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Metaphorical Landscapes by Madeline Peckenpaugh
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Madeline Peckenpaugh was born in Milwaukee, WI, and currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island. She has had two solo shows with Seraphin Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, and has exhibited with Avery Galleries, PA, Gross McCleaf Gallery, PA, Schmidt/ Dean Gallery, PA, Sol Koffler Gallery, and Gelman Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island. She has work in the permanent collection of the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, PA, along with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Peckenpaugh received her BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2015, and is currently an MFA painting candidate at the Rhode Island School of Design.


My paintings are depictions of metaphorical landscapes, created through the force and tension of nature and material. The illusion of space within each painting is interrupted by the materials being used, and the narrative of the image is found through the process of that exploration. The landscape is felt through various forces of nature, such as: life-cycles, transitional states of weather, and gravity.

The mind’s depiction of form and reality unfold through the various mark making, in an attempt to create an engaging space. This space is being constructed by echoes of former representations that might suggest or feel like an experience of nature. It is important for me to be conscious of  the physical object of the painting itself, and the removed space within the painting, it's here and not here.

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Wandering Players by Delphine Hennelly

Wandering Players
Delphine Hennelly

Opening Reception: Saturday October 12th, 12-10pm.
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 12th at 4pm.
Showing Through: Friday, November 1st, 2019

1523 b Webster St. Oakland, CA 94612

pt.2 is excited to present “Wandering Players” a solo exhibition by Delphine Hennelly opening Saturday, October 12th in Downtown Oakland. The exhibition will feature a new series of paintings by the New York based artist. pt.2 gallery is located at 1523 b Webster St. and is just blocks away from both 12th & 19th St Bart Stations. Opening receptions at pt.2: are always free and open to the public. To receive a preview of the exhibition please contact

Taking as axiomatic the notion that there is no time but the present, which. contains past and future I use repetition as a means to employ this concept of time in the paintings. Much of this thought stems from Gilles Deleuze’s ideas on Difference and Repetition. I enjoy the idea of a liminal space where past and future can be inscribed in a present. In repeating a motif or an image I see the space of a continuity in time simultaneously accepting the fact of the still image. A painting will never be a narrative in movement such as would happen in film but perhaps a painting can allude to the temporal or the notion of an omnipresent event. I enjoy how in every repetition there occurs something specific, and therefore new in the work. It is within this structural thought that drawing becomes a key component of the work. Welding concept with form I lean towards bending the nature of the paint to fulfill a graphic need mimicking ideas of reproduction, the print, paper, ink, a doodle.

Wandering Players takes it’s title from the name given to actors of the Elizabethan period in England; Strolling Players. The figures in my paintings take on the role of actors playing archetypes in their ubiquitous banality. Slightly costumed, meandering a stage set in a bucolic landscape , an abstraction of the pastoral, the Idyllic. Anachronistic, their journeys remain random. The old dictum about the point being not the end of something, or the arrival, but how you get there. At the outset of any journey one does not often or always know where it will take you and what you will encounter. Unexpected things happen, you go up blind alleys, you get lost but you always bring something back that you can latch onto for the next foray. There are struggles, rocks, impediments but there are also discoveries and joys, sun and shade, moments of respite.

Paintings of Daily Life by Hiejin Yoo
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Los Angeles-based Hiejin Yoo’s (b. 1987) work will be exhibited at Half Gallery, NY; Paul Kasmin Gallery, NY; Fredric Snitzer Gallery, FL and she has exhibited at ltd Los Angeles, CA; Smart Objects, CA and Nicodim Gallery, CA. Her work is recently included in Hort Family Collection in New York.Yoo earned an M.F.A. at University of California Los Angeles (2018) and a B.A from Seoul Women’s University, and a Post Baccalaureate/B.F.A from School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

My paintings are an  intimate  journal  and  meditations  on  self-discovery.  They grow from journal entries and the world around me. I keep a brief diary of daily life, and it is  the  everyday,  mundane  things  that  inspire  me  most.  Each painting contains things that remind me of my personal experience and has a story that I want to tell, so I zoom in to the focal point and crop the parts that I don’t need. The traces of my memories show that I have enjoyed a remarkable life. I strive to make each of my paintings a reflection of my perception of the moment.  Since these ordinary moments  have  been  so  strongly etched  on  my  consciousness,  each  moment  of  my  life  becomes  an  event  and  a  personal history  as  soon  as  I  express  my  daily  life  as  a  painting.  The memories are  telling me something about what I remember in my life when I work and interact with them.

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Mixed Media Portraits by Gary Miller
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Raised by parents to never be wasteful and always resourceful, Gary was taught to repurpose and reuse materials to give everything a second life. Taught as a child by my grandmother who was a seamstress in a couturier in London about fabrics, pattern cutting, hand sewing, and embroidery techniques, he practiced endlessly sewing by hand wanting to learn her craft. Gary’s fondness of textiles and artistic skills lead him to art school at 16 and throughout his professional career he has attended weekly life drawing classes in NYC and SF. This has mostly been self-guided life drawing, where he experimented with various pens, inks, pastels, paints, and collage, again making use of what was around him.  Gary is on schedule to graduate with a MFA in Fine Art, painting and Drawing from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.


Gary is influenced predominantly by three things – first are people’s emotions, he finds a person’s face, posture or body that has character more interesting especially when they are expressing their true selves. Secondly color and color theories/combinations have a strong impact on the way a person feels or is perceived and as seasonal color palettes are a part of my everyday life. Lastly, he is drawn to different styles and techniques – this covers all dry and wet medium as well as textile and experimental processes.

Gary is working on a series of colorful mixed-media exaggerated and dynamically composed portraits using regular and camera distorted images. The images he creates as inspiration are derived from the feeling of the everyday confrontational portraiture, power, dominance, submissive, perception, arrogance or condescending attitudes.  Each of his paintings would consist of a combination of a tape, line drawing, acrylic and oil painting techniques, found objects, wire, flat surfaces, and textiles all combined in a dynamic portrait that has emotion and character. A dominant Analogous color story will used with washes and saturated areas of high key tints and mutes balanced with a foundation of neutral.  He combines wet and dry mixed media techniques to create an image that is part drawing, painting and surface textile application.

The textiles and techniques applied complement the colors used in the portrait. All appliques, are treated and applied to the canvas using archival techniques. Gary has always collected beaded and sequin appliques and fabric that are used to bring an unexpected quality to a portrait. He sees this not only as source of inspiration but also as re purposing a beautifully crafted piece of work and valuing the craft and knowledge that it took to make these works.

Gary’s paintings are on wood panels and canvas and very in scale from life size to oversized with the idea that in a gallery setting you look up or down on a piece or that the work is looking up or down at you engaging the viewer in a meaningful way.   These initial works are the beginning of a series of figurative/portraits that will develop and take on more subversive subject matter.  What is pretty on the outside is founded in an analysis of self-exploration.

Textured Paintings by Caoimhe Diamond
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Caoimhe Diamond is a visual artist from Northern Ireland who specializes in painting. She graduated from Bachelors of Fine Art at University of Ulster, Belfast in 2017 and went on to complete her MFA also at University of Ulster in 2019. 

I see Painting as a platform for decoration and the layered application of paint itself becomes a vital accessory to my surface. Areas of My Paintings have been brushed on, sprayed on, pipped on or exist as a premade paint texture. The impulse to decorate or embellish and find pleasure in materials when it comes to space-filling is something I relate to in my painting process and compositions. I use references from the media, aspects of myself and of people I know to reflect personal aesthetic. It is the emotional response to the materiality of paint that I find interesting and understand what it is like to hoard in everyday life. I find it compelling that recreations of paint forms can gain added value based of personal labour and through its unique qualities as I sometimes “personalize mass produced objects”.  I see knick-knack accessories, clothing, lucky numbers and common phrases as an extension of someone.

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Body Positive Paintings by Ping Hatta

Ping Hatta’s dreamlike gouache series want to invite you to live in a tropical state of mind. Think carefree summer, golden tan, effortlessly well-dressed and well-traveled. Her confident fashionistas with exaggerated proportions and various skin tones reflect the artist’s ongoing commitment to send a positive message about the body and ethnic diversity that the fashion industry is still lacking.


Ping is a Thai fashion illustrator and lingerie designer living in New York City. Born and raised in Bangkok and moved to New York City at eighteen, Ping’s vibrant color palette is a reflection of nostalgic places and a declaration of love to Thai culture. Her talent has been recognized by international brands and publications such as Vogue, American Illustration, Saks Fifth Avenue, Diptyque Paris, Rebecca Minkoff, among many more.


Vibrant Imagined Landscaped by Drica Lobo

Drica Lobo is an artist whose work captures happiness and vibrant strokes. Drica’s fascination with art began as a small child. She was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, moved to the United States in 2003, and made Hermosa Beach, CA her home in 2007. Largely self- taught, Lobo has taken several painting classes during 15 years where she has studied with celebrated artists including Jose Ismael and Lisa Schultz. She completed her Master of Communications Degree at the University of Guarulhos, Sao Paulo in 2001.


Her paintings establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, she investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.


The artist can easily imagine an own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality.


Drica Lobo currently lives and works in Hermosa Beach. Her work is included in public and private collections around the world, including Brazil, United States, Singapore, and China. She is a member of South Bay Artist Collective (HBCA) and Foundation of Local Arts (FOLA) in California.


‘I paint colorfully to show the world the positive influence of colors and the power of strokes, creating an imaginary scenario based on nature and freedom state of mind. Art is limitless and I'm committed to making the viewer closer to his heart, manipulating shapes and feelings through the selection and composition of color. More than anything, my paintings are feelings as much as they are imaginary. I recognize the value in self-expression, so I find a way to let my inner self be expressed on the outside. Colors are feelings, and it can also be possibilities.’

Collage/Found Imagery and Painting by Sarah Perkins

Since studying at Chelsea School of Art and Central St Martins, I have been working successfully and internationally as a freelance illustrator for twenty-five years. My commissions cover literary fiction, classics, popular fiction, and gift books as well as editorial and design.

All my images are a mixture of collage/found imagery and my own painting. My influences are eclectic: found objects, textures, and pictures; folklore; rites and customs; the natural world; places I have been.

Interview with Moniker Art Fair highlight artist Andrew Hem

In advance of Moniker Art Fair coming up on October 2 - 6, Create! Magazine caught up with painter Andrew Hem, who will be exhibiting at the show. Read his interview below!

Raised as the child of Cambodian immigrants in Los Angeles, Andrew Hem’s illustrative paintings bridge disparate aesthetic influences as well as cultural touchstones and sensibilities. Hem’s paintings typically highlight an individual within a group of figures, homing in on the one person who is often somberly staring out from the canvas. Using a cool palette in which the colors do not quite match up with the real world, the artist creates somber moods in illusionistic spaces set at a remove from reality. Although his color scheme—with its supernatural rendering of the natural world—elicits comparisons to impressionism, Hem also echoes graffiti art based on his straightforward and illustrative rendering of figures and space, as well as allusions to street culture, art, and fashion.


How and when did you first become interested in art?

I became interested in art around 12 years old through graffiti. I feel like most kids who grew up in the 80s in my neighborhood had a similar start.

Tell us about what inspires you creatively.

Great designs inspire me so much - whether it be architecture, fashion, or interior design. I love color combinations. I get inspired by all the different color combos I could achieve if I had more time in the day.

What is your process like?

I start with an idea in my head. I would then do some rough sketches to plan out the composition. From there, I would shoot some references. I like to add a 50/50 blend of reference and Imagination. Before, I would do all imagination and found that I tended to repeat myself. And when I used all references it would tend to be too stiff for my liking. The 50/50 was the perfect look I was aiming for.

Describe your current studio space. What is most important about it or one thing that you can't live without in your work area?

My studio is my garage and I love it. I use to have a separate studio but spending the money to transform my garage was the nest decision I could’ve made. I have a tv in that I probably couldn’t work without. I work while listening to movies so Netflix is playing all the time in my studio.

What is one piece of advice that has stuck with you or a quote that you find meaningful?

