Proudly sharing the artwork of our Hope Artists

HOPE Artist Cathy Acton

Cathy Acton sings with the Hi Hopes band, and is blessed with a voice that can easily transition between pop music and opera. As a visual artist she is similarly able to transition easily between artistic mediums. Her image of a tree with deeply penetrating roots appears on the back wall of the Integrity House Mural in Santa Ana. About her print of a bird on a branch, she says, “This is my first linoleum block print. It was a lot of work, but an interesting process. I like using my imagination to create new works of art. It brings out the child in me. I also enjoy fiber art, crocheting, knitting and making soft-sculptures as well as functional objects like purses, but my passion is performing with the Hi Hopes.”

HOPE Artist Miguel Aldaz

Miguel loves an artistic challenge. Often choosing highly detailed and intricate imagery, including Egyptian iconography as well as modern figurative form, Miguel translates what he sees with a variety of media. He is adept with graphite pencil as well as acrylic paint, and is able to cover several canvases in a short amount of time. Miguel also enjoys linoleum block printing, and has most recently exhibited a print with the traveling VSA exhibition in conjunction with the Festival of Arts Premier Fine Art Show in Laguna Beach, California.

HOPE Artist Arlene Anderson

Arlene’s touch is as delicate as her eyes. The artist relies on reference material depicting the human form but the image becomes transformed through her process of drawing and painting. Arlene elongates, exaggerates and dramatizes elements and invites the viewer to pay attention to details that might otherwise be overlooked.

HOPE Artist Kala Arnold


HOPE Artist Maurica Bobb

Maurica’s eyes are distinctive. They sparkle. They sparkle as a representation of her sincerity of spirit, and with mirth in telling a story or relaying an especially sweet memory. Luckily for viewers, her artwork similarly sparkles with that same level of sincerity. Maurica is able to accurately translate nearly any representational image put in front of her, from portraiture to landscape, but her most captivating work is derived from her own memories. From the blue and yellow hues of many of her drawings, viewers have insight into Maurica’s memories of sand, of ocean, of childhood.

HOPE Artist Jose Bustos

Jose’s watercolor paintings are laboriously delicate. It’s as if they exude a quiet, primordial sound that all humans can relate to. His work causes the viewer to slow down and observe subtle shifts in color and form. Jose’s process is an intimate relationship between material, gesture and thought.

HOPE Artist Terry Cain

Terry’s linoleum block prints are beautiful translations of her earnest renderings of birds and aquatic life.  She has a distinctive style combining primitive block-like shapes with a tender and fluid line quality.  Her animal figures are often solitary characters, sweet and wide-eyed, a little like Terry herself.

HOPE Artist John Canada

John’s drawings are direct and exuberant.  His use of color is bold and graphic.  His subject matter vascillates between solitary trees and bright grinning faces.  His trees take on an almost anthropomorphic quality, like a lone figure on a hill, or a mystic on a mountain top.  He works in a variety of mediums, including printmaking and watercolor, although drawing is his go to form of expression in his artwork.  He also loves to act.

HOPE Artist Marvin Castillo

Marvin is an exuberant and methodical maker of marks.  His work is completely process oriented, almost obsessive in his approach, his mark making process borders on ritual.  His process is fascinating to watch; he lines up his pencils (his palette) and selects a pencil (his preferred medium) one by one, usually in order, sometimes not.  He makes a round of circular marks before moving on to the next color.  He works the borders of his page with another set of lines creating the foundation for this rhythmical dance of color.  Almost nothing fills him with greater joy than a fresh set of pencils and a clean sheet of paper, except maybe pizza, Coke or a bag of Cheetos.

HOPE Artist Bradley Clayman

Bradley’s small watercolor paintings reference caves, precious stones and magical clouds.  The artist layers thin washes that are driven by a personal logic.  There is an order in which colors are added and there is always a definite stopping point.  Bradley’s structured process, provides a beautiful juxtaposition to the ethereal nature of his chosen medium.

Please read more about Bradley on our “Stories of Transformation” site,

HOPE Artist Christie Cook

Christie’s passion is to create intricate, multi-layered designs translated into a wide range of mediums.  She is equally facile in the arenas of painting and drawing as well as fiber art.  Her symmetrical compositions often portray symbolic imagery with an almost iconic treatment.  Christie also loves to dance and brings as much emotion into her dance performances as she does her visual artwork.  She credits her Grandmother as her source of inspiration.  “My Grandma was an artist and Grandma was a teacher.  She was my soul.”

HOPE Artist Mikki Davis

Mikki is best known for her bright paintings.  Unlike her drawings, which are narrative, Mikki’s acrylic paintings are more concerned with color and composition.  There is a celebration of spirit and joy in the creative process that is manifested in Mikki’s confident mark making.

HOPE Artist Marty Farrell

Marty is an intuitive painter who pulls content from her dreams, memories and relationships.  Best known for her richly pigmented canvases, Marty is a brave mark maker, marching in the lineage of great painters such as Philip Guston and James Ensor.  Marty loves the ephemeral nature of watercolor but also enjoys experimenting with opacity and texture—qualities she can achieve only with acrylic paint.

