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Angela by George Marin
March 2014: Open 5
Angela by George Marin
George (Gheorghe) Marin was born in Bucharest, Romania on September 15, 1958. George started drawing since childhood, trying to satisfy a great desire of his father, who also has a very nice handwriting. Because of his talent at drawing won several competitions in elementary school and later in military service. George started painting after age of 25, as a hobby. He taught himself to paint and then went to copy works by Rembrandt, Vladimir Markovsky, Ilya Repin, Daniel Gerhards, John Siebels, Greg Olsen to complete his training. His favorite medium is oil. George loves to paint portraits in a realistic manner, trying to highlight the soul of his subject. He like propagate emotions and this is very important for him. View more of his art here or here.
Orange Juice by Abdelaziz Haounati
February 2014: Fiery Red 3
Orange Juice by Abdelaziz Haounati
Captured by Charlene M Brown
January 2014 : Solitude 5
Captured by Charlene M Brown
Charlene Brown's love of the visual arts was nurtured from a young age by her grandmother, who was a high school art teacher, artist, and kindred spirit. During Charlene's formative years, her grandmother encouraged her to experiment with different techniques and mediums, making each new project seem fresh and exciting and magical. Charlene went on to earn a Bachelor Degree in fine arts from Earlham College, and for many years following graduation utilized her creative energies teaching art to preschool and school-age children and young adults. The Renaissance Gallery in Carmel, Indiana, launched her own career as a fine artist in May 2012. Charlene's paintings and drawings combine elements of realistic, impressionistic, and abstract techniques. Her sensitive portrayals of people and nature are inspired by a wide variety of past and present masters, including Rembrandt, Andrew Wyeth, and Susan Lyon. Charlene continues to teach children and adults out of her home studio in Carmel, Indiana, as well as working daily to hone her own skills as an artist. Her favorite subject is the human face, and her award-winning portraiture can be seen in the Hoosier Salon Gallery in Indianapolis and the Brown County Art Gallery in Nashville, Indiana. You can see more of my work on my website here.
No Home by Marko Karadjinovic
December 2013: Light and Dark 5
No Home by Marko Karadjinovic
Born on April 20, 1992 in Novi Sad, Serbia. In 2013 graduated from the Academy of classical painting in the same country, but most knowledge brought from the studio, of dear friend and great illustrator Petar Meseldzija. Marko recieved an award for the best student of the year 2012. Participated on few collective exhibitions. Painting mostly in traditional techniques with oils and egg tempera, but also working with acrylics. Currently working in his studio in Serbia, creating his art. You can view more of his art at his Facebook page here.
Beside The Still Water by Jake Vandenbrink
November 2013: Nature 4
Beside The Still Water by Jake Vandenbrink
Canadaian artist Jake Vandenbrink has been a realist landscape artist for over 25 years. His art portrays the natural world in striking detail with an emphasis on capturing the solitude and serenity of a scene. As a self taught artist he has focused primarily on acrylics which allow him greater freedom to achieve the realistic look which he pursues. Among Jake's favourite subjects are the Rocky Mountains of Western Canada and USA as well as the lakes, forests and countryside near his home in Southern Ontario. His art has been exhibited in galleries throughout these regions as well, and he looks forward to sharing more of his timeless fine art originals with nature and art enthusiasts alike. To see more of Jake's work visit his website here.
Pirate Ship Treehouse by Andrew Dakhil
October 2013: Feeling Blue 3
Pirate Ship Treehouse by Andrew Dakhil
Andrew Dakhil is a freelance artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Andrew found his footing in fine art as a teenager, but has transitioned into production artwork over the past few years. Working both traditionally and digitally, Andrew uses his work as both an intellectual and creative outlet. Currently, he is studying at SJSU in the BFA Animation/Illustration program. To view more of Andrew's work, visit his website here.
Palmero Kristina Gehrmann
September 2013: Still Life 4
Palermo by Kristina Gehrmann
My name is Kristina Gehrmann and I'm born in 1989 in Germany. Currently I study classical academic drawing and painting at Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. I've been doodling since I could hold a pencil and simply love drawing, and experimenting with everything. I mostly work with the digital medium, using a Wacom tablet and Photoshop; at art school, I use solely traditional media. I'm a part-time illustrator, and after school I plan to do it full-time. My favorite painters are J.M. William Turner, Waterhouse, Delacroix, Bonheur and many others. View more art at my website here.
Snow Leopard by Jason Morgan
August 2013: Animal Planet
Snow Leopard by Jason Morgan
Self Portrait by Lynne Wright
July 2013: People - Portraits - Figures
Self Portrait by Anthony Moravian
Anthony Moravian is an illustrator that uses classical techniques to create fantasy, science fiction and historical themes. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began to experiment in art as a small child and over time developed a love for painting in oils and acrylics. He accepts commission on request. To see more, check out his website here.
Sea Stacks by Lynne Wright
June 2013: Water
Sea Stacks by Lynne Wright
Lynne Wright is a native of northwestern Washington State, and has spent much of her life near the Pacific Coast. Her most profound inspiration is God's awesome creation. Basically self-taught, painting has been a lifelong passion for Lynne. She has used various techniques, specializing in oils and watercolor. Her work involves the realistic depiction of nature and its many moods, favorites of which are nautical scenes, skyscapes and rural landscapes. Photography by her husband Don has been a great source of ideas and reference material. Lynne's artwork is in homes and collections throughout the United States. She has been represented by galleries along the Pacific Coast, as well as in eastern Oregon, Kansas and the Kansas City area.
Fishing at Sunrise by Bill Jonscher
May 2013: The Sky is the Limit
Fishing at Sunrise by Bill Jonscher
I started shooting photographs in the 1970's and am now semi-retired living in Arlington, VA. I started out shooting yearbook pictures, worked in and managed a portrait studio, shot stock photography, weddings, events, concerts, travel, landscape and nature images. For fifteen years I was a lab tech and production manager for Penn Camera in Washington, DC. I am now spending most of my time shooting and organizing forty years worth photographs and entering the occasional photo contest.View more of my work on my gallery page here.
