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Audrey Kay Dowling [Certified Visual Artist – Westfield, NY]

Audrey Kay Dowling [Certified Visual Artist – Westfield, NY]

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

Making my mixed media pieces, I frequently use my block prints as a starting point. Around these block prints, I add elements created in many different mediums that are all created by me. These include drawing and painting in many different mediums, photos I took, and/or pieces of collaged solid color areas cut from magazines pages.

Conceptually, I am always looking for a way to convey a love of nature that is not just copying pictures using tight realism, drawing, and painting techniques. I prefer to simplify and add some of my spirit to my work that is more of what I see in nature. One never sees birds long enough to get minute details. Rather, they are shapes and gestures from the birds as they stop to eat at the feeder or fly by. Trees can be laboriously drawn and painted, but I choose to abstract them into simpler forms on these pieces.

My concept is to capture and excite the viewer and encourage them to get out and see the world around them. The woods, water features, birds, and fields are my inspiration. By enhancing the love of them, I hope to set others on a path of deep appreciation and stewardship.

See more work, visit audreykaydowling.com

Audrey Kay Dowling

Audrey Kay Dowling

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Edward Savaria Jr [Certified Visual Artist – Erdenheim, PA]

Edward Savaria Jr [Certified Visual Artist – Erdenheim, PA]

Edward Savaria Jr is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Erdenheim, PA.

Edward Savaria Jr creates dreamy and whimsical photography and sculpture.

See more work, visit savariaart.com

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Steven Lester [Certified Visual Artist – Canton, GA]

Steven Lester [Certified Visual Artist – Canton, GA]

Steven Lester is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Canton, GA.

Steven Lester began his career as a commercial illustrator after graduating from college with a degree in visual arts. He became an art director and creative director for corporations and advertising agencies, winning more than 100 national and international awards.

After four decades in the commercial art field, Steven has fully embraced his love of fine art painting. Since that time, he has painted internationally in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, India, South Africa, Canada, and the Caribbean. His work is in demand by corporations (McDonald’s, The Coca Cola Company, REI COOP), major universities, art collectors, athletes, and private individuals across the globe.

Steven was selected to be a 2020 Executive Fellow in the Clark Hulings Fund’s Art-Business Accelerator Program, recipient of the United States Sport Academy’s (USSA) prestigious International Sports Artist of the Year award, and awarded the American Sport Art Museum and Archives’ (ASAMA) “Zhenliang He Cultural Medallion”.

Steven has been invited to the 2020 (now 2021) Summer Olympics in Tokyo to stage live painting events at multiple venues. Concurrent with the Summer Games, he will have a solo exhibition of his narrative, Olympic-themed paintings at the prestigious Tokyo American Club.

See more work, visit stevenlesterartstudio.com

Steven Lester

Steven Lester

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Ann Dunbar [Certified Visual Artist – Longpont Sur Orge, France]

Ann Dunbar [Certified Visual Artist – Longpont Sur Orge, France]

Ann Dunbar is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Longpont Sur Orge, France.

Ann Dunbar is an international quoted mixed media artist, born and educated in UK and now working and living in France. In England, armed with a teachers’ diploma (Southbank University, 1975) and an arts degree specializing in Textiles (West Surrey College of Art, 1987), she taught in schools and colleges for sixteen years before she became a full-time artist.

Her unique mixed technique whereby she embellishes her water based paintings on paper with lavish embroidery, is her signature work. To date, she has accumulated fifty awards since moving to France in 1996. Ann has exhibited world wide: Brazil, USA, China, Japan, Cambodia, Russia, and Australia. Her pieces are found in many corporate and museum collections. She is represented in Italy, Australia, and UK galleries.

See more work, visit anndunbarart.com

Ann Dunbar

Ann Dunbar

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Yannick Lowery [Certified Visual Artist – Philadelphia, PA]

Yannick Lowery [Certified Visual Artist – Philadelphia, PA]

Yannick Lowery is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Philadelphia, PA.

Yannick Lowery is a native of New York City and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Claiming both cities as cultural and creative influences, he cites the rich diversity of their visual art histories as fuel for his own practice. Yannick attended The Atlanta College of Art (now SCAD) and Columbia College in Chicago, where he studied sculpture and graphic design, respectively.

Yannick describes his current collage work as being activated by societal justice/injustice, materiality, and visions of alternate futures. An avid reader, lifelong learner, and traveler, Yannick’s work is informed by historical texts, African literature, feral urban gardens, kite-flying, and pandemic-induced inward journeys.

See more work, visit severepaper.com

Yannick Lowery

Yannick Lowery

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Maebil Manon [Certified Visual Artist – Okemas, MI]

Maebil Manon [Certified Visual Artist – Okemas, MI]

Maebil Manon is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Okemas, MI.

Maebil Manon is a post-impressionist/abstract painter.

