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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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Leslie Clark

Leslie Clark

Painter
Texture is an important element in Leslie Clark’s work that uses fabrics, rice and banana papers, watercolors, acrylics and oil paints to create soulful compositions depicting the nomadic peoples of Africa. Travel and…

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Bert Collins

Bert Collins

Bert CollinsPainter/Pastel Artist Portrait © Donna Granata 1997 Bert Collins is a noted Ojai Valley artist, painter and teacher who has won more than 200 awards during her 40+ year career. Her realistic scenes contain naturalistic color and fine detail. She is a...

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Susan Cook

Susan Cook

Susan CookPainter Watch Over Me by Susan Cook, oil on canvas, 48”x48” Susan Cook is a contemporary fine artist whose oil paintings are inspired by nature and an interest in experimenting with figuration, color and shapes. Initially, her paintings are quickly drawn,...

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Carlisle Cooper

Carlisle Cooper

Carlisle CooperPainter Portrait © Donna Granata 2011 Carlisle Cooper (1919 - 2013) Often, after meeting Carlisle Cooper, one was amazed at his avant-garde painting style. One would expect him, as a Southern gentleman, to have a very traditional approach to his work.In...

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Lynn Creighton

Lynn Creighton

Lynn CreightonSculptor Portrait © Donna Granata 2011 Lynn Creighton believes that life is a spiritual journey and that it is this quest which allows artists to connect with the ideas they hope to express. The contours of her bronze and clay works reveal captured joy...

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Russell Crotty

Russell Crotty

Russell CrottyInstallation/Mixed Media The Super Earth Dilemma 48:1 by Russell Crotty, 2018 Ink, acrylic, fiberglass, and tinted bio-resin on paper on wood 48 x 48 x 2 in. (121.9 x 121.9 x 5.6 cm) Ojai-resident Russell Crotty, awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015,...

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Marcia Cummings

Marcia Cummings

Marcia CummingsSculptor/Painter Portrait © Donna Granata 1999 Marcia Cummings' assemblages deal with social issues in an intellectually stimulating and witty way. Her award winning work grapples with contemporary topics including women's issues, sex, hypocrisy,...

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Michael Davis

Michael Davis

Michael DavisPublic Artist/Sculptor Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 Are minimalist theory and political consciousness unusual? Not for Michael Davis. Michael’s work is informed by Cold War politics of the 50s and political activism of the 60s. “Industrial refuse, the...

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Miguel del Aguila

Miguel del Aguila

Miguel del AguilaComposer Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 Miguel del Aguila, Uruguayan-born American composer, was a child prodigy, graduating from the main music conservatory in Montevideo at age 14. The photograph, using antiques and one romantic rose, pays homage to...

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Beverly Decker

Beverly Decker

Beverly DeckerPainter Portrait © Donna Granata 2011 “With the thought of peace let me contemplate the world.”  This is a phrase that Beverly Decker haschosen to begin a philosophical statement that is inspired by Buddhist text. The recitation continues with...

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De L’Esprie

De L’Esprie

De L'Esprie Sculptor Portrait © Donna Granata 2004 Many have admired her work at the Janss Mall, at the Promenade and at the Crystal Cathedral. A Canadian by birth, sculptor De L’Esprie’s first forays into art began by painting under beds and in closets, haunts that...

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Yue Deng

Yue Deng

Yue Deng, ViolinistPhoto supplied by the artist Independent and passionate describe Yue Deng whose career as a concert violinist began when she was awarded First Prize in the National Violin Competition in China at the age of eight. She studied at Oberlin Conservatory...

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