Visual Artists you are the key – many people are visual, only you paint, do mixed media draw the messages that people want to see.

Hudson's Hearts
Hudson’s Art
“I love you more today than yesterday”

You’ll find some very talented Visual Artists listed here:

Harold Smith a Visual Artist has created a very interesting way to promote his upcoming show…Using a Movie trailer.

Susan Gainen
1390 Carling Dr. #207, St. Paul MN 55108 / 651.917.0219

Nanoscapes reflect a lifelong love of intense color and design and an unreserved enthusiasm for dense and exuberant patterns. They linked to paintings I made on Plaster of Paris eggs in the 1970s, two decades of tiny gardens where my garden philosophy was “start with wretched excess and scale up!” and five miniature needlepointed Oriental rugs which won Blue Ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair.

Precursors are in the magic in detail. When I couldn’t see the blackboard in the 6th grade, it was obvious that I needed glasses. Between diagnoses and delivery, my Girl Scout troop had bird watching trip, and I saw nothing – not a bluebird or a red bird. “Delusional” wasn’t in my vocabulary, but I remember that it was an odd excursion. When I got the glasses, I could see every leaf and every blade of grass. It was magic.

Nanoscapes are made with Painstaking Exuberance in a 5-part process: (1) Pencil drawing; (2) Davy’s Gray (light gray watercolor) outline over the pencil; (3) Multiple layers of color inside the lines; (4) Outline each shape in a contrasting watercolor; and (5) Outline the entire piece in a color that corrals the painting. I use Arches or Fabriano papers with Daniel Smith, Winsor 7 or Dick Blick sable brushes, and Daniel Smith, Winsor & Newton, Holbein or Sennelier watercolors. Lots of pigment – not a lot of water.

K. Henderson
I celebrate Chronological Enrichment, and I have worked in the wholesale food business, sold cars and auto finance & insurance, practiced law, attended library school, worked as a headhunter for lawyers, and served as a law school career advisor. In addition to painting nanoscapes, I am the proud proprietor of a generations’ consulting practice

K. Henderson
PO Box 425, Weed, New Mexico 88354 –
Phone & Fax (575) 687-2634
e-mail: k at

Born and raised in Oklahoma, K. Henderson now calls rural New Mexico home. Both locations provided me with inspiration for my contemporary western themed paintings. I am known for my detailed oil painting of still life’s, American Indians, cowboys and horses.

I paint in oil. That’s what I was trained in many years ago and I still love it. It’s a forgiving medium. There is nothing you can do that can’t be undone or painted over.

I’m classically trained. I start with an underpainting in umber and when that dries I paint layers of color on top. Continually challenge myself with more and more difficult painting subject. With every painting I create, I’m still fascinated with the idea of making a three dimensional object appear on a flat surface”

I have attained national recognition with my work, it has attracted a growing audience of collectors and has received numerous awards including over 100 Best of Show and First place awards in national and international Juried Art Shows. A member of International Guild of Realism, Oil Painters of America and Signature Member of National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society

Brad Grigor Digital Artist, Illustrator & Designer
10849 Olsen Road, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1Z8, Canada
E: bag at
T: +1 250 606 7011 (mobile)
F: +1 888 755 9338 (toll-free)
I am a digital artist – this means I apply traditional painting techniques with a pen tablet and software on a computer. I like this medium over traditional paints for many reasons, not the least of which is I was too sloppy with paint! But the real advantages of digital painting are its range of expressiveness, the blending options not possible with brush strokes alone, the ability to easily incorporate scans and photography as elements, and the fact that I can work in so many places on so many devices, even on my cell phone which sports a stylus!

I’m considered to have a Type A personality—in colour, I’m green with a strong tinge of orange. I think that means I’m rather bi-modal, blending an analytical mind with an artistic eye. That results in rather edgy images. I am definitely not a flower painter. Every image has to have a message, not just a representation. I think the digital medium lends itself to that.

In any case, some folks really like my artwork, most folks are at least intrigued by it but of course most folks don’t like it well enough to hang on their own walls. Where I live and work, on Vancouver Island, BC, it isn’t exactly the standard tourist’s cup-of-tea! Even so, a few folks have been moved enough to buy it, so I keep making it. And I have earned some formal recognition for my style. Thankfully, I am able to supplement my artistic income by offering art reproduction and printing services for other artists and photographers in my area.

Rick Woods
Richard Eaves Woods Arts

I have always been an artist, since a magical moment that is one of my early memories. I remember a quiet time with my mom, leaning my chin on my arms on the kitchen table, knees on the chair, transfixed as she drew a simple little train. Then she held out the pencil and said, “you can do it yourself now, I bet.” At some point after that, my second grade teacher apologized to my parents at school open house one night. “I can’t get him to do anything but draw….” Art is simply a part of who I am, about as automatic as breathing; frequently a drawing is easier to do than describing something with words.
My watercolor process is fairly basic: compose and mask light areas; washes, wet-in-wet, dry-brush in masses; restatement, definition and detail; let it ferment overnight and fix any problems that pop out.

