Moroccan born Aziz Kadmiri landed in Atlanta in 2012 and hit the ground racing onto the American art scene. His imaginative vision is as broad and diverse as his background. He grew up in Casablanca, graduated from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland and moved to Paris where he received his master’s degree in hotel management at the Université Paris-Dauphine. He has lived in Barcelona, Rome and has homes in Paris and Marrakesh, Morocco. He has made Atlanta his permanent residence.
The cover art for this issue is in memory of Shelia McCoy Hamilton, whose art we featured on the September 2009 cover.
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 that Erisha exudes in all things.
Most people don’t realize who they are meant to be or what they are meant to do until later in life, if ever. However, Chloe Strickland, at just 17 years old, is not at all one of those people. A senior at Hilton Head Christian Academy (HHCA), Chloe has always had a natural pull, and instinctual tact for what art is; whether it be drawing, painting, designing, styling, photographing. She is the essence of what it means to be a natural. “I always have a vision—whether painting or styling a fashion shoot—I can always see in my mind how I want it to turn out,” Chloe said. To prove that, our cover piece for January, “Lily,” was Chloe’s first attempt at using oils. She strayed from her usual use of acrylics and it was a huge success.
Although Laura Cody is a New York City native, it’s easy to get lost in the deep southern roots of her art. Currently living in Charleston, S.C., Laura originally moved to Beaufort, S.C. in 2001 with her husband to retire from a 25-year career in the medical field. A move that, according to Laura, sparked her long dormant passion for her inner artist. “Everywhere I looked I saw beauty and I was inspired to capture that beauty with my art.”
Shawna Erback is a Canadian artist who has loyal collectors of her work from around the world. Her art is featured in galleries, gift shops and on the walls of celebrity clients. Her art collections can be found on TV and movie sets, licensed products and in the homes and offices of tens of thousands of private collectors.
Nikolai Oskolkov, simply known as NikO, lives and works in Columbia, South Carolina. He has been involved in fine art since early childhood and has made painting a career since high school. In his 29 years, he has travelled far and wide from Russia to Canada and the US, and throughout Europe and the Caribbean.