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.
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.
My artistic career had unconventional beginnings, after September 11, 2001 I was laid off from my corporate sales job of 18 years. It was at that time I ‘thought’ I heard a voice within myself literally that told me to paint. Strange as the voice was, as I had never painted before, but I listened and gave over all my future corporate energies to make a bold move and pursue being a self taught artist.
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.
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.
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.