paintings are incredibly “happy.” They are also undoubtedly colorful. Her landscapes are an unrestrained celebration of life and nature. Originally from the South, Claudia Hartley now lives in Arizona and paints the desert. Her work has the structure of traditional, idealized landscapes, but with an entirely contemporary aesthetic (staccato brushworks and non naturalistic, expressive colors).
Hartley considers herself a fauvist, synthesizing the techniques of pointillism and post-impressionism. She mostly applies her masterful skills to depict landscapes of the Southwest. Her paintings are an hyphen between impressionism and abstraction in which color is completely set free. In tune with nature, Claudia Hartley uses intense color as a vehicle for representing mood, light, and space. She has mastered the emotional potency of color, and her paintings convey both passion and happiness.
Painter Ron Burns has become known for his colorful portraits of man’s best friend and his uncanny ability to capture an animal’s unique soul and personality on canvas. His much loved portraits can be seen in both public and private collections around the world.
This year Ron Burns is continuing his work with the Arizona Humane Society with a portrait of Ryder, a two year-old rescued pit bull. Ryder was found by cops severely starved and hanging from a door handle, with scars on her face from years of abuse. Unable to even stand when she first arrived to the Humane Society, she was carefully nurtured back to health by loving caretakers. Now returning to health, everyone is hopeful that Ryder will have a second chance to live a happy life with a loving family. Her portrait, which depicts her in the setting of her “furever home,” will be debuted during Ron Burns show opening on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 6-9pm.
Also on that Thursday night, there will be a raffle held for a chance to win a limited edition holiday print. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Arizona Humane Society to help them in their efforts to rescue more animals in need like Ryder.
The show will run from December 5th through the 16th. Make sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss out!