Artist Archive2020-01-27T20:52:35+00:00



Dream outside the lines

Born in Mobile Alabama in 1956, Cheryl spent her young adulthood traveling the world. She leapt throughout Southeast Asia; India, Austrtalia, Thialand and most recently New York and Kauai, Haiwii. During her travels she was constantly inspired by the vast colours and textures represented not just in traditonal art, but in fabrics, earth, spices and the food.

Taking a break from the fast-paced city and metropolitan environment, Cheryl escaped to live a life of spiritual enlightenment in multiple Ashram Temples for over 11 years. She practiced in-depth meditation and Bhakti Yoga; while learning the art of peace and patience. Living in India was the true inspiration for the art you see today. Motivated by the amazing color present in nearly all aspects of life, she held all her daily impressions inside until moving to New York in 1987. Pressured by her intense career in the performing arts , she could not hold the vast images inside any longer. Cheryl’s stressfull situation warrented a release and forced her to develop the vivid visions she had trapped in her mind. Starting with watercolors, she eventually transitioned into her favorite medium of acrylics on canvas.

Today, Cheryl lives in Houston with her artist husband Ron Burgess; in their living gallery. They work together to develop and implement new inspired ideas on a daily basis. Thinking creatively is at the heart of their relationship. Their love of our city, our food and Urban Eats is inspring to us and we know Cheryl’s art will be inspiring to you.


I am a woman with many interests who loves new challenges, to experiment and develop new techniques and skills for my art.

My paintings are abstract expressionism and I use many layers of colors and texture with different types of paints, inks, mica, paper, and resin to draw the viewer into each piece. I enjoy the personal freedom that the abstract process allows. The journey of turning chaos into order really excites me. I often do not use traditional rules while creating each piece. Instead, each work evolves into unique designs and color combination by my intuition as a guide and the spontaneity process of my painting technique of mixing the colors and medium. I get my inspiration for my designs from my inner voice and creative energy as well as the places I travel.

I love using vivid colors and metallic in my art to bring a luminous look and make the painting come alive. Pouring, tilting, dragging, scrubbing, spraying and flicking paint are just a few of the techniques I use to get the results I am going for.

Most of my paintings are created on a wooden substrate and then resined to bring out the intensity and layering of colors. Some of my newer works are created with alcohol inks on plexi-glass that gives a blown glass appearance.

Simon’s studio is located at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards Street, Studio #310, Houston, Texas, 77007. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions or to schedule an appointment at or 713-857-5121.


Sharlene Bozeman has a way of infiltrating any area with such intense, complex colors; creating an engaging space. The local artists’ colorful paintings permeate the scene as well as the scenes. “Painting and creating art is my passion, blending it into an interior is my expertise,” Bozeman stated. Her combination of bold coloring and intriguing designs are truly entrancing. Much like watching an aquarium, you feel tranquil and almost lost in the movement and array of hues in Bozeman’s paintings.

Her father was a cartoonist and drew all the time. “I didn’t think I had any talent,” said Bozeman. She worked all her life in sales; mostly furniture and design sales. “I lost passion for everything,” Bozeman admitted. She added she wanted a chance to give something instead of just selling something. Bozeman shared she prayed for a long time for her passion to return. Then a friend took her to a painting class. Bozeman professed, “I couldn’t get over how the colors on the white canvas exploded and looked so rich.” She started painting as a hobby. She experimented with mixtures of different mediums and discovered ink was her favorite.

Bozeman explained she blends ink using different techniques and tools to create unique textures and color patterns. She explained her love, spirit, and joy for life are translated onto the paper and “it lives.” Bozeman revealed, “I feel like I’m following a trail designed for my life. I’m in love with my work and never tire of it.” She believes the most important aspect of her work is to move people and to give them something. Bozeman declared, “My love for color, many years of experience with home decor, furniture, home sales, designing room plans and selecting fabrics and furniture gives me the knowledge to select just the right painting for any space.” She told that others often express how her paintings whisper or speak or even sing to them. She stated, “It is my hope that my art brings out a playful melody in your heart and brings joy and excitement to your home.”

