Cesar Delos Santos III is known for his realist renderings of ordinary life. His “simple drama of shadow and light”. His works do not aim at social messages or statements…they focus instead on capturing the beauty in everyday realities. Although Cesar is best known for his New York Cityscapes & Landscapes, he has a passion for painting human figures and faces as well as clay pots, woven baskets and indigenous objects from his native Philippines. The artist brings his subjects to life in both watercolor and oils.
A lifetime passion; I immersed myself in the world of art as a student, an art director, and a professional artist. For 38 years I enjoyed the rewards of an advertising art director in New York City and was fortunate to work with many creative people. I was continually amazed and enlightened by the talent of so many artists and writers in our field. I also came to know that solid conceptual thinking is a necessary component of successful motivational art, whether focused on advertising solutions or fine art itself. I work primarily in watercolor and occasionally pastel. Watercolor has been seen as a difficult medium to master; however, I achieved my style through long experimentation and ultimate control of multiple color glazes. Results have been exciting. Subject matter, depth, and three-dimensional qualities are enhanced by the natural translucence of watercolor. Realism is my goal since I believe the truth of that which we see can be shown powerfully and without bending its appearance. Each moment becomes its own allegory.
Gisela Skoglund’s life has taken her through many artistic expressions. Early on her original passion was for oil on canvas. In High School she was awarded a scholarship to Pratt Institute where she pursued advertising art. All her endeavors have brought her to the use of painting in the mediums of watercolor, acrylic and oil as well as the use of pen and ink. Gisela’s inspirations come from the beauty of nature, photography and other sights which appear in everyday life. She has exhibited her work in juried and invitational shows across Long Island. “I find that painting transports me to a place where time is forgotten and I am totally concentrated and involved.”
Between 2011 and 2014, I was the gallery coordinator at Smithtown Township Arts Council and had the pleasure of meeting so many talented people and learning so much more about the art world. Now, my husband Rick and I, reside in Southport, NC. It's an old fishing town and a tourist attraction. Before the town was named Southport, it was Smithville. What a coincidence!
Recently my focus has changed in my photography, with nature and birds being upfront and personal for me. In the past, the black and white film images have always been my favorite and still are, as well as people caught in the spur of the moment.
Living near the ocean and all the wild life that is all around is so inspiring. Everyday is a gift unfolding beautiful miracles.
Heidi is fine artist, photographer and professional singer-songwriter. Her fine art expertise is in wildlife/nature and landscape/seascape and celebrity portraits and she works in a wide variety of mediums. Heidi also is a graphic artist, designing for a wide range of clients from websites, to music CD covers and logo design. As a professional singer-songwriter, Heidi has collaborated musicians all over the world and her music has been placed on film and TV networks such as MTV, NBC, ABC, and E! News, HBO, Bravo, TruTV, E! Entertainment, Travel Channel and many Cable Networks.
Awareness of the common linkage found in our humanity, the fragility of our cultures, and the vulnerability of those living the barest existence, teetering on the edge of life, inspires the foundation of my work. Since 1994 I have traveled to the developing world to participate in volunteer projects assisting the poor. Experiences there have contributed to the evolution of my work. As I depict my subjects, they are captured in a moment of time, revealing their inner grace and the beauty that can be found in the infinite details of their environment; the sun cracked earth, the drape of tired fabric,and the detritus of struggle. By limiting color, and emphasizing texture in my drawings, attention is focused on the essential elements of the subject. Complex images are formed that are reminiscent of the protoplasmic origins of life we share. The simplicity and purity of pencil and paper lend an immediacy and intimacy to the work. By creating an interconnectedness between the subject and viewer, it opens up unfamiliar emotions, introspective questioning, and the search for answers.
I am a retired Northrop Grumman Technical Fellow. I retired in 2007 after a 42 year career in Bethpage, NY. Since my retirement from Northrop Grumman I formed an Engineering Consulting Company and I have been providing engineering consulting services through my company to the US Navy. For the past four years I have taken up oil painting. To date I have painted twenty-four paintings ranging from portrait paintings, landscape, impressionistic and pointillist paintings.
