The art that is created today is how this time period will be viewed tomorrow. We want to make a difference in the lives of artists as well as a positive change in the world.
"Human Nature" 2015 Show
This show will run April 1-30, 2015. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work and we were pleased with the response we received. There were 71 accepted entries that came from 25 different states in the USA and 4 other countries, Canada, France, Italy, and Magyarország. A variety of styles and mediums were entered including, acrylic, charcoal, collage, colored pencil, encaustic, gold leaf, ink, leather, mixed media, oil, oil stick, pastel, photography, pencil, and watercolor. The judging criterion was originality, interpretation, quality, demonstration of ability, and usage of medium. Other factors, such as the clarity of the images provided and their ability to be viewed online, also contributed to our decision.
We were very happy to donate 10% of all entry fees from this show to Your Safe Haven. It is our hope that this small act of kindness will blossom and grow to help someone else. YSH is a nonprofit agency, located in Bedford County, PA, that serves victims of all serious crimes and their families, including, but not limited to: domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, theft, homicide, robbery, physical assault, DUI related crimes, adult survivors of child sexual assault, etc. For more information, please visit their website http://www.yoursafehaven.org. You may click here to see a picture from the check presentation.
Thank you to all the artists who participated! Your talents and skills gave us a diverse body of work to create this attractive show.
Buyers- Please contact the artists directly for sales. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery does not handle any part of the sale or collect any commission, it is solely between the buyer and artist. You may find a link to the artist’s website or email address below their work.
Debi Pickler knows exactly who to thank for her successful career as an artist. “My Mom was a tremendously gifted artist,” Debi says, remembering her mother Judy. “I remember watching her paint and draw when I was a little girl, wishing I could be that good at creating art. She made it look so simple. I was truly fascinated by how she selected what to draw or paint and how she made them come to life.”
Inspired by her mother’s art, Debi began drawing and painting when she was in kindergarten. She became completely immersed in art, and before long had a collection of work in a variety of media. “I had so many drawings and paintings that I decided to have an art show in our back yard,” she remembers. “My dad worked with me to make a sign for our mailbox announcing the show, and I hung up all of my art on our back yard fence.” But before the show saw its first visitor, a sudden downpour from a rainstorm ruined all of her work. “Dad came to the rescue though, and bought the whole collection for 2 dollars. And that, was the beginning, of my artistic career.”
Debi continued to develop her skills, becoming adept in a variety of different media such as pencil, oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, clay, wool sculpting, airbrushing, digital art and wood working and steadily becoming more proficient. After earning a BFA, emphasis in illustration from Kansas University, she ventured into the world of commercial art. Now, after more than 20 years as a graphic designer, she has worked for many different organizations such as a major university creating medical illustrations, several consumer products companies creating marketing pieces, trade show booths, and packaging and large companies who are in the business of selling their services to their clients. “Sometimes I think I’d like to focus on just one media, but I just wouldn’t be happy,” she says. “It’s just how my mind works. It seems like I’m always thinking about art, about new ways to do things. I’ll have dreams about creating art and I’ll wake up at 3 a.m. with a new ideas that I just have to try. My mind just never stops.”
Regardless of the media, there are common threads that run through nearly all of her work. First, Debi is obsessive about detail and loves putting extremely fine detail into her work. “I like for people to be able to really look at my art, to spend time with it and be rewarded by finding some new, tiny detail that maybe no one else had noticed,” she says. “That drives me.” And, as with the viewers of her art, she is passionate about her clients. “I like challenges” says Debi, a dedicated runner/cyclist who has completed several marathons and bike tours. “And walking into a new situation with a client, learning about their communication, marketing, branding, advertising or fine art needs and coming up with something that ‘wows’ that client is tremendously rewarding and inspiring to me!”
That inspiration seems to be a constant for Debi, whose greatest attribute may well be that she sees the world as her canvas, a place full of art and the potential for new, more intriguing works of art. “Art is everywhere … it’s all around us and I believe the inspiration I find in the world and the talent to create art comes from God,” she says. “Of course, it’s up to me to see what’s out there, dare to live outside the box, work extremely hard developing my talent and the ability to share it with others.”
While Debi’s path has taken many twists and turns throughout her artistic life, she still looks back to where that path began, at a backyard art show in New Jersey, where a dad and his little girl turned a rain-out into a life.
"My impression about "being told the story" -There are many mysterious things around us. Some things that we can be known but others beyond us. I described the subjects with meticulous detail characteristics, which the painting was created by hallucinations and dreamworld.
I devoted myself to studying reality combine concept with instinct. Surrealism is an aesthetics in my views. My aim is to leave reality to return primitive. Denial rational action, emphasize the unconscious."
1965 born in China.
1990 graduated from the central academy of art and design, Beijing, China.
2000,"A fine snowing day" published as UNICEF card.
Many awards around the states
Michelle Lilly is a representational artist who works primarily in oils. At the foundation of her paintings is a commitment to realism and anatomy of the human figure. Since a recent move to Southern California, her art has evolved to feature her subjects in a variety of expressive poses.
Michelle’s first memories of art making are drawing with her father when she was a small child, which ignited her passion of creating art. She later went on to study drawing and painting at Indiana University South Bend, where she received her BFA in 2013. During her time at IUSB, she spent a summer semester abroad in Florence, Italy, which was influential to her art and decision to work with the human figure.
She currently works as an artist and teaches art to children and adults in Santa Monica, California.