Mostly, I’m intent on capturing the quality of presence in a scene, even if that presence lasts only a fleeting moment. I’ve got a hoard of travel photos in albums, digital images and slides, half a shelf of sketchbooks, a file drawer filled with images and ideas. Most were snapped on the run, jotted down in passing, thinking ‘that might make a good painting someday.’

I’m a landscape and seascape painter primarily, with occasional ventures into detail drawings and paintings, still life and wildlife. I’m dipping into those photo albums and sketch books at random, picking out photos and notes that spark my immediate interest. Usually I reach for my old allies, watercolors and a good grade of paper, although I’ve returned to finished drawings in pencil in recent years. I’m planning en plein air forays, and an extended back country painting trip if time allows.

Jake Beckman

Come Experience the Art!

Math is integral to my expression because natural forms reflect self-similarity, symmetry, geometry and other mathematic constructs. I see beauty in numbers. I generally paint realistic things, but as time goes on I find myself less drawn to the concrete, looking more to the intrinsic quality of the communication.

I view part of my work as recalling the colors of summer even as the blanket of winter covers us all. Art requires a certain lightness of spirit; I usually do not paint dark and disaffected except as a necessary contrast to understand light and humor. I want people to feel joy, happiness, laughter, strength and other generally positive emotions when they behold my art. I not only want them to look deeper, but feel uplifted somehow.

I normally know how the painting is going to look by the time the brush touches the canvas, as it is the end-result of a long process of thought, sketches and digital manipulation. But the canvas is where the magic happens, the fractal-like flow of water, paint and medium. When the paint hits the canvas I am not a patient person; for that reason I love acrylic paints: They dry fast so I can do multiple layers in a short time, the colors can be vibrant or muted, I can create water color like effects allowing the luminosity of the canvas or paper to show through, and I can layer my paintings adding dry brush and other effects to create depth and detail. Although my projects are planned I do like the paint to move and do its own thing. When I am painting I am in the ultimate spatial zone – I am at home in the nonverbal world of color, light, and space.

Annie Taylor – Contemporary Oil Painter

As a painter I combine two passions: my work and the natural world. There is a power and sensuality in nature that I try to express for which the rich texture of oils is the perfect medium. I like to work on large format canvas, often using vibrant colour and strong, bold form. My work reflects the patterns in nature, both in the landscapes I paint and the individual elements within them. Whether it is the gentle, rolling patchwork of the English countryside and it’s wonderful trees and woodland, or the rugged, harsh landscape of the mountains where I now live in France, I have delved into nature’s patterns to find my painter’s ‘voice’.

I have a studio from which I look directly out at the mountains. The view stretches for about 50 miles and whilst you would think the sheer splendor of it would be wonderful inspiration for a landscape painter, for someone used to painting the soft rolling landscapes of England, I found it quite daunting. I painted various ‘mountain-scapes’, but it was not until this last winter that I felt really ready to start to tackle the essence of it. I started painting mountain summits. Sharply defined by the snow, they reveal the patterns that interest me so much.

Quite simply I was not content until I had found my own approach to painting my new landscape. This terrain is wild, arid and exotic with no man made form to it. I had to know it first and then grow to love it – I am now beginning to feel my way.

Kathy Lylcka
email: info at
phone: 403-454-5419
location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

It wasn’t until I received serious whiplash injuries from a car accident in July 2008 that I was forced to slow down and re-evaluate my life purpose. I had always dreamed of working as a fine artist but for a variety of reasons; I continued to put these desires on hold. This potentially negative experience has renewed my love for painting while providing me with an optimistic, new sense of direction. I now work full-time as a professional artist out of my home-based studio.

My most recent work is a pure, unrestrained exploration of texture and colour that exploits every type of medium within my reach. To me, they represent the definition of mixed medium to its fullest.

Generally, we don’t realize the importance of colour to our health and well-being. Nevertheless, it is a basic need. Our early ancestors realized this and the ancient healing traditions of many cultures reflect this awareness. I find psychological studies which prove that colour can affect mood, energy, motivation and anxiety levels to be absolutely fascinating. I believe that our society is in desperate need of increased amounts of colour, with more variety and to be consciously aware of colour overall.

I have experienced images that speak to me on a profound level, to the extent that I have difficulty walking away from such beauty. As an artist, I hope to inspire a similar passion and love for art in others.

Jacqueline Helene Marie 
Tel.: + 31(0)45 5714855 
Mobile: 06 81754790
Fax: +31 (0)84 752 4994
E-mail: design at 

Jacqueline is a Dutch artist living and working in Heerlen in the south of Holland. She studied at the Academy of Visual Arts Maastricht, head direction: publicity – graphic -, illustrative -design, publicity, and photography, and graduated in 1987. In 2005 she got her diploma as a teacher training in art and design as well. Her work as an artist shows a varied of talents. Paintings on canvas and drawings on paper are her favorite, just like 3-dimensional art, combined with the use of new media and photography. Regular there are shows of her work in Holland and all over the world. Besides her work as a free artist, she works as a freelance graphic – and web-designer.

