Artist: Mark Smith
Artist's Statement: I pursue art and artistic pursuits solely for the joy of the creation. I find satisfaction in the process of moving from a blank canvas to a depiction of some aesthetically pleasing scene. If someone shares an appreciation of my finished work, the validation is humbling and gratifying; but painting is for the expression of the soul and a yearning for something larger, outside of yourself. Acceptance is secondary to the satisfaction of creation and expression.
Lady at a Car Show
Artist: Jean Baker
Artist's Statement: Jean Baker brings you "Lady at a Car Show" featuring a car lovers dream photography collection of vintage cars visualized with a fresh tune up. Its the perfect art for the car lover whom you love!
Artist: Cary Hansen
Smoky Hill Library
Artist's Statement: My artwork integrates my lifelong love of our natural world, my observations of beauty in everyday moments and my love for color. I have an affinity for plein aire painting - to paint outdoors where the day is vibrant and changing with light, scent and sound is a joy for me. I am initially drawn to a scene when an alignment of shapes, color and light converge into a pleasing composition that captures my imagination. While my paintings usually begin with the scene in front of me, I move beyond the local color to express the energy I feel. I have been painting with soft pastels for about eight years and look forward to each painting as an opportunity to learn, explore and enjoy my art journey.
Artist: Nikolay Rizhankov
Eloise May Library
Artist's Statement: I paint to uphold the eternal beauty of Classical fine art; whether I am painting a simple still life or an elaborate portrait, I put all my heart into preserving the techniques of the old masters. I use classical Russian, Dutch and Flemish style techniques to depict the breathtaking beauty of the natural world.
I mainly work with oil paints and pastels, putting technique above all so that the natural beauty of my subject comes across in the most pure form. I also have a good feeling for other styles of painting which allows me to work on restorations.