Saulius Jankauskas, MD, born in Detroit, MI to Lithuanian parents that were forced to run from their homeland because of the Soviet occupation of Lithuania. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with a private practice in Longwood, Florida, has been working in recycled hot glass since 1996. Has won awards in shows and has exhibited in many galleries nationally. His creations are in private collections as well as corporate collections. He is involved with Unique Glass Colors, LLC as the research and development head, developing new products and coming up with unique solutions to existing problems in glass enamels.
“In undergraduate school, I delved into ceramics. Over time, became more interested in the glazing process then the construction, and finally realized that glaze IS glass and that working in hot glass would be the glazing without the clay!
Working with and “on” people is absolutely my first love. Helping patients through reconstructive or cosmetic surgery is really gratifying. What is interesting is the similarity that both processes – surgery and hot glass, have with each other. In surgery, you have to have the ability to know how certain tissues react in the healing process over time. Sometimes you have to over correct or under correct or just correct to get the great final result – knowing that in the healing process the tissues will change. The “healing” time for the glass is the time it spends in the kiln. So, like human tissue, you have to over-correct or under-correct, to get the final result you are trying to achieve.
Many things inspire my creations, but my main muses are poetry and spirituality/religion.”
Anne Mayer was born on the northeastern coast of New Jersey and currently resides in Orlando, Florida. Anne is an abstract expressionist artist who enjoys both pure expressionism and abstract figurative works. She is a self-taught painter creating works with raw emotion, originality and speculation. She approaches the canvas without a specific idea in mind and in the process; a dominant idea will present itself and develops from there. I paint with spontaneity. From brush, to color, to canvas I anticipate what my soul will reveal at that moment of time. I am often surprised by the revelation, other times I feel the angst of what may be. All in all, it is my truth for that day. I have no other expectations. My intent as an artist is to create a painting that draws the viewer like a magnet to the piece and finds a personal connection to it they can enjoy for a lifetime.
"Art is a universal language, its essence speaks to all mankind."
Anne Mayer – Artist
I was born in Talara, Piura, Peru 1953. Graduate of the School Nacional Superior Fine Art Lima, Peru 1979 Graduated in sculpture.
In 1986 I migrated to the United States. By artistic neccesity, I started my passion for painting to express my feelings where i discovered the world of surrealism. Real freedom of expressinism by process of dictation of thought, free from any control of reason, independent of moral or aesthetic concerns, is based on the unconscious a place that continuous image generator removed through mental exercise.
My painting is a form of expression that has always existed, is the dictation of thought without intervention of reason, independent of moral and aesthetic concerns, this does not work based on dreams or memories, this is the reflection of the unconscious is the Mirror of the interior, which was given the name of surrealism.
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Paul T. Scarborough
Paul T. Scarborough was born in 1961 in Madison, Wisconsin. His family moved to Florida’s east coast when he was five and he grew up on the Space Coast, a pristine area rich in nature, wildlife and spectacular sunrises. These environmental influences were his first inspiration when he started painting at age 5. He graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1983 and moved to Orlando where he enjoyed a successful career as an art director. Advertising provided a steady income, but he continued to paint, developing a style that was unique and ever-evolving. Paul spent 15 years on the art show circuit throughout the southeast, gaining a steady following among art enthusiasts and collectors. Paul’s work hangs in numerous private collections across the U.S.
Figurative images with abstract fields of saturated color and energetic mark making. Inspired by a cosmology of still life objects, landscaping, urban cities, humans, animals, flying heads, glowing orbs, levitating trees and more orbit the picture plane. Images are fleeting; identities last a mere second. Perception becomes the job of the viewer and possesses endless possibilities.
Scarborough’s narratives are like the Sanskrit ‘Maya’, where things are not what they seem and are constantly changing. There is an acute awareness of the artist’s hand and temperament. Brushwork is probing and restless and directs the eye in frenetic forays. Line is integral to the work. Thick staccato black lines, reminiscent of early 20th century European expressionism, share the space with sharp pencil lines that meander and morph in all directions. The work has a sense of urgency akin to a journey or quest. The thematic drama and the performance of the paint are inseparable.
Scarborough is a virtuoso painter. Organic forms seem to build up and break down before our eyes. Nothing is predictable. Textured surfaces, dense and impenetrable give way to large areas of white untouched canvas. here is diversity of scale and some of the smallest marks pack a combustible energy. Canvases pulsate. Scarborough has imbued the work with a living presence.
“Each painting to me is a new adventure,” says Scarborough. “I can see in my mind’s eye that it’s a moment of purity with unintentional strokes and a push-pull effect going on in my mind. It’s expressionism as the first stroke of the brush hits the canvas.” My creativity comes mostly in the evenings. While most folks are winding down, I am fueled with energy from my thoughts and feelings of what is going on in my life, my friends, my family, and the world around me whether it is good, bad, or indifferent. Those restless thoughts and powerful feelings have nowhere to go for me other than out of my head and onto the canvas! I surround myself with calming music in medium to low lighting. I can paint for an hour, two hours, or all-night and into the early morning. When the painting is complete, it is an extraordinary relief for my mind and body. At times, I am absolutely exhausted. But viewing my work at its completion can be very moving. Therapeutic. Comforting.
Neil Singleton, a Florida Native, is a versatile mixed media artist specializing in both rural and urban assemblages. His inspiration derives from his passion for the outdoors and his time spent living or traveling in urban cities (Denver, New York, Chicago, Orlando). Currently he resides in Orlando and travels throughout the Southeast participating in festivals. His work can be found in several galleries throughout the state. The art is created by starting with a desired silhouette, which is then carefully filled with metallic objects, including old hardware and various metals. All pieces are fastened to a reclaimed wood canvas. The subjects range from animals and fruit, to skylines and simple shapes.
