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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.
Shari Lynn Himes
Literary Arts; Visual Arts: Film, Graphic Arts
Himes produces and directs film and touring theatre productions illustrating the diverse black experience. She has produced and directed one seven-time award winning short film and has written and staged two plays for Indiana State Museum’s Legacy Theatre. Her play, “Life on the Avenue,” was showcased at the 2004 American Association of Museums conference.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Murals, Painting, Works on paper; Poster Design, Character Design
I have always been drawing. Some of my first memories are of me in church and getting too restless and my mom would hand me a receipt and a pen and let me draw instead of waggling my legs at top speeds. Then I drew on my schoolwork, the teachers had mixed reviews on the finished products since a good deal of the time it covered up more “important” stuff like math. Agree to disagree, in my opinion. But I never stopped and it never got boring. Toys and games and other interests have come and gone, but I’ve never put down the pencil.
A lot of artists don’t admit they first and foremost draw for themselves, I definitely do and it took a long time and more than one round of self-examination to understand that. My perspective is slightly different because I typically draw things for a younger version of myself. I frequently think, “What would me at 7 years old want to see?” and create that, my tastes as a child leaned heavily toward the fantasy and horror genres and still do. I usually end up with images of monsters or animals in bright colors using much-loved influences from street art, animation, and tattoo flash. I’m also academically trained and use color theory and compositional fundamentals to hone these monsters and critters into more polished works than what I used to make on notebook paper in school.
In the past, I have tried to do other jobs and start multiple other careers, but lost interest in each one with time, but art never got boring. It got scary, it got difficult, and it got incredibly stressful in a multitude of ways, but never boring. I never want to stop creating and never intend to and am looking forward to making all the goofy-looking creatures in all the loud colors until my hands fall off.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Photography
My goal is to change the way people view their lives by designing custom order canvas for my clients. These paintings will increase their home value and the way they view their lives.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, Works on paper
“I have over 10 years experience in graphic design, but dabble in all kinds of media. Collage, photography, videography, woodwork, I like to work with my hands. It’s very satifing to finish a piece for everyone to see. I like trying out different media to achieve new works (whatever they may be). I do like a challenge.”
Graphic Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
My personal life experiences inform a great deal of the content and concepts of my art. The
human experience has always fascinated me – whether these experiences are had within the
context of our natural environment, the landscape of our internal minds, or within the
context of other humans. Who and what humanity is and how we as humans identify
ourselves is also a question that many of my works address. I also explore the many ups and
downs that are experienced in the physical, mental, and spiritual realms as creatures living
and present within the world.
Much of the imagery I use has focused on the human figure due to reflecting on the
concepts of the human identity and what it means to be human. This ideology evolves into
questioning individual identity as it pertains to the self and how the self is expressed within
society and culture. The imposed identities that are experienced on an individual level as
well as the compulsory identities that individuals may be given by society are reflected and
explored within my work. As a gay man growing up in conservative areas, I have known this
type of experience first-hand and seek to identify and expose the various identities I see
given to individuals through my work.
Although some of my pieces explore the darker side of the human experience, I also believe
that this experience is one of wonder and whimsy often fraught with confusion and
misunderstanding. Having worked in the communications industry in customer service for
the last thirteen years, often times my pieces illustrate a misunderstanding or
miscommunication that might be experienced when communicating an idea from one mind
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, New Media/Technology, Sculpture
I believe that graphic presentation should have a strong voice in every university. I want to work for a university that fosters an atmosphere that nurtures creativity and design and stands by its commitment to superior display.
I am a goal-oriented optimist who thrives on challenges, leads by example, and readily adapts to new situations.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration
Hey I’m Paul. I am a movie buff and digital junkie addicted to Art. My love of sketching started in elementary school. A turn of events reconnected me and my love and I have been making art every since. I am self taught, but currently enrolled in visual communications at Ivy Tech Community College. My imagination is out of control as you may notice in some of my work. I practice a lot of comic art illustration, and graphic design. I would love to work with you on your projects so shoot me an email at email@example.com and lets get to work.
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Ethnic Art; Graphic Arts
My name is Chris James. I’m an Indianapolis native with 14+ years of working as a freelance visual/graphic artist.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Painting, Photography
+ Concept Statement: Ben Jennings Design, LLC thrives on possibilities. The possibilities of connecting with clients on an emotional and experiential level are what drive the design of exterior spaces and fuel the birth of contemporary art pieces that flow out of this art and design studio. One entity (art or design can exist successfully and survive without the other, but, both are more harmonious when used in concert to achieve a desired outcome. It is this desired outcome that serves to establish a connection, evoke a response and spark a reaction when experienced by the end user. Whether it is utilizing the latest trends in exterior design and spacemaking or providing emotionally-fueled contemporary art pieces, it is the intention of Ben Jennings Design, LLC to provide one, the other and / or both entities, to each and every client, in ways that satisfy their personal desires and affect their daily experiences.
