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All Things Ampersand

Featured Artist: Garron J Barrett

Featured Artist: Garron J Barrett

Garron J Barrett did what some can only dream of. He quit his full-time job to become an artist. The Atlanta-based Pastelbord artist went from public accounting to applied arts. When he discovered his childhood passion for art was not going away, he took the leap.

We caught up with Garron and found out how he found his way back to his first love. With simple colors, yet complex and detailed paintings, this up-and-coming artist is proving to be unstoppable.

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Featured Artist: Erin Berrett

Featured Artist: Erin Berrett

Gessobord artist Erin Berrett is a contemporary realism oil painter best known for her still-lifes. Some of our favorites are meaningful commissions that have sweet or fun and quirky backstories. We checked in with Berrett to share with us some of her most memorable commissions and the stories behind the paintings.

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Featured Artist: Taylor Reinhold

Ampersand recently launched our largest surfaces ever and wanted to collaborate with artists whose experience is primarily creating on a big scale. This led to our collaboration with aerosol artist Taylor Reinhold. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, Reinhold attended Santa Clara University. In 2009, he founded Made Fresh Crew, a collective of artisans ranging in talents from glass blowing to painting. Since then he has worked to promote creativity amongst the youth through artistic community outreach projects.

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Q&A with Claybord Artist Lipstick Lex

Lex’s Gallery in Sarasota, FL

Q&A with Claybord Artist Lipstick Lex

Sarasota, Florida-based Claybord artist, Alexis Fraser, is otherwise known in the art scene as “Lipstick Lex”. With an emphasis on promoting love, self-love, beauty, personal empowerment, and creative inspiration through her subjects, Lex’s innovative method delivers chic and conversational art that is equally vibrant as it is unique. Lex puts her love into each work of art – not just literally with her physical kisses, but from the moment of conceptualization, with each and every brushstroke, the finishing touches, her signature on the bottom corner, and of course the polishing layer of protective resin to conclude the piece.

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Q&A with Encausticbord artist Dietlind Vander Schaaf

Photo credit: Michael D Wilson

Q&A with Encausticbord artist Dietlind Vander Schaaf

With work that references teachings from Zen Buddhism, Christian mysticism, the poetic traditions, and contemplative practices including yoga and meditation, Dietlind Vander Schaaf’s artwork has been described as “the transformation of disparate objects into elegantly simple compositions of pattern and grace” (Artscope).

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