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Student Artist: Oscar Pearson

Welcome to Student Artist Month on Every Life is a Memoir! With the conclusion of Fall Quarter/Semester, it is important to recognize the talented individuals who have worked so hard improving their skills and working towards achieving their goals. So, this December Every Life is a Memoir will be spotlighting amazing Students Artists.

Please enjoy, show your support, and don’t forget to tell your friends you were a fan before they were famous!


Oscar Pearson:

Our third Student Artist is Oscar Pearson. He is a Fine Arts student at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, CA. He is a gifted artist who sees and explores the many facets of the world around us, then renders it in a way that enlightens his viewers.

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Oscar’s Bio:

Profile Picture, Self-portrait in the mannner of Van Gogh

Self-portrait in the Manner of Van Gogh

I want to make work that my friends like, that professionals respect, and that strangers can talk about. I am a student of Fine Arts at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, CA. In the past 4 years, I have taken an array of courses including, ceramics, drawing, sculpture, design, philosophy, art history and painting. I have recently traveled and seen museums, galleries, and historical works of art in Rome, Florence, London, New York, San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles. I am trying everything I can, and being sensitive to what I enjoy most. Things as real as nature and as phony as TV entertainment inspire me. In addition to school, I work side by side with a professional potter/sculptor named Darcy Badiali at his studio in Grover Beach. When I am not at school and work I am in a small studio on my parent’s property painting and creating other works. In the near future, I would like to assist other professionals in the field in preparation to be a professional myself, and continue my education in the arts.

Love Oscar’s work? Check out his Facebook page at: facebook.com/oscarpearsonart


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Student Artist: Anh Huynh

Welcome to Student Artist Month on Every Life is a Memoir! With the conclusion of Fall Quarter/Semester, it is important to recognize the talented individuals who have worked so hard improving their skills and working towards achieving their goals. So, this December Every Life is a Memoir will be spotlighting amazing Students Artists.

Please enjoy, show your support, and don’t forget to tell your friends you were a fan before they were famous!

Anh Huynh

Our first Student Artist is Anh Huynh. She is a young artist and already exceptionally talented!

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Ahn Huynh Bio:

profileanhMy name is Anh Huynh, I am Vietnamese, and I just turned 19 this November.

My favorite mediums are colored pencils and oil paints. I like colored pencils more because I can put a lot of detail into one drawing, and the pencil is easier to use. Though, I like oil paints as well because I can mix the colors easily, and the painting has a depth of space and looks more realistic.

At first, I did not think I would like art at all because, to me, it was only a hobby. When I was in Vietnam, my friends that lived in the same neighborhood were all good at drawing. They would usually draw many famous characters that appeared in the comic books, and somehow I got involved in the group. I have come to like drawing now. My inspiration began when I was in my senior year of high school. My art teacher developed my curiosity and creativity in arts which continues to inspire me to improve my skill.

I was not planning on pursuing art as my major before. However, I am sure now that I want my future career to involve art since, what was once just a hobby, has become a passion. I want to continue to improve my skills, and ultimately become a professional artist.

Learn More About Anh:

Absolutely love Anh’s work? You can connect with her on Facebook and Instagram!

Celebrate the Teachers too!

Mentors and instructors play an integral role in the development of new artists. Thank you to all the wonderful teachers passing on their expertise and inspiration!



Anh Huynh’s teacher fall quarter was Gabriel Navar. He is a talented modern artist and poet, whose contemporary works have been featured in  exhibitions from California to New York, and internationally in both Mexico and Germany. You can read Gabriel’s full spotlight here.



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Artist Spotlight: Pelo Blanco Photography

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The general population thinks of a camera as a tool with which one can capture a moment in time, and a photo as a visual souvenir of a place in time never to be visited again. Ty Kelly (the artist behind Pelo Blanco Photography), however, uses photography not to capture a moment, but to create one.

Like Monet transformed a pond filled with water plants into Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, so too does Kelly take classic landscapes and redefine them into his own creations. With photographic skill that has been developing since childhood, and digital mastery, he is able to create scenes that are at once both perfect and mesmerizingly unreal. He does this by discovering a moment that sparks his curiosity and then by shaping it, behind a monitor, into a brilliant piece of original artwork.

For Kelly, a camera is more than a window to a scene in time; it is a tool for creating a new interpretation. From mirrored reflections to extended exposure and light play, Kelly deftly reinvents reality without erasing its beauty. He takes his viewers beyond the confines of the conceivable into an image that exists on a new plane of artistry.

Kelly picks out shots that inspire him. Only the best of his hundreds of photos make the cut. Those that do, however, are then crafted and redefined. Like a diamond cutter who takes a raw diamond, rough and dull, and with careful shaping reveals to the world its radiance, Kelly reveals a new level of brilliance within his photos.

Kelly’s photography is vibrant and dramatic, but he never sacrifices beauty for innovation. Even his most progressive photos retain the glamour of red lips with a black gown and are never cheapened by digital gimmicks. A whole new world of vibrancy and allure waits within the photos of Pelo Blanco Photography.

Check out more amazing Pelo Blanco Photography at Ty’s Website or Facebook Page!

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Artist Spotlight: Gabriel Navar

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Gabriel Navar’s artwork gives one a glimpse of the bold, surreal and symbolic world of the subconscious usually reserved for dreams. He draws upon an expansive background of cultural insight, including the American (particularly Californian) cultural experience, art history, his own Mexican heritage and an awareness of the ubiquitous use of, and dependence on, technological devices. Utilizing this wealth of knowledge, along with skills learned from years of study, Navar is able to produce pieces that fuse pop culture, modernism and classical skill with a dash of comic book flair.

One can easily become lost in the trance-like state in which his artwork exists. Part of the magic of his work is its ability to keep one enraptured with enough modernistic style to revive latent emotions while maintaining enough context to satisfy intellectual reasoning. In fact, while gazing into the expanse of Navar’s paintings one not only gains a sense of something they once felt, but a complete and tangible awareness of it – like remembering a dream thought to be forgotten, or a scent that suddenly brings with it a wave of vivid nostalgia.

This thought, or perhaps more accurately memory, is made possible through Navar’s understanding of the core interconnectedness of nature, spirituality and human consciousness. He skillfully weaves serious reflection on human nature, in a socio-political context, with classic cultural symbolism and then deftly adds a modern satirical twist.

His frequent use of powerful and complementary colors combined with striking, yet graceful lines adds a vibrant elegance to his work. Like a flamenco dancer who’s colorful skirt flares and swirls as she stomps out a fervid rhythm, Navar’s work is at once forceful, beautiful, passionate and unforgettable.

Navar’s intelligently humorous and edgy pieces will keep you wondering where you’ve experienced that feeling before. Perhaps it was in a dream. It’s just on the verge of coming back to you. Another few moments lost in contemplation and then you move on – a little wiser and a little more hopeful. You’ve just shared a quiet moment of introspection with Gabriel Navar.

Gabriel Navar

Gabriel Navar

Love Gabriel’s work? Check out more on his webpage, blog or Facebook page. He also writes amazing poetry!

You can also see his pieces in person at the following exhibitions:

 We Are You International Project  

Kean University, New Jersey USA 

Fall 2015

Gabriel Navar is also included in a “We Are You International Project” Poetry Anthology being released to coincide with this exhibition. There will be a recital in October.

New from the Studio

Galerie B. Haasner

Wiesbaden, Germany

September 11 – October 17, 2015

By Young and By Old

Künstlerverein Walkmühle 

Wiesbaden, Germany

September 18 – October 18, 2015

Yearbook: 12th Anniversary Exhibition

Joyce Gordon Gallery 

Sept. 4 – October 31, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, September 4th 6-9pm (There will be live Latin American music!)

Artist Talk and Catalog Release: Friday, October 2nd   6-9pm (Talk begins at 7pm)


Women’s Cancer Research Center

October 23, 2015- December 17,2015

Opening Reception: Friday, October 23, 2015 6 – 9pm (Live music and refreshments!)

Admission is Free!

Pop Goes The Easel – Redux

Imperial Studios, Los Angeles

November 4 – December 26, 2015

If you are interested in acquiring artwork by Gabriel Navar you can contact him at: gabrielnavar@yahoo.com

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