Rosa Maria C. Dies
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking
My work is simple in design and complex in textures. It is this combination of elements that make my work special. Most of my pieces are rich in color. Nature is frequently present in one form or another. My monoprints start from a collograph plate that I prepare from a drawing. To print, I often do a combination of intaglio and relief printing using a variety of ink viscosities.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Sculpture; Upcycler
My passion for working with metal and mechanical objects has been essential in the evolution of my art. It provides me an avenue to express myself in a way that brings new life to materials such as typewriters, adding machines and old computers – technology that would normally end up in a landfill. My mission is to create dialogue and help find creative, environmentally sound ways of re-purposing e-waste.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Photography, Textiles
Lauren Ditchley was born and raised in Indianapolis, where she finds the inspiration for many of her photographs. Lauren received a B.F.A. from the University of Indianapolis in 2007, with a focus in Photography, Ceramics, and Psychology. Lauren is an art teacher and art assistant at Sycamore School and currently teaches a photography class to non-art majors at the University of Indianapolis. As a member of INvision: Alliance of Photographic Artists she continues to explore the media of photography with artists from varying backgrounds.
“As I became interested in photography near the end of my college career, I wanted to capture things that I came in contact with every day. It seems that I get the most inspiration when driving, from one place to another, taking in what I see outside my window. Many of the places I drive past each day during my commute to and from work, while others maybe only once when taking a new route. There is something special about these places, maybe it is a hand written sign, a color, a glimmer of hope that life still exists there, that I want to capture. As my work has evolved I have been able to find connections between the buildings I see every day, with the places I find inspiring during my travels. Places thousands of miles away that seem to speak to each other. With these photographs, I want to inspire the viewer to see what is around them and create their own story. Look at the mundane to find a little piece worth capturing.
Being an art teacher has given me a new perspective on the creation of art, because I am constantly challenged to think of interesting connections between art and the world around us. During class I encourage students to share their life experiences that they relate to the element of art, artist, culture, or time period we are exploring. My goal is to provide a safe and open learning environment that allows students to grow as individuals.”
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Works on paper
“My work honors the beauty and magic of our time and place. In my paintings one can see and experience the essential unity of life. I am interested in expressing this harmony of the seen and unseen. My paintings are about the human journey.” -John Domont
Mary Lou Dooley Waller
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
My painting process begins with making marks, drawing, or laying washes of color on canvas or paper
until what develops there begins to suggest to me a structure of forms and color relationships. I let
images that develop in this manner suggest the direction of the painting and ways in which light and
space may be manipulated into a coherent whole. Consequently it is not always possible for me to
know at the beginning what direction the work ultimately will take.
I am always conscious of color relationships, light, and two-dimensional design as well as ways in
which the illusion of spatial depth can develop on a two-dimensional surface. My intent is that the
finished work will look as though it came together effortlessly, but that is rarely the case. There is as
much subtraction as addition in my painting process.
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.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Textiles, Works on paper
Graphic Arts; Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress; Visual Arts: Film, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Performers and Writers, Photography, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
Inspiration is the guiding light for Molly Anne Dykstra. Her intuition guides her use of materials and themes to create art which is both elegant and spontaneous. Her work is intensely personal, inviting the viewer to consider alternative ways to perceive the mundane. Adept at mediums from rock sculpture to fiber art and traditional oil painting, she chooses different paths to express her take on often inexplicable themes.
Ms. Dykstra is a self-employed, Indiana based artist. Among her awards are the Elle Siskind Award for Drawing and Best in Pastel (2016) at the Indianapolis Art Center and Best in Show (2017), First Place (2018), Third Place (2017) and Awards of Merit (2017, 2016), at the Annual Juried Show at Ivy Tech Community College, Honorable Mention, Professional Category in Embellished Fabrics (2017) and Sculpture (2016) at the Indiana State Fair. She has worked on several public art installations, including four murals funded by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (2017-2013), the Seeds of Light installation with Arlon Bayliss (2016), A Piece of Our Heart at Community North Hospital (2017) and the Shelters and Abodes installation at Ivy Tech Community College (2015). She is also a teaching artist, offering classes and workshops through the Garfield Park Arts Center.
Her exhibitions include her solo show, Meanderings, at the Garfield Park Arts Center (2017) and group show, Catalyst, at the Gallery at the Julian M. Carson Learning Resource Center. Ms. Dykstra’s other work includes illustrating the children’s book, All About Benjamin Franklin, for Cardinal Publishers Group and Blue River Press in 2016. She also has multiple IMDb credits for her work on Star Trek Continues, a web-based series, which included work in the swing gang, art department and as an extra. Her other IMDb credits include graphic design and concept for Leaves of Eden (2015), and work as an extra for The Life and Death of Sir Elizabeth (2013).