Untitled by Janet Nielsen
April 2013: Photo Challenge
Untitled by Janet Nielsen
Living in the Pacific Northwest all of my life has provided me with the ideal subject matter for my artwork. I love nature and truly do live by the saying "stop and smell the roses." There is so much beauty around every corner. I'm inspired by those moments that occur when nature blends landscape and season together, creating a different scene for our senses. The fun challenge is to try to capture a scene. Its rewarding and therapeutic for me, a type of meditation that removes me from the everyday stress of life and allows me to get lost in my imagination. I'm experimenting more with color, texture and movement. I like to see where the paint will lead me.
Sophia by Dmitry Rodzin
March 2013: Open 4
Sophia by Dmitry Rodzin
A Hundred Years of Peace by Sybiline
February 2013: Fiery Red 2
A Hundred Years of Peace by Sybiline
The human being really fascinates me. With my art, I like to give rise to a reflection touching the human feeling. The first thing that I search for while creating an artwork, is the reason of its interest. I like to propagate emotions that will remind us, at least for a moment, the best of ourselves. The beauty of an artwork often resides in sharing. What I have to say, often speaks of you and me. If an artwork touches, it's that the human being recognizes itself. My artworks speak to all those that know how to give and take in turns. View more of my art at my website here.
Self Portrait in Colored Pencil by Charlene M Brown
January 2013: Solitude 4
Self Portrait in Colored Pencil by Charlene M Brown
I'm an artist because I'm greedy for life; I want to capture and preserve the significant moments that move me. When I draw or paint, I like to work from what I see, but not JUST what I see. My desire is to discover and share the essence of what it is about a person, place, or thing that arrests my attention. It's a great mystery how to do this using mere pigment on a flat surface. My inborn creative bent was nurtured from a very young age by my grandmother, who was a middle school art teacher, artist, and kindred spirit. During my formative years she encouraged me to experiment with different techniques and mediums, somehow making every project seem fresh and exciting and magical. I earned a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and upon marrying and starting a family, I used my creative energies to teach my own children art. These family art classes have expanded over the years to include other children, young people, and adults as well. Now, with my own children growing up and leaving home, I am expanding my career as a full-time professional artist and art instructor. You can see more of my work on my website here.
Paul Walker by Robyn Dolby
December 2012: Black and White 4
Paul Walker by Robyn Dolby
My name is Robyn Dolby and I am a 22 year old self taught pencil artist. I did not do well with art in high school and dropped it after two years. I lost my desire to draw and didn't do it for a couple years. I then decided to teach myself and that is where most, if not all of my improvements have come from. I love drawing people and horses, but I have also done other pets and various things. I would really like to make a living from my drawing and I hope to do it by selling horse drawings and prints in the future. You can see more of my work on my website here.
Little Forest Boy by Emily Evans
November 2012: Nature 3
Little Forest Boy by Emily Evans
Emily Evans was born and raised in Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii. As a child and young adult, she experienced family troubles and hardships. But she found an escape from all of that through art. She first began to explore and truly fall in love with art during her freshman year of high school. From that time on, she has experimented with all kinds of art forms and mediums. "A Singular Creation" was one of the first places in which her artwork was displayed publicly. But now, you can see more of her work on her website here.
Blue Scerenity by David Matos
October 2012: Feeling Blue 2
Blue Scerenity by David Matos
I am a self taught artist. It wasn't until the age of 32 that I picked up a brush and began to teach myself to paint. Had it not been for this decision I may never have discovered my passion for painting and especially t he human form. I am enamored particularly with the female form. A woman's glance, a gesture but always her fragile form. I try to deconstruct mere shapes and reconstruct them into poses that reveal a dreamlike purity. Each of my works is an attempt to communicate passion with love, sensuality with trust and above all inner spirituality. Each piece I paint is a visual elixir for me and I hope for all those who view it. More works can be seen at my website here.
Fruitful Flowers by Emily Evans
September 2012: Still Life 3
Fruitful Flowers by Emily Evans
Emily Evans was born and raised in Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii. As a child and young adult, she experienced family troubles and hardships. But she found an escape from all of that through art. She first began to explore and truly fall in love with art during her freshman year of high school. From that time on, she has experimented with all kinds of art forms and mediums. "A Singular Creation" was one of the first places in which her artwork was displayed publicly. But now, you can see more of her work on her website here.
Samson by Erica Lyn Schmidt
August 2012: Animal Planet 4
Samson by Erica Lyn Schmidt
Erica Lyn Schmidt is an artist/illustrator living in Baraboo, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, where she won Best of Show for Illustration in the 2006 Graduate Exhibition. Her first illustrated children's book "Dinosaur Discovery" by author Chris McGowan was released by Simon & Schuster of New York in June 2011. Other past clients include the Burpee Museum of Natural History (Rockford, Illinois), and the Royal Tyrrell Museum (Alberta, Canada). She specializes in scientific and animal illustration as well as portraiture. She is happily married to her husband Tony (a fellow illustrator), and working as a freelancer while raising their baby girl Penny. More of her work can be seen on her website here.
Grace by Pamela Earleywine
July 2012: Portraits 4
Grace by Pamela Earleywine
I am a self taught artist, currently living in the beautiful state of Montana, close to Yellowstone Park. My favorite subjects are people and animals. Although my work is intimate and personal, it is also informed by the cultural milieu and landscape that surround me. But, even though some of my realistic pieces have a western flavor, a single genre or style can not describe the body of my work. Realistic art, to me, is so more than documentation of a scene or subject. It is not just about technical skill and careful rendering; it is about interacting with the world and capturing a moment to share with others. I hope that when people view my work, they feel an intimacy with it, as if they were making eye contact with the subject, or perhaps with me. You can see more of my artwork at my website here.
