Each one of the art pieces produced in our Studio has been developed using chemistry processes and techniques created by the Master Artist Jack Lebowitz. Javier T Dones is continuing Jack’s legacy by expanding on his techniques and creating the next generation of these impressive and remarkably unique works of art.
The signature pieces in the Dones & Lebowitz Collection are produced on a piece of copper subjected to a chemical process that will bring forward its unique patina. This process is stopped and fixed. In this way you can not only brag about being the proud owner of a piece of Nature, but of having a piece of art you can not find anywhere else but in the Dones & Lebowitz Collection.
ENAMELS AND METALS
The techniques used to create these pieces continue the implementation of chemistry processes. This time applied to metals, organic pigments and enamels. The textures and coloration are the product of these controlled chemical reactions, that in a way, become “frozen in time” on their support media. Absolute beauty, unwavering quality and the best craftmanship.
The art of chemistry is now at work creating more volume and richer textures. Assisting in forging metals and binding different materials together in a never ending stream of combinations. Not only look at the stunning beauty of this artwork. Feel it !!! Each one of the art pieces produced in our Studio has been developed using chemistry processes and techniques created by the Master Artist Jack Lebowitz. Javier T Dones is continuing Jack’s legacy by expanding on his techniques and creating the next generation of these impressive and remarkably unique works of art.
Blossom and Shine was founded by Julie Dye in 2009 while on a mission to blend her passion for working with paper into a unique line of modern jewelry.
With a background in photography and bookbinding, she began selling hand-bound journals, decorative home décor items, and unique paper jewelry. Julie continued to innovate her passion for blended material jewelry by learning the art of metal smithing – shifting her focus to combining metal, Japanese paper and resin to create a line of modern jewelry capable of making a statement and layering.
All pieces are designed and handcrafted by Julie in her studio in St Petersburg, Florida.
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My professional background is in commercial interior design and, while years of practice in design and architecture have often been an artistic endeavor, I now enjoy devoting myself to the challenges and pleasures working with color, texture, light and composition in a different scale and with different media. During my career as an interior designer I lived and worked principally in Washington DC, but projects took me to London, Paris, Istanbul, Africa and the Middle East. Those experiences, the people and places I encountered, have become the inspiration for many of my paintings. artist statement Although my work often includes recognizable imagery, I am not inclined toward documenting reality or in defining detail. What interests me is creating works that contain an element of mystery, the surreal, which encourages viewers to complete the imagery with their own unique responses. Through my paintings I hope to convey emotion, elicit compassion, or communicate a metaphysical sense of being.
My mixed media work incorporates paint, photography, collage, and fabric tied together by a rich content and visual patina that reveals a contemplative sort of storytelling inspired by life events.
Early on I was surrounded by women who spent much of their time doing needlework and working in their gardens. Much later I realized those practices and traditions were part of my artistic expression.
I spent much of my life in Southern Illinois and earned a BFA in painting and an MFA in fiber from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Since moving to St Petersburg, I have continued to explore new media and ideas and began studying with Betsy Lester at the Morean Arts Center.
I’ve spent years seriously gardening, and I’ve journaled and written otherwise about it. I have always been fascinated by and influenced by the full cycle of blooming and dying. The winter garden’s role of returning to the earth is the most beautiful of all the seasonal gardens. As the quest to deal with death and decay are squarely before me at this stage of life, I’d like to think my artwork reflects this fragile, graceful element of what remains and what is lost.
My art has radical intentions embodied in its torn edges, uneven dyes and shadowy expressionist themes. The result is a body of work with a soothing, earthy color palette, subtle textures, rich layering of imagery and pattern, and hints of my intellectual journey through life and art-making.
People wonder what inspires someone to become an artist? Considered a “creative colorist” Susan Hess’ work reveals immediately it is her passion for color. Her bold use of vibrant colors and fluid strokes creates energy in each painting.