Angela Canada Hopkins
413 N Cleveland Ave, Unit 3
Loveland, CO 80537
“After losing my father to cancer my last year of art school–June 2001–I used my canvas and paint to express my grief. I wanted to understand more about the disease so I researched it and found a spring of bittersweet inspiration in the microscopic images of cancer cells.

From start to finish the paintings are different each time. The work begins by painting a random background pattern. My favorite technique is to splash rubbing alcohol onto wet paint. The rubbing alcohol repels the paint into irregular circles. Then, I reference photographs of microscopic cells to create the cancerous form. This isn’t a rigid process, in fact, I started off experimenting in the hopes that the final image will turn out better than my initial vision. My intention is simply to show the magnificent patterns and colors of the galaxy-like cellular structures and bring awareness to the disease.”

Lauren Curtis
Email: forestwalker333 at

Art, spirituality, and culture are all intertwined. Through my work, I express my beliefs, which have strong roots in the power of the Feminine and Nature, and draw from various mythological and symbolic systems of both ancient and modern cultures. Using artwork, often inspired from my travels within the US & Europe, I tell my personal stories of the world as I experience them, and of myself as an individual in that world.

I have a great respect for what makes people different, as well as what makes us similar. Earth-centered religions, from which I draw much inspiration, believe that everything and everyone are connected and contain their own beauty. Art is a perfect medium to portray these ideas. We are all an integral part of nature, in both a macro- & micro-cosmic sense, and the similarities found throughout different countries and cultures seem to prove this. These relationships are an important focus for my work.

When creating art I enjoy using diverse materials, and for each piece, I select the media that best exemplifies the symbols & subjects I’ve chosen to work with. Each work of art then becomes its own personal myth-story.

Melissa Tobia
cell: 917-443-8949
email: melissa at

Melissa Tobia is a fine artist who focuses on creating her art with pastels, oil, and watercolor. She is currently composing floral compositions. Melissa begins her project with thorough research. She spends endless hours searching for the flower that speaks to her. When she finds it, she takes dozens of photographs with her SLR camera.

Her favorite places to find her subjects are the Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn and the Nature Conservatories. She has been known to go up the block to the store, spot a flower in someone’s garden and rush home to get her camera. The allure of flowers for her is the challenge of illuminating those personified qualities in flowers that often go unnoticed by the casual observer.

When using pastels, she prefers to use soft pastel sticks from NuPastels and Rembrandt. They are smooth, easy to use and no concern with drying time which allows her to work fast. Once a composition is developed, she will switch to pastel pencils for detailing and creating textures. Pastel pencils allow her to keep in practice with her drawing skills, but still allow the piece to be a painting.

When Melissa paints with oil on canvas, she likes to use fluid brush strokes, vibrant color and intense light and shadows. Oil paint has a slow drying time which allows her to work slowly to build layers upon layers as well as a glaze when dried.

Melissa also enjoys using watercolor because of its fresh approach and style. Watercolor does not allow room for error which is a challenge she enjoys. It encourages the artist to take risks but also makes the artist trust her intuition and skills. Since watercolor is a quick drying medium, she will sometimes add some pastels on top for detail.

Melissa currently resides in New York City with her husband.

Laara WilliamSen
International Professional Painter & Author
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Email: laara63 at
Site/Blog URL:
Currently developing a series of paintings of the “Universe.” Limited Edition of 195 soon available!

When I create with oils, it’s all about the paint! I wear surgical gloves and allow myself the freedom of painting with my fingers. An image arises out of the seemingly random stroke of color! Recently, I have been working more conceptually by re-creating images in oils from the Hubble Space Craft photos! This is bringing me much delight. I also love to create smaller works in mixed media. Following my creative process, daily, is very important to me! When I educate, I encourage my students to do the same. Marketing my art comes after it has been created. I’m currently entered into four international exhibitions during May, June, July of 2010.

Bertica García-Dubus
Bertica García Dubus’ medium is oil on canvas; her style is classical realism, at times carrying touches of surrealism. Her subject matter encompasses figures, flowers, still life, birds and spiritual.

She studied in Chicago, Illinois where she received a B.A. in Fine Arts. She furthered her studies and education in the Dominican Republic, Arizona and Washington D.C., receiving both private and academic instruction.

Bertica enjoys the detail. Her great interest is to portray on the canvas things that people normally don’t stop to notice: the way that the light rests on and defines the shape of a rock, how the world reflects on a brass bowl, or how the folds on someone’s clothing describe a figure. She feels there is a great deal of beauty around us that goes unseen as we go about with our busy and stressful lives.

She has participated in two collective exhibitions this year, and has three more scheduled for 2010.
Bertico Dubus