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Jasper, Sisa


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Sisa is a contemporary artist living and working in the Dallas Texas Metroplex. Born in 1972 in Pampa, Texas but lived most of her life in Amarillo, Texas. This self-taught artist won her first art contest at the tender age of eleven. At age10, she was awarded the National Donrey Award in 1983. Her award winning painting was published and placed on billboards, made front page news, and articles were written in several magazines about the newly found child prodigy. At age 13, she won the Federal Express Safety Slogan Art Contest and was immediately enrolled into college art classes to pursue her destiny of becoming a “famous artist”. Sisa, however, rejected this predestined future and slowly withdrew from doing anything creative over the next 10 years, and instead, sought a future in financial investments. Success in the financial field and a few life-changing experiences later, her divine gift began to emerge again. In February of 1999, she quit her job in investments and moved to Dallas to pursue her dream. 

Painting under the assumed name “Sisa” (a family nick name), Dallas proved to be an ideal market for her and within two years she had three independent art consultants representing her work and began averaging two shows per year. She paints in varying mediums including oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, metal leafing, gouache, and charcoal and various sub straights such as canvas, board, paper, plexi-glass, and digital art via giclée.

Her work can be found in hundreds of private and corporate collections and has appearred in several movies, mulitiple tv sitcoms, commericals, and even auctioned works by Sotheby’s. 

JOHNSON, A. J.


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Alvin Jewett Johnson (September 23, 1827 - April 22, 1884) was a prolific American map publisher active from 1856 to the mid-1880s. Johnson was born into a poor family in Wallingford, Vermont where he received only a basic public education. He is known to have worked as teacher for several years before moving to Richmond, Virginia. Johnson got his first taste of the map business and a salesman and book canvasser for J. H. Colton and company. 
The earliest Johnson maps were published with D. Griffing Johnson (no clear relation) and date to the mid-1850s, however it was not until 1860 that the Johnson firm published its first significant work, the Johnson's New Illustrated (Steel Plate) Family Atlas. The publication of the Family Atlas followed a somewhat mysterious 1859 deal with the well-established but financially strapped J. H. Colton cartographic publishing firm. Although map historian Water Ristow speculates that Colton sold his copyrights to Johnson and his business partner, another Vermonter named Ross C. Browning (1832 - 1899), a more likely theory is that Johnson and Browning financially supported the Colton firm in exchange for the right to use Colton's existing copyrighted map plates. Regardless of which scenario actually occurred it is indisputable that the first Johnson atlas maps were mostly reissues of earlier Colton maps. Early on Johnson described his firm as the "Successors to J. H. Colton and Company". Johnson's business strategy involved transferring the original Colton steel plate engravings to cheaper lithographic stones, allowing his firm to produce more maps at a lower price point. 
In 1861, following the outbreak of the American Civil War the Johnson and Browning firm moved their office from Richmond, Virginia to New York City. Johnson and Browning published two editions of the Johnson Atlas in 1860 and 1861. Sometime in 1861 Browning's portion of the firm was purchased by Benjamin P. Ward, whose name subsequently replaced Browning's on the imprint. The 1863 issue of the Family Atlas was one of the most unusual, it being a compilation of older Johnson and Browning maps, updated 1862 Johnson and Ward map issues, and newer 1863 maps with a revised border design. The 1864 issue of the Family Atlas is the first true Johnson and Ward atlas. Johnson published one more edition of the atlas in partnership with Ward in 1865, after which Johnson seems to have bought out Ward's share the firm. The next issue of the Atlas, 1866, is the first purely "Johnson" atlas with all new map plates, updated imprints, and copyrights. The Family Atlas went through roughly 27 years of publication, from 1860 to 1887, outliving Johnson himself who died in 1884. 
Johnson maps from the Family Atlas are notable for their unique borders, of which there are four different designs, the "strapwork border" from 1860 to 1863, the "fretwork border" from 1863 to 1869 and the "spirograph border" in 1870 – 1882, and a more elaborate version of the same from 1880-1887. In addition to the Family Atlas Johnson issued numerous wall maps, pocket maps, and in the 1880s the Cyclopedia. Johnson maps are known for their size, accuracy, detail, and stunning, vivid hand coloring. Johnson maps, purely American in their style and execution, chronicle some of the most important and periods in American history including the Civil War, the Westward Expansion, and the Indian Wars. Today Johnson's maps, especially those of the American west, are highly sought after by map collectors and historians.  



