes, sure and broad, heave with emotion and give rise to a single moment. “I do work on the…

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Ones to Watch: Jamie Kirkland

December 2013 | January 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Oil painter Jamie Kirkland’s traditional techniques come through with a contemporary voice. Her large canvases transport the viewer into the piece, offering an experiential journey into the landscape. “I’m interested…

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Ones to Watch: Tracy Leagjeld

June | July 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

Tracy Leagjeld’s vibrant monoprints feel spontaneous, alive. Her colors jump. Her compositions breathe.  “What intrigues me is the contrasts,” she says. “Whether it’s cityscapes, forests or mountains, what captures my…

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Ones to Watch: Robert Seliger

August | September 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

In a small workshop on a ranch in Tumalo, Oregon, Robert Seliger carefully crafts 100 pieces of furniture each year. His work sometimes starts as a vision and sometimes it’s…

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Designing the West: Out in Front

Fall | Winter 2010       Written By Kathy Chin Leong      

When interior designer Pam Pennington suggested covering a client’s red brick fireplace from floor to ceiling with black slate tiles, homeowner Casey Renking was hesitant, especially since he was originally…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

December 2016 | January 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Although Isaac Dial is a third-generation silversmith drawing on his Native American heritage, which is both Lumbee and Navajo, he started out in molecular biotechnology. It wasn’t until his father…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Spring | Summer 2009       Written By Michele Corriel      

Carol Guzman’s work celebrates the world, from glorious landscapes to daily chores, with fine strokes and broad approaches. Small subjects attract her attention, turn in her hands and underscore a…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Spring | Summer 2008       Written By Michele Corriel      

Suggestive of Renaissance painters such as Caravaggio, Steve Huston’s work concentrates on the male figure and the  role of workers in our contemporary culture. Referencing metaphors to modern-day heroes —…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Summer | Fall 2008       Written By Dina Mishev      

Architects frequently talk about making the most of a building’s setting. Of blending a building into its environment. Even of using a building to improve its surroundings. Arne Jorgensen and…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

October | November 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Debora Moore’s glass-sculpted orchids embody the flower’s delicate characteristics as well as their diversity as one of the oldest flowering plants in the world, dating back to the Mesozoic Era.…

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Ones to Watch: Painter Deladier Almeida

August | September 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Oil painter Deladier Almeida focuses on the shape of the land, where the vertical meets the sky. Add to that an artistic heart for slanting light and the yearning to…

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Ones to Watch: Architect Susan Desko

February | March 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Rethinking the typical, Sun Valley architect Susan Desko designed this 5,000-square-foot Idaho residence to be both intimate for a small group and accommodating for large holiday gatherings. “From the get-go,…

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Ones to Watch: Mixed-media Artist Christopher Owen Nelson

October | November 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

Christopher Owen Nelson’s work is a sort of alchemy, part painting and part sculpture, transmuting color and light into a vessel of unlimited space. At times his colors seem otherworldly,…

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Ones to Watch: Amber Jean

April | May 2013       Written By Christine Rogel      

On a mountainside overlooking the valley where the beautiful town of Livingston, Montana, sits quietly against the banks of the Yellowstone River, a dirt road winds and eventually ends at…

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Ones to Watch: Bryan Christiansen

February | March 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Bryan Christiansen’s contemporary assemblages take the idea of trophy hunting and turn it on its head. Instead of thinking of the outdoors, Christiansen’s use, or reuse, of furniture reminds us…

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Ones to Watch: Donna Gans

August | September 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Combining the rugged landscape of the West with the inner landscapes of abstract thought, painter Donna Gans layers and builds worlds on her canvases. Important to her is the expression…

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Ones to Watch: Jacquelyn Bischak

December 2012 | January 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

With an eye toward truth, oil painter Jacquelyn Bischak’s figurative and still-life works reflect not only what she sees in the world but they manage to convey the feeling of…

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Ones to Watch: Hadley Rampton

October | November 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Stark with promise, revealing in their bareness, Hadley Rampton’s landscape oil paintings summon the vigor of painting outdoors as well as the discipline that comes with the confinement of paint…

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Ones to Watch: Rahnee Gladwin

June | July 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Rahnee Gladwin’s mosaics bring together experienced craftsmanship and artistic vision. Her detailed work places tightly packed pieces of stone and glass into designs where the grout joints are so minuscule…

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Ones to Watch: Brian Scott

June | July 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Brian Scott’s textured, poured-metal-surrounding-kiln-formed-glass sculptures stand like delineated thresholds separating what you think you know from what you might learn. These totems take on the traditional purpose of making the…

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Ones to Watch: Marc Hanson

August | September 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Marc Hanson paints the quiet, the stillness. Portraying nature in the most intimate of ways, each of his canvases represents a connection with the small creek, the fire-blazed sunrise, the…

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Ones to Watch: Julie Gustafson

Fall | Winter 2010       Written By Michele Corriel      

Materials salvaged from her own personal history serve as powerful components in Julie Gustafson’s monoprint/collages. Like geologic strata, her pieces evoke a quiet layering of time, a depth and breadth…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

December 2016 | January 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Mike Weber’s mixed-media work celebrates the instincts of the untamed. An avid backpacker and kayaker, Weber always has his camera with him in the wilderness and incorporates those photos into…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Summer | Fall 2009       Written By Michele Corriel      

From quiet patterns of geometric forms and shapes Mark English hushes in a reflective portrait of his surroundings. His is an intimate perspective, a private invitation to his worldview, to…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Fall | Winter 2008       Written By Michele Corriel      

Richard Helzer’s basswood sculptures, dense with symbolism and organic references, pull the viewer into a surreal experience. His sculptures, painted with pigments similar to metal patinas, incorporate a poignant and…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Summer | Fall 2008       Written By Michele Corriel      

Sheeted papery panes of off-white glass, stacked and crumpled, as if found, smoothed and saved — each one depicting a figurative image, a sketch, an instant caught and nearly forgotten…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

October | November 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Landscape painters carry with them the history of place as well as their own connection to the land. Although artist Shanna Kunz studied figure painting, it is the landscape that…

