As long as I can remember, I always liked art. My mother fostered appreciation for all forms of it. I grew up in Lithuania and Russia, and my childhood was filled with trips to galleries, symphony halls and theaters.
I chose Chemistry as my first profession: only years later I realized that my love for chemical formulas was the love of an Artist – I was intrigued by the shape of molecules and how they fit together in perfect designs!
One day, almost 20 years ago, my son left his paints on the table and ran off to play. I picked up his brush, not knowing that it would take me on an incredible journey I never dreamed of!
I've studied with well-known and recognized artists and teachers from around the world. Among them Alvaro Castagnet, David Taylor, Cheng-Khee Chee, Frank Webb, James Toogood, Jean Grastorf, David Slonim, Kim English. My favorite masters areJohn Singer Sargent, Andrew Wyeth, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and many Russians!
Last 2 years, on and off, I spent in Stuttgart, Germany and have been studying under mentorship of Thomas Hager, who pushes me to see beyond obvious.
I admire paintings that are spontaneous and bold, and infuse the viewer with a feeling of what they see. I paint in all three mediums: I enjoy both ethereal feeling of watercolor, as well as substantiality of oils; and flexibility of acrylic medium. Watercolor is still my first love!
I am a Signature Member of Watercolor Society of Indiana, Hoosier Salon and Indiana Artist Club. I have entered numerous state exhibits, and won awards, including "Best of Show" at the Watercolor Society of Indiana 2015 Annual Juried Exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. My paintings and commission works found their home in many private collections around the world.
In the past 5 years I have built strong group of students and following in US and abroad. I love teaching watercolors and acrylics, sharing my passion for art and spontaneity of water medium.
I divide my time between US and Germany, teaching, exhibiting and always studying.
I was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where I grew up surrounded by art, culture and history. My father, a wood smith, has spent most of his life restoring precious antiques in the palaces in and around St. Petersburg, including things like the throne of the Czars and the carriages of Catherine the Great. When I was a little girl, he would bring me to work with him where I would be looked after by the other artists there who were working on restoring ceiling frescoes or various beautiful paintings. They would give me some art supplies and would show their budding young artist different restoration and painting techniques to keep me entertained. I loved it so much! I loved the smell of oil paint and turpentine, dust and cigarette smoke. Seeing the big lights in the studios and the men wearing their baggy, dirty clothes that were covered with drops of paint. I also loved the feeling of artistic freedom I had while being in the company of those free spirited artists who looked after me and treated me as one of their own. It was a great start. Later in my life I was accepted to formal art school where I learned the principals of art and where I built even more wonderful memories. I remember when I sold my first painting while I was still in college and it was then that I first experienced the joy of someone else seeing beauty in my work. It was so wonderful to see someone moved by something I painted, sometimes having them see something there that hadn’t even occurred to me as I was creating it. Since then I haven’t stopped painting. Now, America has become my home. I am so very fortunate to have a great career, loving family and many wonderful friends here now. To add to this, I am able to paint in my small studio in Greenfield, Indiana, where I am able to create art that I hope will bring beauty and imagination to other people’s lives as it has mine.
“A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.” Eugène Ionesco
Art for me is both an emotional journey and an adventure of the mind. It allows me the freedom to travel to any place or time, real or imagined. Sometimes as the adventure begins, I know what I will see at the end, but many times I do not. But wherever it ultimately leads me, the adventure always begins in the same way, with something that has touched my heart. It is art that brings excitement and inspiration to my life and I invite you to come and share it with me!
