Visual Arts: Painting, Works on paper
My current body of work centers on the theme of personal wholeness and identity. I am interested in issues which I view to be spiritual: ideas of masculinity and femininity, generational inheritance, self-image, and disassociation—to name a few. I use the human figure alongside the still life to create a symbolic picture. These “pictures” are an attempt to give form to the complexity of the human soul, to inner pain, and ultimately—to inner healing.
Using crude, sometimes naïve mark-making and paint application as language, artist David Hicks investigates contemporary spiritual experience.
David received an MFA in Painting from Indiana University Bloomington in 2008. While there, he created large scale paintings, reminiscent of art historical altarpieces. Highly influenced by artists Stanley Spencer and Jacob Lawrence, he considers his work contemporary expressions of faith. The themes in his work often range from comedic moments of human bumbling, to creating a somber mood of contemplation, and sometimes a mix of both. Interested in further unveiling the notion of forgotten altarpieces, David considers his paintings as such and has donated them to the permanent collections of religious organizations.
Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Illustration, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture
I’m am a recovering addict named Katherine. My art helps me through the trauma I had while in active addiction. It is my therapy and my passion. I’m 49 and a college student again and to be an additions psychologist.
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: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
In my artwork I tend not to work on a piece with an actual intention. Much like Michelangelo’s statement, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” A blank canvas is the same thing to me, knowing that a work is there just waiting to be brought forth. The creation process allows for my own primal force to be displayed through VIVID color, RAW emotion, and STRONG cultural influences. Egon Schiele said, “Art is primordially eternal.” My figurative works produce a mirrored glimpse into the viewer’s own life’s history. By my imagery I bring about a new awareness to others, allowing them to see something they have not seen before. Henri Matisse said it well, “An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.” This is something that has juxtaposed my work, utilizing different mediums, application, and just free play.
I believe that as my work evolves, even from a rough sketch into a finished drawing, to a painting, to even a sculpture. This allows for a freedom to express the diversity within my own life, both professionally and personally.
Many pieces are FIGURAL, with subdued imagery, an EDGY appearance, and a DARK humor that invites the viewer to experience their life in a new way, to make changes within thought or perception. I suppose to narrow that down I would like to bring about a new awareness to others, allowing them to see something they have not seen before.
Mixed Media, Sculpture, and Photography
Works currently displayed at:
Works previously displayed at:
Acting Up Productions
Greater Greenfield Chamber of Commerce, Greenfield, IN
Crazy Lake Art House, Greenfield, IN
The Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis, Indiana
Wug Laku’s Studio & Garage, Indianapolis, IN
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Film, Functional and/or Decorative, Mixed Media, Painting, Performance Art, Printmaking, Textiles, Works on paper
Visual Arts: Works on paper
My work is a representation of the world through my eyes. I am one of many who read the tabloids, mindless magazines and rumor-filled blogs. Media is ubiquitous and is an inescapable part of daily life. Scanning through many fashion magazines, I am affected by the pressures pushed upon us as women: to be thin, tan, covered with make up and dressed in a certain way. My art reflects these pressures by presenting them in a new medium.
Most of my work starts with an image of me. I then go to the web and/or fashion magazines and find images of features that could be “fixed” or “altered”. My collages are bold yet simple; they are focused on the figure rather than the backgrounds. The figures are distorted, some obvious and some less apparent, but always there. I construct the figure from anatomic obsessions that women have: huge lips, artificial breasts, extra long eyelashes. The figures are made of every commercial advertisement in the media; what we are told is beautiful.
I, too, struggle with these pressures, questioning my body, my eating habits and overall appearance. What is beautiful? What image are we trying to portray? As a woman I feel a need to be in shape, feel sexy and beautiful; but when are we pushing the envelope?
