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Urban Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Nicole Richards


A painting of birds on a wire in front of the moonHalf Moon Balance

Nicole Richards’ studio art practice centers on celebrating the wonder and awe that comes with immersing oneself in the natural world. Nicole’s artworks often depict birds and other animals in habitats that intersect with urban landscapes.


A painting of a baby deer on wood panelUntitled

 

I love the way that Nicole incorporates the look and feel of raw wood into her artworks by using uncoated panels as substrate – the occasional wood grain texture…

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An Art Portfolio of Cityscapes and Florals: Allen Wittert


An abstracted painting of a city streetMediterranean

Allen Wittert is a painter who works in a blocky, abstracted style, rendering his subjects in planes of bright colour and heavy, confident lines. The artist’s portfolio features human figures as well as cityscapes and florals.


A painting of an abstracted cityscapeCity of sails, acrylic

 

I really enjoy Allen’s bombastic painting style – the works in his art portfolio are all imbued with a vibrant sense of energy that’s almost contagious. I feel more…

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The Vividly Colourful Art Portfolio of Penny Prior


A colourful painting of two birdsUntitled

Penny Prior is an artist who lives and works on Galiano Island, off the coast of British Columbia. The artist’s works are vividly colourful, and use a simplified style to depict island life, animals, and landscapes.


A painting with the outlines of fish and birds in whiteUntitled

 

In our previous feature of Penny’s portraits of island life, we looked at the way the artist uses her bright palette to create a cohesive image of the island environment, and to explore abstraction.…

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Dense and Painterly: The Art Portfolio of Lully Schwartz


A painting of the Eiffel tower during the dayEiffel by Day, oil on linen

Artist Lully Schwartz is based in Point Shore, Massachusetts. Large, confident brush marks and clear evidence of the artist’s hand rule Lully’s portfolio, and the artist’s overall style is dense and painterly.


A painting of a rocky outcroppingLooking Out, oil on canvas

I really like the look and feel of Lully’s paintings – the works are mostly figurative, but the artist’s style leans into abstraction to create a pleasantly fluid…

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Chloé Surprenant's Mixed Media Art Portfolio


A mixed-media artwork of two figures in a black-and-white sceneUntitled, mixed media

Chloé Surprenant is an artist who lives and works in Montréal and Amsterdam. Chloé’s artworks consist of layered mixed media compositions that explore themes of the “other” – the differences, and hidden similarities, between human experiences and feelings.


A mixed media artwork with several partially obscured figuresUntitled

I enjoy the overall aesthetic that Chloé has built up in her portfolio. The works currently available on her art portfolio website span…

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Folk-Art Tradition: The Art Portfolio of John Caple


A painting of houses by John CapleShady Woods and White Cottages, acrylic on canvas

John Caple is a self-taught artist who creates paintings in a folk-art tradition. The artist tends to work in mixed media, producing scenes of rural and country life that are often infused with memories and figures from his own past.


A painting of a man in a squat white buildingThe Hermitage, acrylic on canvas

 

John Caple’s paintings are the perfect blend of eerie stillness and warm, children’s-book-style illustrations. They…

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Studio Sunday: Trenton Doyle Hancock


A photo of Trenton Doyle Hancock in his studio

 

Trenton Doyle Hancock is an American artist who works primarily in acrylic paint and mixed media, creating two-dimensional artworks that have an abstracted, collaged aesthetic. Born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas, the artist draws on his own personal history, as well as elements of pop culture and art history, in the making of his artworks.

 

The exuberant colours present in Hancock’s studio present a great overall picture of the…

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The Mixed Media Art Portfolio of Darren Hurst


A painting of a woman reclining and a shadowy figureDoppelganger, acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

 

Darren Hurst is an artist based in Fresno, California, who works in a range of traditional mixed media. Darren’s artworks are often figurative, and the artist tends toward rendering his pieces in detailed brush marks.


A painting of a woman in sugar-skull makeupLa Esmeralda, acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

 

Darren’s compositions tend to focus on a central figure – sometimes this figure takes up the entire canvas, while…

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Celebrating Ambiguity: The Art Portfolio of Scott Ross


An abstracted digital photo of painted fabricUntitled (Fabric 1), digital photograph

Photographer and artist Scott Ross has made a portfolio practice out of celebrating ambiguity. Using techniques of abstraction, double-exposure, and close-up or skewed viewpoints, the artist takes recognizable forms and turns them on their head.


A digital photograph with overlapping painted facesUntitled (Goudreaux | Vermeer 1), digital photograph

 

I’m really enjoying the works in Scott’s series of images from 2017. These pieces take…

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Vibrant and Varied Style: The Art Portfolio of Jacquie Manning


A pastel drawing of a rooster on a black backgroundRooster

Jacquie Manning is an artist and teacher who, in her personal practice, creates figurative images in a vibrant and varied style. Jacquie’s works often appear to have a slightly rough texture, with volumes and shapes blocked out in patches of saturated color.


A painting of a pair of ducks in the grassDucks

 

I like the way that the artist balances brightly-colored forms with backgrounds that are often darker in color. Some works, like outdoor landscapes or…

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The Encaustic and Calligraphy Portfolio of Michele Barnes


A wax painting of some red jellyfishRed Jellyfish, encaustic

Virginia Beach artist Michele Barnes is trained in encaustic and calligraphy techniques. Her portfolio encompasses these, and other artistic techniques, such as plein air painting and bookmaking.


An encaustic painting of an underwater sceneBlue and Red Jellyfish, encaustic

 

I’m taken by the incredibly vibrant colors that Michele achieves through her encaustic works. The artist tends to favor plant and animal subject matter, and scenes from nature –…

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Shoplifter: The Art of Hrafnhilder Arnardóttir


A photo of an art installation made of hairNervescape VII (installation view at National Gallery of Iceland)

Icelandic artist Hrafnhilder Arnardóttir works under the moniker Shoplifter, creating works in the fascinating medium of hair, borrowing materials, techniques, and aesthetics from the worlds of fashion, fine art, and textile craft.


An artwork made from dyed orange and black hairGloria - Study for An Opera

 

Shoplifter’s bright, colorful installations and sculptures have a wonderfully playful edge to them -- some of…

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Classical Facets: The Art Portfolio of Francesca Profili


An art print depicting a sculpted maskWater Art Mask, art print on canvas

Francesca Profili creates painted mask sculptures that project landscapes and scenery onto human faces, combining two classical facets of painting into a very contemporary whole.


An art print depicting a mask reflected in still waterStill Water Mask, art print on canvas

 

The artist’s masks have a theatrical edge, but a different function than the masks of Pamela Schuller, for example. Francesca’s masks aren’t meant to be worn but rather seen from…

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The Digital and Traditional Photo Portfolio of Pamela Pitt


A photographic print with a silhouette over grave stonesMother's Day, photographic print

 

Pamela Pitt has been taking photographs for decades, developing a unique style that blends an eye for detail with a love of surrealism and abstraction. The artist uses both digital and traditional photo manipulation techniques in her portfolio.


A double exposed photograph with Japanese architectural elementsStream of Consciousness, photographic print

 

I really enjoy Pamela’s Spirit Guide series. In this series, photographs of grave stones or spiritual…

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