MEDIUM: Fine woodworking
One of Peter’s earliest memories is sitting on the workbench, straddling the vise which held a board he and his brother were carving into a dugout canoe. Those early canoes and airplanes crafted for their GI Joe men bore the earmark of Peter’s values in wood art – artwork, refined and carefully designed, for daily use. Peter realized he had a heritage in woodworking. Motivated by furniture items in his home made by his father, a grandfather, and both great-great-grandfathers, Peter began dreaming of creating heritage furniture that would have the structural strength and integrity as well as the artistic design to be prized for generations. As a teenager, he expanded his furniture making skills when a gentleman taught him to scale and design furniture according to a customer’s ideas; Peter would not need to be dependent upon someone’s printed plans. He began to complete custom furniture orders. By the end of his 10 year 4-H career, he received the Indiana Wood Science award. Peter worked for a custom home builder and realized even more that his specialty was the fine trim work. A furniture maker introduced him to marquetry which Peter began incorporating into his furniture repertoire. An opportunity to work for a historical carpenter in the Boston, MA area enabled him to further refine his skills. A highlight in his Boston years was to study with the master carver and teacher Dimitrios Klitsas for five years. Dimitrios taught Peter to “see” and then trained his hands to carve what the mind saw. Believing that art is not exclusive to New York City and Boston, Peter moved to Indiana where his family resides. He began developing Falk Wood Studio in the rural setting, where he also enjoys tending cows, bees and poultry. In his surroundings, Peter sees details in the created world which inspire his wood art. With a portable sawmill, he also can provide local wood for projects, going from “tree to table.” He juried into the Indiana Artisans in 2012; he has encouraged the furniture makers in that organization to form the Furniture Guild of Indiana Artisans. He has exhibited in different galleries and art fairs in central Indiana. He also has exhibited at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace, the Kentucky Crafted Market, and Fine Furnishing Show in Minneapolis.
I am passionate about the joy and beauty of wood. In my work, I transform the beauty of trees into finely designed and crafted custom furniture. I strive to combine the properties of the wood species, grains and colors with aesthetically appealing lines and designs into furniture and sculpture. Depth, space, and light are features I build into my work. By incorporating carving or marquetry, I can capture and celebrate a moment in time. One unique service I have is to mill a tree and then design and make that log into a special piece of art or furniture for a client’s “story” for generations to come.
MEDIUM: Oil & acrylic paintings
While receiving her bachelor's degree from Purdue's Krannert School of Management, Kim took an Art and Design class every semester as a creative outlet and to foster her love of the arts. She has always loved drawing and being creative and has fond memories of painting on little rocks from Lake Michigan. She had been drawn to impressionism paintings growing up, but did not begin oil painting until her oldest son left for college, as her own "art therapy." Her working career has included positions in marketing and ownership of a design/remodeling company along with her husband. Now that her three children are all getting closer to leaving the nest, Kim is attempting to make painting a bigger part of her life. She has studied at the Art Studio of Carmel under Penny Roberson, and has also been a student of artists Pam Newell and Rita Spalding, all whose work she greatly admires. Kim is thrilled to be a part of the Art on Main gallery in downtown Carmel. ***Why paint? Kim's goal is to help spread a bit of beauty into our everyday busy lives.
MEDIUM: Acrylic Paintings
Barbara Gregory has a Bachelors Degree in Art Education from Wittenberg university. She taught grades 1 through 12 for several years.
Recently, she studied with Carol Skinner, Magdalena Segovia and Susan Mauck. She has a studio in downtown Carmel.
I find that acrylics offer many opportunities for layering for the expression of color, design and texture. Color has always been an important part of my life. Hopefully the joy I find in bringing life through color in my paintings will be enjoyed and found meaningful to those who see it and live with it.
After exploring watercolor, ceramics and realistic oil paintings I found abstract painting in acrylics a joyful experience. Abstracts can find a place to express one’s feelings and moods or just make a statement in your home.
I find that acrylics enable many opportunities for layering for the expression of color, design and texture. Color has always been an important part of my life. Hopefully the joy I find in bringing life through color in my paintings will be enjoyed and found meaningful to those who see it and live with it.
Randall Scott Harden
MEDIUM: Oil Paintings
An American artist, with a passion for painting, Randall Scott Harden dedicates his being to creating art - it is his lifestyle. He sees the world through an artist's eyes - as patterns of color, shapes, and light. His strength lies in his ability to effortlessly create a timeless style with an essence of romance. Whether having a glass of wine in Paris, or hiking in Tuscany, Randall is continually looking for that perfect balance of subject, atmosphere and hue...those things, combined with years of experience, which allow his brush to flow freely in expression of the moment.
