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SquidInk Gallery is an exclusively online  gallery event host, out HQ and office space is located in Antioch, California last update Sep 7th 2019

THE ARTISTS

Alx Dockter

Amanda Zeilinger

Anna Tomlin

Anne Milligan

Antonia Lapat

Barbara Lawrence

Barbara Pollak-Lewis

Barry Farley

Bess Parker

Betty Kaye

Breanna Chambers

Brittni Dianna

Luz Celeste Figueroa

Chasity Colon

Chris Stanton

Christina Ellis

Clarissa Gerber

Cris Wagner

Trey Gordon

Deborah Ware

Demi Francois

Diana Simon

Elena Naskova

Ethan Ho

Gemini Pearl

Heather Arenas

Hilary Saner

Jessica Alazraki

Jim Whaley

Kathleen Clayton

Kat Schroeder

Kelly Christensen

Kyle Bernier

Leah Sayles

Maria Duran

Marie Green

Mason Haymes

Matthew Ramos

Michelle Poirier

Natasha Jabre

Nicole Williford

Paul Gick

Rachel Davis

Sherri Adriano

Stephanie Lee

Suzy Adra

Szekely Szilard

Teresa Epps

TRONJA

Whitney Tates

You Min Choi

IDENTITY | Portrait Competition

 

Welcome to the 2019 SquidInk Gallery Portrait Competition. This year we asked artists to submit artwork which explores the concept of portraiture and makes something more.  We wanted artwork that focuses on the identity of the individual, using details and backgrounds to help us imagine what this person is like. "What would it be like to have a conversation with this person?". We asked artists to be expressive and to show us their style and interpretation of portraiture and the human image. Meet the wonderful artists who answered this call! We have such a stunning range of talent, mediums and and styles for this event. Be sure to take some time to appreciate the work that has gone into each piece and read the statements by the artists themselves. Cast your vote for your favorite piece and enjoy the show!

Awards                                                        

Grand Prize $75

Honorable Mention $40

Double Take $25

Popular Vote (Supply Kits est. value $75-100)

THE VOTES ARE IN EVERYONE!

Thank you so much for all of your hard work and participation. We are so excited to finally announce the winners for this event! These artists have used their interpretation of the prompt, their time and their artistic will to create wonderful pieces that show us there is more to portraiture than faces. Thank you so much for being a part of this show, we are so proud to be sharing your work with our viewers and we hope to see you all again in our next shows!

Grand Prize: Heather Arenas | Ive got this!

Honorable Mention: Amanda Zeilinger | tell me about your brother  

Double-Take: Chasity Colon | Solitary Colors

Double-Take: Maria Duran | JR Schizophrenia

Popular Vote: Antonia Lapat | Photo Bomber

We will be contacting all of our winners with award certificates and instructions for fund transfer. Look out for our emails on or before October 10th. 

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The Mirror of Life

TRONJA

Oil Pastel and collage paper

NFS

The mirror that reflects both our inner and outer selves. The settle dim expression of muted colors and rough texture reflects reality. While the foreground coveys a vibrant showcase of life’s branches. Filled with smooth and shiny surfaces that are intersecting with various patterns of life. Together, these beautiful colors and figures form a mask. A mask that reality must wear. A mask that is mold-able. A mask with eyes different than my own. A mask that is unknown to me.

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Letting Go

Gemini Pearl

Acrylic on Canvas

$600

The conscious act of letting go is crucial to the journey of moving forward and healing. This self portrait is inspired by my need to look inward and purge the burdens that weigh me down, both real and imaginary, in an attempt to move towards success. Everyone wants the world to know who they really are inside. We want to show the world our true colors, talents, capabilities and how bright we can shine as human beings while we are on this earth. Some of us have a great fear of letting people know who we really are. Whether this fear is real or imagined by our overactive minds, we must learn to let them go. We are all in this together, but as an individual it all starts with letting go.

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Woman Venezuelan Working

Luz Celeste Figueroa

Oil on canvas

$800

I call my body of work “Face of the humanity”, that communicates the diversity of humanity by capturing the emotion, beauty, love, hope, and wisdom as seen in the faces of people from different cultures. Facial expressions of people throughout the world offers us all an avenue leading to an understanding of, connection to, and perhaps even to convergence with other cultures. We are all part of the family of man Seeing our own humanity in the face of other
beings encourages understanding and acceptance of others’ values and priorities.

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Suffocation

Gemini Pearl

Acrylic on Canvas

$300

Depression is very real. Feeling lost in life is one of the loneliest feelings one can encounter. Hurting over things that you cannot change both in the grand scheme of the Universe and inside yourself can be devastating to accept. The hurt and realization can be paralyzing mentally and physically. This self portrait was created in a time of intense depression & paralyzing fear. I felt that I needed to share my genuine emotions in this painting so that others, like myself, wouldn’t feel that they were alone in their depression. I wanted to express to others that I understand. I want people to see that I see them. It was quite difficult for me to begin such an emotional piece. I had to reach deep inside my soul and let my heart do the painting. As a result, this piece, “Suffocation” was born and I was able to heal & breathe again.

Power To Overcome

Gemini Pearl

Acrylic on Canvas

$475

The inspiration for this surreal self portrait was taken from the trials & tribulations of my life as a woman. It represents hardships & situations that I have had to endure in this journey & the ability to overcome while also learning & allowing myself to be transformed by them & using it to reach my fullest potential. It is my intention to show other women that the trials of this life do not have to tear and keep us down, that we can overcome. It is to share my personal raw emotion with others so that they realize they are not alone. It is to show them that I see them & I understand. I let my heart do the painting. My brain doesn’t always know where my heart will take a particular painting. It isn’t until I begin the creative process that I start to see what my heart is telling me & I can move forward both creative and mentally.

JR Schizophrenia

Maria Duran

Mixed Media

NFS

This portrait is part of a series that explored mental disorders, in this case schizophrenia. This is a portrait of one of my mother’s uncles. She was younger than him, so he always felt like an uncle to me as well. His name was Juan Francisco, we called him “JR”. He was exceedingly handsome, easygoing, and adventurous, he traveled whenever he could. A little after turning 18 JR’s symptoms of schizophrenia began to surface. I knew him only when his Illness conquered, most of the time collected between an endless stream of cigarettes, and soft murmurs. Occasionally an outburst would cut my visits short with roars, but the fondness my family had for him never wavered, adoringly and subtly taking care of him, floating whenever he’d smile and crack a joke.

