Meet The Artists - Nature Inspired: Animals
Maureen T. Collins
Snowy Owl on the Burren, Ireland - Cover and on pg 5
Since picking up her first camera at eight years old, Maureen began a lifelong passion for the visual arts. Her journey has woven her through photography, painting, collage, ceramics, mosaics, silver work and fabric design, with images in one medium often inspiring and flowing through others. Maureen is appreciative of the creative process which allows her to express the individuality of each day, to share its beauty and its unique imprint.
Untitiled pg 97
Georgina Balkwell is a fourth-generation resident of the San Francisco Bay Area. A graduate of San Francisco State University, she has worked as a swim instructor, dog walker, library assistant and English teacher. Her writing has appeared in San Francisco magazine.
Small Graces at Middle Age - pg 79
Snapshot of Yana - pg 127
In a previous life Rebecca Bartholomew was a research historian specializing in the American West. After that, she taught high school and college English for 16 years. Currently, she and her husband are indentured servants to three llamas on three acres in western Washington State.
Away From the Flock - pg 117
One Flock - pg 125
Graze - pg 141
Equine - pg 149
Tyrus Clutter holds a BA in Art from Spring Arbor University and an MFA in Painting from Bowling Green State University. He works with painting, printmaking and mixed media assemblage. His work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout North America and Europe and can be found in several hundred private collections as well as in the Print Collection of the New York Public Library and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. He is currently Associate Professor at the College of Central Florida and continues to produce art, curate exhibitions, write, and speak on topics of art, art history, and aesthetics.
Bees - Before the Elegy pg 65
Annette Frost was born and resides in Boston, but houses a big part of her heart in Vermont. She loves the intersection of science and poetry, and believes in the importance of acknowledging both feelings and Climate Change. Annette is currently a poetry MFA candidate at Boston University.
Buddy - pg 115
Barbara Klar is a trained metalsmith with a BFA from the Cleveland Institue of Art. She currently lives in the Catskills of NY where she creates limited production and one-of-a-kind jewelry, flatware and objects d'art under her business name, Clear Metals.
Love Shack - pg 93
Evelyn - pg 99
Debra Lampert-Rudman is an Artist/Writer creating custom dog art in watercolor and ceramic. Her ceramics and watercolors were featured in a one-woman show at world-renowned William Secord Gallery, NYC, the Morris Museum, the Dinnerware Museum, among many other juried shows. She recently received the Dog Writers Association of America’s highest award, the Maxwell Award.
Prophecy Bird - pg 53
Carlee Pakes is an illustrative painter from Omaha, Nebraska, earning a BFA from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Her work has been shown throughout Omaha and other parts of the Midwest in several group exhibitions. Primarily working in watercolors and gouache, she enjoys mixing mediums and exploring themes ranging from historical symbolisms in nature, to pattern and design elements from various cultural backgrounds.
Elegy for the Earth - Chapter 1 pg 67
Elegy for the Earth - Chapter 2 pg 69
Sara's Moth - pg 71
One morning, I found a moth had fallen dead on my paper, thus began my study of bees and moths, which are now dying at an unprecedented pace. I use the physicality of line and mark to turn despair at what we are doing to our home, into hope. We would be wise to pay attention to our smallest neighbors and reconsider our roles as stewards of earth’s vitality.
Conga - pg 113
I attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and completed a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Working with clay and mid-range glazes lets me combine gesture, painting, and form into a three-dimensional canvas.
Living in Santa Fe, I feel validated by our multi-cultural reverence for, and citywide representation, of animals. I am grateful to be part of this tradition and to have my work exhibited, collected and awarded nationally and abroad. I strive to breathe a sense of life into my creatures, and hope this work encourages empathy as opposed to alienation.
Rush of Light - pg 39
Reverse Migration - pg 47
Fishscape - pg 49
Eleanor Rubin, (b. 1940, Hollywood, CA), is a printmaker and watercolor artist whose work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A book about her artwork, Eleanor Rubin: Dreams of Repair, with foreword by Howard Zinn, was published in Italy, 2011. Click here to view images and more information.
