Blog Menu

Cartoonish Exuberance: The Art of Shaun Keenan

A digital painting of a giant bird

 

Shaun Keenan is an illustrator and concept artist from the United States. In his portfolio of work, Keenan shows off his talent for taking realistic features and figures, and using exaggerated poses and viewpoints to lend them a sense of cartoonish exuberance


A digital painting of a whale

 

Many of the artist’s works feature dinosaurs or other prehistoric animals in some manner. In fact, Keenan is perhaps best known for his viral book Dinosaurs of the Wild…

Read the entire article


The Art of Self-Taught Painter Richard Ficker

A painting with a combination of surreal figures and imageryThe Compassionate Indifference

Richard Ficker is a self-taught painter whose work features imagery of beaches, oceans, and surreal figures blending into such landscapes. The artist’s works are detailed celebrations of colour and form, each one dreamlike in a way that invites the viewer in for a closer look. 


A painting of a heron standing on a pier at sunsetRiver Sunset, oil and acrylic on canvas

 

I really appreciate the amount of colour and fine detail that goes into each of…

Read the entire article


An Optimistic View: The Art of Claire Cepukas

A painting of a deep and misty forestSmoky Woods, oil on canvas

Claire Cepukas is a Canadian painter whose works are inspired by the nation’s remote landscapes and the artist’s time spent living and working as a tree planter in Northern Alberta and BC. Claire’s works are saturated with brighter-than-life colours and present an optimistic view of the wilderness. 


A pink-hued painting of a snowy sceneSnow Ghosts, acrylic and paper on canvas

I really appreciate Claire’s graphic style and the unique…

Read the entire article


Inside the Art Studio of Cressida Campbell

A photo of painter Cressida Campbell in her studio

 

Cressida Campbell is an Australian artist known for artworks that combine techniques from and printmaking and that use a meticulous and rigorous process. Currently based in Bronte, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, Campbell draws artistic inspiration from her environment -- both outdoor, and the studio environment that she has developed for herself.

 

The artist's studio looks dreamy, even romantic in a way, with all the cut flowers…

Read the entire article


The Art Portfolio of Glass Artist Dan Cummings

A work of art made with thick layers of coloured glass547

 

Dan Cummings is an artist who produces delicately beautiful pieces in glass by sculpting, sand-blasting, staining, etching, and otherwise leaving his own mark on the material. The artist’s portfolio is packed with examples of everything from smooth realism to abstract mosaics. 


A piece of glass art with translucent neon colours109

 

I really like the way that Dan experiments with the glass medium. Many of his works seem to sit between disciplines, combining techniques of…

Read the entire article


A Portfolio of Pop-Culture Figures by Greg Stone

A painting of the GhostbustersWho you gonna call?

Greg Stone is a painter and illustrator who works with pop-culture figures and characters from fiction. The artist, based in Eastern Iowa, specializes in portraits of comic book heroes, musical legends, and film icons. 


A painting of a frame from Clash of the TitansClash of the Titans

 

I like the dramatic, bold style that Greg uses in his portraiture. The artist’s works seem to draw stylistic inspiration from their pop-culture contexts, with portraits of…

Read the entire article


Virtual Visual Languages: Art by Jennifer Mehigan

A wall-hanging tapestry produced with digital art

Jennifer Mehigan is a mixed media artist based in Belfast, Ireland. In her current practice, Mehigan draws on digital rendering and imaging techniques to create complex, layered artworks that draw on aesthetics from mainstream advertising and social media, as well as more avant-garde virtual visual languages


An installation view of a three-channel video

The smooth, obviously digital forms that populate many of Mehigan’s works are interesting in the way that they seem balanced…

Read the entire article


The Portfolio of Sculptor and Designer Shoko César

A sculpture of a live model made in raw claylive model from clay

Kanyamashokoro (Shoko) César is a sculptor and designer. In his sculpture, Shoko takes a constructive, gestural approach, creating forms that suggest figuration and pose through large, confident movements and and cuts made through the clay.


