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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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JoEllen Lee

JoEllen Lee Beader Gold Sex and The Necklaces by JoEllen Lee When does jewelry become art? Is important jewelry made only with precious metals and gems? How does jewelry transform the wearer? These and other questions were explored as Mary Galbraith visited with Jo...

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David A. Leffel

David Leffel Painter Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 “Every mark, every brushstroke one registers on the canvas requires the utmost taste and sensitivity to produce a beautiful painting. This quality of caring and consideration is what makes the art of the discipline so...

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Karen Lewis

Karen LewisPainter Ripening by Karen Lewis, 12”x12” oil on canvas World War II. A Japanese prison camp in the Philippines. A girl passes the time cutting out and coloring paper dolls.  Is this when the artistic career of Karen K. Lewis began?  Karen, a member of the...

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Paul Lindhard

Paul Lindhard Sculptor Portrait © Donna Granata 2003 Paul Lindhard, founder of Art City, a unique artists’ enclave located in west Ventura. Primarily a stone sculptor, Lindhard founded Art City so that it would serve as a constant artistic stimulus to enhance his own...

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Katherine Chang Liu

Katherine Chang LiuPainter "Qualia" by Katherine Chang Liu, mixed media on panel, 36"x36" My work is like a map.  Everything which goes in my mind that day sorts itself into some ideas.  Working out those ideas, and consolidating them into something I feel rather...

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Douglas Lochner

Douglas Lochner Sculptor Rejoice by Douglas Lochner “A minimalist, I strive to create art that touches people on a primal level, exploring universal themes that circumvent the limitations of language and culture.” Ojai sculptor Douglas Lochner thus describes in true...

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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 MannDraftsman Jeff Mann by Guy Webster ow 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 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 Painter Portrait © Donna Granata 2008 In a society obsessed with youth and the fleeting beauty of perfection, Alice Matzkin looks at the positive side of growing older. She paints lines and wrinkles as the story of women’s years. The “Women of Age”...

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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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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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