Danielle J. Scott
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
My journey in art began like most artists—I have been drawing and painting since I can remember. I am inspired by the world around me and often bring shapes of nature into my work. Ornate and abstract, I put many hours of very tedious work into each pen & ink drawing. Similar to my drawings, my colorful paintings and photography combine realistic and abstract subjects with circles and flowing lines. The elements often join together the unknown and the uncommon in my finished works.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Danielle J. Smith made her public art debut at Oranje 2009 (http://oranjeindy.com.) While new to exhibiting, she has been creating art and building her portfolio for more than twenty years.
Flowing strictly from the imagination, Danielle’s work predominantly uses the medium of pen and ink. The actual sizes of the pictures vary enormously. They all, however, contain the same singularly detailed and minute focused attention that has become her signature.
When creating in color, her art combines watercolor, colored pencil, and pastel. The primary subject of her photography work is nature, both realistic and abstract.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
I graduated from Herron School of Art and Design in 2011 with a Bachelors in Fine Art with an
emphasis in Drawing, a Bachelors in Art Education, and a minor in Art History. I have
experience working in a variety of media ranging from oil paint, watercolor, acrylic, encaustic,
printmaking, woodcut, and collage, darkroom photography, digital photography and digital
alteration and creation with programs like Photoshop. I teach art by day at Greenfield-Central
High School and paint by night. My work mostly consist of acrylic paintings on canvas based on
layered digital collages. Layering of imagery and the transformative process that a work of art
goes through are very fascinating to me. The art that I create will layer imagery until it is
almost unrecognizable (the term Maximalism comes to mind at times). The formation of the
work is always documented as well so a viewer can see the art come to life. I am really
interested in historical artwork, spirals, architecture, and feminism so they tend to end up in my
Visual Arts: Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
As a photographer and artist, I get great satisfaction in each one of my projects. Living in the heart of Indianapolis, I have the best of both worlds — city life and wildlife — to work with. I thank God that He has given me the ability to create such beauty in so many ways.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting
Melissa Sue Serrano is a mixed media artist, who specializes in painted portraits of women. Melissa’s contemporary portraiture mixes aerosol and acrylic paint with wheat paste collage to focus on the stereotyped female gender identity brought on by the past and present society and media. Melissa, originally from San Diego, California, currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and two cats. Melissa has displayed her work all over San Diego County and Hollywood, CA.
Visual Arts: Painting
I’m a disabled Hoosier Veteran who uses his art to heal.
Visual Arts: Painting
Sheets is a 32 year old, single mom of two. She’s currently working as an LPN and attends the IUPUI Pre BSN program. The artist took part in Indy Visual Fringe 2008 and is taking part in the Visual Fringe 2009. Sheets is also interested in taking her artistic talents to another level, maybe a more professional level.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Music, Spoken Word, Storytelling
I’m a freelance writer and editor with a deep affinity for essay writing and poetry. I have written for local publications like NUVO and the now-defunct Sky Blue Window, as well as blogs for Vidit Indy’s site. My work has also appeared in HuffPo, the website for The Body Is Not An Apology, and brave Voices.
My work is in flux. I have long put black text on white paper and considered that the end of the piece’s creativity. After setting some writing to music on Shades, the CD I released with my father in 2015, I have become very interested in pairing music and dance with my work.
I lost myself for a very long time. I am ready to be back at home in my body, comforted by my words.
Visual Arts: Painting
Marna Shopoff is an Indianapolis-based visual artist with an emphasis on abstract painting and intuitive drawing. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master of Fine Arts degree from Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN, where she has taught as an adjunct professor in the Foundations and Drawing Programs. Interested in the concepts of design and spatial relationships, her work explores the idea of perception, place identity and visual memory.
