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The first thing I want to say about Stephen Kilborn is that he is a gentleman.. a true gentleman, a potter and painter, from Detroit, Michigan. He produces wholesale pottery and employed up to twelve assistants to create his now famous Gato and El Día de los Muertos “Day of the Dead” patterns that are sold in over one hundred shops and galleries around the United States, Europe and Japan. His wife and gallery manager, the lovely Laverne, tends the gallery on Paseo del Norte and Stephen spends most of his time potting and painting about 18 miles away, in his Pilar studio.

This is his studio in Pilar. You can see the bare trees out the windows… it was February. The large white hot-air balloon-looking thing is a peanut packing blowing machine. If you ship pottery all over the world , you would want to have you own personal one. There are no less than 3 dogs and 1cat in this image (may even be more) ….. Stephen is an animal lover.

http://www.stephenkilborn.com/

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Annie Coe

Annie Coe is an abstract oil painter who worked part-time in the gallery next door to us. Her artworks are huge canvass of color and texture. She lives and paints in a small adobe in Ranchos de Taos, about 6 miles from downtown Taos. The intricate patterns take as much as 6 months to accomplish. I was stunned to think of the work involved in the hundreds of circles, spirals and swirls she sits and works on …. every night until she feels “enough has been said”.

Her favorite chair is a 5 gallon paint pail. I photographed her as her cowdog, very common in Taos, herded up her cats in the small living room and the bells of the nearby family chapel rang.

http://anniecoeart.com/

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Joe, like many other Taos artists, is living on the fringe. He has bounced around from studio to studio, a commune one month, a caretaker’s adobe the next. A through-back hippie and a true “starving” artist, he keeps on creating, happy to be an artist. Clay is his primary medium, however, he has, for years, carved abstracts in marble and limestone. Most of his work is coil-built, fired and oiled.

When I photographed Joe, he was living and creating, in a small studio space, which he exchanged for his time caretaking and assisting to a successful local artist. Joe has an on-going fascination with form and void, light and shadow, it is evident in his art and in the way he lives his life.

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Jerry Mann

During our first spring in Taos, Jerry Mann purchased and moved into the newly renovated castia across the street from us, named Casa Flores. Jerry and his wife, Sue, are well traveled internationally and keep a second home and studio in Savannah, Georgia and regularly visit their daughter who lives in Ireland. So Jerry’s paintings reflect alternate themes from the villages of European life, to the mountains of New Mexico, to the savannas of Georgia.

In this image, Jerry is painting in his new studio/gallery. You can see into the gallery space through the door in the center of this picture. He is a minimalist in his home surroundings and in this personal space. Sue’s only request was that Kathie make the 2 old, ugly chairs look nice. Jerry is a joker and has a very dry sense of humor which Kathie never understood.

http://www.artofmann.com/

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I happened to met Micheal Hamilton unexpectedly, as happens often in Taos, while I was setting up a photo shoot with Leslie, J.D. Challenger’s gallery manager, in JD’s gallery. Micheal is a bronze sculptor and the owner and operator of Taos Bronze Fine Art Casting Foundry & Services, located in Taos Canyon, along the enchanted circle. He has had the opportunity of working with many of the most well known sculptors in town. It was Micheal’s idea to create the limited edition handmade book.

As a bronze casting foundry he has work from other artists to cast. His studio sits behind Doug Scott’s studio, who I later photographed, and was filled with molds and work in all stages of development. One of Doug’s pieces stands in the right corner waiting to be waxed and rubbed clean. Micheal’s most notable pieces is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, New Mexico.

http://www.taosbronze.com/

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Doug Scott works with wood and metal, but his favorite medium is hard stone like rhodonite, marble and granite, rocks that require abrasives and diamond cutters. Doug is a small wiry guy, who looks as hard and chiseled as the rocks he sculpts. I rode my motorcycle (seen here at 2’oclock) along the Enchanted Circle, into Taos Canyon to photograph him.

Doug’s daughter was on holiday from school (you can see her to the far right inside the doorway) and his son was working the crucible (in the silver space suit above) Just outside his studio, Doug was working on a 72,000 pound, 9 foot by 12 ½ foot piece of brown marble. He was using the abrasives and diamond cutters that he like so much. The large buffalo and calf are now on permanent display in the center of West Texas A&M University campus. This is the largest block of marble ever sculpted in America.

http://www.themarblesculptor.com/

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Pat is a printer and painter with a soft Alabama accent. He maintains a gallery, on the main street that runs through Taos, in the building next door to his wife, Carmen’s, frame shop.

I photographed Pat in his studio that was nestled at the base of Taos Mountain. Over a span of twenty-two years, Pat created and built this home and studio compound, in Des Montes, a rural community outside of Taos. The pitched-roof, log style house, had large windows and the ever changing landscape (seen through the big bays) have kept him inspired for nearly 30 years. The view was spectacular.

http://www.patwoodall.com/

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