Artist of the Month

The Sonoran Arts League “Artist of the Month” submissions and voting are both held
during the monthly General Meetings.   Participating artists submit during the general meeting and must be a League member.

2018 Artist of the Month


 "My ultimate goal is to share my paintings which reveal how I love and enjoy the simple treasures around me." - Leslie Austin

"One of my passions is sculpting with Fiber clay. It's very easy to work with and a very forgiving medium.  My work tends to be very whimsical.  If you walk by one of my pieces and it makes you smile, then I've done my job.  The world we live in these days is fraught with anger, war, and discontent.  If one of my sculptures takes your mind off your problems, even for a little while, then I am quite happy.
My other passion is teaching.  Having been a public school teacher for 37 years, I have a love for sharing what I know.  And now, I get to combine this passion with my passion for sculpting, and I am one happy woman!!!  Being able to show a person how to create a sculpture and take away their fear of trying something new is thrilling to me.   When a student walks out of class with a piece of art to be proud of.  Well, it doesn't get any better than that!!!" - Joanie Wolter

"My art is both deeply personal yet global, drawing on my experiences as a cultural anthropologist. Throughout my life, the natural world, cultural differences in art expression, and a background of artistic experimentation have been my inspirations.
When I discovered gourds, they immediately appealed to me as the perfect art medium with which to partner. They lend themselves to so many different designs, materials, and processes I love to use: they can be left whole, they can be opened, cleaned and made into bowls or containers with lids, they can be carved, dyed, or adorned with natural materials, they can be woven on, sport handles, be made to look like metal, ceramic, even wood. Further, because each gourd has unique qualities, having been a living entity, every piece of artwork is the outcome of collaboration between the gourd and me, and sometimes we don't see eye-to-eye!
My studio is a special where clocks don't tick and the only reality is what challenges lie in front of me on my worktable.   I thrive when my pursuit of creation defines the parameters of the day." - Jan Downey

"Dadra Hunt, aka dhSeadragon, is a metal sculptor.  Her unique wildlife art and custom pet portraits are extremely detailed and dimensional.  Using memories, photographs, and mental images formed from feelings or impressions, Dadra forges her metal works.  Each one-of-a-kind piece  is hand cut and shaped, then layered, welded, and colored.  Often she incorporates items such as stained glass,  feathers, semi precious stones, and crystals to enhance her sculptures. Her finished works are not only true-to-life, but convey a strong sense of character.  This is achieved through the positioning of a piece, the expression on a face, and depth from the textures and layering of the metal." - Dadra Hunt   

"I am a self taught artist. Creativity in some form has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. I've worked in several forms of artistic expression, sculpting, watercolor, pastels, and acrylics.  I currently find my passion leaning toward fluid acrylic painting. Using acrylic glazing and pouring techniques my paintings have taken on an almost organic feel.  These techniques are giving me a much anticipated creative "Spark". A personal release of enthusiasm and creativity I haven't felt in years. I have only touched the surface of the possibilities this medium has to offer.  I look forward to exploring and expressing my visions on canvas and paper for all to enjoy!" - Valerie West 

"There is something magical about forming hot (1800 degrees) steel with a hammer. The hammer becomes an extension of his arm as he works the pliable metal. His hammers range from little 1-pounders up to a 110-pound "BigBlu" power hammer.  Steel can take on an amazing variety of textures as it is heated in the forge and worked with various hammers.  Art is everywhere."  - Paul Diefenderfer