Suzanne Redfearn has always been a creator. Whether it's doodling, turning a paperclip into a sculpture, or building a castle out of coffee creamers, she can't resist building, making, and experimenting.
Suzanne is an architect, author, and artist. Although she identifies more as an architect and author, she is always creating, which includes painting and other art projects. This past year she started making legacy bracelets for friends, which are wrap bracelets with stones representing their lives. She also had an architecture project that allowed her to create a beer cap mural and to build vintage pulley lights.
With her supportive husband Cary, she has embarked on a life that includes exploring artistry and imagination. He supported her through architecture school and then on her journey to becoming a published novelist. She currently is writing stories that inspire her, rather than trying to write a book that fits her brand, and she feels rejuvenated because of it. Being free to explore and express herself everyday is a gift for which she is constantly grateful.
5 Interesting facts about Suzanne:
1. One of her bucket list goals is to see a game at every Major League Baseball Park before she is sixty. There are thirty three stadiums in eighteen states and Canada. So far, she has been to eight.
2. She has painted eight holiday palettes that are on display in Laguna Beach during the holidays. She and her two children would submit their entries together (into the adult and into the children's contest) every year when they were in elementary school.
3. She was on a game show called Brain Surge with her daughter. They won the first round, then got flushed down the brain drain the second round.
4. She invented shoelaces called Wonder Laces. They are a better shoelace--healthier for your feet, more comfortable, and they have six times the knot strength of normal shoelaces.
5. Her secret guilty pleasure is watching cheesy reality television with her kids. She especially loves Survivor and are You the One.
Suzanne at Lumberyard Restaurant, which she designed.
Go to suzanne's website to see more of her projects: www.SuzanneRedfearn.com
Lisa was born in Virginia, where her family roots were strong. Her father was in sales and marketing, which led her family to move frequently. The places she's called home are Tennessee, Maryland, New York, Michigan, Ohio, California, and Washington. Moving every few years and starting over helped her develop an appreciation for true meaningful friendships and a desire to retain memories and moments. She developed a keen awareness of the seasons of life, literally and figuratively. She realized that no matter where she moved, the sun, moon, and stars, calm seas and crashing waves, towering trees, and flowering fields remained constant.
Art has always been at her core. As a creative person, she looks at the world in layers, light, shadow and design. She can create images out of thin air and lay them in a notebook, onto film, or across a canvas. She has always written poetry, whether it was journalling as a young girl, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in creative writing, working on her blog, or producing books of poetry that incorporated her photography.
In the 1980's Lisa watched the booming growth of the new gift basket businesses and left the corporate world to start her own company. She was running her business when she had her first son. After her second son's birth she was set on a new path, selling her business, then creating and promoting a resource directory to help other gift basket entrepreneurs build their product sources. While pregnant with her third son, she stepped back into painting, experimenting with different styles and challenging herself to regularly produce different pieces.
Fun Factoids about Lisa:
1. She has a fascination with the universe and loves Carl Sagan's quote "The cosmos are within us. We are made from star-stuff". She recently met astronaut Scott Kelly and seeing his photographs looking down at earth puts the fragility of life on this great planet into perspective for her.
2. She has picked grapes from a vineyard in the early morning dew, de-stemmed them, crushed, rested, tested, bottled, and the designed the label, producing a lovely Cabernet Sauvignon.
3. She was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine under The Ten Hottest Businesses, representing the gift basket industry.
4. She met her husband through Great Expectations computer dating service. Time stopped for her the first time she saw his profile. They discussed getting married on their first date. They just celebrated their 28th Wedding Anniversary and she calls her husband her lovely soul mate.
5. She finds great happiness in cooking. It's a passion of hers and she loves the challenge of creating and presenting a delicious dinner when just an hour prior, she had no idea what was going to transpire. Lisa's goal is to achieve top restaurant style results. Her interest was sparked when her father would travel, then share stories about the different meals he experienced at various restaurants.
Lisa paints in both oil and acrylic, she writes poetry, and is a photographer. She is currently working on several book concepts, combining poetry and photography. One of them is embracing nature and the other focuses on the influence of the interaction with coastal life. She is planning on incorporating audio recordings into her work.
