Member's Online Gallery






Attention Members: If you would like your information listed on our members online gallery please email Annie@artsarasota.org, a 2MB image of your artwork, a brief statement, and your web-address. 

 
         


 
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John Katerberg

 John Katerberg is an oil painter who  describes his technique as "Painterly Realism." Early influences of John's art include Nathan Green and Thomas Blackshear who painted dramatic and illustrative themes in the 1990s. During his formal art training, John's work was influenced by master artists John Singer Sargent and George Innes.John is a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design where he earned his BFA in painting. John's Christian faith is unapologetically mixed throughout all of his work, from paintings with obvious Biblical themes, to landscapes he sees as artist's studies of the master creator, God. John strives to capture elements of realism, but allows brush strokes to remain visible in order to demonstrate the characteristics of oil paint in a digital era. This "Painterly Realism" is used with dramatic compositions to give the viewer a visual adventure. 


 
         
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Julie Kanapaux

Julie (Miller) Kanapaux is a contemporary abstract artist influenced by nature on both micro and macrocosmic scales. Her work is about perception and the universal connection of space. Julie’s passion for art was evident from an early age, helping her become an Honors graduate at Ringling College of Art and Design where she earned a Bachelors in Fine Art Painting and a Minor in Photography in 2000. She was also a Trustee Scholar and recipient of the school’s Presidential Sculpture Award. In addition to her painting career, Julie is owner of Kan Kan Studios, LLC in Venice, FL. Her monumental three-level mural, Momentum, was recently unveiled in 2017 at the Alfred R. Goldstein Ringling College Library.

www.juliekanapaux.com

 
         
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Norman Grandstaff

In my paintings, I try to create something akin to mandalas and their purpose. While nowhere near as structured as traditional mandalas, my paintings exist for the purpose of meditation. And like mandalas, cathedrals, or temples, my hope is that they provide a spiritual “space” or meditative focal point.
There is no effort to create recognizable shapes in my paintings. Rather, I hope the image created will draw the viewer into it, to penetrate into layers and layers of lacquer and paint (often 40-60 in number)— and into his or her own psyche.
My work has been shown from New York City to Florida and points in between and won awards in many juried shows. My greatest painting teacher was a protegé of Josef Albers, Nick Apgar. As a result, playing with color— and lots of it — is akin to being a child in a candy store for me. My pieces typically take three months to produce. They are painted on masonite.

www.normangrandstaff.com

 
     

 

 
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Imagine the mysterious Salvador Dali and the fanciful Dr. Seuss working together to create a visual journey through your mind. Now you know where I'm coming from. This is how I think. These images are what I see when I close my eyes. It's a fun, enjoyable and creative environment that encourages exploration. So leave behind what you know to be true, and begin a journey through the world of my imagination.
My world is based on what I see around me, but it’s transformed and it strains the boundaries of reality. My artwork is a workout for your imagination. A well toned imagination leads to creative thinking which is essential to problem solving. By exercising your imagination, creative thinking, and problem solving, the world becomes a much more enjoyable place.
I always incorporate at least one element that will be familiar to you, one which will draw you into this invented reality. This is your starting or jumping off point. This introduction sets the stage for more exploration. Once drawn into this world, you are free to unbuckle your seatbelt, get up and move around, using your imagination to create an experience that is uniquely yours.
Welcome to the intersection of Dali and Dr. Seuss, I hope you enjoy your journey.

 

 
   

 



 


 
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Pamela Olin

My art encourages the viewer to enter a dialogue, investing part of themselves to shape their own vision. With a wide range of technical expertise, I combine varying emotional themes involving the human form and it's intimate space. My art intends to promote self-discovery, growth and the ability to push the envelope of our awareness.  I believe that stepping outside of our boundaries lets us gain perspective on our lives.
Experience is everything. The exploration of materials and meaning should allow self-expression and reflection.  I believe the process is as important as the product -  it is the conscious realization of what our hands and minds are capable of producing.  Evolving as a person and making art is a completely intertwined process.  The decisions made when making an art object are as important and meaningful as the art piece itself.  I like to push my ideas to the limit and to think always about the content of my work. Www.PamelaOlin.com
 

 
   


 

 
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Paul Tyson, Ph.D.

As Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Brock University, my teaching and publications specialized in Perception, Neuroscience, and Eastern Philosophy. The images we observe conceal our emotions, but by disturbing the spatial relationships these hidden feelings can be liberated to form intangible and mysterious ways of seeing the world. The impressionist effects of sunlight reflected off water reveal the complexity of human perception. Spontaneous natural patterns of dappled sun, shadows, and reflections show us an invisible texture in our universe. Blurring and bending the light spectrum of esoteric forms such as Buddhist Thangkas is the artists’ palette to create self-referential order out of the chaotic structure of the image. As the winner of Nell Rude Photography Award in 2016, my current works including plein-air naturalistic reflections, panoramic landscapes, and photographic composites have a surrealistic quality that are seeds for the imagination and evoke unconscious memories, fears and wishes.
Facebook:  Dr. Paul Tyson ~ E-Mail:  ptyson@brocku.ca

 
   

 



 

 
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Dorothea Calvert
My functional work serves as a three dimensional palette. My sculptural work demonstrates the juxtaposition between organic and inorganic form, pattern and texture.  I hope to entice the viewer into interpreting the object through their own personal filter, to suggest rather than state to which group these forms belong.  The dynamic nature of a familiar yet undefined form continues to provide timeless pleasure and fascination.
www.dcalvertstudio.com

 
   

 



 

 
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Dirce Kennedy

Because we are visibly different and our faces reveal our soul, I paint portraits. Viewing a portrait painting can be an opportunity for us to slow down, open our social and emotional walls, know a subject's essence, and participate in a genuine connection.

I grew up in the south of Brazil, the land of the Gaucho. At 2 years old my artist father gave me drawing materials - my passion for art began. From elementary school onward my reports contained a subject drawing, the map of England, the Mona Lisa. Fast forward - years of travel in Asia, Europe, South America, and the US. Social science became my primary focus. In time Los Angeles was home and painting my priority. A move to Sarasota, FL, in 2011, was a eureka moment - my deep interests in social science, nature and painting could manifest harmoniously through portraiture. I love portrait painting, the process of using my brushes to honor nature to evince a subject's deep beauty, their life's layers, their inner spirit...their true self.

 

Since 2012 my portrait paintings have been exhibited in over 85 juried shows and have received numerous awards. Also since 2015, I have had four solo exhibitions while concurrently completing several portrait commissions. Currently my portrait paintings are in private collections in the U.S., Brazil, Canada and Denmark. www.dircekennedy.com

 

 

 
   

 



 

 
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Cat Christensen

Artist Statement:I am a glass artist and oil painter.  My style has evolved towards more impressionism after 40+ years of art.   My challenge as a painter is the infusion of light to engage a dynamic outcome with viewers.  Glass fascinates me because when light plays upon it, the outcome is altered.  My challenge as a painter is the infusion of light to engage a dynamic outcome with viewers. Both mediums force me to be more spontaneous in creating happy accidents of artwork. catchristensen.com

 
   

 



 

 
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Meg Krakowiak

Artist Statement

I've always had a deep passion for appreciating and creating art. It makes me feel good. It's that simple. I'm amazed how you can truly love a painting and never tire of looking at it. 
Predominately self taught, I started painting to have original art in my home, then moved onto commissions. 
Embracing my empty nest status, I opened my own studio where I am privileged to teach and paint every day! 
I'm influenced and intrigued by color...the combinations, layering, beauty and excitement. I work to capture the images and feeling onto the canvas. While I use a variety of techniques, I always start a painting with a concept, a color scheme, a composition style and a focal point. As tones, lines and shapes are added and altered the image begins to emerge.
Creating is dynamic with paintings often taking on a life of their own. Now I paint to sell my work.  Knowing my paintings bring beauty to a home and joy to the beholder is a gift I treasure. 

Visit her website: Megkrakowiakstudios.com

 

 



 

 
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Bix Mannion

American b. 1960

Bix is a contemporary impressionist painter who focuses on the portrait, the figure and its relationship to its environment.

His first patron was his grandmother who with her husband, Jack Dorrance, had one of the finest impressionist art collections in the world. Having carefully observed Bix’s interest and talent in art, she arranged for his first private lesson at the age of ten from Madame Magat one of the premier french painting instructors in the Philadelphia area at the time.

