Art at Tarla

Varto Fine Art - Maestro José Luis Varto

"Ingenious, creative, spirited, a relentless explorer of new forms of artistic expression. Constantly experimenting with new materials, he creates new art concepts that have led him from realistic art to a unique abstraction of shape; which characterizes his work.

Ever from his early years he was strongly attracted towards sketching. Inspired by hisfather, a painting devotee who provided him with his first drawing tools, and by his mother, from whom he inherited his passion for observation; he developed a steady and sound sketching. Mesmerized by the human body, he soon came to understand its tridimensionality, and that of several other objects; growing more sensitive towards color and shape.

His interest in graphic expression encouraged him to practice his skills in journalistic illustration and publicity. This job allowed him to acquire a sense of discipline and creativeness.

He then went on to study in the National School of Plastic Arts of the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM); where he polished his technique and became acquainted with several others, such as photography and engraving. He created many artwork and participated in several exhibitions.

Nowadays, keeping up to date with technological advances; and, in compliance with his innovative drive, he has adopted digital media as means of artistic expression. He has even taken up CGI, thus satisfying his ambition for “keeping in touch” with his time, ad those to come.

He enjoys the pleasure of crafting surreal or realistic pieces, manipulating colors and artistically distributing them on any surface, creating easily recognizable shapes, or abstract figures in unimaginable, dreamlike settings; with one-of-a-kind characteristics, that set them apart from traditional and old-school painting. He relies in his enormous imagination to innovate and produce 'state-of-the-art' pieces"

To learn more about Varto Fine Art, please visit their website

Wine-Country Photography by Bob McClenahan

"I love making photographs.

It doesn't matter if they're beautiful vineyard landscapes, dynamic portraits, or wine bottles. The art and science of making the photos provides a very rewarding career.

I've had many jobs throughout my life. I've bagged groceries, blogged for MTV, supervised financial advisors, audited compliance records, supplied computer tech support, and produced radio programs. 
Since I was three, photography had always been a hobby. Then, more and more, people actually paid me to take photos for them. When the day came, I gave up my 9-5 job for a 24-7 one.
Quent Cordair Fine Art was established by artist Quent Cordair in 1996. As a premier provider of contemporary Romantic Realism in painting, sculpture and drawing, QCFA has grown to serve an international clientele of private and
corporate collectors.

Romantic Realism, the movement which renews the high esthetic standards and techniques of pre-20th century ateliers, brings a rebirth of comprehensibility, beauty, romanticism and stylization to contemporary subject matter. The gallery's collection emphasizes themes which celebrate the moments of happiness, joy and success possible to Man on earth. Subject matter includes figurative, narrative, allegorical, still lifes, seascapes and landscapes. Award-winning painters and sculptors of international renown are represented, as well as emerging artists of unique vision and accomplishment. Commissions are available for portraiture, murals, garden and architectural projects."

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