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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.

All artists’ portraits are by Donna Granata. The photographs and artworks shown on this website are copyrighted by the artists and may not be reproduced without permission from the copyright owner. By entering this website, you agree to these conditions.

Valerie Noelle

Valerie Noelle

Valerie Noelle Environmental Artist/Ceramist Portrait © Donna Granata 2004 Valerie Noelle's work is greatly influenced by her childhood exposure to the diversity of human culture as well as nature's myriad forms, through her extensive travels as a result of her...

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Paula Odor

Paula Odor

Paula Odor Painter Portrait © Donna Granata 2001 Odor's watercolors emphasize composition and design, establishing an equilibrium of all the elements within the picture plane. Paula Odor Painter and etcher Paula Odor began her studies at the Texas State College for...

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Dennis Oppenheim

Dennis Oppenheim

Dennis Oppenheim Conceptual Artist Portrait © Donna Granata 2002 Dennis Oppenheim (1938 - 2011) Dennis Oppenheim created the newest addition to the City of Ventura Public Art Program. Called Bus-Home, the large functional sculpture graces the Bus Transfer Center at...

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Rondal Partridge

Rondal Partridge

Rondal PartridgePhotographer/Master Printer Portrait © Donna Granata 2007 The son of renowned photographer Imogen Cunningham, Rondal Partridge (1917 - 2015) grew up surrounded by some of America’s most iconic photographers, among them Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and...

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Ruth Pastine

Ruth Pastine

Ruth Pastine Painter Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 The paintings actively engage the viewer to experience light and color from black, from a perceptual place where visibility is ambiguous and is free from preconceived notions, and is redefined. Ruth Pastine Intense...

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Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce Painter Portrait © Donna Granata 2012 Neolithic man aligned massive stones with the sun, building places of worship and ritual. Alchemical philosophers distilled elements to find pure essence, creating allegories and symbols to express their...

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Susan Petty

Susan Petty

Susan Petty Painter Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 Susan Petty paints because she has to. Her works chronicle timelessness and continuity. Her technical expertise resonates in both tightly detailed images of delicate lace and barren tracks of land. Yet she continues to...

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Joseph Piasentin

Joseph Piasentin

Joseph Piasentin Painter/Mixed-Media Artist Portrait © Donna Granata 2004 Joseph Piasentin is a professor of painting and drawing at Pepperdine University. It has been said that Piasentin encourages his students to be responsible for every choice, every decision made...

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Gail Pidduck

Gail Pidduck

Gail Pidduck Painter Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 “There are moments when art attains almost to the dignity of manual labor.” The quote is Oscar Wilde’s and the words have a special significance for Gail Pidduck. She has, with paint and the eye of a discerning...

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Elisse Pogofsky-Harris

Elisse Pogofsky-Harris

Elisse Pogofsky-Harris Painter Portrait © Donna Granata 2004 Elisse Pogofsky-Harris (1941 - 2018) Dreamy and surreal images, ripe with symbolism, gradually reveal to the viewer a world of multiple possibilities. Elisse Pogofsky-Harris worked mostly in oil on canvas....

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Patti Post

Patti Post

Patti Post Painter Portrait © Donna Granata 2011 “The arts exist, so that we might give voice to what we cannot say any other way. I am amazed and inspired by the profound insight and awareness that our students realize through their images and their willingness to...

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Len Poteshman

Len Poteshman

Len Poteshman Painter/Sculptor Portrait © Donna Granata 2011 Len Poteshman‘s dreams of being a concert violinist came to an end due to injuries sustained in World War II. Len pursued an arts education at the Chicago Art Institute, the American Academy of the Arts,...

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