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Alken, Henry Thomas


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Henry T. Alken was born in London, 1785, the son of Samuel Alken, an ornamental designer and engraver. He trained under J.T. Barber and was employed by Henry Clay to paint sporting subjects on papier - mache trays. Alken’s princippal media was watercolor. He engraved most of his own plates and frequently used the name Ben Tally- Ho! He enjoyed portraying the imbalance between “Qualified Horses and Unqualified Horsemanship”. Fifty of his plates were published in National Sports of Great Britian, 1821. Queen Victoria even studied his style of etching on soft ground.


Archie, Kate


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Kate Archie was born in Florida.  Growing up near the everglades inspired her to create art through nature.  The natural beauty created a passion for painting and sculpture.  While attending American University in Washington D.C., she found that she could meld her artistic creativity with the world of technology.  This discovery led to her passion for design.



Ashley, Erin


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Erin Ashley describes her style as painting without rules.  Always experimenting with new techniques, she paints with a wide range of color and textures, evoking the old with the new.  Seeing beauty in old weathered things, like layers of chipped paint, rusted metals and old buildings, excites her and sparks new ideas.  She likes to create a happy escape for the viewer, and thinks of each piece as a journey ending at a beautiful destination.
Her abstracts have an edgy vibe and contain a wide range of color and texture, but are balanced with modern fashionable design. Her paintings bring a dynamic pop of color to wherever they are hung, but the compositions remain livable and accessible.


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Audubon, John James


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American ornithologist John James Audubon (1780- 1851) is considered one of the greatest and most recognizable American artists. His work represents one of the finest accomplishments in American Art and is also one of the most important documentations of Natural History. His drawings and watercolors of living birds and mammals are appreciated for their aesthetic beauty as well as for their scientific importance. Audubon was known as a naturalist, an explorer, a publisher, an entrepreneur, a writer and an environmentalist. His name has become synonymous with the love of birds and with the preservation of the environment.The original edition of, “The Birds of America,” was published by Audubon in London 1827- 1838. Each plate reproduced an original watercolor painting that Audubon had drawn from nature. The plates in the original edition are aquatint engravings done on copper plates and individually hand colored. The edition was printed on double elephant folio Whatman paper, 39 ½ “ X 26 ½ “. William H. Lizars, Robert Havell and Robert Havell, Jr. were the principal engravers for this edition. There were 435 plates in all; issued in 87 parts with 5 plates. Subscriptions were taken for parts as they were issued as well as for full sets. The plates were generally bound into four volumes; 100 plates each in the first three volumes and 135 plates in the fourth. Subscriptions were received throughout the eleven years of publication, so presumably sets of prints were printed and colored at various times making it difficult to say exactly how many sets were completed. This also explains the differences in legends, dates, title, format, and plate numbers. The octavo edition of, “The Birds of America,” was first published by Audubon in New York 1840- 1844. There were seven volumes (this time with text) and the edition included 500 plates, mostly lithographed and colored by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia. There were approximately 1,200 sets of the first edition completed. Audubon’s son Victor Gifford Audubon printed the second edition. Audubon traveled extensively across North America creating the drawings and watercolors for this collection. He also used his originals as a selling tool for subscriptions of his engravings. He also exhibited the works on various excursions in the US and abroad. The original watercolors were also used by Havell to translate the image into an engraving. Because of this the originals suffered various mishaps, including being consumed by rats. In 1861 Audubon’s destitute widow, Lucy Blakewell Audubon, put his original drawings and watercolors up for sale. A few years later the New York Historical Society came up with the funds to purchase the collection. Today the Historical Society is the largest single repository for Audubon watercolors, engravings, etc. Their collection now includes 431 original watercolors and drawings, 68 unpublished drawings, 4 copper plates, and one complete set of “The Birds of America,” aquatint engravings. It was not until 1985, however, that all 431 original watercolors were exhibited together.


Bay, Noah


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After running several Fine Art galleries Noah spent the greater part of his professional life working as an art director and artist’s agent, and began producing his own work only in recent years, beginning with photography and then experimenting with other media. As an artist, his overriding aim is to create paintings that reach out to the viewer, creating a powerful sense of mood or place. Coastal subjects are a recurrent theme, and Noah believes that the ocean has a way of cleansing the spirit and reconnecting us with the innocence of childhood. In the coming years he plans to explore other techniques and subjects, seeking always to find fresh ways of representing the world around us.


