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Amanda BlakeAmanda Blake
Portland
Amanda Blake lives and works in Portland, Oregon.  She received her BA in fine arts from the University of Oregon, studied watercolor in Siena, Italy and oil painting and print making at the Chautauqua Art Institute in New York.  Inspired by religious and literary symbolism, art history, superstition and found photography she works to create narratives that are at once familiar and mysterious.  Her paintings often feature groupings of figures; families, couples, siblings, friends, both to explore the dynamic that can be created in a piece through small gestures and glances and to create a narrative people can identify with emotionally.  Current obsessions and inspirations include imaginary friends, consumerism, superstition, fortune telling, wildflowers, places she's never been or ever plans to go, the colors of faded Polaroids, and other people's family snapshots.

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Amy RuppelAmy Ruppel
Portland

Amy lives in beautiful green Portland, Oregon, where she works in her studio as a full-time artist, illustrator and surface designer.  She was born and raised in rural Wisconsin, where she was left mostly to her own imagination, always dragging a stack of paper and a slew of pencils and crayons to her fort in the woods.  Color and shape have always intrigued her, and to this day, is still searching for that perfect oval, that perfect orange-yellow and grassy green.  Amy has worked with the good folks at Uniqlo, Blik!, Aladdin, Ace Hotel-Portland, Nike, Adidas, Converse, Burton Snowboards, Gnu Snowboards, Target, Kid Robot, Tamara Henriques, The Mercy Corps, design*sponge, Klutz, Vigo Cards, Modern-Twist and many others.  Amy Ruppel was the 2007 US Artist for the Oilily Artisan Series ( Netherlands).  




Andy KehoeAndy Kehoe
Pittsburgh

Andy Kehoe lives and works in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. He was bred on cartoons and comics from an early age, losing himself in the imagined worlds found within. His paintings draw from the childlike innocence that recall a time when magic and monsters existed and all the untold mysteries of the world still seemed possible.

Shortly after graduating from high school, Kehoe explored a number of different art schools before settling in to the illustration course at Parsons School of Design in NY. After dabbling in commercial illustration for a short time, Kehoe decided it was time to focus on his personal work, and he’s never looked back since. Kehoe’s work has shown the world over including such prestigious galleries as Jonathan LeVine (New York City), Thinkspace (Los Angeles), Black Maria Gallery (Los Angeles), and Copro Nason Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), as well as taking part in the Gen Art Vanguard Contemporary Art Fair during Art Basel 2008 in Miami, FL and contributes regularly to the acclaimed Blab! series.



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Betsy WaltonBetsy Walton
Portland
Betsy is a native Kansan who now calls Portland, Oregon home.  She left a full time job in October, 2006 to become a painter and illustrator.  Since then, she has been painting day and night, answering emails, shipping packages, and meeting fascinating new people at every turn.  Betsy’s work explores the tension and balance between the mysterious nature of our existence and the objects and environments we find in everyday life.  We can experience the sublime in the same room where we fold the laundry, and perhaps at the same time.  Her style is informed by a range of influences including Byzantine icon paintings, American folk art, geometric abstraction, and the work of many contemporary illustrators and painters.  Betsy’s illustrations for clients of all shapes and sizes appear on products, in print, and online.





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Brett AmoryBrett Amory

San Francisco

Originally from Virginia, Brett moved to San Francisco when he was 21 to study motion pictures at the Academy of Arts.  Always being interested in art, Brett took his first drawing class while in school.  It led to him starting to paint at age 24.  He graduated from the Academy of Arts in 2005.  Brett began working on the painting series entitled “Waiting” in 2001.  At first, the series, depicted travelers waiting underground.  But as the paintings evolved, the people ceased to be exclusively travelers, and began to emphasize figures selected from anonymous snapshots of city streets.  Brett’s work on Sebastian Foster is from his Waiting series.  Read Brett's statement on the series here.


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Christoper Myott
Jaffrey, NH
Christopher Myott is a full time artist living in Southern New Hampshire. He splits his time between designing and making furniture from salvaged wood and creating paintings and drawings. Much of Myott's work is inspired by utilitarian design and often originates from macabre recounts and historical folklore. 

