Sabrina Squires is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Provo, UT.
All cultures have creation stories that describe the culmination of earth and man. When disharmony enters that relationship, the earth and its inhabitants grow sick and suffer. Never before has there been such an opportunity to divorce the spirit of man and nature. This denial results in the withering of the collective living soul.
In opposition to the force that seeks this degradation, Sabrina Squires’ work is a continuous effort to keep that first primitive connection. The natural world is a challenging mentor who constantly inspires her to spend hours observing its details and reinterpreting them through her own creative ability. The product is a manifestation of that connection – a way she shows reverence and gratitude for this living place she calls home.
Sabrina’s work begins with a layer of altered National Geographic pages and builds through layers of ink, charcoal, and acrylic paint. She uses these media because of the depth, texture, and vibrancy they allow in her paintings.
See more work, visit sabrinajill.com
Rhonda Donovan is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Lutz, FL.
After years of creating work for the publishing and advertising industry, Rhonda Donovan returned to fine art studies and completed an MFA. Full engagement in the art community has afforded solo, group, invitational, and juried exhibitions, as well as being part of large public art projects.
Merging love for making and teaching builds momentum which includes drawing, painting, and sculpture in Tampa, Florida and Paris, France. Balancing time between these different research practices has imbued Rhonda’s artwork with rich historical references from a contemporary perspective and for contemporary issues.
See more work, visit rhondadonovan.com
John Michael Keating is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Grass Valley, CA.
John Michael Keating – oil, acrylic, watercolor, monotype, and digital print artist – is Professor Emeritus of Art and Humanities at Sierra College in Northern California. He has twice been Visiting Artist at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland. He has lectured on Art at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California and at various arts clubs and organizations.
John has lived in Switzerland and Spain and has exhibited his award-winning oils, watercolors, and prints in the United States and in Spain. His works have been purchased by Marriott Inc., Bank of America, San Francisco General Hospital, and the Toyota Motor Corporation. His paintings hang in the Firehouse Restaurant in Sacramento, Napa Valley Museum in Yountville, and Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City, California.
See more work, visit johnmichaelkeating.com
Urvashi Lele is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Los Angeles, CA.
Urvashi Lele is best described as a creatively eccentric person (or even an eccentric-ly creative person). An animator by day, Urvashi dabbles with embroidery and fiber art on other days and has a keen interest in clothes-making.
Besides making an excellent cup of tea, and an even better gin and tonic, it doesn’t hurt to know that Urvashi is an alumni of the UCLA Animation Workshop.
Born in India, Urvashi moved to the UK early in life and the US later where she now resides. A woman of many talents, Urvashi is always working on more than one creative project at a time.
By the way, you can call her Le.
See more work, visit sirpeagreenstudios.com
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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