Way Out West: A Collection of Southwest Photographs and the Artwork they Inspire

The beauty of wildlife in a desert landscape, the sounds of thundering hooves or songbirds, the brilliant colors of flowers in bloom all can inspire art, our show starts with these and other inspirations and features fine art from local artists along with the photographs that helped inspire them.

This unique exhibit will be on display from
January 2 - February 28, 2018 at Kirk-Bear Canyon Library.

About the Artists

Photographer, Donald Knight has been interested in photography for over 40 years, has completed university level photography courses, and has followed digital photography from it's infancy to some of the latest innovations. He was recognized as one of "America's top 10 emerging nature photographers" with his photographs published in the book Captivating Wildlife, has written a book with tips on outdoor photography Outdoor Photography, Tips, Tricks and Techniques Volume 1, has placed in a National Geographic photo contest, is a contributing photographer for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, has taught classes on digital photography, has had his photographs published in Popular Photography and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's newsletter, and has shown his photos in several galleries including the Desert Museum's Ironwood and Baldwin Galleries and the Wyatt Earp House and Gallery in historic Tombstone, Arizona.

Find Donald online at DKNaturePhotography.com.

Deanna Thibault has lived in Tucson for over 20 years and has shown in several places with several local art groups including at the Watercolor Gallery, the Ironwood and Balwdin Galleries at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Tohono Chul Gallery, the Botanical Gardens Gallery and The Drawing Studio. She has also shown at her studio she owned for several years in Downtown Tucson, at the Mardon Frost Gallery the last few years it was open, the Wyatt Earp House and Gallery in Tombstone, the Petroglyoph Gallery and many others.

She has had numerous awards and honors, and has had work accepted in many national and international shows, including the highly competitive Western Federation of Watercolor Societies shows, Arizona Aqueous shows. In 2009, she received the Dana Bartlett award in the National Watercolor Society All Member Show. Deanna has taught art to adults for more than 35 years, including teaching classes in Europe and the Cook Islands. Deanna has moved to Texas, near Dallas and continues to participate in Tucson shows when she can but is also involved in teaching workshops and participating in shows in Texas and elsewhere in North America.

Deanna's website is Thibault4Art.com.

Barbara Amyx has been drawing since Elementary School. While still in college (fine arts major) she started doing pen and ink illustrations for anatomy texts. After college she worked as an illustrator for General Electric (ANPD) and then as an art teacher. She had an art gallery in Southern California prior to retiring to the Tucson area.

Since moving to Green Valley she has been able to devote more time to art and has continued to study through workshops and classes both in Tucson and in other states. Originally she was an oil painter and definitely a realistic one when she moved to Green Valley. However, after 13 years of classes, workshops and experimenting on her own she have evolved into a more impressionistic or abstract style with color and texture being her "signature".

She has been active in the local art community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Tubac Center for the Arts for 6 years, (the last 4 of them on the Executive Board). She is a juried member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild and a member of SAAG, Green Valley Art Assoc. and CASA. Her work has shown at DeGrazia Little Gallery, Plaza Palomino Art Fair, St. Phillips in the Hills Murphy Gallery, Tubac Center for the Arts (various juried shows), the Desert Museum SAWG show, Desert Diamond show, and various shows in Green Valley, as well as participating in the Tucson "Open Studio Tour" when she had a studio there. Most recently she has been in the "Art Inspirations" show at Northwestern Mutual and the "Sonoran Inspirations" show at The Desert Museum. She taught collage & mixed media at Arizona Art Supply in Tucson.

Scarlett Taylor has looked for outlets for creative expression all her life. Being the mother of four, she found many ways to instill openness to artistic vision in each of her children. Now with a teacher, a writer, a marketing/graphic designer executive, an acupuncturist, and seven grandchildren, she has picked up a brush, and begun her own journey into the creative world.

Using a bright colored palette, she works to convey a sense of balance and an unusual perspective. She have studied with well-know watercolorists Deanna Thibault and Ted Nuttall. She has also had workshops with Diane Maxey, George James, and Helga Flowers. She has attended an Intensive Studies Seminar with Alex Powers, Fran Larsen, Christopher Schink, Katherine Chang Liu, and Skip Lawrence. She is a juried member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild.

Her work has been shown in Salado Gallery in Salado, Texas, Skyline Country Club and Murphey Gallery in Tucson, Arizona. Wyatt Earp House Gallery in Tombstone, and Tubac Center of the Arts in Tubac, Arizona.

Arizona native, Sally Raduenzel grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains. She sketched and painted as a child, while observing her artist father, William "Bill" Marek, create beautiful oils and watercolors. After moving to Tucson in May of 2000 she returned to her love of art and began to paint and study with local and national artists.

Sally has studied with local artists Elizabeth Quinn Worrall, Francheskaa, and Deanne Thibault (now of Dallas, TX). Visiting artists have included Eric Weigardt, Don Andrews, Stan Miller, and Carl Dalio. She uses watercolor, acrylic, ink and collage in a representational, painterly, and more recently, abstract style. She is a juried member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Society (SAWG) and a member and Past President of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild (SAAG), 2010-2011.

Sally can be found online at www.sallyraduenzel.com.

KC Womacks writes: Art and painting have always been a part of my life. I was inspired to paint at an early age by my grandfather, an artist as well as a founding member of the renowned Palette and Chisel Club in Chicago. Over the years, I have continued to study art in workshops and classes, painting when my schedule allowed. Since retiring to Tucson in 1999, it has been my good fortune to pursue my love of painting on a full time basis.

Watercolor, Acrylic, Oil and Pastel are all mediums that I have used but it is Watercolor that keeps me the most interested and challenged. I continue to experiment with different subject matter, styles and materials in an effort to keep my work fresh and interesting. I enjoy teaching and have taught numerous classes and workshops from beginning watercolor to experimental watercolor and am currently an instructor at Arizona Art Supply in Tucson.

I am a juried member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild (SAWG) and have shown my work at the DeGrazia Little Gallery, Plaza Palomino Art Fair, St. Phillips in the Hills Gallery , Heritage Highlands Holiday Art Fair, The Tubac Center for the Arts Member Show and Little Treasures Show, the SAWG all member show, and the Desert Museum Annual Watercolor Show.