John Michael Keating is a new Side Arts Certified Member. He 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 and has lectured on Art at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California and at various arts clubs and organizations.
He has lived in Switzerland and Spain and has exhibited his award-winning oils, watercolors, and prints in the United States and 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 https://johnmichaelkeating.com
Urvashi Lele is a new Side Arts Certified Member. She 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
Nick Steinman is a new Side Arts Certified Member.
Nick Steinman lives in Philadelphia, PA. He paints simple, dream-like landscape oil paintings. Working serially, Steinman focuses on the impact of his color choices, mark-making, and paint handling. He was recently part of a group exhibition at the National Liberty Museum, located in Philadelphia.
Born in 1998, Steinman grew up in Schwenksville, PA. He went on to study Fine Art at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he received his BFA. Steinman was a former curator at Gallery One located in the Kimmel Center.
See more work, visit nsteinman.com
Ashley Verrill is a new Side Arts Certified Member.
Meet Ashley, the featured artist behind “Art by Ashley Verrill.”
Ashley 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 it means something to her. Ashley has experienced quite a bit in her life thus far. She uses her experiences as her driver 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
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