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This is a selection from the current collection of Focus On The Masters artist documentation. Click on the picture or artist name to view the portrait, biography, media presentations and website of the artist.

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Sherry Loehr

Sherry Loehr

Sherry Loehr Painter Portrait © Donna Granata 2004 Award-winning Ojai artist Sherry Loehr is best known for her still-life compositions inspired by nature done in a unique aesthetic style she calls “Contemporary Realism.” The painter unexpectedly combines subjects...

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Jeff Mann

Jeff Mann

Jeff MannDraftsman Jeff Mann by Guy Webster How did a self-described “greaser, surfer, hippy” become a vice president of the Empire that Star Wars built? Ojai-based artist Jeff Mann, born and raised in Hollywood, has always shown an amazing talent for drawing that...

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Frank Massarella

Frank Massarella

Frank Massarella Ceramist Portrait © Donna Granata 2012 Frank Massarella was drawn to pottery because he loves the feel of the clay and the independence of the work. His state-of-the-art kilns provide him with more versatile ways to fire ceramics. He sees ceramics as...

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Alice Matzkin

Alice Matzkin

Alice Matzkin Painter Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 In a society obsessed with youth and the fleeting beauty of perfection, Alice Matzkin has always looked at the positive side of growing older painting lines and wrinkles as the story of women’s years. The “Women of...

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James McCarthy

James McCarthy

James McCarthy Wood Craftsman Portrait © Donna Granata 2002 Jim McCarthy creates fine furniture inspired by the California Arts and Crafts movement and Asian design. His works range from single pieces of furniture, to custom woodworking and cabinetry in historic...

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Richard Matzkin

Richard Matzkin

Richard Matzkin Sculptor Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 In a very real sense, Richard Matzkin’s life has come full circle. He showed an early talent for the arts but in the 60s his interests changed to music and psychology. Some 20 years later his wife enrolled him in...

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Viqui McCaslin

Viqui McCaslin

Viqui McCaslin Ceramist Portrait © Donna Granata 1998 Ojai ceramist Viqui McCaslin is a Native American Yaqui Indian respected for her public art. Her work, which encompasses historic and environmental themes, is explored primarily through ceramic tile. McCaslin's...

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William McEnroe

William McEnroe

William McEnroe (1922 - 2015) Painter/Pastel Artist Portrait © Donna Granata 1996 With his wonderful wit, playful sense of humor and quotes of wisdom, Bill McEnroe shared with FOTM how, in 1950, he was plucked upon graduating from Stanford University to develop the...

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Bill McEwen

Bill McEwen

Bill McEwen (1936-2016) Sculptor Portrait © Donna Granata 2001 A major, universal principle of nature’s construction is that the greatest most intense activity and emphasis occurs at transition points. “I make theoretical, absolute experimental art objects as an...

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Katherine McGuire

Katherine McGuire

Katherine McGuire (1958 - 2019) Painter  Portrait © Donna Granata 2005 Katherine McGuire, artist and advocate for the arts, captured quintessential Ventura landmarks with meticulous attention to architectural detail, not at all surprising when you consider that she...

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Debra McKillop

Debra McKillop

Debra McKillop Mixed Media Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 Debra McKillop did her undergraduate work at the University of California Los Angeles, University of California at Santa Barbara, Pasadena Art Center, and in Mexico. She earned a MFA from California State...

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Tom McMillin

Tom McMillin

Tom McMillin Environmental Artist/Ceramist Portrait © Donna Granata 2004 Sculptor Tom McMillin has made an impressive artistic evolution from sea captain and ceramist to conceptual artist of dynamic installations. “My art has been devoted to process and environmental...

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