Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Maureen Ravnik has been selected as one of the four winning artists of the gallery’s recent 19th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition. Maureen will now have a month-long solo art exhibition, be featured on the gallery’s front page, in the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.
Maureen is an award-winning artist based in Colorado, USA. She will now be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign.
For this solo exhibition, the Gallery will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to over 550+ major News Outlets, including Premium FOX, CBS, and NBC Affiliated Sites, with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News. The Gallery will also provide social media distribution through LST gallery’s broad social media network.
In addition, as part of her award package, Maureen will now be featured as a Light Space & Time – Artwork Archive promoted artist.
Maureen’s art will also be featured on the gallery’s YouTube Channel and with an event postcard.
The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public. Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition: 1. Their art. 2. Their artist biography. 3. Their artist statement. These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in individual month-long solo art exhibitions. This was the 19th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition that the gallery has conducted.
Below are Maureen’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 25 of her digital paintings. We hope that you will take the time to read Maureen’s information and to take a look at her art.
Maureen Ravnik was born and raised in Minnesota. A brief visit to Colorado sold her on attending college there to pursue a career in sales & marketing. She stayed and never looked back. Working and traveling a lot in that discipline opened her eyes to the wonders of the American west and reawakened childhood tendencies to creatively document her discoveries. She began making images of the American west in hopes of preserving the history, the culture, and the dreams that shaped the west. Maureen has accomplished many things with her photography including images placed in the Audubon International Top 250, local, national and international juried photography exhibitions, winning placements in monthly club competitions, state park calendars, images selected for use by the City of Littleton, and many images selected as editor picks on National Geographic and for publication. Her work has been the subject of several newspapers.
She has co-authored 2 books that document the history, beauty and environment of the second largest natural area in the country. She was listed by LightSpaceTime.art as one of the top ten photographers to watch for in 2018. She was also selected for a month-long solo exhibition by LightSpaceTime.art for April, 2019. At the end of 2019, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announced their “Year in Review” recap. This annual feature reviews and promotes the gallery’s 12 top winning artists for the 12 individual monthly art exhibitions.
In 2019, the gallery received more than 9,703+ entries for their art competitions and Maureen’s art was selected for what the gallery considered to be one of the best 13 entries from their themed exhibitions. Maureen was selected again for a 2-week, solo showcase by LightSpaceTime.art for March, 2020 and January, 2021. Maureen has also served as a juror for the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Colorado.
Maureen is an emerging talent whose methods and techniques are largely self-taught. Part of Maureen’s time is spent outdoors taking in and capturing scenery, wildlife, and exploring other methods for interpreting and sharing what she sees and experiences along the way. She is deeply inspired by the work of Ansel Adams and Art Wolfe. Part of Maureen’s work is also derived from her imagination. Her greatest satisfaction comes from taking the file from the camera and into the computer to develop composites. The results reflect her personal feelings and beliefs, events, culture, etc. that are best expressed through artistic interpretations.
Maureen’s website is www.maureenravnik.crevado.com.
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that George Ann Johnson has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.
George Ann is a professional, nationally recognized, wildlife artist based in Texas, USA. She specializes in creating realistic and detailed wildlife portraitures in scratchboard. George Ann was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 13th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.
George Ann’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.
Below are George Ann’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.
George Ann Johnson is a nationally recognized wildlife artist. Her work has been published in various venues, including books, magazines, and catalogues and has been shown in numerous galleries. Professionally, George Ann has been an active artist for over 30 years. Having a strong natural talent, she initially began her art career painting professional race horses to help support her own horse business. This eventually led her into starting her own commercial art company. Her Kansas City-based company was utilized by businesses throughout the Midwest, California, and Hawaii. After several years of commercial art, she began her career in fine art by studying at the Danforth Museum of Fine Art in Boston. Her training at the Danforth propelled her to study with numerous artists through short courses and workshops. Through this training, George Ann has continually refined her skill as an artist. In an effort to give back, George Ann has utilized this training to present various workshops and demonstrations and has taught at East Central University. George Ann has been a member of numerous art guilds and organizations throughout the United States including the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) and International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA). She acted as President for the CPSA Oklahoma Chapter and CPSA District Chapter Developer for the Eastern United States. She currently is an active member of the Corpus Christi Art Center and Rockport Art Center. George Ann is a realist artist. Although she has worked in watercolor and oils, George Ann’s principal media are scratchboard and colored pencil. It has been her recent exploration in the media of scratchboard that has allowed her to produce the high level of realism that is warranted by her talent and skill. As a result, her work has captured national attention. Her recent recognitions in competitions by The Southwest Artist Magazine and The Artist Magazine as well as becoming Merit Finalist in the national Dimensions Art Show and prestigious Rockport Texas Art Center are clear evidence that her work is increasing in popularity and value.
I am a realist artist. My work is an effort to embody the three entities of Life: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual. Every piece is an adventure into understanding the animal in which I am drawing. Physically, I have a strong passion for texture. The challenge of producing multiple, different, and complimentary textures within a piece of art is always a goal in my work. Through this approach, I focus on the detail of scale. That is, my work is capable of being appreciated at any viewing level – from across the room to under a magnifying glass – I want my work to radiate clarity at all levels of perspective. Finally, the ultimate goal of my work is to have my subjects speak to the viewer. This is accomplished through the subject’s eyes. The goal of every piece is to have the spirit of the subject speak and captivate the viewer, and if possible, understand the subject in a new and different light.
George Ann’s website is www.gajart.com.
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Paula Wiegmink has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.
Paula is an award-winning artist based in Dunsborough, South Western Australia. Paula was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s recent 12th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.
Paula’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.
Below are Paula’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.
Award-winning artist, Paula Wiegmink, was born in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. She currently resides in Dunsborough, South Western Australia with her husband and children.
Having spent her early childhood on farms, she soon developed a love for the African bush and wildlife. Her interest in drawing and painting emerged at a very early age. Encouraged by her mother, she started sketching the animals on the farm and doing portraits of anyone willing to sit still long enough!
Paula spent twelve years training in the RAD - Royal Academy of Dancing and performed with the Rhodesia National Ballet. She taught dancing for twenty-five years, as well as conducting art classes at a private school in Salisbury/Harare for 3 years.
After migrating to Johannesburg, South Africa in 1979, she resumed her career teaching classical ballet and modern dance and judged numerous dance festivals and competitions. During this time, she was also studying art at the Da Vinci Fine Art Studio under the guidance of Carlo Sdoya. “Homeward Bound”, Paula's first exhibited painting at the Brush and Chisel Club, was purchased by the South African Railways.
In 1994, she immigrated to Perth, Western Australia with her family. Shortly after joining the Canning Arts Group, Paula was invited to exhibit as “Artist of the Month”'. She then went on to conduct all media night classes for the next 6 years. Her teaching extended to the Village Club retirement village where she conducted classes and tutored privately for eleven years.
In 2009, Paula launched her first book titled, “Footsteps in Time’, a family journey of her earliest, on her father’s side, from arriving in Africa in 1709 up to 2009. Over a 5-year period, Paula returned to Africa where her research took her on an incredible journey. The book launch coincided with her first major solo art exhibition, “The Winds of Change”.
Now able to immerse herself in her own creativity, expressing her passion for life through her art works, Paula enjoys experimenting with texture and colour, using multi-layering techniques in various mediums, styles and subjects. Through her art, she hopes to create awareness and draw attention to the vulnerability of endangered species and the natural world.
Paula works in various mediums, including oil, pastel, acrylics, watercolour and mixed media. Paula continues to exhibit in both group and solo exhibitions and her work hangs in private and corporate collections around the world.
My love of nature and the diversity of the planets wildlife has and will continue to excite and motivate me. By using my art as a conduit I hope to open dialogue not only about my art practice but also drawing attention to many of the endangered species that are holding on to life by a thread. I do a lot of research about the subject I want to paint and in this way become very involved in the process. Along the way, they often seem to take on a life of their own. I also have a passion for rusty old discarded objects and try to collect them wherever and whenever I can find them, before they disappear altogether. So often things that are old are no longer considered of any use and it is in these objects that I find great beauty.