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Ones to Watch: Jill Zeidler

December 2014 | January 2015       Written By Michele Corriel       Photography By Doug Loneman      

Jill Zeidler’s clean lines, simple forms and smooth glazes make for very understandable pieces that speak to emotions and the moments in life endowed with meaning. Although her sculptural pieces…

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Ones to Watch: Painter Rick Stevens

June | July 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Rick Stevens’ paintings reach beyond the surface, delving into the spaces between. His vibrantly lush palette vines and seeps into the canvas. Based in the natural world, his work explores…

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Ones to Watch: Architect Brian Freese

October | November 2013      

Brian Freese, principal and founder of Freese Architecture, works within the fine line of listening to clients and adding a fresh new perspective in a living or office environment. While working…

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Ones to Watch: Tracy Leagjeld

      Written By Michele Corriel       Written By Christine Rogel      

tracy leagjeld’s vibrant monoprints feel spontaneous, alive. Her colors jump. Her compositions breathe. “What intrigues me is the contrasts,” she says. “Whether it’s cityscapes, forests or mountains, what captures my eye…

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Ones to Watch: James F. Jackson

April | May 2012       By Chase Reynolds Ewald      

The art of James F. Jackson spans multiple worlds and media — Old West and New, cowboys and Indians, leatherwork and painting — and is born of the world he…

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Ones to Watch: David Barrett

October | November 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

The fact that architect David Barrett can nestle 7,000 square feet of anything into the arid landscape south of Boulder, Colorado, speaks volumes about his commitment to “living architecture,” a…

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Ones to Watch: Guilloume

October | November 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

By gracing his bronze sculptures with minimalist faces, Guilloume’s sculptures speak to the universality of man, of our relationships with each other and the importance of family.  “In the art,…

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Ones to Watch: Jeff Williams

April | May 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

When architect Jeff Williams, of Williams Partners, designed a home in an isolated part of Idaho, he immediately thought of treating the structure like an outpost. The nearest neighbor was,…

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Ones to Watch: Geoff Parker

June | July 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Recently, Geoff Parker’s camper and pickup truck serve as his studio. It’s an ideal setup for someone whose work is closely tied to an experience of the land.  “I just…

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Ones to Watch: Kay Sekimachi

Fall | Winter 2011       Written By Rosemary Carstens      

Renowned fiber and textile artist Kay Sekimachi brings to her exquisite three-dimensional artwork the same genius that Picasso brought to a single expressive line on paper or canvas. She combines…

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Ones to Watch: Marc Taggart

Summer | Fall 2011       By Chase Reynolds Ewald      

At Marc Taggart and Company, Thomas Molesworth furniture is a family tradition — literally. Back in the 1930s in Cody, Wyoming, Taggart’s grandparents were Molesworth’s first customers. Taggart’s father was…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

October | November 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Peter Burega’s paintings, thick with layers scraped and added, offer a spot to land upon and another place to fly from. The motion within the work is constant. He uses…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

June | July 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Ceramic artist Eric Stearns uses the raku process to create his intricate designs and unique forms. In raku, the clay is fired at a low temperature. While hot, a combustible…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Fall | Winter 2009       Written By Michele Corriel      

Tom Browning’s Western oil paintings include a figurative aspect as well, while his exquisite sense of light plays across the genres. With an almost Impressionist landscape style in the background,…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Winter | Spring 2009       Written By Michele Corriel      

Jean Arnold’s ability to stare at the constantly moving world as if unblinking permeates her work. Her canvases breathe with motion. Her colors, like windows without casings, form without structure,…

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Ones to Watch: Artist Kathleen Dunphy

June | July 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

The gloried sun, the crash of salted spray, the small foamed swells against the blue-swept day, these are the things Kathleen Dunphy paints. Each piece captures a finite experience, unique…

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Ones to Watch: Painter Flavia Eckholm

August | September 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Flavia Eckholm’s paintings conjure the essence of solitude coupled with the feeling of discovery. Through her quiet contemplations of nature, we end up with meditations on ourselves. “I start out…

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Ones to Watch: Bill Poss

February | March 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

The Arapahoe Ridge residence in Aspen, Colorado, reflects the tastes of its owners. Which is how architect Bill Poss, of Poss Architecture, intends each project to turn out. “This house is…

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Ones to Watch: Painter Brianne Janes

February | March 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

With an unhesitating spontaneity painter Brianne Janes captures the spellbinding effects of light, color and movement, tying the elements to emotional states of mind. Once she con- nected with the…

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Ones to Watch: J. Chester Armstrong

August | September 2013       Written By Christine Rogel      

Master woodcarver J. Chester “skip” Armstrong discovered his craft through a series of life events that recently came full circle. In the 1970s, he visited the Yucatan Peninsula and was…

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Ones to Watch: Shawna Moore

April | May 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Encaustic painter Shawna Moore simultaneously delves into both her own contemplative journey and the moment at which she is standing before her canvas. Her work holds unhesitating spontaneity while dialoguing…

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Ones to Watch: Leon Loughridge

October | November 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Traditionally, woodblock prints are prints made from single carved blocks of wood. Leon Loughridge turns that idea on its head. “I’m continually carving and changing colors throughout the process,” he…

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Ones to Watch: Howard Knight

December 2015 | January 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Master leather craftsman Howard Knight, owner of Rocking K Custom Leather, started his life-long love of hand-tooled leather at the age of 10, in 4-H, but he didn’t fully commit…

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Ones to Watch: Matt Smith

April | May 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Matt Smith’s paintings evoke memory, time stretched across the land and etched into permanence. Whether it’s the dried, fallen leaves tucked under the vast roots of a sycamore, a humming…

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Ones to Watch: Sherry Salari Sander

December 2013 | January 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

BRONZE SCULPTOR SHERRY SALARI SANDER combines the strength of the animals she portrays with the fierce emotional response she experiences while in their presence. Her pieces show her roots in…

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Ones to Watch: Kensuke Yamada

