strawberryluna is a wife & husband design, illustration, and printmaking duo. We illustrate and design our work and hand pull our silkscreen art prints and rock posters the old fashioned way; one color layer at a time with care and craft in our studio.
Working in this age-old process allows for a very hand 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 environmental organizations.
Our approach to our work is simple. We love clean, joyful, modern, and accessible design and artwork that appeals to those who consider themselves well-educated in art & design, as well as those who simply “Like what they like”, because we feel a strong kinship to the Mid-Century Modern belief that good design and art should
be available to everyone, for every home. We are firmly rooted in the DIY & Handmade movements and embrace the traditions of modern craft in every day life.
Andy Smith is blessed with a gift, a talent to interpret what he sees through his extraordinary watercolors. He has been painting professionally for 40 years. Specializing in watercolors, his subjects range from still-life to landscapes but always in his recognizable style. He is well known for his strong use of light and a deep rich color palette, his painting are often mistaken for photographs.Andy paints everyday mastering his craft.He stays current with his “A Painting A Day” blog, a website and YouTube videos.His easy going personality and mastery of watercolor allows him to be very comfortable demonstrating.
“Look!It’s us”…. This is my favorite thing to hear from people when they see my work.My goal with each painting is to create a story in which viewers see themselves.“Look!It’s us” means I’ve captured a truly honest and real experience or feeling.
I create my paintings with layers of watercolor and ink on paper.I made my art debut with a solo exhibit, “From the Alley,” at Trinity Gallery in Lawrenceville in 2008.I continue to show my work at Four Storm Gallery in Deep Creek, MD and at art festivals including Three Rivers, A Fair in the Park and Frederick Festival of the Arts.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, I graduated from the University of Colorado and received my Masters in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.I am a self-taught artist and currently work as an artist and librarian in Pittsburgh, PA.
My oil paintings are abstract. The image evolve in layers. I move a fluid mix of oil paint, varnish, and turpentine over the canvas and brushwork in layers. In creating them, I continue to explore a technique I discovered many years ago that is analogous to the geological processes of sedimentation and erosion that shape the earth. I prepare my oils in a liquid form, each color in a separate container. One by one, I pour them on the horizontal canvas, moving it gently and carefully to direct the flow of the paint and control the blending of the colors. Due to the need for the paint to dry before I add the next layer, I work on several paintings at the same time. Layers are added and sometimes partially effaced, over and over, as often as is necessary for the piece to emerge in an incarnation that compels me to stop. In this way, the painting reveals itself over time, making its own sense, discovering its own soul.
I’m a creator, thinker, father, and seeker of the unknown.I draw, paint, doodle, humor, strum…I go where inspiration leads, while trying to remain grounded to the positive and energizing. This has lead me meandering the beaches of California, to the Outer banks of North Carolina selling works of art, on stage in New York’s east village singing songs, and by other means of energy, running marathons and ultramarathons.
Drawing was something I’ve done since I can remember. I attended Clarion University as an art major, with a concentration in oil painting. Following after was a period of pursuing other passions, until I discovered watercolors years later. I started working on the spot, which opened up a huge door for me in terms of inspiration and therefore productivity. 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.
I was recently given the opportunity to have ten of my pieces used on set in the Hollywood film, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers. These particular works,which include a commissioned piece, are reminiscent of Nantucket, where Fred Rogers had a home.The film is set to be released in Fall of 2019.
I live in Pittsburgh with my three boys, Brayden, Beckett, and Bryce.
Photographer Chuck Beard is the founder of the Abandoned Pittsburgh project, which has led to the publication of three books in the Abandoned Pittsburgh series. The project documents the Steel City’s forgotten industrial and community sites where “beauty in decay” still exists. He is Art Director at Pittsburgh Magazine and a prolific photographer in artistic and journalistic media. He lives in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.
Craig was born and raised in western Pennsylvania. He still resides in Blairsville, PA where he works out of his home studio. His coffee art came about in 2012 when he created a piece for his mom as a gift. The idea was to have an aged-looking piece of paper. His work now mostly focuses on the outdoors and is created using coffee, watercolor and pen. The name artworkontherun combines his passion for artwork and his love for running. Follow along with artwork and frequent adventures on Instagram.
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 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 works at a local non-profit 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 God-given 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.