Robert Pierce Eagerton
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting
Robert Eagerton has been a painter and printmaker for over 40 years. For many of those years he produced his own complex, hand printed color lithographs from images drawn directly on lithographic stones in his studio. Now, all of his prints are created digitally on an Epson 9500 printer or IRIS printer using archival inks and papers.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Painting, Photography, Textiles
“My work welcomes viewers into a world where whimsey and wisdom intertwine where thoughts move through the mysteries which surround us all. Using an abstract, expressionistic style, I explore themes through symbol. My artistic journey leads me to incorporate various types of media into my pieces-fabric, paint, photography, metals and wood.” Elyce Elder
Visual Arts: Painting
I grew up in a military family and spent my first twelve years living throughout the United States, Japan and France. Living in France for four years brought extensive travels throughout Europe. In addition to memories from Japan, Colorado, California, Kentucky, Virginia and Florida, my life in Israel has provided me with a rich source of visual imagery and human experience.
Shortly after I turned 20, I left San Franciso to fly to Israel, seeking a separate life and identity of my own. Little did I know that I would be 35 years old before I would be able to return to the United States. During those years in Israel, I raised a large family, taught English with the Berlitz Language School, ran a horticulture program, and drew, painted, and created large textile designs while working toward a degree in English literature in an Israeli university. Returning to the United States in 2004 enabled me to rediscover the physical beauty of America, reflected in my work, and to focus on a painting degree at Herron. I continue to balance my love of writing and literature with my painting ambitions.
Visual Arts: Painting, Photography
Ric Epley didn’t set out to be an artist. Instead, he was pleasantly surprised when art unexpectedly found him. Although completely without formal training, friends and family urged him to market his work and he very quickly found an audience of patrons. By using a variety of application methods, he has developed three basic styles represented here; geometric, multimedia geometric with texture and a free flow type. Painting without restraint or convention, he paints because he loves the process of it.
John Essex II
Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting, Works on paper; Bagpiper
After teaching art full-time for 33 years I’ve retired and formed my own art and entertainment business, EssexArt ABC, LLC. The “ABC” refers to me being an Artist, Bagpiper and Caricaturist. This is my life. This is my passion. This is my job… what I do for a living… and I love it more than words can tell. It is my way of exploring creative expression and, a majority of the time, being of service to others.
My fine art is about journey and place. This came about as a result of my Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship. That project involved journeying to a place. That experience taught that the journey is the window through which the place is best viewed. As such, my works are a kind of personal “journal” that I love to share. Except for the commissions I accept, the fine art part of what I do is done for me.
The caricaturing I do is all about fun. Whether I am doing caricatures at corporate, private or collegiate special events, my caricatures are strictly to add to the fun experience of the attendees of those events. The caricatures done at special events also give the attendees a very personal souvenir of the event. Consequently, the attendees leave with a good feeling about the event as well as a lasting frameable memento of the occasion. Since I am available for doing these special event caricatures at any time, day or night, I have had the opportunity to meet a very wide range of fun individuals be they early risers, work-day people, night owls or late night partiers.
My commissioned full-color caricatures are often used as a light-hearted, fun oriented commemoration of an achievement of the subject… or simply as a gift to an appreciated individual. As in my special event caricaturing, good humor is stressed. No “pot-shots”. The caricaturing I do is done in service to others.
Something new via EssexArt ABC, LLC is Pub & Paint, a time to relax with old friends and new for painting instruction, libation and good fun in the comfortable setting of a neighborhood pub. Pub & Paint is held the second Tuesday of each month at the Elbow Room Pub, 605 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN, and at various other locations. Seating is limited so advance reservations must be made. Contact me for more information.
I’m also a bagpiper and am available for special events, weddings, memorials, wakes, funerals and of course St. Patrick’s Day. The bagpiping I do is done in service to others and is always done in the decorum or “feel” of the event.
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.
Visual Arts: Painting
I’m a self-taught painter from Indianapolis. I love creating abstract work by adding movement, bold colors, and layers to each painting. My hope is that you find freedom and authenticity within my work.
Being a mom of a two year old busy boy I find time to paint when he naps. I started seriously painting when I was first pregnant. I couldn’t find the art I wanted for the nursery so I decided to create it myself. Now being pregnant for the second time the inspiration behind my work is completely diffident. It’s a way for me to let go and relax.
Some of my absolute favorite artist are:
Jonas Gerard from Asheville NC
Daniel MCClendon from Asheville NC
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting
Brinton Farrand graduated from Carmel High School, Carmel, Indiana. He received a teaching degree from Purdue University and a Masters in Art Education from DePauw University. He taught High School Art and Photography in Mooresville, Indiana. In 2011, Farrand was the recipient of a Lilly Foundation Teacher’s grant, studying classical realism at Studio Escalier in France for three months with Timothy Stotz and Michelle Tully. After retiring in 2014, he studied painting at Herron Art School in Indianapolis with Professor Marc Jacobson and independently with artist David Slonim. He continually expands his skills through classes and experimenting with different styles, and is currently influenced by graffiti and tattoo artists.
