Omar Portilla

Something new has walked through our doors! So happy to have Omar Portilla Cinematographer, Film-maker and Director. You can view his website at

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I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, with nearly eight years of military service and three combat tours to Iraq. I first got into film through acting, and attended Rosa L. Parks H.S. of Fine and Performing Arts. I was a Theatre major. After leaving the military I attended Montclair State University for B.F.A. in Film-making. In 2012 I started 3YRS2Life Production. My concentrations have been Director, Director of Photography and Producer. This past summer I directed a feature documentary Defining Challenge, which is currently in festivals. I also was the Director of Photography for the feature film The Depths which started Michael Rispoli and was directed by Jamison Locascio. Currently working on pre-production for a feature film shooting in 2016. I am a freelance filmmaker in the Greater New York City area.


Director – Director of Photography – Producer

Carlos Alvarado Photography

Hi, my name is Carlos Alvarado Jr. and I am a New York, New Jersey, Florida and destination photographer specializing in weddings, beauty, portraiture, headshot, events, corporate and real estate photography. I have been shooting for over ten years. A clean, bold and graphic style has become my style.

I am a husband and a father of two beautiful girls and one little boy who will be here soon! Family is my life, so it’s important to me that I give the same attention to my customers that I give my family. I love getting to know my clients before their session. This ultimately shows in the final images. Being able to deliver to my clients and give them more than what they expect is the goal.

I have never given up on learning and mastering my craft. I also offer one on one lessons in teaching others about photography. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and helping others understand their passion for photography.

“It’s never too late to do something you love,” Carlos


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Natalie Atom

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Hello there!

My name is Natalie and I like to eat pie and paint pictures. Much of my work is experimentation based; I enjoy working intuitively and draw inspiration from books I’m reading, classes I’ve taken, and the variety of people I meet on a daily basis. I believe that observation is important to understanding: the more you look the more you see. Many of the “Tree People” paintings have come from my fascination with the beauty of trees and a desire to capture the majestic stillness which they posses.

I’m a student at Montclair State University and will be graduating this winter (eek!) with a B.A. in Fine Arts as well as a B.A. in Psychology. I hope to make it to graduate school and pursue a career in Art Therapy.

Take a look around and let me know what you think! If you are interested in any existing pieces, commissioning a piece, or have any questions please send me an email at

~Natalie Atom

Sean Catherine

DisputedTerritories_2013_oiloncanvas_136x90_Sean Sweeny (Sean Catherine) received his MFA at Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2014. Sean was awarded the 2012 Victoria J. Mastrobuono Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Eastman-Bolton Memorial Prize in 2009. We are proud to have him a part of the NP crew in Passaic and are looking forward to seeing how these abstract landscapes evolve! To view his full website go to Email:

Irene Costello Brandle

Irene Image Brighton Beach UK

Irene Costello Brandle is a realist painter working in oil and acrylic.  She lives and works in the NY/NJ metropolitan area. Irene studied fine art at Montclair State University and the Yard School of Art at the Montclair Museum.  After working in a corporate position for many years, she is now dedicated to her art work full time.

For more images and information check out Irene Costello Brandle’s website at:

Heather L. Johnson

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Artist Statement

I grew up moving from place to place. Dramatic cultural transitions defined each move: Hawaii to suburban Chicago; Rio Grande du Sol, Brazil to Heber City, Utah; Woking, Surrey, England to Houston, Texas. This process, along with an entrenched fondness for long road trips, has inspired my investigation of rootlessness, of moving through space without connecting to it. My work examines spaces from the perspective of an outsider looking in, positioning the viewer to gaze intimately at things that are temporary, generally ignored, or distorted by memory.

Employing a range of media, my work reenacts the act of searching, of hunting for clues from the past to build new connections to the present. Drawing on source material such as maps, engineering schematics, official documents, newspaper articles, internet ephemera, and the personal stories of friends and strangers, I often use labor-intensive processes to render richly layered images of things often forgotten or taken for granted. I look for relationships between different types of experiences, searching for evidence in the landscape of patterns and cycles that reveal our own fragile natures, as humans, in relation to it. It is my hope that the work inspires questions about where we are, physically and psychologically, in relation to what surrounds us.

Born in 1969 in Wahiawa, Hawaii, I have shown my work in galleries, museums and in the public realm throughout the United States, in Europe and in Japan. In 2001, I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and have completed residencies at McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at Winthrop University in South Carolina. I have curated several exhibitions and collaborative projects, including Cracks in the Pavement: Gifts in the Urban Landscape, involving artists from around the world, and most recently, Love Letter, a collection of collaborative site-specific works presented in New York and Paris. Weehawken, New Jersey is my current home.

~Heather L. Johnson

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Julia Li

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Artist Statement

Life is beautiful. There are obstacles and situations presented in life are not always easy but the very essence of life, the living energy is beautiful. My art is a reflection of the energy in life. Creating and looking at art can provide a much-needed haven for reflection, inspiration, and a plethora of other emotions in an increasingly hectic world. I strive to make art that reflects an energetic allure that immediately seduces the viewer. Ultimately, I want my art to generate heightened feelings within the audience.

Movement and energy are key elements in the creation my work. I feel painting should be an experience and I want my viewers to feel the raw energy that goes into the process. Vivid colors and intended brushstrokes are in my pieces to help the viewer engage in the movement. My marks reflect motions made with my hand, as my body and mind work together in internal balance.

I create art in hopes of inducing emotions in others. I hope to capture the viewer and lure them to experience my vision. Because I believe passion can be rediscovered in this modern world through the arts, I want my pieces to ultimately inspire feeling and thought.

For more information visit Julia Li’s Full website.