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Tell me about your brother

Amanda Zeilinger

Digital Photography

NFS

For three minutes and forty-three seconds, Laura (pictured here) shared with me her hopes and fears for her little brother who was just about to go off to college, her alma mater. In that period I photographed Laura forty-three times and then used all of those individual portraits to create this composite of her speaking. She reflected at one point, “I’ve been telling him with such confidence that like, oh it’s going to be totally okay. And, you’re about to grow so much... And, um, and it’s weird cause I’m saying this with a lot of authority but then at the same time I’m asking my questions, questions of myself as I’m reaching my own edge.” As she spoke, she waved her hands and shifted in her seat, as if trying to make sense of her own trains of thought. By combining multiple portraits into one in a Cubist-esque manner, this image shows Laura’s uncertain body language and the passage of time in a way that a single snapshot could not.

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Modern-Day Bake Kujira; Plastic Sea

Leah Sayles

Acrylic Ink and acetone on double-sided Matte DuraLar

NFS

The Modern-Day Bake Kujira, or Plastic Sea, is a piece that touches on the anger and frustration of how the human race treats the world that we rely on for life, specifically the idea of the overuse of plastic and how it is clogging our waterways. The original character in this piece is based off a mythological creature known as the Bake Kujira, a Ghost Whale known in Japanese folklore to haunt fishermen and the villages they reside in, vengeful of the the ones that killed them. In this piece, the creature is personified, incorporating and eluding to the original idea of the ghost whale via the whale skeleton seen coming through the backside of the piece in the hair and torso. The metaphorical “fishermen” that would have been the murderers of this particular Bake Kujira in the current day and age surround the character. These enemies are not people or harpoons, but plastics – the modern-day murderers of our world’s natural environments. Upon realizing their helplessness and inability to destroy that which is killing them, the central character reacts in extreme anger and frustration.

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Star

Leah Sayles

Acrylic Ink and colored pencil on double-sided Matte DuraLar

NFS

Star is based off of a photograph of the artist and her father before he passed, when she was less than three years old. Throughout her life, this imagery has inspired multiple pieces of art, including illustrations and art books. This piece in particular was inspired by a renewed sense of exploration in mediums and materials and sets the two together, but also apart, as if on two different planes through the use of color. The cold blue and white of this piece, especially in the artist’s young face, speaks to the cold feeling of growing up without a father. However, at the same time his silvery arms wrapping around her small frame speak to the knowledge that he was unwilling forced from this world and still watches over the artist, to this day.

Photo Bomber

Antonia Lapat

Charcoal Pencils, Dry

NFS

This piece is of my father Jeno Lapat, he loved to video and this day his subject decided to observe him. I wanted to capture his humorous outlook on everything, it made us all better people. My leanings are towards portraiture, I work in pencils, colored, Conte, black and white. I admire photo-realism, but since my ability can't swing that, I remain old-school, want to show hand and media work and some imperfection as it's free-hand, not computer generated. It's always a pleasure to see the reactions of those who commission portraits. Simply put, I love ART!

The Heart of Me

Anna Tomlin

Painting, Watercolor

NFS


My heart is growing in the sea, my feelings expanding under the light of the moon. They expand like tentacles grabbing a hold of all my insides, and turning them red and gold, glittering, shining brightly in the depths. My heart it pulses so brightly in the darkness. My heart= me.

Remembering The Sea

Anna Tomlin

Photography

NFS

He looked at her and said "I know that this sounds crazy, but you look like a mermaid remembering the sea. Which is totally a compliment that people give other people,". She smiled back and said "I understand exactly what you mean. That's what it felt like, like I was remembering the sea, and the earth, and how it all felt," 

The Girl Has No Face

Anna Tomlin

Photography

NFS

 

She does not see the light, she follows the moon, and is unsure of her way. She is here. So, she sits, looking for a way out. Looking for someone to knock at the door, and yet she stares out the window. Never seeing. Never knowing. 

HILARY SANER

I like to begin a painting by creating the support layer by layer in a series of random, flowing, intuitive actions - paint, glue, remove, cover over, attach - again… again… again - before finding the final image on the surface offered up to the viewer. This is to try to capture and model in my process my sense that this is what life demands of us - agency and presence moving into and against random and turbulent flow.

 

 

Eagle Eye

Hilary Saner

Oil on Canvas

$3600

Eagle Eye is a portrait of a film maker, who works with a sharp eye for his characters, and from deep within his own intuitive emotional and interior landscape. His strength and purely powerful artistic passion burn through his work. 

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Clouds Only Seem Weightless

Hilary Saner

Oil on Canvas

$1200

This work was made during several live modeling sessions. Luke’s vulnerability and sadness was present and found its way into the portrait in his soft gaze and emotional vibrancy. What a gift from a live model - to allow others into that tender space.

Blue Madonna

Hilary Saner

Oil on paper on board

$2400

Blue Madonna came to me as if from a war torn time. She claims the right to peace, she moves towards it, but still the old life haunts the new, and breaks in to disturb her sleep.

Juvare

Kathleen Clayton

Digital, Photography, Ink

$480

This piece is a part of my Gold Series. The volatility of gold reminds me of the ever-changing dynamics of the city with its people. The word “Juvare” is Latin and means “to delight”. I was wandering the city one summer day, light reflecting on the glass buildings, everyone delighting in the final arrival summer. My eyes landed on a couple on a patio cafe. I imagined what it would be like, the first moment when you know you are smitten with someone, and you play back the instant you know there is a connection. This photo represents this moment. A woman looking back after leaving her date, the city and its people rushing by but her smile and the joy she feels travels through her like a current, radiating from the inside out. This is a combination of two digital photographs manipulated through double exposure to become one. I then use the procreate application on my iPad and apply the gold using the ink feature where I slowly apply each line, careful to capture the whimsical movement of her afro.

