Author: Ivana Starcevic

Featured Artist – Barbara Clark

Please introduce yourself and describe your background

I am a painter who loves the outdoors and is grateful to get to do what I love. I am grateful because I understand what it is to get in the car every morning and talk myself into one more day of the daily grind.  I have been a house cleaner, a customer service clerk for an insurance company, a rental car rep, and assistant manager for a retail art gallery. I put myself through college at the age of 30 by being the “girl” for a wealthy family in New York. In college I learned the trade of accounting and subsequently opened my own bookkeeping business until my best client hired me away from my own company.  That company was sold in 2006 and now I get to paint!  It was not easy getting here, but this is where I was always meant to be.  Geographically, mentally, and emotionally.  Everything I’ve been through has put me in this very time and place.  And I’m grateful to be here!  I wish the same for everyone!

What is your earliest memory of creating art?

High School!  I had the best art teacher in the world.  She treated me like a prodigy.  She ordered materials for me to experiment with.  She invited me into her home where we took turns cooking dinner for her brood after school while the other got to play with art.  She was a friend and a mentor. She gave me a set of keys to the art lab to keep me out of trouble and keep me creating. I was incredibly lucky to have known her.  Thank you, Virginia Fitzgibbon.

Describe your primary medium and why you’ve chosen it for your artwork

Oil painting, en plein air.  Because I love the buttery texture and the richness of oil paints.

What other media have you used?

I started with pastels, but the dust is too hard on my lungs.  I currently paint with gouache and watercolor in addition to oils.  I’ve been known to experiment with paint sticks, acrylics, and found objects.

Describe your artwork in 10 words or less

Rich, colorful oil paintings distilling the landscape into basic shapes.

What inspires your work?

Color and light.

If you could spend the day with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Any artist: I’d happily spend the day with my art teacher from High School.  I never got to tell her how important she was in my life.

Do you show your work commercially?  If so, where? 

I co-own Corrales Fine Arts, in Corrales and also show at Et Cetera, Gallery Tamaya, The Abiquiu Inn and several locations of The Range.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I’m an introvert.

What advice would you offer younger artists just beginning their art careers?

Understand your market.  Understand basic bookkeeping.  Pick 5 artists, dead or alive, whom you admire.  Study their work.  Strive to incorporate what they do that appeals to you into your own individual style. Develop your own hand and don’t copy.  To copy doesn’t do justice to yourself or the artist you are plagiarizing.

Featured Artist – Rick Snow

Rick Snow

Please introduce yourself and describe your background

I was raised as an “army brat” all over the world.  I graduated with a degree in organic chemistry, physics and math, then immediately joined the Army.  After serving for 20 years, I retired and began working as a program manager in the private industry.  We moved to Corrales 19 years ago from the Florida panhandle when I was recruited for an executive position in an R&D tech company in Albuquerque.  For ten years, I directed development programs in “energetic” materials research, design, fabrication, and testing.  I have been a CSA artist and board member since 2005.  In my spare time, built my pottery studio and installed our commercial vineyard.  Since then I have been producing and selling unique functional and whimsical pottery, producing wine grapes for Corrales vintners, teaching private pottery in my studio, and playing golf.  Mary Anne and I recently celebrated our 47th anniversary.

My ceramic work can be seen in my Corrales studio and in the Ghostwolf Gallery in Old Town.  My grapes can be enjoyed in the wines produced by several Corrales vintners.

What is your earliest memory of creating art?

My whole family growing up was artistic and always creating things.  I do not really have a recollection of starting artistic efforts.  I started pottery twenty four years ago when we lived in Florida.

Describe your primary medium and why you’ve chosen it for your artwork

What other media have you used? I focus on producing artistic pottery that is too difficult and time-consuming for most conventional potters.  I prefer to weave porcelain baskets, masks, and finery.  I normally choose not to make common mugs, bowls and cups.

What other media have you used?