Born in Pittsburg Pennsylvania, Susan became fascinated with colors at the age of 9 when she created her own colors by melting together the crayons from “the big box” of Crayolas. She attended Marywood College and graduated with a bachelors degree in Fine Art and Interior Design.
Working for 25 years as an interior designer she continued her fascination with color through her use of paint and fabrics. She developed her artistic skills as she studied with national and international artists.
A resident of Madeira Beach, Florida for over 20 years she creates interpretive impressions of people, places and nature. Her experimentation with acrylic, watercolor, and collage led to a fascination of encaustic wax painting. Her new encaustic work combines the spontaneity of color, the texture of acrylics and the flow of watercolors. She has married her two loves.
Susan paints and exhibits her work at Artlofts Studios, # 211 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her work has been included and awarded in numerous regional and national exhibitions. She is a signature member of Florida Watercolor Society and the International Society of Acrylic Painters.
“My artistic journey is always full of surprising challenges and my goal is to convey that excitement through color, design and texture”
BA Marywood College
Florida Watercolor Society Morean Art Center Florida Craft Art President,Watercolor Seminars Inc.
Daytona Art League Kotler Gallery-solo show Gallery Royale-solo show Beach Art Center Gulfcoast Museum of Art All Florida Show Imago Art Gallery Florida Watercolor Show International Society of Acrylic Painters Florida Show Gasparilla Art Festival
Signature Member Florida Watercolor Society 2008 Third Place ISAP Florida Show 2008 Pinellas Grant for Professional Artists 2008 Selected Artist for city of Tampa Banner Program 2007 Gasparilla Emerging Artist Award 2007
Festival of the Arts-Inverness, Florida Beauty and the Beach Art Show-Indian Rocks Beach, Florida Largo Cultural Arts Show-Largo, Florida Pinellas County Student Art Show-St. Petersburg, Florida
Mack Hicks moved to Florida after residing in Suffolk, England and Madison, Wisconsin. His training in art and his background in psychology permit him to incorporate symbols and metaphors into his acrylic paintings in order to investigate the psychological aspects of the human condition.
He has shown his work at any number of settings and fund-raising functions, including the Museum of Fine Arts “Art in Bloom” auction, Artist Gallery Royale, Art Lofts at Florida Craftsman Gallery, the Croatian Naive Art Gallery and Museum, The St. Petersburg Art Center, and The Tampa Artist Emporium. The St. Petersburg Times used my expressionistic painting, “I Can Do It All,” for a nationally syndicated article titled “Altering Course at Mid Life.” He is a member of the Florida Artist Registry and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art (FRSA).
Mack Hicks Artist and Author LLL201@AOL.COM
Betsy Orbe Lester
Artists often embed meaning in the media to lock in their reality. Trouble is, the real is not always the obvious. For example, I work the theme of carnival—idiosyncratic, surreal, transformative—complete here with matching metaphor: fashion. For isn’t fashion the ultimate disguise, with its accompanying masks celebrating toil and play?
An award-winning mixed media artist, Betsy Orbe Lester teaches where she learned, both at Eckerd College (Bachelor of Arts) and USF (Master of Fine Arts).
Permanent collections: Tampa Museum, Gulf Coast Museum, Neiman Marcus and private collections. Recent exhibitions: Denis Bibro Fine Art, NYC; Brevard Art Museum, Boca Raton Museum and undercurrent/overview, Tampa Museum. Solo shows: Merrick Gallery and The Arts Center.
Recipient of Pinellas County Arts Council ARF Grant (99’,’04), she was 1996 Pinellas Artist in Residence. Featured on Kid’s place as the “Art Lady” on Vision Cable TV, former Delta flight attendant Betsy resides in Treasure Island, Florida.
