The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery

...... bringing art to our community!

PATRICK STICKNEY                                                                  

  

In 2005 the artist moved from the Great Lakes region of Western New York to The Tampa Bay area of Florida – neighboring the Gulf of Mexico.

 

He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of New York

at Buffalo - specializing in communications, fine art, art history and

creative writing.

 

After rising in the ranks of advertising agencies for a number of years, in Western New York and North Carolina, he started his own successful agency in 1986 and continued in that business for 16 years with fine art as a serious advocation. He is the recipient of numerous regional, national, and international awards for creative excellence in art direction, design, and copywriting in both print and broadcast media.

 

In 1999 he became more deeply  involved in fine art efforts and his paintings were embraced  by galleries in New York City and Los Angeles. His work displays a strong emphasis on dream

images, very personal visions, and emotions. Stickney’s art shows have been appropriately

titled “The Art of Patrick Stickney...Dreams, Meditations & Myths.”

 

This personal, psychological approach is visually executed in what may be called Surrealistic and New Expressionistic in style. He works in various media - what fits the subject matter and the inspiration of the moment – acrylics, tempera, charcoal, ink, colored pencil, paper collage, photo montage, and even enamel spray paints.

 

‘’When artists are asked to speak about their work the results are often overdone and

presumptuous. The artwork should speak for itself, but beyond what is initially seen -

I’d only add that my works are simply the efforts of a very emotional person expressing

meditations on our world - of man and woman - past, present, future, in the physical and spiritual realm. If my work can produce a strong emotional response in the viewer - then I have been successful.’’ Stickney signs his works with hieroglyphic symbols, reflecting a keen interest in ancient Egyptian culture and a committed belief in the never-ending lifeforce in us all.

 

 

Artist Statement

 

The images and subject matter of my paintings display a strong

emphasis on dream images, very personal visions, and emotions.

 

 

Inspiration comes from our contemporary world, the internal imaginative world, cultural symbols, and ancient mythology.

 

Past art shows have been appropriately titled

“The Art of Patrick Stickney...Dreams, Meditations & Myths.”

 

 

This personal, psychological approach is executed in what may be called Surrealistic and New Expressionistic in style.

 

I work in various media - what fits the subject matter and the inspiration of the moment – acrylics, tempera, charcoal, ink, colored pencil, paper collage, photo montage, and even enamel spray paints.

 

When artists are asked to speak about their work the results are often overdone and presumptuous…the artwork should speak for itself. But beyond what is initially seen -

I’d only add that my works are simply the efforts of a very emotional person expressing meditations on our world - of man and woman - past, present, future, in the physical and spiritual realm. If my work can produce a strong emotional response in the viewer - then I have been successful.

 

Beside my name I sign works with hieroglyphic symbols, reflecting a

strong interest in ancient Egyptian culture and the never-ending, spiritual life force in us all.

 

 Eva Diana Berman

 

Eva was born in Germany and grew up in Bavaria. She came to the United States in 1967.

 

Eva studied oil painting at Nevad's Studio in Dunellen, New Jersey and has attended the Art Student’s League in New York City. Eva completed training at the Armat School for Graphic Arts in Plainfield New Jersey, after which she worked full time in the printing industry while raising a family and continuing her art endeavors. Eva graduated with honors from St. Petersburg College in 2004.

 

After moving to Florida in September 1991, Eva has taken classes at the Dunedin Fine Art Center including painting with Brooke Allison and invitational painting classes with Christopher Still. She has also taken sculpture with Kyu Yamamoto. Eva’s work has been seen in juried shows including an oil painting at the 1994 All Florida Spring show at "the Arts Center" in St. Petersburg, Florida and in April, 2000, one of her sculptures was selected for inclusion in the First Juried Student Art Exhibition in the Muse Gallery at St. Petersburg College. Eva exhibited a number of her works at the Pasco-Hernando Community College in February 2001 in a show entitled “Three Chicks From Out of Town; ” The same month she was recognized with the “Recycling Award” at the Fourth Annual Pasco County Art of Recycling show, for her creatively dressed mannequin entitled “Fashion of the Future.”  In 2006 she won two separate “Best of Show” awards at the St. Petersburg College. She continues her studies there with Elizabeth Indianos.

