Megan Ace A&M AZ

I’m drawn to the drama of the human story and the challenge of creating an image that
conveys the beautiful complexity of it. I see the faces and figures in my work as
archetypal heroes and heroines engaged in the common troubles and triumphs of our
human experience. Whether I’m using a self portrait, a model I’ve photographed, or a
found image, the subject is engaged in a psychological or spiritual question at a
crossroad in their journey. Their backgrounds help color the context of the story, ranging
from enchantment to danger.

Interweaving photography, painting and collage, “Mixed Media” describes both literally
and metaphorically my approach to the creative process. I love engaging in the
unexpected fusion that comes from mixing incongruent materials, ideas and
methodologies to create fresh connections between the physical and metaphysical, and
the viewer and myself. I aspire to create images that encourage the recognition of
ourselves as the heroic protagonists of our own life story.

One Person Exhibitions
Anarchy and Metamorphosis, PushDot Studios, Portland, OR 2015
Invisible Pathways, Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 2001
Journey Without Maps, Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA 2000
Psyche and the Symbolic Universe, Veterans’ Memorial Building, Santa Barbara, CA 1997
Data, Chaos and Reverence, Frances Warr Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 1996
Mixed Metaphors and Circuitry, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 1996
Sticks and Stones, Santa Barbara, CA 1993
Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 1991
Green Dragon, Santa Barbara, CA 1990

Group Exhibitions and Awards
Small Images, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA
Best of Show award from juror Meg Linton, 2000
Award from judge Rebecca McGrew, 1998
Award from judge Peter Frank, 1996
The Human Condition, The Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, CA 2000
The Millennium Show, Reynolds Gallery, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA 2000
“Best of the Best” Santa Barbara County Invitational Art Show, Santa Barbara, CA 1999
Seven Artists, Zoma Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 1998
Day of the Dead 1998, Fine Art Center En Taos, New Mexico, 1998
Significant Others, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA 1998
Salon du Petit, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA 1998
Synesthesia, The Frameworks, Santa Barbara, CA 1998
Un Ange Passe, Reynolds Gallery, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA 1996, 1997
Award from judge Jerrold Slattum, 1997
Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 1991 – 2001
Award from judge John Carlander, 2000
Award from judge Michael Arntz, 1999
Award from judge Martha Donelan, 1999
Award from judge Priscilla Bender Shore, 1998
Award from judge Evanie Lupinek, 1997
Award from judge Marina Walker, 1997
Santa Barbara Art Walk, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
Award from judge Jill Vander Hoof, 1998

Tanner Jensen, Affiliate AZ

When I was a child, all I wanted was to be around horses. I wanted to ride them, watch them, smell them.I wanted to know everything about horses.I also wanted to paint, to be an artist. Decades later, it’s still all that I want to do.

I’m enthralled by horses. Their strength, their grace, their beauty— the sheer joy expressed through their movement sends me reeling. This is why I use the visage of the horse as my gateway to deeper meaning.

It’s a mystery to me why the horse lends itself to my search for understanding, but it does. Through these animals, I have learned to be a much better human being. They’ve taught me patience, given me lessons about life and death, lead me through grief, and are a constant reminder to stay present and to delight in this miracle of a world.

The expression of my gratitude and love — the asking of unending questions through brush and color — gives me boundless joy and the deepest satisfaction.

I hope that you enjoy my art and that it takes you to a place of wonder and joy.

Arizona Origins A&M AZ

To us, Arizona has always been the symbol of the American West, and we’ve always felt drawn to explore all that the state has to offer. We purchased our first home and started the origins of our own family here, and in this way, we connect deeply to the history of this unique place.

Some of the oldest prehistoric cultures in the world migrated to what is now the American Southwest and through their hard work developing irrigation canals, cultivating maize, and building advanced trade networks, they would forever change the North American landscape.

With the European arrival in the 16th century, this rich, cultural mixing bowl, led to unique innovation but also resulted in brutal violence, mirroring the extremes of life and death that can still be found in the local environment.

Throughout the past 10,000 years, Arizona and the Greater Southwest has served as a beacon for explorers, adventure seekers, and those wishing to pursue a life that is non-conventional – but it’s not for the faint of heart. If you truly wish to experience all that Arizona has to offer, you must be willing to experience the extremes that people have been managing for centuries. 

We believe it is important to share the unique stories and historical items that illuminate the origins of the American Southwest as we feel it will help us to integrate the valuable lessons learned into the modern world.

We hope you will join our family on this modern day adventure!

– The Adams Family
Arizona Origins

Linda LoPilato A&M AZ

Some of the happiest days of my life begin when I greet the day with a paintbrush and a half-finished painting. It is like reading a book. Sometimes you know how it will end, sometimes you do not. It is the process that I enjoy. I have been engaged in the art process my whole life.

