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Amelia Furman

I create mixed media landscapes that use meticulously collected paper collage pieces including maps, newspaper, photos, symbols, menus, and more.  These pieces are arranged and glued down in a...

I create mixed media landscapes that use meticulously collected paper collage pieces including maps, newspaper, photos, symbols, menus, and more.  These pieces are arranged and glued down in a thoughtful design to explore how I "see" and experience the nature around me and the God who made it.  Once sealed, I use thin layers of oil paint to create the landscape image which at times cloaks the collage and at others, accentuates it and gives it new meaning.  My painting process is a visual journal of my journey and how I relate to the world around me.   

The landscape images I choose to paint are always connected to me in either an experiential fashion and/or emotive.  They are quiet, contemplative sanctuaries where I find purpose, meaning and most of all, love.  

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Andrea Rector

I create realistic acrylic paintings of small objects. Using grayscale and pops of color, I draw attention to the uniqueness of ordinary items. My work encourages you to notice the details of...

I create realistic acrylic paintings of small objects. Using grayscale and pops of color, I draw attention to the uniqueness of ordinary items. My work encourages you to notice the details of everyday life and appreciate what each individual brings to the whole.

My paintings are as much about people as they are about the objects themselves. Each of us brings our unique self to the world, comprised of all our experiences, abilities, and challenges. I hope my work serves as a reminder to celebrate the things that differentiate you, because we all have something important to offer. 

My career is in the building industry, so don't be surprised if you see some elements of architecture and construction in my paintings!

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Angeli Coover

Hello to all the 25 Days of Minis followers, and ‘hello’ to all those who have been with me on my painting journey over the past few years.  Here is a little intro:

I live bold and paint...

Hello to all the 25 Days of Minis followers, and ‘hello’ to all those who have been with me on my painting journey over the past few years.  Here is a little intro:

I live bold and paint bold.  

I convinced Todd it was time for a big change.  Yes, Wyoming is in the rear-view mirror, and we are now headquartered in Rio Rancho, NM - - located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  Life is good in our hood.  Gracie our crazy Golden Retriever is loving her new digs too.

I love flowers - - all flowers and the bigger the better.  

I paint to empower women.  Take the risk - - dream BIG - - and make it happen.  Be the BOSS of you, be the VOICE, be KIND, buy the flowers, and eat all the chocolate you want.  Let’s make our mark on this planet! 

I was a farm girl, born and raised north of Denver.  My sister and I were entrepreneurs at a young age.  We sold tomatoes, peppers, corn, and onions to the Italian markets in Denver, and out of our garage.  Our grandfather was our supervisor, and we managed to keep him on his toes.  God Bless his sweet soul.  Our mother was our driver, I think she topped out at 40 mph on the highway, so we had long delivery days. HAHA!

I love to cook.  Italian and Mexican food are my favs.

I love my family - - we always have something brewing.

I am grateful for every email, social media like, comment, and photos you send me of your paintings in your home.  It warms my heart that so many of you resonate with my flowers.  

I can’t wait to share all my New Mexico adventures with you this holiday season.

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Ann Guidera-Matey

 My work reflects balance and harmony. My landscapes capture that feeling of satisfaction you have at the end of a busy day when you put your feet up and take a deep breath. Light, color and...

 My work reflects balance and harmony. My landscapes capture that feeling of satisfaction you have at the end of a busy day when you put your feet up and take a deep breath. Light, color and texture invite you into paintings where you can pause and savor a peaceful moment.

 

 

My landscapes are reminders to take time for yourself. I am a better friend, mother, wife and daughter if I carve out time to nurture myself. Being in nature is that time for me. Outside I am totally in the moment and able to leave the rest of the world behind. When I return, I’m ready to be with people and to pick up the “TO DO LIST. Life is a balancing act. Energy needed to care of business and others must be balanced with energy we need to take care of ourselves.

 

Favorite places of inspiration include the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the New Jersey Shore, the Brandywine River Valley, Hudson, New York and Maine or anyplace that can be seen from my kayak or while hiking. Trips to France, Italy and Ireland have also energized my work

 

Pastel is my medium and I have been working with it for over 30 years. I love the immediacy, vibrant color that pastel provides. I paint at my studio, Aston Mills Arts, outside of Philadelphia and am open by appointment throughout the year.

 

 During the 25 Days of Minis watch for my series of:

* Marsh Sunsets

* Lavender Fields

* Yellow Fields of wildflowers and sunflowers

* Water and Sky views seen from my Kayak

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Ashley Corbello

I grew up in South Louisiana surrounded by animals, and as kids we spent our days riding horses and playing in fields. As I got older, and my interests diverged from that of my family’s, I began...

I grew up in South Louisiana surrounded by animals, and as kids we spent our days riding horses and playing in fields. As I got older, and my interests diverged from that of my family’s, I began to find solace in the company of animals. Being with them was often the only place I felt accepted – a feeling that I find often still rings true today. I choose them as my subjects because they accept us exactly as we are. They are there for us no matter what and always give of themselves wholely.  I find our pets to be great teachers - they can teach us the value of teamwork, the comfort of just sitting with the one you love, and the joy of living life as it comes. I strive to convey these ideas in my work and through my connection with animals, find greater connection with humans.

From a technical standpoint, each of my works begin with gathering reference, visual and informational, to planning the layout with at times intricate patterns of my own design. All in an effort to weave together typography, modern aesthetic design and color usage, with the main subject. Is strive to reach the technical level of some of the old masters with my subjects while combining that with more contemporary backgrounds.

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Barbara Buntin

My favourite picture from childhood is of me kneeling at the kitchen table with a pad of paper and a huge juice can of crayons. And a huge smile on my face!

I think I intuitively knew that this...

My favourite picture from childhood is of me kneeling at the kitchen table with a pad of paper and a huge juice can of crayons. And a huge smile on my face!

I think I intuitively knew that this was an activity that was personal and yet social, exploring skills and personal expression while connecting with others in sharing the art work. Through art making I find the same balance in my life today.

Working in the studio with colour and texture satisfies a desire for exploration and play and new ideas simmer. The ideas expand on my outdoor drives, hikes and paddles, where I begin to view the landscape as an animated series of abstract shapes. Even deep conversations with others can develop into compositions in my mind, intensifying my appreciation of those dialogues and offering personal insight.

Honouring the mystery and beauty in the natural world and allowing a return to special places through imagery becomes a combined delight when I am able to share my work with others.

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Betty Fernandez

If not today, then When?

Things are fleeting, like the beach, for example, is different every day; a flower is short lived, wilting within a day or two. As an artist, I feel an urgency to capture...

If not today, then When?

Things are fleeting, like the beach, for example, is different every day; a flower is short lived, wilting within a day or two. As an artist, I feel an urgency to capture the essence and energy of my subjects before its gone or changed. On my canvas is where I can make my flowers live forever and summers to never end.

I'm an avid outdoor painter, only coming into the studio when the New Jersey winter gets too cold. Then, I work on my still lifes, which I love as well.

Besides painting, yes! I do other things 😂, I run, take my German Shepard dog for walks, tend to my garden and most importantly, spend time with my family, being of help to them any way I can.

