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Jim Hollon, Painting

“Every subject has a story — simple, complex, strong, frail, or simply beautiful.  I want to discover it and capture it on canvas.  If a painting is to endure, its story must be appealing and clearly conveyed.  My quest is to achieve that.” ~Jim Hollon

Jim Hollon is a writer-turned-painter.  He spent much of his adult life pursuing a career as a journalist, editor and author.  Late in his career he was urged by a professional artist friend to “get serious” about his art.  He launched headlong into self-directed art studies.  He attended numerous art workshops conducted by artists whom he respected, read books and practiced, practiced, practiced

Jim Hollon

Jim has since had his art in galleries in Oregon and numerous art venues in Arizona, including participation for seven years (and counting) in the annual invitational Mountain Oyster Club show and sale, the prestigious Ironwood Gallery at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, the Four Corners Gallery in the Tucson Desert Art Museum, plus numerous guest artist showings in the Tucson and Tubac areas.  His art is in the homes of collectors from many parts of the U.S.

Jim resides now in Green Valley, Arizona with his wife, Barbara.

Are you interested in purchasing Jim Holllon’s work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.

Anna Carlson, Painting

“My art is like a diary made up of paintings rather than words. It is a reflection of my own daily spontaneous thoughts as well as strong feelings that come from my own, or my friends’ and family’s life events.” ~Anna Carlson

In my art, I express what I see, feel, and experience in my life. I often don’t set up the subject or idea before I start painting. I paint from inside out. As a ritual, I turn on music before I paint, and then I just let my feelings take over my hands and pour itself out onto the canvas. The paintings that result from this type of expression are the more spontaneous, free forms that can be seen in my paintings. And yet, there are other times where I can already see the whole picture before I even start. Those paintings can often be identified because I used straight lines and subjects, and the techniques used are much more controlled.

I like to try different techniques and am constantly learning something new in the process of creating my art. I choose the abstract art style because it gives me freedom and is less controlled. Variety and change excites me. I love adventure, meeting new people, and discovering new cultures. But I also need some organized, more controlled moments in my life. Those two elements–spontaneity and control/organization–are very important to me in creating complete harmony in my art forms.

My art is not about one specific subject. It is a window into my soul. I am often surprised and excited myself to see what is going to be revealed at the end of the creation. It is like a river that constantly flows and changes. It is very simple and pure from the outside, but deep beneath the surface, it is more than just art. It is life.

Are you interested in purchasing Anna Carlson’s work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.

Gretchen Lopez, Painting

I love to paint people, and I also love the added challenges, flesh tone color, proportioning, and capturing the spirit of the individual. Working from life, allows me to have more spontenaity in my work.” ~Gretchen Lopez



 Gretchen’s works are inspired, not only by her love of painting, but from her ethnic heritage, teaching, and the world around her. After majoring in advertising and design, she went on to study fashion illustration at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, then finished out her studies at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.  As a tenth generation Native of California, Gretchen is a descendant of the First Spanish Settlers and the California Rancheros, with roots stemming from the Chumash and Apache, her work is inspired by this rich Ethnic Heritage.  Vibrant color and spontaneity are expressed in the gentle beauty of the Native and Hispanic people she paints, and by combining the traditional with the contemporary, she is able to paint with freedom.  Gretchen lives in Northern Arizona, where she continues to pursue her love of painting, and has taught at the Sedona Arts Center for over 15 years.  She was nominated for the Viola Award for Excellence in Art Education, and has won awards in the Sedona Plein Aire Festival as well.  At the 2016 Sedona Plein aire Festival, judged by internationally known artist, Lori Putnam, Gretchen won the “Award of Merit”.  Her works are included in numerous private collections, both nationally and internationally, as well in exhibits at The Historic Phippen Museum of Western Art in Prescott Arizona.

Are you interested in purchasing Gretchen Lopez’s work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.

David K. John, Painting

“Paint from your heart; don’t just go along with the latest fad. Your art will last longer then.” ~David K. John

David K. John has lived his own words, working from his own inspiration, creating paintings based on Navajo mythology and stories. Communicating a quiet spirituality that speaks universally, his unique expressions are becoming more widely recognized and admired.


Raised by his great grandfather, David grew up hearing the stories and teachings of his homeland. In his art, John expresses his own interpretations of his childhood learning with the utmost care and respect. John has won many awards for his paintings and masks, including awards at the Intertribal Ceremonial in Gallup and the Santa Fe Indian Market. A sense of peace impacts admirers of David K. John’s paintings. Soft-spoken and humble, John adored his Grandfather, a medicine man who instilled profound, spiritual beliefs in the young Dine. John spent much of his childhood attending healing events-from seasonal rituals to sand painting ceremonies where he often participated and was instructed by the most revered members of his culture. Making no excuses for his spirituality, John is specific about his use of color. Like most native American tribes, the Dine associate particular colors with the four directions: yellow-the west, white- the east, turquoise-the south, and black- the north.

