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Amped Art Studio: The Portfolio of Kelly Schafer

A painting of a woman playing an accordionRosie Ledet Zydeco Sweetheart, fine art print

Kelly Schafer produces artwork under the name Amped Art Studio. The artist’s works deal frequently with music as their subject matter, and Kelly has a knack for creating energetic, personality-filled portraits of musicians engaged in their craft.


A painting of a man in a cowboy hat playing a guitarBig Jeff, fine art print

I really like the energy that imbues Kelly’s portraits of musicians. Like Melvin Clark, the artist focuses as much on…

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Inside the Art Studio of Luchita Hurtado

A photo of Luchita Hurtado in her art studio

 

Luchita Hurtado was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1920, before moving to the United States. She lived in New York briefly before moving to Mexico City and later returning to American to live in Los Angeles. In her artistic practice, Luchita is known for bright paintings and mixed media works that often portray a headless female figure.

 

The artist’s works are clearly visible in her studio space -- in fact, the wall behind Hurtado…

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Intuitive Technique: The Art Portfolio of Terry Lee Crump


An abstract painting with blue-green huesMorning Green

Terry Lee Crump is an artist currently based in Houston, Texas. In his practice, Terry creates paintings built up out of partially abstracted figures and forms, using a subdued colour palette and an intuitive technique.


An abstract painting made with geometric shapes and neutral coloursReflection, acrylic on canvas

 

I enjoy the subtle texture and deliberate imperfection present throughout Terry’s portfolio. The artist’s use of a relatively cohesive palette -- yellows, blues, and…

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The Art Portfolio of Bernard Dick

A digital painting of trees and landscapeView From The Kitchen Window, digital painting

Painter Bernard Dick uses a style that celebrates the qualities of his chosen medium, rendering pastoral scenes, portraits, landscapes, and other subject matter in heavy, painterly brush marks. Bernard also works in digital media, creating digital paintings that emulate the texture and volume of traditional oil paint.


A painting of a young family walking through the woodsExploring 2, acrylic on canvas

 

It’s fascinating to see how the…

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Picturesque Scenes: The Art Portfolio of Madeline Shea

A painting of a harbour in blue and green tonescarnival, oil on canvas

Madeline Shea is a painter who creates picturesque scenes using a bright and varied palette and detailed yet relaxed brush marks. The artist’s subject matter ranges from cityscapes, to pet portraits, to gestural watercolour paintings.


A painting of a street cornerlincoln and diversy, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the general sense of ease that’s consistent throughout much of the artist’s practice. Regardless of what she’s painting,…

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Painting and Digital Media: The Art of Kevin McLaughlin

A digital artwork featuring colourful tubular formsTubular Litigation, large format digital print

Kevin McLaughlin works in both traditional painting and digital media, building works off of an undulating, snakelike organic form. In various permutations throughout the artist’s portfolio, these snakelike forms take on new and different identities depending on medium and application.


A digital image featuing overlapping translucent formsFocus Pocus, large format digital print

 

Kevin’s recent digital artworks showcase both colour and…

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The Art Portfolio of Morwenna Morrison

A painting with an overlay of a black and white photoEt in Arcadia Ego, oil on canvas

Morwenna Morrison creates layered artworks that explore nostalgia, memory, and storytelling. The artist works primarily in paint, though she often incorporates other artistic media and techniques into the brainstorming and planning process of a work.


A painting that mimics the look of a photographic collageNostalgia and the Romantic Idyll, oil on canvas

 

I love Morwenna’s recent paintings in oil on canvas -- I find these works subvert the usual idea of…

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From Realistic to Surreal: The Art Portfolio of Jeanne Lloyd

An abstract painting in bright purple, blue, and green tonesAbstract Ecstatic

Jeanne Lloyd is a prolific painter who works with subject matter ranging from colourful abstraction to portraits of mythological figures and animals. The artist’s style ranges from realistic to surreal and abstracted, and her use of multiple styles for similar subjects suggests a love of experimentation.


