Working exclusively in oils Alan Heuer paints “Landscapes of the West & Beyond”. As a first-time participant in the 2006 Taos Fall Arts Festival, he won the Taos Invites Taos “Best Representational Painting.” In addition to being a “Taos Post Modernist” of the southwest landscape, Heuer also creates visionary paintings which combine multiple geographic locations into one painting, a sort of “hyper-reality” he has coined as “Utopic Displacement”. “Utopia literally means nowhere, but these paintings contain multiple somewheres, thus they are both real and imagined, thus they are utopias displaced.”
A renaissance man of sorts, Wyoming native Heuer eventually came to Taos by way of New York City and California’s Silicon Valley. Alan is a certified Lotus Notes professional and web designer, a Master of clarinet cum laude (CUNY), and a published author. He studied classical landscape painting with Prix de West winner, Jim Wilcox, Gary Godbee of Seattle’s Academy of Fine Art, and Kay Hazelip, instructor at the Art Student’s League in New York.
I came to the US from Holland at a young age and was influenced by the beauty and variations of the land. I use the contrast of light and dark as practiced by the old masters, and yet capture the spirit and essence of a place with color, texture, and perspective. During my time in Taos (25years) I have painted mostly traditional landscapes which were sold in various galleries. My contemporary, unique abstracts were done inside the studio. These special paintings are signed with my former Dutch name, Kronenburg, and initialed in the field of the painting “RJP.” They include portraits, nudes, abstracts, and still lifes.
Tracy Turner, a native of the west, was influenced in her early life by spectacular landscapes, brilliant colors and a sence of magical realism. This passion is reflected in her vibrant paintings and pastels.
At age 20, she studied art in Aix-en-Provence, France, where she first discovered the joy of plein-air painting. She traveled throughout the countryside of southern France painting outdoors in some of the favorite spots of Van Gogh and Cezanne.
BJ Briner’s art reflects the bold lines of high desert plateaus, panoramas and vistas nuanced in shades and hues of oil pigment on paper where flowers, canyons and stars become as bold as the earth and sky themselves.
From “Best of Show” at the Taos Spring Arts Festival, to donating works for philanthropic organizations, to works hanging in the US Justice Department, Briner’s art remains as consistent and varied as the desert plateau that not only inspires her work but cradles her life.
Captivated by the inimitable light that is Taos upon a chance visit in 1988, I find continuous inspiration in the ever-changing vistas, uncompromising clarity, and intense climate that permeate the everyday. While impulse and uncertainty drive my process, I am methodical, mindful and deliberate in practice. This task charges me to be patient and alert, and invites me to dance to my own rhythms, moving through non-associative colors, heightened contrasts, and sinuous contours that define my work.
Recipient of the 2012 Agnes Martin Award for Abstract Painting and Drawing, Mimi shows in New York, New Mexico, California, and Hong Kong.
Malcolm Furlow – One of the most important Artist of our time. You recognize his hallmarks: electrifying colors, vibrant portraiture, and masterfully constructed scenes borne from both introspection and retrospect. Malcolm Furlow’s prolific body of work continues to earn critical acclaim around the world. Overwhelmingly considered a living legend, the master painter remains a significant figure in the fabric of the American Southwest. A recently filmed documentary entitled the “Life and Art of Malcolm Furlow, “refers to him as a “Renaissance Man”: the quintessential cowboy, musician, and intellectual artist. He is an award-winning painter, whose accolades include the Silver award from the Sorbonne, and the highly coveted Gold Award from the world-renown Luxembourg Museum, Paris.
As of spring 2007, Furlow has “sold-out” over fifty solo shows. Malcolm Furlow’s paintings command principal placement in exhibitions, philanthropist campaigns, and private collections around the world, including the U.S. Embassies of Morocco, Belgium and Beijing; the White House; CEO Magazine; The Smithsonian; Mobil Oil; Arnold Schwarzenegger; Samuel Goldwyn; Richard Pryor; Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush; Senator Hillary Clinton; Bernadette Peters; Wes Studi; Phyllis Diller; William DeVane; B.J. Thomas; Jane Goodall Institute; Darryl Hannah; Eiteljorg Museum; Jon Bon Jovi; National Wildlife Museum; Koshare Museum; Santa Fe Fine Arts Museum; Paul Clarkson; Coca Cola Olympic Pavilion; Make a Wish Foundation; NBC’s Today Show; Raymond James Financial Art Collection; Columbia University; and many others.
About her work, Bren reflects, “For me, the freedom of going into another realm where there are no rules, no boundaries, just that oneness of being in process with the creation, is what being an artist is about. . . I want viewers to become such a part of my work that they are filled with questions, not answers; that they must interpret what is there, and that they will find something in my work that is theirs alone – a journey of discovery.”
Keheley graduated from Dartmouth and moved to Taos in 1987. She has had seven Solo Exhibitions and has participated in juried aand group shows in New York, Princeton, Taos, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Laguna Beach. Keheley’s paintings are included in the corporate collections of Novo Nordisk and Pennsylvania Power and Light as well as private collections in several countries.
