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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Kim Nelson

Kim Nelson

Ethereal, mystical, sometimes haunting and disturbing, Kim Nelson's artwork explores a range of aesthetics. It is a refined alchemy of sensuality and spirituality.

Having embarked on a career in fine art in 1996 he is part of an emerging array of new artists making their mark on the art world both nationally and internationally. He has completed work for UNICEF, been commissioned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch and deemed a "good investment" by Australian investment entrepreneur and art collector, the late Rene Rivkin. His work can be found gracing the walls of such headquarters as News Corp., New York and the Australia High Commission in London."

“. . . And then you get an artist like Kim Nelson. No obvious fixed style. He’s fluid – realist, surrealist, symbolist, even abstract at times – but his women . . . Their beauty is strength. They stare at the viewer – or at the distant horizon – with a purpose. There’s an almost tangible internal power in them, a confidence. They’re modern and liberated, but not stereotyped. And they’re beautiful. But they’re nothing like Waterhouse’s ideal. Nelson is a modern painter, painting modern women, even when his settings are classical. And his vision makes a statement. . . .”

-Brian Caswell ‘Double Exposure’

Kim Nelson lives with his wife and daughter and a rabbit with attitude in the foothills of the Brindabella Mountains not far from Australia’s national capital, Canberra.

Liana Bennett

Liana Bennett

Liana Bennett is an award-winning fine artist living and working in the Puget Sound area.

Liana was born in Rhyl, North Wales in 1948. Her family immigrated to California in 1954. Building from a passion for drawing that began as a young child, Liana found a mentor in her high school art teacher, Clayton Williams. With William's direction and support, Liana honed her craft during her teenage years. As a result, she won a scholarship to Art Center School during her senior year and attended Chouinard (now California Institute of the Arts) after graduation.

After college, Liana worked as a studio artist and portrait painter. In 1976, Liana began teaching painting classes as well. In 1983, the northwest came calling, and Liana moved with her family to Bothell, Washington. In 1984, she opened Arts Umbrella Art Center, offering fine art instruction to youth and adults. Arts Umbrella is still going strong with classes and workshops, averaging eight to ten art instructors. Liana still teaches painting and drawing, enjoying her part in the students journeys through art.

Throughout the 80s and most of the 90s, Liana's commitment to her family and to Arts Umbrella left precious little time to pursue her own art. However, with family raised, Liana is spending more time with her first love. Her new studio is a sanctuary where she uses oils, acrylics, and mixed media to create a variety of subjects, from representational to abstract.

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