I grew up in London, England and have been attending life drawing classes since my teens. Drawing from the model embodies everything that is most meaningful to me; the process of trying to capture a complex, living, spiritual and inevitably transitory being.
I graduated from Camberwell School of Art & Crafts and worked as a model for various art schools before starting work at Marlborough Fine Art gallery. At that time I also modeled for artists RB Kitaj and Bill Jacklin. I relocated with my family to Los Angeles, where I worked for five years as an assistant at Margo Leavin Gallery and then moved to the J. Paul Getty Museum where I remained for 24 years as the senior staff assistant in the sculpture and decorative arts department. While there I co-started a life drawing group for employees and volunteers, which continues to this day.
I have always been a fan of the European impressionists like Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Cezanne, and study drawings by artists from the Renaissance to modern Lucian Freud.
Drawing from a model requires the unspoken agreement between model and artist to suspend their individual personas and lives in order to share their efforts and vulnerabilities to express beauty. Painting and drawing the nude from life allows me to express my appreciation and compassion.
Throughout my life I have found great pleasure in wandering through the California landscape. I have explored the riparian hills, beaches, Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara, deserts and mighty mountains of the Sierra Nevada
Following in the steps of John Muir I followed my love of the outdoors by seeking and photographing the solitude and grandeur in the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada, Sawtooth, and Rocky Mountains.
I use watercolor and acrylic painting in Plein-air and in the studio. These painting mediums capture the transient and fleeting beauty that I see in nature. Both mediums use water, which is an active and vibrant source that forms the natural world.
I draw inspiration from the California painters William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Franz Bishoff and contemporary artists from the “Oak Group” in Santa Barbara.
Come and share with me the California I have grown to love.
I am an artist who works in several different mediums as I find it difficult to place myself within the boundaries of a single medium or style. I believe that my creativity is streamed from a higher source and I use multiple mediums to allow for the expression of this constant force. I feel compelled to create, as creating to me is akin to breathing. I must create in order to truly live.
My fascination with art came forth in my late teens. I would spend hours in my room experimenting with acrylic and watercolor paints, pastels, clay and inks upon canvas and art papers. My interest in photography as an art medium bloomed when I received my first Canon film camera, as a hand-me-down from my brother. I would spend hours alone with my camera, photographing the nature that surrounded my home. Shortly thereafter, I was attracted to the elements of the earth, metals and gemstones, and how metal was shaped and formed. That led me to satisfying my curiosity at fine art schools in New York City: the Parsons School of Design, The Craft Students League of New York and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Today you can find my acrylic work, fine art photography and jewelry-metalsmithing work in private homes and on various websites. I share my jewelry and mixed media work at the Topanga Canyon Gallery.
Art Web Sites: Art – www.jonnagillart.com
Jewelry Web Site – www.dallamano.com
Interiors Website – www.mcgillartinteriors.com
JEWELRY & MIXED MEDIA GALLERY
Connie’s photography connects us to the daily rhythms of life through music, nature, and lifestyle. A native New Yorker, Connie knew as a young girl looking through the lens of her grandfather’s Leica camera, she had a unique eye for capturing images and her love of photography was sparked.
As she continued through her college years, graduating with a BS in Business and Psychology, photography quickly became her hobby. Connie shifted gears into publishing, becoming a high profiled senior account director for over 20 years working for prestigious luxury fashion & lifestyle magazines such as: Women’s Wear Daily Newspaper, W, Gothom, Hamptons magazines, for example, and ultimately relocated to Los Angeles, CA in 2004 to oversee magazines such as: Fancy Publications, Niche Media, Malibu Magazine, and Luxe Interiors + Design.
Alongside her career, Connie always dedicated her free time for travel and coexisting those travels within her two passions, photography and nature. Also being an athlete in mountaineering, snowboarding, running marathons, mountain biking, surfing, and hiking has exposed her to shooting in some of the most incredible locations around the world. From the icy summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa, cycling jagged peaks of Positano, Italy, and surfing Kauai, Hawaii oceans.
Connie currently lives in Topanga, California where she continues to be inspired locally with a mission to reach a worldwide audience. She participates locally in her community and covers local events such as the Topanga Film Festival and Topanga Chamber of Commerce events. In addition, local music festivals such as Reggae on the Mountain and Malibu Guitar Festival which are all held within the majestic Santa Monica Mountains set against the pristine Pacific Ocean. In addition, she’s partnered with Topanga Journal to humbly add her voice and actions to this savvy local lifestyle magazine.
Connie’s photography will transcend you into feeling every beat, movement, and splendor of beauty that surrounds us. Stay tuned. Connie’s wish is to bring her world. Out the Lens. To share with you.
