American Artists 1990 American Since Term Paper

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Baggetta says, "My painting process is a very active one where my first marks and impressions are usually quiet and deliberate strokes" (Marla pp). Two of her pieces, "Across the Fields," (9"x9") and "Winter Hike," (12"x12") are excellent examples of her work as a landscape artist, and can be found at gabrie.com/marla_baggetta.html. Other examples of her landscape work, including "Breath of Winter," (12"x12"), "Across the Valley," (18"x18"), "Cedar Oak," (30"x20"), and "Fairyland," (12"x12"), can be seen at Village of Williamette Arts Festival Web site, village-arts.org/Artist/266/2004.

Baggetta has exhibited extensively in the Northwest and has received numerous awards for her landscape painting including Best of Show, Oregon Pastel Society 2003, Best in Show two-dimensional, Art in the Pearl 2000, Arts for the Parks Top 100, 1999, and has been included in numerous regional and national pastel society exhibitions (Marla pp). Moreover, she was featured in the February, 2004 issue of Pastel Journal and has a book published by Walter Foster Publishing, entitled Pastel Step-by-Step (Marla pp).

Ken Christensen is a classic, on-site, plein air landscape painter, influenced greatly from the French Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and Fauves (Ken pp). He paints with the vision, color, and verve of painters such as Van Gough, Vlaminck, Marquet and Derain and with the American perspective of Hopper and Benton (Ken pp). In the late 1990's, he moved from Michigan to California, and discovered the wide variety of subject matter of the coastal area, as well as perfect climate that allowed painting on location daily year round (Ken pp).

In June 2002, Christensen was awarded with a large prestigious exhibit at the San Luis Obispo Art Center, entitled "From Where I Stand" (Ken pp). He has been a regular participant in local exhibits, winning awards in both watercolor and oil paintings (Ken pp). Moreover, he has become a regular participant in the burgeoning plein air scene, gaining accolades in plein air festivals throughout California (Ken pp). In March 2004, Christensen was an artist in residence at the beautiful Inn at Morro Bay where a large exhibit followed, "Bigger, Bolder, Brighter" (Ken pp).

His paintings have been featured on the cover of the Daniel Smith Catalogue and written about in Artist's Sketchbook Magazine, as well as in local newspapers (Ken pp). He paints with an intensity and bravura that reveals the "glory and beauty of the even the most mundane scenes," and rather than the standard post card view, he seeks out the particular that his personal vision can raise to the universal (Ken pp). His work can be seen in numerous galleries throughout the country (Ken pp). Christensen is the founder of a bold new group of painters, called The New Fauves, who are committed to propagating the style of the great French Fauve painters (Ken pp).

Excellent examples of his 'New Fauves' work can be found at lovesemporium.com/catalog.php?cid=17. This Online gallery exhibits twenty-seven pieces of Christensen's work, including "Always the Farm," 26"x36" original oil on Belgium linen, which portrays his largest most expansive panoramic scene painted at elevation, revealing color in foreground, mid-range, and deep distance in a very exciting way (Ken1 pp). "Carmel Cottages," 30" x 40" original oil on Belgium linen, is a bright and happy painting depicting the gingerbread houses of the area, using deep rich shadows in mauves and lilac tones (Ken1 pp).

Each of these artists is unique. One draws upon his heritage and tradition, another, the beauty of her area, and the other blends old into new.

Works Cited

John E. Rozelle. Retrieved July 27, 2005 at http://www.johnrozelle.com/Navigation/Frameset.htm

Ken Christensen. Retrieved July 27, 2005 at http://www.gabrie.com/ken_christensen.html

Ken1 Christensen Originals. Retrieved July 27, 2005 at http://www.lovesemporium.com/catalog.php?cid=17

Marla Baggetta. Retrieved July 27, 2005 at http://www.gabrie.com/marla_baggetta.html

Mercer, Valerie J. "Portfolio Quietly Making a Stand." American Visions.

8/1/1999. Retrieved July 27, 2005 from HighBeam Research Web site.

Village of Williamette Arts Festival. Retrieved July 27, 2005 at http://www.village-arts.org/Artist/266/2004

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Works Cited

John E. Rozelle. Retrieved July 27, 2005 at http://www.johnrozelle.com/Navigation/Frameset.htm

Ken Christensen. Retrieved July 27, 2005 at http://www.gabrie.com/ken_christensen.html

Ken1 Christensen Originals. Retrieved July 27, 2005 at http://www.lovesemporium.com/catalog.php?cid=17

Marla Baggetta. Retrieved July 27, 2005 at http://www.gabrie.com/marla_baggetta.html

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