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
Audrey Kay Dowling is a new Side Arts Certified Member.
Audrey Kay Dowling has been a teacher, mother, and an artist since graduating from SUNY New Paltz in 1974. During these years she has explored many different art media and has developed a strong collector base and following for her paintings, block prints and one of a kind clay art.
Although Audrey explores many different mediums, her underlying love of natural form is always present in her work.
“Art is as much as part of my life as breathing. I am always searching, thinking, composing, and being inspired. I have spent a great deal of my life immersed in nature and this comes through my work. Drawing is as natural a process for me as talking is for most people. Even when I don’t actually have a pencil or paint brush in my hand I am still visually drawing in my mind when I see something that interests me. I believe that the artist serves as a translator for the non-artists of the world, so I let things filter through my mind and flow via my brushes or drawing tools onto painting surfaces, whether they are clay, paper, canvas, or wood. My favorite way to work is directly out in the field, plein air painting or taking clay to draw on out to the garden or fields. Sometimes I bring nature in to me and draw special freshly picked blooms onto the surface of pots in the clay studio. I also do work directly from human models and sometimes work abstractly- allowing colors, shapes and textures define themselves.
My goal is to convey an appreciation for the visual treasures that surround us all. Form is beautiful, color is exciting, movement is visually stimulating, and texture and patterns open my eyes and my heart to express myself through clay and paint.”
Audrey’s work is represented in private collections around the world.
See more work, visit portagehillgallery.com
Shari Lyon is a new Side Arts Certified Member.
Most people are not familiar with the word encaustic. It’s an ancient process of painting with a hot melted mixture of beeswax and damar resin. I also incorporate the use of oil paints, pan pastels, photography, and some drawings into my work.
The process requires both patience and spontaneity. It’s a rare marriage of being in control and completely losing control in the process. It’s labor intensive with many steps. But the outcome is a dreamy, ethereal image with texture and appeal unlike any other art form. You truly have to see encaustic works to really appreciate all they have to offer. Photos rarely do them justice.
See more work, visit sharilyon.com