Artist Spotlight

Tanya's creations born of heat and fire on bones and skulls, animal hides, and discarded materials may seem dark, but to the contrary, her work is about light and celebration. The intricate patterns she burns, layers upon layers of markings, are but an expression of love, honoring the remains; her canvas. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Tanya has always been influenced by the art & technology ever present in the area. "Since I have known no other love than art I aspired at a very young age to be a working artist in San Francisco. Having fulfilled that dream in the past 5 years, I'm very much looking forward to the next stage of my career."

Clarion Alley is magical on its own, a popular urban art spot for locals and tourists alike; add in Doug Rhodes' studio and you get the quintessential street art experience. Originally from Southern California, Doug made his way up the state in pursuit of his art. For the last seven years, he's been adding to the magic of the alley through his mixed media pieces of glass, faux fur, paint, and everything in between. "I like my work to speak for itself; it's representational; definitely showing the viewer a perspective that they can understand even though this image does not exist in the real world. A label that works for me is Magic Surrealism." Indeed, his surrealist creations of awe and wonder can take you to a place born out of Doug's imagination and beyond.

"How is a physical imprint linked to experience and time?" That is the question Jon Fischer's work as a printmaker asks. He didn't recognize the connection between his art and his formal education in engineering and philosophy until recently. "Over time, an important personal question became: what is the purpose of creating art using the technology of mass reproduction? Now, I recognize the imprinting mechanism at work in so many human spheres, from memory to faith to beauty and love. It feels sort of like a secret local knowledge, and I'm trying to harness it to create tangible objects with an emphasis on discovery."

When it comes to being an artist, Crystal quoted the words of Marina Abramovic: being an artist is like breathing; you don't question it… you do it or die. To her, the obsession to make art, the need to make ideas come to life, is what makes one an artist. "When I find an object I am often aroused by the unlimited potential of the object and for its transformation or re-imagined state. It is like falling in love." Her intoxicating sculptures appear as they are in constant motion, so full of life with stories to tell, truly something to behold. "I love creating visceral and fantastic installations with intricate and mysterious elements, dark and enigmatic creations that are infused with personal themes and hopefully have universal resonance."

Stepping into William's studio-gallery has a tantalizing effect on newcomers. It is easy to lose yourself in wonder as you explore the stories he tells with his sculptures, grow curious about the influences in his work, and leave deeply affected by it all. His personal narratives are told through layers of wood, paint, metal and even thread and neon glass. Originally from the East Coast, William gained a real appreciation for San Francisco because of the city's inventiveness and innovation. "I realize that so many things start in San Francisco and eventually make their way back East. This innovation feels like creativity in the air which helps inspire my art."

Camila is the epitome of a 21st century artist. Her works live in virtual spaces as well as the physical, using photo collage and new media to make sense of the new realities we face with the intersection of tech and life. "My interactive work consists of virtual and mixed reality, interactive video, and video games. Having the ability to code enables me to use interactivity as an element in my work. The power of interactive art is that the viewer takes on a participatory role giving them the opportunity to become part of the creation process. As someone who is exploring the intersection of art and technology, San Francisco is the perfect place for me to be right now."

One of the most astounding things about Ealish is her devotion to her art. Visibly, you'll see textile art, but her work goes much deeper than what you see. Her distinct style is present in every detail. "My work is a multi-layered process using a variety of substrates and techniques. I design all the fabrics used in my work. Through continual manipulation I print, draw, photograph and stitch, repeating this process to create multiple iterations and layers to my designs. Much of my process investigates pattern and its transformation through surface manipulation. I use many traditional hand methods of stitching such as pleating and smocking to physically alter my original designs."

Elizabeth's love affair with the written word is a long one. Before she mastered the painstaking work of book art, she worked for years in the prepress industry, pasting and cutting words for papers, a past that helped develop her appreciation for words and the printed mark. "This has culminated in my present and primary focus on the medium of Altered Books. I find that books that are an ideal two and three dimensional platform to cut into and cut out of, and their narratives provide an evolving letter palette through which I additionally incorporate word play into the art making. The book as a conduit for ideas is a constant inspiration." In her artful works, books sometimes seem to fly, pages flapping, with serendipitous words leaping out to be heard.