To view Lisa's work and learn more about her, check out her blog: Lisahughesanderson.com and follow her on Instagram at LisaHughesAnderson
Betty Haight and Stephanie Cunningham are both artists who met in 1998 at a local painting workshop. They became friends and early in their friendship they showed their individual art at several shows and galleries. Betty came up with an idea to collaborate, as she found a common ground in their work. Betty painted figures and Stephanie painted landscapes. They explored the idea of an alliance and found that their vision to join their art was successful. They both contribute to every piece they create, which they call "duets".
In 2008 they had their first show exhibiting their pieces and have been an art duo ever since. A whole new world opened up to them through collaboration.
Betty was raised in Northwest Iowa, in a resort area, called Okaboji. She had an idyllic childhood, raised on 80 acres of lakefront by parents who encouraged her in very creative ways. Her father was sort of a crazy inventor and tinkerer. They always had lots of projects and things going on around her home. She grew up making "stuff" and it turned into art.
As an adult she became an attorney and was with the San Bernardino County District Attorney office for 28 years. Betty was the first female attorney they ever hired. She worked as a prosecutor in every branch, from misdemeanors to death penalty trials. Eventually, she moved to administration and then retired as Assistant District Attorney.
Fun Factoids about Betty:
1. Her birthday, her sister's birthday, and birthdays of her 3 best friends are all on the first day of a month (might I add, so is mine).
2. She is studying Latin.
3. She rode in motocross and desert races in the 70s and early 80s.
4. She has a 19 year old cat, named Cassiopeia.
5. Her favorite art quote is "to make art, one needs to spend long, noodling days in the studio."
When Betty retired from full time law and started practicing only part time it allowed her to open a studio and seriously pursue her art. Her life is currently arranged so she is able to spend 3 or 4 hours there everyday. She works in oil, collage, and sculpture made out of wood, wire, string, and miscellaneous found items. She also works in books, primarily wallpaper books.
Stephanie was born in San Francisco. Her first memory of an artistic success was at the age of 4, when she had a finger painting selected to be hung in a children's art exhibit at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. This caused her parents to encourage her in art and led to her thinking of herself as an artist. She moved to Palm Springs when she was in the 3rd grade and stayed there until she graduated from high school. She continued her schooling in Southern California, majored in art and earned a masters degree.
She was an art teacher in public schools for 34 years, teaching both middle and high school. Her art reflects many years spent in the classroom, when she had to think on her feet and make creative things happen out of a variety of materials at hand.
Fun factoids about Stephanie:
1. Many people think she is a doted-on only child, but in fact she has a wonderful older brother.
2. She always wanted to be musical and play the piano professionally, but she is tone deaf and can't read music.
3. She married her high school sweetheart and they just celebrated their 57th anniversary. He is still her sweetheart.
4. She loves to write stories and is working on an idea for a children's book.
After she retired and raised her family, she had more time to devote to her art. She moved from watercolor, to collage, to printmaking and graphic design. This allowed her to explore the skills of each. Ultimately, she found the value of using mixed medias in one work to create her art pieces.
They create the pieces in their own studios and then bring them together to finish. After their first show, Betty and Stephanie applied to the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts and they've been showing there every year since. They also exhibit their works in galleries and some of their work can be seen in movies, such as, The Proposal, The Last Song, The Guilt Trip and was featured in the set design of The Young and the Restless for years.
Look at their art at: www.cunninghamhaight.com
Sarah was born in Michigan but grew up in California's Bay Area. A bookworm from a very young age, she would read just about anything she could get her hands on. Her favorites were young adult novels, some science fiction, as well as news and fiction articles in The New Yorker, which were always strewn about her home.
Sarah's parents exposed her to a lot of great books, classical music, and art while she was growing up. Her dad would read his favorite poems aloud to her and she loved hearing the musicality and rhythm that is inherent in poetry. Her parents had friends who were artists and she picked up a reverence for beauty. Sarah's strong Dutch ancestry is an influence in her life and is evidenced by her appreciation for the arts.
