Since December is the month of whimsy & merriment, there was no doubt about the choice for the Artist of the Month. Christy RePinec has entertained us with her witty words, and mesmerized us with her art. Christy does what is required, and then takes it one step further– with consistently wonderful results. For her boundless enthusiasm, talent and passion, we are pleased to name Christy the Citra Solv December Artist of the Month.
When the Citra Solv gang asked me to be “Ms. December” a.k.a. Artist of the Month, my first thought was—if there’s a bikini involved—NO! Reassured that I only had to reveal my artwork and nothing else, I then felt quite honored and, of course, I agreed. Yet all great honors come with a price, this one came with the task to write a “short bio” or an artist statement. What? C’mon now, really? Can’t we just show my art? And what if I’m the kind of artist who hides behind her art? Who only shows her hidden dreams, offbeat ideas and silly themes all jumbled and juxtaposed together on a blank canvas? Whose artistic statement is really her art that exposes and explains her own whimsical and wacky version of this universe? Ha! Fooled ya, that’s not me. Words are my second passion. Yep, you guessed it—art is #1.
Remember the old days of Polaroid photos when you'd gently shake them to seemingly speed up the development process? Well, Terri Allen has certainly shaken up the photo process by becoming a phenomenal Polaroid Transfer Artist. Terri blends photography with painting and watercolor to create unique emotional pieces filled with mood and perspective. This award-winning artist now incorporates Citra Solv altered pages into her magical work, and for her talent and creativity, we are proud to name her the Citra Solv November Artist of the Month.
For those who follow Citra Art contests, the name Kayann Ausherman is a familiar one. The productive artist lives a busy and artistic life in rural Kansas. Like her farmhouse home, Kayann's life and art are constantly changing. As the mother of 8 children, Kayann has found the time to create, show and sell her mixed media art, including Citra Solv projects. She enjoys using recycled and upcycled materials, has an eye for layering and color, and was most recently featured in the current edition of Somerset Studio magazine. For her endless efforts and tireless talent, we are proud to name Kayann the Citra Solv October Artist of the Month.
I am a late arriver to the art field after being a stay at home mom for eight children, though creativity has always found its way into whatever I do. A lot of my artwork takes form from the use of repurposed and "upcycled" materials (like old National Geographics!). I do a rather eclectic mix of projects including making purses, journals, mixed media artwork, painting, and whatever else catches my fancy. I live in a 100 year old farm house on a dirt road in rural Kansas after which I have named my business – from Victory Road. I have an etsy shop: www.fromvictoryroad.etsy.com
Artist Carol Frye likes to refer to herself as a "layerist": as her life, work and experience grow and become natural parts of her, so do her paintings. In addition to teaching, Carol enjoys experimenting with new media and subject matters. She has been recognized for her artistry with several awards. For her spirituality, talent and continual artistic quest, we are proud to name Carol the Citra Solv August Artist of the Month.
Having painted landscapes and still life for many years in a variety of mediums, my work has evolved from
Strong paintings with vibrant strokes of color, bold calligraphy and brilliant foils invite you to share my passion
Since moving to Florida in 1994 I has became active in the art community, giving demonstrations, teaching
As a professional photographer, Kyle Perler spends much of his time traveling, focusing on his subjects, and presenting unique photos that capture ethereal landscapes and beautiful, haunting lifetime moments. In his artistic creations, Kyle mixes scenery and subject while exploring light and dark, crafting a stunning window into the world of the surreal. For his ingenuity and creative approach to documenting the natural world, we are proud to call Kyle our Citra Solv July Artist of the Month.
I ruined my first shoot when I was 8 by opening an already shot canister of Infared film (I know better now). I grew up in my mothers photo studio where I began teaching classes with her when I was 11. She would teach me the lesson the week before and have me photograph the project and use my examples and images to help the class. With a solid grasp on photo technique I went on to shoot and assist at wedding for her studio until I finished High School. I graduated in 2009 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, an extension of Tufts University with a BFA in Photographic Processes. Since then I have been building my brand and discovering my style. I shooting local and destination weddings and Mitzvah's year round, travel as much as possible, and exhibiting my work all around the country.
I don't set out to make art, but to tell a story. In my work I combine multiple images, overlapping textures, patterns and colors to create a wholly new, and unforeseen composition. The juxtaposition and mingling of these elements is anything but haphazard/random. All the pieces are deliberately created and woven together to develop a robust narrative. When I work with a model I am reminded that even though I have constructed a visual idea for a final piece I must not take away their identity and personality. The models provide the human quality that creates the compelling stories I want to tell. My work tends to focus on environmental and humanist struggles that I am passionate about. While the themes and style of my work vary drastically depending on my material and subject matter they are linked by recurring elements. My choice of subject matter comes from a place of intuition and is charged by an impetuous desire to understand the magic of this world, as it exists around me. I am driven by light and inspired to compose the contrast of light and dark.
