Contemporary artist Carol Young came about her preferred subject matter in an extraordinarily personal way. Growing up, her family had a home on the North Fork of Long Island, New York where Carol spent her summers as a child. The landscape of that place became imprinted on her soul; the lush rolling farmland, the temperamental sea, and, of course, the architecture of old seaside cottages and tumbledown barns. She writes that:

I...thought about the families that had lived there and worked on the land in the past. I started to paint them and soon became aware of their vulnerability. They were being knocked down and replaced with larger and newer buildings. It saddened me... 

Carol had been painting since an early age, stating that as a child she would paint rocks and sell them to friends and neighbors for a quarter apiece. After studying fine art in college she began a career in graphic design and spent many years as a Senior Creative Director while painting on the side. During that period she began to feel the urge to be the one behind the canvas once again. She finally took up painting professionally and full time in 2013 and hasn't looked back since.

"Springtide" 36x36

Carol's architectural paintings are made up of abstracted planes of color, the meeting of angles, and the depth of shadow which come together to create a poignant sense of the spirit of a place. Even within the abstraction, there remains a strong identity with history and a weighty emotion to her work exemplified in the strength of color and boldness of line. She paints with the intention that the people who move into the new developments that replace these old structures might hang an image of what once was on their wall. In this way, her work walks on that knifes edge between classic and contemporary, between the new and the old.

"Backroad Barns" 30x40

Aside from her heartfelt scenes of old buildings, Carol enjoys painting the sea and animals, treating all subjects with an equally bold brush and the same keen eye for emotion. She currently resides in CT where she operates her painting and design studio The Creative Barn.

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.

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