Ampersand Blog

Jacqueline Sullivan

I have been a teaching artist for 30 years and I love to teach! It has been an honor to be invited to teach for Art Centers and Studios across North America as well as having been chosen as faculty member for several International Calligraphy Conferences.

Jane Hunt

Following her move from England to the U.S. as a teenager, Jane Hunt received her B.F.A. in illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art. After working as an illustrator for several years, Hunt eventually returned to her true love: landscape oil painting.

Jeff Erickson

I knew at an early age, art would be a part of my life. My grandmother was an American Impressionist painter, and I would watch her create colorful brush strokes across the canvas.

Jennifer Redstreake Geary

Jennifer Redstreake Geary has been an artist since her wee young days back in New Mexico, where she grew up. Her parents were super supportive and encouraged her to "keep at it" and by the time she was in her 20s, she was doing what she loved professionally.

Jodi Reeb

I have been a full-time artist and teacher for over 23 years. My current body of work consists primarily of encaustic painting, which is visually inspired by the natural elements. I am working toward the idea of "painting as sculpture" that vacillates between abstract to more representational.

Judy Lavoie

Tennessee artist Judy Lavoie creates paintings in a highly representational style, primarily using watercolors, inks, and acrylics. Judy especially loves painting on Aquabord, Claybord, and Scratchbord which beautifully facilitate the intricate detail and rich textures in her work.

Julie Snidle

Julie Snidle, an abstract painter and teacher, was born in Minneapolis, MN in 1955. With her degree in education, she taught professionally in the classroom and worked as a corporate administrator in Dallas, TX before following her passion for art and painting.

Justine Mantor Waldie

Color was everywhere in Neenah, Wisconsin where Justine was born. Acres of golden, glowing corn surrounded the family home, while across the street groves of mature oak trees and apple orchards vied with spectacular sunsets as the glory of the natural world surrounded her.

Karen Vernon

Karen Vernon is a very active painter. She has been painting in watercolor, oil, pastel, or acrylics since her childhood. She has worked in watercolor for over 50 years and her skill in this medium is demonstrated in each of her paintings which are a visual enchantment of color and light.

Kristy Kutch

Kristy Kutch is a graduate of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, with both bachelor's and master's degrees in education, as well as a life license in teaching. She has taught almost 300 drawing workshops nationwide for students of all ages.

Leslie Guiliani

Artist Leslie Giuliani received a B.F.A. from the University of Delaware and then pursued advanced studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Finishing School, and the School of Sacred Arts.

Leslie Pierce

Leslie Pierce is a contemporary artist, known for art that focuses on themes involving coding systems, documentation, fragmentation, and technology. Her ongoing series, Code Defied (2013- ), evolved from contrasting flattened and modeled forms of the human figure.

Libby Kyer

Libby has worked as a free-lance artist in medical illustration, general illustration, fine art, art education, murals, supergraphics, book illustration, and graphic design for over 40 years. Her focus is on representational art, art education, and technique exploration.

Linda Kemp

Linda Kemps home and studio backs onto a wooded conservation area in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. She is internationally recognized for her unique contemporary watercolors, acrylics, and innovative use of negative painting.

Linda Richichi

At the age of two, at the first easel my mom bought me, I remember thinking... "I am an artist!" Yet, as I grew older the belief in my talent grew dim because I didn't see anyone making a living as a painter and there weren't any art galleries in my hometown.