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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.

Douglas Spaulding

Douglas Spaulding

Doug Spaulding Sculptor Portrait © Donna Granata 1999 Doug Spaulding (1929-2012) Douglas Malcolm Spaulding was born in Danielson, Connecticut in 1929. He was raised in the family home built by his father Jacob, a skilled carpenter. His mother Francis, a school...

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Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend

Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend

Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend Glass/Mixed Media Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 For Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, inspiration comes from many sources, both mundane and elegant. Her unconscious doodles find their way from her desk calendar to sheets of glass and are combined with...

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Ray Strong

Ray Strong

Ray Strong Painter Portrait © Donna Granata 2004 Ray Strong (1905 -2006 ) "If you want to get to know the land, go and sleep with it." Ray Strong knew the land. He was a landscape painter, muralist and poet from the time he was just eight years old. Strong was born in...

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George Stuart

George StuartHistorian/Sculptor George Stuart "Henry VIII" Museum of Ventura County Collection_ Photo by Peter D'Aprix Mr. Stuart is a historian with a passion to create. The success of his three dimensional figures are the product of the artist’s exhaustive research...

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Tracy Lee Stum

Tracy Lee Stum

Tracy Lee StumChalk Artist Portrait of Tracy Lee Strum by Michael Moore Internationally recognized and award winning chalk artist, Tracy Lee Stum specializes in spectacular, interactive 3D anamorphic street paintings. Tracy’s mind-blowing 3D images continue to ‘wow’,...

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John Suttman

John Suttman

John Suttman Sculptor Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 John Suttman is an artist whose work involves unexpected function and the discovery of hidden beauty. A china cabinet threatens to fall over while another seems ready to dance. A chair is poised to join Alice’s tea...

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Burns Taft

Burns Taft

Burns Taft Conductor/Musician Portrait © Donna Granata 1998 Recognized as a gifted musician and respected music educator in Ventura County, Burns Taft was the music director of the Master Chorale of Ventura for over 30 years. His academic credentials include from...

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Linda Taylor

Linda Taylor

Linda Taylor Printmaker Portrait © Donna Granata 2011 Is it fair to say that a talented printmaker’s most visible work takes up one side of an old grocery store?  Yes, if that print-maker is Linda Taylor who spent many months restoring the mural on the exterior wall...

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Cheryl Ann Thomas

Cheryl Ann Thomas

Cheryl Ann Thomas Ceramist Portrait © Donna Granata 2005 Cheryl Ann Thomas delights in the unexpected and relishes the moment her hand coiled porcelain and stoneware vessels assume a life of their own. Constructing these sculptures is an intimate process involving...

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Leslie Thompson

Leslie Thompson

Leslie Thompson Ceramist Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 Leslie Thompson Leslie Thompson’s works delight the eye, both for the spontaneity of some pieces and the controlled precision of others. A black and white checkered pattern mimics water overflowing a jug. The...

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Susan Tibbles

Susan Tibbles

Susan Tibbles Assemblage Artist/Illustrator 911 (One Year Anniversary) by Susan Tibbles #66 L A Times, Mixed Media Construction A desk calendar. On the left, Mon Sept 10 2001. On the right, Tues Sept 11 2001, the paper charred. It is a powerful illustration of an act...

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Michael Cullen Todd

Michael Cullen Todd

Michael Cullen ToddSculptor "Janaini" by Michael Cullen Todd, bronze 30”x 24” x 18” Michael Cullen Todd’s biography abounds with accolades:  Woodrow Wilson and Fulbright Fellowships.  Exhibits in major galleries throughout the US.  His work is found in prestigious...

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