I used to make “fine” wooden furniture (armoires, tables, beds, and cabinets) for our family use.  I have also done bronze “lost wax” castings.  Years ago, I used to carve museum-quality models of “full-rigged” sailing ships.

Describe your artwork in 10 words or less

I make graceful, difficult, functional and whimsical pottery for fun.

What inspires your work?

I love making things.  I love showing a new item to other potters and having them ask me how I got it to come from the kiln in one piece.  I will sometimes work a new idea or form in my mind for weeks before trying it.  Usually, it will take me 3 or 4 attempts to make it work, some things are still in progress.

If you could spend the day with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Monet or Renoir.  They changed the art world by defining a new way of perceiving and capturing the way we can see the world.

Do you show your work commercially?  If so, where? 

Yes, I show my pottery in my studio and at the Ghostwolf Gallery in Old Town.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I am a shy and reserved person.  I had to develop ways to put myself into public and leadership positions.

What advice would you offer younger artists just beginning their art careers?

I have two recommendations.  First, have a job skill or profession that will pay to support you (food, housing, car, etc,) while you are developing you talent and art; second, learn the “business of art,” (how to promote your products, pricing, marketing, customer expectations).

 

Featured Artist – Jennifer Noel

Hello, my name is Jennifer Noel, I am 43 years old and I was born and raised in Socorro NM. Both of my parents are Geologists who work at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. I imagine it was a bit of a shock to both of my parents to have a daughter who was interested in art. My earliest memory around art was on my mother’s maps that she was making and my connecting the dots and then making dragons and monsters out of the river and mountains. I went on to Eastern University for my Bachelor of Fine Arts and afterward I realized that if I had a better paying job, I could buy all the art supplies I wanted, and so I went back to Nursing School at the University of New Mexico and finished with my Bachelors of Nursing. I currently work in the Newborn Intensive Care at Lovelace, I am married have 2 beautiful children, a small farm and a studio that I get out to often to create my art.

My primary medium is ceramics. I love working with the clay, the smell and the tactile feel of it. I am fascinated that fire and the elements of the earth can help transform clay into a beautiful but functional piece of art. I have worked a little with photography, watercolor, and printmaking, but ceramic stole my heart. I currently show my artwork at the Weyrich Gallery, the Range Café, and Thrive.

When people ask me about my art, I often say that “I make the pottery using glazes that are fluid, and other elements that are ash and glass.” I am often inspired by art made of watercolor because of the way the colors bleed into each other. I often wish I could spend the day with an artist from Mexico Freda Kahlo, who in the 1940’s who continued to find ways to paint despite the pain she experienced after an accident. She did not let her pain dampen her love for art or her creativity. My advice to younger artists who are just beginning their art career is to find something or someone who inspires them, and then to dream big, set realistic goals, and be kind to themselves.

 

Featured Artist – Urey

Fetured Artist - Urey Lemen

 

Please introduce yourself and describe your background.

My father was in the Navy so for the first twenty years of my life our family bounced around the world.  I got my love of photography from Dad who was always taking family pictures.  Like many my age, my first camera was a Kodak Brownie.  Soon after that, I got my father’s Argus 35mm camera as a hand me down when he upgraded his camera.

What is your earliest memory of creating art?

When I was in grade school I liked to doodle images of palm trees and boats on the ocean.  Probably should have been paying attention to my teacher.

Describe your primary medium.

I tried painting, watercolor and oils but it wasn’t for me.  I think I have a “good eye” for composing images, so I went with photography.

Describe your artwork in 10 words or less.

I’m mostly a landscape and wildlife photographer.

What inspires your work?

I have always been an outdoorsman.  The beauty of the natural world is what inspires my work and my passion for photography.  I try to capture those fleeing,  magic moments of beauty in the nature world.  I am a great admirer of the work of Galen Rowel, Art Wolfe and Ansel Adams.

If you could spend the day with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Early in my profession career, I did a lot of wet darkroom black and white work.  Ansel Adams had a great influence on my work. I love his high contrast b/w work.  I wish I could have met him.

