June Artist of the Month: Rachel Hurst

 

Rachel Hurst moved to Austin with her family when she was in fifth grade and is the eighth and youngest child of famed western artist Oleg Stavrowsky and her beloved mother, Carol Stavrowsky. Growing up, she was surrounded by world-class art created by her father and siblings. In this way, she was lucky to be trained in the principals of good painting design and technique through exposure.

No stranger to competition, she spent her childhood devoted to competitive figure skating, she holds a national 8-ball title, and she won a tournament qualifying her to play on the World­­ Series of Poker (where she was summarily kicked to the curb… you can’t win ‘em all!). She formerly competed on the Women’s Professional Billiard Association Tour.

Hurst earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington and lived in Seattle for about 10 years before returning to Austin. Hurst is an avid cruciverbalist and lives with her husband Travis and three cats in Austin, Texas.

Rachel began discovering her passion for fine art incorporating two of her favorite things: animals & design.  She utilizes color, pattern, and abstract design to frame the animals in the way they make her feel when she looks at them.  She is well known for her pet portraits, and she donates 10% of all of her art sale profits to animal charities, most notably Safe In Austin.

“Most of my work incorporates some kind of abstract background juxtaposed with a representational animal. I like the contrast of the two styles and think it brings a dynamic to a painting that a traditional background does not. I do paint the occasional traditional background, but it doesn’t usually compel me like creating a complimentary abstract background does. I’ve been painting fine art for just under two years, so my style is definitely still evolving.”

“Part of that evolution includes branching out into what I call more stylized paintings – ones like “American Chicken.” That kind of whimsical, interpretive painting feels like pure joy to me.  I equate it to being like a little kid playing in the mud. Many people don’t really understand that kind of art… so it doesn’t tend to have the same wide commercial appeal as my more representational stuff, but those who appreciate that style really do seem to enjoy it as much as I enjoy painting it. That’s extremely gratifying! The design requirements are the same in an abstract or stylized painting as they are in a representational painting—the composition, balance, and color juxtaposition all need to be diligently designed. In that way, it isn’t any less work for me as the artist—but the freedom to be funny and sometimes goofy with the compositions makes it a different process than with the representational paintings.”

“American Chicken started out as a representational painting. I was sketching it out when the song “American Woman” came randomly into my head. As songs sometimes do, it just wouldn’t stop! The lyrics just naturally evolved from American woman to American chicken as it was playing in my mind. This made me laugh—and that was that. The whole design and structure of the painting changed. Because the chicken is so complicated in pattern, I wanted to balance it with a very simple background, and I wanted to use primary colors to reinforce the associations with the USA. That’s how art is—the work itself evolves as I paint. I’ll typically start with one idea in mind, then something will happen and I’ll sit back and watch where the painting goes. It’s really fun to be a part of that process—and know that I’m not really the one determining how it comes out. The paintings come through me—some are better than others, but I don’t really take responsibility for any of it. I just sit back and enjoy the ride and I’m happy and grateful to be allowed to be a part of it. I’m not a religious person, but I definitely know that I’m not in control of this artistic process.”

“I appreciate Dana so much!  She always works in a timely manner to get my images done, and she’s been SPOT ON in getting the color matching correct so that the reproductions look like the original artworks.  I trust her completely – and for an artist to say that about someone who is in control of their reproduction color and quality, that’s saying a lot.  She’s the best – and really sweet and pleasant to work with.  Everyone there has been great.”

Contact Rachel at rachel@rachelhurstfineart.com or visit her website.

May Artist of the Month: Josue Jimenez

Josue Jimenez has always loved drawing. He produces artwork for his living as a tattoo artist at Royal Tiger Tattoo with Ben Fiedler. The motto for the South Austin tattoo shop is ‘We are proud to say that we live to tattoo and we love what we do’.

‘Corona Nurse’ is an example of American Traditional. American Traditional tattoo art has clear definition and sharp lines and the images often take an emotion or thought and push it through to the maximum.

They are realistic with a limited color palette of highly saturated black, yellow, green and red. Designs are often iconic and easily recognized by the viewer such as roses, anchors, skulls, eagles, daggers, snakes, and portraits. Death, love, anger, patriotism, and happiness are common themes.

 

April Artist of the Month: Kelsey Archbold

Kelsey Archbold spent her childhood growing up in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2008 she studied interdisciplinary art and ecology at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. In 2009 she graduated with honors from Kansas City Art Institute, with a B.F.A. in painting and fine arts.

