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Graphic Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography, Printmaking
After years of studying, teaching and creating art, mostly acrylic paintings, I was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy.
I was pronounce legally blind!
One of the things that I feared the most was that I would never paint again. I started looking for a way to create, in spite of my diminished vision. This led to my current technique – a hybrid of traditional painting and digital assistance. You see, I discovered that by hooking my computer up to my 55 inch TV I could zoom in and do my work.
Now, my vision is back to normal. With the help of a very good doctor and a couple miracles along the way, my vision was restored.
Visual Arts: Murals, Painting
Indianapolis, IN based event professional, artist and happily married father of two.
As a fine art major at Heron School of Art with a painting focus, my goal is to approach every piece produced with excitement and passion. Excitement to see an idea blossom from a mental image to paint on the canvas and a passion in the pieces subject matter. When contracting a piece, my clients and I work hand in hand to mutually understand the passion and purpose that inspires the works creation.
Born in 1980 as the only child to David and Vivian in Portland, IN, my interest in art was noticed and encouraged from an early age. It was in college where my passion for painting truly took flight. I fell in love with expressionistic impressionist artists such as LeRoy Neiman who perfected the ability to create the effect of movement by utilizing fast moving strokes on the canvas. As I continue to master my own approach to this vibrant and colorful style, my signature stroke has become that of the pallet knife and the hard edges that come with it.
In choosing a subject matter, I enjoy the idea of exploring iconic venues or images and presenting them in a new and colorful light. My goal for future projects is to continue to explore new subjects, expand on those subjects I have focused on before and create memorable pieces that bring those around them joy.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting
Fine Art Paintings filled with light and color
Fine Art Paintings filled with light and color
Donna Shortt is a life-long Indiana resident and skilled in the use of the oil medium and the pastel medium. She paints still life objects from life in a studio setting where she can control the light. She paints outdoors from life with other plein air painters. She travels all over the USA in all seasons to become familiar with the landscape. In 2019, she traveled beyond the USA to the Provence area of France to paint the countryside and villages. Her goal is to give her paintings a sense of place, mood, atmosphere and light.
Several of her plein air paintings were included in the 2013 book “Painting Indiana III: Dignity of Place”. Her paintings are in the permanent collection of the Indiana State Museum, the Richmond, Indiana Art Museum, and the Historic Oliver P Morton Home collection. Her pastel paintings and oil paintings have been accepted into both local and national juried exhibits where her work has received numerous awards. She enjoys the competition side of plein air painting events and as a result her work has been honored with numerous awards.
She is a member of the Hoosier Salon, Indiana Artists Club, Brown County Art Guild, Chicago Pastel Painters, Oil Painters of America, Southside Art League, Indiana Heritage Arts, and Indiana Plein Air Painters.
Brown County Art Guild – 48 South Van Buren – Nashville, Indiana Brown County Art Guild
Castle Gallery Fine Art – 1202 West Wayne St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802 Castle Gallery, Corporate and Fine Art in a Residential Setting, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Gallerytwo -1332 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, Indiana Gallery Two
Juniper Gallery-Gift Shop – 46 East Market Street, Spencer, Indiana Juniper Art Gallery
Artists Statement: My Inspiration to paint starts with the light at early morning or late afternoon and I would be content to spend most of my time capturing it. It is a 50/50 relationship with both the oil and pastel mediums now as I love both equally. I consider each painting not a destination but a journey, always looking forward to working on the next blank surface.
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: 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.
Visual Arts: Conservation/Restoration, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting
“His work ranges from paintings to decorative guitars and hand grenades to a sculpture reading “Blow me” with Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE lettering as a component part, to the First Church of cannabis logo. He’s an artist who proves that Hoosier art can both be LOVEly and outrageous. “ – Nuvo
Visual Arts: Murals, Painting, Works on paper; Mosaics, Iconography
A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Art degree from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1982 in painting and drawing. During her undergraduate studies, she studied in Florence, Italy. In 1985, Jennifer returned to Italy, as a scholarship recipient during graduate studies in fine arts. She spent three months in Cortona, a medieval hill town in central Italy. In 1986, she received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Georgia, Athens.
