David Yellen

David Yellen

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David Yellen

My inspiration is rooted in the power of a single line to create the suggestion of something familiar.
“Don’t worry about playing a lot of notes. Just find one pretty one”
~Miles Davis

Claire Perkins

Claire Perkins

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Artwork from left to right

Grace in Full Bloom ~ Colored Pencil on Bristol Board ~ 20″x16″

The Dreaming Tree ~ Water Color and Colored Pencil on Bristol (book illustration) ~ 11″ x 14″

Moonglow ~ Colored Pencil on Bristol Board ~ 10″ x 13″

Letria’s Dream ~ Water Color and Colored Pencil on Bristol (book illustration) ~ 11″ x 14″

Moonlit Mountains ~ Colored Pencil on Bristol ~ 9″ x 12″

Claire Perkins

For me, art is the language of the soul. It communicates from a place beyond words. Art is a journey, a process, an evolution. Art is more verb than noun. While the product created may be beautiful – and even if it is not – it is the act of creating it that brings the soul to life and connects the artist soul-to- soul with the viewer.
Like me, my art is still evolving. Working primarily in colored pencil, acrylic and mixed media, I strive to reveal something of the divine feminine, the spiritual energy that underlies physical form, and the hidden magic within the beauty of nature.
I am currently working on a series of illustrations for my new book, Fallen – The Adventures of a Deep Water Leaf, a fable for grownups that invites us to dive deep and remember who we are so that we can reclaim our soul connection and true power.

Gayle Connell

Gayle Connell

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Gayle Connell

While growing up, I always remember my mother being involved in some type of painting or creative “something”. I never believed I had any talent. However, when mom and I took a ceramics class together, I found that I enjoyed the class and the time we spent together, but still lacked the talent. She always encouraged me to find something that would bring me happiness, “like painting will.” It wasn’t until I was much older that I took my first watercolor class through an adult ed program in 2006. I found it was fun though I wasn’t very good. Painting quieted my mind and it was fun to see what appeared on the canvas each week.
When my mother passed away in 2008 I brought many of her supplies and paintings home. As I began displaying some of her stained glass pieces, her enamel work, and her mixed media paintings, I began to think about giving painting another chance.
A few years ago I met a local artist who introduced me to the Mesa Arts Center and suggested I look into the classes offered. My first class was in acrylics, and what I learned from that class what that I really needed to learn to draw! It was in taking my first drawing class that I became very excited about all of the possibilities that were available to me through art.
Participating in this art show is stretching my comfort zone, yet at the same time it is my chance to acknowledge the talent my mom always recognized.

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” ~Salvador Dali

Mary Carlson

Mary Carlson

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Mary Carlson

I am reminded of the quote,“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” This is how I feel when I am exploring and expressing details found in nature. My style of art would be described as realism and I especially enjoy floral, botanical and natural surroundings. I work in colored pencils and mixed media.
I was an art major in school, went on to marry and had two children. For several years I created floral arrangements which I sold in shows. Fine art was on the back-burner for a time and I rediscovered my passion a few years back. The process of creating brings me peace of mind and enjoyment in the smallest of details.
Details are a reminder of the beauty in life and that all are interconnected. Taking the time to really see helps to keep life in perspective and it’s also a reminder to live and let live.

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.” ~Georgia O’Keeffe

Margarita Pagan

Margarita Pagan

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Margarita Obregon Pagan

Margarita Obregon Pagan, an “El Paso, Texas girl in an Arizona world”. Motivated, directed and instructed by David Manje and Helen Norsigian Rowles, superb art instructors at the Mesa Art Center.
Inspired by instructors, my artistic renderings capture the beauty and love for family, cultural traditions and the southwest. Growing and learning along the way, my art has evolved into creating visual art on varied papers and wood with Color Pencils, Pastels, Fibers and Acrylics.