Carol is a professional interior designer. She graduated with a degree in Interior Design from University of Maryland and has practiced in the field for over 40 years. Her designs are eclectic, spatially pleasing, and possess an interesting textural and color quality. Her paintings exhibit that same visual language – a vocabulary of images. Ms. O’Bryon moved to Florida in 1997 after finding the best of all possible worlds – water, light and abundant nature. These have marked her paintings. Her work deals with issues of personal history, observations and experiences. It is eclectic and varied, but you will always see the importance of these basic elements: Color, Water, Nature and Light. Color – The interplay of color and the textural relationship of these colors are a key to her painting. Water – As it moves and changes, it is a limitless source of inspiration. Nature – Intrigued by the beauty of nature, Carol strives to interpret elements of nature as abstract fields of color and texture. Light & Darkness play throughout her work bringing a depth and richness. Carol uses water soluble oils because she feels that oils give her the strongest and richest textures. Her pieces are best seen in person.
Beth Kauffman is a stained-glass artist and painter located in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has worked with stained-glass for nearly thirty years and has published four stained-glass pattern books. From brightly painted jellyfish and groupers, to free-form stained-glass mermaids, Kauffman's pieces are often a reflection of her coastal and nautical surroundings.
Kauffman also has a passion for history, which inspired her Legend series, a line of glass panels created with reclaimed, broken glass that tell the stories of local historical spots in Florida.
Kirk is an artist who lives and works in Saint Petersburg, Florida. His art practice centers on the idea of reclaiming a sense of static space in the face of the compelling nature of information consumption. Although violence and individual dislocation tend to form a subtext in his work, he aims to challenge the viewer to reject fatalism and indifference.
MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Studio Art (Painting)
MA, Georgetown University
MA, The Naval Postgraduate School
BA (High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa), Visual Arts, Eckerd College
2018 – Winter Residency (Painting & Drawing), Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
2017 – Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC (clay)
2003-06 – Morean Arts Center (drawing, printmaking, sculpture)
Karen Porter’s ART CLASSES FOR ALL AGES STUDIO 210B
Beginners to advanced – Lessons in all mediums
Children (ages 8-12): Beginning painting – Drawing, all mediums
Teens: Drawing and illustration, painting – Pen and Ink, realistic pencil drawing
Adults: Watercolor, Acrylic, and Oil – Painting classes. Drawing
Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced classes available
Private or small group lessons available. Class size limited to 4 students.
Mini “art camps” : Mon –Fri, 10:00am –Noon, during most school Holidays; Class sizes limited to 6 students. Ages 8-12
Or host a girl’s night out Saturday evening small group painting party! $20 each, max 4 guests. Wine and cheese optional.
Class sizes limited to 6 students. Ages 8-12 OR host a girl’s night out Saturday evening small group painting party. Wine and cheese optional.
Classes located at the ArtLofts Studios above the Florida Craft Art Gallery.
Call for appointment 727-481-6612 Karanporter@Verizon.net
Karan Porter’s methods of instruction are designed to develop and nurture the student’s talent to its full potential. Mrs. Porter received her Fine Arts degree from Eckerd College; in addition to being a secondary school art teacher, Ms. Porter worked for USF’s Prodigy Cultural Arts program as an Artist/Instructor from 2002 until 2012. Mrs. Porter also specializes in Gifted Art studies and portfolio compilation for PCCA and USF admission.
The making and viewing of art is transformative. It is a spiritual experience even more than an intellectual one.
I work in painting, drawing and sculpture. In painting, I begin my artwork as an experiment with a particular set of colors, or, for sculpture, elements. The goal is to see what sort of expression I can get from the various combinations and the handling of the colors and material itself. The basic result is that much of my work has been nonobjective although it contained suggested forms.
I consider the goal of abstraction to be the most difficult and the pinnacle of the use of art as an visual language. And although much of my art contains figurative elements, I will always consider myself primarily an abstract artist. (Even without seeing defined form, the natural human instinct is to imagine identifiable images.)
