STRANGE AND UNSETTLING PAINTINGS BY DUSTY RAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dusty Ray is a Colorado native who has wandered through life reading, writing, drawing, and playing music. He says he soaks up anything weird, strange, or unsettling that he comes across.

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A painting contractor by day and a self-proclaimed artist by night, Dusty’s life is paint. Having earned his degree in English Literature from Colorado State University, he says his days as a writer bleed into the small narrative he creates with paint. Dusty’s subject matter mainly consists of the animal wildlife found in his beautiful home of Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Dusty works mostly in gouache, watercolor, and Micron pen. He says, “The strange mutants I paint come from my perception of the animals around me and the way my mind interprets their sacred, extra-sensory position in the natural world”.

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THE NATURAL WORLD OF DAVID RICE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland based David Rice grew up in Colorado exploring the surrounding mountains. The contact with nature was a great inspiration for his work where he fuses the natural and the man-made in his paintings, representing the possibility of a peaceful balance between the two.

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David uses the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Melding together an organic style with graphic overlays, his style combines a mixture of the natural world with a geometric presence.  The combination of the organic with the human engineered.

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NATURE STUDIES BY JAMIE MILLS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jamie Mills is an artist, illustrator, animator and educator currently based in York, U.K. Creating intricately detailed landscapes and wildlife creatures, his work is inspired by L.S Lowry and Brooks Salzwedel. Jamie’s illustrations are beyond two-dimensional flat imagery, but tangible and malleable zines and packages that are cleverly constructed to make the viewer feel drawn in. Leaning towards a style that is naturalistic, his images are very much based on nature, and the explorations and explanation of objects through story telling.

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All hand drawn, his work can be described as intensely mono, a style that has been conceived from the avoidance of computer illustration, opting for a minimalist pencil. A craftsman that is as sentimental about his tools as his craft, Jamie’s illustrations reflect a need for absolute dedication and perseverance, a process that is both tiresome and painstaking, but leads to an unquestionable fulfilment.

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WILDLIFE WOMEN BY ELSA MORA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cuban born and raised artist Elsa Mora is a multidisciplinary artist who creates by painting, drawing, sculpting, porcelain, book making and jewelry design. Growing up poor taught her a series of important lessons that she will always treasure. She learned that the most precious possession that you have is your mind. She also learned that creativity and imagination could solve any problem, whether it’s a material problem or an emotional one.

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Mora pulls from elements of the natural world to illustrate intimate journeys of personal evolution and transformation. Her paintings of female figures with root limbs, bird heads, and other human/nature hybrids are all at once entrancing, surreal, and provocative.

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WILD PORCELAIN BUSTS BY JULIETTE CLOVIS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Influenced in her earlier works by Pop Art and more recently by contemporary photography, French plastic artist Juliette Clovis produces hybrid works that merge nature, history, and myth with the female form, covering porcelain busts in wildlife, flora, and spikes.

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Her additions are either painted on or applied to mask the face, obscuring features like abnormal growths. She draws inspiration from a combination of mythological, historic and religious references as well as other ethnic codes to produce her feminine creations. These ambiguous females question the power that is split between humans and nature, toeing a line between being gentle and unnerving.

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RICH WILDLIFE BY EGENE KOO

by Ariadna Zierold

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South Korea based artist Egene Koo‘s illustrations and detailed oil paintings with an unusual combination of elements that is both dreamy and unsettling.

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Many of her paintings started from old stories like ‘fairy tales’. Basically, she’s interested in the connection between the past and the present. When she meets some appealing scenes from old stories, she feels like they lead her to listen carefully and find something inside. Koo thinks that working with old stories is rather like discovery or excavation. In this sense, her paintings become a reinterpretation of stories; most of the chosen stories are connected with her own interest in human mentality.

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Bloodbuzz, Ohio…

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What do tigers dream of, when they get loose in O-hi-O? When you are about to kill yourself, and have lions, tigers, and bear, you just let them loose from your wildlife preserve in Zanesville, Ohio. That is what some crazy ass man did to the locals, and now kids can’t go to school because a lion might bite their linus off. A lot more exciting than the GOP debates, that is for sure.

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Alaska Week: The Walruses are fleeing

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Thousands of walruses are fleeing melting sea ice in northwest Alaska and heading to shore, because, well, things are melting and walruses are kind of smart to adapt like that. That means a lot more walruses can be found on the land than ever before, forcing  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to change airplane flight patterns to avoid spooking the animals.

And in greater news, officials say “There is no sign of Arctic recovery.”

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Sage Vaughn

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We have known about Sage Vaughn’s work for quite some time, mostly because the work is quite memorable. You’ve got the Wildlife series featuring animals with the backdrop of super-modernity, and then you have the Wildlives series, canvases of kids with the backdrop of imagination and reality. And both series’ are inspirational, and you get a sense that a story will emerge and grow from each piece.

Finally, while working at the Manifest Equality show in Los Angeles this past Winter, we met Sage, as he had just got back from a show in Geneva, Switzerland. He mentioned something about a show lining up with famed and influential Lazarides Gallery in London in 2011, and we thought we weren’t going to be able to mention it in this interview. But then Sage brought it up, so we think we can bring it up. And, Sage just got back from two surf trips already in 2010, so things are definitely looking up in the life of Sage Vaughn. —The Citrus Report

TCR: When life happens, and you all of sudden become a working artist instead of an artist who has other day jobs, how does your sleep pattern change?

I’m not sure much changed, but I did get to sleep later if I wanted. I find I get a lot done before noon, so I try to take advantage of it.

TCR: Do you ever think when you are painting, that the exact piece you are painting happens to be sought after by collectors?

No, that’s weird.

TCR:  Can you give me a summary of Jackson, Oregon?

A community of very liberal hippies, surrounded by mountains, forests, and white supremacists.

TCR: Have you ever been to the Shakespeare Festival?

I snuck backstage when I was really little and watched the actors change into their costumes. Hippy bushes.

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