Bix went on to focus on his art at The Hotchkiss School and Middlebury College. Hearing the turmoils of the starving artist, Bix opted for a career in finance where he spent twenty five years of his life. All through his career as a mortgage banker Bix found time to feed his passion which is painting. Bix, now a full artist, has studied privately and academically in the United States and abroad. He has received instruction and guidance from likes of Everette Raymond Kinstler, Peter Van Dyck, Peter Paone, Ellen Cooper, Gene Costanza and Charles Miano. 

His work can be found in many personal and corporate collections throughout the United States. He was awarded 1st Place in Art Uptown Gallery’s “Dog Days of Summer” juried art show in Sarasota Florida.

He is a member of The Portrait Society of America.

Bix and his wife Gretchen live with there ten year old daughter, Grace, in Sarasota Florida while their adult children live in the Philadelphia area where they all grew up. 

Visit his website BIXMANNION.COM

 


 
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Gail Guscott

I began painting and writing songs as a teenager. A few years later I started working with stained glass.   After moving from the Northeast to Florida in the late ‘80s, my subjects turned tropical: fiery sunsets,  palm trees, bottlenose dolphins, sloops at full sail, and the like.

A few years ago, after spending some time recording music, I started work with stained glass again but changed from solder to the medium of mosaics. Unsatisfied with the glazed tiles favored by most mosaic makers, I used my stained glass, dazzled by the way its vibrant transparency catches and plays with all aspects of Florida’s subtropical sunlight.

I love piecing together mirrors, guitars and suncatchers. This year, I created my first shadow-box guitar, using hidden LED lights controlled by remote. I employed smaller battery-operated lights with prefab shadow boxes. I started overlaying dolphins, manatees and sailboats. I would love to do so collaboratively, with buyers who can pick their subject, colors, size and who like working closely with an artist, becoming a guiding force in the process.

I plan to create more artwork for the inside and outdoors.  My website is sarasotamosaics.com

 


 
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Marcos Carvajal

As an artist, I displayed my artwork in groups and solo art exhibitions in galleries, public spaces and art festivals. My sculpture, “Memorial to my Father”, was chosen in 1991 by Jonathan Fairbanks (curator of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts) as the first contemporary sculpture of the permanent collection of the legendary Forest Hills cemetery in Boston.  In 1992, I was chosen by the Boston First Night Art Festival to design and construct the “Latin American Pavilion” As a visiting faculty member at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, I facilitated art courses in painting and study abroad programs as “Painting in the Rain Forest of Puerto Rico” and “Making Art in Cuba: An Interdisciplinary Exchange” for the International Department. Presently, I work as art consultant, artist and art instructor creating work in painting, mixed media, ceramic sculpture and digital painting from my studio in Sarasota, Florida. Marcos Carvajal Art Galleries is my new project in Sarasota, providing art appreciation trips to Cuba and Puerto Rico and workshops to facilitate the learning of drawing, painting and small format ceramic sculpture. To view my work, future trips to Cuba and art workshop activities, please visit www.jimbuart.com


 


 
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Susan Richardson

I started painting again in 2008. I grew up painting watercolor, but jumped into oil with both feet in 2008. It is my obsession and passion. I started submitting to competitions in 2009 and have won many ribbons, including 2nd Place this year in Florida Flavor. I paint whatever moves me. Portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, waterscapes; sometimes in the studio, sometimes plein air. My website is susan-richardson.artistwebsites.com

 
    


 
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Olivia Marie Braida

Ms. Olivia Marie Braida’s works are in private and public collections, namely the “Magnolia grandiflora, Little Gem #2”, purchased by the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation for their permanent collection in 2004; “The Paintings of Casa Guaiacum” a twelve piece collection commissioned by Mr. Theodore Kheel of the Punta Cana Foundation in the Dominican Republic; and the “Nelumbo ‘Baby Doll’” Dwarf White Lotus was commissioned by Doña Sarah Bermudez and Señor Hugo Tolentino Dipp former Minister of Foreign Relations of the Dominican Republic. High quality giclée reproductions are available of many of her paintings, but she also offers commission works as exclusives. She is a full member of the Copley Society of Artists in Boston, MA. “My watercolor techniques are inspired by Gerard van Spaëndonck and the French court tradition. They include layering of glazes and washes of transparent watercolors. I believe that botanical art represents the ascent of man and custom, of knowledge and thirst for knowledge. Its evolution parallels the human spirit and its quest for self-knowledge. In nature, plants by their proximity to various cultures have acquired their own meaning. As I strive for realism to achieve actualization each one of my works takes on both appearance and message. The inspiration for the quest is by grace, the outcome a gift, and the process is gratitude. The finished work reverberates with a multitude of strokes – each a memory of my beloved. I hope you will enjoy these conversations with God.”  More about Ms. Braida at www.omartdesigns.com and to learn about her twelve books on botanical art visit: www.omartbooks.com

