Artist & Art Director
Born in Puebla City, México, Joel Luna, has been interested in art since childhood. He is an accomplished artist who enjoys working with oils, using three-dimensional construction, and a wide variety of materials to bring different textures into his work. Joel also enjoys doing printmaking and ceramics.
Joel begun studying the fine arts in 1993 at ELAC in Monterey Park, CA. He has also studied printmaking at the Self Help Graphics Studio in East Los Angeles.
Joel demonstrates his passion for life through artwork, which he uses as a vehicle to expresses his deep emotions and feelings.
A wide range of galleries in Southern California have exhibited Joel’s art, including: Vincent Price, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Long Beach, UCLA, Summer Studios, Skirball Center, and Art Life Gallery. His art is acclaimed around the world and has been exhibited in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Morocco and Israel.
The Art Life Gallery Group is pleased to have him as a member, as is the Oriel Art Group in Wales, UK.
Joel’s mantra: “Let your heart and mind drive you to explore the passion for the arts, to enjoy and share with others for a better life.”
“Creative expression through art is a powerful way to explore emotions and find spiritual balance and healing,” says fine artist Judy Lange, who has explored the intersection of art and healing for over 25 years. Each of Judy’s expressive, uplifting paintings brings a sense of gentle peace and loving energy, while extending an open invitation to the beholder to explore their own personal story at a deep and intimate level. Through her personal artistic, educational and healing process, Judy has discovered a way to bridge internal and external experiences and share them with others.
As a Doctor of Spiritual Science, her focus is on the creative process and the application of art as a sacred healing tool. She is currently developing a series of art retreats on Creative Expression through Acrylic Painting, where she will facilitate individuals to explore their own creativity for healing in a safe, supportive environment.
Over the last five years, Judy has studied with Robert E. Mackie, multimedia artist; visionary fusion artist Rassouli; and Kathleen Carrillo, artist and owner of the House of Wind and Water Retreat Center in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A certified Spiritual Director and Reiki Master Practitioner, Judy holds a MA in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, a Doctorate in Spiritual Science from PTS, and a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Applied Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles.
A native of London, Linzi Lynn’s professional career began at an early age in the London theatre as a singer and dancer. After getting married and quitting show business to raise a family, Linzi, looking for an artistic outlet, tried her hand at painting.
In 1992, after moving to America, she decided to enhance her self-taught skills by taking art and photography classes at Montgomery College in Maryland.
Linzi is the recipient of three “American Art Awards”. Her multi-colored paintings have been featured on covers and inside various publications, most recently on the cover and inside the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of “Art & Beyond”. Her painting “Windswept” was voted Best Post-Graduation Housewarming Gift 2017 by editors of Faveable.com and she has licensed images of many of her paintings to a company that will make 500 piece jigsaw puzzles in 2018. In addition, her colorful painting “Giles” was chosen to appear in an episode of the popular Netflix TV series “Grace and Frankie”.
Throughout her painting career, Linzi has received numerous commissions and has licensed many of her images to individuals and businesses. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1999, her art has been exhibited in galleries and art festivals throughout California. Her most recent exhibition was in May 2017, at the AC (Artists Corner) Gallery in Hollywood, California. She sells Limited Edition hand-embellished giclées of her original art through her website www.linzilynn.com, and has sold thousands of Open Edition prints through her online publishers.
"My current works consist of large paintings, 5’ x 4’, while still keeping my unique technique of brilliant color combinations that present a kaleidoscopic collision of art and life. My goal is to dazzle the eye and lift the soul using a contrast between my bright colors and a world of untold drama, drawing you into stories from my dreams."
I have been taking photos as long as I can remember. I have always had that "Artist's Eye" but didn't have the technical skills of an illustrator or a painter like my grandfather. However, seeing his amazing paintings throughout the houses of my parents and other relatives fueled my desire to want to put my creative visions on other people's walls just as he did.