Fall | Winter 2011       Written By Michele Corriel      

Kensuke Yamada’s ceramic figures embody a kind of enchantment, perhaps because of the impishness of their expressions, or the single emotion emitted from each one. Yamada wants us to think…

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Ones to Watch: Michael Greenspan

Summer | Fall 2011       Written By Michele Corriel      

Inspired by landscape, informed by spatiality, galvanized by movement, artist Michael Greenspan paints in layers, enticing the viewer with luscious textures and subdued colors. His work interprets an interior or exterior…

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Ones to Watch: Bonnie Teitelbaum

Summer | Fall 2010       Written By Michele Corriel      

Imbued with an emotional palette saturated and infused with personal reflection, Bonnie Teitelbaum’s mixed media and acrylic paintings carry the viewer through layers of experiences steeped in vibrancy and fantasia.…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

June | July 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

David Grossmann’s paintings transport the viewer. They bring on the memory of place, the timelessness of a moon-sung evening, the length of midwinter snow shadows. Though thick with paint, his…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Spring | Summer 2010       Written By Michele Corriel      

Don Sahli’s uninhibited use of color transports and transcends. His ability to translate the everyday into the exceptional is apparent in his vibrant palette and emotionally passionate brushstrokes evoking the…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Spring | Summer 2009       Written By Michele Corriel      

The smooth bodies and delicate limbs of Vala Ola’s figurative sculptures seem to dance on the head of a pin. Ola, originally from Iceland, brought her classical bronze forms to…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

August | September 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Iris Scott finds freedom in adhering to limits. She uses only her hands to create works with movement that reflect her freewheeling nature. “I work strictly in oils, and I…

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Ones to Watch: Artist Karen Bezuidenhout

April | May 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

There is a primitive elegance to Karen Bezuidenhout’s paintings, where her deep connection to the horses and land she loves is evident. Her wash of color, her simple lines etched…

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Ones to Watch: Clive Tyler

February | March 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Soft pastel artist Clive Tyler’s sense of place conveys his strong ties to the environment. Embodying the nuances of light, water and vegetation, his use of color saturates Tyler’s paintings while his…

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Ones to Watch: D. LaRue Mahlke

April | May 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

In between the soft colors and the vast lines of a horizon, pastel artist D. LaRue Mahlke bestows upon us not the sirens and agonies of myth, but the simple…

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Ones to Watch: Beth Loftin

August | September 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

Beth Loftin’s sculptures and paintings guide us through the natural elegance of both the human and animal form. She touches the periphery of a collective memory, gilding it with a…

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Ones to Watch: Josh Elliot

February | March 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Josh Elliot is not just another landscape painter. His shadows fairly leap off the surface. His skies light up the entire space. His sense of place is so spot-on as…

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Ones to Watch: Hans Berglund

August | September 2012      

Architect Hans Berglund does not shy away from extremes. A bicycle ride for him, for example, can mean a 450-mile sprint across his chosen home state of Colorado, as he…

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Ones to Watch: Eric Cobb

December 2012 | January 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

In every sense true works of art, architect Eric Cobb’s structures shape and define space, create visual connections and function as habitable vessels of light. Part artist, part engineering fanatic and…

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Ones to Watch: Bryan Peterson

February | March 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Bryan Petersen’s metalwork combines the ubiquitous iconography of pop culture with the historical precedent of wearable art. Making use of vintage tin, recycled metal and jewelry, Petersen converts the original…

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Ones to Watch: Stacy Robinson

June | July 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

One defining difference between a landscape architect and a structural architect is that a landscape architect needs to be trusted, says Stacey Robinson of Land Design, Inc. in Billings, Montana.…

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Ones to Watch: Robert Royhl

Spring | Summer 2011       Written By Michele Corriel      

Painter and printmaker Robert Royhl uses color and form to examine the workings of the soul as he tries, like a visual scientist, to poke and prod at the human…

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Ones to Watch: James Moore

Fall | Winter 2010       Written By Amity Moore      

Like the individual notes of a finely composed symphony, each of painter James Moore’s “color notes” comes together in a unified expression of beauty. Impressionistic in style, his paintings skillfully…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

April | May 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Abstract painter John Berry approaches all of his work from an emotional standpoint, but exactly how that plays out differs from piece to piece. “Each day, I feel a different…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Winter | Spring 2010       Written By Carter G. Walker      

Scott Tallman is a painter's painter. Not only because of his exquisite brushstrokes, his enlightened perspective or the remarkable way in which he always relates foreground to background in the…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Summer | Fall 2009       Written By Andrea Lahouze      

For Twin Cities architect Tim Whitten, design is an inspiration derived in equal parts from a project’s location and people. “We are sensitive to the history of the location, but…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Fall | Winter 2008       Written By Eliza Cross      

Scott Lindenau’s story is the stuff of Hollywood screenplays: Wisconsin boy makes a last-minute decision to follow his creative leanings and study architecture instead of medicine. Upon graduating from the…

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Ones to Watch: Artist Jinni Thomas

June | July 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Jinni Thomas doesn’t see things, she feels them. Her works, delicate storied pieces, delve and dip, revealing themselves in scratches and scrapes. They pull back the ribs and expose a…

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Ones to Watch: Furniture maker Charise Buckley

June | July 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Charise Buckley, founder of Beetlekill Blues, a furniture design company based in Breckenridge, Colorado, creates pieces that incorporate clean lines and interesting shapes informed by the individual slab of wood,…

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Ones to Watch: Painter Cesar Santos

October | November 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

Trained in both classical painting and contemporary art, painter Cesar Santos creates work with vivacity, opulent color and sensual figures to evoke both a unique perspective as well as a…

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Ones to Watch: Doug Smith

August | September 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Painter Doug Smith has a passion for the American farm. Traveling from the San Joaquin Valley to the Midwest, from Colorado through New York and the Eastern states, Smith observed…

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Ones to Watch: Robert Spooner Marcus

December 2012 | January 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

The dance of molten glass and art — the delicate balance between fluidity and the substantive creation of form results in Robert Spooner Marcus’ poetic sculptures. “Glass blowing was my…

