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    The Art Of — Artist Series

    Megan Martinez - Meg Ya Look!

    Megan Martinez - Meg Ya Look!

    Megan Martinez is an independent graphic designer based out of Austin, Texas. She specializes in branding, puns & most importantly smiling faces for small businesses. People know her best for living colorfully and her hand-drawn aesthetic. You can find her at a local market selling art prints and lapel pins for fun on the weekends!

    "I always start by figuring out which Spotify playlist/podcast I'm going to listen to and that gets me going. A lot of the times, I even light a candle or two. Depending on what I'm working on, I jump straight into Illustrator. I know what you're thinking! I didn't say anything about sketching. I'm not a big sketcher and I never have been. I love Illustrator because I always start with one idea, and end up with something totally different. You can manipulate designs more efficiently this way! Other times, I watercolor and scan in my artwork to touch up and add any last details in Illustrator."

    She is inspired by vibrant colors, natural finds & happy dogs! She is an empath and all of those things make her feel deeply, which she then translates in her work.

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    Interested in Megan's designs & artwork? Visit her website here: www.megyalook.com

    Or follow her on social media @megyalook
    Instagram

    Kaila Jackson - Blue Green Patina

    Kaila Jackson - Blue Green Patina

    Kaila Jackson is a flower gardener and floral artist working out of a stunning barn attic studio in Northeast Ohio. She grows and stylizes flowers to use as inspiration for her paintings. Mixing shimmering, natural pigments with delicate flourishes to create beautiful arrangements on handmade paper.

    "I find so much inspiration in light. When I wake to the silhouette of trees against a bright pink sky or watch long shadows dance on the wall of my studio in the late afternoon, I can feel the inspiration bubbling inside me. Like a peaceful kind of excitement, my ideas are sharp and vibrant, energy flows, and it all comes from golden light." 

    "Sometimes, like today, I walk to my studio on a gray, rainy day, climb a ladder to my attic space, and look out the window that oversees a corner of my garden. I think about newly sown flower seeds & small plants being watered by the rain. I light a candle, watch the flame flicker, enjoy the fresh scent, and in the stillness, I relax and begin to feel inspired." 

     

    "I paint with shimmering watercolors, made from mica powder mixed with color pigments. The paints grab any available light and reflect colors, so my vision travels around my painting as I work, until I feel dizzy with bliss. I add the final finishing details, and step back to watch the colors change as I move around the piece. There is fulfillment and satisfaction I only find here. An addiction, definitely, that keeps me coming back for more. And it all starts so simply: with light."

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    Interested in Kaila's floral artwork? Visit her website here: www.KailaJackson.com
    Or follow her on social media @bluegreenpatina
    Instagram

    Christina Laing - The Buffalo Collective

    Christina Laing - The Buffalo Collective

    A PASSION FOR DESIGN & HELPING LOCAL CREATIVES with Christina Laing of The Buffalo Collective

    Hello! I’m Christina Laing, owner and head designer at The Buffalo Collective, a small graphic design business in Buffalo, NY. We provide custom branding and website design for photographers, artists, and creative businesses. We are makers above all else, believing in unique one-of-a-kind design.
    Over the past ten years as an artist, I have pursued many creative paths. Student, photographer, gallery curator, studio manager, designer, traveler, dreamer. I went to school for photography and art history, and later began my very short career as a wedding photographer. As the years went on I realized that I had a greater passion for design, helping local creatives, and giving them the tools needed to chase their dreams.
    Local Design & Chasing Dreams

    Most days you can find me in my studio, an old furniture warehouse turned artist lofts in the Hydraulics District of Buffalo, NY. As fall creeps in I like to spend evenings in the studio as well... the windows open, cool breeze coming through the window, and the most perfect view of the city skyline out the window. My favorite little candle-lit nook is perfect for catching up on emails and working on client drawings.

    I am inspired by all things Buffalo and anything with a rich history, soul, and a story. I am particularly drawn to old handprinted signs and advertisements. My design style is very modern and minimal. I firmly believe, "it seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove." (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

     I try to give each of my clients something unique to them, to their values, to their brand. Everyone has that one thing that makes them stand out, that makes their clients say "it just has to be you and no one else." Watching our clients grow, evolve, and truly come into their own is the most fulfilling part of the design process and something I will never grow tired of.

    As I near the 5 year mark in my business, I'm taking time to stop, breathe, light a candle, and as always, be grateful for this humbling life that I have built for myself. Just like the first spring rain washes away the dirt of winter, the first autumn breeze rings in a season of change. Self reflection, growth, creative freedom. I'm excited for what this new season will bring to The Buffalo Collective and for our clients!

    Interested in The Buffalo Collective? Visit her website here: www.thebuffalocollective.com
    Or follow her on social media @thebuffalocollective

    Andy Zalar - Farmer's Creekside Tavern Inn

    Andy Zalar - Farmer's Creekside Tavern Inn

    REPURPOSING & CREATING with Andy Zalar of Farmer's Creekside Inn & Tavern

    Hello! My name is Andy Zalar and I am a baker out of Western New York. A normal day for me involves clouds of flour and dough covered hands as I mix, fold, and proof the daily bread selection. Bread is the blank canvas that I fill with ingredients
    in need of a second life.
    From Candle to Herb Bread

    I use bread as a recycling bin for food that is still edible but left in the void of not having a home.  Leftover herbs, spices, fruit peels, vegetable skins, cheese rinds and even coffee find a second home mixed among the crumb structure of my bread. The results are fun flavor combinations which include Preserved Lemon Peel and Jalapeno, Sea Salt and Cheese Broth Sourdough, Black Bean and Red Beet Pulp, “SeaWheat” (seaweed and wheat), and Charred Pepper Skin Wheat, and some failures that include Pickle Juice Wheat and Celery Juice Sourdough. Reworking these ingredients expands their versatility and gives them added value.

     

     

    The concept of the Herban Garden candle mirrors my bread philosophy. Reusing the candle holder as a potted plant gives new value to an otherwise disposable item.  Once planted and grown, the herbs can then be used in an infinite amount of ways. The abundance of herbs that were cultivated from the Herban Garden candle were used in a gremolata for a lamb roast and then reworked in to a citrus and herb sourdough bread (shown).  I started with a candle and ended with bread and barely consumed any wax along the way.

     

    Follow him on social media @adubsz

    Raelyn Woltz - West End Interiors

    Raelyn Woltz - West End Interiors

    COLOR, TEXTURE & MEANINGFUL DECOR with Raelyn Woltz of West End Interiors

    Hello! My name is Raelyn Woltz and I am the owner and principal designer of West End Interiors in Buffalo NY. My goal is to design, deliver, and execute my clients a beautiful and timeless design.

    Specializing in space planning, unique finishes, and project management, I take pride in delivering Buffalo a much-needed modern take on interior design. I cover a variety of interior design styles, but excel in a west-coast-cool aesthetic. I love fine details in built-ins and cabinets, clean lines, well placed lighting, and especially tile work. 

     

    Creating Warm + Inviting Spaces

    My travels have constantly inspired me to bring a diverse aesthetic to Buffalo and cater to the modern families who are looking for more than the average homeowner. I excel at taking inspiration from the client and combining that with my expertise to deliver a project that is loved for years.

    

    The new designs that are offered by Northern Lights fit into the different styles of my clients. I love a simple pillar candle for my more modern designs, the hand-blown glass containers for my transitional designs, and the bee hive candle fits perfectly with my eclectic decor. They bring an additional sense to experience the room and help me create warm and inviting looks.