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Seascape And Nature Photographer Barbara Snyder Joins FASGallery

July 11th, 2014

Seascape And Nature Photographer Barbara Snyder Joins FASGallery

July 11th, 2014 - Santa Maria, CASeascape and Nature Photographer Barbara Snyder Joins FASGallery

Fasgallery is owned and operated by S&S Enterprises, owners of several on-line art galleries specializing in fine art reproductions. photographer Barbara Snyder is one of the new editions to the line-up of artist and photographers.

Santa Maria, CA, March 15, 2013 -- The fine art Giclee prints of seascape photography by Barbara Snyder are now available at FASGallery, follow the FASGallery link or go directly to Barbara’s portfolio at: is owned and operated by S&S Enterprises, owners of several on-line art galleries specializing in fine art reproductions.

Barbara Snyder joins the line-up of artists that includes Bruce Green, Karen Noles, G. Harvey, Rod Chase, Larry Dyke, June Dudley, Andy Thomas and many others. You can view the work of these artists by following the Somerset link at

Barbara Snyder was born the Central Coast of California making her a California Native. Barbara graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo as a history major, English minor. She earned her Master's degree in education from the same university and began a teaching career that has spanned over 3 decades before retiring from education to peruse photography as a second career.

Being a co-owner of an art and frame gallery several years past has provided experiences that have added to her repertoire of skills and versatility in thinking. Barbara has been featured in Strictly Business Magazine, a Central Coast publication, designed to showcase local talents and to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit. She has also written several articles and provided photographic contributions to that and other publications.

While Barbara is likely to capture the image of almost anything that catches her eye, her lifelong love of the picturesque California Coastline is the subject she loves to photograph the most.

Barbara’s seascape images as well as other subjects can be seen at FASGallery’s home at Fine Art America by following the FASGallery link at FASGallery.

FASGallery is owned and operated by S&S Enterprises a Floyd Snyder Production. For more information contact Floyd Snyder at or telephone (805) 922-3371.

Rodney White Americas Hottest Artist Move Over Andy Warhol

June 8th, 2014

Rodney White Americas Hottest Artist  Move Over Andy Warhol

If you have ever watched The ABC sitcom "Freddie" and ABC's "Extreme Makeover Home Edition", you may have already viewed some of Rodney White's phenomenal art pieces. Once in a while something so unique, eye-catching and visually pleasing comes along that it just really grabs you. This is the case with the winning combination of color, rustic style, and timely messages that Rodney White has created.

One critic writes of Rodney White's work, "The most amazing aspect of this work is that it isn't created on a computer but on a canvas instead. I'm amazed by these wonderful typographical beauties. The retro feeling, grunch effect and nice color combinations make them really stand out. Most of his work contains meaningful messages. Rodney also uses different materials and techniques, mainly acrylic. Most of his paintings are on wood but some are on metallic and there is even one on a faux brick panel."

This Georgian artist, now a New Yorker residing in Brooklyn, has an ever-growing audience buying and collecting his works. His popularity soared after his national exposure on television, and the past two years have been a turning point for this self-taught artist who hails from Augusta, Georgia.

Rodney White was born in Augusta in 1976. He lived in Atlanta from 1997-2005, and then made the move to Brooklyn, New York where he works and lives. During his time in Atlanta, Rodney did attend a technical institute to study visual communications in 1999. In 2003, he had his first solo exhibition. His "Solo Exhibitions" include the following: 2005 "Future Becomings" Claret Arts: Atlanta, Georgia; 2004 "Retro Notions" Claret Arts: Atlanta, Georgia; 2004 "Recent works" Octane: Atlanta, Georgia; and 2003 " Love is..." Open Artist Studio: Atlanta, Georgia.