Beaubien, Shari


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Shari Beaubien is a self-taught mixed media artist living in Southern California. Her soulful artwork documents fragments of her journey with countless layers of paint in rich, saturated colors. Through her unique voice, Shari delivers an art experience that is whimsical, hopeful, and straight-from-the-heart.Shari’s award-winning artwork has been featured in galleries, juried competitions and art fairs across the country. In addition, she has been interviewed extensively and published in a wide range of books and magazines. Her pieces have found their way into the homes of collectors in several countries.


Besler, Basilius


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Besler, a pharmacist from Nuremburg, was appointed by Prince - Bishop Johann Konrad von Gemmingen in 1598 to oversee the extensive gardens surrounding his castle in Eichstatt. In 1606 Gemmingen asked Besler to draw up a catalog in the form of a florilegium, complete with illustrations of the vast botanical collection. There were more than 1,000 plant s represented in the catalog and the species were grouped according to the season in which they bloom. The plates were drawn very accurately, but also artistically. Besler enlisted the help of two collaborators to help write the text and assist with botanical descriptions. He also employed numerous artisans to complete the task of engraving the copper plates. “Hortus Eystettensis” was published in 1613 and was one of the most important florilegias ever published. Prince - Bishop von Gemmingen died one year before publication.


Bessa, Pancrase


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Bessa was the prized pupil of Pierre Joseph Redoute, the great French painter of Les Roses and Les Lilacees. Redoute’s great patroness was Napoleon’s wife, Josephine, while Bessa’s was the Duchesse de Berry, to whom Bessa gave painting lessons.Bessa created magnificent stipple engravings for his well known Fleurs et Fruits 1808. He created beautiful watercolors for Herbier General de l’Amateur 1810- 1837. And he also contributed to a collection of animal drawings on parchment – preserved in the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.


Blixt, Ingrid


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Ingrid Blixt was born in Romania and currently lives in Lansing, Michigan. She studied fine arts and graphic arts and design at University of Art and Design, Cluj Napoca, Romania, graduating with an MFA.  
Ingrid is an artist and educator working in drawing, illustration, painting, printmaking and photography; her work focuses on themes of children’s and whimsical illustrations, nature, human condition, transcendence and spirituality. She works as a professional artist and graphic designer. Her work has been exhibited and published throughout the US and internationally.
The cultural and highly spiritual environment she was born and raised in still inspires andinfluences her work. In Romania she studied fine arts and graphic arts, graduating with a BFA in fine arts and MFA in graphic arts from the University of Art and Design of Cluj Napoca. After moving to The United States, she continued her career as a visual artist, working within both fine arts and graphic design fields. Merging the two fields, she has been working with digital illustration, which also extends into teaching electronic imaging at university level.


Bothne, Janet


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Janet Bothne has been passionate about the power or color throughout her life. While spending many of her early years as a realist, she used the various subject matter all as an excuse to explore color relationships. In 2003 she had the epiphany that color should simply be the subject matter.“I see color akin to music. It’s no coincidence they both can be described in terms such as soft, loud or bright – they have keys and tones. I experience muted color as chords and saturated color as crescendo. With a variety of music as my muse, and the limitless possibilities pigment presents, I seek to compose visual rhythms, harmonic or discordant, but all with an underlying sense of life and electricity. To put it simply, music is color for the ears, and color is music for the eyes.” Born near Boston, Bothne has studied art at the University of MA at Amherst, The Fuller Museum - MA, UCLA, and Brentwood Art Center, CA. She relocated to the Los Angeles area in 1996 and married her computer skills with her artist’s eye working as a graphic designer, but her love of painting increasingly nagged. She gave up her job to focus on painting full-time in 2001. Since that time she has exhibited in numerous shows in venues such as the Los Angeles County Museum’s Sales & Rental Gallery & The Santa Monica Art Museum and her collectors span across the U.S. & abroad.She now lives in New Mexico and enjoys painting in the gorgeous light the vast sky there provides.


Bradbury, Henry


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Nature Printed Ferns—An unusual group of prints that used the rare process of 'nature printing.' Nature printing is not a single process, but includes any process where actual plant specimens are used to make prints. The earliest known attempt at nature printing was by Leonardo da Vinci who printed images of plants by inking the plants and then pressing them by hand onto the paper. This process was used infrequently into the eighteenth century, but proved generally unsatisfactory because of the problems of getting uniform impressions and wear on the plants, the latter of which extremely limited the number of prints possible. In the nineteenth century a new method of nature printing that was more successful was developed in London and Vienna. Here the plant was not used directly to make the print, but instead it was used to make a metal plate. This process involved laying the plant to be illustrated on top of a plate of soft lead. The plant was then covered with a hard steel plate, and this sandwich was run through an intaglio printing press. The pressure forced the image of the plant into the soft lead, and this impression was transferred to a copper plate by electrotyping and a reverse plate made from that for printing. There are very few examples of nature printing in the history of botanical prints, and Bradbury's ferns are probably as fine as any. Not only was Bradbury's process a success, but ferns lend themselves nicely to this process. Each print precisely and delicately traces the image of the plants, capturing the detail of nature itself almost 'first hand.' Besides their considerable historic interest, these prints are most attractive. They are a delightful off-shoot in the history of botanical illustration.