Do you show your work commercially?  If so where?

I am one of the founding members of the Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery in Old Town at 328 San Felipe.  The gallery started in 2003, time flies!   I also take part in shows like CAST.

What advice would you offer younger artists just beginning their art careers?

My only advice would be to follow your passion and try to develop your own style.

 

Featured Artist – Victoria Moulden

Featured Artist: Victoria Maulding 

 

Describe your primary medium and describe why you’ve chosen it for your artwork.

I work almost exclusively in acrylics. I have gravitated to acrylics as my preferred medium because they work well with my style of painting, which is often light to dark, light to dark, many layers of thin paint to accomplish the fur, feathers, etc which are a part of much of my paintings and the ability to paint for long periods, layering and keeping the colors true.

When did you start working with this medium? How did you get introduced to this medium?

As a teenager, I learned to paint in oils. During college, I was introduced to Acrylics and spent many years using either oil or acrylics depending on which one seemed most appropriate to the style and subject matter.

Did you teach yourself or do you have a formal education?

I took my first art class as a freshman in college and continued with as many art classes as I could schedule while working on a degree in education. Even in graduate school, electives were always ART. Also years of workshops, classes, retreats and painting groups.

Have you always worked with this medium? What other media have you used?

Over the years I have worked in watercolor, oils, water-based oils, and acrylics. While I enjoyed the special challenges of each media, the acrylic works best with my style of painting, brush strokes, layering style, and cadence of painting.

How much time do you devote to your artwork?

Artwork is a daily part of my life. I am involved in some aspects of the process from design, planning, research to execution and can spend 5-7 hours on a “good paint” day.

What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?

I feel intimately connected to the space and subject matter of a painting when I

finish a piece. I am humbled by patrons who tell me that my paintings bring them daily joy.

What are your sources for ideas and inspiration?

The beauty that surrounds me, and most recently dreams and my imagination.

What obstacles do you encounter as an artist? How do overcome challenges?

Painting offers challenges that are always exciting. I may do a study if I need to learn something before jumping in, but sometimes accidents become happy surprises.

Do you know what the finished artwork is going to be when you start? Do you ever just work from spontaneous impulse?

That depends on whether it is a story I am telling, or something from the imagination. I usually have a concept in mind, sometimes it is vivid and sometimes it is just an idea, a feeling, that I want to express. I love both telling a story you “get” right away and also sparking inquiry.

Do you have a philosophy about producing art?

Paint what is beautiful and make it as beautiful as nature has made it in order to give the viewer joy.

Do you collaborate with other artists and if so, how does that happen?

I have been fortunate to spend many years in artists' groups, classes and workshops and maintain many of those relationships for decades.

Do you show your work commercially? If so where? Do you produce your art for a living or is it more of an avocation?

I show my work at two galleries, Corrales Bosque Gallery, and Dragonfly Blue Gallery in Taos. I do local large venue shows like Masterworks, CAST, other area venues. I produce my art for my soul and consequently it occupies more importance, space and time in my world than an avocation.

What advice would you give aspiring artists entering the field?

The advice I give aspiring artists ranges from basic information regarding materials, techniques, to the most important thing I can say “PAINT, PAINT, AND PAINT!”

What else do you want to say to help introduce you and your work to our readers?

I paint the beauty that abounds in this world. Sometimes it is a simple story being told, like a portrait of a beautiful horse, or sometimes it has an imaginary quality to it with the beauty of nature painted into it. In either case, my goal is to connect on an emotional level to the viewer.

 

Featured Artist – Ivana Starcevic

 

Please introduce yourself and describe your background.

I was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, and moved to New Mexico in 1989.  While enjoying a 20-year career as the Creative Director for a Fortune 500 company focused on technology/innovation in customized training and digital communications, I remained connected to the art world through work as a rescue animal photographer and photo contributor to Getty/iStock. I earned a BFA in Ceramics and Studio Art and an MFA in Mixed Media from the Academy of Applied Arts University in Belgrade and completed postgraduate work in printmaking at the University of New Mexico. My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and my pieces are held in both public and private collections. In 2021, the City of Albuquerque purchased one of my large paintings for its “Art in Public Spaces” program.