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: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting
Literary Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Radio/Television, Spoken Word, Theatre; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
One of my first memories is of sitting at my grandma’s coffee table with paper and crayons and learning about perspective from Bob Ross on the television. I specifically remember him painting railroad tracks disappearing into the horizon line.Of course, being a youthful five-year-old at the time, I didn’t quite understand what“horizon” or “perspective” meant. But after that afternoon drawing lesson, I knew I wanted to be an artist when I grew up.My parents supported my dreams by allowing me to take art lessons through elementary and high school. I won blue and red ribbons through the CYO talent fairs. Eventually, I felt confident enough to participate in the art contest at the State Fair, where I received an honorable mention for my work.But soon after starting college, I decided that I wanted to pursue a different form of art—acting. I studied acting both at Ball State, London, and Oxford. I moved out to Los Angeles where I was lucky enough to be a part of many different well-known and loved television and film productions. And after living the Cali life for eight years, I found myself still wanting more.In 2011, I made the decision to move back to Indianapolis to be closer to my family. That's when I started painting again. I painted to heal and feel whole again. And at the prodding of friends and family, I’ve begun a professional art career. My passion is to create art that speaks to people.Though I enjoy working with every medium—from watercolors to oils—my current favorite medium is acrylics. My inspiration includes Gustav Klimt, Johannes Vermeer, Vincent Van Gogh, and Claude Monet.
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.
Visual Arts: Photography, Works on paper
Hi. I’m Ellen Jackson, and I create bespoke portraiture of horses and humans.
I began in freelance photography over twenty years ago after apprenticing for advertising photographers and studying theater in college. My work has been used by companies for branding, in magazines for story illustrations, and by families for one of a kind heirlooms. I have a narrative mindset about creating images. I love a good story. So I guess it’s fitting that I enjoy every opportunity to discover and interpret the stories of my subjects. It’s also a nice excuse for indulging some nosy impulses.
Significant to my photographic motivation is the notion that I was born with “Horse Fever.” (I think this is a colloquial term….I’m not really sure, but in my family, it’s used to describe little kids who won’t shut up about wanting a pony) My gramma used to say that I had it, and I remember feeling proud that someone should recognize me this way. My earliest memories all revolve around horses. Recognizing my mania (and likely weary of my begging), my dad indulged me by giving me a horse when I was ten years old. Growing up with a horse around the house was pure bliss for me. And now, so is meeting new horses and their people through photography.
My artistic passions are twofold. You’ve learned about my equine appreciation, but then there’s photography. The entire process of image-making is deeply satisfying for me. I love the pursuit of a fantastic image. Photography is essentially limitless with opportunities for capture, possibilities in digital post-production, and artistry in traditional darkroom printing. To me, photography is more than a technical feat or commercial endeavor. Even with strategy and attention to the minutest details, photography always allows for spontaneity. This is the alluring center of the art form.
I am a strategist, observer, animal lover, people liker, narrator, and crafts(wo)man. I gravitate to the underdogs and the long shots. I think we are all artists, whether we realize ourselves this way or not. The best thing I ever read about art is the following quote from a talented, hardworking musician named Otis Gibbs. “There are only two people in art who matter: the creative individual and the person experiencing it. Everything else is an artificial filter.”
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Painting and creating make sense to me. I enjoy sharing my work with others and the joy they find in my work. Many times it’s a great way to just get lost in my own little world of make believe.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
Sharon Jiskra Brooks
Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Illustration, Painting, Photography
Sharon Jiskra Brooks is an artist from Chicago, IL now living in Indianapolis, IN. Sharon works primarily in Oils and Acrylics. Growing up with a father who was a professional photographer, she was immersed in seeing things differently.
Sharon’s paintings embrace both the city life and the rural life that surrounds her home now. Her degree in Graphic Design from Ball State University and her studies abroad in Europe allowed her to appreciate the arts on a deeper level.
You can see Sharon’s work at Gallery 116 in Fishers, IN or on her website.
Degree – Graphic Design, BFA – Ball State University.
Hoosier Salon Member. Society of Environmental Graphic Designers (SEGD)
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.
Media; Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Works on paper
Henry’s Bio and List of Exhibitions
Patricia D Jones
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Photography
I am a self taught artist, still in the learning process with mixed media as well as photography. I enjoy exploring in my art and taking various classes as I am able.
Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper; Color Penci
Amber Kalal is an Indiana based artist specializing in color pencil photo realistic artwork. Her subject matter is derived from the natural world. Amber also creates custom pet portraits upon request. Her artworks are complex in detail and she utilizes vibrant color throughout each piece.
