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graduation from the Rhode Island School of Design, my career has
been in ceramic sculpture, mask making, costume design, and
photography. My passion is portraiture in both sculpture and
photography. I am interested in form, texture, light and fantasy.
My work combines a deep reverence for nature with the realm of
dreams, imagination, and archetype.
Museum of Modern Art in New York City has always been a favorite -
photographing there has added a dimension and giving me more
reasons to spend time there. I began . . . by watching people
observe art. Then I focused in on one painting - I stood next to
this, photographing people and their reactions to it. It was
actually a psychological study as well. I saw it as a destination
piece of art for most foreigners and they all wanted to have their
pictures taken with it - almost to give them confirmation that
they were there. This led me to photographing people and
superimposing their image on the piece that they were looking at.
The concentration of the viewer on the art gave this a zen feeling
and the person became part of the painting. It was an exciting
experience to be able to see and do this.
Gordon Casselman has always been a mark maker; from the time she
drew in the dirt with a stick at the age of 6 to now at the age of
??????? Along the way she became a storyteller using all types of
materials which made her more or less a mixed media artist. She
believes that the end product, the images she produces, allow her
to try to understand the world she inhabits both conscious and
unconscious. Her myriad of thoughts lead her to believe that
people are all unique and one can only try to understand the human
condition. The hard part of storytelling is the realizations that
there can be many, many endings and sometimes no endings.
appreciated the beauty of form in nature since I was a child
wandering the tide pools off Ocean Drive. My daily ritual these
days is to walk along the river through the fields and woods,
watching and listening, trying to capture in light, color, and
form in what I see. I have a special affection for wild creatures,
especially birds, whose colors, shapes, and poses captivate me,
and I have worked hard to identify the birds around me even
through their songs. Through my work, I want to share the many
faces of nature, the wildness of spirit, and the interplay of
light and shadow woven into the tapestry of the natural world.
Ticonderoga, Crayola were my materials the first several years,
with paper, cardboard and no instruction or rules (exception: no
tracing). A box of 110 Crayons held so much promise. Behold the
Gold! (which rarely delivered what it promised). As a child I was
scribbling storylines from songs, radio programs or my head; at a
later time I expected I would illustrate books. The advertising
world, however, seemed to pay the rent after college and
creativity under pressure was the challenge. I am not sure artists
like me ever stop learning, gathering, unlearning, learning. . .
but the pleasure and frustration of the early years with Prang,
Ticonderoga, and Crayola have become a touchstone.
daughter of an artist, I was fortunate to have the encouragement
to explore being creative in any way possible. After a 30 year
break from the easel, I am rediscovering this creative outlet and
getting lost in the luxury of the oil paint and color. My goal as
an artist is to share what brings me joy and happiness. My pug
Scarlet and flowers are my favorite muses.
Each time I step up to the easel and place my brush on the canvas
is a learning experience. Feeling the sensuousness of the paint
itself, the vibration of blending the colors, and the emotion that
arises as I work. This exploration has increased my appreciation
of all artists and their work. It has given me the gift of a new
viewpoint. It has lessened my personal need for perfection and to
let my flow be more natural.
I am looking forward to this ongoing artistic journey.
from Newport, RI, I've been working in clay for over 50 years. My
styles range from art deco, Japanese americanized raku, tableware
and now architecturally inspired porcelain and lighting. In 2019 I
began working in porcelain after 50 years concentrating in
stoneware and raku clay. It's a totally different material for me
and has led me in a completely new direction with my work. The
architecture surrounding me in Newport, RI and Bucks County, PA
are the inspiration highlighted in my new lighting work.
images using photography. For me, photography is capturing the
moment, which through the lens is a totally different perspective
than just being there. It is a look, an angle or just a special
mix of shapes and shades. When I shoot, I like to spend time where
I am to absorb the spirit of it all and then it just happens. I
shoot with a Canon EOS 5D digital full frame single lens reflex
camera. I utilize Adobe Light Room to make small adjustments to
the image to produce just the right result…. that is, right for
me, for that is why I do this.
captured my interest while I was studying painting and sculpture
at the Art Students League in New York City. I was attracted to
the manipulative aspects of the medium and its creative and
functional possibilities combining color and shape as well as
My process starts by mixing two different fibers in order to make
my sheets of paper. I combine cotton linter, which is soft and
flexible with a fiber called abaca, which is strong and durable. I
introduce dye and other materials into the mix to add color and
texture. I then use the sheets of paper to cover my form. A water
proofing solution of acrylic, matte or gloss is then applied to
protect the work.
is usually inspired by nature found at home or as seen in my
travels. Experimenting with a variety of mediums and styles,
including encaustic, printmaking, photography, painting and
bookmaking I use color and texture to convey my interpretation of
a point of interest.
juggle chainsaws, question authority, poke bears, abhor waste,
step on sidewalk cracks, and play with fire. Anything that comes
to hand is a potential art part, from tiny 15/0 beads to big
blocks of styrofoam. Just because.
love with both abstract and representational painting. I feel a
strong connection to prehistoric geometric abstraction and would
like to investigate this area further. But I am a story teller at
heart, using events and observations from my life and allowing
them to grow akin to a novelist whose book seems to write itself
with unforeseen twists and turns, and the author just along for
PADMANABHAN (b.1953) artist, illustrator, author. ARTIST: charcoal
on paper, acrylic and oils on canvas; graphic art prints and
commercial reproductions; small 3D heads in papier mâché and
modeling clay. Favorite subjects: plants, birds, animals, people.
Style: mildly surreal, with elements of humor. ILLUSTRATOR: 20+
published books for children, plus two collections of comic
strips, with one on-going weekly comic strip. AUTHOR: novels,
short stories, plays.
still at it - dreaming in clay. I am drawn to its forgiving,
tactile qualities, the technical aspects of glazing and the
alchemy of the fire. And while I sometimes dabble with other
materials - bronze, glass, metals, textiles, encaustic paints and
watercolors - I think that clay will always be my first medium of
have changed, my work and focus has changed. I have moved from
early abstract subjects to observed work including landscapes,
interiors and people. I include humor and beauty in my work to
make people think, wonder and laugh at an image or an assemblage
of images. My art becomes an improvisation inspired by the
experience of the world before me. The result is a work of art
that ends up in an unforeseen place, richer than and very
different from where it started.
took my first printmaking class I fell in love with the materials
and process. The rich black lines, textures and tactile responses
it elicited in me was something I could not find in my
undergraduate paintings. While completing my MFA program, I was
encouraged to play and experiment with materials. Emphasis was
placed on the creative responses to materials rather than the
finished product. This complemented my feelings about printmaking.
Most of my prints are monotypes or monoprints and I often work
back into them with paint, drawing materials or collage.
My discovery and ensuing passion for encaustic paints is a logical
outgrowth of printmaking. Like printmaking, encaustics are very
experimental in nature. In fact the process of painting with
encaustics will often dictate the outcome of the image. The
unpredictability of this medium is one of my strongest attractions
to it. Encaustics also lend themselves to collage, so I often
incorporate prints, found objects and paper into my paintings.
by his time in, on and around the water, local Newport artist Nick
Williams created paintings in acrylic and epoxy depicting
naturalist scenes. Each frame is custom made to complement each
piece by Nick.