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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.”

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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.

 

Diana Jo Hoffman

Diana Jo Hoffman
Here is a profile of abstract artist Diana Jo Hoffman, Cornerstone’s artist of the month for July 2018.

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

My name is Diana Jo Hoffman and I am an abstract artist based in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. Since 2015, I have been creating abstract works of art that are inspired by music—building layers of color and line to capture the rhythym, tone, and lyricism of my imagination. In 2017, I earned a B.A. in art and art history from Lebanon Valley College.

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

When I work on visual music paintings it feels like nothing exists but me, the music I am listening to, and the painting that I am creating. I feel free. I have often said that when I listen to music while painting, my hand becomes detached and develops a mind of its own as I get lost in the process of creating a work of art. By revealing the interaction between music and abstract art, I want to create an enjoyable and inspiring experience for the viewer.

While I favor working with oils and acrylic paints, I enjoy working in all types of mediums. My work can also reflect the way certain songs make me feel while painting.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

I am inspired musically by Broadway songs, and visually by Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keeffe. These influences are my starting point, as I allow each painting to become what it wants to become.

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?

No. There are a couple of works that hold significant meaning for me, such as the first work I created titled I Never Imagined Such Wonder, 2015.

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

Create. Explore. Art is an ever-evolving process. There are no mistakes in art. Just enjoy. Don’t overthink or try to overwork a creation. Have fun.

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Mary Fox

Mary Fox
Originally a Pittsburgh native, who transplanted to Central Pennsylvania in 1978, I am one of those peaceful, happy, content individuals who was raised with two brothers in a quiet, quaint part of the city by our parents, who were also childhood sweethearts.

As a child, as far back as I can remember, I was enamored by photographs and constantly asked my mother to get the plastic bag where she kept the stash of family photographs, which made me ridiculously happy!

I have no formal training other than classes I’ve taken from those much more knowledgeable than I, and retain a constant desire to learn from other photographers. While I have no plans to be a pro, I try to be a good amateur, and have to admit, to my own chagrin, my love of photography sometimes falls into the category of “obsessed,” am my own worst critic, and totally in love (and excited) with the simplicity, elegance and beauty of a photograph. The excitement of a photo shoot doesn’t hurt either

I learned long ago my taste was rather eclectic when it came to design…and have come to realize over the years, “eclectic” seems to be a natural part of my life, whether is it in friends, food, furniture, jobs, opinions, etc. So it only seems natural that my photography is also included…and since my compositions are from my perspective, you will see a diverse selection of subjects. It is my hope you will enjoy viewing my work as much as I enjoyed creating it.

In addition to photography, I have a love for cross-stitching, designing, writing and a myriad of other interests what would bore you. I consider myself vegan-isn and organic, while indulging and eating all types of food…and prefer that it is easy, good, fast and nourishing, as long as it is appetizing. It is a joke in my family and among friends that I rather despise mashed potatoes…but happen to be a potato chip connoisseur…so much for that!

Living in my warm, cozy, light-filled Camp Hill home is a gift from God….and when you add my rescue Lhasa Apso, Buddy, who has the face of an angel and a disposition to match, life is good.

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

From my earliest memories, Photographs have always seemed a part of my life, and I was always asking my mom to “get out the pictures.” There was no significant event in my life that steered me in this direction that I can think of…it has simply always been there.

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

Mary Fox artI love creativity in any form. For some reason, Photography has always been a memory maker for me, without consciously knowing I was creating a pathway to the past. Many times I have taken a photo for the color, texture, or basic interest, only to find on reviewing my photos while post-processing them, there are aspects I hadn’t noticed while taking the photo. Sometimes, a person will be peeking at me taking the photo; an unexpected colorful addition, or a very poignant expression from someone/something other than my intended subject…photography can be spontaneous, or a carefully crafted moment that I sit waiting to happen…or a heartfelt moment with family, friends or strangers. Photography is a venue that instills the desire to be observant, kind and, hopefully, creative.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

There is no one person, but many photography friends and sporadic classes on various aspects of photography and post-processing. Since joining my first photography club, The West Shore Photography Club, I have learned more than I thought possible. The constant exchange of information has been invaluable and constantly leads like stepping stones to more information and individuals, from whom I constantly learn. The more knowledge I acquire makes me acutely aware I have so much more to learn….

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?

My ‘favorite’ pieces keep changing….but currently there is a photo of letters, postcards, emblems my father sent home to his parents, my mother, and various relatives, from his time overseas during World War II.

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

Always try to learn something new. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, because it happens to us all. It is nice to have a constructive critique, and try changes suggested, but the final image should be what you love. Most importantly, be in competition with, and true to, yourself. If you love a photo, be comfortable with your feelings. You are taking the photo, and are the final word for your art. This can be a struggle, but once you have acquired this feat…and yep, you may struggle a bit, but you’ll be able to discern what is important to you.

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Mary’s Portfolio at RedBubble.com

 

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