Artist Profile: Brent Twit

Brent grew up in central Wisconsin and moved to Florida at the age of 18 where he studied Illustration at The Ringling School of Art and Design from 2000-2004. He took multiple illustration courses from which most were angled towards a commercial market. His focus slowly turned towards more of a traditional path, that of the old master painters. After graduation he moved to Florence, Italy where he attended The Florence Academy of Art for two years, and was familiarized with traditional methods of drawing and painting and the understanding of anatomy.

Through observation of nature I strive to capture accurate representation of form and expression, while creating a mood. I see life around us not only as people and objects, but how they are affected by light. It's my goal as an artist to capture these moments with paint.

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Artist Profile: Marina Williams

Born in Saint Petersburg, Florida Marina Williams grew and was inspired by a funky beautiful and smart parental team, Becky and Ken – she (Becky) was from the small town of De Smet of 1100 people and he (Ken) was a Pennsylvania boy who quickly migrated to the Big Apple. By the late 80's Marina was a goofy kid who was proficient in art both visually, and musically. When high school hit her interests in photography matured and by college she was photographing native tribes in Peru and beginning her quest with underwater documentation in places like the great barrier reef in Australia. The adventures and studies in obtaining her BA from New College of Sarasota took her to Valencia Spain for a duration of time and inspired her thesis which included back packing through 8 countries over 4 months pushing her studies in digital photography and photojournalistic style to a new level.

In the summers she lived in New York and interned at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and assisted at CUE a non-profit gallery in Chelsea. Influenced by vintage style and modern aesthetics, she completed a modern yet classic line of 'Tie Attire' fashion, which was designed for woman out of retro men's neckties. This wearable art collection was presented in addition with her photography in the Fall of 2005 at the Isserman gallery in Sarasota and shown at the Dunedin Fine Art Centers fashion show in 2006 as well as at The Bombshell Gallery, Mirta's Gallery, The Bank and throughout the Tampa Bay area. In 2006 Williams moved to London England to begin her education at the University of East London. In October of 2007 Williams completed her MA in Film and Photography with a photographic video art installation.

She now works as a correspondent photojournalist for the Sarasota Herald Tribune and as a freelance artist. Between photographing weddings, events and live art projects she is currently focusing of celebrating her time in England with a new body of work to honor her time in the Queen's land. The hot bed of London life inspired her to create an eye opening clothing line influenced by the big city itself. Working as both clothing designer and photographer such work is focusing on music, the past, modern existence/the now, the future and love.

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Artist Profile: Eric Dodds

I have a Bachelor's in Fine Art from USF (Tampa, 1996) and currently reside in Largo, Florida. I work in oil paints on canvas and my current body of work incorporates my photography, collected and manipulated images, as well as figurative work. My subject matter varies and includes Florida landscape and human form. Three of my recent works were featured on the USA Network TV show "Burn Notice" (Season 1, episode 8 "Wanted Man").

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Artist Profile: Sara Anderson

Inspired by artists such as Munch, Van Gogh, and Picasso, I have always seen beauty in movement, abstract figures, and vivid colors. As a young girl, I remember watching my mother sit at her easel with endless patience, creating intricate masterpieces with a steady hand and pen. Growing up in an extremely creative household (my mother is an artist and my father is a musician), I was introduced to art and music at a very early age. I began painting as early as my memory serves, learned to play the guitar and viola by age 6, and began writing music by the time I was 12 years old.

I grew up in Northern Michigan, where I spent most of my childhood years. I attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI where I obtained my degree in Psychology. After college, I decided that my life needed a major change. My boyfriend returned home from his 4th and final tour to Iraq and we decided to move to paradise, St. Pete! Prior to his return, we spent nearly 8 months apart. Those months were filled with fear, sadness, and longing. You can see a lot of that longing and sadness expressed in my artwork. My work is full of love, but there are also elements of rage. I pour my emotion into every single piece I create. I do not hold back and see my artwork as an extension of myself.

As far as the future is concerned, I hope that my work is someday displayed in galleries across the Tampa Bay area. My advice to other artists? I can only reiterate the words of Rainer Maria Rilke which have inspired me to become the woman and artist I am today;

"Go into yourself and test the deeps in which your life takes rise; at its source you will find the answer to the question whether you must create. Accept it, just as it sounds, without inquiring into it. Perhaps it will turn out that you are called to be an artist. Then take that destiny upon yourself and bear it, its burden and its greatness, without ever asking what recompense might come from outside."

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