Southern Oregon Visual Artists - Contemporary

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Dawn Barnett

  • www.dabarstudio.com
  • Sculptural Wall Art
  • Phone: 541.899.1327
Art is the universal communicator. Not only the deaf are challenged to com- municate exactly what we mean. The deaf sign for "I Love You" is incorporated in most of my creations. Whimsical movement, vibrant colors and mystic overtones combine to create all the themes seen in my art. Far East, Asian, Egyptian, Zuni, Greek and Aztec cultural influences flow within my designs. A world traveler, I am always on the move. Please contact my cousin Shelly Staten with inquiries.
'Fire and Light' by abstract artist Patrick Beste. Click to visit Patrick's website

Patrick Beste


  • https://besteart.net
  • Phone: 541.552.0559
  • Ashland
Patrick Beste is an award winning abstract artist whose paintings reflect his impressions of the Northwest, particularly the Rogue Valley. He is an active member of several artist organizations: Ashland Gallery Association, Watercolor Society of Oregon, Poquoson Art League, Virginia, Peninsula Fine Art Institute in Newport News, Virginia, Southern Oregon Society of Artists, Ashland Art Center, ArtClectic and Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville, OR.
Having retired from her last endeavor as owner of A French BouTEAque, a Parisian-style tearoom, Melody now paints in acrylic with a happy color palette. An artist since childhood, she's only been painting for four years. Her experiences as a decorator, graphic artist, florist, party stylist and tearoom owner are often subjects in her art. Click to visit Melody's artist page on Facebook to see recent works and announcements!

Melody Blore


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  • Lighthearted Acrylic Paintings
  • Melody Blore Art
  • Phone: 541.840.2041
  • Artist studio at Ashland Art Center

Having retired from her last endeavor as owner of A French BouTEAque, a Parisian-style tearoom, Melody now paints in acrylic with a happy color palette. An artist since childhood, she's only been painting for four years. Her experiences as a decorator, graphic artist, florist, party stylist and tearoom owner are often subjects in her art.
Artist Sarah F. Burns is a classical realist and plein air oil painter in Ashland, Oregon. Click to visit Sarah F. Burns' website and see her online gallery of paintings!

Sarah F. Burns


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  • Classical Realism in Oil
  • www.sarahfburns.com
  • Second Floor Studios
  • Ashland

The subject matter that I am interested in is representational. I strive to be thorough and accurate and yet catch what is fleeting and lively. The work I'm most proud of shows life as I see it: fatally flawed, but amazingly beautiful.
Carpe Diem Papers is an illustrated life. My paintings & cards have a childlike innocence, imaginative color palette, a sweetness and a fondness for the little things in our journey that make us happy. Makig someone's mailbox happy makes me happy. Send mail. Write x's and o's. Buy good stamps. Tell someone hello, thinking of you through the mail. You don't need a reason.

Mindy Carpenter

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  • Whimsical Acrylic Paintings
  • Carpe Diem Papers
  • Ashland

Carpe Diem Papers is an illustrated life. My paintings & cards have a childlike innocence, imaginative color palette, a sweetness and a fondness for the little things in our journey that make us happy. Makig someone's mailbox happy makes me happy. Send mail. Write x's and o's. Buy good stamps. Tell someone hello, thinking of you through the mail. You don't need a reason.
I paint in acrylic, gouache, transparent watercolors, sketch and draw in pencil, graphite and ink. I also perform quite a large number of digital renderings.

Kj Cumberbatch


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  • Medford, Oregon

I paint in acrylic, gouache, transparent watercolors, sketch and draw in pencil, graphite and ink. I also perform quite a large number of digital renderings.


Susan DeRosa, artist, landscapes, abstract, contemporary, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pastels, pencil, pen and ink, abstract expressionism, impressionism,figure 
studies, gestures

Susan DeRosa

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  • Contemporary Artist
  • Phone: 949.338.0729
  • Studio: Jacksonville
My background in art education empha- sizes a strong foundation of classical art training, greatly influencing my artistic focus and direction. My intent is to capture, on paper or canvas, mysterious and thought provoking scenes. Nature with its moods and soft edges has always inspired me to draw and paint abstracts, landscapes or figure studies. My art is in private collections nationwide; I've exhibited in galleries and juried shows in S. California, NW Arkansas and S. Oregon.
Dodero Studio Ceramics, Jacksonville, Oregon

