A UNIQUE GALLERY SHOW
This show features distinctive paintings and sculpture by five Lancaster area artists who are gaining wide recognition for their work and who are all UDS Clients.
While The Artist Within offers a range of artistic style, media, and expression, these diverse artists share a passion for creativity and self-expression through their art. All of their work will be for sale during the gallery show, which runs through May 27th.
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Meet The Artists...
I’ve enjoyed art for about as long as I can remember. Ever since I found I had better control of my head and neck when I was very young, I’ve been drawing and painting the world around me.
After graduation, I picked up a brush and tried to find some balance between realism and the styles of the impressionists whom I enjoy so much. I suspect I tend to stick to monochrome because as a kid it was difficult to swap my pens and pencils for different colors, so I got pretty used to sticking with one color for long periods of time.
These days, I only do a few paintings a year. I spend much of my time as an engineer at work or other projects, but when I find the time and the urge it’s always great to return to my oldest hobby and fill a canvas or two.
At the age of three, I was diagnosed with autism. At about the same time, I began to draw the sketches from the TV show, Blues Clues. Recreations of Dr. Seuss’s illustrations came next, some of which I drew from memory.
In February, 2019, my sketch “Jazz Hands” was published in Hot Metal Bridge, and eight of my portraits were published in Up the Staircase. Since then, my art has been shown at the Ware Center in Lancaster, PA, and two juried international exhibits/sales.
Studies in Brotherly Love, a limited-edition book of poems about my art and the reproductions of the works that inspired me was published in fall of 2021. Award-winning poet, writer and film producer D.J. Savarese, along with Jorrell Watkins, Lateef McLeod and Claretta Holsey, three students currently enrolled in the University of Iowa’s renowned writing program, provide the words to amplify my art. Artist Jaz Graf designed and hand-bound the book.
I design and sculpt metal art from recycled steel. Taking the in-organic metal in and giving it a breath of organic being. I am primarily inspired by animals and plants but also create wine racks, garden ornaments and many other type of sculptures.
Repurposing and upcycling materials have always been interests of mine. Anything new can instantly be bought with little effort, but it takes actual thought and ingenuity to take an object that is otherwise considered waste and transform it into something new and beautiful or into something useful. I would like my metal sculptures to inspire the community and help raise awareness of this type of upcycled art. In doing so, I would not only like to help change attitudes about throwing away useful materials, but also encourage people to repurpose objects themselves.
I am 33 and live in Lancaster with my family. I have long been interested in art, for which I credit my grandmother, Gurley Manners, who passed away in 2016. I started painting birdhouses during the pandemic lockdown of 2020 and have expanded to painting distinct items, with a focus on acrylic pours. My growing network of friends and followers have encouraged my work, and many have purchased pieces, enabling me to give back to various organizations in Lancaster, some of which have helped me throughout my life. I donate 50% of all of my sales to charities, including UDS, and have been able to contribute over $8,000 so far to charitable organizations in the community.
I have cerebral palsy and participate in the UDS Adult Enrichment program and utilizes UDS Service Coordination, as well. I volunteer in the organization’s Service Dog program and love helping to train those puppies!
I have enjoyed art since the 2nd grade drawing dinosaurs. It was while I was homeschooled 9-12 grade that I discovered oil painting which quickly became my favorite medium. After graduation I majored in studio arts at Southern Virginia College and had my first gallery exhibition.
During the summer break, in June 1999, I was involved in a car accident that left me in a coma for five months, having sustained a traumatic brain injury. For instance, I now paint and draw with my non-dominant hand.
I had my first exhibition after the accident on my 30th birthday in 2010. Since then, I have had several showings, most recently, his painting “U.S. 222 South” — a self-portrait that was painted at the site of my car accident – was selected for and sold at Bryn Mawr Rehab’s 2021 Art Ability show.