As a full time counselor at a non-profit school for high school drop outs, I have the amazing opportunity and blessing to document the student's emotional journey from behind the lens of my camera. I shoot over 1,000 images a week during most of the class cycle and have had opportunities to meet and photograph not only the amazing students in our program but also inspirational visitors and guest speakers. I also have the opportunity to go places I would never been able to have visited otherwise.
For the past 10 years I have been selling photographs at the school and 100% of that income has always gone back into the program that I am blessed to be apart of. Over the years I have been asked about my personal prints and whether or not they are available for purchase. Outside of the occasional wedding shoot/gift, I didn't feel like I had the extra time to take on the task of making my own prints available to others.
Over the past year I have spent a great deal of time and effort learning how to face mount my prints onto acrylic. It's been a long and time consuming process but when the right picture and materials are used, the end product is amazing!
It is at this point I have started to focus more on my personal work. Seeing the shots that once lived only on my hard drive hang on a wall behind acrylic gives me a new motivation. I have been inspired to go out and take more photographs on my own time with a new perspective and focus on a different end result.
This website is a work in progress. I am not a web designer but because it involves an artistic vision as well as my personal prints, I stubbornly refuse to allow someone else to create a site for me. I may change my mind later but for now this is a challenge I am enjoying.
If you decide that any image on this site might be something you would like to hang on one of your walls, I would be honored to provide you with that image. All images are for sale and will be shipped to your home ready to hang. If you you do not care for the frameless acrylic look you can purchase a loose print to frame to your liking. If you just want to check back now and then and see the world through my lens that of course is free.
I was born in war-torn Russia and lived in Poland, Germany, Belgium and France with my war refugee parents. The UN found us a home in Montreal, Canada, where I learned English to add to the languages I learned in Europe: Russian, German, and French. I attended universities in Michigan, Mexico, Montreal, and Los Angeles (B.A., B.Ed, and M.A.)
After a 10 year teaching career in Montreal (at state colleges and McGill university), I moved to Los Angeles with my wife and two sons and continued teaching and studying.
My art activities started with doodling in my school books in high school; then darkroom photo-art, plaster painting, woodwork, plastic resin casting, video making, computer graphic art, digital photography (using Photoshop), and now to mixed media painting.
After retiring as an educator, I resumed my favorite hobbies, painting and traveling. My wife and I have been on several road trips across the continent and traveled overseas to Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. I enjoy meeting interesting people while showing my art at art galleries and art fairs.
The beauty of nature surrounding Los Angeles was the impetus for my entrance into the field of photography. I began vigorously studying photography and other art arenas to hone my skills as a visual artist. In 2000, I graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Masters of Fine Art (MFA). During these years I continued as a tenured teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District. I am now a full-time artist.
I began this life’s journey in Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated with a BA from Eastern Michigan University. Though the natural settings of Michigan are also quite beautiful, I always dreamed of living in California. It was when I found the Santa Monica Mountains and her many hiking trails that I learned to absolutely love Los Angeles.
In addition to color and black and white film, I now shoot digitally and employ the techniques of infrared imaging and enjoy creating 3D anaglyphs to be viewed with red/blue lenses. Also combine images of nature with movie stills, mannequins, or human subjects in photo montages, with occasional text included in these artworks.
I have exhibited throughout California, nationally, in Korea and England.
In sixth grade, Dea's art teacher accused her of turning in a still life painting for homework that the teacher believed was made by an adult at home due to its complexity and detail. Dea, devastated and embarrassed in front of her classmates, went on to purposefully create art that appeared more childish and chaotic to avoid further accusations. There was a silver lining, though: Dea began to turn inward and discovered her joy for expressing emotions in art.
Dea studied Fine Art at Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome and Florence. She also studied Design at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Her preferred materials are acrylic paints, pastels and paper. Recently she is also working digitally. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area.
Dea is a world traveler whose work is influenced by the music, textiles, cuisine, and landscapes of the various cultures she experiences.
“My feelings are the subject of my art. My intention is for my paintings to express how I feel about the world and people, and my relationship to them.”