Peace ~ Love ~ Magic
Kolle Kahle Riggs is a mixed media artist that makes small sculptures, installations, wearable art, as well as traditional jewelry. She received her BFA in Jewelry/Metal Arts from California College of the Arts, and her MFA, also in Jewelry and Metals, from Kansas State University. She is also a lifelong student of natural history and science. Much of her work explores themes such as, humanity’s impact and relationship on/with the natural world, and her anxiety about the world completely filling up with brightly colored shiny plastic. She is an avid collector, and often features items from her collections in her work. She collects, rocks, beach plastics, styrofoam, fossils, lichens, bones, feathers, dung beetles etc. Kolle’s work incorporates traditional metal-smithing fabrication and finishing techniques as well as woodworking and the use of resins and other plastics.
She is a current Topanga resident who enjoys exploring the nearby trails in the Santa Monica Mountains. She also enjoys picking up shiny objects off the ground in hopes that it will be gold, and sorting sand.
I work with oils, acrylics, and mixed media, to create art which reflects my local surrounding area of Malibu, Topanga and Santa Monica. Seascapes and surf culture predominate the themes which are painted on canvas and wood panels.
As an avid surfer and sailor my love of the sea and beach precipitates the inspiration of my paintings. I’m continually striving to recognize unusual perspectives of the scenes that I paint, with the intent of creating dynamic and fluid compositions. My interest in presenting exciting art is demonstrated in the Pier Sign Series where I use a combination of painted surfaces incorporating Cool Neon wire lighting.
It is important that I stay in tune with the earth can connected to my South African roots, which reflects in the natural art installations sculpted with driftwood and stone, and the gardens I create with Bromeliads and Tilandsia airplants.
My passion for sailing has influenced the “Canvas on Canvas” series, where sail canvas clews are incorporated into art pieces that invoke the sense of sailing on the deep blue.
I am Inspired by artists Ed Massey and Andy Goldsworthy,
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Born and raised in Los Angeles, I graduated from Art Center College of Design with a degree in illustration. Although still practicing my illustration skills, painting has become my main focus. I started working in collage from 2012 and haven’t looked back. The exploration of the variety of textures and surfaces I can create and put together into my “landscapes” is of endless fascination to me. Although nature is my main inspiration, I try to push the forms found there and cut them up and remix them, so to speak, into something a little more stylized, abstracted to create new shapes.
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My art is derived from my life’s journey informing what my eyes see and creating a narrative. The camera is very much like my eyes, in that it records without interpretation a two – dimensional reality. The goal of my craft is to try to elevate the simple recording of a person, place, object, or moment in time into that narrative. My dark room is the final stage where I breathe nuance and luminosity into the image. When the entire process works I have created an image which moves me.
The most successful pieces suggest a story, an emotion, a mood, or all three. I catch people in the everyday “act of being” – being who they are, doing what they are doing, unaware of observation. Other images of people centers on a connection with them; moments where they share something of themselves.
I also explore “possibilities”; what is behind that door, through this passageway, in that window, up or down those stairs, around that corner? Lastly, the intersection of light, colors, and shapes draws me, whether organic or man-made. Although often beautiful, it’s the feeling it generates which asks me to capture it.
The common thread across all my work is the attempt to capture unique, emotional moments in time.
Patrick has been photographing with this vision since the 1960’s in Vietnam. His photographic career includes working in a technical wet darkroom and as a commercial stock photographer. He has focused on fine art photography for the last 15 years. He is a resident of Topanga, California.
I love sharing with others the feeling of a moment in time that stopped me in my tracks. Times that I’m stunned and awe-struck at what I’m looking at. Photography allows me to communicate with other people in the best way I know so far. It takes me all over the world and gives me the opportunity to see life through the eyes of other people. People I’d probably never meet if I didn’t have a camera in my hand. Also, it allows me long walks in the middle of nowhere with my dog.
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I shoot with high resolution digital cameras as well as large format film cameras. I do all of my own printing in order to maintain the feeling and vision I had when making the photograph. All prints are archival, and each image is printed on a paper that’s been specifically chosen to bring out the best in that photograph.
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“Growing up in a home where wine was always on the dinner table, I found myself drawn more to the bottles than the spirits. The uniqueness of each bottle, the vagaries in density of the bottle walls, and the shades of color and intriguing transparencies were, and still are, fascinating to me.
After amassing a significant number of wine bottles, and abandoning my goal of building a seventy foot long bottle fence, I decided to create and experiment with the bottles as a basis for functional art. Years later with much practice and many failures, continuous study and abundant curiosity, I have developed my own processes and works.
Glass bottles have been used decoratively almost from the instant someone figured out how to control the heating of sand to form vessels (around 3500 B.C.). I study the glass arts, use the skills developed by many artisans, and draw on those methods and forms to spawn new processes for my work. By using wine bottle glass as my medium, I am making something – from another thing that has fulfilled its purpose. Because each wine bottle has traveled on its own unique journey from a bottle maker to a bottler, to a seller and to a table, each piece of my work is informed by the singleness of each bottle”.