Over the years, I have been researching wildlife crime with particular interest in endangered species. My artwork is being used in an ongoing global poster awareness campaign, which indicates to me that the visual arts can have and send strong messages. Sometimes these messages can have more impact than the written word. So, for me, my art is about so much more than the exploration of visual beauty. If I am able to connect with the viewer in a way that conveys a message as well as hold appeal and hope for the future then I feel as though I have achieved something worthwhile. The subject matter often dictates to me what medium I should use and, generally, I go with my instincts on this matter. I enjoy experimenting with a variety of mediums and am always fascinated by how a painting can morph during the process of creation. This can sometimes be an easy process and at other time can cause great angst!
Although I have always had a keen interest in art, my own practice was only realized later in life. After bringing up three children it was only when they all left home that, I started on my own creative journey. My journey so far has taken me on an incredible spiritual path, which continues to unfold in a way that both surprises and thrills me. I continue to show my work in collaborative and solo exhibitions and often donate works to various organizations to assist in raising funds for conservation.
Paula’s website is www.paulawiegmink.com.au
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Nicole Wilde has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.
Nicole is an award-winning photographer and digital artist based in Southern California. Nicole was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #11. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.
Nicole’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her photography in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.
Below is Nicole’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.
Nicole Wilde was born in Brooklyn, New York but always felt California’s siren call of freedom and creativity. In 1987, she moved to Los Angeles. From an early age, Nicole wrote poetry and short stories, followed by song lyrics, some of which were put to music for bands in which she played bass guitar. And yet, she still longed for a way to express her creativity in a visual format. Possessing a “good eye” but lacking a good camera, she purchased her first DSLR in 2012 and began a driving, all-encompassing attempt at learning photography through books, online videos, and workshops. She expanded her knowledge of Photoshop in the same way and eventually combined the two disciplines, thereby finally finding her creative outlet in digital art.
Nicole’s other lifelong passion has been animals. She has volunteered at rescues and shelters, photographed dogs to improve their chances of adoption, and co-ran a rescue sanctuary in California for wolves and wolfdogs, where three of the residents came home to live with her for ten years until their passing. It was inevitable that her love of animals and nature would find its way into her art. All of Nicole’s images begin with one or more of her photographs, which are taken in natural settings, zoos, or sanctuaries. These images may then be combined, altered, or enhanced using Photoshop, creativity, and imagination to create a final work of digital art. Nicole’s work has won international awards, been displayed in galleries, and been featured in magazines.
Nicole and her husband live in southern California with their two rescued northern breed dogs and boatloads of dog hair.
Animals. Nature. Emotion. Connection. These are the things that drive my passion to create art. My work is about the emotional life of animals, the interconnection of all beings, and the unseen magic that surrounds us all. Each piece begins with one or more of my photographs. By applying equal parts Photoshop and imagination, bit by bit an image is transformed into a fantastical universe, or an artistic portrait with deep texture and emotion. My hope is that my art touches the soul, stirs the emotions, increases our respect and appreciation for animals, and acts as a catalyst to reflect on the beauty and magic that is within us and all around us.
Nicole’s website is: www.photomagicalart.com
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Richard Wong has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.
Richard Wong is a professional wildlife, pet and mural artist based in Victoria, BC, Canada. He was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #6. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature. Below are Richard's Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.
Richard Wong is a professional wildlife, pet and mural artist based in Victoria, BC, Canada.
He started art as a hobby after retiring from a career with the Province of British Columbia within the Ministry of Environment in 2009. He did not even know how to paint at the time of his retirement.
"Art has definitely become a personal journey. My work within the Environment Ministry has given me an appreciation of nature and wildlife, and how fragile our surroundings really are."
Since his early childhood in Saskatchewan and having retired on the West Coast, Wong has been fascinated with our wildlife. Noting the fragile nature of our surroundings, Wong has dedicated his art to capturing and preserving this beauty and its wildlife.
"Art has defined my evolution as an artist. I had no idea art would lead me to a second career. It is delightful to let art do the work, tell me what to do, where to go. Art is enjoyment, something to share and be shared."
Richard Wong enjoys west coast living in beautiful Victoria, BC, and balances all life has to offer through teaching, watercolor fine art and commissions of wildlife and pets, as well as murals.
Richard Wong is a professional wildlife, pet and mural artist based in Victoria, BC, Canada. His background in the traditional ways of Chinese art, contemporary western watercolor, and experimentations with Japanese art paper has resulted in unique imagery.
