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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 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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Shoplifter: The Art of Hrafnhilder Arnardóttir


A photo of an art installation made of hairNervescape VII (installation view at National Gallery of Iceland)

Icelandic artist Hrafnhilder Arnardóttir works under the moniker Shoplifter, creating works in the fascinating medium of hair, borrowing materials, techniques, and aesthetics from the worlds of fashion, fine art, and textile craft.


An artwork made from dyed orange and black hairGloria - Study for An Opera

 

Shoplifter’s bright, colorful installations and sculptures have a wonderfully playful edge to them -- some of…

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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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The Digital and Traditional Photo Portfolio of Pamela Pitt


A photographic print with a silhouette over grave stonesMother's Day, photographic print

 

Pamela Pitt has been taking photographs for decades, developing a unique style that blends an eye for detail with a love of surrealism and abstraction. The artist uses both digital and traditional photo manipulation techniques in her portfolio.


A double exposed photograph with Japanese architectural elementsStream of Consciousness, photographic print

 

I really enjoy Pamela’s Spirit Guide series. In this series, photographs of grave stones or spiritual…

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Evoking Emotions: The Portfolio of Drew Noel Marin


A painting with a small seedling on a textured grey backgroundRooted, acrylic on textured canvas

 

Featured artist Drew Noel Marin is based in Michigan, where she creates painted works in acrylic on textured canvas. Drew’s paintings showcase the artist’s eye for color-blending and abstract composition, evoking emotions or distant memories more than specific images.


A diptych painting of grey abstract planesNew Trail (diptych), acrylic on textured canvas

 

I’m enjoying browsing through Drew’s gallery of available artworks – the…

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A Portfolio of Patterned Abstract Works by Jeanie Auseon


A pattern of silkscreen prints on canvasThe Improvisation Continues, silkscreen prints, dyes, and paints on canvas mounted on cradled wood

 

Jeanie Auseon is an artist and long-time art educator whose current practice explores abstraction and mixed media. Using materials like silkscreen, cloth, and stencils, the artist creates patterned abstract works that often have an almost quilt-like aesthetic to them.


A pattern of prints on dark fabricMotion Series #4, Stripes, stenciled images on monoprinted cloth…

 

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A Portfolio of Softly Abstracted Images by Amy Kaufman


A hand-painted monotype of yellow tulipsYellow Tulips, hand-painted monotype

Amy Kaufmann is a mixed media artist who creates textural, softly abstracted images of seascapes, still-life subjects, and flowers. Amy’s paintings have been featured in films and in magazines, and the artist offers her artistic talents on a commissioned basis for people looking to create the perfect backdrop or finishing touch for an office or home.


An abstracted painting of grass with a yellow skySunshine Field, hand-painted monotype

 

Many of…

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The Figurative Painting Portfolio of Arquimedes Mejia


A painting of a woman in harlequin dress reclining19

Arquimedes Mejia is originally from the Dominican Republic and now lives and works in New York. The artist’s practice is highly experimental, with a backbone of figurative painting that serves as foundation for his forays into different media and styles of mark-making.


A still-life painting of a basket of orangesMandarinas 1

Browsing through Arquimedes’ online portfolio, I’m fascinated by his Arlequines – in these works, female figures in Harlequin-patterned outfits…

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Combining Visual Languages: The Portfolio of Darien A-Johnson


A ceramic and mixed-media abstract sculptureAbraaaasion (alternate view), porcelain, mixed media

Darien A-Johnson is originally from Minnesota. The artist has lived throughout the US and in Copenhagen, Denmark -- spending a few years there as a full-time studio artist. After moving to Atlanta, Georgia, Darien now teaches as an assistant professor at Atlanta State University, while maintaining a studio practice in which he plays with combining visual languages.


A detail photo of a porcelain abstract sculptureJust in the is…

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The Spark of Life: Art by Marion Krahn


A painting depicting crashing waves and a dark figureOmnia Vincit Amor III The Mermaid and The Sailor, acrylic on canvas

Marion Krahn is a BC artist currently based in Kelowna, where she works out of The Spark of Life Studio. Marion’s art practice is focused on acrylic, watercolor and mixed-media paintings of sea and sky, with the artist taking an abstracted approach to conjuring dramatic images.


A painting of a warm-toned, violent seascapeUndo Amor, acrylic and mixed media

 

I really enjoy the way that Marion evokes a sense of…

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Painted Cityscapes: Art by Scott Ivey


A painting of a beach with a city in the distanceBackyard beach, oil on canvas

Scott Ivey was born in North Carolina and later moved to Washington D.C., the architecture of which has come to influence his drawn and painted cityscapes. Scott’s works capture the familiar yet otherworldly beauty of buildings and city streets in subdued light.


A pastel drawing of a city with a concrete clearingP Street beach, pastel and colored pencil

 

I really enjoy the color palette that Scott chooses for many of his artworks. As we discussed in our…

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Local Landscapes: Art by Sharon Hunter


An abstract painting in blue huesBlue City -- Wolf, oil on canvas

Muralist and community artist Sharon Hunter collaborates with the public and fellow artists to create works that everyone can enjoy. The artist’s painterly style lends itself to large works celebrating local landscapes and populations.


A photo of a composite mural painted by grade 7 and 8 studentsWhite Pines Intermediate Mural Project - ADSB

 

Based in Ontario, Sharon has created several large mural works in the Attawapiskat First Nation, and along Highway 17 on…

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A Playful Approach: Art by Sara Kaltwasser


A participatory painting with a game of X's and O'sTIX, mixed media participatory painting

Sara Kaltwasser takes a playful approach to her artistic practice, blending toys, games, and other forms of entertainment with fine art sensibility. The artist’s works span a variety of media, and sometimes include interactive elements.


A mobile play table with a chess or checkers boardMobile Play Table, participatory sculpture, mixed media

 

Sara’s recent series Play Works is an interesting meditation, blurring the line between art,…

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Studio Sunday: Dorothy Cross


A photo of Dorothy Cross in her art studio

 

Dorothy Cross was born in Cork, Ireland, and today is considered one of Irelands foremost internationally-recognized artists. Cross works in a variety of media including sculpture, photography, and film, addressing themes of cultural and sexual identity, as well as the subconscious.

 

Cross’ studio has a beautifully open and natural feel to it – the planks of what looks like driftwood stacked against the wall in the back right…

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