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Featured Artists by Gina Edition 20


This is my column in our b2zone magazine, where I feature artists which are members of the b2zone artwork collection group. We have so many various artists of great talents and skills, and I introduce them to you via this column. Stay tuned!


Artist featuring Loona Cavalier

Loona Cavalier is a self-taught artisan who has dedicated herself to leatherwork and woodwork. Born and raised in Germany, she and her husband decided to move to Alberta, Canada, in 2008 to enjoy the Canadian way and the beauty of its wonderful countryside. Even though Loona’s creativity was present since childhood, she never thought to make a living from it. After she graduated from school, Loona started an apprenticeship as a nurse and worked as such until she and her husband decided to leave Germany for good. Loona’s artistic journey started several years ago when she needed a purse, nothing ordinary or from a retail store. She decided to make one herself.


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During her quest to figure it out, she came across leathercrafting and fell in love with it, deciding to learn the techniques and finesse of this craft on her own. Her love for natural materials, their durability, and the possibilities they offer to create beautiful and useful items, eventually led her to woodturning and resin casting, which is her new passion. When she bought her first lathe, Loona’s hobby turned into an endless pool of ideas. Once more, she was hooked. Learning by doing, she explored woodturning and what could be done with it. Loona likes to mix materials, like different types of wood, seed pots like pine cones, or even pasta or coffee beans. Mixing these materials allows her to create beautiful, unique, and useful items that cannot be found in normal stores. Whether hiking up in the Rocky Mountains with her husband or sitting in her garden, Loona takes her inspiration from nature and the beautiful environment in which she lives. What started as a hobby soon turned into a business. Loona sells her unique and beautiful items online and at local craft markets.


Featured artist Helen Rietz

American Painting artist Helen Rietz, raised in rural Michigan, is well-known for her richly detailed and intricate “old west” watercolor artwork. Although she dabbled in art as a child and enjoyed stage design in college, painting is Helen’s second career. After graduating from school and getting married, she spent years in California working for a global consulting firm. Helen always loved the open land and its wildlife. When she and her husband traveled through Africa, Latin America, India, and Australia, her dream of exploring the world became true.

Traveling brought her life to a turning point and to think over her fast-paced career. She and her husband decided then to uproot their lives and to move to the Intermountain West where the open spaces and natural beauty of the countryside gave her time and freedom to rediscover Art. Inspired by the history of her new home and the rugged independence of its people, she began to capture the images of this disappearing western life. Today, Helen’s home is in Helena, Montana, a former gold mining town.


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She and her husband spend long days, even weeks roaming the Western countryside. Old barns, homesteads, grain elevators, abandoned trucks and tractors, ghost towns and more are all inspiration for her work. Her subject matter is unique and unexplored by other artists, which results from her willingness to drive the rutted back roads and to get grimy climbing through crumbling buildings. At first, watercolor sounded like an easy medium to Helen but, when she took her first painting course, she discovered watercolor’s difficulty and its unforgiveness, especially true for realism. However, Helen enjoyed the feel of the paint as well as the vivid colors, so she stuck to it.

Over the years Helen has found two mentors who have been key to her success as an artist. The first one is Ian Roberts, a nationally-known artist and author who has helped her to achieve a strong sense of composition. The second artist is Alan Shuptrine, a realism watercolor painter who lives in Tennessee. Alan Shuptrine has helped Helen to understand where and how to create rich detail that sets her work apart, and they paint together as often as they can. Painting is Helen’s passion. It inspires her to get up every day before dawn to paint in her studio. After that, she loves saddling up and riding her wonderful Quarter Horse mare Daisy.

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Featured Artists by Gina Edition 19


This is my column in our b2zone magazine, where I feature artists which are members of the b2zone artwork collection group. We have so many various artists of great talents and skills, and I introduce them to you via this column. Stay tuned!


Featured artist Angelique van Meel

Angelique van Meel aka Angelique van Alebeek is a Dutch artist with a creative mind, passionate about leather craft and painting. As a science teaching instructor, she always used her creativity to build new lesson plans and to find solutions for the issues teaching presents. Her artistic career started in the year 2008 when she took a freeform painting class that unleashed a different creative side in her. The painting techniques she learned are the same she uses today in her leather craft projects, her painted stones, and other art projects. Angelique does not plan much of her painting but rather follows her intuition, allowing her artwork to take shape as she works on it, letting the painting to tell its own story like a fairytale. Traditional archery is another passion of Angelique.


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She had always wanted to learn how to shoot with a bow and in 2013 she fell in love with the sport after trying it during a vacation with her husband in the Czech Republic, a shared hobby of theirs ever since. The beauty and uniqueness of a handmade leather archery quiver she bought in 2015 intrigued Angelique so much that she decided to find out more about that kind of work. After taking a leather craft course and once she became familiar with the basics, she started her own projects to further her skills. While her first pieces were small like fobs or bracelets she now crafts a lot of commissioned archery equipment. Most of Angelique’s paintings are on stones and canvases but she has recently started to paint on feathers. Having also taken on writing, she is currently working on a book for young adults that she hopes to get published one day. Angelique describes her painting style as detailed, colorful, and influenced by animé. Always seeking for new ways to create, she often finds inspiration in the work of fellow crafters and artists, Anton de Wit being one of her favorites and a direct source of practical tips.



Featured artist Dianne Bettis

Dianne Bettis is a self-taught needle felting artist from London, England, who currently resides in Perth, Australia, with her husband and her beloved cat. Her father was a tailor and the owner of a grocery store while her mother worked as a croupier in a gambling club. Both her parents were born and bred in Stepney, East End of London, but Dianne spent much of her time in London where she worked as a PA for a Professor in Histopathology until 1991 when she moved with her husband to Perth. Dianne has relocated back to the UK a couple times but the Indian Ocean always drew her back “Down Under.” Never receiving any formal training, Dianne has always dabbled in painting, drawing, and textile art. In 2014, she stumbled upon needle felting whilst surfing the internet where she found a beautiful felt sculpture of a majestic eagle so unbelievably lifelike that she wondered how it could be made just from wool. She researched further and realized she could easily obtain a beginners needle felting hare kit and decided to give it a go.




That is how Dianne’s wonderful love affair with fiber art began. Online images of woodland or exotic creatures that she studies to understand their shape, skeleton, musculature, and pelt are Dianne’s main source of inspiration. For her creations, she first makes a wire armature onto which she gradually builds the layers of flesh, muscles, and fur, batting and roving with a single barbed felting needle. Dianne believes that anything can be created with wool fiber and she says that the craft takes her into other worlds as she works on her sculptures. She gives each of her creatures a unique and own personality that is visible in their eyes. There are also a few felt artists that Dianne admires (and from whom she takes inspiration) such as Sara Renzulli, Malachai K. Beesley, Yvonne Herbst, and Lindsey Tyson. Needle felting helps Dianne to relax and to escape the real world as she loses herself completely in this wonderful art form.

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Featured Artists by Gina Edition 18


This is my column in our b2zone magazine, where I feature artists which are members of the b2zone artwork collection group. We have so many various artists of great talents and skills, and I introduce them to you via this column. Stay tuned!


Featured artist Eleana Antonopoyloy

Eleana Antonopoyloy is a self-taught leather artisan from Athens, the capital of Greece. She had her first contact with leather while she was studying architecture in Crete, the largest of the Greek islands and one with a long history in leather crafting. There is a large number of leather crafters in Crete who produce various types of work with this ancient material. One day in 2009, Eleana was asked by a friend if she could make him a leather tobacco pouch because he was tired of the poor quality of the commercial ones. Never having done anything like this, Eleana felt rather insecure at first, wondering if she would be able to achieve the goal. Her friend mentioned that if Eleana was able to design buildings, she would also be able to create a tobacco pouch. Eleana accepted the challenge. This was her very first leather project, so she did not own any working equipment or had any knowledge about the craft.


