Yellow Studio Past Residents
For my time at Yellow Studio, I intend to further my explorations purposefully incorporating materials from my surroundings into my artwork. Specifically, I would like to work on a series inspired by the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. I plan to use paper-making techniques, printing processes, and alternative photographic techniques to create artworks inspired by thoughtful observation of the reservation. Having a devoted period of time for exploration, documentation, and creation of a new series of mixed media collages would allow me to develop and push my work in this new direction.
Observing, noticing, and reflecting are the fundamental elements of my practice. They are the inspiration for each composition. I am particularly drawn to the unexpected lines and textures that I encounter in my surroundings. These inspire my collages and mixed-media landscapes. A mountain's contour, the colors of a sunset, or the striations of a rock inspire me to take a photo, sketch or rub it directly on paper. My studies serve as visual references as I create larger compositions using repurposed papers, handmade papers, and older artwork. More recently I have become interested in finding ways to convey a stronger sense of place in my landscapes. I have done this by incorporating alternative photographic processes like cyanotype and printing with found materials into my artwork.
Each series begins with a limited color palette that unifies the shapes, textures, and lines. I work on many compositions simultaneously as I prepare and select materials. Paper or paint is placed intuitively until each artwork feels balanced. As I work, my process becomes more intuitive and responsive to the play of textures, colors, and edges within each landscape. As a result, viewers are left wondering whether the final
compositions depict an internal or external landscape or if they are imagined spaces. With each piece, subtle variations in edges, textures, and layers of paper captivate the viewer, creating moments of thoughtful reflection.
My goal for the Yellow Studio Residency is to begin an investigation into my fascination with palm trees and tropical flora. I will focus on researching the symbology and romanticism ascribed to tropical plants, along with observational drawing with photographic and plant materials. These drawings will become the basis and source material for later abstract works.
I enjoy the challenge of applying structure to irregular forms. It begins with a sketch from my imagination which eventually settles into a kind of ordered abstraction. Working more three dimensionally allows me to further explore what is happening in my drawings and paintings. I think an artist is like a composer of space, playing with notes and rhythms. It’s interesting to try to figure out how the notes fit into place. I hope people can appreciate the music without necessarily understanding the words of the song.
Painting and Sculpture are my ways of collecting, organizing, processing and influencing the world while allowing me to transmute complex and disparate emotions and ideas into works on canvas. I am most fulfilled exploring a diverse range of subjects such as inclusivity, body positivity, women’s empowerment and others. Despite my diverse subject matter, my pieces are connected through a very distinctive style and use of color, line and “voice” that is inherently and inescapably my own.
Last year I was awarded a grant and I have been working on my series “Breaking Out of the Box”. The series is a group of paintings, sculpture and writings celebrating the beauty and worth of larger, more curvaceous bodies. It is the result of an ongoing personal journey of reclaiming self love and self worth that is stripped from many women in American diet culture should they fall outside the false and economically driven ideal that women should be a certain size to be considered attractive and worthy. The series intends to free people from these misogynistic and damaging unattainable ideals. It is my belief that the diet culture at best is an industry created for pure greed. At worst, I believe this industry keeps women trapped on a hamster wheel which robs them of their money, energy and self love. When no time more than now does the world need women in all their power, insight and energy.
During her month at Yellow Studio, Alissa Leigh will be working on developing her mixed media techniques. She will also be exploring the idea of incorporating her hand drawn flowers with layers of various types of colored/printed papers and acrylic paint for a more textured abstract look.
Alissa Leigh, a self-taught abstract painter, resides with her husband and two sons in Bedford, New York. Her artistic journey began as a young girl as she was influenced by her mothers style and creativity. Alissa’s energetic paintings are inspired by her upbringing as well her passion for color, photography and the time she spends in her gardens. Using mainly acrylic paints, she also incorporates oils, pastels and collage elements in her designs. Through her distinct use of color, gesture and a visual language that is recognizably her own, her paintings become powerful focal points in the spaces they inhabit. Her style and design concepts are constantly evolving as she learns new techniques and discovers new inspirations for her color palettes and compositions. Alissa enjoys being a part of the vibrant local artist community and is a passionate supporter of the Arts. She is a member at various Art Guilds and loves attending local gallery openings and connecting with other creators and art enthusiasts.
My goal in having a residency at Yellow Studio is to develop a larger portfolio of work in both my visual art as well as my composing. With time and dedicated work space and the shared creative energy of others, I feel strongly I can work with more focus and purpose on developing a larger collection of charcoal drawings in conjunction with more of my multimedia pieces/musical meditations (video shorts of original imagery such as video, photos and/or drawings set to original compositions).