Buchoz


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Born in France in 1731, Buchoz was a physician and lawyer by training, as well as a passionate naturalist. He was physician to many prominent individuals, including the King of Poland, the brother of the King of France & the Duke of Artois. He was an enthusiastic and prolific publisher of botanical works including Histoire du Regne Vegetal, Histoire Universelle, Le Jardin d’Eden & Collections Precieuse et Eluminees des Fleurs. The plates were copper engracings, individually hand colored. Early on, he recognized the significance of Japanese & Chinese drawing techniques and was the first to publish drawings by Asian artists, a good century before the passion for the Orient overtook Europe.



Burghardt, James


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James Burghardt has been a creative force in artwork and graphic design for over 20 years.   As a pioneer in computer aided design, James has worked for some of the world’s largest software companies including Adobe Systems and Microsoft Corporation.  His artwork has appeared in print, television and computer interfaces.  With a keen eye for design and layout, James’ artwork combines traditional themes with contemporary flair.  His unique use of natural elements and color composition complements any environment.


Butler, John


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John Butler’s trendsetting designs have influenced the decorative arts industry for over 2 decades. He is very prolific and creates unique and distinctive artwork using a variety of techniques and materials.  A native of Washington State, Mr. Butler began his career in historic Pioneer Square where he created the multi-original category of wall decor.  He moved to the town of Ferndale, Washington in the early 1990s and renovated an old dairy farm into his studios.   His company, Butler Design, Inc., continues to set the standards in wall décor and has become synonymous with quality artwork.


Catesby, Mark


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Catesby was an English naturalist who collected plants and animals in North America. Catesby made two trips to America, spending the years 1712 to 1719 with relatives in Virginia and on the second trip, 1722-1725, traveling through the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida and also the Bahamas before his return to England in 1726. The result of his travels in America was “Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London 1731- 1743), for which Catesby etched upward of 100 plates, the first set of which he colored himself. In recognition of his scientific work Catesby was elected to the Royal Society in 1733. The original paintings for his book are in the Royal Library at Windsor and a copy of the book is in the Rare Book Room, Library of Congress.“The Purple Farbe Dohle” was originally drawn by Catesby and it was engraved by I.M. Seligmann. Seligmann was a German engraver who published a compilation of images from Catesby and George Edwards in 1743. Seligmann altered Catesby’s original image by adding grass underneath the bird and trees in the background.


Chapman, Julie


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Julie chooses to paint animals because they are other nations, other minds who share ourplanet, and their beauty enthralls her. Their vibrancy inspires her to use a contemporary,colorful style in my oils; the abstract backgrounds she favors create a unique and energetic setting for the magnificent animal form.
There are many influences at work in each piece of her art, including
- fieldwork (watching animals in the wild is enormously exciting)
- the unique visions of other artists
- the drama of seeing a light-struck being emerge from my canvas, paper, orscratchboard.
In every piece, she strives to communicate her wonder and excitement at sharing a moment and a patch of earth with these animate souls and fellow travelers on this ark.


Chenault, Barbara


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Barbara Chenault was raised in Michigan farm country where her early experiences gave her an appreciation for the beauty of nature. Although Barbara has always had an interest in the arts, it was when her family was raised that she had the chance to pursue her love of painting. A move to the picturesque island of Bermuda was the perfect opportunity for her to take up painting seriously. Now back home in the U.S. she is continually improving through workshops taught by nationally acclaimed artists. Plein air painting (painting outdoors on location) is her passion—whether it is local scenes or the landscape of Europe. Her use of color, impressionistic brushwork, and variety of subject matter make her work unique. Barbara’s appreciative eye finds the intrigue and drama of a scene and translates it into a treasured work of art.



Chester, Colby


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Colby Chester has been an avid still photographer for much of his life, working in 35mm, medium format, & digital. It was the compelling photography in National Geographic Magazine and the Sierra Club publication that initially galvanized his interest in landscape and travel photography.
In addition to exhibiting his work locally, his images have been published in literary journals and art magazines. Mr. Chester is actively involved in environmental issues both locally and internationally, using his photography as an instrument for advocacy whenever possible.


