Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Lisa Diller

August © Lisa Diller
Name: Lisa Diller, PSA, MP
URL: http://www.lisadillerart.com/
Bio: Originally from Collingswood, New Jersey, Brooklyn artist Lisa Diller took a BS in Vis Comm at the University of Delaware and went on to a successful career in advertising, becoming an Executive Creative Director at one of New York City’s premiere ad agencies.
In the late 1990s she returned to fine art; she explored pastel while traveling in the country with her husband, landscape artist Jim Maio, and found it suited her because of its flexibility, speed and colour saturation. The artist, who taught herself to use the medium, later studied with Wolf Kahn.
She first entered the Pastel Society of America’s Juried show in 1997, and was inducted as a member two years later. She was named a Master Pastellist in 2010 after winning numerous awards.
Lisa has been represented by galleries in New York City, Bridgehampton, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Stone Harbor and Englewood, New Jersey. Her work has been seen at the New York Armory and in numerous group and solo shows. She is a member of the Board of Directors at The Harlem School of the Arts.
Medium: Pastel, charcoal
Subject: Landscape en plein air, cityscapes and a series of French pastries that were inspired by numerous visits to Paris. You can see her portraits at http://lisadillerportraits.com/
Style: Representational
Navigation: Links remain on top of page. This is a Wordpress site.
Gallery : Marshes ; France ; Patisserie ; Aerials; Urbanscapes; Forests; Waterscapes; Landscapes.
Image View: Images within the galleries scroll horizontally. Clicking on them enlarges them further, and you can continue scrolling the bigger images. There is no indication of title or dimension. However, August is 18.75 x 13.5 ins
Blog : http://lisadiller.net/fine-art-blog/

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Jeri Greenberg

Lemons in a bowl © Jeri Greenberg
Name: Jeri Greenberg
URL: http://www.jerigreenbergart.com/
Jeri Greenberg teaches landscape and still life in pastel in New Jersey and the tri-state area after spending many years as a fashion designer and illustrator, and then working in advertising. She has been juried into many shows including the IAPS and the Enduring Brilliance PSA show. A Signature member of the American Pastel Society and Pastel Society of New Jersey. Jeri is a member of Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Connecticut Pastel Society, Degas Pastel Society, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, and the Salmagundi Club, NY.In 2014 she was awarded First Place in the Artists Magazine all-media competition.
Medium: Pastel
Subject: Still Life, Landscape, Portraits
Style: Loose, painterly
Navigation: A lot of Flash used in this website; which is unfortunate as support is being withdrawn for this. Links disappear on the gallery page. However, the paintings are easy to negotiate.
Gallery: Paintings
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be saved. Images are not consistently labelled with dimension of the piece, but they tend to be small. Lemons in a bowl is 600 x 430, 47 KB.
Blog: No
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Daily Paintworks: Yes

Mary Muller

Robert Kay © Mary Muller
Name: Mary Muller, PSA, MP
URL: http://www.marymuller.com/
Bio: Mary Muller was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1934, and graduated from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois with a B.A. in Studio Art, in 1956.
After marriage and five children, she returned to art and studied with Dimitar Krustev and Robert Brackman. She taught at the Des Moines Art Center for twenty years, and still teaches painting and drawing in her home studio, and continues her own work. Drawing about 1000 portraits in art festivals and fairs, (including some for for Iowa State University's Agricultural Dept., the Law School at Drake University, Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson for the Governor's office at the end of her administration, and several for Planned Parenthood), being represented by several art galleries, and travelling in Mexico and Europe on painting trips has kept her busy and fulfilled. Mary was awarded Master Pastellist status by the PSA in 2013 and she was a winner in the members-only competition of the Portrait Society of America in 2015. Mary has also created a series of 3 DVDs consisting of the first 10 lessons she teaches in her studio classes, and is on YouTube (see below)
In 2004 Mary began teaching art lessons at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville, 20 miles east of Des Moines. Her goal was to find among the inmates women who had the talent and the drive to develop an expression of art to be relied upon for future income and personal development upon leaving the prison.
Medium: Pastel, watercolour, oil
Subject: Portraits; still life; landscape
Style: Representational
Navigation: Tabs remain available at top of page.
Gallery: Portfolio (Portraits in oil and pastel); Store (Still Life and Landscape in pastel)
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge on same page, and may be saved. Images are labelled with title, medium and dimension of the piece. Robert Kay is 26 x 33 ins, is 547 x 480, 67 KB.
Demo : YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt01qgmr_gk

