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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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The Art Portfolio of Karine Molloy

An abstract painting that creates the illusion of a landscapePetit Printemps, mixed media

Quebec-born artist Karine Molloy is an abstract painter who works with bright colours and heavy, decisive brush marks, creating works that sit somewhere between gradient abstraction and line art.


An abstract painting with textural strokes of bright colourJoy, acrylic on canvas

 

I’m really impressed by the vibrancy of Karine’s recent artworks. In paintings produced between 2016 and 2018, the artist seems to have stepped up the saturation of her paintings even…

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Inside the Art Studio of Austin Lee

A photo of Austin Lee in his art studio

 

Austin Lee lives and works in New York, where he creates bright airbrushed paintings of figures that often carry a mask of childlike innocence while hinting at darker themes. The artist often works with digital media to sketch and plan his paintings -- recently he’s moved to using VR technology to augment his studio practice and visualize future paintings.

 

Lee’s studio is bombastically colourful -- it reminds me a bit of the…

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Bombastic Geometric Arrangements: Art by Melvin Clark

A painting of three jazz musicians in bright coloursBoogie Band, casein on board

Melvin Clark is an artist currently based in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. In his artistic practice, Melvin seamlessly blends music with painting, utilizing bright colours and patterns in bombastic geometric arrangements to build and accompany portraits of musicians.


An abstract painting with geometric forms in bright coloursIntervention

 

I really enjoy the cohesive colour scheme that Melvin employs throughout his portfolio. The artist’s use of deep, electric…

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The Conceptual Art Portfolio of El Celso

A photo of three paintings on a gallery wallUntitled

El Celso is a conceptual artist who lives and works in both Los Angeles and New York. The artist’s practice spans a wide variety of materials and methods, with recent works incorporating painting techniques, text, and video.


A painting of a figure covered in wordsJoseph, ink and paint on cardboard

The artist’s most recent series combines figurative painting with geometric abstract compositions and creative writing. I enjoy the way the artist deploys text in these…

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Painterly, Emotional Images by David Yawman

An acrylic painting of a woman weaing black and reclining on a floorRaquel, acrylic on canvas

David Yawman is a Brooklyn-based painter who frequently works in portraiture, creating painterly, emotional images that capture subjects in the midst of mundane activity. The artist also produces abstract works bursting with saturated colour and movement.


A self-portrait of the artist reclining on a sofaSelf-Portrait

 

I enjoy the textural quality of David’s paintings. Working in acrylic on canvas, the artist captures the rich textures of fabric and hair,…

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Fragmenting and Rearranging: Art by Bill Campbell

A painting made with collaged elements of other paintingsUnder the waterfall.

Bill Campbell is an abstract artist whose portfolio and practice centers on the process of enlarging, fragmenting and rearranging existing works or images. The artist’s works often take on the form of large-scale collage artworks, though rather than using recognizable images, Bill takes elements of earlier abstractions and effectively remixes them into new works.


A painting made up of a grid of smaller abstract momentsGarden, acrylic on paper

 

I enjoy the way that…

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Inside the Art Studio of Stanley Whitney

A photo of artist Stanley Whitney in his studio

 

Stanley Whitney was born in Philadelphia in the 1940s and began producing artwork in the 70s. The artist is best known for his colourful grid paintings, in which square or slightly rectangular planes of bright colour are painted in orderly bands across the entire surface of a canvas.

 

Whitney’s studio looks clean, but not stark. There’s enough going on to maintain an inviting overall aesthetic for the place, though it seems…

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