A sculpture after Rodin's BalzacRodin's Balzac interpretation

I enjoy the way that Shoko leaves his figures partially unfinished, combining a capable expression of form with an apparent appreciation for the raw…

Read the entire article


The Pen and Ink Portfolio of Lawrie Dignan

An abstract artwork made using many coloured dotsDotting Between the Dots, pen and ink on paper

Lawrie Dignan is a Victoria, BC-based illustrator who works primarily in pen and ink. In his current artistic practice, Lawrie specializes in a finely detailed style of pointillism, creating complex and colourful images that take on a different appearance depending on how closely one is looking at them. 


A pen and ink drawing and print of summer treesSummer, pen and ink remarque on screen print

 

I really like the smooth, almost…

Read the entire article


The Oil Paint Portfolio of Angelo Mariano

A vibrant oil painting of a zebraZebra, oil on panel

Angelo Mariano is a New York-based artist who works primarily in oil paint. The artist’s paintings feature bombastic, saturated hues that are perfectly suited to subjects like tropical birds and fanciful architecture. 


A painting of a duck on the waterKing of Central Park, oil on panel

 

I enjoy the mosaic-like, planar style in which Angelo renders many of his subjects. The artist showcases the bright pigments of his chosen medium by isolating…

Read the entire article


Emotional and Exuberant: The Art Portfolio of Susan Harmon

An abstract image with a pinkish hueglows gently pink-ish

 

Susan Harmon is an abstract expressionist painter who works with with accounts of trauma and hope, forming colourful, gestural compositions -- often on raw, unstretched canvas. The artist’s works are both emotional and exuberant, introspective and extroverted. 


An abstract artwork with bright blue huesshe felt daughterless

 

Throughout her practice, Susan takes an artistic approach that’s informed and inspired by both her own experiences and the…

Read the entire article


Inside the Art Studio of KAWS

A photo of artist KAWS in his studio

 

American artist and designer Brian Donnelly works under the studio name KAWS, producing colourful sculptures, screen prints, paintings, and other artworks that draw on cartoon and graffiti aesthetics. KAWS is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

 

KAWS' studio looks very organized -- I'm especially drawn to the rows and rows of small lots of pigment on the table in front of the artist. They're so uniform and nicely placed that…

Read the entire article


A Portfolio of Reduction Woodcut Printmaking by Cathie Crawford

A woodcut print with faint outlines of mountainsHomage to Hokusai, colour reduction woodcut print on Kitakata handmade Japanese paper

Cathie Crawford is an artist who works in various modes of printmaking, specializing in reduction woodcut printmaking. Through a painstaking process of applying pigment, printing, cutting away wood, and repeating, the artist uncovers images that take an abstracted, ethereal approach to the everyday. 


A woodcut print with a gradient of yellow and teal huesNoumena, reduction woodcut on Nastume 4007 handmade…

Read the entire article


Indoor and Outdoor: Painting by Melissa Kenyon McIntyre

A stylized painting of a chair and a tableChair and Table

Melissa Kenyon McIntyre is an artist based in New Mexico. In her practice, Melissa works in a range of mixed media, from traditional acrylic paint to more inventive applications of household construction materials. The artist’s works are often inspired by her surrounding environment, indoor and outdoor


A painting of a house under a flowering treeGrafton, acrylic on masonite

 

Melissa’s landscape paintings do a beautiful job of capturing the scale of outdoor…

Read the entire article


Acceptance of the Inevitable: Art by Nicola Samorì

A painting made by corroding copper with sulphurInterno assoluto, oil and sulphur on copper (photo by Rolando Paolo Guerzoni)

Italian artist Nicola Samorì creates rich mixed media artworks that deal with themes of death, decay, and loss. Though macabre in appearance, Samorì’s works take an attitude of fascination and exploration, eschewing depression in favour of a meditative acceptance of the inevitable.


A distressed fresco depicting a kneeling womanBabette, fresco

 

I like the way that Samorì combines classical aesthetics…

Read the entire article


Make your art portfolio easy

and focus your time on making art.

GET STARTED NOW

Try free for 30 days. No payment required.