The Artists of Inspired Buffalo

Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson (aej.create) is a visual artist working at Exchange Studios in downtown Buffalo, NY. She works with ceramics, collage, and photography, but expresses her creativity most through stippled ink drawings and large-scale ink paintings. She loves to paint without a brush.
As a single mom, her life is a balance between motherhood and making the time to create. You can find her son, Chasyn, with her most days at the studio. Follow her on Instagram: @aej.create

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:

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:, Facebook:, 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

After 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.

John Lattanzio

John Lattanzio

100 Silo Infared_webBuffalo, NY based photographer, John Lattanzio , from JohnAngeloPhotography, specializes in wedding and local fine art photography.

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.


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.


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.


Michael Clarke

Tiger RGB_LOW RESMike was born and raised in Buffalo, and lives in the city when he’s in between travels. Having lived in both France and South Africa for a couple of years, his work shows influences from both places. While working mostly with pen and ink, Mike has also worked in watercolor on occasion. Mike graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2013.

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.

Vincent Alejandro

Vincent, more commonly known as Vinny, began as a graffiti/ street artist but once he learned that he had a love for art in general, he began to dabble in many different mediums. Growing up in Buffalo, Vinny attended The Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts High School and joined the military a year after graduation. He traveled all over the U.S. in the service including 7 years overseas. Due to the military and other responsibilities he stepped away from the arts until the tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri in 2011. In an effort to lift spirits, he and another graffiti artists painted a mural in the city now called “The Hope Wall”. Not only did it help him cope with the devastation but it helped the city in raising spirits for their clean up and rebuilding efforts. Vinny always missed his home town and finally returned to Buffalo to reignite my art career after 20 years. He loves painting murals and also landmarks of this great city. Since that day in Joplin Vinny has volunteered and participated in many projects including Extreme Makeover Home Edition in Joplin, Community Canvases, Locust Street Art, Junior League and Gloria J Parks here in Buffalo. He’s also painted murals for various local businesses including Catalyst Fitness, New Era Hats and recently completed a 5000 square foot historical mural in the Old First Ward. He hopes to continue giving back to the community with his talent. Find Vincent on Facebook at Urban Inspirations.

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Rebecca Gold

Rebecca Gold is an oil painter who lives in Tonawanda, just outside of Buffalo, NY. She has her Master’s in Art Education from Buffalo State College. She formally learned to paint at Daemen and Buffalo State College and then continued with private lessons for many years. Rebecca’s paintings are a way for her to combine her love of drawing and photography. She photographs her world as if each picture represents a painting and has often said, “I see in paintings.” She takes many pictures trying to capture that one perfect shot in hope of using it in the future. She sees beauty everywhere she goes and captures these scenes through the photographs that she takes, but will never have enough time to paint them all.

Ron Zerkowski

Ronald Zerkowski, a true Buffalo photographer, was born in WNY in 1935 where he was raised and has since raised his family. His passion and interest in the photography industry began in 1956 after buying his first camera in a pawn shop while serving in the United States Army. From there, his love and passion grew as he went on to take a photography course, Famous Photographers, in 1958. After completing this course Ron went on to work for two photo studios in the Buffalo area where he taught himself the ways around a camera. Ron developed and printed his own photographs before the world went digital, and has since converted to the modern ways. Now retired, he shoots for his own pleasure and specializes in nautical and scenic scapes from South Thomaston, ME to Charleston, SC. 

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Lorri Carnevale

Lorri Carnevale is the Owner/ Creator at Imperfectly Beautiful Designs. She has lived in Buffalo NY her entire life and has been creating since she was six. Ms. Carnevale creates these beautiful works using inks/wax in a freeform style. These prints were first created on metal or glass. Ms. Carnevale is also an image transfer artist where she uses pictures, signatures, and drawings to create wearable memories which are usually created using silver or bronze metal clay.

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Rakhi McCormick

Rakhi McCormick is a Metro Detroit based self-taught lettering artist and artisan. Her favorite media for lettering are acrylic paints and India ink, but you can catch her dabbling in watercolor, clay, photography, woodworking, and jewelry making as well. With two parents who were artistic in their own ways, creating has always been a part of Rakhi’s life. Her hope is that her work spreads a little light into the dark places of our lives.