Monday, February 23, 2015

Claude and Claudine Vallepin

Le Forgeron  © Claude Vallepin
Name: Claude and Claudine Vallepin
Bio: Two for the price of one, is the boast of hasband and wife team Claude Vallepin and Claudine Mercier-Vallepin. Both are self-taught artists, who have taken courses with professional French pastellists, including Alain Victor,Thierry Citron, Maxime Bochet, Patrick Henry, Cécile Houel (and husband David Garrison) and UK born French resident Penelope Milner.
Both artists have exhibited widely in the French pastel Salons, including Giverny and Saint Aulaye.
Medium: Pastel; Watercolour
Subjects: Still Life; Landscape; People; Genre.
Style: Representational
Navigation: This website is in French. It is not slick although it appears to have been professionally designed. However, it is navigable.
Gallery: Galerie Claude; Galerie Claudine.
Image View:  Thumbnails in the various sub-galleries enlarge in a viewer and may be scrolled. Medium is stated, but dimensions rarely. Images may be saved.
Demo, Blog: No.
La Paillasse  © Claudine Vallepin

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Lara Scouller

Okapi  © Lara Scouller
Name: Lara Scouller
Bio: Lara Scouller graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, 2006. She has been a busy artist since then, with three solo exhibitions to date, and numerous other shows including the prestigious Mall Galleries, London – The Pastel Society 2007-9; 2013-2014 (where she won the the Pastel Society Young Artist Award in 2013); and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, 149th, 150th and 151st Annual Exhibition.
Lara has been featured in many publications, including The Artist Magazine, April 2014; and the Wildlife Art Special, Artists and Illustrators, Nov 2013. Most recently her work was showcased in the Pastel Journal, February 2015.
Collections include:  Bell Pettigrew Museum, St Andrews, The University of Dundee, and the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Lara says: My fascination for zoological museums began when I was awarded the John Kinross Scholarship to Florence in 2006. It was there that I stumbled upon the Museo La Specola. Although some of the objects on display were slightly macabre, a large number of the specimens caught my attention and laid the foundation for a continued fascination with this subject matter.
Since then I have travelled extensively in search for similar subjects including several lengthy stays in Tring which houses one of the largest ornithological collections in the world. Closer to home I have found Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the D’arcy Thompson’s Zoology Museum in Dundee, Aberdeen’s Zoology collection and lately St. Andrews Bell Pettigrew Museum to be rich sources of material.
Lara has also been in Dublin to visit the Dead Zoo (aka the Natural History Museum) and the Natural History Collection Research building in Beggar's Bush.
Medium: Pastel; conté.
Subjects: Animals; People
Style: Illustrative, lively sketches.
Navigation: A Wordpress website. Clear, clean website.
Gallery: Beasts; Birds; Boats; People
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer on the same page, where they are labelled; they may be downloaded.  Her pastel Okapi (21 3/4 x 30 ¾), won the Plein Air Prize and Millers The City Art Shop Prize at the Paisley Art Institute, Scottish Drawing Competition 2007.
Demo : No
Blog: Yes, at

Friday, January 16, 2015

Helen Rowles

Hollywood © Helen Rowles
Name: Helen Rowles
Bio: Helen Norsigian Rowles was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, to first generation American parents of Armenian descent. Her Armenian cultural roots both shaped and influenced her childhood. Helen's mother was an artist and the St. Louis Art Museum was a frequent outing for the family, just across the Mississippi River. The first major exhibit Helen saw as a child was a retrospective showing of Van Gogh's paintings that has remained clear in her mind to this day. 
Helen received a BFA from Arizona State University in 1983. Through college she painted scenery for The Lyric Opera Theatre and participated in several group showings. Helen was awarded a Board of Regents scholarship based on her portfolio and after graduating, she worked as an interior designer, and as a freelance artist painting and drawing portraits, illustrations, and murals. Helen received her MA (Ed) from the University of Phoenix in 2008 and currently enjoys teaching studio art classes to adults at the Mesa Arts Center.
Helen had her first solo exhibition in 2002 at the Armenian Cultural Center in Scottsdale, and has exhibited consistently since then. She has one numerous awards including Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award, in 2013. She is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, the Arizona Art Alliance, the Mesa Art League, the East Valley Artists Guild, and the Arizona Pastel Association.
Medium: Pastel; pencil on wood; graphite
Subjects: Varied – see Gallery
Style: Representational, colorist.
Navigation: Not a difficult site to navigate, although there is inevitably some overlap in the galleries, which all remain accessible from any page.
Gallery: In my world; Pastel; Scarves of Heaven; Figurative; Still Life; Graphite; Landscape; Animals.
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer, where they are labelled; they may not be downloaded.  Hollywood is 18 x 24 ins.
Demo: Yes, look under Technique.
Blog: No

