Kyla Culbertson Biography
Kyla Culbertson is a ceramic artist from Canton, Illinois who is currently residing in Iowa City, Iowa. In 2017, she graduated with a BFA in Ceramics from Western Illinois University. She is now at the University of Iowa as a post-baccalaureate student.
Preston Craig Biography
A published artist, writer & lecturer originally from Louisiana, he works as a digital illustrator, fine artist, graphic designer, educator & voice over actor in Los Angeles. He earned an M.F.A. (with honors) in Illustration from the Academy of Art in San Francisco & a B.A. from the University of Louisiana. He has expertise in creating book & magazine illustrations, storyboards, computer graphics/graphic design, fine art (portraits, landscapes, fantasy) and scenic art/murals. He has traveled extensively; living & working at times in Norway, England, Italy and Japan. Involved with social issues & an avid artist rights advocate, he has been recognized by the L. A. City Council for his volunteer work & contribution to the growth of the arts in L.A. In 2014, one of his works was published in Acrylic Artists Magazine & in 2013, one of his landscape paintings was published in North Light Books’ - Acrylic Works: Best of Acrylic Competition. His artwork has garnered awards from Adobe Design, the Int’l Society of Acrylic Painters, the Society of Illustrators L. A., & other Local, National and International Competitions His mural work can be seen in a project dubbed the “Hollywood Night Gallery” on Hollywood Blvd. & in a mural honoring Bob Barker at CBS Studios. Some of his scenic work can be seen at Venus Fort (a 60,000 sq.ft. shopping center in Tokyo, Japan), the Paris Casino in Las Vegas & other venues around L.A. His latest series “Twisted TeddysTM“ focuses on utilizing an iconic image of childhood innocence, the teddy bear, to address social issues, make social commentary & be a force for helping to create positive social change, with a portion of the funds generated by sales of his merchandise, benefiting social programs like Homelessness, Gang abatement, Drug Addiction, Child abuse & many others. He is presently working on getting 3D printed figures of a few of his teddy characters & developing plush prototypes & is seeking a licensee.
Laura Book Biography
Hi everyone, I am a Brain Tumor survivor. I am a Wife, I am a graduate student, an artist, and a dog mom. I am a world traveler, an aspiring model and author. I am 37 years old, 28 years a survivor. I started painting one day, but never really had any formal training...My photography is not trained either, but it all expresses love and joy and sadness, just the gamut of my emotions. I hope you enjoy!
-Laura Kathryn Tidwell Book
Nathan Altier Biography
I was attended The Maryland College of Art & Design and honed my skills there as an artist, making the Dean’s List every semester until I graduated. After receiving an AA in Visual Communications, I decided to continue my education at the Atlanta College of Art and graduated with a BA in Computer Art. Shortly after graduation I realized that a career in computer art was not my passion, I transitioned to fine art painting, utilizing my computer art background. While I enjoy painting a variety of subjects, and experiment with abstractions and realism, I prefer portraiture. People fascinate me and I love the challenge of bringing out their personalities through my work. I have recently shown; Seven pieces at Volt Restaurant in Frederick, Md. from June 2018 through the end of August 2018, Participated in Martinsburg, WV’s Festival of Banners. My banner was on public display on N. Queen St. from June 2018 through the end of August 2018. Placed “Best in Show” in the Berkeley Arts 2018 Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit with “Topsail Family Portrait”. Another of my pieces, “Extraction”, was also accepted in the Exhibit. “The Flower Girl” was on display in the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley for ShenArts 40th Anniversary Exhibit Oct. 16th through Jan. 13, 2019. “Flow” is featured in December 2018’s print exhibition entitled “Balance” for Apero Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Currently, “Synergy” is featured in January 2019’s print exhibition entitled “Rise” for Apero Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Currently, “Mind Blown and “Past Adoration” are on display at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD. as of Feb. 3rd through April 7th 2019. Currently a contacted artist associated with Direct Arts Gallery in Frederick, MD. I am accepting and working on commissions in addition to building my own portfolio for Direct Arts, shows and exhibitions.
Jessica Alazraki Biography:
I was born and raised in Mexico City and have a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Universidad Anáhuac. I worked as a creative in advertising right after finishing high school and moved to New York City in 1998 where I worked at various advertising agencies that specialized in targeting the U.S. Hispanic market. At the same time, I was studying at the Parsons School in which I earned a degree in Graphic Design. I also entered other CE graphic design programs at various schools in NYC including the School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union. After becoming a Mom, I quit my job but continued
to work as a visual artist. In 2008, I first discovered my passion for drawing and painting. Since then, I have worked with live models helping me to expand my knowledge of anatomical drawing and figure painting. After my first year of studies for a Masters Degree in Figurative Painting (2015-2016) at the New York Academy of Art, I have been preparing my self- directed body of work that represents my artistic interest, my personality and contributes to creating social awareness. I have exhibited my paintings in the U.S.A. in over 30 groups shows including several Galleries in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, Poughkeepsie, California, and Philadelphia as well as in Sotheby’s Auction House in NY and various museums like the Attleboro Arts Museum in Massachusetts and the New Britain Museum of American Art. I had one Solo Show in NYC and have participated in more than five group shows in Mexico City and Puebla, Mexico. I have also been teaching young girls—from middle school to high school—with drawing in a private setting. In 2015, I received “The Award of Excellence” from Huntington Arts Council. In 2017, I was given an “Honorable Mention Award” by the Barrett Art Center at the Circle Foundation for the Arts as well as the prize for second place at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition.
