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We are husband/wife artists in Palm Coast, Florida. We creatively collaborate on Painting/Assemblage figurative art, incorporating whimsy, elegance, & stylization.
We’ve created a mixed media narrative art form emerged with its own identity and style with a marked element of whimsy. The result is both contemporary and classical, “quirky” and elegant. It draws inspiration from innovators of stylization like Modigliani and continues the grand tradition of mixed media masters such as Gustav Klimt.
We have endeavored to take the techniques of figurative painting, collage and embellishment to a new level, merging them into one striking image. In effect, illustration and assemblage are fused as a harmonious unity.
The art is glazed with an acrylic over coat replacing the glass of traditional framing producing a piece that can stand on its own as frameless art (or be framed at the client’s discretion). This piece is accompanied by an original story (below) adding to its individual identity.

"Carmen Schneider"
"Carmen was born in the Bronx as Zelda Ruth
Schneider into a typical Jewish family. Her older
brother Heimey became a rabbi in south Philly and
her father Elli was a shoe salesman for forty years.
Her mother Gladys worked in a local bakery. Everyone
in her family always looked upon Carmen/Zelda with
puzzlement. It seemed she had always wanted to be
Hispanic, and was fascinated with everything Latin.
Instead of lox and bagels she preferred chips and salsa.
Instead of matzo balls she preferred spicy chili. She even
hired a mambo group to play at her brother’s bar mitzvah
party. They were not well received. She decorated her
room with piñatas, chili pepper lights, and posters of
Desi Arnaz and Carmen Miranda. That brings up her
oddest fi xation of all....her preoccupation with Latin
movie musical star Carmen Miranda. She bought every
book ever written about her, every movie she ever played
in, every curio relating to Ms. Miranda. She even took to
wearing self-created hats piled high with colorful fruit.
Her fl air for zest and color easily steered her into a
career as a beautician and she moved to Buenos Aires.
There she learned fl uent Spanish, changed her name
to Carmen, and formed a band. She now plays regularly
in local clubs with a musical tribute called “Viva Miranda”
and is the only Jewish Carmen Miranda impersonator on
the planet!"

Materials used:

paint, decorative paper

"Carmen Schneider" (2012)


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Eric & Helene Bess

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