"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone" -Pablo Picasso

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Blair Barbour

I am a chef in the Caribbean on a yacht for half of the year and I live in beautiful Lake Tahoe, CA the other half. I grew up in Philadelphia and Virginia and get back to see my family as much as...

I am a chef in the Caribbean on a yacht for half of the year and I live in beautiful Lake Tahoe, CA the other half. I grew up in Philadelphia and Virginia and get back to see my family as much as possible but all of these places are a huge inspiration for my collages. Ocean scenes, bears, feature films and Ben Franklin are among my favorite subjects!

My mother is an artist so I was able to grow up playing with all of her art supplies and witness what was possible. I received a National art award in high school that lead to receiving Marion-Ebertt Wholle Scholarship to get my Fine Art Degree in college. I discovered collage after college and fell in love with cutting up paper..who knew. I've been showing my work, mainly in Philadelphia for over 15 years and moved out west after being accepted into the Artist Residency Program at the Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona where I wrote and illustrated a children's book (stay tuned!). My work is sold in Galleries in Lake Tahoe and the British Virgin Islands but join in on my mailing list to get first dibs on my latest collections. Thanks for stopping by and I am so excited to share these minis with you!

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Blanche Guernsey

I hope that my images might connect us; in the personal beginnings of selected objects, there is something universal in the stories and memories they evoke. This is something that connects us all,...

I hope that my images might connect us; in the personal beginnings of selected objects, there is something universal in the stories and memories they evoke. This is something that connects us all, across time. These are images about care, about significance, about cherishing a moment as it passes and remembering it fondly when it visits, perhaps whispered by one of those silent objects. Family, traditions, and that sense of belonging are depicted throughout my work as I use bold brushstrokes in oils to create still-life paintings that inspire a universal feeling of nostalgia.

I am An Artist living in Wyoming... A mother of 5 incredible humans... A Geek at heart... A caffeine-dependent life form.

A human... Being.

 

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Bobby Eppleman

My name is Bobby Eppleman aka Bobby Epps Art and I am an artist, teacher, husband, and father of two beautiful girls, living in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Ever since I was a kid, I felt called to...

My name is Bobby Eppleman aka Bobby Epps Art and I am an artist, teacher, husband, and father of two beautiful girls, living in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Ever since I was a kid, I felt called to become a professional artist, but I had no idea the journey I would end up taking to get there. While a majority of my childhood and early twenties were consumed by sports, I never stopped believing I could someday support myself a professional artist. Then, came a total loss of identity in my early twenties along with crippling depression. I was resentful of my athletic career and felt like my own life had been stolen from me. One thing remained constant though: The faith I had in myself to create a life where all of my dreams could thrive. Amazingly, it was the lessons and principles I learned through athletics that moved me to act when I was at my all-time low. What I thought was my biggest weakness, ultimately provided me with the tools and the fortitude to pursue my dreams. I feel grateful to have gained such wisdom early on in life—so much so, that I feel called to pass on the same message and tools of faith to those in despair, or to those who simply feel as though they have yet to experience their calling in life. My artwork is my life--One of faith, of hope, and of courage in everything I do.

I am a mixed media artist who creates vibrant and whimsical architectural drawings from a unique perspective. My favorite materials to use are colored pencils, markers, paint pens, and my trusty fountain pen. All of my drawings are done on illustration board ranging from sizes 8"x8" to 8"x10" and are always framed and ready to hang. Most of my references come from my hometown in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, but the message inner faith my artwork imbues is universal.

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Cary Galbraith

I am a painter. Mixing and manipulating oil paint with 13" brushes I create paintings that capture the light, form and color of people, places, and things. 

My work is contemporary realism. I...

I am a painter. Mixing and manipulating oil paint with 13" brushes I create paintings that capture the light, form and color of people, places, and things. 

My work is contemporary realism. I love contrast and color. Painting for me is finding the solution without all the details and distractions. 

I was born and raised in New Rochelle, NY. My father was an artist and advertising executive who had a strong influence on me, and my art. 

There was a time in my life when I felt the burden and stress from trying to do everything. We put impossible demands on ourselves and then feel overwhelmed when we fail to get it all done. I know now, we are all worthy and you simply don't have to do it all.  

My journey has been to simplify the complicated and be happy by leaving some things undone.

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Christine Kerrick

I illustrate the innate value of every person through the beauty of creation, places, and especially of the human face and form. I use cast-off treasures like paper scraps, bible scripture,...

I illustrate the innate value of every person through the beauty of creation, places, and especially of the human face and form. I use cast-off treasures like paper scraps, bible scripture, typography, stamps, handwriting, parts of old photos and other embellishments, with highly-rendered main subjects to make a new creation which emphasizes the hope of redemption and new life from discarded things. The result is a one-of-a-kind painting.

Every person is important, created for a purpose in this life. Everyone has gifts, talents, a story. That mixture of the innate and experiential—good and bad experiences—makes a unique, special and beautiful person, loved by our Creator.

Like people, my work has many layers of detail, and stories that whisper just below the surface. With the current clashes of hatred and violence between people in this world, if I can show the value and treasured identity of human beings and what we were created to be, maybe I can encourage people to think about their neighbor differently, and with love and hope.

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Cynthia Oswald

As an artist, I believe your work is a compilation of your life experience. For me, it truly has to do with focusing on and creating more of life's simple pleasures through my work. I have always...

As an artist, I believe your work is a compilation of your life experience. For me, it truly has to do with focusing on and creating more of life's simple pleasures through my work. I have always had a deep appreciation for how my direct environment can enhance the way I feel. It has led me to explore a blend of fine art and surface design. Creating artwork gives me the space to meditate and adventure in my direct environment. I love to experience the feeling of discovery and that is something that happens within my creative process. Much of my work is inspired by my early childhood and my appreciation for the many layers of beauty within nature. In addition to creating artwork, I run a boutique branding agency just outside of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. When I’m not working you can find me chasing my toddler or dogs around our home, reading, daydreaming about Italy, or adventuring in our local landscape.

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Denise Vitollo

I see the world as being full of magic moments of intense color vibration and pulsating energy. By exploring, observing, examining, and experiencing everything around me, I have developed a true...

I see the world as being full of magic moments of intense color vibration and pulsating energy. By exploring, observing, examining, and experiencing everything around me, I have developed a true appreciation for the natural world. I take in my subjects and react to them with bold color and expressive marks. Those magic moments in life are fleeting, and I try to record that experience for the viewer.

It is my intention that when viewers encounter my work, they may see in new ways. Hopefully, they will stop rushing about their daily busyness, get outside, and take time to really LOOK and rediscover. They may come to see that there is more to life and the world than they presently know, and this can help them to live a fuller existence. 

 

 

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Diane DuBois Mullaly

I am an oil painter of small vibrant palette knife paintings. In my work I seek to create a sense of place, capturing the light, atmosphere, energy and soul of my subject. With my knife, I...

I am an oil painter of small vibrant palette knife paintings. In my work I seek to create a sense of place, capturing the light, atmosphere, energy and soul of my subject. With my knife, I describe what I see with layers of paint--sometimes loading it on in bold strokes, sometimes sgraffitoing by drawing or scratching into the wet paint, often almost sculpting the paint to tell my story. The subjects that inspire me most are waterways, skies and sailboats; animals and birds; and gardens and nature. My goal is to create a joyful and sophisticated work of art that speaks of the beauty found all around us, painted with love and thoughtful abandon.



