2021 Painting Artists
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
My oil paintings are Classical Realism with many of them in the chiaroscuro style (the contrast of lights and darks). I have always admired the skill and beauty of the Old Masters and they serve as my inspiration. Very early on I decided to paint on wood panel for both its quality and longevity. High quality oils paints are used for their deep and vivid colors.
The purpose of my painting is to evoke viewer’s emotion.
St. Louis, Missouri
My paintings are neither cutting edge nor deep in metaphorical meaning, they’re simply stories about brief moments that I experience and witness during my excursions. Hopefully these stories connect with the viewer, sparking a fond memory, a sense of familiarity or a bit of humor. Each painting is documented with its location, date, time of day, weather conditions, and brief observations about the day. Many have referred to this documentation as the painting’s birth certificate.
I have made my living as a painter for 30 years. I work on location en plein air with transparent watercolor. Journeying around the world with backpack and easel, I explore and celebrate through paint the incredible places I discover. Having painted in 37 different countries, my most recent travels have taken me to China, Burma, Vietnam and the Philippines.
My distinctive watercolor paintings are created using a direct approach. I do no preliminary underdrawing. Instead I look and ponder what I see and make a first shape or primary angle, and then use that as my guide as I proceed with the painting.
Subject matter is primarily from extensive travels with the express purpose of painting and collecting images for future painting.
Old Jaffa, Israel
Watercolor, gouache, pen and acrylic on paper and canvas, capturing fleeting moments of dramatic, comic and lyrical interactions between people. Juicifying landscapes from realism to abstract, through my own joy of life expressionism.
Ann Harbor, Michigan
In my watercolors, I strive for a painterly yet realistic rendition of my subjects, hoping to make use of the transparent beauty of watercolors as they are applied to the surface of paper using the flow of water. Reserving the white of the paper to represent the lightest values of the subject requires careful planning. I spend much time manipulating the shapes and light and dark values in small pre studies, until I feel I have achieved a most expressive composition. Then, after making a careful outline drawing of all of the elements of the picture on fine watercolor paper, I apply paint, with respect for how the pigments, carried by water, work together with each other and the surface of the paper.
I am a contemporary acrylic painter with a focus on landscapes, however included in my body of work are nautical themed paintings, and occasion street scenes. I paint on canvas utilizing flat planes of color layered rather loosely to create representational imagery, leaning towards realism.
I’m considered a realism artist since my approach to a subject matter is to portray it in a realistic way. The subject alone is never my first concern when it comes to choosing what I am going to paint. What is most important is that the composition evokes an emotional response & embodies all aspects of great design.
The works are all acrylic on canvas, original paintings. They focus on the exploration of light as it manifests in the natural world. All source material is gathered by me. No reproductions are offered.
In a museum setting I use elements of reflective light, the human form and classic architectural lines rendered in an Impressionistic style. I pay close attention to values but only hint at the details. My aim is to evoke an emotional response in the viewer.
Webb City, Missouri
My oils are painted on a hand-made cradled birch support. I start with a full grisaille, a single color value underpainting technique that has its roots in Renaissance painting. Working with a grisaille makes the painting more labor intensive, but allows me to achieve clarity with luminous color in the finished work. Whenever possible, I like to have the object visible to understand its tactile quality, which can often be ambiguous in a photograph. For example, an old mason jar may appear much flatter in photographs, but I can amplify that structure based on examinations of the real jar. For most subjects, I like to grasp them in my hand while working, to move my fingers over the surface to get an impression of their tangible features. Details that will not be captured in a photograph are brought to life by understanding the structure of each object this way. I use a strong light source in each work because I feel this makes the still life radiant with energy. It is my goal to have objects reflect and absorb the colors and light around them giving them a vibrancy that draws the viewer in.
St .Louis, Missouri
My paintings are a powerful expression of sensitivity and technique. I employ the ‘wet on wet’ technique favored by many watercolorists. My work is alive with lush colors, as well as large washes of translucent hues and tones. I often integrate handmade paper, strings, found objects, or scraps of memorabilia that convey a sensitivity, and complexity to my work. ‘I incorporate objects connected to my own memories, thereby transforming the past into something new. In doing so, I try to represent the passage of time.’