Artists at Creativity Explored

Creativity Explored gives artists with developmental disabilities the means to create and share their work with the community, celebrating the power of art to change lives.

Creativity Explored Studio, Gallery, Offices
3245 16th Street (at Guerrero Street)
San Francisco CA 94103
Telephone: (415) 863-2108

Laron Bickerstaff creates radiant portraiture and stream-of-consciousness text-based artwork. He uses American Sign Language and is deeply aware of the visual characteristics of language. He mixes his own observations of life with pop-influenced brand names of celebrities, stores, food and drink, and institutions.

Eric Boysaw is a native born San Franciscan. His language, American Sign Language, has influenced many of the artworks he has produced over the years. Eric primarily works with drawing media, using pastel, charcoal, and ink with great precision. In 2011, his work was chosen by CB2 as the basis for a rug.

Daniel Green has an intense and playful fascination with American entertainment and popular culture. Working on wood, cardboard, and paper, he uses ink to draw figures from television, politics, sports, or history, and carefully lists dates, titles of shows, songs, cities, and names.

Joseph “JD” Green demonstrates an eye for detail combined with a penchant for quick handwork. His process involves preliminary sketches from source imagery found online or in his imagination, sometimes combining these into a new composition, before creating a final version. His chosen disciplines are printmaking, drawing, painting, and ceramics.

Donald Gruneisen was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Donald is an artist inspired by horror movies like Halloween, old school Universal Studios monster movies like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man et al, and classic TV shows like The Munsters.

Camille Holvoet’s work is deceptively sweet as her practice tends to draw on remembrances of life’s anxieties and forbidden desires. Her process is an endless discovery, in which – through repeatedly drawing in oil pastel her sacred objects: dessert, Ferris Wheels, and crossed eyes – the pressures of the past are relieved by the joy of the creative process.

Vincent Jackson is one of the most prolific and longest practicing artists at Creativity Explored. His thick, defining lines break the human form into geometric shapes filled with a heavy impasto of layered colors arranged with Jackson’s masterful sense of harmony. The resulting mask-­like works can be viewed as a contemporary renewal of traditional African and Oceanic folk art imagery. 

Andrew Lee recently joined Creativity Explored and is one of our younger artists. He has amazing drawing and watercolor skills, and uses books as his source material. He makes faithful drawings of images that catch his eye and brings each piece to an elegant completion with watercolor paint. 

Ade Lewis
often draws inspiration often derives from photographs of fashion models in magazines. From this, he has developed his own style and works with drawing and watercolor. He loves to interact with visitors and explain his ideas, his interest in fashion, and in drama, as a member of an ACT drama group. He is one of the youngest artists at Creativity Explored.

Paul Pulizzano has a seriousness of purpose that comes through in his artwork, whether working with acrylic–his preferred medium–charcoal, colored pencil, or papier-mâché. Most of his creative energy is focused on rendering human subjects from pop culture, history, and elsewhere. His sculptures are as intriguing as his paintings, and combine both facets of his practice into unique objects that carry his rough-hewn sincerity inside.

Yang “Buurin” Yu-Zhen almost exclusively focuses on easel-sized acrylic painting (though her origami skills deserve mention as well). Constantly examining and refining her technique—investigating color and spatial relationships, light sources and shading—she is developing all the elements of an accomplished classical painter.

Yukari Sakura works with great focus on what she calls her ‘very own stories,’ gathering inspiration from mythological tales, animated films, and video games. She works with a variety of materials and also creates animations.

Gerald Wiggins works with colored pencil, marker, graphite, and watercolor, as well as with digital printmaking software. His drawings are uncluttered and precise and use a spare, controlled line and careful coloring to convey detail. Wiggins also creates ceramic sculptures, from frightening vampiric characters to a rotating cast of life-like city dwellers he calls “the crew.”