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Ones to Watch: Terry Karson

June | July 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Terry Karson’s assemblages draw us through the trash by the reins of beauty. His work seduces us with its aesthetic, while widening our awareness of the world around us, forcing…

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Ones to Watch: Preston Singletary

Fall | Winter 2010       Written By Michele Corriel      

With poetic clarity, artist Preston Singletary combines the time-honored method of glass blowing with Northwest Native storytelling, adopting historical images from his Tlingit ancestry. Using the manipulative quality of glass,…

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Ones to Watch: Joe Netherwood

Spring | Summer 2011      

Oil painter Joe Netherwood documents the individuals of the American West as both icons of Western culture and contemporary studies of society as filtered through his training as a draftsman,…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Summer | Fall 2009       Written By Michele Corriel      

Exploding colors bound from the French-dyed silk paintings of Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey. Her Western-themed works, often depicting horses and cowgirls, leap from amorphously fluid backgrounds and awaken the senses as…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Fall | Winter 2008       Written By Michele Corriel      

Ann Gale’s subtle approach to the figure is like an echo in the wilderness, struggling against the idea of being completely defined. Sober and pragmatic in her layering of paint…

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Ones to Watch: Artist David Patchen

December 2014 | January 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

In a process invented thousands of years ago by the ancient Egyptians and adopted by the Italians, glass artist David Patchen practices the murine style of glass patterning and makes…

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Ones to Watch: Painter Gregory Packard

June | July 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Weightless as light, Gregory Packard’s paintings glint with meaning, radiate with reflection and reach into you as only truth can. His saturated colors are sometimes broken up with single brushstrokes…

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Ones to Watch: Henry Jackson

April | May 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

In a poetic combination of Abstract Expressionism and figurative painting, Henry Jackson brings together oil and encaustics to reach a destination with his work that few travel. The idea of…

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Ones to Watch: Florian Roeper

October | November 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Across the bay from San Francisco, Studio Roeper is abuzz creating handcrafted furniture and interior doors that strike a balance between art and function. Raw earthy tones are juxtaposed with…

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Ones to Watch: Kevin DesPlanques

April | May 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

As a woodshop teacher for 13 years, Kevin DesPlanques approaches his craft with a lot of experience. Combine those years in the classroom with his background in sculpture, and one…

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Ones to Watch: Susan von Borstel

Fall | Winter 2011       Written By Michele Corriel      

Using the cracks, fissures and mineral deposits in natural stone, painter and zoologist Susan von Borstel paints figures upon granite, slate, marble, onyx and travertine. Working with several chemists, von…

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Ones to Watch: Craig Bergsgaard

Summer | Fall 2011       Written By Michele Corriel      

Historical and Western sculptor Craig Bergsgaard is drawn to the past, using his unique perspective to portray those whom history may have overlooked. From Native American warriors in agony on…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

June | July 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Alvin Gill-Tapia’s portraits of place evoke the comfort of community and celebrate the joy of light. Classically trained in oil painting, Gill-Tapia now works in acrylic, taking advantage of the…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Fall | Winter 2009       Written By Michele Corriel      

Painting with a sense of immediacy, Kyle Sims puts the viewer in the wild through the use of his finely depicted scenery, a refined portrayal of the land and a…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Winter | Spring 2009       Written By Michele Corriel      

Painter Kim Frohsin harnesses the power of the female figure by incorporating startling color to impart movement. Her pieces crackle with vitality. Creating a dialogue with the subject, Frohsin allows…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

August | September 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Sundie and Brad Ruppert began their careers as graphic designers, but their son’s second-grade project changed all that. “He had to make a turkey, and we’d been playing around with…

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Ones to Watch: Artchitect Candace Miller

April | May 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

By moving an old barn from Vermont — transporting, rebuilding and reimagining it as a family lodge in Sun Valley, Idaho — Candace Miller, of Miller Architects, took a dream and…

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Ones to Watch: Jeweler Jesse Monongye

August | September 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

As a highly respected inlay artist in the Navajo and Hopi traditions, jeweler Jesse Monongye is also one of the most collected. His work is complicated and yet it speaks…

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Ones to Watch: Frank Marquette

February | March 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Frank Marquette brings an element of sculpture to his fine finish faux bois furniture by incorporating a technique using “ferrocement” that enables him to layer cement onto an armature and then sculpt into…

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Ones to Watch: Josh Chandler

February | March 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Growing up under the tutelage of a father who was a landscape architect and sculptor, and a mother who was an interior designer and chef, it is no surprise that…

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Ones to Watch: Aleta Pippin

October | November 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Abstract painter Aleta Pippin suffuses shades of sensations with infinite space and color, initiating subconscious conversations on the canvas. “For me, painting is an emotional experience and it’s all about…

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Ones to Watch: Francis Di Fronzo

April | May 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Francis Di Fronzo paints the line between truth and fiction. Using trompe l’oeil, a lifelike painting technique that translates to “tricking the eye,” he portrays a convincing perspective of an…

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Ones to Watch: Stephen Sullivan

Spring | Summer 2011       Written By Carter G. Walker      

Explaining his approach to architecture as a shifting balance between analytical problem solving and intuitive artistry, Stephen Sullivan — founding principal at Sullivan Conard in Seattle — makes that equilibrium…

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Ones to Watch: Andrew Mann

August | September 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

In this elegant remodel surrounded by vineyards, architect Andrew Mann, principal of San Francisco, California-based Andrew Mann Architecture, added contemporary elements to a classic Northern California farmhouse, creating the perfect…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

April | May 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Zero E Design, in Taos, New Mexico, specializes in ultra-energy efficient homes. “The concept of a thermos-styled system is based on new science,” says Joaquin Karcher, Zero E principal. “Compared…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Spring | Summer 2010       Written By Michele Corriel      

Matt Flint translates the natural world through the use of layers, glyphs, scratched surfaces and repeated patterns. Powerfully emotional, Flint upends the transient humanistic experience into a rooted yet subtle…

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Ones to Watch: Artist Linda Elliott

April | May 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Linda Elliott’s brush traces the days of cows: languishing, sated, solemnly curious at the passing world. For her it’s the palette of life. It’s the stable foreground of emotions, of a…