My motto: “Fire knows only the laws of fire,” is a quote from my best friend Katherine back in 1968, (spoken under very odd circumstances, but that is another story.) But the idea has had resonance with me all these years. Applied to painting: From the first searching mark placed on a canvas, the painting begins to define itself more and more narrowly until there is no more to discuss. Paint knows only the laws of paint and the image knows only itself as it struggles to emerge. Each is like a willful child growing into an independent image.
Any element behaves only as its particular state of being allows it to behave. And each piece of art demands its own format. The motto also applies to drawing. (Sculpture also knows the laws of physics.) Even though I work from a model, the drawings are all very different. Certain expressions require the color from paint or the limited palette of traditional drawing, while others require three dimensions, or motion/time or interaction. For this reason, my work is varied. Each new piece cries to be its own event.
Rebecca Skelton’s prize-winning work has been collected, exhibited, and published since 1974. She has taught art classes for University of Tampa, St. Petersburg College, USF St. Petersburg, and Eckerd College as well as for the Morean Arts Center, Creative Clay, Youth Arts Corps, and the Dali Museum. Ms. Skelton has donated art, jewelry, and sculpture to raise money for numerous causes including the Salvador Dali Museum, American Stage, Tampa Aids Network, CASA, Family Resources, Family Services and Bayfront Hospital.
1999 – 2006 Guest artist, Salvador Dali Museum; Surrealist art workshops, Art Games, Recreation Center workshops
1977 Adjunct Professor, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Phoenix City, AL Art Appreciation
1974 – 1977 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Auburn University Art Department, Auburn, AL; Perspective, Beginning Drawing, Figure Drawing, Anatomy, Art Education
1986-1998 freelance artist, Florida Trend Magazine, St. Petersburg 1986- 1987 freelance artist, Landers and Partners, St. Petersburg, FL 1983 – 1986 Art Director/Production Manager, INNOVA/Koepenick International Advertising Agency, Atlanta, GA 1981 – 1983 Finished Art Supervisor, Cargill, Wilson & Acree Advertising Agency, Atlanta, GA 1980 – 1981 Designer/Illustrator, Body Forum Magazine, Atlanta, GA 1978 – 1980 Artist, Publications Department, Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, Auburn, AL
AWARDS 2012 Honorable Mention, Morean Arts Center Members Show, St. Petersburg, FL 2011 Honorable Mention, PAVA, Beach Art Center, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 2010 Honorable Mention, Las Damas, Scarfone-Hartley Galleries, Tampa, FL 2005 Best in Show, Florida Artists Group, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL 2005 Award of Excellence, Members Show, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
COLLECTIONS 2012 University of Tampa Permanent Collection, Tampa, FL 2010 Woodlawn Elementary School lobby sculpture, St. Petersburg, FL 1998 State of Florida Permanent Collection, Tallahassee, FL 1977 Auburn University Permanent Collection, Auburn, AL
GRANTS 2012 Kickstarter funding for Dark Drawings project 2000 Pinellas County Artist Resource Fund
SOLO EXHIBITIONS: “Flow,” solo show Davidson Fine Art, 2015 2006 Transformative Marks, Don Vista Cultural Arts Center, St. Pete Beach, FL 2005 Rondo, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL 2006 Healing Feeling, Unity Church, St. Petersburg, FL 2000 Muse Gallery, Clearwater, FL 2000 ArtsImpact,Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa, FL 1998, 1999, 2001 St. Pete Little Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL 1992 The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS: 2016 &2017 Woodfield Fine Art, Figure Book Show
2016 Kahwa Artx5, St. Petersburg, FL
2016 Art Institute of Tampa, Tampa FL
Exquisite Corpse International:
2017 Chihuly Museum, St. Petersburg, FL
2016 & 2015 Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