 

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Diane Lavelle

Growing up in the city of Philadelphia, drawing chalk animals in the street, especially horses, I am drawn to gesture and movement in all living things.  You can recognize a person or an animal...

Growing up in the city of Philadelphia, drawing chalk animals in the street, especially horses, I am drawn to gesture and movement in all living things.  You can recognize a person or an animal just from the tilt of their head or shift of their weight.  All living beings have this identifiable quality.  I love capturing this quality in my paintings.

I want to paint the uniqueness of any subject, figures, animals or still life. When I look at someone or something there is a certain moment that captures my imagination and inspires me to capture that in paint. There is something about shape and color that I love.  Mixing up paint and pushing it around on a surface is sooo satisfying.

I am a lifelong student studying this art passion that possesses me.  There is so much to see and discover and share.  Painting at the easel is such a joy and time goes by quickly.

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Dori Miller

My studio is a hybrid of oil painting and papermaking with installation, earthworks, printmaking, sculpture, and fiber arts, serving as additional “brushes.” 

 

Identifying as a mind’s-eye...

My studio is a hybrid of oil painting and papermaking with installation, earthworks, printmaking, sculpture, and fiber arts, serving as additional “brushes.” 

 

Identifying as a mind’s-eye whisperer, I represent the unobserved, finding gold in the wounds of imagined spaces. Why unobserved? We cannot “see” because we look out, when we should be looking in and we are so easily distracted.


I am in love with the world, weaving luminous bundles of amazement out of life’s mysterious fragments. You can find me escaping the constraints of the explainable. 

My artworks are slow, love letters that transport us along the lifeline of our desires, through veils of experience and behind our own scenes.  Speaking in the visual language of the subconscious, my work invites you to stay awhile.

Such ethereal works yearn for a solid, foundation. With a nod to the ancestors, the paintings begin with a mix of oils, linen, copper nails and hand made paper.

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Elizabeth Nook

I am a life-long 'maker', working professionally as an architect, and dreaming of becoming an artist.  I have been a creative within the natural world in the forms of fine arts, design, and...

I am a life-long 'maker', working professionally as an architect, and dreaming of becoming an artist.  I have been a creative within the natural world in the forms of fine arts, design, and architecture for as long as I can remember.  Taking inspiration from nature and my own sense of adventure, I am passionate about ecological conservation, design and construction, finding the beauty in difficult circumstances, and celebrating the light that inevitably shines after the storm passes.  I am also a wife, mom to two little ones,  a USCG boat captain, and bit of a wild card.

In working with the encaustic medium, I am able tocreate paintings that suggest depth, dimension, and luminosity. The wax is malleable and somewhat unpredictable in the way it lays down on my board, is reheated, scraped back, and then built upon.... revealing layers that you didn't see at first glance.

The architect in me loves 'building' the painting, creating a three dimensional piece that tells a story. The artist in me loves the freedom that working with this medium provides. It forces me to let go of control and be open to possibility.

To go on an adventure with each painting.

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Emer McCourt

I discovered how much I loved drawing animals with charcoal in 2020 and have been drawing them ever since! Sweet, swift, naughty, pesky, cheeky, noisy, sleepy…the animal kingdom provides endless...

I discovered how much I loved drawing animals with charcoal in 2020 and have been drawing them ever since! Sweet, swift, naughty, pesky, cheeky, noisy, sleepy…the animal kingdom provides endless possibilities for my vine charcoal drawings.

Animals unapologetically do their thing. Uninhibited and unselfconscious in every way, they are my absolutely favorite subject matter. Whether it is a hungry little fledgling demanding food from Mama bird or a pesky chipmunk waiting for a perfect moment to nibble on someones garden, their expressions are 100%  authentic - I love to explore their antics and their expressions and charcoal lends a lovely expressive warmth to each drawing.

I hope my art and my story encourages others to find their "thing" and pursue it enthusiastically. I feel so fortunate to be on this artistic journey where I  get to share a little beauty and joy with my animal drawings 

I am originally from Dublin, Ireland and live on Boston’s North Shore with family and, of course, several pets.



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Erika Stearly

I have been making paintings of domestic spaces for over a decade - they present the opportunity to paint geometric and organic shapes, as well as patterns. 

After completing my MFA, I taught at...

I have been making paintings of domestic spaces for over a decade - they present the opportunity to paint geometric and organic shapes, as well as patterns. 

After completing my MFA, I taught at a collegiate level and received several national grants for my work with a community driven art installation which I launched in 2013.

Now I focus exclusively on my personal studio practice.  Although it is a full time endeavor, I continue to keep a part time job with a local independent bookstore.  Connecting people with books is one of the most important contributions I can make as a citizen of the world.

These days, I live and work in Pennsylvania with my husband and young son.

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Gaurangi Mehta Shah

Introspection leads to personal transformation. Reflecting on our internal journey, asking ourselves honest questions, pondering over our life experiences, is an integral part of our growth...

Introspection leads to personal transformation. Reflecting on our internal journey, asking ourselves honest questions, pondering over our life experiences, is an integral part of our growth process. A deep connection is made with the Self where we attain a greater understanding of who we really are. We know it is a difficult process but the self-confidence and self-growth that we experience afterwards and the transformation we sense within ourselves, changes everything around us. A new us is born.

Art has been transformative for me. There is a lightness of being after every artwork I create. I feel like a butterfly coming out of its cocoon.

Before I start to paint, I tend to close my eyes to process what the soul is experiencing. The feelings and emotions then flow onto the substrate in forms of lines, deep marks, colours, forms, faces and figures, each telling a universal story of life, its experiences, of fears, triumphs, love, loss, happiness, all the qualities that make us human.

 

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Gregory Blue

I cannot imagine what it would be like not to make paintings. It is both a satisfying and frustrating endeavor, but I cannot not do it. I have drawn or painted as long as I can remember, it is the...

I cannot imagine what it would be like not to make paintings. It is both a satisfying and frustrating endeavor, but I cannot not do it. I have drawn or painted as long as I can remember, it is the way in which I am most comfortable communicating with the world. I have also come to realize that to draw or paint a subject is to form a deep and meaningful understanding of it, in a way I might not otherwise experience.

My work is inspired by the extraordinary beauty of the natural world, a feeble attempt to capture a moment in time. I am attracted to the extremes of the day, when the light is horizontal, casting long shadows that exaggerate form and texture in a beautiful tapestry of color. I try to convey the whole of that experience to the viewer.

The 25 Days is part of a larger project. I'm working on interpreting Natural Lands' Stroud Preserve, I've spent several years regularly visiting the Presrve at different times of day and in different seasons. Each of the Minis is a day in the life of the preserve.

I hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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Gretchen McGinnis

 

I am a painter and art teacher residing in Chester County Pennsylvania. I have always known I was an artist for as long as I can remember. I paint for the palpable joy of touching brush to...

