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.
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.
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).
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.
Claybord and Golden® High Flow Acrylics
Amy Shawley Paquette demonstrates her “painterly illustrative” style using Claybord and Golden® High Flow acrylics. She is a Virginia-based visual artist whose painting and illustration is inspired by nature, texture, color, and travel. Her work incorporates figurative elements with wildlife, architecture, and landscapes that are influenced by her adventures.