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I am a self-taught mosaic artist from Orlando, Florida. Before mosaic I dabbled in macrame, collage, painting and weaving. None of those “stuck” with me.
Then, in 1994 following 16 years in health care management, I opened a used furniture/décor store in Orlando, called Wits End, which morphed into a place to teach mosaic classes & sell mosaic supplies after a tile store gave me a pallet of discontinued tile sample boards. I finally found my “happy place”!
In 2000 I founded , and later sold, 3 online mosaic supply stores and renamed my company Mosaic Made Easy. Soon after I founded the Mosaics in Mexico school in Cuernavaca, Mexico which sadly closed when it became unsafe to be there.
Since moving to the "Space Coast" & Titusville, FL. my goal is to continue my passion for teaching while finally having time to create my own mosaic art. I also offer video classes at www.MosaicMadeEasy.com and soon I will add written tutorials to include mosaic portraiture, “memory ware”, mosaic Mandalas, Pique-Assiette (using broken plates), stained glass mosaic, “no-grout” mosaics, stepping stones and many, more. There is a freemosaic safety video and intros to other classes n my YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/MosaicMadeEasy .
I have been involved in artistic endeavors since past remembering. I recall my mother showing me pictures of horses I had drawn at age 3. I grew up in Monmouth County, New Jersey, a few miles from the ocean. As a "Woodsy", I could often be found exploring in tidewater swamps when not drawing and painting. Artistic inspiration comes from patterns of light, landscapes, native plants, and animals, as well as people. I love my Central Florida home with its landscapes -- the marshes, the hammocks, the scrub, groves of trees, patterns of water, and the different way light strikes the life bursting here. My work has been shown at numerous open and juried shows and has received awards. I was honored to have a one-person show at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. I have a one person show scheduled for this September at the Fifth Avenue Gallery in Eau Gallie as reward for winning First Place at that gallery's 100% Florida show earlier this year. I paint watercolors using a variety of techniques, and find delight in experimenting with anything that starts out soluble in water or can permanently adhere to watercolor paper. Bits of the natural world may find themselves incorporated. My style ranges from representational to impressionistic. I am presently a member of The Gallery of Art and Events in Merritt Island, Brevard Watercolor Society, The North Brevard Art Association and the Florida Watercolor Society. Education:BA Drew UniversityM Ed East Stroudsburg UniversityMS East Stroudsburg University I am also a Florida Master Gardener and Advanced Florida Master Gardener and Land Steward.
My husband, Dan, gave me a Kodak digital camera for my birthday about fifteen years ago. I liked to go out to Playalinda Beach for the sunrises and this gave me a way to capture the beauty of the beach. Now, most weekends will find me out taking pictures with my sidekick, Nipper, a mix Jack Russell Terrier. While I am tramping along the pathways and canals of Blackpoint Wildlife Drive and the Bio Lab Road photographing birds and nature, she naps in the cab of by pickup. I am a straight shooter, nothing fancy and use a Canon Power Shot SX 60 to photograph whatever catches my eye. Using my photographs I design cards, calendars, and newsletters. I have been a member of the North Brevard Art League for the past five years. In addition I have taken pictures for the Downtown Titusville Merchants Association for Friday Night Live, had photos published in the Indian River Lagoon Calendar, and have won first and second place in local art shows. Another unique thing my husband and I do is show and demonstrate antique phonograph players. We are just volunteers and enjoy sharing the history of these machines at local venues.