Lillian Verkins is an Altamonte Springs contemporary acrylic and mixed medium painter. Her canvases are filled with motion and expressive brushstrokes, oftentimes eliciting a meditative response. She was born in Bosnia. Her family emigrated to the US in 1964 and lived in NYC until 1978, at which time Lillian moved to the central Florida area. Verkins didn’t start out as an artist. After her husband’s death in 1983, she returned to college for a computer science degree. A friend advised her to take a photojournalism class for an easy A. She followed this advice. Lillian states “ I fell in love at the first darkroom moment. It was magic”. Verkins found the art program therapeutic and helpful in escaping what she calls her “monkey mind”. Her concentration of study was photo-etching, using her own photo images in creating collages on copper plates. She laughs as she states “I can actually invite a date to see my etchings”. In 1987 she received her BFA from University of Central Florida. As a single mother she needed a regular income and benefits to support herself and her son. She placed her art dreams on hold and went to work for the State of Florida. In 2004 she was introduced to Oriental brush painting. “It loosened me up” she states. The brush work was freeing and therapeutic just like the darkroom experience some 20 years ago. Through the combination of her brush training and the new found ease of acrylics she has become successful in evoking the spirit of her subjects from deep outer space to abstracts or palms swaying in a storm. Lillian states “art is extremely personal and therapeutic for me. It is my meditation place where I can go to forget everything and truly be in the present moment of creation and evolution”. Ms. Verkins has received a total of 22 juried awards, among which are three “Best of Show” and four “1st Place” awards. Verkins just closed a solo exhibition of her abstract Spacescapes called Atmospheres at the Lake Eustis Museum of Arts on Feb 4th 2017 and her Landscapes “Where to Find Respite” which were exhibiting at the Gallery at Leu Garden House through Jan 12, 2017. She has an upcoming solo exhibition From Whence We Came at the Seminole State College Fine Art Gallery in Jan. of 2018. Her next group exhibition will be “10:Harmony in Art” showing at the Art Gallery at Mills Park starting March 16, 2016. In 2016 Ms. Verkins had a dual exhibition Dream Catchers at the Henao Contemporary Gallery with famed sculptor Fay Samimi. She was also selected as one of the finalists to exhibit in the Celebrating the Genius of Women and was chosen as the First Place winner in this prestigious event. She has exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the central Fl area from New Smyrna, Daytona, St. Petersburg and Orlando area. Ms. Verkins has been published in the Orlando Sentinel, Arts & Entertainment section of the Seminole Magazine, the Winter Park/Maitland Observer, www.wonderingeducators.com and Emerging Waves. She has been interviewed for the Spotlight program on 90.7 WMFE program. Her paintings hang in many private residences throughout the U.S. Ms. Verkins volunteers at the UF Cancer Center at ORMC teaching art to patients receiving chemotherapy treatment. She has donated works to the UF Cancer Center Arts in Medicine, Hope and Help, Seminole Cultural Arts Council, Downtown Arts District and Art League of Daytona Patrons’ Day. Ms. Verkins is a current member of Beaux Arts of Central Fl.,The Art League of Daytona Beach, ArtistRegistry.com and ISAP.
Growing up in Minnesota, I attended the University of Minnesota, as an art major. Additional studies in Aspen, Colorado summer school and Art Students League, New York City. Birthed on the likes of Jackson Polloch and Willem de Kooning. Then moved to NYC, was subjected to years of watching graffiti covered subway trains, blurs of color, screeching brakes, just pure raw emotion, add some Keith Haring, Studio 54, punk rock and just plain life in the fast lane. Started my advertising career by working for a very demanding advertising photographer. These memories have been transformed into painting and ceramic sculpture.
My career working in advertising continued by moving to Orlando for work in commercials, music videos, television pilots, promotional videos, many for Universal and Disney, the Maiden Voyage of the Magic cruise ship, Disney Wonder, and the Queen Mary 2. Wore many hats as set decorator, prop master, art director, costumer and wardrobe stylist. This left little time for "art" except for some ceramics but it satisfied my creative desires, ............until the past 8 years. Hung up the hats and took out the paint brushes.
New York City shows: Allen/Wincor Gallery : Ceramics with Howard Meister furniture designer 12/1/84-12/1/85
Gallery Par: Ceramics with Al Capp Cartoons 6/1/85-7/1/85
Florida (of note): Neu America Gallery: 2010-2013 Paintings and ceramics
(Art Basel 2012)
1792 Gallery: 2013-2015 Ceramics
Gallery O @ City Arts Factory resident artist 2013-current ceramics and painting
JF Gallery, exclusive representation in Palm Beach: 2013-current painting
Lake Mary Museum invitational: 7/20-9/5/2016 paintings and ceramics
Enterprise Historical Center and Museum: 2/3-2/28/2017 paintings and ceramic
Ceramic Award Valencia College Student show 2016
Best in Show Orlando Art Museum Urban Art 2015
Honorable Mention Orlando Art Museum 2016 "Declaration of the Mind." Art and Philosophy Cultural Frontline Orlando Art Museum art selection for showing in Orange County Administration Bldg.
JF Gallery Palm Beach Juried entry for showing 1/21-2/1/2017, 28 artists picked from nationwide entries
International Artist with work in Switzerland, Canada and across the United States. Most notably 3 large paintings in a former Monastery in England. Working on a painting for a new resort in the Philippines.
My painting style changes, from colorful modern abstracts to street style urban art. Have interesting collaborations mostly with young artists, have shown all of these collaborations in the Orlando Art Museum 1st Thursdays. My ceramic interest for the past year has been raku firing and am very grateful to fire them at Valencia College.