Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; Art Director
Visual Arts: Photography
Michael Bartosz is a photographer currently located in a small town in Central Indiana. This Chicago native studied Photography and Printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) from 1976 to 1980.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Murals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking
Just a lowly painter making commentary on philosophical issues of the human condition and society alike.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Keith Monroe Blanton, born in 1951 to a farming family whose roots can be found in their 1832 homestead farm located on the northeast side of Indianapolis.
My earliest memories are of the beautiful people and images associated with the family farms. Beginning with the ability to hold a pencil, I have always sketched and painted the beauty that God has placed around me. It is where I find my peace and my calling. Like most people, my interests over the years have been divided. I received my education in Engineering from Purdue University. The skills that I possess in Art are gifts from God. I have had no formal educational training in Art. My early and middle adult years were spent on the pursuit of an engineering career in the design and construction supervision of roads and bridges throughout Indiana. But, my love has always been in the art of oil painting. To capture on canvas the moment in time, the sparkle in the eye, and yes the very spirit and soul of the person, object, or scene that I am painting.
I have always loved the work and passion found in the paintings of the old masters. My years of work as an engineer has aided in the further development of an eye for finite details and an absolute desire to create an heirloom that will be loved and will be cherished for generations.
The paintings of Keith Blanton have been on display at Mayor Ballard’s office, the Mayor of Indianapolis and have been at galleries in Indianapolis, Zionsville, Fishers, Greenwood, South Bend, Goshen, and Plymouth, all in Indiana. Keith has also received awards at shows and exhibits throughout Indiana; the following are a list of a few:
The Indiana State Fair: over the past 30 years, numerous ribbons have been received ranging from “Third Place” to “Honorable Mention”
DeFries Gardens: In the 2010 Garden Art Show received the following two awards:
“Best of Show” and “Honorable Mention”
Heartland Regional Art Exhibition in 2009 received the “Popular Choice Award”
Spencer Gallery, 2012 NIA Exhibit, received the “Judges Award”
Visual Arts: Murals, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
Hey There! Thank your for taking the time to check my page! I’m an aspiring artist. I’ve been drawing since I was younger. Currently, apprenticing as a tattoo artist and working on more art to show the world! I hope you enjoy !
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word; Visual Arts: Ceramics, Crafts, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Printmaking, Works on paper
2D/3D artist with Photoshop, Illustrator, Snapseed, Quark, and teaching experience.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
David Cunningham’s compelling realistic paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States. In his meticulously crafted oil paintings, he combines traditional 15th century Dutch technique with contemporary ideas about space and composition. Through preliminary drawings, value based underpainting, and multiple thin layers of colors, David creates paintings that celebrate three-dimensional illusion.
Professor Cunningham’s current body of work focuses on the beautiful color relationships and amazing juxtaposition of shapes and textures found in stones. The paintings reveal the power, hardness, and permanence of its subject matter creating subtle narratives that resonate with something deep, primitive, and spiritual in all of us. Over the last three years, these paintings have received high praise being exhibited in over a dozen juried and invitational exhibits. Recently, he received best of show in Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s Contemporary Realism Biennial and in the Swope Museum’s Wabash Valley exhibit.
His work is found in both public and corporate collections including: St Meinrad Monastery, The University of Evansville, Fifth Third Bank and Vectren Corporation. In addition, his paintings have been shown in Luxe and American Artist Magazine. Currently, his work is being sold through galleries in Indiana and Michigan.
David Cunningham was born in Carmel California in 1974 and was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He currently lives with his daughter,
Mary, and sons, William and Samson, in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to painting, David is a professor of Art at Franklin College where he teaches Painting, Design, Ceramics and Issues in Contemporary Art.
Visual Arts: Murals, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Born; Terre Haute, Indiana 1956
BFA ~ Herron School of Art, Indianapolis
Currently works from his studio in Greenwood, Indiana.
Studied painting under Robert Berkshire and Edmund Brucker.
Referrals upon request.
Julie Davis Veach
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Dance; Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
I am an abstract expressionist artist. I primarily use water-based media because of the versatility and freedom they provide. I explore art’s healing potential. I choose to express states of being that inspire self-reflection, joy, healing, gratitude, and connection. I decided to become a full-time artist in 2019 but I’ve been creative for much of my life. Some of the great artists of our past including Claude Monet, Joan Mitchell, Frida Khalo, and Gustav Klimt are inspirations for my process. In every painting, my objective is to use color as a tool for self-evaluation and healing. I want my work to be both confronting and comforting.