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Ones to Watch: Architect Nick Deaver

October | November 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Architect Nick Deaver provides places for his clients to retreat from their workday lives and enjoy a sense of nature, even in a residential home. At Three Stones, a residence…

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Ones to Watch: Mary Bechtol

February | March 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Mary Bechtol’s vibrant oil paintings bring to mind a modern Fauvist. Her colors explode across the canvas while keeping the paintings harmonized, and they still dazzle. There is almost a…

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Ones to Watch: Kristine Allphin

February | March 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Kristine Allphin’s chosen medium is a combination of ancient textile dying and painting. She still calls it “batik,” because she uses the traditional style of a dye wash and wax,…

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Ones to Watch: Nora Naranjo-Morse

Spring | Summer 2011       Written By Michele Corriel      

Sculptor Nora Naranjo-Morse extrapolates her Native background in clay with an intuitive sense of her changing environment and place in the world. Folding the culture of traditional totems and images…

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Ones to Watch: Ben Pease

August | September 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Through the use of historical photographs, vintage ledger paper and mixed media, artist Ben Pease creates work that pivots on self-discovery and cultural identity.  “My process begins with who I…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

April | May 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Artist Matthew Sievers grew up painting. His father, artist Gregory Sievers, would take him outdoors to paint when he was a child, and those memories still feed his creative process. …

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Winter | Spring 2010       Written By Michele Corriel      

Charles Schridde records pure exhilaration in paint. His out-of-the-box color choices emphasize the immediacy of life, with an acute emotional impact of the subjects he paints. Schridde doesn’t paint images,…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

October | November 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Ben Steele’s paintings combine cultural commentary with art history for a surrealistic perspective on life in the 21st century. By combining classic techniques and modernistic concepts, Steele speaks to the…

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Ones to Watch: Ceramic Artist George McCauley

October | November 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Ceramic artist George McCauley’s narrative sculptures convey emotional force and vitality, a reflection of ancient folklore clothed in modern myth. McCauley’s work combines modern symbols and everyday life, reaching beyond the…

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Ones to Watch: Karli Henneman

February | March 2013       Written By Christine Rogel      

Karli Henneman is involved with many forms of creative expression: painting, modeling, printmaking, photography, sculpture, clothing design; she even studied gas welding while in college at Parsons in New York…

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Ones to Watch: Mike Krupnick

August | September 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Architect Mike Krupnick, of Krupnick Studios in Santa Fe, engages his clients as he would a partner in a design development. “It’s not the typical architect-client relationship,” Krupnick says. “I…

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Ones to Watch: Kevin and Val Pourier

Winter | Spring 2011       Written By Michele Corriel      

Contemporary self-taught Oglala Lakota artists, Kevin and Val Pourier, a husband-and-wife team, explore their connection to their cultural heritage through the revival of working in traditional carved buffalo horn, inlaid…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

February | March 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

When architect Carol Cozen was asked to design a home in Manhattan Beach, California, with five bedrooms, a combined office and library, an outdoor volleyball court and an indoor-outdoor living…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

August | September 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Sculptor Bryce Pettit went to school for biology and ecology but knew that as soon as he graduated, he needed to sculpt. His background in science and passion for art…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Premiere Issue       Written By Michele Corriel      

Utah-based landscape artist G. Russell Case returns, in a timeless fashion, to the vistas of southern Utah. Case’s artistic vision, suffused in a deep and knowing passion with insight of…

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Ones to Watch: Mark Edward Adams

February | March 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

Mark Edward Adams imbues his bronzes with a pulse of their own. Each small addition of clay adds a layer of life to the inert medium. His rough-hewn, powerful and perceptively…

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Ones to Watch: Michael Kessler

August | September 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Using between 20 and 100 microlayers of paint, Michael Kessler creates contemporary abstract paintings referencing the natural environment. Using tools he designed, Kessler strove for years to move the conversation…

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Ones to Watch: Jerry Markham

June | July 2013       Written By Christine Rogel      

Painter Jerry Markham resides in British Columbia, Canada, where there is no shortage of scenic inspiration. And that’s a great thing, because for Markham there’s nothing better than painting outdoors…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

February | March 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Doug Turman’s paintings involve a lyrical use of color and a romantic sense of composition. Taking on a subject, Turman unravels the surface, exposing a deeper layer, sometimes accompanied by…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Winter | Spring 2008       Written By Michele Corriel      

Texas painter Martin Grelle got his start at an early age, reaping the benefits of living near Western artists James Boren and Melvin Warren. Grelle turned to American Western art…

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Ones to Watch: Christopher Ries

April | May 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

Christopher Ries frees the essence of optic-crystal blocks with his glass sculptures. Each piece echoes the distinctive forms of nature against a spiritual awakening of light. His precise lines and…

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Details: Things We Love

October | November 2015       Written By WA&A Staff      

Potbelly Cabinet by David Marsh In addition to being fun, this Potbelly Cabinet by artist David Marsh is sustainable and rustic, charming and whimsical. Long before it was fashionable, Marsh was…

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Ones to Watch: Alan Carr

June | July 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Alan Carr’s heirloom rocking horses and gliders emulate the romance of the American West with their sweeping manes, strong stature and handcrafted personalities.  Carr makes four horses a year, allowing…

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Ones to Watch: Marela Zacarías

August | September 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Artist Marela Zacarías combines painting and sculpture to create works that are unexpected and exciting, undulating and intuitive. Using vibrant colors inspired by traditional multicultural fabrics, her work falls into…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

December 2016 | January 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Claire Brewster sees the world through maps and birds. Her work reflects journeys, those taken and those only dreamt about.  In her most recent work, she began with a geological…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Summer | Fall 2008       Written By Michele Corriel      

Residing in the landscapes that spiritually and physically engage him, Michael Coleman translates nature by combining realism with a sense of the celebrated West. Proficient in oil painting, gouache and…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

October | November 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Patsy Smith’s abstract watercolors define space and create texture while paying homage to what she calls “the message.” This aspect of her work comes from her heart. Technically, she’s constantly…

