Gordon Leverton is a self-taught Canadian artist who was awarded honorable mention at the 2014 Juried Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. He received first place awards in the Junction Juried Art Exhibition and the Riverdale Art Walk in Toronto. His work is in corporate and private collections of Dr. Ivan Selin, founding chairman of the National Museum of American History; C.C.H. Pounder, actress; and the city of Toronto. He recently completed an ad campaign for FirstOntario Credit Union, in which his work was prominently featured in the bank’s thirty-four branches. Press coverage includes spots on CBC Nightly News and Global News at 6, as well as in the newspapers The Hamilton Spectator and The Globe and Mail. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife and two children.
Rebecca Giles is a still life painter who was born in Media, PA, but grew up in Europe and the Middle East. At the age of twelve, Rebecca discovered oil paints when she befriended an Uzbekistani artist living in her neighborhood in Turkey and began working next to him in his studio. Rebecca, eighteen, is a second-year student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia.
Alexander Klang is a photographer who was born in Dusseldorf and works in Berlin. He specializes in analog portrait photography. He is currently enrolled in a two-year post-graduate photography master class at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin. In 2017, he graduated from the Neue Schule für Fotografie in Berlin. His works have been exhibited in Europe and the United States. He won first prize for fine art in The Woven Tale Press’s 2018 contest.
Photographer Sandrine Hermand-Grisel grew up in Paris and London before relocating to the United States. She studied international law, then in 1997 decided to dedicate herself full-time to photography. Influenced by her late mother’s sculptures and her husband’s paintings and films, she worked on several projects before her series Nocturnes was recognized in 2005 by Harry Gruyaert, Bertrand Despres, and John Batho for the Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique. In 2006, she moved with her family to the United States and began experimenting with landscape photography with her series Somewhere and On the Road.
Naomi Schlinke is a Texas-based artist, whose work has been exhibited at the Robert McClain Gallery in Houston, The Dallas Contemporary, Texas State University in San Marcos, D. M. Allison Gallery in Houston, Women and Their Work, D Berman Gallery, and the Dougherty Art Center, all in Austin. Before moving to Austin from San Francisco in 1994, she exhibited with the Braunstein-Quay Gallery in San Francisco. In the 1970s and early ’80s, Schlinke danced with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and the Joe Goode Performance Group, both based in San Francisco. Much of her approach to painting is founded on her experiences as a dancer. She earned a BA and MA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She grew up in Dallas, Texas.
David Quinn is a self-taught photographer in Setauket, New York, who became interested in photography in his early fifties. He focuses mainly on creating landscape, flower, and nature images with an occasional venture into street and architectural pictures. In his artwork, he strives to evoke an emotion, raise an uncertainty, or create a sense of movement by either isolating key elements or blurring the subject matter. He has had exhibits at the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport and Huntington Arts Council. In 2014, the online magazine BWGallerist identified him as one of the best emerging black-and-white fine art photographers. See his work in WTP Vol. VI #6.
Michael Kesselman loves going to his studio at the Peninsula Museum of Art (PMA) in Burlingame, California. There, he has a clear and simple purpose: create art. It also helps that the studio is only a seven-minute drive from his home. “I leave my window open so I can spit sunflower seeds, but my car is filthy because the wind spits them back inside,” says Kesselman. “That, for me, is art. For all the energy and intention, my car still looks like an ashtray. It’s funny, ironic and mundane, yet somehow beautiful.”