Over the last 25 years of my life, I have been injected into art courses on a non-stop basis to bring me to the point I am at today. It has been rough, considering I have learned techniques for over 10 different types of artwork, at minimum. Though, throughout this journey, which involved a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and a nearly completed Bachelor’s in Studio Arts, it has kept me thinking solely about art and how I can create my own style to not fit into the market, but stand out from it. So, now, years later, I am a successful artist in the field of acrylic painting, with over 160 sales just in 2016 to clients all over the United States and Japan. All while maintaining a contemporary art gallery back in Wichita, Kansas, in order to exude the mantra that art feeds the soul and everyone has the opportunity to share this vision with the world, they just need a stage to do so. So, with accepting new artists from all over the country, month after month, I began learning more and more into, “what is art?” and how can I stand out? That is when my style took off and I found the perfect mixture of my digital techniques along with traditional application and painting to create the current series, “Fading Identities,” “White Space Designs” and “Psychedelic Inspirations.” Through these series, you will see the optimization of utilizing digital media alongside traditional, in order to create paintings that not only stick out crisply like a graphic online, but also have depth and character of letting the paint determine how the final piece will be optically felt by the viewer.
Throughout the series of paintings I have created over the years, there is one attribute that remains a common theme. Painting is my escape from reality and it allows me to visit the things and places that I desire to be a part of my life, without the need to leave my home. I gain my knowledge and memory of these places through visiting and seeing them. Once the experiences are obtained and remembered, I begin applying paint directly to the canvas with a palette knife and its application is applied very heavy in texture and layered onto the painting. My work exudes a light-hearted quality in which soothes the environment they are placed in, while still allowing the mind to peak through the interpretation of either the obvious composition or the more abstracted approach to the works. From the spectacular to the mundane, every experience in life deserves to be remembered, and while you view my artwork, I hope to share with you the experiences I have gained.
I’m a Chicago based visual artist and USMC veteran. I’m driven by curiousity for how things work or why things exist, and even more so by how I can test the boundaries of such sentiments. Regardless of what I’m currently enjoying, be it philosophy, theater, music, dining, art or film, I become most interested when I consider the relationship between what I am experiencing and where its origins come from. I don’t care much for the definitive as I do for the interpretive. Ideas are most mysteriously alluring when considered in the realm of dreams.
Since pursuing a BFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I have worked in various artist collectives with the goal of increasing accessibility to the arts. Accessibility has always been important to me, but not so much so that I would sacrifice my integrity. My work is at its best when I can instill in it a broad sense of appeal without yielding to intentions that are not my own. It is important that I carefully control any depiction of chaos on my canvas, so as to guide the viewer through what is otherwise often a haphazard assembly of methodical thought and impulsive action.
Mixed Media Painter
Angie Evans has been producing original artwork for over 20 years. Her passion started with black and white photography at a young age and ultimately grew into a business. Through her professional career, Angie has been an influential part of many companies working in commercial printing, strategic marketing, graphic design, web design, photography and multi-media design and production. Angie’s design and commercial work can be seen in both international and local advertising for a wide array of products and companies while her photography work can be seen displayed by numerous individuals as well as published in The International Library of Photography’s “America At the Millennium; Best Photos of the 20th Century”. Being a proficient artist in several different mediums, Angie’s most recent passion is for acrylic abstract fluid painting.
Iris Fletcher is a self-taught abstract artist who was born and raised in New York City on September 23rd 1962. After high school Iris went on to study Liberal Arts at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico for a year before moving back to New York City and enrolling in Borough of Manhattan Community College. She then relocated to Wichita Kansas with her husband in 2010.Iris’s main medium is acrylics and the majority of her work is contemporary abstract non-representational, and expressionism .Iris is also known for her “Coffee Art” in which she uses espresso to express herself! She is very passionate about arts. All of her pieces reflect emotions and thoughts, fantasies and realies.
In my work I explore fantasy merging with reality, focusing on the power of narrative and setting positive intentions. I am inspired by dreams, myths/archetypes, and mysticism, and how these themes play into the construction of identity. I use my work to represent empowerment through surrealism and story telling.
I initially studied writing and illustrating children’s books, and have transformed this craft into creating characters with mystic backgrounds in my fine art. I now work with a multitude media and material. My fine art work began with collage, utilizing found images from paintings, magazines, books, and historical sources. I was interested in transforming unconnected images into seamless portraits of female divinity.
Expanding on this exploration, I began to work with original photography and photo manipulation. Each piece has a story or intention instilled into it, and the final work is meant to be a reminder of that intent. Through this process the art can become a catalyst for positive influence. I believe working with the element of fantasy has a freedom to it that allows the viewer to experience connectivity and enlightenment. Through this I believe both the observer and myself can take the fantasy of our ideal selves and begin to truly live in that mindset, turning dreams and ideals into reality.
Hyunju Kim explores issues related to the subconscious, memory, and feeling through the process of painting. Her practice often searches the ungraspable connections between reality and dreams, as well as those between life and death. Her paintings reflect a deep fascination with psychoanalysis and dream interpretation, representing her own attempt to examine the dichotomy between waking life and the dream state. She holds a BA in International Studies from Korea Maritime University and received both her Post-Baccalaureate and MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University. Her work has been shown various galleries and juried art exhibitions including the Gallery at the Watershed in Eugene, OR, Parkside Gallery in Richland, WA, and Autzen Gallery in Portland, OR. She is a recipient of Laurels Graduate Award; winner of Allied Arts Association MFA visual art competition; a recipient of purchase award from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture in 2016. Born, raised, and educated in South Korea before moving to the States. Currently live and work in Bellevue, Washington.