Burrowing Owl - pg 13
Mourning Dove - pg 33
Harris Three Spot Moth - pg 73
Island Spotted Skunk pg -137
My art jewelry is inspired by the wildlife of North America, frequently species I have observed in my home state of California. Enamels are my primary canvas, and I love the color vibrancy, layering, and blending I am able to achieve. I enjoy combining my enamels with stones, metal, and organic materials to add texture and interest to my pieces.
Randy Van Dyck
Light House - pg 25
The Cardinal Rule - pg 27
Tough Nut to Crack - pg 35
The Optimist - pg 85
The Bell of the Ball - pg 89
My work has been accepted in numerous nationally juried shows receiving several awards. It has also been published in art books, Incite 2, Incite 3, Acrylicworks 2, and Acrylicworks 3. Aditionally it has been featured in the Artists Magazine, American Art Collector, Southwest Art Magazine and was the subject of multi-page feature articles in International Artists Magazine and Acrylic Artist Magazine.
My Remarkable - pg 101
Ever Kiss a Sheep? - pg 119
Sky's Great Escape - pg 121
As a child, adolescent and young adult, Ashley dabbled with pastels, watercolors and acrylics in an effort to replicate her love of animals and nature.
In 2007, Ashley began experimenting with alpaca, sheep and goat fibers using the felting, fulling and needle-felting processes to create animal images in fiber.
Since then, it has been an evolution - over 100 fiber pet and animal portraits can be seen on her website.
Barbara Kitty Williams
Watering Hole - pg 23
Trail Dog - pg 110
Barnyard Strut - pg 121
Grace - pg 131
Shake it Off - pg 133
Barbara Kitty Williams is an award winning pastel and acrylic artist. She has exhibited in National and International exhibitions and is a signature member of the Southeastern Pastel Society, The Appalachian Pastel Society, The international Society of Acrylic Painters, and a regular member of the National Association of Women Artist. Kitty feels a close connection to nature and especially to animals and seeks to express their individual uniqueness in her work."
Barn Owl - pg 7
Eagle Owl in Flight - pg 9
Eye of the Watchful - pg 11
Becky Arman completed her BFA with a minor in Art History at the University of Central Oklahoma in 2015. Her work primarily consists of chalk pastels on black paper and oil paint on wood panel. She considers her work to be more about the mark making process itself, however there has always been underlying themes of nature, animals, or the relationship between humans and nature within her work. Arman's work has been featured in several local galleries and juried art exhibitions. She currently lives and works in Edmond, OK.
Calf - pg 19
Afternoon Rooster - pg 29
Standing Mourning Dove - pg 31
Bluebirds - pg 37
Monti Warren-Bargsley is an artist whose primary discipline is Watercolor and India Ink. She attended the Savannah College of Art and Design and is currently enrolled at Utah State University. She lives in Ogden Utah with her husband and three constant muses, her rescued parrots.
My Ocean - pg 55
The art I create is a continual series of self portraits in layers of reused,
recycled, and renewed materials. These materials illustrate my need to
make things that are old, used up, thrown away, and neglected into
something worth paying attention to. As a woman, artist, teacher, motherand wife, I find that I have a lot to say.
Bliss - pg 17
Donna is a sixth-generation Colorado native and lives in the mountains near Denver. The award-winning artist specializes in wildlife and western subjects in oil and pencil. Her meticulous attention to detail as well as an ability to infuse that essential spark of life into her subjects, sets her work apart.
Dog Days of Summer 1 - pg 103
Running Dog - pg 105
Desert Cattle Dog - pg 109
Ally Glowacki is a visual artist and art teacher working in Maryland. She received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts (2010) in painting from Salisbury University and her Master's of Fine Arts (2014) in painting from Arizona State University. In her paintings and drawings, she endeavors to explore the identity of the “Animal Other” as well as her own personal relationship with them.
