Ampersand Blog

After what started out as a peaceful hobby, Claybord artist Jim Musil has found much success sharing his paintings on social media.

Pamela Caughey is an Ampersand Artist Ambassador who has an extensive background in painting with multiple mediums. Her passion is sharing her knowledge with others so they may become the artists they wish to be.

Amado Peña's art celebrates the strength of a people who meet the harsh realities of life in an uncompromising land and his work is a tribute to the Native Americans who survive by living in harmony with an adversarial, untamed environment. Amado’s artwork is defined by its bold color and form and dynamic composition.

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new website. The reimagined site features a new modern color palette and brand design that brings our mission to inspire creativity full circle.

Maryland-based Gessobord artist Eric Robinson specializes in oil and pen to create various visual narratives. Eric’s use of rich earth tones and bold brushwork is met with complementary soothing backgrounds that allow his subjects’ personalities to radiate through and be the focal point of each piece.

At first glance, Hester Berry's oil landscapes on Ampersand Primed Smooth seem abstract. Yet, the more you take in her paintings, the more detailed they become. Her distinct style shows her ability to capture light and use tools for adding detail.

Sally Maxwell has been working with scratchboard for over fifty-three years and has helped to define it as a fine art medium. Finding inspiration in animals and her own colorful garden; each piece is a snapshot of the intensity that nature can possess in its quiet moments.

Caroline Adams, an egg tempera artist, discovered Claybord for her abstract landscape artwork. Inspired by the many places she has lived, her work draws from the colors, shapes, and lines of each place.

Ann Ranlett

Ann Ranlett, MSA is an artist and illustrator specializing in pet/animal portraits and nature subjects rendered in scratchboard (Scratchbord). She accepts commissions for pet and animal portraits and enjoys working with devoted owners and their beloved animals.

Beverly Mangham

Beverly Satch Mangham is co-director at Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos, Texas. She teaches workshops in creativity, mixed media, and collage.

Cathy Sheeter

Cathy Sheeter is known as one of the premier wildlife and western scratchboard artists of today. Her mastery of the difficult scratchboard medium is evident in the outstanding quality of each of her works.

Dawn Emerson

Born in 1955, I grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts. The ocean and quarries of the rocky New England coast were my stomping grounds until I left for the west with my husband and young family in the late 1980s.

Debra Yaun

After graduating from Ringling College of Art & Design in 1977, Debra worked as a fashion illustrator and Graphic Artist. She has created works of art with subjects in portrait, nature, wildlife, and pets.

Dietlind Vander Schaaf

Dietlind Vander Schaaf holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and an MA from the University of Southern Maine. Her work has been described as the transformation of "disparate objects into elegantly simple compositions of pattern and grace" (Artscope).

Elise Wagner

Elise Wagner is a painter, printmaker, educator, and innovator. An east coast transplant from Jersey City, New Jersey, she has based herself in Portland, Oregon since 1986.

Erin Keane

Erin Keane is an artist working with photography, encaustic beeswax, and bookbinding. In photography, she explores elasticity of light, and combines photography transfer with encaustic beeswax to create soft imagery with a luminous glow.