Featured Artists

Read articles about these top featured artists whose work has appeared in
The Artist’s Magazine.

Photo of Rob Anderson with his paintingsMeet Rob Anderson: Bringing teaching and gallery experience to his role as gallery manager, Rob Anderson joined Manifest, a creative research gallery and drawing center in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the summer of 2011. He has shown his work at such venues as the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center (Covington, Kentucky), Warsaw Project Space and Weston Art Gallery (Cincinnati), and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Indiana). He’s an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University and has also taught at Miami University of Ohio, the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati.

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Rob Anderson step-by-step painting demonstration


Juliette Aristides  Meet Juliette Aristides: Juliette Aristides is a classically trained artist and the founder of the Aristides Classical Atelier Program at Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle, Washington. The author of 7 fine art books including “Lessons in Classical Drawing” (Guptill Publications, 2011), she exhibits her work in many galleries across the country.

Web references on Juliette Aristides:
Drawing is the Heart
Step-by-Step Demonstration: Composing with Values by Juliette Aristides
Three-Dimensional Drawing Demo: Using Hard and Soft Edges by Juliette Aristides
Making Introductions by Juliette Aristides
Juliette Aristides: Additional Art from Feature Article
Back to the Garden: Five Artists Share Paintings of the Female Nude Figure

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Casey Baugh
Meet Casey Baugh: Casey Baugh won his first regional competition at the age of 14 and his first national one by age 17. Today the artist has received international acclaim for his figurative paintings,including the People’s Choice Award and First Honor at the 2009International Portrait Competition hosted by the Portrait Society of America. His work has graced the covers of fine art publications like The Artist’s Magazine (April 2010 and December 2008), and he’s produced instructional videos and conducted workshops for aspiring artists. Wendt Gallery in Laguna Beach, California, represents his work.

Web references on Casey Baugh:
New Female Portrait/Figure Paintings by Casey Baugh
Casey Baugh Portrait Demo
Painting Demo by Casey Baugh: Fine-Tuning a Portrait in Oil
Feature Article on Casey Baugh from The Artist’s Magazine


Candice-BohannonMeet Candice Bohannon: Candice Bohannon received a bachelor of fine arts degree in 2005 from Laguna College of Art and Design (Laguna Beach, Calif.), where she majored in painting and drawing and minored in sculpture. Her numerous awards include first place in the portrait/figure category of The Artist’s Magazine’s 2012 Annual Art Competition and an Award of Excellence from Fine Art Connoisseur magazine’s 102nd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition in 2013. She exhibits her work throughout the United States and lives with her husband, artist Julio Reyes, in northern California.

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Tomie dePaola Meet Tomie dePaola: Tomie dePaola is a writer and illustrator of nearly 250 childrens books, including the Strega Nona series. Some of the many awards given to dePaola include a Caldecott Honor Book, Newbery Honor Book, the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institute, the Kerlan Award, and the Regina Medal. Besides illustration, he also creates other fine art and he is represented by the Cove Gallery.

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Feature article & interview with Will Hillenbrand


Artist Max Ginsburg

Meet Max Ginburg: The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, and the Salmagundi Club in New York City recently staged retrospectives of Max Ginsburg’s work. In 2009 he exhibited his paintings at the gallery of the Dayton International Peace Museum in Ohio, and in 2008 he had a solo exhibition at the Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center of the Hospital Workers Union in New York City. Although he has had many solo shows in commercial galleries, in recent years he has been seeking public venues in order to reach a wider audience. Ginsburg’s paintings are in many notable public collections. Among his many awards is “Best in Show” for the Art Renewal Center competition (ARC Salon) of 2011. From 1980 to 2004 he was one of America’s foremost illustrators, commissioned by leading book publishers. Since 1960, he has been teaching at the Art Students League.

Web references on Max Ginsburg:
Painting a Multifigure Painting by Max Ginsburg
Feature Article on Max Ginsburg from The Artist’s Magazine



Meet Harold Gregor: Harold Gregor is professor emeritus of art at Illinois State University, in Normal, where he taught painting, color theory and art history for 25 years. He was the recipient of the 1993-94 National Endowment for the Arts grant, the 1993 Illinois Academy of Fine Arts Lifetime Achievement Award and a 2006 winner of Watercolor USA Honor Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His work is found in major public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

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Gregory-Halili-watercolor-artist MeetGregory Halili: Gregory Halili spent the first 13 years of his life in the Philippones before his family immigrated to the United States. Later he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia. His work has appeared in several exhibitions in the United States as well as in the Philippines. Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York City represents his work.


