I am a self-taught artist, who has been painting for about ten years since retirement.
I use acrylics and enjoy painting landscapes and an occasional still life. Many of my paintings are from my imagination. It is my way to transport myself to another place and moment in time of my choice. I find this very pleasurable as it allows me to experience the adventure.
I am a native of Baltimore, Maryland and illustrate mostly for the US and international nonfiction educational market and write ESL stories for foreign publishers.
I recently illustrated a biographical children’s book, John Newton, coming out this spring by Heritage Books. In 2017 I was the SCBWI Martha Weston Grant recipient for my historical fiction illustrations created about Marie Marvingt, a WWI female fighter pilot.
My paintings and drawings are used as studies before the illustration of a historical or fictional character. I have a love of faces—all faces—and any excuse to further explore them is a good excuse to me.
Chris Ann Ambery is a multi-disciplinary artist who continually explores different techniques and media, often combining and finding non-traditional ways to employ them. The concept of perpetual motion and momentum is inherent in her work. Through the utilization of opaque and transparent layers of line, shape, color and texture she creates dimension and movement within her pieces. Her work explores the figurative as well as the abstract and she is continually inspired by the organic forms and textures found in nature.
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1950. Although I grew up in the city, I spent my summers at my family's homes in Smithtown and Peakville, New York. It was during these summer vacations that I discovered the world of the natural landscape, and it has been the inspiration for my art ever since then. In 1975 I received my MFA in painting from Pratt Institute, and I began exhibiting my paintings at Razor Gallery in SOHO during the late 70’s. From the early 80’s to the mid 90’s I exhibited at the OK Harris Annex located on Broome Street in lower Manhattan. During that time, I also exhibited on a regular basis at the Jean Lumbard Gallery located on 57th Street in Manhattan, and at the Clark Whitney Gallery in Lennox, Massachusetts. In addition, my paintings have been exhibited in many galleries and juried exhibitions throughout the US. My awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Painting Fellowship, a New York State CAPS fellowship in painting, a grant from the Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, C.W. Post College, and numerous awards from juried art exhibitions. Since 1990, I have been on the faculty of St. John’s University in the Department of Art and Design, and served as the department's chairperson from 2010 through 2013.
Most of my canvases since the beginning of my painting career have been devoted to views of the landscape, and the relationship between the forest and fresh water. In my current series of acrylic on canvas paintings, I am creating a new body of work that documents the ephemeral beauty of mountain glaciers and streams, referencing photographs that I took during this past summer while visiting the Canadian Rockies.
Prior to this most recent work, my paintings focused on the natural sunlit world of the Northeast landscape. Created in acrylic on canvas and watercolor on paper, they explore visual interaction between streams, ponds and bodies of water with the surrounding landscape environment. Inspired by the interplay and rich diversity of textural elements, form and colors within these natural places, my paintings capture views that range from extreme close-ups, where tiny worlds of subtle harmonies and rhythms are revealed and the recognizable becomes abstract, to more traditional views.
Abstraction discovered in the extreme close-up camera view is the primary motivation for my ﬂower paintings. I have always been interested in macro photography and often study nature by photographing it at extreme close range using a macro lens. Attracted to the abstract beauty and unusual colors of the tiny ﬂowers captured in these photographs, I began to intentionally seek out and photograph ﬂowers to be used as subjects. The mounted watercolor paintings on canvas in this show represent my most recent ﬂower paintings, and my continued research into nontraditional methods that enable me to the retain the look of watercolor painting while achieving a painted surface that is comparable in strength to acrylic on canvas. In this way the need to protect the painting by framing it behind glass is eliminated. In these botanically accurate paintings I strive to retain the spontaneity and freshness that is unique to transparent watercolor painting.
People often point to my paintings and say they know that place. Then I know that I have struck a chord in them; and yet, while they are somehow familiar with the territory, they are also really "seeing" it for the first time. It is, of course, as much of an internal place as well as external. Nature and art are within and without us, something close to what I would call "home." It is those moments when we most fully connect to our surroundings, those held-breath moments that I am interested in. I also see the idiosyncratic forms of nature as instruments in an orchestra, and light as the conductor. I am a conduit of that light as I create my compositions.