Jennifer enjoys both landscape and figurative painting, particularly work inspired by her travels. Along with her studio work, she has taught studio arts courses for Indiana University at Kokomo, IUPUI, and Art History at Butler University. She also does freelance illustration and mural painting. Clients have included The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, The Indiana State Museum, and the Indianapolis Zoo.
For the last several years, she has been involved in creating drawings and sculptures inspired from Dante Alighieri’s medieval poem The Divine Comedy. Although the work is ongoing, a significant collection has been displayed in various exhibitions including, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the National Academy of Design in New York. International exhibits include Temple University, Rome Campus and Palazzo Casali in Cortona, Italy. In recent years, she has been invited to speak about her work by several major universities including the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, Boston College, Bucknell and the University of Kentucky. Additional exhibitions include Indiana University at Kokomo, Indiana University at Richmond, The Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery at the University of Indianapolis and the Spirit in Place Festival sponsored by IUPUI. The PBS program “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly” selected several drawings as visual aides during an interview with Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky regarding his translation of the Divine Comedy. Columbia University exhibits the drawings online via their Digital Dante website. The website, Inspiredbydante.com has become an international visual resource for students of Dante and has received over 65,000 views to date.
“Although the Dante work has played an important roll in my career, I consider myself a painter. In every landscape that I paint, I seek to share two things; my love of nature preserved as a painterly expression and my desire to capture the essence of the place, full of light and life. In this regard, my life is devoted to the pursuit of discovering life.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Photography
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
Literary Arts; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
Born in Jamaica, NY in 1953, Stacey Torres is an African American folk artist and writer living in New Castle, IN. Her primary focus are unique women in natural settings. She paints with an abundance of brilliant color using different media, including watercolor, oil pastels, and acrylics, inspired by her Caribbean heritage.
As a self-taught artist, Ms. Torres’ love of painting began at a very early age. In the summer of 2014, she began to create again after a 40 year hiatus. Spending hours with her mother, who was in her final stages of Alzheimer’s, Stacey began to paint her thoughts and emotions, with images to help her mother remember some things. Her artwork became therapy for her and comfort to her mother.
“When the word, “artist” began to appear behind my name, I embraced my lost gift, and paint life as I see it. Art is just an exercise in emotional expression — a way of holding onto things from the past — documenting visions, impressions and dreams. I could write a journal or blog, however, my visions needed to be seen and felt … At times, I feel messages from beyond, like small glimpses of my past as ancestral folktales emerge with splashes of color on canvas. These primitive images of pleasingly imperfect subjects are bits of me; things I’m compelled to recapture. I suppose I’m guilty of living through my art by proxy.” Stacey Torres
Exhibits & Awards: Recipient of Indiana Lt. Governor & State Treasurer Hoosier Women Artists 2016; Richmond Art Museum’s Holiday Art Mart; Whitewater Valley Arts Association Regional Exhibit 2015 (Advanced Merit Award), and 2016; Art Association of Henry County’s 50th Annual Fall Show; Flava Fresh 12 (Annual Juried Multi-Art Exhibition Presentation Series of Contemporary Art in Indianapolis, IN); Hoosier Women In Art 2016 (Indy Parks Dept.); Twitter Art Show NYC 2016; Will Vawter Art Show, Hancock Art Association 2016; Naturally Inspired Paint-Out, Indianapolis Zoo 2016; Inspired by Dreams Exhibit 2015, Indiana Interchurch Center; and most notably, her art was featured on CBS TV’s Criminal Minds (Season 10).
Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Performers and Writers
Stuart Troxel is often referred to as a Renaissance man. Although his primary focus is paintings for exhibitions and commissioned work, he also uses books and music to fully explore his thoughts, ideas and sense of humor.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
Hello! I am the illustrator of numerous books for children and author/illustrator of Señor Felipe’s Alphabet Adventure, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book. My paintings have appeared in children’s books, magazines, textbooks, as murals, limited edition prints, and are in private and museum collections.. I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY.
Multi Arts; Portrait; Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Portrait, Works on paper; Encaustic
TayloredIllustration is a Fine Art & Illustration Studio creating hand crafted keepsakes for sentimentalists who want deeply personal art that connects. Specializing in portraits, children’s art, encaustics and greeting cards, I bring your unique story to life with stunning visuals that’ll exceeds your expectations.
Detail is the hallmark of my work. Everything I do is detailed; from delicate cat whiskers, burnt edges on a holiday card, to perfectly blended makeup…detail is what sets me apart. I thrive on taking the time to capture elements that most wouldn’t have the patience for. It’s thrilling taking something to the extreme and hearing my clients exclaim, ” I can’t believe you noticed the way Cooper’s right eye is slightly more closed!” Detail is what makes us all unique, and detail is what separates a portrait of a brunette little girl, from a portrait of YOUR brunette little girl. Detail is what makes the difference between average and stunning. I strive for stunning.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Film, Graphic Arts, Media and Visual Communications, Murals, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
I am a senior philosophy and art student at Marian University
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Painter and tinkerer, Victoria Williams Steen, has studied the arts both academically and in her travels around the United States. Victoria returned to her Indiana roots in 2007 to pursue Fine Art as a career and enjoy a more sustainable way of living. She has a broad skill set working many years in Graphic Design, Small Business Management, Display Building and Product Development. She also has a dedication to community involvement, believing in the sacred moments of life and being in good relationship with all things, both human and otherwise. Victoria is often inspired by nature, connecting our cultural past to our present and the pure imagination of the child mind.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting, Works on paper
After graduating from Herron School of Art, I became an advertising and editorial illustrator. I spent almost 20 years working for local and national agencies before my passion for painting influenced me to rethink my artistic direction. I now consider myself equally divided between illustration and painting. I enjoy the challenge of retelling an author’s story visually, but relish having total creative control in my fine art. I have had eight children’s books published and hope to add more to the list. In my fine art my choice of subject matter is almost exclusively landscape, even the seemingly ‘non-objective’ images I create, depict the outside world. I would say that movement, light and texture characterize my work.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
Danielle Winger was born in Reno, NV. She received her BS in Textiles, Merchandising and Apparel Design from Middle Tennessee State University and her MFA in Studio Art from East Tennessee State University. She is a full time artist and currently resides in Indianapolis, IN.
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; Creativity Coach
“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
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; professional face painting, festival makeup, live event painting
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.
Cynthia J. Young
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts: Interior/Environmental Design from Ball State University and worked for a number of years as a residential and commercial interior designer. Presently, I am an arts administrator for a small cultural organization while pursuing my passion in the visual arts. Both of these careers have shaped who I am as an artist and have also contributed to my skills and interests.
I explore many subjects-nature, human figure, portrait, abstract and more! I experiment with media, color combinations and techniques striving for a look of spontaneity in my work.
I am inspired by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Franz Kline, Richard Diebenkorn, Matisse and Robert Kushner to name a few. I hope my work inspires others to discover their own creativity!
Sandra K. Ziebold
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
I believe that art, creativity and motivation are all about feelings and emotions. I am an artist that strives in the everyday to keep things simple and spread positivity. I look for the peace and zen in the hustle and bustle, excitement and wonders of life and nature around us. I draw, paint, photograph, motivate, write, design and mix together artistic elements and media of all types to evoke fine art, literary and graphic design works that convey what I feel and visualize. Positive, creative energy is infectious…Other artists inspire me; I hope that I inspire other artists too! Inspirational ‘props’ to Russian street artist Pavel Puhov for his work entitled, Eyeglasses. LOVE IT!
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