Carolyn Cohen, Lost Child

What Inspires An Artist?

Have you ever looked at a work of art and wondered what was the artist’s intention? What inspires an artist to create the art work they do? These artists, members of Manhattan Arts International, provide some answers to these questions.

The banner image is a painting by Carolyn Cohen.

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Didier Ventabren

Didier Ventabren, Femme au masque mauve
Didier Ventabren, Femme au masque mauve, oil and sand on canvas 28.74″ x 23.62″.

“My paintings highlight masked characters arising out of myths and demonstrating a certain primitiveness, as well as illustrating certain hidden driving forces in our civilized life. These imaginary masks and portraits refer to social theater roles and uncertainty in communication.”

Carolyn Cohen

Carolyn Cohen
Carolyn Cohen, The Lost (Boy), hand embroidered batik, 20” x 14”.

“The subject matter of my work is the brutalization of women, children and LGBTQ individuals throughout the world. They provide faces to those who are faceless, nameless and powerless. and comment upon the blind eye that is turned to those who are suffering.”

Casey Shannon

Casey Shannon
Casey Shannon, Peace, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor on Mulberry Paper, 18″ x 14″.

“Sumi-e expresses the character and soul of the artist. It is a meditative process that I consider spiritually personal. Understanding this concept is the center of my art. I strive to ‘become one’ with the object in the painting. I continue to increase my understanding of the secret of beauty, grace and elegance with each painting.”

Katerina Kaloumenou

Katerina Kaloumenou
Katerina Kaloumenou, Journey, 39.37″ x 27.56″.

“All that I feel and I hope others feel, seeing these pictures, take us far away mentally and arouse emotions… This feeling I try to pay through truly inspiring landscapes of the Greek nature, scenes of everyday life of earlier times to our own from our tradition. Occasionally, the inspiration may be through listening to a favorite song, a religious hymn, and we generally melodies that touch me.”

Tracy Fetter

Astrid, acrylic, epoxy resin on canvas, 36" x 36".
Tracy Fetter, Astrid, acrylic, epoxy resin on canvas, 36″ x 36″.

“With my art I am trying to make people happier… Art is not a hard arduous thing for me. Suffering is too common and not necessary with art. If I look for beauty in a color or shape, art is easy. I hope that the viewer of my work feels the love and happiness. I usually name my paintings after the last person I met or was thinking about when I finished the paintings.”

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