 

I am a painter and art teacher residing in Chester County Pennsylvania. I have always known I was an artist for as long as I can remember. I paint for the palpable joy of touching brush to canvas, the joy of color, the lushness of paint itself and its ability to describe how I’m feeling. My studio is filled with some of my favorite things: flowers, vases, vintage dishes and figurines. Painting is romantic and it’s sensual, it allows me to connect to and be with a variety of feelings including bliss, harmony, contentedness and sometimes sorrow and melancholy.  It makes me ache either way and I am addicted to those feelings for they are the ones that let me know how much I love being alive and connected to others, whether in pain or joy.

"The stroke is just like the artist at the time he makes it. All the certainties, all the uncertainties, all the bigness of his spirit and all the littlenesses are in it." ~Robert Henri

My paintings are my love letters to life. They say what I have no words for..... I feel incredibly lucky to be a painter. 

I'm a graduate of Tyler School of Art where I earned both my B.F.A and a M.Art.Ed. I teach middle school art which keeps me laughing or crying, not sure which, but always keeps me going. It is my duty to advocate for the visual arts and to make a positive impact on a young life. I have happily nestled myself and family down into the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where my husband and I have raised three beautiful daughters.

My studio is here on our property where I blissfully spend hours alone painting my heart out.

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Holly Rostkowski

"A little Broken and Uniquely Beautiful." My hope is to help people see the beauty that is within them: that being a little broken does not have to be anything less than beautiful!

I often...

"A little Broken and Uniquely Beautiful." My hope is to help people see the beauty that is within them: that being a little broken does not have to be anything less than beautiful!

I often thought that I was too broken, that I was too damaged and unworthy; unable to do the hard things, but, through love, through family, through friends and very importantly, through my art, I have come to realize that I am a heck of a lot stronger than I thought! I can do hard things!

"Kintsugi" is the centuries old Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold - it is built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even more stronger, more beautiful piece of art. Every break is unique and instead of repairing an item like new, this technique actually highlights the "scars" as part of the design. Using this as a metaphor for healing ourselves teaches us an important lesson: Sometimes in the process of repairing things that have broken, we actually create something more unique, beautiful and resilient. 

We all may be a bit broken but, that is what makes us all uniquely beautiful! Let's own that and make it our super power!

I am a mixed media artist who just loves texture in my work! I use mark making and my own personal forms of symbolism, and lots of gold, to share my stories through my art.

xo, Holly Lee

 

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Inna Dzhanibekova

I am a mixed media artist with background in biological sciences. My work synthesizes elements from  natural and urban environments. It's a joyful reflection of the forms and colors found in the...

I am a mixed media artist with background in biological sciences. My work synthesizes elements from  natural and urban environments. It's a joyful reflection of the forms and colors found in the world around us. There is energy in things such as plants, animals, oceans, and human habitats.

I often combine acrylics, inks, pencils, newspapers and photo transfers, exploring interesting light and composition in all sorts of subject matter. I want to capture the fleeting exuberance of flowers, beauty of ornate textiles, decadent urban decay, and people being in their environment.

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Jeanine Pennell

I create a world that is an intimate expression of my thoughts and feelings. At age 50 I disrupted the status quo of my day-to-day and stepped into my creative life. My figurative sculptures are a...

I create a world that is an intimate expression of my thoughts and feelings. At age 50 I disrupted the status quo of my day-to-day and stepped into my creative life. My figurative sculptures are a record of that process. I hand sculpt each one in kiln fired clay. Each face is hand painted in layered underglazes to create a worn and weathered feeling, as a reminder to me of the impermanence of things.

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Jeff Schaller

First off let's just get it out there...I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

A little bit about my art - I create textural art pieces which incorporate representational form with the printed word. In essence, the...

First off let's just get it out there...I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

A little bit about my art - I create textural art pieces which incorporate representational form with the printed word. In essence, the visual and written symbols merge to create a unique aesthetic language that is both provocative and whimsical. My multiple-image pieces, range from polka dots to popular culture, evoke emotions and memories in the viewer. The combination of images tells a story and provokes a personal exchange between the art and the audience. 

Somebody once said about my paintings. "I could've done that." I replied, "But you didn't and I did. Now you can't because I did and that would be copying.

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Joanne Mark

I am an oil painter from Valley Forge, in Chester County, PA with a passion for our natural environment and the creatures that inhabit it. Through the pandemic, I have become intrigued with...

I am an oil painter from Valley Forge, in Chester County, PA with a passion for our natural environment and the creatures that inhabit it. Through the pandemic, I have become intrigued with birding. Inspired by the incredible variety of birds that live and migrate through our area, I was compelled to capture my surprising encounters with these captivating species in paint.  My hikes have taken me from Valley Forge National Park to the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, to gather reference material for this year’s 25 Days of Minis collection.  My goal is to portray the distinct characteristics and personality of each bird I paint.

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Joyce A Guariglia

My road well traveled - there are certain things in life that I have a strong passion and love for which is my family, and creating fine art. I have loved the process for as long as I can recall. 

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My road well traveled - there are certain things in life that I have a strong passion and love for which is my family, and creating fine art. I have loved the process for as long as I can recall. 

My passion - drawing, sketching, painting, attending art shows or exhibiting my own art. Although time consuming it is always in the positive for me...

Often I will find myself at my easel into the wee hours of the morning, difficult to pull myself away. I am a self taught artist who has taken advantage of art instruction and workshops throughout the years.

My message of success -  strong determination, to forge on even when feeling overwhelmed and lost in negative thought. This alone is one solid reason I yearn to have my art give solace and comfort to the viewer, the collector, the passerby... I would like to convey the same feelings I had when painting my artworks.

As a self aware empowered woman I bring to the collector the beauty of fine art. I am excited to be  a small part of the larger picture. It is an honor to call myself artist, and a privlidge to be a participating artist in 25 Days of Minis Online Juried Art show this year.

 

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Juanita Bellavance

For me art is an  expression of music combined with my love for nature.

Complex sounds, spaces, textures and tones, translate into alluring surfaces making a painting very rich.  These musical...

For me art is an  expression of music combined with my love for nature.

Complex sounds, spaces, textures and tones, translate into alluring surfaces making a painting very rich.  These musical ideas inform my work.  Sometimes the rhythms are submerged and sometimes they rise to the top.

Striving to paint emotion, I want to create awe and wonder, the essence of what we feel in nature, in music and in special life moments.  That feeling that gives us pause.

There is a dialogue that develops between myself and the painting.  As the layers of paint accumulate so does the meaning.  Connections flow and coalesce into magical and mysterious combinations.  These actions renew my spirit in the act of creation.

My inspiration:  The magic of awe and wonder.

To see other small art, beyond the daily delivery, from which to choose, please visit my website. 

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Karen McCool

My paintings celebrate things we have in common, like an obsession with a film character, or a universal experience captured in a vintage photograph. When my mother developed dementia, I became...

My paintings celebrate things we have in common, like an obsession with a film character, or a universal experience captured in a vintage photograph. When my mother developed dementia, I became interested in exploring the concept of memory. The vintage photos I paint often mirror our own daily lives and remind us of a shared history and the importance of telling our stories. The best stories are the ones that start with, "Remember that time ...?" and end with you and your friend laughing until you can’t breathe, even after the millionth retelling. 