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Ones to Watch: Rory Egelus

December 2014 | January 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Rory Egelus has always been interested in woodworking, from peeling logs part-time to scouring the countryside for reclaimed wood. Finally, four years ago he started Rory’s Rustic Furniture and it…

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Ones to Watch: Troy Collins

      Written By Michele Corriel       Written By Christine Rogel      

Painter troy Collins’ large landscapes capture our eye, pulling us into the frame. Enveloped in sunlight and aspens, we can almost feel the wind on our cheek. His work creates its…

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Ones to Watch: Greg Madeen

October | November 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Architect Greg Madeen, of Madeen Architecture and Construction, has always been committed to environmental issues. He became a licensed architect 25 years ago so that he could get alternative and natural projects built.…

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Ones to Watch: Julia Lucich

June | July 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Painter Julia Lucich’s first love is portraiture. “Having a person or an animal look back at me from the easel is magic,” she says. “They come to life, as if…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

October | November 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

When Warren Lloyd’s clients moved from Seattle, Washington, to Millcreek in Utah’s Wasatch Range, his biggest challenge was to provide a home filled with natural light all day long. “We…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Spring | Summer 2008       Written By Michele Corriel      

Oreland C. Joe combines smooth contemporary lines with traditional subject matter in his elegant and sublime stone sculptures. Harkening back to the neoclassical masters, Joe’s grace, polish and purity of…

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Ones to Watch: Painter Gavin Brooks

February | March 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Combining an ethereal touch with earthly inspirations, Gavin Brooks’ landscape oil paintings instill a meditative awe, like the flutter of an angel’s wing. Brooks focuses on the unobstructed Western skies,…

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Ones to Watch: Brad Tomecek

June | July 2013       Written By Christine Rogel      

Architect Brad Tomecek enjoys blurring the boundaries between “poetic solutions and inno- vative building systems.” And his approach — along with his structures — has not gone unnoticed. He received…

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Ones to Watch: Ken Andrews

December 2015 | January 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

The challenge for Ken Andrews, principal of Arch 11, and his team, was working within the confines of an urban area while still taking advantage of the beautiful mountain vistas.…

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Ones to Watch: Geoffrey Warner

December 2013 | January 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Less was more for Geoffrey Warner, founder of the AIA award-winning architecture firm Alchemy Architects, when he perfected the idea of the “weeHouse.”  “I have a lot of hands-on experience…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

October | November 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Bruce Everett’s landscapes are motivated by the unexpected things he sees in the world, where everything becomes a possible painting. “For me, the physical act of finding, composing and painting…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

August | September 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

After a visit to Kyoto, Japan, Janet Jarvis’ client wanted a clean, contemporary look exemplified by the shou sugi ban treatment her client discovered while there. Shou sugi ban is…

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Ones to Watch: David Slonim

August | September 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

David Slonim’s hypnotic landscapes call to mind a vivid impression of reality without the hard dressings of absolutism. His work is part of the conversation, not the subject. And we…

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Ones to Watch: Greg Kelsey

December 2015 | January 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Sculptor Greg Kelsey’s work emulates life. His life and the life imagined. Living on a working ranch, he can look out his window for inspiration. But sometimes his pieces reach…

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Ones to Watch: Josh Clare

December 2013 | January 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Josh Clare’s paintings encapsulate the sense of wonder that exists upon seeing a landscape for the first time. His innate feel for color and a sublime understanding of composition allows…

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Ones to Watch: Karen Woods

Summer | Fall 2010       Written By Michele Corriel      

Karen Woods offers a unique and private perspective on the landscape through her recent series that makes use of the windshield and rain. Woods looks at the world via a…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Spring | Summer 2009      

Using the patina process on bronze plates as his canvas, Nathan Bennett mines new veins in painting. His landscapes have a surreal quality, a sense of otherness, which is partly…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

August | September 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Using a palette knife, Caleb Meyer brings out the texture of his subjects and the weight of their color. Based on his mood, his work veers from skyscapes and sunsets,…

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Ones to Watch: Britt Freda

April | May 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

For painter Britt Freda there is as much underneath the painting as there is on the surface. Like all that has passed — people, places and things, descending below our…

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Ones to Watch: Tony Abeyta

August | September 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Working from a traditional Navajo story palette, Tony Abeyta recasts those images, updating the narrative through a contemporary perspective. His pieces are potent and complicated. By using traditional themes hebrings…

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Ones to Watch: Rene Gibson

December 2012 | January 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

Bleached cow skulls, with their individuality and beauty as natural forms, have become emblematic of Western design. Artist Rene Gibson takes a new approach to this traditional cowboy aesthetic by…

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Ones to Watch: Jeff Pugh

June | July 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Oil painter Jeff Pugh plays with perception by using a palette knife instead of a paintbrush. He creates a unified image that coalesces and dissembles depending on the viewer’s distance…

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Ones to Watch: Glenn Dean

Fall | Winter 2010       Written By Michele Corriel      

Plein air landscape painter Glenn Dean conveys a complicated vision using a simple yet elegant palette, capturing light and serenity in every stroke. Whether considering his seascapes or the pueblos…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Summer | Fall 2009       Written By Michele Corriel      

Phoebe Toland’s sculptures feel more like three-dimensional paintings. Shadows created by structure leave another kind of line in place. Although most of her pieces are made from wood and paint,…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Fall | Winter 2008       Written By Michele Corriel      

Ben McPherson’s classical Realist oil paintings celebrate faith by exploring religion in a style reminiscent of the Renaissance painters. Finding the models for his historically accurate scenarios, McPherson chooses his…

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Ones to Watch: Architect Tim Belton

June | July 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Tim Belton, president of Malone Belton Abel P.C., is used to designing interesting buildings with cultural affiliations. Although he does some residential work, his company of architects and engineers deals…

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Ones to Watch: Sculptor Bale Creek Allen

June | July 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Sculptor Bale Creek Allen leaves us at the threshold of our first journey with an endless loop replaying the world from the backseat window. His work is like a flickering…

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Ones to Watch: Sculptor Tammy Bality