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Virginia

Marie Green

Oil, Sand, Charcoal

NSF

Virginia is my daughter. She has an intense and competitive nature about her - tenacious- athletic. I decided to paint her in a different light. I wanted to portray her more feminine side- hair down - soft pink lips. I wanted to show a softness and vulnerability. I used soft light subdued colors- but dark shades of blue and charcoal to suggest strength and definition. I like to paint loosely- in layers - in oils. I combine oils and sand for texture. My approach to this portrait is very Contemporary. It is a charcoal drawing in painterly style on canvas. My goal is always to capture the essence of the person - their personality- their eyes - a certain look - their soul.

Jordan and Ulysses

Marie Green

Oil, Sand, Charcoal

NSF

Jordan’s father asked me to paint a portrait of his daughter a few months after she passed away. We both decided on this photo because it was one of his favorites - because it showed a look in her eyes, he believed I could capture.  He loved her intense expression - one of focus - right before Dressage competition. In addition, he wanted me to also capture the look on her horse- Ulysses- before competition - his ears up and eyes focused in - ready to go. He was overwhelmed with the finished work - his last request was for me to sign it in her ashes. The monochromatic color choice is a signature palette of mine.  My approach to a portrait is what I consider to be a painterly charcoal drawing. The bones of the painting start off as a charcoal drawing- then I cover it up with layers of oil paint - mixing in sand in places for texture. There will be places left where the charcoal can be seen underneath - scarcely painted. I like the character and depth this style creates- unique and dramatic. It also creates a mood. In this painting the color palette gives off a melancholic mood - but at the same time represents a life of beauty and strength to be remembered.

Kris

Marie Green

Oil, Sand, Charcoal

NSF

Kris’s mother asked me to do a portrait of her daughter, Kris - as I have painted all three of her children. I painted Kris from a photo her mother sent me. She felt the photo embodied her - and so did I. It tells the story of who she is. Warm. Kind. Casual. Sporty. Confident. Loves animals. I believe you can see this in the painting - in her expression- her eyes - her soft kind smile. Her expression reveals a contentedness and confidence in who she is. I think the color palette suits her.  The strong red suggests confidence and the sporty side of her yet the mellow tones of yellow and white lend to the soft kind side of her. I love the loose heavy application of oils - with palette knives and brushes. I believe it gives the painting a life of its own- a sense of movement and depth. The end result creates the life of the person you see.

The Bathers

Jessica Alazraki

Oil on canvas

$5000

This is my interpretation of the subject in art history, the bathers. I got inspired by all the different modern paintings that use this subject as a narrative.   The Bathers are a collection of 3 big format paintings 60x72 inches each portraying a vast big beach where some patterns are consistent in each, like using the same towel, and the very bold bright yellow background that takes a prominent role in this series. I am originally from Mexico City, based in NY. I use the NY beach scenery as an inspiration for my paintings.  My experience as an immigrant and the relationship with Latino culture is the reason why I paint this kind of pictures. I love celebrating my lifestyle, and my portraits have a very unique touch that combines bold color choices with figures, animals, and still, life using humor and expressive brushstrokes that are characteristic of my work. I use photographic references, yet I never try to make a direct copy of it; instead, I make it my own, creating a surreal combination of elements in a very unexpected way.

 

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Adam

Cris Wagner

Photography

$200

When I get to photograph people I love the opportunity to capture those quiet moments in between thoughts where they are just themselves. I enjoy spending an afternoon making food, or walking along the Susquehanna river and letting the camera find what it wants to find. That makes the process so natural and effortless, I hope that comes across. People are beautiful and fascinating, and capturing the things that make them, makes me happy.

 

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Carly

Cris Wagner

Photography

$200
 

Annie

Cris Wagner

Photography

$200
 

See None, Speak None

Whitney Tates

Acrylic

$100

I believe self-doubt is a powerful component of any anxiety disorder. I painted this self portrait to communicate to others what those intrusive thoughts of unworthiness look and feel like. The figure on the right whispers dark ideology into the ear of the person on the left, who closes her eyes in any attempt to block out her doubt. Her mouth is sealed shut as a representation of her inability to speak out against her negative thoughts.

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IS

Whitney Tates

Acrylic

$100

IS or Imposter Syndrome deals with the common creative conundrum of believing that you and your art are good enough. Taking in praise for your work and believing you are worthy is a hard pill to swallow. The more praise you receive, the less deserving you feel. This portrait is a blatant portrayal of a time when I felt utterly unworthy of being called an artist. Ironically enough, it is one of my most highly received self-portraits due to the stark honesty and vulnerability. The cycle only continues. 

Static

Whitney Tates

Acrylic

$100

 

This self-portrait is a depiction of what I imagine Dissociative Identity Disorder to look like. As someone who has experienced episodes of disassociation, I feel like this portrait adequately portrays the feeling of existing outside your body. The static that builds between the two versions of yourself is the confusion of not knowing which you is you. The red line represents a spike of panic that usually comes along with dissociation.  

Home-Made

kyle Bernier

Etching on paper

$200

 

This self-portrait embodies my deep connection to the natural world. Much of my work focuses on the interactions I have with the environments around me and the people who live in them. Through my work as an art therapist, I am very aware of the role our environments play in our lives, for good and bad. As our shared environment changes, more of my work focuses on my connection to the world around me. When I think about identity, it is impossible to separate my identity with the work I do in my environment because we are so inter-related – and part of this may come from my upbringing in Minnesota where I grew up in nature. I spent the last few years in Chicago where I physically and emotionally lived amongst man-made environments, constantly longing for that connection to the natural world again. My piece embodies that interconnected-ness.

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Stay Away

Kelly Christensen

Oil on Canvas, Screen Print, Gold Leaf

$350

 

My work centralizes celebrities and their mythical characteristics. I use celebrity iconography to talk about topics such as alienation and self-expression. My interest in these topics stem from how I feel I don’t fit into our societies current social model. I feel awkwardly placed in my environment and my artwork reflects this. Typically, I choose to paint portraits of celebrities, with a focus on musicians, that I feel are unapologetically themselves and that have impacted my identity in some way. In this piece, titled Stay Away, I have painted a portrait of Post Malone. Post Malone is someone I feel connected to for reasons including our closeness in age and how we choose to express ourselves. The medium is oil paint accompanied with collage screen prints and gold leaf. I chose to collage screen prints for the clothes and background. The background shows that the piece is not set in reality, but I also use the screen-printed elements to inform the viewer about the subject. The colors and patterns I’ve chosen reflect an aspect of Post Malone’s interests or personality.

