Ray Paul began drawing and painting as a young boy, so art has always been a part of his life. Animals and images from National Geographic Magazine were his early subjects.
Growing up in Ohio, dreams of Florida and all things tropical helped him survive the dreary winters and infused his palette with saturated hues. This, and a fascination with science, led him to Florida State University where he received a B.S. in Biology in 1986. Returning to his first love, art, Paul earned his M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Cincinnati in 1991.
Ray currently resides in Tampa, FL., where he maintains a studio. His work is a synthesis of life experiences and a desire to illuminate the subconscious. Elements of abstract expressionism, surrealism, pop art, biology, and psychedelic music all combine and intertwine, creating an unique style of abstract painting. Each work is an experiment, as different paints mix and swirl, with meticulous layering providing the final touch.
Nicole Abbett is a Tampa based artist working with film and digital media photographic processes. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in photography. Inspired by her surroundings, Nicole finds ways to recreate the familiar and locate memory. People, historic sites, and abandoned buildings are fertile ground to support her creative vision. Her uses of traditional photographic methods often merge to create evocative photographs into a compression of time, which create an illusion between historic reality and the present day. This laying or visual collapse constructs questions to engage the viewer to ponder and participate. Pushing the visual boundaries beyond our perception of what is real excites and fuels Nicole’s work.
Clayton Swartz is a sculpture and fine artist who is based in the Tampa area. He specializes in modern metallic sculptures, as well as, abstract paintings. Clayton's colorful and creative sculptures can be found in many restaurants, parks, and art exhibits throughout Florida. Clayton's work blends modern abstract sensibilities with formal subjects. As a young boy the spark for welding and the creative process was set as he watched his father weld and braze metals into unique sculptures.
Originally from Miami, Clayton has lived in Pinellas County most of his life. He started his art career as an abstract painter while at St. Petersburg College and later moved into metal sculpture after receiving his Bachelors of Arts in Fine Art from the University of South Florida. He taught art for Pinellas County schools for 5 years and then began his professional art career attending art festivals around the state. Since 2005, he has been a full time professional artist and built his own studio in 2009.