EBSQ Spotlight on Portraits & Figurative Art: Sandy Farley

This month’s featured gallery is Portraits & Figurative Art. Portraits are the artistic representation of an individual or individuals with the face as the focus. The term “figurative art” most frequently refers to the representational depiction of a human or animal figure. Often they are deeply personal – either to the artist, because of the emotions being expressed by the subject or because of the emotions these works elicit from us. They delight, disturb and connect us. During the month of May, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that create some of these evocative pieces of art.

Sandy Farley

Hee-Haw - Sandy Farley

Animals have very rich social and emotional lives.  Their capacity for empathy, their delight in play: these are the very things that we first seek out in them when we wish to bond with or understand them.  I often take my artwork to middle ground between animal and human — a place where characteristics of both are blended, and perhaps a bit of humor is added to sweeten the mix.  My human and animal portraits share these traits. – Sandy Farley

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EBSQ Spotlight on Animal & Wildlife Art: Kerry Lynn Nelson

This month’s featured gallery is Animal & Wildlife Art, easily one of our most-populous galleries at EBSQ.  Throughout April, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of our most popular animal artists:

Kerry Lynn Nelson

Stallion! - Kerry Lynn Nelson
Stallion! - Kerry Lynn Nelson

Painting animals has always been my passion. Since early childhood I’ve felt a very deep emotional, almost spiritual empathy for nature that I have always tried to convey in my artwork.

Majestic big cats, or, small rodents and reptiles, deer and antelope, and of course, the horse! I can almost feel what it might be like to be them sometimes, in my imagination…like a cougar, perhaps;

Weaving silently through dark trees and the cover of rock and shrub, she moves gracefully towards a spring, cautious and methodically searching. Then, upon a first glimpse of possible prey, a visceral reaction of flowing saliva and dilating pupils and she freezes motionless and breathless so not to warn of her presence. With unrelenting focus, every movement calculated, and, every advantage of cover taken, she begins the stalk.

Or, it might be the wild horses;

They gallop for sheer joy with nostrils flaring red and eyes wild in mock fear, playing at dominance with a ferocious countenance and pounding hooves. Finding comfort in strength and speed, and, the closeness of their kind, the young stallions, with a fierceness of longing pounding in their hearts, and, surrounded with forage from horizon to horizon, still hunger at the scent of wild grass just over the next hill.

I can feel them as if I am one, living as they do. I use that fantasizing to come up with ideas for new paintings. Horses were always my favorite and are still my most beloved muse. I paint many, many horses, some portraits of someone’s beloved pet, but, most are just figments of my imagination that paused long enough in their wanderings through my grey matter for me to capture them in oils, or, graphite. I’m influenced by all I see about me, things I see, hear, or, read about, and, my inspirations may come from totally unrelated sources to the subject of my painting, but, they somehow spark an image that I may prod and work around in my mind until I have to put it to paper, and, maybe if it is strong enough, to paint.

Many of my paintings tell stories with little dramas in paint, and some express an emotion, a motion, or, a purity and beauty of form. Some paintings are exercises in painting whereby the subject is actually the process, and, the animals depicted are just vehicles for the study of color and values, composition, texture, and, line. Regardless of my painting intentions, however, animals, and especially horses, are nearly always a big part of the picture. I’ve tried painting other subject matter, and, even other styles including pure non-objective abstraction, but, I always found these uninspiring and cold. I always come back, without apology, to my true passion in art, the horse! – Kerry Lynn Nelson

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EBSQ Spotlight on Animal & Wildlife Art: Janelle Dixon

This month’s featured gallery is Animal & Wildlife Art, easily one of our most-populous galleries at EBSQ.  Throughout April, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of our most popular animal artists:

Janelle Dixon

The Rabbit And The Moon - Janelle Dixon
The Rabbit And The Moon - Janelle Dixon

I have been able to draw animals ever since I could pick up a pencil. Everything I do, including painting, is self taught. I have never had an art lesson in my life. I am not exactly sure how I came to it, but I know it was natural. Its something I have been doing for most of my life. As a kid, I grew up on my grandparents farm, where I was constantly around them. I would draw some the animals that lived on the farm. Others, I would make up on my own.

As I got older I got involved with 4H. Where I was allowed to exhibit and show my artwork. I earned quite a few ribbons, honorable mentions, and even a couple of best in shows just by exhibiting at the fair every year. Now that I am out of 4H, I show animal art at three local county fairs in the fall in their open class exhibits. It’s a lot of fun, and helps me keep things new and interesting since a lot of my work is done to compete in their classes. I have also earned a couple of best in shows, and a best in division just by showing in the animal sections.

Getting involved with EBSQ and Ebay groups like Art for Critters, and Animal Loving Artists has also helped me keep things fresh and new. The weekly and monthly challenges are a lot of fun. Some of the proceeds from the art sales do help benefit the animals.

They are my favorite subject to draw and paint. I find them to be very challenging, unique and beautiful creatures to capture on canvas.

Janelle Dixon

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EBSQ Spotlight on Animal & Wildlife Art: Robert Wolverton Jr. & Evie Anderson

This month’s featured gallery is Animal & Wildlife Art, easily one of our most-populous galleries at EBSQ.  Throughout April, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of our most popular animal artists:

Robert Wolverton Jr.

