Qrcky is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Baltimore, Maryland.
Qrcky was born in southern Virginia during the seventies to a family where art was not practiced or encouraged. He was drawn instinctively to Chuck Jones’ cartoons, Norman Rockwell’s art, and Bob Ross’ PBS show. He would try to imitate their art while watching cartoons. Twenty years later, Qrcky began to paint – reverting to the kinds of self-expression he felt closest to as a child. Finding freedom in his art, he found his voice but exiled himself away from friends and family. Discovering that under emotional distress and displacement, he was able to focus and paint at his strongest while feeling content and whole.
Qrcky has six years of related work experience and a portfolio of varied accomplishments including exhibitions and academic achievements. He possesses a strong sense of artistry and forward-thinking that is displayed consistently across all art pieces. He is capable of communicating with clients regarding specifications for customized art pieces.
See more work, visit qrcky.net
Leslie Jeffery is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Largo, FL.
Leslie Jeffery was born in Jacksonville, FL, and became aware of art at a young age painting from her grandmother, an accomplished oil painter. She studied painting, art history, and constructive design at Florida State University and holds a BS in Art Education from FSU. Her large acrylic abstracts are exhibited widely and have received numerous awards.
Leslie works from her studios in Largo, FL, and Highlands, NC, where she spends the summer. Leslie’s paintings are primarily large format acrylic abstract compositions. The early Abstract Expressionists are her greatest influence, especially Franz Klein, Joan Mitchell, and Lee Krasner. Her work is about the process and features texture – light or heavy, marks of all kinds, deep colors, many layers, patterned backgrounds, drips, and various mediums. They convey energy and mood, and are lyrical. She creates interest and curiosity through the simplicity or complexity of the piece. Leslie finds the painting process exhilarating and loves to talk to viewers about their reaction and perception to her work. She feels successful when she believes the last one is her best. While a few are difficult to plan and execute and others come easily, she usually thinks, “What fun that was!”
Leslie is a Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) and The Florida Artists Group (FLAG). She is a Past President of Las Damas de Arte, a Tampa based group of women who exhibit together and raise money for art scholarships. Leslie was co-founder of The Carolina Gallery of Fine Art in Highlands, NC, and in August, 2019, was the Presenter for the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers at The Bascom in Highlands, NC.
- November 2019 – April 2020: Solo show at Galleria Misto at Mahaffey Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Arts in downtown St Petersburg, FL
- April 2020: Participated in the FLAG exhibition at Foosaner Museum in Melbourne, FL
- May 2020: Won First Place at Art Center Sarasota juried exhibition “UNCHARTED” (out of 270 entries)
- Dec 2020: Solo exhibit at Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL – “Adios 2020”
See more work, visit lesliejeffery.art
Edna Santiago is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Media, PA.
Edna Santiago, a self taught artist, started painting in 2006 after the tragic loss of her only son. Direct, alive, tells a story, and colorful … these are descriptions of her works in oil and acrylic.
Edna expresses life’s elements and stories in color and movement. She is a retired physical therapist and interested in assisting women and children find “their way” to reach their potential through arts. She volunteers at several Philadelphia area art centers such as the Mainline Art Center and Darlington Art Center.
Edna curated and opened an art exhibition, “Nor Wind Nor Waters” at the Da Vinci Art Alliance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in August 2019. This was the first of a series of exhibitions in support of Puerto Rican artists.
Medium: Printmaking, Gourd Art, Painting
Styles: Artesana, Expressive Impressionism, Abstract
See more work, visit ednasantiago.com
John Michael Keating is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Grass Valley, California.
John Michael Keating, an 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 exhibited award-winning oils, watercolors, and prints in the United States and Spain. His works have been purchased by Marriott, 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
Edward Oslund is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Warwick, Rhode Island.
Edward Oslund views himself not so much as a photographer, but as an abstract artist whose chosen medium is digital photography.
See more work, visit imagery-imagined.com.
Richard Resnick is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Brooklyn, New York.
Upon retirement from the Metro Transit Authority, Richard Resnick’s interest turned to photography. They took classes in various venues including Kingbird Community College and International Photography Institute. They show their photos at art shows.
See more work, visit resnickoriginalphotos.com.
William Brown is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Atlanta, Georgia.
William Brown became a photographer in the 1970s after leaving a graduate program in psychology. He received an MFA from the University of Florida. William helped found the Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta and the studio program at Emory University where he taught for over 40 years. His work merges conventions from photography, film, sculpture, and painting. William has extensive experience with international and national exhibitions, primarily in video.
William’s current project, Paintings for a Robot, uses digital techniques to generate montage images intended for rendering by robotic painting devices. William’s current experiments involve creating a range of photo montages based on public domain artworks that are readily available on museum web sites. Sometimes, he digitally cuts and pastes, creating new configurations based on the work of famous artists from the past. Other times, he overlays up to five historical works, creating a new multiple-exposure, single image. Some works mix similar types of images from different artists on a theme such as images of common people.
This brave new world of machine fine art painting signals a new singularity between photography, digital image manipulation, and oil painting. William believes that distinctions between these seemingly unique media will collapse.
See more work, visit william-brown-bzhc.squarespace.com.
Hernan Helfer is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Miami, Florida.
- MFA Paint
- MFA Design
- MFA Illustration
See more work, visit helfer3.com.
Vesna Longton is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Vesna Longton is a professional artist based in Attleboro, Massachusetts. She received formal art education and is self-taught in many ways. She loves to delve into the connection between reincarnation, practice yoga, meditation, travel, and astrology. Occasionally, predictions come through her art.
Since 2019, Vesna has been developing a unique technique of layered glass and resin to create multi-faceted three-dimensional images highlighted by LED lighting effects. In 2021, she made her childhood wish come true by making color sculptures. Her art is featured in private collections around the world and at local art exhibitions in New England.
See more work, visit vesnalongton-art.com.
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. She would classify her style as chaotic architecture. Traci enjoys the juxtaposition of straight edges with organic curves. She believes that a painting or any design cannot have just one element, but that each exists in harmony because of the other.
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 wallpaper, cheese cloth, and coarse sand.
To see more work, visit mad7studio.com