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Soft, Blended Brush Marks: Art by Bonnie Laird


A painting of bright red roses on a dark backgroundCopper Glow, oil on wood panel

Bonnie Laird is a painter based in Victoria, British Columbia. The artist creates works of portraiture, landscape painting, and still-life using soft, blended brush marks with a subdued color palette – particularly in her human figures.


An oil painting of a man at workPortrait of a Worker, oil on board

 

Speaking to Bonnie’s subdued color choices, many of the artist’s portraits are almost sepia-toned, giving the viewer the…

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Dense Detail Work: Art by Edward Bear Miller


A detail of a painting featuring American flag imageryFlag for Sandy (detail), oil on sewn and embroidered canvas

Edward Bear Miller previously studied sculpture and taught social studies – both experiences which seem to inform his current painting practice. The artist’s paintings feature heavy, earthy tones and a curious blend of gestural brush marks and dense detail work, leading to figurative landscapes that transform into abstract textural explorations when viewed up close.


An american flag embroidered onto a canvas and painted whiteTitanium…

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Peaceful Landscapes: Art by Yvonne Shaffer


A painting of shadows on a sandy beachShadows in the Sand, oil on canvas

Yvonne Shaffer is a painter and set designer based in Meadsville, Pennsylvania. In her painting practice, the artist renders peaceful landscapes with a slightly subdued palette and details that are painted with a loose, slightly gestural hand.


A painting of waves breaking over a tropical shoreBahama Surf, oil on canvas

 

Yvonne’s recent series of paintings of the Bahamas are quite lovely -- her use of pastel colors, like the light blues of the water…

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Moments in Nature: Art by Susan Kathryn Peck


A painting of sunlight breaking through lush foliageRoadside Attraction II, oil on gallery-wrapped canvas

Susan Kathryn Peck is a self-taught artist based in Ontario. In her art practice, Susan specializes in photorealistic portraits, landscapes, and paintings of other moments in nature.


A painting of a hawk sitting in a treeHigher Perspective

 

Looking through Susan’s portfolio, I find myself especially drawn to the way the artist renders light. Whether it’s sunlight breaking through trees, or reflecting off of water,…

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Rooted in Spirituality: Art by Richard Rice


A bright painting with splatter patternsJoseph's Coat, acrylic and mixed media on gallery-wrapped canvas

Richard Rice is a self-taught abstract painter based in Irving, Texas. Richard’s art practice is rooted in spirituality, and the artist takes an intuitive, unplanned approach to the painting process, allowing colors and shapes to come together into finished compositions that reveal themselves over time.


A painting made up of several large planes of intersecting colorLight of Life - John 8:12, acrylic on red label canvas

 

I really…

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Large Forms, Color and Contour: Art by Linda Lang


An oil painting of an arctic glacierBylot Island Glacier, oil on canvas

Painter Linda Lang maintains an art practice that’s informed by expeditions to the Arctic circle, as well as conversations with conservation scientists and members of the Inuit community. Linda’s painting style is one that celebrates large forms, color and contour.


A painting of fog drifting in front of a glacial rock formationViking Fairytale -- Greenland, oil on canvas

 

Linda’s style – smoothly blended brush marks, planes of color, and the occasional…

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Views of Darkened Landscapes: Art by Dennis Ekstedt


A painting of city lights on a dark blue backgroundPYROTECHNIC STAR #10

Painter Dennis Ekstedt creates dreamy atmospheric paintings of city lights at night. In their many permutations, Dennis’ paintings produce aerial views of darkened landscapes both recognizable and alien.


A painting of a star field with dark shapes in the foregroundPYROTECHNIC STAR #3, oil on canvas

 

I really appreciate the works in Dennis’ gallery of works from 20178. These recent works seem to explore a new visual path, occasionally veering into landscapes more cosmic…

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Rhythm and Energy: Art by BJ Keith


A painting with a plane of red and a darker shadowStatements 1, oil on canvas

Painter BJ Keith works intuitively, focusing on finding an inherent rhythm and energy in each individual artwork, and following it to a logical point of completion. The artist’s works are abstract and focused on composition, often utilizing bright, segregated planes of color.


