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Ashley Verrill [Certified Visual Artist – Pensacola, FL]

Ashley Verrill [Certified Visual Artist – Pensacola, FL]

Ashley Verrill is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Pensacola, FL.

Ashley Verrill holds a degree in Fine Arts from Buffalo State College. Her wide-range portfolio consists of figure drawing, acrylic and oil painting, jewelry, pottery, and wood working. Since graduating, Ashley has stuck to what she loves most – painting. She is fascinated by the human figure and using color as a form of expression. She loves the way emotion can be captured with simple lines and chromatic intensity. Ashley strives to captivate her audience with unexpected use of pigmentation, ability to emit feeling through her work, and meticulous attention to detail.

Each piece is different because each piece means something to her. She uses varied life experiences as her drive to create. In the last decade, she founded her own business, lived abroad, mastered a second language, and embraced another culture’s way of life. She has traveled, loved, and learned. All of this plays a role in her artistic vision.

To see more work, visit artbyashleyverrill.com

Ashley Verrill

Ashley Verrill

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Angela D’Agostino [Certified Visual Artist – Indio, CA]

Angela D’Agostino [Certified Visual Artist – Indio, CA]

Angela D’Agostino is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Indio, CA.

Angela D’Agostino was born at the Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles, California on February 20, 1960. She remembers finger painting in 1965. Her kindergarten teacher knew that her mom had just died. The teacher was wise enough to route Angela in front of an easel. Art is a form of good luck and good fortune and Angela loves it. Her decision was made as a child to work in this field.

Angela attended the Art Institute in Laguna Beach, CA. She began her professional art career as a corporate graphic artist in Los Angeles, CA, in the early 80’s. She produced more and more artwork that evolved into almost exclusively paintings, usually on canvas. Over the years, some canvases have been destroyed and thrown away. They have been stolen and lost. Her portfolio has been critiqued by the best. She donated and gifted artwork.

Her art has been accepted by exclusive galleries. A small painting has hung in the women’s bathroom at the Louvre in France and a men’s bathroom in Costa Mesa, CA. Her art has been viewed on government walls and purchased by a mayor. Around 2000, her work (retablos, small oils on metal) was shown at “FE”, her loft/ vending machine art gallery in Santa Ana, CA.

The subject matter of every piece of work is “love” because what else is there?

Angela’s work is currently being shown and sold on Saatchi Art, Ello, and Behance. She has various published examples available upon request.

See more work, visit saatchiart.com/encore

Angela D'Agostino

Angela D'Agostino

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Traci Meitzler [Certified Visual Artist – Gilbertsville, PA]

Traci Meitzler [Certified Visual Artist – Gilbertsville, PA]

Traci Meitzler is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Gilbertsville, PA.

As an artist, Traci Meitzler works hard to develop art that speaks both to her and others about her emotions and frame of mind while creating. Each piece has a story, moment in time, and feeling. The direction at the start of a project can be monumentally different compared to the conclusion. Documenting that process is the best way to see that evolution. She takes many photos throughout the process and keep a diary on what has inspired her or music she has been listening to. Reading what she has written gives her a baseline to come back to in regards to idea consistency.

Traci would classify her style as chaotic architecture. She enjoys the juxtaposition of straight edges with organic curves. Traci believes that a painting or any design cannot have just one element, but that each exists in harmony because of the other. She wouldn’t appreciate the soft curves or winding swirls if the rigid, inflexible boundaries weren’t there to limit their reach, and vice versa.

Traci works mostly in acrylic mediums along with other materials such as marker, charcoal, spray paint, and modeling paste. She likes to add non-standard items to create texture such as clear acrylic sheets, textured wall paper, and coarse sand. Traci enjoys ending up with a painting that is half two-dimensional and half three-dimensional. It’s difficult for the viewer and her to resist touching it.  An entire shelf just littered with found items, cardboard, fabrics, and hardware are patiently waiting to become part of a new project.

To see more work, visit mad7studio.com

Traci Meitzler

 

Traci Meitzler

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Barbara Krupp [Certified Visual Artist – Vero Beach, FL]

Barbara Krupp [Certified Visual Artist – Vero Beach, FL]

Barbara Krupp is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Vero Beach, FL.