At an early age, Randall felt the need to use art as a tool to interpret the world, as he knew it. With a gift of natural ability, he was tutored by local talent and continued to study throughout his life in workshops, museums, studios, and "en plein air" alongside his award-winning peers. Today, he has a successful career bringing his vision to others through his paintings.
A mosaic artist for 20 years, I began in mixed media mosaic with a focus on garden art, using mainly ceramic and found objects. Indiana has a long history in glass, and over time my “mosaic direction” shifted to include original fine art glass mosaic.
What I enjoy about mosaics is the process of seeing in my mind all the pieces and parts, the colors and textures, the shapes and movement, and bringing this mosaic of ideas together as art. And then, of course …It makes me happy.
One of my goals is for my mosaics to express the fun I have in creating them. I call many of my works ‘Fun Art.’ I love to re-purpose and re-cycle, creating original conceptual works with discarded vintage objects… and add a touch of whimsy.
My style is heavily influenced by travel in the U.S. and abroad, and I find particular inspiration in the brightly colored mosaics of Antonio Gaudi of Barcelona, Spain.
To hone my artistic and mosaic technique, I trained at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland, California; and I also have studied with renowned mosaic artists, including Laurel True and Isaiah Zagar. My self-study includes work with tradesmen and professional tile installers where I gained technical expertise.
I work in my Carmel, Indiana studio and have created countless mosaic pieces, including public works of art and architectural residential installations.
My mind bursts with colors and textures, pieces and parts, shapes and movement. Bringing this mosaic of ideas together in my art brings me tranquility. I work in contemporary mosaic art for the joy and the happiness it brings me. The process of creating a whole from the pieces continues to gratify and delight me. There are no hard fast rules in contemporary mosaic art. I am free to color outside the lines and create with unlimited substrates and a myriad of tesserae and mediums… glass, mirror, stone, ceramic, china, found objects, old jewelry. The meaning of my art is simple: to impart joy. I want people to be drawn to the colors, the textures, the reflections of light ...and perhaps smile.
MEDIUM: Fine Art Photography
Photography has always interested me; maybe that explains why I became a radiologist!
As I approached retiring from this work role, I became more enthralled by the opportunities to photograph the world around me-both while satisfying my love for travel and being back home.
My involvement with nature photography was further stimulated by taking several workshops in the American Far West. I’ve become increasingly fascinated by water and reflections, where the worlds of reality and dreams collide.
Passionate support for the performing arts is vitally important to me. I am privileged to photograph Dance Kaleidoscope, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and other performing companies.
Selected exhibitions in Indianapolis include Clowes Memorial Hall, the Hilbert Circle Theater and Kuaba Gallery. Elsewhere, I have shown in Austin, Texas and Akko in northern Israel. Communicating my love for photography has been made possible by being an Artist-in-Residence at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis.
My works have been obtained for private collections in New York City, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado and British Columbia.
My photographs can be seen at: freddiesfotosforever.com, at: freddiekelvin on Instagram, and at: Freddie Kelvin on Facebook
To contact: E-mail: email@example.com Phone (317) 816 9021
What I choose to photograph has always been based on instinct. I shoot whatever moves me…whatever catches my eye. The essential act is seeing; seeing and reacting with excitement. Photography is a critical means by which I express my feelings. Without it, my life would- quite simply - be incomplete.
MEDIUM: Mixed Media Art
As long as I can remember I've been driven by my imagination and an inquisitive mind. To me this world is a giant puzzle, full of possibilities. It inspires me to explore, through my art, all the amazing ways that the pieces can connect. Choosing what materials to use, what textures and colors will express the story I want to tell, and how best to fit them all together has become my passion in life.