My father was in the Army and my mother was from Germany. We were always travelling. I ended up attending the University of Arizona and receiving a Masters of Science. I moved to California for thirteen years. There I worked as a Counseling Psychologist and later as a Computer Programmer/System Analyst and started a family. We returned to Tucson and I was a high school teacher. It was not until recently that I have found the time to totally immerse myself in painting.

During the hot summers of Tucson, I step inside my studio to find my inspiration. I have been creating and painting mandalas for over thirty-five years. The geometric logic used in painting a mandala was influenced by a technology career. I enjoy the challenge of designing harmonious and contemporary geometric abstracts.

Every spring the desert explodes with cactus blossoms. It motivates me to explore matching acrylic or oil paint with the colors of nature. In the fall and winter, the wide expanses and Southwestern pastel colors are enjoyed from a travel trailer with landscape and urban painting along the way.

I love the artist’s way of life because it encourages me to search for the extraordinary in the ordinary. It allows me to take note of the beautiful colors and patterns of the Southwest. It makes me enjoy the lights and darks of everyday life and seek the symmetrical patterns in seeming chaos.

Paulette Insall A&M AZ

My paintings are created through intuitive responses while engaged with the work. The process is completely organic and spontaneous. What emerges on the canvas is an internal language that is highly emotional and personal, yet at the same time universal. It speaks of places unseen, but at the same time comforting and familiar…like memories of a place we feel we have been before, but can’t quite recall all the details of the experience.

My inspiration comes from both my life experiences and the colors and forms found in nature. Living in the Pacific Northwest just outside of Portland, I am surrounded by a never ending wonderland of lush green forests and a bounty of colorful flora. Using color as language, my work is alive with emotion through the movement of the brushwork and the luscious layered colors. Much like memories, each painting is filled with layer upon layer of paint, building a rich history into each piece.

Though largely self taught over my career, I have studied with Krista Harris, Audrey Phillips, and Charlotte Foust. I am influenced by the work of Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombly, Willem de Kooning, Monet, and Van Gogh.

Pam Krebs A&M AZ

Artist Statement:  I paint in both traditional and water mixable oils. My paintings are expressions in “realism / gestural realism”.  I create the illusion of space and depth, rendering the composition and lighting so that my paintings subject appears real, but not photo real. Layers of paint are applied with attention given to color values and temperature to capture the subjects form. The subject texture is modeled utilizing varied brush strokes, thickness of paint and a palette knife. 

My paintings run the gamut from Still Life to Landscape, Floral, and Seascape. I paint what I see directly from life as well as from my own photography references. 

From concept to completion my paintings are a reflection of the beauty that speaks directly to me. 

My Background: With a Bachelors of Fine Art from Bradley University and graduate work at Kellogg School of Business, I spent 30 plus years in Brand Marketing Communications. Over that time I received the Obie Award, Möbius Award, Effie Award, Long international Award and Clio Award, among others. In retirement I have returned to my fine art and enjoy the time I have to devote to my painting. The Arizona desert and mountain landscape is magical and inspiring. It is the perfect place to pick up my brushes! 

To reach me for pricing on original oils or to commission a work, please contact me at My art can also be purchased an an archival print or giclee on stretched canvas. My art can also be viewed at: 

Heather Van Houten Makeup & Hair A&M AZ

We are Southern Arizona’s On Site Makeup and Hair Artists! Whether you have a wedding, boudoir, engagement shoot or headshot; our artists have your beauty needs covered with a full salon kit ready to tackle any beauty need. We understand how hair and makeup behaves in HD photography, and this is highly important if you are working with a professional photographer.  We take our art and your booking seriously. Our artists and office staff will be on your side to create your look, your story, and vision. You will also have the peace of mind knowing that the office staff will keep your booking on time and organized from day 1. 




Suzanne Farr A&M AZ

I started serious coloring as a child – staying within the lines using all of my crayon colors.  In High School, I used all of my elective periods to sign up for Art Class which is where I started painting.

My Art Teacher, Mrs. Mary Haven was a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art.  Mrs. Haven was my mentor and arranged for me to be honored with two 6 weeks scholarships  both my Junior and Senior years and I travelled to Boston on Saturdays to experience this wonderful opportunity.  When I graduated from high school I was accepted at MassArt but my father made a job change that required us to move out of State.  MassArt did not have any housing or dormitories, so I had to drop out.

I transferred to a Business College and pursued a career in Business Administration and Information Technology.  However, always long to pick up a palette knife or brush.

