Paul Cainto Balan, a native of Paete, Philippines, a town famous for its sculptors, painters, musicians and poets, is a descendant of Pablo Bague, one of Paete's master sculptors. Balan was an active participant in the Philippine art scene during his studies in fine arts at the University of Santo Thomas in Manila, and many of his religious works, ranging from murals to stained glass, are on display at various churches in the Philippines. In May 2001, Balan immigrated to the U. S., where he continues to produce a wide range of works. He is the recipient of numerous accolades and was the subject of profiles in local publications and on news programs. He exhibits his paintings and sculptures regularly, most notably his Lupang Hinirang Series-the first-ever visual interpretation of the Philippine national anthem. Balan became an American citizen in 2005 and lives with his wife, Marra, and his daughter, Micailla Loren, in Lake County, Illinois.
Chris Costello earned a bachelor's degree in graphic design and visual communication from Northeastern University in Boston and is currently a professional graphic designer, illustrator, typographer and fine artist. With proficiencies in traditional and digital media, he creates book illustrations and hand-lettered title art for clients including Random House, Simon and Schuster, Oxford University Press and Harper Collins. His work for Coldwell Banker consistently receives awards for design excellence and has been published in several Graphic Design USA awards annuals. As a Web site designer, he creates sites and Web animations for small businesses and best-selling novelists. He has also created original font designs that are distributed by the Monotype and International Typeface Corporation. His popular font, "Papyrus," is included with Mac OSX and Microsoft Office software. As a fine artist, he enjoys painting landscapes and portraits using pen and ink, pencil, water color and acrylic mediums.
Barbara Fox is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and has since worked as an artist, designer and illustrator. Her clients include Timex, Disney, American Greetings and the Franklin Mint. Her water color paintings are exhibited and collected internationally, have received numerous awards and have been selected for publication in fine art magazines and books. Fox also teaches her watercolor technique in classes and workshops around the country. She and her family live in upstate New York.
Frank Morris is an award-winning artist, designer and illustrator. He worked in New York City for 20 years as a book and advertising illustrator, graphic designer and portrait artist. His paintings are included in private collections and hang in corporate board rooms across the country, and they have been reproduced in magazines such as Newsweek and New York, for which he painted portraits of Presidents Reagan and Carter and first ladies Nancy Reagan and Rosalynn Carter. His designs include work for best-selling authors such as Anne Rice, John Updike and John LeCarre. He attended the University of Memphis, Art Center College of Design, Art Students League and New York Academy of Art. Morris’ work has been honored in top publications such as The Artist, Print and Communication Arts magazines.
Ron Sanders is an honors graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design and an award winning fine artist, illustrator, graphic designer and teacher. His work hangs in the collections of the Indiana State Museum, Oneida Nation Museum, Alvin C. York State Historic Area and Air Force Weather Agency – Offutt Air Force Base. Sanders is a signature member of the Paint America Association and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and an associate member of Oil Painters of America. His fine art has appeared in galleries throughout the U.S., as well as in The Artists magazine, Southwest Art magazine, and on the cover of American Artist magazine. His symbol-laden portrait of Abraham Lincoln, painted on location at the Lincoln Museum in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, is featured in the book Lincoln in Modern Art: the Lincoln Enigma, the Changing Faces of an American Icon (Oxford University Press, 2001). Sanders have also produced commercial illustrations for such clients as Spike TV, Doubleday Book Club, Chase Financial, the Boy Scouts and BF Goodrich, as well as various newspapers and textbooks.
Donna Weaver studied sculpting, painting and print-making at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, graduating with a fine arts degree in 1966. A native of northern Kentucky, she worked for several of the area's toy companies, including Kenner Toys and Hasbro, sculpting action figures and other toys. From 2000 until her retirement in 2006, she served as a sculptor-engraver at the United States Mint at Philadelphia. While at the United States Mint, Weaver designed the 2007 Montana, Wyoming and Idaho state quarters and several others. She has revived the art of miniature bas-relief wax portraiture, which was popular in the U.S. between 1750 and 1840. Named one of Early American Life magazine's best artists, Weaver's wax portraits have been judged to be of museum quality. She divides her time between sculpting wax portraits, gallery exhibits and commissioned work and participating in living history events and juried shows in Virginia, Indiana and other states.