Saturday, January 30, 2016

Andrew Bartos

Truce © Andrew Bartos
Name: Andrew Bartos
Bio : Andrew Bartos attended Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania majoring in Architecture, and studied with Myron Barnstone at his studio in Coplay, PA.  Pastel artist Jacqueline Meyerson introduced him to the medium of pastel. Andrew is an associate member of the Pastel Society of America, Lehigh Art Alliance, Bethlehem Palette Club and the Lehigh Valley Arts Council.
Andrew exhibits regularly in local and regional juried exhibitions. Several publications have included his work including the Pastel Journal, The Artists' Magazine and The Classicist. Andrew’s drawings and paintings are part of private and public collections throughout the United States and overseas. Andrew lives with his wife and some felines in Whitehall, PA. He comments that they share their home with a handful of cats whom have all served as ready subjects - "not willingly, of course, but they are a constant source of affection, scratches and inspiration. "
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: "My work covers a wide variety of subjects. What most interests me are the arrangement of elements, the composition(s) they create, and the shapes that are produced when light is brought into the equation"
Style: Andrew has an eye for visually striking arrangements. His work invites viewers to observe the extraordinary elements that can be found within the context of everyday scenes.
Navigation: Straightforward, with need of the back-button at gallery level.
Gallery: Still Life; Portraits; Pets and their People; Animals/Wildlife; Drawings/Illustrations .
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer and may be scrolled. Paintings are labelled, and may be saved. Truce is 12 x 9 ins, 550 x 414, 203 KB.
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Jacqueline Meyerson

Mom’s Notions © Jacqueline Meyerson
Name: Jacqueline Meyerson, PSA
Bio : Jacqueline Meyerson grew up in New York, and attended Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, 1970 and Brooklyn College, 1974, where she took several art classes, but not until later in life did she realise her potential as an artist. In 2001,she gave up her full time job as a controller of a small electronics firm and decided to concentrate on art.
A Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Associate member of Allied Artists of America, member of Bethlehem Palette Club, Parkland Art League and Lehigh Valley Arts Council, she now teaches a pastel workshop at the Baum School in Allentown PA, as well as other venues.
In 2012 Jacqueline was a Pastel 100 award winner, won the Mary Lou Fitzgerald Memorial Award from Allied Artists of America, and the Chicago Painters Award, Pastel Society of America, where she is a Signature member.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Still life in the main.
Style: “For me, painting photo realistic is reaching the highest level of skill and ultimate expression of perfection in anyone’s respective medium.
Being able to almost smell the onions on the table, or trying to touch the shiny glass of the water pitcher in the painting is representative of success...Fooling the viewer into thinking that he/she is looking at a photo is my ultimate goal...
There is plenty of room for impressionism, painting in the abstract, blocks of color, or just a very loose representation of a subject.”
Navigation: Easy to view artwork; main links remain on top of page.
Gallery: Still Life; Floral; Outdoor/Cityscapes; Nature.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer and may be scrolled or chosen individually, Paintings are all labelled with medium and size, and may be saved. Mom’s Notions is 17 x 11 ins, 600 x 396, 54.5 KB.
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Anna Wainright

Mist on the Field © Anna Wainright
Name: Anna Wainright
Bio : Anna Wainright graduated from Rutgers with a B.A. in urban planning; then an A.A. from Brookdale, CC in Graphic Design. She is a self taught Pastellist, having taken workshops and private lessons with Master Pastellists Brooke Allison, Richard McKinley, Stan Sperlak, and the late Marge Levine.
A Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Painters (IAPS), Anna is also a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of New Jersey, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and Signature/Emeritus Pastel Society of Tampa Bay. She is also a member of Connecticut Pastel Society, Pastel Society of West Coast, and American Impressionists Society.
Anna Wainright has won numerous awards for her work, including the Jack Richeson Bronze Award and competition honours in the Pastel 100 in 2011, 2014, 2015, & 2016. Anna was the subject of an in-depth article in the 2016 January/February issue of the Pastel Journal.
Medium: Pastel ; oil
Subjects: Landscape. Anna works from memory with the help of photographic references.
Style: Since her artistic influences are all of them Impressionists - Whistler, William Turner, George Innes, Winslow Homer, and John Singer Sargent – it’s not surprising that Anna’s paintings are moody and impressionistic. Her work carries on a tradition that goes all the way back to the celebrated master James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), considered to be the founder of Tonalism, the evocative influence of which is strongly present in Wainright’s work.
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline site.
Gallery: Pastel and Oil Paintings Portfolio.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer and may be scrolled. Paintings are labelled with both medium or dimension, and may be saved. Mist on the Field is 16 x 20 ins, 50 x 439, 247 KB.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Gail Sibley

