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Diana Day Glynn
Diana Day Glynn is a native San Franciscan, living in Burlingame for the past 30 plus years. From childhood, Diana immersed herself in creating any kind of art or craft project she could get her hands on. She especially loved drawing, which came to her naturally. As an adult she began oil painting and has been doing so for many years now, until recently when she started painting in watercolor in addition to oil, finding both quite enjoyable.
A member of the Burlingame Art Society, Diana has won many ribbons/awards at different events through the years. Her most recent honor was being awarded 2013's "Artist of the Year" with the Burlingame Art Society. She has shown and sold her work at many different venues, from retail shops to Art Shows. Diana's style is meticulous and mostly realistic, but she also finds pleasure in going a bit abstract once in a while, usually by using a palette knife for a painting, instead of a brush. She only paints subjects that move her. Diana believes painting comes from the soul, and so affirms that there is a little part of her in each of her paintings.
My goal was to finish my doctorate before I turned 60. I just made it. I did in-depth interviews with 12 women who were working as doulas, offering non-medical support to women during childbirth. I sought to understand the spiritual nature of their work. In 2014 I retired from my job as Associate Dean at Stanford and turned to exploring the feminine aspects of God and Nature through art. I incorporate the skills of making books, calligraphy, and embroidery and add lots of embellishments.
My photographs represent the culmination of years of fascination with and patient observation of the natural world. I grew up studying the sciences at an early age. I read science-related materials extensively, and by the age of ten I had chemistry sets and a microscope and several warnings from my parents to take that "stinky stuff" outside. When I was fifteen I worked in a biomedical engineering lab at the Johns Hopkins medical complex, where I did everything from writing computer programs to assisting in animal surgery. I fell in love with the great outdoors when I was thirteen. That summer the eight weeks I spent in the Adirondack wilderness forever opened my eyes and heart to the immense beauty of the wilderness. This interest in biology, geology, astronomy, chemistry and the like, combined with my love of the wilderness, imbued me with a life-long passion for investigating and understanding the amazing beauty and complexity of our planet and the natural forces that define and shape it. With my camera I try to capture moments that often pass by unseen and which, when seen, engender a sense of wonder and appreciation in the viewer.
My work is totally digital, utilizing digital SLR cameras, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and some specialized third-party software. I capture raw images and perform the equivalent of what one would do in a chemical darkroom, only using digital technology. I work in a color-managed environment, and print on specialized photographic papers using various high quality inkjet printers and archival inks, usually in a semi-gloss or satin finish, but occasionally utilizing matte finish papers. Certain images are also printed on metal (aluminum) or canvas. And, of course, all images on this website are under copyright protection.
Cherise Thompson creates original etchings, monotypes and mixed media. She received a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a concentration in painting and printmaking and has an Associate Arts degree in Graphic and Interactive Design. She continued her printmaking studies with Bay Area artists, Alan May and Daniel Krakauer. Ms. Thompson enjoys teaching art to people of all ages and currently teaches art for a variety of organizations throughout the Bay Area. She maintains a studio in Palo Alto and her artwork is in private collections in the U.S. and abroad.
“I spend a great deal of time exploring beaches, camping in forests and hiking beautiful trails. I relish sketching imagery from the natural world and keep a sketchbook handy to record my interactions and observations. All creatures fascinate me and are often featured in my work. Etching and monotype allow my sketches to come to life, enhanced and transformed by the textures so unique to printmaking.”
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and having spent her early childhood in Hong Kong, Gail Wong is a distinct blend of two cultures. Through her art and in her work as an architect, she displays a strong appreciation for the vibrancy of color, contrasting value, and abstract form, the tranquility of nature, and yet the decorative impact of color as reflected in the harmony of visual impressions and subtle changes in light and pattern. As a scholarship recipient from both the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Famous Artists Schools in West Port, Connecticut, Ms. Wong has also obtained a Bachelor and a Masters Degree in Art as well as a graduate degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. During her career she has won many awards in both art and architecture.
Heavily influenced by late nineteenth-century French Impressionism and post impressionism , particularly Monet and Matisse, Ms. Wong has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the South Sea Islands. However, it was her opportunity to visit Monet's garden in Giverny, France that has most inspired her impressionistic work. Absorbing the peaceful tranquility of nature, she has translated her analytical observations of nature and the rendering of transitory visual impressions, into a body of work that emphasizes intriguing light and dark values, polychromatic colors, and a carefully designed simplification of the visual world. Illuminated by the living colors of flowers, trees, water, and sky, her art evokes a truly tranquil and serene recollection of nature.
And yet, in contrast to this theme, Ms. Wong is nationally recognized for her representational and abstracts work, again focusing on color and landscapes in which fragments of reality and imagination play an important role, while at other times framing only a basic form of nature in its most elusive appearance. The most elusive to describe are her recent cherry blossom painting series. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Tidal Basin, and the flowers in full bloom are the inspiration for her work since her arrival to the District of Columbia.
The Portrait Project - Since 2007, Patricia Warren has provided formal framed portraits to residents of the Tenderloin, South of Market, Mission and Bayview neighborhoods in San Francisco. Many of the people portrayed in these photos have faced immense challenges in their lives. Most are low income working class; some are formerly homeless, others technically have homes but are still living on the streets. They come from “edge” populations that face issues of economic disparity, mental illness, addiction, etc. on a daily basis. The photo sessions invite the subjects to "step into the light" in a way that encourages self-expression in a safe, comfortable atmosphere. Most are photographed against a plain white background to keep the focus on the faces and to also create an intentional visual reference to high-end fashion and portrait photography. During the sessions, music plays and snacks are available, creating an opportunity for neighbors to interact in a festive context. Two weeks later, the finished portraits are framed and displayed at the same venue where they were taken, and the subjects are once again invited to gather to see each other’s photographs and take theirs home. For more information about the Portrait Project, please see: www.portraitproject.org