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Visual Arts: Illustration; term
I began to embark on my artistic journey at the age of 7. I’m a self taught Artist who has a passion for drawing from my imagination, yet willing to learn new techniques!
Graphic Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Works on paper; term
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Works on paper; term
Jessica Saunders (Schultz) studied painting and printmaking at the Herron School of Art and Design, located in Indianapolis, IN. During her time at Herron, she earned a BFA in painting and a minor in art history.
She currently lives and paints out of her home studio in Brownsburg, IN, and she works as a full-time graphic designer for Sincerely Hers, Inc., located in Bainbridge, IN.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Works on paper; term
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: Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper; term
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: Illustration, Mixed Media, Works on paper; term
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.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Photography; term
Would love to take my work to the next level, show to a larger audience gallery etc. Any direction/help would be appreciated! Feel free to contact me
Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Murals, Performers and Writers, Works on paper; term
Multi Artist in Indianapolis..Independent freelance portrait artist/tattoo artist. Attended Memphis College of art 2000-2002 Associates in Fine Arts. Over 100 portrait pieces sold.
Favorite medium- Charcoal and graphite
Style-Realistic Drawing , Calligraphy,
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; term
Sandy Wagner is a calligrapher, artist and music engraver who maintains a studio in Indianapolis, IN, where she lives with her husband Doug, a professional composer.
Early in her career as a high school choral director, Sandy enrolled in a local calligraphy class for fun and was instantly hooked. Now as a professional lettering artist with more than 40 years of experience, she utilizes the techniques and design philosophies gleaned from her studies with many internationally recognized calligraphers and artists. She has designed covers for major music publishers, produced and exhibited award-winning art, and taught adult continuing studies courses in calligraphy. Her work was chosen for the 2010 Letter Arts Review Annual Juried Issue.
During the past several years, Sandy has expanded her artistic media to include bookbinding, drawing, pastels, watercolor, mixed media and collage. She is always seeking new ways to incorporate these into her calligraphic expressions.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor; term
I primarily work in ceramics and am a ceramics instructor in Indianapolis. I do however have a pretty diverse art background from mural work, drawing, painting, and sculpture. My current body of work is rooted in more of a retro futuristic feel. My goal with most pieces is to fool the viewer making them question the media being used. I try to stretch the limits of ceramics with each piece.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Film, Graphic Arts, Media and Visual Communications, Murals, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper; term
I am a senior philosophy and art student at Marian University
Sara Sarabellum White
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting; term
Sara (SaraBellum) White is a self taught working artist. She has a distinct signature style infused with black swirls and bright colors. She is also inspired by animals and nature in general. Sara has always been busy making some sort of artwork. As a child she attended painting classes at a local art store downtown and would make crafts in her spare time at home. As she recalls her childhood Sara says, ” I never really wanted just regular toys, I always had to have something interactive like a paint by numbers set or a microscope with slides and pieces for observation, and my parents always supported that. I think that had a lot to do with me staying on my course as an artist.” However, It wasn’t until her move to Atlanta from 2002-2010 that she began to immerse herself into painting completely. Born and raised in small town Lafayette, Indiana where being a person of color was not very popular Sara longed for culture and colorful people, Atlanta is where she found it. Surrounded by likeminded artist that were not afraid to push the extremes and be themselves helped Sara to grow comfortable with her own unique style. Sara has participated in many collaborative art shows. She has been able to successfully sell artwork and do commission jobs for well over a decade. Aspiring to be a curator of her own art shows one day, she hopes to provide a platform for other artist to display their work. Her biggest motivation for creating art is Life itself, all the pain, the joy and struggle involved in living, is what keeps her coming back to the canvas. She pulls visual inspirations from nature and visions she says that have often come to her in a dream. Sara says “My mother told me once while reading her scripture that God had told her to tell me to paint what I see, not matter what that is. I knew exactly what that meant and it’s exactly what I do.” With great support from peers and the artist community around her, Sara continues to grow and develop as an artist.
Vicky Shaffer White
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper; term
I have been painting for over 25 years, in Indianapolis, IN. I received a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts in Painting from Herron School of Art. In the past year I served as the Executive Director of the Art Association of Henry County (AAHC) in New Castle IN. My goal was to bring more art accessibility to the community through our gallery, arts park, classes and events such as concerts and fund raisers. I held the office of President on the Herron Alumni Association from 2004 through 2006 and served on the board for 10 years. I am a member of the Stutz Artist Association, IDADA (Indianapolis Downtown Artist Association), Indianapolis Art Museum and listed on IndyArts.Org www.indyarts.org. I have participated in many local and regional juried shows and encourage the growth of the local arts. I am fortunate to have placed several of my paintings in the Mayor of Indianapolis executive offices, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Corporate offices, Circle Theater for the ISO, and the Indianapolis Zoo. My work can be seen across the country in California, Florida, Kansas, Wisconsin & Tennessee.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media; term
Cathy Williams, a native of Indianapolis, is an abstract-expressionist painter and mixed-media artist.