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A Closer Look

Anne Milligan

Digital Paint

$500

 

Since I'm a portrait artist, I thought a portrait painting would be more appropriate to use on my website and promotional materials than a photograph of myself. My biggest hang-up was trying to compose a piece that didn't come across as too serious or look uncharacteristically posed and un-natural. As luck would have it, this piece came about by total happenstance; and it's more typical, real, descriptive and telling of (my) daily life than anything I could've tried to compose or conjure up! The inspiration for this painting came from an accidental photo. I took it as I was trying to figure out what was wrong with my phone camera after I had just pointed into the bright sunlight out the driver's side window to get a shot of a beautiful oceans-cape. I am near-sighted. So, here I am pulling my glasses out of the way to get “a closer look” as I accidentally snap a selfie with the “problem” phone camera that's sitting in my lap.

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Kincaid

Christina Ellis

Hand Sculpted Concrete

$5500

 

“I’m not sorry. It’s just the way I feel. I’ve always felt this way. I’m not wrong. How can it be wrong? I know she’s my daughter. Of course, I love her. But this is just a phase. She’ll come around. She has to come around. I demand it. She won’t leave. She’ll come back. She needs me and she’ll see that I’m right. Won’t she? I’m so sorry.”

Frank

Christina Ellis

Hand Sculpted Concrete

$5500

 

“Humph… Why you wanna talk to me? I got nothing for ya. I got nothing for no one. You wanna talk about life? Let’s talk about what it feels like picking up other people’s trash all day. Let’s talk about a paycheck that doesn’t pay for shit. Let’s talk about what it’s like not to know where your next meal’s coming from. Oh, is that too real for ya? I told you not to talk to me. Move along.”
 

CHRISTINA ELLIS

As people, I believe, we hide on a regular basis, from ourselves and others. My work is the recognition that we all want to be seen for who we are - our idiosyncrasies, our messiness and our humanness. The great thing about concrete is that as a medium, it's messy and hard to predict, just like human beings.

Enid

Christina Ellis

Hand Sculpted Concrete

$5500

 

“Look at them all gathered. They say I changed the world just by being me. The old farmhouse, that’s where I learned the most important lessons - kindness, generosity, wonder at a butterfly flitting in the garden. It’s someone else’s turn now. My family, my students, my community. They’re all in someone else’s hands now. I wonder… did I do enough?”

 

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Drowning

Kat Schroeder

Oil Paint on canvas

$500

 

This is a self-portrait. It explores the side of my identity that I often try to ignore. The tired, worn-out aspect of who I am. As a student juggling classes, my own artistic practice, work, a husband and dog, and attempting to add self-care to that list, I am beginning to see that franticness has become a part of my identity. I find myself simultaneously exhilarated by the opportunities, people, and projects that so richly embellish my life, and completely overwhelmed by the same thing. I visualize this feeling as frantically painting myself into this ultimately wonderful backdrop but am too exhausted to truly immerse myself in any one thing. I have come to see myself as hollow and incomplete, operating in a haze as I attempt to keep up with the ever-moving world around me.

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Spoken

Brittni Dianna

Oil on Canvas

$85

 

This art piece gives honor to the voice of black women. It is the voice that enriches and sustains movements and their heroes; unfurling love to the furthest shore and speaking for the speechless.  It is the voice that creates from nothing; creating a future for her children and country. It is life giving.  A most trusted yet devalued voice in society. The black woman’s voice is welcomed when used for the benefit of others, but never for herself. Her voice becomes too loud and angry when it challenges the status quo. Her naturally invigorating voice is used for the highest of praise but deemed a weapon when raised for self-advancement.  From the black woman’s lips to every heart flows love, life and power. What if she took it away?

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Interrupted Artist

Barbara Lawrence

Oil on Canvas

$4000

 

While painting one day I peeked at the mirror in my studio from behind my canvas. I was struck by what an interesting composition was created by the by rectangle of the canvas and the negative space surrounding both the figure (me) and the canvas.  i decided to do a self-portrait in that position. It was one of those paintings that evolved rather than happened by plan.  it seemed appropriate that the painting grew from a natural event and also appropriated that to paint myself doing what is my mayor interest.

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Me On The Shoulder Of An Artist

Barbara Lawrence

Oil on Canvas

$4000

 

I felt like doing a self-portrait and when I looked in the mirror, I realized my parrot was sitting on my shoulder. I thought well - why not? - why not paint her too? She had quite an ego so I decided to name the painting” Me on the Shoulder of an Artist” She is now deceased and the painting now reminds me how much I enjoyed painting her and I together and how much I loved her.

A Difficult Time

Barbara Lawrence

Oil on Canvas

$4000

 

I use oil paint to express my feelings about people that are meaningful to me. This particular painting was inspired from observing a young friend who was at the sometimes difficult age of sixteen. She was to be a bridesmaid for the wedding of her older sister and tried on her new gown for me. I was deeply touched by the mixture of emotions that she felt, and I painted her portrait hoping to capture some of these feelings

Waiting On The Parade

Jim Whaley

Digital, Print

$95

This is my mother-in-law a few years back. Our house was at the starting point for our annual town parade, and people would often set up folding chairs along the route the night before and have a little tailgate party of sorts while waiting on things to get going. She would get distressed that people might trash our yard, and would park her walker on the corner and plop down in the seat to “guard” our tiny patch of curb space. She passed on a few years ago, but would be pleased to know we never had any trespassing lawn chairs...
 

The Midnight Madness

Jim Whaley

Hybrid, Canvas

$145

 

There is supposed to be a doppelganger for each of us. In a long enough and well-traveled life, you would surely encounter some person who looks back at you with your own face. At this point in my life, I have discovered my match is... a mad scientist in a TV commercial. I leave it to much more qualified people to determine the “mad” portion, but I concede the um... highly focused expression on my face may lead some to guess in that direction. I suppose all things considered it could have been worse. There are all sorts of unsavory characters out there that I wouldn’t want to be mistaken for. And if nothing else, I’ll always have an easy Halloween costume. So, enjoy “Midnight Madness”, and don’t worry, I’m feeling much better now...

