Explosions of vivid, brilliant colors arise from Fennell’s palette tantalizing the viewer’s senses as well as embracing the contemporary elements of design, balance and movement. Fennell’s artistic talents became apparent when as a sixth grader, his landscape picture was selected in a district wide competition, and exhibited in the San Diego Museum. Fennell has continually distinguished himself in many different capacities; as Art Director, Designer and Fine Artist. His experiences have led to opportunities in the fields of advertising, illustration, art consulting, environmental graphics and much more.
Art Impressions Inc., of Canoga Park, CA, is an intellectual property management group specializing in the licensing, and brand development. Among its 12 marquee artists are acclaimed designer Susan Sargent, author/artist Susan Branch, and photographer Valerie Tabor-Smith. The company has been honored by its peers in the licensing industry with nominations for "Best Art License" in 2001 and 2002.
Chatty was born and raised in Compton, California. He attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he obtained his grounding in art. Chatty would say that if he had to make a choice between art and baseball, even considering that he played pro ball with the L. A. Dodgers; art would be his passion. From having created the art for the TV show "Living Single" to being featured in art exhibits, Chatty has different accomplishments in this field. Each "Lil’ Dreemerz" represents a part of the artist’s own life, or of the people around him. To him, art is his own way of really immortalizing people… by adding them to the crew.
Kathy Wise has always had a love for the animals. Over the years, Kathy has designed and sculpted over a thousand different items for more than 20 lines, which have been produced and sold worldwide. From figurines, wall plaques, and banks to musicals and Christmas ornaments, Kathy has designed a multitude of whimsical animals loaded with personality and charm. She works in a number of varied media to achieve the effects for which she strives. Porcelain, porcelain bisque, ceramic and polyresin are all media in which Kathy is equally comfortable. The name Kathy Wise has adorned many a SIMSON GIFTWARE product, and you will see her well represented in the pages of our 2001 Giftware Catalog.
A native of Los Angeles, Kenneth Gatewood grew up in a large family and credits his parents for encouraging him to utilize his God given talent to create. Gatewood’s passion for painting children is evident and can be seen in his artwork. He uses watercolors in an attempt to capture the innocence and spontaneity that can only be found in a child’s eyes. He especially enjoys the clown images as he utilizes an array of colors to add to the beauty of the children’s faces.
Jane Randolph and Ana Ray, founding partners of Leo Licensing, LLC of Cookeville, Tennessee have applied their comprehensive licensing skills to forge a dynamic synergy between the artists that they represent and the licensing partners that they serve. Leo Licensing currently represents artists including Brenda Harris Tustian, Paul Blakey, and the Tapestry Studio Collection. The firm licenses in the following product categories: gift books, greeting cards, glass Christmas ornaments, coasters, etc.
Shelly S. Rasche is a freelance commercial artist from central Illinois. Her colorful and whimsical designs have been reproduced on a wide variety of gift, paper, and cloth products around the world. Using pen and ink along with watercolor, her favorite subjects are children, animals, angels, and of course, our very own Snowies! Her characters are never content merely to be drawn – they grab the pen, dance on the paper and insist on springing to life. Take one of Shelly’s characters home today; just remember that they will want to be the life of the party!
Born in Milwauke, Wisconsin, Tod Haskin Fredericks studied Commercial Art, Art Education and Fine Art at The Layton School of Art in Milwaukee as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After college he served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969. Tod is a painter who now specializes in depicting the African American cultural experience in American history. In the past much of it has been associated with the significant military contributions made by African Americans. He has a number of well received works related to United States Colored Troops in his portfolio. These works represent his exploration, through his art, of the spirit and soul, contributions, dignity and persistent struggle demonstrated by the African American race in our country.
Valerie Tabor-Smith’s magical photographs capture all of the innocence and enthusiasm of youth. Each is inspired by her abiding love for children, as well as her powerful vision for the future. For the past 15 years, celebrated for her colorful, fanciful depictions of fairy and angel babies, Valerie has given this vision life through her award-winning photography. Valerie resides with her husband and son in Southern California. The sunny days give her lots of opportunities for outdoor photos sessions with children.
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