Since 2004 Rodney White has also accumulated quite a list of credits for "Group Exhibitions" where his work has been admired. These include the following:
2006 "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" Anchorage Museum of History and Art: Anchorage, Alaska; 2006 "Two Person Show: Recent Works" Tag Art Gallery: Nashville, Tennessee; 2005 "Think Small Exhibition" Art 6 Gallery: Richmond, VA; 2005 Affordable Art Fair: Clapham Art Gallery (London, UK) New York, NY; 2005 "Open Gallery Show" E. Weber Gallery: Atlanta, Georgia; 2005 Decatur Arts Walk: Decatur, Georgia; 2005 Art Expo New York; 2004 Spin & Gin Fund-raiser: Atlanta, Georgia; 2004 Decatur Arts Walk: Decatur, Georgia; 2004 "Group Show: Recent Works" Iridium Gallery: Roswell, Georgia; 2004 "Open Gallery Show" Iridium Gallery: Roswell, Georgia; and 2004 "Roswell Art Walk" Taylor Kinzel Gallery: Roswell, Georgia.

Besides his group and solo exhibits, Rodney White's exposure took on national proportions with the following credits: 2005 Art World News article, April issue; 2005 Extreme Makeover Home Edition, 4 paints chosen to complete a new home; 2005 "Freddie" sitcom on ABC Rodney White image chosen for part of the permanent set design; 2005 article in Access Atlanta Exhibition Review; 2006 Extreme Makeover Home Edition, 9 pieces chosen to complete a new home; and 2006 TBS's Movie and a Makeover, original art commission for a room design.

What does Rodney think about his exposure on network TV? "There seems to be some gravitational pull between my work and the ABC network. My work was chosen to appear on Extreme Makeover Home Edition with the Crawford Smith Family. A whopping 9 pieces were hanging in the home, AND you could actually see them on television. It was a total surprise to me. My mom called while I was in the middle of painting to tell me and almost immediately after the images were shown my phones start ringing off the hook with calls from friends and family saying that they saw it and people congratulating me. It was a big deal the first time and big deal again. What was seen on the show were canvas transfers of my paintings."

If you ask Rodney what inspires him, he would say, "Everything. I see things everywhere and everyday that gives me some idea for my pieces. I love to visit flea markets and antique markets. I notice the natural aging of things around us. Billboard signs, buildings, packages, and aging paper catch my attention. I seek to replicate the rusting and decaying look of things I see."

Where did his desire to be an artist all begin? He claims that he has dabbled in art since his pre-kindergarten days. He tells the story of rushing through his class work so that he could be the first one back to the scrap paper box in the classroom. In fact, he admits that he would fill the blank pages in the front and back of encyclopedias because he thought, "Those sheets were put there for me."

When Rodney further explains his view on his own work, he shares his fascination with poetry, typography, advertising design and vintage signs. He says that by trying to encourage others to notice those things that he is, "learning, teaching, and inspiring." In describing his work and its connection to the past, he says, "The past has always been something that I've felt we could/should learn from, and advertising has always been a reflection of the desires and societal norms that are driven into the hearts and minds of consumers. Well...what if those driven desires became more positively influential on our minds and inner beings? Thus, giving us something to take into the way we live our lives, and approach the world around us."

Rodney has a love for the deterioration of things which includes objects and surfaces. He notices how things have developed and aged. He takes note of antique labels, old books and vintage posters which have that "experienced look." Because he believes that art will be around a long time, he feels the best way to leave messages behind is through art.

Rodney also says that he gets inspiration from music, other artists, poets, and literature. He enjoys music of all kinds and says, "I'm working on a slight taste for country. And that doesn't seem to be working out. It is much harder than I thought." Other artists that he admires are: Sabrina Ward Harrison, Rik Catlow, Anja Kroenke, Tim Marrs, and Ashley Wood. Among the poets he reads are Saul Williams and Sabrina Ward Harrison.

When speaking of his friends, Rodney says, "A lot of my paintings come from what I write often in my Journal/Idea books. A lot of times my friends and the people I meet say the most brilliant things and they sometimes never mean them the way I hear them. Lucky me I guess."

