Santa Fe Art Online is a growing entity with an interest in bringing art (paintings, jewelry, sculpture) to those who seek it. Furthermore, Santa Fe Art Online is interested in educating the Santa Fe community. This will come by way of educational content and possibly offering classes and workshops in the future. Currently, There are two featured artists on S.F.A.O.
William Thompson is a native of Wisconsin who moved with his family to the west as a young adolescent. He immediately fell in love with the mountains and high desert landscapes and has returned after many years to live and paint in New Mexico. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and has been painting since he was about 8 years old. A graduate of the University of Utah, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, and The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC, he has been a pastor, a social activist, a university teacher, counselor and spiritual director for over forty-five years. He is also a husband, father, and a very good friend.
Katherine Beck: Born in New Mexico, raised in Los Angeles, inspired in Barcelona and set free in Santiago, I am a mixed media artist who works with discarded materials.
Whether it is the damp urban posters that announce a show I want to see, or a cardboard box that has been decomposing in the Southwest heat, I select materials that inspire dialogue about impermanence and renewal. By gluing the recycled paper onto a canvas, I have found a way to convert litter into images about my personal experience, as well as collective memory. My art is part of a larger conversation going on about systemic disintegration and decay, as well as the potential for transformation within chaos and breakdown. It has been my continual pleasure to be surprised by the way these cast-off and otherwise disposable materials serve to describe my inner landscape. My studio time is currently split between Santa Fe, where I also work as an art therapist, and my home in the foothills of the Andes, outside of Santiago, where I have a silk screening studio.