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 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.
Regine Legler was born in Berlin, Germany during the last days of World War II. Her first exposure to art was a dark, brown door her mother allowed the family to draw on with chalk, which Regine did frequently. Everything was a canvas, including her schoolbooks, which lead Regine to her first commission; being asked by her fellow classmates to help them with their homework assignment to draw Napoleon.
Regine’s formal education in fine art started at age 17 when she enrolled at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt/Main Germany. There she began a two-year study of figure drawing, portraiture, landscape and still life under Walter Hergenhahn, a student of the renowned Max Beckmann. Later, she underwent three years of intensive study in oil painting, acrylic and watercolor at the Freie Academie in Mannheim, Germany.
In her early years, Regine drew and painted scenes of dreams and emotional situations in a style called Fantastic Realism. Then, in 1994, he
‘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
Born in one of Georgia O’ Keefe’s summer retreats, Lake George, New York, Melody Brown started painting very early on as a child. Melody’s artistic abilities were encouraged and fostered by her mother, who provided Melody with private lessons from many renowned local artists. In the beginning, Melody used models and pictures to render her images; but often she created landscapes from her imagination using very unusual color palettes. This unique style of Melody’s stood out so much that even as a child she starting winning many awards.
Melody’s desire to depart from the norm, continued to fuel amazing inventive creations during her college years at St. Lawrence University, in Canton New York. In her college exhibition, Melody’s abstract landscapes were so wonderful that one of her oil paintings received the Grand Prize Award. A few years later Melody moved to California where she continued her studies of different art mediums at El Camino College and Cal State Long Beach.
After Melody finished school, she put away her paintbrush and began to work in the fields of sociology, education and business. While in California, Melody married and raised three children as well as operated a Santa Monica based business on the beach known as Perry’s Café and rentals.
Years later Melody returned to painting while she dabbled in many art mediums that included jewelry making, printmaking, and watercolor throughout the years, it was in 1999 that she finally returned to doing what she was best at: her oil paintings. Melody’s love of oils with brilliant colors and exotic interpretations of images were soon to become her trademark.
Melody Brown has flavors of Gaugin, Picasso, Rivers, Kahalo, and O’Keefe. Her vast travels and introduction to ancient indigenous cultures has been her inspiration. She has rhythm, passion, and sensuality that dominates her style as she paints people from all cultures. Her paintings often have multiplicity and complicity of images sometimes fooling the observer at first glance. She always continues to stretch her imagination for all to experience in her paintings.
Melody Brown is an Interactive Expressionist, a term she has given her process of creating unique works in oils while consciously avoiding repetitive images and style. Her process allows for an array of eclectic images to include the political, social, spiritual and whimsical. She creates from a school of thought known as Fluidicism, painting without aids or pictures and accessing the subconscious to express visuals of past, present, and future events. She is a raw intuitive process painter. Her colorful images incorporate elements of energy, rhythm, and dance.
“FLUIDICISM” – Freedom with Loving Union Invokes Daring the Inevitable to Converge Ingenuity with the Subconscious Mind.
Her process is mostly self-taught. It involves self-exploration and discovery to create a unique expression of varied concepts of landscapes, figures, and abstractions that emerge while excavating her images. Form and image emerge through her process without initial conscious thought and direction. Images unfold while manipulating the paint. Once the direction becomes obvious, Melody skillfully and uniquely paints into it. She excavates her images sculpting with the palette knife and later finessing through her eyes with the brush. Each piece evolves over different periods of time and some can take a few years to perfect. Some works have 2 or 3 paintings underneath in the process of resolving the concept. Each piece has a life of its own and would take her away from her process to duplicate.
In her most recent transition, Melody Brown connects soulful reflection with external events through intuitive approach through ethnic and figurative images to impressionistic imaginary landscapes and finally abstract expressionism. Threads of color, symmetry, movement and balance are combined with spontaneous expression and the element of surprise. There is no preconceived design or subject, but a working of the paint with tile trowels and palette knives, a struggling through the process, visually accessing and adjusting allowing the paint and intuition to take over as the image progresses. Her application of over lapping layers of thin and thick amounts of paint is a specific trait of a typical Melody Brown painting. Melody’s intention is to spontaneously create works that engage the viewers, who, in turn, decipher the meaning through their own eyes and perceptions. The suggestive and the obvious elements interplay on canvas as a dance waiting to erupt in discovery.
Melody Brown currently lives in Hermosa Beach and continues to paint in her free time as a way to maintain peace and tranquility in her life.
Lori Stanford is a Los Angeles based artist exploring the perception of identity through her abstract figurative painting. Stanford is particularly interested in how identities influence one another. Combining bold colors and organic shapes into a composition suggestive of groups of people, Stanford’s work leaves room for the imagination to interpret.
Stanford launched her art career in Los Angeles in 2009 with a solo show dealing with Environmental and Social Justice. In 2010 she sold a collection of 33 paintings capturing the California Poppy to a medical facility in Palmdale, California. A solo show in 2014 entitled Dwellings dealt with global poverty, and in 2018 The Elephant in the Room exhibit was about racism in America. Pieces from Stanford’s American Woman series as well as the Time and Space collection are on display in four medical facilities in the Los Angeles area.
I have always loved art and, in particular, painting. Painting gives me feelings of happiness, joy, peace and excitement and I really want to convey these feelings through my art. I want to bring a little happiness to people who purchase my art.
I was raised in Edinburgh, Scotland and despite winning the Art Award at school for most promising artist, I actually studied Chemistry at university! But my passion has always been with art and creating beautiful things. Throughout my life I have painted but it is only more recently that I decided to pursue an art career.
I have lived in several countries but now live with my husband and daughter in Redondo Beach, California. My art is influenced by my time in Scotland, Denmark and Switzerland but Southern California has proven to be an infinite source of inspiration for creating new artwork. I am fascinated by the range of landscapes from the cities to the ocean to the desert and the mountains. I aim to try and recreate the joy I feel every day whilst observing the ever changing landscapes around me.
I enjoy many different styles of art but have always been drawn to modern, abstract art. This is the direction I am currently moving in but I am constantly experimenting with different styles and techniques.
Isabelle Sylvoz studied photography in France and Los Angeles. Born in France, she moved to California in her 20’s, bringing with her a long standing interest in photography and painting, particularly Surrealism.
Sylvoz describes her art as distinctive surreal landscapes. “I explore the intersection of reality and abstraction in nature by photographing and making these images - capturing these moments - then saving them until the time when I am working on a piece and triggers a memory,” said Sylvoz, who uses tintype transfer on aged aluminum plates to reflect the uniqueness of her touch. Her transfer process mediums are in birch wood, aged aluminum, canvases or prints.
Some of her previous work was done with oil paint on canvas. Now she has developed an alternative printing technique she learned while taking workshops by artist Bonny Lhotka. Sylvoz edits with Photoshop to translate her concept of creating a highly-refined mirror image. Delighted with the result, she prints these impressions to create images that are mysterious and occasionally surreal.
She continues to use her camera to capture light, landscape, flora, fauna, flowers and abstract shapes. Sylvoz tries to reflect the beauty of the environment and urban life from a different perspective with a nostalgic look.