 

 While living in New Jersey, Eva exhibited her work at local art festivals, at the Tweed Gallery in Plainfield and at Imageworks Gallery in North Plainfield. Her work has been purchased for corporate display, by restaurants and private clients. Three of her paintings are in the permanent collection at St. Petersburg College.

 

Artist’s Statement 

 

Throughout history, women were often victims of discrimination, aggression and violence. Today, on a regular basis we are reminded of the fate of some of these unfortunate women. Some are scarred forever, some go missing, and some become pioneers to stand up for women’s rights.

 

It is these facts that prompted me to create the “Fractured Roses” series. Through the use of slashes and breaking up the planes of the canvas I intend to invoke feelings of uneasiness in the viewer as a reminder of the vulnerability of women.

 

Branden Lukes

 

 

 

Branden Lukes has been pursuing an art career from the moment he was able to hold a pencil. His early education took place in the small town of Ontario, New York. In 1998, he and his family relocated to sunny Sarasota, Florida. After graduating from Riverview High School in 2000 with a top score on his art portfolio, Branden made his way to the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale to study Computer Animation and Graphic Design.

 

Winning art awards since the young age of 7, Branden Lukes has left a trail of accomplishments up and down the East coast of the U.S.. In 2005, he started his Faux Finish and Mural company, Branden Lukes Designs, LLC.. Since then, his work has found its way into the most exclusive neighborhoods and his partners model homes (Todd Johnston Homes, Arthur Rutenberg Homes) across Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, Venice and beyond. Having Herald Tribune articles and an SRQ Magazine article published on his company are his most noteworthy and recent accomplishments.

 

After numerous relocations across Florida and even a short stay in Los Angeles, California, Branden Lukes once again resides in beautiful Sarasota, Florida. It was here that he started his Faux Finish and Mural company and it is here that he begins his professional art career.

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

 

Having grown up in a remote location in Upstate New York, I had the freedom to explore the land and the lakes and let my mind wander. It was during 1st and 2nd grade that my parents noticed I had an outstanding artistic talent. I was able to render anything with perfect proportions whether the piece was scaled larger or smaller. I would draw my favorite cartoon characters and sell them to my classmates for pocket change. It was at this early stage in my life that I knew I wanted to pursue a career in art. Around 5th grade, my grandfather gave me some great advice when he said, ‘you can make a decent living copying other artists works, OR you can begin creating your OWN characters and designs and make a name for yourself.’ Thus began my illustration career. Year after year I would enter my art into competitions and win 1st place. Art has literally been a lifelong quest for me and I will never stop creating.

 

I am an optimistic artist. My works are positive views of nature and human experience throughout stages of life. With my artwork, I strive to show that even when our circumstances can seem dull and at times confusing, the ‘colors’ will spontaneously appear when you believe in your hearts and pursue your dreams.

 

 

Natalie Roberts

Natalie Roberts is a self-taught artist who shares her creative adventures on surrealmuse.com, a site dedicated to helping fellow artists find time for art, spirituality, and philosophy in the hectic world of today. As a former traveling consultant, she developed a unique method of soft pastel work that accommodated a lifestyle that allowed for very little free time. Natalie eventually landed and settled in Florida where she lives with her husband. She works as an accounting consultant at a Fortune 100 company by day and is a creative blur of pastel dust and brushes by night.

Artist Statement 

In my work, I explore the feminine side of sexuality and emotion.  I exhibit the barest articulation of the human body in a deconstructed and simple expression of form that belies the complexity that is just under the surface.

I grew up painting with oils and occasionally acrylics.

During the late 1990s I began to experiment with soft pastels in a small, black, bound and worn journal that I carried around with me during college along with a rusty can of fixative spray. I eventually gave up having to convince airport security to allow me to keep the spray and resigned myself to purchasing a new can each time I found myself in a new destination, which could be as often as once a week.

By 2003, my notable style of bold lines, rich colors, and explorations of shadow emerged in a series of soft pastel illustrations that capture the emotional expressions of the human form.

 

Virginia Erdie

 

Virginia Erdie was born in Fairmont, West Virginia, and lived on a semi-working farm for the first 14 years of her life. She was mostly isolated for these years with most time spent riding her pony bareback and constantly catching salamanders, turtles and the like to take home as company.