Experiments with light, colour, atmosphere, and space have always characterized her work. Keheley’s paintings explore time, beauty, memory and how these relate to the evolution of insight. This metaphysical content is anchored by an interest in science and theories of colour and light.
Mary began painting after losing her voice temporarily due to cancer. And she hasn’t stopped since!
Her dwellings and structures are often anthropomorphic and her compositions contain many symbols that are reflective of her life experiences. The colors, textures, layers and titles work together to give Mary another form of communication.
In spite of the many challenges she continues to face, her paintings remain warm and welcoming, with a lingering aura of optimism.
For over 30 years Doug West has been interpreting nature of the Western landscape and the drama of its skies. From his hand pulled serigraphs and monotypes, to his original oil paintings, Doug’s art has been noted for a clarity of vision in capturing the drama of the Southwest.
My creative and artistic life involves my inner life. I use tar, encaustic and gold leaf in my paintings, layering one on top of another, time and again. I then dig back through the layers as an archeologist digs, to find some form, some clue to my own expression. Presently I am engaged with experimenting with my inner resources (ideas and feelings) and translating them into some abstract vocabulary of color and form. These colors and forms become gestures in paint and my language, my voice, my way of expression.
A graduate of the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, Randall LaGro has lived in Taos, NM for eighteen years and paints in the historic Joseph H.Sharp studio. As a painter and printmaker he combines elements of the conscious and the subsconscious. LaGro’s visions are enigmanic and layered, and intended to draw the viewer into their own world of contemplation and wonder. His work is in private, corporate and museum collections.
Helga Haller studied at the University of Michigan, receiving a BFA and MFA in ceramics and painting. Her works have been exhibited in numerous national and international juried shows.She is a signature member of the Gold Coast Watercolor Society and the Taos Society of Watercolorists. Helga’s paintings are being shown at Las Comadres Gallery in Taos.
After Allen Polt earned his degree in Illustrating Arts he worked in New York City, drawing portraits for the Wall Street Journal. He continued his painting studies under the direction of Frank Reilly of the Art Students League.
He has chosen watercolor as his primary medium because it is unforgiving. Allen likes the risk and how it heightens his artistic awareness. Every portrait presents a new challenge.
Michael was born in Embudo, New Mexico on March 25, 1969. He earned a Bachelors degree with an emphasis in art and business at the University of New Mexico in 1997. Michael has never had any formal training in art other than through his course of study while attending University. Michael began painting seriously in the spring of 2005. The creation of a character called “Blue Donkey”, and the idea of having him in every home looking after the daughter that he hasn’t seen in 3 years. Through this “Blue Donkey”, an idea for a children’s book has developed. Michael is driven by an inner anguish and an incredible amount of energy. In his first year of selling art, he sold over 200 paintings.
Ginger Mongiello is an award winning Taos artist who has shown her work extensively from coast to coast. She works in several media, including drawing, painting, and ceramics. Her work spans a broad range of expression – from elegant porcelain vessels, to powerful black and white gestures on sumptuous paper which carve and activate space, to lush canvases layered with the energies of natural phenomena.
Ginger has had over eighteen one-person shows and has taught extensively in Michigan, Wisconsin, and New Mexico. In 1989 her work garnered a solo exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan. Her work is featured in the corporate collections of Hyatt Hotels, Marshall Fields, Shell Oil, Automated Data Processing, and U.S. Gypsum. Her work is also in the permanent collections of the Albuquerque Museum; University of New Mexico Health Science Center; University of New Mexico Harwood Musem; Old Jail Art Center; and Muskegon Museum of Art. She is represented in significant private collections.
Ms. Mongiello holds a BFA degree from the University of Michigan and an MA from the University of New Mexico. She is an Instructor at the University of New Mexico-Taos, in the Holistic Health and Healing Arts program, and maintains a private practice in art therapy.
“All that exists is a venue for art. I see it, I feel it — I just begin to draw it and good things happen. I work without the rational mind and paint from the zen of ‘no mind’.”
“There is nothing that you can’t draw if you just try.”
I set out to prove this philosophy each time I approach a blank canvas or an inky black plate, prepared for a monoprint. It is an attitude invigorated by confidence and tempered by a clear understanding of the world of light and shadow. I waste little time in considering what I have chosen to create. Instead I observe and then vigorously interpret. The process of painting is to go with the development as it happens. Notice the changes and respond to these. Paintings become fresh for the artist and the viewer.
My strength lies in the absence of timidity in my stroke and my reverence for materials. I prefer to drop vulnerabilities and reservations for aggressive movement and spontaneity, arresting the most out of what the process and the materials have to offer.
