Artist Showcase Spring 2019

A group of talented and inspired artists were invited to share their work in this Artist Showcase. Click on the each artist’s name to visit their website for more.


"White Rowboat Muse 1" Oil on Canvas, 24" x 24" by Artist Gia Schifano. See her portfolio by visiting

“White Rowboat Muse 1″ Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 24” by Artist Gia Schifano


Gia Schifano

Inspired by the East End of Long Island, my work reflects the peace and tranquility of the area. I want my landscapes and seascapes to bring to the viewer a sense of serenity.


"Blue" Acrylic on Black Cotton Etch Paper, 32" x 41" by Artist Callie Hirsch. See her portfolio by visiting

“Blue” Acrylic on Black Cotton Etch Paper, 32″ x 41″ by Artist Callie Hirsch


Callie Hirsch

The works of Kadinsky, Miro and Klee all share a wonderful expression of nature’s rhythms. My work brings forth seductive patterns, flowing with pulsating energy throughout the artwork and traveling twists and turns in themes of natural order.


"A Sign in the Sky of Someone Somewhere Else" Oil on Canvas, 36" x 36" by Artist Deb Slowey. See her portfolio by visiting

“A Sign in the Sky of Someone Somewhere Else” Oil on Canvas, 36″ x 36″ by Artist Deb Slowey


Deb Slowey

From my imagination, I build the accumulated essence of things, into compositional forms that tell ambiguous stories. I delight in the disciplines of painting trying to take them further by abstraction and lessons from the modernists.


"Black Forest" Photography, Various Sizes by Artist Christine Girard. See her portfolio by visiting

“Black Forest” Photography, Various Sizes by Artist Christine Girard


Christine Girard

I create fluid photographs using light and forms, not in their solid state, but rather in movement. My impressions, inspired by nature and urban scenes as well, suggest painting rather than photography.


"The Winds of Mayhem" Oil on Canvas, 36" x 48" by Artist Diane Pike

“The Winds of Mayhem” Oil on Canvas, 36″ x 48″ by Artist Diane Pike


Diane Pike

I am currently painting my dialogues with the landscape, translating the beauty amidst the chaos from man’s imprint on the land and the aftermath of climate change as it takes its toll on our planet.


"Energy Infusion" Oil, 20" x 16" by Artist Ginna Heiden

“Energy Infusion” Oil, 20″ x 16″ by Artist Ginna Heiden


Ginna Heiden

I enjoy recreating scenes from the world around me in an abstract manner. Color schemes are determined by the emotional impact I seek, while the mysteries of clarity and confusion define my compositions.


"Crystal Vase with White Asiatic Lilies" Oil on Canvas, 28" x 36" by Artist Chris Kirtz

“Crystal Vase with White Asiatic Lilies” Oil on Canvas, 28″ x 36″ by Artist Chris Kirtz


Chris Kirtz

I am inspired to paint flower blossoms in the style of American modernism pioneered by the great Georgia O’Keeffe in the early part of the 20th century.


"Cloudy Day in Manhattan" Acrylic, 18" x 24" by Artist Frances Bildner

“Cloudy Day in Manhattan” Acrylic, 18″ x 24″ by Artist Frances Bildner


Frances Bildner

I create from my imagination in an immediate and emotional way. My paintings are not premeditated; I start with a mark and let the painting tell its own story. I am a colourist and influenced by the German and abstract expressionists.


"Oregon Farmhouse" Oil on Canvas, 34" x 28" by Artist Michael Godfrey

“Oregon Farmhouse” Oil on Canvas, 34″ x 28″ by Artist Michael Godfrey


Michael Godfrey

My art is hopelessly impressionistic. I start each project with the goal of focusing on color, shape and movement, aiming to create a painting that will lift the spirit.


"Orchid Moon" Digital Print on Archival Canvas, Various Sizes by Artist Darsell Brittingham

“Orchid Moon” Digital Print on Archival Canvas, Various Sizes by Artist Darsell Brittingham


Darsell Brittingham

My quest is”the perfect shot.” It’s out there. I’ll be in the right place at the right time and capture it. Then, its unedited beauty will be forever frozen in time for the world to enjoy and savor.