To view more artist works and where to see her art locally visit, phone (281)772-2551 or via email:


Crystal Murley is a visual artist that received her BFA in painting and design from the University of Houston. Crystal maintains her residency in Houston as she continues to create works of art that have been showcased across the nation. She has been honored with having her work published in Studio Visit Magazine as well as being one of the Top 10 Finalist in The Hunting Art Prize, a state wide painting competition.

Crystal is a modern renaissance woman, creating small and large scale works of art. Her portfolio is both diverse in size as well as medium. From wearable art, unique belt buckles, to woven mannequin heads, to sculptural paint that is suspended on the wall, her perception is unique and emotive. She has been commissioned for paintings, murals, advertisements, logos, and business cards. She enjoys printmaking, jewelry design, photography, and silk screen.

Crystal believes in hard work and dedication to her craft. She continues to grow through life experience and educates herself through experimenting with various mediums. Throughout the years Crystal’s work has become primarily abstract. She uses color fields and obsessive mark making as forms of expression. When talking about her work, she explains, “I work based on my emotions and personal experiences. At times, my work can be extremely personal; this can only be sensed by the viewer due to complete abstraction. My work is passionate on every level.”

Crystal owns and operates her own art studio in the Houston neighborhood of Oak Forest. Understanding the struggle and cost associated with a gallery show in Houston, Crystal works with new artists to showcase their art and provide a space for them to receive feedback from their peers. Helping the new artist grow and sale their work, gives Crystal a sense of pride and giving back to the community.

Crystal has always been a strong advocate of donating to any charitable organization that is helping to create a better world for those less fortunate. She continues to donate original art, as well as the proceeds from the sale of her art, to local charities.

To view more artist works and where to see her art locally visit, phone (713)628-0780 or via email.


Whether I’m painting a pastoral landscape, a colorful pastry display, or dancers in a passionate embrace, my work weaves together layers and layers of meaning and textures to inspire endless interpretations. My paintings are improvisations on realistic images with imaginative techniques, extravagant use of pattern, design, and color, and a strong emotional dimension.

I am a mixed media artist, layering together images, designs, shapes and colors. I paint with both acrylic and oil paints, using them to their best advantage, depending on the project. I often combine paint with a variety of collage elements, integrating the paint and collage to form a cohesive and complete whole. Collage enhances clarity, adds a sense of playfulness, vitality, and a surreal aspect to a carefully crafted, realistic painting. Collage is an assemblage of various small objects and forms, which sometimes include layers of paper, found objects, fabric, string, cardboard, or metal leaf. Metal leaf adds a strong element of reflectivity, shimmer, and added space.

I am most inspired by beauty in nature, interesting people, and exciting displays of food, which often engage all of my senses and sensibilities. I enjoy the process of making inventive, innovative art, which stirs something in me, and hope that it will touch the viewer as well. I use additive processes in creating my work, endlessly embellishing images, and then carving back into them again to find the real, hidden story underneath each painting.

To view more of Diane’s work visit, phone (713)819-6377 or via email.


Rozi Turnbull was born in Dorking (Surrey), England, a middle child from a musical and artistic family encouraged to paint form a young age. Her early career was in high end fashion in London. She studied art at the University of Alaska-Anchorage and has taught art on and off for 22 years. Turnbull has exhibited in Scotland, Indonesia and in the United States in Houston, Conroe and Bastrop, Texas, as well as Anchorage, Alaska. Her awards include “Best of Show” at the 2001 Girdwood Mountain Arts Festival (Anchorage), the “People’s Choice” at the 2000 UAA Faculty show and several top-three wins in annual juried shows at the Conroe Art League.

Turnbull served as President of the Watercolor Art Society of Alaska in 2000 was the International Exhibition Chair for the 2002 Watercolor Art Society of Houston, Exhibition Chairperson for the 2008 and 2009 Indonesian Heritage Society’s Art and Photography Exhibition. She has also organized successful art shows in Alford and Inverurie, Scotland, as well as presiding over the Anchorage Center for Families “Paint-A-Thon.” She was a chosen Artist to contribute to the “Bootiful Wimberley” project in Wimberley, Texas in 2014, painting two 6-foot fiberglass cowboy boots that are on permanent display in the town.