Fruit Seller - Mexico © Gail Sibley 
Name: Gail Sibley
Bio: Gail Sibley was born to artistic parents, and brought up in Kingston, Jamaica. Her colourful palette must have been influenced by her Caribbean childhood. Gail completed a BFA (Honours) at the University of Manitoba, did Graduate Studies in Art History at Queen’s University, and received her MA in 1989. She settled in British Columbia on Canada’s west coast in 1994.
In 2002, Gail was awarded Signature Membership in the Pastel Society of America. Gail has participated in national and international shows and her work is in private and corporate collections in several countries. In addition to being a full-time artist, Gail delivers well-received workshops in drawing and pastels. She is is the author of numerous books and demonstration DVD's on all aspects of pastel painting. Check out her instructional website
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: See Gallery
Style: Representational in a colourful expressionist style.
Navigation: A blog-style website
Gallery: Figure work; Landscapes; Experimental; Still Life; Flora and Fauna; Cityscapes/Interiors; Small daily pieces
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge on new page. You need to use the back arrow to return to the gallery. Paintings are not consistently labelled with either medium or dimension.
Facebook: Yes
Demo: Yes, on YouTube – Google her.
Blog: Well, the website is effectively a blog, although there is a blog link:

Natasha Isenhour

The Rusty Contingent © Natasha Isenhour
Name: Natasha Isenhour
Bio: According to her Facebook page, Natasha Isenhour is listed as Owner at N. Isenhour Studio, LLC, in Socorro, New Mexico; and on the Faculty in Fine Arts Department at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology ; and Independant Contractor at Jack Richeson & Co.
In 2013 Natasha Isenhour was invited for her second year as an artist mentor for ARTfeast Santa Fe, and was also asked back for a second year as Artist in Residence at the Inn At Loretto in Santa Fe. Isenhour was elected President of the Pastel Society of New Mexico for 2013.
She is an active member of the following organizations: Oil Painters of America; American Women Artists; Pastel Society of New Mexico; Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. Her work is in collections in the United States, Paris and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Her work has been exhibited internationally in London, the Czech Republic, and Florence, Italy. 

Natasha also writes on art matters, and published a piece on John Philbin Dolan (qv) in the June 2015 issue of the Pastel Journal.
Medium: Pastel ; oil
Subjects: Various
“My work has evolved from primarily architectural portraiture to animal portraiture, primarily birds. Whatever the subject, I am striving to capture the essence of the place or sentient being. I don't rely on surrounding environment or absolute biologic accuracy. Rather, I try to share with you a conversation or an emotion that you can hear or feel within yourself.”
Style: Representational.
Navigation: A blog-style FASO website
Portfolio: Oils; Pastels; Painted horses and guitars; Archive.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge on new page and may be further zoomed, and saved. Morning Blues is 14 x 11 ins, 425 x 550, 161 KB.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Bob Ziering

