Dutch Kepler was born in Kirksville, Missouri in 1943. He grew up in an Air Force family on Cape Cod before moving south. After earning a BA from North Texas State he worked in advertising in Dallas. His MFA in painting from Florida State was followed by 30 years teaching graphic design at University of Southwestern Louisiana. During this tenure Dutch was chosen Distinguished Professor by the USL Foundation. He also holds lifetime achievement awards from Acadiana Advertising Federation and Dallas Society of Visual Communications. As a painter Dutch has shown in solo and group shows across Louisiana as well as Mobile, Atlanta, Miami Beach, New York City and Washington D.C.
1947 - 2007 (age 59)
The late Guy Ransonet's Artist's Statement and Inspiration: As a child growing up surrounded by still bayous and flat expansive cane fields, I became interested in the environment I could observe on a daily basis. For me, the landscape became a source of peace and serenity. I also knew that it held a particular form of expression. I saw things through the eyes of a shy introvert, continually editing out human elements that complicated my vision. By eliminating these elements, I focused on showing landscapes that were in their calmest and most serene state. Earth is a living organism with it's own moods, emotions, and feelings. I paint with the same reverence that I would have for a good friend. I paint it as I see it could be- a friendly, but oh so sacred place. The works that emerge are products of the meditative moments that inspired me to create them. Each carries a spiritual message that is revealed to me in the process. As we try to survive in our anxiety-ridden world of technology and suburban sprawl, let us become aware of our beautiful Mother and her fragile destiny. Perhaps if we awaken and begin to care for her, she will return to us gifts beyond measure.
Born in the Florida Keys, island life gave Cezanne a big sense of freedom and her paintings feel the same way, calming with jolts of color and influences from around the world. Cezanne came from a family of artists and just started to formally paint with oils a couple of years ago and since, she has studied with Carl Groh and Charlotte Austin. Cezanne and her husband Steve own Dockside Studio so she is constantly surrounded by music of all kinds which inspires her art.
Don Bertrand studied Art, Architecture and Art History at The University of Southwestern Louisiana, now The University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana, The University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado under the tutelage of many regional artists and he particularly notes Elmore Morgan, Fred Daspit, John Geldesma, Dutch Kepler, Fred Packard and David Fox as early influences on his work and thoughts about art and creativity. He also follows many of his local contemporaries and friends in the art world. Bertrand believes his pursuit of painting is a lifelong pursuit of study and sees his studio as a laboratory and each painting and experiment. This allows him the freedom to never feel like he is guided by a confined set of rules, and the viewer will make the final decision as to whether the pursuit was worth the
This New Orleans native came to Lafayette, Louisiana to study Fine Arts at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. After studying Fine Arts for three years, she changed majors and ultimately obtained a Masters Degree in Kinesiology from LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and more recently a Masters degree in Counseling from University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She continues to paint, exploring the mystery of life and the truth that painting reveals.
Award winning artist, Patrick Soper, has made Lafayette, Louisiana his home since 1977. He works as a full time portrait artist and freelance illustrator for ad agencies, corporations, and book and magazine publishers. His illustration work has appeared in national publications such as Outdoor Life, American Legion Magazine, M.D. News, Aviation & Space Technology, Organic Gardening, Continental Inflight Magazine, High Technology Magazine, West Coast Book Review, and many others. In addition, he has worked for such major publishers as McGraw-Hill; Silver, Burdett & Ginn; David C. Cook; Macmillan; D.C. Heath; Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich; Pelican Publishing; Little Brown and many others.
When not working on one of his many children’s books or some other illustration project he is in much demand for portrait commissions and narrative type montage portraits and montage theme paintings and murals. In recent years, two of his paintings have been accepted into national juried shows and another was accepted and published in a collection of the year’s best science fiction and fantasy art known as “Spectrum V”. His work was also highlighted in the Winter 1999 issue of the on-line art and literature magazine, Sabine.
In 2002, Patrick began work on a series of paintings that are an attempt to capture the spirit of the southern landscape and the unique people who live here. He and his wife travel throughout the south seeking subjects for his work. It is a difficult but rewarding challenge to be at the right place at the crucial moment in time when the light and conditions come together to create artistic poetry. He then returns to the studio and captures that special moment in oils on canvas.
This painting is painted from a live subject as part of a series of figurative paintings known as "Eve-o-Lution"
From the artist: " Fiery core with shimmering gold meets cool blues calm as the sea. Awaken the Dawn is inspired by the most basic, and at once most powerful, spiritual elements that flourish in both the unseen and within each of us. Awaken the Dawn is a vision of spiritual awakening where the darkness breaks and meets a new day."