We are strawberryluna. a wife & husband design, illustration, and printmaking duo.
We illustrate and design our work both by hand and with programs like Illustrator. For our silkscreen prints, we move back in time to hand pull our prints and rock posters the old fashioned way; one color layer at a time with care and craft. Working in this age-old process allows for a hands-on approach and feel to our work. We use non-toxic, water based acrylic inks, biodegradable emulsions, paper with a post-consumer recycled content that is made in the USA using certified eco-friendly and sustainable practices as recognized by international organizations, we also use eco-friendly reclaimer and cleaning products throughout our studio as well.
Our approach to our work is simple. We love clean, modern, fresh and accessible artwork that appeals to those who consider themselves well-educated in art & design, as well as those who simply: “Like what they like”. We feel a strong kinship to the Mid-Century Modern belief that good design and art should be available to every person, for every home. We are firmly rooted in the DIY & Handmade movements and embrace the traditions of modern craft in everyday life.
Amelia Kieras is an illustrator and paper artist, who loves to creates strange stories, weird pictures, and fun pop-up cards. She has a BFA in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and has recently relocated to Pittsburgh from Chicago.
Andy Smith is a self-taught artist. What he lacks in formal training he has made up in self studying the works of the masters, reading voraciously and keeping current in the “Art World.” He has an in-born talent, fine tuned by practice, discipline and dedication. His reward for all his hard work is the ability to paint and sell his watercolors full-time.
Annette Levine Poitau
French born American artist Annette Poitau received her MFA with honors from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. She also studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. After showing her work extensively in France, she moved to California, where she lived for 12 years before setting up her studio in Oberlin, Ohio.
Annette’s paintings are displayed in private and public collections in the United States, throughout Europe, and in Japan.
In my work I aim to establish a brief glimpse of a scene using the most minimal elements. Like the impressionists, I’m drawn to the effects of natural light. I often work on the spot or use a self composed Image based on a memory. As an avid runner, there’s a lot of time to think when logging the miles. These runs have recently acted as a scouting mission for images. Whether its the trolley tracks I’ve passed a thousand times or something completely new. By making quick mental notes along the way, I’ll go back to the studio, using the plein air approach to spontaneously record the scene.
Chuck Beard is a prolific photographer in artistic and journalistic media. He has art-directed lifestyle and city-regional magazines in Florida, Vermont and Pennsylvania, and has enjoyed artistic collaborations with Resonance Works Pittsburgh and Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh. He is Art Director at Pittsburgh Magazine and lives in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. He is also founder of the photographic project Abandoned Pittsburgh.
David Wadsworth is an emerging local artist who grew up in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. An educator himself, Wadsworth’s artistic and professional life was impacted by a powerful lesson; that the experiences that bring you joy can be a clue to identifying your unique, God-given strengths and purpose. Having just discovered his passion for painting in 2007 Wadsworth paints almost daily, finding new challenges and rewards with each work. His paintings feature cityscapes and landscapes, many of which are scenes from his surrounding community of Pittsburgh. Using oil paints and an impressionistic style Wadsworth emphasizes qualities of the subject through bold contrasts and simplification. Many works lean toward the semi-abstract and feature the relationship between architectural and natural elements. In addition to being inspired by his city and other artists, Wadsworth’s art is greatly influenced by his full-time job. He and his wife Kate work at a local rescue mission assisting those seeking recovery from addiction and homelessness. It’s an incredible blessing to be part of these amazing individuals’ lives as they strive to rediscover their own joys and live out their purpose. Wadsworth has participated in local art workshops and enjoys the challenge of commissions. His work has been part of local exhibitions and can be seen in area businesses.
I work with woodcut printmaking. Woodcut printmaking consists of carving a slab of wood, inking the surface then printing onto handmade paper. My intention is find a deeper connection with the world we live. I want to create. Even as I write these words, I feel an urge to start tinkering in the studio. It’s about putting things together, taking things apart, being aware for around the corner lies that next great found treasure. The child within helps to keep me in the moment. Working with children has been a great help at finding the spontaneous in art making. There is no prejudgment on what goes with what in their world. I am often left with awe while enjoying children’s art. I regularly teach by holding art workshops and as a substitute teacher. I am also a daddy of 2 amazing little artists. They help keep unconscious flow in life alive. www.eddiespaghettiart.com
The images I create come from examining the grounds left after life experiences have filtered through my unconscious mind. My poems are inspired by a word heard incorrectly, a faux pas in conversation, or events best described as silly fictions. I illustrate these stories and ideas, make them visual, and thus illuminate their reality.
I have drawn and written stories since I was 5 years old, but I was too attached to my artistic creations to ever part with them. Etching metal plates enables me to make multiple prints that are all originals! The etched plate is truly a labor of love and a medium that provides the texture and mysterious compliment to my poems, personal anecdotes and creative musings.
