Alicia VanNoy Call has been working on DawgArt since 2001. Back then she was a self-taught artist living in Gilbert, Arizona. Since then, she has gained a decade of painting experience and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Utah Valley University, where she graduated with honors. Alicia takes the colorful inspiration for her paintings from the Desert Southwest. Alicia lives in Arizona with her family and their rescued pets, Eric, Toby, and Kiko. She works with various rescue and shelter groups by donating artwork to fundraising auctions to promote awareness and direct care for animals in need.
"One of my professors, as we were packing up to leave class, would say to us, 'Use your powers for good!' Art has power. I am fascinated by the connection we share with animals. Every time I put brush to canvas, I explore our connection to Nature and the animal kingdom. As we become more disconnected from the natural world through our use of technology, the more important become our relationships to domestic animals. Nature has the power to transform our lives, and pets connect us to that power, through their innocence, beauty and character. People adore their pets. I attempt to capture that connection and joy through my artwork. As I paint with bright arbitrary colors, I convey the soul of the animal onto the canvas. DawgArt is meant simply to bring happiness to people and to help us remember our connection with Nature."
Jean is for the most part a self taught painter, photographer and graphic artist. She studied painting at the UWO in Oshkosh, WI, and have taken various art classes through the years. She painted for a home décor designer for 16 years, but is now on her own for the last 5 years.
Some of her work includes wall art, hand painted furniture, dinnerware, silverware, painted glassware, clothing, jewelry, shoes, purses, candles, frames, boxes, paper products, calendars, fabric, rugs, bedding, pillows and lighting.
She paint with oils, acrylic and watercolors. She love anything to do with nature but also enjoy a little fantasy here and there. Lots of layers of flowers, butterflies and patterns. Butterflies, wildlife and landscape are all inspiring for me. She also like to mix it up with different textures and inspiring typography. If her work says anything she would hope it speaks “it’s great to be alive and have a great day!”
Born in 1967, John Golden is the son of a watercolorist mother and a folk singer / storyteller father. He loved to draw from an early age, and for that reason, his school work often suffered.
When John was 10 years old, his mother opened a gallery to show and sell her watercolors. John spent half of his afternoons in the back room of the gallery, building model buildings out of scrap mat board and the other half wandering the historic city around the gallery. Many historic but decrepit buildings had recently been torn down, so the area was full of scrap materials, found relics and textures, and John developed a love for the unintentional design that exists in urban environments.
Shortly after the gallery opened John began to work in linoleum block printing, and sold his artwork in his mother's gallery. The success of those prints, and an interest in regional history led John to create a series of hand-tinted pen and ink reproductions of the North Carolina Lighthouses. He spent a major part of his teen years hand tinting lighthouses until his art took a different direction in high school, where he discovered his love of Photography.
After completing his college degree in Graphic Design, there was a new development in the field - the introduction of desktop computers. A summer job as Building Monitor in the art department afforded access to the computer lab. He taught himself how to use the Apple Macintosh and the few programs that were available then, and then went out into the professional world of Graphic Design.
A sideline in freelance illustration took John out of the in-house corporate world and into the world of broadcast design. He was given the opportunity to design, illustrate and animate on projects for clients like Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. The labor intensive process and the high standards to which his work was held pushed John to develop his art even further, and also to strike out on his own.
The move into the freelance world also meant a move back to his hometown and his family's gallery. John needed a way to get his art out of the computer and into the hands of his patrons. Fortunately, archival printing from the desktop soon became available, and John was an early adopter of the growing process.
John now works in the Golden Gallery, creating his digital illustration full-time. Somehow, he manages to squeeze some digital photography in there as well. He is back to spending his afternoons in the places he loves.