Painting in her Maryland studio, JJ Galloway draws from historic images of beach resorts and waterfront towns. She loves to "find old photographs and look for stories behind them... it helps me tell a story." An avid baker, Galloway also paints vivid images of cakes, ice pops, and other sweets; her delicious works are reminiscent of Wayne Thiebaud’s light-filled paintings of cakes from the 1950s and ’60s.
The Canadian artist Erica Hawkes paints landscapes that seem to glow from within; her electrifying light casts the natural world into vivid colors. Hawkes has coined her painting style "Cubist Impressionism," a contemporary blend of the movements known for their sharp deconstructions and natural light. Hawkes’s landscapes reflect her childhood in British Colombia, where her views were filled with trees, wildlife, and starry nights.
The artist Lacey Kim loves the expressive power of lines. Working in a style that echoes Abstract Expressionism and a little of the colored line drawings of Cy Twombly, Kim creates dense forms full of lines and mingling colors. The result is a work that is harmonious, fluid, and free. After growing up in South Korea, Kim earned a degree from Pratt Institute in New York. She now lives and works in Berlin.
Roberta Pinna draws on many media to create her quietly beautiful paintings of female figures. In her search for subjects, she takes hundreds of photographs. Once she finds the right subject, she places the figure into a kind of thin-air environment—often a white or colored background on a prepared gesso ground. In this new light, we see her subjects’ graceful movements and muted colors on their own. Pinna studied art in France and Italy, as well as at the School of Visual Arts in New York.