Welcome to Art Obsessions
Fine art gallery featuring artists from all over the world.
Paintings. Photography. Sculptures. And more for sale.
Visit us at our new location at The Village at Rancharrah in Reno, NV
Now featured on KAYAK Reno Travel Guide
We are excited for you to visit our new space!
Our current hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Wednesdays are by appointment only.
You can also setup private art showings at the gallery on any day. Call 775-276-7653 to setup your private showing.
Our next event in July is one you won't want to miss. Meet artist Michelle Courier and enjoy live music. Stay informed through our Instagram account @artobsessions.usa
Welcome to our new location at The Village at Rancharrah
Our new home at Rancharrah enjoys a rich and glamorous history. In 1937, casino magnate Bill Harrah arrived in Reno and changed its landscape forever. Twenty years later in 1957, after acquiring considerable wealth and status, he embarked on creating the perfect place to call home - Rancharrah. A place close enough to the action, yet its own private oasis, surrounded by pristine natural beauty, warmth, style and casual elegance. Here, among towering trees, stunning views and a small lake, the Harrahs escaped from the everyday to raise their family.
“The Village at Rancharrah will act as Reno’s Living Room. It will be a place where the community can take a break from their busy daily lives and unwind.” – Par Tolles
Introducing our artists
Below are the artists represented at Art Obsessions.
Coming Soon: In the near future, each artists picture will be linked to examples of their artwork.
Michelle considers herself a realist, impressionist and a contemporary artist with a hint of traditional. She creates visible burst strokes and textures that allow two different ways to enjoy her paintings. Up close her paintings are very impressionistic, but from a distance of twenty feet the viewer feels he is looking at a photograph.
The feeling of place is what Michelle is most interested in communicating through her work. “The words that I long to hear when someone is viewing my painting is, “I’ve been there,”, Michelle says. “I want the painting to give a feeling of familiarity and to not only see the landscape painting before them but to “feel” it.”
One of the world’s renowned artists, Michelle graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Michelle has work in private and corporate collections around the world including, Chevron Corporation Headquarters ( Houston, TX ), Dow Corning ( Midland, MI ), Hong Kong Bank of China ( HSBC ), Well Fargo Headquarters ( San Fransisco, CA ), Upjohn Pharmaceuticals ( Kalamazoo, MI ), Delta College ( Saginaw, MI ), Dominos Farms Headquarters ( Ann Arbor, MI ), Mid Michigan Medical Center ( Midland, MI ), Signature Health ( Boston, MA ), Kaiser Permanente ( Denver, CO )
Each piece I create is about my being "in the moment,” about mixing the emotions that inspire me with that which is seen. My goal is to take the familiar and expand its color and energy to its fullest potential. – Scott Anderson
Anderson’s own work displays a remarkable mastery of thick, dashing, and dimensional oil painting applied via palette knives. He has been developing his skill in this ‘Romantic’ approach to painting since his childhood. The visceral quality that comes from applying oils with the knife is as deep as the look it creates on the canvas. Their wrist-swept, waving surfaces provoke colors with ultra-dynamism, transforming the painting as the active light of day changes. The technique engages artist and appreciator on a kinetic, emotional level that is decidedly more evocative and energized than most brush painting. Anderson is also an accomplished ‘chemist,’ who fashions his own paints from hand-cured oils and mineral pigments. He argues that commercially available oil paints are inferior for a number of reasons, including their tendency to ‘yellow’ with time. His paints, on the other hand, most resemble what the Old Masters used to craft – one reason why their antique pictures have lasted so well to this day in the world’s great museums.
Today Sandy has earned Signature Status in the American Watercolor Society (AWS), the American Women Artists (AWA) and the California Watercolor Association (CWA). She has had a painting accepted in the American Watercolor Society's International Juried Exhibition in New York the last three years in a row. She has also had paintings in four juried museum exhibitions. Sandy has had many gallery shows, both solo and group shows, and has been accepted into 54 juried competitions. She taught watercolors for 25 years in the United States, Bali, France, Italy, Belgium, Greece and Spain. Sandy serves on the Board of Directors of American Women Artists.
