Maribel Matthews is a Gibraltar artist, who exhibits both traditional and abstract works. She remains connected to her roots and has made a name for herself both locally and internationally. Matthews enjoys her time in travel, and promotes the rapturing beauty of her home town through soft textures and dreamy color palettes, capturing the romanticism encompassing abstraction to Impressionist and landscapes to urban views.
”A photo, a fingerprint, a signature, and DNA are all methods we use to identify a person, but they are just a means to match a name or face to an individual, not to describe who they are or to translate their identity. For as long as I have been using portraiture as the main focus of my paintings, it is not the identity or recognizable face in which I use to describe my portraits, but more of a blueprint of how I approach portraiture. Many levels go into what makes a person’s portrait. It’s a fabric of many layers, intertwined with a person’s favorite foods, music, and movies. I have used all of these concepts in building my portraits. Stemming from my lifelong love of the cinema, many of the subjects of my paintings are actors and actresses. However, I am not commenting on the celebrity or the star system, but I use the celebrity as a hook to bring then viewer in. My work has never focused on the face to describe or examine a portrait. Instead, by cropping or hiding certain features of the face, I add more mystery to the picture, bringing us to question who we are and what’s beneath the surface.”
Hélène DeSerres is a dynamic artist whosework traverses various interdisciplinary ranges from photography, paintings tosculptures. From a young age, she was surrounded by an environment that nurtured creativity and imagination, where she was exposed to the beautyof nature and fascinated by the animal world.Her love for flowers, diverse culture, endangered animals, and unsuspecting organic elements combines her authentic abstract work that showcases more than the beauty of this bright planet.
Barbara Tyler Ahlfield, a successful fashion illustrator and established visual artist, renders larger than life realistic portraits that have a classical quality to them, with a contemporary twist.
Evelyn Adams, aka Yinka, graduated from Long Island University Post with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Shealso graduated from Nassau Community College with Associate degrees in both Liberal Art/Science and Fine Art. As a Ghanaian-American, Yinkalives between two differentcultures in which she embraces both cultures. Her interest in artbegan as a child, sketching from observation; – she drawswhatever catches her attention.