Solitary Colors

Chasity Colon

Acrylic on Canvas

NFS

 

Through combining my love for traditional techniques with my storytelling skills, I have composed a self-portrait without my physical self-included. I’ve always enjoyed producing colorful creations (like the crocheted scarf here), as well as surrounding myself with eye-stimulating keepsakes connected to special memories to help ease my deeply depressive thoughts. In this painting, I aimed to symbolize my attempt at maintaining my warmth and hope through creativity and self-expression, despite the feeling of unshakable melancholy.

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The Blue Glove

Chris Stanton

Acrylic on Canvas

$180

 

Here, I was inspired by the 1972 film (and novel) “Fat City”     and the desperation that drives these young boxers, often poor and with no other options, to fight for chicken feed. I used a reference image of a random boxer that I found on the internet. I sketched the basic outline onto the canvas with a pencil, then chose a background color that would bring intensity and immediately to the piece. As I painted the boxer, he took on a personality all on his own.

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Zac

Trey Gordon

Oil on Canvas

$200

 

This Portrait is of my significant other Zac. He is the one I really care for. He makes me happy but made me realize I can make myself happy too and I don’t have to rely on him for happiness. He inspires me to push on and keep creating every day and brings out my best self. He is the type of person that can get along with anyone. He is so friendly, but he can lay down the law if need be. He is quick to help anyone. Regardless of the problem and no matter who the person is. I am always told how giving he is, and I am glad that I have a chance to know him on a deeper level than others. I am very thankful for him and glad to know that there are people like him out in the world.

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Jas

Trey Gordon

Acrylic on Panel

$85

 

This is a portrait of my best friend Jasmine or Jas as I like to call her. She has been with me and supported me since I knew her. She is my ride or die and I would do just about anything for her. Although she doesn’t make the best choices I don’t judge her and she doesn’t judge me and I appreciate her for that. We try our best to help each other out which is what good friends should do. This painting came from a reference photo that I took of her. I didn’t want to capture her likeness but to bring attention to her features and include my style in the portrait as well.

Keep An Eye Out

Trey Gordon

Oil on Canvas

$200

 

This piece in particular is inspired by my current state of mind and my sexuality. I identify as a bisexual person of color. I have felt that way for a long time now and it has taken a lot of tears, perseverance, and trust to come to terms with who I am and who I am attracted to. This painting is meant to show who I am today and some of the things I have told myself at my lowest point when I wasn’t accepted for my sexuality. I thought that I needed to only lookout for and protect myself. That I should just keep an out and not associate myself with anyone, but I have learned to love others and love  myself. I will keep an eye out for the people that matter most.

Ruby

Paul Gick

Pastel and Pastel Pencil

$150

This is a portrait of my daughter Ruby. She had just finished baking banana bread and is still wearing her apron. She is an artist too and watches me draw while playing with her Lego. When she is aware of me watching her pose and demeanor is stiff, but when she doesn’t think I’m looking her gaze is intent and curious. I had hoped to draw her with more obvious mess from our baking but she was oddly neat about it.

Steve Perry – RRH

Betty Kaye

Acrylic

NFS

 

“The Voice” of Rock, Steve Perry happens to be my favorite singer. Upon Seeing the video of the group, “Journey” being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I was struck by appreciation shown on his face as he accepted his award. I wanted to capture that in a painting, but to do it in a style that would impart an edginess of the rock world he had been a part of in the 80’s.

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Many Me

Bess Parker

Acrylic on Canvas

NFS

My intention for this piece was to create my first self-portrait using acrylic paint. My idea was to create 7 body expressions to convey different emotions that I have experienced in my life by placing them in or around my hair which leads me to my title Many Me. Starting with my right shoulder it is like bearing the weight of the world on my shoulders, but as you look left you see I begin to stand up and climb to the top only to come to a complete stop in the middle of my hair, then I begin to fall down. As you see on the bottom right, I am there to catch myself only to begin the cycle of life again. I used variations of blues and some purples to create a more surreal and abstract effect of emotions.

Self Portrait in Pattern

Breanna Chambers

Pen and Marker on Paper

NFS

For this work, I was very interested in the traditional odalisque painting, and the sexism associated with them. In many of said paintings, the woman is naked, in recline, averting eye contact, and simply exists as an object to fuel men’s desire, whether in the painting itself or from a viewer’s perspective. I wanted to flip these traditions on their head (quite literally) by creating a much more empowering portrait. The figure in my portrait is making direct eye contact with the viewer, which explores the idea of female agency, she is clothed, and depicted in a non-traditional pose. Because this is a self-portrait, I wanted the patterns and colors I chose to reflect my personality- a sort of comfortable, complimentary chaos. The blankets and quilts surrounding the figure are all borrowed from various friends and family who I am closest to. I give the figure a narrative other than simply existing for the male gaze.

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Hazel Scream

Barbara Pollak-Lewis

Oil on Canvas

NFS

I started my “scream” series shortly after the 2016 election as a reaction to the political and social nightmare that was unfolding in the United States and globally. Through my painting, I am seeking to express our collective anger and frustration as a society by showing humans of all races, ages and genders screaming. The majority of my Scream paintings are of young; teenagers and children, as they will be inheriting the future. I photograph all of my subjects with a digital camera and then bring the image into Photoshop, so I can adjust the colors and simplify the background (if needed). Using a print of the image, I sketch onto the stretched canvas and then work in oils thinned with Galkyd.

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Ominous Stare

You Min Choi

Acrylic on Illustration board

$200

As all inspirations do, my inspiration for this art piece came out of nowhere. I was having a conversation with my mentor who was having his own exhibition about perspective. He explained that expressionless faces give us different ideas about the subjects. This short conversation with him ultimately led me to think if I could highlight a certain mood and a specific impression from an expressionless face. That is how I started this artwork. I figured that using a variety of saturated colors would give a stark impression of my work to the audience. Making use of contrast and dramatic highlights, I tried to give a very mysterious, ominous feeling to the painting.

