Evision Arts, Ojai, United States Member Since August 2006 Artist Statement We are evisionArts, a collaborative of three women united in our love for nature and animals and the inspiration they provide for our lives and our art.
In 1995 Mary Ogle, a traditionally trained oil painter and printmaker, lost the sight in her right eye. The loss of depth perception and ability to see fine detail affected her work greatly. About a year before she became partially sighted, however, she began experimenting with a new medium - the computer.
Over the next several years, with much trial and error, she painstakingly retrained herself to paint in the digital medium. Her traditional training gave her the solid foundation and structure to created balanced and harmonious compositions - while still allowing her artistic vision to burst through in color, shape and line.
Since the early 1990s, Allison Leete has been integrating her love of art, science and nature to develop a body of work which portrays the inner life of animals. Allison's subjects are drawn from her personal experiences of raising and caring for animals, and range in breadth from California condors to Disaster Search dogs. Allison's medium of preference is pastel, yet she enjoys exploring the ability of watercolor, oil painting and photography to communicate her celebration of life in a vibrant spectrum of color.
Originally interested in veterinary science, wildlife health and animal behavior, Allison discovered the burgeoning field of Conservation Biology. She embraced the opportunity to be involved in the recovery of a highly endangered species - the California condor. Her observation and data collection of breeding California condors in captivity and the experimental release of captive-reared condors acquainted her with not only the condor, but with world-renowned scientists and philosophers who would subsequently guide Allison to discover her own strength in artistic expression.
Photographer and craftswoman Miki Klocke was born and raised in the intense beauty of the Ojai Valley, a haven for artists of all kinds. Surrounded by talented and imaginative individuals, Miki felt both inspired and encouraged by the dazzling creative energy enveloping her.
Upon graduation from high school, Miki's adventurous spirit took her from sunny southern California to the high mountain peaks of Colorado where she finally got to experience all four seasons. She spent the next 11 years torn between her passion for photography and playing in the snow. While managing to maintain both these loves, she also developed an affinity for woodcraft.
Knowing she needed to be with her family brought Miki back to Ojai. While she greatly missed the snow, Miki soon discovered a powerful connection to the canine world. Everything she does now is about dogs, work and play are one and the same.
Miki pursues her love of all things canine through the mediums of photography and woodcraft and is exploring ways to combine the two. Her companion and constant source of inspiration is Moose, a 5 year old Chocolate Labrador. Moose not only keeps Miki company in the woodshop, but is also a very willing model for the camera.