I am inspired by nature, and the ability it has to heal and connect us all. With the information age upon us, at times, there is an imbalance ofs hyper-connectivity and yet loneliness all at once. We can always return back to art, however, for solace and reflection. Art for me is a reminder of my humanity, my connection to all that is, and my power to choose how I want to feel and how I want to create my life. No matter how busy and chaotic life around me may feel, my mental health requires me to stop what I’m doing and enjoy making art on a regular basis. I want people to feel that soul connection when they look at my work. I want them to feel the promise of a brighter future. we can make a positive difference in our world- for ourselves and each other. This is why I paint and this is why I am an artist today.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture
Colleen Deignan is an illustrator and sculptor studying at Herron School of Art for her B.F.A, majoring in Drawing and Illustration with a minor in Art History. Deignan’s work focuses on narrative illustration using paint and sculpture to bring characters to life. Through Herron she has been commissioned for the Retiree Project which involved creating artwork for the over seventy retirees that year. She was also shown in the 2016 and 2018 Herron Undergraduate show and Inspiring Prometheus in the Basile Gallery at Herron Galleries. In the community, Deignan’s work has been exhibited in juried shows such as the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Project and Indianapolis Art Center’s College Invitational.
Visual Arts: New Media/Technology, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
I make photographs using a variety of cameras ranging from traditional DSLRs, to more contemporary Mirror-less varieties. I also enjoy infrared photography, and, probably most significantly, create with the iPhone.
Through my business, Rad Drew Photography, LLC, which I stared in 2010, I make and sell images, teach photography and “iPhoneography,” and lead educational photo workshops to destinations around the world. On these trips, I guide photographers to extraordinary photo opportunities and teach in the field to support students in making the best images possible given the equipment and conditions.
Since 2013 I’ve lead groups to Cuba at least twice each year. Other workshop destinations include the South of France, Tuscany, Cape Cod, Boston’s North Shore, The Palouse, and many destinations in my home state of Indiana and neighboring Ohio.
My imagers have received numerous international awards and have made their way into galleries and juried international competitions showing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Texas, Vermont, New York, Toronto, Collingwood, Seattle, and Melbourne. I’m the author of the fine art books, In Good Light, Images of the Circle City; a collection of images of Indianapolis, and Rural Indiana, A Beauty all its Own, and am a contributor to today’s most comprehensive volume of iPhone instruction, The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone.
Media; Visual Arts: Film, Media and Visual Communications, Photography
Eric Dycus is an accomplished visionary who specializes in Cinematography. As the owner
of Dycus Vision Production LLC, Dycus boasts 9+ years of illustrative excellence! His
portfolio includes exemplary works with MTV, NBC, FOX SPORTS and many other
esteemed conglomerates. Dycus lends a unique skill set resulting in a multitude of
masterfully, crafted Corporate commercials, Short and Feature films, Trailers and Motion
Visual Arts: Painting
Born in 1965 in Indianapolis, Herschel is a largely self-taught artist. He developed his techniques and style of painting from a large supply of art books he has collected over the years. Growing up poor and in an abusive family, Herschel used his drawing and painting as a way to escape from the trials that he faced as a youth. Teachers and friends often encouraged him to show his artwork and continue to develop his own techniques. After taking a long break from art after high school, he was encouraged to take up the pen & brush again by his wife.
People often ask Herschel what he thinks about when drawing or painting. That is an impossible question to answer for him, as time seems to stand still for him when immersed in his work. Herschel works in many different media including watercolor, oils and acrylics on canvas. Herschel is a wet-on-wet painter as it allows him ample time to make changes and to blend his colors. He is constantly trying to push himself in new directions. Herschel has had his, works published in magazines like Art Scene International & Direct Art magazine and has sold works all over the world in places like Spain and France as well here in the USA.
