Valerie Craig, John suplee & Radhika Srinivas
Showing Oct 30th - Nov. 23rd
Artist Reception - Thurs., Nov. 7th 5:30PM -8:00PM
Meet, mingle, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and some lite bites with Valerie, John & Radhika
Valerie Craig has drawn and painted nearly all of her life. Known for her impressionist approach to color and light, Craig's subject matter includes urban and rural landscapes as well as intimate still life paintings, and figures within a landscape. Craig has had more than twenty years in the field to date, painting in both watercolor and oils. Like most artists, Craig continues to be a student of art, always reaching for a higher level of excellence, while discovering and expressing her own voice.
In 1998, Craig left her career in nursing administration to pursue her passion for painting on a full-time basis. She feels that her best expressions happen when she is on location and can directly sense the mood and atmosphere of a particular scene. Whether painting vast open areas or intimate spaces, she finds that capturing light and color is best accomplished through close observation and careful study.
Captivated by the landscape, Craig paints out of doors whenever she can and often completes larger canvases in the studio. Craig travels extensively, painting in Ireland, France and throughout the United States. She teaches workshops and seeks inspiration and opportunities to paint in the field. She values her teaching and administrative experiences as having increased her perspective as an educator and artist.
John Suplee is but one of the traditional painters so abundant in our region, yet the careful observer will realize that his work has taken its own path. Although mindful of an artist's obligation to establish a personal point of view, Suplee has for decades been guided by the adage "all art comes from other art". This controversial and broad-based study, which has encompassed everything from prehistoric cave art to abstract expressionism (a circular path if one really thinks about it!) is what enriches his approach.
Suplee's subjects are imaginative and distinct, often revealing beauty "between the cracks". One predominate theme is the interplay of plant life with man-made elements. Another is the constant (and not necessarily welcome) potential for change and disappearance that so characterizes life today. In fact, the artist directly admits that his work is often driven by "the desire to counteract - or even avenge the loss of things I care about."
John graduated from Hamilton College in 1969, where he was the first Hamilton student artist to organize and install his own four-year "Retrospective" of over 100 works created there. Over the following four decades he has painted and exhibited without pause, favoring solo presentations in institutions, commercial galleries and private venues.
Suplee's medium of choice has always been acrylic, but the imagery itself has evolved from gestural near-abstraction in the 1980's to what one Philadelphia critic termed an "Easygoing Realism" that has become his predominant style over the last twenty years. Although on site drawing lends instant irreconcilability to his location-based motifs, Suplee freely admits to being a "100 percent studio painter."
With a formal background in Textile Design and Fine Art, Radhika Srinivas rediscovered her passion for watercolors. She has participated in several juried exhibitions in the Philadelphia area, winning many notable awards including The Poster Award during the Live Paint out at the Wilmington Jazz Festival, Best of Show, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Award in the On Location Plein air Event at the Brandywine Museum of Art in 2017 and the Outstanding Watercolor Award in the Bold brush Online monthly competition in 2015, 2016 and 2018. The city of Wilmington has recently acquired her painting that was created live during their annual Jazz Festival. Her paintings are also in the permanent collections of the Valley Forge National Park and Raymond James Financial.
Radhika has a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts from India, a post graduate degree in textile design from The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, and a certificate in graphic design from The Parsons School of Design, New York. While living in the US, Radhika had pursued her career as a textile designer; her designs were featured in the International Textile Design shows at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center in New York. She worked in New York as a designer at a renowned custom carpet company, catering to elite clientele.
Her source of inspiration comes from her various travels around the world, Chester County, Pennsylvania and everyday urban street life. She enjoys painting en Plein Air as well as works out of her studio in Devon. She is a signature member and the President of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, a signature member of the Pennsylvania watercolor Society, associate member of the American Watercolor society and the National Watercolor Society.