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I am a fine art painter and decorative painter. My BFA is from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. I worked for several years as a Scenic Artist in NYC, mostly on movie and TV productions. I currently live in Champaign and paint residential and commercial interiors and signs.
You can see some of my work on my blog (below), as well as an article written about me (and my husband) in the News Gazette.

I'm an artist/illustrator/writer living in Urbana, IL. I graduated in Fine and Applied Arts/Painting from the U of I.
I'm currently involved in writing and illustrating a children's book but, as mentioned, am involved in a variety of artistic endeavors. You may refer to my painting website (listed below) if you're interested in purchasing original art, or contact me through the 40North website for illustration projects, art lessons, and writing-related services.
As mentioned, I am able to assist you with children's book illustration services or help in an advisory capacity for writing - everything from kids' material through adult fiction. In addition to ghostwriting, my strengths are helping to develop storylines, characters, and dialogue to help advance your project.
I'm able to create/assist with song lyrics as well, having played in a band for several years.
Finally, if you're interested in art lessons, I offer drawing and painting lessons for beginners through advanced.

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Portrait, figurative and landscape work using oil paint as well as pastel.

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Kim Kissinger Marino is an artist living and working in Champaign, Illinois.

Her unique and whimsical mixed media paintings explore interpersonal relationships and the simplification of visual communication. Marino’s art practice is devoted to a study of the line in art and the ways in which the most simple of marks can communicate in moving and comical ways. Her practice focuses on The Language of the Line.

For many years Marino worked as a freelance graphic designer focusing on print advertising, marketing material design and outdoor billboard design. She also worked as a computer animator creating animations for television, private and corporate clients.

In 2010, she committed herself to her art practice and began a study that involves the reinvention and exploitation a series of line characters she developed.

Currently she is working on her largest exhibit and project to date. The exhibit and on-site project will be at the indi go gallery in Champaign, Illinois. Beginning on September 18, 2013 she will painting a 3′ X 12′ mural at the gallery. The mural and a one person exhibit of recent works will open on September 28, 2013. This project invites the community to follow the process either in person or through her blog: http://languageoftheline.blogspot.com

In 2012, she completed a large project titled: 150 Paintings: A Community Project: Interactive Mural. This work consisted of 150, 4″x 4″ oil paintings exhibited in such a way that they viewer could create new designs by rearranging the canvases.

Also in 2012, Marino was selected to attended a Professional Development Workshop sponsored by Creative Capital and Chicago Artist Coalition. In addition, she was awarded a 30 day Artist’s Residency for October, 2012 at The Prairie Center of the Arts.

Her works have been shown in one-person and group exhibitions in New York , NY, Chicago, IL, Rochester, NY, Champaign, IL, Urbana, IL. , Carbondale, IL, Peoria, IL, Macomb, IL, Evansville, IN, Paducah, KY,Owensboro KY and Albuquerque, NM.

In addition to being a visual artist Kim has taught classes in her studio to elementary age students. Classes have included clay animation, printmaking, quilt making, basic design and others. She also curated 2 exhibits of her student’s work and assisted with the University of Illinois School of Art and Design on an area High School Art Exhibit. Her love of art education is also expressed in her lecturing to local home school groups on such topics as Animal Symbolism in Medieval Art , The Life of Leonardo DaVinci and Islamic Art and Geometric Design. She also has been a docent at the University of Illinois’s Krannert Museum.

Marino received a BA in Art and Design from Brescia College in Owensboro Kentucky. She also did graduate studies in Fiber Art at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale before moving to Champaign, Illinois.

Richard Benoit, from Kankakee, Illinois, is a self-taught artist with a degree in photography. He works in a full complement of subjects using pastel, charcoal acrylic paint and mixed media. He has been pursuing a career in art as a means of self-expression.
Richard has been exhibiting his artwork, including his photography, for many years. Originally he got into photography when using that medium to take visual notes for his paintings and drawings but now he concentrates almost exclusively on that latter mode of expression. His work has been described as wonderfully intense, powerful and original and is included in the Illinois Institute of Art and Governors State University’s permanent collections, the Bourbonnais and Bradley Public Libraries, Aventis Pharmaceutical, Riverside Medical Center and many private and public collections throughout the U S.
Richard is a Guild member of the Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, IL. and is an artist member of Tall Grass Arts Association in Park Forest, IL.

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I make paintings because not making paintings makes me uncomfortable.
My paintings triangulate somewhere between cartoon, still life, and landscape. I typically make paintings on recycle materials, creating images that react to and interact with preexisting patterns. Sometimes, as a change of pace, I sit outside and paint what I see. My paintings are meant to entertain and unsettle, but sometimes just end up being pretty.
I am an artist from Illinois. I have been making art as far back as I can remember. There is an expensive piece of paper in a drawer somewhere certifying that I know how to paint and draw.

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