Previous Art Demonstrations


July

I was born and raised in India, worked in Bangalore in the 90s and moved to California in 2001. I developed keen interest in art during my high school years. However it was not until I secured my first job in 1988 after university graduation, that I could devote time and resources to undergo some formal academic training in art. In the year 1990 I attended one year art course taught by MTV Acharya, a well known watercolor artist in Bangalore, Karnataka. The following year, I joined an art course run by Ken school of Art in Bangalore for working individuals on weekends. The course was taught by RM Hadpad, another well known artist of the time. Since then I developed keen interest in watercolor medium and have been painting in that medium for more than two decades. I am self-taught for the most part, picking up techniques and approach of various accomplished watercolor artists through books and analyzing paintings. Photography, theatre are my two other passions, besides watercolor painting.


June

Born in North Carolina with a biology teacher for a mother and a father who loved to wander the woods on the weekends, Julia Cline is a writer who happens to paint. All of Julias work, both as a writer and a visual artist, is fueled by her love of the out of doors and the beings that enrich her life, be they feline, canine, human, domesticated or completely wild. Previously, Julia earned a doctoral degree in Social Psychology and she remains deeply interested in the social development of children and adults. This interest now manifests itself in the longer books and stories she writes. Mrs. Wilkers Class and Superheroes (currently unpublished) follow a trio friends as they navigate the world of fifth grade and beyond. On occasion, Julias visual and written art unite in the form of a picture book. These include Come Walk With Me, a poem about all the things to be discovered while walking along in the natural world, Kotobuki, the story of a tiny kitten and the human family he exhausts, Bubble, another poem, and Where Is Portulacca Sleeping, a second book featuring cat behaviors. You can find Julias books and samples of her visual art at her website juliaclinebooks.com


May

Pragati was born in India and was lucky to grow up in a culturally rich environment. This piqued her interest very early on to draw inspiration from the myriad heritage and traditions. She was tagged as exceptionally creative since childhood, and went on to study Architecture and Industrial Design, striking the right balance between raw talent and rigorous training.

 

She is a globetrotter and a curious explorer by nature. After finishing her formal education she worked in Europe to further explore the synergy between Art, Design & Architecture..

so similar and yet so different!It was after all these enriching experiences in life that she got really addicted to painting as her preferred language of expression. She creates a unique character in her paintings that seems enchanted and surreal. The elements are familiar but the style of composition is uniquely rare.

 

Her being a passionate artist as well as an intelligent innovator is a catalyst in creating exotic works where transparent layers of paint, come alive with intricate details to make aesthetic and strong bodies of work. Design principles, color interaction, and visual balance are important elements as the rich story her art is telling.

 

She lives with her family in the Bay Area, California, and in her studio she blends various forms of fine arts, performing arts & design to create multi-sensory experiences. Estate sale hopping, folk music, research, and teaching are her other interests. She is a compulsive creative and loves to add value to things, real or virtual. Her surfaces invariably evolve and so do her materials & tools, the only constant however is a strong urge to create beautiful narratives.


April

In 1963 a group of local artists founded the Fine Arts League of Cupertino (FALC) to promote and encourage the practice and appreciation of the visual arts. The membership for FALC is drawn from the cities of Cupertino, Los Altos, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and the other local communities surrounding it.

FALC is not only promoting art in the society but giving a huge platform to budding talents and spreading art education and supporting artists. To support and run this huge platform we have team of volunteering members including the president. Steering commitee has formed a guideline with the help of members voting which is known as By laws. Membership and steering members review the By-laws time to time to make sure we keep them up to date. In this meeting we will be sharing our latest works to get to know each other better as well as we will be reviewing the By laws and the Jurying in and Exhibiting rules for the members and Newbies. All the members are requested to be present (Members with health issues and who are staying far can join online) at Quinlan for this meeting since we all need to vote on Bylaws. (Participation Mandetory)


March

California Bay Area artist Annie Haines strives to emotionally connect people to the natural environment through her work. Painting outdoors and spending time deeply looking at her subjects helps ground her to the random and tenacious energy of the landscape. She composes and simplifies what she experiences, expressing it through value, shape and color in paint. She finds ample subjects in the boundless variety of habitats and historic sites of the Bay Area. Annie paints with several local plein air groups including the Los Gatos Art Association, the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society and the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters. She has participated in several of the area’s plein air competitions including Capitola Plein Air and the Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout. Annies award winning work has been exhibited nationally and abroad and is held in private collections in many areas of the world. She is currently represented by two Bay Area galleries like Gallery 24 in Los Gatos and Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos.