Since discovering his Mother's oil paints as a young child, James has found that the creation of art is now a necessary portion of his self-expression. Colors help express these feelings, which are then conveyed by brushstrokes, as if directly from the soul. The countryside of Upstate New York, where he was raised, first flowed from his brushes, most of them 'Mindscapes', landscapes of his youth, which now exist only within memories of carefree days gone by. He'd spontaneously bring those memories to the forefront with fantasy-filled visions of places I think we'd all like to enter into and become part of, even if only momentarily. Classical Academic painting in the Italian Renaissance manner is the most recent challenge upon his plate. James began studying the techniques of The Masters, a little over 15 yrs ago . Since his instruction began, James' knowledge of a wide variety of methods, utilized centuries ago, have opened his eyes wide.
James is also concerned about endangered species around the world and attempts to bring focus to them by portraying them within many of his paintings. His invitation to you, is to search, find, and enjoy the beauty and spirituality that lingers not only within the visions he chooses to share, but also that which dwells deep within each one of us. “Thank you for your interest in my work ~ Enjoy the ride!”
Kyle Blumenthal 's life is steeped in art. From a very early age, she immersed herself in art books, art prints and art works. Her father was a sculptor and served as her first teacher. She experiences life as an artist, always looking at color, shadow and form in order to better portray them on canvas. Kyle has won numerous awards, had many shows and exhibitions and been favorably reviewed so many times that it is impossible to list them all on a single page. Her paintings of international conductors and soloists at Lincoln Center have won her critical acclaim. She has taken special awards at the Sodarco Gallery in Montreal several times. Her exhibits in the greater New York area and on Long Island have earned her praise from many sources. In addition to creating art, Kyle imparts her knowledge as a teacher and mentor, especially teaching students in college and senior high school. Her commercial Illustrations have been used by Panasonic, CBS, ABC and New York News One among others. She has a firm grasp of her profession and has infused art into her very soul.
From my earliest days I can remember always wanting to be an artist and, in turn an art teacher. I have taught art on the junior and senior high school levels, in continuing education as well as privately. My watercolors are painted “alla prima: that is directly without pencil. I want the colors to have spontaneity and crispness. Having been a textile designer at one time, I bring fabric into play, along with natural forms such as plants, flowers or still life subjects. I am always after repetition, fluidity of design and unusual color combinations.
My landscapes attempt to capture light, mood and atmosphere found in the endless number of Long Island scenes.
As a child, some of my fondest memories were the times I spent working on art projects with my Mother. From making octopus dolls out of yarn to creating dried flower arrangements, the assortment of projects was boundless. As an adult, my interest in art grew to other areas. I have studied Raku, dichroic glass, copper soldering, jewelry making, sublimation, painting, and special effects make up. I am also a graphic artist, a Web designer, a writer, and a teacher for childhood education. No matter what medium I am working in, the colors, textures and shapes draw me into each project, propelling me to go one step further into creating new, innovative designs. I often thought that for an artistic project to be worthwhile, it had to be perfect. Through trial and error, I have learned that nothing has to be perfect. It just has to come from the heart. If it comes from the heart, then the rest of the pieces fall into place
My Mother served as the inspiration for this portrait. She, herself, was an artist. Oil on canvas and mixed media were some of her favorite mediums. I painted this portrait in honor of her. Always striving to reach the next level, my Mother continues to influence me. May her memory live on as an artist, a teacher, a friend and the extraordinary person she was each and every day.
