Alla's artistic development was paved and fueled by the simple passion for creating. The artistic expression in her nascent years found its place not only on the walls of her room, but also on the neighbor's fences. This early passion for art led her to enter the Youth Art Academy in her home town Rivne, Ukraine, and later propelled her to move across the Atlantic Ocean to study fine arts in Memphis College of Art. Alla graduated with Bachelor of Fine Art in painting in 2010. In June 2013 she received my Masters of Fine Art degree from the Laguna College of Art and Design. Currently she lives and works in San Diego, CA.
Alejandro Buchner was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where his passion and career in the visual arts began. Alejandro studied fine arts at the University of Bellas Artes and trained privately with artist Fernando Arranz. Alejandro has worked as a digital artist developing concepts for animated commercials and advertisements and has worked in concept design for Le Elephant Blanc in Paris, France. Since returning to the United States, Alejandro has exhibited his figurative sculpture throughout Southern California and teaches classical drawing and sculpture in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Hello, I'm Jonathan Burke, President of LCAD. I earned my BFA in painting from Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from Boston University. Additionally I studied at Skowhegan and the New York Studio School in New York and Paris. I've been full-time faculty at LCAD since 1985. Though I'm involved in the administration of the BFA and MFA I continue to paint, teach and occasionally exhibit. I am completely devoted to creating the best representational drawing, painting and sculpture program. It's an honor to be associated with faculty that care deeply about the tradition of representation and students that found this unique drawing and painting major.
James Galindo (b. 1983) is an emerging young artist from Palm Springs, California. He received his Master of Fine Art Degree from Laguna College of Art + Design in 2009 and now teaches drawing and painting courses at various colleges and ateliers in Southern California. He has been the recipient of multiple scholarships and awards including the "La Quinta Arts Foundation Scholarship," the FRyan Ramirez Memorial Scholarship," "Best of Junior Fine Art" at Laguna College of Art + Design?s Annual Juried Exhibition, the "Passport to China Scholarship" sponsored by the Chinese Contemporary Fine Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, "L. Ron Hubbard?s Illustrators of the Future award," "Best of Show" at the Third Annual Fairhaven Juried Exhibition, the "Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Education Scholarship," and most recently, in 2009, the "John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship" sponsored by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK. James currently lives and works out of his studio in Los Angeles, CA, from which he runs weekly drawing and painting workshops. He began showing at Dawson Cole Fine Art in December of 2009.
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As a contemporary realist painter I continue my journey of self exploration and understanding of the human subject. My desire to become one with everything living, fulfills who I am and in return I hope evokes an experience for the viewer. I paint in attempt to capture a fleeting moment and feeling of desire to experience it once more.
In my current body of work, I explore how to create naturalistic images with highly rendered and abstract paint marks, these layered marks of finished and unfinished represent my personal state of mind as an artist.
I am drawn to certain conditions of light and space, which usually contain elements of isolation, reflection, or atmospheric perspective. These come together in various genres - the space interior, the figure in contemplation, and atmospheric cityscape or landscape. Within these I try to articulate the feeling I get in transitional low light conditions. The light is the focus of the paintings, creating mood, but with a lively varied surface. Location influences my paintings tremendously. I travel to reinvent the subjects I paint, seeking a fresh eye abroad, or upon return.
Born and raised in Vermont, Jacques (pronounced j-ah-k) began his formal art education at Boston University's School of Fine Arts. In 1967, he was awarded a Bachelor's Degree. After two years as an illustrator in the U.S. Army, the painter returned to New England and in 1971, received a Master's Degree from the Hartford Art School at Connecticut's University of Hartford.
From Cambridge to Miami, from Washington, D.C. to Santa Barbara - Jacques' paintings, etchings and serigraphs have been widely praised. While teaching drawing and painting as an Associate Professor of Fine Art at Boston's Emmanuel College, Jacques appeared in more than 40 one-man exhibitions and has been represented in more than 125 national art shows. His work appears among important permanent collections in museums such as Washington, D.C.'s Museum of American Art and The Smithsonian?s National Collection, Virginia's Chrysler Museum and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.
In 1980, ABT Books of Cambridge, Massachusetts, published his Images of Age. Nominated for the American Book Award for Original Art, the volume is an unusual collection of Goya-quality drawings, which capture the solitude of aging among the forgotten elderly in New England nursing homes.
Jacques: Being an artist requires more than merely being a committed observer. It requires an ability to record the feelings that image awakens.
I began teaching at LCAD in 1993. Hired full-time in 1997. I am both an Associate Professor and Admissions Counselor for the school.
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Judy Nimtz was born in Taiwan and raised on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. After completion of her MFA in 2008 from the Laguna College of Art & Design, Judy decided to make Southern California her home. She promptly moved to Venice Beach, where she is near the ocean and the city of Los Angeles. When working on studio paintings, the conception is entirely Judy's own. This is different from painting en plain air, where her surroundings have a say in the imagery, narrative, and composition. In both she attempts to capture the likeness of a location or subject, but also something intangible. The way light falls and creates shadows, or air particles accumulate over a distance and shimmer, or an unanticipated pose is struck by the model, all effect her experiences as she works and the outcome of each painting.
Hope Railey was born in New Orleans and graduated with an MFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco before training with Glen Orbik at CAI. She then taught beginning drawing and painting at the Academy while participating in numerous group and two person shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles before relocating to Southern California. She has become a respected teacher and artist in the academic fine arts world and has been included in todays top fine art exhibitions featuring academic works. Her work has been exhibited throughout California and is held in Fine Art Collections throughout the country. "As a painter, I have continually returned to the figure as the main vehicle in my work. I have found there always to be further discoveries to be made, both technically and conceptually. I am grounded in classical principles and historical perspective, which has allowed me freedom in my work. This has been my most cherished reward as a representational artist, and is what I hope to share with my students." - Hope.
Timothy Robert Smith is a Los Angeles based oil painter and muralist, using observational techniques to portray a multi-dimensional perspective of the universe. Since graduating from Laguna College of Art and Design with an MFA in studio art, Timothy has had three exhibitions at Copro Gallery in Bergamot Station, one being a solo show.
"Fusing elements from classic art forms such as cubism, realism and expressionism, Smith pulls together a multi-dimensional rendering of our world from different times and perspectives onto one canvas. The work also somehow makes you feel that you are both watching a film and viewing a dutch master at the same time". -Sugar Press
Joseph Todorovitch is a young contemporary painter who has developed a reputation for his highly representational figure paintings. Growing up in Southern California, he became interested in traditional drawing and painting at an early age. His training introduced him to many artistic influences including notable ateliers and instructors.
His work is a culmination of these forces with a deep respect for the knowledge and sensitivities of the past. Joseph has been able to sift through the vast amount of information, be selective, and utilize what's necessary to achieve an impact that speaks about a personal experience with his subjects. His paintings emote, and convey a care and sensitivity that is reminiscent of the naturalist painters of the 19th century. Utilizing subtle value and temperature shifts, fine draughtsmanship, and pure intuition, Joseph weaves a world of breathable air and psychological nuance in his work.