When asked about his interests, Rodney says, "I love furniture and dreaming up living spaces. Décor stuff. Movies, collecting and listening 2 music. Books (Angels, Aliens, Theology) and Writing. Learning to enjoy the small things about life - like walking in the sand barefoot. Riding my bike around the city. Daily getaways listening to my iPod. (I tend to really visit new places when I do this). Talking and making...connections with people. Learning about people and their stories. Everybody has them - not everybody has someone that wants to listen to them & DREAMING...Always Dreaming."

Floyd Snyder owned and operated three framing galleries for nearly 20 years. After selling his business in the late 80’s and retiring form a successful career in the stock markets he has returned to the trade he has always loved and missed. He has established his own online store representing some of finest artist in the world at He can be reached at To see Mr. White's work go to:

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Karen Noles, A Study Of The Native American Culture Through Art

June 8th, 2014

Karen Noles, A Study Of The Native American Culture Through Art

If beauty in artwork can defined as a delightful quality intertwined with harmony of form and color and combined with craftsmanship and originality, then one need look no further than the work of Karen Noles and her artwork of Western art that revolve around Native American women and children. Though this artist is certainly capable of painting an array of subjects, her concentration over the past few years has been the feminine and domestic side of Native American Western Art. Karen has worked in pastel, gouache and, most recently, oil.

With her home located on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, she works out of her home studio where she has a backdrop of more than 30,000 acres of gorgeous scenery and recreation area. She has wonderful views of the southern end of Flathead Lake and has, no doubt, been inspired by the majesty of nature in her surroundings.

Besides creating her many paintings, she touts that horseback riding is the highest on her list of interests and activities. Her work is carefully researched and is an accurate accounting of the subjects that she portrays in her paintings. She primarily focuses on "domestic life of the 1800's Native American, especially the early reservation time period," according to her biographical statements about her work.

She is a stickler for being thorough in research and data gathering. She attempts, in a very successful manner, to convey realism in her work. She has been known to spend weeks, or even months, doing research for each painting. She methodically secures reference materials and museum books to gather all that she needs to depict her scenes in an accurate and realistic form. She often travels to museums to take photos of exhibits that will help her incorporate the reality of the time into her work. In addition, her distinctive paintings are a result of attending local powwows and from drawing upon her natural surroundings.

In commenting on her work she says, "I find that not only can I try to portray a situation of that time, but I can also give honor to their works of art." This is in reference to the depictions of bead and quill work of the Early Reservation time period that she enjoys most.

To further emphasize her commitment to realism in her work, she chooses to use Native American models. In addition, she also incorporates wild animals in her photo shoots. She explains, "The children that I'm working with now I've been working with for a few years; the parents know and trust me. Children have such wonderful imagination and do such spontaneous things - some great paintings come out of it all." One only needs to look at some of her most recent works such as: "The Feather Fan", "Daughter of the Sioux"; "Blackfeet Stories"; and "Embraced In Wisdom" to understand her quote.

If you look at her work in "Tepee Tender", you will see a little girl holding a fox pup in her lap with another cuddled up next to her. Noles is able to achieve this realism with the help of a friend who works with injured or abandoned animals. Those that are tame enough to be photographed with the child models are often used. Fauns, fox pups, young lynx and bobcats are among those that have been in the photo shoots.

Among the numerous awards and distinctions for Karen Noles are the following:

· The People Choice Award - C.M. Russell Art Show and Auction, Great Falls, Montana

· 1998 Viewers Favorite Award at the Spirit of the Great Plains Show, Museum of Nebraska Art

· Honors, Pastel Society of the West Coast

· Honors, New York Society of Illustrators

· Patrons Choice in the Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit and Sale

Inspiration can be defined by something that stimulates a person to a high level of feeling, to creative thought, or to achieve the making of art. In looking at the outstanding pieces created by Karen Noles, one would have to say that she has certainly made a connection to her surroundings and interests. Fortunately, the art world is the recipient of her beautiful inspirations.

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