Katya Dudnik

Katya is like a creator, calling into existence her own world, which consists of fairytale dreams and faith for the good. She makes us recall the children's games and dreams, see our environment in a different way — through the prism of the childish simplicity and naïveté, and thus become better.

Green Avatar - Oil on canvas 70 x 70 cm

"There are no "absolutely grown ups" and no “absolutely childish” people. We all come from the world of the fairy tale, where we see the brightest dreams and the air is soaked in them. The most important thing is not to lose this childishness when you grow up and get wiser, have a free spirit, be loving and always ready to meet fairy tales."

Katya Dudnik is a prominent Ukranian artist. Her first teacher was her father, while her mother was her inspiration.

Apart from an outstanding natural talent, Kate has a notable professional background, studied at the State School of Arts T.G.Shevchenko (1997-2000) and the National Art Academy (2001-2007).  She is an honorable Member of the Izmail Art Union and National Youth Assembly of Artists of Ukraine. In 2010 the name of Katya Dudnik was included to the “United Art Rating” (which includes the names of the artists of Russian Empire, USSR, Russian Federation, Ukraine and all the ex-USSR Republics of 18th - 21st centuries, who formed their part of the world’s heritage).

The main characters of her paintings are her two sons, nieces, beloved sister and Katya herself. But each viewer sees himself or someone from his family, friends. Katya Dudnik took part in various exhibitions which helped her become confident, brought her acclaim and incentives for new creative works. She has actively exhibited since 2000, an entire list of her CV is visible on http://katyadudnik.gallery/about/

Napoleon’s Snack - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 cm
On the Stage - Oil on canvas 35 x 50 cm
Two Halves of One Whole - Oil on canvas 35 x 50 cm
Buddha that brings Harmony to the Universe - Oil on canvas 90 x 90 cm

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Josea Bee

Born in: Hong Kong

Lives in: Hong Kong

Media: Illustration

Describe your work in 3 words: Yin Yang symbol

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"In a world of duality, many things are defined and demarcated. However, "existence" and "non-existence" are more a concept than a reality. People tend to perceive "existence” merely through time, space and matter; but when you change your consciousness, your mind can be changed."

What themes does your work involve?
Part of the inspirations of my current artworks comes from an exploration of ancient religious cultures; together with my own unique perceptions and abstract memories of consciousness, soul, etc., and delicate brush strokes, my artworks try to convey philosophical and religious thoughts of life.
Describe your creative process.
Essentially speaking, sensations, feelings, insights, fantasies - all these are private and personal, and art is one way to give one peace of mind and inner tranquility, while philosophy is one way to understand life. Everything is narrated through symbols and combined with relevant experiences and messages, she strives to convey a harmonic integration of philosophy, art, rituals and society.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
If one is aware of the otherness of things and visualize closely, one can easily enter the realm of spiritual vision and transfer. Even situations, things and sensations encountered and experienced in daily life can penetrate into the subconscious unconsciously. Yet in dreams, they turn into something like sailboats and guide you through the sea. Being taught, informed and experienced, I am like a recorder on a voyage.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Nowadays, humans cannot live without communication channels like verbal and body languages and other sign systems. People need to understand and transmit information through them. Any symbols, signs, verbal and body languages, etc., that run through and ripple across people's hearts also can be regarded as “good art”.
What is the role of the artist today?
Our society is overwhelmed with materialism nowadays and the blindfolded focus only on the immediate illusion. But reality is actually far beyond the things in front of us. We are just living in an illusion that is falsely treated as the only reality. Artists are one of those roles who can awake people's souls and guide them into another reality.


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Matt Patterson

Born in: 1981, USA

Lives in: New Hampshire, USA

Media: Painting, Illustration, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Art for Conservation

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Blandings Turtles - Acrylic 23 x 18 in.

"There's almost no distance I won't go, almost nothing I won't do, to learn all I can about my subjects to make my paintings of wild animals as accurate and lifelike as possible."

What themes does your work involve?
I am a wildlife illustrator/artist that specializes in reptiles and amphibians, particularly turtles and tortoises.
What influences your work? What inspires you?
I'm inspired by nature. From as far back as I remember, I've loved both wildlife and art. I grew up in the small, rural New Hampshire town of New Ipswich. In my free time, I was always either out fishing, searching for turtles and snakes or I was painting. My father was a biology teacher and our home hosted a large menagerie of animals, including a turtle named Heathcliff and two pigeons named Mel and Leroy.
What is the role of the artist today?
I would say the role of an artist depends on the artist. For me, I feel it's crucial not just to document these marvelous species I paint; it's even more important to me to have a hand in saving them from extinction. Among reptiles alone, 196 species are presently critically endangered. That's why I'm a signature member of Artists for Conservation. That's why I often create artwork specifically to donate proceeds from its sale for conservation.