Dodero Studio Ceramics

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  • Raku Pottery and Decorative Ceramics Since 1970
  • Phone: 541.899.8285 
  • Jacksonville, Oregon
Inspired by Japanese and Native American esthetics, ceramics by John Dodero are characterized by their calm elegance, clean spare lines, and timeless appeal. John specializes in raku pottery and decorative ceramics, with designs that include Urns for Ashes (pets & humans), Decor Urns, Cachepots, Volcano Pots, Volcano Seed Pots, Southwest Style Pots, Decorative Platters, and Stoneware Ikebana Platters.
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Katharine Gracey

  • Creative Realism in Oil, Acrylic &      Watercolor
  • Phone: 541.326.7945
  • Jacksonville
Inspired by French and Italian countrysides and her Southern Oregon surroundings, Katharine’s art is filled with sun-drenched colors that create charming, elegant and whimsical landscapes and vignettes. She earned her art degree from the University of Wisconsin, and pursued painting as her main focus, specializing in watercolor, acrylic and oils. Katharine continues to explore new themes from the whimsical to creative realism.
Artists Harriet Green and Martin Goldman of Backroads Studios in Ashland, Oregon are versatile creators in a variety of mediums, with subjects including animals and wildlife in a range of styles. Click to visit Backroads Studio's website

Backroads Studio

  • Harriet Greene & Martin Goldman
  • Working in many mediums & genres
  • Phone: 541.535.3116
  • 9647 Wagner Creek Road, Talent
Harriet Greene (marble sculptor, author, printmaker) & Martin Goldman (illustrator, photographer, filmmaker) make up this working studio located at 9647 Wagner Creek Road in Talent, Oregon. From Montreal/New York to Vermont, Jackson Hole, WY and Taos, NM, they bring their art to Talent: original hand-pulled prints, stone sculptures, illustrations, acrylics, photographs, posters, cartoons, books, and cards.
Signa Hillis began painting on canvas in 2009 and has painted regularly for about five years. She uses lively colors and charming design elements to embellish verses from the Scriptures that have helped her navigate difficult situations in her own life, including her son's battle with cancer. Through her work she shares the most encouraging aspects of her faith with a lighthearted, uplifting style. Signa's original paintings are not for sale, but she offers fine art prints upon request.

Signa Hillis


  • Uplifting Scriptures

Signa Hillis began painting on canvas in 2009 and has painted regularly for about five years. She uses lively colors and charming design elements to embellish verses from the Scriptures that have helped her navigate difficult situations in her own life, including her son's battle with cancer. Through her work she shares the most encouraging aspects of her faith with a lighthearted, uplifting style. Signa's original paintings are not for sale, but she offers fine art prints upon request.
I primarily work with acrylics in landscape and nature themes.  The beauty of Southern Oregon inspires my work, though I use abstraction and bright colors to convey emotion.   I am an award-winning artist with art in private collections nationwide.  I offer my work either in original form or as fine giclee prints.  I also teach painting and mixed media classes.

Pam Haunschild


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  • Pileated Studios
  • www.pamhaunschild.com
  • Phone: 541.941.1202
  • See my work at Ashland Art Center

I primarily work with acrylics in landscape and nature themes. The beauty of Southern Oregon inspires my work, though I use abstraction and bright colors to convey emotion. I am an award-winning artist with art in private collections nationwide. I offer my work either in original form or as fine giclee prints. I also teach painting and mixed media classes.
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David Landry

  • Contemporary Abstract Painter
  • Phone: 541.890.2662
  • Medford

For me art/creativity is a natural expression of life, an endless unfolding of possibilities. What interests me is that which is not overtly expressed in the world around us. The subject matter of my painting is the subtle wordless realm of sensation, feeling, and intuition. This territory is often ethereal, quiet or soft and sometimes frontal, bold, direct or stormy.
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Jessica Lee

  • Mixed Media Artist
  • Talent

Jessica Lee's modern, empowering art has a relaxed, yet whimsical view that reflects her emotional and dream-filled personal story.Jessica Lee is an Ashland, Oregon based mixed media artist. Her collage paintings incorporate re-purposed and ecological materials delivering deep color, textures and layered assemblages. She finds inspiration in the nature of petals, branches, feathers, botanicals and the ocean.
Visit Karen O'Brien's website to learn more and view her artwork!

