Spencer III, William

William Spencer III

Beginning as a commercial illustrator in the years before 1982 Spencer gradually made the switch to fine art around 1989. During that first year in northern California his work debuted at the prestigious Crocker Kingsley Exhibit which was curated by a former director of the New York Whitney Museum of Modern Art and the work was subsequently displayed in the Oldest Art Museum west of the Mississippi: [The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA.]

At that time, William's work was chosen out of over 800 California artists and the same year was also acknowledged by Sacramento Galleries with the "Rising Star Award" - an award offered once a year to upcoming artists from Northern California and selected by a consortium of the main Gallery participants in and around Sacramento. Since that time his work has appeared in various publications (listed) and numerous Galleries as well as juried shows such as the Sausalito Art Festival in addition to the Kingsley Exhibit. (The Kingsley Art Club is the oldest Art club in the West as well.)

Spencer also had a One Man Show at the Art Box Gallery in the Roppongi Art district of Tokyo, Japan. His work was featured at the time in Sacramento Magazines’ “BEST OF Sacramento" issue. A yearly issue where the Best of numerous categories from the area gets a featured article. (Art, restaurants, Philanthropists, etc.)

Spencer recently described his work: "I have recognized for many years that my work is mostly effective on some subconscious level to most people - including myself. This is one reason I am constantly discovering new things about my own work. One of the most important discoveries has been that if I use familiar images in ways I am not accustomed to seeing - the work will create subconscious associations. I know that Memory is triggered through nostalgia - even when I am unable to define it or understand why. I think this is an important and continually evolving aspect of my work.

It is also true that throughout my body of work, there has apparently been a continuous thread even when on the surface the varied works may appear to be dissimilar. My work has been termed dynamic for a long time. I think this is partly because of the strong edges, and the textured touchable surfaces in addition (often) to my use of bold color. Collectors have told me that something often seems familiar but aren't able to exactly say why this is so.

I think that many important aspects of Human experience are somehow constructed of, or supported by the way our subconscious minds collect and visually process repeated form - even if that 'form' seems random. Not only Humans - but living things in general respond to repeated forms and recognize patterns on a deeply subconscious level. I think this is because form is associated with deep collective memory - and that this may be especially true when that form is repeated. If a work of art is stopped short of obvious explanation, then the imagination is permitted to take the viewer in an unaccustomed direction. If my work takes me in an unaccustomed direction I think the work will more likely carry a personal meaning for anyone who views it. It's important to me that each person takes away their own meaning.

My works are predominantly Acrylic, sometimes Oil and an occasional encaustic stabilized beeswax on specially Plastered Eucalyptus Panels. Often included is Pencil work, sometimes Collage from manipulated photo work, Silk screen (either hand silk screened or Digital screening) and stenciling. I also use things like Windex and cold wax in the plaster. Each painting comes with special hangers.

Since 1991 William Spencer III has painted and sold over 1200 paintings and Belleza Gallery is responsible for sale of well over half of that number.

- W Spencer III

One Man Exhibits:

  • Horvath Bass Galleries - Sacramento
  • Medusa Gallery - Sacramento
  • William Spencer III Gallery - Sacramento
  • Art Box Gallery - Roppongi - Tokyo
  • San Ygancio Ltd. - Los Angeles Art
  • Expo Sausalito Art Festival - Sausalito, California
  • Kingsley Art Exhibition - Curated by Whitney Museum of Art Curator (at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento California - the oldest Art Museum west of the Mississippi.)

Current Exhibits:

  • Belleza Fine Art- Bisbee, AZ
  • Turquoise Tortoise – Sedona, AZ
  • Coopers Art Gallery - Carefree, AZ
  • Envision Gallery - Taos NM
  • LKG Contemporary –Scottsdale, AZ
  • Jane Hamilton Fine Art – Tucson, AZ
  • Manos Gallery, Tubac, AZ
  • Tucson Guide - Fall 2007 -[on The Cover]
  • Sunstorm Fine Arts - Southern CA
  • Art Expo Preview magazine
  • Décor - National Art Magazine
  • Sacramento - The ‘Best of the City’ issue
  • On The Wings- Sacramento Art review
  • LUXE magazine, Jan. 2015, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Bisbee Marquee- Bisbee, AZ
  • Phoenix Home and Garden, Feb. 2004
  • Diggs Magazine- Tucson, AZ Oct 2002
  • Arizona's Gold - Hardback - 2006

Martin, Mary

Mary Martin is a plein air oil artist reknowned for wildlife and landscapes scenes, especially that of the beloved quail. Because she so captures the essence of desert life with precise technical skill, she is sought after throughout the State of Arizona

Becker, Gerald

Jerry Becker won his first art award at the age of seven. It was a second place ribbon in an all city art exhibition in Tacoma, Washington. He studied at the Cornish School of Allied arts in Seattle. Becker has taught art at several community Colleges and has conducted numerous watercolor workshops in the Northwest & Southwest Areas. He has been a member in several art groups including South Arizona WatercolorGuild, the Whiskey Painters of America, Puget Sound Group of Painters, and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. Becker is the winner of over fifty awards in juried shows and has had over 65 one man shows, including a showing at the Charles 7 Emma Fry Museum in Seattle. He has studied with many of America's finest watercolorists, including Millard Sheets, Robert Woods, and Milford Zorne. Artist's Statement : I have painted in many different styles, both realistic abstract & semi Abstract. I enjoy semi-abstract the most; trying to bring out subject matter in a different way. stressing the feeling of ambiguous space has always interested me the most. I also enjoy the loose free realistic landscapes.

