Featured Artists

Artist Marta Oliehoek

Marta Oliehoek

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.

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Artist Ryan Spahr

Ryan Spahr

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.

www.theblackshrine.com

Pug Marker Drawing

Artist Patti Mollica

Patti Mollica

Patti Mollica has been a fine artist and professional illustrator for over 30 years. Her artwork is is known for its fearless use of color and uninhibited brushwork. She delights in painting the world around her in a bold, decisive style, with hues that are intense, brilliant and contemporary.

"Great painting is not about the “subject matter," but rather the way an artist communicates beauty, sensitivity and integrity in whatever is depicted. Flowers, gardens and sunsets are no more worthy as painting subjects than subjects than a subway station full of weary commuters, or a close-up of some old rundown fire escapes. My goal as a painter is to point out the hidden artistic essence in all subjects and scenes, and objects, most especially the ones that are not commonly thought of in an artistic light."

Patti has been commissioned by, and is included in, the private collections of American Express, Sheraton Hotels, CBS & RCA Records, Penguin Press and many others. Additionally, she is a Certified Teacher for Golden Paints and conducts workshops throughout the U.S., covering topics such as "Innovative Acrylic Techniques using Golden Paints", as well as "How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold".

Patti's original artwork is represented in several galleries throughout the US. Published prints and posters can be found in retail chains worldwide. Patti is the author of 3 books, "Modern Acrylics",

"Color Theory", and "Acrylics - Getting Started", published by Walter Foster Inc. She has also authored 3 instructional painting DVD's, "Acrylic Painting Value Techniques, Brushwork Techniques, and Color Techniques", published by FW Media. As an active member of the “daily painter” movement, Patti posts her latest paintings and commentaries at her blog, http://newyorkpainter.blogspot.com

For more information on Patti's work or workshops visit: www.pattimollica.com.

Artist Karen Peterson

Karen was born in Oahu, Hawaii in 1959. The majority of her years have been spent in California with the exception of fifteen years when she lived in Colorado, Wyoming and Alaska.

After obtaining a degree in Horticulture from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California and a second degree in Fine Arts from Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming, she has decided to settle down in the central coast of California.

Her work in the fields of horticulture, graphic design and theater have given her wonderful and challenging opportunities.

Karen's art is inspired by nature and the love of animals. Acrylic on canvas and scratchboard art are her mediums of choice with a style of contemporary realism.

Karen's Website

Artist Alisa Burke

Alisa Burke

Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique to use in her artwork.

Alisa had a desire to be an artist since she was a very young girl. As the child of fine artists who worked from home, she grew up in an environment surrounded by energetic creativity. Against this artistic backdrop, Alisa became accustomed to the notion that running a creative business from ones household was a natural way of life; and an attainable one as well. 

Growing up, she developed her skills with numerous drawing classes and enjoyed nightly creative sprees at the kitchen table.  As an adolescent, Alisa participated in various art shows, contests and sold her work at craft fairs. It wasn't until she graduated from high school that the pathway to becoming a full-time artist became a reality. While Alisa had always loved the creative process and identified herself as an artist, she fell in love with the notion in college. The exposure to Art History and the thrilling exchange of ideas sold her on the charms of dedicating herself to the creative life. From that point on, there was no going back on her dream of pursuing a career in the arts. 

Like most, she worked many day jobs while at the same time showing her art, taking on freelance jobs, and building up her portfolio. Alisa landed a marketing position at the University of San Diego that allowed her to utilize her creative skills.  However, the position did not satisfy her craving to make art on her own terms.  After this realization, Alisa set out to quit her job and pursue her dream full-time.  After a long five-year process of inching forward and building her creative business from the ground up, she finally came to the point of supporting herself with her artwork.  After long hours at her day job, plenty of rejection, tears and frustration, Alisa was finally able to make her dream a reality.  Through persistence and hard work, she was able to achieve her long term goal of creative and financial independence.  Alisa quit her job in 2009 and never looked back.

When Alisa and her husband, Andy, decided to start a family, they knew that they had to act on their long term goal of leaving Southern California for the rugged fringes of the Oregon Coast. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Alisa longed for the simplicity, beauty, and inspiration of her former hometown. A desire to simplify their lifestyle and focus on raising their daughter spurred this plan into action; and in 2012 they planned, saved, and worked hard to build Alisa’s business.  After careful planning, Andy quit his job as a structural engineer to become a stay at home dad.  Shortly after, they packed up their belongings and strapped 1-year-old Lucy into the car seat and embarked upon a journey to a small town on the Oregon Coast where they now reside.

Artwork by Alisa Burke
Artwork by Alisa Burke

Alisa's paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in numerous publications and media outlets such as Better Homes & Gardens, The Huffington Post, Buzz Feed, TLC, HGTV, Bon Appetit, Apartment Therapy, Reader’s Digest, Craft, Brit Picks, Disney and more.  In addition to creating art, Alisa currently teaches a variety of workshops nationwide and has worked as a Bernina Artisan. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and Quilting Arts TV on PBS. Her first book,Canvas Remix, was released in the spring of 2008 followed by her second book, Sew Wild, released in August 2011.  Alisa latest endeavor is the newly launched "Heart to Art Remix" fashion accessory line with Demdaco.