Each and every day, we’re inspired by the artists that make up this amazing community. It’s one of the reasons we’re so passionate about bridging the gap between inspiration and finished work for professionals, hobbyists and aficionados around the world. This year, we had the pleasure of learning from several featured artists and hearing about their personal experiences.
Accomplished artist Debra Buchanan infuses keen observational skill, attention to detail and compositional acumen into her work. Whether she’s wielding oils, pastels, graphite or charcoal, she works to garner aesthetic ingenuity and exquisite rendering. Mastering old-world techniques and ardently carrying on the still life and portrait traditions established by seventeenth-century masters, she imbues her own modern spin and propels her work into the contemporary realm of design sensibility.
Jessica Mia Vito is an emerging artist specializing in both traditional and contemporary approaches to oil painting and drawing. Originally from the Cleveland, OH, area, she knew from a very young age that she wanted to be an artist.
“A work of art is as inexplicable to me as a working relationship. How it came to be is a mystery to me , but I enjoy its presence. The process of work is a stimulating conversation between me and what occurs on the drawing surface. There is no chatter – attention and involvement are paramount. I control the process but I do not direct it. I must leave myself open to the voice.” - Elaine Mickel
Claude Larson is a fiber, acrylic and mixed media artist. For over two decades, she has been working with—and producing her own—textiles and papers using paint, dye and various forms of surface design, all from her New Jersey studio.