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However, Eleana remembered being highly creative as a child, making her own toys out of paper and other materials she had at hand. It took her five months to gather all the required tools, materials, patterns, and tutorials. Eventually, after becoming familiar with it all, she finished her first tobacco pouch. The final result gave her much satisfaction and excitement, and it lit the flame to continue working with leather. Out of the spare material from her first project, Eleana created several other pouches that she gave to her friends as gifts. Eleana never took any classes nor did anyone show her how to work with leather. She found her very own way of crafting. Not too long after she crafted her new creations, Eleana discovered pyrography as a great way to decorate her work. It took her one year to learn about the different kinds of leather, to find suppliers, and to learn how to do pyrography on leather. Eleana uses soft, semi-vegetal tanned leather for her pouches and full vegetal tanned leather for other items. She finds her inspiration in nature and in her own emotions; working with leather always makes her happy and fulfilled. She loves to draw maps, animals, trees, portraits and manga characters. By giving her items a vintage look, Eleana makes them even more.


Featured artist Annika Persson

Annika Persson, born in 1972, is a Swedish painter from a small village called Staffanstorp. She grew up in a down-to-earth family of workers and farmers. Annika would draw and paint whenever she had the chance, even during lessons, often frustrating her schoolteachers. Drawing and painting were things she could trust; things at which she was always convinced to be good. Growing up, she wanted to become either a painter or a storyteller. Her family shook their heads in disbelief, wondering what the source of such silly and unrealistic ideas could be. They were of the mindset that she should get a proper job instead of chasing dreams. As life continued, her painting career aspirations were downgraded to just a hobby. Annika worked herself though many occupations: selling soft serve and handmade jewelry at the beach in Puerto Rico or the Canary Islands, running a boutique with her best friend, and working as a waitress and a care assistant. Four years ago, Annika moved back to Sweden and bought an old but pretty and quirky cottage, where she now lives.


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She works as a Transportation supervisor at present. Her vivid imagination and her nomadic spirit often have her wonder about the meaning of life, and about what happens before and after it. Looking for answers, she even spent five years studying religion and ancient Hebrew at the University of Lund. Life and a never-ending stream of fascinating dreams are her main sources of inspiration. Painting, the only constant throughout all the years of change, is a therapy for her soul as much as a way to process the challenging lessons in life. Annika has often been called a naïve artist and a surrealist painter by critiques, but sees herself as a symbolist. She admires Salvador Dalí and Marc Chagall, yet her style is completely different. She began with watercolors in her twenties, moved on to oils in her thirties, and to acrylics in her forties. Annika paints what she finds in her heart, which makes her feel relaxed, balanced, and happy. Her work has been exhibited in London, Florence, and Skanör. In April 2017, she published her first book “Stardust and precious grains of wisdom: paintings and poems.” Through her art, Annika wishes to tell stories. Her goal is to make those who view her artwork feel good, providing hope and reassurance to those who need it.

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Featured Artists by Gina Edition 17


This is my column in our b2zone magazine, where I feature artists which are members of the b2zone artwork collection group. We have so many various artists of great talents and skills, and I introduce them to you via this column. Stay tuned!


Featured artist Teresa Hoffman

American artist Teresa Hoffman considers the Dallas/Fort Worth area a wonderful place to find success. She was born in 1955 in Paola, Kansas, but her family moved to Texas when she was 8. Teresa has lived there ever since. After finishing high school at Richland High (in the Mid-Cities area) she attended Tarrant County Junior College to study industrial media. She then spent one year at the University of Texas at Arlington. Art courses were not part of Teresa’s formal education but she always liked to draw since her early childhood. Her mother was also an artist and she used to watch her work when she was little. Teresa entered the fulltime workforce in 1976 but became self-employed 15 years later, providing advertising and illustration services in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to clients such as Pier One Imports, GTE Place, the Caravan of Dreams Performing Arts Center, the American Paint Horse Association, KTXA and KERA Television and the Texas Times newspaper. The entertainment column she wrote from 1984 to 1993 gave Teresa the opportunity to interview and photograph many talented people.


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In 1999, she started working fulltime for the advertising department of Tandy Leather where she remained for the next 17 years. On top of her advertising and illustration skills, Teresa is talented in the fine arts. She works in her home art studio creating paintings, drawings and collages to which she applies many different techniques and materials. The vast versatility of materials available to her is something she greatly enjoys. Pen and ink, pencil, graphite dust, oil pastels, oil paints and acrylics are some of the media she incorporates into the different styles of her artwork. She uses cold press watercolor board as well as Bristol board and hot press smooth board for wet and dry media. Teresa’s artistic skills are primarily self-taught but she has had some mentors like Don Ivan Punchatz, leather craft master Jim Linnell and her friend Charlie Jenks. Her sources of inspiration are Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, Dalí, Georgia O’Keefe as well as golden age illustrators Dulac, Rackham, Kay Nielsen, Patrick Woodruffe, Kit Williams and William Heath Robinson. Another important source of inspiration for Teresa has always been her brother Chris, who is an Adobe Illustrator genius.


The featured artist Mark Noble

Mark Noble is an artist from Hampshire, England. He moved to Somerset county in 1970 where he still resides. Even though artistry did not run in his family, Mark has spent his entire life drawing and painting. He began to take art seriously during college, where his talent was made evident by an art teacher who said that there was not so much he could teach him. During his thirties, Mark got busy with normal life and set his painting equipment aside for a couple of years. He picked it back up in 2001 and has been painting ever since. After realizing that his whole artistic path had been self-taught he decided to study fine arts at the University of Bath, remaining there from 2006 until 2009. The array of paints Mark uses includes oil, acrylics and watercolor. He uses anything from knives, paint brushes, shaving brushes and toothbrushes to his own fingers and hands to apply the paint to the canvas.





Mark doesn’t work in a fancy studio but creates most of his artwork at his kitchen table. He occasionally uses an easel when painting in the outdoors. Many of Mark’s paintings are inspired by the works of Turner, F. Edwin Church and Monet. What Mark so much admires about these artists is the way light is captured in their paintings. Another important source of inspiration for Mark is water, as the basis of all beings. Mark grew up by the sea, often watching the storms and the raging water coming in. This is one of his favorite themes and he includes it in many of his landscape paintings to remind people of their roots and the beauty around them. Mark has recently discovered abstract painting, an addition to his artistic skills and a different way of expressing himself and his love for nature. Mark has exhibited his work in the U.K. and other European countries. He is currently setting up a teaching program where he offers painting classes for beginning and advanced artists who wish to follow the same dream he once followed: the dream of becoming an artist.

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Featured Artists by Gina Edition 16


This is my column in our b2zone magazine, where I feature artists which are members of the b2zone artwork collection group. We have so many various artists of great talents and skills, and I introduce them to you via this column. Stay tuned!



Featured artist Rose Lewandowski

Rose Lewandowski is a versatile painting and pottery artist born in Taylor, a city in the U.S. Both her mother and grandmother were fine art artists so Rose started creating very early on. She began with wats a small child but expanded to acrylics, oils and pastels as she grew up. In 1973, she also started doing pottery. Rose remembers how she always loved to feel the clay in her hands as a young girl. Her family lived in an area that had large grey clay deposits that she used to dig out to make things. When Rose got the chance to make real pottery in 1973 it felt like home. Two years later, at the age of 16, she attended her first pottery show and has made hundreds of bowls, vases and sculptures since then. Nowadays Rose is well-known in her area for her ceramics. During the last couple of months, she has been working with acrylics, creating many new pieces while her new ceramic studio got finished.


