Monika Johnson is an award winning painter living in Incline Village, NV, who now brings many of the talents and skills learned in a 25-year career as a hairstylist to her art. As a master hair colorist for many years, her first canvas for her creative expression was painting hair. Now she uses her love of color and texture to craft bold and creative “en plein air” (outdoors) artwork.
A graduate of Suffolk University in Boston, Monika started out painting still life’s in acrylic before moving on to figures, and eventually oil painting en plein air. She has spent many years honing her craft with many masters, including Wendy Ulmann, with whom she painted every week for eight years. She has taken workshops with Gregory Kondos at Sierra Nevada College, Kit Night at the Sacramento Fine Art Center, Wanda Mumm in Glacier National Park, Andy Skaff, Leslie Saeta, Jean LeGassick and recently studied in France with Antonin Passemard. She has exhibited with M studio, the Markleeville Library, Wilbur May Museum, North Tahoe Arts, Liberty Fine Art, Reno Little Theater, Uncorked and St. Mary’s Art Center. Her work recently graced the cover of the Tahoe Weekly.
Monika’s plein air landscapes, done in oil and using her signature bold color and texture, are generating true excitement among her many admirers. “Being a plein air painter, I paint outside in the natural environment and that encourages me to capture the moment quickly. The light changes, the shadows move, the temperature changes, or the wind comes up, so I’m forced to carpe diem! If I try to go back another day to the same spot, it’s just never the same.”
A Boston native, Monika’s love of skiing brought her Lake Tahoe in the mid 1990’s. She also enjoys hiking, mountain biking and hanging out with her dogs doing ‘nose work’ (scent detection games). “I love the mountains and the outdoors,” she says, “which is why living in Lake Tahoe and painting outside in nature is perfect for me!”
Kim Snyder has been painting professionally since 2009. Since Kim’s professional debut, her distinctive abstract style has resulted in noteworthy exhibitions throughout California and has attracted a following of collectors in both the Western and Southern states. Paintings she donated raised funds for charities, including the Paso Robles Art Association and International Women’s Festival’s charities in Santa Barbara. In 2013, Kim was featured in the New Times in an article titled “That’s What the Water Gave Me.” Kim has shown her work at the reputable juried Beverly Hills artSHOW and has been featured in dozens of noteworthy private one-woman shows. Furthermore, Kim works closely with a handful of respected interior designers to stage and sell her large format works in homes in California and Nevada.
Kim’s abstract works portray a metaphoric perception of the natural world as she brings to life her own emotions and the interconnectedness of all things. Driven by her desire to seek peace and calm, Kim allows her canvas to be a vessel for her meditative and creative journey. She explores the dualities of knowing and not knowing, safety and risk, realism and abstraction. Her work ultimately emphasizes a letting go and a great sense of peace and calm that is felt by the observer.
Kim’s paintings are created entirely in the moment using a wet-on-wet, or alla prima, process in which she only works with wet paint, never allowing it to dry. Diving into her art both emotionally and physically, Kim initially pours the paint directly onto the canvas, which also acts as her palate, and physically mixes and texturizes the colors to express the movement and flow she feels when she creates. She explains this as a “high risk, high reward process.”
When she’s not painting, Kim is actively involved in the art communities within San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Laguna Beach, and Lake Tahoe’s Incline Village in Nevada. She is a member of the Laguna ART Group and Atelier708, a collaborative art studio she co-founded in downtown Paso Robles. She actively supports and participates in art programs for children throughout San Luis Obispo County including: Arts for Children, Arts Obispo’s Mentor Program, and Studios on the Park’s Arts Smart Program. In addition, Kim privately instructs art students with a current focus on realism including portraits and perspective using Kim’s first medium and love, charcoal.
Today, Kim’s paintings continue to advance and grow. She explores even deeper connections with herself as she works with more expansive surfaces that include large format diptych and triptych canvases.
Lisa’s paintings have been inspired by the natural beauty and light of the areas where she has lived including Colorado, Northern Minnesota on Lake Superior, and now North Lake Tahoe. Her art background has been in graphic design but she has always painted in watercolor. She is fascinated by the quality of transparency, both in the medium of watercolor and in the subject matter of her paintings. Lisa enjoys painting the clear waters and beautiful scenery near her and also exploring the translucent nature of crystal and glass and backlit flowers and foliage. Saturated color and strong values satisfy her affinity for a sense of depth in her paintings and
a representational style. Recently she has also been painting in acrylics and oils, which offer a different but exciting set of new challenges. Lisa has had paintings accepted into many national watercolor exhibitions, won several prestigious awards, and is a Signature Member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Society, and the National Watercolor Society.
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Eva S. Nichols is an award-winning watercolorist & instructor best described as an "impressionist colorist" inspired by nature.
In 2009-10 Danish born Nichols was an artist in residence at Mendocino Art Center, which started her career as an art instructor. She has a unique ability to inspire students to explore their creativity and grow artistically. She moved to the small mountain town of Truckee, CA in 2010 after spending over 20 years on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula.
Nichols has won numerous awards, and she was recently awarded Community Education Instructor of the Year 2013-14 by Truckee Meadows Community College. She is a member of the ARTisan Shop at North Tahoe Arts in Tahoe City, CA and several galleries in California and Nevada represent her. Nichols spent the Month of March 2015 as an Artist In Residence at St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City, NV which is evident in her latest work.
“My paintings are meant to be a joyful place for your eyes to linger.
Watercolors are a fluid and expressive medium and I love to let the colors flow and mix on the paper. Juxtaposing abstracted shapes with realistic details.
Unveiling more than what meets the eye, sharing the underlying joy and beauty of my subject matter and leaving something for the imagination.”