I have been making various art forms all my life. My Mother was an artist and I was always Inspired by her talent. From about 1973 my works were primarily “Textile” based drawings and paintings. Since moving from Los Angeles to the mountains in 1992, I focused on textiles for interior décor such as wall hangings, throws (blankets) and decorative pillows.
Vlad Voytilla is a local artist that specializes in functional art -- fine wooden keepsake boxes for a variety of uses such as memorabilia, jewelry, silverware, or to contain a special gift for a significant occasion. He also creates furniture, cabinets, wine cellars, wooden jewelry, decorative mirrors, and cutting boards for display or daily use.
John is an award-winning artist born and raised in Southern California. He has been drawing and painting his entire life and studied graphic design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. After college, John went to work for a number of design and advertising firms in Los Angeles before opening his own creative agency in 1989, winning numerous awards for his work as well as inclusion in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress.
Neil's pieces are represented in many collections in Southern California and New England. His ceramic pieces range from functional thrown forms to coil and slab-built figurative sculptures. His current clay pieces meld thrown forms, slabs, altering, incising and sculpting. The glazes on the functional pieces, fired in an electric kiln, have been developed to give the surface the depth and beauty traditionally associated with reduction firing. Neil's pieces meld a spiritual simplicity with a figurative rhythm and physical energy. This comes from being a kinetic individual, from a lifetime of playing sports, and his appreciation of Japanese ceramics and classical sculpture.
California fine artist Brenda Lee Gibson discovered her passion for art at an early age. Her intuitive grandmother noticed her constant drawing and provided her with a steady stream of supplies. On Brenda’s twelfth birthday, her grandmother gave her a gift that would change her life: a paint by number oil painting kit. No longer confined to paper and pencils, Brenda was immediately seduced by the creamy texture and luminosity of oil paint.
Having taught secondary Art for 34 years in the local Rim School District, Dave’s personal journey in art really began with a visit to Santa Fe two decades ago discovering the versatility of pastel, and a technique to apply pastel over watercolor.
He loves the light of New Mexico, the hills of Tuscany, the coast of France, as well as the woods and meadows of Lake Arrowhead and New England. Working from personal photographs, the warm months in Lake Arrowhead and a shaded table on the deck, provides the perfect “outdoor studio”.
Nancy Lutes grew up in Pasadena, where she began her art training. She attended Northern Arizona University studying art and physiology. She uses found objects, gathers fallen branches and natural elements to make her baskets unique and one of a kind. She also takes special orders for baskets. She enjoys designing a special basket that could become a treasured family heirloom.
Moving to Lake Arrowhead when he was 13, Michael continued to develop his woodworking skills building things out of whatever he had. Honing his skills at the Art Institute, he began developing his own style using reclaimed materials including Wine Barrels. The Wine Barrel furniture became very popular with friends and family who in turn, encouraged him to sell his creations. "Often I see furniture that is poorly made and I think....I can make that so much better". Is a sentiment that motivates Michael to learn new skills and ultimately leads to new designs. He finds that Wine Barrels lend themselves to furniture design because of the ergonomic natural curve of each stave.