Marna has led panel discussions on abstract learning and haptic drawing at the Foundations in Art Theory and Education Conference (US) and the International Drawing and Cognition Symposium (UK). She is the recipient of various honors and awards, including The Individual Artist Award | Indiana Arts Commission, the Mildred Darby Menz Award, and the 2014-2015 Stutz Resident Artist Award. Her work has been published in print circulations including Create! Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, Manifest and Blue Canvas. She has participated in art fairs including PULSE New York (NY), the Miami Project (FL) and VOLTA12 Basel (Switzerland), and her exhibition portfolio spans by both nationally and internationally (solo, group and collaborative).
Marna is currently represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Illustration, Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture
Chris Sickels, the creative force behind award-winning Red Nose Studio, creates an eccentric world we’d all like to visit. Endearing characters and intricate sets draw you in with wit, intelligence and charm. His three-dimensional illustrations are built from a variety of materials. Sets and puppets are a combination of wire, fabric, cardboard, wood, miniatures, found objects and anything within arms’ reach.
Visual Arts: Painting, Works on paper
Delivered by an Admiral of the US Navy on the coast of California on February 8, 1954 makes me an Uber-Aquarian. This biographical point of interest helps to explain my interest in water-based mediums for my paintings.
My greatest artistic heroes are J. M. W. Turner, Francis Bacon, Jasper Johns, Clyford Still and the underappreciated, Eleanor Pierson. They have greatly influenced the way in which I paint but artistic influences have also come from my personal experiences and at entirely unanticipated moments in my life. My history began with parents who believed I was capable of great things without really knowing what form these things might take. If they were hoping for a Louis Pasteur, they never mentioned it. As an adult I met my greatest muse, my biggest fan, and my harshest critic in Dan Pierson whose opinion and encouragement is evident.
Visual Arts: Painting
I have been painting and making art since I was 7 yrs old. My uncle was an artist and taught me how to paint. I knew as a child I wanted to be an artist but somehow along the way I was convinced it was not a responsible choice of career so when I went to college I decided to be a premed Biology major. It wasn’t until my second year I decided to follow my heart and switched to fine art, I still felt like I needed a plan for a day job once I graduated so I minored in psychology with the long term plan of pursuing Art Therapy. That is exactly what I did. Graduated with my Masters of Art in Art Therapy in 2007.
I worked within my profession as an art therapist for about 7 years after I graduated. I continued to make my own art and did a few art shows in Philadelphia but I wasn’t able to give it the attention it deserved. I enjoyed my work as an art therapist but I still had a yearning to do more of my own artwork, and after coming home from a long day of listening and helping others (no matter what age group) was exhausting. I tried a little bit of everything, nursing homes, hospitals, schools with children and more traditional one on one adult therapy. Nothing was completely fulfilling the way I had dreamed of as a child, having a studio and being a full time artist.
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture; 3D Print
Johnson Simon, the Overachieving “Throw Away Kid”, was born with severe Cerebral Palsy. He couldn’t walk until he was 5 years old. He was born in the Turks and Caicos Islands then moved to Haiti to live with his grandparents while his parents went to the US to try to make a better life for their family. Haiti would not admit him into their schools, so he joined his parents in Florida. He was considered mentally retarded due his disabilities and was put into classes with others who were in that same category. He was never given the chance for an education like the “normal” kids, he was just thrown away.
He was lucky to have Michael as his mentor, father figure, and best friend who discovered that Johnson had the unique capability of being able to paint, even though his hands were deformed. This discovery led to Johnson going to the Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL, in his senior year in High School being the only person ever admitted to the school in their senior year. That same year Michael passed away; Michael’s mother took over as the advocate for Johnson. After learning that he had a 70 IQ from his school records because he was never given extra time to take a test or an aid to help him write, she insisted that he graduate and not be held back for 2 more years, as the school proposed. She hired a tutor to improve his ACT scores and then a year later he was accepted into Western Michigan University in the Frostic School of Art. With lots of hard work and perseverance Johnson graduated with Honors. He was then accepted into IUPUI in the Herron School of Art for his Masters in Fine Art Degree, which he got in May 2018.
