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Phiroza Kapadia

Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for July 2020

Phiroza KapadiaPhiroza is a mixed media artist who moved with her family to the Harrisburg area six years ago. Her origins are from India, but she has lived internationally in places like Switzerland, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, and California. Though she has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, her true passion has always remained painting. The vibrancy of color has fascinated her ever since she can remember, and she has been painting on and off since high school. Her education in Fine Arts is through a combination of classes and personal study in different media. Alongside mixed media, she also does collage and acrylic pour painting. Abstract work offers her spontaneity and freedom that she enjoys. Phiroza has participated in shows and group exhibitions with awards and honorable mentions. She is a member of the York Art Association, Lancaster County Art Association and Mechanicsburg Art Center.

 
Artist Statement:
“Making art is as vital as breathing. What gets me out of bed in the morning is the excitement of unraveling saran wrap or wax paper from a painting that was left to dry the night before. It’s like opening a gift, since you don’t really know what burst of intermingled colors and formations dried underneath to ooh and ahh over. Usually three or four ‘starts’ are kept in the works at progressively different stages, which makes it easy to keep working as they dry. Making art is like a breath of fresh air; it makes me come alive and I can’t imagine life without it. Discovery is the most exciting part of the creative process, where I allow myself room to play until I see something emerge from my work to develop further. As the piece comes to completion, I pay close attention to the overall composition and elements of art pulling it all together. My home studio is a conducive place to work without distraction, with my favorite music playing in the background. I enjoy creating abstract art, which might start as an inspiration to try a new color or texture, but then I allow the piece to evolve intuitively. I take pleasure in creating uplifting art that brings beauty and curiosity to the world.”

Below is a recent Q&A with Phiroza Kapadia.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
Though I have been painting on and off since my high school days, my journey as a mixed media artist recently began around five years ago upon attending some mixed media classes. I enjoyed these so much that I was hooked! Mixed media is my medium of choice, as it is freeing and gives me room to experiment!

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
I enjoy mixed media as there is a lot of scope within this medium. I create artwork using different papers, pastes, cloth, found objects and different textures. All this variety keeps me inspired as an artist.

Nature Sprit
Nature Sprit
Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
My artistic inspiration comes from my mixed media teachers, nature, textures, objects I find and colors.

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?
My favorite piece is one that I recently completed, which is hanging up in my home, named Nature Spirit.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
My advice to other artists would be to experiment with different mediums and find one that you really enjoy creating in. Also take some art classes, or view videos of painting techniques online. If possible, set some time aside each week for your creative practice and be patient with your evolution. Every painting needn’t turn out a masterpiece – just enjoy the journey!

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Mary Ann Byrne-Walker

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Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for March 2020

Below is a recent Q&A with Mary Ann Byrne-Walker.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
Although my education and career is in the medical field I have painted my whole life. Oils were only in the last 10 years. I actually use Watersoluble Oils now. I got started with them because of travel and painting plein air. I haven’t gone back to traditional oils since.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
I like that my medium can be as thin as watercolor or applied thick. I like the ease of its use and that there are less chemicals.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
Travel scenery, hiking views, rocks and water.

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?
Anything with water and rocks.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
As Nike would say…Just do it!

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Alana Barner

Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for February 2020

Alana Barner

Alana is a Central PA native who always had a passion for creating. In middle school, she took a few art lessons at the Harrisburg Art Association and those lessons helped her discover a passion that fueled Alana to continue learning and improving her skill. After graduating high school, she focused on many forms of creativity such as sewing, jewelry making, and crocheting. In 2013 she started painting more and began selling artwork in 2016. Alana paints many things in nature as she finds inspiration along hiking and biking trails and her garden. In addition, she enjoys infusing emotions elicited from music into her artwork. Working with acrylic paint really helps Alana to achieve the bright vivid colors and layers to create texture in each piece as she strives to evoke an emotional response in those admiring my work whether the inspiration and focus is either nature or music.

Here is a Q&A with Alana Barner, Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for February 2020.

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

I love using acrylic paint because I can really work with layering color, and adding bits of texture in each brush stroke. The vibrant colors really help reflect my moods and inspire emotions in others.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

Nature is my strongest inspiration. I spent much of my teen years being outside, hiking and exploring when I could. I continue to do that with my family when ever possible. Taking colors and shapes that I find and transferring them in my own way to canvas is something I really enjoy. Another inspiration I use is music. Sometimes lyrics or a melody will just grab hold, and I don’t feel settled until I have the chance to transfer that feeling into a painting.

Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?

My favorite piece has actually sold this past year. It was a white silhouette of a stag one a bright colorful abstract background titled Untamed. This piece represented inner strength and resilience to me. This was one of those pieces that what I intended to paint, changed and took a life of its own. Each step I just got more excited to see the way it all came together. The end result was not at all what I had in mind, but it was truly what the painting was meant to be.

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

My advice for any artist, would be to just enjoy the process and focus less on the end product . Don’t stress about the details not being exactly what you had planned, but acknowledge the beauty of what you have created.

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