Splash - pg 57
Jennifer Kwon is a computer science engineer and a passionate wildlife artist, who draws inspiration from the abundance of nature in the Pacific Northwest where she lives.
She perceives the human-like qualities in animal interactions and the harmony in nature, which she illustrates in her paintings to impart tranquility to the viewers through her art work.
She is a founding member and president of Harmony of Color (www.harmonyofcolor.com) and current president of the Korean-American Artists Association of Washington state (www.kaaw.net).
See His Soul - pg 21
Pre-Shear - pg 129
Breathless - pg 139
Beach Beauties - pg 143
White Knight - pg 147
Allyson Marie, was born and raised in upstate New York, and she holds degrees in both visual communications and in nursing. Most of the subjects she photographs are abandoned objects, old barns, animals and landscapes. She is constantly inspired by the beauty that surrounds her.
Her photography celebrates the wonder in everyday things often taken for granted. Her work was honored at a private reception at the Louvre Museum, in Paris, in 2015 as well as published in their Animal Collection hard cover book for the Exposure Award competition.
Crow Lessons - pg 49
The Crows Make a Deal - pg 51
My work is a combination of my poetry in calligraphy with collages of paste paper, a technique in which I paint color with artist-made paste on wet paper. I use tools to create images on the surface which I cut into shapes to give meaning to the artwork.
One with Sharks - pg 61
Elizabeth Porcel holds a BFA (summa cum laude) in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta. Her work utilizes the process of painting as a means of deconstruction and examination of the subject often-referencing scientific data, craft and the domestic. She has exhibited nationally and lives and works in the greater Atlanta area.
flying sparrow - pg 81
Kerfe Roig enjoys transforming words and images into something new. You can follow her explorations on the blog she does with her friend Nina called Method Two Madness. https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/
Owls and Hummingbirds pg -15
Hummingbird Garden - pg 41
Birds over Oakland #3 - pg 83
Heliconia - pg 87
Tropical Oakland - pg 91
Debra Stuckgold creates sculptural works on paper, public works of art, and site-specific installations that focus on the environment, diaspora and displacement. Blueprints and ancient floor plans are altered to address the fragility of a world in flux. The recipient of multiple awards including grants and commissions from the Puffin Foundation, the Women’s Caucus for the Arts and the Alameda Arts Commission, amongst others, her work can be seen at
Fleeting Moments - pg 107
Over the years, I have learned the importance of sharing our stories to help ourselves and others heal. My work explores our ability as humans to be resilient, and the many creative ways we go about coping with life's struggles. Along with creating photographic stories on this theme, I write and teach about grief, creativity, and the power of storytelling from my home and studio in Northeast Ohio. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram!
William A Villanueva
Fireflies - pg 75
Bumblebees - pg 77
William A Villanueva is a painter who lives and works both in Miami, Florida and Sao Paulo, Brazil . He has exhibited his artwork nationally and internationally. William A Villanueva's work is inspired by nature and the animals within it.
Jennifer Wildermuth Reyes
Corvus coral - pg 43
Corvus brachyrhynchos - pg 45
Chalcosmoa atlas - pg 63
Junco - pg 95
Mephitidae - pg 135
Jennifer is an internationally exhibiting visual artist whose interest in wildlife started during her childhood in rural Wisconsin. Her love of the visual arts led her to earn a BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a MFA from the Academy of Arts in San Francisco, CA. She now lives in the Santa Cruz mountains surrounded by redwoods and wild animals.
Gift - pg 145
Connection - pg 151
I worked as a professional zookeeper for 15 years. The animals taught me to approach them with respect as complete equals in spirit. My artistic process contains a powerful and meditative link with animal spirit. This requires that I approach each animal with no expectations and complete openness and vulnerability. My photography of a herd of Welsh ponies is the result of years of being with them as they wander among the woods and fields. They have accepted me as part of the herd. Our time together is about my giving up the illusion of control, and of the dissolution of boundaries, both visual, temporal, and cerebral. Only then can I recognize the moment when the image appears before the lens.