Since childhood numbers, geometry, and the intricate patterns of words and language, have held a spell on me that continues to this day. Spending much of my youth outdoors also developed a deep love and appreciation of nature. Those influences, coupled with my desire to explore, are what motivate me to express myself artistically.
The resulting creations are in private and corporate collections in the US and abroad. I've shared my art in numerous local shows and it has been included in exhibits in over a dozen states across the US, including ones in Cincinnati, Chicago, Washington DC, Phoenix and New York.
Except for basic art instruction in high school and select workshops as an adult, I am a self-educated artist. My curiosity has led me explore many artistic techniques, blending bits and pieces of each into my current style of work. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for artistic exploration in workshops and one-on-one instruction with other creative souls.
When I’m not creating my art I indulge my love for letters, numbers and language by solving a variety of puzzles and playing word games on a daily basis. I am also guilty of an addiction to watching Jeopardy each evening, as well as trying to solve murder mysteries before the detectives do! I am at my happiest on the road exploring the beauty of nature, camera in hand. Drawing from those travels is wonderful inspiration for my art.
MEDIUM: Fine art photographs
Born and raised in NJ, Marie developed an early appreciation of art from numerous trips to the art museums of Manhattan. While in college she developed a passion for photography, spending many hours in the darkroom. Since moving to Indianapolis in 1979, Marie refined her craft at the Art Center of Indianapolis. After living in England for two years, she returned to Indianapolis in 1999 where her passion was refocused utilizing Digital Photography.
Recent shows include a 2016 Solo Show at the 2nd Presbyterian Church, Indpls, 2018, 2015 and 2014 Indiana Artisan Marketplace, 2018, 2016 and 2014 Penrod Arts Fair, 2014 Solo Show at the Palladium in Carmel, 2013 Nickel Plate Arts Exhibit, 2013 Bona Thompson Art Center Exhibit, 2011-2013 Annual IDADA Members’ Exhibitions, 2012 Athens Arts “Salon One!”, Crawfordsville, IN, 2012 Stillpoint Art Gallery Online Exhibit and Gallery 924's Contemporary Figurative Show in 2011. In 2013, Marie was named a Hoosier Woman Artist by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann for her High Dynamic Range Image, “Indianapolis Cityscape #2”. She was also accepted into the prestigious Indiana Artisan program in 2013. Her work has been published in Photoshop User magazine, Welcome to Hamilton County 2011 (cover), Indianapolis Monthly magazine and the Carmel Arts & Design District Website.
Marie's most recent work has focused on architectural and cityscape images, using High Dynamic Range Photography (HDR) to maximize the dynamic range of a scene, then tone mapping and stylizing that image, which allows for the artist's creative expression. The artist prints her images using Epson Stylus Photo printers (9900 and 4900) which utilize archival pigment inks to produce archival prints which will last over 200 years. Images are printed on Epson Exhibition Canvas Matte or Epson Velvet Fine Art paper which offers a unique museum quality feel. All canvas prints are protected with two coats of archival certified premium canvas varnish which will protect the image from fading. All images are captured using either a Canon 5D Mark IV or a Canon 5D Mark III Digital SLR.
Through my use of Photography, I strive to capture vignettes of our world as seen through the camera's lens. The medium of Photography has been a source of creative expression for me, and has given me a way to feel connected to the world. It also allows me to share my creative vision with others.
MEDIUM: Oil paintings
Debbie, a graduate of Indiana university, wife and mother of three, has had a lifelong appreciation of art. In 2009, she enrolled in a local art class and hasn't stopped painting. She continues to study and grow as an artist and has participated in numerous local and regional art fairs and galleries. She also has a passion for service and often uses her art to help others.
I choose to see beauty, light and color in the world. This is what drives me to paint...whether it is a field of flowers, a simple pear or a bustling city street, I'm always striving to capture those elusive qualities of color and light as well as the beauty in the everyday. I believe an artist paints what is in their soul and whether I'm working on a colorful abstract, or a traditional still life, I hope the passion and joy that I find in the process makes its way to the viewer.