Self-taught and self-made, Amelia Polder is an up-and-coming acrylic and watercolor painter, whose style and color reflect the bright happiness her content emulates. Living on a farm in Lee County, Virginia, she draws much of her painting inspiration from the environment around her.
Primarily painting images of nature, farm life, and even coastal settings, Amelia’s paintings contain a serene quality in the impressionistic brushstrokes of her work. Her acrylic paintings appear textured and contain depth, while her watercolor takes on a quality that takes advantage of the lightness that watercolor demands. Her favorite subjects are farms, animals, seascapes and children, expressing the lighthearted quality these subjects contain in her painting style.
Amelia sells both originals and fine art prints globally, as well as takes on commissions and custom paintings. You can find Amelia on Instagram and on Etsy.
Ever wondered just what it is we do all day at Grand River Giclee? Look no further! Documented here is our process of how we create framed canvas prints! Our framed canvases are always made with care, just for you! Many thanks to Copper Corners Art for their lovely paintings!
Brian O’Leary produces beautifully dynamic street photography that reflects on the decay of architecture. Primarily photographing in Flint, Michigan, his urban landscapes include sharp focus, clarity from foreground to background, and a distinct interest in abandoned buildings, as well as industrial scenes.
Self-taught and born in Flint, his familiarity with the area works to his advantage. “In 2013 I picked up my first DSLR camera and began to train my eye and perfect my photographic skills.” Quick to hone in his skills, his personal style quickly became recognizable. East Village Magazine’s article about O’Leary discusses his style of “dynamic symmetry” which he strives to achieve in his work through patience and observation. Inspired by photographers Vivian Maier and Henri Carier-Bresson, he emulates their in-the-moment street photography and conscientious detail.
Working security at the Flint Institute of Arts, O’Leary has been able to study all the paintings for inspiration, and transfers this into his photography. Hoping to pursue more photography and film in the future, he has been featured in Buckham Gallery, with hopes to gain more recognition the more he produces art.
Using bright, bold colors as vibrant as her personality, Carla Bank paints in a way that expresses pure joy. Born in Mexico City and raised in Cancun, she incorporates her Mexican identity into her work, as well as experiments with “geometric abstraction and a return to paintings that are highly detailed and recall a sense of place”.
Carla has a background in Graphic Design, trained in Guadalajara, Mexico. Exhibiting nationwide, she shares her work with the masses, and finds happiness in meeting those who love her art. “I attribute my success to genuine passion and the tireless pursuit of excellence”. Traveling nationally to attend her art shows, Carla also travels internationally, allowing herself to “experience art from every continent,” constantly learning and growing from her experiences, and translating them into her art.
Neela Ahmed recently graduated from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. She graduated with a bachelor degree in communications as well as a degree in digital art. Neela used our fine art printing services as she was developing her BFA solo exhibition “Colored Landscapes.”
The inspiration behind the exhibition was the landscape of her home. Each illustration suggested a certain time of day, similar to Monet’s Rouen Cathedral series. Her intention was to present one continuous day exploring time of day through color. Neela was heavily influenced by Thomas Danthony, whose illustrations use color and shadows to suggest form. She was also influenced by WPA style posters.
Acording Neela, “My favorite part of my design process is scouting. I work from photographs, so going out hiking and exploring the outdoors is fun to get the perfect photo to use for my designs. I mainly work with Adobe Illustrator, but will use Adobe Photoshop on occasion. I use the photograph to create the lines and shapes in the program, and find that using exaggerated color makes for a more interesting composition.”
“Balanced Rock is an illustration that comes from a trip to Big Bend National Park I took in the summer of 2019. I’ve always loved hiking and great views, and when I hiked to this spot it was my first time visiting it. I was in awe at the beauty of nature’s formations.”
“Kokernot is a semi-pro baseball stadium in Alpine, Texas. It has been called the ”Yankee Stadium of Texas.” It hosts the Alpine Cowboys semi-pro team, as well as Sul Ross’ Lobo baseball team. The venue has a rich history, and has a special place in my heart as one of Alpine’s best views.”
