Susan Adamé collages consist of contemporary abstract compositions suspended in rich pools of color and texture. From a distance you can see the strong abstract composition and up close you are engaged by the added depth from the underlying layers and textures. The collage is created on a watercolor painting on 300 lb. French Arches watercolor paper. The watercolor painting creates a feeling of movement that gives the art depth and dimension. Susan intends her work to have a positive influence in its environment. She uses elements that gives the work a feeling of grounding, unity and strength.
Lisa Haderlie Baker
Lisa Haderlie Baker lives and paints in Alameda. Her beautifully framed paintings are of quiet corners of the Bay Area, and detailed studies of animals and nature. She paints in water-soluble gouache on heavy rag paper, and in oil on canvas and museum board. Her favorite subjects are twilight landscapes and streetscapes, old neighborhoods, quiet gardens and shorelines, and of natural scenes, often featuring animals and storybook settings.
Jude Berman follows an intuitive process in her work with fluid acrylic and mixed media. She says, “When I paint, I prefer to be in a state of open-eyed meditation. This way I don’t have to ‘do’ anything; the images just ‘happen.’ There is no external object to be reproduced. There is no internal object, either. Everything comes from within in that moment.” Jude lives in Berkeley and runs a freelance writing/editing business. She invites you to check out Jude’s Art Blog on WordPress.com, where she has blogged her art since 2008.
Leslie Carabas is an abstract artist who received her MFA in 1993. She folds, sprays and draws with Procion dyes onto natural fabrics, combining these with commercially produced fabrics. She then quilts the pieces, primarily by machine, adding both texture and line to complete the compositions. Leslie lived for three decades in Berkeley, moving in 1999 to the Sierra foothills, where both the power and serenity of her natural surroundings have influenced her mature work.
Printmaking is my art making process of choice.
Reworking seem to best describe the implementation of that process that happens during my art making. I will start with either a copper plate, a card board collogragh or sometimes a blank plexi plate. I will work the plate to a stopping point. Then I will work with the actual printing. How many ways can I say something in this print if I can change the color, add stencils, use chine colle, change the paper? It's fascinating to work like this because so many possibilities come about.
As a child I loved to watch my grandmother standing at her easel on the back porch of her California home. I remember thinking that I would love to paint just like my grandmother someday. And her creative spirit remains in my heart today. Growing up in the Northern California Redwoods, I developed a love for nature where I always find the inspiration for my paintings. Using oil pigment on canvas, nature provides the inspiration, the colors and the harmony. It is such a joy to capture nature’s beauty on canvas just as my grandmother did so many years ago.
Adriana Díaz is a Bay Area native with a long exhibition history. “Painting is a free improvisational choreography,” she says. “I dance with the materials, and we stretch each other to reveal new dimensions of ourselves. The finished painting is an energy field which I hope will engage and challenge the viewer to be more sensually present to life. Looking at the world with all of our senses makes everything more vibrant, and even larger and more fascinating than we think it is.”
Diaz, the author of Freeing the Creative Spirit, (HarperSanFrancisco), is also a writer, teacher and certified life coach.
A love of paper is what drives my work. Handmade Japanese paper, along with treasured pages from old Japanese books. With their calligraphy, dust, and wormholes, they bring hidden stories with them. Although sometimes called paintings, my collage work includes neither paint nor ink. Just the colors and textures of the paper, accented here and there with single threads, gold leaf, or a piece of silk. Born on the East Coast, I've lived in London and Japan, and now work out of my studio in Mill Valley. I've had many solo and group shows, and my work appears in collections on both coasts and in London and Cornwall.
Angie Garberina has been making hand-printed lithograph prints & cast bronze sculptures for over 25 years. She enjoys creating whimsical characters often with an ironic and humorous twist. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Dakota. Garberina worked at Artworks Foundry in Berkeley and Shidoni Foundry outside of Santa Fe, two of the largest U.S. fine art foundries. She was the 2nd woman to crew on the bronze pour team at Shidoni and taught lithography at Kala Institute in Berkeley for ten years.
Alice Gibbons was born in San Francisco CA. and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute in the mid 60's. Her etchings have been awarded in local, national and international competitions. She says of her subject matter: "These scenes of country and city are, to me, portraits. Instead of depicting actual people, I portray their environment, which represents them because they are interconnected."
Michele Hausman creates landscape oil paintings both plein air and in California studio. Inspired by the natural world, she evokes nature as a healing, calming force in a world that is often unpredictable. Her paintings are windows onto the wetlands, oceans, and farmlands that enrich our California Coastal communities. Hausman participates in many art festivals, including the King’s Mountain Art Fair, the KPFA Summer Arts Fair, and Santa Cruz Ocean Art and Sea Glass Festival. An article was published about her painting in American Artist magazine in July 2010, when she was a finalist in the magazine’s cover contest.
My subject matter is varied, most often I find a fantasy or surreal picture emerges from the paint. The sub-conscious process involved in creating intrigues me. As I develop a painting a seed unfolds to what will ultimately become. The organic shapes I paint reflect this process. Painting involves releasing pictures from my mind, and letting them develop without judgement. I seldom use more than three primary colors and white. This creates a large variety of colors that relate to each other. I put down many layers of color, then wash them out, creating my own "seed". As the layer build up and the seed matures, I work towards a definite image. I articulate hidden colors and forms with acrylic. The final image is a result of research, experimentation and invention.