York City artists
AJ & Melelina LaGasse create unique abstract art and landscape
paintings in oil and acrylics.
A self-taught artist, AJ's works range from
realism and impressionist to surrealism on canvas and wood supports.
His mediums include charcoal, pencil, pastels, acrylic and oil
I've been creating art, in one way or another, since
early childhood: I started painting with acrylics in my late teens,
and soon discovered that I liked to create textured
art paintings on large canvases (36x48, 48x48 inches). By
my early 20's, I always had a steady stream of friends and acquaintances
that wanted some of my paintings. I experimented with oils,
and mixed media.
One year led to the next; each one with more knowledge
than the last. I visited galleries, museums (still do, of course!),
and read as much as I could about art and painting. I painted,
and sketched. This was my 'art education', no formal training-
just the desire to create and analyze. To experiment, and learn.
Thus, for the last 20 years, I've been creating
works, as well as realistic portraits, murals, landscapes, and
even an egyptian
burial tomb replica installation. These pieces were commissioned
through word of mouth, as they say, and the more I created, the
more demand there seemed to be!
"My goal as an artist is to convey the joy of
life through my artwork"
"Whether I paint a landscape,
seascape, or an abstract, I try to impart more than just a color
that will match your decor: within each painting is a positive
vibe that will hopefully put a smile on your face, take you away
to a faraway land, or simply welcome you home after a tough day.
My theory is, surround yourself with positive
energy, and you can be sure that it will project through you!
If your surroundings are dull and un-inspiring, you will always
seem to lack that pep to your step.
On the other hand, pick out a painting or two that catches your
eye or inspires you -- you'll definitely feel energetic!"
AJ has sold paintings
online to corporate and private collectors, worldwide. In fact,
you will find over 1,500 LaGasse paintings WORLDWIDE!
Melelina is a
self-taught, self-representing artist that has been drawing
since early childhood. She continues to expand her palette,
so to speak, as she explores impressionism, abstract
art, and cubism. You will also see simple, contemporary
'deco art', for those who prefer the clean-cut look of color
on their walls.
"I love painting abstracts- it allows
my mind to express my emotions on a canvas wihout limits. When
I approach a blank canvas, I quickly start to cover it with
color, and only once the surface is covered, do I actually relax
into the creative process. Moving paint, brushing, sometimes
scrubbing, until I see what is is relevant, and what is not.
This creative process is very relaxing, and rewarding."
notice that besides abstract paintings, I love the sky
and I love painting sunsets!
There is something so spectacular and magical about
sunsets! They are simply awesome to behold, and each
one is unique.
are some of the far reaches of the globe that I've gone
and witnessed this most beautiful sight.
Bora Bora, Tahiti