Charleston, South Carolina native, Leroy Campbell’s art speaks of the contributions to humanity through the African American perspective. More than just art, each piece serves as Campbell’s tithe, as he uses his gifts and talents to teach others about the richness of the Gullah/ Geechee heritage and the beauty of his people.
This month’s cover artist is Marta MacCallum, who grew up in the rugged mountains of Welch, West Virginia. Some of her most vivid memories are of her mother dressed in velvet capri pants, dancing to Johnny Mathis, or in a chiffon cocktail dress on her way to a dinner dance. Losing her mother at the age of 10 shook her world. It meant several moves to new towns, a loss of identity, as well as an overwhelming pervasive sadness. Luckily, six years after her mother died, she went to live with her fabulous grandmother. She was miraculously thrown a lifeline, returning to a loving environment. Marta finished growing up surrounded by strong women with wonderful pieces of furniture and fine china. They taught her to mind her manners and set a proper table, but to do so with an extra dose of sass.
Erisha Rubingh considers herself a “fashion and lifestyle illustrator” and is most inspired by style in every form—fashion, food, décor, etc. Her illustrations reflect the naturally bubbly personality Erisha exudes in all things. If she had to describe her illustrations in one word, it would be “Exuberant! Or Vivacious! It’s hard to pick just one!”
Karen Tarlton began her career as an artist 23 years ago when her husband started his work as an F-16 pilot and test pilot for the United States Air Force. Characteristic of her creativity, Karen’s first works were painted murals on walls and furniture until she began to shift toward painting fine art on canvas about 15 years ago. Since then, Karen has sold her paintings all around the globe, shipping to a different country practically every day. “I paint because I love it. I’m so fortunate to do what I am passionate about for a living.”
“The universal spirit of women transcends background, and I believe we are all created in God’s image, so race, size, religion, etc. are not important, as we are all loved in our present form. Women are a diverse potpourri, a bit edgy, fun loving and the sum of many parts. I want to capture that spirit, to empower, celebrate joyfully, the whole woman.” —Jill Neal
Our artist this month for the cover painting titled “Enthusiasm” is Scarlett Chou. This piece is part of a series she has been working on for an upcoming exhibit in Japan.
Scarlett got her artistic talent from her mother, who worked as a fashion design illustrator for newspapers and magazines. She finds her inspiration from her life experiences, travels and her Christian beliefs. Often compared to Art Deco artist, Erte, Scarlett’s computer-generated works are influenced by her Chinese heritage, which she often infuses with Western designs.
For Mary Lester, painting is a cosmic journey driven by the longing for a place that feels like home, a place she can’t quite remember and can’t exactly forget, but when she finds just the right composition, the exact color, or the precise shape, she just knows. She can feel it, like the piece of a puzzle that you twist and turn until you finally find where it belongs in the big picture.
As a child, Ed Hose was allowed to draw on the walls. In fact, coloring outside the lines was an understatement and thinking outside the box was expected. Raised in Bucks County, PA, she always loved to draw—almost as much as she loved to make a mess. Never happier than when covered head to toe in paint, ED earned a BFA from Temple University Tyler Art School, where she studied performance art, illustration and design. Quickly learning that the demand for performance art was not as high as one might think in the “real world,” she took a job as art director for an entertainment collectibles company, designing movie memorabilia, packaging and marketing materials. There she discovered no one was impressed with how messy she could be. That’s when she developed her current style of illustration, working with a micron graphic pen, drawing by hand, and then completing all the color and shading in the computer.
Pink Magazine is excited to welcome back internationally successful artist Masha D’yans for her fourth Pink Magazine cover. May features her delightful watercolor “Blown Away”.
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Masha moved to the U.S. when she was 14. After high school, which was spent following her artistic muse, she gained admission to the fine arts program at Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art in New York, where she studied painting, printmaking and graphic design. After graduation she worked as a senior art director, focusing on brand identity for a number of design and advertising agencies in Boston. Her client roster included accounts such as Human Scale and Reebok. Despite her professional success in graphic design, she never forgot her love for painting and illustration.
Artist Candace Whittemore Lovely, an Impressionistic painter and Copley Master, is known for her pleasing views of American scenes, especially landscapes of treasured locales and people at play in idyllic locations. Critics have called her the “Grand Dame of Boston Painters.”
Her grandmother used to tell her that the cure for everything was salt water—whether it’s sweat, tears, or the sea. This could be why her paintings are often set in coastal landscapes, or perhaps it’s because she feels happiest when she is near the water.
Trish Biddle grew up in Minnesota, in the world of art, along side her mother who enrolled her in every art class and contest in which she would usually come in second place. This made her work even harder. On her own, she moved to Dallas fresh out of high school, ultimately graduating from the Dallas Institute of Art.
Pursuing her artistic dream, Trish secured a job as a textile designer and a fashion illustrator for a clothing manufacturer. She later moved to the J.C. Penney home office in the design department. After several years in the corporate world, she decided that it wasn’t for her, so she went to work as a freelance artist. She was signed by a textile agent in New York City and continued to freelance for several years.