Thursday, November 23, 2017

Kathy Hildebrandt

First Loves © Kathy Hildebrandt
Name: Kathy Hildebrandt, ASA, SCA, PAC, MPAC, PSA, IAPS/MC
Bio: Kathy Hildebrandt is an international award winning artist whose primary medium is pastel. She is a self taught artist who also paints in several mediums. Her interest in art began in the mid 1980’s but was put on hold while she pursued her Certified Management Accountant designation and career. in 2001 Kathy started to seriously pursue art, focusing initially on landscape painting. While still working in oil, acrylic, and graphite, pastels are now her medium of choice. The immediacy of pastels, along with the luscious colors and textures captivated her and allows her to achieve her artistic visions. She has pursued her studies in pastel with Dianna Ponting, Gaye Adams, Roberta Combs.
Kathy is a full time professional artist and an instructor in all mediums at Green Palette Art Studio in Calgary. She is a signature member of the Alberta Society of Artists, the Society of Canadian Artists, Pastel Artists Canada, the International Guild of Realism, Federation of Canadian Artists, and the Pastel Society of America. Kathy has received Master Pastellist status with Pastel Artists Canada and has achieved Master Circle status with the International Association of Pastel Societies. Currently (2017) she is the on the Board of Directors of two Canadian art associations. She is the Secretary of the Society of Canadian Artists and the Vice President and Director of Pastel Artists, CA.
Medium: Pastel; oil; Acrylic; watercolour.
Subjects : Still life.
Style: While drawn to many painting styles, realism is where Kathy# heart lies. She strives to capture all the details and the likeness of her subjects as she sees them. She is intrigued by detail and excited by vibrant color.
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Gallery: Still Life; Old News Series; Games Pieces Series; Toys in the Attic Series; It’s all in the Title Series.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Dominique Houard

Bonbons © Dominique Houard
Name: Dominique Houard
Bio: French artist Dominique Houard was born October 1968, youngest of four girls. She studied art and literature at college(Lycée Jules Renard, Nevers), and pursued her artistic formation by studying the greats, and especially the techniques of realisim and trompe-l’oeil. Settled in central France, in La Charité-sur-Loire in the Nièvre. This is where she undertook her artistic studies and researches, supported also by Jacques Poirier, master of Trompe-l'oeil, with whom she discovered an affinity in 1996.
Dominique Houard has exhibited her work frequently, at the Taylor Foundation as well as at major Salons, and amongst a group of Realists, directed by Henri Cadiou, but always keeping to her personal style, made of passion for details, tricks and mystery. She gathers improbable things, from past and present, and arranges them around a riddle, of which the solution can only be found in playing the game, being guided through a universe at the same time familiar, strange and disturbing. Astonishingly precise, even in pastel, she creates a strange atmosphere without seeming to have touched anything. Even her signature is a creative placement.
She is a silver medal holder since 2013 of the society of Académique Arts/Sciences/Lettres. Dominique was awarded Master status by the French Pastel Society in 2015, with whom she first exhibited in Feytiat, 2002.
Medium: Pastel; oil;
Subjects : Still life. Her work is reminiscent of that of Kathy Hildebrandt and Kari Tirrell.
Style: Realistic, playful, trompe-l’oeil
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Silja Salmistu

Rowanberries © Silja Salmistu
Name: Silja Salmistu
Bio: Silja Salmistu is an Estonian living in Denmark. She graduated from Tartu Art School (Est) in 1986 as a designer-decorator, and from Tartu University in 1994 as a painter. She has participated in exhibitions since 1987, mostly in Estonia, but also in England, Finland and Denmark where she moved Denmark in 2002. She is a recent Pastel 100 Award winner.
Medium: Pastel; oil; watercolour
Subjects : Still life, flowers, landscape.
"Painting still life,  a silent existence of ordinary things, fruits and flowers, is a meditative process."
Style: Representational. But very loose and expressive.
"The Estonian artist Silja Salmistu has taken the simple composition and illustrates the still life genre as a living tradition, which also can accommodate changing opportunities. She uses traditional composition where there is both an awareness of tradition and of renewal to trace her pictures. Silja creates a visual and spatial expression, where she provides space for various familiar elements, such as flowers, vases, fruits, tables, chairs, books, pictures and other little things – things which make a kind of game of miming reality.
Silja has a great compositional ability, where she with a relatively simple and efficient installation creates dialogue between the different things and allows as much space and value as possible. She lets different contrasting objects play against each other's shape, color, texture and size. The light which is an important factor in Siljas images, capturing her in a very special way, so you get the feeling of light wrapping around the objects and give them life in a wonderful play of colours."

Commentary rephrased, from Kirsten-Marie Hedeland, Art Critic and writer at the Danish Art Magazine Kunstavisen
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Gallery: Pastel Paintings; Oil Paintings; Pencilwork; Watercolour. See also Archive
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Catherine Creaney