WARNING: These paintings may cause serious waves of nostalgia and prolonged periods of reflecting on the past. If your reflection lasts more than 4 hours, put down the wine and step away from the painting.

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Kathryn E. Noska

Trust Your Path!

My imaginative worlds are painted with intimate detail, blended depth, and bright walnut oil colors, that focus on beauty and delight as reminders to not feel weighed down by...

Trust Your Path!

My imaginative worlds are painted with intimate detail, blended depth, and bright walnut oil colors, that focus on beauty and delight as reminders to not feel weighed down by negativity, but to get up 'off the ground' and highlight the positive.

Despite flouting rules of reality, my meticulously realized details are grounded in believability, while uncommon combinations of imagery go beyond the ordinary. Subjects are intimately close, while the sky creates space to breathe and maintain inner peace. Vibrant colors counter negativity with positive, uplifting emotions, while unframed work evokes unconfined openness.

I use water-washed walnut oil and solvent-free techniques without brushstrokes allowing you to explore deeper stories beyond the surface. After the work is complete, I make a list of the symbolism, and look for an overall pattern which helps me to determine the titles.

My intention is for you to imagine the scene is real. If it's real, and you believe in it, then my work helps you believe in yourself. Created from a place of unfettered freedom, these gemlike reminders open you to trust your path, rise above the ordinary, and purposely uplift your world.

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Kerry Sacco

When viewing my oil paintings my collectors experience nostalgia, travel memories or a profound emotional connection to a loved one. My vivid colors, textures and compositions of timeless subject...

When viewing my oil paintings my collectors experience nostalgia, travel memories or a profound emotional connection to a loved one. My vivid colors, textures and compositions of timeless subject matter provide my viewers with a sense of calm & beauty. I strive to capture the pure essence of my subject using light and active brushstrokes.I'm inspired by the beauty of nature,the spirit of animals, the written word and the melodies of music. You'll often find song lyrics or poetry scattered through my paintings. every picture tells a story. Just ask me!  

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Kevin Cummins

I am often asked what is an etching and how is it done?   Simply put, an etching is an image etched by acid into a metal plate through a variety of different methods.   The plate is then inked and...

I am often asked what is an etching and how is it done?   Simply put, an etching is an image etched by acid into a metal plate through a variety of different methods.   The plate is then inked and wiped, with ink remaining in the etched areas of the plate.   Paper is put on top of the plate and run through an etching press.    The pressure of the press transfers the inked image to the paper.   The image will be the black ink on white paper -- color is eliminated.

The art of etching is in the variety of methods used to create the image on the plate.   My process primarily uses aquatinting (lightly spray painting the plate so that the acid etches between the particles of paint), using distinct steps over a period of time.  The result is a complex mixture of texture and tone.  It is carefully planned and very mechanical, but is also subject to the spontaneity of chemical reactions that I can’t always control or predict.

Anything I see can be the inspiration for an image.   I enjoy working on landscapes.  When successful, I see my print images as fleeting moments that are also solid and unshakeable, as though they have always been there and always will be.

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Kim Lutschaunig

I create painted storied inspired by memories and music. Each piece comes together by merging the image with story and song. It's a pretty simple formula: my intuition will tell me to paint an...

I create painted storied inspired by memories and music. Each piece comes together by merging the image with story and song. It's a pretty simple formula: my intuition will tell me to paint an image, and during the painting process a song will start playing in my head, and a memory from my past will unfold. These painted stories are infused with inspiration, connection, and healing.

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Lisa Muller

I approach my paintings with the same curiosity I have for any new place I visit, always looking for what might happen next. My imagery follows invented story lines into the places where they...

I approach my paintings with the same curiosity I have for any new place I visit, always looking for what might happen next. My imagery follows invented story lines into the places where they hide. It's in these unseen, often murky places, where inspiration waits.

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Mandy Martin

My acrylic paintings are about feeling it all! I paint botanical subjects with splashing paint, bold lines, vibrant colors, and lots of movement. When I look at flowers or observe a landscape, I...

My acrylic paintings are about feeling it all! I paint botanical subjects with splashing paint, bold lines, vibrant colors, and lots of movement. When I look at flowers or observe a landscape, I see a miraculous display of color and movement unfolding before my eyes. To capture that feeling of wonder, I exaggerate color, contrast and shape. I turn up the dials until I have that “Wow!” sensation that I find in observing nature. Every brushstroke reflects the freedom to express what is moving me.

Poppies are featured in many of my paintings, symbolizing resilience and rebirth. I practice intuitive painting, and my work explores layers of texture, rhythm and movement as I interpret it in the natural world. It is my hope that my work will inspire viewers to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in unexpected places, and to take care of the earth.

One question I’m commonly asked is what the numbers in some of the pieces represent. It's about  how we used to come back from vacation and take our film to get developed. We would wait for the photos to be ready, many times opening the packet in the car before even leaving the parking lot, because we couldn’t wait to re-live the trip. Part of that experience was seeing the negatives, which had mysterious numbers along the sides. I started embedding similar random numbers along the sides on some of my paintings to evoke that feeling of another time, before the digital age, when we were less distracted and life moved at a slower pace.

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Marli Thibodeau

Art reminds us of just how fabulous it feels to be alive. The journey of each painting begins with this intention; breathe and relax into presence. I begin to listen and allow space for what wants...

Art reminds us of just how fabulous it feels to be alive. The journey of each painting begins with this intention; breathe and relax into presence. I begin to listen and allow space for what wants to be expressed in the moment. Without a plan, I let the painting intuitively unfold.

I work primarily in non-objective compositions, creating a bridge between my inner world and the material world. At any given time, I’m working on many paintings simultaneously. I create an orchestra of paintings around me, a back and forth of listening and response, not just to one painting but to a whole room of paintings.

I grew up in the Hudson Valley, spending my childhood drawing and painting, and exploring in nature. I’ve studied extensively in the movement and visual arts with teachers from all over the world. I live and maintain a year-round studio on the coast of Maine.

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Maryanne Buschini

In my studio, I look through old photographs for that hint of emotion that I connect with. I further develop with sketches, values studies, and possibly research. I imagine a narrative —through...

In my studio, I look through old photographs for that hint of emotion that I connect with. I further develop with sketches, values studies, and possibly research. I imagine a narrative —through the lens of my own history, relationships, culture, ancestors -- seen through the themes and ideas in the history of art. Figures are based on people I may have known or aspire to know. The means is a traditional method of oil painting, expressing personal storytelling, the intensity of relationships between people and their surroundings.  I am interested in the emotion that emerges, whether we want it to be known or not. My figures are real people, letting their true selves peek out.

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Melanie Whitaker

I am a recovering people pleaser, so I understand exactly how it feels to live a life shaped to serve eveyone else's hopes and dreams while neglecting my own.  As an artist, my goal is to empower...

I am a recovering people pleaser, so I understand exactly how it feels to live a life shaped to serve eveyone else's hopes and dreams while neglecting my own.  As an artist, my goal is to empower myself and others to lovingly embrace all emotions and to construct lives in accordance to our own unique vibration.  It's time to claim your space, my love!

