Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Media Spotlight - Oil Painters in Gallery at Marina Square - Patricia Newton & Jeff Odell

Gallery at Marina Square features many great Oil Painters in addition to our retinue of amazing artists!

The first of our Media Spotlight focuses for today is Patricia Newton!

Pat has been a painter for her entire life! Her skill and mastery of the Oil Painter's brush is easily seen in her astounding work. 

Pat has lived and worked on the Central Coast for over 30 years, she creates whenever she has a free moment!  She hopes and dreams that each work of art that she produces,  goes to a happy and loving home! Every time she creates a painting, she feels like a tiny bit of her soul lives with each artwork!

In Pat's own words: "I have always been intrigued by the essence of light, the luminosity of color, the expression of a face, a warm gentle breeze, the smell of citrus or salty air. My style is representational, utilizing a glazing technique of many thin layers to create a translucent effect that provides depth and emanates light from my paintings."

Gallery at Marina Square has a tremendous number of talented and amazing Oil Painters!

Jeff Odell is an exceptionally talented local painter. A major influence for Jeff was his experience in the painting studio of nationally recognized painter and Professor Emeritus Wilbur Niewald, who taught that the only way to get at the visual truth of color is to work directly from nature.

Jeff Odell has pursued the “truth of color” for more than 30 years on the Central California Coast, painting rural/urban landscapes, seascapes, portraits and figures, interior studies, and “anything that will sit long enough to serve as a subject.” 

Jeff is an amazing person, and an amazing artist. His paintings can create a sense of the sublime in almost any space. You live in a beautiful place, decorate it with some of his beautiful art!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Media Spotlight—Photography, Alice Cahill, Beth Sargent, Alison Salome, Carlo Christian, Jillian Parks & Chuck Pruitt for Fall 2015

Alice Cahill

Alice Cahill is an award winning nature photographer. Her inspiration is the Earth – she is fascinated by it, and she believes in nature as a healing force and a refuge from the chaos of daily life.

Alice’s photographs have been published in many nature and photo magazines, including Outdoor California, Photographers Forum, Outdoor and Nature, and Oprah’s O Magazine.

Alice is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

Beth Sargent

Beth has a love for nature’s beauty and mystery. The vision that she sees when she looks through the lens of her camera is a world of wonder. She shares that wonder of nature with everyone through her photography.

Beth says that the Central Coast of California has beauty like no other. It is rich with wildlife and beautiful views. Though Beth’s photography takes her to many wonderful places, the Central Coast of California is her home and she feels blessed to live here.

Beth’s interest in photography started in the 1970’s while in college. In time, her interest grew into a passion that really shines through her award winning photography of today.

Her work is shown worldwide. Her passion is photographing nature for all to enjoy.


Alison Salome

Oh, to walk where the ocean kisses the land!! To have my feet in the sand while the surf surges over them and swirls around my ankles - this is pure bliss. If only I could capture this feeling and share it with you!

I have always felt that I belong on the California Coast, where I can hear the ocean and taste the salt in the air. My images bring to life the sand, the sea, the playful otters, the majestic pelicans, or a dramatic sunset over the ocean.

Most of my photographs are from the area between Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo, although occasional road trips to the North provide images from the Mendocino area.

Thank you for viewing my photographs. I hope that they bring you the feeling of having your feet in the sand.

Carlo Christian

From a young age, I have been in love with the craft and art of photography. I was fortunate to work as a commercial printer in two prestigious photo labs, as well as, an assistant photographer in a high-end fashion studio. Today I work as a chemist and own a small studio and photography business.

My interest in history, both natural and human, informs my choice of photographic subjects. My favorite mentor taught me when outdoors nature tells us about relationships, the cycles of life and matter, organic and inorganic: “just look around and listen.” This lesson still inspires my photographic vision.

I love revisiting deserted buildings, farms, ranches and junk yards over time as they return to nature—the sacred circle. These abandoned places whisper stories of our ancestor’s dreams and lives when we take the time to look and listen. My ambition is to share those impressions. 

Jillian Parks

Jillian combines her background in animal care with her love of photography, creating joyful, timeless portraits of animals and their people. Jillian believes that having one special image of your beloved pet is a way to honor their love, loyalty and friendship.

When she’s not lying on her tummy taking dog photos, Jillian likes to go to the beach with her dogs, dance with her kids, and laugh a lot. She volunteers her time for various animal welfare groups including Woods Humane Society, SLO Animal Services, Second Chance at Love and more. She believes that every animal deserves a safe, loving home. Until there are none, adopt one!

Jillian lives in Morro Bay with her husband, two children, three dogs, and a persnickety cat.

Charles Pruitt

Charles Pruitt began taking photographs over 40 years ago when he was given an old 35mm camera by a family friend. 

While living in Hawaii, Chuck was mentored by Boone Morrison, founder of the Volcano Art Institute in Volcano National Park. This association led to meeting and learning from Brett Weston, Minor White, and Paul Caponigro. During this time Chuck began working in large and medium film formats, abstract photography using color infrared film and long exposures; often taking a 4x5 Crown Graphic on backpacking trips.

Chuck studied photography after returning to California. While in college he combined Chemistry and Photo classes to recreate historic techniques of wet plate negatives, cyanotypes, platinum and albumin printing methods. Chuck received state and national recognition for his experimental prints.Chuck took up digital photography in 2004, but still uses his 50+ year old Hassleblad.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Media Spotlight—Mixed Media 2015

We have quite a few artists at Gallery at Marina Square who work in “mixed media”—combining two or more media in one piece.