It is this unique blend of delicate watercolor images on Japanese art paper that has led Wong to exhibit internationally, as well as to engage and connect people and communities far and wide through his art.
Learn more about Richard Wong's watercolor wildlife art at www.richardwongwatercolors.ca
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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Sandy Moser has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.
Sandy was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #4. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature. Below are Sandy's Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.
International award winning artist, Sandy Moser, has always been interested in painting and drawing nature and animals. She drew as a child and began painting in oils as a teenager. When she was in high school, art instructor Ron Goodwin saw her talent and allowed her to take oil painting classes in the adult education program. It was a decision to go to Nova Scotia Teachers College instead of art college that lead her to a twenty year career as an English and art teacher in junior and senior high school in Sheet Harbour, Nova.
Raising three children and having a full time career, she painted sporadically. Sandy retired from teaching due to an illness so she began to paint again.
She is basically a self-taught artist, but has taken many workshops in the past 15 years. She has taken watercolor workshops from world renowned painters Zoltan Szabo and Cheng- Khee Chee. She has studied wildlife art through a twelve month course from North Light Art School. She has also studied with landscape artists Tom Forrestal and Peter Gough, silk painter Holly Carr, and has attended many workshops in watercolors, egg tempera and acrylics. Sandy has also studied wildlife art from Lloyd Pretty, Ron Decker and Derek Wicks.
Her recent realistic paintings of wildlife are painted in acrylics with many glazes, but she also paints animals in gouache, pastels, scratchboard, and watercolor, as well as sketching in graphite and ink.
The beauty of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada has been the inspiration for many of Sandy’s seacapes, landscapes and wildlife paintings. The ocean and lakes provide her with many images to paint. Taylor Head Park and Sober Island Headland are special places where she likes to hike and photograph images that are used for references for her paintings.
Since living along the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, she has had the opportunity to study and photograph many species of birds, in particular the common loon, with her husband Robert. They photograph the loons from their canoe. She says, “It is so awesome to be able to paddle alongside a mother loon and watch her feed her babies and teach them how to dive. These are the things I want to capture in a painting, a moment in time; a gaze of an eye, a particular stance, or a realistic look of an animal or bird”.
Sandy has been painting endangered species for several years, as well as animals that are indigenous to Canada. She says “I feel compelled to paint endangered species. This may show the importance of looking after our environment which in turn may help to save the habitats of these endangered species.”
Sandy has won over 60 international awards, of which four have been “Best of Show”. Many of her paintings have been featured in various newspapers, websites and publications. Her work has been shown on the following online galleries – Still Point Gallery, My Art Contest, Light, Space & Time Gallery, Raebec Gallery, Richeson Gallery and Leading Artists Gallery.
Several of her paintings have been published in two of the Richeson 75 Animals, Birds, and Wildlife books. In May, 2014, Sandy was a featured artist in the Visual Language Magazine. In February 2015 her painting “Friends of Taylor Head” was published the in the book AcrylicWorks2 –Radical Breakthroughs. Also, in 2016 she was a featured artist in the Truro Daily News regarding the “Fins, Fur and Feathers Show” at Visual Voice Gallery in Truro. Two of her paintings of the Eastern Shore are part of the collection at Province House in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Sandy’s work has been featured in many selected group shows within the province of Nova Scotia and she continues to show her work at various shops and galleries. She is currently a member and founding president of the Seacoast Trail Arts Association and is a member of Visual Arts of Nova Scotia. Sandy’s paintings are now in private collections in many parts of Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Europe.
Painting is entirely for my pleasure and fulfillment. I am driven to create images on canvas and paper. It is something that I cannot stop. It is like breathing – it is a required part of my existence. It’s who I am and it’s part of my soul. To be able to create a story, an action, an image, is a wonderful passion to have. When the brush goes into my hand, something takes over and I am lost in the creative process.
Through my paintings, I want the viewer to be able to appreciate the scenery and habitat and the beauty of these creatures. Perhaps then, they will understand how important it is that each of us must do our part to try to preserve the environment especially for their habitat. I believe that each individual has a responsibility to co-exist on this planet in a way that respects and protects wildlife and their surroundings. Being a wildlife artist allows me to give back and donate money, prints and original paintings to various causes, in particular “Hope For Wildlife” and “The Nova Scotia Nature Trust”. Sandy's Website is www.sandymoserart.com
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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Geraldine Simmons has been selected as one of the four artists of the gallery’s fourth “Solo Art Series” Art Competition. Geraldine will now have a month-long solo art exhibition and she will be featured on the gallery’s front page, in the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.