Mulleneaux, Barbara

Barbara moved from southern California to Arizona in 1994 with her husband and two daughters. Being a self-taught artist, Barbara reminds us that doesn't mean "no art education". Barbara has taken (and continues) to participate in classes and workshops with some our nation's finest plein air painters and recognized artists as well as studying art history. She joined the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society in 2002. She was hooked! After years of following trails and picking bugs off her panel, Barbara still prefers to paint outdoors- especially with her Golden Retriever, Charlie.

Barbara's works are very expressive with color and texture. She uses pallet knives. "I like to use the pallet knife. It is kind of like sculpting with paint!"

Barbara teaches painting classes and workshops.


Bisbee Plein Air Festival 2015 Best of Show

Featured Articles in Plein Air Magazine's "Outdoor Painter"

Sunlight and Shadows, Toscana Gallery, Best of Show

Bisbee After 5 Plein Air Festival Judge

Barbara Mulleneaux photo

Berridge, David

"I want viewers to have more than a pleasing image to look at.
I want them to experience what I felt in the creation of the work."

Bisbee artist David Berridge continues to accumulate awards and recognition:
David Berridge started his career as an artist 35 years ago while working on a cattle ranch in Northern Arizona. He would finish the days work on the ranch, settle down, put a cutting board on his lap and commence to drawing western art scenes.

"Folks seemed to be drawn to my work right from the get-go..." Dave says..."I remember when I took my first "real" pieces of artwork into Husberg's Gallery in Sedona, Arizona 35 years ago, most of them (Dave's art) ended up having a sold "red dot" on them before I left the gallery."
"I was just a punk kid and didn't realize what a big deal it was when the Favell Museum of Western Art purchased 3 of my pieces for permanent display as an example of "Fine American Western Art."

A lot of time, galleries, shows and exhibitions have passed since then, but one thing remains the same, a great following and appreciation for David Berridge's artwork. He now calls Bisbee Arizona his home and shows exclusively at the Belleza Fine Art Gallery (www.bellezagallery.org) in Bisbee.

David's work these days is very reminiscent of the "Early California Impressionists."

"My work has been generally regarded as "impressionist" in style for the past 20 years or so, but lately I think I've gone truly "turn of the past century" impressionist and I believe it is in no small part due to the inspiration of the tremendous 1906 Arts and Crafts masterpiece (the landmark Greenway House in Warren) that Karen (Dave's wife of 38 years) and I are fortunate
enough to own. "Everywhere I look is inspiration....peoples hearts went into the work of their hands....which is what I've always wanted to do with my artwork."

Apparently that is exactly what David is accomplishing.... Just recently a national publication, "the Artist's magazine" ran a feature article on ..."6 SMALL towns from coast to coast that are
BIG on art." Bisbee Arizona was one of their picks and David Berridge's painting "Tin Roof" was chosen to represent the area.

In June 0f 2005 the Oil Pastel Society, an international society had it's 2005 show and competition. David's piece "Shadow'd Grasses" was awarded first place and as published in the August, 2005 issue of "American Artist" magazine.

How does David feel about his art? "It's what I do, and I believe it's what I'm meant to do, and for that I'm very thankful. It is truly my "Great Therapy." "It means the world to me for people to love my art. I have a great feeling of accomplishment."

To see David's work online visit www.bellezagallery.org

To see David's work in person visit the Belleza Fine Art Gallery at 27 Main Street, Bisbee, Az. Belleza is owned and operated by the Women's Transition Project, a non profit serving homeless women and children. David is one of Belleza's featured artists.....

"You always see art. It's always in front of you."

He's been known to call himself a "cheesehead from Vancouver, B.C." (that's right, cheeseheads aren't limited to Wisconsin). He obtained U.S. citizenship as a young adult and then joined the U.S. Air Force. He and his wife Karen have been traveling around the United States ever since.

Before his career as an artist took off, David worked on a cattle ranch near Sedona, Arizona. He was strongly influenced by Western life and the countryside and continued to draw in his free time. David says he was constantly goaded by family and friends to show his work somewhere. He finally took a handful of drawings to Alan Husberg's Fine Art Gallery in Sedona. Husberg told him to go home and draw on better quality paper.

For the next ten years he exhibited realistic compositions of life on the ranch, including a series of limited edition wildlife prints. Then his work began to lose its challenge, David decided it was time to develop and expand his artwork in a new direction with a completely new medium, oil pastel.
David's technique, generally regarded as "impressionist", displays a keen sense of light and shadow. A brilliant palette and dramatic use of color characterize this difficult medium. A mark from an oil pastel stick is permanent. Because of its creamy properties, oil pastel is susceptible to overblending and can easily be overworked by the uninitiated. Unlike painting in oil or acrylic, there is no room for error.
David and his wife Karen enjoy gardening, wildlife, and the serenity of life in Bisbee, Arizona.