Because life is full of joy as well as sadness, my work constanly moves back and forth between the two, either in separate pieces or all in one.  That vacilation, to me, is like breathing.  It is necessary to express the opposition, for one cannot exist without the other.  

I am primarily a mixed media artist.  I love the chaos that ripping-up paper and slapping it onto the bare canvas brings to the table.  Creating a little messiness takes a lot of control out of my hands, which I greatly apreciate, thank you very much!  From there, I add layers of ink, colored pencil, acrylic paint, or whatever else tickles my fancy.  When I decide it's finished, it gets signed and sealed!

If you're interested in seeing my other work, check out my website! (link above)

Thank you for visiting!!!

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Meredith Wakefield

We live our lives in stories. Some are longer than others, while others may have been forgotten. There are stories of love and loss, of great joy, and ones we'll never forget. Many of them speak...

We live our lives in stories. Some are longer than others, while others may have been forgotten. There are stories of love and loss, of great joy, and ones we'll never forget. Many of them speak of lessons and truths we’ve learned.

Clayprinting is the perfect marriage of clay and printmaking, developed by my late husband, Mitch Lyons. My artwork is bright, colorful, and abstract, reflecting the new life I am building since his passing.

I approach each print with no end product in mind. I simply  begin by loading up my clay slab with textures and colors, and adding layer upon layer. I like to gently scrape off certain areas to see what lies beneath the surface. The is where the stories begin to emerge. They may have been hidden, but they’ve been there all along, making us who we are today.This is where the magic really happens.

For me it’s all abut exploration, curiosity and discovery.

 

 

 

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Michael Ressler

A brief moment of light and color can unveil the beauty of our common, overlooked outdoor surroundings. These scenes challenge and inspire me to create impressionistic paintings where I strive to...

A brief moment of light and color can unveil the beauty of our common, overlooked outdoor surroundings. These scenes challenge and inspire me to create impressionistic paintings where I strive to create a visual escape, capturing the subtleties of colors on an overcast day or the dramatic sunlight on a peaceful vista. Through my paintings, I provide my collectors a renewed memory of enjoying our great outdoors.

About My Paintings:

When painting, it is not the subject that excites me, but rather the bold, transient lighting that defines the shapes, contrast of values, color intensities, and abstract design of the scene. I typically paint in my home studio working from my sketches and digital photos of local parks or countryside. On nice days I prefer working in Plein Air where I get to enjoy the weather and feel the immediacy and rush to complete the painting on site. 

I paint in a loose and expressive painting style using both brush and painting knife working with a limited palette of only 6 colors, often finishing the painting in five or less short painting sessions. When painting I start with a charcoal outline of basic design followed by a monochromatic underpainting. Once dry, I then block in the basic colors focusing on the values and color intensities for the desired effect. I then complete the painting with multiple iterations of refinement in detail and color.

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Miguel A. Lopez

My focus is primarily on portraits, and I put my soul into each of them. My black and white portraits honor the Military. Drawing on my own experiences, I use both these portraits and my written...

My focus is primarily on portraits, and I put my soul into each of them. My black and white portraits honor the Military. Drawing on my own experiences, I use both these portraits and my written words to reach Veterans who are struggling with PTSD. My goal is for those who see and hear my work to feel motivated, inspired, and alive.

Why Do I Create Art?

Life in the military was not easy—to say the least. It kept me away from my family while simultaneously making another family. It offers a camaraderie like no other, yet it also offers conflicts and struggles unseen to many.  I’ve lost many close friends through suicide and combat. Many of us struggle with PTSD and will continue with the unseen and seen injuries from training and combat. 

Painting is the one aspect of my life that helps me cope with it all—the physical and mental struggles. My use of colors—or lack of color with my black and white military inspired works and portraitures. The lack of color is intentional and lets you merge into my world. It lets you think beyond the work itself by taking you deeper into what I’ve been through. I call it my “Mental Balance”. While my portraits include vibrant colors and the love for life that I have.

What Is My Message?

Sometimes words are scarce and you can’t convey your message the way it is intended to for lack of listeners or understanding, however, painting is my way of letting you know that it’s ok to feel pain—but you have to let it go. Remember the pain, and continue moving on. Cherish each day and do that one thing that brings light into your life and everything else will fall into place… eventually.


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Nimrat Sandhu

Bright, bold and beautiful are the colors with which I tell my stories. I "feel" the colors and I try to create art where others feel my art as well. I paint in multiple layers that develop the...

Bright, bold and beautiful are the colors with which I tell my stories. I "feel" the colors and I try to create art where others feel my art as well. I paint in multiple layers that develop the subject over many days.I paint with soft pastels, pastel pencils and my subjects are from nature. I try to capture the story that is being revealed to me and marry it with my own stories to create my art. I naturally gravitated towards a warmer pallet and my work is usually dominated with a lot of warm colors.

Art is a significant part of my life. I have been painting for over a decade now and art has saved my soul from despair many a times. Be it getting diagnosed with an autoimmune disease or my battle with depression and anxiety, art has rescued me several times. This has formed a deep relation between what I create and what I feel. I aspire to inspire my viewer to experience the moment before it is lost. My work similarly captures the moment right before it changes.

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Pat Scarano

Stay in the Moment - Control What You Can

My art is a reflection of the healing power of nature. Being alone in nature allows me to be truly present in the moment; a place to unplug, unwind and...

Stay in the Moment - Control What You Can

My art is a reflection of the healing power of nature. Being alone in nature allows me to be truly present in the moment; a place to unplug, unwind and exhale.

So often in life we feel the need to be in control. Daily responsibilities and sometimes unforeseen circumstances can make us feel as if we are in a constant state of over drive. I know. I have been there. Solitary time in nature even for a brief time allows me to process my emotions and recalibrate. The sounds, smells and sheer beauty of nature have an immediate calming effect on me.

When I paint I try to recreate these moments in a realistic and tangible way using both oil and watercolor as my mediums.

As you view my work I hope that you will experience those moments with me.

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Rinal Parikh

Born and raised in India, my work has been highly influenced by Indian folk art. I learnt to appreciate folk arts through my travels around the country. I was intrigued by how each folk style had...

Born and raised in India, my work has been highly influenced by Indian folk art. I learnt to appreciate folk arts through my travels around the country. I was intrigued by how each folk style had its own vocabulary, color palette, mediums and motifs. Even though I admire every style of Indian folk art; Madhubani, Kalamkari and Warli have captured my attention. Madhubani style: preliminary imagery, most dynamic color palette and no negative space. Kalamkari style: one of the most decorative forms of art and influences Indian textiles. Whereas, Warli style is an ancient story telling mural art. It uses most basic vocabulary: circles, triangles and limited color palette of two colors white, black and/or brown. The vibrancy of the painting is shown through the stories it portrays. Over the period of time, I have adapted the essence of each style and woven into creating my own signature style. However, whichever style I am in mood to portray the aim is to preserve the beauty of the subject.

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Robin Sesan

Discovering Your Inner Strength 

There are times in our lives when we just can't find or believe in our inner strength.
We don't feel very strong or resilient.
Sometimes we are hit with really big...