Johnson, Jason


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Although Jason Johnson has a background and a degree in fine arts, it is the technical aspect of photography that drew him to this media. Working exclusively in black and white, his inspiration lies in our natural environment and the works of both Ansel Adams and Robert Mapplethorpe. In his spare time he collects vintage cameras and enjoys working in his garden.









Joy, Julie


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Open hearted, Julie Joy strives to create art that depicts a strong depth of emotion. 

Professional artist Julie Joy is an explorative, versatile impressionist and abstract painter utilizing oil and acrylic mediums. She likes to get out of the studio and convey the emotion of her subject matter by traveling and painting outside. This lends a fresh emotion to her lighting and color that is always in a constant state of change.

Julie Joy is an artist, teacher, writer and a leader in her community. She has resided inCarmel, Indiana for the past fifteen years. 

"My art is a balance between the emotion of the subject matter and my own heart. I amlucky enough to be able to transcend time, losing myself in my passion to create. Walking in nature prepares me for the day's painting session. Each day my subject matter varies from a loose interpretation of a landscape to an abstract vision that I have glimpsed in my sleep state. My goal is to bring the depths of my soul and the joy of living to emanate from each painting. May it bring healing and peace to those who interact with it."



Kasun, Theresa


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Theresa Kasun's fresh yet familiar images have appeal for both traditional and contemporary products. Her style of painting is a synthesis of her training including impressionism and techniques of the old renaissance masters. Theresa received a B.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute and a masters degree from the new York Academy of Art. Her lovely kitchen and decorative images have generated wide success on a vast array of products for the home.



Knorr, Wolfgang


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Georg Wolfgang Knorr was born on December 30, 1705, in Nuremberg. Knorr was trained in the technique of engraving by J. L. Blank and achieved his first great success with his illustrations for Johannes Jacob Scheuzer's "Physica sacra" (1731). After becoming interested in the natural sciences through his early illustration work and through his own studies, he gained a wide base of knowledge in art history and the natural sciences. Though he did undertake several short trips away from his hometown, Knorr spent his whole life in Nuremberg, passing away on September 17, 1761. During his career, he published numerous engravings, some as single folios and some in books. Exemplary of his works are "Deliciae naturae selectae" (1766/67) and the "Vergnügen der Augen und des Gemüths," which was the sequel to the first volume which appeared in 1757 and was exceedingly popular in amateur circles. The title and content of these volumes exemplifies the contemporary aesthetization of zoology, especially in the area of colorful mussels.



Lam, Vanna


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Inspired by the array of patterns found in nature, Vanna Lam is mesmerized by the freshness of color.  Her artwork is characterized by sensual lines, complex yet defined, allowing her art to create a mindscape of its own.


Long Baker, Christina


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Inspired by life’s ever-changing environment, self-taught artist Christina Long has chosen acrylics as her medium of choice and picks up additional elements of mixed media when the desire arises. These competing elements bring the original life you can see in her work which Christina calls “extremely intuitive.” Christina prefers to work mostly in the abstract and impressionist genres, and she enjoys the challenge of creating harmony between styles that most would consider non-complimentary.
“I’m a big fan of anything cross-over, so I tend to apply this attraction to my work.” Her ability to find synthesis between the use of traditional artist materials, while keeping a hand in a contemporary style, creates her unique and esthetically pleasing technique.



Lowe, Edward Joseph


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E.J. Lowe was a renowned English botanist. His fascination with ferns led him to study and paint them throughout the entire 2nd half of the 19th century. His most famous work, Ferns: British and Exotic, included eight magnificently illustrated volumes. Chromolithography, the first multicolor printing technique, was invented around 1830. Prior to this technique prints were colored by hand. With chromolithography a printing stone is used for each color application. Extreme precision was required to ensure proper alignment and registration for each print.


Ludwig, Alicia


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Always learning and ever changing, Alicia Ludwig enjoys everything from Chinese brush painting to oil pastels, to photography.  Alicia earned a BFA from the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1990.  In 2001, she received a cash prize in the “Undiscovered Photographers Exhibit” in Richmond, Virginia.  She continues to design for Old World Prints.


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