September 2017SkiesFeatured Artists & Best in Show Winners
Traditional ArtCarl Owen
Carl Owen has had many roles in life. He has earned an A.A. degree in applied arts, a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in correctional counseling. He has received several awards of achievement throughout his life careers. Among all the awards received while employed, he considers the award for writing and directing an administrative bulletin for the California Department of Corrections that actually saved lives and a New Mexico Corrections Department policy and procedure that brought the Mental Health Bureau treatment practices into policy compliance within 90 days as the most important ones.
Carl has been a marine, a steel worker, a correctional officer, lieutenant, counselor, court liaison officer, drug treatment program designer/director, senior trainer at UCSD, adjunct professor and an Assistant Mental Health Bureau Chief for the New Mexico Corrections Department. Given the above-mentioned life roles, Carl Owen is an artist. He has always been an artist and shall always be an artist. His first painting was done on Christmas day after receiving his first art set at age four. His last painting has not yet been produced. Carl's artistic approach considers that there is a knife’s edge between order and chaos, between style and ability, between realism and abstraction. He believes there is something deep inside that instinctively knows, appreciates and desires ownership of objects of beauty. After all words, excuses and rationale vanish, it is the work of art alone commanding the viewer to accept or reject it. His efforts are aimed at making a work of art that commands attention. This is his life’s quest.
Please visit Carl's website if you are interested in purchasing this award winning piece or if you would like to see more of his work.
Digital Art & PhotographySimone Arrigoni
Simone Arrigoni is an awards-winning photographer, a classical pianist and Freediving World Champion. He established 20 Freediving World Records in the sea, lake, under the ice and with dolphins.
In photography Simone looks for unusual perspectives, details, lights or symmetries, as it is a powerful means of expression and exploration for him. His photos and reportages have been published in books and magazines - for example Image in Progress, Fotografia Reflex, Il Venerdì di Repubblica - and have received more then 50 awards and accomplishments in prestigious international photo contests, such as 1st Place in PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2017, 1st Place at New York International Photography and Digital Art Contest 2017, 1st Place at FIIPA Fiof Italy International Photography Award 2016 and Best Photographer of UIF Anghiari Photo Contest 2016.
Simone is devoted to architectural, macro and astrophotography in particular. The latter has gained to him an EAPOD European Astronomy Picture Of the Day (28 January 2017).
Please visit Simone's website if you are interested in purchasing this award winning piece or if you would like to see more of his work.