Phoenix Magazine: Artist of the Month

It was Joe Netherwood’s childhood love of history and fascination with TV shows like The Lone Ranger that led the Virginia-born draftsman to art. “I grew up thinking I was going to be an artist,” says Netherwood, 69.

Prescott’s Phippen Museum gave the self-taught oil painter his first chance out West. He took several detours on the way: the United States Air Force, community college art classes and jobs in Philadelphia (drafting and illustrating).

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Arizona Fine Art EXPO
Life & Desert: Abstract Iconography

Art is self-expression. It should be part of a journey and it should be gratifying. On that lifetime's path it is 100% sure that every artist will paint a 'Guernica' or 'Mona Lisa'. The problem is that they'll never realize it.

I don't think that anyone could view my work as a carrier of any social message or comment. I don't make any comments or statements on that plateau. I'm not interested in teaching, preaching, changing or bettering the world in any way through my paintings – but merely for the viewer to come away with even more curiosity than they arrived.

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Arizona Fine Art EXPO
A Master at Emotive Realism

He’s painting daily under the 44,000-square foot tent at the Arizona Fine Art EXPO, but in a few months, Reian Williams could be painting Hollywood’s biggest stars and their families.

That’s because Williams is the featured artist for the 2019 “Everyone Wins” nominee gift bags at the Oscars on Sun., Feb. 24. All Academy Award nominees who do not win an Oscar will receive an “Everyone Wins” nominee gift bag. This year the bags will feature a certificate for a commissioned painting by Williams worth up to $10,000.

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Arizona Fine Art EXPO
Angels For Healing

Before October, Stacy Bayne had an idea of what she might exhibit during her second year at Arizona Fine Art EXPO, but then the mass shooting at Squirrel Hill Synagogue in Pittsburgh happened. Bayne had been disturbed by so many mass shootings before, but this one jolted her into taking action.

“My heart was so heavy, but I began sculpting through my tears,” the Colorado sculptor said. “I had already been creating angels, but I was compelled to do more.

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Arizona Fine Art EXPO
Through the Lens - Celebrating the Spirit and Beauty of Life

Susan Q Byrd, award-winning fine art photographer and published in National Geographic Magazine, travels the US and world to make dramatic images of interesting people, places, nature, and wildlife. Images that celebrate the spirit and beauty of the American West and horses in action are just one of Susan’s specialties.

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Bringing Ancient Wood Back to Life

“I go hunting for downed juniper with an open spirit,” says artist William Daggett, about searching for new canvases in the high desert. “It helps me to find a personal connection with the wood, so when I find the perfect snag, it feels as if it’s been looking for me, too, waiting patiently to be brought back to life.”

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