She has been featured at the Austin Art Garage, the Art Post, the Knit Show, and has her work installed at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Kelsey currently lives and works in Austin, Texas with her son and two cats.

March Artist of the Month: Calhan Hale

Calhan Hale’s maternal family has been rooted in Texas for over 100 years. She grew up in a family of creative, independent and individualistic female role models. Hale received her BA in studio art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 and decided to stay in Texas to pursue her art after graduation.

In her most recent work, Calhan uses painting as a way of re-examining and reclaiming parts of her Texas upbringing by bringing Texas iconography into conversation with elements informed by digital experience. She is particularly interested in the ways information is gained and lost as it moves from our own experiences, to our memories, to digital interfaces and then back into a physical object. 

“Texas iconography is naturally loaded; Ideas related to tradition, geography and stereotype meet those surrounding trend, irony and self-expression. Objects, along with people and places, can be the holders of multiple, often contrasting, things at once”, and Calhan is interested in how their context and our own experiences greatly inform the ways we encounter them. 

Calhan believes, “At the intersection of time, place and identity, these works also aim to explore the simultaneous confidence and self-doubt that accompany self-awareness and the attempt to own all of who I am at once”.

“The Miller team has been exceptionally kind to me and beyond helpful with all of my printing needs. I’ve been especially lucky to work closely with Dana and Larry. Before working with Dana at Miller, I didn’t know anything about the process of having artwork professionally scanned or printed. Over the past 9 months or so, Dana has personally walked me through the entire process and has worked carefully with me to ensure that each scan and print of my paintings is as representative of the original piece as possible. And every time I come by the shop, which is often several times a week, Larry greets me with the most genuine warmth and friendliness. Dana, Larry and the Miller team make every printing experience feel like working with trusted friends, and I’m so grateful to get to share a creative community with such wonderful humans! Thank you, Miller!”

February Artist of the Month: Leticia Mosqueda

Leticia Mosqueda was born and raised in Mexico City. Since she was a child, Mosqueda showed great interest in painting and drawing, taking after her father. She spent her spare time illustrating in her notebooks and drawing objects that she saw around her. In high school, on the advice of a teacher, she entered the National Institute of Fine Arts. Mosqueda has a degree in marketing from the Technological Institute of Higher Studies of Monterrey, Campus State of México.

Mosqueda worked as a purchasing manager for Alcampo in Madrid, Spain, Auchan, Comercial Mexicana, and Grupo Modelo. Later, following her passion for studying art, she entered the renowned Academy of San Carlos where she studied different techniques and materials in painting, drawing and composition I and II, and human figure. Additionally, Mosqueda holds workshops on various techniques such as fresco, charcoal, graphite, pastel, watercolor, oil, and acrylic.

She spent 3 years in Austin studying English and art at Austin Community College. Mosqueda had the opportunity to participate in exhibitions at ACC, La Peña, and Big Media. One of her paintings represented ACC in the League of Innovation Competition, and she was selected for her first solo exhibition “My People and their Traditions” at the Dougherty Art Center.

“I met Salvador Rodriguez at ACC, where I saw his fabulous prints. I had never made any reproductions of my paintings before. He recommended Miller IDS’s services to me. Since the first day that I visited your company, everybody was so nice and friendly. Larry was so helpful; he introduced me to Dana, another lovely person. Although my English is not the best, they tried to understand me and gave me excellent service. Dana was always available, and she kept in touch with me. Every scan was on time and even in some cases she helped me make emergency scans. I’m impressed with the quality of each work. On some paintings Dana worked hard to find the exact color of the original painting. I have been selling many prints because people like the quality of the images Miller produces. Unfortunately, I could not find a company in Mexico with the same quality; maybe you need to put a Miller company in my country! I have been recommending Miller’s services to my classmates, artists and friends.”

“This painting (left) was inspired by an amazing photo of a beautiful elder woman in Chihuahua México. She belongs to the Raramuris community, who are characterized by the colors in their clothes. Women have a very important role in the communities. They are the guidance, the pillar of the families, and in many cases the financial support. This woman is a clothing seller. She walks long distances carrying many pieces of clothes in her “reboso” (a big piece of cloth that the women tie in different ways to carry their babies or different things on their backs). I choose this photo because I fell in love with the woman’s expression and her colorful dress.”

