Ricky, Bromero Cards
Ricky lives in Chicago, Illinois with his husband Tony and two pit bull rescues Ivy and Izel. He has a passion for animals and all things food related.
In late 2015 Ricky discovered the world of paper crafting, and he has not looked back. Since his discovery, he has opened his own Etsy store, started his own YouTube channel featuring card making tutorials and has been on a design team for another card making blog. He continues his love of card making all while working and going to DePaul University as a full-time graduate student.
For 11 years Ricky has produced a podcast called Foul Monkeys. The podcast primarily gravitates toward LGBTQ subjects (mostly comedy) but often finds its way into the Chicago lifestyle and world events. It has been Ricky's passion and has helped many LGBTQ individuals through rough times in their lives. The podcast is found on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or the Google Play Store.
Chris Tuinstra, Odzi
My name is Chris Tuinstra owner of Odzi. I studied graphic design at Ivy Tech and shown my work at shops and galleries across Ohio. Currently living in Bowling Green Ohio, with the help of Miranda C, Christian T and of course my cat Jean V, we run my etsy shop as well as supplying multiple stores with my art. I enjoy messing with things, playing with different media gives me immense joy. I love to see what happens and how i can use that in my art, I guess you could say i'm an experimental artist. Ever since i was a young boy i loved art, I hated going to the store and buying something i knew someone else had, and it was never my style.I thought instead of buying it, just figure out how it's made and do it yourself simple as that. Starting out it was not so easy, I was experimenting and was not experienced enough. Selling my art was hard on me, I remember sitting on the streets of columbus selling my art out of the trunk of my car, for a few bucks a pop. If I could keep paying for art supplies I could keep creating art, and gaining experience to be the artist I am today. So to all the young kids out there, keep following your dreams you may have to build a house brick by brick but some day you will have a home!
Angela, Corpricapo Design
Angela is owner & creative executive of Corpricapo Design. She enjoys creating one of a kind head pieces for her clients across the country, she has a passion for design, & creates each unique piece from the heart. In her free time, Angela enjoys embarrassing her wonderful kids, cosplaying, everything & anything Halloween, animal rescue & tattoos.
I've kinda always been a creative kid. I mean, I really enjoy drawing animals but I try to add my own unique twist! The passion probably stemmed from the fact that it was my main interest throughout my childhood. I had loads of stuffed animals and I always drew them and tried my very best to learn as much as I could about the different animals. Frankly, nobody else around me really cared that much, but that never discouraged me from doing what I love. I love taking pictures of animals and drawing them too!
Bob, From the Mind of Bob
My cartoons are basically the way I see life. When I see or hear about a situation I like to draw it and fit it into today's topics with sarcasm and wit.
My family and friends say I have a "warped" sense of humor. I like to think I have a different take on things and express it in my art. With a lot of prodding from those closest to me I decided to sell my art. I hope you enjoy my cartoons as much as I enjoy creating them.
Harpal Sodhi, Sodhipop
Born and raised in Northern Virginia; shaped and evolved in Richmond, VA; and now living, loving, creating and flourishing in Los Angeles, I can truly say I'm right where I'm supposed to be.
I've spent a good part of my late 20s and early 30s dabbling in lots of various creative pursuits. Whether it was macrame, graphic design, Polaroid photography, sewing, lighting design, silk-screening and even event production, I've had the great fortune of having a breadth of experience and I am forever grateful.
All of this has lead me to where I am today and I can truly say I've been drawn to stained glass for some time now. It's something I've noticed from afar for awhile and have been completely mesmerized by. The interplay between light, color, and shapes is what has pulled me in, while the depth, detail and intricacy of the craft is what has gotten me to stay. I'm inherently drawn to color and light so none of this comes as a big surprise.
I've been working with stained glass for over a year and a half now and I am hooked. I have found what I want to do and I am so excited for the ride ahead. Currently my work features necklaces, pendants and various sun-catchers and window panels. As I look to the future and delve into stained glass and kilnform techniques, I can not wait for the concoctions and creations that lie ahead. Won't you join me for the ride?