I paint what touches me most, usually something in my inner or outer world that moves me deeply. This not only brings me closer in touch with who I am and what I feel, but it also helps me process what I might not otherwise understand.
My artwork always has to do with feelings—my own as well as those evoked by the world around me. The images are sometimes portraits of an emotional mood that simply comes out of me when I sit down with a brush and canvas. At other times they may reveal intimate feelings such as those between a mother and child or could be forced by events in the outside world, such as the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Matthew Martin also known as “Brother Matthew” Is a photographer exploring all the reflections of color within our surroundings. Brother Matthew as he is known in the photo artist world says he chose that name because he has always seen himself as a part of a larger group. He does have thirteen siblings. He also has thirty five siblings by marriage ( his wife is one of twelve children.) He sees himself as a brother to all. He reflects that feeling of brotherhood in his artistic interpretation of his photography.
Matt’s current photographic style has its genesis from his work in the construction field. His job is to observe and record construction work as it is being constructed. He discovered that by using an eclectic post production process he has found a way to pull out any and all colors reflected within the building materials he observes every day. It has been a constant discovery he said recently. “I am always interested in finding what colors I can find in ordinary items. I now see the world differently, I’m always looking deeply at ordinary things that have reflections in them.” He says many shiny metal objects have surprisingly quite a bit of color reflections that the camera senses that the human eye cannot see. He then uses his post production program to pull out the different shades and colors inside the materials he is photographing. He will then manipulate the colors to produce some amazing works. Some of his favorite elements are concrete walls. There are completely new sceneries in all the different remnants that the concrete formwork leaves behind. The different impressions can be exploited to create interesting abstract scenes. Rust is another of Martin’s go to subjects He said; “I never know what colors are coming out from a particular rusty item. I look for interesting shapes then turn the post production dials up to eleven to discover beauty in the ordinary.” He has a photo of a rusted street tree grate made it into a piece that is reminiscent of an Aztec god.
“I find there is hidden color in all things as well as within ourselves. I think we all would do well to look deeply within ourselves to see our own colors. Colors unique to each of us. when we find our own colors, we need to illuminate and strengthen those colors by working to bring them out. And sometimes in our “post production” of ourselves we need to turn the dials up to eleven”
2007-2011 Argosy University, Los Angeles, CA
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with Training in Marriage & Family Therapy
1986-1989 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Master of Fine Arts
1984-1985 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
Bachelor of Fine Arts
1980-1983 Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
Associate Degree in Fine Arts
2008 John Wayne’s Airport, Irvine, CA
2001 Morgan Stanley Investment Office, Laguna Beach, CA
2001 Costa Mesa Church of Religious Science, Costa Mesa, CA
1998 AMS Government Exhibition Hall, Solna, Sweden
1998 Electrolux Co., Stockholm, Sweden
1997 Pharmacia, Co., Stockholm, Sweden
1997 Pharmacia Co., Uppsala, Sweden
1996 Pripps Co., Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Participated in Stockholm the Cultural City of Europe
1992-2001 Represented by Studio Fyra Arstider, Stockholm, Sweden
2017 South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro, CA
2016 San Fernando Valley Arts and Culture Center, San Fernando, CA
2016 Art Share, Los Angeles, Mirror 5 Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Los Angeles, Open Call, Group Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
2016-17 Civic Center Drive Art Exhibition, Newport Beach, CA
2015 Art Share, Los Angeles, Mirror 4 Art show, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Art Share, Los Angeles, Mirror 3 Art show, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Manhattan Beach Art Center, Manhattan Beach, CA
2008 Redondo Beach Art Group, Redondo Beach CA
2002 Calafia Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
2002 Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman College, Fullerton CA
2002 Wells Fargo Bank, Laguna Beach, CA. 2002
2001 Mission Viejo Library, Aliso Viejo, CA. 2001
2001 Los Angeles County Museum’s Art and Sales Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 2001
1995 Museum in Falun, Falun, Sweden
1991-1993 Contemporary Art Center, North Adams, MA
2002 Beverly G. Alpay Memorial Award, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA
2000 Received City of Laguna Beach Award for Design
1996 Newport Beach Art Competition, Second place
It all starts with Spirit. Being a willing vessel and allowing co-creation to happen. A blank canvas, a colorful pallet and an open heart to experience what the universe is communicating.