Geraldine Simmons lives in Australia, where she is an award-winning wildlife and conservation artist. Geraldine will be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign, as well through the gallery’s broad social media network. In addition, she will be featured on the gallery’s YouTube channel, with an event catalog, and with an event postcard.
The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public. Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition; 1. Their art. 2. Their artist biography. 3. Their artist statement. These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in an individual month-long solo art exhibitions. This is the fourth “Solo Art Series” Art Competition the gallery has conducted.
Below is Geraldine’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 15 of her drawings. We hope that you will take the time to read Geraldine’s information and to take a look at her wildlife series.
For the first eight years of her life Geraldine lived in London, England and then settled in Australia in 1968. As a child of parents who worked in the performing arts, this environment led to spending many weeks and months away from home in boarding school, yet the two activities that made her feel more “at home” and made her heart sing was drawing and riding her bike.
Time spent alone riding her bike inspired her love of nature and deep appreciation for all living things. At any opportunity and with wonder, Geraldine would study things that caught her eye, such as the unique patterns and texture of a tree trunk, the way the light shone through the leaves, or the soft, velvety feel of a flower petal. These experiences helped enhance and develop her observational skills as well as the patience required to create detailed works of art.
Over time, Geraldine’s love of drawing has evolved into the detailed real-life portraits of wildlife that she draws today in either pastel and coloured pencil, or scratchboard. These mediums enable her to capture the true nature and essence that bring each animal to life. Through paying close attention to the eyes, her mission is to communicate that animals are innocent, loving and sentient beings just like us.
When visiting a national park in the remote jungles of Borneo, Geraldine got a close up view of orangutans while they were rehabilitating in quarantine at NGO Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF). One orangutan grabbed her hand and pulled her towards it. “It’s hard to put into words how awesome that experience was. There is so much intelligence, beauty and innocence that shine from their eyes. It made me realize how closely connected we are to them.” This was a defining moment for Geraldine to use her art as a portal for raising greater awareness of endangered wildlife.
Geraldine has exhibited in many selected exhibitions both nationally and internationally as well as receiving invitations to donate her works to well-known animal conservation groups such as Humane Society International, Sea Shepherd and Borneo Orangutan Society.
Gaining signature membership to the Artists for Conservation was one of her proudest achievements along with being the recipient of the 2010 AFC Conservation Artist Award for May of that year. Artists for Conservation are the world’s leading artist group supporting the environment.
I draw wildlife simply because I love animals and for the creative adventures that my drawing process brings. When I draw I aspire to show that the eyes of an animal are no different to ours; that they feel emotions, are a part of loving families and are sentient beings just like us.
Before I start a piece the eyes are what I notice first. They mesmerize me. These beautiful creatures are calling me to express that they are not just mere commodities to be exploited, used or forgotten.
I specialize in mixed media that includes colored pencil, pastel and gouache. I work in layers, building on one color upon the next to attain the light, shade, tone and texture that leads to a realistic effect. I mainly use gouache for fur detail and the finishing touches using a fine tipped watercolor paintbrush.
Scratchboard is a medium that is very exciting to work with too as it enables me to capture the realism and depth of my animal subjects even more.
My frame of mind when creating a piece is that of total concentration due to the amount of detail and accuracy I like to achieve, yet, after awhile it feels as though I am transported out of my analytical mind and into another zone where time seems to stands still. I feel connected to my subject.
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Robyn Ansell has been selected as one of the four artists of the gallery’s second “Solo Art Series” Art Competition. Robyn will have a month-long solo art exhibition and will be featured on the gallery’s front page, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.
Robyn Ansell lives in South Africa and she is a painter specializing in realist African wildlife and portraiture. Robyn will be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign and as well in their extensive social media network. In addition, Robyn will be featured on the gallery’s YouTube channel, with an event catalog and with an event postcard.
