Former psychologist has studied art at ccsf as well as several independent studios including formerly Leighten studios, 23rd street studios in S.F, BACAA in San Carlos and several other independent teachers. I am currently focusing on oil landscapes.
Mathilda LaZelle is a San Francisco based fine artist whose work includes painting, ceramic sculpture, and installation art. A Mills College Graduate with a BA in Fine Art, Mathilda also studied in Chicago at SAIC. She portrays the world around her, condensing each moment into a few important details. Drawn to food, foliage, and portraiture, Mathilda’s skill and expression are evident in her vivid depictions of everyday beauty.
Renee McKenna, MA, lives and works in the Sunset District of San Francisco with her husband, 2 children and their dog. Renee divides her time between her private hypnotherapy practice, teaching art to children, working with Art in Every Classroom, Inc, the non-profit that she helped found and doing her own artwork nights and weekends.
Renee's love of the sky, the sea and the city of San Francisco is reflected in her work. She has worked in acrylic for many years, and recently began experimenting with alcohol ink.
Though Renee is an accomplished painter and sculptor, her first love is public art. Renee has many painted murals and mosaics in the Sunset District, including the 400 square foot tile mosaic at the South Sunset Playground title "Nature Stream.".
Alexandria Huff is a studio portrait photographer with a fondness for dark subjects, intimate closeups, and chiaroscuro style lighting. She teaches single light portrait photography at Rayko Photo Center and writes photography tutorials for 500px. Her collection from earlier this year focuses on storytelling through combining street photography and tenebristic portraits. She is most recently exploring tronies - unidentifiable characters that mask the real subject.
In this series of eight large allegorical paintings entitled: Once Upon A Time,” the first painting in the series is related to myself as a three year old dreaming atop puffy clouds high above the bleakness of the depression. A large Old Mother Goose book is open to a picture and rhyme: “Ride a cock horseto Banbury Cross.” The book itself, published in 1926, was given to me in Bellevue, Nebraska at age three. The book and its rhymes have nailed down the eight epochs of my life, allegorically alluding tosocial and political commentaries as I recall them.
I am a mixed media artist based in Northern California. My work blends conventional and unconventional materials, paints, colored pencil, book pages, inks, paper and found objects, into two and three dimensional works. Various techniques, painting, cutting, gluing, sanding and assembling found objects create my layered textures on wood panels and sculptural forms.
I love challenges, experimenting with disparate media and developing new techniques and skills. I believe in recycling and upcycling and adore texture, paints of any kind and flea market supplies. Through each step that leads to a finished surface, I try to bring out the relationship between differing objects, colors and textures; with each mistake being an irreplaceable component of my process. Figurative forms, letters and numbers are often incorporated into my work, as a graphic element or to convey a thought or theme. I am inspired by found objects, fragments of antique treasures, and everyday manufactured materials that were never intended to be art.
My days of losing words
I have had chronic migraine since June 2008. Without medication, the pain makes me lose the ability to speak; with medication, I have side effects that cause me to forget words. For My Days of Losing Words, I created color photographs that act as synthetic memories of my lost words and this time of being inarticulate and in pain. The one-word titles refer to words that got lost in a netherworld between pain and sanity. The self-portraits remain (inarticulately) untitled.
I never stop shooting. I carried a list of words that I’ve lost over time, and when I saw something that jogged my memory of a word, I shot it and crossed the word off. Early on in the illness, I was stuck either in my house or in medical spaces for months on end, so I started shooting words there. This early work consists mainly of three types of images: domestic still lifes; documentary images of medical spaces; and self-portraits at home and in medical spaces.
For a long time, I thought my headache was as good as it was going to get—constant, low-grade pain. Thanks to a medical breakthrough, I now finally have days without pain. This has meant the inclusion of new work that shows how my life has improved. Natural light, once rare in my photos, began to creep in and take over the images at the end of the series. The tunnel vision of my earlier photographs gave way to space, light, and, eventually, the vast expanse of a new horizon.
Korean-born artist David Choong Lee's intricate mixed-media paintings and collages merge photorealistic elements with graphic design and patterns to develop his own unique style. He draws from a classical figural style which he juxtaposes with vibrant graffiti elements. The San Francisco-based artist has been shown in galleries throughout California, as well as New York, Portland, Canada, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.