We love the local art scene and believe this contributes to what makes Saint Petersburg so special. We are members of the Warehouse Arts District and support local artists. We always have local artists' work on display in our showroom and feature an artist at our monthly lifestyle events. Below are local artists that have artwork on display in our showroom. Stop by our showroom at 3034 9th St N to see some of their work.
As a photojournalist based in Terra Ceia Island, Florida, located on the southern shoreline of Tampa Bay, Steve covers news and professional sports for Reuters, the Associated Press and other news agencies on assignments throughout Florida, the Southeast and U.S. He edits and transmits images from on-site locations to meet deadlines. In addition to editorial work, Steve often photographs wildlife and landscapes, stopping to capture moments or scenes whenever they catch his eye. Life is connected to water as are so many of his images. The photos are taken in, on or around water. Most of the scenes are from Florida, although others are captured while covering assignments as a photojournalist. This photo of a roller coaster submerged in water on the Jersey Shore was taken while covering Hurricane Sandy.
Steve has combined two skills he has pursued and developed throughout his life, carpentry and photography, to create his finished products. When he is not hunting for images, he is hunting for salvaged wood, which he reclaims to make unique custom-built frames, enhancing the visual experience of the photography. For example, this Cylent Cypress photo is framed with dock wood.
Irina is constantly aware of the environment - the small vignettes of people, objects, colors and shifts of light. She loves things that pop into your vision and refuse to leave. This is how she approaches her collages. Creating scenes, portals, altered realities that invite you in to explore, that have tongue in cheek humor and poke you into really looking. Irina's work is completely analog, nothing digital, all hand cut paper. She has used virtually every medium and now expresses herself with paper. She loves being challenged by the unexpectedness of found images. Much of her work uses the textural variety and design of wallpapers as background. All her work on etching paper has an abstract acrylic painting at its foundation. The simplicity of scissors, paper and glue, and now paint and glaze is the essence of her collage. We have the collage, Save your Unicorn, on display in our showroom.
Joan Collins started painting after her wonderful 2nd husband of 45 years passed away. Painting helped her with the emptiness and loneliness she was feeling. She found peace, solace and healing and a new love. Joan now attends a weekly art class with a professional artist, Mary Henderson. She has won Blue Ribbons in Local, District, and State Art Competitions.
Rob grew up in St Pete and went to St Pete High. After getting a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT and an MBA in Finance from Wharton, he went on to work for Ford Motor Company. He held many executive positions in Sales and Marketing and Product Development including North American Marketing Plans Manager, Lincoln Brand Manager, Worldwide Truck Marketing Manager, and Program Manager. Most of his career was spent on planning future car and truck programs and then implementing them. After 23 years at Ford, he went to work for Edmunds.com where he was an executive director and managed their Detroit based sales team. He retired in 2013.
He’s been an amateur photographer for many years and has traveled extensively while honing his craft. He has an eclectic mix of photos from St Pete and around the world. Some of his works are highly stylized through photo software and while others remain as shot. Many stylized works are printed on metallic paper making the colors all the more vibrant.
After receiving great feedback from several amateur photo exhibits, he decided to expand his marketing efforts by exhibiting his works at shows at Davidson Fine Art, a downtown pop-up gallery, and the ArtsXchange as well as having art for sale at other locations in St Pete including Florida Craft Art, the Chamber of Commerce Store, the Museum of History, and several salons. His artwork won a bronze medal at Suntan Art’s 100 Artists Show.
Rob sells his work to raise money for local St Pete charitable organizations. He donates the profits from the sales to the following four charities.
- Kiwanis Youth Investment Shares/Al Muter Scholarship Fund
- St Petersburg Free Clinic
- Ronald McDonald House
- Salvation Army Sallie House
If one word could describe her art, it would be COLOR! Vibrant, bold color is what sparks her creativity. Inspired by the materials, Susan has given her heart to two practices. Although very different specialties, her encaustic wax paintings and her watercolors on Yupo do have commonalities. They are anchored by color! Both mediums permit transparency, are fluid and exude a sense of movement. These common elements enable her to integrate painting and collage while allowing for the element of surprise in both.
Thomas Geer works with reclaimed barn lumber, reclaimed urban lumber and reclaimed metals. He has made pieces from beams taken from log cabins built in the late 1800's as well as pieces taken from local log lots that were destined to be burned, and from local arborists who cut down trees in our neighborhoods. Thomas considers saving these amazing pieces of lumber and creating useful works of art an honor and a privilege. Through woodworking, blacksmithing, and the use of high voltage electricity, he uses these materials to create artistic housewares such as bowls, platters, candle holders, lamps, shelves, stoles, tables and small charms.
Root means basic source of all growth and potential which anchors the experience of the whole thing. Man is one manifestation of all humanity. While Rootman is a name he gained playing high school football, it has become a symbol of his relationship to art and to the world.
The inspirations for Rootman's paintings are naturally occurring designs that stimulate hiss creative and spiritual forces. He enjoys exploring different perspectives of everyday existence, the subtleties of color and using a visual vocabulary of vivid colors. His style is called subcube, which combines surrealism and cubism.
His art traverses a course that mimics life's mysteries as well as life's discoveries. His hope is hat while viewing his art, you share a moment in time that will reflect back the beauty of discovery.
Amanda Pratt is best known for her Florida themed fluid art highlighting the vibrant colors known to the Florida beach communities. Her work is created using mixed media, including alcohol inks, resin, powder and fluid pigments, seashells, sand, broken glass & more.
To set herself apart from the growing popularity of fluid artwork, Amanda draws, plans and hand cuts pieces of her fluid art to create intricate collages from multiple prints. In her resin work, she includes natural elements one might find in nature, as nature heavily inspires her work.
