“I love figurative, illustrative and colorful art,” he said. “It is what I wanted to go back and produce.”
Produce he has.
Influenced by the great impressionists and with a direction toward intelligent draftsmanship and appreciation for acrylic, Graziano creates an abundance of enchanting scenes that breathe and speak.
This is made entirely evident in his piece titled “Chalk Drawing.”
The portrait of three young girls drawing on a sidewalk is a crisp reminder of innocent times — with a razor precision to detail and the mood of the moment.
Other works in his arsenal of creating a universal story include “Santa Barbara Escape.”
The train station portrait is a bustle of movement with short brush stokes that creates a fluidity that stays controlled in the narrative.
There is a joy to Graziano’s work, an upbeat mode of communication that includes the viewer, and perhaps their own memories of idyllic moments.
Adding technology to the fold is that of Kriss.
Born in Glendale, Kriss attended Art Center for Design and went on to earn a master’s degree from Cal State Los Angeles.
He began his career in the commercial art business, designing album covers for some very notables including the cover of the Jackson Five “Dancing Machine” album.
He soon moved on to film posters, being commissioned to create one sheets for Academy Award-winning films. While his commercial career continued, so did his love of digital art transfers to canvas, with a special interest in the subject of koi fish. His inspiration came from his own pond.
“They are so docile and beautiful,” he said. “You actually get to know them over time.”