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.
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.
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”.
A lifelong painter and native Californian, Debra’s art career began at age two with a tube of red lipstick and her cooperative dog, followed by a crayon wall mural unsuccessfully hidden behind a chest of drawers. Working both in the studio and in the field, Debra’s paintings capture fleeting moments of the American experience which, on closer inspection, reward the viewer with small details often overlooked by the casual observer.
Born and raised in San Diego California, Scott was introduced to painting by his grandmother at an early age. An artist herself, she helped lay down principles of light and color. He studied Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona. Working in the field of design he started his own Design Practice Pryde/Martines in Los Angeles. A resident of Lake Arrowhead both full and part time since 1995 he now splits his time between the East and West Coasts. He enjoys capturing the play of light and water and reflection. Painting on both sides of the country lends a great diversity to his work.
Lisa graduated from San Diego State University with Honors, Distinction in Art and a BA in Graphic Communications. She worked as a graphic artist, illustrator, and portrait artist for over 10 years in San Diego. Lisa has continued her education with workshops by Elizabeth Tolley, John Budicin, Ken Auster, Michael Obermeyer and Joseph Todorovitch. Today she works primarily in oil on plein air landscapes, larger studio work and commissioned portraits. In addition to teaching in her studio and at Parkhurst Galleries, Inc., she demonstrates for various art groups and gives workshops. She has been published in Orange County's Best magazine and was featured in the artist's spotlight of The Press-Enterprise, July 14, 2008. Lisa is an Artist Member in California Art Club and a signature member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.
Native Californian, Laura Wambsgans began landscape oil painting sixteen years ago, after working as the managing director of a major recording studio and then as a sculptor for two decades. Between studying intensely with Scott Christensen, among well-respected landscape painters and painting daily, Wambsgans strives to capture the effect of light on the land, though color and paint quality. Since 1986, Wambsgans' work has been exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions.