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Work by Monika Stattner
Some words about my art background.
I attended a 4 years teachers college in Hungary with a dual major, with my two very favorite subjects; Geography and Art. The art classes were done in an academic, realistic style, focusing on drawing. Later, I earned an associate degree in illustration, from Pratt Manhattan.
In my art, I enjoy the realistic style, this especially shows in my drawings. My paintings are somewhat influenced by the impressionists.
I completed many commissioned pet portraits in graphite, and for a while I was an instructor at Gallery Copper, to share how to do highly detailed graphite rendering on pet portraits.
These days, I’m focusing on oil and pastel and enjoying our beautiful Tuolumne County where inspirations are endless.
- Monika Stattner
Watercolors by Steven Jamie Showers
New mixed media work by Bill David
Bill David has lived with his family in Tuolumne County for over 25 years. After retiring from a career that ranged from ranch hand to bartending to pastoral ministry and college professor, Bill has time to pursue his love for the arts. He creates much of his work by cutting up paper, magazines and books to create collages to which he often adds ink, pencil and/or paint. Some are then printed on canvas, at times enlarged, and again have ink, pencil or paint added, truly making his work mixed media.
Watercolorist Barbara Y painted reflections at Crystal Falls Lake and a landmark in downtown Sonora
Photographer Kathy S is experimenting with new techniques using subjects from her kitchen
"I had intended to try what is called flat lay photography. That is, when the camera looks directly down on the subject. Food is very frequently the subject of that type of shot so I began with food and food "utensils" like plates, bowls, silverware. The citrus photo is an example of that. I have quite a few photo sessions in which I used that camera set up. Food tended to be the primary subject. Then I began mixing in a different camera angle where the camera was pointed directly at the subject at table level and on up to about a 45 degree angle to the subject. The other food shots fall into that category. On the shot of the eggs, I wanted to try both a soft focus and what's called a high key shot that day. High key is when the tonal range is from midtones to whites, no darker tones in the image." -- by Kathy S