Alesha creates energetic works; including drawings, collages and paintings reflect her vibrant and playful personality. Her paintings are full of bright, contrasting colors that interact exuberantly on the canvas. Her bold brush strokes often outline beaming Suns, portraits, flowers, and everyday items such as fountain drinks. Each work interprets what she finds beautiful and what she thinks will create joy in the viewer. Her collage work is a humorous hodgepodge of pop culture cut-outs and animals mixed with text she finds or creates herself.
Andrew’s primary source of inspiration comes from comic books, lore, and his favorite shows like My LIttle Pony or the Smurfs. In his art he takes these different sources of inspiration to make art “mash-ups”, creating new worlds for characters like “Count Smurfula”. He is deeply interested in philosophy, politics, and social justice, and can often be heard talking passionately about these topics with others. His knowledge and his opinions about horror movies can also be a source of reference that he draws from to add to his own stories.
April is nothing if not energetic and enthusiastic. She approached every project with a zeal nearly unmatched by any of her peers. She infuses her love for local sports, especially the Chiefs, into everything that she does and you’ll find it difficult to look at her work and not find at least the smallest Chiefs reference.
April is a story-teller and a natural folklorist at heart. She has an incredible memory, storing vast oral histories and musical archives that inform the pieces that she makes. Whether it be a song about a bird with a broken heart or a memory from her childhood, she passes on personal, humorous, and tragic story through illustration, song and text.
Austin has been attending Imagine That! for several years and it has given him a chance to create and find ways to express his unique and often humorous point of view. Austin’s work deals a lot with structure, patterns and vibrant color choices. His work usually revolves around robots or landscapes of places he’s been, that include a lot of abstract detail and intricate pattern work.
Beth shows great attention to details and color schemes when drawing designs and characters. Her color choices are vibrant , while her pencil drawings show meticulous and imaginative patterns. Beth’s unique sense of humor often comes out when creating, giving her characters voices, names, and personalities of their own. Beth also composes her own musical pieces, slowly and thoughtfully writing them note by note. One of her pieces was chosen for an international exhibition in Cork, Ireland in 2016.
Brandon creates imagery based off of his favorite moments, places, and experiences shared with others. Creating works about his time on his Grandfathers farm in Montana, the Badlands in North Dakota, his visits to carnivals, as well as experiences that happened the day he is working. Brandon not only makes work almost completely from memory, but the objects he draws, such as farm and carnival equipment, is made with nearly perfect proportions and scale, not forgetting the smallest detail. Brandon’s work also contains an element of pattern, as he’ll often draw the same object over and over. Brandon is a great piano player and is able to learn new songs just by listening to them. During his time at Imagine That he has greatly improved and expanded his skillset with his willingness to try any new medium.
Brittanys work is often colorful and dealing with things that interest her most, like science, specifically marine biology. Her work is also very much influenced by the people around her when she is making it. Brittany’s staff and friends directly contribute to her mood by getting her excited, sharing ideas, and making her process fun. Her best works tend to be tactile or kinetic. She can be found making a felt mobile about meteorology, a hand-sewn plush starfish, or colorful jewelry inspired by her favorite people.
Buzz will work with just about any medium and isn’t afraid to get a little messy in the process, but his art nearly always contains the same characters. Buzz Lightyear, Kyle Crayon and their friend David go through different adventures through Buzz’s work each day. Kyle Crayon has found life through Buzz's large drawn, cut-outs, plaster sculptures, ceramic pieces and paintings. Sometimes he is creating events for Buzz Lightyear and Kyle Crayon, like their upcoming wedding, and sometimes the two characters fight and he resolves this with heart-felt apology letters between the two. He has made a world for his characters and tells the story of them through his art.
Daniel creates beautifully organic paintings using somewhat chaotic methods. Typically working with watercolor, he drips, splashes, and sprays and dabs the paint, blending colors, and adding layers until he feels he has reached the desired result. He has said that this process allows him to release emotions and calm his mind. Daniel is also quite the comedian, coming up with jokes in the moment, riffing off of situations and conversations happening around him. He even did a comedy set at our last SWxC street fest.
Debbie likes to explore when creating art and to not be bound to any one specific medium or style. Debbie has a great personal confidence that she injects into her work, sometimes drawing her favorite movie characters and others designing and making herself “Hollywood” costumes that display her inner rock star.
Donald's work is a fascinating melding of of shows, sports teams, and the supernatural that he mixes with his own surreal qualities. He utilizes mixed media techniques in his work, creating booklets with 3D collage elements or charcoal and ink drawings of dreamscapes and text.
