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A Sense of Spiritualism: The Art Portfolio of Catherine Emile


An abstract painting with purple and yellow tonesBittergreen, acrylic on canvas

Catherine Emile is an abstract painter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Inspired by music, poetry, and a sense of spiritualism and introspection, Catherine creates paintings that embrace a variety of textures and mark-making techniques.


An abstract painting with deep red huesStill soft with sleep, acrylic on canvas

 

The artist’s recent works have a great sense of fluidity and movement -- long, heavy strokes of paint often appear more poured than…

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A Portfolio of Plein Air and Florals by Kathleen Willingham


A painting of a house and a lush gardenWhitestone Garden, oil

Kathleen Willingham is a Virginia-based painter and pastel artist. Kathleen was drawn to art by abstract subject matter, and now paints abstractions as well as plein air and florals.


A bright abstract painting with blue and yellow tonesThrough the Chasms of my Mind, acrylic on paper

 

I enjoy the way Kathleen’s style lends itself to the practice of painting en plein air. The artist’s works are slightly gestural and impressionistic, capturing the lighting and…

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A Portfolio of Baseball Art by Vincent Bova


A painting of a baseball player in actionUntitled

Vincent Bova has a varied background in art-related fields, and has had commercial success as a sketch artist for Topps baseball cards and memorabilia. The artist’s current portfolio showcases some of this baseball art, as well as some of the artist’s recent forays into other painted subject matter.


A painting of koi fish swimming in a pondUntitled, acrylic on canvas

 

It’s interesting to see the artist’s baseball paintings next to his Koi fish paintings.…

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Rural Countryside: The Art Portfolio of Gary Nowlin

A painting of a back road through red treesBack Road to Lake Sam, Sam Rayburn Lake, Texas

Growing up in Texas, Gary Nowlin was often inspired by the rural landscapes he encountered on long drives. This sense of affinity for the rural countryside is clear in the artist’s current portfolio, where expansive landscape paintings abound.

 

A painting of still water reflecting tree rootsReflections on the San Gabriel, San Gabriel Trail, Georgetown, Texas

 

The texture of Gary’s paintings is oddly satisfying. The works are…

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The Environmental Art Portfolio of Mary Jane Jessen


A mixed media painting of spawning salmonUpstream III, collage and oil paint on canvas

Mary Jane Jessen is an environmental artist based in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. In her artistic practice, Jessen addresses environmental concerns by painting and drawing the wildlife and plants in her surrounding environment, as well as in other locales.


A painting of an underwater coral formationSailfin Sculpin, oil paint on canvas

I enjoy the way that Jessen practices realism in her artworks. The artist’s paintings…

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The Contemporary Painting Portfolio of Dennis Noble


A stylized painting of a robinAmerican Robin

Dennis Noble was born in England during World War II, and moved to Ontario as a teenager. Dennis passed away in 2014, leaving behind a legacy of unique contemporary paintings, and a full portfolio of skillful original works.


A painting of a loon on the waterLoon (version 2)

 

The works in Dennis’ portfolio exemplify a painting style that grew out of a talent for realistic depictions, with the artist adopting an original style that draws on realism, as…

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Inspired by Her Travels: The Art Portfolio of Maryam Vancouver


A painting of a vase of bright flowersSpring Flowers, acrylic on canvas

Maryam Vancouver is a Persian artist who lived in Germany before moving to Canada. The artist’s works are largely inspired by her travels around the world, and her experimentation with a wide range of different media and regional art practices.


A painting of a woman in bright, saturated colourOcean Side Monalisa, acrylic on canvas

 

Maryam has a gestural, colourful painting style that hearkens to art movements of the past, as well as imagery by her…

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The Acrylic Alchemist: The Art Portfolio of Michael Carini

An acrylic painting with numerous strands of coloured paintThe Day Pandora Set Me Free (Misteriora), acrylic on canvas

Michael Carini is an artist based in San Diego, California. In his practice, Carini is known as the Acrylic Alchemist, creating works in his titular medium that utilize geometric abstraction and saturated colours to achieve an effect that’s almost digital in appearance.


