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All Things Ampersand

Featured Artist: David Gonzales

David Gonzales

David Gonzales has a long history of working with materials to create something from his observations having been reared in a close knit family of artists. Born in Germany, but raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, David had opportunity to begin exhibiting his talent and artwork at the age of 12. He went on to receive the “Governor’s Award” at the age of 17, displaying his work at the Nation’s Capital in Washington, D.C.  Shortly thereafter, he received a full scholarship to attend the San Antonio Art Institute.

David Gonzales

As a multi-media artist with a rich Native American and Hispanic cultural history, David’s work includes pieces of his heritage, the world around him, and the stories unfolding before him.  The viewer, although looking at a two dimensional piece, gets to catch a full event through the motion, brilliance, color and design of David’s work.  He shares, “I love painting the same way an athlete would move, full of motion and energy.  Life is in constant motion and it is this activity that I strive to capture in my work.  Most recently, I have been painting a lot of sports from cycling to skiing and this kind of subject matter is perfect for that athletic zest to pour into my paintings.”  

David’s colorful work includes a variety of media, from acrylic to pastels, and his connection with Ampersand fits perfectly into his appreciation of the environment and a multi-media surface.  David found Ampersand’s panel in his quest for art materials that are better for the earth and humankind.  He was concerned about using cotton canvas, with the harmful pollution and pesticide use in the cotton industry.  “When I learned that Ampersand makes their panels here in the U.S. and from sustainable forests, I felt like I hit a gold mine,” he explains.

David GonzalesDavid’s work is represented by Art on a Whim in Breckinridge, CO, where he has current work exhibiting.  His work is also at Aspen Art Gallery in Denver and Aspen, CO, at Fare Bella Art Gallery in Manitou Springs, CO and at Great Southwest in Sedona, AZ.  To see all the latest news and art by David, check out his website, or follow him on Facebook.  

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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New Videos from Nancy Reyner

New Videos and workshops out by contemporary acrylic artist, Nancy Reyner,  working with gold leaf and acrylics on Ampersand Hardbord.  This video is a complete instructional tutorial on gold leaf, its properties and how to apply it to use as a painting surface.  Nancy’s exceptional instruction make this video a pleasure to watch and intriguing for even a beginning artist.  

How to Apply Gold Metal Leaf

Another full video for purchase by Nancy with a preview here:
Nancy will also be teaching workshops this year on Abstract Acrylic Painting in Santa Fe, NM and in Oklahoma at the Oklahoma Arts Institute.  You can find more details on her website:  nancyreyner.com/work-with-nancy.

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Featured Artist: David Joyner

David Joyner
Manatee Motherhood, 18″ x 24″, acrylic on Hardbord

Self-taught, Florida artist David Joyner began his art journey through drawing and a profound belief from his mother that he could be an artist.  David grew up drawing, finding companionship in pencil and paper.  It wasn’t until 2013, however, that he came to painting, entering Jerry’s Artarama and purchasing the basics.

Catching on quickly, David realized he need professional grade supplies.  “As for the surface, I was sold on Ampersand from the very beginning. There was no canvas to stretch, so I am able to dedicate more of my time to painting. I love using the cradled panels so that I am able to wrap the paintings around the edges. This sets me apart from other artists. For someone who knew absolutely nothing about painting, Ampersand made learning much easier,” he shares.  David uses both Hardbord and Aquabord and encourages new artists to experiment to find their preferred panel type.

The Three Musketeers, 12″ x 24″, acrylic on Hardbord

David currently runs a full time bread distributorship and paints when he has free time, among being a husband and a father of two.  You can find more of his work on:  davidjoynerartist.com

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Featured Artist: Rock Newcomb

Southwest Hotties, 11″ x 17″, acrylic on Claybord

Arizona artist, Rock Newcomb has had a life long love affair with creating art.  From an early age, he was drawing portraits and he continued to study through college and graduate school, obtaining both a Bachelors and Masters in Fine Art at California State University.  Before working full time as an artist, Rock taught art for over 25 years at high school and junior college.

Pueblo Colors, 30″ x 20″, acrylic on Claybord

In college, Rock’s undergraduate degree was in illustration and his graduate degree was in the fine arts, where he  experienced a range of art materials and media.  With his sense of detail and representational style, watercolor, gouache, oil and colored scratchboard served his purposes.  However, Rock found acrylic to be a more suitable medium.  “Approximately 18 years ago, after working on a watercolor for numerous days, I accidentally spilled iced tea on it and helplessly watched as the painting partially dissolved.  The next day, I purchased the three primary and black and white colors in acrylic.  Using techniques acquired working with oil and watercolor, I began teaching myself the use of acrylic, and have been working with them ever since,” he explains further.  

Claybord was a natural substrate for him to try while Rock was practicing scratchboard art 18 or so years ago.  A fellow artist gave him some samples, and he has been using Claybord and Gessobord exclusively since.

With Rock’s busy exhibition and commitment schedule, he hasn’t had time to teach workshops in the past several years.  However, you can see much more of Rock’s work online and in person represented at these galleries: Astoria Fine Art, in Jackson, Wyoming; Huey’s Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Lord Nelson’s Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Sun Seekers, 12″ x 9″, acrylic on Claybord

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.