RACHEL DAVIS

All three of my submissions started out as 3 x 3 inch charcoal portraits on post-its. The photo inspirations came from the Sktchy app., where folks post selfies for artists to use as inspiration. I had high-res photos of my post-its blown up into 10 x 10 inch laser copes and then photo transferred them onto neutral abstract mixed media backgrounds I’d done on Arches Oil Paper. The paper was then affixed to cradled wood panels. I wanted to see how much of these womens inner lives could be packed into a 3 x 3 inch square. Little women - consigned to tiny spaces yet demanding to be seen in full. I love the tension between the carefully rendered portraits and the random chaos of the abstract backgrounds.

Little Woman - Aakou

Rachel Davis

Mixed Media

$500

Aakou’s face was a beautiful mystery, deep and fathomless. As a psychologist, I’m endlessly drawn to what’s beneath the
surface.

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Little Woman - Susana

Rachel Davis

Mixed Media

$500

Susana seemed sad to me even as she took great care to look as lovely as possible. As a psychologist, I’m endlessly drawn to what’s beneath the surface.

Little Woman - Dana

Rachel Davis

Mixed Media

$500

Dana struck me as a woman of many moods and layers. As a psychologist, I’m endlessly drawn to what’s beneath the surface.

Future

Clarissa Gerber

Oil On Canvas

NFS

“Future” presents a woman who has experienced a great deal but who keeps moving forward. It can be easy for us to let our hardships and trials weigh us down and prevent us from advancing, but Terri keeps a hold of the past while still looking into the light. My work rides the edge between different modes of painting with color acting as a central component. I am drawn to that space where representation meets abstraction and where volume and flatness intersect. Overlapping marks create layers of paint that both reveal and conceal, similar to our physical surroundings’ ability to both reflect and influence our identity. Through the use of color and the expressive language of paint, my work connects the personal to that which links us as human beings.

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Clare On Stage

Clarissa Gerber

Oil On Canvas

NFS

“Clare on Stage” explores the struggle of wanting to be oneself while experiencing the burden of societal expectations. In this self-portrait, I juxtapose contrasting gender cues and present the feeling of being both hidden and exposed at the same time. This painting expresses how individuals, especially women, can feel put on display without having a voice. My work rides the edge between different modes of painting with color acting as a central component. I am drawn to that space where representation meets abstraction and where volume and flatness intersect. Overlapping marks create layers of paint that both reveal and conceal, similar to our physical surroundings’ ability to both reflect and influence our identity. Through the use of color and the expressive language of paint, my work connects the personal to that which links us as human beings.

The Creative Process

Clarissa Gerber

Oil On Canvas

NFS

In this self-portrait, I present my studio experience and the creative process many of us go through as artists. As I work, I constantly have the voices inside me that encourage, criticize, laugh, and boo. I contemplate my painting as I paint myself contemplating my painting – a never-ending cycle. My work rides the edge between different modes of painting with color acting as a central component. I am drawn to that space where representation meets abstraction and where volume and flatness intersect. Overlapping marks create layers of paint that both reveal and conceal, similar to our physical surroundings’ ability to both reflect and influence our identity. Through the use of color and the expressive language of paint, my work connects the personal to that which links us as human beings.

The Last of The Knights Templar

Barry Farley

Digital Figurative Expressionism

$125

 

The blood-soaked and deceit filled story of The Knights Templar had me questioning the intentions of the early Catholic Church. So, by researching the church’s rise to financial power in 1150, I understood what their true target was. The elders secretly caused the fall of The Order, which began the wrongful accusations of blasphemous acts against the Holy Cross in 1307. This led to the knights enduring gruesome tortures, making false confessions, and finally their leaders were executed by burning at the stake. I want the viewer, even if not familiar with The Knights Templar story, to still be able to look upon the face of this lone warrior and absorb the anguish, pain, exhaustion, hopelessness, and desperation he feels. Most people who gaze upon this work can relate, to some extent, through their own life experience. But if one looks more closely, you can see the fight that still remains inside his soul.

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The Desperate Escape

Barry Farley

Digital Figurative Expressionism

$150

 

The idea of being locked away in an asylum of overwhelming emotional confusion and physical impairment intrigued my curiosity. The loss of one’s ability to ambulate gave way to the idea of someone who has been locked away from the world they’ve always known. Now brandishing the scars and physical damage of this new reality, they still desperately hold on to something that is only an emulation of what life was before the nightmare. I want the viewer to witness the physical trauma and feel the intense emotional and mental anguish that this poor soul has endured upon their journey into the unknown. I want them to question the seemingly feeble attempts at returning to a world long lost.
 

Alice’s Descent into Madness

Barry Farley

Digital Figurative Expressionism

$175

 

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, has always captured my sense of curiosity into the depths of mental instability, hallucination, and imagination. I wanted to create a version of Alice that was darker, grittier, and more disturbing than what is commonly known. My inspiration is in the mixing of the fantastical with the psycho-social aspects an individual could be suffering from. This piece was created to have the viewer look more deeply into things they previously thought they knew about. With the use of technology, people prey upon the innocent and take advantage of the weak. Devious souls have found new convincing ways to mask their true intentions to gain access to what they desire. Keep in mind, not everyone in the world is inherently malicious, but it’s a beneficial practice to be mindful of people’s actions. You never know when you may have an Alice in your midst.

The Beloved is Me

Sherri Adriano

Mixed Media

NFS

 

I had saved an obscure photo of Marilyn Monroe and one day decided to paint it as a mixed media piece. I found an old book at a thrift store called “vagina”. I decided that the pages of this book needed to be a part of the piece, being that Marilyn is such an iconic sex symbol. After leaving thru and skimming the chapters, I found the title of this piece and ultimately the background of this portrait… “the Beloved is ME”. I found it all so appropriate, after all, MM is “the” most beloved American sex symbol of all time.

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Maghrebia

Sherri Adriano

Mixed Media

$300

 

Having lived in Morocco for almost 2 years, I was feeling melancholy and missing my life there. I embarked on producing a collection of 3 paintings entitled “Moroccan Memories”. This piece was the 2nd that I produced in that collection. The background is pages of a Moroccan newspaper, which is the common thread in the collection. Her head scarf is actual fabric from a scarf. I chose to do this because the scarves the women wear are such a huge part of their culture and identity.

JLo

Sherri Adriano

Mixed Media

$650

 

I tend to find Inspiration, for the portraits I have produced, from photos that are uncommon. I came across this beautiful photo of Jennifer Lopez, that I have never seen before. I fell in love with the image and decided to paint it with a “pop art” edge. I love doing mixed media pieces, but felt this one needed to be just paint. I chose to give her wings some texture, giving the piece more dimension and interest.