What is your earliest memory of creating art?

I had a passion for art starting at a very young age. With a few crayons, pen and ink, and some limited watercolors, I would spend hours at the kitchen table drawing and painting. For me, art is a way of life and I have been lucky to earn a living from it.

Describe your primary medium and why you’ve chosen it for your artwork.

Currently, my main focus is on paintings and the landscape interpreted through the language of abstraction. My entire career has been defined by experimentation, which has been my forte.

What other media have you used?

I consider myself a multifaceted artist and, in my long artistic history, have experimented with combinations of disparate yet complementary art mediums and various genres as well as different forms of technological research. I let intuition guide me toward disciplines and techniques including ceramics, photography, printmaking, sculpture and painting. Regardless of the medium, my goal in art-making is not to imitate reality but to inspire viewers to wear different types of lenses.

Describe your artwork in 10 words or less.

Large canvas, vibrant colors and spontaneous brushwork with elaborate mark-making.

What inspires your work?

I always start with a subject, often the landscape, whether it is the view from my backyard or faded memories of Europe where I grew up. I have long sought to capture “the spirit of place” in my artwork, finding inspiration in nature, the breathtaking views of the Sandia Mountains, botanicals and the ever-changing colors of the sky. The wild and enchanting natural beauty of New Mexico is a powerful visual stimulation that continually finds its way onto my canvases. Landscapes are dynamic physical and spiritual reminders of our view of the complex material world and its significance in our lives.

If you could spend the day with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I don’t think I can choose just one. Some of the artists I admire most are Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe. Both were fearless, flamboyant and powerful personalities who created their own dreamlike worlds full of symbolism. I would love to sit down with these two and sip margaritas while listening to their personal stories about what it meant to be women during their times in history. I would get fashion advice from both and later watch them paint. What a treat that would be. I am also an admirer of Fauvism so, naturally, I would love to spend a day with Matisse in Paris—my favorite artist in one of my favorite places—just watching him work in his studio.

Do you show your work commercially?  If so, where? 

My work is available at Ghostwolf Gallery, through group/solo exhibits, and online at https://www.ivanastudio.com.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

My husband and I have a pack of five wonderful dogs…but I think everyone who knows us knows that.

What advice would you offer younger artists just beginning their art careers?

Practice and work hard, but remember that art is fun so just create what you like and don't be too critical of yourself! Keep at it, love it and enjoy it. Join art associations and start networking. Forging strong relationships is the key to building a great business and succeeding as an artist.

 

Ivana Starcevic

https://linktr.ee/ivanastarcevic

Winter Craft Show

33rd Annual Winter Craft Show

The 33rd Annual Winter Craft Show was held at the historic Corrales Old Church on December 3, 4, and 5th, 2021.  This Show is a collaboration between the Corrales Historical Society and the Corrales Society of Artists and features handcrafted works of art.  36 local artists participated.  Displayed artwork included folk art, gourd art, fine jewelry, photography, Pueblo pottery, stoneware, Native American jewelry, fiber art, metal sculpture, woodcut prints, paintings, mixed media folk dolls, and fused glass.  CSA members included Darryle Bass, Gabriel Gonzales, Elizabeth Huffman, Sue Orchant, Sue Ellen Rael, Barbara Rosen, Indea Sanchez, Ken Duckert, Rex Funk, D.L. Horton, Paul Knight, Jenn Noel, Rita Noe, and Mickie Sharp. 

The Old Church is a wonderful venue to show art. The show enjoyed 1500+ visitors over the three days and sales set a record high at nearly $40,000.  The weather was outstanding, and the food provided by the vendors was excellent.  Artists expressed a high degree of satisfaction with the setting, attendance, and sales. 

