Previous Art Demonstrations



2019

June

www.pease-porridge.com

I was raised in Seattle Washington, spent my college years in Colorado and have lived in Sunnyvale since 1979. I am married with grown children and wonderful grandchildren. My BFA was in metalwork but a cramped apartment and stint in jewelry manufacturing changed my mind about metalwork, so I have worked in other media for most of my career. I did traditional transparent watercolor on paper until an encounter with silk in 2008 captivated me. I love the vibrancy of the dyes, the sheen of the silk and the many possibilities of this medium from clothing to wall art.

April

Debbie Bakker's Vibrant watercolor captures the glow of the summer sun in this collection of florals and succulents, just in time to sweep away the winter chill. Debbie's intense close-ups and realism invites the viewer to revel in nature's gorgeous details. Artist says "I strive to capture the tiniest nuances that make the natural world so fascinating and beautiful - the shadows that create the curl of a petal, the pattern of a succulent's thorns, the symmetry of a blooming rose." Debbie's mastery of transparent watercolor enables her paintings to glow with luminous colors and detail. Debbie has a degree in Illustration from the Academy of Art University, SF. She is a member of local, state, and national watercolor associations. For more information about Debbie, please visit her website at www.debbiebakker.com.


March

Artfulnoons is an independent arts and crafts company located in Fremont. We custom design paper and home décor products curated with finesse. In addition, we also conduct arts and crafts workshops in and around Bay Area for local communities, social gatherings and businesses - big and small. One of our popular workshops is Tanjore Art. This art is a classical South Indian painting style. Embellished with rich flat colors, simple compositions, and glittering gold foils (bought from India), this art will elevate your home décor scene to the next level! Learn the intricate art with us.


February

Shone Chacko is a Scratchboard artist who lives in San Jose, California. About six years ago he tried a new (to him) medium scratchboards and has been hooked on to it ever since. He is a realistic and detail oriented artist and his favorite subjects are wild cats and wolves. He colors his scratchboards with inks and experiments with different scratching tools. His tools include surgical scalpel, hobby knifes, fiber glass brush, air brush, sandpaper, steel wool, tattoo needles and any other abrasive tools that he finds suitable. He participates in the art exhibitions organized by the International Scratchboard Society as well as many regional and national shows others across the country. In the year 2016 he made a resolution to draw something new every day and made 366 new art pieces that year. His artwork can be seen here http://shonechacko.deviantart.com/gallery/


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Jan Grady has been painting for the last 20 years, since she retired from a career as an Information Technology Manager. She loves the luminosity of transparent watercolors. Her paintings may include reflections in glass, landscapes with water, brightly-colored flowers and leaves, or still-life subjects with a close focus. She is particularly drawn to warmer colors and vivid hues. Jan is a Signature Member of Watercolor West, and she is active in the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, where she was a past president. Her art can be seen at Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos, as well as in local exhibits. Her web site is www.jangrady.com.


October

Julia is an award-winning oil painter known for her lush contemporary florals. She was trained in traditional techniques, but her paintings veer into new territories such as flower mandalas and modern still life scenes. Julia is active in the California art community and shows her work at Gallery 24 in Los Gatos, where she is also the gallery manager.

My job as an artist is to take the beauty I see around me and distill it into a new image. To say that my work is about beauty may sound simple and trite, but making a beautiful painting is not. I have painted long enough to know my preferred subject, style and medium. Things I see in nature get edited and colored in my own imagination. In my flower paintings I like to build up colors in thin layers of oil paint, so that the viewer can see subtle nuances.

Julia is a member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, American Impressionists Society and Allied Artist West. Her work has been juried into numerous shows at galleries and venues including Las Laguna Gallery, Filoli, NuMu, the Triton Museum of Art and Scottsdale Artists School.


September

The freedom, spontaneity and speed – the “wet and loose”- of watercolor suits my temperament. My approach is “juicy” incorporating bright colors, broad strokes, and strong shapes to depict my feelings and impressions of the natural landscape, flowers and trees, buildings, foreign lands and exotic places.

Kay's recent, more experimental work utilizes an original technique of texturing oriental papers with watercolor pigments. These papers are torn, arranged and collaged to create interesting abstract images. Metallic foil, pastel and opaque media are also utilized to enhance the image.

Kay has been painting for over 45 years and has studied locally with Jane Hofstetter, Charlotte Britton, Jane Burnham and Marie MacDonnell Roberts. Always endeavoring to learn and grow, she has painted in workshops with nationally know artists such as Brommer, Nechis, Szabo, Betts, Simandle, Webb, Cheng Khee Chee and many others. An active member of the Allied Artists West, Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, Los Gatos Art Association, Saratoga Contemporary Artists, The National League of American Pen Women and a signature member of the Society of Western Artists, Kay shows regularly with these groups throughout the Bay Area. The City of Saratoga honored this local artist by presenting one of her paintings to Saratoga’s Sister City of Muko-shi in Japan. In 2005 the County of Santa Clara purchased a local vineyard painting to present to their Sister County of Florence, Italy.


August

May Shei graduated from the Arts and Craft program at Tainan University of Technology and the department of Art at Chinese Culture University with a major in commercial design and a minor on Oil and Chinese painting. May is an art teacher and professional artist focusing on abstract, linear style, and contemporary art. May’s work blends eastern and Western styles in a contemporary fashion and has received multiple awards in a number of San Francisco Bay Area art competitions, she is an invited and featured artist in many galleries and Museum exhibits. She has held solo art shows in Taiwan, China, and the US. She gets the jury in for 2016 and 2017 Salon d’Automne Paris. She was awarded as Distinguished Artist Last year from the City of Cupertino. May current is Vice president and Secretary of CAASF.


