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Artist Profiles
The Public Trust is proud to announce the winners of our Timucua-Mocama Art Contest.  All applicants submitted great work and we were only able to select the very best 10 pieces to receive commissions.  Thank you to all who submitted your work.

Overall Contest Winners

These Ten Artists have received a $2,500 commission and have completed final paintings which will be displayed at upcoming gallery showings.  Congratulations to all of our winners, listed below in alphabetical order.
 
Matthew Tito Cuenca
 
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Matthew Tito Cuenca was born Dec 1968. He has a BFA degree from Parsons School of Design, with continuing art studies at Cooper Union and the Art Students League in NY. He has over 20 years professional art experience, which include Associate Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Design Director at Bill Blass, and faculty member at the Art League. As a commercial artist he has illustrated for various publishers, including Harper Collins Trophy, Moody Press, Legion Publishing and WorldWorks Games.

As an award-winning fine artist, he continues to exhibit throughout the US, Europe and Asia. Matthew is a member of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Del Ray Artisans, the Art League, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, and the American Federation of Teachers. Currently Matthew resides in Virginia, but will soon relocate to Cambodia with the State Dept.
Aimee Denault
Aimee Denault Public Trust

Aimee Denault, one of our overall top 10 artists, was the winner of our College contest.

Bloomington, Indiana.  Born 03/21/1988.  I was home-schooled on an organic farm in Upstate New York. Since my education was dynamic and non-traditionally structured, I was able to take private art lessons at a young age. As my interest increased, and ambition went unsatisfied, I took classes at a local Arts Center at age eleven.

The next year, I enrolled in an intensive summer art program at a local college to learn to paint and do figure drawing. Shortly afterward, I attended regular semester classes. From Upstate New York, I moved to Philadelphia to go to The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, which focuses primarily on academic figure drawing. I discovered printmaking at the Academy and decided to follow an in-depth study of the medium. Now, I am at Indiana University to pursue a master's in printmaking.
Rob Hough
Rob Hough Public Trust  Rob Hough is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Melbourne, Florida. He received a B.S. in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 2004. He is employed with Harris Corporation as a full-time Graphics/Multimedia designer. He is a multiple Space Coast ADDY award winner, winning Best of Print in 2007 and was on the design team that won Best of Show in 2010.
While most of his work is created digitally, he is a self taught “traditional” artist at heart, having a deep love for creating artwork by hand. Rob spends his free time with his wife and four children.
James Jeffries
James Jeffries Public Trust 

Mr. Jeffries art studies began at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut in 1948, he also attended the Ringling Art School in Sarasota, Florida.  His paintings are in many private collections in the United States and abroad.  A lifelong painter and teacher of traditional fine art, his work includes: portraits, figurative and animal studies and scenes from nature.

Ten years ago, Mr. Jeffries began a series of figurative historical paintings based upon the greatest British attempt at colonization in America, examples of which may be seen on his website.  In 1766 Dr. Andrew Turnbull, with the blessing of the Royal Crown and funding from two partners, recruited fourteen hundred volunteers from the Mediterranean; the Island of Minorca; Italy; Iberia; Greece and the Balmeric Island.  His attempts at a settlement in New Smyrna, Florida 1768-1777 failed, however many of the colonists’ descendants still live in St. Augustine, Florida. r. Jeffries now resided with his wife Nancy in Edgewater, Florida.
Pavel Melecky
Pavel Melecky Public Trust 

Born in 1952 in the Czech Republic, Pavel developed a love of art at an early age. As a young child, he knew that being an artist was the direction his life would take. From his early training and formal learning in European Art Schools, Pavel has mastered Commercial and Artistic Graphics, including Art Design, Art Print and Calligraphy. He has learned how to apply himself in various mediums. He is well grounded in the use of oil, tempera, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pen, pencil and charcoal.

Pavel has over 35 years experience in art design and industrial design. His work is based on Realism. He wants those who see his work to feel the mood of the picture even with the absence of certain details, allowing the mind to fill in the missing pieces. Pavel feels that his talent for creativity is God given. He is inspired by people, nature and being at peace with himself.

Celeste Nagy

Celeste Nagy Public Trust 
Celeste Nagy, born in 1963, grew up in Cleveland Ohio, and discovered the love of drawing and painting at a very early age. God gave her the talent and her parents always encouraged that talent with a never ending supply of paint and canvases. She relocated to Florida in 1987 after graduating from Cleveland State University. Her work has been sold through cafes in South Florida, thrift shops, commissions through word of mouth, and through eBay.
Her inspiration comes from the artist/creator of all, and she believes her art should always try to express God's eternal power and divine nature.  Romans 1:20 tells us "…since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made…."  Her future paintings will explore more of Florida's landscape, and those invisible qualities of God.
Brett Pigon
Brett Pigon Public Trust 
Brett Pigon is a resident of Grant, Florida, coming to Brevard County, Florida in 1982 from Ohio where he grew up in Amherst before attending The Ohio State University while earning degrees in engineering.  Since 1982 he has been employed at Harris Corporation in Palm Bay and currently holds the title "Senior Scientist". He started his artistic endeavors in college after an "epiphany" while near-waking one morning prompted him to "try painting today".

Since that time he has been a self taught artist until recently, slowly and sporadically learning by painting and reading between family and career demands.  Interiors in a Vermeer style were a frequent genre. Recently, with sons off to college, he joined local art groups, and most notably the Art Students Guild of Melbourne where he recently assumed the role of president.  Currently portraiture and landscapes are his principal themes.


John Robak

John Robak Public Trust 

John Robak, 67, is a retired art instructor who relocated to Florida from New England in 2005. During his 30 years in education, he taught both English and art at the secondary level, and he concluded his career as a college adjunct, teaching foundation drawing classes. He has developed courses in drawing, painting, cartooning, photography, art history, crafts, creative writing, the history of motion pictures, and composition and literature.

His free-lance work includes commissioned architectural renderings, illustrations, a mural installed at a New Hampshire museum, and a published textbook on graphic design. Mr. Robak’s previous Florida commission prior to the Timucua-Mocama Art Contest was a four-panel mural that highlights the history of Flagler County and hangs in the Government Services Building in Bunnell, Florida. He has worked in graphite, pen-and-ink, colored pencil, and his current focus is acrylic on canvas. Mr. Robak lives in Palm Coast with his wife, Marge.
Gary Whitley
Gary Whitley Public Trust  Gary Whitley is a self-employed artist residing in Washington State.  Since 1990, Gary has been specializing in historical and natural history art for museums, interpretive centers, aquariums, and zoos nationwide.  For the last 15 years he has been under contract as an artist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  He is also under contract with the SER-National Park Service for artistic illustration of historic and cultural events.
In December 2009, he was selected as an Associate Designer for the U.S. Mint where he is designing coins and medals. His prior experience includes creation of illustrations and editorial graphics while working for newspapers including The Bulletin in Bend, Oregon, The Daily News in Longview, Washington and the Oregonian in Portland, Oregon.  Some noteworthy recent projects include illustrations for the children’s book The Pumpkin Goblin Makes Friends by Aaron Taylor, life-sized illustrations for the John Steinbeck Museum in Salinas, California, illustrations for the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and graphic illustrations for the Muhammad Ali Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.
 

College Winners

Aimee Denault, one of our overall top 10 artists, was the winner of our College contest.

High School Winners


First Place ($500) – Stephanie Morales and Victor Ali; Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
Second Place ($300) – Perri Schellenberg; Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
Third Place ($200) – Lydia Hayes; Douglas Anderson School of the Arts