February

Born and bred in Monterey, California, USA Warren Chang is an acclaimed realist artist who is recognized for his realist paintings of biographical interiors and field-workers of the Monterey, California area. Influenced by Masters such as 17th century artist Johannes Vermeer 1632-1675, and 19th century artists Jean Francois Millet 1814-1875, among others, Warren Chang creates subtle narratives that celebrate the human spirit. His work is in the permanent collections of the Monterey Museum and the Hilbert Museum of Art in Orange, California. He was honored with solo exhibitions of his art at the Monterey Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, and most recently a solo exhibition at the New Museum Los Gatos in 2019. He is the subject of a 112 monograph book on his paintings published by Flesk Publications in 2012. He is a Signature member of the California Art Club and a Master Signature member of the Oil Painters of America.

Website: www.warrenchang.com


2022

January

Lucy Ghelfi was born in Salinas, California and currently lives and works in San Jose. She has an art studio and gallery at The Alameda ArtWorks. Her training as an artist began soon after retiring as an educator in 2006. Always testing her skills in anything creative, she began taking studio art classes at San Jose City College and West Valley Community College. This training served as a catalyst to launch her into a full-time career as a visual artist. Although Lucy tends to be multi-passionate, painting has held her interest and passion, with ceramics being a close second. Lucy continues to develop her painting skills by attending workshops in person and online. Her major influences and mentors have been, internationally known artist, Stella Zhang and most recently, Louise Fletcher from the UK. Lucy divides her time between giving art lessons to adults, creating her own body of work and spending time with family and friends. Since 2009, she has shown her work in several group exhibitions and private art shows. Most recently, Lucy will exhibit in the Linked INNYC Women of the World, venue and dates TBD. In 2020, she exhibited work at the Las Laguna Beach Art Gallery, and in 2019 she won an Honorable Mention for her Below the Surface entry, Coastal Art League Members Exhibit, Half Moon Bay. In 2014 she won 2nd place in the ceramics category at the 2nd Annual SJCC Student Art Competition, and in 2013, she was a regional semi-finalist, Bombay Artisan Series in partnership with Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Art Competition, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA. Several of her works are held in private collections in the US and Internationally.

 


December

Paint-In Pot-Luck

Please join us for our most enjoyable yearly event! It has been a FALC tradition for several years to come together and paint Holiday posters which will be donated to the Pleasant View Convalescent home in Cupertino. If you are shy about painting with a group, please join us anyway. We would appreciate the opportunity to talk and get to know one another.

Please join us in celebrating the Holidays! Get ready with your watercolor or quick drying acrylic paint, or color pencils and brushes and palette. No oil paints. You could choose to paint a simple secular holiday picture of your choice. Theme required : card or Posters on Christmas theme or on Spring or general Holiday theme.

Optional: Please bring a small wrapped gift (approx. $10) for the patients at the Convalescent Home who may not have relatives visiting them during the holidays. Please mark if it is for a male or female. No liquids, lotions or perishable goods please. Suggested gifts are gloves, scarves, socks, Blanket etc.

Optional: Pleaseget your snack or food to eat or drink along with the online paint in party..

 


November

After a career as a pension actuary, Maura had the opportunity to study art in Dresden, Germany. She studied for three years at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste under Siegfried Klotz, and lived and painted in Germany for 15 years. She returned to the Bay Area in 2012 and has been spending her time painting plein air cityscapes, still lifes, interiors and portraits. Working in oils, and exclusively from life, Maura continues to experiment and interpret the world around her. Working within the classical techniques of grisailles and layering, Mauras paintings have a subtle glow to them. Her tromp loeils pop out, her portraits quietly gaze at you, and her landscapes are vibrant depictions of nature. She says, Turning a blank canvas into my interpretation of the world around me continues to hold my attention. I redesign the cityscapes into purple, green and sunlit orange. I love the texture of paint, the feel of applying it to canvas, and the exercise of seeing the world around me in terms of shapes, values and colors. Maura teaches painting at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto. Her works can be found in public and private collection in Europe and the US. She exhibits at Studio Gallery in San Francisco, with the California Art Club and at the Triton Museum. Among her many awards, Maura won third place at the Triton statewide salon exhibition and First Place at the Pacific Art League Grand Opening exhibit. For more information about the artist, please visit her website at www.mauracarta.com or on Instagram at mauracarta.


