Nigel Sussman is part foodie, part musician, part outdoorsman and artist, originally from Maryland. Nigel moved to California to pursue a BA in Illustration from the California College of the Arts. His work captures and reflects life’s often whimsically complicated environment. Primarily using micron pens on paper or acrylic paints on canvas, Nigel is able to create and deliver a playful aesthetic to his audience. Nigel lives in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco with his wife, Yasemin.

Michelle Finch has been creating art for over 20 years, gaining inspiration from abandoned houses, photography and abstract expressionists. As a graduate from the Atlanta College of Art, she has evolved over the years to include elements of mixed media collages. Michelle uses mixed-media paints, photographs, paper, glue and even manipulated photos from a darkroom, to create her pieces. Michelle is originally from Atlanta, moved to the Bay Area 11 years ago and has shown her work through Oakland’s Art Murmur First Fridays as well as other local venues. She currently lives in Berkeley with her husband and two children.

David Fitzgerald‘s paintings reflect his search of an elusive beauty. He strives to deliver images that are not necessarily pretty, but that are “more likely to be intense, raw and grotesque.” Using interlocking patterns, he looks for complex and rhythmic movements. David’s paintings depict scenes of his characters experiencing raw human emotion and struggling with their surroundings and with one another. As a painting begins to find its own way, David finds that it perhaps is moving towards something outside of his own mind and experience.

Artists’ reception was held on the third Friday in June, 6/21 at 7pm.