The work represented at A.Space showcases the inspired talents of extraordinary artists across a variety of creative mediums, including oils, acrylics, glass, bronze, steel, stone and more. Learn more about each artist and their individual expressions below.
Bella Bigsby works primarily in oil, as well as watercolour, acrylic, and pen and ink. Originally from Norfolk, England, Bella is now a resident of Oakland, California. She has been exhibiting her work in the Bay Area and across the U.S. and U.K. for the past 15 years.
Bronle is an abstract realist painter who lives and works in San Diego, CA. Her artistic goal is to invoke calm and contemplation. She paints transitions: close-ups of movement in the natural world, in subtle colors and painterly detail. Bronle teaches painting and drawing, and volunteers for and is on the executive board of ArtReach San Diego. She is married and has two children.
Archie Held is an internationally recognized artist who has been creating sculpture since the late 1970’s. He studied at UCLA for both his graduate and undergraduate degrees. He opened his Richmond, CA based studio in 1985 and has produced numerous private and public commissions. His large studio employs a team of talented artists and metal fabricators. Held’s sculptures are primarily constructed in bronze and stainless steel and he has recently added glass and granite to his palette of materials. He is well known for his ability to incorporate water as a central element to further complement his simple and elegant designs. He enjoys the challenge and process of working with clients on unique site-specific projects.
Gino Hollander (1924 – August 27, 2015) was a self-taught American painter who began painting in New York City during the abstract expressionist movement. His paintings sold to the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy, Steve McQueen, Norman Rockwell, and Ralph Lauren.
A prolific painter, Gino’s work was honest and emotional; he painted for himself. He had no desire to engage in a dialogue with the viewer. He believed it was for him to paint, and for the viewer to view. He refused to title his paintings because he has no stories to tell. To him, “there is nothing verbal about a canvas. A painting is simply one way to express a feeling and feelings can only be made less if they are talked to death.”
Siri Hollander was born in New York in 1959 and lived most of her childhood in Andalusia, Spain. Influenced by a family of artists, she began sculpting at the age of seventeen. Seemingly isolated from normalcy, Siri established a connection with the horses and other animals that surrounded her in her youth. By apprenticing with several accomplished sculptors both in America and Spain, she developed her own sculptural form based on her unique subjects, horses and figurative forms.
Siri’s sculptural medium combines steel and cement, creating her trademarked texture which, when cast in bronze, brings her sculptures to life. She has become a master of three-dimensional images of horses. Siri’s self-taught process constructs the sculptures with no sketches or maquettes, working directly with steel and recycled metal to combine realism and abstraction, emphasizing the rough essence of the subject.
Ann Hollingsworth is a working artist in the Bay Area of California, where she makes sculptures in a combination of materials, often reclaimed from construction materials. She studied glass making at California College of the Arts from 2000 until 2005, receiving a degree in sculpture. Additional studies were done at Corning Glass Museum, Pilchuck Glass School, Kala Institute as an artist in residence and at American Indian Art Institute in Santa Fe New Mexico .
Susannah Jackson was born in Frankfurt, Germany and moved to California in 1986. Building on her Bachelors Degree from Justus Liebig University in Gießen she continued her education in California by obtaining a master’s degree in Art Education from San Jose State University as well as a post master’s degree in Art Therapy from University De Namur in Belmont.
Her abstract paintings are an exploration of mood expressed through color and movement, usually influenced by music — the perfect interplay between conscious and unconscious expression. Susannah’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous group shows in the San Francisco Bay Area and she has sold her artwork to both local and international collectors.
A resident of Palo Alto, Susannah works as an elementary teacher at the German International School of Silicon Valley and also runs Art 4 Growth, a series of art therapy workshops designed to help participants foster personal and creative growth through the process of art making.
Rebecca Kinkead began her 20-year career as an artist working with clay but soon transitioned to oil paint as her primary medium. She is particularly drawn to figures in the natural world, both human and animal which she says provide a generous vehicle for color, form and surface to evolve.
