Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting
Linda Witte Henke
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Textiles; Liturgical Art
I am a mixed-media artist specializing in the creation of work that is expressive of spirituality and faith.
My work is inspired by my faith in God, by sacred texts that ground my faith, and by theological reflections and spiritual insights that emerge on the course of my faith journey. My work is informed by academic degrees in journalism and theology, extensive studies in art and surface design, experiences as a published author and parish pastor, and a desire to explore universal spiritual themes.
Hello, my name is Ashley and like many of you I express myself through artwork. Whether it be my photography, painting, drawing, journaling, you name it. I enjoy being with my family and around positive people.
Media; Visual Arts: Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting
Joy Hernandez is an artist currently residing in Indianapolis, Indiana, originally from Kewanee, Illinois, where she received gold keys at the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition and has remained involved in that program as a frequent judge for the Central Indiana region.
In pursuit of a career in animation, Hernandez attended the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, but the slower pace of animation work was not best suited for her, although an appreciation for animated works remained. She moved to Indianapolis to study television news photography at the University of Indianapolis. While there, she continued to advance her artistic skills, training her eye and exercising her creative spirit by working in television news.
Currently, Hernandez is a video photographer and editor at WISH-TV, the CW affiliate in Indianapolis, and a reporter-photographer for the nationally-syndicated show Pet Pals TV and Great Day TV. She is a contributor to Curious Mix, the WFYI radio program, and a contributing editor for the Urban Times newspaper.
Hernandez joined the Art Bank in 2011, to show her artwork locally, and was the gallery manager until 2016, when she left to found the Full Circle Nine Gallery, a co-op of over two dozen artists, in the Circle City Industrial Complex. She was an artist representative, vice president, and president for IDADA, the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association, during that time.
In 2013, Hernandez joined the Walldogs mural organization, when they held their 20th annual mural meet in her hometown of Kewanee, Illinois. She helped with promotion and organization of the event, and then had the honor of helping to paint one of the 15 historically-based murals created during the five days of the meet. Joy has since traveled as a Walldogs to subsequent meets in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and New Hampshire.
Joy continues to show at the Full Circle Nine Gallery, as well as other locations and show opportunities throughout Indianapolis. She has painted several murals within the Circle City Industrial complex, both in the “Walldog” style, reflecting the history and origins of the building, and in her own style, larger brushwork interpretations of her aerosol and acrylic paintings. She participated in the 2019 St’Art Up 317 season, with her signature astronaut character dancing in the windows of Milhaus in Fletcher Place, and painted a mural of her astronaut in the back alley of Square Cat Vinyl in Fountain Square. Her current painting focus is around a stenciling technique with a mix of aerosol and acrylic underlay showcasing her quirky interests.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
Hirschten is a contemporary expressionist painter, author and public speaker. She teaches painting in her studio located in the historic Cottage Home Neighborhood.
Hirschten earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from Appalachian State University graduating in the year 2000. Over the years, the style and purpose behind her paintings has changed drastically from abstract expressionist work, that was focuses on art therapy influences; to impressionism, that reveres the sacred beauty of the natural world.
While working as an art teacher, Hirschten compiled the book “The Alchemy of Art: Stories for the Classroom” which includes more than fifty folktales about artists and the creative process. Her second book “The Alchemy of Painting: Developing Your Style and Purpose” is an instructional how-to guidebook for beginning painters. Hirschten hosts the podcast “The Alchemy of Art” sharing art stories and philosophy with artists around the world.
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: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
Artist Statement:My artwork takes a look at how color and imagery affects our mood. In my work, I use bright bold bursts of colors. It’s always fun to mix and use a new color. Line is also used to define shapes and images. Nature, hearts, cityscapes, people and abstract shapes are the subjects of most of my work… often these themes are combined in one painting. While I use a variety of materials, vibrant colors are the common thread that runs through them all. Creating is as essential for me as air and water. As long as I can remember I have been inspired to create, dream and dig deeper for a greater sense of harmony within myself. It is in that search for connection and harmony that I find life and all of its wonders. Biography: Gayla Hodson was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1958, the youngest child to parents who where both teachers. Following in their footsteps she went on to receive a BA in art education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois in 1982. Gayla Hodson is a full-time painter who exhibits her work throughout the country. She has been featured in American Art Collectors Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly and Indianapolis Woman; and highlighted in newspaper articles such as: NUVO, the Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis Business Journal. She has appeared on Indy Style, Wish TV, and WTHR in Indianapolis. She is one of the artists profiled in “100 Artists of the Midwest” by E. Ashley Rooney. In 2014 she will be one of the artists profiled in E. Ashley Rooney’s book “Artists Homes and Studios”. Her work is in both private and corporate collections such as the Butler University (Clowes Hall), Chase Tower, Summit Reality Group, Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation, Inc., Indianapolis Economic Development, Swiss Reality Group and Marion Inc. ?She’s taught in both private and public schools and community arts organizations in Indianapolis: Indianapolis Arts Center and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Gayla received the 2009 Creative Renewal Fellowship Grant from the Indianapolis Arts Council through the Lilly Endowment. It was through this experience that would have a profound effect on her work as an artist. After attending an Intuitive Painting workshop in 2010 in Taos, NM Gayla found her passion and renewed purpose in the arts. Gayla Hodson is a full-time artist living and working in Pendleton, Indiana. At a young age, she knew she wanted to be an artist. Her parents were both teachers, following in their footsteps she got her degree in Art Education. She would begin teaching art with a dream of one day being a full-time artist. When her Mother died from breast cancer in 2001, she began the journey towards her life-long dream…realizing “life is short”.