Red Fish - Robert Wolverton Jr
Red Fish - Robert Wolverton Jr.

First of all I like to get inspiration from the things I like to do, which is fishing, camping, mountain biking, etc. I like to observe all the animals that you see and watch just how funny and people like they are. When painting my fish I try to transport myself to that stream and hear the babble of the brook and the smell of honeysuckle and the chirping of the birds. When I paint my pet portraits (usually dogs) I try to get to meet the pup if possible and get to see them in action. Capturing their attitude and spirit is important, this can be done as well by the owner’s description. All animals are different, just like people, and I like to focus on the individuality of each animal. The best part of painting wildlife is actually not the painting itself but the time spent getting inspiration in the outdoors. – Robert Wolverton Jr.

p.s. take a kid fishing

Evie Anderson

Hello Sunshine - Evie Anderson
Hello Sunshine - Evie Anderson

Animals are pure. No inhibitions. No affectations. They communicate with their eyes and their bodies; no language needed. When we take the time to be still and watch, there is much to learn from these wonderfully intuitive creatures. – Evie Anderson

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EBSQ Spotlight on Animal & Wildlife Art: Valerie Brock & Cyra Cancel

This month’s featured gallery is Animal & Wildlife Art, easily one of our most-populous galleries at EBSQ.  Throughout April, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of our most popular animal artists:

Valerie Brock

Pedal... Pedal... Pedal... - Valerie Brock
Pedal... Pedal... Pedal... - Valerie Brock

Animals have always been fascinating to me. As a little girl I wondered quite often what went on in the minds of my pets and often gave tea parties in the back yard in their honor, I remember several times trying to put my doll dresses on my kittens. The inspiration for much of my art comes from my adorable little corgi mix Tia Maria and my tuxedo cat Miss Kitty. Corgi’s are natural clowns and my Tia is no exception. I will always believe she is the friendliest dog on the planet. I love finding humor in everyday situations, and then pulling those humorous antidotes into my little Corgi paintings. With animals, I feel free to explore and create little worlds that apart from my brush and paper… do not exist. I have spent many happy hours creating the little Corgi world in my paintings. My subject matter ranges through various breeds of dogs and cats. While I occasionally branch out to other dog breeds, I always return to my favorite subjects The Old English Sheepdog and Welsh Pembroke Corgi. One as big as the other is small! An animal lover at heart, I seek to bring a slice of humor and joy into my art, that reflects the unmitigated happiness our pets bring into our lives. My paintings are like little slices of shaggy humor, a fun way to add a lighthearted touch to any day! – Valerie Brock

Cyra Cancel

BLACK CAT - FUCHSIA FLOWERS - Cyra Cancel
BLACK CAT - FUCHSIA FLOWERS - Cyra Cancel

I was raised with many animals. I always had cats and they are still my favorite subject. Now I am living in Arizona and have had the opportunity to see many birds and wild animals that I had only seen in pictures or on television in my beautiful Puerto Rico. – Cyra Cancel

Visit the Animal & Wildlife Art Gallery to see more great animal art

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EBSQ Spotlight on Animal & Wildlife Art: Frankie Paquin

This month’s featured gallery is Animal & Wildlife Art, easily one of our most-populous galleries at EBSQ.  Throughout April, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of our most popular animal artists:

Motherly Love - Grey Wolves - Frankie Paquin
"Motherly Love - Grey Wolves" - Frankie Paquin

Frankie has shared a connection with animals since growing up on her grandparents ranch as a kid and having many animal playmates. It is her love of animals that compels her to capture their beauty.

“The act of creating something beautiful makes me giddy, it makes me laugh, it makes me smile deeply, it delights my senses, from the original sketch to the final detail, every part is a joy. Seeing the happiness my artwork brings to others, however, is the reward, the affirmation, and brings real meaning to my life as an artist.” – Frankie Paquin

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EBSQ Spotlight on Animal & Wildlife Art: Marcia Baldwin

This month’s featured gallery is Animal & Wildlife Art, easily one of our most-populous galleries at EBSQ.   We took a moment to catch up with one of our most popular animal artists:

Abstract Stallion by Marcia Baldwin
Abstract Stallion by Marcia Baldwin

 

My deepest love from a young age has been with the magnificent animal, the horse. Most of my life has been devoted to the equine and a continued love and learning, owning, riding and caring for them. The very soul of the horse, his heart, his mind, his bravery, and his loyalty can be seen in his eye. The sweet nuzzle from his soft nose, a gentle lick from that silky tongue searching for a sugar cube, the nicker you hear when he  sees you opening the back door to come to his pasture or stall, makes for a lifetime of wanting to know more about this wonderful creature. This love is what I hope my paintings portray.

My paintings of dogs and cats and other animals comes from the pure desire to share their beauty to the viewer. Maybe one painting will capture someone’s heart and a kindness will ripple on to be kind and caring for all animals. I strive to capture that innocense of the animal kingdom. We are their caretakers.

Marcia Baldwin

Look for other Animal & Wildlife Artist profiles later this month!

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