| We have asked all of the artists and
designers associated with Fast Smart Web Design to contribute artwork
for the banner. Our artists and designers work in incredibly diverse
mediums and styles, from cartoons to classical painting to hooked rugs
to photography. We will showcase their work in our banner art, changing
the banner on a semi-monthly basis. For more information, please read
the biographical information below. Whenever a new banner appears, check
out this page for information about the art and the artist.
was born in Greenpoint, in Brooklyn, New York, in the late 1950's.
Victor's dad, Richie, was a policeman and his mom, Arlene, was a
bookkeeper and accountant at 20th Century Fox. Victor started showing
artistic talent at an early age, manifesting itself through "customized"
books throughout the house, dismantled wristwatches and household
appliances, and primitive cave-style drawings on walls about 2 feet
off the floor. Victor's parents learned early to only buy paints
and crayons that could be easily washed off of various surfaces.
Throughout his school years and while he served in the US Navy, Victor
created cartoons and drawings that have warmed the hearts of
friends and family or caused heartache and despair for those caricatured.
In addition to drawing, Victor is also a skilled carpenter, mechanic,
metal worker and amateur photographer. Victor has three sisters:
Kathryn, Barbara and Linda, all of whom are talented artists in their
Victor has been fascinated by "Proletkult" art for many years.
"Proletkult" is an abreviation for "Proletarskie kulturno-prosvetitelnye
organizatsii" (Proletarian Cultural and Enlightenment Organizations),
a movement started in the early days of the Russian Revolution. The
movement was started in order to put all artistic media into the
hands of the proletariat. The industrial art of the Soviet era is
reflected in this month's banner.
Susan was raised in Prospect, Connecticut,
just outside Waterbury. Her mother, Jane Fowler, is
a prize-winning watercolorist and hooked-rug artist and all of her children
learned about design and creative work from her. Susan's brother Tom is a writer, her sister Jan is a talented rug designer, her brother Mark paints using a combination of fine-point drafting and watercolor, and her brother Billy does pen and ink drawings. Her father was an extremely talented
practitioner of the art of caning chairs.
Susan took the banner photo on a winter day in 2010 at Fresh Kills Park in Staten Island. Fresh Kills was
New York City's landfill until it was closed in 2009, and the city is turning it into a
huge nature preserve and bird sanctuary. Susan often goes there on
bird-watching tours with her friends Carlmais and Sheila.
quote from Carlmais: Although I was raised and currently reside in
New York City, I have always had a passion for nature and the ways
in which we as humans co-exist with the natural world especially in
cities and urban centers. I am an avid bird watcher, and spend the
majority of my free time either birding or seeking new converts. Even
on the worst day, the one thing that will invariably lift my mood
and make it worthwhile to get out of bed is the cheerful chorus of
Jeff Anzevino has been making photographs since 1976. But with
the establishment in 2008 of Anzevino Photography he has turned his
hobby to a passion and small business and lens toward tugboats and
high quality maritime art.
Jeff’s photos have been published in Bouchard Transportation’s
newsletter, Boating on the Hudson, and the Poughkeepsie Journal and
his work has been presented at the South Street Seaport, Hudson River
Maritime Museum, and Ossining Public Library.
With a collection of over 30,000 images shot between 2008 and the
present, he has amassed a comprehensive archive of Hudson River tugboat
photos. These photos illustrate what may be the world's largest
assortment of tugboat calendars with over 20 different “2012 Tugspotting
on the Hudson” calendars for sale. These feature mixed tugs, historic
vessels such as the Tugs Cornell and Pegasus and the retired and
now scrapped Kristin Poling, Coast Guard vessels, ships. Jeff also
produces calendars featuring tugs of major New York Harbor companies,
such as Moran, McAllister, Reinauer, K-Sea, Poling, Hornbeck, and
From his Sunfish sailboat in 1991 Jeff began photographing tugboats
steaming past Poughkeepsie. He honed his skill in single handing
the non-motorized sailboat safely into position to capture with a
Nikon 35mm camera the power of tugs and ships framed by the Mid-Hudson
Bridge and Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge. Jeff’s technique was featured
in an article in Boating on the Hudson magazine.