Discovering Your Inner Strength 

There are times in our lives when we just can't find or believe in our inner strength.
We don't feel very strong or resilient.
Sometimes we are hit with really big challenges, losses and disappointments.
I have been there. I know.

My art with layers of color, pattern, texture and depth tells a story of what is underneath.
When you look at my work you might be drawn in by the surface colors, the images or the design.
But when you look more closely, layers emerge revealing surprises and hidden gems.

As a clinical psychologist, I help people gently peel away the layers that prevent them from accessing all of their strengths.
I help couples feel the love and connection that comes with vulnerability.
And I have had to dig deep at times to find my strength and courage. 

Let my art be a gentle reminder of your inner strength, resilience and beauty. 

I love sharing my art with others because I am sharing myself and my story.
I am telling you what matters to me.
When I see you connecting emotionally to a piece of mine, it touches me to know that I have added something of meaning to your life and a reminder of how strong you really are at the core.

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Ruth Odile Davis

My experience with the natural beauty around me flows through me onto the canvas. Because I paint from memory, my work is about the feeling of a place rather than a specific location. Collectors...

My experience with the natural beauty around me flows through me onto the canvas. Because I paint from memory, my work is about the feeling of a place rather than a specific location. Collectors engage with my art as it sparks their own experience with and recollection of a watery landscape.

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Sally Richards

   "WHAT IS IT YOU PLAN TO DO WITH YOUR ONE WILD & PRECIOUS LIFE?"

 

My life has been guided by this question posited by Mary Oliver. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, I dreamed of being an...

   "WHAT IS IT YOU PLAN TO DO WITH YOUR ONE WILD & PRECIOUS LIFE?"

 

My life has been guided by this question posited by Mary Oliver. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, I dreamed of being an artist as a kid. As I grew into young adulthood, I decided to build a career in technology and management consulting, which spanned decades. I loved it. I channeled my creativity into my job—building businesses, inventing new products, creating growth strategies, building great teams.

 

After my retirement, I decided to refocus on my passion for art. I completed the Certificate Program at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2019. I loved going back to school with students decades younger—I learned so much from them.

 

Today, I enjoy a full-time studio practice in the suburbs of Philadelphia. My paintings are abstracted landscapes that recreate the playful wonder and energy of simpler times for today’s world. I am inspired by the outdoors, childlike play, and exploration. Each painting holds the power to connect you with your own experience of freedom and uninhibited self-expression.

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Sandi Neiman Lovitz

That robin's egg... Yes, that is when I started my journey as an artist. I was only five years old. The color just went through me like a lightning bolt and opened up my passion for color. That...

That robin's egg... Yes, that is when I started my journey as an artist. I was only five years old. The color just went through me like a lightning bolt and opened up my passion for color. That lightning bolt struck again eleven years later when I saw, in person, an abstract painting by Franz Kline at the Carnegie Museum of Art. The power and expression of that painting gave me the freedom and permission to see beyond realism and explore and push boundaries I never realized were possible. From my eyes to my feelings to my brush arise amazing layers of colors, rhythms and shapes that inform my paintings and open up stories for the viewer's  imagination and curiousity.

 

To learn more about me and view my artwork beyond the daily delivery you are invited to visit my website.

 https://sandineimanlovitz.com

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Sandra Sedmak Engel

My collectors experience a sense of acceptance and freedom when engaging with my work. I offer a new idea of beautiful.

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Sandy Askey Adams

CAPTURING MOMENTS OF SERENITY AND BEAUTY IN NATURE.

My inspiration

Stepping into Serenity through my paintings. You are invited to come along with me on my walks with nature. For me it is about...

CAPTURING MOMENTS OF SERENITY AND BEAUTY IN NATURE.

My inspiration

Stepping into Serenity through my paintings. You are invited to come along with me on my walks with nature. For me it is about capturing those moments of  serenity and beauty in nature.  My forever challenge is to offer the impression of what stirred my soul so that it will reach out and stir the viewers soul. The intent is to sooth and comfort the viewer.   There is no doubt as to where I receive my inspiration. As a child, I grew up in the country and loved walking through the woods and in the mountains surrounding my home.   It was the beginning of a deep appreciation for nature and the landscape.   I relish moments spent taking walks through nature.  I invite viewers to come along on those forays through the serene greens of summer, the sweet blossoms of spring, the golds and rusts of autumn and even the blue and purplish grays of winter.  All of that has a powerful effect and influence upon what I paint awakening a passion from within my soul.

My Journey Through Life

Yesterday, today and always while on my journey through life, with a whispered prayer of gratitude to God, I aspire to capture that spirit, serenity, the moods, tranquility and beauty of nature in hope that your spirit will experience an uplifting if even for a few moments in time.  Each day I strive to learn and understand more so as to bring a better reverence for the beauty of nature that sourrounds us all.  Join me on that journey~~ that walk into the serenity of nature.

The Spirit of Art

Besides enjoying the creativeness of drawing and painting, taking piano lessons was a part of my life growing up.  There has always been a connection between music and fine art for me.  I enjoy composing my own music in much the same way when composing my art.  One muse leading into the other. The soul reaches out and goes beyond.

My Art Mediums of choice

While an art major in highschool, I was introduced to many art mediums.  Soft Pastels and Oils still remain my favorite mediums.  Over the years I have worked in watercolors and acrylics as well. 

 A side note

I hold Signature Membership in the Pastel Society of America and also the Maryland Pastel Society. This year, 2021, was an honor to have had one of my paintings juried into the 124th Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and exhibited in the Salmagundi Art Club in New York.  My work was also juried into 6 national art competitions  this year, as well as being honored with a Bronze Medal in the National Redwood Forest competition.  You will find my work featured in several art magazines, including "Pastel Journal," as well as several art book publications.

Thank you for your appreciation of my art.  

Wishing you the very best of times,

Artfully yours,

Sandy

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Sarah Pollock

My paintings are a visual diary of the places and people I observe, inspired by travels near and far. From the spectacular natural beauty surrounding my home in eastern Tennessee to the...

My paintings are a visual diary of the places and people I observe, inspired by travels near and far. From the spectacular natural beauty surrounding my home in eastern Tennessee to the distinctive lights and personalities of cities, there’s nothing that I love more than using vibrant color to capture these venues and share their energy with collectors.

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Saurabh Oza

I paint intuitive energetic abstracts using bold colors and forms. Even at their most abstract, my paintings are deeply rooted in my life experiences of growing up in India, migrating to the US,...

I paint intuitive energetic abstracts using bold colors and forms. Even at their most abstract, my paintings are deeply rooted in my life experiences of growing up in India, migrating to the US, my engineering background, a love for exploring and experiencing new places and finding beauty in everyday mundanity. My paintings explore the themes of culture, city life, nature and geometry

 I begin the paintings with a simple mark, or with some left over color, without a set idea in mind, as I add more elements, I let the painting decide where it wants to go. Sometimes it is simple and quick, but often it takes multiple layers to finish a composition.

 On the surface the first impressions to a viewer may be the bright colors and the bold shapes, but as they spend more time with the painting, the details draw them to look deeper and explore. What I find most rewarding is when through the abstraction, people are able to connect to an emotion, or a place, or a time in their life. Sometimes it matches my idea and that is great but what is even better is when they have a completely new experience and I rediscover the painting through their eyes.

