Miguel Angel Castrillo is a new Side Arts Certified Member
My name is Miguel Angel Castrillo. I was born in San Sebastian, Spain in 1973. My family names are Castrillo Fernandez. Sotoko is my stage name. Since I was a child I have always been interested in arts and very specially in painting.
It was as a teenager on a trip to Italy after the death of my father who was the first to get me to draw that I could see and enjoy among others some of Sandro Boticelli´s works. I knew then that someday I would devote a lot of my time to painting as a professional.
After trying various schools of Art and Design, both in Spain and the United Kingdom, I finally finished my studies at the Massana School of Art in the city of Barcelona, Spain, graduating as a top Technician of Plastic Arts and Design in Applied Mural Arts in 2003. I have shown my works in cities such as London, Barcelona Port, and Valladolid.
I have used different techniques ranging from drawing in all its forms to mural fresco paintings as well as graffito , stucco, and even altar pieces and stained glass. I am familiar with acrylic painting, watercolors, and collage. However, it is oil paintings I feel most comfortable working with by using very thin brushwork to create compositions that address various topics, usually in series which I very much enjoy to show accompanied by short texts. These works could be erotic, religious, or of other nature.
Among the places where my work can be permanently seen and available to be enjoyed are at the San Joaquín y Santa Ana Museum in the Spanish city of Valladolid.
To see more work by Miguel Angel Castrillo, visit artsotoko.blogspot.com
Traci Meitzler is a new Side Arts Certified Member.
As an artist, I work hard to develop art that speaks both to me and to others about my 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. I take many photos throughout the process and keep a diary on what has inspired me or music I’ve been listening to. Reading what I’ve written always gives me a baseline to come back to in regard to idea consistency.
I would classify my style as chaotic architecture. I enjoy the juxtaposition of straight edges with organic curves. I believe that a painting or any design cannot have just one element, but that each exists in harmony because of the other. I wouldn’t appreciate the soft curves or winding swirls if the rigid, inflexible boundaries weren’t there to limit their reach, and vice versa.
I work mostly in acrylic mediums along with other materials such as marker, charcoal, spray paint, and modeling paste. I like to add non-standard items to create texture such as clear acrylic sheets, textured wall paper, and coarse sand. I enjoy ending up with a painting that is half two dimensional and half three dimensional. It’s difficult for the viewer or, in fact, myself 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 by Traci Meitzler, visit mad7studio.com
Barbara Krupp is a new Side Arts Certified Member. Barbara trained to be an x-ray technician. From that time on, as T.S. Eliot wrote in his “Whispers of Immortality,” I have seen “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 painting’s’ 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 increasing 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
Fabrizia Folchitto is a new Side Arts Certified Member.
I currently live and work in Italy and have a scientific background. I am mostly self-taught and interested in many different art forms. Painting attracts me, especially the research for heterogeneous, extravagant, and ironic materials applied to canvas.
I started recently with pen drawing. I then focused on the artworks of Maraval and dedicated myself to mixed-media canvas painting using acrylics, chalk, paper, and lime, thus enriching my paintings with strong materials and geometric effects.
My personal style is evolving. I am always finding original ideas, experimenting, and measuring myself with the abstract, synthesizing materials and colors for pleasant, new impressions.
My artworks are incomprehensible and full of deep significance. I always do what I am not able to do to learn how to do it. I believe I have many talents, all proudly wasted.
To see more work by Fabrizia Folchitto, visit saatchiart.com/fabfol
Victoria Harrison is a new Side Arts Certified Member.
I believe art is central to society. It can change our world perceptions and how we understand each other. This transformative power of art motivated me to become a full time artist. In an age of accessible communication, images are being used in a way that before was not possible and there is an opportunity to exploit this. As a visual artist, I wish to seize the moment and, through artistic practice, move beyond current demands for daily, examined identities.
My practice focuses on the fragility and beauty of Nature. I mostly paint abstract landscapes, aiming to capture the delicate balance of our planet through my visualization of it. I feel this quality of the perception of Nature, particularly the play of light with colour, contains an important message today.
I studied life drawing and painting and was a member of the Hesketh Hubbard Society and the Federation of British Artists (FBA). Drawing is the basis of my work along with traditional painting techniques with new ways to explore paint as a medium. My use of colour is instinctive. I study colour theory, very often deciding on the pallet and tones before starting a new piece.
I have exhibited throughout London, northern Spain, and the USA; carried out several art commissions; and have had my work published in books and catalogues. My pieces are in private collections and a Bank Head Office. I have just had a successful show at Parallax Art Fair in Kensington, London.
To see more work, visit victoriaharrisonart.co.uk
Joe Tantillo is a Side Arts Certified Member and award-winning digital artist, photographer, and graphic designer who pursues the creative possibilities of a digital art world and invents new abstract digital animations. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries in the Hudson Valley, where he now lives, and in Manhattan, Connecticut, and Vermont.
His career has spanned many genres including book publishing and graphic design, advertising agency ownership, and being a fine artist and a local Hudson Valley historian. His design studio in New Haven, Connecticut, won 35 national and international awards.
