Contemporary Art

Kenneth Haley

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Kenneth Haley

Simonton,  Texas

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Medium:  Painter-Impressionist, & Abstract

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Artist Bio:

Kenneth Haley began his art career at the age of 10. As he recalls, he was always drawing something. Often, lacking paper, Ken would draw on any surface available – including, at one point, a white car in the parking lot of the local drug store – in pencil, of course.

Ken was drafted into the Army in 1967. He was deployed to Saigon, Vietnam in January 1968 during what is now known as the Tet offensive. After serving one and a half years as a tank mechanic, the military, recognizing Kenneth’s artistic talents, re-assigned him to be a combat artist. His job included documenting the activities of the Military Police in various assignments, such as escorting military convoys, guarding prisoners as well as other law enforcement activities. As Kenneth puts it, he had a 45 on his right hip, a camera slung around his neck, a sketchpad in his left hand and a paintbrush in his right hand.

After being accepted as a combat artist, Ken served his remaining six months documenting the war through his artist’s perspective. He was required to produce at least one painting each week depicting the war effort. Interestingly, Kenneth’s artwork, being government property, has never been displayed publicly and is presumed to have simply disappeared into the fabric of time.

Following his military service, Kenneth was accepted into a four-year program at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he received his formal artistic training. He graduated with a “split major” in Graphic Arts and Fine Arts and received his BFA. During his last year at the Art Institute, Kenneth interned as a graphic artist for a local television station in Kansas City. After graduation his internship became his first full-time job as a professional graphic artist.

On a blind date, Kenneth met and subsequently married the love of his life, Faith. With his wife Faith by his side, Kenneth went on to serve in the missionary field where he honed his artistic skills throughout his travels.

Following his missions work, Kenneth returned to Houston, where he developed his painting skill set into a successful house painting business. Having presently logged forty-two years of marriage, Kenneth and Faith are quick to brag on their three remarkable sons and their five incredible grandchildren. Now retired from operating his contracting business, Kenneth has resumed his artistic pursuits and the stirring of his training and talent.

Presently, Kenneth enjoys working in a number of mediums, including, oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pen and ink.

Artist Statement or Philosophy:

Art is a gift. The Creator is the greatest artist, having created everything. The gift that I have in art is from the Creator. Through art, I have an opportunity to draw focus to a portion of what I see within His creation. My desire is to reveal a reflection of His works.

My passion is to create art that is enjoyable. I like to create art that is alive and brings life to others; art that is pleasing to the viewer and that will draw an emotional response and moves the viewer in some way. Art should tell a story in the same way as a good book. It should draw the viewer in as if they had painted it themselves.

I am inspired by remarkable details and treasures hidden within the landscapes, by different seasons, different times of the day, and the peace and tranquility of the setting. I also believe that an artist can capture that same sense through a variety of styles. Ultimately, my hope would be that the viewer would have that same feeling as I did as I painted it.

Orlando Reyna

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Orlando Reyna

Richmond, Texas

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Medium:  Multi Media / Recycled Art

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Artist Statement:

Orlando’s art varies from multi-medium pieces finding his niche in resining of old guitars. Orlando’s pallet offers the eyes a mixture of the bizarre and even the beautiful.  Orlando’s brush technique is self-taught, largely staccato application. His style is notable for his ability to lift darkness out of even the brightest of colors.  (Matt Minor, Fort Bend Herald)

Sheri Herbert

Sheri Herbert

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Rosenberg Texas

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Medium: Oil on Canvas, Acrylic on Canvas

 

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Artist Bio

Sheri Herbert has been in a creative field throughout her life, as an artist, professional photographer, visual merchandiser, faux finisher and now as a teacher at her art studio in Rosenberg, TX.

She believes THE PURPOSE OF ART is not to produce a product. The purpose of art is to produce thinking. The secret is not the mechanics or technical skill that create art – but the process of introspection and different levels of contemplation that generate it. Once you learn to embrace this process, your creative potential is limitless.

