Michael Alderson's mastery of oil pastel as a medium of expression is obvious in the minimal landscapes he creates. The palette is rich and complex, vibrant yet calm, with the horizon endlessly pulling the viewer out to a sea of emotion. Says Alderson, " I have always loved the horizon like the oldest friend we have."
Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Michael Alderson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1992. He currently lives and works in Maine.
Driven by an insatiable urge to produce, Kelly Allen works in a variety of media to invent images ranging from photorealism to thickly textured, non-objective barrages of color. Expansion and exploration are the keys that unlock her creative process. Seeking to surprise, challenge, and excite the viewer, Allen’s work most often unites incongruous forms and objects to create a unique synthesis, developing new contexts and associations for the viewer to consider. Her subject matter envelops ecological concerns, cultural mythology, mental health and the human condition as she strives to examine what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. Understanding that each person brings their own concepts and history to a work of art, she offers her work as an invitation for completion by the viewer with the hope of igniting the flames of subconscious invention.
Color pattern and design fascinate me. I am entranced visually, almost in the same way one responds to a lovely music melody. Emotion and feelings are expressed through shape and color. I think of my paintings as snippets of life with layers and over lapping shapes of bright and dull, light and dark, struggle and ease, smoothness and textures.
Myles Bennett’s architectural discipline is undeniable throughout his work. There are ruminations of rising skyscrapers, exuding vertical modernity and precision in his compositions. He has trained his hands to intuitively understand and trust the process, with the “in-between” spaces carrying as much gravitas as the lines themselves. Bennett is highly interested in the investigation of medium and surface, compelled to explore the subtle interplay of surrounding boundaries. Like a conduit, he channels the message of each piece.
Fluid Painting Acrylic on Panel
Jean Allemeier Boot
Etching, Aquatint & Drypoint on Paper
36 x 36 • Acrylic on Canvas • #KMN93
Dock Party IV
12 x 12 • Mixed Media on Canvas • #MLN195
48 x 48 • Oil on Canvas • #EFR32
Aqueduct No. 1
48 x 48 • Acrylic & Mixed Media on Panel Box • #TJS1