He recently was named a Gold winner in the Abstract Photography category for the Art Folio 2020, forthcoming in January. He is a native of New Paltz, New York, and a graduate of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.
Over five decades, Joe Tantillo has evolved from following traditional 20th-century mentors drawn from surrealism, the bauhaus movement, and abstract expressionism to creating his own visions of 21st-century conceptualizations. The new possibilities of an art world captured in digital photographic images and the invention of new abstract digital pieces that meld elements of nature with rusting 20th-century classic cars and locomotives and other manmade detritus into original compositions has driven his work even further.
With his expansion into audience interaction and 3D video creations, Joe uses a blend of traditional art and computer software techniques to create unique, non-traditional 21st-century art pieces and animations.
He started his career working as a graphic designer while continuing as an abstract expressionist painter. His graphic design work brought him into the world of digital tools, and he became fluent in Adobe Photoshop from the inception of that software in 1990, later learning how to make 3D fractals and exploring other animation computer programs. In 2000, he began his quest to put these techniques to use in his creative work and turned his attention to landscapes and nature photography. His abstract art with paint and brushes had always been making images from an inward viewpoint— digital nature photography became an opposing counterpoint.
A Dynamic Approach
This dynamic created a search for a merger of both the observed image and the expansion of that image into a new form. Joe achieved this by making abstracts using multiple layers of the photographic images that he’d taken over the past decade and by using computer programs and skills learned as a graphic designer that allowed him to achieve something new, abstract, conceptual and satisfying, which was based in reality but turned into a new and unique form.
The true excitement for Joe Tantillo was creating from a collection of his photos in a direct approach, letting the process drive the final image, a spontaneous process that as he layered and mixed and then added drawing elements, took on something new before his eyes, and that image could then change in a fraction of a second by modifying the image into a new form. As the artist worked, the piece became solidified, and it would suddenly be done.
The melting pot of images would have condensed into the “it” that allowed conscious and unconscious—skill and randomness—to make a new image using 21st-century technology as the only means to attain this. Joe has now turned his attention to animating his concepts and is in the process of creating an installation that is interactive with animation, fractal elements, and midi sound controllers that will make each visit to this installation one of a kind for the participants.
See more work by Joe Tantillo at tantillofineart.com
Linda Dubin Garfield is a Side Arts Certified Member and 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. Today, she serves on several non-profit boards and appreciates her good fortune to be able to make art every chance she gets.
Linda Dubin Garfield Artist’s 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 also 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.
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, image transfer as well as drawing. Inspired by travel, I am creating 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.
Nancy Staub Laughlin is a new Certified Member on Side Arts. She is an accomplished, New Jersey based artist, and has created a new concept of the “still life” working with pastels on paper and photography. Nancy’s newest series, which she refers to as “assemblages,” incorporates the photograph into the pastel drawing. These dynamic, layered, juxtaposing assemblages allow the viewer to enter her world of color, light, dimension, and beauty from a different perspective.
Nancy’s compelling compositions are the culmination of many carefully executed steps that define her unique creative process. For Laughlin, the artistic journey offers an almost limitless exploration of the possibilities of artistic creation, allowing her to enter the unreal world in which she has created.
Her most memorable highlight was being reviewed by Sam Hunter, Art Critic and Historian of Modern and Contemporary Art who found her work “refreshingly unique”. This has been a common theme among many of her positive reviews. She offers a “different” approach and passion to drawing. Nancy is consistent in her vision…one can always recognize her signature style no matter how much she has changed or grown.
See more of her work at nancystaublaughlin.com
Kelly Anderson is a Certified Member on Side Arts.
Art for me started my junior year of high school. 3 years later I obtained a Associates of Applied Science degree in Graphic Design December of 1999. I worked in the field for a year designing pattern pieces for cold air inflatables before returning to college to graduate with a Bachelors of Applied Science degree in Graphic design June 2003.
After a kid, a marriage, and another kid on the way my husband and I started an art business. We built it over 10 years. Every opportunity allowed us to give back more.
My mixed media images depict feelings that everyone encounters at some point in their life. The crayon ties in those childlike feelings of safety and comfort. I use other items to tie in the meaning. I include a dictionary cutout relevant to the overall theme so one can visualize the emotions. Most of all it adds a personal touch.
Each image has its own story as a handwritten message that is sealed for one person’s eyes.
See more of her work at https://crayonkelly.com/
Linda Fitzgerald is a new Certified Member on Side Arts. She was born in the Hudson Valley area of New York State, and has been a Fort Collins, CO, resident since 1988. Before settling in Colorado, Linda’s path took her to the San Francisco Bay area and to Santa Fe, NM, where her passion for both visual and culinary art began to blossom.
In San Francisco, Linda befriended nationally acclaimed sculptress, Ruth Cravath Wakefield and fine art painter, Charles Farr, both of whom inspired and influenced Linda on her creative journey.
In 1978, Linda moved to New Mexico. She had the honor of working as a “Companion/Chef” for Georgia O’Keeffe at Ms. O’Keeffe’s Abiquiu home.
See more of her work at lindafitzgeraldgalleryandgifts.com