Family Group © Bob Ziering
Name: Bob Ziering
Bio : Bob Ziering studied art at the High School Of Music and Art in New York City. That was followed by further studies at New York University under the guidance of Hale Woodruff, William Baziotes and Carl Podzus, among others. His influences include J.M.W. Turner and Francis Bacon.
After completing his bachelor’s degree, Ziering chose to enlist in the US Air Force where as an enlisted man and later lieutenant, he served as a basic training instructor. Upon completing his military service he set out to study further elements of graphic design with Ivan Chermayeff and Bob Gill at The School of Visual Arts.
At the beginning of his career, Bob began illustrating on his own, securing clients such as Reader’s Digest, while at the same time acting as business partner and artists rep for Rahl Studios. Illustration has been the mainstay for his career. His client list includes many of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as cultural institutions such as The Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Opera, The Paul Taylor Dance Group and Cirque du Soleil. His work for these companies and many others has earned him several ANDY awards, the highest honour awarded to commercial illustrators. Many of his illustrations have been exhibited at The Society of Illustrators where Bob was awarded two one-man shows. Bob was also one of the founding members of the Graphic Artist’s Guild. He has been participating in group and one man shows since 1983.
From May 18, 2004 through June 26, 2004, a number of his never-before exhibited erotic works were on view at the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation in New York city. This body of work, titled "Secret Sex: The Unknown Erotic Drawings of Bob Ziering", spans a period of thirty-five years.
In April 2010, American Artist published a piece on Bob’s technique. And some of his magnificent gorilla pastels were published in the June 2015 issue of the Pastel Journal.
Medium: Pastel ; mixed media
Subjects: Portraits; Animals; Still Life
Style: Representational. For his Gorilla series, the artist places the primates in an indeterminate pictorial space so that they seem to exist as much in the world of the mind as in the mountains of Rwanda. Passages of intense descriptive rendering, often focusing on faces and hands, alternate with more open areas in which broad shapes dissolve into a misty, suggestive atmosphere. Silhouettes are often outlined in red, a color used to symbolize danger. Sections of the background sometimes glow with reds and oranges, intimating a broader threat of fire and destruction. Even in the quieter images, an atmosphere of brooding unease pervades the work, reinforced by massings of dark tones and a telling selection of shapes and expression.
Navigation: Links remain accessible at top of page.
Portfolio: Gorillas ; Portraits ; Chairs ; Animals ; Performing Arts; Sports; Still life; Burning Pier; Paper to Paper.
Image View: This website is Flash based and no downloads are possible. Information is not provided.
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Elaine Augustine

Overtures © Elaine Augustine
Name: Elaine Augustine, PSA-MP
Bio : Elaine Augustine is from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, when she showed an early talent for drawing and painting. In high school, she studied art privately and then took art classes as an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee. She has also studied with Ramon Kelley, Sally Strand and Ben Konis. Elaine is acclaimed for her vitality of colors, strength of composition and variety of subject matter. She paints colourful landscapes, vibrant still lifes, and glowing children.
Her work ranges in size from small 4" x 6" pastels to 40" x 60" oil diptychs. Elaine's paintings have earned her national honors and are held in corporate and private collections worldwide. She is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, a signature member of the Degas Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society.
She has earned honours in national, regional and local juried competitions. Her work was included in "Connecting Alabama: Six Artists" sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. A night scene she painted from a photograph she took in New York won "Best of Show" in a competition held at Samford University in Birmingham. And, she has had pastels juried into the prestigious Pastel Society of America's "For Pastels Only" exhibitions in New York City.
Elaine resides in Florence, Alabama, and occasionally teaches pastel painting and pastel-making classes at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts and Northwest Shoals Community College. Her work is represented at the Emily Amy Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, and Artifacts Gallery in Florence, Alabama.
Medium: Pastel ; oil
Subjects: Portraits; Still Life
Style: Representational; abstract
Navigation: The Gallery links are to be found on the home page.
Gallery: Oils and Acrylics; Pastel: Abstract; Pastel: Representational; New Works
Image View: Thumbnails in the the gallery page can be clicked to view in a pop-up window, and sometimes can be expanded further if there is an expand icon in the top right corner. Download is possible. Information is not provided.
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