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Energy in All Its Forms: Art by Hooshang Khorasani

A painting of a bouquet of flowers in a blue vaseBouquet in a Blue Vase, acrylic on canvas

Hooshang Khorasani is a primarily Louisiana-based artist who works in acrylic and mixed media, producing artworks that express energy in all its forms. The artist’s subjects range from abstraction, to floral, to equines, to landscape.


A painting of a running horseRoan Runner, acrylic on canvas

 

I love the way that Hooshang employs lighting in his pieces, using gesturally applied strokes of colour to build up volume,…

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Oil, Encaustic, and Watercolour art by Catherine Radix Mansell

An abstracted painting of a deerIn Motion, encaustic

Catherine Radix Mansell is an artist based in Rhode Island. The artist paints in a variety of media, including oil, encaustic, and watercolour, with the latter works employing a style influenced by traditional Asian painting techniques. 


An abstract artwork made in oil and cold wax mediumSail Away, oil and cold wax

 

Even organized into galleries according to very different media and techniques, there’s still a sense of cohesion in Catherine’s portfolio that I…

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A Portfolio of Painting and Photography by Kathleen Gross

A plein air painting of an olive groveOlive Grove 02, oil on canvas paper

Kathleen Gross is an artist who has worked in both painting and photography, moving between the two mediums throughout her decades-long artistic career. In her current practice, the artist focuses mostly on painting, creating plein-air landscape works in oil paint as well as pastels. 


A pastel drawing of a valley in IrelandSally Gap, Ireland, pastels on paper

 

I like the way that Kathleen can vary her style to suit different subjects and…

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From Pets to Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Pamela Squires

A painting of a baby manatee underwaterBaby Manatee

Artist Pamela Squires has been painting everything from pets to landscapes to still life subjects for the past 40 years. Much of the artist’s current portfolio is based around sealife and marine landscapes, with deep shades of blue and green dominating the artist’s colour palette. 


A painting of a wave crashing over a white sandy beachUntitled

 

I like the delicately blended, gestural style of mark-making that Pamela tends to use in her artworks. The artist’s painted…

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Folk Art and Storytelling: Art by Dennis Worrel

A painting of a crowd of people in a town square

Marcus's Visitors

 

Dennis Worrel is a painter and printmaker currently based on the northern coast of Oregon. In his artistic practice, Dennis utilizes a style that hearkens to folk art and storytelling between old friends. 


A painting of cars in a folk-art styleCommuting

 

I really appreciate the overall aesthetic of Dennis' art portfolio. The artist often works exclusively from memory, though he sometimes creates preliminary sketches or draws inspiration from photos.…

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Inside the Art Studio of Torey Thornton

A photo of Torey Thornton at work in their Brooklyn studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday feature is Torey Thornton. Thornton is an artist based in Brooklyn who works in a variety of media including paint, industrial materials, and sometimes found objects, blending layers of philosophy and political thinking with relatively simple, often striking and sometimes darkly humorous visual manifestations. 

 

Thornton’s studio space looks spacious and brightly lit here. It reminds me of the New…

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Weather Formations: The Art Portfolio of Ian Fisher

A painting of a cloud formation with purple and yellow huesAtmosphere No. 93 (Peanut Butter & Jelly Albers), oil on canvas

Ian Fisher is a painter who works primarily in oils, creating monolithic, striking portraits of weather formations. The artist’s works with clouds are arresting in their simplicity, and the artist’s singular focus makes for a beautifully cohesive current portfolio. 


A painting of a cloud on a bright blue skyAtmosphere No. 106 (Avalanche), oil on canvas

 

I love the way colours become a prime focal point in…

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Soft and Peaceful: Painting by Gwenda Branjerdporn

An expressive painting of trees with purple leavesJacarandas 4, oil on canvas

Gwenda Branjerdporn is an artist based in Brisbane, Australia. In her portfolio, Gwenda creates expressive landscape, figure, and abstract paintings in a soft and peaceful colour palette. 