Death of Salome by Kristina Gehrmann
June 2012: Water 4
Death of Salome by Kristina Gehrmann
My name is Kristina Gehrmann and I'm born in 1989 in Germany. Currently I study classical academic drawing and painting at Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. I've been doodling since I could hold a pencil and simply love drawing, and experimenting with everything. I mostly work with the digital medium, using a Wacom tablet and Photoshop; at art school, I use solely traditional media. I'm a part-time illustrator, and after school I plan to do it full-time. My favorite painters are J.M. William Turner, Waterhouse, Delacroix, Bonheur and many others. View more art at my website here.
Mile High Club by Stephani Fogel
May 2012: The Sky Is The Limit 4
Mile High Club by Stephani Fogel
Born from the lush bosom of Oregon's northern farm country, Stephani Fogel has spent her entire life experimenting in the arts. Creation is her highest ethic, she continually aims to illuminate current events, geopolitics, media corruption, sacred geometry, symbolism and Native American social issues. Stephani's style is heavily influenced by graphic design and concepts that condense complex theory into vibrant symbols. The end result is a reflection of personal exploration and evolution for the artist; while observers are transported to new and vibrant realities. To explore more of my work please visit my website.
The Echo by Sybiline
April 2012: No Theme
The Echo by Sybiline
The human being really fascinates me. With my art, I like to give rise to a reflection touching the human feeling. The first thing that I search for while creating an artwork, is the reason of its interest. I like to propagate emotions that will remind us, at least for a moment, the best of ourselves. The beauty of an artwork often resides in sharing. What I have to say, often speaks of you and me. If an artwork touches, it's that the human being recognizes itself. My artworks speak to all those that know how to give and take in turns. View more of my art at my website here.
Espera en Contemplation  by Laurie Curtin
March 2012: Light and Dark 4
Contemplation by Laurie Curtin
Shimmering Blues by May Fong Robinson
February 2012: People 3
Shimmering Blues by May Fong Robinson
Drawing was a casual hobby that became a guilty indulgence, which turned into a gratifying obsession. I specialize in realistic portraits that capture the essence of the subjects. I had always doodled in my youth, but I put aside the hobby because of the demands of life. After being dormant for almost 30 years, I picked up pencils again. My pencil drawings ignited the fire in me. In 2009, I received an Intuous Wacom tablet and Corel Painter as gifts. Eventually I moved on to Photoshop. It took me over 10 months to feel comfortable producing anything that was remotely presentable. Three years later, the digital tools seem to have become extensions of my arm. The versatility of the digital medium is marvelous. I am proud to achieve meticulous details and vibrant energy in my digital artwork. My online gallery can be found here.
With Mandoline by Damir Simic
January 2012: Solitude 3
With Mandoline by Damir Simic
Damir Simic is a Croatian born artist. During his second year at the art academy in 2004 Damir participated in The Art Renewal Centre Scholarship competition and won first prize. He graduated in 2006 from the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. He has exhibited in Florence, London, Aspen, Chicago, Birmingham, Battersea, Hampstead, Sisak and Zagreb. John T. Spike, Benedetto Annigoni, Michael John Angel and Virginia Piombo among many other art historians and curators wrote about his work. In 2010 a book Forgotten Beauty was published on his work. Articles about Damir have been featured in Sunday Morning newspaper, Picture Business, Luxury Living, Playboy, Contour and Life Style magazines. You can find more about his work by clicking this link.
Daphne by Damir Simic
December 2011: Black and White 3
Daphne by Damir Simic
Damir Simic is a Croatian born artist. During his second year at the art academy in 2004 Damir participated in The Art Renewal Centre Scholarship competition and won first prize. He graduated in 2006 from the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. He has exhibited in Florence, London, Aspen, Chicago, Birmingham, Battersea, Hampstead, Sisak and Zagreb. John T. Spike, Benedetto Annigoni, Michael John Angel and Virginia Piombo among many other art historians and curators wrote about his work. In 2010 a book Forgotten Beauty was published on his work. Articles about Damir have been featured in Sunday Morning newspaper, Picture Business, Luxury Living, Playboy, Contour and Life Style magazines. You can find more about his work by clicking this link.
Espera en Soledad by Charles Vinh
November 2011: Four Seasons 2
Autumn by Anna
Silver on the White by Vitaly Grigoryev
October 2011: Still Life 2
Silver on the White by Vitaly Grigoryev
Vitaly Grigoryev was born in Kishinev, Moldova. He graduated from the College of Arts in Kishinev and from the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Being engaged in oil painting and graphics, the artist works mainly in the genre of still life, portrait and the nude. While applying technical and technological experience of Medieval and Renaissance masters, Attentive study of the inner world of a man and the search for harmony and beauty in the most ordinary objects are the main challenges for Vitaly Grigoryev. More of his works can be viewed at his Youtube video here.
Espera en Soledad by Charles Vinh
September 2011: Artistic Nude 3
Espera en Soledad by Charles Vinh
Dust Storm - Portrait of a Pet  by Margaret Stockdale
August 2011: Animal Planet 3
Dust Storm - Portrait of a Pet by Margaret Stockdale
I live on a farm on the east coast of Australia. Art is my passion. Due to long standing and serious health issues, it is also my therapy. I am mostly self taught with a background in tonal impressionism and tonal realism. Portraiture has always been my strength, and my recent works comprise of mostly equine and bovine portraits. The focus of this painting is a cow named Pet who lives nearby. I loved the look in her eye, and I thought she would make a wonderful subject for a large painting. I decided to place her against a background inspired by the enormous and richly colored dust storms which can occur in Australia. I wanted to include the elements of strong tonal contrasts and bright Australian colors to produce a dramatic and vibrant painting. Please visit my website here.
Water in a Jug by Vitaly Grigoryev
July 2011: Water 3
Water in a Jug by Vitaly Grigoryev
Vitaly Grigoryev was born in Kishinev, Moldova. He graduated from the College of Arts in Kishinev and from the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Being engaged in oil painting and graphics, the artist works mainly in the genre of still life, portrait and the nude. While applying technical and technological experience of Medieval and Renaissance masters, Attentive study of the inner world of a man and the search for harmony and beauty in the most ordinary objects are the main challenges for Vitaly Grigoryev. More of his works can be viewed at his Youtube video here.