Don R. Fitzpatrick
Visual Arts: Photography
Don R. Fitzpatrick is a fine art photographer and image maker from Zionsville, Indiana, U.S.A. Fitzpatrick graduated Brebeuf Preparatory School, Indianapolis, and holds a B.S. from Ball State University, where he studied film history and theory, photography, cinematography, and videography. Fitzpatrick also earned an M.S in electronic arts and speech communication from the Jordan College of Fine Arts, Butler Unive.rsity.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
The youngest of three, I grew up in a small town outside of Ann Arbor Michigan. I came to Indiana for college (to please my Grandmother who lived in Fishers at the time) and I never left. I am an art teacher and have been teaching since Fall ’06. I currently teach on the North Side at a College Prep High School. This year I have also been blessed with an Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship Grant. With this grant I am taking up residency at the Stutz building in suite A-275 where I will be continuing my journey of discovering happiness through canvas and paper. I live in Westfield with my husband and two little boys.
Micheal R Gurnell
Visual Arts: Photography
Artist StatementIt is a wonderful feeling towatch the earth live, to feel itssenses, and to anticipate itsmoods. Every moment in timeis a new beginning as the elementswork their wonder interacting witheach other to create constant change.The camera allows me to freeze aninstant in time. There are timeswhen I see such beauty; I wishothers could see through my eyes.My ultimate exposure is to sharethe vision. The power of visionhas the ability to heal the soul,and soften the heart.” Micheal R. Gurnell
Graphic Arts; Media; Performing Arts: Dance; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Works on paper
I am an artist and an illustrator who is currently a junior at Indiana University – Bloomington. I work with traditional mediums like pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic paint and colored pencil as a medium. I’ve worked as a freelancer in creating design templates for customers and helping them market their business to their clients and customers.
I love playing ping pong, or learning new dance moves when I am not drawing or find ways to do photograph to inspire my creative side.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting; Pet portraits
Artist living in Indianapolis, IN
I love animals! I realized I loved making pet portraits the first time my art made someone cry. I put my heart and soul into my work and I hope every owner finds that in the details of each piece. Art is my therapy and my hobby. I also make silly cartoons and paintings for fun; which I’ll sell here occasionally but you’ll have better luck scrolling to the depths of my Instagram.
Working full time and studying part time leaves me with little time to focus on my passion. I hope to one day be able to make art my main focus, and cut down the process times for each piece.
Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Illustration, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Photography; Digital Art
After spending many years on the printing business, I have retired, and for the past 20 years have been working on Photography as a “digital bridge” to the Classic Arts such as Oil and Watercolor. I am constantly learning different techniques of using the digital programs that I have found work for this transition.
It begins with my original photography, paying close attention to subject matter, colors and framing. As a Photographer, my work has been labeled “Social Realism” or “Street Photography” At the same time I am always looking for the next great painting in my images. I look for the story and situations that most people miss in their daily walk through life. I believe that “color excites the mind….Black and white tell the story.
Joyce K. Jensen
Visual Arts: Painting, Works on paper
My paintings are Realism and Hyperrealism. My goal, always, is to create the illusion of a reality that’s just a bit sharper, brighter and more real than actual reality. To this end, I start with a careful composition, from which I prepare a detailed graphite drawing before ever touching brush to paper. I highlight depth and veracity with strong, bright colors. I want my paintings to feel like a window the viewer can almost reach into, rather than an image on a two-dimentional surface.
Sharon Jiskra Brooks
Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Illustration, Painting, Photography
Sharon Jiskra Brooks is an artist from Chicago, IL now living in Indianapolis, IN. Sharon works primarily in Oils and Acrylics. Growing up with a father who was a professional photographer, she was immersed in seeing things differently.
Sharon’s paintings embrace both the city life and the rural life that surrounds her home now. Her degree in Graphic Design from Ball State University and her studies abroad in Europe allowed her to appreciate the arts on a deeper level.
You can see Sharon’s work at Gallery 116 in Fishers, IN or on her website.
Degree – Graphic Design, BFA – Ball State University.
Hoosier Salon Member. Society of Environmental Graphic Designers (SEGD)
Patricia D Jones
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Photography
I am a self taught artist, still in the learning process with mixed media as well as photography. I enjoy exploring in my art and taking various classes as I am able.
Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper; Color Penci
Amber Kalal is an Indiana based artist specializing in color pencil photo realistic artwork. Her subject matter is derived from the natural world. Amber also creates custom pet portraits upon request. Her artworks are complex in detail and she utilizes vibrant color throughout each piece.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
Im a talented, smart and beautiful young woman who attended the University of Connecticut to play college basketball and receive a FINE ARTS degree in photography from 2005 until 2010. I traveled to Indianapolis in the fall of 2010 to start fresh. To live my life my way for the first time. I am a young woman who is simple yet complex enough to confuse the world and myself, or maybe just myself. Art to me is everything. My art is my form of communication. I am able to communicate things that I cannot place into words. My art is about the battle on the inside. The push and pull of my thoughts, intincts, and emotions. I bare my heart and soul into pieces whether they are playful or dark and twisted. I have a constant battle of worth. All of my life I have been trying to earn my worth in things I do and accomplish. Worth in titles and certificates that honestly you dont remember. So wrapped up in being good you lose the simplicity of just being you. I strove for perfection but learned the hard way that does not exist. Perfection only brings you face to face with death. Then you have a choice to say “I DO” to satan or realize you can turn around and chose a different path. Luckily I woke up from a hell and chose life. You might ask yourself, ” why is she telling me all of this?” Because I real. I am human. And that is what my art is about. Its real. Its in your face. Not everyone will like it, but to be honest I dont care. A good or bad reaction is a positive in my book because I want my auidence to feel. To just feel. We live in a society where feelings are put last and feelings are a sign of weakness. That if you cry you are less of a man or if you voice your opinion you are too much. That if you listen to your heart you won’t be successful, or if you dont have a such and such job you are worth nothing. Screw that! We are a people of feelings and emotions. You people that are running away from your feelings, i feel sorry for you. Yes you will feel pain but that does not measure up to the experience of joy and happiness. I don’t create artwork for others approval anymore except for my own. Im learning I will be misunderstood, talked about, degrated, praised, overlooked, criticized, and critiqued. BUT I please myself and that is I want. My only intention is to communicate my insides so I can stay alive. To balance the internal with the exterior. Art is everything. Everything is art. Cassie Kerns a.k.a CASSINOVA
Visual Arts: Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper; Woodworking
Lightning wielding, mixed media artist Kyle Krauskopf creates like other people breathe. He has spent most of his life in the pursuit of artistic endeavor. Originally from a small town in Indiana this vagabond creative has taken his drive many places; most notably Seattle WA for the past 5 years as well as several European countries when he backpacked through them in 2017. He recently retuned to his home state to construct a “base of operations” for the newly developed goal of displaying in as many places throughout the world as possible. Equipped with a sense of wonder and knack for creativity since birth, Krauskopf has always been drawing and creating. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ball State University, where he learned what it was like to be around other creatives and was instilled with a drive to contribute something “new” to the world of art. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Krauskopf has gotten into the habit of self-imposed, year long artistic goals. The most notable of which was in 2015 when he decided to design and craft a new wooden animal each day of the year with his trusty scroll saw. 365 Days of Wood made the artist realize he places very little before commitment to his craft; that with dedication, persistence, and lots of hard work he could create impressive and wondrous works. His work was recently featured in the national lifestyle magazine Vie, in tandem with an interview by editor Jordan Staggs. The work featured is of his Visual Vomit series. These pieces can best be described as heavily emotive pictorial menageries. Each piece strives to marry realistic depiction of people, places, and things, with less detailed, but powerfully colored objects. These pieces typically “radiate” from a centrally located theme or idea. Repetition, color, size, detail, and shape all go into the process of achieving a visual balance. Krauskopf also conceived of the Virago Artist Collective, an international artist collaboration striving to highlight powerful and influential women throughout history. The team consists of 13 artists and features a new personality and artist every month for the year of 2018, after which the whole body of work is to be shipped to each participants’ city for a showing of the collection. When Krauskopf isn’t having delusions of grandeur or conceiving of his next unrealistic challenge he can be found seeking out new and interesting conversation or enjoying a glass of gin.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Crafts, Graphic Arts, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Photography
I am an Indiana based art photographer.
I began my love affair with the camera at a young age. However, it wasn’t until I found a mentor that taught me traditional darkroom that I realized I had a passion for the whole artistic process, form capture to final print making.
