2015 Window Gallery Winners

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Robert Tate

When Robert Tate entered Washington University, he had no prior art training, however as a freshman he was awarded first place in the all college portrait competition.

Tate is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society; one of 22 members out of 1300 members to be nationally certified by The American Portrait Society; one of only 350 that has been elected as an Artist member of the California Art Club and an artist member of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylics.

Tate is now fulfilling a lifelong dream of painting for galleries, his paintings include, Native Americans, working cowboys, portraits, ballet subjects and abstractions.

All of his gallery paintings are executed in oil on linen. Recently he was honored when he was made a blood brother of the Cherokee Nation.

A partial list of his corporate portraits include: CEO’s of United Parcel Service (UPS),  Texaco Oil, Southern California Edison; a life-size full length posthumous painting of Howard Hughes for Hughes Aircraft, Wout van Bavel of Holland, Gary Jordan on his horse ‘Socks’ in front of Pikes Peak, Colorado, Don Raich with his 1963 Rolls Royce, F. Katiyama, past president of Nissan Motors USA, Frederick R. Weisman for the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation and authors Will and Ariel Durant.

The computer magazine, Reseller News commissioned Tate to paint portraits for articles of the top 25 Internet executives. Tate has executed numerous portraits for the movie industry (posters) and has been commissioned to do over 150 paintings of famous sports figures in Nascar, baseball, basketball, football, hockey and horse racing. One of Tate’s paintings was used as example in Shiva Casein magazine ads and another for their color chart cover. In addition one of his oil paintings was used in Jack Richeson’s and Company’s ad for their Yarka canvas.

See more of his work at www.rtatepaintings.com

Carole Raschella

From her childhood in England to her present life in California, despite occasional forays into working with color and paint, Carole Raschella has always returned to her passion for black and white art.

Primarily self-taught, she works in a detailed, photorealistic style using only a pencil, specializing in both commissioned portraits and original artwork.  Her goal is to provide the viewer with an escape from this saturated world of pulsating color into a serene place, where time slows and the mind basks in the cool, calm surroundings of black and white art.


Without the support of color, it can be difficult to convey the complexities of character that define the essence of each individual subject.  No matter what other media she has tried, this is the challenge that always brings her back to black and white. 

By focusing the viewer’s eye on the interplay of light, shadow and texture, the smallest details become more visible, drawing the eye closer and revealing the story the art has to tell. Sometimes color will wash in softly, painted in the mind, creating an experience unique to each viewer, and in that sense, making every print an original.

Carole’s work has won awards at various art shows on the west coast, including An Affaire In The Gardens in Beverly Hills, the SouthWest Arts Festival in Palm Springs, the Chatsworth Fine Arts Council, and the Westlake Village Art Guild’s annual competition, where her work took Best In Show over more than 300 entries. Most recently, one of her pieces tied for second place in the West End Chatsworth Art District’s “Western Spirit” competition.

To see more of her work go to www.artbyraschella.com

Carole is currently working on the Jordan Mural project which began in July 2019.

Linda Stelling

Linda Stelling grew up in Wisconsin to a family tree heavily endowed with artist endeavors. After selling her first painting at 17, the die was cast.

Linda received a BFA with teaching credentials in art from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She opened her own studio/gallery in an old Wigwam Sock Woolen Mill, all while teaching art to high school students. In 1981 she moved to Los Angeles to work as a commissioned artist for LA Art Projects. There, she produced original works of art for Billy Hork Galleries, in Chicago, Palm Springs and West Los Angeles.

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To broaden her scope, Linda began studying specialized techniques with top artists who excelled in the field of murals and decorative painting. She found this new challenge fascinating as it gave her a chance to work in different venues frequently and the pace was fast and usually large scale. Her clients were movie stars, large fashion houses and private clients with visions for beautifully embellished spaces.

During this time, while her children were little, she continued her commissioned business and taught an art program to children. She continued to teach for 11 years in a docent capacity. In 2005, Linda was awarded a Grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Cultural Affairs to produce a large garden themed mural dedicated to a library at a California public school.

“My paintings are of an allegorical nature, memories with color. They are not photographic representations, but rather visceral reactions to line, color, and emotion of the subject.”

Today Linda continues to paint in her “treehouse” studio full time. She is recognized as an accomplished painter, colorist and teacher. She has won various awards and commissions and her work is shown in galleries and private spaces throughout the country.


To see more of her work go to www.lindastelling.com

Peggy Mostarda

Peggy discovered a love of art while living in England for a number of years. Although she began with ink drawings of castles and oil paintings of the spectacular countryside, she has always been drawn to fabrics and the love of sewing.

The greatest inspiration in creating her art comes from her mother who could figure out and make anything. She also gave Peggy her first Featherweight sewing machine, and a respect for a good seam ripper. She encouraged Peggy to never be afraid to try anything at least once. In every art quilt, a viewer might discover a small strip of fabric that doesn’t quite match. In fondest remembrance of her lovely mother, Peggy has cut up one of her mother’s favorite dresses to incorporate a small bit of her in each piece. “She is the reason for me!”

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“Having now tried many forms of art at least once, I believe I’ve found a connection with my current art form of recreating photographs using raw-edged, fused fabrics in a type of collage style. I hope to convey through fabric the same personal feelings I had when taking the photos.”