Jean Marie Bucich
With a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, Jean Marie has done extensive study of Old Master painting techniques; as well as Early Renaissance, Renaissance and Baroque History of Art and Architecture. She won First Place in Oil Painting at the Bergen County 46th Annual Cultural Affairs Art Exhibition. She has exhibited in various national art competitions, donated paintings to charities, and exhibited in “Art for Healing” at Englewood Hospital. She exhibits locally and does commissioned pieces for the interior design trade, and her artwork is in private collections internationally. Her oil paintings demonstrate a great impact, unifying classical and modern elements. You can view her available work, sold work and artist statement at www.jeanmariebucich.com
“Jean Marie’s paintings are vivid depictions of nature’s works of art. Freshly frozen on canvas, her oil palette is transformed into bold silhouettes in a living texture of floral majesty. The fine detail of her paintings leap off the canvas, with an intensity that appears to be Heaven sent, and her color progression captures nature’s subtle hues into brilliant focus. Jean Marie’s paintings have movement and a gifted clarity that offers anyone caught in their gaze a deep connection with nature that stimulates the senses.” – April R. Simanoff, Life Tribute Specialist
Long Island artist Frank Casucci enjoyed a rewarding career as an architectural metal and glass designer. Frank designed, fabricated and installed metal and glasswork framing systems for many of the skyscrapers in Manhattan. Since retiring from his work, Frank has built scale model World War II airplanes and restored a 1950’s MGTD and a 1957 Morris Minor, doing engine, interior and body work on both. Recently, he directed his creative energies towards painting in acrylics. Many of the scenes depicted in his paintings are of varied local Long Island locations as well as France, Belgium and Saratoga New York.
Carol Ceraso’s love of art began as a young child growing up in a small town in New Jersey where she was surrounded by nature and animals. She turned toward sketching at age 11, and was encouraged by her mother and a few teachers who sent her to other classes to draw fellow students. Carol’s family separated and she never stayed in one place very long. After marrying and raising three daughters, Carol spent much time at the local Library studying some of the masters. She has shown her artwork in various venues and exhibitions across Long Island. “Being self-taught, Art has always been a major part of my life. It grabs hold and never let’s go! There is beauty in everything I see.”
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.
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.
Rasma Kupers Dos was born in Latvia and came to the U.S. in 1949. A Long Island resident for 42 years, Rasma credits the beautiful woodlands, lakes and rivers of her childhood as the influence for her nature paintings. She received her BFA from the University of Minnesota where she studied printmaking, painting and photography and also studied Art History and Gallery Management at Stony Brook. Although Rasma began as an oil painter, she later switched to watercolor to enjoy plein air painting of the beautiful Long Island Landscape. She has exhibited her art in many exhibitions across long Island. For Rasma a life grounded in creative pursuits has brought her great joy…” I paint, therefore I am”
Stony Brook artist Essie Freilach has been interested in art and loved colors since an early age. Working and raising two sons did not leave her much time to pursue her ambition to paint. Eight years ago Essie joined a weekly painting group, the New Village Watercolor Group, and she has been painting ever since. Inspired by nature, Essie prefers to paint landscapes and seascapes. She has studied with Long Island watercolor artists Elizabeth Greif, Mary Waka and the late Anne Scully. Essie’s paintings have been exhibited at art galleries and libraries across Long Island.
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.
Texture, form, images all are important to my mixed media pieces. Hopefully they convey memories or feelings as they are viewed.
Mixed media pieces give me the opportunity to use found objects, old photos, and other bits of life. I am happy to have them in my art and hope they are happy with their new purpose.
I have always been interested in many forms of the visual arts. This interest led me to taking many different types of art classes to learn and to find my particular ‘niche’. Mixed Media seems to be that for me.
My mixed media pieces have evolved as I have taken classes in other forms of art. Printmaking has given me beautiful backgrounds to work with. Watercolor has given me painted papers used in the collages. Jewelry classes taught me metal work. It pleases me to see all types of art come together as a mixed media piece and hopefully it pleases those who see my pieces.
Concentrating on the Long Island regional experience Rhoda Gordon’s work includes landscapes, urban street scenes, still life, floral, and in recent years has started to do abstract paintings. Working mainly in a representational milieu, her work is emboldened with color and textural elements that are both representational and abstracted.
Rhoda began painting in 1980, and decided to go back to college. She received an A.S. Degree in Art and Science. Her technique and style come from long hours of actively painting in her studio. Her inspiration primarily comes from her own environs of Long Island.
