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Vivian is Chinese and grew up in Hong Kong. She was educated in the UK and the US. She did Chinese ink painting after high school when she studied under three masters who specialized in three different subject matters, namely, landscapes, gardens and buddhas. She was introduced to western painting during college years, with acrylic as the primary media. Watercolor came along later in her life where she combined the western approach with the colored ink. Painting is only one of the various vehicles she employs to express herself. Pottery, writing and singing play an equal role.
ANGELICA "ANGIE" ACEVES...
Since childhood Angie has created art, mostly pencil drawings then later other mediums. Her current medium of choice is oils and acrylics.
Portraits and images show her traditions and culture. “It’s what I love to paint. As an Artist I am interested in capturing the beauty, emotions and soul of my subjects. My goal is to create a painting that attracts the viewer to it and brings old memories to life.”
ARDITH BANUELOS... Pen & Inks with Watercolors
Ardith creates mixed media compositions using pen & inks finished with Watercolors. She sells both reproduction prints suitable for framing as well as stationery note cards.
Subjects come from nature with butterflies and tropical fish providing the most inspiring designs and colors.
John expresses himself through various media including acrylics, watercolors, oil, pastels and digital art. He is currently pursuing an art degree to be followed by a teaching credential from San Jose State University. Elements of gesture and lines of force influence him strongly. He loves sharing the process of creating art with students of all ages. His art inspiration is prompted by interactions with people, objects, animals, places, but mostly through his emotional connection to the subjects.
DONNA DAVENPORT... Watercolor and Acrylics
Donna’s love of the outdoors and animals grew from early experiences with family horses and other livestock. Her strong passion for art led her to numerous art classes. She won a scholarship in 1992 to study southwest Indians. This experience culminated in her creating a children’s book entitled “The Magic Water Jar”. She went on to earn a degree in Early Childhood Education and taught locally. Donna studied several mediums including water color and oils. She painted portraits of people and animals. More recently, she added landscapes and abstracts in varying mediums.
MARY J. GARZA “CHAVEZ”…
Raised in the Salinas Valley, Mary is a native American Indian of the Chumash tribe. Her passion to paint was so strong, she would use sheetrock as chalk to draw on sidewalks, and an occasional wall. Family and a career spent as the owner of her own hair salon were early priorities. After attending an art class, she entered her first oil painting in a juried exhibition. The painting was accepted as one of 42 entrees out of 500 submitted. She continues to attend art classes perfecting her gift and talents. She is now an internationally known artist and her child hood dreams have been realized.