She left Fairmont w hen she was 23 years old on scholarship to The Maryland Institute, College of Art and graduated with a BFA in 1986. She used her scholarship money to spend two trimesters at The Central School of Art & Design in London, England in 1984-1985. She went on to obtain her Master's degree in Art Therapy fromThe School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989.

Her biggest influences are Dali, Kandinsky, Klee, Miro, Chagall, Bosch, Ernst, Gorky, and
Magritte. She saw many of their paintings while she was visiting the great galleries in London, Washington, DC, New York, Amsterdam, Paris, St. Petersburg, Chicago and Baltimore.

Virginia exhibits frequently and has gained the attention of the more innovative Press for her unconventional and thought-provoking imagery.  Her work has evolved from her studies of psychology, as she worked as an art therapist with the criminally insane for 6 years. Also inspiring her work are her concerns about humanity, as she f eels that our time spent on this Earth should not be consumed by greed and power and the striving for material things which obstruct the natural process of individual evolution necessary to make a healthier humankind.

 

Artist Statement

My style of painting, drawing, and printmaking originated from my exciting formal training at The Maryland Institute, College of Art.  I was awarded the Jules Bodarky and the E. A. Navaretta Scholarships and went to London, England to study for two trimesters.  While there I visited all the great Museums in London and traveled to Paris and Amsterdam to see many museums there.  I then earned my Master's deg ree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  I became a Registered Art Therapis  and worked as an art therapist with the criminally insane for about six years after this.  All of these experiences contributed to my selection of imagery and style of work.

The most fascinating class I took at The Maryland Institute, College of Art was Scientific Readings, where I studied about the endless possibilities of the universe and beyond.  Since then I have been interested in Quantum Physics and the String Theory.  I am constantly aware that the time we spend here in this reality is very, very brief in relation to the time of everything else.  My paintings and drawings tend to either play on this cyclical, never ending time loop, or the ludicrous behaviors of humans as they focus on everything that won't mean a darned thing after we leave this reality….like money and material things and power and greed. Sometimes it all becomes a bit overwhelming for m e and I am sad  because I realize that as long as there is power and greed, we cannot evolve to our potentials as humans.


I continue to explore the unconscious and to go where no woman has gone before while maintaining an acceptable level of sanity.

 

 

 

Melissa Fiorentino

 
Melissa Fiorentino bends the bounds of reality, with her unique vision and distinct style. Although unintentional, she achieves a esoteric quality managing a metaphysical quality to her work. Fiorentino’s goal is to bring a convergence of the human passions, emotional thrills, despairing nightmares and the conquest of dreams together to the conscious and unconscious level of the human aspirations. Influenced by the Old Masters and Surreal style of past artists, which are evident in her profound talent and work, Fiorentino’s work has known to be celebrated as a breath of fresh air upon the artist’s landscape. Melissa paints and learns by studying her influences that range from Michelangelo to Piet Mondrian. A variety of color schemes, intense and sometimes risky subject matter help Fiorentino’s work to project a very shocking and different motive . She tends to have a unique style bringing a representational piece, abstract and a portrait all into one. It is a way to allow for there to be a reality and dream or nightmare enclosed onto one image.


Melissa Fiorentino is a artist who does her best to “create paintings that show a different side of life, the side where we are learning, discovering and living through the feeling that moves through our veins during the process“(Fiorentino), that rush that we feel. Her paintings suggest a reality stringing a type of personality extension of the subject in the painting by bringing together a surreal and abstract idea of what a person feels while they are experiencing life.


Challenge and problem solving skills are involved in Fiorentino’s work and she uses these things to track her growth as an artist and as a person. She had her work in the Appleton Museum of Art when she was only 16 years old and from that moment on started working and getting herself into any art shows that she could get into that was at her disposal. Fine Arts for Ocala started to bring her many awards each year, than getting awards such as the Award of Merit in 2002 and the Award of Distinction in 2003 has fueled her aspirations. Youngest artist to have her own booth and display her own work at the age of 19 in 2003 for Fine Arts For Ocala, now she is working on getting herself into any art festivals and galleries possible. Fiorentino plans to start a new idea of painting and work towards opening her own gallery and studio all in one, so that people may see her work as she progresses towards her changing styles. Actively working in her studio in Ocala, FL, she is working towards earning a name for herself and painting up a huge portfolio worth of paintings that express her ideas and discoveries as an artist and person.