I took classes during my work career when time and work travel permitted.  I retired in 2018 and finally was the able to devote some serious time and resumed painting.

My primary purpose is to savor the comfort and relaxation that I experience at the canvas.  I want to continue learning technique and color and hope to be painting for the foreseeable future.  I share most of my works with family and friends but am looking forward to the opportunity to display to the public and my fellow artists.

Courtney Kelly A&M AZ

I’ve recently hit a major turning point in my work for the future. It really stregthens my artistic persona and makes my work more recognizable and unique. It just screams “This is Courtney Kelly!” “This is a glimpse, a snapshot of this whole world that lives inside my head.” I am an Artist and I realize I never could have been anything but this.

I am a proud member of Etsy for Animals (EFA): Artists Helping Animals
And the etsy Doxie Lovers team

I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona where I currently live and paint. Though I have lived my whole life in the Southwest my artwork does not reflect that style, rather it is a modern yet whimsical collection of the creatures both real and imagined that inspire me!

I am currently a Resident Artist of the Silver Sea in Tucson on 4th avenue. My artwork is also featured at Dirty Dawgs, Avalon, and Sunset Interiors I’ve had showing in Tucson, Bisbee and most recently San Diego. You can also view it on my websites and facebook/courtsart.

I feel that God has given me an amazing talent to be able to create the Artwork that I love so much and try to give back through support of several charitable organizations such as Southern Arizona Aids Foundation, Greyhound Rescue, The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Hope Animal Shelter, and Singles Serving Orphans.

Danuta Jakubowski A&M AZ

My paintings make great gifts as well and I will do custom portraits in my style of beloved pets, mascots or just any animals that tickle you. Our animals touch us in so many ways. I try to capture their personality with vivid colors and fun poses and charming expressions. My goal is to bring joy to your home or office with personable canvases and the promise of a smile.

Susan Swanson A&M AZ

I have been painting since I was 8 years old.  I loved the different mediums and experimenting with different styles.  I was interested as a young girl going to museums and seeing the work of other artists. 

As I grew up I knew several friends who were very creative but then had accidents that left them with brain damage.  When I was in college I heard of a new field called Art Therapy.  I moved to Cambridge Mass. And started a master’s program in the field where I learned to work with children and adults with mental challenges.

I have had a career in Expressive Arts Therapy for over 40 years all the while painting on my own and having exhibits.  I work in acrylic on canvas, watercolor on paper and make fine art cards.  My work is Southwestern, abstract, and impressionistic.

Laura Stafford, Affiliate AZ

I grew up in Tucson, Arizona so a lot of my jewelry designs reflect the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.  I have been designing jewelry for over a decade and have been featured on the cover of several beading magazines over the years. 

For me designing jewelry is a labor of love—you just know when it all comes together.  The greatest joy is to hear a customer say “I just have to have this, it was made for me”.

My second passion is photography.  I specialize in photographing birds, animals and cactus blooms.  One of my greatest accomplishments was to have my image of a Pyrrhuloxia featured on the cover of the National Audubon Magazine.



Michael B. Mason A&M AZ

My work is largely informed by my many years of wilderness exploration and wandering through the open spaces of the western United States. I have loved the outdoors since I was a child, always fascinated by the natural environment, and eager to see what could be found beyond the immediate horizon.

Memories from my time outdoors often provide a starting point for my work. Through the addition of “what if” ideation, i attempt to reinterpret an element of the landscape or an environmental system, giving it prominence and new meaning. 

This approach to art making appeals to me because it provides an opportunity to coalesce the beauty of the natural world with that which can only be imagined, satisfying a need to create an alternate view beyond what is immediately apparent.

Michael B. Mason

Emely McConkey A&M AZ

Born and raised until the age of six in Matanzas, Cuba, I recall magical moments of sunlight filtering through leafy canopies, and interesting shadows dancing on glowing building facades. The bright, early morning white light of the tropics sifting through brilliant jewel tones of dense foliage and flowers are images carried in my mind forever! Looking back it seems even then my childhood art involved light and nature. These have resonated deep in my spirit since I can remember.

This early bond I developed with the land has been the main inspiration in life for me. After high school I set aside art to complete a MS in Horticulture and Landscape Design and worked in these professions for over 25 years. This was a perfect pairing of creativity with a love of nature.

I began to paint in 1996 with watercolor, then pastels and eventually migrated to oils. Still now, what beckons me to paint is nature and how the light can transform the ordinary into a scene of exquisite beauty. Whichever I choose- landscape, animals or buildings- need to be gilded by light, and that along with the early memories of color from Cuba come into play in creating my work.