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Portrait photo of Wolf Kahn

Meet Wolf Kahn: Wolf Kahn was forced to leave his native Stuttgart, Germany, in 1939 at the age of 11 during the rise of the Third Reich. After a stint in the U.S. Navy, he arrived in New York City in 1943 and studied art with Hans Hofmann, Stuart Davis and Hans Jelinek. He’s the author of Wolf Kahn’s America: An Artist’s Travels and Wolf Kahn Pastels (both from Harry N. Abrams Inc.). He’s the recipient of a long list of grants and honors, and his work has been shown in museums throughout the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The galleries that have shown his work include the Hansa Gallery and Grace Borgenicht Gallery. He’s represented by the Ameringer/Yohe Gallery in New York City.

Web references to Wolf Kahn:
Abstract Expressionist Wolf Kahn: Spontaneous Tendencies



David Jon Kassan's self portrait painting

Meet David Jon Kassan: Kassan’s early studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Syracuse University in New York, where he received his bachelor of fine arts degree, were augmented at the National Academy School of Fine Arts and the Art Students League. Exhibiting in solo and group shows internationally, Kassan has received numerous honors from several organizations, including the Salmagundi Club, Portrait Society of America, National Academy School of Fine Arts and the Art Students League. A dedicated teacher, Kassan has instructed artists throughout the United States and in Iceland, Portugal, Australia, Spain and Belgium.

Web references on David Jon Kassan:
David Jon Kassan | Portrait Drawings and Paintings (gallery)
Portrait Demonstration Using Oil
ArtistsNetwork.com Interview with David Kassan
Behind the Scenes: Jurying The Artist’s Magazine’s 29th Annual Art Competition
How David Jon Kassan Paints Oil Portraits



Everett Raymond Kinstler (left) painting Christopher Plummer (right)

Meet Everett Raymond Kinstler: Everett Raymond Kinstler, who dropped out of high school and abandoned a formal art education to take a job inking comic books, has been awarded honorary doctorates from Rollins College (1983), outside Orlando, Florida; Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (2002), in Old Lyme, Connecticut; and the Academy of Art University (2010), in San Francisco. For five decades he taught at the Art Students League of New York. Kinstler has painted seven United States presidents from life, and his paintings of President Ronald Reagan and President Gerald R. Ford are official White House portraits. Kinstler’s work is part of the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, among others. The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery has acquired more than 100 pieces of his works and, in 1999, awarded Kinstler the Copley Medal, its highest honor.

Web references on Everett Raymond Kinstler:

Feature article on Everett Raymond Kinstler from The Artist’s Magazine
Q&A session with Everett Raymond Kinstler (video of Webinar)
Web article by Kinstler on painting landscapes en plein air


Featured-Artist-Karen-Anne-KleinMeet Karen Anne Klein: Karen Anne Klein received a bachelor of science degree in design from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and a master of arts degree from Wayne State University (Detroit) where she also completed an intaglio program. Her imaginative watercolor and colored pencil arrangements of accurately depicted natural items appear in many museum, university and botanical art collections around the country.

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Beth_krommesMeet Beth Krommes: Picture book illustrator Beth Krommes holds a fine arts degree in painting from Syracuse University and a master of arts degree in art education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She also studied at St. Martin’s School of Art in London. After learning the techniques of wood engraving, Beth Krommes realized she could achieve many of the same effects with scratchboard and adopted it as her medium. Her many awards include the 2009 Randolph Caldecott Medal for her scratchboard and watercolor illustrations in The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson.

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Meet David Ligare: At the age of 5, David Ligare moved with his family from Oak Park, Illinois, totam_may13_ligare09 the California coast. As a young man, he studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Youthful peregrinations followed, both in Europe (he actually walked up to and knocked on the front door of Salvador Dalí’s home in Port Lligat on the Costa Brava in Spain and spent the afternoon chatting with the aristocratic surrealist in the artist’s studio) and in the United States, especially in New York City. He eventually settled in Monterey County on the California coast. The surrounding dramatic coastal lands serve as subjects and backgrounds for many of his paintings. He’s represented by Hirschl & Adler Modern in New York City and Winfield Gallery in Carmel, California.

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Katherine-Chang-LiuMeet Katherine Chang Liu:Katherine Chang Liu, born in China and reared in Taiwan, received a master of science degree in nutritional sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. She has had solo exhibitions in Lyon, France; Hong Kong; Turku, Finland; Copenhagen; and in the United States in San Francisco; Santa Monica, California; and Santa Fe. She’s a recipient of grants from the NEA and Virginia Commission of Arts and Humanities. Chang Liu is represented by Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Santa Fe; Sandra Walters, Hong Kong; Kathleen Faletto Warner Consultancy, Rome; and other international galleries. Chang Liu will be the juror for the abstract/experimental category in The Artist’s Magazine’s 2014 Annual Art Competition.

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 Katie-OHaganMeet Katie O’Hagan: Since rediscovering her artistic talents, O’Hagan has strived to make up for lost time. Her work has shown in many galleries and group shows nationally, including the National Arts Club, the Salmagundi Club, the Jack R. Richeson School of Art and Gallery and the Butler Institute of American Art. She has also received awards from the Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America and the Portrait Society of America. She was awarded first place in the Oil Painters of America 2011 Online Showcase, and her work was selected for The Artist’s Magazine‘s 2012 calendar. O’Hagan is also a 2012 finalist in the Smithsonian Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, run by the National Portrait Gallery, and won second place in The Artist’s Magazine‘s 2012 Annual Competition portrait/figure category. She currently lives in Beacon, New York, with her two daughters.