Laurie Griffin grew up in Florida and worked for NASA for 35 years in various aspects of command and control system operations and development. For relaxation, she started studying tole painting in the early 90's and took workshops with great decorative painters but didn’t have time to do much painting in-between. In the 2011 she took a watercolor workshop and was hooked. She has taken additional workshops with many talented artists and takes local watercolor classes. Laurie has also studied clay sculpture at the Foosaner Art Museum and enjoys figure sculpting. Artist Statement"My artwork, generally watercolor, captures moments, whimsical images and a slightly humorous viewpoint of life. I usually start with a photograph for inspiration and try to capture the memory, the feeling and the story.I love communicating a feeling with art. If I can paint something that resonates with the viewer and gives them a moment of joy then that’s a successful painting. I spent most of life in a very analytical career, working with computers for NASA, so I love being able to spend time working on quiet expressions of emotion." Online: https://missbpaintedporch.com
Michelle Akimenko is an award winning artist and art educator who resides in Titusville, Florida. Michelle grew up in Titusville and enjoyed taking classes at the Titusville Art League as a child and has come full circle as an instructor at the North Brevard Art League as well as the art teacher at Sculptor Charter School. As a young artist, she won many awards but is most proud of winning a Scholastic Gold Key Award and the Congressional Art Award, where her artwork was displayed at the state capitol for a year during her senior year in high school. Upon graduating, she was awarded art scholarships at Savannah College of Art and Design, Brevard Community College and Palatka School of the Arts. Michelle decided to attend the University of Central Florida and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art. She has also studied at the Ringling College of Art and Design attending teacher workshops. As an educator, many of her students have won prestigious awards including best of shows and first place awards in national competitions. Michelle enjoys sharing her love of art with her students. She encourages her students to think creatively and create beautiful pieces, which is evident in their work. Michelle’s artwork has been displayed in many juried art exhibitions throughout Florida. Her artwork has been displayed at The King Center in Melbourne FL, Eau Gallery in Melbourne, FL, UCF Art Gallery in Orlando FL, The Orlando Museum of Art in Orlando FL, and Brevard Art Museum, now known as Foosaner Art Museum in Melbourne FL. She was one of eight artists who was chosen to have her artwork displayed on traffic boxes in Titusville for the “Art Outside the Box” competition. Michelle works with many mediums but her favorites are graphite, colored pencils, and pen and ink.
Jeff Thamert is an award winning Fine Art Photographer based out of Florida. Jeff's main focus is on the deep South with it's majestic oaks, cypress swamps, and pristine beaches. Jeff participates in many fine art festivals throughout the country where he has received many awards and recognition for his large landscape photographs. Jeff and his wife Heidi own The Downtown Art Gallery in Titusville, Florida, where he has a permanent collection of his work on display and available for purchase.www.thedowntownartgallery.com
Laura has been drawing and painting in her free time since childhood. Animals and the great outdoors are her favorite subjects. After retiring from her career as a speech therapist, she decided to "become an artist." In January of 2016, Laura entered her first competition with "Emerging," an acrylic painting of sea turtle hatchlings, at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival and was excited to win a Merit Award. "Sea Cows" won the People's Choice Award at the 2016 Strawbridge Art League Fantasea Show. "Sea Cows" was one of 13 images chosen by the City of Cocoa to be wrapped around a traffic signal box; "Star Cow" was selected by the City of Cape Canaveral for similar treatment. "Pool Shark" can be found on a park bench in downtown Cocoa Village. Laura recently completed a floor mural at the conservation kiosk at the Brevard Zoo. Laura and her husband Alan live on Merritt Island and enjoy many outdoor activities. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
For the past 20 plus years, I have been developing my painting skills, as well as developing my own personal style. The majority of my work is done in oils; most of my depictions are landscapes.Memories of my childhood growing up in North Carolina are the basis for many of my paintings. I recall places and items that are fading from our world, and I try to capture them for posterity, like worn out buildings, old tobacco barns, and cotton fields. Residing in Florida since 1974, I also recognize the beautiful surroundings as well, including many tropical subjects in my works.I paint from my heart; people who view my work can feel the peaceful connection I have with my subject. They, too, are drawn into my works by that feeling of calm.Over the last five years, I have had the opportunity to work with some outstanding artists in Asheville and Black Mountain, NC. From each one, I have learned new and different techniques and have gathered inspiration and encouragement. As a result, I have taught oil painting for the North Brevard Art League and in my personal studio in Windover Farms.I am represented at the Downtown Art Gallery in Titusville and at the Arrowhead Gallery & Studios in Old Fort, NC. I am a member of the Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League, the Central Brevard Art Association, and Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League, and the North Brevard Art League, where I served as president for two years. For part of the year, I live in Titusville with husband, Michael; calico cat, Samantha; and toy poodle, Pepper. The other part of the year we can be found in Asheville, NC.I can be contacted at 321-626-2008 or through email at Ljean1302@gmail.com.Check out my website at Lindakrupp.com.