Monday, April 11, 2016

Emily Christoff

Listening to the Grateful Dead © Emily Christoff
Name: Emily Christoff
URL: http://www.emilychristoff.com/
Bio: Emily Christoff Flowers earned her Bachelors in Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio. She has been supporting herself as a professional portrait artist since 1984. She currently illustrates children's books, does commissioned portraits, teaches private and social art classes and shows her work at galleries and art festivals around the state of Virginia.
Emily is a member of the Pastel Society of Virginia. Her awards include Best of show for the category of drawing at the Port Warwick Art Fest, Virginia, 2015.
Medium: Pastel; acrylic
Subject: Portraits, figurative, animals.
Style: Realistic; her Listening series is imaginative and romantic.
Navigation: All links remain available at side of page.
Gallery: Fine Art Work (by date); Portraits
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be saved. Images are well labelled with title, medium and dimension. Listening to the Grateful Dead is 18 x 24 ins, 800 x 600, 120 KB.
Blog: http://emilychristoffdailypaint.blogspot.com
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Nancie King Mertz

Adare Thatch © Nancie King Mertz
Name: Nancie King Mertz, PSA, MP.
URL: http://nanciekingmertz.com/
Bio: Nancie King Mertz was born and raised in Central Illinois, where she began painting and selling her work in her early teens. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois, where she was a James Scholar, and also where she met her husband, Ron. They settled in Central Illinois and Nancie pursued a Masters Program in Painting at Eastern Illinois University where she taught for 3 years. She conducts destination workshops and local demos, and serves as a juror for shows in the Midwest.
In 2011 she was an Artist-In-Residence for the National Park System and in 2014 she was named a Master Pastellist in 3 international pastel organizations: Pastel Society of America, Chicago Pastel Society and International Association of Pastel Societies. Other memberships include the Degas Pastel Society, Salmagundi Club, Oil Painters of America, and the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.
The February 2015 issue of the Pastel Journal featured an article on her work, and put her on the cover. Several magazines have chosen her paintings as "best-of" over the years. She was twice named Artist of the Year by the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, and her work is featured on many Chicago-based television shows including The Good Wife and Chicago Fire.
While in graduate school, Nancie began a gallery/framing company which she has continued to operate after re-locating to Chicago in 1987. Her husband joined her in the business in 2000.
Medium: Pastel, oil
Subject: Nancie’s work varies in theme from urban to landscape, figurative to interior, much of it painted on-site.
Style: Nancie’s oils and pastels are Impressionistic in style, with 60% of her work created en plein air. She paints approximately 100 pieces annually and has traveled to over 20 countries.
Navigation: All links remain available at top of page.
Gallery: Nancie’s gallery is classified by geographic location in the main. I chose Ireland for obvious reasons.
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. Images are well labelled, and may be saved. Adare Thatch is 16 x 16 ins.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Karen Stombaugh

Birthday at the arboretum © Karen Stombaugh
Name: Karen Stombaugh, PSA
URL: http://karenstombaugh.com/
Bio: Karen Stombaugh grew up on a farm in South West Minnesota. Until 2006, when she retired from a career in critical care nursing, art was always on the periphery. She obtained a fine arts degree from the University of Minnesota by taking night classes, and now she has more time to focus on her work. During the past few years, she has taken workshops from many nationally known pastellists. 
A major milestone on her artist's journey was a move to her Deephaven property, complete with a separate carriage house studio that overlooks her gardens. Karen is currently membership chair for the regional Lake Country Pastel Society. She has been juried into the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit a number of times and recently received awards from Arts in Harmony International Exhibit in Elk River, the Pastel Society of America, and Lake Country Pastel Society. Her painting, Over the Dam; Pipestone Creek was juried into the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) 26th Juried Exhibition in Albuquerque, June 2015. She was juried into the Pastel Society of America's Annual Exhibit for the 3rd year in a row, qualifying her for a PSA Signature membership.
Medium: Pastel
Subject: Landscape (gardens)
Style: Colourful impressions of gardens and flowers – I haven’t seen anything quite like this since the pastels of Elsie Dinsmore Popkin.
Navigation: FineArtStudioOnline website in the style of a blog.
Gallery: Artworks; Pipestone National Monument Pastels; Archive
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. The enlarged images are not greatly magnified from the thumbnails. Images may be saved. Birthday at the arboretum is 18 x 24 ins.
Blog: Yes

Monday, March 21, 2016

Jane Radstrom

Home © Jane Radstrom
Name: Jane Radstrom
URL: http://www.janeradstrom.com/
Bio: Jane Radstrom first studied drawing and painting at Watts Atelier California. She then attended Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, emerging with a BFA in Illustration. Jane had a feature article Double Exposure in the Pastel Journal, Oct 2015, and an Honorable Mention in the Pastel 100 - Portrait and Figurative Category (she was a winner the previous year).
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subject: Figurative
Style: Contemporary realism
Technique: The artist states: "I am inspired by photographic effects, specifically the manipulation of exposure to create images that look 'real', but contain more than a single still image. In choosing poses, I focus on nuances of body language and expression. It is important to me that the people are presented realistically, showing unidealized beauty and what I think of as a modern sense of confidence in candid moments."
Gallery: Work
Image View: Large thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. Thumbnails remain accessible along bottom of page. Images may be saved.(Details are given in the thumbnail images on mouseover.) Home is 22 x 30 ins, 800 x 800, 143 KB
Demo/Blog: No
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