“My Work is a continual attempt to understand the personality of a single brushstroke, when it has life and movement, when it compromises and blends, where it is so direct and purposefully placed that it rings true.

I am inspired by nature and my surroundings, ever changing skies, seascapes, landscapes and the abstract that I can see in it. I am influenced by the work of Winslow Homer, Turner, Monet and Van Gogh. Each for the fresh life their work still holds, their personality and emotion that shows through the loose brushstrokes.

I strive to achieve a certain freshness and energy in my work, allowing some soft unfinished edges where one can follow and let the imagination wander. This visual communication invites the viewer to complete the narrative, by bringing his or her own experiences to it.

My new work is the passage from the inspiration, through the struggle, and finally the resolution. I allow each painting the freedom to change in this process, it is in the give and take and acceptance with the medium. A design balance for me with each stroke affecting the next. I feel I have achieved my aim when the viewer can find a connection.”

Turnbull currently works and teaches out of her Rice Military/Heights area studio in Houston. For more information about Rozi Turnbull, please visit:


Abstracciones del Mar y de la Tierra

Soraya Bodorff is a painter, photographer and a collage maker. She paints shoes, she writes lyrics. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she completed her BFA in Fine Art with an emphasis in Painting/Drawing. She also studied with Professor Tony Phillips, Judith Geichman and with New York Magazine’s senior art critic Jerry Saltz in Chicago and New York. Her primarily focus is exploring The Dream Course and Abstract Expressionism.

After school she moved to New York City where she worked at the New Museum of Contemporary Art before moving to San Francisco where she studied Graphic Design at The Academy of Art College of San Francisco.

Brought up in a Swedish/Columbian multicultural background, art history, theater and music were a dominant influence. Her family introduced her to traveling abroad at an early age; her father was a sailor with the Norwegian merchant marines. Soraya also studied in Barcelona, Spain and believes she was able to transmit influences from her favorite architect, Anton Gaudi, into her works.

Soraya continues to have vivid dreams of having lived in the city of Atlantis in a past life and also explores her dreams involving space travel. She is inspired by fashion icon Alexander McQueen, film directors Alfred Hitchcock and Tim Burton, photographer Cindy Sherman, harajuku fashion, and her favorite musician, David Bowie.

She lives and works in the Montrose district of Houston, Texas, and when she’s not producing her paintings you can find her at a park, bike riding, practicing yoga, dancing, attending music shows, and chasing birds and butterflies. She relates closely to the lyric from the band Ministry: “Well I live with snakes and lizards and other things that go bump in the night.”

For Soraya, intuition and without prior sketching, mystical creatures and mystique are organically created. She like to spend an abundance of time in area parks where she can surround herself with and absorb the energy and vibrations of nature, while observing and receiving inspiration from the creatures that inhabit this world, which she translates onto her canvas. Music festivals are a place she observes the clouds. A feeling of euphoria overcomes her as she goes about her day and life with the creatures of this world following in the form of various insects, birds, and things of various characteristics along with divine energy.

For more information about Soraya Bodorff, please visit:



I started my artistic career depicting reality in nature and life and have evolved to a more abstract representation of that reality. I view my work as an exciting journey into the unknown – working intuitively, linking one idea to the next progressing toward a finished piece. This method enables me to keep my work fresh and creative. With each step there are unlimited choices to reach a final destination. Working in a variety of mediums is a way to constantly explore new possibilities and to push the composition to the limit. Early in my career Edgar Degas and then later Robert Rauschenberg has been most influential in my work – giving me permission to try anything.


MaryAnn has been studying and practicing art since the late 1960’s. She currently belongs to and participates in the Watercolor Art Society of Houston, Visual Art Alliance, and PrintMatters – winning various ribbons and awards at each. She is past President of Visual Arts Alliance, Northwest Art League and “Lone Star Art Guild” which is an organization representing approximately 15 Art groups located throughout Southeast Texas. She also is Chairman of the Pearl Fincher Art Museum Guild, leading it’s members on monthly art excursions.

MaryAnn has an intense love of art, which she expresses and promotes through her continuous support of these organizations. Her studying has consisted of taking courses at formal educational institutions as well as specialized tutorial sessions with various experts. She continually experiments with a variety of techniques and mediums living up to her motto: “The only failure is not to try”.

MaryAnn is a firm believer that “practice is the best learning tool”, and this has enabled her to become proficient in a variety of medium .achieving “Elite” status in the Watercolor Art Society Houston. For several years she has conducted workshops and given demonstrations of her art techniques in Houston and surrounding towns. She also donates numerous pieces of her work each year to various worthwhile charity auctions.

She has participated in the Houston Art Crawl, Bayou City art festival, Houston International, Woodlands, Conroe, Kingwood, Galveston and Heights art festivals over the years. Her work has made its way to various states across this country and Europe. She has also been associated with numerous galleries over the years. Most recently winning the Woodlands High School, Woodlands, Texas trust purchase award 1st place.

For more information about MaryAnn Lucas, please visit:

Ernesto Guerra

For some, dreams are simply a succession of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.  We live them subconsciously but they are doomed to dissolve at day break.  We are fortunate if even a trace of them remains after they flee.  If we are truly lucky, the experience endures, haunts and gnaws at us until we have not choice but to give it breath and color.

Mexican mixed media artist Ernesto Guerra was born in Chicago, Illinois.  Born the 11th of 12 children, Guerra’s innate artistic gifts surfaced through necessity.  When the family could not afford ornaments one Christmas, young Ernesto transformed some leftover McDonald’s containers into his first object d’art for the tree.  While it seemed he was on his way, his burgeoning creativity was later stunted at age 9 by a figure who should have been a source of encouragement– his 4th grade teacher.  She spurned Guerra’s submission to a school art contest and cast a spell that would hold his destiny captive for more than 20 years with the utterance of a single phrase
You are not talented.

The caged bird did not find his wings again until after he moved to New York, City in 2000.  He would work there for 9 years as Director of Operations in the demanding hospitality industry.  Stressed and stricken with tinnitus, Guerra realized he was stuck in a job he no longer enjoyed and felt his life had begun to speak to him.  It did not seem right to feel empty in one of the busiest cities on earth.  After one hard day at work, Guerra came home to find an unused paint kit that belonged to his roommate.  He picked up the brush and never put it down again.  The spell had been broken.

Guerra abandoned New York City for Houston, TX where he rejected any submission the subjectivity of art instructors in favor of taking ownership of his own artistic development.  He honed his craft through trial and error.  The self-led experience gave him the necessary validation to reclaim his destiny, a gamble that resulted in his work being featured at such venues as The East End Studio, Gallery, Talento Bilingue de Houston, M.E.C.A, Dionisio Winery, Fbar and his very first show which was featured in NYC.

Today, he shares his love through the creations in his current retrospective In Dreams.  When asked about the exhibition and his personal statement on the collection, Guerra offered: “This exhibit is my most important one yet!  This show will be a compilation of painting that I have created throughout the years and some new exciting pieces.  I paint because it allows me to be in the moment to document the joys in my life.  While I paint, I feel completely connected to my subjects and allow my faith to guide me to completion.  I hope that my artistic expressions will bring joy to your day and inspire you to bring your own dreams to life with color.


Artist’s Statement:

“I am an artist who specializes in paintings/drawings in acrylics and oils using various methods such as palette knife, brushes and fluid media. I was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh through his use of texture to convey a sense of realism and movement through his work. He “breathes life” into an inanimate painting. Other masters are also admired and studied with their portrayal of light and dark to capture the drama of the objects being represented.


I completed my Masters in International Business from Saint Thomas University and spent 26 years in Corporate America. All through my life, I always thought I should have been an artist. I’m very happy to have rediscovered my first love, set aside for more practical things in my younger life.