Steve has had a long career as a teacher and artist. Today, he divides his time between painting several hours in the morning and working full-time as a middle school art teacher. During the summer, he also teaches adult painting workshops both here and abroad. For years, Steve had developed a reputation as an accomplished watercolor artist. Gradually, he discovered, for him, each painting was becoming a kind of journey. Opaque mediums, such as oil and acrylic gave him the freedom he needed to re- evaluate and explore his ideas along the way. Never really abandoning the demanding constraints of watercolor entirely, he now works predominantly in oil on canvas. Sacramento subjects are a major theme in Steve's current paintings and all of his latest work has acquired its own unique look. The dramatic play of light and dark has become a persistent theme in his work along with bold, emotion-based color schemes.
As a self-taught landscape artist with a focus towards realism, James paints with inspiration from his backpacking and hiking adventures. At the heart of Wine Country in Northern California, vineyards heighten the beauty within his local surroundings. Although, the rolling hillside vines will always be a part of what he paints, he turns more of his attention to the back roads of Northern California’s lush countryside. The inter-mingle of old barns, livestock, rolling hills, meandering waterways and reflective high mountain lakes offer him an abundance of subject matter for creating great art. James has spent the past thirty years pursuing both his love of the outdoors and his love for painting merging them into a realistic expression of color and beauty.
Award winning artist Mike Callahan is a fourth generation Nevada native who counts himself privileged to have grown up in one of the most beautiful places on earth, the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains near Reno, Nevada where he still lives today.
“The topography of the area in which I live is simply phenomenal; one can go from the high desert to mountainous alpine settings in less than an hour. It is this beautiful and varied landscape that ends up being the subject for a vast majority of my paintings.”
However, looking through the paintings on Mike’s website, one will quickly see that the Sierra landscape isn’t the only subject Mike typically paints. He also enjoys painting Western themes as well as figurative and portraits.
Mike’s work has been featured in numerous solo, group, and juried shows including the 54th and 56th Juried Exhibitions at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, California, the Oil Painters of America’s National Juried Show of Traditional Oils 2008, and the National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Best of America Juried Exhibition 2009 and 2010. Mike has won recognition and awards in each of the aforementioned shows.
As a student, while she pursued a Bachelors and a Masters degree in French, she spent two academic years studying in Aix-en-Provence, France. For two summers she toured Europe, avidly visiting museums both great and small. This left her with impressions that were to grow over nearly twenty years before the opportunity to paint presented itself. Largely self-taught, Margery now paints in a spacious studio flooded with natural light. In October of 2003, she received First Place for the People's Choice Award at the first Biennial Plein Air Show of the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville, California. That same year, she was juried into the National Association of Women Artists in New York. Her work appeared in the show "Local Voice: Defining Community Through Art" at the Bedford Gallery of Walnut Creek in 2005. In May of 2007, she was one of ten finalists for the cover of American Artist Magazine. Margery's work can be found in collections throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe.
Patricia Borum is an accomplished horsewoman and for the last 35 years a professional equestrian artist. In her studio in Northern California outside of Sacramento she has created a delightful variety of horse depictions in a variety of mediums: Oil paintings, Giclee prints, silk equestrian scarves, porcelain dishes and bronze sculpture including monumental outdoor statues and classical fountains. Her latest collection of fine porcelain dishes are embellished with her horse designs. Classical Patrician horses and hunter /sporthorse designs. Custom made dishes are also welcome as are trophies and awards. Discriminating collectors and urban developers have sought after her classical and realistic bronze sculptures. Two of the larger-than-life sized bronze horse sculptures are in Southern California. Both are focal points in the cities of Rancho Mirage and La Quinta. Her graphic style oil paintings form a compelling body of work that is strongly stylized. These paintings are inspired by classical bas reliefs, Persian painted miniatures, and early 20th century constructivist forms. With dramatic colors and forms she captures the playful essence of the noble horse reflected in their life-like eyes.
In 1980 Ordaz was highly recommended for a job with Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), working for filmmaker George Lucas in Northern California. There Ordaz did background matte paintings for specialized movie production effects and worked on films like “ET”, “The Wrath of Khan”, “Return of the Jedi” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, rubbing shoulders with well-known actors, musicians, directors and working with a talented production staff. Ordaz even had a small bit part in Indiana Jones. He won an Emmy for his work as part of a team of artists working on the 1985 television movie, “Ewok — The Battle of Endor.” Leaving movie work, and self-employed, his award-winning paintings and illustrations have been used in a line of Christian books, professional sports posters, specialty greeting cards and even a line of jigsaw puzzles. Ordaz produced a painting that the George W. Bush White House used for their Easter egg hunt. Ordaz’s painting was used on the invitations, official program, posters and tickets for the annual event. Ordaz and his family were invited to the egg hunt, met and spent time with the first family. He is currently involved in a portrait project for the U.S. Air Force, and teaching painting classes for children and adults along with painting portraits for clients out of his new studio Downtown.