Hannah Clark is a Pittsburgh based painter and illustrator. After graduating from Tulane University of New Orleans with a BFA in studio art, she opened her painting studio on top of a little hill along the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. Hannah creates tranquil, narrative oil paintings featuring the lives of gentle giants and fantastical beings which explore themes of hope, courage, and harmony.
Joe Ireland is a self-taught landscape, cityscape, nature and architectural photographer. My love of travel and capturing those moments has led me to share my travels with others through photography.
Joe Ireland Photography
I am a 35 years old professional photographer from Pittsburgh. As the son of a Marine photographer, you could say that photography is in my blood. It wasn’t, however, my original career path. Actually, I went to school at Carnegie Mellon University and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I picked up my first camera in college and began taking “pictures” in my free time. I fell in love. In 2011, I decided to get serious. My snapshots were evolving into meticulously composed, detailed and well-lit photographs. In 2012, I decided to really start marketing my work so I applied to the Three Rivers Arts Festival and my prints were received with tremendous appreciation. I continued as a part time photographer, participating in a few shows each year, until 2013 when I was laid off from my engineering position. This made the transition from engineer to photographer a no-brainer. I now do 10 shows each year and work full time as a photographer. Though I’ve never taken a photography course, I am able to make a living doing what I love. I call it work, but can it really be work when I love what I’m doing so much?
When she was five years old, Katie told her mom that she wanted to be an artist when she grew up. She always stuck to that unwavering goal. After graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration, Katie realized that painting was her true passion. She settled in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, where she grew up, and began painting classical still life images. Slowly, her work has evolved to become focused on food and objects as a visual representation of her life experiences, thoughts, and memories. After winning a battle with breast cancer in 2016, she is now more determined than ever to appreciate and depict delightful subjects that bring us joy.
Kenneth Cotlar grew up in Bucks County, Pa; earned a BFA from Penn State University in 1969. He worked as a commercial artist in Philadelphia for several years before moving to Cambria County to work with his wife in their family business. He continued to take on graphic design projects for various businesses as well as visual merchandising and advertising. Since retiring from business in early 2001, he did graduate work at Indiana University of PA, and then turned to full time painting. His paintings are held in private and public collections throughout the United States. His award winning paintings have been in numerous juried exhibits and he shows his work at major arts festivals throughout the country.
As long as I can remember art has been a major part of my life. I started off experimenting with drawing with pen and ink and painting. My artwork took on a new direction when I discovered I could add papers and other ephemera to my work. I use handmade papers that feel like fabric, which give the surface of the painting a subtle relief. and this can best seen in the hand-cut paper leaves in my trees. The many trees and night skies in my art are inspired by the forests that surround my home in the Pennsylvania Mountains, under the darkest skies in the east. My interpretation of animals and landscape is surreal and reflects the influence of story books from years past. Now I tell my own stories in my art.
I have loved printmaking from the very first time I tried it. The process not only involves drawing but also the craft of creating the printing plate and the opportunity to work with colors. I like the idea of multiple images. I can always keep one and still have some to sell!
I studied printmaking in graduate school in Rome,Italy . At that time I concentrated on the art of etching. I returned to Philadelphia to continue my studies and was sad to think of soon being out of school without access to the necessary press required for etching.
I was taking a drawing class and decided as a final project to do a drawing and make a print of it using the traditional linoleum block printing process of one separate block for each color.I presented my drawing for the proposed print to my teacher and he asked me if I knew of the method used by Picasso in which one block was cut away and printed in succesively darker colors.He went on to explain that the process is a little difficult in that there is no room for error as once the block is cut away for the next color one cannot go back to correct anything. Also, that the number of prints you start out printing are all you will have and probably not all of those will be “keepers”. Intrigued, I planned my print, and designed an image of a lion in a forest. From the very beginning I loved the process. Forty years later I am still entranced. I like the mindfulness required in the carving and printing of reduction prints. I might add that when I pulled the final color of that very first print two of my fellow students asked if they could buy one!!
I had taken a leave of absence to go to graduate school and returned to the classroom for one semester.The summer before I returned I had put some work in galleries in Philadelphia and had done a couple of art shows. I was encouraged by the interest and in the sales. This was a whole new direction for me and one I had never even contemplated. Although I enjoyed teaching I now knew I had to try to become a full time artist.
Since that time, I have done many large arts festivals and continue to show in galleries and in my studio in Western Pennsylvania.My work is in public and private collections pretty much all over the world. I am so grateful for the support of friends, family and all those who have bought my work. They have made it possible to make what seemed an impossible dream a reality
I now live on a farm north of Pittsburgh. My display studio is in a converted, old, one room schoolhouse and my printing studio is in the style of a small Japanese country house. I have two dogs who are big influences.Three cats guard the studio spaces.In the past I have had many dogs, mostly Borzoi. I also have had goats, horses, ducks and geese. There are many wild creatures in the fields.Many animals appear in my works.