Selected List of Exhibitions and Representation

Berozkina Gallery, Kirkland, WA
History of the World Gallery, Camano Island, WA
E.A.F.A. 21st Annual Exhibition, Seattle, WA
Nelson/Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA
Island Artists International, Guemes Island, WA
Favell Museum of Western Art, Klamath Falls, OR
Husbergs Fine Art Gallery, Sedona, AZ
Quail Ridge Gallery, Sedona, AZ
Covington Fine Arts Gallery, Fort Worth, TX
Elk City Fine Arts Center, Elk City, OK
Clarkdale Art Museum, Clarkdale, AZ
Anderson Fine Arts Gallery, LaConner, WA
Northern Lights Gallery, Anchorage, AK


1989 BA Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology


1946, Vancouver, BC


Niewoehner, Ev

Ev (Everett) Niewoehner recently settled in Florida after having lived in Iowa, Colorado, Utah, California, and Tennessee. Although working in a number of genres, it has been the subject of music which has dominated the bulk of his work. Surrealism has also played a prominent role in Niewoehner’s work in recent years. He has exhibited in a number of galleries and art centers in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, Birmingham, Atlanta and Rome, GA, Estes Park, CO, Fairhope, AL, Palm Coast and Daytona Beach, FL, and most recently, Bisbee, AZ. His oil paintings can be found in public and private collections from New York to California, and also, France and Morocco.

Bouchever, T Sloane W


bio pic

T. Sloane W. Bouchever was born in New York City in 1958, and began painting in oils at the age of 12. He started life drawing classes at 14, and went on to receive his BFA in studio art from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 1981.

Bouchever's paintings present an ethereal presence which accentuates the antiquity and mystery of his images. The heavy impasto and textures of sand, stones, wood and rope built into the canvas surface add an additional element of tension in an otherwise orderly world of his images.

Bouchever lived and worked in Paris, Florence and Barcelona for the better part of 11 years during the 1980’s and 1990’s. His work is featured in numerous collections throughout the United States and Europe and he has participated in many one man shows and group exhibitions over the past 35 years.

Among the painters Bouchever most admires are Caravaggio, Bronzino, Botticelli, Goya, Velazquez, Zurbaran, Picasso, Modigliani, Chagall, Nerdrum, Schiele, de Lempicka, Kline, Balthus, Gudiol, Tapies and Banksy.


Poma, Benedetto

Benedetto Poma nasce a Mascalucia , in provincia di Catania, nel 1968. Inizia a dipingere da giovanissimo senza guida alcuna, spinto solo dal suo amore per la pittura. Frequenta l'Istituto d'Arte di Catania e si laurea in Architettura presso l'Università degli Studi di Reggio Calabria nel 1999. Ha realizzato un significativo numero di dipinti murali per committenza pubblica e privata. Benedict Poma was born in Mascalucia , in the province of Catania, in 1968. He starts to paint from young without any guide, driven only by his love for painting. He attended the Art Institute of Catania and graduated in Architecture at the University of Reggio Calabria in 1999. Has achieved a significant number of murals for public and private customers Some of the most important exhibitions: 2005 Artists to the farmhouse - San Gregorio (CT) 2005 The permanent collection dell ARS Car Yachting Club - Catania 2004 The Spiral of art - Racalmuto (AG) 2004 personal Show to the front Desk 69, Square Castle Ursino - Catania 2004 personal Show Arcade Arms - Varese 2004 Artists to the farmhouse - San Gregorio (CT) 2003 Prize Arcadia Museum Emilio Grieco - Catania 2003 Biennial Prize of Venice - the Balanced - Catania 2003 Collective of Sicilian artists Misterbianco (CT) 2003 Collective of art - Brussels 2002 personal Show of painting, Arcade M - Florence 2001 personal Show of painting, Municipal Arcade - Misterbianco (CT) 2000 personal Show, Workshop of art - Catania 1999 private Audience and delivery to the Holy Father Pope Giovanni Paolo TWO of an icon - Rome 1999 mural Painting Linguaglossa (CT) 1997 Prize G. Marletta - Valverde (CT) 1996 Prize Rapisardi - San Gregorio (CT) Alcune delle mostre più importanti: 2005 Artisti al casolare - San Gregorio (CT) 2005 La collezione permanente dell ARS Auto Yachting Club - Catania 2004 La Spirale d'Arte - Racalmuto (AG) 2004 Mostra personale al Bureau 69 , Piazza Castello Ursino - Catania 2004 Mostra personale Galleria Armanti - Varese 2004 Artisti al casolare - San Gregorio (CT) 2003 Premio Arcadia Museo Emilio Grieco - Catania 2003 Premio Biennale di Venezia - il Quadrato - Catania 2003 Collettiva di artisti siciliani Misterbianco (CT) 2003 Collettiva d'Arte - Bruxelles 2002 Mostra personale di pittura , Galleria Emme - Firenze 2001 Mostra personale di pittura, Galleria Civica - Misterbianco (CT) 2000 Mostra personale, Officina d'Arte - Catania 1999 Udienza privata e consegna al Santo Padre Papa Giovanni Paolo II di un'icona - Roma 1999 Dipinto murale Linguaglossa (CT) 1997 Premio G. Marletta - Valverde (CT) 1996 Premio Rapisardi - San Gregorio (CT)

Brestel, Sandra

SANDRA BRESTEL Over the years, Sandra’s art career has carried her through several mediums, and techniques. Many artists go through these phases of development before they find where their passion truly lies. In 1995, Sandra found this passion in the petroglyphs and pictographs of ancient Native Americans. These ancient people left the traces of their lives upon the earth’s architecture of rock. It is here, in the southwestern desert, Sandra finds a continuing source of inspiration for her unique style of acrylic paintings. Sandra’s ability to blend color, shape, and texture enables her to create the illusion of and actual cave wall or cliff face. Within this illusion of rock lies a composition of anthropomorphic symbols and shapes. The images portrayed in Sandra’s paintings are inspired by authentic petroglyphs and pictographs. Using her amazing talents for color and composition, Sandra paints these images in her own composition. This enables her to create freely, an original theme in each of her pieces. The mirage like appearance of these sacred images, and the spiritual mysticism of an ancient time, is what brings Sandra’s paintings to life. Sandra’s art appeals to many people who have commissioned her to create that perfect piece, for a certain room of foyer within their beautiful homes. Her work is in homes across the country and abroad, with pieces hanging in private collections as far away as Italy and Canada.