Societies: Juried member Pastel Society of America, Sonoran Plein Air Painters Society, Tucson Pastel Society, Artist member American Impressionists Society

Amy Soldin – AR Jewelry Studio A&M AZ

Who Am I
Amy Rose, Designer of Beautiful Art Jewelry

My interest in creative design started at an early age with stitching, embroidery, and creating loop rugs with my own patterns to display. Sketching with charcoal and pastels was also a big part of my life. Not realizing it then, creating art with my hands would be my passion. Prior to becoming a jewelry artist, I worked in the technology field designing microchips. The intricate structures, restrictive spacing rules, and precise processes used to fabricate the patterns of a circuit on silicon enticed me to apply these skills in a more hands-on way to benefit me personally. The strong desire to express myself creatively was visible through my love of drawing and creating art with my hands. In discovering the art of metalsmithing, defined as the art of forming and fabricating metal into jewelry, that was the turning point and I was hooked!

The movement of metal under the process of forging gives it texture as it evolves which is very satisfying to me; as is researching and educating myself on various stones, examining their shapes and colors, then creating an original design that best compliments that stone. Working with texture is enjoyable and rewarding.  The rhythm, movement, and harmony are everywhere and bring a uniqueness beauty to my jewelry designs.  The handmade process is intriguing, and often what I draw on paper never looks like the finished piece.  It’s a mind-boggling mystery at times.  Each unique piece is distinctively styled and handcrafted by me.  When the recipient of my art jewelry wears their piece, I take pride in knowing they find meaning in that piece.  Some of my designs have stories that have inspired me based on an event or a place visited that I may have shared with someone. 

                                        My joy now is in sharing my art jewelry with you.

AR Jewelry Studio

Kristine Brockel A&M AZ

Artist Statement

I’ve been an artist ever since I can remember… From painting rocks as a child, throwing pots in high school, to learning about “paints” in my professional years, one way or another, I’ve kept the “creative” in my life.

I spent 25 plus years owning my own painting company specializing in color consultations and interior paint jobs. I learned about colors… I learned about paints… I learned about techniques!

In my 40’s I decided I didn’t want to retire on a ladder, so I took my art, painting experiences, and technical skills to college and completed my Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. I had an amazing career in the design field, and it fueled my artistic fire to want to start creating my art again. I’ve noticed that my work has come full circle, encompassing all of my experiences.

I work hard to develop paintings and pots that speak to me and to others about colors and textures. As I build the layers, the work takes on a life of its own.

I’m ready!

Juried Show Exhibition


Rose O’Donnell, Affiliate AZ

I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Practice of Art then spent 30 years teaching art and music at all grade levels from pre-school to college. I worked at various private art galleries in the Sacramento, CA area, started a cooperative gallery with a group of friends and served as Gallery Director of the Ridley Gallery at Sierra College in Northern California from 1996 – 2002.

My traditional watercolors were exhibited widely in the Sacramento, CA area. However, after the death of my father in 1999, my work became much more introspective reflecting on memory and loss.  My mixed media work and prints allow me to express those feelings. I studied printmaking at Discover Graphics in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  I joined the Art League in Alexandria, VA in 2005 and was Director of the Art League Gallery for ten years. After retiring in 2018 I moved to Sedona, AZ where I am an exhibiting member of the Sedona Arts Center. My work has been shown at the World Bank in Washington, DC, Mattawoman Art Center, Maryland, Ellipse Gallery in Arlington, VA, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, The National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC, Washington Printmakers and the Sedona Arts Center. My mixed media work titled, Rosalie, is currently part of a traveling exhibit titled One House.

Novie Trump, Affiliate AZ

I am interested in work that explores the unknown, both literal and figurative. Secrets are an integral part of my work: the unopened box, the unbroken egg, the lost ritual, the illegible word, the empty cocoon.

Novie Trump is an Arizona based sculptor and installation artist working in ceramic, mixed media and sound. Formally trained in classical archaeology at the University of North Carolina, her work has been selected for juried and invitational exhibitions in the US and Europe and has been featured in numerous publications. Winner of the Fairfax Strauss Fellowship, she has been awarded numerous grants and commissions for public art works, most notably at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. In 2013, Novie Trump was selected as a Fulbright Candidate by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars.

Formerly the Executive Director of Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA, Novie Trump currently curates exhibitions and juries for arts organizations throughout the US. Trump has served on the boards of several arts organizations, most recently as the Chair of the Distinguished Artist Series on the James Renwick Alliance Board, a non-profit support organization for the Smithsonian Renwick Museum. Trump is also an educator who teaches workshops in ceramics and professional development.

Novie Trump is the founder and director of Flux Studios, a contemporary arts space formerly of Washington, DC and currently based in Jerome, AZ.

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