Rachel Christopoulos is an acrylic painter and creative coach from Madison, WI. She is most recognized for her portrait paintings that feature vivid colors and playful compositions. Her artwork focuses on celebrating individuality and big ideas, capturing these abstract thoughts through traditional subject matter. Using painterly techniques, fluorescent hues, and the occasional splatter, Rachel's art highlights a unique perspective on everyday life and those who live it.
Justin is a Senior Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA) and an Elected Member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) He was born in the 1970s in Hartford Connecticut. His parents moved to Canada before his 3rd birthday and it is the country he has called “home” ever since, becoming a Canadian Citizen roughly 10 years later.
Justin studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of British Columbia and received a degree in Visual Communications from the Alberta College of Art & Design. Justin has worked full time as a professional illustrator, fine artist and graphic designer for over 20 years.
These days he works primarily in dry mediums like graphite, charcoal and pastel but still likes to dust off the paints now and again.
"Great paintings and drawings speak to us in a way that words cannot. Because of this, my goal has always been to communicate visually, at an emotional level. Form, line and light are the main tools I work with. Regardless of the subject, style or media, the one constant, tying all of my work together, is an attempt to translate what we see as lights into a 2 dimensional piece." Justin Maas
We are proud to have Justin as an official Strathmore Ambassador:
Jordan Rhodes graduated with a Ph.D in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University. In his leisure time, he creates art which primarily focuses on portraiture.
Jordan created the artwork featured on the cover of our 400 Series Recycled Sketch pads.
Here’s what he had to say about his piece:
This drawing was based on a reference photo of my lovely wife, Wilenny. I thought it was a cool photo and I liked her style and attitude on it. She is a big inspiration for me and was the reason I started posting my art online in the first place, which eventually led to this opportunity to work on the 400 series recycled sketch cover for Strathmore. As for the incorporation of the thistle logo, I admittedly didn’t take the most creative approach as I just replaced the original graphic on the shirt in the reference picture with the thistle logo, but it got the job done. I hope you enjoy the new cover and working on the Strathmore recycled series 400 sketch pads!
Side note – Strathmore’s iconic thistle symbol is incorporated into every 400 Series pad cover in some way, shape or form. It may resemble our circular thistle logo or it may be a literal interpretation of the thistle plant. Either way, you can be sure to find it represented some way!
To explore more Jordan’s art, visit his Instagram page at @jmr_art
Philece Roberts is a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer, whose work is most recognized for her strong and graceful representation of black women. With a unique fusion of traditional art with contemporary style, she explores the depths of inner beauty, firmly rooted in experiences and empowerment of women of color. With a body of work that is celebration of beauty and culture through realism fused with the textures of wood grain, tea stains, and line work and inspired by the multifaceted stories of women, she takes you on a journey through portraiture that is grounded in clean aesthetics and immersed in emotion.
Roberts has a B.A. in Film and Video Studies from the University of Oklahoma and a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Atlanta. She currently lives and works in her hometown of Nassau, Bahamas.
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!