Ross, Barbara

Her art career began informally at age 6, and her passion for art has never wavered. Her artistic batteries are often charge when simply talking about art and painting. “I don’t start with an idea and put it down. I let the ideas take shape as I apply the paint, “ she explains. “I often squeeze paint directly on the canvas and just see what happens. Because the drive is so intense, I often finish a painting in one sitting.” Barb adds that painting for her is a form of meditation, escaping into another world, and letting that world emit through colors on the board.

Born in Bisbee, Arizona, Barb’s career has been laced with art. Upon completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from Arizona State University, she taught art at Phoenix Union High School prior to moving to Grand Junction, Colorado where she became a partner in the Terrace Art Gallery and Frame Shop. In addition to ownership, Barb fed her desire to teach others through her instructed courses in painting.

Many pieces of her work are parts of private collections held in California, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado and Costa Rica. In addition to abstract forms, she has done several commissioned portraits. Even during a four-year voyage through the Caribbean on a 37’ sloop, Barb continued to work on her art, and she has since returned to it full-time. She makes her home in Sierra Vista, Arizona.


Chesney, Kim

Kim Painter Chesney - Artist Statement

Traveling over the last several decades to artistically relevant cities like Hong Kong, Tokyo, Nairobi, Athens, Rome and Mexico City have had a major influence on my love affair with mixed media encaustic. My work embodies a modern day connection to processes that been practiced for 1,000’s of years.

Around 100 AD, the Greeks and the Romans were the first to explore using beeswax to preserve and create art, now called “encaustic” meaning to burn in.

The exquisite parchments I use in my mixed-media pieces are fabricated in many countries like Thailand, Korea, China, Japan and Mexico. The fascinating techniques used to make many of them have been handed down for millenniums.

Daniella Woolf , encaustic guru, mirrors my personal sentiments about the glory of being a mixed-media artist:

“For a mixed-media artist, encaustic is a dream come true. All the media I have worked in come together in grand profusion with encaustic.”

The joy I feel when creating and sharing my art taps into my mental, physical and emotional well-being to almost euphoric proportions. The historical relevance resonates with me and my centuries old Italian heritage, connecting my heart to the beauty of art.


Ruff, Dee

DEE RUFF Artist Statement

I think I’ve always been captivated by the beauty of colors and textures, especially those found in the natural world. As a young child, the forests and rolling hills of western Pennsylvania were my playgrounds. In the spring and summer months, I celebrated seeing wildflowers dot the bright green fields, where I rode my beloved horses. I held smooth, shiny pebbles and felt the silky moss that lined the trickling stream in my backyard. I romped in the lush woodland, collecting lichen-covered sticks while marveling at the mayapples that resembled little green umbrellas. In autumn, the brilliantly colored leaves of the sugar maples sharply contrasted with the fields of gold and the bright blue autumn sky. During winter, delicate white snowflakes and shiny icicles greeted me many mornings. At night, the moon illuminated the serene landscape, and the stars looked like softly sprinkled powder across the velvety black sky.

For more than two decades, I’ve created intricate works of art, using patterns developed by some of the most celebrated designers in the world of needlepoint. I found I was especially drawn to patterns based on William Morris, Gustav Klimt, and other masters of the Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts movements. Throughout my home, you can find many works of needlepoint, including a rug of African marigolds, tapestries, and framed pieces, all comprised of thousands of colorful stitches. Each stitch has been patiently, individually placed to form a completed whole.

In 2011, I ended a cherished career after developing physical problems. Thankfully, most of those problems are now resolved. During my time of rest and healing, I was determined to remain productive, and enrolled in a master gardener certification course. One day, after a gardening lecture, I discovered a book on mosaics, near the garden section in a local bookstore. My passion for mosaics was ignited.

Like needlepoint, I first learned about mosaic art by reading voraciously, studying on the Internet, and asking questions of gracious mosaic professionals. I ambitiously gathered basic tools, supplies and materials. After experimenting at home, I found that creating mosaic art offered not only more challenges than needlepoint, but also provided a means of expression I had not known before.

As I healed, I completed the master gardener volunteer certification. During this time, I also invested in private study with internationally renowned mosaic artists. Under the guidance of these professionals, I discovered a greater depth to my art and continued to explore different styles and techniques.

Through my ever-evolving creative path in mosaic art, I have combined my love of gardening and nature by creating unique and colorful abstract mosaics. Many of my early works were garden mosaics where I enjoyed experimenting with spirals and circles, along with other patterns and textures found in nature, to create birdbaths and sculptural forms. Rather than using representational designs such as flowers, foliage, or insects, I created abstracts that do not directly compete with nature, but complement and enhance the natural elements in a garden setting.

