Inspired by the work of Jacques Cousteau, Wyland began painting the underwater realm in the early 1970s, hoping people would respond to his work's message of environmental responsibility.
Today, he is the world's most widely collected marine life artist, internationally renowned as a pioneer of the environmental art movement. An estimated one billion people view his artwork each year particularly the mammoth Whaling Wall murals he paints to promote the preservation of the oceans and their creatures.
Over the years, Wyland has explored many mediums painting in oils and watercolors, sculpting in bronze and Lucite, shooting fine art nature photographs, even creating expressionistic abstracts that incorporate seawater. His art captures whales, dolphins, sea turtles, manatees and reef life in their natural habitat, alive with spirit and grace. Wyland's paintings and sculptures are known for their vivid coloration, true-to-life detail, and the soul that shines through the eyes of each marine creature portrayed. A passionate diver, he spends innumerable hours each year swimming with aquatic inhabitants, drawing inspiration that fuels both his art and his life.
Philippine-born Arozi is a self-taught artist who began drawing at an early age. Now living in Australia, he has gained international renown for painting passionate seascapes that showcase the translucent light of the ocean and the transparent light of the sky.
Arozi defines his style as realism based on fantasy, and his art as a quest to capture the ocean's magnificence and the light that illuminates it.
He uses both real and fictional locations for his settings, blending light and shadow to depict the breaking waves of the sea against the sky. He employs the technique of glazing: superimposing thin layers of paint atop each other to achieve a rich depth of color.
The storms that have churned the world's seas in recent years have inspired an evolution in Arozi's artwork and his palette. In his sailboat series he strives to communicate the exhilaration and challenge of sailing through an unexpected storm. His series featuring stormy shorelines uses dark colors to emphasize the ocean's turbulence and evoke the sense of a tempest.
Steve Barton is renowned for the lively textures, vibrant colors and masterful brushwork that characterize his casually elegant scenes of cottages, tropical locales and arrangements of bright blossoms.
His paintings convey a feeling of warmth, relaxation and joy. Each image draws viewers into a colorful world of serenity and renewal -- offering a refreshing visual haven to counter the stresses of everyday life.
To make his paintings seem as one with their frames, Barton has created a unique wavy frame. The frame becomes part of the painting it surrounds, giving art lovers the opportunity to see it from different perspectives as they view from different angles.
Michael Cheval is the world's leading contemporary artist, specializing in Absurdist paintings, drawings and portraits. In his definition, "absurdity" is an inverted side or reality, a reverse side of logic. It does not emerge from the dreams of surrealists, or the work of subconsciousness. It is a game of imagination, where all ties are carefully chosen to construct a literary plot. Any one of Cheval's paintings is a map of his journey into illusion. His work is often metaphorical and requires a sharp eye to decipher the often hidden allusions.
Born in 1966 in Kotelnikovo, a small town of southern Russia, Cheval developed passion for art in his early childhood. When his family moved to Germany in 1980, the West European culture made a great impression on the young artist. In 1986, he moved to Turkmenistan and graduated from Ashgabad school of Fine Art. Absorbing Eastern philosophy and the character of Central Asia, he began working as an independent professional artist, shaping his style and surrealistic direction. His decision to immigrate in 1997 to USA began a new epoch for the artist. He returned to the Western culture that greatly inspired him in his German youth, but now he brought his own experience, his philosophy, and vision.
In 1998, Cheval became a member of the prestigious New York's National Arts Club where he was distinguished with the Exhibition Committee Award in 2000. He is also a member of the Society for Art of Imagination since 2002. Cheval published two full-colored art albums—Lullabies in 2004 and Nature of Absurdity in 2007. His work is internationally acclaimed and can often be seen in USA galleries and abroad.
Stephen Harlan's subjects are largely contemporary — vibrant-hued land and ocean scenes, urban streetscapes, abstracts — and he creates his artwork digitally, embracing the technology of the new millennium.
Harlan uses a very powerful computer customized with special software and tools that enable him to craft his images. With this digital technique and his electronic paintbrushes, he can achieve the look of oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pastels.
Harlan's canvases can be described as hyper photo-realistic when it comes to elements such as color, perspective, light and shadow. By expanding a small portion of the image to fill his monitor screen, he can perfect even the finest details of his powerful scenes.
Michael Maiden is the world's leading sculptor of the American bald eagle. His bronzes showcase the eagle's natural grace and raw power, depicted with the exquisite attention to detail and supreme knowledge of the species that typify his work.
Whether spreading their wings to soar triumphantly, or landing in a moment of arrested motion, Maiden's eagles carry a powerful symbolism. Rich patinas lend color and vibrant life to each bronze.
Maiden is also known for monumental sculptures such as a reproduction of the U.S. Capitol Building's statue of Freedom, and the Whidbey Island Naval Aviation Memorial in Washington State.
As well as eagles, Maiden creates engaging bronze depictions of Florida's pelicans among other subjects. In addition, he produces remarkable avian contornos, or sketches carved from cast sheets of bronze.
Before beginning his own career in sculpture, Michael Maiden established a respected fine art foundry that casts bronzes for other artists including Wyland. His work can be found in corporate and private collections and museums around the world.
