|A Cheerful Giver|
oil on canvas
One of my favorite artists is painter Mel McCuddin from Spokane, WA. Mel is an incredibly talented yet unassuming artist. He spent his early career in a 9 to 5 day job, while painting away in his basement evenings and weekends. This painting "A Cheerful Giver" shows his sense of humor. Who doesn't love a smiling cow? His work is always full of texture from many layers of paint, but it's the expressions on some of his subjects that are unforgettable and sometimes haunting. He calls himself a Figurative Expressionist applying paint and waiting for the canvas to reveal its subject matter. He says it best himself in this video. Much of his work is sold through The Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d'Alene, ID.
Patty Sgrecci is a kinetic artist who creates mobiles and mixed media sculptures that have a lyrical, linear quality, and echo gestures in nature in an interactive dance.