Karen O'Brien


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  • Urban Folk
  • Grants Pass

I am an art maker, pathfinder and storyteller. I use whatever materials inspire me to begin my journey. My style is a blend of Folk and Fantasy art, a fusion of what I see everyday, dream and imagine. My paintings evolve over many layers, using paint, marks and intuition to find the quiet, soulful figures I call my Urban Folk. I am on a journey, exploring the path of intuitive art, listening to the voice within to learn, create and share what I find.
We are a working artists studio located at 847 Pavilion Place in Ashland on the Mountain Meadows campus off of North Mountain Avenue. We both work a variety of mediums including mixed media, painting, sculpture, digital, fiber and book arts. Anyone can call for an appointment and we will be glad to open our studio for visitors unless otherwise occupied. Our studio also takes part in the annual Ashland Open Studio Tour which occurs the second weekend in October.

Richard & Rochelle Newman

  • www.numinousstudiowest.com
  • Phone: 541.708.5141
We are a working artists studio located at 847 Pavilion Place in Ashland on the Mountain Meadows campus off of North Mountain Avenue. We both work in a variety of mediums including mixed media, painting, sculpture, digital, fiber and book arts. Anyone can call for an appointment and we will be glad to open our studio for visitors unless otherwise occupied. Our studio also takes part in the annual Ashland Open Studio Tour during the second weekend in October.
Artist Pegi Smith of Ashland, Oregon is a self-taught artist whose innovative style incorporates many natural subjects, including animals and insects such as dragonflies, birds, horses and more, into beautiful abstract paintings which have become very popular throughout the West and are collected around the world. Visit Pegi's website to learn more, view her gallery and purchase online

Pegi Smith

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  • pegismith.com
  • Phone: 541.951.1650
  • Ashland, by appointment

A self-taught artist whose evocative style is accomplished with acrylics, inks, metallics and pigments. Pegi's paintings are in private collections in Switzerland, Australia and throughout the US, and were featured in the 2009 edition of "International Contemporary Masters." Her work is often available at many galleries and artisans' markets all along the West coast.
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Susan Springer

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  • Ceramic Art, Murals, Mosaics,
         Sculpture
  • www.suespringerart.com
  • Phone: 541.488.5072
  • See my work at Illahe Studios
         & Gallery in Ashland

Working primarily in clay, I create mosaics, murals, sculpture and public art. Of particular interest is site-specific public art, which creates an opportunity to design a beautiful, permanent work for a specific location and client.
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Margaret Stermer-Cox

  • Watercolor Artist
  • stermer-cox.com
  • Talent, Oregon
I begin my watercolor paintings with an idea and a drawing. I build the painting layer by layer, drawing lines and shapes, looking for rhythm and feeling. My color sense is a reflection of my childhood in New Mexico fused with colors from my home in the Northwest. My goal is to go beyond the surface to find joy, wonder and a bit of mystery.
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Deanna St. Martin

  • Art Because You Are Worth It!
  • www.stmartindesigns.com
  • Medford, Oregon
Art for The Discerning: Innovative fine art for your home and office. Using innovative techniques & drawing inspiration from everyday objects, this art inspires dreaming and imagination. Their bold vibrant colors and design will brighten up any room and create conversation. Whether making their own statement or enhancing your existing décor, my paintings are well worth your investment. Art in your price range: small & large works, variety of subjects, abstract & realism.
Visit Sandi Whetzel's website to learn more and view her online art gallery!

Sandi Whetzel

  • Contemporary Fine Artist
  • Phone: 541.825.3525
  • Studio: 12967 Tiller Trail Hwy
  • Days Creek

Sandi's vibrant contemporary art has recently been welcomed in various Ashland art venues. She is most known for her art promoting the wine industry in Oregon. Fantasy blends with reality in her contemporary, sometimes surrealistic succulents, abstract flora and trees, and her most recent passion to expand her popular wine series.
Visit Eve Margo Withrow's website to learn more and view her online art gallery!

Eve Margo Withrow

  • Mixed Water Media on Collage &
         Clay Sculpture
  • www.evemargowithrow.com
  • Phone: 541.772.6888
  • My work is represented by
  • Art And Soul Gallery, Ashland
Recently, I have been moved to explore the common ground between sculpture and painting. These pieces are made of paper and paper clay in combination with images from my paintings and mounted on wrapped canvas. I expect them to evolve and morph as I continue to explore this new dimension.
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Southern Oregon Artists Resource

  • Art Matters! - SOAR's blog
  • Phone: 541.899.2012  
  • Mail: PO Box 914
  • Jacksonville, OR 97530
Founder Hannah West created SOAR to drive traffic to member sites, increase online visibility for our region's art community and promote its members to residents and visitors. Listings are $35/year and include syndication of your blog, posting your classes, shows and events on our online calendar and press releases at our companion blog Art Matters!. We also offer reasonably priced advertising. Let us promote YOU!