First drawings appeared at the age of four and her interest in art was resolute through her adult life. She enjoyed a successful career working for a large pharmaceutical corporation the majority of her adulthood.
Upon retiring, Williams completed courses at the Indianapolis Art Center where her fondness of mixed media and the figurative arts were established; and, she’s never looked back. Currently, she is mentored by James Victore, Georgetown, Texas and Nicholas Wilton, Sausalito, CA.
Her work has been displayed in a myriad of group shows throughout the State of Indiana, Chicago and, in international online galleries. Cathy has exhibited in several solo shows and has won awards in competitive settings.
Cathy lives and dreams with her husband, Michael, and their two adored English Bulldogs: Zadey Zee and Zola Maxine in Indianapolis. Cathy likes to run, hike, laugh, dream about Picasso and always enjoys an outstanding glass of red wine.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting; term
My name is Cass Wilson and it’s wonderful to meet you.
I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and that is where my love for art began. At the ripe age of 4, I experienced my first paint brush while coloring the carpet, the inside of a dryer, and my dads clothing with bright pink nail polish. Little did he know it sparked a mad passion and frenzy for me. Quickly my parents began to stock my childrens desk with crayons, markers, pens, pencils, and all the works.
Life changes as a kid and you are packed up just as compactly as your toys and memories. Our family wandered a lot through my childhood. We lived in Texas, Michigan, and Settled in Indiana. It was in Indiana that I realized that my heart was content and my soul was rested only after creating something. I took three art classes in high school. I took 2d drawing Freshman year. That was a bit of a dud. I wasn’t challenged at all. I was also not allowed to draw things I really liked. To be fair, I learned a lot about value and tone despite my relationship with the dragon lady.
Sophmore year, I took painting 101. This was my lunch period. I also wasn’t challenged but I had the pleasure of loving my teacher and being a huge help to my class by finishing my work quickly and going to help them with feedback or tips.
My final art class was senior year and I took ceramics. INTOXICATING! I wasn’t great at it, but I loved throwing on the wheel.
I went to portfolio days and I remember back then a huge blow to my ego and dreams. Pratt told me I had too much of a style and while my work was great, I wouldn’t be moldable. In retrospect… Pratts feedback pushed me to fight back. Growing up we didn’t have money for college. So being determined, head strong, and unwilling to let go of art; I followed my own dreams.
I am a professional artist who has showcased with RAW, Had first Friday’s in Evansville’s best Coffee shop, Showcased at Studio 6 in Frankfort, and been recognized in Lexington KY for chalkboard portraits at HopCat Craft Beer Bar.
Life is a funny little tide that pulls me to different edges of the world teaching me and allowing me to follow my passion.
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; term
“I love art you can feel. I love color and texture. Organic shapes inspire me and nature absolutely fascinates me. I am particularly drawn towards natural elements like the patterns of leaves, the curling branches of trees and the soft shapes of clouds. When I look closely at a tree for instance… I feel as though underneath it all, everything is connected with everything else and also with the source of all life. In my art, I wish to capture these natural objects, not recreate them exactly, but to convey the essential quality of the forms as if the viewer is experiencing them in a dream. The real beauty of it is, I often don’t truly know where a painting is going until it’s finished… all I know is that in the end, it just has to feel right.” -Nanette Winter
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper; term
Diane has been, all her life, an artist. Her mind is cluttered with thoughts, emotions and ideas that will eventually get put to canvas (or wood, or leather, or anything else she can get to hold still – even a rock)!
She sold her first painting at the age of 13. Today, there are wall murals adorning many homes throughout central Indiana and paintings hanging in homes all across the country. Diane has always had a driving force within her to create and express her emotions through art.
Probably, as with any “artist”, to create in any shape, form or medium is a release, a comfort, and a very necessary means to an end…that being to replace fear, anger, loneliness, sadness and pain with calm, peace, and serenity. Diane’s style is eclectic, spontaneous, and ever changing! There is so much inspiration in the world, how can one possibly limit their creativity to one style or one medium and her “style” is subject to change on a day to day basis, depending upon what happens to be the inspiration at the moment. This is neither good nor bad…it is what it is. Through art, Diane is able to transform “reality” into whatever she wishes or needs it to be. To be human is to experience good times and painful times, which is reflected in Diane’s art. Sometimes it is only visible to her but, sometimes, the art speaks very loudly with emotions it needs to convey. That is something for each individual to determine as they gaze upon her art.
