About the Cover Artist
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina native Neva Campbell is this month’s cover artist. It was Neva’s father who first taught her to draw a monkey using circles and ovals. Before long she graduated to unicorns and horses, her mediums expanding from pencils to chalk and paint. Neva knew one thing about herself from a young age: She was different.
Always busy creating or painting, she never quite fit in with everyone else. Only when she was in the process of creating something did she feel completely at home, eventually coming to accept that’s who she is—an artist.
About the Cover Artist
About the Cover Artist
Jennifer Rocco Stone
Jennifer Rocco Stone, this month’s cover artist, was born in New York. After 29 years, her life’s journey took her to New Jersey for a time, then Massachusetts and most recently, landed her in Bluffton, S.C.
Jennifer’s career in art began with her Bachelor of Arts Degree and Teacher Certification from William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J. For more than 20 years, Jennifer followed her lifelong passion—teaching art to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Her favorite quote by Picasso says, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Her teaching was deeply founded, as she helped give students the same inspiration that launched her love for art in fourth grade as a student herself, when she won an art contest with a piece her teacher titled “Jennifer’s Jungle.” While following her dream of teaching, she continued taking night classes at Montclair University in Montclair, N.J. to pursue a Masters of Art Degree.
About the Cover Artist
This month’s cover artist is Scout Cuomo. Her light-infused work explores the intersection of the human and natural world. As an impressionistic and abstract impressionistic full-time artist, Scout works predominately in the mediums of painting and drawing. She is best known for her Swimmers series, which portrays people floating in and exploring life under water. By embedding pigment in thick coats of epoxy, she infuses her pieces with light to create a glass-like gloss. The end result is a surprisingly delicate, three-dimensional painting. Subjects range from underwater views to landscapes to animals painted on glass using the same process. An artist industriously producing new work, she’s sold more than 300 original paintings nationally and internationally. Scout is dedicated to supporting her local economy by collaborating with other community artists and makers, from blacksmiths to graphic designers.
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.