co-founder Stephen Benenson is a painter who has lived and worked in Portland, Maine for the past decade. Stephen received his MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art in 2014, and maintains a studio at the Space Studios building. His practice focuses on experimental application of geometry and color, juxtaposed with references to art history and children's drawings.
co-founder Hilary Irons is a painter who has lived and worked in Portland, Maine for the past decade. Hilary received her MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art in 2008, and maintains a studio at the Space Studios building. Her paintings deal with the visual window of the Landscape (and Nature), as seen through the competing lenses of observational realism and decorative or abstract application of form.
Tessa Greene O'Brien is an artist who makes paintings, murals, and other constructions. She has a BA from Skidmore College and an MFA from the Maine College of Art. Tessa draws inspiration from both landscape and community. One of the co-founders and curators of the Portland Mural Initiative (along with Will Sears), she has organized large-scale mural projects--involving multiple artists as well as the local community--throughout the city of Portland.
Christopher Patch is a visual artist living and working in Portland, Maine. He received a BFA from the Maine College of Art in 1997, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2004. He is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell grant, a William Zorach grant, and has work in the collection of the Portland Museum of Art.
Jon Blatchford makes paintings, drawings, and mixed media work that uses photography as a starting point. Jon is very involved with the Shaker Community in New Gloucester, ME, and his work often focuses on the landscape in relation to their way of life. He has also worked to establish relationships between the community and artists, with the belief that an affinity exists between their vocations as Shakers and the lives of artists. He received a BFA from Elmira college in 2007.