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.
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.
Graphite and Ink
Katelyn Marie Green is new to the art scene of Wichita, Kansas. A native of Kansas for many years, she utilizes dip pens and india ink for her drawings, which she maintains a daily habit of adding a page per day. Most of her artwork is influenced by everyday life and mental health issues in the world around us. Lately, she has been spending part of 2016 and 2017 on a collaborative work with Sean Christopher Ward, entitled “The Golden Age of Wichita” which is a dedication to the place we both call home.
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.
Though a native to the Midwest, I have always felt drawn to the sea—an allure that stemmed from childhood trips to the coast and a young introduction to snorkeling. Along with learning about Hemingway through my father, his tale of an old man battling elements beyond him, and the truth that we know more about foreign planets than our own, sea life and its encompassing mystery have ever fascinated me. My current collection deals with the relationship between land and sea, whether hostile or dependent, and the delicate balance of one’s need for the other, as well as those that call this union home. Using colors, shapes, and texture over multiple layers, I explore the comfort and animosity of a place revisited or newly imagined, continuously experimenting with these elements and incorporating a certain emotion as a map spills from mind to canvas.
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.
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.
Brianna is a fine artist from Westchester, New York. She received her BFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in painting from Long Island University, Post. She has been extremely passionate about art her whole life due to the influence of her grandmother. Her artwork is mostly acrylic and oil paintings but she recently started doing three dimensional work.
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.