Emily is an artist who is ready to try and learn any new mediums, but she tends to enjoy more tedious work. Recently she has started creating patterned pieces by filling in multiple sized squares with color, the result resembling a mosaic or weaving.
Erin is a self-proclaimed “diva”, and if there is a camera nearby, it’s almost a guarantee that she will bestriking her most fierce pose. The focus of much of her work pulls inspiration from her favorit movies and TV shows, especially Coyote Ugly and Power Rangers. She creates video, collage and drawings based on these interests. When she is not working on these, she is usually working on her “Seaweed” series, which are beautifully repeated three color shapes. She has made hundreds of these since her time at Imagine That in multiple mediums.
Freddie uses mediums like watercolor and embroidery to immortalize the things he loves - his family, the Boy Scouts, and Wheel of Fortune to name a few. His figures and colorful and Picasso-esque in form often with a sense of playfulness that is woven into every part of his life.
Gabe is a character in the truest sense of the word and his goal is just to make you laugh. He often shows up dressed as a different personality each day - a hyperbolic french artist, a movie director, a basketball coach or a CEO - staying in character throughout the day. He also loves WWE, and will draw elaborate wrestling scenes with his favorite wrestler as the victor.
When asked why he enjoys coming to Imagine That!, Greg replied, “You can learn something that challenges you somedays, and somedays you can do whatever comes to your mind.” Greg’s art is constantly changing, because of his strong drive and passion for learning new mediums, techniques, and processes. Greg excels because of his commitment to challenging himself in studio and in his everyday life. Every piece created shows that great time and consideration are put into every brush stroke or mark.
Johnny is a story-teller at heart. Shortly after starting at the studio, John’s work began to encompass personal ideas and opinions, touching on his feelings about religion, geography, and politics. His work is highly influenced by his personal experience of historical events and pop culture high points from the 60’s through the 80’s. Working primarily through collage or map-making, he uses these references to make poignant and often hilarious statements about the world in which we exist.
Joe F. has been at Imagine That! since the start and in that time he has worked with painting, ceramics, illustration, crocheting, woodworking - you name it he’s probably tried it. His focus has been mostly in painting and making unique utilitarian items like crocheted phone cases or yarn dispensers. Joe continues to look for inspiration in a variety of places and expand his skillset.
JP works primarily with acrylic and watercolor paint. Using expressive and color brush strokes, he layers until he’s reached a pleasing composition. JP is a humorous and playful man who loves music, especially oldie and Michael Buble. When he’s not working on art or listening to music, he’s probably playfully teasing his friends or making them laugh.
JT loves movies, especially Disney and Pixar, and he draws most of his inspiration from his favorite films. Working primarily with colored pencil, JT will draw his favorite scenes making sure not to miss any small detail. He is very social and knowledgeable about movies and will spend a large portion of his day going over trivia with his friends while working diligently on his piece.
Justin has been attending Imagine That since 2015. He’s a quiet, stylish young artist who enjoys video games, music and sports. When at the studio he works with works primarily with acrylic paint and watercolor. Using a bright color palette, he works by layering up contrasting brush strokes to create deeply saturated abstract pieces.
When Kerri first came to Imagine That, she already had a practice in place. She would tediously scour through the dictionary or thesaurus and find words that related to a theme, writing down the word and it’s phonetic spelling in interesting patterns and colors. Once at the studio, staff introduced her to embroidery, which she quickly fell in love with. She began taking her lists and applying them to embroidered pieces, resulting in beautiful tapestries of language.
The common thread that connects all of Kevin’s work, whether it be visual or musical, is the idea of social equality, justice and the guiding code of his own personal morality. Whether depicting historical events alongside quotes of tolerance and perseverance, or developing his own stories, characters and illustrations, this theme is apparent. Kevin has a deep and personal connection to his art, expressing his triumphs and struggles through his work. Kevin has created several different songs here in our music studio, as well as a comic called “The Shocking Shockbolt”, which he’s been developing through traditional and digital illustration over the past couple of years.
Lavon has had a creative personality since her childhood. Learning to draw and crochet at an early age allowed her to express her happiness and generous spirit. Making blankets and drawings for her friends and family was her initial motivation to create. Since her time starting at Imagine That! she has applied that same enthusiasm to learning and making. Although her personality is lively and sweet, there is a sense of melancholy in her paintings and drawings, using childhood memories, dramatic Biblical events and sad stories from the local news as references.
Lee has been attending Imagine That since 2012 and from the beginning has been one of our most prolific artists. His mother discovered her son had a “God-given ability as an artist” when he was 5 years old. Lee’s ability to draw has greatly improved and his creativity has expanded, according to his mother. He has been given the opportunity to explore many different kinds of art as well as an opportunity to be a part of an active community by contributing his own special skills. He and his art have received a positive reception in the Kansas City community and elsewhere. Lee’s drawings have been curated by national, regional and local art historians and curators. In 2016 his work was accepted for an international show in Cork, Ireland. Lee continues to expand his skill set and knowledge of different mediums, while honing his expressive and abstracted personal style.
Lesley fears no medium, nor is she afraid of getting messy. She carries the evidence of her work on her hands and clothes, after she deeply absorbs herself into a painting or sculpting project. Some of Lesley’s most successful works have been an ongoing series of her interpretations of animals, flowers, or monsters. These works have given her a chance to showcase her various approaches to creating. One moment drawing, coloring with pen and colored pencil and the next with marker and oil pastel. No matter what she is working on, one thing can be said, Lesley is having fun.
Leslie’s work carries themes of family, celebration and togetherness. She often draws pictures of people gathering for holidays and special events. When she is not creating drawings with this sense of fellowship, she can be found making epic fairytales in which she is the princess, or silly short stories that playfully poke fun at some of her favorite friends. She finds joy through her art, whether it be drawing, writing or dancing.
Linda’s work deals with the interaction of both color and individual objects that work together to create a dynamic composition. Shapes and color often compete for space, and move whimsically throughout the paper. Her line work is very organic. With no sharp angles, you’re eyes are able to flow freely over the her work.
Lindley can be described of nothing if not “jolly”. He makes fierce friends and once you’re his friend, your his friend for life. His art focuses on those things he loves like his friends and the Blues Brothers - his favorite music. When he isn’t joking around with people or making art, you can be sure to find him listening to the Blues Brothers.
Marcus is a jack of all trades and a friend and motivator to many of his peers her at Imagine That. He is willing to try any medium and encourages others to do the same. He never gives up when he attempts something and will continue to try until he feels accomplished what he’s set out to do. Currently he is working on intricate, brightly colored patterns using markers and inks. Originally inspired by the work of another artist here at Imagine That, Marcus has evolved these drawings into something truly his own. He continues to expand his skills and find inspiration in the smallest places.
Mark likes coming to Imagine That, because he has enjoyed draing since he was a kid. He says creating art helps him keep calm. A lot of Mark’s work centers around his love of Japanese and Chinese culture, more specifically anime and manga. Mark has created his own characters as well as drawing portraits of his favorite characters, choosing to draw them from the moments he finds the most personally impactful. Mark has also worked in more theatrical mediums, like audio, video, and performance. He has helped host promotional podcasts for the studio, recorded his own movie review videos and created an original performance piece.
Michael’s art focuses on process, and becomes more about the act of making than the end result. When working, it is important to Michael that he finishes what he starts. No matter what he is working on, he often finds ways to streamline his art-making, creating his own assembly line process. His work contains elements of repetition and color variation, while often using mediums or objects he has made himself, such as puff paint, paper mache, or hand-made paper. Michael enjoys sharing his knowledge with others, often teaching skills for a current project to others and encouraging them to join in in the process.
Michael is a lover of music and movies. His drawings and watercolors encompass these interests in sports figures, beverages, musicians, movies, and superheroes. Michael often makes long and detailed lists, outlining up to 100 musicians or movies on a piece of paper at a time. His work is methodical and unique in his choice of mark making using several lines and sections to create a sense of movement and character. The portraits that he creates periodically overlap these lists, fusing his literal and listed interests with figurative shapes.
Morgan is a bright, kind person, always thinking of others even in her art-making process. She alternates between making art pieces, functional items, and practical gifts for her friends and family. She works mostly with fiber-based materials, but especially loves crocheting. One of her most recent pieces was a beautifully colorful latch hook rug that took years to complete.
Nicholas loves making works that represent Kansas City, specifically relating to local sports. With the help of musical staff he created an original song called “Royalz Boys”, which is a hip hop/funk/rock and roll melody layered with spoken word, multiple drum beats, and free-flowing, ambient sounds. When asked what inspires him the most, his answer is unequivocally music. Beyond KC sports teams, Nicholas creates stained glass-like images on paper meticulously filling in section by section of the composition at a time.