Beauty is Power by Robby Rose
June 2011: The Sky is the Limit 3
Beauty is Power by Robby Rose
Willy by Bonnie Dankanich
May 2011: Portraits 3
Willy by Bonnie Dankanich
As a child I would sit beside my father while he was painting. I remember being captivated with how the lines, shadows and highlights all came together to create life on the canvas. I still have this fascination today. My father taught me how to paint, but I have discovered a love for working with graphite and pastels. My creations take anywhere from 20 to 40 hours to complete and my focus is on realism. I approach my work with the hope of transferring life to my paper. When viewing my work, I hope that my audience can feel the textures of hair clothing, and skin. I like to pay special attention to my subject's eyes because I feel that they reflect the soul. My idea of a successful piece of art would capture the essence of the subject's mood, personality, and heart. Visit my website here.
Drunken Boat by Piotr Zygmunt
April 2011: Open Theme
Drunken Boat by Piotr Zygmunt
I create paintings, drawings and graphic art. I'm interested in everything that is connected with the broad term of Art, especially with surrealism, fantasy and visionary art. My favourite techniques are pastel, ink drawing and traditional graphics. I rely on my imagination, thanks to which I am myself in what I do. I took part in several exhibition and have also been published in several books: Imagine the Imagination - New Visions of Surrealism, 30-Dream, Visionary Art Yearbook 2010-2011, Walter Koschatzky Kunst-Preis 2011 Catalog. Some of my artworks are in private collections. If you are interested in my art please visit my website where I publish most of my artworks.
Fiorenza by Kristina Gehrmann
March 2011: Light and Dark 3
Fiorenza by Kristina Gehrmann
My name is Kristina Gehrmann and I'm born in 1989 in Germany. Currently I study classical academic drawing and painting at Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. I've been doodling since I could hold a pencil and simply love drawing, and experimenting with everything. I mostly work with the digital medium, using a Wacom tablet and Photoshop; at art school, I use solely traditional media. I'm a part-time illustrator, and after school I plan to do it full-time. My favorite painters are J.M. William Turner, Waterhouse, Delacroix, Bonheur and many others. View more art at my website here.
The Bride by Glenda Nelson
February 2011: People 2
The Bride by Glenda Nelson
Over twenty years ago, Glenda (Glenny) Nelson got her first commission as a professional artist. That commission started a love affair with art that has run hot and cold to this day. After several years of commissions and winning numerous awards and accolades for her work, Glenda opened a small gallery/studio in Virginia where she taught students young and old. Unfortunately, an illness caused her to have to close her gallery. After 4 years of being unable to paint or draw, Glenda has slowly been able to get back her passion again. She thanks her family, especially her husband, Lewis for helping her get there. Glenda works in all mediums but prefers acrylic and pastel on suede. Her works hang in private collections around the country.
A Lone Man Walking by Suzanne Schwartzman
January 2011: Solitude 2
A Lone Man Walking by Suzanne Schwartzman
Photography is my passion for more years than I want to reveal. I started with film and now I am using a digital camera and work in a digital darkroom called "Photoshop". I shoot color, black and white, and infrared images. Travel is another of my passions and I travel the world to capture the beauty and wonder of other lands and cultures along with my husband who shares my love for photoghaphy. Browse our website here.
Summer Wind by Michael Bollerud
December 2010: Black and White 2
Summer Wind by Michael Bollerud
My name is Michael Bollerud and I was born in North Carolina in Fort Bragg`s Military Hospital where my Father was stationed in 1965. We moved to Michigan when I was just a year old and I have been a Michigan resident ever since. I am a self-taught artist who started creating and selling portrait artwork when I was 12 years old and now a Full-time Artist, I enjoy creating American Indian/Wildlife Artwork in pencil that expresses the pride of my Heritage. I am Blackfoot Indian and I feel the absence of color (Pencil) enhances the detail giving the viewer a feel of a different time in History. To view more of my Artwork please visit my website here.
Autumn Branch by Kelly Renee
November 2010: Four Seasons
Autumn Branch by Kelly Renee
Kelly Renee has been a self-taught artist since the age of ten. Not wanting to stay devoted to just one medium, she has eventually dabbled in many, such as photography, paint, digital art and pencil, the latter of which she feels most passionate. She earned her AA in Fine Arts at the College of Sequoias in 2009 and has been working as an self-employed artist since then. Currently she is looking to take commissions while living at her home in California.
End of an Era by Matt Deakin
October 2010: Still Life
End of an Era by Matt Deakin
Matt Deakin is an English self-taught artist who specialises in photo-realistic drawings in pencil. He will turn his hand to just about any type of picture style, whether it be still life, portraits, pets and wildlife, landscapes, surreal or anything you can think of. He is always up for a challenge and is always happy to undertake commissions. Matt has a life long love of drawing but it is only within the last 2 years that he's turned his hand to drawing in a truly photo-realistic style. He often spends close to 100 hours on his drawings and is never truly happy with them until he has captured every last detail. His drawings can be viewed at his personal website here.
Sweet Dreams by Johannes Wessmark
September 2010: Artistis Nude 2
Sweet Dreams by Johannes Wessmark
Johannes Wessmark is a self-taught artist, painting with watercolor, airbrush, colored pencils and oil. As a former CG-artist he is also mastering digital painting and 3D-graphics. He is one of the most prominent photo-realist-painters in sweden today and is currently looking for gallery- and art-contacts outside the country. To learn more about Johannes or to see his gallery, please visit his website here.
