Claudia Hodges - St Croix artist, is a painter and sculptor. She has been a featured exhibitor at The Eastern Shore Art Center and the Gulf Coast Art Alliance. She has created hand-carved decorative home furnishings by commission and for display at the International Furniture Show in High Point, North Carolina. She has had her artworks on display and sold in many places throughout the US and internationally. You can view some of her work on Facebook ( Claudia Hodges Artist) or call at (770)654-6047
A multi-medium aging artist, Elizabeth retired from Florida to live on the beach in Frederiksted. She is delighted with the island’s historic architecture, sunny skies, blue seas, and wonderful reefs for her days are full of painting, diving and snorkeling. Although she primarily paints in watercolors, she occassionally adds acrylics and water soluble oil paints to the palette. She has painted several murals around town, paints weekly en plein air at different island locations and also works in her studio. Ekeithartist@gmail.com Post Office Box 1696 Frederiksted, VI 00841 340.719.2733
Turtle artist Lyn Voytershark grew up in St. Croix from the age of four and was taught by several notable Crucian artists. She later studied sculpture, photography, and printmaking in New York, Florida, and Florence, Italy. She holds a degree in Imaging Science from Rochester Institute of Technology and had a career in computer photo editing and digital prepress. Lyn has shown locally at many annual art venues. She has had solo exhibitions at Art at Top Hat and the Henle Gallery. Lyn was the cover artist for St. Croix This Week in 2014 and in April and May 2019. She is a charter member of the St. Croix Artists Guild. Lyn’s artwork was also represented in the 2016 and 2017 Island Art & Soul calendars by the Caribbean Museum Center of the Arts. Media is depicted on canvas, either as photo-edit original to giclée print or as acrylic paintings. Lyn loves capturing and enhancing everyday scenes using ultra-vibrant Caribbean colors, rich texturing, and an impressionistic style.
Macallan is an artist of many media. She loves to draw with pen, creating black and white line work pieces on small and larger scales. She also has spent much of her time painting the town since moving to St Croix 2019--Macallan is a muralist. Her first mural was with the Pangeaseed Foundation contributing a mural for their SeaWalls Project. Muralists from all over the world flew to St Croix and created a mural, bringing awareness to an ocean conservation issue. These murals can be found all over the island. Macallan has also painted murals at Leatherback Brewing Company, courtesy of the St Croix Walls Project, and provided painted barrels to beautify Virgin Island Parks. She has painted at the popular West End breakfast spot, Polly’s at the Pier, and numerous other sites--private and public properties--all across St Croix. Macallan is originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, where she has showcased art installations and exhibitions in many coffee shops and art galleries. Formally, she is trained and educated to be a Wildlife Conservation Biologist. Her passion for wildlife brought her to study snapping turtles in upstate New York, Two-fingered Sloths in Costa Rica, and Sea Turtles in St Croix. She acquires a lot of inspiration from nature and her research of wildlife. This has also given her the opportunity to merge her focuses and work on a bio-book with the St Croix Environmental Association. She was contracted to draw the wildlife illustrations to help the public identify St Croix native species, from bats to corals, slugs to flowers. She hopes she will be able to find more jobs that marry her two loves--nature and art.
Cathy ‘s first career was in art education. She taught art at an elementary school in Silver Spring, Maryland for most of her career. Her school was nominated to be one of three arts integration model schools. Arts Integration uses the arts to teach traditional academic subjects. She worked with many artists in residence, attended numerous Maryland Artist/Teacher Institutes, partnered with the arts education department at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and presented on arts integration implementation at conferences in Boston, New York, and Beijing, China. Upon retiring and moving to St Croix she began her second career as a visual artist. Cathy’s love of patterns and bright colors is reflected in her work. Her focus has been on whimsical representations of sea life. She repurposes vinyl records into bowls and clocks with colored pencil graphics, creates mosaics using tile and glass, and colored pencil drawings on Bristol board. Cathy has exhibited her work at The Blue Mutt, Top Hat Gallery, and The Maufe Gallery in Christiansted. She currently has work for sale at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts in Frederiksted and Iona Skye Gallery in Christiansted.
Vitaly Lopez was born in the Dominican Republic, then at the age of seventeen moved to St. Croix with her family. She finished high school as part of the National Art Honor Society. Vitaly is studying for her Master's Degree in Fine Art at the New York Academy of Art. She also has an additional concentration on production of TV and radio from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. Vitaly had the opportunity to work with large radio networks such as WPA 550am in Puerto Rico and Mega Mundial, among others. She currently she directs a podcast called “socialmente hablando” (socially speaking), where she talks about social issues and social interests. Her artwork has been part of private collections, exhibitions in galleries and museums and shown in The Untitled Magazine as a part of the artists participating in the popular show called Tribeca Ball, to benefit the New York Academy of Art.
Becky Snodgrass has always had a creative eye for using unique mediums. While living on St.Croix she was inspired by the Calabash Tree. Her free style of Mandala Dot Art using bright colors gives way to a window in her soul. The love of sharing herself in each piece brings joy both to her and to others.
