A Story of Three Artists

If you’re looking for who’s who and who’s new at the Imagination, that’s Lovetts Gallery…...you are in the right spot!

Here follows a story of three artists, creating in three different mediums and three different genres. It is a short story of what happens when people choose to take risks and to follow their passions and dreams. Making a decision is a thought process. Acting on your decision brings your thoughts into reality. The imagination is fruit bearing when we dare to combine our dreams with hard work. Welcome to the Imagination Suzie Baker, Dan Christian, and Jason Robert Griego!

Texas artist Suzie Baker paints in oils and is motivated by color, immediacy of stroke, composition, the camaraderie of other artists, and ultimately the desire to evolve as an artist. She strives to create paintings that communicate confidence in execution and exhibits a fresh, intuitive and spontaneous quality. Suzie says, “she will paint till she can’t paint anymore. When I’m not painting…...I’m thinking about what I want to paint next. I can’t not paint!”

Her words and devotion are reminiscent of ones spoken by Vincent Van Gogh…….”I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

From her brush and palette, Baker paints from a variety of subject matter. Still life’s, landscapes and portraits. In all her work, her relationship with color is evident and defining. Be it in aspects of the people she portrays or in the peaks and valleys or the towns that reside in-between them, or the beautiful, peaceful or thought provoking moments in a still life, Suzie knows where to put her brush strokes and color in her compositions to bring drama to the painting and to your eye. What dictates the next new piece for Baker? A leading, that feels right for that time. So, it’s a personal relationship….. her and her easel.

Creating from Pennsylvania, artist Dan Christian has always had an interest in painting. He took his seriousness and dedication to it to a whole new level in the year 2011 by making the decision to resign from his corporate position to pursue more creative endeavors. In an effort to earn a living through the utilization of anything art, Dan embarked upon an exciting journey as a tattoo artist. While traveling the globe, and perfecting his skill, he learned of the Ani Art Academies program from a fellow tattooer and Ani apprentice. Being thoroughly impressed with the work that was produced by the academy, Dan was immediately inspired to apply. Going from skin to paper, Christian began an apprenticeship with the goal of developing himself into the best artist possible.

With fine execution, detail, and realistic application of the contrast magic of light and dark, Dan’s work with charcoal and pastel on paper will have you fooled into thinking it is a photograph.

Recently, Christian co-instructed with artist Victoria Steele in Drawing the Portrait: First Steps workshop this past November. Their intensive tutelage was designed to present to artists, beginners and advanced, with a step by step approach to portrait drawing. It integrated basic drawing exercises from the Waichulis Curriculum Language of Drawing Program to develop the necessary skills needed to successfully navigate basic portraiture. The student has become the teacher! Dan’s artistic works are in the gallery and he will have a piece in the RED/7 exhibition as well!

Sculptor, Jason Robert Griego uses techniques and materials he’s developed over the last decade to create sculptures of bone, resin and natural pigments. During casting, many different effects are created using a variety of materials including sage, cinnamon, glass, stone, wood, metals as well as found objects. Natural pigments are embedded into the casting to infuse color into the sculpture. Through many different processes, including using kerosene, fire and other elements, Griego creates an organic patina for each piece and ensures each individual sculpture is unique.

Jason’s iconic work resists easy categorization. His use of materials and dynamic approach allows him to create sculptures that are raw and organic. His work symbolizes what it is to be human. However, Griego believes words or descriptions can sometimes injure the communication of sculpture.

“It’s difficult to translate the language of sculpture into the language of words. It becomes a copy of a copy---it loses resolution in the translation. Sculptures only become alive when they are viewed directly. They’re a delivery system or a language used to convey an emotion or idea in a very singular way.”

Griego’s work allows our personal and inner thoughts and feelings to be reflected back to us. The figures, with strong silhouettes, detailed surfaces and organic pigments, show us as we ought to be—noble and strong, with an inner dignity. They reveal how all things are temporary and all things are forever. Beauty and brutality—the duality of truth is shown in his work. Griego has taken sculpture and stripped it down to its purest essence…...honesty.

I will not add to this artist’s biography with my own language and let his sculptures speak for themselves.

I will choose to let them stand solely as the delivery system.

Lovetts has sold all current pieces, but we are expecting several new works by Griego that are in transit as of this writing!

Come on an adventure and view directly and experience in 3D, the works of Jason Robert Griego…..no special glasses required!!

Lovetts Gallery represents over 160 artists and I am limited to featuring a small few at a time on the blog or in the Wall newsletter. By going to the Artists page on our website, you will find them all. And check frequently, as it is always morphing. Crystal does a fantastic job at keeping you up to date on all the popular social media sites in regards to artists and their work and what’s happening at the Gallery. Trent is the brains to it all and has the scary job of keeping us all in line!

In a time, when extra time is rare, and we know you have chosen to use your time to read this….well….it’s really appreciated!

Raven Sawyer