A painting of a female face with gears and machinery overlaidSteampunk Fae Portrait

 

I like the cohesive overall style that’s present throughout Jeanne’s portfolio. The…

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The Portfolio of Chickasaw Artist Larry Carter

A painting of four figures in an abstracted compositionOnly Four Returned, oil

Chickasaw artist Larry Carter uses a distinctive, colourful painting style to render nature, architecture, and human subjects with a great sense of energy. The artist has a penchant for highly saturated colours and large, heavy brush marks.


A painting of aspen trees in an abstract compositionWhispers of Fall

 

I like the almost fragmented appearance of many of Larry’s recent paintings -- I would guess that at least some of these were painted using a palette…

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Inside the Art Studio of Lee Krasner

A photo of Lee Krasner at work in her studio

 

Painter Lee Krasner was born in Brooklyn and lived and worked in New York City throughout her life and career. The artist became known for her contributions to the American abstract expressionist movement of the 1950s and 60s. Many of her works featured collaged elements with wild, confident brush marks.

 

This photo of Krasner’s studio paints it as quite an expansive space, with plenty of room for the kind of energetic imagery…

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The Art Portfolio of Painter Nicholas Esch

An oil painting of several grey-toned vessels on a tableStudy of greys, oil on canvas

Painter Nicholas Esch produces beautiful, highly detailed works of photo realism. The artist’s subject matter spans portraiture, landscapes, still life, and more, with each subject -- human or otherwise -- rendered with a careful, patient hand.


A portrait of a man in a chair holding a glassMichael Elwes Esq, oil on Ampersan board

 

It’s nice to see some variation in the way Nicholas layers brush marks onto his canvases. With human subjects the…

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The Painting Portfolio of Dmitry Kochanovich

A painting of a planet as a transparent orbIdeal Planet, oil on canvas

Dmitry Kochanovich is an artist based in Krasnodar, Russia. In his practice, Kochanovich creates painting that borrow from both traditional and contemporary styles, often juxtaposing distinct aesthetics and narratives to create images imbued with an uneasy sense of anachronism.


A painting of a small round object falling from the skyFree Fall, oil on canvas

 

Technically, Kochanovich’s paintings seem to borrow heavily from classical, romantic painting styles --…

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HAUSON: The Art Portfolio of R.S. Robertson

An acrylic painting of a rainbow patternCOLLISION, acrylic on canvas

R.S. Robertson works under the studio name HAUSON, producing psychedelic artworks in a rainbow of colours. The artist’s pieces hearken to the Op Art movement of the 1960s, yet are firmly situated in the present.


A painting with ranbow lines intersecting at the centre of the canvasDANCE IN THE MIDDLE, acrylic on canvas

 

Much of R.S.’s portfolio reminds me of work by Bridget Riley, particularly in the way that colours overlap and create new shapes and patterns to trick the…

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A Portfolio of Plein Air Landscapes by Michael Gaudreau

A pastel drawing of stones in a riverOctober Bouquet, pastel

Michael Gaudreau is an artist currently based in Bel Air, Maryland. A member of the Pastel Society of America and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, Michael works deftly in both media, creating beautiful plein air landscapes and capturing elements of nature in their purest form.


A painting of storm clouds over a fieldStorm Clouds over Porter, pastel

Michael cites Canadian Group of Seven painter Tom Thomson among his influences, and while…

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Loose, Gestural Style: The Art Portfolio of Michael Louis Johnson

A painting of green trees seen from a rooftopUntitled

Michael Louis Johnson is a painter born and currently based in New York. A lifelong artist, Michael uses his artistic practice to depict a range of subject matter -- often scenery and places from his hometown -- in a loose, gestural style.


A painting of a city in winter, with tree branches in the foregroundUntitled

 

I really enjoy the sketched, slightly impromptu air that Michael’s paintings have about them. The artist doesn’t seem overly concerned with details but instead focuses on…

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