Acceleration Gallery, Indianapolis Rapp Family Gallery, Indianapolis 5547 Gallery, Indianapolis Artbank, Indianapolis CCA Gallery, Zionsville Arts Illiana Gallery, Terre Haute
Delaware Arts Festival, Delaware Ohio Wammfest, Greenwood Indiana Irvington Halloween Festival, Indianapolis Indiana Fountain Square Art Squared, Indianapolis, Indiana The Road Show, Arts Illiana Gallery, Terre Haute, Indiana Fruit Salad, Fletcher Place Arts, Indianapolis, Indiana Vonnegut Show, Phoenix Theater, Indianapolis, Indiana
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Sculpture
The sculpture is arrived through the manipulation of translucent aluminum mesh which is sculpted using original folding techniques developed many centuries in Japan. Each individual sculpture is assembled from pieces numbering just a few into the hundreds.
Each piece is custom painted with low VOC enamel paint to ensure durability and color. Custom Lighting can be included to give the illuminated sculptures a radiant glow and pattern the surrounding areas.
The lightweight kinetic sculpture ranges from 2’to 60′ in height.
The Sculpture is my expression of the transcendence of all unseen things. Those moments when we as human beings recognize the this moment is all we have. To arrive at that moment requires that all thinking stop. While studing Islamic Art I discovered that the geometric forms allowed the viewer to slow down and become still, and through their stillness the unseen became seen and transcendence could occur.
Through this transcendence the recognition of the “moment” allows peace and a end to suffering.
“Passion”, 2003, Aluminum Mesh, 24″x36″ “Thirst for Desire”, 2003, Aluminum Mesh, 40″x120″ “Waiting for The Sun to Rise”, 2002, Aluminum Mesh, 48″x240″ Aluminum sculpture, aluminum, abstract, expressionistic, hanging, palm leaves
Visual Arts: Painting
Throughout my whole life, art has been my companion. When I was younger, I poured myself into that relationship, but as an adult, it took a backseat other priorities, mainly raising my family. In 2018, I began carving time out for my passion. And now I’m living my dream as a full time artist.
Drawing & painting, it’s always been my chosen form of self expression. For that reason, my work’s focus is mainly on abstract pieces. Most of my art reflects where I am in life. It’s how I work out what I’m experiencing & feeling. Each piece is therapeutic, personal and unique to that time. As a recovering perfectionist, I love the idea of the imperfection found in manipulating colors by pushing paint around on a canvas.
In contrast, while abstract work is where I find a lot of delight, there are occasions when I also enjoy the control that comes with realism, representing images as they really are. That’s why you will see a range of work from me.
Because of it’s personal nature, my work won’t mean the same to you as it does to me, but I want to strike a chord inside a viewer. When something I’ve painted, a stroke of paint or a color combination, catches the right person’s eye & they connect with it, then things have come full circle, and it’s no longer belongs just to me.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles, Works on paper
Bonnie Fillenwarth is a native to central Indiana. Bonnie received her Bachelor’s degree in Painting from the IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design in 2009. Her work has been shown in various areas in the Indianapolis area as well as in Europe. She works mainly with oils and watercolor, but also does some sculptures as she considers herself an artist first and a painter second.
Among the greatest influences of her art is travel. In the summer of 2009 she traveled to Pont-Aven France to attend the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, living with a host family, spending time in the Bois d’ Amour, and doing various projects in the woods and in the studio. For the summer of 2008 she traveled to Athens and the Island of Paros in Greece. She studied at the Aegean Center of the Arts. It was, in part, her study of ancient Greek culture during this time that inspired the main theme of her artwork.
Bonnie’s current work deals with looking at the women portrayed in classical mythology and neoclassical artwork. The stories have been around for thousands of years, have been copied from scrolls to codexes, and are still a part of western culture today. As a result many people are familiar with these myths but may not have realized the extent of the sexist ways in which women are too often represented. There is a widespread, unrealistic view of ancient Greek culture, and Bonnie’s work seeks to change the general public’s view of the roots of western culture into a more realistic one.
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: Painting
With exuberant color and texture this awarded impressionist painter reinterprets a joyful world.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Works on paper
Brittany Fukushima was born in Oceanside, California in 1995. They began their undergraduate career at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus in animation. After two years, they moved back to Indianapolis to complete their BFA at Herron School of Art and Design in integrative studio practice with a focus in printmaking. Fukushima has exhibited in both Chicago and Indianapolis. They live and work in downtown Indianapolis.
