Michael Henry

My interest in art blossomed during my high school years in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  The school was lucky enough to have two fantastic art teachers and offered classes in a wide variety of styles, techniques and medium.  I found myself spending many hours in the basement pottery studio, under the watchful eye of Mrs. Luna.  Aside, from learning just the techniques of throwing and hand building, I learned self-confidence.  I found something that thrilled me and enriched my soul.  And I found out that I was good at it.

Considering colleges, I had wanted to go to art school, but being from a practical family that was not an option.  I however did find ways of continuing my connection to the arts by minoring in the subject.  Not quite what I had in mind, but it allowed me to continue making pottery, drawing and painting.  I graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Mass Communications with the thought that I would work in the field of mass media. I originally wanted to work for a major magazine but that wasn't going to happen.  My first job came from an internship that I held senior year and it involved my skills as a graphic designer, which I basically learned from working on the school's newspaper and yearbook.  After five years, I decided to move on in a new direction and began working for Merrill Chases Galleries in Denver.  My very first day at the gallery, I was given the job of making sure that Yoko Ono had everything she needed, as we were hosting the work of John Lennon. It was an exciting introduction in the art world. My dream was to always work in Manhattan and in 1993 I was given that opportunity.  I began working for Gallery Revel in SoHo in sales but was interested in everything aspect of the business, especially working with the artists directly.  Marvin Carson gave me that opportunity and I will cherish those twelve years with all my heart.  

While selling art and working at the gallery,  I continued my studies in drawing and painting with continuing education programs offered at The Cooper Union, New York with Shelley Haven and New York Academy of Art.  I also studied ceramics at Chelsea Ceramic Guild in New York.

Lucky for me, my work found acceptance by collectors and I have exhibited at multiple galleries around the country, including Corrine Robbins Gallery in Brooklyn, Barbara Meikle Gallery in Santa Fe, Bev's Fine Art in Raleigh, North Carolina, Gallery Revel, New York and my own space mdh fine arts, New York.

In 2005, with SoHo changing and New York rents sky rocketing Gallery Revel decided to disband.  I decided to open my own gallery/studio on West 19th Street in the Chelsea neighborhood on New York.  My focus for the gallery was to show works by many different people and styles.  Almost changing the gallery monthly from one technique to another.  It was fun for five years, until again New York rents became a nightmare.  Since that time I have had the opportunity to focus on my own work again. I have always had an affinity for detail, so lately my work has become very structured.  My horse paintings developed from the love of one particular painting that has influenced all the work.  And now I am venturing back into figure painting.  Always the most scary of subjects but also the most thrilling.
Tatiana Zayka

Tatiana Zayka's professional artistic career spans more than three decades and two continents.  Her work, with its combination of classical technique and American interest in innovation, has attracted the attention of many.

Zayka graduated from the Moscow Art School at the age of 16.  She continued her education at the Moscow Pedagogical Institute, where upon graduation became a professional artist and teacher.  For ten years, she taught painting, drawing and art history, working at the same time as an artist and participating in exhibitions.  Soon, she became a member of the Union of Russian Artists.

Zayka immigrated to the United States in 1990.  She is currently a resident of New York City.  The main characteristic of Tatiana's creative style is her never-ending quest for the "hidden message".  She is fascinated by art's ability to create imaginary places that reside in our inner selves.  Her works deal with the eternal enigma and mystery of our world: the mystery that can never be fully solved, but only shown in all its fascination complexity and lovingly accepted as such.  Thematically, Tatiana's work ranges through metaphysical landscape, still life, portraiture and animalistic composition.  Still the cornerstone subject of her paintings has always been the light.  "The main focus of my work is the light in its various aspects.  The natural light streaming from a window, the glow of some outer or inner space, and even an imaginary shining.  The light that is the main character of my imageries, is the Light of Love that embraces and transcends everything and everybody.  Sometimes we don't see it behind harsh realities of this world.  But I strongly believe in its omnipotent presence."

In her graphic art, Tatiana prefers a more classical approach.  She likes to create miniatures using academic techniques in shadowing.  The tiny objects of her drawings accumulate her artistic love and pass it on to the viewer...