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Susanne Mull

Skagen 11 © Susanne Mull
Name: Susanne Mull
Bio:  Born in Hanover, Germany, in 1967,  Susanne Mull has lived and worked in Ingelheim since 1992. Her art education consisted of regular courses with renowned artists at home and abroad, including the Oppenheimer Summer Academy, the Academy of Mainz, studying with Dietmar Gross, and numerous study trips to Europe, USA, Asia.
A professional artist since 2002,  and since 2013 Member of the Künstlersonderbund, Her awards include the Pastel 100 in Landscape and Interior; and 1st in Portrait; at the 1st Salon International Pastel d’Opale, in Northern France, she was awarded 1st Place -  Grand Prix du Salon.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape; Portraits
Style: Representational. With the Skagen series Susanne brings us to the northern tip of Jutland,  Denmark. Clouds and light are constantly in motion and give it a multitude of opportunities, stimulating the viewer's imagination in a poetic way. The wildlife refuge of Lebertsau, remniscent of the Marais Poitevin,  is rendered in sympathetic tones that emulate watercolour.
Navigation: This website is in German, but not difficult to negotiate.
Gallery: Galerie: Skagen; Hommage an Rheinessen; Portrait; Lebertsau
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer, where they are labelled; they may be downloaded.  Skagen 11 is 60 x 78 cm; 640 x 476, 171 KB.
Blog: No

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Jeanie Schlump

Threading the Needle © Jeanie Schlump
Name: Jeanie Schlump
Bio: Jeanie Schlump teaches painting, drawing, and sculpture at Laramie County Community College, Albany County. She has maintained a studio in Laramie, Wyoming since she gained her MFA from the University of Wyoming in 1990. Her inspiration is found in the open Western skies and plains of Wyoming, which she interprets both realistically and in colourful abstractions. 
The artist won the highest award in sculpture from the Wyoming State Historical Society for carving 19 replacement architectural stones on the Methodist Church in state capital Cheyenne. She has received four purchase awards from the State of Wyoming and has a 14 foot montage painting on permanent display at the City Hall in Laramie. She has sold her paintings all over the world, as far as Korea, Australia, and England. 
Medium: Pastel; acrylic; sculpture
Subjects: See Gallery
Style: Representational to expressionist
Navigation: This website is a FineArtStudioOnline site
Gallery: Architecture; Floral; Landscapes; Portraits ; Railroad ; Still Life; Abstracts
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer, where they are labelled; they may be downloaded.  Threading the Needle is 12 x 15 ins, 550 x 412, 188 KB

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Vianna Szabo

Last Rose © Vianna Szabo
Name: Vianna Szabo
Bio: Vianna Szabo is best known for her portraiture, which has earned her commissions and national recognition. Her art heroes are Zorn, Singer Sargent and Sorolla. Vianna has a BS in Education from Eastern Michigan University, but credits her art education to books, long hours at the easel, and the generosity of talented friends. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and has achieved Distinguished Pastellist status in the Pastel Society of the West Coast.  She was inducted into the International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle in 2011. The artist exhibits regularly in national juried exhibitions including the Pastel Society of America, The Portrait Society of America, and Oil Painters of America.  She was an award winner in the Pastel 100 in 2010, 2011, and 2013 and was a featured artist in the June 2014 Pastel Journal.  Her work is to be found in private and public collections around the USA.
Vianna is passionate about teaching and she offers a variety of workshops as well as private lessons and mentoring.  She is a firm believer that to teach is to learn. She has taught workshops around the USA and in 2014 led a five day figure workshop in Florence, Italy.
Vianna lives with her husband in Romeo, Michigan.  They have two children, who have served as her models and inspiration.
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subjects: Portraits; Figurative; Landscape; Still Life
Style: Loose representational
Navigation: This website has all the feel of a blog. The galleries are full of paintings and will reward thorough investigation. There is much to admire here.
Gallery: Little Gems; Portrait and Figurative; Landscapes; Still Life
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer, where they are labelled; they may be downloaded.  Last Rose is 7 x 5 ins, 550 x 395, 130 KB
Facebook: No
Blog: A very useful and informative blog is found at

Carol Strock Wasson

Spirit of New Harmony © Carol Strock Wasson
Name: Carol Strock Wasson
Bio: Carol Strock Wasson, educated at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, is devoted to plein air painting. Her paintings often reflect her frequent trips with the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association and her work at Wasson Nursery, the family landscape and greenhouse business. 
Carol has won numerous awards since at least 1988, including the Silver Medal Award at Indiana Heritage Arts in 2007. Other shows include Hoosier Salon, Arts for Parks, Pastel Society of America, and Pastels USA.  Carol was one on ten artists to participate in Painting Indiana II, the second in a series of books produced by Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA). She is a supporting member of numerous organizations locally and nationally. She is represented by Gordy Fine Art, Muncie, Indiana and Editions Limited, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Paintings by Carol Strock Wasson have been exhibited in shows with the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of the West Coast, and the Pastel Society of North Florida. She has exhibited several times at the Hoosier Salon and Indiana Heritage Arts. She is a member of Chicago Pastel Painters, the American Pastel Society, and the Pastel Society of North Florida, among others.
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Representational to Impressionist
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Works: Car paintings (sketches done while sitting in cars!); Plein Air; Oil Paintings; Pastel Paintings
Image View:  Thumbnails are labelled on mouseover, as are the enlarged images; these later may be downloaded.  Spirit of New Harmony is 16 x 20 ins, 550 x 438. 145 KB
Facebook: Yes
Blog: No