“The Power of all Giggles!”has artist @ShannonGrissom

Shannon Grissom, a long time friend through Twitter, is a polymath– a singer, an artist, an educator, a fundraiser who helps children with Prader-Willi Syndrome through her sock monkey line, a social media star,  author, and a television personality!!!  She can be directly reached at shannongrissom@gmail.com with questions.

She recently gave this interview:

Shannon Grissom:

I’m kind of a late bloomer. I didn’t discover painting until I was 33! But I was hooked. Inspired and driven, I’d get up early each day to paint for a few hours before the start of my workday. This demanding schedule was worth the effort. By 1999, I was able to leave my day job, and began to do my art as a full-time business. And thus began the amazing ride…

At 44 I began production of the television series, Give Your Walls Some Soul. It grew from an audience of one station to over 50 stations across the country and over 10 million households, winning numerous awards.

At 46 I published my children’s book Monkey Made of Sockies. From that book came a line of licensed merchandise, the popular Monkey Made of Sockies golf club headcovers that have become a world-wide hit.

Today I’m an award-winning artist, television producer/host and author, and songwriter. My artwork is licensed and sold globally, and I am currently working on my third music CD.

I see art, music, writing, and multimedia as movements in my own unfinished symphony, and I always did like to paint big.

A child once told me that I have The Power of all Giggles! Her kind words made me smile from the inside out! It is my hope that through my creative work, I can share my smiles with you.

I maintain a studio in Coarsegold, CA and am the President of Yosemite Western Artists.

Were you interested in art as a child?

A wee bit. I remember drawing dogs. However most of my creative time during my youth was spent playing music. (Piano and clarinet.)

How did you get involved with art?

I took an adult education painting class at age 32 and was immediately hooked! I painted an apple. Oh it was rough, but I knew, from the very first class that I needed to take steps to do my art full time. Even back then I believed in the power of my thoughts. After the first class was over I made up business cards proclaiming myself an artist. Sounds a bit cheeky, but I’m a person of my word and the cards helped me take the steps to make it so. It was then that I started to paint every single day.

Please tell us about your training and how you transitioned to professional work.

I don’t have a formal education in the arts. I am mostly self taught. That being said, I studied extensively with Michael Linstrom. That was over 20 years ago and though I don’t paint like him, I am still greatly influenced by my time spent with him.

My day job was very stressful and I had nothing left at the end of the day. But I was determined to become a full time artist. I made the transition by getting up at 3:00 am every day and painting before work. It took me 5 years , but I was finally able to leave my day job. That was in 1998 and I’ve never looked back.

Can you tell us the name of an artist who has influenced you? What have you borrowed from them?

I have been greatly influenced by Janet Vanderhoof. Her color is fabulous! (I met her in one of Michel Libnstrom’s classes.) I still hear her in my head when I paint.

When someone walks into your show, what do you hope they will grasp or enjoy about your work?

I hope it will go straight to their heart in a beautiful soul embrace.

What’s coming up for your company and how do you see your work evolving?

I will be creating a lot more music and music related artwork, and I intend to greatly expand my licensing.





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Tom Kwai Lam of #SantaCruz #California is an Artist and Photographer


P H O T O G R A P H Y & V I D E O G R A P H Y
Tom Kwai Lam

Tom writes, “Let me bring my 30 years experience in celebrating and capturing the moment and the spirit to your portrait, hand fasting or other ceremony, or any other kind of intimate photos you want. I’m fast, fun, flexible, and good. Clients have told me I bring a calming influence to their ceremonies.

I use high end digital still equipment, portable studio lighting when
merited, a laptop and mobile printer, etc. My work has been exhibited in a variety of locations in the greater bay area, is published regularly by RFD, and has also appeared in The Advocate and other publications. The kind of video camera I use has produced
documentaries for PBS.

Check me out at http://www.kwailam.com
831-818-2528. Based in Santa Cruz, but love to travel.

Mike Benda #Design Creates Great Packaging and More

mikebendadesign_portfolio-17Mike Benda Design

He writes, “I have over 14 years of on-the-job print experience from concept to design to production to press check, providing a full-range of design and production services.

I am…
Well organized, professional, conscientious and adaptable; focused on giving you outstanding service, expertise and results.
Proficient in effective, professional communication with clients and contractors.
Fluent in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat and most other applications.
Well organized. Professional. Conscientious. Adaptable.

