NAOMI DIRACLES: From the time of the Old Masters to the present time, "COLLAGE" has been respected and dynamic ART FORM. The technique of pasting paper or other foreign elements onto the picture surface is NOT new.
I have been creating COLLAGE/MIXED MEDIA ART WORK for sevreal years. My work reflects both traditional and contemporary themes. It is the selection of materials or images to be used — that becomes the most thoughtt-provoking and challenging process for me. Once the selection is made, the collage material is combined with other art techniques to create a visually balanced composition.
My focus is always the same— COLOR, FORM and COMPOSITION. Also important to me — are the principles of design- which enable me to achieve visual harmony and unity in my work.
ART has always been an important part of my life and now more than ever creating is my passion. My earlier years involved painting, printing and experimenting with all techniques. Finally it was NO surprise that I became a 'MIXED-MEDIUM" artist. Although COLLAGE is not a new art techique- for me it opened the door to new interpretations and experimentation using and changing images (both mine and others) to create my artwork.
It requires a great deal of time, talent, and concentration to execute a successful piece— and I am hooked!
Naomi Diracles is currently retired, and all of her artworks are for sale to benefit animal welfare.
JESS EPSTEIN Clouds, wings, ladders and lightbulbs are all images that can 'Lift Me Up." My art is symbolic for society's way of climbing out of the miasma into a more beautiful and spiritual place. I use wood, paint, encaustic, ceramics, metal and found objects in an attempt to raise humankind's hope and connection to our higher nature.
KATHY EPSTEIN: I used to be a South Florida and Long Island, New York artist. Since 2021, I am now a Saratoga Springs, NY artist! I studied art under Jules Olitsky at C. W. Post College, (LIU) and have attended the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute, The Art School in Boca Raton, The Academy of Art in Fort Lauderdale, and have worked in a studio environment in upstate New York. I currently reside in upstate New York.
I like experimenting with many types of media. Among some of these are collages with a social message. In my work, I use found objects, recycled materials, tissue paper, newspaper, and photos I have taken. I believe in trying to help the environment where I can. Creating “outside of the box” appeals to me and my work slants toward the abstract, expressionism, and/or impressionism.
I am looking for a style and I think the search may be the style. In any event, my art is still evolving and I am enjoying the process. For questions about my work: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FELICE ZASLOW: After retiring from my teaching career in 2010, I returned to "my path not taken," painting. Having created art at different periods in my life, I am delighted to now to make it my primary focus.
As a youngster I spent time studying at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. This led to a life-long interest in painting and drawing, and then, to an avocation. I enjoy painting the natural world as well as the man-made one using original photos as my inspiration. My paintings are often influenced by the feeling of oneness I have with nature in certain settings, particularly in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. Some of my paintings are reflections of life's challenges and the strengths I have used to meet those challenges.
In recent years I have studied at the ART STUDENTS LEAGUE in New York City, as well as with local artists, including the late Ivan Kamalic. Currently I am a member of the TriCounty Artists of Long Island, The National Art League in Queens, New York and the Art League of Nassau County. At the National Art League I am studying with Pedro Pacheco, from whom I have learned new techniques which I incorporate in my work. Pedro has inspired me to expand my art with new vision, moving from the traditional to experimenting with iconography, color and composition of my paintings.
I have moved into exhibiting my work, participating in many of the NAL shows as well as TriCounty Artists of Long Island. I look forward to continuing to develop my art and am inspired by the TriCounty members.
For more information about my work, please contact me at: email@example.com