S. C. Versillee has been a practicing artist for over 20 years and has been juried into various national fine art exhibitions including the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society’s “Best in America” and the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art’s Metro Montage. Animals and human figures hold a prominent place in Versillee’s work, however, color, tone and context often function as secondary subjects in her paintings as well.
“As an artist, I’ve always been attracted to metaphor and symbolism. The primary influence in my latest works is a type of atmospheric phenomenon called “alpenglow”, that rim of red-amber half-light somewhere between Earth’s sunrise and sunset. This ephemeral light is a powerful metaphor for me. It represents the brevity of life, the promise of renewal, the inevitability of regression, and the passive meeting of two powerful extremes in a moment of temporary truce. Anyone who has lived long enough has experienced euphoria and heartbreak, the peaks and valleys that etch out a life. I’ve reached a point of acquiescence about the nature of being alive that I feel is captured perfectly by ‘alpenglow’. The people and creatures I paint live in this light like curios preserved in amber, and it’s up to the viewer to decide if the sun is rising or setting for the subjects depicted.”
A recent graduate of Cleveland State University, as well as a freelance writer and artist in the video game industry, Ricardo Derrek J. Brown has been practicing his craft for over 5 years and “Embers & Ashes” marks the debut exhibition of his work. Working in sepia monotones, Ricardo describes his most recent paintings coming from his personal process of coping with loss.
“Mortality features strongly in all of my work because it’s a subject that I am constantly struggling with. When I was a child, a lot people who were very close to me passed away within a very short period of time, since then, mortality has always been with me. Death is something that is often not talked about as openly as many other subjects in Western culture, yet it is one of the most unifying aspects of life. We all will pass away. My work creates a dialogue about it in a safe, approachable setting for viewers. I primarily paint using my fingers, homemade palette knives, with limited brushwork, usually in one sitting to preserve immediacy. I feel that I can trust my own hands more than a brush and I know exactly what the exchange will be between the paint and the canvas because I can feel the paint being applied as I could never with a brush.“