Since graduating from Calvin College she has continually been a writer in some capacity. She worked as a technical writer for a laboratory serving the wine industry in the Napa Valley, as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines, and in commercial copywriting. She was an editor of the literary journal "The Mars Hill Review" for three years and she taught a college seminar course on writing and editing for a semester.
Fun Factoids about Sarah:
-Sarah loves to travel. Two of her favorite places from recent trips are Scotland and Sicily.
-She has a black belt in Kempo Karate.
-She and her husband David have been married for 24 years. He is a poet and writer also.
-Though Sarah and her family don't speak Dutch, they stick to their roots and are always rooting for Orange during the World Cup.
When Sarah's two sons became old enough to be in school all day she found herself with more time to focus on her writing. The year she turned 40 she challenged herself to write a poem everyday for 365 days, taking a photo of the California Coast, and posting it to her blog. This project was a powerful, transformative experience for her and led to creating her book, Once by the Pacific.
Sarah's most recent venture was founding her own publishing company, Brooks Street Books. She is now a successful publisher and is busy finding more literary works to publish. She is also ready to release her second fine art coloring book this month, The Accidental Naturalist.
She is currently working on writing a novel.
Check out Sarah's books at Brooksstreetbooks.com
Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, Lisa was always an 'artsy' child, involved in both visual and performing arts. Her dad and grandfather were avocational artists, who influenced Lisa, by doing art projects with her from an early age. During the hot Phoenix summers she was usually in a theater camp, art camp, or both.
Lisa studied marketing at the Eller School of Management at the University of Arizona. After graduating, she worked for a time in a Chicago advertising agency that was full of creative and energetic people.
Lisa married and moved to Hawaii for 5 years, where she learned watercolor, ceramics, rake, as well as becoming involved in the Aloha Community Theatre - she was nurturing the artist and the theater aficionado inside of her.
In 1999, Lisa and her family moved to Laguna Beach, where she remained involved in the arts and started producing the El Morro Elementary School Talent, which she did for 8 years. She also acted as a member of No Square Theatre's Lagunatics for 5 years.
Four years ago, with her eldest daughter going off to college, Lisa realized she was ready to formally pursue her artistic dreams, so she applied to LCAD (Laguna College of Art and Design) and was accepted into the BFA program. Two years later, she was accepted into their Post-Baccalaureate program. She will complete her certificate at the end of 2017.
Fun Factoids about Lisa:
-She has been happily married for 26 years and met her husband, John, when she was 6 years old; she was a cheerleader for his Pop Warner football Team. They didn't date until her senior year of college.
-She loves to travel and immerse herself in other cultures. Her next adventure is a pilgrimage to the Camino de Santiago, next summer, with her husband and their youngest daughter.
-She is currently working on a dress form series, and a donut series, both in oils. It's no wonder her primary art influences are Edgar Degas and Wayne Thiebaud.
-All three of her daughters are actively involved in the arts; two are singers, and one is a photographer/filmmaker.
Lisa does a lot of her painting in her home studio that she has customized.
Lisa primarily works in oil, but has received training in drawing, figure drawing, sculpture, and watercolor. Her favorite is working in oils.
Her work has been in 5 juried art shows this past year and she also participated in Laguna Beach City's, "Art that's Small" show.
Look for Lisa's work on Instagram: @lisamansourart
For inquiries: Lisamansourart@gmail.com
Cynthia grew up in the coastal enclave of Corona Del Mar, surrounded by seaside beauty and introduced to art by her mother, who was both a fine artist and graphic artist. She was led to a love of creating at an early age. She began enriching her life with art classes in Laguna Beach, beginning in high school, taking classes at the Laguna Art School (now LCAD). It was during her teens she became interested in printmaking, which has become a lifelong pursuit, among painting in oils.
She graduated from UCSB with a double major in history and studio art. She became a graphic artist and an art director for magazines. In her late twenties, Cynthia had a near death experience, which gave her a deep understanding of just how short life can be. She reviewed her priorities and decided what she did not want to miss. From that point forward she made time during every week to produce art.