2015 Gallery 1356, Clearwater, FL
2016 Directors Choice, Three Artist Show, Studio@620, St. Petersburg, FL
2015 Moleskin book show, Tempus Gallery, Tampa, FL,
2014 Femme Fantasy, Soft Water Studios, St. Petersburg, FL
2014 Trust Birth, Soft Water Studios, St. Petersburg, FL
2013 11th Annual Invited Artist Exhibit, Lewis House,
2011 “Artists Choose Artists,” Artful Living, St. Petersburg, FL
2011 Sketchbook project, Art House Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and the Sublime, C. Emerson Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL
2010 Artx5, Daytona Beach Art League Gallery, Daytona Beach, FL
2010 Gallery 515, Tampa, FL
2009 Figurative Works, Elliot Gallery, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
2009 Central Art Show, Studio@620, St. Petersburg, FL
2009 Alternatives to Violence, Studio@620, St. Petersburg, FL
2008-2012 JJ Watts Gallery/A Taste for Wine, St. Petersburg
2008 Circle of the Grey Flamingo, art Gallery, Tampa Fl
2005 Figures & Portraits, Alla Prima Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
2005 Form Within Space, three artist invitational, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
2005-2011 Las Damas, Various venues, Tampa, FL
2004 Doorways & Passages, Tampa City Center, Tampa, FL
2003 The Human Condition, The Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg, FL
2003 States of Being, Two Artist show, Lake Wales Art Center, Lake Wales, FL
2003 Spring Invitational, Galleries Salt Creek, St. Petersburg
2002-2003 A Body of Work, traveling show, Morean Arts Center; Eckerd College Elliot Gallery; Galleries at Salt Creek, St. Petersburg, FL
2002 Artlink, The Florida Holocaust Museum and Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
2001 The Really Big Show, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
1999 The Doll Show, Mahaffy Theater, St. Petersburg, FL
JURIED COMPETITIONS: 2013 Strange Figurations, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY 2013 12 Artists, PAVA, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL 2011 Upcycled, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL 2010 SHIFT, Tempus Gallery, Tampa, FL 2009 Take Out, Brevard Art Museum, Melbourne, FL 2009 Drawings, art Gallery, Tampa FL 2009 Works on Paper, Studio@620, St. Petersburg, FL 2009 in white space, art Gallery, Tampa FL 2005-2012 Cool Art, St. Petersburg, FL 2004 Motion, Project Creo, The Pier, St. Petersburg, FL 2004 Transparency, Project Creo, The Pier, St. Petersburg, FL 2004 Transitions, Project Creo, The Pier, St. Petersburg, FL 2003 Brave Destiny, Williamsburg Art Center, Brooklyn, NY 2003-2012 Florida Artists Group, LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts, Tallahassee; Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art, Sarasota; Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach; Sanibel Island Arts Center, Sanibel; Leepa-Rattner Museum, Tarpon Springs; Boca Raton Museum of Fine Art, Boca Raton; St. Augustine; Lake Wales; West Palm Beach; Beach Arts Center, St. Pete Beach, FL 2001 Figurative Works, Armory Art Center, W. Palm Beach, FL 2001 World Festival of Art on Paper, Ljubljana, Slovenia
PUBLICATIONS ArtBook Tampa Bay, digital book, 2012, 2013 Tampa Review, literary journal, University of Tampa, Fall 2009/Winter 2010 Florida Humanities, literary journal, Eckerd College, Spring 2004 A Body of Work; Tampa Bay Artists Interpret the Figure, Morean Arts Center, 2002
REVIEWS/PRESS: Art Taco (online reviewer) Spring/Summer/Fall 2011 St. Petersburg Times, Take Time for Art, July 2009 St. Petersburg Times, Art: Take Out, July 2009 Tampa Tribune, Two shows, Same Building, June 2009 St. Petersburg Times, Diversions, May 2009 Creative Loafing, Creative Band Aid, September 2008 Creative Loafing, Hidden Treasure;
Art at the Top of the Stairs, July 2007 St. Petersburg Times, Art: Inspired by Experience, August 2005 Lake Wales New Chief, States of Being, September 2003 St. Petersburg Times, The Human Condition, July 2003 St. Petersburg Times, Emerging Artists, Salt Creek, September 2001