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She could hardly wait to get her hands in that clay again and make pottery. Rose lives surrounded by beautiful nature in the country side at a lake in the Irish Hills area. That is where she gets her inspiration for all her art. She is a great admirer of Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo. Frida Kahlo’s works and her tenacity and will to create fueled Rose in times of low spirit. Her creations pile up when the muse inspires her. She has participated in countless shows and has also curated several of them to promote new artists. Giving upcoming artists a platform to step up is an important and special task for Rose. She has worked at the “Empty Bowl” community in the past and has the future aspiration to create 50 small bowls as a fundraiser to feed the hungry. Rose donates some of her pieces to be auctioned for several charities. Her firm belief is that all art comes from the heart and soul of the artist and that “the only way to grow as an artist is to create and share the gift you were given.”


Featured artist Kallie Venter

Kallie Venter (Carel Francois Venter) is a South African leather artisan. He was born in Pretoria but now resides in Centurion, a town in the province of Gauteng. Creativity has always been a part of him and, as a child, he already loved making things. His favorite subjects in primary school were art and woodworking. When he started high school, it was in woodworking class where he felt “at home and alive.” His father used to do leatherwork but had to put it aside due to life circumstances. He kept his tools and a few supplies so Kallie could start to play around with them. Kallie was then a teenager who didn’t know what he was doing. Nevertheless, after his exams on his first year of high school he finished handcrafting his first handmade leather bag made from scraps he gathered at a local upholstery shop. His family moved to a town called Brits a year later where Kallie worked with his dad in a small business but he also wanted to find leather and supplies again to pick leatherwork back up. It wasn’t easy then without internet access so starting again had to be put off for a few more years. After Kallie met his wife he started working as a wireless technician and internet service provider.




This allowed him to finally search for a place where he could buy his first piece of natural vegetable tanned leather to make his own belts. He had been saving up money and, in 2013, he took a day off and went with his dad to get the things he needed to get started. Kallie had always been fascinated by the work done on horse saddles and western holsters so he told his wife that one day he would make something like that too. Adequate tools were very expensive. Kallie played around and made basic things for people with whom he had worked. Some people he knew even paid for what he made. That was very helpful to gather more supplies to pursue leatherwork the way he had dreamed. In 2015, after he had started making holsters, leather suspenders, bottle covers and more, he decided to leave his job and pursue leatherwork full time. Kallie continues to learn on his own from the books of Al Stohlman. But he also learns from artists he follows on social media like Peter Main, Jim Linell and Gina Adam. Wildlife and hunting, as well as horses and cowboys, are themes on which he loves to base his work because they represent his family culture. Kallie always strives to deliver high quality work. His greatest satisfaction and highest reward is always a happy customer.

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Featured Artists by Gina Edition 15


This is my column in our b2zone magazine, where I feature artists which are members of the b2zone artwork collection group. We have so many various artists of great talents and skills, and I introduce them to you via this column. Stay tuned!



Featured artist Ana Alves

Ana Alves is a self-taught female pyrography artist from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, where she lived until she was 29 years old. After she got married, Ana moved to the city of Cacém in the district of Sintra where she currently lives with her husband and her daughter. Ana has always loved art and enjoyed drawing and crafting, she used to make dolls and paper clothes as a child to play with. She studied at the António Arroio School of Art because she wanted to be an architect. Due to life circumstances, she eventually gave up her studies and got a job. Ana worked in administration in the construction industry for 16 years but eventually became unemployed when the company was hit by the Portuguese crisis and closed down. She always needed to do something to put her hands to work and started crafting jewelry that she sold to family and friends. This kind of craft didn’t satisfy her demands so she and her husband started browsing the internet for other ideas. It was her husband who suggested her to try pyrography.


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Ana bought a very basic device and started exploring the art of pyrography on wooden boxes. Her first attempts weren’t good but Ana realized very quickly that the more she practiced pyrography the better she got. After one year of working with the basic device she finally decided to buy a professional pyrographer which brought even more improvement to her art. For Ana wood is a special canvas because the same design may come out differently on different types of wood. Some types of wood are easier while others are trickier. It takes knowledge to control the temperature of the pyrographer correctly according to the type of wood being used. Woods with too much resin can be tricky because burning on top of the resin can easily ruin the whole artwork. As a self-taught artist Ana had to learn the art of pyrography through trial and error and a lot of practice to perfect her skills. Her husband Paulo is always a great support and a constructive critic. Although their crafts are different, they work as a team supporting and helping each other. Ana gets her inspiration for her art from ancestral cultures like the Celtics, Vikings, Anglo Saxons and the medieval cultures. She loves historical figures and, since Portugal has a lot of that kind of history, it is another great source of inspiration. In the year 2015 Ana and her husband started attending medieval fairs on a regular basis and they ended up attending dozens of them throughout the year, exhibiting and selling their work.


Featured artist Paulo Alves

Paulo Alves is a leather artisan born in Lisbon, Portugal. He now lives in Sintra, Agualva. As a child Paulo was already artistic and he always enjoyed art in its various representations. He enjoys drawing, sculpting on wood and working with metals. Between the years of 2006 and 2008 he worked as a tattooist, which enabled him to practice his drawing skills. His efforts go more towards working with leather these days and he only occasionally implements some hand-carved wooden accessories in his leather items. When Paulo’s wife became unemployed necessity fueled his dedication to do leatherwork. He had created smaller leather items before like coin purses, bracelets, cuffs or belts but they were all rather simple (with no artistic decorations or carvings). After Paulo did some research he realized that in the markets and medieval fairs where he used to sell his simple leather items there was no offer of carved and decorated leather products.

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All the leather goods were rather plain just like those Paulo offered before. This encouraged him to learn more about leather and what could be done with it. He wanted to make something beyond what he had made so far, something different from what most people in his country were used to see. The journey into more intricate leatherwork was taken by Paulo on his own because there wasn’t anyone he could turn to for instruction. It might have been easier for Paulo to have a mentor but he is still grateful for the journey he has taken alone. The absence of a teacher or mentor actually allowed Paulo to explore more options and ways to accomplish his objectives. He had to learn from his own mistakes and this made him grow as an artist. Each new item he creates teaches him more of this craft. Most of Paulo’s works are inspired by the ancient Celts, Vikings and Anglo-Saxon tribes but he also focusses on other themes. Paulo likes to explore and try out new things and if customers ask him to make something different or something he has never done before he considers it a great pleasure.

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Featured Artists by Gina Edition 14


This is my column in our b2zone magazine, where I feature artists which are members of the b2zone artwork collection group. We have so many various artists of great talents and skills, and I introduce them to you via this column. Stay tuned!


Featured artist Christine Onward

Painting artist Christine Onward was born and raised in Romania where she lived and worked most of her life. She recently settled in Australia because she loves the challenges of a transition into a new culture with its different lifestyle and everyday experiences. Christine’s life career has been that of an English teacher. While studying for her second post-graduate degree in Psychology two years ago she realized that creating art was a good stress reliever that made her feel much better. With that in mind she developed the “Choose Stunning” project which attempted to create awareness about the benefits of getting involved in art or art creation. Her focus was on coaching simple mindfulness exercises while having fun and painting rocks. She encouraged the use of bright colors, simple patterns and any style that came natural to her and her media friends. Eventually Christine grouped most of her art adventures under the generic name “The Stunner Boutique,” a media brand with collections of her rock and canvas paintings, driftwood sculptures and pottery. It has never occurred to Christine to think that she is an artist. She sees herself as a girl who paints on her living room table while pushing her soup bowl just far away enough to not wash the brushes in it. Her firm belief is that anyone can be an artist in their very own way and with their very own style without necessarily holding an art degree.


