Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Art That Stopped Me! Premier Post

I've surfed the world and found these treasures along the way. This entry is where I will post artist links that I absolutely love! The selected artist "stopped me in my tracks!" Their body of work shows consistency and dependability; they never let you down. Each artist featured has a unique style that is true and uninhibited. I want to share their art with the world.


Ran is a self-taught artist who originally got his start creating a vampire art portfolio and selling it at game conventions. He soon thereafter submitted a book idea to White Wolf Game Studio and was commissioned to write a sourcebook for Vampire the Masquerade titled "Kindred Most Wanted." The resulting attention led to Ran forming, with three partners, Precedence Entertainment. The company was built around a new Roleplay line Ran created, wrote and illustrated called "Immortal" and enjoyed critical success that led to the creation of a line of collectible card games such as Babylon 5, Alien's VS Predator, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, Tombraider, Terminator, Gridiron Fantasy Football and others. Ran left the company, embarking on script-writing and the pursuit of his own art.

Ran has since designed websites (including his own and as well as album covers for a variety of musicians. He is currently involved with commissions and three screenplays, as well as an online novel called Armageddon Almanac on He is also writing a serialized fairytale on called Wonder Land.

Ran loves Calvin and Hobbes and creates most of his art from dreams.
Ran's Gallery

Robin M. Rios

While attending the Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago Robin developed a passion for digital photography and has since refined her digital imaging skills by creating many thought provoking 2D and 3D pieces.

I use Photoshop like a painter uses canvas and a pallet of paints. I begin and end with my own photography to create each piece; Layer after layer until I have reached my desired imaging effects. I take great pride in my work as a digital artist and I challenge myself with every new piece as there are no short cuts to mastering ones' craft.
Robin M Rios Gallery


I am 41 years old,"did I just say that"? I am a Chamorro. I have a wonderful mom, who I might add is my biggest fan. I was born in Georgia. I have 2 children, well their adult's now. My grand baby is Nadia. I just have fun doing art.

I do my work in the dark.If not...I can't see it. I see myself in the heavens with the stars. Star's connecting.
Maji's Gallery

Al Lofsness

Education Bachelor of Fine Arts
Hobbies / Interests Cooking and Eating
Favorite Artistic Medium Painting Oil
Favorite Arthistory Movement Expressionism - (1905 - 1945)

Favorite Visual Artist na

Favorite Work of Art Folk, Naive, Primative, Raw, Outsider

Biggest Artistic Inspiration The world around me.

Why Did You Become An Artist? Why not become an artist?

Personal Biography Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Al Lofsness was educated at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He graduated with a BFA degree in painting.

His early career was in commercial art as a creative director, art director and designer. In 1999 he left the applied arts and began painting full-time.

Since 1999 he has sold paintings to collectors in the United States, Europe and Australia.
Al Lofsness Gallery

Laura Barbosa

Born in New Jersey, Laura is a self-representing Artist with 20 years experience painting animals and subjects of fantasy. She is best known for her Animal Portraits, Surreal Representations, New Wave Digital Art and Colorful Abstracts. Her creations have been described as "Open Minded, Alive and Inventive." She has an amazing capacity to create original works of art in a range of different styles. Being a self-taught artist, Laura’s influence has been inspired by nature, her love for animals, urban environments and fantastical thoughts from her mind. Often, people say that she has a natural ability to capture an animal’s soul. Many who have ordered pet portraits have said that their pets seem to be looking at them. Realistic and Beautiful, Laura’s animals are amongst the best to be captured in paint. Her abstracts and surreal artworks speak for themselves. If you are looking for a unique piece to put on your walls to spark a conversation or relax from a hard days work and fall into wonder. You will be extremely happy with any artwork you choose to own from Laura’s gallery.

Participating Artist and Part of the CREATION TEAM of The "Glory Of Horses"
“a Tribute... a Spectacle... an Incredible Work of Art Now in creation,
The Glory of Horses is scheduled to be unveiled in the Spring of 2008.”

Press Release "Art of the Dog"...Asbury Park Press
Listed with: World Artist Directory
Member of: The Laurelton Art Society
Awards: Prize Ribbon, Acrylics Category….”Bordeaux Dog”
Past Exhibitions: Splash Contemporary Gallery/Tinicum Art Festival
Laura Barbosa's Gallery

Juliana Maz

I'm a Colombian visual Artist, most of my Art work involves the graphic design. You will be able to find acrylic color painting, Photography, drawing, and other interesting stuff. Juliana Maz’s, trajectory lay in developing and exploring a style that encompassed a love of print, pop art, Graphics and the precense of saturated colors. My studies of Graphic Design and Visual Arts complement what I do, being able to offer a fan of possibilities at the time of projecting a work. Without aesthetic classifications nor prejudices Images, as I believe, are fragments of histories, dreams and illusions caught with a lens, a brush, a pen or even with your mind... developed and processed for the benefit, the contemplation, in order to open possibilities in the monotony of our daily life…

Juliana Maz's Gallery

Janet Karam

My first fascination with drawing came at a young age when a young man sat with me creating quick line drawings- it was a relatively simple and unremarkable moment, yet the impression left was powerful and lasting. From that time on, my passion for creating art has progressed to become a central driving force in her life. Karam graduated from the Art Institute of Dallas in 1988, and since then has pursued painting with increasing fascination and verve.

