Today we’d like to introduce you to Maryellen Vettori.
Maryellen, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am an airbrush artist in southeast Pennsylvania. Having raised my family, I began to pursue my passion of creating art much later in life that what is customary.
The airbrush intrigued me from the start of my instruction as a student with Airbrush Action Magazine at something called a “Getaway”. The Getaways happen three times a year all around the United States, whereby a hotel ballroom is transformed into many classrooms where students come from all over the world to learn airbrushing from the best airbrush artists. I attended 10 Getaways, honing my skills along the way, and was excited to be asked to become an assistant instructor and then an instructor. I was featured in the magazine several times, won a skull painting contest, and instruct my own 1-day Intro to Airbrushing class and a 4-day Pet Portrait class, and assist in a 4-day Airbrush Mastery class.
I recently became a featured artist at the RAW Artist ‘CONNECT’ show in Philadelphia and am a member of The Artists of Morrisville. I have illustrated a book of Haiku, “Reflections of a Sacred Dream”, a collection of 30 paintings brush painted with acrylic ink on bonded paper. I also work in acrylic paints on canvas, shoes and glass, and I am interested in all medium that assists in the creation of beautiful images. The past 7 years of artistic exploration has been exhilarating, and I can’t wait to see what the future brings!
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My interest began in acrylics. I admire landscapes, and that lead me to exploring acrylic ink painting on bonded paper. They behave like watercolors, but you can layer and build color. I paint intricate portraiture and designs on canvas shoes. I paint portraits on stemware for weddings or any occasion.
My passion is in airbrushing. I paint on metal panel including flat panels that mimic canvas or any metal panel on automobiles, bikes, etc. I can airbrush on pretty much any surface. I can also airbrush on canvas and wood, which involve a different technique than metal.
Portraiture is my passion. I love pinups and the human form. I also excel at pet portraiture and specialize in pet memorials. I am in the process of exploring my love of landscapes with my airbrush, and I would like to incorporate that into some fantasy artwork. I utilize Photoshop to create a digital rough draft of my work, then bring it to life with my airbrushing.
Art is subjective and it means something different to each individual. I don’t have any message hidden in my work, but I would be honored if the viewer became inspired by seeing something I have created. I love the use of color to invoke movement and emotion. If I can capture the expression in the eye of my subject so that the image captivates the viewer or creates an emotional response, that is the most fulfilling feeling I can experience as an artist.
I believe that each of us have the ability to create; it’s just a matter of finding a medium that inspires it ~ whether it be cooking or playdoh, we should explore our creative side. I am living proof that it is never too late to begin something new. I don’t think I can translate that into my artwork, but I am happy to deliver that message to my viewers through my bio!
Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think it’s difficult to be an artist today. The internet has allowed piracy of original artwork, which directly affects all of us, collectively. Many artists are finding their work reproduced all over the world without permission or compensation.
I think it’s sad that most of the artwork I see at shows are strictly digital. Not that there is anything wrong with a beautifully designed and implemented original idea rendered digitally, please don’t think that, in fact, there is some pretty amazing work being drawn digitally, and I admire it greatly.
However, the things I see are simply a photograph with a filter, and I feel like pretty much anybody can create that without having any particular artistic talent just an aptitude for Photoshop. That muddies the waters for those of us who are using other medium from scratch to create our art. It dumbs down our process, because who would pay a good price for an original piece when they can throw out a few bucks and get a digital print.
Every city, township, borough, can support artists by offering opportunities to display artwork through community events. Here in Philadelphia, there is a mural project. Old buildings are beautified with gorgeous murals. As an artist, we should all pursue local events and exhibition opportunities. It takes a lot to put yourself out there, but there is nothing more fulfilling than to have people admire your work.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
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- Address: Maryellens Fine Arts 10 Lincoln Circle
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
- Website: www.maryellensfinearts.com
- Phone: 267-934-6701
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