Alexis Smith's love of art and graphic design began as a young child. Her fascination and allure of Ancient Egyptian culture started her down the path of art at an early age. In her high school years she started perfecting her line work and drawing skills doing comic book illustrations.
Once Smith progressed her line drawing skills and graduated high school she set out to become a tattoo artist. She worked in highly reputable tattoo shops in the Pittsburgh area. During her progression into tattoo artistry she learned many more valuable skills that helped transform from her skin medium to painting on canvas. Alexis didn't choose a traditional nylon canvas approach, instead opting for abstract and unconventional canvas mediums such as cardboard, wood and walls for murals.
Smith's predominant paint medium is Acrylic paint, gold and silver leaf which she uses to rise above simple 2-dimensional flat images into 3 dimensional visceral visual constructs. Her mixed medium approach evokes iconography and almost religious context to the ideas being portrayed in her ancient and modern cultural interpretations. Alexis's lifelong fascination with religious theology and occultism across many different cultures of the world have fed into her art designs and aesthetics. She chooses dark and brooding images that connect on many emotional levels to the observer but also themes of light and ascension to higher plains of consciousness in the images of gods, goddesses and demi-gods portrayed in her work.
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“Learning about new art techniques is one of my favorite things to do. As an art teacher to students in grades seven through twelve, I must possess a wide range of techniques to keep them interested in art. When I broaden my horizons in art, I have more items in my toolbox to share with my students."
Julie Yankovich began her professional career as art teacher at Geibel High School in Connellsville where she has been teaching for 16 years. Teaching many mediums such as 2D, 3D, and photography, her favorite medium to work in is 3D. "My favorite 3D medium is papier mache. I had been looking to learn a new 3D medium to share with my students." Julie has spent countless hours trying out new materials from an assortment of papers, cardboard and tape, and how they react to different papier mache mixes.
I have been creating papier mache dolls for the Dark Arts show. The theme for this show corresponds with the work that I was already creating over the summer. My influences for this include folklore, storytelling, magic, connecting with the earth and witches.
Teaches HipNotic Motion Bellydance at OmBody Studio. Will perform a demonstration at the event!