JURY/JUDGE 2012, 2011 ASCI middle school/high school show, Clearwater, FL (panel of judges) 2009 Citrus County Festival of the Arts, Inverness, FL 2006 MainSail, Pinellas schools (K-12), St. Petersburg, FL 2005 Georgia Southern University Student Show, Statesboro, GA 2005 Surrealism, Dreams & Fantasy, Pinellas County Middle and High School student show, Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL 2004 Student Show, Muse Gallery, St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, FL 2002-2011 Student Show, Scarfone-Hartley Galleries, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL (panel of jurors) 2003-2005 Hillsborough County High School Art, Scarfone/Hartley Galleries University of Tampa, (panel of judges) 2002 High School and Middle School Students, Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL 2002 Word and Image, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL 2002 members’ show, Brandon Art Center, Brandon, FL 1996 Parkwood Recreational Center, High School Students, Clearwater, FL
COMMUNITY/DONATIONS/VOLUNTEER: 2017 Southeastern Guide Dogs, painted dog parade
2013 Breast Cancer body painting benefit, Temple B’Nai Israel 1995-present Monitor, open figure workshop, Morean Arts Center 1992-present Demonstration artist, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL 2010 visiting artist, Woodlawn Elementary School, St. Petersburg, FL 2008 Family Services Art Auction, St. Petersburg, FL 2006, 2007 Family Resources Art Auctions, Tampa Bay area 2007 Bayfront Hospital Benefit Auction, Salt Creek Art Works 2004 Cirque de Gato/ Humane Society, Matthews Gallery, Tampa, FL 2004-2011 WMNF; Painted Cowboy Hats and various Art Auctions 2004 Hats & Martinis, 2003 Masks & Martinis, Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL 2004 Stageworks auction, Tampa Fl 2003, 2004 Much Ado About Art, American Stage, St. Petersburg, FL 2002 Artlink, Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL 2001, 2002 Plein Aire St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL 2001 Habitat for Humanity Auction, St. Petersburg, FL 2000 CASA Auction, St. Petersburg, FL 2000 Breast Cancer Benefit Auction, Decor-8, St. Petersburg, FL 1998- 2000 Guest Artist, Garden Parties, Museum of FineArt, St. Petersburg, FL 1992 – 1996 (Art) Volunteers in the Public Schools Program; St. Petersburg High School & Rivera Middle School, St. Petersburg, FL 1990-1999 Tampa Aids Network Auctions, Tampa, FL 1998-2005 Artist/volunteer art projects, First Night St. Petersburg, FL 1988 Suncoast Chamber’s Super Art Auction, Clearwater, FL
The thread that connects my career evolution over four decades from graphic designer to newspaper reporter to communications strategist has been the desire to gather and share information using images, words and mediums. A similar desire has informed my creative exploration as I’ve experimented with watercolor, photography and printmaking.
My current fascination is fiber art and the ability of textiles to serve as a source of narrative. I’m inspired by the feel, smell and aura of fibers – sumptuous velvets, decadent brocades, shimmering organdies – and their ability to communicate emotion and meaning. Employing techniques such as reverse applique, rusting, shibori and hand and machine embroidery allows me to introduce intrigue and coax fibers to communicate color, texture and form.
While some of my pieces are purely decorative, I’ve become increasingly attracted to creating work that is both visually pleasing and utilitarian, such as tapestry bags embellished with beading and hand stitching. I’ve also begun experimenting with fabric manipulation techniques to create textural and dimensional surfaces, amplifying “voice” and furthering storytelling potential.
KAS TURNER ARTIST STATEMENT
“VISIT MY STUDIO AND SHARE MY VISION OF COASTAL FLORIDA. I UTILIZE ACRYLIC PAINTS WITH THEIR OWN UNIQUE QUALITIES AND VERSATILITY TO PAINT A CONTEMPORARY VISION OF TIME AND PLACE. I PAINT ON CANVAS OR WOOD ABSTRACT INTERPRETATIONS OF THE COASTAL ENVIRONMENT OF FLORIDA. THE INTERACTION OF COLOR IS AN IMPORTANT CREATIVE FORCE IN MY WORK.”
