Tony Segale’s artistic endeavors started in childhood, doodling ideas and images both fitting and unsuitable, and cartooning for the school newspaper. Primarily self taught, he began hand lettering signs and pictorials as a side gig during his first career in the retail meat trade. Switching to a new endeavor as a full time commercial artist, Tony specializes in reverse glass gold leaf and large format murals, with watercolors being utilized in the creation of maquettes and design. Soon, he found himself expressing his own observations with a twist of what ought to be.
Tony considers himself an abstract realism painter, original interpretations created in his graphic bravado style. “Every creative action risks failure. If the risks are little, the reward is little”
Tony likes to paint plein air, or work from sketches on location then re-imagined in the studio. He teaches workshops in the study of watercolor, drawing, brush lettering and reverse glass gold leaf.
June Featured Artist: Kelli Perault
“ Kelli is a self-taught graphic designer and digital artist. She enjoys channeling her love of houseplants, humor, feminist pop culture and retro design styles into her art. When not making art, Kelli can be found adequately mothering her two daughters, taking walks while listening to podcasts, or wondering if her back pain is because of how she slept last night or just because she’s in her thirties now.”
About the Artist:
Geneva Mello is a third generation Lodi resident. She received her BFA in Studio Art at University of the Pacific, and continued her education at California State University, Fresno where she earned her MA in Art in 2010. Her paintings are often inspired by myths, archetypes, dream imagery, and nostalgia, tying in bits of her Central Valley heritage through references to agriculture, the local landscape, and her own family. When she isn’t painting, Geneva enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and working in the community with the Lodi Rotary Club.
“Nymphs & Dryads” Artist Statement:
Nymphs and Dryads is a series of paintings inspired by the creatures from classical mythology. Trees and old zinfandel vines are transformed into ambiguous female figures, stretching out gnarled branches in the midst of transformation. Instead of creating images of pure fantasy, I’ve tied in references to Lodi’s vineyards, valley oaks, and the Mokelumne River, adding a little magic to the Central Valley. Painterly strokes, drips and visible brushwork show elements of energetic transformation and mystery.
Contact Geneva Mello 209-607-2841, email@example.com, http://www.genevamello.com