Gene is originally from Cuba and is proud to have parents who were artistic. This allowed him to enjoy a broad spectrum of life and their views on music and art. Gene grew up in New York City and is a proud graduate from the High School of Music and Art Class of '77, and has been painting now for fifty years. Since childhood, Gene's family life has circled around the Caribbean and this has translated into his artwork using oils, acrylics, and watercolors. Since retiring from the technology field and moving to St. Croix in 2015, his color palette has exploded, and his canvas has come alive more than ever. Gene has had various successful shows in New York, New Jersey and on the island at Polly’s, The Blue Mutt, The Women's Coalition fundraisers, and the Orchid Shows. He is an active member of CMCArts in Frederiksted. Gene participated in the New Blood Shows and is most proud of organizing The Pride Thru Art shows at the museum. Gene is proud that his painting dedicated to our local farmers was selected to be in the CMCArts 2021 Calendar and he also donated 13 months of Orchid Artwork to our local Orchid Education Group calendar for 2021. Gene is incredibly happy to be part of this community and support all those who are involved in music and art.
Sarah Lima is a physician assistant, but has a passion for art and finds it therapeutic in her off time. She enjoys drawing with pencil which is what led her to wood burning with a similar contrast of black and white. She also loves a pop of color which is what led her to using acrylics, which works better on darker woods where a wood burning would not be visualized as well. The fact that she likes to use wood as a medium makes a great relationship with husband, Chris Lima, who is the woodworker of the turtle sculptures in the HeART of Turtles project.
Suenita Banwaree is a native of St.Croix. She is an interdisciplinary artist whose work consists of a variety of media such as fabric, drawing, painting, digital, and even dorito bags. Her inspiration comes from everywhere but has a special interest particular in world cultures, identity, gender, sustainability, and politics. Suenita has been a prominent art educator in the community since 2011, with experience stemming from schools like St.Croix Educational Complex, John H. Woodson to currently at Good Hope Country Day School. Suenita teaches a wide range of visual arts curriculums. Among her commendable works at GHCDS, she started the first fashion design course at the school, where students learn how to design, from conceiving with building a garment. The projects from this fashion design course are displayed at the school’s annual Art & Fashion Show in May. Suenita earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts at Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio, and has worked with notable fashion brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch and Victoria Secret at their home offices. Suenita is also a visionary who is passionate about making major improvements in her community through arts and culture empowerment. The artist has big dreams for St. Croix, and hopes to play many roles in making the island a better place.
Isabelle Picard has lived on the island of St. Croix for quite some time now, and loves it, relishing the beauty, culture, and time on the water. She is a prolific artist, creating paintings, small objects of art, a wide array of custom murals suited to the Caribbean, and beautiful painted furniture and found objects as decorative art. She loves working with her clients and collaborating with their desires--for a great combination of energy making new art exactly for you!
Tamara Michael was born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada. She says that during her childhood she was blessed with living in a “rich artistic atmosphere in Canada.” After graduating from Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology in Barrie, Ontario with a fine art degree she moved to Florida where she met and married her husband Jay. After 30+ years in Central Florida they pulled up stakes and moved to St. Croix to find adventure. Tamara enjoys painting murals, portraits and landscapes, as well as assembling sculptures from “lost and found” objects.
I am thankful to have enjoyed the past 52 years here on this beautiful, colorful, friendly, WARM island of St. Croix, VI, surrounded by the everchanging turquoise Caribbean Sea under a canopy of cobalt blue skies. Add the wonderful Caribbean people, the Caribbean Sea creatures, and a landscape full of flowers, stone sugar mills and the Roseway for all the inspiration needed to create colorful Caribbean paintings. I work in water- colors, acrylics and pencil & pen drawings. I received formal art training at Rochester Institute of Technology, Vesper George School of Art, and Royal Academy, Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain. My Caribbean-flavored landscape paintings, portraits and figure paintings are on display at Top Hat Gallery and Franklin’s on the Waterfront. My website: merryartist39.fineartstudioonline.com I LOVE SEA TURTLES! Marilyn P. May email@example.com 340-227-1635
As a lifelong artist and avid traveler, I have always been most inspired to paint the people and places I encountered during my travels, as well as animals and nature. Inspired by the beauty of bold colors, simple yet sophisticated designs and art styles from around the world, my goal is to create fun, engaging and uplifting artwork for both adults and children.
Brin Goldman-Ray was born and raised on St.Croix. She left when she was 17 for school, and has recently moved back home to St.Croix. She has her masters in counseling psychology, she is a registered yoga teacher, and she runs her own art business, Golden Ray Studio. Her business offers services such as live event/wedding painting, illustrations, body art, commissions, and murals. Brin has painted various murals for businesses, homes, and events, locally and stateside. She has also authored and illustrated her own children’s book: Virgin Islands My Favorite Place to Be, an abc book creatively capturing Caribbean colors, as well as an all ages St.Croix coloring book. Brin is passionate about spreading joy through art and movement and is looking forward to continuing to connect and collaborate with the St.Croix Walls Project. You can find her online at: www.goldenray.studio IG: @goldenray.studio FB: Golden Ray Studio TikTok: goldenray.studio