Harriet’s Blue and White


Harriet Damave’s hand-painted porcelain cat brooches caught my eye several months ago and they’re still on my mind. Her technique – painting cobalt oxide on unglazed bisque – is rather unusual, she likens it to watercolor paintings because of the super absorbent surface. There are a number of other lovely items available in her shop – Harriet’s Blue and White – but I’m counting adding one of her pins to my jacket this fall.







Ashley Cecil


Our Pittsburgh Maker Profile series has been on extended hiatus for awhile now. This area is so rife with creativity that I feel I’ve been doing it a disservice, simply highlighting one maker a month really isn’t enough. So this September I’ll be highlighting a few dozen instead! You’ll know it’s a Pittsburgh creator by the little seal above that will mark each post.

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I first became aware of the flora-meets-fauna art of Ashley Cecil last spring when she created a line of scarves that sold at the Carnegie Museum of Art. She paints from live observation at renowned institutions, and marrying realism with abstract modern backgrounds is her signature style. Those two things alone garner loads of interest for me, but what makes it all work so well together is Ashley’s innate understanding of color and the way she knows when to keep it reigned it or go all out. She’s also working to save birdlife with an innovative window film that helps birds see the surface rather than fly into it injuring, or even worse killing, themselves.

Shop Ashley Cecil’s work








Print Edition: September 2017

Radical Women by Banquet Workshop


String of Pearls by My Deer Art Shop


Dreamy Houses by Kimberley Dhollander


Start With Yes by Anthony Burrill


Pink Roses on the Table by Pratt Creek Art


The Eruption by Hugo Barros


Starting Somewhere Now by Chipper Things


Dunes and Sun by Danna Ray


Black Lodgepole Pine Tree Ring by Linton Art


Modern Watercolor by Nancy Knight Art


Salman Khoshroo


Creating with a palette knife is one of the most amazing things to me. In this case it’s Salman Khoshroo‘s expertise of musculature and the human body on full display with his mastery of wielding a full knife of paint that has me in awe. If you notice, Salman’s using multiple colors with each swipe which suggests that there’s nearly as much work going on before he touches the canvas as after. Oh, and they’re large scale.








Seonna Hong


Los Angeles-based painter Seonna Hong creates some truly mesmerizing work. I’m entranced by the way she focuses on both the big picture with those grandiose landscapes, as well as the attention to detail that’s paid the tiny people and animal figures. The best of both worlds, indeed!








Yvan Favre


Yvan Favre‘s modern realistic oil paintings make me FEEL THINGS. Maybe that’s because most of his portraits convey scenes that show some form of loneliness or sadness, with subjects that are often in situations of waiting and dreaming. Lighting may as well be Best Supporting Actor/Actress because Favre conveys so much emotion through it – it’s all so moody and so good.

Shop Yvan Favre’s paintings and prints here









Jan Kaláb


Ever wondered what happens when a well-known graffiti artist steps away from the streets and into the studio? Check out the work of Jan Kaláb, aka Cakes or Point, who in 2007 traded in spray paint for acrylic and brushes. Organic imperfection, dynamics, and collective energy all play large roles in his work. But whatever the canvas, his motto is always the same – always getting higher, always inventing new forms.

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Fan Yang-Tsung


As ready as I am for autumn (SO READY), I’m also basking in the last few weeks of summer. Enjoying extra time outside and not letting the longer days pass by feels extra important right now, and the paintings of Fan Yang-Tsung seem to put those emotions on canvas. Swimming pools, carwashes, airports, and more capture it all.








Claire Sherman


It’s all about tones in the paintings of Claire Sherman. I love the way the New York-based artist uses thick swaths of oil paint on canvas to create outdoor landscapes teeming with unseen energy and life. Claire’s use and understanding of color is just next level.








Noel Badges Pugh


Noel Badges Pugh uses watercolors and India ink to create botanical illustrations as well as artwork with a more psychedelic perspective. Inspired by nature and the sensation of dreaming, Pugh creates with an appreciation for the details. Afterwards he often takes photos of his works with the real life botanicals to display scale as well as skill.





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