HOPE Artist Chris Friedman

Chris Friedman’s artwork is inspired by nature.  Chris’ lovely colored pencil renderings of flowers and trees land like a whisper on the page.  His work translates beautifully into linoleum block print, and was featured in the Integrity House Mural in Santa Ana.  Chris lends a bit of whimsy to his work by way of interspersing an otherwise representational color palette with softly arranged lights and darks.  “The desert bloom reminds me of Palm Springs.  I like being surrounded by nature.  I’m a very outdoorsy kind of a guy.  I enjoy drawing pictures of nature.”  Chris Friedman has been attending Hope since 2004.

HOPE Artist Julio Galarza

Julio is obsessed with the idea of beauty as portrayed in his graphite depictions of classic movie scenes and starlets from the Golden Age of Hollywood.  Being a very particular artist, Julio’s oeuvre resides in the realm of mechanical pencil on Bristol, intimately sized at 11″ x 14″, the underlying subject matter always beauty.  Julio champions strong female figures.  Like any artist his dream is to share his work.  And like any artist his drawings are his babies.  And he likes to be surrounded by his babies.  His rendering ability borders on savant level, he methodically applies his patterns and marks in the lights and darks of his subject without a single misstep.  There is no sketching beforehand and no erasing during.  The delicate silver lines and the shapes and patterns within are reminiscent of the pixelated images and pulp paper portraits of Chuck Close.

Please read more about Julio on our “Stories of Transformation” site,

HOPE Artist Karen Greene

Karen enjoys making art for others to enjoy. She often employs circular motifs with rhythmic and repetitive motion. Watercolor is one of her favorite mediums. Green is one of her most favorite colors, perhaps in honor of her name.

HOPE Artist Richard Groves

Richard has a particular affinity for sea life which he depicts as raindrops and stars, translating the oceans bounty into a host of heavenly beings. Colored pencil and watercolor have been his preferred mediums until a recent foray into etching, which brings a wonderful delicate quality to his work.

HOPE Artist Cindy Hein

Cindy captures intricate detail in finely rendered line.  Her work is highly representational and exemplifies her artistic abilities in a variety of media, from graphite pencil, to linoleum block print, to computer-art processes.  She is an exacting artist, perfecting her craft with each composition.  Cindy’s representational style carries through to her color palette as well, rendering each object and motif, while often contrasting her subject with white negative space, leaving the viewer with a clear understanding of Cindy’s interest and focal point.

HOPE Artist Chris Johnson


HOPE Artist Margaret Kelley

Margaret’s earnest drawings of animals shine brightest when translated into linoleum block prints, one of her favorite mediums.  She is always steadfast in her striving to render a likeness of her subject.  When drawing, Margaret employs her own distinctive mark-making technique composed of a series of lines and dots applied in what appears to be an almost haphazard cacophony of marks, until they finally coalesce into the intended form or landscape she desires.  Margaret enjoys working in a wide variety of media including collage and watercolor.  Her color palette oscillates between warm oranges and saturated magentas to cooler greens and blues.

HOPE Artist Ron Langloe


Please read more about Ron on our “Stories of Transformation” site,

HOPE Artist Frank Luna

Frank’s portraits are of characters who are in a state of flux.  The artist uses the language of abstraction to create highly evocative mini dramas.  Although Frank begins each piece with his signature outline of a bust, what lives inside the lines is always complex and varies greatly from one piece to another.

HOPE Artist Darryl Martin

Darryl creates an endless band of characters informed by pop culture references in his signature style.  His colorful contour lines and wide open white spaces are fast and fresh.  His characters are happy and buoyant, just like Darryl.  Darryl loves to dance and make people laugh.


HOPE Artist Kathy McCrystal

Kathy loves to experiment.  Fearless and eager to try new materials, Kathy begins all of her art pieces with a big heart and full involvement.  Drawn to bold colors, Kathy creates visual imagery that makes your eyes vibrate with excitement!

HOPE Artist Cail McLaughlin-Cheng


HOPE Artist Howard Miller


Please read more about Howard on our “Stories of Transformation” site,

HOPE Artist Katherine Musch

Katherine’s drawings and paintings reflect her interest in Egyptian art and mythology.  Particularly drawn to female queens and goddesses, Katherine’s work unpacks the great power of feminine energy.  The artist’s touch is gentle and sensitive but serves as a subversive element to her work that deals with power and authority.

HOPE Artist Jeremy Pena

Jeremy deftly renders a whole host of monsters drawn from his imagination, inspired by comic book heroes and horror film characters.  He has a particular affinity for reptilian characters.  He loves to create hybrid characters that frighten and delight.  He is equally skilled as a draftsman and a sculptor.


HOPE Artist Donald Perry

Donald is a keen observer of the world around him.  He easily renders his source imagery in exact detail.  He often uses a pointillist treatment when creating his landscapes.  His other love is creating figurative work based on a sort of fantasy depiction of people he has known, often depicting them as musicians of some sort.  And he loves glitter, adding it whenever and wherever he can.  He is also an accomplished musician, constantly writing original songs.