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Christine is an advocate of art as therapy and she believes that, just like it feels right to her, it will feel right to others too. Her inspiration comes from social media such as Instagram and Pinterest. She continuously searches for representations that can inspire positive deeds, alleviate low moods or stress and, in general, promote wellbeing. Sometimes she discovers fabulous paintings which she tries to transport or accommodate to the shape, structure or disposition of the rock she wants to paint. She is convinced that as long as a concept pleases it should be given a try. Some of her painted rock collections such as “Ceylon”, “Blue” and “Summer Dream” are her original attempts to create different styles of art on rocks. Christine also paints on canvas and these paintings encompass some folk trends shared by the native or folk art that she shows in her “Quilt” collection. The joyful moods and colors of this style fascinate her so she is highly committed to work hard on her collection with the goal to open her first exhibition by the end of this year. Nevertheless, painting on rocks is the most fulfilling and beloved experience for Christine. Each stone has a long history of enduring the power of waves, whirling winds and the roughness of sand that has shaped them and given them their individual personality. She deals with that with great respect every time she chooses a rock for painting. Christine believes that her bright, cheerful and challenging colors will remain the same in all her future projects and any new styles she might develop in her art. “Art can make a difference, if not to us, to others for sure. Just give it a try.”


Featured artist Bill Wright

Bill Wright is a wood carving artist from Ohio who holds a degree in political science from Indiana University and whose professional career had nothing to do with his dormant artistic skills. For many years Bill’s entire family enjoyed vacationing in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. In addition to the breathtaking scenery, the entire surrounding area was always populated with all kinds of craftsmen. There was one craftsman, a wood carver, whose work Bill particularly enjoyed and from whom he bought several walking sticks which all had a wood spirit carved on them. Bill eventually started to buy plain wooden walking sticks to take them down to the craftsmen place in the National Park and request specific motifs carved on them. He envied those craftsmen and their skills and thought that carving wood might be something he would like to do himself but felt intimidated by it. He had never worked with any of those tools before and was afraid he would end up seriously injuring himself with a sharp knife. It wasn’t until after Bill retired when he decided to give it a go.


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Ten years ago he found and joined a group that met twice a week to carve. From the three basic types of carving (carving in the round, chip carving and relief carving) Bill gravitated towards relief carving, which is what he does today. Once Bill saw that using this technique enabled him to create work outside of the traditional style he started to finish several pieces. He realized that practicing to get better in his craft was crucial and eventually got to the point where he had no unfinished pieces set aside. One of the main reasons Bill likes relief carving is that as soon as he gets an idea he can start working on it within minutes and with no need to have a pattern cut out on a band saw as required when carving in the round. This started about five years ago, which is the amount of years Bill states to have been carving seriously (although he made many attempts earlier). The entire process has increased Bill’s confidence, something he considers a vital element of success. When Bill first started this craft he was told that a woodcarver could never have too many tools. After carving for a while Bill understood the truth of that statement. Bill no longer works exclusively with one tool. He mostly uses hand tools but will occasionally do some power carving, all on the same piece. What Bill enjoys the most is that in each work he can create some sort of optical illusion. The carving should trick the viewer’s eye into seeing things that are not actually there, like a great depth which might not even be real.

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Featured Artists by Gina Edition 13


This is my column in our b2zone magazine, where I feature artists which are members of the b2zone artwork collection group. We have so many various artists of great talents and skills, and I introduce them to you via this column. Stay tuned!


Featured artist Kim Holowatiuk

Kim Holowatiuk is a beadwork, leather and metal artist from Canada. She was born and raised in Calgary, a big city in the province Alberta in Western Canada and today she resides in the Caresland area on a small acreage together with her husband. One of Kim’s grandmothers taught her all sorts of handicrafts including sewing and quilting. Her other grandmother crafted beaded flowers and Kim was always so fascinated by these creations that she picked up the craft and has been doing for 32 years now. In 2009 Kim needed some supplies and while looking for them she stumbled upon a local Tandy Leather Co. She purchased a membership there and found out that it also granted her free classes in leatherwork. She decided to give it a try and got hooked right away. After following the leatherworking path for quite some time Kim was encouraged by a Facebook friend to start beading again. Ever since, Kim has been enjoying incorporating her bead work into her leather projects and she loves to collaborate with fellow leatherworkers.


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In the year 2016 Kim added metal work to her pallet of crafts. She took some silver smithing classes and set up her own home studio where she works on pieces that incorporate all three materials, metal, beads and leather. Kim works as a full-time medical transcriptionist so it is sometimes really challenging to find the time she needs to keep up with all her ideas. Kim’s mentor is a local saddle maker who has been helping her with her leather carving skills along with metal smithing and the business end of things. This mentorship includes insights into the history of it all. Kim is the only certified Canadian instructor for Mirrix loom and a beadwork online instructor through Learn Leather classes. She won first place in the Springfield Leather Bronc Band competition in the year 2014 and in 2015 she received second place in the International Federation of Leather Guilds Advance Partnership Division. Kim constantly strives to learn more about her crafts. She likes to incorporate traditional beading techniques in lesser traditional ways to be innovative and unique. Kim always tries to think out of the box in order to offer additional value to her customers through something new and exciting. Kim’s favorite life quote is “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” by Thomas A. Edison.


Featured artist Sherry Brown

Sherry Brown is a multi-facetted and completely self-taught American artist. She grew up in the state of Montana U.S. but has resided in Wisconsin for the past 25 years. Sherry has always loved creating. As a child she would create art through experimentation with any materials she could find, including the natural dyes in berries, leaves, roots and ash. She also used different clays and stones for making her own sculptures and carvings. Her parents not only encouraged and supported Sherry in her art, they also taught her the ability to see art in everything and everywhere she was. During her childhood Sherry was intensely inspired by western artist Charles M. Russell and she always wanted to be a great artist like him. The schools that Sherry attended kept her projects and art assignments going and Sherry and her parents discovered later that her projects were put on display to the public after she had left school. After high school she wanted to explore the country and visit the beautiful places she had only heard about or seen in pictures of. She never felt the desire to go to art school. For her there was no better way to study art than to experience life and the world that surrounded her.


Sherry Brown


Sherry has always been an adventurous person. While travelling the country as a young lady she absorbed in everything she saw or felt and incorporated it into her artwork. She funded her travels with whatever jobs she could find and by selling a few of her creations she made along the way. Sherry deeply loves the outdoors and wildlife. Since childhood she has was always been charmed by the song made by animals during the mating season and she has a great admiration for turkeys. Sherry always wanted to make her own turkey calls. In early 2016 while she was in the process of figuring out how to make them she was approached by a call maker asking if she would be interested in painting a few calls. Of course Sherry agreed and she now works with three call makers, turning their turkey calls into tiny pieces of art. Sherry doesn’t make any calls herself so far but she plans to create her own artistic versions of turkey calls in the near future, while continuing to work with her call makers. Practicing her art fills every one of her days and she truly loves what she does, often finding herself completely lost in time just to watch the awakening of the new day. The main art forms Sherry practices to date are painting, graphite drawing, pyrography and carving but her favorite form of art is actually sculpting. Sherry loves lost-wax sculpture and eventually hopes to be able to create a couple of bronze sculptures herself. Sherry’s ideas for future art projects entails a life-size sculpture of a tom turkey in full strut with his hen and the same life-size motif in a detailed painted picture, both artworks mirroring each other. “To me art is much more than just a brush or a pencil, it’s a part of who you are. With every piece you create, a part of your heart and soul is shared.”

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Featured Artists by Gina Edition 12


This is my column in our b2zone magazine, where I feature artists which are members of the b2zone artwork collection group. We have so many various artists of great talents and skills, and I introduce them to you via this column. Stay tuned!