Paul

Mason Haymes

Charcoal

NFS

 

I was hanging around on the Internet and stumbled on this really interesting and inspirational story on the life of Paul Antonio Irving, or Seven, his spiritual name, or ‘Black Moses’ as others called him. Reading about his struggles and courage to overcome his homeless situation really stood out to me, and I found myself pretty astounded with how strong he was as a person and how stable he had his feet on the ground. His mindset and attitude is something to be admired, and I wanted to try and capture that within this portrait.

Layna

Natasha Jabre

Acrylic on Canvas

NFS

 

She came up with the name Layna herself. An anagram of her birth name, Dylan, all the letters of her new name are rearranged except for the letter “D.” The “D,” she says, needs to be cut out. Layna finds this uproariously funny. She lives for the poetry of self-discovery and reinvention and takes every opportunity to share her adventures with the world. Her life is sometimes a rough one, and she bounces from home to home. She has a daughter and wishes she could see her more. Layna doesn’t fit easy labels. Wearing a hoodie, a men’s t-shirt, and athletic shorts, Layna is comfortable skirting the boundaries between gender descriptors. She’s open and even proud about her flare for ambiguity. Yes, she’s transgender, she says, but at the end of the day she’s Layna…just Layna.

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A Lot Of World 2 Do

Teresa Epps

Digital Painting

$300

A Lotta World 2 Do is a portrait of my favorite bon vivant and very good friend, Miles. He was on an extended trip to Africa and I was missing him. His joyful wonder of the world is matched only by his passion for reading and a good cup of espresso. As with most of my work, I started with a pencil and paper concept sketch, downloaded it to Photoshop and painted to completion. My goal was to express his childlike qualities of awe and adventure.

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Two & A Half Monkeys

Teresa Epps

Digital Painting

$300

 

Two & A Half Monkeys is a self-portrait. My ears can’t be seen, Hear No Evil. My lips are sealed, Speak No Evil. My Eyes, well I have to see what’s going on. I’m nosey. Original image was a horrible selfie which I downloaded to Photoshop and painted to a much more glamorous completion. I use this for all my profile pictures. Artist’s perrogitive!

Staci

Teresa Epps

Digital Painting

$300


Staci is a portrait of a special lady. Warm and loving, the best neighbor anyone would be lucky to have. Wonderfully wacky, she only buys one bottle of Coke at a time, calls her pets her companions and can’t come home from an art fair empty handed. She is always there to lend a hand or a kind word. Concept was done as a pencil sketch, downloaded to Photoshop and painted to completion. This is a special gift for her. 

Character Development

Alx Dockter

 

Acrylic on canvas paper

fingerpainting

$1000

 

This piece is part of a series of large works discussing themes of camaraderie, intimacy, and bonds, particularly through struggle. All of the works depict various kinds of people interacting with one another in questionable settings. These works show, and not tell, the kinds of bonds and relationships the figures on the canvas have with one another. In this particular image, I juxtapose imagery referencing combat and war with delicate gestures and interactions suggesting affection and fellowship.

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Oppenheimer

Alx Dockter

 

Acrylic on recycled paper

fingerpainting

$150

 

This image is a portrait of J. Robert Oppenheimer, who played a pivotal role in the creation of the atomic bomb. He is famously attributed with quoting “I am become death, destroyer of worlds,” when reflecting upon his thoughts after the bombing of  Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This work was modeled after a still from his television broadcast of that quote. I saw that broadcast for the first time a few years prior, and it has always stuck with me. I see a man fulfilling several contrary roles: inventor, shaper of the future, murderer, hero. But mostly I see a man haunted by what he felt was the necessity of his life’s work, horrifying as it was.

Right Thumb

Alx Dockter

 

Acrylic on canvas paper

fingerpainting

$250

 

This piece was painted entirely with my right thumb. I had worked a great deal with stippling prior to this piece, so I wanted to create something in that same effect but at a much larger scale. I enjoy working with my hands (literally) as I feel it removes the middleman between me
and my work. I get to create something very large and intimate relatively quickly. Going back and forth between getting up close and making marks with my hands and stepping back to evaluate progress turned the creation process into a kind of dance. Making a self-portrait in this
manner felt appropriate.

Tormentor

Szekely Szilard

Oil Painting

$3000

Through our human nature we are forever trying to stop time - to make it eternal; therefore only through art that we can, for the time being, bring this wish to life. Perhaps technology; electronics; virtual reality environments will become vulnerable in the future; therefore everything that is stored on memory cards may get erased one day; but art is a repository of active memory through museums; where art remains current.
 

Honey Tree

Suzy Adra

Oil, casein and gold leaf on wood board

$3000

This self-portrait was inspired by a dream I had walking around a tree with a huge trunk. The process I used was “Mischtechnik” for the first time while attending a workshop led by Amanda Sage in 2017.

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Lauren

Michelle Poirier

Gouache on board

$900

 

This painting is of my sister, Lauren. It combines multiple aspects of her personality, a sense of adventure, a stylish modern vibe, and a down to earth perspective. The city in the background is Boston, Massachusetts, a place of work and fun for Lauren. The colors were taken from the window reflections of a sunset in the city. To create this painting, I traced the entire photo using graphite transfer paper onto Bristol board. The photograph was manipulated into black and white in Photoshop. I organized my colors according to value and used Photoshop to assist me in identifying where to place them. I use gouache so that I can premix my color palette and establish the tonal range ahead of time. I learned this technique in the textile industry, designing paintings using a 12 color palette to send to manufacturers.

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Eric

Nicole Williford

Oil On Wood

$2000

This piece is a part of a larger body of work exploring the pain of a local faith community as they split over differing views of human sexuality. This portrait of Eric is intended to explore his pain as well as his resilience. The piece began very light but got darker as I worked, finishing with him in an atmosphere that felt representative of his challenging experiences. The circular frame acts as a portal for viewers to glimpse the subjects through, acknowledging that though they can see them clearly there is still a great distance between them.