A painting built up from a lot of small squaresPixels 5, oil on canvas

In her artist statement, Keith notes that she rarely plans a painting with sketches, instead allowing the…

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Colorful Mountain Ranges: Art by David Wightman


A painted and collaged image of mountains and a lakeAndromache, acrylic and collaged wallpaper on canvas

David Wightman creates intensely colorful mountain ranges in a combination of acrylic paint and collaged wallpaper. The artist’s use of wallpaper lends a fascinating textural element to his works that stands in contrast with the sharply outlined shapes and bright, flat planes of color.


A painting of a mountain in pink and yellowOndine, acrylic and collaged wallpaper on canvas

 

I really enjoy the overall aesthetic that…

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Collage-Style Paintings: Art by Don Moore


A painting of a family in front of a partially-colored landscapeAll are Emigrants

Don Moore is an artist based in North Carolina who works in traditional media, creating collage-style paintings and sketches that have a double-exposed look. The artist is proficient in with rendering figures, and many of his works combine human, landscape, and still-life motifs.


A painting of elements referencing WWISommes is Lovely

 

I really enjoy the sort of “unfinished” aesthetic that Don achieves in his Of Time and Space series. While parts of…

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Aggressively Gestural Paintings by Josh Smith


A painting of a leaf in deep, harsh red and black tonesLeaf Print VIII, monotype on Yupo paper

New York-based artist Josh Smith is known for aggressively gestural paintings and prints that take recognizable figures and render them nearly abstract with layered additions of thick, heavy brush marks and deep pigments.


A painting with the name Josh SmithUntitled (JSP10173), oil on canvas

 

I find Smith’s process, and its visual result, quite fascinating. In some of his earliest paintings, Smith utilized his own name as a base…

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Studio Sunday: Jacob Lawrence


A photo of Jacob Lawrence at work in his studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday feature is Jacob Lawrence, a painter originally from Atlantic City, New Jersey, who was known for his colorful, abstracted depictions of African American life and culture in the 20th century. Lawrence’s style was often compared to cubism – the artist himself even referred to it as “dynamic cubism” – but was most heavily influenced by art styles coming out of Harlem, NY.

 

Lawrence looks hard at work…

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Vast, Sweeping Landscapes: Art by Frank Kusch


A painting of a looming storm cloudAlone in the Field, oil on canvas

Frank Kusch is a painter who specializes in vast, sweeping landscapes, capturing skies and weather events with a great sense of scale. Using both oil and acrylic paint, Frank captures the majesty and power of clouds, waves, and other natural phenomena.


A painting of a field in clouds and sunlightPlaces I Know, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy Frank’s recent series of paintings that focus on clouds and skies. The subject matter – clouds,…

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Built-Up Abstracts: Art by Timothy J. Sullivan


A painting with primary colors layered over a mixed backgroundEarth Abides, acrylic on canvas

Timothy J. Sullivan is an artist currently based in North Vancouver, British Columbia. In his art practice, Timothy produces bright abstractions, large and small, using mixed media and a range of artistic tool. The resulting works are built-up abstracts with layers of style and color.


An abstract painting with large, dry brush marksDecorum Denied, acrylic on paper

I rather enjoy the way that Timothy combines planes of rough, mottled and textured paint…

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Open, Welcoming Painting by Grace Ann Piano


A portrait combined with an abstract imageUntitled

Painter and illustrator Grace Ann Piano works in a range of media, creating everything from wall murals to pet portraiture. Grace’s current online art portfolio is packed with examples of the artist’s open, welcoming painting style.


A painting of two identical figures facing one anotherTwins

 

The artist doesn’t shy away from using bright colors – I really enjoy the way Grace embraces lighting and shadow in her works. In many cases, she’ll use bright strips of tropical…

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