Meet Grace Cascarilla: Artist Extraordinaire

ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE

Meet Grace Cascarilla

I’m a young and upcoming artist from Cleveland Ohio. I am painter and also trying to break into the performing arts of acting and modeling.

I love the positive and negative spaces that help create visual arts, like painting. Dark and Light passage combined with Line create Strong work that gives are about realities that I abstract in an expressionistically. Artists like Matisse, Georges Roualt and Jasper Johns continue to influence my work.

I want people to be feel invited into a world of beauty and light and imagination when they engage with my work.

Grace Cascarilla graceycascarilla@icloud.com

Grace Cascarilla

Grace is an artist whose work engages one immediately. It resonates with the viewer in a dance of shapes that sparkle and communicate joy depth, and meaning.

Grace Cascarilla

See Grace with a photo of her work which was auctioned off on behalf of the Cleveland Museum of Art. The lucky lady to the left out bid eight different people for the prize of Grace’s painting. Grace has started a series of the nude here is an example.

Grace has started a series of the nude. Here is an example

These paintings Witness Grace’s Christian Faith

Grace painting
Grace painting, faith
Grace's painting, faith

Grace’s work has matured substantially in the last two years. Her work was too sensitive and tried to communicate to much.

Now Grace’s work is made up of shapes, nuance and sensitivity are conveyed within the value structure of the work.

You will see the sequence and growth in Grace’s series of flowers. One can almost smell their scent!shapes.

This is the path to success. Congratulations Grace Cascarilla

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Meet Joe McChrystal: Our Artist Extraordinaire!

You’ve met Joe about two years ago. His work is stronger, bolder and more succinctly organized. Joe is a born story teller and his paintings convey depth, strength and sensitivity in theme and paint handling. His paintings are multi-layer. They engage the viewer into his/her own revelry and thoughts.

Joe’s work is classic, creating reflection and response in the viewer. Artwork is a dialogue between artist and audience. As one can see, his work is not didactic but allows the view entry and exploration in their experience.

Bravo Joseph!

Some paintings were almost monotone early on. Then one cold winter I started to counter with more vibrate color to force myself to have more light and positive emotion. Various forms of yellow I find calm in. When i re-purpose a painting that was drab I will add more colors probably from sun conscious.

The process of painting abstract or expressionist is like navigating on the high seas or out in space until some solid forms arrive. Maybe its trying to find clarity… I could call all my abstracts “A glimpse of sunshine trying to get through.”

The class setting is a positive energy. Everyone gets lost in there painting until the right shapes begin to make sense. Certain images from magazine or other random paintings strike an emotion I find needs to be combined to form a new image…its like falling in love with a beautiful person that you never see again but the image in your mind remains.

 

Meet Artist Extraordinaire Terriann Barry

Terri joined our community in 2018. She is an artist (those who have survived the vagaries of life and learned to adjust our sails to the winds are artists). But at that time she did not have a grammar or means of communicating and transforming her experiences and ideas into visual form.

Terri committed to the process of designing her canvas and working to understand values and hues. Her paintings grow in strength with each work as Teri’s trust and understanding in the process. The process is rational, we add a bit of the Sacrament of Mystery (which is each person’s experience of life) and the artist emerges!

Looking at Teri’s work one sees the clarity of brushstroke and discipline of shapes and values clarify in each successive painting. Each painting is stronger and more defined and visually lush. Teri is proof that the more one’s commitment to the process, the more exciting and mysterious the work becomes.

Teri is a pleasure to work with because she wills herself to grow and is willing to take rational risks on canvas. This is where growth and transformation occurs on our canvas and in our lives.

Look and become amazed and saturated with the feel for paint and edges that Teri is developing.

The Artist in Bloom community led by Virginia Cascarilla has provided me the opportunity to explore oil painting. Until joining the Artist in Bloom community, I had never taken an art class because I could not draw realistic representations of objects and living beings. I found out you do not have to paint photographic images of objects to achieve paintings you are proud to hang in your home or give to a relative or friend. I feel no embarrassment in the class. Virginia and my fellow artists support my efforts and guide me to produce oil paintings. I like to say “my art is a work in progress.”

It’s never too late to learn a new skill which provides so many benefits from patience and humility and to many new friendships. My brain synopsis appreciate the stimulation of viewing life through different lens—color and shapes.

I wish to thank Virginia and my fellow artists for this journey into oil painting.

Teri Barry