 

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Sean Huntington

My paintings are the expression of an appreciation of nature in an intimate form. No big vistas, instead I'm interested in those small, magical moments where light, texture, and form meet nature.

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My paintings are the expression of an appreciation of nature in an intimate form. No big vistas, instead I'm interested in those small, magical moments where light, texture, and form meet nature.

The texture of bark, the shapes made by interwoven branches, the repetition of line in a grove of aspen...these are the things I try to capture in my work.      

Sean Huntington lives not far from where he grew up, and his greatest inspiration... in the forest along the New York/Pennsyvlania border! He is most at home on a trail, annoying his friends with scientific names and interesting-to-him nature nerd stuff. When not out in the woods , Sean maintains a studio in Olean NY, where he does his best impression of a big and tall version of Bob Ross.  

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Shaney Watters

I was born in Ohio, then spent my childhood in a small village in the Netherlands. Turns out Dutch is not a super useful second language but the trade off was an idyllic place to grow up! My...

I was born in Ohio, then spent my childhood in a small village in the Netherlands. Turns out Dutch is not a super useful second language but the trade off was an idyllic place to grow up! My family moved back just in time for a senior year of high school which turned out to be another tough transition. College was better and I went on to receive my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree followed by earning a Masters Degree in Psychology with further post graduate studies in Art Therapy. I have a fantastic partner of 20 years in my husband James and the love of 4 good-ish dogs.

I believed I needed to set aside my own creative endeavors to pursue my career as a Marriage Family Therapist but ultimately came to understand that an important part of me was missing and I desperately needed it back. Upon recognizing that loss, with the James’ support, made a comeback to art making after a dozen years. In 2011, I signed up for an adult painting class and haven’t looked back since. I find being a painter allows me to reflect on, express feelings about, and ultimately find delight in all the messy beauty I experience in life all around and within me.

Influenced by nature, in particular my reverence for the Animal Kingdom, I’m inspired to create delight-filled abstractified animal portraits. As a mixed media painter, I am unable to imagine declaring loyalty to just one medium. Within the layers of my paintings one can spy graphite, acrylics, gold leaf, colored pencil, and oil paint, all topped with a matte varnish. 

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Sharon Strine

I'm a painter of people. And I paint with all the love, respect and fascination that I feel for people of all walks.

I live in New York City, a 24x7 source of inspiring humanity, diversity and...

I'm a painter of people. And I paint with all the love, respect and fascination that I feel for people of all walks.

I live in New York City, a 24x7 source of inspiring humanity, diversity and creativity. Museums, galleries, sketching and painting from live model sessions, all fuel my work. Plus an iPhone with an approximate zillion photos of captured moments that I'm always on the lookout for.

My collectors connect with deep emotion when they experience my paintings. For some, they feel personal identification, as if they've been recognized and given a voice. For others, the emotion they feel is compassion for humanity. 

Every one of my paintings carries my belief that every one of us deserves love and acceptance.

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Steve Oliver

Growing up in the Adirondack Park and Thousand Island regions of New York state, gave Steve many opportunities to enjoy and learn about not only the natural beauty of the area and the animals...

Growing up in the Adirondack Park and Thousand Island regions of New York state, gave Steve many opportunities to enjoy and learn about not only the natural beauty of the area and the animals living there.  It was this fascination with wildlife and his lifelong interest in drawing and painting that encouraged him to focus on wildlife art and begin his career as a professional almost 30 years ago.

 

Primarily working with acrylic paint, Steve makes every effort to observe and understand each of his subject matters, with the intent to honor the animal in a painting or drawing.  The challenge is to render each animal accurately with regards to anatomy and color, and still create a piece of art that is interesting and distinctively his.  My work is generally characterized by strong compositions and meticulous detail to accurately portray animals in their natural habitat.  Sometimes, I find the research to learn and understand each animal takes as much time as the actual painting itself.

 

Inspiration comes from his lifelong curiosity and fascination of all living things and his many personal experiences while traveling to places all over North America and Africa. 

In addition to receiving numerous awards and much recognition for Steve's animal art, I have taken part in many regional, national and international wildlife art shows.  

"I think when enthusiasts engage with my work, it somehow strikes a chord with them that maybe helps them recalls a magical moment in their lives or perhaps allows them to see a special moment, experience or inspiration in mine.  Painting is an unspoken language that grants me the ability to express my fascination and appreciation for the natural world and then connect with people who enjoy those same amazing things."

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Teresa Haag

I paint run down, worn-in urban environments as a way to study gritty places and people.

​Every painting begins with a layer of newspaper permanently adhered to the surface. The purpose of the...

I paint run down, worn-in urban environments as a way to study gritty places and people.

​Every painting begins with a layer of newspaper permanently adhered to the surface. The purpose of the newspaper is to simulate the chaos and noise found in urban environments. Layers of transparent and opaque paint are then built up over the surface. Through this process, subtle areas of the background are revealed ...windows fill with people, headlines bleed through the sky, graffiti-like graphics appear on walls.

How do I choose my subject matter?

I paint from the gut. Most of the time my subjects find me..and by choosing to remain mindful of those connections, I am able to collect ideas for future exploration. I do this with photographs, quick sketches, and journaling. Over time, I began noticing commonalities in the work that I was creating, most notably the desire to capture grittier subjects. As I became more and more curious about what grit was, I discovered that it was the central theme in my work.

​Grit is courage, passion, perseverance, determination, and resilience. The subjects found in my work either set a stage for grit to be present (forgotten corners of cities) or explore what grit looks like in action (the business owner surrounded by their hard work and dreams).

​Every single painting is a way for me to open up about who I am and connect with people who have thrived despite challenging circumstances in their lives.

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Theresa Heidig Rooney

I am obsessed with painting fish and the bowls that contain them. I love their graceful movement, vivid color and simple beauty.

I love the way light hits the body of a fish and creates a...

I am obsessed with painting fish and the bowls that contain them. I love their graceful movement, vivid color and simple beauty.

I love the way light hits the body of a fish and creates a luminous glow, one that I am continually striving to capture on canvas.

The bowls provide endless inspiration as well. The prisms of light reflected on the glass rim or on the surface of the water present an exciting challenge to capture with paint. 

For me, fish represent so many things - harmony, gracfulness, and tranquility, but also feelings of loneliness and isolation. 

My painting ritual is a reminder to... just keep swimming...even when life feels hard and uncertain. It is possible to move through any situation with strength and grace and fluidity. 

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Tim McAleese

My paintings bring you to calm places. They are focused on scenes in the world around us, and they mean to slow you down and give you feelings of peace. It’s all about capturing the moment in...

My paintings bring you to calm places. They are focused on scenes in the world around us, and they mean to slow you down and give you feelings of peace. It’s all about capturing the moment in time, the light, the essence of any subject. Colors, light and shadow, shapes and contours are all fascinating elements. It’s all about recording and emphasizing what I’m seeing. And as an artist I’m grateful to find that what I do is appreciated and enjoyed by others. It’s that sense of bringing joy to other people and elevating their world and bringing them peace. 

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