I want every Garden Guardian that comes out of my studio to celebrate, attract and be a reminder of this state of joyful equanimity. When we are in touch with that source big magic happens.
My artwork emulates industrial decay, archaeological artifacts, and processes of geologic change. As a child and teenager, I loved building things out of abandoned materials and exploring ruined houses and strange, forgotten places. I loved old things, deeply worn with texture and meaning.
Suzanne Anderson works in a wooded lakeside studio in Maine. It’s the perfect place to become immersed in creative exploration. In the incredible beauty of my surroundings, I find myself powerfully drawn to the landscape.
My style tends to be figurative with impressionistic touches, usually showing close up compositions with just enough detail to reveal the subject. I have concentrated on Maine–themed images and fresh fruits and vegetables because I like the idea of the life they represent.
I work mostly on location and then move the works into my studio where I will work until completion. The scenes in coastal Maine have catapulted my vision to an abstraction of everyday imagery into whimsical scenes played out on the beach, in the dunes on the rocks, to sailing on Casco Bay, and many more, salt-water sanctuaries.
Brendan Roddy teaches Fine Art at the Middle School of the Kennebunks as well as courses at River Tree Arts. Roddy creates hand-built and wheel thrown ceramic work inspired by “all things water and ocean-related.” His work is both sculptural and functional, inspired by the movement, texture, and forms of the ocean.
Featured Artist, Jeff Fioravanti is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, September 18 through Monday, September 24. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work. September 18 to September 24 “Painting today, to preserve the past, for tomorrow!” This is my mission, it is my inspiration. It is what… Read more »
Primarily, my work focuses on “treescapes” and the never-ending inspiration provided by Maine and New England forests—I liken my paintings as orchestrations of visual music, much like jazz which is different from more formalized concepts of music. My paintings are invented as they proceed, and as each portion of the composition comes forward on a moment by moment basis, the components are random and abstract, yet consciously orchestrated—the growth of a living forest works in much the same way.
Kristine’s paintings are a mix of realistic and whimsical, with a deep overlapping of colors, creating rich and vibrant works of art. Well placed patterns are used to guide the visual journey through the artwork and although no people are ever seen in her paintings there are hints of them throughout giving a sense of their strong and independent nature.
I also try to accentuate the features I see with each piece through the bold use of color, and creation of texture through purposeful brushstrokes. My work is definitely whimsical in nature, which is what I strive for. At the end of the day, I want to create work that spreads joy and makes people happy.