Johnson cares about others and wants to help other children succeed as he did.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting
My name is Kelly Skeens, and I am a visual artist based in the Indianapolis area. I work in mixed media and specialize in pushing the limits of epoxy resin as a medium.
I currently work full-time in marketing and am “Mom” to 4 (7, 10, 18, 24). I have primarily lived in Indianapolis my whole life and am currently a Lawrence resident.
Visual Arts: Glasswork, Mixed Media, Sculpture
Visual Arts: Painting
Kat Smith is an art teacher that resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kat has been painting for ten years and teaching high school art in Shelby County, Indiana for six years. Kat received her Bachelor of Science in Education, specializing in visual arts from Indiana University Kokomo.
Kat has been involved in the Indianapolis art scene since she moved here in 2009 from Kokomo, Indiana. Kat’s art has been showcased in various locations throughout Indianapolis, such as the Indianapolis Artsgarden, Fountain Square Brewery, and other Indianapolis businesses that support the local arts.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting
I was born and raised in central Indiana and some of my earliest memories involve drawing all over anything I could get my hands on. Not much has changed…there are no post-it pads, notebooks, sketchbooks, or paper menus that are safe from my doodles. I do my best to explore different media and techniques these days. Watercolor, pastel, and digital painting are all recent loves of mine. I never want to settle comfortably into one medium, or one style. There is simply too much inspiration in this world and the people living in it to remain stuck. I hope to always grow and improve, as long as I’m able to hold a pencil.
Devan, Dane Smith
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper
Twins raised in northen Indiana by their loving grandparents forever competing over the spotlight
Visual Arts: Film, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
I received my degree from Indiana University (Bloomington), and studied at the AdBK (Akademie der Bildenden Künste) in Berlin and Nürnberg, Germany. I moved to Germany to study painting and sculpture, however I found employment and continued my studies in Berlin and Nürnberg until returning to the United States some years later.
Some recent collaborations include the Mondavi Family’s Charles Krug Winery in Napa Valley and a large-scale, world-wide project with Carnival Cruise Lines.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper; Graffiti
Nick is a multidisciplinary American artist, specializing in abstraction and post-graffiti stylings. He got his start producing large scale graffiti works in 2013 under the alias, Sean. (The name of his Autistic younger brother whom he dedicates his works to) Smith currently resides in the Midwestern US and travels to produce work worldwide.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Photography
“Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.” – Picasso
I am drawn to the idea that our perceptions of the human body are constantly changing. As cultures evolve, so do ideals of beauty and perfection. Humans throughout many cultures and time periods strive to fit their actual bodies within the ever-changing contours of the idealized form.
In my work I make commentary on social and psychological aspects of the ways in which we perceive both ourselves and the world around us. Mixed media and collage allow me to combine imagery somewhat subconsciously. By combining imagery from popular sources with my created images, I find a way to connect commentary from many social realms.
Systems of measurement and canons of beauty have been repeated throughout my images, many of which were created by using very systematic grids mimicking ones used in ancient cultures. Other imagery incorporates ideas of self-measurement. By using discarded frames, measurement devices, and mirrors, I am able to connect the figure to social concepts of body form,vanity, and self-confidence.
I am considered less than ideal by my cultures social standards. My own internal obsession over exterior perfection allows me to understand the need to find beauty within oneself as well as within the society that makes people question that beauty.
– Kali Smith
Jennifer R. Smith
Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
Visual Arts: Illustration, Performers and Writers, Textiles
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper
Nicholas Smith is a mixed-media artist born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. He is a graduate of the Visual Arts and Humanities magnets at Broad Ripple High School, as well as a graduate of Butler University with a major in Recording Industry Studies and a minor in Art + Design. Nick’s current body of work consists mostly of abstract paintings, drawings, and mixed media pieces which are often based around a stream of conscious process.
Nicholas has collaborated on murals at various places around Indianapolis, including Einstein Bros. Bagels in Broad Ripple, as well as the Peace Learning Center in Eagle Creek State Park.