“ One door closes another opens”. Take a breath and step through.
I did that six years ago, when I took my first art lesson at the age of fifty three. I have never looked back. I draw or paint almost every day. I have the good fortune to live on an island with outstanding artists that also teach, an island that is beautiful to paint and populated with the most interesting people to capture on canvas.
I paint what I like, what inspires me or what simply makes me smile.
Drawing and painting came naturally to me early in life. Blessed with a family to encourage, or at least not dis-courage my creative impulses. I was allowed to occupy myself with all manner of art supplies, including oils at the tender age of 9, when I received my first landscape commission. All of the 10 dollars received bought more paint and canvas.
Also more than blessed to be living in the right place at the right time – when latter members of Canada’s illustrious Group of 7 artists spent several summers plein air painting in our little town and surrounds. The likes of A.Y. Jackson and A..J. Casson helped fan the flames of a young artist in-training.
Most summer holidays were spent painting in my aunt’s wheat fields, and pouring through books on how Frank Wood painted seascapes. The light!
As a young adult, I moved from our little town to the big city of Toronto, Ontario, hoping to find recognition for my ‘calling’. I humbly say I did.
In 1970, I felt the need for classical training, applied and won a scholarship to art college as a mature student. There, three of my professors, Doris McCarthy, Audrey Garwood and Wyndham Lawrence, among others, further stoked the flames, but corralled the passion with the knowledge of just how to use it. For this I am eternally grateful.
Having explored all genres – Magic Realism, Abstractions, Impressionism, the subjects which keep recurring are figures – people with stories to tell. Oil, acrylics, pastels, all mediums are used even to this day.
I am so fortunate to have made my living as an artist for over 45 years now, and where does the time go.
Still painting as passionately as ever, and living in the splendor of Alaska, how can one not be inspired every single day.
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.
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.
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.
After a career working in a biology research lab, I retired and found a passion for painting. My love for both science and nature is reflected in my art. I feel a tension between the precision and angles of objects made by man and the randomness and flowing lines of views of nature. I try to express this when I paint the quiet, still places that I love. I studied with local artists Genia Neuschatz and Elizabeth Greaf and at Stony Brook University with Martin Levine. I have lived in Stony Brook for 40 years.
December Trees - Watercolor
Old Mill - Watercolor
Hauppauge impressionist painter John Koch works in transparent watercolor (Aquarelle), oil and mixed media texture painting. His first work “Castle of Kilkis” was painted in his homeland Greece where much of the artists’ work had to be created under the intense light of a southern burning sun or against the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. Now living and painting here on Long Island, he has gone from the studio to the natural surroundings, bringing our landscape to life with living colors. He paints now in finer detail. A keen observer of light and color, Arntian defines what he is feeling with loose brushwork and an almost infinite spectrum of shades.
A number of his works can be found in personal collections throughout many countries such as Germany, Canada, USA, Australia, Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Albania. “I am very impressed with the natural American landscapes and I continue to do my life’s work as an artist."
Born in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, Shaozhong Li graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in 1985. He is an Associate Director and a member of the Liaoning Province Artist’s Association as well as a member of China Artist’s Association. His works have been collected by the National Fine Arts Museum of China and other domestic and foreign private collections. Li is now living in NY.
Li was a contemporary Art Instructor at Tsinghua University. He is a consultant at Taiwan Van Gogh Gallery and a visiting professor at Tsinghua University Art Creation Research Association.
Li’s Imaginary World…Exploring the fascinating world of fine arts, how do we characterize the color of tears?
It is the color of life, through the interaction of material life and human emotion, splashing into a boundless world of colors, capturing the marvelous features of the universe…cultivating imagination into the unlimited truth.
I use the sensitivity strokes of life, blended with abundant emotion and all kinds of colors, bringing alive the touching broadness of the heaven and the earth. I pursue a profound and fascinating imagination, transforming them into a color-rich and uninhibited creation. I use the emptiness of the shadow to express my inspiration, creating an atmosphere of stillness yet aliveness.