Featured artist Trish Gallatin

Patricia “Trish” Gallatin is a leather artisan from Monroeville, a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Trish grew up with five sisters and with her mother in a three bedroom house. Often as a child she would go wandering through the forests close by to escape all the constant chaos at home. She would just sit for hours watching the wildlife and letting her imagination fly.Trish’s mother, an acrylic painting artist, encouraged her daughter’s creativity in various forms from drawing and painting to paper making, woodcarving, working with clay, jewelry making or even building things from scrap items lying around. Trish got married at the age of 23 and had a son. Once her marriage ended she took fencing and sword fighting lessons with her best friend who later became her second husband. After they attended their first Renaissance festival they realized that since they could fight like Musketeers they should also have matching clothes and equipment. Trish’s husband, Shannon, took some leather working lessons at Tandy’s to gain knowledge on how to make their own gear and it was not long before he also started making items for friends. After one year Trish had her husband teach her how to work with leather.



Trish Gallatin


She was overwhelmed with what could be done with leather and that she could even combine it with some of her other artistic talents. At this time, Trish and her husband worked full-time jobs and it was quite a challenge to get things made in their rare free time. Eventually, as her life circumstances changed in 2012, Trish decided to do leather work full-time which she does still today taking care of custom orders and creating all the items for the shows and fairs she attends with her husband. Trish is a lover of Science fiction as well as fantasy films and books from which she gets a lot of her inspiration. Her fascination for Gothic and Victorian architecture made her fall in love with the steampunk genre and designs which she beautifully merges into her leather items. Trish loves seeing the images come to life through her tools. A maiden piece of tooled leather without color reminds her of a beautiful piece of architecture. Nonetheless, the artist in her wants to see it pop out through the right application of matching colors. Even after twelve years of working with leather Trish still sees herself as an amateur, always learning and exploring on her way. She is grateful for the help, inspiration and idea-sharing she receives from the internet and from the leather groups she has joined in the past. Trish could never imagine doing anything else as a job but leatherwork.


Fearured artist Adrian Bell

Leather artist Adrian Bell was born in the U.K. in 1958 and has resided in Australia for 51 years. Adrian and his family operate a 100 cow dairy farm in Tallygaroopna, in the state of Victoria. In the early 80s when Adrian’s passion was showing cattle he began making leather halters and leads on the side. He also tooled a handful of belts, wallets and bags. After a while this grew to the point where Adrian had to choose between working with live cattle or with their hide and time showed the wrong choice had been made. For over 30 years his leather tools sat in a box and he never gave them a second thought. Then, one day five years ago, while surfing the internet for something totally unrelated to leather, he stumbled across the work of David Nelson and the spark was reignited. Besides contributing to the operations of the dairy farm Adrian also works a 40-hour weekly nightshift.


Adrian Bell


So his only real opportunity to do leather work is in the wee hours of the weekends but he still dreams about pursuing the craft full-time one day. Adrian doesn’t have any personal mentors as such. While he would really appreciate having somebody taking him under his wing he has always felt intimidated to ask somebody with greater leather-working ability for help and advice. Adrian gets inspiration for his work from all forms of realism art as well as from the usual suspects in the leather world. If he had to single out a couple of them it would be leather artists Tracy Mayes and Atsushi Kitazaki. Adrian is a big fan of well-done Sheridan-style carving but has yet to get his head around its execution. His style has developed towards the use of colorful motifs of Australian flora and fauna. He particularly enjoys it when a project lends itself to include embossing to create a nice three-dimensional effect. While many purists feel that leather should be left with its natural color (or at the least be antiqued) Adrian feels “torn between being a leather smith and a painter” and is constantly developing his skills to combine both.

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This is my column in our b2zone magazine, where I feature artists which are members of the b2zone artwork collection group. We have so many various artists of great talents and skills, and I introduce them to you via this column. Stay tuned!


Featured artist Terry Diveley

Terry Diveley is a talented leather artist from the Midwest of the United States who lives near St. Louis, Missouri and who is known in the leather world for his beautifully colored pictorial carving. He has loved drawing and coloring since childhood and would always practice when he was ill and had to stay indoors. In 1967 he got his first taste of leather working in high school where he took a basic leather class choosing pictorial carving and completing four pictures.

After high school he had to put his leather art aside and started a career as a pipe welder which he followed for 42 years. Terry also taught welding at the community college level and sees welding as an art form in and of itself. Once he retired from his welding career in 2008 he wanted to get back in touch with his love for leather work. He jumped right back into doing leather pictures and joined the Gateway Leather Guild in St. Louis and also began competing in the IFoLG (International Federation of Leather Guilds) achieving the Master Level in 2015.


Terry Dively


Silva Fox was Terry’s first mentor; her leather art inspired him a lot. She was also the one who encouraged Terry to join a leather Guild and compete. Terry met his friend Galo Garcia at the Guild as well as Roz Kaohn who encouraged him to think outside the box. He met many other well-known artists along the way with whom he established friendships such as Bob Beard, Kathy Flanagan and Consuelo Glemby to mention a few. He feels like all of them have been a mentor to him in some way.

Every day is a practice day for Terry because his goal is to always improve his skills and techniques so he spends at least 8 hours a day in his studio. He loves bringing a dimensional picture to life from a flat piece of leather. His inspiration sources are nature, flowers, wildlife and the beauty of the world around us. Using primarily dyes and a few acrylic colors he adds further dimensions to his pictures. Most of his labor goes into making leather frames to make his pictures more personal and detailed. His goal is to create a truly unique piece of art that will bring joy to people.

Terry’s work is currently on display at the Vondell Art Gallery in Wood River, Illinois.



Featured artist BJ Talor Canoutas

BJ Talor Canoutas is an American artist and author from Wilmington, North Carolina U.S. Her art and writing career developed early on. She was a young girl with a zealous imagination who would draw in the sand and anywhere else as she made up stories for herself to pass the time. Art played such an important role in her life that after high school BJ chose to study art at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, California.

Her art is so connected to her that through each line she draws or paints BJ describes a precious moment in her life. For her the interplay with materials is a visual diary of her life experience and her contemplative journey. BJ finds implied answers to the nature of art itself in the quiet pursuit of her exploration of life through her art. These explorations of the boundaries between life and art have allowed her to move from conventional painting methods into experimental materials. BJ interest is more towards the spirit of art than to the style of art. It is during the processes of drawing, layering and watching where she immerses herself in what she is creating.


BJ Talor


She sees her art as an ever present and challenging balancing act between quality control, compulsive thoughts, dreaming, construction, movement, fullness and emptiness. Her art has been described as inventive, caustic and provocative. She especially enjoys incorporating the use of gold leaf in her latest works. BJ derives inspiration from artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dali, Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso. She sees these great artists as her mentors.

BJ is a member of several art Associations such as The National Association of Women Artists, Artavita, Wilmington Art Association, Allied artists of America Inc., Colors of Humanity, Artworks Fine Gallery, Saatchi Art Gallery and Blue Moon Gallery. Her artwork has been featured at these galleries and Associations.

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Featured artist Nick Finocchio

Nick Finocchio is a scrimshaw artist from the south shore of Massachusetts, U.S. After a vacation to the island of Nantucket and a trip to the whaling museum in 1980 he was inspired to give the art of scrimshaw a try. Nick dabbled in it for two years, but eventually left it aside for many years due to life’s changes.

Nick has always enjoyed creating something from nothing. His creative process usually starts with a quick thought. For example, seeing a twisted branch could remind him of a song, a person or an experience. A smell, a memory or the lyrics of a song can be the source of inspiration to create a work of art. Nick describes it as a fusion of thoughts, a combination of things he thinks about that usually gets him excited to create something new. Nick becomes completely involved when working on a project and he hardly ever stops until he sees his artwork completed.


Nick Finocchio


His return to scrimshaw happened in 2010 while he was looking for employment on craigslist in the CAD disciplines where he saw an ad for a scrimshaw artist. This made him pick it up again and has been back at “scratching things out” ever since. His mentors were Bob Hergert, Ron Luebke and Katherine Plumer.

