March Special Section
On this 4th anniversary, I want to reflect on what The Guide Artists is to me. I must say that with each issue I have designed and completed.
I have felt more true to my beginnings, now I have created one of the most exclusive magazines art has seen. I always leave my skin in these 43 issues in which I have discovered great artists.
My passion comes closer with each issue, to capture in a unique way what the majority does not, to feel free. I remember a few years ago, I received so many blocks from Facebook for my first exclusive cover on “Nudes” that I felt helpless. I was very angry and contacted them immediately and explained my situation. Hours later they unblocked me and I was able to make them understand that art should feel free and that even if it’s nude, it’s not less art because of it.
With this talk I want you to know that it was not easy to fight with big brands, in the beginning everything is very difficult. The most valuable thing I experienced is to see artists who grew alongside me, so I realized that I will never be alone. Jesse Lane was one of them and I’m lucky that he’s the cover of this great “4th anniversary” special.
I’ve left people along the way, and life has opened new windows for other people that make The Guide Artists a place where anything is possible and that reaches more people every time. Everything in every issue makes more sense, because in the end, without hesitation, it is to continue to be the same dreamer I was when I started this beautiful project. For me, art will continue to fill every corner of my mind. Happy 4th anniversary friends! Thank you!
Jesse Lane . On the Cover
Through art I have found something within myself that has changed my life. Growing up, I often felt alone.
In school, I struggled with the challenges of dyslexia. I desperately wanted to find a place in life where I didn’t feel inferior.
For years, I suppressed my feelings. Then I realized they could be a source of inspiration. I began to create images of personal struggles and intimate emotions.
What had been hidden for so long was expressed and heard. For the first time, I felt truly seen. I took my weakness and made it my strength. Along the way, I discovered that we all share these feelings.
When people see my portraits, they are surprised that I work in colored pencil. I love the precision and versatility. This medium can be as rich and nuanced as any other. One of my goals is to promote colored pencil in the fine art world.
At its best, I hope my work is both contemporary and timeless.
4 years of The Guide Artists
Devotion to the cause makes any project shine in a special light. Enthusiasm and a willingness to serve others bring human value and make everything more endearing and significant.
The Guide Artists still believes that art is a way of life. Humanity needs more meaningful art to dream, more artists who dare to be creative and sincere and freely express their true selves.
Our City: Cadiz is very dear to us. It is a city of Andalusia, a region in southern Spain. Cadiz is on a small strip of land surrounded by sea and has truly remarkable beaches.
Cadiz is also an ancient city of great historical value. It was founded by Phoenician traders more than 3000 years ago and through its long history, Cadiz has been welcoming to many different cultures.
Nowadays it is still full of life, light, inspiration, joy, determination and creativity.
Cadiz is a great source of inspiration for us and it will always have an important place in our hearts.
What is The Guide Artists for you?
I learned about the magazine a few years ago through social media because I’ve always liked art and literature. After all, all I did on the networks was admire art day after day and the magazine helped me a lot to escape reality and my lonely moments. Because art for me is like when I walk down the street, I like to look at the windows and imagine the life behind them. The same thing happens to me with paintings, I look at them and walk into them as if they were a window, imagining what they are trying to tell me and thus making me dream. For me, art and The Guide Artists are practically magic.
I thank Ramón for the great opportunity to collaborate on his great project, because I am lucky to say that the magazine is not just a job for me, but a very important part of my life right now.
What is the importance of social networks for art?
Social media is what makes the world go round today. They make it possible to meet people from all over the world without having to move away from home, and that is very important for people, commerce and art with the situation we are in today. The situation we’ve had to live with from the virus in which we practically can’t leave home or travel, allows us to spread the word about our work on social media and discover great emerging artists or those just starting out and we can follow their development. Because in The Guide Artists we care very little about the followers, the followers don’t make the artist better than someone who has less, but the talent and give them the opportunity to get their work known as well as others. This is the era of social networks, we like them more or less, but you can’t say it’s not fascinating to meet people from all over the world without leaving the house. Thanks to them I met the magazine and people who are very important to me today.
JENNIFER GÓMEZ | Advertising & Social Media
4 years of Art
Self-taught oil painter June Stratton (b.1959 Honolulu, Hawaii) is known for representational figurative oil paintings that incorporate the female figure with natural landscapes. Recent works incorporate
gold leaf and handmade plaster (fresco- secco) casts. These casts created from both the organic environment surrounding her studio and treasures the artist has collected over years. Large paintings may contain as many as 30 individual casts which are then gilded or painted with oil.
Her work is collected by art collectors and art galleries internationally including recent solo shows with Robert Lange Studios SC.
Award-winning contemporary artist Iva Troj creates fine art pieces which seamlessly merge Renaissance aesthetics and techniques with postmodern praxis. Her intensely detailed images achieve astonishing tricks of light and shade,
as practiced by the great masters while incorporating dreamlike scenes which challenge cultural norms. Exhausted by a society in which women often feel vulnerable, threatened, or powerless, Troj recasts the fairer sex as powerful creatures, freed from the oppressive male gaze and placed within Edenic settings where they can revel in their own beauty and potential. Blending abstraction with figuration, the natural world with the urban landscape, dream with reality, Troj’s breathtakingly beautiful artworks achieve something truly unique, both in terms of aesthetics and concept. Troj grew up in Eastern Europe, in the last decade of Communism. She has studied arts, science, psychology, theatre and philosophy in Sweden and the US.