Choate, Lisa


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Raised in Texas, Lisa received her degree from Baylor University in Fashion Merchandising and Fine Art. She fell in love with color at an early age and has been fortunate to be able to work in the ever changing palette of home fashion. Most of Lisa’s career has been spent working with others’ artwork post production and as an illustrator. Believing art is the vehicle that connects us to our soul, she has returned to exploring color through paint and pastel.


Cochin


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Cochin was one of the King of France’s official designers. Charpentier, one of the King’s official engravers, engraved many plates for Cochin. Cochin was famous for his composite prints of “scientific proportions of Roman Architecture.” “Rules of the Five Orders of Architecture,” was published circa 1761.


Collier-Morales, Roberta


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Because she's always had a ‘big imagination,’ art has been her driving force, inspiration and spiritual soul food throughout her life. Roberta's work has evolved into an eclectic mixture of design, calligraphy and painting. She loves the dynamics of creating collages, using cut paper, splashed paint and trying out a variety of techniques that add depth and texture to her work. Using a combination of realism with punches of vivid color along with layering for depth is part of her artistic kaleidoscope of endless possibilities.
After graduating from Colorado State University, with a degree in Illustration and art education, she taught Jr. High art for three years, and then moved to New York City in 1975 to pursue her career as an illustrator. In the early1980’s, she moved into the buildings that the play and movie “Rent” was written about. She then attended a program for illustrators at Marywood University and in 2000, and earned a Masters in Illustration degree. She lived in New York City until 1991, when she moved to Colorado with her two children.


Combs, Joyce


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Joyce Combs presents glowing, color infused abstract paintings that compel the viewer to be introspective, rather like taking a moment to reflect on large ideas. Since relocating to Fredericksburg, Virginia, Joyce has found that the surrounding sunlight in the Texas hill country has influenced her palette with enhanced warm tones to reflect the force of the natural world.

She is interested in the psycho-social dimension of the human spirit, and her work successfully…“shows the complexity of life in layers of time, aging, and earthly beauty”. Joyce’s large canvases have a weathered patina surface which she achieves by including layers of acrylic paint, collage, enamels, oil washes, inks, prisma color, oil pastels, and charcoal. She stains, hand-rubs, waxes, scrapes, and varnished to develop a unique richness of color to “evoke perceptions of inspiration and universal order”.

Joyce was born in southwestern Oklahoma and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University. She attended the Glassell Museum School, the academic wing of the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, Texas. She continued her studies in the Masters Program at Santa Fe Art Institute with Fritz Schoelder and Forest Moses. Combs’ work is exhibited worldwide.


Copeman, Pamela


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An award-winning interior designer Pamela Copeman is noted for her timeless designs that unite classic style with a modern, often colorful twist. With over 20 years of experience designing exceptional living spaces for a variety of clients, Pamela prides herself on keeping up with the latest and greatest products and trends in interior design. 

Pamela is also an accomplished painter and mixed media artist. Describing her artistic style as colorful, eclectic and loose, Pamela paints with a designer’s eye and a firm belief that inspiration is everywhere.


Crain, Curt


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Curt Crain paints mostly in an impressionistic style based on the influence the European and American artists in the late 1840’s through the end of the century. He enjoys working thick and fast. He paints from nature, however studio work in his climate seems to work better. He will paint almost anything; he loves moving paint around. 

His favorite subjects are boats, waterscapes, flowers and people.Most of his work is objective, loosely painted, with liberties taken on detail and color.
He strives to say more with less.


Crawford, Beverly


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Born Beverly Schmidt in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Beverly was always interested in Art and studied at Ivy School of Professional Art. During college, she studied abroad in Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy and Portugal and graduated from Ohio Northern University with a B.A. and teaching certification in Art.After college, Beverly continued to study oil painting and photography at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Museum.
Since 1984, Atlanta, Georgia has been her home. Currently, her work consists of paintings, embossed hand -made paper collages and mixed media collages with themes of landscapes, nature and abstracts.
Her work is found internationally in galleries, private collections, celebrity homes, hotels and corporations.


Curtis, William; Curtis, Samuel; Curtis, T.; Curtis, J.


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The Botanical Magazine, which later became known as Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, was founded by William Curtis (1746-1799) in February of 1787. The Botanical Magazine was the first journal on the subject of botany to be published in England. The journal included hand engraved and hand colored illustrations by some of the greatest botanical artists in England.
In 1845 chromolithography was introduced to the journal, but even as late as 1949 images were sometimes retouched by hand. Curtis’s Botanical Magazine ceased publication in 1983. There were 184 volumes with a total of 10, 570 plates. Curtis’s Botanical Magazine was replaced by the Kew Magazine in 1984, which has a drastically different format and a reduced number of plates.


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