 


   
 
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Jovan Stankic

Jovan's artwork belongs to the tradition of classical art; he paints using the techniques of old masters, sometimes combining them with modern ones. He believes that a painting should be "a feast for the eyes", and that it should contain within it beauty regardless of motif.  The themes of his paintings are the people, surroundings and cities where he's lived: Belgrade, Cleveland, Washington, New York and Sarasota. He honed his skills as an artist by attending the School of Drawing in Belgrade and sketching posing models, as well as by studying the works of famous artists in museums and galleries across Europe and America. Jovan Stankic’s artwork has been shown in various exhibitions, including: Museum of Art in Cleveland, Museum of Belgrade, International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, as well as many galleries. www.jovanstankic.com

 


 

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Bill Sander
I assemble.  Paper-Wood-Metal.  I cut and they arrange. My art is abstract.  My design is not to depict but to evoke. Wonder will do.  A way of seeing.  Or thinking.  There is that which wants: Something new.  Something different.  Something More. For me art is an adventure and an exploration.  A discovery. I am drawn to themes of escape and arrival--a personal and collective expansion of experience. ‘Art touches the brain’s most civilized center... and pokes its most primitive core.’ sanderscollages.webs.com

 

 


 
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Maro Lorimer 

I express my awe of Nature by leaving some things undefined in my paintings, to acknowledge how much we still do not know about the environment in which we live. If there are buildings, I paint them as mostly hidden in abundant overgrowth. There always is a feeling of connection to a vast and mysterious natural world, whether I’m painting lush vegetation or the open sea. My paintings come from my imagination, stimulated by memories from my nightly beach walks, from years of sailing and windsurfing in dramatic locations, and from hiking across snow fields and mountains. It is a pleasure to remember these wild places as I do this work.

www.marolorimer.com

 

 

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Marlane Wurzbach  

Growing up in White Plains, NY, and given positive encouragement from parents who encouraged drawing on the walls, I was an eager student at art classes in school and college. Actual painting then took a back seat to career and family, but creativity was part of all my endeavors. I graduated from NY School of Interior Design, worked as an interior designer and window dresser in Greenwich, CT, and when babies kept me home, I ran a small dessert catering business. With children in school, I wrote special interest articles and did layout for a local Greenwich magazine. Magazine work evolved into my own business writing for and producing newsletters and marketing materials for businesses from CT to Manhattan. All my efforts had the common thread of art, visual expression and a desire to try new mediums.

Moving to Florida in 2005 gave me the opportunity to refocus on fine art. I joined several artists' organizations and a cooperative gallery. Currently I offer my colorful, vibrant acrylic landscape and floral paintings at local art shows and online. I have won a number of local awards for paintings, and my work is in private collections across the United States. www.MarlaneWurzbach.com

 
    


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Les Downing

I am a retired social psychology professor, having spent most of my career in upstate New York at the SUNY College at Oneonta.  Early in my life I planned to be an architect, then switched to social sciences after two years in the University of Illinois school of architecture. I have always given time to the creative arts, doing stained glass, collages, and paintings, but now that I have the time, I have become for the first time a painter of large scale acrylic paintings, most of which could be described as fantasy landscapes. I love the brilliance of colors and contrasts made possible with acrylics and I find creating abstracts to be liberating. It is a great pleasure doing these and I am doubly rewarded by my art being widely appreciated by others. LesDowningArt.com

 

 



 

 
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Vladislav Yeliseyev

Vladislav Yeliseyev is practicing artist, architectural illustrator and art instructor. Vlad brings his decades of art knowledge and experience into a classroom setting for Sarasota artists. His art programs are based on traditional art teaching methods and academic based curriculum.  

www.yeliseyevstudio.com

 

 



 
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Susan McAnany

My passion is photography; my work ignites imagination and enables the viewer to see everyday life from a different perspective.  Beyond the tools of technology and light I use color, composition and the emotional connection these have to the subject.  My portfolio includes traditional black and white, color, contemporary abstract, gritty urban, dramatic landscapes and architecture.  All my work is professionally printed on archival paper often using the giclee process available in Open and Limited editions shipped directly from my Sarasota Florida studio. www.susanmcanany.com

 

 

 




  

 

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Adam Tetzlaff

Throughout human history painting has been a vastly important means of bringing quality to the perception of life. I find this to be the prime motivating factor in creating all of my paintings and drawings. My hope is to continue this tradition by adding quality to people's lives today.