Scott Thompson, of Scott Shots Photography, has lived in the Tahoe area since 2002 and he has been building his collection of fine art landscape images since the film days. Scott prints his large prints in his Truckee based studio. Canvas prints and 100% cotton paper prints printed by Scott are available for ordering. Metal Prints are also available. Scott is the current winner of the “Best Local Artist” category in the N.Tahoe Sierra Sun newspaper's 2020 “Best of” contest. His work has been published countless times in The Tahoe Weekly, Tahoe Quarterly, Sierra Sun, Moonshine Ink, Northwoods Magazine, Nevada County Gold magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Diablo Magazine, and more. “Everywhere you look within the Tahoe area, your eyes can find something beautiful. Seeing it again is not as easy. In an area where the elements are constantly changing the land, what we see will constantly change. From year to year, season to season, day to day, Tahoe is never the same. I try to celebrate the beauty of Tahoe by capturing a frozen moment in time with my photography. I admit that much like a movie is never as good as the book, my photographs will never be quite as good as actually being there. You can’t smell the pine trees in my photographs or hear birds chirping in the distance. However they can serve as a visual reminder of what is out there waiting to be enjoyed, even if only for a brief moment. My hope is that when you view my photographs, you wont just think “Wow, that’s nice.” but that you will be inspired to explore for yourself the endless beauty the Tahoe area has to offer. ” - Scott Thompson
Howard Terpning (born November 5, 1927) is an American painter and illustrator best known for his paintings of Native Americans. Having built a successful career in advertising illustration, he gave it up in 1976 and moved to Tucson to become a western painter, and in just a few years he won the respect and admiration of his peers, and a vast following for his works. In 1976, he walked away from a successful illustration career to pursue his dream of chronicling the Native American people. Within two short years he became one of the giants in his field.
The brilliance of Azoulay’s art centers on his ability to convey a purity of individual lines intricately joined to create an overpowering illusion of fluid motion and life. Line is the key element of design in Azoulay’s artwork. Often, Azoulay will create an entire artwork without ever lifting pen from paper, using a single, unbroken line. It is through his lines that Azoulay creates balance, harmony, contrast, depth and movement in each one of his compositions.
Internationally appreciated and collected, his work adds an important dimension to any art collection. One of his most notable accomplishments is the fact that Azoulay is the youngest artist to be accepted in the permanent archives of the Musee du Louvre, in Paris. Accolades and decades of fame notwithstanding, Guillaume Azoulay still refers to himself as an "artisan.”
Michael Parkes is the world's leading magical realist painter, sculptor, and stone lithographer. His decades of success as a fine artist stand out in the art world where few artists ever achieve success in both the primary and secondary markets. Michael Parkes' works are collected by celebrities, prominent private collectors, and galleries around the world, and his body of work stands for all ages. His first one-man show was in Amsterdam back in 1977. Additional one-man exhibitions of Michael Parkes have taken place at Basel Art in Switzerland, Art Chicago, Art Fair NY, Frankfurt Bookfair, Amsterdam Art Fair, Tefaf Art and Antiques Fair Maastricht and numerous exhibitions in their galleries in Amsterdam and New York from 1977 onwards. Earlier on, Michael Parkes had painted in the generally Abstract Expressionist style normal among his teachers, but after his pause for reflection he began to draw and paint in a meticulous style of detailed representation which would enable him to give full expression to his inner world of images. The style was in principle realistic, the subject matter magical, and Magic Realism has characterised his work ever since.
Geraldine Arata is a “city girl” fourth generation San Franciscan whose passion is reflecting the human narrative and its myriad faces. Her colorful and expressive works have brought to life the sizzle of New Orleans, the nobility of Native Americans, and classic figurative and whimsical sea creatures. Arata was influenced to take brush to canvas by her artist mother who sadly, passed away when Arata was only 11. Still, their connection as fellow artists has served as a continuing thread in Arata’s own artistic journey. Arata works are primarily in oils. However as an avid lifelong learner, she embraces other media and her recent works demonstrate her masterful use of color with new materials including resins and foils. Arata holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art with an emphasis on drawing and painting in oils from San Francisco State University. She also has a Master of Fine Art from the Academy of Art University in S.F. where she studied with world renowned artists William Maughan, Zhaoming Wu, Warren Chang, Tomutsu Takishima, Mark Tennant, and Dean Larson. She has also studied privately with Morgan Weistling and Pamala Hawkes. Arata is an award-winning artist whose work has been represented in galleries from coast to coast including San Francisco, New Orleans, Key West, Truckee, Reno, Sausalito, and Benicia. Among her many collectors is executive chef Andrea Froncillo, owner of Bobo’s Steakhouse of San Francisco, where more than ten of Arata's colorful works can be enjoyed by patrons.