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
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: Illustration, Painting, Photography, Works on paper; Paper Cutting
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting
I’ve always made things. I’ve always thought it was important to make things. It’s one of the ways I enter into and participate in the world. Relationships are forged, moments are experienced, art is made.
Photography, the dark room in particular, was my first date with my sweetheart. Our second was at a gig…I’m also a drummer and percussionist and have built drums with fellow musicians in the backyard. I’ve done woodworking with my Dad, thrown pottery in the greenhouse, built sculptures with classmates, made masks with students, learned to bake bread from a weaver. Make things.
I’ve had the good fortune to see some great art around the world, especially paintings. Inspired by art history and encouraged by friends and family, I went back to painting a few years ago.
I’m currently a decorative painter, flower blooms in particular. So many varieties, shapes and colors. I wanted to study flowers and hone my chops, then, create a Series. I think in a Series, the blooms provide a special impact in a room, whether a personal space like one’s living room or a public lobby or office space. It was also fun to create a series of flower blooms in wood.
Then I moved on to groups of flowers, a more complex task, and am pivoting towards abstracts, my next step. I was honored to win the SALI XII National Abstract GPAC Choice Award and hope to carry forward with this endeavor.
Though I may have a bit of angst while creating, my work is always intended to offer a bit of joy, an interesting shape, or a friendly pop of color to the viewer.
I earned a B. S. in Art Education at Ball State University. I used my teaching skills, when living in Hawaii, at Nanaikapono Elementary where I taught art to 4th, 5th and 6th graders in the only classroom on the beach! I’ve continued to study Art at Herron School of Art, The Art Center, and with fellow artists where we can share tips, techniques, and critiques.
By trade, I am the proprietor of Affordable Custom Picture Framing, an independent studio offering affordable prices, quick turnaround and quality work since 1981.
Matt Hurdle is an American artist working from his downtown Indianapolis, Indiana studio. A lifelong artist, his early work consisted of detailed pen & ink and charcoal drawings of places seen in nature. He has recently moved toward painting bold, contemporary, atmospheric landscapes and abstract pieces originating from dreams of places beyond this world and his creative imagination. Influenced by Abstraction and Expressionism, Matt’s current work reflects his fascination with structure and movement resulting in a feeling of high energy, while his landscapes create a sense of calmness and serenity.
Studio Hours: Monday thru Friday 10-2 or by appointment. Call 317-258-1385
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.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
“Visual art is not a medium of words. Moreover, when one changes language, soil, and surroundings, all that is left is color and metaphors. Fortunately, they are universal. Painting is my way of communicating with the world, and people in it, no matter the country.”
Performing Arts: Spoken Word; Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting, Photography
My name is Syd Innovaria, and I like to create. I have been playing guitar, drums and piano since elementary school. Painting since the same period. I have been in a band playing drums since 2007, False Face Society. I also do solo stuff where I play various instruments and sing. I have been doing photography since high school, and went to The Art Institute of Indianapolis to pursue Digital Photography. I have worked in a few mobile portrait studios and run my own freelance photography business, Forgotten Aesthetics Photography.
Sheila Marie Jackson
Visual Arts: Painting; Pet portraits
Custom pet portraits from your pet’s photograph.
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
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
Joyce K. Jensen
Visual Arts: Painting, Works on paper
My paintings are Realism and Hyperrealism. My goal, always, is to create the illusion of a reality that’s just a bit sharper, brighter and more real than actual reality. To this end, I start with a careful composition, from which I prepare a detailed graphite drawing before ever touching brush to paper. I highlight depth and veracity with strong, bright colors. I want my paintings to feel like a window the viewer can almost reach into, rather than an image on a two-dimentional surface.
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.
Disclaimer: The Arts Council of Indianapolis provides this database and website as a service to artists, arts organizations, and consumers alike. All information contained within the database and website was provided by the artists or arts organizations. No adjudication or selection process was used to develop this site or the artists and organizations featured. While the Arts Council of Indianapolis makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this site, it does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information.