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Diana Sudyka

Diana Sudyka
Chicago
Diana Sudyka lives and works in the Chicago area.  She initially worked as a master printer for Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick at Big Cat Press, and at Landfall Press, until getting a Masters of Fine Art from Northwestern University.  She then worked with archives including the John M. Wing History of Printing and Book Arts Collection at Chicago's Newberry Library.  Currently, she works as a full time illustrator, creating work for everything from book covers, album artwork, screenprinted rock posters, to watercolors for her avian blog, The Tiny Aviary, that documents her volunteer work for the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History.  Some bands that she has cr eated posters for include: The Decemberists, Feist, Iron and Wine, Andrew Bird, Modest Mouse, Pearl Jam, Tortoise.  Chicago has a great printing tradition and community and she's proud to have ink under her fingernails.






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Elizabeth BaumanElizabeth Bauman
Keizer, Oregon

Elizabeth lives and paints in Keizer, Oregon.  She graduated from Willamette University with a degree in art.  While a student, Elizabeth focused on sculpture even though she prefers painting these days.  Although she has been painting for years, Elizabeth only began offering a significant level of her work for sale in 2006.  The nature of online commerce and galleries enabled her to share her work with a broad online audience.  We have seen a steady increase in interest in Elizabeth’s work.  Her paintings have been featured in “The Salem Project” and “Downtown LA Life Magazine.”  Elizabeth is inspired by vintage photographs, early American portrait painters, and early 20th century artists.  Her work is primarily from vintage photographs that she finds (seemingly discarded or forgotten by original owners).  Her paintings communicate the grace involved in giving her subjects new and enduring life. 







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Evan B. HarrisEvan B. Harris
Portland
Born among the briars & brambles in backwoods of Medford, Oregon, Evan Benjamin Harris grew up with little knowledge of the bourgeois big city fine arts.  So, he dove into the recesses of his own imagination and embraced the fables and folklore that fascinated him.  With little to do but draw, he did exactly that.  Now older, things haven’t changed much.  The stories he created as a child are still present in his paintings.  With diligence and hard work, Evan’s crude stick figures became the more clearly defined images you see today.  With no formal art training, he creates on his own terms.  Broken boards, oil and acrylic paints, charcoal pastels, plastic resign, and melted waxes are among the mediums Evan uses.  Then they are beaten, brushed, sanded, polished, and hung.  Most would cringe at the idea of scratching or sanding something they spent hours upon hours painting, but that’s Evan’s favorite part- creating the appearance that this wasn’t made in the 21st century, maybe in the 20th.  So, behind every scratch and claw mark, there is a story to tell.



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Hollie ChastainHollie Chastain
Chattanooga
Hollie Chastain is a full-time found paper and collage artist in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Her creative spirit and early interest in art led to dabbling in watercolor, pottery and glass before she finally landed on mixed media.  Influenced by nature and fairy tales, she lets water stains, scribble and natural aging play into her pieces.  The subject of the piece is often influenced by the materials as opposed to building around a sketch or idea. She creates a world of adventure and secrets open for the viewer's interpretation.

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Jennifer DavisJennifer Davis
Minnesota
Jennifer discovered her passion for painting and drawing while studying at the University of Minnesota.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting.  Jennifer finds solace and joy in hyper-developing her own unique form of pictorial language about things which are normally unspoken and private but commonly human.  Her paintings have been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada.  She was a member of Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis from 2002-2007.  She is currently represented by Walker Contemporary in Boston and paints full-time in Minneapolis. 

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Jeremy Miranda

Massachusetts
Jeremy Miranda is a painter based in the North Shore area of Massachusetts.  His work ranges from loosely painted narratives on paper to more heavily worked compositions on panel and canvas.  He is interested in landscape and developing narratives about the attempt to control and contain nature. 

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Leah GibersonLeah Giberson
Boston
After receiving her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 1997, Leah made her living as an interactive designer and art director in Boston for over ten years, painting only periodically.  Thanks in great part to the audience she's found through various online art sites, she has been able to paint almost full time since the spring of 2008.  Her current body of work falls somewhere between the worlds of photography, painting and collage.  She begins her pieces with photographs of seemingly ordinary and mundane scenes, which she then paints directly upon to distill and reveal the visually poignant moments that exist all around us, but are usually overlooked.  Despite all the suburban scenes and mid-century modern design in her work, she was actually raised by artists deep in the woods of NH and now lives and works on the top floor of a sunny triple-decker apartment in Boston.

