I have been a sports artist since 1996, and in that span I’ve been fortunate in that my work has been associated with the likes of the Redskins, Hank Aaron, Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders, Peter Bondra and Jaromir Jagr to name a few. But it’s the countless many sports fans and collectors that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting from all over the country and all walks of life that ultimately makes the job rewarding.
Neal Schlosburg – NS Fine Art Images
Neal Schlosburg, photo artist: The mood of an image is a shared experience between artist and viewer.
I explore energy, emotion, and sensibilities with my images and their titles. My goal is to have an expressive exchange; one soul directly to another. I converse with light, shades, tones, textures, shapes, and words to tell a story and to convey my feelings. Life is diverse, so too are the moods.
“The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance.” Ansel Adams
More than fifty years past, my first hands on experience to photography was in summer camp. We developed black and negatives and printed them as contact sheets (thumbnails). The textures and shades of charcoal and pastels would later inform my photographic art.
Through the course of my life, my influences and passions have changed and evolved. Most of my artistic images over the last seven years reflect my desire to interact with spontaneous emotions. My subject matter is varied, but it is people and flowers I am most drawn to.
Music has been an essential part of my life, and it entered the creative process in an unexpected way. Looking at one of my fine art images, a large delicate white flower with linen like petals, my wife said it reminded her of a beautiful wedding dress. The moment she made that comment, Billy Idol’s “White Wedding” played in my head. Since then, all my images are named after a song title, an album title, or a band name.
I am a Native Washingtonian (as in the,”District of Columbia”).
I can’t remember a point in my life when I wasn’t creating some form of visual art. I’ve explored various artistic mediums and forms of visual expression such as acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings; magazine collages and clay sculptures; pastel, graphite; charcoal, color pencil and (sumi)ink drawings; various kinds of archival paper and fabric printing, and more.
I have an extensive formal education in the fine arts—having attended Moore College of Art and graduating with a BA Degree in Arts Management from Howard University (studio art courses and business electives)in 2007.
Soon after graduating, my thyroid gland was severely damaged as a result of a botched medical procedure. My health became increasingly worse and I soon became abysmally out of touch with all aspects of my life. I continued to work but, I then sought out primarily clerical roles — far removed from what I went to school for. Eventually, I closed the door to all artistic pursuits.
In 2010, I was challenged with a professional diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder Type l. I can also evidence a mild Provisional Tic Disorder manifesting in facial grimacing and Coprolalia when I am under significant emotional stress. In 2016, I was diagnosed by an Endocrinologist with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
This news was devastating but, extremely helpful. How? Because now, at least, I could understand what was making me so unwell for so long and, I was armed with a protocol to treat it.
In 2017, I discovered Art Enables. I volunteered as a staff aid at this NGO. They then offered me a Resident Artist Fellowship and I slowly began to switch back on the right side of my brain. The AE program helps disabled emerging artists (of all stripes) free up their mental and emotional baggage to produce exceptional works of art. For me, it proved to be extremely transformative.
I began to plumb the depths of my imagination with representational and abstract forms of acrylic painting and I have not looked back. I have begun to view and to conduct myself as a legitimate, professional artist.
I am currently inspired by the figurative mastery of Chloe Piene and the notan draughtmanship of Alphonse Mucha. Other professional artists of interest to me are: Tim Okamura, Kadir Nelson, Michael D’ Antuono, and others -too many to list.
As of April 2019, I am also a resident artist with Artists & Makers Studios located in Rockville, Maryland. My studio hours vary. More information about my A&M journey will be provided within the coming months.
So… Thank you for your interest in my art and in my life! Your visit to my website is greatly appreciated.
Paola Luther’s delicate touch and sense of light and color infuses her broad range of art styles and mediums. Paola has been painting since childhood. As an adult she became a professional artist in fine arts and continues to expand her skills under the tutelage of artists from Washington DC, Los Angeles, Spain, Peru and Central America. Paola has attended multiple workshops with talented artists around the world. Traveling is a large part of Paola’s artistic inspiration. She has produced colorful plein-air pieces, commissioned paintings and portraits. Paola’s original works can be found in private collections in the United States and Europe.
My figures co-habitat a world filled with nature and colour – because that is how I see myself. Essentially nature. The subtleties, complexities, the curves, and arches of the body are very like the forms and lines you would find in the natural world around us.