Parker’s work reflects his personality; organized, detailed, and thorough. Parker creates many works dealing with patterns, grids, repetition, and re-purposing. Parker’s process relies less on traditional art forms and more on utilizing or incorporating an object that would otherwise be discarded. Adding more common mediums like thread, yarn, or wood, he gives these objects a new life and a place to exist.
The subject matter of Philip’s work varies on any given day depending on what he is passionate about in the moment. He makes several renditions of churches, school buses, cats, refrigerators, air compressors, boats, and record players. His art shows a great ability to draw from memory, often recalling the small parts that make up the inner workings of mechanical devices. While his work tends to focus primarily on utilitarian objects, he also sometimes draws imagery that comes directly from his imagination, like a character he calls Outer Space Man that works on the moon. He recycles subject matter often, each time shifting and changing line work, giving his drawings their own evolution.
Rachel’s work could best be described as a symbolic language. Colorful words and images draw your attention as they overlap and move playfully on paper. The subject of Rachel’s work centers around her favorite places and things. Whether it be repeated smiling bunnies, hot pink cheeseburgers, or a bundle of balloons, the result of these bright and simple patterns are somewhat reminicient of a joyful cave painting.
Rickey’s art and designs are reminiscent of patterns found in tapestries. Using mostly inks on paper, he creates dynamic compositions sometimes drawing connections to his interests in tattoos, biker culture, and Native American design. He shows a strong attention to positive and negative space, color interaction, and color theory. Rickey is prolific in making his drawings, and since his arrival at Imagine That! in 2012, he has made hundreds of designs and has shown work in multiple venues throughout the Kansas City area.
Ronald is a friendly face around the studio, who’s smile always lights up the room. From the second he’s finished saying hello to everyone, he gets to work and doesn’t stop working until the day is done. He enjoys meticulous work and most recently he’s been working on a large scale weaving using reclaimed t-shirts and recycled fabric.
Sarah’s work can be looked at as a representation of a warm, sunny day. She uses bright, vibrant color choices and organic shapes that flow from one section of her work to the other. She uses similar objects in repeated patterns on many of her works, like flowers, trees and hearts. Sarah continues to explore new mediums and processes such as clay, paint, and fashion design.
Sean once said “art is like making a puzzle”. This philosophy is best reflected in Sean’s abstract paintings, adding layer after layer, and shape after shape until the work is complete. While creating, Sean utilizes a variety of application techniques, using paint droppers, tape, palette knives, stencils, and spray paint. He is inspired by the bold colors and shapes he sees in city murals and graffiti. Sean prides himself on being a painter and continues to develop his skill by applying his technique across new mediums and surfaces.
Stacy’s primary creative outlet is craft. She enjoys crocheting, weaving, and ceramics. Her work is usually centered around utilitarian items or pieces she feels would make good gifts for friends or family. She is friendly, funny, and a romantic at heart, ready to make friends with just about anyone.
Troy has been attending Imagine That since 2012 and in that time he has worked with many mediums in several fields of art. A lot of Troy’s work dabbles in the world of abstract minimalism, celebrating mark-making and color choices that create depth and movement. His most successful pieces have a strong grasp of layering and planned color theory. As a musician and artist, his work is inspired by personal experiences like addiction, love, and loss.
Von is a quiet artist, working hard on his pieces from the time he arrives until the time he leaves. His drawings show the work of an artistic hand that has been practicing for years. He displays high levels of knowledge with technical abilities like light value, mixing of colors, proportion and composition. He often references various video game characters in his drawings, but will work with nearly any subject matter, and excels in mediums like charcoal, oil paint and gouache.
Winzell is a lover of laughter, color, and music. He can talk the day away about his favorite bands and songs with whomever will listen while working on his unique visual compositions of brightly colored shapes and symbols. Often using a combination of watercolor and paint pen, his flowing background colors and geometric foreground shapes create a structured, yet whimsical landscape.
Chi Ping is a comedian, an artist, and a great friend to anyone that will talk with her about Benedict Cumberbatch.
Chi Ping, or “Chooch” as she likes to be called, started at Imagine That in the fall of 2018 and almost immediately found her artistic voice. Chooch works primarily with collage, typically using images of animals displayed in tandem with humorous text. The combination, either intentionally or unintentionally, often results in heavy commentary on human behavior, filtered through the much less severe lens of cute animals.
Mindy’s work tends to be small and colorful in nature, with repeating patterns or words. She is drawn to all things reflective of Springtime, warmth, and joy. Magazine pages with birds or flowers with the repeating “yes” remind you of the happiness you feel on that first warm day after a long, cold winter.