Jill McVarish grew up Northern California and began painting seriously at the age of four. At 15 she dropped out of high school to dedicate more time to her work. She received a BFA in 1994 from the San Francisco Art Institute. There, she was further introduced to the possibilities in painting, not only through the curriculum, but also the exchange of energy and ideas with fellow artists. From there she enrolled at the prestigious Garrett Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, where she learned that ‘painting is dead as an art form’. Unsure how to proceed given this devastating news,she bought a pass to the Rijksmuseum and let the Dutch masters become her primary painting intructors. She now reflects on those years as the most definitive in the formation of her style of blending her acknowledgment of contemporary and more obsurdist art with a reverence for traditional painting and visual composition.
Colin Chillag renders the minute details of his subjects’ faces, leaving portions of his preparatory sketches uncovered and placing errant brushstrokes in areas, in order to reveal the artist’s hand. Chillag’s work is characterized by the various layers of his artworks—the drawing beneath, unmodified colors, even the mixing and testing of pigments are visible in the final image.
Kathleen Powers creates beautiful, fantastical illustrations of nature and animals as characters, each, going about their business in their own story. Her breathtaking work lovingly captures detail with refinement and classical style, while combining a strong empathy for her subjects and a wicked sense of humor.
Jen Brown was born near Toronto, Canada. She holds a Master’s Degree in Art History and a Curatorial Diploma from York University in Toronto. She has lived in Japan and Mexico, and currently resides in Portland, OR, where she is active in the art community hosting a monthly salon, curating exhibitions independently, lecturing, and exhibiting her work.
Tom Giesler is a self-taught painter whose keen eye reveals his first career as a patent illustrator. While illustrating products for medical and high-tech companies in Silicon Valley he began teaching himself to paint using acrylics.
Most recently, Giesler’s sensitivity to texture and light have found form in oil paintings. Tom’s small but striking still lives and “floral arrangements” have evolved over the past five years inspired by the bounty of the kitchen. His work has been exhibited widely, and is held in public and private collections internationally.
Casebeer has her degree in journalism and you can certainly see the influence of writing in her work. Her mixed media paintings explore meaningful coincidence by building layers of text, as well as painted and drawn elements, photographic cutouts, and found illustrations.
Sam Vaughan is a master of printmaking, especially lithography. Some of his favorite themes include dark history, absurdity, nudity, people staring at potatoes, and Civil War general George Custer.
Ben Killen Rosenberg is a printmaker, illustrator, sculptor, and painter whose work frequently combines humor and social observation.
Morrison Pierce has been painting and traveling for over twenty years and it shows in his fluidity of ideas and execution. Originally a film major, the cinematic element is still very present in his work and presentation.
Lisa Kaser loves exploring and cultivating a practice with a variety of materials and mediums, including: feltmaking, needle arts, painting, drawing, collage, and mixed-media sculpture. Lisa feels very close and inspired by the rain, the rivers, the ocean, mountains, high deserts and the wind in the gorge.
Marjorie Scholl is a painter located in Homer, Alaska, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from The San Francisco Art Institute. Her work reveals the character of subjects and creates an emotional experience for the viewer through layers of free thinking and unrestricted brush strokes.