My second artist I chose is related to the first (Sycra) because I am subscribed to them both on YouTube. Ross Barbera doesn't post anymore as far as I know but I watched his videos a lot in eighth grade.
He paints flowers and landscapes, usually in watercolor, and creates jewelry with water, beads, paper, and watercolor as his main materials. He also uses gold leaf sometimes. He has a very delicate hand and I really love watching him work. When I watched his videos, I was very into earring-making so I didn't really watch any of the painting ones, but here's an example. He also painted a landscape digitally, clearly showing he has experience there as well (here). Looking back through his channel again I'm finding so many of my favorite videos. This is definitely one of them. and here's another example of one I really like. He also makes bracelets and necklaces.
He grew up in the city but took summer vacations to his extended family in Peaksville, NY, and the landscape there has been his inspiration for his art and jewelry since. His art has been in several exhibitions and he has won several awards. He teaches classes for jewelry making and design as well as painting at a NYC university.
His jewelry tutorials were very inspirational and motivational for me when I was into it. Watching them now is making me want to try it out again and see if I can reproduce his works/follow his tutorials better. He showed many basics (such as how to make the earwire) that I needed to learn, as well as many new ideas I hadn't thought of before (such as using watercolor paper in an earring.)
Here is his website, here is his Facebook, and here is his YouTube channel.
An odd note: I'm not sure if he's still alive anymore. (Update: he posted on Facebook recently all is well he is alive!)
Kristin Hines - Student artist at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School