Art has been my constant companion ever since I could hold a crayon. Expressing myself through art is my passion and calling.
I am the ninth of twelve children. Growing up in that environment, with many creative and artistic siblings, had its ups and downs. Even though being creative was encouraged on the whole, it was not acceptable as a career or life option. In our household, being a nurse or a teacher was an acceptable choice for a woman. Those were admirable careers. Being a clothing designer, or an actor, or an artist were not. Good girls didn’t associate with those people.
This was a problem for me. From a very young age I innately knew that I was a gifted artist. In my mind, that was what God wanted me to do with my life. To help and encourage others with my art. I wasn’t sure what form that would take, but I knew in my very soul that was what I was called to do.
Over the years, I have struggled with the right and wrong of the direction of my life. Doing art as a side line. Denial of my true self was a caustic agent for depression. I was not being fed or feeding others to the ability that I could.
I have always produced some kind of art, one of a kind costumes to hand painted quilts, stick figures, to greeting cards. But most was what could be called surface art. It didn’t feed my soul. It didn’t reach out and touch people inside.
I have been blessed to have a community that cares about my spiritual health. They know me enough to know that to truly come to terms with depression, I needed to use art as a step to heal. It was suggested that I bring my drawing supplies with me to service. To open myself up and be a vessel. Listen for a word, phrase or feeling and just start scribbling. Not to worry about what was happening on the page. Just feel. Just commune with Spirit and allow emotion to spill out and purge my soul. I was amazed at how freeing this was. So cathartic. To not have any responsibility. To not have to be perfect. What was even more astounding was what was emerging in my work. Recognizable images. Sometimes things I wouldn’t even see until I got home. Many contained faces. Many contained faces with no mouth. This mirrored my own belief that I had no voice, I was not being heard. My work resonated with many others in my congregation. Everyone who looked saw and felt something different. Some were drawn to it and others were uncomfortable. Others have been brought to tears, not knowing why.
I usually have no preconceived idea of what my finished product will look like. I am infused with Spirit and get lost in creation, time is no longer a constraint. Color and shape emerge and intuition and past knowledge take over. Abstraction is the usual result, although figurative work is becoming more and more present. The viewer often sees representation of something or someone important to them. It is a spiritual experience for many.
My hope has always been to touch the hearts of those who see my work: to bring peace, joy, comfort, whatever is needed in that persons inner being.
Born and raised in Brazil, I came to United States of America with aspirations of learning English and pursuing my life’s passion of art and fashion. After graduating with a B. A. in Apparel Design from CSUN in 2014, I wanted to share my vision through my paintings.
All my work was self-learned. It comes from a passion I have since I was little girl. I remember how exiting I would get during raining days in Brazil because I knew I would be painting and drawing during those day.
I guess my talent was always there, but just now, I have learned how to use it. I believe a talent must be shared and never be kept for oneself. That is the reason I am sharing mine. By sharing my artistry I inspire others to share theirs.
My inspiration to create each art piece comes from different places. Some comes from visions I have had in the past. Other comes from locations I had visited. And even from people I had encountered throughout my life path.
I love colors. The colors used on my artwork are reflections of the energy involved at the moment when I am create each piece. Each and every piece is unique, therefore never duplicated. I always leave a fraction of my soul on each piece I make.
My goal is to be able to bring or transmit a little happiness and excitement for the ones that opt to acquire my artwork. I put a lot of love and effort into my art pieces so I can bring a positive vibe to others. I believe if the piece speaks to you it should be your.
“Dreams are not illusions, so chase your dreams by doing what you love.”
