Born in Mobile Alabama in 1956, Cheryl spent her young adulthood traveling the world. She leapt throughout Southeast Asia; India, Austrtalia, Thialand and most recently New York and Kauai, Haiwii. During her travels she was constantly inspired by the vast colours and textures represented not just in traditonal art, but in fabrics, earth, spices and the food.
Taking a break from the fast-paced city and metropolitan environment, Cheryl escaped to live a life of spiritual enlightenment in multiple Ashram Temples for over 11 years. She practiced in-depth meditation and Bhakti Yoga; while learning the art of peace and patience. Living in India was the true inspiration for the art you see today. Motivated by the amazing color present in nearly all aspects of life, she held all her daily impressions inside until moving to New York in 1987. Pressured by her intense career in the performing arts , she could not hold the vast images inside any longer. Cheryl’s stressfull situation warrented a release and forced her to develop the vivid visions she had trapped in her mind. Starting with watercolors, she eventually transitioned into her favorite medium of acrylics on canvas.
Today, Cheryl lives in Houston with her artist husband Ron Burgess; in their living gallery. They work together to develop and implement new inspired ideas on a daily basis. Thinking creatively is at the heart of their relationship. Their love of our city, our food and Urban Eats is inspring to us and we know Cheryl’s art will be inspiring to you.
My paintings are abstract expressionism and I use many layers of colors and texture with different types of paints, inks, mica, paper, and resin to draw the viewer into each piece. I enjoy the personal freedom that the abstract process allows. The journey of turning chaos into order really excites me. I often do not use traditional rules while creating each piece. Instead, each work evolves into unique designs and color combination by my intuition as a guide and the spontaneity process of my painting technique of mixing the colors and medium. I get my inspiration for my designs from my inner voice and creative energy as well as the places I travel.
I love using vivid colors and metallic in my art to bring a luminous look and make the painting come alive. Pouring, tilting, dragging, scrubbing, spraying and flicking paint are just a few of the techniques I use to get the results I am going for.
Most of my paintings are created on a wooden substrate and then resined to bring out the intensity and layering of colors. Some of my newer works are created with alcohol inks on plexi-glass that gives a blown glass appearance.
Simon’s studio is located at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards Street, Studio #310, Houston, Texas, 77007. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions or to schedule an appointment at email@example.com or 713-857-5121.
Sharlene Bozeman has a way of infiltrating any area with such intense, complex colors; creating an engaging space. The local artists’ colorful paintings permeate the scene as well as the scenes. “Painting and creating art is my passion, blending it into an interior is my expertise,” Bozeman stated. Her combination of bold coloring and intriguing designs are truly entrancing. Much like watching an aquarium, you feel tranquil and almost lost in the movement and array of hues in Bozeman’s paintings.
Her father was a cartoonist and drew all the time. “I didn’t think I had any talent,” said Bozeman. She worked all her life in sales; mostly furniture and design sales. “I lost passion for everything,” Bozeman admitted. She added she wanted a chance to give something instead of just selling something. Bozeman shared she prayed for a long time for her passion to return. Then a friend took her to a painting class. Bozeman professed, “I couldn’t get over how the colors on the white canvas exploded and looked so rich.” She started painting as a hobby. She experimented with mixtures of different mediums and discovered ink was her favorite.
Bozeman explained she blends ink using different techniques and tools to create unique textures and color patterns. She explained her love, spirit, and joy for life are translated onto the paper and “it lives.” Bozeman revealed, “I feel like I’m following a trail designed for my life. I’m in love with my work and never tire of it.” She believes the most important aspect of her work is to move people and to give them something. Bozeman declared, “My love for color, many years of experience with home decor, furniture, home sales, designing room plans and selecting fabrics and furniture gives me the knowledge to select just the right painting for any space.” She told that others often express how her paintings whisper or speak or even sing to them. She stated, “It is my hope that my art brings out a playful melody in your heart and brings joy and excitement to your home.”
Crystal Murley is a visual artist that received her BFA in painting and design from the University of Houston. Crystal maintains her residency in Houston as she continues to create works of art that have been showcased across the nation. She has been honored with having her work published in Studio Visit Magazine as well as being one of the Top 10 Finalist in The Hunting Art Prize, a state wide painting competition.
Crystal is a modern renaissance woman, creating small and large scale works of art. Her portfolio is both diverse in size as well as medium. From wearable art, unique belt buckles, to woven mannequin heads, to sculptural paint that is suspended on the wall, her perception is unique and emotive. She has been commissioned for paintings, murals, advertisements, logos, and business cards. She enjoys printmaking, jewelry design, photography, and silk screen.
Crystal believes in hard work and dedication to her craft. She continues to grow through life experience and educates herself through experimenting with various mediums. Throughout the years Crystal’s work has become primarily abstract. She uses color fields and obsessive mark making as forms of expression. When talking about her work, she explains, “I work based on my emotions and personal experiences. At times, my work can be extremely personal; this can only be sensed by the viewer due to complete abstraction. My work is passionate on every level.”
Crystal owns and operates her own art studio in the Houston neighborhood of Oak Forest. Understanding the struggle and cost associated with a gallery show in Houston, Crystal works with new artists to showcase their art and provide a space for them to receive feedback from their peers. Helping the new artist grow and sale their work, gives Crystal a sense of pride and giving back to the community.
Crystal has always been a strong advocate of donating to any charitable organization that is helping to create a better world for those less fortunate. She continues to donate original art, as well as the proceeds from the sale of her art, to local charities.
