The Artists of Inspired Buffalo

Phil Durgan

Phil Durgan

Phil Durgan: 1966-2014 Gone too soon but his art lives on. Part of proceeds from the sale of his artwork goes to support his family. Here’s the short bio Phil wrote about himself in early 2014 before his untimely death:
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Phil Durgan has herded sheep and lived in a ’59 Impala in San Francisco, but never attended art school or received an MFA. His love for jazz music, women, Beat Generation writers and post-war painters resonates in both the color and sound of his high energy paintings. He was an ArtVoice Best Painter nominee in 2012 and 2013. Originally from San Diego, he has called Buffalo, NY home for the past 6 years.

Erin Busch

Erin Busch

IceCreamMonster_ErinBusch430Erin Busch is an artist living in the Southtowns of Buffalo, NY. Erin is a born maker and if she is not currently working on a project, she is dreaming up what she is going to make next. Her work extends across many media, but most often you can find Erin hand-knitting adorable stuffed monsters that she designs for her business “Erin Makes Stuff.” Erin is inspired by things that are colorful, fun, and well crafted and her favorite color is magenta.

For more info, follow Erin on her website: www.erinmakesstuff.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/erinmakesstuff.monsters, and on Instagram: @erinmakesstuff

Alison Kurek

Alison Kurek

Martini Cat Alison KurekAlison Kurek is a mixed media artist creating fun, upbeat art work. Workingprimarily in acrylic paint and polymer clay, she creates bright, colorful images featuring animals, cocktails, an occasional human and of course, Silent Mylo. If asked to describe her purpose in life she’d say it’s to make people laugh. “Life is challenging and, on the whole, we are too stressed out. We often forget to look at the lighter side of things. We NEED to laugh!” A good dose of her art work is sure to make you smile. Taken on a regular basis it may even lead to spontaneous fits of laugher. Ms. Kurek is a Buffalo, NY native and a graduate of the State University College at Buffalo. She has exhibited and sold her work through galleries, shops and art festivals for many years and is held in numerous collections throughout the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Asia and Australia.

Marinette Kozlow

Marinette Kozlow

InspiredBuffalo_MarinetteKozlow_RespondInviteTsmAfter a successful career in commercial art in Western New York, Marinette Kozlow wanted to create artwork to sell. Ms. Kozlow saw a need for a sweet, feminine buffalo as most buffalo art is masculine — Buffalo Princess was born. Reflecting on the inspiration of many people surrounding her, she realized it’s not just about prince and princesses. Her art celebrates lives…the innocence of babies, the make-believe of toddlers, and the real-life heroes who choose to put others before themselves.

Chris Muranyi

Chris Muranyi

Toad_chris_Muranyi430Chris was raised in Kenmore, NY (just outside of Buffalo). He loved doing art even as a young child. While in day care, all the teachers who looked at his work said — even then — that Chris should be an artist, so he became one. This eventually led him to the Art Institute of Pittsburg, where he graduated with a degree in Graphic Design & Visual Communications. Chris has been designing t-shirts and selling art ever since.

Over the years he’s overcome many physical challenges having survived 3 accidents and multiple surgeries because of them. After not being able to use his right hand to its full capacity, he trained himself to draw with his left hand. He is available for freelance art services.

Jan Augustyn

Jan Augustyn

jan-sampleJan Augustyn loves to garden, read, travel and hang out with her husband Mike and their two cats Darcy and Lizzy; they live in Evanston, Illinois.  She is a self-taught photographer who is always learning, learning, learning.

Jenna Hoffman

Jenna Hoffman

SeaLife_Jenna_Hoffman430As an Illustrator/ Designer currently living in Rochester New York I truly am a maker. My work is a smattering of illustration, design, pattern design and some work that bridges the gaps. I have a fascination with life and the simple things that make it great. I feel that the best moments in life are the ones you can’t put into words, so I put them into colors and shapes. I love producing work that makes people smile. I will help you share life’s little moments. I am available for freelance illustration services.

John Lattanzio

John Lattanzio

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Bertholt Schroeder

Bertholt Schroeder

Bertholt Schroeder PrintBertholt recently relocated from Cincinnati to Buffalo with his wife & two daughters. In 2013 he started a design consultancy, called “Pencil,” specializing in product design, illustration, and visualization – today it operates out of The Foundry. After graduating with a BS in Industrial design from the University of Cincinnati, he did consulting work at a local firm & taught industrial design & design communication classes at UC. Currently, he is design consulting and developing a line of products to be completely manufactured and sourced in Buffalo. He looks forward to many years of consulting and designing in Buffalo! Follow on Instagram or twitter @pencil_viz

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Eileen Graetz

Eileen_Graetz_grain elevatorI am a lifelong Buffalonian. As a painter and photographer, I am inspired by the world around me and photograph everything from flowers to crumbling buildings. They all have beauty in my eyes.

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David Manny

Award winning artist, David J. W. Manny BTT_3_St.MarysSchoolfortheDeafis a Western New York based artist and graphic designer born in New York’s Capital region, where he lived for the first 25 years of his life.

After receiving a BFA in Painting at State University College at Buffalo, he returned to the Albany area for a short time. His love and never ending passion for the treasures of Buffalo and Western New York led him to return to Western New York permanently. Since, David has developed his signature “Digital Watercolors”and the “ever expanding series of fine art, limited editions and gifts called “Buffalo Treasures”.

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Suzanne O’Brien

Suzanne_OBrien_citrus_Party_felt_sampleSuzanne O’Brien is a fiber artist and creates handmade wool felt gift items and accessories for her business, ‘ZanieCrafts’. She enjoys working with fine wool and silk fibers and uses the magical process of wet felting to make her ideas come to life. Suzanne learned the art of felt making while she was living abroad with her family in New Zealand. She enjoys creating with a lot of color, and likes to include reclaimed, recycled, and found items into her work whenever possible. Suzanne and her husband are Illinois natives, but lived in Kansas, Michigan, and New Zealand before coming to Buffalo in 2013. Suzanne and her family are very happy to be home in Western New York.

See Suzanne’s latest ZanieCrafts by following her on Instagram @zaniecrafts or visit and like her Facebook page.

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Pamela Craven Davis

Artist from Yorkshire England, loves working with colour texture and abstract patterns. My canvases have FullSizeRendera life of their own and transform each time I work on them adding and taking away and adding again. I love nature and light and find patterns within my imagination and nature to paint — the larger the better!! I always have a constant burning desire to paint and create. It makes me feel better and full of energy once I have achieved a look I am pleased with, even if my painting isn’t finished. I have travelled a lot in my life time and still am, to my surprise, and look forward to bringing some of these experiences and influences into my artwork.

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Michael Clarke

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You can find out more information by following him at @MClarkeArt on Instagram.

Michele Goldfarb

Michele is a photographer and fellow Buffalonian. Within her photos you’ll find eclectic landscapes of the Buffalo Region and numerous other locations. “I totally enjoy Buffalo, Muskoka Lakes Ontario, New Orleans with or without my camera.” Michele has a love for family, travel, live music and being by water.