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 some local artists that have artwork in our showroom now. Stop by our showroom at 3034 9th St N to see some of their work.
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.