January Artists of the Month: Hanna McGinnis, Margaret Hoover & Anna Miller

Hanna C. McGinnis is the great grand daughter of John D. Miller who founded Miller Blue Print in 1920; she is the daughter of Cate Miller and Mike McGinnis. Hanna graduated from St. Stephen’s High School in 2011 and completed her undergraduate degree in Medieval Studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

Hanna then went on to study food design and translation in Italy, working for three years as a translator and content editor in Milan. She then received her Masters in Medieval History from the University of Oxford.

She is currently a first-year student at Stanford Law School. Hanna has a longtime love for ceramics, mosaics, and sculpture, and her art studies include the Art Institute of Chicago summer program, mosaic studies in Italy, and many summer classes at Laguna Gloria, where she also volunteered as a teacher’s aide.

Margaret Hoover is also the great-granddaughter of John D. Miller, and daughter of Ida Miller and Nick Hoover. Margaret studied art at Katherine Anne Porter School in Wimberley and graduated from San Marcos High School. Margaret now attends California College of the Arts in San Francisco where she is studying illustration.

Anna Buchanan Miller, wife of Robert Miller, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1946 from the Plan II program. While not directly employed in the business, she supported Robert and all Miller Blueprint ventures for decades. In her youth, Anna studied art with Frank Reaugh, a renowned western painter. Anna considered herself fortunate to be chosen to assist Mr. Reaugh and his students on his West Texas summer sketch trips, allowing her to study art and travel during the Depression. 

November Artist of the Month: Emily Eisenhart

Emily Eisenhart is a multidisciplinary artist and designer based in Austin, Texas. The daughter of an artist and anthropologist, she grew up with a paintbrush in one hand and a field book in the other. She is constantly exploring, and her work is heavily inspired by the textures, patterns, shapes, and natural colors around her.

While painting and illustration are her forte, she often experiments with new styles and media. She has painted on all scales, from tiny portraits to 150-foot murals, and has designed everything from tour trucks to animated videos. Operating at the intersection of the design and art worlds, her work is simultaneously strategic and spontaneous. With a background in Anthropology, she approaches many of her projects as an ethnographer, diving deep into the culture of a place to create dynamic, story-driven artwork.

Prior to opening her own studio, she cut her teeth at the world-class design firm IDEO where she worked with clients such as Nike, Microsoft, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As an independent artist, she has collaborated with wide-ranging brands the likes of Starbucks, Keds, Madewell, Facebook, Outdoor Voices, and W Hotels, in addition to a diverse array of small and large clients around the country and in her home base of Austin. 

“Working with the team at Miller IDS has been fantastic. As an artist whose projects are wildly diverse, they are a go-to shop for many of my print needs. They’ve helped me on everything from digital prints to hi-res image scanning to custom postcards to color print proofs for large murals. I can trust that they will do an excellent job regardless of what I send their way. The team is dynamic, friendly, helpful (shout out to Dana and her color matching skills!), and professional. They’ve felt very much like a creative partner to me and I’m glad to be able to print locally.” 

To connect with Emily:
Website: emilyeisenhart.com and Instgram 

 

 

 

October Artist of the Month: Yesdrik Diaz

Yesdrik Diaz was born in Puente de Ixtla, a small town in Mexico, and moved to Austin in 1998. Since he has spent most of his life in Austin, he considers himself an Austin native. He loves Austin and thinks of it as a strange yet beautiful bubble that he is fortunate to live in. 

As a kid, Diaz loved art and feels lucky that he was able to keep that curiosity and artistic drive alive. He believes that everyone is born with the curiosity to create, and that along the way of life’s trials and with time passing, most forget about their artistic drive. Diaz likes to create things that he thinks are cool. He creates for himself and if others like it, that’s just a bonus! He practices a variety of mediums including pen, ink, graphite, oil, digital, markers and spray paint. Art is a therapeutic activity for him, and once he taps into the flow of his art, he says that time stops, the world stops, and it’s just him and the canvas.

The piece that has been in our office this month, Katsuo, was the first installment in a series which tells the evolving story of Katsuo, a wanderer, who comes across a bottle in a swamp which contains a map to a shrine. The rest of Katsuo’s journey plays out in the remaining pieces of the miniseries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect with Yesdrik:

Email: ruffhousearts@gmail.com

Instagram: @ruffhousearts

Twitter: @jruffhouse

June Artist of the Month: Sarita Geisel

Miller IDS is excited to announce our June 2019 Artist of the Month, Sarita Geisel, with her piece “On the Embankment.” Her work is an extension of her travels, dance and meditation. The piece we feature, “On the Embankment,” exemplifies the cool waters and ambiance of the Portugal coast. With the summer season comes travel and this piece captures the beauty and the excitement that comes from meeting new people and seeing new places.

