1/15Photograph: Melissa SinclairAmber DuboisReworking is the process Dubois lives by. She puts her paintings together like puzzles, building them up before tearing them down.
2/15Photograph: Melissa SinclairKaz Oooka, "Confusion"Taking the road less traveled, Ooka became a painter after pursuing a career in engineering.
3/15Photograph: Melissa SinclairArt Guerra, "Shout Out"Guerra’s twin careers—as a painter and as the owner of a paint supply store—are reflected in his passion for the materials he works with.
4/15Photograph: Melissa SinclairSeren Morey, "Creatures of the Deep"Morey not only shares a studio with Art Guerra, she’s co-owner with him of their paint-store business.
5/15Photograph: Melissa SinclairJay Moorthy, "Ceremonial Lines"Moorthy’s use of scroll-like canvases is part of his effort to question the nature of spirituality in his art.
6/15Photograph: Melissa SinclairTerri Chiao and Adam FrezzaPhotos of plants fabricated from paper, and prints made by stamping ink-covered pancakes onto paper, are just a couple of the projects that Chiao and Frezza create together.
7/15Photograph: Melissa SinclairJeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier, Stills from "First Light, Last Light"Another collaborative duo, Kurosaki and Pelletier mainly focus on video, performance and sculpture.
8/15Photograph: Melissa SinclairBabette Rittenberg, "100 Plant Portraits"Rittenberg uses plants and clay heads as the subjects for her portraits because, she says, they are the only models she can afford.
9/15Photograph: Melissa SinclairAkira Ikezoe, "The Olympics"Ikezoe mixes comedy, sports and horror in his painting The Olympics.
10/15Photograph: Melissa SinclairJerry BlackmanBlackman layered pieces of MDF board with ceramic tile, spray paint and latex to create his two favorite works at his studio.
11/15Photograph: Melissa SinclairHeidi Hahn, "U R Perfect"A California native, Hahn has been in New York for more than 11 years, since coming here to study at the Cooper Union.
12/15Photograph: Melissa SinclairKatherine Wallach, "The Prayer of St. Francis"Wallach leads a sort of double double life: She’s an actor–jewelry designer who splits her time between New York and Tuscany, one reason why Italian words figures in her work.
13/15Photograph: Melissa SinclairCarol SalmansonThe intricate use of LED lights is a hallmark of Salmanson’s mixed-media work.
14/15Photograph: Melissa SinclairEileen WeitzmanWeitzman has been working in New York for 30 years now, allowing her plenty of time to collect the assortment of curious objects featured in her sculptures.
15/15Photograph: Melissa SinclairEmmanuel WerthenschlagThis French artist quit painting for about seven years, after a fire destroyed his work, but thanks to his new Brooklyn studio, he’s been at it again for the past year and a half.