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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.

Lee Hodges

Lee Hodges Mixed Media Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 Lee Hodges combines disparate objects -- jewels, copper wire, recycled paper, cast-off plastics, and layers of iridescent paint -- to form artwork that shimmers. The fusion of her passions for art and her faith into...

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Bobby Houston

Bobby HoustonFilmmaker Photo supplied by the artist Filmmaker/director Bobby Houston joined FOTM Founder Donna Granata and discussed his project Mighty Times: The Rosa Parks Story, a short film Houston, along with his partner Robert Hudson of Tell the Truth Pictures,...

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Dorothy Hunter

Dorothy Hunter Painter Portrait © Donna Granata 2003 Dorothy Hunter (1929 - 2018 )Her oil paintings bring the emotional palette of impressionism to the world of abstract art. "I am usually referred to as an abstract artist but perhaps my work should be called abstract...

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The inkspots

The inkspostsPrintmakers images supplied by the artists The inkspots are a collective made up of area printmakers. Founder Virginia Furmanski will be joined by Bay Hallowell and Inés Monguió in a panel discussion led by Dr. Judy Larson. The inkspots were formed in...

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Connie Jenkins

Connie Jenkins Painter Portrait © Donna Granata 2000 Connie Jenkins is an accomplished Realist painter whose large-scale canvasses feature rocks, water and the natural landscape, but also contain elements that are not as easily identified. Her images often represent...

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Tom Jenkins

Tom JenkinsPainter/Sound Artist Steel tops by Tom Jenkins Horses, motorcycles, pin-striped hot rods. Gymnastics. Steel spinning tops. Sound sculptures. These diverse threads will be woven together as Donna Granata interviews Tom Jenkins, an artist who resists easy...

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Wesley Johnson

Wesley Johnson Painter Portrait © Donna Granata 1999 Wesley E. Johnson was born in Ojai, and became involved with art while a student at Ventura College, where he had originally planned to study engineering. He continued his art education at the University of...

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Gerri Johnson-McMillin

Gerri McMillin Weaver Portrait © Donna Granata 2004 Fiber art has always been a part of my life. Whether it is basketry, weaving, spinning, knotting or another form of fiber art, I love the tactile sensations of fibers and feeling the life within them. I am known for...

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Mikael Jorgensen

Mikael Jorgensen Musician Photo of Jorgensen by Austin Nelson Mikael Jorgensen is a keyboard player in the Grammy Award winning rock group Wilco. Mikael's father, an esteemed recording engineer, introduced him to the world of music and music production. The...

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Cassandra C. Jones

Cassandra Jones Photographer Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 Cassandra C. Jones is a cutting edge artist who finds paradox and contradiction in the world around her. Does an artist create public opinion or mirror it? Are artists the first to reflect on undercurrents in...

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Joanne Julian

Joanne Julian Painter “Joanne Julian calls our attention to the beauty and transcendence of the natural world that surrounds us,” states contemporary art curator and writer Jay Belloli. Joanne credits her old world, Armenian upbringing that paid attention to detail in...

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Susan R. Kaufman

Susan R. Kaufman Sculptor Portrait © Donna Granata 2011 Susan’s sculptures remind us of the inevitable passage of time and the always present need for love. Her greatest influence is her father, a Russian immigrant whose art captured the horrors of Cossack marauders...

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