THE MCCROSKEY COLLECTION
CURATE YOUR HOME
Tom Corbin’s sculptures extol the human condition, most often through the female form – her mood, grace and vitality. Corbin and his staff can be found working in his Kansas City studio on a host of compelling projects – from a 20’ monument destined for Washington, D.C., to a massive custom coffee table for a collector in New York. During an average year, he will produce over 20 new sculpture and furniture designs to satisfy the demand from his galleries and showrooms.
Tania Dibbs is a technically gifted and highly accomplished artist who explores the jagged intersection between the natural world, humanity and culture through painting and sculpture. Her scenes speak to the beauty of nature, as well as to the conflicting yet fantastic constructs of man. Dibbs is diverse in style, yet unified by its intent, passion and devotion to exploration.
Tania’s work can be found in the US, Europe and Australia in collections such as those of Etty and Perry Farrell, Los Angeles, CA; Jackie and Mike Bezos, New York, NY; Portia de Rossi, Beverly Hills, CA, and Gov. John Hickenlooper, Denver, CO. Tania’s pieces have also been included in major hotels like the Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton and Gaylord National, among many others.
"I’ve always been fascinated with the simplicity of plaster. It reflects to me the simplicity of nature - it's artwork in its purest form.”
Devon’s artistic journey led him to attend the Kansas City Art Institute. His works include years of custom painting for clientele through his personal business, to many projects in the Kansas City area, such as Tivol, Nelson-Atkins Art Gallery and The Plaza.
Devon’s work exudes a simple, yet boldly peaceful style. His art is a reflection of both his calm character and love for the outdoors. Devon can work with just about any medium, but enjoys expressing his love for nature through the use of raw earth pigmented plaster.
"A way to create new multi-dimensional and psychological landscapes.”
Vanessa Kocking studied Fine Arts and Graphic Design at The University of Art Science and Communications UNIACC in Santiago, Chile. In 2001, she moved to Miami, FL where her talents were further recognized with multiple appearances in large international art fairs such as Art Basel and Art Miami (SCOPE, Context, Aqua); and in 2012, she participated in several exhibitions in New York, including Affordable Art Fair (AAF), SCOPE in Chelsea and Context New York. During her time in NYC, she was brought on as a contributing artist for Restoration Hardware in the Flatiron District. She has also presented in AAF Hong Kong and Art Taipei and continues to be nationally represented by prominent galleries and interior designers.
Raised by her German father, a director, and her Chilean mother, an actor, Vanessa comes from a long family line of artists. She is a visual artist that enjoys working with different forms such as Paint, Ink, Digital Art & Mixed Media. Using organic layering of these various medium, Kocking’s work results in a connection between the artist’s inner world, the viewer’s perception, and modern life.
Sheryl Levene’s masterfully executed canvases recall the timeless works of her impressionism mentors while exploring the beauty found in raw moments of contemporary life.
Levene doesn’t just paint, she paints with her whole being. Her unique style of depicting landscapes, spirituality and abstracts portray a woman on an idyllic journey of self-discovery. Her work is strongly influenced by old masters and raw soul views of nature, inspired by her life in Kansas where she still currently resides.
WHEN YOU COME HOME
MORNING DEW I
“I believe truly great art serves as a trigger into something deeper within all of us.”
The mood and emotion conveyed in Lorusso’s paintings evokes a deep sense of beauty found in the quiet times of daily living. His paintings have gained notoriety by their ability to connect with the viewer, resonating in a way that is intimate and personal.
Lorusso’s work has been shown internationally and has won numerous awards and honors. He has been featured in American Artist magazine, Southwest Art, U.S. Art, Art & Antiques, The Artists Magazine, Art News, American Art Collector, International Artist and Art Talk magazines. Lorusso’s work is part of many private collections throughout the United States.
CLOUDS OVER GALWAY
BEFORE THE RUSH
THE FRANC COLLECTION
A Joe Lorusso Contemporary Collection
NATURE COMPOSITION PHOTOGRAPH SERIES
A Joe Lorusso Contemporary Collection
NATURE COMPOSITION I
NATURE COMPOSITION II
Brian McCroskey is a vascular and general surgeon by profession and a photography enthusiast by addiction. Well-traveled, but never without a camera in hand, Brian's keen eye finds life, beauty, and fascinating images in nature, people, and architecture. Brian's surgery practice has necessitated an acute attention to visual details. He brings this sensitivity to his photography. Always on the look-out for subtleties in front of his lens, his curious mind captures images that go unnoticed to the casual observer.
Andrea Regnier was born in Prague in Czech Republic. Growing up with parents who are both architects I was naturally drawn to the field, receiving a master degree in architecture in 1998. The architecture theme appears in all of my artwork. I find my inspiration from my passion for traveling which has taken me throughout Europe and America. I take photographs of places and things and then I transfer the images through my own vision and style. My art has a certain degree of abstractness that allows the viewer a place for their own interpretation and experience. Because of my use of multiply layers you can view the image as whole or get lost in a chaotic but magic section of the piece. It is a micro cosmos within a macro cosmos and both parts are irreplaceable and essential. I mix my techniques starting with a drawing and ending with a monoprint. I like the power of simplicity and geometry.
Michael Regnier was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, but grew up in Kansas City where he studied photography at the Kansas City Art Institute. “My photography has evolved over the years, guided by a desire to interpret the world around me with the freedom that other interpretive mediums offer. I want to go beyond the reality of the image in the camera.”
“I begin by recording the scene with a high resolution digital camera. Then back in the studio, the real interpretation of the images begin. The images are spontaneous. I apply and re-apply layers of textures and colors until it feels right. In my work, I use contemporary tools and methods to capture hints of the Pictorialist work of the past. I try to convey the character of both the realistic and the abstract by means of light and shade, color and texture all working together. I see images through contemporary eyes. But I’m also interested in the romanticism of their past.”
Ed Smith was introduced to art as a pre-teen at a summer art appreciation session, where his young eyes opened to what seemed almost another world. During World War II, he flew B-17s in Europe for America’s Eighth Air Force. Shot down over Germany, Ed spent more than 16 months in a prison camp until liberated in May of 1945. “It’s rather amazing how prison camp increases and sharpens your powers of observation and appreciation for the simplest of surroundings. Not that I’d recommend it for everyone”.
Kim has been drawing since she could hold a pencil. Influenced by the Precisionist graphite style of Charles Sheeler, the emotional traits of Grant Wood, and the black and white contrast of Mable Dwight, her extreme graphite technique emerged as an emotional saturation of tones. Kim depicts her landscapes in energetic black and white tones, challenging the viewer to interpret a sunrise or storm without the element of color. She often names pieces after friends when the energy of the sky reminds her of a loved one.