Margo Ruffin Hamilton is a mixed media painter and mosaic artist from San Diego, California. Her passion for creating art began as a child, winning her first award from the San Francisco Examiner at the age of nine. She is now living her dream of living in Puerto Vallarta, where creative inspiration is everywhere.
Her pieces express themselves via watercolor, acrylic and collage; reflecting her love of color, flow, texture, flora and fauna.
Margo’s training and influences include artists Bob Burridge, Tom lynch, Elizabeth St. Hilaire, Carol Frey, Amanda Evanston, Maria Pacca, Jeanne Hyland and Judith Wright.
Her work has been displayed and sold in galleries in California, Colorado and Florida. She recently completed a large mosaic installation at Las Animas Dog Rescue and her most recent work is currently on display in her studio at Qulture in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Born and raised in the Northwest and grew up with the appreciation of art. He studied Art and Architecture throughout his schooling as a young adult. Jewelry design and manufacturing caught his interest in his early twenties and worked as a jewelry designer for about ten years. In 1983 he won second place for an asymmetrical earring design of white gold, black onyx, diamonds and emeralds in the Inamori International Design Competition.
In 1990, he started getting interested in stained glass and took a few classes. But soon took it to a different level. The whales, flowers and other typical stained glass designs bored him; he needed more of a challenge. He was always drawn toward the male figures of Classical Greek and Early Renaissance art, so he started creating stained glass pieces of male figures. Using the swirls within the art glass to capture the flow of the muscles.
In 1999, he started working in acrylics and has created over 100 works of art to date. Many pieces have been sold or donated to charity. Jeff retired when he was 53 and relocated to Palm Springs area and after 10 years of the desert he decided to move to Puerto Vallarta. He is now enjoying permanent residency and creating new art in beautiful Puerto Vallarta.
Growing up in Chicago, Chaz was influenced by works at the Art Institute of Chicago and the city’s tradition of monumental sculpture in its architecture.
On graduating from Northwestern University, he became an engineer, but continued to paint and exhibit in cities throughout the USA to which his career took him.
In 2017 he retired to Puerto Vallarta where he was inspired by Mexico’s alebrijes and pre-columbian art. These rekindled memories of his early childhood in the Philippines and its indigenous art and myths. All these caused his early love of monumental sculpture to reemerge and he began interpreting iconic mythical characters in mid-scale mixed media.
With his engineering background, and his eye for beauty and proportion he is able to create unique three dimensional pieces. His work can now be seen in various locations in Puerto Vallarta.
Marg Heeney has been painting her entire life without realizing it until, three years ago, when she physically put color on paper and manifested the images that were until then only in her mind and imagination. With an invite from a friend to to explore watercolor classes, she discovered her passion for painting. Marg's next class was painting with acrylics and what a difference this made. After two years of learning techniques and use of color she realized her true love for painting and enhancing her innate creativity.
Marg's background includes social work, sales and energy healing, which continues today. The expression of her creativity side developed with individuals by clearing their negative energy. Now having two outlets in both painting and clearings, she has found new and exciting discoveries of herself.
Marg was born in Nebraska and has lived in Colorado, Michigan, Texas, Tennessee, and Mexico. Marg moves to Puerto Vallarta full time in 2019. She does visits Ann Arbor, MI where her granddaughters live with their parents.
Barbara is a Canadian Artist living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She can be found painting in her studio upstairs at Qulture in Col. Emiliano Zapata, PV.
Barbara graduated from art school as an Environmental Designer; after which she pursued a career in the commercial arts industry. Across her career, she has enjoyed a varied array of professional successes in visual arts. Everything from owning and operating an independent art supplies store to working in ad agencies and in-house art departments.
In 1998, Barbara relocated to Southeast Asia, where her passion for art and design grew. Through the Indonesian Heritage Society, she collaborated with adventure journalists; exploring and documenting flora, fauna, geography and indigenous peoples. She has and continues to work as a freelance designer with international clients.
Through her passion for design and years of living internationally, her painting and drawing developed into her own visual expression and distinctive style. Working with a vibrant palette, the use of color configurations and the art of transforming geometric and curvilinear forms into dramatic artwork.
Barbara draws her inspiration from her environment and for it. She considers herself a graphic artist; influenced by graphic design, pop art, street art, graffiti, surrealism, and indigenous art and symbolism.