Barbara Krupp was trained as an x-ray technician. From that time on, as T.S. Eliot wrote in his “Whispers of Immortality,” she saw “the skull beneath the skin.”

The structure of the painting is very important to her. In her most recent series, she has, in a manner of speaking, allowed the bones of the painting, both compositionally and metaphorically, become the paintings’ subject matter.

Through Georgia O’Keeffe, whose early 1940’s series of pelvic bones enclosed spaces that later in the decade became forms themselves, Barbara found areas of interest in her own landscape and floral abstractions to be the atmospheric spaces between forms. She came to realize that the significance in her paintings was not in the forms, but in the spaces in between them.

In her “Abstract Stories” series, those atmospheric spaces became increasingly bounded by spontaneously drawn shapes. Painted in shades of ochre-tinted white, the color of bone, the enclosed spaces began to take on shapes that suggested something as intimate and normally hidden as bone, organic shapes that suggested body parts unveiled here and there as though to tease a lover.

T.S. Eliot ends his poem with, “Our lot crawls between dry bones to keep our metaphysics warm.” Barbara explores the interface between passion and the intellect, pulsing tissue and desiccated bone. Our lot may be to crawl through our mortal span but, like the poet, we also sing.

To see more work by Barbara Krupp, visit barbarakrupp.com

Barbara Krupp

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Carlos Alves [Certified Visual Artist – Miami, FL]

Carlos Alves [Certified Visual Artist – Miami, FL]

Carlos Alves is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Miami, FL.

Carlos Alves has been serious about art since he was a child. It shows in his passion for making things out of clay, glass, metal, salvaged artifacts, and recycled objects. His mission to make art from anything is encapsulated in his motto, “Chip it, crack it, smash it. Put it back together and give it whole new life.” He draws from his Cuban / Puerto Rican roots and South Florida upbringing, communicating the themes that encompass love, hope, history, culture, politics, nature, and a kinship with the sea.

Education

Carlos graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from Illinois State University, Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Miami, and scholarship to Scuola Lorenzo Di Medici in Florence Italy. He started his post-college career with a free-flowing tile installation located on the floor and walls of the Art Center South Florida. The project eventually led to commissions by several public and private clients in the United States, London, and Hong Kong. He is excited by making artwork that is seen in large public art settings such as airports, parks, fountains, courthouses, libraries, and restaurants, as well as galleries and private residences.

Public Art

Recently, he designed and completed a courtyard featuring a sculpture fountain, garden benches, planters, seating rocks, and bamboo railing at a rehab facility in Fort Lauderdale; mosaic sidewalk “Save Our Water” for Miami-Dade Water/Sewer Department; and entrance / ticketing area for the Port Everglades’ Holland America Terminal.

He often enjoys projects with the local youth and has accomplished many public artworks working with them including “The River Poetry Project”, “The Miami Children’s Museum”, and a 186 foot mural at the entrance of the new Miami-Dade County Children’s Court House. Carlos works closely with his wife and partner of over twenty years, JC Carroll, in all aspects of public art from concept, design, manufacturing, to completion.

Private Work

As much as he enjoys the public art arena, he loves creating pieces for private clients, museums, and gallery exhibitions. He is currently working on a series, “Animal Instincts”, creating large, animal shaped clay bodies filled with recycled figurines and glass. The final piece in the series is a globe that will show the animals and sea life of each region and the fragile ecosystems of the world with emphasis on showing the planet’s need for our protection.

See more work, visit carlosalvesmosaics.com

Carlos Alves

Carlos Alves

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Christopher Jones [Certified Visual Artist – Toledo, OH]

Christopher Jones [Certified Visual Artist – Toledo, OH]

Christopher Jones is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Toledo, OH.

Originally from Arizona, Christopher Jones completed his undergraduate studies at New Mexico State University and earned his graduate degree from the University of Connecticut.

He has over thirty years of experience working for various regional theaters such as Arizona Theatre Company, the American Southwest Theatre Company, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Goodspeed Musicals, Yale Opera, Boston’s Playwrights Theatre, Playhouse on Park, Detroit Public Theater, Nashville Repertory Theater, Nashville Children’s Theater, and The Ballard Institute of Puppetry.