Fun Factoids about Cynthia:
1. She plays tennis, hikes, and snorkels.
2. She loves to gather a group around a good meal and see where the conversation goes.
3. A childhood friend predicted who Cynthia would marry. Cynthia was told she should marry this childhood friend's fiance's brother. Cynthia thought it was an odd comment, since she was currently in a six year relationship with another guy, who she thought she would marry. In the end her friend was right, and they became sisters-in-law. She has been married to her supportive husband, Jim, for 30 years.
4. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society for over 25 years.
Cynthia was Artist in Residence for the Volcan Mountain Foundation in 2016, capturing in oils, the change of seasons through the cycles of the plant life in the Volcan Mountain Wilderness area. Her 10 painting series is currently travelling to different locations throughout Southern California.
She has learned to slow down and look more carefully, "the more you look, the more you see." Learning to love careful observation led her to the challenge of capturing the subtleties of light and shadow as they reach around each object.
Amy has been interested in art since kindergarten. Consequently, she spent most of her youth in the art room at school. By the time she arrived at university, her parents thought she should focus on more practical studies, so Amy majored in Art History with Economics and Fine Art as minors. She ended up loving all three and she graduated with honors.
After Amy became pregnant with her fourth child in six years time, she realized that if she were ever going to be the artist she had dreamed of being since childhood, she needed to start, immediately. So, Amy started painting - and she hasn't stopped.
Fun Factoids About Amy:
-She teaches elementary school art classes
-She raises chickens in her backyard
-She bred Golden Doodles, last year - Her dog had twelve puppies!
[Amy painting at her home studio]
In addition to painting plein aire, Amy works in two indoor studios.
Amy has always painted subjects most familiar to her, which are the outdoors around her home. Her painting features elements of light, place, and time. The inspiration she derives from nature compelled her to create her newest series entitled, 'Elements', which captures the 'dancing' of sea kelp in the waves, and the geometry found in the grouping of rocks and trees. Amy paints in oil, fresco, raw pigments, and mixed media. She is constantly experimenting.
Amy has been exhibiting her work at the Saw Dust Festival in Laguna Beach for 10 years. Her artwork is featured in multiple additional shows each year.
Check out Amy's work at www.amyjacksonart.com
Helen was born and raised in London. She was attracted to art and creative expression from a young age; on her first day of preschool, she walked straight over to an easel in the corner and began to paint. In High school, Helen took several classes and focused many hours on art techniques. Living so close to many world-renowned art museums influenced her, greatly.
Helen uses watercolor and pencil to create illustrations, motifs, and patterns, which are simple, whimsical, and endearing. She has created over 250 watercolor motifs in a wide range of themes, including birthdays, weddings, babies, tea time, and holidays. A local paper company has commissioned her to create exclusive paper collections featuring her hand-painted watercolor patterns.
Much of Helen's inspiration comes from memories of simple pleasures enjoyed, while she grew up, as well as the beautiful coastline of Laguna Beach.
Fun Factoids about Helen
-She takes an afternoon walk on the beach almost every day
-She and her husband met their first week at University
-She has now lived in Laguna for twenty years, following the extension of what was initially a two-year job assignment.
One recent project is close to Helen's heart - she created a gift book for her dear friend, which records the many trips they have taken through the years around the English countryside. Packed with her watercolor illustrations, and interesting facts, this charming 100-page journal chronicles their visits to medieval cities, charming villages, and delightful tea rooms, as well as historic homes, castles, and gardens.
Helen illustrated the book, "101 Things to Love about Laguna Beach", now in its second print run. She is currently working on illustrations for a number of other book projects, as well. These include a poetry book on California wild flowers, a month-by-month 'mindfulness' journal, and a whimsical guide to an historic city in the UK. She is also collaborating with an Australian writer whose book documents Helen's relationship with her father - the illustrations are charming and sweet, and reflect the close bond between father and daughter.
