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Tony Cepukas' Portfolio of Innovative Mosaics


A photo of a mosaic finger printFrick, ceramic and acrylic on wood panel

 

Tony Cepukas creates innovative mosaics, playing with the traditional style and aesthetic of mosaic artworks and in some cases, reinventing that style. Using a variety of fragmented materials, the artist creates mosaics both subtle and striking, small and complex.


An abstract mosaic with a repeating patternUntitled, ceramic and acrylic on wood panel

 

I really enjoy how Tony explores the sculptural possibilities of the mosaic medium.…

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Celebrating Ambiguity: The Art Portfolio of Scott Ross


An abstracted digital photo of painted fabricUntitled (Fabric 1), digital photograph

Photographer and artist Scott Ross has made a portfolio practice out of celebrating ambiguity. Using techniques of abstraction, double-exposure, and close-up or skewed viewpoints, the artist takes recognizable forms and turns them on their head.


A digital photograph with overlapping painted facesUntitled (Goudreaux | Vermeer 1), digital photograph

 

I’m really enjoying the works in Scott’s series of images from 2017. These pieces take…

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Vicky Smith's Portfolio of Wood-Fired Ceramic


A wood-fired clay sculpture of a birdLift Off, stoneware with porcelain slip, wood-fired

Vicky Smith is an artist and sculptor who works primarily in wood-fired ceramic. The artist’s recent works use birds as a motif, incorporating winged specimens as free-standing sculptures, as well as more subtly into the forms of vessels.


A shallow vessel with a bird sculpted designUntitled

 

I enjoy the unpolished, natural aesthetic that Vicky employs in her works. Many of the artist’s works use recognizable shapes in such…

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The Exciting Visual Perspective of Brent Ciccone



A painting of a bright-colored prairiePrairie Fire, oil on canvas

Brent Ciccone imbues all of his paintings with vibrant pigment, applying an energetic, exciting visual perspective to landscapes, leaves, flowers and more. While Brent’s subject matter ranges from vast to up close and personal, his consistent style creates a sense of cohesion in his portfolio.


A pastel drawing of a turkeyTurkey Face, pastel on paper

 

In our previous feature of Brent’s work, we focused on the artist’s sweeping…

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Discordant Elements: The Art Portfolio of Ellen Cornett


A drawing of three figures with heads from ancient Egyptian mythologyWalk Like an Egyptian, Carbon Pencil

Ellen Cornett’s artworks live in an uncanny space between dreams and reality. The artist’s compositions combine discordant elements rendered in a detailed, realistic style, incorporating human figures, animal faces, and surreal collections of objects.


A pastel drawing of a mad hatter characterThe Mad Hatter, pastel

 

I love the sense of rich symbolism that I get from looking at Ellen’s artworks. In our previous feature, we looked at…

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A Cosmic Approach: Daniel T. Lopez' Art Portfolio


A mural depicting Latino culture at Mendocino County CollegeMendocino College Mural (detail)

 

Daniel T. Lopez is a painter and muralist who takes a cosmic approach to public and community art projects. Daniel’s works, sometimes produced in collaboration with fellow artist Dano Lopez, are energetic, colorful celebrations of life and culture.


A painting of the concept of creationCreation as a constant Process

 

In our previous feature of Daniel’s works, we looked at the way the artist uses his practice to foster a sense of

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Ginny Paternite's Portfolio of Expressive, Colorful Paintings


A painting of an ornate silver teapotTea Time, oil

Ginny Paternite grew up in New York, and is currently based in Bluffton, South Carolina. The artist’s practice centers on expressive, colorful paintings that run the gamut of representational subject matter, from landscapes, to portraits, to architectural forms.


A welcome plaque painted on slateWelcome Slate, oil on slate

 

I’m enjoying going through Ginny’s portfolio and seeing how the artist paints such a wide variety of subjects in her own…

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Vibrant and Varied Style: The Art Portfolio of Jacquie Manning


A pastel drawing of a rooster on a black backgroundRooster

Jacquie Manning is an artist and teacher who, in her personal practice, creates figurative images in a vibrant and varied style. Jacquie’s works often appear to have a slightly rough texture, with volumes and shapes blocked out in patches of saturated color.


A painting of a pair of ducks in the grassDucks

 

I like the way that the artist balances brightly-colored forms with backgrounds that are often darker in color. Some works, like outdoor landscapes or…

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The Painting and Photography Portfolio of Janet Pancho Gupta


A painting with a branch of flowers over a geometric backgroundBefore Sunrise, watercolour and gouache

Janet Pancho Gupta is a Filipino artist who has been based in Hong Kong for over a decade. Janet’s artworks capture patterns and figures in both painting and photography.


A painting of some pale flowers over a stripey backgroundAudacity, watercolour

 

Janet’s paintings take an interesting approach, using patterns almost reminiscent of slightly gaudy wallpaper, layered over with cut-out, collage-style painted figures. I enjoy the way that Janet…

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Personal Nostalgia: A Portfolio by Jill McGillivray


A painting of figures climbing up a rock faceTree Lantern, oil on canvas

Jill McGillivray is an artist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In her practice, Jill creates paintings that explore moments of personal nostalgia, expressing these moments in a style that walks upon the tension between abstraction and figurative renderings.


A painting of several figures walking through an area of natureChristina, oil and acrylic on canvas

 

I’m quite enjoying Jill’s recent paintings of outdoor scenes and multiple figures. The artist’s painting style…

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Visual Depth: The Art Portfolio of Kyla Slobodin


A photograph of an imperfection in a concrete wallConcrete, fujifilm fp 3000 instant black and white film, taken with a Polaroid camera

Kyla Slobodin works in a variety of traditional media, combining and layering representational images to create images that deepen as the viewer looks on. In photographic works, the artist takes a different approach to creating visual depth, capturing eerie and isolated spaces.


A photograph of three chairs sitting outdoorsthe three chairs, black and white 35mm film

 

In our previous feature, we…

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The Encaustic and Calligraphy Portfolio of Michele Barnes


A wax painting of some red jellyfishRed Jellyfish, encaustic

Virginia Beach artist Michele Barnes is trained in encaustic and calligraphy techniques. Her portfolio encompasses these, and other artistic techniques, such as plein air painting and bookmaking.


An encaustic painting of an underwater sceneBlue and Red Jellyfish, encaustic

 

I’m taken by the incredibly vibrant colors that Michele achieves through her encaustic works. The artist tends to favor plant and animal subject matter, and scenes from nature –…

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Personal Narrative: An Art Portfolio by Jaye Early


A painting using bright colors and hard-edged geometric forms5

Jaye Early works in a range of media, including painting, mixed media and performance. The artist takes an autobiographical approach to art-making, infusing both his video pieces and his paintings with an introspective, personal narrative.


An abstract painting covered in strips of pink tape4

 

I like the way that Jaye uses color throughout his art practice – his paintings, and even his performances to some extent are brightly colored. In paintings, this manifests as numerous layers…

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Classical Facets: The Art Portfolio of Francesca Profili


An art print depicting a sculpted maskWater Art Mask, art print on canvas

Francesca Profili creates painted mask sculptures that project landscapes and scenery onto human faces, combining two classical facets of painting into a very contemporary whole.


An art print depicting a mask reflected in still waterStill Water Mask, art print on canvas

 

The artist’s masks have a theatrical edge, but a different function than the masks of Pamela Schuller, for example. Francesca’s masks aren’t meant to be worn but rather seen from…

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