You are going to need a Coretta Scott to be king.

Can you share a bit about what you will be exhibiting at Moniker and what viewers can look forward to?

Most people think that an artist is born with talent. They don’t really know the hard work and time spent perfecting the craft. I wanted to showcase the moment rarely seen. We see the end result and assume how talented that artist is. With this new body of work you will get a glimpse of the backdoor.

Abstract Paintings by Fraser Radford

Fraser Radford was born in 1987 in Brockville, Ontario. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Art History, with a minor in Religious Studies (graduated in 2009) from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, a Fine Arts diploma from St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario (2014), and a post-graduate certificate in Studio Process Advancement from the Haliburton School of the Arts (2014). He has held numerous volunteer and paid positions at galleries and museums in Kingston, Toronto, and Brockville. He has apprenticed with Shayne Dark, one of Canada's prominent sculptors based out of Kingston, Ontario.


Numerous galleries across Ontario represent his work. His work is held in multiple private collections in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Australia, and New Zealand, and has been exhibited across North America. His work has also been published in several magazines in Canada, and the U.S, as well as The Peace Project, a catalog produced by Gallery 9 in Culver City, California in 2010.

Visual Network Paintings Exploring Connection by Hadley Radt

Hadley Radt was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and is currently living and working in the Bay Area. She received her BFA in Painting from Sonoma State University in 2014 and her MFA in Painting from California College of the Arts in 2017. Radt’s work has received numerous awards, has been featured in exhibitions throughout California and is part of private collections across the United States.


Radt’s paintings explore the connection between systems in our environment and how they relate to her own impulse to construct order. The structures she develops become a woven pattern of overlapping and intertwining shapes and lines. The marks become a visual network of intricate systems and patterns that she builds and deconstructs by establishing a logic and method.


Even as she attempts to formulate routines of order in her pieces, the patterns start to become tangled, creating environments of organized chaos. Mistakes occur within her mark making, and her hand can be seen. She intentionally and unintentionally interrupts the systems she builds, causing unexpected glitches that break the pattern. The errors make the work less mechanical and, instead, adds a human quality.


Radt is exploring terrains of connections; physical, psychological, emotional, neurological. She is interested in the depiction of these connections and tracking layers of information. She is curious about how the viewer is able to move through the accumulation of marks, finding their own pathways to navigate.


Radt is inspired by examples of repetition and geometry in both the natural and built environment. Including; maps, architecture, fractals, particle formations, and neural networks. Our environment is full of repetition and pattern, she is intrigued by all of these different kinds of order and they influence the structures she creates in her work.

Paintings Commenting on the Curated Self by Vivian Rashotte

Vivian Rashotte is a self-taught Canadian artist who lives and works in Toronto. After graduating with a BA in art history from the University of Toronto in 2013, she began to explore her own artwork through oil painting. Beyond her visual art practice, she’s also an associate producer on CBC Radio’s q, the leading arts, music, and entertainment program in Canada.


My work is inspired by art history, pop culture, and the images we regularly see proliferated on social media. To reflect our current obsession with the curated self, I combine mundane, familiar, and luxurious objects into compositions that appear intentionally staged, sometimes mimicking flat lay photography. While this could be understood as a critique of consumer culture or our generation’s social aspirations, I think my work is more self-reflexive — my paintings ultimately become like the coveted objects they depict, which makes the critique more irreverent than earnest.

Graphic Landscape Paintings by Scott Allen Roberts

Scott Allen Roberts is a Los Angeles native living and practicing in New York. A fine art major from the University of Southern California and postgraduate from Parsons the New School, Scotts’ observational landscapes explore cosmological, ontological, and phenomenological concepts surrounding the ideas of existentialism and the human condition. In the history of landscape art, there have always been questions of how humanity fits into its environment. Having experienced close familial death early on in his life with the loss of his parents, themes of mortality both haunt and enlighten his work. The burning human questions of ‘Where do we go when we die?’ ‘Where did the world come from?’, or ‘What is the meaning of it all?’ were the first of many that Scott pondered in his youth and contemplated in observation of landscapes.


