Meet the Artists
Currently living and working in Lawton, OK Robert Peterson (b. 1981) is a self-taught artist. His spontaneous realism portraits have been exhibited and sold in galleries in NYC, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Venice Beach and Lawton, OK. Petersons highly sought after works have been collected by celebrities like hip hop mogul Diddy, Swizz Beatz, James Cruz, Fabolous and athletes like Carlos Boozer, Amare Stoudemire, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Derrell Revis and many others.
Robert Peterson’s work has been commissioned from both Nike and Tony & Guy as well as Monster Products and Sol Republic. Roberts’s goal is to create portraits of people that have never been captured by camera before by using multiple images combined with live models and his imagination. Peterson made Oklahoma history by becoming the first African American to ever receive the artist of the year in Southwest Oklahoma for his continued efforts to create amazing works of art and philanthropy in January 2017. During Art Basel 2018 Peterson earned the Spectrum Spotlight Artist of the Year.
John was born in Kingsville, TX and grew up in both Northfield, MN and Okmulgee, OK. He now lives in Claremore, OK. He has an art studio at home and was one of the inaugural Studio Artists at The Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa, OK.
John remembers first recognizing his artistic abilities in the 3rd grade and since then he’s been fulfilling his dream of being an artist. Throughout John’s primary school years, he most enjoyed the art of pencil and ink drawings. He won several art competitions and that inspired him to keep developing his skills. When it came time for college he decided to pursue a degree in Graphic Design at OSUIT in Okmulgee. At that time, hand skills were the primary tools used to produce projects for clients. Once computer technology took over the design field he found himself developing those computer design skills and drawing less. But he never lost the desire to pursue his fine art, although painting continued to elude him.
In May, 2012, the day arrived that John would launch into that pursuit. He picked up a paintbrush and took off on an exciting new direction in his career. In a variety of subject matter, his design background and love of color really stand out in his current work. This style has been described as “Pop Impressionism”. As John follows his fine art vision, his goals are to keep his art diverse and his expressions varied. He says, “I’ll always paint and pursue new mediums, but I won’t forget my first love…the pencil”.
Farooq Karim is a registered architect and interior designer with over 27 years of experience, is the Vice-President Senior Director of Design at REES, holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma, is a member of the American Institute of Architects, International Interior Design Association, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
He has been involved in creating and making art in the central Oklahoma arts community for many years and finally took his art public in 2016. He has participated as an artist in events such as the Omelet Party for The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Artini, 12×12, and many other charitable events. He volunteers his time to serve numerous organizations in the OKC metro. Farooq is passionate about the arts and is a member artist with OVAC (Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition).
Artist Tim Kenney paints as an abstract impressionist and is also known as a colorist for his use of bright pigments and thick textures which are immediately recognizable by those who know his work. His subjects range from aspen trees to flowers, oak trees, sunsets and other subjects. Tim paints with oil on canvas, predominately using palette knives which allows him to apply broad strokes of thick paint and multi-dimensional textures.
Tim’s work is currently shown in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico, Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Gulf Shores, Alabama and Norman, Oklahoma City and Edmond, Oklahoma. He has been the featured artist for the Norman Mayfair Festival and shows his works at various art festivals in Oklahoma including the Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City, May Fair in Norman, and the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival in Oklahoma City. Tim donates his time and his artwork to many causes in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Colorado as well as contributing on behalf of several national philanthropic programs.
50 paintings in 50 States in 50 Days – In May of 2014, Tim embarked on a 50-day tour with a goal of painting 50 Paintings in 50 States in 50 Days. 20% of all proceeds from this tour were donated to the Nicole Jarvis Parkinson’s Research Foundation.
77 Paintings in 77 Counties in 77 Days in Oklahoma – In 2017 Tim painted 77 Paintings in 77 Days in 77 Oklahoma Counties and again donated 20% of all proceeds from this tour to the Nicole Jarvis Parkinson’s Research Foundation.
Tim lives in Norman, Oklahoma with his wife of 41 years. They share their lives with four children and six grandsons and share their home with two Golden Retrievers named Gunnison and Aspen.
Patricia Ridge Bradley
Patricia Ridge Bradley grew up in Enid, OK and has been drawing and painting since childhood. After graduating with a BFA with an emphasis in drawing from Oklahoma State University, she apprenticed for an advertising agency in Tulsa that provided a crash course in graphic design. Patricia and her husband, Stephen, moved to Colorado in 1980, where she founded Bradley Studios. She began a 35-year career as a graphic designer, working for the juvenile products industry, opera and ballet companies, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and designing, editing and producing numerous large-format books. Now residing in northeast Oklahoma, Patricia has returned to fine art, working with charcoal, pastel and oil. Her favorite subjects include the figure, portraits, still life, landscapes, cityscapes, and western themes in a representational style. Her technique ranges from very loose and spontaneous to meticulously rendered. Patricia has won numerous awards for her pastel and drawings, teaches classes and workshops, and demonstrates for artist organizations. Artworks can be viewed at www.patriciaridgebradley.com.
S. Red Elk
Shailah Ramos is a Southwest Oklahoma native and a proud Comanche Nation Tribal citizen who works as the Prevention Specialist and Program Coordinator for the Comanche Nation Prevention and Recovery Center. Ramos is currently enrolled at Cameron University completing her Psychology Degree to further her dedication to the passion of helping others reach their mental and spiritual goals. Being a self-taught artist, Ramos has progressed quickly in the last ten years, perfecting her craft and creating a reputation of originality, uniqueness, and creativity. Having owned her well-known company, The Native Hippy, she was able to curate, promote, and sell artistry created by local artists from across the state, with a brand of always keeping it local. Shailah’s love for the arts, telling a story, and sharing a vision shows in her work and in life making her one of Oklahoma’s best artists. Ramos is happily married to Ronald Ramos, they share a beautiful daughter, Danni, and are expecting their son Nacona Dean Ramos very soon!
Jarica Walsh is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma, receiving her BFA in Media Arts with an emphasis in Filmmaking. She is a multidisciplinary artist, motivated by the core principles of optimism, appreciation, and inclusion. Walsh is the Director of Art in Public Places for the Oklahoma Arts Council. She was born in Pawhuska of Osage and European heritage and is a proud member of the Osage Nation. She lives and works in Oklahoma City, maintaining a studio in the Paseo Arts District.
Dean Wilhite was born in Olton, Texas. He works in acrylics and watercolors. Light and shadow are Wilhite’s great love. Getting the shadow detail right is the key to a successful painting. And the perfect highlight can be magic.
Wilhite studied graphic design at OSU Okmulgee. He has worked as a graphic designer in studios and ad agencies doing photo retouching, illustration, production art, and logo design. Wilhite has been published in national design journals and books, and worked across a wide range of design disciplines.
From childhood to life as an adult, he has looked for images that makes him pause and reflect on events from his life. A shadow that crossed the old farm road he traveled down on his granddad’s farm, or the window shade on the house next door casting its long afternoon shadow on the siding boards, reaching the viewer with his memories and taking them on a journey back in time to their own is his goal.
The illustrative work Wilhite produces as the senior art director at Ackerman McQueen Advertising Agency for the award winning BancFirst television campaign featuring small towns in Oklahoma, are examples of the bold color pallet that is ever present in his work. In 2017 Wilhite was be the Urban Core Feature Artist at Verbode in Oklahoma City.