This informative list about the local artists that we feature on the walls here at Cottonwood Restaurant might take you on a journey into the lens of a newfound photographer or land you a new painting for the walls of your Tahoe home.
Annie Hooker, Bolam Gallery
Annie Hooker’s monochromatic paintings and prints are visual poems of a bygone era. She explores themes of nostalgia and shared collective memory. Nostalgia being defined as a “wistful desire to return in our thoughts or in fact to a former time in one’s life, to one’s homeland, or to one’s family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former time or place.” She uses simple, bold compositions to focus on the subject, creating dynamic, stylish and often playful pieces of art that are universally loved. Her mixed media transfer prints are available in 9″ x 9″, 16″ x 16″, and 30″ x 30″ but can also be customized to specifically fit your space and come in a variety of colors.
Andrew Bolam, The Bolam Gallery
Andrew Bolam is an English born artist whose work has followed a broad and intuitive path over the last 17 years, but a consistent theme has emerged: The West. Andrew Bolam views the West through the lens of a young English boy fascinated with cowboys and Indians. As an adult he travelled extensively across the west, broadening his appreciation and encouraging his passion for that which makes western culture and themes so uniquely beautiful. His work is part homage, part deconstruction and part personal meditation. By presenting familiar traditional western subject matter in a straightforward modern way, Bolam encourages the viewer to consider western icons as important emblems of pop culture. He strives to present the simplest possible expressions of complex ideas. With bold and sophisticated color palettes, Andrew creates paintings that are powerful and striking.
Ryan Salm, Ryan Salm Photography
For the past 12 years Ryan Salm has been traveling the far off reaches of the globe contacting distant tribal groups and contracting various illnesses. Journeys on back roads with the local people have created a common theme in Ryan’s work. Radiant colors, vivid landscapes, and enticing faces are the cornerstone of his photography. When not purchasing plane tickets or wandering the world, Ryan spends his quieter days living in Lake Tahoe, California soaking up the sunshine and living life in the mountains. His photographic work ranges from fine art to commercial to editorial and can be seen anywhere beautiful imagery exists. He is currently emerged in the world of architecture photography and is available for assignments and shoots in Lake Tahoe, in California, or nationwide.