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David Sponseller

Here is a profile of artist David Sponseller, Cornerstone’s artist of the month for December 2018.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.

Towards the end of my ninth grade year in high school, I and my classmates were sitting in our social studies class and the teacher did not show up. We were getting pretty loud and out of hand. The art teacher from the next classroom, Ron Linder, heard us and came in the room and took us all into his class. He set us down with art supplies. I was given watercolors and markers. At the end of the class period, Mr. Linder asked me if I could come back during study hall and finish the drawing I had started. I did, and after that he asked me to take art classes. I was exposed to a multitude of mediums in Mr. Linder’s class throughout the rest of high school. What really stuck with me was the mixed media collage process he taught me and drawing with graphite.

After high school I attended art classes at the Harrisburg Area Community College and graduated with a degree in commercial art. I found out quickly that commercial art was not for me but I did have a passion for creating. My further plans for art education were cut short by unforeseen events but I have continued to create and develop my sense of style. I find the process of creation not only meditative and enlightening, but it allows me the opportunity and freedom to express myself without boundaries. I also love photography and my art pieces are often based on the photographs I take.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?

What I like most is the variety of materials I use. It allows me to express myself at that moment when I’m inspired.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

My high school art teacher, Mr. Linder had an important and lasting impact on my development as an artist. And because of his influence and support of me as an artist throughout high school and even after, he also impacted the direction of my life. The inspiration for the specific pieces I create is the idea of how I can capture a moment; the way I see something of beauty or that touches me in that moment inspires me to recreate that feeling.

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?

Its hard to say but I just completed the graphite drawing “Chain” and it may be my favorite. The inspiration for it is an old photograph I took sometime in 1982. It was part of a hoist for a small sailboat I was given as a gift. I worked on it for 26 years; working and setting it aside and working and setting it aside. In the last year, I was inspired to finish it and I can see my growth as an artist in it.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?

If an artist is starting out in graphite, I advise that she or he get a damn good pencil and an even better pencil sharpener. A perfectly sharp point on your pencil allows you to create both precise and soft effects. Drawing with a sharp pencil is a heady pleasure.

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Susan K. Getty

Susan is a freelance artist and writer who loves exploring the world and responding to it through poems and pictures. Her art has been on exhibit in Harrisburg and the surrounding area for the past 20 years. In January 2016 she established her studio as an official business — Stony Run Art Studio.

Susan Getty display

She is a graduate of the studio art program at Messiah College and a lifelong learner. She considers herself a pilgrim in art (as well as in life). Most of her work begins as experimentation with materials, colors, images, and ideas. When encouraging one of her painting students, Susan often quotes her first painting professor, saying, “If you know what a painting is going to look like before you begin, what’s the point of painting it?”

The artist lives in Dillsburg with her husband, Bob, and her coon dog, Stella. They have two adult sons who sometimes hang out with them in the studio.

You can see more of her work at

Sue Marrazzo

An experimental artist who works in collage, mixed media, acrylic, and encaustic painting, Sue’s art tends to be influenced by fashion, interior design, and art history. She believes, “Art is about learning to see” and her strengths are with color theory and composition, describing her art as “Bold, Colorful, Experimental, and Individualistic.”

Sue Marrazzo Display

Sue has exhibited in numerous local, regional, national and international juried shows, and exhibits and she currently teaches collage and experimental mixed media at the Art Center School and Galleries in Mechanicsburg, PA. Sue also teaches art parties, and workshops. She was a guest art instructor at the Art Association of Harrisburg for Fall 2012, and Winter 2013. The artist has won many awards, and juried acceptances…like the 2011 PA Art of the State, at the PA State Museum; and the 2010 Rottler Award of Excellence in Visual Arts, at the York Art Association. Sue is a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters, and belongs to many art societies and associations.

Her collages are featured in the National Collage Society’s 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018 Juried Member’s Annual Calendar. She is a juried member of The Daily Painters of Pennsylvania Art Group. Sue won the “Cutting Edge” Award in the 2012 International Society of Experimental Artists Annual Juried Show. In 2013, Sue received her signature status with the National Collage Society. In 2015, Sue became the co-owner of the Textured Art Gallery Online International Blog Community. Recently, the artist has judged juried local and national art exhibitions. In 2017, Sue started an online mixed media art class, and started teaching workshops at the York Art Association. In 2018, the artist had a solo art show at The Whitaker Center, Harrisburg, PA. Sue will continue teaching mixed media art classes and art workshops. In August 2018, Sue was an exhibiting artist at The 44th Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Exhibit.

Here is a recent Q&A with Sue Marrazzo –

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
I am an artist who works as an experimental mixed media artist by choice. I like the fact that I am always learning, growing and I have no boundaries. I use all mediums of art, and combine all of them.

Nightscape
Nightscape
How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
Mixed media allows me to express myself while using all kinds of art supplies, and art mediums. I like to create using recycled papers, along with acrylics, and more. By experimenting, I stay new, and current. This is important as an artist and art instructor.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
My artistic inspiration comes from art history, my students, colors, and textures, and the world around me.

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?
One of my favorite mixed media paintings is “Nightscape,” a large abstract landscape work.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
My advice to other artists, would be to expose yourself to all mediums; take classes, go to art shows, galleries, museums, read and study art history, and create art. Do something creative each and everyday.

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Linda McCurdy

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We recently did an artist interview with Linda McCurdy, our Artist of the Month for September 2018. During this month, Irene’s pieces decorated the walls of the Cornerstone Coffeehouse.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
I have been interested in drawing and painting from an early age. After attending Art School I began to paint more and have devoted most of my life to it. I like painting in Acrylic for it’s versatility, fast drying and the ability to blend with other mediums.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
As a water-based paint, acrylics can be used as a watercolor technique or thicker on canvas.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
My Artistic inspirations of course are all of Nature and Artists such as Andrew Wyeth and the Impressionists.

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?
Favorite paintings are of several landscapes depicting places I have hiked or visited.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
My advice to Artists getting started in Acrylic would be to practice different techniques to discover your style and paint what you love!

p.s. I also enjoy painting in water color, coffee and pastel switching it up from time to time, depending on the subject and my mood.
 

Irene Appleyard

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We recently did an artist interview with Irene Appleyard, our Artist of the Month for August 2018. During this month, Irene’s pieces decorated the walls of the Cornerstone Coffeehouse.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
I grew up in Hawaii which, I think, has planted many beautiful colors in my brain! I’ve always been attracted to and have loved painting portraits. I do love doing watercolors though. I have paintings that are in collections in England, China, Hawaii and many other states in the United States.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
I love to use acrylics and the freedom and flow of watercolors.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
My children are a big part of my inspirations, but I have always had a fascination with portraits. I started taking art seriously when my children were in high school, then went on to study at the Art Students’ League and the National Academy of Design in NYC.

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?
My favorite paintings in the exhibit are the profile of the young man with the sunset behind him and the one of my daughter with the lilac dress.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
Just play around and experiment to figure out what your best at.

 

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