drawing/illustration

I am an artist residing in Mahomet, Illinois working primarily in oil pastel and acrylic paint.

Influenced by the home gaming culture as a child, Jason’s earlier material consisted of small doodled characters that eventually developed to more detailed comic book style illustrations in his adolescence. These illustrations made for a suitable transition into a more “Fine Arts” approach to subject matter.

While working toward his AFA at Parkland College, Jason studied drawing, watercolor, and design under professors Don Lake and Ann Coddington Rast. Introductions to new mediums such as pen and ink and photography also contributed to an expanding knowledge of artistic processes and relationships.

Upon transferring to the University of Illinois to pursue a BFA in Graphic Design, Jason found digital media’s aesthetic applications to be discomfortingly unfamiliar, but provocative and challenging. The influence of this new visual culture set the stage for continued interest and further exploration in the relationships of combined media, its levels of communication, and social intent.

I began my life as an artist on the floor of the dining room, drawing with crayons while my mother played the piano. My favorite game was to draw what I felt from her music.

I studied art and design at North Park College in Chicago, then pursued a career in graphic arts, finally retiring from that in March 2012. Meanwhile, I continued to study painting and drawing in my own time. I took classes wherever and whenever I could. I studied acrylic painting and anatomy drawing under Tom Heflin (another artist represented here on Fine Art Studio Online) through Rock Valley College in Rockford, IL. I went to work early, worked through my lunch hour, and stayed late, so I could take a class in watercolor from Don Lake at Parkland College in Champaign, IL. I began painting with watercolors about 15 years ago and continue to learn new techniques and explore new subject matter.

I have displayed my work at summer art fairs throughout Illinois and in Wisconsin, displayed at the Artists Against Aids benefit show and sale in Champaign, IL, where I was the top seller in 2004. When I went to pick up my paintings, they handed me a check! I have displayed at the Boneyard Arts Festival in Champaign/Urbana, and had a show with my husband at Indigo Artists' Co-op in Champaign, IL. He had photographs of ships and I was doing paintings of fish, so we called the show "Fish and Ships".
My fish paintings were so well received that I decided to keep swimming for a while.

BFA - Illinois Wesleyan University

part of the Monday Life Drawing Group, Champaign, IL
member of the Craft League of Champaign-Urbana, IL

In 1963 born in the small Midwest Illinois town of Mahomet, I went to school and graduated from Mahomet-Seymour High School in 1982. After high school I felt the need to experience other places besides the tranquil fields of the small Midwest farm country. In 1986, I found myself in Jacksonville, Florida where I obtained a Bachelors degree in Fine Art (BFA), with a minor in commercial art, and my career began designing
graphics for textiles. After 13 years in Florida, my travels brought me to new experiences in the large screen print industry in St. Paul, Minneapolis.
In 2008, I found myself back in the Midwest farm country of Mahomet, with family. Continuing my experiences with web graphic design, my passions have resurfaced for creating Fine Art. Seeing the enjoyment in peoples eyes, and face when they see my visions I have placed on canvas, has me wanting to continue to grow and explore the possibilities of the wonderful world of fine art as an artist.

Cary J. McClughen

Phil was born and raised in Flushing, Queens. His Dad played big band jazz and sang Opera. Phil painted a mural on the wall of his Jr HS across from the library, of Romeo and Juliet.They never caught him (actually it was 6 foot by 8 foot and took over two months).
In college at the University of Illinois, Phil loved his freehand drawing class but quit the Architecture program after one semester. Eventually getting a degree in Communications/Radio-TV. He helped start Record Service while still in school and worked at making it the best record/CD store in central Illinois for 34 years.
At the same time Phil played in bands (Bloom and Brownfield and the Rocking Clones) stayed active on the High n Mighty softball team and appeared in over 35 theatre productions, mostly at the Station Theatre. All the while Phil was using his creativity doing all the advertising for the Record Service (and mentoring and hiring HS students to do drawings for our ads)
Phil also encouraged many local musicians and bands to record and sell local records and put out three records on his own label as well as a Record Service compilation of twenty years of music from C-U.. And eventually took up writing for some local papers and magazines about local music, theatre and art.
Since 2004 when the music industry collapse caused Record Service to implode, Phil has worked extensively on his painting developing a style of painting on glass quite different from anything else he has seen. Using Van Gogh and graphic novels as two of his inspirations he has been carving out a niche while producing over 300 paintings.
In the last three years much of his work has been portraits of avatars he meets in the virtual world of Second Life but he also works in real life as well and has started painting local artists.And most importantly Phil has two great kids who inspire him to be a better person, Tess and Joe Strang.

Julie is passionate about art, nature, design, color, philosophy, and sustainability. She loves spending time outdoors appreciating the beauty in nature, which inspires her artwork and sustainable design.

Julie is in her final year of completing her industrial design degree at the University of Illinois. In addition to learning design, she has seized various opportunities to participate in courses in painting and drawing at the university.

I am a senior graphic designer and a creative force of nature with an innate instinct for design, illustration and photography. When “work” turns to play, you can catch me expanding my knowledge of obscure music, vintage horror films and perusing the local scene with my Fuji.

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