Examining the world around her, Virginia Beach artist Susan Werby has found her passion by merging Photography with Art. Through her thoughtful artistic techniques, she creates fine art that makes one wonder if they are paintings. Striving to take the viewer with her to a magical world, Susan’s unique and fresh approach allows one to step in and look around.
Much of Susan’s art is local to Hampton Roads, created with her interpretative flair. Often inspired to go even further, she creates prose and poetry to accompany many of her works.
Evan Sokal’s work consists of a range of media from digital prints, screen prints, paintings, photos, and illustrations dealing with depression, anxiety and addiction through use of humor and pop culture aesthetics. Public Closets is a clothing business started in 2017 where I make Virginia based handmade shirts, hats, stickers and skateboard decks, also made to communicate a mentally healthy approach to life, with fun.
A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, I have been painting and exhibiting since my first art fair in France in 1993. In addition to painting, photography, mixed media, and jewelry, I have worked extensively in digital marketing, designing online promotional and educational materials for art galleries, non-profits, and healthcare organizations. I have also gained valuable experience as an art educator, both in private schools in France and at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. I currently work out of my garage studio, creating both mixed media art and jewelry inspired by nature.
I have sold paintings in five states since I graduated and was able to fund my road trip across the United States by selling my artwork. I mostly work in acrylic but am currently working on a series in Sharpie marker. I’ve also recently completed some outdoor painted murals and indoor tape murals.
Tara McDaniel currently lives in Virginia Beach, VA. She has a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Photography from The Art Institute of Virginia Beach. Tara is a fine art photographer that focuses in creative abstract, HDR, and nature.
Having done photography professionally for several years and watching the rise of the “insta” photography movement, Emily wondered how she could make her photos more compelling – more artistic. One day when she was in a really difficult life season she began looking for a new creative outlet and stumbled upon the idea of embroidering on her photographs. Growing up in homeschool culture, Emily had experimented with many forms of crafting over the years, including embroidery and cross stitch and she enjoyed fusing the two worlds together. Now Emily is constantly on the lookout for ideas, collaborations, and perfect moments to turn into art pieces. Her primary inspiration comes from gratitude for tiny moments of beauty in everyday life. Travel, adventures, diverse cultures, new friends, nature, cities, and music inspire her work to new heights.
Though I have in the past thought of myself as a painter who writes, I now embrace myself as an artist working in whichever medium best embodies the narrative my twin and I have created together for the past fifteen years. Most recently working in watercolor and stop motion animation, I have investigated using meditation to access intuitive processes, and to manifest the corporeal and metaphysical beings in an alternative reality. Our “story” encompasses a parallel but similar universe to the one you and I appear to exist in right now, as well as the realm of the dead. Using humor and the every day alongside explorations of cosmic consciousness and myth-building, my twin and I have created a paracosm, which I channel into visual works in this world. Among my influences are quantum physics and cosmology, mysticism, visionary artists, illustration, biology and evolutionary science, and cultivation of the energy body or soul. By manifesting ethereal beings and environments, I shape reality and create space for others to be energized to do the same.
Sarah Rossetti was born in Germany and has since then traveled a good portion of the world. Her art form grew from little doodles on math tests to canvases that are now littered across the globe. She is a self taught artist with the help from a close friend and also an established artist, Ben Quinata. She began to showcase her work in a bar called Old Traditions. Here her work would have the chance to be viewed by a wider variety of people. This in turn began to build her fan base and soon after she received her first commissions. Sarah has mentioned that she is always trying to get herself to produce better work. And now having the confidence to create, she feels she can try any new medium and manipulate it to her will. “Art has no rules, there should never be any rules, so how can anything ever be wrong?” She states. She says she hopes to continue to bring light and faces to the demons we sometimes can’t describe. She says that she hopes in some small way it can help people. She hopes to one day have the chance to study under other established artist from across the world. But for now, she is content with teaching herself and enjoying coffee.
Maple and Belmont is a design studio based in Norfolk, Virginia that specializes in hand lettering. We take pride in our knowledge of typography to influence our designs. We offer our own line of screen printed paper good and textiles. We also welcome the opportunity to work with clients on custom projects. To name a few, previous projects include: wedding suites, chalkboards, packaging design and logos. We’ve also recently added calligraphy to our skill set. We’re always interested in working on projects that push ourselves creatively so don’t hesitate to contact us if you think we’d make a good team!