I am an observer. Throughout my life my observations are what keep me interested and intrigued with our society and culture, past and present. Whether watching a film, appreciating a record, reading a book or studying a work of art, we are all observing something special and unique. I take these observations and turn them into paintings that I find aesthetically pleasing. Most of my images are pulled from websites and stock photography. I enjoy the process of taking something that has little to no meaning to me and making it my own, allowing it to take on new life. I don’t claim that my paintings have meaning. I’ve tried to make that claim in the past but later felt like I was lying and was just trying to impress others. If one finds something attractive with my application of paint, color palette or subject matter, then suddenly that is the meaning. For the past several years I have focused my energy and efforts on painting people. And although I don’t want to be labeled as a portrait painter, that is how most people would describe me. The subjects of my paintings aren’t important nor are their stories or backgrounds. At the end of the day, the finished painting is all that’s left and, to me, all that matters.
Dustin Parker is an artist. As an infant, a box of crayons ignited his passion for creating art and that fire continues to burn in his veins. He grew up drawing robots and dinosaurs on his spelling tests and constructing his own action figures out of construction paper and scotch tape. As an adult, Parker earns his nacho money designing logos, drawing illustrations and selling paintings in art galleries. Parker procrastinates about writing and illustrating his first graphic novel but is proficient at wasting time drawing zombies, skulls and dinosaurs. He is nourished by David Lynch films, Chuck Palahniuk novels, Smashing Pumpkins songs and comic books. Since 2000, Parker has exhibited his art in 12 solo art exhibitions and over 90 group exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada and Japan. Parker’s work has also been featured in numerous online and printed publications including Logo lounge, Look Look, Head Magazine, Blanket Magazine, Moloko Plus, Women’s Focus, The Wichita Eagle, Cru-A, F5, Wichita Magazine and Proteus Mag.
Aspiring artist from Wichita, Kansas. More info for her bio will come soon!
Dori Spector was born in Allentown PA. She graduated from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, in 1978 with a BFA. After graduation, Ms. Spector worked in the Advertising and Illustration fields acting as Art Director of “The Clothes Garden” in Wynnewood PA. she also worked as a courtroom artist sketching for TV news.
From 1986 until 1989 she attended The Arts Students League of New York full time on a Merit Scholarship. At the Art Students League, she studied painting with Harvey Dinnerstein, and David Leffel. From 1990 to the present she has studied under many teachers privately such as Burton Silverman, John Osborne, Nelson Shanks, and Robert Liberace. Ms. Spector continues to paint and draw from life, and works in the printshop at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, where she is a shop assistant. Her work is in many private collections. Ms. Spector works in her primary studio in her Newtown Square home, and in 2015 was awarded a studio for a year as an Alumni Fellow at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. ” I hope to have access to professional models in my PAFA studio, so I can refine my body of figurative work”. In 2013, Ms. Spector’s design, an etching ,won as the 60th anniversary poster for WRTI, Temple Univeristy’s public radio station.
“I struggle to refine my skills, and bring my skill level up to my idea level. As I go about my day, I am drawn to a full range of subject matter, and feel compelled to paint everything that calls to me. Time and energy are a big hindrance. I am drawn to paint things that are fleeting, especially seasonal flowers and the changing landscape. I am also inspired by the way people interact with one another. I can find ideas for paintings easily walking down the street, or watching the students at PAFA. ” In the future I would like to concentrate more on the figure, and travel and paint”.
Ms.Spector is known locally for her paintings of Ardrossan Farm, The Hope Montgomery Scott Estate. Ms. Spector painted the dairy cattle grazing on the beautiful fields. She continues to be passionate about painting the 200 acre farm. It is currently being developed with homes dotting the gorgeous land. Ms. Spector has had three shows solely about Ardrossan, two of which were on the farm property.
I am a Multi-Media Artist. I have been inspired through artwork by many old world artists, like Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Renuar and many others. I have always been a Kansas native, born in 1954 in McPherson, Kansas to a family of eight, which eventually grew to a family of sixteen. I am currently living in Wichita, Kansas. Coming from a family with assorted creative talents, I felt a genuine connection with the arts since the age of 15. My educational experience with multi-media art spanned over a period of 42 years. That experience includes work with acrylics, watercolor, charcoal, pencil, pastels, calligraphy, embellishments, stained glass, acid etching, decoupage, garden stones, pots, mosaics, collages & photography. I was also the previous owner of ‘Jeanne’s Creations’ Floral Design and Gifts. My current endeavor is experimental acrylic painting with multi-media and collage.
Stephanie Ward uses a variety of drawing supplies–paint markers, pencil, pastel, acrylic and water color–to create her works on paper. Her bold compositions approach the subject with a sense of fantasy and whimsy. She has physical disabilities resulting in low muscle tone, severe dyslexia, and developmental delays, but she said, ‘My art gives me a lot of confidence and something that I can feel successful at. I like trying new things so I’m not afraid of starting anything different. I feel equal to others with my art.’ She has won many awards throughout her years in the field of art, including the Award of Excellence from VSA Arts and Volkswagen of America for her piece, Geisha. Geisha was put on display in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and toured two years throughout the country. Another piece of hers was put on display in the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2009, Stephanie also won the Robbie Carlstedt Young Achiever of the Year Award from the ARC of Sedgwick Country.
I consider my best works to be where I have managed to prolong a state of open-minded physical play with the materials and of intuitive mental manipulation with the visual elements… I wait for that “ah-ha” moment when the materials and process bring to light a revelation of my unconscious, and hopefully, the collective unconscious. I know, like so many other artists, I have developed a personal language but think that the play of abstract forming elements with recognizable imagery and titles leads the viewer to participate in the work at a shared emotional level. Everyone can draw their own personal, emotional, or intellectual conclusions.