“Abstract art is not designed to resemble reality but to offer clarity & understanding with a touch of political incorrectness.”
From Antioch, IL to Phelps, WI, Brandy has spent the majority of her life living between Wisconsin and Illinois. Half of her family are Bears fans and half Packers fans. Because of this, she is NEUTRAL….. Lol Brandy has always been an inquisitive and creative thinker. However, in the past 4+ years she has been a creative Doer. For many years she was infected with pessimistic thinking, but has out grown that.
She works with all sorts of mediums such as acrylic, resin, wood and glass. As a business student, Brandy is considered to be a ‘self-taught’ artist. She enjoys the ability to create freely, wildly, and straight from the heart. She believes everyone has an inner artist that can be tapped into at any age. She is looking to grow her art career into bigger and better things as she learns and gains networking and marketing experiences. A dream come true would be to see her work recognized and displayed by SOTHEBY’S and be among the elite and wildly creative artists across the world.
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Mark’s artistic journey has been an exciting one. He enjoys pastels and the nuances of that medium. His experimental landscapes and figurative pastel paintings reflect the beauty of remote, quiet places and moments of his intimate connection to nature. Mark’s always searching for exciting new techniques, knowledge, movement, colors, feel, textures and light. He loves getting out into the great outdoors to paint plein air and capture first-hand the environmental mood, light and character of the location. A great example of his work is seen in the complex and concrete shapes of structures and dramatic landscapes allowing for strong contrasts of light and shadow.
Mark’s travels to Havana, Cuba took his creative spark a higher level altogether. This trip left him with a large portfolio of urban landscape material to draw from for years to come. Mark will often sit on a reference photo or idea, working until the right materials and textures come together in his creative process.
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Dan Simoneau was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine, where he began formal art classes at 11 and at 13 joined the Androscoggin Valley Art Association as its youngest member ever. By the time Dan was a sophomore in high school he was exhibiting and selling his paintings in local summer art festivals. In 1980, Dan began studies at the University of Southern Maine. There he was influenced by artists such as Caravaggio, Chuck Close, Richard Estes and Philip Pearlstein. Of these artists, the influence of Caravaggio, Close and Pearlstein are still evident. Dan graduated in 1984 with high honors and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. His majors were painting, pottery and printmaking; his minor, art history.
Dan has continued exhibiting his work nationally and internationally, winning many awards. His paintings have also been published in many national and international publications. He is currently a Signature Master in the International Society of Acrylic Painters and a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society. He is also a Fellow in the American Artists Professional League. He is the current President of the International Society of Acrylic Painters. He has also been recognized for his achievements by being listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American Art since 2005.
Dan’s primary subject is light as it falls on objects. The object he uses to represent light is the male figure. He prefers the male figure due to its musculature and sculptural qualities with its just under the surface tension and strength. Because no person looks like any other person, the multitude of expressions and body positions provides an infinite source of subject matter and inspiration.
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