Virtual Art Summit 2020
WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY?
The beginning of something wonderful. Our first Summit in 2020 was in response to the pandemic and global shut down. 16 artists pulled together video tutorials and we got it all online in lesson than a month. Instead of charging we decided to open the Summit for donations to pay what you could afford and turned those donations into scholarships for online courses with Kellee Wynne Studios. We ended up supporting 18 artists scholarships at $350/each including an art supply package worth $150 bought from a small business.
Meet the Artists from VAS 2020
Kellee Wynne Conrad
Since founding Color Crush Creative, I have been on a journey to understand color inside and out. In my lesson I invite you to take a peek into my new published book, Mixed Media Color Studio, and learn about my Five Principles of Colors in this fun tutorial exploring a limited palette and creating variation and interest with a focal color in this art journal exercise.
I am an expressive abstract artist, based in Sydney, Australia. I love to paint! I paint intuitively with acrylics and mixed media, whatever I can get my hands on basically! My work is energetic and playful, using colour, texture and bold marks to add drama and movement.
I am an internationally collected Australian artist with a deep passion for aesthetic adventure and getting to the heart of Creativity itself. I'm suitably excited to share my journey with you, whether it be in the form of creative community, unique art for your wall, sharing in my blogs or in reviving your own creative cycle through my Ink Art Workshops or Masterclass.
Becca Bastian Lee
I'm an Annapolis, Maryland based painter, photographer and creator. I attended the Maryland Institute College of Art from 2004-2008, graduating with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Art History. Since then, I've taken on various jobs including toy designer, children’s book illustrator, and high end photography editor. Through all this, I continue to draw and paint in my “free time”.
I was born in Toronto, Canada and raised in San Jose, California. I'm a self-taught abstract artist who started painting when I turned 50. Although it seems late in life to take up painting, the timing was just right for me. After a long career in customer service management, I was ready to unleash my creative side.
I love to create happy, colourful abstract art. My secret weapon is freedom and my current media are acrylic, fiber (mostly wool) and collage. My approach to art is intuitive and expressive, pushing the limits of paint, wool and paper to follow my adventurous soul in vibrant colour.
My paintings are full of expressive, abstract expressionism with loads of vibrant color, playful strokes, joyful energy and emotion that celebrate my love of nature and the magnificent landscape that surrounds me everyday. Through my art, I aim to tell a story of my love of the great outdoors.
I have been an artist my entire life. It started with that wondrous box of crayons and today it is still challenging me to grow, discover and explore anything that fascinates my creative side. I love nature, chipped paint and vintage game pieces. Literally find inspiration anywhere and everywhere.
I’m filled with calm as cheery, vibrant colors radiate from my brush while the strong morning light shines on my canvas. Between running a business and raising a family, I discovered that if I rose before the sun, I could sit at my easel with a brush in hand and time would stop. Now, I complete one painting almost every day and I’m not sure how I ever lived without it.
I’m known for overcoming a lot of hardships in life, but still being optimistic and full of laughter. I use art as therapy and see my purpose in life to entertain and uplift others. I want my paintings to reflect and inspire people to embrace their whole selves. My vivid color stories reflect the independence and vibrance of stories meant to be told paired with stillness and strength in shape and lines.
Playful color combinations, energetic brushstrokes, and extravagant texture best describe my art aesthetic. Whether it be my florals and landscapes in acrylics or my elaborately colorful watercolors, My focus is on delighting the eyes of the viewer with uplifting, otherworldly compositions.
My abstract expressionist paintings are infused with a powerful sense of beautiful chaos in a spirited palette of bold fresh color pairings found in two diametrically opposed places- the fashion runway and magical Mother Nature. I want to deliver uplifting energy to your well-dressed walls!
I am a lifelong doodler who began drawing and creating with purpose in 2016. I am self-taught and work primarily with watercolor and acryla gouache. I love patterns, florals, and contrasts – but most of all, I strive to infuse my work with feelings of joy and wonder. I consider it the greatest compliment when a collector says, “Looking at this just makes me happy.”
Pamela J. Bates
I think of myself as a soul-fueled artist, explorer and creative catalyst. I work in acrylic, watercolor and mixed media and almost always start my paintings with one of my favorite supplies - a No. 2 pencil. My art is informed by the natural world around me and the small moments that make life beautiful. An abstract expressionist at heart, I enjoy exploring all facets of art.
I'm a nature and animal artist based out of Maryland. Growing up in New Hampshire has contributed to my love for the outdoors and wildlife. With bright vibrant colors, I seek to capture the beauty of our world using gouache, watercolor, and acrylic paint. I attended Maine College of Art in Portland Maine and graduated with a Horticulture Degree from Palo Alto College. you can find my work in galleries and stores across the US.
As tech-savvy artist, instructor, and woman of faith, my mission is to serve others and help them get the most out of their art as a hobby, or as a business. I have been a working artist for the last fifteen years, and am self-taught, so I believe that anyone can cultivate their creative spark. I’ve taught mixed media art workshops and retreats across the U.S. and my work has been featured in countless books and industry magazines.