October

Sriharsha Annadore is a fine arts photographer having passion to tell visual stories. His story subjects often include intricate human relationships, wildlife conservation, natural history, fragile ecosystems, urban human life, national parks and anything local to california. Sriharshas passion in photography started when he was volunteering as a porter for wildlife research scientists in India where he picked up the technical aspects of film/slide development, later on transitioning to digital.

He publishes his work mainly through online forums and websites where he sells custom prints. He also enjoys teaching photography as an art to varied interest groups. Regular photo field trips for kids to national wildlife refuges, targeted workshops like night landscapes, astrophotography, street candid life, national parks in different seasons etc., He also teaches photoshop for other artist colleagues in areas of image compositing for reference photos.

Sriharsha has been active as a member in FALC since 2018 where he volunteers for publicity chair.


September

Bay Area artist Deborah Shea paints joyful personality and effervescence into her stunning pastel florals. She transforms pure pigments of pastel powder into beautiful, vivid floral portraits. Her large-scale florals create spectacular focal points in any setting. I love to capture all the beauty in flowers, exploring the abstract shapes, finding the path of light, creating transparency and building the luminous color of the flower centers and petals. Deborah Shea was born into a family of artists and grew up in San Francisco. She received a B.A in Studio Art & Design at the UC Davis where she studied with Wayne Thiebaud. She had a career for over 20 years as a creative director, & illustrator before becoming a full-time fine artist in 2017. She has won numerous awards in juried group and solo exhibitions and teaches pastel workshops at Filoli and Pacific Art League.


August

A California native raised in the greater Sacramento area, I create landscapes, still lifes and portraits in acrylic, watercolor and pastel. Living near so much natural beauty has fostered my great appreciation for colors both intense and delicate. I have explored other vocations including animal nursing and theater, but keep returning to fine art. My work has been exhibited in a number of juried events, including the Sacramento Arts Festival. While not possessing a degree in art, I have studied with multiple teachers, including Fred Dalkey, whose work I greatly admire. Formerly a muralist, my commissioned projects have frequently drawn repeat clients.


July

Heather Lara is an internationally award winning wildlife artist and has achieved Master status in the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. Her painstaking attention to detail in the medium of scratchboard has created a portfolio rich in the diversity of life. Heathers work is best known for the addition of vibrant color to a traditionally black and white medium and the large sized boards she works with. She hopes to be on the forefront of bringing this art form into the mainstream art world.


June

Ranjini is a fine artist working primarily in the medium of colored pencil for more than15 years. She works out of her home studio in San Ramon, California. She also teaches colored pencil classes locally and across the US. Ranjinis work is largely influenced by geometric & modular Origami shapes along with explorations in color and narrative. Her colored pencil art has been juried into several National and International shows across the US & UK, like the Salmagundi Annual non-member exhibition, Leading masters of Contemporary Realism (International guild of Realism IGOR), California State Fair, Women Painters of Washington and Colored Pencil Society of America’s International shows and UK color pencil society International show.

Ranjinis works have also been published in the Strokes of Genius, American Artist, International Artist, American Art Collector & Southwest arts magazine. She is lifetime Signature member of CPSA, juried member of IGOR, American Women Artist & NAWA(National Association of Women Artists)


May

 

Michael was born in West Texas and grew up in the rural Umpqua Valley in Oregon. He enlisted in the Marines and served in Vietnam. A graduate from Brigham Young University, Michael has had a career as an illustrator & graphic designer.

He has worked with magazines, corporations and major art agencies in Seattle, Salt Lake, San Francisco and the Bay Area. Michael has recently worked on a post-graduate degree with the Academy of Art, San Francisco. He shows his work at Gallery 24, Los Gatos Ca. His studio is in San Jose at the Alameda Artworks.

His work has received regional and national awards. Michael has studied figurative, and portrait art with Jim Smith, George Rivera, Ted Nuttall, Ray Mendota, Warren Chang, Oliver Sin, Adrien Gottlieb, Zhaoming Wu.


April

 

Soon Y. Warren is a full-time artist, teacher, and workshop instructor, nationally and internationally. She has an Associate degree in commercial art. Soon Y. had numerous exhibitions and earned numerous awards. Soon Y. is a signature member of National Watercolor Society (NWS), American Watercolor Society (AWS), Southern Watercolor Artist (SW), Texas Watercolor Society, Purple Sage Brush (TWS), Transparent Watercolor Society (TWSA) and more.

