La FEMME Artiste Exhibition is a creative mobile group seeking to promote female artists. La FEMME Artiste acknowledges and celebrate all artists (both male and female) who are contributing their creative talents to impact the world and better their communities. In alignment with its mission statement, La FEMME Artiste's goal is to truly empower female artists by providing practical opportunities that will activate their gift(s).
Axanti is an artist born into an artistic family. Her father, a Graphic Designer, keeps sketchbooks with logos, ideas and family portraits. Her mother experimented with sculpture, sewing, crafting and drawing. As a child, Axanti drew her own hands to get the shape of each finger correct and made her family into superheroes. As she grew older and studied art, Axanti’s goal was to paint Renaissance-style oil portraits until she took Advanced Placement art in high school. Her eyes were opened to the use of art as a means to express grief, joy and conflict in one’s life. Seeing Frida Kahlo’s influence in a piece where she removed her own heart from her body, she continued to use her deepest fears, joys, and insecurities as inspiration to create artwork, installation and crafts. She works as a graphic designer for a startup when she’s not painting, drawing or weaving.
Pia Cabanela (PiaCabs) is a Los Angeles-based artist who works with acrylic medium to illustrate her thoughts onto a canvas. She veers towards depicting metaphors relating to the depths of human emotions. She was formerly a speechwriter to a former national defense secretary in the Philippines, where she was born and raised. Her frequent mode of transportation for the first five professional years were Hueys in the company of mainly military men. She also was a TV documentary writer in one of the country's biggest networks, GMA-7. She was the writer/producer of the show Reporter's Notebook's documentary Backdoor, which won the Silver Screen Award at the 2005 US Film and TV in New York, about the plight of Filipinos who choose to cross the South China Sea illegally in search for a better life.
Adriana Calichio is a Fine Art Painter living and working in Southern California with over forty years of experience. She graduated at Pompeya's Art Academy in Rosario, Argentina at age twelve, French Painter Oscar- Claude Monet's art work inspired her to become a professional Artist. Her medium of choice is oil and her work frequently includes different brush techniques which allows her the precision to render true to life expression and detail of people. She sees her Art work as a showcase of passion and desire to paint, to share her creations and leave a lasting impression to those who view them.
I am a self-taught artist experimenting in different methods of creating visual art. I gravitate towards abstracts with an interplay of intention and chance. I work mostly with acrylic on canvas but also create mixed media works on paper and Day of the Dead drawings that are printed into vinyl stickers.
Altadena based abstract artist Clarissa Castillo-Ramsey has been painting since the 1970’s. Declared artist at age five, she is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She is a wife, sister, Taurus, and coffee addict. She enjoys traveling, especially to Costa Rica, She is primarily a self-taught artist. Inspiration for her artwork comes from nature, travels, emotion, and the human condition. Her mission in life is to inspire people to create new possibilities in their lives and take action, so that together we can create a community and world where we all thrive and live our best lives. Clarissa’s process in her own words: “I start with a blank canvas, no planning, just feeling, and something unexpected emerges.
Lea grew up in a family of artists. Art was her one of many expressions where she felt safe to create and connect with her emotions, imagination, and her happy place. She was traditionally taught at Pasadena Art Center during High school, and received a 1st year scholarship to the prestigious art university RISD, Rhode Island School of Design in 2000. In 2015, Lea received her Masters in science in oriental medicine , paving her way threw the healing arts as an Acupuncturist in the metaphysical realm. Connecting science, imagination, and beauty are her ways of self mastery.
As a painting artist, I find the inspiration in nature scenes like landscapes and mountain views, flowers blooming, butterflies and hummingbirds that surround blooming flowers. My other sources of inspiration are stories and fairytales and their characters, for instance, witches, fairies and mermaids. I’m getting inspired as well from animals and birds. The way I make my painting design is by representing my various sources of inspiration together and creating combinations that may not exist in real life but will be looking live, colorful, happy and shine a lot of positive energy outside. For instance, I
love to create colorful seasonal scenes on a background of mountains, or scenes of blooming flowers. I like to use various colors in my work and I like to work on various surfaces like canvases, rocks, woods, ceramics, glass, metal
and even walls and fences. I like different surfaces because I like to see how they get a new look and new life after my work has been completed on them.
Originally from the spice island of Grenada in the Caribbean, Karla (Kay) Kelman is a studio artist, as well as a graphics designer, specializing in acrylics and oils. Surviving the 1983 war in Grenada, her family migrated to Brooklyn, New York when she was only twelve years old. She later relocated to Oklahoma, in pursuit of her Fine Art degree from Oklahoma State University. A wife of nineteen years and mother of two, her passion for the arts and her knack for providing opportunities for fellow artisans, have made her an inspirational persona. She is known for her quote, “I am driven by the thirst of becoming the best version of myself. Every technique I’ve acquired; every design I’ve created have been gained by ‘outwitting the devil’ (Napoleon Hill).”
A native of Korea, Shanna Lim completed her BFA at UCLA. After working as a visual artist for 15 years in film and animation, she decided to follow her passion for Fine Art. Currently, she teaches “Figure Drawing” and “Digital Painting” at UCLA-extension and and Irvine Valley College. She also works as a background painter for Disney and Warner Bros. Her other credits include 3D lighting in films such as “The Lord of the Rings”, “Shrek 2”, and “How to Train Your Dragon.” “I love drawing portraits because faces speak without words. In these 3 portraits, I have challenged myself to convey those deep, subtle emotions we all feel onto the paper. And I hope my viewers can feel and connect with real people in my drawings.”
Saige Mateo is a “mixed mutt” artist from the Lower East Side, New York. Leaving the projects and moving to Colorado on her own for college at eighteen years old, she began finding her true passion in art and photography. She continues to travel and make art while living in the mid-western area. She exhibits most of her work in Aspen and Steamboat Colorado. Working landscaping and photography during the summer, She spends her time residing by the river skateboarding in the summers and snowboarding in the winter. There’s a special beauty in destruction. My struggles are no more or less intense as yours. I use it as an outlet to show strength not only in myself but anyone looking into the eyes of my creations.