The first piece he did in 2010 was a dragon that he created using a sewing needle. As time went by Nick discovered more and more that scrimshaw was like meditation to him. The materials he likes to use the most are mammoth and water buffalo horn and bone, which he also uses to create beautiful carvings. Nevertheless, Nick enjoys every medium with all their advantages and disadvantages and which he turns into his beautiful pieces of art.


Featured artist Paul Schleicher

Paul Schleicher is a leather artist from Kansas City. Before he started working with leather he was a hospice and home-health nurse for almost 20 years. He was also developing successful solutions for homecare as a business. When his business partner suddenly passed Paul retired from healthcare and enrolled back in school to change professions and to expand his knowledge beyond healthcare. He wanted to become well versed and well rounded. In his mid-life Paul felt rejuvenated, vibrant and vivacious. He wanted to learn, build and construct as it was important for him to leave a legacy with deep purpose and meaning. The same purpose and meaning as nursing but in a different environment. He got introduced to leatherwork in the spring of 2016 by Filipe Arellano and Greg Connor. Watching them build an ostrich patch purse with tooled accents got Paul hooked immediately.


Paul Schleicher



For him it was the most beautiful constructed artwork he had ever seen and he was astonished by what could be created from bland pieces of flat leather. Filipe and Greg taught him leather tooling and assembling and pretty soon Paul could fabricate a great variety of leather goods himself. Since then, Paul has watched a myriad of leather-crafting videos on YouTube and devoured information on the topic from the Leather Crafters Journal, which features all the great and well-known leather crafters and leather artists. Paul is grateful for leather artist Gina Adam who has encouraged him to search deeper within himself to verily explore his love and passion for leather crafting. He anticipates building relationships and performing works of art in the future. But more importantly Paul is looking forward to passing his experiences on to his fellow students. He wants to create an internship program for students to learn and grow because he thinks it is very important to give back to the community.

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Featured artist Joy Sturgess (London U.K.)

Joy Sturgess is a female mosaic artist from the United Kingdom. She was born and raised in the Midlands and resides now in West London. Joy was born into a working class family. Her Dad used to work on the production line in a car factory but was a painting artist in his leisure time. As a child Joy used to sit in front of him to admire his work, she actually thought everyone’s daddy was an artist too. In her younger days Joy wrote stories and poems and she thought that writing was her destiny. She also painted pictures at times but she never took her art seriously. Years later, while she lived on the island of Lesbos in Greece, she became inspired by the remains of a Roman mosaic and fell in love with this art form. She started making mixed media mosaics to put them up for sale, learning the craft by working with women artisans in a craft cooperative. After returning to England she volunteered at South Banks Mosaics, a studio which combines community access with high quality fine mosaic art, where she trained with mosaic artists Jo Thorpe and Maria Palmieri. It was also there where she discovered the Roman-style mosaic work done by Tessa Hunkin.


Joy Sturgess


Joy became self-employed in the year 2014. She went on to fulfill private commissions but found it even more satisfying to collaborate in community projects in her own West London area with artists Sue Edkins and Susie John. Joy gets very inspired by being in a creative cluster with other artists because she loves what can be achieved by sharing skills and knowledge. In her artwork Joy likes natural forms and organic shapes. It is especially the human form and face that inspires her and she highly enjoys creating mosaics based on male and female deities. Joy works with traditional materials such as smalti, glass and ceramic tesserae, as well as natural stones, broken pottery and other objects she finds. Just recently she exhibited a piece called “Footprints” which includes modern materials along with old pottery, bone and metal taken from the river Thames. “Footprints” is the featured photograph and it is intended as a reflection on human interaction with natural matter.


Featured artist Wilson Orozco (New Jersey U.S.)

Wilson Orozco is a self-taught artisan from Lakewood, New Jersey who comes from a line of artisans such as his accomplished saddle maker grandfather. As a child Wilson took apart any object within his reach just to see end explore how it worked. If things didn’t come apart easily he would figure a way to break them just to see what was inside. It was obvious that Wilson had an affinity for breaking and investigating things so it was only natural that he gravitated towards the classical arts of engineering. However, this time around it was about learning how to make things that would not break like bridges, buildings or even propellers that don’t fall of the plane. Wilson’s early years of deconstructing things were his training for his occupation and, at a certain stage of his life, his avocation.


Wilson Orozco


Engineering has also taught Wilson the skills of computer aided design. Using the acquired skills he developed ideas that could incorporate leather and, soon after, the idea for his first leather design came into being. Wilson modeled several gears, a mounting plate and a pressure gauge to the leather to create a steam punk book cover. Even though the result of his first leather project did not live up to his expectations it still taught him the basics of sewing leather and gave him an understanding of the versatility of this material. Once Wilson’s confidence boosted he decided to post pictures of his designs online. The positive and constructive feedback of other artists encouraged him to develop and create even more. Wilson told us that he gets the inspiration for his projects from classical books and studying nature but, most importantly, from his heavenly father.

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Featured artist Jeff Burr Garetson

Jeff Burr Garetson is an artisan born and raised in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, U.S. He has always loved anything artistic and growing up in the Teton Mountains he liked to use his environment to create. His mother was a lover and collector of Native American Indian art and artisan work. When she was a young girl the old Indians would give her things because they knew she appreciated them so Jeff got also intrigued by Native American Indians at a very young age.

Growing up in the mountains he used to imagine how they lived and how they made the things they needed using just their hands and only using materials provided by Mother Nature. Jeff was drawn to ancient arts such as scrimshaw and flint knapping because he could create things using items from nature. He was fortunate in today’s world to have a scrimshaw teacher in the 7th grade and has been practicing this dot-art form ever since. But he has also been a flint knapper for 23 years now.


Jeff Burr Geretson


After high school Jeff became a commercial artist. As a mountaineer in Wyoming he worked as a fishing guide and taught the Stone Age in schools for about 15 years. He is still teaching survival skills and primitive weapon making to children and continues to be a bowyer and an Atlatl practitioner. Jeff does not only create native art, he lives it. He is a real Wyoming Cowboy of five generations where cattle is still moved as it was done over 150 years ago.

Doing flint work, creating beautiful knife blades and arrow heads is Jeff’s favorite artisan work. “Because it’s raw, to bleed and sweat in order to create a beautiful blade without modern amenities is a high for me. I’ve always leaned towards primitive art forms. I like to feel the connection to my ancestors in what I do. I try to use what the land gives me and this allows my work to represent my life in the mountains of Wyoming.” Jeff has had many mentors over the years, some of them thousands of years old. He feels he can never learn enough to be satisfied.


Featured artist Felicity McNamara

Felicity is a female leather artisan from Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, South Africa. She lives on a farm where she and her husband raise Bonsmara cattle on a 1000 hectare farmland surrounded by many other animals she owns like horses, dogs and cats as well as an abundance of wildlife on her doorstep. When she looks out the window of her leather workshop she overlooks a beautiful valley covered in natural bush where kudus, impalas, bushbucks, warthogs and a variety of other small buck species are her neighbors and the call of the fish eagle is often the only sound she hears.
Horses and leather are Felicity’s first love. She got her first pony at the age of 10 and insisted to keep her saddle and bridle in her bedroom because she loved the smell of leather so much. At the age of 15 Felicity bought her first leather craft starter kit since she wanted to make herself a western bridle for her pony. That was to be the start of a life-long addiction. She bought every Al Stohlman book she could find and is convinced that her love for doing her leather craft properly evolved from those books.