 





Lisa GolightlyLisa Golightly
Portland

Lisa Golightly is an artist living in Portland, Oregon. With a BFA in art, she initally studied photography, the influence of which can be seen in her paintings. Much of her work explores the memory of childhood and how watching her own children influence the snapshots of these memories.

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Matte StephensMatte Stephens
Peterborough, NH
Matte Stephens paints and lives in New York.  Matte's work is inspired by his love for Mid 20th century industrial and graphic design like the work of Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, George Nelson/Irving Harper and fine artists of the same era like Ben Shahn and Paul Klee.  You can also find elements of mid century Jazz, modern design and old movies in his work.  Matte has a long list of clients from IBM, American Express and Herman Miller to NPR and Disney.  Matte has had gallery shows all over the country from Los Angeles and Seattle to New York. 




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Ruth ShivelyMonica Alfonso
Austin, TX
Austin-based artist Monica Alfonso received her MFA in painting in 2006 from Syracuse University and BFA in studio art from The University of Texas at Austin in 2000.  She has exhibited her work nationally in juried exhibitions and her work is in many private collections.  Monica currently teaches in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.  Her work is inspired by vintage photographs, most specifically family snapshots. While loosely based on the photographic image, the paintings transform the subjects within, and reflect a nostalgic view of the past. The palette and distortions that characterize the paintings are inspired by the aesthetic of the faded photograph.

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Ruth ShivelyRuth Shively

Portland
Ruth grew up in Nebraska, receiving her bachelors degree in fine art with an emphasis in drawing and illustration.  With a curiosity to see beyond the plains of the mid west, Ruth ventured to Europe where she lived and worked in paris for a year.  She moved back to the states where she settled in New York city.  While in New York, she apprenticed for illustrator Steven Guarnaccia and pursued the illustration market.  Over the years, painting became more appealing in her life, strongly attracted to the human form and facial features, she has concentrated on portraits.  In recent years, she's loosened her style with practice and inspiration from such artists as Egon Schiele, Lucien Freud and Neil Welliver.  Ruth has exhibited her work in many solo and group exhibitions.  She has recently settled in Portland.






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Sabine TimmSabine Timm

Duesseldorf, Germany

Sabine is a German artist and illustrator.  She works in her own studio in Duesseldorf, where she finished her degree at the famous Academy of Fine Arts.  When she takes a beach walk, she always comes home with a bag filled with inspiring stuff.  She likes to create three dimensional objects made of stranded things.  But most of all she works in her studio, where she is surrounded by vintage books, brushes and colors.  Sabine creates her own world with its own sense of humor and meaning.  Her pictures tell stories, which she has created in her tiny sketch-books and in her stage-like three dimensional scenes.  The Bologna Children’s Book Competition selected her illustration works in 2006.  Sabine has also shown her work in Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Berlin, Bologna and Tokyo.


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Trish GranthamTrish Grantham
Portland

Trish Grantham was born and raised in the Southwest.  She moved to the Northwest  in 1998 and started painting for the first time at 28.  She has now shown all over the country, was exclusively represented by a New York Gallery, and  Exhibited  in Tokyo and Paris.  Grantham has also been part of many National Campaigns including: Urban Outfitters, Target, Converse, Adidas, Brooks, Visa, and Starbucks.  Trish Grantham Lives and Paints in Portland Oregon with her chihuahua Pablo and her kittens Savannah Georgia and Arlo Cliffton.


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Vivienne Strauss
Peterborough, NH
Vivienne Strauss has a degree in Philosophy but has had no formal training in the arts. Vivienne is primarily a painter but also likes to work with collage. She is inspired by classic films, both foreign and American, vintage photographs and fashion as well as by what she reads or hears. Often a well written phrase or an interesting sounding name will develop into a painting or even a a whole series of them. Vivienne fills her watercolor paintings with whimsical details and humorous stories. Her characters seem to write their own dialogue as she creates them in paint. She has shown her work in Manchester, UK, NYC, Portsmouth, NH, Seattle, WA, and Tokyo. She currently has work showing with Three Ravens Gallery in Ardmore, PA, and Sebastian Foster.

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