Editor's Note: A previous version of this story misidentified Susan McKenna List. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
As part of its November show, Gallery Andrea, 7019 E. Main St. in Scottsdale, will host the work of four artists.
Those artists include Susan McKenna List, Leonard Miguel Cruz, Daniel Randolph and Brittany Mason, according to a press release. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is closed on Sunday.
Ms. List began seriously studying painting and pastel portrait in the early 1980s but it was her 1989 move to the San Francisco Bay Area that led her to mentor Pam Glover and a career as an avid plein air painter.
With Ms. Glover’s encouragement, invitations to show, painting sales, solo and group shows followed. Some of those shows include the Valona Invitational from 2000-05; American Impressionist Society in 2001; and the Professional Plein Air Painters NYC in 2005.
Ms. List was honored with solo shows at Epperson Gallery, Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery and others and to be a featured artist at Valentina Gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
She has shown her work in galleries in Manhattan, Scottsdale, Carmel, the Bay Area, Morristown, NJ, south Florida and has work in collections in the US, South America and abroad.
Mr. Cruz paints playful and surreal images in bright, bold color. He was born in the Dominican Republic and was raised in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.
When he first moved to the U.S. as a child, Mr. Cruz underwent a major surgery that restricted him to bed for months. It was at this time that he began to draw and discovered his love for art, a passion that endured throughout his life.
Mr. Cruz paints in oils and acrylics, working in a style that draws influence from Cubism and his Caribbean roots.
When painting, he draws inspiration from the natural world. He is particularly intrigued by the vibrant colors of fish, birds and other animal life.
As an artist, Mr. Cruz hopes to work towards perfecting his ability to replicate the beauty that he finds in nature. Cruz’s work features strong shapes and colors.
Through dreamlike scenes, Cruz creates a sense of wonder in his viewer. His pieces also have a lightheartedness and sense of humor to them. Mr. Cruz hopes to create paintings that depict a world filled with amazement and surprise.
Mr. Randolph says he sees just as much color in Southern California as he does in the street scenes of Paris, London, San Francisco and New York City.
He has lived and worked in Southern California for many years. It’s color, character and characters, natural beauty and history have become his way of life and subject matter of his artwork.
Born in Tucson, Mr. Randolph is primarily a self-taught artist who focuses on landscape and cityscape travel posters of major European and American scenes. His watercolor paintings and drawings were picked up by Pier 1 Import stores.
His work may also be found in fine art galleries and museums. A painting by Mr. Randolph adorns the walls of the White House and his paintings hang in other homes and buildings of note worldwide, a release states.
Mr. Randolph has illustrated two books, “Joy of Birding” and “Trails of California.” He spent time as an art student at the Santa Barbara Art Institute and also enjoyed studying art at art institutions in Europe where he traveled and painted extensively.
He works from his studio and in the “plein aire” tradition while continuing to put a playful and whimsical spin on local scenes and characters.
Ms. Mason draws her inspiration from the psychedelic work from the 1960s and 1970s. She says she continues to receive inspiration by her “ innate love for nature and all living things.”
Her goal of painting, she says, is to bring positivity, love and happiness to those who see her work. She doesn’t consider her work to be abstract but she says she does enjoy hearing the wide array of responses to her work from viewers.
Ms. Mason said she aims to convey her goals of peace, love, unity and respect by following her signature with a heart and peace sign, calling it her final reminder,
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