Patricia A Gaines-Mills
Visual Arts: Painting
“I consider my work to be an objective abstract art form which i try to stimulate an array of emotions within the conscious and subconscious mind. My creations are a direct reflection of my beliefs and experiences. They are compilation of truths and knowledge about life, reality and thought.”
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, New Media/Technology
ArtByAI Uses Artificial Intelligence Software to Create Unique Digital Art.
The creator of ArtByAI, Jeb Gaither, lives in Carmel, Indiana and started working with artificial intelligence and computers in the 1960’s. He has a PhD in engineering and has worked with and led a number of technology companies.
Donald E. Gallaway
Visual Arts: Sculpture
Gallaway creates steel sculpture in a wide range of styles from small decorative and whimsical garden flowers to large scale site-specific geometric pieces.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Painting
I am a retired gentleman who has always been artistic and creative, but in the past 2-3 years, I have developed a technique to create unique works of art on glass that has been well received at art fairs and through various open houses, resulting in purchases and enthusiastic patrons. I am seeking to expand my exposure.
I am not savvy with technology, so I rely on a friend for email communications, Facebook posts, etc. Her name is Marcia Wirt, and she will be happy to assist with communications. I am also deaf, which makes phone conversations difficult.
Note: My address is in Camby, IN 46113 which could not be populated in the address field.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word; Visual Arts: Glasswork, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Murals, Works on paper
Since 1995, after studying art education at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, DeMaris Gaunt has enjoyed a successful career creating art for homes, businesses, hotels and restaurants. She has enjoyed many summers of travel throughout the Midwest to display and sell her work at fine art fairs, where she has been the recipient of numerous awards.
Though stained glass has been her focus for nearly two decades, the grout seams or solder lines that are inherent in stained glass production often compete with her original abstract designs. This has led to an exciting and necessary evolution, whereby she translates her designs onto solid wood using a wood burning tool, and completes the art with the rich and velvety color of Prismacolor pencils. The result is remarkably unique, and the texture of the wood grain is beautifully enhanced.
She lives in Fishers, Indiana with her husband, the artist Paul Gaunt, and their two sons.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Works on paper
Gary Gee, finds the urban setting to be extremely fertile ground for all types of artistic expression. Some of this inspiration has evolved from illegal graffiti and hip hop culture, or was acquired directly from art studies to design creation for wearable apparel and gallery exhibition. Gee’s puts a lot of himself in his creations, much of the work is poetic and reflective of his experience in urban environments, the tight-knight communities, the dreams, desires, goals and the troubling and malevolent ways that black men are viewed by society. This work is often psychological in nature with narratives expressed across multiple layers taking the tangible form of drawing, painting, collage and assemblage sculpture exploring the weight, depth and breath of the inner-city agglomeration through storytelling.
The work is an extension of this versatile artist, it’s an honest visual narrative which includes a mix of natural talent, formal education, raw emotion with a sharp urban edge, and a strong street art aesthetic. The visual commentary in his artwork includes a compelling range of work expressing a wide range from as far back as his playful Jr. High School sense of humor days, or an eclectic satirical spin on daily life-daily living, to a more quantitative and powerful social and political perspective.
His current body of work has been based on exploration in ceramics which include pieces composed of hand cast miniature brick walls set off with a graffiti style amid visual symbols which he extracts and extends from the familiar. These often contain hidden messages, important cultural or social representations meant to engage the curious onlooker. The skulls are also hand cast, many of them contain imagery as well. The crowns are regal imbued with gleaming luster finishes, multiple layers of glazes and incorporating his favored mixed media aspect by utilizing acrylics and spray paints. The skulls that he creates are both a challenge and a lot of fun at the same time for him personally, due to the scientific aspects of ceramic media in general.
The effort that this gifted artist has put out into the universe has manifested into many honors and awards including selection as an Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award, an Indiana Arts Commission, On-Ramp: Creative Career Accelerator Participant and a recent Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Accomplishments such as these have helped to bring his creations further into the arts mainstream as well as through participation in a number of juried exhibitions across the country. His work is now held in private and corporate collections.
Gee, has also now come to the realization that he should be more vocal as an artist, and in addition to creating distinctive artworks he recently began facilitating a weekly “Monday 2 Monday,” Motivational Monday campaign on social media in 2018.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Murals, Sculpture
The vocabulary of art…built up from the elements of sensible experience…; but what is thus constructed is not intended to resemble any natural species…; it is intended to convey an intelligible meaning, and beyond that to point the way to the realization in consciousness of a condition of being – Elements of Buddhist Iconography by AK Coomaraswamy.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography; street art
Hoosier artist Todd Gingerich was born in 1972 in Goshen, IN. He currently resides in Indianapolis. He considers himself an Outsider artist. His major influences are Andy Warhol & the Pop Art Movement, all things Counterculture, and Punk Rock music.
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