Born in Cleveland, Stephen Muldoon comes from a family of artists. Largely self-taught, he has traveled extensively in Europe, where he was influenced by the Renaissance, and in Central America.
Despite long experience working in multi-media, Muldoon's first love is painting in oil. His images range from exquisite still-lifes to compelling visions of men, women, and children. Studios in locales including Put-in-Bay and Key West have inspired him to create breathtaking studies of the sea, the boats that travel it and the weathered seafarers that live alongside it.
Filled with light and life, Muldoon's canvases reflect virtually every human emotion — as well as his own boundless enthusiasm for his art.
The vibrantly-colored paintings of Australian artist Velia Newman express her love for the beauty of her surroundings. The beaches, surf, natural bushland and water activities of her homeland are a major influence in her work.
Mostly self-taught, Newman began painting when she was just nine years old, following in the footsteps of her mother, romantic impressionist Anita Newman. She has also worked in ceramics and other mediums.
Newman’s dynamic images have appeared in numerous Australian galleries as well as throughout Asia and the United Kingdom. She lives and paints on the northern beaches of Sydney and is widely acclaimed as an artist to watch.
Steven Quartly is noted for his intriguing landscapes, seasapes and street scenes as well as dramatic still-life images.
Largely self-taught, Quartly favors the plein air technique used by Charles Mundy and enjoys the creative excitement of mixing on canvas. He also admires the palette-knife technique of Howard Behrens and Rembrandt's use of light and dark.
Many of his canvases are inspired by his travels throughout Europe and England, the Caribbean and Hawaii. Some of his most powerful pieces are painted from photographs or sketches from his travels.
Though his subjects may vary widely, all of Quartly's work captures a feeling of romance or emotion, drawing viewers into his unforgettable painted visions.
Dino Rosin is world-renowned for his superlative sculptures in glass.
Rosin was born in Venice, Italy, and his family moved to the glassmaking island of Murano when he was two months old. He honed his craft studying with leading Italian artists in glass, and later collaborated with legendary masters including Picasso and Chagall.
Rosin is best known for his use of the striated glass called calcedonia. His sculptures are characterized by rich cobalt blues, rose tones and even reds as well as a rare grace of line and form. The exact flow of lines and color of calcedonia cannot be duplicated, making each of his pieces unique.
Barry Stein's unique sculptures of frogs and other wildlife are inspired by his desire to share with others the beauty of nature. His understanding of his subjects' anatomy enables him to create in exquisite detail.
Oregon resident Stein is a self-taught artist who has spent countless hours in the wild researching and observing. He carves his originals in wood, allowing for exquisite detail, then casts them in bronze and applies their patinas
Barry Stein's sculptures, including his vibrant and whimsical frogs, are displayed in national and international venues. They can also be found in prestigious collections around the world, including that of the Pentagon.
Hawaii-based artist Walfrido has earned international acclaim for his passionate, powerful seascapes. His classic work is influenced by the light and strokes of the impressionists and the time-honored precision of the Old Masters.
Walfrido finds particular satisfaction in creating dramatic interpretations of natural vistas, often tinged with symbolic meaning. The changing moods of the sea provide a touchstone for his work.
Whether centering on flower-rimmed water's-edge caves, a blazing ocean sunset or the delicate dance of light on breaking waves, his images impart a mindful sense of energy and hope.
An exploration into expressionistic palette knife techniques recently led Walfrido to discover a hybrid style that combines his traditional light-swept seas and skies with expressive details done with a palette knife.
Subjects explored in his hybrid canvases include waves and shorelines seen from oceanside caves, low-lying bridges whose curves recall the curves of the human form, and dock scenes conducive to daydreaming.
Walfrido is also acclaimed for powerful lava-inspired images that pulse with the raw energy of nature.
Jim Warren has spent more than 35 years creating a surreal body of work that combines elements of satire, whimsy and dedicated environmentalism. His oil paintings tell stories, create enticing alternate worlds, and blend warm, realistic representations with fantasy-like themes.
Warren's work has been said to occupy a niche between Salvador Dali and Norman Rockwell. In one classic canvas, little-girl mermaids host a tea party in their underwater home. In another, a beautiful woman reveals the tiger that underlies her perfection.
Widely known as a "master of imagination," Warren has expressed his artistic vision in a multitude of ways during his career. In addition to painting fine-art canvases and commissions, he has done illustrations for hundreds of book covers, earned a Grammy Award for the cover of Bob Seger's "Against the Wind" album, and created an iconic environmental poster. He has also completed a group of paintings featuring favorite Disney characters.
His fine art has earned the soft-spoken Warren a legion of celebrity fans, ranging from author Clive Barker to actress Juliette Lewis.
Glass sculptor David Wight is known as “Big Wave Dave” for the majestic ocean waves he creates.
His stunning sculptures are inspired by the waves he has seen in his Pacific Northwest home and his travels throughout the Caribbean, where he was first enthralled by a waterfall.
Fascinated by water in all its forms, Wight studied at the Pilchuck Glass School under master instructor Therman Statom. He began his artistic explorations by creating blown glass water fountains, but soon moved on to making the water itself. Today, in an industrial-style foundry, he uses his deft and delicate touch to mold molten glass into shimmering wave sculptures.