 

 

August 2021 Featured Artist – Barbara Burzillo

Barbara Burzillo

 

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set it free” Michelangelo

 

Describe your primary medium and describe why you’ve chosen it for your artwork.

When I began sculpting I experienced an immediate familiarity, a palpable sensation that I had done it before.   I am not sure if I chose this medium or if it chose me.  I find the tactility, range of techniques and complexity of working in three dimensions stimulating.

Did you teach yourself or do you have a formal education?

Many generous mentors have helped me along my artistic journey.  Navigating the challenges associated with sculpting and bronze casting has kept me in a perpetual state of exploration and education.

What other media have you used?

Though I am primarily a sculptor, I have experimented with many mediums. I also enjoy painting and drawing.

How much time do you devote to your artwork?

I am a fulltime artist.  I am in the studio or shop daily.  As a bronze artist, I spend a significant amount of time in my metal shop in addition to preparing clay models and molds.  I also spend time at the foundry and galleries.

What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?

I have been blessed to share very personal and spiritual moments with strangers because of what my art made them feel.  I am truly thankful for all of those special moments.

What are your sources for ideas and inspiration?

I am influenced by everything around me.  I am currently creating for a September exhibition I call “Shoeluccinations”.  The exhibition features sculptures that began as shoes.

Do you know what the finished artwork is going to be when you start? Do you ever just work from spontaneous impulse?

Planning is required on my more complex sculptures.  My paintings are a collaboration between me and the medium.

Do you have a philosophy about producing art?

Creating is not a choice for me. It is like breathing to me. I never want to stop.

Do you show your work commercially?  If so where? 

My work is available online at barabaraburzillo.com, at Ghostwolf, Wild  Hearts, Jezebel, and Off the Beaten Path galleries and events.

What advice would you give aspiring artists entering the field?

Be grateful every day for your creative gift. I would also recommend taking the business side of art seriously.  There are so many incredibly talented people out there you must be willing to take care of business. Be authentic.

Barbara Burzillo
Placitas, NM
(505) 228-3199

bb@barbaraburzillo.com

barbaraburzillo.com

facebook.com/BBurzillo/

Instagram.com/barbaraburzilloart

 

July 2021 Featured Artist – L. BaLoMBiNi

I don’t have a primary medium to work in. I’ve been a potter, weaver, jeweler, sculptor, painter in my life and I will choose materials that fit the thought. Right now acrylics are fast, easy and available.

I have a BFA in Ceramics and Fiber Arts. Painting came later as I needed to be less encumbered by equipment.

I’m an artist..and have always been. I work on creating art and marketing my work most days.

Rewards come when as a self motivated and self empowered person your efforts are received , appreciated and compensated for.

Inspiration is in the news, psychology, nature, self.

Obstacles for women artists are many. Some are self made..some societal. I can only do my best work and let it speak for itself.

Most of my work has little or no initial idea which makes doing commissions difficult. I can divide my work into two camps..thoughtful and thoughtless..planned and unplanned.. conscious and unconscious. I tend to like the thoughtless stuff best but when you are trying to pay the bills sometimes ” thoughtful “ pays for food.

Collaboration sounds lovely..but can be weighted down with constraints. Having said that there are many ways we as artists can collaborate with each other and our community of artists.

Galleries are shy to take on new artists right now..they need time to learn to market to an online audience. It’s actually advantageous for collectors and curators right now..so many of us are online and accessible to view without all the travel and costs of shows. Artists are becoming more comfortable showing what we are doing right now..today..in our studios. With less need for an agent artists can give themselves more freedom to create what they want.

I have had open studio/galleries in Maine, North Carolina and now Corrales and Albuquerque, New Mexico. I’ll be showing new work at Ghostwolf Gallery in Old Town as we slowly reopen to visitors in March and my home studio is open by appointment.

Giving advice is tricky..we are all different in what outcome we expect and what roads will lead us there. I do know that thinking someone will eventually come and discover your great talent is absolutely bunk..open doors..join groups ..make noise.