October | November 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

Working in bronze, aluminum, crystal and clay, sculptor Tammy Bality exemplifies the essence of those animals she knows and loves. From a small kestrel she adopted, to her own horses,…

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Ones to Watch: Susan Jarecky

December 2012 | January 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

Mixing the immediate impressions of the plein air style of outdoor oil painters with the social commentary addressing the changing dynamics of Western ranching, painter Susan Jarecky involves the viewer…

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Ones to Watch: Chris Morel

June | July 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Landscape painter Chris Morel paints what he loves: willows in winter with snow-patched pines, the slow detritus of pueblos returning to the land and a mist of light netted on…

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Ones to Watch: Charles Rose

Summer | Fall 2011       Written By Carter G. Walker      

For architect Charles Rose, movement is as much a part of his designs as the native materials that lend structure to each space. His work reflects a keen understanding of…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

June | July 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Modernist architect Norman D. Ward looks at architecture as a poetic form of landscape. His work doesn’t just erect walls, it tells stories. “After I meet with a client, I…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Fall | Winter 2009       Written By Michele Corriel      

Sculptor Khang Pham-New’s biomorphic abstract forms reflect the timeliness and the timelessness of nature and the origins of life. In Pham-New’s work, the curved line represents feminine power, nourishing and…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Winter | Spring 2009       Written By Eliza Cross      

Michael Canatsey’s design philosophy could be compared to the approach of a good psychoanalyst: The award-winning architect believes that listening to clients is of paramount importance. “We’ve learned that if…

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Ones to Watch: Anne Moore

February | March 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Using a kind of Asemic writing — marks and lines that refer to an abstract language, like a direct line into the subconscious — Anne Moore reveals feelings and ideas rather than…

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Ones to Watch: Architect Aaron Kang-Crosby of Spore Architecture

August | September 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Working within the constraints of zoning restrictions, architect aaron Kang-Crosby, principal at Spore Architecture in Seattle, Washington, was left with a few choices — one of which was to go up.…

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Ones to Watch: Architect Erik Peterson

June | July 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

When Erik Peterson, principal at PHX Architects in Scottsdale, Arizona, met with his client, he knew he had to come up with something that incorporated both the light-filled aspects of…

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Ones to Watch: Mike Medow

April | May 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Mike Medow’s rounded edges bring a soft feel to the direct carved figures of his sculptures, seeming to liberate the figure from natural wood blocks. “It’s a slow process,” Medow…

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Ones to Watch: Simon Gudgeon

October | November 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Fluently executed lines allow the eye to flow effortlessly around Simon Gudgeon’s sculptures. As with watching the ocean or a constantly flowing stream, Gudgeon’s work engages and soothes. “My work…

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Ones to Watch: Mary Baxter

April | May 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

The enormous stillness of a vast horizon, the running quiet of canyons, the shadows of dry gulches, the slow and steady trails marked by cows and carved by sporadic rains…

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Ones to Watch: Dean Mabe

Fall | Winter 2011       Written By Michele Corriel      

Dean Mabe’s quiet landscapes and pastoral images of ranches and life in the West transport the viewer to simpler, more peaceful times. Layers of emotional overtones in subdued colors bring…

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Ones to Watch: Shelley Muzylowski Allen

Summer | Fall 2011       Written By Michele Corriel      

Glass artist Shelley Muzylowski Allen’s blown glass figures embrace the creative process while evoking a sense of playfulness as well as that of change and remembrance.  Using familiar imagery as…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

June | July 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Abstract artist Sandra Dal Poggetto’s work speaks of the land in a visual language that includes game-bird feathers, deer hides, and oil pigments made from plants, soil and bone. She…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Spring | Summer 2010       Written By Michele Corriel      

Doug Owen’s found-object horse sculptures, made from obsolete cars and tractors abandoned in the Arizona desert, evince both a playfulness of the form and a melancholy for the fate of…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Winter | Spring 2009       Written By Michele Corriel      

Big is subjective, especially when it comes to the larger-than-life sculptures that embody the work of sculptor Paul Moore. Using an innate ability to see beyond the subject’s outward form,…

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Ones to Watch: Artist Glendon Good

April | May 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Glendon Good’s industrial art pieces span both sculpture and utilitarian work. Using the modern aesthetic of aluminum combined with an innate knowledge of what the material can do, Good builds…

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Ones to Watch: Sculptor Carol Alleman

August | September 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Bronze sculptor Carol Alleman chooses the vessel as her medium because of the versatility of the shape and the inherent symbolism. Her sculptural lines are both delicate and lyrical, gracing…

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Ones to Watch: Michael Ross

February | March 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Post-Impressionist oil painter Michael Ross’ work references both his love of the high-desert landscape and his passion for Abstract painting, creating a contemporary language for color, time and space. “I don’t want…

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Ones to Watch: David Bardwick

February | March 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

As a collector, a designer, a gallerist, and most of all, an artist, David Bardwick has spent his entire life in pursuit of beauty. More than a passion, it is…

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Ones to Watch: Evert Sodergren

August | September 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

After building furniture for more than 70 years, Evert Sodergren retired in mid-April at age 92. If that doesn’t speak to his love and passion for craftswork, then the stunning…

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Ones to Watch: Jim Dayton

February | March 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

What started out as a renovation turned into a complete redesign, from the ground up. It was a happy accident as well as the best of all possible worlds for…

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Ones to Watch: Jeff Brandner

Spring | Summer 2011       Written By Seabring Davis      

Inspired by designs that are both elegant and functional, Jeff Brandner creates contemporary organic furnishings with distinct originality. Fascinated by the bridges, factories and mills constructed during the Industrial Age…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

April | May 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Michael Jones bends steel. He takes malleable “mild” steel and through various processes, which include burnishing and adding patinas, he transforms and enlivens the metal. “For me, it’s all about…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Winter | Spring 2010       Written By Michele Corriel      

Michael Stano sculpts the ancient stories of nature with thin washes, shrouds of stains and pigmented varnish on bronze and into wood, adding and subtracting elements as he bends the…

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Ones to Watch: Artist Allen Garns

