Originally from South Africa, Ursula Schwartz derived her talent from a dynamic pursuit of harmony with the forces of nature.
Her connection with human and natural complexities have inspired a balanced application of design, color and intrigue. Ursula’s African roots enable her to cross the boundaries of genres to create a captivating fusion of abstract expressionism and the ethereal. Working mainly in oils, and often adding mixed media to enhance her personal abstract language, her art is rich with texture, dimension and an adventurous color palette with expressive linear techniques.
“I am passionate about my work. To me, words simply are not enough to express my opinions, thoughts and beliefs; therefore, I paint. The variations I use in finishes, surfaces, and textures add dimension and detail to the canvas while emphasizing my creative process through visual language. Art, at its most authentic core, is the alchemical expression of a magical life journey. It has the ability to transform space, create emotion and infuse energy. As I personally evolve, so do my creative energies and direction – encouraging exploration of multiple mediums with expressions of passion, empowerment and vulnerability.”
Growing up in rural Florida’s central east coast, painter and photographer Rene Griffith remembers the simple life she experienced.
Her love of classic cars was born as she and her 7 siblings worked their dad’s gas station after school. Sunday drives past the many “mom and pop” motels that dotted the beaches and visits to the ocean to play on the sand and coquina ledges left pleasing and lasting impressions of her beach community and fostered her love for all things outdoors.
During these early times Rene also developed an interest in photography and in using watercolor paints as she fondly watched her seamstress mother create tasteful and unique fashions that were different from those found in the local clothing store, inspiring Rene to explore her own personal creativity. She has used these memories to create many of the mixed media artworks featured in this show. Rene currently works from her home studio in Indialantic, Florida.
William Gura is a Navy veteran who retired in 1996 after 20 years of service. Injuries sustained in the service left him a disabled veteran. He decided to take the opportunity to return to the creative work he loves.
Elodie M. Richard is a semi-abstract artist working with a family of archetypes inspired from life, mythology and symbols that fuse with her own memories. The connection between artistic elements, technique, analysis and the notion of roots creates an original vision.