Christopher has worked at some of the major theater festivals in the United States such as Utah Shakespeare Festival, The New York Fringe Festival, Old Pueblo Playwright’s New Play Festival, The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, The Provincetown Dance Festival, the New Orleans Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, The Bell Witch Festival, and the Puppeteers of America’s National Convention. He is a member of the Sundance Film Institute and jury selection reader for the Warner International Playwrights Festival.

Aside from theater, find his artwork, photographs, and writing in various publications, galleries, and Art-O-Mat vending machines across the USA.

See more work, visit jonesing.com

Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

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Audrey Dowling [Certified Visual Artist – Westfield, NY]

Audrey Dowling [Certified Visual Artist – Westfield, NY]

Audrey Dowling is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Westfield, NY.

Audrey Dowling is a complex, creative, and searching artist who works almost daily in her 2D or clay studios. When she is traveling, she takes along art materials in order to plein air paint and draw. Many things visually interest her. She gets excited by new materials, exploring new places, looking carefully at things to find nuances of color, textures, unusual combinations, and the endless visual variation of life created by water, rocks, woods, fields, streams, mountains, city lights, architecture, and people.

Audrey has turned to block printing at various times throughout her art career because she loves the reduction of seeing into shapes and textures. She likes the process of cutting blocks and the sometimes unexpected that happens in the printing process. Going beyond the boundary of the block and/or hand coloring the block prints is part of her signature way of working. A little bit of unpredictability keeps her interested.

Audrey has been an active clay, mixed media, and paint artist for many years. Diversity in the mediums keeps her work fresh and artistic explorations continuously flowing, but grounded in the natural world. She is a gallerist who has owned Portage Hill Art Gallery for 39 years.

Education

Audrey attended SUNY New Paltz where she received her BS in Art Education. She has an MS degree from SUNY Fredonia. She has continued to expand her artistic education through summer workshops at Alfred University and several painting and printmaking workshops.

See more work, visit audreykaydowling.com

Audrey Dowling

Audrey Dowling

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Claire Vines [Certified Visual Artist – Rancho Mirage, CA]

Claire Vines [Certified Visual Artist – Rancho Mirage, CA]

Claire Vines is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Ranch Mirage, California.

Claire Vines was born in the South of France by the passionate Mediterranean Sea where the sands are pebbles. When coming to this country, she did not speak the English language, only French. As a young girl, she discovered and developed a means to communicate, reflecting her emotions and internal thoughts onto canvas which mirrored her external world.

Presently and in her private practice, her concentration is on the art-of-psychology and psychology-of-art in human expression, emotion and mind, and life.

Art expression and emotionality together reflect back emotional freedom. Creative expression mirrors back the authentic emotional flow of internal energy onto a canvas through imagery, assisting the inner creative space from mind and soul. It is a step towards emotional freedom and the path to cultivate emotional wisdom. There is little right or wrong. Its reflection onto canvas is often a revision of a past memory.

We don’t want to run from our past, as we will run from ourselves. Our past is our knowledge. Creative freedom is an intention, not an expectation. We have earned what we have learned. Reflect self-expression in a narrative or a painting, drawing, song, quote, by reaching out, and teaching your love. Find the passion of positive creativity. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Don’t be afraid to say, “No.” Don’t be afraid to say creatively and kindly, “Yes.” Psychotherapy is the tool for externalizing self-expression.

See more work, visit clairevinesartamazings.com

Claire Vines

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Virginia van Gaalen [Certified Visual Artist – Bucharest, Romania]

Virginia van Gaalen [Certified Visual Artist – Bucharest, Romania]

Virginia van Gaalen is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Bucharest, Romania.

Born in Australia in 1972 and finishing her Visual Arts degree at Charles Sturt University, Virginia van Gaalen traveled overseas for the next few years. Taken sporadically over many years, Virginia’s photographs often capture the human landscape and the layers and textures that life creates. Sometimes documentary in nature, her images capture these moments. Her photos evoke a sense of isolation at times; however, they always have a sense of the human presence.