Looking Back © Catherine Creaney
Name: Catherine Creaney
Bio: Catherine Creaney is an award winning Irish Artist from Dungannon in Co. Tyrone. Primarily self taught, her work has been exhibited in numerous selected group exhibitions throughout Ireland and the UK. Her work focuses on capturing the character and individuality of the human form through the use of pencil, pastel and oil. Her influences include artists from the renaissance period such as Durer and da Vinci, and later artists such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Vermeer. She has taken part in many public exhibitions in Ireland including the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition held in Belfast and the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition in Dublin.
Catherine has received several awards for her work including the ESB Keating Award and Silver Medal for an outstanding art work at the 185th Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, First Place in the 2014 Artist’s Magazine All-Media Online Competition and twice winning The Drawing Prize and The Rowel Friers Perpetual Trophy at the Royal Ulster Academy’s Annual Exhibition. Most recently she was awarded the Henri Roché Award and the People’s Choice Award at the first Italian International Pastel exhibition in Rome (2017).
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects : Portraits
Technique: Catherine explains: "I take influence from all forms of art including film, where I find lighting effects and scene compositions inspiring. The work of Lucian Freud and his almost brutal honesty in capturing people has also been an influence and I am inspired in my own work by this honesty.The focus of my work lies mainly with portraiture. Lighting and expression being key areas that a lot of my compositions centre on. I use lighting to create a mood and enhance my compositions, being influenced by artists such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio and their use of chiaroscuro. I like the drama and three dimensional rendering that chiaroscuro offers and my aim is to explore fully various methods of capturing light within portraiture. I purposefully choose expressions in my portraits that can be open to interpretation and offer a glimpse into the internal world of the sitter. I have started incorporating backgrounds that also offer the viewer a possible insight into the subjects world."
Style: Representational.  "In my work my focus is on exploring the transient nature of human expressions and effects of light upon the human form. My major influences come from the art of the Renaissance period, being left awe struck by the work I viewed on a visit in my mid twenties to Florence. Studying the works of Leonardo da Vinci and the subtleties of expressions he achieved I have in my own work experimented with various techniques to capture human expressions in both the mediums of soft pastel and oil paint. I aim to create portraits that display the human expression in its most intangible form that animates the static work.
I intentionally create portraits that capture people as faithfully as possible. I find the character and perceived imperfections in a face show the unique identity and life of the subject."

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Gallery: Oil Paintings; Pastel Paintings
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bethany Fields

Morning has broken © Bethany Fields
Name: Bethany Fields PSA
Bio: Bethany Fields is an American contemporary artist known for her pastural landscapes. Bethany graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts She went on to perform professionally and continued honing her skills in composition and design working as the on-air talent and designer for a DIY web series in Burbank, CA. She has worked as a professional lifestyle photographer for the past 15 years which naturally led to landscape photography and painting. In 2016, Bethany exhibited at both the Salmagundi Club and the National Arts Club in New York, NY, where her work was selected for an ongoing exhibit at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. She travels nationally and internationally for art societies and workshops, and produces her own YouTube channel, focusing on teaching and demonstrating her pastel techniques, art branding, and artist studio process.
Bethany is an active member of the American Impressionist Society, The Degas Pastel Society, and is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America.

Her work was featured in a piece by Michael Chesley Johnson in the December 2017 issue of the Pastel Journal.
Medium: Pastel; oil; acrylic
Subjects : Landscape; Still Life
Style: Representational veering on impressionistic
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Gallery: Texas and the South West; The Aerial Series; New England; Still Life and Studies; Various Landscapes; Pastel Abstracts
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Monday, April 3, 2017

Rick Stevens

Morning Jewels II © Rick Stevens
Name: Rick Stevens
Bio: As a small child growing up in Sparta, Michigan, Rick Stevens used to watch his father paint evocative landscapes that reflected the beauty of woods, rivers, and wildlife. Inspired by that process, Stevens went on to study art at Grand Rapids Community College, Kendall School of Design, and graduated 1982 Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree - but his most intense education was provided by the woods themselves.
He has had numerous group and solo exhibitions and awards, and is represented in many corporate and private collections.
His work has been featured in a number of art publications, including the Pastel Journal in 2009, (Cosmos of Pattern by Tamara Lenz Muente) and most recently American Art Collector (Endless Possibilities, May 2015, by John O’hern).
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subjects : Landscape; abstract. His abstract work reminds me strongly of the paintings of Robert Natkin.
Style: “Stevens began as a landscape painter, but the ephemeral appeal of nature eventually led him away from the realistic rendering of what he saw around him into a realm of abstraction, where pulsating energy and lambent light create the crescendos and diminuendos of a world in continuous flux. Working both in the studio and en plein air, he draws on the realism and abstractions of the natural world to create paintings that challenge us to perceive the underlying structure of the universe within a seemingly random expression of unalloyed beauty.”
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Jacob Aguiar

Overlooking the Marsh © Jacob Aguiar
Name: Jacob Aguiar
Bio: Jacob Aguiar from Plymouth, Indiana, took a leave of absence in his third year of naturopathic medical school at Bastyr University, Kenmore, Washington, to spend time with family and to pursue art. After coming upon the landscape pastels of Richard McKinley, Jacob immediately purchased his first set of Rembrandt pastels, and traveled throughout the west, studying with Richard McKinley, Albert Handell, Clark Mitchell, and Marla Baggetta. He was accepted into several national shows including IAPS, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Northwest Pastel Society, Pastel Painters of Maine, and Pastel Painter Society of Cape Cod. Jacob returned to Seattle to finish his last two years of school. He now works three days per week as a naturopathic doctor in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and much of his off time is devoted to art.
Jacob teaches regular classes in Westbrook, Maine, as well as plein air and studio workshops around the country and internationally. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a professional artist member of the Copley Society in Boston.
Two of his paintings received Honorable Mention in the 2015 Pastel 100,  and Jacob was awarded 2nd place, landscape and interior, in the 2016 Pastel 100.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Landscape 
Style: Representational, loose, painterly.
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