I consider myself to be a student of the world, happily ignoring any attempt at “photographic” representation. In fact, I’m quite content directing my attention toward the mood or quality of a particular place and moment. The energy of a mark or brush stroke is more interesting to me than the labor of highly rendered “finished” pieces. A decision to leave such preciousness behind has been a conscious one, as was the choice of simple tools used to realize such expression: a fountain pen, a tiny watercolor kit, a sketchbook made by hand from my favorite paper.
My blog, Just Sketching, featuring quick sketches of life, can be found at https://justsketches.wordpress.com
Brent Anderson was born in Lubbock, TX in 1964. Although not formally trained as an artist, he has been an artist all his life. From an early age, he was drawn to art and could always be found creating, building, or drawing something as a child. Brent's creative side comes out in the kitchen as well, where he loves to create and experiment with new dishes. He expressed his passion for art through intricate and detailed drawings of wildlife or outdoor settings. Brent created several drawings on consignment for both individuals and for commercial applications as well. His work can be found hanging in homes across the West Texas area. Brent has been married to his beautiful wife Susan for 26 years, and has three wonderful children. Susan is a cancer survivor and will celebrate 12 years cancer free in February. He founded the 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization: In My Father's Eyes, Inc. in 2014 to bless families of children diagnosed with cancer, or families who have lost children to this horrible disease with framed portraits of these beautiful fighters. In My Father's Eyes provides all of this at no cost to the families. If you would like you can contact Brent here.
Ms. Kutza is an artist residing in New York. She has studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Art is her passion. Her work "Desserts" was inspired by an article she read which stated that drawing comfort foods makes us happier. It is done with acrylics on 400 Series Acrylic paper.
Born in Krakow, Poland in the 1970s Marta discovered art already at a very young age. Growing up “behind the Iron Curtain” where reality was often grey and grim, she found escape in colours, children’s books and their illustrations and occasional cinema screenings of Disney feature films. Marta had been drawing all her life, but only in 2015 did she decide to pursue art seriously. Since then she has been working closely with her mentor, Cindy Wider (www.drawpj.com).
Marta’s main medium is coloured pencils. It is a perfect tool for an artist-mother, working mostly at a dining table. It is safe, clean, easy to transport and move, and furthermore extremely versatile, suitable for many different styles and techniques. What Marta especially loves is the precision you can achieve with coloured pencils, the vibrancy of the colours, the painterly look achieved through layering and blending of colours and the freshness the drawings evoke.
Marta’s style is realism, but with a touch of fantasy and magic. She loves otherwordly atmosphere, vivid colours and emotional content. As much as she hopes to become the best technician she can, it is the emotions that she want to share with the world.
She has tried many different brands of paper and surfaces, but always comes back to Strathmore Bristol because of its smooth yet solid surface. The paper can take many layers of colouring and blending without losing its quality and smoothness.
Ryan Spahr is an accomplished artist working in a variety of media, including marker, pen and ink, oil, pastel, photography, and tattoo. His work exhibits bold, expressive mark-making, exploration, and experimentation. Ryan lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he spends his free time with his family and collecting records. His future plan is to further his education in the Arts.