“My paintings carry the spirit of childhood fear, fantasy and story-telling. I like thinking about the things lurking in the corner of our minds, the things that scare us or drive our behavior but that we push to the side,” said artist Victoria Hoyt.
She said her work is fantastical in the sense that it’s all made up. Hoyt doesn’t work from pictures or pop cultural references. She observes a lot, writes things down and makes sketches. Her inspiration comes from the every day. Continue reading
“I’ve always had an eye for art and colors. I love looking at how things collaborate and match with each other,” said Willie Miller.
Miller said he takes inspiration from his family and his surroundings. Both things affect his art. He said his work really speaks to what is going on in his life specifically.
He likes to draw cartoons and does caricatures and airbrush art. His airbrush art will be the main focus of the show but he said he may also include some of his realistic pieces as well.
Miller tries to work on his art every day, sketching at work when he can and keeping himself in it. Continue reading
George Garrett III has always been interested in creating art. He said his first foray into drawing came at the age of four years old.
“I was scribbling on a piece of paper in the living room and I noticed the picture I drew looked like Fred Flintsone,” remembers Garrett.
He said his dad looked at the picture and agreed it did look like Fred Flintstone. After that, Garrett drew another picture and then another and he’s been drawing ever since. Continue reading
When he was a kid, artist James Bundy really wanted to be a paleontologist. He wanted to create a time machine and travel back to see the saber tooth tigers, mastodons and cavemen.
Is it any wonder then that as he grew older and left that dream behind he found himself drawn to book cover illustrations of pulp versions of Conan the Barbarian and Tarzan? Artist Frank Frezetta was a huge inspiration for James.
“The first time I saw those covers I thought they were so cool and I thought ‘I wish I could do that,’” he said. Continue reading
Brad Abboud is rocking a house party at the drop of a hat with his Paul’s Boutique show
Roughly 2 years ago artist Brad Abboud was listening to music while he was painting. This wasn’t out of the ordinary by any means, but for some reason the creative muse struck and he determined that he must do a series of paintings based on an album.
Lucky for all of us, he chose the Beastie Boys classic “Paul’s Boutique”. He felt this album was the perfect fit – there’s lots of room for interpretation, it’s lighthearted, and a definite cult classic. Continue reading
Growing up in Iowa, surrounded by a family who concentrated on pursuing careers in medicine, it is surprising Maria Wolpert grew up to become interested in traditional and digital art. Influenced by her mom’s love for the Peanuts characters from a young age, the first things Maria loved to draw were Charlie Brown and his beloved dog, Snoopy. Continue reading
In a society that’s more apt to have its collective face buried in their phone, tablet, or laptop, you’ll find Steve Hill intensely bent over a sheet of 3-ply Bristol board with a quill-tip pen and bottle of India ink. Content to be one of the final holdouts in today’s digital world, Steve keeps the art of hand-drawing alive. Continue reading
Fourteen years ago, Brian Gennardo – who bears an uncanny resemblance to a young Tom Waits – had car trouble and got stuck in Omaha on his way to Vancouver. When people asked, he told them he was just passing through. This went on for about a year. He took a job at the Med Center working with developmentally disabled kids. His goal was to work until his first paycheck, and then continue his journey to Vancouver. Continue reading
Art that makes an impact doesn’t typically come from easy, comfortable parts of life. Every artist strives to create meaningful pieces that touch the viewer, causing a lasting impression. Usually that means connecting through mutual strife. Everyone has experienced anxiety in their life, whether situational or as a daily trial. Neil Orians shares his personal battle with anxiety in his upcoming show, aptly titled “Nothing Is Fine But I Swear That It’s Alright”. Continue reading
We’re all on a journey, but most of us would be apprehensive to show the world what it’s taken to get where we are today. This is not the case for Ronal Boone.
Ronal’s upcoming art show, “The Journey” promises to be an emotionally-driven, intimate look into what’s made him the man he is today. Continue reading