Magazine article Southwest Art

Artists to Watch

Magazine article Southwest Art

Artists to Watch

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Ginger Bowen

When the sizzling summer climes descend on the Arizona desert, painter Ginger Bowen heads for the road out of town. For Bowen, it's a good time to travel and paint the splendors of the great outdoors in scenes ranging from the picturesque Italian countryside to the Rocky Mountains sprinkled with wildflowers. "I want to convey just how beautiful it is out there, and hopefully people will notice the landscape more-little things like how the light hits the trees late in the day," Bowen says. "I want people to feel a love of the earth like I do."

Although she enjoys capturing natural wonders, she is equally at home in her studio arranging objects for her still-life paintings. In search of items for her tableaux, she scours antique stores and garage sales for nostalgic objects such as egg beaters, gumball machines, and old toys. "With my still lifes, I'm trying to give the viewer a smile," she explains. "People's lives are so complicated, serious, and stressful today."

Recently, one of Bowen's still-life works was selected for inclusion in a 2008 traveling show organized by the International Guild of Realism. Last year she was invited to join Alla Prima International. Bowen is represented by Willow Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.

Mike Maczuga

Whether he captures waves crashing against the rocky Pacific coastline or a threatening sky in an approaching storm, the common theme that weaves through many of Mike Maczuga's paintings is the element of movement. Indeed, the Arizona-based artist is known for his ability to convey tumultuous waters and skies in his works through the use of energetic, expressionistic brushstrokes.

Portraying light in his evocative landscape paintings is also a major artistic concern for Maczuga. "I enjoy being able to capture things such as the last light on the ridge before the sun goes down," he explains. …

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