As I continue to explore mosaic art, particularly with my new modern mosaics, called “Illuminated Shards,” I am still captivated by my childhood love of nature. Through my indoor mosaics, I seek to inspire the moods, textures, and colors of the outdoors. Some of my art is created on my own handmade substrates, which gives me flexibility in size, shape and characteristic of each composition. I am fascinated by the way natural stone, such as marble, slate, and granite, breaks under the force of my hammer and hardie, which is an Italian tool that ancient and modern-day mosaic maestros use. I am smitten with the hues of fine Italian smalti glass, and the way the light refracts across the highly textured surfaces of carefully combined materials. Some of my mosaics feature mixed media, such as alcohol inks, beads, unique painting techniques, and metals. Along with nature, I am deeply inspired by many influences, including abstract paintings, textiles and needlepoint designs, contemporary mosaic masters, and architecture, ranging from ancient to modern. It is my hope that my art brings together color, texture, space, and light as a means to convey my love of the natural world and kindle these emotions in others. Mosaic art is one of the most ancient and durable forms of art. Much like the stitches in needlepoint, pieces of tesserae combine into a powerful and evocative unified expression. Each tessera means something: if you take away one, the entire composition changes.


Church, Spencer


Scott, Clement

Clement was trained at Watts Atelier in Encinitas California. There he studied painting and drawing from life as well as concepts in illustration, landscape, perspective and more. He is inspired by many artists and illustrators of the past and present. Clement strives to create work that is appealing in subject matter and in execution. He resides in Bisbee Arizona where he also keeps a studio. He also teaches drawing and painting workshops frequently.

Clement Scott photo

Conner, Tom

(b. 1967 ) 

Raised in North Carolina, Tom attended the School of Design at North Carolina State University. After college Tom moved west and found his true home in the deserts and forests of Arizona. Working in oils, he seeks to convey the beauty of the Southwest and its relationship to the human spirit. For him this means exploring the ephemeral dance of light on these timeless landscapes. Much like the infinite expressions each human face is capable of, so too the play of sun and shadow on the land reveals the emotional intent of each work. It provides an inexhaustible source of exploration. 

Working both en plein air and in studio works, Tom and his wife divide their time between Phoenix and Prescott AZ 

Member: OPA, APAP & Sonoran Arts League 
2019 Bisbee Plein Air Festival: Best of Show


Smiley, Donald

Vibrant, exciting color on gallery wrapped canvas; no need for framing. Smiley has been providing joy to the world through his art for the last 40 years.
Born - 1941


Trinity School, Washington, Pa. 1958
California School of Fine Arts 1958-59
Private studies - Drawing - Arthur Palmer, San Francisco 1961
Painting - Jim Knox, San Francisco 1960-63
Beginning Sculpture - Fall 1985
Western Community College


1995 - present
1977 - 1994 - Floral Designer, Carson City, Nevada
1974 - 1977 - Floral Designer, Jackson, Wyoming
1972 - 1973 - Manager, summers Colter Bay Marina, Grand Teton National Park
1971 - 1973 - Gallery Assistant, winters Knox - Campbell Gallery Tucson, Arizona
1964 - 1971 - Manager, retail - Walnut Creek, California


group show

Pennsylvania Artists Annual * 1959
San Francisco Annual* 1960-61
Artists Guild of San Francisco* 1960-63
Walnut Creek, Annual* 1964-65
Diablo Art Association Annual 1965-66
Golden Hills Gallery, Mesa, Arizona 1969 - one - man show
Southwest Art Festival* Tucson, Arizona 1969 honorable mention
Knox - Campbell Gallery Tucson, Arizona 1969-70
Concord Art Association Annual* 1970
Baerhawk Gallery, Porta Costa, California* 1970
White Hogan, Castle Hot Springs, Arizona* 1973
Grand Teton National Park headquarters 1975 - one-man show
Jackson Hole Annual* 1975
Fallon Art Show* Fallon, Nevada 1983
Nevada Day Art Show* Carson City, Nevada 1983,84,85,87
Western Nevada Community College, one-man show
Western Nevada Community College, Student Show* Sculpture 1985
Getchel Gallery, Univ. of Nevada, Reno - Sculpture 1986
Gold Hill (Nevada) Gallery - oil, three-person show
Comstock Artist Show* Virginia City, Nevada
Nevada State Fair Show* 1988 Reno
Reno Rodeo Art Show* 1990
Intro '91* Sierra Bank Hermitage Gallery, Reno
Silver State Gallery, Reno 1991
Rough Road to Sutro {studio Show} - Sutro, Nevada 1991
Western Nevada Community College* 1992
5th Annual "Nevada is not a Wasteland" * Reno
Western Community College* Stillwater Gallery, Fallon, Nevada 1993
NNA Show* artist choice 1993

Art Show Judging

Western Nevada Community College Student Show 1982, 1992


Nevada Art Association - Floral Arranging from a painting
Teleflora Show, Reno
Flora arrangements: Party bouquets, Bride's bouquets

Related Experience

Mountain Man 1992, 93,94
Set Design "The Music Man" Jackson, Wyoming
Acting "Calamity Jane" Summer Stock Jackson, Wyoming
Floral Design FTD, South Lake Tahoe, California - 3rd place
Visits and reference studies to galleries and museums
Scotland and England.
Drawing - Life modeling in association with
Harold LaVigne Western Nevada College.


Hara, Mieko



Surrealism and abstract elements form the foundation of my work. I combine spontaneous gestures in paint with carefully arranged collage to emphasize depth of field and the relationship between microscopic and macroscopic forms.

Recently I was invited to exhibit with a ceramicist in Arizona whose work is contemporary but also makes use of the earthy Japanese ‘wabi-sabi’ sensibility. Wanting to complement this aesthetic, I imagined myself holding one of his tea cups, while sitting in a 16th century tea house complete with a small alcove containing a humble flower arrangement and a sumi-e scroll. In this instant, the Desert Calligraphy series was born.