 

Artist Statement:


 Of the many goals of painting the subjects I chose, bringing a representational piece, abstract and a portrait all into one is what I prefer. It is a way to allow for there to be a reality and dream or nightmare enclosed onto one image. I try to create paintings that show a different side of life, the side where we are learning, discovering and living through the feeling that moves through our veins during the process. Basically my main goal is to suggest a reality stringing a type of personality extension of the subject in the painting by bringing together a surreal and abstract idea of what a person feels while they are experiencing life. Since we are the most “real” objects in this universe, nothing speaks to me more than our own emotion.


 

Kathrine Jakob      

Kathrine Jakob is a acrylic painter from Ocala, FL. She learns from studying her influences such as artists like Claude Monet, Michelangelo, Jackson Pollock and Wassily Kandinsky. Kathrine’s work uses geometric shapes and nudes to bring forward a new unique level of art. The subjects in her work come from all types of shapes, nudes and hidden landscapes from home. She then warps them changing them with mixtures of color and/or adding other subject matter than turning her work into more of a dream-like idea; with her mixed media she takes everyday objects and brings them together with color on canvas for a textured feel. It helps her to better express her ideas and also bring a whole new depth into her work as a whole. Jakob studies photographs she takes turns them into workable subject matter, taking what is seen from the eyes of her camera to what she sees in her mind. Sometimes though risky and daring she takes vision to reality with the color and shape.

Kathrine Jakob is consistently working in her studio in Ocala, Florida and  doing all she can to enter into art shows and exhibits all around the USA to share her work with others. As a very busy artist, her ultimate goal is to open her own gallery so that others with an unseen prospective can also share their dreams and show their vision for the world to see.

 

Education:

Central Florida Community College, Associate of Arts Degree (In Process)

Currently studying under local professional painter Melissa Fiorentino.

 

Artist Statement

 

“My goal as an artist is to show my vision with the world and also learn from others in the process. I find it very important to keep pushing forward and painting steadily in my studio and doing my very best to express my ideas as an artist and a human being.”

 

Wes Trigger

 

My name is Weston (Wes) W. Trigger, Jr. I have been painting in oils for about 30 years. Prior to moving to Florida I had the opportunity to display my work at shows and in galleries in the Northern Virginia area. Also, I Owned and managed an Art Gallery in Northern Virginia. Since moving to Florida I have displayed in a number of shows and my work has appeared in local galleries. Along with painting I have also taught lessons in the fundamentals of oil painting as well as more advanced techniques to both adults and children.

 

I did not set out to become an artist. As it is said, "I had a day job" in the world of computers. I turned to art as a means of releasing tension and frustration accumulated performing my work. My "day Job" has long since departed but art has remained and is now my work, but most certainly not a job. I have been painting with oil paint for about thirty or so years. I have ventured into other media but I have found that they did not satisfy me as do oil paint. However, now days, I often do under-painting in acrylics.

I have often been asked what do I prefer to paint. Wildlife and Florals are on the top of my list. Florals because I like to grow things, especially Orchids. The Orchid paintings that I have rendered are from blossoms on plants in my collection. Wildlife, just because these wild creatures are so beautiful to behold. I particularly like to paint members of the feline family including their domesticated brethren of which I have a few. The wolf and some of their larger dog cousins are such expressive subjects that they also deserve to be enjoyed in life and on canvas.

What subjects do I consider most challenging for to paint? Portraits of people are on the top of the list. Why you might ask? Think about it. There is little consistency of form, except basic skeletal structure, many variations of skin and eye colors not to mention the changes brought about by age and don’t forget variable facial expression for all ages. Everything considered animals and flower blossoms are pretty much straight forward but not we humans. Always a challenge to produce a reasonable likeness. This would, no doubt, be easier for me if I concentrated on portrait painting but....             Specialization has always appeared to me to be too limiting so, I will continue to be a generalist and paint whatever strikes my fancy accepting the challenge of the moment.

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