Rhiannon Massaro started drawing as soon as she could hold a pencil, and painting in her mid teens. She was discovered in early childhood to be legally blind in both eyes, due to a congenital birth defect. Despite this, she went on to earn a BFA in Fine Art in 2005. A rare neurological condition called Synesthesia allows her to perceive the world differently than others. This, along with meditation and other Shamanic practices inspire her unique art style. She works in a variety of mediums, including acrylic paint, ink, spray paint, pastels, colored pencils, and markers. When not creating art she loves to travel, having been to Europe several times. Music, horror movies, and animals are other things she is passionate about.
I'm Jess. Born and raised in Ohio. I've dabbled in many different forms of art and crafting. I love flowers, animals, coffee, adventures, and discovering unique things. I've been described as a shy, weird kid with a heart of gold. (Although I'm not sure I live up to all of that.) I love the art community in all of its forms.
- First and foremost, I am an artist. I work in watercolor and ink creating stories through visual art. I believe stories are an important thread to understanding life and each other. Currently, I am a graphic design student working towards my bachelors degree. As well as a mother to 3 beautiful children creating their own stories. My ultimate goal is to one day write and illustrate children's books, and also help businesses tell their brand's story through their visual identity.
From Massillon, Ohio I have been involved in the haunt industry since 2001, where I started to self teach myself special fx makeup and furthering my art passion.
In early 2013 I began working with Robert Kurtzman's Creature Corps to begin my professional career in special fx.
Some of the recent films I have done Special Effects work on: Kevin Smith's: "Tusk" and "Yoga Hosers" , "The Bye Bye Man", "Myth", "Fighting The Sky", "Fear Clinic", "The Wolf Family Treasure", "Thanataphobia".
I have also been fortunate enough to work with many play houses with their productions including Shrek and Beauty and the Beast throughout the US and UK.
My art is an extension of my inner self, a medium that allows me to channel the inner workings of my mind into a physical painting. It’s important to me to allow my creativity to forge its own path, to not be bound by rules and labels, and to challenge myself to keep my art growing and evolving.
Each painting is born from a spark of inspiration, and that spark can be triggered by anything. Possibilities lie all around – in nature’s infinite variety of shapes and textures; symbolic or metal images conjured by emotions, music, or dreams; or even a manmade structure succumbing to time’s interminable pull.
Just as the source of inspiration can vary from painting to painting, so too can the meaning behind it. Sometimes the meaning is rooted in whatever inspired the painting – I’ll begin with a concept and build an image around it. Other times it’s the exact opposite – I’ll begin with an image, and the meaning will come later.
With my art, I endeavor to capture all these things, to offer a glimpse into the fantastic, the surreal, and the places that exist beyond the grey curtain of reality.
Kay R. Sluterbeck
Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, at the end of the Jurassic Period. Moved to Van Wert, Ohio, at the beginning of her freshman year in high school, thereby destroying her social life. This turned out to be fine, since she is anti-social. Has worked as a peon in the insurance industry, a freelance artist, a rubber stamp designer, a writer for The Wretched Mess News (yes, really), a newspaper reporter, layout person, photographer, and editorial cartoonist, and assistant manager of an art center, as well as numerous small jobs too weird to mention. Has written two books and done covers for several others. Now semi-retired, doing fine art, and still making editorial cartoons for a virtual newspaper. Has four cats, one brother, and no gallbladder. If you read this three times, then spin counterclockwise in a circle saying "hemlock, hemlock, hemlock", you will receive good news via an unusual source.
Natalie Baker, Nat Baker Art
Art started for me at a young age. The first time I sculpted I knew I would never do anything else. Bonsai was a fondness in my family since the beginning but like many - we didn't have a green thumb for these trees. I then became inspired during 2012 to take my passion for sculpture and bring it together with the traditional art of bonsai. Essentially bringing this peaceful practice of training and growing mini trees to everyone's home. No training, no trimming and no maintenance for everyone! They represent peace, harmony and balance! A little bit of extra love in every home!
I have been drawing my entire life. I spent my childhood years trying to copy all the great artists I knew. It gave me a great eye for detail and the ability to duplicate what I see with my hands. Originally from Chicago, I now live in Akron with my fantastic hubby and our two awesome kiddos. I love art of all forms, and sometimes struggle with deciding what media I want to work with. I am currently playing with ink and marker. I hand make custom bookmarks and cards. I am working on the development or an original character that continues to amuse me. I have spent my life designing tattoos, hand-lettering, drawing random page designs, animals, You name it, I can probably draw it.