The Atom and Valence series are its offspring. Without any preconceived notion or image, but with an improviser's mind, I set elements into play until I achieve a dynamic resolution in my compositions. My most recent series Felix, Nocturnal Animals are the result of imposing narrative frames on chance incidents of materials and process. 



Mieko Hara was born in Oita, Japan. After graduating from Oita Prefectural College of Arts and Culture, she freelanced as an illustrator in Tokyo from 1987 to 1996.

Hara left Japan and briefly lived in Sydney, Australia and Oahu, Hawaii before settling in Manhattan where she continued her art studies at The Art Students League from 1998-2001.   After travelling throughout Europe and South East Asia she moved to California in 2003 and studied at The California College of Art. She currently lives on the Mexican border in southeastern Arizona where, in addition to painting full time, she is converting an old church into studio space and living quarters.


Sterbick Nelson, Lou Anne

The work of Lou is mystical


soothing and gently provocative. All have gold acrylic background

some on paper

most on canvas with two and half inch finished sides in need of no frames.


Heshmati, John


Sprietsma, Lisa

Lisa Galloway Sprietsma was raised in rural Wisconsin surrounded by horses and cows. After much traveling, she settled in Arizona. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. She lives on the San Pedro River with her husband, two children, horses, dogs, cats, and chickens.

Lisa has been painting the still life for many years. "Historically the still life and its components have symbolized many things. Abundance, life, mortality, beauty and a celebration of the seasons are just a few of those. I do not align myself with these historical symbols, and instead search for my own meaning. This seems to evolve with each painting."

Lisa paints most of her still lifes from life. She prefers this because it is easier to see the reflective light throughout the piece.


Born: November 23, 1970 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Education: 2001 BFA University of Arizona Tucson, AZ


Ichter, Bob

R.John Ichter is an award-winning artist who is quickly captivating the art scene wherever his work is shown. Also known as "Bob" to his friends, Ichter's romantic pastels are richly colored and hand-rubbed onto lushly textured black suede archival board. The strengths of Ichter’s pastels include vibrant, saturated colors and strong compositions. According to Ichter, each piece is designed to evoke a certain time of day and to transport the viewer to another place. Autumn and dusk are favorite themes, which have been inspired by landscapes from around the world. You may find yourself gazing into the rolling hills of the French countryside, strolling along a windy Normandy beach, exploring a pathway through a North Carolina Blue Ridge forest, gazing at a dragonfly resting upon a patch of waterlillies in Claude Monet's gardens at Giverny or floating along the river Seine. Be it sunrise, sunset or a full moonlit night, you are certain to want to return again and again. Investors and collectors range from well known celebrities to Fortune 500 companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Bank ofAmerica , Equifax and Accenture . As one gallery who represents Ichter writes, “… Ichter is a superb artist both in pastel and watercolor. He has consistently provided our gallery with work of the highest quality. His work often sells the day it arrives at our gallery and we always have a waiting list of clients interested in seeing his new works. In addition, since 1992 he has ranked as our number one or number two artist.” Al Alshuler, editor of Design South Magazine, writing in a feature article, called Ichter “an undeniable talent” and his paintings “real show stoppers”.

Stockhill, A. M.

A. M. Stockhill specializes in richly textured painting surfaces, and warm, earth-inspired colors. “Many of my paintings require twenty to thirty individual glazes of pigment in order to obtain the luminosity and emotional impact that I seek. Applying so many thin layers of paint allows the painting to glow from within and creates a sense of depth that draws the eye….” Mixed-media work extends into the abstract and non-representational worlds, building upon early samples into series, such as her Horse series. One innovative technique is the integration of very old books into her paintings. Once her canvas is stretched and sealed, the next step is to apply the pages, using acrylic medium to bind the pages to the canvas. She tries to find books that are at least eighty to one-hundred years old, preferring books that have a Western theme to complement the horses and other animals that she paints. Examples of books used are “The Virginian” by Owen Wister, and Western novels by Zane Grey. The books selected are ones that have lost their intrinsic value due to missing pages or damaged bindings. This way, the artist feels as if she is rescuing these pieces of history to incorporate into her paintings. Illustration is another passion Mixed media, oil and acrylic paintings have a gallery wrap; the painting extends around the sides of the canvas, making frames unnecessary. Belleza is the only Arizona gallery in which her work shows.

Johnson, Rose

Rose passed away on May 31, 2009 in her beloved Bali.  Rose Johnson was and will remain a Bisbee-Arizona icon whose whimsical and passionately intense nature takes physical form in her art.  A nationally recognized artist, her murals are to be found throughout the State of Arizona and beyond.  We miss her.  


B.A. Honors Degree - Graphic Design/Illustration
At DeMontfort University, Leicester, England, U.K.
Arts Foundation Course ۰ Leicester Polytechnic, England, U.K.


