A career of variety in expression:
Heart of the Artist
Len Poteshman has been creating amazing art since before most of us
were born, and not one to be bored, he has explored many mediums.
Though he started out as a violinist, he reached his artistic stride
with painting and sculpting. And even before the CSI and Law and Order
television shows grabbed the attention of American audiences, Len was
working with various law enforcement agencies supervising art crimes
departments, instructing officers in undercover work and making
composite drawing of suspects from witness descriptions. Sounds like a
great idea for a television series to me!
I found Poteshman in the studio at Bell Arts Studios, on Ventura Avenue
in Ventura, he shares with his wife Linda, a ceramist, as they got
ready for the big sale the first weekend in December. His daughter was
there helping to arrange a price items to sell to make room for new
work to be created. His delightful, energetic daughter doesn’t
understand how he could have the desire to create any more when he has
already created so much, but in talking to him, I saw that he is still
brimming full with creative ideas he can’t wait to express. He proudly
displayed a lovely charcoal portrait that they discovered that he had
drawn in 1946.
Since then he moved from charcoal to pen and ink, to painting, to
sculpting especially in bronze, and to his current fascination with
epoxy. And as he described it, I was fascinated, too. The epoxy medium
provides him with high gloss, vivid color intensity, and texture. He
starts out by placing Plexiglas on a flat surface because epoxy must be
used in a horizontal position to prevent them from running off the
surface. The two part medium starts out clear and he adds colors
encouraging the colors to run through the epoxy creating new colors and
patterns never knowing how they will turn out. After the material
dries, he breaks the material into shapes and reassembles it like a
mosaic creating an entirely new image combining the epoxy with acrylic
The end results are full of brilliant color and texture and
offer lots to look at as you see how the deconstruction of one work of
art is blended together to create another.
also has done many wonderful painting of koi. He raised these fish also
known as “living jewels” or “swimming flowers” until they became much
too big for his pond, so he has created many painting featuring koi
from very large, realistic paintings, to smaller paintings with so many
koi in them that children love the challenge of try to count how many
Len and Linda are charming to talk to and would love to have
you visit them at their studio at Bell Arts. I think it is so cool that
they gave $5 from each sale to Food Share. I love how local artists are
getting behind this wonderful project.
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