I’ve been painting full time for over 20 years, capturing the natural beauty of landscapes, seascapes, city life and still lifes throughout the United States and Europe. Along the way, I’m connecting and building relationships with people across the country – through the timeless beauty of art.
Linda Cummings lives in Florida and recently retired as the Fine Arts Coordinator for Collier County Public Schools. Her artistic process began as a child with her father instructing her in drawing. Her primary source of inspiration is nature as it is always changing and presents constant challenges in capturing light, color and shape.
Ms. Cummings graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master’s degree in Art Education. She continued her study of art with Annette LeSueur and the Atelier LeSueur in Minnesota. Ms. Cummings taught art to middle school students in Cokato, MN. She moved to Florida in 2002 and was the Education Director at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs. After two years, she became the Fine Arts Coordinator for Collier County Public Schools overseeing the art and music programs. She is currently a member of the Naples Art Association, the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs, Florida Art Education Association, and the Botanical Gardens.
Ms. Cummings received the United Arts Council Stars in the Arts Award in 2014. She was also recognized as Minnesota’s Middle School Art Teacher of the year. Her artwork is in some private collections.
I choose to believe, genetically, I was born to be an artist.
Not only was I born into a family of creative people, I was also brought up respecting the arts and the influence it has in our lives. I was intrigued at an early age and I hope to never outgrow the excitement of art.
I attended Ringling College of Art and Design where I majored in Illustration and gained my Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. My emphasis throughout my schooling was to create a portfolio of work that does not focus on a particular style, but to exhibit my wide range of styles and techniques that I use. My background includes branding, product design, and editorial illustration, along with gallery work featuring figure, landscape, and still life paintings. I also have experience with various types of printmaking techniques, which has allowed me to become more versatile with the use of different textures and line work.
I feel, as an artist your style continues to transform with every new technique, art is limitless.
José María Castillo, international portrait artist, brings prestigious and traditional art to us with his painterly and dazzling style. His portraits are different and refreshing museum pieces of our loved ones.
Portraiture is Castillo´s life-long passion. He became “the society painter” in Puerto Rico. Among his achievements are two portraits of Senators with each hanging in rooms dedicated to them and a portrait of the Head of Senate in the Gallery of Senators at the Capitol Building in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Castillo studied at the National School of Fine Arts in Lima, Perú. During the 70’s he relocated to New York City where he became very successful as fashion illustrator for exclusive boutiques and stores; during this time, he prepared himself as a portrait painter. There he became interested in the Great Master’s which he studied for years from Tizziano, Velázquez and on through the 19th century.
Castillo traveled to Europe where he visited the studios of many great painters, among them: Sorolla, Boldini and Hals. José María was also an art instructor at the Sacred Heart University of Puerto Rico, done demonstrations at several institutes and taught private classes. More recently in Naples, Florida he teaches since 1998 at the Von Liebig Art Center and other Art Leagues, plus private classes with demonstration of the art of portraiture.
“I am mostly a self-taught artist that truly believes that anyone CAN learn to do good art “IF” they have the desire!
I enjoy not only creating my own artwork, but love sharing what I have learned others as well.” Lorelle Bacon
While in Florida Lorelle was nominated 4 years in a row for the prestigious Friends of the Arts Award for teaching by the board of The Pinellas County Arts Council.
In Gulfport, Florida, Lorelle had her own gallery which she moved to North Carolina and held classes there for three more years. She then sold it to allow her to concentrate on her painting and teaching while being the resident artist at Black Mountain Center for the Arts for the following 8 years. After moving back to Texas she taught there for 4 years before moving back to North Carolina.
She as taught and continues to teach weekly classes at 310 Gallery and Art School in Asheville’s River Arts District, The Red House Studios and Galleries in Black Mountain and Arrowhead Gallery and Studios in Old Fort as well as holding numerous Workshops throughout NC. She has also taught workshops in Naples Florida and Pinellas Park Florida for the past two years.
In addition Lorelle has had solo exhibits, been in many National and International exhibits and has won many awards for her work. Her art hangs in private collections throughout the United States as well as several countries world wide.
I graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Elementary ART Education. I received my Masters Degree in Elementary Art Education from Florida International University. I am a National Board Certified teacher in Art / Early Childhood and Middle Child Education. I have taught elementary art for 43 years and adult education ceramics for 6 years. I have been involved in Empty Bowls Naples since it’s inception. Making pottery is my passion.