Valerie Graves was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Fine Art at the prestigious Taos Invites Taos Show at the Taos Fall Arts Festival by the Taos Medical Services Foundation who sponsored the highly acclaimed show. She joins R.C. Gorman and Agnes Martin in receiving that special honor. She has won the Best Traditional Painting Award in the Taos Fall Arts Festival for over seven years along with a number of Best In Show Awards and the Judges’ Award in one year in addition to numerous awards in other shows nationwide. The Millicent Rogers Museum selected Valerie Graves painting as winner of Best In Show for their Millicent Rogers Museum 13th annual Miniatures Show. She is included in many private and museum collections throughout the country, has been an invited and juried exhibitor in many prestigious shows nationwide; has received numerous awards and grants including multiple Best In Show Awards; is included in many museum and private collections; has illustrated a popular book on adobe architecture; and has been a featured artist in a number of Fine Art Magazines.
Valerie Graves is a Master Painter of landscapes, capturing the special light and essence of the mountains, sagebrush mesas and valleys of the Southwest.
Many have said that her remarkably sensitive and beautiful work is extremely reminiscent of the very best of the early Taos Founder paintings. Few artists have earned that praise.
Valerie loves New Mexico, the land and light and culture, and she loves animals, birds and wildlife. She donates a good deal of her time and artistic efforts to help animals. Her art collectors primarily purchase purchase her wonderful landscapes, but she loves painting birds and wildlife and will often donate those paintings (and others) to help worthy organizations.
Taos, New Mexico artist, Valerie Graves has a wonderful selection of original paintings available at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art in Taos. She invites you to visit the highly acclaimed gallery which has been chosen “Best of Taos” for a number of years.
In addition to landscapes, Valerie Graves also paints some elements of Taos Pueblo and other Indian Ceremonials. She respectfully paints only those permitted aspects of important Native American dances or processions because much of what occurs is sacred.
Taos Mountain, sacred to the Taos Pueblo people and part of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range (meaning Blood of Christ in Spanish, so named for the sunset colors which wash across the entire length of mountains) is a central part of her everyday life.
With oils, Ouray paints the landscape and the people of Taos. He bathes these subjects in that particular quality of light which is so characteristic of Taos. And into his paintings, he pours his belief in the ineffable spirit which resides in this special place.
“Taos is much deeper, fuller and richer than what I or anyone else can see with the naked eye,” he says. “I’m always trying in my work to express these deeper aspects of Taos. I do it in the hope that others will feel Taos the way I do.”
Ouray Meyers was born and raised in Taos. He has the same regard for Taos that his legendary father, Ralph Meyers, had for Taos. An Indian trader, artist and writer, Ralph Meyers was one of the central figures in Taos during those halcyon days before the valley was discovered by the rest of the world. He was a close and trusted friend of the Taos Pueblo Indians, and his Indian friends gave his son, Ouray, their own name- Toshanie, or Dawn Boy
Ouray Meyers is principally a self-taught painter. His use of color is intuitive. His style is individualistic and unmistakable. Yet he has certainly been influenced by the early Taos painters, perhaps by Walter Ufer in particular. From Ufer, Ouray learned to recreate the beautiful and powerful sky and light qualities of Taos. Ouray’s innovative and contemporary style of painting touches the emotions of the viewer. The ethereal quality of his work tends to make people feel good.
Many of the other Taos masters were close friends of the Meyers’ family. Joseph Sharp, Buck Denton, Leon Gaspard, Nicolai Fechin, Dorothy Brett, and Georgia O’Keeffe were frequent visitors. As a boy, Ouray watched and listened to them. From their example, he learned about both fine art technique and fine art spirit.
Ouray’s paintings are aspects of Taos which will never change, such as the mountain and the Rio Grande gorge. In yet another style, Ouray paints works of symbolic, yet direct expressionism. Works which evoke the spirit of gentle strength he believes to be essential in Taos.
Born and raised in the small French town of Presque Isle, off the coast of southern Maine, Shelbee grew up with rich artistic traditions. Her mother, an interior designer, was her first great inspiration. They would spend hours examining the intricate work of God in the face of the tiniest flowers. Her father left the high-tech computer industry to open a specialty store featuring fine furniture and accessories. Shelbee’s only sister is an artist and the owner of a company that distributes art. Claude Almand, her uncle, was an art professor in Connecticut and Shelbee remembers being exposed to his work early on.
After high school graduation, Shelbee majored in art at the University of Southern Maine. Greatly encouraged by Art Prof. David Schneider, she later apprenticed with Downeast Design Resources and with Colores International.
Marriage brought Shelbee to Taos in the early 90’s where her work has been influenced by strong Christian roots, the power and simplicity of the land and her newly found Spanish heritage. An abstract painter who entered the Taos Open Show, in 1997 Shelbee was honored with the People’s Choice Award. She has exhibited at various shows and galleries around the world including N.Y.; Atlanta; Birmingham, England; the Caribbean; and of course here in the Southwest! Her work can be seen in Taos at the Michael McCormick Gallery.
In her painting, Shelbee desires to show movement and change through a mixture of mediums and textures to create a sense that “life” is occurring, even as we stop to view it.
I was born at a very young age.. and though not so young now I love to paint and sculpt my art. In 2007, I sculpted the largest block of marble ever sculpted in America … 72, 000 lbs! It is the centerpiece for the West Texas A & M University.