A calm, thoughtful observer, Mark Wolak paints and draws his impressions of the world around him and channels aspects of his personality. Mark and his work have a great stillness. Formally, his work often looks very clean, deliberate and symmetrical, conveying a visual feeling of stability. With his attention to detail and nature-inspired, yet simplified color palette, Mark’s artwork invites viewers to pause and appreciate the beauty of their surroundings, as well as, meditate on the abstract purity of his art’s forms and colors. When he is not creating art, Mark finds joy in going for walks, watching cooking shows, going to the movies and listening to music.
Judy Chow’s artistic work often relates to her sense of time, space, and place. This finds its clearest expression in her passion for creatively copying schedules and lists related to her life. She finds immense meaning in these tokens of the day to day rhythms and routines, as well as the more exceptional events punctuating everyday life. Lists of the names of important people in her life, creative reproductions of daily schedules, holiday themed cards, group projects and spontaneous bursting into song encompasses much of her creative output.
Jessica McDaniel’s vibrant line art drawings and paintings of smiling animals transport viewers into her whimsical world. Describing herself and her art as, “happy, happy, happy”, Jessica transmits her gleeful personality into her art through bright colors, bold shapes, and bunnies named, “Lucky”. When she is not making art, Jessica enjoys going out with her family and friends, and dancing to Michael Jackson.
Heather Kingsbury draws and paints what she loves. Her work features flowers, cats, and various shades of purple. She often works by breaking down images carefully re-constructing them piece by piece to create a completed work. Through this meditative collage process, Heather is able to slow down and bring order to a loud, chaotic world. Recently Heather has also been using her iPad camera to amass a small archive of photos, which is still finding it’s direction. When she is not making art, she enjoys shopping, going on walks, and collecting items that make her happy.
Fariha Farhat describes herself as, “a happy human” and her drawings as, “fancy words like a poem”. She likes “blue – because of the sky and swimming in the ocean, and pink – because it is the universal of love”. Fariha is known for her drawings of “sensoory” boats. She describes every boat as having, “lots of colors and containing every life in the water”. Some of her favorite things are pop music, camping, stretching, Chinese horror movies, and family time. She believes that “a good person is like a butterfly, laughing is good for the heart, and all people are important”.
Delenn Schoeber is a creator of fantastical worlds. Each canvas tells a story. Winged creatures against detailed landscapes transport viewers into her rich inner world. As a natural storyteller, each piece is character driven. Beginning with a sketch of the creature, she lets her imagination build the world around it. In addition to drawing and painting, Delenn writes murder mysteries featuring fearless female characters. When she is not creating, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family capturing the outdoors with her camera. She is always gathering information and inspiration for her next story.
Deidre Snow has an outgoing attitude and an active social life. The joy and energy of her lifestyle comes out in her art, which often includes drawings and paintings of hearts, home-made cards, paper flowers, as well as abstract paintings. The paintings often feature the use of multi-colored, thickly poured, splattered, smeared and otherwise manipulated paint. It is often thickly applied to the canvas without brushes, relying instead on blow dryers, scraping devices, pouring implements, and her bare hands. There is a relishing of the material properties of the paint, and an emphasis on process over product, a vital impulse to continually explore the qualities of the paint itself.
Much of Darren Lowe’s work is concerned with the joyful expression of the popular culture he grew up with, including films such as Grease and musical artists such as Michael Jackson and Patti Smith. He also has a fondness for illustrating animals, especially elephants. His work also relates to memory, and the tendency of memories to be all at once intense, at times involuntary, and also fleeting. This sometimes gives his work a distorted and at times deconstructed and dreamlike quality.
Chris Tsen’s work seems to value process over product. Slow repetitions and gradual developments of gesture give his process a meditative quality. Color is applied in almost web-like patterns that often overtake the surface of the work, at other times the patterns remain suspended in nearly static formations of densely applied color hanging in fields of empty space. His work is about his overall experience. It concerns his feelings of happiness, and his sensations of the space he works in. It is about the colors, the light, the smells, the time of day, the ceiling and the floor, the walls and the windows, the table, the sky and the music.
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