Once it became apparent how many great photos he had, Anzevino
went digital, bought a more reliable boat and a house outfitted with
an AIS receiver within a three minute bike ride of the Hudson River
and Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. He docks his boat,
a 15’ West Wight Potter with 3.5HP outboard, just down the hill at
Mariners on the Hudson. These developments have enabled Anzevino
to track tugs and capture them from all angles and weather conditions.
In addition, he uses his extensive knowledge of the Hudson River,
bridges, and shoreside parks to chase and photograph tugs, primarily
between Hudson, NY and the Bear Mountain Bridge. Jeff particularly
enjoys the challenge of photographing a particular tug in multiple
locations and is particular;ly rewarded with making images in brutally
cold weather when tugs are plying an icy river.
He earned three AA degrees (geography, cartography and community
planning) at Montgomery College (1983) and a BA in Geography from
the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he graduated cum
laude in 1985. He is also an adjunct instructor at Marist College.
He is also the founder in 1993 of the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association
and a musician playing resophonic guitar. He is an avid sailor,
bicyclist, hiker, kayaker, cook, and gardener.
Townes lives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. John works as a journalist
during the day, and although he works with words professionally,
he also has a passion for the visual arts and graphics. He works in
digital painting by creating basic images on paper by hand and then
scanning and refining them on the computer. He has a particular interest
in landscapes, and is inspired by such traditional historical landscape
artists as George Innes, the Hudson River school and John Constable.
He also likes to draw goofy cartoons. You can see more examples of
his work on his website at jtgallery.net. Custom
prints are available for purchase.
LeBer, as anyone who knows her can attest, is a wonderful human being as well as an excellent artist and printmaker. Her banner is adapted from one of her prints. Some of the charms represent our clients (for example, Meals on Wheels of Staten Island, Hey Viv, and Tug Pegasus) and one is our logo.
Eve teaches art at United Cerebral Palsy on Staten Island. She and a colleague, Julia Justo, were NYers of the Week on NY1 for the week starting October 18, 2008.
Kathryn Badra Kathryn
born in Brooklyn, New York. She has worked as a lab technician for
over 25 years. She currently works for Carolinas Healthcare System,
in Mooresville NC, with a team that specializes in transplants
and all areas of kidney disease.
Kathy loves all kinds of art. She took a
few art courses in college but has no real formal training. She is
mostly inspired by her dad: "One day he was sitting at the kitchen
table in Uniondale and he had drawn an amazingly detailed picture.
I wanted to see how far the apple fell from the tree, so i bought
an art pad and started drawing. I also started reading about drawing
and painting and photography. Photography is a hobby. It may sound
crazy, but when I look at things I see small details and colors more
readily than the whole picture. In a perfect world I would travel
far and wide and photograph all the beautiful things and places on
Kathy works for Fast Smart Web Design as a consulting artist.
She created two banners for us: The daytime banner is a shot of the
gills underneath a mushroom cap. The nighttime banner is a close shot
of the veins in an aspen leaf just starting to show its fall colors.
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Barbara Stanwick Barbara
Stanwick was born in Uniondale, New York, and has been an artist
basically for her entire life. She works in several different mediums
including oils, acrylics watercolors and pen and ink. She has had
several shows in various New York City galleries and museums and
currently lives in Mooresville, North Carolina. Barbara has designed
several noteworthy websites including the original John Noble Collection
museum site, and she worked on the team that created the original
Ditech mortgage origination site with its powerful financial engine
Barbara works for Fast Smart Web Design as a consulting artist
and designer. Her work has a quirky, cartoon quality inspired somewhat
by Pablo Picasso, George Braque, and other cubists. The banner she
has created for us shows a stylized cityscape view. Since Fast Smart
Web Design is headquartered in New York City, she felt it was representative
of the company.