Felicity belonged to a Leather Guild in Bloemfontein in the 1980’s and had a lot of fun meeting and sharing ideas with fellow leatherworkers, holding little exhibitions and competitions. She made a lot of smaller items like wallets, purses and belts back then and displayed and sold them at a monthly “Art in the Park” Venue. Eventually, life took over and between raising a family and working full-time her leather craft took a distant back seat for many years until her life schedule allowed it to rise again. Felicity has made all sorts of beautiful and unique items over the past years like purses, belts, handbags etc., many of them inspired by the environment and beautiful nature that surrounds her.
She recently discovered the joy of creating her own designs and driven by the desire to create unique, attractive and functional items she even “often forgets to eat, sleep or feed her husband” once she focuses on a new leather job. She is very passionate about what she does and tries to improve with every beautiful item she makes. The highest honor for Felicity is her customers’ appreciation for her work and she is also grateful for her family’s input, tolerance and enthusiasm when they are subjected to examine and criticize her efforts.

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Featured artist Sylvia Pozeg

Sylvia Pozeg is an artist from southern Ontario, Canada. Most of her earliest memories involve the creative arts, from countless drawings and homemade gifts, recording audio tapes with cousins, to decorating her room and anything else she could get her hands on. Her childhood creativity was fostered by her family’s colorful Croatian heritage and the abundant time she spent in nature. She was surrounded by music and participated in dance groups for many years. The beaches of Georgian Bay opened up her world just as the forests near her home became a wondrous playground. She wrote poetry lying on her back watching the clouds roll by and learned at an early age that these reflective moments would always be there to find solace in. Sylvia credits supportive family members and several art teachers over the years for the encouragement to keep on her artistic path. Her local secondary school has a renowned vocational art program, Bealart, which introduced her to many artistic disciplines. She focused on painting and ceramics, although she enjoyed textiles and photography as well. By the age of seventeen Sylvia began exhibiting and selling her work. After inspiring road trips across Canada and the United States she completed a Fine Arts college program and began specializing in portraiture and murals as well as working with community art galleries to foster the arts across age groups and cultures.


Sylvia Pozeg


Sylvia’s favorite artists include Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic and Canadian Northwest Coast artist Emily Carr. Workshops with multi-talented Celtic artist David Rankine were also a strong influence on her sense of design and color but she treasures many other artists, painters as well as musicians. In addition to music, she finds inspiration in the faithful turning of the seasons and the living library of nature. Primarily a painter and poet, Sylvia’s work holds both a reverence for the healing journey and a spirit of celebration. Her illustrations are created with multiple drawing mediums and she enjoys working with natural materials as well as the digital realm. Her favorite creative moments are seeing these diverse disciplines cross paths to create a new wild beauty. In her images she seeks to nurture an enduring love and respect for women and nature. Music is a constant companion and dance continues to enhance her life. Sylvia is working on a series of poetry booklets by local writers and is deeply encouraged by the determination of her peers to continue their creative work throughout all the challenges life can present. She admires kindness and compassion, courage and vision.


Featured artist Michael Dale

Michael Dale is a leather artist from Wisconsin, U.S. who now resides in Rhodes, an Island in Greece.

He has not always been a leather worker even though he has always admired people’s ability to create things. Mike grew up surrounded by family members who were artistic in a variety of ways, but he never had the confidence or desire to make anything himself. As a 20-year veteran police officer Mike carried a gun daily in a variety of holsters but was always disappointed with their performance. One day in late 2012 this led to a conversation with his father who had made rudimentary holsters when Mike was a child. His dad pointed him in the direction of Tandy leather where Mike bought a beginner’s leatherwork kit and a few scraps of leather. While his first attempts at tooling were abysmal, he was enthralled by the process. The smell, the feel and the satisfaction of leatherwork made him look for more knowledge wherever he could find it.




In the year 2013 Mike attended the World Leather Debut in Sheridan, Wyoming for the first time. This show opened his eyes to the amazing, diverse world of leather craft and allowed him the opportunity to meet several of his mentors like Bob Beard, Bob Park, Chan Geer and others. Greatly impacted by the friendships that evolved Mike’s desire to learn and improve grew. He took classes and, seeing the need for an educational option for folks who could not attend a trade show, he started a website as an on-line resource to share the great benefit of live instruction that he found at Sheridan. Mike continues to pursue knowledge relentlessly and willingly shares his knowledge with others (also as a regular contributing author in the Leather Crafter’s and Saddler’s Journal). This year in Sheridan Mike won third price in the tooled holster division. Mike has many mentors, including greats like Peter Main, Robert Beard and George Fraker, but he is also inspired by the enthusiasm and drive to improve of amateur and beginner leather crafters.

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Featured artist Michaela Luttyova (Czech Republic)

Michaela was born an artist in the Czech Republic and began her path to try out every possible fabric-based craft (such as knitting, crocheting, bobbin lacing, etc.) very early on. Her interest in leather crafting started some 15 years ago after receiving a leather purse as a gift from her mother. It was the first time she had actually seen tooled leather and she desperately wanted to try it out.

About 8 years ago, when her daughter was old enough to stay alone for a short while, Michaela coincidentally found out that the leather artist who made her purse was still teaching the craft at a leather crafters club. She joined immediately. The first lesson was enough to get her addicted and actually ended up running the club herself for four years. Michaela works fulltime on her craft nowadays.


 Michaela Luttyova


Creative, as artists tend to be, she loves to work with colors and likes to try out new techniques and tools. “For me the worst would be to have to make the same item all over again,” she says. What Michaela enjoys the most is making book covers and knife sheaths. What she likes about book covers is that such a big piece of leather allows her to apply an entire story. But she also makes all sorts of exquisite leather items. Master leather crafters like Peter Main and Al Stohlman are a central source of inspiration for Michaela but she also gets inspired quite often by her customers who come up with ideas that would never have occurred to her.



Featured artist Francisco Lorente ak Fermosos Fierros (Spain)

Fermosos, is a Spanish artist and knife maker. He was born in a village in the province of Jaén, Peal de Becerro in Southern Spain. He worked as a System Qualification Engineer in many Spanish towns and cities but spent most of his career in the financial and energy industries. After living all throughout Spain he settled in Orcera where he resides now. Fermosos has always liked working with his hands and spent much of his youth crafting models like ships and submarines, doing carpentry and even some leather work.

He remembers repairing footballs for kids in his neighborhood and even sometimes making wrist straps. He started making knives in 2007 just out of personal interest and entertainment. Fermosos is a completely self-taught knife maker who gathered all the knowledge that allows him to create exemplary knives right of the internet. “Sometimes things work just right on the first try, other times I have to repeat and repeat until things work the way I want, especially the treatment of steel, which is part study and part consistency,” he says.



Fermossos Fierros


Fermosos used ready-made blades for his first knives because he had no machines to work steel back then, only hand tools like files and sandpaper. He eventually met blacksmith Ignacio Quesana in Orcera who gave him the opportunity to forge his own blades. Even though beveling blades with a file was a hard and slow job it gave Fermosos the opportunity to study the material and acquire knowledge about the geometry of cutting edges.In 2012 Fermosos built his first own standing machine which, as he says, was not perfect but helped him to greatly improve his finishing skills as well as to increase the amount of knives he could make in a month. He bought his first forge and anvil (which he still uses today) in the same year.

Further improvement took place in 2014 when Fermosos made a significant investment in a new workshop with professional devices for knife making enabling him to substantially increase the quality and quantity of his knife production. Fermosos uses different kinds of steel to craft his beautiful knives which range from ancient agricultural tools (such as plowshares) to modern stainless steels. He also makes his own Damascus steel. The handles are made out of natural materials from all around the world such as wood or horn and sometimes they are even decorated with beautiful scrimshaw art.

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Featured artist Elisabeth Kalinowski (France)

Elisabeth is a skilled French artist of various styles and talents. Her love for drawing reaches so far back in her childhood that she feels like she “started drawing before she could even walk.” Art has always impacted Elisabeth. Drawings, sculptures, engravings and architecture always seemed to project a certain magic to her. She describes herself as a dreamer who dives into her own little world with every new creation she makes. The first portrait Elisabeth ever drew was that one of Mahatma Gandhi; she was only fourteen years old and it was the first of a long series of portraits. She also uses her skills to create beautiful paintings depicting nude women or couples and also delves into other art forms such as writing poetry.