1983-86, Muralist/Community Arts Administrator – SHAPE Community Arts Project, Leicester, England, U. K.
1988-90 Artist-in-Residence at Tempe Art Center, AZ
1992, Mentor for Prescott College, AZ
1993, Speaker ۰ Tempe Art Center Seminar, AZ
1994-96, Board of Directors ۰ ArtLink, Phoenix, AZ
1997, Speaker ۰ Nelson Fine Arts Museum, Tempe, AZ
Speaker Spirit of the Senses Symposium, Scottsdale, AZ
2004, Guest Lecturer @ Gilbert/Chandler Community College


1998, Best Public Improvement ۰ Arizona Main Street Award
1997, Best Public Mural ۰ The Phoenix Business Journal Orchid Award
2002, Best of Show ۰ National Anti-Vivisection Society Annual Contest, Chicago, IL
Honorable Mention ۰ Annual ArtLink Juried Show, Phoenix, AZ
First Place Award ۰ San Pedro Environmental Exhibition, Central School Project, Bisbee, AZ

Public Art

1996. Exterior mural (85' x 13.5') ۰ Newman Center, Tempe, AZ
1997, Bike locker surface designs ۰ Tempe Library, AZ
Children's furniture / accents ۰ Phoenix Central Library, AZ
1998, Exterior mural (60' x 8') ۰ downtown Casa Grande, AZ
Exterior mural (180' x 13”) ۰ 16th St. & Thomas, Phoenix, AZ
2000, Abstinence campaign mobile murals (4 paintings on canvas, 8' x 4') Arizona Department of Health & Social Services
Exterior mural (25' x 5') YMCA Neighborhood Youth Project, Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ
2001, Surface designs for 5 electric/gas hybrid buses ۰ Escalante Neighborhood, Tempe, AZ
2002, Interior mural (8' x 4') ۰ Phoenix Children's Hospital, AZ
2004, Exterior mural (10' x 6') ۰ Castle Rock, Bisbee, AZ
Exterior mural (on concrete drainpipe) ۰ Garfield Park, Bisbee, AZ
Interior bus boards ۰ Series of 12-۰ Sky harbor Intl. Airport, Phoenix, AZ
2005, Interior mural at Bisbee Boys & Girls Club, AZ
Exterior mural ۰ Higgins Hill Park, Bisbee, AZ
Exterior mural ۰ Jonquil Motel
Exterior mural ۰ Boys & Girls Club, Bisbee, AZ
Exterior mural ۰ Swart Institute

Community Art

1984, Interior mural ۰ Leicester Resettlement Center, England, U.K.
1985, Interior mural ۰ Rushley Mead School, Leicester, England, U.K.
3-D mobile ۰ SHAPE Community Arts Project, Leicester, England, U.K.
1993, Street painting ۰ Maricopa County Fair, Phoenix, AZ
1994, Chalk mural ۰ Scottsdale League for the Arts, AZ
Exterior mural ۰ Sojourner Women's Shelter, Phoenix, AZ
1997, Exterior mural ۰ Mesa Child Crisis Center, AZ
Exterior mural ۰ Autumn House Women's Shelter, Mesa, AZ
2002, Exterior mural ۰ Guadalupe Youth & Adult Programs, AZ
Chalk mural ۰ Mesa Bicycle & Pedestrian Pathway Canal, AZ


1994, Arizona Commission on The Arts ۰ Professional Development Grant Travel to Mexico City for Cultural Exchange Program
1995, Tempe Municipal Arts Commission ۰ Downtown Revitalization Grant ۰ Mural at Newman Center, Tempe, AZ
1996, Phoenix Arts Commission ۰ Design Team Children's furniture at Phoenix Central Library, AZ
1997, Arizona Commission on The Arts Project Grant awarded through Free Arts of Arizona ۰ Mural at Autumn House Women's Shelter, Mesa, AZ
City of Tempe / Tempe Arts Commission ۰ Bike locker enhancement project
1998, Coronado Neighborhood Association ۰ Mural at 16th St. & Thomas, Phoenix, AZ
Casa Grande main Street Association ۰ Mural in Historic Downtown
2000, City of Tempe / Transportation Department ۰ Surface designs for electric/gas hybrid buses
2002, Scottsdale Cultural Council ۰ Mural at Guadalupe Youth & Adult Programs, AZ
City of Mesa / Public Arts Department ۰ Chalk Mural at Mesa Bicycle & Pedestrian Pathway Canal Festival, AZ
2003, Bisbee Arts Commission ۰ Mini-Grant ۰ Mural at Castle Rock, Bisbee, AZ
The Bisbee Foundation ۰ Mural at Garfield Park, Bisbee, AZ
Phoenix Art Commission ۰ Bus Boards at Sky Harbor Intl. Airport, Phoenix, AZ
2004, The Bisbee Foundation ۰ Mural at Higgins Park, Bisbee, AZ

Selected Exhibitions


1997, Connexions ۰ Mars Artspace, Phoenix, AZ
1999, Festividad ۰ Art One, Scottsdale, AZ
Fertility flowers ۰ Citywide TV Studios, Phoenix, AZ
Life with Leo ۰ Cochise College, Douglas, AZ
2000, Serenade ۰ Jane Hamilton Fine Art, Bisbee, AZ
Liberty in Exile ۰ Belleza Fine Art Gallery, Bisbee, AZ


1991, Handsel Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1992, 26th Annual Juried Show ۰ Yuma Art Center, AZ
1993, Styles of Distinction ۰ Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, AZ
1994, Sky Harbor Intl. Airport, Phoenix, Az
Gallery Alexander, La Jolla, CA
1995, Tri-State Juried Show ۰ Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Angels in America ۰ Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, Tempe, AZ
1996, Eight Arizona Community Artists ۰ Arizona State University West, Glendale, AZ
1997, Edge Gallery, Denver, CO
1998, Claypool Greese Gallery, Pacific Grave, CA
Ridge Street Gallery, New York, NY
2002, Farm Sanctuary Gala ۰ Beverly Hills, CA
2003, West Valley Museum, AZ


