#201 | Kathy Drago

www.kathydragoart.com  |   KathyDragoArt@gmail.com

Improvisational theater showcases the joy of spontaneity and fearless exploration; but, like jazz, improvisational theater actually has an essential structure underlying the performance of “something wonderful right away.” This structure gives spontaneous explorations coherence and allows artistic choices to gain clarity by building upon each other. My background in improvisational theater speaks to how I paint: big, bold, figurative abstracts; cartoonish and flirty drawings that become paintings with masses of color and unafraid brush work; figurative beginnings improvised to abstraction. 

I paint because it’s fun. It’s a process of answering questions and improvising solutions, acknowledging the original figure by observing the lines and shapes and then playing with the motion and rhythm and how the shapes fit together and push and pull on each other, all the time wrestling with how to address the drama and the calm. When people look at my paintings, I want them to follow the lines, colors and shapes and be curious as they discover figurative and non-objective elements and surprises. I want them to enjoy the expressive lines, notice the movement and texture of the brush strokes, and be thrilled with the colors. I want them to be entertained and see spontaneity through a new lens.

#104 | Isabelle Dupuy

isabelle@isabelledupuy.com | (281) 923-4742 | www.isabelledupuy.com

Born in France in 1969, Isabelle Dupuy spent her childhood the country side of Provence, in Southern France. She developed her artistic skills at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Valence, France. As she continued to study, her relationship with art quickly became a passion. As Isabelle developed her own aesthetic, she took inspiration from her favorite artists, Claude Monet and Van Gogh. Her paintings are often inspired by location near her home, the French countryside.

Isabelle is an ambitious painter who will never limit her subject matter, her techniques and her style. She brings new energy to her work by isolating the most important colors, developing a more bold way of painting for maximum effect. Her art is cheerful, uplifting and stimulating. Her newest direction shows more feeling, energy and freshness while capturing a unique moment in nature.

#106 | John Hovig

artist@johnhovig.com  |  www.johnhovig.com

I explore the tension between the organic and the mechanical. What does it mean to live in an era of vast technology? My paintings, drawings and digital images are active and intense. Exuberant yet anxious, colorful and vexing, they portray mechanical objects and processes imperfectly—roughly, humanistically—in unexpected hues and unusual configurations. My background is in computer engineering, software development and artificial intelligence, but instead of embracing technology in my practice, I prefer to examine it at a distance.

Current projects include: Cycladic Riders digital prints and woodcuts (bicycle parts remixed into humanoid and equine forms); Clips & Ruler paintings and woodcut prints (paper clips, portrayed roughly, arranged symmetrically—albeit messily—around a slashing ruler); CR Mandala digital prints (Clips & Ruler paintings turned into overlapping circular complications); and Asemic Figure Drawings in ink on paper (gestural continuous-line drawings, unbroken hand-drawn lines of ink).

#114 | Joel Anderson Art

Joel@JoelAndersonArt.com  |  (713) 829-1065  |  www.JoelAndersonArt.com

I am Joel Anderson, a largely self-taught artist who incorporates digital imagery into encaustic paintings. I produce my art start-to-finish from hauling 4'x8' sheets of plywood home from Home Depot and cutting them down, mixing my own encaustic medium, and making my own frames.

My background is information technology, which I retired from professionally but carry elements of into my artwork.

I am a member artist at Archway Gallery, an active volunteer with the Visual Arts Alliance, and a frequent participant in regional art fairs/festivals including First Saturday Arts Market.

#115 | Hedwige Jacobs

www.hedwigejacobs.com

My drawings are made with simple materials (pencils, pens and markers on paper) and are drawn from a lexicon of imagery that was developed over many years and continue to grow. They usually have elements of organic growth in them such as the woven structures that are regularly featured in my work. In some cases, the drawings become the basis for my animations, using the same compositional and thematic elements - thus making the drawing come alive for a few seconds.

#302 | Sonya Cuellar Fine Art

 

sonyacuellarart@gmail.com  |  (713) 292-6887  |  SonyaCuellar.com

 

Sonya Cuellar was born in Rosenberg, Texas in 1974. As the oldest of three children, Sonya always had an independent, creative spirit and began drawing and creating art at a very young age. Being a shy child, Sonya used art and books as an escape. As with many things in life, Sonya’s career began accidentally. While working at a local entertainment company, she noticed a painting in the office of a colleague and inquired about the painter; the colleague was the artist. That very day she went to the art supply store and bought canvas and paint. Sonya began painting on a small wooden TV tray in her 400 sq.ft. Houston Heights garage apartment eventually turning her tiny dining room into a studio. Many years later and at the urging of family and friends, Sonya decided to begin taking classes at the Glassell School of Art at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and after some time decided to pursue her dream of becoming a full time professional artist; she has now been painting for over 14 years.

