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Collectors respond to the contemporary style and the expressive way in which she paints. “I love the expanse of the marshlands, the big cloudscapes, the scenery is dramatic and I try to express that in my landscape paintings. When you’re out painting “en plein air” in these isolated places it feels like you have the world to yourself. The subtle shifts of light can in a moment calm or energize the environment.” Her paintings are color sensations, passionate responses, and magical experiences.
Natalia Andreeva is a professional Florida artist working with oil and watercolor media. Natalia's work is influenced by the fusion of Eastern and European schools of art, and by the philosophies capturing a harmonious marriage between spontaneous expressions and classical realism. Originally from Siberia, Natalia holds a diploma from Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University. Her education also includes postgraduate studies at the Department of Painting and Composition at the Moscow State Pedagogical University, and numerous workshops and studio work throughout Russia, Europe, and the United States of America. She held a faculty position at Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University and, since 1996, taught many classes and workshops around the United States. Natalia’s works have been distinguished with honors and fellowships and are featured in multiple public and private collections.
"Melissa has been creating her original abstract paintings on canvas for over a decade and recently released a line of hand painted glassware. Her glassware can be found in fine interior boutiques across the Southeast, the Atlanta Neiman Marcus Holiday Pop-Up Shop and at Spotlight on Art in Atlanta. She has collaborated with Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn to produce print canvas artwork inspired by her original designs. Other collaborations include an exclusive line of original hand painted acrylics on paper and glassware with Dear Keaton and Cindy Ensor Jewelry Designs."
By subtle changes in context or the physical characteristics of an otherwise simple subject, Meharg aspires to elevate object to symbol. Meharg's work is rendered with a focus on physical change over time, which may occur over many years or in a rapid moment, beckoning both an imagined past and an often precarious future.
"The nature of light fascinates and fills my work, particularly reflected light. The true nature of the spectrum changing across our visual world is fascinating to me. A realist by trade and training, what I see calls to explore the abstract nature of light and form via a layered application of oil or acrylic paint."
“I took up plein air painting a few years ago to help me build a better understanding of painting life as it happens in real time. The challenge is to take a complicated subject and tear it down to its basic elements. This technique is applied to my studio work, especially my urban scene paintings about working class people and their environment.
Nature, geometry, and people are my influences as well as the subjects I emulate through line and color. Some say art is art and design is design. But, I see them on similar ground. I look for the concept, the personality, and the soul beneath the surface.”
Much of her inspiration stems from the sights, sounds and colors around her; from the quiet moments reflecting at the beach, the endless walks and time spent in nature, to the crowds at art festivals and venues, from her children, to the everyday insanity and normalcy of “life”. When she takes these experiences and heads into the studio, a sense of serenity and passion offer her a platform where she can detach from the many distractions of the world and simply “create”.
"My work is like a vignette of another world, another dimension. I have always incorporated three main themes in my art: rendering of negative space; patterning; putting order on chaos. Using this vocabulary, I create mixed media works on paper, canvas and wood."
Karlene McConnell was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She earned a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Central Florida. She is a former Special Education Art Teacher and Art Museum Curator/ Educator. Karlene currently creates abstracted works of art with acrylic paints and graphite full time in her studio.
"Tumbling underneath waves amidst effervescent aqua tones, my compositions are fresh and original expressions of the colors and patterns of water in motion. I use my imagination to distill the kinetic essence of something never at rest.
Irregular shapes of green and blue cover the canvas, reminiscent of the brilliant marine hues that convey water in 19th century Japanese woodblock prints.
Close inspection reveals rough, textured surfaces from the thick application of media on linen, including oil, acrylic and oil pastel, reiterating the earthly and organic nature of my subject."
Taylor Hale is a Key Largo native who draws inspiration from a lifetime on the water in his island hometown. Hale, who works primarily with oils, completed a bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. Hale’s passion for portraiture led him to complete many commissions throughout the country before returning to the Keys where the dreamlike glow of the sky and sea serves as his muse.
Various levels of truth, deception, love, anger, reverence and humorous sarcasm permeate my current paintings. Through realistic narratives, I wish to provoke without merely shocking. It takes no great gift or artistic acumen to shock for shock's sake. Arrogance and visual insolence should not be construed as intellect or artistic skill.
Realism enhances the viewer's ability to interpret the work by easily recognizing the unembellished, literal subject matter and applying it to their own experiences and understanding of that subject matter.
Joe Segal is a North Florida sculptor who has been making art for over 20 years. His works are typically wall-hung pieces, carved from salvaged beams with incorporated metal elements. He has also completed large site-specific projects in concrete and stone.
Segal’s minimalist style blends a sparse geometric approach to composition with a reverence for the natural material he works with.His work is represented in many private and corporate collections and he has displayed his work nationally and internationally.