June

Oscar is a visual artist born and raised in Mexico City, where he first came into contact of the art world in the Graffiti urban art scene. After immigrating to the USA to San Francisco, Bay area, he studied at Foothill College where his teachers, Jose Arenas and Joe Ragey, introduced him to the fine art world and encouraged him to go on to study more. Doing a French academic atelier system, and now currently at the San Francisco Art Institute, he is working on choosing the right images to communicate his thoughts and ideas to the viewer. He had the fortune to study with a big group of fantastic people and artists such as Carl Dobsky, David Chaifetz, David Kassan, Sadie Valery, Coung Nguyen, Bryan Blood, Terry Ford, Fong Wei, Daniel keys and many others, and for that he will be always grateful. He enjoys working in oil, pastel, charcoal and airbrush and other mediums. He is currently concentrating on portraits and micro emotions, in preparation for making multifigure paintings. Culture has a huge impact on the way each of us perceives the world, and Oscar hopes to share his perspective with others through his artwork.


May

Peggy grew up in Saratoga, attending San Jose State University where she earned a BFA in pictorial Arts. In 2015, Peggy spent three-months painting the rugged beauty of Scotland. In 2017, Peggy earned a merit scholarship to Sam Levi’s workshops in Telluride Colorado. A member of the Santa Cruz Art League and the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Peggy shows her work regularly in both group and solo exhibitions. Her, Moon Over Santa Cruz, was in the Santa Cruz 2017 statewide-juried landscape exhibition. When she’s not in her studio, Peggy teaches art to adults with disabilities at Claraty Arts in Santa Cruz.


April

Bhavna is a full-time painter, illustrator, graphic artist, and art educator. She illustrates nature, landscapes, portraiture, and still life as an emotional response to what she observes. Through her art, she attempts to present the subjects in its basic shapes and defining forms maintaining a careful balance of accuracy and expressionism.
Since her childhood, she never doubted her decision of becoming a painter one day. She studied Science but slowly made a transition towards artmaking. Misra specializes in creating custom portraits, sun-lit landscapes, food art, and animal illustrations for private and corporate collections.
She uses different media including graphite, watercolor, oil, and pastels. She does not practice layering, instead she uses large amounts of thick paint for each stroke. She paints everyday, while listening to NPR.
Misra works as an art contractor for Alameda County Library System. She owns and operates Bhavna Misra Art Studio in Fremont. She is professionally affiliated to Fremont Art Association. Her email is: bhavna.misra@gmail.com and phone 510-862-4169. She lives in Fremont and online at www.bhavnamisra.com.


March

My inspiration comes from my observation to the nature, animals, and specially birds. The colors of them always inspire me to create something unique and special. I was being familiar with painting and embroidery when I was so young, 9 years old. After 7 years working and learning in my mom’s classes, who was designer and artist in our town, at age 17 I had my own students and helping her in classes. After participating in several art galleries with my mom, I started to work beside of embroidery on watercolor painting and found my second interest. I was amazed to decorate inside of home with tone of color which I created and matching it with all of furniture and pictures.. My art help me having more patient and persistence in my life specially embroidered pieces which take more than 6 weeks to be completed.


February

Shannon Amidon is an award winning artist from San Jose, CA. She creates mixed media artwork primarily concentrating on the ancient medium of encaustic painting. She incorporates natural, upcycled and repurposed materials into her artwork, breathing new life into objects that would otherwise be destined for a landfill. Using environmentally safe and sustainable practices is very important to her. In addition to upcycling discarded objects and materials she also makes her own paints using natural earth pigments and binders.
Shannon’s artwork has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Shannon was selected for the 2017 stARTup Art Fair in San Francisco. In 2015 she received the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award and was identified by the curators of the Triton Museum of Art as an artist they feel are worthy of attention in the coming years. In 2011 she was named the SV Creates Artist Laureate, receiving a Fellowship Grant. She was also the recipient of an Eco Art Grant and studio make-over from the Art Inspector part of the Zero One Art and Technology Network.
Shannon has been an artist in residence at The Ayatana Artistic Research Program in Quebec Canada, TechShop San Jose, Herhusid House Artist Residency in Iceland as well as the David and Julia White Artist Colony in Costa Rica. In 2016, 2015 and 2013 she was selected to create large, 400lb, 5ft x 6ft public art hearts for San Francisco General Hospital Foundation; two of the hearts were purchased by Genentech and one by Wells Fargo Bank.
Shannon is active in her local arts community contributing her time, knowledge and art. She is the co-founder of My Art Resources; an online comprehensive source of business tools and professional practices for artists living in Santa Clara County and nearby cities.


January

Bobbi Baldwin is a versatile painter who works in all mediums but mostly in oil, soft pastel, charcoal, and bronze. Her plein air paintings are both figurative and expressive, while her portrait and still life work are completely lifelike in a romantic realism. There is an ability to capture the true nature of her subjects.
Drawing upon her 35 years of experience in commission portraits as well as 32 years of teaching, Bobbi is capable of teaching the techniques of art in ways that will reach your need to understand on a deeper level. Her strengths are in her masterful knowledge of drawing, technique, color theory, & composition. Her lecture on facial features is so well founded that she has taught plastic surgeons to draw the human face with this lecture. She has been making her living as a professional artist since 1982.