Meet Our Newest Artists

Elizabeth Garat painting en plein air.

Elizabeth Garat painting en plein air.

From an en plein air painter to a mixed media artists, the newest artists to join UGallery this month bring fresh new styles to our gallery. We are please to introduce the following new artists: 

Introducing: Maya Malioutina

Maya’s abstract mixed-media artworks are inspired by urban imperfections – cracks in sidewalks, peeling paint, rusted metal. Influenced by the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, Maya embraces the aesthetic flaws of city life, translating daily discoveries into heavily layered and textured paintings. “Some works have close to fifty layers,” she mentions. “I like to layer paint and media slowly, a little at a time.” Maya employs a neutral palette and generous applications of metallic leaf to create meditative yet sumptuous artworks, quietly enticing the viewer.

Introducing: Masha Vereshchenko

The Real Love  (10" x 8") by Masha Vereshchenko, acrylic painting

The Real Love (10" x 8") by Masha Vereshchenko, acrylic painting

Russian-born artist Masha "Mousebones" Vereshchenko draws on subconscious inspiration and an innate sense of childlike wonder to create work that invites the viewer into her dreamlike and unsettling universe. Specific artwork inspiration can come from a variety of expected and unexpected sources–a feeling, a song, a book, an individual. Masha is also a photographer, focusing on the colorful world of drag queens and club kids. “I love drag queens,” says Masha. “They’re the biggest inspiration to me.”

Introducing: Kathleen Giles

Kathleen Giles is a self-taught watercolorist who captures figures employing a realist style that sets a high standard for a traditionally tricky medium. She has been painting professionally for over 20 years, and credits her mastery of watercolor to understanding the properties of the paints. Kathleen says she never uses black paint, and she applies underpaintings of yellow and pink for warmth. “I use a lot of yellow in my work because it adds a beautiful glow,” she says. The luminosity Kathleen creates brings each subject to life. When she’s not working on her own artworks, she also teaches workshops across the United States and co-hosts a weekly cable television show called “Watercolors with Jody and Kathy.”

Introducing: Claudia Verciani

Inspired by the great Impressionist painters, Claudia uses paint emotionally to depict the beauty of life. She is most inspired by light, and as such, tends to paint en plein air frequently. Claudia strives to capture singular, transient moments in time in which the contrast between light and dark values are striking. She presents a body of work that conveys traditionally Impressionist influences across varying choices of subject matter.

Introducing: Nicholas Coley

Twenty years ago, Nicholas Coley found himself studying at a small school in the south of France learning the fundamentals of plein air painting. Now, living in the urban San Francisco Bay Area, he continues to utilize the same technique of painting outside, though his current environment is somewhat different than the idyllic hills of Aix-en-Provence. Nicholas often incorporates city elements such as vehicles and asphalt roads into his landscapes. “I experiment with less conventional dynamics to arrange the urban and natural environments,” says Nicholas. “If you love nature enough, you will see it even here, in our urban world.”

Introducing: Christine Peloquin

Christine is a mixed-media artist who combines figurative realism with quilt-like collage. The patchwork quality of her artworks in many ways alludes to the emotional depth of her subjects. Each portrait is seen through layers of fabric and paper, which can be interpreted as a visual metaphor for the multi-faceted modern woman. “My intention is to weave an autobiographical tapestry that addresses universal issues such as spirituality, sexuality, motherhood, and self-awareness,” Christine explains. She finds joy in deciding, through her layering, what to cover and what to reveal. 

Introducing: Robin Okun

Painter Robin Okun expresses the human figure in a contemporary style with emotionally intuitive presentation. Robin embraces the body as a sacred vessel that demands honor, respect, and love. She layers charcoal and acrylic paint with vibrant colors, bold shapes, and fluid lines to depict forms inspired by live models, photographs, and sculpture. Robin’s visual voice is unique and recognizable. Through her work, she strives to celebrate the varied human form. 

Introducing: Elizabeth Garat

A Sunrise at the River  (20" x 30") by Elizabeth Garat, oil painting

A Sunrise at the River (20" x 30") by Elizabeth Garat, oil painting

Growing up in California and Colorado, Elizabeth spent much of her formative years outdoors. “Exposure to nature early on planted the seed of landscape painting in me,” she says. She enjoyed spending time on her grandfather’s sunny sheep ranch and going to the beach with her grandmother. Her grandmother also would bring her to art galleries in Laguna Beach, where she was first introduced to California Impressionism. Today, Elizabeth lives in Tennessee and enjoys painting both outdoors and in her studio, a detached garage at her home. She has a keen interest in working with color and capturing the effects of light.

See artwork by all of our newest artists in the New Artists Collection on UGallery.