Nick is also a producer and DJ, working under the pseudonym “Mandog”, and can be found performing or recording with various artists in the greater Indianapolis area.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Constructions/Collage, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor
Acrylic paint on panels is my medium. I paint in an opaque, transparent and glazing technique that is similar to the blending techniques of oil painting. In acrylic, I build up layers of colors and use wet and dry brushing, cutting edges, and cropping. This is the best way to describe my painting process, but unlike oil painting, with acrylics the process is restarted over and over again until it is finished. Traditional landscapes, portrait, still-life, and urban scenes that are expressive, ready made, and are my preferred subjects. When they all are combined I feel as if, in some ways, I am working with a new subject, and style, distilling it from the clutter to present it as art . As a post modern artist, I have a freedom to use anything and all types of material, a gift of those who broke ground for art, as subject matter for painting; this freedom is expressed, and real in the wide variety of styles and subjects that I paint with my modern techniques. But when it is all said, I use painting to create art, as a poet uses words or a musician uses tone to create art.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Sculpture
I make most of my pieces by hand. There is something so rewarding about starting with hardly anything or nothing at all and from that, making something completely beautiful and unique, with only your hands. I like the handmade look of things. I’m at a point in my career where I like to “play” with different mediums and styles but I am drawn mostly to mixed media work. If you like what you see, let me know!
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Painting
Though trained in traditional calligraphy and letter arts, with a degree in both Visual Fine Arts and Graphic Design, my work is an exploration in the more creative and personal aspects of lettering and mark making. Using color, shape, texture, design and a variety of media, including the computer, I strive to create images that express and enhance my personal response to text. Each piece, whether for commission, market or exhibit, is unique.
I have exhibited widely in New England, have had my historical lettering published in Script & Scribble by Kitty Burns Florey, and am currently one of the featured artists at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg.
Raised in an artistic family on the Indianapolis West Side, after an absence of many years, I’ve recently relocated to Brownsburg and am delighted to be back home with family and part of Central Indiana’s art community.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Works on paper; Freelance Portrait Artist
Jonathan Southern is a self-taught portrait artist living in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the owner and founder of J.South Art Studio.
Throughout his life, Jonathan has always been fascinated with capturing images of people through his art work.
Visual Arts: Painting, Photography, Works on paper
My favorite subjects are light and color. Give me either or both, and I’ll happily paint any object.
My current series is called State Fair, USA. It explores the great American tradition, the agricultural fair. Through this selective framework, I can paint anything from deep fried Twinkies to flying dock dogs. Eventually my small illustrations will be compiled into a book.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Charlie Spear was born in 1948 in the Midwest. The era of Modern Art was in full swing with the Sixties generating an artistic smorgasbord of art styles and new media. Much of his early career was spent learning about art through teaching art. His imagery grew out of early television and graphic media. Spear paints both as a landscape painter and an abstractionist which characterizes his ecclectic tendencies. Philip Guston has had an influence on his art of recent. Exploring the art media’s physical qualities is an important element in his style coupled with an atavistic love of an expressionistic drawing style. The result is a charged surface of automatic line energy and raw cartoon color expressionism.
His work is a reflection of familiar events in a life among those six individuals who connect him to the larger human population. His imprinting from childhood via the funnies, hero/heroine-comic books and ‘good against evil’ Cartoon movies are mostly the visual underpinnings of his work. When I paint and draw enough concrete imagery remains to call the ideas expressed : ‘Illusionary Prose.’Recent inspirations have been drawing elements from the classical figure tradition. I find in these latter works simplicity and boldness of thought persistent with the classical beauty of the ‘drawn line.’
Recent work is based on the hyperbole and caricature as a vehicle for satire, humor, and wonder. He uses exaggeration of anatomy and landscape elements to emphasize a range of elemental emotions of expression i.e. recognition and cognitive reactions to familiar behaviors and places with a price of ownership.
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