Branch Manager Salayexe by Jolene Boshoff
August 2010: Animal Planet 2
Branch Manager Salayexe by Jolene Boshoff
Jolene Boshoff is an artist based in South Africa. After getting her BA Fine Art she has turned to painting full time, and undertakes commissions. Although she works in all mediums she has a passion for oils on canvas. With her wildlife she tries to capture the essence and unique personality of every animal. Her favorite subjects are wild dogs and leopards, as they already seem painted and animated. She is a great nature lover and hopes to support nature conservation through her art. Jolene tries to go to game reserves as often as possible to get closer to the animals. Art is not her job. It is her passion and her way of life. Her work can be viewed here.
A Glass of Water... Is It? by Matt Deakin
July 2010: Water 2
A Glass of Water... Is It? by Matt Deakin
Matt Deakin is an English self-taught artist who specialises in photo-realistic drawings in pencil. He will turn his hand at just about any type of picture style, whether it be still life, portraits, landscapes, surreal or anything you can think of. Matt has always been keen on drawing but he took a break from it for a few years due to some "rough" times in his life. However, he took up drawing again two years ago and decided to teach himself to draw in the photo-realistic style. He often spends close to 100 hours on his drawings and is never truly happy with them until he has captured every last detail from hair strands to pores, shadows to lights and highlights in order to make his drawings look often more realistic than any photo could manage. His drawings can be viewed here.
Last Light of the Day by Elizabeth Chesters
June 2010: The Sky Is The Limit 2
Last Light of the Day by Elizabeth Chesters
I was born in England, and I have been interested in photography for 3 years. All my techniques are self taught as no courses were available to me during school. I prefer to shoot action with my other hobbie of World War two reenacting, but will grasp any opportunity that arises. To see more of her art work, please visit her website here.
Portrait of My Beloved by Helen Williams
May 2010: Portraits 2
Portrait of My Beloved by Helen Williams
Helen Williams is a self-taught artist, specialising in oil paint. Helen has over 20 years experience as a painter and is a full time artist. Her main field is portraiture, painting people and pets, although she also paints still life and art deco/art nouveau style artworks and works under the title of Artway Gallery. Born in Wales, she now lives in London with her partner and son. To see more of her art work, please visit her website here.
Willow on Riverside by Gyuri Lohmuller
April 2010: Imaginary 2
Willow on Riverside by Gyuri Lohmuller
I am self-educated in the arts field, without schools or oficial studies. I can say that I have really discovered my painting 20 years ago, because I've never seen someone painting, not even how to begin. It came all alone by many testing. After a while I've sold a few paintings and that gave me the courage to continue. It was very difficult because of my themes, in the time of full-blown communism in Romania I was forbidden. Since that time I reach to survive by my paintings but very, very hard. Even today, I have not money to buy a photocamera to make captures of my artworks. I left my job 20 years ago taking the risk, but believing in art. So, life is good, but we must look at the full part of the glass!
Inside Out by Ed Jacobsen
March 2010: Light and Dark 2
Inside Out by Ed Jacobsen
I was born in 1958 in California but have lived in New england since I was 10 years old. For me, photography has been a lifelong passion. I have always been fascinated with cameras and photography. My dad used to teach me how to use his beloved Argus C-4 rangefinder with all the accesories. When I was 13, my dad built me a darkroom in the basement and I spent all my saved money on darkroom equipment. I loved black and white. Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, John Guttman and Karl Blossfeldt were my favorites. I love to photograph deserted buildings, perfect skies, landscapes and nature. My next venture is Photogravure printmaking in color and black and white. I have been admiring the work of the Parkeharrisons and Joel-Peter Whitkin and there is nothing like this look to me.
Forest Light by Joe Hush
February 2010: Winter Wonderland
Forest Light by Joe Hush
I am a Northumbrian artist, born in Rothbury, England in 1951. I was raised in Alnwick and now live in Washington County, Durham with my wife and son. I am primarily a landscape artist and the countryside of Northern England has certainly inspired me. We regularly go for country walks into woodland. I feel so privleged to get to see and paint beautiful scenery like this for a living. I work in acrylic, oils and watercolour and I try to capture and convey my feelings of a particular subject. I am a self-taught artist and after 17 years of painting professionally, I am proud my paintings are now in many Art Galleries throughout the UK. I now teach others, tutoring art classes throughout the year and I also do demonstrations and workshops for art groups/societies. Please visit my website here.
African Zebra Attacking by Faan Grobler
January 2010: Action
African Zebra Attacking by Linda Grobler
I am from South Africa. Art has always been a part of my life since earliest childhood. Not until my marriage though did I start to translate my love for Africa and its wildlife unto canvas. Spending holidays in South Africa's great National Parks, exploring my other love, photography, enabled me to re-create my fascination with nature and wildlife. I feel blessed to have been able to hone my talent experiencing incredible scenes like my Fighting Zebras first hand. I had no formal schooling in art and what I have achieved came through many years of diligence, hard work and an everlasting passion for the beauty nature so freely offers. My husband and I are both artists. Please have a look at our website here.
Breakfast by Vitaly Grigoryev
December 2009: Five Senses
Breakfast by Vitaly Grigoryev
Vitaly Grigoryev was born in Kishinev, Moldova. He graduated from the College of Arts in Kishinev and from the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Being engaged in oil painting and graphics, the artist works mainly in the genre of still life, portrait and the nude. While applying technical and technological experience of Medieval and Renaissance masters, Attentive study of the inner world of a man and the search for harmony and beauty in the most ordinary objects are the main challenges for Vitaly Grigoryev. More of his works can be viewed at his Youtube video here.
Buffalos in the Fall by Maureen Mulvihill
November 2009: Art of Autumn
Buffalos in the Fall by Maureen Mulvihill
I am from Ontario Canada where this Buffalo farm is located. They were quite wild and charged when I got out for a better shot. They thought they were being fed so they came from all directions in minutes. I am a Photographer/Graphic Designer. The result is a wide variety of subjects in my art world. I keep trying for that great picture. At the moment I have started a new endeavor and work on a comic strip about a Black Pug who is into espionage and black ops. I haven't finished enough strips to publish yet but will let the site know if it takes off. Thank you for choosing my image for showdown on the "Art of Autumn". It is encouraging. View my website here.
Orca Play by Rich Summers
October 2009: Wildlife
Orca Play by Rich Summers
Greetings from Idaho. My grandfather and my mother both painted, and I guess I followed in their brushstrokes. Other than help from my mother as a youngster, I am pretty much self-taught using books, watching PBS, and learning from the mistakes of many failed attempts. Recreating beautiful landscapes and wildlife are my favorite subjects, and I use my photography as away to capture subjects as reference material for my paintings. My photograph of the orca was taken in the Rosario Straits of the San Juan Islands in Washington State, and was truly a spectacular experience. I feel blessed and honored to have been chosen as a showdown winner. Thank you all. View my original art or photography.
Emmy by Johannes Wessmark
September 2009: People
Emmy by Johannes Wessmark
Johannes Wessmark is a self-taught painter mastering watercolor, airbrush and colored pencils as well as computer-graphics. Although he has spent lots of time experimenting with different kinds of media, color-pencils have always been his favorite-tool. Drawing close to photorealism demands a lot of time and patience, which fortunately Johannes has a surplus of. Enter Johannes world, where imagination and realism merge: www.johanneswessmark.se
Down on the Farm by Matthew Coglianese
August 2009: Summerscapes
Down on the Farm by Matthew Coglianese
Leif IV  by Tiffaney Berlin
July 2009: Symmetry
Leif IV by Tiffaney Berlin
I am a self-taught 23 year old artist living in Midland, Michigan. The process has always been a personal one, and it is only recently that I have begun to exhibit and sell pieces. I work in many mediums, but for the past few years I have focused on photographic manipulation and fusion of images. My photography has become an exciting way to capture textures and forms which become my palette for the digital works. My creations tend to be abstract, dramatic forms that that allow me to experiment with color and texture. I also tend toward themes of nature and finding a balance of chaos and order within an image. To view more, please visit my online gallery.
The Hourglass of Time by Sybiline
June 2009: Mortality
The Hourglass of Time by Sybiline
The human being really fascinates me. With my art, I like to give rise to a reflection touching the human feeling. The first thing that I search for while creating an artwork, is the reason of its interest. I like to propagate emotions that will remind us, at least for a moment, the best of ourselves. The beauty of an artwork often resides in sharing. What I have to say, often speaks of you and me. If an artwork touches, it's that the human being recognizes itself. My artworks speak to all those that know how to give and take in turns. View more of my art at my website here.
The Long Wait by Man Yu Fung
May 2009: Solitude
The Long Wait by Man Yu Fung
Man Yu is a young self-taught artist who has both nationalities, Costa Rica and Hong Kong. From five years of age, Man Yu's comic strips and colorful scribbles, passionately embarked on the journey to the world of inspiration. She has been invited on numerous occasions to give workshops on human anatomy and theories of art to national festivals, private institutions and cultural centers in Costa Rica. Man Yu is considered by many media and people who know, as a human being intense, dedicated and talented. She has received teachings and motives of great mentors and friends, artists such as Julio Escamez, Eyo Nelly, Juan Luis Rodriguez, Miguel Bastos Hernandez and Gonzalo Morales. Visit Man Yu's wesite.
Krysta by Erika Takacs
April 2009: Spring to Life
Krysta by Erika Takacs
I was born in Transylvania and live in Ontario, Canada. I have been sculpting for two years after a very long hiatus. I mainly work in paper mache, a versatile and challenging material. While I have a deep respect and admiration for the classical figurative tradition, my own pieces tend to transform into realistic but elongated figures. My "skinnies" as I like to call them, allow me the freedom to explore human gesture and complex emotions through exaggeration. Many of my works are a direct result of childhood memories, observation, real life stories, and sometimes mythology: they provide endless ideas for exploring a wide spectrum of human behaviour and gesture. For more works please visit my website here.
Healo he polis - The Conquest by Kristina Gehrmann
March 2009: Bigger is Better
Healo he polis - The Conquest by Kristina Gehrmann
My name is Kristina Gehrmann and I'm born in 1989 in Germany. Currently I study classical academic drawing and painting at Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. I've been doodling since I could hold a pencil and simply love drawing, and experimenting with everything. I mostly work with the digital medium, using a Wacom tablet and Photoshop; at art school, I use solely traditional media. I'm a part-time illustrator, and after school I plan to do it full-time. My favorite painters are J.M. William Turner, Waterhouse, Delacroix, Bonheur and many others. View more art at my website here.
Rainbow Harpy by Elisabetta Trevisan
February 2009: Imaginary
Rainbow Harpy by Elisabetta Trevisan
I was born in Meran, northern Italy. Since I was a child, I've always been fascinated by colours and I can't figure my life without art. I have always devoted myself mainly to painting. My artworks are realized using m.d. panels on which I work mixing different techniques; gouache, pastel, watercolour. I also decorate on backed clay, glass, wood, fabrics, mural surfaces and self-made Papier-mache objects. Moreover, I have: contributed as an illustrator to many magazine, illustrated a children book on ecology in collaboration with Ente Parco Fiume Sile, painted a collector's pack of tarot ed. Lo Scarabeo-Torino, realized settings for animated films for the television. View more art at my website here.
Behind the Mirror by Sybiline
January 2009: Let It Snow
Behind the Mirror by Sybiline
The human being really fascinates me. With my art, I like to give rise to a reflection touching the human feeling. The first thing that I search for while creating an artwork, is the reason of its interest. I like to propagate emotions that will remind us, at least for a moment, the best of ourselves. The beauty of an artwork often resides in sharing. What I have to say, often speaks of you and me. If an artwork touches, it's that the human being recognizes itself. My artworks speak to all those that know how to give and take in turns. View more of my art at my website here.