Her paintings and articles have been published in many times in Artists Magazine, Watercolor Magic Magazine, North Light Book, Southwest Art Magazine, Watercolor Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine, The Art of Watercolour, and Pratique des Arts.

Also, her paintings were included in Splash: The Best of Watercolor 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18,19, 21, and 22, and published in Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing of 3 and 4. She published in two watercolor instructional books; Vibrant Flowers in Watercolor with F&W Publication, (North Light Book); Painting Vibrant Watercolor: Discover the Magic of Light, Color and Contrast (North Light Book); Participated in the book, Watercolor Secret, with one chapter, Create Drama with Bold Composition. She also created 7 DVDs; Top Vibrant Watercolor Techniques; Vibrant Watercolor Techniques Painting Glass; Vibrant Watercolor Techniques Painting Water; Painting Silver; Painting Flowers; Color Effects; Marbles and Reflections.

Her paintings are in permanent collections of private, corporate and educational institution in national and internationally. She is represented by Your Private Collection Art Gallery Granbury, Texas Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas Prudencia Gallery, San Antonio Texas

 


March

 

Sriharsha Annadore is a fine arts photographer having passion to tell visual stories. His story subjects often include intricate human relationships, wildlife conservation, natural history, fragile ecosystems, urban human life, national parks and anything local to california. Sriharshas passion in photography started when he was volunteering as a porter for wildlife research scientists in India where he picked up the technical aspects of film/slide development, later on transitioning to digital. He publishes his work mainly through online forums and website where he sells custom prints. He also enjoys teaching photography as an art to varied interest groups. Regular photo field trips for kids to national wildlife refuges, targeted workshops like night landscapes, astrophotography, street candid life, national parks in different seasons etc., He also teaches photoshop for other artist colleagues in areas of image compositing for reference photos. Sriharsha is active as a member in FALC since 2018 where he volunteers for publicity chair.

 


February

Julia paints in oils in an impressionistic style, capturing the landscapes of the American West. She studied at RISD, UC and San Jose State, majoring in Illustration. After a career in retail design Julia switched to painting full time. Julia participates in the wests most prestigious plein air events; Carmel Art Festival, Sonoma, Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Sedona, Telluride, Zion, and five times in the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art.

Her award winning paintings have been selected for nine AIS shows earning her Signature status, and numerous CAC shows. Her works are regularly juried into the LPAPA shows. Among her many awards she has received Best of Show in the LPAPA Best of Plein Air, Awarded First Place for oils in the Santa Cruz Statewide Landscape Show, First Place in the Carmel Valley Plein Air, Artists Choice in the Big Blue, an Artist Vision and the Island Award for the Alameda Plein Air and will be featured on their 2021 advertising.

Memberships: American Impressionist Society, Signature Member Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association, Signature Member California Art Club Laguna Plein Air Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos

Solo Exhibitions: Galeria Tontantzin, Portola Art Gallery, Baywood Gallery, Saratoga Art Gallery, Viewpoints Gallery and Thos.Moser Gallery

Publications: Southwest Art Magazine Artist to Watch Jan. 2013 Southwest Art Magazine Landscape Feature, February 2014 Western Art Collector, Artist Focus Editorial Nov 2016 Western Art Collector, State of Art California Editorial Feb 2017 Plein Air Magazine, Spirit of Trees editorial, October 2017 Artist to Watch, Western Art Collector, March 2019


2021

January

Raja GuhaThakurta specializes in detailed, realistic pencil and oil portraits of people and animals. He also works in other media including wood carving, glass/ceramic painting, etc. He has been fortunate enough to receive recognition for his art, most notably the Best of Show award at the Fine Arts League of Cupertino 2007 annual show, an Award of Excellence at 2007 AVArtFest, and 2nd place in the Triton Museum purchase award at 2007 AVArtFest. His art has been in the Triton Museum Statewide Competition a few times in recent years. Over the years, he has done several commissioned pieces. His love of art can be traced back to a family of artists: mother, sister, and especially his maternal grandmother whose charcoal portraits served as a tremendous source of inspiration. He was born in Calcutta, India and moved to the US in 1985, and is currently a Professor and Department Chair of Astronomy and Astrophysics at University of California Santa Cruz and UC Observatories. He has been at UCSC since 1994 where astronomy is his day and night job.


