Artist Profile Noah Urban
Photography has become Noah Urban’s hobby, fascination, passion, and voice of expression. Visual communication is something that delights and confounds him, and playing with photography allows him to experiment in the most wonderful ways. While he may not have the words to even begin explaining a feeling, he finds relative ease of expression though imagery . . . posing the possibility that he is merely verbally stunted. That is his prevailing theory.
Artist Profile Monika Kralicek
Monika am a self-taught artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. She paints with acrylic and inks on traditional surfaces such as canvas and paper. Painting infuses timelessness and community into her daily life and it’s her goal to create art that resonates with others. Monika wants her work to serve as a connecting point, bringing people and ideas together. Her process involves a harmony of deliberate intention and impulsive use of color. Abstract, earth toned horizons reflect what calls to and inspires her constantly, the surrounding landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. She can’t invent the beauty that already exists in nature, so with gestural layers of texture, she works to renew it. Approaching familiar landscapes with abstraction is an effort to capture the spirit and character of a setting rather than the fine detail.
2016 Holiday Photo Contest Winners!M/h2>
Matboard and More would like to thank all of the contestants in this years photo contest! It was very difficult for our team to come to a consensus on the top three as we were extremely impressed by all of the submissions.
Coming at number 3 is a Monika Kralicek. Monika is a self-taught artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. She paints with acrylic and inks on traditional surfaces such as canvas and paper.
The second place submission comes from Olga. The artist in this is her daughter who is extremely talented! I love the photo as much as the matting and art work, great presentation.
Number one goes to Janice Peterson! Here is what she has to say about her submission : “All of my artwork begins with my camera. The photographs are the foundation and inspiration for all my paintings and drawings. I always carry it with me so over the years I’ve accumulated thousands of photographs. I’d love to paint them all but only have one life time so I created a technique that allows me to share my perspective through my photographs and share my style of painting blended all in one piece of art. I call this technique “photo breach” where I would pull aspects of images in the photographs onto the mat that frames the photo. By using acrylics I paint directly on the mat turning the mat into my canvas. This technique literally makes the photo breach the boundaries of its frame creating unique qualities. I really like using Matboard & More because I can order unusual sizes, your products are great and your care in what you do is unmistakable.”
Janice’s creative spirit is sensitized to the changing elements around her. Her artistic processes would ignite when the early morning sun rises and it’s first rays reach across the land firing up the pigments in nature. Janice’s visual awareness and desire to express them started with designing logos and business cards as a graphic artist in her father’s print shop. She continued to explore her creative tendencies through music accomplishing a personal goal of performing around the Napa Valley for 10 years.
She received an Associates Degree in Studio Arts, a two year processthat took 10 years because she home-schooled her daughters while attending college. Janice
experienced solo exhibitions in McCloud, Napa Valley, American Canyon, and was juried into three exhibitions in Redding and Napa. She won the “Peoples Choice Award”
as the featured artist for the McCloud Arts Society Exhibition.
Originally from Redding, Janice has lived the past 30 years in Napa. She is happily married with two daughters and gives full credit to her husband’s loving support for her growth as an artist and for her achievements. Her goals are to create art that engages the viewer by allowing room for their own interpretation. Janice feels an individual draws from their own life experiences to interpret what they see which leads to unique connections for each viewer. Ultimately Janice looks into what the future holds for a studio and gallery of her own and to reach as many people as possible through her art.
Artist Profile Alex Cole
Alex Cole has been a professional artist for 25 years. She is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She raises her two children and lives in beautiful Sonoma Valley. She has exhibited her work at art festivals and art spaces. Her paintings are in many private and corporate collections both nationally and internationally.
Having become one of Sonoma’s much admired artists and teachers, she teachers increasingly popular day long acrylic painting workshops at her studio. Alex also offers creative art workshops for private and corporate events, as well as special occasions.