Adamtetzlaff.com

 

 



 

 

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Amanda Landesberg
Amanda designs jewelry from gemstones and glass beads. Her jewelry line, fyfeFriday, is based on colors, shapes, patterns and interactions between materials. Her designs are subtle with occasional pops of color and sparkle. fyfeFriday jewelry is made for easy wear and durability. All fyfeFriday jewelry is handmade with care in Sarasota, FL.   http://www.etsy.com/shop/fyfeFriday

 

 



 

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Jim Stewart
My art education came with the processes of printmaking and painting which suited me well as a graphic artist. Given a 24 inch square canvas, or a pen and piece of paper, or a piece of wood, I can be very happy. I enjoy the creation of an idea and the search for an execution of it. jbstewartfinearts.com

 

 



 

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Robert Lovejoy

I create bold paintings expressing my love of puns, icons and symbols, often incorporating an unexpected jolt or surprise. My aim is to show the viewer an oblique, colorful, thoughtful and meaningful view of the world. The depictions may emerge as serious, amusing or sometimes both at the same time! I wish to gently persuade the viewer into seeing the world from a slightly different perspective! robertlovejoy.com

 

 



 

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Joseph Melancon

I start getting really excited with the marks and shapes on the canvas.  The whole thing is a process of combining ideas and shapes, lines, textures and colors with a studied consistency.  I am open  to anything that may develop from my intuitive self.  The picture has to stand on its own satisfying all my learned elements of design.  It’s a building process with each step a response to the previous with additions and subtractions to make the final result right. This process can be quick or labored.  Each is unique.

www.josephmelancon.com

 

 

 



 

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Cecile Moran

Having been a teaching artist for 35 years, including 2 years in Spain, Cecile Moran's painting is allegorical in nature and relies strongly on the interaction of brightly colored images to project the story. These images are based on personal experiences, and in some instances, those particular to women. She received a BFA from Boston University and an MA in Art Education from Cal. State Univ. cecilemoran.com

 

 



 

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Meg Pierce

A painter with a MFA from Pratt Institute has a studio/gallery at 1938 Adams Lane in the Arts district of Towles Court, Sarasota. Her work is complex and sensitive. The intricate constructions use fiber, pins, maps, vintage photos and lace and layers of acrylic glazes and paints. megpierce.com

 

 



 

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Susan Reinemeyer

Art is an obsession for me. Even when I've had full time jobs that were not art-related, there has been an inner need to create that would not be ignored. I can barely contain it. I am an optimist, and my style reflects that attitude. I am drawn to hopeful, uplifting subjects, sometimes with a touch of whimsy. If my work makes you smile, then I've achieved my goal.

http://www.srstudios.com

 

 



 

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Gail Rubinfeld

I create paintings to capture a moment in time, a psychological portrait , that strips the person or place down to its essence. There is a spiritual connection in capturing a form with immediacy and line. I transform and manipulate this moment on canvas by painting, collaging, and printing to form new images. I often work in multiples, a reflection of being born a twin, channeling my sister's artistry. www.gailrubinfeld.com

 

 



 

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Beverly A. Smith

Beverly is a Bostonian that spent her summers on Cape Cod. As a new resident of Sarasota she brings a vibrant palette of original abstract oils, figures and landscapes to the canvas. She exhibits her work at the Stakenborg Gallery, 1545 Main St. Sarasota. www.stakenborgfineart.com  and www.beverlyasmith.com

 

 



 

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Brian Sommers

I am passionately committed to abstraction. I love experimenting and am always looking for new techniques. I spend a lot of time observing, looking for the major areas of the painting to develop, always keeping the movement of the viewers eye and composition paramount.

http://abstractsbybrian.jalbum.net/Gallery/

 

 



 

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John-Norman Tuck

Color is happy. I want people to feel happiness through my art. My passion with art is immeasurable. I'm complete with life as I paint. I want others to feel my love of life through my paintings. Enjoy my art and be happy!

john-normantuck.com