Once upon a time in the land of steel and bridges, there was an engineer. Despite having earned a mechanical engineering degree in 2007 from Carnegie Mellon University, one the premier engineering schools in the country, and landing a job at home in Pittsburgh, our engineer was unhappy. As you’ve probably guessed, I was that unhappy engineer. Luckily, the rest of our little tale is a happy one.
Hi, I’m JP Diroll, and all my life I’ve been a visual person, fascinated by wildlife photos specifically. But I needed to make my own so with the extra scratch I had in my pocket from that engineering gig, I bought my first digital camera, also in 2007. It was a sweet little Nikon D50 with a whopping 6.1 megapixels. I had NO clue how to use the thing, but to this day I believe buying that camera was the smartest dumb thing I ever did.
I was no longer taking photos. I was creating images. The creative process immediately began to consume me, confirming what I knew all along: I was never an engineer. I was an artist, and a good one. So I took a leap of faith in 2013. No more 9-5. No more steady paycheck. Just a camera, a vision, and the determination (and support – thank you Alyssa!) to pursue a dream.
Fast forward to today and the dream is a reality. As a full time professional photographer, I’m happier than ever. Here in the city I love, I get to share my journey and art, showing YOU the city you love too, but through my eyes. And I guarantee you’re going to LOVE what you see!
Pittsburgh-based artist Kathryn Carr has focused her talents on the art of silhouette paper cutting since 2008. Within her work, she strives to portray the essence of nostalgic storybook illustrations blended with whimsical elements of anthropomorphism.
Kathryn has illustrated two children’s books, has a line of greeting cards, shows in galleries around the world, and teaches paper cutting classes.www.gocarrgo.com
Katie Koenig is an acrylic artist who has been drawing and painting her whole life, declaring when she was just five years old that Katie was going to be an artist when she grew up. She wanted to make what she thought was a stable career out of her love for art by pursuing illustration. After earning a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, however, Katie realized that painting was her true passion. She settled in the suburbs of Pittsburgh where she was born and raised and began to paint images of the places and objects that have impacted her the most. Katie focuses on dramatic, yet simple still life paintings of foods and objects. Painting is Katie’s way of processing the world around her. She paints to preserve memories and the beauty found in simplicity, and to reflect on the biggest ideas and feelings that take up space in her heart.
I reside in the Allegheny mountains with my blacksmith husband Anthony Arkus, along with our 2 cats.I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. As a self taught artist I have developed my own techniques to create my art, which starts off layering paint and wax to distressmy painting surface, I then add stamping, applyingacrylic and gouche mediums to create my subject matter .Hand cut papers are used in the leaves of my trees.My paintings are narratives that are influenced from my childhood a simpler time in the world.
I amprintmaker specializing in linocuts printed by the reduction process. My subjects come from the worlds of myth and legend and the magic of the animal world and our relations to those wonders. Myedition sizes are strictly limited. I produce all the work myself in my studio in Clarion County.
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!
Megan W. Walker is a landscape and Astro photographer with a love for travel and exploring new places. Megan has had a passion for photography ever since she was given her first point and shoot camera in middle school. Practically living in the dark room during college where she majored in Photography, Megan enjoyed watching photos appear in the chemicals, as if by magic.
Megan finds peace hiking through nature with her camera, capturing the beauty surrounding her. She is based in Pittsburgh, PA where she lives with her husband Jon and two kitties Lola and Gizmo.
Michael Miller uses oils and paints in a tonal style. His goal is to connect the viewer to a time that is passing away.
Mike is a painter that lives and works in the North Side of Pittsburgh. His work is inspired by nature and western Pennsylvania’s culture and heritage. Mike’s hyper-realistic paintings in oil and acrylic paint aspire to reveal that ordinary, every day objects can be extraordinary.
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.
Yelena Lamm was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she received her formal art training from the N. K. Roerich Fine Arts School. Since 1995, she lives in Pittsburgh, PA. Yelena is oil and watercolor representational painter. Her subjects include pet and animal portraits, figurative and still life compositions, and landscape. She also teaches oil and watercolor painting in her Highland Park, Pittsburgh, studio.
Lamm’s illustrations are featured on interpretive panels at one of Pittsburgh’s major tourist attractions, Grandview Promenade. Her artwork is acquired by collectors in the U.S. and abroad. Yelena is a member of Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS), Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, and Pittsburgh Society of Artists.www.yelenalamm.com