Anthony Mikulka

"The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus closed after 146 years of performances. This piece is a 24 x 36” acrylic work from imagination and is meant to be fun. Viewers should create their own stories. I’d like to hear them. Thanx!" - Anthony Mikulka

Neil Singleton

Neil Singleton, a Florida Native, is a versatile mixed media artist specializing in both rural and urban assemblages. His inspiration derives from his passion for the outdoors and his time spent living or traveling in urban cities (Denver, New York, Chicago, Orlando). Currently he resides in Orlando and travels throughout the Southeast participating in festivals. His work can be found in several galleries throughout the state.

The art is created by starting with a desired silhouette, which is then carefully filled with metallic objects, including old hardware and various metals. All pieces are fastened to a reclaimed wood canvas. The subjects range from animals and fruit, to skylines and simple shapes.

Kristy Lee

"I'm now an Orlando based painter for over 15 years. I was born in N.Y. and resided there for over 40 years. Although new to the Orlando art market, my work resides in many residential collections in Florida, N.Y. and NJ. Recently selling a very large painting for the Mennello Museum. I've studied my craft for many years both in the United States and France primarily working in oil. I also enjoy working in acrylic and sculpture, both in clay and alabaster. "Successful art should be something of beauty that invokes interest." My practice as an artist is ever evolving while exploring many facets of my mind and finally transferring it to canvas. I am inspired by everything around me. My art is vibrant and creative which I hope elicits emotion. Attempting to convey beauty in new ideas with color and form is what brings me to my studio. I do also enjoy challenging reality a bit. I would like my work to evoke the viewer to smile since I don't take life too seriously. Women and their beauty are a large part of my practice and inspiration. I do not limit myself to one style or medium and continue to study and always make time to create new works while challenging myself in new directions. To me, art means freedom to create without boundaries and finish with a product of my own. I often use a canvas as a palette, then transform them into paintings. The freedom of this piece showed itself as I continued moving on the canvas. This painting is acrylic, done with brushes and palette knives, along with beautiful rich vibrant paint." - Kristy Lee

Saulius Jankauskas

Saulius Jankauskas, MD, born in Detroit, MI to Lithuanian parents that were forced to run from their homeland because of the Soviet occupation of Lithuania. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with a private practice in Longwood, Florida, has been working in recycled hot glass since 1996. Has won awards in shows and has exhibited in many galleries nationally. His creations are in private collections as well as corporate collections. He is involved with Unique Glass Colors, LLC as the research and development head, developing new products and coming up with unique solutions to existing problems in glass enamels.

“In undergraduate school, I delved into ceramics. Over time, became more interested in the glazing process than the construction, and finally realized that glaze IS glass and that working in hot glass would be the glazing without the clay!

Working with and “on” people is absolutely my first love. Helping patients through reconstructive or cosmetic surgery is really gratifying. What is interesting is the similarity that both processes – surgery and hot glass, have with each other. In surgery, you have to have the ability to know how certain tissues react in the healing process over time. Sometimes you have to over correct or under correct or just correct to get the great final result – knowing that in the healing process the tissues will change. The “healing” time for the glass is the time it spends in the kiln. So, like human tissue, you have to overcorrect or under-correct, to get the final result you are trying to achieve.

Many things inspire my creations, but my main muses are poetry, Lithuanian folklore and spirituality/religion."

Lillian Verkins

Lillian Verkins is an Altamonte Springs contemporary acrylic and mixed medium painter. Her canvases are filled with motion and expressive brushstrokes, oftentimes eliciting a meditative response. She was born in Bosnia. Her family emigrated to the US in 1964 and lived in NYC until 1978, at which time Lillian moved to the central Florida area. Verkins didn’t start out as an artist. After her husband’s death in 1983, she returned to college for a computer science degree. A friend advised her to take a photojournalism class for an easy A. She followed this advice. Lillian states “ I fell in love at the first darkroom moment. It was magic”. Verkins found the art program therapeutic and helpful in escaping what she calls her “monkey mind”. Her concentration of study was photo-etching, using her own photo images in creating collages on copper plates. She laughs as she states “I can actually invite a date to see my etchings”. In 1987 she received her BFA from University of Central Florida. As a single mother she needed a regular income and benefits to support herself and her son. She placed her art dreams on hold and went to work for the State of Florida. In 2004 she was introduced to Oriental brush painting. “It loosened me up” she states. The brush work was freeing and therapeutic just like the darkroom experience some 20 years ago. Through the combination of her brush training and the new found ease of acrylics she has become successful in evoking the spirit of her subjects from deep outer space to abstracts or palms swaying in a storm. Lillian states “art is extremely personal and therapeutic for me. It is my meditation place where I can go to forget everything and truly be in the present moment of creation and evolution”. Ms. Verkins has received a total of 22 juried awards, among which are three “Best of Show” and four “1st Place” awards.