Elisabeth Kalinovski


For Elisabeth there is nothing more important than to transfer her emotions, love, passion or sadness onto the canvas and to implement a piece of her soul into each one of her creations. As Elisabeth developed and grew in her art she started to expand into illustrated drawing and clay sculpting using and mixing different natural textures like stones, pieces of trees and other materials. Her sources of inspiration are of a wide variety starting with Mother Nature and followed by her own emotions, music, writers, painters, illustrators, sculptors and even movies. Tolkien, Baudelaire, Klimt, Louis Royo and Camille Claudel are a small selection of artists who inspire her.


Featured artist Emanuel Constantin (Romania)

Emanuel Constantin is an artist from Bacau, a city in the heart of the historical region of Moldavia in eastern Romania. While most people may know Emanuel as a leather artisan his talent and skill in woodworking is worth a look. His early approaches to work with wood started in his childhood when he and his friends strolled through the forests. Each one of the boys had his own self-made wooden “handy” stick and they used to compete to see who had the most beautiful one by decorating them with inlays of bark or different kinds of wood. Emanuel always believed that wood is alive forever and he carries this belief still today.



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Over time he has greatly developed his woodworking skills and throughout the years he has created many beautiful items such as carved spoons, cups, rustic chairs and all kinds of wooden leather tools which he still uses. Emanuel believes that both leather crafting and woodworking have taken a small part of him. He loves to create and working with wood and leather always gives him great pleasure and relaxation.


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Featured Artists by Gina Edition 4

This is my column in our b2zone magazine, where I feature artists which are members of the b2zone artwork collection group. We have so many various artists of great talents and skills, and I introduce them to you via this column. Stay tuned!


Featured artist Dave Beharriell (Ontario, CA)

Dave is an artist of many talents born and raised in northern Ontario, Canada. As a child he spent adventurous times wandering wide and far through the bush, exploring ponds and streams. With a knife he took from his Grandmother’s drawer he started carving little boats and making spears for his great adventures in the wild. His parents always supported his artistic motivation, encouraging him and providing him with whatever medium he wanted to try.


Dave Beharriell


His mother often took him for walks out in the bush so he learned at an early age how to appreciate the wonders of the natural world. It did not take him long to choose wood as his favorite medium with which to work. After having the chance to repair and decorate many antique items Dave realized the value of adding little details or something special to everything he did. He always felt the desire to set his work apart whether he made unique bows and arrows, drawings or carving beautiful decorative items. Dave believes in the longevity of art and his approach to handcrafting wood is that the product should last at least as long as it took the tree to grow.


Featured artist Tim Pinkos (California, U.S)

Tim Pinkos is a skilled leather artist, born in Detroit and now resides in Seiad Valley in northern California, US. He has not always been a leather crafter and artist, although in his teenages he had played around with some leather tools that his older brother had left stored in a box after he had given up the hobby of leather crafting. Just making some small items out of leather at this time, Tim did not feel the “thrill” in it yet and eventually gave it up again to become an auto mechanic.

After about 20 years working in this job, Tim got access to his brother’s leather working tools again when he moved to Seiad Valley where his brother lived, too. This time it kicked right in and Tim got hooked. He started creating smaller items at first, but after he had viewed an article in a Leather crafters journal, which showed an artwork of a jumping trout made by well-known leather artist Robb Barr, Tim got eager to also learn how to use this technique for creating beautiful art pieces out of leather. 


Tim Pinkos


The first motif he created using this technique was a 3d bear, taught in a class that Robb Barr held and Tim said he was not quite pleased with how his picture turned out, but he kept on working at it until he was satisfied with the results. As a lover of nature and animals, Tim has created several beautiful 3d leather pictures in the past 16 years, but the variety of items he makes furthermore also include high quality good looking leather work for daily use, like wallets, knife sheath’s, bags and much more.

The artist portrait of Tim Pinkos

The interview in the b2zone artist portrait of Tim Pinkos

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Consuelo Glemby loves to make pictures on leather


Indiana, U.S.

Leather artist Consuelo Glemby’s love for art has been evident through her painting and creativity which started in her childhood days. Consuelo started carving leather 20 years ago after she and her family moved from New York to Merriville, Indiana. One day, while she was window shopping in her town, she walked into a Tandy Leather store and became deeply intrigued by the merchandise and supplies displayed. She remembers a group of people sitting around a table in the back of the shop who were tooling and crafting beautiful leather items and who kindly invited her to take part and learn the craft. She got hooked right away. Consuelo began making pictures and other projects supported by Alex Madson, one of her mentors, who taught her various techniques in leather crafting.






The books of Al Stohlman, which she bought when she started working with leather, have also been essential to her learning of the craft. She joined and became very involved with the Leather Guild until life got in the way and eventually lost touch for some years. Consuelo rejoined the Leather Guild in 2010 and this time she also started to take part in competitions. From all her leather creations pictures are her favorite, but she has also found a love for the creation of leather bowls. Her inspiration comes from Master leather carvers such as Peter Main, Kathy Flanagan, Clay Banyai, and others like Terry Diveley and Galo Garcia who have always been very supportive in helping her to further develop her craft.

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Leather braiding art by Miguel Marcos



Miguel Marcos is a Spanish leather braiding artist who started with the craft at the age of 19 after meeting some crafters who taught him the basics in the isle of Menorca. After learning his way around a braid with four strands as well as his first knot from the crafters in Menorca, Miguel continued to learn the craft on his own by practicing a lot and exchanging experiences and knowledge with other craftsmen. At that point he still considered leather braiding only a craft rather than an art. Once he dove deeper into the world of leather braiding he realized that he could actually express his emotions through it by creating small braided sculptures as well as braided leather jewelry. This is when Miguel realized his braiding had evolved into an art. He perfected his work over the years getting inspired by mother nature, different books, South American leather braiding as well as from various internet sources. He also mastered the skill of finding the right proportions that give his finished products that clean and perfect appearance. Miguel valuates his work not only economically but also for the individuality of every piece. He believes his artwork carries a piece of his soul and passion and that people can be reminded of him while wearing one of his creations.





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Howard Lee is constantly exploring the art of leather crafting


Perth, Australia

Howard Lee, born in 1954, is a talented leather artist from Perth, Australia. He started his art and craft in the mid-1970s when he got a girlfriend and realized the necessity to generate additional income. He started making belts and purses with rather primitive tools and equipment, working on the floor of his one-bedroom apartment at night and after his day job. His slab back then was nothing more than a brick. Howard learned from books how to make leather items that were good enough to be sold and he and his girlfriend started selling his handcrafted leather products at the markets successfully. He kept working as an engineer during the day and at night he worked on his inventory for the market stall they ran every weekend. Eventually Howard’s family grew in numbers and his time for leatherwork decreased until it came to a halt.

Even though he gave up his craft for many years he continued collecting leather-working tools. After more than 30 years of collecting he owns nearly every tool one can imagine and has learned to use and enjoy every one of them. Howard eventually picked up the craft again. His leatherwork now is a form of expression and he thoroughly enjoys the companionship of fellow craftspeople as well as teaching the craft. He loves to watch his students gain confidence and to move forward to find their own personal expression in leather crafting. As a truly self-taught artist all his knowledge comes from crafting and “Reading the ink of every leather craft book he could find.” His early leather crafting days were heavily inspired by Al Stohlman and in more recent years he also got inspiration from many artists on the social media platforms such as Nigel Armitage and Peter Main. Howard does not specialize only in crafting certain items. He is constantly exploring the craft and experimenting with color and styles in order to adapt to his customers’ demands and wishes.






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