+ Biography: Mr. Jennings was educated at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where he received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree in 1998. He is a registered and licensed landscape architect in the State of Indiana and has 12 years of professional practice experience. Along with being a licensed landscape architect, he is a LEED® accredited professional and takes an extreme interest in the realm of sustainable and “green” design. He is also very active in the Indiana Chapter of ASLA, holding a Member-At-Large position on the Executive Committee. In the past 12 years, he has acquired an extensive level of experience that covers the full spectrum of landscape architecture. His professional pursuits have allowed him to practice landscape architecture in Florida, Missouri and Indiana; all-the-while being involved in project types ranging from high-end residential design to full-scale healthcare campus master planning and facility site design. Mr. Jennings is a very passionate artist, currently creating contemporary works of modern, abstract art in both hand-painted and digitally constructed forms. His interest in how works of art can both affect the user and connect individuals to one another is currently driving his efforts to create pieces in a much broader sense and on a more personal and professional level. Mr. Jennings is a Christian and openly advocates the presence of Christ in our daily lives and activities; for it is in Him that we are saved and given strength
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
My name is Cierra Johnson and I am an artist. I advocate for whole humanity through visual representation. I have been drawing all my life. I was first exposed to fine arts through the public school system in Indianapolis. My personal practice is in painting & illustration. I love simple, effective design and bring a clean, tactile aesthetic to my work that emphasizes the human element.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Paul Johnson is a graduate of the Herron School of Art and Design located in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a printmaking major specializing in lithography with a minor in art history. His work includes both prints as well as paintings focusing on process, color, and the human figure. Paul has exhibited his work in a number of juried exhibitions including the Indianapolis Arts Center student show, where he received best of printmaking 2015, and The Water Show at Gallery 924. Most recently Paul and a group of his peers held their climatic thesis exhibition “KLPT” at the Circle South Gallery in Fountain Square, welcoming the public in to view their newest creations.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Painting
Cagney King • ARTIST STATEMENT:The images and visions come often and burn within me until released with a passion of line, colour and texture. This passion was ignited deep within me early in my life. The free flowing drawings and explosions of primary colours of my youth led to an exploration of my inner creative self that continues today. Art is my statement, my existence, my breath and my mark on this world. My current work is taking me on a journey of textures, poetry and loose palettes. I am working to bridge the gap between science and art to try and understand human nature as I see it in the windows that are my eyes. Abstract expressionism leads to contemporary expression. See me in this moment, because I will emerge in the next. Take the time to know me in both moments.
I have been a student of Art since I was able to consistently hold a pencil. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia; my grandparents were instrumental in encouraging me, and pushing me, to always pursue my dreams, and do my best. I continued to study art and journalism through high school, with Art as my major course of study.
I studied formally at Ball State University while working to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Telecommunications. I then continued to study independently, albeit informally, at the John Herron School of Art – Indianapolis, Indiana.
My work is an exploration in bridging the parallels of science, mathematics, and structural engineering with that of nature and human life and strife. I work to express these parallels and thoughts and their reoccurrences in nature and life with mixed media, textures and loose palettes that invite the viewer into the painting and encourage thoughts and emotions on a whole new level. I work to draw people into my work, but then to also cause them to step back and take in the whole image and contemplate the meaning and intent. My work encompasses this push and pull with mediums and textures that take me on a journey of discovery with each painting. I may have an idea for the start, but the journey is a path determined both by my desire t
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Sculpture
Duane King is an Indianapolis artist who specializes in drawing and sculpting. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Duane found art at a young age—working in crayon drawings, Play-doh and snow sculpting. At about the age of 12, he got his hands dirty in clay and has been working in clay ever since. He studied art extensively in high school and received formal art training at the Herron School of Art, studying Visual Communication and Design, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. After receiving a well-rounded training in the arts, Duane has worked for over 25 years in the Graphic Design field. Working in design, full-time, he has continued to work in fine arts, concentrating on drawing and sculpting, but working in a wide variety of formats. “My drawings and sculptures run from traditional and realism to cartoon and caricature. I try to capture the joy, the humor, the fun in life: the sense of wonder in a child’s eye, a day spent with friends and loved ones or the joy of making music.” Duane’s artwork has won numerous awards and been exhibited around the state of Indiana, including the Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibit. He is a member of the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, Hoosier Salon and Indianapolis Arts Center.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Murals, Printmaking, Textiles, Works on paper
Knabe, whose studio is in the Historic Stutz Building, is a painter, printmaker and surface designer who has worked with many nationally respected artists and has pieces in public and private collections around the country.
