L.A. Femme LIVE-meet the artists

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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).

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Axanti Anthony

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.

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Pia Cabanella

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.

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Adriana Calichio

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.

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Peggy Carroll

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. 

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Clarissa Castillo-Ramsey

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. 

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Lea Clearihue

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. 

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Helena Faitelson

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.

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Karla (Kay) Kelman

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).”

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Shanna Lim

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.”

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Saige Mateo

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. 


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Kathleen McCall

I discovered in childhood that art gave me a sense of expression, freedom and permission to play "outside the box". I always had art supplies, although I occasionally used "found" objects. One of my early attempts of playing "outside the box" was creating a colorful art piece for my grandmother. I painted her toilet seat with her finest nail polishes, it was my first negative critique. I like experimenting with abstract shapes and color variations...My desire is to delight the viewer with unexpected colors, shapes, and details. I like to go wherever my imagination takes me.

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Isabella (Izzy) Ondara - La Femme Petite

My name is Isabella Ondara, and I was born in 2002 in Fullerton, California. I am the oldest of three kids. I am currently a student at Southlands Christian Schools in Rowland Heights, California. Although I identify as being an American artist, I am of Asian heritage. My mother is originally from the Philippines and my father is from Laos. From a young age, I've had an inclination for art and crafting. As a child, I was almost constantly experimenting with paper, attempting to make crazy projects to the best of my ability Although I am most comfortable working with graphite and acrylic, I keep my options open to learning new things. I love having a creative subject so beautiful become a passion of mine. I love being able to convey what I feel through the visual arts. The ability to  communicate a feeling or an idea through art without limited words is freeing. Therefore, I want to attend a university to study either Architecture or another art related major.

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Joanna Revel

I am a California Native, with a very dynamic Visual Communications Background, utilizing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Television. As well as over 14 years as a Visual Merchandiser, designing displays for my own boutique business, my deep love for visual arts and communications channeled its way into location and creative photography, utilizing the amazing backdrop and versatility of California's diverse topography and eclectic environments. I feel deeply that when one creates, one explores what's within a person's inner soul, that inner part that connects us all. Through Art, and creative expression, not only does a person tap into their inner emotions and inspirations, but connects and relates it to the viewer, and finds the common threads and emotions that unites us all.

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Katie Sandridge

Katie Sandridge is the heart, soul and hands behind Painted Lady Pottery.

As a “post-40 creative” who recently relocated with her family from rainy Olympia, Washington,Katie’s dive into pottery has allowed her to realign this new season of her life with an artistic focus as she learns about ceramics and builds a creative-focused business. Member of Pomona Valley Art Association, which has been supporting fine art and artisans or 70 years. Studio potter at American Museum of Ceramic Arts (AMOCA) studio in Pomona, CA. Painted Lady Pottery pieces are sometimes functional, always nature-inspired and“perfectly imperfect” as Katie celebrates thebeauty of her new home in Southern California with fresh eyes.

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Pechez Sepheri

My Name Is Pechez Sepehri. I am a member of P.V.A.A and A.A.I.E I saw your post on A.A.I.E facebook page and am Interested in participating in your Female art show. Please see  these oil paintings I call My PMS Series where i incorporated the Initials in each piece,  a play on My personal initials and the female condition. My journey finding the strength to own it.

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Victoria Serna

I create to play, to remind myself and others that life is meant to be experienced, and to play every opportunity that is available. Painting has allowed me to embody a playful state of living, it allows me to consciously make the decision to create from a place of enjoyment and not from a place of practicality or having to be so serious. My body of work encapsules the ever evolving experience of self discovery, and expansion of our consciousness in this life. Creating a piece is more than having an idea and executing, it is an opportunity to connect and allow my intuition to guide me during my process. I find that my artwork runs parallel with whatever it is that I am experiencing; if a creation does not emerge simultaneously with my experience then often the piece is like a foreshadowing of what is yet to come.

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Ellen Stern

Born in St. Louis, Ellen began painting watercolors at age 10. She credits her grandmother for igniting the spark of creativity within her. "As a child I was very influenced by my grandma who was an oil painter. I'd sit and watch her paint for hours. It was so inspiring. As a teenager I was painting names on peoples boats, or I'd go to restaurants and ask if I could make handmade posters for them" I have studied with many of the great watercolorist including Tom Fong, Charles Reid, Joseph Stoddard, Robert E Wood and Milford Zornes. Additionally, graduated from Platt College of Graphic Design, creating a 40 ft. mural at the Los Angeles County Fair, had work displayed at the Brand library in Glendale, as well as creating colorful illustrations for the book The Magic Stick. Possessing the true soul of an artist, I find inspiration everywhere. "I am stimulated by the beauty in nature, I'm always in awe by the aesthetics of the planet and I'm trying to capture that for just a moment I love color and often put a little bit of red in my paintings. I believe it is the lifeblood of the painting. My paintings come from within. I prefer to paint with my feelings and see what happens

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Alea Wallace - La Femme Petite

Born in Santa Ana, CA and adopted, I was given a chance to become something. I grew up living with my mother and father and my two brothers with occasional visits from my older sister. Growing up with a significant age difference between my siblings and I created an environment where I was primarily by myself making me figure out things to do on my own. This childhood led me to heavily rely on art as a form of self expression and something I could do by myself. A lot of my free time during my childhood was consumed with teaching myself how to draw original characters and filling up sketchbooks, much like now. It wasn't until 2018 when I was finally able to take an art class and further my knowledge regarding art. That was when I created my first moving acrylic piece that made a statement as well as many character design pieces ranging from digital art to watercolor. I dream of becoming a professional digital artist who creates characters for famous movies, video games, and TV shows. 

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Jacqui Wolf

Born in France and raised in Taiwan, I resided in the United States in 2009. Growing up with my family who lived in Paris for more than a decade, my upbringing was all about art and language due to my dad’s pursuit of music. I started to show interest in drawing and painting at age six and receive intensive training on traditional art techniques from all kinds of classes that my parents supported me to take. I recently just recalled how much they supported me to do art as my dad’s parents never approved his dream of singing. When I majored in fine arts in college, I gradually focused on watercolor and mixed media with the influence of surrealism.

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Jiaman Isabella Zhang - La Femme Petite

I was born in China. I was already interested in art when I was two years old. I always spend a lot time drawing. I have tried various types of painting, and finally I learned how to draw digital art. I like to draw concrete things, ancient style designs or topics that can be discussed. Because I like to come up with ideas that inspire others. I hope that when people see my art, they can think about some social issues and current family situations. Recently, I started a series called "The Only Child". This artwork tells the life of a lonely child who grows up making art to escape from the reality. I had a very happy childhood. Although I am not accompanied by friends of my age, my parents cared about me very much. However, not every child has such a childhood. So I want to show this problem of an only child through my art work to let more people understand what loneliness looks like and what an only child goes through.