Blindness by Francis Cheng
December 2008: Artistic Nude
Blindness by Francis Cheng
Cheng Fung Kau (Francis) was born in 1981 in Hong Kong and is now living in Costa Rica. "I love to draw since I was a child. When I was 6 years my dad asked me: what would you like to be when you grow up? Which I replied: artist. Of course he did not like the idea, since he thought I could not earn a living from this profession. I never have been in formal classes, except for the 6 months at the 'Facultad de bellas artes' of UCR." By 2005, Francis specialized in pastel chalk painting. "I've always loved art, for me it is something essential in life, is the most beautiful way to express our feelings, emotions or to convey the message that we want to share. Life without art would be gray, monotonous; life would not be the same." I would like to share some of my works on my website here.
Bodegon by Pucci Ferraris
November 2008: Fall Colors
"Bodegòn" reproduction of Melendèz by Pucci Ferraris
I am from Liguria, Italy and I started painting 10 years ago with different technique. But shortly afterwards, I decided to commit myself thoroughly to painting with oils. I am a self taught painter who loves the "golden age" of art. As an amateur I particularly enjoyed reproducing the XVII century Dutch, Spanish and French artists, trying to mimic their wonderful use of colours and lights. I have since begun an emphasis on my own original works. To see more of my art, please visit my online gallery here.
Eyes of a Kid by Francis Cheng
October 2008: Black and White
Eyes of a Kid by Francis Cheng
Cheng Fung Kau (Francis) was born in 1981 in Hong Kong and is now living in Costa Rica. "I love to draw since I was a child. When I was 6 years my dad asked me: what would you like to be when you grow up? Which I replied: artist. Of course he did not like the idea, since he thought I could not earn a living from this profession. I never have been in formal classes, except for the 6 months at the 'Facultad de bellas artes' of UCR." By 2005, Francis specialized in pastel chalk painting. "I've always loved art, for me it is something essential in life, is the most beautiful way to express our feelings, emotions or to convey the message that we want to share. Life without art would be gray, monotonous; life would not be the same." I would like to share some of my works on my website here.
Alexandra by Adam Miller
September 2008: Portraits
Alexandra by Adam Miller
Adam Miller was born in 1979 in Oregon. He began an apprenticeship to artist Allen Jones at thirteen years old. At Sixteen he was accepted to the Florence Academy Of Art in Florence Italy where he underwent an extensive training in classical painting techniques and studied the masterpieces of the Renaissance firsthand. For the next four years Miller traveled in Europe studying the greatest art of the past, especially the Mannerists in Florence and the Flemish Baroque painting in Antwerp. Miller approaches his work as a theatre director, taking control of light and space to bring the visions of his imagination to life. His work is filled with Symbols and mythology that create an atmosphere of mystery and sensuality. View more of Adam's art on his website here.
Bubble Bubble Go Away by Bala Subramanian
August 2008: Summer Days
Bubble Bubble Go Away by Bala Subramanian
I've been drawing and painting things since my childhood with no formal training in art whatsoever. For me, art is more than just passion - its a way of life. For the past 12 years I've been setting one milestone after another, creating things in the animation world - television as well as films. I'm currently working at Deloitte as senior analyst, Document & Creative Services. All my creations reflect my love for detailed work and realism, as also the hours that I spend on intricate details and the zeal to experiment different texturing techniques.
Wild Goose Island by Michael Cassidy
July 2008: The Sky Is The Limit
Wild Goose Island by Michael Cassidy
Dr. Michael Cassidy is the co-founder of Studio 4\2, where he does fine art photography. Most of his images attempt to capture the awe he feels when out in nature. He says: "All of the images speak to me of the unimaginable beauty of this world and of our duty to attempt to protect it for future generations." His next one man show, entitled “Western Water,” will be at the Mesquite Arts Center in Mesquite, Texas for the month of September, 2008. More of Cassidy's photography can be seen at his website.
Rolling In II by Lynne Wright
June 2008 Showdown - Water
Rolling In II by Lynne Wright
Lynne Wright is a native of northwestern Washington State, and has spent much of her life near the Pacific Coast. Her most profound inspiration is God's awesome creation. Basically self-taught, painting has been a lifelong passion for Lynne. She has used various techniques, specializing in oils and watercolor. Her work involves the realistic depiction of nature and its many moods, favorites of which are nautical scenes, skyscapes and rural landscapes. Photography by her husband Don has been a great source of ideas and reference material. Lynne's artwork is in homes and collections throughout the United States. She has been represented by galleries along the Pacific Coast, as well as in eastern Oregon, Kansas and the Kansas City area.
Emerald Forest by Carmen Cordelia
May 2008 Showdown - Light and Dark
Emerald Forest by Carmen Cordelia
Nature has probably been the greatest inspirational influence and energy in this work, not in imagery alone, but in the multitude of facets of living and creating things. People are naturally fascinated with the past, and returning to something, and some of that shines through in "Worlds". I think everyone really wants to visit another world, and I've had the great reward of also creating something that's enjoyed by others. More of my artwork can been seen on my website here.
Do You Want To Play With Me? by Sybiline
April 2008 Showdown - Wondrous Life
Do You Want To Play With Me? by Sybiline
The human being really fascinates me. With my art, I like to give rise to a reflection touching the human feeling. The first thing that I search for while creating an artwork, is the reason of its interest. I like to propagate emotions that will remind us, at least for a moment, the best of ourselves. The beauty of an artwork often resides in sharing. What I have to say, often speaks of you and me. If an artwork touches, it's that the human being recognizes itself. My artworks speak to all those that know how to give and take in turns. View more of my art at my website here.
Inscape - By Tristam Rossin
April 2008 Showdown - Wondrous Life
Inscape By Tristam Rossin
I've had a passion for art for as long as I can remember mainly because art has been one of the things I have been blessed with that comes naturally. It can still be hard work but I've always had this simple philosophy: "If it's not right...Rub it out and do it again". I was fortunate enough to have a teacher who noticed and encouraged me to do my best and push the boundaries of my imagination. And that is where I rest with my work, not landscapes or portraits, but inscapes - Pictures of the mind and imagination, a place that's original and completely mine.
