2021 Mixed Media Artists
State College, Pennsylvania
Being an avid traveler and scuba diver, I find inspiration in all forms of nature, from sea life to rain forests. While drawing, I work to capture my emotional memory of a visual experience, rather than a literal rendering of the scene. The result is a unique illustrative image that plays with the boundaries of reality.
All of my 3D artwork is composed using individual insect sculptures that I create with illustration ink and acrylic paint on various types of archival paper and film. Each paper insect is based on a real insect from somewhere around the world. I try to get the detail and color as accurate as I can but for fun I often make them much larger or smaller then they might be in real life. The time it takes to make each piece varies wildly from a day to many weeks. There is such incredible beauty in the insect world…I hope my artwork causes people to notice and appreciate it more often!
I create dimensional kaleidoscope wall art from my own original photos of buildings, landmarks and botanicals. After digitally manipulating the photo, I print the kaleidoscope image several times, cut different elements from each copy, and layer the pieces with foam core between the layers to create a 3D effect. They are then framed in shadow boxes and are ready to hang.
Kansas City, KS
I was moved to learn the art of paper cutting in 2003 after seeing ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’, a cut paper stop-motion silhouette animation from 1926 by Lotte Reiniger. I had always wanted to be an artist. I knew from a very young age that it was my life calling, but it took me a long time to figure out in which medium this would manifest itself. The traditional forms taught in school never felt quite right, but when I saw Lotte’s work, something clicked. I picked up my craft knife and black paper and never looked back. I have, over the years, expanded my palette to include different types of papers, including some painted with acrylic paint. All my work starts with a sketch. I then hand cut every piece of paper with my knife and meticulously glue it into place. My works framed under glass are glued down with polyvinyl acetate. My works collaged on wood are glued and sealed with acrylic soft gel and finished with a UVLS topcoat.
Ronnie Phillips is an award-winning photographer, mixed-media artist and educator whose insightful works display cultures from America’s rural heartlands to the villages and cities in West Africa and Brazil. Phillips work has received national praise, winning over 100 awards and 10 “Best of Show” awards.
Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Attracted to steel because of its strength and permanence, I have learned to transform the material into objects of beauty and longevity. The work is characterized by crisp, clean lines and precise forms. Inspiration from the great Architects who have challenged convention is evident. The focus is fresh classicism which rejects the trends and will transcend into timelessness.
East Point, GA
Marc James Villanueva, ?MJ? is a painter of contemporary and representational abstract works on canvas and wood panel. His compositions are a fusion of color, texture and movement achieved through the application of oil/acrylic paints, crushed Pau?a seashell, recycled glass, marble dust, copper, paper & indigenous Hawaiian fiber.
The colorful, soothing images reveal themselves through the artist?s exploration of media and technique. Ice & Heat-fusion methods are used to create highly textured, luminescent & multi-dimensional masterpieces.
Being a native Hawaiian, the Aquatic world and the Spatial Universe are his inspiration!
Marc J. Villanueva was educated at the University of Hawai?i, receiving degrees in education and culinary arts. His training in food preparation taught him the importance of color and texture, as evidenced in the delicious quality of his artwork.
His work finds favor with many because of the range in styles and techniques he employs. This variation is evident from his quiescent rectangles and simple reeds to his spirited sea jellies and multifaceted geodes.
My compositions incorporate innovative techniques in graphic design that I use to create work inspired by terrestrial and cosmic landscapes, as well as geometry and symbolism. I hand carve granite paste in low relief; then patina, hand draw, airbrush, and paint with acrylics in intricate layers, to bring these imagined worlds onto canvas or wood.
Our main business has been fine art/sculptural jewelry. As our style & work evolved, we have taken those ideas and have transformed them into wall sculpture. Each piece is hand crafted by us. From the initial design, to the glass creation, wood work, painting, and metal fabrication.