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Jim Resnick

"I try to capture the flow of energy on paper. I try not to force anything, but to just let it happen...let it flow on its own. I do pen and ink originals and then produce giclee prints from the originals. I get my creative energy from nature and try to let it flow through me onto the paper."

TerraCine - Pen and ink 17 x 14 in.

Select Awards, Exhibits and Publications

2019 – Contest Finalist, TerraCine, Circle Foundation For the Arts, online contest, ArtExpo NY.

2018 – Exquisite Arts Magazine, Spring Issue #8, March 2018, Jim Resnick, Pages 31 – 34

2017 – 3rd place, “Don’t Stare at the Sun”, International Gallery of the Arts, online juried show, Black and White competition.  “Cosmos”, also accepted.

2014 – Group Art Show – 3 works, Brath and Hughes Art Gallery, Mechanicsburg, PA

2013 – Featured Artist – Shereen’s Exquisite Fine Art Gallery, Frederick, MD

2012 – Two works accepted, 14th Annual Abstraction Juried Online International Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery.

2012 – Group Art Show – 6 works – Shereen’s Exquisite Fine Art Gallery, Frederick, MD

2011 – Art Undressed Tour – travelling exhibition, 3 works accepted, Miami, Montreal, Toronto, Key West, Atlanta.

2011 – Worlds Greatest Erotic Art of Today, Vol. 4, Page 80. Pen and Ink Drawing, Butterfly.

2010 – Erotic Signature, Juried show entry

2008 – Master Class Artist, American Juried Art Salon, biannual international art competition

2007 – Two works accepted, American Juried Art Salon, biannual international art competition

1982 – One man show, Arts Club of Washington, Washington, D.C.

1981 – One man show, Capital Gallery, Capital Centre, Landover, MD

1977-1980 – Various art awards and juried exhibitions

Big Bang Black Hole - Pen and ink 17 x 14 in.
Cosmos - Pen and ink 17 x 14 in.
Don't Stare At The Sun - Pen and ink 17 x 14 in.
Butterfly - Pen and ink 17 x 14 in.

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Martha Espinoza

Martha Espinoza is a bird, marine life, wildlife, and botanic illustrator. On every artwork she wants to show the beauty that can be found at national parks, wildlife refuges and biological center of her home country, Costa Rica and other countries.

Amazilia Versicolor - Watercolor 22 x 14 in.

Martha Espinoza is a bird, marine life, wildlife and botanic illustrator.

Behind every detail, color, shadow, texture and structural pattern of her illustrations, there is an entire world of knowledge, hours of observation and contact with nature. Espinoza is a Member of the American Society Botanical Artists ( ASBA). She lives and works in Costa Rica.

"Keep your love towards nature because it is the true way to understand art more and more." -  Vincent Van Gogh

Pterois Antennata - Watercolor 22 x 14 in.
Stanhopea Wardii - Watercolor 22 x 14 in.
Zingiber Zerumbet - Watercolor 70 x 50 in.
Oxypogon Lindenii - Watercolor 22 x 14 in.

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Adrian Bradbury

"I am interested in the re-presentation of the real through abstraction which allows different interpretations by the viewer. The root of the image may come from observation but equally, it can be a discourse between form, line, texture and colour."

Harbour Light - Giclée print 38 x 27,8 cm

English Artist, Adrian Bradbury holds a  BA Hons in Fine Art from West Surrey College of Art and Design and a Surrey Diploma in Photography from West Surrey College of Art and Design.

"Originally trained in Fine Art before becoming a professional photographer and digital illustrator/designer working for many international clients, and based in London, I have now moved onto developing my own personal artwork in greater depth, exploring abstraction through colour, line and form."

Traeth Newgale - Giclée print 38 x 27,8 cm
Traeth 4 - Giclée print 38 x 27,8 cm
Traeth 6 - Giclée print 38 x 27,8 cm
Grey Sea - Giclée print 38 x 27,8 cm

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Vanja Basic

"Drawing is my favorite way to feel free. Each sheet of paper is a safe place that doesn’t require any explanation or adaptation from me. It takes me as I am and allows me to be in touch with my feelings."