 

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Keith

Stephanie Lee

Oil On Canvas

NFS

I was inspired by the lighting of this portrait and capturing the happiness in the subject’s eyes. My style is realism, but I like to have a loose, impressionistic background when the subject is in casual clothing such as this one. I especially love to paint men as they lend themselves to a looser approach with the paint and application. This makes the painting process more fun for me and I think that shows in the final result. I happen to know this client and this painting captures the mischievousness of this personality as well as his likeness. 
 

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Casting Shadows
Mathew Ramos

Acrylic on Wood Panel
NFS


I’ve always been concerned with developing new ways of looking at and considering art. With this work, I used an inverted (or negative) color palette to create a self-portrait that gives viewers a different understanding of the human form. Inverting not just colors, but light and shadow does not immediately read as “correct” at first glance. It requires more consideration and understanding to recognize what is light and shadow. By using this inverted palette, viewers are also enabled to view the work in a positive or “correct” color through their smart phones or other devices with their own color settings inverted. Doing so lets the viewer experience the inverted work reverted, mediating their viewing experience and giving them a tangible understanding of equal and opposite ends of a color spectrum. 

Bound

Deborah Ware

Oil On Canvas

$150

 

This is a self-portrait showing the intense feelings of bondage. Something that I find very interesting.  The feeling of being bound, chained and giving up control to another can be erotic and freeing.  Many would turn their noses up at the thought of being bound. That no woman would allow herself to be tied by a man. To have her breasts bound with coarse rope. Her nipples chained and held tight. One of the most delicate parts of woman to held captive. This is part of a bondage series I have been working on off and on for about 6 months. This is the largest piece and the only one featuring me.

Onism

Demi Francois

Oil and brass hardware on canvas

$400

As every person is born and experiences their own unique journey discovering the world, the same can be said about our personal internal battles. Each battle occurring within an individual is completely different and abstract.  I found the most successful way to identify these battles was through a series of questions and interviews on people who I am closest too. The goal of this surreal portrait is to solidify this abstract internal battle and depict it in a visual representation. 

Chimera Vs Reality

Demi Francois

Oil On Canvas

$400

 

As every person is born and experiences their own unique journey discovering the world, the same can be said about our personal internal battles. Each battle occurring within an individual is completely different and abstract.  I found the most successful way to identify these battles was through a series of questions and interviews on people who I am closest too. The goal of this surreal portrait is to solidify this abstract internal battle and depict it in a visual representation. In “Chimera vs. Reality” I created his world in which both opponents are present and both are engulfing him in their battle to take over the other… but which one is winning?

Splitting Image

Ethan Ho

Drywall Compound, Gears, Beads, Wire, Acrylic and Frame

$300

The art of creating a portrait has been the longest traditional way of showing human emotion in a single moment. A modern feeling in my generation is that we must work endlessly without rest to reach our goal. Everyone is starting to be treated like machines even though we cannot work without rest or proper motivation. But no one sees the flaw in this, no one can see what this might do to someone. I needed to show the horror of this idea and how we almost romanticize it. I used drywall compound to create a relief sculpture that showed a profile coming undone. Their skin is fair, and they have a form of beauty to be admired. However, the figure I chose is slowly falling apart with their inner workings slowly being shown to us. Their hair flows around them with their energy draining out in a wild form compared to the figure. While we recognize the profile, we can see something is wrong and want to believe what we see is from another world. The sad fact is that this portrait is the spirit of my feelings, of myself falling apart yet being praised for it.

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What You Give

Diana Simon

Watercolor on Paper

NFS

This piece was inspired by my sister, Lisa.  It is titled “What you give.”  My intention was to try to illustrate the concept that the positivity that you put out into the world will return to you; what some people call karma.  My sister is a strong advocate for this way of thinking and tries to live her life in this manner every day.  In a less abstract way I was also trying to embody the way that Lisa makes me feel when she is happy; like her good mood is dripping off her and I’m scooting forward trying to catch a few drops of happy.

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Zora

Elena Naskova

Watercolor

$300

This is a portrait of my 89 years old mother smiling.  Her smile and the shine in her eyes have remained the same since I remember her.

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Shy Woman

Elena Naskova

Watercolor

$250

I've struggled with shyness my whole life.  This portrait is my attempt to show   how does shyness look like and what does it feel like.

And Dreams of Cats

Heather Arenas

Oil on Cradled Wood

$4800

This painting is a story about a woman who loves art so she became a model to be around artists and their work as much as she could. She didn’t believe that she could make art herself more than simple line drawings. She came to my studio to model and absolutely fell in love with my cat. She couldn’t have cats where she lived. She modeled for me several times, helped me prepare for shows and eventually became very well connected in the art world enough to model for several art groups and attend many art events. I have always thought she was special for immersing herself into something she loved not knowing how things would play out. Now she gets to be involved in her way but still cannot have a cat.

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A Girl With Flowers

Elena Naskova

Watercolor

$250

Looking at the girl standing under a blooming branch, I was amazed how much they complemented each other.

I've Got This!

Heather Arenas

Oil on Canvas

$4200

Some people, including myself, can hide their stress behind a mask of confidence. Keeping all of the 'balls' in the air can be very difficult and stressful. Each item represents something very personal to me and giving them all the proper amount of attention is very important. The teacup represents my family heritage as it is a piece of china from the collection handed down the line from my great grandmother and now to me. I have aging parents as many do at my age and they come with challenges that I was not expecting to handle. The green toy represents my daughter and, although she is an adult now, I never stop worrying about her and her mental health as well as financial and physical well-being. The ball in my hand represents fitness and my need to keep myself healthy before I can tackle any challenges that come my way. The lime represents my husband who I hold close to my heart because he is my rock who also happens to like lime in his soda.​ Finally, the ball at the top symbolizes my art career that I am fortunate enough to be able to focus a good deal of my attention on these days

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Carry Me Away

Heather Arenas

Oil on Canvas

$2900

When I was younger, 28 or so, a friend who was in her 40s told me that it took her til then to feel like she really fit in her own skin. At the time, I didn’t understand because I wasn’t there yet. What would it feel like to be utterly comfortable with your body, with your life choices, with your age and direction? Would there come a point when I didn’t worry? When thoughts of how I could have done something better wouldn’t constantly surround me when I gave them a moment to flutter in to the empty spaces? 

Yes. Now I know.