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; term
I am an Indy-born, corn-fed, Indy-raised artist through and through! I have studied art at both Purdue and Duke Universities under professional artists that have produced exhibitions for the Indy Airport, National Geographic, and other large-scale audiences. For the last 7 years, I’ve done mural work for several Indy communities including Noblesville, Fishers, Vincennes, and Cumberland. In my time spent living in Boston and Los Angeles over the last 5 years, I also developed skills in exotic face and body painting, pottery, and stained glass, adding a unique skillset and aesthetic style to my teacher abilities and artwork.
In 2018, I formed Hue Murals LLC (fully licensed by the state of Indiana). I offer classes and studio time, work on large scale mural projects, travel to festivals and cultural events to share face and body painting, project manage for local art partners, and more.
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture, Textiles; term
Samantha Wright is an Indianapolis-based artist who specializes in mixed media and painting on canvas. The medium she works with the most is paint and canvas. From Ivy Tech, she obtained her Associate degree in Fine Art’s. Wright graduated from Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI and earned her BFA degree in Integrative Studio Practice with a Minor in Art History. On December 6th, she will be a part of a group exhibit called Perception, where she will show her most current three-dimensional piece at Herron School of Art and Design. She will also be showing a painting at the Fountain Square Brewing Company for their Feed Me Weird Things exhibit during the month of December.
Cynthia J. Young
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper; term
Art was the one thing I could do when I was little that could keep me perfectly content for hours and hours. I loved it in high school and was president of our art club. I went to college to become an Interior Designer, not a fine artist, but an Interior Designer, because everyone knows you can’t become a full-time artist and survive. Yes, I bought into the stereotypical answer when someone finds out you want to be an artist. I graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts with concentration in Interior/Environmental Design. I figured I at least I would have a creative-type job. I was an Interior Designer for 20 years. I squeezed in art whenever I could by painting murals, faux finishes and commissioned paintings for my design clients.
Still longing for more art in my life I answered a job ad for a Summer Arts Camp Instructor. I loved kids and art and I thought this would at least put me closer to art. I loved working there, coming up with creative art projects for the campers was a thrill! I did this every summer for several years in addition to my Interior Design business.
Then the economic downturn of 2007-08 hit and design jobs were scarce. The place where I was working as a summer art instructor had an opening for an Art Center Director. As a matter of fact, the job came open three times before I had the nerve to apply, leaving my design career to become the Art Center Director at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center in Zionsville. I figured I would once again be closer to art as I would be talking to artists to plan art exhibitions and hiring artist instructors for our camps and classes to name a few exciting parts of my job.
In 2012, my immediate supervisor, the Executive Director, was leaving and had asked me if I was interested in the position of Executive Director. I knew so much about the organization by this time, I was honored to accept the position while still glad I was incorporating art into my job.
During my whole life, I have been trying to find my voice as a fine artist. Trying this, trying that. Nothing was really resonating with me. I would hear other artists say they couldn’t stop creating, like they had a force behind them urging them on. They loved what they are doing, and nothing could stop them. I kept searching for this for myself.
I took a portrait/figure class because I loved figure drawing in college and wanted to revisit it. Then, it happened! I fell in love with the human figure and portrait. I can’t stop now! Drawing and painting the human figure has improved my work all-around, no matter the subject.
I am inspired by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Franz Kline, Richard Diebenkorn, Matisse to name a few. I hope my work inspires others to discover their own creativity and helps them see the world as the colorful creation it is.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; term
I am a visual artist from Indianapolis, IN. While using various mediums, with acrylic paint being my current focus, I create works of art to enlighten the hearts of others and bring health and happiness into my own life. Using bright colors, crisp lines, and whimsical flowing designs I create paintings and sculptures to represent the world around and within us all. My works are inspired by dreams, meditation experiences, folklore, metaphysics, and the world observed from my imaginative perspective.
My artwork has been displayed in many galleries around Indianapolis such as The Harrison Center for the Arts, The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, The Primary Colors Gallery, Garfield Park Art Center and many more. Traveling to music festivals such as Resonance Music and Arts Festival, Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival, Good People Good Times, The Werk Out Festival to name a few are also places that have offered me the opportunity to share inspiration to new audiences through my artwork.
I am currently the owner of Imagination Jubilation Indy, a local business that brings happiness to the community through artistic entertainment. From face painting, balloon twisting, henna tattoos, caricature portraits, art lessons, and live painting Imagination Jubilation allows creativity to flow graciously to kids and adults of all ages in the Indianapolis Community. Never limiting my artwork to a specific area or artist, I plan to extend my outreach to others across the globe during my life to inspire others to create, learn, and grow.
“Our world can be beautiful if we look for the beauty to be grateful for. Everyday I try to find something to be thankful for because I feel it attracts more beauty to inspire my life. I am thankful for the gift of growing. I am blessed for receiving the gift of creating art in my life. I am grateful for the experience of living and the opportunity to flourish. I want to find the beautiful things, the plentiful gifts and blessing of this life and paint them for others to see in case they forget to look for the beauty themselves.” – Julie Young
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