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.
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.
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.
My artistic vision and inspiration derived from a number of interests. First, my love of abstract, musical and spiritual art being my earliest artistic memory. My fascination and obsession of comics became training stages of drawing, as I soon graduated from this procedure into painting strange and unusual figures and designs on canvas. I’ve always tried expressing something different and unique on canvas to convey a visual image filled with mystery, beauty and the courage to take risks in art. My influences has varied from various artists from early Renaissance art such as Giotto and Raphael, to abstract expressionist Pollock and DeKooning, from street artist Basquiat and Rammellzee, to cubist painters Braque and Picasso, my influences varies from many artists. I believe art can accomplish many things if the artists utilizes his or her talents honestly and effectively, if given the opportunity. I also believe art can have a positive affect on people and deposit something beautiful and meaningful in their lives, because the idea of art is to display your expressions and ideas honestly with your chosen medium. Whether visual or performance to the multitudes, the artist mission is to expose the work to the public. I would love to make good on the mission if given the chance.
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.
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!