Our Artist in Residence program allows guests to watch renowned artists at work and learn more about their art. The types of artwork being created range from Multi-media, impressionist or pointillist painting and clay and wax sculpting for bronze casting. Visitors can interact with the artists, ask questions about their work or preferred art medium and learn about the art scene in Sedona.
Each week we feature artists demonstrating varied mediums. Refer to our Event Calendar for times along with the following pages to learn more about the artists.
Meet The Artists
Kevin’s love of western lore, and the history and culture of Native Americans, has inspired him to create a series of sculptures based on themes of the old west. Recently, his passion for the performing arts has led him to start a series of sculptures based on his sketches of modern dance performances.
“For me painting is pure joy. I learned at an early age painting lifted me to a higher place and carried me through life and its challenges into the real world of beauty. My quiet times mean everything to me; all of my creativity comes out of the silence. Painting allowed me the present moment and move forward.”
“I dreamed of becoming a painter when I was a child in Wausau, Wisconsin, influenced by frequent visits with my mother to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Along with an active cultural community, Wausau offered an environment of great natural beauty and abundant wildlife. With all this inspiration around me, I felt compelled to draw, observe and interpret nature at an early age. I also felt drawn to music and studied Suzuki violin for eleven years, performing throughout the state in my teens. These passions and joys of my youth, art, nature and music, continue to inspire my creativity today.”
Much of her time is focused on creating line drawings that capture the pure line of the three-dimensional body along with her love and respect of the female form. In addition to her art, she pursues many other life-long passions including music, teaching and healing.
Griffin’s portraits of animals are thrilling and evocative and explore the subjects of humanity’s earliest artists. They are the contemporary manifestation of a long tradition in paintings. She utilizes subject matter as a testing ground for concepts of color, organization and structure. The animals give her an endless opportunity for reflection growth and expression.
Recipient of several awards in national and international shows, Gorman is represented in the permanent art collection of the International Space Hall of Fame, the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Museum of Nuclear History and Science in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gorman was also nominated for the Governor’s Award of Achievement and Excellence in Fine Art for the State of New Mexico.
Dorit Herlinger possesses an inspiration that stems from childhood memories of the ancient City of Jerusalem, her travels around the world, and her daily life in the majestic Arizona Desert.
Michael Chesley Johnson
One of the country’s top plein air painters, Michael Chesley Johnson paints primarily outdoors, choosing locations from the American Southwest, Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritime, and has been invited repeatedly to the Sedona Plein Air Festival.
“As world citizens, we have an opportunity, quite possibly a responsibility, to bring our best qualities forth for the benefit of all. Giving birth to the deepest aspirations of our hearts, through our words and our deeds. My art is my voice, I speak of loving kindness, compassion and peace.”
Part Cherokee, Ben Wright draws from Native American ceremony, symbolism, and tradition to attain the attributes for which he strives in his Life and in his work: balance, connectivity and spirituality.
Plein Air painting has been one of Syri’s interests for the last several years. Recreating the mass, the unusual multi-colors of the red rocks in Sedona, the play of light, shadows and bold compositions on canvas have been her challenge, but are all integral parts of her designs. Painting and sculpting wildlife is another one of her great loves.
Ray spent his youth recreating, with fervor, the vibrant landscapes and subjects by which he was constantly surrounded. After entering and winning numerous school and local art shows, Ray eventually landed at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.