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Artist of the moment……..Crystal Liu



Crystal Liu is a Canadian born painter renown for her images of flowers and nature.  Crystal Liu was born in Toronto, Ontario in the year 1980.

Liu attended the Ontario College of Art and Design located in Toronto. Liu went on to earn a M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute.

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Liu often works with watecolors and ink.

The artist also works with the medium of photographer. The first example in the picture gallery is an example of Liu’s photography style.

Liu has shown her work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Crystal Liu’s art reminds of painter Robert Kushner. Both artist’s capture the wonderful organic lines of flowers and also incorporate a variety of mediums to give their paintings a wonderful variety of texture and movement of light across the painting surface. When I first saw Kushner’s work in person I was amazed at how the picture changed slightly as moved, this made it seem very life like.

Kushner often covers his work with resin and also uses glitter, which doesn’t show up well on a digital image. But in person as the viewer slightly moves different light is bounced on a variety of colors of glitter and the effect is a shimmering light.




Artist of the moment……….Street Artist Pastel



Pastel is a street artist and architect from the country of Argentina.

Pastel often works with flowers and landscapes as his subject matter. Arrowheads are another subject often painted by the artist.

Pastel’s government name is Francisco Diaz.

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If you like Pastel’s work be sure and check out floral painter Robert Kushner. Both artists plants and especially leaves have a fantastic sense of life.

Pastel’s wonderful flowers might be better than real flowers because they last so much longer!


Artist of the moment……….Kim MacConnel


Kim MacConnel is a wonderful abstract artist born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the year 1946. MacConnel is renown for his abstract paintings. MacConnel attended the University of California at San Diego earning a B.F.A. and a M.F.A.

MacConnel was one of few men that are associate with the Pattern and Decoration movement that took place in the 1970s. Another male artist associated with this movement was the floral artist Robert Kushner.

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The artist works as a painter with gouache, enamel, and acrylics. He is also an avid printmaker.

The artist had wasn’t respected by the art community as a whole because he didn’t work on canvas, rather he painted on fabric and sometimes bed sheets.

In this clip we view an interview and several works by Kim MacConnel. The artist also makes sculptures out of found materials in addition to his paintings. These sculptures were made out of items that washed up on the beach that MacConnel collected.:

I enjoy the artist’s bright palette and unusual shapes.




Artist of the moment…….Jon Kuhn



Jon Kuhn is wonderful glass artist who makes decorative art and sculptures with glass. Jon Kuhn was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1949.

Jon Kuhn attended Washburn University  located in Topeka, Kansas where he earned a B.F.A. Kuhn went on to earn an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia.

Here we have a brief biography on Jon Kuhn including a trip to a museum exhibit. Kuhn is part of many prestigious collections including the Met of New York City and the White House Permanent Collection:

Kuhn’s style is the opposite of Dale Chihuly. Chihuly works with extremely hot glass and blows it to his desired shape. Jon Kuhn works with cold glass and cuts and fuses his glass together. Where as Chihuly uses organic shapes, Kuhn works with basic geometric shapes often using the cube.

In this clip we take a closer look at two works by Jon Kuhn:

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I enjoy this style of glass because it is so different from the style that is followed by many, working with blown glass. Kuhn’s work sparkles viewers with its play on light. In this manner it reminds me of one of my favorite flower artists, Robert Kushner. Kushner has a great talent for using mixed media in his works.

One technique that I enjoy is his use of resin that has many different types of glitter. The many varieties of glitter have a similar effect on viewers as they move about the piece. The light dances and shimmers and makes the work come alive even more. Wonderful!





Artist of the moment…..Mary Elizabeth Price


Mary Elizabeth Price was an American Impressionist painter renown for her paintings of lush floral still life works often times working with silver and gold leaf.

Mary Elizabeth Price was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia in the year 1877. Her family were Quakers.

For her artistic education Price studied at the Pennsylvania Schoool of Industrial Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts.

For much of professional career Price was based out of New York City.

If you enjoy the work of price be sure and check out my favorite floral artist, Robert Kushner, who also paints on screens occasionally. Kushner also uses gold leaf, silver leaf, palladium leaf, and glitter in his art. Mary Price would use screens and mirrors actually made by her brother Rueben Price.

Price range information: Mary Price worked in oils and watercolors with prices ranging from $10,000 to $75,000.



Artist of the moment…..Lowell Boyers

Lowell Boyers is a wonderful artist that blends a mixture of botanical and figures in his artwork. Lowell Boyers was born in Queens, New York in the year 1966. For his artistic education Boyers attended the Rhode Island School of Design earning a bachelors degree. Boyers went on to earn a masters from Yale University.

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Boyers works in a very large scale, also like Kushner, with many sizes nearly 4 by 5 feet, or 48 by 60 inches in size.

By reading his artistic statement Boyers tells us his art tells a story about multiple events that happen to a person over the course of time. In other words snapshots of time put in a collage form on one canvas. His works include a multitude of emotions that have taken place over time.

The mediums Boyers’ uses remind of the artist Robert Kushner. Both have similar subject matter and palettes. Many works of Boyer’s include acrylics, oils, resin, ink, and watercolour. In this case even a high def image can’t let us see how the different layers refract light. I remember the first time I saw one of Kushner’s works who uses all the above plus glitter in some works, my eyes never stopped moving as the canvas moved as I moved due to the resin, the reflection of paint and the glitter. Boyers work seems to have a similar look to it. Below an example of Robert Kushner’s style of painting flowers.


His process involves painting on raw canvas, not on a manufactured canvas but fresh off the roll!

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Boyers is based out of New York City.