Let’s surround ourselves with art, color, music and textures we love..it will make life more enjoyable.

 

L. BaLoMbiNi / red paint studio

redpaintstudioart@gmail.com

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June 2021 Featured Artist – Gail Grambling Harrison

Describe your primary medium and describe why you’ve chosen it for your artwork

I am a fused glass artist. I love the ability to design and discover outcomes. I enjoy the fact that glass has a mind of its own and often, there are surprises when I open the kiln. I love watching the colors melt and do their magic creating a beautiful design.

When did you start working with this medium? How did you get introduced to this medium?

I began working with fused glass about 6 years ago- my love for glass began as a child visiting Corning Glass from my home in New York state. I saw Linda Boyes’ work showing at CAST and she suggested I take a class in her studio.

Did you teach yourself or do you have a formal education?

I’ve worked with Linda Boyes, Patti Gray, Lisa Vogt, and Janine Stillman in-studio workshops and studied multitudes of videos, and books. I was a Fine Arts major at Wells College. I have training in pastels, oils, acrylics from my childhood- college.

Have you always worked with this medium? What other media have you used?

I’ve been doing photography since high school; painting with oils and acrylics since my youth – the first oil painting set was given to me when I was 8 years old.

I do wish I’d started in glasswork earlier in life.

How much of your time do you devote to your artwork?

As much as I have time to! I try to spend 4 partial days in the studio. I am a psychotherapist the other days but sometimes I sneak in an hour or so on those days. Definitely, moving towards retirement… I also own GlimmerglassArtWorks, a Corrales Gallery and I’m President of the Board of Corrales Society of Arts.

What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?

I love designing, creating art that’s pleasing to the eye that makes people smile, think and feel.

What are your sources for ideas and inspiration?

I have always used my photos as my guide, all 27,000+ of them. My eye is always observing nature, this grew from being in the wilderness for 2 weeks at a time while my husband mapped for geology. My wonderful view from home is also, a source of landscapes, and creatures and birds. Recently, I’m trying to view from Plein Air artists’ perspective using shape and color and lighting to create my own glass world. I like spontaneity.

What obstacles do you encounter as an artist? How do you overcome challenges?

I have to make studio time a priority, though retirement is peeking around the corner…  Costs of materials and pricing for sales are difficult. Buyers don’t understand the costly materials, and equipment required for the medium. COVID -19. I discuss process and materials with customers. I also, plan to do on-site demonstrations at the Gallery when it is open again.

Do you know what the finished artwork is going to be when you start? Do you ever just work from spontaneous impulse?

I design my work but with less accuracy than my paintings because outcomes are related to fire schedules, seasonal weather, temperature glass reactions and time in the kiln. This for me is the wonderful part not having complete control of the outcome. Sometimes, I do work spontaneously; just placing glass pieces in a design that feels right to me and then fire it. A recently planned piece broke, I put it away and then it became a sculpture!

Do you have a philosophy about producing art?

My work comes from my heart and soul, usually from pleasure, not angst. It’s a piece of myself to give to the public.

Do you collaborate with other artists and if so, how does that happen?

I have worked with Myles Freeman (Pacific Art Glass & Santa Monica CC) and Terry Baker (Tesuque Glassworks) for hot glass work & glass blowing of my designs.

Hope to pursue more after the COVID pandemic.

Do you show your work commercially? If so where? Do you produce your art for a living or is it more of an avocation?

I’d be happy to make a living doing what I love! In the 45 + years of training I haven’t found it can support me fully, hence the therapist hat.

I’m grateful that I have my gallery at this point in my life and that my glasswork fills my soul and hopefully others.

What advice would you give aspiring artists entering the field?

Produce your art in the medium you love and don’t let your lack of confidence keep you from moving forward. BE BOLD!

What else do you want to say to help introduce you and your work to our readers?

Come by the gallery, GlimmerglassArtWorks, visit glimmerglassartworks.com.

See my work with your eyes and feel it for yourself. I love to talk about it.