A fifth generation Santa Barbaran, has spent the majority of his life focused on the creating theatre. In 2004 he began applying his story telling skills through assemblage.
He is inspired by stories that often seem to reinvent themselves through old photographs and individual vintage objects. He describes his process of assemblage as often similar to channeling the energy of objects and people in old photos. Ancestors, their legacies and influence on the generations that follow them are key to his work.
His goal is to leave his audience thinking, questioning and revisiting their own experiences and memories evoked by his assemblage works.
Santa Barbara based artist Sharon Schock is known for her bold, colorful urban landscapes. She practices the art of daily painting, meaning that she paints "ala prima" and completes one new painting every day. Painting this way keeps her paintings loose and lively.
Her chosen subject matter is a mix between landscapes and cityscapes.
"It's really the light involved that draws me to a subject, when you focus on light you find that things are always changing, and there's an added drama to what may have been just another ordinary scene. When I paint I want the result to be clear and present, to simplify the whole in order to amplify the one thing that's best about it - its color, light or shape. I also want my paintings to give a sense of structure and detail while still maintaining the character of the individual brushstrokes".
Sharon received her B.A. in Fine Art in 2006 at Westmont College.
A native of boston and graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Dorothy Churchill-Johnson has been a working artist in Santa Barbara since 1976. Churchill-Johnson's work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions in museums and galleries, and collected by major corporations, fine hotels, and private collectors nationally and internationally. Five of her drawings hang in the corporate headquarters of American Home Products in New York City and she was commissioned to paint two mural-size paintings for Las Ventanas el Paraiso in Los Cabos, Mexico. Six of her paintings have been acquired for the permanent collection of the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.
In 2006 Churchill-Johnson had a successful solo exhibition "California Surrealism" at the Gallery of Modern Art in Ekaterinburg, Russia. In 2008 she received a major retrospective exhibition, "Transcendental Observation," at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. In 2010 she had solo exhibitions at the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art in California and at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum in Ormond Beach, Florida.
Her style of contemporary surrealism has described as "Georgia O'Keefe meets Salvador Dali." She describes it as "visual haiku." The work is notable for its large scale as well as its attention to detail.