Berrie Torgan-Randall: I have lived in Media for 25 years and raised a family here. As an illustrator, I use the library (Media Upper Providence) for reference to see what the latest trends are in children’s literature and for inspiration. I am an illustrator and a cartoonist. I write and illustrate my own stories as well as illustrate books that others have written. After I write a story I put together a dummy book to show to agents, art directors and publishers. This is story I am working on and some illustrations from my book “Queen Tess and the Big Mess”. After I paint a scene, I put it together on my computer and it looks like a page from a picture book.
Instagram: blue.berrie #lolaandlouiecartoon | Twitter: @berrietr
Chris Quimby paints outdoors in media because of easy access to Ridley and Brandywine Creeks, nature preserves, and local state parks. He will often drive Media’s roads and find beautifully complicated scenes to paint that are not obvious to passersby. Chris Quimby paints ala prima and very fast in order to capture the changing light effect on the local scenery.
Edna Santiago: I’m at such a wonderful place in my life. Working all my life as a physical therapist did not allow me time or permission to explore in plastic arts. It took a personal tragedy to lead me into this area. Media and Philadelphia have shown nothing but support and encouragement. Showing in local galleries as a painter and printmaker, I now have an opportunity to pass it on. This coming August, I spearheaded a touring exhibition of Art in Philadelphia to benefit artists affected by Hurricane Maria in the devastation that is still complicating lives on the island of Puerto Rico. Strengthening artists and will subsequently strengthen their community; and this is my happy place.
Jeanette Ransing: I first came to the Media area to be close to family and quickly realized that I needed to express this feeling of connection through my work as an artist. You’ll see recurring symbols and subjects that represent our connections to each other and to nature throughout my work. I hope to evoke a childlike playfulness in what I do. I love portraiture, and images of my own children often find their way into my work. The best part of living here is my neighbors. We really are a community of friends and family, so there is always inspiration close by. I can find it walking through Ridley Creek state park, or stopping into Den of Antiquity my favorite shop, or attending my children’s school play. The countryside and the people are the most beautiful anywhere.
Laurie Doran is an artist, arts educator, innovator and maker. She paints in oil or digitally on her iPad. She is a member of the MAC Artists Gallery and shows in both Wilmington and Philadelphia and her art is in many private collections. She currently lives in Media and teaches Digital Design and Studio Arts at Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School. With over 20 years of teaching experience, she seeks to make connection between the classroom and the community; advocating for the role of art to educate, enlighten and connect. Media provides her with beautiful parks where she runs and draws inspiration, unique businesses to shop, restaurants to dine with friends and a close sense of community.
Instagram and Twitter: @cre8rt
Matiko Mamaladze: My paintings are like dreams: everything starts with abstract shapes. Nothing is concrete and I never know where I‘ll go. My relationship with the canvas is as unexpected as life: I never know where it could take me and how it might surprise me. I completely lose myself to the moment and find the process of creation very meditative. Art is both the representation and the realization of my dreams. Media is where I live and create, inspiring me daily as I walk through the streets of this cozy town, dense with culture and history.
Instagram: matiko_ Mamaladze_art
Megan Elliot: I deeply believe that you paint what you need the most in your life. I consider myself a story teller; using the allure of rich color and painterly texture instead of words. Its important to me that viewers interpret each piece themselves. My background in design plays a large roll in my fine art work as I continue to stretch the boundaries of themes, space, composition and color ways to make fresh, stylish artwork. My work is the result of daydreams and the formidable nature outside my Media, Pennsylvania studio. After living in Philadelphia for Fifteen years, I moved to Media two years ago where I continue to work as a Professor and professional artist.
Rebecca Jacob received her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design and continued her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The School of the Visual Arts, The Art Students League and The Cleveland Museum of Art. She has had numerous exhibits of her work. Her recent gallery shows have included exhibits at The Burrison Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Legend Gallery, E-Moderne Gallery, Bidget Mayer Gallery and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections. Rebecca has resided in Media for the past 25 years.