‘To plant a garden is to hope for tomorrow.’ Audrey Hepburn
After living in London, England, for thirty-eight years I never dreamed I would move away, yet now I’ve been in Los Angeles for over a decade. For a long time, I felt guilty for leaving my friends, family and country. Particularly as I fell head-over-heals in love with California, seduced by the blue skies and endless summers. Now I can’t imagine living elsewhere although London will always have a place in my heart.
I’m fascinated by the subject of inspiration. Being a flower painter, I’m familiar and inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. I’ve fond memories of visiting the Hayward Gallery on the Southbank of the River Thames to see her work with my late mother many years ago. But it was the poem ‘The Rose that Grew from Concrete’ by Tupac Shakur that spoke straight to the young girl living in an apartment block and inspired me to focus on roses. Each petal I paint is an attempt to capture the spirit of the roses my father grew in our back-yard. The apartments where I spent my childhood no longer exist, they were considered an eye-sore and demolished a few years ago, but I still have memories of the roses.
My art provides me with a sense of achievement. Each finished piece is not only proof of the subject’s existence by also of my own lifetime. I’d like to be defined not by my nine-to-five office job but by my out-of-hours creativity.
Presently, I’m concentrating on close-up, bold botanical subjects, with acrylic paint on stretched canvas. Using a limited palette, I start with a tonal underpainting and then apply layers of color to create depth. Each piece is a challenge to capture light and shadow, fragility and the magic of plant life. My process is not quick and it may take weeks or months before I am ready to call a piece finished.
I endeavor to create images that simultaneously uplift, calm and inspire within the realms of realism and abstraction. I’d like my artwork to be a reminder of the beauty of nature and the enjoyment of the little things in this consumer-driven, concreate world.
To begin a new painting is to hope for tomorrow…
Sept 2011 – June 2016: Teaching Docent and School Chair for South Bay Hands on Art at Tulita Elementary School
July 2015 – June 2016: How to Paint Blooms (Completed 12 Month Online Workshop)
January 2017: Blooms Workshop, Orange County with Jenny Doh
October 2017: Paint Blooms USA
2017 – 2018: Member of Artlife Gallery, El Segundo, Los Angeles
January 2018: Group Show at Artlife Gallery, El Segundo, Los Angeles
Yvette Mangual was born and raised in New York City and has been drawing and painting since childhood. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Puerto Rico and has worked in many media with a diversity of subject matter.
As a longtime resident of Los Angeles, Yvette has embraced many roles in the art field, including a career as a graphic designer for 30 years in the southbay aerospace industry and concurrently as an art director/publisher of Latin Beat Magazine, a Latin music magazine, for 21 years.
In 2002, six of her paintings were exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution's music-based multimedia bilingual traveling exhibition titled "Latin Jazz: La Combinación Perfecta," that premiered at the Smithsonian’s Arts & Industries Building (Washington D.C.) on October 19, 2002 and continued on a four-year, 12-city tour across the U.S. and the Caribbean. It reached the West Coast on July 16-October 9, 2005 at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.
Her art has been featured on over 50 CD covers and for seven years Yvette was selected to illustrate for the award-winning Playboy Jazz Festival program. In June 2005, Playboy Jazz Festival awarded her the commission of the festival program cover.
She is currently part of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society, the group Articulation and Artitude; and Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective, a group of socially conscious printmakers, currently holding a residency at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice, California.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in many private collections. On October 7, 2017, Yvette was awarded the “Justice Through Arts and Media Award” by Learning Rights Law Center for 11 years of art contributions to its twice-yearly fundraisers.
Aurélia is an award-winning French photographer known in particular for her portraits of entertainment and artist personalities.
Aurelia began creating art at an early age, but it wasn’t until she was accepted to an Art Academy in Paris that she began to commit herself to Photography. In addition to her creative commercial career, Aurelia has always pursued fine-arts projects in her travels around the world. From behind her lens, she seeks to illustrate the beauty of the planet we live on.
Aurelia lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats.