Where Maps Meet Public Art
In a new initiative, the Souderton Business Improvement District repurposed vintage newspaper vending machines and have given them a new lease on life.
They are fulfilling 2 great needs here: beautification through public art and providing maps of our businesses. Watch for these machines to pop up in their permanent locations throughout Souderton. Make sure to take a look at the map and check out all of our great businesses. Maps will be inside the machines, mounted permanently to the top, and you can download the map through our QR code.
MEET THE ARTISTS
I live and work in a former cigar factory in Souderton PA with my wife Heather (a glass & jewelry artist) and our dog Crusher. We took it from a rough dirty shell and turned it into a warm inviting space full of art. Most of my work is done in oil pastels: messy, rich, and a unique blend of drawing & painting. I also paint in oils and draw in ink. Stop in to check out my studio and lots of paintings of skies, trees, rolling fields, barns, and industrial sites. I like to focus on the everyday scene that might go overlooked but is totally worth acknowledging as a painting.
Oil pastels are a perfect choice for me. They are like a lush waxy crayon allowing me to create a piece of art that feels like a painting but is applied like a drawing. The brand I use was originally manufactured for Picasso and they remain the same today.
My work is known for dark outlines, unique views of the world around me, and great mark-making within strong compositions. I also make my frames and try to handle as much of the process of creating & presenting my work as possible. When I'm not painting, I enjoy my fish tank (the best studio mates!), being involved in Souderton's revitalization on multiple non-profits, and working on our factory building.
I am a freelance artist working and living in Souderton. I graduated with a degree in Illustration from Moore College of Art and Design and am an in house artist at Souderton's Art on the Hill, where I sell prints and original art. My work is whimsical, colorful, and always incorporates graphic shapes and movement. Traditional drawing and painting are my true passions, but I also enjoy digital painting and graphic design. My latest project is a mural that is being installed in Small Batch Kitchen's new Cafe and Storefront in Lansdale.
I am forever a student of painting. I have been painting for almost my entire life and I have created paintings with almost every medium imaginable. As a painting teacher for 20 years in the New Jersey public school system it has been my responsibility to learn about all of the different types of paints and how to apply them. This journey that I have taken with paint has led me directly to my medium of choice wood stain.
I enjoy painting with water-based wood stain and a Dremel, it is a process that is mine and mine alone. I mix dozens of colors in advance from primary red, yellow, blue, white, and black stains; these stains when contained have a fantastic shelf life. My process has developed over time, I have learned that if I allow some of the water to evaporate from the stains that they gain more body and their coverage improves vastly. For this reason, I have a set of full-body stains and a matching set of stains for washes. I use my Dremel rotary tool to create texture. I carve and gouge out bricks, clouds, grass blades, and sand. I have also learned about the many different Dremel attachments and how they can create different textures and effects. These nuances are not noticed from afar, but upon closer inspection, you gain a realization that they are not traditional paintings at all. It is that moment of contemplation that drives me to continue my growth and development.
I paint the places I love. The buildings, the boats, and shorelines are just place markers for memories that I share with special people in my life. I enjoy taking in my surroundings and imagine painting them. These paintings are my connections to the past and an unbreakable bond to my work.
Souderton Newspaper Box description:
My vision was to create a Newspaper box that felt historic or at least reminded people about the history of Souderton. I asked the townships permission to use some historical photographs of Souderton for the mural and I also took some photos of houses in the township that felt had a historic story to tell. Unfortunately, I could not use wood stain in the creation of this project because metal and wood stain do not work well together, instead, I decided to use acrylic paint, a medium that I also have some history with. I hope that you enjoy the end result, this project was definitely challenging and rewarding.