New Studio For The Visual Arts Invites You To “Under The Sea”, An Exhibit Of Marine Life Painting By Internationally Acclaimed Artists December 5-28

The New Studio For The Visual Arts announces an Exhibition of Marine Life Paintings by internationally acclaimed artists Jason Mathias, Don Ray, and Randall Scott.   The Exhibit’s Opening Reception takes place on Friday, December 7th.  A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach. What an opportunity to meet and hear about these creatives’ adventures!  The Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.  The Exhibit is available December 5 – 28.








An Exhibition of Marine Life Painting

By internationally acclaimed artists:

Jason Mathias
Don Ray
Randall Scott



Opening Reception:

December 7, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Exhibit runs December 5 to December 28, 2018

Proceeds of artwork sales will be donated to: Loggerhead Marinelife Center of Juno Beach




Artwork by Randall Scott















Native Floridian, Jason Mathias was born in Stuart, Florida where some of his earliest memories are of the ocean aboard his grandfather’s charter boat “Do Stay”.  As a child, Jason’s two favorite pastimes were drawing and fishing, and it wasn’t before long that he stated combining the two.  After graduating from Martin County High School as art student of the month, Jason was accepted into Ringling School of Art & Design where he majored in illustration.  He quickly became known to both fellow students and faculty as “the fish guy”.  While at Ringling, Jason began his practice of taking underwater footage to use as reference material for his growing portfolio of realistic marine life paintings.  While still a student, he launched his career creating murals, commissioned artwork and freelance illustrations for Mote Marine Laboratories – an experience that not only won him recognition for his unique talents as a marine life illustrator, but also concretized his chosen path as a marine and wildlife artist. 





Gallery View of Jason Mathias’ artistry



Within the first two years of graduating from Ringling School of Art and Design, Jason was the premier featured artist at (IGFA) International Game Fish Association Museum Hall of Fame. Jason had also been featured artist numerous times and made several print signing appearances with (CCA) Coastal Conservation Association, and has been featured in many Galleries and museums such as the Cornell Museum in Delray Beach.  Jason’s current fine art compositions in oils, acrylics and watercolors are drawn from the extensive experience and underwater digital video he takes while exploring the planet’s oceans.  You can now find Jason’s works in stores, museums and galleries throughout the world, including Europe, Egypt, Australia, Hawaii, South America, Canada and Central America.






DON     RAY  





Don Ray



Don Ray grew up in Ohio, where his interest in art extends as far back as he can remember.  Don learned about fresh water subjects as a boy, fishing and netting local streams and lakes.  A self-taught artist, who studied the work of masters from “The Golden Age of Illustration” such as  Wyeth and Frederick Remington, Don also learned from contemporaries like George Schelling and, in particular, Stanley Meltzoff, who personally shared his knowledge and time with Don as a mentor.  Don lives near Vero Beach.  His research methods include collecting wild specimens and diving with them in natural habitat,  including a three-quarter acre research pond on his own property.  





Artistry by Don Ray





Don joined the Society of Animal Artists in 1990, the same year, he also won its highest honor, the Award of Excellence.  Don has competed in and won a variety of state stamp and print competitions. His paintings won first place in the Florida State Lobster Stamp competition and in the Florida snook stamp competition, making him the state’s first double competition winner.  In 1995, Don again won the snook stamp and print competition.  In 1994 and 1999, he was commissioned to paint the Coastal Conservation Association stamp and print.  He was also selected to paint the Texas saltwater fishing stamp and print multiple times asa well as the Texas freshwater stamp and print.




Don’s paintings have been selected by the International Game Fish Association for covers of various editions of its annual publication, World Record Game Fishes.  Don’s art has also graced the covers of other books, magazines and catalogs including Big Game Fishing Journal, Cabel’s, Field & Stream, Game Fish (France), Inshore Offshore Magazine, Marlin, Marlin Magazine’s 30th anniversary cover, Outdoor Life, Penn Reels, Redbone Journal, Saltwater Sportsman, and Sporting Tales, Florida Sport Fishing.  In addition to the Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition, Don’s work has been juried into the Florida Wildlife Expo, Game Conservation International, Pacific Rim Wildlife Expo, and Southeastern Wildlife Expo.  Don was chosen as the featured artist for Florida’s Coastal Conservation Association 25th Anniversary.  He has been represented by Collectors Covery (Dallas, TX), Russell Jimishian Gallery  (Fairfield, CT) Redbone Gallery (Islamorada, FL) and Sportsman Edge (New York). 