Kinkead holds degrees in Political Science and French from the University of Vermont, and a BA in Studio Art from Minnesota State University. She has been awarded residencies at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, County Mayo, Ireland; Baer Art Center, Hofsos, Iceland; Jentel Foundation, Banner, Wyoming; and most recently, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Her work has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally for over two decades.
Ann Larsen is an award-winning Contemporary Impressionist plein air and studio painter working in oil. She has lived in New England and Colorado and currently resides in upstate New York with her photographer husband. Ann holds a degree in painting and has studied with well-known landscape painters Skip Whitcomb, Frank Serrano and Randall Sexton.
Ann feels the landscape painting is about making a solid, simplified statement by distilling down the chaos of the subject. She says that working from nature is both exciting and challenging, but ultimately there is a dichotomy between painting and creating a work of art. Having done hundreds of sketches and oil studies in the field, her final statements are made in the studio.
Robert Lewis is a plein air, still life and studio painter living in Monterey, California, where the brilliant sunlight and sparkling scenery is a constant inspiration. The artist enjoyed a long career as an illustrator, designer, and fine artist—working in various mediums including watercolor, scratchboard, paper sculpture, and acrylic—before returning to his native California and turning his brush to plein air landscape oil painting.
Robert also enjoys the intimate art of the still life, feeling that still life has the powerful quality of suggesting the human presence. His large studio canvases fill a room with rich color and brushwork. Today, Robert works in oils on canvas and all of his plein air work is alla prima as are many of his still lifes.
Dinah Cross James
Dinah Cross James is considered to have a “good sense of expressing the subconscious.” A graduate of Mills College, for over 30 years Dinah’s work is admired throughout the country in galleries, public and private collections, national magazine covers, and books. She is energized by working in different techniques and uses oil, monotype, watercolor, drawing and acrylic.
Dinah’s life experiences and love of travel have stimulated a diverse body of work. An accomplished pianist, avid tennis player, and art instructor, Dinah now resides in Napa Valley, California, where she continues to explore her inner world of abstract imagery.
Laura Morton was born and raised in Omaha, and spent more than twenty years living in the Midwest. She studied at the Colorado College, Doane College, Creighton University, the University of Nebraska, Joslyn Art Museum, and the University of Wisconsin, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Art.
Laura’s love of nature and art moved her into the varied mediums of drawing, printmaking, photography, watercolor, metalworking and enameling, batik, embroidery and quilting, etched and stained glass, and ceramics. Today, Laura mostly works on etchings, etching collages, monotypes, and watercolor paintings. Her etchings range from miniature to large, from delicate and detailed to bold and powerful.
Tjasa Owen’s work is a confluence of her international travels, her enthusiasm for written correspondence, and her love for landscapes, coastal scenes and changing skies. She employs acrylic, oil pastel, as well as, collage media in her canvases. Her subtle and whimsical notations on many of the pieces invite the viewer to create a personal relationship — open to their own interpretation — with the work.
As a student, Tjasa studied fine arts, art history and interior architecture at the University of Virginia, National Academy of Art in New York, the Academy of Art in San Francisco and Coupa in Paris. Her work has been shown extensively in the U.S. and internationally and has been acquired by corporate collections as well as by a distinguished list of private collectors. Currently, Tjasa lives a bicoastal life, dividing her time between her West Coast studio in San Francisco and her East Coast studio on Cape Cod.
Stephanie Paige has been captivated by all things creative her entire life as she was born into an extremely talented family of painters, writers, musicians and craftsmen. Stephanie began painting abstracts as a young adult and started selling her paintings to private collectors. In 1990, she moved to Southern California, establishing herself as a freelance artist and illustrator. Stephanie created murals and artistic finishes full time for private and commercial clients for 15 years. Inspired by her discovery of Buddhism, the artist created her current Abstract Mixed Media Collection in 2008, finding an even deeper meaning to her work.
