Rosanna Sanchez or Black Sparrow
Is native of San Angelo Texas born in colorful Latin family and began her art journey at the age of eleven when she discovered the magical world of anime while visiting her grandmother in Mexico. Captivated by the large expressive eyes she began practicing by pausing animes like Sailor Moon that she recorded on an old vhs and began tracing the images on a piece of computer paper using the television as a make shift light box. It wasn’t until at the age of twenty-six after not creating for nine years did she pick up a pencil and paints and was once again ignited with the desire to create an artistic voice and world of her own. A world that just happens to be filled with melancholy girls that she affectionately calls “my odd little ducks.”
Many of her works touch on the subjects of loss, sadness, and heartbreak. She loves adding a black background to all of her paintings to add a sense of coldness and isolation with the juxtaposition of bright warm colors to bring out the girls and their emotions to the forefront. Rosanna’s love for creating art stems from a desire to speak an unspoken language that can portray many emotions that people are scared or ashamed to share (herself included) she likes to allow everyone to make their own interpretation of what her girls wish to tell them because she believes everyone’s lives are unique and beautiful and she wants nothing more than for the viewer to find their own story and voice through her art and girls she paints. Rosanna tools of the trade consist of watercolor and other mixed media such as graphite pencil, colored pencil and acrylic. She loves using soft colors to add a dream like atmosphere, and add a lot of sharp angles and pointed heads to off-set that softness and add a bit of creepiness to her work.
(American B. 1983), A.K.A.
Dream the product, is a mixed media artist best known for his creation of the culture rock genre. Bright and vibrant colors combined with the use of spary paints, oil paint, acrylic, and markers have truly brought numerous modern and pop culture filles pieces to life.
West Texas (San Angelo) raised, Gabriel’s introduction to art began as child leading to
stardom as a professional in 2006 as an expressionist.
Gabriel leans on his Mexican-American roots to promote happiness, freedom, and
motivation in his work.
Raul Ruiz, the man known as the “Sheep Shearing Artist of West Texas” for over 30 years now, was born in Tom Green County, November 3, 1959 to Daniel and Clara Ruiz. As a child, Raul began to show a strong artistic talent that has followed him from his school day to the present. As a native of Eola, Raul seemed to be granted the serenity and seclusion of a small town. As a teenager, close to his 20’s, Raul labored as a sheep sheerer in the family business prior to the onset of his career as an artist.
In the mid 70’s Raul began an apprenticeship with the late Dwight C. Holmes, a nationally recognized and renowned artist and sculptor who was a member of a generation of well-known artists. Holmes apprenticed with the Taos painters and painted with Porfirio Salina and Robert Wood in the 1900’s. Mr. Holmes led Raul into the same mediums of art teaching, passing on a generation of celebrated talent. After nine years of study, Raul’s apprenticeship ended with the passing of the great artist, his friend and mentor. Raul has painted some of the most beautiful landscapes in Texas and some of the most recognized sculptures in the State.
Raul’s work has caught the eye of many and has been recognized on several occasions including being chosen as Latino West Texas Artist for the month of March 2017, through Univision Spanish Television. Ruiz has also been selected to participate in painting an ornament for the Christmas tree at the Texas Capital, under Representative Drew Darby-District 72.