Los Angeles-based Karin Brauns traces her artistic inspiration back to her childhood in Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden, whose culture is steeped in an appreciation of nature and year-round outdoor activities. Brauns’ work is international and universal in scope, starting with a subtle and sophisticated palette of color, composition, and texture. Finished canvases are rendered using a variety of textures including acrylics, oils, gold flakes, and even glitter. The result is a balance of realistic and dreamy expressions highlighted by a golden touch.
Kurt Waldo is an artist with dynamic energy and creativity: as a mixed-media artist, he layers and distresses the surfaces of his works with a frenetic style, resulting in richly textured, multifaceted surfaces that evoke the spirit of 1950's and 60's expressionism, all while maintaining his unique aesthetic.
Kurt's unique style comes from his combined use of several different media — oil, oil pastel, acrylic, colored pencil, crayon and house paint — and conventional and unconventional tools: brushes, sticks, pallet knives, scissors, and nails. However, Kurt's love of music is the key to his method – it enhances his personal sense of rhythm, which gives each of his pieces a unique cadence. His work also demonstrates his passion for landscape photography and architecture, yet you will see very few representational elements in his works. These pieces exist to enhance the space they occupy – he desires that viewers create their own sense of meaning from what they see.
Many designers have recognized his work as the perfect accent to include in 1950’s-1960’s post-modern homes. He has fulfilled commissions for many clients, both for private residences and professional office spaces, including two pieces created for the boardroom of the Theatrical Union of New York City. But his work also has a general, far-reaching appeal: it has been featured in the television series Gossip Girl and The Carrie Diaries, and his work was featured in a spread within the West Elm Furniture Catalog as well as at the San Luis Obispo Art Museum's "Brushstrokes" Show."
Bob has enjoyed a career in floral art beginning with experience in the retail floral world to teaching to owning the studio to consulting. He had 20 years as head designer in high end retail flower shops to 28 years teaching first at the American Floral Art School (where he trained) in Chicago to 25 years as a professor in the Ornamental Horticulture Department at Cal Poly SLO TO 11 years as a design consultant for Ocean View Flowers in Lompoc. He was an internationally known floral artist taking part in the Capetown Festival as the guest of the South African government, featured designer for the Nippon Flower Arrangers in Japan and for the World Flower Council in Madrid.
He has mounted Floral Art Shows for AIFD Symposiums, Teleflora Convention, National Garden Clubs etc.
Bob has been active on Boards of many organizations and serving as President of many of them. Examples; Nationally the American Institute of Floral Design, state California State Floral Association, California Garden Clubs, locally San Luis Obispo Symphony, SLO Little Theatre ,Vocal Arts Session First Presbyterian Church, San Luis Obispo Rotary
The Floral Design Studio is located at 1532 Monterey St. across from 4 Cats Gallery. 805-541-1532
I have had a deep connection with nature ever since I could remember. My name is April (born in September!) and I was raised on the Central Coast of California. My family home was located up in the hills, far from town. As a young girl, I was usually found barefoot in a dress and ankle deep in mud. Most of my time was spent outside catching lizards, collecting rocks, and admiring wildflowers.
I graduated from San Francisco State University in 2012 with a degree in Visual Communications and Design. After graduating, I bought a handful of one-way tickets, traveled around the world, and eventually landed back where my roots began, on the beautiful Central Coast.
The impermanence of flowers made me appreciate their short existence. How bittersweet it is to watch the colors and life slowly fade away. I strongly believe we are here on this earth to create, so I decided to create permanent pieces of art using nature as my medium. My art consists of dried native and naturalized flowers and plants that are sustainably collected throughout California. My goal is to preserve and honor Nature's beauty and essence. I hope you enjoy browsing!
My love of nature, colors, and beauty was awakened during childhood whilst roaming barefoot in
the countryside of Romania. Early and recurring experiences ranging from watching my father
stomp grapes to make wine; witnessing Spring’s annual arrival; and gathering for family
dinners on the veranda to enjoy summer storms that produced majestic thunder and lightning
shows, filled me with wonder and sparked my imagination.
Growing up within a society consumed by communist ideals and traditions made it so that
individualism, artistry, and freedom of expression were not only discouraged, but punishable
offenses. Despite cultural limitations I was determined to find a way to speak my truth – to be
seen and connect with the people and the world around me. Without access to conventional
art supplies I turned towards nature and used the landscape’s boundless supplies of flowers,
twine, and sand to create images that both illustrated and conveyed my story- echoing my
calls for help.
This is how art became my voice.
Today I “speak” with acrylic paints, wherein I lay my raw reality upon the canvas with each
stroke of color- with an open heart that still desires to be seen and connect through artistic
narration. Finding my voice, through art, has saved me - for art is the key to unabated
expression and serves as reminder that authenticity is the key to freedom.
Nic Stover was raised in the high mountains of Western Colorado on a single magazine subscription to National Geographic and only 5 TV channels where the only show the family regularly watched was Nature on PBS or the Tour De France. This is where his love for adventure, outdoors and travel took shape.
Nic is an entrepreneur at heart, having started several sustainability focused businesses and led others to periods of tremendous growth. His most recent business achievement was leading a solar company into the 3rd spot on the prestigious Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.
His sense of adventure has taken him to the 5,000-meter glaciers of Ecuador and Mexico, through multi-day adventure races in Scotland and the US, down much of the Western Coast of Costa Rica in a 7-day running race, and on many other trips in the Western US.
Nic has a Bachelors of Science in Construction Management from Colorado State University and a MBA from Babson College.
With their interactive exhibition of paintings and poems, Ursula Black and Jim apRoberts invite guests to step Between the Lines and share an open space of dialogue about a variety of timely (and timeless) issues related to the human experience. To preview the artists’ work, visit them on Instagram: @what_she_sees and @jimaproberts.
Opening night: January 4th, 6-9 pm (Art After Dark)
Closing night: January 26th, 6-9 pm (with live music by the Sean Sullivan Trio)
Tracy’s watercolors have been delighting collectors for over thirty years. Her luminous fishes and birds put her on the art world map, and her fruitful collaboration with Wyland yielded an amazing array of wonderful sea-life paintings that are enjoyed worldwide. Always productive, Tracy’s work has been featured in galleries and private collections. Lately, she’s been into Buddha’s, typewriters, and what she calls her “Love Letters”. Her colorful and enchanting watercolors have universal appeal. You can’t look at a Tracy Taylor painting and not want to smile.
WB Eckert is a lifelong professional artist/ designer and photographer with diverse professional experience in a wide range of media from fine arts painting and printmaking to photography, the graphic arts, and three dimensional design. His current full time focus is on painting, with acrylics as his medium of choice.
His work is notable for his striking use of color, bold sweeping shapes and themes, and meditative atmosphere. He attended the University of California as a major in Fine Arts and has shown his work in the Central Coast area over many years. He shared a public working studio at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles and now, in addition to maintaining his own studio, teaches acrylic painting in classes held at the Paso Robles Art Association as well as private instruction. His work can be found in collections worldwide.
Born in Yonkers, New York, he has been resident of Southern California since 1955 and the California Central Coast since 1979, WB Eckert is very familiar with the rhythms and feel of the Pacific Coast and the wine region of the Central Coast area. He currently both resides and works in Paso Robles, CA.
Artist website: https://www.wbeckertstudio.com