"Blowing Emeralds" Mixed Media, 30" x 40" by Artist Mara Galvao

“Blowing Emeralds” Mixed Media, 30″ x 40″ by Artist Mara Galvao


Mara Galvao

My process is completely intuitive. My mind is completely focused on the creative evolution of the piece. I give up premeditated desires and let myself be carried away by emotion. The end result is almost a surprise—a discovery.


"Whispers" Oil and Cold Wax, 16" x 16" by Artist Jane Foley Ferraro

“Whispers” Oil and Cold Wax, 16″ x 16″ by Artist Jane Foley Ferraro


Jane Foley Ferraro

I think of my style as intuitive expressionism. My work derives from experimentation and allowing each piece to develop a life of its own. I hope to evoke emotion and mood via color, value and texture.


"Mime in Love" Oil on Canvas on Cardboard, 16" x 20" by Artist Eleonora Taranova

“Mime in Love” Oil on Canvas on Cardboard, 16″ x 20″ by Artist Eleonora Taranova


Eleonora Taranova

Using oil paints, I tell stories that convey the emotions and feelings of humans and animals. It is very important to me that the viewer can feel the same as I do.


"Ladies Night Out" Graphite Pencil, 14.5" x 11" by Artist Chad Keith. See his portfolio by visiting

“Ladies Night Out” Graphite Pencil, 14.5″ x 11″ by Artist Chad Keith


Chad Keith

I offer personalized sketches drawn from your photograph using layers of graphite pencil or other dry media. “Ladies Night Out” was created from a photograph I took and is a form of my own expression.


"The Fraction" Acrylic on Canvas, 36" x 24" by Artist Roger Reed

“The Fraction” Acrylic on Canvas, 36″ x 24″ by Artist Roger Reed


Roger Reed

My art is about movement. My art is about is about freedom. My art is about letting go and just doing what I feel. My art is about bringing my vision front and center.


"A Day with Shorty" Watercolor, 12" x 12" by Artist Carl McKinley

“A Day with Shorty” Watercolor, 12″ x 12″ by Artist Carl McKinley


Carl McKinley

I am primarily a wildlife artist working in watercolors and acrylic. I love nature and wildlife, paying close attention to color and detail.


"Passion" Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 72" by Artist Aleksandra Ilic Bjelica

“Passion” Acrylic on Canvas, 48″ x 72″ by Artist Aleksandra Ilic Bjelica


Aleksandra Ilic Bjelica

I paint to create a space where connections with ourselves and others can happen; where we can talk with an open mind; where we can build relationships with others when we are honest with ourselves.


"Shadows" Oil on Canvas, 36" x 36" by Artist Jacqueline England

“Shadows” Oil on Canvas, 36″ x 36″ by Artist Jacqueline England


Jacqueline England

My love of horses inspires me to paint the highest level of realism. If the viewer is able to “feel” the muscles and hair and see life in the eyes, then I have achieved my goal.


"Walking Line 54" Encaustic, 8" x 8" by Artist Kathy Cantwell

“Walking Line 54″ Encaustic, 8″ x 8” by Artist Kathy Cantwell


Kathy Cantwell

Creating the lines from individual dashes of ten encaustic pigments is inherently restrictive, and yet it begins to feel like my hands become divining rods as the line develops a life of its own.


"Winter Drive" Watercolor, 20" x 14" by Artist Elise Nicely

“Winter Drive” Watercolor, 20″ x 14″ by Artist Elise Nicely


Elise Nicely

I paint pictures where the world’s scenic beauty and personal memory blend together in one image. Acrylic and watercolor paints are the mediums I choose for my impressionistic style.


"Beach Morning" Photography, 17" x 7" by Artist Mayra Pau

“Beach Morning” Photography, 17″ x 7″ by Artist Mayra Pau


Mayra Pau

I am inspired by the beauty of nature. I love to capture movement and flow of nature even in seemingly still moments.


"Poppy" Alcohol Ink and Acrylic, 18" x 18" by Artist Judy Osiowy

“Poppy” Alcohol Ink and Acrylic, 18″ x 18″ by Artist Judy Osiowy


Judy Osiowy 

I enjoy the element of surprise when working with this very fluid ink. I love interpreting nature by immediacy of brushstroke.


