Acrylic Painter Vicki Gould in Jerry's Artist Spotlight

Introducing Vicki Gould

Vicki Gould was born and reared in southern, rural Indiana but has deep Kentucky roots. Her father's family was longtime residents of Carter County, Kentucky and her mother's family called Clay County, KY their home for many years. Vicki currently lives on a small hilltop farm in wester Elliot County where she enjoys tending chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and her beautiful Golden Retrievers. Vicki loves outdoor activities like fishing and simply admiring and enjoying the beauty of nature.

As a young child, Vicki had a great interest in drawing and would add her own drawings to her school work. Vicki put aside her interest in drawing to raise a family. With her lifelong passion for drawing, her family and friends inspired and encouraged her to start drawing again.

 An Impressionistic Trail in Eastern Kentucky.

Getting Reintroduced to Art

While Vicki has loved drawing all her life, she only recently began painting about ten years ago. She started her painting under the tutelage of Keith Klein in his Florence, KY studio. Vicki works exclusively in oils and mostly enjoys painting in the Impressionist style. Monet and Renoir are among her favorite impressionists. Vicki also loves the paintings of Rembrandt and is overwhelmed by his technical flawlessness and his ability render subjects absolutely realistically.

Vicki loves painting with SoHo Urban Artist Oils. She just recently began painting with them, but has found them to be incredibly smooth with little need for additional mediums. SoHo Oil paints give her the color saturation and consistency to paint in either the realistic or impressionistic style. 


This painting is a still life in a realistic style.

 Awards and Acclaim

Vicki has been painting since 2001. She was won several ribbons in juried art shows having recently won Best of Show Non-Professional, in Morehead, KY. Although she did not initially think she would find any arenas promoting art in her rural area, she instead found an abundance of artists who specialize in everything from folk art to sculpture to fine art. She has been featured in the Art Center at Laurel Gorge and at the art gallery "Gemini" in Illinois. Vicki has paintings all over the United States and also in London, England and Moscow, Russia. Vicki is a member of the Tourism board, Women's club and Foothills Eco-Agri Tourism (FEAT). She also enjoys promoting art in her community with the students and women in the areas near her farm.

To see an example of Vicki's paintings and follow along with her step-by-step in an example of realism, check out her creation with Jerry's Online Street Team Art Project with Vicki Gould!


Banksy Ends his Takeover of the New York Art Scene

Better Out Than In, Banksy's NY residency ended Wednesday

Making news almost everyday for the last month, Banksy, the UK's most controversial artist over the last decade, ended his tour of New York on Wednesday. 

As we mentioned in an article at the beginning of the month, Banksy, an anonymous UK artist famous for exercising his beliefs that graffiti and street art is not vandalism but art, has been running around New York using the entire city as his installation and leaving his art on the walls out in public.

Banksy has been all over the news for the last month, from when he sold a bunch of his work on the sidewalk and very few people noticed him to when it was rumored he was arrested after he canceled one of his pieces, saying on his website "Today's art has been cancelled due to police activity." His work has been controversial and NY police were on the lookout for him, but did not manage to catch him or discover his identity over the last month. 

To find out more about his tumultuous trip through New York, you can see his website at but here are some of his highlights:



10/30/13 Yankee Stadium



10/15/13 Tribeca



10/13/13 Central Park 

Banksy posted on his site, "Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For $60 each."


10/17/13 Bed Stuy/Williamsburg


10/11/13 Meatpacking District

"The Siren of the Lambs. A slaughterhouse delivery truck touring the meatpacking district and then citywide for the next two weeks."


10/20/13 Upper West Side


Thanks Banksy for making NYC a little more interesting and life a little more artistic! For more information about Banksy's exploits in New York City, and to see more of his artwork, check out



Whats the Buzz- Snazaroo Face Paint

Trick or Treat in Style this year!

In this spooky edition of Whats the Buzz, we're looking at one of our favorite Halloween products for kids. This week, lets look at Snazaroo Face Paint and Snazaroo Face Painting Kits, a great way to dress up for Halloween and get creative!

Numerous studies have proven that facepaint is safer than wearing masks and children out trick or treating are more likely to see oncoming traffic with facepaint on rather than a bulky mask. Plus, Snazaroo Face Paints are a safe facepaint for your face. They are all made by hand with quality, non-toxic, cosmetically approved ingredients. They are compliant with all FDA regulations. Snazaroo is hypo-allergenic so there's no skin agitation. And, all Snazaroo paints are water-based, so after your fun night of trick or treating, the paint comes right off with soap and water. 

They work great for days like Halloween, trunk or treats, kids parties, church fairs or any event where kids are present. They work on adults too though so parents don't be afraid to match your kids.

We've gotten multiple reviews, emails, comments and even people calling to let us know exactly how much they love Snazaroo. Remember that if you have something to say about one of our products, be sure to leave us a comment. Now lets get to what real artists had to say about our favorite facepaint. Check out what all the buzz is about with Snazaroo Face Paint:

"I love Snazaroo Face Paint. I'm a professional face painter and just about my whole pallet is made up of Snazaroo Paint. As a professional, I find there are a couple of things that tend to be important time and again. One is speed, the other is consistency and another is the return customer.

Snazaroo is easy to apply simply by wetting a brush or sponge, dragging it across the paint a couple of times, then applying it to the skin. Because it is this easy I am able to do what I do best in record time.

Snazaroo has brilliant colors that are fairly durable and easy to remove. Because of the brilliant colors, transformations can be quite wonderful. My favorite part of face painting is watching children look in the mirror for the first time. Dry time on a newly applied face generally doesn't take much longer than a minute or two. Kids like this because it is less time they have to worry about smudging. And moms like the fact that the paint is easily removed. I think the most common question I get is 'how do I get it off?'. My most common response is 'water'. Other than the highly pigmented black, red, dark blue, and green I have been able to remove paint with a wet rag or baby wipes. Some of the colors do need a little soap but it is still very gentle. This is popular with the moms and it shows with the repeat customers I see every year"-Cyndi McKnight, NC


Face painting with Snazaroo by Cyndi McKnight

"Love the paints, they are easy to use and the colors are great. I have not had a problem with them at all, the colors are true and not soft or mushy. I would recommend them to others who face paint, as a hobby or a job."-Xee, VA

"Bought this for my daughter who loves to face paint younger children. This blew her mind! 5 stars"-Silver, NY

"We used Snazaroo face paint during our Church Street Fair. We had a great turn out of children, and we were able to paint well over 65 faces. The paint was long lasting and easy to remove. We used the paint on children 3 and older with no problems of break outs. Very pleased with this product and looking forward to our next event to do it all over again."-Tyrena and Shaquille the great team, NY

For those that arent as artistic or creative as some as our reviewers, the Snazaroo face painting kits come with  step by step instructions on some designs. Cheri the Party Planner from Rangely, CO had this to say about Snazaroo, "We used this kit for our daughter's 4th birthday party and it was a huge hit! The paints are excellent to work with and the booklet that comes with the kit gives step-by-step instructions for many different designs. I highly recommend this kit."

There you have it folks, Snazaroo is gentle on the face, applies easily, has brilliant colors, and cleans off with barely more than water. Let us know what you think about Snazaroo and remember to leave us comments or email us on all of your favorite products and maybe you'll see your own comment on next week's Whats the Buzz!

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