Shelly Kim, the artist behind Letters By Shells, is a self-taught artist based in Los Angeles, CA with an emphasis in lettering, DIY, loose watercolors and fun illustrations. She discovered the act of creating art as a creative outlet from her desire to release stress from her full-time job back in 2015. Shelly has turned her art hobby into a full-time career making it a mission for her artwork to express love and positivity!
Kim VanDerHoek is an American contemporary fine artist who creates vibrant, textural oil paintings of landscapes and urban scenes in her Southern California studio.
She believes it is essential to paint with commitment and fearlessly experiment. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California College of the Arts. Her work has been featured in Southwest Art, American
Art Collector, PleinAir Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, and American Artist. Recent awards include, Art Renewal Center International Salon Finalist and an Honorable Mention in Southwest Art Magazine’s Artistic Excellence Competition.
Kim is represented by Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA., Charleston, SC., and Chemers Gallery, Tustin, CA.
Joey Zeledón is an industrial designer and analog sketching advocate. He strives to design everyday objects that strike emotional chords with people. Joey believes that good design is like good music. It’s familiar, engaging and makes you feel. It’s something you want to play on repeat. Since graduating from RIT’s industrial design program in 2006, he has been creating iconic design for both young and established brands that make food, furniture, housewares, lighting, spaces, shoes and tech.
Traci Bautista is a mixed media artist, designer, author, and paint maker. In 2001, she left a successful career in the Silicon Valley to pursue her passion for art and launched treiC designs. Her bold colorful work merges freestyle mark making, scribbled graffiti, and abstract florals. She draws inspiration from florals, her artful garden, and urban landscapes. You can find hints of wanderlust sprinkled throughout her colorful handmade art journals and sketchbooks where she records and captures her explorations. Always pushing the boundaries, she experiments with using handmade paint brushes and found tools for printmaking.
For the past seventeen years, her artwork has led her on a worldwide tour teaching mixed media workshops and speaking about creative business. She has guided tens of thousands of artists in person and online to PLAY and paint with freedom. Her workshops encourage students to “see things differently,” to let go and trust themselves as they face the blank canvas. She also spent five years as a K-12 art educator, developing curriculum and after-school programs.
In 2009, she developed and launched an online education website where she has designed and taught over 50 e-courses in mixed media, art journaling, creative business, and surface design. In her CREATIVE SOUL visionary program, she mentors artists, designers, and other creatives to unleash their creative spirit, guides them to build creative confidence and define their unique artistic style while they flourish as creative entrepreneurs.
Her artwork has been featured in 20 art and mixed media books, numerous blogs and 50+ magazines including Somerset Studio, cloth.paper.scissors, Art Journaling, Somerset Digital Studio, Art Quilting Studio, Belle Armoire, Craft and Where Women Create. She has been a guest on various tv programs including “DIY/HGTV Craft Lab.” In 2017, she collaborated with Craftsy to launch “FLASHCARDS” the first mixed media digital short series.
Traci is the creator of #tracibautistaCOLOR, a line of handcrafted artisanal inks and watercolors. She is the author of three bestselling mixed media books, Collage Unleashed, Doodles Unleashed, and Printmaking Unleashed. Additionally, she designs licensed products including StencilGirl stencils, artist stamps, and Collage Pauge. She is also a Golden Artist Colors Educator and has taught in the 2012 and 2015 Strathmore online workshop series. To learn about her artwork visit www.treicdesigns.com or to follow her creative journey connect on Instagram @treicdesigns. To find out more about her online art academy visit www.artjournalplay.com.
Graham Smith is an illustrator with well over 20 years experience creating images for national clients in publishing, fashion, advertising, packaging, and film. Clients include: Blue Moon Brewing Company, Boston Globe, Worth Magazine, Sony, General Mills, Levi Strauss and Co, Saatchi and Saatchi, Integer, and Trinity.