By Angeline Acain
Since 2011, Vivian Schepis, Gay Parent Magazine’s Advertising Sales Manager has been creating beautiful original artwork for the publication’s holiday cards. Vivian is an accomplished abstract artist and shows her work in galleries on Long Island, New York; she also participates in Live Art Fusion, an event where she publicly creates paintings with live music being played simultaneously. Says Vivian, ” I studied art growing up and in college and resumed painting again about three years ago while experiencing a dire need to express and understand changes I was going through. The process of my work comes directly from my head, through my hand and onto the paper and canvas. This lack of preconceived planning allows me to tap into a deeper level of emotions. I begin to work through this process, finding harmony by alternating between colors and lines to achieve balance. I select music to match my mood and influence the rhythm of the lines. The paint and movements combined help me tell a story, like words written in a book, but in abstract form, like a private journal.” Learn more about Vivian’s art through her Facebook page www.facebook.com/VivianSchepisArt and on our blog.
Below is the holiday card she created for 2019 as well as cards for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. Vivian was assisted by Brett Cohen, graphic designer and web master for Gay Parent Magazine. Click on the cards to view larger.