VSA Florida Artist Registry
If you are interested in joining the VSA Florida Artist Registry, please click here for an application.
|Karen E. Michaels||
Karen attended school for 20 some years.She earned an undergraduate degree in Geoenvironemntal Science. She also earned post graduate degrees and work in Counseling Psychology,Crisis Intervention, Addictions and a residency in Systemic Therapy. The ability to use her education was taken away, in the split second it takes two cars to collide. The result was a traumatic brain injury.
|Diane Mercado Mouskourie||
Diane Mercado Mouskourie grew up in the Miami area and has been doing some form of art since she was a small child. In high school she was enrolled in visual arts program junior and senior year. She later earned an A.S. degree in commercial art at Gulf Coast State College and spent more than 15 years working as a technical illustrator and graphic designer in Bay and Hillsborough counties. While living in Tampa during the 90’s she earned a B.S. degree in mass communications at the University of South Florida and spent the next 20 years working as a daily newspaper journalist in various states along the East Coast.
She returned to Bay County after an early retirement due to disabilities and has refocused herself on building on improving her art skills – expanding into new mediums such as acrylic painting.
She loves working with children and can relate to almost anyone, any age, who has an interest in art.
Pete enjoyed a successful career in the advertising business as an art director and creative director. Some products he worked on were Wrangler Jeans, Garanimals Childrens clothing, Mateus Rose, Monet Jewelry, Gucci Perfume, Nicorette and Nicoderm, and a host of other drug products launches which garnered a number of industry awards.
|Juliana (Jewels) Pace||
I'm a happily married Christian artist & author! Most of my artwork is inspired by our Creator's Complexity in that He created each one of us so unfathomable that one has to look many times over to see every aspect of each person! I've crafted as long as I can remember. My Grandpa bought my first piece when I was 10, telling me that good art should be paid for! But, I just presented myself to the world as an artist in 2004!941-301-8080
|Lisa Phillips Owens||
Lisa was an accomplished dressage trainer for nearly a quarter of a century until becoming sidelined by severe rheumatoid arthritis. Now, her goal as a traditional painter is to merge the contemporary world in which she is engaged with the art of the High Renaissance. Lisa is currently an instructor at the Pasco Arts council in Holiday, Florida.727-857-5528
Lisa Phillips website
|Dorothy Joan Riley||
Dorothy Joan Riley is a member of the Coast Guard Fine Art Program. She is a retired Clinical Social Worker who spent many years in the child abuse arena, a field that she understands both from her professional training and from personal experience. She is a self-taught artist who has won many juried competitions. Her artwork is displayed in several public collections throughout the country. Dorothy is also a writer and published the novel, “The Purging of Monica Campbell”. In addition to her art and writing, Dorothy edits several newsletters and a news magazine for the Coast Guard Auxiliary, an organization in which she currently serves as a volunteer.
|Steven Sandor Selpal||
An artist has to invent his own universe and populate it to suit his desires. My own perceptions of living organisms and how they function and react to environment is my lifelong fascination observing them. I also extend this to the inanimate and the non-living entities such as buildings and rocks. To me they too are organic and alive. My first large sculptures from 1969 and 1970 had the character of abstract flesh like organic life forms. Most recently, in 2011 and 2012, I am reinvestigating organic forms again with my heart family sculptures. The universal and symbolic heart shape would be familiar enough. However when I sculpt these, they have the quality of living entities that possess flesh. The work in 1970 and today are fiberglass cast from clay originals.
Throughout much of my life, however, I abandoned sculpture and did illustration and graphic design for businesses. At the same time when I was working my talent for hire, I was doing my own form of realism in oil on canvas. These were landscapes from Ohio, especially the city of Cleveland. I observed how things breathe and sustain themselves in this actual fluid environment that we call air. Later, I turned inward to my dreams that I would write down and keep in journals. From these journal entries, I would paint the ones that compelled me. I would never refer to these as being surrealistic, because I am not a surrealist. Surrealism was an art movement, whose proponents painted fantastic or dreamlike qualities, but not always strictly from dreams as I was doing. For about thirteen years I was slavishly trying to actually paint my dreams. My art is either perceptual or internal. Respectively, the works are either, studies and interpretations from nature or else completely from the internal source of my mind.
I attacked my graphic design jobs with the same passion as I did with my personal art. The development of my personality comes from communicating with customers and bosses who are total strangers and my assignment has always been to empathically see through their eyes. The output of illustration work far outweighs in quantity the pieces that I call fine art. Pizza and art go together but you need the money to get the great pizza.321-725-5354
Steven Selpal's website
|Joshua Silver Banks||
Native Floridian, Josh Silver Banks has been expressing himself via vibrant abstract paintings since age 16 (summer 2005). Diagnosed with autism around age 2, a year after moving to Jupiter, he doesn’t speak but discovered this artform when his mom packed some Crayola® markers to channel his energy during evacuation from a hurricane. Before moving to a group home in Martin County in 2010, he’d draw in five- to ten-minute spurts at his parents’ home. In 2007, Josh’s mom secured a Palm Beach County artist in residence grant for Texas art professor Mari Omori, who was so impressed by Josh’s work that she suggested a goal of producing 20 works so he could exhibit them. The goal was reached in 2011, when his mom arranged giclee prints of earliest and more recent pieces, framing a total of 14. He’s completed about ten smaller works in his current home, and has been experimenting with oil crayons and finger paint. Joshua’s work was included in four juried group exhibitions and an art festival in 2012, in Jupiter, Tequesta, West Palm Beach, Lakeland and Houston, Texas. In February 2013, he became one of several featured artists on the Dick Blick art supply company’s website, source of his watercolor paper. Media coverage includes: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/health/the-colorful-mind-of-josh-banks-who-suffers-2285448. html?page=2 and http://www.wpbf.com/Autistic-man-speaks-through-art/-/8789538/9521676/-/taio9wz/-/index.html [Channel 25 in West Palm Beach March 18, 2012] His Facebook page is Joshua Silver Banks Autism and Artistry, and his website is joshuasilverbanks.com
Diagnosed with schizophrenia at an early age, Bob was challenged to get back to what was important in life - His art, family, and dog Brutus. For Bob, schizophrenia was a blessing in disguise.
Bob has a self published book out called Virtues which can be found online here - http://yellowdogartistry.lonestarnorth.com/wordpress/
He is currently working on a comic book and loves to paint.
Brain Noise Studios
Brenda is a National VSA Teaching Artist Fellow living in Sarasota, Florida. She is a mixed-media artist who specializes in hand-building in clay and teaching collage techniques. Please see her website for a wonderful waterfall, clay and mural project that can be brought to your school or community.
Please click here to see a video of Brenda's waterfall project.
These are images of some of Brenda's note cards -