Bruce A. Gomez was born in Denver, Colorado in 1957 and was educated at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado at Denver, where he received a degree in Political Science as well as a degree in Romance Languages. The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art has represented Bruce since 1985.
He has been working in pastels for thirty-nine years, full-time for the past twenty-nine. Entirely self-taught, Bruce works exclusively in that medium on cold-pressed watercolor paper. In addition, he has taught for the last twenty years at the Ah Haa School in Telluride, CO, where he has been one of the school’s highest-rated instructors, consistently. He has also had the opportunity to teach workshops in Sedona, AZ, Moab, UT, London, England, and Cortona, Italy. He is currently a regular instructor at the Abend Gallery of Fine Art in Denver.
He has appeared in numerous Pastel Invitational shows as well as Plein Air Invitationals including The Denver Golden Triangle Invitational, and The Sedona Plein Air Festival, in which he won The Collector’s Choice Award, The Artists Choice Award, and received one of five Merit Awards in 2011 and the Merit Awards in 2012.
His artistic influences range from Paleolithic art up to Alfred Sisley, Maxfield Parrish, Juan Gris, and Gustav Klimt. He is singularly fortunate enough to travel to and paint in such wonderful places as Telluride, Paris, Rome, and Moab. He goes out and looks to capture that one unique and spectacular moment of life, whether in the mountains, in an urban setting, possibly slogging through a deluge, snowshoeing in -10°F, or painting plein air in 101°F.
Adrian Frankel Giuliani is an internationally recognized, award winning pastel artist. She was an artist from the time she was a tiny toddler, growing up in Queens, New York. She drew constantly, and it quickly became obvious that art was an essential part of who she was.
At 17, Adrian was introduced to soft pastels by Flora Giffuni, the founder of the Pastel Society of America. She had the great fortune of studying with Flora that year.
She loved the immediacy, flexibility and rich, vibrant colors pastels provided. Pastels became her medium. Her love for pastels continued at the Rhode Island School of Design, studying with masters such as Richard Merkin, and graduating with high honors, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration in 1987.
Since then, Adrian has been on her own artistic journey with her pastel work. Adrian believes there is a Mind, Body and Spirit Connection and that it connects deeply to our artwork. Her attitude, body and spiritual connection all influence who she is as an artist. Mostly working from life, she uses observation, play, abstraction and a great deal of freedom. Besides her pastel teaching, which she loves, she prefers to be alone while she works. Her focus is clear, she has no inhibitions or distractions. Painting to the lively music on her eclectic playlist, it becomes an immersive experience, following the road map the piece will unfold for her.
Today Adrian is proud to be a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, APS, Distinguished Pastelist of the Pastel Society of New Jersey, RRPSNV, and an IAPS Master Circle member. She is known for both her children’s portraits and, more recently, for her contemporary still lifes and florals. Adrian’s work has been recognized in many national and international exhibitions, winning numerous awards. Adrian’s pastel, All You Need is Love, won the Herman Margulies Bequest Award in the 46th Annual Pastel Society of America Annual Juried Exhibition, Enduring Brilliance, the piece was also purchased by the curator of the National Arts Club, and it is now part of their permanent collection. In 2019, Adrian was thrilled to have won an Honorable Mention for her still life, Reflections of an Artist, in the IAPS 2019 Convention! The following year, she won the Daniel E. Greene, PSA- MP, HFH, Memorial Award in the 48th Annual Pastel Society of America Annual Juried Exhibition, for her self portrait, Breaking through Boundaries. Her floral, Harmonic Celebration, was on the cover of this year’s issue of the Pastel Society of America publication, Pastelagram, with a four page feature inside. Adrian was delighted that Harmonic Celebration was also juried into the IAPS 6th Master Circle Exhibition at the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago this past June.
Our September ‚Get Dusty‘ is all about the weather and its effects. The category is ‚Landscape‘ and includes seascapes and cityscapes. Fog, mist, rain, snow, thunderstorms, you get the drift. Please, do not enter picture postcard landscapes with blue sky and fluffy clouds; show us the many different faces weather can have.
Figures may be included, as long as they are an integral part of the scene and not the main subject.
As usual, every member may post up to two entries. Deadline is September, 25.
Like every summer, our GET DUSTY is a free choice competition. It runs until August, 25th at 00:00C ET. Every member can upload 3 paintings!
Please remember the rules before you upload:
1. Your photo has to be 800px on the long side; smaller sizes will be disqualified.
2. Please state the size of your original painting (size without mat and frame).
3. Please state your source! If you do not use your own set-up, you must have the right to use the reference and tell the name of the photographer! We do not want any copyright issues!
If your entry was done from life, imagination or your own reference photo, say so. If an external reference was used you should state its source and, where appropriate, the name of the person to whom it belongs. If you do not add this information when entering, or later in the comments box, your entry will be disqualified.
4. All paintings entered must have been created within the last four years.BUT: a painting that has already won a Get Dusty competition, may not be entered again.