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.
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.