The name Skyflower Studio comes from an experience I had when first moving to this farm .When driving up the long hill approaching the house I saw a field of flowers which seemed to touch the sky.
I have always remembered what an art history teacher once told my class. The art that any artist produces, if it is true, should reflect the uniqueness of the maker.My work has always been a mirror of my interests and the things I love.I view the act of making art as a magical .A picture can open up worlds and take you somewhere you did not expect to go.
Some of my influences were/are: my dogs, past and present, other animal friends, the music and culture of India, Celtic lore and design, oriental rugs, and the worlds of myth.I love to travel . Italy has a special place in my heart and I go there whenever I can. As always, ideas zoom in. Magic is everywhere!
My love of painting comes from my deep love of early American history. When I was younger I drew countless pictures depicting battles fought during the Civil War. The barns and houses, once used as a backdrop for my sketches, are now the main subject matter for my paintings. Andrew Wyeth, George Inness, Doug Brega, Gary Stretar, and the Hudson River School Painters have all played a huge role in influencing my style of painting.
Since I am young, I’m still evolving as an artist and experimenting with different techniques and ideas. Currently, I’m finding shadow play quite interesting, and most recent work that I’ve done reflects that. All of my compositions are very simple, lots of space, yet I like to keep the viewer interested by grabbing them with the texture and clean lines of the subject matter.
Mike Schiavone is a painter that lives and works in the North Side of Pittsburgh. His work has been featured in several private collections and galleries, both locally and in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mike’s other artistic endeavors include designing and implementing displays for national retailers American Eagle, Anthropologie and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation.
The artist has been inspired and influenced by classical painting, but credits his years spent living in New Orleans with shaping him as a painter. Mike’s time in the Crescent City taught him about perfect moments frozen in time, and that the extraordinary can be found in the ordinary.
His current body of work explores the interaction of light and glass, and the textures of nature’s bounty. In this series, the viewer experiences vignettes that facilitate a tactile experience within the mind’s eye. These idealized objects elicit sensory memories of the feel of smooth glass, raised letters on that slick surface, the softness of a flower petal, and the plump ripeness of fresh fruit.
Ray started taking commercially developed colored photographs over 30 years ago, resulting in several awards from local amateur photo contests. Over the next several years he attended local workshops and developed working relationships with two well-known local photographers picking up “secrets” that lead to his unique style.
Ray enjoys traveling and much of his subject matter is a photographic diary. He has the ability to see through the ordinary and mundane, creating art that pulls the observer into the body of his works. His work evokes memories of days gone by, idyllic scenes that beckon your call; and still life that allow moments in time to be captured and held forever.
Ray uses a 70 year old Graflex XL medium format camera, and develops, processes, mounts and frames all his own work. Prints are limited edition and available matted, or framed in black metal frames or vintage hand-picked frames.
Sergey Zlotnikov is a Pittsburgh based photographer and printmaker. Receiving a formal education in Architecture, he graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute in 1988. Over the years, he has been involved in architecture design, desk top publishing, 3D modeling, and video production. Since 2008 Sergey actively practices the art of copper plate photogravure, as well as Platinum Palladium printing, with exhibits in the USA as well as Internationally. In 2012 was awarded third prize at BIMPE VII – Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition. Other venues include the 9th International Biennial of Gravure in Liege, Belgium, SMTG International Print Triennial Krakow, Boston Printmakers 2013 Biennial, and many more. From 2001 until 2008, Sergey Zlotnikov was part of NTTC and later on WVHTC in Wheeling WV, where he became fascinated by the treasure-trove of historical buildings and structures – including the La Belle IronWorks Factory. Many prints from his time in West Virginia have made their way into his main portfolio. Sergey Zlotnikov is also an active member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh. He displays many of his work nationally and internationally.
Yelena Lamm was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she received her formal art training from the N. K. Roerich Fine Arts School. After moving to the U.S.A. with her family in 1995, Yelena pursued a career as graphic artist. She furthered her education at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where she received her degree in Graphic Design. Meanwhile, she kept on painting, working on various subjects and developing her own artistic style. Yelena lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. Her illustrations are featured on interpretive panels at one of Pittsburgh’s major tourist attractions, Grandview Promenade. Yelena had two solo exhibitions and participated in numerous juried group shows, notably, at the Pittsburgh Heinz History Center and Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Her artwork is acquired by collectors, including Pittsburgh’s mayor Bill Peduto. Yelena is a member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators.