Blues Cuvée Artist: Susan DysingerSo many of our Wine Club members and visitors to our tasting room have seen our Blues Cuvée labels and said that we should contact Susan Dysinger whose art they felt would be a perfect addition to our collection. We checked out Susan’s website, gave her a call, and met her at her studio. There she showed us many of her pieces and described in detail the process of etching in aquatint. We were quite impressed and chose “Barrelhouse” for our 2001 & 2002 Blues Cuvée wines. Susan studied drawing and painting at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the State College in Plattsburg, New York. In 1973, she began printmaking at the Laguna Beach School of Art where, combined with her love of music, she created a unique style of etching in aquatint and mono-type that today represents a vivid portrait of American Blues and Jazz musicians. Susan works in her own printmaking studio in Laguna Beach, California. This allows her to maintain complete control over the many steps involved to produce her work. Susan is a long time exhibitor at the annual summer Laguna Beach Festival of Arts and also at the Sawdust Festival. Please visit her website at: susandysinger.com
Blues Cuvée Artist: J.C. Jaress
The fourth artist to provide us with original artwork for our Blues Cuvée series is J.C. Jaress from Los Angeles, California. J.C. actually found us, during a weekend visit to our valley. While visiting our tasting room, he saw our previous Blues Cuvée art, and he felt his work would fit right in. He then sent us samples of his portfolio and we really liked what we saw. He later brought up actual pieces for us to see first hand and we were impressed enough to decide to have him paint our fourth artwork
About his work, J.C. says, “I’m basically a figurative painter who is most interested in capturing the mood and feel of the moment, of exposing something about the subject. My work style is expressionistic in use of color and application of paint.”
Much of J.C.’s subject matter has been portraits of musicians. J.C. admits, “I’m a big fan of jazz and blues, and I use music to create a mood in my mind; the mood that I am hoping to incorporated into my work. The best paintings are the ones where I listen to the painting, when I remove my ego from the process and allow the painting to become what it is intended to be.”
J.C. has been recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Art Association, which besides enabling him to further develop his own art career, also allows him to get involved in a movement that seeks to sponsor and encourage other emerging artist within the Los Angeles area.
We have enjoyed our collaboration with this fine person and rising artist and we are tremendously pleased to present J.C.’s work, entitled “Blowin’ the Blues.”
You may contact J.C. at: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Artist: Mary Kuder
Mary began her studies and work as an artist in 1977 at the Laguna Beach School of Art, but has spent most of her career in the San Francisco area, principally in Mill Valley. Mary says of her style, “the figures I draw embrace the action, so as to capture the essence of the moment; to create a spontaneous dialogue of motion and emotion. Each piece is a statement of my personal seduction by the subject, and my desire to enter into its’ magic, mystery and grace”. When I first spoke with Mary about the Blues Cuvée artist series, she immediately knew that she wanted to do a piece for it. With blues music vibrating the walls of her studio, Mary produced our first Blues Cuvée painting and it is stunning! She has captured the motion and emotion of the true blues singer and guitarist. I look at the image and I can almost hear Muddy Waters singing the blues!