Day 358: Valentin Kashtelyan

Most of my professional life I worked as medical doctor, treating patients and teaching students. I started drawing when I was at medical school and I think that I was quite successful- one of my first albums was immediately stolen. I resumed drawing several years ago, but the trigger for this was twelve years ago when in my dream I saw a beautiful sunrise in the mountains…Plus, approval of my way in art by Lou Maestas, one of the greatest artists in US, whom I am admiring. Plus, I would like to say words of thankfulness to my teachers Christina MacNearney and Matthias Duwel. I have graduated from courses of drawing and oil painting at Pima Community College. My interests are in oil, acrylics, pencils, charcoal. I am trying at this time broad spectrum in painting, including portraits, landscapes, figurative art, and surrealistic topics.





Day 357: Christopher Scott

“O great creator of being, grant us one more hour to, perform our art, and perfect our lives.” – Jim Morrison
Chris Scott is an award-winning Phoenix based artist working primarily in charcoal and oils. He started painting in 2008 and is mostly self taught aside from a few workshops taken at Matt Dickson’s atelier in Tempe and the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Scottsdale.
He tries to dedicate as much free time as possible to increasing his ability as a draftsman and painter.
When not painting or drawing in his studio, Chris can be found at the various open studios around Phoenix.
commissions/inquiries – or
Pointer in a Field
Elderly Man with BandaidWeb
Elderly Man with Bandaid
Last Caress


Day 356: Anna Bronwyn Murphy

I am a self taught artist hailing from vibrant downtown Tucson, Arizona. I prefer to depict strong female protagonists in noir-like dystopian universes. My femmes fatale will oftentimes be in the true position of power that has been denied them in a historical context: the daredevil dame taking a shot at the apple on her fella’s head, in “Our William Tell Act”, (turning the accidental shooting of Joan Vollmer, William S. Burrough’s wife, on its ear); the depiction of “Eve” (with reference to photos of Billie Holiday) as a provocative and unapologetic social martyr, with a fig-canopy halo; an empowered “tattooed lady” Romani sideshow performer from the 1930s, who embraced her lifelong differences (heterochromia) and became embellished to further set herself apart, in “Curio”; the tough as nails, tattooed punk with a cigarette butt halo, who bears a black eye from a penchant for getting into barroom brawls in “Barroom Martyr”. These women gaze confidently and are not driven to extremes out of desperation but by their own will. In my works, women will experience hard knocks but they are sure to knock back harder.

After briefly living in Italy and viewing so many masterpieces, I resolved to teach myself to paint in oils in an attempt to articulate some of the awesome depth of expression I imbibed there. I am currently happily painting pet portraits as a fun exploration of oil painting techniques.

instagram- @annabronwyn

Barroom Martyr
Catrina Pinup
pet portrait
Pet Portrait
Our William Tell Act

Day 354: Donna Ceraulo

Artist’s Statement

Donna Ceraulo has had a life-long passion for art. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, her first introduction to painting was in High School in Phoenix, Arizona in 1977 where she developed an intense love of the Impressionists.  Today she enjoys creating portraits and landscapes in an abstract, impressionistic or expressionistic way. She often uses vintage photography as inspiration for her work and utilizes Pinterest extensively to study past and present works of art and to categorize reference material for future artworks. She primarily creates her artwork with acrylic paints, collage and texture mediums but also works in oils, cold wax and watercolor.

Donna began selling her artwork in 2017 after creating her own art studio in her home in Phoenix, a space devoted to art and light. She will be a featured artist at 9 The Gallery in Phoenix in February 2019 with her series Trapped in the Past. Donna believes in the self-healing and nurturing benefits of a creative life. “ART enables us to FIND ourselves and LOSE ourselves at the same time.” (Thomas Merton)

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Lady Hastings
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Cascaded Color
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Winter Respite
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Trapped in the Past

Day 353: Sue Armbrust

My life in the creative world came late in life which has not dampened my desire to create, experiment and challenge my self every day.  It took some time to truly find the avenue that would truly bring me joy.  I found that going back to my childhood joy of making Mudd pies was only the beginning of a new found love that would allow me to rediscover myself. Feeling the clay in my hands and bringing it to life is indescribable.
I most enjoy sculpting animals and creating totems of lifes scenery.  I love the challenge of combining clay with glass, or mosaics for a mixed media.
The greatest reward for me is that whatever I create will bring a little sunshine and joy to its owner.

Sue Armbrust

Mudd Pie Creations

Day 352: Lora Harvey

Lora Harvey

“All who are gifted artisans among you shall come and make all that the Lord has commanded:”

Exodus 35:10 (NKJV)

After being told in middle school that “art just may not be for you”, Lora set art aside and believed it to be true. However, she always found a way to incorporate art as much as possible in her everyday life, including chosen career fields.

In June 2017, Lora was diagnosed with breast cancer and life as she knew it ceased to exist. An outlet was needed to express her emotions and trauma, but she couldn’t quite pinpoint the healthiest and most productive route.

Lora began attending Impact Church in Scottsdale, AZ on Easter Sunday 2018. Not long afterward, Pastor Travis spoke on the Parable of the Talents. He invited members to take $20 from the church and return after six weeks to give back the $20 plus whatever additional money was earned. Lora seized the opportunity and tried her hand at art again ~ after 28 long years! Thus, H_Originals was created.

Throughout Lora’s art journey she has felt the presence of the Holy Spirit and felt God lay things on her heart that have manifested in her work. She knows her calling is to be an artist for the glory of God and to help grow His kingdom.

Lora has two children: Carter, 23 and Kacie, 18. She loves spending time with them, reading and, of course, making art!

IG: loraann9600
in the beginning
In the Beginning
from down below
From Down Below