2020

December

Peggy Milovina Meyer is a San Francisco Bay Area artist working primarily in colored pencil, graphite and pen and ink. Her work focuses on the natural world. Peggy specializes in drawing out a subject's emotions and personality traits in her portraits. Through use of colored pencil on Dura-lar, a polyester film, Peggy is able to bring a luminosity and intensity to her work using a limited number of layers and colors to create vibrant, realistic art. Peggy studied art at De Anza College and San Jose State University. She teaches drawing in multiple mediums. In her teaching, Peggy strives to introduce newcomers to the enjoyment of drawing and self-expression, build confidence, and the importance of balance between creativity and logic.


November

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.


October

Jan Fagan lives and works as a full time artist in the Pacific Northwest but has lived all over the United States, from Hawaii to the east coast. Her heart and her art are happiest creating in her imaginative and illustrative style. She often enjoys mixing colored pencil with other mediums or trying them on unusual surfaces like copper and wood. Jan sells her work via commissions, at local galleries and in her Etsy shop. Teaching is as rewarding as creating her art and she has led workshops in beginner colored pencil, character design and creativity. Her work has been featured in the Ann Kullberg magazine Color as well as other publications.


September

Jeff Bramschreiber has been drawing and painting for over forty years, and while he is primarily a pastelist, he also frequently works in acrylic, watercolor, silverpoint most dry media, and even airbrush. His artworks hang in private collections throughout the United States and Europe and have received many awards. A local art advocate, he has served as an art club president, (East Valley Artists and Santa Clara Art Association), as a juror with nearly fifty shows to his credit, as treasurer and lecturer for Silicon Valley Open Studios, as a demonstrator and lecturer for many of the Bay Areas art clubs, colleges, and museums.
Jeff also worked at University Art San Jose for 21 years before its closing in 2018 as an assistant Manager, Frame Designer, and Community Art Liaison. Mr. Bramschreiber has also helped coordinate, organize, and participate in numerous local art shows, group shows, and events throughout his career.
Currently, he is President of the Board of Trustees for the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, a resident and live paint artist at Kaleid Gallery in Downtown San Jose; and an art instructor for the Triton Museum of Art, The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, The Pacific Art League and The Villages Arts and Crafts Association.


August

Jaya King is a professional artist and California native based out of Sacramento who has been showing, teaching, and demonstrating her work since 2003. Her dynamic paintings marry both balance of technique and personal connection to the viewer.
Jaya’s lectures across the Bay Area have an emphasis on technique, personal growth and exploration through painting. Her popular painting workshops give students the opportunity to grow as artists and express their individuality. Currently, Jaya is working on developing her online classroom and she is finalizing her in-depth e-course on color mixing called Color Mix Masterclass.
She has been featured in Sacramento’s Inside Publications magazine. Her work has been published in Splash 11: New Directions, Incite 3: The Best of Mixed Media, and in Art Journey Animals: A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks. In 2018 Jaya painted a mural on the Guild Theatre as part of the 2018 Wide Open Walls mural festival. In 2016 Jaya developed a scholarship program, which gives high school students the opportunity to explore the art and process of encaustic painting. At age 24 she was invited to do a solo show at Stanford University and is in the permanent collection at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara.


July

Behnaz was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Since she was a little girl, she has had a great passion for art. While attending high school she studied sketching, painting, graphic design, and literature for two years in the private Institute of Art and Literature In Iran. Then she received her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design at the Art University and worked as a designer for many years. While she was working as a designer she got several painting courses and workshops with amazing painters. She is working with different materials like watercolor, oil, Acrylic, and Pastel. She believes her emotions define which materials She should use. She also has some experience at Textile, painting on porcelain, pottery, and mixed media painting. After moving to the United States, She studied Fine art in college, and opened her own business called Behnazart studio and runs several art classes for kids and adults.
She is a member of art societies, and participated in many art exhibitions and got awards. She has over 16 years of experience teaching and working with children and adults, and organized many exhibitions for her students.


February

After years of international travel and activism, journey of Sonya turned inward when she sat her first 10 day meditation retreat in 2013. Soon after, she found her way back to her long lost love of art. But this time, she gained a new understanding of the power of creativity to foster self realization and discovery. She went from years of creative drought and denial that she was an artist at all to being a prolific painter motivated by the intrinsic joy of creating. Now she wishes to share the gift that creativity has brought her with the world.