"After the Storm" Oil on Canvas, 20" x 16" by Artist Deb Bergren

“After the Storm” Oil on Canvas, 20″ x 16″ by Artist Deb Bergren


Deb Bergren

This painting, “After the Storm,” is representative of my style—a cross between realism and impressionism. I love to take what I see of beauty and bring it to others to enjoy.


"Geode" Watercolor and Pen, 11" x 15" by Artist Kjersti Ochsner

“Geode” Watercolor and Pen, 11″ x 15″ by Artist Kjersti Ochsner


Kjersti Ochsner

My art is created in an abstract style that allows the viewer to interpret what it is they see. The repetitiveness in my pieces means there’s no focal point, making each more immersive and hypnotic.


"Ruby Velvet" Oil on Canvas, 36" x 36" by Artist Yochi Yakir-Avin

“Ruby Velvet” Oil on Canvas, 36″ x 36″ by Artist Yochi Yakir-Avin


Yochi Yakir-Avin

In my paintings I’m focusing on simplicity and abstraction, using mostly traditional techniques. My paintings are often quiet and thought-provoking. I find beauty in creating a meaningful engaging experience for the viewers.


"The One True Thing" Mixed Media on Canvas, 36" x 36" by Artist Tokeli

“The One True Thing” Mixed Media on Canvas, 36″ x 36″ by Artist Tokeli



The one true thing is consciousness itself, which is love. It is you and it is me. It is the power and fuel which animates all. It is the organizing principle for all energetic activity, and that is everything.


"Grapes Ripening in the Sun" Acrylic on Canvas, 24" x 18" by Artist Steve Mairella

“Grapes Ripening in the Sun” Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 18″ by Artist Steve Mairella


Steve Mairella

Many of my paintings reflect my Italian heritage. This painting depicts Aglianico grapes, used to make Aglianico del Vulture, an earthy, full-bodied red wine, shortly before harvesting on a beautiful autumn day.


"Aspen Harmony" Digital Painting and Archival Pigment Print, Various Sizes by Artist Giliane Bader

“Aspen Harmony” Digital Painting and Archival Pigment Print, Various Sizes by Artist Giliane Bader


Giliane Bader

My inspiration originates from meditation practices, dreams, walks in the nature or by the ocean, my pleasure at observing birds and trees or shapes that appeal to me. I am always looking for beauty or harmony.


"Electricity" Acrylic and Mixed Media, 30" x 40" by Artist Valerie Blauvelt

“Electricity” Acrylic and Mixed Media, 30″ x 40″ by Artist Valerie Blauvelt


Valerie Blauvelt

When painting, I use color, from soft and serene to bold and invigorating, as my voice. Texture creates movement and dimension. Sometimes my work is celestial. Other times it is bursting with energetic expression.


"Rebirth" Graphite Pencil on Illustration Board, 9" x 12" by Artist Jeanne Cardana

“Rebirth” Graphite Pencil on Illustration Board, 9″ x 12″ by Artist Jeanne Cardana


Jeanne Cardana

I strive to capture the heart and spirit of my animal subjects be they equine, domestic or wild. Using graphite and colored pencils allows me to capture detail, expressions and lends a richness of color to my subjects.


"Endurance" Oil on Canvas, 24" x 18" by Artist Ken Bachman

“Endurance” Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 18″ by Artist Ken Bachman


Ken Bachman

I seek to find interesting and meaningful character in the subjects of my paintings, whether they be portraits or landscapes. As an older artist myself, structures and individuals who show their age often stimulate my artistic interest.


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  1. Congratulations Artsy Shark for presenting an inspirational, versatile and engaging exhibition by so many talented artists. I enjoyed viewing the art and reading the artist’s statements and discovering new artists. I plan to return often.

    • Thanks Renee! Sharing the work of deserving artists is a main focus here at Artsy Shark, not only because helps those artists gain exposure, but because art is essential in our world.

  2. annmarie says

    I enjoyed looking at the talents of these varied artists. There are may ways to express oneself. No one way is the right way. We are all given talents by God to show his beauty or creation of this world we live in.

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