Lorena Cruz

BFA candidate Sonoma State University
I am interested in the urban landscape, looking for the small details created by the unnatural colors of neon lights. The photographs close in on a location offering little information about the landscape, shifting the focus to the sensation of light. I find that artificial light implies a human presence and that the colors in the space can evoke different emotions. My process involves driving around at night looking for a location, and documenting the found light. I don’t enhance the color in the images and present the true colors I find. The light has a curious way of interacting with the urban structures and spaces, and these are the static moments I want to capture.

David Coddaire

An acclaimed sculptor, David Coddaire received his formal education both in Europe and the United States, including the Kansas City Art Institute.  His one of a kind, welded and forged steel sculptures reveal movement and strength through texture and color.   Sadly David Coddaire passed away in the fall of 2012.  HCA is honored to have some of David’s famous iron vases.


Samantha Buller

Samantha Buller currently lives in Sonoma County after painting and teaching in Kansas for the past two years. She received her BFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Originally from the Bay Area, her work reflects the beautiful light and modernism that is found in Northern California. Her work has been shown in the Hall of Justice in downtown San Francisco, in business’ and several galleries, as well as on the set of a prime time television show.

She studied a semester abroad in Italy, which has greatly influenced her love and passion for the arts. “Italy was full of rich, golden colors. The culture is truly inspiring for any type of artist and to have the opportunity to paint while standing amongst an Italian sunflower field, should be one experienced by all.”

Samantha Buller’s love of color completely drives her work. She is inspired by the art of Wayne Thiebaud for his paint application, color, and composition, as well as the works of Raimonds Staprans for his layering techniques. She chooses to paint simplistic objects to create a clean, strong design, sharing interest with the negative space.


Joel Bennett

I’ve always been intrigued by the direct effects of fire on my work. Whether employing pit-firing, saggar, or raku firing techniques, the unpredictable, uncontrolled nature of the fire creates pieces that possess a uniqueness and individuality of its own. There is something very exciting about uncovering the pit after a firing, marveling at the richness of colors, fire markings, and sometimes spectacular results of this process.
Many years ago, while spending time in the Southwest, I became fascinated with burnished (polished) vessels of the Native American  Pueblos. The surfaces of their work seemed much warmer, softer and sensual, than traditional glazed pottery. On returning to California, I began to focus on this technique and pretty much stopped using glazes. I also began at this time to employ different firing techniques, such as sawdust, smoke-fire, saggar, and pit firing. The “New Mexico Landscape Series”, which has included vessels and wall pieces, came out of time spent in the the Southwest.
Over the years, I became aware of the sound created by tapping on the burnished low-fired vessel. It resonates much more than glazed high-fired ware. Through research, I discovered that many cultures throughout history have created percussion instruments out of clay that don’t employ the use of skins. One such instrument is the “Udu” drum from Nigeria, Africa which has two openings; one on the shoulder of the vessel, the other at the top. By hitting one hole, air is sent out the second hole creating the sound. Some of my work is based on this drum, and is sculptural. Since I’m involved in performing Afro-Cuban music which relies heavily on percussion, it seems natural for my claywork to evolve in this direction.


Diana Badalament

Growing up in Long Island, New York provided me with the unique experience to be inspired by both the bounties of nature and the richness of an urban, cultural mecca; a beautiful exercise in duality.  Beachcombing and making talismans from the ocean’s treasures are some of my best and earliest memories, as are adventures to the various museums, theaters and vibrant havens and haunts of New York. Living in some of the world’s most naturally beautiful and culturally rich locations continues to be a source of inspiration: India, The Netherlands, and, Wine Country and Lake Tahoe in California. Inspiration also comes from ancient stories, rock & roll, and various life experiences. Recreating the feeling of awe and wonder when you find that perfect shell nestled at the waterline, when you see that towering architecture in a far off land, the pristine beauty of “Alpineglow” while up in the snowy mountains, witnessing your favorite band’s perfect set, receiving an emotional embrace that is clearly a breakthrough from the hugger, is something I work to capture in my jewelry while balancing organic and rustic elements, precious metals and gems, classical metalsmithing foundations and contemporary design.

My jewelry collections are named for the mythological deities of Ancient Rome and Greece. Ancient myth’s divine characters, symbolism as well as the personification of nature and life works are an endless muse. Feeling like a modern god or goddess in each piece of adornment is an ideal state of being.  The idea that the majority of ancient myths are younger than the art of goldsmithing is also awe-inspiring and enchanting in it’s own right. One of the principal deities of Roman mythology is the god of fire and forge, Vulcan.


Candy Anderson

Candy Anderson is a native Californian who has been teaching art and English at the high school level for the past thirty-nine years. She graduated with a minor in Art from the University of the Pacific and has continued to study art at Sonoma State and Santa Rosa Junior College. She has studied with Nell Melcher, Philip Buller, Robert Stasek, Marcia Connel, Maurice Lapp, and Rovert Dvorak. Her painting has been influenced by Oscar Blumner, Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams.

Although she has worked in silk-screening and etching, the major focus of her work since 1990 hhas been watercolor. Recent inspiration has come from the magnificent sculptures of Deborah Butterfield, the beautiful Sonoma County scenery, a particular fascination with Brian Tedrick’s “Grazing Horse” (located at GroveStreet, Healdsburg), and her love of all things equine, made particularly meaningful because of her work with the wonderful horses of Sonder Ranch Equine Rehabilitation.