My Art Resources is the only online comprehensive source of information for artists living in Santa Clara County and nearby cities. We provide information about local artists, art venues, local supplies and services, art events, art education, opportunities, informational blog posts, interviews and more all in one convenient centralized hub.
Santa Clara County is home to unique and diverse creative talent and we are committed to cultivating a vibrant, accessible, and thriving arts community. Our goal is to provide a resource that will help unify our widespread arts community and showcase our vibrant arts scene.
We support an inclusive art experience by providing local artists with the equal opportunity to present their artwork and make connections with local resources, diverse audiences, patrons and peers. We share information and resources to assist artists in becoming strong, independent and contributing members of their community.
We are committed to helping artists everywhere feel valued and supported, and our blog is a place where artists living anywhere can find articles and interviews to help improve their art practice, business savvy and more. My Art Resources is created by artists for artists.
This site is brought to you by Shannon Mega Amidon and Donald Phenomenal Foley.
Shannon Amidon is an award winning artist from San Jose, CA. She creates mixed media artwork primarily concentrating on the ancient medium of encaustic painting. She incorporates natural, upcycled and repurposed materials into her artwork, breathing new life into objects that would otherwise be destined for a landfill. Using environmentally safe and sustainable practices is very important to her. In addition to upcycling discarded objects and materials she also makes her own paints using natural earth pigments and binders.
Shannon’s artwork has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide. She was awarded the Awesome Foundation San Jose grant in 2017 and selected for the 2017 stARTup Art Fair in San Francisco. In 2015 she received the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award and was identified by the curators of the Triton Museum of Art as an artist they feel are worthy of attention in the coming years. In 2011 she was named the SV Creates Artist Laureate, receiving a Fellowship Grant. She was also the recipient of an Eco Art Grant and studio make-over from the Art Inspector part of the Zero One Art and Technology Network.
Shannon has been an artist in residence at The Ayatana Artistic Research Program in Quebec Canada, TechShop San Jose, Herhusid House Artist Residency in Iceland as well as the David and Julia White Artist Colony in Costa Rica. In 2016, 2015 and 2013 she was selected to create large, 400lb, 5ft x 6ft public art hearts for San Francisco General Hospital Foundation; two of the hearts were purchased by Genentech and one by Wells Fargo Bank.
Shannon is active in her local arts community contributing her time, knowledge and art.
Donny Foley is a San Jose, CA based artist. His latest project, Word Painting, seamlessly combines two of his favorite forms of creative narrative: the art of storytelling and painting. The creation of each labor intensive piece starts with a painted focal point. Then, the background is formed by hand lettering a story in which the entire painting is based upon. When viewed from a distance each Word Painting is meant to convey a cheery anecdote, but on closer inspection the viewer can see the complex nature of a seemingly simplistic image.
For over five years Donny has managed KALEID gallery which exhibits over 90 different local artists. In addition to managing the gallery he also curates special exhibits and events. In 2015 he was selected to paint a 6ft snowman to be a permanent fixture in San Jose’s Christmas in The Park.
Steve Borelli has been drawing since he was a fetus. The inside of his mother’s womb is tattooed with the renderings of his twisted imagination. Upon birth he continued his assault on the senses by concocting his own comic strips and illustrations inspired by the lunacy transpiring about him. He balances the chaos he calls a life by visualizing on board, film and canvas the various hallucinations dancing like sugarplums through the depths of his eternally deranged id, and using his creativity as ammunition in the never-ending battle with mediocrity. Occasionally he writes a blog post, too.
Leah Jay (Jakusovszky) has been an artist and illustrator in San Jose for 25 years. She creates using a variety of media including watercolor, acrylic, pastel, ink, and collage. Her illustrative work has been featured in many books, and highlights from her career include directing 2001’s WTC Memorial Art Project to facilitate artist’s responses to 9/11 and successfully crowdfunding her artbook “Amphibian Love” to benefit Save the Frogs in 2015.
Christine Rasmussen’s oil paintings explore themes of place, identity, boundaries and belonging. Christine describes herself as a ‘global nomad’ – she was born to American parents in Pakistan, and has lived in 13 cities across Pakistan, Vietnam and the United States. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Art Practice (with Honors) and Peace & Conflict Studies. Her works are in private collections in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. Christine is now based in Los Angeles, CA, where she enjoys art, books and blogs.