I'm so excited to finally be able to do what has always been in my blood ... to create art. Even as a child, I loved to draw, paint, and assemble. I'd work on any surface and use any materials I could find. As an art student, I learned to work with and control my mediums to recreate and, occasionally, improve the images of the things that surrounded me. Eventually I began to relax and allow things to happen and worked with those unplanned effects. Now, as a full time artist, I’ve discovered my passion is to work freely, without any plan for what the finished piece will be. In my latest series of acrylic paintings, I flow, scrape, and fling paint and use various materials to create beautiful, lively bursts of color with unique textures and patterns. I work intuitively, acting and reacting, constantly responding to what I’ve just done. I add, enhance, subdue or correct until the work is complete. In this way, I find my moods and interests as well as my love of color are naturally reflected in my work. Each piece is truly unique and viewers will find they can arrive at their own interpretation of the images.www.helenwheatley.com
Since 1997 David A. Dozier has taught art history, digital art, painting in oils, pastels and watercolor, black & white drawing, calligraphy and block printing at the Chicago Waldorf School, as well as drawing skills to adults in the Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education program. He has a Master's degree in Education (with a Certificate in Waldorf Education) from Antioch New England Graduate School, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication from Layton School of Art and Design with academic accreditation from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Proficient in Sketchbook Pro as well as all the traditional media; oils, pastels, watercolors, drawing, printing, and sculpture, his work ranges from paintings done from imagination to portraits, landscapes, and still life done with an impressionist palette, with color appropriate to the light conditions. He has been affiliated with Jadite Gallery in New York City, Cooper Gallery in Jersey City, the Visual Arts League in New Brunswick, and the Indianapolis Museum of Arts Alliance Gallery. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and non-profit spaces in New York City, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Puerto Rico, Chicago, Titusville FL, and throughout New Jersey. He is a past President of the Artist League of Central New Jersey, a founding member of the Visual Arts League of New Jersey, and has been featured in the Art Goes Public program of Middlesex County, where he demonstrated oil painting techniques in public libraries for many years. He studied oil painting and impressionist color with: Henry Hensche, Cedric Egeli at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown MA, Richard V. Goetz both privately in Oklahoma City and at The Art Students League of New York, Richard Antholz at the National Academy in New York City, portrait sculpture at the New York Academy of Art, drawing with William B. Weltman privately in New York City, and Ecorche with David Jameison at Vitruvian Studios in Chicago.
"I define art as a language of life's vibrance: a transformation of human emotion into imagery. An invitation for the viewer to pause and reflect, and to share an experience."Gloria's passion is painting with watercolor -- dealing with the challenge the medium presents, and the requirement to work with the medium, not to control it. Her art addresses a wide range of subjects, from Florida flora and fauna to urban cityscapes and their diverse populations. These works can be viewed on her website: www.gloriabrubaker.com.Gloria is an active member of the North Brevard Art League, the Brevard Watercolor Society, the Florida Watercolor Society, and the Eastern Upper Peninsula Arts Council.
I have been making art as long as I can remember. I am visually oriented and drawn to line and color. After earning degrees in art from UCF (Go Knights!) and UGA (Go Dawgs!) I managed to work as an artist in some capacity as often as possible, including graphic design, screen printing, indoor galleries and outdoor shows, and teaching youth and adults. These days I have the freedom to create what I love. I work primarily in acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media, including my spirit dolls which have proven to be inspirational and therapeutic for myself and others. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doris began her painting career 25 years ago, studying at Harper College, The Studio of Long Grove, and Main Street Art Centre in suburban Chicago. In addition, she has attended workshops and demonstrations presented by Frankie Johnson, Susan Ploughe, Dawn Emerson, Tom Trausch, and others. She is a native of the Chicago area and a retired healthcare professional. Nowadays she spends part of the year in Florida and part up north. She exhibits frequently in Illinois and Florida galleries and art shows. Her paintings have won numerous awards and can be found in private collections throughout the country.Doris can be contacted at email@example.com.