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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."

Transform a reference photo of a person into a monster or caricature! Techniques in Procreate and acrylic paint on Pastelbord are shown here as a means to illustrating these monster and caricature portraits, and approaches to distortion, drawing a range of textures and forms are explained. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Deepti Menon.

Techniques for how to draw pigs using Caran d'Ache Neocolor II crayons on Unprimed Basswood. Demo led by Teaching Artist Deepti Menon and Art Prof Clara Lieu.

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.

Ampersand Artist Ambassador, Jennifer Redstreake Geary, both a full-time mom and full-time graphic designer is also a prolific artist who is highly sought after for her work in watercolor and pastel.

Gordon Corrins' incredible wildlife artwork depict portraits of a wide range of animals, but his dynamic style and strong contrast of light and shadow is what brings them to life.

Shana Rowe Jackson was very young when she knew she wanted to be an artist. She started teaching herself how to paint at the age of eight and by ten, she was calling herself an artist. Shana has always enjoyed experimenting with many different styles and media and is continually looking for new ways to grow and learn.

Artist Micah Goguen teaches about 50 students atelier style in weekly classes in the Middle Georgia Area. His overall vision is to focus and rededicate back to a "buy-local, shop-local" mentality that strengthens community through unity and purpose. Here are a few stories Micah wanted to share with us.

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.

Karen Vernon's painting Windows of the World is an 11x14 watercolor on Ampersand Aquabord. Take a look at the many layers of color that have been applied to this beautiful painting.

Originally developed as an alternative to scratchboard paper, it is the surface of choice for most professional scratchboard artists today. Learn what makes Ampersand Scratchbord considerably more durable and easier to scratch into than traditional paper-based scratchboards.

Andrea describes herself as an illuminator of surfaces, creating organic, drawing based abstractions. Even though she uses a simplistic subject matter and color palette, the ideas and spaces are complex and deep.

Claybord is our most versatile panel and is a favorite of both fine and graphic artists. It features a velvety-smooth and extremely absorbent clay finish to which no other surface compares. This kaolin clay ground formula is very similar to the clay gesso grounds used during the Renaissance period.

It’s hard not to get swept up in the work of John Cruz. His paintings are at once recognizable and yet abstracted. Not only abstract in the customary execution, but also in the range of feelings that his imagery evokes.

Aquabord offers the ability to do more on the surface and to create effects easier than on other surfaces. It is an archival panel with a unique clay coating which includes a tiny mineral that helps to dissipate the water and pigment throughout the painting. Designed to work with water media, Aquabord can be used for other media as well.