Ingrid Brink—Mixed Media

Ingrid Brink
Ingrid Brink and her husband Jan live in Baywood Park on the Central Coast and part time on the Big Island of Hawaii. The interplay of land, sea and sky of these two places in paradise with their amazing colors and textures provide ever-changing inspiration.

Ingrid creates many of her paintings using cut out pieces of watercolors and assembling them in a collage to achieve a unique effect.

Brink is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and has taught as an Artist-in-Residence for 23 years. Ingrid embraces Paul Klee’s belief that “Art does not reproduce what we see, rather, it makes us see.”

Mauna Loa Waiting © Ingrid Brink


Don Doubledee—Mixed Media

Don Doubledee
Don Doubledee has been an Architect since 1982. Don has become known locally for portraits he has completed with graphite, color pencil or pen and ink.

His “Postcards of Amsterdam” began a number of series of what Don calls his “Postcard” sketches featuring line drawings he has completed while vacationing around the world. Now, his “Postcards of Morro Bay” series features detailed pencil drawings of Morro Bay’s waterfront.

Sunday Morning © Don Doubledee

Lisa Kanofsky—Mixed Media

Lisa Kanofsky
Lisa Kanofsky is a California native. She has an A.A. degree in fashion design from Brooks college in Long Beach, California This is where she discovered her affinity for textiles, textile design, silk ainting and fashion accessories. She also holds a B.A degree in liberal arts from Antioch University in Santa Barbara, California.

Having lived in Europe and Africa broadened her aesthetic scope and palette. Always influenced by her surroundings, she draws inspiration from the beauty of nature and urban landscapes.

In 2011, Lisa created an online shop featuring her tiny art pieces and her “tiny tableau pendants.” This collection now includes rings and earrings. These are created from portions of original mixed media paintings and are secured under a glass cabochon. Each piece is an original work signed by the artist.

Untitled © Lisa Kanofsky

Linda LoebsMixed Media

Linda Loebs
Linda remembers that as a child she crawled behind her couch to draw a whole village of circle people on the wall. Her skills have come a long way since her wall drawings, but the passion is still there. She loves to paint, to create, to watch as an image appears, and finds it’s always exciting to see how colors come together on the canvas, and her art reflects this love of color.

Linda has two degrees in art: an AA in Fine Art from Cuesta College and a BS in Art and Design from Calpoly.

A Poe Moon © Linda Loebs

Mari O’BrienMixed Media

Mari O’Brien
Mary O’Brien was an academic teaching French and English language and literature, comparative literature, and humanities—for twenty-five years—until she felt a calling to return to the art that inspired much of her youth.

Her work is rendered mainly in acrylic, collage, and mixed media. She paints in a primarily intuitive, adventurous, and experimental way, resulting in abstract or non-representational pieces, using multiple layers and creating a rich, complex tapestry. Some folks describe her and her work as eccentric and eclectic, and she freely admits that I like these descriptors!

For Mari, a successful painting evokes an emotional response on the part of the viewer, even when no identifiable subject is depicted.

Rock the Boat © Mari O’Brien

Nona Jane SiragusaMixed Media

Nona Jane Siragusa
Nona Jane paints various types of Angels using different kinds of paper, cloth, paint, inks, and varnish—a collage and photomontage of other mediums.

When asked why she paints angels, Jane has said, “I believe that Angels move among us and encourage us along in life by their will and intellect. I can feel them invisibly directing my actions.”

Nona Jane is also a plein-air artist. Her landscape and seascape paintings in oil capture the clear and intense light of the Central Coast.

Grigori Angel II © Jane Siragus

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Media Spotlight—Drawing 2014

Occasionally we like to showcase artists at Gallery at Marina Square that work in a specific media—this time we would like to highlight a couple of our artists who draw—with pencil, charcoal, ink, crayon, or any other type of drawing medium.

Linda Bench—Drawing

Linda Bench
Linda likes to draw inspiring natural scenes—coastal panoramas, oak covered hillsides, flowers and wildlife. While she’s always enjoyed drawing and art, she learned to draw well while studying landscape architecture in college. In 1998, she began focusing her artistic efforts on colored pencil drawing, and has slowly built up her portfolio. Each picture takes about 20 to 25 hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the background. She starts with a line drawing, slowly building up multiple layers of color to achieve the depth and intensity she’s looking for. Linda lives with her family in the mountains between Morro Bay and Atascadero.

California Poppies © Linda Bench
Let’s Dance © Linda Bench

A Taste of Summer © Linda Bench

Jo Swanberg
Ardella (Jo) Swanberg—Drawing

Jo Swanberg keeps a small sketch book in her purse and she draws whenever she has to wait for someone. She keeps another one in her plein air art supplies and makes a drawing in it before she starts a painting. She uses only ink because one year she kept forgetting to put a pencil in her supplies and had to use Micron pens instead. Now she only uses ink in her sketchbooks because it doesn’t smear like pencil does. She often adds watercolor to her drawings. Here are some of Jo’s drawings:

Wednesday Irregulars © Ardella Swanberg
Windmill © Ardella Swanberg

Alice Cushing © Ardella Swanberg 
Shirley and Carl © Ardella Swanberg
San Simeon Pier © Ardella Swanberg

George Asdel—Drawing
George Asdel

Earlier he and his wife Kathie taught art in Newfoundland, Canada, where they also had a gallery. George’s self-discipline leads him to sketch each morning based on a theme-of-the-day he’s set up: on Mondays he draws mammals, on Tuesdays he draws bugs, etc. His drawings sometimes lead to watercolors. 

Drawing or painting, George likes to give his viewers a smile.

Cat and Crows
© George Asdel
Frequent Flyer Monarch
© George Asdel

Birdbath Weather Report © George Asdel
Magic Fish © George Asdel
The Tiger and the Dreamer © George Asdel