Category Archives: Featured Artist

Pablo Picasso (Spanish 1881 – 1973)

Pablo Picasso is a fantastically famous artist, but most people don’t know the true scope of his work. He was extremely prolific creating of 50,000 works of art in many different mediums. I especially love his blue and rose periods. Of course his cubism and surreal images are awesome also, but his didn’t invent those styles. Many people don’t know that he also did sculpture. Also, his real name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso!

Pablo Picasso Paints with Light
Harlequin Family
Mother and Child
Picasso Progression
Jaqueline with Flowers
Girl on a Pillow

Chicago Sculpture

I could not limit myself to one quote from Piscasso, so here is a page of them. For 2 more pages visit:


  • “Action is the foundational key to all success.”
  • “Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.”
  • “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
  • “An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.”
  • “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?”
  • “Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.”
  • “Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.”
  • “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”
  • “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
  • “Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.”
  • “Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.”
  • “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”
  • “Disciples be damned. It’s not interesting. It’s only the masters that matter. Those who create.”
  • “Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.”
  • “Every positive value has its price in negative terms… the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.”
  • “Everything you can imagine is real.”
  • “Give me a museum and I’ll fill it.”
  • “God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephantand the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.”
  • “He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.”
  • “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
  • “I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.”
  • “I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.”
  • “I do not seek. I find.”
  • “I don’t believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.”
  • “I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”

Antoni Gaudi (Spanish 1852 – 1926)

Antoni Gaudi really broke out of the box and ran with all aspects of organic form.

It seems so much more friendly, fun and relaxing at the same time. The architecture is truly art. Imagine a world of integrated natural forms and all the possibilities.

Quotes by Antonio Gaudi:

“Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.”

“Because of this, originality consists in returning to the origin.”

Salvador Dali (Spanish 1904 – 1989)

This is going to be a week of Spanish Artists I appreciate.

Starting with Salvador Dali – The King of Surrealism.


Gala Avec Symptome
The Meditative Rose
Dali and Gala

Salvador Dali Quote: “Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand themthoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.” -Dali

Dali and Ocelot

Alex Grey (American 1953 to Present)

Alex Grey painting near Gaia

Alex Grey is a visionary artist who really inspires me. He takes his art to the next level literally all his images include aspects that go beyond what our common senses register. His work is large scale, including his own museum and 100 foot tall installations at festivals. Also he does live painting so all the world can see his work and process.

The Mission of Art

“The infinite vibratory levels, the dimensions of interconnectedness are without end. There is nothing independent. All beings and things are residents in your awareness.” -Alex Grey

Anna Lea Merritt (American 1844 – 1930)

I add Anna Lea Merritt to this list because I love Pre-Raphaelite Art and I just learned that I am related to her. She was a daring woman artist in a male dominated world. Originally named Anna Massey Lea she moved to London to study art at age 21 and after 5 years married her teacher, the painter Henry Merritt who died 3 months later. She never remarried and devoted herself to art, making a living doing portraits and figurative works.

She joined a group called Royal Society of Portrait Painters, with 24 other artists in England who were dissatisfied with the selection process of the Royal Academy. She lived in Hurstbourne Tarrant in Hampshire England. Her works are in the Tate Museum in London and are known Worldwide.

Hurstbourne Tarrant


The chief obstacle to a woman’s success is that she can never have a wife. Just reflect what a wife does for an artist.
Anna Massey Lea Merritt
“A Letter to Artists: Especially Women Artists,” 1900


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Henrietta Shore (Canadian 1880-1963)

Henrietta Shore was born in Toronto in 1880. Inspired to follow the path of an artist she found herself in New York where she studied at Art Students League with William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri and fellow student Georgia O’Keeffe.

Henrietta Shore 1880-1963 Edward Weston ca. 1927 Collection Center for Creative Photography
Henrietta Shore
Edward Weston
ca. 1927
Collection Center for Creative Photography

I first saw her work in the Santa Cruz Downtown Post Office. These 6 murals are agricultural depictions of life on the California Coast.



Point Sur Lighthouse 1930-35 Oil on Canvas 26 x 26″

Henrietta Shore exhibited her artwork with  O’Keefe in New York and befriended Photographer Edward Weston in California. She also travelled to Mexico where she painted portraits of  Jose Clemente Orozco and Jean Charlot.  She worked in a modernist style that focused more on the idea of the painting rather than representing it traditionally.

Portrait of Muralist Orozco
Portrait of Muralist Orozco


Charley Harper (American 1922-2007)


Charley Harper is a Modern American Artist who’s work is regarded as  “Minimal Realism.” His really celebrates the natural world with a superb balance of simplicity and complexity. He did some really awesome designs for the National Park Service!

“You should always be doing something that satisfies you, what makes you feel good inside.” 
― Charley HarperCharley Harper: An Illustrated Life

“When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see feathers, fur, scapulars, or tail coverts – none of that. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior, and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced, without trimming or unutilized parts, and herein lies the lure of painting: In a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe.”

― Charley Harper