An acrylic painting with blue tones and elongated brush marksJust Floating On The Tears (Flears), acrylic on canvas

 

In his recent series The Boy in the Box,…

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Rocky Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Bob Spille


A painting of a landscape near Sedona, ArizonaEveryone's Sedona, oil on gesso board

 

Bob Spille is a plein air painter who grew up in Minnesota and is now based in Colorado. The artists works are often inspired by the rocky landscapes in which Bob spends most of his time, and celebrate the beauty of dramatic natural formations.


A painting depicting a Grand Canyon vistaEvening at the Canyon, oil on canvas

I love the way Bob captures the hard planes and angles of cliffs, canyons, and other rock formations in his paintings.…

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Cut-Out Panels: Art by Nippy Blair


An artwork with a carved human figure on a bicycleRhoda Roundtree, mixed media on wood

Nippy Blair is an artist based in the southern United States. In his practice, Nippy creates layered artworks made from cut-out panels of painted wood. Affixed together into wall-hanging images and sculptures, these artworks have a great sense of depth and volume.


A painting of a brightly-coloured catCalico Cat, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

I’m enjoying browsing through Nippy’s online art portfolio and seeing the different ways…

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Studio Sunday: Jules Olitski


A photograph of Jules Olitski's art studio

 

Artist Jules Olitski was born Jevel Demikovski, in Ukraine, in 1922. The artist emigrated to Brooklyn, New York in 1923. Growing up in New York, Olitski studied art at various schools and after much experimentation developed the style of thick, heavy abstract paintings that he remains known for today.

 

Olitski’s studio looks rather dark in this photo, though I suspect that may just be a trick of the photographic flash. Still, the…

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Gestural and Geometric: An Art Portfolio by Irene Lisny


An abstracted acrylic painting with red and pink tonesTAKING THE BULL BY THE HORNS, acrylic on canvas

Irene Lisny is a painter who works primarily in acrylic paint, creating images both abstract and figurative that utilize a variety of unique visual languages. The artist’s abstract paintings are both gestural and geometric, and Irene also tends to combine abstracted elements with figures.


An abstract painting with bright, warm coloursSANTANA, acrylic on canvas

 

The artist’s Abstract gallery on her portfolio website showcases a…

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The Art Portfolio of Stephane Salvi


An artwork with pencil and paint lines applied in an abstract fashionvieillesse éternelle

Stephane Salvi is an artist who paints in a slightly abstracted, naive style, working in broad, deliberate strokes of bright colour, and building up figures in painted line art. The artist’s works are loose and exuberant, capturing a feeling more than distinct detail.


A painting with bright red and orange tonesle sculpteur

 

I enjoy the works in which Salvi combines painting with collage techniques. These works remind me a bit of pieces by fellow…

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Combining Colour With Sound: The Art Portfolio of Adrian Molina


An oil painting of a werewolf for a magazine coverBlue Moon, oil on canvas

Adrian Molina is a painter and an illustrator who currently works in two distinct separate styles. In his painting practice, Adrian creates abstract works that explore a kind of synesthesia, combining colour with sound. In his current illustration works, the artist is developing narrative imagery for a mystery and suspense comic series.


A promotional poster for a comic about a werewolfThe Werewolf of Kendall (promo poster II)

 

It’s really interesting to see…

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Studio Sunday: Jenny Saville


A photo of Jenny Saville at work in her studio

 

Jenny Saville is a British artist known for large-scale drawings and paintings, often featuring nude female figures, using the traditional subject of the female form as a launching pad for addressing issues of gender and beauty expectations. Saville is based in Oxford, England, where she creates her works in a large personal studio space.

 

The artist is often grouped together with the Young British Artists, a movement which also…

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