Art to Heart 5

Turning the Spotlight on Local Artists

You might recognize some of the work on the next few pages. Or you might learn something new about a community member. For our feature this month, we wanted to celebrate some of our local artists, no matter their medium or specialty. We were overwhelmed with the talent we discovered and are excited to share some of that with you. Enjoy the next few pages, and do support and encourage these artists by visiting their websites, galleries and exhibitions.

Bruce Swart

Painting is a passion for Swart, who enjoys losing himself in the process with paint, water and the evolving design of the painting. His artistic process begins when he sees or imagines a visually striking scene. He then sketches on site, takes photos and designs a painting. At the planning stage, he rearranges and invents elements to make for a better composition and to add drama. He works in a loose, watery style of watercolor as the unexpected accidents with this approach can’t be planned and are part of the joy of painting.

Erin Hanson

A life-long painter, beginning her study of oils as a young child, Hanson’s passion for natural beauty is seen in her work as she transforms vistas familiar and rare into stunning interpretations of bold color, playful rhythms, and raw emotional impact. Her unique painting style has become known as Open Impressionism, with hundreds of collectors eagerly anticipating her work. As an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of contemporary impressionism, she is quickly recognized as a prolific, modern master.

Julia Hiebaum

A fine art and editorial photographer, Hiebaum has worked in fashion for over 20 years in Milan, Italy, where she mastered her sense for esthetics, which led to her pursuit of photography. She is a contributor to several renowned stock agencies such as Getty and Alamy, and her images are published in both editorial and commercial print internationally. Her photography has been exhibited in the USA and Europe. She is an awarded artist and a member of the Del Mar Art Center gallery where her work is currently on display.

Karen Fidel

Always fascinated by pottery, Fidel’s primary interest is making stoneware pottery on the wheel, then altering the forms and adding natural elements inspired by nature such as driftwood, shells and pods. She is always looking for ways of making traditional forms into her own personalized style. She currently exhibits at Del Mar Art Center Gallery and Off Track Gallery in Encinitas, and does dozens of shows and exhibits throughout the year all around San Diego county.

Mac Hillenbrand

Amber Waves of Grain is the small local art business of Del Mar’s own native son Mac Hillenbrand whose conquest is the intrepid dominion of creating paintings out of wood. Since opening his doors officially for business in 2015, he has secretly endeavored to invent and pioneer three new artistic genres – marquetry surf art in wood inlay, turning the grain of a singular board into a painting with his ‘Waves in the Wood’ series, and reinventing stained glass with ultra-prismatic resin paintings on plexiglass. His creations are special and exquisite, and he accepts custom commissions.

Maidy Morhous

An accomplished printmaker as well as sculptor, Morhous was born in Upstate New York and received her Master of Fine Arts degree while continuing studies at Atelier 17 in Paris, France. She traveled to Italy to study casting techniques at the Fonderia Artistica -Marinelli Foundry, in Florence. Morhous gives her artwork idiomatic titles like “Don’t kill the goose!” and “3 second rule” which prompt viewers to seek metaphorical interpretations to these works. Morhous is invoking a return to traditional objects as art; pop art or as she calls it – contemporary still-lifes.

Randy Doering

The owner of Metal Method Company, a San Diego fabrication and design studio specializing in fine and functional art using metal and wood, Doering earned his BFA in metalsmithing and sculpture from Kansas State University before studying under renowned glass artist, Rick Mills, in Hawaii and world-famous landscape photographer, Peter Lik, in Las Vegas. Doering’s precise craftsmanship and transportive abstractions dovetail in highly detailed and structurally complex pieces that convey the specificity and sublimity that coexist in a surfer’s love affair with the ocean.

Sue Paparisto

Art is like a long time friend for Paparisto who, in her work, expresses her feelings, thoughts and everyday life as she finds inspiration in nature, places she has lived in or visited, and sometimes in her own imagination. She is a graduate of The Art Institute of California-Hollywood and her interests range from fashion design to fine art. She has been studying several ancient Asian art techniques from a variety of books, the Internet and from her own many trials. She is a member of the Del Mar Art Center Gallery, The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, and The Sargent Art Group.