I hope the images on my paintings can inspire your vision and the aliveness of my paintings can capture your heart.
The new series I have been working on has a new look very different from my past paintings.
I’m still keeping the traditional painting forms of dark and light values, which has served me to keep enriching aesthetically my art work. Along with these in mind, I have developed a new technique that allows me to visualize verbal concepts that can be seen only in life experience.
Technically my color palette has more depth, the layers I’m using now have more intensity and my brushstrokes are certain and spontaneous. All of it together has a new fresh approach that has freed me to explore into new contents without limitations.
One of the new technical concepts I’m constantly using is dynamics. In this area I’m exploring solid forms dissipating in the air to create perspective. This dissipating matter moves and flows around its objects just as musical notes ring in the air and remain in our ears for a couple of seconds. My paintings’ matters, or so called visual objects, stay in our memory echoing with colors in an infinite shape.
With this conceptualization of particles effects I’m able to show the energy matter that we are made of it.
We experience the wind blowing in the air and I interpret it as a flowing energy as in the painting “Reaching”:
In the painting “Hail Mary” I used a glazing brushstroke with patterns to recreate an almost divine figure and at times sometimes like a ghost. I leave it up to your own interpretation.
In “Infinite” I used the circle in a coil shape to create no end. In “Majestic” the technique relies on a mask, the identity is the shield, and the eyes are a window to the soul. In “Majestic” I wanted to show how we assume different roles and personalities, with different people in different situations, and one of them is “strength.” In The painting “Ocean Sounds” I used circles with triangular shapes, and a few words like a formula to show how a submarine sounds when it is transmitting a message in the deep ocean. In “Trash” I used multiple patterns combined with Islamic designs to create fish bones and a few solid objects as the soda can on the floor to interpret environmental causes and damages. In the “Thinker” I surrounded him with cut-out circles waving around it to create an enigma. “Quixote” is what I feel is left from the literature of Cervantes; Memory, Beauty, and a hero from the past!
In the painting “Scorpion” I wanted to show aversion and danger. These two concepts are positive and negative, like the scorpion when it is endangered the scorpion will kill itself and the myth is that it will be reborn again.
In “Hope” the tree serves me to articulate his shape into an anthropomorphic figure twirling up to the sky. It carries the last two leaves above the plane objects of the ground and it symbolizes nature over technology.
For so long, I deny the use of watercolor for the school standards approach: not to use white color on the paper.
This comment created a block in my head for so many years, sacrificing my creativity. I abandoned a media that now I have discovered again with a thousand possibilities to express what I see and I feel.
I’m very happy to share it with everybody to enjoy it.
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.
Terence McManus, a self-taught artist, developed a passion for art at a young age. Much of his work concentrates on portraits of people and animals, in which he tries to capture the subtle differences and personalities of each individual. His favorite medium is pastel, which presents freshness and bright colors in the paintings.
Frederic A. Mendelsohn is holder of both a BA and MA degrees from Hofstra University as well as a MD from University of Louisville. He is predominantly a landscape artist utilizing both oil and egg tempera paints. A Possessor with over four decades of experience, Frederic has studied extensively with the Art Students League in NYC and The Art League of Long Island. He also studied privately with Christian White and Nanette Fleur.
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.
Louise Millmann’s desire to focus specifically on collage began on an 18th Century writing desk located in an old house on Pawley's Island, South Carolina in the summer of 1997. She found a clear narrative forming as she arranged the piles of visual imagery culled from the stack of magazines found in the basement. This small "foundstudio" became a favorite haunt during her brief stay. Since then, she has been "borrowing" STUDIO SPACES all over the world, discovering that her mountains of ephemera had a reason for consuming most of the space in her small NYC studio. Her latest collage series examines her reaction to the surreal political agenda that significantly impacts the fate of woman and children living in the United States. The collage narratives delve into the irrational state of affairs concerning educational freedom and personal safety.