Some of my clients are in San Francisco and the time difference has been no problem.

I’m also working as part of a co-operative of American creative professionals offering Business Services in American English. The group or “company” name is Archer TC and our website is www.archertc.com

Mike Benda


Nikos Diaman of #SanFrancisco #California Offers Limited Edition Photographic Prints

Nikos Diaman Limited Editions Photographs

Nikos Diaman of San Francisco writes:

“My subjects include landscapes, architectural details, vegetables displayed at a farmers market, flowers either growing in nature or part of a still life arrangement, as well as personal interchanges between people in public. I find beauty within both sparse simplicity and lush elegance and am especially drawn to vivid colors. Above all I strive to present a fresh artistic vision.

In a society that too often values material goods above human welfare, art is frequently considered a luxury limited to the wealthy few and gauged by its ability to command stratospheric prices. I reject this narrow proposition and affirm the necessity and importance of beauty in the lives of all people.

I want my work to remain affordable. I am committed to quality, utilizing the best available paper and inks. Each image is offered in a unique edition and will not be reissued in a different print size or incorporated into an auxiliary product.

My work is currently available on textured watercolor paper in three sizes. The smallest inkjet prints are 12 x 16 and the largest 24 x 36. The edition sizes range from 100 to 30 and the individual images are priced from $125 to $450. I am willing to negotiate flexible payment terms with prospective buyers.”


STEFENart Located in #Berkeley #California a Must for Mural Art


The man on the ladder, is “The Dutch Boy.” Amazing artistry for home and business is being done by STEFENart. Check out their information below:

Business Name: STEFENart
Type of Business: Art and painting (Murals, canvases, decorative painting)
City: Berkeley, willing to travel

Contact Information: (510) 548-9845 / 501-5330 cell
Look/See: www.stefenart.com, Email: stefen@stefenart.com

Murals: Public/private, interior/exterior, photo-realistic, visionary, painterly, decorative, spot murals, fresco. Since 1974
Canvases: Landscapes, visionary, trompe-l’oeil, abstracts, portraiture, pet portraits, posters, illustrations, labels, backdrops, stage sets, signs, etc. Since 1968
Design: Consulting – Colors
Interiors: Specialty & decorative painting – faux-finishes, detailing, borders, crests, you name it.
Realty: House Staging, picture hanging, arranging

Healing and Art by Dr. Andrew Lesko

There are pockets of magic.  You know it when you step inside the circle: the lighting changes, there is frisson in the air, the contrast is profound from where you were seconds ago. That was my recent experience entering Dr. Lesko’s chiropractic clinic on Valencia Street in San Francisco. Wall-to-wall paintings and sculptures litter the space, and this alone makes it worth stopping in and saying hello. I watched Dr. Lesko quickly adjust three people while I finished my paperwork. His clients were quickly led to tables where massage therapists began to work on them. When I sat in front of Dr. Lesko, he briefly ran his hand down my spine, accurately and intuitively knowing what needed adjustment. He has entered the realm of master, those people who by virtue of thousands of hours of practice, cease to think through their actions, they simply are in the flow. His rates are compassionate. There was live guitar music by a client, who Dr. Lesko joined with, playing on the mandolin. A bit like Tony Randall’s The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, this is a transformative experience and wholly unique. “Everything in it is a wonder.”

Healing Photo Art

I had the opportunity recently to work with the wonderful Elaine Poggi, Founder of Healing Photo Art, a Foundation that places photographic art in hospitals.

“Through viewing these pictures, a new window to life is opened for our patients, which gives them greater appreciation for the beauty and variety found in nature and the world. Thank you for assisting us in caring for the needs of the entire patient – mind, body, and spirit.”
-Kikuyu Hospital, Kenya, Africa


Since 2002, Elaine’s Foundation has placed more than 4200 pieces of art in 250 facilities on six continents! The artists donate their images digitally and Elaine handles reproduction and shipping in an incredibly well organized and simple process.  Healing Photo Art will give as a gift five framed photographs or ten unframed prints to any needy hospital in the world! People contact Elaine to offer donations and also to honor a friend or relative in memorial.

Very grateful to have my photograph, ‘Whisper,’ chosen to be added to this collection of art. Elaine promises to let me know when and where the artwork is displayed, I am happy anticipating making a difference in someone’s life.

Art Prints