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.
"When I paint, I don't just copy from any particular place. I try to memorize the original impression I had when I was somewhere, and then I recompose it in my head, based on how I feel about it. After that, I paint. I think it is very important for an artist to not just copy mechanically from nature. In that case, the artist could be replaced by a camera. An artist should rather have a goal and then follow it to create the emotional image and a special atmosphere in the painting, and to thereby convey an individual message. Painting nature with all its many faces is always magnificent. To me, there is no such thing as bad weather."
Alexei Butirskiy brings a genuine expression to the art world and a sense of both mystery and belonging to each of his paintings. "The source of my inspiration is life itself. I find peace and harmony all around me. I observe the beauty of my surroundings and love to share my appreciation of the world through my eyes and transfer it to my viewers by way of my canvas," states Alexei.
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.
Born in Chongqing, China, Yongqun Guo developed her unique painting style after studying with traditional Chinese artists. She uses handmade paper and rice paper in her intricate drawings, and long-lasting ink colors derived from natural material.
Guo's village scenes feature the architectural style, landscape and huge trees of her hometown. Her paintings of cranes, which symbolize good luck and loyalty in China, depict native Asian Crown cranes or American sand cranes.
The movement in Guo's paintings storms, wind, animals running, birds flying adds mystery and life. She leaves space for viewers to use their imaginations, bringing immediacy and personal involvement to her vibrant images.
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.
The son of artist Milan, Migvel inherited his father's creative passion and made it his own. His images portray the natural wonders of Hawaii, from the region's violet-hued peaks to its golden beaches fringed with windswept palms.
Migvel's canvases examine rainbow-wreathed mountains, sunsets shimmering across the water and waves sweeping over half-submerged rocks. Always, he applies expertly blended color to illuminate and highlight his subjects, while his work's dynamic motion communicates the vitality of the living sea.
Widely acclaimed for the power and majesty of his paintings, this second-generation artist is first in the eyes of collectors from several continents.
Born in the Philippines' Angeles City, Milan began painting as a young child. His work captures both the energy and enticing serenity of his subjects in nature.
He is completely self-taught and uses primary colors in his palette, expertly mixing them to achieve the delicate hues of lush tropical pools, the deeper shades of dense forests, and the sensitive variety of colors of the waves in the ever-changing sea.
Milan's beginnings in the world of art were in the commercial field; today his fine art has been commissioned by prominent collectors from around the globe including Australia, Europe, the United States, and his native Philippines.
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.
The work of surrealist painter John Pitre has influenced American art for more than 30 years.
Widely considered an artistic visionary, Pitre incorporates sacred aspects and powerful social commentary into his paintings. He uses his art to encourage viewers to consider life's biggest questions, and discover what lies within their hearts and minds. Many of his well-known canvases explore man's spiritual leanings.
Throughout his career, Pitre has been extremely successful in combining visual beauty with an underlying message. His interpretations of such issues as overpopulation, ecological destruction and nuclear war have made his paintings modern-day classics. His masterful "Restrictions" has been translated into a million-selling poster.
Pitre, who calls himself a storyteller, creates his painted worlds from his imagination rather than from reference. He begins the process of creation by contemplating a theme that moves him.
A resident of Honolulu, Pitre is an inventor as well as a fine artist. He is the developer of Genesis Paint, a heat-set paint that combines the best qualities of acrylics and oils.
Born in Detroit, Steven Power moved to Southern California in early childhood and became a dedicated surfer a pastime he still enjoys, which provides ongoing artistic inspiration.
The son of a commercial automotive designer, Power now lives on Oahu and paints tropical fantasy landscapes in an ultra-realistic style. Through his work, he seeks the perfect natural world just as a surfer seeks the perfect wave.
He is best known for brilliant images that may incorporate sparkling waterfalls, high mountain peaks, lush jungle vegetation, or seas bathed in diamond-bright light whatever elements he sees as necessary to depict the universal ideal of paradise.
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.
Tracy Taylor, a painter of lively watercolors that incorporate a vivid sense of whimsy, feels that one of the primary values of her art is its approachability. She refers to her technique as "advanced coloring book"drawing pictures and then coloring them in with vibrant-hued watercolors.
Taylor's work invites viewers to share its creator's sense of lighthearted enjoyment. She is perhaps best known for her exuberant, expressive paintings of tropical fish.
Using splashy, appealingly smudgy primary colors, Tracy Taylor captures the vitality of the undersea world and the personality of its denizens allowing collectors to experience them both without getting wet.
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.
Oscar Zanetti was born in Murano, Italy in 1961. He comes from a long line of ancestors involved in glassmaking. In fact, one of his relatives was Abbott Zanetti, who was the founder of the Museo del Vetro (Museum of Glass) in Murano and also the one who began the Scuola del Vetro (Glass School) in the 1900's.
Oscar began working at the age of fourteen while attending the Istituto d'Arte (Art School) in Venice. Like many masters he began as a "serventino" or assistant. He worked with several of the important glass firms in Murano, including Venini, La Murrina and Barovier & Toso, before joining the family business.
Oscar's father Licio was a well-known glass artist who welcomed his son's entry into his atelier. There Oscar perfected his techniques under his father's guidance. When his father retired in 1990 Oscar was ready to take the helm as the master of Zanetti.
Oscar inherited his father's artistic flair while introducing new techniques into the glass production. He has become known for making large sculptures, many of which reflect the taste for Murano glass during the 1950's. Oscar has also revived the use of "calcedonia."