Andre Kaulesar is an abstract oil painter based in Hoboken New Jersey. A native of Georgetown Guyana with Amazon roots, Kaulesar’s work is influenced by the rugged landscapes and rural forest area of his heritage.He excels in pushing the envelope combining unusual elements such as coffee grinds, beeswax, vibrant oil pigments, safflower oil, mica flakes, and resin which manipulate aerial photographs of wild landscapes giving his work a textural abstract effect, the colors vary across light setting from bright to muted giving the viewers different perspectives while subjects are bright and playful to the eyes and imagination. The end result is a vibrant colorful painting.
Kaulesar’s creativity extends to his culinary background as well. In fact, working under highly acclaimed chef Daniel Humm influenced him to pursue the visual artistry as a calling. His passion blossoming into a pursuit after Humm began collecting his work, he took the nod. He presently freelances as a chef for a game company in San Francisco while also painting full time.
His creations have found their way into many private collections in the US, Canada, and South America.
Kaulesar’s paintings are currently on display in Jacklyn Kling Art Gallery in Montclair NJ.
Ryan Mellinger is the Joto Sake Sales Manager for the Northeast and North Central US at Kobrand Corporation. She is a born and raised New Yorker who found her passion for the culinary arts at a young age working in some of the hottest kitchens. Inspired by the true craftsmanship of Japanese cuisine and history, she found her calling at Joto Sake. Now Ryan travels across the country to educate and excite other restauranteurs, sommeliers, bartenders and chefs on Sake’s beauty and versatility. Ryan has her WSET Level 3 in Sake.
Heather, aka The Botanical Hiker, is a Certified Herbalist, long-distance hiker, and author. She has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, North Carolina’s 1,200 mile Mountains to Sea Trail (twice), New York’s 1,000 mile Finger Lakes Trail and 400 mile Long Path. When not woods rambling or pulling back the petals on a botanical find, she educates and guides others into the natural world through plant walks and workshops . Last Spring, she published the second book in her Botanical Hiker Series: A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Finger Lakes Trail. To follow her adventures and research, visit her blog: www.TheBotanicalHiker.blogspot.com. Find her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/thebotanicalhiker or www.Facebook.com/hikelocal.
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