HOPE Artist Darren Petersen

Darren is an engineer at heart.  He loves to tinker in the studio building imagined worlds out of cardboard, masking tape and paint.  His work is a kind of visual free association through form.  He loves to bounce ideas off of passers-by, adjusting his creations to suit their whims.  His love for the social interactions his pieces encourage is one of the many characteristics that make Darren so engaging as an artist.  Darren has a big heart and big dreams.  True to the restless spirit of an artist, Darren is always seeking to realize his visions, to make them “real” as he says.  Darren has a talent for making his creations light up and move, reminiscent of Alexander Calder’s Circus.  He creates a sort of quirky visual poetry with his use of humble materials, the immediacy of crude construction, and technological interventions, at times touching on the profound.

HOPE Artist Emma Phillips

Emma’s flat use of paint has a connection to pop art—in particular, Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami.  She draws her inspiration from pop culture; predominantly Disney characters and Japanese anime.  Emma uses appropriation as a vehicle to create her own logic and populate the landscapes in which her figures live.

Please read more about Emma on our “Stories of Transformation” site,

HOPE Artist Raymond Rainey

Raymond’s paintings are composed of fast and urgent marks that have a Nietzschean cheerfulness for life.  Much like his love for music, Raymond’s paintings are fearless.  His marks breathe life into the paper as well as the viewer.

HOPE Artist April Renick

April has a visually diverse repertoire, from portraiture to repeating patterns of geometric and nature inspired motifs. While her portraiture usually draws upon her love and admiration of family and friends, her repeating patterns are a reflection of her social butterfly nature; chatty and vibrant.

HOPE Artist Jennifer Schafer

Jennifer loves to make paintings and drawings about nature.  In particular, she finds inspiration in animals.  Her most recent watercolor paintings depict birds and dolphins.  Jennifer’s paintings evoke feelings of lost childhood memories, yearning to be remembered.

HOPE Artist Dena Schott


HOPE Artist Crystal Serna

Crystal’s drawings and paintings suggest embroidery and quilting.  She relies on repetition of a very simple symbol—the circle to create meditative wallpaper-like patterns.

HOPE Artist Javic Servio


HOPE Artist Ben Simendinger

Ben is fascinated by current events; daily enlightening others on the latest calamity, catastrophe or episode.  As a visually impaired artist, it is perhaps consistent with his love of communication that his artwork appears almost a language of sorts.  While color is often present, it is not a focal point, more an expendable accessory.  Instead, it is his use of oblique lines, layered upon one another, discordant in their sharp angles and slants, that become the focus.  At once, both complex and spare, his crooked converging lines seem to tell the story.

HOPE Artist David Slavitz


HOPE Artist Mary Soliman

Mary is a prolific painter. She begins each piece with thin, watercolor washes which are followed by repetitive, circular marks.  The result is a quilt-like diaphanous landscape which makes your eyes shimmer with pleasure.

HOPE Artist Elizabeth Sonne

There is a meditative quality to Elizabeth’s paintings and drawings.  Composed of lines that are architectural and organic at once, the artist makes abstract paintings which hint at caves and nests—cozy places where one can dwell.

HOPE Artist Jazz Sorenson

Jazz’s most recent paintings and drawings are populated with phantasmagorical characters.  At first glance, they look like monsters but upon deeper contemplation, one starts to realize that perhaps, they are the good kind.

HOPE Artist Melanie Spafford

Melanie has a growing menagerie of characters which she one day hopes to turn into an animation series.  She carefully and earnestly renders them with a metered symmetry in exacting detail.  She draws inspiration from classic fairy tales and Disney films.


HOPE Artist Rosie Strey

Rosie’s abstract paintings are composed of layers of musical marks.  Much like the famous painter, Jackson Pollock, whose canvases are composed of frenzied yet deliberate marks, Rosie’s paintings remind us of our own dancing spirit.  Rosie loves acrylic paint and can do wonders with colored pencils.


HOPE Artist Kim Tompkins

Kim is an abstract expressionist at heart. Her work reflects the human condition, hers and ours, through her intuitive arrangement of formal elements; color, composition and the layering of her emotive marks.

HOPE Artist Vicky Vaikakul


HOPE Artist Tom Veltman

Tom’s wonky aesthetic is congruent with his sense of humor.  He finds inspiration in nature, music as well as pop culture.  Tom’s hand is quick yet precise and never fails to leave you with a little smirk on your face.

HOPE Artist Dana Waits

Dana’s work ranges from delicate renderings of animals to geometric compositions.  All her work is made with a steady hand and an eye hungry for detail.  Dana loves the solitude that painting provides as well as the sense of adventure that each new piece can bring.

HOPE Artist Carol Wallen

Carol often depicts a lone figure floating in a sea of color, reminiscent of Munch’s The Scream, but her true passion is horses. Carol’s watercolors convey a softly sensual atmosphere, balmy like a midsummer dream.


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