Joseph N. Walles shoots black and white documentary style photography. Each gelatin silver print is archivally printed in his darkroom by the artist. His award winning images capture everything from city life to wilderness and from people to natural textures.
Joseph N. Walles studied Mathematics, Business Administration, Education, Liberal Arts, and Sociology at the University of Toledo from 1966 to 1972. He began shooting for Toledo area newspapers while still in high school. In Florida, he was a photographer for the Clearwater Sun until 1980 when he began as a photographer for the St. Petersburg Times. He was a picture editor there from 1995- 2011, but continues to be a photographer for his own creative satisfaction. Mr. Walles has exhibited his award winning work since 1979, including solo shows at Florida Gulf Coast Arts Center and the Arts Center in St. Petersburg. He has had his work published in calendars, books, and record jackets. His work is in numerous private collections and the American Securities Insurance Corporate Collection of American Photographers.
My mother was an artist and my father was in the newspaper business for 35 years. His hobby is photography. When I was 13, I learned how to use a camera and develop black and white film. Since then, I have spent a good deal of my time capturing selected fragments of the visible world through the view finder of a camera. The moment the photograph is made and the shutter closes, that particular moment is gone forever, except for the light that was chosen to “stain” the film. The photographs I make reflect my desire to record the unadulterated moment. What I choose to shoot, how I frame it and how I print the resulting image are the means of my expression. Shooting in black and white distills an image to its structure, which is expressive in itself. The challenge is to make a personal statement about my subject while showing only reality. Only when I have captured the moment and printed the image that I had visualized am I satisfied. When the print is shown and understood, that is a fortunate bonus.
I was seven when I began my art studies with my mother, a graduate of the University of Buffalo Fine Arts and Albright-Knox. There she studied and worked with Ben Stahl.
I lived in Montreal, Ca., Baghdad, Iraq, Buenos Aires, Argentina and traveled through Europe on vacations.
After years of working in acrylics with R.R. Robinson in his beach studio, I fell in love with the transparency of watercolor. I have been plein air painting with Jan MacFarlane since 1990 and enhanced my skills with Taylor Ikin, Bryan Ateyo, Tom Lynch, Tom Jones and Martha Mans.
I am fascinated with the houses in Key West and the “colors of the Caribbean”. Much of my art incorporates these. I have several painting styles that I use to achieve the desired impact. Above all, I want to bring the viewer into the painting, then allow them to complete “the picture”. The majority of my work is in transparent watercolor and acrylics, using palette knife, brushes, and pouring techniques. I am dedicated to the concept that original art should be enjoyed and affordable to all.
I have shown frequently over the past few years, taking an honorable mention in 2002 at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art fall show, and the Florida Water Color Society Show in Ocala and Tampa, Florida.
My work is in private collections primarily on the east coast and in Florida.
Lee West was attracted to the arts as a small child. She nurtured those interests at the university of Colorado and the Art Studemts League in New York City. While there she studied under Dagmar, then lead illustrator for ‘Vogue’ Magazine. Lee moved to Florida in 1971, after her stint in NYC as a sashion illustrator, and was immediately inspired by the flora and fauna of the South.
Paintings of flowers and landscapes are created in her studio from on-site sketches and photos. Designer of ‘Sea Life’ stained glass transforms the city of St. Petersburg Bay Vista Adult Recreation Building.
A past president of the Pinellas Park Art Society, creator of awards for ‘Pride in the Park’ and ‘Music without a Net’, she was co-owner of the ‘Midnight Pickle Art Gallery in old Palm Harbor.
Lee Shows at Florida Craftsmen, J.J. Watts Gallery, and participated in Art in Bloom at the Fine Arts Museum in St. Petersburg. She is currently a member of Artx5, doing group art shows with 4 other artists.
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