Artist & Contest Winner Interviews & Profiles

Every artist has a story or tip to share. Read interesting articles & exclusive interviews from featured artists & art
contest winners
at Artist’s Network. Learn about their inspiration & process and discover a new favorite artist with each Artist of the Month or collection or inspirational art quotes from our artists!

Oil painter Kelly Birkenruth, our February 2017 Artist of the Month

February 2017 Artist of the Month | Oil Painter Kelly Birkenruth

Congratulations to oil painter Kelly Birkenruth, our February Artist of the Month! Birkenruth was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition! Her piece Limes and Laughs can be seen below. Read more about the artist and why the limes in the piece were a fun challenge for her. Avon, Connecticut ~ kellybirkenruth.com My paintings tend to take...

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January 2017 Artist of the Month | Oil Painter Julia Eva Bacon

Congratulations to oil painter Julia Eva Bacon, our January Artist of the Month! Bacon was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition! Her piece Soul Mates can be seen below. Read more about Bacon below and how meeting the love of her life helped inspire the work below. Battleboro, Vermont ~ woodrabbitarts.com   When I choose a...

Oil Painter Chi Han Cheng

From Tattoo Artist to Oil Painter: The Art of Storytelling

Oil painter Jason Chi-Han Cheng’s talents stretch far beyond the stroke of his brush. As a tattoo artist, Cheng creates history; as an oil painter, he memorializes it. Read his story about The Crossing below. San Francisco, California • jasonchihancheng.com   I’m a tattoo artist; I find the process profound because the needle penetrates the skin. It creates a mark....

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December 2016 Artist of the Month | Pastel Artist Rita Kirkman

Congratulations to pastel artist Rita Kirkman as our December Artist of the Month! Kirkman was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition! Her piece 9 can be seen below. Read more about Kirkman and her process below. New Braunfels, Texas ~ ritakirkman.com     I began drawing portraits of family and friends when I was 11....

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Behind the Scenes with Abstract Artist Jodi Ohl

Mixed-media, acrylic and abstract artist Jodi Ohl was recently in the Artist’s Network video studios filming four new instructional videos and I was once again amazed at her wealth of art knowledge, and her willingness to share it. This was the third time Jodi visited our studios to share her painting and mixed-media techniques...

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November 2016 Artist of the Month | Debra A. Carr

Oil painter Debra A. Carr is our November 2016 Artist of the Month! Carr was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition! Her piece Pretty Jane can be seen below. Read more about Carr and how working on this portrait became a therapeutic exercise in coping with loss and love. North Caldwell, New Jersey ~ debracarr.com I’ve been interested in the art making...

Desmond O'Hagan

Artist Spotlight | Desmond O’Hagan, How to Paint with Confidence

Looking for someone who could teach artists how to paint with confidence, editor-in-chief of the Pastel Journal, Anne Hevener, introduced me to Desmond O’Hagan. Known for his loose painting style, and bold, confident stroke work—and for instilling that skill and spirit in his students—Desmond visited the ArtistsNetwork studios to show us his pastel and...