Jennifer Ament’s graphic prints are a reflection of her curious mind, which finds inspiration in everything from the country’s scenic Northwest to secret societies. Her meticulously hand-carved lino-block prints are not only captivating, but they also reveal a serious obsession with detail. “I think being obsessive is an important trait to have as an artist,” she says. “People like to call it passion, but that word is far too kind. It’s an obsession.”
There’s an element of playfulness in James Meyer’s bold, colorful cutouts, which are created using multiple layers of paint. What’s more, he has a way of capturing and elevating seemingly mundane everyday moments and activities. “I am trying to catch a moment in time, a fleeting vision of things long remembered,” he says.
In addition to being an artist, Luli Sanchez is a veteran fashion textiles designer. And it’s easy to see how style and color inspire her gorgeous watercolors, which include delicate florals in soft colors as well as works featuring eye-catching patterns. ”A lot of my artwork is influenced by vintage printed textiles, often from the ’30s through the ’70s,” she says. “A constant theme for me is a celebratory sense of freedom, with an undertone of melancholy.”
One look at his prints, and you’ll immediately see that Ben Giles has—and appreciates—a cheeky sense of humor. The English artist has worked in a number of media, including video and drawing, but his collages made with vintage photographs are especially in keeping with his witty and slightly left-of-center sensibility.
A longtime printmaker, Elizabeth Grubaugh is deeply drawn to the process involved in her pieces. “The best is breaking out the ink and paper and starting fresh,” she says of her small ink sketches, which she collages before applying colors with a silk screen. “It is a long and messy process, but I love it!” That passion is apparent in her whimsical pieces, which are rendered in soft tones and convey subtle beauty.