Rachel Oakley is an acrylic painter based in Michigan. Her work is bright and vivid, allowing colors and shapes to create motion and emotion. With duo bachelor’s degrees in Studio Art and Marketing from Oakland University, she is skilled in painting, photography, and journalism.
Rachel paints with intention of “celebrating the color of existence.” She sees the world in a pixelated, technicolor way, due to the condition known as Visual Snow Syndrome. She uses this as a strength in the color application and pointillist techniques she employs in her paintings. She explores ways in which to see the world differently, yet also creates realistic renderings with conceptual backgrounds.
Rachel’s vibrant personality and optimism toward life are reflected in her artwork. Her interest in math is noted when her paintings contain multiple lines and shapes that divide the realities featured in her imagery. Rachel is dedicated to creating visually stimulating paintings that “elicit joy and wonder in nature, geometry, and mathematics”.
As a member of the Ocean Artists Society and an artist for Ocean Geographic Society, Mary Sayre’s passion for aquatic life is evident. Painting oceanic wildlife as early as ten years old, Mary creates illustrative paintings with oil on canvas and, most uniquely, acrylic on marble. Her selection of marble as the foundation to her work stems from an interest in the color and texture that marble provides to add depth to her paintings.
Mary Sayre studied Illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI. She proceeded to live on the island of Port Aransas, TX to study reefs, fish, and participate in dive exploration and sailing to completely embrace her passion and inspire her paintings. Mary combines “fascinations with art, scuba diving and marine ecosystems” to raise awareness on the environmental protection of aquatic life.
Mary-Catheryn is the founder of Copper Corners Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She creates her work with a focus on how art can influence a home. Coming from a background of artists in her family, she began painting with the intention to enhance her own home with artwork that she felt a connection to. Her paintings consist of bold brushstrokes and bright colors that evoke emotion or meaning to the viewer. One could say the positive energy of these paintings reflects her own personality! The subjects of her work are primarily animals, as she shares a strong connection to nature from her upbringing in South America.
Here is what Mary-Catheryn says of her own work:
“I paint the cows that roamed our sidewalks, blocking our car in the garage and making me late to school. I paint the moody pigs that napped under our neighbor’s mango trees. I paint the chickens that slept at night, snuggled in the trees. Each painting that I create is vibrant, colorful, textured, and intricately layered. Countless hours are dedicated to crafting each piece of art. I strive to portray a balance of realism combined with loose abstraction, causing one to compliment the other. My goal is for people to feel a connection with my paintings in a meaningful and unique way.”
Eana Agoean is an artist, printmaker based in Southwest Michigan. She studied art education and fine art photography at Western Michigan University’s Gwen Frostic School of Art, followed by a seven year stint organizing art, music and food related events in and around Kalamazoo, Michigan’s vibrant cultural scene. In May of 2016 she graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design with an MFA in Printmaking. Her thesis exhibition, Occultation earned the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art’s Fresh Pick Award for 2016, and her work will be on exhibit there through August 6, 2017.
Eana says of her work:
The process of creating this artwork embraces the progressive nature of transformation. Inspired by the transformational aspects of the creative process, this work draws upon themes of alchemy, psychology, and various modes of sensual perception to explore realms of the unknown, as well as magical and mysterious spaces. Allowing the materials and processes to guide the creation, a great depth of insight into the unseen aspects of the mind can be revealed, as if creating a new philosophy; illustrating visually that which cannot be explained through written language or science. Embracing the unknown from the initial stages, process and intuition to guide the work. Building layer upon layer, each one is distinct, and a reaction to the previous stage. Mysteries are not solved by the final work; in many ways the work asks the viewer to question similar notions in their own psyche. To create this type of work is to embrace the natural power of metamorphosis, the distinct stages along the way, and the acceptance that outcomes are not always known.
Bridgette McGee is a talented young artist with a diverse set of skills. Both her incredibly detailed ink drawings and her colorful and stylized illustrations show deep understanding and control of her media. Add to that an impressive command of textile design and the demanding medium of batik and you’ve got an extraordinarily well-rounded artist!