R.R. Anderson is a cartoonist, inventor, author of "The Tacomic" and one of the most curious alternative political cartoonists on
FeedTacoma.com. Named 1 of the 15 Most Fascinating People by the Tacoma Komo 4 blog, R.R. is known for having fought bizarre underground beings in the lava tubes of Juneau, Alaska; being wounded by a laser before it was invented; and being a founding father of the Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians (C.L.A.W.). Seek him drawing on the sidewalk at Friday's Frost Park Chalk Challenge in the center of downtown Tacoma. Ultimately his work is about friendship, need and other timeless values. www.holisticforgeworks.com/ >Read our interview with R.R. Anderson!
Gabriel is an artist, activist, and shoe cobbler born in Spokane, Washington. His work consists of multimedia installations, satirical street performances, and collaborative community-based projects. Gabriel holds an M.F.A. from Washington State University and has been a professor of sculpture, 3D-design, and humanities. He is well-known in the Tacoma art community as a Garbologist (the study of refuse and trash), and has lectured throughout the Northwest on topics of waste, consumerism, contemporary art, and permaculture. Gabriel enjoys fishing, gardening and eating, but his ultimate goal is to heal affluenza by bringing an end to materialism!
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Born in a suburb of Chicago and raised in Alabama, Kyle moved to Tacoma in 2005 to teach sculpture and photography classes at Tacoma Community College. His artwork focuses on the interconnectedness of biological systems and how the human population has greatly altered these natural processes. Much of his work is large sculptural installations. The goal of Kyle's work is to illustrate the similarities between various systematic relationships (watersheds, circulatory, vascular, lymphatic, etc.) so that viewers will begin to ponder and question their personal influence upon these natural systems and become more aware of the possible positive changes that can be made in their life styles to improve their surrounding environment. Kyle holds an M.F.A. from Georgia State University, an B.F.A. from Auburn University and lived and worked in Alabama for 15 years before relocating to the South Sound.
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An artist from a young age, Oliver began working in glass at 16 and continues to be an active member of the contemporary glass movement. His artwork ranges from cast glass sculptural forms to public installation to scio-community-art-stewardship. He owns and operates the Fulcrum Gallery, manages Totally Blown Glassworks, and is a recognized community leader in the arts development within the city of Tacoma.
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Spencer is an Associate Professor at Pacific Lutheran University where he teaches sculpture and ceramics. Born in Minnesota, Spencer grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada and the Los Angeles area before joining the army as a medic at 17. He was stationed at Ft. Lewis from 1989 – 90 and moved back to Pierce County in 2006 after having lived in Montana, Kentucky and Arizona.
Creativity has always been a part of Spencer's life, but it was in high school where he started being influenced by art, and began to think of himself within that context. After leaving the army, Spencer pursued his art as a career, with the goal of teaching art at the university level. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Arizona State University. >Read our interview with Spencer Ebbinga!
Travis Galindo, Chris Jordan and Kenji Stoll
Travis, Chris and Kenji are well-known mural artists who live and work in the greater Tacoma region. Their vibrant murals are found in prominent places throughout the County, including The Graffiti Garages on 9th and Broadway and Intel's DuPont Campus. In addition to collaborating on art projects, Travis, Chris and Kenji are also all graffiti and visual art teachers at Fab-5.
>Read our interview with Travis, Chris and Kenji!
Until recently, Matt found himself compelled to draw cell-towers. To him, they represented individuals; collectively, they were everyone he knew and everyone he had yet to meet. The drawings were the remnant of the traditional portrait; fleshy, visual likenesses which had been boiled down to their essence. The towers were the connection to his world. Then his iPhone was stolen, and all his images with it.
Everything changed in that moment. Matt felt he could no longer represent his friends and family as towers. He needed those fleshy representations; the memories of people he loved and places he has been. From that loss forward, he has sought to reclaim those stolen images. Matt has begun to "backup" his memories in paint, not pixels, in an attempt to safeguard against them being taken again. mattjohnsonart.com/ >Read our interview with Matt Johnson! Maria Jost
Maria's artwork is informed by the ecology of the Northwest. She became enchanted with the soggy green forests here by looking at nature through the eyes of a scientist. It didn’t take long for the familiar plants and trees to start appearing in her artwork, and for Maria to begin to start exploring science through the eyes of an artist. Within her artwork, plants are the most common characters, and she hope their stories to be both informative and elegant. Maria holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Puget Sound and will be completing her M. Ed. from University of Washington, Tacoma this June.
mariajost.com >Read our interview with Maria Jost!
Chuck is a Northwest artist, illustrator/cartoonist, and game designer. Known primarily for his comic illustration, Chuck is also translating these skills to large scale paintings and drawings. His work can be found in Popgun Volume 2, Zombie Bomb! Volume 2, and The Spoils of Crime among others. He also works for Arenanet, as a UI Designer.
Chuck is currently working on two comics projects. First is Captain Zombie, story and character created by Matty Field. Second being an unnamed comic with Nate Bellegarde, of Brit and Hector Plasm fame. Chuck is also in the beginning stages of a painting series, focused around Freddie Mercury. www.seakae.com >Read our interview with Chuck Knigge!
Meghan is a talented artist who was born and raised in the Tacoma community. Her illustrations feature items such as hands and ribbon and are done in graphite and watercolor. She received her BFA from the Pacific NW College of Art in Portland, OR.
www.meghan-mitchell.com >Read our interview with Meghan Mitchell!
Susan Russell Hall
Susan uses art as her visual language, with the hope of bringing discovery, compassion, and empowerment to the viewer. She works in the encaustic medium, which originated in Egypt over 2000 years ago. It is a time consuming process in which hot beeswax and pigments are applied to a prepared, reinforced wooden board in multiple layers. The beeswax is applied as a hot liquid and the entire surface is heated with a propane torch allowing me to "paint with fire".
Susan's first solo show as a painter was in 1977 at the University of Washington Women’s Cultural Center, followed by over 65 group or solo shows. Susan is also a talented medical artist whose illustrations have been published in more than 30 medical books and journals, and have been used in professional and educational presentations locally, nationally and internationally. She is one of 40 artists selected to be included in "Encaustic Works 09" an International Encaustic Biennial in NY. www.susanrussellhall.com >Read our interview with Susan Russell Hall!
Peter is self taught in just about everything he has done over the last thirty years, including photography. He took what he considers his first “fine art” photo in 2007 and has been pursuing photography seriously ever since. Although he has taken pictures off and on for many years it is only in his 50’s that he found an artistic voice as a photographer via digital photography. Digital photography has opened a world of self-expression that has an immediacy which drives and reinforces his emerging artistic vision.
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Sharon is an urban, landscape photographer who has been living in Tacoma for the last six years. She has thousands of photos of Tacoma and yet, believes there’s still more to see and more to learn.
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Judy began her early work of photography in the underwater realm and slowly worked herself up to the surface. She is inspired to create images defined by their color, texture and light. A graduate of City University of New York, Judy is also the Owner of Sandpiper Gallery in Tacoma.