In addition to artwork for the walls, Amanda creates tables, serving trays, and coasters.
Rodney has always been passionate about all aspects of the art world. At an early age he demonstrated his talent and creative abilities painting portraits and murals. In his adolescence, sculpture, jewelry and fashion design garnered recognition and awards at school and in his community. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where he studied fashion illustration and interior design. After graduation he began a career in jewelry design and later established a very successful interior design business.
Today motivated by his fervent drive for vibrant colors and textures inspired by his travel and exposure to diverse cultures around the worl
d, Rodney has returned to his first love, painting. His artwork is unique and reflects his experience and expertise, but above all his spiritual and cultural awareness.
Robert Phelps with Robert Phelps Art has been a professional exhibiting fine artist since 1996. He is recognized for his vibrant figurative work and uniquely-colored portraiture. He began his arts career at Disney as a scenic painter for the Animal Kingdom and as a caricaturist for the many themed resorts. Raised in the mountainous terrain of Appalachia, Robert developed a deep affinity for the natural world. Most of his paintings reflect an innate fascination with the harmoniously tangled wilderness within and without. A self-taught artist, Robert enjoys exploring the intuitive application of color in the expressionist and fauvist styles. His work is collected both nationally and abroad and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the Tampa bay area. Robert's bold and energetic portraits range from menacingly brooding Mike Tyson to adorable teacup chihuahuas. Although his work often varies thematically, Robert continually strives to express the raw, intimate beauty in each of his subjects.
Latin American/Caribbean artist John Gascot spent the first twelve years of his life in Puerto Rico, a fact to which he attributes his love of bold color. While he creates in a variety of styles, Latin Pop paintings are his signature. He affectionately coined the style "Latin Pop" after years of unsuccessful attempts at categorizing the work as one genre or another. The series combines elements of Pop, Cubism and Folk and is flavored with a Latin/Global sensibility.
The figures in John's works are often large and curvaceous. Their mass speaks more about strength and presence than actual size. He strives to create art that is accessible and promotes diversity while simultaneously celebrating and challenging social and gender roles dictated by various cultures.
His work is in various collections across the US and Europe. He is also a contributor to the Arts section of the Huffington Post.
Lorraine Potocki was born in Trenton, New Jersey where she received her BA in Fine Art and Education from The College of New Jersey. She works in pastel and acrylic in styles from realistic to abstract expressionism.
Potocki has exhibited throughout Florida including One Artist shows in Tampa, Lakeland and Seminole. Her work has been featured in Tampa Bay Magazine and is a past winner of the Clearwater Jazz Poster contest. She is on the faculty of the Dunedin Fine Art Center.
Below are links to her artwork
Teresa Mandala grew up in Rockford, Illinois and migrated to Kansas City, where she received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida where she runs a virtual advertising studio, is an active studio artist, and an art instructor.
Mandala enjoys exploring materials and finding unconventional ways to express very complex concepts. She has worked in wood, metal, glass, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paints. Currently, she works in porcelain. Her work is a dance of color and visual movement, embracing the divine feminine. Her concepts and themes are inspired by her own personal experiences. Her ultimate objective is to translate her own experiences of struggle, triumph and failure into universal truths. You can find her work in several private collections across America and galleries, including Kansas City, St. Petersburg and Key West, Florida.
My love of philosophy and quantum physics inspires my work. I am intrigued by the idea that multiple outcomes exist in a single moment and our focus determines reality. Inspiration can come to me from life experiences, environments, and individuals or from the material itself. I'm constantly questioning my perspective of the "unknown" and how it affects my life. By exploring different perspectives I am able to create a playground of the physical and spiritual worlds coming together in harmony; visually representing the flow that is life's energy and the connection all of us crave. Each piece of artwork evokes emotion and encourages conversation with the viewer. My goal is to incite the viewer to embrace that part of themself that is connected with everything. Plugging into this energy allows us to open up to all possibilities.
Robert Tillberg had a passion for art for as far back as he can remember. As a child, he got more pleasure out of drawing his toys rather than playing with them. He would often draw life-size versions of his Star Wars figures to scale. His love for art would continue throughout high school and into college, where he graduated from Radford University in 1999, majoring in Fine Art with concentration in Graphic Design and minoring in Art History. His passion then led him to study further onto graduate studies at Central Connecticut State University. The subject matter, style, technique, size and pallette of his work is all over the place, yet an emphasis on color and contrast can be seen throughout.
Laurie Ross is a lifelong resident of St. Petersburg, Florida. She has specialized in portrait, special event, pet and landscape photography for over 25 years. Laurie's passions include international travel, sports and the outdoors. Her first book, Shop Dogs: A Photo Essay Of Dogs That Go To Work, was published in 2013. We have her book available in the showroom as well as some of her photographs.
Leila is a local artist specializing in the use of color. From abstract to landscape, Leila uses color to create feeling with her art. Leila uses alcohol ink or a mix of alcohol ink and acrylic on canvas or yupo paper. The flowers are done with alcohol ink on canvas. The process involves using canned air to blow the alcohol ink outwards, and layering inks to create a vibrant flower. The middle of the flower is created using alcohol inks and alcohol. She uses a straw to blow the ink around the middle section.
The landscapes are done using alcohol ink on yupo paper. These are tricky as the ink is hard to control. Typically, she starts wit hthe bottom and works her way up the paper creating different aspects of the landscape. The "red river" painting is acrylic on canvas with an overlay of alcohol ink. The ridges are created by adding alcohol to the ink and allowing it to drip.