Artwork should be an active verb (a lens by which to view the world) not a passive noun (a painting that sits dormant in a room or on a wall). Creativity lies NOT in the done but in the doing. Art is active and incomplete. Always shifting, always becoming. Art is a sneak peak into the future of potential, of what could be. Not a past result of what has been already done. Art is a process not a product. It is the journey, not the destination.

Art is a human act. Art is Risky. Generous. Courageous. Provocative. Creative. You can be perfect, or you can make art. You can keep track of what you will get in return for your effort, or you can make art. You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art.

Ashley Matney

Ashley Matney

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Richmond Texas

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Medium:  Acrylic on Canvas, Realism. Sea Glass, Collage

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Artist Bio:

Ashley Lynn was raised in Amish country. In the rolling hills of rural Southwestern Iowa. The oldest of six Matney children. She grew up raising farm animals, rodeoing, and showing cattle. All the women on her Mother’s side of the family are artists. Ashley taught herself to paint at twelve years old with some hand-me-down brushes and old paint she found in her Grandma’s closet. The hobby became an obsession as the years went on. After graduating from homeschool at the age of seventeen, she went to live with her mother’s family in Spain for 3 years. Coming back to America at the age of 20 she enrolled in school and is currently studying to become a Geologist.
STATEMENT: I love to do all kinds of art. But my preference at the moment would have to be acrylics, and watercolor. I also enjoy making rosaries out of semi-precious stones. I don’t really have a preferred style and like to dabble in everything from realism to abstract. The one thing that stays consistent about my artwork is colors. Very rarely will you catch me doing a black and white sketch. I have to put some pop of color in it. I love to paint things that had some sort of impact on my life. Every painting has a deep meaning to me. A lot of my inspiration comes from Spain. As well as the beautiful Amish country I grew up in.

Karen Gehse

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Karen Gehse

Katy, Texas

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Medium:  Oil on Canvas

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Artist Bio

Karen Underwood Gehse is a representational artist known for her golf and country club paintings, and New Orleans genre art. She paints in the classical method of layer upon layer of thin glazes, and direct surface painting with fresh, painterly brushstrokes of thick oil paints, so we can feel the softness of fabric, the movement of the golfer, as well as the cold glare of the golf club. Gehse’s series “Golf Moments” was recently exhibited at the Glen Ellyn Library. Her “Imagine New Orleans” paintings are in ongoing exhibits at Heaven on Seven Restaurant, Make It Right Foundation New Orleans, and Fort Bend Art Center.
Gehse is founder, and contributing artist of IArtists, a group of Chicago-area artists who donate paintings to Hurricane Katrina victims who are rebuilding their homes, partnering with St. Bernard Project, Lutheran Church Charities, and Habitat for Humanity. She also volunteers as an art mentor in a junior high school gifted education program.
Karen is a ‘Pro Se’ artist, representing herself and IArtists. She studied painting and art for 12 years at College of DuPage with her mentor Professor Jennifer Hereth. Karen works in her home studio in Katy, TX, and at the Fort Bend Art Center, and is a member of Art League Fort Bend.

Jeff Schauss

When he sings. Oil on canvas wood frame 28x22
Jeff Schauss

Manvel, Texas

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Medium:  Oil on Canvas and Acrylic on Canvas

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The ridge runner. Oil on canvas 29x 40

by Jeff Schauss

When he sings. Oil on canvas wood frame 28x22

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Artist Statement

Now that I have reached the age where I can be called a pensioner it’s time to spread my unencumbered wings and fly. A time to play my role in this illusion we call life and due my part in salvation. My chosen role is to bring spiritual communications into the world of time through abstract paintings .And what a wonderous role it is to merely listen and with great joy slap paint on what ever gets in the way. To enable miracles to unfold What more could one ask for? No more to agonize over highlights ,shadows and contrast But rather to say “Thy will be done Let’s paint” So when you look at one of my images quiet your mind and receive the message that’s in it for you at that moment Let them open your mind to receive from above I wish you peace. Jeff

