Meet an Artopian: Nathan Archer

How has your artistic style changed over time? My artistic style is constantly evolving and changing. I work in a variety of mediums and styles, depending on the intent of the piece as well as the audience. I was trained early on as a classic fine artist, working mainly in charcoal and graphite. In college…

Meet an Artopian: Ken Ifland

What is the best thing about making jewelry? People have been adorning themselves with artwork/jewelry since we’ve been around. I just love the idea of wearable art. Who is your favorite artist? Vincent van Gogh, his self portraits and Starry Night are amazing. What advice would you give to young artists? Keep working if only…

Meet an Artopian: Joyce Pafford

Why do you like to take photos? I take great pride and joy in photographing. That through my nature and landscape photos I can show everyone how I view the world. My love for portraits is difficult to narrow down to just one “why”. There is so much satisfaction found when photographing that toothless six…

Meet an Artopian: Mefore Aday

Who or what inspired you to start painting? I started making art as a child and dreamed of being like Dr. Seuss, an artist who made his weird paintings and earned his money by writing children’s books. I attended Memphis College of Art, with a focus in Ceramics, where my heart stayed happy and my…

Meet an Artopian: Linda Van Beck

When did you first start painting and why? At the age of nine, my father started painting. Tools, paint, books, magazines and his art collection were all available. What do you try to communicate with your art? Through art I try to communicate my daily contact with nature. What artist inspires your work the most?…

Meet an Artopian: Eric Sapronetti

Why did you start painting? Creative energy has always been with me as I can remember making drawings and paintings since I was a child. I continued working in artistic mediums throughout adulthood, but it was not until my kids were fully grown that I was able to really settle down and develop my painting…

Meet an Artopian: A J Brown Historic Highwaymen

Who is your favorite artist? Florida Hall of Fame Original Highwaymen Johnny Daniels, deceased… another (still living) is Hall of Fame James Gibson. What makes painting nature so incredible? Nature is an ever changing phenomenon God given creation we must cherish. What is your favorite album? Michael Jackson, Thriller Why have you supported Big Bend…

Meet an Artopian: Diane Dyal

Who has been your biggest influence as an artist? Jackson Pollock is my biggest influence as an artist. I like the freedom of his style and when I first started out as a painter I sort of copied his style simply because it looked like fun. I also like the wildness of it as I…

Meet an Artopian: Michèle Beaudin

How would you describe your artistic style? I do a lot of nature photography but enjoy superimposing a number of my original photos in a unique composition either dream-like, nostalgic or inspiring. What advice would you give to young artists? My advice to young artists, is don’t give in to trends or fads. Great talent…

Meet an Artopian: Alexandra Ifland

When did you realize your love for creating art? Creating art has just always been apart of me in some way, my dad is an artist and my mom is a dancer so the arts were always big in my house. But I’d have to say when I really realized my love for creating art…