Gigantic - Indian ink 24 x 19 cm

"I have drawn literally since I knew how to hold a pencil in my hand. As an only child, drawing has always been my way of escaping and expressing myself. From the age of 8 to 20, I took oil painting and pencil classes to improve my skills. Technique is really important to me; I have always admired M. C. Escher for his.

Several years later, during my global design studies, I found both my style and my preferred mediums, by discovering graphic design. I fell in love with this discipline and it has greatly influenced the way I apprehend my drawing sheet and my lines. Today, in my art, I love combining ink on paper with digital coloring. Pop art inspires me a lot in my use of colors. I adore impressionism as well; this movement has definitely influenced the way I draw, with urgency. That’s what I love most about art, the raw capture of an emotion."

Vanja Basic is a Serbian Artist living in France. She holds an MA in Design, Management, and Eco-Design and a BA Graphic and Interior Design.

Bottle - Indian ink and digital colouring 19 x 24 cm
MTL Madness - Indian ink, digital colouring and collage 20 x 20 cm
Funky Friday - Indian ink, digital colouring and collage 21 x 25 cm
Me, Myself and I - Indian ink and digital colouring 25 x 25 cm

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Jieyu Deng

“It is inevitable that art is being commercialised, but apart from catering to the market needs, the artists must learn to keep their own styles and originality.”

Self Portrait - Digital illustration 10 x 13 in.

Jieyu Deng holds a Masters degree in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design as well as a Bachelor's in Animation.

"Most of my works are done digitally with Photoshop and are inspired by nature, my hometown, emotions of people I have met and everyday subjects around me. My background as a graphic designer informs my work. I love to illustrate all things from life and nature like food, plants, landscapes, and females."

Depression Fish - Digital illustration 11.7 x 8.3 in.
Shower Party - Digital illustration 15 x 10.5 in.
The Shame Game - Digital illustration 8.5 x 11 in.
Shangri-La - Digital illustration 15 x 6.4 in.

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Jingfeng Li

From Beijing, China, JingFeng Li graduated from Shenyang Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts and is a member of American Portrait Society, a contractor of the Sena Art Gallery in France, and a representative painter of modern Chinese painting.

Senna Castle - Pen on paper 74.33 x 51.16 cm

 JingFeng Li uses black brushwork to create a rich and unique realistic style. In recent years he has participated in a variety of European and American international painting competitions winning several titles.

Senna Castle 3 - Fountain Pen and ink on sketching paper 52.4 x 52.4 cm
Contemplating - Pen and ink on sketching paper 76.4 x 52.3 cm
Swan Castle - Pen and ink on sketching paper 73 x 47 cm
Philippe de Bethune - Pen and ink on sketching paper 74 x 51.7 cm

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Anthony M. Grimaldi

"As an artist, I am inspired to create not a replication of what I see, but what I would like to see and wish to see. I try to impart a unique characterization to each and every object, place, and person that I interpret artistically. My work is beyond a recognition of subjects, but an appreciation of them."

Knowledge Is a Dangerous Thing - Pencil 11 x 17 in.

"I am a resident of New York City, a metropolis of successful and starving artists of every stripe and persuasion. I am content to be either, but never to be neither. My technique of combining and blending illustration with digital art allows virtually no limits for what my imagination is inspired to create, enabling me to design with unlimited creativity and visual imagination. With my technique, I offer greater flexibility, variety, and choices that assure maximum artistic achievement and impact in every design for every client.

I possess a ubiquitous online presence as a legitimate freelance artist, am a member of major social media and portfolio sites, and I am willing to utilize those resources to market, promote, and advertise all projects I may be directly involved with.

I am technologically equipped to submit finished projects online through email, Dropbox, Hightail, OneDrive, Send Anywhere, and WeTransfer, easily allowing me to work remotely."

Overcome - Charcoal & Chalk 12 x 18 in.
She - Charcoal & Chalk 12 x 18 in.
The Who - Digital media 8.5 x 11 in.
Tale From A Foxhound Beagle Named Bailey: Are We Going To The Lake? - Colored Pencil & Digital media 8.5 x 11 in.

Anthony M. Grimaldi attended the Web Design & Interactive Media of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online and holds MS Office Specialist Certification / MS Excel Specialist Certification from The Institute for New Age Training and AS - Visual Communications & Graphic Design/Illustration by Katherine Gibbs.


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