Sonya is an artist with a strong commitment to her community having donated numerous pieces to local and nationwide charities including the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the American Heart Association. Among others, her pieces have been exhibited in the Studio Gallery, the Jack Meier Gallery and seven of her pieces were exhibited in The Galveston Historical Foundation's reconstruction project, Green Revival, following Hurricane Ike. In 2013 six of Sonya's pieces were chosen to exhibit at Houston's City Hall in Mayor Annise Parker's conference room. In 2015 her work was selected for The Big Show at Lawndale Art Center; her work was one of 76 works chosen from 972 submissions. Sonya’s work has been placed in restaurants, private collector’s homes and in corporate collections. Most recently, three of Sonya’s pieces were selected to be shown in the Sundance Art Gallery at Sundance Theater in Downtown Houston. Sonya shows and works out of her studio at the The Silos on Sawyer, part of the Washington Avenue Arts District.

#304 | Claire Cusack, Artist

ClaireCusack.com  |  (713) 409-8913  |  leticia.london@gmail.com

CLAIRE CUSACK lives in a world inspired by ordinary objects. Whether
in her native Texas or worldly travels, she invariably finds meaningful “trash” that she transforms into unexpected and exquisite sculptures.


Her artist materials are often gathered from urban intersections, rural roads, beaches, old garages, railroad tracks, and other surprising places. According to Cusack, many of the objects have individual voices that guide the unusual pairing and complex assembling of each piece.
In her constructions, she minimizes the use of glue and other fixatives, relying on precise furniture making techniques to ensure that parts are securely fitted. The perceived simplicity of the end result masks the artist’s strenuous process and meticulous attention to detail.


Cusack’s work evokes an honest passion that comes from the heart. The reinvented context of objects through her vision has many stories to tell. Ultimately, her art expresses a raw spirituality not unlike the art of many primitive cultures.

#308 | Erik Hagen

www.erikhagenstudio.com

DEEP TIME is a term used by geologists to indicate historical perspectives much older than those of human existence. My introduction to deep time came when as a boy in Minnesota I unexpectedly found both an arrowhead and fossilized coral. This life-changing discovery began my exploration of deep time through artistic processes simulating sedimentation, erosion and fossilization. My engineering background helps me to develop alternative ways of sculpting and painting.

I incorporate slowly moving water, called “laminar flow,” to sculpt a surface dusted with plaster and pigments, harking to my training in water resources engineering. Some artwork looks like topographical landscapes as seen from 20,000 feet, while other pieces present the fossils we might leave behind in the geologic record. My stone-like work straddles the line between sculpture and painting and incorporates found objects, plaster, acrylic, pigments and resin on ripped cardboard. These wall-reliefs invite the viewer to contemplate the beauty of the colors and marks found in nature, reflect on the notion of deep time, and meditate on what is truly important in our lives.

#310 | Kristen Cliburn

www.crisworley.com/kristen-cliburn/

Kristen Cliburn’s immaculately executed canvases are visual distillations of the natural world. Cliburn views the work as allusions to the physical world through the “subtle isolation of color and light”. Their deceptively minimal appearance quickly gives way to an intense depth of presence, followed by an unanticipated sensory experience. Requiring the act of “slow seeing” Cliburn’s paintings can be positively transformative, calling on the viewer to stop, be still and contemplate.

Kristen Cliburn received her BFA in Painting at the University of Texas, Austin and her MFA in Painting from the University of Houston. She has participated in over 50 group and solo exhibitions, including several juried shows. Selected jurors include Rock Hushka (Curator of Contemporary & Northwest Art – Tacoma Art Museum), Irene Hofmann (Director & Chief Curator – SITE Santa Fe), Dave Hickey (Independent Art Critic), Larissa Harris (Curator – Queens Museum of Art), Miranda Lash (Curator of Contemporary & Modern Art – New Orleans Museum of Art).

#312 | Jen Lam Parmer

www.jenlamparmer.com

I’m a Houston based artist and absolutely obsessed with all things jewelry.  It is my passion and I could happily sit at the bench for hours on end blissfully creating little shiny things. 

My father’s only nickname for me growing up was…”The Destroyer”.  Now I’m finally allowed to play with fire, wield dangerously sharp objects, and make lots of noise.  Thankfully, I found an art where your mission is to cut, hammer, and torch metal until something beautiful is revealed.

Artistic inspiration comes from ancient mythology, numbers, scripture, family, and most of all, nature.  And from time to time, when the stars are perfectly aligned, I collaborate with my talented husband, Nathan Parmer, to create a special piece.  

I’m grateful for the many generous teachers I’ve had the opportunity to train under; including the talented jewelers at the Revere Academy in San Francisco where I refined my skills and earned the JTI Diploma.  Thank you for keeping this ancient art alive.  

My mission is to make meaningful jewelry and pass along what I've learned.  Thank you to my wonderful friends, family, and supporters alike.  I’m so grateful for the opportunity to live out my passion!