Using line and form as structural guidelines, I sort through the internal dialogue I have about the realities of life, the truth in meditation, and my place in nature.
Sometimes I conflict with nature – my un-enlightened self, and sometimes I am in harmony with it – my ultimate self.
In my lotus series, my goal is to get the viewer to focus on the simplicity and elegance of line along with the beauty and almost abstract quality of the shapes.
I respond deeply to the lotus’ symbolism and the role it plays to a Hindu in our spiritual awakening. Rising from muddy waters to a thing of beauty and purity – devoid of attachment, the ultimate goal.
By keeping colour to a minimum, all extra noise is cut off and viewing the paintings becomes an almost meditative experience.
1999 – 2001 – Textile Designing Cape Technikon, Cape Town, South Africa
1995 – 1999 – B.F.A Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
1994 – 1995 – Visual Arts Centennial College, Toronto, Canada
1991 – 1994 – Fine Arts Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore, India
Tougaloo Art Colony- Tougaloo, MS. July 2003 Art Residency
“AS A YOUNG GIRL, Jamea Richmond-Edwards got lost in the pages of Ebony magazine. She was particularly drawn to the runway images from the Ebony Fashion Fair show. Through the otherworldly photographs of stunning black models styled in wildly imaginative ensembles, she discovered haute couture and envisioned herself as a fashion designer. Years later, she chose visual art over fashion design, but never gave up on her desire to explore the artifice of dressing.
“Those images were very visually affirming for me. It presented black women in a space that I had never seen before,” Richmond-Edwards told me via email………”
Originally from Brazil, rediscovering my passion for painting has been a journey back to my roots. As an artist, I overcome the challenging hardships in this world by maintaining a positive spirit. I enjoy understanding how human beings interact, integrate and exist as a part of the natural environment. These dynamic movements are transported into my paintings in the themes I choose, and in the combinations of colors I select, and using a unique technique I have developed, which give to the viewers the impact of my message. I like to be presented with challenges and use each experience to represent social themes in my surrounding and the world’s environment. My style is abstract expressionism. Art has always been a passion of mine and I continue to learn through my experiences and taking various classes at local colleges.
Peter Swift is an award-winning contemporary realist artist. his artistic philosophy is simple: “I always paint common, everyday objects. Using symmetry and design, I try to turn them into something new. If the symmetry is successful, it will create a kind of dynamic stillness. The painting will almost seem to absorb sound.”
Peter is a leading proponent of a developing new genre of still-life painting called “Magic Symmetry”. Magic Symmetry is a combination of: (a) photorealistic renderings of objects; and (b) arrangement of these objects in symmetrical designs, such as circles. Still-life symmetry is quite different from the traditional “slice-of-life” or “snapshot” approach, showing the objects on a table-top or in a cabinet, which has been used for centuries in still-life painting. A good example of Magic Symmetry would be Peter’s painting entitled “Eight Wood Screws” shown above (acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches, or 122 x 122 cm).
Jill Romanoke works with a variety of unique and intriguing materials. Romanoke creates visually complex and elegant drawings and prints. Created on large layered sheets of exceptionally thin, translucent paper, each layer treated with a different medium. Romanoke’s two-sided and delicate hangings are strikingly luminous.
Kristina Penhoet creates abstract and expressionist sculpture using traditional and modern felt-making techniques. Her work takes cues from living organisms, landscapes and architecture; seeking to find beauty in the strange and ugly and pursuing themes of connection, mutation and diversity. Her use of wool as a tactile, natural material is consistent with her themes and the organic properties of her work.
After earning a degree in biology, Kristina attended Otis College of Art and Design concentrating on sculpture and environmental design, eventually pursuing a degree and career in architecture. When she became disenchanted with restrictive creative process of architectural design, she rekindled her love of making and discovered fiber as a medium.
Originally from the West Coast, Kristina currently resides in Washington, DC with her family and a naughty dog that wants to be good.
I am artist and a printmaker in Washington DC area. I have been creating art my entire adult life. My prints hang in Argentina, Chile, Germany, Panama, Brazil and most recently in the new embassy in Sarajevo. Because I have had the opportunity to live and travel across the world, I naturally absorbed some of the culture and the spirit of the people including their symbols, rituals, and markings.
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