Artist Linda Richmond has a bright outlook and a sunny disposition, which are reflected in her colorful and vivid creations. Influenced by the landscapes in her travels, Linda seamlessly transfers the vistas onto the canvas using a variety of tools. Incorporating Citra Solv altered pages into her work has opened up a new world for Linda, and for her passion and talent we are proud to name her the Citra Solv June Artist of the Month.
My career as an artist began in graphics, where for 20 years I enjoyed exploring the basic shapes and forms in good design. When I retired from the design field, I was excited to shift my focus to working and playing with all kinds of media from watercolor and oils; to acrylic painting, drawing, inking, beading, card-making, collage and mosaic. I found that my passion lies in acrylics and collage work…often simultaneously!
Christopher Staples is a journalist. She's also a photographer, storyteller and dream catcher. In short, Christopher is an award-winning, highly educated and experienced mixed media artist. She captures the images and objects in her life that inspire her and creates works of art that inspire others.
I am an abstract mixed media artist who creates work that comments on memory and perception. I am inspired by a line, a color, a shape or a texture. My CitraSolv papers have all of those elements. I use CitraSolv to create unique paper for my grid-inspired abstract collages. The process is one of randomness and control that is both satisfying and challenging. I work in a variety of media, but collage is the most exciting for me, as it allows for a juxtaposition of elements that the viewer can respond to viscerally.
Christopher Staples is an award-winning mixed media artist who has a BFA, magna cum laude, from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School. She creates and teaches workshops in a converted barn studio on her property. Most recently, she opened LOOK | ART GALLERY in Mahopac, NY, a contemporary artists cooperative. Additionally she is teaching a workshop in art journaling in Tuscany in the summer of 2012. More information is available on christopherstaples.com.
Whether she's painting inspirational pastel landscapes, birds in flight or everyday icons surrounded by stunning colors, artist Mira White has an unwavering sense of rhythm and beauty in her art. A firm believer in "fearless exploration," Mira asks her students and viewers to push the limits and embrace creativity. For her steadfast commitment to her art and unbridled and enthusiasm, we are proud to name Mira White as the Citra Solv March Artist of the Month.
Check out Mira's Blog here.
Mira M. White is an award winning painter with an exhibition record both domestic and international, and has been an art instructor for over 30 years. Her professional responsibilities include a full teaching schedule of classes and workshops in multiple media . Currently teaching at Civic Arts Education in Walnut Creek, Studio One Art Center in Oakland, Lafayette Studio and the Mendocino Art Center, she also organizes and conducts numerous workshops in Pastels, Watercolor and Mixed Media, including several painting workshops in other states and in France.
The Pastel Journal featured her mixed media work in its Jan/Feb 2011 issue. Her work is included in the 2010 anthology Best In American Water Media , and she is also featured on a recent DVD and e book A Walk Into Abstracts. She received the Grand Prize at the popular Rocky Mountain National Aqua-media Exhibition in 2001, was presented in Watercolor Magic, winter 2002 and was a 3rd place winner in the national Pastel Journal competition of 2006 .
Exhibitions this year have included the Triton Watercolor Annual, The CWA
BFA with High Distinction, MFA with Distinction California College of Arts & Crafts. A member of CWA, IEA ( International Encaustic Artists) and ISEA (International Society of Experimental Artists.) For more information on her recent work and teaching schedule, please view her web gallery: www.miraMwhite.com
Paula Guhin is a mixed media artist with a prolific body of impressive work, a house and heart filled with love and appreciation, and a great sense of humor. We are proud to be included in her book, Creating Decorative Paper. For her talent, incredible visual perception and enthusiasm, we are pleased to name Paula as the February Citra Solv Artist of the Month.
Check out Paula's Book "Creating Decorative Paper" here.
Paula Guhin takes pleasure in exploring the potential of both traditional art media and novel, unorthodox materials. She is a visual arts educator and enjoys conducting workshops on mixed-media techniques.
Surrounded by the magnificent vistas of Nova Scotia, artist Andrea Pottyondy seemingly captures the luscious landscapes and sweeping scenery on her canvasses. Andrea believes that "art makes us human, art is a healer, and art is beauty." For her inspiring words and prolific works, we are pleased to name Andrea Pottyondy as the Citra Solv January Artist of the Month.
Art is everywhere in my life. I am an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, the initiator of Artspa (art group) and its blog author artspagallery.blogspot.com, docent at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and an artist who sees the potential in common bits and pieces of everyday life.
To see my artwork please visit my website at www.artarage.com
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