My parents moved from the Philippines when I was 9 years old and as the 9th child of 10 kids, I spent my early years trying to reconcile my Asian past with my Western future. I recall trying to decide what to keep and what to let go of. My art reflects this fusion of two great cultures culminating in my “style”.

My philosophy is “Live and Let Live” and I celebrate the diversity that makes us all unique creatures of this earth. I love the freedom to express ideas that Art has allowed me to explore.

I participated in art lessons as a child and in various college level art instructions but I am mostly self-taught.”

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Artist’s Statement:

Stability, order, organization, control, these are all things many people take great comfort in. Acting as an armor, the systematic predictability disguises the unruly chaos of the uncontrollable outside world. My work unveils the chaos of unpredictability of internal disorder while still having a technique with control and stability.

I work with a variety of mediums including acrylic, oil, and aerosol paints, charcoal, gold leaf, photography and print material. I recognize the chaos instead of fighting it then use several medium combinations and techniques to capture and create, what I call, art.

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Artist’s Statement:

San Francisco native, Houston based artist Hugo Perez works in acrylic and pastel to develop highly textural, emotive figures. The subjects in his work can be described as idealistic, cubist in nature and informed with the cultural history of his background. Perez received a BFA from the Art Institute in 2010 and spent several years developing brands for fortune 500 companies before partnering up with longtime friend, Adrian Stuart, to launch the creative consultancy firm, Here Till Sunday, which blends fine art, marketing and environmental design.

Perez studio is located in the 77007 zip code in Houston. | @hugoperezart | You may reach him via email at


Artist’s Statement:

On the front end, there are cameras. They offer us a chance to change perspective, time lapse or even color range. Post-processing goes past those changes to create something beyond the extraordinary. I believe photography is the entire process that goes from capturing what the eye can’t see, to crafting new sights you can admire and share.

On the back end, there is the art. Art gets interesting when it presents something that is not only new, but also unexpected. New ideas, new discussions rarely sprout from a mundane environment. I just can’t leave you with anything ordinary. Instead, I want to fill your environments with concepts that can’t be unseen.

The Guy

Hi! I’m Cyriaque (pronounced “seeree-ack”, but I also answer to “hey, you!”). French by nationality, Texan by choice, unable to get rid of my accent, but definitely and uncompromisingly Houstonian. Engineer by trade, I like the order of things, from how they are created, to how they work and, ultimately, improved. Ever since I developed my first black and white print at age 11, I have kept a passion for photography. It’s not just pressing the shutter, it is creating something new, something unique, every time.

I work with a variety of tools, based on the situation. From my Canon 5D Mark IV to my DJI Phantom 4 Pro, and a few others in between. There is no one-size-fits-all camera I can ever be happy with. As a result, I became a bit of a gear hoarder, with quite a few lenses, filters, tripods, external lights and even backpack configurations that each allow me to provide a unique twist on a captured moment. And because technology has been made available to us, from PTGui, to Photomatix, to Photoshop, there are even more tools I am using on the post-processing side to take these pictures even a few steps further.

Going Beyond the Print

Between exhibitions and art festivals, most of my photography activity for 2018 falls into the Art category. I want my collectors to have more than just a pretty piece of visual on their wall, so I am developing the prints in two ways:

  1. Art often brings awareness, but good intentions are hardly tangible. More than art, we need compassion. So for selected pieces, still at regular price, 50% of the proceeds will go to targeted local associations who are doing an excellent and much needed job at improving our community.
  2. Living in the digital age, anything can be upgraded. That should apply to conventional art too. My metal prints come with a QR code that links to their own dedicated page. On there you will get more information about the image, and, in some cases, access a cinemagraph, i.e. a short video loop that bring a still image to life, and further expresses its intent.

Milhau’s studio is located in the 77007 zip code in Houston.
You may follow him on:
Instagram: @frenchtexan
Facebook: @frenchtexanphoto
or contact him directly via:
Phone: 713.865.2240


Artist’s Statement:

I create from everyday life. I’m in constant vibration in the world around me, whether it be nature or everyday happenings around the world. Making art is like prayer, meditative connection with my soul and a sense of peacefulness.