Lauren grew up in Wisconsin in the only mid-century style home on her street, whose architectural significance was lost on her, until she studied residential design, years later. Through her childhood, Lauren's mother, a New York City intellectual, worked in museums and her father was an avocational musician. Growing up around quirky, artistic people, Lauren knew early on that she was artistic, herself, and she wanted to become a fashion designer.
Making her way at an early age, Lauren learned to pay her bills, while following her own interests. At age 19 she managed a women's fashion store in L.A., where she created all the window displays, bought the merchandise, and managed a staff of 12 employees.
Lauren moved to Laguna Beach at age 24 unaware of the town's artistic history. But she felt it was a magical place and she wanted to be part of it.
After marrying, Lauren decided to try her hand at acting, and she acted in both film and stage for a period of time. However, she soon discovered that she was more interested in the stage sets than in the acting. This interest segued into painting interior murals in residences in Laguna Beach, being commissioned to paint, and ultimately, interior designing.
Fun Factoids about Lauren:
- She is a Vegan
- Her biggest acting role was playing a modern Alice in SCR's Alice in Wonderland
- She is creating a coffee table book
- She has a goal of living in New York City for half of each year
Lauren has been an interior designer for 15 years, now. Her unique skill of color memory allows her to coordinate an entire room without using color swatches. She also paints - mostly figurative and abstract subjects in acrylic; she also dabbles in collage.
Lauren enjoys Hip Hop dancing, Jazzercise, antiquing, and reading. She loves to travel, and tour museums and historical homes. She is interested in architecture, film, chess, and politics. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Check out her work at www.laurenhowelldesign.com and follow her on Instagram at laurenhowelldesign
Sharon is the daughter of an artist mother and has loved art her entire life. Growing up, she would take the bus to Laguna Beach to visit the shops and galleries. At college, Sharon took a degree in graphic design and she worked as a designer after graduating. However, she soon left graphic design to become the director of a successful art gallery in Los Angeles.
When Sharon and her husband decided to have children, she determined to be a stay-at-home mom. Once her two sons got older, Sharon decided to return to school and she earned a degree in Nutritional Sciences. She practiced as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator for many years, until recently, when she decided to return to art.
Fun Factoids about Sharon:
-She loves nature, hikes regularly, and she practices meditation.
-She loves to travel. One of her favorite trips was to Cambodia to see Angkor Wat, where nature is taking over the ancient temples.
-She loves music and live concerts. Her goal this year is to see as much live music as possible.
Sharon works primarily in ceramics and sculpture. She derives her inspiration from a careful study of nature and what its patterns, textures, and forms reveal, specifically its oppositional themes such as order-chaos, and growth-decay, among others. She is currently creating a series, entitled 'Look Deep', which explores these ideas: 'Looking Deep' considers the process of slowing down and really appreciating the intricacies of the natural world; 'Fallen' addresses the global bee colony collapse; and 'Melt' is a response to polar ice cap melt.
A big influence on her discipline and art has been the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, where she has taken several ceramics education workshops.
'Look Deep' opens in April at Gallery 825. Her group show at SCAPE opens in July.
Check out Sharon's work at www.sharonhardyceramics.com
Iris Bourne started her professional career as an elementary school teacher in Canada. When she moved to California with her husband and three young children, he began to travel extensively for business, so Iris chose to stay at home with the children, squeezing in time in the seams to paint in her garage.
Iris comes from a creative family line; her Italian upbringing provided broad exposure to European art and aesthetics. However, it wasn't until her then young children enrolled in an art class that Iris realized she really wanted to take art classes, herself.
Fun Factoids about Iris:
* She is a multi-linguist - fluent in English, Italian, and French.
* She spent a year sailing the world with her husband and children: 6 months in the Mediterranean; followed by a trans-atlantic crossing; ending with 6 months in the Caribbean. While at sea, Iris educated her children (daughter, Gina - 4th grade, and twins, Jake and Kate - 3rd grade). Of the year at sea, she reflects that it was a crazy-fun and crazy-scary trip of a lifetime that was life changing.
* Iris is an avid tennis player. She's also a capable golfer, and surfer, and she practices yoga.