April | May 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

The best stories are told in a single scene. Like a theater director, Allen Garns unfolds his characters stroke by stroke. Then come his scenes: buildings created with paint and…

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Ones to Watch: Ironworker Ted Docteur

October | November 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Blacksmith Ted Docteur grew up reading books of castles and keeps. But it wasn’t the stories that attracted him, it was the ironwork. Heavy-gauge iron gates, hand-forged metal hasps, the…

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Ones to Watch: Sandra Pratt

February | March 2016       Written By Michele Corriel      

Sandra Pratt’s landscapes rise from the canvas, their surfaces thick enough to be sculptural. Her quick swipes stand on their own as slices of a tremulous second, living between the…

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Ones to Watch: Keri DeWitt

Winter | Spring 2011       Written By Carter G. Walker      

Keri DeWitt was in the fourth grade when she developed an affinity for legendary frontier figures including Jim Bridger, Davy Crockett and Wild Bill Hickok. She begged her parents for…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

April | May 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Like a visual diary, Stacie Smith’s mixed-media works reveal her heart in scissored silhouettes and paint, ink, graphite and found objects. Smith combines these mediums into a chorus of voices…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Winter | Spring 2010       Written By Michele Corriel      

Encaustic painter Suzanne Truman offers up a glimpse into a possible truth inspired by the natural world through layers of paint and wax. Although somewhat abstract at first, each piece…

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Ones to Watch: Artist Ralph Wiegmann

June | July 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Ralph Wiegmann’s paintings fly across the architecturally conceived visual landscape. With time at the wheel, we drive with him down the endless roads of the West, a seamless horizon broken…

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Ones to Watch: Painter Denise Lemaster

October | November 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Oil painter Denise Lemaster breaks down the landscape into form, color and composition without losing the emotional details. Bold in her simplicity yet complex in her subtle variations, Lemaster brings…

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Ones to Watch: Jared Sanders

February | March 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

For Jared Sanders a barn becomes something other than a barn, a cow, something other than a cow. Because he is looking for the abstract quality in substantive objects, what…

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Ones to Watch: David Coffin

August | September 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Inspired by nature, furniture designer David Coffin believes the wood is an integral element of any project. “At bottom it seems to me to be all about beauty, seeing beauty…

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Ones to Watch: Kirsten Kainz

Winter | Spring 2011       Written By Michele Corriel      

Kirsten Kainz’s work repurposes industrial objects into sculptures embodying both substance and whimsy. The found bits of this and that not only conform to Kainz’s inner vision, they also bring…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

February | March 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Bruce Schuettinger, owner of Mosart Furniture, sees his work as a sustainable practice that promotes fine craftsmanship and creativity in design. Using a variety of wood as his color palette,…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Premiere Issue       Written By Michele Corriel      

Fused-glass artist April Surgent emerged on the art scene only a few years ago but already her work is wait-listed. Before she creates one of her cameo engraved panels it’s…

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Ones to Watch: Randy Stromsoe

April | May 2014       Written By Michele Corriel      

Twisted, stretched, bathed in fire, annealed and shaped with a cultivated balance, classically trained silversmith Randy Stromsoe bends the will of metal with an eye on fresh shapes and his…

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Ones to Watch: Dyani White Hawk

February | March 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

Using non-traditional materials, artist Dyani White Hawk brings a contemporary voice to the topics of traditional Lakota tribal elements. Her use of handmade paper instead of animal hides, sewing machine…

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Ones to Watch: Rose Masterpol

August | September 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

For Abstract Expressionist Rose Masterpol, her work is the sum of moments melting, moving, morphing as moments do. They are dialogues, philosophical adhesives, parrying forth and back.  “I usually work…

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Ones to Watch: Gwen Samuels

June | July 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

Mixed-media artist Gwen Samuels creates a new language with her work. By piecing together her own photographic images on plastic sheets and sculpting them into “dress” shapes, she superimposes existing…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

December 2016 | January 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Reagan Miller, principal of Miller Dahlstrand De Jean Architects in Houston, Texas, started his firm 20 years ago. Over the course of two decades, the firm has evolved to specialize…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Winter | Spring 2008       Written By Michele Corriel      

Profoundly evocative, Michael Haykin’s paintings reveal the familiar. As a result of examining the world molecule by molecule, he pares the landscape down to the trace elements that make up…

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Ones to Watch: Architect George Gibson

December 2014 | January 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

George Gibson has been an architect in Bigfork, Montana, for 20 years. He put all his experience to the test with the Swan River Serenade house, nestled between mature Douglas firs and ponderosa pines. “We started on…

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Ones to Watch: Artist Crista Ann Ames

October | November 2013       Written By Michele Corriel      

Crista Ann Ames’ ceramic art centers on the narrative by means of figurines. Her work is both personal and universal, due to her use of specific objects we recognize at…

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Ones to Watch: Anne Sneed

April | May 2013       Written By Christine Rogel      

As a licensed architect, Anne Sneed specializes in architectural interiors, designing buildings “from the inside out” to create highly functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces. About 90 percent of the time,…

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Ones to Watch: Andrew Denman

October | November 2015       Written By Michele Corriel      

Andrew Denman’s approach to painting wildlife art moves the genre from pure mimetic replication to another level of artistic interpretation, one where intangible ideas mesh with a masterful eye for…

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Ones to Watch: Daniel Weaver

June | July 2012       Written By Michele Corriel      

Based on the principles of collaboration and integration, as opposed to the linear process of design-bid-build, Daniel Weaver founded 361 Architecture and Design Collaborative in 2010 to bring a team-based…

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Illuminations: Ones to watch

December 2016 | January 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Nagakura Kenichi translates the wind, the leaves as they move on water and the elegant fold of a bird’s wing. Using bamboo and washi paper, he threads together the shapes,…

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Illuminations: Ones to Watch

Summer | Fall 2008       Written By Michele Corriel      

Emotionally engaging, Mattlin’s work touches on our universal fascination with the figure as well as the Western landscape. Mattlin’s oil paintings portray the world dramatically, contrasting light and dark imagery,…

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