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All Things Ampersand

Featured Gallery Artist: Ilayda Gülden

Ilayda Gulden
Untitled, chalk pastel pencil on Pastelbord, 24 x 30 cm

This beautiful portraiture was created by 16 year old, Ilayda Gülden from Germany, who works on her art in her free time when not in school.  She is completely self taught and uses a variety of media in her work, including chalk pencils on Pastelbord and watercolors and and pastel on Aquabord.  You can find her online and join her following on Instagram or Facebook.

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
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Featured Gallery Artist: Scott Daryn Tillett

 

Scott Daryn Tillett
Out of the Blue, 16″ x 20″, oil on Gessobord, 2014

Scott Daryn Tillett says he was born an artist, and it shows in his paintings that he has been practicing and honing his skills for decades.  Scott is a proficient representational artist, working in colored pencil, pastel and oils.  He is also active online so you can see more of his work at The Artistic Visions of Scott Daryn Tillett.

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
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Featured Artist: Susan Williamson

Susan Williamson


Susan Williamson has a passion for farm animals, getting to know them intimately through her painting.  She shares that she had an awakening during an encounter with a bovine and has never looked back.  “My goal is to depict these non-human animals as the sentient, beautiful beings that they are.  That’s it.”  Susan mostly paints cows, but she says all farm animals have a place in her studio.  She looks into their face, at their stance, or patterns in the coat and paints from her own photographs.

Susan Williamson

Susan WilliamsonSusan recalls a childhood full of drawing and painting, taking breaks for family and the corporate world.  Once she left her full time job at an engineering company, she began her own education, taking classes with artists like master watercolorist, Jim McFarlane, and reading art books to enhance her knowledge.  Early on, Susan explains that she chose her materials based on the instructor’s materials list or articles in magazines.  “In the beginning, I tried to save money and cheap out on materials which made the process more frustrating and gave me less satisfying results.  Maybe it was a combination of poor quality materials and a learning curve, but most of the paintings were thrown in the trash.  Using high quality materials is so much more satisfying. . . more pigment, more tooth, effective brushes all make a difference.”  

Susan WilliamsonIn her current work, Susan uses both pastels and oils, and often works on Pastelbord, which she discovered in a workshop with Stan Sperlak, pastellist and instructor.  When choosing her painting materials, she considers the final outcome of the piece and the subject.  “Pastels offer much more control for me and if the desired effect is more detail, I use pastels.  I use the largest brush possible with oils, which makes for much less control and more suggestion,” she explains.  All of her work, however, requires an underpainting, which is where Pastelbord shines.   “I always do a wet underpainting on Pastelbord and what a relief it is to not worry about buckling or ripples.  The finished painting really glows on this surface.  The pastel pigment really sticks, too.”  

Susan has a few upcoming shows including Historic Yellow Springs and a fundraiser for the local SPCA:  The Traditional Artists Show.  There is also much more of Susan’s work and intimate animal portraiture on her blog:  Mud, Manure and Paint.   or through her website and store:  susan-williamson.artistwebsites.com

All things Ampersand,
Karyn Meyer-Berthel
Artist & Social Media Specialist
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Featured Gallery Artist: Steve Miller

 

"September Morning" by Steve Miller
September Morning, soft pastel on Pastelbord, 24″ x 36″

Steve Miller’s work, “September Morning” was accepted into the 33rd Annual Pastel Society of the Southwest National Juried Exhibition now showing in the Convention Center and Visitors Bureau in Grapevine, TX through November 28th.

Steve is also part of the juried exhibition Broadview: A Spectrum of Nature to benefit the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, running through November 23rd.

Texas artist, Steve Miller works in both oil and pastel, represented by the Weller House Gallery in Ft. Worth, TX, the Adobe Western Art Gallery in Ft. Worth and The White Buffalo Gallery in Glen Rose, TX.

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Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
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Featured Artist: Veronica Winters

Veronica Winters
Aqua Chandelier, 8″ x 10″, colored pencil on Pastelbord

I have just tried scratchbord as well and I was surprised to discover so much potential in this medium too! Its rich, black surface offers artists an opportunity to create high-contrast, variously textured images that look striking and one-of-a kind even when the subject itself is quite ordinary.” ~Veronica Winters

Florida artist Veronica Winters has been actively teaching, writing and working as an artist since she came from Russia to the U.S. in 1997.  After receiving her BFA from Oklahoma State and her MFA from Pennsylvania State, Veronica studied at the Art Students League of New York and at Grand Central Academy.  She currently resides in Naples, Florida, spending time teaching at the Von Liebig Art Center and the Collier Adult & Community Education Center.  

Veronica Winters
Promises, Oil on Gessobord, 2014

 

Winter's Venetian Boy
Venetian Boy, 10″ x 8″, oil on Gessobord

Veronica grew up in Moscow with a strong art influence from the ballet, theatre and concerts, but it was when she came to the States that she began her own fine art career.  She found colored pencil through one of her instructors and Ampersand panels through an artist peer and a match was made.  “I really like the fact that I can combine lightfast colored pencils with archival Pastelbords to achieve the result I’m after-long lived artwork,” she explains.  Veronica works in both colored pencil and oils, choosing the medium for her work based on the subject matter — for studies in light, she will use colored pencil.  When a subject calls to her emotionally, Veronica works in oils. “Figures are symbolic of emotions and colors ‘talk’ about specific mood or atmosphere in painting.  Masked figures blur the obvious connections people otherwise make with faces and thus anyone can find himself hidden behind the mask.  Masks also bring mystery and the unknown into my work and I have infinite inspiration for that coming from Venice, Italy.  Rich history of the place, its atmosphere, architecture, and abundant beauty supply visual elements for my paintings, including fabric patterns, costumes, and masks,” she says.  

Veronica’s work is viewable online on her website, blog, and Facebook page.  You can also get a feel for Veronica’s process through her YouTube channel.  Veronica is represented by Gallery on Fifth in Naples, FL and by Saatchi online.

Currently, Veronica teaches one on one workshops at her studio in Naples.  You can schedule a lesson through emailing her at her website, or look into her instruction books.   

All things Ampersand,
Karyn Meyer-Berthel
Artist & Social Media Specialist
Ampersand Art Supply

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