Known for his haunting, fog-shrouded images of ships at rest and his idyllic coastal landscapes, Jeff Sabol's work celebrates the peaceful joy of being out on the water.

An avid sailor since his youth, Sabol grew up at the mouth of the Housatonic River and spent his early years exploring the Connecticut coastline. These early experiences shaped the way Sabol understands, and paints, the water - a place where one can experience the world as complete and whole. His work often features the dissolution of the horizon line, a masterfully wrought reflection being the only thing to differentiate the water from the sky. Often in his pieces, the water and the sky are the main focal points, with the beautifully wrought craft being set off-center, almost serving more to illustrate the texture of the water than to serve as a focal point.

"Port Clyde" 24x36

Sabol says that his works are primarily about the interplay of positive and negative space with a focus on exploring that grey area that exists between things. He places emphasis on the formation of line and the ways in which different objects react to movement. His works play with gentle movement and the concept of stillness within it.

"Elysium and Compass Rose" 60x36

As a member of the illustrious American Society of Marine Artists (the meaning behind the letters ASMA beside the signature) Sabol is counted among the best maritime painters of the 21st century. The ASMA is known for its emphasis on education and outreach with all members being expected to contribute to furthering the organization's mission in some way.

"Peapod" 36x18

Sabol has won no shortage of recognition for his work including the Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award and the Maritime Award of Excellence. His work resides in the public collection of Mystic Seaport in Mystic CT as well as numerous private collections.

Inspired by the beauty of the natural world and channeling the spirit of the French impressionists, Henrietta Milan creates landscapes that are at once tranquil and full of life. Her use of the palette knife gives her work a wonderful textural surface, bringing the objects of the piece into the viewer's space and blurring the line between the pictorial and the sculptural.

Henrietta was not always interested in art. Born in Chicago to parents of Czechoslovakian and Polish decent, her first passion was gymnastics. She had a celebrated career as a competitive gymnast before retiring to coach professionally. She first picked up the paintbrush in 1972 while seeking to earn extra money to take her family to the Summer Olympics in Munich. Her talent was recognized immediately and in 1979 she opened her home gallery to the public. At first glance one might think that art and gymnastics are two diametrically opposed pursuits - one a process of quiet contemplation, the other a frenzy of movement - but it is clear from the energetic forms in Milan's work that her past as an athlete is never far behind her.

Iris 57 (12x12)

Milan has traveled extensively and seeks inspiration wherever she goes. Though, like the original impressionists before her, the landscape of Normandy in France has a special place in her heart. She has been known to make nearly yearly pilgrimages to France to seek inspiration in the collections of the Musee d'Orsay or the gardens of Giverny so treasured by Monet.

Lily 142 (16x20)

Henrietta works primarily from photographs and says that images from just one session are enough to inspire her for a whole year. She paints in her studio in Fort Worth, Texas, layering paint with her palette knife to form her images that are at once sculptures and paintings. The textural surface of her works inspire a kind of wonder - a desire to reach out and touch, to "read" the surface of the canvas like braille. The varied surface of the canvas, paired with Milan's attentive eye to light and color create an image that seems to move and live as the light changes.

Poppy Fiesta (36x36)

Milan's work is featured in collections all over the world including in private collections in Indonesia, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, New Zealand and Japan. An avid philanthropist, Milan routinely gives back to her local communities and has been regularly lauded for her charitable work.

"I think the point with every painting is to find the inherent drama in each thing we’re trying to paint and then bring that out, in a huge way." - Trip Park

Trip Park considers himself a relative newcomer to the art world. With an illustrious career as an art director for several well-respected advertising firms already behind him he says that he was always curious about what it would be like to be on the other side of that process; in the artists studio instead of looking in from the outside. Even with this "draw of the dark side" as he calls it, Trip didn't consider becoming an artist until his wife asked him to paint some pieces for her lifestyle and design boutique. After that he was hooked.

Horseshoe Path - 24x24

Trip's star rose quickly. Before leaving the world of business entirely in order to pursue art full time, Trip was tapped by Blue Sky Studios to serve as a character designer. During this period he helped design commercials for everyone from AT&T to McDonalds. Realizing that the world of animation wasn't truly his passion, Trip quit the industry and elected to start a career in painting and making art full time.

Rowdy Racquet - 16x36

Using his background in advertising as a platform off of which to launch his own creative endeavors, Trip's work is graphic and colorful with a free-spirited element of play that appeals to adults and children alike. His work grabs attention wherever it is hung, and is most memorable for the free brushwork and eye-catching color palette. Most of his work is acrylics on canvas but Trip is not afraid to mix in elements of the untraditional to enliven his works (glitter for example). Trip's philosophy is a simple one - make art that people want to look at. While astonishingly prolific, his process is methodical, with pieces going from ideas to mock-up digital sketches to full works of art in as little as a day or two.

Country Buoys - 48x24 Cruisin Oars - 24x72

In addition to being prized by many collectors, Trip's work has been featured in over 16 children's books. He currently lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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