Her photographs have been exhibited alongside Joseph Cornell’s boxes at the Zeiher-Smith Gallery in NYC and she has been actively involved with the multi- national exhibition entitled “A BOOK ABOUT DEATH”. The exhibition was launched as an underground, global art project, at the Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery in New York City. Her collage works featured in A Book About Death are currently in the permanent collections of MOMA, Queens Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Louise has been teaching photography and experimental digital design classes for the past thirty two years in both the Northport and Jericho school districts. She received a four-year full tuition photography scholarship to the School of Visual Arts in NYC where she received her BFA in photography then completed her MFA + 90 post graduate credits during her teaching career. She has taught specialized classes in mixed media digital photography at the New School, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art. She currently resides in New York City with her husband David Mulkins.
I begin with a drawing or painting of any subject, and the rest is instinct and stream of consciousness. I don’t have a preconceived vision of what the work will become. I add elements as I go. The unraveling story of the work gets me up in the morning. I am always curious and excited to find out what will happen in a painting.
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.
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.
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.
Although I developed an interest in Photography in the 1970's, I didn't realize I had a talent for it until much later on. I became aware of this, like an unexpected gift, about 10 years ago. Today it gives me great joy to capture a special moment and share it with others. Through this process, I learn more about who I am and what direction this work may take me.
I took several courses at the School of Visual Arts and International Center of Photography. Many of the later courses were in portrait Photography, but I also enjoyed photographing landscapes and birds. I've taken Photography tours to Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and most recently to Cuba.
I use Photoshop and various filters to digitally enhance some of my work, and do my own archival printing and framing.
Awards include the Fabian (Larry) Adler award (2013) from the Long Island Arts Council, First Prize (2015) the Art Guild "Images of Home", and a Leonard Victor award (2013) in portraits. I've also had several honorable mention awards.
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.”
Growing up in Smithtown, going to college in Manhattan and several trips to Europe has exposed me to many museums, galleries, beautiful scenery and Art Instructors. I like to think that my work has a bit of everything I've learned and been exposed to over the years. I enjoy working in various media and still consider myself a "Student of Art". Since my favorite subjects to paint have always been scenery, nature and florals, I am quite grateful to have the colorful landscapes of Long Island around me. Being a member and a teacher at the Smithtown Township Arts Council has inspired me to go down different paths with my works. I've been working on ink sketches that are more emotion driven than visual. I'm currently working on a series in oils from these sketches. Since I've not touched oil paints since college, it has been an enlightening and interesting challenge.
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.
St. James artist Mary Ann Vetter works in oils, pastels, and watercolor using local landscape, flowers, and portraits as her subjects. “I love flowers. I cannot wait until spring to see the garden bloom. Many years ago, I made my front lawn into a garden. Iris, daffodils, grasses, heather, day lilies, hydrangeas and many other perennials are a delight to see!”
For Constance Sloggatt Wolf, abstract painting is a way of exploring the invisible—the unknowable or indefinable aspects of Life as she perceives it. “Instead of words or sound, I use colors, angles, shapes and forms. I strive to bring forth the archetypal and essential in a painting through the repetitive use of the triangle, the circle, and the square.
“I study Nature first, searching for primary, universal forms and ideas, symbols that all human beings may relate to. Inspired by the physical beauty of my materials, I approach the work openly tapping into this understanding of the natural world and allowing the act of painting to transform knowledge into a visual dialogue.”
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a heightened awareness of my surroundings. I take photographs because I want to capture that feeling of being mesmerized by a moment in time so I can relive those feelings each time I look at my work. My camera emboldens me to linger far longer than I might normally feel comfortable. Immediate digital feedback forces me to examine my personal perspective and determine whether to engage in the process obviously or to discreetly observe and record. My photographs are as much about what I leave out as what I choose to include and more about the feelings I have in the moment than the actual representation. Editing my images with Photoshop is akin to being “there” again. I believe an image cannot be created without revealing something about the relationship between the subject and photographer. The placement, the close or distant proximity, the lighting, the shots I choose to keep and the ones I throw away all narrate a search to find order in chaos through intense observation of the accidental commonalities that occur around us every day, in every moment.
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