Anne Mayer

Anne Mayer was born on the northeastern coast of New Jersey and currently resides in Orlando, Florida. Anne is an abstract expressionist artist who enjoys both pure expressionism and abstract figurative works. She is a self-taught painter creating works with raw emotion, originality and speculation. She approaches the canvas without a specific idea in mind and in the process; a dominant idea will present itself and develops from there. She says "I paint with spontaneity. From brush, to color, to canvas I anticipate what my soul will reveal at that moment of time. I am often surprised by the revelation, other times I feel the angst of what may be. All in all, it is my truth for that day. I have no other expectations. My intent as an artist is to create a painting that draws the viewer like a magnet to the piece and finds a personal connection to it they can enjoy for a lifetime."

"Art is a universal language, its essence speaks to all mankind. Our independent journeys take many turns, shapes and forms that are defined by the choices we make everyday."
-Anne Mayer, Artist

Paul T. Scarborough

"This painting reflects ever changing life this painting you may find urban shapes, animals, humans and the contours of expanding life with it's vibrant cast of colors!"

Paul T. Scarborough was born in 1961 in Madison, Wisconsin. His family moved to Florida’s east coast when he was five and he grew up on the Space Coast, a pristine area rich in nature, wildlife and spectacular sunrises. These environmental influences were his first inspiration when he started painting at age 5. He graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1983 and moved to Orlando where he enjoyed a successful career as an art director. Advertising provided a steady income, but he continued to paint, developing a style that was unique and ever-evolving. Paul spent 15 years on the art show circuit throughout the southeast, gaining a steady following among art enthusiasts and collectors. Paul’s work hangs in numerous private collections across the U.S.

Figurative images with abstract fields of saturated color and energetic mark making. Inspired by a cosmology of still life objects, landscaping, urban cities, humans, animals, flying heads, glowing orbs, levitating trees and more orbit the picture plane. Images are fleeting; identities last a mere second. Perception becomes the job of the viewer and possesses endless possibilities.

Scarborough’s narratives are like the Sanskrit ‘Maya’, where things are not what they seem and are constantly changing. There is an acute awareness of the artist’s hand and temperament. Brushwork is probing and restless and directs the eye in frenetic forays. Line is integral to the work. Thick staccato black lines, reminiscent of early 20th century European expressionism, share the space with sharp pencil lines that meander and morph in all directions. The work has a sense of urgency akin to a journey or quest. The thematic drama and the performance of the paint are inseparable.

Scarborough is a virtuoso painter. Organic forms seem to build up and break down before our eyes. Nothing is predictable. Textured surfaces, dense and impenetrable give way to large areas of white untouched canvas. here is diversity of scale and some of the smallest marks pack a combustible energy. Canvases pulsate. Scarborough has imbued the work with a living presence.

“Each painting to me is a new adventure,” says Scarborough. “I can see in my mind’s eye that it’s a moment of purity with unintentional strokes and a push-pull effect going on in my mind. It’s expressionism as the first stroke of the brush hits the canvas.” My creativity comes mostly in the evenings. While most folks are winding down, I am fueled with energy from my thoughts and feelings of what is going on in my life, my friends, my family, and the world around me whether it is good, bad, or indifferent. Those restless thoughts and powerful feelings have nowhere to go for me other than out of my head and onto the canvas! I surround myself with calming music in medium to low lighting. I can paint for an hour, two hours, or all-night and into the early morning. When the painting is complete, it is an extraordinary relief for my mind and body. At times, I am absolutely exhausted. But viewing my work at its completion can be very moving. Therapeutic. Comforting.