Randall Scott 




A native Californian and an accomplished artist and diver, Randall Scott grew up exploring the Pacific Coast. Exceptionally talented and deeply committed to his subject, Scott’s passion is to communicate the beauty, mystery, and power of the sea’s aquatic citizens. Scott researches his subjects through observation and underwater photography. His travels have taken him all over the world, from his native California, to Mexico and British Columbia, Australia, the South Pacific. He is also familiar with the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida, where he now currently resides with his wife Donna and their four children.



Artistry of Randall Scott





Randall has been recognized both nationally and internationally for his artistic talent. Scott was featured in the television series “Journeys of an Artist”. His work has graced covers of national art magazines and a series of textbooks produced by the National Geographic Society.



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“Exposure” At Artisans On The Ave Showcases Photography In A Different Light

Three photographers will be showcased at Artisans On The Ave’s next Exhibition, “Exposure, A Photographic Journey”.  Their images make the viewer pause, as they use the adjective philosophically.  Understanding the need of certain times for “exposure”  within the photographic medium is not enough.  EJ Morales, Susan Oakes and Lorayne Vitrone take us on a life journey.  The Rickie Report shares a few sneak peeks and all of the details for this September 18th Free Public Opening Reception.







“Exposure: A Photographic Journey


E.J. Morales

Susan Oakes

Lorayne Vitrone

Free Public Opening Reception:

Friday, September 18, 2015

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm

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Photo by Lorayne Vitrone

Photo by Lorayne Vitrone



The camera lens exposures truth for all to see.  It hides nothing from the naked eye. Our photographers capture images that will take you on a journey around the world with their unique talents and precision. As they choose their subjects to photograph they have a vision of what the finalized photo will show.


Photo by EJ Morales

Photo by EJ Morales



These very talented artists then get creative in processing their art so that each photograph is a one of a kind unique treasure. All photographers have a favorite way of presenting these images.




"Hugs Kisses 2", Photo by Susan Oakes

“Hugs Kisses 2”, Photo by Susan Oakes




“Old school” photography using the basic black and white print film is still in vogue today. Many of the new techniques include color tinting, different backgrounds, or photoshop. The various applications alter and enhance the images bringing to life the photographs we enjoy.




Photo by EJ Morales

Photo by EJ Morales

Their finished photos will be applied on canvas, metal, glass, wood or other complementing pallets.



Photo by Lorayne Vitrone

Photo by Lorayne Vitrone

The various materials and techniques used by artists create a personalized style that they become famous for. Memories captured on film are timeless and stay in our hearts forever.


"Dreamscape" Photo by Susan Oakes

“Dreamscape” Photo by Susan Oakes



EJ Morales

EJ Morales is a photographer originally from Miami, FL. He was inspired early in life as a photographer and experimented with wildlife and landscape photography and various darkroom techniques in both Black & White and color.


Photo By EJ Morales

Photo By EJ Morales

EJ was introduced to a more human and emotional side of photography. During the next few years, EJ experienced the opportunity to travel globally and study with well-known photographers. Around this time, a passion for SCUBA diving dating back to adolescence motivated EJ to take his camera underwater. EJ continues to create engaging imagery reflecting both the local flavor as well as far-flung topics from above and below the water.


Photo by EJ Morales

Photo by EJ Morales


Chernobyl, Ukraine exploded creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster. The nearby town of Pripyat was contaminated to such a level that it required an evacuation.  The few images you will see are part of a series. These images were all made in one of the town’s school buildings which served as one of the final assembly areas for the evacuation. As is human nature, many people would show up to evacuate with more belongings than there was room for and the authorities would essentially order them to throw the excess in a corner and hurry along to the next bus.




Susan Oakes



"Hugs Kisses1" Photo by Susan Oakes

“Hugs Kisses1” Photo by Susan Oakes


Having never been a person with merely one goal, one purpose, Susan Oakes has traveled a multifaceted educational and vocational road which continues to enlighten and reveal lifelong purpose to her. She aims to show that art and technology are not antagonistic, but can coexist and should be used to enhance each other in new and exciting ways. Working in traditional media as well as digitally, she seeks to demonstrate that computer hardware and software are artistic tools, not unlike a paintbrush or piece of charcoal, and can be used to expand the artist’s vision.


"Aqueous Corpus" Photo by Susan Oakes

“Aqueous Corpus” Photo by Susan Oakes


Lorayne Vitrone


Photo by Lorayne Vitrone

Photo by Lorayne Vitrone



Lorayne Vitrone  tells us, ” When looking through my camera lens, life takes on a completely different perspective… a microcosm of light, shadows, shapes and movement.  My goal as a photographer is to evoke emotion for you allowing you room for your response. I hope to capture your attention to the detail I see through the lens and then bring to you feelings that you would never expect and always remember”.


Photo by Lorayne Vitrone

Photo by Lorayne Vitrone





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