Graphic Arts; Media; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Michael has been actively involved professionally in the arts for 23 years and has a genuine, long-standing record of utilizing an interdisciplinary and socially responsive approach. His artwork resides in permanent collections in the US, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
He is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media at Indiana University
Graphic Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Film, Graphic Arts, New Media/Technology, Photography, Sculpture
In my commercial work I strive to create designs that clearly communicate the intended message desired by an individual, organization, or business commissioning the artwork. Every design requires a custom or unique “look and feel” for each client. Functionally inspiring, visually engaging, therapeutic, fun, with experienced insight and Ideas inspired by intelligence!
My commissioned work is always changing… I invite patrons to take a chance on an eclectic Indiana native! My experimental passions are: typography, found objects, and sculpture.
I can tell you more, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Crafts, Graphic Arts, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Photography, Works on paper; Film Photography, Traditional Darkroom Processes
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: Graphic Arts, New Media/Technology, Photography, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor
Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Radio/Television, Theatre; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Media and Visual Communications, Performance Art, Photography
Actor, photographer, and graphic designer based in Hancock County. Works include shirt designs for Greenfield-Central High School based clubs and Senior Portraits for many high school seniors across central Indiana.
Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Graphic Arts, Illustration
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Ethnic Art; Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
Welcome to my page, I hope you enjoy! I am an artist, illustrator based out of Indianapolis, IN. I enjoy painting in acrylics, Illustration and digital arts. If you have any question feel free to message my shaelewis [!at] yahoo.com.
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.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Printmaking
I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and studied at Herron School of Art and Design, graduating with a BFA in Drawing and Illustration in 2019. My concentration is in silk screen printing, with an emphasis on creating illustrative designs.
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Glasswork, Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; Carving
Jamie Locke is best known for her intricate hand-carved mandalas on wood, metal, glass and leather. A self-taught artist, Jamie is adept at taking a vision and turning it into reality. Her strength is in her hunger for creating, and exploring different methods and mediums, always bearing in mind that in the creative process the vision sometimes evolves into something completely unexpected. “For me, the process of creating a mandala is always one of inspired revelation, elemental surprise, and pure bliss.”
Locke’s work can also be found around Indianapolis through a series of public art projects such as The Harmony Mural, featuring her mandala designs along the Monon Trail, the #IndyAngelWings Project, a collaborative mural project with artist Megan Jefferson and most recently the Indy Art and Seek Project.
Whether she is carving, drawing or painting, her desire is to always breathe positivity into the world and hopes that her creations will inspire, encourage and uplift. Jamie predominately works creating one of a kind commission works but also posts available pieces here: Available Works
When not creating art of her own, she travels and plays cajon/djembe and a mean shaker egg with wife, Australian singer-songwriter, Martine Locke and is a proud mother to Harley (Ball State) and Alayna (Indiana University.)
You can visit Jamie in her studio at Red Barn Arts where she is a Resident Artist.
Red Barn Arts Collective, 6015 Bonna Ave, Studio #7, Indianapolis, IN 46219
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
Academically trained in oil paint, I am an Illustrator & comic-book artist creating digitally colored, hand-drawn ink & brush images. Since 2016, I have worked as a professional illustrator for USA English, a private Beijing and Hong Kong based Chinese company that teaches English to youth. Contributing over 250 commissions to date, my images are serialized and sold as lesson plans in online and hard-copy format for a variety of curriculums.
My personal work focuses on telling stories about my observations of life’s absurdity and irony through engaging, graphic novel imagery and humor. I try not to take myself too seriously, but I do take my discipline seriously and every job is handled with utmost professionalism. With a decade’s worth of business-sales experience, I have a well-rounded understanding of the nuances within healthy inter-personal relationships.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking
Indianapolis-based painter, photographer, designer, and dude on a bike. Former company member of ECLECTICPOND THEATRE COMPANY (2013 – 2017). Formerly associated with Midwest Emerging Artists. Lover of Dada, prone to biting the hand that feeds. Perhaps a little too fond of The Hudson Hawk and Machines of Loving Grace.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Murals, Painting
Hello, my name is Kris May and I am a graphic designer, illustrator, painter and muralist. I have been a working artist in Indianapolis, IN for over 5 years and an artist for as long as I can remember. Up until March 2009 I owned and operated a real store and comtemporary art gallery here in Indy, and I am now working in the arts through a communtiy arts center, as a freelance designer from home and through many other venues.
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