On the rare occasion of putting the camera down and computer away, you can find me spending time in my community as a volunteer, or spending quality time with my husband, beloved pets, family and friends.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Textiles, Works on paper
I’ve always loved art and crafts and doodled on my algebra notes. I started seriously working on portraits while at college, although I didn’t pursue an art career. Despite this, I managed to get noticed in many of the places I worked and was commissioned to do portraits, posters, flyers, brochures, caricatures, etc. during my work day. I wrote and illustrated training manuals for one organization and sold commissioned portraits in my free time. I took a hiatus from art while raising my 3 girls. Now I use my daughters as models for a variety of pictures. In the past 3 years, having more time to spend on art, I designed a website, opened an art studio at Lafayette Renaissance Academy and participated in a variety of juried shows and exhibitions, doing demonstrations and assisting local art organizations with creating brochures and websites. I work with pencil, pastel, charcoal, colored pencils, watercolor, acrylic and oil. I tend to mix mediums, using pastels and colored pencil together or watercolor and pastel. I’ve created portraits with subjects in live sittings and from photographs. I enjoy drawing portraits and also enjoy creating ‘fantasy’ pictures of mermaids, angels and elves. I also enjoy re-creating the many places I’ve visited in the US, Canada and Europe.
Currently my work can be viewed online at llauter.com. I have had artwork at the Art Museum of Lafayette and the Mental Health Association. Shows include an exhibition at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Crawfordsville Art Fair & the Round the Fountain Art Festival.
In 2010, I was hired to complete a series of paintings for an office waiting room- the largest being 36′ x 48′ and upon completion of this, I went on to paint murals in adjacent space.
In 2012, I opened a shop in downtown Lafayette called Main Street Artisans and featuring artisan crafts and fine art.
In 2014, I moved back to Indy and adopted a puppy. I currently work on portraiture and formulating natural home and bath products.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor
I am an artist living and working in Indianapolis, IN. I grew up in a rural Indiana town of 300 and spent lots of my childhood creating art and inventing ways to keep myself entertained. I spent my free time playing sports, riding bikes, and building forts. I had a classic 80’s childhood…outside playing from sun up to sun down. The one constant in my childhood was my love for art. I knew from an early age that art was the only career path for me, and have been pursuing it ever since.
I live in South East Indianapolis with my husband and two beautiful sons. They constantly inspire me to push forward and create my best work. My six year old is my biggest fan and critic and often enjoys creating along side me. I hope to pass on a love for art on to the next generation…so far so good.
Dara G. Lewis
Performing Arts: Dance; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor; Drawing
Dara G. Lewis has always bee a visual learner. Growing up it was quickly understood that she needed greater visual reference than most to excel. But as she grew up if there was no visual reference provided she made her own which also started to help those around her understand concepts given. Growing up she had multiple artistic interests including ballet, visual art and horseback riding. Ballet and horses too precedent since being homeschooled prevented finding any good art teacher. She excelled in both and moved onto becoming a horse trainer in Dressage and other training disciplines. Still dancing she remained a ballerina and choreographer into her early twenties. Listening to her parents’ desires for her to gain a non-artistic education in hopes for a more “lucrative” career at age 19 she attended nursing school at the local community college in Sanborn, NY. She excelled within this field as well, although still sketching the human body during A&P classes to satisfy her artistic itch. One year into the two year RN program there was a problem. The college had ignorantly left open the formaldehyde vat the dissected cats were being stored during A&P classes. Dara’s station was right next to the vat and caused severe brain damage. Needing to drop out of college and plagued by seizures she spent the next 8 months in and out of doctors offices and hospitals waiting for an answer. The only thing she had was her art so she started drawing….a lot. After finding a medicine that worked things returned to a relative normal; but left side brain damage remained. She found certain things like coordination, language, memory and math very difficult. Professional possibilities narrowed greatly for her. She decided to cut the nonsense and go for what she originally wanted to go for…Visual Art. Showing a few times before finally building the courage and ability to drive she signed up for classes at the University of Buffalo, NY at the age of 22. Attending art classes gave her hope back. She graduated Magna cum Laude within three years and was asked to return for the Noncommittal show at the beginning of 2013. She moved to Indianapolis that year after a year long of Skype dating her soon to be husband. They met at the yearly Messiah Conference for Messianic Jews and Believers and fell in love quickly. After a second terror bout of seizures she married Nick Lewis later that year. Even more damaged she spent the next year on sabbatical from everything trying to recover; in 2015 she started making art again. Now a year later she is working on a new body of work with a specific range of themes.
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