Roberts’ landscapes borrow from many styles to create work that is bold, graphic, and fantastical. His landscapes ask humanities questions of the unknown, enticing the viewer through vibrant color, larger scale formats, and hints of the decorative. The viewer is drawn into an allegory filled with metaphors. From a contemporary perspective, Roberts typically employs the use of reflections, cast shadows, and portals such as windows or doors as a question of where our actual and virtual lives intersect, and the illusions that accompany both sides. Scott continues to explore his personal journey through art and allows the viewer insight into not just his, but their own deeper feelings with the work. Scott is fresh on the New York art scene and having already sold to private collectors is ready to promote his work commercially.


Scott Allen Roberts practices fine art in New York. His work is comprised of landscape and figurative work exploring the concept of existentialism and the human condition. He has studio spaces in the Hudson Valley located in upstate New York as well as a satellite studio in Manhattan.

Intuitive Oil Paintings by Lorna Scheepers

Lorna Scheepers is a South African artist who followed her heart to America and is now living and working in Chicago, USA.
Born and raised in South Africa, she embraced art as an adult, enrolling in her first art class at age 27 and completed her art education at the Open Window Art Academy in Pretoria, South Africa, under some of the best and well-known artists on the South African art scene.


Although not obvious, her art is always deeply personal. She began painting as a means of dealing with personal trauma. Her dream of pursuing art was put on hold when she went through a divorce in 1996 and instead had a successful career in corporate marketing. As a single mother, she focused on her career in the years that followed and only painted as a release or when commissioned. Twenty years later, she is finally doing what she loves and enjoys most.




My creativity begins with an appreciation for the beauty in every day, often reflecting my emotions and memories and interwoven with more idyllic and imagined elements of the environment. Colour and pattern informs my practice and visually recollects memories of time and place.


I am fascinated by the dividing line between fact and fantasy, and the lingering imprint it has on our lives. I draw inspiration from my experience of living in between countries and continents, exploring ideas of socialization and one’s sense of belonging within a place. 


The presence of birds and other creatures are often a symbolic overtone with reference to where I find myself. It is a place of self-healing and transformation.


My oil paintings are intuitive and I seldom have a clear concept of what the end result will look like. The process keeps me moving forward.   


So many artist and tutors have been impressionable upon me along my journey as an artist and my list of painterly influences includes Odilon Redon, Joseph Stella, Gustav Klimt and Franz Marc to name but a few.


I paint from my heart, and it is imperative for me to remain integral to my own voice. My art reflects my current state of self, but it has no singular meaning. I believe that to assume that, is as assuming that every person experiences the world in the same way.


Formal Abstraction Paintings by Adriana Villagran

Adriana Villagran is a visual artist based in San Francisco, CA. She studied fine art with a focus in mixed media sculpture and installation and received her Bachelor of Arts in Art Practice from UC Berkeley in 2012. She picked up painting toward the end of her undergraduate studies, learning not only from the coursework and faculty but also from sharing space with her peers in the Honors Studio program. Since then she has been working to develop her individual artistic voice and practice and has exhibited her work both locally and nationally. 


My current body of work is a series of formal abstractions that explore and embellish moments of visual reverberation. For example, the place where contrasting colors meet and create an optical dissonance or the liminal space between forms that simultaneously cultivates tension and attraction. The forms within each frame act as vessels containing playful, energetic marks and colors, intermingling and informing one another in conversation. In the process of making them, my intention is to manufacture a vibrational quality with each piece, a wiggliness that makes it seem like a living thing.

My process involves sketching out simple shapes and interweaving them within a frame, drawing a myriad of small compositions and returning to the ones that resonate the most. I then flesh out the shapes and lines with color and texture; a process that is quite iterative and inspired by textures sourced from my quotidian environment. I make a daily practice of documenting and archiving patterns and humble tableaus that catch my eye in the moment so I can return to them for later use. This can be something as simple as a scuff mark on a curb or a dirt path through overgrown grass. It is especially invigorating to try to recreate and elevate mundane moments like these, capturing not only the visual aesthetic but also traces of place, memory, and feeling.