Wayne Mckenzie's art emanates a laid back confidence that is a reflection of his Australian upbringing. With loose brushwork and bold use of color, he brings a unique perspective to the contemporary North American art world. Wayne's strong sense of design is derived from the Aboriginal art of his native Australia. His paintings are a visual journey that allows the essence of his subject matter to come to life. After establishing a reputation as a talented plein air artist in Colorado by winning multiple awards at the states premier plein air event, Wayne moved his family to the competitive Californian market. His arrival has resulted in a flood of accolades and awards including First Place at the 2013 Napa Valley Art Festival, Best of Show at the 2012 Holiday Treasures Salon, "Peoples Choice" at the 2017 and 2016 Telluride Plein Air Festival ,2nd Place at the 2013 Los Gatos Plein Air Festival, 2nd Place at both the 2017 Carmel Plein Air Festival and the 2014 Los Gatos Plein Air Festival, and jurors choice at California Art Club's "Waterscapes" Exhibition. Wayne was chosen as a finalist in both the 2013 and 2014 Plein Air Salon, a national competition presented by Plein Air Magazine. Wayne has appeared in various publications throughout the United States. He was most recently honored as a feature artist in the hardcover book "Best of Artists-Oil-Global edition" by Kennedy Publishing. Renowned art critic Susan Viebrock wrote, "Anyone who doesn't love a Mckenzie, must have a low opinion of joy....big personality- big work" and went on to describe his work as having, "a delightful sense of movement, vibration and exuberance." He currently divides his time between his studios in Lake Tahoe, California and Telluride, Colorado. His work appears in private collections throughout North America, Europe and Australasia.
I love to create works of art which inspire others to appreciate and preserve the character and beauty from the Native American cultures to Shakespearean characters and their stories.
As an artist and educator, I am constantly learning and exploring life. By studying the structures of humans, birds, wild life, horses, I can enrich the lives of others through my sculpture and the stories they tell.
All my years in design and color have given me the background and awareness to grow as an artist and to continually enhance my sculptures through composition and the special use of colors in the patina. I find working in Bronze and patina is a way that brings out the character of each sculpture and the story it tells.
Be it a bronze sculpture, commissioned statue or monument, prestigious trophy, or sterling jewelry collection, June’s research and respect for each of her subjects are reflected in her meticulous efforts to reproduce as accurately as possible the dignity and beauty of her ever-evolving works of art. Enjoy the following highlights of June Towill Brown’s extraordinary abilities to stretch her talents and imagination into fine works of art throughout the world.
As an artist choosing to work with the medium of photography, I am always trying to push the natural limits of my cameras, whether it be film or digital. I am traditional in my method working to get the image correct in the camera without building one in the computer. This makes every finished image a personal success and through this traditional method each image has a life and soul of its own, one that I am excited to introduce and share with my viewers and collectors. Born in 1978 I received my first film camera in 1992 that ignited a fire and passion that has burned strong ever since. At the end of high school, I suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting in a temporary loss of vision in my left eye and the inability to walk, talk, hear out of my left ear, and move the left side of my face. With a doctor’s prognosis of a comfortable life on the couch I chose to push myself to recover and purse my dream of being an outdoor photographer. After years of hard work, I was able to regain all but the hearing in my left ear and the use of the left side of my face. Following my passion, I pursued a career photographing Skiing and Snowboarding. Through those years I traveled the world while honing my craft. I learned how to work with nature’s dramatic and rare light that is often found in the mountains while reading weather patterns and putting myself where the light was best. Now I use my camera as a painter would use their brush, focusing more on the mood and power of a pre-visualized scene before the camera even comes out of the bag. Through a process of continued visits to my selected locations I am able to study the light and weather patterns through the changing seasons and truly connect with my surroundings. This process combined with patience and great light is a path I look forward to following for many years to come. You can view many of my favorite pieces on my website at www.Abeblair.com. “ A photograph captures a moment in time, altering life for an eternity ”- Abe Blair
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