Having lived in 7 different countries, Virginia van Gaalen has been working as a full time teacher for 18 years, travelled extensively throughout Asia, and recently moved to Europe. The last three years, she has dedicated her time to becoming a full-time artist.

As someone who lives internationally, her artwork is influenced by the country in which she lives. Virginia enjoys interpreting her ideas in a variety of media and often plays with different processes within her themes. Her paintings capture the world around her. They are varied from the cityscapes of the Philippines that embodied the densely populated city of Manila to the delicate mixed media work of Chinese shophouses of Asia.

Her hand painted ceramic pieces are as experimental as her techniques. Her recent works are layered with stencils and silkscreens creating individual pieces that reflect the urbanscape of Romania.

“The recent move to Romania is provocative and a different scene to my last. I am intrinsically motivated by my surroundings, and in my recent paintings the natural landscape has been my focus. The forests and lakes that surround Bucharest provide a great source of recreation, respite and relief from the current human condition. In my paintings, the unpredictability of our time complements the peace and tranquility of the natural landscape, as represented through the use of gestural lines and textures. I choose colours, using a limited palette that are found within the natural landscape. I attempt to capture my emotional and metaphorical response to my environments, communicating the essence of where I am in a particular moment, alongside an abstracted story that reflects where I have come from.”

See more work, visit virginiavangaalen.photoshelter.com

Virginia van Gaalen

Virginia van Gaalen

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Linda Dubin Garfield [Certified Visual Artist – Wynnewood, PA]

Linda Dubin Garfield [Certified Visual Artist – Wynnewood, PA]

Linda Dubin Garfield is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Wynnewood, PA.

Linda Dubin Garfield, an award-winning printmaker and mixed media artist, creates visual memoirs exploring the mystery of memory and the magic of place using hand-pulled printmaking techniques, photography, collage, and digital imaging. Her abstract and dynamic works use multiple layers of ink that waver between background and foreground creating a fusion of surface design and abstract expressionism. She creates installations that include public participatory art, especially when she is exploring themes relating to women in today’s culture.

In 2005, she founded ARTsisters, a group of professional artists who empower each other and their community through art. In 2007, she started smART business consulting, helping emerging artists reach their goals and their audience, providing consulting and coaching on the business side of art through individual, small groups, and workshop experiences as well as providing opportunities to exhibit work. She provides art-making workshops to several organizations like Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Centers for Older Adults, Simpson House, and Atria Senior Living. Today, she serves on several non-profit boards and appreciates her good fortune to be able to make art every chance she gets.

Artist Statement

In the early 90’s, I took a printmaking course and fell in love with the process. Unlike other passionate relationships that fade with time, the passion and love I have for printmaking has only gotten more intense. Several years ago, I started exploring mixed media and have found that combining collage and monotype is another relationship that works for me. I enjoy combining photography and digital imaging with traditional printmaking techniques. The process leads to rich palimpsests using a vocabulary of shapes and motifs. My use of traditional printmaking techniques combined with experimental approaches is a means of expanding my visual language. The possibilities are exponential. Lately, I have been experimenting with other media – encaustic wax and acrylic painting.

Nature nurtures and inspires me. I combine elements of nature, texture, and design along with the magic of the press. I am intrigued by memory and what remains in our mind’s eye. My work reflects scenes from travel near and far. More than a report on how it was exactly, I am interested in my expressive and passionate response to the color and pattern of the landscape, experience, or image. The fluid space of memory, influenced by time, place, and experience forms the foundation of content for my work. I merge aspects of experience and observations with imagined and remembered sensations to create non-objective work that reflects life and memory. My work has overlapping layers of color and space, shifting relationships with mark-making that includes monotype, silkscreen, stencil, and image transfer as well as drawing. Inspired by travel, I create visual memoirs that offer multiple meanings to the viewer.

My focus on the process, not the outcome, frees me to be experimental. Following my passion and living my dream energizes me to be productive and alive. I feel like I am now living out loud. I want to share that passion and joie de vivre with those seeing my work, triggering a memory or experience for the viewer.

See more of her work at lindadubingarfield.com.

Linda Dubin Garfield

Linda Dubin Garfield

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