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All Things Ampersand

Featured Artist: Shawn Dell Joyce

Front Row Seats, 16×20, pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord

Featured Artist: Shawn Dell Joyce

Shawn Dell Joyce is a Florida-based plein air painter known for glowing sunsets, bold colors, dramatic scenery, and Florida wildlife.

As founder of the Wallkill River School of Art and plein air teacher, Shawn Dell Joyce has had a tremendous impact on the art community. Her work has been featured in publications from the Tampa Bay Magazine to the New York Times and is represented in galleries across the country.

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Featured Artist: Justin Vining

“Indiana Dunes National Park”, 5″x10″, gouache on Ampersand Aquabord

Featured Artist: Justin Vining

Justin Vining is an Indianapolis-based artist, specializing in landscapes and cityscapes. Justin studied Art Education at Purdue University and taught elementary art for three years. Following his tenure as a teacher, Justin attended Valparaiso Law School, where he rekindled his love for creating between classes and clerking. Shortly after graduating and passing the bar in 2010, Justin decided to pursue art full-time and hasn’t looked back.

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En Plein Air and Gessobord with Cynthia Rosen

Across the Fields 12×24 oil on Ampersand Gessobord

En Plein Air and Gessobord with Cynthia Rosen

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. No sooner do I embark on one path when the road turns introducing new sights and inspirations, broadening my visual vocabulary with no end in sight.

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Artist Profile: Jane Hunt

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.

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Featured Artist: Adriana Meiss

“Mud Creek”, 7″ x 5″

 

“My pastel paintings are personal recordings of places that have left a strong impression on me, that is why I want my work to reflect that special light or mood of the scene that attracted me to it in the first place.   I am not looking for a perfect rendition of the landscape or objects, instead, I strive to convey a feeling and a sense of place.” ~Adriana Meiss

Adriana Meiss found art early in life, drawing the architecture of houses and fashionable dresses she liked. It was in high school where she discovered her talent for drawing when she started winning competitions. However, college and beyond brought out her “practical” side and Adriana found science to be more suitable, but she kept coming back to art. While she was waiting on approval for graduate school, she had one of the best years of her life creating a portfolio of art, in all sorts of media — watercolor, oils and pastels. After family and other jobs, it was much later, in 2001, when Adriana found art creeping in again, and it was here to stay.  

“Rural Twilight”, 11″ x 14

 

“Aflame”, 5″ x 7

 

Adriana attended a local guild exhibit and found herself drawn to the pastel works, all by different artists. It was the brilliance of the color that drew her in and she began to research pastels before setting into working with the medium.  Even though she has tried other mediums since, she has found that pastels not only work with her quick painting style, but also easily create the atmosphere for which she is known.

Pastelbord™ makes sense for Adriana’s style for numerous reasons, and it is her preference for paint-out sessions.  Because she doesn’t need to use additional support or apply her own ground with the Pastelbord, it works well for travel, plein air and is easy to frame. One of Adriana’s initial draws to Pastelbord was how the board could be washed off if a painting wasn’t acceptable. The board doesn’t warp either while rinsing or with a wet painting style, which makes it durable long term. “Being able to reuse a support is not only practical,” she says, “but also convenient because of the ready made texture and support structure.” And, with the museum quality Archival-seal™ barrier technology from Ampersand, Pastelbord will be around for a long time to come.

To see more of Adriana’s work and learn her process, visit her blog or her website.

 

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