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Kathleen Ossiander

Kathleen Ossiander

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Local Artist.

Oceanside Friends of the Arts - Board Member

Kathleen Ossiander’s love of art began during her 17 years of service with the US Army. An Army-trained Graphics Illustrator, she produced military-themed comic strips and later became an instructor for the Graphics Course on Lowry AFB where she spent 4 years teaching and inspiring fellow artists in training.

Following her service Kathleen joined the civilian work force and focused on raising a family. An eventual move to scenic Oceanside reignited her artistic pursuits. Seeking new mediums, she studied under talented local watercolor artists, William Dunn and Charlotte Colosia.

She still works in watercolors and acrylics today, blending bold color palettes and realism-meets-impressionism to capture Oceanside’s natural beauty and vibrant beach culture. Her love for community, sea, and surfing is apparent in her paintings.

Her subjects often include curling waves, seaside scenes, sunsets, landmarks, and coastal flora and fauna.

“As I observe the inspiring landscapes around me, I challenge myself to recreate those images in a way that that evokes a similar emotion”.

A volunteer with Oceanside Friends of the Arts committee, Kathleen assists with production and promotion of Oceanside’s First Friday Artwalk. You can view her artworks there and at various pop up shows in San Diego county

Jim McAdory

Jim McAdory

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Local Artist from Vista.

My interest in photography began just after high school when I entered college as a Radio-Television-Film major however that direction was interrupted by a few years of military service.  My time in the military led to a change of interest as I was exposed to the magic of early mainframe computers which led to a career as a financial systems consultant/contractor designing, developing and implementing software systems for Fortune 100 size and smaller firms.

Much of my early career was spent on travel to client locations in major U.S. cities and a few not-so-major locations.  The opportunity to visit so many places and taste the beauty and uniqueness of each spurred my desire to travel even more. During this time I still had an interest in photography but found that film work to be frustratingly time-consuming for my hectic work schedule.  The digital revolution changed everything for me and I found myself quickly drawn to the emerging world digital cameras and PC based photo and video editing software. As my interest grew I immersed myself in not only learning the technical aspects of photography but also the artistic side and the immediate feedback offered by a digital camera was what I had missed in the days of film.

 

Today I am often asked how much of my travel is primarily for photography to which my answer is “none”.  All of my photographs are from trips where my primary reason for being there had little to do with what images I could capture, the photos are simply a way to share beautiful or interesting sights with others.

Check out more on the artist website.

Mark Argerake

Mark Argerake

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Local Artist.

Born and raised in New England, Mark has called Southern California his home since 1990. Mark is a husband, father of 4 kids & 2 nutty dogs.

His father gave him first camera in the mid 70s when he was no more than 10 years old. They would spend their weekends traveling around New England taking pictures of the beautiful landscapes, seasonal changes, colorful foliage, historic locations, and varying beaches along the coast. Mark wants to share the world as he sees it through his photography.

 Mark is a fine art outdoor photographer shooting from the mountains to the beaches of Southern California. Mark is a creative, hard working professional who loves sharing how he experiences the outdoors with others. He captures simple moments of beauty.

 Mark is a firm supporter of large print wall art, and that is what he only sells through his website. But, if you find Mark at any art show, he can be found selling his prints in smaller sizes, matted and ready to be framed.