Dragon Skin by Edward Kinnally
March 2008 Showdown - Geometric Shapes and Fractals
Dragon Skin by Edward Kinnally
I've been an art lover for longer than I care to remember and my appreciation continues to grow. I participate in several art guilds, am on the board of one, support my local museum, and love creating unusual and unexpected works of art. I enjoy oil painting and digital art; two mediums that are far apart - but both that bring me pleasure. I have certain preferences in art, but I choose not to limit myself and I enjoy art in a wide variety of forms and mediums. You can see more of my fine art prints on my website. I hope you enjoy my art.
Dreamz by John E. Adams
Febraury 2008 Showdown - Transportation
Dreamz by John E. Adams
I picked up photography again in Nov 2006 after 26 years of only taking some family snapshots and digital photography has been a true revelation to me. Although this adventure has just begun it has me taken to levels I would have never dreamed, opening up a new plateau of discovery where vision and persona can magically transform into a new dimension of time, light and color. This entry was a pure pleasure for me as shooting anything metal is a passion of mine these days! Much of my work is displayed at my website, which you can view here.
The Fire Within by Maria Hathaway
January 2008 Showdown - Fiery Red
The Fire Within by Maria Hathaway
"I am both intrigued and enamored by beauty. I believe it to be, when used correctly and with the right spirit, a tool of profound power. It can stimulate the mind, motivate the soul, soften the heart and inspire selfless actions. Beauty is a unique quality in that it is impossible to define. It is subject to the opinion of the viewer and therefore transient in nature. This however adds to it’s charm because it makes it precious to the beholder who discovers it. This is why I paint. I seek through my art to reflect the beauty that I experience in my life and in so doing create beauty of my own."
Moonlight Over Port of Spain by Karin Best
December 2007 Showdown - Feeling Blue
Moonlight Over Port of Spain by Karin Best
I have not been painting all my life. I am completely self taught. It all started when I was living in England. I was having a particularly bad year. My Mother had died and there was other circumstances going on in my life. My daughter tried to get my mind off everything and bought me some paints and canvas. I painted a picture of African Violets and for some strange reason some one bought it. Well I never looked back. I have been painting for the last 15 years and have won many awards, including the New York Times award for "Excellence in Art For Women." I now live in Zephyrhills, Florida.
Fruit Still Life by Eric J Chapman
November 2007 Showdown - Open Theme
Fruit Still Life by Eric J Chapman
Eric began drawing at the age of two; art proved to be the passion of his life. Since he was never formally trained, he has sought to use the life he sees around him as a gauge for how he renders his work. "Fruit Still Life" was created as the first piece in a series of Still Lifes that he recently completed. "The piece was something that I set up with my wife. She wanted something classical and impressive that matched the living room. Everything flowed pretty well, but the tablecloth pattern is something that took more time and patience than anything else." You can see more online here.
Pattern by Arup Haldar
October 2007 Showdown - Architecture of the World
Pattern by Arup Haldar
Photography is my passion, although I am not a professional photographer. When I was sixteen I started to travel and visit many places in India. I had participated in many trekking programmes in the Himalayas and fell in love with nature and used to take photos of nature. So in 2001, I took photography seriously and spent a lot of time in this field. My favorite subjects are people and places. This year I received the distinction of AFIAP from FIAP. I have also been selected as one of the sixteen winners in a travel photo contest organised by CITY Magazine New York.
Portrait Of A Horse by Andrea Gianchiglia
September 2007 Showdown - Animal Planet
Portrait Of A Horse by Andrea Gianchiglia
While growing up Andrea was surrounded by dogs, cats and other small companions who inspired her love for animals. She remembers especially her dog Kane, a rottweiler, whose love for her family was the inspiration that lead her to specialize in animal portraiture. "It’s my way of paying him back for all the joy he brought to my life." Andrea’s representational realistic style allows her to create a true reflection of an animal’s personality. Andrea graduated from the Hartford Art School and currently freelances in NJ while teaching at several art centers and associations. Visit my website here.
My Father's Portrait by Anelia Guteva
August 2007 Showdown - Faces and Emotions
My Father's Portrait by Anelia Guteva
I started drawing when I was a year old and ever since making pictures has been at the core of my existence. My strong interest in painting was developed during the past few years. I like to explore the infinite possibilities of this, yet very challenging, medium. Although the human face is not my only source of inspiration, I do find it particularly inspiring, not only in the difficulty of portraying a person’s physical features, but also in capturing the inner soul and character that is beyond the face. I am currently studying visual arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg.
Swampwater Grotto by Kate Andersen
July 2007 Showdown - World of Nature
Swampwater Grotto by Kate Andersen
I have been creating computer artwork and designs for over 10 years, both professionally and as a hobby. I get most of my inspiration from reading and watching science fiction and also from living where I do – in a world heritage national park near Sydney. The majority of my work is created using Bryce or Mojoworld for the 3D image and then Photoshop for post work. This gives me a great range of styles and scenes to work with. I love to create artwork on the computer that looks either very real, or completely out of this world! I am currently available for freelance work. Visit my website here.
Becoming One by Nancy Soulliard
June 2007 Showdown - Nude
Becoming One by Nancy Soulliard
While studying art in college, Nancy found a unique way to show the human form. She began to create abstract artwork from where one sketch began and another ended. This began a long series of abstract figurative work that branched out into other forms besides the human. "Becoming One was created as my wedding portrait. Our wedding was unconventional and so the painting was created showing the entwining of two lives in my own style. This abstract was made to be turned and viewed from many different angles." You can view more of her work at my website here.
Penny Farthing  by Jeremy Child
May 2007 Showdown - Favorite Work
Penny Farthing by Jeremy Child
Jeremy has been creating art in many forms since an early age and his work is heavily influenced by illustrators Shaun Tann, Lane Smith and Colin Thompson amongst others. Jeremy currently works designing and creating ideas for novelty pre-school childrens books. As well as this full time job he also freelances as an illustrator in his spare time, specialising in childrens educational and editorial work. "I wrote a story about a man who lives in the centre of the earth and had lots of ideas left over so decided to use them in this painting."
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