A graduate of Tyler School of Art, Temple University with a BFA in Fine Art. Since 1987 I have been very fortunate to have part take in numerous diverse and very exciting projects, always involving the arts and artistic expression. From executing private fine art commissions, to restoring high end furniture, transforming rooms using faux finishing techniques and to conceptualizing and directing public art projects. In 2008-2009 I served as a Committee board member of the Boca Raton Museum Artist Guild. Since 2009 I have been working primarily for the marine industry, restoring and refinishing exotic woods aboard luxury yachts. I feel extremely passionate and proud to be among my maritime colleagues serving a very special industry. I am delighted to currently serve as a contributing member on the Professionalism Committee of the Marine Industry Association of South Florida, committed to excellence and to continually improving the standards of our industry .
My first and foremost concern is my commitment to my clients and their needs. I have always made it my priority to provide top quality craftsmanship while working diligently to gain and keep my clients’ trust and confidence in the work I do. I am extremely grateful to each and every one of my clients and to my associates, all of who keep me in business!
Artist Orna Miller
"...Marble talks to me! It is like words to the writer or oil to the painter; it offers me a wide range of possibilities; playing with shape, color and texture, I define my own perception of the world in a contemporary piece of art. A modern expression of art inspires me to create visual changes in our surroundings! Why not believe that man can change? Are we harder than stone?"Nestor Guzman was born in Bogota Colombia, and later studied sculpture in the academies of art of Florence and Carrara, Italy and Munich, Germany. He selected marble as his preferred medium, although his works in steel, bronze and charcoal are equally stunning as can be seen in the examples below.
Nestor participated in different expositions and symposiums in Italy, France and Denmark, and received an artistic residence in Japan, where he lived for several years and exhibited his art work in galleries of Tokyo and other cities. Later, he traveled to the United States where he presented his sculptures at different galleries in Washington D.C. Currently, he resides in and works in Florida.
Artist Nestor GuzmanView Gallery
“ Being an artist is probably one of the neatest things that can happen to a person”. . . . Bart Forbes
For as long as I can remember, I envisioned myself, one day, becoming known as an artist. During my senior year in high school I wrote a story about how much I wanted to be an artist, that it was my dream career. I was fortunate to be able to attend art school after high school in pursuit of realizing my dream. I have my mother to thank for that as she paved the way and pushed me to go. It didn’t take much of a push. My first two years at Tyler School of Fine Art, Temple University concentrated on all fine art. I didn’t feel it there, so I went to Philadelphia College of Art for the next 3 years. I did feel more comfortable there and concentrated on illustration and drawing.
Fast forward many years later and a career developed as a design artist, marketing communications director, visual display artist, custom picture framer, photographer, portrait artist and illustrator. All of these ventures led, me one way or another, into the sports art world. The combination of my two great passions, sports and art. To actually describe my journey to that point would be way too complicated and perhaps too boring. Of course, I have been able to branch out a little, subject wise, to include a variety of subjects, aside from sports, but always with a heavy emphasis on sports, both action and portraiture, and always willing to expand.
My favorite medium, as I was starting to feel my way, was pencil. Perhaps fear of color and not having a complete understanding of it kept me from realizing the beauty of color and it’s influence into my development as an artist. Pastel was my choice for color as I felt a necessary control to achieve the detail I felt a real need to maintain. Eventually, and many, many years later, I discovered the amazing diversity and control I have with colored pencils. I have always used Prismacolor pencils. I experimented a little with other brands, but for me, personally, I feel most comfortable with Prismacolor.
As I mentioned, art school was a great learning process as it helped me to develop and recognize my skills. And more importantly for me, areas I should stay away from. I’m not much of an oil painter, and most certainly not comfortable with watercolor. I envy you who are masters with these mediums. I just make a mess of both.
But, the feel of a pencil in my hands has always been a comfort for me. Especially the way it feels when pencil meets paper. The pencil has helped develop my skills in achieving realistic detail, with ease and spontaneity.
My process of creating colored pencil portraits/illustrations always starts out with a very detailed base of a pencil rendering. It helps me to recognize and solve a lot of problems in both composition and detail. It gives me a comfort level when I can see how realistic and how much of a likeness I am getting in my portraits. If it doesn’t look like the subject in black and white, it probably won’t in color either, my opinion.
A good selection of photo references is essential to developing a likeness and accurate detail in all my portraits and illustrations. After all, a good portrait can’t be a good portrait if it doesn’t look like the subject. I often combine photos to develop the best composition, and one I am comfortable with. Of course, there are times when all you have is the clients’ photo, good, bad or just so so.
I was fortunate for many years to be able to take my own photos at many major sporting events, including NFL Football, MLB Baseball, NHL hockey and The LPGA golf tour. A good filing system of permission granted photo references is critical to any commission project. I have been very fortunate to work with and develop a relationship with major sports teams and charities that are affiliated with them, which helped in gathering images in addition to my own. Through this relationship, I have donated many pieces of artwork which were used to raise money at fundraising events throughout the years.
These are Great causes and great fun. This has led me to be able to interact with many of the top athletes in these sports over many years, and I have been commissioned by many. These experiences, I will always remember and cherish. As a result of these associations, I have been able to not only create original art, but also produce limited edition prints of my illustrations. These prints were signed and numbered by me and autographed by the athletes. As I mentioned, it allowed me to meet a lot of pro athletes throughout the years, lots of good times. Among my many commissions, I have illustrated covers for pro sports media guides, game day NFL program covers, LPGA tournament program covers and posters, illustrations for major sports magazines and limited edition prints for NFL team promotions.
I think the biggest challenge in my career has always been my struggles with being able to consistently produce great works on a regular basis. I admit, there have been many times when . . . “I just don’t feel like creating” - a horrible feeling and a tough valley to get out of. There have been times when this feeling has lasted way too long, so long that I questioned whether I could get back. Fortunately, I always have. My latest trick to get through this so- called valley of creative void, is to stay in touch with your art world, whatever it may be, even if you are just viewing your previous works, or staying in touch with your artist friends. One thing that helped me to “come back to work”, was simply reading current and back issues of Ann Kullberg’s Colored Pencil Magazine. After a while, I realized “I can do that again.” The spark renewed and I was back. I think it can work for you.
In case you were wondering, internationally acclaimed artist, Bart Forbes, is one of my most favorite artists. I have admiredhis work for many years. He is a great inspiration to me and I just love how his art makes me feel part of the moment he is painting.
As I continue to expand the variety of subjects I draw, I hope to be continually improving so that I can touch as many people as I can with my art. It is my hope to give all who view my work something special that they will relate to as my visual gift to them.
The most frightening thing to an artist is a blank piece of paper if you fear failure. Never be afraid to fail as an artist. For you have not failed, you have just learned a lesson for your next piece. Our artistic failures are merely steps to future success.
We always have paper and pencil. But time is not always a friend. Use it wisely, with wisdom and dedication to be the best artist you can be.
Artist Gerald ThierolfView Gallery