Performing Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Murals, Painting, Performance Art, Performers and Writers, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
I am a queer feminist artist interested in examining gender and sexuality in a social and psychological context. I specialize in portraiture and oil painting. I grew up rural small town Indiana and moved to Indianapolis in 2014 to attend Herron School of Art and Design. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many incredible organizations around the city, including Indiana Futsal, where I worked as a graphic design intern, and Herron Youth Programs where I worked for two years as a Youth Art Instructor and Departmental Assistant. During my time with Herron Youth Programs, I worked with the Program Director to create and carry out the first ever Pride Studio, a week long summer camp at Herron highlighting LGBTQ history and art, showing LGBTQ youth how to create identity based art and explore their roles in Queer history. I consider these experiences to be crucial building blocks in making me the artist I am today, as they helped me find my love for building community and helping people reach their full potential by removing any roadblocks I can for them with my particular skill set as a creator, advocate and educator. I also perform drag and am working to build up Indianapolis’ Drag King scene, which is important to me because I believe some walks of queer life are often overlooked even within our own community.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
Im a talented, smart and beautiful young woman who attended the University of Connecticut to play college basketball and receive a FINE ARTS degree in photography from 2005 until 2010. I traveled to Indianapolis in the fall of 2010 to start fresh. To live my life my way for the first time. I am a young woman who is simple yet complex enough to confuse the world and myself, or maybe just myself. Art to me is everything. My art is my form of communication. I am able to communicate things that I cannot place into words. My art is about the battle on the inside. The push and pull of my thoughts, intincts, and emotions. I bare my heart and soul into pieces whether they are playful or dark and twisted. I have a constant battle of worth. All of my life I have been trying to earn my worth in things I do and accomplish. Worth in titles and certificates that honestly you dont remember. So wrapped up in being good you lose the simplicity of just being you. I strove for perfection but learned the hard way that does not exist. Perfection only brings you face to face with death. Then you have a choice to say “I DO” to satan or realize you can turn around and chose a different path. Luckily I woke up from a hell and chose life. You might ask yourself, ” why is she telling me all of this?” Because I real. I am human. And that is what my art is about. Its real. Its in your face. Not everyone will like it, but to be honest I dont care. A good or bad reaction is a positive in my book because I want my auidence to feel. To just feel. We live in a society where feelings are put last and feelings are a sign of weakness. That if you cry you are less of a man or if you voice your opinion you are too much. That if you listen to your heart you won’t be successful, or if you dont have a such and such job you are worth nothing. Screw that! We are a people of feelings and emotions. You people that are running away from your feelings, i feel sorry for you. Yes you will feel pain but that does not measure up to the experience of joy and happiness. I don’t create artwork for others approval anymore except for my own. Im learning I will be misunderstood, talked about, degrated, praised, overlooked, criticized, and critiqued. BUT I please myself and that is I want. My only intention is to communicate my insides so I can stay alive. To balance the internal with the exterior. Art is everything. Everything is art. Cassie Kerns a.k.a CASSINOVA
Visual Arts; Photography, Graphite Drawing, Figure Drawing, Charcoal, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Ink, Alcohol Ink, Inktense, Upcycled Art
Michelle Kerschner-Crow Artist CV
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: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
Visual Arts: Glasswork, Mixed Media, Photography
Melissa Kistler earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in glass from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She was a recipient of a Creative Arts, Research, and Scholarship Grant from Temple University. Melissa has continued her education at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina as a scholarship student. She has worked on staff at Pilchuck Glass School and has recently been awarded a Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship through the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Glasswork, Jewelry, Mixed Media
I am a Glass Artist and the Sole Proprietor of Glass Utopia in Indianapolis. Beginning with traditional stained glass in the mid-1990’s, I have been able to expand my repertoire to include fusing, flame-working, glass casting, hot glass manipulation and glass blowing -creating a unique variety of glass items. I am blessed to discover my artistic passion and to experience many facets of this limitless medium.
At the present time, I would have to say that the glass-blowing aspect of my art is the most fun and exciting. I’ve been able to be the “Girl with the Torch” at shows and parties, and I love it!
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