1994, Alternativas/Alternatives ۰ X-Teresa, Mexico City
1998-99, La Bandera ۰ St George, UT ۰ Northland Pioneer College, Show Low, AZ ۰ Las Vegas, NV Concord, NH
2000-02, Dia de los Muertos ۰ Peoria Public Library, AZ ۰ Idaho State University Arts & Science Center of SE Arkansas ۰ Durango Arts Center, CO ۰ Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, AZ
A Century of Arizona Women Artists ۰ Phippen Museum of Art, Prescott, AZ ۰ Sky Harbor Intl. Airport Phoenix, AZ ۰ Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ


Thomas, Charles

Charles Thomas


began his art career as a graphic designer 26 years ago. He spent twelve years as a sought after illustrator

creating paintings for advertising

before devoting his energies full time to fine art. His work has been exhibited by the Society of Illustrators

The Scottsdale Artists School and the Oil Painters of America in their National Juried Exhibition. Thomas lives in southern Arizona with his wife

Shirley. "I live in the West

a place of incredible beauty

with its endless skies

massive expanses and exotic landforms. The desert in particular holds a special fascination for me - deceptively spare at first but always full of surprises. I paint nearly every day

both outdoors and in the studio. My subjects range from the mundane to the spectacular. The beauty of God's creation is everywhere

and itʼs a privilege to be able to paint it and share it with others.”


Krueger, Gisa

Exceptional watercolors and oils by one of our favorite Bisbee artists, Gisa David.

Thomas, Kaia

(b. 1973 )

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, now residing in Arizona, Kaia Thomas is a visual artist working primarily in oils. Her theme is beauty, and it’s her expressed perception of this beauty that is found to instill an emotional response in people viewing her art. Working on location and from life is one of the ways she explores that direct emotional response to her subjects and this in turn has influenced her studio work, reflecting that rawness of rendering in real time. She chooses to work with tools such as the palette knife or painting wedge which encourage a fresh and confident approach to painting that breathes movement and life into her work. Kaia has participated in several fine art shows and painting events including the Bisbee Plein Air Festival in Arizona, Escalante Canyon Arts Festival in Utah, guest artist at the Maynard Dixon Campout in Utah, juried into the Miniatures & More show at the Albuquerque Museum of Art in New Mexico, juried into the American Women Artists Annual Online Spring Show, was a finalist in the Southwest Art Magazine’s Artistic Excellence competition, and most recently, accepted into the show, In Full Sun: American Women Artist Illuminate The Haggin Museum, at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA. Her work has received top recognition, including 3 Best of Shows, and her work can be found in multiple public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.

Artist Statement

"Painting is my passion, and what I aim for in my paintings is a sense of place. To somehow capture and convey that unspeakable and nameless beauty that provokes an emotional response in me. There is nothing more rewarding than when a viewer connects with a painting and feels a part of it. I find these inspirations everywhere, sometimes it will be the simplest, every day things that catch my eye. Nature has been, and always will be what excites me most as an artist. It is a deep well of inspiration to draw from."


Lycklama, Tiete

Tiete Lycklama is an internationally acclaimed and award winning watercolorist and oil painter. Watercolors and oil are both magnificently framed. Her vibrant colors and vivid subject matter have delighted patrons for years.
Regarding her journey and experience, in Tiete's own words:
I was born in the Netherlands and came to the States in 1982 with my husband and three young children. I have worked as a farmer, RN, housewife and artist. Painting has always been a joy, and I find it very fulfilling. My strengths are color and shape. I enjoy contrasting lights and darks. Painting for me is a way to express feelings I can't put words to, and I hope the viewer experiences some of these feelings in my paintings. I thank my Creator for this ability, and I look forward to many more years of painting.


I had formal instruction from Jo Taylor. Skip Lawrence, Judi Betts, Ken Hosmer, Don Andrew, Dan Burt, Pat Deadman, Doug Walton, Sheila Parson, Christopher Shink.


I have received several awards in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Louisiana. My paintings are sold throughout the United States and in Holland.


Vance, Renee

Accomplished painter and sculptor, Renee Vance [American - born 1954] is best known for her life-like and ethereal portraits. At times, Vance's iconic portraits have honored such historical figures as Rodin's pupil and lover, Camille Claudel (1864-1938), a Yankton Nakota writer, educator and classical violinist. Using the carefully honed skills acquired while studying art and scientific /medical illustration at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Vance applies sensitive brush strokes and gold leaf backgrounds to execute her portraits, Realistic and classical with a luminous quality, her renditions of people from various cultural backgrounds honor diversity as well as universality. "Through my art, I focus on connectedness of humankind. I want to pay tribute to the physical as well as the spiritual attributes of my subjects." For the past twenty-five years, she has Exhibited in galleries in Seattle, Colorado, New Mexico, and North Carolina; her work is in many private and public collections. Vance's home and studio are in a remote desert area in Southern Arizona.

"I have always been aware of a connection uniting all who travel through this life. Whether it appears as vibrations of light or the resonating energy of music, our world and our lives are joined in a timeless flow.

My goal as an artist is to convey this connection. Depicting the gesture and movement of a hand or the light in the eyes of someone who lived long ago, the message is continuous in my work: WE ALL SHARE IN THE VIBRATIONS OF LIFE."

Marsden, Ken

I'll skip the boring historical stuff. At 84 years old it is a pain to recite all that. I did obtain a degree from the University of Illinois, served in two branches of the U.S. military and had a fairly thorough training in drawing and art. I also had some considerable business experience. My paintings are not meant to convey some deep message that I feel the world should share. They are just an interpretation of what I see, a celebration of the wonderful life and world God has given all of us.

Ken Marsden photo

Ye, Ji