ZaPow is the brainchild of the dynamic husband & wife duo Lauren j. Patton and Matt Johnson.
Lauren j. Patton - CEO & Creative Director. You can check out her illustrations: http://www.ljpatton.com/
"I am an artist/illustrator. ZaPow has grown out of my desire to have a gallery that celebrates illustrative work/ pop art." - Lauren
Lauren j. Patton has worked as a professional designer and illustrator for fourteen years. Before starting the first gallery focusing on illustration and Pop Art in the Southeast, ZaPow! in Asheville North Carolina, she had been the art director for a software company, a resident illustrator for Western Carolina University, the Resident New Media Designer at McColl Center for Visual Arts, and an Artist in Residence at the Burren College of Art and Design in Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland. Her original paintings and prints of Snarky Ponies are widely collected.
She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and completed an honors course in web design at Parsons Paris in Paris, France and graphic design at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand. Lauren also received a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts with a focus on writing and illustrating from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.
Her artwork has been exhibited in Ireland, New Zealand, France, Italy and across the United States. Her writing and illustrations have appeared in many publications. Lauren J. Patton was the sole illustrator for “Cute Crochet World” © 2013, a book published by Lark Crafts, an Imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Matt Johnson - Co-Owner and Audio/Video Producer
Matt received two Bachelors of Science degrees from Western Carolina University. One in Mass Communications - Electronic Media and a second in Computer Information Systems. He is a former large market radio station DJ, audio production engineer and has 5 years of software testing and usability experience. When it comes to video and audio production no one can beat Matt. He is a perfectionist and will not rest until the final product is just right. Always with iPhone in hand, Matt was into social networking before there was an Internet. Living on the bleeding edge of technology, If it's new in tech, it's is old to him.
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