About Studio ArtFarm
The dream is to build a community of artists who are eager to learn and live in a peaceful planet. Our goal as artists is to tell stories and raise awareness. We challenge humanity and urge compassion, respect, and coexisting for all with the understanding that that mentality begins with happiness of the self. As a teacher, my goal is to help people not only achieve their fundamental and technical goals but to facilitate a healthy state of mind where you have the tools to express your subconscious voice and do so through the journey of creating. Art is the voice of the subconscious. -PJ Svejda
Painting is a journey. Such a metaphor for life - from beginning to end the experience is filled with a symphony of emotions. In one painting you feel excitement, motivation, and inspiration; then challenged, defeated and insecure. A painting teaches humility and perseverance and above all, faith, because no matter how many revisions or stumbles you go though, you know it’s just paint and you have the power to control it. At the end of the dark tunnel - there is light. At the end of the struggle - there is accomplishment. Underneath every painting is a journey. Art is what freedom looks like.
PJ studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design where she earned both a BA in illustration and an MA in painting. She began building her career as an artist and instructor in Atlanta, Georgia for 12 years before relocating to Orlando, Florida where she has had great success in the local art community. She is most recognized for her passionate narratives, illustrating ideas of coexistence between man, beast, and planet. She pushes the envelope, juxtaposing controversial imagery with a classical and traditional style.
She has been involved in activism for animal, environmental, and human rights and has found a way to merge her passion for art with her desire for change. Her paintings tell stories of pain and hope and raise the viewer’s self-awareness into their own humanity; urging increased consciousness of the time we spend here on earth.
Born in Honduras, raised in Miami and stationed in Hawaii while serving in the U.S. Army, German Lemus has been surrounded by vibrant colors and cultures his entire life. While he is most recognized for his mixed media portraits of recognizable people and animals, it is his surrealist take on landscapes and use of metaphors and symbolism that really make this man a creative powerhouse. Inspired by music, culture, nature and current events, his work is nothing short of conceptual all while being so beautiful and intriguing to look at. You can stare at one of Lemus's pieces everyday and find something new! As one of the founders of the B-Side artist collective in downtown Orlando, you are sure to recognize one of his large and powerful murals around town.
Artists in Residence
Gina Tyquiengco was born in Fort Lewis, Washington in 1987. She earned her BS in Media Arts and Science from Indiana University in 2012. In the past three years, she's had a solo art show in Indiana, was an artist-in-residence at an international residency in Mexico, and her work has been exhibited in galleries in Orlando. Gina's work has also been published in Obra/Artifact, an experimental hybrid journal and the coloring book, Notes from the Universe. She lives and works in Orlando, and her work is held in private collections across North America and Europe.
Beth is a life long resident of central Florida, a contemporary watermedia artist, and an illustrator. After a successful career as an attorney, mother and community volunteer, Beth made a commitment in 2012 to pursue her passion for art and the creative process.
Beth insists that “Art is a conscious way a life" - it is a way of thoughtfully living and seeing things, and much of what inspires and forms Beth’s work is the beauty of her everyday surroundings, and her love for poetry. Beth’s paintings are interpretative statements of her observations and range from abstract expressionism to traditional. She is a member of the Florida Watercolor Society and the Florida Artist Registry.
Twin Tango Design Artists
Judie Lee & Julie Kessler
A collaborative team since birth, yes, Judie & Julie are twins. Self taught and prolific, they are drawn to painting on recycled materials including car hoods, tar paper and their findings. Born on New Years Day, the sisters grew up in a small town in Ohio, eventually ending up on two different coasts for over 20 years, one in Seattle the other in Florida. In 2010, twin power won over and both relocated to central Florida with plans to grow old together while doing what they love….creating art. Together they have merged artistic minds to create sculptures, paintings and recycled art work. Design ideas are quite abundant between them. Judie and Julie welcome commission inquires.