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2018 Spotlight Recipients

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2017 Spotlight Recipients

Our 2017 Spotlight Artists have been posted. Find out more about them below!

Rose Tanner, Rose Tanner Fine Art – Booth 315

Rose Tanner

Rose Tanner is an award-winning artist who loves spending time outdoors studying birds. She is dedicated to portraying her subjects using traditional oil painting techniques, and with each delicate brushstroke, Tanner tries to show something about the bird’s beauty, life, and character. A nature enthusiast, she travels widely for her subjects and is active in supporting endangered birds and their habitat.

“Birds sing, dance, fight, court, breed, and fly,” Tanner says. “They claim territory, pair for life, hold funerals, have socials, eat fermented berries, and perform mating rituals that leave us baffled. The subject matter is endless. When I sit quiet and stay patient, the birds eventually let down their guard and carry on their daily life. I capture a range of emotions and actions. It’s those moments of humanlike behavior that inspire me to paint.”

As a professional artist, Tanner has dedicated years to the arts and is constantly seeking ways to develop new skills. She studied illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and oil painting with Daniel Keys as well as other contemporary master painters. She is an active member of the Canadian Federation of Artists and shares her passion with aspiring and experienced wildlife artists by teaching them her own techniques to bring beautiful bird moments to life.

Lori Ryerson, Focalocity – Booth 516F

Lori Ryerson

Spending 16 years on the flying trapeze and traveling the world has had a profound influence on how Lori Ryerson sees the world. Finding the narrative in abandoned urban landscapes, conveying the wonder of our universe, capturing what silence looks like—these are the stories she tells through her lens and interprets into her art.

From a background revolving around communications—from music to performing arts to writing—she continues to communicate her stories through fine art photography. Today, Ryerson’s photographs are usually the result of serendipity—keeping her eyes and mind open for an alignment of things that convey their story. Whether printed on canvas, metal, or an older technique such as gum bichromate, the presentation of the artwork becomes as much a part of her artistic consideration as the composition. The decision is dictated by the mood of the piece to create a final result that enhances the story.

Ryerson lives in Toronto and captures her stories with a Panasonic Lumix mirrorless camera.

Kate Taylor, Kate Taylor Studio — Booth 226

Kate Taylor

Kate Taylor’s journey as an artist has taken her from Cambridge, England, to Toronto, Ontario; from the organic lines of photography to the unexpected color combinations of painting; from the tutelage of internationally renowned artist Paterson Ewen to the private collections of abstract art lovers around the world. Known for her abstracted versions of flowers, landscape, and seascapes, Taylor’s work explores the unique forms and colors of nature and how they are an integral part of our lives, bringing contentment, grounding, and joy.

In her studio, Taylor works solely with a palette knife, pulling multiple colors on both sides of the knife and mixing the colors directly on the panel. Working flat, she creates from all sides, ensuring that the piece works compositionally from all directions. The stained wood grain of the birch panel becomes an integral part of the composition and, like a watercolor, is left untouched, creating a dynamic play of positive and negative spaces. The resin enhances the colors and, at the same time, reflects the viewer, incorporating them into the piece and encouraging them to be encompassed by nature and to be more thoughtful of their place within it.

“Humanity is connected to nature, our place within it and the energy we derive from this relationship,” Taylor says. “As the world around us becomes more and more fraught with stress and uncertainty, there is an even deeper need to connect with the earth and consciously integrate joy in our lives. Viewers are encouraged to enter the work and reflect on their current state, reconnect with the natural world around us, and move forward with positivism.”

2016 Spotlight Artists

Jeremy Sicile-Kira – Jeremy’s Vision Gallery, Booth 119

Jeremy Sicile-Kira | “My Future Girlfriend” | Acrylic on Wood

Jeremy Sicile-Kira was born in Paris, France in 1989 and diagnosed with autism at an early age. He did not discover his gift for painting until he was 24, when he began to communicate to his parents about the colorful abstract portraits he was painting in his dreams. As a young child, Jeremy’s interest in color was obvious: he spent hours looking at brightly colored fabrics, images in picture books, and the patterns in rugs. He loved visiting museums to look at the paintings, and cathedrals to follow the patterns on the floor tiles.

Jeremy discovered he had synesthesia in 2011, when he explained to his mother for the first time that he saw letters, numbers, words, and emotions in color. In August 2012, Jeremy began to communicate about the dreams he was having, dreams that he was painting the emotions of people he had met into colorful portraits. One night he had a dream that he painted 10 of his paintings and had an art show. He asked his mom if this could come true, and she encouraged him to paint in real life. In April 2016, his first curated solo art show was held at Space4Art in San Diego and was covered by national media outlets, including, NBC, ABC, Good Morning America, and, as well as local media.

Currently, Jeremy meets people in person at his art studio at Space4Art or online, and then paints to recreate the portrait envisioned while dreaming. Jeremy uses acrylic paint on wood panels and large canvases.

Michael Carini

Carini Arts: The Art of Michael Carini, Booth 415, DW-1, DW-2

Michael Carini | "Foreverandever" | Acrylic on Canvas | 60" x 96"

Known as the Acrylic Alchemist, Michael Carini received his artistic training in Los Angeles, studying at Loyola Marymount University while simultaneously serving as an apprentice under respected artists Jane Brucker and Roland Reiss. Graduating at the top of his class in 2006 with honors, including the Scholar of Distinction Award in Painting, Carini returned to his hometown in San Diego, where he currently maintains his studio.

Michael Carini’s creative visions will play with your senses and illuminate the human condition as he delves into the uncensored depths of his mind and invites you to catch a glimpse of the other side. Transmuting his medium through what he describes as a poetically alchemical process based upon the principles of equivalent exchange (Acrylic Alchemy), it is Carini’s hope that you will completely lose yourself within these labyrinthine experiences, only to discover a new sense of self and emerge reborn.

Erin Hanson

Erin Hanson Fine Art, Booth 200

Erin Hanson is a lifelong painter, having begun her study of oils as a young child. Born in Portland, Oregon, in 1981, Erin Hanson was raised in a family of Boy Scouts in Southern California’s Mojave Desert, and camping in the beautiful surrounding landscapes was a staple of her youth. In elementary school, Hanson painted across many mediums, including pastels, murals, oils, and watercolor. At the age of 16, she was accepted into a special scholarship program at the Otis College of Art and Design.

Taking pause from her artistic passion to pursue her ongoing fascination with the world of science, Hanson graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Bioengineering in 2003. Clearly armed with the grit and determination to take on any ambition, Hanson reconnected with the world of art through her love of nature and adventure. Immersing herself in the red rock of Nevada and exploring the rugged terrain of the west reinvigorated her desire to recreate the beautiful sites with powerful oil paintings.

Through her many travels—photo safaris, backpacking expeditions, and rock climbing trips alike—Hanson has been inspired to transform vistas familiar and rare into stunning interpretations of bold color, playful rhythms, and raw emotional impact. Her unique painting style has become known as Open Impressionism, with hundreds of collectors spanning the globe eagerly anticipating her work. As an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of contemporary impressionism, Hanson is quickly recognized as a prolific, modern master.

Erin Hanson | "Into the Woods" | Oil on Canvas | 40" x 40"

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