“Memories of my mother’s and my grandmother’s gardens inspire me,” explains Deborah about her sources of imagery. “I find continual wonderment in living lakeside – watching the sun set, the sky change, the water gently move. My hope is that years from now, my Glass Art is your family’s heirloom.”
Deborah Uva received her education in fused glass under the guidance of various master artists, Michael Skrtic of the Glass Source in Shelton, Connecticut, Michael Dupille at the OATKA School of Glass in Batavia, New York as well as her involvement with the Maine Art Glass Studio in Lisbon Falls and the Stained Glass Express in Manchester, Maine.
Eric has been a matte painter and environment artist for feature film, television, commercials and games since 2005 (learn what matte painting is here). If you have gone to the movies, or watched television in the last ten years, chances are, you have seen some of his work as a matte painter.
He has always pursued many forms of visual art. He grew up with traditional mediums. Watercolor and charcoal are some of his favorites.
Although he was already making somewhat of a living in art, he wanted to take it to the next level. So, off to art school he went.
Four years later, he graduated with a degree in digital media from Otis College of Art + Design and has spent the past 12 years as an artist in the entertainment industry.
In recent years, photography, digital paint and pixels have been his primary form of expression but he still enjoys picking up a pencil and a brush whenever he can.
William C. Turner is a professional artist in the genre of narrative realism using oils. After he retired from a 30-year career in automotive restoration he decided to pursue his lifelong dream and devote himself entirely to drawing and painting. Over the years he earned BFA and MFA degrees in Visual Arts-Painting which would have been almost impossible as a youth because of his dyslexia. He taught at Manchester Community College, Art Department, for nine years.
“Since my intimate knowledge and love of machinery has been so much a part of my life,” says Cheever, “I chose to paint distressed vehicles and machinery to tell a story. Greek and Roman mythology as well as folklore have been an inspiration and I use my imagination to reinvent these tales using vehicles as surrogates for humans. Much time is devoted to research, preliminary sketches and composition in executing each piece, and I know this will contribute to its value in years to come. It is a joy to create a story on canvas, and especially meaningful when someone relates to my work.”
Each of Lydia Tucci’s handmade jewelry is an expression of my life experiences. “My fascination for how an abstract thought could be transformed into a tangible space, led me to pursue careers in architecture, interior design and set design. This background has shaped and inspired my designs,” says Lydia.
Her work – necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and cufflinks – draws upon both the organic curves and shapes of nature and the stark geometric forms found in architecture. Each piece is created by hand using traditional and modern techniques in her home studio.
“My goal is to create jewelry for everyday wear inspired by architecture, nature, and art. Minimal and timeless.”
Lydia is a proud member of the Nutmeg Collective, “Connecticut’s Creative Chamber of Commerce.”
“Delight in the joy of anticipating spring’s first flowers, the wonder of a glorious sunrise, or a spectacular sunset. I am an artist and a creator. I capture cherished moments and emotions to experience them again each time we see them.” – Carla
Carla Thomson paints realistic florals and landscapes, she creates images that inspire – from the joy in a brightly colored bouquet to the serenity of waves crashing on a rocky shore. Collectors express how her art imbues joy and tranquility. She also welcomes portrait commissions.
She received her B.A. in Studio Art from Rhode Island College with a focus on graphic design. She later discovered her love for painting working on murals for her children’s nurseries, which lead to a short part-time role as a muralist. Carla continued developing through self-study, coursework at Rhode Island College, workshops and a collaborative painting group lead by master artist Linda A. Woods.
She recently transitioned to full-time artist after a long career in technology at a multinational financial services company. The story of her midlife career change appeared on www.abc6.com. Her artwork is found in numerous private collections throughout the US and Europe.
The focus of Carlton Taylor’s is dictated more by the opportunity than by a specific theme or subject. The words of Henri Cartier-Bresson summarize his approach nicely – “Photography is, for me, a spontaneous impulse coming from an ever-attentive eye, which captures the moment and its eternity.”
Not missing the days of working with chemicals and paper in the darkroom, Carlton has embraced the digital age, the possibilities on the computer are endless. Carlton is not one to do much manipulation. He still has strong roots in black and white photography from his darkroom days, and now enjoys the ability to do black and white digitally, while including selective bits of color from the original scene. The effect can be both fun and stunning.
Carlton’s work has been accepted into a number of juried shows, has won a number of awards, and is now in many private collections. Carlton is a member of the New Hartford Art League.
Echoing a comment about artists from the New Zealand Prayer Book: May you, through my work, “see creation afresh!”
Carol Taylor has been working as a printmaker for over 35 years, exhibiting her work in numerous shows and galleries across New England. Her work is represented in private and corporate collections and included in the print collection of the Amity Art Foundation. Her many awards include “Best in Show” and “First in Category” in Old Saybrook, CT, “First Prize, Mixed Media” in Glastonbury, CT, and “First Place in Graphics” in Trumbull, CT. Carol is a member of the Connecticut Women Artists, and the New Hartford Art League.
Carol’s limited edition etchings and intaglio prints involves a process whereby a design is drawn on a metal plate which has been coated with an acid resistant material called “ground”. After the drawing is finished the plate is immersed in an acid bath and is etched wherever metal has been exposed. The ground is then removed, and ink is rubbed into the etched lines, hand-printed, dried, and hand-colored with watercolors.
Her one-of-a-kind collage pieces incorporate portions of Carol’s etchings, special papers, metallic threads, cords, sheet music, and even beads. The collages will often include parts of two or three etchings, cut into pieces. They are sewn back together using decorative zig-zag stitching to create a unique work of art.
“Nature has always been an inspiration – the delicate shapes of flower petals, the bare branches of winter trees. I use zig-zag stitches to invoke the feel and flow of wind in the trees, or movement in the leaves. Sometimes a color, a rustle of sounds, a leaf, even a scrap of paper will inspire me to create a new world – a landscape abstracted into shapes but still invoking the feeling of nature around us.”
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Paul’s artistic career started in Boston with projects ranging from an ornate steel stairway entrance for the Boston Distillery, South Boston, MA to a gallery touring member of the Artist Foundation, a Boston-based artist guild sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Along the way, he stayed close to nature and created abstract organic forms using steel, stone and aluminum showing in galleries throughout New England and even on a New York City set of a Liam Neeson film.
After 20 years of creating steel and stone sculpture, Paul Shampine turned his blowtorch to canvas, creating an inspiring new medium. By varying the paint’s viscosity with heat, he produces great movement with soft fluid lines, lively textures and forms to render another dimension. The additional dimension is an essential backdrop in expressing the energy and beauty of his fluid subject; the Ocean. He builds upon that foundation with an oceanic color palette and by fusing aluminum to create his Coastal Contemporary Abstracts.
Paul wraps his own canvases with organic cotton canvas and custom welds the brushed aluminum framing for a clean, finished contemporary feel. He often takes creative liberties with the framing, steam bending the canvas wood frame creating a truly unique, one-of-a-kind wall sculpture.
Rachel’s jewelry challenges the concept of “precious” metals. She fell in love with copper, brass and steel, with their natural beauty, reactivity and intrinsic patinas. The reactivity of metals, which disqualifies them as precious metals, is precisely what gives them their character, responding to the environment in different ways.
“The ability of these metals to be unpredictable and to organically evolve over time, along with my obsession with experimentation,” says Rachel, “make each piece one-of-a-kind.”