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The Portfolio Website of This is It Gallery

An assemblage artwork made of numerous found objectsSelf Portrait, found object assemblage (Bob Bucholz)

This Is It Gallery is an art gallery based in Chicago, Illinois. As a non-profit, the gallery is proud to offer a variety of programs and workshops to help foster the artistic community in and around the Chicago area.


A complex painting of two mythical figures, one a skeletonLa Sirena et Agwe, acrylic on canvas (Diane Green)

 

Gallery founders Bob Bucholz and Diane Green have artworks available on the gallery’s portfolio website alongside…

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Inside the Art Studio of Peter Saul


A photograph of Peter Saul's studio in Germantown, New York

 

This week we’re taking a look inside the art studio of Peter Saul. Saul was born in San Francisco in the 1930s, and studied at the California School of Fine Arts in the early 1950s. During and following this artistic education, Saul became known for his wildly colourful, pop-surrealist paintings that have situated him as one of the pioneers of modern pop art.

 

Saul’s studio looks rather austere in this image -- or it would,…

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Illustrative Compositions: Art by Simona Zac

A painting of a bunch of peoniesPeachy Peonies, acrylic on gallery canvas

Simona Zac was born in Slovenia and now lives and works near Waterloo, Ontario. In her practice Simona explores a variety of painted media, creating illustrative compositions that vary in their use of colour and texture.  


An abstract painting with red and blue tones as well as gold leafFire and Ice 3, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas

I love the way the artist utilizes line art in some of her works -- while one might traditionally think of line art as a method…

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The Art Portfolio of Barbara Naeser

An artwork depicting several sailboats on still waterRedd's Pond Regata

Barbara Naeser is an artist based in Marblehead, Massachusetts. In her recent practice, the artist has been working with pastels, though she has also used oil paint and watercolour.


A pastel artwork of the side of a buildingStreet Eyes

 

I enjoy Barbara’s relatively loose but variable style, and the way she uses pastels and paint to create layered, dense images with just enough detail to encourage a closer look. The artist’s pastel series often utilizes a…

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The Portrait Painting Portfolio of Stuart Sampson

A painting of a Native American man wearing sunglassesOn the Horizon #3, acrylic on wood

Stuart Sampson is a painter based in Oklahoma. In his practice, Stuart specializes in portrait painting, creating colourful, expressive portraits of various subjects. The faces of Native American people, as well as athletes and actors, factor prominently in Stuart’s portfolio.


A painting of a Native American person on a coloured backgroundHairy Moccasin, acrylic on wood

Browsing through Stuart’s portfolio, I’m reminded of work by Clayton Samuel King and

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Flowers, Nature, and Still-Life: The Art of Linda Clark

An oil painting of winter birch treesWinter Sunrise, oil on canvas

Linda Clark is a painter whose subject matter includes flowers, nature, and still-life. Through her varied subject matter, Linda tends to imbue each of her works with a personal, intimate tone.


A painting of an orange pumpkin on a black backgroundFall Colors, oil on canvas board

I like the elements of texture that Linda chooses to include in her works -- while the artist’s style is detailed and realistic, she doesn’t shy away from using heavy, confident…

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Biblical Scenes: Spiritual Art by Denise Gracias

A painting of a shephard walking in the desertSeek the Lord While he May be Found, acrylic

Denise Gracias is a visual artist from Toronto. In her practice, Denise paints and draws biblical scenes, expressing her Catholic faith through serene landscapes, figurative paintings, and occasional forays into abstracted or metaphorical imagery.


A painting of a curving body of water next to grassHe Leads Me to Still Waters, acrylic

 

I really enjoy the works in Denise’s Spiritual Landscapes gallery. The works in this gallery offer both…

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The Painting Portfolio of Connie Scherr

A painting of waves crashing on a beachLaguna

Connie Scherr is a painter whose works are primarily inspired by nature. Working frequently from outdoor observation, Connie produces artworks that capture the beauty and expanse of the local landscape.


A painting of water flowing under an overpassBefore the Bypass

 

I love the smooth, sweeping brush marks that Connie uses to produce many of her landscape works. Though the subject matter varies, there’s a great sense of cohesion in the artist’s portfolio that stems from…

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Vibrant Urban Scenes: Art by Isaac Lewis


A painting of a piece of driftwood on a beachDrift Wood, acrylic on canvas

Isaac Lewis was born in Havana, Cuba, and is now mostly based in Canada. The artist’s paintings range from expansive, relatively pared-down landscapes to vibrant urban scenes with multiple figures.


A painting of a cityscape filled with jazz elementsJazzscape, acrylic on canvas

 

It’s clear even from a quick glance at Isaac’s portfolio that the artist has a great appreciation for jazz music. Like fellow artist Melvin Clark, Isaac  frequently takes…

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Western Imagery: Art by Gary Cheatham

A painting of a cow skull mounted on a wallA Ghost from the Past, oil on canvas

Gary Cheatham is a painter who specializes in Western imagery. The artist’s portfolio demonstrates Gary’s love for the Wild West, with still-life imagery of cowboy artefacts featuring prominently.


A painting of a holster, cowboy hat, and other parapheneliaOne of The Good Guys, oil on canvas

 

I love the amount of fine detail that Gary packs into each of his works. Whether he’s painting a detailed scene with multiple figures, or a focused still-life,…

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Inside the Painting Studio of Robert S. Neuman

A photo of Robert S. Neuman at work in his studio

 

This Sunday, let’s look back at the studio space of American painter Robert S. Neuman. Neuman was known for expressive works of abstraction that utilized bright colours and, often, rounded geometric elements. The artist studied in California and taught at the California School of Fine Arts while working on his practice.

 

The artist’s studio is filled with a kind of chaotic energy in this image. It’s fun to see Neuman lurking…

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Lush, Soft Landscape Paintings by Tricia Savoie

A plein air painting of a green forested areaAnticipation II

Tricia Savoie is an artist currently based in Ottawa, Ontario. In her practice, Tricia create lush, soft landscape paintings that depict scenery in a realistic yet slightly impressionistic frame, veering into the territory of dreams and memory.


A painting of a forest path with red autumn leavesBois d'Automne

 

I really appreciate the colour palette that Tricia employs in her paintings. The works are mostly saturated in tones of deep, healthy green and autumnal reds and…

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Wildlife and the Environment: Art by Nancy Sharp

A painting of a tortoise on a grassy backgroundGopher Tortoise (painted from a photo by Craig Oneal)

Nancy Sharp is an artist based in North Carolina. A self-taught artist, Nany paints primarily in acrylics. The artist’s recent works are largely concerned with wildlife and the environment, often taking endangered local species as their subjects.


A painting of a red wolf on a dark backgroundRed Wolf

It’s interesting to see how Nancy tackles so many different subjects with a clear eye for detail and realism. Birds, fish,…

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Layering Fluid Forms: Art by Karen Holland


A mixed media artwork with abstracted, patterned formsFacing Yourself, mixed media

Karen Holland is a painter and mixed media artist currently based in British Columbia. In her practice, the artist primarily works in abstraction, layering fluid forms and textures across a canvas in such a way as to draw the viewer’s eye along a non-linear path, and provoke further exploration.


An abstract painting with a raised, textured squarePassages, mixed media on panel

 

I like the way that Karen works and how her conceptual processes come to the…

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Idealized Innocence: Art by Serena Stevens


A painting with imagery of toys and childhood objects with a portrait of the artist as a childSelf Portrait as a Child

Serena Stevens is a painter based in Iowa. In her artistic practice, Serena blends the idealized innocence of childhood with darker themes of paranoia and frustration. The artist’s paintings often take on a collages aesthetic, bringing together numerous seemingly disparate images and subjects.


A painting of children skipping rope on an abstracted backgroundJump Rope

 

I’m quite enjoying the works in Serena’s gallery of recent paintings. In these, the artist sticks to…

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