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Featured Artist: Dustin Dattilio

 

Rosie, 12″ x 16″, Gessobord


Newly graduated BFA artist, Dustin Dattilio came on our radar a few months back when he was sharing his ultra-realism paintings of fowl and other wildlife through Facebook.  Since Dustin captures the look of a high chroma photograph in his technique, I was intrigued about his method and came to find that he uses a combination of media to achieve his look. Dustin has spent endless hours perfecting his technique and turning what started as a 
college hobby into a full time career.

Dustin began college at Castleton University in Vermont with the aim to become an Athletic Trainer, but enjoyed his downtime pursuit of drawing.  In his senior year, Dustin moved fully into Graphic Design and earned a BFA.  

His natural inclination to study and work on wildlife comes from a full background of hunting and fishing, along with encouragement from his grandfather, who does animal wood carvings.  Dustin often chooses his subjects based on requests or seasonal work, as well as interesting commissions, like the recent piece, Morning Thunder, for the National Wild Turkey Federation banquet this past February.  

Morning Thunder, 16″ x 20″, Gessobord


Starting with airbrush to get a soft, almost blurry, background, Dustin carefully renders his subject matter in the foreground, using acrylics.  Upon discovering Gessobord™ for his work, Dustin shares that the panels give him the consistently smooth support and brilliant color he prefers.  “I use Gessobord for a couple of reasons. The first being that I’ve found that they seem to hold colors better than canvas. Another reason is that canvas is great, but it’s also very expensive. There are so many brands out there of canvas that hold the paint different than the next, so I just stick with an affordable, dependable surface.  When it comes to mailing out and handling my paintings, I don’t have to worry as much about the canvas getting a bubble or something poking through it.”

Dustin can be found online quite a bit, sharing his work, his process and upcoming works for sale.  You can find him on his website or his Facebook page. Dustin also does quite a bit of wood burning work and sells prints of his work as well as the originals.  

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

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The Versatility of Claybord

Claybord™ is our most versatile board, in fact, the creation of Claybord is how Ampersand got its start.

 
Louise LeBourgeois
The Far Away #539, 30″ x 60″, oil on Claybord, 2015 by Louise LeBourgeois

Claybord’s highly absorbent surface is created from kaolin clay; a velvety smooth coating that is similar to traditional egg tempera panels.  The surface is so ultra smooth that it is ideal for mounting work on paper, canvas, photography, or fabric.  This panel is beautiful for working in graphite, charcoal, and subtractive work like scratching, but it also is perfect for inks, acrylics, gouache, casein, airbrush, egg tempera and even oils, like the work of Louise LeBourgeoisClaybord is exceptionally forgiving, it accepts our brilliant inks with ease, but allows for “erasure” with our oil-free steel wool.  

 

Claybord comes in 1/8″, 3/4″ cradle, 1 1/2″ cradle and 2″ cradled edges, and in a huge variety of sizes from 5″ squares to 48″ panels.  

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.