See more work, visit maebil.com

Maebil Manon

Maebil Manon

 

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Nina Pancheva [Certified Visual Artists – Woking, Surray, UK]

Nina Pancheva [Certified Visual Artists – Woking, Surray, UK]

Nina Pancheva is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Woking, Surray, UK.

The art practice of Nina Pancheva is an intersection between painting, art installations, and research. Her practice based PhD research project in the University of Southampton marked the beginning of her specific approach to fine art as a method which explores the world by both written and visual means. Her paintings usually include realistic elements which are juxtaposed with abstract ones or with a specific way of perception developed by the space of the art installation.

For her education, Nina took Fine Art in the University of Southampton where she earned a Master’s degree with distinction. Her works have been shortlisted for the final exhibitions of Sunny Art Prize, London; Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, London; Beep International Painting Prize, Swansea; and DAAD Art Competition, Vienna. Her paintings have been included in private and public art collections in the United Kingdom, USA, Bulgaria, and Austria. Nina’s papers were published in two books: Art as Cultural Diplomacy: European Perspectives, ed. by Cassandra Sciortino, Cambridge Scholars Press and Making Pictures, ed. by Beth Harland, London: RGAP & Camberwell. She presented papers from her practice based research at international conferences and seminars in the United Kingdom, Croatia, the Czech Republic, and Canada.

See more work, visit ninapancheva.com

Nina Pancheva

Nina Pancheva

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Christina Mitterhuber [Certified Visual Artist – Vienna, Austria]

Christina Mitterhuber [Certified Visual Artist – Vienna, Austria]

Christina Mitterhuber is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Vienna, Austria.

Christina Mitterhuber was born 29.12.1975 in Wels, Austria, Europe and is based in 1180 Vienna, Austria.

Profession: Painter – oil paintings, acrylic paintings, mixed media on canvas in various sizes. Self studies since childhood. First oil paintings at the age of 12. Current paintings: One Thousand.

Favorite painters and sculptures: Michelangelo, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Raffael, and Rodin

Self studies at galleries around the world including New York City, San Francisco, Melbourne, Victoria, Vancouver, Montreal, Sidney, Brisbane, Paris, Cannes, London, Manchester, Rome, Florence, Milan, Dublin, Cork Island, Berlin, Hamburg, Malaga, Prague, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Oslo, Kopenhagen, Genf, Zürich, Antibes, Venice, Nice and in the center of the cultural world, Vienna!

Self Studies at her favorite galleries: NYC Metropolitan museum of Art, MOMA NYC, Vancouver Art Gallery, Paris Musee de Orsay, National Gallery of Nice, Museum of Picasso in Antibes, Picasso Museum Malaga, MOMA, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne Australia, Belvedere, Leopold Museum, and Albertina.

See more work, visit christinamitterhuber.at

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Phil Mikkelson [Certified Visual Artist – Tacoma, WA]

Phil Mikkelson [Certified Visual Artist – Tacoma, WA]

Phil Mikkelson is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Tacoma, WA.

In the late 80’s, Phil Mikkelson was a computer programmer by day and made and sold Voodoo jewelry (chicken bones, leather, electronic parts), dimensional paintings (mixed media on stacked layers of glass), art installations, and special effects for videos and live events by night.

In 1989, Phil got his first job in the video game industry – CHOMP! for the Commodore64, published by Cosmi. Since then he’s worked as a producer, designer, and artist for Accolade, Amazing Media, AVE, Berkeley Systems, Color Dreams, EA, Majesco, and Take-Two/Rockstar on games like Carnival Games, Ford vs Chevy, After Dark Games, Battlebots, GTA – San Andreas, Frankenstein Starring Tim Curry, and about 50 others.

Several years ago, he started to experiment combining resin, wood, electronics, water, metal, and biological elements to create physical art knowing it would take several years to refine and build up a body or work that someone might want to place in their home or business.

See more work, visit mutechindustries.com

Phil Mikkelson

Phil Mikkelson

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Evy Holstein [Certified Visual Artist – Kingston, WA]

Evy Holstein [Certified Visual Artist – Kingston, WA]

Evy Holstein is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Kingston, WA.

Evy Olsen Halvorsen (aka Halvorsen Holstein) lives in the Pacific Northwest and was born in northern Norway. Evy and her parents immigrated in 1956 to the neighborhood of Ballard in Seattle, WA. After graduation from high school, Evy moved briefly to San Francisco before landing in Kitsap County with husband and daughters. After raising her daughters and owning a couple of businesses, she continued her education at Cornish College of the Arts, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude in 1999, in Painting and Printmaking.

“Perhaps because of the landscape of my childhood I am drawn to creating a sense of space, color. Norway is a dramatic country especially the islands I come from which are above the Arctic circle. I love that open country, sharp mountains rising out of the sea, the quickly changing sky. Not unlike the home I have here, water, mountains and open skies.”

See more work, visit www.evysart.com

Evy Holstein

Evy Holstein

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