Today, Stephanie is a well-established contemporary artist, working full time in her home studio where she continues to hone her craft. Stephanie is represented by several galleries across the country and her abstract paintings have found homes with private art collectors around the world.
Alison Haley Paul
Alison Haley Paul is a contemporary painter of lavishly textured landscapes full of nuanced color.
Alison grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, and majored in Art and Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. There she studied ceramics with Byron Temple, a disciple of Bernard Leach, and design with sculptor David Lee Brown. After earning a BA in Interior Design at the Design Institute in San Diego and many years as a successful interior designer she has now returned to her studio full time. Her work has been exhibited in numerous museums, solo shows, and public and private collections worldwide.
Originally a clinical psychologist, Patricia Qualls is a Monterey Peninsula artist whose mind is a rare blend of art and science. Patricia began painting as a creative outlet, expressing herself with a love of gestural painting. Soon, her creative outlet became an obsession, and she decided to leave her practice to pursue art full time. In true scientific fashion, Patricia approaches each painting as an experiment, and, in true artistic freedom, she has no expectations for the outcome.
Whether it is serene abstract landscapes or vibrant works full of energy, each of Patricia’s paintings offer a glimpse into her thoughts and emotions: a glimpse that often resonates with her collectors around the world.
For abstract figurative artist Gail Ragains, painting is about the discoveries revealed while taking risks. With her intuitive feel of the figure and movement, Gail strips away the non-essentials to give a loose interpretation of form, movement and human expression. She is drawn to compelling colors and bold brushstrokes. She mainly works in acrylics and mixed media but likes to keep her work fresh with new materials and techniques. Gail took her first drawing class at the Palo Alto Cultural Center in 1993 and now is represented in select galleries in California, North Carolina and British Columbia. Her home studio is in Redwood City.
Ron Richmond is fascinated with symbolism both in subject matter and in form. He has exhibited his paintings in galleries and museums in major cities including New York, Washington D.C., Houston, Atlanta, San Francisco, and London. His work is collected by museums, corporations, and by many private individuals. He was commissioned by Utah State University to paint a mural that hangs in the Bingham Research Center in Vernal.
Richmond received M.F.A. and B.F.A. degrees from Brigham Young University. He has worked as a professional artist for 20 years. He was born in Denver, Colorado, and currently lives in a small town in central Utah.
A resident of Carmel, artist Steven Simmons calls his current work Lyrical Abstractions — a pseudo fusion of Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting, inspired by the works of Abstract Expressionists like Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and Jackson Pollack as well as Color Field painters like Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland.
On exhibit at A.Space are a few works from his series entitled, Bands of Color in Space. Simmons works on wood panels using house paint applied with stick sponges to create a spectrum of layered color blocks floating in an illusion of space.
Born in New York City, Simmons was raised in the Caribbean and Florida before settling back in Long Island, NY, where the artist mastered classes in painting, ceramics, encaustics and metal sculpture at Southampton College. His work has been exhibited in New York, Florida, New Mexico and California, as well as collected privately.
As the founder of a center for injured wildlife (Wildcare Inc./Hudson Valley Raptor Center) for more than 25 years, Dona Tracy has an affinity for all living beings. Currently residing in San Diego, Dona refers to herself as a “life photographer” who attempts to capture the essence of her subject presented in a certain place and time. Her studio is the natural world where she relies on the sun to light her subjects in the habitat where they are most comfortable. Her photography is a collaborative experience about life, connection, uniqueness and beauty with inner light shining through, telling a story of a moment in time.
A product of bicultural life, Yucali was born and raised in Japan but has spent much of her adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area. After her childhood and youth in the beautiful mountain region of Nagano and studying in Tokyo, she came to California to study and obtained a degree in Practice of Art from UC Berkeley (with a minor in American Literature) with the departmental citation. In the years following, she also lived in Paris, and traveled throughout Europe and Asia.
A rare mentorship under the artist/teacher, Jane Rosen, whom she has studied since their meeting in Berkeley, has further honed Yucali’s passion to discover and understand the truthful meanings of life through art making.