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 Rick Pas
Meet Rick Pas: Rick Pas:
“I’ve traveled all around the world and seen grizzly bears and other big animals—yet I’ve wound up painting butterflies,” laughs Rick Pas. The artist received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Eastern Michigan University and went on to work in technical illustration, graphic design and commercial art. William Baczek Fine Arts gallery in Northampton, Massachusetts, and WARD Gallery of Harbor Springs, Michigan, represent his works, which are featured in the Ameritech and General Motors (Detroit, Michigan) collections.

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Joseph Raphael works on the border of the partially finished watercolor painting "Crescendo"

Meet Joseph Raphael: Joseph Raffael attended Cooper Union from 1953–54, after which he received a summer fellowship from Yale-Norfolk School. He then studied with Josef Albers under a bachelor of fine arts program at Yale School of Fine Arts. From 1958–59, he studied under a Fulbright Fellowship in Florence and Rome. Raffael has exhibited his work widely since 1963. Donald Kuspit and Amei Wallach wrote a book about his him and his art, Reflections of Nature: Paintings by Joseph Raffael (Abbeville Press, 1998), and his work appears in many of the nation’s finest museums. Raffael is represented by Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York City.

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Meet Julio Reyes: With the prospect of a promising career as a soccer athlete, Julio Reyes, upon discovering his passion for art during a visit to the Louvre, instead turned to drawing and painting. He graduated in 2005 with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Laguna College of Art and Design in California. In 2011, he had his first solo exhibition at Arcadia Fine Arts in New York. His numerous awards include the Art Revewal Center (ARC) Salon 2013 Purchase Award and second prize, and the Portrait Society of America 2012 International Portrait Competition William F. Draper Grand Prize Purchase Award.

Web references on Julio Reyes:
Julio Reyes Paints Beauty in a Weary World (full feature article from The Artist’s Magazine)
How to Get Your Canvas Primed and Ready (step-by-step demonstration)
Make Your Own Heat-Bodied Oils for Painting (step-by-step-demonstration)
Julio Reyes: Portraits and Still Lifes in Oil, Watercolor and Charcoal


Sharon SprungMeet Sharon Sprung: Sharon Sprung went to Cornell University and also to the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design. She took classes with Harvey Dinnerstein and Daniel E. Greene. Her work is a part of many collections, including: Bell Laboratories, Princeton University, Chase Manhattan Bank and the U.S. House of Representatives. Sprung has won many prizes in competitions, including first place in Portrait/Figure for The Artist’s Magazine’s 23rd Annual Competition.

Web references on Sharon Sprung:
• www.sharonsprung.com
Abstractly Real: Full Feature Article
• Painting Facial Features with Sharon Sprung
• Back to the Garden: Five Artists Share Paintings of the Female Nude Figure
Jen’s Picks: Create the Illusion of Life
New Work from Sharon Sprung

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Sadie-Valeri.jpgMeet Sadie J. Valeri: Sadie J. Valeri received her bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1993. She also studied with Juliette Aristides, Michael Grimaldi and Ted Seth Jacobs at Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier in San Francisco; Jacob Collins at the Hudson River Fellowship in New York; and Timothy Stotz and Michelle Tully of Studio Escalier in France. In addition, Valeri studied écorché anatomy with Andrew Ameral and learned traditional Flemish layered painting technique from Kirstine Reiner. She has taught graduate students at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and founded the blog womenpaintingwomen.blogspot.com, which features the art of contemporary women figurative painters. Valeri currently teaches workshops and classes at Sadie Valeri Atelier in San Francisco.

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Lea Colie WightMeet Lea Colie Wight: Lea Colie Wight holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She began studies at Studio Incamminati School for Contemporary Realist Art, an atelier in Philadelphia founded by Nelson Shanks, and became one of the teaching staff in 2005. She has also served as a teaching assistant to Nelson Shanks at the Art Students League of New York. In 2009 and 2010 she received Honor Awards from the Portrait Society of America (PSA) international competitions and exhibitions. In 2011 the PSA awarded her a Certificate of Excellence. The Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, Ohio) gave her an Honor Award in its Inspiring Figures exhibition (2010), and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Ind.) included her work in their 2010 and 2012 Contemporary Realism Biennials.

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Meet Jimmy Wright: Oil and Pastel painter Jimmy Wright is President of the Pastel Society of America an Editorial Advisory Board member for Pastel Journal and a contributing editor to The Artist’s Magazine. He earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1967. After graduation he studied in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa under the George D. Brown Travel Fellowship. In 197`, Wright received his master of fine arts degree from Southern Illinois University.

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