Geisel came to Austin without ever having been to Texas or even having a job lined up. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Geisel decided on her 28th birthday that she would move somewhere new. Ten years later, she is still living and creating in the Austin area. An award-winning graphic designer and art director, Sarita has over ten years in designing and illustrating for the medical device industry. In her painting, she can capture a different meaning to what keeps people alive. From a young age, however, Geisel has needed to express herself through drawing and painting. For the past 14 years her favorite art medium has been acrylic on canvas and she enjoys experimenting with color, texture, and detail “to enhance the emotional experience and bring the story to life for the viewer.” Geisel’s art brings cities, places, and people to life.

 

“On the Embankment” is a rendition of a view from the bridge walking over from the city of Gaia to the city of Porto on an overcast day. Geisel captures the old city feeling that Europe gives a new traveler—the mixture of new feelings and old buildings. As the people mill about the markets in the background and the restaurant in the foreground, Sarita explores the familiarity of everyday life and the excitement of travel. She captures the vibrant fishing boat that evokes its own story, as well as the couple on the balcony carrying on a conversation.  We hope that Geisel’s “On the Embankment” will transport you to a serene (and cool) port city and allows your mind to wander to a new, but familiar place. 

Having worked with Miller for several years, Geisel had this to say: “Working with Dana is always a pleasure! I came to Miller IDS on high recommendations from another artist when I was getting ready for an art show and wanted to be able to sell prints of my paintings, in addition to originals. Dana goes above and beyond to get the color matching as close as possible to the original painting, I was very impressed by how much work she does to get it right. She’s so warm and I love how affordable and fast Miller IDS is to work with. The quality and customer service is top notch!”

Thank you for allowing us to feature your beautiful painting, Sarita. You can find more of Sarita’s work at her website.

May Artist of the Month: Mary Barton

We are honored to feature Mary Barton as our May Artist of the Month along with her piece “Spring Has Sprung.”  A Texas Panhandle native, Barton uses the inspiration of both West Texas and the Texas Hill Country throughout her work. She allows emotions and nature’s beauty to guide her process with each step she takes. Barton reworked “Spring Has Sprung” several times before making the blue, purple, and yellow flowers the center of attention. Now as we inch closer to summer, we at Miller IDS appreciate the vibrancy of  her work even more.

Barton grew up in Pampa, Texas in the Texas Panhandle.  After a few years in Lubbock at Texas Tech, she moved to Austin in 1989 and currently resides in the Wimberly area. Barton fell in love with the hills, trees, and water features of the Central Texas Hill Country, as seen in her subject matter for many years.  Barton graduated from Texas State University, after starting a family and has worked as a bookkeeper for the past 20 years while pursuing her passion for art. As she describes it, her focus on abstract art is the “balance between the battle and pull of [her] right and left brain.” For Barton, creativity and art is a family affair; as her grandmother, mother, and sister were all artists. Her first love, pottery, allowed her to feel grounded and connected as she formed sculptures from lumps of clay. 

More recently, she has branched out into abstract painting, by using the focus on nature’s beauty that certain spaces can evoke. Barton wants the technique and style of her work to be the recognizable aspect. She prefers nature and tropical ocean scenes for subject matter, but her work is heavily influenced by the seasons. For her piece “Spring has Sprung,” the striking blue, deep red, yellow and purple flowers lay in contrast with the light background which allows the colors to stand out while blending in. The blue in the background deepens the cooler shades and the technique emphasizes the growth of the flowers in the painting. We love how Barton captures all the excitement the ground has after an abundance of rain or an explosion of growth in a field. 

Barton wrote this incredible testimonial about working with Dana Burton, our Fine Arts Specialist and Miller IDS: “When I first met Dana, she immediately put me at ease with her incredible knowledge of the colors that would be necessary to reproduce an image that would even slightly represent the deep vibrant hues of the inks I use.  It is definitely a challenge that she was more than capable to accept and achieve.  After the first painting I brought in was ready for review, I was amazed at the quality and clarity that she was able to produce. It opened up my opportunities to be able to reproduce any painting without limitations to size or substrate. I instantly became a repeat customer and have been pleased with every image scan that she has worked on. Without a doubt, I would recommend Dana at Miller IDS to give you a quality archival image of your artwork.”

Thank you, Mary, for allowing us to feature you this month. You can see more of Barton’s work here or contact her via email at marybartonart@gmail.com