After being diagnosed with life threatening illness and ongoing depression, a friend suggested I take a healing art class. I had always appreciated art but never thought of painting. I had been an Accountant for over twenty years so this was something totally new for me. From the first day I took that class I knew that was my calling. Without any formal education in Art, I read about other abstract expressionists I had always admired. I consider myself as a self-taught artist. I have no rules. Rarely do I ever know how a painting is going to turnout. I just stay within the vibration in myself. I call that my connection with God.

The face series gets me into my life’s stages, pain and victories. Although none of the faces are a specific person I see a little bit of myself in all of them. Looking into the eyes is like looking in the windows of the soul.

I like to use many colors. The colors form harmonies and melodies that resonate off the canvas and reverberate in the mind and heart of the viewer. It’s like visual music. I just want a person to be emotionally connected in his or her own way.

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Artist’s Statement:

My varies from representational to abstract and is primarily done in acrylic and oil paint with glazes. Currently, I find inspiration in the impressionistic works and my surrounding environment. My art fulfills a personal need and represents my life’s journey. My style is characterized by energetic brushwork applied in small, quick strokes which captures the light and color from nature.


Candis has been fascinated all of her life with Fine Arts including Painting and Drawing. She studied Fine Art at the Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art. She is currently enjoying a rebirth and has entered into a new phase after many turns in the road along her career path which took her in and out of Corporate America. She renewed her Fine Art studies at the Glassell School of Art in Houston and the Chelsea Classical Studios in New York. She has traveled extensively to see many works of Art in such countries as France, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom including Monet and the Dutch Masters. She is currently entering into a phase where she is seeking exhibition opportunities and markets for her artworks.

For more information:

Instagram: @candissmithart
Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St. , Ste 302, Houston, TX 77007

Carol Simon

Carol Simon is a native Houstonian and abstract expressionist artist. She has been creating art in different forms throughout her life as a hobby. In 2011, after her daughters went off to college, she started taking painting lessons and found the immediate happiness that abstract expressionism invoked in her. She realized that being an artist was her calling and has made it her full time career ever since. She likes to experiment with different types of mediums and substrates in her work. She uses vibrant colors that bring each piece to life. Simon’s gets her inspiration for many of her pieces from the glass artist, Dale Chilhuly.

She has participated in a number of group exhibitions in both Texas and California. Simon is an alumna of the University of Texas in Austin where she received a BS in Advertising. In 2014-15, she taught art and art history to elementary students at City Artworks and in 2015 covered the art scene as contributing writer for the Houston Inner Looper Newspaper.

In 2016, after working with several different types of up-cycled materials in her art pieces and seeing several community art installations, she decided to lead a community wide, permanant public art project for the First Ward of Houston, using 10,000 water and soda bottles to form a colorful flower garden on a 150 ft fence on Houston Avenue and Edwards Street.

For more information:
Facebook @carolsimonstudio
Instagram @carolsimonstudio
Studio at The Silos on Sawyer, Suite 207

Barbara Rubenstein

Art takes me to a fanciful, fabulous place surrounded by beautiful color and dramatic feeling.  My creations are an expression of what I sense in the world around me. I strive to convey my feelings through the use of many layers of color, texture and movement.

My hope is that you will be inspired and energized by what you see.  I hope that you sense a connection that evokes good feelings and creates a special memory. I hope that my art will take you, as it does me, to a fanciful fabulous place.

Barbara retired from commercial banking in 2005 and began studying art.  She paints in the genre referred to as “abstract expressionism”, primarily using acrylics, ink and clay.  Barbara is noted for rich layers of color and texture.  Her work seamlessly melds geometric elements with vibrancy, spontaneity, and organic form.

Barbara and her family live in Houston, TX and have a vacation home in Santa Fe, NM.  Much of Barbara’s inspiration comes from nature, particularly the rich colors and awe-inspiring landforms found in Santa Fe.

For more information:
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Instagram @barbararubensteinart