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School of Visual & Performing Arts

Department of Art : The Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center

2021 Senior Illustration Portfolio

Conor Burke

Conor Burke

Joseph Eller

Joseph Eller

My artwork reflects my critical views on nature, culture, and Christian beliefs and values. I incorporate many styles including illustration, drawings, and photographs. The one tool I could not live without is my sketchbook. This is where I lay out tangible forms of all my ideas, thoughts, and inspirations. It is here I am able to express my thoughts, emotions, and perspective of the things I observe. It is where I show what is on my mind. Therefore, I sketch whenever I feel inspired or for that matter, whenever I feel bored. It is in my sketchbook where I learn more about myself, and the world learns more about my mind.

Danielle Nielsen

Amanda Palladino

Amanda Palladino

I am an illustration major studying in Western Connecticut State University. I live in Bristol, Connecticut working on perfecting my craft every day. I specialize in graphite drawing and acrylic painting with a focus on fantastical subjects. I also enjoy working with oil paints, watercolor, and digital mediums. My objective is to continue developing my ideas through various art forms and allowing growth within my field.

Instagram: @amanda_pal_art

Mary Tedesco

Mary Tedesco

Artist Statement

Within my works, I depict what is real, what is silly, and what is decorative, inspired by what I observe in the world around me. While experiencing my environment, ideas for my subject matter come to mind. I can choose to observe and replicate, manipulate what I see, or have the medium at hand take me wherever my subconscious wants it to go.

Website: www.maryleetedesco.com
Instagram: @nondairymary

Matthew Wixted

Matthew Wixted

Instagram: @lovelygent


 

Danielle Nielsen

Artist Statement

I want to wring hypocrisy’s neck and tell it who’s boss. I want to make room for natural, spontaneous and guiltless creation, because it’s an expired artform.
I’m an eclectic machine. My illustrations are for me, first, then for those who need them. I don’t know what my work is, and never have; I like sharp edges and organic messes. When it’s not technical, it’s sentimental and sometimes horrifically unusual and cryptic. It’s about people, and me (whatever me is), and things that happened to be so weird they became normal.

Thesis Statement

Portraits of Monsters
What Is a monster? What does the embodiment of a person's energy, emotions, and thoughts look like? There are no monsters but there are things that are indescribable and monstrous. These portraits of monsters were inspired by nightmares, surrealist automatism, and psycho-emotional health. Each image is a snapshot of these feelings we are forced to confront—those that are heavy and also fleeting.

 

Website: dnielsenarts.com
Instagram: @dnielsenarts
Facebook: @dnielsenarts / Danielle Nielsen Illustrations