John’s characteristic messenger is the Yei Be Chei, an ethereal messenger to the Dine. Since exact replication of the sacred icon is taboo, he modifies the image to the satisfaction of his tribe’s spiritual leaders. According to collectors, the alteration does not affect the impact of the painting’s message. John believes passing on strong teachings is critical to a better future. He instructs his son and daughter in the teachings he was given. At the same time, he encourages them with 21st century technologies. The children are already perpetuating tradition by selling their own artwork.

Are you interested in purchasing David K. John’s work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.

Lisa Larrabee, Painting

“I want to create an elegant, ethereal quality that translates into a form of visual poetry.”~ Lisa Larrabee

Lisa Larrabee is a fine artist painting and teaching in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona. After graduating first in her class from the esteemed Kansas City Art Institute, Lisa began working traditionally in portraiture. Combining accuracy and observation with the intangible qualities of each individual subject proved challenging and rewarding. In addition to her portraits, Lisa was lured by the poetic potential to communicate feelings through landscape paintings. She finds inspiration in the colors, patterns and ever-changing light of landscapes. Lisa’s landscape paintings often capture a sense of atmosphere, rich color and the lost edges typical of Tonalism.

Lisa LarrabeeWe are all interconnected with our environment. Our emotions and experiences are often reflected in nature through repeating patterns that affect all living things. To explore this concept, Lisa began experimenting with combining figures and landscapes in ways that manipulate boundaries and allow for similar rhythms, colors and values to merge.   These paintings imply the connection, both physically and symbolically, between the figure and their environment. Lisa describes her work as capturing moments where we feel one with our surroundings. “My paintings focus on transitional moments in both landscapes and in life. Seasons change, days begin and end, children are born and grow. We are part of a universal story. I use the relationship between the figure and the environment in a way that is increasingly allegorical.”

Lisa Larrabee has received recognition and awards in numerous international juried exhibitions. Her work has been displayed in New York City, Kimberly, WI, Scottsdale, AZ, Kansas City, MO, Tucson, AZ and is in private collections across the country. As an instructor at the Southwest University of Visual Arts, Lisa is continuously inspired by the creativity of her students. She is also inspired by the inquisitive nature of her young twin boys who are always exploring and pointing out the beauty in everyday things around them.

Are you interested in purchasing Lisa Larrabee’s work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.

C.A. Santa Maria, Painting

“We clasp the hands of those who go before us, and the hands of those who come after us; and the larger circle of all creatures, passing in and out of life, who move also in a dance, to a music so subtle and vast that no ear hears it except in fragments.” (Wendell Berry) ~C. A. Santa Maria

My Vermont childhood was tapping maple trees, sugar on snow, white wooden church steeples, hanging clothes on the line outside.  Much later came the songs and drums of west Africa, the potters and poets of Mexico.  This was a time of memories of stepping off a plane in Accra into a heat that never left,  a market place filled with the glorious pandemonium of peppery smells, swirls and swishes of deep magentas, wildly lush, savory greens, yellows that filled the sky.


For the next 20 years Mexico graciously shared its strange, exquisite visions of the Huichol, the Oaxacan carved alebrije dream animals, the mysteries and spiritual Days of the Dead.   Infused by this rich variety of “poems” that people live every day,  my art builds on the sounds and magic of the Caribbean, a way of life that is at once simple and yet a complicated mix of ancient Toltec, Maya, Otomi.  I received my Masters from Darmouth College (Hanover, NH) but Africa and Mexico taught me how to be a human being.


My time is divided now by the seasons in Mexico and Vermont.  Lately the night sky of the southwest has called to me.   I still hang my clothes outside because they smell of the sun and the sky when they come off the line.  Because I imagine the sweet, soft breezes that make them dance come from places that have secret songs and if I am patient enough perhaps I can learn them.

Annie is the April 2016 featured artist. Please follow this link to read more: About Annie Santa Maria


Are you interested in purchasing C. A. Santa Maria’s work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.

Brandon Bailey, Painting

” Wildlife art has always come naturally to me, I have been fascinated by
both art and the outdoors for as long as I can remember.” ~Brandon Bailey

From as early as he can remember Brandon Bailey has had an immense interest in art.  From doing pencil drawings as a child and teenager, Brandon built a foundation which would lead into to a career as a fine artist.

brandon-baileyWhile in high school Bailey was commissioned by the Game and Fish of Wyoming to create drawings for their hunting regulations that are published worldwide.  During working with the game and fish, Brandon began to show his work at outdoor shows.  In 2010 while attending college, Brandon was invited to participate in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show and Sale, where he enjoyed a sellout show.  This first major show has propelled Bailey’s career as a full time western and wildlife artist.

In his work, Bailey tries to harmonize bold, loose brushstrokes with detailed focal points.  He paints subjects that he knows firsthand-whether it is a close encounter with a bull elk or being flung into the air by a cantankerous rodeo bull, those life experiences grant him the knowledge needed to render his subjects with the utmost integrity.


  • Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show and Sale 2010, 2011, 2012,2013
  • Safari Club International Annual Hunters Convention 2012, 2013,2014
  • Calgary Stampede’s Artist Showcase 2012,2013
  • Art of the American Cowboy 2010, 2011, 2012,2013
  • Southeastern Wildlife Expo 2013


  • Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show and Sale People’s Choice for “Sweethearts of the Rodeo” 2011
  • Cheyenne Frontier Days official poster artist for 2012
  • Official Poster/Featured Artist for 2012 Art of the American Cowboy

Are you interested in purchasing Brandon Bailey’s work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information. Brandon was our featured artist for February, 2015.

Michaelin Otis, Painting

I love the bright colors and values of the Southwest.  Combining the forms of abstract and the realism of images is my goal.  Using large shapes and values, the viewer is led through the painting to discover the subject, which may not be seen with first glance.  The abstract shape relates to the subject, and conveys a message or feeling about the object.” ~Michaelin Otis

Michaelin Otis is a nationally known artist, workshop leader, art show juror and author.  She owned  Avalon Arts, a gallery and teaching studio in White Bear Lake, MN for 18 years.  Her well recieved book,”Watercolor for the Fun of It – Painting People,” was published by North Light Books in 2005.  She is a contributing author for “Drawing and Painting People – The Essential Guide”, and has illustrated 10 children’s books.  She will be featured in the upcoming new book on mixed media by Karlyn Holman.  The latest  Childrens  book, “Trainman” is published by the Autism and Asperger Publishing Company.   Her compelling portraits have been featured in local and national Michaelin Otispublications, on book covers, in magazines and on CD covers, as well as in an invitational equine exhibit at S.P.A.S. Gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia, in June of 2005.   She has written articles for several magazines, including  “Watercolor”,” Artist Magazine” and “Watercolor Magic”.  Her work has been featured in many others, most recently  in  “Western Art Collector” and “Southwest Art”.   Michaelin has won numerous awards in juried shows across the country , and has her signature membership in the Louisiana Watercolor Society, the Taos National Society of Watercolors and Artists Changing Tomorrow.    As an instructor for H K Holbein art materials, she taught  at trade shows around the country.

Michaelin was accepted into “A New Look at the West” at the Pearce Art Museum, Corsica, Texas.

Are you interested in purchasing Michaelin Otis’ work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.

Lou Maestas, Painting

“This God given talent is a gift from Him, what I do with it, is my gift to Him.” ~Lou Maestas

Lou Maestas is a native born Arizonan and found himself growing up with Native Americans in his hometown of Seligman Arizona.


Lou PhotoKnowing their culture and folklore inspired him to draw and paint them in his early days and to the present

He also enjoys painting their natural habitat and dwellings, especially the cliff dwellings of Canyon de Chelly in Northern Arizona. 

Lou currently resides in Tubac and looks forward to permanently making his home here.

Lou has perfected the oil painting Rub-out technique made popular by Michelangelo.  It is a process of using one oil color (burnt umber) and rubbing away down to the white of the panel with only fingers and a rag.  This technique caught Lou’s eye 30 years ago and “still fascinates me today.”

Are you interested in purchasing Lou Maestas’ work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.

David Flitner, Painting

“Within each artist is a calling to tell a story, share a feeling or convey a thought.  Painters live in a world of sight, not words or sounds.  We are visual and need to express these things on canvas, communicating what’s important to us and what touches us in the painting at hand.”~David Flitner

David Flitner has been making his living as an oil painter for over 30 years. He obtained a degree at the University of Arizona and went on to continue his formal training at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.  He returned to Arizona to make it his home and has been happily painting beautiful landscapes across Arizona and The West ever since.

David was an Arizona backpacker for over 15 years, so as others stick to the hiking trails, he follows the land to find the exact spot which will inspire his next painting. When he finally sets up his easel, he paints the light and depth that surround him, the changing shadows falling over the desert vistas, the peaceful feeling of the space, and the dramatic mystery of the paths that open before him. Painting the land is his favorite thing to do and he knows he’s lucky to be able to do what he loves.

David’s paintings have been represented by fine art galleries, displayed in government and corporate buildings and purchased for private estates, including that of Burt Reynolds.  David was an honoree at the Best of Scottsdale Art Show and Gala in Scottsdale, Arizona for his landscapes (2005).  He was featured in the SkyWest Magazine (Delta and United Airlines, 2006) and the Scottsdale Magazine (2007). One of David’s paintings was selected for the Top 100 of the 2011 National “Paint The Parks” Art Competition and included in that exhibition’s national tour.

David was the front cover artist of the Tubac AZ Visitors Guide (2013-2014), with an article entitled, “David Flitner, Tubac’s Sky Painter.” In addition to painting, David enjoys teaching landscape painting classes at the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Scottsdale, Arizona.



Are you interested in purchasing David Flitner’s work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.