Whether I’m painting a pastoral landscape, a colorful pastry display, or dancers in a passionate embrace, my work weaves together layers and layers of meaning and textures to inspire endless interpretations. My paintings are improvisations on realistic images with imaginative techniques, extravagant use of pattern, design, and color, and a strong emotional dimension.
I am a mixed media artist, layering together images, designs, shapes and colors. I paint with both acrylic and oil paints, using them to their best advantage, depending on the project. I often combine paint with a variety of collage elements, integrating the paint and collage to form a cohesive and complete whole. Collage enhances clarity, adds a sense of playfulness, vitality, and a surreal aspect to a carefully crafted, realistic painting. Collage is an assemblage of various small objects and forms, which sometimes include layers of paper, found objects, fabric, string, cardboard, or metal leaf. Metal leaf adds a strong element of reflectivity, shimmer, and added space.
I am most inspired by beauty in nature, interesting people, and exciting displays of food, which often engage all of my senses and sensibilities. I enjoy the process of making inventive, innovative art, which stirs something in me, and hope that it will touch the viewer as well. I use additive processes in creating my work, endlessly embellishing images, and then carving back into them again to find the real, hidden story underneath each painting.
Rozi Turnbull was born in Dorking (Surrey), England, a middle child from a musical and artistic family encouraged to paint form a young age. Her early career was in high end fashion in London. She studied art at the University of Alaska-Anchorage and has taught art on and off for 22 years. Turnbull has exhibited in Scotland, Indonesia and in the United States in Houston, Conroe and Bastrop, Texas, as well as Anchorage, Alaska. Her awards include “Best of Show” at the 2001 Girdwood Mountain Arts Festival (Anchorage), the “People’s Choice” at the 2000 UAA Faculty show and several top-three wins in annual juried shows at the Conroe Art League.
Turnbull served as President of the Watercolor Art Society of Alaska in 2000 was the International Exhibition Chair for the 2002 Watercolor Art Society of Houston, Exhibition Chairperson for the 2008 and 2009 Indonesian Heritage Society’s Art and Photography Exhibition. She has also organized successful art shows in Alford and Inverurie, Scotland, as well as presiding over the Anchorage Center for Families “Paint-A-Thon.” She was a chosen Artist to contribute to the “Bootiful Wimberley” project in Wimberley, Texas in 2014, painting two 6-foot fiberglass cowboy boots that are on permanent display in the town.
“My Work is a continual attempt to understand the personality of a single brushstroke, when it has life and movement, when it compromises and blends, where it is so direct and purposefully placed that it rings true.
I am inspired by nature and my surroundings, ever changing skies, seascapes, landscapes and the abstract that I can see in it. I am influenced by the work of Winslow Homer, Turner, Monet and Van Gogh. Each for the fresh life their work still holds, their personality and emotion that shows through the loose brushstrokes.
I strive to achieve a certain freshness and energy in my work, allowing some soft unfinished edges where one can follow and let the imagination wander. This visual communication invites the viewer to complete the narrative, by bringing his or her own experiences to it.
My new work is the passage from the inspiration, through the struggle, and finally the resolution. I allow each painting the freedom to change in this process, it is in the give and take and acceptance with the medium. A design balance for me with each stroke affecting the next. I feel I have achieved my aim when the viewer can find a connection.”
Turnbull currently works and teaches out of her Rice Military/Heights area studio in Houston. For more information about Rozi Trunbull, please visit: www.roziturnbull.com
Soraya Bodorff is a painter, photographer and a collage maker. She paints shoes, she writes lyrics. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she completed her BFA in Fine Art with an emphasis in Painting/Drawing. She also studied with Professor Tony Phillips, Judith Geichman and with New York Magazine’s senior art critic Jerry Saltz in Chicago and New York. Her primarily focus is exploring The Dream Course and Abstract Expressionism.
After school she moved to New York City where she worked at the New Museum of Contemporary Art before moving to San Francisco where she studied Graphic Design at The Academy of Art College of San Francisco.
Brought up in a Swedish/Columbian multicultural background, art history, theater and music were a dominant influence. Her family introduced her to traveling abroad at an early age; her father was a sailor with the Norwegian merchant marines. Soraya also studied in Barcelona, Spain and believes she was able to transmit influences from her favorite architect, Anton Gaudi, into her works.
Soraya continues to have vivid dreams of having lived in the city of Atlantis in a past life and also explores her dreams involving space travel. She is inspired by fashion icon Alexander McQueen, film directors Alfred Hitchcock and Tim Burton, photographer Cindy Sherman, harajuku fashion, and her favorite musician, David Bowie.
She lives and works in the Montrose district of Houston, Texas, and when she’s not producing her paintings you can find her at a park, bike riding, practicing yoga, dancing, attending music shows, and chasing birds and butterflies. She relates closely to the lyric from the band Ministry: “Well I live with snakes and lizards and other things that go bump in the night.”
For Soraya, intuition and without prior sketching, mystical creatures and mystique are organically created. She like to spend an abundance of time in area parks where she can surround herself with and absorb the energy and vibrations of nature, while observing and receiving inspiration from the creatures that inhabit this world, which she translates onto her canvas. Music festivals are a place she observes the clouds. A feeling of euphoria overcomes her as she goes about her day and life with the creatures of this world following in the form of various insects, birds, and things of various characteristics along with divine energy.
For more information about Soraya Bodorff, please visit: www.sorayabodorff.org