A pastel and watercolour artwork with intersecting circlesWe have peace with God, watercolour and soft pastels on watercolour paper

 

It’s interesting to see how Gwenda approaches traditional art in various media including watercolour and acrylic paint. The artist tends to…

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Inside the Art Studio of Paul Klee

A photo of Paul Klee's studio in Germany

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Paul Klee. Klee was a Swiss-born German artist whose work has been categorized as part of the Expressionist, Surrealist, and Cubist movements. The artist was noted for works that reflected a certain sense of dry humour and playfulness, even framed in the context of the Bauhaus school and its strict ideals for design and architecture. 

 

The studio pictured above was located at the Bauhaus,…

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The Portfolio of Plein Air Painter Brian Buckrell

A painting of a body of water with reeds in the foregroundWeekend at the Cottage, acrylic

Brian Buckrell is a Canadian plein air painter based in both BC and Ontario. The artist’s award-winning paintings portray stunning landscapes from across Canada, with more recent works taking a slightly abstracted, impressionistic approach to the subject matter. 


A painting of a rocky shorelineAround the Point, acrylic

 

Brian’s works are wonderfully colourful, with the artist employing a deeply saturated, jewel-toned palette to…

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The Baroque and Romantic Painting of Roberto Ferri

A painting of a woman holding a skullCUPO FUOCO II, oil on canvas

Roberto Ferri is an Italian painter whose work is heavily inspired by Baroque and romantic painting styles. The artist renders realistic human figures in dramatic postures and lush, symbolic scenes and settings. 


A painting of an angel will black wingsANGELO CADUTO, oil on canvas

 

I really appreciate the dramatic lighting, that Ferri uses in his paintings -- deep, almost black backgrounds and warm skin tones and highlights suggest the irregular…

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Expressive Art Pieces by Painter Jeffrey Newman

A painting of a silhouetted figure in pinkaura.II, mixed media on canvas

Jeffrey Newman is a painter who works in acrylic and mixed media. The artist’s portfolio is packed with wildly colourful and expressive art pieces that occasionally incorporate elements of figure and text. 


A painting with silhouetted figures and textured linesimages.of.we, acrylic on unstretched canvas

 

Jeffrey’s series of recent works feels light and airy — bright yellow, blue, and pink hues as well as lots of negative space give these works a…

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Inside the Studio of Mike Cloud

A photo of painter Mike Cloud in his art studio

 

Mike Cloud is a Chicago-based artist who works in painting, sculpture, collage, and mixed media. The artist's works, though primarily abstract, are often bluntly political and critical of traditionally Western styles modes of representation that are pervasive in the fine art world. 

 

There's not too much to see of the artist's studio in this image. Cloud is pictured sitting among several paintings, close to them, as though the…

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Reverence and Nostalgia: Art by Linda Finn

A print showing water texture and a pair of stonesMemory of Water #10

Linda Finn is an Ontario-based artist and painter. The artist’s prolific art practice spans printmaking, acrylic painting, bookmaking, and sculptural assemblage, with a sense of reverence and nostalgia for the Ontario landscape running through the works as a common theme. 


An acrylic painting of a swimmerSwimmer #4

 

I really enjoy Linda’s printmaking works -- in her series Memory of Water she takes a quiet, abstracted approach to water…

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Architectural Features: Paintings by Barbara Horosko Nichols

A painting of a doorway in MexicoEntrance (from Oaxaca Walls series), mixed media on museum board

Barbara Horosko Nichols is an artist who currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. In her practice, Barbara creates paintings of architectural features and shadowy geometric structures around Los Angeles and other regions. 


A painting of a passion flower and a hibiscus flowerPassion Flower and Hibiscus, coloured pencil and graphite on paper

 

I really enjoy the unique texture in Barbara’s paintings -- the…

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