Thursday, June 1, 2017

Artists Closeup for July 2017, Jerry de Wilde

Jerry de Wilde is one of our amazing photographers. 

In the mid sixties I had the good fortune to assist photographer Robert Frank on some of his film projects and was inspired by him to travel the country and document the Counter Culture of the 1960's and early 1970's. In the mid 1970's I began a 30 year career shooting production stills and specialty photography on films and TV commercials. 

I first visited Big Sur in 1963 and immediately fell in love with this beautiful piece of planet earth. I lived in a cabin, in Garapata Canyon, from 1966 to 1967 and it was there that I experienced my spiritual awakening and realized my creative instincts were best satisfied by exploring the world as a photographer. 

Henry Miller mused that people come and go but Big Sur is always there ever moving and constantly changing. Life is impermanence and all is transitory.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Artist's Closeup for March 2016 - Dottie Visker

Born in 1963, south Jersey. I was always busy creating as far back as I remember. I am a self taught painter and but watched my Mom paint. I had several art classes in high school (that I loved) and oil painting classes in college. I have done some smaller classes off and on for watercolor painting and jewelry making. 

However it wasn't until 2005 when I had breast cancer that I wanted to express myself and leave my mark on the world. I did drawings, watercolors, acrylics painting, card making and jewelry making. In 2009 I was in full swing doing acrylic painting, especially abstract. 2014 knocked down with diagnosis of cancer left breast, but after a month, and returned from Christmas holiday, the confirmed cancer mass was gone! It was my Christmas Miracle, documented in my chart at UC Davis Cancer Center.

In my backyard I get inspiration-Colors in the flowers, sky and birds. I like to paint outside and inside. I adore the sunshine and have to be in a sunny room near the window. Hopefully I am wearing something new-it always seems to inspire me. Or is it that I'm already inspired and that's why I went shopping and bought something new to wear because I'm happy?

I hope this art will enliven your surroundings and make many sensations! Enjoy and live life to the fullest. Dottie.