Born in Massachusetts, Rebecca grew up loving the Arts of all kinds. She attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. After graduation, she pursued a career in non-profits as Arts Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston where she developed programming for children ages 6-18. She moved on to become Museum Educator at the Kohl Children’s Museum where she incorporated the Arts into early childhood workshops for students and teacher training for public school teachers all throughout the Chicago area.
Rebecca is also a classically trained pianist who ran her own piano studio for several years before returning to the classroom as a student herself at Juilliard’s Evening Division Composition Program. While there she immersed herself in the study of scoring for picture, as well as orchestral composition and digital music production.
She currently serves as Board President of FAME, Bedford Central School District’s Booster Club for the Arts, an organization that champions the Arts for all students in the BCSD community.
My goal is to create with abundance across mediums, inspirations and styles to uncover my artistic signature while I explore the effect community has on my energy and artistic process.
Tricia grew up in Katonah studying a variety of art mediums and styles with local artists at their homes and at the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts. She continued to study studio art at Providence College while majoring in Systems Science. During a full corporate career at Morgan Stanley, Tricia often made time in the evenings for figure drawing at the Art Students League in NYC and eventually returned for a degree in interior design from Parsons New School. Tricia began her design career with Carol Kurth Architecture and Interiors before starting her own art & design business in 2018. A year later, Tricia released her first collection of original paintings inspired by the power in nature to guide us toward joy. Over the next couple of years, Tricia made a heart centered pivot in her business to her first love, fine art. Today she creates and sells original collections, as well as commissions and prints.
I paint and draw how something makes me feel, the positive potential energy it holds for us to alchemize into our lives and live fully. A magnificent sunset that pulls our eyes up to see a world filled with possibilities. A frigid winter’s air that reminds us we only breathe in the present…. I may paint exactly what I see and how it makes me feel or I may dial up the feeling and paint colors, shapes and lines that share the energy within. Either way, I dream of art that helps us find a balance and loving energy in our every day. Art that reminds us life is for living fully, not stressed or pressured to pursue perfect, but with ease and delight, adventure and rest. The balance is a paradox that is worth holding. I love to create with playful curiosity, experimenting with colors, lines, materials and subject, each revealing a different energy….Through art I am inspired to live fully and I hope to inspire others to do the same.
As a Yellow Studio resident, Shannon will create a series of visual artworks designed to work alone or as a series, that can be remixed and reinstalled on the fly by the observer, based on their point of view.
During the residency, visitors will have the chance to register for programs where they can create block prints of their own, and write short personal essays inspired by their print or by one of Shannon's works.
Since 2018, Shannon has been Deputy Director for Digital Strategy, Marketing, and Communications at Lifetime Arts, a national arts service organization leading the field of creative aging in the United States. Shannon has created, produced, and promoted Lifetime Arts’ digital portfolio including lifetimearts.org, creativeagingresource.org, and Lifetime Art's course delivery portal. She has directed the publication of over 200 articles and videos documenting the organization's positive impact on the lives of older adults.
Her efforts have influenced and supported their work with several national organizations including the American Alliance of Museums, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and the American Library Association. Shannon has overseen a multi-disciplinary team who manage marketing, communications, editorial, curatorial, social media, media production, content curation, web development, and design efforts.
Previously, she led digital content curation in the Corporate Learning unit at Harvard Business Publishing, and digital strategy at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum and at Harvard Law School. Shannon has also worked for global brands such as DDB Worldwide and Condé Nast where she served in various roles across corporate PR/communications, talent development, and enterprise web content management. She holds a MLIS in library and information science from Simmons University, and a BA in English Literature from Stonehill College.
Courtney's work investigates memory and perception through colorful abstract paintings. Bright colors create a lyrical rhythm that reflects patterns of thought, expresses an expansion and release and comments on our ever-changing perceptions. She is inspired by an inclination to connect with light in nature and the dynamic interactions of colors and life-bearing forms. Both overwhelmed and comforted by the expanse of nature, her paintings aim to reflect this sensation. Each work is meant to be an expression of renewal and hope for the future. Her visual vocabulary echoes feminine curves and flora inviting the viewer to approach the canvas where they are and see or feel what they want.
Born in Armonk, NY, Courtney received a BA from Boston College with a double major in Studio Art and Communications, focusing on visual communication and design. After working in marketing in the magazine publishing industry, she pursued a Masters in Art and Art Education at Teachers College at Columbia University. She has been teaching Art and Art History for over a decade, encouraging teenagers to develop creative problem solving skills and find their voice in art making.
Her studio practice focuses on exploring materials that connect humans and the natural world. A love of materiality, constant discovery and art historical traditions inform her expressive color use and dynamic application of paint.