 

 

Rodney D Butler

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Rodney D Butler

Houston, Texas

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Medium:  Sculpter , Acrylic on Canvas, Airbrush

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Artist Bio:  Rodney D. Butler is a native Houstonian. Graduate of James Madison High School where he excelled at art, woodshop and drafting. After graduating from high school, received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tuskegee University and later an Associate degree in Computer Animation at the Art Institute of Houston. While at the Art Institute, Rodney realized that he was an artist at heart. This by the way came as no surprise to those who watched him growing up. Rodney’s work has been featured in various local festivals, galleries and museums such as First Saturday Art Festival, Houston Fine Art Festival, the Bayou City Art Festival, Houston Museum of African American Culture Bert Long Jr. Gallery, JoMar Visions, Texas Southern University museum, Harambee Art Gallery, Adam and Madam’s Gallery Bistro Shop, Gallery Baroness and countless underground art shows.

Artist Statement:  I am a modern-day Renaissance Artist, meaning I draw, paint, cook, do architectural design along with digital art, and photography. Now while my paintings are coming increasingly popular, I’m best known for what I call “Green Metal Art” it’s where I take scraps of metal and / or mechanical parts deemed unusable by most standards and weld them into various artistic shapes, forms, figures and concepts. It’s my way of recycling trash into artistic treasures.

Cheryl Dennis

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Cheryl Dennis

Washington State

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Medium:  Mixed Media, Printmaking, Acrylic on Canvas & Photography

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Artist Bio:  I let the materials and tools guide me in the creation of my art. The copper plates, the inks, the brayers, presses and papers, the camera lenses and the light of an afternoon sky: all have lessons to teach about how to capture the images I perceive. I have been fortunate to travel around the world and experience its grandeur, from the Great Wall of China to the Duomo in Florence, from the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Old City in Jerusalem. Photography taught me how to frame what I have seen. Printmaking lets me bring impressions to life in ways that convey their essence. Art is my way of expressing my passion for the adventure.

Artist Statement:   I let the materials and tools guide me in the creation of my art. The copper plates, the inks, the brayers, presses and papers, the camera lenses and the light of an afternoon sky: all have lessons to teach about how to capture the images I perceive. I have been fortunate to travel around the world and experience its grandeur, from the Great Wall of China to the Duomo in Florence, from the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Old City in Jerusalem. Photography taught me how to frame what I have seen. Printmaking lets me bring impressions to life in ways that convey their essence. Art is my way of expressing my passion for the adventure.

Margarita Rojas

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Margarita Rojas

Rosenberg Texas

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Medium:  Photography

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Artist Bio

My name is Margarita Rojas. I was born in the Brenham area where wild flowers and longhorns are plentiful. I love the outdoors and I love taking pictures. So naturally I merged the two into a business.  I have no formal training in the art. I just photograph the beauty that I see before me.

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Jeff Stark

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Jeff Stark

Houston, Texas

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Medium:  Photography

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Artist Bio

Jeff Stark was born in Houston and grew up out in Sugar Land. His dad is an artist who has been painting most of his life so his love for art and design started at a young age. His first dream was to become an architect, but that path guided him towards a degree in graphic design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. Early on in his career, Jeff became the Art Director of Enron’s in-house agency before its collapse. From that experience, he co-founded Digital Function, a web design & development firm where he has been the Design Director for close to 15 years and is heavily involved in the Houston design & tech community. With a career in graphic design, it was an easy transition into photography which has become his creative outlet. His passion for photography started with capturing and documenting his travels back in 2009 on a trip to Italy. As an artist his photography provides the audience with a unique view into the environments, spaces, and the landscapes that surround him. Recently, he and his father have been collaborating on mix media projects and lives his Houston with his wife Trang.