January

Kai is a professional artist and the Director and Founder of CalColor Atelier in Cupertino. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Arts, as well as having studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. In 2018, He was one of twenty-six recipients chosen out of nearly 3000 entries to be awarded a Certificate of Excellence for his painting Ashton in the 20th Annual International Portrait Society of America Competition. He has recently been featured in Southwest Art Magazine's 21 under 31 Article, where he was one of 21 artists under the age of 31 being celebrated as rising art stars from across the West and around the country. His work has also been included and published by the likes of Poets Artist Magazine and Plein Air Magazine.



2019

November

Linda was born in the coal regions of Pennsylvania, and her surroundings were coal dust grey. In her painting, she sees her world in terms of vibrant color. She is fascinated by contrasts: light and dark, lost and found, wash in juxtaposition to hard edges. Painting for her has become an expression of her inner serenity and clarity. she is a BFA in Painting from the Philadelphia College of Art. She takes workshops in both Acrylic & Watercolor and is held throughout the year at her mountain home.


October

Sharon was born in Oakland, Ca and has spent most of her life in Santa Cruz, Ca. Her career began with studying watercolor, color & design, interior design and architectural drawing. She started acrylics on canvas more than 20+ years ago. She has participated in hundreds of juried Art & Wine Festivals and winning many local art competitions for advertising posters. After many years being with a New York/Australian art publisher, her original paintings are now self published into Giclee prints. Sharons paintings are created in her brightly lit art studio that faces her lovely garden. Her colorful florals, peaceful beach scenes and series of fun rooster paintings have been inspired by Van Gogh. Shes filled her life with the love of painting, gardening, travel and a devoted supportive husband. Sharing her art with others have been enormously rewarding. Her next chapter of life she'll be teaching on the Cunard Queen Mary 2 starting this fall 2019.


September

Joshua James Ryan is an eccentric self-taught, award-winning Bay Area artist specializing in several forms of art including photorealism in oils, pencil, and airbrush, abstract and surrealist acrylic and mixed media, as well as music and singing. Currently he teaches photorealistic pencil drawing at various venues throughout the Bay Area.


August

A lifelong resident of Northern California and a visual person by nature, I have always found inspiration in the beauty of my surroundings. It is a blessing to be in such close proximity to rivers, mountains, and the ocean. Having been an art lover since early childhood, painting has always been a great love but something that I rarely had time to do. With a degree in design, I have worked in freelance graphics for 25 years, which helped to satisfy my compulsion to make things pretty while keeping busy with my children and husband and dogs and endless projects. With the loss of my husband a few years ago I suddenly found myself a void to fill and watercolor called my name. Painting saved me and has become an addiction and a joy. I am obsessed with value and color and light, and the beautiful movement of water and pigment, and hope to share the joy it brings me in my art.


July

Whether he is painting a landscape, a still life, a portrait, a paper- batik, or a wildlife piece, the love for what Jeff Bramschreiber is painting is clearly evident. While he specializes in pastel painting, he has command of several other mediums including watercolor, acrylic, oil, pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, most other dry media, and silverpoint! Whatever the medium, Jeff communicates with rich mixtures of believable colors and thorough knowledge of his subject to create a realistic third dimension and an emotional atmosphere in his artwork. You are not an idle spectator when you look at his work, you are there seeing and feeling the things the artist felt.

As George Rivera, former Executive Director of the Triton Museum of Art puts it, When you look at Jeffs art you are drawn in from across the room, and when you arrive you see that there is more to discover, more going on than what the subject matter betrays. Mr. Bramschreiber has been painting for more than forty years, has won numerous awards for his work, and his paintings hang in several private collections throughout the United States. Jeff has also donated his work and his time to various private organizations, arts organizations, schools, museums and galleries, in support of their educational programs and fundraisers; he is deeply involved in his local art community. He currently is Board President for the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, Resident Artist/Exhibitor at Kaleid Gallery in Downtown San Jose and Art Instructor at The Villages in San Jose. In June 2007, Jeff received the prestigious Jean Bock Spirit of Art Award from the Alliance of Visual Artists, for his work in bringing art to the lives of Silicon Valley residents and in helping artists to achieve their potential; then in 2013 he received a United States Congressional Commendation Award from Congressman Mike Honda for Jeffs services to the Annual Congressional Art Contest. Jeff currently lives in San Jose with his wife Stephanie and can be reached at (408) 629-7883 or via e-mail jeffrey@bramschreiberstudios.com. Check out Jeffs work on his website www.bramschreiberstudios.smugmug.com ( you can also see Jeffs work in person at Kaleid Gallery #88 Fourth Street , San Jose CA. 95112 or follow him both Facebook and Instagram


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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2018

November

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.