A Smithtown, N.Y. native, Donna Gabusi has been an artist about 20 years. She makes black and white face portraits with pencil. Her pet and house portraits and landscapes are painted with mostly warm, earth colors of acrylic. Sometimes she paints on fabric covered mat board instead of canvas. It gives the work texture and a richer background color. “Normal is boring, beautiful/pretty is boring. I draw expressive faces, and/or wrinkled. Same with pretty scenery – boring. I like painting broken fences, puddles, dirt, reflections – landscapes of Long Island mostly. I stare at the reference photo for a while taking notes, then I turn it upside down. Your brain is forced to slow down and concentrate looking at the image in a different way. My biggest inspiration is “word-of-mouth” – a satisfied customer tells a friend. Also an interesting pose or scene gets me inspired.
Joan Schwartzman’s education is not in Fine Art, but rather in Music and the Humanities. She holds degrees in Flute Performance (Oberlin Conservatory) and Musicology (University of Arizona). Her professional career has taken her nationwide, and has demanded mastery of all styles from Baroque to Contemporary, from solo recitals to symphony orchestras. In her painting, Joan has for the past several years, immersed herself in self-teaching. The parallels she finds between music and painting are obvious in the compositions she depicts. Color, shading, nuance, form and line, all combine to create energy and implied motion. The freedom of genre and subjects chosen are most enticing to her, exactly the same as selecting musical styles to perform in concert. Her work has been shown across the Hudson Valley in New York, Milford, New Jersey and New Canaan, Connecticut.
Anne Miller is a digital artist who does abstract works with geometric patterns and figures. She uses black and white to create minimalistic drawings of all forms. She began her artistic career at a young age with pencils and ink, and has since transitioned into her forte of digital art. She is also an accomplished writer and photographer. She is inspired by the simplicity of the world around us, which is often seen as complicated, and aims to show the beauty of minimalism in art.
Although I am not a schooled artist, I have been drawing and crafting all my life. I love to paint the beauty of God’s creation and express loving moments that others can relate to. I don’t paint to impress people with how educated I am. I just paint.
I enjoy using vibrant colors and contrast in both acrylic and watercolor but I also love calm and tranquility. I have done portraits in pencil and charcoal, and do commissioned work. I hope my paintings move people and make them smile. That is truly what makes me happy.
Ken Schwartzman’s background is not in Fine Arts. He spent his career as a performing musician and Music educator, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree (Juilliard School), Master’s degree in Humanities (Adelphi University), and a P.D. in Educational Administration (Long Island University). However, since his late teens, a camera has been his constant companion. The enhanced ability to see that the camera brings to people, places, and things has been a lifelong attraction. Many of his photographs, done purely as an avocation, have for many years appeared in dancers’ and models’ portfolios, and on their websites. Other works are in private collections. Ken does not do any “post-production” to his images, although a few elements of “pre-production” are practiced: use of filters, camera conversions to black and white and sepia, etc. Since relocating to Carlisle, Pennsylvania, he has joined several local galleries and art learning centers. His work has been shown at the Art Center in Mechanicsburg, CALC, Lancaster County Arts Association, York Art Association, and Hanover Art Guild. He has won awards for his work in Lancaster, York, and Hanover Art Galleries, as well as being accepted into several regional juried shows.
Attending Parsons School of Design gave me the skills and confidence to pursue my craft. Self-taught, I have been using my own techniques to create more contemporary pieces. I like to work with mixed media and “throw-away” items. My passion is creating a new spin on automotive parts. They now have a new life and purpose.
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Katherine has a background in teaching art and has recently given watercolor workshops. No longer teaching full time, she enjoys painting Long Island scenes. She focuses on the shoreline, local harbors, marshes, backyard flowers, as well as flowers from more formal preserves and gardens. She also enjoys painting and drawing figures and will incorporate them into her paintings. Katherine has collaborated with a writer and illustrated a children’s story book titled “Pedro’s treasure.” In this exhibit she has chosen to showcase her figurative work.
Diane Henderson is a photographer and writer who recently began painting, taking courses at STAC and studying the methods of the Old Masters with painter Amal Karzai. She enjoys painting people and animals in the style of realism with a hint of neo-surrealism and is especially drawn to the challenge of depicting sacred scenes.