Curator Review: Balloons
This sincere and sobering painting by artist Jessica Alazraki, is both cerebral and symbolic. Alazraki’s incredible ability to express a mood in her work, is impressive and bold. The strong emotional impact of this piece reflects the artist’s own vision. Perhaps her use of color and placement of each element in the scape, expresses that provocative human narrative of acceptance and belonging.
- E.E. Jacks
Congratulations to all of the ‘Capture’ Catalogue Featured artists of February 2019!
Such evocative and diverse interpretations of the theme!
1st Nathan Altier
2nd Stephen Johnson
3rd Jessica Alazraki
Honorable Mention Mary Beth Harrison
Jessica Alazraki, Nathan Altier, Laura Book, Preston Craig, Kyla Culbertson, Scott Evanskey, Stefania Grasso, Mary Beth Harrison, Saskia Huitema, Sara Hupas, Stephen Johnson, Kelene Karetski-Piazza, Ron Kenedi, Brittany Kiefer, Nicholas Kozis, Jessica Leigh, Margaret Minardi, Kevin Rogers, Tania Rustage, Ira Stein, Margaret Stivers, Jennifer Sundstrom, Jesusa Marie Vargas, Blair Vina, Tyler Webb, Sachi Yoshimoto & Liliana Zavaleta
Sachi Yoshimoto Biography
Sachi Yoshimoto is a Tokyo based self-taught artist who works mainly in oil medium. She loves the warmth that the medium gives to her work. Artistically inclined from a young age, Sachi has worked diligently to bring her art to life. In 2013, after years of amateur work, Sachi decided to pursue her art wholeheartedly. Sachi’s style of work is “true-to-life,” focusing on the breath she finds in organic and inorganic objects. Her vision is to bring life into the objects she’s attracted to in everyday life. Apart from regular art commissions, Sachi often donates certain pieces and commission profits to animal charities she loves. Like her art, Sachi continues to evolve and improve. Her ultimate aim is to have her artistic journey make everyone’s life a little brighter.
Tyler Webb Biography
Tyler Webb was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and attended SouthEast Missouri State University. His bodies of work are mainly acrylic painting that explore our range of human emotions. His fluid art delves into our jovial, playful, aloof sides while also challenging us to let go of control. His abstract works are an exercise in controlled chaos, using aggressive palette knife and brush strokes to tap into a more primitive side of art. Although being an artist most of his life, he has just recently begun to make his art public and has emerged with incredible momentum. Taking part and various art groups like Cape Arts Council, Creative St. Louis, and Poplar Bluff Arts Guild. Tyler is an artist looking to keep gaining momentum and to make a name for himself in the Missouri Art scene.
Steffie Wallace Biography
I studied Fine Art in Melbourne, Australia, and I have been painting and exhibiting landscapes for over 30 years. My paintings are dominated by the sky in which I find my spiritual as well as my artistic inspiration. The contrasting vistas of the sea and the outback are central to my creative vision; Australia, as the oldest continent on earth, is unique with its vast and beautiful country, offering vast spatial references to explore artistically I work with a limited palette range and the main focus of my work is centred on atmospheric effects. The visual interpretation of changing light remains an ongoing fascination as does the desire to capture the immediacy of a particular climatic situation. In conveying an emotional response to the landscape, my work reflects the unpredictability of nature with the emphasis on transitory experience, which parallels our own fleeting existence on earth and the relativity of our significance within the natural environment. I am represented by galleries both locally and overseas and I have participated in many group and solo exhibitions. I was a previous winner of the Lorenzo il Magnifico Silver Medal for Painting at the Florence Biennale in Italy, and I recently won ‘Best Landscape’ award at the Linden Postcard Show, currently showing in Melbourne.
Christina Szakonyi Biography
(b. 1986) is a representational artist living and working in Florida. Her interest in art began at a young age when she spent her summers drawing the characters of traditional animation and the horses surrounding her home. She later studied art in college where she earned an associate degree in graphic design. It wasn’t until 2014 that she sought out more rigorous training in traditional fine arts with Jonathan Hardesty of ClassicalArtOnline and Charles Miano of the Southern Atelier. Selected as one of 21 Under 31 Young Artists to Watch in 2017 by Southwest Art Magazine, she strives to create timeless images of contemporary subjects.
Dedicated to true expression through the arts.