In this clip we view a show featuring Lowell Boyers. Other artist’s work is shown and Boyer’s work appears about 52 seconds into the clip:

Artist of the moment…..Valerie Jaudon…

Valerie Jaudon is an American painter born in Greenville,  Mississippi in the year 1945. For her collegiate studies she attended many schools. The Memphis Academy of Art, the University of the Americas, and St. Martin’s School of Art in London, England.

price range information: Etchings can be found around $500. Works in oils range $2,000 to $25,000.

Jaudon was a member of the Pattern and Decoration movement popular in 1970s. When looking at the artist’s work its abstract, yet very organized. For instance you have very loose abstraction such as this work by Jackson Pollack. Interesting for a variety of color combinations and surface texture, but very loose in design and use of color.


Then we have what I like to call organized abstraction. For this is an artist like Beatriz Milhazes from Brazil or even Kandinsky of Russia. Both have a fair amount of unused or a one color portion in their works. Jaudon and other members of the Pattern and Design movement concentrated on organized abstraction. When looking at many of these works and Jaudon’s in particular the viewer is reminded of a luxury gate or doorway with intricate patterns and also with basic geometric shapes which are repeated through out the artwork. Another pattern that comes to mind would be the pattern seen through a kaleidoscope.  Here is a work by Beatriz Milhazes who has had works break the one million dollar level. Very abstract but organized and with an emphasis on color combinations.


In this clip we visit a gallery show featuring the artist  at the Von Lintel gallery in 2012. Take the time to view the entire work but pay attention shortly after the one minute mark. The camera focuses close up on the image and then pans out. When looking at a close view its amazing the variety of textures and colors found in these works which seem from a distance rather flat.

Valerie Jaudon also has fulfilled many commission requests and check out this architecture project she completed. Its an awesome bird’s eye view. She has completed more than ten of these public commissions.

Von Lintel Gallery | New York - http://www.vonlintel.vom/

Jaudon lives and works out of  New York city.

Jaudon is included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.



Artist of the moment….Richard Jackson….

Richard Jackson was born in the year 1939 in Sacramento, California.

For his collegiate studies Jackson attended Sacramento City College studying art and engineering.

Jackson was part of the teaching faculty at UCLA from 1989 to 1994. He taught sculpture. Though he has worked with many mediums over the years his works now lean towards performance art. Sometimes the action that he is documenting is not art to some observers. For instance in this clip Richard Jackson flies a toy airplane and then crashes it just outside of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

And you must admit that at least Mr. Jackson has brought the question to the forefront of our minds, what is art!  If you want to skip ahead in the clip watch the last 45 seconds to view the crash! This was a series done by Mr. Jackson titled Accidents in Abstract Painting. It was free to the public. The plane was fifteen feet long and filled with paint.

Here we see Richard Jackson at work on another abstract work.

Richard Jackson currently lives and works out of Los Angeles, California.

Has been part of exhibits in Germany, France, Switzerland, London, and the United States.


One of my favorite artists working with floral imagery started as on stage performer in the 1970s, Robert Kushner. Though very skilled and progressive with his acting, sometimes appearing nude on stage, Kusher went on to become a spectacular painter of flowers using mixed media. Below is a wonderful example of Robert Kushner’s painting style!


Try some performance art today, just for something different. Channel your favorite movie that will appear at the Oscar’s tomorrow night!

Price range information:  A life sized plastic version of the duck went for more than $62,000. Watercolors range from $2500 to $7500. Oils range from $1,000 to 4000. Photographs are available starting for few hundred dollars.

Awesome Acrylic Artists series……Robert Kushner…

This artist started out doing shows with friends that were performance pieces in the 1970s. This is a recreation of a 1970s performance  with the artist speaking and appearing live, while other artist wear clothes made from items you might eat, licorice for example.

Below is a more current showing of the artist’s style that what I listed. I enjoy it because you can see the variety of different paper the artist uses, even a cook book recipe sheet could be used. His creativity has no bounds. Also its great to see these long gardens on a wall as they might appear to you. The viewer gets a greater sense of respect for his design skills.  Just the right amount of detail and mystery to keep the viewer moving constantly. The artist has sold many works to museums.

Robert Kushner got me inspired to paint florals using acrylics and mixed media a few years ago after seeing the wide range of expression that a master artist could produce. Not only is this artist great at capturing the description of the flower, but by using the colors involved, or inventing his own palette the pictures are so cleverly designed the viewers eye wanders and wanders the work without being board.

This artist has used acrylics for a large part of his work, but a piece is usually not done in one medium, rather he mixes several media at once. Oil, acrylics, glitter, copper leaf, gold leaf, mica , and resin.  I have stood in front of a large canvas by the artist, around 60 by 60 inches, and by changing my position I felt the flower was alive.

The resin used to seal the art gave the work a glossy and shiny feel, but if you changed view points the work had a different feeling caused by the glitter that is in some of the resin. His work is just so unique its impossible to label.

The artist was born in Pasadena, California in 1949.

Went to college at University of California at San Diego. Finished in 1971.

Became a performance artist in the 1970s appearing sometimes nude on stage. Also was heavily influenced by the pattern and design movement as well as the concentration of design found in works in Orient.

Works with many different media at once such as oils, acrylics, ink, japanese ink, watercolor paper, canvas, rice paper, gold leaf, copper leaf, metallic and interference paints, and even glitter. The fact he can design a space as a large as an entire Japanese screen leaves the viewer highly impressed.

He now live in New York.  This artist has done several public commissions and is included in many private collections as well. If you have the chance, be sure and see this artist’s work in person as it adds another dimension seeing all the different mediums interact and the many ways light reflects from the them differently.

Happy painting!