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Linnea Tobias – Painting

GratitiudeI like to take a close up view of the natural world, and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us every day. I create mixed media paintings inspired by my walks in nature. The birds, trees, plants, light and color that I see emerge later in the paintings I create. I am influenced by the plants and patterns in my garden, textiles, my family and my pets- bits and pieces of my everyday life combining them-selves in new forms.


4-SucculentsI paint on cradled panels using different combinations of acrylic paint, watercolor, spray paint, com-position gold leaf and collage. I paint intuitively, starting with a few things I have observed on my adventures- color, texture, a pattern, or a plant or an animal. At a certain point the painting starts leading the way. I only have to listen and follow along. A dialogue begins with the painting and it shows me the next steps to take.


Snowy-OwlI have painted for many years and I have also worked with oil, pastel, collage, ceramics, and jewelry. I have marketed my work through galleries, art fairs, and retail and wholesale shows. I have a BA in fine art from The Evergreen State College in Olympia WA, studied painting, art history and print-making at The Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Paros, Greece, and graphic design and ceramics at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA.


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Jan Kruger – Jan designs

jandesignsMy parents were both avid readers and writers by profession so I learned to love the written word very early in life. My favorite present as a child was a new box of crayons and I knew that I wanted to be an artist around age 4. In high school I started taking design and drawing classes and took my first calligraphy class. I could combine my love of words and quotations with design and color! I was forever hooked.

I went on to Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA where I majored in Graphic Communications with a minor in art. I was not able to major in Art because the head of the department thought I had no talent. Every senior art major has their own individual Art Show so I was not able to have one of those either.

heart-courageI formally started my business, Jan designs, in 1979 and I am still creating and loving it 34 years later! (My business name, Jan designs, uses a small “d” because it is a verb, signifying the continual act of designing.)

friendWhat inspires me to create are words that touch my heart. I am an emotional, sensitive person. I think all artists are to some degree. Without that, we could not create. It is in our souls. And it is has been my life journey, with all the joy and pain, that has refined and shaped my art. When people read my work and my sayings, many times it evokes emotion in them. Many times they cry and tell me their stories. I have always felt that my art is not just a business but also a ministry as I listen and express my care, love and concern for them.


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