I started painting and drawing when I was nine years old. It’s become my joy and passion in life. I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking, and MAT.
My inspiration comes from the elemental rhythms, colors, and shapes in the world around and inside of me. My paintings are abstractions of nature and life. I often use sea glass, shells, driftwood and feathers, the beautiful treasures found on my many beach and forest walks.
I use mixed media with acrylic on canvas and wood. I also create sculptural encaustics and watercolors.
My work can be seen at the Prentice Gallery in Mendocino Ca., the Mendocino Art Center, the Elk Artists Collective in Elk Ca., my studio in Comptche, and in juried shows at the Sebastopol Art Center in Sebastopol Ca.
Photographer Ron LeValley is a biologist who has been enamored with photography and birds for the past 40 years. He specializes in photographs of wildlife of all kinds, from whales and birds to insects and natural scenes.
As a professional photographer, Ron has compiled an impressive collection (over 90,000 images!) of wildlife and nature photographs that he uses for presentations and publications. Ron's photography started back in the 1960's and has evolved with the technology of the time. Presently he shoots with four different digital cameras depending on the situation.
Ron is a founding member of the Mendocino Coast Photographer Guild and Gallery, 357 North Franklin Street, Fort Bragg CA where his work can also be seen. He also shows at the G2 Gallery in Venice California, at Icons Gallery in Mendocino and at various shows around Northern California.
Ron is also founder and Senior Biologist of Mad River Biologists, a biological consulting firm in Humboldt County, California. Best known for the identification and distribution of birds along the Pacific Coast, he also has an extensive understanding of a natural history subjects. A lifelong interest in marine birds and mammals was enhanced by his involvement with Point Reyes Bird Observatory beginning in 1966, including serving as a biologist at the Farallon Island research station. Ron gathered a world-wide perspective on ecological issues when he founded and for 15 years directed Biological Journeys, a pioneering ecotourism company. One of Ron's outstanding attributes is sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with others.
Ron graduated from Sacramento State College in 1969 with a B.A. degree in Biology and received his M.A in Biology from Humboldt State University in 1980. His affiliations include American Ornithologists Union (Life Member), The Pacific Seabird Group, National Audubon Society, Point Reyes Bird Observatory (Life Member), and Western Field Ornithologists.
In addition to his work at Mad River Biologists, he presently serves as Treasurer of the Pacific Seabird Group and as an Associate Editor for Western Birds.
Rebecca grew up in an art centric family in rural Hopewell, New Jersey. Her parents were designers, artists and art educators. Life is art was the family credo. This philosophy enriched and continues to inform Rebecca’s art and career.
As a young artist Rebecca embraced the path of the successful professional. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She studied bronze casting at the Johnson Atelier in New Jersey and stone carving in quarries in Vermont. Grants, fellowships, shows in galleries and museums, commissions, critical acclaim and teaching positions at Dartmouth and Kenyon Colleges distinguished her career.
A fulcrum of change occurred when The British American Arts Council awarded her a three-month fellowship to work in Northwest Wales. In this land of stonewalls, craggy mountains, wild coast and rich folkloric history Rebecca’s ideas gestated. Time and solitude created space for her to thoroughly see and imbibe the light, color and form of the land. Her exterior and interior visions integrated and enhanced each other. Rebecca discovered a new degree of courage and conviction to follow her work to its true ultimate power, rural nature and a poetic vision.
Rebecca returned home to Philadelphia where her next project was the transformation of a cavernous train depot into a showroom for Material Culture, in Philadelphia. The completion of rich earth tone and midnight blue murals, one hundred feet long and thirty feet high, reassured her a personal metamorphosis was also possible. She packed her tools, cats and dog and headed west.
Rebecca now lives and works in Northern California, Mendocino County, a place of raw elemental forces. Her studio is in the Anderson Valley. Inside a large renovated barn she creates paintings. The doors of the studio open to a hillside meadow filled with her stone sculpture. The calm beauty of this rural place resonates from her work.
Antique Buttons…a piece of history, a work of art
Frances’ love and fascination for buttons began as a child, standing next to her grandmother as she sewed, fingering the buttons stored in the drawer of her treadle sewing machine. Beautiful treasures, like jewels in her small hands. Later in life, Frances’ grandfather, an antique collector, instilled in her a respect and appreciation for the creativity and skill of artisans of the past.
The beautiful designs and craftsmanship of Victorian Era buttons, and the feminine and elegant style of Victorian jewelry are the inspirations for her work. Frances designed a pattern for weaving the buttons together with Swarovski crystal and pearls, and modern Czech glass beads, using a fine steel cable encased in nylon. It is this pattern that sets her work apart from many other button jewelers and in so doing, preserves the integrity of these miniature works of art.