After several years of living in larger cities, I moved to a small historical Texas town where the old, weathered architecture and weathered of my new surroundings inspired the original paintings in my current Funkytown series. I enjoys painting a wide variety of subjects, and whether musical, abstract, animal, portrait or cityscape, I enjoy painting with expressively bold strokes, lively color, and often whimsical compositions.

Janet Karam's Gallery

The Blue Queen

Greetings and well met! Here you will find original artwork by Krissee Beckner, also known as "The Blue Queen." My specialty is fantasy/mystical content using traditional and digital mediums. Each piece is an expression of strong emotion and thought... not just merely pleasing to the eye, but to the mind as well.

Thanks in advance and enjoy the gallery!

(I'd say more than just a few words, but I'm a bit on the shy side. That would probably account for my favoring artistic expression via images as opposed to words. *insert sheepish grin here*)

The Blue Queen's Gallery

Jarmila Kostliva

Born in Prague, Jarmila Kostliva has always been a participant of performing as well as fine arts. Music theatre and dance are all influences that imbue her work with vitality and drama. Her subjects pass through their domains or stages as if passing from one dimension of reality to another. Finding provocative inspiration in Carl Gustav Jung’s meditation on symbols of collective human psyche, Jarmila`s paintings explore realms of emerging subjectivity in varying states of visual conception. She brings gracefully formulated sense of drama to her compositions, extending upon the subterranean mysteries of her archetypal reflections in cyclical concentrations. These images originate from intuitive impulses. Kostliva has exhibited worldwide. My visual arts college education in Czechoslovakia was intended to prepare me for carer of an artist and designer. However, after my graduation I decided to follow my second "dream profession" of becoming a professional ballet dancer. Since my childhood I have been attending ballet and music schools as well and It felt natural to choose an opportunity just waiting for me. I have appeared on stage and in film , working with numerous ballet and dance companies of State Opera and Ballet in Czech Republic, Germany and Canada performing in ballet, operas and musicals. I have been touring extensively in North and South America. After my dance career was about to end, I have decided to get back to painting and seriously pursue the visual arts opportunities. Traveling through the continents to study diverse cultures, specially ancient, primitive and aboroginal, became great inspiration for my work. Experience of the dancer's discipline, stage, music, fantasy and ability to transform the body and mind to different levels of the awareness was important part of my life. My art as well as my life has formed the way I express and define myself in my work. Please see my exhibition history and awards

Jarmila Kostliva Galleries

Angel D' Amico

• Angel D'Amico is a Chicago based Freelance Illustrator and Designer. Loving life and living her dream, Angel has a unique sense of style and a wide range of skills from drawing to painting, digital art, graphic design, playing and composing music, hand screen printing, book making, sewing, photography, crocheting, cookie making, and some other random skills. She Combines her fine art skills with her digital artwork, to create beautiful, unique, and exotic environments of work. Also the creator, editor, and publisher of Carpal Tunnel Online magazine, dedicated to feature independent artists from all over the world, working hard to follow their dreams. Major projects Angel is working on right now, is the design and illustration of over 30 pages for YRB magazine, cover design/illustration, fashion, features, and gearing up sections. As well as collaboratively working on illustrations/music for Ecko unltd with Donnie Bauer and Mode Project, who is making her illustrations into Motion Graphics Pieces. As well as a working on a few other projects, for, and pro-bono work for Mom, as usual :) Accomplished Suzuki Method Pianist for 19 years • Clients include: YRB magazine, PEEL Magazine, Create Magazine, Venus, BPM, Los Angeles Journal, Don't Panic Media, RDA - KORG, Two x Four - Wrangler, The Gepetto Group - Topps, The Abbey Pub,, Abbey Brown Soap, 160over90 - Aramark, Lollapalooza, The Whole 9

Angel D' Amico Galleries

Mike Urdun'a
I'm going to personally comment on this artist: His work has so much energy and originality! I love his Mixed Media Work. I'm a serious fan of Mike Urdun'a. Check out his work!

Tom Jones Berney

I am 24 years old and currently residing in Nottingham in England. I like to draw and display some of the work I have done since my art course to the present day and I will continue to put stuff up as and when I do it, and if I like it enough!

Tom Jones Berney

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