The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public. Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition; 1. Their art. 2. Their artist biography. 3. Their artist statement. These three elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in an individual month-long solo art exhibition. This is the second “Solo Art Series” Art Competition the gallery has conducted.
Below is Robyn’s Artist’s Biography, her Artist’s Statement, along with 15 of Robyn’s paintings. We hope that you will take the time to read Robyn’s information and to take a look at her magnificent portraiture and wildlife art.
Robyn Ansell was born in May 1988 in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. She loved doing creative things from early childhood; growing up with artistic parents she was always encouraged to indulge her creative side, whilst spending as much time as possible doing any activity related to wildlife and/or conservation.
Robyn discovered oils as a medium in her late teens and has never looked back. Being inspired by anything that has an African feel to it, she gets great satisfaction from painting portraits and wildlife. Robyn attempts to capture realism in her work, looking at a scene and focusing on emulating colors and textures through various brush techniques she has developed and/or adapted to suit her particular style.
Robyn has been fortunate enough to spend a great deal of time living and working in the African bushveld. This has enhanced her understanding and appreciation for the detail, color and natural perfection which exists quietly and effortlessly in any part of the land which is truly wild and without the influence or interference of humanity.
After matriculating in 2006, Robyn came into contact with local South African Artist Steve Shooter who taught her invaluable fundamentals of oil painting.
Robyn’s time under Steve’s mentorship was cut short when she had the incredible opportunity to live and work in Botswana’s Tuli Block, which fuelled her ever-flourishing passion for the wilderness at full force. She has since completed her FGASA (field guide training course) and aside from visiting Tuli as often as opportunity allowed (her brushes, paints and canvases have made many trips back and forth across the Limpopo river) she also spent 2011 and 2012 working in Nambiti Private Game Reserve, working as a guide and hostess before returning home to pursue painting full time.
Robyn believes that working in the bushveld has been mutually beneficial to all aspects of her character. She considers herself very fortunate to have been able to live a lifestyle that is complementary to the many different interests she has, a lifestyle where her passion for music and painting fit right in. Most importantly the industry afforded her the opportunity to meet a great variety of people who have guided and encouraged her to pursue her artistic ventures.
Robyn finds simple, effortless perfection in the true spirit of untouched Africa and the plants, animals, colors and textures of which it consists. To sit quietly and attempt to recreate this on canvas is for her truly exciting and fulfilling.
My paintings are created slowly and thoughtfully. Using photographs as a reference I adapt and enhance the scene as I see fit. I love watching the process, the journey that the subject undergoes as the painting is gradually built up in layers, slowly coming to life with each new paint application. I am fascinated by detail. I love sitting quietly in my studio, experimenting with brush techniques in an attempt to create depth and texture.
I aim to showcase the pre-existing beauty that is naturally present in the people, plants, and animals of Africa, rather than having the focus being on myself and what it is I’m able to create.
If an audience is captivated and enthused by the finished product, if they can appreciate the effort, skill, and concentration that went into the construction of the piece, then I feel grateful and happy. That being said, if an audience is able to go beyond that, realizing that it is, in fact, the subject matter that is already beautiful and inspiring to begin with and that I, through personal appreciation, understanding and passion for that subject matter have simply used my abilities to recreate an accurate representation of this on canvas, it is then that I receive true fulfillment and satisfaction through my art. I’m not sure any artist can truly capture the magnificence and perfection that is wild Africa, though I certainly get a great deal of pleasure out of trying. It is after all the process of creating that should bring personal fulfillment, not just the feeling of accomplishment once the work is complete.
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that wildlife artist Gemma Best is the gallery’s newest featured artist. Gemma will now be presented and promoted in the gallery’s Artist Showcase for the next 30 days.
Gemma has been an artist for more than twenty years. She is self-taught and has been refining her art practice through her mentor, who is a master wildlife artist living in England.
Having managed a landscape design company for twelve years Gemma decided in 2012 to set up Foxglove Studio. Gemma considers herself a wildlife artist who excels in realistic animal paintings. Each of her works is designed to inspire and reaffirm the soul and beauty of each animal she draws and paints. Her preferred medium is pastel but she also paints in oils.
Gemma lives in the beautiful countryside just outside Cork City, Ireland with her husband and three small children. Foxglove Studio is registered with the Craft Council of Ireland.
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