Ampersand Blog

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.

Ampersand Artist Ambassador Scott Gellatly is a landscape painter at heart, but his work has become more abstracted, with greater emphasis on pure color and gestural mark-making to evoke nature. As a plein air painter, Scott uses Ampersand Gessobord, Aquabord, and Pastelbord for his work.

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.

From a background making non-objective art in NYC to a move to Vermont, the tides changed and a passion for plein air took hold. This love of the outdoors is additionally translating into larger studio works. Painting in the field, to limitless color. Ever-changing light, and the sound of a spinning world engages and challenges both perceptions and expression.

We caught up with Beverly, MA artist Andrew Houle, who uses oil on Ampersand Claybord, for a Q&A session. Houle, recognizing influences from Hopper and Rockwell, has worked towards creating a personal narrative through his paintings connecting the viewer to his or her community.

Ask Doris Vasek about what inspires her, and you’ll immediately hear her passion for creating intense, beautiful, and custom color. "I feel as though color is like music. In music, there are only so many notes to work with, but look at the variety that you can create."

Her work evokes a feeling of peace. With an impressionistic style and an illustrative base, the textural imagery in Jane Hunt’s sweeping landscapes skillfully merge a sense of immense wonderment with a tranquil feeling of warm familiarity. Her work is calming and ethereal, conjuring emotions of a familiar, yet undefined, location.

Louise LeBourgeois paints waterscapes like no one else, on Claybord, with oil. The water brings her back to the places she found magical as a child, and the paintings she creates are pure magic made from pigments, oil, and Claybord. Very few oil painters gravitate towards Claybord, but for Louise, nothing compares.

This painting was inspired by a woman that was watching a procession in a small piazza in Italy. I am usually inspired by a particular subject, light quality, shadow pattern, or overall mood based on a life experience. When not able to work from life, I try to work from a combination of quick sketches, color studies, and photographs.