Danna Ray, Painter, South Carolina
As we head into the holidays and Arizona starts to feel more like winter, it is only fitting that Danna Ray’s paintings of mountain imagery caught our attention. Her current work is an exploration of the inherent transience and connectedness of all things. She is interested in small moments that scratch away the myopic fog of everyday routine to reveal glimpses of a bigger picture.
Danna Ray grew up in rural South Carolina, where she spent her days exploring the woods, fields, and creeks around her family’s log cabin. She later went on to attend Virginia Commonwealth University to receive a BFA in Illustration. Today, Danna spends most days working in her studio, though she and her husband often take off to the mountains to go camping, hiking, and rock climbing.
For more on Danna’s work visit her on the web.
Michael Carson, Painter, Minneapolis, MN
Influenced by the paintings of Toulouise Loutrec, John Singer Sargent, Norman Rockwell, Malcolm Liepke, and Milt Kobayashi, Michael Carson is primarily a figurative Artist who likes to tell a story. His figures usually find themselves in bars, nightclubs, cafes, and jazz clubs; even at home in intimate settings.
We love how he emphasizes relationships of color and light and allows the texture of his brush stroke to move the viewer’s eye through the art. “I like the fact that the face can be such a subtle subject and one brush stroke can be the difference in the feel of the entire piece. That gives me the ability to work in one subject matter and still find that I learn something new in every painting. I love to incorporate my love of design, fashion and architecture into my work. My nondescript surroundings help me to create a mood or a story that I am trying to relay through my painting. Seeing how the work evolves, the subtle and drastic differences, and looking forward to the future is what keeps me painting. I view a painting as a success when I take from it something new that follows me into my next work. It’s just learning to become a better painter.”